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Zack Wheeler Headshot

Wheeler will start the season as the No. 4 starting pitcher, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

Steven Matz's elbow injury will keep him out for at least another three weeks, so Wheeler winds up with a rotation gig out of the gate. The right-hander twirled a gem over five shutout innings Monday and might wind up looking good for fantasy owners earlier than expected. Fantasy players searching for depth should look to add him if he wasn't selected, or keep his name in bold during the late rounds of upcoming mixed-league drafts. Of course, owners should keep in mind the Mets might treat him with caution at times this year, and whenever Matz is ready to return, New York may have to make some tough decisions regarding the rotation.
10:37 am (EST)
Evgeny Kuznetsov Headshot

Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Avalanche.

The 24-year-old Russian finished off a two-on-one feed from Marcus Johansson midway through the second period to pot his 18th goal of the season. His 56 points in 76 games are a slight decline off of last season's breakout, 77-point campaign, but the talented pivot should be a terrific fantasy asset in 2017-18.
10:36 am (EST)
Adam Wilcox Headshot

Wilcox was recalled from AHL Springfield on an emergency basis Thursday.

Formerly with the Lightning, Wilcox heads to the parent club with James Reimer (upper body) and Roberto Luongo (lower body) both ailing. The 24-year-old has impressed with the minor-league Thunderbirds this season, going 4-3-0 with a 2.02 GAA and .932 save percentage over nine games. He's reportedly on track to serve as the backup to Reto Berra for Thursday's road contest against the Habs.
10:33 am (EST)
Steven Matz Headshot

Matz (elbow) won't attempt to throw for another three weeks, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

His MRI came back negative, but he still received a PRP injection, and is now a lock to open the year on the disabled list. Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman won the final two rotation spots, but both are overqualified to pitch at the back of a rotation, so the Mets can afford to be patient with Matz.
10:31 am (EST)
Chad Green Headshot

Green is lined up to start for Double-A Trenton on April 6 and April 11 as the Yankees continue deciding on their No. 5 starting pitcher, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

The right-hander has a 1.50 ERA in 12 spring innings but hasn't flashed as much success below the surface with eight strikeouts and six walks. Either way, Green will continue to make his case as he duels with Jordan Montgomery, who'll stay on the same schedule at Triple-a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
10:30 am (EST)
Christopher Gimenez Headshot

Gimenez has won Minnesota's backup catcher job and may also serve as the backup at first base with Kennys Vargas dealing with a toe injury and Byungho Park sent to the minors, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

John Ryan Murphy was sent to the minors after Gimenez outperformed him this spring. Gimenez may not get much time at first base as Vargas may not be out long.
10:28 am (EST)
Brady Austin Headshot

Austin was returned to AHL Rochester on Thursday.

Austin found his way into five NHL games after his call-up, recording eight shots, six hits and four PIM in that span. At 6-foot-3, 232 pounds, the 23-year-old is a behemoth of a defenseman set to become a restricted free agent this summer.
10:21 am (EST)
Bryan Mitchell Headshot

Mitchell will start the 2017 season as a relief pitcher, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

Mitchell slipped during his latest spring start, which might've contributed to him losing out on a rotation spot. The right-hander posted a 3.24 ERA in 26 appearances (nine starts) with the big-league club last year, but he only struck out 12 batters and walked 11 in that time, so that sparkling number doesn't look too realistic. Even with this initial assignment, Mitchell should find himself in position to start at least a few games during the year.
10:21 am (EST)
Brian Elliott Headshot

Elliott stopped 29 of 33 shots during Wednesday's loss to Los Angeles.

Elliott entered the outing sporting an active 12-1 record with a .944 save percentage and 1.66 GAA, so Wednesday's result was a rare poor showing. He projects to continue seeing the lion's share of starts going forward, but it's worth noting that Calgary has a potentially daunting schedule with divisional dates against San Jose (twice), Anaheim (twice) and another game against Los Angeles to round out the season. For now, Elliott likely still deserves the benefit of the doubt, though.
10:19 am (EST)
Philipp Grubauer Headshot

Grubauer allowed three goals on 35 shots in a 5-3 victory Wednesday over the Avalanche.

It was Grubauer's first start since way back on March 11, so it was a fairly solid performance for a guy who'd just spent the previous nine games on the bench. He's obviously a distant No. 2 to stud netminder Braden Holtby in D.C., but his .924 save percentage and 2.14 GAA have made him a useful asset this season as one of the league's best backups.
10:17 am (EST)
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