Let's take a look around the league at the fantasy baseball news and notes for March 31.
Greinke remains D-Backs #1
Zack Greinke has been named the Opening Day starter for the Diamondbacks. In three starts this spring, Greinke allowed a total of six runs on 13 hits in 10 2/3 innings pitched. Not a great sign after Greinke struggled mightily in 2016.
Kang still absent from spring training
Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang (3B-25) is still having issues re-entering the country after receiving his third DUI in South Korea, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Kang hit 21 homers in 2016 with a .255/.354/513 stat line. Kang has yet to participate in any spring action due to the visa issue. Veteran David Freese is expected to start in place of Kang for the time being.
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McCullers throws second straight rough start
Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (SP-39) had his second consecutive rough outing this spring after surrendering five earned runs on five hits, as well as one home run. According to the Houston Chronicle, McCullers is expected to be Houston’s number two starter.
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Nolasco to start '17 for Angels
Ricky Nolasco has been named the Opening Day starter for the Angels. Nolasco (SP-126) has had a strong Cactus League allowing three runs or less in all four of his starts and posted a 1.04 WHIP. This would appear to be a step in the right direction for Nolasco, who is 19-28 over the past three seasons with a 5.03 ERA and and below average 1.398 WHIP.
Semien continues quiet spring
Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien went hitless in a 3-0 loss to the Giants Thursday. Semien tore the cover off the ball in 2016. Although he struck out 139 times, he smashed 27 homers. What’s concerning is his spring training triple slash of .231/.276/.423. This isn’t appealing to fantasy owners who often wrestle with the value of the 26-year-old middle infielder.
Red Sox outfielder Mookie Bettsis OK after being hit in the arm by a pitch. Fantasy owners everywhere breathe a collective sigh of relief.
As was the case in 2016, Hanley Ramirezwill play first base for the Red Sox this season. However, Ramierz has been unable to play defense due to tightness in his right shoulder.
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (oblique) is expected to start Sunday against the Angels, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn (SP-74) who has been dealing with a rib issue, appears to be on track to start the third game of the season for St. Louis. Lynn had Tommy John surgery in late 2015, but was serviceable in 2011-14 with a 3.46 ERA and 49-28 record.