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George Springer went 1-for-5 with a base hit, a walk, and a run scored in his major league debut Wednesday as the Astros fall to the Royals 6-4 in 11 innings.

A ho-hum debut from the uber-talented rookieANALYST: Michael Pichan

Hector Sanchez left Thursday's game after taking a foul tip to the neck.

We should get a better idea on Friday if this injury is serious or not, but even a brief absence could set Sanchez back in his roster battle with Andrew Susac. Susac is younger, and a better hitter and he could be useful in NL-only or if the Giants decide to play Buster Posey more at first base. Sanchez will never have much fantasy value regardless of role though he would probably be better for San Francisco's pitchers.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

DeJuan Blair (personal reasons) is not expected to be available for Friday's game.

Blair has barely played this season even when available, totaling 146 minutes on the season. His absence should not affect the Wizards in any way.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday only two candidates remain for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, rookie Asher Wojciechowski and veteran Roberto Hernandez.

Wojciechowski has never been more than an average pitcher in the minor leagues, but the Astros may want to see what the have with him in hope that he's made big improvements. On the flip side, Roberto Hernandez is the only other option and we know that he is nothing more than an innings eater on his best day. This one is likely a coin flip at this point, but don't be surprised if Houston gives the rookie an opportunity to hold down the fifth starter's job. Analysis: David Kerr

Kyuji Fujikawa is scheduled to pitch in relief on Friday against the Athletics. The Rangers are watching him closely to see if he is fully recovered from Tommy John surgery or if he'll need more time in the Minors.

When he first came to the United States, it was that that Fujikawa could be the Cubs' closer for several seasons, but a UCL tear derailed those plans. Now he's a member of the Rangers and will look to help their bullpen, though it sounds as though he may start the season the minors. The team would prefer that Fujikawa is fully healthy, so if he still needs to work out any kinks, he will probably start the season in Triple-A. Analysis: David Kerr

Ross Ohlendorf left Thursday's game with tightness in his right groin.

This isn't good news for Ohlendorf, especially after he's pitched so well this spring. Given his success, it seems as though the only way that he will be left off of the Rangers' Opening Day roster is if he is out for an extended period of time or has a setback. He will likely fill a long reliever role for Texas with the chance to make an occasional spot start. Analysis: David Kerr

Koji Uehara (hamstring) threw 60 pitches from flat ground Thursday and will do that again on Friday.

Uehara is working his way back from a hamstring injury in hope of being ready for Opening Day, but that is up in the air at this point. If he's unable to go when the Red Sox break camp, Edward Mujica will fill-in in the short term. Analysis: David Kerr

The Astros are expected to have starter Brad Peacock (hip) pitch in a Grapefruit League game Sunday.

Peacock underwent hip surgery at the end of the last season, but is getting closer to game action. There is a strong chance that he will start the season on the disabled list, but he will most likely be back with the Astros in late-April or early-May. He has value in AL-Only leagues. Analysis: David Kerr

Rudy Gay is probable for Friday night's game in New Orleans.

Gay has been dealing with a knee issue recently, but at this point, he is fine. His name will continue to be the injured list, but barring a setback, he's going to suit up and play heavy minutes going forward. Analysis: David Kerr

DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Friday night's game in New Orleans.

Cousins has been dealing with a calf issue over the last week, but that issue seems to be behind him for now. He has played in the Kings' previous two games and will start on Friday against the Pelicans. He needs to be started in all formats. Analysis: David Kerr

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Thursday that the Tigers’ closer job is not up for grabs.

The Tigers' closer job may not be up for grabs right now, but it won't be long before it is. Joakim Soria is the superior pitcher in Detroit's bullpen and talent usually wins out. The Tigers may stick with Nathan for a month or so, but the writing already seems to be on the wall. Be sure to stash Soria in your league, as there is a great chance he will take over the role at some point. Analysis: David Kerr

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Kole Calhoun (triceps bruise) left Thursday's game as a precaution.

Calhoun suffered a triceps contusion, so it is possible that he'll be out for a few days, though this isn't thought to be a serious injury. He is batting .316 this spring and will look to pick up where he left off last season in 2015. Analysis: David Kerr

Marc Krauss (back) hit on Thursday and is hoping to return to Cactus League action Friday.

Krauss is batting .500 this spring and is in the running for a bench spot, but back spasms are doing him no favors. He's hoping to get back on the field on Friday and likely will barring a setback. Though he has a decent chance to break camp with the Angels, he has no fantasy value at this time. Analysis: David Kerr

David Freese (hyperextended elbow) expects to be out at least a few days.

Freese was involved in a collision on Wednesday, but he told reporters that this injury wasn't serious. He is batting .282 this spring, so he has looked good at the plate, but he's always have injury issues. The veteran third baseman is a late-round pick in mixed leagues. Analysis: David Kerr

Coco Crisp (wrist) did on field work on Thursday, which was unexpected but must be a good sign. Manager Bob Melvin says Crisp was feeling a lot better after a cortisone shot for his elbow.

At Crisp's age, he is going to get hurt a lot, so if you get 120 games out of him, you have to be happy. There's a chance that he won't be ready for Opening Day, but he A's are doing everything they can to get him on the field. Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry will see increased at-bats if Crisp were to miss an extended amount of time. Analysis: David Kerr

Terrence Jones (ribs) will not play on Friday.

Jones is still recovering from a collapsed lung, so it is no surprise that he'll miss Friday's game. The Rockets are hoping to have him back within a week, but he's going to have to prove to be fully healthy before that happens. Analysis: David Kerr


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