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  • Ari Shortstop #1
    Diamondbacks signed 2B/SS Elvis Andrus to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
    Elvis has entered the building (spring training facility). It’s a bit unclear how Andrus fits into Arizona’s overcrowded infield mix since Geraldo Perdomo has already been named the club’s starting shortstop, and elite prospect Jordan Lawlar is waiting in the wings. The 35-year-old veteran slashed a pedestrian .251/.304/.358 with six homers and 12 steals in 406 plate appearances last year for the White Sox.
  • SF Starting Pitcher #38
    Giants general manager Farhan Zaidi told reporters Alex Cobb (hip) is due back “relatively soon” into the season.
    There’s certainly optimism Cobb won’t require a lengthy trip to the injured list to open the season as he continues to work his way back from offseason hip surgery to repair a torn labrum and remove bone chips. The 36-year-old veteran righty was excellent last year on a per-start basis, when healthy, and is still worthy of a speculative stash for fantasy managers in deeper mixed leagues.
  • Ari Starting Pitcher #45
    Diamondbacks reassigned LHP Konnor Pilkington and C Ronaldo Hernández to minor league camp.
    Pilkington and Hernández are the most notable inclusions among Arizona’s first batch of cuts from spring training. Pilkington will remain with the club as organizational pitching depth, while Hernández continues to serve as emergency catching insurance.
  • NYY Starting Pitcher #81
    Yankees optioned RHPs Luis Gil and Yoendrys Gómez to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; reassigned RHPs Chase Hampton and Art Warren to minor league camp.
    There was some thought that Gil could make New York’s season-opening pitching mix as a reliever as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery, but that won’t happen now. Meanwhile, Hampton is a consensus top-100 prospect entering the 2024 campaign and will open the year in the upper minors.
  • Tex Third Baseman #6
    Josh Jung (calf) has resumed baseball activities.
    Rangers manager Bruce Bochy added that Jung was able to take some swings in the batting cages on Sunday as he recovers from a left calf strain that he suffered back in mid-February. The 26-year-old slugger is expected to be ready in plenty of time for Opening Day, barring any setbacks.
  • StL Catcher #48
    Iván Herrera is managing some minor shoulder soreness.
    Herrera has been held out of the Cardinals’ lineup recently after feeling a “little stinger” while taking swings on Friday, but was reportedly feeling better over the weekend. The hope is that it’s not a long-term concern and that he’s ready to go next week. Fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day for now.
  • Col Starting Pitcher #48
    Germán Márquez (elbow) will throw a bullpen session this week.
    Rockies general manager Bill Schmidt told MLB Network Radio that Márquez will progress to his first bullpen session since undergoing Tommy John surgery this week and is on track to return to Colorado’s starting rotation following the All-Star break.
  • Cin Starting Pitcher #40
    Nick Lodolo (leg) will visit a specialist Monday to undergo additional testing on his left tibia.
    The positive news here is that Lodolo was able to throw a bullpen session on Sunday, but it’s a bit unclear whether he’ll be an option for the Reds at the outset of the regular season. There doesn’t appear to be major concern within the organization for the moment and should be some clarity on the 26-year-old southpaw’s status at some point early this upcoming week.
  • Tor Starting Pitcher #70
    Blue Jays LHP prospect Ricky Tiedemann (hamstring) faced hitters Sunday in a live batting practice session.
    As expected, Tiedemann continues to ramp-up his throwing program with the expectation that he’ll be ready in time for the start of the season after dealing with a minor hamstring issue a few weeks ago. The 21-year-old top prospect should get into a Grapefruit League contest at some point next week.
  • Bal Shortstop #2
    Gunnar Henderson (oblique) will likely make his Grapefruit League debut early this week.
    Orioles manager Brandon Hyde confirmed Sunday that Henderson will make his eagerly-anticipated spring debut at some point in the next few days after missing the first couple weeks of exhibition contests due to a minor left oblique issue.