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Steven Wright (shoulder) is on schedule with his rehab and is expected to be ready Opening Day, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.


The 32-year-old threw his first bullpen session of spring Monday, and the Red Sox are continuing to ease him back, with his next throwing session scheduled for Thursday. Manager John Farrell noted that, barring any setbacks, he believes Wright will have enough time to get ready for the season, so it is something that will be monitored as spring training progresses.

Marcus Stroman said his surgically-repaired knee "finally feels 100 percent," and he's confident he can throw upwards of 240 innings this season, Paul Hagen of MLB.com reports.


Now two years removed from surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee, Stroman said Monday that his body "feels the best it's ever felt." The Jays' ace also commented on overcoming 2016's early-season struggles. "I just got kind of out of whack at some point," the 25-year-old said. "I just simplified everything on my own at that point, and that's something I'm going to stick with this year. It's in my delivery and in my motion. I feel excited this year for what I'm going to do." After failing to meet expectations in last year's campaign, Stroman could slip down some draft boards past his true value. He has the talent to be a solid ace, or at the very least, a strong second option across most fantasy formats.

Drew Pomeranz (elbow) is on track with his recovery and is expected to be ready for the start of the season, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.


Despite Pomeranz being behind most pitchers, having just thrown his first bullpen session of spring Monday, manager John Farrell said he expects the southpaw to have enough time to be ready for opening day, barring any setbacks. He is slated to throw another bullpen session Thursday, and will look to lock down one of the final two rotation spots as he regains his health and starts to throw more in spring.

Paul Goldschmidt (B1, AZ)

Paul Goldschmidt is looking forward to competing in the World Baseball Classic in March, the Arizona Republic reports.


He'll leave for Florida on March 6 and begin participating in Team USA workouts March 7. Goldschmidt is expected to anchor the Arizona lineup again in 2017, while his overall production may increase if A.J. Pollock and David Peralta can avoid the injuries that plagued them throughout 2016.

Mike Montgomery will pitch in the team's first week of spring training games as he competes for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, MLB.com reports.


Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey aren't expected to pitch until the second week of games, but Montgomery and Brett Anderson are slated to pitch when Cactus League play begins on Saturday. The two lefties are battling for the final spot in the rotation, with the loser of the competition likely ticketed for a long relief role to being the season.

Brett Anderson will pitch in the team's first week of spring training games as he competes for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, MLB.com reports.


Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey aren't expected to pitch until the second week of games, but Anderson and Mike Montgomery are slated to pitch when Cactus League play begins on Saturday. The two lefties are battling for the final spot in the rotation, with the loser of the competition likely ticketed for a long relief role to being the season.

Braden Shipley may be competing for a rotation spot this spring, but his destination to begin the season could hinge on the health of the starters currently ahead of him on the depth chart.


The D-backs have Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, and Taijuan Walker positioned as their first three starters, with Shelby Miller, Patrick Corbin, Archie Bradley, and Shipley vying for the final two spots. It seems unlikely that the D-backs will give up on Bradley as a starter in 2017, but he and Shipley have minor league options remaining, which could leave the duo working as teammates in Reno to open the year. One other variable to consider is the role of Corbin, who may be shifted into the bullpen depending on how things go over the course of spring training. Shipley's decline in strikeout rate over the past two seasons at Double-A and Triple-A continued during his 70-inning taste of Arizona last season, and that trait makes him particularly susceptible to damage having to pitch half of his games at Chase Field if he's a member of the 25-man roster at any point in 2017.

Marco Estrada said he feels much healthier than he has in a long time, but still deals with some lingering back aches caused by last season's injury, the National Post reports.


The veteran acknowledged that last season's back issues – which caused him to begin 2016 on the DL – still ache every now and again, but ultimately the sensation is much different than the pain he felt last year. However, hearing Estrada, who's entering his 10th season at 33-years-old, mention that he feels a back "ache" should raise owners' eyebrows. The right-hander started a career-high 29 games in 2016 while managing the AL's sixth-best WHIP (1.12). Estrada has evolved into a finesse pitcher in recent years as his pitch velocity continues to drop (his 88.1 mph average fastball last season was a career low). After failing to top 150 innings in any of his first six MLB seasons, Estrada has now accomplished the feat for three consecutive campaigns.

Bruce Rondon is working on improving his changeup in spring training, MLB.com reports.


Rondon used primarily fastballs and sliders to post a 2.97 ERA and strike out 45 batters in 36.1 innings last year. He threw his changeup just 3.4 percent of the time last year, and Rondon called it a "so-so" pitch. If he can improve his changeup, Rondon could post even better numbers in 2017 with a solid three-pitch mix.

Socrates Brito is in the mix for the D-backs' fourth outfielder job this spring.


Jeremy Hazelbaker and Gregor Blanco are also in camp vying for the job, while it's possible that the team will only keep one of the three outfielders with Chris Herrmann potentially sticking as the 25th man due to his flexibility as a third option behind the plate. Nevertheless, Brito's performance at Triple-A Reno last season included a .294/.322/.439 line with six homers and seven steals in 73 games, while his taste of Arizona included a .179/.196/.358 line in 40 games. With the veteran alternatives at their disposal, the D-backs may elect to give Brito regular playing time at Reno to begin the year with the plan of giving him a promotion if any of the three starters in the outfield succumbs to injury in 2017.

Derek Norris (C, Was)

Derek Norris is now in line to be the Nationals' backup catcher after the team signed Matt Wieters to a two-year deal on Tuesday.


The Wieters signing, while an obvious upgrade, really hurts Norris' fantasy value this season, as he no longer profiles as the starter. It's possible that Washington will look to trade Norris, as Jose Lobaton and Pedro Severino would be capable of handling the backup job.

Patrick Corbin is currently listed one of the team's five members of the starting rotation on the D-backs' official site.


Archie Bradley and Braden Shipley are listed behind Corbin, who may be destined for the bullpen depending on how the competition for the final two spots in the rotation plays out. Shelby Miller, who listed as the team's fourth starter, will also have to earn his spot this spring, but the most likely scenarios include Corbin moving to the bullpen and Bradley beginning the season back at Triple-A Reno if the starters atop the depth chart remain healthy between now and Opening Day.

Taylor Jungmann will be given a chance to make the big league club in a relief role this spring, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports.


He was shut down at the end of the season with a minor hip injury, but will enter camp healthy and with a chance to compete for a bullpen spot. It seems like Jungmann is no longer viewed internally as a viable long-term rotation option, and therefore carries very little fantasy value going forward. He made two relief appearances last year, striking out two over two perfect frames, but has very little professional experience out of the bullpen.

Ichiro Suzuki suffered a bruised right knee and also has a stiff back after a collision with a teammate on Tuesday, which will sideline him for a few days, the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer reports.


He grazed Brandon Barnes in a minor outfield collision on the practice field, resulting in his first trip to the training room for treatment in his MLB career. Suzuki remained on the field briefly before heading to the clubhouse. He is set to serve as the Marlins' fourth outfielder this season, and this injury will not impact his availability for the start of the season.

Josh Bell (knee) participated in light baserunning drills Tuesday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.


Bell continues to slowly ramp up his activity as he works back from knee surgery earlier in the month. The top prospect was hitting off of a tee and taking part in soft toss drills over the weekend, and the expectation is that he'll be back up to full speed before Opening Day.

Matt Wieters and the Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year, $21 million deal Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports.


The 30-year-old was an All-Star for the Orioles last season, but the organization did not express much interest in bringing him back, and Wieters will now join the Nationals on a two-year contract, which includes an opt-out after Year 1. While Wieters has slipped a bit on the defensive end, he remains a strong hitter in what should be a dangerous lineup, and he's coming off of a season in which he hit .243 to go with 66 RBI across 423 at-bats. Wieters figures to immediately jump Derek Norris as the Nationals' starting catcher, and it's possible Norris could now be moved as he attempts to bounce back from a disastrous 2016 season, during which he hit just. 186 in 415 at-bats for the Padres.

Mike Clevinger is a candidate for a bullpen role, but is more likely to begin 2017 as a starter for Triple-A Columbus, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.


Indians' manager Terry Francona said Clevinger arrived this spring with a much stronger lower half. There have been multiple reports that the 26-year-old righty is already hitting 100 MPH with his fastball early in camp. Clevinger got his first taste of the majors last year when he appeared in 17 games which included 10 starts that garnered unimpressive results. However, as evidenced by his 11-1 record and 9.4 K/9 ration at Triple-A in 2016, Clevinger is not far from making an impact at the MLB level. He should be one of the first options to join the Indians rotation if such a need arises.

Pluko is slated to begin the season in Triple-A Columbus, but will be one of the top option for a promotion when the need for a starting pitcher arises, SB Nation reports.


Plutko was drafted in the 11th round of the 2013 draft after leading the UCLA Bruins to the National Championship that year. He's blown through the Tribe's minor league system thanks to his excellent command of four pitches, including a fastball that tops out in the mid-90s. Plutko began 2016 at Double-A Akron where he performed admirably, earning a promotion to Columbus after 13 starts thanks in part to a solid 3.27 ERA and a 3.01 FIP. In his first taste of Triple-A, Plutko was solid, though unspectacular, averaging six innings per start and finishing with an ERA of 4.10 and a 3.97 FIP. The righty is worthy of attention in dynasty formats.

A.J. Ramos is working through some soreness in his right leg, although he is still able to pitch, The Miami Herald reports.


He was scheduled to throw a live batting practice session Monday, and at this point the soreness doesn't seem like something that will be an issue for Ramos come Opening Day, or jeopardize his spot as the Marlins' closer.

Danny Winkler (elbow) is currently throwing from 120 feet, and is hoping to be cleared to pitch off a mound before training camp ends, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.


It's been a rough couple of years for Winkler, who fractured his elbow last April while throwing a pitch just after making his return from Tommy John surgery. The 27-year-old isn't expected to be ready to compete for a spot in the big league bullpen until sometime this summer, but until he's able to get back on a mound, the Braves won't have a firm timetable for his recovery.