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Red Sox placed Christian Vazquez (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list.

Just a disastrous way for the youngster's season to start. Vazquez had an MRI late last week and both he and the team were troubled by the results which haven't fully been disclosed. He is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews this week and we all know what that usually leads to. The Red Sox have since traded for Washington back-up catcher Sandy Leon and have also indicated that Blake Swihart could start the season on the 25-man roster. We are not expecting good things for Vazquez right now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Matt Moore (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

Moore was sidelined while recovering from Tommy-John surgery in 2014, but will throw a bullpen to continue to his rehab. There has been no definitive timetable, but don't expect Moore back until June, at the earliest. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jake McGee (arthroscopic elbow surgery) will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

McGee is on his way back from surgery and will throw a bullpen as he looks to regain his his closer spot. The Rays are employing a closer-by-committee approach with Grant Balfour and Brad Boxberger until McGee comes back. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Alex Cobb (right forearm tendinitis) played catch for a second time Monday and everything went well.

A collective sigh of relief from the Rays organization as it looked like the Cobb situation was headed into a dark situation, but it appears Cobb will be alright. The righty lost his Opening Day start to Chris Archer and has been slipping in drafts to the point he's not even being taken. He will most likely end up starting the year on the DL so he's a good draft and stash candidate for late April or May. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Manager Kevin Cash said the Rays are "not naming a closer, and will go by a committee to start season."

The Rays will go with the same approach they have done in the past and go with the hot-hand or go with the best match-up. Balfour's value slips now due to this and he's a late-round option, if at all.  Analysis: Rob Trayah

Kevin Cash said LHP Drew Smyly's bullpen Sunday went well. Smyly will throw live BP Wednesday and again on Saturday.

Smyly had a solid 2014 campaign and enters 2015 with bigger expectations, but hasn't been fully healthy this spring so the doubt is entering. He won't be ready by Opening Day, but should only miss a few starts and is expected back in April. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Casey Janssen got a MRI for his shoulder. It revealed no structural damage.

It seems like Janssen has never got over that shoulder issue that plagued in him 2014, but the Nationals were willing to make him part of their bullpen after trading Tyler Clippard to the Athletics. His value the past three years has come from his saves, something that Drew Storen will be handling and his shoulder troubles are another red flag to stay away from the veteran for the time being. Analysis: Rob Trayah

The Marlins granted Reed Johnson his unconditional release.

Johnson was not going to make the major league roster so the Marlins have cut him loose in the hopes he can find another team before the season starts. He was only hitting .205 this spring, with one extra-base hit in 40 plate appearances. Analysis: Rob Trayah

The Nationals have traded Sandy Leon to the Red Sox.

The Sox have made a move externally to replace Christian Vasquez, who was slated to be the opening day starter, with the Nationals backup catcher in Leon. Leon didn't have any moves left and was most likely to be released so Washington was able to swing something for him. The catching position is unclear in Boston with Ryan Hanigan the supposed catcher by default and Blake Swihart the catcher of the future. However, Leon will get a chance to prove himself after seeing limited time in Washington. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Bryan Holaday was optioned to Triple-A Toledo . James McCann will become the Tigers backup catcher.

Holaday loses out on the backup catcher spot behind Alex Avila and will start the year in Triple-A. He wasn't a good offensive option to begin with, but now that's not even going to be on the major-league roster, you can pass on him in the deepest of two-catcher leagues.  Analysis: Rob Trayah

Joe Maddon wants Kris Bryant to get more reps in the outfield.

The spring blitzkrieg for Bryant continues, and heading into Monday he's hitting .459 with nine home runs in only 37 at-bats. GM Theo Epstein mentioned in an interview that he wants to give Mike Olt a long look at third base, but that's probably just a BS excuse to give Kris Bryant some reps in left field and demote him for two weeks for that extra year of team control. If anything, Javy Baez could move to third base long term and Bryant to the outfield.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Jaime Garcia is expected to begin the season on the disabled list after suffering shoulder soreness and fatigue this spring.

It's a new year, but it seems like the same old story with Garcia, unfortunately. The last three years have been riddled with arm troubles and Garcia has not been able to show signs of his 2011 campaign that saw him go 13-7 in 194 innings with a 3.56 ERA. Look for Carlos Martinez or Marcos Gonzales to win the fifth starter job with Garcia losing out. Analysis: Rob Trayah

The Rangers released Ryan Ludwick on Sunday.

Ludwick was notified a couple days back that he would not be making the big-league team and was allowed to search for another team. He has struggled in Spring Training and hasn't been able to get over the .700 OPS mark the last two seasons. The Rangers will look internally to create outfield options for the 2015 season. Analysis: Rob Trayah

The Yankees re-signed Jared Burton to a Minor League contract on Sunday.

At one time (2012) Burton was one of the better relief pitchers in the league, but that time has come and passed. Don't expect any fantasy production from Burton this season or any after it.  Analysis: Dom Murtha


2015 Bullpen Report: The Closer Grid |
Howard Bender

2015 Bullpen Report: The Closer Grid

The Closer Grid is a one-stop shop for all your bullpen needs as we identify each team's ninth-inning specialist and those who find themselves next in line for saves.

Farm Report: Speed Trials, Ranking Speedsters #6-10 |
Spencer Silva

Farm Report: Speed Trials, Ranking Speedsters #6-10

Spencer Silva follows up last week's top-5 minor league speedsters with number 6-10, which includes Tim Anderson, Trea Turner and Teoscar Hernandez

ADP and  Bargains from the NFBC Main Event |
Glenn Colton

ADP and Bargains from the NFBC Main Event

Glenn Colton drafted in the NFBC Main Event online with ESPN's Nate Ravitz and takes a look at ADP values and bargains in this week's The Week That Was

Late Round Pitching: House, Heaney & More |
Ivar G. Anderson

Late Round Pitching: House, Heaney & More

Starting pitchers that can be found in the late rounds of your upcoming fantasy drafts: T.J. House, Andrew Heaney, Tom Koehler and Kyle Kendrick

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report - March 28, 2015 |
Michael A. Stein

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report - March 28, 2015

Michael A. Stein reviews fantasy baseball injuries.

Finding the Sweet Spot:  The question of time |
Ron Shandler

Finding the Sweet Spot: The question of time

Ron Shandler takes a look at the difficulties of keeping attention in a season-long league coupled with the problems of the daily fantasy baseball game.

Ray's Ramblings: Bats in Spring Training News |
Ray Flowers

Ray's Ramblings: Bats in Spring Training News

Ray takes a look at the hitters in the news including Betts, Giavotella, Morse, Pederson, Peterson, Polanco and Reddick.

Ray's Ramblings: Arms in Spring Training News |
Ray Flowers

Ray's Ramblings: Arms in Spring Training News

Ray Flowers looks at arms in the news like Clippard, Gausman, Rodon, Salazar, Sale and Tanaka in this Spring Training piece.

The Natural: Playing Home Run Derby |
Rick Wolf

The Natural: Playing Home Run Derby

Rick Wolf gives you the strategy plus the ultimate cheat sheet that helped him win RotoDerby last year and will help you win in 2015.

Kicking Rocks: Changing the Rules |
Howard Bender

Kicking Rocks: Changing the Rules

Howard Bender lays down the law for commissioners and those who continuously propose a change in the league rules at this time of the year.