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Fri Mar 3122:24Justin Verlander Does Some Throwing On FridayJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
New York Mets starting pitcher Justin Verlander (teres strain) did "some light throwing" on Friday at loanDepot Park, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. The three-time Cy Young winner landed on the 15-day injured list on Thursday, retroactive to March 27, because of a right teres major strain. He's due to be re-evaluated in about a week, so the Metropolitans are certainly hoping for an encouraging update. However, the team will also take a cautious approach with Verlander, who signed with New York over the Winter. In the meantime, Tylor Megill is expected to enter the starting rotation. The 27-year-old went 4-2 last season (nine starts), ending with a miserable 5.13 ERA, 51 strikeouts, and 13 walks.
Source: Anthony DiComoRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 3122:18Justin Verlander Does Some Light ThrowingJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
New York Mets starting pitcher Justin Verlander (shoulder) did some light throwing on Friday, as expected. Verlander opened the 2023 regular season on the 15-day injured list with a right teres major strain. With the blessing of team doctors, he intends to continue playing catch as he recovers, which will allow him to avoid a longer build-up once he's able to get back on a mound. The 40-year-old right-hander's injury obviously isn't a serious one, and we should have a better idea of when he might make his debut for the Mets once he has tests on his arm next week. With Verlander on the shelf, Tylor Megill has entered the starting rotation and will be worth looking at as a deep-mixed and AL-only streamer.
Source: MLB.com - Anthony DiComoRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 3119:01Nelson Cruz Batting Cleanup On FridayNelson CruzRFRangersFree Agent
San Diego Padres designated hitter Nelson Cruz is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Colorado Rockies. The 42-year-old sat out on Opening Day as Matt Carpenter served as the DH for that game. Now, Cruz gets the starting nod and is batting cleanup against left-hander Kyle Freeland on Friday. It's uncertain if this is going to be a straight platoon situation or if Cruz will get work against right-handed pitchers as well. Regardless, Cruz should be able to provide some value because of his tremendous power.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 3118:57Mike Moustakas Remains Out AgainMike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
Colorado Rockies third baseman Mike Moustakas is out of the starting lineup once again for Friday's game against the San Diego Padres. The left-handed slugger sat out on Opening Day, which led some to believe he'd start against right-hander Nick Martinez on Friday. That is not the case as Elehuris Montero remains at third base and moves down one spot in the batting order. The 34-year-old didn't offer much help offensively last season, so he might end up as a bench option in Colorado. Fantasy managers shouldn't have high hopes for Moustakas in 2023.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 3118:52Michael Brantley Takes Batting PracticeMichael BrantleyCFIndiansFree Agent
Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley (shoulder) was able to take batting practice ahead of Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox. The veteran outfielder continues to work his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. The organization hasn't given a clear timetable for Brantley. That being said, the expectation is that he'll be ready to return in late-April or early-May. In the meantime, Corey Julks will likely get a decent playing time until Brantley is ready to return.
Source: Brian McTaggartRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 3100:10David Robertson Converts Opening Day SaveDavid RobertsonRPYankeesFree Agent
New York Mets relief pitcher David Robertson closed out the team's Opening Day game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday, throwing a perfect inning and recording two punchouts while picking up the save. This is a relieving development for those that drafted Robertson expecting him to take over Edwin Diaz's closing role, as manager Buck Showalter had recently stated he wasn't sure who the closer would be. It appears Robertson will at least get the first crack at it, and if the 37-year-old can pitch as well as he did last year, where he posted 20 saves to go with a 2.40 ERA and 1.16 WHIP, he should be able to hold onto the role for some time.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Thu Mar 3018:42Jurickson Profar Not With Rockies For Opening DayJurickson ProfarSSRangersFree Agent
Colorado Rockies outfielder Jurickson Profar is not with the team for Opening Day. He is not able to be replaced on the active roster. Profar just signed with the Rockies two weeks ago and had visa issues resolved two days ago. He didn't play in any Spring Training games for the Rockies, though he did play for Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. It's not known when Profar will join the team, but when he does, he will be a decent deeper league option while playing half his games at Coors Field.
Source: Danielle AllentuckRotoBaller.com
Thu Mar 3018:05Daniel Bard Placed On Injured ListDaniel BardSP/RPRed SoxFree Agent
Colorado Rockies closer Daniel Bard was placed on the injured list Thursday due to anxiety. It's unclear how long Bard will be out, but his mental health is the most important thing here. Bard was struggling in Spring Training but was still set to be the Rockies closer to begin the year after earning 34 saves last season. Hopefully he feels better soon and regains his form. In the meantime, Brad Hand and Pierce Johnson could be looking at more save situations for Colorado.
Source: Danielle AllentuckRotoBaller.com
Thu Mar 3014:05Justin Verlander Placed On Injured ListJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
New York Mets pitcher Justin Verlander has been placed on the injured list with what is being described as a low-grade teres major strain. The issue won't shut him down from throwing at moderate intensity but he will not be rescanned for a week. Signed to a mammoth two-year deal this winter, the 40-year-old posted a 3.00 ERA in five spring outings, striking out 22 with 10 walks across 21 innings of work. The right-hander took home his third career AL Cy Young Award in 2022 and his second in three seasons. Verlander worked to a 1.75 ERA and a 23.4% K-BB% across 28 starts in 2022, going 18-4 in his return from Tommy John surgery.
Source: New York MetsRotoBaller.com
Wed Mar 2918:09Mets Not Naming David Robertson The Go-To CloserDavid RobertsonRPYankeesFree Agent
The New York Mets are not naming a closer in Edwin Diaz's (knee) absence to open the 2023 regular season. Manager Buck Showalter said he can see one pitcher getting the bulk of the save chances, and "obviously David Robertson has probably the strongest background" with 157 career saves. However, Adam Ottavino, Brooks Raley and even Drew Smith could also see time pitching in the ninth inning for the Mets this year. The best bet for saves in this bullpen is clearly Robertson, given his experience, with Ottavino and Raley serving as high-leverage setup men. The 37-year-old Robertson was solid last year for the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies, and his fantasy stock went way up when we learned that Diaz would likely miss all of 2023 due to his knee injury.
Source: MLB.com - Anthony DiComoRotoBaller.com
Wed Mar 2916:02Liam Hendriks Making Progress, Won't Go On 60-Day ILLiam HendriksSPTwinsFree Agent
Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks is making progress and will not be put on the 60-day injured list to open the 2023 regular season, according to general manager Rick Hahn. Hendriks is responding well to treatment while battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and has been throwing bullpen sessions at camp. Despite the positive update, there remains no timetable for the 34-year-old right-handed reliever to make his 2023 debut for the White Sox. But the fact that he won't go on the 60-day IL to begin the year means there's a chance he could return sometime in May. When healthy, Hendriks should be Chicago's primary closer, so he should be stashed in fantasy leagues. Until then, the Pale Hose could go with a committee situation that involves Kendall Graveman, Aaron Bummer, Joe Kelly, Reynaldo Lopez and Jake Diekman.
Source: MLB.com - Scott MerkinRotoBaller.com
Wed Mar 2911:07Martin Perez Has Strong Outing Against RoyalsMartín PérezSP/RPRangersFree Agent
Texas Rangers left-hander Martin Perez allowed one earned run on two hits (one home run) while walking one and striking out five in five innings in his final Cactus League start on Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals. Perez wraps up his spring training with a tidy 2.45 ERA, and he's scheduled to make his first start of the 2023 regular season this Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 31-year-old southpaw was an All-Star for the first time in his career in his return to Texas in 2022 and had a career-best 2.89 ERA (3.26 FIP), 1.26 WHP and career-high 20.6 percent strikeout rate. Limiting home runs was the biggest factor in his surprising season, but fantasy managers would be wise to expect some regression as he heads into his 12th big-league season.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Tue Mar 2814:11Jurickson Profar Has Visa Issues ResolvedJurickson ProfarSSRangersFree Agent
Colorado Rockies outfielder Jurickson Profar has had his visa issues resolved and is on his way to join the team in Arizona. The Rockies also optioned Michael Toglia to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. Profar didn't actually play in any spring training games for Colorado after just signing a one-year deal with the team last weekend. The 30-year-old did play in the World Baseball Classic for Team Netherlands, though, and he could be in the Opening Day lineup for his new team on Thursday against his previous club, the San Diego Padres. Profar doesn't have any one skill that stands out for fantasy managers, but moving to hitter-friendly Coors Field was probably the best possible outcome for his fantasy value in deeper mixed leagues.
Source: Denver Gazette - Danielle AllentuckRotoBaller.com
Tue Mar 2812:12Sean Doolittle, Tanner Rainey To Continue RehabbingSean DoolittleRPAthleticsFree Agent
Tanner RaineyFree Agent
Washington Nationals relief pitchers Sean Doolittle (elbow) and Tanner Rainey (elbow) will return to Florida to continue their respective elbow rehabs after the 2023 regular season begins. Doolittle is a little further along than Rainey, who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery. "He's building up strength, he's throwing," manager Dave Martinez said of Doolittle. "Actually he's throwing the ball really well. So hopefully we get him back soon. He's gonna go back and I think pretty soon he'll be throwing off the mound. But he's throwing the ball well. So I wanted him here. He's been through this before. He's gonna go to the (Homecoming) Gala with us. And I told him to stick around for Opening Day him and Rainey both. So they're going to be around for Opening Day and then they're going to take off and go back to Florida."
Source: MASN Sports - Bobby BlancoRotoBaller.com
Tue Mar 2800:57Daniel Bard Still Off MondayDaniel BardSP/RPRed SoxFree Agent
Colorado Rockies closer Daniel Bard continued to lack control and velocity in Monday's 12-8 Cactus League win over the Brewers. The veteran pitched 2/3 of the eighth inning, striking out two but also allowing a run on two hits and two walks. Bard has not appeared to be the pitcher who earned 34 saves with a 1.79 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 28.2% strikeout rate this spring, as he has struggled both with the Rockies and with Team USA. The fantasy closer landscape has narrowed in recent weeks due to a number of injuries, and Bard is still a considerable fantasy option given what he did last season. However, fantasy managers will not go into the season with a ton of confidence. Bard will be worth keeping an eye on for the first few weeks of the regular season to see if he can correct himself.
Source: Thomas Harding - MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Mon Mar 2720:13Michael Brantley's Timeline Moved BackMichael BrantleyCFIndiansFree Agent
Houston Astros general manager Dana Brown said that outfielder Michael Conforto (shoulder) is not expected to make his 2023 season debut until mid-to-late April. Brantley had surgery on his shoulder last September and didn't take part in spring training at all while also missing time with a personal issue. The 35-year-old veteran has been hitting in camp, but he's a week behind schedule and the team doesn't want to rush him back at all. Before he makes his season debut with the Astros, he'll also likely need to go on a minor-league rehab assignment. Brantley will be a lineup regular for Houston between left field and designated hitter when he's healthy, but he doesn't offer much for fantasy managers at this point in his career outside of a high batting average.
Source: Sports Talk 790 - Michael ConnorRotoBaller.com
Sun Mar 2612:24Kole Calhoun Opts Out Of Minor-League DealKole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Seattle Mariners outfielder Kole Calhoun opted out of his minor-league deal with the team on Sunday and is now a free agent, according to a source. Calhoun wasn't going to make the club's Opening Day roster, so he'll now hope to latch on with another team for the 2023 season. In 12 Cactus League games with the M's, Calhoun went 8-for-32 (.250) with a double, two RBI, two runs scored and six strikeouts in 35 plate appearances. In 125 games in 2022 with the Texas Rangers, the 35-year-old veteran slashed just .196/.257/.330 with a .587 OPS, 12 home runs, 49 RBI and 36 runs scored in 424 plate appearances. Calhoun might join another team on a minor-league deal, but he should be ignored in all fantasy leagues.
Source: The Athletic - Ken RosenthalRotoBaller.com
Sun Mar 2612:00Rich Hill Scratched With Illness SundayRich HillRPRed SoxFree Agent
Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Rich Hill (illness) was scratched from his Grapefruit League outing on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves due to an illness, according to the team. Wil Crowe will start in his place. It would be a surprise if Hill isn't ready for the start of the 2023 regular season. In just three spring starts, Hill has allowed six earned runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out six in eight innings pitched. The 43-year-old veteran southpaw ended up starting 26 games for the Boston Red Sox in 2022 and wasn't half bad, but there's just no fantasy upside here, especially now that he's pitching for one of the worst teams in baseball. Look elsewhere in fantasy.
Source: MLB.com - Justice delos SantosRotoBaller.com
Sat Mar 2510:24Drew Smyly Fine-Tuning His MechanicsDrew SmylySPTigersFree Agent
Chicago Cubs left-hander Drew Smyly is feeling great this spring and changed how he attacked hitters in his last two Cactus League outings to prepare for the regular season, but pitching coach Tommy Hottovy also pointed out that Smyly's arm was dropping in his delivery. He said the difference in his mechanics were minimal. The 33-year-old southpaw used his curveball 42.9% of the time in 2022, more than any starter in baseball. He threw his sinker at 92.6 mph last year and was already hitting 93-94 mph late this spring. When Smyly's elbow is higher, he's able to get on top of the ball better, which in turn leads to better spin on his breaking ball and more carry on his heater. Durability is always an issue for Smyly, but he can provide some decent rotation depth in deeper leagues.
Source: The Athletic - Sahadev SharmaRotoBaller.com
Thu Mar 2322:41Alex Cobb Might Not Be Ready For Opening DayAlex CobbSPRaysFree Agent
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb (knee) might not be ready to go on Opening Day. Cobb hasn't pitched in a Cactus League game since taking a comebacker off his knee on March 11, which now puts his status for Opening Day on March 30 in jeopardy. The good news for fantasy managers is that if Cobb does start the regular season on the injured, he probably won't be on it for too long. The 35-year-old right-hander has made four spring starts and has a 4.15 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 18 strikeouts and only two walks in 13 innings pitched. Health remains a concern for Cobb, and although he's not a sexy name in fantasy, he's worth rostering as a streamer in deeper leagues in a great home venue for pitchers.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Susan SlusserRotoBaller.com
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