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Tyler Duffey Headshot

Duffey gave up one unearned run over six innings with ten strikeouts in a minor league game Saturday. He appears to be the leading candidate for Minnesota's fifth starter job as a result, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Duffey has a 3.86 ERA with a 6:1 K:BB in 11.2 innings in big league spring training games. He excelled in a minor league start Saturday, while Adalberto Mejia did not fare as well against minor leaguers. Although Duffey may have the lead in the competition, it's still not clear what the Twins will decide to do as Jose Berrios could also figure into the mix. However, Berrios may need time in Triple-A after failing to pitch enough innings while playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.
1:26 pm (EST)
Nick Travieso Headshot

Travieso (shoulder) is still shut down from all pitching activities, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Travieso received a cortisone injection earlier this month and has been in "an active period of rest," according to Player Development Director Jeff Graupe. Regardless, the 23-year-old prospect likely won't see game action for at least a few weeks as he continues to recover from offseason surgery.
1:26 pm (EST)
Michael Fulmer Headshot

Fulmer will start the Tigers' fourth game of the season and home opener April 7 against the Red Sox, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

This was already hinted at, and now Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has confirmed Fulmer's first start. Ausmus said he wanted to push the young righty back in the rotation because the team "started him slower" this spring. Fulmer also missed some time due to a sprained ankle.
1:24 pm (EST)
Jon Gray Headshot

Gray (foot) is not expected to miss any additional time after his early departure from Friday's outing, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. "It's just a little bit sore. it's getting better day by day. We are just going to take it easy and try to get it back to 100 percent as quick as we can, " said Gray.

The Rockies' ace left Friday's start against the Giants with what was initially reported as left foot soreness, but has since been diagnosed as an issue with his big toe. With Opening Day approaching, the Rockies' coaching staff simply did not want to push Gray and risk any further injury. According to Saunders, Gray is aiming to stretch out to 90 pitches in his final spring outing before the Rockies wrap up spring training.
1:24 pm (EST)
Adrian Gonzalez Headshot

Gonzalez (elbow) returned to the lineup Friday, going 1-for-2 with a walk and a pair of runs scored in a spring win over the Diamondbacks.

This was the veteran first baseman's first game action since having his elbow inflammation flare up last Sunday. The slugger's stock already took a slight hit when the Dodgers announced that they would be giving him more scheduled rest days this season, but this lingering elbow injury is a slight cause for concern as well. That being said, Gonzalez has been the model of health and consistency over his 12-year professional career, so it is tough not to give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to durability.
1:22 pm (EST)
Matt Boyd Headshot

Boyd pitched five scoreless innings in Friday's spring training win over the Braves. He allowed three hits and struck out five.

Boyd continues to do everything he can to lock down the No. 5 spot in the rotation. He has a 2.49 spring training ERA, and he's struck out 21 while issuing zero walks. "He continues to pitch consistently well," manager Brad Ausmus told Jason Beck of MLB.com. "As well as anyone in camp." Boyd is battling veteran Anibal Sanchez for the spot.
1:19 pm (EST)
Khris Davis Headshot

Davis (quad) will play in a minor league game Sunday and could return to the A's lineup Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

It appears the quad issue isn't anything too serious and the minor league game will give Davis a chance to test the injury with a few at-bats. The left fielder is hitting .250 with five RBI this spring as he aims to improve upon his big 2016 campaign (42 home runs, 102 RBI).
1:17 pm (EST)
Brock Stewart Headshot

Stewart (shoulder) received a cortisone shot this week and is unlikely to start pitching in games until May, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

Stewart, one of the top pitching prospects in the Dodgers' organization, has been hindered by tendinitis in his throwing shoulder for the past two weeks. He has been going through strength and conditioning work, but has yet to resume throwing. He'll likely be shut down a few days following the injection, and it's unclear when the Dodgers will start him back up on a throwing program.
1:14 pm (EST)
Patrick Sharp Headshot

Sharp will undergo season-ending hip surgery Tuesday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

The 2016-17 campaign was anything but friendly to the veteran winger, as he experienced two concussions, trouble with his hip, and one heck of a time keeping up defensively on the way to a career-low minus-22 rating over 47 games. Unfortunately -- if that wasn't enough -- his father is also said to be receiving treatment for Leukemia. It was reported March 1 that Sharp would delay his surgery until after the season, but he evidently wanted to keep going despite the Stars having next to no shot at the playoffs. All is not lost, however, as Sharp reportedly has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy, with that coveted piece of hardware going to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
1:12 pm (EST)
John Lackey Headshot

Lackey went six innings in Friday's spring training loss to the Indians, allowing five hits and a run. He struck out five.

Lackey is lined up to pitch the third game of the season for Chicago, and the veteran once again looks like a solid rotation option. He's not an elite fantasy pitcher, but Lackey is crafty and he should get plenty of wins pitching for a team that won 103 games a season ago.
1:11 pm (EST)
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