Jason Rogers
Pirates' Jason Rogers: Back in spring action
Jason Rogers, 1B, PIT
3/22/2017
News: Rogers is 1-for-4 across three spring games since returning from an ankle injury.

It appears Rogers is feeling better, as the 29-year-old has now played in three straight games after missing the majority of March with the ankle injury. He's expected to start the year at Triple-A Indianapolis, and given Pittsburgh's depth ahead of him at first base, it will be difficult for Rogers to earn big league playing time this season.

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Matt Garza
Brewers' Matt Garza: Struggling this spring
Matt Garza, SP, MIL
3/22/2017
News: Garza owns a 6.57 ERA, 2.11 WHIP, and 5:6 K:BB in 12.1 innings over five appearances this spring.

Garza has hardly had a productive spring, but he is due $12.5 million in 2017, so he still has a shot to break camp with a spot in the starting rotation. He is coming off his best outing of the spring, one in which he gave up just one earned run over 3.2 innings, but he did allow the opponent to average over two baserunners per inning for the fourth straight outing.

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Jake Buchanan
Cubs' Jake Buchanan: Struggles against Brewers
Jake Buchanan, RP, CHC
3/22/2017
News: Buchanan (illness) gave up four runs in two innings of work his last time out, allowing six hits while striking out two batters against the Brewers.

Buchanan is now sporting a 7.56 ERA across 8.1 innings through spring. With the Cubs' offseason bullpen acquisitions, it seems Buchanan will spend the year in Triple-A, although he could see some major league innings if injuries take toll on Chicago's bullpen.

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Jett Bandy
Brewers' Jett Bandy: Slumping of late
Jett Bandy, C, MIL
3/22/2017
News: Bandy went 1-for-17 over his last six spring games and now owns just a .519 OPS during the exhibition season.

Bandy got off to a good start this spring, but his recent stretch has done quite a bit of damage to his statistics. His slump is not doing him any favors in the competition for playing time behind the plate with the big league club -- particularly because it coincides with a hot stretch for fellow backstop Manny Pina -- but he is still seemingly the favorite to open the season as the Brewers' top catcher ahead of Pina and Andrew Susac.

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Billy Hamilton
Reds' Billy Hamilton: Sore Achilles' tendon
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN
3/22/2017
News: Hamilton hasn't played in a spring training game since Saturday because of a sore Achilles' tendon, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Reds suggested that Hamilton could have played through a regular season game with this malady, but it wasn't worth pushing through a spring training game. He's still expected to play in exhibition games in Las Vegas this weekend.

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Corey Knebel
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Throwing well this spring
Corey Knebel, RP, MIL
3/22/2017
News: Knebel has thrown the ball well this spring, posting an 11:1 K:BB over six innings and allowing just two earned runs, and has caught the attention of manager Craig Counsell, who noted Wednesday that Knebel's "innings have been dominant, almost," according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.

Knebel was tentatively on track to open the year as the Brewers' closer early in the offseason, but the team's signing of Neftali Feliz means he will not begin the new campaign in that role. Still, his impressive spring has likely earned him a prominent spot in the pecking order behind Feliz, and he may even slot in as the team's setup man. While Knebel will not be closing games out of the gate, he is likely the next best option for Brewers' saves should Feliz cede the ninth-inning duties for any reason.

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Raisel Iglesias
Reds' Raisel Iglesias: Throwing program set
Raisel Iglesias, RP, CIN
3/22/2017
News: Iglesias (elbow) will begin a throwing program on Sunday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Contrary to an earlier update, there is some chance that Iglesias won't be ready for Opening Day. Missing Opening Day or even the first week or two isn't all bad news --after all, it's just a starting line. The concern of course is whether this will affect his performance when he's out on the mound, or whether the risk of recurrence is high.

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Cody Reed
Reds' Cody Reed: Another strong outing
Cody Reed, SP, CIN
3/22/2017
News: Reed was fantastic Tuesday against the Angels, throwing 5.2 scoreless innings while allowing one hit and two walks, striking out five.

While a number of the Reds' young starters have had good springs, Reed has at least already had a taste of the majors and demonstrated even when other things went poorly that he could miss bats. He could be a good post-hype sleeper.

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Dexter Fowler
Cardinals' Dexter Fowler: Back from illness
Dexter Fowler, CF, STL
3/22/2017
News: Fowler (illness) went 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run in Wednesday's spring league game.

Fowler was back on the field for the Cardinals on Wednesday after missing the previous two games with an illness. The 31-year-old didn't miss a beat in his return, collecting another hit and bringing his average to .357 (10-for-28) through 14 games this spring.

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Christian Walker
Reds' Christian Walker: Sent to Triple-A
Christian Walker, 1B, CIN
3/22/2017
News: Walker was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old was a long shot to make the 25-man roster after being claimed off waivers by the Reds earlier in March, and he didn't do much at the plate to help himself this spring, slashing just .189/.231/.351 in 37 at-bats. Walker will now head to Louisville where he'll serve as organizational depth in 2017.

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