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Jordan Zimmermann has received injections to help treat his neck pain, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports.


Zimmermann is apparently feeling no pain during his physical therapy this offseason, but he has been receiving scheduled neck injections to help combat the pain that plagued him at times during the 2016 season. The 30-year-old is coming off a disappointing campaign in which he posted a 4.87 ERA over 105.1 innings, but figures to be a key piece in the Tigers' rotation this year.

Brian Dozier (B2, Min)

Brian Dozier (oblique) plans to start taking swings later this month, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports


Dozier took two months off following the end of the regular season in order to allow his oblique injury to heal. The star second baseman's future with the Twins is currently uncertain, as he has been the center of many trade rumors this offseason. It is possible he finds himself in a more advantageous situation next season, but it will be hard for him to improve upon what was likely a career year in 2016.

Jeremy Guthrie will pitch for the Melbourne Aces in the Australian Baseball League this winter, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.


Guthrie's last major league appearance came with the Royals during their 2015 World Series campaign. He spent the 2016 season with the Marlins' and Padres' Triple-A affiliates, posting a cumulative 7.17 ERA over 86.2 innings. At 37 years old, it's safe to assume that Guthrie's MLB career has likely come to an end.

Cory Spangenberg (B2, SD)

Cory Spangenberg (quadriceps) is 100 percent healthy, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.


Spangenberg has progressed well from the torn quad that he suffered in mid-July. He has elected to forego winter ball, but will be ready for the start of spring training. The 2011 first-round pick will likely open the year as a utility bench bat for the Padres, but is worth keeping an eye on as he has the speed to make a fantasy impact if he is able to work his way into a regular role.

Michael Brantley (O, Cle)

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is expected to resume hitting after Christmas and remains on track to be ready for spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.


The 2016 season proved to be quite a disappointment for Brantley, who appeared in only 11 games for the Indians after experiencing several setbacks in his return from shoulder surgery. The talented outfielder will make for an intriguing draft day gamble as he possesses the upside to win some fantasy leagues but comes with a fair amount of risk due to his recent injury history.

Josh Harrison (B2, Pit)

Josh Harrison (groin) is taking part in his normal offseason program, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.


Harrison injured his groin on Sept. 11 and did not appear in another game for the Pirates. He has progressed well and will be fully healthy for the start of spring training. It is not a guarantee that he will open the season with the Pirates, as it is rumored that the team is open to trading the second baseman whose offensive production has tapered off since his breakout 2014 campaign.

Gerrit Cole (elbow) is taking part in his normal offseason program, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.


Cole was diagnosed with elbow inflammation last August and was eventually shut down for the season. It appears that his recovery is going well and that he should be good to go when pitchers and catchers report to spring training in February.

Steve Cishek (hip) is expected to begin pitching by April, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.


Cishek underwent surgery Oct. 12 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. It's possible that he will begin the season with a minor league rehab assignment or in extended spring training. With Edwin Diaz securing the ninth-inning role, Cishek will likely operate in a setup capacity once healthy.

Tony Zych (shoulder) is expected to be fully ready for spring training, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.


Zych was operating as a late-inning reliever for the Mariners in 2016 prior to being placed on the 60-day disabled list. He posted an impressive 13.83 K/9 as well as a concerning 6.59 BB/9 over 13.2 innings. With Edwin Diaz locked in as the team's closer, Zych will likely fall into a middle-relief or occasional setup role in 2017.

Jesus Sucre signed a one-year, $630,000 contract with the Mariners on Monday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.


Sucre served as catching depth for the Mariners over the past several seasons. He will be slated for a similar role in 2017, as Mike Zunino and Carlos Ruiz will handle a majority of the catching duties. The deal will pay Sucre $300,000 if he is sent to the minors, which seems likely.

Chris Herrmann, whose 2016 season ended prematurely with a broken hand, may be in line for a significant increase in playing time following the D-backs' decision to non-tender Welington Castillo last week.


With veteran defensive stalwart Jeff Mathis inked to a two-year deal, the D-backs may lean on Herrmann in the larger portion of a platoon to begin the season; the 29-year-old hit .284/.352/.493 with six homers in limited playing time a year ago. Former Rule 5 selection Oscar Hernandez is also on the 40-man roster, but he carried a mere .609 OPS at Double-A last season in his age-22 campaign. Unless another veteran is added to the fold before Opening Day, Herrmann figures to get an opportunity to eclipse 200 plate appearances in a big league season for the first time in his career. It should be noted, however, that the D-backs may be willing to sacrifice offense behind the plate in order to reap the benefits of the impact Mathis could have on the team's pitching staff with his defense.

Jose Reyes (S, NYM)

Jose Reyes will work out in the outfield during spring training, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.


With the Mets hoping that third baseman David Wright (neck) will be healthy at the onset of the 2017 campaign, general manager Sandy Alderson expressed that he hopes to expand the defensive repertoire of Reyes in order to make him a more versatile asset. Specifically, it seems that the Mets are interested in having the 33-year-old take some reps in center field now that Yoenis Cespedes is back in the fold for a corner-outfield spot along with Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson, and Jay Bruce (with the latter two potentially being traded away prior to the offseason's conclusion). Reyes has only played second base, shortstop and third base during his career in the major leagues, so there's definitely the potential for some growing pains as he learns the ins and outs of patrolling the outfield.

David Wright (B3, NYM)

David Wright (neck) is expected to begin baseball activities by the end of December, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.


Wright missed the bulk of the past two seasons due to injury woes, but it appears that the veteran is on track to get back on the diamond relatively soon even after undergoing a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery in June. No specific timetable exists for his return, but general manager Sandy Alderson was adamant that Wright will be the Mets' starting third baseman, so it seems like there's reason to be optimistic that he'll be recovered and ready to go in the not-too-distant future.

Lorenzo Cain (O, KC)

Royals manager Ned Yost said that Lorenzo Cain (wrist) is on schedule with his rehab this offseason and will be "100 percent ready to go" when the season starts, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.


The expectation is that Cain won't be able to swing a bat for another couple of weeks, but his rehab progress to this point is a very encouraging sign as the Royals look to get him ready for Opening Day. In addition to missing time last season, Cain's slash line took a hit across the board in 2016, as he failed to hit .300 for the first time since 2013 while seeing his slugging percentage fall from .477 to .408.

Mike Moustakas (B3, KC)

Royals manager Ned Yost said that Mike Moustakas (knee) will be "100 percent ready to go" when the season starts as he continues to rehab a torn ACL, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.


The knee injury was preceded by a thumb ailment, and Moustakas was on the field for just 27 games in 2016. One particularly encouraging sign last season was that he sustained the power increase he showed in 2015 (.470 SLG, 22 homers) with seven long balls and a .500 slugging percentage in his 113 plate appearances. A detailed timetable for Moustakas' return hasn't been revealed, but he's on track for Opening Day, which suggests that he'll likely be able to accumulate at-bats in Arizona when spring training kicks off in March.

Ashur Tolliver was claimed off waivers by the Astros on Monday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.


This marks the second time Tolliver has been plucked off waivers since September, as two teams now have deemed him unworthy of a 40-man roster spot. The left-hander's numbers in the minor leagues were solid – he struck out 42 batters and only allowed 11 runs across 40.1 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A last season – but his lack of control will likely keep him out of high-leverage innings.

Carlos Beltran (O, Tex)

Carlos Beltran will split time between left field and designated hitter with the Astros in 2017, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.


This makes sense, as Josh Reddick has the better arm, making him a better fit in right field. Presumably when Brian McCann is out of the lineup (against lefties), Evan Gattis will slot in at catcher with Beltran getting the start at DH. The fact that he will get to DH a couple times each week should help Beltran's legs stay fresh in his age-40 season. He should play almost every day, potentially batting cleanup in what should be one of the best lineups in baseball.

Joey Rickard (O, Bal)

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team plans to platoon Joey Rickard (thumb) with Hyun Soo Kim in left field for 2017, the Baltimore Sun reports.


Based on his performance as a rookie last season, Rickard makes sense on the small side of a platoon – he hit .313/.367/.494 against southpaws in 2016 (by comparison, he hit just .247/.296/.322 against righties). Much like Kim, Rickard offered very little in terms of homers (five) or steals (four) last season, but the duo might generate a steady number of runs scored if manager Buck Showalter uses them in a table-setting role.

Hyun-Soo Kim (O, Bal)

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team plans to platoon Hyun Soo Kim with Joey Rickard in left field for 2017, the Baltimore Sun reports.


With the potential loss of Mark Trumbo in free agency, the O's are apparently setting their sights on finding a regular right fielder this offseason, while leaving left field to a duo that covered a combined 105 games at the position in 2016. While the construction of the lineup is unclear with approximately four months to go before Opening Day, Kim was often used as the No. 2 hitter during the second half of last season. Although he struggled during spring training and initially to open last season, Kim finished with a .302/.382/.420 line. It should be noted, however, that Kim contributed very little in terms of home runs (six) and stolen bases (one), but he could be a useful source of runs scored if the team's current left-field plans afford him four or five starts per week on the large side of a platoon.

Edwin Encarnacion (B1, Tor)

Toronto, where Edwin Encarnacion has played since mid-2009, is no longer pursuing the free-agent slugger, Steve Phillips of MLB Network Radio reports.


Toronto essentially closed the door on Encarnacion when the team signed Steve Pearce to a two-year deal Monday. The 33-year-old's options appear to be dwindling, as Houston has also dropped out of the expensive race. Encarnacion is still in talks with the Yankees, Red Sox and Indians, and his agent, Paul Kinzer, expects the power hitter to sign a deal during the winter meetings.