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3/25/2017 Carlos Rodon, CWS, P
The Chicago White Sox scratched Rodon from his spring start Friday due to left biceps tightness, and general manager Rick Hahn said the left-hander likely would begin the season on the disabled list. Rodon also had an MRI that showed no structural damage. He will get a second opinion next week.

Analysis: "We are going to err on the side of caution here, even if it winds up costing him his first couple starts, because we're slowing down the schedule now by scratching him," Hahn said. The 24-year-old Rodon went 9-10 last season with a 4.04 ERA. The third overall pick in the 2014 draft is 18-16 with a 3.90 ERA in 54 career games with the White Sox. "The odds are probably that he starts the season on the DL," Hahn said. "But again we'll know more after he has further exams."
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.
3/24/2017 Will Smith, SF, P
Smith will have Tommy John surgery and miss all of the 2017 season.

Analysis: Smith was acquired at last August's trade deadline from the Brewers, and appeared in 26 games for the Giants, posting a 2.95 ERA. The left-hander limited opponents to a .212 average.
3/24/2017 Christian Friedrich, SD, P
Friedrich will open the season on the disabled list due to a strained left lat.

Analysis: Friedrich went 5-12 with a 4.80 ERA in 24 games - 23 starts - with the Padres last season.
3/24/2017 Collin McHugh, Hou, P
McHugh will likely not be ready for the start of the season due to a tired arm.

Analysis: McHugh went 13-10 with a 4.34 ERA in a career-high 33 starts last season. The right-hander struck out a career-best 177 over 184 2-3 innings.
3/23/2017 Daniel Vogelbach, Sea, 1B
The Seattle Mariners have optioned Vogelbach to Triple-A Tacoma, meaning Danny Valencia will be the everyday first baseman when the regular season begins.

Analysis: Seattle made the surprising roster move Thursday. Vogelbach, a left-handed hitter, and Valencia, who bats right-handed, had been expected to split time at first depending on pitching matchups. But Vogelbach has struggled in spring training, hitting just .228 and will now start the season in the minors.
3/23/2017 Luis Valbuena, LAA, 3B
Valbuena was removed from Wednesday's split-squad game against the Rangers because of left hamstring soreness.

Analysis: Valbuena underwent season-ending hamstring surgery in August so this is clearly something of a concern.
3/22/2017 Raisel Iglesias, Cin, P
Iglesias reportedly did not suffer any structural damage in his elbow.

Analysis: It's uncertain how much time he will miss going forward, but he is expected to resume throwing over the weekend. His status for opening day is iffy.
3/22/2017 Andre Ethier, LAD, RF
Ethier might miss Opening Day after an MRI exam revealed a herniated disk in his lower back.

Analysis: Ethier received a pain-killing epidural injection, but he cannot perform any baseball-related activities for a week to 10 days. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the Los Angeles Times it would be "tough" for Ethier to be ready by April 3.
3/22/2017 Shawn O'Malley, Sea, SS
O'Malley underwent a successful apprectomy.

Analysis: However, thee is no timetable for his return and he reportedly might not be ready for opening day.
3/22/2017 Zack Wheeler, NYM, P
Wheeler took a step back Wednesday in the Mets' 15-9 loss to the Miami Marlins, allowing four runs in three innings - including three in his last.

Analysis: ''His arm strength is there, and he feels good,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. ''He got a little fatigued in that last inning. He's got to build that endurance up.''
3/22/2017 Steven Matz, NYM, P
Matz took a step back Wednesday in the Mets' 15-9 loss to the Miami Marlins, giving up five runs and eight hits in four innings.

Analysis: Coming off surgery Oct. 4 to remove bone spurs from his left elbow, Matz entered with a 1.04 ERA in his first three spring training starts.
3/22/2017 Trevor May, Min, P
May has undergone Tommy John elbow surgery that will keep him off the mound this season. The Twins announced on Wednesday that the replacement of May's torn ulnar collateral ligament was successful.

Analysis: The 27-year-old right-hander was transitioning back to starting following a move to the bullpen halfway through the 2015 season.
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