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    Chris Sale Apr 7 4:00pm ET

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (elbow) has stated that he will be out of his arm cast and start rehabbing on Thursday, following his Tommy John surgery that took place at the end of March. The 31-year-old hopes to be able to use the Red Sox facility at JetBlue Park to begin his rehab, but if the conditions are not suitable during the current delay that Major League Baseball is facing, he will begin the rehab process at his house. Sale added that he is going to have a better elbow than he did before after the 9-14 month rehab process that frequently follows TJ surgery. Sale is confident that he will be able to get back to the level he reached prior to the 2019 season, giving fantasy owners and fans hope that the left-hander will be back in the Red Sox rotation at some point during the 2021 season.

    From RotoBaller

    Shohei Ohtani Apr 7 4:00pm ET

    Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani is "really letting it go" when playing long toss and then shortening the distance to 60 feet, according to Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway. Ohtani is recovering from Tommy John surgery and throwing off a mound could come very "soon". Ohtani's timeline in the season to resume pitching in games was right around mid-May to June so it appears his rehab is still on course. Whenever the season begins, the Angels intend to use the two-way player as a pitcher at some point this season. But it is fair to expect the team to be extra cautious with how they use Ohtani this season, which could stunt his fantasy potential on the pitching side.

    From RotoBaller

    Jeff Mathis Apr 7 3:40pm ET

    Texas Rangers catcher Jeff Mathis (hamstring) is recovered from the pulled left hamstring that he suffered just before spring training was suspended due to the coronavirus. General manager Jon Daniels said that Mathis just lacks the ability to test the leg under normal circumstances with everyone stuck at home. It sounds like Mathis should be fully healthy and ready to go whenever the 2020 season begins. The 37-year-old veteran backstop hit just .158/.209/.224 with two home runs in his 228 at-bats with the Rangers in 2019, and he'll serve as Robinson Chirinos' primary backup in 2020.

    From RotoBaller

    Jesse Chavez Apr 7 3:40pm ET

    The Texas Rangers have slowed down pitcher Jesse Chavez (elbow, shoulder) as he recovers from offseason surgery on his right elbow while also trying to rebuild strength in his right shoulder. The suspension of the 2020 season has allowed Chavez to take his time in his rehab to build up his arm. The veteran right-hander is throwing at 60 feet right now and expects to be long tossing by the end of the month. Chavez should get back on a mound in May. We don't know yet when the regular season will begin, but there's still a chance that he'll be ready for Opening Day. The 36-year-old should serve as a swing man for Texas when he's healthy, but he doesn't have much fantasy value unless he's starting games, and even then he's mostly an AL-only commodity or low-cost DFS streamer.

    From RotoBaller

    Shohei Ohtani Apr 7 3:33pm ET

    Los Angeles Angels SP/OF Shohei Ohtani (elbow) should be throwing from a mound 'soon,' according to pitching coach Mickey Callaway.

    Chris Sale Apr 7 3:33pm ET

    Boston Red Sox SP Chris Sale (elbow) said Tuesday, April 7, he'll be out of his arm cast and able to start rehab Thursday, April 9.

    Willie Calhoun Apr 7 3:30pm ET

    Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun (jaw), who suffered a fractured jaw in spring training, has no restrictions in his workouts, and general manager Jon Daniels said that Calhoun is focused on regaining is strength and is getting back into his conditioning program. We've had several recent updates on Calhoun since he had surgery on his jaw, and he's progressing very nicely. Whenever the 2020 season begins, the 25-year-old should be ready to roll as an everyday outfielder in Texas. Calhoun hit .269 with 21 home runs and 48 RBI in just 309 at-bats in 2019, showing that he has plenty of upside in his hitter-friendly home park. He's a very nice target in the later rounds of mixed league drafts now that he'll be healthy for the start of the season.

    From RotoBaller

    Jose Trevino Apr 6 10:43pm ET

    Texas Rangers C Jose Trevino (finger) is reportedly progressing to the point where he is two weeks away from being able to cut it loose in his baseball activities. Trevino suffered a hairline fracture of his right index finger in late February.

    Jeff Mathis Apr 6 10:33pm ET

    Texas Rangers C Jeff Mathis (hamstring) has reportedly fully recovered from the pulled left hamstring muscle he suffered ready for spring training, according to manager Jon Daniels.

    A.J. Puk Apr 6 10:30pm ET

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Puk (shoulder) has been playing catch from 120 feet as he recovers from a shoulder injury sustained during Spring Training. Puk only threw 36 2/3 innings last season, and didn't pitch in 2018 due to Tommy John surgery, so he is a player that stands to gain fantasy value due to the shutdown. Puk said that his shoulder feels as good as it has in a while, and that this shoulder soreness is part of the recovery process when pitching after surgery. The top-prospect would've likely had his innings managed, but now it seems likely he'll be in the rotation all year which would make him a steal at his 235th overall average draft position.

    From RotoBaller

    Jesus Luzardo Apr 6 10:20pm ET

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo has been working out with fellow starter Mike Fiers and a trainer in Florida while the season is delayed. Luzardo said they have been working out in an open field to play catch, and they have a portable mound to throw bullpen sessions. As if Luzardo didn't come with enough hype, the top-prospect was dominating in Spring Training before the season was suspended. In three starts, the left-hander struck out 16 batters in 12 innings with a 0.67 WHIP while sporting a 98-plus MPH fastball. Luzardo has enormous potential, but his average draft position is also climbing as he's up to 119th overall.

    From RotoBaller

    Jeff McNeil Apr 6 8:50am ET

    New York Mets infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil is projected to be the Mets everyday third baseman once the 2020 season begins. While McNeil will still be getting reps at second base and in the corner outfield spots, he won't be playing any of those positions unless injuries necessitate it. In 2019, McNeil hit .318/.384/.531 with 23 home runs, 83 runs scored, 75 RBI and five stolen bases in 510 at-bats. He spent 61 games in left field, 39 games in right field, 34 games at second base and 24 games at third base. Because of his usage in 2019, McNeil will maintain plenty of positional eligibility on most fantasy platforms in 2020, despite his being forecast to only play third base in 2020. This position eligibility, which gives owners valuable flexibility with their daily rosters, further serves to enhance McNeil's value at his current ADP of 85.

    From RotoBaller

    Brandon Nimmo Apr 6 8:30am ET

    Despite having undergone precautionary cardio screening tests early in spring training, New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo won't be held back by the Mets when the season eventually begins. The issue that caused Nimmo to miss time in spring training is nothing new and is something that he has been dealing with for years. Before MLB spring training was suspended, Nimmo had reportedly been turning scouts' heads based on his performance. Over 11 Grapefruit League games, Nimmo put up an impressive slash line of .379/.455/.552 in 29 at-bats. Heading into 2020, Nimmo is part of a crowded Mets outfield. This may result in a platoon role for him, especially if Yoenis Cespedes (ankle, heels) is fully healthy. That said, an impressive start to the season that builds off of his spring success, combined with Michael Conforto's oblique injury, if Conforto remains sidelined, could mean regular playing time for Nimmo in the early part of 2020. As a result, Nimmo, who appears to be over last season's neck injury, remains worth a draft selection in deep mixed leagues and NL-only formats at his current ADP of 365. Nimmo could return tremendous value if he gets regular playing time batting at the top of the Mets' potent lineup.

    From RotoBaller

    Yoenis Cespedes Apr 6 8:20am ET

    The delayed start to the 2020 season makes it likely that New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (heel, ankle) will make the Mets' Opening Day roster. Before spring training was suspended, Cespedes had progressed to running to first base at full speed and hitting regularly in simulated games. Cespedes was in the midst of progressing from the heel and ankle injuries that had kept him sidelined since mid-July 2018. With rosters potentially being expanded when the season eventually begins, the Mets can utilize Cespedes as a pinch-hitter even if he is not 100-percent healthy. Of course, even if fully recovered, given his recent injury history and the Mets crowded outfield situation, consistent playing time is still not a given in 2020. That said, owners should continue to monitor this situation. If Cespedes is healthy heading into the season opener, he's certainly worth a draft selection in deep mixed leagues and NL-only formats.

    From RotoBaller

    Jose Peraza Apr 5 4:43pm ET

    Boston Red Sox 2B Jose Peraza is considered the frontrunner to be the team's everyday second baseman, according to Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe.

    Austin Riley Apr 5 1:10pm ET

    Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos revealed on Friday that both third baseman Austin Riley and Johan Camargo were playing so well that they likely would have both made the initial Opening Day roster. One of the main factors for keeping both was that the minor league season started after the big league season, so the Braves would've had the option of sending one of them down to Triple-A eventually if they weren't playing enough. Riley was 10-for-28 in spring training with two home runs, two doubles and four RBI, and he had struck out just five times. He struck out almost 40 percent of the time in his rookie season. The switch-hitting Camargo was 8-for-28 with a homer, two doubles and eight RBI in camp. Whenever the season starts, the Braves will have an expanded roster, so it seems likely that both Riley and Camargo will be with the club. How much either one plays the hot corner is unknown, though, and splitting time would limit their ceilings. Riley is the more attractive fantasy option in deep mixed and NL-only leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Yoenis Cespedes Apr 5 10:53am ET

    New York Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (ankle, heel) appears to have a good chance of making the team's Opening Day roster in 2020 due to expanded rosters and having additional time to recover from his injuries, according to's Anthony DiComo. Cespedes had been close to appearing in games as a designated hitter before spring training was halted last month.

    Max Muncy Apr 5 10:53am ET

    Los Angeles Dodgers OF/1B Cody Bellinger is expected to serve as the team's everyday center fielder in 2020, although manager Dave Roberts said he could see occasional playing time at first base when INF Max Muncy is either playing second base or out of the lineup.

    Cody Bellinger Apr 5 10:53am ET

    Los Angeles Dodgers OF/1B Cody Bellinger is expected to serve as the team's everyday center fielder in 2020, although manager Dave Roberts said he could see occasional playing time at first base when INF Max Muncy is either playing second base or out of the lineup.

    Jose Peraza Apr 4 10:50pm ET

    Boston Red Sox middle infielder Jose Peraza could be the favorite to start the 2020 season as the everyday second baseman, in the opinion of The Boston Globe's Julian McWilliams. It would definitely be nice for those seeking stolen bases late in mixed league drafts. However, let us remind you that we don't even have an idea yet when the regular season will begin, and Peraza must produce in order to avoid losing playing time at the keystone to Michael Chavis. Chavis might not have the glove or the speed, but he can hit for more power and can also play first base. Peraza, 26 at the end of April, is ranked just outside RotoBaller's top 400 players, but he'll see a bit more of a bump if it turns out that he'll be playing regularly to begin the 2020 campaign.

    From RotoBaller

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