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Sun Mar 313:22Alex Verdugo Scratched With Leg ContusionAlex VerdugoCF/RFDodgersFree Agent
New York Yankees outfielder Alex Verdugo (leg) was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League lineup on Sunday with a left-leg contusion that he suffered when he was hit by a pitch on Saturday. Verdugo is just dealing with a bruise, so it's nothing serious. The 27-year-old should be able to return to the team's spring training lineup in a day or two. Consider him day-to-day for now. The Yanks acquired Verdugo via trade from the Red Sox this offseason. He's proven to be a mediocre hitter the last couple years in Boston, but perhaps the change of scenery to the Bronx will invigorate him offensively. Verdugo didn't hit the ball very hard in 2023 and has been merely average in the power and speed departments, giving him limited fantasy upside for outfield depth in deep-mixed leagues.
Source: Yes Network - Meredith MarakovitsRotoBaller.com
Sun Mar 312:57Braves GM “Highly Confident” Ronald Acuna Jr. Will Be ReadyRonald AcuñaCF/LFBravesTeam Mike
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) has a great chance to be in the Opening Day lineup, according to the team's general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Anthopoulos was on MLB Network Radio on Sunday morning with Jon Morosi and said he was "highly confident" that Acuna would be in the team's Opening Day lineup. The reigning NL MVP's health has been a hot topic this offseason as he's been dealing with meniscus irritation in his surgically repaired right knee. The fact he's been dealing with irritation in the same knee where he tore his ACL back in 2021 is why there has been so much concern. The 26-year-old is heading to California this week to have his keen examined by a specialist but the Braves GM sounded confident that everything will work out. Acuna is coming off a sensational 2023 season in which he slashed .337/.416/.596 with 149 runs scored, 41 home runs, 106 RBI, and 73 stolen bases over 643 at-bats. He's so important to the Braves that they're going to be extremely cautious with him. We should find out more about his status following his visit with the knee specialist later this week.
Source: Jon Morosi of MLB NetworkRotoBaller.com
Sun Mar 312:39German Marquez Set To Begin Throwing Bullpen Sessions This WeekGermán MárquezSPRockiesSith Lords
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez (elbow) is scheduled to start throwing bullpen sessions this week, according to general manager Bill Schmidt. Marquez, who underwent Tommy John surgery last season, hasn't had any bullpen sessions since his surgery. The 29-year-old veteran started just four games last season before landing on the injured list with an elbow issue. In those four starts, he compiled a 4.95 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 17:3 K/BB Ratio over 20 innings. The Rockies GM noted that Marquez should make it back to the starting rotation after the 2024 All-Star break, barring any setbacks. Marquez has had effective stints throughout his eight-year career but he's hard to trust every time he takes the mound due to his team context and home ballpark.
Source: Jon Morosi of MLB NetworkRotoBaller.com
Sun Mar 309:13Dansby Swanson Gets On Base Again SaturdayDansby SwansonSSBravesSith Lords
Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson went 1-for-3 in an 8-5 Cactus League loss on Saturday. That makes him 2-for-7 in the spring with a run scored. The 2x All-Star also has three walks, putting his OBP at .500 (5-for-10). He's been on base via hit or walk in each of his first four spring games. Swanson should once again be a solid overall contributor for fantasy as he's produced no less than 22 HR, 80 RBI, 78 R, and 9 SB each of the past three seasons. ATC projections call for more of the same in 2024 plus double-digit steals to boot, making him a value at his current NFBC ADP of 125. RotoBaller ranks the 30-year-old Gold Glover much higher, at 103 overall.
Source: ESPNRotoBaller.com
Sat Mar 222:52Max Scherzer Could Return In JuneMax ScherzerSPNationalsBallbusters
Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said the team is looking at "June" for right-hander Max Scherzer (back) to return in 2024. He underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back in mid-December. Scherzer initially had a timeline to return around the All-Star break, but the veteran will continue rehab and could potentially come back in June. "With Max, we are now looking at June. That's a little bit earlier than we thought," said Bochy. The 39-year-old owned a 3.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 174:45 K: BB across 152 2/3 innings in 2023. With the latest news, Scherzer could see a bump in his NFBC ADP of 319 and is worth stashing in all fantasy leagues.
Source: MLB NetworkRotoBaller.com
Sat Mar 217:36Taijuan Walker Ready To ThrowTaijuan WalkerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Taijuan Walker (knee) said he is feeling good and played catch on Saturday. He plans to play catch again on Sunday from a longer distance. Phillies skipper Rob Thomson said that Walker threw batting practice and came in with "normal spring training soreness" in his right knee. The veteran's goal is to throw off a mound in the next few days. The 31-year-old enjoyed a solid season in 2023, his first with the Phillies, as he worked to a 4.38 ERA while taking the ball for a career-high 31 starts and 172 2/3 innings of work. He did, however, go 15-6 in that time behind a strong Phillies offense. On the downside, he struck out just 18.8% of his opponents and is a fading fantasy asset at this time.
Source: Alex CoffeyRotoBaller.com
Sat Mar 213:37Wade Miley Has Shoulder SorenessWade MileySPBrewersBuchanalia
Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy said that left-hander Wade Miley (shoulder) is dealing with left-shoulder soreness in camp, which is the reason why the skipper said on Friday that Miley is "50-50" to be ready for Opening Day. "Played catch, played through it. Hasn't had any problem since," Murphy said. "We just want to go slow because of his history. Everything hurts on him. Happens when you're 50." Miley isn't 50, but he's 37 and should be of no interest to fantasy managers in mixed leagues in 2024, especially since he might not even be ready for the start of the season. The good news is Miley was able to play catch on Saturday. Miley has dealt with various arm injuries the last few years and relies on weak contact to get outs. At best, he'll be a matchup-based streamer in deep-mixed leagues when he's healthy.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Todd RosiakRotoBaller.com
Sat Mar 213:32Patrick Wisdom Expected To Return On TuesdayPatrick Wisdom3B/PHCardinalsFree Agent
Chicago Cubs corner infielder Patrick Wisdom (quadriceps) is expected to return to Cactus League action on Tuesday versus the Kansas City Royals. Wisdom was scratched from the team's spring training game on Thursday against the Colorado Rockies with right-quadriceps tightness, but it's not a major issue and he should be ready to go after taking the weekend off to rest up. The 32-year-old right-handed slugger should be ready in plenty of time for Opening Day at the end of March. The former first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2012 out of Saint Mary's has hit 20-plus homers in each of the last three years, but he doesn't provide much else for fantasy managers and may play sparingly in 2024. Wisdom is a career .214/.298/.468 hitter in six big-league seasons.
Source: The Athletic - Sahadev SharmaRotoBaller.com
Sat Mar 213:28Ian Happ Dealing With Hamstring StrainIan Happ3B/CF/LF/PH/RFCubsTeam Erik
Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ (hamstring) is dealing with a mild left-hamstring strain in camp and won't get into Cactus League games for a bit, according to manager Craig Counsell. However, the Cubs remain optimistic that Happ will be ready for Opening Day at the end of March. The switch-hitting outfielder followed up his first All-Star campaign in 2022 with a .248/.360/.431 slash line, 21 home runs, 35 doubles, four triples, a career-high 84 RBI, a career-high 14 stolen bases and a career-high 86 runs scored in 691 trips to the plate over 158 games in 2023. Not only did Happ clear 20 homers for the third time in his career, but he also took more walks. The 29-year-old is solid across the board and has a solid floor as a No. 3 outfielder for fantasy managers.
Source: Chicago Tribune - Meghan MontemurroRotoBaller.com
Sat Mar 212:47Jeff McNeil Delayed By Biceps InjuryJeff McNeil2BMetsDoppelganger
New York Mets second baseman/outfielder Jeff McNeil (biceps) tweaked his left biceps muscle during cage work the other day in camp. The Mets don't think it's a serious injury, but McNeil is nevertheless delayed at spring training at the moment. The 31-year-old left-handed hitter will be held out of action for a few days in hopes that the injury clears up. McNeil still has plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day in late March, but it's just another injury concern. He suffered a partial ligament tear in his left elbow late in 2023 and is going to have to deal with the issue again in 2024. The two-time All-Star won the National League batting title in 2022 but fell off with a .270/.333/.378 slash line with 10 homers, 55 RBI and 10 steals in 156 games last year. McNeil is an elite contact guy, but he doesn't move the needle all that much elsewhere for fantasy managers.
Source: MLB.com - Anthony DiComoRotoBaller.com
Sat Mar 212:42Max Muncy Returns To Lineup SaturdayMax Muncy1B/3B/PHDodgersBuchanalia
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy (hand) is back at third base and is hitting cleanup for the Dodgers in Saturday's Cactus League contest versus the Chicago Cubs. Muncy was forced from Wednesday's game early against the Texas Rangers after getting hit by a pitch on his hand, but X-rays came back negative and he's already back in action this weekend. The 33-year-old veteran left-handed slugger dodged a bullet and will be ready for the two-game series in Korea against the division-rival San Diego Padres on March 20-21. Muncy can lift the ball in the air and hit homers with the best of them while driving in plenty of runs in one of the best lineups in the league, but he's becoming pretty injury-prone as he ages and will be a big batting-average drain for fantasy teams.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Mike DiGiovannaRotoBaller.com
Sat Mar 212:38Rangers Hope Max Scherzer Can Return In JuneMax ScherzerSPNationalsBallbusters
The Texas Rangers are hoping to get right-hander Max Scherzer (back) back from his injury in June. "With Max, we are now looking at June. That's a little bit earlier than we thought," manager Bruce Bochy said. Scherzer is around three weeks away from resuming workouts six weeks after having surgery to fix a herniated disc in his back. The 39-year-old future Hall of Famer is hoping to make his 2024 season debut in June or July, barring any setbacks with his rehab. Not only was Scherzer injured last year, but he had trouble keeping the ball in the yard and is starting to look less dominant as he approaches 40 years old. The three-time Cy Young winner is only going to pitch around half a season in 2024, too, so fantasy managers shouldn't be expecting much out of him in his first full season in Texas.
Source: MLB NetworkRotoBaller.com
Sat Mar 209:33Ronald Acuna Jr. Expected To Be Ready By Opening DayRonald AcuñaCF/LFBravesTeam Mike
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. had his sore right knee examined by a doctor on Friday and irritation was found in his meniscus. An MRI was recommended and Acuna now plans to travel to L.A. to see another doctor. As of now, the Braves are optimistic, expecting Acuna to be ready for Opening Day, however, fantasy managers and fans will be justifiably nervous as this is the same knee that he tore his ACL in back in 2021. This situation will be monitored closely so stay tuned for updates.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Justin ToscanoRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 121:58Juan Soto Blasts Homer On FridayJuan SotoLF/RFNationalsTeam Lorin
New York Yankees outfielder Juan Soto continues to make hitting look easy as he took control during Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The left-handed slugger went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a pair of runs scored during Friday's win. His home run came in the fourth inning when he took Chad Green deep to help increase the lead to 7-3. Soto has been impressive early in camp. He is 4-for-6 with two home runs and six RBIs, so fantasy managers shouldn't pass on during draft day.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 118:21Max Muncy Taking Batting Practice FridayMax Muncy1B/3B/PHDodgersBuchanalia
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy (hand) is taking batting practice in camp on Friday, and manager Dave Roberts said the plan is to get Muncy back in the Cactus League lineup on Saturday. Muncy was hit by a pitch in his left hand in a spring training game on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, but X-rays came back negative and he's considered day-to-day with a hand contusion. The 33-year-old left-handed slugger dodged a bullet and will be ready for the two-game series in Korea on March 20-21 against the San Diego Padres. Muncy has dealt with some nagging injuries in recent seasons and isn't going to help your fantasy team's batting average, but he should continue to supply plenty of power and RBI in one of the best lineups in baseball. In his six at-bats in Cactus League action, Muncy has three hits, including a homer.
Source: The Athletic - Fabian ArdayaRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 117:21Nolan Arenado Goes Without A Hit FridayNolan Arenado3BRockiesTeam Mike
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado went hitless with one strikeout in two plate appearances during a 3-2 win over the New York Mets on Friday. The veteran began his spring by collecting four hits, including two doubles, across his first three games but is now hitless over his last two Grapefruit League contests. He is now hitting .364 with two RBI, one run, and a .909 OPS across 11 trips to the plate this spring. After an MVP-caliber 2022 season, Arenado's bat predictably regressed in the 2023 season. That said, the 32-year-old still hit .266 with 24 home runs and 93 RBI across 144 games played, his fewest in a full season since 2014. His underlying metrics were concerning but he should still be able to provide quality production at the hot corner for fantasy managers this season.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 116:42Ronald Acuna Jr. Being Checked By DoctorRonald AcuñaCF/LFBravesTeam Mike
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) is getting his sore right knee looked at by a doctor "just to make sure," manager Brian Snitker said. It's not an MRI exam, and Snitker also said, "I don't think it'll be anything." It may be nothing, but it doesn't hurt for the Braves and Acuna to get peace of mind this spring, especially considering that the 26-year-old superstar tore the ACL in the same knee back in 2021. The Braves scratched Acuna as a precaution from Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Baltimore Orioles, but he could be back in spring training games sooner than later if the exam doesn't turn up anything significant. Acuna broke records in 2023 and is elite across the board in all categories for fantasy managers as the top overall fantasy asset when he's healthy.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Justin ToscanoRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 115:56Raisel Iglesias Makes Spring Debut FridayRaisel IglesiasRPRedsTeam Jim
Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias made his Grapefruit League debut on Friday in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. He entered in the fourth frame and had a scoreless inning of work, with his only blemish being a two-out double to infield prospect Jackson Holliday. In his first full season with the Braves in 2023, Iglesias had a career-high 33 saves in 55 2/3 regular-season innings while also registering a 2.75 ERA (3.26 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP with 15 walks and 68 strikeouts. That all came after the 34-year-old missed the first month of the season with a right-shoulder strain. He leaned more on his changeup than ever because opposing hitters started to sit on his fastball. All things considered, Iglesias has a strong floor as a top-five fantasy closer for one of the best teams in baseball.
Source: SB Nation - Kris WillisRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 114:23Brandon Dixon Hangs Up His CleatsBrandon Dixon1B/2B/PH/RFRedsFree Agent
Free-agent utility player Brandon Dixon announced his retirement from professional baseball on his Twitter/X account on Thursday. It was a brief career as the 32-year-old played in parts of five seasons and appeared in just 235 games. He hit .224 with 22 home runs, six stolen bases, and a .663 OPS across 658 trips to the plate in that time. However, he did pace the Tigers with a career-high 15 home runs in the 2019 season when he played in 118 games. Most recently, he played two seasons for his hometown San Diego Padres, hitting .203 with two homers, one steal, and a .573 OPS across 86 trips to the plate in the 2023 campaign.
Source: Brandon DixonRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 113:28Anthony DeSclafani Delayed In CampAnthony DeSclafaniSPRedsDoppelganger
Minnesota Twins pitchers Anthony DeSclafani (elbow) and Caleb Thielbar (hamstring) have been delayed in camp but are ramping up their throwing. Trainer Nick Paparesta said that both pitchers still have time to be ready for Opening Day. DeSclafani is dealing with right-elbow soreness, while Thielbar is dealing with a left-hamstring strain. DeSclafani, 33, was acquired in an offseason trade with the Mariners. It's a troubling sign he's hurt again after missing most of last year due to a flexor issue in his arm. In his 19 outings (18 starts) for the Giants in 2023, DeSclafani went 4-8 with a 4.88 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with 79 strikeouts in 99 2/3 innings. His injury in camp could make Louie Varland the favorite for Minnesota's final rotation spot to open the year.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Bobby NightengaleRotoBaller.com
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