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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:00:51 -0700
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis (ankle) hasn't tried running to test how his right calf strain has come along. This has delayed the timetable given by Terry Collins, who said Davis could be serving as designated hitter in minor-league play as soon as Thursday, March 13. Davis will test the injury Wednesday.
FANTASY TIP: Regardless, Davis' availability for the start of the season is looking shaky, as he's been wearing a walking boot lately. Lucas Duda could benefit in the short term, or perhaps longer if he proves worthy of the role on his own.
Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Adam Rubin |
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:55:32 -0700
Colorado Rockies SP Jordan Lyles is one of the arms competing for the open rotation spot that's likely to occur with Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) injured. Lyles tossed three scoreless innings Tuesday, March 11, with four strikeouts. Lyles holds a 1.13 spring ERA and has made some adjustments with pitching coach Jim Wright. The right-hander has improved the angle on his fastball that may force more ground balls from opponents.
FANTASY TIP: If you have to dive into this SP pool, hold your nose. The competition also involves Franklin Morales and Christian Friedrich. Lyles once had a mildly intriguing pedigree but is in a tough situation to succeed, even with his grounder background. Tread carefully, NL-only poachers.
Source: MLB.com - Thomas Harding |
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:43:46 -0700
The Colorado Rockies' competition for center field could last until late in spring training, said manager Walt Weiss. He made a point of singling out OF Brandon Barnes, whom he thinks "gets left out" of discussions about this battle. The right-handed batter is hitting .346. Fellow righty stick Drew Stubbs went 2-for-3 with an RBI on Tuesday, March 11, and is batting .278. He's not a certain candidate to hit leadoff when in the lineup; he hit fifth Tuesday and has moved around the lineup throughout spring action. Left-handed batter Corey Dickerson singled, and he's now hitting .346. Charlie Blackmon is hitting .227 and didn't play.
FANTASY TIP: Dickerson has the biggest potential of these four and should be your first fantasy target. The fact he hits on the majority platoon side helps his cause. Barnes could eat into Stubbs' at-bats if he keeps gaining favor. Blackmon seems like he's bringing up the rear in this race.
Source: MLB.com - Thomas Harding |
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 |
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 |