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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)
Carey Price Headshot

Price will be in the blue paint for Tuesday's home game against Dallas.

In a bizarre turn of events, Al Montoya was originally announced as Tuesday's starter, but the team had to make a change of plans after Montoya went down with a lower-body injury during morning skate. The Habs will be holding their breath as they await word on the nature of Montoya's injury, but in the meantime, Price is the hottest goaltender in the league (in addition to being the world's best goalie) and improves Montreal's chances for a win Tuesday. In his 14 starts since Claude Julien was re-hired as Canadiens' head coach, Price hasn't allowed more than three goals in a game while posting a 10-4-0 record with a 1.62 GAA and .941 save percentage
11:43 am (EST)
Ian Krol Headshot

Krol walked one and struck out two in 1.1 shutout innings during Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

The 25-year-old has a 9:3 K:BB through 8.1 spring innings, and Krol will begin the season as the top lefty in the Braves' bullpen. He's got a limited track record of major league success, however, as if he struggles out of the gate he could lose his set-up spot to the returning Eric O'Flaherty.
11:43 am (EST)
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)
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