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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

Phillies pitching prospect Spencer Howard could wind up beginning the season in the team's rotation. (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer)

Fantasy Impact: The original plan for Howard was to limit his starts in the early part of the season so that he could be with the big league club for the stretch run. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic the team might not have to be as cautious with Howard as they otherwise would've. Basically, the innings limit won't be as big of an issue in a shortened season. Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta, Zack Wheeler, and Zach Eflin figure to take the first four spots of the rotation. Howard earning the fifth starters' job would then bump Nick Pivetta and Vincent Velasquez to the bullpen.

Luis Severino with a elbow injury has been rehabbing at the Yankees' spring-training complex. (Source: ESPN )

Fantasy Impact: Severino was limited to three regular season starts due to injury. His stats from last season were 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts. Even when the season starts Severino will be out for season after having Tommy John surgery.

Category: Injury Updates

Touki Toussaint was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett by the Braves Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Toussaint had a good spring showing and the reason he was sent down is that he still has options to do so. He'll have plenty of opportunity at the big league level when play resumes.

Category: Transactions

Jon Duplantier was optioned to the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate in Reno. (Source: AZ Sports on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This move isn't surprising as Duplantier struggled this spring. Over six innings of work he posted a 1.33 K/BB ratio and a whopping 9 BB/9. He figured to be the odd man out for the final rotation spot and with the season temporarily on hold, Duplantier can't improve his body of work. He will likely be called up for some relief work whenever the season gets underway.

Category: Transactions

Orioles GM Mike Elias told reporters Thursday that Trey Mancini (tumor) has been released from the hospital. (Source: Joe Trezza on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mancini had a malignant tumor removed from his colon on Thursday. The 28-year-old still has to undergo further testing but this is certainly good news. Even if we knew a start date for the MLB season we wouldn't yet have a timetable on when Mancini would be game-ready.

Category: Injury Updates

Aaron Hicks with a elbow injury is in the early stages of a throwing program and remains in line for a summer return. (Source: ESPN )

Fantasy Impact: Hicks last season was limited to 59 games where he hit .235 with 12 homers and 36 RBI. It is unclear when the MLB season will start due to the coronavirus.

Category: Injury Updates

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