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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:26:46 -0700
New York Mets SP Jon Niese (elbow) has been cleared to resume throwing after an exam in New York, according to multiple sources with ties to the team. He underwent an MRI exam and was looked at by Dr. David Altchek. Niese received a cortisone injection to reduce swelling but was told his ligament is completely intact. He'll throw Wednesday, March 19. He's still expected to begin the season on the disabled list. The club won't need a fifth starter until April 6.
FANTASY TIP: This is great news for those who already own Niese. He may wind up missing only one or two starts if he ramps his throwing schedule back up and doesn't encounter any setbacks. Still, drafting him is rather risky now.
Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Adam Rubin |
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:19:59 -0700
Updating previous reports, Arizona Diamondbacks SP Patrick Corbin (elbow) has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, and he may need season-ending surgery depending on what Dr. James Andrews finds in a second opinion. SP Wade Miley will now start the team's season opener in Australia against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
FANTASY TIP: You should now avoid Corbin like the plague in all drafts. This will now open up a rotation spot for Archie Bradley, Randall Delgado or Josh Collmenter. Bradley clearly has the most upside of the trio if you are speculating with a late-round flier pick.
Source: ESPN.com |
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:14:03 -0700
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (calf) said he will not rush his way back from a strained calf, although it's possible he'll be ready for opening night. He's hoping he can resume playing in spring games within a week. "The at-bats I'm not worried about because I'll go down to the minor leagues and I can get five, 10, 15 in a day if I want," Headley said. "It's more being on my feet, bouncing back, getting my legs conditioned to play every day. If I can get a week to 10 days of games, then I'll feel really good."
FANTASY TIP: Headley may miss several regular season games, but it's not looking like he'll have a prolonged absence to open the season.
Source: ESPN.com |
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:45:11 -0700
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shins) is expected to be out at least until the All-Star break with significant injuries to both of his shins. He could wind up missing the entire season, according to a baseball source. INFs Steve Lombardozzi, Danny Worth, Hernan Perez and Eugenio Suarez have been playing shortstop in spring games, but the team doesn't have a clear replacement on roster. Free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) and Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin could be options if Detroit decides to look outside the organization.
FANTASY TIP: Terrible news for Iglesias here. Fortunately for fantasy players, he likely was left undrafted in mixed leagues, because he's a defense-first player and isn't heralded for his skills with the bat. Drew seems like a real possibility, so if you could use an upgrade at shortstop and he wasn't drafted in your league, you might want to think about scooping him up.
Source: ESPN.com - Jerry Crasnick |
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:42:04 -0700
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman (thumb) bruised his left thumb during the game Sunday, March 16. He took a hard hit ball off his thumb while playing defense, but he said his exit from the game was precautionary. "It's precautionary," Freeman said. "It caught me clean on the hand. There's no point in trying to be a hero in spring training, especially when we're getting close to the end."
FANTASY TIP: Nothing to worry about here. Freeman should be just fine for opening day.
Source: The Associated Press |
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:40:53 -0700
New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) will not travel with the team Monday, March 17, and is being listed as day-to-day with right calf tightness. The team doesn't think it'll be long before Ellsbury is back. "I think it bothered him a little bit [on Saturday], but that wasn't the reason why he came off the field," acting manager Rob Thomson said. "He came off the field because he wanted to hit in the cage off some more velocity. He hit a bunch in the cage. That was what he wanted to do."
FANTASY TIP: It's a tiny bit concerning since Ellsbury has been injury-prone in his career, but this shouldn't affect his availability for the season opener.
Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Wallace Matthews |
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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:26:15 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (calf) will make his Cactus League debut Monday, March 17.
FANTASY TIP: Hamilton will have some time to establish that he's ready for Opening Day. He's a decent middle-rounds purchase in mixed leagues for his rebound potential but, as usual, comes with plenty of risk with his health.
Source: MLB.com - Austin Laymance |
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:13:18 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez will start at second base Monday, March 17, in the split-squad game. He hasn't played the keystone since high school, and Chicago wants to find ways to get him comfortable at positions besides shortstop.
FANTASY TIP: Baez is expected to start 2014 at Class AAA Iowa, but with his hot spring hitting, he's making a case to be brought up at least immediately after the Super 2 deadline. He's inching closer to a 300-plus-at-bat season, which makes him a justified late-rounds gamble in mixed leagues.
Source: Chicago Tribune - Mark Gonzales |
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:04:40 -0700
Chicago White Sox C Tyler Flowers won the starting catcher job.
FANTASY TIP: Flowers has shown 15-20 home-run potential in the minors but has struggled to hit much at the big-league level. He hit 10 homers last season but only at a .195 clip. He's best served as a second catcher or in AL-only leagues.
Source: Chicago Tribune - Colleen Kane |