Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Still under weather Saturday
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(3/25/2017) Cruz was sent back home Saturday as he deals with the effects of a nasty cold virus in the team's clubhouse, Greg Johns of reports.

Cruz and Robinson Cano have each been sidelined for a few days, but they had plenty of at-bats in the World Baseball Classic to get ready. Don't expect either slugger to be very rusty when they're set to return.

Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Out with head cold
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(3/24/2017) Cruz is dealing with a head cold and is out of the Mariners' lineup Friday, Greg Johns of reports.

Robinson Cano is also out with the same illness, so it appears the bug is making its way through the clubhouse. It doesn't appear to be overly serious, but it's unclear how long Cruz will be sidelined so consider him day-to-day.

Indians' Carlos Santana: Returns to Cactus League action
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(3/24/2017) Santana is 2-for-6 with a strikeout in his first two Cactus League games since returning from the WBC.

Santana entertained on the world stage by hitting .308 (8-for-26) with a pair of doubles, RBI and runs scored for the Dominican Republic. Fantasy owners will hope for carry-over results similar to the ones Santana displayed coming off his previous WBC. Following the 2013 tournament, the slugger opened the MLB regular season by hitting .389 in April. A slight regression from 2016's career year should be expected, but even so, Santana brings plenty of value across all formats.

Angels' Albert Pujols: Will solely DH this season
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(3/23/2017) Manager Mike Scioscia said that he has no plans to play Pujols -- who is coming off of foot surgery this past offseason -- at first base this spring, and that it will stay that way indefinitely, according to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register.

Scioscia added that he felt comfortable with Pujols' defense if he needed to use him there in a pinch during the regular season. Luckily for most fantasy owners, the 37-year-old logged 28 games at first base last season, making him eligible for the position in most standard fantasy formats. For those that need him to make a start in the field to gain eligibility, it may be a while before that day comes. From a fantasy perspective, serving as the team's full-time designated hitter bodes well for the aging superstar's health, and should keep him a viable fantasy option based on his ability to smack home runs and drive in runs while hitting behind Mike Trout this season.

Rangers' Joey Gallo: Downplays hammy injury
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(3/22/2017) Gallo (hamstring) downplayed his recent injury, saying he doesn't expect to miss much time, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Gallo was out for six weeks after injuring the same hamstring in the Venezuelan Winter League, but his comments suggest he received encouraging results from Tuesday's MRI. He's expected to open the year with Triple-A Round Rock, playing third base, first base and left field. Gallo's bid for an Opening Day roster spot hasn't gained much traction, as he's struck out 19 times in 42 Cactus League at-bats, and the Rangers' other position players have mostly stayed healthy.

Rangers' Joey Gallo: Bothered by hamstring
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(3/21/2017) Gallo underwent an MRI on his left hamstring on Tuesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

This is the same hamstring that cut Gallo's time in winter ball short and sidelined him for six weeks, so it could be something to be concerned about, although we won't know until the test results are back. Consider him day-to-day for now, but depending on how serious the injury turns out to be, Gallo could find himself out for an extended period of time to start the season.

Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Returning to Mariners camp Tuesday
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(3/21/2017) Cruz is expected back in Mariners camp from the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, Doug Miller of reports.

The veteran slugger hit .300 (6-for-20) with three home runs and five RBI in the WBC as Team Dominican Republic fell short in its bid to advance to the tournament's semi-final round with a loss to Team USA on Saturday night. Manager Scott Servais has indicated he'll likely wait until Wednesday or Thursday to get Cruz back into game action considering he got plenty of game action during the WBC.

Twins' Byungho Park: Hits fourth spring training home run
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(3/20/2017) Park went 1-for-2 and and hit his fourth home run of the spring in Monday's win over Toronto.

Park has had an outstanding spring training, hitting .394 (13-for-33) and striking out in just 23 percent of his plate appearances (compared to 32.8 percent last year in the majors). Kennys Vargas began the spring as the leading candidate for the starting DH job, but Park may have overtaken him for the role. However, the competition may not be decided until the end of training camp since Vargas has missed time while playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

Astros' Preston Tucker: Plays in minor league game
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(3/20/2017) Tucker (shoulder) went 0-for-2 with a walk in a minor league spring game on Monday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It was Tucker's first appearance of spring after spending all offseason rehabbing from shoulder surgery. The Astros have taken it slow with him until this point, and it doesn't seem like they'll rush him now, seeing as the 26-year-old is in line to start the season at Triple-A Fresno.

Astros' Preston Tucker: Will get first spring at-bats
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(3/19/2017) Tucker (shoulder) is slated for his first at-bats of the spring in minor league games this week, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Astros have taken it slowly with Tucker who spent the entire offseason rehabbing from September shoulder surgery. The delay caused by his shoulder puts Tucker in line to begin the season in the minors, though with Houston's well-stocked outfield, even a healthy Tucker would have started at Triple-A Fresno.

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