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News: Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said Monday that he expects Suarez (shoulder) to be "full go" when the season resumes, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "As always with rehab, there are periods of progress and then times to back off. Overall, we believe [Suarez has] benefited from the extra downtime," Williams said.
Impact: Despite undergoing right shoulder surgery Jan. 28, Suarez previously maintained optimism that he would be ready to go March 26 for the Reds' originally scheduled season opener, so MLB's two-month hiatus has only further helped him move past the injury. Considering Suarez had been scheduled to make his spring debut March 13 as a designated hitter, the 28-year-old should slide back into the lineup immediately whenever the Reds are cleared to resume training. Suarez is coming off a career season in 2019 in which he hit .271 with 49 home runs and 103 RBI in 159 games.
News: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday that he doesn't think Judge (rib) will be back to full health and ready to play until "summertime," Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: Cashman's timeline for the star slugger is fairly vague, and the fact that the Yankees haven't pinpointed a more definitive target date for Judge's return since he was diagnosed with the fractured right rib in early March suggests he won't be a lock to play right away whenever the MLB season resumes. The Yankees might gain more clarity on Judge's timeline when he receives another CT scan next week, but until he's back on the field working out in some capacity, it may be difficult to gauge where exactly he stands in his recovery from the injury.
News: Judge has shown "encouraging" progress in his recovery from a stress fracture in his first right rib, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, and will undergo another CT scan in "a couple more weeks," Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: "This time down has allowed that rib, that bone, to hopefully continue to heal," Boone stated on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM. "All signs are encouraging there and hopefully this time down allows that rib to heal properly and hopefully have him part all this as well." Boone's comments suggest Judge continues to make strides toward avoiding surgery and being able to return during a potential resumption of the MLB season. Still, the need for another CT scan is an indication that the slugger has yet to fully heal, so it remains too early to assume that he will be ready to take the field by Opening Day.
News: Verdugo (back) said Monday that he feels "100 percent" physically and relayed that he has resumed hitting at the Red Sox's spring training facility in Florida, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. "Whenever the season starts, I'll be ready," Verdugo said.
Impact: Before the Red Sox acquired him from Los Angeles in February, Verdugo had been limited during the offseason by an oblique injury he suffered last August, but it was a stress fracture in his back that kept him sidelined throughout spring training. The back issue looked like it would force him to the injured list to begin the season, but the MLB's ongoing hiatus has since afforded him sufficient recovery time. Whenever the Red Sox are cleared to resume full-squad workouts, Verdugo's activity may be monitored carefully, but assuming he avoids any further setbacks, he should get the green light to play when the season begins. A healthy Verdugo should fill at least the strong side of a platoon in the outfield, with Kevin Pillar likely moving into a fourth-outfielder role as a result.
News: Verlander said Thursday that he's doing "very well" in his recovery from groin surgery and a right lat strain, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. "Particularly this week, I've made a big stride forward," Verlander noted, regarding his progression through a throwing program.
Impact: Verlander appears to be more concerned about the health of his lat rather than his groin at this juncture, as he noted that he's not quite throwing long toss at 100 percent as a safeguard against re-injuring his lat. The fact that he's pleased with where he stands in his recovery at this stage can at least be taken as a positive sign, and the 37-year-old looks like he'll be on track to make regular starts for Houston whenever the MLB season resumes.
News: Mancini revealed Tuesday in an essay posted on The Players' Tribune that he will require six months of treatment for his battle with colon cancer and noted that he will likely miss the entire 2020 season. "If baseball returns in 2020, it will probably be without me," Mancini wrote.
Impact: After missing time early in spring training with what was labeled as an illness, Mancini was determined to have a malignant tumor in his colon and required surgery to address the matter March 12. Major League Baseball suspended its season that same day, and even with the hiatus likely continue at least until some point in May, Mancini doesn't appear as though he'll be ready to rejoin the Orioles when teams are allowed to resume training. Instead, Mancini's activity will be limited while he undergoes rounds of chemotherapy treatment every two weeks for the next six months, effectively ruling him out for the season. The 28-year-old is optimistic that he'll be able to make a full recovery and resume his career in 2021.
News: Clevinger (knee) said in a recent interview with Indians broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus that he feels "completely like myself again" since requiring surgery Feb. 14 to repair a partially torn meniscus, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. "There's no subconscious hesitations like I felt the first couple of bullpens," Clevinger said. "It feels natural now. I guess my only concern was I have a pretty violent lock leg, lead leg, and that's the knee I tore. That was my only worry. The strengthening stuff came back real fast. It healed super, super quick."
Impact: Prior to Major League Baseball going on hiatus in mid-March, Clevinger didn't appear poised to miss significant time to begin the season after he was cleared for mound work shortly before spring training was suspended. Now that he's had an extra month to strengthen his knee, Clevinger appears set to face no restrictions whenever the Indians are cleared to resume workouts. He'll likely be in the mix for the Opening Day nod after turning in a 2.71 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over 126 innings in 2019.
News: Orioles general manager Mike Elias said Monday that Mancini's recovery timeline will be measured in months rather than weeks after the slugger underwent surgery in March to remove a malignant tumor from his colon, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Impact: Elias relayed that while Mancini is on track to make a full recovery from the emergency procedure, the 28-year-old won't be rushed back into action. Major League Baseball has yet to outline a clear target date for teams to resume training, but based on Elias' comments, Mancini looks like he'll still be restricted in workouts -- if not withheld entirely -- even if the league-wide suspension extends into the middle of the summer.
News: Sale underwent Tommy John surgery Monday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The surgery should finally allow Sale to move past the elbow issues that bothered him dating back to the second half of last season. He'll miss all of this season, even if the schedule winds up considerably delayed, and should miss a fair portion of the 2021 season as well. According to chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, Sale's recovery is expected to take around 14-to-15 months, per Bill Koch of The Providence Journal. The southpaw will complete his rehab at his home in Florida.
News: Syndergaard underwent successful Tommy John surgery Thursday to repair a torn UCL in his right elbow, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: News of the impending procedure was reported earlier this week, and the right-hander will miss all of the 2020 season and at least part of the 2021 season while facing a 12-to-14 month recovery. Syndergaard apparently had the issue crop up prior to the suspension of spring training, though it didn't show in his numbers with an 11:0 K:BB over eight innings. Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha are in line to round out the starting rotation once play resumes for the Mets.
News: Syndergaard was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Syndergaard reportedly experienced some soreness in spring training, though it didn't show up in his numbers, as he pitched quite well in Grapefruit League action, posting an 11:0 K:BB in eight innings of work. He'll now miss the entirety of the 2020 season and a fair portion of the 2021 campaign as well. The injury presumably means that both Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha will win rotation spots for the Mets once the season eventually opens.
News: Stanton (calf) would be playing in spring training games if they were being played, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: Stanton's calf strain that he suffered back in February was expected to keep him out until sometime in April. The delayed start to the season means he should have no trouble making it back for whenever Opening Day ends up being, but he's apparently doing well enough that he's already healthy enough for exhibition game action. The slugger's stock should be rising again based on the fact that he won't be opening the season on the injured list, though whether or not he can remain injury-free remains an open question.
News: Judge told reporters Friday that the delayed start to the season should mean he won't have to undergo surgery on the stress fracture in his rib, Marly Rivera of ESPN reports.
Impact: When tests revealed the stress fracture in Judge's first right rib in early March, he was faced with the decision to undergo surgery or hope that the issue would heal on its own with proper rest. He's so far elected to go the rest route, and a CT scan revealed Friday that the rib has indeed shown some improvement. He'll continue down that path for now, though his expected return date remains unclear.
News: Judge's CT scan on his right rib showed slight improvement in his stress fracture Friday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The initial reports sound generally encouraging, though they didn't come with a clear timeline for Judge's return to action. He's set to have another test in a couple weeks, at which point his target return date may become clearer. The scan also revealed that Judge had been dealing with a previously unreported collapsed lung, though that issue has apparently completely healed and isn't expected to affect him moving forward.
News: Judge underwent a CT scan Friday to evaluate how the stress fracture in his rib is healing, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Judge's return timeline remains just as up in the air as the return of MLB itself. It's entirely possible he could be ready to go before the league is ready to resume play, though the results of the scan will provide a clearer picture of how realistic that is. The outfielder was able to perform light activities during camp but has primarily been focused on giving his rib time to heal.
News: Sale will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
Impact: Sale's elbow troubles date back to last season. Tommy John surgery appeared to be on the table back in August and again when the issue return at the start of this month. The procedure was deemed unnecessary both times, and Sale was able to resume throwing Wednesday. His elbow evidently didn't respond well to Wednesday's session, however, as the decision to have him finally undergo the procedure was made just one day later. With a typical recovery timeline, the lefty will miss all of this season and the start of the 2021 campaign as well.
News: Sale (elbow) resumed throwing Wednesday at the Red Sox's spring training facility, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The health of Sale's elbow remains up in the air despite the fact that he's able to throw. After three opinions on his flexor strain in early March, it was determined that he didn't need Tommy John surgery, but his elbow will need to continue to progress for that to remain the case. Even if all goes well with his recovery, it will still take some time before Sale is ready for game action, though with Opening Day still up in the air, it's conceivable he could be ready by the time play resumes.
News: Verlander (lat) underwent surgery on his right groin Tuesday and will be out for six weeks, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Verlander left a spring training game in early March with what was originally called right triceps soreness and was later referred to as a mild lat strain. He had also battled what seemed to be a minor groin issue early in camp, but it's now that issue which is seemingly the larger concern. Verlander will still have to build his arm strength back up following his six-week shutdown, a period which will end in late April. With the start to the season uncertaintain due to the coronavirus pandemic, whether or not he winds up missing any time remains to be seen.
News: Sale (elbow) is still scheduled to be reevaluated sometime next week despite the suspension of spring training, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Impact: Sale has dealt with both pneumonia and a flexor strain in his pitching elbow during spring training, but interim manager Ron Roenicke indicated that the team will currently keep his throwing program in place despite the stoppage in play over coronavirus concerns. The southpaw was scheduled to throw Friday before play stopped, and it's unclear whether that session occurred. Sale's reaction to increased usage will likely determine his next steps in his recovery process.
News: Mancini (illness) underwent successful surgery Thursday to remove a malignant tumor from his colon, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Impact: Mancini has not participated in any spring games since March 2 and continues to express his appreciation for fans' support and privacy during his absence. A timetable for the 27-year-old's recovery has not been determined. Opening Day has been pushed back, which could enable Mancini to return without missing regular season games.
News: Suarez (shoulder) is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Friday against the Rockies as a designated hitter, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Suarez's first appearance is contingent on Major League Baseball not cancelling spring training due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Reds' decision to sign off on him playing Friday marks a significant step forward in his recovery from offseason right shoulder surgery. The 28-year-old will still need to prove he can field his position and throw across the diamond without issue before the Reds clear him for the March 26 regular-season opener, but for his part, Suarez remains optimistic he'll be ready to go for Opening Day.
News: Mondesi (shoulder) will start at shortstop and bat second in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Mariners, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Royals have been pleased with the progress Mondesi has made this spring following his prolonged recovery from October surgery on his left shoulder, so he'll get the green light to enter the spring lineup for the first time. It's worth noting that rain is in the forecast in Arizona in advance of the game's 4:05 p.m. ET start time, so it's possible the contest gets postponed and Mondesi's spring debut is pushed back to Friday. In any case, Mondesi will likely only need to play a handful of games during the Cactus League slate to guarantee his availability for the March 26 regular-season opener.
News: Royals manager Mike Matheny did not commit to naming a closer Wednesday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.
Impact: The news comes as something of a surprise, as Matheny doesn't exactly have a reputation as one of the game's more progressive minds. Kennedy saved 30 games with a 3.41 ERA and a 27.4 percent strikeout rate last season, but Matheny discussed the team's plan to stay flexible and use its best relievers in high-leverage spots prior to the ninth inning when necessary with Kennedy and the rest of the Royals' bullpen. Matheny could certainly fall back on a more traditional setup once the regular season actually begins, but for now, it may not be wise to treat Kennedy as the safe closer he's being drafted as.
News: Carrasco received an injection in his elbow Wednesday and will be shut down for a few days, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Carrasco underwent an MRI on his sore right elbow, which didn't reveal anything other than the mild inflammation he'd been diagnosed with over the weekend. While he's only expected to be shut down for a few days, even in the best-case scenario that doesn't leave much time for him to build up to a starting workload by Opening Day, especially considering his spring debut was delayed by a hip issue.
News: Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Wednesday that Goldschmidt is dealing with right elbow soreness and will be out of the Grapefruit League lineup for at least "a couple of days," Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Cardinals haven't yet indicated that Goldschmidt's injury is anything overly worrisome, but it's somewhat disconcerting that he's dealing with the same issue that already limited him earlier in camp. The first baseman will presumably be re-examined prior to the weekend before the Cardinals provide more clarity on his situation.
News: Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was non-committal Wednesday when asked if Conforto (oblique) would be ready for Opening Day, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. "We'll see how he responds in the coming days, and then as we evaluate his game readiness next week," Van Wagenen said. "I'm sure we'll have more information at that point in time."
Impact: Conforto first experienced side soreness after catching a fly ball awkwardly Saturday, with the outfielder later being diagnosed with a strained right oblique following an MRI. The Mets seemingly believe that Conforto's strain is of the mild variety, as he's still expected to take part in limited baseball activities before the team re-evaluates him in a week to see if he's ready to ramp up his workouts. If the Mets' projected No. 3 hitter is forced to begin the season on the injured list, more playing time would likely open up in center field for Jake Marisnick, with Brandon Nimmo shifting over to cover Conforto's spot in right field.
News: Harper suffered nothing worse than a bruised left big toe after getting hit by a pitch Tuesday and will be back on the field Friday against Detroit, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Harper indicated during the game that his removal was purely precautionary, and it seems as though his optimism was warranted. The Phillies have an off day Wednesday, and Harper wasn't scheduled to play Thursday, so he won't wind up missing any additional time with the minor injury.
News: Harper said that he was "totally fine" after leaving Tuesday's game against the Twins after a pitch hit his foot, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Harper didn't appear to be in significant pain as he left the game, and he confirmed during the game that his removal was indeed precautionary. He was only scheduled for two at-bats in Tuesday's contest, so his early removal shouldn't have any impact on his buildup for Opening Day beyond costing him a single spring at-bat. His return date is not yet clear, but it sounds as though it will be coming quite soon.
News: Harper left Tuesday's game against the Twins after getting hit by a pitch in his foot, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Harper walked off the field without issues and didn't appear to be noticeably limping, so it's likely his removal was purely precautionary. His expected return date should become clear following the game.
News: Sale (elbow) will be reassessed within the next week, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Interim manager Ron Roenicke said Sale would be reassessed 10-to-14 days after the date he was originally shut down, which happened at the start of March. After three opinions on Sale's left elbow, Tommy John surgery hasn't been recommended. The plan has been for him to rest, as his UCL is still intact, and see how his elbow responds. We should know more about whether or not that plan is working and what the lefty's next steps are soon.
News: Scherzer is dealing with some discomfort in his right side and elected to skip his bullpen session Tuesday in favor of a long-toss session, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Impact: Scherzer says he isn't injured and is simply dealing with some fatigue as the result of an offseason program which apparently didn't build up his right side enough. He expects to start Sunday against the Mets. While it's certainly a positive that the pitcher himself isn't concerned, players tend to be notoriously optimistic about their own health, so this is still a situation to watch with a 35-year-old who dealt with injury problems last season.
News: Alvarez (knee) won't play Wednesday as previously scheduled, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that he was unsure when Alvarez would return or if he'd be ready for Opening Day. The young slugger has been dealing with knee soreness for a week, though the Astros originally didn't sound particularly concerned. If Alvarez does miss time at the start of the season, that could open up at-bats for Kyle Tucker, who is currently stuck as the team's fourth outfielder.
News: Conforto tweaked his side while catching a flyball during a recent spring training game and is headed back to New York to be evaluated by Dr. Altcheck, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Conforto underwent an MRI and is now on his way back to New York for further testing. The Mets should have a better idea of his availability moving forward following Dr. Altcheck's evaluation.
News: Verlander (lat) said Monday that it would "probably take a miracle" for him to be ready to return by Opening Day, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Verlander was pulled from his start Sunday against the Mets with an injury which was originally referred to as right triceps soreness but is now being called a mild lat strain. He's been shut down from throwing for an undetermined period, though both he and the Astros have expressed some optimism that he avoided a particularly serious injury. Verlander has only thrown 4.2 innings this spring, so he'll need to complete his spring buildup once he's cleared to throw again.
News: Verlander was shut down Monday after being diagnosed with a mild lat strain, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Despite reportedly feeling better Monday, Verlander underwent an MRI that revealed the strain. The Astros will elect to shut him down as a result, but it's unclear how long he'll be on the shelf. General manager James Click called the MRI results "positive," but he wasn't able to reveal a timeline for Verlander's return. It's unclear whether the right-hander will be ready for Opening Day.
News: Verlander is feeling better Monday but is still awaiting the results of his triceps MRI, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Verlander left his start Sunday against the Mets after just two of his scheduled four innings due to right triceps soreness. The Astros called his removal precautionary, and the fact that he's feeling better is certainly encouraging, but it won't be clear whether he's set for a lengthy absence until his MRI results are known.
News: Manager Dusty Baker said Verlander made a precautionary exit from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets due to right triceps soreness, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The 37-year-old was scheduled to throw four innings but was removed after two frames once the soreness cropped up. The right-hander dealt with a similar injury in 2015 and was unable to make his season debut until June. Baker may have labeled Verlander's removal as precautionary, but there won't be any sort of timetable for his return until the testing is completed.
News: Verlander exited Sunday's Grapefruit League start against the Mets after two innings to "get some testing done," Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: The veteran right-hander dealt with groin discomfort earlier in spring training, but it's unclear if he aggravated that injury during Sunday's outing or is dealing with a different issue. Verlander had one strikeout and allowed three hits over two innings (28 pitches), but he was scheduled to throw four frames as he builds up for Opening Day. The team announced that manager Dusty Baker will provide an update after the game.
News: Snell (elbow) has been confirmed as Monday's starter against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Snell received a cortisone shot last week to help him deal with pain in his elbow and has successfully thrown a bullpen session and is now confirmed to return to game action. He still carries more risk than the typical starting pitcher due to this elbow scare, but it sounds like fantasy managers can proceed with the expectation that Snell will be ready for the start of the season.
News: Carrasco is dealing with mild elbow inflammation, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco has been backed up a few days for maintenance and didn't seem concerned that it would be problematic. Carrasco will work out with weighted balls Saturday and the team will see how he feels. This is obviously not good news, but there have not been any tests scheduled yet, which is encouraging.
News: Snell (elbow) is on track to pitch Monday against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Snell will play catch before a final decision on his next appearance is made, but he felt good Saturday morning after throwing a bullpen session Friday, and barring any setbacks he will take the ball Monday for the first time since Feb. 26. He still has time to make a few appearances before the regular season begins, but it remains to be seen if his absence will affect his availability for Opening Day.
News: Judge is dealing with a stress fracture in his first right rib, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Impact: Judge had been out with soreness in his shoulder/pectoral area since the start of camp. He'd since resumed hitting and throwing, but the Yankees remained frustrated by their inability to discover the source of the problem. That's finally changed Friday, though drafters who took a chance on Judge despite the injury likely aren't happy to hear the news. Judge will be re-evaluated after two weeks of rest, with surgery potentially required, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. That timeline should officially rule Judge out for Opening Day, but his expected return date won't be clear until that two-week period is up.
News: Yelich's seven-year, $188.5 million extension, which was made official Friday, includes no opt-outs and a full no-trade clause, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: The star outfielder had said that he was happy in Milwaukee, and the deal he signed appears to reflect that. It's never possible to guarantee that a player won't be dealt, even with a no-trade clause, but Yelich owners in dynasty leagues can feel fairly safe that he will be calling hitter-friendly Miller Park home for quite a long time.
News: Yelich will make his spring debut Friday against the Giants.
Impact: Yelich has taken it easy this spring after seeing his 2019 season end early because of a fractured kneecap, but he is finally ready to see game action and will hit third Friday while serving as the designated hitter. This presumably will not be the last update on Yelich's status Friday, as the Brewers have scheduled a press conference to announce what is believed a lucrative long-term extension of Yelich's contract.
News: Yelich signed a seven-year, $188.5 million extension with the Brewers on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Impact: Yelich gave his team a bit of a hometown discount, as he certainly could have commanded an annual salary over $27 million after being named NL MVP in 2018 and finishing second in the 2019 voting. His desire to to stay in Milwaukee is understandable considering Yelich made the leap to stardom as soon as he moved from Miami to Milwaukee two years ago. With a .327/.415/.631 slash line as a Brewer, the 28-year-old outfielder won't last more than a few picks before he's off the board in fantasy drafts.
News: Manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday that Sale has been diagnosed with a flexor strain in his left elbow, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. He'll be shut down from throwing for the next week before attempting to play catch again.
Impact: Per Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic, both Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache noted that Sale's UCL is intact, prompting the two specialists to recommend that he forgo surgery for the time being and take a week off before seeing how his elbow responds to the rest period. According to Abraham, Sale is still scheduled to take part in defensive drills Thursday, so he won't be held out of baseball activities entirely while he waits for his elbow pain to subside. While the news is seemingly positive for Sale, the Red Sox likely won't be able to pinpoint a target date for his return until he advances deep into his throwing program, and Tommy John surgery could still be in the cards if his elbow doesn't show the desired improvement. Since he'll essentially have to go through a modified spring training all over again, Sale appears unlikely to be ready to make his 2020 debut until early May in a best-case scenario.
News: Manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday that Alvarez will be withheld from baseball activities for "three to four days" while the slugger manages knee soreness, Matt Young of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Alvarez's shutdown seems to be precautionary more than anything, but until he re-enters the Astros' Grapefruit League lineup, his status will be one worth tracking. Alvarez is expected to occupy a spot in the heart of the Houston lineup in 2020 after an exceptional rookie campaign in which he posted a .412 on-base percentage, 27 home runs and 78 RBI in just 87 games with the big club.
News: Yelich and the Brewers are close to agreeing to a contract that will pay him north of $200 million, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The team has not commented on the deal yet, and the Brewers are expected to announce the agreement Friday. Per Rosenthal, the deal is believed to include the remaining two seasons of Yelich's current contract for $26.5 million while eliminating the 2022 club option, with the extension covering seven years and being worth about $190 million.
News: Sale (illness) felt sore following a live batting practice session Sunday and was sent for an MRI on his elbow, the results of which will be read by Dr. James Andrews, Sean McAdam of BostonSportsJournal.com reports
Impact: The lefty just can't catch a break. Already ruled out for the start of the season after missing time this spring due to a bout of pneumonia, he's now been linked to one of the most dreaded names in baseball. Dr. Andrews' name brings with it fears of Tommy John surgery, a procedure which was deemed unnecessary when Sale dealt with elbow trouble late last season. Whether or not that's on the table this time around remains to be seen.
News: Judge (shoulder) is unlikely to be ready to play by Opening Day, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: Judge continues to go through tests on his sore shoulder, which have so far revealed no significant injuries. He's scheduled for two more tests Tuesday. The outfielder has been able to throw and hit, but the soreness persists while hitting. At this point, even if the tests continue to show no major injury, the team isn't optimistic that he can be properly built up to regular-season form by Opening Day. Just how long he's expected to be out past that date remains to be seen.
News: Stanton (calf) isn't expected to be ready to play by Opening Day, but he is expected to play at some point in April, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Stanton suffered a Grade 1 right calf strain in late February. His readiness for Opening Day was in doubt from the start, but the injury wasn't considered likely to keep him out all that long. It appears that his prognosis hasn't meaningfully changed one week later, though it remains to be seen if "some point in April" is closer to the beginning or the end of the month.
News: Freeman (elbow) could be in the lineup for Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies if his workout Sunday goes as planned, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
Impact: The veteran first baseman was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with right elbow inflammation, but the injury may end up costing him only a week. The Braves never expressed significant concern over the issue, but it's nonetheless a great sign to see Freeman expected to make a quick return to the field.
News: Judge (shoulder) underwent an MRI -- which came back negative -- after feeling more discomfort following a hitting session Friday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Impact: Judge has been battling a shoulder problem all camp, though the latest round of discomfort was reportedly near his pectoral muscle. Despite his MRI showing no issues, he's scheduled for more tests Monday. Manager Aaron Boone remains optimistic that the slugger will be in his Opening Day lineup, but Judge remains without a clear timetable for now.
News: Snell felt some discomfort in his elbow after Wednesday's start and received a cortisone shot Friday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Rays are reportedly not overly concerned, and Snell is already scheduled to play catch Tuesday and throw a bullpen session Friday, so he won't be shut down for long. Manager Kevin Cash noted that the shot was in the lefty's outer elbow, not near the tendon, which would be a considerably more concerning area. Still, it's hard not to worry about elbow issues popping up early in camp for a pitcher who missed two months for elbow surgery last season. Whether or not Snell is expected to miss time at the start of the regular season should become clear over the next week as he resumes throwing.
News: Judge is undergoing tests on his sore shoulder and has no timetable for getting into Grapefruit League action, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
Impact: Judge has been dealing with a shoulder issue since the start of camp. He was briefly shut down from hitting, and while he's since resumed taking indoor batting practice, the Yankees evidently aren't completely happy with his progress. A clearer picture of his timeline should emerge once the results of the tests are known.