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Chris Archer underwent surgery to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome on Tuesday. He will miss the 2020 season. (Source: Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Archer is projected to return for the 2021 season. The news comes as a surprise as there was nothing reported this off-season about Archer dealing with any physical concerns. The 31-year-old pitcher also has an $11 million team option for 2021. Archer will miss the 2020 season and should only be retained in dynasty-league formats.

Category: Injury Updates


The Mariners released starting pitcher Manny Banuelos. (Source: MLB Trade Rumors)

Fantasy Impact: Banuelos had signed a minor-league deal with Seattle this past off-season. The 29-year-old is a former top prospect of the Yankee organization. He posted a 6.93 ERA in eight starts with the White Sox in 2019.

Category: Transactions


The Angels released starting pitcher Luiz Gohara. (Source: Fabian Ardaya on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Still just 23 years old, Gohara was a highly ranked prospect in recent seasons. However, shoulder problems have been an issue for him lately and the former Atlanta Brave signed with the Angels this off-season. Gohara likely won't sign with another organization until 2021.

Category: Transactions


The Diamondbacks released starting pitcher Edwin Jackson. (Source: J.J. Cooper on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The D'Backs have released 37 minor leaguers this week, Jackson among them. The veteran right-hander put up an ugly 9.58 ERA between the Blue Jays and Tigers last year. The 36-year-old was a sixth-round pick by the Dodgers way back in 2001.

Category: Transactions


The Diamondbacks have released outfielder Travis Snider. (Source: J.J. Cooper on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Snider hit well in Triple-A last year, batting .294/.402/.497 across 368 plate appearances. The former top prospect hasn't played in the big leagues since 2015, however. He will likely have to wait until 2021 to sign with another club.

Category: Transactions


The Nationals released outfielder Mac Williamson. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Williamson likely would've begun the 2020 season in Triple-A and served as depth for the defending world champs. He hit just .156 between the Giants and Mariners in 2019.

Category: Transactions


Griffin Canning (elbow) has been throwing live batting practice sessions of up to 55 pitches. (Source: Rhett Bollinger on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: So has teammate Shohei Ohtani. Canning was dealing with an elbow issue this spring and didn't pitch at all in the Cactus League. It's unclear at the moment if the 24-year-old will be ready for action if/when play resumes in 2020.

Category: Injury Updates


Shohei Ohtani (elbow) has been throwing live batting practice sessions. (Source: Rhett Bollinger on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ohtani and teammate Griffin Canning are up to around 55 pitches per session. The 25-year-old phenom underwent Tommy John surgery last year and was aiming to return as a two-way player in mid-May of 2020. If the season actually begins in July than Ohtani should be able to both hit and pitch right away.

Category: Injury Updates


Luis Severino told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he is "progressing well" in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: The 26-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery back in February but says he is making steady progress in his rehab. Severino will obviously miss any 2020 game action but should be able to return partway through 2021 if things continue progressing in the right direction.

Category: Injury Updates


Felipe Vazquez faces additional charges for child pornography in St. Louis. (Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review )

Fantasy Impact: Vazquez was originally arrested in Florida with a count of computer pornography, solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors in September. He is now facing 20 charges involving crimes with minors. Vazquez was placed on administrative leave by the Pirates. If found guilty, Vazquez’s baseball playing days are likely over.


Brock Stewart was released by the Cubs on Thursday. (Source: PJ Mooney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stewart owns a career 6.05 ERA across 105 2/3 innings in his four seasons in the majors. He confirmed the news on his personal twitter account. Stewart will look to latch onto another team.

Category: Transactions


Updating a previous report, OF Carlos Gonzalez was not released by the Mariners, per Jon Heyman of the MLB Network. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez reportedly was released by the Mariners on Thursday, but Heyman is now stating the team did not waive him. With the Mariners in rebuilding mode, it will be tough for Gonzalez to see everyday at-bats. He slashed .200/.289/.283 with three homers, 10 RBI and 21 runs scored across 166 plate appearances for the Cubs/Indians in 2019. Gonzalez is merely a dart throw in AL-Only League formats.

Category: Transactions


Cody Allen (forearm) has been throwing at Globe Life Park during the COVID-19 shutdown. (Source: Rangers.mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: Allen signed a minor league deal with the team in February and then put up an 11.25 ERA in four Cactus League appearances. Still, there's a reasonable chance he makes the Rangers' bullpen in a shortened season with expanded rosters. However, it remains very unlikely that he provides any fantasy value this year.

Category: Injury Updates


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


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