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Martin arrived at camp Wednesday after being delayed by personal issues, Shannon Drayer of MyNorthwest.com reports.

Martin testified in a Cuban human-trafficking trial Tuesday in Miami. Projected to be the Mariners' starting center fielder again in 2017, he should be back to normal spring training activities shortly. Martin hit .247 and stole a team-leading 24 bases last season, his first in Seattle.
10:09 am (EST)
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Manager Brad Ausmus said Upton won't bat second this season, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

Upton batted second 18 times for the Tigers in the first few weeks of the 2016 season, and he struggled mightily. During that stretch, he batted just .208 with one home run. From that point on, he primarily hit sixth and batted .252 with 30 home runs. Look for Upton to bat in the middle of Detroit's lineup this year, where he clearly appears more comfortable.
10:07 am (EST)
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Taylor (groin) has recovered from January surgery and has been medically cleared for offseason activities, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Taylor was never expected to be in much danger of being limited during the offseason, but the fact that he's back to full strength is nonetheless significant. He's now eligible for the $27.5 million bonus due March 11, which wouldn't have kicked in had he not been cleared by that date. It still remains unclear if the Bills are willing to pay out that bonus, and Taylor's prior refusal to restructure his contract could ultimately prompt Buffalo to release him by March 11. If that's the case, Taylor likely wouldn't have much trouble finding a starting gig elsewhere, as the 2017 draft class isn't ripe with high-end signal callers and several teams look to be in need of an established option at quarterback.
10:03 am (EST)
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Scherzer was able to play catch while using his normal fastball grip Monday, but still felt some soreness in the knuckle at the base of his right ring finger, The Washington Post reports.

To this point in the spring, Scherzer had been forced to grip the ball with only three fingers while throwing from flat ground, so this is progress. The Nats won't put him on a mound until he's able to throw without soreness, though, so at this point there's no timetable for when he'll be able to ramp up his activity level and start getting ready for Opening Day in earnest. Fortunately for Scherzer, the extended spring training schedule created to accommodate the WBC gives him plenty of time to get up to speed before the regular season begins, but if he is delayed too long, his workload in April could be restricted.
9:57 am (EST)
Nick Castellanos Headshot

Castellanos is a candidate to bat second this season, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

Castellanos did not bat second at any point in 2016, as he primarily filled the No. 5 or 6 slots in the lineup. Manager Brad Ausmus is looking to figure out the best way to line up his power bats. Castellanos is primed for a big season if he's healthy, but batting second would limit his RBI potential. It might set him up to score more runs, however. And he could see some good pitches to hit batting in front of Miguel Cabrera everyday.
9:56 am (EST)
Derek Norris Headshot

The Nationals will look to trade Norris in the wake of the Matt Wieters signing, The Washington Post reports.

While there was no definitive statement from the front office regarding Norris' future in Washington, manager Dusty Baker's comments following the Wieters acquisition indicated that he was happy for Norris that it happened as early in the spring as it did, because the Nats would now have plenty of time to find another club "that needs a front-line catcher." Until that happens, though, the 28-year-old's fantasy value -- already low coming off a .186/.255/.328 slash line in 2016 -- will remain in limbo.
9:50 am (EST)
Zack Wheeler Headshot

Wheeler (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday at about 85-to-90 percent effort, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

Wheeler threw a little harder than he did in his previous bullpen session Sunday, a sign that he's continuing to make strides in the recovery process from March 2015 Tommy John surgery. The Mets still seem content to proceed slowly with Wheeler throughout the spring, but the right-hander hasn't been ruled out for Opening Day.
9:50 am (EST)
J.D. Martinez Headshot

Martinez is a candidate to bat second this season, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

Martinez batted second some last season, but he got most of his at-bats in the No. 5 hole. If he bats second, his RBI potential goes down, but he could score more runs in front of guys like Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Justin Upton and Nick Castellanos.
9:47 am (EST)
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In an effort to preserve his arm, Sanchez won't appear in any of the team's exhibition games during the first two weeks of spring training, the Toronto Star reports.

After pitching his way into the Cy Young race last season, Sanchez was extended far beyond what the Jays' had originally planned for. The team wanted to move the young gun to the bullpen after the All Star break, but that option was thrown out the window when Sanchez turned into their best starter in 2016. With the regular season being 162 games and because spring training is arguably too long, pitching coach Pete Walker is taking imaginative steps to conserve some innings that count for his starting pitcher. "We plan on 200 innings from these guys," Walker said. "So if there's an opportunity for us ... obviously they have to be ready to go at the start of the season, but there is a way that you can kind of ease them into spring training and still get the workload that you need to be ready for the start of the season."
9:35 am (EST)
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Drury is hitting second and starting at second base for the D-backs in their spring exhibition against Grand Canyon University on Wednesday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

In a lineup that has the look of one that manager Torey Lovullo might use on Opening Day (with the exception of David Peralta yielding the start in right field to Oswaldo Arcia), Drury is in a prime spot ahead of Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb on the lineup card. Drury's greatest competition for playing time at second base may come from Ketel Marte, but it appears as though Drury has the inside track for the starting job at the keystone to begin spring games.
9:32 am (EST)
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