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Matt Harvey (elbow) will throw batting practice again on Monday.

All reports out of camp on Harvey have been extremely positive. His ADP is climbing and people are treating him as if he never had the surgery in the first place. Watch that draft day price, but accept the fact that you're going to have to pay the premium if you want him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Manager Bryan Price said outfielder Brennan Boesch will see time at all three outfield spots as well as at first base as he competes for a roster spot.

Boesch used to flash some power potential when he was with the Tigers, so he could be an interesting option in deep NL-only leagues if he can nail down a roster spot as the Reds' fourth outfielder. Analysis: Howard Bender

Yasmani Grandal will catch when Clayton Kershaw throws two innings of batting practice Saturday.

The Dodgers are going to have to pay strict attention to how Grandal and the pitching staff get along. They've been so used to A.J. Ellis that it could be tough to make the transition if they don;t have to. Whether Grandal is the full-time guy or just part of a platoon is likely up to the rotation here. Analysis: Howard Bender

Hunter Strickland will compete with Jean Machi, George Kontos, Juan Gutierrez and Erik Cordier for what seems to be the last open spot in the bullpen.

That's actually going to be an interesting competition as Strickland, Machi and Gutierrez all have decent upside and experience. None of them will hold much in the way of true fantasy value outside of leagues that score for holds. Analysis: Howard Bender

Athletics' top prospect Matt Olson said he's at full strength after a right shoulder injury.

Olson suffered a tear of his AC Joint during his time in the Arizona Fall League, but he is apparently fully recovered and ready for spring action. He'll likely open the year at Double-A. Analysis: Howard Bender

James Paxton will play catch on Monday and build towards a bullpen session. The hope is to get Paxton to pitch at least five innings in Cactus League games.

Paxton hurt both his wrists when he slipped during an agility drill earlier in the week and the Mariners are just going to take their time working him back in. It doesn't sound like anything long-term at all, so consider him day-to-day for now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Pitching coach Rick Waits said J.A. Happ has been working on his changeup and hopes to use it more this season.

Well that would be nice since his curve and his slider don't appear to be doing anything good for him. He might as well try to change things up a little. The Mariners seem to have him penciled in as a member of the rotation this year, but you don't want him on your fantasy team. Analysis: Howard Bender

Alexi Amarista will enter the season as the starting shortstop for the Padres. It is the the first time in his career he will start entering the season.

A couple of weeks ago it was announced that Amarista would be competing with Clint Barmes for the starting job. Obviously the club has come to its senses and realized that his speed and on-base work outweighs any power potential Barmes may have been able to provide. He's being ignored in a lot of mixed-league drafts right now so keep an eye on him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jon Lester said he feels good after his live batting practice session on Friday.

The Cubs have very high expectations after signing the 31-year old lefty to a six-year, $155 million deal in the offseason. The move to the NL should help maintain that 9.01 K/9 he had last season and if he can maintain his usual walk rate and groundball rate, he should be able to keep the ratios down as well. If you miss out on one of the top-tiered pitchers in your draft, a fourth-round Lester isn;t such a bad anchor for your rotation. Analysis: Howard Bender

Mark Canha is getting a look in right field in the intrasquad game on Saturday.

Canha showed some nice power potential in Triple-A last year, though it was in the hitter-friendly PCL so you have to take it with a grain of salt. He is not expected to make the 25-man roster but could earn a call-up should injuries happen to the outfielders or first basemen. Analysis: Howard Bender

Manager Bryan Price said there’s no competition at shortstop between Zack Cozart and Eugenio Suarez.

While Cozart's batting average resides somewhere in the toilet, he does have decent power potential. In comparison to Suarez' bat, Cozart has massive power potential. He'll kill you in average and on-base-percentage, but for a final pick in a draft, he can be serviceable.  Analysis: Howard Bender

C.J. Edwards threw a bullpen session on Saturday and it appears his right index finger is fine.

Edwards has thrown just 48 innings at the Double-A level and while the results have been positive, he isn't likely to land a spot in the bullpen this season. The Cubs will probably start him back at Double-A again with a look towards Triple-A late in the first half of the season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Manager Lloyd McClendon says Seth Smith, Justin Ruggiano and Rickie Weeks are all capable of hitting second. He also says whoever is at shortstop will likely bat ninth.

It doesn't sound like we're hearing anything we don;t already know. Batting second will certainly help the values of Smith and Ruggiano. As for Weeks, who knows? The potential multi-position eligibility is nice, but he still needs to prove capable at the plate, something with which he's struggled over the last few seasons. Analysis: Howard Bender

Daniel Nava is planning to only hit from the left side during this spring.

Not that cutting back on the switch-hitting is going to affect his standing with the team at all. The problem is that Nava is seen as nothing more than a fourth outfielder type guy an the Red Sox are just too stacked right now for him to warrant much consideration. His best bet is to land with a different team and try from there. The Red Sox depth chart is going to be extremely difficult even for him to climb. Analysis: Howard Bender

Minor league C Maxx Tissenbaum joined the Rays for workouts Saturday.

He showed some nice potential at High-A last season but has a very long way to go before even being considered for a promotion beyond Double-A this year. The Rays just want to get him some big league exposure. Analysis: Howard Bender
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