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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo provided a positive update on outfielder Bryce Harper's recovery from knee surgery during an interview with MLB Network Radio Thursday.
"He's progressing nicely from knee surgeries," Rizzo said. "He's a guy that works out extremely hard. He is 100 percent ready for spring training."
Harper was quoted in an ESPN story he wants to open spring training at 240 pounds. Rizzo is OK with Harper bulking up.
A 21 year old with this amount of talent is unheard. A 21 year old with that talent and 240 lbs of muscle? Amazing. Harper may have failed to meet unreasonable expectations last year but it wouldn't be at all surprising that he takes off in his third season in the big leagues if he can just stay healthy. A fantasy building block - he's an elite talent. ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Caleb Joseph was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI on Monday against Houston.
With Matt Wieters starting his rehab on Tuesday in Double-A Bowie, Caleb Joseph may be relegated to backup duty soon. But since Wieters is coming back from Tommy John Surgery, his time behind the plate may be monitored. Joseph is in a career year hitting .270 with four home runs and 18 RBI this year. Joseph could be relevant as a second catcher when Wieters returns, but that will depend upon his usage. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Jose Altuve was 2-for-4 with a run scored on Monday in Baltimore.
Coming into play on Monday, Jose Altuve was mired in a 3-for-32 slump and received the day off on Sunday. Responding to the mental day off, Altuve had two hits and scored a run on Monday and looks to get his bat going again for the Astros. Following his two hit day, Altuve is now hitting .299 with a .309 BABIP. His career BABIP is .329 so there can be an improvement in his average going forward but plan more on the .310 range for his season. Altuve has hit five home runs and stolen 14 bases to this point and is a top fantasy second base option going forward. Analysis: Greg Jewett
George Springer was 3-for-5 with a run, home run and RBI in Baltimore on Monday.
For the second straight game George Springer hit leadoff for Houston, and for the second straight game he had a hit to start the game. Not being satisfied, Springer hit a home run to left-center as well for his seventh of the season. While he may not be an ideal leadoff hitter with a .224 average, his on base percentage is .347 and he has drawn 28 walks so far this year. Without knowing if he will stay at leadoff, Springer has seven home runs and 11 stolen bases in 2015 and with a bump in average to the .240 range could be in line for a career year, but he needs to cut down the strikeouts. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Nolan Arenado was 3-for-4 scoring a run, hit a home run with three RBI on Monday in Cincinnati.
For the impatient Nolan Arenado owners, his last two days have to show why he was a target in fantasy. Arenado had three more hits on Monday including his ninth home run and drove in the winning run in Cincinnati with a sacrifice fly off of Aroldis Chapman. In his last two games, Arenado is 7-for-9, scored four runs, hit two home runs, a double, a triple with seven RBI. Better than that, his average this year is .287 but his BABIP is .279 which means his average should improve. Patience pays in fantasy and Arenado owners should reap the rewards as long as he stays healthy. Analysis: Greg Jewett