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Tyson Ross, progressing nicely after having surgery last fall for issues related to thoracic outlet syndrome, took a big step forward Wednesday by throwing 20 pitches, all fastballs, at live batting practice. He reported no issues and if all remains well, he could pitch in a minor league game next week. (Source: Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Fantasy Impact: If the good news holds and he continues to progress this well he might be able to return to the rotation the first week in May. Leagues with 14 teams or more are more suitable for Ross at this point.


Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer will miss his opening day start with a fractured finger. (Source: csnmidatlantic.com)

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer, regarded by most as the second best pitcher in baseball, will miss the Nationals opening day start for the first time in two years. Nationals manager Dusty Baker had stated that Scherzer will hopefully start the season as the third pitcher in the rotation. No matter what happens, Scherzer should be drafted as is. Baseball is a long season and Max shouldn't miss much time once his first start comes around. It is comforting to know that Scherzer did pitch 4.2 innings this past week striking out four and walking one while giving up five hits and two earned runs.


Carlos Gomez jammed his left shoulder Tuesday after sliding into third base against the White Sox. He left the game and is expected to return soon with no signs of serious injury.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Gomez is having a decent Spring batting .344 with three home runs. He is good as a late-round pick in 12-team leagues or more.


Josh Donaldson is in the lineup and playing third base in Wednesday's spring training matchup. (Source: Morgan P. Campbell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Donaldson has been progressing slowly from a calf strain suffered before spring training games began. He progressed to DH'ing and not running, to hitting and running, and now playing the field. He should be good to go by Opening Day.


Jose Bautista was scratched from today's start, likely the result back stiffness he's been suffering from over the past week. (Source: Arden Zwelling on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There's still a couple weeks before the Opening Day, so there's no real need for concern. Of course, he is 36 years old, so these days are going to end up being more common.


Didi Gregorius has a shoulder strain and will not be able to participate in baseball activities for two weeks. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Gregorius suffered the injury playing in the WBC over the weekend, and unfortunately, it means he'll have to miss Opening Day. Manager Joe Girardi also said that it's even possible the shortstop could miss all of April with the injury. The 27-year-old will likely have a firmer timetable once he is able to resume baseball activities, while Tyler Wade could fill in for Gregorius during his absence.


RP Huston Street said his strained right lat is healing as expected, keeping him on track to resume throwing at the end of the month. (Source: Maria Guardado on mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: The right-hander has 324 saves to his name but will need to improve upon last season's performances if that is to increase. The veteran had a 6.45 ERA with 5.2 SO/9 in easily the worst season of his career. Flame-thrower Cam Bedrosian is expected to be given the closer job at the start of the season, so it will be his to lose rather than Street's to win.


SP Garrett Richards started the Minor League Spring Training game vs. the Brewers on Tuesday. The right-hander gave up one run on four hits with one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: The high pitch count is encouraging for Garrett Richards who avoided Tommy John surgery last season, opting instead for stem cell treatment. He has elite stuff with a 3.11 ERA over the last three years and a strikeout rate of 8.2 SO/9. The Angels have suggested that the 28-year-old will be limited to 100 pitches in his starts this season, which could impact the number of wins he can secure.


SP Nick Tropeano has been officially cleared to start a throwing program as part of his recovery from Tommy John surgery (Source: Maria Guardado on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nick Tropeano established himself within the Angels' rotation with a 3.56 ERA and a strikeout per inning in 15 starts last season, before falling to the dreaded UCL injury. The right-hander had surgery in August, so it is unlikely that he will make any contribution this season. Keep him on your radar in deep leagues for 2018.


Corey Seager finally saw game action Tuesday as he slowly makes his way back from oblique soreness, batting 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in a minor league game. Seager plans to play five innings on defense in a minor league game on Thursday after Wednesday's day off. (Source: Bill Plunkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Seager has consistently sounded an optimistic tone regarding his availability for Opening Day despite sitting out most of March, and it looks increasingly likely he can actually meet that timeline. Fantasy owners should stay tuned this week to make sure Seager suffers no setbacks as his rehab continues.


David Price (elbow) may be out until May at the earliest, Evan Drellich of Comcast Sportsnet New England reports. It's important to note that the Red Sox have not offered up a timetable for Price, but he will need to go through the process of getting fully stretched out before he's cleared to join the Boston rotation. (Source: CSNNE.com)

Fantasy Impact: Price is scheduled to be evaluated again by team doctors Tuesday. So stay tuned for updates. As for now, fantasy owners should avoid Price in upcoming drafts. He is too risky to be drafted where he is currently ranked. Let someone else take the risk.


Andre Ethier will be shut down for at least one week after an MRI revealed a mild disc herniation, according to manager Dave Roberts. Ethier was batting a stellar .500/.684/.833 in limited playing time this spring and was set to open the season as the strong side of the Dodgers' left field platoon after missing most of 2016 with a fractured shin. (Source: True Blue LA)

Fantasy Impact: Although not much of an option in standard leagues, Ethier should provide sneaky value in deep leagues this year if he can ever stay consistently healthy. Over the course of his 11-year career, Ethier has mashed righties to the tune of .303/.382/.506 in over 4,000 plate appearances, including .306/.383/.517 in 397 plate appearances as recently as 2015 (his age-33 season). If Ethier begins the season on the disabled list, it will open the door for a pair of fantasy-interesting youngsters (Andrew Toles and Trayce Thompson) to compete for the majority of playing time in left field -- though neither is likely to play enough to be reliable in standard leagues.


The MRI that David Dahl received on Friday revealed his ribs are slowly healing, but the Rockies say he's still not ready for baseball activity and will need at least 10 more days (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: When he's healthy, Dahl will likely spend time either at Triple-A or extended spring training to get at-bats before returning to the Rockies. There is no particular rush as Gerardo Parra has been tearing it up recently with Dahl sidelined, but Dahl is fully expected to find a role in the Rockies' outfield.


Adrian Gonzalez plans to rest until Thursday with elbow soreness he felt while batting in Sunday's spring training exhibition against Japan. The soreness is affecting the same elbow (his right) that sidelined Gonzalez for two weeks earlier in spring training. (Source: Andy McCullough on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Entering his age-35 season and likely facing reduced playing time, the former All-Star first baseman was already a stay-away as a fantasy starter in 2017. His nagging elbow issues make him even less attractive.


Michael Brantley singled twice in his cactus league debut Monday. He also knocked in a run and scored.

Fantasy Impact: The outing was very positive for Brantley. Making it through his first sprint training game healthy coupled with success at the plate is just what the Indians wanted to see. It is still unclear whether or not he will be ready for opening day but this is certainly the first step in ensuring his return.


Drew Pomeranz said he won't miss any time after being removed from Sunday's game with tightness in his triceps, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. Pomeranz attributed the triceps tightness to mechanical issues and said he threw Monday and felt fine. (Source: Rob Bradford on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners should keep an eye on this situation with Pomeranz. Anytime there is tightness with the triceps there is a cause for concern. Fortunately, there is still two week left of spring training and there will be more updates.


Astros pitching prospect David Paulino will begin the season on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his right elbow. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: The good news is that Paulino has no structural damage to his elbow. It is unclear how long he will be sidelined for. The 23-year-old was ranked the 83rd best prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus and was expected to help the major league club at some point during the year as a starter or reliever. Paulino still has long-term upside, but his likelihood to contribute in 2017 doesn't look so great.


Collin McHugh will throw about 45 pitches in a minor league game on Wednesday. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: McHugh is still trying to get ready for the regular season after getting a delayed start to his spring with a sore arm. The hope is that McHugh will be ready to go by the team's fourth or fifth regular season game, although he could be pushed back further if necessary.


Lance McCullers left Sunday's start in the fourth inning with skin irritation on his right foot. He had pitched three and 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: McCullers' foot began bleeding after the mound rubbed a hole in his cleat. Thankfully, McCullers said he "wasn't like going to die from a blood loss out there," and he shouldn't miss any time because of the incident. McCullers, putting on his best Curt Schilling impression, threw 57 pitches in the outing and looked impressive once again. Grab McCullers in your draft if you want some upside on your pitching staff.


The slugger was back in the lineup Thursday after missing a few games with an illness, but his struggles at the plate continued. He is just 4-for-28 (.143) with one home run and three RBI through 12 games this spring, which isn't helping his bid for playing time over Greg Bird and Matt Holiday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Carter, the National League's defending home run champion, found free-agent suitors hard to come by this winter, a sign of the diminishing value of his power in a league rife with it. He eventually signed a one-year deal with the Yankees, where he'll serve as insurance behind Greg Bird, who missed the entire 2016 season following shoulder surgery, and in Bird's best-case scenario Carter might be Bird's platoon partner. Yankee Stadium's power-friendly confines are a great fit for Carter's skill set, but he's a shaky pick in standard mixed leagues without a guarantee of regular at-bats. He'll help AL-only owners in Rotisserie scoring, but otherwise might be best used in daily leagues when the match up calls.