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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:38:37 -0700
Atlanta Braves SP Kris Medlen (elbow) is highly likely to require a second Tommy John surgery. The right-hander said he felt it during his third-to-last pitch in his start Sunday, March 9, but threw two more pitches because he didn't want to face reality and come out of the game.
FANTASY TIP: The Ervin Santana signing indicates that the Braves have joined Medlen in accepting what's about to come. Medlen's fantasy owners should line up alternatives and be prepared to drop him upon hearing the news. He should be removed from all cheat sheets, as well.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien |
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:33:37 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Grady Sizemore went 0-for-2 with a pair of ground-outs Tuesday, March 11, but made strides overall by playing in consecutive games for the first time this spring. Manager John Farrell has been impressed with Sizemore's timing, given his long absence from the majors.
FANTASY TIP: Sizemore is battling Jackie Bradley Jr. for duties in center field. If he can recapture at least a part of his peak, the 31-year-old will deliver AL-only value in lineups with deep outfield requirements. Of course, it's hard to trust him to contribute over the course of a full season, which justifies a tempered dice roll on Bradley even if Sizemore earns the starting job.
Source: The Providence Journal - Tim Britton |
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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:25:18 -0700
Minnesota Twins SP Samuel Deduno appears to be the club's "biggest beneficiary" of Ervin Santana signing with the Atlanta Braves, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Santana was offered a deal by Minnesota, but the fact it didn't work out strengthens Deduno's case for a rotation gig with the Twins. He has made a full recovery from surgery to repair a frayed labrum and rotator cuff in September. In three spring games, he has a 1.35 ERA with a .227 opponents' batting average in 6 2/3 innings. Manager Ron Gardenhire endorsed Deduno after his three-shutout-inning appearance Sunday, March 9.
FANTASY TIP: He's battling Mike Pelfrey and Kyle Gibson, among others, and AL-only diggers should be the only ones concerned here for now.
Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Mike Berardino |
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:14:56 -0700
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks has looked effective so far in spring training and has shown promise with his cut fastball. "He's strong. I think he throws a little harder," said manager Robin Ventura. Pitching coach Don Cooper pointed out during Chicago's game on Tuesday, March 11, that Danks was showing the ball early on a few pitches.
FANTASY TIP: Danks has thrown eight scoreless frames in two starts so far this spring. He's allowed five hits and five walks while fanning three, though, so that takes some shine off his numbers. Still, in AL-only setups, Danks could be a decent middle-tier option among SP. In mixers, he's an effective watch-list candidate after your draft.
Source: MLB.com - Scott Merkin |
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:05:15 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Nate Jones (gluteus) appeared in his second Cactus League contest Tuesday, March 11. Jones threw a scoreless sixth inning. He worked on his fastball location in a bullpen session with pitching coach Don Cooper and felt the outing overall was an improvement on his spring debut.
FANTASY TIP: Though a few bullpen arms could challenge him throughout the season, Jones remains the favorite to close for the South Siders and could deliver a sneaky late-rounds profit in mixed leagues.
Source: MLB.com - Scott Merkin |