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  • Cin Shortstop #9
    McLain has been limited to mostly core workouts recently, but is getting close to starting some light swinging. The 24-year-old infielder aggravated a previous right oblique issue earlier this month and the Reds are taking an extremely cautious approach with his recovery process. There isn’t an official timetable for his return yet, but it doesn’t sound like he’s in jeopardy of missing Opening Day at this point. It’s still early, but it’s a developing situation fantasy managers should continue monitoring closely.
  • Tor Starting Pitcher #70
    The relatively minor inflammation between his left hamstring and calf isn’t expected to impact Tiedemann’s readiness for the start of the regular season as he continues throwing to keep his arm loose. There should be some clarity on the 21-year-old top pitching prospect’s recovery process in the coming days.
  • Bal Starting Pitcher #38
    Bradish has continued flat-ground throwing as he attempts to work his way back from a UCL sprain in his right elbow. The 27-year-old received a PRP injection following his initial diagnosis and remains without a definitive return timetable. There should be some clarity once he finally progresses to facing hitters in a live setting. He’s probably best left on the waiver wire in shallow mixed leagues to open the 2024 season.
  • Bal Shortstop #2
    Henderson is trending towards making his Grapefruit League debut at some point later this week, but the Orioles have zero incentive to rush him back as he continues to recover from a left oblique issue. The 22-year-old potential franchise cornerstone should be ready to roll in plenty of time prior to Opening Day.
  • Tor Relief Pitcher #50
    Swanson will be away from the team indefinitely after his four-year-old son, Toby, was airlifted to a Florida hospital after being struck by a car on Sunday. Swanson’s wife, Madison, shared on social media Wednesday evening that Toby is out of the pediatric intensive care unit. We’re all hoping for the best and that Toby makes a full recovery.
  • Sea Shortstop
    Emerson’s stock has exploded in long-term keeper and dynasty league formats after batting .374/.496/.550 with two homers and eight steals last year in his professional debut between the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League and Single-A Modesto. The 18-year-old shortstop was selected 22nd overall last June in the 2023 MLB Draft and appears to be on the fast track to the upper minors. There’s a chance he’s a top-10 overall prospect in baseball by the end of the 2024 campaign.
  • Oak Second Baseman #20
    Gelof went back-to-back with teammate Ryan Noda off Giants starter Spencer Howard in the opening frame and also added an opposite-field single in the third inning. The 24-year-old second baseman has some contact issues to address, especially on pitches in the strike zone, but posted an impressive 14 homers and 14 steals in just 300 plate appearances last year after being called up following the All-Star break. He’s a borderline top-125 overall pick in fantasy drafts this spring as a fringe top-12 second base option.
  • SF Center Fielder #29
    Matos went deep off veteran southpaw Scott Alexander in the fifth inning of this one as he continues to get an extended opportunity this spring in center field with Austin Slater coming off elbow surgery and Jung Hoo Lee dealing with a minor side issue. The 22-year-old slugger appears likely to open the year back at Triple-A Sacramento, but he could force his way onto the season-opening roster if he keeps mashing in the Cactus League.
  • Oak Starting Pitcher #46
    Medina reportedly touched triple digits in the shortened outing piggybacking with veteran Paul Blackburn, allowing just one baserunner over two frames. The 24-year-old righty is the frontrunner to secure the final spot in Oakland’s season-opening rotation, but is unlikely to make an impact for fantasy managers unless he makes some strides with his lackluster control.
  • Cle Third Baseman #11
    It’s worth noting that Ramírez continues batting third this spring after new Guardians manager Stephen Vogt hinted that he might consider moving him to second in the order. The 31-year-old third baseman has been one of the most reliable five-category contributors in the fantasy landscape for nearly a decade at this point as he’s a virtual lock to reach the 25-homer threshold with at least 25 stolen bases as well. There will be some fluctuations as he inches closer to his mid-30’s, but he remains a surefire late-first or early-second round pick in all fantasy formats.
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