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: 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: 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: 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: Minnesota prospect Miguel Sano has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery. Sano hurt his elbow while playing winter ball and was diagnosed with a strained UCL. SOURCE: LaVelle Neal, Star Tribune
Insight: While the recovery time for Tommy John is much shorter for position players than it is for pitchers, Sano has almost no chance of making it back before the end of the season. ESPN's Keith Law recently ranked Sano as the eight-best prospect in MLB.
Description: Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano had an examination Friday after feeling renewed soreness in his right elbow, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Sano strained his ulnar collateral ligament in winter ball and felt something on a throw from third during Thursday's intrasquad game. He reportedly called his agent Rob Plummer Friday to ask if he should have Tommy John surgery. MLB.com ranks Sano as the fourth best prospect in baseball (Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is No. 1).
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is likely to hit second for Oakland this season, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Insight: Donaldson was the No. 2 hitter in 23 of his last 30 starts last season and hit .326 with four homers, 15 RBI, 21 runs and a 1.003 OPS in those games. He's coming off an excellent season in which he hit .301 with 24 homers, 94 RBI, 89 runs and an .883 OPS. He hit .290 with eight homers, 26 RBI and an .844 OPS in his final 47 games of 2012, so his breakout season wasn't unfounded. He's being undervalued in fantasy drafts, especially in yahoo.com leagues where his ADP is 90.
Description: According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is tentatively scheduled to see his doctor on March 18 and could receive full clearance then.
Insight: Machado (.283, 14 HR, 71 RBI) had offseason knee surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament and still hopes to be ready for Opening Day, but his status is up in the air. Barring a setback he should be back within the first two weeks of April.
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley (calf strain) expects to be ready for Opening Day, according to the Union-Tribune.
Insight: The switch-hitting Headley is expected to miss 2-3 weeks but says he only needs 15-20 at-bats from each side of the plate to be ready. The third baseman suffered a fractured thumb last spring and missed the first 14 games of the regular season before experiencing a major regression from the previous year. Another spring injury won't help him regain his 2012 form.
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley's MRI confirmed the initial diagnosis of a Grade 1 calf strain, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: Headley is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. The third baseman suffered a fractured thumb last spring and missed the first 14 games of the regular season before experiencing a major regression from the previous year. Another spring injury won't help him regain his 2012 form.