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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.