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Brendan McKay (shoulder) has not been throwing off a mound since spring training was shut down. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old southpaw dealt with some shoulder soreness during spring training so this is purely a precautionary move by the Rays. Pitching coach Kyle Snyder expects McKay to have "zero limitations" if/when the MLB season resumes.


Blake Snell (elbow) has not been throwing off of a mound during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Snell was dealing with some elbow soreness during spring training so this appears to be precautionary. Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder says the 27-year-old will have "zero limitations" whenever the MLB season resumes.


Brendan Rodgers has benefitted from the downtime of the delayed 2020 season, and has healed from his labrum surgery last year. He should be ready to go without limitations when spring training resumes. (Source: Kevin Henry of Fansided)

Fantasy Impact: With Rodgers able to play a variety of positions, he should see a decent amount of at-bats once the 2020 season begins. With the uncertainty surrounding how the Rockies handle their young players driving down his draft day price, the former top-ten prospect has a chance of exceeding his current ADP of 459.


Aaron Judge Judge (rib) "has yet to resume swinging a bat," said Yankees' hitting coach Marcus Thames. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: “When the doctors turn him loose, he’ll be ready. He’s chomping at the bit to get out there," Thames added. This is encouraging news in regards to Judge's recovery from a fracture right rib. Yankees GM Brian Cashman recently said he doesn’t think Judge would be fully healthy and back on the field until “summertime.” There is still no clear timetable when Judge will return, but it's possible he could be ready for Opening Day. The 28-year-old is currently the 17th ranked outfielder in the latest expert consensus rankings,


Eugenio Suarez is fully recovered from his swimming injury in January, and is full-go for whenever the 2020 season will begin. (Source: Mark Sheldon of MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: It looks like the downtime has really helped Suarez's shoulder to fully heal. With this news, his ADP will likely creep up near the top 50. Monitor his power during the spring, as shoulder injuries can sometimes result in a loss of power.


Nick Senzel has progressed well from his shoulder surgery in September, and will be ready to go on Opening Day. (Source: Mark Sheldon of MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Senzel is in an open competition for an outfield spot, though the universal DH certainly helps him out. While his ADP of 229 may seem like a bargain, monitor his power when spring training reopens. He is more known for his hit tool, but any sap to his power as a result of the injury would dampen his fantasy outlook.


Brett Honeywell Jr. underwent a decompression procedure on his right ulnar nerve on Wednesday. (Source: Josh Tolentino on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Honeywell underwent surgery to remove scar tissue from the area of the nerve. He will begin strength and mobility exercises on Monday in Port Charlotte. Honeywell missed all of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and 2019 due to a fractured elbow. It is unclear at this time when Honeywell will return, but there’s a good chance the 25-year-old could miss the 2020 season.


Kevin Kramer underwent surgery to repair the labrum of his right hip. He is expected to be out four-to-six months. (Source: Stephen J. Nesbitt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If the MLB season resumes, Kramer's recovery timeline from surgery would put him out for the entire 2020 campaign. He was expected to start the season in Triple-A. Kramer slashed .167/.260/.190 with five RBI and five runs scored across 50 plate appearances for the Pirates i 2019. The former second-round pick is a stash in dynasty leagues only.


Aaron Hicks (elbow) posted a video of himself on Instagram swinging and working out on Monday. He continues to recover from Tommy John surgery. (Source: SNY Yankees on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in October. As seen on the video, he is progressing well in his recovery. Yankees' GM Brian Cashman recently stated “Him playing centerfield for the Yankees this summer is a legit option." The 30-year-old slashed .235/.325./.443 with 12 homers, 36 RBI, 41 runs and one stolen bases across 255 plate appearances in 2019. Hicks is currently 128th among all outfielders in the latest expert consensus rankings.


Jordan Hicks (elbow) could return from Tommy John surgery shortly after the MLB season starts. He will play a key role out of the bullpen, per Cardinals' President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. (Source: Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Fantasy Impact: "Given the circumstances of the season, the likelihood of his being able to contribute are a lot different than had it been a normal year," Mozeliak said. "There is some optimism that if we do have a season, he'll have some way of being a key member of it, said Mozeliak. It was reported that he was throwing 30-pitch bullpen sessions during off-season to ramp up his pitch count. Hicks is 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery and is expected to be a key member of the Cardinals' bullpen once the season starts. The Cardinals could be cautious with their reliever in the beginning, but there is a chance he could close games in the near future. Hicks is currently 260 among all pitchers in the latest expert consensus rankings.


Rich Hill (elbow) expects to be ready when spring training resumes. (Source: Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Fantasy Impact: Hill continues to rehab from off-season elbow surgery, but doesn't expect to miss time. Before the MLB season was delayed, it was reported that Hill would return in June. Hill has been able to throw during the off-season and should be all systems go by the time spring training resumes. “(I’ve) been able to make the most out of the situation so I’m right where I should be as far as rehab progression-wise, so if we do have a season, I should be ready to go when we kick off something of a spring training,” said Hill. The 40-year-old owned a (4-1) record with a 2.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and a 72:18 K:BB across 58 2/3 innings for the Dodgers in 2019. Hill is currently 126th among all pitchers in the latest expert consensus rankings.


James Paxton (back) is throwing simulated innings, per Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman. (Source: Kristie Ackert on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Paxton continues to recover from a February procedure to remove a cyst on his back. It was reported last week that Paxton would be fully recovered by mid-May. Paxton has rehabbed well from back surgery and should be all systems go by Opening Day. He will throw more simulated innings before getting full clearance from the Yankees medical staff. Paxton is currently slotted to be second in the Yankees’ rotation behind Gerrit Cole. The 31-year-old is 75th among all pitchers in the latest expert consensus rankings.


Shohei Ohtani is throwing off the mound, "ramping up intensity and volume," per Angels' GM Billy Eppler. (Source: Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register)

Fantasy Impact: Ohtani was expected to start the season limited to DH duties as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery. With the MLB season expected to start in July, the two-way star could be in the Angels' rotation by Opening Day. It was reported that Ohtani was throwing two bullpen sessions a week. Ohtani should be all systems go by the time the season starts, making the 25-year-old even more valuable in fantasy. The two-way player is currently ranked 119th overall, but that number could sky rocket if he is fully recovered from his elbow injury by Opening Day.


Griffin Canning is throwing off the mound, "ramping up intensity and volume," per Angels' GM Billy Eppler. (Source: Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register)

Fantasy Impact: Canning suffered elbow discomfort in late February and was shut down immediately after. It was reported that he was throwing off the mound and continues to make progress in his recovery. With the MLB 2020 season slated to start in July, Canning could return and claim a spot in the Angels' rotation. The 24-year-old owned a (5-6) record with 4.52 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 96:30 K:BB ratio across 90 1/3 innings in 2019. Canning is currently 122nd among all pitchers in the latest expert consensus rankings.


Justin Anderson (oblique) has resumed throwing off a mound. (Source: Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson sustained an oblique injury at the beginning of training camp and was expected to miss the start of the season. With the 2020 campaign expected to be delayed until July, Anderson should be all systems go for Opening Day. The 27-year-old reliever owned a (3-0) record with a 5.55 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 60:32 K:BB across 54 games in 2019. Anderson is a dart throw option in AL-Only league formats.


Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh (elbow) says he is about a month into his throwing program. (Source: MassLive.com)

Fantasy Impact: McHugh dealt with an elbow problem last season and it was still an issue as spring training got underway. However, the right-hander should be ready to pitch whenever the 2020 season gets going. McHugh was a great reliever for the Astros in 2018 before struggling to a 4.70 ERA last year.


Tigers pitching coach Rick Anderson says Michael Fulmer (elbow) isn't close to throwing to live hitters. (Source: Detroit News)

Fantasy Impact: When asked if Fulmer was close to throwing to live hitters, Anderson's exact words were "no chance". However, that is partially due to the interference of the coronavirus pandemic as Fulmer currently has nobody to throw to. The 27-year-old is 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery and is reportedly pain free. Expect him to start throwing bullpens whenever Spring Training 2.0 gets underway.


Alex Verdugo (back) said in a conference call on Monday that he feels 100 percent healthy. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Verdugo, who suffered a stress fracture in his back last season, was slated to miss the first month or so of the 2020 season before the coronavirus pandemic interfered. This latest update is certainly encouraging considering that manager Ron Roenicke said a few weeks ago that Verdugo wasn't progressing as quickly as the team had hoped. It's unclear if the young outfielder has been able to resume baseball activities, but there is a pretty good chance he is ready for the 2020 season whenever things get underway. Verdugo was part of the package Boston acquired from the Dodgers in the Mookie Betts trade this past winter.


Willie Calhoun (jaw) went on MLB Network Radio and said that he is back to 100 percent. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: Calhoun got hit by a pitch in the face before spring training was suspended but continues to progress. The 25-year-old is still trying to gain back some of the weight he lost but should ultimately be ready for whenever the 2020 season gets underway. Calhoun smacked 21 homers in just 83 games last year while posting an .847 OPS.


Brett Cecil (hamstring) will be ready to throw off a mound in a week or two. (Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Fantasy Impact: The Cardinals will likely update Cecil's throwing program once there is a better idea of what the 2020 MLB season could look like. The 33-year-old southpaw suffered a hamstring tear back in mid-March during a Grapefruit League game.


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