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Griffin Canning (elbow) has been throwing live batting practice sessions of up to 55 pitches. (Source: Rhett Bollinger on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: So has teammate Shohei Ohtani. Canning was dealing with an elbow issue this spring and didn't pitch at all in the Cactus League. It's unclear at the moment if the 24-year-old will be ready for action if/when play resumes in 2020.

Category: Injury Updates

Shohei Ohtani (elbow) has been throwing live batting practice sessions. (Source: Rhett Bollinger on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ohtani and teammate Griffin Canning are up to around 55 pitches per session. The 25-year-old phenom underwent Tommy John surgery last year and was aiming to return as a two-way player in mid-May of 2020. If the season actually begins in July than Ohtani should be able to both hit and pitch right away.

Category: Injury Updates

Luis Severino told Bryan Hoch of that he is "progressing well" in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The 26-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery back in February but says he is making steady progress in his rehab. Severino will obviously miss any 2020 game action but should be able to return partway through 2021 if things continue progressing in the right direction.

Category: Injury Updates

Felipe Vazquez faces additional charges for child pornography in St. Louis. (Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review )

Fantasy Impact: Vazquez was originally arrested in Florida with a count of computer pornography, solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors in September. He is now facing 20 charges involving crimes with minors. Vazquez was placed on administrative leave by the Pirates. If found guilty, Vazquez’s baseball playing days are likely over.

Brock Stewart was released by the Cubs on Thursday. (Source: PJ Mooney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stewart owns a career 6.05 ERA across 105 2/3 innings in his four seasons in the majors. He confirmed the news on his personal twitter account. Stewart will look to latch onto another team.

Category: Transactions

Updating a previous report, OF Carlos Gonzalez was not released by the Mariners, per Jon Heyman of the MLB Network. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez reportedly was released by the Mariners on Thursday, but Heyman is now stating the team did not waive him. With the Mariners in rebuilding mode, it will be tough for Gonzalez to see everyday at-bats. He slashed .200/.289/.283 with three homers, 10 RBI and 21 runs scored across 166 plate appearances for the Cubs/Indians in 2019. Gonzalez is merely a dart throw in AL-Only League formats.

Category: Transactions

Cody Allen (forearm) has been throwing at Globe Life Park during the COVID-19 shutdown. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Allen signed a minor league deal with the team in February and then put up an 11.25 ERA in four Cactus League appearances. Still, there's a reasonable chance he makes the Rangers' bullpen in a shortened season with expanded rosters. However, it remains very unlikely that he provides any fantasy value this year.

Category: Injury Updates

Daniel Mengden told NBC Sports Bay Area that he is "about 95 percent" following February elbow surgery. (Source: NBC Sports Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: The 27-year-old had to have bone spurs removed from his elbow back in February but has already been throwing bullpen sessions. Mengden should be ready for action if/when the season resumes sometime this summer. He posted a 4.83 ERA in 59 2/3 innings with Oakland last year.

Category: Injury Updates

Jung Ho Kang has been suspended one year from the Korean Baseball Organization. (Source: Yonhap News Agency)

Fantasy Impact: Kang faced a possible suspension of up to three years for his three drunk driving cases. The KBO ultimately decided to suspend Kang for one year in addition to 300 hours of community service. The suspension will begin once Kang officially signs with a KBO team. Since Kang wasn't a free agent when he left the KBO, the Nexen Heroes still hold their reserve right to Kang. "The Heroes must agree to activate Kang from the voluntarily retired list, but Kang has yet to contact the Heroes about a potential return." The 33-year-old slashed .169/.222/.395 with 10 homers, 24 RBI and 15 runs scored across 185 plate appearances for the Pirates in 2019.

Category: Transactions

Brendan McKay (shoulder) has not been throwing off a mound since spring training was shut down. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old southpaw dealt with some shoulder soreness during spring training so this is purely a precautionary move by the Rays. Pitching coach Kyle Snyder expects McKay to have "zero limitations" if/when the MLB season resumes.

Category: Injury Updates

Blake Snell (elbow) has not been throwing off of a mound during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Snell was dealing with some elbow soreness during spring training so this appears to be precautionary. Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder says the 27-year-old will have "zero limitations" whenever the MLB season resumes.

Category: Injury Updates

Brendan Rodgers has benefitted from the downtime of the delayed 2020 season, and has healed from his labrum surgery last year. He should be ready to go without limitations when spring training resumes. (Source: Kevin Henry of Fansided)

Fantasy Impact: With Rodgers able to play a variety of positions, he should see a decent amount of at-bats once the 2020 season begins. With the uncertainty surrounding how the Rockies handle their young players driving down his draft day price, the former top-ten prospect has a chance of exceeding his current ADP of 459.

Category: Injury Updates

James Paxton told Meredith Marakovits of YES Network that he is working to increase the spin rate of his pitches. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: Paxton, who underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy back in February, has been throwing simulated innings and should be ready to pitch whenever the season begins. The lefty has also been throwing with a ball that tracks spin rate, and Paxton noticed he generates more spin on his fastball when using a different grip. It wouldn't be wise to vault Paxton up your draft board solely because of this news, but it is definitely a positive development to hear.

Scooter Gennett told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that he is "fine" with not playing if the right offer doesn't come along. (Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: ″(Teams) didn’t come anywhere near what I thought was respectful and what I thought is right," Gennett said. The veteran infielder was seeking a $5 million deal but the best he got was an offer for $1.5 million plus incentives, though that team also had an everyday second baseman. Gennett posted an .847 OPS as recently as 2018 but struggled mightily with injuries and ineffectiveness last year.

Category: Rumors

Aaron Judge Judge (rib) "has yet to resume swinging a bat," said Yankees' hitting coach Marcus Thames. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: “When the doctors turn him loose, he’ll be ready. He’s chomping at the bit to get out there," Thames added. This is encouraging news in regards to Judge's recovery from a fracture right rib. Yankees GM Brian Cashman recently said he doesn’t think Judge would be fully healthy and back on the field until “summertime.” There is still no clear timetable when Judge will return, but it's possible he could be ready for Opening Day. The 28-year-old is currently the 17th ranked outfielder in the latest expert consensus rankings,

Category: Injury Updates

Eugenio Suarez is fully recovered from his swimming injury in January, and is full-go for whenever the 2020 season will begin. (Source: Mark Sheldon of

Fantasy Impact: It looks like the downtime has really helped Suarez's shoulder to fully heal. With this news, his ADP will likely creep up near the top 50. Monitor his power during the spring, as shoulder injuries can sometimes result in a loss of power.

Category: Injury Updates

Nick Senzel has progressed well from his shoulder surgery in September, and will be ready to go on Opening Day. (Source: Mark Sheldon of

Fantasy Impact: Senzel is in an open competition for an outfield spot, though the universal DH certainly helps him out. While his ADP of 229 may seem like a bargain, monitor his power when spring training reopens. He is more known for his hit tool, but any sap to his power as a result of the injury would dampen his fantasy outlook.

Category: Injury Updates

Brett Honeywell Jr. underwent a decompression procedure on his right ulnar nerve on Wednesday. (Source: Josh Tolentino on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Honeywell underwent surgery to remove scar tissue from the area of the nerve. He will begin strength and mobility exercises on Monday in Port Charlotte. Honeywell missed all of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and 2019 due to a fractured elbow. It is unclear at this time when Honeywell will return, but there’s a good chance the 25-year-old could miss the 2020 season.

Category: Injury Updates

Manny Ramirez is still without a contract in Taiwan and a deal "hasn’t materialized to this point," per Jon Heyman of the MLB Network. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez is hoping to sign a deal for the second half of the season, Heyman added. It was reported that Rameriz would resume his playing career in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan. "My goal for 2020, is to find a roster spot in the CPBL," Ramirez says. "I have been itching to get back in the batter's box and be able to compete again." The 47-year-old has yet to sign a deal and will try to latch onto a team before the second half of the season starts. Manny hasn't played in the majors since 2011 or any type of professional ball since 2017.

Kevin Kramer underwent surgery to repair the labrum of his right hip. He is expected to be out four-to-six months. (Source: Stephen J. Nesbitt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If the MLB season resumes, Kramer's recovery timeline from surgery would put him out for the entire 2020 campaign. He was expected to start the season in Triple-A. Kramer slashed .167/.260/.190 with five RBI and five runs scored across 50 plate appearances for the Pirates i 2019. The former second-round pick is a stash in dynasty leagues only.

Category: Injury Updates

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