Player News

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Chris SaleCWS - SP
News: Chances are "slim" that Sale (foot) will be ready to start for the White Sox on Opening Day, according to manager Robin Ventura, the Chicago Tribune's Colleen Kane reports. (Mar 2 7:56a)
Impact: The avulsion fracture in Sale's right foot will keep him away from baseball activities until the middle of March, and he likely won't have enough time to get ready for the start of the season. In the end, this may only come down to Sale missing one start for Chicago, and with the current information we have, he should still be treated like a No. 1 starting pitcher in fantasy. However, the injury is to his landing foot, which means the White Sox will be careful not to rush his recovery, as the team has greater aspirations this year after a flurry of free agent signings and trades to improve the club. Pitching coach Don Cooper said Carlos Rodon would have a better chance of making the starting rotation out of spring training if Sale is not ready for the start of the season. Jeff Samardzija would be the likely choice to take the ball on Opening Day if Sale is not ready. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:56a ET)
Overall Rank: 21 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 96.5 % Owned: 99.9
Chris SaleCWS - SP
News: Sale has suffered an avulsion fracture on his right foot in an accident at home and is expected to miss three weeks, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. (Feb 28 10:09a)
Impact: This throws Sale's Opening Day availability in doubt, as he'll basically have only one week to prepare for the season. He's still an elite pitcher and shouldn't miss too much time if any after the start of the season, so don't be too worried about drafting him. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:09a ET)
Overall Rank: 21 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 96.5 % Owned: 99.9
Adam WainwrightStL - SP
News: Wainwright will be examined in St. Louis for abdominal soreness, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. (Feb 24 11:42a)
Impact: Wainwright was limited in his non-throwing workouts because of the pain and will see a specialist Thursday. Wainwright insisted that he had no soreness or pain in his arm and that throwing did not bring on the abdominal pain. Obviously there is some cause for concern if he needs to see a specialist but the fact that he can throw without pain is a bit of a silver lining. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:42a ET)
Overall Rank: 41 Position Rank: 10
% Started: 98.2 % Owned: 99.9
Kenley JansenLAD - RP
News: Jansen had surgery to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot Tuesday and will miss 8-to-12 weeks,'s Jon Weisman reports. (Feb 17 6:27p)
Impact: If he were able to return at the midpoint of that estimate, he would rejoin the Dodgers' bullpen in the final week of April. Brandon League, J.P. Howell and Joel Peralta have more than 100 combined career saves, so the Dodgers are not without options at the back of the bullpen. There is also a chance that Francisco Rodriguez or Rafael Soriano could be brought in to handle the closing duties while Jansen is out. However, there is also the small chance that Jansen comes back in eight weeks and misses just six or seven games, in which case his value wouldn't take much of a hit. All told, Jansen should be downgraded from being one of the first five closers off the board in drafts while his status to start the season remains in significant doubt. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:27p ET)
Overall Rank: 82 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 89.9 % Owned: 97.1
News: Lucroy will miss 4-to-6 weeks due to a hamstring strain, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. (Feb 11 7:22a)
Impact: Lucroy was expected to take a good chunk of reps at first base during spring training to prepare for a possible role at the position against left-handed pitching. It appears now that the injury could cost him nearly the entirety of spring training, which puts a halt to his first base project. The backstop hit .301/.373/.465 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI in 2014, but could start 2015 a bit slow as he knocks the rust off from an extended absence from the field. Lucroy reportedly received a platelet-rich plasma injection Tuesday to accelerate the healing process, and assistant GM Gord Ash indicated he's "very hopeful" that he will be ready for Opening Day. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:22a ET)
Overall Rank: 45 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 94.0 % Owned: 99.5
Victor MartinezDet - DH, 1B
News: Martinez has a torn medial meniscus and will undergo surgery Tuesday, the Tigers' official site reports. (Feb 5 11:13a)
Impact: Martinez will have the heralded Dr. James Andrews perform the operation Tuesday, at which point an additional update on his condition should be made available. This type of surgery has cost players 6-8 weeks in the past, and that type of timetable may put the veteran DH's status for Opening Day in question. His spring training will likely be over, and Martinez may even need a bit of rehab time to get ready for the regular season. If he has to miss meaningful games, Miguel Cabrera or J.D. Martinez may also see reps as a designated hitter. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:13a ET)
Overall Rank: 48 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 88.8 % Owned: 99.1
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