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Brian Johnson tossed three innings in an intrasquad game Sunday, throwing 38 pitches (24 strikes), Ian Browne of reports.

Fantasy Impact: With Eduardo Rodriguez unlikely for the start of the season due to testing positive for COVID-19, the Red Sox have only three starters set for the rotation in Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, and Ryan Weber. That leaves an opening for Johnson to move into the fourth or fifth spot. If the veteran lefty doesn't earn a starting job then look for him to work out of the bullpen.

Category: Game Recaps

Ryan Weber threw 79 pitches across four innings during Saturday's intrasquad game, Ian Browne of reports.

Fantasy Impact: Weber had a dominant spring, pitching nine scoreless innings, walking none and striking out 11 over three starts and has looked good in summer camp as well. The 29-year old is the favorite to win the third spot in the rotation.

Category: Game Recaps

Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke has yet to name a starter at second base. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The two players expected to see time at the keystone for Boston are Jose Peraza and Michael Chavis. The most likely outcome is going to be a platoon, with Chavis handling first base versus lefties (at the expense of Mitch Moreland). Meanwhile, Peraza would man second base against southpaws. The two might then split time against right-handers.

Bobby Dalbec (illness) was cleared to return to practice Saturday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dalbec had tested positive for COVID-19 which kept him away from his teammates but he returned to work out with the team's second group at Boston College on Saturday. The rookie is expected to play a minor role off the bench for the Red Sox this season and isn't worth grabbing in fantasy leagues.

Category: Injury Updates

Jeffrey Springs is competing for one of the open spots in Boston's rotation, Chris Cotillo of reports.

Fantasy Impact: Springs was added from outside the organization over the winter and was impressive during his appearance in an intrasquad game on Friday. Over two seasons with Texas, Springs has a 5-2 record with a 4.90 ERA and 1.66 WHIP and can be left on the waiver wire.

Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said Collin McHugh (elbow) needs "to start progressing a lot faster" to be ready for the Opening Day roster, Christopher Smith of reports. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: McHugh, who signed a one-year deal with Boston in early March, has thrown bullpen sessions as he returns from an offseason non-surgical procedure for a flexor strain. Fantasy owners should continue to follow updates on the veteran pitcher to see when there is an actual target date to return.

Category: Injury Updates

Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke has not yet ruled out Rodriguez (illness) for Opening Day but added that time is running out, Chris Cotillo of reports. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez, who tested positive for COVID-19 in Florida, is still in Miami and has not yet traveled to Boston to join the team for summer training camp. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on updates. If Rodriguez is unable to make it back for the opener, then Nathan Eovaldi would take the ball July 24 at home against Baltimore.

Category: Injury Updates

Jonathan Lucroy has been taking grounders at first base during Red Sox summer camp. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Being able to play first base would simply add some versatility to Boston's pool of position players. Versatility could be of the utmost importance with players being away from teams due to COVID-19. However, the former All-Star catcher simply isn't a fantasy option these days.

Nathan Eovaldi gave up just one hit and one walk over four scoreless innings in an intrasquad game Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Eovaldi looked good in the spring and has been impressive in summer camp as the veteran starter is in line to be the Opening Day pitcher for the Red Sox. Eovaldi could be a solid pickup in 12-team fantasy leagues and deeper if owners need pitching depth.

Category: Game Recaps

Manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday that Chris Mazza is in contention for a spot in the rotation to begin the season, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mazza made his major-league debut in 2019, making nine appearances and logging a 5.51 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 16 1/3 innings with the Mets. The 30-year-old will likely be a long shot to make the rotation on Opening Day.

Andrew Benintendi will replace Mookie Betts as Boston's leadoff hitter in 2020, Ian Browne of reports. (Source: Red Sox on

Fantasy Impact: Benintendi had a down year in 2019 hitting .269 with 13 home runs and 69 RBIs. Look for the 26-year-old to have a bounce-back season and could be a sleeper pick in the mid-rounds of fantasy drafts.

Perez moved up to No. 2 starter behind Nathan Eovaldi with Eduardo Rodriguez's status uncertain after being diagnosed with COVID-19, Ian Browne of reports. (Source: Red Sox on

Fantasy Impact: Perez had a solid first half with the Twins last year going 8-3 with a 4.96 ERA but struggled in the second part of the season going 2-4 with a 6.27 ERA. Perez has had a history of being inconsistent and fantasy owners in standard leagues should stay away.

Rafael Devers is joining Red Sox summer camp at Fenway Park on Wednesday. (Source: Julian McWilliams on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Sox were being cautious with Devers after he had possible interaction with someone with COVID-19 leading up to summer camp. However, he has tested negative three times now and it ready to rock and roll. Still just 23 years old, Devers hit .311 with 32 homers, 115 RBI, 129 runs scored, eight stolen bases, and a .916 OPS in 2019.

The Red Sox signed first-round pick 2B Nick Yorke. (Source: Jim Callis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Yorke receives a signing bonus of $2.7 million, which is well below slot value for the 17th overall pick. Of course, selecting him in that spot was Boston's plan to then go "over slot" later in the draft. The Red Sox reportedly love Yorke's bat.

Category: Transactions

Caleb Simpson signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Sunday and was added to the team's 60-man player pool, Ian Browne of reports. (Source: Ian Browne on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Simpson has a chance to add some depth to the Red Sox bullpen with teams going with expanded rosters to start the season. The 28-year-old finishes with a 3.00 ERA and a 56/30 K/BB ratio in 42 innings in the Giants system last season.

Josh Taylor has tested positive for COVID-19, Ian Browne of reports. (Source: Ian Browne on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Taylor tested positive during his intake test and will need to test negative twice before rejoining the team, according to the league protocols. Taylor, 27, posted a solid 3.04 ERA and 62/16 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings as a rookie last season.

Category: Injury Updates

Darwinzon Hernandez has tested positive for COVID-19, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports. (Source: Christopher Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Due to the positive test, Hernandez is still at home and has yet to join his teammates as they prepare for the upcoming season. The 23-year-old finished with a 4.45 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 26 walks over 30 1/3 frames during his rookie season in 2019 and is lookign for a role in the bullpen this year.

Category: Injury Updates

Kevin Plawecki and Jonathan Lucroy are competing to back up Christian Vazquez, Rob Bradford of reports. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Lucroy would seem to have the edge in the battle due to his stronger skills at the plate. Plawecki is a career .218/.304/.322 hitter and will not have much fantasy value if he does make the final roster.

Kevin Pillar is expected to be in the lineup whenever the Red Sox face a left-hander, Ian Browne of reports. (Source: Red Sox on

Fantasy Impact: Pillar joined the Red Sox during the second week of spring training and was immediately penciled in as a reliable backup at all three outfield spots. Pillar will now have an opportunity to platoon but will probably not see enough at-bats to be fantasy relevant.

C.J. Chatham was added to the Red Sox's 60-man player pool according to the team's website. (Source: Red Sox on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There looks to be an opportunity for Chatham to play this season. The 25-year-old infielder was added to Boston's 40-man roster during the off season. Chatman could fall into a utility role with his ability to play both shortstop and second base but will probably not see enough time to be fantasy relevant.