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Miguel Cabrera Headshot

Cabrera (back) said he won't play until Friday at the earliest, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

Cabrera apparently felt a pop in his back during the first WBC game and has been receiving daily treatment ever since, though he also noted that it's feeling better. Friday may seem slightly optimistic for his return, as the Tigers don't have any plans to rush its star back. Detroit isn't worried about his status at this point, but that may change if he doesn't return to action relatively soon.
2:05 pm (EST)
Shane Doan Headshot

Doan (lower body) won't play Thursday against the Panthers, but he could return to action Saturday against Washington.

The Coyotes have no incentive to rush Doan back, so they'll let their captain return to full health before slotting him back into the lineup, which evidently could happen as soon as this weekend. The 40-year-old winger has only produced 25 points in 70 games this season, so his owners shouldn't have too much trouble finding a replacement for his production on the waiver wire.
2:04 pm (EST)
Jed Lowrie Headshot

Lowrie, who faces an imminent challenge from promising prospect Franklin Barreto despite the latter's recent return to the minors, feels confident in his ability to hang on to his second-base job for the duration of the season, John Hickey of the East Bay Times reports.

The 32-year-old has had a solid spring, hitting .290 with a pair of doubles, three RBI, three walks and five runs over 31 at-bats. However, Barreto was blasting the cover off the ball before being sent down to Triple-A Nashville, as he'd hit .481 (13-for-27) with a triple, home run and five RBI. Although Barreto's natural position is shortstop, there's not exactly an opening at the major league level considering that's the spot Marcus Semien, he of the career-high 27 homers in 2016, mans. That leaves Lowrie's position as the most logical alternative, and accordingly, Barreto will get plenty of time there at Nashville to start the season, with an eye on a leap back up to the big leagues at some point in 2017. Lowrie is up for the challenge, however, remarking that he's feeling as healthy as he has in years after offseason surgeries on his foot and a deviated septum, the latter procedure correcting an issue that had prevented him from getting restful sleep. "I'm as fit as I've been in a long time," he said. "It's a combination of the surgery and the work that I put in in the offseason. I'm feeling great."
2:02 pm (EST)
Erick Aybar Headshot

Aybar went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

The veteran shortstop was brought into camp to compete for a roster spot. The 33-year-old has shown that he can still get the job done, batting .293 (12-for-41) with two RBI and a stolen base. Aybar is clearly outperforming other shortstop candidates, Luis Sardinas and Allen Cordoba, but his age and status as a non-roster invitee are working against him. The rebuilding Padres may be more inclined to give their younger options first crack at the job, which would leave the veteran without a job. Manager Andy Green hasn't laid out his plan for the shortstop position, so we have to continue to assume Aybar is still in the mix for the starting job.
1:55 pm (EST)
Ronnie Price Headshot

Price (leg) is listed as questionable for Thursday's tilt with the Nets.

Price has missed the last two games with a lower left leg contusion and is in danger of missing a third straight on Thursday. He'll continue to receive treatment throughout the day with the hope of being cleared against the Nets, but if he can't give it a go, Leandro Barbosa could pick up some extra minutes behind starting point guard Tyler Ulis.
1:52 pm (EST)
Erik Gonzalez Headshot

Gonzalez, who's competing for the team's utility role, is hitting .295 (13-for44) with nine RBI and five runs through 19 spring games.

With Jason Kipnis (shoulder) unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, the Tribe could use the services of Gonzalez to begin the year. Manager Terry Francona has raved about Gonzalez's glove, even suggesting the 25-year-old had award-winning ability in the field. As of now, there remain a lot of moving parts when it comes to building the team's infield, but Gonzalez is at least on the radar. However, even if he can win the big-league job, he brings little to the table in terms of fantasy-league value.
1:49 pm (EST)
T.J. Warren Headshot

Warren is listed as questionable with a bruised left foot in the game notes for Thursday's matchup with the Nets.

This is the first we've heard of the injury for Warren, so the Suns could have just added him to the report as a precautionary measure. That said, it will be a situation to monitor moving forward and he'll likely test the foot out during pregame warmups before giving a final word on his availability. If Warren is ultimately held out, Derrick Jones would likely pick up the start in his place, while Jared Dudley could pick up some extra minutes off the bench.
1:47 pm (EST)
Jacob Markstrom Headshot

Markstrom (lower body) has been ruled out of Vancouver's next three games, but he's slated to rejoin the team soon.

Markstrom hasn't played since Feb. 16 against the Blues, so he'll likely need to log a number of full practices before returning to game action. The 27-year-old goaltender should resume practicing as soon as he joins the team, which should happen at some point over the next few days. He'll likely remain on injured reserve until he's given the green light to make his 27th appearance in goal for the Canucks this season.
1:46 pm (EST)
Mike Smith Headshot

Smith will guard the goal in Thursday's road game against the Panthers.

Smith hasn't been great of late, suffering three consecutive losses while posting an ugly 2.97 GAA over that span. To be fair, the 35-year-old netminder has also posted a solid .913 save percentage over his last three starts, so his struggles can largely be attributed to the lack of talent playing in front of him. He'll look to pick up his 19th win of the campaign in a favorable road matchup with a Panthers team that's 16-17-3 at home this season.
1:37 pm (EST)
Brandon Maurer Headshot

Maurer threw a perfect inning in Wednesday's spring training loss to the Royals.

The outing brought 26-year-old's ERA down to 3.00 through six Cactus League innings. Carter Capps (elbow) was expected to compete with Maurer for the Padres' closer role this spring, but the former has yet to make an appearance, while the latter has done nothing to relinquish the role. It looks like the veteran pitcher has a firm grasp on the job heading towards Opening Day.
1:36 pm (EST)
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