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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:15:12 -0700
Colorado Rockies 2B Josh Rutledge (ankle) showed that his sprained left ankle was fully recovered by playing Tuesday, March 12, and going 1-for-3 with an RBI double. "It's pretty much 100 percent now. I still tape it for feel for now, but I'll probably stop doing that soon," he said.
Source: MLB.com - Thomas Harding |
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:13:12 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said that QB Josh McCown is his quarterback moving forward.
FANTASY TIP: With McCown named the starter, he does have some low-end QB1 value in the right situations, but should only be used as a spot starter based on match ups or a bye-week fill in at this point.
Source: Tampa Bay Times - Greg Auman |
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:09:10 -0700
Colorado Rockies RP Rex Brothers thinks he'll be better this season after reporting 10 pounds heavier this spring. He's listed at 210 pounds and looks slightly bigger in camp. Brothers is hoping the extra weight gives him more power and keeps him more consistent throughout the season. "Last year, I ran into a little trouble of not eating enough," he said. "I did change my diet a little bit, but when you clean up your diet, usually you have to eat more to fill up your body. It was trial and error, and I got a little bit fatigued. It's small, subtle things."
FANTASY TIP: Brothers has the skills to be the Rockies' next full-time closer, but he'll have to first open the season as the primary setup man to LaTroy Hawkins. Most drafters prefer Brothers, however, because of his age and up-and-coming skills. It seems like only a matter of time before Brothers is closing games again in Colorado.
Source: MLB.com - Thomas Harding |
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:04:38 -0700
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell (neck) was hitting 88-89 mph on his fastball Wednesday, March 12, but said that is a normal velocity for this time of the year. "The difference between this outing and last outing was night and day. It was way better," said Parnell, who underwent Sept. 10 surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck. "My timing was a lot better. I felt like the ball was coming out a lot better. So as the inning went on, the confidence kept growing." His fastball averaged 95 mph last season before his injury.
FANTASY TIP: Health is the key for Parnell. He has near-elite skills as a closer if he velocity rebounds, even on a team that may not come close to competing again.
Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Adam Rubin |
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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:36:06 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez has four walks in 26 plate appearances this spring, and he's looking to be more selective this season. "I'm not going to go up there looking for a walk, but I do think I can get back to walking more," Gonzalez said. He led the majors in walks in 2009 with 119 but had only 89 combined walks in the last two years. Gonzalez attributed his lack of walks the last two seasons on him being in better lineups.
FANTASY TIP: More walks should help A-Gon's value in on-base percentage leagues, and it should help buoy his average, if he can accomplish it. His peak power years are in the past, but there may still be a little left.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Dylan Hernandez |