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Yoenis Cespedes (ankle, heel) was among a group of Mets tracking flyballs in the outfield Wednesday. (Source: SNY)

Fantasy Impact: This is an important step in Cespedes' progression toward returning to full action for the Mets. The veteran slugger has already been running and participating in batting practice sessions this week. Cespedes missed all of 2019 and has not played in more than 81 games since the 2016 season. This is obviously an important spring for the 34-year-old.

Aaron Judge (shoulder) is expected to resume hitting in Yankees camp on Friday. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Judge hasn't hit this week as he has been dealing with "crankiness and soreness" in his right shoulder. It isn't a serious concern, however. Being able to hit tomorrow without any setbacks will go on a long way towards calming fantasy players.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone says Luis Severino is dealing with some forearm soreness that dates back to his last start in the playoffs against the Astros. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Boone added that Severino feels the discomfort when throwing his change up. He has been shut down from throwing and will be evaluated tomorrow. Obviously this isn't what Yankee fans or fantasy owners want to hear, but all we can do right now is wait for more information.

Keone Kela (illness) is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Thursday. (Source: Adam Berry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kela missed his last BP session due to a viral infection but it was never a serious concern. He's expected to begin the year as the Pirates' closer in 2020. The 26-year-old posted a 2.12 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in 29 2/3 innings last year.

Mitch Haniger (back) won't be able to do any lifting or activity for at least a month following surgery. (Source: Greg Johns on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Haniger underwent an operation to remove an intervertebral disc from his back on February 13th. It'll be a while before we see him resume baseball activities. The 29-year-old has no timetable for a return but does expect to play this season.

Carlos Carrasco is being sent for testing/imaging on his right leg Thursday. (Source: Mandy Bell on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Carrasco experiences discomfort in his leg while working out on Wednesday. He was seen using a crutch today and we should get an update on his status by Friday morning. For now fantasy players will have to hold tight.

Nelson Cruz was hit on the wrist during live batting practice and has been diagnosed with a bruised wrist. (Source: Do-Hyoung Park on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This doesn't appear to be anything serious or a long-term injury, but Cruz could take some time off since it's this early in Spring Training. Despite being only a DH for fantasy purposes in most formats, and the fact that he'll turn 40 this season, Cruz continues to be a top-50 pick based on our expert consensus rankings.

Adalberto Mondesi told reporters that he "feels great" and is on track to play Opening Day for the Royals. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Mondesi required shoulder surgery in October after making a diving stop on a ground ball, but he's now "able to perform virtually all baseball duties." He's currently No. 42 overall in our expert consensus rankings, and he's considered the SS9 entering the 2020 season after batting .264 and stealing 43 bases in 2019.

A's manager Bob Melvin says Sean Murphy (knee) won't make his Cactus League debut until March 2nd. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Murphy, who had a minor knee cleanup this winter, is being eased into training camp. The 25-year-old played in just 20 games with the A's last season but hit four homers to go along with an .899 OPS. He's a popular sleeper amongst catchers.

Lucas Giolito (chest muscle) made throws from 150 feet on Tuesday. (Source: Daryl Van Schouwen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Giolito is dealing with a strained chest muscle but isn't expected to miss Opening Day. The plan is for him to throw a bullpen by the end of the week so fantasy players can feel safe to draft him as you normally would.

Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton says he is "limitation-free" this spring. (Source: Lindsey Adler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stanton appeared in just 18 games last year and had to rehab his knee and quad after the Yankees' ALCS loss to the Astros. However, he then had a normal off-season routine and is fully healthy right now. He is going late enough in drafts to make him a potential, big-time value for fantasy purposes.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Dustin May is currently nursing a minor side injury. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It doesn't appear to be a serious issue and the Dodgers are likely just playing things safe. The 22-year-old posted a 3.63 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings with the Dodgers last season. It's unclear whether or not he'll be a full-time rotation member entering 2020. One would figure he splits time between the rotation and bullpen.

Mets reliever Seth Lugo will miss the start of the Grapefruit League season due to a fractured left pinkie toe, manager Luis Rojas said Tuesday. Lugo injured his toe banging into an object in his Port St. Lucie home on Monday night. “No major concern,” Rojas said. “It’s going to take like three days probably off throwing, and obviously we’ll ramp him up from there.” (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Lugo is coming off an impressive 2019 season where he posted a 2.70 ERA with 104 strikeouts in 80 innings. He is expected to be a prominent part of the Mets’ bullpen this season, pitching anywhere from the middle innings to the ninth -- often for more than three outs at a time.

Miles Mikolas (forearm) has received a PRP injection and will miss the start of the 2020 season. (Source: Mark Saxon on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Cardinals manager Mike Shildt says Mikolas will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks. He is dealing with a flexor tendon strain in his throwing arm. With Mikolas all but guaranteed to miss most of April he needs to be moved down draft boards.

Jed Lowrie was able to get through Monday's workout without any physical restrictions. (Source: Anthony DiComo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Basically he was a "full go" today, fielding grounders and taking live batting practice. Lowrie appeared in just nine games last year and is expected to serve as a utility infielder in 2020.

Cole Hamels (shoulder) is reportedly still "at least" a few weeks away from being cleared to throw. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The lefty, who signed with Atlanta as a free agent this off-season, is expected to report to spring training later this week for rehab. He'll likely begin the season on the injured list and will be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks.

Xander Bogaerts is dealing with a sore ankle and will take it easy for the next few days. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears to be an extremely minor concern for the Red Sox. Bogaerts had a career-year in 2019, batting .309 with 33 homers, 117 RBI, and a .939 OPS.

Sonny Gray (elbow) has reported no issues during his early bullpen sessions this spring. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Gray underwent arthroscopic surgery in late-September to remove bone chips and appears to be healthy to start spring training. The 30-year-old was fantastic in 2019, posting a 2.87 ERA with 205 strikeouts in 175 1/3 innings. He's being taken as a top-30 starter in early drafts.

Eugenio Suarez (shoulder) took some one-handed swings and fielded grounders on Sunday. (Source: Bobby Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He didn't make any throws, however. Suarez recently had surgery to remove loose cartilage in his shoulder. It remains unlikely that he's ready by Opening Day but this shouldn't be too long of an extended absence.

Chris Sale (illness) could miss Opening Day as a result of his delayed start to Spring training action. (Source: Christopher Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sale recently came down with pneumonia, and interim manager Ron Roenicke stressed that the team will not rush him back until he's fully ready. Sale played catch Friday and Saturday, but is still not at full strength. With pitchers requiring a more comprehensive buildup, Sale's delayed start of full action might push his return past the start of the regular season.

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