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Mark Appel will start the year at Double-A Corpus Christi.

Appel is the Astros' top pitching prospect, though his stock isn't what it once was. If he is able to steamroll through Double-A, he will be on the fast track to the majors and could make his debut in the latter part of 2015. Analysis: David Kerr

Jesse Chavez did not sound overly thrilled with going into the bullpen. He said he hasn't been told "but the writing's on the wall."

The A's are going to give the final rotation spot to Kendall Graveman which leaves Chavez in the bullpen. It's possible that he will be traded, but that doesn't seem likely. Instead, he will fill the long reliever role in Oakland's bullpen. It's worth noting though that if either Graveman or Drew Pomeranz were to falter, Chavez would most likely get a chance to hold down a rotation spot. Analysis: David Kerr

Alex Colome (illness) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Friday.

Colome has been dealing with pneumonia and the Rays have already placed him on the disabled list. He is a bit behind, but should be ready to join the Rays' rotation in mid-April. Analysis: David Kerr

Erik Bedard (back) will be reassigned to the minors.

Is seems as though Bedard's days of being a useful pitcher are just about over. He'll likely head to Triple-A and give the Dodgers and experienced arm if they ever need a spot start this season. Analysis: David Kerr

Jose Pirela could resume swinging a bat Thursday.

Pirela hasn't been cleared yet, so this is all speculation at this point. He wasn't expected to make the big league club anyway, so he'll stay behind in Tampa until he's cleared. Analysis: David Kerr

Tanner Scheppers (ankle) will throw a bullpen session Friday.

Scheppers underwent an MRI on Tuesday, so this should be taken as good news. If Scheppers can get through his bullpen session without issue, there is an outside chance that he will break camp with the Rangers. What is more likely though is that Scheppers will start the season on the disabled list until he is fully healthy. Analysis: David Kerr

Ramon Santiago (collarbone) will return to the Blue Jays on a minor league deal.

Santiago has no fantasy value and is nothing more than organizational depth for the Blue Jays. He will likely head to Triple-A Buffalo. Analysis: David Kerr

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will throw long toss from 75 feet Thursday.

Even though Doolittle has been ruled out to start the season, he is still getting ready for his eventual return that is likely to come in early-to-mid May. Tyler Clippard will fill-in for Doolittle while he's on the mend. Analysis: David Kerr

Aaron Sanchez has earned a spot in the Blue Jays' starting rotation.

Though Sanchez had a brutal outing on Tuesday, he still pitched well enough during spring training to earn a spot in Toronto's rotation. Sanchez has been one of the Blue Jays' top prospects over the past few years and performed very well out of the bullpen late last season. He's a great flier in deep mixed leagues and should be owned in all AL-Only leagues based on upside alone. Analysis: David Kerr

David Lough will play in Triple-A game Friday in Port Charlotte.

Lough will play in a Triple-A game on Friday, but is still expected to start the season on the disabled list. This is just a precautionary measure by the Orioles and Lough should join the team during their first home series of the season that starts on April 10. Analysis: David Kerr

Miguel Gonzalez will start a minor league game Friday and expected start game three of the regular season.

This will be Gonzalez's final tuneup before the start of the season. While he occasionally has decent stretches, Gonzalez is more of an AL-Only play due to his low strikeout rate and fly ball tendencies. Analysis: David Kerr

Clayton Richard declined his opt-out clause and will pitch in the Pirates' extended spring training.

This was likely a wise move by Richard. The Pirates--specifically pitching coach Ray Searage--has had a knack for fixing damaged pitchers in recent seasons. Richard will head to Triple-A and provide depth for the Pirates and will likely receive the first call if the team needs a spot start. Analysis: David Kerr

Reds have released outfielder Felix Perez and reliever Wilmer Font.

The Reds continue to make cuts as they trim down their roster prior to Opening Day. Perez and Font are the latest casualties and both will now become free agents. Neither is likely to see much time in the majors this season even if they do latch on with another organization. Analysis: David Kerr

Oswaldo Arcia (stomach) is penciled in to play Thursday.

Arcia has been battling the stomach flu, but he should be fine going forward. He will be starting in left field for the Twins on Opening Day. Analysis: David Kerr

Garrett Richards will stay in camp to pitch Thursday and April 9 before beginning a minor league rehab stint.

This was expected as Richards isn't quite ready to join the Angels' rotation. Richards is almost back to full health and should provide great value for fantasy owners as he likely fell in most drafts. The important thing is that Richards didn't suffer and arm or shoulder injury so there's a great chance of a repeat from last year's breakout season. Analysis: David Kerr

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