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Willie Calhoun has resumed swinging and is now taking part in all baseball-related activities. He's recovering from a fractured jaw. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: The injury seemed devastating to Calhoun's fantasy value at the time it occurred, but now he should be fully recovered by the start of the 2020 season given the ongoing delay. Calhoun has always been an intriguing fantasy prospect. He's currently just outside the top-200 overall picks based on our expert consensus rankings, but that could rise as we approach the start of the season when he's deemed fully recovered.

Category: Injury Updates


Chris Cotillo reports that Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh is still not throwing, but that he is otherwise coming along well. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears that the Red Sox are opting to take it slow with the veteran despite his clearance medically to resume throwing. This makes sense with the delay of the start of the season and its unknown duration. McHugh has proven fantasy relevant in the past in a swing role, and he should again be used out of the bullpen and as a starter in 2020. He's currently outside the top 100 SPs in our expert consensus rankings, but he's someone that could see time as a starter while carrying the RP eligibility in fantasy formats.

Category: Injury Updates


Seranthony Dominguez (elbow) facing a decision after he was recommended Tommy John surgery by the team doctors. (Source: Scott Lauber on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Dominguez will have his elbow re-examined before making a decision on whether to elect Tommy John surgery. He dealt with elbow issues in 2019 and suffered a setback while rehabbing this offseason. If Dominguez opts for surgery, he will miss the entire 2020 season. The 25-year-old reliever can be avoided in redraft leagues, but is worth stashing in dynasty formats.

Category: Injury Updates


Jameson Taillon (elbow) will not return in 2020 even if the season is considerably delayed. (Source: Adam Berry of MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Taillon underwent Tommy John surgery in August, and was rehabbing towards a 2020 return. The Pirates ultimately decided to rule him out for 2020 season, even if the year is considerably delayed. This is second time in his career Taillon underwent Tommy John surgery. Pittsburg is being cautious with their former number two overall pick, and he will likely return to the mound in 2021. Taillon is mainly a stash in dynasty leagues and can be avoided in re-draft formats.

Category: Injury Updates


Chris Sale underwent Tommy John surgery on Monday. (Source: Alex Speier on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Sale underwent Tommy John surgery on Monday and will miss the entire 2020 season. He has been bothered by elbow issues since the second half of last year. Sale owned a 4.49 ERA while striking out 218 across 147 1/3 innings in 2019.

Category: Injury Updates


Justin Verlander (groin) is on schedule for his recovery from groin surgery. (Source: Brian McTaggart of MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Verlander underwent groin surgery in March and is expected to be out the next six weeks. He is recovering well and is on schedule to return before the season starts. Astros’ general manager James Click said “Verlander is ready to get back out there as soon as he possibly can.” The MLB season is currently on hold due to the coronavirus epidemic, but the 37-year-old should be ready to throw by then.

Category: Injury Updates


Andrew Miller (arm, fingers) continues to make progress while the regular season remains on hold. (Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Fantasy Impact: Miller was having trouble "getting a feel for the baseball" this spring. However, the lefty reliever made a change to his medications recently, which seemed to help a bit. Miller was never having any pain while throwing, which is great to hear. With the season delayed there is a chance he could be ready to go once camp resumes.

Category: Injury Updates


Yankees manager Aaron Boone says the team has no plans to move Aaron Judge to first base. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: There has been some speculation that the team would consider a position change for Judge as he continues to battle injuries over the past two seasons. However, Boone called him an "elite defender" in the outfield and made it clear the Yankees have no plans to make a change when it comes to their superstar slugger's defensive alignment. The 27-year-old is currently recovering from a cracked rib and will be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks.


Byron Buxton (shoulder) is expected to be ready whenever the season begins. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Buxton had shoulder surgery last September and didn't play in any Grapefruit League games before spring training came to a halt. The former top prospect should not be written off in fantasy drafts moving forward. He showed as much promise in 2019 as he ever had in his big league career.

Category: Injury Updates


Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman says Joc Pederson (hip) won't be limited when camp resumes. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pederson was dealing with a hip issue before spring training came to a halt. However, the slugging lefty had already returned to minor league action before the stoppage. Pederson, who hit 36 homers last year, is set to turn 28 in April.

Category: Injury Updates


Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman says Dustin May (side) will be ready to play whenever camp resumes. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: May spent some of spring training dealing with soreness in his side but the 22-year-old will now be ready to go when (if) players can report to camp again this year. The top prospect isn't expected to start the season in the Dodgers' rotation but will be on the short list of replacements if anyone suffers an injury at some point.

Category: Injury Updates


Noah Syndergaard underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Passan adds that Syndergaard is expected to miss 12-14 months and return sometime in 2021. The 27-year-old wasn't as good in 2019 as he has been in previous years, posting a 4.28 ERA over 197 2/3 innings. He'll be a free agent following the 2021 campaign.

Category: Injury Updates


Angels GM Billy Eppler says Griffin Canning (elbow) could resume throwing "in a week or so". (Source: Jeff Fletcher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Canning was shut down from throwing after being diagnosed with UCL damage in his pitching elbow back in February. The team is trying to have Canning rehab without undergoing surgery, but we won't have a good idea about his health until he throws off a mound. Expect the Angels to play things extra safe with Canning once MLB activities resume.

Category: Injury Updates


Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times writes that Yoshi Tsutsugo has headed home to his native Japan. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Tsutsugo signed with the Rays this off-season after spending his entire life in Japan. Coronavirus conditions have improved over there, which made it a no-brainer decision for him to return home and see his family until MLB is ready to resume activties. The 28-year-old was reportedly impressing the team enough on defense in spring training that they would be comfortable rotating him between first base, third base, and left field this season.


Regarding outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters "if we were to start Spring Training games up tomorrow, he’d probably be ready to go." (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This would seem to indicate that Stanton remains on track per his initial timeframe. He was expected to miss the start of the regular season, and he would need some time in exhibition games prior to being activated from the IL assuming there was no delayed season. By the time the regular season does begin, which remains TBD, Stanton and other currently-injured players will have new values, causing fantasy owners to reevaluate them as they prepare for drafts.

Category: Injury Updates


Prior to the delayed start to the season, Yonny Chirinos was expected to enter the new year as a traditional starting pitcher for the Rays. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Chirinos was fantasy relevant in 2019, but he did struggle with consistency. He should find value in deeper leagues at least as a streamer in 2020, and he has the added flexibility as a traditional starting pitcher that you can play in your RP slot in most leagues. He's currently the SP72 in our expert consensus rankings.

Category: Rumors


Ryan Yarbrough was expected to enter the season as a traditional starting pitcher for the Rays prior to the delayed start to the season. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: It's hard to see what impact the delayed start will have, as we still don't know when MLB will begin, but this is good news for Yarbrough's value. He is currently the SP69 in our expert consensus rankings, but he could be of additional value given his positional flexibility as a SP and RP in most leagues.

Category: Rumors


Prior to the delay of the MLB season, Nick Anderson was in line to see a majority of the save opportunities in Tampa Bay. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Coming over from the Marlins in 2019, Anderson figures to fill a late-inning role for the Rays in 2020 once the season begins. He's a high strikeout arm that provided value even without saves last season, and he will certainly be a fantasy asset in all leagues in 2020. He's currently the RP14 in our expert consensus rankings.

Category: Rumors


The Astros are planning to have Yordan Alvarez play the field more often in 2020. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez played in the field in just 10-of-87 games during his rookie season last year. The slugger played some left field and first base at times in 2019 but is still going to be a designated hitter long term. It would certainly help his fantasy value if he could pick up outfield eligibility at some point.


Blake Snell (elbow) says he will be ready for the start of the 2020 season. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Snell received a cortisone shot in his elbow mid-way through spring training and struggled in his only Grapefruit League start since then, walking four of the five batters he faced. Snell says he still would've been ready for Opening Day had the season not gotten delayed. Regardless of whether or not that would've happened, one would figure he will wind up having enough time to get ready should the MLB season commence at some point this summer.

Category: Injury Updates


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