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Andrew Cashner, working his way back to the starting rotation after a biceps injury, pitched two innings Wednesday against one of the organization's minor league teams. He allowed no hits on 33 pitches. He is expected to join the rotation in mid-April, for his second turn. It has been reported that the team would just use four starters until then due to some accommodating days off. If that is the case, then the team would only need to temporarily replace Tyson Ross, until he is ready to return. (Source: Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for Cashner and the team, of course. It appears now that Texas only needs one starter to step up, and that would be to fill in for Tyson Ross. Regardless, Cashner's fantasy value is limited to those that carry 10 or so pitchers.

Daniel Norris continued his strong Spring on Wednesday, posting five IP of two-run ball, allowing four hits. He struck out five and walked two.

Fantasy Impact: Norris has impressed yet again, holding his own against a lineup featuring several premier right-handed batters. He appears to have locked down a spot in Detroit's rotation, and may be finally realizing his potential. He remains a late-round flier in standard leagues.

RP/SP Alex Meyer failed to make it out of the third inning. He was scheduled to pitch five. The right-hander gave up four earned runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: It has not been a good spring for the former first round pick, with 7.20 ERA and 2.20 WHIP in five appearances. The right-hander has the strikeout potential to be an effective starter but he needs to improve his control before he gets another opportunity in the Angels' rotation.

RP Yusmeiro Petit allowed just one hit over 3 2/3 innings with four strikeouts in the Cactus League victory over the Mariners on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Yusmeiro Petit remains in the competition for the fifth starter job, although he is likely to start the season as the swingman. Petit has only allowed one earned run in his four outings (seven innings). Tyler Skaggs and Jesse Chavez are the current favorites to secure the final two spots in the rotation.

3B Giovanny Urshela went 0-for-3 with one strikeout in the Cactus League loss to the Rockies on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Mired in a 0-for-14 slump is not what Giovanny Urshela needs if he is to persuade the Indians that he should be the one to fill the void created by Jason Kipnis' injury. The Indians are more open to moving Jose Ramirez from 3B to 2B and Urshela spent all of 2016 at 3B in Triple-A. The 25-year-old slashed .274/.294/.380 with eight home runs and 57 RBI in 117 games for the Columbus Clippers last season.

Yandy Diaz with two more hits

Wed, Mar 22nd 7:15pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps


3B Yandy Diaz went 2-for-3 with one RBI in the Cactus League defeat by the Rockies on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: The Cuban is one of five players in the mix to fill the vacancy created by Jason Kipnis' shoulder injury. The 25-year-old is hitting .444 in Spring Training with 1.189 OPS. Diaz is not on the 40-man roster, so he will need to continue to hit if he is to break camp.

Masahiro Tanaka allowed a walk and three hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Phillies. Tanaka struck out three batters and allowed a leadoff hit after being a part of a no-hitter. He has a 0.00 ERA this Spring.

Fantasy Impact: Tanaka is only in Spring Training, and was facing the Phillies, but he continues to be dominant this Spring. There is no reason to overemphasize Spring Training results, but Tanaka's 2016 stats combined with a strong Spring make him a top-10 SP sleeper.

Eduardo Rodriguez allowed one run on six hits and zero walks while striking out seven and threw 85 pitches in a minor league game on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez pitched on the minor league side in order to stay on his regular turn. The young lefty will definitely be in the starting rotation for the start of the season for the Red Sox with David Price starting the year on the DL. His performance this spring, coupled with a strong finish to 2016, points to Rodriguez being a sleeper pick in fantasy drafts coming into the year.

Cotton struggled mightily in this game against the Mariners. In only three and two thirds innings, he gave up five hits, five walks and five earned runs.

Fantasy Impact: This was obviously not his best day. It's the five walks that should have fantasy players concerned. Before this, he was going to be a good under the radar pick but this will dampen his value. If the walks continue, buyer beware.

Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed one hit and struck out two in four innings Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: In nine Spring Training innings, Ryu has struck out eight and notched a 1.00 ERA. While it's very encouraging to see Ryu pitch well, it's going to be tough for him to be fantasy relevant. The Dodgers have a bevy of options for the rotation and will probably be very conservative with Ryu, considering the multiple arm injuries he has suffered over the past few years.

In five and two thirds innings against the Angels on Tuesday, Reed struck out five and only gave up one hit. He now has a 3.24 earned run average.

Fantasy Impact: Cody Reed got a two month debut last season and it did not go well for him. He wound up with a not-so stellar 7.36 earned run average. One thing that can be said is that when he was returned to Triple-A, he had a 3.06 ERA. He could improve a lot this year and is a stash option.

Steven Souza homers in win

Wed, Mar 22nd 12:22pm EDT
By Jonathan Stiles


In Tuesday's game against the Pirates, Souza went 1-for-4 with a one run home run. He is now hitting .278/.297/.770 with one home run and six runs batted in.

Fantasy Impact: He has been very up and down this Spring but it was good to see him get his first home run out of the way. He will be a very cheap source of power on draft day if you can handle the low average.

Colorado Rockies star Nolan Arenado struck out four-times against Japan in the latest game of the World Baseball Classic.

Fantasy Impact: Arenado, one of the best players in baseball, should be considered for a top-3 pick in all fantasy leagues. A four strikeout game is something to worry about but knowing the history of Nolan, he should be just fine carrying you to a championship.

Chris Sale allowed two runs on four hits without a walk and struck out 10 over six innings Tuesday against the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: This was definitely a strong bounce back outing for Sale who had a rough start last time out. Overall the lefty is having a solid spring with a 3.34 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 20Ks. Expect a big season from Sale and draft him accordingly in upcoming fantasy drafts.

Xander Bogaerts is on his way back to training camp and will start for the Red Sox on Thursday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Bogaerts and Team Netherlands were eliminated from the World Baseball Classic on Monday. (Source: Tim Britton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bogaerts hit .227 (5-for-22) with seven walks, a triple, five runs scored and two RBI in seven WBC games. The 24-year-old shortstop comes into the season as one of the top five at his position. He should be able to improve on his .294, 21 HRs and 13 SBs from 2016.

RP Jose Valdez continued his noteworthy Spring Training vs. Reds on Tuesday with two strikeouts in another scoreless inning.

Fantasy Impact: The non-roster invitee is in the battle for one of the Angels' final bullpen spots. He has appeared eight times this spring with a solo Tyler Naquin home run the only damage. He has struck out six batters over eight innings.

SP Garrett Richards started the Minor League Spring Training game vs. the Brewers on Tuesday. The right-hander gave up one run on four hits with one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: The high pitch count is encouraging for Garrett Richards who avoided Tommy John surgery last season, opting instead for stem cell treatment. He has elite stuff with a 3.11 ERA over the last three years and a strikeout rate of 8.2 SO/9. The Angels have suggested that the 28-year-old will be limited to 100 pitches in his starts this season, which could impact the number of wins he can secure.

RP J.C. Ramirez struck out six batters over five innings in the Cactus League win over the Reds on Tuesday. The 28-year-old gave up one run on four hits with no walks.

Fantasy Impact: Despite throwing over 126 innings in the majors, J.C Ramirez has made exactly zero starts. He leads the Angels' in strikeouts and innings-pitched in Cactus League play, as he makes a serious push for a rotation spot. With no options remaining, Ramirez will make the 25-man Opening Day roster. The Angels' rotation is currently expected to feature Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker, and Ricky Nolasco as the front three, with Tyler Skaggs and Jesse Chavez at the bottom. There looks to be significant risk attached to several of the pitchers, so those in deep leagues should monitor Ramirez's progress.

Cole Hamels, doing some fine tuning with his pitching, went four solid innings Tuesday against the White Sox. He allowed three hits and two runs (one earned) while walking none and striking out five. Hamels said after the game he will use the final two spring starts to strengthen his arm. It's unclear who will serve as the Opening Day pitcher for the Rangers but Hamels said he will be ready, whether it's then or April 4th.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels is healthy and primed for another solid year. His ADP is 82 and he has good value there.

Luke Gregerson pitched a clean ninth inning against Japan on Tuesday night to send Team USA to the World Baseball Classic Final.

Fantasy Impact: Despite closing for the United States, Gregerson will only be a setup man in the Astros bullpen. Still, he is a great acquisition if you're looking for some extra strikeouts and help with ratios. Gregerson will battle with Will Harris for holds, and either one of them could take the closer's role if Ken Giles is injured.