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Carlos Gonzalez (knee) was removed from Friday's game for precautionary reasons.

To borrow one from Adam Carolla: Sssssssssssssssssssssshocking. Gonzalez has managed just 717 plate appearances combined in the last two years, and fantasy owners are all too familiar with his health woes. When healthy in the last two seasons, he's struck out a fair bit more than he ever has before, so we can longer treat CarGo as a top option when healthy. There's definitely upside, but it's hard to imagine him reaching it. Analysis: Brett Talley

Zack Greinke was frustrated with his lack of command Friday, but said he feels fine physically.

Greinke has had an above average walk rate every year of his career, and he posted the best walk rate of his career last year. This isn't cause for concern whatsoever. Analysis: Brett Talley

Odrisamer Despaigne is still battling for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, according to manager Bud Black.

Despaigne is a ground ball heavy pitcher with a good home ballpark, but he displayed below average strikeout and walk skills in almost 100 big league innings last year. He could be a streaming option in deeper leagues when pitching at home, but he doesn't appear to have the stuff to be more than that. Analysis: Brett Talley

Anthony Ranaudo still has a chance to lock up the last spot in the Rangers rotation. He certainly put in his best bid yet by holding the Athletics to two runs in six innings on Friday. He allowed five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three.

Ranaudo is probably competing with Nick Martinez and Nick Tepesch for the fifth starter job at this point. Even if he gets the job, his probably not someone you need to consider unless you're in a deep AL-only league. Ranaudo struggles with command and didn't have the stuff to strike minor league hitters out at even a mildly impressive rate. Analysis: Brett Talley

Tanner Scheppers was the Rangers' unexpected Opening Day pitcher in 2014. Now, after injuries derailed his hopes of being a starting pitcher and wrecked his 2014 season, Scheppers is back as a setup reliever.

Scheppers isn't really in line to get saves if Neftali Feliz doesn't work out in the closer role with Kyuji Fujikawa next in line. The Rangers pen looms pretty thin, so Scheppers could work his way into getting some holds, but his fantasy value is limited for now. Analysis: Brett Talley

Delino DeShields is nearing a spot on the Rangers Opening Day roster.

DeShields was a Rule 5 pick, so it appears the Rangers will hold on to him rather than send him back down I-45 to Houston. DeShields will likely serve as a fifth outfielder and a late game situational player where Texas can utilize his speed. Unless the Rangers have another rash of injuries this year, DeSheilds isn't going to get enough work to be fantasy relevant. Analysis: Brett Talley

Anthony Rendon tested his knee by running in the outfield on Friday. Rendon has been out with a sprained left knee since March 9.

There are some who believe Rendon might be in line for some regression, but this injury is most likely to hamper his numbers as he's doubtful for Opening Day. But it's hard not to like a healthy Rendon. In his first 1,000 or so major league plate appearances the last two years, he's made contact frequently (16.1 percent K%), made hard contact at a good clip (22.2 percent line drive rate), hit for some power (.166 ISO) and stolen bases efficiently (18-for-22). If he falls a round or two from where he was going earlier this month, pounce. Analysis: Brett Talley

Having cleared all the previous hurdles associated with his strained right hamstring, Jonathan Lucroy was finally able to see some game action at first base on Friday night.

After Buster Posey, Lucroy is pretty much the consensus #2 catcher. Some might be buying Devin Mesoraco's numbers from last year, but his contact rate dropped significantly yet his batting average rose signifcantly. He's got tons of downside. But Lucroy is on a three year run of well above average weighted offensive contributions. Waiting on catcher is a good strategy, but if you're going to target one early, Lucroy is a steady producer. Analysis: Brett Talley

Denard Span was able to swing a bat for the first time since abdominal surgery on March 9. Span was able to swing a fungo bat in the batting cage with no reported problems.

It's pretty easy to fill a majority of your outfield slots in the top half of a draft, if not all of them. For that reason, Span isn't necessarily someone you're likely to target later in drafts. If you're filling your outfield early, you're better off taking an outfielder with upside in the range Span is going. Someone with upside has the chance to usurp time in your lineup from one of the outfielders you drafted early, while Span is a guy you only use when one of your starters is out of the lineup. Guys going just after Span include Khris Davis and Steven Souza who have much more upside. If you're looking for someone to be in your lineup everyday late in your draft, Span is an option. But most likely you should be taking on a little more risk at that point. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jordan Zimmermann seems prepared to enter the 2015 season pitching in the final year of his contract. He has said he doesn't want to talk about his contract once the season starts, and he reiterated that point after the Nationals' 1-1 tie with the Cardinals.

Zimmermann is super consistent as he hasn't had an ERA worse than 3.25 or a WHIP worse than 1.17 in four years. But he's been a top 15 starter in the two years thanks to a bit of luck. In 2013 it was 19 wins that pushed him toward the top of the positional rankings. Last year he won just 14, but he posted the highest raw strikeout total of his career by a fairly large margin. That might seem more sustainable than the win total, but the gains he made in swings and misses were primarily with his fastball, which is not really a swing and miss pitch. It wouldn't be a surprise if he gave back some of the strikeout gains. But even if he does and even if he doesn't overperform in one roto stat this year, he still has a very high floor, and consistency has its own value. Analysis: Brett Talley

Nationals closer Drew Storen entered Friday's 1-1 tie with the Cardinals in the seventh inning, making his first appearance in a Grapefruit League game since he had a minor surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand.

In case you weren't sure, that's Storen's non-throwing arm left hand, so the injury should only hamper him if it keeps him from getting up to speed by the start of the season. If Storen does miss a few games, Casey Janssen would be in line to pick up saves in his absence. Analysis: Brett Talley

Update: Sandy Alderson says it would be "a little surprising" if 2B Daniel Murphy (hamstring) returned before Opening Day

While Murphy's hamstring strain is mild and he's made a decent recovery thus far, these types of injuries can take a while to heal, and he's likely to start the year injured. That being said, he should be good to go soon after that. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Scott Baker was scheduled to pitch multiple innings of long relief this Friday, but the game was called in the sixth, and so the Yankees will instead have Baker start Saturday’s game against Baltimore.

Baker has thrown well this Spring, and although he has been ineffective the past couple of years, he has had some solid seasons as a starter before. He'll likely land a job as a long man for the Yankees this season.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Bud Norris had another tough outing Friday, giving up three runs in four innings of work. But Norris, who has allowed 12 earned runs over 11 2/3 innings, isn't concerned just yet.

Norris has had a rough Spring thus far, but stats are relatively meaningless for established major leaguers like Norris, so alarm bells shouldn't be ringing. The 34-year old had a 3.65 ERA in 165 1/3 innings last year, and is not worth drafting in most fantasy leagues given Ray Flowers' ranking of him at 118 among all starters. Analysis: Ben Diamond


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