Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman exited Sunday's game against the Yankees with a thumb injury. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: It's just a bruise. Freeman (.319, 23 HR, 109 RBI) might sit out a few days as a precaution but we'd expect him to be ready in plenty of time for Opening Day. We have him at No. 8 in our latest first baseman rankings.
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has left the team due to personal reasons. He's expected to return after Seattle's off day on Monday. SOURCE: Greg Johns, MLB.com
Insight: Cano is currently in his native Dominican Republic. He's had an excellent spring, hitting .609 over 23 at bats. This brief absence should have no effect on Cano's draft position in fantasy leagues.
Description: Chicago second baseman Gordon Beckham will be shut down for the next week with a strained oblique. SOURCE: Scot Gregor, Daily Herald
Insight: Beckham's 2013 season was disappointing to say the least. With just five hits in his first 30 spring training at bats (.167 AVG), 2014 isn't off to such a great start either. Avoid him in fantasy leagues.
Description: Shortstop Stephen Drew seems like an obvious fit for the Tigers now that Jose Iglesias (shin) could miss most of the season.
Insight: Scott Boras has the Tigers right where he wants them. Drew is an above average defensive player with decent power for a middle infielder. Though nothing has been decided yet, this deal makes too much sense not to happen.
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is expected to miss most of the 2014 season because of a shin issue. SOURCE: Jim Bowden, ESPN
Insight: Iglesias was diagnosed with shin splints a few days ago but now the injury appears to be more serious. Though not a must-have fantasy player, Iglesias hit a respectable .303 last season while playing Gold Glove defense at shortstop. Free agent Stephen Drew should be getting a call from the Tigers at any moment.
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was tentatively scheduled to see his doctor on March 18, but his inability to run will force a postponement of the appointment, according to an mlb.com report.
Insight: Machado (.283, 14 HR, 71 RBI) had offseason knee surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament and had hoped to be ready for Opening Day, but that now appears unlikely. Fantasy owners may miss some early games, but we still expect big things from Machado in 2014.
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre took batting practice Friday after leaving Thursday's game with quad tightness, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Insight: Beltre isn't likely to play Saturday but may be back Sunday. The third baseman has averaged 149 games, .314/.358/.545, 32 homers, 100 RBI and 87 runs per season the last four years (one with Boston, three with Texas). However, he has dealt with some leg issues the last couple of seasons and is now 34, so there's some risk involved if you're taking him at his ADP of 14.
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre left Thursday's game with tightness in his left quad but isn't expected to be out long, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Insight: After averaging 143 games, .266/.317/.442, 21 home runs, 79 RBI and 74 runs per season from 2005-09 with the Mariners, Beltre has averaged 149 games, .314/.358/.545, 32 homers, 100 RBI and 87 runs the last four years (one with Boston, three with Texas). However, he has dealt with some leg issues the last couple of seasons and is now 34, so there's some risk involved if you're taking him at his ADP of 14.
Description: Two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera is batting .417 in 24 at-bats this spring.
Insight: Ho-hum, what else is new. He's the first back-to-back winner in the AL since Frank Thomas in 1993-94. Cabrera belted 44 HR and 137 RBI last year while hitting a career-best .348, but will be without his long-time protector in the lineup - Prince Fielder. We don't expect that to effect Cabrera's production much.
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas, hoping to rebound from a sub par 2013, is batting .500 this spring with four homers and a 1.595 OPS.
Insight: Yes, we know its spring training, but anything that Moustakas and his fantasy owners can hang their hat on is a good thing. This best thing about his 28 spring at-bats is he's struck out just four times.
Description: Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias is visiting another doctor Friday and is likely to start the season on the disabled list.
Insight: The former Red Sox and current Tigers infielder batted .303 last season with a .735 OPS in 350 at-bats and was looked on as a nice low-cost shortstop option for fantasy owners. You will have to be hesitant about choosing him at this point, or at least until we hear from today's doctor.
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will miss a few days to let inflammation in his bruised left calf and fibula subside, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
Insight: Tulowitzki was hit by a fastball and has a deep bruise, but X-rays were negative. Tulo's injury history is something to be aware of, but this type of thing can happen to anyone and shouldn't impact where you draft him.
Description: Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar will be sidelined for three-to-five days after having his wisdom teeth removed, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Profar still hasn't played the field due to shoulder tendinitis, but the Rangers think he has enough time to be ready for Opening Day. The 20-year-old was considered the top prospect in baseball going into 2013 but hit just .234 with a .644 OPS in 85 games. He's expected to start at second base this season after Ian Kinsler was traded to the Tigers.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is expected to play Friday after missing the last three games, according to beat writer Matt Gelb.
Insight: Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg has kept Rollins out of the lineup, possibly to send him a message about his lack of hustle. Rollins hit just .252 with six homers, 22 steals, 65 runs and a .666 OPS last season in 160 games.
Description: Minnesota shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. (appendectomy in February) is expected to play in a minor league game tomorrow.
Insight: The 27-year-old infielder has yet to prove he's much any fantasy-worthy value. He's never batted more than .221, scored more than 44 runs, hit more than nine homers or stolen more than 15 bases. That's why fantasy owners don't have him on their radar screens.
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will miss the next two games with tightness in his right shoulder.
Insight: Zimmerman had surgery on that shoulder om Novermber 2012, so this is a bit concerning. After having an injury-prone tag, Zimmerman has played in 142 or more games in four of the past five seasons. He's consistently about 85 runs, 25 HR and 85 RBI.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be out of the lineup a third straight game Thursday against the Yankees even though manager Ryne Sandberg says Rollins is "fine." SOURCE: csnphilly.com
Insight: Sandberg may be sending Rollins a message about his lack of hustle, something old manager Charlie Manuel put up with. Rollins hit just .252 with six homers, 22 steals, 65 runs and a .666 OPS last season in 160 games.
Description: Mariners 1B/OF Corey Hart says his forearm soreness and back tightness are minor issues, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: The good news is that his knees are fine after he underwent two knee surgeries last season and missed the entire year. Hart averaged 141 games, .279 with 29 homers, 83 RBI, 87 runs and an .857 OPS from 2010-12 and will start in right field for the M's.
Description: Chicago shortstop Starlin Castro is still about a week away from returning from a hamstring injury, according to Patrick Mooney of csnchicago.com
Insight: Castro suffered the injury on a slide during Sunday's game. He's attempting to bounce back from a 2013 season in which he hit a career-low .245 with 10 homers, 44 RBI and a .631 OPS. He's had just two at-bats this preseason - both hits.
Description: Ken Gurnick of dodgers.com adds another report that Dee Gordon is the favorite to win the Dodgers' second base job over Alexander Guerrero.
Insight: Gordon is only batting .208 this spring, but is 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts. He's also made just one error in 34 changes. Guerrero is batting .250, but might start the season in the minors.
Description: Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez made his spring debut Saturday and went 2-for-2 with three RBI. He had surgery to remove a non-malignant polyp from his colon in February, putting him behind schedule in spring training.
Insight: A nagging left knee injury bothered Ramirez last season from spring training on and limited him to 92 games, but he was solid when he played. The veteran hit .283 with 12 home runs, 49 RBI, 43 runs and an .831 OPS and is one year removed from batting .300 with 27 blasts, 105 RBI, 92 runs and a .900 OPS.
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has missed the past two spring training games due to "leg stiffness," according to beat writer Nick Piecoro.
Insight: We're talking about a guy who will cost you a top-five pick on draft day after batting .302 last season with 36 HR, 126 RBI and 15 steals., so we would like him to start the season healthy. It doesn't appear to be serious, but it's worth watching.
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer took a Jeff Samardzija slider off his left hand and had to leave Wednesday's game, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
Insight: The early indications were that Cuddyer didn't suffer a fracture, though he's headed for more examinations to determine the extent of his injury. Cuddyer hit .331 with 20 homers, 84 RBI and a .919 OPS last season, though he was helped immensely by a .382 BABIP. He won't have that type of good luck again.
Description: Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus (forearm) returned to the lineup Wednesday, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.
Insight: Andrus has been dealing with flexor tendinitis. The shortstop hit .313 with four home runs, 36 RBI, 41 runs, 23 steals and a .774 OPS in the second half last season after batting .242 with a .580 OPS before the break.
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Cody Asche (bruised hand) is expected to play Wednesday, accordin to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Asche was hit by a pitch during Sunday's spring training game and tests were negative. Asche is expected to serve as the Phillies' starting third baseman this season after batting .295 with 15 home runs, 11 steals and an .837 OPS at Triple-A last season.
Description: Miguel Sano's Tommy John surgery is scheduled for March 12th. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: The Twins prospect strained his elbow in Winter Ball and never fully recovered. Sano probably would have made it to the big leagues at some point this season. Now we'll have to wait until 2015 to see the power-hitting third baseman.
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau hasn't played since the spring training opener due to a stiff neck, according to Thomas Harding of mlb.com.
Insight: Morneau hit 17 homers last season, but none in 25 games after joining the Pirates in a trade from the Twins. He'll go from playing in two of the worst offensive parks in baseball (Target Field and PNC Park) to one of the best (Coors Field) this season.
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist) will make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday, according to mlb.com. He took three swings from each side of the plate in live batting practice Monday and will take BP again Tuesday. "I feel pretty good. We've been here over two weeks now, and the wrist is getting stronger," Teixeira said. "That's the biggest thing. It needs to get stronger. The bat speed is pretty good. We'll keep building up, and hopefully on April 1 it's feeling really good and the swing's feeling really good and I'm ready to roll."
Insight: Teixeira played just 15 games last season due to a torn tendon sheath in his wrist and hit just .151 with three homers and 19 strikeouts in 53 at-bats. He's been in a steep decline since 2009 and should only be selected in the latter rounds of fantasy drafts.
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley (calf strain) will hit in a batting cage Monday, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: The switch-hitting Headley suffered a calf strain on Feb. 22 and was given a timetable of 2-3 weeks. It's his second straight spring with an injury, as he fractured his thumb in camp last season and missed the first 14 games of the regular season. Headley then hit just .250 with 13 homers, 50 RBI and a .747 OPS in 141 games, down from .286, 31 homers, 115 RBI and an .874 OPS in 2012. Another injury won't help him regain his 2012 form.
Description: ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that Dee Gordon is the favorite to win the Dodgers' second base job.
Insight: Gordon hasn't had too much of a chance to take advantage of his top-flight speed in his major league career, as he has hit .256 with a .301 on-base percentage. He's not the long-term answer at second for the Dodgers. Los Angeles signed Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero to a four-year, $28 million contract last October, but the former shortstop has had trouble with his new position and will start the year at Triple-A.
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro (back) has yet to swing a bat this spring, according to csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Scutaro began taking grounders a few days ago. The Giants planned for the 38-year-old infielder to work on strengthening his back, abdominals and hips over the first two weeks of spring training. Scutaro gutted out 127 games last season despite dealing with several injuries and hit .297, but he had just two homers, 31 RBI, 57 runs, two steals and a .726 OPS.
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Cody Asche has been diagnosed with a bruised hand, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: Asche was hit by a pitch during Sunday's spring training game. His preliminary ultrasound was negative. Asche is expected to serve as the Phillies' starting third baseman this season after batting .295 with 15 home runs, 11 steals and an .837 OPS at Triple-A last season.
Description: Chicago shortstop suffered an unspecified injury Sunday in a spring training game with Kansas City. SOURCE: Gordon Wittenmyer, Chicago Sun-Times
Insight: Castro suffered the injury on a slide but wasn't removed from the game until the next inning. Until we know what he's dealing with, it's hard to speculate how much time Castro will miss. For now, it's best to label him as day-to-day.