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Free agent C.J. Cron, who has knee surgery last August, has been cleared for full activity. He's been hitting and sprinting and is on track to be ready for the start of spring training, according to Jason Beck. (Source: Jason Beck on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cron dislocated his left kneecap back in August after only playing in 13 games for the Tigers. He slashed .190/.346/.548 with four home runs over 42 at-bats. Cron has operated as a designated hitter and a first baseman throughout his career but the free agent market has been very slow for potential DH's. Teams are awaiting MLB's decision on a universal DH and until there is clarity there, Cron could remain unsigned.

White Sox 2B Nick Madrigal (shoulder) resumed baseball activities on Monday and plans to be ready for Opening Day. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Madrigal underwent a cleanup procedure on his shoulder back in October. It was an issue he played through during the season and the expectation is that he's 100 percent for the 2021 campaign. The 23-year-old rookie hit .340 this season, but it came with zero homers. Fantasy managers drafting Madrigal should expect a healthy batting average with minimal strikeouts but also minimal power.

Free agent pitcher James Paxton hit 94 mph at a throwing session that he held for scouts, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "As many as 20 teams were in attendance" for the throwing session, per Morosi. Paxton was limited to five starts in 2020 with an elbow issue but has been generating some interest this offseason according to his agent Scott Boras. It's a great sign to see the big left-hander hit 94 on the gun, which should generate even more buzz. Despite his lengthy injury history, the "Big Maple" holds a career 3.58 ERA and 1.21 WHIP across 753 1/3 innings.

Cody Bellinger, who had shoulder surgery in mid-November to repair a dislocated shoulder, is "ahead of schedule" with his rehab, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. (Source: Jorge Castillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bellinger originally dislocated the shoulder while celebrating a home run in Game 7 of the NLCS and received surgery about a month after the World Series. It's great news to hear he is progressing ahead of schedule in his rehab. Roberts added that he could be "somewhat active" for the start of spring training. The 25-year old had a disappointing season in which he slashed .239/.333/.455 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI over 56 games last season. He's a solid bounce back candidate, barring any setbacks in rehab.

Angels manager Joe Maddon says Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is "doing really well." (Source: Rhett Bollinger on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Maddon went on to say that Ohtani is healthy and that he expects him to be a part of the rotation as a two-way player next year. Injuries have derailed the first few seasons of Ohtani's major league tenure, but he remains an impressive talent that the Angels are intent on getting maximum value out of. Right now, that apparently means they still want him to both hit and pitch.

Astros GM James Click says Justin Verlander (elbow) is aiming to pitch out of relief in September or October. (Source: MLB Network Radio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Athletes tend to be overly optimistic when it comes to their own injury timelines, and this would be a remarkable achievement if the 38-year-old is able to pull it off. Verlander underwent Tommy John surgery in September and is currently rehabbing. A return to start the 2022 season is more likely.