Rob Gronkowski (ACL) deflected a question Tuesday on whether he will be ready for the 2014 season opener. "Oh man, that's too far away. I'm just improving every day right now," Gronkowski said.
Patriots policy is to keep quiet with regard to discussing injuries with the media, so Gronkowski's statements are a little less cagey than people are making them out to be. However, he's also not the fastest healer as we saw extended absences from a broken arm that never healed properly and forced him into taking off more time than he or fantasy owners would have liked. You'll have to wait until camp opens before seeing just how ready he is, but the Patriots are likely to try and keep that fairly secretive as well.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Jake Marisnick was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Thursday night against the Royals.
Jake Marisnick had two hits from the bottom of the order which included a double and a run scored in Houston’s 5 -2 win over Kansas City on Thursday night. His double in the second inning with two outs kept the inning alive and Marisnick scored on a single by Jose Altuve before Yordano Ventura left the game after a rain delay in the second inning. Although Marisnick struggled in the second half, he did finish September/October with a .275 average with three home runs and seven stolen bases. Analysis: Greg Jewett