Joey Votto Headshot

Votto is expected to bat third according to manager Bryan Price, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Added 02/17/17 11:45 am (EST)
The batting average and OBP dynamo was made for the three-hole, and he hit 29 home runs in each of his past two seasons. Votto deserves fantasy consideration in the first round of OBP leagues.
Jose Quintana Headshot

Quintana tossed three-plus innings Tuesday against a Milwaukee minor league team, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. He allowed two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out three over 48 pitches. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation," said Quintana. "I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

Added 8:58 am (EST)
All across Arizona and Florida, team aces were getting in a final tune up Tuesday and it was no different for Quintana, who will start Opening Day next Monday against the Tigers. The left-hander has managed to compartmentalize the incessant trade rumors swirling him and pitched well during spring training and the World Baseball Classic. There's no reason to think the rumor will impact him once the regular season starts.
Tyler Saladino Headshot

Saladino could return to action Wednesday after receiving treatment for his bruised left wrist Tuesday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. "He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," manager Rick Renteria said.

Added 8:51 am (EST)
Saladino didn't play Tuesday and it may be that the White Sox give him another day. Prior to the injury, Saladino had appeared to be the likely starter at second base. If the injury lingers, Yolmer Sanchez or Leury Garcia will benefit.
Dallas Keuchel Headshot

Keuchel allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over 4.2 innings in Tuesday's game against the Marlins, Brian McTaggart of the Astros' official site reports.

Added 8:37 am (EST)
Compared to Keuchel's other spring outings, Tuesday's was a bit of a slog for the left-hander. He needed 90 pitches had a few stressful innings. And that can be a good thing -- working with runners on and putting the body through a little stress. Despite Tuesday's results, Keuchel has had a good spring and the shoulder is much better than it was in 2016. He'll be taking the ball Opening Day in Houston against Seattle on April 3rd.
Colton Murray Headshot

Murray left Tuesday's spring training game with what appeared to be a lower back injury, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Added 5:47 am (EST)
It was a tough day for Murray, who was also told he would not earn a roster spot with the Phillies. He will join the bullpen at Triple-A Lehigh Valley once healthy.
Adam Liberatore Headshot

Liberatore was optioned to minor league camp Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Added Yesterday 11:26 pm (EST)
This moves comes as somewhat of a surprise, as 29-year-old posted a solid 3.38 ERA over 42.2 innings out of the Dodgers' bullpen in 2016. It appears that the team will rely on Luis Avilan as their top left-handed reliever, with Liberatore opening the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Josh Fields Headshot

Fields was optioned to minor league camp Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Added Yesterday 11:20 pm (EST)
Acquired at the 2016 trade deadline from the Astros, Fields posted a 2.79 ERA over 19.1 innings out of the Dodger bullpen. He was expected to rejoin the team's Opening Day roster in 2017, but a rough spring camp in which he posted a 9.72 ERA over 8.1 innings ultimately led the Dodgers to option him to the minor leagues. The 31-year-old will likely open the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Enrique Hernandez Headshot

X-ray results on Hernandez's injured right wrist came back negative Tuesday, Bill Plunkett os the Orange County Register reports.

Added Yesterday 11:07 pm (EST)
It appears that Hernandez and the Dodgers dodged a bullet after the utility man was hit by a pitch on the wrist during Tuesday's game. It's possible that he'll experience some bruising or discomfort, but likely won't need to miss extended time. He'll remain a valuable reserve piece for the Dodgers entering the 2017 season.
Francisco Cervelli Headshot

Cervelli (foot) went 0-for-3 during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.

Added Yesterday 11:00 pm (EST)
Cervelli was scratched from Saturday's lineup after the foot discomfort that had plagued him earlier in camp re-emerged. His return to the lineup Tuesday was an encouraging sign, but this continues to be a situation worth monitoring as the 31-year-old backstop dealt with a similar injury during the 2016 regular season.
Drew Smyly Headshot

Smyly will pitch in the series finale of the season-opening four-game set against the Astros as per manager Scott Servais, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Added Yesterday 9:56 pm (EST)
The southpaw will follow Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and James Paxton in that series, and he'll tune up for his debut by starting and pitching two innings in Friday's Cactus League tilt against the Rockies. Smyly will look to head into the regular season with some momentum after giving up five earned runs on six hits and four walks over four innings against the Reds last Sunday.
Daniel Murphy Headshot

Murphy will serve as the designated hitter in a minor league game Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.

Added Yesterday 9:26 pm (EST)
The star second baseman has been sidelined with an illness the past two days and has only appeared in eight Grapefruit League games this spring. Murphy is looking to get some additional at-bats at the minor league level before the regular season kicks off next week.
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