Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Unconcerned by shoulder issue
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(1:24 pm ET) Wong (shoulder) says his shoulder soreness is minor and does not concern him, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Wong has been dealing with soreness in his left shoulder since injuring it in September, but that hasn't kept him out of baseball activities this spring. The 26-year-old has already played in two Grapefruit League games thus far, going 2-for-5 with a walk. Monitor the situation going forward, but don't expect it to be a major hindrance on Wong's play.

Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Makes first spring appearance despite shoulder pain
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(2/28/2017) Wong (shoulder) went 1-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout in his Grapefruit League debut Monday.

Wong is still apparently experiencing shoulder soreness from an injury he incurred in September, but consistent with previous reports, he seems to be intent on playing through the pain. It doesn't seem to be hampering him much given his ability garner a hit while manning the keystone for a good portion of the game. This situation will be one to monitor moving forward, but it's a good sign that the 26-year-old can still be productive in games even with the ailment lingering into spring training.

Cubs' Jemile Weeks: Day-to-day with knee injury
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(2/28/2017) Weeks hyperextended his left knee during Monday's collision and is considered day-to-day,'s Carrie Muskat reports.

He was able to walk off the field slowly after suffering the injury, but may need to miss a few days. Weeks will serve as organizational infield depth, likely spending most, if not the whole season at Triple-A.

Dodgers' Willie Calhoun: Working on defense and conditioning
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(2/28/2017) Calhoun has not gotten into game action yet, as the Dodgers have him focused on defense and conditioning,'s Ken Gurnick reports.

Calhoun's bad body and subsequently mediocre defense are the two things standing in the way of him projecting as a future 25-homer second baseman. The Dodgers obviously want him to recognize the importance of conditioning this spring, so that will likely be the primary objective over the next month. He is expected to open the year at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Marlins' Dee Gordon: Will make spring debut Tuesday
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(2/28/2017) Gordon (illness) will start at second base and bat leadoff in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.

Gordon rejoined the Marlins on Tuesday after fully recovering from a bout with an eye infection that had kept him away from the team for a couple of days. The speedster was able to stay sharp by taking some swings in his apartment while he was isolated from the team, and that was apparently enough to convince manager Don Mattingly to insert Gordon in the lineup Tuesday for his spring debut. A 80-game PED suspension ended up depressing Gordon's final numbers last season, but he still finished among the league leaders with 30 steals in just 345 plate appearances. Given the scarcity of stolen bases league wide, Gordon's elite potential in that category continues to make him a high-end fantasy commodity at the keystone, despite his lack of output in homers and RBI.

Cubs' Jemile Weeks: Exits Monday with injury
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(2/27/2017) Weeks left the game after he injured himself jumping to catch a throw down, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

He was able to walk off the field slowly, but otherwise the severity of the injury is not yet known. Although he was already a long shot to make the Cubs' deep roster, this certainly doesn't help Weeks. The team hasn't released anything on the injury, but more should be known after the game.

Phillies' Jesmuel Valentin: Returns to action Monday
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(2/27/2017) Valentin (shoulder) saw his first action of the spring Monday, going 0-for-1 after taking over for Cesar Hernandez at second base.

Valentin had been sidelined while he recovered from a separated shoulder that he suffered earlier this month while playing in the Caribbean Series. He is expected to open the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Reds' Dilson Herrera: Plays catch Monday
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(2/27/2017) Herrera (shoulder) resumed his throwing program Monday by playing light catch, Mark Sheldon of reports.

The shoulder inflammation is keeping Herrera from participating in the WBC, although that could end up helping his chances of earning a bigger role with the Reds in 2017. He hasn't been able to play the field yet, but the soon-to-be 23-year-old has DH'd twice in four games this spring for Cincinnati, which is reassuring. It still remains unclear when he'll return to the field, but the Reds seem to be playing it safe with Herrera. "I'm going to keep DHing him, and we're going to make sure that when he's throwing, he's throwing at 100 percent before I put him at second base," manager Bryan Price said.

Rockies' Alexi Amarista: Goes hitless in spring debut
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(2/27/2017) Amarista participated in his first spring game Sunday and went 0-for-2.

The utility man logged all his innings at shortstop during Colorado's split-squad game, although with Trevor Story locked in at that spot and stalwarts Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMehieu and Ian Desmond rounding off the infield, Amarista seems to just be staying sharp as he prepares for a reserve utility role. The 27-year-old has never hit higher than .257 during his big league career, but his ability to play infield and outfield along with his major league contract status should give him an inside track to one of the more prominent bench roles for the Rockies.

Mets' Neil Walker: Makes spring debut Sunday
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(2/27/2017) Walker went 0-for-2 in his first Grapefruit League action of the spring Sunday, and had no issues with his surgically repaired back, The New York Daily News reports. "Good to get back out there, get the first couple at-bats out of the way, move around. Felt great," said Walker after the game. "I fouled a couple balls off left-handed, swung through a couple pitches right-handed. That's typically the last hurdle any time I've had back stuff that's crept up in the past. Once you can fully let it go and everything is perfectly fine - that was the case today."

He'll be the Mets' starting second baseman in 2017, and perhaps beyond if stalled contracts talks with the team resume at some point. Walker posted a career-high .823 OPS in his first season with the team last year, but his 113 games played was his lowest since 2010, so staying healthy could result in some very impressive numbers for the 31-year-old.

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