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Blue Jays' Devon Travis (knee) ready for Grapefruit action

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis (knee) is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday.

What It Means:

After making it through some minor league action this week, Travis is expected to play five innings at second base as he continues to work his way back from knee surgery. Things continue to point towards him being available in time for Opening Day.

numberFire's models currently project Travis to hit .280 across 542 plate appearances this season while recording 16 home runs and 63 RBI's. He slashed .300/.332/.454 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI's across 432 plate appearances in 2016.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Yankees shut down Didi Gregorius (shoulder) for at least two weeks

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has been shut down for two weeks due to a right shoulder strain.

What It Means:

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Gregorius could be out longer, so it looks like New York will be without their starting shortstop to begin the season. New York could slide Starlin Castro over to shortstop, or use Ronald Torreyes or Tyler Wade to fill in while Gregorius is on the shelf.

Before he was injured, numberFire's models projected Gregorius for a .267 batting average, 16 homers and 65 RBI's over 591 plate appearances in 2017.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Oakland clears Sonny Gray (lat) to resume throwing

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray (lat) has been cleared to resume a throwing program.

What It Means:

Gray was initially supposed to be shut down for three weeks but has gotten the green-light for baseball activities after just two. He is scheduled to start with long toss from 75 feet and depending on how he feels could be making his season debut in mid-April instead of May. Gray will start the season on the disabled list either way.

Gray will be looking to bounce back from a horrific 2016 campaign where he went 5-11 with a 5.69 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 18.2 strikeout percentage -- all career-worsts.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Rangers' Carlos Gomez says shoulder won't be an issue

Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez (shoulder) doesn't expect to miss much time.

What It Means:

Gomez is considered day-to-day after he was forced to exit Tuesday's Cactus League game due to a jammed left shoulder.

Gomez is projected to hit .252 across 509 plate appearances next season with 17 home runs, 55 RBI's and 22 stolen bases.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Red Sox have yet to clear David Price (elbow) to start throwing

Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price still needs to regain strength in his injured left elbow before resuming a full throwing program.

What It Means:

Price visited the team orthopedist on Tuesday, and while everything still looks good structurally in his elbow, he needs to regain some strength in his throwing arm before moving to more intense throwing. Price remains without a timetable and is guaranteed to start the season on the disabled list.

Without yet accounting for the expected missed time, numberFire's algorithms project Price to go 14-10 while recording a 3.41 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 24.7 strikeout percentage across 214 innings in 2017. He's the 12th-ranked fantasy pitcher overall.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Dodgers' Corey Seager (oblique) on track for Opening Day

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (oblique) said he had no discomfort while taking three at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday.

What It Means:

Seager has sat our most of spring training with the oblique injury but seems to be progressing nicely. He will get Wednesday off but is scheduled to play five innings on Thursday. Seager does not appear to be in any real danger of missing Opening day, as long as he does not suffer any setbacks.

numberFire's models project the reigning NL Rookie of the Year to hit .297 with 23 home runs and 82 RBI's across 629 plate appearances this upcoming season.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Yankees confirm Greg Bird will start at first

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has been named the team's starter at the position, per manager Joe Girardi.

What It Means:

This isn't exactly news, but the Yankees did sign Chris Carter last month and Bird is coming back from labrum surgery, so there was some question as to who would get the nod. Bird squashed whatever doubt may have existed this spring by mashing four home runs with a .421/.500/.947 slash and 1.447 OPS across 44 plate appearances. He's a nice late-round target for fantasy leagues.

numberFire's models project Bird to hit .251 with 21 home runs and 53 RBI's across 402 plate appearances this season.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Twins' Trevor May says he will undergo Tommy John surgery

Minnesota Twins reliever Trevor May will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.

What It Means:

May suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament and after receiving a second opinion on Tuesday, he announced via Twitter that he would be receiving surgery. The 27-year-old right-hander likely won't be available until after the start of the 2018 season.

May twirled a 5.27 ERA across 42 2/3 innings last season, but his 3.47 xFIP and 32.1 strikeout percentage were both career-bests.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Giants' Will Smith diagnosed with UCL sprain

San Francisco Giants reliever Will Smith has a sprain and strain in his left elbow, an MRI has confirmed.

What It Means:

There's a chance the injury will require Tommy John surgery, but no decision has been made as of now. If Smith is forced to go under the knife, therefore ending his 2017 season before it even starts, the Giants will be forced to identify a new setup man.

The 27-year-old southpaw turned in a 2.95 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 34.7 strikeout percentage across 18 1/3 innings (26 appearances) for the Giants last season after being acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in August.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Athletics say bullpen roles will be 'fluid'

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that the roles in the bullpen this season will likely be "fluid."

What It Means:

Melvin conceded that Ryan Madson would likely be the primary closer to open the year, but it sounds like Santiago Casilla, Sean Doolittle, John Axford and others could all be in the conversation. Madson turned in 30 saves -- in 37 opportunities -- last season.

As a unit, Oakland's bullpen posted a 4.01 ERA last season, 11th-worst in the MLB. Madson's 3.62 ERA was his worst mark since the 2006 season.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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