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
Alex Avila feels he's ready to return as the Tigers everyday catcher.
While Avila feels he's ready again for full-time duty, manager Brad Ausmus and the Tigers have been down this road with him all too often. He id as injury-prone as a guy can be and while this most-recent issue involved the knee, you can't help but remember the concussion issues that have plagued him over the last few seasons. One wrong foul tip and he could be done. He might see the lion's share of a platoon, but it seems doubtful that he would just be handed over the reins after such a lengthy absence and injury history. Analysis: Howard Bender
Yankees announce Nathan Eovaldi will start on Wednesday.
Eovaldi gets the ball on normal rest while Adam Warren will slide to the bullpen. After being acquired from the Marlins, Eovaldi has had a rough time in New York with a 1.543 WHIP and 4.81 ERA, both the highest in his career. His xFIP is almost a full run lower at 3.84 meaning he could see some good fortune in the near future. Analysis: Rob Trayah