Fantasy Baseball News

  • Alex Cobb Might Not Be Ready For Opening Day

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb (knee) might not be ready to go on Opening Day. Cobb hasn't pitched in a Cactus League game since taking a comebacker off his knee on March 11, which now puts his status for Opening Day on March 30 in jeopardy. The good news for fantasy managers is that if Cobb does start the regular season on the injured, he probably won't be on it for too long. The 35-year-old right-hander has made four spring starts and has a 4.15 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 18 strikeouts and only two walks in 13 innings pitched. Health remains a concern for Cobb, and although he's not a sexy name in fantasy, he's worth rostering as a streamer in deeper leagues in a great home venue for pitchers.

    Mar 23 · Source via Giants Alex Cobb
  • Mychal Givens Resumes Throwing

    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Mychal Givens (knee) resumed throwing from flat ground on Thursday. The right-hander is working his way back from left knee soreness. The injury continues to linger which puts his status for Opening Day in jeopardy. The fact Givens has resumed throwing is a good sign, but he still has more work to do. The 32-year-old signed a one-year deal with the O's over the offseason. He should serve as a late-inning option and extra insurance as a closer in case Felix Bautista goes down at some point.

    Mar 23 · Source via Orioles Mychal Givens closers
  • Michael Soroka Optioned To Minors

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Michael Soroka has been optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. This doesn't come as a surprise considering Soroka still needs to build up his stamina. The oft-injured pitcher recently made his spring debut, but he really had no shot at making the Opening Day roster. The expectation is that he'll likely need a month or two to build up his strength and stamina in the minors. The right-hander last pitched in 2020 when he made three starts for the Braves. The former All-Star has a ton of potential, but it's uncertain what he'll be able to contribute after missing multiple seasons. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect Soroka to be a fantasy contributor for the first month or so.

    Mar 23 · Source via Braves Mike Soroka
  • Drew Rucinski Resumes Throwing

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Drew Rucinski (hamstring) has resumed throwing on Thursday. Manager Mark Kotsay mentioned that the organization is hopeful that Rucinski will be ready by Opening Day. However, he also said he's going to let things play out considering hamstring issues do have a tendency to linger. The 34-year-old reinvented himself while pitching in Korea over the last few years. He hasn't pitched in the MLB since 2018, but hopefully his success from overseas will carry over to the states. Rucinski is mainly only worth looking at in AL-only formats.

    Mar 23 · Source via Athletics Drew Rucinski
  • Daniel Lynch Removed Early On Thursday

    Kansas City Royals pitcher Daniel Lynch (shoulder) was removed early during Thursday's Cactus League matchup against the San Diego Padres. The left-hander was pulled out from his relief appearance due to left shoulder discomfort. The assumption is that the organization is going to have Lynch undergo additional testing. There's a decent chance that Lynch begins the season on the injured list, but fantasy managers will have to check back for another update. Lynch struggled throughout most of the season in 2022, so it's hard to imagine him having much value to begin the season.

    Mar 23 · Source via Royals Daniel Lynch
  • Rhys Hoskins Tears ACL

    After a scary non-contact injury while fielding a routine ground ball during Thursday's action, the team announced that first-baseman Rhys Hoskins (knee) tore his ACL. A subsequent MRI revealed that he had a left knee anterior cruciate ligament tear, which would require an ACL reconstruction. The timetable is unknown as of now, but Hoskins is doubtful to play in 2023. The 30-year-old was having quite a productive spring as displayed by his .355/.474/.806 slash line with four home runs. Hoskins is a premier first baseman in the game and such a devastating injury makes an impact on the entire league. As a replacement, Darick Hall is likely to fill the void at first base for the upcoming season.

    Mar 23 · Source via Phillies Rhys Hoskins
  • Jared Shuster Having Torrid Spring

    Atlanta Braves pitching prospect Jared Shuster continues to excel this spring, sitting on a 1.45 ERA and 18 strikeouts across 18 2/3 innings pitched. As Atlanta's top prospect, he may not have to wait much longer for his first taste of the big leagues. The Braves MLB rotation has one spot remaining up for grabs, and Shuster's performance has positioned him firmly in the conversation. Combining stints in Double-A and Triple-A last year, Shuster boasted a 3.29 ERA, 1.048 WHIP and 9.4 K/9 across 139 1/3 frames. Shuster appears ready for the next level, and his arrival should be on fantasy managers' radars.

    Mar 23 · Source via Braves Jared Shuster
  • Phillies Acquire Esteban Quiroz From Cubs

    The Philadelphia Phillies acquired infielder Esteban Quiroz from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations. Quiroz will be assigned to minor-league camp to close out spring training. The 31-year-old will provide the Phillies with more infield depth in 2023. He made his major-league debut with the Cubs last year and hit .275 (11-for-40) with three RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base in just 14 games. Quiroz has spent most of his playing career in Mexico and owns a .270/.398/.518 slash line with a .915 OPS, 43 home runs, 168 RBI, 161 runs scored and nine stolen bases in four minor-league seasons.

    Mar 23 · Source via Cubs Esteban Quiroz
  • Kyle Tucker Expects To Be Ready For Opening Day

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (ankle) said he suffered a minor right-ankle sprain while playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic last Saturday while running the bases. "I was out there jogging around and hitting and stuff today," Tucker said. "I'll probably be good next couple days." The 26-year-old left-handed slugger is expected to be back in Houston's Grapefruit League lineup this weekend, and barring any setbacks, he should be in next Thursday's Opening Day lineup. Fantasy managers shouldn't be worried at all, and he should be taken in the first round of upcoming drafts.

    Mar 23 · Source via Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Hunter Brown Still Not Throwing

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Hunter Brown (back), who was scratched from his Grapefruit League outing on Wednesday against the New York Mets with lower back tightness, has yet to resume throwing. There haven't been any other updates on the 24-year-old hurler, who had been expected to open the 2023 regular season as Houston's No. 5 starter. The right-handed pitcher has posted a 5.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, five walks and 10 strikeouts in nine innings pitched over his four spring starts to this point, but it's now unclear if he'll be ready for Opening Day next week.

    Mar 23 · Source via Astros Hunter Brown prospects
  • Brandon Nimmo Triples In Minor-League Game

    New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo (ankle, knee) tripled in five plate appearances in a minor-league spring game on Thursday. Nimmo has been out of Grapefruit League action for the last week due to low-grade sprains in his right ankle and right knee, but Thursday's performance was a good sign for his availability on Opening Day a week from now. When healthy, the 29-year-old will hit leadoff for the Mets and is an excellent source for on-base percentage and runs scored atop one of the best lineups in baseball. Injuries have been Nimmo's downfall, but he played in a career-high 151 contests in 2022 and hit .274/.367/.433 with a league-leading seven triples, 16 home runs, 64 RBI and 102 runs scored in 673 plate appearances.

    Mar 23 · Source via Mets Brandon Nimmo
  • Jason Heyward Officially On Opening Day Roster

    Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Jason Heyward will be part of the Opening Day roster. It's been expected that Heyward would make the team, but it was announced Thursday morning that he had indeed made it. Heyward made some adjustments to his swing this offseason, though the results haven't been there stat-wise this spring. He's 9-for-42 (.214) with two home runs and four RBI. The former top prospect isn't on the fantasy radar.

    Mar 23 · Source via Dodgers Jason Heyward
  • Jimmy Nelson To Open Year On Injured List

    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Jimmy Nelson (elbow) won't be ready for the beginning of the year. Nelson has been pitching in spring training as he makes his way back from Tommy John, but he isn't ready for regular season game action yet. After missing all of 2022, Nelson signed a big-league deal with the Dodgers this offseason and will be an intriguing bullpen piece when healthy. With great ratios in 2021, he could be useful in deeper leagues or ones that count holds as a stat.

    Mar 23 · Source via Dodgers Jimmy Nelson
  • Tom Murphy Back In Lineup

    Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy (forearm) is batting seventh on Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds. Murphy will be behind the plate for the Mariners. He had some tightness in his forearm earlier in the week but is apparently good to go. The backstop will be behind Cal Raleigh on the depth chart and can be ignored for fantasy purposes.

    Mar 23 · Source via Mariners Tom Murphy
  • Jarred Kelenic Back In Lineup

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic (quadriceps) is in Thursday's Cactus League game vs. the Cincinnati Reds. Kelenic will bat sixth and play left field. He was pulled from a game earlier this week with left quad tightness, but everything appears to be fine now. The lefty is hitting .410 with a .439 on-base percentage and four home runs through 39 at-bats this spring. He's been rising up draft boards after the hot start to spring, and his ADP currently sits at 262.7.

    Mar 23 · Source via Mariners Jarred Kelenic
  • Yu Darvish To Be Pushed Back In Rotation

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish is now likely to make his first start of 2023 until the fifth or sixth game due to concerns about his build up for the regular season while pitching for Team Japan in the World Baseball Classic. Darvish was originally the favorite to start on Opening Day against the Colorado Rockies on March 30, but that won't happen now. Even when the 36-year-old right-hander makes his first start of the year for the Padres, he may be somewhat limited from a pitches/innings perspective, making him more risky in DFS. But heading into this season from a fantasy perspective, Darvish boosted his stock with one of the best years of his career for the Friars in 2022.

    Mar 23 · Source via Padres Yu Darvish
  • Blake Snell Lined Up To Start Opening Day

    San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell appears lined up to take the ball for the team's Opening Day game against the Colorado Rockies next Thursday. Yu Darvish was originally scheduled to start on Opening Day, but concerns about his workload due to the World Baseball Classic will likely push him back. Joe Musgrove (toe) will also miss the first week of the season after breaking his toe in a weight-room accident this spring. The matchup will be a nice one for Snell, but the 30-year-old southpaw has had trouble starting off his seasons on a strong note in the past. He went 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA (2.80 FIP), 1.20 WHIP and 32 percent strikeout rate in 24 starts in 2022 in his second year in SD.

    Mar 23 · Source via Padres Blake Snell
  • A.J. Minter Likely To Open Year As Braves Closer

    With Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) set to open the 2023 season on the injured list, manager Brian Snitker said reliever A.J. Minter is the obvious choice to fill in for Iglesias. "The good thing is: (A.J.) Minter has closed. He obviously would be the obvious guy. Yeah, I don't know. It may be a matchup scenario-type thing. You just got to audible a little bit with the guys that you have and see," Snitker said. The left-hander has 25 career saves, including five in 2022. Joe Jimenez, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers last year, has 20 career saves and is another option to close out games with Iglesias sidelined. Fantasy managers speculating on saves late in drafts should add Minter to their list.

    Mar 23 · Source via Braves A.J. Minter closers
  • Rhys Hoskins Seen Walking After Knee Injury

    Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson said that he's unsure what first baseman Rhys Hoskins' (knee) injury is yet, but Hoskins was walking around the clubhouse after getting checked out by trainers on Thursday. Hoskins' knee gave out on him in the second inning of the Grapefruit League game on Thursday against the Detroit Tigers, and he had to be carted off the field. While it looked like a pretty bad injury on the field, the fact that he was seen walking around after the game could be good news for his prognosis. Fantasy managers will still want to check back for more updates on his condition and how long he might be out to start the 2023 regular season.

    Mar 23 · Source via Phillies Rhys Hoskins
  • Nico Hoerner Scratched With Biceps Tightness

    Chicago Cubs middle infielder Nico Hoerner (biceps) was scratched from Thursday's Cactus League game as a precaution with left biceps tightness. In his place, Miles Mastrobuoni will start at second base and bat ninth in the lineup for the Cubbies against Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Ryne Nelson. As long as Hoerner is able to return to game action shortly, he should be ready for Opening Day next week. The 25-year-old will move to the keystone in 2023 after the addition of shortstop Dansby Swanson. He boosted his fantasy appeal last year by hitting .281/.327/.410 with 10 home runs, 55 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Hoerner is mostly valuable for his speed in deep-mixed fantasy leagues.

    Mar 23 · Source via Cubs Nico Hoerner
  • James Outman Will Make Opening Day Roster

    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that outfielder James Outman will make the team's Opening Day roster. Outman made the team by hitting .268 (11-for-41) with two doubles, a triple, two home runs, nine RBI, five runs scored and a stolen base to this point in 17 Cactus League games. The 25-year-old will serve in a bench role for the Dodgers to begin the season, so he won't have much fantasy appeal in redraft leagues. He played in just four games for the Blue in his MLB debut in 2022, but he impressed in 125 games with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City by slashing .294/.393/.586 with a .978 OPS, career-high 31 home runs, 106 RBI, 101 runs and 13 stolen bases.

    Mar 23 · Source via Dodgers James Outman
  • Yordan Alvarez Playing Left Field In Spring Debut

    Houston Astros outfielder/designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (hand) is starting in left field and hitting leadoff in his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday against the Washington Nationals and right-hander Trevor Williams. Alvarez has yet to play in a game this spring due to lingering soreness in his left hand, which is also something he dealt with in 2022. The 25-year-old left-handed slugger is still expected to be ready for Opening Day on March 30, but it's possible he could get off to a slow start at the plate. Still, despite the delay this spring, he remains a first-round pick in fantasy drafts after hitting .296/.384/.590 with a .973 OPS, 98 home runs and 283 RBI in his first four major-league seasons.

    Mar 23 · Source via Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Rhys Hoskins Suffers Knee Injury Thursday

    Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins (knee) suffered a bad left knee injury in a Grapefruit League game on Thursday against the Detroit Tigers and needed to be carted off the field. Hoskins was injured in the second inning when his knee gave out on him. It didn't look good, but we'll have more information on his injury when it becomes available. Fantasy managers that already drafted the 30-year-old slugger can do nothing more than hold their breath and hope that this isn't a season-ending injury. At the very least, Hoskins will begin the 2023 regular season on the injured list for the Phillies.

    Mar 23 · Source via Phillies Rhys Hoskins
  • Brandon Hughes Hoping To Avoid Injured List Stint

    Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brandon Hughes (knee) is dealing with a left knee issue and hasn't pitched since March 16, but the team is hoping he can get back on the mound this weekend. The hope is that Hughes will avoid an injured list stint to begin the 2023 season, but he's been dealing with the injury for most of camp and it's likely why he's looked off this spring. In just four innings pitched in the Cactus League, the 27-year-old left-hander has allowed three earned runs on five hits while walking three and striking out two. Even if Hughes is able to return to the mound this weekend in a game setting, he could be forced to open the year on the injured list.

    Mar 23 · Source via Cubs Brandon Hughes closers
  • Andrew Vaughn To Play In Minor-League Game Friday

    Chicago White Sox first baseman/outfielder Andrew Vaughn (back) will play in a minor-league game on Friday. Vaughn has been out of Cactus League action for the last week due to lower back soreness, but as long as he doesn't suffer a setback, he should be ready to go on Opening Day on March 30. The 24-year-old slugger should move back to his natural position at first base in 2023 with Jose Abreu now in Houston. He's held his own in his first two major-league seasons with the White Sox, hitting a combined .255/.315/.414 with a .730 OPS, 32 home runs, 124 RBI and 116 runs scored in 1,024 plate appearances and 261 games.

    Mar 23 · Source via White Sox Andrew Vaughn
  • Carlos Rodon Throws In Bullpen Thursday

    New York Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodon (forearm) said he threw 15 fastballs in the bullpen on Thursday. He will probably play catch up to 90 feet on Friday and will then throw another bullpen session in a few days while mixing in some breaking pitches. This was Rodon's first time throwing off a mound since he suffered a left forearm strain in early March. The 30-year-old southpaw is slowly working his way back but will need to begin the 2023 regular season on the injured list. Barring a setback during his rehab assignment, though, Rodon should be able to make his season debut in his first year in the Bronx at some point in April.

    Mar 23 · Source via Yankees Carlos Rodon
  • Will Smith Back From WBC

    Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith is back in the team's Cactus League lineup on Thursday against right-hander Drey Jameson and the Arizona Diamondbacks after playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Smith is doing the catching and hitting third in the batting order. The 27-year-old served as J.T. Realmuto's backup for the most part in the WBC, so he'll now get regular at-bats in spring action before Opening Day on March 30. Smith profiles as an elite catching option in fantasy and is currently ranked as RotoBaller's No. 4 catcher behind Realmuto, Daulton Varsho and Salvador Perez.

    Mar 23 · Source via Dodgers Will Smith
  • Luis Robert Jr. Returns To Spring Lineup

    Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert Jr. is back in the team's Cactus League lineup on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants and left-hander Sean Manaea after playing for Team Cuba in the World Baseball Classic. Robert is manning center field and batting second in the lineup. The 25-year-old slugger went 7-for-27 with a double and four RBI for Team Cuba, and he returns to a poor .182 average (2-for-11) in just four spring games. Robert played in a career-high 98 games in 2022, so durability has been an issue for him in his three MLB seasons. But he hit .284/.319/.426 with a .746 OPS, 12 home runs, 56 RBI, 54 runs scored and 11 stolen bases last year when healthy. For his upside alone, Robert should be viewed as a top-15 fantasy outfielder.

    Mar 23 · Source via White Sox Luis Robert
  • Kenta Maeda Struggling This Spring

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda hasn't had the best results this spring as he attempts to return from Tommy John surgery. In his four Grapefruit League starts, he has a 5.59 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, seven walks and nine strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings of work. Pitchers coming off Tommy John surgery sometimes struggle with their control, so this could be Maeda working through those issues after not pitching at all in 2022. The 34-year-old is fully expected to begin the 2023 season in Minnesota's rotation, so his control issues will be something to watch when the games start counting. It makes him a risky fantasy asset, as the veteran right-hander relies on control over power when he's on the mound.

    Mar 23 · Source via Twins Kenta Maeda
  • Tony Gonsolin To Miss A Few Weeks

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin's (ankle) time on the injured list will linger "a few weeks" into the regular season, according to manager Dave Roberts. With Gonsolin injured to begin the 2023 regular season, it will be either Ryan Pepiot or Michael Grove for the last rotation spot, and Roberts said "it's close" between the two pitchers. The 28-year-old Gonsolin will be on the shelf for a few weeks in April due to a sprained ankle he suffered in camp, but he could make his season debut before the end of April. He was in contention for the National League Cy Young award in 2022 before getting injured down the stretch. Gonsolin will once again be a key contributor in LA's rotation this year, but fantasy managers should expect some regression.

    Mar 23 · Source via Dodgers Tony Gonsolin
  • Triston Casas Back In Grapefruit League Lineup

    Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas (finger) is back in Thursday's Grapefruit League lineup against right-hander Duane Underwood Jr. and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Casas is starting at first base and is hitting second in the batting order. Casas spent a couple days on the bench in spring action due to left fifth finger pain, but he's back in there now and should be the team's starting first baseman on Opening Day on March 30. The 23-year-old left-handed slugger is hitting a strong .341 (14-for-41) with three doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, nine runs scored and 11 strikeouts in 15 spring games to this point. Fantasy managers probably won't get much in the way of a high average from Casas, but the power potential is very intriguing.

    Mar 23 · Source via Red Sox Triston Casas prospects
  • Jed Lowrie Announces Retirement

    Second baseman Jed Lowrie announced his retirement from professional baseball on Thursday, which included three different stints with the Oakland Athletics. Lowrie finishes his 14-year major-league career with a .257/.330/.406 slash line, .736 OPS, 121 home runs, 594 RBI, 590 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 5,196 regular season plate appearances and 1,307 games played. He spent half of his time in the big leagues playing for the A's, and his lone All-Star appearance came with Oakland in 2018, when he hit .267/.353/.448 with an .801 OPS, career-high 23 home runs, 99 RBI and 78 runs scored in 157 games. Lowrie also played for the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and New York Mets in his career.

    Mar 23 · Source via Jed Lowrie
  • Brandon Marsh Back In Thursday's Lineup

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh (finger) is back in the team's Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday against the Detroit Tigers and left-hander Joey Wentz. Marsh is manning center field and batting ninth in the order. The 25-year-old missed Wednesday's spring game due to a broken blood vessel in his left middle finger, but the injury obviously isn't very serious at all. He is looking to get things going at the plate before Opening Day, as he's gone just 8-for-37 (.216) with two doubles, one homer, five RBI, six runs scored and a stolen base in 14 Grapefruit League games for the Phils. Marsh still strikes out way too much and won't be an everyday player, but with speed in the strong side of a platoon in center field in Philly, he'll be useful in deep-mixed leagues.

    Mar 23 · Source via Phillies Brandon Marsh
  • Pete Alonso Rejoins Mets Spring Lineup Thursday

    New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has returned from playing in the World Baseball Classic with Team USA and is back in the Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday against the Atlanta Braves and left-hander Jared Shuster. Alonso is at first base and is hitting cleanup in the batting order. The 28-year-old slugger was rather quiet in the WBC, but he'll return to a .286 average (6-for-21) with three home runs, four RBI and five runs scored in eight games in Grapefruit League play. Alonso remains an elite power option in fantasy leagues, and he's ranked as RotoBaller's No. 3 fantasy first baseman, behind only Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Freddie Freeman.

    Mar 23 · Source via Mets Pete Alonso
  • Raisel Iglesias To Land On Injured List To Begin Season

    Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) is dealing with low-grade right shoulder inflammation and will start the 2023 season on the injured list. Iglesias will not throw for the next seven days. Iglesias' injury doesn't sound all that serious, but the Braves will have to adjust the back end of their bullpen early on. For now, there's no timetable for when Iglesias will make his season debut. With Iglesias on the shelf for a while, A.J. Minter and Joe Jimenez will be the best short-term bets for saves in Atlanta and for fantasy managers that wait on the position in upcoming drafts. Minter, a 29-year-old left-hander, should probably be viewed as the favorite. He's been with Atlanta for all six of his MLB seasons and has recorded 25 saves in that time.

    Mar 23 · Source via Braves Raisel Iglesias closers
  • Adam Wainwright To Open Year On Injured List

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (groin) will begin the season on the injured list with a groin strain, according to manager Oliver Marmol. Wainwright is expected to be out for multiple weeks after getting injured during a workout with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday. The 41-year-old's already declining fantasy appeal takes another hit to begin the 2023 regular season, but he should be able to make his season debut sometime in April. With Wainwright now on the shelf, Jake Woodford will open the year in St. Louis' starting rotation.

    Mar 23 · Source via Cardinals Adam Wainwright
  • Latest On A's Rotation

    The A’s entered camp with a host of pitchers competing for what appeared to be two rotation spots. Another opened during Spring Training, as righty Paul Blackburn tore a fingernail and will start the year on the injured list. That left Drew Rucinski and Shintaro Fujinami as the apparent top two. For different reasons, there are questions about…

    Mar 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Paul Blackburn Shintaro Fujinami James Kaprielian Kyle Muller Adam Oller Drew Rucinski JP Sears Ken Waldichuk prospects
  • Astros' Options To Cover Second Base In Altuve's Absence

    The Astros announced this afternoon star second baseman Jose Altuve underwent successful surgery to repair the right thumb fracture he suffered in the World Baseball Classic. He won’t begin baseball activities for two months and will obviously need some time to work back into game shape from that point forward. Given that timetable, it’s hard to…

    Mar 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Astros Jose Altuve Mauricio Dubon David Hensley Isiah Kiner-Falefa Jonathan Villar
  • Seiya Suzuki Takes BP, Runs Bases Wednesday

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki (oblique) is making progress as he works his way back from an oblique injury suffered in February. Suzuki was originally thought to be out through the end of the month of April with the injury but he now has a chance to return to the field sooner. Suzuki has ramped up baseball activities of late as he took batting practice and ran the bases on Wednesday. While he is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, Suzuki could be in the fold early in the season. Suzuki hit .262 with 14 homers, 54 runs, and 46 RBI in 111 games for the Cubs in 2022.

    Mar 22 · Source via Cubs Seiya Suzuki
  • Marcus Stroman To Start Opening Day

    Chicago Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman announced on his Twitter account on Wednesday that he will be the team's Opening Day starter in 2023. Stroman will be on the mound at home next Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers to kick off the Cubs' 148th season. In 2022, Stroman posted a 6-7 record, 3.50 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 119 strikeouts over 25 starts in what was his first season in Chicago. Stroman should serve as a solid fantasy starting pitcher heading into 2023.

    Mar 22 · Source via Cubs Marcus Stroman
  • Yu Darvish May Not Start Opening Day For Padres

    San Diego Padres right-hander Yu Darvish is unlikely to start for his team on Opening Day. Darvish pitched for Japan against Team USA on Tuesday in the World Baseball Classic and is unlikely to be ready to take the mound when the regular season begins. The 36-year-old is expected to join the Padres in camp on Thursday and begin to get ramped up for the regular season. Darvish posted a 16-8 record, 3.10 ERA, and 197 strikeouts over 30 starts for San Diego in 2022. He should serve as a front-line ace in both fantasy and real-life yet again in 2023.

    Mar 22 · Source via Padres Yu Darvish
  • Mike Clevinger Pitched Through Sinus Infection

    Chicago White Sox right-hander Mike Clevinger (illness) was dealing with a sinus infection during Wednesday's start against the Texas Rangers. Clevinger's fastball sat around 92-94 mph and noted that he was missing an "extra gear" throughout his start. Despite the decreased velocity in his fastball, Clevinger tossed five clean innings despite yielding a solo shot to outfielder Clint Frazier. He struck out three batters and granted just one walk. Clevinger avoided serious repercussions after reported allegations of abuse, but the 32-year-old will not serve a suspension. He signed with the White Sox on a one-year, $8 million deal in the offseason, and is expected to play a vital role in the team's rotation. In 2022, he posted a 4.33 ERA across 22 starts with the San Diego Padres and hopes to turn things around in 2023.

    Mar 22 · Source via White Sox Mike Clevinger
  • Joe Musgrove Throws Simulated Game Wednesday

    San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove (toe) threw a simulated game on Wednesday. Musgrove suffered a fractured left big toe back on February 27 but he is trending in the right direction as Opening Day approaches. Musgrove reportedly looked good against non-swinging hitters in the appearance, working into the third inning and throwing fastballs, cutters, and changeups. The Padres are still holding out hope that Musgrove will be able to take the mound against the Atlanta Braves on April 6.

    Mar 22 · Source via Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Jace Peterson Sustains Hand Bruise After HBP On Wednesday

    Oakland A's third baseman Jace Peterson (hand) was removed from Wednesday's spring training game after he was hit by a pitch on the hand against the Chicago Cubs. Peterson initially remained in the game but was eventually replaced in the lineup. The team announced later on Wednesday that Peterson had sustained a bruised hand but he is expected to be fine. Peterson hit .236 with eight homers, 34 RBI, and 44 runs in 113 games in 2022. He is expected to see the majority of the playing time at third base for Oakland this year.

    Mar 22 · Source via Athletics Jace Peterson
  • Jhoan Duran To Throw Thursday

    Minnesota Twins right-hander Jhoan Duran (leg) is slated to throw in Thursday's spring training action against the Toronto Blue Jays. Duran took a liner off of his leg on Sunday but the injury was apparently not serious as he won't miss any time this spring. Duran is expected to play a key role in the Minnesota bullpen this season after posting a 2-4 record, 1.86 ERA, eight saves, and 89 strikeouts over 57 games in 2022.

    Mar 22 · Source via Twins Jhoan Duran closers
  • Alex Kirilloff To Miss Opening Of Season

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff (wrist) will miss the beginning of the 2023 season. Kirilloff was completely derailed in 2022 after dealing with some wrist issues that culminated in season-ending surgery. He has been playing in minor-league spring games, but the Twins aren't ready to take the next step toward his return. Once he feels comfortable at the plate and gets a couple more at-bats, he should be ready to return to the day-to-day lineup. The 25-year-old is yet to have a healthy season since turning pro in 2021, and his career has not gotten off to a promising start. He's played just 104 games since becoming a major leaguer and fantasy managers are beginning to doubt his ability to stay on the field. Kirilloff has a career line of .251/.295/.398 with 11 HRs and a .694 OPS.

    Mar 22 · Source via Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Kyle Manzardo Sent Down To Minor League Camp

    The Tampa Bay Rays reassigned fourth-ranked prospect first baseman Kyle Manzardo to minor league camp. Manzardo's elite control of the strike zone was expectedly on display during spring training as he went 9-for-27 with two home runs and nine RBI across 30 plate appearances. After hitting a surprise 22 home runs last year, it was exciting for fantasy players to see him continue his power tear with two home runs in spring training. While the 22-year-old should return to the majors this year, his path to playing time will depend on if he can outplay major leaguers Yandy Diaz, Luke Raley, Isaac Paredes, and Harold Ramirez at the first base position. Manzardo has to find a way to break through the Rays' crowded infield to warrant long-term fantasy consideration, but he can be stashed in most leagues due to his upside.

    Mar 22 · Source via Rays Kyle Manzardo Isaac Paredes Luke Raley Harold Ramirez prospects
  • Jorge Polanco To Miss Beggining Of Season

    After missing the last month of the 2022 season, Minnesota Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco (knee) is expected to start the season on the injured list. Polanco was termed with left knee tendentious that sidelined him for a considerable amount of time last season. He hasn't played in spring training yet, and he's doubtful to play until he has no restrictions. The 29-year-old played in 104 games last season and slashed .235/.346/.405 with a .751 OPS with 16 HRs. Barring any injuries, Polanco is one of the best second basemen in the business, and it's quite vital that the Twins get him healthy soon. For fantasy managers, Polanco has a ton of upside and he should be his productive self if he stays on the field.

    Mar 22 · Source via Twins Jorge Polanco
  • Jonah Heim To Serve As Primary Catcher

    Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim is expected to serve as the primary catcher in 2023. Mitch Garver will shadow Heim as the backup, but the Rangers are being cautious considering Garver's injury history. Once Garver was knocked out for the season due to a forearm injury last July, 27-year-old Heim went on an offensive tear. He slashed .262/.313/.467 with a .781 OPS. His bat took a heavy detour in the second half and managed to post a sloppy .181 clip. The Rangers are hoping that Heim can catch fire early in the season to get the most out of his bat. He is a solid option for fantasy managers, especially if he solidifies his offensive numbers.

    Mar 22 · Source via Rangers Jonah Heim
  • Mitch Garver Ramping Up Action

    Texas Rangers catcher Mitch Garver (forearm) is ramping up action behind the plate as the season inches closer. Garver is coming off a season-ending forearm surgery last July. He is currently blocked by Jonah Heim who is expected to be the primary backstop this season. Although, the 32-year-old will get many chances once he is completely healthy. Garver made just 215 plate appearances last season, in which he slashed .207/.298/.404 with 10 home runs. Considering his history as an injury-prone player, the Rangers should be cautious with how they utilize him. He hasn't played in over 100 games since 2018, which certainly raises concerns for fantasy managers.

    Mar 22 · Source via Rangers Mitch Garver
  • Jose Altuve No Baseball Activities For Two Months

    Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (thumb) underwent surgery on Wednesday for his broken thumb. It will be two months before Altuve can even begin baseball activities, so it'll probably be June before he can return to Houston's lineup. Once Altuve is back to playing, he will be one of the top hitters in the game, but this is a big blow to the Astros and those who had drafted Altuve already. Those with drafts still to come will need to adjust accordingly. David Hensley is expected to see an uptick in at-bats while Altuve is sidelined and is worth a late-round flier in deep-league formats.

    Mar 22 · Source via Astros Jose Altuve
  • Kyle Hendricks Has Three Bullpen Sessions Lined Up

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) will throw three additional bullpens before progressing to live batting practice. Hendricks threw a 30-pitch session on March 17 and said he now feels like he's in Spring Training mode instead of rehab mode. He isn't someone to target in your drafts right now and will probably only be a deep-league option when he returns.

    Mar 22 · Source via Cubs Kyle Hendricks
  • Brandon Nimmo Could Be Ready For Games This Weekend

    New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo (ankle, knee) may play in Grapefruit League games this weekend. Nimmo played in a minor league game on Wednesday, and manager Buck Showalter said he's hopeful Nimmo and reliever Brooks Raley (hamstring) will play this weekend. Nimmo suffered a sprained right knee and ankle last Friday, but he seems to be progressing quickly. Barring any setbacks, he may be ready for Opening Day, where he'll sit atop a loaded Mets' lineup, as he gets on base and scores a ton of runs.

    Mar 22 · Source via Mets Brandon Nimmo
  • Shohei Ohtani Will Throw In Minor League Game Friday

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani won't throw in another Spring Training game before Opening Day. Ohtani is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Friday before opening the year against Oakland on March 30. The two-way star closed out the final game of the World Baseball Classic, but that won't hinder his status for Opening Day. He's done nothing to displace himself as one of the best players in fantasy during his run in the WBC, and managers should enjoy all the production he brings to their team this season.

    Mar 22 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Drew Rucinski To Miss Next Start, IL Stint Possible

    Oakland A's starting pitcher Drew Rucinski (hamstring) will miss his next scheduled start due to left hamstring tightness. His status for the beginning of the season is now in doubt. Kyle Muller or JP Sears could take Rucinski's place if he is to miss time. Rucinski was probably only on the radar in deep leagues or AL-Only formats after pitching the last four years in Korea, so this shouldn't affect many fantasy managers' plans.

    Mar 22 · Source via Athletics Kyle Muller Drew Rucinski JP Sears
  • Jackson Chourio Wows In Limited Spring Training

    Baseball's seventh-ranked prospect Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jackson Chourio has impressed in spring training. While he collected two hits in just nine at-bats, when Chourio hit the ball, he hit it hard. In a game against the Great Britain WBC team, the 19-year-old rocketed two doubles and threw out a runner at home. He cut through the Milwaukee system in 2022, making it to AA-Biloxi in his first season of American pro baseball. With his blistering progress, the 19-year-old Chourio is on track to see the majors in 2024. Chourio has only been a priority for dynasty league players but is worth keeping an eye on for general 2024 fantasy baseball drafts.

    Mar 22 · Source via Brewers Jackson Chourio prospects
  • Kyle Tucker Should Be Fine Moving Forward

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (ankle) is said to have sustained a minor ankle sprain during the World Baseball Classic. Astros general manager Dana Brown said he should be fine, however. It doesn't sound like anything serious for Tucker, who fouled a ball off himself during the WBC. It's good news for the Astros and potential Tucker fantasy managers, as he's one of the game's best and is going in the mid-first round in upcoming drafts. After hitting 30 home runs and stealing 25 bases in 2022, Tucker is poised for another big season in Houston's potent lineup.

    Mar 22 · Source via Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Ranger Suarez Likely To Begin Year On IL

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez (forearm) is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season. The lefty still has inflammation in his left forearm and could begin the year on the injured list. He was sent for an MRI on Tuesday, and there was no structural damage. Matt Strahm seems like the pitcher to benefit from Suarez's injury and could pick up a few spot starts. Suarez posted a 3.65 ERA last year with a 1.33 WHIP and is best suited for NL-Only or deeper formats.

    Mar 22 · Source via Phillies Ranger Suarez
  • Ryan Lavarnway Announces Retirement

    Ryan Lavarnway will be chatting with MLBTR readers tomorrow at 10am Central. Click here to ask questions in advance or join in the chat when it’s in progress! Veteran catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who spent parts of 10 seasons in the Majors and 15 seasons in pro ball overall, announced his retirement on Wednesday in a…

    Mar 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Reds Ryan Lavarnway
  • Carlos Carrasco Scratched From Thursday's Start

    New York Mets starting pitcherCarlos Carrascowill not pitch on Thursday as scheduled. Carrasco was supposed to start a minor league game for the Mets but will receive some elbow maintenance instead. Manager Buck Showalter said the starter receives the maintenance periodically and will make a minor league start Tuesday instead. Carrasco is more of an NL-only or deeper league-type starter at this point in his career, but he could be helpful in those leagues. The veteran right-hander posted a 15-7 record with a 3.97 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 152 strikeouts over 152 innings in 2022.

    Mar 22 · Source via Mets Carlos Carrasco
  • Orioles Reassign Colton Cowser

    Baltimore Orioles outfield prospect Colton Cowser has been reassigned to minor-league camp. Cowser struggled to make contact this spring, but showed his power with three homers and nine RBI to go along with a .212 batting average in 33 at-bats. The fifth overall pick in the 2021 draft, the left-hander made a strong splash in 2022 where he started the season in High-A and finished in Triple-A. During that time, he hit .278 with 19 homers and 66 RBI. The most impressive part of his game is his patience and that plus his power is a recipe for success when he makes the big leagues. Cowser has the potential to be the first outfielder promoted from a talented farm system if an injury happens, but for now will open the season down on the farm. Managers in dynasty leagues should consider adding Cowser and he'd be an exciting dart throw in redraft leagues, should he get a promotion this season.

    Mar 22 · Source via Orioles Colton Cowser prospects
  • Heston Kjerstad Gets Reassigned

    The Baltimore Orioles have reassigned outfield prospect Heston Kjerstad to minor-league camp. Kjerstad, 24, put together an impressive spring with a .381 batting average to go along with four homers and nine RBI in 48 at-bats. The teams first-round pick in 2020 has shown power with his left-handed swing, but has also been aggressive early in his professional career. Kjerstad spent 2022, his first professional season between Single-A and High-A and it will be interesting to see which level the Orioles decide to have him open the season in. There is a chance that he could see sometime towards the end of summer, but he is most likely to be an option in 2024. Dynasty managers should file his name away and redraft managers can leave him on the waiver wire for now.

    Mar 22 · Source via Orioles Heston Kjerstad prospects
  • Oswald Peraza Continues To Struggle

    New York Yankees shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza went 0-for-4 versus the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. Peraza entered camp as the favorite to win the shortstop job, but has struggled to the tune of a .188 batting average to go along with one homer, one RBI and a pair of stolen bases. The 22-year-old made his big-league debut at the end of 2022 and hit a respectable .306 with one home run, two RBI and two stolen bases in 49 at-bats. Peraza has shown a nice combination speed and pop throughout his professional career, but top prospect and fellow shortstop Anthony Volpe has been on fire this spring and is breathing down Peraza's neck for the Opening Day start. Peraza is already on the 40-man roster, while Volpe is not and it's also possible that we see both players up the middle for the Yankees with Peraza shifting to second base. Volpe's draft value would climb significantly if he wins the job and managers with upcoming drafts should monitor the situation closely.

    Mar 22 · Source via Yankees Oswald Peraza prospects
  • Royals Option Nick Pratto, Maikel Garcia

    The Royals announced Wednesday that they’ve optioned first baseman Nick Pratto, infielder Maikel Garcia and catcher Freddy Fermin to Triple-A Omaha. Pratto, 24, will return for a third stint at a Triple-A level where he’s previously turned in a .241/.368/.528 batting line while hitting 38 home runs in 644 plate appearances. He had a strong…

    Mar 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Royals Maikel Garcia Nick Pratto
  • Hunter Brown Scratched On Wednesday

    Houston Astros pitching prospect Hunter Brown (back) has been scratched from Wednesday's start due to lower back stiffness. Brown, 24, is the teams top pitching prospect and has been set to replace Lance McCullers (forearm) to open the season. Brown succeeded in his first taste of the big leagues in 2022 with a 0.89 ERA in 20 1/3 innings (two starts). He has struggled this spring with a 5.00 ERA, but managers in all formats should still remain confident in the young arm. If his back issues don't force him to miss time, Brown should be rostered in most formats.

    Mar 22 · Source via Astros Hunter Brown prospects
  • Brett Baty Survives Another Round Of Cuts

    New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty survived another round of cuts on Wednesday and will remain in camp with the team. The Mets demoted top prospect, Francisco Alvarez, but Baty's strong spring has made the team strongly consider him entering Opening Day. The 23-year-old has been white-hot this spring with a .342 batting average to go along with one homer, seven runs, five RBI and a pair of stolen bases. With projected third baseman Eduardo Escobar starting to get reps in the outfield, there seems to be a true chance that he could switch to a utility role with Baty manning the hot corner. Baty is already on the 40-man roster and that could work in his favor when it comes down to final cuts. With an ability to hit for both contact and power, Baty could be a valuable late-round piece in upcoming redraft drafts. In dynasty leagues, Baty should already be rostered. Managers should continue to monitor his status with Opening Day approaching and any indication that he will make the team will surely rise his ADP.

    Mar 22 · Source via Mets Brett Baty prospects
  • Mets Demote Francisco Alvarez

    New York Mets catcher prospect Francisco Alvarez has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. Alvarez, 21, is the clubs top prospect, but struggled mightily in Spring Training. In 28 at-bats, the youngster only recorded three hits and one RBI. In addition to his poor hitting, the Mets wanted to have a veteran behind the dish for their pitching staff. Due to this, Alvarez also got at-bats as a designated hitter. Despite his demotion, he remains a bright spot in the Mets system and could force his way to the roster as a backup catcher/designated hitter with a strong start in Triple-A. The teams top prospect is there offensively, but he will get more seasoning defensively on the farm. Alvarez should already be rostered in dynasty leagues and could be an exciting option in redrafts, if he gets promoted this season. For now, the Mets will stick with Omar Narvaez and Tomas Nido at catcher. Both can be avoided in most formats.

    Mar 22 · Source via Mets Francisco Alvarez prospects
  • Shintaro Fujinami To Receive Extra Rest Between Regular Season Starts

    The Oakland Athletics plan to slot starting pitcher Shintaro Fujinami into the rotation every sixth or even seventh day to mirror his previous workload in Japan, per SF Chronicles' Matt Kawahara. The 28-year-old has shown both strikeout upside and command issues this spring, compiling a 4.26 ERA with a 1.58 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings pitched. Fantasy managers are clearly not ready to trust him, as his current average draft position is about 555.

    Mar 22 · Source via Athletics Shintaro Fujinami
  • Juan Soto's Oblique Strain Deemed "Minimal"

    San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin said that the results of outfielder Juan Soto's (oblique) MRI suggest that his oblique strain is "minimal". The 24-year-old suffered a strained left oblique while playing in a minor-league game on Sunday. The team expects him to resume swinging in the coming days and is optimistic that he could get more Cactus League at-bats. This is encouraging news for fantasy managers, as Soto remains one of fantasy's top hitter options and an early overall pick.

    Mar 22 · Source via Padres Juan Soto
  • Clayton Kershaw Pitches Well Tuesday

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw turned in a solid start in Tuesday's Cactus League 4-2 win over the Guardians. Kershaw pitched 5 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks with three strikeouts. While the veteran has a 5.11 ERA over three starts, he said that he feels great physically. This is the most encouraging aspect for fantasy managers, as Kershaw has only managed 22 starts in each of the last two seasons. His performance on a start-by-start basis is still as strong as some of the best fantasy options, but his health has knocked his average draft position down over the years.

    Mar 22 · Source via Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
  • Byron Buxton To Serve Primarily As DH

    Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said Tuesday that he would like to have outfielder Byron Buxton (knee) in the lineup as much as possible this season, which means he could primarily as the team's designated hitter, rather than play center field. The 29-year-old made his spring debut in Tuesday's Grapefruit League 5-2 win over the Rays, going 1-for-3 in the leadoff spot with a double and a strikeout. Buxton's power/speed combination makes him an intriguing fantasy option, but health has been a major issue for him, as he has managed just 636 plate appearances over the past two seasons. He should remain a higher-end fantasy option as long as he can stay on the field.

    Mar 22 · Source via Twins Byron Buxton
  • Lucas Giolito Not Concerned With Velocity Dip Tuesday

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito said Tuesday that he was not concerned with his relative dip in velocity in his Cactus League start against the Brewers. Giolito pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on one hit (a home run) and two walks with six strikeouts. While his fastball sat in the 91-94 MPH range, Giolito said, "I'm missing bats. I don't care how hard I'm throwing." The 28-year-old came into spring 35 pounds lighter and has pitched well, compiling a 3.86 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 9 1/3 IP. He has had a frustrating career for fantasy managers and was a big disappointment in 2022, posting a 4.90 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 25.4% strikeout rate in 30 starts. Fantasy managers will be hoping for Giolito to rebound to the 2019-2021 version of himself.

    Mar 22 · Source via White Sox Lucas Giolito
  • Shohei Ohtani Wins World Baseball Classic MVP Award

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani shined bright Tuesday as Team Japan defeated Team USA 3-2 to win the World Baseball Classic. Ohtani served as the team's closer to protect a one-run lead. He allowed a leadoff walk to Jeff McNeil before getting Mookie Betts to ground into a double play. In one of the tournament's greatest moments, Ohtani struck out Mike Trout on a full count to end the game, earning Team Japan the championship and himself the Most Valuable Player Award. Ohtani displayed his elite pitching and hitting skills throughout the tournament, adding further evidence that he is one of fantasy's top players.

    Mar 22 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Orioles Notes: Rodriguez, Means, Santander

    Orioles fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of top pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez, who’s squarely in the mix for a spot in the team’s Opening Day rotation. That shouldn’t be considered a foregone conclusion, however, Jacob Calvin Meyer of the Baltimore Sun writes. The O’s are planning to manage Rodriguez’s innings count this season anyhow,…

    Mar 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Orioles Lewin Diaz John Means Ryan Mountcastle Grayson Rodriguez Anthony Santander Austin Voth Spenser Watkins Tyler Wells prospects
  • Brandon Nimmo Tests His Ankle/Knee

    New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo (ankle, knee) tested his sprained ankle/knee on Tuesday at camp. Team officials liked what they saw from him and said that Nimmo is progressing, although it's unclear what that means for his availability on Opening Day on March 30. The 29-year-old is dealing with low-grade sprains in both his right ankle and right knee, so there's a good chance he won't be ready for the start of the 2023 regular season. But if Nimmo does open up on the injured, he may not be there for long. When healthy, he's an excellent on-base machine for the Mets and fantasy managers alike, and he's also a great source of runs atop a stacked New York lineup.

    Mar 21 · Source via Mets Brandon Nimmo
  • Noah Syndergaard Pitches Through Blister Issue Tuesday

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (hand) said he wasn't able to really get much footing in the rain on Tuesday during his Cactus League start against the San Francisco Giants, which explains some of his inconsistent velocity. Syndergaard has been dealing with a blister off and on for the last few months, and it was bothering him a bit on Tuesday. The 30-year-old right-hander ended up allowing six earned runs on six hits while walking one in 4 1/3 innings. It's unlikely that Thor won't be ready for the start of the 2023 regular season, but his blister issue is something to watch early on. If he's able to regain some of his pre-Tommy John velocity in his first year in Hollywood, Syndergaard could be a nice value starting pitcher in fantasy.

    Mar 21 · Source via Dodgers Noah Syndergaard
  • Drew Pomeranz Unlikely To Be Ready For Opening Day

    San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin said there has been a "mild setback" for relief pitcher Drew Pomeranz (elbow). He has been throwing on flat ground but likely will not appear in a Cactus League game and will not be ready for Opening Day. The 34-year-old southpaw is dealing with more pain and inflammation in his left elbow, and it remains to be seen when the oft-injured reliever will be able to make his 2023 season debut. He missed all of 2022 after having surgery on his flexor tendon. Pomeranz should have some fantasy value in holds leagues when he returns, and he's expected to serve as a late-inning setup man in front of closer Josh Hader when he's fully healthy.

    Mar 21 · Source via Padres Drew Pomeranz closers
  • Julio Urias Likely To Start Opening Day For Dodgers

    Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias is likely to make the start on Opening Day on March 30 at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Urias was the Dodgers best starter in 2022 and went 17-7 with a league-best 2.16 ERA (3.71 FIP), 0.96 WHIP and 24.1 percent strikeout rate in 175 innings and 31 starts. The 26-year-old southpaw is lined up to start on Opening Day and will make his return to Cactus League action this Friday after pitching in the World Baseball Classic for Team Mexico. Because he doesn't strike out a ton of hitters like the elite fantasy starters, he's ideally a No. 2 fantasy starter target in upcoming drafts.

    Mar 21 · Source via Dodgers Julio Urias
  • Matthew Liberatore, Dakota Hudson Optioned Tuesday

    The St. Louis Cardinals optioned left-hander Matthew Liberatore and right-hander Dakota Hudson to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. The Cardinals will roll with Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas, Jordan Montgomery, Jack Flaherty and Steven Matz in their five-man starting rotation to begin the 2023 regular season, so Liberatore and Hudson will begin in the minors. Liberatore is the team's No. 6 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, but the 23-year-old southpaw will need to show better life on his fastball if he's going to have continued success once he gets another shot in St. Louis' rotation. Hudson, 28, will work on building up his velocity at Memphis before the Cardinals consider him a rotation option at the big-league level.

    Mar 21 · Source via Cardinals Dakota Hudson
  • Rockies Reassign Zac Veen To Minor-League Camp

    The Colorado Rockies announced on Tuesday that they reassigned outfielder Zac Veen and catcher Drew Romo to minor-league camp. The Rockies have 44 players remaining in major-league spring training, including 10 non-roster players and one player on the 60-day injured list. The 21-year-old Veen, the team's No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was never expected to make the Rockies' Opening Day lineup. The ninth overall pick in 2020 was hitting 13-for-48 (.271) with two doubles, a home run, eight RBI, seven runs scored and eight stolen bases in 20 Cactus League games, so he certainly held his own. Veen has a bright future at the next level in a hitter-friendly ballpark, but fantasy managers in redraft leagues can ignore him for now.

    Mar 21 · Source via Rockies Zac Veen prospects
  • Juan Soto Getting An MRI On Tuesday

    San Diego Padres outfielder Juan Soto (oblique) is getting an MRI exam on Tuesday, according to manager Bob Melvin. "We're thinking it's fairly mild, which hopefully is the case." Soto suffered a strained left oblique while playing in a minor-league game on Sunday, but the team is still hoping that he'll be ready to go on Opening Day on March 30. The 24-year-old left-handed slugger also dealt with a minor calf injury in camp this year. If Soto has to begin the 2023 regular season on the injured list, it likely wouldn't be for long. He remains an early round target for fantasy managers heading into his first full season with the Padres as one of the best all-around hitters in baseball.

    Mar 21 · Source via Padres Juan Soto
  • Kevin Gausman Dominating Spring Training Foes

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman has yet to allow a run this spring. Through four games and 13 2/3 innings, Gausman has been nearly perfect. He has 18 strikeouts and a 0.80 WHIP. Gausman obviously can't keep up this pace, but it's nice to see a top pitching option showing he's ready for the season. He'll have his ups and downs, but with his 28.3% strikeout rate last season and 2.38 FIP, he's a great pick at his current ADP of 55. Rotoballer has him as their 47th-best player overall, so draft him for a great option in your rotation.

    Mar 21 · Source via Blue Jays Kevin Gausman
  • Kyle Schwarber A Mixed Bag In WBC

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber has been hit or miss in the World Baseball Classic thus far. Schwarber is 2-for-11 but has four walks. One of his hits was a home run and he has three RBI and three runs in the tournament. He has played in four games heading into Tuesday's finals matchup against Team Japan. The lefty has a .308 average and .438 on-base percentage in 13 spring training at-bats. Batting average will never be Schwarber's forte, as he hit just .218 last season, but he did hit 46 home runs and drive in 94. He also stole 10 bases in 2022 and plays in a stacked lineup that should help pad his counting stats again this season. Look to draft him in the top 45 while racking up the homers.

    Mar 21 · Source via Phillies Kyle Schwarber
  • Randy Arozarena Has Blistering WBC

    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena had a great World Baseball Classic for Team Mexico. Arozarena had nine hits, seven of which went for extra bases, six doubles and a home run. He had a .450/.607/.900 slash line in six games for Mexico. Before heading out for the WBC, he hit two home runs for the Rays in spring training and he looks ready to make an impact again this season. After stealing 32 bases and hitting 20 home runs, expect another similar season for the outfielder. His RotoBaller rank of 39 and ADP of 51 are a little separated, but both are high prices for his services.

    Mar 21 · Source via Rays Randy Arozarena
  • Emmanuel Clase Having Below-Average Spring

    Cleveland Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase has pitched to a 4.50 ERA during six spring games. He has a 1.33 WHIP and four strikeouts over six innings pitched. It's not a great start for Clase, but it's nothing to worry about here. As with most spring stats, don't look too much into them. The 2022 Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year should be fine for the start of the season and is just getting in the work required to be ready for another dominant year. Clase is one of the top closers in the game and should be one of the first couple taken in fantasy drafts. His 1.36 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and league-leading 42 saves from a year ago put him in the upper tier again this year.

    Mar 21 · Source via Guardians Emmanuel Clase closers
  • J.T. Realmuto Wielding Hot Bat In WBC

    Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto is 5-for-8 with a double and two RBI during the World Baseball Classic. Realmuto has also walked once without a strikeout in his three games behind the dish. Realmuto was hitting .500 in eight spring at-bats before heading to the WBC, so he's been in midseason form all spring. He had another elite season in 2022 and heads into 2023 as the No. 1 catcher in baseball. He has a RotoBaller rank of 37 and an ADP of 43.3. He'll have one more game on Tuesday in the WBC final against Japan to show why he's the game's best. Draft him as the top catcher and reap the rewards that come with it.

    Mar 21 · Source via Phillies J.T. Realmuto
  • Carson Kelly To Miss Time With Fractured Forearm

    Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly (forearm) has a fractured right forearm, according to manager Torey Lovullo. Kelly will obviously miss time, but the Diamondbacks haven't given a timetable for his return in 2023. He fractured his arm when he was hit by a pitch in a Cactus League game on Monday against the Chicago White Sox. Fantasy managers shouldn't be surprised if the 28-year-old backstop misses multiple months to open the 2023 regular season. With Kelly now sidelined for the foreseeable future, it makes Gabriel Moreno that much more attractive in two-catcher fantasy leagues after he was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in an offseason trade. Jose Herrera is likely to back Moreno up behind the plate.

    Mar 21 · Source via Diamondbacks Carson Kelly
  • Brandon Crawford, Mitch Haniger Improving

    San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (knee) will return to the Cactus League lineup this week. Meanwhile, outfielder Mitch Haniger (oblique) has started throwing and hitting in camp. Outfielder Austin Slater (hamstring) isn't doing any baseball activities with nine days until Opening Day. Crawford received a cortisone injection in his left knee last week and still has a shot to be ready to kick off the 2023 season, although at this point in his career he's not much of a mixed-league asset in fantasy. Haniger is making progress from a Grade 1 oblique strain, but he's unlikely to be ready for Opening Day at this point. Slater is expected to miss three to four weeks after straining his left hamstring in a spring contest last Thursday.

    Mar 21 · Source via Giants Brandon Crawford Mitch Haniger
  • Eloy Jimenez Scheduled To Play Wednesday

    Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez (calf) is fine and did some running on Tuesday. He's scheduled to play in one of the team's split-squad Cactus League games on Wednesday. Jimenez was pulled from Monday's game due to a right calf injury, but it just cramping and nothing serious. The 26-year-old Dominican outfielder hit a strong .295/.358/.500 with an .858 OPS, 16 home runs, 54 RBI and 40 runs scored in 327 plate appearances and 84 games in his fourth year in the big leagues in 2022. Durability is an issue, as he hasn't played in over 100 games since his rookie year in 2019. Still, RotoBaller has Jimenez ranked as the No. 19 fantasy outfielder. If he can stay healthy for a full season, he has the skills to be a No. 1 fantasy outfielder.

    Mar 21 · Source via White Sox Eloy Jimenez
  • Tyler O'Neill Hopes To Play Wednesday

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tyler O'Neill (illness) was back with his teammates on Tuesday after getting over a stomach virus, and he was able to take batting practice and shag fly balls. O'Neill hasn't playing since returning from the World Baseball Classic but hopes to play in a Grapefruit League game on Wednesday, according to manager Oliver Marmol. The 27-year-old is battling for the center field job this spring, but no matter how things shake out, he should be in St. Louis' lineup every day. He played in just 96 games in 2022 due to injury and hit just .228 with 14 home runs, 58 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 383 plate appearances. O'Neill is a nice bounce-back target as a No. 2 fantasy outfielder because of his power/speed profile.

    Mar 21 · Source via Cardinals Tyler O'Neill
  • Shohei Ohtani Available To Pitch In WBC Final

    Los Angeles Angels right-hander Shohei Ohtani is available to pitch one inning of relief for Team Japan on Tuesday night against Team USA in the World Baseball Classic final, according to Angels manager Phil Nevin. If Ohtani pitches on Tuesday evening, it won't affect his availability to make the team's Opening Day start on March 30 on the road against the Oakland Athletics. There's also a chance that San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws a couple innings in relief against Team USA. The 28-year-old Ohtani has proven that he can do anything on a baseball diamond, but he's arguably more dominant on the mound for the Angels and fantasy managers as an elite fantasy ace.

    Mar 21 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Byron Buxton Making Spring Debut Tuesday

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (knee) is making his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays and left-hander Josh Fleming. Buxton is serving as the designated hitter and is batting leadoff for the Twins. While this will be Buxton's first Grapefruit League game, he has already picked up a good amount of at-bats in minor-league games on the back fields and is expected to be ready to roll on Opening Day as Minnesota's starting center fielder and leadoff man. It's unclear when the 29-year-old will make his center field debut, and he's also expected to see more time at DH early in the season. Buxton is an excellent power/speed option for fantasy managers, but he's also one of the biggest injury risks in baseball.

    Mar 21 · Source via Twins Byron Buxton
  • Gabriel Moreno Hitting Ninth Against Angels

    Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Gabriel Moreno (hand) is back in the team's Cactus League lineup on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels and left-hander Tyler Anderson. Moreno is behind the plate and is batting ninth in the lineup. The 23-year-old backstop will return to the spring lineup after being hit by a pitch in the hand on Saturday. He is completely fine and won't be in danger of missing Opening Day later this month. Even with Carson Kelly still around in Arizona, Moreno could force his way into significant playing time in his first year in the desert after being acquired in an offseason trade from the Toronto Blue Jays. He looked good in a small sample size in his MLB debut in 2022 and will be attractive in two-catcher formats.

    Mar 21 · Source via Diamondbacks Gabriel Moreno
  • Brandon Drury Back In Tuesday's Lineup

    Los Angeles Angels corner infielder Brandon Drury (calf) is back in the team's Cactus League lineup on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and right-hander Zach Davies. Drury is starting at first base and is hitting second in the batting order. It's his first spring game since injuring his calf while fouling a ball off his leg last Friday. The 30-year-old will be ready for Opening Day in his first year with the Halos. He hit a combined .263/.320/.492 with a career-high .813 OPS, career-high 28 home runs, 87 RBI and 87 runs scored in 568 plate appearances and 138 games with the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres in 2022. It's tough to envision Drury being more valuable in mixed leagues than he was last year, especially with playing time a concern in LA.

    Mar 21 · Source via Angels Brandon Drury
  • Paul DeJong Likely To Open Season On Injured List

    Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong has been dealing with some back tightness of late and suffered a setback yesterday. He told Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was planning to serve as the club’s designated hitter today but now doubts he’ll get into a game before camp breaks. He said he can’t flex…

    Mar 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals Paul DeJong
  • Big Hype Prospects: Walker, Volpe, Baty, Grissom, Brown

    This week on Big Hype Prospects, we'll take a closer look at high-profile youngsters pushing for an Opening Day assignment. Five BHPs In The News Jordan Walker, 20, OF, STL (AA) 536 PA, 19 HR, 22 SB, .306/.388/.510 This column has nothing new to say about Walker. He is in the midst of a bid…

    Mar 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Mets Astros Cardinals White Sox Braves Brewers Red Sox Brett Baty Hunter Brown Oscar Colas Vaughn Grissom Oswald Peraza Braden Shewmake Brice Turang Anthony Volpe Jordan Walker prospects
  • Michael Lorenzen Has Mild Groin Strain

    Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Lorenzen (groin), who was scratched from his Grapefruit League start on Monday, is dealing with a mild left groin strain. He will progress to baseball activities in camp as his symptoms allow, but it doesn't sound like Lorenzen will need to begin the 2023 regular season on the injured list. The 31-year-old comes to Detroit after going 8-6 with a 4.24 ERA (4.31 FIP), 1.28 WHIP and 20.7 percent strikeout rate in 97 2/3 innings over 18 starts in his lone season with the Los Angeles Angels in 2022. The converted reliever has durability concerns and not much fantasy upside at all as a starter, although he has moved to a pitcher-friendly division in the American League Central.

    Mar 21 · Source via Tigers Michael Lorenzen
  • Bryce Harper Won't Open Season On 60-Day Injured List

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (elbow) will not open the 2023 regular season on the 60-day injured list, according to president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. The Phillies can put Harper on the 60-day IL at any time, if needed, retroactive to Opening Day. It doesn't mean that he'll be back earlier than anticipated around midseason, but it keeps the Phillies' options open. The 30-year-old former MVP is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and isn't expected to make his 2023 debut until near the end of the first half of the season, and he's unsure if he'll even play the outfield at all this year. Harper is still worth stashing in all fantasy leagues, and managers will be hoping he can pick up right where he left off last postseason at the plate.

    Mar 21 · Source via Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Blue Jays Notes: Ryu, Barger, Lopez, Lukes

    Left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu, now nine months out from last summer’s Tommy John surgery, is throwing from 90 to 120 feet and still aiming for a mid-July return to the Blue Jays’ pitching staff, writes Keegan Matheson of He’s throwing off flat ground for now but could progress to mound work by mid-April. The…

    Mar 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Addison Barger Chris Bassitt Jose Berrios Bo Bichette Cavan Biggio Matt Chapman Santiago Espinal Kevin Gausman Yusei Kikuchi Otto Lopez Nathan Lukes Alek Manoah Whit Merrifield Hyun-Jin Ryu Ricky Tiedemann prospects
  • David Robertson Likely To Be Mets Closer

    With New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz (knee) likely to miss all of the 2023 season, reliever David Robertson will likely serve as the fill-in closer this year. It's also possible that the Mets look to trade for another closer-worthy reliever, but big trades are rare this time of year and the Mets guard their prospects like gold -- they do not want to trade Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty or Ronny Mauricio. The New York Post's Jon Heyman thinks a trade for Diaz's brother, Cincinnati Reds reliever Alexis Diaz makes a lot of sense. The Mets' current plan seems to be to hope that Robertson, who has 157 career saves, can step up and be the guy. Left-hander Brooks Raley could be another option, but for those looking for saves in fantasy drafts, Robertson is your best bet.

    Mar 21 · Source via Mets David Robertson closers
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