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  • Kodai Senga, Brooks Raley Facing Injury Concerns

    8:02PM: Senga is day-to-day with tendinitis at the base of his index finger, the Mets announced. 5:41PM: Kodai Senga was supposed to make a Spring Training start for the Mets today, but Senga was scratched due to discomfort at the base of his right index finger.  Senga unfortunately isn’t the only Mets pitcher dealing with…

    Mar 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Angels Red Sox Tigers Brooks Raley Kodai Senga closers
  • Nestor Cortes Hopeful To Make Spring Debut Soon

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes (hamstring) is scheduled to make his Spring Training debut on March 18 against the Baltimore Orioles. It's worth noting this is a tentative date, so it could change. The left-hander is scheduled to throw a live bullpen session on Monday. He was diagnosed with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain in mid-February. This caused him to miss the World Baseball Classic, but the hope is that Cortes will be ready in time for Opening Day. Fantasy managers will have to check back after his bullpen session on Monday.

    Mar 11 · Source via Yankees Nestor Cortes
  • Kyle Hendricks Throws Successful Bullpen Session

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) was able to throw a successful 30-pitch bullpen session on Friday. The right-hander said he felt good afterwards, which is good news. The organization plans to have Hendricks throw multiple bullpen sessions before having him face live hitters. The Cubs are hopeful that Hendricks is going to be ready around early May. The 33-year-old should carry fantasy value once healthy, but is probably more of a deep league option.

    Mar 11 · Source via Cubs Kyle Hendricks
  • Brooks Raley Expected To Be Ready For Opening Day

    New York Mets relief pitcher Brooks Raley (hamstring) should be ready for Opening Day, according to manager Buck Showalter. The left-hander recently dropped out of the World Baseball Classic due to a low-grade left hamstring strain. The organization doesn't seem too concerned and believes he could return as early as Tuesday. It sounds like Raley has avoided serious injury, which is great news. He should be good to go by the end of March at the latest, assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks. Raley isn't likely to have much fantasy value as a middle reliever.

    Mar 11 · Source via Mets Brooks Raley closers
  • Kodai Senga Should Be Ready For Opening Day

    New York Mets starting pitcher Kodai Senga (finger) should be ready for Opening Day, according to manager Buck Showalter. The 30-year-old was scratched from Saturday's Spring Training matchup due to right finger soreness. The organization believes this is a minor issue, so Senga shouldn't need a stint on the injured list. There are still concerns on how Senga will do stateside. Although, there's plenty of upside, assuming Senga can stay healthy.

    Mar 11 · Source via Mets Kodai Senga
  • Francisco Lindor Collects Two Hits, Looks Ready For Big Season

    New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 for Team Puerto Rico vs. Team Nicaragua on Saturday. Lindor hit leadoff in the lineup and scored two runs while also driving in one. Lindor had a blistering start to the spring before heading out for the World Baseball Classic. He was 7-for-18 (.389) with a .500 OBP, two home runs and four RBI in seven games. Lindor looks poised to take his age-29 season by storm for the Mets. He is ranked as Rotoballer's 29th best player and should be a great option at shortstop in his third year in New York. Expect a five-category contributor in the heart of a good lineup.

    Mar 11 · Source via Mets Francisco Lindor
  • Corbin Carroll, Diamondbacks Agree To Eight-Year Deal

    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielderCorbin Carrollagreed to terms on an eight-year, $111 million extension on Saturday. There is a club option for 2031 that would bring the total value to $134 million. Carroll will have his club-controlled years bought out and his first two years of free agency if the club option is picked up. The 22-year-old has been an exciting prospect for the Diamondbacks, and his talents are flowing over into the fantasy world. He's currently ranked as RotoBaller's 83rd player overall and has an ADP of 83. Carroll could be an all-around contributor this season for your fantasy squad.

    Mar 11 · Source via Diamondbacks Corbin Carroll prospects
  • Kodai Senga To Miss Saturday's Start With Finger Injury

    New York Mets starting pitcherKodai Senga(finger) will not make his scheduled start on Saturday due to discomfort at the base of his right index finger. He will undergo imaging, and an update will be announced later. Senga signed with the Mets this offseason after coming over from Japan and is expected to serve as the No. 3 starter behindMax ScherzerandJustin Verlander. He currently has an ADP of 168, as there are some questions about how effective he'll be stateside, though there's plenty of upside. The 30-year-old pitched two innings in his first start of the spring, giving up one run and striking out two. Senga is considered day-to-day.

    Mar 11 · Source via Mets Kodai Senga
  • Mitch Haniger Uncertain For Opening Day

    San Francisco Giants outfielderMitch Haniger(oblique) may not be ready for Opening Day, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Haniger suffered a Grade 1 oblique strain on Friday during an at-bat. The 32-year-old has had an injury-plagued career, and this is the latest setback for him. He was signed by the Giants this offseason after an injury-abbreviated 2022 with the Seattle Mariners. Haniger hit .246/.308/.429 with 11 home runs over 247 plate appearances last season. He was set to be the Giants' right fielder in 2023. RotoBaller has him ranked as the 171st player, but another injury could hurt that ranking in the future.

    Mar 11 · Source via Giants Mitch Haniger
  • Yordan Alvarez Plans To Play Opening Day

    Houston Astros designated hitter/outfielderYordan Alvarez(hand) said Saturday he still plans to be ready for Opening Day. Alvarez started swinging a bat on Friday and took fly balls on Saturday to start to ramp up for the beginning of the season. After suffering from inflammation in his hands last season, Alvarez dealt with continued soreness in his left hand and was delayed to start the spring. If healthy, he is one of the premier hitters in the game and a top-10 fantasy pick. Alvarez hit .306/.406/.613 last season at the age of 25.

    Mar 11 · Source via Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Jordan Walker Day-To-Day With Shoulder Strain

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielderJordan Walker (shoulder) was removed from Saturday's game against the Astros due to a right shoulder strain. He is day-to-day and will be re-evaluated on Sunday. Walker was one of the best hitters of the spring thus far, leading MLB in most major offensive categories. The Cardinals' top prospect seemed to be playing his way onto the Opening Day roster with a .429 batting average, three home runs, and seven RBI. There's still time for him to recover before Opening Day, but Sunday should shed some more light on whether he's due to miss any time.

    Mar 11 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Walker prospects
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Back In Grapefruit League Lineup

    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (thumb) is back in the team's Grapefruit League lineup on Saturday against the New York Yankees and right-hander Ryan Weber. Hayes is starting at third base and hitting leadoff. Hayes was held out of spring action for a couple days this week with soreness in his left thumb, but it was nothing serious and he's back in there on Saturday. The 26-year-old will be looking to bounce back this year after hitting .244/.314/.345 with a .659 OPS, seven home runs, 41 RBI, 55 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 560 plate appearances and 136 games in his third big-league season in 2022. Injuries were partly to blame. More power could be on the way if he puts the ball in the air more, but fantasy managers should mainly be paying for Hayes' speed at the third base position.

    Mar 11 · Source via Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • Injury Notes: Song, Nevin, Rosenthal, Sadler

    Phillies Rule 5 pick Noah Song has been shut down due to back tightness, per Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He’s had an MRI and will be reevaluated next week, but it appears he won’t be ready to start the season. Song, 25, is an interesting case, given he’s spent the past three years…

    Mar 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Mariners Tyler Nevin Trevor Rosenthal Casey Sadler Noah Song
  • Joey Votto Takes Part In Minor-League Game

    Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (biceps, shoulder) had a few plate appearances in one of the team's minor-league games at spring training on Friday. Votto is not expected to be ready for Opening Day this year after he had surgery on his left biceps and on a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder last August. The 39-year-old Canadian slugger hit just .205/.319/.370 with a career-low .689 OPS, 11 home runs, 41 RBI and 31 runs scored in 376 plate appearances and 91 games for the Reds last year. It came a year after he hit 36 home runs, but it's likely that his injuries took a toll on him at the plate before he underwent surgery. Better numbers could be in store if he's healthy this year, but there's more injury risk as well as a poor lineup around him in Cincy. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect a return to the glory days for Votto at this point in his career.

    Mar 11 · Source via Reds Joey Votto
  • Michael Kopech To Make Spring Debut Sunday

    Chicago White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech (knee, shoulder) is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Sunday and start against the San Diego Padres. He will throw just two innings in the contest. The White Sox have taken a cautious approach with Kopech, who is dealing with multiple injuries this spring. If he doesn't have any setbacks in camp, he should have time to build himself up for Opening Day. The 26-year-old has also been working to use his changeup more in 2023 to complement his fastball, slider and curveball. Kopech made only 19 starts for Chicago in 2022, but he was effective with a 3.54 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and career-high 105 K's in 119 1/3 innings. Perhaps increased changeup usage will unlock more in his profile for fantasy managers.

    Mar 11 · Source via White Sox Michael Kopech
  • Lucas Giolito Fans Six Hitters In Three Spring Innings

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito was in midseason form in the team's 4-3 Cactus League win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday, allowing three hits and one unearned run while walking two and striking out six in three innings pitched. In his two appearances so far this spring, he has fanned nine in five innings. The 28-year-old right-hander was a big disappointment in 2022, when he went 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA (4.06 FIP), 1.43 WHIP and 25.4 percent strikeout rate in 161 2/3 innings over 30 games started. If Giolito can limit the hard contact against him this year, he'll be a prime bounce-back candidate for fantasy managers. RotoBaller currently has Giolito ranked as the No. 43 fantasy starter, but he has ace potential.

    Mar 11 · Source via White Sox Lucas Giolito
  • Justin Turner Could Take Batting Practice Sunday

    Boston Red Sox third baseman/designated hitter Justin Turner (face) is making big improvements and could take batting practice on Sunday while also getting his stitches removed. Turner was hit in the face by a pitch in a Grapefruit League game earlier this week, and he wasn't expected to have his stitches removed for another couple of weeks. If he can resume swinging a bat on Sunday, it would be great news for his chances of avoiding a trip to the injured list to begin his first season in Beantown. The 38-year-old still has excellent plate discipline and can contribute decent counting stats, but he's an injury risk for fantasy managers and also saw a steep drop in his power numbers in 2022 in his final season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Mar 11 · Source via Red Sox Justin Turner
  • Noah Song Shut Down With Back Tightness

    Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Noah Song (back) has been shut down due to tightness in his back, according to the team. Song had an MRI exam and will be re-evaluated next week. It's now unlikely he'll be ready for the start of the 2023 regular season. The 25-year-old was away from baseball the last two years while in the Navy, but the Phillies took him in the Rule 5 draft back in December. Fantasy managers shouldn't really have any expectations for him if he sticks on the team's roster all year. In seven starts for Low-A in the Boston Red Sox's organization in 2019, he had a sharp 1.06 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, five walks and 19 strikeouts in 17 innings, and the Phillies clearly like his long-term potential as a starter.

    Mar 11 · Source via Phillies Noah Song
  • Yankees Hope To Have Lou Trivino Back In May

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Lou Trivino (elbow) will open the 2023 season on the injured list with what general manager Brian Cashman called a "mild elbow ligament sprain." It's the first time that Trivino will go on the injured list in his career with an arm-related injury. Cashman is hoping the team will get Trivino back by May. In addition to Trivino, reliever Tommy Kahnle (biceps) will also open on the IL, leaving the Yankees bullpen a bit thin to open the year. The 31-year-old Trivino was stingy upon being acquired from the A's last year in a trade, and he can be useful in holds leagues in a setup role for the Yankees when he's healthy.

    Mar 11 · Source via Yankees Lou Trivino closers
  • Luis Severino Struggling With His Slider

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino is feeling fine physically in spring training, but the right-hander's results haven't been great so far. "That my slider sucks, that's what they're telling me right now," Severino said. "I need to work more on my slider. It's not the movement, it's just location actually." He allowed two home runs to the Detroit Tigers in the Grapefruit League game on Friday and has now given up five long balls in 8 2/3 innings this spring. Injuries have been the main issue for the 29-year-old in recent seasons. He shouldn't have many restrictions in 2023 after posting a strong 3.18 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 112 strikeouts in 102 innings last year. Injuries are a risk, but Severino still has plenty of upside when he's right.

    Mar 11 · Source via Yankees Luis Severino
  • Brandon Belt Making Spring Debut As DH

    Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Brandon Belt (knee) is making his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Austin Voth, serving as the designated hitter while batting third in the lineup. Belt has been delayed in camp this spring after having surgery on his right knee last September. He limped to a .213/.326/.350 slash line with a career-low .676 OPS, eight home runs, 23 RBI and 25 runs scored in only 298 plate appearances and 78 games in his 12th season with the San Francisco Giants last year. Hopefully the 34-year-old left-handed hitter can stay healthier as the primary DH for Toronto in 2023 against right-handed pitching. Fantasy managers shouldn't be too optimistic on Belt at this point in his career, but he's worth a late-round flier in a much more hitter-friendly park and in a better lineup.

    Mar 11 · Source via Blue Jays Brandon Belt
  • Brooks Raley Drops Out Of WBC Due To Injury

    New York Mets relief pitcher Brooks Raley (undisclosed) has dropped out of this year's World Baseball Classic For Team USA due to an undisclosed injury. Los Angeles Angels reliever Aaron Loup will replace him on the roster. It remains to be seen what Raley's exact injury is or whether it puts him in danger of missing Opening Day later this month, but we should have updates soon. The 34-year-old left-hander comes to the Mets in 2023 after posting a career-best 2.68 ERA (2.74 FIP), 0.97 WHIP, career-high six saves, 22 holds and 61 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings over 60 relief appearances in 2022 for the Tampa Bay Rays. He's set to serve in a middle-relief role for the Mets, so saves probably won't be there, but despite not throwing hard, Raley induces a lot of weak contact.

    Mar 11 · Source via Mets Brooks Raley closers
  • Rockies Looking At Jurickson Profar

    With injuries to Colorado Rockies outfielders Sean Bouchard (biceps) and Randal Grichuk (hernia) this spring, the Rockies are showing renewed interest in signing free-agent outfielder/infielder Jurickson Profar, according to a source. Charlie Blackmon (back) was also injured in Friday's Cactus League game. The 30-year-old switch-hitter slashed .243/.331/.391 with 15 home runs in 152 games for the San Diego Padres last year, and he is currently playing for Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. Profar has likely been demanding regular playing time as a free agent this offseason, and that's something Colorado could give him as they look for injury replacements. His defensive shortcomings hurt his cause, but he's patient at the plate and makes plenty of contact. Profar would become attractive in deep mixed leagues if he landed with the Rockies with regular playing time.

    Mar 11 · Source via Rockies Jurickson Profar
  • Nationals To Sign Keibert Ruiz To Eight-Year Extension

    The Washington Nationals will announce an eight-year, $50 million extension with catcher Keibert Ruiz on Saturday, according to a source familiar with the terms. Ruiz was under club control for five more seasons, so this extension buys out those years, plus three years of free agency, keeping him in D.C. through at least 2030. He becomes the first players in Nationals history to agree to a long deal before reaching arbitration. Ruiz was a centerpiece of the trade that sent Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Dodgers in 2021, and Ruiz his .251 with 22 doubles, seven homers and a .673 OPS while throwing out 22 baserunners, second-most in MLB, in his first full season in 2022. The 24-year-old backstop could develop more power as he matures, and he can also run a bit, which is rare for a catcher. He's RotoBaller's 15th-ranked fantasy catcher.

    Mar 11 · Source via Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • Nationals, Keibert Ruiz Agree To Eight-Year Extension

    The Nationals are in agreement with young backstop Keibert Ruiz on an eight-year contract extension that guarantees $50MM, as first reported by Wow Deportes (Twitter link). Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post (Twitter link) reports that the contract also contains two club options. The deal buys out three would-be free agent seasons and could extend the…

    Mar 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • Bobby Miller Unlikely To Pitch In Cactus League

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller is unlikely to pitch during Spring Training, according to manager Dave Roberts. It appears the Dodgers are going to bring him along slowly after giving Miller an increased workload last season. The right-hander threw 112 1/2 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season. The 23-year-old has excellent stuff and should be able to contribute in Los Angeles shortly. However, Miller won't be someone worth holding in most formats outside of dynasty leagues right now.

    Mar 10 · Source via Dodgers Bobby Miller prospects
  • Charlie Blackmon Exits Early On Friday

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon (back) was forced to exit early during Friday's Spring Training contest. Luckily, the veteran outfielder says he's fine and dealing with some back stiffness. It sounds like Blackmon is day-to-day, but has avoided any serious injuries. The 36-year-old should still have a little left in the tank after another decent season in Colorado last year. The left-handed slugger should be able to provide decent fantasy value as long as he can stay healthy.

    Mar 10 · Source via Rockies Charlie Blackmon
  • Mitch Haniger Considered Day-To-Day

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Mitch Haniger (oblique) is considered day-to-day after suffering an injury ahead of Friday's Cactus League matchup. The right-handed slugger was scratched from the lineup earlier in the day for unknown reasons. It appears Haniger is dealing with oblique tightness, which could hold him out for a few days, according to manager Gabe Kapler. The 32-year-old only managed to play 57 games last season, so hopefully he can stay healthy in 2023. The Giants signed Haniger to a significant three-year deal over the offseason. Hopefully, this is a minor issue and Haniger returns to the lineup soon.

    Mar 10 · Source via Giants Mitch Haniger
  • Craig Stammen Removed From Friday's Game

    San Diego Padres pitcher Craig Stammen (shoulder) was removed early during Friday's Cactus League contest. The veteran right-hander was forced to exit early due to discomfort in his pitching shoulder. This is not good news considering Stammen missed a majority of the second half of the 2022 campaign due to shoulder issues. It's likely that the organization has Stammen undergo further testing. However, there's a good chance that Stammen does require a trip to the injured list. Fantasy managers will have to check back for another update on his status.

    Mar 10 · Source via Padres Craig Stammen
  • Brandon Belt Takes Live Swings On Friday

    Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Brandon Belt (knee) was able to take live batting practice on Friday. This is just one step closer for Belt to get back into game action. The organization is hopeful that Belt can make his Grapefruit league debut at some point this upcoming week. The 34-year-old has been brought along slowly after undergoing knee surgery in September. The expectation is that Belt is going to be ready to play in time for Opening Day.

    Mar 10 · Source via Blue Jays Brandon Belt
  • Jarred Kelenic Drives In Two, Continues Torrid Spring

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI, a walk and a run scored in Friday's Cactus League game versus the Cincinnati Reds. Kelenic has been on fire during the spring and is now hitting .429, with four of his nine hits going for home runs. Kelenic doesn't have a clear path to playing time after struggling to begin his career, and the Mariners added AJ Pollock and Teoscar Hernandez to their outfield this offseason. However, Kelenic may be playing his way into the strong side of a platoon with Pollock to begin the year. He's been hitting third in the Mariners lineup recently, though it's hard to imagine him hitting there during the season. He is RotoBaller's 86th-ranked outfielder but could move up considerably if he wins a share of the starting job.

    Mar 10 · Source via Mariners Jarred Kelenic
  • Andrew Vaughn Doubles, Continues Hot Spring

    Chicago White Sox outfielder Andrew Vaughn went 2-for-3 with a double during Friday's Cactus League game versus the Chicago Cubs. Vaughn has nine hits in nine games for the White Sox so far this spring, but only two of them have gone for extra bases. Nonetheless, Vaughn looks locked in at the plate right now, hitting .360 for the spring. Vaughn has walked twice compared to four strikeouts in spring training. Vaughn has been hitting second or third for the White Sox in Cactus League play and should hit in the heart of the order this season. Vaughn projects to take another step forward in his age-25 season and looks like a fine option for your fantasy squad this year.

    Mar 10 · Source via White Sox Andrew Vaughn
  • Zac Veen Up To Seven Steals On The Spring

    Colorado Rockies center fielder Zac Veen has recorded seven stolen bases on the spring in just 23 at-bats. The 2020 first-round pick is participating in his first MLB spring training after splitting the 2022 campaign between the High-A and Double-A levels, stealing a whopping 55 bases alongside 12 home runs in 126 games. The 21-year-old made his pro debut in the 2021 season, hitting 15 homers and stealing 36 bases across 106 games at the Single-A level. The lefty-swinging speedster owns a .261 average with one home run alongside a .798 OPS this spring and will likely begin the 2023 season at Double-A, where he scuffled to a .177 average and .496 OPS across 34 games in 2022. His combination of power and elite speed makes him an intriguing fantasy prospect when he inevitably reaches the big leagues, perhaps as early as next season.

    Mar 10 · Source via Rockies Zac Veen prospects
  • Trey Mancini Slugs Two-Run Homer Thursday

    Chicago Cubs first baseman Trey Mancini hit a two-run home run on Thursday in helping the Cubs to an 8-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The long ball was the second of the spring for Mancini and he added a single on the afternoon as well, raising his batting average to a hefty .579 on the spring with two homers and a 1.495 OPS across 19 Cactus League at-bats. Mancini signed a two-year deal with the Cubs this winter after splitting the 2022 campaign between the Orioles and Astros, hitting .239 with 18 homers and a .710 OPS across 143 games. The soon-to-be 31-year-old is a decent source of power with at least 21 home runs in four of the last five seasons, with his 18 from 2022 representing a career low. The jet stream blowing out to left field at Wrigley Field in Chicago could help Mancini bounce back in the home run department in 2023.

    Mar 10 · Source via Cubs Trey Mancini
  • Brandon Lowe Hits Home Run Thursday

    Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe connected for a third-inning solo shot off Blue Jays pitcher Casey Lawrence while he added a single on the afternoon as well, raising his average to .333 for the spring. The lefty-swinging Lowe had his 2022 season limited to just 65 games due to injury and hit only .221 with eight homers and a .691 OPS in that time. His 104 wRC+ on the season was easily a career low despite sitting slightly above the league average. The 28-year-old represents a strong bounce-back candidate when healthy, as he hit 39 homers with seven steals and an .863 OPS as recently as 2021 while he owns a career .830 OPS across parts of five big-league seasons. His ability to hit left-handed pitching for power ensures him a lineup spot on a near everyday basis when healthy as he looks to bounce back in 2023.

    Mar 10 · Source via Rays Brandon Lowe
  • Ryan Pepiot, Michael Grove Could Open Season In Rotation

    With Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin (ankle) looking increasingly unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, his rotation spot would probably go to either Ryan Pepiot or Michael Grove. The team will take things slowly with Gonsolin after he sprained his left ankle in camp on Monday. It will be a great opportunity for either of the young pitchers, but it remains to be seen how many turns through the rotation they'll need to fill early on. Pepiot had a 3.47 ERA with 42 K's in 36 1/3 innings for LA last year, but he has had issues with control at times. The 26-year-old Grove had a 4.60 ERA in seven outings (six starts) in his first major-league action in 2022. Either Pepiot or Grove would be worth looking into as early season streamers in LA's rotation.

    Mar 10 · Source via Dodgers Michael Grove Ryan Pepiot prospects
  • Royals Sign Jorge Bonifacio To Minors Deal

    The Royals signed outfielder Jorge Bonifacio to a minor league contract last week,’s Anne Rogers reports (Twitter link).  Bonifacio has already started to appear in Spring Training games, but the signing flew under the radar. The 29-year-old Bonifacio last appeared in the majors in 2021, playing in seven games with the Phillies.  2022 marked…

    Mar 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Royals Jorge Bonifacio
  • X-Rays Negative On Yandy Diaz

    Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said that X-rays on corner infielder Yandy Diaz's hand came back negative on Friday after he left the Grapefruit League game after his first at-bat when he was hit by a pitch on his hand/wrist. Diaz was returning from a hip-flexor injury on Friday before getting hurt again right away. The injury doesn't sound very serious, though, so hopefully the 31-year-old can get back into game action soon as he prepares for Opening Day in a few weeks. Diaz hit .296/.401/.423 with a career-high .824 OPS, nine home runs, 57 RBI, 71 runs scored and three stolen bases in 558 plate appearances and 137 games for the Rays in 2022. He should continue to hit atop Tampa's batting order and is a fine source of runs, on-base percentage and batting average in fantasy.

    Mar 10 · Source via Rays Yandy Diaz
  • Cubs Send Brennen Davis, Pete Crow-Armstrong Down

    The Chicago Cubs optioned outfielder Brennen Davis to Triple-A Iowa and sent center fielder Pete Crow-Armstrong to minor-league camp on Friday as part of their roster cuts in spring training. Davis is healthy after dealing with back issues in 2022, but he and Crow-Armstrong will be given more time to work on their craft down on the farm to begin the 2023 season. Davis struggled as Chicago's top prospect in 2022, but his back injury was most likely to blame. He still has a high ceiling due to his raw power at the plate. Crow-Armstrong is another one of the Cubs' top prospects, but he still has time to mature in the minors and hasn't played above High-A. Fantasy managers should expect both Davis and Crow-Armstrong to spend all of 2023 on the farm.

    Mar 10 · Source via Cubs Pete Crow-Armstrong Brennen Davis prospects
  • Tyler Nevin Sidelined Indefinitely With Oblique Strain

    Detroit Tigers corner infielder Tyler Nevin (oblique) has been sidelined indefinitely at spring training with a left oblique strain. The 25-year-old will start baseball activities once his symptoms subside. The Tigers haven't revealed the grade of his strain or a timetable for his return, only announcing it as a "mild" strain. He has hit .211 (4-for-19) with two home runs, no walks and four strikeouts in seven Grapefruit League games to this point, seeing most of playing time at first and third base. Nevin's injury almost certainly puts him out of the mix for an Opening Day roster spot. When healthy, Nevin figures to be a platoon player for Detroit at both first and third base. He'll be an option mainly in AL-only leagues for his positional versatility.

    Mar 10 · Source via Tigers Tyler Nevin
  • Matt Vierling Dealing With Knee Strain

    Detroit Tigers outfielder Matt Vierling (knee) suffered a right knee strain in spring training earlier this week. Vierling will return to baseball activities over the weekend, but there isn't a concrete timetable for his return to Grapefruit League games. The 26-year-old seems unlikely to miss significant time this spring. He was officially diagnosed with a mild posterior knee muscle strain. Vierling is hitting a strong .467 (7-for-15) with two home runs, a walk and a strikeout in six games to this point. If healthy, the former Phillie projects to have a starting spot in Detroit's outfield in 2023. He's more effective in a platoon role while sitting against right-handed pitchers, so Vierling should only be valuable in deep mixed and AL-only leagues.

    Mar 10 · Source via Tigers Matt Vierling
  • Rockies Showing Interest In Jurickson Profar

    The Rockies, suddenly facing multiple outfield injuries, are showing “real interest” in free-agent outfielder Jurickson Profar, reports Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post (Twitter link). Over the past month, the Rockies have seen Randal Grichuk undergo surgery for a bilateral sports hernia and Sean Bouchard suffer a biceps rupture that’ll require potentially season-ending surgery. Colorado’s…

    Mar 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Rockies Jurickson Profar
  • Guardians Option Bo Naylor To Triple-A

    The Cleveland Guardians informed catching prospect Bo Naylor that he has been optioned to Triple-A Columbus. The team's No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, is eventually ticketed to be Cleveland's catcher of the future, but the 23-year-old's time in the big leagues will have to wait. Mike Zunino will serve as the Guardians' primary backstop to open the 2023 campaign, with Bryan Lavastida, Cam Gallagher and Zack Collins fighting to earn the backup duties. Naylor has unique speed for a catcher and could eventually work his way up to being one of the most valuable catchers in fantasy baseball. With Columbus and Double-A Akron in 2022, Naylor hit .263/.392/.496 with an .889 OPS, 21 home runs, 68 RBI, 73 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 118 games played.

    Mar 10 · Source via Guardians Bo Naylor prospects
  • Nick Senzel Could Make Spring Debut Next Week

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel (toe) could make his Cactus League debut in spring training as soon as early next week, according to manager David Bell. Senzel has undergone two surgeries for his fractured left big toe, but he's nearing game action as he prepares for the 2023 season. The 27-year-old's stock is still down in fantasy and there's still a chance he won't be ready for Opening Day later this month. Senzel played in a career-high 110 games in 2022 but disappointed by slashing .231/.296/.306 with a career-low .601 OPS, five home runs, 25 RBI, 45 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 420 plate appearances. He's still young, so fantasy managers shouldn't completely write him off, but Senzel is running out of time to impress as a former first-rounder in 2016.

    Mar 10 · Source via Reds Nick Senzel
  • Yandy Diaz Leaves Early After Hit By Pitch

    Tampa Bay Rays corner infielder Yandy Diaz (hip, hand, wrist) returned to the Grapefruit League lineup on Friday against the Atlanta Braves after dealing with a hip-flexor injury, but he left the game after his first at-bat after getting hit by a pitch on his hand/wrist area. It's a tough break for the 31-year-old, but fantasy managers will need to check back later to find out the severity of his latest injury and whether it could keep him out for Opening Day later this month. Diaz has only played in one spring training game so far due to his hip injury, so he'll need plenty more at-bats to get ready for the 2023 regular season. The contact-oriented hitter is a great source of on-base percentage and batting average in fantasy when he's healthy.

    Mar 10 · Source via Rays Yandy Diaz
  • Dodgers To Take It Slow With Tony Gonsolin

    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said "it's gonna be a slow process" for starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin (ankle) coming off a sprained left ankle. It's safe to assume that Ryan Pepiot and Michael Grove are the first options if the Dodgers need spot starts in Gonsolin's rotation spot to begin the 2023 season. Gonsolin rolled his ankle during drills in camp on Monday and is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season now. The 28-year-old right-hander had a breakout season for the Dodgers in 2022 with 16 wins, a 2.10 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 116 strikeouts in 128 1/3 innings, but he wasn't as good down the stretch and also dealt with a forearm strain. His 2023 season is off to a bad start, and it wouldn't be wise for fantasy managers to expect better numbers from him this year.

    Mar 10 · Source via Dodgers Tony Gonsolin
  • Justin Turner Has A Shot To Be Ready For Opening Day

    Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said the team is "shooting" for Opening Day with third baseman/designated hitter Justin Turner (face). Turner was hit in the face by a pitch during Grapefruit League play and required stitches. He will not return to on-field workouts in camp until he has his stitches removed, which isn't expected to happen for another two weeks. Still, the 38-year-old could be good to go when the 2023 regular season kicks off as Boston's primary designated hitter. Don't expect Turner to put up numbers like he did in his prime with the Los Angeles Dodgers, especially in the power department, but his excellent plate discipline should still make him useful in on-base percentage leagues.

    Mar 10 · Source via Red Sox Justin Turner
  • Garrett Mitchell Dealing With Hamstring Tightness

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Garrett Mitchell (hamstring) was removed from Thursday's Cactus League game against the San Francisco Giants "for precautionary reasons with right hamstring tightness." There are no plans for Mitchell to undergo an MRI exam, though, and he's being listed as day-to-day. "I don't think you'll see him for a couple of days. I think we'll know tomorrow what's going on for sure, but at this point it doesn't look like that big of a deal. I can give you a better answer tomorrow, but that's what we're thinking/hoping," manager Craig Counsell said. It sounds as though the 24-year-old will be fine for Opening Day. Mitchell hit .311 in his first 28 big-league games in 2022, but he also struck out 28 times in 68 plate appearances. He will be given every chance to be Milwaukee's regular center fielder this year.

    Mar 10 · Source via Brewers Garrett Mitchell
  • Harrison Bader Diagnosed With Left Oblique Strain

    New York Yankees outfielder Harrison Bader (oblique) has been diagnosed with a left oblique strain in spring training. Manager Aaron Boone said he doesn't have a timeline for Bader yet, but it's safe to assume that he'll start the season on the injured list. Oblique strains can take up to a month to recover from, so fantasy managers need to prepare for the possibility that the 28-year-old center fielder will miss at least several weeks in the season's first month. With Bader set to be sidelined to open up the 2023 campaign, look for Estevan Florial and Oswaldo Cabrera to see more playing time in the outfield for the Yankees. Both Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks could shift over to center field to replace Bader while he's out.

    Mar 10 · Source via Yankees Harrison Bader
  • Jacob deGrom To Throw Bullpen Saturday

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (side) will throw a bullpen session on Saturday. If all goes well with the session, he will make his Cactus League debut on Monday. deGrom has worked his way back from left side soreness at the beginning of spring training, and barring another setback, he should be ready for Opening Day in late March. He looked good in a live batting practice session on Wednesday, hitting the upper-90s with his fastball. It's understandable if fantasy managers are hesitant to consider the two-time Cy Young winner as a fantasy ace in his first year with Texas because of all the injuries and time missed over the last several seasons with the New York Mets.

    Mar 10 · Source via Rangers Jacob deGrom
  • Michael Brantley May Not Be Ready For Opening Day

    Houston Astros outfielder/designated hitter Michael Brantley (shoulder, personal), who had shoulder surgery last August, may not be ready for the start of the 2023 regular season, according to general manager Dana Brown. Brantley has been away from the team in recent days while dealing with a personal matter. "It's going to be really close, to be there Opening Day or shortly thereafter, a week after, tops," Brown said. "We don't know where that is. I'm hoping than no later than April 10 with him." The 35-year-old left-handed contact hitter missed the second half of 2022 and the entire postseason as well. His fantasy stock continues to fall as a player that really only contributes in batting average.

    Mar 10 · Source via Astros Michael Brantley
  • Yordan Alvarez Begins Swinging In Cages

    Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said that outfielder/designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (hand) began swinging a bat in the batting cages on Friday at spring training. Alvarez suffered from inflammation in both of his hands last year and hadn't swung a bat to this point in camp because of more soreness in his left hand. But general manager Dana Brown said that Alvarez is pain-free now, so he'll begin ramping up in preparation for Opening Day at the end of this month. It's unclear when the 25-year-old left-handed hitter will play in Grapefruit League games, but it's great news that he's swinging once again. If Alvarez is ready to go to open the regular season, he should be considered a top-10 fantasy asset in upcoming drafts.

    Mar 10 · Source via Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Ranger Suarez Dealing With Forearm Tightness

    Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Ranger Suarez (forearm) said he felt some left forearm tightness in his outing against the Houston Astros while pitching for Team Venezuela on Wednesday, and he will rest for a few days. Suarez said he's not worried but wanted to get it checked out. There's a good chance the 27-year-old southpaw will need to pull out of the World Baseball Classic, but he could still be ready for Opening Day, barring a setback. In 29 starts in 2022, Suarez went 10-7 with a 3.65 ERA (3.87 FIP), 1.33 WHIP and 19.5 percent strikeout rate in a career-high 155 1/3 innings pitched in his fifth year with the Phillies. Unsurprisingly, he fell back to Earth after a 2021 breakout, but his ground-ball tendencies make him a strong mixed-league streamer.

    Mar 10 · Source via Phillies Ranger Suarez
  • Bryce Harper Hits Off Tee

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder/designated hitter Bryce Harper (elbow) hit off a tee in camp on Thursday, according to manager Rob Thomson. Harper will hit off a tee every other day for now as he progresses in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. The expectation is that Harper will be able to join the Phillies as their full-time designated hitter right around the All-Star break in 2023, but he might not be able to return to right field until 2024. The 30-year-old former National League MVP did plenty of damage at the plate last year while playing through his right elbow injury before having surgery in the offseason, so fantasy managers will be crossing their fingers that he can pick up where he left off when he makes his 2023 season debut this summer.

    Mar 10 · Source via Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Andrew Painter Suffers Tear In UCL

    Philadelphia Phillies top pitching prospect Andrew Painter (elbow) has been diagnosed with a tear in his UCL. For now, Painter will sit out for a month and then begin a light throwing program to see if he can pitch through it. Arguably the best pitching prospect in the game, Painter dominated in 2022 with a 6-2 record to go along with a pristine 1.56 ERA and 155 strikeouts over 103 2/3 innings in 22 starts between High-A and Double-A. Painter, 19, entered spring training with an outside chance to compete for a rotation spot, but that thought has quickly disappeared. There should be more updates on Painter's status when he continues to throw, but the Phillies would be wise to limit their prized arm this season with the potential of Tommy John surgery down the line. For now, fantasy managers in dynasty leagues should continue to hold the young talent, but managers in redraft leagues can look elsewhere in the prospect department.

    Mar 10 · Source via Phillies Andrew Painter prospects
  • Kolby Allard Out With Grade 2 Oblique Strain

    Braves lefty Kolby Allard has been shut down after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 oblique strain, per Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Twitter link). He’ll begin the season on the injured list. There’s no specific timetable for Allard to return just yet, but even Grade 1 strains can lead to a month-long absence…

    Mar 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Kolby Allard closers
  • Marlins, Jose Iglesias Agree To Minor League Contract

    The Marlins are in agreement on a minor league deal with shortstop José Iglesias, report Katie Woo and Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (Twitter link). The MVP Sports Group client gets a non-roster invitation to big league camp. Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported this afternoon the sides were in discussions. Iglesias has played…

    Mar 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Jose Iglesias
  • Marlins In Agreement With Yuli Gurriel On Minor League Deal

    The Marlins and first baseman Yuli Gurriel are in agreement on a deal, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It’s a non-roster pact, tweets Mark Feinsand of At this point, the financials of the deal aren’t known. Gurriel and the Marlins have been dancing with each other for a few months now. They were…

    Mar 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Yuli Gurriel
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Held Out Thursday

    Pittsburgh Pirates third basemanKe'Bryan Hayes(thumb) was sidelined on Thursday's game due to soreness in his left thumb. Hayes was able to get some reps in the batting cage, and the Pirates will closely monitor the injury over the next couple of days. Hayes has been mostly quiet so far in four games of spring training. He's reached base just twice, one being a home run. The 26-year-old is mainly praised for his abilities to handle the hot corner, and the Pirates hope to build up his prowess as a hitter. In 2022, he slashed a measly .244/.314/.345 and hit just seven long bombs. His plate discipline is certainly a concern, but it could be a matter of experience that solves his strikeout issues. Hayes posted a 21.8% strikeout rate this past season. The third baseman is locked in as a Buc for quite a while, and the Pirates are anticipating his bat to awaken at some point down the line.

    Mar 10 · Source via Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • Oswaldo Cabrera Tests Out Center Field

    New York Yankees utility fielderOswaldo Cabreraadded another position to his repertoire after playing some center field in Wednesday's 4-0 loss against the St. Louis Cardinals. Cabrera made his first pro appearance in center field after subbing in forHarrison Bader. He even made a diving catch, demonstrating his ability to play almost anywhere on the diamond. Manager Aaron Boone noted that Cabrera's stint in center field is "showing us that anywhere you put him on the field, he can make a play." The 24-year-old made an immediate impact after a late-season call-up to provide some outfield depth. His defense quickly impressed, and his bat showed some life as well. Cabrera compiled a .740 OPS with six home runs across 171 plate appearances. The Yankees expect Cabrera to serve as a utility man throughout the season, with some pop to accompany it.

    Mar 10 · Source via Yankees Oswaldo Cabrera
  • Mike Burrows Adding Slider To Repertoire

    Pittsburgh Pirates top pitching prospect Mike Burrows is in the process of adding a slider to his repertoire. Burrows already possesses one of the most majestic curveballs out there that completely alters the trajectory of each at-bat. His fastball is already touching 97 mph, but he's hoping to consistently hit the upper-90s. The ninth-ranked prospect in the Pirates system, Burrows split his 2022 campaign between two different levels. With Double-A Altoona, he molded a 2.94 ERA with 69 strikeouts across 12 starts. He was then bumped up to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he struggled to find a steady pace. The result was a dreadful 5.31 ERA with a 1.346 WHIP. Adding the slider could be the secret weapon that puts him over the top. If he finds his footing in Triple-A, he could get the big call at some point this season.

    Mar 9 · Source via Pirates Mike Burrows
  • Nick Lodolo To Serve As No. 2 Starter

    Cincinnati Reds southpaw Nick Lodolo is expected to serve as the team's No. 2 starter in 2023. Manager David Bell slated Lodolo to start in the second game of the regular season against the Pittsburgh Pirates. A recent graduate of the Reds system, Lodolo was the organization's No. 1-ranked prospect in 2021. He quickly sped through four levels before reaching the pros in 2022. The 25-year-old made 19 starts and composed a 3.66 ERA (3.90 FIP) with 131 strikeouts in the big leagues. Lodolo generated swings and misses in the form of a 29.7% strikeout rate, although he did lead the league with 19 hit batsmen. His stuff is well-developed,he induces a high ground-ball rate and his strikeout numbers are already off the charts. The Reds are slotting him as the No. 2 starter for the upcoming season, behind flamethrower Hunter Greene.

    Mar 9 · Source via Reds Hunter Greene Nick Lodolo
  • Andrew Stevenson Signs With Twins

    Outfielder Andrew Stevenson signed with the Minnesota Twins on a minor-league contract on Thursday. Stevenson spent the last five seasons with the Washington Nationals but mainly played in the minor leagues. In 2021, he made 213 plate appearances in the big leagues and slashed .229/.294/.339 with five homers and a .632 OPS. The 28-year-old turned some heads this past season after displaying impressive bat-to-ball skills in Triple-A Rochester. Stevenson amassed an .801 OPS with 16 home runs. If those numbers can translate to the big leagues, it could get him some outfield reps. His speed is a major plus, which is supplemented by an impressive glove in the outfield. It will certainly be challenging for Stevenson to break the Twins' 26-man roster considering the current outfield depth, but he could be used as organizational depth.

    Mar 9 · Source via Twins Andrew Stevenson
  • Bryce Harper Progresses To Hitting Off Tee

    Phillies star Bryce Harper hit from a tee today, tweets Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He’s expected to take swings every other day in the near future as he continues rehabbing from November’s Tommy John surgery. It marked Harper’s first swings since going under the knife. Manager Rob Thomson told reporters the club isn’t ruling…

    Mar 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Kolby Allard To Be Placed On Injured List

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kolby Allard (oblique) won't be ready for Opening Day. The left-hander has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 right oblique strain on Thursday. That being said, Allard is going to begin the season on the injured list. There was a chance that Allard would make the Opening Day roster. Both Kyle Wright (shoulder) and Michael Soroka (hamstring) are dealing with injuries, so Allard had a chance at cracking the roster. Allard should join the MLB roster at some point this season, but isn't someone worth holding in fantasy leagues right now.

    Mar 9 · Source via Braves Kolby Allard
  • David Peterson Throws On Thursday

    New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson (foot) was able to face live hitters during a batting practice session on Thursday. This is good news after Peterson took a comebacker off the foot last weekend. The hope is that he won't suffer any setbacks and can get back on the mound soon. He's expected to compete with Tylor Megill for a spot in the starting rotation. The Mets are going to be without Jose Quintana (rib) to begin the season, so someone will need to step up.

    Mar 9 · Source via Mets David Peterson
  • Jose Iglesias Signs Minor League Deal

    The Miami Marlins have signed shortstop Jose Iglesias to a minor-league deal on Thursday. They also reportedly signed Yulieski Gurriel as well, so they've added multiple infielders to their roster. The expectation is that Iglesias will provide utility depth to their infield. The 33-year-old is likely to compete with Garrett Hampson for a spot on the Opening Day roster. There isn't much fantasy value with Iglesias, but he has been a consistent hitter throughout his career. Last season, Iglesias hit .292/.328/.380 with three homers and two steals with the Colorado Rockies.

    Mar 9 · Source via Marlins Jose Iglesias
  • Yuliesky Gurriel Agrees To Deal With Marlins

    The Miami Marlins have signed first baseman Yulieski Gurriel to an undisclosed deal on Thursday. The assumption is that it's going to be a one-year minor-league deal. The 38-year-old should provide depth at first base and designated hitter for Miami. Last season, Gurriel struggled at the plate with a .647 OPS and only eight home runs. It's unlikely that he has much left in the tank at this point in his career. He might be worth watching in deep leagues, but we'll wait and see how much he plays in Miami.

    Mar 9 · Source via Marlins Yuli Gurriel
  • Hunter Greene Named Opening Day Starter

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene has been named the Opening Day starter, according to the team's social team page. This doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Greene is basically their best option right now. He threw four scoreless innings versus the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Greene has shown flashes of being a legitimate ace, but hasn't fully put it together yet. He posted a 4.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 164/48 K/BB ratio across 24 starts last season. The expectation is that Greene will be able to improve heading into 2023.

    Mar 9 · Source via Reds Hunter Greene
  • Harrison Bader To Undergo Additional Testing

    New York Yankees outfielder Harrison Bader (oblique) is set to undergo further testing after "feeling something" in his oblique on Wednesday. Hopefully, this is only the Yankees being extremely cautious with Bader. The 28-year-old might only end up missing a few games, assuming that the tests come back clean. Otherwise, Bader could very well begin the regular season on the injured list. That would be a shame considering Bader was looked upon as a possible breakout candidate for the 2023 season. Fantasy managers will have to check back after additional testing is done.

    Mar 9 · Source via Yankees Harrison Bader
  • Twins Sign Andrew Stevenson To Minor League Deal

    The Twins have signed outfielder Andrew Stevenson to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at This will be just the second organization in the career of Stevenson, who turns 29 in June. He was drafted by the Nationals in 2015 and has spent his entire career in that organization thus far.…

    Mar 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Andrew Stevenson
  • Sean Bouchard Needs Surgery On Biceps

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Sean Bouchard (biceps) was diagnosed with a left distal biceps rupture, which means surgery. Bouchard and the Rockies are holding out hope he won't miss the entire 2023 season. He was injured in the first inning of the team's Cactus League game on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels. Even if the 26-year-old is somehow able to play this year, he's likely to miss the majority of the campaign. It's a tough break for the young outfielder, as he had a shot to see valuable playing time for the Rockies after making his MLB debut in 2022. In 27 games last season, he hit .297/.454/.500 with a .954 OPS, three home runs and 11 RBI in a small sample size of 97 plate appearances.

    Mar 9 · Source via Rockies Sean Bouchard
  • Aaron Bummer Throws First Bullpen Thursday

    Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Aaron Bummer (lat) threw his first bullpen session on Thursday at normal effort. Bummer said he'll have to see how he recovers on Friday, but the session went off as planned and he's feeling good. The 29-year-old left-hander entered spring training with some soreness in his left lat, so the White Sox took it easy with him. There remains a chance that Bummer could be ready for Opening Day, where he'd be in the saves picture in a committee approach with Liam Hendriks dealing with cancer. Bummer tossed only 26 2/3 innings for the Pale Hose in 2022 because of injuries, but he had a 2.36 ERA and two saves when he was healthy. He's only worth a flier for those speculating on saves in deeper leagues because of his extensive injury history.

    Mar 9 · Source via White Sox Aaron Bummer closers
  • Carlos Correa Leaves Camp For Birth Of Child

    Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa has left the team's spring training camp for the birth of his second son, Kenzo. Correa shouldn't be away from the team for more than a few days. The 28-year-old had a very eventful offseason, almost landing two giant free-agent deals with the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets before returning to the Twins. Long-term medical issues aside, he remains a solid four-category contributor for fantasy managers. You can basically rule out steals with Correa at this point in his career. It would have been nice to see what he could have done in a stacked Mets lineup in 2023, but fantasy managers will have to settle for his production in Minnesota. RotoBaller has Correa ranked as the No. 15 fantasy shortstop.

    Mar 9 · Source via Twins Carlos Correa
  • Collin Snider Looking Good This Spring

    Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Collin Snider has looked good so far in Cactus League games, allowing just one hit and no runs while walking none and striking out three in three relief innings to this point. The 27-year-old right-hander is unlikely to have a high-leverage role in KC's bullpen in 2023, but he's one to watch. In his rookie season for the Royals in 2022 he struggled, going 4-2 with a 6.55 ERA (4.45 FIP), 1.60 WHIP, seven holds and weak 14.6 percent strikeout rate in 34 1/3 relief innings over 42 appearances out of the bullpen. His track record in the minors (5.92 ERA at Triple-A Omaha) doesn't bode well for future success in the majors, either.

    Mar 9 · Source via Royals Collin Snider
  • Scott Effross Resumes Throwing Program

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Scott Effross (elbow), who had Tommy John surgery last October, started a throwing program on Monday. He's still in the early going of his rehab from elbow reconstruction. There's a chance that the 29-year-old right-hander could make it back for the Yankees at the tail end of the 2023 season, but it's probably unlikely. He spent his second MLB season in 2022 with the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, posting a 2.54 ERA (2.46 FIP), 1.06 WHIP, his first four career saves and 62 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings over 60 appearances (one start). What Effross lacks in velocity, he makes up with movement on his pitches.

    Mar 9 · Source via Yankees Scott Effross
  • Masyn Winn Impressing In Camp

    St. Louis Cardinals shortstop prospect Masyn Winn has been turning heads in spring training so far. So far in Grapefruit League play, he's gone 7-for-18 (.389) with a homer, double, two RBI, five runs scored and three stolen bases in seven games played. It's nice to see, but the 20-year-old has yet to play at the Triple-A level on the farm and is expected to begin the 2023 season in the minor leagues for more seasoning. According to MLB Pipeline, Winn is listed as St. Louis' No. 2 prospect behind third baseman Jordan Walker, who is also impressing this spring. Winn probably won't be worth drafting in redraft fantasy leagues this year, but he could have the full-time starting gig at the 6 in St. Louis by 2024.

    Mar 9 · Source via Cardinals Masyn Winn prospects
  • Josh VanMeter Scratched With Leg Tendinitis

    Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Josh VanMeter (leg) was scratched from the Cactus League lineup on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants due to lower left leg tendinitis. In his place, Andruw Monasterio will start at the keystone and hit eighth against Giants right-hander Sean Hjelle. The 27-year-old VanMeter is in spring training with the Brew Crew this year as a non-roster invitee. His injury doesn't sound very serious, so there's a chance he won't be forced to miss much Cactus League action at all. In four major-league seasons, VanMeter has a .206/.293/.347 slash line with a .640 OPS, 19 home runs, 79 RBI, 83 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 300 games. He's off the fantasy radar, even if he wins an Opening Day roster spot with Milwaukee.

    Mar 9 · Source via Brewers Josh VanMeter
  • Michael Conforto Playing The Outfield Thursday

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Michael Conforto (shoulder) is playing the outfield in a Cactus League game on Thursday for the first time since 2021. He's officially starting in right field and batting leadoff against the Milwaukee Brewers and right-hander Freddy Peralta. Conforto's shoulder rehab has gone well in spring training, so he'll be a real option for the Giants in right field for the regular season. The 30-year-old left-handed slugger missed all of 2022 after having shoulder surgery, but he appears to be fully healthy now and will be a regular in his first year in the Bay Area. Conforto is tough to project coming off the injury, but he could be a good bet to hit 15 to 20 homers for the Giants and fantasy managers if he can stay healthy.

    Mar 9 · Source via Giants Michael Conforto
  • Clarke Schmidt, Domingo German Likely To Start In Rotation

    With the injuries to New York Yankees starting pitchers Carlos Rodon (forearm) and Frankie Montas (shoulder), it's reasonable to assume that both Clarke Schmidt and Domingo German will start the 2023 season in the starting rotation. General manager Brian Cashman mentioned Deivi Garcia among those who could provide depth. Schmidt is the more attractive option for fantasy managers after he had a 3.12 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings last year, mostly in relief. Between the big leagues and minors, Schmidt had 102 K's in 90 2/3 frames, so the strikeout upside is there. German appeared in only 15 games (14 starts) for the Yanks last year due to a shoulder injury, and he had just three quality starts while showing another drop in velocity.

    Mar 9 · Source via Yankees Domingo German Clarke Schmidt
  • Oswald Peraza Back In Grapefruit Lineup Thursday

    New York Yankees shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza (leg) is back in the team's Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox and right-hander Nick Pivetta, and he's starting at shortstop and batting seventh in the lineup. The 22-year-old injured his left leg last week and has been held out of the spring lineup since. He's still expected to break camp as the Yankees' starting shortstop on Opening Day, but fellow prospect Anthony Volpe is making things interesting. Peraza has gone 2-for-9 with a stolen base and two runs scored in four Grapefruit League games after hitting .306 with a homer, two RBI and two steals in his first 18 major-league games to close out 2022. He has a high floor, but fantasy managers will need to preach patience in single-year leagues in 2023.

    Mar 9 · Source via Yankees Oswald Peraza prospects
  • Bryce Harper Unsure If He'll Play Outfield In 2023

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (elbow) said he misses playing right field but has no idea if he'll be able to play in the outfield in 2023 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He'll know more about his timeline for a return after he has a physical on Thursday. Harper is just now reporting to spring training with the team after having elbow reconstruction surgery last November. The 30-year-old former National League MVP is expected to return as the team's full-time designated hitter right around the All-Star break, but there's no guarantee that he'll be playing on defense in 2023. If he doesn't play the field at all, he'll lose his outfield eligibility in fantasy, which is something to think about for 2024.

    Mar 9 · Source via Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Clayton Kershaw To Make Spring Debut Friday

    Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. Although Kershaw has dealt with his share of injuries in recent seasons, he's been healthy in spring training, although the Dodgers haven't been in a hurry to get him into Cactus League games. The 34-year-old southpaw dropped out of the World Baseball Classic for Team USA due to insurance issues, but that should only be a good thing for his 2023 fantasy outlook. Kershaw is no longer a fantasy ace as he nears the end of his career, and he should be expected to miss some time due to injury. However, the future Hall of Famer can still be useful in fantasy when he's healthy. Target him as more of a SP3 in drafts this spring.

    Mar 9 · Source via Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
  • Yandy Diaz To Play First Base On Friday

    Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said corner infielder Yandy Diaz (hip) will play first base in a Grapefruit League game on Friday against the Atlanta Braves after missing some time in camp with a hip-flexor injury. The 31-year-old has missed almost a week of spring training action, but he'll be back in action this weekend and should be ready for Opening Day, barring a setback in the next few weeks. Diaz doesn't have a ton of power for fantasy managers, but he hits atop Tampa's lineup, gets on base frequently, makes a lot of hard contact and is an everyday player. He signed a three-year, $24 million contract extension with the Rays back in January.

    Mar 9 · Source via Rays Yandy Diaz
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Likely To Face Live Pitching Friday

    Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) took some ground balls and hit again on Thursday, and he'll likely face live pitching on Friday and go from there. The good news is that he's feeling good, according to manager John Schneider. The Blue Jays are taking things slowly in camp with the 23-year-old after he experienced some right knee inflammation recently. It's definitely something to keep an eye on, but as long as he doesn't have any setbacks, he'll have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day at the end of March. Guerrero is RotoBaller's top-ranked fantasy first baseman heading into the 2023 campaign.

    Mar 9 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • Carlos Rodon Won't Start Season On Time

    New York Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodon (forearm) is dealing with a mild forearm strain and won't throw for the next seven to 10 days, according to general manager Brian Cashman. Rodon will not be ready for the start of the 2023 regular season and will begin on the injured list. It's not what the Yankees had in mind when they signed him to a six-year, $162 million deal in free agency, but at least the 30-year-old southpaw's injury is considered mild, so hopefully he doesn't miss too much time in the season's first month. With Frankie Montas (shoulder) set to miss at least half the season, New York's rotation is looking shaky before the season has even started. The injuries to Rodon and Montas should assure that Clarke Schmidt opens the year in the starting rotation.

    Mar 9 · Source via Yankees Carlos Rodon
  • Brewers Notes: Voit, Sanchez, Miley

    Luke Voit has been a member of the Brewers organization for just a few weeks. The former home run leader signed a minor league deal a couple weeks ago, getting an opportunity to audition for a roster spot early in Spring Training. The Brewers will have to make that call relatively early into exhibition play.…

    Mar 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Wade Miley Gary Sanchez Luke Voit
  • The Mets' Options If Jose Quintana Misses Time

    The Mets entered spring training with a deep but revamped rotation. Gone were longtime ace Jacob deGrom and steady right-handers Chris Bassitt and Taijuan Walker. In their place, the Mets signed future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander, NPB star Kodai Senga and veteran lefty Jose Quintana, who had a resurgent campaign between the Pirates and…

    Mar 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets David Peterson Jose Quintana Tylor Megill Joey Lucchesi Jose Butto Elieser Hernandez
  • Latest On Phillies' Rotation Competition

    The Phillies entered camp with much of the season-opening roster in place. The biggest storyline was the battle for the final rotation spot. The Phils have consistently maintained top pitching prospect Andrew Painter would be given a legitimate chance to claim the job even though he won’t turn 20 until next month. Those plans were seemingly…

    Mar 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Bailey Falter Nick Nelson Andrew Painter Cristopher Sanchez prospects
  • Michael Massey Day-To-Day With Ankle Contusion

    Kansas City Royals second baseman Michael Massey (ankle) is being listed as day-to-day after leaving Wednesday night's Cactus League game against the Chicago White Sox with an ankle contusion. Massey fouled a ball off his foot and was removed from the game as a precaution. The 24-year-old should be just fine for Opening Day later this month. In his first 52 major-league games last year, Massey slashed .243/.307/.376 with a .683 OPS, four home runs, 17 RBI, 16 runs scored and three stolen bases in 194 plate appearances. With Whit Merrifield now in Toronto, Massey has a clear path to regular playing time at the keystone, and he could offer some decent pop for those in AL-only leagues in 2023.

    Mar 8 · Source via Royals Michael Massey
  • Jason Heyward Expected To Make Opening Day Roster

    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, "I think it's a safe bet" that outfielder Jason Heyward will be on the Opening Day roster, which was expected all along. Heyward's chances of making the roster out of spring training greatly increased when Chris Taylor was forced into infield duties when Gavin Lux (knee) went down with a season-ending injury last week, and he could see considerable time against right-handed pitchers in either left or center field early in 2023. The 33-year-old left-handed hitter has retooled his swing and has gone 4-for-12 with two home runs so far in Cactus League play. Heyward will need to keep it up into the regular season for most fantasy managers to take notice after he hit just one homer in 48 games in 2022.

    Mar 8 · Source via Dodgers Jason Heyward
  • Shohei Ohtani To Pitch Game 1 For Team Japan

    Los Angeles Angels right-hander Shohei Ohtani will open the 2023 World Baseball Classic and start for Team Japan on Thursday in Tokyo against Team China. The two-way Japanese star had his best year on the mound in 2022, going 15-9 with a career-best 2.33 ERA (2.40 FIP), 1.01 WHIP and career-high 33.2 percent strikeout rate in 166 innings over 28 starts for the Halos. The 28-year-old can simply do it all on the diamond, and he'll enter what could be his last season with the Angels as RotoBaller's top-ranked fantasy starting pitcher.

    Mar 8 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Andrew Painter Could Avoid Surgery; Bailey Falter Rising

    The Philadelphia Phillies offered no new information on Wednesday on the severity of top pitching prospect Andrew Painter's tender right elbow, but multiple sources said that nobody has been told that he needs surgery. Another source said that "time is what is needed" for Painter to recover. With Painter ailing, left-hander Bailey Falter has a clear path to being the No. 5 starter for the Phillies to open the 2023 season. The Phillies want to be certain with their diagnosis on the No. 6 overall prospect in baseball. The 19-year-old came to camp with a chance to be the first teenager to pitch for the team since 1980. But that's unlikely to happen now, as Painter turns 20 on April 10. Painter has a shot to be really good, but fantasy managers in mixed leagues may need to pump the brakes on him this year. Nick Nelson is another candidate to make the rotation if Painter isn't ready by Opening Day.

    Mar 8 · Source via Phillies Bailey Falter Andrew Painter prospects
  • Nestor Cortes To Throw One More BP Session

    New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes (hamstring) will throw one more live batting practice session before making his Grapefruit League debut, and manager Aaron Boone said Cortes has been throwing the ball well. Cortes got through a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday and looked good. The 28-year-old southpaw is getting close to game action, and barring a setback late in camp, he should be ready for Opening Day at the end of this month. Cortes doesn't overpower hitters and doesn't have a terribly high ceiling, but he kept hitters off balance nicely in 2022 and will be a solid No. 3 fantasy starter. The biggest question will be whether he can hold up with another big workload in New York's rotation all year.

    Mar 8 · Source via Yankees Nestor Cortes
  • Victor Robles Day-To-Day With Knee Contusion

    Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles (knee) was diagnosed with a left knee contusion after having to be carted off the field in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game, according to manager Dave Martinez. Robles bruised his kneecap when he ran into a pipe behind the outfield wall. He's considered day-to-day for now and is expected to be able to return to the spring lineup by the end of the week. It sounds as though the 25-year-old dodged a bullet and should be ready for Opening Day. Robles is still very young and is excellent on defense for the Nats, but nothing he's done on offense to this point in his career points to a sudden turnaround in 2023.

    Mar 8 · Source via Nationals Victor Robles
  • Jacob deGrom Could Make Spring Debut On Monday

    If everything goes well, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (side) could make his Cactus League debut as early as Monday. deGrom suffered from left side tightness early in spring training and has been brought along slowly, but he sat in the upper-90s during a 35-pitch live batting practice session on Wednesday and looked good. Barring a setback, deGrom should make his way into spring games and could be ready for Opening Day in his first season in Texas. The two-time Cy Young winner has become much more of an injury risk over the last few seasons, but when healthy, there's no denying he still has ace potential. The 34-year-old right-hander hasn't made more than 15 starts in any of the last three seasons due to injuries.

    Mar 8 · Source via Rangers Jacob deGrom
  • Tony Gonsolin's Availability For Opening Day In Question

    Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin suffered a left ankle sprain during a pitcher-fielding practice on Monday. The club has downplayed the injury’s longer-term severity, but manager Dave Roberts indicated this evening the right-hander wasn’t in great position for Opening Day (via Fabian Ardaya of the Athletic and Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times). On a positive…

    Mar 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Dodgers Tony Gonsolin
  • Mitch White To Throw Live BP Friday

    Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Mitch White (shoulder) is set to throw live batting practice on Friday. He recently threw a 43-pitch bullpen and may even throw a few innings in spring training if all goes according to plan. White suffered a shoulder impingement over the offseason and is slowly ramping things up to become a full-time starter. The 28-year-old made 10 starts with the Los Angeles Dodgers and twirled a 3.95 FIP with 47 strikeouts. He was then sent to the Blue Jays in a four-player deal, where he spent the remainder of the season. He made eight starts and had a disastrous finish to his 2022 campaign with a 7.74 ERA. The Dodgers are known for their pitching development, and the Blue Jays can only hope that White finds similar success as a starter in the upcoming season.

    Mar 8 · Source via Blue Jays Mitch White
  • Robert Stephenson Throws Bullpen Session

    Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Robert Stephenson (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday. The 30-year-old has been coping with right elbow discomfort and hasn't made an appearance in spring training. The Pirates are hoping for him to throw one more bullpen session before re-evaluating him. Stephenson spent his 2022 campaign with the Pirates and Colorado Rockies. He posted a 5.43 ERA (4.23 FIP) with 55 strikeouts across 58 innings. The right-hander was shipped to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline in a transaction that also sent minor-leaguer Jameson Hannah to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for reliever Jeff Hoffman. Once Stephenson was dealt to the Pirates, he completely transformed. He composed a 3.38 ERA with a 0.825 WHIP through 13 appearances. The Pirates are hoping that his success carries over to the 2023 season.

    Mar 8 · Source via Pirates Robert Stephenson closers
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Off To Slow Start In Spring

    San Diego Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. is feeling out of sync in the early going of spring training. Tatis is coming off surgeries on his wrist and shoulder, which could be the cause of his struggles. Due to his PED suspension, he isn't eligible to return until April 20. The 24-year-old has played in four spring training games and has yet to reach base via a hit. Padres manager Bob Melvin said, "Look it's been a while....It's just about getting him time on a baseball field, and it's all going to settle in nicely." The Padres will take it slow with Tatis and aren't in any rush to prepare him for the season. The Dominican had a disastrous 2022 season, in which he didn't set foot on the diamond at all. With the signing of shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Tatis will likely shift to the outfield, where he has some quality playing experience. In 2021, he slashed .282/.364/.611 with a 166 OPS+ and 42 home runs.

    Mar 8 · Source via Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
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