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Manager Terry Francona believes Francisco Lindor (calf) could return at the front end of his 7-to-9 week recovery timetable, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Yoenis Cespedes (heel) believes he will return at some point this season, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.

Manager Ned Yost said Chris Owings will have a fairly regular role in the Royals' lineup, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.

Mike Soroka will not be held back by his shoulder this spring and will take part in normal throwing sessions, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

Luis Severino signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

Michael Fulmer lost his arbitration case Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

Richard Bleier (lat) did not throw Friday when the rest of his bullpen group did, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.

New manager David Bell said Friday that Raisel Iglesias won't be used strictly in the traditional closer role, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "He'll be used in the most important spots in the game," Bell said. "We don't want to limit him."

Mallex Smith is battling a sore elbow and will skip the defensive parts of the Mariners' first spring workouts, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

Wei-Chung Wang has a minor leg strain and won't participate in Friday's throwing session, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Yangervis Solarte signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Friday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.

Cliff Pennington signed a minor-league deal with the Athletics on Friday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

The Astros plan to test Aledmys Diaz in both left and right field during spring training, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

Dustin Pedroia said Friday, "I don't have any restrictions right now. I just have to be smart," Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

The Rangers want Jeff Mathis to start more than half of their games behind the plate, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Lucas Giolito underwent 20 sessions of neurofeedback during the offseason in an effort to improve his breathing and stay relaxed, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The Yankees plan to bring Troy Tulowitzki along slowly during spring training and into the regular season, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Brent Suter (elbow) will be restricted to throwing from 60 feet three times a week during spring training, Todd Rosiak and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report.

Julio Urias is expected to open the season as a starter at Triple-A Oklahoma City or as a reliever for the big club after manager Dave Roberts suggested Wednesday that no rotation spots will be up for grabs for the Dodgers during spring training, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Manager Dave Roberts indicated Wednesday that the Dodgers won't hold an open competition for any rotation spots in spring training, meaning Ross Stripling will likely open the 2019 campaign in the bullpen, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.