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Braves manager Brian Snitker says Cole Hamels didn't throw on Saturday due to triceps tendinitis. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "I think we're probably a week away from seeing where he's going to be," Stinker said. Hamels was supposed to throw a side session but continues to deal with injuries. The lefty also dealt with a shoulder problem during spring training 1.0. The 36-year-old has yet to face live hitters and appears unlikely to be ready for Opening Day.

Category: Injury Updates

Freeman's wife, Chelsea, posted on Instagram that he has been feeling better since testing positive for the virus on Sunday. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Freeman is only four days into his mandatory self-isolation, so it'll be interesting to see how quickly he can receive multiple negative tests to return to camp. We still have two+ weeks before Opening Day, so Freeman will need to get back quickly in order to get into the Opening Day lineup.

Brian Snitker announced Nick Markakis has decided to opt out of the 2020 season on Monday. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Markakis joins the growing list of players deciding to forego the season due to health concerns. The absence of Markakis will allow players like Austin Riley and Adam Duvall to get more consistent ABs, with the added spot of the universal DH.

Category: Transactions

Austin Riley could help fill in for Freddie Freeman at first base, according to manager Brian Snitker. (Source: Gabe Burns on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Snitker also mentioned Adam Duvall and Johan Camargo as candidates to fill in at first. With Freeman experiencing some symptoms of COVID-19, Snitker is exploring his options in replacing the All-Star. Riley was one of Atlanta's top-performers in Spring Training, slashing .357/.438/.643 in 28 at-bats.

The Braves placed Will Smith on the COVID-19 injured list. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Smith tested positive for the virus but is not showing any symptoms at the moment. He'll need to test negative twice before he can return to Braves camp.

Category: Injury Updates

Robert Murray reports Felix Hernandez has opted out of the 2020 season. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Multiple outlets have since confirmed the decision by Hernandez. The former Mariner legend was slated to be the Braves’ fifth starter this season. His absence will give several young Atlanta prospects the chance to claim the rotation spot.

LHP Jared Shuster is one of the players added to the 60-man player pool by the Braves. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shuster was selected by the Braves in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft. He owned a 1.41 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and a 35:5 K:BB across 32 innings in the Cape Cod League. Shuster has the chance to be a solid No. 3 starter down the road, but for now is an option in dynasty-league formats only.

Category: Transactions

Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos says Braves starters could go just 2-3 innings early on this season. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anthopoulos also noted that some might go four innings initially. This is likely going to be a popular idea throughout baseball and will certainly affect the value of certain starting pitchers early on. In Atlanta's case they want to be able to take advantage of their pitching depth.

Andy Slater of Fox Sports 640 South Florida reports that Marcell Ozuna suffered a small facial laceration after this wife allegedly hit him with a soap dish. (Source: Andy Slater on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ozuna's wife was charged with domestic battery following an investigation. Particularly with the 2020 season still completely up in the air, it doesn't seem like this incident will affect Ozuna's availability to play.

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

Adam Duvall went 1-for-2 with a run scored in Wednesday's game against the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Duvall is another brave who has had a solid spring, hitting .310 thus far. He will very likely be one of the five outfielders the team will roster to start the season.

Category: Game Recaps

Ozzie Albies went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Wednesday's game against the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Albies is doing well at the plate this spring, batting .303 thus far and has the upside for an All-Star type year in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps

Max Fried allowed two hits and five walks while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings against the Twins Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: The five walks are a bit much but he pitched around the damage and his breaking ball and changeup looked solid, although he does need to work on the control. He'll be fine this year.

Category: Game Recaps

Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Houston Astros. The steal was his second of the Spring.

Fantasy Impact: Acuna has gotten off to a slow start this Spring as he is batting just .115, but fantasy owners should have plenty of patience with the young superstar after he batted .280 with 41 home runs and 37 stolen bases last season.

Category: Game Recaps

Braves starter Ian Anderson tossed three scoreless innings in Tuesday's matchup against the Baltimore Orioles, allowing no hits or walks while striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson is having a strong camp but is expected to start the season in the minor leagues, where he will continue to work on his secondary pitches.

Category: Game Recaps

Christian Pache launched a three-run homer in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Pache is hitting .269 with an .863 OPS this spring. He will surely begin the season in Triple-A but could debut with the Braves at some point this summer. He'll be a must-add in re-draft leagues whenever that happens.

Category: Game Recaps

Mark Melancon allowed two hits and recorded two strikeouts over two innings Tuesday against the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Melancon has been lights-out so far this spring. He and Will Smith should get the late-inning work this year.

Category: Game Recaps

Chris Martin held the Astros hitless and scoreless while striking out two in Tuesday's spring game.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has pitched really well, better than Shane Greene, and should make the 40-man roster when camp breaks later this month.

Category: Game Recaps

Braves reliever A.J. Minter was optioned to minor league camp on Monday, the team announced. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Minter came with high expectations in 2019, but injuries and poor performances put a quick end to those. With the Braves having added a number of high leverage arms to their bullpen over the course of the last year, Minter has a long way to go before he will see meaningful innings in Atlanta. He will head to minor league camp with a chance to return to the Braves at some point in 2020, but he has a long road ahead of him.

Category: Transactions

Sean Newcomb allowed three hits and two walks while fanning four over four shutout innings Sunday against the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: It's likely that Newcomb will break camp as a member of the starting rotation for the Braves but the team would rather see him in the bullpen where he has tremendous value as a lefty reliever.

Category: Game Recaps