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Griffin Canning had an MRI on his right elbow Friday morning, which revealed "chronic changes to the UCL and acute joint irritation." (Source: Los Angeles Angels PR)

Fantasy Impact: Canning will undergo further testing over the coming days to give more clarity to the severity of the injury. Naturally, any test indicating damage to the UCL and surrounding joints is nerve-wracking for pitchers, so keep an eye out for further updates.

Category: Injury Updates

Madison Bumgarner allowed one run on one hit while striking out four over two innings Thursday against the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Bumgarner surrendered a home run to Derek Dietrich, but otherwise commanded the zone and looked sharp. Bumgarner had positive comments about his performance after the game. He's scheduled to start Opening Day for Arizona.

Category: Game Recaps

Jake Fraley went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and two RBI in the Mariners 6-5 Cactus League loss to the White Sox on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Fraley hit leadoff on Thursday and made good use of it, batting in two off a sac-fly and a solo home run off a 101 MPH heater. The 24-year old is competing for the Mariners' starting right fielder position against Carlos Gonzalez among others. Even if Fraley wins the position, it won't be permanent, with the position ultimately being owned by Mitch Haniger, who will miss the start of the season with a back and core injury.

Category: Game Recaps

Luis Severino had Tommy John surgery Thursday, and all went as expected. (Source: Lindsey Adler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees also announced that Severino had a bone chip removed during the procedure. Severino will miss the entire 2020 season, and likely a portion of 2021 as well.

Category: Injury Updates

Tommy Pham (side) is expected to serve as the Padres' DH in Saturday's matchup against the Reds. (Source: Kevin Acee on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pham was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday due to side soreness, though it seems he's fully recovered after a few days off.

Category: Injury Updates

Kyle Freeland allowed one hit (a home run to Chad Pinder) in two innings of work Thursday. He came out for the third inning but left the game with back spasms.

Fantasy Impact: After a very productive 2018 campaign that saw Freeland go 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA, the wheels completely came off in 2019. Last season, he went 3-11 with a 6.73 ERA and saw a dramatic increase in his HR/FB rate (8.5% in 2018 to 21.7% in 2019). There's certainly hope for a positive regression here, but expectations should be tempered with Freeland's home games being at one of the least pitcher-friendly parks in the league.

Category: Game Recaps

Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed one run and three hits over two innings during Thursday afternoon's game against the Twins. He also struck out a pair.

Fantasy Impact: Ryu joins Toronto after signing a four-year $80 million contract. In 2019, the lefty went 14-5 and posted a league-leading 2.32 ERA. Ryu's current ADP is 116.

Category: Game Recaps

Justin Verlander (groin) will start on Tuesday versus the Cardinals. (Source: Chandler Rome on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Verlander was scratched on Thursday due to tightness in his groin but it was always thought to be a precautionary move. Instead, the 37-year-old was able to throw a successful sim game today. Verlander has consistently been one of the first pitchers to come off the board in drafts all winter long.

Category: Injury Updates

Lance McCullers (elbow) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday against the Cardinals. (Source: Chandler Rome on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCullers had Tommy John surgery immediately after the 2018 season, so he is going to be ready to go to begin 2020. The 26-year-old will likely have an innings limit this season but is going late enough in drafts to be worthy of a low-risk, high-reward selection.

Category: Injury Updates

Tony Watson is the favorite the begin the year as the Giants' closer. (Source: Mark W. Sanchez of

Fantasy Impact: Watson has not yet been formally named the team's closer, though he's embracing the role as leader of the Giants' young bullpen. Watson has 30 career saves, making him the most accomplished reliever on the roster. Shaun Anderson was believed to be another candidate to close, but he is being stretched out to accommodate a starter's workload this spring. Watson is not, at this point, an interesting fantasy option at reliever, due to the lack of stability in his role and the predicted weakness of the Giants.

Noah Syndergaard turned in a pair of scoreless frames Wednesday, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: This is certainly a positive result for Syndergaard, as he is eyeing a rebound from a less-than-spectacular 2019 campaign. The 27-year-old righty needed only 18 pitches to navigate the seven batters he faced in his spring debut, saying afterward that "I felt great."

Category: Game Recaps

Eugenio Suarez (shoulder) has begun light throwing workouts at Reds camp. (Source: Mark Sheldon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Suarez is progressing but there is still no timetable for his Cactus League debut. The third baseman has yet to swing a bat, which makes it likely he'll begin the 2020 season on the injured list.

Category: Injury Updates

Robinson Cano (legs) will make his spring debut on Friday versus the Cardinals. (Source: Deesha Thosar on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Mets have been easing Cano into action this spring after the second baseman dealt with leg injuries last year. The 37-year-old hit just .256 with a .735 OPS in 107 games in 2019.

Category: Injury Updates

Edwin Encarnacion was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to back stiffness. (Source: Scott Merkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The White Sox are likely just playing it safe with their 37-year-old designated hitter. There is no reason to drop "Edwig" down draft boards unless we hear this is a more serious issue. Encarnacion swatted 34 homers in just 109 games between the Mariners and Yankees last season.

Category: Injury Updates

Mark Melancon put in an inning of work in Thursday's spring game against the Cardinals, allowing one hit and recording a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: It's unclear how the late-inning bullpen will shake out but Melancon will be a part of it along with Will Smith and Shane Greene.

Category: Game Recaps

Seth Lugo, who has been dealing with a fractured pinky toe recently, participated in fielding drills Thursday at Mets camp and is now in line to throw BP on Sunday. (Source: Tim Healey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is certainly positive news, as Lugo is recovering just as expected. The 30-year-old righty has been brilliant out of the Mets' bullpen the last two seasons and will be counted upon as an important piece of the puzzle again in 2020.

Category: Injury Updates

Felix Hernandez went 2 2/3 innings Thursday, allowing three hits, one run (earned), and recording four strikeouts. He was pulled after hitting his pitch count.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez is in serious contention for the last spot in Atlanta's starting rotation. He has performed well thus far so he may have some gas left in the tank. We'll see.

Category: Game Recaps

Edward Olivares homers Wednesday

Thu, Feb 27th 1:23pm EST
By Jarod Rupp

Edward Olivares homered Wednesday versus the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Olivares got in on the action during the Padres' four-run seventh inning. It was Olivares' first home run of the spring and was a no-doubter off the bat. Olivares is the Padres' sixteenth ranked prospect and is currently on the 40-man roster, but will likely not be with the big club to begin the 2020 regular season.

Category: Game Recaps

Wil Myers hit his first home run of the spring on Wednesday versus the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: It was a nice shot to opposite field off of Phil Maton, a former Padre. Myers has been at the center of trade rumors with the Red Sox, which seems less and less likely at this point. If the Padres want to be serious playoff contenders, a healthy and productive Myers could be the best option right now rather than waiting for prospects they'd receive in a trade, who may or may not pan out. Myers is 3-for-8 so far this spring.

Category: Game Recaps

Jimmy Nelson has been shut down from throwing after experiencing lower body discomfort after a bullpen session on Wednesday. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nelson has dealt with a myriad of injuries to begin camp, all related to the groin / lower body. This shutdown puts Nelson in a precarious position to work towards securing a rotation or bullpen spot for the Dodgers come Opening Day.

Category: Injury Updates

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