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Rodney Stuckey Headshot

Stuckey (knee), who is schedule to undergo an MRI on Monday, is officially listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves.

Stuckey was pulled early from Sunday's matchup with the 76ers due to left knee soreness, but the fact that he's slated to undergo an MRI likely means the Pacers have some concerns over the injury. The Pacers head into a back-to-back set on Tuesday and Wednesday, so there's a chance coach Nate McMillan could take a cautious approach and hold Stuckey out for at least one of those contests. That said, while we wait for the results of the MRI, Stuckey will be given a questionable designation and more clarity should be provided following Tuesday's morning shootaround.
4:26 pm (EST)
Tim Anderson Headshot

Manager Rick Renteria said he expects Anderson to serve as the No. 2 hitter for the White Sox in most games, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Though Anderson's skills as a base stealer stack up well with just about any player on the roster, he hasn't yet demonstrated that he's capable of getting on base frequently enough to make for a strong option at the top of the order. Batting in the No. 2 spot shouldn't dramatically reduce Anderson's opportunities to wreak havoc on the bases and score runs, and he could even ascend to the leadoff spot if he shows an improved eye at the plate early on during his second season in the big leagues. Renteria currently plans to use either second baseman Tyler Saladino or center fielders Peter Bourjos and Jacob May as his leadoff man to begin the season, none of whom seemingly represent long-term solutions at the top of the order.
4:26 pm (EST)
Kennys Vargas Headshot

Vargas (foot) took batting practice Monday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Vargas is working his way back from a bruised foot, as he shed his crutches Sunday and progressed to taking batting practice Monday. The 26-year-old is just 1-for-15 this spring, so unless Vargas returns to the field soon, he could temporarily lose his Opening Day DH spot to Byungho Park.
4:21 pm (EST)
Chris Neil Headshot

Neil (finger) was spotted on the ice during Monday's practice session, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.

Neil has been sidelined since late February because of the finger injury. While his presence on the ice Monday is certainly a positive sign, no timeline has been placed on the veteran winger's potential return date. Considering he owns just three points over 52 games this season, it shouldn't concern many in the fantasy realm, but Neil is at least tracking toward a return to the lineup.
4:21 pm (EST)
Sonny Gray Headshot

Gray (back) is now throwing out to 150 feet, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Oakland's ace continues to make steady progress in his throwing program, as he was throwing at half of that distance less than a week ago. The 27-year-old right-hander is still projected to be out until mid-April at the earliest.
4:18 pm (EST)
Preston Tucker Headshot

Tucker is set to make his Grapefruit League debut Monday against the Cardinals, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. He'll play right field and bat eighth in the order.

Tucker had been playing in minor-league games for the last week, and after his surgically repaired right shoulder checked out fine in those contests, he'll be cleared to see his first major-league action in six months. The Astros are expected to find more at-bats for the outfielder before spring training draws to a close, but Tucker isn't under consideration for an Opening Day roster spot and will begin the campaign at Triple-A Fresno.
4:16 pm (EST)
Adam Rosales Headshot

Rosales went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple and two runs in Sunday's 11-1 Cactus League win over the Brewers.

Oakland's utility man extraordinaire raised his spring average to .211 with Sunday's production, which included his fourth extra-base hit in 38 spring at-bats. Despite his struggles at the plate this spring, Rosales' considerable versatility -- he's capable of potentially filling in at up to five positions, including all four infield spots -- figures to provide him with a solid opportunity of holding on to a spot on the 25-man roster.
4:16 pm (EST)
Chris Young Headshot

Young (neck) tossed a perfect inning against the Brewers on Saturday.

Young returned to action after missing his last start with a sore neck, and the 37-year-old continued his solid spring. He's now sporting a 1.98 ERA across 13.2 innings. Young will primarily work out of the bullpen next season, while him and Travis Wood will also be available when the Royals need a spot starter, though it's yet to be determined who would be the first option.
4:09 pm (EST)
Dayan Diaz Headshot

Diaz was informed Monday that he wouldn't make the Astros' Opening Day roster, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Diaz's dismissal leaves James Hoyt and Jandel Gustave to compete for the final spot in the Astros bullpen. As a non-roster invitee, Diaz did well just to stick in contention for a roster spot through the final week of spring training. He'll head to Triple-A Fresno after compiling a 3.05 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 56 innings with Triple-A Louisville in the Reds organization in 2016.
4:09 pm (EST)
Ian Mahinmi Headshot

Mahinmi (hip) was a full participant in Monday's practice, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

Mahinmi appeared to suffer an injury during Saturday's game against the Cavaliers, as he was restricted to just nine minutes off the bench. However, his full participation in Monday's practice indicates it's likely a non-issue and it shouldn't hamper his ability to play in Tuesday's game against the Lakers. Look for Mahinmi to continue to back up Marcin Gortat at center, which usually affords him minutes in the upper teens or low 20's on most nights.
4:05 pm (EST)
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