Recoveries continue for Machado, Chapman
This blog has been miserable lately - too much negative news - so let's start with some positives today. Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) ran some 90-foot sprints on Monday; today's he'll increase the distance and possibly run the bases, according to the team's website. If that goes well, Machado figures to play in a few extended spring training games before going on a rehab assignment. It's possible that he could be back before the end of the month.
Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman threw off a mound Monday for the first time since his head injury. Cincinnati.com reports that Chapman will throw "several more bullpen sessions" before facing live hitters. Still, this is progress, and an early-to-mid May return seems possible.
Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will throw another bullpen session today, and might head out on a rehab assignment next week. If Iwakuma makes three rehab starts - I'm speculating on that - a return around May 10 could be in the cards. Fellow Mariner Taijuan Walker (shoulder) starts at Triple A tonight, and could make his next start with the M's.
On to the rest of the news:
Good news for the Red Sox, as 2B Dustin Pedroia's wrist probably won't require a DL stint, though he might not play tonight. Also, closer Koji Uehara's shoulder issue apparently isn't serious, and he's day-to-day.
Streaming starters: Eric Stults wasn't so good last night, so we're down to 8-6 for the season. Today's pick is San Diego's Robbie Erlin (owned in 1.6 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Rockies, while Wednesday's selection is Tyler Skaggs (18.6 percent owned) versus the A's.
My friend Adam Meyer will host a one-hour fantasy baseball chat tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Stop by if you can.
See you back here tomorrow morning.