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Michael Kopech has received permission to attend to a personal matter and has not yet reported to Chicago. Kopech is healthy, but does not have a timetable to return. (Source: Scott Merkin of MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kopech was slated to have 'significant impact' this season, according to GM Rick Hahn. However, his excused absence puts that in jeopardy, at least in the early stages of the season. Look for the White Sox to handle Kopech with care in this shortened season, regardless of when he reports to camp.

Category: Rumors


Shane Bieber will remain the Indians' Opening Day starter on July 24th. (Source: Paul Haynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Prior to the shutdown, Bieber was named the original Opening Day starter in March, and will remain this when the season starts on July 24th. Bieber had a career-year in 2019, owning a (15-8) record with a 3.28 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 259 strikeouts across 214 1/3 innings in 2019. He is currently eighth among starting pitchers in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Transactions


Kevin Plawecki and Jonathan Lucroy are competing to back up Christian Vazquez, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. (Source: weei.com)

Fantasy Impact: Lucroy would seem to have the edge in the battle due to his stronger skills at the plate. Plawecki is a career .218/.304/.322 hitter and will not have much fantasy value if he does make the final roster.


3B Eugenio Suarez is a “100 percent healthy.” said Reds’ manager David Bell. (Source: Bobby Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Suarez underwent right shoulder surgery in January. He is a "100 percent healthy" and should be all systems go for summer camp. Prior to the shutdown, Suarez was swinging a bat without a issue. The 28-year-old slashed .271/.358/.572 with 49 homers, 103 RBI, 87 runs and three stolen bases across 662 plate appearances in 2019. He is currently 10th among all 3B in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates


Eduardo Rodriguez is not in Red Sox' summer camp after being around someone who tested positive for COVID-19 according to Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic. (Source: Jen McCaffrey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez will remain at his home in Florida and is still awaiting his test results to see if he has also been inflicted with the virus. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on updates regarding the veteran lefty.

Category: Injury Updates


Carlos Carrasco (elbow) says he is "ready to go" and has built up to pitching six innings. (Source: Zack Meisel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carrasco's elbow issue from spring training 1.0 appears to be a thing of the past. Even though he's built up to six innings the Indians won't ask him to pitch that deep into a game early on. The expectation is that starting pitchers will be eased in throughout the league.

Category: Injury Updates


Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw his third bullpen session Friday. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former World Series MVP said he felt great afterwards. The lefty dealt with some shoulder irritation back in spring training 1.0 but should be ready to go come Opening Day. Fantasy players should just keep in mind that his innings could be pretty limited early on.

Category: Injury Updates


OF Delino Deshields has tested positive for Coronavirus and is recovering at home. (Source: Tom Withers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Deshields was reportedly experiencing “very mild symptoms” and will be unable to report to spring training 2.0 until he produces two negative tests. He is doing well and is recovering from home. Deshields is projected to be Cleveland’s fourth outfielder, and it is unknown at this time if he will miss any regular season games.

Category: Injury Updates


Charlie Morton says he hasn't decided whether or not he will continue his playing career after 2020. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morton has hinted at retirement before but mentioned he may not want to end his career under such strange circumstances. The 36-year-old is coming off a career year, putting up a 3.05 ERA with 240 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings. He should be viewed as a top-10 fantasy starter in 2020.


Nick Senzel (shoulder) is a “100 percent healthy.” said Reds’ manager David Bell. (Source: Bobby Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Senzel had surgery in September to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and is fully recovered from the injury. Prior to the shutdown, the 25-year-old was able to pick up some at-bats in the spring, and should be a full go for summer camp. Senzel slashed 256/.315/.427 with 12 home runs, 42 RBI, 55 runs and 14 stolen bases across 409 plate appearances in 2019. He should see everyday at-bats and is currently 61st among all outfielders in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates


Logan Morrison told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he has lost 20-25 pounds since spring training was shut down. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Morrison changed his diet over the offseason but told McCalvy he didn't perfect it until late March. The 32-year-old will be a part-time player for Milwaukee this year but could see some extra at bats with the universal DH.


Giovanny Gallegos will not be present for early summer camp workouts. (Source: Mark Saxon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gallegos remains in his native Mexico and we don't yet have a reason for his absence. He should be the favorite for saves in St. Louis assuming he is ready to go on Opening Day. Jordan Hicks (elbow) is scheduled to begin the season on the injured list.


Alex Bregman has hired Scott Boras as his new agent. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bregman was looking for new representation as he left his old agency Klutch Sports back in May. He ultimately decided to hire super agent Scott Boras. The 26-year-old signed a six-year, $100 million contract last year. Bregman slashed .296/.423/.592 with 41 homers, 112 RBI, five stolen bases and 122 runs scored across 690 plate appearances in 2019. He is currently 16th overall among in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Transactions


The Rangers added RHPs Edinson Volquez and Juan Nicasio to their summer camp roster. (Source: Chris Halicke on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The two veterans were in spring training as non-roster invitees. They'll both serve as pitching depth for Texas this year.

Category: Transactions


The Rangers added Juan Nicasio to their 60-man player pool. (Source: Chris Halicke on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The team also added Edinson Volquez to their summer camp roster. The two veterans will serve as pitching depth this season.

Category: Transactions


Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Tommy Hunter was placed on the COVID-19 IL earlier this week. (Source: Matt Breen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hunter, Scott Kingery, Hector Neris, and Ranger Suarez were all placed on the IL for an undisclosed reason. Breen confirms they were placed on the COVID-19 injured list. It's important to remember that this doesn't necessarily mean any of them have tested positive. It could mean they are showing symptoms or have had contact with an infected person.

Category: Injury Updates


Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the four Phillies placed on the injured list this week were placed on the COVID-19 IL. (Source: Matt Breen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Scott Kingery, Hector Neris, Tommy Hunter, and Ranger Suarez were all placed on the injured list this week. The team did not announce was it was for, which made it easy to speculate. It is important to remember that this doesn't mean any of them have contracted the virus. It could simply mean they are showing symptoms or have had contact with an infected person.

Category: Injury Updates


Matt Breen reports that Scott Kingery and three other Phillies are confirmed to have been placed on the COVID-19 IL. (Source: Matt Breen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kingery, Hector Neris, Tommy Hunter, and Ranger Suarez were all placed on the injured list this week. The team did not announce was it was for, which made it easy to speculate. It is important to remember that this doesn't mean any of them have contracted the virus. It could simply mean they are showing symptoms or have had contact with an infected person.

Category: Injury Updates


Kevin Pillar is expected to be in the lineup whenever the Red Sox face a left-hander, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. (Source: Red Sox on MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Pillar joined the Red Sox during the second week of spring training and was immediately penciled in as a reliable backup at all three outfield spots. Pillar will now have an opportunity to platoon but will probably not see enough at-bats to be fantasy relevant.


RyanWeber was close to locking down the No. 4 starter job in spring training and is expected to be part of the rotation in the regular season, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. (Source: Red Sox on MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Weber pitched nine scoreless innings while recording 11 strikeouts and no walks during spring training which has helped his case to make the team's rotation. Weber is only worth drafting in deeper fantasy formats.