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Daniel Mengden told NBC Sports Bay Area that he is "about 95 percent" following February elbow surgery. (Source: NBC Sports Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: The 27-year-old had to have bone spurs removed from his elbow back in February but has already been throwing bullpen sessions. Mengden should be ready for action if/when the season resumes sometime this summer. He posted a 4.83 ERA in 59 2/3 innings with Oakland last year.

Category: Injury Updates


Jung Ho Kang has been suspended one year from the Korean Baseball Organization. (Source: Yonhap News Agency)

Fantasy Impact: Kang faced a possible suspension of up to three years for his three drunk driving cases. The KBO ultimately decided to suspend Kang for one year in addition to 300 hours of community service. The suspension will begin once Kang officially signs with a KBO team. Since Kang wasn't a free agent when he left the KBO, the Nexen Heroes still hold their reserve right to Kang. "The Heroes must agree to activate Kang from the voluntarily retired list, but Kang has yet to contact the Heroes about a potential return." The 33-year-old slashed .169/.222/.395 with 10 homers, 24 RBI and 15 runs scored across 185 plate appearances for the Pirates in 2019.

Category: Transactions


Brendan McKay (shoulder) has not been throwing off a mound since spring training was shut down. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old southpaw dealt with some shoulder soreness during spring training so this is purely a precautionary move by the Rays. Pitching coach Kyle Snyder expects McKay to have "zero limitations" if/when the MLB season resumes.

Category: Injury Updates


Blake Snell (elbow) has not been throwing off of a mound during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Snell was dealing with some elbow soreness during spring training so this appears to be precautionary. Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder says the 27-year-old will have "zero limitations" whenever the MLB season resumes.

Category: Injury Updates


Brendan Rodgers has benefitted from the downtime of the delayed 2020 season, and has healed from his labrum surgery last year. He should be ready to go without limitations when spring training resumes. (Source: Kevin Henry of Fansided)

Fantasy Impact: With Rodgers able to play a variety of positions, he should see a decent amount of at-bats once the 2020 season begins. With the uncertainty surrounding how the Rockies handle their young players driving down his draft day price, the former top-ten prospect has a chance of exceeding his current ADP of 459.

Category: Injury Updates


James Paxton told Meredith Marakovits of YES Network that he is working to increase the spin rate of his pitches. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: Paxton, who underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy back in February, has been throwing simulated innings and should be ready to pitch whenever the season begins. The lefty has also been throwing with a ball that tracks spin rate, and Paxton noticed he generates more spin on his fastball when using a different grip. It wouldn't be wise to vault Paxton up your draft board solely because of this news, but it is definitely a positive development to hear.


Scooter Gennett told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that he is "fine" with not playing if the right offer doesn't come along. (Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: ″(Teams) didn’t come anywhere near what I thought was respectful and what I thought is right," Gennett said. The veteran infielder was seeking a $5 million deal but the best he got was an offer for $1.5 million plus incentives, though that team also had an everyday second baseman. Gennett posted an .847 OPS as recently as 2018 but struggled mightily with injuries and ineffectiveness last year.

Category: Rumors


Aaron Judge Judge (rib) "has yet to resume swinging a bat," said Yankees' hitting coach Marcus Thames. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: “When the doctors turn him loose, he’ll be ready. He’s chomping at the bit to get out there," Thames added. This is encouraging news in regards to Judge's recovery from a fracture right rib. Yankees GM Brian Cashman recently said he doesn’t think Judge would be fully healthy and back on the field until “summertime.” There is still no clear timetable when Judge will return, but it's possible he could be ready for Opening Day. The 28-year-old is currently the 17th ranked outfielder in the latest expert consensus rankings,

Category: Injury Updates


Eugenio Suarez is fully recovered from his swimming injury in January, and is full-go for whenever the 2020 season will begin. (Source: Mark Sheldon of MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: It looks like the downtime has really helped Suarez's shoulder to fully heal. With this news, his ADP will likely creep up near the top 50. Monitor his power during the spring, as shoulder injuries can sometimes result in a loss of power.

Category: Injury Updates


Nick Senzel has progressed well from his shoulder surgery in September, and will be ready to go on Opening Day. (Source: Mark Sheldon of MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Senzel is in an open competition for an outfield spot, though the universal DH certainly helps him out. While his ADP of 229 may seem like a bargain, monitor his power when spring training reopens. He is more known for his hit tool, but any sap to his power as a result of the injury would dampen his fantasy outlook.

Category: Injury Updates


Brett Honeywell Jr. underwent a decompression procedure on his right ulnar nerve on Wednesday. (Source: Josh Tolentino on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Honeywell underwent surgery to remove scar tissue from the area of the nerve. He will begin strength and mobility exercises on Monday in Port Charlotte. Honeywell missed all of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and 2019 due to a fractured elbow. It is unclear at this time when Honeywell will return, but there’s a good chance the 25-year-old could miss the 2020 season.

Category: Injury Updates


Manny Ramirez is still without a contract in Taiwan and a deal "hasn’t materialized to this point," per Jon Heyman of the MLB Network. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez is hoping to sign a deal for the second half of the season, Heyman added. It was reported that Rameriz would resume his playing career in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan. "My goal for 2020, is to find a roster spot in the CPBL," Ramirez says. "I have been itching to get back in the batter's box and be able to compete again." The 47-year-old has yet to sign a deal and will try to latch onto a team before the second half of the season starts. Manny hasn't played in the majors since 2011 or any type of professional ball since 2017.


Kevin Kramer underwent surgery to repair the labrum of his right hip. He is expected to be out four-to-six months. (Source: Stephen J. Nesbitt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If the MLB season resumes, Kramer's recovery timeline from surgery would put him out for the entire 2020 campaign. He was expected to start the season in Triple-A. Kramer slashed .167/.260/.190 with five RBI and five runs scored across 50 plate appearances for the Pirates i 2019. The former second-round pick is a stash in dynasty leagues only.

Category: Injury Updates


Alex Bregman parted ways with his agent Brodie Scoffield of Klutch Sports. He is in the process of looking for a new agent. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Bregman is currently in the process of searching for a new agent. He signed a six-year, $100 million extension with the Astros last year. This doesn’t affect his fantasy value, and he is 16th overall in the latest expert consensus rankings. Bregman slashed .296/.423/.592 with 41 homers, 112 RBI, five stolen bases and 122 runs scored across 690 plate appearances in 2019.

Category: Transactions


Bartolo Colon told Marly Rivera of ESPN he is hoping to pitch one more season in the majors. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Colon, 46, hasn't pitched in the majors since September of 2018. "I thought that last year maybe I would have the opportunity," Colon said on a video call with ESPN. "I know that if it didn't happen last year, this year would be less likely. I'm getting older and the game is all about the young pitchers coming up. When you get older, teams no longer need your services." The veteran righty added that if it was up to him he would pitch for the Mets. Colon spent three years in Queens, logging at least 190 innings in every season from 2014-16.

Category: Rumors


The Rockies released right-hander Tim Melville. (Source: Thomas Harding on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 30-year-old pitched in seven games for the Rockies last year, posting a 4.86 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He cracked a rib back in February and wasn't able to pitch in the Cactus League this spring.

Category: Transactions


Francisco Rodriguez told Venezuelan journalist Guillermo Arcay that he is hoping to return to the major leagues. (Source: MLive.com)

Fantasy Impact: K-Rod hasn't pitched in the majors since June 28, 2017. Since being released by the Tigers in the summer of 2017, the 38-year-old pitched has pitched in the minors and independent teams for both the United States and in Mexico. When asked if his goal was to return to the majors, K-Rod said “That is the goal." "In spite of the fact that I’m seen as being advanced in age, that is the goal. The injuries and the ups and downs have slowed me down. But I have the conviction, the hunger and I am completely sure I can accomplish it." K-Rod currently ranks fourth on the all-time saves list with 437. Rodriguez will try to latch onto a team in the majors this off-season.


Aaron Hicks (elbow) posted a video of himself on Instagram swinging and working out on Monday. He continues to recover from Tommy John surgery. (Source: SNY Yankees on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in October. As seen on the video, he is progressing well in his recovery. Yankees' GM Brian Cashman recently stated “Him playing centerfield for the Yankees this summer is a legit option." The 30-year-old slashed .235/.325./.443 with 12 homers, 36 RBI, 41 runs and one stolen bases across 255 plate appearances in 2019. Hicks is currently 128th among all outfielders in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates


Jordan Hicks (elbow) could return from Tommy John surgery shortly after the MLB season starts. He will play a key role out of the bullpen, per Cardinals' President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. (Source: Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Fantasy Impact: "Given the circumstances of the season, the likelihood of his being able to contribute are a lot different than had it been a normal year," Mozeliak said. "There is some optimism that if we do have a season, he'll have some way of being a key member of it, said Mozeliak. It was reported that he was throwing 30-pitch bullpen sessions during off-season to ramp up his pitch count. Hicks is 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery and is expected to be a key member of the Cardinals' bullpen once the season starts. The Cardinals could be cautious with their reliever in the beginning, but there is a chance he could close games in the near future. Hicks is currently 260 among all pitchers in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates


Rich Hill (elbow) expects to be ready when spring training resumes. (Source: Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Fantasy Impact: Hill continues to rehab from off-season elbow surgery, but doesn't expect to miss time. Before the MLB season was delayed, it was reported that Hill would return in June. Hill has been able to throw during the off-season and should be all systems go by the time spring training resumes. “(I’ve) been able to make the most out of the situation so I’m right where I should be as far as rehab progression-wise, so if we do have a season, I should be ready to go when we kick off something of a spring training,” said Hill. The 40-year-old owned a (4-1) record with a 2.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and a 72:18 K:BB across 58 2/3 innings for the Dodgers in 2019. Hill is currently 126th among all pitchers in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates


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