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Nick Swisher went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his Cactus League debut against the Giants on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: 2014 was the first time Nick Swisher had hit fewer than 20 home runs since he became a regular major-leaguer in 2005. He underwent surgery in August to repair the meniscus of both knees. Monitor his progress to see whether a new, improved Swisher will feature in the Indians' lineup this season or if this is the beginning of the end of his career. There are playing time opportunities at DH for the Indians' so a 20 HR player who can take a walk will be a value pick off the waiver wire.

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It appears that Kyuji Fujikawa will join fellow reliever Tanner Scheppers on the disabled list to start the season. Fujikawa complained of groin tightness after Tuesday's outing and will be examined by team orthopedist Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington on Thursday (Source: rangersblog.dallasnews.com)

Fantasy Impact: With both Scheppers and Fujikawa most likely headed to the DL, the possible return of Shawn Tolleson for Opening Day becomes even more important for the suddenly depleted bullpen. Additionally, this might ensure a spot on the roster for Keone Kala who has easily been the most effective arm out of the pen this spring. Kala has appeared in nine games, tossing 9.1 innings, allowing just three hits and no runs, while walking two and striking out 11. Looking for a super sleeper? Kala might be your man.

Category: Injury Updates


Recently acquired Miami Marlins pitcher Aaron Crow tore his UCL and will undergo Tommy John Surgery, ending his 2015 season. (Source: Clark Spencer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Crow was acquired in the offseason by the Marlins from the Royals and was expected to play a role in the bullpen this season. He had been solid in Grapefruit League play, but his absence shouldn't make too much of a difference on the Marlins or in fantasy leagues. Sam Dyson will take his place on the 25-man roster.


Tanner Scheppers headed to DL

Thu, Apr 2nd 2:09am EDT
By Mitch Cox

TEX

Reliever Tanner Scheppers is headed to the disabled list with an ankle sprain. Though his MRI showed no structural damage, the Rangers are being very conservative with all their players after last year's avalanche of injuries. (Source: rangersblog.dallasnews.com)

Fantasy Impact: Scheppers had three rough outings in a row out of the pen, so perhaps he was bothered by this ankle issue for a while. In just 3.2 innings of work this spring, Scheppers had allowed 10 hits, eight runs (five earned), walked two and struck out three.

Category: Injury Updates


Miami Marlins righty Jarred Cosart threw 6 innings and allowed only 1 hit on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Cosart missed a turn in the rotation with a blister problem but came back strong. He struck out 4 and walked 3, and will start the fifth game of the season for the Marlins.

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Yovani Gallardo, the Rangers Opening Day starter, tossed three innings in relief of Colby Lewis today, allowing four hits and two runs while throwing 49 pitches. (Source: www.mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: Gallardo's spring ERA actually dropped to 10.13 with this outing, but that can be of little comfort to Rangers fans. Without Yu Darvish, the Rangers rotation is looking particularly vulnerable as Gallardo and Lewis have been mostly awful this spring. At least the rest of the rotation - Derek Holland (4.32), Ross Detwiler (4.15) and Nick Martinez (4.20) have ERA's that are certainly not great, but acceptable.

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Colby Lewis allowed seven hits and four runs, including three home runs, in just three innings of work in the Rangers 10-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies today. Lewis walked one and struck out two in seeing his spring ERA rise to 9.75. (Source: www.mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Rangers starting pitching this spring has been nothing short of abysmal and Lewis is one of the reasons why. Though manager Jeff Bannister sounded unconcerned, saying "Colby feels good about where he is at," in reality he must be pleading with GM Jon Daniels to find him a starting pitcher that might be able to keep his team in games this year.

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Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with a home run, and four RBIs vs the Mariners, raising his spring average to .328

Fantasy Impact: Avisail Garcia now fully healthy and 15 lbs lighter, is looking to breakout in 2015. Garcia's mix of power and speed, give him a high ceiling. Target Garcia in the later rounds, as a possible steal of the draft.


C.J. Cron Doubles Twice

Thu, Apr 2nd 1:01am EDT
By Will Thompson

LAA

C.J. Cron hit a pair of doubles off of A's starter Jesse Chavez and tallied another RBI. He batted cleanup today, while most of the Angels starters had the day off before the trip back to Anaheim on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: His 14 RBIs has him tied for first on the Angels with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, and Cron is now hitting .415 and slugging .769. This is exactly the type of production the Angels need in the DH spot or covering 1B when Pujols needs a break from fielding. Cron is worth a late round speculative pick or, even better, a spot on daily or monthly rosters in April before Josh Hamilton would be able to complicate any Angels lineup decisions.

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Pedro Alvarez seems to be adjusting to playing first base for the Pirates. He made a nice pick on a Jung-Ho Kang throw and recovered to record an out after bobbling another throw. (Source: Bill Brink on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although defense does not matter for fantasy value, this is a good sign for Alvarez. First, his poor fielding seemed to affect his hitting last year, and if defense is on his mind less this year, he can focus more on hitting. Second, it will give the Pirates faith in his fielding and more confidence in playing him everyday. Alvarez continued his strong spring Wednesday with another home run.


Billy Burns added to his spring training-leading hit total in Cactus League action on Wednesday. Burns went one-for-two with an RBI. He now has 29 hits this spring.

Fantasy Impact: With lingering injuries to Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick coupled with his spring success, Burns has a strong chance to make the team coming into the regular season. He should see a good amount of action in the corner outfield spots while Crisp and Reddick are on the mend.

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Sean Doolittle is now throwing from 75 feet in his rehab program as he works his way back from a shoulder injury. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Doolittle is progressing nicely as he readies himself for game action. Doolittle took over the closer job in the middle of the season for the A's last year and should be able to build upon the success he had in the role.

Category: Injury Updates


In Wednesday's Cactus League action against the Angels, Jesse Chavez pitched six innings and gave up one unearned run. He struck out six batters and gave up one walk and three hits.

Fantasy Impact: Chavez was sensational on Wednesday as he kept the Los Angeles lineup at bay. It looks like Chavez will begin the season in the bullpen working in long relief, but he could get a crack at the rotation if there are any injuries.

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Josh Reddick is slated to play five innings in a minor league game as he attempts to work his way back from an oblique strain. (Source: John Hickey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reddick may not be ready to play on Opening Day but even if he goes on the disabled list, he should only miss a few games. Spring training sensation Billy Burns should be a busy guy in the beginning of the season with both Reddick and Coco Crisp battling injuries.

Category: Injury Updates


Coco Crisp may be starting the regular season on the disabled list. A few days ago it appeared he was nearing a return to game action, but he apparently wasn't as far along as he had hoped to be in his recovery from an elbow injury. If the team sends him to the DL, expect spring training sensation Billy Burns to make the team and get a chance to show what he can do in regular season action. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: At this point, it would be a good idea to let someone else draft Crisp. He is a good player when he is active, but he tends to get injured often and can't be relied upon for fantasy.

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Newly acquired Everth Cabrera had his finest game of the spring with a solo homer and a triple. The former Padre drove in two runs and also stole a base as the O's tied Pittsburgh in 10 innings.

Fantasy Impact: The newest Oriole addition flew under the radar but has an excellent opportunity for significant playing time in April with the absence of JJ Hardy. Cabrera is an All-Star caliber player with exceptional speed, 99 steals since 2012, and occasional pop in his bat, six out of his 15 hits this spring are for extra bases. For now, stay away from Cabrera unless you're in an early pinch with middle infielders. His situation could change if the Hardy injury gets worse or his rehab is delayed.

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Barry Zito had a rough outing on Tuesday in Cactus League action. He went four innings, giving up seven runs and striking out two. He also allowed three home runs.

Fantasy Impact: This should all but put an end to Zito's bid to become the A's fifth starter. Zito has put together a good spring, but the competition for the spot has been strong. It will be interesting to see if another team takes a look at him if he doesn't make Oakland's final roster.

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Clayton Kershaw threw 45 pitches in three innings Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals. He allowed one unearned run, one hit, two walks, and struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw finished spring with a 1.61 ERA in six games. He struck out 22, walked seven in 22 1/3 innings. He's the best pitcher in the game but is going to cost a mid-first round pick. That is a lofty price tag.

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Zack Greinke pitched seven innings against minor leaguers in his final tuneup before Opening Day. He was visibly upset the first five innings as he served up two home runs. After making a small mechanical adjustment in the fifth inning, he retired the final nine batters in order with four consecutive strikeouts. He ended the day with nine total strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke is the #10 starting pitcher off the board. He's as solid as they come, as long as he is not taking the brunt of a charging Carlos Quentin with his shoulder. Expect a 2.70 ERA, 200 innings pitched, 200 Ks, and a 1.15 WHIP.

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In his last start before Opening Day, the Orioles ace fanned eight Pittsburgh hitters. After yielding a two-run homer to Pedro Alvarez in the second inning, Tillman settled in and delivered yet another quality outing.

Fantasy Impact: Just another day at the office for Tillman. The veteran righty posted an ERA under 3.00 in four spring games. Back-to-back strong starts to conclude March is a great sign for Tillman owners as he sets his sights on Tampa Bay next Monday.

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