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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:50:09 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) threw long toss at distances of between 120 and 150 feet in his latest session, according to manager Lloyd McClendon. "He threw the ball extremely well -- no pain whatsoever -- and he's got a smile on his face, so that's a good thing." The skipper doesn't want to establish a time table for Walker's return to exhibition action or his availability for the regular season. McClendon indicated he has no intention to push Walker.
FANTASY TIP: Walker is a top-rated talent and is deserving of fantasy attention late in drafts for mixed leagues, but if the M's prove to be overly cautious, then they're creating uncertainty about his availability and health. Let that thought serve as a tiebreaker between him and another high-upside arm in your drafts for now.
Source: MLB.com - John Schlegel |
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:35:26 -0700
Kansas City Royals 2B Omar Infante (shoulder) said his throws are still lacking the strength he desires. "I'm not 100 percent. But I'm almost there."
FANTASY TIP: Infante is a solid and perhaps even undervalued MI option in mixed leagues because he'll bat second in a KC lineup that's on the rise, so it's encouraging that he's avoided setbacks.
Source: The Kansas City Star - Andy McCullough |
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:23:53 -0700
Minnesota Twins SPs Samuel Deduno, Vance Worley, Scott Diamond and Kyle Gibson are competing for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, and assistant GM Rob Antony has said he doesn't believe there's a clear-cut front-runner. Deduno, Worley and Diamond don't have options remaining.
MLB.com reporter Rhett Bolinger believes Deduno appears to be the slight favorite because of his success in 2013 (3.83 ERA, 67 strikeouts and 41 walks in 108 innings). He appears to be healthy after having gone arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder last September, too. Manager Ron Gardenhire indicated that he'd like Deduno to make the club one way or another following the right-hander's three scoreless innings on Sunday, March 9. "He's filthy," Gardenhire remarked.
FANTASY TIP: Whoever wins this job is unlikely to have relevance in mixed leagues, but all of them have either produced the results or boasted the promise, or both, to be useful in them. Deduno and Gibson fit the bill most, but it's mostly AL-only managers who should be following them.
Source: MLB.com - Rhett Bollinger |
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:09:05 -0700
Detroit Tigers RP Casey Crosby (forearm) made his spring debut Monday, March 10, and pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning, walking one and striking out one. He's competing for a spot in the bullpen, unlike in past springs. "I feel a lot more comfortable doing the short-inning stuff," Crosby said, "not really thinking, more just going. Just go pitch and let it go. That's what I'm most comfortable doing, I feel like."
FANTASY TIP: The former top prospect could eventually carve out a nice niche in the bullpen, but he's not fantasy relevant.
Source: MLB.com - Jason Beck |
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:59:44 -0700
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (back) underwent a microdiscectomy Monday, March 10, in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the procedure was seemed successful. He's not allowed to do any physical activity besides walk for three weeks and is expected to be sidelined for a total of 12 weeks.
FANTASY TIP: The positive for hopeful AL-only owners of Dirks is that no complications were discovered or arose, if that had been possible. Rajai Davis is expected to benefit most from Dirks' absence primarily because the speedy outfielder is the only fantasy-relevant player who could.
Source: MLB.com - Jason Beck |