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Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray exited his start against the San Francisco Giants on Friday with left foot soreness. What It Means: The Rockies are saying the injury is very mild, so it looks like he was pulled for precautionary reasons. It bears watching if Gray is allowed to make another spring start, though. NumberFire's algorithms project Gray for a 10-10 record with a 4.14 ERA, 1.37 WH ...

Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez will be shut down for 3-4 weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot. What It Means: Martinez was able to avoid surgery, but he won't be able to participate in major league action for a while. In the meantime, Steven Moya will take over at first for Detroit. Prior to the injury, numberFire's models expected Mart ...

Miami Marlins pitcher Edinson Volquez has been named the team's Opening Day starter. What It Means: This will be the fifth Opening Day start for Volquez, who will be trailed by Dan Straily, Tom Koehler and Wei-Yin Chen in the Marlins' rotation. Adam Conley still hasn't been confirmed as the fifth starter, but the job is assumed to be his. numberFire's metrics project Volquez to ...

San Francisco Giants pitcher Will Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow next week. What It Means: The procedure was recommended by two separate doctors, as opposed to risking a failed rehab attempt. San Francisco owns Smith's right through 2019. The 27-year-old left-hander turned in a 2.95 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 34.7 strikeout percentage across 18 1/3 innings (26 appearances) fo ...

The Tampa Bay Rays will sign free agent catcher Derek Norris, reports Yahoo Sports Tim Brown. What It Means: The deal will be for one year, says the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin, but with Norris being arbitration-eligible in 2018, the Rays will have control for two years. According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, Norris chose a smaller contract with Tampa Bay due to the opportunity for mor ...

The Chicago White Sox named pitcher Jose Quintana the starter for Opening Day. What It Means: After the White Sox dealt Chris Sale this offseason, Quintana became the obvious choice for first day duties. The 28-year-old left-hander has made at least 32 starts in four consecutive seasons for the pale hose, putting up a 3.35 ERA in that span. Quintana is expected to go 12-11 across 200 innings this ...

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada is expected to be the team's starter on Opening Day, reports Arash Madani of Sportsnet. What It Means: Despite being hung with a 1-2 record, Estrada was excellent in the postseason last year for Toronto, allowing a total of five earned runs over the three starts (22 1/3 innings). Following Estrada in the rotation will be J.A. Happ, Marcus Stroman, Franc ...

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) is back in the lineup Friday. What It Means: Gonzalez has been limited to just 10 Cactus League plate appearances this spring due to an elbow issue he's been battling throughout camp. He was able to get in 12 at-bats during the World Baseball Classic. Look for the 34-year-old slugger to be fine come Opening Day. Gonzalez is projected t ...

Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon was scratched from Friday's start and will undergo an MRI due to tightness in his left biceps. What It Means: Rodon isn't expected to have any structural damage, but he's likely going to miss the first couple starts of the season. The 24-year-old left-hander is looking to increase his workload in 2017 after working 165 major league innings last ...

St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jhonny Peralta will be the team's starting third baseman and Jedd Gyorko will be a utility infielder, per comments made by manager Mike Matheny on Friday. What It Means: This doesn't come as much of a surprise, but the starting label won't carry significant weight, as Peralta and Gyorko will both spend plenty of time on the hot corner. Gyorko paced the ...

Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh (arm) is most likely going to get a late start to the season, manager A.J. Hinch said Friday. What It Means: McHugh has yet to make a Grapefruit League appearance this spring due to a "dead arm" phase, but he did pitch in a minor league game Wednesday and is scheduled for another on Monday. Assuming he opens the year on the disabled list, look for the ...

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel will be the team's Opening Day starter, manager A.J. Hinch announced Friday. What It Means: Keuchel was battling a little shoulder issue last week, but he now feels great, evidenced by a 1.50 ERA over three Grapefruit League appearances. The 29-year-old left-hander will look to regain his 2015 form (2.48 ERA) in 2017 after regressing a bit last year (4.55 ...

The Minnesota Twins will meet with starting pitcher Jose Berrios on Friday and there's a "good chance" they'll tell him he won't make the Opening Day roster, reports Lavelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. What It Means: It's a disappointing development for Berrios, who struggled across 14 big league starts last season, recording a 8.02 ERA (5.64 xFIP) ac ...

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has been denied a work visa to enter the United States, according to Sung Min Kim, based on reports out of Korea. What It Means: Kim believes that Kang's chances of playing for the Pirates this season "got cloudy." According to the report, he may have been convicted of drunk driving in a third country other than Korea and the United States. ...

The Tampa Bay Rays remain interested in free agent catcher Derek Norris but are likely "on the outside looking in," reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. What It Means: Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reported last week that the Rays are one of as many as six teams interested in Norris, with the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies also being named. With Wilson Ramos (knee) sidelined ...

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer has been announced as the Rays' Opening Day starter. What It Means: No surprise here, as it will be Archer's third consecutive start on Opening Day. He will headline a Rays' rotation of Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb, Blake Snell and Matt Andriese. Archer will look to bounce back from a disappointing 2016 season that saw him lose 19 games while posting ...

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas (oblique) hit in the batting cage on Thursday and will ramp up his activity on Friday in hopes of being ready for Opening Day. What It Means: Tomas has been out of action since March 6 after injuring his left oblique. The 26-year-old outfielder will do more on Friday, and if he comes out unscathed, he should be ready to start on Opening Day. Tomas is c ...

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (back) admitted he isn't sure if he'll be ready for Opening Day. What It Means: Cabrera tweaked his back during the World Baseball Classic and did not look himself as he batted .190 over 21 at-bats. When asked if he would be ready for Opening Day, the first baseman said: "I don't know." While there is still a week and a half befo ...

Los Angeles Angels infielder Luis Valbuena will miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right hamstring. What It Means: Fortunately it's a Grade 1 strain, which is of the mildest variety, but Valbuena will still be forced to spend the first month of the season on the shelf. C.J. Cron will open the year as the Angels' everyday first baseman, but he and Valbuena will share duties once the latter is ...

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock (groin) is now aiming to return to Cactus League action on Friday. What It Means: Pollock was previously scheduled to return Friday, but manager Torey Lovullo didn't want to take any risks on wet grass after the Diamondbacks' spring training was hit with some morning rain. Assuming he returns Friday, it will be Pollock's first Cactus Leag ...

Colorado Rockies right-handed pitcher Jeff Hoffman has been optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. What It Means: Hoffman was unable to secure the final spot in the Rockies' rotation after not showing enough during the spring. Look for him to be called up during the summer, at which point the 24-year-old right-hander should be able to carve out some deep-league fantasy value. Baseball America rece ...

Oakland Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman has been named the team's Opening Day starter. What It Means: The Athletics' full rotation hasn't been fleshed out yet, though it has also been announced that Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton will start the A's second and third games of the year, with the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation still to be determined. numberFire's mod ...

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias revealed Thursday that he injured his right elbow and hips when he fell in the shower three weeks ago. What It Means: This explains why Iglesias hasn't seen any Cactus League action since March 14, and why he received an MRI for the elbow on his throwing arm earlier this week. He's not expected to be ready by Opening Day, opening up more opportunit ...

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is lined up to start on Opening Day. What It Means: Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer would be the Nationals' first choice, but a stress fracture in his right ring finger is expected to push his season debut back to the third regular-season game. Nothing is official, but Gio Gonzalez is penciled in for the second game wh ...

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Brad Boxberger (lat) will take a week off from throwing and then build back up. What It Means: Boxberger has been bothered by the lat issue for the majority of spring training, so hopefully a full week of rest will allow him to move forward. The 28-year-old right-hander will open the 2017 campaign on the 10-day disabled list and he's hopeful to join Tampa Bay's bu ...

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