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News: Rodon's second opinion revealed no structural damage, and he was diagnosed with biceps bursitis, the Chicago Tribune's Colleen Kane reports. He will be in a throwing program for two weeks and will then be re-evaluated.
Impact: Similar to tendinosis, bursitis is a condition that results from inflammation of a bursa, a fluid-filled sac that cushions the shoulder joint. This is good news for Rodon, as he should theoretically be able to avoid surgery on his throwing arm. He should be discounted in drafts, as it is unclear when he will rejoin the rotation, but should still come off the board in most formats given this diagnosis and his high-strikeout upside. Dylan Covey is the favorite to start the season in the rotation until Rodon is healthy enough to return.
News: Bourjos was traded to the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations after an impressive spring training with the White Sox.
Impact: The Rays needed outfield help because Colby Rasmus will start the season on the disabled list. Bourjos signed with his native Chicago as a free agent two weeks before spring training began and quickly entered a battle for the starting center field job. He hit .313 (15 for 48) with four doubles, three triples and three RBIs over 19 Cactus League games.
News: The Reds have released outfielder Raburn after he struggled in a bid to win a bench role.
Impact: Raburn signed a minor league deal last month. He hit .219 during spring training with seven hits, three home runs and seven strikeouts in 32 at-bats. Raburn played seven years for Detroit and three for Cleveland before moving to the National League last season.
News: Manager Buck Showalter said Monday that Gausman will start against Toronto.
Impact: The move to start the 26-year-old Gausman wasn't unexpected. Showalter had ruled right-hander Chris Tillman out of the opener when spring training began last month because of a sore right shoulder. Gausman, who was 9-12 with a 3.61 ERA last season, wasn't surprised by the announcement.
News: The Texas Rangers have released Loney from his minor league contract.
Impact: Loney, a non-roster invitee, hit .174 with one homer in 16 spring training games. He was a backup for the New York Mets last season, and has a .284 career batting average in 1,443 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston, Tampa Bay and the Mets.
News: Kazmir will start the season on the disabled list, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday.
Impact: Kazmir, 33, will go on the disabled list with an unspecified left hip injury. He averaged just 84 mph and topped out at 87 mph against the Texas Rangers on Sunday in his first start in three weeks. Kazmir missed most of the last two months of the 2016 season with back and neck issues. He finished the season with a 10-6 record and 4.56 ERA in 26 starts.
News: Seager will remain in Arizona through Friday to work on his swing after recovering from a strained oblique.
Impact: Seager will rejoin the team on Saturday for the final Freeway Series game at Dodger Stadium. Seager, who hit .308 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs in 157 games last season, is expected to be ready to play on Opening Day next Monday against the San Diego Padres.
News: Soler will likely begin his first season in Kansas City on the disabled list after straining his oblique in a minor league game.
Impact: Soler, acquired from the Chicago Cubs in December for closer Wade Davis, hurt himself on a swing Sunday. Soler went for a MRI Monday, and manager Ned Yost acknowledged Soler was expected to be out of action when the Royals open next Monday at Minnesota. Soler missed nearly two months last season with a pulled left hamstring. He was sidelined for three weeks in 2015 with a left oblique injury, plus another month with a sprained ankle.
News: Manager Ned Yost said Monday that Mondesi will open the season as the starting second baseman. Mondesi won the job over Whit Merrifield, Christian Colon and Cheslor Cuthbert.
Impact: The 21-year-old Mondesi began the day hitting .378 this spring with a .622 slugging percentage, three home runs and two doubles in 19 games. Yost said when spring training began the prevailing thought was Mondesi would need more grooming in the minors after hitting .185 in 47 games for the Royals as a rookie last year. He often looked overmatched at the plate, striking out 48 times in 135 at-bats.
News: The Red Sox scratched Thornburg on Monday and indicated the righty reliever will start the season on the disabled list.
Impact: Thornburg was acquired from Milwaukee in the offseason. He went 8-5 with a 2.15 ERA and had 13 saves in 21 opportunities while striking out 90 over 67 innings in 2016.
News: Scherzer threw five scoreless innings Monday, allowing two hits while striking out seven.
Impact: He's on track to start the third game of the season April 6 against the Marlins.
News: Wheeler worked five scoreless innings Monday, allowing just two hits while walking two and striking out three.
Impact: The right-hander was out the last two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery.