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Matt Harvey has resumed throwing less than a week after suffering a glute strain. (Source: Jeff Fletcher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harvey was originally supposed to be sidelined for a week and a half so it's a great sign he's progressing this quickly. He's a bit behind schedule right now but should ultimately have no problem getting ready for Opening Day.

Richard Bleier is expected to throw live batting practice this week, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. (Source: Roch Kubatko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bleier did not pitch this past Friday but is expected to throw a pen session later this week. He is on a slower schedule from the rest of the Orioles pitchers as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery this past June. He is still expected to be ready by Opening Day and will need to pitch in Spring Training games in order to meet that target date.

Mark Trumbo will not be ready to return for the Orioles’ early spring games, Rich Dubroff of reports. (Source: Rich Dubroff on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Trumbo, who continues to recover from knee surgery back in September, is expected to be ready by Opening Day. This timetable is possible as long as he is ready to return to game action in the middle of the Orioles’ spring games. He hit .261/.313/.452 with 17 homers in 2018 for the Orioles.

Nathan Karns threw live batting practice on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. (Source: Roch Kubatko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Karns, who did not pitch in 2018 due to elbow inflammation, seems to be in good health in the early parts of Spring Training. Kubatko also mentions that Karns is the early camp favorite to be the Orioles’ fourth starter. Karns will have some upside if he is able to win a spot in the rotation due to his career 9.3 K/9 rate.

Shoehi Ohtani (elbow) is aiming to start hitting off a tee next week. (Source: Rhett Bollinger on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ohtani himself has said he's still aiming to be ready for Opening Day, but the Angels are on record as saying his return is more likely to come in May. Either way the two-way phenom is likely being a bit overvalued in early fantasy drafts.

Didi Gregorius (elbow) will meet with a doctor in the beginning of March in an effort to get cleared for hitting drills. (Source: Lindsey Adler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gregorius has already been cleared to throw. If all goes well with his doctor assessment he would begin a hitting program shortly thereafter. The 29-year-old likely won't be ready to return to big league action until mid-season, however.

Matt Chapman (thumb, shoulder) took 20 swings in batting practice on Friday. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chapman is trying to return from thumb and shoulder surgeries but says the batting practice "went great". The 25-year-old is on track for Opening Day but his status should be closely monitored this spring.

Yoenis Cespedes (heel) firmly believes he will return to the Mets sometime in 2019. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The 33-year-old is even set to begin baseball activities next week. It's a nice development but there's still a decent chance Cespedes misses all of 2019. We won't know what his timetable will be like until he begins ramping up his activities, which makes him an easy fade in fantasy drafts this spring.

Alex Bregman (elbow) threw farther than 90 feet on Saturday. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Bregman said he was throwing between 90 and 95 percent effort and even "put a little crow hop shuffle into it". It's a positive development for the 24-year-old infielder coming off off-season elbow surgery. The Astros will reportedly take things slow with him, but Bregman remains on track for Opening Day.

Mallex Smith (arm) is dealing with a muscle issue in his right arm and will not throw or swing a bat for several weeks. (Source: Ryan Divish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It does not sound like the Mariners expect Smith to miss any regular season games but arm problems can never be taken for granted. Any missed time in spring training will open up opportunity for someone else to get reps in center field, but at this point it is too early to worry about Smith being displaced for real games.

Chris Davis has been in Florida all week but has yet to join the team due to bronchitis, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. (Source: Roch Kubatko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Davis slashed .168/.246/.296 with 16 home runs and 192 strikeouts in 470 at-bats for the Orioles last season. Coming off the worst season of his career, he will need to make dramatic improvements in order to have any fantasy value in 2019.

Gregory Polanco (shoulder) is in the early stages of a throwing program. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The Pirates are reportedly "cautiously optimistic" on Polanco's rehab. He's apparently having no problem swinging a bat, which if obviously a great sign. The 27-year-old will miss the first month or so of the 2019 season but is a worthwhile draft day stash in fantasy leagues of all formats.

Jake Arrieta told reporters on Thursday he pitched the second half of 2018 with a torn meniscus. (Source: Matt Breen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arrieta said he hurt his knee back in June, which explains some of his second half struggles. Arrieta added he had surgery last month and expects to be fully healthy for the start of the season. If anything this news could help make him a draft day value in fantasy leagues this year.

Dean Kremer strained his left oblique two weeks ago and isn't expected to throw for another two weeks, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. (Source: Roch Kubatko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kremer was injured in preparation for Spring Training and should return in two weeks. Kremer was acquired from the Dodgers last July as part of the Manny Machado deal. He registered a 2.88 ERA with 178 strikeouts over 131 1/3 innings pitched in the minors last season.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch says Jose Altuve (knee) will be brought along slowly to begin spring training. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It doesn't sound like Altuve will be limited at all. The Astros just want to play it safe here. Altuve struggled with a knee issue late last season, which has seemingly made him a value pick in the second round of fantasy drafts this spring.

Michael Kopech (elbow) played catch on Wednesday. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The 22-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in September and is expected to be out until the 2020 season. Despite the injury MLB Pipeline recently ranked him as the 18th best prospect in baseball.

Brandon Morrow (elbow) has been permitted to build up his throwing distance to 90 feet on Wednesday. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: He threw from flat ground. The Cubs are still bringing him along slowly after November elbow surgery. Morrow is expected to miss the first month of the season. Pedro Strop is the favorite to handle save chances in the meantime, and there's a chance he could run away with the job.

Buster Posey (hip) took batting practice on the field on Wednesday without any issue. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Manager Bruce Bochy described Posey as having "a normal day". It's encouraging to hear Posey is doing well, but San Francisco has been adamant they will bring him along slowly and cautiously. Still, the 31-year-old former MVP appears to be on track for Opening Day. He could be a bargain at his current ADP.

A.J. Puk began Tuesday by throwing his first bullpen session since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Puk reportedly threw at around 70 percent effort. The 23-year-old was on the fast track to the big leagues last year before needing the surgery. He’s expected to return mid-season and could be a used fantasy pickup. Puk has struck out 224 hitters in 157 2/3 minor league innings.

Chris Archer (hernia surgery) says he has already thrown four bullpen session without issue. (Source: Adam Berry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Archer also said his goal is to be able to throw over 100 pitches by Opening Day. The 30-year-old underwent hernia surgery in November but should be good to go to start the year. Archer has had an ERA over 4.00 each of the past three season after finishing fifth in the 2015 Cy Young voting.