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Cheslor Cuthbert Headshot

Cuthbert went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Padres in Cactus League play.

It was the first long ball of the spring for Cuthbert, who took Padres reliever Ryan Buchter deep for a two-run blast in the sixth inning. After serving as the Royals' primary third baseman last season while Mike Moustakas recovered from a torn ACL, Cuthbert is ticketed for a utility role in 2017. While it could allow him to eventually obtain eligibility at second base, first base or even in the outfield, Cuthbert likely won't see enough regular at-bats to warrant draft consideration outside of AL-only leagues.
10:17 am (EST)
Carlos Correa Headshot

Correa is scheduled to rejoin the Astros' spring training lineup Saturday after returning from the World Baseball Classic, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Correa sizzled in WBC play for Puerto Rico, going 8-for-20 with three home runs and nine RBI. Getting some work in Grapefruit League action will affirm his value as a borderline first-round pick in many mixed fantasy leagues.
10:16 am (EST)
Marcus Stroman Headshot

Stroman threw six shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three during Team USA's Wednesday victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game.

Only 44 of his 73 pitches resulted in a strike, but to log that many innings on that crisp a count proved efficient, and that approach makes his current and future fantasy owners smile. Stroman's strikeout rate doesn't befit that of a fantasy ace, and the right-hander comes in a notch below that tier. Still, even after the added WBC stretch, the control- and groundball-happy right-hander should chew up close to 200 innings and could enjoy a bump in whiffs now that he's another year removed from a torn ACL.
10:10 am (EST)
Derrick Rose Headshot

Rose suffered a sore right foot in Wednesday's loss to the Jazz, but X-rays came back negative, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports.

Rose was able to return after picking up the injury in the third quarter, finishing the night with 17 points (7-12 FG, 3-3 FT), six assists and one rebound in 32 minutes. While it looks like his injury is only a minor concern, the non-contending Knicks could opt to hold him out of the second half of the back-to-back set Thursday against the Trail Blazers. Expect the Knicks to make an official call on Rose's status in the hours leading up to the 10:00 p.m. ET tip time, but if he ends up sitting out, Ron Baker and Chasson Randle would likely cover most of the minutes at point guard.
10:06 am (EST)
Kyle Korver Headshot

Korver (foot) provided nine points (3-9 FG, 3-8 3Pt), one rebound and one assist across 19 minutes in a 126-113 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Korver didn't display his usual accuracy from three-point range in his return from a seven-game absence, but he should have a chance to regain a few more minutes in contests once he becomes further removed from the foot injury. Fortunately for Korver, J.R. Smith (three points on 1-of-7 shooting) was fairly unimpressive in his move to the starting five, so it appears the playing time at shooting guard could still be very much up for grabs.
9:55 am (EST)
Angel Pagan Headshot

Pagan went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic championship game loss to Team USA. He hit .303 (8-for-31) in seven games for Puerto Rico.

Pagan remains a free agent but showed he's worthy of a big league job in the WBC and also showed he's healthy. Pagan was close to signing with Baltimore earlier this spring before failing a physical, Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reports. Atlanta was reportedly interested in signing Pagan before the WBC started, so it may not be long until he signs with a MLB team.
9:55 am (EST)
Josh Archibald Headshot

Archibald was recalled from AHL WIlkes/Barre-Scranton on Thursday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Archibald has been up with the Pens in an earlier stint this season, scoring two goals across three games played. The 24-year-old will once again provide Pittsburgh with forward depth -- a position where injuries have started to rack up since Archibald was sent down on March 16.
9:53 am (EST)
Shane Greene Headshot

Greene said his struggles this spring are a result of working on his mechanics, not lingering finger numbness he's been dealing with, MLB.com reports.

Blood circulation issues led to surgery two years ago for Greene, and the fingers on his right hand will still occasionally go cold or numb. However, he said he's gotten used to the feeling, and his struggles this spring are more due to mechanics. "I think what was happening was, for me, when I tell myself to stay back, I slow my arm down," Greene said. "All spring training I've been trying to get my arm to catch up. I finally stopped thinking about it, and it caught up, and everything felt great." The righty gave up seven runs on 11 hits over his first four innings this spring, but he's pitched five straight scoreless innings since.
9:53 am (EST)
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