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Tyler Flowers Headshot

Flowers went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

He's caught fire in the waning days of spring training, banging out seven hits in his last 14 at-bats including two doubles and a homer. Flowers may have trouble repeating his .374 BABIP and .270 batting average from 2016, but the 31-year-old should still be productive (for a catcher, anyway) hitting near the bottom of an improving Braves offense.
11:40 am (EST)
Tiago Splitter Headshot

Splitter (calf) is considered questionable to play Tuesday against Brooklyn.

After a two-game rehab stint with the Delaware 87ers of the D-League, Splitter has rejoined the Sixers and is expected to make his debut sometime before the end of the regular season. It could come as early as Tuesday, and whenever Splitter does play, it will mark his first NBA action since January of 2016. Obviously, the 32-year-old's health is a serious question mark, but with his contract set to expire this summer, Splitter will look to use the final few weeks of the season to prove he's worth a look in free agency.
11:38 am (EST)
David Krejci Headshot

Though Krejci (upper body) is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday's home game against the Predators, coach Bruce Cassidy noted of the center, "I think he'll play."

Over the Bruins' last four games, Krejci has been limited to one goal, while recording a minus-4 rating in that span. That said, the talented playmaker is quite capable of getting back into a scoring groove down the stretch, provided he's not overly impacted by his minor upper-body issue. Look for confirmation of his status for Tuesday's contest closer to the Bruins' 7:00 ET face-off.
11:37 am (EST)
Ben Zobrist Headshot

Zobrist (neck) plans to play Tuesday and Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reports.

The stiff neck cost him over a week of game action, so he will also get some extra at-bats Wednesday in a minor league game in an effort to get back up to speed. He is on track to be ready for the start of the season.
11:36 am (EST)
Freddie Freeman Headshot

Freeman went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

He's been scorching hot all spring, hitting .500 through 40 at-bats, but only two of his 20 hits have gone for extra bases so the performance isn't quite as impressive as it looks at first glance. Nonetheless, Freeman will carry a lot of momentum into Opening Day as he looks to build on his breakout 2016.
11:36 am (EST)
Sergio Rodriguez Headshot

Rodriguez is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets due to a sore hamstring.

The issue isn't believed to be anything serious, though the 30-year-old underwent a precautionary MRI to ensure he's not dealing with anything more severe. Look for the Sixers to reevaluate Rodriguez closer to tip-off, at which point an official call on his status will be made. If Rodriguez is held out, T.J. McConnell would be set for a heavy workload as the team's only healthy, true point guard.
11:35 am (EST)
Mike Wright Headshot

Wright was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday, the Baltimore Sun's Jon Meoli reports.

This was the most likely scenario, as the Orioles don't necessarily need to break camp with a fifth stater in place of the injured Chris Tillman, given the way the schedule shakes out, and Wright wasn't even necessarily in the lead for that role. He will continue to work on a more over-the-top delivery at Triple-A, and could get a call as a spot starter later this season.
11:33 am (EST)
Dansby Swanson Headshot

Swanson went 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and three runs scored in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

Despite a late start to the spring due to a strained side, Swanson is still slashing .313/.421/.500 in 38 plate appearances and seems ready to pick up where he left off in his impressive 2016 major league debut. The 23-year-old will be hitting second for the Braves this season, which could make him a very valuable source of runs given his advanced hit tool and solid on-base skills.
11:33 am (EST)
Devan Dubnyk Headshot

Dubnyk will start in goal Tuesday night versus the Capitals, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

The Wild have gone 2-7-1 over the last 10 contests, and the wheels are falling off for the Vezina Trophy candidate. In that span, he's posted awful peripherals -- including a 3.29 GAA and .878 save percentage -- while seeing only 30 shots or more twice over that period of time, so the responsibility for the slide largely falls on Dubnyk. Granted, Minnesota has already clinched a playoff berth in the Western Conference, but this is not how you want to finish ahead of the postseason grind.
11:32 am (EST)
Joel Eriksson Ek Headshot

The Wild are expected to recall Eriksson Ek from Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League in the near future, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Minnesota initially hoped to have the 20-year-old back with the big club in January, but opted to wait until Farjestad's season concluded. Eriksson Ek is said to be en route to the United States, and once he has an opportunity to practice with the team and get acclimated, he'll likely be formally recalled. The 2015 first-round pick got off to a hot start to his NHL career back in October before heading off to Sweden, producing two goals and three assists in nine games while logging only 10:07 of ice time. Eriksson Ek, who is capable of playing either center or wing, will be playoff eligible by virtue of appearing early this season, but would burn the first year of his three-year, entry-level contract once he plays in his next game with the Wild.
11:31 am (EST)
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