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Update: Garrett Richards took pitchers' fielding practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering a patellar tendon tear in August, with no reported problems.

Richards is still not supposed to be ready for Opening Day so temper your expectations. He was in the midst of becoming an ace for the Angels last year, but won't be ready to go Day 1. He'll be available in the draft, but owners might pass knowing he's not going to contribute right away. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Wilmer Flores left Wednesday's spring game after he was hit in the wrist by a pitch.

An HBP to the hands region is always a scare especially for broken bones. Flores will be evaluated and an officially injury will be announced. He's not much a fantasy option anyways, but it would be interesting to see how the Mets fill the shortstop spot. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Josh Harrison left Wednesday's Spring Training Game With Left Ankle Discomfort.

Harrison had a breakout year last year and is slated to be the Pirates' starting third baseman so this is worrisome. The good thing is there is a month before the season starts to get healthy if this is bad, but something to keep an eye on if you were looking to take Harrison this year in drafts. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Mike Pelfrey is unlikely to be a candidate for the bullpen if he doesn't win the fifth starter role, according manager Paul Molitor.

This puts Pelfrey in a tough spot so he may be forced out of Minnesota if he does not winner a starter job. He's battling Trevor May and Tommy Milone for the fifth spot so there are options a plenty in Minnesota, but May might be the best young option for fantasy. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Justin Nicolino is projected to begin the season at Triple-A New Orleans.

Nicolino is rated as the #2 prospect in the Marlins organization headed into 2015 and looks set to start the year in the minors. However, Miami has been known to move talent up if the player shows he is ready ala Jose Fernandez or Andrew Heaney, so don't be surprised to see Nicolino make the jump if injuries arise. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Brandon Crawford won't play in the field until next week due to shoulder soreness.

This is a similar issue that Crawford dealt with in 2014 but the Giants do not believe it to be serious. Crawford is still healthy enough to play DH and that's what he will likely do on Wednesday, but the Giants don't plan to have him play in the field until next week.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Masahiro Tanaka is expected to start against the Braves on March 12 in Grapefruit League play.

We have not heard official word on this from the Yankees but most expect it to be true. We saw Tanaka make it through a 30 pitch bullpen session on Wednesday morning and hasn't reported any issues with his elbow. He is expected to start the season in the Yankees rotation but Tanaka does remain a very risky investment in fantasy leagues.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Brandon Kintzler (knee) is scheduled to throw against the Angels on Thursday in the Brewers' Cactus League opener.

It will be thrilling to see Kintzler pitch on Thursday against the Angels because it will be the first time in two years. He finally has two healthy legs and eager to get back out on the mount. Lets see how it performs.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Update: Roberto Hernandez has received his visa and will report to Astros camp.

Finally Hernandez can report to Astros camp. He signed a minor league deal with Houston just last month and is expected to take a physical tomorrow morning in Kissimmee. He will battle this spring for the fifth spot in the Astros rotation but it is more likely he'll be used as a long reliever out of the bullpen.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Derek Holland (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Rangers, but needs to throw a bullpen first. He could get bumped back.

The Rangers are being cautious with Holland as he slowly returns from off-season shoulder surgery. They decided to scratch him from Thursday's intrasquad game due to discomfort in his left shoulder. If he has no setbacks on Thursday, he could pitch on Sunday.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Michael Kirkman (shoulder) is throwing a bullpen session Wednesday.

This is good to see from Kirkman, who had fallen behind the rest of the pitchers in camp because of an impingement in the back of his left shoulder. The lefty was non-tendered by the Rangers in December, but he's in camp this spring as a non-roster invitee.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Mitch Moreland won't see time in the OF for a while this spring as the Rangers wait for his rebuilt ankle to get stronger.

We won't likely see Moreland in Cactus League games until next week. We saw him run the bases on Tuesday which is a good sign on his reconstructed right ankle. The 29-year-old took over at first base following Prince Fielder's injury last season before his ankle ended his season. He will be forced to play more outfield with the return of Fielder. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Angels RHP Garrett Richards (knee) to start light fielding drills Wednesday.

Garrett Richards is coming back from patella tendon surgery and the Angels have taken it slow with his recovery. He is scheduled to throw his sixth bullpen session of the spring. Richards is still hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but the Angels don't expect him to return until two or three weeks into the season.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Rusney Castillo diagnosed with an oblique strain. He'll be out at least a week.

Castillo will miss at least one week of action due to this injury. He felt pain in his side during Tuesday's game and was examined by team doctors on Wednesday morning. He did seem to be relieved by the diagnosis. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley, Jr. will get most of the playing time in center field for now.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Sam Fuld will platoon in center field with Craig Gentry.

We got the news earlier today that Coco Crisp would be the Athletic's everyday left fielder which means that Fuld and Gentry would split the duties in center field. Gentry played in just 94 games last season due to injury but still managed to steal 20 bases. Analysis: Drew Phelps Mobile App


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