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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:13:33 -0800
Kansas City Royals 2B Omar Infante (elbow) is heading for an MRI exam with continued soreness in his right elbow. He's been dealing with elbow issues since last year. He was supposed to start at designated hitter for the spring game Friday, March 6, but he instead will have tests on his arm. "It's not ligament. That leads you to believe that it's a spur in the back of the elbow that's inflamed," manager Ned Yost said. "Is an injection warranted to calm it down? Did a spur break off? We just don't know. We have to send him out for an MRI and see exactly what is causing the pain." Infante doesn't have pain when he hits, and he's been able to take grounders and full batting practice without issues.
Fantasy Tip: The 33-year-old Infante's greatest contribution to fantasy players is his consistent playing time, but even that might be in question if there is something seriously wrong with his elbow. Nothing about his profile stands out for fantasy categories. Consider him middle infield insurance in AL-only leagues.
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:45:49 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Hochevar's thinking is to go back to what worked before the injury, and his curve made Hochevar an important piece of the bullpen. In leagues with more of an emphasis on relievers, Hochevar could be more valuable, but it will take time for him to return.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:14:53 -0800
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon (wrist) said he had no pain Tuesday, Feb. 24, in his surgically repaired right wrist after playing long toss Monday, Feb. 23. He also took 15 dry swings Tuesday with a fungo, and manager Ned Yost said Gordon had no issues. Gordon said his rehab is on schedule, and he's confident he'll be ready for opening day.
Fantasy Tip: Gordon will likely come at an injury discount during your draft. Keep tabs on his progress in camp. If he doesn't have any setbacks, he could easily become an attractive value pick for your outfield.
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:28:20 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Gordon is a well-rounded fantasy contributor. Over the past four seasons, he has averaged 93 runs, 19 home runs, 78 RBIs and 12 stolen bases with a .283/.356/.453 slash line. Gordon projects to be ready to for the beginning of the season, and he is a viable option in the early middle rounds of drafts. Continue to check back for updates on his recovery leading into the season, though.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:01:20 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Gordon is likely to be drafted in the middle rounds of most fantasy baseball drafts. He has played in at least 150 games in each of the last four seasons and can be counted on for 150 hits, 15-20 homers, 80-90 RBIs and double-digit steals.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 04:50:54 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Holland has an $8.25 million salary for 2015 and is under team control for 2016, so the Royals aren't in a hurry to discuss extension talks. Still, Holland had a 1-3 record and 46 saves with a team that was borderline to go to the playoffs until late in the regular season. Holland is a top closer option for the upcoming year.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:50:02 -0800
Kansas City Royals RP Brandon Finnegan is expected to start the season in the minors, and a sizable contingent of the baseball operations department would prefer him to begin the season as a starter in the minors.
Fantasy Tip: Finnegan showed well in the postseason and is an arm worth watching for later in the season. If injuries occur, and they always do, Finnegan could get his chance to start in the majors at some point.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:49:02 -0800
Kansas City Royals RP Luke Hochevar (elbow) is making his way back from Tommy John surgery and his readiness for opening day is in question. He has yet to experience a setback in rehab, but is still considered behind his teammates in the preseason progression. While other pitchers are throwing bullpen sessions every other day, Hochevar has been assigned two days off in between mound appearances.
Fantasy Tip: Hochevar is no longer in the plans for the rotation, but he is expected to be an important part of the team's bullpen.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:51:28 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Hosmer is in the category of risk-reward fantasy first baseman this year in the middle rounds. he has worked to shorten his swing, and if the pop he showed late in the playoffs last year carries over, he could be a breakout candidate.
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:59:04 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Gordon has said he will miss at least one week of Cactus League games, but those don't matter for fantasy players. As long as Gordon is healthy come Opening Day, he should be a solid fantasy play in your outfield.
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:43:43 -0800
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:26:28 -0800
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals SP Joe Blanton's minor league contract comes with an invitation to major league spring training. Blanton's deal will be worth $1 million if he makes the major league club, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.
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