Cardinals' Matt Adams: Plays four innings in outfield Wednesday
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(3/23/2017) Adams played in left field for the final four innings of Wednesday's 6-1 Cactus League victory over the Nationals, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Adams didn't see any chances while in the field, but the Cardinals are likely to put him out there again in coming games. Manager Mike Matheny has commented that Adams has looked good running down flyballs in batting practice, and the goal remains to have him serve as a viable enough option in the outfield so as to have him see at-bats on a more regular basis.

Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: Expects to return Friday
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(3/23/2017) Gonzalez (elbow) is out of the Dodgers' lineup on Thursday but is expected to return on Friday, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.

Gonzalez's elbow has bothered him at multiple times this spring, but him and the Dodgers have dismissed it as anything overly serious. The 34-year-old said he feels better, and barring any setbacks, the issue shouldn't affect his readiness for Opening Day.

Pirates' Joey Terdoslavich: Shifted to minors camp
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(3/23/2017) Terdoslavich was reassigned to minor league camp Thursday.

The 28-year-old had two brief stints with the Braves' big club in 2014 and 2015 but projects as mere organizational depth. Unfortunately, Pittsburgh is flush with outfield options, even at Triple-A Indianapolis, so Terdoslavich likely needs plenty of dominoes to fall for an extended chance.

Pirates' Jason Rogers: Back in spring action
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(3/22/2017) 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 an 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.

Reds' Christian Walker: Sent to Triple-A
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(3/22/2017) 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.

Giants' Chris Marrero: Injuries open up opportunity for roster spot
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(3/22/2017) With Mac Williamson (quadriceps) and Mike Morse (hamstring) suffering injuries this week, Marrero has moved into the conversation for a bench role, CSN Bay Area reports.

Marrero was already making the decision hard for Giants management this spring, batting .302 and leading the club with six home runs. Now that two of the veterans ahead of him on the depth chart have gone down to injury, the 28-year-old has a better shot at making the cut. Manager Bruce Bochy has taken notice, stating that "[Marrero] plays first base, outfield, he's a right-handed bat. Chris is just doing all he can. It's been a great spring." The one aspect of the slugger's game that may hold him back in the minors is his outfield defense, something the natural first baseman has been working on in camp. If Marrero makes the Opening Day roster, he would be used primarily as a bench bat and see the occasional start in left.

Cardinals' Matt Adams: Could get a shot in outfield
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(3/22/2017) Adams may get a look in the outfield during Wednesday's spring training game,'s Jenifer Langosch reports.

With Matt Carpenter locked in as the starting first baseman, Adams has no clear path to regular at-bats, even though the Cardinals are optimistic his offseason weight loss will translate into improved performance. He presumably won't be ready for significant playing time in the outfield early in the season, but it is possible his improved mobility could allow him to contribute as the year progresses. Adams is enjoying a strong spring at the plate, boasting a .294 batting average and four home runs in 34 at-bats, albeit with 14 strikeouts.

Giants' Mike Morse: Several weeks of rehab ahead
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(3/21/2017) Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Tuesday that Morse (hamstring) will require several weeks of rehab to recover from his injury, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

This timetable confirms the fact that Morse will not be available for the Giants on Opening Day. As a non-roster invitee, the 34-year-old will likely open his season at the Triple-A level upon recovery from his injury. He'll have a shot to work his way to the major leagues from there.

Giants' Mike Morse: Out 'a while' with hamstring injury
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(3/21/2017) Morse said he would be out "a while" after he sustained a hamstring injury Monday, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

The injury essentially closes the door on Morse's chances of making the Giants' Opening Day roster, and his standing as a non-roster invitee means the team won't be able to stash him on the DL. As a result, Morse will likely have to prove himself at Triple-A once he's healthy again before he receives another opportunity at the big-league level.

Giants' Mike Morse: Suffers hamstring injury
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(3/21/2017) Morse suffered a left hamstring injury Monday, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

The Giants haven't commented on the extent of Morse's injury, which he sustained while rounding first base, but it's unfortunate timing, given that he had put himself in strong position for an Opening Day spot. Since Morse is a non-roster invitee, the Giants won't have the luxury of stashing him on the disabled list to begin the season, so the team may be forced to cut him if he fails to recover from the injury in quick fashion.

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