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Kris Bryant is expected to resume hitting in January as he's been recovering from a shoulder injury. (Source: Carrie Muskat on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant should absolutely be 100% to start his 2019 campaign. He slashed .272/.374/.460 with 13 homers last year through 102 games played.

Yu Darvish (elbow) is set to begin a throwing program in a couple of weeks according to Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. (Source: Carrie Muskat on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 32-year-old underwent elbow surgery at the end of this season. He was limited to just 40 innings in 2018, all of which came before May 21st. The Cubs needs Darvish to bounce back in a big way in 2019. He's still owed $101 million through 2023.

Brandon Morrow had his elbow scoped in November, according to ESPN. The procedure and rehab could delay his start to the regular season. (Source: Jesse Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morrow's career has been hampered by injuries, as they ultimately caused him to head to the bullpen. Even so, he hasn't been able to remain healthy, as he ended the 2018 season early with an injury. At this point, Pedro Strop would likely be the team's closer, though Chicago could always add an arm this offseason. Whatever the case, Morrow is at risk of losing significant value if he's unable to return healthy and/or reclaim the closer role in Chicago.

Franmil Reyes is going to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The recovery is expected to take 4-8 weeks. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reyes suffered the injury in the Dominican Winter League roughly a week ago. He should be good to go for the start of Spring Training. He was impressive in spurts this season, showing solid power, and will be a player to watch to start the 2019 campaign assuming he is able to recover in time for the start of the season.

Chris Archer underwent hernia surgery. He is expected to be recovering for roughly six weeks. The team expects him "to be on schedule or close to it for 2019." (Source: Stephen Nesbitt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Archer was unable to turn his season around in Pittsburgh, as he struggled down the stretch following the trade. He'll get another shot in 2019, and even after the hernia procedure it appears he'll be able to start the season healthy.

Dustin Pedroia will not require offseason surgery on his knee, the Red Sox have confirmed. (Source: Rob Bradford on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was from the team's GM, Dave Dombrowski. He added that Pedroia will continue to rehab through middle of December and aim to start running in January. If all goes as planned, Pedroia will start the spring healthy. The veteran isn't the fantasy force he once was, but he can still be a contributor as a middle infielder hitting in the potent Red Sox lineup.

Brian Dozier played through a bone bruise through all of the 2018 season according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network and FanRag. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: This would explain the the major regression he had this year, Dozier is a free agent and should bounce back with whichever team he decides to sign with.

Jose Altuve told reporters that doctors have said he'll be "120%" for the start of Spring Training. (Source: Brian McTaggart on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Altuve underwent knee surgery in October, and he spoke with the media for the first time since the procedure recently. It seems as though he won't be impacted for the start of the 2019 season. While of course we've heard this with players before, Altuve seems safe to continue to hold his spot as one of the game's top fantasy assets entering the new season.

Carlos Correa underwent successful surgery to repair a deviated septum. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Correa said he's hopeful that the procedure will fix the breathing issues he's experienced as a result of the deviated septum. The shortstop had a down season in 2018, but we've seen seemingly small issues such as this allow for significant improvement in players in the past. Hopefully, this will allow Correa to rebound to previous form in 2019.

Henry Schulman reported that Posey had walked "like normal" to go with no crutches. (Source: Henry Schulman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a good sign for Posey's 2019 status. He should be good to go for opening day next year and he has a shot to play during spring training.

Jorge Castillo reported that the Dodgers are expecting Corey Seager to be ready for the start of spring training. (Source: LA Times)

Fantasy Impact: In all likelihood he'll be good to go, Seager should remain one of the top shortstops in the MLB.

Gary Sanchez underwent a successful surgery on his left shoulder on Thursday. (Source: Yankees PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The shoulder has reportedly been bothering Sanchez since 2017, and it could explain some of his struggles from this past season. The recovery time is expected to be three moths, which puts Sanchez on track for the start of spring training. The down year in 2018 could help him be a value in 2019 fantasy drafts.

Dansby Swanson underwent wrist surgery to remove a loose body in that area and is expected to fully recover in time for spring training.

Fantasy Impact: Swanson was shut down in late September and also missed the postseason. He demonstrated improvement both offensively and defensively in 2018 and is the starter at shortstop for 2019.

Tigers GM Al Avila says that Miguel Cabrera (biceps) is on track to be ready for Spring Training. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cabrera missed the final three and a half months due to a ruptured left biceps tendon. The 35-year-old was hitting .299 before the injury, though he had just three homers in 38 games. Cabrera's career is trending in the wrong direction due to his age, but there's a chance he could rebound next season if he's fully healthy.

Lance McCullers will miss the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. (Source: Jake Kaplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCullers missed most of the last quarter of the season with an elbow injury, but pitched through pain in September and October. For those who own McCullers in keeper leagues, this is obviously devastating news. For dynasty formats, however, although McCullers will miss all of next season, we've seen plenty of pitchers go on to have utterly successful careers after the procedure, so don't downgrade him quite as much in that format.

Angels GM Billy Eppler says that Shohei Ohtani is progressing on schedule and almost has full extension in his surgically repaired elbow. (Source: Maria Torres on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's great news, but the team won't have a clear idea of Ohtani's timeline until January at the earliest. He won't pitch in 2019 but the plan is for him to still get at bats at DH. It'll be interesting to see his ADP next spring, but we're betting on Ohtani going earlier in drafts than he should.

Didi Gregorius will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow next week. Yankees officials are reportedly "hopeful" that Gregorius will be back at some point in 2019. (Source: Bob Klapisch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gregorius reportedly injured himself in Game 1 of the ALDS. Assuming that he misses at least a good chunk of the 2019 season, this is a huge blow to the Yankees and their offense. Although hitters can recover from Tommy John surgery much sooner than pitchers, there remains a lengthy rehab process. It's likely that Gleyber Torres would see time at shortstop next year in Gregorius' absence, further enhancing his value.