Diamondbacks' Yasmany Tomas: Trending in right direction for Opening Day
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(3/23/2017) Tomas (oblique) hit in a cage Thursday and is expected to increase his activity level Friday. "I feel very comfortable in saying that if he has another good day [Friday] that he's going to be ready for Opening Day," said manager Torey Lovullo on Thursday.

Friday is a significant day for the Diamondbacks with Opening Day approaching as A.J. Pollock is set to return to the lineup and Tomas will log another day of baseball activity. Tovullo's comments Thursday suggest that Tomas' cage session went off without a hitch, so another strong showing Friday will further help his chances at being ready for Opening Day. Tomas, who has been hampered by an oblique strain since early March, should be in line to be Arizona's primary left fielder in 2017.


Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock: Expected to return Friday
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(3/23/2017) Pollock (groin) is expected to return to the Diamondbacks' lineup Friday. "He was potentially available today, but because of the wet grounds, we decided to hold him back one more day," said manager Torey Lovullo on Thursday.

The star outfielder will be clearing a major hurdle Friday as it will be his first time back in a major league lineup since March 12. He has played in minor league games this week, however. Assuming that the field is in good condition Friday, Pollock should be ready to draw back into the lineup.


Reds' Desmond Jennings: Out with hip injury
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(3/23/2017) Jennings was scratched from Thursday's spring league game with a hip injury, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

It was reported earlier that Jennings was scratched for an undisclosed reason, and it appears that reason was some minor hip pain. He'll be out for a couple days at least, so consider him day-to-day until the Reds update his status.


Reds' Desmond Jennings: Scratched from lineup Thursday
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(3/23/2017) Jennings was scratched from the Reds' lineup on Thursday for undisclosed reasons, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Beau Amaral will get the start in Jennings' place. The reason for the late scratch hasn't been disclosed, so he'll be considered day-to-day until the Reds clarify his status.


Dodgers' Yasiel Puig: Back in lineup Thursday
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(3/23/2017) Puig (calf) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers never expected the calf tightness to keep Puig out too long, and after three days of rest, the 26-year-old appears to be back to full health. Barring any setbacks, his readiness for Opening Day shouldn't be in question.


Pirates' Andrew McCutchen: Contributes to WBC title victory
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(3/23/2017) McCutchen went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk Wednesday during Team USA's victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game.

Cutch poked clutch RBI singles in the fifth and eighth innings as the United States went on to win 8-0, and the veteran went 5-for-21 with 5 RBI during the WBC. His fantasy stock may remain a bit undervalued in many circles, presenting a potentially profitable buying opportunity in mixed leagues.


Padres' Manuel Margot: Back in lineup
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(3/23/2017) Margot (knee) is back in the Cactus League lineup Thursday, hitting second and playing center field.

The speedy prospect hadn't played since March 5 due to knee issues. Margot still may require a DL stint simply to get him back up to speed, but if his late-spring stint goes smoothly, the potential dynasty league impact player may not need one. Either way, the 22-year-old returns to the middle-round radar for mixed league fantasy players.


Marlins' Destin Hood: Sent to New Orleans
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(3/23/2017) Hood was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

The 26-year-old turned heads in big-league camp with a .283/.346/.478 line in 25 plate appearances and, if a need in the outfield arises, should be among the club's first options to fill it. Single-season NL-only fantasy players who can comfortably stash minor leaguers should consider tucking him away.


Nationals' Michael Taylor: Returns to Nationals
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(3/23/2017) Taylor (personal) returned to Nationals camp Thursday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Taylor has been away from the team since Saturday while attending to a family matter, but now appears to be back in line for a regular spring routine. He had been hot prior to taking leave, going 16-for-36 at the plate with two home runs and six steals in exhibition play. Taylor will look to limit his strikeouts and stay aggressive on the basepaths in 2017, where he's likely headed for a role as the team's fourth outfielder.


Reds' Billy Hamilton: Sore Achilles' tendon
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(3/22/2017) Hamilton hasn't played in a spring training game since Saturday because of a sore Achilles' tendon, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Reds suggested that Hamilton could have played through a regular season game with this malady, but it wasn't worth pushing through a spring training game. He's still expected to play in exhibition games in Las Vegas this weekend.


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