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Joey Gallo Headshot

Gallo (hamstring) is back in the lineup Tuesday as the DH, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports.

The Rangers have said they would prefer Gallo to be playing every day than to be sitting on the major league bench, so it sounds like he will be optioned to Triple-A Round Rock in the coming days, but nothing is official. Gallo was humbled last season, as he struggled to make contact at an acceptable clip at Triple-A or in the majors. He is still young enough and talented enough, however, to bounce back and put his 80-grade power to work, perhaps with a mediocre batting average, if an opportunity for consistent at-bats opens up.
11:53 am (EST)
Tom Koehler Headshot

Koehler allowed four runs, all unearned, on three hits and two walks while striking out seven over 5.2 innings during Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.

He cruised through the first four frames before a Derek Dietrich error in the fifth opened the floodgates. Koehler now has a 15:9 K:BB through 14.1 spring innings but posted a career-high 7.5 K/9 in 2016, which offers a better reflection of his strikeout potential. The 30-year-old should offer marginal value in deeper NL-only formats for his accumulated Ks and occasional wins, but he won't be an asset in ERA or WHIP.
11:52 am (EST)
Jeurys Familia Headshot

Familia is expected to pitch during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

Familia is still awaiting word on a possible suspension while the MLB continues to investigate his domestic violence incident in October, but in the meantime, he's been working out in preparation for the season. After recently pitching for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, Familia is now on tap for his first appearance of Grapefruit League play, and could take the mound again before spring training draws to a close. The Mets have said that they expect a suspension to be handed down to Familia later this week and are optimistic that the reliever's case will receive more leniency than the 30 games Aroldis Chapman received for a domestic violence incident the previous offseason. While Familia is out, Addison Reed is expected to fill in as the team's closer.
11:52 am (EST)
Robinson Cano Headshot

Cano is hitting third and manning second base Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

He missed time recently with an illness, but is back in game action and poised to be a full go for the start of the season.
11:49 am (EST)
Dion Waiters Headshot

Waiters (ankle) had his MRI results come back negative, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.

The results are a good sign for Waiters and the Heat, who are hoping to have Waiters back as soon as possible for their playoff push. He'll continue to nurse his severely sprained left ankle in Miami while the Heat complete their road trip against the Pistons on Tuesday and the Knicks on Wednesday. It's possible that he will rejoin the team sometime next week provided he makes significant progress.
11:49 am (EST)
Nelson Cruz Headshot

Cruz is hitting fourth and playing DH Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

He battled a head cold recently, but is back in his typical spot in the Mariners' lineup and is poised to be ready for the start of the season.
11:47 am (EST)
Colin Miller Headshot

Miller will be replaced by John-Michael Liles in Tuesday's lineup against the Predators.

Miller -- who has not recorded a point over his last eight games -- will be the odd man out of the Bruins' blue line mix Tuesday after taking a pair of minor penalties in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Islanders. Overall, the 24-year-old has been held to five goals and 12 points through 58 games, numbers that don't accurately reflect the offensive upside Miller possesses thanks to his hard shot and swift skating ability.
11:46 am (EST)
Al Montoya Headshot

Montoya sustained a lower-body injury practice Tuesday, giving way to Carey Price for the evening's start versus the visiting Stars, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

At this point, it's not clear who will be backing up Price, but either way, it's a bit of a letdown for daily leaguers that had been hoping to stream Montoya against a Dallas team ranked 24th in the league in road scoring at 2.32 goals per game. The first-year Hab will be reevaluated ahead of Thursday's contest against the Panthers, his former club.
11:45 am (EST)
Andrew Susac Headshot

Susac (neck/shoulder) will be allowed to do some baseball-related activities Tuesday, but is not yet ready to return to game action, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports.

This sounds like it's heading for a DL stint for Susac to open the season, as he would presumably need to get back into game action very soon in order to be ready for the start of the season. Jett Bandy and Manny Pina figure to open the year as the Brewers' tandem behind the dish, but Susac could replace one of them once he is fully healthy.
11:44 am (EST)
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