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Ichiro Suzuki is expected to go through a "mini workout" Monday, with a full workout likely for Tuesday, as he works his way back from back and quadriceps issues after colliding with a teammate during an outfield drill last week. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro Suzuki is ageless and tends to stay healthy, even as he continues to play baseball on the other side of 40. Ichiro is a part-time player at this point in his career, which limits his fantasy value.

Category: Injury Updates


36 year-old Nelson Cruz showed no signs of aging in the beginning of his 2017 season. Cruz homered in each of the first two spring training games against the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz's aging curve looms, but as long as he's healthy he should be a powerful offensive option.

Category: Game Recaps


Jose Reyes collected three at-bats on Sunday. Reyes had one RBI and one hit in the win. He has a batting average of .200 this Spring.

Fantasy Impact: Reyes has been around for a number of years now. Plagued by injuries, he has still managed to post well above-average numbers. Reyes provides some depth this fantasy season as he is eligible to play both third base and the shortstop positions. Reyes will provide great depth for the Mets and for your fantasy team if you draft him.

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Neil Walker played a few innings in the Sunday matchup for the Mets against the Tigers. Walker collected two at-bats and struck out in one of them.

Fantasy Impact: Walker is a solid second baseman not only for his one season with the Mets, but for the majority of his career. Walker is coming off season-ending back surgery. Before he went out for surgery last year, he was playing his best ball of his career, offensively. Walker will again be a solid player if he's on your fantasy team in 2017, barring any injuries.

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Angels' flamethrower RP Keynan Middleton tossed a clean eighth inning in the Angels' victory over the Athletics in Cactus League play.

Fantasy Impact: The 23-year-old reportedly hit 102 mph in the minors, although was sitting at 94 mph on Sunday. The Angels' No.23 prospect took off in 2016 after moving from the rotation to the bullpen. He pitched across three levels, finishing the year in Triple-A. His fastball/slider combination produced 88 strikeouts over 66 innings (12 SO/9). The right-hander is expected to start 2017 in the PCL but could reach the majors sometime this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Masahiro Tanaka with a forearm injury threw another simulated game Thursday morning. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Tanaka took on Brett Gardner, Chase Headley and Chris Carter this time around, tossing multiple innings in the outing. It won't be long before the projected Opening Day starter is back on the mound for spring action. The fear of impending Tommy John surgery sometimes instills excessive fear within us, with Tanaka an excellent such example. Since it was revealed in late 2014 that he had a small tear in the UCL in his right elbow, he has finished among the top 25 starters using Rotisserie scoring in both 2015 and 2016; volume-wise, he finished 36th among starters in the former. Tanaka's elite control -- he's one of three pitchers to have made at least 20 starts with a walk rate beneath five percent of his total batters faced in each of the past three seasons (Bartolo Colon, Clayton Kershaw) -- and difficult-to-square-up splitter makes him an extremely reliable, high-floor starter when healthy. While there'll always be risk he succumbs to such a surgery someday, Tanaka's consistent success makes him well worth drafting as a top-25 starter in any format.

Category: Injury Updates


Kendrys Morales homered in Sunday's loss to the Phillies. Morales was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Morales is a sneaky 1B/OF option in 2017, depending on your league eligibility. He'll likely retain his 1B status due to Interleague Play, but that OF eligibility won't last.

Category: Game Recaps


Ryan Cordell hit a two-run shot off of the Dodgers' Chris Hatcher in the third inning to put the Brewers on the scoreboard in Spring Training action on Sunday. Cordell finished with two hits in as many at-bats while driving in four runs in the 10-8 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Cordell, who was acquired from the Rangers in the Jonathan Lucroy trade, is looking to make an impression in Spring Training to try to secure one of the backup outfield spots. While he will likely need a big Spring to get a spot on the Opening Day roster, he should see some time with the major league club at some point during the 2017 season.

Category: Game Recaps


Keon Broxton has started in CF while batting second in both of the Brewers first two Spring Training games. Broxton went 1-for-3 with a double, run and RBI on Sunday in the Brewers 10-8 loss to the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Broxton will look to build on his strong second half of the season last year where he hit .294 with eight homers, 17 RBI and 16 steals in his last 45 games. Broxton will be the Brewers everyday centerfielder to start the season and if he bats second it will be a big boost to his fantasy production in runs and steals.

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Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista struck the ball well on Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a double, single and narrowly missing a home run.

Fantasy Impact: After a long winter and not getting the deal he had hoped for, Bautista is going into 2017 with something to prove. Look out.

Category: Game Recaps


Jonathan Villar, who lead the majors in stolen bases last season with 62, was picked off by Dodgers' starting pitcher Rich Hill after drawing a leadoff walk in the first inning. Villar finished the game 0-for-1 with two walks and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Villar will be the everyday second basemen for the Brewers this season batting leadoff. With Craig Consell still managing the team, look for Villar and the Brewers, who lead the league in stolen bases last season with 181, to be off and running again in 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


Carlos Correa started at shortstop and went 1-for-3 with one strikeout in the Astros 3-2 Spring Training win over the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: It is good to see Correa on the field playing early on in the Spring. Coming off a year that saw him slash .274/.361/.811 with 20 home runs and 97 RBI, his value is extremely high at the shortstop position. He should be one of the first two names called on draft day in his position group and if he continues to improve he could put up monster numbers in 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


Infielder Ronny Rodriguez went 0-for-2 with a walk in the Indians' tie vs. Cubs on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Indians' manager Terry Francona confirmed that his three candidates for the backup infield job are Erik Gonzalez, Michael Martinez and surprisingly, Ronny Rodriguez. Francona went on to say that Rodriguez has "a lot of sock in his bat". The 24-year-old, who is in camp as a non-roster invitee, can play all four infield positions. He struggled in his first taste of Triple-A last year with .693 OPS but looked better in the Dominican Winter League, leading the league in batting average and slugging with a .306/.362/.463 slash line.

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RP Jose Valdez threw a clean ninth inning, striking out one to secure the save in Sunday's Cactus League game.

Fantasy Impact: The 26-year-old made 22 appearances in the PCL last season with 28 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings and an incredible 0.70 ERA. In eight seasons in the minors, the right-hander has exactly 100 saves. The closer position in Anaheim could be a battle all season with Huston Street's declining skills and the health issues with Cam Bedrosian and Andrew Bailey. The 27-year-old is out-of-options, so a few more displays like this and he could force the Angels' hand to give him a spot in the bullpen.

Category: Game Recaps


1B/3B Luis Valbuena went 1-for-3 with an RBI-double in the Angels' Cactus League win over the Athletics on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: The Angels are delaying naming their first baseman until they have had a good look at C.J Cron, Luis Valbuena, Jefry Marte and Matt Thaiss. With Albert Pujols' status in question, there could also be the DH role available. Luis Valbuena is an intriguing option for 2017, offering a good balance of power and patience. His 2016 was cut short by a hamstring strain at the end of July, but he still hit 13 home runs with a .816 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps


RF Ryan LaMarre had a two-RBI day and scored, walked and stole two bases in the Angels' 5-3 win over the Athletics on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: This was an impact Spring Training debut for the 28-year-old battling for a spot on the Angels' Opening Day bench. In 86 games in Triple-A last year, the center fielder slashed .303/.369/.445 with 10 home runs and 18 stolen bases.

Category: Game Recaps


Julio Teheran was efficient in his two-inning spring debut Sunday against the Astros. He needed 30 pitches to get the work done, with 18 of those going for strikes. He allowed one hit with a walk, a strikeout, and one hit batter. Teheran said after the game that he was mostly working on his off-speed pitches while preparing for the WBC.

Fantasy Impact: Teheran is primed for a solid campaign in 2017. The additions of Dickey, Colon, and Garcia should allow him to feel less pressure and continue to allow him to improve on his craft. He is a fierce competitor who wants to always show improvement. Last year was solid, but he will be better this year. Solid addition to any fantasy roster.

Category: Game Recaps


Yu Darvish went 1 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday before hitting his pitch limit and he said he felt good and that his location for his fastball was close to where he wants it. Amazingly, he didn't throw any sliders, though. Today, he also experimented with a split-finger, which he threw six times but discovered it needed more work with command/control. Darvish's fastball maxed out at 96 mph, a nice sign. He threw 36 pitches, earned the win, allowed one hit and two walks while striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: If he can get his split-finger developed well, his workload will be more manageable and he can pitch deeper into games which would benefit his team significantly. Keep an eye on Darvish.

Category: Game Recaps


Josh Hamilton could face more knee surgery as he is having issues putting weight on his left knee. Hamilton had ACL surgery in June 2016.

Fantasy Impact: The Rangers gave Josh Hamilton a minor league deal this Winter, but with more surgery looming, there really is no fantasy value here. Hamilton missed all of the 2016 season.

Category: Injury Updates


Rich Hill made his Spring Training debut Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Hill struck out two, walked one, and did not allow a hit in two innings of work. (Source: DodgerInsider on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hill is an intriguing fantasy option, as he possesses the "stuff" to miss bats. He posted a 10.52 K/9 last year with a 10.6% swinging strike rate. The issue with Hill has always been injury, as 2016 was the first year since 2007 that he threw more than 100 innings in a season. Hill is currently being drafted as the 31st pitcher off the board and 123rd pick overall.