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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)
Edwin Diaz Headshot

Diaz notched a pair of strikeouts and allowed a hit over one inning in Sunday's 7-6 Cactus League win over the Reds.

The young closer preserved the 7-5 lead in the eighth and looked as effective as usual. Diaz was 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA and a pair of saves over 5.1 innings across four appearances for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, so he was the beneficiary of regular work while away from the team. Sunday marked Diaz's first appearance since returning from the tournament and he's yet to give up an earned run or issue a walk over three spring innings.
3:59 pm (EST)
Kyle Hendricks Headshot

Hendricks flew back to the Cubs' facility Monday morning after battling food poisoning late Saturday evening, Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reports.

Hendricks said Monday that his illness was caused by a late night trip to Taco Bell that did not sit well. Fortunately, the 27-year-old will have plenty of time to get himself ready to go for the regular season considering that he is not slated to start for the Cubs until their fifth game.
3:59 pm (EST)
Marcus Semien Headshot

Semien (illness) will start at shorstop and bat in the cleanup spot for Monday's Cactus League game against the Royals.

Semien was held out the past two days with an illness, but there was never much concern that he'd be sidelined for long. The 26-year-old is expected to lock down a spot in the heart of the order for the Athletics after slugging 27 homers and 27 doubles in 2016.
3:57 pm (EST)
Joe Harris Headshot

Harris (shoulder) will remain out Tuesday against the 76ers, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.

The Nets haven't provided much in the way of an update on Harris' status, but he's missed nearly a calendar month with a sprained left shoulder. Expect him to continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis as the regular season nears its close.
3:54 pm (EST)
Sean Kilpatrick Headshot

Kilpatrick (hamstring) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the 76ers, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.

Kilpatrick has missed the last seven games with a sore left hamstring, but after nearly two weeks off for recovery, he's finally nearing a return to full strength. Barring any late setbacks during shootaround, look for Kilpatrick to rejoin the rotation on Tuesday, which could mean a few less minutes for guys like Randy Foye, Isaiah Whitehead and Spencer Dinwiddie.
3:54 pm (EST)
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