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Curtis Granderson Headshot

Granderson will get consideration as the Mets' leadoff hitter this season on days when Jose Reyes isn't in the lineup, The New York Post reports.

The veteran spent most of his time in 2016, and indeed throughout his career, hitting leadoff, but his .218/.317/.433 line last year in that slot wasn't exactly ideal for the top of the order. Granderson also hit .321/.440/.605 in 81 at-bats as the cleanup hitter, though, and his .854 career OPS while hitting fourth is his highest from any spot in the batting order, so despite manager Terry Collins' comfort with him coming to the plate first, the Mets might be better off keeping Granderson in the heart of the order this season.
10:25 am (EST)
Trayce Thompson Headshot

Thompson (back) participated in a full squad workout Wednesday, but won't play the first week of games, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

It appears Thompson is progressing steadily and he said his back "feels healthy." The 23-year-old has been a full participant in all baseball activities this spring, but it's evident the team is being cautious when it comes to game action. His 2016 campaign was cut short by two fractures in his back, but it appears the young outfielder will see regular playing time before camp is out.
10:19 am (EST)
Gustav Olofsson Headshot

Olofsson was sent to AHL Iowa, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Olofsson was expendable with Mathew Dumba returning from injury. Olofsson had two assists in his first three games, but didn't have a point or shot on goal in his last four games. He'll likely be back in the NHL again at some point this season.
10:14 am (EST)
David Wright Headshot

Wright played catch Tuesday, just the second time he's thrown a baseball since neck surgery last June, The New York Daily News reports.

The Mets are keeping Wright's throwing sessions out of the public eye for now, and manager Terry Collins' comments afterwards suggested that Wright's efforts are less than impressive at the moment. "We want to make sure when he starts out there throwing in front of everybody that he's ready to let loose," Collins said. Wright will DH during Grapefruit League games to begin the spring as well as get at-bats during minor league games, and Collins suggested it could be a few weeks before the Mets consider using Wright in the field.
10:13 am (EST)
Leonys Martin Headshot

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)
Justin Upton Headshot

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)
Tyrod Taylor Headshot

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)
Max Scherzer Headshot

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)
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