Outfield Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT3/15/2015 11:11:00 AM
Description: Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is out again on Sunday due to lower body sorness according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Insight: McCutchen has been out since Friday with this soreness, but he said it is not a concern. Therefore, fantasy owners don't have to be concerned yet either, but if you plan to invest a top first-round pick in McCutchen, it is worth monitoring this injury.
Shin-Soo Choo, LF, TEX3/14/2015 12:47:00 PM
Description: Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, after a disappointing first season in Texas, is not expected to be the team's primarly leadoff hitter.
Insight: It appears Leonys Martin will start the season at the top of the lineup, leaving Choo to likely bat fifth and serve as protection for Adrian Beltre. Choo batted just .242 with 13 HR, 40 RBI, 58 runs and a .714 OPS after posting much higher numbers in previous seasons with Cincinnati and Cleveland.
Leonys Martin, CF, TEX3/14/2015 12:44:00 PM
Description: Good news for Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin - he'll be the team's primary leadoff hitter, according to Evan grant of the Dallas Morning News.
Insight: Martin's fantasy value just took a jump after batting mostly at the bottom of the order (seventh and eighth) last season. If true, it also means Shin-Soo Choo is likely batting behind Adrian Beltre in the No. 5 hole.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYM3/14/2015 11:44:00 AM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is expected to make his 2015 Grapefruit League debut on Saturday as the designated hitter, according to Adam Rubin.
Insight: Duda has been dealing with an oblique injury and the team has been taking care not make it worse. A lot is expected from Duda after last season's power explosion.

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