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    Brett Cecil Apr 3 6:33pm ET

    St. Louis Cardinals RP Brett Cecil (hamstring) plans to resume his rehab next week after taking some time off because of a personal matter.

    Miles Mikolas Apr 3 6:23pm ET

    St. Louis Cardinals RHP Miles Mikolas (forearm) is playing catch from 120 feet and is expected to throw a light bullpen session in the near future.

    Andrew McCutchen Apr 3 6:23pm ET

    Philadelphia Phillies OF Andrew McCutchen (knee) said he will be ready to play once the regular season begins.

    Brett Cecil Apr 3 1:20pm ET

    St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Brett Cecil (hamstring) will continue his rehab process next week in his recovery from a strained right hamstring. Cecil took some time off to deal with personal issues, but Cardinals President of Baseball Operation John Mozeliak said that Cecil is feeling better. The lefty pitcher sustained the injury in one of the last Grapefruit League games before all spring camps shut down. He was originally expected to miss Opening Day, but now that there's no set start date, Cecil could indeed be ready to go once the season gets going.

    From RotoBaller

    Miles Mikolas Apr 3 1:10pm ET

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas (arm) is continuing his rehab and has ramped up to throwing from 120 feet. Mikolas is dealing with a strained right forearm that was going to keep him out of the Opening Day rotation. He's scheduled to throw a light bullpen soon, and given the current timeline, could be ready to go whenever the baseball season finally gets started. Mikolas wasn't nearly as good last season as he was in 2018, but he was still a solid anchor for the back end of a fantasy rotation.

    From RotoBaller

    Kwang-Hyun Kim Apr 3 1:00pm ET

    St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kwang-Hyun Kim is discussing a return to South Korea with his team, according to reports. Kim relocated to St. Louis from his homeland of South Korea earlier this year, but with no start date for the season in sight, Kim may be looking to return home to be with his wife and two young children who are still in Incheon. The team has yet to determine the next step, but it is certainly something being considered. The 31-year-old Kim was fighting for a rotation spot and seemed to be on the right track before everything got shut down. Whether he returns to South Korea or not, Kim will be ready to go whenever the baseball season gets underway.

    From RotoBaller

    Andrew McCutchen Apr 3 1:00pm ET

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen confirmed he will be ready to play when MLB can resume after the season was delayed due to the coronavirus. The veteran outfielder has been out since last June with a torn ACL and would have missed the start of the regular season if it started on March 26. McCutchen has been working out in Florida and said that when the season does begin, he will be ready. McCutchen was the Phillies' primary leadoff hitter before his injury last season and should serve that role in 2020. McCutchen has a .378 on-base percentage for his career and would be a useful fantasy asset in all formats leading off for a strong Phillies lineup.

    From RotoBaller

    Junichi Tazawa Apr 2 10:53pm ET

    Cincinnati Reds RHPs Junichi Tazawa and Chris Volstad were released last month, according to Baseball America's Chris Hilburn-Trenkle.

    Seranthony Dominguez Apr 2 10:30pm ET

    It's still unclear whether Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Seranthony Dominguez (elbow) will have Tommy John surgery. Because of the coronavirus, Dominguez hasn't been able to get a second opinion on his arm from orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. General manager Matt Klentak said a decision on Dominguez's surgery won't be made until he gets the second opinion. All signs point to the reliever having surgery, which would keep him out the rest of this season and for the start of 2021. The 25-year-old only threw 24 2/3 innings in 2019 because of his arm injury, but he was solid in 2018 with a 2.95 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings and 16 saves. Until further notice, Dominguez is off the fantasy radar.

    From RotoBaller

    Griffin Canning Apr 2 10:20pm ET

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning (elbow) has been cleared to resume his throwing program, according to general manager Billy Eppler. Canning will build up the intensity of his throwing program and could get back on a mound by the end of April. The right-hander had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow around four weeks ago and is hoping to avoid surgery that would likely keep him out for all of the 2020 season. The good news is that the delay of the season due to the coronavirus affords Canning some more time to recover, but there's still no timeline on when he'll be ready or if this route will help him avoid surgery. As of right now, he's still a risky pick in mixed leagues, as his current ADP sits at 300.6.

    From RotoBaller

    Jerry Blevins Apr 2 6:13pm ET

    San Francisco Giants LHP Jerry Blevins and OF Brandon Guyer were released Thursday, April 2, ahead of MLB's roster freeze.

    James Paxton Apr 1 11:03pm ET

    New York Yankees LHP James Paxton (back) is reportedly expected to 'return to throw progression' at his home in Wisconsin, as pitching coach Matt Blake told reporters Wednesday, April 1, that he feels 'really good' about Paxton's recovery from spinal surgery in February.

    Griffin Canning Apr 1 8:43pm ET

    Los Angeles Angels RHP Griffin Canning (elbow) has been cleared to begin a throwing program, according to general manager Billy Eppler. He could start throwing off a mound by the end of April.

    Jonathan Loaisiga Apr 1 3:50pm ET

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga would have been the teams primary fifth starter had the season begun on time according to pitching coach Matt Blake. Injuries and a Domingo German suspension left the Yankees with holes in their starting rotation, and a strong spring from Loaisiga had him in line to win a job in the rotation. A delayed season has allowed James Paxton to get healthy and bump Loaisiga out of the rotation, though, so Loaisiga is now likely to be the next man up should the Yankees need another starting pitcher midseason. Loaisiga owns an unimpressive career 4.79 ERA, but a high 28.3% strikeout rate and strong spring training command (one walk over 10 innings) give the 25-year-old some upside and make him a potential DFS play if he starts.

    From RotoBaller

    James Paxton Apr 1 2:50pm ET

    New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (back) is continuing to recover from back surgery at home, and pitching coach Matt Blake indicated that Paxton has been progressing well. Paxton hopes to be ready for game action as soon as mid-May, and the recent update suggests that hell be healthy enough to pitch in games by June at the latest. At this point, it seems likely that Paxton will be ready by the start of the regular season (whenever that is), so fantasy owners should expect to get a full season out of the 31-year-old in 2020.

    From RotoBaller

    Mitch Haniger Mar 31 9:40pm ET

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger (back, core) has been doing core exercises for strength and mobility at home after having back and core surgeries in January. Haniger has been the walking wounded the past year, as his 2019 season was ruined by injuries. He played in just 63 games for the Mariners and had a disappointing .220 average with 15 home runs and 32 RBI after being selected to the All-Star team for the first time in 2018. The delayed MLB season is good news for players like Haniger, but there's still no timetable on when he will be able to return to game action. The 29-year-old might still be worth a stash in deep mixed leagues and AL-only formats, but you can ignore him for now in shallow leagues until we have a better idea on when he'll be ready.

    From RotoBaller

    Willie Calhoun Mar 31 9:30pm ET

    Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun (jaw) took swings on Monday for the first time since fracturing his jaw in spring training three weeks ago. Calhoun got lucky with the season being delayed due to the coronavirus. Otherwise, he definitely wouldn't have been ready for the start of the regular season. With the season not starting for another couple months most likely, he'll be fully recovered by then and is expected to have an everyday role in the outfield after hitting .269/.323/.524 with 21 home runs and 48 RBI in 309 at-bats in 2019. One of the team's top prospects when he was on the farm, Calhoun has exciting upside and should come at a nice value to those that wait in deep mixed leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Collin McHugh Mar 31 9:30pm ET

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh (elbow) still has not resumed throwing but is progressing nicely. The Red Sox are playing it safe with McHugh with the start of the 2020 regular season likely delayed until June or July in a best-case scenario. The veteran right-hander was successful as both a starter and reliever in his six seasons with the Astros. He struggled to a 4.70 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 35 outings (eight starts) last season, but McHugh had a career-low 1.99 ERA and 11.7 K/9 in 58 relief appearances for the 'Stros in 2018. He's likely to see time as both a starter and reliever in 2020 with Boston, and he can be of use as a streamer to those in deep mixed and AL-only leagues if he's making starts for his new club. Given the extra time before the start of the season, McHugh should be ready to go for Opening Day, and his chances of seeing starts went up with Chris Sale (elbow) needing Tommy John surgery.

    From RotoBaller

    Chris Sale Mar 31 9:20pm ET

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery last Thursday. It was already announced more than a week ago that Sale would need elbow reconstruction and miss the entire 2020 season, if there even is a season, but he didn't have the operation until late last week. The hard-throwing left-hander will also miss a good chunk of the first half of the 2021 season as well. The 31-year-old has elite swing-and-miss stuff, but his 2019 season was also a disappointment because of arm issues, and he had a weak 4.40 ERA while still managing 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings. It's fair to wonder if he'll be as dominating when he returns next season, but we wouldn't bet against the seven-time All-Star. Hopefully you had your draft after we learned that he'd miss all of 2020.

    From RotoBaller

    Seranthony Dominguez Mar 31 5:10pm ET

    Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Seranthony Dominguez (elbow) has been recommended to have Tommy John surgery. The hard-throwing righty originally hurt his elbow last June, but was able to recover without surgery despite missing the remainder of 2019. Dominguez only pitched one inning of Spring Training this year before reporting tightness in his elbow and being shut down. Despite the recommendation, it is still unclear if Dominguez will undergo surgery, as tests are unable to confirm a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. At this point, however, it appears Dominguez will be out for most of 2020 even without surgery. He could miss most of 2021 as well if he does go under the knife later this year, making him an afterthought in fantasy circles.

    From RotoBaller

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