Mitch Moreland
Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland won't play spring games until next week
Mitch Moreland, DH, TEX
3/3/2015
News: Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland took ground balls and ran the bases on Tuesday, and won't seen any spring games until next week, according to the Star-Telegram. Texas is taking a cautious approach with Moreland in camp after he underwent ankle surgery last June.

"I feel good. I think it's just a cautious approach more than anything," Moreland said. "I'm still getting my work in. Trying to go out and get ready. The main goal here is the first of April, not the first of March."

The 29-year-old Moreland hit .246/.297/.347 over 167 at-bats last year.

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Ryan Raburn
Francona: Indians' Raburn (knee) to make spring debut Wednesday
Ryan Raburn, DH, CLE
3/3/2015
News: Indians manager Terry Francona said outfielder Ryan Raburn will make his spring debut Wednesday against the Reds, per MLB.com. Raburn underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his knee in mid-September.
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Corey Hart
Pirates 1B Corey Hart expects to make spring debut by Monday
Corey Hart, DH, PIT
3/3/2015
News: Pirates first baseman Corey Hart suffered a laceration on his foot near the arch when he stepped on a loose hot tub filter, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Hart, however, expects to make his spring debut by Monday.

Manager Clint Hurdle revealed Monday that Hart needed three stitches to close the wound. He also mentioned Hart would be sidelined for a few days.

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Victor Martinez
Tigers' Victor Martinez: I'm still on track for opening day
Victor Martinez, DH, DET
3/3/2015
News: Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez told reporters he remains on track to play on opening day, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Martinez, who is working his way back from a medial menisectomy in his left knee, revealed that he suffered the injury while playing catch in the street with his brother in February. He took 25 swings off a tee from each of the plate on Monday, and told reporters he would have taken 50 if the team trainer wasn't around.

The 36-year-old hit .335/.409/.565 over 561 at-bats last year.

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David Ortiz
Big Papi working at 1B in prep for season-opening series in NL park
David Ortiz, DH, BOS
3/2/2015
News: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is working at first base early in spring training in an effort to be prepared for the season-opening series at Philadelphia.

“We don’t want to not cover that and limit his availability to us,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said, per the Boston Herald. “So three games in Philly in the National League, there’s going to be some time at first base.”

Ortiz, who usually plays less than 10 games per season at first base, hasn't made an error since 2009.

“It's something I'm not really thinking about right now,” Ortiz said. “All I'm worrying about now is timing and hitting. First base is something I do occasionally. Mike Napoli's our first baseman. We all know he's getting ready to play first base. Me in my case, it's just a few times. The basic thing that I do when I play first base, everyone knows, that's why you see me out there a few days doing drills but it's nothing we have to worry about.”

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Carlos Beltran
Yankees OF Carlos Beltran won't play until Friday at the earliest
Carlos Beltran, DH, NYY
3/2/2015
News: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran is being held out of spring games until Friday, per MLB.com. The Yankees are just taking it slow with the veteran outfielder, who said he feels good hitting and throwing.

Beltran had a bone spur removed from his elbow in October.

"We’re just taking it a little bit slower with him because of the surgery he came off of," manager Joe Girardi said, per ESPN. "We feel pretty good about where he’s at, but I’m just going to give him a couple of extra days. Nothing that’s happened in camp to do that, just going a little bit slower with him.” 

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Nelson Cruz
Mariners DH Nelson Cruz to see time in right field 'on occasion'
Nelson Cruz, DH, SEA
3/2/2015
News: Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz will see time in right field "on occasion" in order to let the team stream players through the designated-hiter slot, MLB.com reports.

"He’ll play out there in the season on occasion, because it’s nice to be able to rotate him out of that DH spot and give somebody else a day off and get him back on his feet," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "How much he’ll play in the spring, I’m not sure. But it would be safe to say he’ll play his share of games during the season in right field."

Cruz will primarly serve as a designated hitter by the Mariners but has played 744 games in right field in his career and 833 games in the outfield overall. While he's not on defense, the team is expected to use Seth Smith against most righties and Justin Ruggiano against most southpaws.

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Kendrys Morales
Royals DH Kendrys Morales eager to get timing down offensively
Kendrys Morales, DH, KC
2/24/2015
News: Royals DH Kendrys Morales arrived to spring training Tuesday and is eager to begin work on his timing at the plate, per MLB.com.

Morales missed spring training last year and didn't sign with Minnesota until June. Missing camp played a big part in Morales batting just .218 with eight home runs last season.

"I think it's logical that when I get my at-bats this spring it will help," Morales said through an interpreter. "I think more than anything, I tried [last year]. But missing spring training and part of the season hurt. I gave it my best.

"I just think I can get back to the player I used to be. Hopefully, I get those results on the field."

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Billy Butler
A's still planning to use Davis at 1B, Butler at DH vs. RHPs
Billy Butler, DH, OAK
2/24/2015
News: Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday he still views Billy Butler as the primary DH against right-handed pitchers, per the San Francisco Chronicle. He added Butler will also play some first base against left-handed pitchers, but Ike Davis will see most of the playing time at first base vs. right-handers.
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Delmon Young
Orioles likely to use a combo of players to replace Markakis in RF
Delmon Young, DH, BAL
2/23/2015
News: Orioles manager Buck Showalter is expecting to use a few players in right field to replace Nick Markakis, who signed a free-agent deal with the Braves in the offseason.

"We're equipped to have that be a two- or three-headed player," Showalter said of the Orioles' right-field situation which could include a combination of Travis SniderSteve PearceDelmon YoungAlejandro De Aza and Chris Davis, per MLB.com. "It also allows us to keep everybody in the flow and have everybody make contributions with their skill set. But somebody steps out there and takes off with it … that's why I think Steve [Pearce] graduated a little bit from that [role as a part-time player]."

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