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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:52:38 -0800
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks felt free and easy during his outing Thursday, March 6, in which he allowed one hit while striking out two and walking two in three scoreless innings. He used all four of his pitches and touched 90-91 mph on the radar gun "without humping it up there." Danks is feeling much like his old self this spring after having shoulder surgery in 2012.
He said the biggest difference in camp this year is that he has command of his cut fastball. "It's just strengthening, being able to get my arm where it needs to be and have enough behind (the cutter) to spin it right and make it move," Danks said. "Last year, I had trouble spinning it, and it was backing up on me and getting hit. This year, I'm able to drive the ball where I want, and that was proved by being able to throw it to both sides of the plate with the sharp break on it."
FANTASY TIP: Poor velocity after returning from shoulder surgery last year likely was the main culprit for his weak numbers. If the increased velocity is here to stay, Danks could easily return to form. Nobody is really clamoring to draft him as an end-gamer, though, but he might be a nice steal off the waiver wire early in the season.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Daryl Van Schouwen |
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:28:40 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana has looked out of place at third base during spring games and right now, 3B Lonnie Chisenhall and every other third baseman in camp looks much better than Santana on defense at the hot corner. Santana hasn't received a lot of opportunities there and when he has, he's looked stiff and uncomfortable.
FANTASY TIP: It doesn't look good for Santana gaining positional eligibility at third base if he keeps this up, but it's also still pretty early in camp.
Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Paul Hoynes |
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:55:08 -0800
New England Patriots impending free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (knee) said he is fully healed from his knee injury as free agency approaches. He also said that both he and the Patriots could benefit from a fresh start. "I would never say never," he said of a return to New England before adding, "you know, everybody (says) you never want to burn a bridge, but I just feel like both sides could benefit from a fresh start."
Source: ESPNBoston.com - Field Yates |
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:45:46 -0800
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (biceps) is opting not to have surgery to fix his ruptured left biceps tendon after meeting with doctors Thursday, March 6. Now, he may be able to return in four to six weeks instead of the initial diagnosis of two to three months. OF Will Venable will likely take Maybin's spot in the lineup and in center field.
FANTASY TIP: This is great news unless he suffers a setback and eventually needs surgery, which could end his season. Maybin may wind up only missing part of the first month of the season, which might warrant drafting him late in a very deep league if you have DL spots available to use.
Source: ESPN.com |