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Lucas Giolito (chest) threw a bullpen on Saturday and said afterwards that he feels 100 percent. (Source: Scott Merkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Giolito has been dealing with a strained chest muscle but it appears as if he has gotten over the issue. The 25-year-old finally broke out in 2019, posting a 3.41 ERA with 228 strikeouts in 176 1/3 innings pitched.

Category: Injury Updates

Rockies manager Bud Black says Brendan Rodgers (shoulder) is progressing faster than expected. (Source: Thomas Harding on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodgers underwent right labrum surgery last year and the plan was for him to only serve as a DH in Cactus League games. However, it now appears that he could see some action in the infield before all is said and done. The 23-year-old could wind up taking the Rockies' second base job later this summer. We certainly expect him to start the year in the minors, however.

Category: Injury Updates

Julio Urias will be in the Dodgers' starting rotation to begin the 2020 regular season. (Source: Jorge Castillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Urias appeared in 37 games last year but made just eight starts, some of which were as an opener. Still just 23 years old, Urias has long been considered an elite pitching prospect. He has a career ERA of 3.18 at the big league level.

Dustin May (side muscle) is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Sunday. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: May has been dealing with soreness in his side but things appear to be on track now. The 22-year-old pitched in the majors last season, posting a 3.63 ERA in 14 appearances. He likely won't begin the year in the Dodgers' rotation but should provide plenty of fantasy value whenever he starts for them.

Category: Injury Updates

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt announced Jack Flaherty as the team's Opening Day starter. (Source: Derrick Goold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Flaherty is coming off an otherworldly second half of the season where he put up a 0.91 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP. Still just 24 years old, many are expecting big things from Flaherty in 2020.

Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) has been scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League start. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "E-Rod" slipped on the mound on Wednesday and tweaked his knee. He'll now throw on the back fields on Monday instead. The Red Sox don't think it is a major concern. The plan is for Rodriguez to start a Grapefruit League game by the end of next week.

Category: Injury Updates

Cole Hamels (shoulder) arrived to Braves camp on Saturday. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: However, he is still at least a couple of weeks away from throwing. Hamels has been dealing with some irritation in his shoulder but has no structural damage. He'll likely begin the 2020 season on the injured list.

Category: Injury Updates

Royce Lewis went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, and three runs scored in the Twins' spring opener against the University of Minnesota on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: The 20-year-old shortstop is considered one of the best prospects in baseball. Lewis had somewhat of a down season in 2019, batting .236/.290/.371 between High-A and Double-A. However, he rebounded in a big way in the Arizona Fall League en route to winning MVP. If he gets off to a strong start in Double-A again this year it wouldn't be a surprise to see him in the majors later this summer.

Category: Game Recaps

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Mookie Betts will be the team's primary leadoff hitter this season. (Source: Bill Plunkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for Betts' fantasy value as it'll keep him among the league leaders in plate appearances. He also led the majors with 135 runs scored last year. Don't overthink the change of scenery for Betts. He's still an easy top-five selection come draft day.

Danny Santana was removed from Friday's Cactus League game due to calf tightness. (Source: John Blake on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was definitely a precautionary move by the Rangers, who played their first spring game today. It isn't anything to be worried about yet. Santana shockingly hit 28 homers and stole 21 bases a season ago.

Category: Injury Updates

MacKenzie Gore flashed his "nasty" arsenal in his second live batting practice on Wednesday. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Gore pitched to Jurickson Profar, Greg Garcia, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Manny Machado. The battle with Machado lasted eight pitches, ending with a back door breaking ball that caught Machado looking. Gore, a top-five consensus pitching prospect, threw just 21 1/3 innings in Double-A Amarillo last season, so we shouldn't see his live arm with the big club until later in 2020 or possibly 2021. He should be owned in all dynasty formats. is reporting that new Padres manager Jayce Tingler wants Jurickson Profar to focus on second base to begin the season. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Profar has been all over the diamond with his previous two clubs, providing fantasy players with utility options. Depending on your format, he should retain multi-position eligibility for 2020. Tingler indicated that he wants Profar to work on his throwing, so fantasy owners should temper expectations that the former top prospect will come out of the gate firing as an offensive weapon. However, Profar did post an OPS of .824 with 10 homers in just 167 at-bats after the All-Star Game last year, flashing some of Profar's potential value.

Felix Hernandez will get the first crack at showing off his stuff for the Braves. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez is in competition for the fifth rotation spot with some of the Braves youngsters, including Kyle Wright, Bryse Wilson, Ian Anderson, and Tucker Davidson, with Sean Newcomb looking like the fourth starter for now. Hernandez, if not much for fantasy purposes, would at least provide a welcome veteran presence on a relatively young Braves team if he were to make the roster.

Seth Lugo (toe) could return to the mound over the weekend. (Source: Mike Puma on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lugo suffered a toe injury on Monday and has been limited all week. However, it isn't a long-term concern. Expect Lugo to start throwing some bullpens in the coming days.

Category: Injury Updates

Luis Robert will bat leadoff and play center field in the White Sox' Cactus League opener on Saturday. (Source: Daryl Van Schouwen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's notable that Robert is going to lead off but fantasy players shouldn't expect that to happen too often to start the year. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada are set to occupy the team's top two spots in the lineup come Opening Day. Robert is expected to begin the season in the majors due to the long-term contract he signed this off-season, but plan on him initially hitting in the bottom of the order.

Brendan McKay (shoulder stiffness) threw from 120 feet on Friday. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McKay has been dealing with some shoulder stiffness but today's session reportedly went well. The Rays don't view it as a major concern. McKay pitched 49 innings in the majors last year, posting a 5.14 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Still, he is generally considered a top prospect heading into 2020 fantasy drafts.

Category: Injury Updates

Luis Severino (forearm) is headed to New York for further testing. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Yankees manager Aaron Boone says Severino will be away from the team for about three days in order to see "a number of" specialists in the Bronx. This is certainly concerning news for a pitcher who missed almost all of the 2019 season due to arm issues. We should get some concrete news about Severino's injury in the coming days.

Category: Injury Updates

D'backs closer Archie Bradley has won his arbitration case and will make $4.1 million in 2020. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arizona had proposed a $3.625 million salary. Bradley appeared in 66 games last season, totaling 18 saves and a 3.52 ERA. He is set to begin the year as the D'Backs' closer.

Category: Transactions

Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke says Alex Verdugo (back) still has no timetable to return. (Source: Julian McWilliams on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Verdugo is dealing with a stress fracture in his back and there's no guarantee that he is ready for Opening Day. Roenicke did add that Verdugo is on a running program and was also able to play catch yesterday for the first time since September.

Category: Injury Updates

Carlos Carrasco is dealing with a mild hip flexor strain and is listed as day-to-day. (Source: Mandy Bell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carrasco was sent for testing after dealing with discomfort in his leg on Wednesday. This update should be considered good news but we will have to wait and see how long he is ultimately sidelined for. Obviously the quicker he resumes throwing the better.

Category: Injury Updates

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