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Injury updates: Abreu, Brantley, Straily, more

Here's a roundup of the latest injury news around the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues:

Jose Abreu, White Sox
The White Sox appear to have dodged a bullet with their top hitter, as Abreu is hoping to return to Chicago's lineup by Friday after he was forced to exit Tuesday's game with tightness in his left hamstring.

Here's a roundup of the latest injury news around the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues:

Jose Abreu, White Sox
The White Sox appear to have dodged a bullet with their top hitter, as Abreu is hoping to return to Chicago's lineup by Friday after he was forced to exit Tuesday's game with tightness in his left hamstring.

Manager Rick Renteria downplayed Abreu's injury following Tuesday's 10-0 win, noting that Abreu was smiling when he left the game.

Abreu, 31, is bidding for his fifth straight season of at least 25 home runs and 100 runs batted in.

Michael Brantley, Indians
Brantley will make his long-awaited Cactus League debut Wednesday night against the Royals, his first game action since undergoing right ankle surgery last October. The Indians plan to have Brantley take a couple at-bats and play three to four innings in the outfield, and have yet to rule him out for Opening Day.

Brantley, the third-place finisher in the 2014 American League MVP race, hit .299/.357/.444 with nine home runs, 52 RBIs and 11 stolen bases over 90 games in 2017.

Dan Straily, Marlins
Straily was shut down Tuesday for five to six days of action after experiencing some mild tightness in his pitching forearm during his Minor League outing on Monday.'s Joe Frisaro reported that Straily's velocity was unaffected in that appearance, and the team is not concerned about Straily's health in the long-term.

The veteran righty was scheduled to start the Marlins' second game of the season March 30 against the Cubs, but there's now a chance that Straily's season debut could be pushed back.

Robinson Cano, Mariners
Mariners fans could see an encouraging sight soon, as Cano is expected back in Seattle's lineup Wednesday alongside fellow slugger Nelson Cruz when Seattle takes on the Brewers in Cactus League action.

Tweet from @GregJohnsMLB: Cano getting some ABs today on Minor League game. He and Cruz expected back on Wednesday when Mariners host Brewers.

The 35-year old Cano has been sidelined since he exited the Mariners' matchup against the Reds on March 11. An MRI the next day revealed a Grade 1 strain of Cano's left hamstring, the same area that troubled the star for parts of last season. TJ Cotterill of the Tacoma News Tribune added that Cano could even see time at second base Wednesday, which would be a welcome sight for Seattle fans aching to see their club push its way to its first postseason berth since 2001.

Daniel Murphy, Nationals
Murphy is amping up his baseball activity, but is unlikely to be in the lineup when the Nationals open the season next Thursday against the Reds in Cincinnati. Recovering from microfracture surgery on his right knee, Murphy's running is limited to a treadmill but he's progressed to moving laterally when fielding grounders and has added new strength exercises.

"I think the nature of our sport is that once you start, the games come fast and furious," Murphy said. "I don't want to break [camp] and get into the lineup and then have to have [manager Dave Martinez] manage me. You don't want to play with a 24-man roster."

Michael Conforto, Mets
Conforto homered twice and went 3-for-10 in a Minor League scrimmage on Wednesday. Batting twice an inning for five frames, the 25-year-old outfielder struck out and homered off David Peterson, the Mets' top pick in last year's Draft, in his first two plate appearances. He added another homer off left-hander Daniel Zamora. Originally with a return target date of May 1, Conforto is now hoping to get back to the big leagues sometime in April.

"I'm pretty close," Conforto said. "I'm starting to feel my legs a little bit and starting to feel like I'm in rhythm with everything. So I'm getting close."

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Justin Turner, Dodgers
The All-Star third baseman left Los Angeles' Cactus League game against the A's on Monday night after being hit by a Kendall Graveman pitch in the first inning and X-rays revealed a broken left wrist, but the veteran infielder revealed on Tuesday that he won't need surgery.

Turner's wrist will be in a brace for a few days, after which he will begin range-of-motion exercises, Turner said. Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said this type of injury is "usually on the order of weeks" and that the club is not looking to replace Turner with an acquisition because of confidence in its internal depth.

Video: OAK@LAD: Turner exits in 1st with a broken wrist

Turner, 33, slashed .322/.415/.530 with 21 homers for the Dodgers in 2017, and was named the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player after batting .333 (6-for-18) with two homers, including a walk-off shot in Game 2 against the Cubs.

In four seasons with the Dodgers, Turner -- currently in the second year of a four-year, $64 million contract -- is slashing .303/.378/.502 with 71 home runs.

Video: OAK@LAD: Roberts discusses Turner's broken wrist

Other Dodgers who have played third base this spring include utility men Enrique Hernandez and Kyle Farmer, as well as second baseman Logan Forsythe. More >

The D-backs ace has been ruled out of starting on Opening Day by manager Torey Lovullo.

Zack Greinke, D-backs
Greinke threw 40 pitches on Sunday in his first bullpen session since leaving last Wednesday's start against the Reds with right groin tightness. He's scheduled to pitch against the Giants this coming Wednesday, which would line him up for another exhibition start on Monday, March 26 and a season debut on Saturday, March 31.

Video: CIN@ARI: Greinke leaves after one inning of work

The 34-year-old former Cy Young Award winner bounced back from a rough 2016 campaign, posting a 3.20 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 32 starts for Arizona last season. His fastball velocity had been down in his Cactus League debut this year, but seemed to be back to the normal 90-91 mph range in the first inning against the Reds.

Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees
The Yankees will likely be without Ellsbury for their season opener in Toronto on March 29, as manager Aaron Boone told's Bryan Hoch on Monday that Ellsbury is not expected to be ready for Opening Day.

Ellsbury has been sidelined since the beginning of March with a right oblique strain. The former All-Star has been limited to just four games of Grapefruit League action this spring, collecting one hit in 10 at-bats. A subject of trade rumors this offseason, Ellsbury was projected to serve as a backup outfielder behind the rotating cast of Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. More >

Trea Turner, Nationals
Turner is expected to miss a few days with an ingrown toenail on his right foot, but thankfully the club believes that will be the extent of his time away. Turner, who left camp prior to Monday's game against the Marlins, is the second Nationals player to deal with an ingrown toenail -- Bryce Harper missed several days earlier this spring.

Ervin Santana, Twins
Twins fans may need to be even more patient as they await the return of their club's 2017 ace, as Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Monday that Santana's timetable "might be closer to 12 weeks" than the original 10 as he recovers from surgery on his right middle finger.

Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey told reporters that Santana is "progressing as expected," although he was frustrated with how long the recovery process could take. Falvey said Santana's timeline is not a concern, and the righty's surgery spurred a series of moves by Minnesota's front office. The Twins acquired right-hander Jake Odorizzi from the Rays in a trade last month, and then signed free-agent righty Lance Lynn to further bolster their pitching staff in Santana's absence. Odorizzi and Lynn will likely join Jose Berrios and Kyle Gibson in the first swing through Minnesota's starting rotation.

J.T. Realmuto, Marlins
Realmuto seemed at ease Monday morning, telling's Joe Frisaro that he's confident that he'll be ready for Opening Day despite missing more than a week with a bruised lower back.

Miami's starting catcher played catch Monday for the first time since he suffered a lower back contusion while diving back toward first base as a runner on March 11. Realmuto said he is hopeful he'll able to swing a bat in the near future.

"We'll do everything that we can to give him as many at-bats as he needs," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of Realmuto. "But first, we've got to get him to that point. We're still going that way." More >