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  • Brandon Lowe 2B | TB

    Rays' Brandon Lowe: Held out with illness

    Lowe was held out of workouts again Tuesday due to illness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    It's not clear exactly what Lowe is dealing with, but he should be fine to return to action later this week. The 29-year-old is slated to handle second base again for the Rays in 2024.

  • Luis Urias 2B | SEA

    Mariners' Luis Urias: Working back from shoulder issue

    Urias has resumed workouts following a shutdown period due to right shoulder inflammation, Shannon Drayer of Seattle Sports 710 AM reports.

    Urias was diagnosed with inflammation after reporting to camp early a couple weeks ago. The good news is that testing came back negative and he has since been cleared for workouts. It's possible the Mariners will ease Urias into Cactus League play, but it does not appear this will interrupt his availability for the start of the season.

  • Orioles' Jordan Westburg: Will focus on infield

    Westburg will primarily play at second base and third base with a little bit of shortstop mixed in this spring, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports.

    Westburg got six games of experience in the corner outfield last season with Triple-A Norfolk, but he's played 50 of his 80 major-league games at second base. There's a good chance Westburg can claim a starting role at the keystone this spring, though the Orioles are also trying top prospect Jackson Holliday there. That said, Westburg's versatility will be beneficial to him beginning the season in the majors.

  • Justin Foscue 2B | TEX

    Rangers' Justin Foscue: Focusing on first base this spring

    Foscue will primarily work out at first base for the Rangers this spring, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

    Foscue has predominantly been a second baseman, but with Marcus Semien holding down the keystone in Texas, Foscue's best path to playing time lies elsewhere. The 24-year-old did see some action at first base down the stretch last season at Triple-A Round Rock, so the position isn't totally foreign to him. Foscue is also an option at designated hitter for the Rangers, and he might see action at third base if Josh Jung's calf injury lingers into the regular season.

  • Gleyber Torres 2B | NYY

    Yankees' Gleyber Torres: No contract extension talks

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday that he has not had any contract extension talks with Torres' representation, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

    Cashman added that Torres is the team's second baseman "for this season" in what will be his final year before reaching free agency next winter. It's possible the two sides will eventually look into a long-term deal down the line, but that doesn't appear to be on the horizon. Torres slashed .273/.347/.453 with 25 home runs for the Yanks in 2023.

  • Cavan Biggio 2B | TOR

    Blue Jays' Cavan Biggio: Dealing with shoulder tendinitis

    Blue Jays manager John Schneider said Thursday that Biggio has left shoulder tendinitis, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.

    He has yet to face live pitching so far this spring, but it's possible the Jays are simply erring on the side of caution in order to prevent Biggio's shoulder from getting any worse. Schneider also noted Thursday that the utility player is expected to be in the mix for reps at second and third base -- a good indication that Biggio will be ready when Grapefruit League play begins later this spring.

  • Cavan Biggio 2B | TOR

    Blue Jays' Cavan Biggio: In mix at second base, third base

    Blue Jays manager John Schneider on Thursday mentioned Biggio, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Santiago Espinal when asked about the team's options at second and third base, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    Notably absent was Davis Schneider, who the skipper said would focus on playing left field in addition to second base. Biggio did see most of the action at second base for Toronto down the stretch last season and started both games in the club's Wild Card Series loss to the Twins. The 28-year-old could be the favorite to handle the keystone against right-handed pitching, at least initially.

  • Blue Jays' Davis Schneider: Will focus on 2B and LF

    Schneider was not initially mentioned by Blue Jays manager John Schneider when asked about the team's second base and third base situation, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    The manager listed Cavan Biggio, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Santiago Espinal as options at those positions, adding that it will be "a cool puzzle to solve." After a reporter followed up in asking about Schneider, the skipper noted that the 25-year-old has been working out in the outfield over the offseason and will focus on playing second base and left field in 2024. This could be an indication that Schneider is not among the favorites to see the lion's share of playing time at second base, although the situation does seem fluid.

  • Justin Foscue 2B | TEX

    Rangers' Justin Foscue: Projected at DH

    Foscue is tentatively projected as the primary designated hitter, per Kennedi Landry of MLB.com.

    Foscue had a strong season at Triple-A Round Rock in 2023, posting an .862 OPS with 18 home runs, 84 RBI, 94 runs, 14 steals and more walks (85) than strikeouts (70) over 122 games for the Express. He's a natural second baseman but is blocked in the majors by Marcus Semien. As such, the Rangers plan to expose him to corner infield during spring training, which would set him up in a possible utility infielder/DH role. Designated hitter is the lone unsettled spot on offense for the Rangers.

  • Danny Mendick 2B | CHW

    White Sox's Danny Mendick: Will be in White Sox's camp

    Mendick signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training.

    It's a return to the South Side for Mendick, who spent the first four seasons of his big-league career with the White Sox before putting up a .509 OPS in 33 games for the Mets in 2023. The utility man will attempt to win a reserve role.

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