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Bo Schultz Headshot

Schultz (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday and will miss the entire 2017 season, John Lott of The Athletic Toronto reports.

Early indications were that Schultz was just undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow, but the right-hander opted to go with the Tommy John procedure after ligament damage was detected. With Schultz facing a 12-to-18 month timeline for his recovery, he'll end up having missed much of the past two seasons due to injury, after hip surgery last offseason sidelined him until late June. Given the health questions surrounding Schultz along with the fact that he'll be 32 years old when next spring rolls around, it wouldn't be surprised if he was non-tendered next fall.
4:53 pm (EST)
Alex Stalock Headshot

Stalock will start in goal Thursday night against the visiting Senators, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

Fresh off a recall from AHL Iowa, Stalock will be thrown into the fire in an effort to get the Wild back on track. Here's a team that has just one win in the past 10 games, and evidently doesn't trust Darcy Kuemper enough to make a spot start in this situation. Stalock has not played since Feb. 11 of last season -- when he was with San Jose -- so it'll be interesting to see if he can seize the opportunity. Fantasy owners should know that Stalock, originally selected by the Sharks in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2005 draft, has yet to evolve into a full-time goalie.
4:46 pm (EST)
Eric Fryer Headshot

Fryer's contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.

Fryer was a shoo-in to open the year as the Cardinals' backup catcher, as the team's top catching prospect, Carson Kelly, will be sent to Triple-A to get everyday at-bats to further his development. If anything should happen to Molina, however, Kelly, not Fryer, would be the likely option to come up and take over the everyday duties. This makes Fryer pretty unappealing, even in very deep leagues.
4:41 pm (EST)
Zach Duke Headshot

Duke (elbow) was placed on the 60-day DL on Wednesday.

He was already ruled out for 2017 due to Tommy John surgery, so this was simply a procedural move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Eric Fryer's contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis as a corresponding move.
4:36 pm (EST)
Byung-Ho Park Headshot

Park will open the season as the Twins' starting DH, the Star Tribune's Phil Miller reports.

His contract has yet to be purchased after he was outrighted off the 40-man roster this offseason, but Park's dynamite spring has him poised to start the season as a fixture in the Twins' lineup. He is hitting .362 with five home runs (two more than any teammate) in 47 at-bats this spring. Kennys Vargas, who entered camp as the favorite to win the DH job, was gone for two weeks this spring at the World Baseball Classic and is now hobbled because of a bruised foot. Park's plus-plus raw power was evident even during last year's struggles, but his 32.8 percent strikeout rate looms as a cautionary signal for prospective buyers. It is possible that he could offer Chris Carter-esque production if he can hold the job all season.
4:33 pm (EST)
Mookie Betts Headshot

Manager John Farrell said Wednesday that Betts is dealing with flu-like symptoms, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Betts wasn't included in the Red Sox lineup for Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, but it was presumed that he was receiving a day off for rest. Instead, it looks like he's fallen victim to the illness that's been spreading around the Red Sox clubhouse, as Mitch Moreland had been sent back to Boston earlier in the day after becoming sick. It's unclear if Betts will be isolated from the team while he contends with the illness, but he may receive the next few days off to recover ahead of the Opening Day game against the Pirates on Monday.
4:32 pm (EST)
Alex Stalock Headshot

Stalock was called up from AHL Iowa on Wednesday.

Stalock's promotion will likely start the rumor milling swirling regarding a potential injury to Devan Dubnyk or Darcy Kuemper, but with the postseason right and the corner, the Wild may just be looking to add some emergency depth in goal. The 29-year-old Stalock has been decent in the minors this year as he has posted a 20-16-7 record with a 2.31 GAA and .924 save percentage. Barring injury, the netminder is unlikely to get into the lineup at any point soon.
4:28 pm (EST)
Kennys Vargas Headshot

Vargas (foot) took three at-bats as a DH in a minor-league game Wednesday and indicated he felt fine after the session, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Vargas experienced no renewed swelling in his foot and now looks on track to take part in one or both of the big club's final two exhibitions of the spring. The 26-year-old was already losing ground to Byungho Park in their battle for the DH role during spring training, and it doesn't appear as though he'll have enough time to catch up. There's a good chance that Vargas will open the season with Triple-A Rochester.
4:26 pm (EST)
Trevor Williams Headshot

Williams threw four shutout innings Wednesday, limiting the Phillies to two hits and no walks while striking out six.

The showing likely solidifies his spot on the Opening Day roster. Whether he serves as the team's fifth starter or pitches out of the bullpen remains to be seen. He concludes Grapefruit League action with a 2.04 ERA in 17.2 innings.
4:24 pm (EST)
Randal Grichuk Headshot

Early tests indicate that Grichuk didn't suffer a broken hand when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday, but he may go for an X-ray Thursday, KMOV's J.J. Bailey reports.

There was an issue with the on-site X-ray machine Wednesday, so Grichuk was unable to undergo further tests, but if his hand is still an issue Thursday, he will indeed get an X-ray. Consider him day-to-day for now. Jose Martinez, Kolten Wong and Matt Adams would be options to get starts in left field if Grichuk has to miss time.
4:23 pm (EST)
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