Cubs' Addison Russell: Targets Thursday return
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(1:48 pm ET) Russell (back) is expected to return to the lineup Thursday when the Cubs take on the Astros, Jesse Sanchez of reports.

Russell insists that he'll be ready for Opening Day, and if all goes well in Thursday's contest, it's very likely that he will be. The young shortstop's back is reportedly feeling 100 percent as of now, so fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned about his status moving forward unless he experiences a hiccup in Thursday's bout.

Rockies' Daniel Castro: Shipped back to minors
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(1:15 pm ET) Castro was reassigned to minor league camp Monday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

The 24-year-old infielder didn't pose much of a threat to claim a roster spot, especially after batting just .235 and walking once in 35 spring plate appearances. Castro will likely serve as an organizational depth piece moving forward, but his positional versatility could land him a spot in Denver later in the season if he picks things up at the plate during his time in the minors.

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.

Yankees' Tyler Wade: Reassigned to minor league camp
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(9:44 am ET) Wade was reassigned to the Yankees' minor league camp Tuesday.

Wade put together a great spring for the Yankees, batting .357 with four doubles over 25 Grapefruit League games. The 22-year-old prospect will continue his development in the minors to begin the season, but could be in line for a call-up, especially if Didi Gregorius suffers a setback with his shoulder injury.

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.

Rays' Tim Beckham: Back in lineup Wednesday
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(9:33 am ET) Beckham (hip) will man shortstop and bat seventh in the order for Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

As expected, Beckham was given clearance to return to the field following a three-day absence due to the hip flexor injury. It's expected that Beckham will serve as the Rays' primary shortstop so long as Matt Duffy (heel) remains sidelined, though he could occasionally concede starts at the position to Nick Franklin or Brad Miller against tougher right-handers.

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 or elect for free agency, 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.

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