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White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom left Monday night's game after injuring his ankle trying to field a bunt. 

Either Ronald Belisario or Daniel Webb would be in line for the next save opportunity should Lindstrom have to miss anytime. ANALYST:

The Phillies released minor league pitcher Perci Garner, a second-round pick in 2010.

Pretty sure it safe to call him a bust now. Another team is likely going to sign Garner, but that will be a minor league deal, which doesn't affect his fantasy value for this season. Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Juan Uribe was scratched from Sunday's lineup.

The old third baseman is dealing with a minor injury that will sideline him for a day or two. Avoid him in all fantasy formats, unless you like drafting bad fantasy performers.  Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Mark Teixeira (knee) had to leave a minor league game on Sunday.

Teixeira left the game after getting hit by a pitch on his knee. The veteran first baseman hasn't done much this spring and should be avoided in all fantasy formats because he has hard time staying healthy and doesn't even do that much when he does play.  Analysis: Mark Kaplan

David Freese (elbow) has returned to the Angels' lineup Sunday.

Mr. Freese is no longer considered a top-15 fantasy third baseman. Avoid him in standard 10 or 12 team leagues because he doesn't produce any significant numbers and has trouble staying healthy. Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Michael Brantley (back) has returned to the Indians' lineup Sunday.

Brantley was out of the lineup as precaution and now seems to be 100 percent healthy. Brantley was one of the most improved players last season, which has greatly increased his fantasy value as some people are drafting him in the second or third round in fantasy drafts. He'll have to have another strong season in order to return value on that high of a draft pick.  Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Kris Humphries (groin) will not play Sunday.

This news should come as no surprise as Humphries hasn't played in a game in the entire month of March. Drew Gooden will see some extra playing time with Humphries sidelined.  Analysis: Mark Kaplan

David West and Rodney Stuckey will play on Sunday.

This hinders George Hills fantasy value as he got extra shots up with Stuckey out of the lineup. Both players have struggled recently, so do not use them in daily leagues.  Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Dwight Howard (knee) is a game-time decision Sunday. If he does play, he'll likely be limited to 20 minutes and get the day off on Monday, in the second game of a back to back.

Howard has played in the past two games for the Rockets, but hasn't done that much because of his minutes restriction. Avoid using Howard in all fantasy formats on Sunday because he'll play limited minutes or might not play at all. Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Todd Frazier felt that his swing was coming together right on time as Spring Training reached its final week.

That is great news to hear as Frazier is an underrated fantasy star who should shine again this season. The first base/third base eligible player put up almost identical stats as Andrew McCutchen did in 2014, but without the stellar average or on-base percentage. He is a great player to target in the fourth or fifth round of fantasy drafts.  Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Aroldis Chapman may be asked to get more than three outs in 2015.

This means the dominant closer could start pitching in the eighth inning, instead of just the ninth inning. That means his strikeouts will increase by a small degree as he'll see a minor bump in innings pitched.  Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Manager Brad Ausmus said Justin Verlander told him he felt better this Sunday morning.

There were some concerns about Verlander's arm after he had to leave his last start in the third inning. However, Verlander said it was nothing more than a cramp. The former ace had one of his worst seasons in his career in 2014 when he posted a 4.54 ERA/1.39 WHIP. He is worth a late round pick in fantasy drafts because he does have a lot of potential, but has plenty of risk as well. Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Manager Robin Ventura is confident he'll have both David Robertson and Jake Petricka by opening day.

This is great news for the White Sox as both players are key parts of the bullpen. Robertson is going to start the season as the Sox closer and will likely finish as a top 10 closer this season.  Analysis: Mark Kaplan

J.J. Hardy (shoulder) is feeling much better on Sunday. He will have an MRI on Monday.

Hardy banged up his shoulder while diving for a ground ball the other day. The MRI is more likely a precautionary measure as the club wants to just make sure they have him at full health before making their final roster moves of the spring. If anything shows up, Everth Cabrera would likely be the guy the team turns to. Analysis: Howard Bender

Joc Pederson still doesn't know what his role will be when Opening Day rolls around, but he's showing he belongs on the roster.

There is certainly no denying that Pederson is having a phenomenal spring as he is batting .373 with five home runs, 11 RBI and two stolen bases. He has posted a 23.5-percent strikeout rate this spring though and that's likely to get a little worse once the regular season starts up. He is currently penciled in atop the Dodgers' depth chart at center field, but depending on how he opens the season, Chris Heisey or even Andre Ethier could garner a start or two. Analysis: Howard Bender

Garrett Richards was ebullient after throwing five scoreless innings in minor league game. He says he feels back to normal.

Before we discuss Richards, let's first acknowledge the excellent use of the word "ebullient" by L.A. Times writer Mike DiGiovanna. Not usually a word often used in the sports field. As for Richards, he seems to be doing extremely well in his return from major knee surgery but also said that he didn't want to rush his return to the mound. He is likely to get at least one more start this spring and he and the team will decide then if he can start the season on time or if he needs to stay in extended spring training and just miss the first turn in the rotation. Analysis: Howard Bender


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