Jose Iglesias
Tigers' Jose Iglesias to see action on Wednesday
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET
3/3/2015
News: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will play on Wednesday against the Orioles, according to MLB.com.

Iglesias missed the entire 2014 season due to a shin injury. He'll be eased into action this spring in order to make sure he can handle the workload of regular playing time. Iglesias is expected to play three innings on Wednesday. Iglesias was able to play one inning on Monday.

While he wants to receive a lot of playing time, Iglesias understands the situation. "I would love to play in every single game," he said, "but I've got to be smart about it and take it step by step."

The 25-year-old hit .303 over 350 at-bats back in 2013. 

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Jung Ho Kang
Pirates' Jung Ho Kang homers in first spring game
Jung Ho Kang, SS, PIT
3/3/2015
News: When Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang signed this offseason, there was some concern about how his power swing would translate from the Korean Baseball Organization to Major League Baseball.

In his first spring game Tuesday, however, Kang -- who hit 40 home runs in Japan last season and slugged .504 in nine seasons -- got to silence some of his critics.

The 27-year-old infielder hit a solo home run in his second at-bat during an 8-7 win against the Blue Jays. Kang connected on a home run to center field in the top of the third inning off Marco Estrada. Kang finished 1 for 2 with one walk.

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Jose Peraza
Braves 2B Jose Peraza could see time at shortstop this spring
Jose Peraza, SS, ATL
3/3/2015
News: Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that second-base prospect Jose Peraza could see time at shortstop this spring, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Gonzalez plans to play all the team's young middle infielders at both second base and shortstop this spring, aside from starting shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Peraza is in competition to start at second base, but an ability to handle the shortstop position could presumably increase his chances of sticking on the big-league roster even if he doesn't win a starting role.

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Andrelton Simmons
Braves' Andrelton Simmons: I'm 'taking it slow' with swinging a bat
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
3/3/2015
News: Although he has already resumed baseball activities, the Braves aren't going to push shortstop Andrelton Simmons (oblique) back into game action quickly. Simmons told MLB.com on Tuesday that he's "taking it slow" with swinging a bat. He's not expected to play in spring games until next week.

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Daniel Descalso
Daniel Descalso brings versatility, playoff experience to Rockies
Daniel Descalso, SS, COL
3/3/2015
News: Rockies infielder Daniel Descalso is ready to fill the role of versatile veteran who can play second base, third base or shortstop as needed, the Denver Post reports.

"I'll be ready for whatever comes my way," Descalso said Monday. "It's been a while since I've played just one position for any length of time, so I've worked hard to reach a comfort level at all three spots. I have an idea of what it takes to stay sharp."

Another factor that piqued the interest of the Rockies this offseason was his postseason experience, as he has played in 44 postseason games and won one championship.

"All of that factored in quite a bit," manager Walt Weiss said. "I think we sometimes underestimate the value of that — guys that have played in big games, pennant races, and have won a World Series. Those types of players are valuable, and that's a big reason why we brought Danny in here."

Descalso has made 110 starts at second base, 91 at third base and 88 at shortstop in his five-year career, seeing at least 100 appearances at all three poitions. He hit .242/.333/.311 in 161 at-bats last year with the Cardinals.

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Jimmy Rollins
Dodgers manager Mattingly appoints Jimmy Rollins as leadoff man
Jimmy Rollins, SS, LAD
3/3/2015
News: A week after saying he wasn't fully committed to batting Jimmy Rollins at leadoff, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly revealed that the former Phillies shortstop will be the team's full-time leadoff man this year, per MLB.com.

Rollins batted first in just 19 of 131 starts last season for the Phillies. Rollins, 36, hit .243/.323/.394 over 538 at-bats last season. He has a career .277 on-base percentage over 200 at-bats at Dodger Stadium.

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Nick Franklin
Rays' Franklin confident he'll win competition to be starting shortstop
Nick Franklin, SS, TB
3/3/2015
News: Rays infielder Nick Franklin will be battling for the starting job at shortstop this spring, and he has no doubts he can play the position at the major-league level.

"Absolutely," Franklin said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "Absolutely. 100 percent. I've grown up playing shortstop. Even at the big-league level, playing short just seems natural to me. I enjoy it. I'm really comfortable there. … It's been in my blood for a long time.

"I wouldn't say I need any work. Honestly, I think over these past years I've improved a significant amount at shortstop. … I've been practicing all offseason at short. And there's really no weakness."

The Rays plan to take most of the spring to decide who will be the team's starting shortstop, but Franklin seems pretty confident he will emerge as the victor in the competition.

"I'm going to be out there at short," he said. "There's not a doubt in my mind that I'm not."

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Elvis Andrus
Rangers' Andrus feeling better, but unlikely to play in spring opener
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
3/3/2015
News: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said his left knee felt better Tuesday, but he is unlikely to play in Wednesday's spring opener against the Royals, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Andrus added the injury is not considered serious.
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Yunel Escobar
Nationals' Yunel Escobar returns after dealing with fever Monday
Yunel Escobar, SS, WAS
3/3/2015
News: Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar was back practicing Tuesday after missing on-field workouts Monday due to a fever, according to The Washington Post. Escobar said he was feeling better Tuesday.
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Troy Tulowitzki
Rockies' Tulowitzki, Gonzalez run bases Monday
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
3/2/2015
News: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez ran the bases Monday morning, the Denver Post reports.

Tulowitzki is returning from August hip surgery, while Gonzalez is working his way back from August knee surgery. Manager Walt Weiss pointed out Saturday that the ability to run the bases is a big step in the recovery of both players.

"It's not [far off], relatively speaking," Weiss said when asked when the two would play in games, per MLB.com. "I don't want to put a time frame on it, but put it this way: It's going to happen sooner than I probably thought this winter."

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