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Steve Cishek managed to give up three straight homers Monday in his appearance against the Nationals.


Mar 02   12:00 AM

Josh Harrison, Ryan Zimmerman and Yadiel Hernandez took him deep consecutively. Cishek was one of the game's most effective relievers for a decade before posting a 5.40 ERA in 20 innings for the White Sox last season and getting released just before the end of the year. He's on a minor league deal with the Astros, so while he's widely expected to have a spot on the team, he's not promised anything.


Steven Souza Jr. hit a two-run homer Monday in the Astros' 7-6 defeat of the Nationals.


Mar 02   12:00 AM

The homer came off Kyle Finnegan. Barring a surprising Jackie Bradley Jr. signing, Souza would seem to be in line to make the Astros as a backup outfielder. The 31-year-old went just 4-for-27 for the Cubs last season after missing all of 2019. He also wasn't very good in 2018 (.220/.309/.369 in 272 PA), so it's hard to say whether he's still capable of being a useful player at age 32. 


Manny Pina finished 2-for-2 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in the Brewers' 7-1 defeat of the Diamondbacks on Monday in Cactus League play.


Mar 02   12:00 AM

Pina belted the two-run shot in the first inning off Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly and then added a fourth-inning single off Riley Smith. The veteran backstop projects to share time behind the plate this year in Milwaukee with Omar Narvaez. It's not the most appealing overall situation for fantasy purposes.


Freddy Peralta struck out three of the five batters he faced in a scoreless inning Monday against the Diamondbacks.


Mar 02   12:00 AM

Peralta piggybacked off starter Corbin Burnes in this one, which could be a regular thing when the season gets underway as the Brewers -- and other teams -- try to navigate workload concerns following the shortened schedule from 2020. Peralta has the goods to be a real fantasy asset in a swingman-type role.


Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Monday that Brandon Belt is "wiped out" due to a non-COVID-19 related illness.


Mar 02   12:00 AM

It's not clear how long Belt has been sick. Kapler added that the first baseman is feeling better, but the illness has sapped his energy and there's no timetable for when he will resume workouts. Belt was already a question mark for Opening Day following surgery last October on his right heel, and this isn't going to help his chances.


Yankees sent OF Greg Allen outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


Mar 02   12:00 AM

Allen cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He's no longer on the 40-man roster but will remain in camp as a non-roster invitee.


Emmanuel Clase allowed a run on three hits in his one-inning Cactus League appearance Monday versus the Royals.


Mar 02   12:00 AM

It was the first live appearance in a while for Clase, who missed the entire 2020 season after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone last May. The hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander will attempt to show this spring that he is ready for a high-leverage role in the Indians' bullpen. He registered a sharp 2.31 ERA and 21/6 K/BB ratio over his first 23 1/3 major league innings with the Rangers in 2019 before getting packaged in the trade that sent Corey Kluber from Cleveland to Texas.


Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Monday that Jose Castillo (lat) could be cleared for game action soon.


Mar 02   12:00 AM

Castillo has missed most of the last two seasons due to injury, most recently battling lat issues in 2020. However, he has already thrown a couple bullpen sessions this spring and should get into a Cactus League game soon. Castillo has the potential to be a relief weapon for the Padres, if healthy.


Ryan McBroom had a double and a homer off the bench Monday as the Royals topped the Indians 8-6 in Cactus League play.


Mar 02   12:00 AM

McBroom hit his double off right-hander Emmanuel Clase in the top of the sixth inning and then slugged a two-run shot off left-hander Scott Moss in the top of the eighth. The 28-year-old showed good power in limited action with Kansas City last season and could maybe carve out a bench spot on the 2021 Opening Day roster.


Franmil Reyes finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a triple in Monday's Cactus League loss to the Royals.


Mar 02   12:00 AM

Reyes has zero career triples between the regular season and postseason, but he managed to leg out a standup three-bagger in the fifth inning Monday versus veteran right-hander Jesse Hahn. The 25-year-old slugger entered Indians camp with a bit of a right ankle issue, but he's obviously well past it now. He should be a good source of power this season in Cleveland as the team's projected cleanup man.


Joey Wendle exited Monday's Grapefruit League game after being hit in the helmet by a pitch.


Mar 01   1:42 PM

He managed to walk off the field, but was being checked by trainers. Obviously no need to take any chances, but the Rays should provide an update soon. Xavier Edwards replaced him on the basepaths.


Kevin Kiermaier (hip) took batting practice on the field Monday.


Mar 01   12:06 PM

He's expected to progress to live batting practice on Tuesday. Kiermaier showed up to camp with tightness in both of his hips, so the Rays are going to ease him into game action this spring.


Ji-Man Choi (knee) is expected to serve as the designated hitter on Wednesday.


Mar 01   12:06 PM

Choi missed a workout over the weekend due to knee soreness, but it's not a major concern. Assuming no setbacks, he should play first base on Thursday. Choi is headed for another platoon role this season and plans to exclusively bat left-handed this season after struggling to the tune of a .230/.331/.410 batting line in 2020.


Zac Gallen threw two sc
Mar 01   11:50 AM

Though Gallen struggled with his control in the first inning and then contact in the second, he was able to hold baserunners and work his way out of consecutive jams in both innings. Gallen, 25, finished the shortened 2020 season with a 2.75 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 72 innings, even receiving some Cy Young award votes. With his strong numbers, the righty pitcher will be a viable fantasy option in 2021.


Zac Gallen threw two sc
Mar 01   11:34 AM

Though Gallen struggled with his control in the first inning and then contact in the second, he was able to hold baserunners and work his way out of consecutive jams in both innings. Gallen, 25, finished the shortened 2020 season with a 2.75 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 72 innings, even receiving some Cy Young award votes. With his strong numbers, the righty pitcher will be a viable fantasy option in 2021.


Zac Gallen threw two sc
Mar 01   11:18 AM

Though Gallen struggled with his control in the first inning and then contact in the second, he was able to hold baserunners and work his way out of consecutive jams in both innings. Gallen, 25, finished the shortened 2020 season with a 2.75 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 72 innings, even receiving some Cy Young award votes. With his strong numbers, the righty pitcher will be a viable fantasy option in 2021.


Zac Gallen threw two sc
Mar 01   11:02 AM

Though Gallen struggled with his control in the first inning and then contact in the second, he was able to hold baserunners and work his way out of consecutive jams in both innings. Gallen, 25, finished the shortened 2020 season with a 2.75 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 72 innings, even receiving some Cy Young award votes. With his strong numbers, the righty pitcher will be a viable fantasy option in 2021.


Zac Gallen threw two sc
Mar 01   10:46 AM

Though Gallen struggled with his control in the first inning and then contact in the second, he was able to hold baserunners and work his way out of consecutive jams in both innings. Gallen, 25, finished the shortened 2020 season with a 2.75 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 72 innings, even receiving some Cy Young award votes. With his strong numbers, the righty pitcher will be a viable fantasy option in 2021.


Zac Gallen threw two sc
Mar 01   10:30 AM

Though Gallen struggled with his control in the first inning and then contact in the second, he was able to hold baserunners and work his way out of consecutive jams in both innings. Gallen, 25, finished the shortened 2020 season with a 2.75 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 72 innings, even receiving some Cy Young award votes. With his strong numbers, the righty pitcher will be a viable fantasy option in 2021.


Seth Romero is getting stretched out as a reliever this spring.


Mar 01   10:30 AM

That's the role he had when he made his debut last year. Romero was originally drafted as a starter and pitched almost exclusively in that role in the minors before his Tommy John surgery. Apparently the Nats think he's best served to stay in the bullpen for now.


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