Kyle Zimmer Headshot

Zimmer allowed two earned runs and four hits in two innings of work against the Rangers on Sunday.

Added 6:41 pm (EST)
Sunday was Zimmer's first time taking the mound in a game since undergoing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery last July, and it did not go particularly well. His velocity dropped steeply in his second of his two innings pitched, but the 25-year-old said after the game that he was not overly concerned about the decrease, and that it was a matter of early-season fatigue more than anything else. Zimmer will look to build up stamina over the course of spring training, as he gears up for what he hopes will be an injury-free season.
Hunter Dozier Headshot

Dozier said Sunday that he has been suffering from a minor left wrist issue that dates back to last August, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

Added 6:02 pm (EST)
The fact that Dozier is still battling pain in his left wrist can't be something that the Royals exactly like to hear. While the issue appears to be very minor right now, wrist injuries can often be tricky and have the potential to sap power if they intensify. Fortunately for Dozier, he'll have all of spring training to help himself get fully healthy for the regular season.
Will Smith Headshot

Manager Bruce Bochy said that Smith (elbow) is a day or two away from throwing off flat ground, CSN Bay Area reports.

Added 5:49 pm (EST)
Smith was experiencing elbow inflammation last week, but the MRI results came back negative and the Giants appear to be playing it safe with their left-handed setup man. The club has already set a plan for him to throw six times during this WBC-extended spring training, so barring any setbacks, Smith should be ready for Opening Day.
Matt Cain Headshot

Cain gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits over two innings in his spring training debut against the Cubs on Saturday.

Added 5:44 pm (EST)
Cain will technically have to earn the Giants' fifth rotation spot this spring, but a clean bill of health and decent production should do the trick. The former All-Star has not pitched over 100 innings or had an ERA below four since 2013, but he does have experience and a massive contract working in his favor. Just because the Giants are considering giving him a rotation spot doesn't mean fantasy owners should be following suit, at least until he shows some semblance of his former self during the regular season.
George Kontos Headshot

Kontos pitched a clean sixth inning and picked up the win in Saturday's spring training win over the Cubs.

Added 5:39 pm (EST)
The Giants brought Kontos back on a one-year deal to serve as a middle reliever in 2017. He has posted ERAs of 2.33 and 2.53 in 2015 and 2016 respectively, but his strikeout rate has been under 6.0 K/9 in both seasons, which isn't desirable for a ratio-boosting middle reliever in even deep formats.
Denard Span Headshot

Span batted leadoff and went 1-for-2 in his spring training debut against the Cubs on Saturday.

Added 5:35 pm (EST)
Span returned to his usual spot atop the Giants' lineup, a place he will likely spend the majority of the season against right-handed pitchers. The soon-to-be 33-year-old had a down year in 2016, slashing .266/.331/.381 in 637 plate appearances. He did hit a career-high 11 homers, but his speed took a hit, stealing just 12 bags in 19 attempts. Span will be a in position to score a good amount of runs atop the Giants' lineup, but he will need to have a bounce-back year in terms of batting average and steals before he can be considered a standard league fantasy asset again.
Keith Hessler Headshot

Hessler was hit to the tune of four runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning Saturday. He struck out two and walked none in a spring training loss to the Mariners.

Added 5:19 pm (EST)
Hessler is looking to earn one of the Padres' bullpen jobs this spring, but this outing did not do him any favors in accomplishing that goal. The southpaw had a 4.15 ERA over 21.2 innings with both the Diamondbacks and the Padres last season. He will have to string some solid outings to reverse the damage done Saturday, but the fact that San Diego has few viable options for their bullpen will work in Hessler's favor.
Cory Spangenberg Headshot

Spangenberg started Saturday's spring training matchup with the Mariners and went 1-for-2 with a stolen base.

Added 5:15 pm (EST)
This was Spangenberg's first game action since tearing his quad last April. The speedy second baseman looked like he didn't skip a beat, stealing a base and looking smooth on defense. He will be competing with Ryan Schimpf for the starting job at the keystone this spring. Both players couldn't be more different; Spangenberg provides better contact, speed and defense while the latter is a pure power option. The job will ultimately be decided based off their performance this spring and what skills the Padres want their starting second baseman to have.
Paul Clemens Headshot

Clemens didn't fare well in his Cactus League debut, giving up three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out none in a two-inning start.

Added 5:06 pm (EST)
This was not the start Clemens was hoping for when you consider he is one of several options vying for a rotation spot on the Opening Day roster. All of the damage was done on a three-run shot by Nelson Cruz in the first inning. Clemens has struggled with keeping the ball in the yard, allowing 1.8 HR/9 in 71.1 innings last season. The 29-year-old will have to show more this spring if he wants to stay in competition for a starting job, let alone make the 25-man roster.
Danny Salazar Headshot

Salazar made his Cactus League debut on Sunday, throwing two scoreless innings and striking out three against the Cubs.

Added 4:47 pm (EST)
The 27-year-old right-hander looked solid in his first in-game of 2017. Although he did give up a hit and a walk, Salazar was able to generate some encouraging swing-and-misses. The Indians will be hoping that he can stay healthy this season and help anchor their impressive starting rotation.
2016 © FantasyAlarm . ALL Rights Reserved.