Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta: Two hits in return to lineup
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(8:03 pm ET) Peralta (knee) went 2-for-2 in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.

Peralta exited Saturday's game early after fouling a pitch off of his knee. The X-rays came back negative and after a couple of days off, he was able to suit up Tuesday. He's slated to begin the 2017 campaign as the Cardinals' top third baseman, though he's expected to split time with Jedd Gyorko.

Mariners' Kyle Seager: Looking to avoid typically slow start
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(7:42 pm ET) 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.

Athletics' Matt Chapman: Smacks third homer of spring Monday
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(6:10 pm ET) Chapman hit a solo home run in three at-bats during Monday's 10-3 Cactus League loss to the Royals.

On what was a disappointing day overall for the A's, Chapman provided a highlight with his third homer of spring. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a solid spring while seeing plenty of reps against big-league pitching. He'll start the 2017 season in Triple-A Nashville, where he has plenty to provide after hitting just .197 over 85 plate appearances in 2016, despite smacking seven round-trippers.

Nationals' Anthony Rendon: Out with calf issue
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(3:53 pm ET) Rendon is sitting out of Tuesday's spring game after fouling a ball off his calf Monday, Jamal Collier of reports.

Rendon indicated his calf was feeling much better Tuesday, but the Nationals are still choosing to err on the side of caution with their starting third baseman. Consider him day-to-day until the Nationals note otherwise.

Athletics' Trevor Plouffe: Won't play Wednesday
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(12:25 pm ET) Plouffe (groin) won't play Wendesday, contrary to a previous report, CSN California's Joe Stiglich reports.

He was initially expected to return to game action against the Cubs on Wednesday, but will instead return to Northern California. The A's have three exhibition games against the Giants starting Thursday before Opening Day, and those contests will represent Plouffe's last chance to get back in game action during the exhibition season. Ryon Healy would presumably start at third base if Plouffe has to miss any time in April.

Tigers' Andrew Romine: Candidate for center field starts early in season
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(12:11 pm ET) Romine could get some regular playing time in center field to begin the season, Anthony French of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Tigers will be without right fielder J.D. Martinez for 3-4 weeks, which means Mikie Mahtook and Tyler Collins, who were penciled into a center field platoon, could get some time in right. If that's the case, Romine and JaCoby Jones are candidates to start in center field. Romine appeared in 22 games there a season ago, though he doesn't offer much with the bat for fantasy purposes.

Cardinals' Patrick Wisdom: Optioned to Triple-A
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(12:06 pm ET) Wisdom was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Wisdom enjoyed an excellent spring, hitting .300 with two doubles, three home runs, six RBI, five walks, two stolen bases and seven runs over 37 plate appearances. He scuffled at Memphis last season, however, slashing just .233/.303/.374 over 294 plate appearances. Therefore, he'll look to build on the momentum he generated against big-league arms and put together a much stronger minor-league campaign in 2017.

Rays' Matt Duffy: Latest MRI comes back clean
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(11:24 am ET) Duffy's (heel) most recent MRI on his surgically repaired left heel came back clean, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The recovering shortstop also mentioned that after four days of rest and having his heel in a cast it actually felt "normal," certainly a cautiously optimistic sign for a player whose progress has often appeared to stagnate this spring. Duffy will continue to proceed very deliberately with his efforts to build up strength and eventually test the heel, leaving his potential timetable for return still firmly up in the air.

Rangers' Adrian Beltre: Remains out with tight calf
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(11:06 am ET) Beltre remains out Tuesday with a tight right calf muscle,'s TR Sullivan reports.

He will throw and hit in the cages but won't get into a game Tuesday. It is unclear if Beltre will be able to return to Cactus League play, with just four more spring games remaining on the docket for the Rangers before Opening Day.

Giants' Jae-Gyun Hwang: Continues to thrive in spring training
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(10:07 am ET) Hwang is expected to accept an assignment to Triple-A Sacramento to begin the season, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

The Korean import, who is attending Giants camp as a non-roster invitee, has been mightily impressive during Cactus League play, batting .349 with five homers. Despite his strong showing at the plate, the Giants are inclined to have Hwang hit the minors to develop a little more versatility, with the 29-year-old expected to see time in both left field and first base. Hwang has an opt-out clause in his contract for July 1 if the Giants fail to promote him to the big leagues by then, so we could see him make his MLB debut at some point shortly before the All-Star break if he continues to rake at Triple-A.

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