Pat Neshek Headshot

Phillies acquired Pat Neshek from the Astros.

Added 11/04/16 6:08 pm (EST)   Source
36-year-old Pat Neshek has made a living off his sinker-slider combo pitch. Neshek is coming off a year where he pitched 47 innings with a 3.06 earned run average and an 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
Kyle Schwarber Headshot

Schwarber is the early favorite to bat leadoff for the Cubs in 2017, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

Added 1:36 pm (EST)
The 23-year-old missed nearly all of 2016 with a torn ACL and MCL, however, he made a miraculous comeback in the playoffs for the World Series champs, slashing .412/.500/.471 in 20 plate appearances during the postseason. Although it was a small sample size, manager Joe Maddon is apparently sold on his ability to get on base and will give him the chance to lead off next season. When Schwarber is resting, Ben Zobrist will likely step in to bat leadoff.
Dellin Betances Headshot

Betances looked effective in throwing a simulated game Thursday, and he's looking to strengthen his arm early, considering his throwing schedule has moved up because of the World Baseball Classic, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

Added 1:28 pm (EST)
Betances admitted he suffered from fatigue near the end of that session, but in general he looks close to ready for spring and WBC action. Despite losing save chances again to Aroldis Chapman, the tall setup man will remain relevant in many fantasy leagues because of his copious strikeout totals.
J.J. Hardy Headshot

Hardy received a cortisone injection in his back, and manager Buck Showalter said it was scheduled, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxOnline.com reports.

Added 1:21 pm (EST)
Hardy likely will sit a bit longer before resuming his spring preparation. Previous tests revealed no structural damage, so assuming he avoids setbacks, he should be set to roll on Opening Day.
Corey Kluber Headshot

Kluber said he's planning to take the mound on Opening Day, though manager Terry Francona said if Kluber isn't ready, the Indians might delay his debut, Chris Assenheimer of the Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Added 1:17 pm (EST)
Kluber isn't injured, but Cleveland wants to limit him this spring considering the right-hander has logged more than 700 innings in the last three years, including the postseason. Perhaps he'll miss a handful of starts during the season even if healthy, though despite concerns over his recent workloads, he's still one of fantasy's best starting pitchers.
Nick Castellanos Headshot

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Castellanos wants to hit second, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports.

Added 1:08 pm (EST)
The Tigers have discussed J.D. Martinez and Castellanos for the spot, and Castellanos certainly seems open to the idea. Ausmus said he wouldn't want his young third baseman to change his approach, but batting second would limit the RBI opportunities. However, Castellanos would see plenty of pitches to hit batting in front of Miguel Cabrera, and he could make a push for 30 home runs if he stays healthy.
Mike Pelfrey Headshot

Pelfrey will follow Michael Fulmer on the mound in Friday's spring training game against Baltimore, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Added 1:00 pm (EST)
Pelfrey is battling for a spot in the rotation this spring, but he's likely behind Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd for the final two spots. Pelfrey could establish himself as a viable long relief candidate, however. He's slated to throw about 30-35 pitches on Friday.
DJ LeMahieu Headshot

Rockies manager Bud Black said he'll likely keep LeMahieu near the top of the lineup, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

Added 12:58 pm (EST)
In this case, the 2016 NL batting champion again will occupy the two-hole most often behind Charlie Blackmon. LeMahieu crossed the plate 104 times last year, which fueled his fantasy value just as much as the .348 batting average, and keeping a spot near the top increases the odds he'll come close to scoring that much again in this lethal lineup. This news doesn't make Trevor Story owners happy. He'd likely bat seventh with LeMahieu at No. 2.
Michael Fulmer Headshot

Fulmer will make his spring training debut in a start against Baltimore on Friday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Added 12:57 pm (EST)
The reigning American League Rookie of the Year will throw about 30-35 pitches before giving way to Mike Pelfrey. Fulmer, who has been focusing on improving his fastball command this offseason, should be Detroit's No. 2 starter when the regular season begins.
Andrew Cashner Headshot

Cashner is focusing on extending his delivery and using his sinker and off-speed pitches more frequently, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Added 12:45 pm (EST)
The Rangers are trying to salvage the once promising right-hander. The 6-foot-6 hurler failed to follow through much on his delivery last season because he was suffering from neck issues. Also, he threw his changeup only 6.3 percent of the time, per BrooksBaseball.net, a career low. He'll need to diversify his offerings to survive in the friendliest hitter's park that he's called home in his career. Despite his 5.25 ERA last year, Cashner, 30, still has a makeup that could succeed with some tinkering -- maybe not at the levels of his 2.55 ERA in 2014, but something resembling a useful pitcher in deep mixed fantasy leagues.
Koda Glover Headshot

Glover (hip) worked a shutout inning in spring action Thursday, and his hip hasn't been a problem so far, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

Added 12:20 pm (EST)
Of course, as Janes added, the club and the pitcher must keep monitoring it heading into Opening Day. If it's in the past, however, Glover has the power stuff to establish a prominent place in the Nationals' closer competition. He's worth adding to late-round lists for saves sleepers.
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