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Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Friday that Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

"He's running out of time," Collins said. "... We don't have a lot of time. I'm going to talk to Dan tomorrow. We don't have a lot of time to get him ready. I got word of what he did today, and we certainly have to speed it up a little bit. So I'm getting a little concerned he's not going to have enough time." General manager Sandy Alderson expressed a similar sentiment, saying it "would be a little surprising" if Murphy made it back "sooner than roughly Opening Day." Alderson added that Murphy is likely to play in minor league games next week even if plays in games at all. That would allow the Mets to backdate his DL stint, potentially setting him up to miss as few as six games.
Mar 27 - 5:40 PM

Jon Gray is now slated to start Saturday's Cactus League game versus the Indians, replacing Tyler Matzek.

As Nick Groke of the Denver Post notes, that potentially lines up Gray to start the second game of the season in Milwaukee. Matzek will now start on March 31 instead, lining him up for the Rockies' home opener. The news comes on the heels of general manager Jeff Bridich saying that Gray's arbitration timeline is a "non-factor," so things seem to be pointing towards the top prospect making Colorado's Opening Day rotation. Gray is obviously hurt greatly by having Coors Field as his home park, but we wouldn't rule out him having mixed league value this season.
Mar 27 - 5:34 PM

Jordan Zimmermann gave up one run over six innings as the Nationals and a Cardinals split-squad played to a 1-1 tie.

Zimmermann has been one of Florida's best pitchers, amassing a 1.37 ERA and a 15/4 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings this spring. There's every reason to believe he'll be a top-20 fantasy starter again this year.
Mar 27 - 5:33 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed one run over five innings and struck out six Friday against the Nationals.

Martinez has been strong enough to claim a rotation spot, but it's hard to see the Cardinals picking him over Jaime Garcia if Garcia finishes the spring healthy. Garcia can't be sent down, and he's not viewed as an option for the bullpen. Martinez can be optioned out or transitioned back to a relief role very easily.
Mar 27 - 5:31 PM

Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless inning for the fourth straight appearance Friday against the Nationals.

Rosenthal was shaky early in the spring, but allowed just one hit, walked none and struck out five in his last four appearances. It's an encouraging development for a guy who should be an elite fantasy closer, but one who also might be riskier than most.
Mar 27 - 5:29 PM

Jeff Locke pitched 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball Friday in the Pirates' 4-2 win over the Twins.

Locke pitched better today than Vance Worley did yesterday, but Worley has still had the better spring and was the favorite to serve as the Pirates' fifth starter going in. Expect Locke to open up as a middle reliever and still make a bunch of starts over the course of the year.
Mar 27 - 5:24 PM

Trevor May surrendered four runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings Friday versus the Pirates.

This is probably the death knell for May's rotation hopes. He gave up dingers to Gregory Polanco and Tony Sanchez, plus a triple and four doubles. Tommy Milone appears to be the favorite to break camp as the Twins' fifth starter.
Mar 27 - 5:22 PM

J.R. Graham pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings Friday to lower his spring ERA to 0.84.

The 25-year-old Graham, a Rule 5 pick from the Braves, has essentially clinched a spot in the Twins' bullpen, and judging from his performance this spring, he'll probably get some work in close games. His stuff was off last year in Double-A because of shoulder problems, but he's looked good in Twins camp.
Mar 27 - 5:20 PM
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