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Shane Victorino (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Victorino was originally scheduled to begin his rehab assignment earlier, but inclement weather got in the way. The plan calls for him to play Saturday before getting the day off. He'll then play back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday, setting up a return on Thursday. The veteran outfielder was forced to begin the year on the DL with a hamstring strain.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 05:57:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals "have quietly showed interest" in White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

Heyman notes that the Astros and Pirates have been the perceived frontrunners for Quintana, but he calls their pursuits of the left-handed ace "passive" up to this point. In his report Heyman then labels the Cardinals a "sleeper team," with the "combination of young players and prospects to make it work." The asking price is undoubtedly sky-high for Quintana, who boasts a 3.35 ERA over the last four seasons and a team-friendly contract that runs through 2020. He is currently projected to serve as the Opening Day starter for the rebuilding White Sox.
Mar 30 - 10:53 AM

Jeanmar Gomez will open the 2017 regular season as the Phillies' closer.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin confirmed that news Thursday in camp. Gomez was sharp this spring, registering a 0.93 ERA over 9 2/3 innings in the Grapefruit League, but he's a lower-tier fantasy option at closer given his poor numbers last year and the talent behind him in the Philadelphia bullpen. Hector Neris and Joaquin Benoit will work in setup roles for now.
Mar 30 - 10:37 AM

Zack Wheeler will start the Mets' fourth regular season game.

And he'll be followed in the Mets' sixth regular-season game by Robert Gsellman, after Opening Day starter Noah Syndergaard returns to handle the fifth game. Wheeler experienced some tenderness in his surgically-repaired left elbow at the start of spring training, but he went five shutout innings in his final Grapefruit League outing Monday against the Marlins. The former top prospect could make a for a decent streaming option in the early part of 2017, but he'll probably have some workload limitations.
Mar 30 - 10:27 AM

An MRI came back negative on the left elbow of Mets starter Steven Matz.

That's obviously good news, but Matz will be shut down for the next three weeks and projects to miss all of April. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection Wednesday. Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman will round out the Mets' season-opening starting rotation.
Mar 30 - 10:23 AM

Red Sox placed LHP Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day disabled list with a left flexor strain.

Pomeranz remains on track to make his first regular-season start April 9 in Detroit. He was slowed this spring by some triceps discomfort, but the left-hander threw 76 pitches in a Grapefruit League start against the Twins on Wednesday and he should get up to 90 pitches in his next outing -- wherever that might be.
Mar 30 - 10:20 AM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi named Aaron Judge the club's starting right fielder.

There were hints that the Yankees might send Judge back to the minor leagues for more seasoning, but Girardi officially backed the 24-year-old on Thursday as he announced the club's final roster decisions. While far from a completer hitter, Judge should be able to post big power numbers this season for New York -- and thus carries deep-league fantasy intrigue. Aaron Hicks will open the year as a kind of utility outfielder.
Mar 30 - 10:16 AM

Twins reassigned 1B/DH ByungHo Park to minor league camp.

Park did everything in his power to make the Opening Day roster this spring, batting .353 with a 1.159 OPS and six home runs over 51 at-bats in Grapefruit League play. For reasons that aren't quite clear, the Twins will head north without their best DH option.
Mar 30 - 9:04 AM

Tigers released RHP Mike Pelfrey.

They tried their best to find a trade partner, but no team wanted to take that plunge. Pelfrey posted an ugly 7.36 ERA this spring in the Grapefruit League, after registering a 5.07 ERA and 1.73 WHIP across 119 innings during the 2016 regular season. Detroit is on the hook for his $8 million salary in 2017.
Mar 30 - 8:38 AM

Kyle Schwarber clubbed two homers Wednesday in the Cubs’ Cactus League win over the Athletics.

Schwarber led off the game with a solo homer to deep center field. He left the yard again in the fourth, hammering a two-run shot off Daulton Jefferies. The Cubs’ leadoff man has hit .275 with five homers and 14 RBI over 51 Cactus League at-bats this spring. The 24-year-old offers considerable fantasy value, even in leagues where he’s only eligible as an outfielder.
Mar 29 - 7:31 PM

Dillon Gee turned in a strong outing Wednesday in the Rangers’ Cactus League tie with the Royals, yielding just two hits over six shutout innings.

He struck out nine and didn’t walk anyone. 51 of the right-hander’s 67 pitches went for strikes. Gee didn’t give up a hit until the fifth when Whit Merrifield finally broke through for a two-out single. The only other hit he allowed came in the sixth on an infield single by Peter O’Brien. Neither team scored a run in this game with Danny Duffy twirling four shutout frames for Kansas City. Gee will likely fill a long relief role for the Rangers this year.
Mar 29 - 7:19 PM

Austin Hedges went ballistic on Wednesday, homering twice and plating four runs in the Padres’ Cactus League tie with the White Sox.

Hedges had been homerless in 39 Cactus League at-bats prior to Wednesday. His first round-tripper was a solo blast off Anthony Swarzak with the second coming off Dan Jennings with two men on in the fourth inning. Wednesday’s outburst brought Hedges’ Cactus League average up from .256 to .310. The 24-year-old only logged 24 at-bats in the big leagues last year but is penciled in as the Padres’ Opening Day catcher.
Mar 29 - 7:14 PM




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