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Ryan Ludwick has been told he will not make the Rangers.

Ludwick is considering his options at the moment, which include going down to Triple-A until the big league club needs his services, or requesting a release and looking for another team that can offer him a spot on the 25-man roster. No matter what happens, though, he is not going to be fantasy relevant. Ludwick's calling card is power, but he last hit over 20 home runs in 2012 with 26 (and before that was in 2009), and the now-36 year old is only losing power potential at this point. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Brady Aiken announced Thursday that he had Tommy John surgery.

This is unfortunate for Aiken as he now probably wishes that he signed with the Astros last summer after being the number one pick in last year's draft. Instead, he suffered an arm injury last week and will now be on the shelf for the next year. He still has a high ceiling, but his overall value is definitely diminished at this point. Analysis: David Kerr

Erik Johnson's injury is apparently a moderate ab strain, not an oblique strain.

A moderate ab strain is better than an oblique strain, so call this a win for Johnson. Johnson will start the season at Triple-A Charlotte, but will be an early call-up if the White Sox need a spot start. Analysis: David Kerr

Ross Detwiler has made the Rangers starting rotation.

There are far worse pitchers with starting jobs in baseball, so Detwiler is deserving of this chance. He's bounced back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen while pitching for the Nationals, but should settle in as a member of the Rangers' rotation. He has solid value in AL-Only leagues. Analysis: David Kerr

Yovani Gallardo will start for the Rangers on Opening Day.

This was expected after Yu Darvish was lost for the season after suffering a UCL tear. Gallardo is a serviceable arm, but his strikeout rate keeps falling and he's pitching in an even tough ballpark and league this year. He's a late-round option in mixed leagues. Analysis: David Kerr

Sean Doolittle (shoulder strain) said he will be playing catch Friday for first time since his injury.

The is certainly good news, but as fantasy owners already know, Doolittle won't be ready for the start of the regular season. If he is able to continue he progression and doesn't have any setbacks, Doolittle could join the A's in early-to-mid May. Tyler Clippard will hold down the closers role in his absence. Analysis: David Kerr

Josh Reddick (strained right oblique) will get two rounds of live batting practice on Thursday.

Reddick always seems to have an ailment, so it is hard to know what to expect if he were to complete a full season in good health. He definitely is drafted for his power, but an oblique injury could limited that aspect of his game early on. The veteran outfielder has fine value in AL-Only leagues, but he's nothing more than a late round flier in mixed leagues. Analysis: David Kerr

Chad Billingsley pitched two scoreless innings Thursday in a Minor League Spring Training game against the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate at Carpenter Complex. "Today was a really good test or step," Billingsley said.

Billingsley is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and this is definitely encouraging news. It's going to be a while before Billingsley is on the mound for the the Phillies, but at least fantasy owners yet to draft in deep NL-Only leagues can target a half-decent arm late in their drafts. Analysis: David Kerr

Manager Ned Yost said Franklin Morales is the favorite to win one of the Royals' final two bullpen spots.

Morales has been a colossal disappointment throughout his major league career and hasn't looked all that great in spring training this year. It's not out of the realm of possibility that Morales will secure a spot in the Royals' bullpen, but Kansas City certainly has better internal options. Analysis: David Kerr

Madison Bumgarner will throw in a minor-league game on Friday instead of facing the Dodgers.

This isn't a move that should alarm you. The Giants are just choosing to let Bumgarner throw in a minor-league game instead of an actual spring training, though the reason hasn't been made known. Maybe Bumgarner needs to get to a birthday party or something. Nevertheless, he will be on the mound for the Giants on Opening Day at Arizona. Analysis: David Kerr

Garrett Richards will throw in a minor league game on Saturday. It means he probably won't face any big league hitters before being activated.

It seems logical that the Angels would want Richards to face major league hitters before joining the rotation, but it doesn't look at though it will happen. Richards tossed four no-hit innings in his last minor league start, so he appears to be ready to go. The fourth year starter had a breakout last year going 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA. He will look to match or exceed those numbers in 2015. Analysis: David Kerr

Ezequiel Carrera was reassigned to minor league camp.

After hitting .307 with six home-runs and 43 stolen-bases in 97 games at triple-A last year, Carrera didn't really set the world on fire after being called up to the MLB-level for 45 games. During that time, the 27-year-old Outfielder showed his speed (seven steals in eight attempts), but little else.  Analysis: Brad Costilo

Jake Petricka has been dealing with arm soreness.

Petricka, who is no longer in the Closer discussion for the Chisox with the acquisition of David Robertson, has struggled this Spring, allowing five hits and two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. As a middle-reliever, Petricka has little-to-no fantasy value in 2015. Analysis: Brad Costilo


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