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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

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

Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times writes that Yoshi Tsutsugo has headed home to his native Japan. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Tsutsugo signed with the Rays this off-season after spending his entire life in Japan. Coronavirus conditions have improved over there, which made it a no-brainer decision for him to return home and see his family until MLB is ready to resume activties. The 28-year-old was reportedly impressing the team enough on defense in spring training that they would be comfortable rotating him between first base, third base, and left field this season.

Prior to the delayed start to the season, Yonny Chirinos was expected to enter the new year as a traditional starting pitcher for the Rays. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Chirinos was fantasy relevant in 2019, but he did struggle with consistency. He should find value in deeper leagues at least as a streamer in 2020, and he has the added flexibility as a traditional starting pitcher that you can play in your RP slot in most leagues. He's currently the SP72 in our expert consensus rankings.

Category: Rumors

Ryan Yarbrough was expected to enter the season as a traditional starting pitcher for the Rays prior to the delayed start to the season. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: It's hard to see what impact the delayed start will have, as we still don't know when MLB will begin, but this is good news for Yarbrough's value. He is currently the SP69 in our expert consensus rankings, but he could be of additional value given his positional flexibility as a SP and RP in most leagues.

Category: Rumors

Prior to the delay of the MLB season, Nick Anderson was in line to see a majority of the save opportunities in Tampa Bay. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Coming over from the Marlins in 2019, Anderson figures to fill a late-inning role for the Rays in 2020 once the season begins. He's a high strikeout arm that provided value even without saves last season, and he will certainly be a fantasy asset in all leagues in 2020. He's currently the RP14 in our expert consensus rankings.

Category: Rumors

Major League Baseball has officially suspended spring training in response to the growing concern surrounding the coronavirus. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Furthermore, the start of the regular season will be delayed at least two weeks. The league will continue to monitor things to see when the best time to resume is. This obviously has a major impact on fantasy baseball leagues. We have officially entered uncharted territory in this regard.

Yandy Diaz went 2-for-3 with two singles in the Rays' 3-1 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz is hitting .345 this spring and is eligible at both first and third base on most fantasy sites. The 28-year-old could be a nice corner infield option to pick up late in drafts.

Category: Game Recaps

Brandon Lowe went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the Rays' loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Lowe is hitting .350 with a 1.000 OPS so far this spring. The second baseman was on track to win American League Rookie of the Year before getting injured last season. He's a nice late-round option for fantasy teams in need of help at the keystone.

Category: Game Recaps

Hunter Renfroe went 0-for-2 with a walk in the Rays' 3-1 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday evening.

Fantasy Impact: Renfroe dealt with foot and ankle injuries last season but showed up to Rays camp feeling "100 percent". He is off to a slow start this spring but is expected to serve as Tampa's primary right fielder this year.

Category: Game Recaps

Jalen Beeks fired 2 2/3 shutout innings on Monday against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Beeks allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two. The lefty often followed an "opener" last season and it remains up in the air what his role will be this year. Beeks posted a 4.31 ERA in 104 1/3 innings in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps

Willy Adames went 2-for-2 with a run scored in the Rays' 1-0 win over the Orioles on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Adames is off to a hot start this spring, batting .353 with a 1.040 OPS. A former top prospect, it wouldn't be out of the question for him to take some strides offensively this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Colin Poche struck out two over a scoreless inning of work on Saturday to record his fourth hold of the spring.

Fantasy Impact: Obviously holds are a silly stat to get excited about during Grapefruit League games, but this should come as a reminder that Poche is interesting in fantasy leagues using that category. The lefty recorded 17 of them during the regular season last year.

Category: Game Recaps

Joey Wendle hit his second homer of the spring in Friday's loss to the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Wendle hit .300 in 2018 before struggling to a .231 clip last season. However, he also dealt with wrist issues throughout the year. He is expected to serve as the team's backup infielder entering 2020.

Category: Game Recaps

Jose Alvarado allowed one run on two hits and a walk in his inning of work on Friday afternoon versus the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: He has now given up three runs in 3 1/3 innings this spring. It is now what you want to see after the big lefty struggled mightily in 2019. There remains a chance he sees save chances if he reverts to his 2018 form, however.

Category: Game Recaps

Kevin Kiermaier went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI as the Rays beat the Blue Jays 9-5 on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Kiermaier hit 14 homers and stole 19 bases last year. However, he hit just .228 with a .676 OPS. That isn't enough to be fantasy relevant in today's environment.

Category: Game Recaps

Austin Meadows went 0-for-3 with a walk an a run scored in the Rays' 9-5 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Meadows is hitting just .059 this spring but it would be foolish to read too much into that. The 24-year-old hit 33 homers, stole 12 bases, and hit .291 in his second season with the Rays last year.

Category: Game Recaps

Diego Catstillo struck out one in a scoreless inning of relief on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Castillo picked up eight saves for the Rays last year. Nick Anderson is widely assumed to serve as Tampa's closer this season, but it wouldn't be surprising if both Castillo and Jose Alvarado saw some ninth inning opportunities as well.

Category: Game Recaps

Tyler Glasnow struck out three over 1 2/3 innings on Wednesday versus the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Glasnow allowed two hits and was consistently hitting upper 90s with his fastball. Additionally, his breaking ball appeared to be in mid-season form, generating some embarrassing swings and misses from Toronto's lineup. The 26-year-old could become one of the best starters in baseball if he stays healthy this year.

Category: Game Recaps

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