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DFS NBA Position Coach: March 25
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Adrian Gonzalez Headshot

Gonzalez (elbow) returned to the lineup Friday, going 1-for-2 with a walk and a pair of runs scored in a spring win over the Diamondbacks.

This was the veteran first baseman's first game action since having his elbow inflammation flare up last Sunday. The slugger's stock already took a slight hit when the Dodgers announced that they would be giving him more scheduled rest days this season, but this lingering elbow injury is a slight cause for concern as well. That being said, Gonzalez has been the model of health and consistency over his 12-year professional career, so it is tough not to give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to durability.
1:22 pm (EST)
Matt Boyd Headshot

Boyd pitched five scoreless innings in Friday's spring training win over the Braves. He allowed three hits and struck out five.

Boyd continues to do everything he can to lock down the No. 5 spot in the rotation. He has a 2.49 spring training ERA, and he's struck out 21 while issuing zero walks. "He continues to pitch consistently well," manager Brad Ausmus told Jason Beck of MLB.com. "As well as anyone in camp." Boyd is battling veteran Anibal Sanchez for the spot.
1:19 pm (EST)
Khris Davis Headshot

Davis (quad) will play in a minor league game Sunday and could return to the A's lineup Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

It appears the quad issue isn't anything too serious and the minor league game will give Davis a chance to test the injury with a few at-bats. The left fielder is hitting .250 with five RBI this spring as he aims to improve upon his big 2016 campaign (42 home runs, 102 RBI).
1:17 pm (EST)
Brock Stewart Headshot

Stewart (shoulder) received a cortisone shot this week and is unlikely to start pitching in games until May, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

Stewart, one of the top pitching prospects in the Dodgers' organization, has been hindered by tendinitis in his throwing shoulder for the past two weeks. He has been going through strength and conditioning work, but has yet to resume throwing. He'll likely be shut down a few days following the injection, and it's unclear when the Dodgers will start him back up on a throwing program.
1:14 pm (EST)
Patrick Sharp Headshot

Sharp will undergo season-ending hip surgery Tuesday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

The 2016-17 campaign was anything but friendly to the veteran winger, as he experienced two concussions, trouble with his hip, and one heck of a time keeping up defensively on the way to a career-low minus-22 rating over 47 games. Unfortunately -- if that wasn't enough -- his father is also said to be receiving treatment for Leukemia. It was reported March 1 that Sharp would delay his surgery until after the season, but he evidently wanted to keep going despite the Stars having next to no shot at the playoffs. All is not lost, however, as Sharp reportedly has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy, with that coveted piece of hardware going to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
1:12 pm (EST)
John Lackey Headshot

Lackey went six innings in Friday's spring training loss to the Indians, allowing five hits and a run. He struck out five.

Lackey is lined up to pitch the third game of the season for Chicago, and the veteran once again looks like a solid rotation option. He's not an elite fantasy pitcher, but Lackey is crafty and he should get plenty of wins pitching for a team that won 103 games a season ago.
1:11 pm (EST)
Marcus Semien Headshot

Semien was scratched from the lineup Saturday due to an illness, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The shortstop could miss a day or two, but the ailment isn't likely to threaten his availability for Opening Day. Expectations are fairly high this season for the 26-year-old, who clubbed 27 homers to go with 75 RBI in 2016.
1:09 pm (EST)
Matt Carasiti Headshot

Carasiti was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday.

The Rockies trimmed their roster down with three moves Saturday, including Carasiti's assignment to minor league camp. He inked a minor league contract with the organization this offseason and made five appearances in spring training, notching four strikeouts and four walks while allowing one run over 4.2 innings. He figures to slot into the bullpen at Triple-A Albuquerque when the season gets underway.
1:06 pm (EST)
Roberto Osuna Headshot

Osuna (neck) threw a side session Saturday and is expected to return to game action Monday, John Lott of The Athletic reports.

Osuna has been bothered by a bad mattress, but says he's feeling better after a few days of rest. The young right-hander is already back on the mound and should be good to go for Opening Day, as he looks to build off his 36-save campaign last season.
1:05 pm (EST)
Kyle Schwarber Headshot

Schwarber played four innings behind the plate in a minor league game Friday, his first time at catcher this spring, William Boor of MLB.com reports.

Schwarber will primarily play left field this season, but he came up as a catcher and the Cubs plan on using him as an emergency option behind Willson Contreras and Miguel Montero. Schwarber blocked a few balls in the game and said his body felt good afterward. "I love catching," Schwarber said. "It's what I was whenever I played baseball. I was always a catcher. For me to be able to do that today and feel pretty good about myself walking away from the day, it was a good step."
1:04 pm (EST)
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