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.

Orioles' Craig Gentry: In race for reserve role
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(2/22/2017) Gentry's defensive prowess give his a boost in the race for an Opening Day reserve role, SB Nation reports.

The 33-year-old outfielder has bounced between the majors and minors for the past couple of seasons. Gentry is an above-average defender which is something the Orioles have a need for. If Gentry makes the team, he will be relegated to a platoon role most likely in left field, but can also fill in for Adam Jones in center when needed.

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.

Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury: Arrives at camp Tuesday
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(2/22/2017) Ellsbury made his debut at the Yankees spring facility Tuesday, George A. King of the New York Post reports.

The outfielder was delayed a couple of days while staying with his family for the birth of his second child, but he's since reported to camp and will be a full participant going forward. The 33-year-old has struggled at times to live up to the $153 million deal he inked with New York prior to the 2014 season, but he's still slated to command a spot atop the lineup and man the every day duties in center field in 2017.

Orioles' D.J. Stewart: To begin 2017 at Double-A Bowie
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(2/22/2017) Stewart will begin the season at Double-A Bowie and, with a good season, is expected to be on the list of September call-ups with a chance to make the Opening Day roster in 2018, SB Nation reports.

The 25th overall pick of the 2015 draft has been developing slower than the O's has hoped. In 183 career minor league games, he has 18 home runs and 32 doubles to go with 79 RBI and 30 steals. More recently, over 22 games in the Arizona Fall League this offseason, Stewart hit .244/.395/.384. He walked 19 times and amassed 21 strike outs, illustrating his lack of plate discipline, a key flaw that the outfielder must improve before sniffing the big leagues.

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.

Mariners' Leonys Martin: Arrives at camp
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(2/22/2017) Martin arrived at camp Wednesday after being delayed by personal issues, Shannon Drayer of reports.

Martin testified in a Cuban human-trafficking trial Tuesday in Miami. Projected to be the Mariners' starting center fielder again in 2017, he should be back to normal spring training activities shortly. Martin hit .247 and stole a team-leading 24 bases last season, his first in Seattle.

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