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Braves manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday that Freddie Freeman is doing well following arthroscopic elbow surgery from October. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Freeman reportedly told Snitker that his elbow hasn't felt this good in a long time. The first baseman struggled down the stretch in 2019 but should once again be an elite, early-round fantasy pick come draft season.


Astros GM Jeff Lunhow says Lance McCullers (elbow) won't have any restrictions during spring training. (Source: Brian McTaggart on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCullers missed the entire 2019 season following Tommy John surgery. He could skyrocket up draft boards if he shows he's healthy come February and March.


Jake Marisnick was traded to the Mets in exchange for two minor leaguers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Marisnick could see a larger role for the Mets after appearing in only 120 games for a crowded Houston outfield. He slashed .233/.289/.411 with 10 home runs, 34 RBI and 10 stolen bases across 310 plate appearances. If Yoenis Cespedes (ankle) is unable to return in 2020, Marisnick should see extra at-bats and is worth a flyer in mixed-league formats.


Shohei Ohtani (elbow, knee) has been cleared to start throwing off a mound. (Source: Jeff Fletcher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ohtani is rehabbing both his surgically repaired elbow as well as his knee. The elbow is the bigger issue, obviously, but Ohtani should be fully recovered with plenty of time before spring training hits. He is expected to once again be a two-way player come 2020.


Josh Reddick recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder AC joint. (Source: Jake Kaplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reddick struggled mightily down the stretch and perhaps this is why. The good news is he's fully expected to be ready for spring training. Reddick will be a free agent following the 2020 season.


Brendan Rodgers (shoulder) says that his rehab is "on track" and that he hopes to be 100% by spring training. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Rodgers underwent surgery for a torn labrum in mid-July and expects to be cleared for baseball activities in about a month. It's good news but his role with the Rockies is completely up in the air entering 2020 - even at full health. Rodgers hit just .224 without a homer in 25 games with the big league club this past season. He has massive fantasy upside if he ever puts it all together and gets everyday playing time.


Brent Honeywell (elbow) is scheduled to begin a throwing program in January. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Honeywell, who was once an elite pitching prospect, is trying to come back from two major elbow surgeries over the past couple of years. In 2017 he underwent Tommy John surgery and then fractured his elbow after returning this past season. The 24-year-old is probably still a year out from major league action. 2020 will be about keeping him healthy and intact.


Fernando Tatis Jr. (back) is scheduled to resume baseball activities in December. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tatis' rookie season ended in August due to a stress reaction in his lower back. The good news is his rehab is on the right track and he should be a full-go for spring training. It's possible Tatis and the Padres start discussing a long-term contract this winter as well.


Bo Bichette is no longer dealing with any concussion symptoms and is able to go through full off-season workouts. (Source: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 21-year-old budding start dealt with a concussion down the stretch this year but it should have no impact on his off-season. Bichette played in 46 games for the Blue Jays in 2019, batting .311 with 11 homers, four steals, and a .929 OPS. He'll be an enticing fantasy selection come draft season.


Phillies GM Matt Klentak says Seranthony Dominguez (elbow) should be ready for spring training. (Source: Meghan Montemurro on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dominguez was diagnosed with a partial UCL tear in June but never ended up needing surgery, instead opting for rest and rehab. The 24-year-old struggled in 2019 but was a highly valuable reliever the season prior.


Christian Yelich (knee) is expected to resume running this week. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Yelich missed the final three weeks of the season after fracturing his right kneecap. He is expected to be 100% healthy by the start of spring training and will be a top-five pick in almost every fantasy draft next year.


Nationals starter Max Scherzer has been scratched from his Game 5 World Series start against the Houston Astros due to back spasms, according to multiple reports. Joe Ross will start for Washington. (Source: Joel Sherman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer dealt with back issues for much of the season, but there had not been any mention of him dealing with back issues during the postseason. He took the win in Game 1 against the Astros, striking out seven while allowing two runs over five innings.


Aaron Hicks is set to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow next week. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hicks played in the ALCS against the Astros but was battling elbow discomfort for a while. He will be sidelined for 8-10 months, which means he will miss roughly the first half of the 2020 regular season.


C.J. Cron had a surgical debridement of his right thumb last week. (Source: Betsy Helfand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cron's procedure will remove dead or unhealthy tissue from the area. He will miss roughly six-to-eight weeks, but should be ready for spring training. Cron slashed .253/.311/.469 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI in 125 games during 2019.


Carlos Martinez recently underwent a cleanup procedure on his right shoulder. (Source: Joe Schwarz on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martinez has dealt with shoulder problems for a couple of years now, which is the main reason why he wasn't used as a starter in 2019. The Cardinals have yet to make an official announcement about this but it doesn't sound like anything that will affect his off-season routine.


Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Justin Turner (back) will be ready for Thursday's NLDS Game 1. (Source: David Vassegh on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Dodgers are confident Turner will be "able to perform at his level". The 34-year-old struggled in September but was playing injured for most of it.


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