Albert Pujols
Angels' Albert Pujols: Progressing well, but won't play Saturday
Albert Pujols, DH, LAA
2:00 PM
News: Pujols (foot) said that he is progressing well, but he will certainly not be ready for the Angels' Cactus League debut and is still questionable for Opening Day, the Orange County Register reports.

Pujols -- who wasn't able to run last week -- said that he has been running on an Ultra G treadmill in an effort to reduce the impact on his lower body. He has also been swinging in the cages and reported no soreness afterwords. These are all promising signs after the slugger underwent foot surgery in December. The Angels will likely play it cautious with Pujols and we may not not see much -- if any -- of him in spring training games.

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Evan Gattis
Astros' Evan Gattis: Does some light throwing
Evan Gattis, DH, HOU
9:30 AM
News: Gattis (shoulder) got in some light throwing Sunday morning, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Gattis' progress from his shoulder soreness is certainly a good sign, as it has prevented him from participating in baseball activities early in camp. There's still plenty of time for him to get caught up before the start of the regular season. When healthy, the 30-year-old slugger figures to see time as both the backup catcher behind Brian McCann and as the designated hitter, where Carlos Beltran also figures into the mix.

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Victor Martinez
Tigers' Victor Martinez: Ready to go, takes ground balls
Victor Martinez, DH, DET
2/18/2017
News: Martinez says he is ready to go and took ground balls at first base Saturday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

It's positive news for the Tigers after Martinez underwent sports hernia surgery this offseason. The fielding drills are a great sign, but expect the veteran slugger to be eased back into normal baseball activities this spring. Martinez crushed 27 home runs last season, evidence he has not slowed down with age.

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Preston Tucker
Astros' Preston Tucker: Cleared for baseball activities
Preston Tucker, DH, HOU
2/16/2017
News: Tucker (shoulder) was medically cleared for baseball work earlier this month, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

He's still recovering from September shoulder surgery. Tucker has been throwing for a couple of weeks and hit off a tee earlier this week. The club expects him to play spring games sometime in March. As long as the starting outfield is healthy, he'll likely to start the year at Triple-A Fresno. He posted a .164/.222/.328 line with four home runs and eight RBI in 134 at-bats with the Astros last season.

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Joey Gallo
Rangers' Joey Gallo: Likely headed to Triple-A
Joey Gallo, DH, TEX
2/16/2017
News: Gallo will have a chance this spring to join the Rangers' left field mix, but will most likely open the year at Triple-A, playing third base, first base and left field, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports.

The signing of Mike Napoli moves Jurickson Profar from first base to left field, and Ryan Rua is a natural platoon partner for Profar, so Gallo is likely ticketed for Round Rock. Everyone knows Gallo's strengths (elite raw power) and weaknesses (major swing and miss issues) at this point. If he can cut down on the strikeouts, either in spring training or at Triple-A, there should be opportunities for him to see at-bats against righties in the majors at some point this season. He suffered a strained hamstring in late October during winter ball, but the injury was only expected to require six weeks to recover, so he should be fully healthy.

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Carlos Santana
Indians' Carlos Santana: Position status up in air
Carlos Santana, DH, CLE
2/15/2017
News: Indians manager Terry Francona said he is not sure whether Santana or Edwin Encarnacion will be the primary first baseman for Cleveland this season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Santana played 64 games at first base and 92 as the designated hitter last season, but hit the same amount of home runs (17) at each position. The DH position could be a limiting fantasy value in some leagues, but Francona says he still needs to reassess the situation this spring and talk to the sluggers individually. Either way, both Santana and Encarnacion provide powerful offensive weapons within the Cleveland lineup and will likely receive equal playing time throughout the course of the season.

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Prince Fielder
Rangers' Prince Fielder: Placed on 60-day DL
Prince Fielder, DH, TEX
2/15/2017
News: Fielder (neck) was placed on the 60-day DL on Tuesday.

This was a procedural move removing Fielder from the 40-man roster. Fielder has already announced the end of his playing career after undergoing neck-fusion surgery last summer, but he will remain on the 40-man roster in the offseasons, likely through the end of his contract (2020).

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Nelson Cruz
Mariners' Nelson Cruz: To play for Team Dominican in WBC
Nelson Cruz, DH, SEA
2/9/2017
News: Cruz will suit up for Team Dominican in this year's WBC, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The veteran slugger will join teammate Robinson Cano as three-time participants in the tournament, with both having also been part of the 2009 and 2013 editions. Cruz is coming off his second 100-RBI season in the last three campaigns, and also eclipsed the 40-homer mark for the third consecutive season in 2016. He'll join a talent-laden roster on Team USA that will also feature the Orioles' Adam Jones, the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen and Marlins teammates Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich as outfield options for manager Jim Leyland.

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Byung Ho Park
Twins' Byungho Park: Outrighted to Triple-A
Byung Ho Park, DH, MIN
2/9/2017
News: Park (finger) cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, LaVelle E. Neal of the Star Tribune reports.

Park was designated for assignment last week as the Twins made room for free agent signing Matt Belisle. The 30-year-old garnered some interest on waivers, but his .191 batting average in 215 at-bats last season, plus the $9 million he is still owed, ultimately deterred teams. He'll return to camp with the Twins in spring and compete for a spot on the big league team.

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