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Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson dealing with mild calf strain

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson only suffered a mild strain in his right calf, an MRI revealed.

What It Means:

"It's not a significant [strain]," general manager Ross Atkins said Monday. "So we're optimistic that he'll be back on his feet and moving pretty quickly." The injury occurred while Donaldson was running sprints last Friday, but he should be good to go by Opening Day.

Across 700 plate appearances in 2016, Donaldson cranked 37 home runs and 99 RBI's while slashing .284/.404/.549 with a 15.6 percent walk rate and 17.0 percent strikeout rate.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Jeurys Familia at Mets camp Monday morning

New York Mets reliever Jeurys Familia returned to camp on Monday.

What It Means:

Familia wasn't at the Mets' spring training facilities over the weekend, and according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, his absence was related to Major League Baseball's ongoing investigation into a domestic violence charge from October. Assuming an eventual punishment is handed down, Addison Reed is expected to open the 2017 season as the Mets' closer.

Familia notched 51 saves for the Mets last year while twirling a 2.55 ERA and 26.2 strikeout percentage across 77 2/3 innings.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Jorge De La Rosa signs a minor league contract with Arizona

Former Colorado Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa has signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, which includes an invitation to spring training.

What It Means:

There had been reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates were interested in De La Rosa earlier in the off-season, but after a couple of quiet months on that front, he has landed in Arizona. He stands to earn $2.25 million if he plays in the majors this season, and this deal will give him a shot to earn a place in the opening day bullpen in Arizona.

De La Rosa had a fairly rough 2016 season, turning in a 5.51 ERA and 4.81 xFIP that were both his worst since the 2012 campaign. He finished with an 8-9 record through 27 appearances (24 starts) while turning in a 17.6 percent strikeout and 10.3 percent walk rate.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Yankees ink Jon Niese to minor league contract

Former New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese has signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Niese's 2016 season was cut short when he underwent knee surgery in August, but he seems to have healed up completely, and held a bullpen session in front of 13 teams earlier this month. He has a shot at both starter and reliever roles in the Yankees' bullpen.

Niese struggled last season, turning in an 8-7 record in 29 appearances (20 starts), while posting a 16.1 percent strikeout rate and 8.7 percent walk rate -- his worst since his 2008 rookie campaign. His 5.50 ERA and 4.49 xFIP and 4.65 SIERA were also all his worst marks since 2008.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen, Koda Glover competing for Nationals' closer

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Fantasy Sports Radio on Monday that relievers Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen and Koda Glover are all in competition to be the team's closer.

What It Means:

Rizzo added that he isn't planning on looking for outside help, so one of the mentioned three should wind up with the gig. The 32-year-old Kelley is the likely leader in the clubhouse after recording a career-best 2.82 xFIP last season.

Kelley turned in an impressive 2.64 ERA, 0.897 WHIP and career-high 35.7 strikeout percentage across 58 innings for the Nationals in 2016.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Orioles agree to deal with Dodgers, acquire southpaw Vidal Nuno

The Baltimore Orioles acquired left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-hander Ryan Moseley.

What It Means:

Nuno was acquired by the Dodgers from the Seattle Mariners in November, but he will now be traded for the fourth time in the past three years. The 29-year-old left-hander will provide valuable bullpen depth for the Orioles and could also compete for a spot in the Opening Day rotation.

Nuno worked primarily out of the bullpen for the Mariners last season, and he recorded a 3.53 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 20.7 strikeout percentage across 58 2/3 innings (one start).

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Mets' Zack Wheeler (elbow) completes Sunday bullpen session

New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (elbow) threw a 21-pitch bullpen session on Sunday.

What It Means:

Wheeler experienced some tenderness during last week's session, but he made it through Sunday issue-free. It's an encouraging sign for the 26-year-old right-hander after missing the past two seasons due to problems with his arm. Health permitting, Wheeler is in good position to secure the final spot in the Mets' rotation.

Wheeler showed lots of promise when he last pitched in 2014, posting a 3.49 xFIP and a 23.5 strikeout percentage (league average was 20.4) across 185 1/3 innings.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson (calf) expected to miss 2-3 weeks

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (calf) was walking around on crutches Sunday and is expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks.

What It Means:

Donaldson suffered a strained right calf while running on Friday. He should be fine for Opening Day as long as he can avoid a setback, but the Blue Jays will obviously take a cautious approach with their star third baseman. Donaldson has played at least 155 games each of the last four seasons.

Across 700 plate appearances in 2016, Donaldson cranked 37 home runs, 99 RBI's, and slashed .284/.404/.549 with 15.6 percent walk rate and 17.0 percent strikeout rate.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Mets' David Wright (neck) plays catch indoors Sunday

New York Mets third baseman David Wright (neck) played catch indoors on Sunday.

What It Means:

He didn't play catch outside with the rest of his Mets teammates, but it was the first time Wright has done any throwing since last June's cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. The club will continue to bring the veteran third baseman along slowly this spring. He's obviously a major health question mark going into 2017.

Wright was off to a solid start last season, posting a .344 wOBA in 164 plate appearances, paired with a .212 ISO, which would have been his highest mark since the 2010 season.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Rockies want Charlie Blackmon to run more

The Colorado Rockies want outfielder Charlie Blackmon to run more this season, manager Bud Black says.

What It Means:

Black indicated that the drop was due in part to the outfielder's legs not feeling 100 percent. "Charlie is dangerous in (the batter’s) box and became a real threat, each and every time he got in the box or when he got on first base (in 2015)," Black said. "We’ve got to get back to that." Blackmon dealt with separate toe issues on two occasions in 2016, so perhaps that's what Black is referring to.

Blackmon fell back to 17 stolen bases in 2016 after swiping 43 in 2015. He had career-highs in his slash line -- giving him plenty of opportunities on-base -- with a .324/.381/.552, but his .394 BABIP should regress some even in the friendly confines of Coors Field.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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