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Date Player
3/26/2017 Scott Kazmir, LAD, P
Kazmir (sore hip) could start the season on the disabled list.

Analysis: Kazmir allowed three runs on three hits and five walks in three innings during his third spring start Sunday after missing time because of the injury. The left-hander appears to have fallen out of the running for a spot in the rotation.
3/26/2017 Mark Reynolds, Col, 1B
The Colorado Rockies selected the contract of Reynolds from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday. Reynolds figures to be the starter at first base in the absence of Ian Desmond, who is out with a broken left hand.

Analysis: Reynolds hit a career-best .282 last season with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs. He was limited to 32 at-bats after Aug. 11. He broke a bone in his left hand while swinging a bat, had surgery on Aug. 15, was activated Aug. 31 and broke his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch on Sept. 18. He re-signed with Colorado in February on a minor-league deal.
3/26/2017 Jonathon Niese, NYY, P
The New York Yankees on Sunday released Jonathon Niese, ending the left-hander's bid to secure a position in the bullpen.

Analysis: Niese, who signed a minor-league contract with the club on Feb. 20, was attempting to return from season-ending surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee in August. The 30-year-old allowed three runs on five hits in six innings for a 4.50 ERA in six Grapefruit League appearances.
3/26/2017 Wei-Yin Chen, Mia, P
The same issue that plagued Chen during his first season with the Miami Marlins continues to trouble him. Chen allowed two more homers in Miami's 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. The solo shots for Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler made it six homers allowed by the left-hander during spring training.

Analysis: A fly-ball pitcher who surrendered 28 homers in 31 starts during his final year with Baltimore, Chen signed with Miami as a free agent prior to the 2016 season. The hope was the more spacious Marlins Ballpark would turn some of those drives into long outs.
3/26/2017 Steven Matz, NYM, P
Matz has been scratched from his Monday start in a minor league game because of tenderness in his left elbow.

Analysis: Sandy Alderson said the problem has bothered Matz for ''a period of time'', but that he hasn't been sent for an MRI. The GM added that the team doesn't think the issue is serious, but that it's ''worrisome'' because Matz has continued to be injured during his short career with the Mets.
3/26/2017 Alex Cobb, TB, P
Cobb has been scratched from a start in a minor league game due to left lower back tightness. Cobb was scheduled to pitch in an intrasquad game Sunday.

Analysis: Cobb returned from Tommy John surgery late last season and is trying to regain the pre-injury form that had him on track to be the opening-day starter in 2015. Shortstop Tim Beckham didn't play in the Yankees' game because of hip flexor tightness.
3/26/2017 Jake Barrett, Ari, P
Barrett apparently won't be ready to pitch by opening day because of shoulder stiffness.

Analysis: Barrett was slated for a bullpen role with Arizona after he went 1-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 68 games last year. He also converted four saves in nine chances.
3/26/2017 Ehire Adrianza, Min, SS
Adrianza strained his right oblique during Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

Analysis: The injury will likely land the infielder on the disabled list to begin the season. Adrianza, who hit .220 in 154 games with the Giants over the previous four years, was claimed off waivers by Minnesota from Milwaukee in February.
3/25/2017 Mauricio Cabrera, Atl, P
Cabrera is likely to begin the season on the DL because of right elbow soreness.

Analysis: As a rookie last season, the 23-year-old right-hander had a 2.82 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and .587 opponents' OPS while striking out 32 and not allowing a homer in 38 1/3 innings over 41 appearances. He also had six saves in seven chances.
3/25/2017 Juan Lagares, NYM, CF
Legares left Saturday's spring training game with a left oblique strain.

Analysis: There has been no immediate word on Legares' condition, but expect the Mets to be cautious with the regular season just over a week away.
3/25/2017 Lonnie Chisenhall, Cle, RF
Chisenhall will be sidelined for three days after spraining his right shoulder when he crashed into a wall.

Analysis: Chisenhall was examined Saturday, a day after he was hurt chasing a flyball against the Cubs. Manager Terry Francona said the medical staff described the injury as a mild sprain. ''He'll be down three days, from no activity. He will just get treatment. After that third day, we'll have a much better idea which direction that thing goes and how quickly he can come back,'' Francona said.
3/25/2017 Carlos Rodon, CWS, P
Rodon will get a second opinion Monday on tightness in his left biceps despite an MRI exam on Friday that came back clean.

Analysis: Rodon, who will see Los Angeles-based specialist Neal ElAttrache, is expected to start the season on the disabled list. Rodon made his first exhibition start March 19, pitching five scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels and allowing one hit and one walk while striking out five.
3/25/2017 Colby Rasmus, TB, LF
Rasmus is expected to start this season on the DL.

Analysis: Rasmus has been slowed throughout spring training and has been limited only to DH. Mallex Smith is now expected to be the Rays' opening day left fielder.
3/24/2017 José Ramírez, Cle, 3B
The Indians have agreed to a contract extension with infielder Jose Ramirez.

Analysis: Ramirez had a breakout season with the AL champions in 2016 when he batted .312 with 11 homers and 76 RBIs. He played third base, shortstop, second and outfield and more importantly he picked up the offensive slack when former All-Star Michael Brantley was sidelined for all but 11 games with a shoulder injury.
3/24/2017 Carlos Carrasco, Cle, P
Carrasco threw three scoreless innings Friday against the Cubs in his first spring training outing since March 13.

Analysis: The right-hander had a start skipped after he experienced some elbow discomfort following a horrendous appearance against the White Sox, in which he was tagged for eight runs and eight hits - including three homers - in 1 2/3 innings. Carrasco appears close to being back on track to begin the season in the rotation, though he may be pushed to the back end.
3/24/2017 Jon Gray, Col, P
Gray left his spring training start in the third inning with soreness in his left foot. The Rockies said Friday it was for precautionary reasons.

Analysis: Gray went 2 2/3 innings against San Francisco and gave up five runs before exiting the game. He could be the team's starter when the season opens April 3 in Milwaukee. The third overall pick in 2013, Gray went 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA last season.
3/24/2017 J.D. Martínez, Det, RF
Martinez is expected to miss up to four weeks due to a right foot injury.

Analysis: Martinez was diagnosed with a sprain of the Lisfranc ligament and will wear a cast for seven to 10 days before being re-evaluated. Manager Brad Ausmus was surprised by how long Martinez would be out but put a positive spin on it, saying, "When you think about it, it's three to four weeks from today and 10 days of that are while we're still in spring training. So if it goes four weeks, that's only 2 1/2, three weeks of missed time in season."
3/24/2017 Daniel Murphy, Was, 2B
Murphy thinks he will be ready for the start of the season, even with his lack of playing time in the World Baseball Classic. Nationals manager Dusty Baker is taking a wait-and-see approach. ''You can talk all you want,'' Baker said. ''He wasn't comfortable when he left and he didn't get many ABs.''

Analysis: Murphy went hitless in six at-bats for gold medal-winning Team USA. Before heading to the WBC, Murphy had only three hits in 17 Grapefruit League at-bats.
3/24/2017 Albert Almora Jr., ChC, CF
Almora Jr. left Friday's spring training game after three innings and two at-bats due to left neck tightness.

Analysis: He was hurt diving for a sinking liner early in the game.
3/24/2017 Lonnie Chisenhall, Cle, RF
Chisenhall left Friday's spring training game with an injury in the bottom of the second inning. Chisenhall, playing right field, hit the wall while trying to track down a long fly ball. He was shaken up but was able to get to his feet.

Analysis: A trainer and Indians manager Terry Francona came out of the dugout to check on Chisenhall, who motioned toward his left shoulder a couple of times as he walked off the field.
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