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Jason Kipnis Headshot

Kipnis (shoulder) took batting practice in an indoor cage Wednesday, but he's still not cleared to throw, Jordan Bastian of reports.

The Indians are really easing the second baseman into things this spring given his history of shoulder woes, but it seems like he's making some progress in returning to 100 percent. Kipnis is expected to return to on-field batting practice in a few days, although it's unclear when he'll begin to throw again. The situation doesn't seem to have his status for Opening Day in question, so he'll likely be able to rejoin the Tribe in their spring slate relatively soon.
12:41 pm (EST)
Zack Wheeler Headshot

Wheeler (elbow) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut March 10 against the Braves,'s Anthony DiComo reports.

He threw his first live batting practice of the spring on Wednesday, and now we have a firm date for his return to game action. Wheeler's return from Tommy John surgery has been a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks it is an easy road back, as he was supposed to be ready for game action last June. Health is a big concern, but the emergence of Robert Gsellman as a strong option for the fifth spot in the rotation is another obstacle for Wheeler.
12:35 pm (EST)
Lucas Duda Headshot

Duda (back) resumed swinging Wednesday and his first session went without a hitch, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

The slugger received cortisone shots in his hip Friday, but it seems like his return to his normal routine was good enough to quell any doubts that he'll be fine moving forward. Look for Duda to make his spring debut in the coming days unless another setback in his recovery process comes forth.
12:34 pm (EST)
Dwight King Headshot

King was traded from Los Angeles to Montreal for a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2018.

Evidently, the Habs are serious about stuffing their forward lines with gritty and sizable players. They brokered a deal with Detroit for agitator Steve Ott on Tuesday night and now acquire King, who stands at 6-foot-4 and 232 pounds and is a tough one to knock off the puck. His marginal fantasy utility comes in the form of hits, as he's laid into opponents 509 times since entering the league in 2010-11.
12:33 pm (EST)
Alex Cobb Headshot

Cobb fired two perfect innings in Tuesday's 19-0 Grapefruit League win over the Twins. He struck out two.

The right-hander, who has a reputation for being tough on himself, nevertheless came away very pleased with his initial spring appearance, especially considering his rocky 22-inning stint at the tail end of 2016. Cobb had missed all the 2015 campaign following Tommy John surgery, so his fresh start this spring and Tuesday's outing are considerably encouraging. "I'm happy with the results,'' Cobb said after retiring all six Twins he faced. "And I'm happy with two of the three pitches. I was extremely excited to see the movement on the fastball (clocked mostly 89-91 mph), and the ability to throw the curveball in and out of the zone when I wanted to. The changeup wasn't there every time I went to it, but there were glimpses of it.''
12:32 pm (EST)
Travis Konecny Headshot

Konecny (lower body) will not be available for Thursday's matchup with the Panthers, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

While he won't be ready versus Florida, Konecny could be healthy enough for the team's trip to Washington on Saturday. The winger has already been sidelined for the Flyers' last eight outings. Prior to getting hurt, the 20-year-old was bogged down in an eight-game goalless streak and garnered a lone helper over that stretch. On the year, Konecny has tallied 22 points in 51 outings which gives him decent mid-range fantasy value. Once cleared to return, the Ontario native will likely bump Roman Lyubimov from the game-day lineup.
12:32 pm (EST)
Gabriel Dumont Headshot

After clearing waivers, Dumont remains with the Lightning, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

As a result, the 26-year-old forward will be eligible to play for Syracuse in the AHL playoffs. In 19 NHL games this season, Dumont has logged two points and 18 PIM, numbers that keep him off the fantasy radar in all but the deepest of formats.
12:29 pm (EST)
T.J. Oshie Headshot

Oshie (upper body) is unlikely to suit up for Thursday's game against the Devils, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.

Oshie practiced with the team Wednesday but did not take first rush with the top line and did not skate with the power play unit, indicating that he'll likely still need a few practices to get up to speed. Khursudyan adds that Oshie said he is feeling good, but that the team wants to be cautious with him, which would make sense considering the possibility of a deep playoff run in which Washington will need every healthy body they can get.
12:28 pm (EST)
Ryan Tepera Headshot

Tepera pitched a scoreless inning, allowing three hits and picking up a strikeout in Monday's exhibition game against the Pirates.

Tepera allowed three singles, but mixed in a double-play before striking out Pirates star Gregory Polanco on three pitches. The right-hander has appeared in 52 games for the Jays over the past two seasons while holding opponents to a .208 BAA en route to a 3.16 ERA over 51.1 innings. A starter at the beginning of his professional career, Tepera has been a full-time reliever in the majors and minors since 2014. He's competing for an Opening Day bullpen job.
12:25 pm (EST)
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