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Dodgers beat writer Alanna Rizzo reports that the Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen is on schedule to be back in action in five weeks.

Jansen is due to get his boot removed on Tuesday, another step in his recovery from surgery to remove a growth in his left foot. It is an important step in his recovery, and he expects to be back in five weeks, or early May. The Dodgers are likely to go with a closer by committee until Jansen is back, so there is no fantasy value to be seen there. Upon return he should return to near the top of the closer rankings, but his fantasy value will obviously be hurt by a month of missed action. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Manager Bud Black hasn't ruled out batting Yonder Alonso second in the order this season against right-handed pitchers.

Alonso would see a nice boost in value hitting in front of some of the Padres' new power bats, but it would probably only be against righties, at the very best. He's not a great option in fantasy, though, as he's never put up very good numbers and is unlikely to break out. Analysis: Ben Diamond

The Royals granted Ryan Roberts his unconditional release.

The 34-year old did not make the big league club so he'll seek for another team that may give him a chance. Roberts played eight games in the majors in 2014 with the Red Sox. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Jarrod Parker (elbow) hit 92 mph in his simulated game on Saturday.

Parker's surgery was in March of last year, knocking him out for all of 2014. Recovery has gone well for him, and he made a big step earlier in the Spring by throwing to live hitters. This was his second Tommy John procedure, so it's not a surprise that the Athletics are taking it slow with him. Parker had a decent year in 2013, his second full season in the majors, throwing 197 innings en route to a 3.97 ERA and 134 strikeouts. He's not a viable fantasy option this year, though, due to his injury.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Giants reassign P Curtis Partch to minor league camp.

The 28-year old threw just 7 innings in the majors last season, and had a 9.00 ERA in the Spring this year. He could be brought up for some work in the bullpen this season but is unlikely to be fantasy relevant. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Manager Brad Ausmus says Bruce Rondon has not necessarily cinched his spot as a Tiger.

There's a very good chance that Rondon gets onto the 25-man roster, given that he is a very talented pitcher, and that dinosaur Joe Nathan is the Tigers' closer. The comment was more likely to motivate Rondon than anything else, and he remains a solid hand cuff for Nathan owners along with Joakim Soria. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Rangers released OF Nate Schierholtz.

Schierholtz was informed that he would not make the team, and the outfielder opted to request his release from the club instead of being sent to the minors. He'll now search for another club that can provide him with a spot on the 25-man roster. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Update: Juan Carlos Oviedo has requested and been granted his release by Rangers.

Oviedo has been out since March 14th due to bicep tendinitis, and after being informed that he would not make the Rangers' big league team, he requested his release from the team. He is now free to sign with any club.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Update: Jaime Garcia is dealing with arm fatigue (between biceps and shoulder), and didn't bounce back after his simulated game as expected.

Garcia is notoriously injury prone and is once again sidelined with an arm issue. The Cardinals may opt to shut him down for a bit so he can recover from whatever is affecting him, though he will require additional tests for the time-being so the Cardinals can access the injury. More information should be provided soon, but he is undraftable in most leagues. His absence from the rotation could open up a spot for either Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzalez.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Corey Dickerson left Saturday's game with lower back tightness.

The injury is not considered to be serious, but since it is Spring Training, Dickerson could miss a couple of games to insure that he is ready for Opening Day. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Manager Brad Ausmus wasn't ready to pencil Victor Martinez in the opening day lineup Saturday, but the second-year manager told reporters he's "optimistic" VMart will be ready to play against the Minnesota Twins on April 6.

Martinez is had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in early February after injuring his knee in an offseason workout, and he's made an incredibly quick recovery, already hitting a home run in Spring Training. He's one of the best pure hitters in the game, but he's likely to regress from last season and may be overdrafted, even though he may not be ready for Opening Day and carries some heavy risks. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Manager Brad Ausmus wasn't ready to pencil Miguel Cabrera in the opening day lineup Saturday, but the second-year manager told reporters he's "optimistic" Cabrera will be ready to play against the Minnesota Twins on April 6.

Cabrera's ankle was a bit of a mess last season, which hurt his numbers, though he underwent offseason surgery to correct the issues, costing him almost a month of Spring Training. He's quickly rebounded, though, looking strong at the plate and already raking in Spring Training. He should be good to go for Opening Day, though the 31-year old won't be a slam dunk top-2 pick in fantasy drafts like he was last season due to the health risks. Analysis: Ben Diamond

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