Michael Brantley Headshot

Brantley is on track to make Cleveland's Opening Day roster, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Added 6:15 pm (EST)
Manager Terry Francona made it clear that Brantley is in a good spot in terms of health, and his spring performance has done nothing but reinforce that claim. Over seven games he's 9-for-23 (.391) with two home runs and two doubles.
Jeanmar Gomez Headshot

Gomez will open the season as the Phillies' closer, CSN Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury reports.

Added 6:03 pm (EST)
This comes as no surprise, since manager Pete Mackanin had maintained at various times throughout spring training that Gomez was his closer at the moment. The announcement was more of a formality, and officially confirmed the closing role is his to start the season. Gomez fought off Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris for the job, as the 29-year-old allowed one run in 9.2 innings this spring. The right-hander converted 37 of his 43 save chances last season for Philadelphia.
Collin McHugh Headshot

McHugh (arm) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday.

Added 4:56 pm (EST)
The right-hander dealt with a dead arm all spring, and unfortunately it seems that his efforts to prepare himself for the season weren't good enough to avoid a DL stint. McHugh is scheduled for a simulated game Saturday, so it doesn't seem like his return to MLB action is too far away, but things should become clearer following Saturday's outing. In the meantime, Mike Fiers appears to be in line to pick up a start in his stead.
Trevor Rosenthal Headshot

Rosenthal, who is dealing with a right lat strain, will start the season on the 10-day disabled list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Added 3:03 pm (EST)
Rosenthal appeared to be over the back troubles that sidelined him in early March, however the 26-year-old apparently suffered a setback causing him to open the season on the 10-day DL. The Cardinals have recalled Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A until Rosenthal is able to return.
Didi Gregorius Headshot

Gregorius (shoulder) expects to start throwing sometime during the week of April 4, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.

Added 1:21 pm (EST)
It'll be Sir Didi's first work with his arm since he injured his right throwing shoulder during the World Baseball Classic. Gregorius could miss all of April but still should produce solid fantasy numbers when healthy. New York may mix and match a bit at shortstop, but Ronald Torreyes looks like the primary option in his absence.
Blake Treinen Headshot

Treinen was named Nationals closer by manager Dusty Baker, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

Added 12:11 pm (EST)
The right-hander with plenty of sink on his mid-90s fastball struck out eight and walked none in 4.2 innings of spring work. One of baseball's most notable groundball arms, Treinen earned Baker's accolades because of his durability. Koda Glover and Shawn Kelley likely remain candidates to take over or at least steal the occasional opportunity should Treinen not get the job done, but in the recent vein of Zach Britton and Sam Dyson, Treinen's often suffocating stuff may allow him to keep the job for longer than many fantasy players originally expected.
Michael Conforto Headshot

Conforto has made the major-league roster, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

Added 10:43 am (EST)
The debate over where to assign him has raged throughout spring training, but with Juan Lagares (oblique) beginning the season on the disabled list, New York decided Conforto was needed more in the majors. The lefty hitter acquitted himself well in exhibition work with a .300/.323/.550 line, three home runs and five RBI in 62 plate appearances. Fantasy players in deep mixed leagues have a more concrete reason to stash him as soon as possible. If regular playing time were to open up, the 24-year-old could offer at least a tease of his high ceiling.
Robert Gsellman Headshot

Gsellman was officially named the Mets' fifth starter Thursday, but won't start until the sixth game of the season on April 9, the New York Post's Mike Puma reports.

Added 10:39 am (EST)
He will face the Marlins at home in the sixth game because the schedule allows Noah Syndergaard to start the first and fifth games of the season. Zack Wheeler was named the No. 4 starter in a somewhat surprising move that has more to do with seniority and pedigree than on-field results. Steven Matz (elbow) has been shut down for three weeks, and is unlikely to return until at least late April, at which time the Mets will need to decide which back-end starter to boot from the rotation. Given the injury histories in the rotation, Gsellman is still a solid bet to return value in most mixed leagues, even if he heads to Triple-A for a brief stint at some point.
Zack Wheeler Headshot

Wheeler will start the season as the No. 4 starting pitcher, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

Added 10:37 am (EST)
Steven Matz's elbow injury will keep him out for at least another three weeks, so Wheeler winds up with a rotation gig out of the gate. The right-hander twirled a gem over five shutout innings Monday and might wind up looking good for fantasy owners earlier than expected. Fantasy players searching for depth should look to add him if he wasn't selected, or keep his name in bold during the late rounds of upcoming mixed-league drafts. Of course, owners should keep in mind the Mets might treat him with caution at times this year, and whenever Matz is ready to return, New York may have to make some tough decisions regarding the rotation.
Aaron Judge Headshot

Judge was named the Yankees' starting right fielder for Opening Day on Thursday, Brendan Kuty of The Star-Ledger reports.

Added 10:16 am (EST)
Aaron Hicks was threatening a bit, but the Bronx Bombers instead want to see what the free-swinging slugger can offer in an everyday role out of the gate. With Judge's potentially titanic power comes a lot of holes in his swing, but he's made efforts to tighten them up with shorter mechanics in camp. He still carries upside as a potential masher of 30-plus home runs per season, but even at his peak, they may come with plenty of warts.
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