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Andrew McCutchen (knee) says he will be ready to go whenever the season begins. (Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia)

Fantasy Impact: McCutchen underwent reconstructive surgery on his ACL last June and was slated to miss the first few weeks of the 2020 season before the coronavirus pandemic interfered. However, the 33-year-old will now be ready if and when the season gets underway.

Category: Injury Updates

Seranthony Dominguez (elbow) facing a decision after he was recommended Tommy John surgery by the team doctors. (Source: Scott Lauber on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Dominguez will have his elbow re-examined before making a decision on whether to elect Tommy John surgery. He dealt with elbow issues in 2019 and suffered a setback while rehabbing this offseason. If Dominguez opts for surgery, he will miss the entire 2020 season. The 25-year-old reliever can be avoided in redraft leagues, but is worth stashing in dynasty formats.

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.

Aaron Nola (illness) threw a 35-40 pitch bullpen on Thursday morning. (Source: Meghan Montemurro on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nola has been sick with the flu but is still expected to be ready for Opening Day. The right-hander is currently planning to throw one more sim game and make one more Grapefruit League start.

Category: Injury Updates

Phillies utility man Logan Forsythe homered in his only at-bat during Tuesday's win over the Minnesota Twins. The homer was his third of the Spring.

Fantasy Impact: Forsythe is making a strong case for a spot on the Philadelphia roster this Spring, batting .400 with a 1.470 OPS thus far.

Category: Game Recaps

J.T. Realmuto homers Tuesday

Wed, Mar 11th 11:42am EDT
By Mike Maher

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Minnesota Twins. The homer was his second of the Spring.

Fantasy Impact: Realmuto continues to bat leadoff for the Phillies in Spring Training, and that seems to be where new manager Joe Girardi wants to have him in the lineup to start the season.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies starter Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out six over four innings in Tuesday's win over the Minnesota Twins.

Fantasy Impact: The Phillies are counting on Wheeler to help anchor their rotation after ace Aaron Nola in 2020 after the group largely struggled in 2019. Wheeler, for his part, struck out 195 batters over 195 1/3 innings while pitching to a 3.96 ERA. If he can throw that many quality innings for the Phillies in 2020, they will be happy with the early returns on their five-year, $118 million investment.

Category: Game Recaps

Bryce Harper (toe) suffered a bruised left big toe after getting hit by a pitch on Tuesday and will return to the field on Friday. (Source: Scott Lauber on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Harper avoided a potential serious injury and was removed from the game for precautionary reasons. He will return to the field on Friday and resume his usual outfield duties. Harper is currently the eighth outfielder in the expert consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates

Phillies backup catcher Andrew Knapp is expected to catch later in the week as he works his way back from an injured ribcage, according to Scott Lauber on Twitter. (Source: Scott Lauber on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Knapp batted .213 and hit eight home runs over 136 at-bats in 2019 and is not relevant in fantasy unless there is an injury to J.T. Realmuto.

Category: Injury Updates

Phillies outfielder Jay Bruce is a candidate to start in left field for the Phillies on Opening Day, according to manager Joe Girardi. (Source: Scott Lauber on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bruce hit 26 home runs in just 310 at-bats for the Phillies last season, but those homers came with a .216 batting average. With Andrew McCutchen beginning the year on the Injured List, Bruce appears to be one of Girardi's preferred replacements in the outfield, at least against right-handed pitching.

Category: Rumors

Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez allowed three earned runs on two his and three walks while striking out three in Sunday's loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Velasquez has a 4.70 ERA this Spring after pitching to a 4.91 ERA last season. He has the inside track on a spot in the Philadelphia starting rotation, but that has more to do with their lack of internal options than his recent performance.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies pitcher Ranger Suarez allowed two earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out four over three innings in Saturday's win over the Boston Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Suarez is auditioning for a spot in the Philadelphia starting rotation this season, and while he is currently on the outside looking in, the spots ahead of him held by Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez are not exactly written in permanent marker. If he continues his strong Spring, he could make the decision difficult for manager Joe Girardi.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies starter Jake Arrieta walked four batters and did not allow a hit or any runs over four innings in Friday's win over the Detroit Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Arrieta's overall numbers and underlying metrics have been trending in the wrong direction for several years now, and there is no reason to think that 2020 will be any different. Now 34 years old, the veteran right-hander also dealt with bone spurs in his pitching elbow last season. It is possible that the since-corrected bone spurs contributed to at least last season's poor numbers, but there is little reason for optimism heading into this year.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies infielder Jean Segura was scratched from Thursday's Spring Training game against the Toronto Blue Jays due to an illness. (Source: Todd Zolecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With COVID-19 exploding around the world, any reported illness comes with some level of concern. However, this seems very minor and precautionary, and fantasy owners should not worry unless additional information arises and Segura misses additional time.

Category: Injury Updates

Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn went 1-for-2 with a home run, a stolen base, a walk, and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays. The homer and the steal were both firsts of the Spring for Quinn.

Fantasy Impact: Quinn is battling for both a roster spot and early playing time with the Phillies with Andrew McCutchen expected to start the year on the injured list. However, Quinn has always had trouble staying healthy and is merely a speed-first outfielder likely destined to a bench role.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in Thursday's win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The homer was his first of the Spring.

Fantasy Impact: Hoskins is hoping for a bounceback year after batting .226 in 2019, though he did manage to score 86 runs, hit 29 home runs, and drive in 85 runs. This offseason, the righty slugger worked on adjusting his stance, swing, and approach in hopes of turning this around at the plate.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies pitcher Nick Pivetta allowed three earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four over 3 1/3 innings in Wednesday's Spring loss to the New York Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Pivetta has an 8.22 ERA thus far in the Spring and is not doing a whole lot to secure his spot in the starting rotation. The big righty has electric stuff but has struggled with consistency at the big league level and saw time in the Philadelphia bullpen last season.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies starter Zach Eflin allowed three earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out one over 1 2/3 innings in Monday's matchup against the Atlanta Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Eflin had an up-and-down 2019 with some early success that quickly faded. He is in line for a spot in the Philadelphia rotation once again in 2020, but he could quickly lose that spot if he stumbles out of the gate in April.

Category: Game Recaps

Alec Bohm went 2-for-3 in the Phillies' spring training game against the Pirates on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Bohm finished the 2019 season in Double-A and collectively hit .305/.378/.518 across three minor league levels. The 23-year-old third baseman isn't a great defender but the bat is expected to play at the big league level. Bohm might need an injury to debut with the Phillies this year but he'll be fantasy relevant whenever he gets the call.

Category: Game Recaps

The Phillies and closer Hector Neris avoided arbitration by reaching an agreement on a one-year $4.6 million deal. The contract includes a $7 million option for 2021. (Source: Associated Press)

Fantasy Impact: Neris has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining, and he'll enter the season as the team's closer. He was useful for fantasy purposes last year despite the carosel at the closer position in Philadelphia. Neris is considered the RP13 by our current expert consensus rankings.

Category: Transactions

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