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Freddie Freeman has been dealing with some dryness in his eyes. Freeman met with the team optometrist, who said he has some "abrasions in the whites of his eyes."

23 Apr, 09:42 PMSource

Angels' pitcher Hector Santiago has been dealing with back issue. Santiago revealed he began feeling pain in the middle of his back when he took the mound for his last Spring Training start.

This will have to be monitored further though it doesn't look like the injury affected him in either of his last two starts. His first two, on the other hand, were definitely less than expected, so perhaps it could be a consistency issue we may have to deal with all season long. Through four starts, Santiago has a 3.68 ERA with a 1.41 WHIP and a 20:12 K:BB over 22 innings.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 09:29 PMSource

Update: Jake Arrieta (shoulder) will pitch four innings Saturday for Double-A Tennessee and should be ready to return to the team.

Arrieta has made four minor league starts thus far and is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA and a 16:6 K:BB over 18 innings. He'll make one more appearances, albeit a short one and could be ready to join the Cubs rotation by the end of next week.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 09:22 PMSource

Kyle Seager went 2-for-5 with two home runs, including a walk-off, five RBI and two runs scored against the Astros on Wednesday.

After posting a .156 average with no home runs and just two RBI, Seager's bat finally woke up and took charge of Wednesday's Mariners/Astros game. He ended what was a fantastic night for Astros' starter Jarred Cosart with a two-run jack in the seventh inning and then, with two men on in the bottom of the ninth and the Mariners down by two, he popped another one to give the Seattle a walk-off win. Fantasy owners have to be encouraged by the performance, but let's keep it real here. One game does not a season make. He is going to need to build off this performance and continue to hit well if fantasy owners are going to stand by him.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 08:59 PMSource

Fernando Rodney backed into a win after pitching a scoreless ninth and watching the Mariners come back with a walk-off home run in the bottom half of the inning against the Astros on Wednesday. He allowed one hit and one walk with one strikeout.

Rodney was just minding his own business; getting some work in between appearances, if you will. He came in, put some men on base and walked away unscathed. For that, he gets a win thanks to Kyle Seager. Rodeny sure isn't the best closer out there and the Mariners may only give him limited opportunities for saves, but he'll be there more often than not and give fantasy owners a legitimate closer for the season.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 08:53 PMSource

Adam Eaton (hamstring) said he will likely be unavailable for Thursday's game against the Tigers.

Missing Thursday's game would make it five-straight for Eaton. He'll be re-evaluated on a daily basis, but if it lingers much longer, a DL stint (back-dated, of course) will be necessary.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 08:52 PMSource

Chris Young allowed three runs on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts over seven innings against the Astros on Wednesday.

While Young gets credit for a quality start here, there was very little quality to be found. Sure he whiffed six guys, but the walks were out of control and he needed 113 pitches to make it through the seven innings. He'll need to be a lot sharper if he's going to be successful as the Astros let him off the hook throughout the game. That weak sauce isn't going to cut it when he faces the Yankees at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 08:47 PMSource

Michael Pineda is facing a suspension of 10 games, according to official rule book .

That is, indeed, what the rule book states, so fantasy owners should make arrangements to be without Pineda for at least one start. The Yankees will obviously shuffle up their rotation to make sure it's not more than that. David Phelps, who relieved Pineda in Wednesday's game, is a candidate to start in his place.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 08:08 PMSource

Pablo Sandoval left Wednesday's game due to an illness.

Sandoval has been struggling at the plate in a major way this season and was actually given off Sunday for a "mental break," according to manager Bruce Bochy. With an off-day Thursday, you can probably expect him back in the lineup Friday providing this illness isn't something more serious. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 07:54 PMSource

Michael Pineda was ejected in the bottom of the second inning after the umpire found a foreign substance on his neck.

After the TV cameras caught a foreign substance on the palm of Pineda's hand during his last time facing the Red Sox, it sparked a huge controversy in the media but not on the field as those playing know that the pine tar used was merely to help grip the ball in the cold weather, not for pitch movement. When the players noticed the substance on the back of Pineda's neck this time, Red Sox manager John Farrell asked the umpire to check him. When the umpire found it, he immediately ejected Pineda. This is one of those situations where it's widely accepted that pitchers use something to improve their grip without doctoring the ball, but in Pineda's case, he simply needed to hide it better. This should spark quite the addition to the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 07:50 PMSource

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