Rob Gronkowski continues to make strides in his recovery from last year's torn ACL and MCL. He ran sprints up the side of a hill for about 10 minutes on Wednesday.
The uphill running is another positive step for Gronkowski but it still isn't clear as to what his return timetable really is just yet. So long as things are progressing in this direction, the assumption is that Gronk will be back sometime during training camp. Once we get closer to then, we'll be able to determine exactly what his status will be for the regular season. Fantasy owners may have to concede the first couple of weeks of the season, but even in 12-to-14 games, he's still more productive than most tight ends over a full 16.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Javier Baez was in the middle of a nasty collision Friday at second base while trying to turn a double play. It looked bad enough manager Joe Maddon was a bit nervous Baez may have suffered a serious injury.
Baez will be fine, but it was indeed a scary moment for the Cubs. Kole Calhoun took Baez out on a double play, but instead of him sliding into his feet, due to the position that Baez was in, he was drilled in the midsection by Calhoun's elbow. As Maddon accurately put it, he "got smoked." Being Joe Maddon, he of course added in that "I loved it." Initially Maddon feared that Baez was seriously injured as he writhed in pain on the ground, but the former top prospect, who is just 22, will be fine and even singled in singled in a later at bat. He is a risky fantasy proposition, who may not even make the Opening Day squad, but his upside is ridiculous. Analysis: Ben Diamond