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Ray’s Ramblings: March 27 Hitter Notes
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Bronson Arroyo Headshot

Arroyo is close to locking down a rotation spot with the Reds, so long as he can prove healthy in his final spring training start on Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Because Arroyo has sputtered with an illness and then getting clocked in the head by teammate Devin Mesoraco's throw, he hasn't been stretched out beyond four innings yet. "I think what we have to see, and we've seen it for four innings, we have to see it for those five- and six-inning outings," manager Bryan Price said. "Beyond just the general health, I'm really pleased with how he's pitched and how he's rebounded from pitching. The question coming in was the durability and the ability to provide length. I would be very satisfied and optimistic to see as he goes through his next two outings if he's able to satisfy that requirement. I don't have any doubt at this point in time that he's going to be pitching in the big leagues with us."
8:18 pm (EST)
Luke Glendening Headshot

Glendening sustained a lower-body injury Monday against the Hurricanes and will not return.

The fourth-liner departed after just 1:35 and four shifts in this one, and while the severity of the injury isn't yet known, the fact that he has just 14 points in 74 games suggests his absence won't impact many owners. Nonetheless, look for an update regarding his status from the team sometime prior to Tuesday's rematch with Carolina.
8:15 pm (EST)
Tyreke Evans Headshot

Evans (rest) will not play in Monday's game against the Grizzlies, Sean Cunningham of ABC10 Sacramento reports.

Evans will get the night off solely for rest-related purposes. The 27-year-old is averaging 19.3 minutes per game during his seventh season in the league. As a result of his projected absence, both Buddy Hield and Garret Temple could be in line for a increase in playing time.
8:12 pm (EST)
Arron Afflalo Headshot

Afflalo is not with the team for Monday's game against the Grizzlies because of a personal issue, Sean Cunningham of ABC10 (KXTV) Sacramento reports.

Afflalo will be missing a second consecutive game, although a specific reason has not been given. Tyreke Evans started at small forward in Afflalo's place Sunday, but he's getting the night off for rest as well, so we could see add minutes for the likes of Garrett Temple and Buddy Hield. Afflalo hasn't been given any sort of timetable for a return, but his next opportunity will come on Wednesday against the Jazz.
8:10 pm (EST)
Jonathon Simmons Headshot

Simmons will come off the bench during Monday's game against the Cavaliers, John Michael of Cavs Radio reports.

Simmons earned the start last Saturday following Danny Green's absence, but with Green back in the lineup it appears Simmons will return to his usual role coming off the bench. In 68 games this season, the 27-year-old is averaging 6.1 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game as a primary substitute.
7:54 pm (EST)
Joe Panik Headshot

Panik was diagnosed with a bruise on his right scapula after taking a hit by pitch in a spring training game Monday, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

X-rays were precautionary, as the Giants didn't expect a major injury, but confirmation is always good. It wouldn't be surprising if Panik sits out of spring action for a few days, but he should be ready to go come Opening Day.
7:52 pm (EST)
Andrelton Simmons Headshot

Simmons has been sidelined with back tightness for the past few days, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

The injury isn't expected to linger, and Simmons should be back in action sometime this week. Simmons hasn't gotten many spring at-bats thanks to playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, but he's still expected to be ready to go for Opening Day.
7:47 pm (EST)
Carlos Frias Headshot

Frias could make the club as an eighth reliever if starter Carlos Carrasco opens the season on the disabled list, Ross D. Franklin of the Associated Press reports.

The Jays acquired the right-hander from the Dodgers in an offseason trade, but it's surprising that Frias has made it to the finish line of big-league camp. After two unnoticeable seasons (2014-15) on the west coast, the 27-year-old was hurt in the latter half of 2016 before the Dodgers dumped him. Cleveland may choose to enter Opening Day with an overloaded bullpen as they won't need a fifth starter until mid-April. Even if that's the case and Frias makes the team, he carries little to no fantasy value unless he can work his way into a bigger role.
7:46 pm (EST)
Yannick Weber Headshot

Weber is dealing with an upper-body injury and is not in the lineup Monday against the Islanders.

As such, the defenseman's status is currently day-to-day. In terms of NHL regulars, Weber is just about as irrelevant as they come with a paltry eight points and 72 shots on goal in 73 games this year, so his absence isn't likely to impact many owners. His next chance to rejoin the lineup will come in a quick turnaround Tuesday in Boston.
7:37 pm (EST)
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