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Adalberto Mondesi (shoulder) is "able to perform virtually all baseball duties" in Royals camp, per MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan.
Feb 19   8:52 PM

Mondesi needed major shoulder surgery in early October for a torn labrum, but there are no real restrictions on him this spring, except that the Royals' coaches and trainers have asked him not to dive yet while playing the field or running the bases. The 24-year-old shortstop racked up a whopping 43 steals in just 102 games last season for Kansas City and ranks as one of the best pure speed options on the board in fantasy drafts.

Pablo Reyes has been suspended 80 games for a violation of the MLB Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Feb 19   7:44 PM

Reyes tested positive for Boldenone, which is on MLB's list of banned substances. It's the same drug that Astros pitcher Frances Martes was recently handed a 162-game suspension for, although that was Martes' second violation. Reyes appeared in 71 games last year for the Pirates and hit .203/.274/.332 with two homers and 19 RBI over 157 plate appearances. The suspension will start at the beginning of the 2020 season.

Pirates OF Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games for a violation of the MLB Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Feb 19   7:26 PM

Reyes tested positive for Boldenone, which is on the list of banned substances in the program. It's the same drug that Astros right-hander Frances Martes was recently handed a 162-game suspension for, although that was his second violation. Reyes appeared in 71 games last year and hit .203/.274/.332 with two homers and 19 RBI over 157 plate appearances. The suspension will start with the beginning of the season.

Pirates OF Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games for a violation of the MLB Joint Drug Prevention/Treatment Program.
Feb 19   5:19 PM

Reyes tested positive for Boldenone, which is on the list of banned substances in the program. It's the same drug that Astros right-hander Frances Martes was recently handed a 162-game suspension for, although that was his second violation. Reyes appeared in 71 games last year and hit .203/.274/.332 with two homers and 19 RBI over 157 plate appearances. The suspension will start with the beginning of the season.

Aledmys Diaz won his arbitration case versus the Astros and will make a $2.6 million salary this year.
Feb 19   4:31 PM

Houston filed at $2.0 million when arbitration figures were filed last month. Diaz struggled with injuries in 2019 but was productive when healthy, slashing .271/.356/.467 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 69 games. He'll fill a super-utility role this season for the defending American League West champions.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, free agent reliever Tony Cingrani is "drawing a ton of interest."
Feb 19   4:09 PM

Cingrani required season-ending surgery last June while still a member of the Dodgers. He then got traded to the Cardinals in July as part of a salary dump move involving Jedd Gyorko. The 30-year-old left-hander is apparently healthy now and could be a useful springtime addition for some club. He owns a 4.01 ERA with 366 strikeouts in 334 2/3 career major league innings and has held left-handed hitters to a .215/.302/.391 slash line.

Brian Goodwin won his arbitration case against the Angels and will earn a $2.2 million salary in 2020.
Feb 19   4:09 PM

It's a nice bump from the $1.85 million sum that the Angels put forth when arbitration figures were exchanged in early January. Goodwin registered a decent .796 OPS with 17 home runs and seven stolen bases in 136 games last year for the Halos and could sometimes bat leadoff this year in front of Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Shohei Ohtani, and Justin Upton. He carries some AL-only fantasy appeal.

Orioles claimed INF/OF Andrew Velazquez off waivers from the Indians.
Feb 19   2:10 PM

Velazquez was cut loose by the Indians last week to open up a 40-man roster spot for new outfielder Domingo Santana. Velazquez, 25, posted a strong .300/.352/.502 batting line with six home runs and three stolen bases last year in the minors and could potentially crack the Opening Day roster in Baltimore.

Phillies sent OF Nick Martini outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Feb 19   2:10 PM

Martini was designated for assignment by Philadelphia last week but will now return to Phillies camp as a non-roster invitee after passing through waivers unclaimed. The 29-year-old outfielder batted just .226/.330/.323 with one home run in 109 plate appearances last season between the Athletics and Padres.

Nelson Cruz suffered a bruised left wrist after getting hit by a pitch during live batting practice on Wednesday.
Feb 19   1:54 PM

Cruz might take a couple days off from spring training activities, but this should not be any sort of long-term concern for the veteran slugger. He posted an exceptional .311/.392/.639 batting line with 41 home runs and 108 RBI in 120 games last season for the American League Central-champion Twins.

Orioles claimed INF Andrew Velazquez off waivers from the Indians.
Feb 19   1:54 PM

Velazquez was cut loose by the Indians last week to open up a 40-man roster spot for new outfielder Domingo Santana. Velazquez, 25, posted a strong .300/.352/.502 batting line with six home runs and three stolen bases last year in the minors and could potentially crack the Opening Day roster in Baltimore.

Orioles designated INF Richard Urena for assignment.
Feb 19   1:54 PM

Urena was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays in January, but he lasted only a week into Orioles camp this spring before getting cut from the 40-man roster. The 23-year-old infielder holds a weak .253/.300/.336 career batting line in 263 total plate appearances at the major league level.

DJ Stewart (ankle) is expected to begin playing in Grapefruit League games around the first or second week of March.
Feb 19   1:01 PM

That's good news, and should put him on track to be fully ready for Opening Day. Stewart underwent microfracture surgery on his right ankle back in mid-October, after batting .238/.317/.381 with four home runs and one stolen base across 44 games for the Orioles during the 2019 season.

Byron Buxton (shoulder) participated in live batting practice Wednesday in Twins camp.
Feb 19   1:01 PM

Buxton needed surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but it's looking like he has a good chance to be ready for the beginning of the 2020 regular season. The dynamic 26-year-old outfielder posted a career-high .827 OPS with 10 home runs and 14 stolen bases over 87 games last summer when healthy and is going late in drafts this spring relative to his upside.

Angels re-signed RHP J.C. Ramirez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Feb 19   12:29 PM

Ramirez missed large chunks of the 2018 and 2019 seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he is full healthy now and will function as organizational pitching depth for the Angels leading into the 2020 campaign. The 31-year-old right-hander has experience as both a starter and reliever.

Sean Murphy (knee) is expected to begin appearing in Cactus League games around March 2.
Feb 19   12:11 PM

Murphy had a minor cleanup procedure on his left knee back in October and is being eased along this spring in A's camp, but he should be 100 percent come Opening Day. The 25-year-old catcher posted an impressive .899 OPS with four home runs and five doubles over his first 20 major league games in 2019 and makes for an intriguing late-round grab in fantasy drafts.

Brewers designated RHP Taylor Williams for assignment.
Feb 19   11:37 AM

The move clears out a 40-man roster spot for Brock Holt, whose one-year agreement with the Brewers became official on Wednesday morning. Williams, 28, served up 17 runs -- 16 earned -- in just 14 2/3 innings of work last season out of the Milwaukee bullpen and could pass through waivers unclaimed.

Tigers LHP prospect Joey Wentz will be shut down for 10 days due to a forearm issue.
Feb 19   11:05 AM

The good news is that an MRI cleared Wentz of any structural damage. The 22-year-old left-hander was acquired from the Braves last July as part of the Shane Greene trade and posted a promising 2.10 ERA and 37/4 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings down the stretch for the Tigers' Double-A affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania. If his health cooperates, he should advance to Triple-A Toledo in 2020 and could even see some action in the majors in the second half.

Kris Bryant expects to remain with the Cubs in 2020 after a sit-down with team president Theo Epstein.
Feb 19   10:49 AM

"Everything went great," Bryant told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. "It was the best meeting I had with a superior. He just gave me insight as to what kind of happened in the offseason." The star third baseman did later add that Epstein gave him no assurances that he will be kept in the loop if further trade talks were to arise, before stating, "I’m a Chicago Cub." MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported last Wednesday that the Rangers, Nationals, Rockies, and Phillies had all checked in on Bryant in "recent weeks," but for now, it doesn't sound like any sort of deal is close. Bryant, 28, is scheduled to hit free agency after the 2021 season.

Sergio Romo (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Wednesday morning at Twins camp.
Feb 19   10:49 AM

Romo tweaked his left (non-throwing) shoulder earlier this week, but it should turn out to be a minor early-camp blip. The veteran reliever signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Twins back in December and projects to serve as a seventh or eighth-inning setup man for Twins closer Taylor Rogers in 2020.

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