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X-rays on L.J. Hoes' right wrist were negative.

Houston's outfield is awfully crowded, and there is a pretty decent chance Hoes begins the season in the minors even if he is healthy. Hoes has little speed and even less power, and would be largely irrelevant for fantasy even if he made the roster out of Spring Training. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Casey Janssen will have an MRI on his right shoulder on Monday.

Janssen is slated to be the primary setup man in Washington and the handcuff for closer Drew Storen. Blake Treinen is next in line behind Janssen though the Nationals could look to sign Rafael Soriano if Janssen's shoulder injury is serious. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Josh Reddick (oblique) says he feels good physically after five-inning minor league game Sunday.

Reddick still probably will not be ready for Opening Day, but he may only miss a few games. Reddick has 12 home runs each of the last two seasons after hitting 32 in 2012. He probably will not ever hit 32 again, but he could flirt with 20 if he can stay healthy. Analysis: Steve Pimental

J.P. Arencibia was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a flexor mass strain.

Arencibia was expected to pick up some of the slack behind the plate with Matt Wieters beginning the season on the disabled list. This injury leaves Caleb Joseph and Steve Clevenger as the only healthy backstops in Baltimore. If Arencibia is going to miss significant time it could lead the Orioles to trade for a catcher like Wellington Castillo. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Update: Devin Mesoraco left Sunday's game with a cramp in his left quad.

It is good to hear Mesoraco's injury does not appear to be serious. Feel free to draft him as you normally would. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Odubel Herrera will begin the season as the Phillies' starting centerfielder.

Manager Ryne Sandberg appeared to be leaning towards Herrera in center field and Ben Revere in left all spring, so this is not surprising. Herrera stole 21 bases in 125 games between High-A and Double-A last season, but his speed is pretty much the extent of his fantasy value. Analysis: Steve Pimental

David Lough may begin the season on the disabled list with a sore hamstring.

If Lough is out it would likely mean even more playing time for Travis Snider. Lough played reasonably well for the Orioles last season, but Snider has far greater fantasy upside. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez on the shelf with an elbow issue, which may require Tommy John surgery.

Vazquez saw Dr. James Andrews, so Tommy John surgery is at least on the table. The Red Sox could trade for somebody to take over at catcher if Vazquez is out and they do not believe Blake Swihart is ready. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Phillies have named Cole Hamels their Opening Day starter.

The Phillies are pretty dysfunctional, but even they aren't silly enough to name somebody else the Opening Day starter. The only reason he wasn't named sooner was because the Phillies did not want to trade him after naming him the Opening Day starter. He could still be traded at some point during the season. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Cory Luebke threw about 30 fastballs in Sunday's bullpen session, his first since his second Tommy John surgery.

Luebke hasn't pitched in a game since 2012, but he was great in 2011 as a starter and out of the bullpen. He is still probably a couple of months away from returning, but he could be a huge pickup around this summer. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Devin Mesoraco exited Sunday's game with a leg injury.

Mesoraco played 114 games last year, and any fantasy players expecting him to play significantly more this season are likely destined to be disappointed. We should probably know more soon, but anyone drafting Sunday should move Mesoraco down their draft boards at least a little bit. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Alex Jackson was scratched Sunday with some minor soreness in his shoulder.

Jackson is one of the better fantasy prospects in baseball, but it does not sound like this injury will set him back much.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

Jacob Petricka (forearm) said Sunday that he is still sore.

Petricka has been dealing with soreness for a few days now, and we are getting close to the point where we should worry about his availability for Opening Day. He should be a decent source of holds when healthy, and would probably get the first shot at closing should David Robertson go down. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Rays have released OF Andrew Toles.

If you were planning on naming your fantasy team For Drew the Bell Toles, it is time to make new plans. Toles still hasn't turned 23, and he stole 62 bases in Low-A in 2013. He will likely have a chance to catch on with another organization. Analysis: Steve Pimental

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