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Oakland Athletics SP Daniel Mengden (elbow) said he is about 95 percent of the way back after undergoing three surgeries this offseason. Mengden said he's throwing all his pitches in bullpen sessions.
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Daniel Mengden(elbow) said he expects to be ready for the start of the season whenever MLB is ready to resume play. Mengden had two surgeries on his digestive system this offseason and arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow in February. The right-hander would've missed the first few months of the season anyway, but he has been throwing in the bullpen and feels he is on track to start the season with the team. Despite being healthy, Mengden is an unappealing fantasy option. His 5.73 xFIP was worse than every qualified pitcher last season and he won't rack up strikeouts, either, thanks to a low 16.2 percent strikeout rate.
Free-agent OF Denard Span (Mariners) said he received a few minor league contract offers during the offseason but said he may be done with playing professional baseball.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitchers Blake Snell (elbow) and Brendan McKay (shoulder) are among the two-thirds of the team's pitchers that haven't been throwing off a mound during the coronavirus shutdown. Pitching coach Kyle Snyder hasn't seen video of either pitcher, but he expects them to be ready to go with "zero limitations" whenever the 2020 season begins. Both Snell and McKay suffered small setbacks in spring training, but they've both had ample time to heal during the shutdown. Snell has become a risky low-end fantasy ace because of his arm issues and the fact that he's considered sitting out in 2020 if he feels it's not worth the health risk. McKay, the team's No. 2 prospect, is a two-way player with more value in his left arm at the moment. There's plenty of upside as a late-round gamble in deep mixed leagues, but a shortened season makes it less likely that he'll have a huge fantasy impact.
Tampa Bay Rays LHP/1B Brendan McKay (shoulder) has not thrown off a mound recently, after having experienced shoulder stiffness during spring training. However, pitching coach Kyle Snyder said he expects McKay to be ready to go with 'zero limitations' once workouts resume, even though he has not seen video of him during the shutdown.
Tampa Bay Rays LHP Blake Snell (elbow) has not thrown off a mound recently, after having experienced discomfort in his pitching elbow during spring training. However, pitching coach Kyle Snyder said he expects Snell to be ready to go with 'zero limitations' once workouts resume, even though he has not seen video of him during the shutdown.
New York Yankees LHP James Paxton (back) said he feels that he is back to full strength and added that his back 'is a non-issue.' He estimated that he has thrown at least a dozen bullpen sessions and has demonstrated increased velocity and improved command recently.
Free-agent RHP Bartolo Colon said he would like to pitch one more season at the MLB level, preferably with the New York Mets.
New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton has altered his fastball grip to produce a higher spin rate with the pitch. Paxton tends to throw his fastball up in the zone, and the pitch is complemented by a solid curveball. As a result, if Paxton successfully adds spin to his fastball then hes likely to see his strikeout rate rise from its already high 29.4% mark from last season. The delayed season should allow Paxton plenty of time to get comfortable with his new grip, so fantasy owners should expect the 31-year-old to post a strikeout rate above 31% in 2020.
Free-agent second baseman Scooter Gennett said that he's fine with sitting out the 2020 season. Gennett hasn't gotten what he considers a fair offer for his services on the open market this year. The 30-year-old made the All-Star team two years ago with the Cincinnati Reds when he hit .310 (second in the league) with 23 home runs and 93 RBI. It all went downhill when he injured his groin in spring training last year, sidelining him for three months. Gennett returned too early from his injury and hit just .217 in 21 games before being traded to the Giants. He was released by San Francisco after only 21 games. He was expecting offers in the $5 million range this offseason, but the best he got was for $1.5 million and $500,000 in incentives. Unless Gennett unexpectedly receives a better offer with guaranteed money, it sounds like he's unlikely to return to the big leagues.
New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (calf) has been taking batting practice as he continues to recover from a calf strain suffered early in spring training. The Yankees have been optimistic that Stanton would be healthy for the start of the season, and taking BP is a strong sign in that direction. Stanton is sometimes unfairly labeled as injury-prone, but hes played in at least 150 games in two of the past three seasons and should be expected to have a full workload in 2020.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (rib) has yet to resume swinging, indicating that he still hasnt had an additional CT scan. Judge is scheduled to undergo a CT scan sometime soon, but he hasnt swung pain-free since the beginning of spring training and is unlikely to start swinging before getting a clean scan. Until Judge can comfortably swing, fantasy owners should expect the outfielder to miss significant time. Judge may miss the entire season if he requires surgery, so fantasy owners should be cautious drafting him in early rounds.
New York Yankees OF Aaron Judge (rib) has not starting swinging a bat at this point, but hitting coach Marcus Thames said Judge will be ready when he is cleared by the doctors.
Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Brent Honeywell (elbow) underwent a decompression procedure on his right ulnar nerve on Wednesday in Los Angeles. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The Rays are saying that scar tissue was removed from the area of the nerve. Honeywell is scheduled to begin strength and mobility exercises on Monday in Port Charlotte, Florida. The right-hander remains one of the team's top pitching prospects (No. 6 per MLB Pipeline), but he just can't shake his elbow issues. The 25-year-old missed the entire 2018 season after having Tommy John surgery and missed all of last year due to a fractured elbow. This latest surgery doesn't sound too serious, but it's a setback nevertheless. Honeywell might be able to contribute at some point in 2020 if there is a season, but we'd expect the Rays to be even more cautious in an abbreviated season.
Pittsburgh Pirates INF Kevin Kramer (hip) recently underwent right hip surgery and is expected to be sidelined for four to six months.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Kevin Kramer underwent hip surgery and will be out for four to six months. With the 2020 season not likely to start until at least early July because of COVID-19, this effectively will end Kramer's chances of playing this year. The 26-year-old has played in only 43 major league games the last two seasons and has hit a weak .152/.222/.165 with no home runs and nine RBI in 79 at-bats with the Pirates. The second-round pick in 2015 hit .260/.335/.417 with 10 home runs and 54 RBI in 113 games with Triple-A Indianapolis last year. Kramer wasn't going to be on anyone's fantasy radar, even entering a normal full season in 2020.
The Colorado Rockies released starting pitcher Tim Melville on Monday after he bounced around in the minors for most of his time with the team. Melville was recalled by the Rockies late last season and went 2-3 with a 4.86 ERA in seven starts. The 30-year-old right-hander was on a minor league contract in 2020 and figured to see very little, if any, time in the team's starting rotation again. In 17 starts for Triple-A Albuquerque last year, Melville was 10-5 with a 5.42 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 96 1/3 frames. He also made two starts for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic independent league before signing on with the Rockies.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte announced on his social media on Monday that his wife, Noelia, has died of a heart attack. "It is a moment of indescribable pain. On behalf of my family, I am grateful for the expressions of esteem and solidarity in this difficult time," Marte wrote. The 31-year-old outfielder was traded to the D-backs in January after playing eight seasons with the Pirates. The team said "our hearts are truly saddened by this news." Marte is a power-speed threat that will start in center in his first year in Arizona, and he can contribute across all scoring categories for fantasy owners. RotoBaller extends its condolences to Marte's family and friends at this difficult time.
Free-agent RP Francisco Rodriguez is still hopeful he can continue his major-league career despite not having pitched in the majors since June 22, 2017, according to MLive.com's Evan Woodbery.
Free-agent relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez last pitched in the major leagues for the Detroit Tigers in June of 2017, but he's hoping to make his way back onto a major league roster. The 38-year-old has pitched in the Nationals minor league system, an independent team in the United State and in Mexico since his release in 2017. K-Rod played in parts of 16 seasons in the major leagues and was a six-time All-Star. He ranks fourth on the all-time list for saves with 437 behind Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman and Lee Smith, all of whom are in the Hall of Fame. It's unlikely that Rodriguez will get another shot in the majors, but even if he does, it would be doubtful that he'd work his way into the closer's role anywhere after three years away from MLB. "As long as I have that conviction, as long as I have that flame, Im going to keep trying. And I know that Im going to do it," Rodriguez said.
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