Indians' Giovanny Urshela: Won't make Opening Day roster
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(4:38 pm ET) Urshela was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Urshela's performance this spring was fine, but wasn't deemed deserving of a spot on the 25-man roster. Over 20 games he went 11-for-41 (.268) and hit two home runs. Although he may appear in the majors throughout the upcoming season, Urshela's fantasy value will remain limited unless those ahead of him in the organization face injuries.

Indians' Yandy Diaz: Earns spot on 25-man roster
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(4:13 pm ET) As long as he remains healthy, Diaz will make Cleveland's Opening Day roster.

Diaz has been spectacular at the plate this spring, as he's hit .429/.529/.667 over 18 games (51 at-bats). His solid bat and experience in both the outfield and the hot corner will make him a versatile option for the Indians. Although he's yet to be tested in the majors and doesn't bring an overwhelming amount of power, Diaz has been a consistent batter in the minors and hit to the tune of .325/.399/.461 at Triple-A Columbus in 2016.

Orioles' Pedro Alvarez: Fails to land roster spot
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(3:17 pm ET) Alvarez will begin the season with Triple-A Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

The 30-year-old slugger was a late addition to Orioles camp after signing an NRI deal earlier in March, but he certainly did his best to prove his worth to his new bosses by posting a .900 OPS with two home runs in eight spring games. Even though this assignment isn't the news he was looking for, Alvarez will likely find his way back to the majors if he continues to mash during his time in the minors, as raw power like his is tough to find anywhere else in the big leagues.

Royals' Cheslor Cuthbert: Healthy after HBP
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(3:15 pm ET) After being hit by a pitch Sunday, Cuthbert has been active the Royals' Cactus League games since.

Cuthbert has played in two games since getting hit, over which he's gone 2-for-6 with a home run. Once the regular season gets going, he'll be set to provide depth around the infield for Kansas City.

Angels' Yunel Escobar: Goes yard Monday
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(3/29/2017) Escobar went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Monday's win over the Athletics.

The veteran third baseman has been in and out of the lineup this spring while tending to visa issues as well as minor abdomen injury last week. The results haven't been there (.191 batting average), but Monday's homer could be the spark he needs before Opening Day. Escobar figures to see the majority of starts at the hot corner for the Angels, and he is still a candidate to lead off for manager Mike Scioscia after manning that spot in the lineup with regularity this spring. With little power and speed to offer, the 34-year-old is simply an empty batting average at this point of his career, but he could see an uptick in runs from last year (68) if he does end up being the club's leadoff man for the entirety of the season.

Rangers' Adrian Beltre: Expected to play Opening Day
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(3/29/2017) The Rangers expect Beltre (calf) to play on Opening Day, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The calf soreness has been lingering for some time, but a recent MRI showed no significant strain. While Beltre has logged a total of just 27 at-bats this spring between the World Baseball Classic and Cactus League play, he's a 19-year veteran, and veteran players typically don't need a full spring's worth of at-bats to prepare for the start of the season. Beltre projects to bat third in the Rangers' lineup.

Yankees' Ronald Torreyes: Expected to start at shortstop
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(3/29/2017) Torreyes is expected to serve as the primary option at shortstop while Didi Gregorius (shoulder) is on the shelf, Bryan Hoch of reports.

Tyler Wade was reassigned to minor league camp and manager Joe Girardi "strongly indicated" Torreyes will be the starter in Gregorius' absence, per Hoch. Gregorius could miss all of April with the shoulder injury. While Torreyes brings little to the table in terms of power (career-high six homers in the minors) or speed, he at least puts bat to ball with consistency. Look for him to bat ninth in the Yankees' order.

Orioles' Chris Johnson: Re-signs with Orioles
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(3/29/2017) Johnson re-signed with the Orioles on a minor league deal Wednesday and will report to Triple-A Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Johnson becomes reunited with Baltimore after having been released Monday. The veteran third baseman hit .269 with three home runs and 11 RBI through 24 spring games, yet led the team with 17 strikeouts. He'll look to work his way back into the majors with a solid performance at Norfolk, but finds himself behind Manny Machado and Ryan Flaherty on the organizational depth chart.

Astros' Alex Bregman: Will bat in No. 2 spot to open season
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(3/29/2017) Manager A.J. Hinch confirmed Wednesday that he would use Bregman has his No. 2 hitter to begin the season, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bregman has occupied that slot in the batting order for much of the spring, so Hinch's announcement doesn't come as a major surprise. The third baseman, who will turn 23 years old Thursday, struggled out of the gate in his first exposure to big-league pitching last summer, but closed the season out on a high note, delivering a .264/.313/.478 slash line over 217 plate appearances. Bregman flashed some burgeoning pop between the minors and big leagues last season to go with his impressive hit tool, and a cushy spot in the lineup between George Springer and Jose Altuve should allow him to rack up runs in his sophomore campaign.

Mariners' Kyle Seager: Looking to avoid typically slow start
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(3/28/2017) Seager, who raised his spring average to .308 with a 2-for-3 effort in Monday's Cactus League loss to the Padres, is hoping to avoid the sluggish start that has been a part of his last three seasons, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. "I'm going to try to get more hits than I did last year," he reiterated. "But other than that, I'm going to pretty much try to be the same. If it happens again, and you keep the big picture in mind, you can get out of it."

The slugging third baseman has hit a combined .216 over the opening month of the 2014-16 seasons, a downturn he's intent on avoiding in 2017. Seager has bounced back to produce solid campaigns in each of those years and has hit at least 20 home runs in all five of his full major league seasons. He's generating some strong momentum as the Mariners prepare to transition to the regular season, as factoring in Monday's production, he's now hit safely in six of his last 13 at-bats.

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