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Brett Cecil (hamstring) is expected to resume his rehab next week.


Apr 10   12:02 AM

The left-hander -- who is recovering from a torn right hamstring -- had to shut down his rehab briefly due to a personal matter. He's expected to resume his rehab next week, though there's still no clear timeline on his recovery -- though there's at least some chance that he'll be ready in time for the start of the regular season, whenever that may be.


Chris Sale (elbow) said he'll be out of his arm cast on Thursday to begin his rehab process.


Apr 10   12:02 AM

Sale underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of March and will be in rehab mode for all of 2020. He's hoping to do some rehab work at JetBlue Park, the spring training facility of the Red Sox, at least if it's safe enough to do so. If not, he'll just begin his rehab process at home. Sale likely won't be ready for game action until the early part of the 2021 season.


Carlos Rodon told Daryl Van Schouwen that he's "on schedule" in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.


Apr 09   8:14 PM

As Van Schouwen points out, Rodon wasn't going to be ready for the start of the season before baseball was shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, if the season is able to get going, the talented left-hander appears to be a candidate to be ready to pitch at or near the beginning of the delayed campaign. The 27-year-old left-hander was limited to just seven starts in 2019 before undergoing the season-ending procedure in May. He's shown swing-and-miss stuff when healthy, but Rodon carries just as much risk as reward at this point in his career. 


Marlins president Michael Hill told reporters Thursday that Jorge Alfaro (oblique) is fully healthy.


Apr 09   2:37 PM

Alfaro injured his oblique back in late February, but he was cleared to resume baseball activities shortly before the suspension of spring training and should be 100 percent whenever there is a return to live action. Hill also notified reporters on Thursday that there have not been any confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Marlins organization.


Jeff Brigham (biceps) is going through a throwing progression in the Miami area.


Apr 09   2:37 PM

Brigham was set to open the 2020 regular season on the injured list because of a right biceps issue, but he's made steady progress as the sports world waits out the coronavirus pandemic and the 28-year-old right-hander should have a spot in the Marlins' bullpen whenever games get underway. 


Jose Trevino (finger) is two weeks away from full baseball activities.


Apr 09   12:12 AM

Trevino suffered a hairline fracture of his right index finger back in late February but appears to be pretty much fully recovered. He's in line to begin the season in the minors.


Jesse Chavez (elbow) has been throwing from 60 feet and expects to begin long-tossing by the end of April and throwing off a mound in May,


Apr 09   12:12 AM

Chavez is coming back from surgery to remove loose bodies from his elbow and is also working on rebuilding shoulder strength. He had been slated to open the year on the injured list and could still open on the IL even with the delayed start.


Jeff Mathis is fully recovered from his strained left hamstring.


Apr 09   12:12 AM

Mathis tweaked the hamstring back in mid-March. He'll be ready to serve as the Rangers' backup catcher whenever the season begins.


Peter Lambert (forearm) is on track to resume throwing in about 3-4 weeks, per Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster.


Apr 08   7:21 PM

That would be late April or early May. Lambert suffered a right forearm strain while pitching in a Cactus League game back on March 10, but he's not experiencing lingering discomfort and the Rockies are hopeful that he will be able to avoid surgery. The 22-year-old remains in rest and rehab mode for now.


According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the Mets are not interested in a potential reunion with right-hander Matt Harvey.


Apr 08   12:07 AM

The 31-year-old hurler -- and former staff ace -- registered a miserable 7.09 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 39/29 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings before he was released by the Angels last season. Even before the shutdown, there was very little interest from around the league in signing Harvey to a minor league deal, and there's no reason to expect that to change once things start back up.


Chris Sale (elbow) said he'll be out of his arm cast on Thursday to begin his rehab process.


Apr 07   12:12 PM

Sale underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of March and will be in rehab mode for all of 2020. He's hoping to do some rehab work at JetBlue Park, the spring training facility of the Red Sox, at least if it's safe enough to do so. If not, he'll just begin his rehab process at home. Sale likely won't be ready for game action until the early part of the 2021 season.


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.


Apr 07   12:11 AM

The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona. Rosenthal notes, "The logistics of quarantining 30 teams in one area would be extremely complex and potentially controversial... requiring local, state and federal government cooperation and resources that might be necessary to fight the coronavirus pandemic." The major logistical concern though, "To play under quarantine, the sport would need to protect the health not only of players and other club personnel, but also umpires and those producing the television broadcasts, plus hotel workers, bus drivers and anyone else involved with the players and games". It's encouraging to hear that MLB is exploring all possible options to begin the season as soon as possible and to fit in as many games as possible during the 2020 season, but there are going to be many major hurdles that they'll need to overcome first to guarantee the health and safety of all involved.


While Angels' southpaw Andrew Heaney has been working out and staying in baseball shape, he has not thrown any bullpen sessions since spring training was shut down.


Apr 07   12:11 AM

He has been playing catch with teammate Garrett Williams, but has decided to hold off on throwing any bullpens until there is a clear timeline on when the season could potentially start. Heaney, who had been named as the team's Opening Day starter, piled up 118 strikeouts over 95 1/3 innings during the 2019 campaign. Currently being drafted just inside the top 200 players in mixed league drafts, his strikeout upside gives Heaney plenty of profit potential.


Yankees re-signed RHP David Hale to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.


Apr 07   12:11 AM

The right-hander was technically released by the Yankees on Thursday, but it appears to have only been a procedural move to re-write the language in his contract concerning his opt-out clause. In the old contract, the 32-year-old hurler had the option to opt-out four days before the end of spring training. Under the new deal, he gets that option five days before the new season begins -- whenever that date is. In the meantime, Hale is working out at home while waiting for spring training to restart. Hale registered a 3.11 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio across 37 2/3 innings for the Yankees in 2019.


Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe believes that Jose Peraza is the favorite to begin the 2020 season as the Red Sox' everyday second baseman.


Apr 07   12:11 AM

Peraza is competing with Michael Chavis for that role. While Peraza is a second baseman by trade, Chavis is considered more of a tweener, who is also expected to see time at first base. Red Sox' hitting coach Tim Hyers was particularly impressed with Peraza during spring training, noting "He’s going to surprise some people... Jose’s a good player. We think he’s going to hit.” The two players offer very different profiles from a fantasy perspective, with Chavis providing power and Peraza bringing stolen base upside.


Braves' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that Austin Riley was on track to make the team's Opening Day roster -- even if he lost out on the starting job at third base to Johan Camargo.


Apr 07   12:11 AM

Riley was having a terrific spring, hitting .357 (10-for-28) with a pair of homers, two doubles, four RBI and only five strikeouts, though it was still Camargo that was expected to get the starting nod at the hot corner. The thinking behind carrying both at the time, was that the Braves were set to begin the season on March 26, while the Triple-A season didn't start until April 9 -- so they could have carried both and then sent Riley down before the Triple-A season kicked off if he was struggling or not seeing enough playing time. With the Braves having the luxury of an expanded roster once the 2020 season finally begins, it's likely that Riley will head north with the big league club.


Brett Cecil (hamstring) is expected to resume his rehab next week.


Apr 07   12:11 AM

The left-hander -- who is recovering from a torn right hamstring -- had to shut down his rehab briefly due to a personal matter. He's expected to resume his rehab next week, though there's still no clear timeline on his recovery -- though there's at least some chance that he'll be ready in time for the start of the regular season, whenever that may be.


Jesse Chavez (elbow) has been throwing from 60 feet and expects to begin long-tossing by the end of April and throwing off a mound in May,


Apr 06   7:05 PM

Chavez is coming back from surgery to remove loose bodies from his elbow and is also working on rebuilding shoulder strength. He had been slated to open the year on the injured list and could still open on the IL even with the delayed start.


Jeff Mathis is fully recovered from his strained left hamstring.


Apr 06   7:05 PM

Mathis tweaked the hamstring back in mid-March. He'll be ready to serve as the Rangers' backup catcher whenever the season begins.


Jose Trevino (finger) is two weeks away from full baseball activities.


Apr 06   6:49 PM

Trevino suffered a hairline fracture of his right index finger back in late February but appears to be pretty much fully recovered. He's in line to begin the season in the minors.


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