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  • Alex Dickerson will undergo Tommy John
    Alex Dickerson will undergo Tommy John surgery before the end of March.

    Advice: Dickerson had opted to go the rest and rehab route to treat the sprained UCL in his left elbow, but to date hasn't experienced any improvement so he'll throw in the towel and go under the knife. It's unclear just how much time he stands to miss, but he could be looking at his second straight lost season. Yesterday, 4:18 pm
  • Puig drives in four in 8-2 victory over A's
    Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with two doubles and drove in four runs in an 8-2 victory over the Athletics in the Cactus League on Tuesday.

    Advice: Puig now has his batting average for the Cactus League up to .289, and he has six doubles so far in Arizona. He somewhat quietly had a strong 2017 campaign (28 homers, 15 steals), and at 27 years old he could be entering his prime. There have always been fits of inconsistency, but the overall body of work should make Puig worth a starting spot in a fantasy outfield in 2018. Yesterday, 4:13 pm
  • Moncada drives in three in 10-0 rout of Texas
    Yoan Moncada went 2-for-3 with three RBI in a 10-0 rout of the Rangers on Tuesday in the Cactus League.

    Advice: One of the knocks was a double, which was the second of the spring for the 22-year-old infielder. It's been an inconsistent spring for Moncada, but he now has his OPS up to .768, which looks a lot better considering how much he struggled to start the Cactus League. The talent is obvious, so it's just a matter of applying it on a consistent basis. There's plenty of risk in his profile, but there's just as much -- if not more -- reward. Yesterday, 3:41 pm
  • Lorenzen diagnosed with strain near shoulder
    Michael Lorenzen has been diagnosed with a strained teres major muscle near his right shoulder.

    Advice: Lorenzen will be shut down for several days and is almost certain to open the regular season on the disabled list. He had been projected to serve as a key member of the Reds' bullpen in 2018. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
  • Cameron Maybin reaches three times in loss
    Cameron Maybin reached three times Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a walk.

    Advice: The Marlins are debating between Maybin and Lewis Brinson for the leadoff spot. Brinson has had the better spring, but Maybin is making up some ground now; he's batting .207/.351/.379 in 29 at-bats. Yesterday, 2:17 pm
  • Matt Harvey gives up one run to Cardinals
    Matt Harvey limited the Cardinals to one run in 5 1/3 innings in the Mets' 8-7 win Tuesday.

    Advice: Harvey struck out five and walked one. Paul DeJong's homer was the only damage against him. Harvey has a 4.50 ERA and an 18/6 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. We're not expecting any significant mixed-league value early on, but there's some reason for optimism that he'll get back there eventually. Yesterday, 2:07 pm
  • Victor Reyes goes 3-for-3 in win
    Rule 5 pick Victor Reyes went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the Tigers' 8-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Reyes is hitting a modest .244/.292/.289 in 45 at-bats, but that should be good enough to get him a spot on the depleted Tigers roster. The switch-hitter can see some time in center against lefties and left field against righties. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • 'Not looking good' for Dom Smith's return
    Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday that "it's not looking good" for Dominic Smith (quad) to play in another Grapefruit League game this spring.

    Advice: Smith appeared in just one half of one Grapefruit League game back in February before straining his left quad and he's still unable to run. It's been an unfortunate injury for the 22-year-old first baseman, who got in great shape this winter and had a shot at claiming a starting job with the Mets out of camp. Adrian Gonzalez and Wilmer Flores will likely share playing time at first base out of the gate. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • Marco Estrada gives up two runs in loss
    Marco Estrada took his first loss of the spring after allowing two runs in five innings Tuesday.

    Advice: Estrada still has a 2.08 ERA and an 11/1 K/BB ratio in 13 innings this spring. He's lined up to start the third game of the season for the Jays, and he should have steady AL-only value. Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • A's agree to minors deal with Brett Anderson
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A's have agreed to a minor league contract with Brett Anderson.

    Advice: It's not official just yet, but an announcement could be coming shortly. Anderson began his major league career with the Athletics back in 2009 and had some successful seasons before injuries seriously derailed things. The 30-year-old left-hander posted a rough 6.34 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, and 38/21 K/BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings (13 starts) last summer between the Cubs and Blue Jays. Yesterday, 11:08 am
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  • Mallex Smith (hamstring) plays minors game
    Mallex Smith (hamstring) took five at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday in Rays camp.

    Advice: "No hesitation, stole a base, no second thought with any of my movements," Smith told reporters afterward. "So that was relieving." Smith hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 8 because of a hamstring strain, but the 24-year-old speedster should be fine for the start of the 2018 regular season. He's a nice late-round sleeper for stolen bases. Yesterday, 10:47 am
  • Dan Straily (elbow) on no-throw for 5-6 days
    Dan Straily (forearm) will be shut down for 5-6 days.

    Advice: Straily came down with a bit of tightness in his right forearm after pitching in a minor league game in Jupiter, Florida on Monday.'s Joe Frisaro says his velocity was fine in that outing and the Marlins are optimistic that this will not be a long-term thing, but the 29-year-old right-hander can probably be ruled out for the first week or two of the 2018 regular season. He had been scheduled to make his season debut on March 30 against the Cubs. Yesterday, 9:52 am
  • Ryan Zimmerman ready for start of season
    Ryan Zimmerman fully expects to be ready for the start of the 2018 regular season.

    Advice: Zimmerman has taken just two at-bats in the Grapefruit League this spring -- both of them back on March 2 -- but he's been playing 6-7 innings in minor league games and insisted Tuesday in Nationals camp that there are no injury concerns. "There’s not a doubt in my mind I’m ready to go," the veteran first baseman said Tuesday. Zimmerman, 33, batted .303/.358/.573 with 36 home runs and 108 RBI over 144 regular-season games in 2017. Yesterday, 9:36 am
  • Andrelton Simmons has three hits on Monday
    Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in Monday's Cactus League victory over the Mariners.

    Advice: Fresh off of his breakout 2017 season offensively, Simmons has struggled this spring hitting just .240 with no homers and no stolen bases. He's a fringe mixed league middle infielder, but expecting a repeat of his 2017 campaign seems unlikely. Monday, 10:01 pm
  • Addison Russell plates two in victory Monday
    Addison Russell went 1-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs on Monday as the Cubs topped the Reds 5-4 in Cactus League play.

    Advice: Russell's two-run knock in the fifth inning put the Cubs ahead to stay. He struck out in each of his other two plate appearances in the contest, finishing the day 1-for-3. Russell is hitting a cool .364 in Cactus League play with nine RBI. Monday, 9:43 pm
  • Mallex Smith to play in minors game Tuesday
    Mallex Smith (hamstring) is set to play in a minor league game on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the first time that he has taken the field since March 8. Smith has maintained throughout his injury that he would be ready in time for Opening Day, and he appears to be right on track. Monday, 7:09 pm
  • Report: A's have interest in Brett Anderson
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics have had discussions with Brett Anderson

    Advice: The Athletics are bringing back Trevor Cahill -- assuming everything checks out with his physical -- and could bring back another former starter with the club in the form of Anderson. The 30-year-old southpaw has struggled with injuries for the bulk of his career, and hasn't been very effective when he's been on the mound the last few seasons. If the A's do go down this road, there's zero reason to pay attention to him from a fantasy perspective. Sunday, 12:25 pm
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  • Zimmerman back to Grapefruit this week
    Ryan Zimmerman will return to playing in Grapefruit League games this week.

    Advice: Zimmerman has only two at-bats in spring training games so far, but he's received plenty of work at the backfields as he prepares for the season. This appears to just be a way to manage his workload before the start of the 2018 season. He was excellent in 2018, and while he's unlikely to match his 36 homer; 108 RBI season, he should be a fantasy starting option again. Sunday, 8:26 am
  • Dominic Smith (quad) still unable to run
    Dominic Smith said Saturday that the discomfort in his injured quadriceps is continuing to prevent him from running.

    Advice: Smith is still hopeful that he'll be able to return to Grapefruit League action before the Mets break camp, but admits that he isn't sure that will happen. He's expected to begin the season at Triple-A Las Vegas. Saturday, 7:25 am
  • Simmons doubles, scores run Friday
    Andrelton Simmons went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored Friday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Simmons suffered a left shoulder strain last Thursday, but he only ended up missing a week of action. The defensive whiz had a nice year with the bat in 2017, slugging 14 home runs while posting career-bests with a .752 OPS, 69 RBI, 19 stolen bases, and 77 runs scored. Shortstop is deeper these days than it used to be, but Simmons should do enough to be relevant in deeper mixed formats. Friday, 5:34 pm
  • Lorenzen allows two runs, hits a homer
    Michael Lorenzen allowed two runs in three innings while struggling with his control in Friday's Cactus League loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: He walked four batters against one strikeout in the outing. Lorenzen was hoping to convert back into a starter this spring but it hasn't gone well -- he has an 8.38 ERA in 9.2 innings. He will likely return to the bullpen this season even though the Reds' rotation has once again been decimated by injuries. The former college outfielder homered and scored two runs in the ballgame. Friday, 5:08 pm
  • Cameron Maybin goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Cameron Maybin went 0-for-3 on Friday and is hitting .130 in 23 at-bats this spring.

    Advice: Maybin will be a regular for the Marlins, but still to be determined is whether he'll lead off or bat in the bottom half of the order. He's sporting a .300 OBP right now, compared to .405 for Lewis Brinson. Maybin did have a .383 OBP in 2016, but he finished at .315 last year and is at .321 for his career. He makes the most sense batting seventh, though he'd have a much better chance of helping fantasy teams from the top of the lineup. Friday, 1:03 pm
  • Matt Harvey strikes out eight in loss
    Matt Harvey fanned eight while allowing three runs over five innings in a loss to the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Eight strikeouts looks nice, but Harvey still took a loss to a lineup that totaled two major league home runs last season (both from Lewis Brinson). While his velocity has been OK this spring, he still needs to find more consistency with his all of his pitches. It's probably going to be a while before he's a candidate to be used in mixed leagues. Thursday, 3:20 pm
  • Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) returns Thurs.
    Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) is back in the Angels' Cactus League lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Simmons missed a week of action with a minor left shoulder strain. The 28-year-old shortstop should be 100 percent for the start of the 2018 regular season. He put up a career-best .752 OPS with 14 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 158 games last year with the Angels. Thursday, 7:24 am
  • Mallex Smith (hamstring) back 'soon enough'
    Mallex Smith (hamstring) said Thursday that he's confident he will be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Smith has been slowed in Rays camp by a hamstring injury, but he told reporters Thursday morning that he will "be back on the field soon enough." The 24-year-old speedster could carry some sneaky fantasy value this season with an improved path to regular playing time in the Tampa Bay outfield. He has 32 stolen bases in 153 career major league games. Thursday, 6:42 am
  • Dan Straily goes five scoreless in win
    Dan Straily blanked the Mets for five innings in the Marlins' 5-1 win Wednesday.

    Advice: Straily, who was bypassed in favor of Jose Urena for the Opening Day start, has allowed two runs and amassed a 10/2 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this spring. He projects as the Marlins' best starter for fantasy purposes, not that that is saying much. He's not worth drafting in typical mixed leagues. Wednesday, 1:14 pm
  • Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) back Thursday
    Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) is expected to return to Cactus League action on Thursday.

    Advice: Simmons has been sidelined for a week because of a left shoulder strain. The three-time Gold Glove winner should be ready for the start of the 2018 regular season and carries a good amount of fantasy value after posting a career-high .752 OPS with 14 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 158 games last year. Wednesday, 10:06 am
  • Smith (quad) unsure when he'll return
    Dominic Smith (quad) is unsure when he'll be ready to return to game action.

    Advice: Smith suffered a strained right quad early on in the Grapefruit League schedule and is still working his way back. He said the last step will be running the bases without pain. If healthy, Smith is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, with Adrian Gonzalez serving as the primary first baseman at the major league level. Tuesday, 10:06 am
  • Dickerson opts to rehab sprained left UCL
    Alex Dickerson has opted to rehab the sprained UCL in his left elbow, avoiding season-ending Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: That's the plan, at least, but if the rehab doesn't take, Dickerson will still probably require the surgery. Either way, he's out for at least the first month of the regular season and maybe longer. It's a bad beat for the 27-year-old, who missed the entire 2017 season due to back issues. Mar 10, 5:08 pm
  • Harvey hammered for five runs in 4 2/3 Sat.
    Matt Harvey was knocked around for five runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: It was his first clunker of the spring. He struck out two and walked one while allowing six base hits, including a two-run dinger by Giancarlo Stanton that precipitated his exit from the game in the fifth inning. Harvey's fantasy owners are just happy he is healthy enough to pitch and has shown good velocity this spring. The former elite ace limped to a 6.70 ERA in 92 2/3 innings last year. Mar 10, 3:35 pm
  • Yoan Moncada strikes out twice vs. Cubs
    Yoan Moncada went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Saturday's Cactus League tie with the Cubs.

    Advice: Nothing doing for Moncada on Saturday. With that 0-for-3 in the books, the young second baseman is now hitting just .214 for the spring. Only one of his six hits have gone for extra bases. In his first extended taste of big league action last season, Moncada hit .231/.338/.412 with eight homers and 22 RBI across 54 games played. He possesses all the talent in the world, but figures to go through his fair share of bumps in the developmental road in the early going. There's fantasy intrigue for a late-round selection, but interested parties must understand that Moncada is not yet a finished product. Mar 10, 3:24 pm
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