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Miguel Castro is training and staying in shape in the Dominican Republic. He plans to face live hitters this week. (Source: Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Castro continues to train and throw bullpen sessions as he tries remain in baseball shape. “Fortunately I’m able to train basically from Monday through Saturday at a field. Basically private training.” Castro said. “I’ve been able to throw a lot of bullpens.” Castro signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Orioles in January. He owned a 4.66 ERA with a 71:41 K:BB across 73 1/3 innings for Orioles in 2019.

Trey Mancini wrote Tuesday in the Players' Tribune that his colon cancer is Stage 3 and he is unlikely to be able to play in 2020. (Source: Jamison Hensley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mancini stated that he will be undergo chemotherapy for six months, so it's understandable that he has almost no chance of playing in 2020. For Mancini, the only thing fantasy owners can do is wish him well. Although he won't contribute this year for purposes of redraft leagues, assuming he recovers fully, the illness and treatment should hopefully have little impact on his performance in 2021. As for this year, DJ Stewart should see the majority of time in right field for the Orioles, though he's not worth a look in anything outside of AL-only leagues.

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Mason Williams played center field and led off Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, collecting two hits. One of those hits was a solo homer.

Fantasy Impact: Williams is hitting .375/.483/.500 in 24 at-bats this spring. He has been scuttling between the minors and majors for four years. At this point, it is difficult to imagine him making the Orioles' big league roster.

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Renato Nunez once again hit third and played third base on Wednesday against the Blue Jays, striking out three times. He went down swinging all three times.

Fantasy Impact: Nunez has been struggling at the dish this spring, posting a .161 average and .496 OPS. While he is a good source of power at the back end of drafts, sluggers who strike out a lot are prone to slumps like this. Just hope it doesn't carry into the regular season.

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Hunter Harvey pitched the top of the fourth inning on Wednesday against the Blue Jays, giving up a two-run homer to Santiago Espinal. He also walked one batter and struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: Harvey has been mentioned as "in the running" for the Orioles' closer job, and he didn't help himself Wednesday. However, Mychal Givens also had a rough outing. In short, this situation should be monitored leading up to the regular season, but looking for saves elsewhere is a good idea.

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Mychal Givens trailed starter Tom Eshelman in Wednesday's exhibition against the Blue Jays, serving up a two-run homer to Randal Grichuk. He also walked one and struck out one in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Givens continues his rough spring, now sporting a 10.38 ERA. Manager Brandon Hyde believes that there is competition for the closer's job, and Givens is not helping matters. For what it is worth, Hunter Harvey also had a poor outing Wednesday, giving up a two-run homer as well. Continue to monitor this fluid situation, but it would be wise to look for saves elsewhere.

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Tom Eshelman was the starter for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, and it started quite poorly. He surrendered nine runs on nine hits and a walk. Three of those nine hits were homers. He struck out three in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Eshelman was having a surprisingly good spring up until this start. He is now saddled with a 9.90 ERA, and it may be tough for him to earn a spot on the big league roster after this outing.

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Yusniel Diaz subbed as a pinch runner in Tuesday's game against the Braves and stayed in the game to play center field. He tripled in his only at-bat, driving in a run.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz had been nursing a shoulder injury last week, so it's good to see him back in the lineup. He will likely start in the minors and should be called up this year.

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Dillon Tate pitched the fifth and sixth innings Tuesday against the Braves, earning the win. He gave up one hit and struck out two in the victory.

Fantasy Impact: Tate had a disastrous debut in 2019, sporting a 6.43 ERA over 21 innings. He is competing for a bullpen spot and some spot starts down the road, but won't be relevant in fantasy leagues.

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Keegan Akin started Tuesday and pitched three innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk. Akin's day was ruined when top prospect Christian Pache hit a three-run bomb off of him in the second inning. He struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: Akin's ERA for the spring sits at an unsightly 7.45, making him a long shot to make the major league roster. He has three average pitches and average command, which should keep him on waivers for his fantasy career.

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Rob Zastryzny worked a 1-2-3 inning on Tuesday against the Braves to earn his first save of the spring. He struck out two in the 8-5 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Zastryzny showed some promise as a Cub a couple years ago, but pitched entirely in the Dodgers' minor league system last year. He lacks both command stuff, so he's not a threat to pick up saves during the regular season.

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Hanser Alberto started at second base and hit seventh against the Braves Tuesday. He went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, but also stranded three men on base.

Fantasy Impact: It's a curious case that Alberto is hitting seventh in the order during the spring. He hit leadoff for the majority of 2019, but until he can prove he can hit the ball hard regularly, he may be nothing more than an empty average.

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Anthony Santander batted third and played right field on Tuesday against the Braves, going 1-for-2 with a solo homer off of Shane Greene.

Fantasy Impact: Santander continues his nice spring, increasing his average and OPS to .333 and .930, respectively. He's got a corner outfield spot locked up this spring, and should hit in the middle of the order. He is a solid fifth outfielder in deep leagues.

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Chris Davis played first base and hit third in Sunday's exhibition against the Yankees, getting on base three times. He walked twice and notched a single in the 5-5 tie.

Fantasy Impact: Davis continues to stay hot this spring, now sporting a .538 average and 1.880 OPS. Of course, it's just Spring Training, but he could be worth a late, late round flyer in very deep leagues.

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Dwight Smith Jr. started in left field and went 2-for-3 with two RBI on Sunday against the Yankees. Both hits were singles.

Fantasy Impact: With Trey Mancini out in the near-term, Smith Jr. should get plenty of reps this spring. As soon as Mancini comes back, he should slide back into the fourth outfielder role. His career 92 wRC+ over nearly 500 at-bats likely means he is nothing more than that.

Category: Game Recaps

Kohl Stewart started Sunday's game against the Yankees, surrendering three runs on five hits. He struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: Stewart has been dealing with biceps soreness, and he may have been a little rusty in this one. Stewart features three average pitches (fastball, slider, curveball), but has poor command. He has an outside chance at earning a rotation spot.

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Cesar Valdez pitched the eighth and ninth innings of Saturday's exhibition against the Rays, striking out three and allowing a hit. The Orioles lost 1-0.

Fantasy Impact: Valdez is 34 and has most recently been pitching in the Mexican league. With a career 14% strikeout rate in various stints in the majors, it's a long shot for Valdez to see any time in the majors this year.

Category: Game Recaps

Eric Hanhold pitched the seventh inning of Saturday's exhibition against the Rays, striking out the side. He also allowed one walk.

Fantasy Impact: Hanhold is 26-years-old and a career minor leaguer. He throws hard, but hasn't been able to make hitters whiff at a high enough level consistently to warrant anything more than a middle reliever role.

Category: Game Recaps

Andrew Velasquez hit in the nine-hole on Saturday against the Rays, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He left three men on base in the 1-0 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Velasquez played centerfield Saturday, as Pat Valaika saw time at shortstop. Both of these players are looking to back up Jose Iglesias, making both of them not too relevant in most leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Ryan Mountcastle started in left field hit in the three-hole in Saturday's game against the Rays, going 0-for-3 and leaving four men on base. He struck out twice.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the poor game, it's great to see Mountcastle get work at multiple positions this spring, which shows the Orioles want him in their everyday lineup. He has the prospect pedigree and skills to hit 25 homers this year.

Category: Game Recaps

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