Giants' Hunter Pence: Possible return Friday
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(2/22/2017) Pence (side) said that he is ready to play Friday with no limitations, CSN Bay Area reports.

The final decision will come down to manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants' training staff, but it sounds like Pence has fully recovered from the minor intercostal issue that flared up a couple of weeks ago. The Giants may opt to hold him out of their Cactus League debut Friday, but barring a setback, Pence should be good to go this spring and heading into Opening Day as the club's starter in right field. The former ironman may see a few extra rest days this season after missing significant parts of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to injury.

Padres' Alex Dickerson: Remains out Wednesday
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(2/22/2017) Dickerson (back) was held out of workouts for a third straight day Wednesday and will be examined by team doctors, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

What was initially thought to be a fairly minor ailment seems to be sticking around longer than expected, so the young outfielder will head to the trainer's table to see if there's a larger problem presenting itself. Back injuries are always a rough time given how much every baseball activity utilizes the back, but the severity of this particular issue is currently unclear. Once the results of the examination are revealed, a timetable for Dickerson's return to spring training should become clearer.

Braves' Emilio Bonifacio: Could break camp on big league roster
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(2/22/2017) Bonifacio's experience in the outfield could give him an advantage when it comes to winning a spot on the Braves' bench this spring.

As it currently stands, Atlanta only has three outfielders on their 40-man roster -- starters Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis -- so they'll be looking for depth during spring training. Jace Peterson and Chase d'Arnaud are considered the primary options to win utility roles, but they've seen action in the outfield in a combined 29 big league games between them. Bonifacio, on the other hand, played 65 games in center field as recently as 2014. That resume could win him the fourth outfielder role coming out of camp, and the 31-year-old's 37 steals in 107 games at Triple-A last year would then make him an intriguing stash in deep NL-only leagues.

Marlins' Ichiro Suzuki: Skips workout after collision
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(2/22/2017) Suzuki (knee) skipped Wednesday's team workout while dealing with soreness from an outfield collision, Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel reports.

He collided with teammate Brandon Barnes on Tuesday during a routine drill, resulting in a sore quadriceps and back. The 43-year-old is known as an ironman, having spent time on the DL only once in his career. Suzuki will spend Wednesday on training machines, but it's clear the injury is nothing too serious.

Mets' Curtis Granderson: In mix for leadoff spot
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(2/22/2017) Granderson will get consideration as the Mets' leadoff hitter this season on days when Jose Reyes isn't in the lineup, The New York Post reports.

The veteran spent most of his time in 2016, and indeed throughout his career, hitting leadoff, but his .218/.317/.433 line last year in that slot wasn't exactly ideal for the top of the order. Granderson also hit .321/.440/.605 in 81 at-bats as the cleanup hitter, though, and his .854 career OPS while hitting fourth is his highest from any spot in the batting order, so despite manager Terry Collins' comfort with him coming to the plate first, the Mets might be better off keeping Granderson in the heart of the order this season.

Dodgers' Trayce Thompson: Participates in full squad workout
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(2/22/2017) Thompson (back) participated in a full squad workout Wednesday, but won't play the first week of games, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

It appears Thompson is progressing steadily and he said his back "feels healthy." The 23-year-old has been a full participant in all baseball activities this spring, yet it's evident the team is being cautious when it comes to game action. His 2016 campaign was cut short by two fractures in his back, but it appears the young outfielder will see regular playing time before camp is out.

Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury: Hitting second in first exhibition of 2017
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(2/22/2017) Drury is hitting second and starting at second base for the D-backs in their spring exhibition against Grand Canyon University on Wednesday, Steve Gilbert of reports.

In a lineup that has the look of one that manager Torey Lovullo might use on Opening Day (with the exception of David Peralta yielding the start in right field to Oswaldo Arcia due to visa issues), Drury is in a prime spot ahead of Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb on the lineup card. Drury's greatest competition for playing time at second base may come from Ketel Marte, but it appears as though Drury has the inside track for the starting job at the keystone to begin spring games.

Diamondbacks' David Peralta: Dealing with visa issues
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(2/22/2017) Peralta is dealing with visa issues and has yet to report to spring training, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

It's expected that Peralta will resolve the matter within the next few days, but his absence from camp could delay his participation in Cactus League games. The late start shouldn't have much of an impact on Peralta, who looks to be pretty stable atop the depth chart in right field.

Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock: Will bat leadoff in exhibition opener
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(2/22/2017) Pollock (groin) will bat leadoff in the Diamondbacks' exhibition opener Wednesday against Grand Canyon University.

Pollock missed most of last season while recovering from a fractured elbow suffered in spring training, and ended up playing in just 12 games before the DIamondbacks elected to shut him down due to a groin strain. While 2016 was essentially a throw-away year for Pollock, he wasn't limited much during offseason workouts and entered spring training at full health. Though he still carries some durability concerns, the 29-year-old showed in his breakout 2015 season that he's capable of delivering excellent returns in nearly every fantasy category when healthy. If he makes it through the spring unscathed and demonstrates the hitting skills that made him an early-round pick heading into last season, Pollock should see his ADP rise in the weeks to come.

Reds' Ryan Raburn: Good chance to Reds roster spot
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(2/21/2017) Raburn and fellow NRI-teammate Desmond Jennings have reasonably good odds to make the Reds' Opening Day roster out of spring training.

The Reds are lacking other veteran alternatives to win bench roles, and they hope to have Jesse Winker begin 2017 back in Triple-A Louisville. Moreover, their starting outfield of Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and especially Scott Schebler are somewhat vulnerable to losing playing time.

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