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Cole Hamels (shoulder) is reportedly still "at least" a few weeks away from being cleared to throw. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The lefty, who signed with Atlanta as a free agent this off-season, is expected to report to spring training later this week for rehab. He'll likely begin the season on the injured list and will be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks.

Category: Injury Updates

Xander Bogaerts is dealing with a sore ankle and will take it easy for the next few days. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears to be an extremely minor concern for the Red Sox. Bogaerts had a career-year in 2019, batting .309 with 33 homers, 117 RBI, and a .939 OPS.

Category: Injury Updates

Sonny Gray (elbow) has reported no issues during his early bullpen sessions this spring. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Gray underwent arthroscopic surgery in late-September to remove bone chips and appears to be healthy to start spring training. The 30-year-old was fantastic in 2019, posting a 2.87 ERA with 205 strikeouts in 175 1/3 innings. He's being taken as a top-30 starter in early drafts.

Category: Injury Updates

Eugenio Suarez (shoulder) took some one-handed swings and fielded grounders on Sunday. (Source: Bobby Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He didn't make any throws, however. Suarez recently had surgery to remove loose cartilage in his shoulder. It remains unlikely that he's ready by Opening Day but this shouldn't be too long of an extended absence.

Category: Injury Updates

Chris Sale (illness) could miss Opening Day as a result of his delayed start to Spring training action. (Source: Christopher Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sale recently came down with pneumonia, and interim manager Ron Roenicke stressed that the team will not rush him back until he's fully ready. Sale played catch Friday and Saturday, but is still not at full strength. With pitchers requiring a more comprehensive buildup, Sale's delayed start of full action might push his return past the start of the regular season.

Category: Injury Updates

Miles Mikolas' program has been slowed this spring as part of a plan to accommodate the sore flexor he had coming out of last season. (Source: Derrick S. Goold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The plan is to eventually ramp up his activity throughout the spring. Mikolas saw his ERA rise from 2.83 in 2018 to 4.16 last year. Fantasy players will want to monitor his progress before using a draft pick on him next month.

Category: Injury Updates

Sergio Romo is dealing with a minor shoulder strain and will be held out of action for a few days. (Source: Do-Hyoung Park on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Twins reportedly aren't worried in the slightest. Expect to see Romo back on the field soon. He is expected to begin the year as a setup man for Taylor Rogers.

Category: Injury Updates

Byron Buxton (shoulder) has progressed to taking swings off a tee. (Source: Aaron Gleeman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Buxton will be limited early in spring training after having labrum surgery last August. Manager Rocco Baldelli says the goal is for him to be ready for Opening Day. In 87 games last year Buxton hit 10 homers, stole 14 bases, and posted an .827 OPS.

Category: Injury Updates

Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke confirmed that Alex Verdugo's back injury is a stress fracture. (Source: Ian Browne on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Red Sox knew about this issue prior to trading for Verdugo and don't expect it to be a long-term concern. Roenicke also acknowledged that even if things go perfectly that Verdugo likely won't be ready for Opening Day. We should continue getting updates on his status throughout spring training.

Category: Injury Updates

Giants manager Gabe Kapler says the team will use a closer-by-committee approach to start the season. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: This is mostly out of necessity after the organization let Will Smith walk as a free agent. Tony Watson is the team's most experienced option. However, as a lefty he might be more valuable in a situation role. Shaun Anderson and Tyler Rogers are other possibilities to see save chances. This is probably a situation to avoid for fantasy purposes.

The Indians announced Friday that Mike Clevinger (knee) is expected to return to Major League game activity in six to eight weeks. (Source: Mandy Bell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This isn't terrible news considering Opening Day is six weeks from now. That means Clevinger might only miss the first couple weeks of the 2020 season. The ace right-hander underwent surgery today to repair a partial tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee.

Category: Injury Updates

Brendan McKay will pitch on a standard five-day schedule this season, according to Rays manager Kevin Cash. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 2019, most of McKay's outings came with an extra day of rest, so it's assuring for fantasy owners that he'll be deployed more regularly in 2020. Cash also noted that, while McKay would continue to work on his hitting this Spring, the team's focus is on getting him ready to pitch.

Category: Rumors

Corey Knebel is scheduled for his fourth bullpen today, another touch-and-feel session of about 20 pitches at 80 percent. He's hoping to be back by the first week of May. (Source: Madam McCalvy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After opting for Tommy John surgery and missing the entire 2019 season, Knebel is almost done with his rehab and should immediately assume a big role out of the Brewers' bullpen upon his tentative May return. Josh Hader has a firm lock on the closer role but Knebel and Alex Claudio will be the most valuable to come out of the bullpen in Milwaukee. Knebel made the All-Star game as a closer in 2017 but finished 2018, his last healthy season, with 88 SO, 22 BB, 3.58 ERA, and 1.084 WHIP over 55.1 IP.

Category: Injury Updates

Josh Hader lost his arbitration case and will make $4.1 million in 2020. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Hader had asked for $6.4 million so the two sides were pretty far apart. The lefty relief ace should once again provide plenty of fantasy value this summer.

Category: Transactions

Johnny Cueto is a candidate to pitch on Opening Day for the Giants this year. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: This was an honor annually given to Madison Bumgarner before he left for the Diamondbacks this off-season. Cueto returned from Tommy John surgery to pitch in September last year, posting a 5.06 ERA in 16 innings. It's worth noting that in 2018 he had a 3.23 ERA in 53 innings before undergoing Tommy John. He's basically free in drafts right now and certainly has upside if he stays healthy.

Felix Hernandez is competing for a spot in the Braves' rotation this spring. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez was dreadful in 2019, going 1-8 with a 6.40 ERA in 15 starts with the Mariners. Atlanta has plenty of rotation options but Cole Hamels' shoulder injury opens the door a tad. Ultimately Hernandez will need to have a wildly impressive spring to make the Opening Day roster.

The Red Sox plan to play Michael Chavis at both first base and second base in order to keep his bat in the lineup this year. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The plan is seemingly to play Chavis at second base versus right-handers (with Mitch Moreland playing first). Versus lefties, Chavis will play first base with Jose Peraza filling in at second. It's reassuring to hear that the 24-year-old will basically be an everyday player this season. Chavis hit 18 homers in 95 games as a rookie last year, though he was extremely streaky at times.

Mitch Haniger (abdomen) underwent another surgery on Thursday. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Haniger has now had surgery twice in the past three weeks. His timetable to return in 2020 remains unclear. Haniger’s 2020 season will be delayed and an update should be provided once the 29-year old resumes baseball activities. Jake Fraley and Braden Bishop would see extra at-bats if Haniger is sidelined an extended amount of games.

Category: Injury Updates

Tommy Pham told reporters Thursday that he played through a partially torn UCL last year. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pham still managed to play in 145 games with the Rays but said that the issue "bothered him". The outfielder received stem cell injections and PRP therapy throughout the off-season. One would hope he's healthier entering 2020.

Category: Injury Updates

The Marlins are signing Brad Boxberger to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. (Source: Joe Frisaro on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Boxberger posted an underwhelming 5.40 ERA in 29 appearances with the Royals last season. He'll serve as bullpen depth for Miami right now. Brandon Kintzler is slated to open the year as the Marlins' closer.

Category: Transactions

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