Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski updated the status of pitcher Justin Verlander, who is recovering from core muscle surgery. "He started to throw at the beginning of the week and unless there's a setback, he'll be ready by start of season."
Good news for all planning on drafting Verlander. At the same time the surgery, coupled with a relatively down 2013, should make you think long and hard about wanting Verlander to be your fantasy ace in 2014.ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Noah Vonleh will start for the Blazers on Saturday.
It is easy to forget that Noah Vonleh is a former first round draft pick. He has been playing better recently for the Blazers and will start for Portland on Saturday. His talent should get him better statistics as the season moves forward. Especially with Portland in the midst of a rebuild. Monitor Vonleh's minutes and how he makes use of them in the next few games. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Omri Casspi will start for the Kings on Saturday.
With DeMarcus Cousins injured, Omri Casspi has been getting more playing time. Casspi has scored in double digits in four of the last five games for the Kings. More impressive is that Casspi has shot over 60 percent from the field in three of those games. For the season Casspi is now averaging 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game but those numbers may continue to increase with his playing time on the rise. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Sean Nolin will compete for a rotation spot next season.
Due to the question marks outside of Sonny Gray and Rich Hill for the Oakland rotation, Sean Nolin is a prospect worth monitoring for the upcoming season. Nolin was a part of the Josh Donaldson trade from Toronto. He was 2-2 at Triple-A in 2015 with a 2.66 ERA in 47 1/3 innings pitched. Nolin also made six starts with Oakland last year with a 1-2 record and a 5.28 ERA. But being left-handed and in a pitchers park will give Nolin a chance to improve in 2016. Analysis: Greg Jewett