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Didi Gregorius, SS, NYY3/28/2015 3:58:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius sprained his left wrist and will have X-rays.
Insight: We will know more after the results are out. If it's serious, the Yankees have Stephen Drew to slide over to shortstop. Gregorius has a tough assignment this season - replace the legend known as Derek Jeter.
Danny Santana, OF/SS, MIN3/28/2015 11:44:00 AM
Description: The Twins Danny Santana has been named the starter at shortstop for 2015, by manager Paul Molitor.
Insight: No surprise here. He batted .319 with 70 runs, 20 steals and an impressive .824 OPS last season in his rookie year. We'd like to see more walks and less strikeouts, but he quietly put together a nice fantasy season. Don't overlook him on Draft Day.
Jordan Schafer, CF, MIN3/28/2015 10:22:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer could be the starting center fielder on Opening Day.
Insight: Schafer is the likely candidate to start as the team sent Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester. His bat has never been fantasy worthy and after five seasons in the majors that isn't likely to change. He does have the ability to steal 25-35 bases.
Aaron Hicks, CF, MINCold3/28/2015 10:19:00 AM
Description: Minnesota outfielder Aaron Hicks has been sent to Triple-A Rochester.
Insight: Hicks (.215, 1 HR, 18 RBI) was supposed to be the reason the Twins could trade Denard Span and Ben Revere a couple of years ago, but it simply hasn't worked out. Jordan Schafer is the likely starter in center field.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS3/28/2015 10:14:00 AM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF/1B Ryan Zimmerman will miss a few days due to a left shoulder injury, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSN.
Insight: It's not his throwing shoulder, so we think it's still OK to draft him. Zimmerman is expected to be the Nationals primary first baseman this season where his production should make him a middle-of-the-pack fantasy value. He'll likely keep his multi-position eligibility which should help.
Mike Pelfrey, SP, MINCold3/28/2015 10:10:00 AM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey appears to be the odd-man out in the Minnesota rotation.
Insight: Pelfrey has apparently lost the final starting spot to Tommy Milone and will work out of the bullpen. Long relief and spot starting doesn't equal much fantasy value.
Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM3/28/2015 10:07:00 AM
Description: New York reliever Bobby Parnell, returning from Tommy John surgery last April, has moved up his timetable for return and could be ready by mid-Aril, according to an ESPN report.
Insight: His orginial timetable was for a May return. Parnell amassed 22 saves in 2013, but will likely be the setup man for Jenrry Mejia when he's ready to pitch.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK3/27/2015 4:28:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (oblique) is unlikely to ready for Opening Day.
Insight: He is trending in the right direction, but will likely miss the start of the season. However, Reddick should be back by the middle of April.
Domonic Brown, LF, PHI3/27/2015 4:26:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (Achilles) is looking unlikely for Opening Day.
Insight: This is according to manager Ryne Sandberg. Brown is looking to bounce back this year, but this will not help. Darin Ruf would likely be the biggest benefactor during Brown's absence.
Chris Sale, SP, CWS3/27/2015 4:03:00 PM
Description: White Sox starter Chris Sale has thrown a bullpen session and a simulated game over the past week without incident, says baseball analyst Bruce Levine.
Insight: Sale is on pace for an April 12 start if all continues to go well. Given that timetable, fantasy owners should not discount Sales' value at all. Sale is coming off a 12-4 season with a stunning 2.17 ERA and 0.966 WHIP.
Tyler Clippard, RP, OAK3/27/2015 3:59:00 PM
Description: Oakland setup man,Tyler Clippard, will serve as closer until injured Sean Doolittle is ready to return, according to manager Bob Melvin.
Insight: We always expected as much. Clippard should rack up a few saves until Doolittle (shoulder) returns, probably in late April or early May. He had 32 saves in a closing role back in 2012 for the Nationals.
Justin Verlander, SP, DET3/27/2015 3:56:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander left Friday's start due to a due to cramp in his right triceps muscle, according to beat writer Chris Iott.
Insight: Verlander always seems to have aches and pains these days. This one doesn't appear to be serious. We still don't like our chances of seeing the "old" Verlander ever again. Last season he was 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA and 1.398 WHIP.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, ARI3/27/2015 9:48:00 AM
Description: Arizona right-hander Jeremy Hellickson will miss his next scheduled spring training start, according to an Arizona Republic report.
Insight: Hellickson is dealing with a tired arm so will throw in the bullpen instead. He's posted an ugly 5.87 ERA in his last three outings. He should still be ready to go when the season begins.
Jose Tabata, RF, PIT3/27/2015 9:45:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Jose Tabata was sent to the minors.
Insight: Once a rising star in the organization, he no longer appears to be in the long-term plans. The Pirates will likely use Sean Rodriguez and Corey Hart to back up the starting outfield trio of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET3/26/2015 4:36:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez felt some discomfort in his knee on Thursday.
Insight: There is a slight cause for concern, as the soreness is in his surgically-repaired knee. Martinez did homer in the contest, and manager Brad Ausmus did not seem overly worried, but at 36 years of age, owners must know there will be an injury risk this year.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYY3/26/2015 3:56:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) is expected to resume playing in exhibition games on or around March 31.
Insight: This is a good sign, and should allow ellsbury to be ready for Opening Day. Stay tuned.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS3/26/2015 3:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) will throw on Thursday and should take part in a bullpen session at some point this weekend.
Insight: This will be a big test to determine Uehara's availability for Opening Day. If he is unable to get healthy by the start of the season, Edward Mujica would likely start 2015 as Boston's closer.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS3/26/2015 3:51:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is still dealing with soreness in his shoulder, according to manager Matt Williams.
Insight: This is on his surically-repaired shoulder, so it is definitely concerning. We would not count on Werth being ready for Opening Day.
David Robertson, RP, CWS3/26/2015 3:48:00 PM
Description: White Sox closer David Robertson is experiencing forearm soreness, according to manager Robin Ventura.
Insight: Hopefully this is the reason for his 7.71 spring ERA. Ventura did not seem concerned however, so we expect Robertson to get back on track for the regular season. Draft him as you normally would.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE3/26/2015 2:20:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is dealing with a tight lower back.
Insight: He's had the problem earlier this spring, so it's looking like an ongoing issue. brantley was a breakout star last season with a .327 batting average, 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runsand 23 steals. It's tough playing at a high level with a bad back so fantasy owners should be concerned by this.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL3/26/2015 2:18:00 PM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will be with the team for Opening Day, but is expected to spend an extended spring in Florida, according to Rich Dubroff of Comcast.
Insight: After undergoing Tommy John Surgery last season, Wieters likely won't be available until the middle of the month at the earliest. He'll also likely play a lot of DH early in the season.
Alex Rios, RF, KAN3/26/2015 2:14:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Alex Rios will miss the next few days due to a jammed thumb.
Insight: Rios is a solid fantasy option who could put up 20-20 type numbers though his home run total dropped significantly last season. His average season over the last five years is .275 with 16 HR, 71 RBI, 74 runs and 25 steals.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEAHot3/26/2015 9:55:00 AM
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker may be maturing right in front of our eyes.
Insight: After tossing another six scoreless innings on Wednesday, the 22-year-old has gone 18 innings this spring without yielding an earned run. Make sure you include him in your draft lists.
Michael Saunders, RF, TOR3/26/2015 9:50:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders will not be ready for Opening Day, according to manager John Gibbons
Insight: This was to be expected and fantasy owners should also expect him back by mid-to-late April. He batted .273 last season with eight homers, 34 RBI and a .791 OPS in limited at-bats.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS3/25/2015 3:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon had another MRI on Tuesday which showned the MCL in his left knee is still sprained.
Insight: Rendon suffered this injury on March 9 and he still isn't 100 percent. Washington hasn't ruled Rendon out for Opening Day, but there seems to be an increasing liklihood that he could miss the start of the season. This might drop his draft stock slightly, but owners shouldn't let him fall too far.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY3/25/2015 3:43:00 PM
Description: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Alex Rodriguez can be the team's regular designated hitter this season according to the Wall Street Journal.
Insight: Rodriguez is hitting .286 with two home runs and a double in 33 plate appearances this spring. Rodriguez is going to turn 40 and both his hips have already been surgically repaired, so he could benefit from a full season just hitting.
Sean Doolittle, RP, OAK3/25/2015 3:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is expected to begin throwing this week according to MLB.com.
Insight: Doolittle is recovering from a small tear in his rotator cuff. Doolittle should return around the beginning of May.
Anthony Gose, CF, DET3/25/2015 3:35:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose will hit first or second against right-handed pitching to start the season according to Chris Iott of MLive.com.
Insight: Gose is just a career .234 hitter in the major leagues, but he is below the Medoza Line at .180 versus lefties. With his great speed, the Tigers are going to see if they can use him in a platoon situation with Rajai Davis in center field. Gose is hitting .333 this spring, but he has just two hits in his last 21 at-bats.
Dellin Betances, RP, NYY3/25/2015 3:29:00 PM
Description: Yankees reliever Dellin Betances admitted to the New York Post on Tuesday that his velocity is "nowhere near where it should be".
Insight: Betances did get his fastball up to 94 mph on Tuesday, but he was routinely in the mid-to-high 90s during 2014, so he is still expecting to see more velocity. Manager Joe Giradi isn't too concern, saying the velocity should return as Betances pitches more. Betances is the front runner to be the Yankees closer this season, though, New York has not confirmed that yet.
Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLE3/25/2015 3:26:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings in a minor league start on Tuesday according to MLB.com.
Insight: Carrasco yielded just one hit and no walks with 10 strikeouts, which is just what fantasy owners want to hear. His fastball was between 95 and 97 mph. He is a great value pick for the middle rounds.
Chris Sale, SP, CWS3/24/2015 4:50:00 PM
Description: White Sox starter Chris Sale will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.
Insight: There is still not a set timetable for his debut, so owners are currently in a grey area with Sale for now. We would suspect he will be pitching with the White Sox by mid-April, meaning he could be a steal in drafts this season.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK3/24/2015 4:46:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (soreness in arm) was scratched from Tuesday's contest.
Insight: Oakland is just being extra cautious with Crisp. He is not in danger of missing Opening Day, so consider him day-to-day for now.
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL3/24/2015 4:30:00 PM
Description: Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (groin) will likely begin the season on the disabled list.
Insight: Manager Walt Weiss said he is "pretty much shut down." Look For De La Rosa to make return to action by the middle of April.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC3/24/2015 4:28:00 PM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (groin) is now expected to return to action on Wednesday.
Insight: He was originally thought to be back in the lineup on Tuesday, but Chicago will give him an extra day. Nevertheless, Castro seems to be just fine.
Kole Calhoun, RF, ANA3/24/2015 2:02:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun was hit on the hand Monday and will not swing a bat for a day or two.
Insight: It doesn't appear to be serious, but keep an eye on his return. Calhoun batted .272 with 17 HR, 58 RBI and 90 runs in 127 games and proved to be a reliable fantasy outfielder. He should be again this season.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK3/24/2015 1:58:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick, shut down for the two weeks due to a right oblique strain, has begun to work his way back, by soft tossing.
Insight: This type of injury can come back if not taken care of. He's obviously questionable to be ready for Opening Day.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LOS3/24/2015 1:56:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will rest for two weeks and then be evaluated at that point, according to the Dodgers offical Twitter site.
Insight: The Dodgers have been very cautious with Ryu, and there is still no timetable for when he will be ready for game action. Ryu is looking like he'll start the season on the DL.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN3/24/2015 10:03:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier signed a four-year, $20 million extension.
Insight: Dozier was a great value for fantasy owners in 2014, but most of his production came before the All-Star break and fantasy owners should be wary of selecting him too high. Although he was a 20-20 hitter, he hit 18 of 23 homers and accumulated 16 of 21 steals before the break.
Garrett Richards, RP, ANA3/23/2015 8:47:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards threw four shutout innings in a minor league game on Monday.
Insight: Richards is returning from offseason surgery on his patellar tendon in his left knee. Richards threw 53 pitches, struck out three and walked two.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE3/23/2015 8:39:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis missed a fifth straight game on Monday due to back spasms according to MLB.com.
Insight: Kipnis has a lingering back issue and has yet to be cleared for baseball activities. Kipnis has just 22 at-bats this spring due to a finger injury and the back issue, but there is no indication that he is in danger of missing opening day.
Dan Straily, SP, HOU3/23/2015 2:12:00 PM
Description: The Astros have sent Dan Straily to the minors.
Insight: Straily "earned" the trip after posting a whopping 5.91 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. As a rookie in 2013 he went 10-8 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.241 WHIP for Oakland, but last season was a washout in both Oakland and with the Cubs.
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL3/23/2015 2:10:00 PM
Description: In a surprise move, Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin has been released.
Insight: The 27-year-old Chacin was limited to just 11 starts last season and they weren't very good ones as he went 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA, 1.437 WHIP and a 42/28 K/BB. It appears he's still not 100 percent and the Rockies have let him go instead of hoping he could return to his 2013 form.
Mike Minor, SP, ATL3/23/2015 1:11:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor (left rotator cuff inflammation) is expected to begin throwing again this week, according to Braves beat writer Mark Bowman.
Insight: Minor didn't pitch well last season (6-12 with an inflated 4.77 ERA and 1.438 WHIP), but if he can regain his 2013 form he'd be a solid fantasy option. In 2013 he posted a 13-9 record with a solid 3.21 ERA and 1.090 WHIP. He likely won't be ready until May.
Mario Hollands, RP, PHI3/23/2015 1:03:00 PM
Description: Phillies right-hander Mario Hollands has been diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain, similar to teammate Cliff Lee and may end up needing the same season-ending surgery, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.
Insight: Hollands doesn't have much fantasy value even when healthy. He posted a 4.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 35 Ks in 47 IP last season.
Joe Wieland, SP, LOS3/23/2015 1:00:00 PM
Description: Dodgers' newly-acquired pitcher Joe Wieland could find himself with a spot in the starting rotation, at least at the start of the season.
Insight: Wieland could take Hyun-Jin Ryu's spot (shoulder) in the rotation. He's only pitched 39 inning in the majors over the past three seasons due to TJ surgery, but the right-hander had a 3.29 ERA and a terrific 408/80 K/BB in 438 minor league innings. He's got a 1.00 ERA in nine innings this spring.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE3/23/2015 12:55:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher (surgery on both knees) ran the bases Sunday and said he felt great, according to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com.
Insight: Swisher had knee issues all last season and hit .208 with eight homers, 42 RBI, 111 Ks and a .609 OPS in 360 at-bats. He'll struggle to get at-bats in a strong Indians lineup and fantasy owners should probably ignore him until late in the draft, if at all.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT3/23/2015 12:49:00 PM
Description: Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is expected to return to the field on Tuesday, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: McCutchen has been out since March 12 with "lower body soreness," whatever that means. Fantasy owners should be a little concerned, but if you plan to invest a top first-round pick in McCutchen, this shouldn't stop you. At least not if he comes back soon enough to get some at-bats before the season begins.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS3/22/2015 3:10:00 PM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon (knee) has been cleared to resume baseball activities according to manager Matt Williams.
Insight: This is great news, as Rendon has a couple weeks to get ready for Opening Day. He should have enough time to be ready for the start of the season.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LOS3/22/2015 1:38:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will resume throwing on Sunday.
Insight: The Dodgers have been very cautious with Ryu, and there is still no timetable for when he will be ready for game action. Ryu is looking very questionable for Opening Day.
Nick Markakis, RF, ATL3/22/2015 12:35:00 PM
Description: Braves outfield Nick Markakis (neck) is likely to make his spring debut on Monday.
Insight: Markakis will be Atlanta's primary right fielder, and with still a few weeks left in spring training, he will have a good chance to be ready for Opening Day.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS3/22/2015 12:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) could take at-bats at some point this week.
Insight: More specifically on Wednesday or Thursday. Werth likely will not be ready by Opening Day, but he should not be too far off.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC3/22/2015 12:12:00 PM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (groin) said he will be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: He was scratched on Saturday, but it was just as a precaution. Draft Castro as you normally would.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET3/21/2015 7:12:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez will be the designated hitter in a split-squad game Sunday versus Atlanta.
Insight: Martinez played in a minor league game on Saturday, so he continues to trend toward being ready for Opening Day. Draft him as you normally would.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL3/21/2015 4:12:00 PM
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (abdomen) had a successful spring debut on Saturday.
Insight: He pitched in a split-squad against against Atlanta, going four scoreless innings. Wainwright threw 64 pitches, 41 for strikes, and simply looks good to go for Opening Night against the Cubs.
Glen Perkins, SP, MIN3/21/2015 4:04:00 PM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins said he is at full strength after dealing with an oblique strain earlier this month.
Insight: If he truly is past the injury, Perkins is an under-the-radar option at the closer position, heading into the 2015 campaign.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS3/21/2015 4:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg twisted his left ankle, according to manager Matt Williams.
Insight: He did so in conditioning drills on Friday, and while the injury does not appear to be serious, it is still worth keeping an eye on. Strasburg will likely rest for a few days.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC3/21/2015 3:54:00 PM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was scratched from Saturday's lineup with tightness in his right groin.
Insight: There is no need to worry as of now. Consider Castro day-to-day, but it is worth monitoring the situation.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET3/21/2015 3:52:00 PM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (foot) said he feels great.
Insight: This was after hitting and running on Saturday, and as a result, Cabrera hopes to make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday. The signs continue to trend in the right direction for him to be ready for Opening Day.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE3/21/2015 3:13:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is out for weekend due to back spasms.
Insight: The second baseman was disappointing last season, hitting .240 with six home runs, and 41 RBI after a 17- homer, 84 RBI, 2013 season. This injury won't help his comeback efforts and fantasy should be wary that choosing him could be high risk.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM3/21/2015 2:48:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (hamstring) will miss the next week.
Insight: Murphy batted .289 last season with nine homers, 57 RBI, 79 runs and a .734 OPS. He's a useful low-end fantasy option at second base and should be ready for the start of the season. He might start out slow having only seen 21 plate appearances so far this spring.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL3/21/2015 2:22:00 PM
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun hit his first Cactus League home run on Friday.
Insight: Braun's thumb appears healthy, but we'd like to see more of this before we pick him high on Draft Day. Braun will remain a top pick in 2015 despite hitting .266/.324/.453 with 19 home runs and 81 RBI last season.
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL3/21/2015 2:11:00 PM
Description: Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa is dealing with a groin injury and may miss his next Cactus league start.
Insight: De La Rosa (14-11, 4.10 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) is one of the best Rockies starters, but for fantasy purposes starting a Rockies pitcher isn't recommended very often. Hopefully he'll be ready for the start of the season, but fantasy owners should avoid him.
Evan Gattis, C, HOU3/21/2015 11:20:00 AM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis (wrist) took batting practice on Sunday.
Insight: He is continuing to trend in the right direction, in regards to be ready for Opening Day.
Brett Cecil, SP, TOR3/21/2015 10:48:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil open the season as team's closer according to manager John Gibbons.
Insight: Nor surprise here, as Cecil posted a 2.70 ERA in 2014. He will be a good source of saves this year.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG3/21/2015 10:42:00 AM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (back surgery last September) had two injections in his lower back on Friday, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Pagan hasn't played more than 96 games in each of the last two seasons and he may also lose his spot at the top of the lineup to Norichika Aoki. He's got talent, but he is a high-risk pick that fantasy owners shouldn't take until late in the draft, if at all.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, ATL3/21/2015 10:38:00 AM
Description: Braves pitcher Wandy Rodriguez has won a spot in the Atlanta starting rotation, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Insight: The left-hander is 2-0 this spring with a 0.69 ERA and a 1.077 ERA. Rodriguez pitched horribly in limited action last season for the Pirates before a knee injury. Hopefully his spring numbers show he healthy, but he's still a high-risk pick for fantasy owners.
Domonic Brown, LF, PHI3/21/2015 10:32:00 AM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown has been diagnosed with moderate tendinitis of his left Achilles, according to beat writer Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Brown could miss up to a week, but with no structural damage, at the worst, he should be ready a little after Opening Day. After a 27 HR 2013, Brown disappointed fantasy owners last season hitting just .235 with 10 homers and 63 RBI. Expectations are much lower this season and he could be worth a late-round flier.
Barry Zito, SP, OAK3/21/2015 10:28:00 AM
Description: Veteran lefthander Barry Zito, who signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A's, may have pitched his way into the starting rotation this spring, according to Joe Stiglich of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Zito won 15 games with the Giants as recently as 2012, but hasn't been a fantasy-worthy starter since leaving Oakland in 2006. He's pitched 11 2/3 inning this spring with a 3.09 ERA and a 9:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Sam Fuld, LF, OAK3/21/2015 10:25:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Sam Fuld was nailed with a pitch on Friday, but X-rays on his jaw were negative.
Insight: Fuld is likely to be the A's fourth outfielder and he's only going to help fantasy owners in one category - steals. He can be left off your roster on draft day.
Chris Coghlan, CF, CHC3/21/2015 10:21:00 AM
Description: Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan fouled a ball off his foot and is day-to-day.
Insight: Coghlan is only dealing with a bruise, nothing serious. He hit .283 with nine homers, 50 runs and 41 RBI in just 385 at-bats last season and could turn into an underrated value in a stronger Cubs lineup.
Rusney Castillo, CF, BOS3/21/2015 10:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo (oblique) homered in his first spring training at-bat on Friday.
Insight: Castillo should be ready for Opening Day, but there is a question as to where he would play. Mookie Betts should be starter in center field and Shane Victorino in right which means Castillo might start the season riding the bench or in Pawtucket.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS3/21/2015 10:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hasn't played since Monday and will miss the entire weekend as well, according to a Boston Globe report.
Insight: He first dealt with "general soreness" and now is sick. Neither should keep him from Opening Day. Despite his age, now 39, Ortiz continues to pump out productive season after productive season. He cracked both the 30 HR and 100 RBI marks the past two seasons.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS3/21/2015 10:08:00 AM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) played long toss, according to a Boston Globe report.
Insight: It's the first step in his return to the mound. Even if he is not ready for the start of the season, Uehara should be ready to roll soon after and fantasy owners should not reduce his value because of this injury.
David Price, SP, DET3/20/2015 10:36:00 AM
Description: Tigers starter David Price has been named the 2015 Opening Day starter.
Insight: The lead role for the Tigers starting rotation has officially been handed over from Justin Verlander to Price.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYY3/18/2015 6:47:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will not play the next seven days due to an oblique strain according to the NY Daily News.
Insight: An MRI on Wednesday revealed the minor strain. This type of injury can sometimes land players on the 15-day disabled list. Ellsbury will likely not play much until Opening Day.
Garrett Richards, RP, ANA3/18/2015 4:37:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards will pitch in a minor league game on Monday according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Richards was supposed to pitch in an Angels spring training game on Monday, but the team has decided not to rush him. Richards is expected to be back with Los Angeles by the middle of April.
Garrett Richards, RP, ANA3/18/2015 3:52:00 PM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (knee) will make his spring debut next Monday.
Insight: This is fantastic news, as this puts Richards on pace to be ready by mid-April. He holds a ton of potential heading into fantasy drafts.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL3/18/2015 12:47:00 PM
Description: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has been shut down from catching for the next week with elbow tendinitis.
Insight: He still may appear in games as a DH, but after undergoing Tommy John Surgery last season, Wieters is still feeling some discomfort. Opening Day is very up in the air for him.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS3/18/2015 12:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) said he expects to be ready for Opening Day, but it is not a gaurantee.
Insight: Even if he is not ready for the start of the season, Uehara should be ready to roll shorty after. Draft him as you normally would.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS3/18/2015 10:02:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hasn't played since Monday and will miss the entire weekend as well, according to a Boston Globe report.
Insight: He first dealt with "general soreness" and now is sick. Neither should keep him from Opening Day. Despite his age, now 39, Ortiz continues to pump out productive season after productive season. He cracked both the 30 HR and 100 RBI marks the past two seasons.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT3/17/2015 7:36:00 PM
Description: Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano will pitch Opening Day for the Pirates according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Liriano didn't have a great record (7-10) last season, which could scare some owners, but he had a respectable 3.38 ERA. Get him in a middle round if you can.
Evan Gattis, C, HOU3/17/2015 4:41:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis has yet to begin swinging since injuring his wrist.
Insight: He started feeling discomfort over the weekend, but Houston is reportedly just being cautious with him. Gattis is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS3/17/2015 4:38:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara suffered a strained hamstring on Tuesday.
Insight: The injury does not appear to be serious, so we expect Uehara to be ready to roll by Opening Day.
Yu Darvish, SP, TEX3/17/2015 4:26:00 PM
Description: Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish underwent successful Tommy John surgery.
Insight: To state the obvious, Darvish will be sidelined for the 2015 campaign. He will likely have a tough time be ready for the start of next season as well.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYY3/17/2015 4:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is dealing with an abdominal strain, according to manager Joe Girardi.
Insight: He is being considered day-to-day, and should be in any danger of missing Opening Day.
Alex Cobb, SP, TAM3/17/2015 2:38:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb left Tuesday's game with a right forearm injury, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: It's being called a tightness in the arm. Cobb was 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA, 149 strikeouts in 166 1/3 innings this year. He posted a stellar 1.78 ERA after July 1. He was also 11-3 in 2013 and has huge upside if healthy.
Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI3/17/2015 10:05:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill appears to be headed for a spot on the Arizona starting rotation, according to an Arizona Republic report.
Insight: Cahill will join Josh Collmenter, Jeremy Hellickson and Chase Anderson with the fifth spot still up for grabs. Cahill was not very good last season (3-12, 561 ERA), but has changed his motion and hopes to find some of the magic from earlier in his career. Fantasy owners should avoid him unless you see a big change in his numbers.
Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM3/17/2015 10:00:00 AM
Description: New York reliever Bobby Parnell, returning from Tommy John surgery last April, has had his first game action pushed back. He'll throw in the bullpen on Tuesday.
Insight: Parnell amassed 22 saves in 2013, but will likely be the setup man for Jenrry Mejia when he's ready to pitch. He'll likely start the season on the DL and return sometime around the beginning of May.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI3/16/2015 4:54:00 PM
Description: The Phillies have placed starter Cliff Lee on the 60-day disabled list with a left forearm strain.
Insight: Lee will attempt to rehab the injury yet again. He is postponing surgery, as his season would be over if he chooses that option. We find it very unlikely Lee will pitch in 2015, but no matter what, owners can leave him off their draft boards.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN3/16/2015 4:44:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon (wrist) took six at-bats against minor leagues on Monday afternoon.
Insight: He has yet to play in a Cactus League game, but should be ready to roll shortly. Gordon is not in danger of missing Opening Day as of now.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL3/16/2015 4:42:00 PM
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (abdomen) pitched in a simulated game on Monday afternoon.
Insight: He threw 50 pitches, and the signs continue to trend towards him making the start on Opening Night against the Cubs.
Joe Kelly, SP, BOS3/16/2015 4:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly was forced to leave Monday's game with biceps tightness.
Insight: It is being called mild, and Boston is likely just being cautious. Kelly should be ready for Opening Day.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK3/16/2015 4:39:00 PM
Description: Oakland infielder Ben Zobrist was scratched from Monday's contest with shoulder tightness.
Insight: The good news is that Zobrist told reporters he would be able to play if it were a regular season game. Zobrist will be fine for Opening Day.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI3/16/2015 4:38:00 PM
Description: Things continue not to look good for Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow).
Insight: He did not throw on Sunday or Monday, and felt pain during the few previous sessions. The chances are high that Lee is done for the season.
Dillon Gee, SP, NYM3/16/2015 10:23:00 AM
Description: Mets right-hander Dillon Gee is likely to see his stock rise a bit if rumors of Zack Wheeler's injury are correct.
Insight: Gee was 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA and 1.245 WHIP last season with just 94 Ks in 137 1/3 IP so his fantasy value is still limited. Wheeler apparently has a torn elbow ligament, according to reports.
Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM3/16/2015 10:18:00 AM
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler (11-11, 3.54 ERA, 1.327 WHIP) has been diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament and will likely need Tommy John surgery, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.
Insight: Horrible news. If true, Dillon Gee (7-8, 4.00 ERA, 1.245 WHIP) likely takes his spot in the starting rotation.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN3/16/2015 9:39:00 AM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (mild concussion) returned to the lineup Sunday.
Insight: You always have to worry about concussions, particularly concerning catchers, but you can stop worrying about Mesoraco. The catcher exploded onto the fantasy scene with a .276 batting average, 25 HR, 78 RBI, 54 runs and a .901 OPS.
Everth Cabrera, SS, BAL3/16/2015 9:33:00 AM
Description: Shortstop Everth Cabrera is starting Monday's sring training game in centerfield.
Insight: Cabrera has never played in the outfield in a major league game during his career. While it may get him a few more at bats, he's still a one-category fantasy player - steals.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL3/15/2015 3:09:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to right wrist discomfort.
Insight: It is not yet known how serious the injury is. Gattis could have a big fantasy season, starting in his first season in Houston. He has 43 home runs in 783 career plate appearances, but owners will want to monitor this wrist discomfort before drafting Gattis.
Jake McGee, RP, TAM3/15/2015 3:06:00 PM
Description: Rays left-hander Jake McGee will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday according to The Tampa Tribune.
Insight: It will be the first time McGee will be on the mound since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow in December. The Rays are projecting he returns in late April or early May.


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