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  • Miguel Andujar DH | NYY

    Yankees' Miguel Andujar: Feeling '100 percent'

    Andujar has been working out at the Yankees' complex in Florida five days a week and has had no trouble with his surgically-repaired right shoulder, George A. King III of the New York Post reports.

    "I feel great. I am working out five days a week building strength, working with the trainers, exercising and doing my best to stay sharp,'' Andujar indicated in an email. "I feel 100 percent. I am very happy where I am at physically." Andujar also explained that he had been working out with a trainer away from the Yankees' training complex during part of the MLB hiatus but has since returned to Steinbrenner Field. The 25-year-old is expected to see playing time as a designated hitter, left fielder and third baseman during a potential 2020 campaign, though he is unlikely to open the season with an everyday role.

  • Max Muncy 2B | LAD

    Dodgers' Max Muncy: Staying fresh during hiatus

    Muncy stated that he has been hitting in a cage "a couple times a week" but is "trying not to overdo it" in an interview with John Hartung of Spectrum SportsNet LA.

    "Once things start up...it's going to be a lot of games in a short period of time," Muncy theorized in explaining his rationale for wanting to stay fresh during MLB's hiatus. The 29-year-old is slated to take on a near-everyday role as the Dodgers' starting first baseman in 2020 with occasional time at second base.

  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Staying with Bichette during pause

    Espinal and fellow Blue Jays minor leaguer Forrest Wall have been staying in Florida with Bo Bichette during the shutdown, Gregor Chisholm of The Toronto Star reports.

    Bichette's father, four-time All-Star Dante Bichette, has a gym and batting cages near his home, giving Espinal all the facilities he needs to stay in shape. The 25-year-old had already been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo when spring training was put on pause, but his impressive Grapefruit League showing (.417/.462/1.000 and seven extra-base hits in 26 plate appearances) and strong defense mark him as the most likely internal replacement at shortstop should anything sideline Bichette during the regular season, and Espinal could still find a spot on an expanded big-league roster.

  • Bo Bichette SS | TOR

    Blue Jays' Bo Bichette: Working out with dad

    Bichette has been able to stay in shape in part by doing drills and working out with his father, four-time All-Star outfielder Dante Bichette, Gregor Chisholm of The Toronto Star reports.

    "Most of the time he's throwing me (batting practice), but every once in a while he actually pitches to me, so we'll get the Little League field distance and he'll throw it as hard as he can to try and get me out. That's when it gets a little bit intense and a little bit competitive," Bichette said about the workouts with his pop. The 22-year-old figures to be ready to go right away once spring training resumes.

  • Eric Thames LF | WAS

    Nationals' Eric Thames: Trying not to overdo workouts

    Thames has been working out in his garage and hitting off a tee to stay in shape, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.

    "The trainers have definitely been reaching out to make sure no one is showing any symptoms and then the strength coach has been reaching out to make sure you get your sprints in, your program, your stretching, do this and that. Just making sure guys don't show up overweight or out of shape. You don't want to get hurt," Thames said earlier this week. The veteran slugger also said he was making sure he didn't hit the weights too much out of sheer boredom. "Not trying to do too much because I do get really big. So this last month, my programming is all stretching and just getting my shoulders ready, my hips and all that fun stuff."

  • Astros' George Springer: Wanted back in Houston

    The Astros "made it clear" that they want to work out a long-term deal with Springer, who can become an unrestricted free agent after 2020, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports, citing a source report from Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.

    Springer, who turns 31 in September, will be one of the more attractive players on the market during next offseason, but Houston owner Jim Crane has told the outfielder and his representatives that the club is interested in working out an extension before the player hits free agency. Per the agreement worked out between MLB and the MLB Players Association, all players will receive a full year of service time even if the season is canceled or abbreviated, meaning Springer will become a free agent regardless of how the coronavirus pandemic impacts MLB in 2020.

  • Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Continues increasing workload

    Wainwright continues to work his arm out in some form at least six days per week, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    The veteran right-hander has not only continued his five-day-per-week throwing sessions with rotation mate Kwang-Hyun Kim, but the duo has actually upped its long-toss distance to almost 300 feet. Wainwright also reveals he's throwing to the team's bullpen catcher, Jamie Pogue, on one of the two days he's not playing catch, with the latter wearing a mask and a rubber glove on his throwing hand in order to keep the process safe. Wainwright reveals the extended layoff from baseball has helped him appreciate the game more and has also seemingly rejuvenated his arm, with the aforementioned distance achieved by him and Kim qualifying as one Wainwright hadn't managed in more than five years.

  • Justin Turner 3B | LAD

    Dodgers' Justin Turner: Maintaining limited workouts

    Turner has been hitting off a tee in his backyard and playing catch at a local park, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    With MLB stadiums and facilities mostly shut down, Turner -- like most other players -- has had to rely on home equipment and local spaces to stay in shape. If the 2020 season takes place, the veteran will once again fill an everyday role as the Dodgers' starting third baseman.

  • Dylan Cease SP | CHW

    White Sox's Dylan Cease: Learns from first season

    Cease is looking to build off his first season in the majors and will introduce a tweak to his mechanics, Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald reports.

    Cease's MLB debut was a bumpy one, as he went 4-7 with a 5.79 ERA in 14 starts. "One of (the things I learned) was more a physical adjustment with my front side," Cease said. "Not getting too rotational on my front side, that's the main thing that's going to be different. I think that's one of the big reasons I was having cutting issues with my fastball." Cease, who permitted 4.3 BB/9 and 1.8 HR/9, hopes the mechanical adjustment will allow him to pitch deeper into games. While his overall numbers were not pretty, the right-hander finished on an up note, allowing seven runs over 21 innings (3.00 ERA) with 28 strikeouts and 12 walks in his final four starts. He's expected to slot in as the fourth starter in the rotation.

  • C.J. Abrams SS | SD

    Padres' CJ Abrams: Staying active during hiatus

    Abrams has been playing catch, practicing hitting and performing various workouts during the suspension of play, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.

    The Padres' top prospect has been staying at home in Georgia during MLB's hiatus, but that hasn't stopped him from working on his skills on an everyday basis. Abrams was expected to open the 2020 campaign with Low-A Fort Wayne, though it remains to be seen when -- or if -- a minor-league season will get underway this year.

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