Angels' Cliff Pennington: Dealing with flu symptoms
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(2/22/2017) Pennington is dealing with flu-like symptoms, Maria Guardado of reports.

It's unknown whether the illness has set him back at all in spring training, but it's likely nothing too serious at this point. Pennington hit just .209 in 74 games with the Angels last season and is likely to serve as a reserve infielder this season behind Andrelton Simmons and Danny Espinosa. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Indians' Jason Kipnis: Participating in shoulder-strengthening program
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(2/21/2017) The Indians' medical and training staff has incorporated a shoulder-strengthening program into Kipnis' spring routine, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Kipnis did not participate in fielding drills during Monday morning's workout as the team decided to give him a lighter workload. Although the All-Star second baseman wasn't hindered last year, he has dealt with nagging shoulder woes in previous seasons. There's been no official word that Kipnis is experiencing any shoulder issues now, but it's worth noting this new maintenance program.

Indians' Ronny Rodriguez: In hunt for utility role
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(2/21/2017) Rodriguez is one of three candidates in the race for the team's utility role on the bench, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Rodriguez is competing for the job against Michael Martinez and Erik Gonzalez, both of whom had stints with the Tribe last season. Although the 24-year-old Rodriguez is the long shot, the coaches are reportedly keeping a close eye on all the possible options. Rodriguez hit .258/.293/.400 with 10 homers, 59 RBI and scored 48 runs for Triple-A Columbus last season.

Tigers' Danny Muno: Heads to Tigers on MiLB deal
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(2/20/2017) Muno signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Monday.

The 28-year-old infielder spent much of his career in the Mets system, but he ventured across three organizations in 2016 and could only muster a .223 batting average with three different minor league teams. He walks at incredibly high rates, but due to his meager past production, Muno offers little more than organizational depth moving forward.

Orioles' Robert Andino: Receiving increased reps this spring
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(2/19/2017) Andino will receive an extra look this spring while J.J. Hardy continues to deal with lower back problems, Rich Dubroff of Pressbox reports.

The veteran will get a chance to show he's still got something left in the tank as he embarks on his 11th MLB season. With Hardy's lingering back issues and Manny Machado playing in the World Baseball Classic, Andino should get a fair chance to usurp Ryan Flaherty for the team's backup infielder role. Andino's most productive season came as an Oriole in 2011, but even that wasn't much of a fantasy-worthy campaign. The 32-year-old is a longshot to move up the depth chart before Opening Day, but Andino's extra at-bats this spring are worth a glance.

Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Repaired knee nearing full health
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(2/19/2017) Travis says he's close to full health after having offseason surgery to remove a flap of cartilage from his right knee, Corey Long of reports.

Manager John Gibbons said he expects Travis to be ready for full activity sooner rather than later. "We're going to see how he progresses," Gibbons said. "Hopefully it's not too much longer, but you also want to be smart with it, so he doesn't experience any setbacks." Travis said he's not feeling any pain, although he isn't certain the bone bruise is gone. The second baseman expects to increase his lateral movement over the next few days.

Royals' Raul Mondesi: In four-way battle for starting job
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(2/19/2017) Mondesi enters camp in a four-way battle for the second base job, The Associated Press reports.

While he is the least proven of the keystone hopefuls in Kansas City, Mondesi is easily the best defender and is most clearly a part of the team's long-term future, as he will likely slide over to shortstop when Alcides Escobar leaves after the 2017 season. If he were to beat out Christian Colon, Cheslor Cuthbert and Whit Merrifield for the starting job, Mondesi would likely post a batting average in the low .200s, but he stole nine bases (on 10 attempts) in 149 plate appearances last year, so he could be a big contributor in that category.

White Sox's Yoan Moncada: To make adjustments at Triple-A
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(2/19/2017) Moncada is expected to start the 2017 season at Triple-A Charlotte, Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald reports.

Moncada got a taste of the major leagues last season for Boston, an eight-game stint that proved he needs more seasoning, so Triple-A is the most likely landing spot for the organization's top prospect. The 21-year-old second baseman learned from his brief stint with the Red Sox, in which he struck out in his final nine at-bats. "I learned that you have to be open to making adjustments because this is the best baseball in the world and you're going to face the best of the best," Moncada said through a translator. "You have to be open to get some advice and to apply it. That was the most important thing that I learned in my time in the majors." It looks like Moncada will practicing those adjustments for the Knights to start the 2017 season.

White Sox's Brett Lawrie: Discovers source of pain
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(2/18/2017) Lawrie, who suffered through some puzzling injuries in his leg last season, discovered the root of the problem was with orthotics inserted into his shoes. Since removing the orthotics, Lawrie said he's feeling much better.

Lawrie was sidelined with what was first reported to be a hamstring injury, but the pain cascaded to his knee, calf and hip, causing a premature end to his season in August. The source of his pain wasn't discovered until October, well after the time he could return to the field for Chicago. Lawrie's upbeat entering training camp and ready to resume his role as the White Sox starter at second base, though his future with Chicago is clouded by the organization's acquisition of Yoan Moncada from Boston. Moncada, the team's top prospect according to RotoWire, is expected to open the season at Triple-A Charlotte, but should reach the south side at some point during the season.

Athletics' Jed Lowrie: Reports to camp fully healthy
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(2/18/2017) Lowrie (toe) reported to camp fully healthy,'s Jane Lee reports.

He has been running with no issues for months and is ready for spring action after undergoing toe surgery in August. He also underwent surgery to repair a deviated septum back in September and says he is sleeping well for the first time in nine years. Lowrie will be Oakland's starting second baseman this year, but has not been an above average hitter since 2013 (120 wRC+).

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