Dodgers' Charlie Culberson: Returns to minor league camp
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(11:52 am ET) Culberson (personal) was reassigned to minor league camp Wednesday, Ken Gurnick of reports.

The 27-year-old was in the hunt for a reserve role on the major league roster, although his .250 batting average this spring did little to persuade the Dodgers to deploy him in Los Angeles. His versatility should help him get a call back to the majors relatively soon, but for now Culberson will have to bide his time with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Cubs' Addison Russell: Still hopes to play Opening Day
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(11:43 am ET) Russell (back) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game but is still confident he'll be ready for Opening Day, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Although the All Star shortstop isn't logging any game action Wednesday, he's still expected to get some work in the batting cage. Russell insists that he's feeling 100 percent, but his status for the season's opener will likely be determined as the actual date approaches.

Phillies' Pedro Florimon: Fails to earn roster spot
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(9:35 am ET) Florimon was informed that he did not earn a roster spot with the Phillies, Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Florimon will remain in camp until Friday to give the Phillies some infield depth as they close out their Grapefruit League schedule. He will likely work in a utility role at Triple-A Lehigh Valley when the regular season begins.

Brewers' Ivan De Jesus: Misses major league cut
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(3/28/2017) De Jesus was informed Tuesday that he did not make the Brewers' Opening Day roster, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Despite hitting a gaudy .409 (18-for-44) over 22 Cactus League games this spring, the Brewers ultimately decided to leave De Jesus off the 25-man roster. He'll likely open the season in the hitter-friendly environment of Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Giants' Jimmy Rollins: Left off Opening Day roster
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(3/28/2017) Manager Bruce Bochy informed Rollins on Tuesday that he did not make the Opening Day roster, CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports.

This news does not come as much of a surprise, as the 38-year-old hit just .125 (5-for-40) in 16 games this spring. Rollins has the option to remain in the organization as a minor league player, but no decision has made at this time.

Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte: Optioned to Triple-A
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(3/28/2017) Marte was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.

Marte's banishment to Triple-A leaves Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed to battle it out for the starting job at shorstop. The 23-year-old Marte, who came over from the Mariners in November as part of the Jean Segura/Taijuan Walker trade, will presumably see a full-time role at Triple-A and could reemerge as a regular option in the infield later in the season if he's able to find some more success with Reno than he enjoyed during spring training. Marte slashed .250/.321/.375 over 48 at-bats in Cactus League play and was nabbed on his only stolen-base attempt.

Padres' Erick Aybar: Named starting shortstop
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(3/28/2017) The Padres selected Aybar's contract Tuesday, and he has been officially named the team's starting shortstop.

He hit .275 with a .700 OPS, one home run and one stolen base in 51 spring at-bats, beating out Luis Sardinas for the starting gig. Aybar is a bottom-three fantasy option among starting shortstops, as he projects to offer very few counting stats relative to his playing time. At best, he might offer an empty batting average in the .265 range with a handful of steals.

Munenori Kawasaki: Released by Cubs
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(3/28/2017) Kawasaki was released by the Cubs on Tuesday, the Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer reports.

The Cubs would have liked to keep Kawasaki in the organization, but he may have a better opportunity elsewhere. Regardless of where he ends up, his primary contributions will be infield defense and an excellent presence in the clubhouse, neither of which are rewarded in the majority of fantasy leagues.

Braves' Dansby Swanson: Bangs out three hits Monday
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(3/28/2017) Swanson went 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and three runs scored in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

Despite a late start to the spring due to a strained side, Swanson is still slashing .313/.421/.500 in 38 plate appearances and seems ready to pick up where he left off in his impressive 2016 major league debut. The 23-year-old will be hitting second for the Braves this season, which could make him a very valuable source of runs given his advanced hit tool and solid on-base skills.

Cubs' Addison Russell: Shooting for Wednesday return
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(3/28/2017) Russell (back) is shooting for a Wednesday return to Cactus League play, the Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer reports.

He admitted that a short DL stint is possible if the issue lingers, but he does not expect that to happen. If he gets back into game action Wednesday, it sounds like he will be on track to be ready for the start of the season. Javier Baez would be the replacement option at shortstop if Russell misses time with the balky back.

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