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Date Player
3/19/2018 Franklin Perez, Det, P
Perez is expected to miss at least three months with a right lat strain. The Tigers say Perez was injured in a minor league game. There is no surgery recommended at this point, but the recovery is expected to take a minimum of 12 weeks.

Analysis: Perez, a 20-year-old right-hander, was acquired by Detroit in the trade that sent Justin Verlander to Houston last season. Perez went 6-3 with a 3.02 ERA across two levels of the minors last year. He made 10 starts at Class A and six at Double-A. Baseball America tabbed Perez as Detroit's top prospect this offseason.
3/19/2018 Carlos Estévez, Col, P
Estevez will not be ready for opening day after experiencing a setback in his recovery from a left oblique injury.

Analysis: The Rockies are hoping for a mid-April return from the reliever. Estevez went 5-0 with a 5.57 ERA in 35 appearances last season and likely won't have a whole lot of fantasy value.
3/19/2018 Daniel Murphy, Was, 2B
Murphy (knee) has yet to take part in a spring training game, putting his availability for the start of the regular season in doubt.

Analysis: The Nationals have taken it slow with their second baseman, who underwent microfracture knee surgery in October and has progressed only to taking batting practice and fielding ground balls. Washington does have a pair of capable fill-in options in Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo should Murphy begin the season on the DL.
3/19/2018 Ronald Acuña Jr., Atl, CF
The Braves have reassigned Acuna, the team's top prospect, to minor league camp.

Analysis: Acuna won't be in the minors long, as the move was almost certainly made so he won't accrue a full season of service time. The 20-year-old was absolutely raking during the spring, producing a .432 average with four home runs in 16 Grapefruit League games.
3/19/2018 Zack Greinke, Ari, P
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told reporters Monday that Greinke (groin) will not start the team's season opener against Colorado on March 29.

Analysis: Greinke is a little behind after he had last Wednesday's start against Cincinnati cut short after just one inning when he experienced some groin tightness. The Arizona ace did throw a successful bullpen session Sunday, however, and is slated to start Wednesday's spring training game with the Giants. Robbie Ray looms as the top candidate to start opening day.
3/19/2018 Tommy Joseph, Tex, 1B
The Rangers have claimed Joseph off waivers from the Phillies.

Analysis: Joseph has hit 43 homers over his first two major league seasons but became expendable when the Phillies signed Carlos Santana over the winter. The 26-year-old figures to get most of his at-bats in Texas against left-handed pitchers as a first baseman or DH.
3/19/2018 Julio Teheran, Atl, P
Teheran will start the Braves' season opener against Philadelphia on March 29.

Analysis: It's the fifth straight year that Teheran has received the opening day nod, and he's gone 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA over those previous four starts. The right-hander again figures to be a dependable fantasy pitcher, as he's thrown 185 innings or more in five consecutive seasons and has won 11 or more games four times during that stretch.
3/18/2018 Jorge Polanco, Min, SS
Polanco has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, a big blow to a team that has made a series of roster-enhancing moves throughout the offseason and into spring training. The commissioner's office announced Sunday that Polanco tested positive for Stanozolol, becoming the sixth player to be banned this year under the major league drug program.

Analysis: Polanco started 127 games at shortstop last year for the Twins, finishing with a .256 batting average, 13 home runs, 13 stolen bases and 74 RBIs in his first full season as a regular in the lineup.
3/18/2018 Jason Vargas, NYM, P
Vargas underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a hamate fracture in his right hand and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Analysis: The 35-year-old was hit by a line drive in his non-throwing hand during a minor league game Friday. The Mets acquired Vargas in free agency on Feb. 18, signing him to a two-year, $16 million contract. He went 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA for Kansas City last season, making his first All-Star team and tying for the major league lead in wins.
3/17/2018 Marcus Stroman, Tor, P
Stroman has his eyes on starting the Toronto Blue Jays' fourth game of the regular season April 1 against the New York Yankees. Stroman pitched two hitless innings against the Canada Junior National Team in his first spring training start Saturday after being sidelined by inflammation in his right shoulder.

Analysis: The injury cost a disappointed Stroman a chance at the opening day start March 29 at home against the Yankees. Stroman went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA last year. He struck out 164, two shy of his career high, and walked 62 in 201 innings.
3/17/2018 Erasmo Ramírez, Sea, P
Ramirez will miss the start of the season due to a shoulder injury and lat strain.

Analysis: The right-hander was acquired from the Rays on July 28 and went 1-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 11 starts with Seattle. Ramirez struck out 54 and walked 15 in 62 innings over those outings.
3/17/2018 Jharel Cotton, Oak, P
Cotton will have Tommy John surgery and miss the 2018 season.

Analysis: The right-hander went 9-10 with a 5.58 ERA in 24 starts as a rookie last season.
3/17/2018 Luis Severino, NYY, P
Severino will start the New York Yankees' regular-season opener March 29th at Toronto.

Analysis: Severino was third in the AL Cy Young Award voting after going 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 31 starts last season. Severino will be followed in the rotation by Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery.
3/16/2018 Lance McCullers Jr., Hou, P
McCullers, a product of Tampa Jesuit High School, allowed one hit over 4 1/3 innings as the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 2-0 on Friday night.

Analysis: McCullers had allowed one run and five hits over 8 1/3 innings in three previous Grapefruit League starts.
3/16/2018 Jeremy Hellickson, Was, P
A person familiar with the deal says Hellickson and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.

Analysis: The right-hander was 8-11 with a 5.43 ERA last year in 30 starts for Philadelphia and Baltimore, which acquired him July 28. Hellickson was 2-6 with a 6.97 ERA in 10 starts with the Orioles.
3/16/2018 José Altuve, Hou, 2B
A person familiar with the negotiations says Altuve and the World Series champion Houston Astros have agreed to a contract that guarantees him an additional $151 million over five seasons from 2020-24. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement had not been announced.

Analysis: The AL MVP hit .346 last season to win his second straight batting title and third in four seasons. He had 24 homers, 82 RBIs and 32 stolen bases
3/16/2018 Shohei Ohtani, LAA, P
Ohtani was rocked for seven runs over 1 1/3 innings in his second major league spring training start for the Los Angeles Angels, allowing long home runs to Colorado's Ian Desmond and Nolan Arenado on Friday.

Analysis: The 23-year-old Japanese two-way star was making his first big league exhibition appearance since Feb. 24, when he pitched 1 1/3 innings against Milwaukee and gave up Keon Broxton's home run leading off the second.
3/16/2018 Kennys Vargas, Min, 1B
The Twins designated Vargas for assignment Friday.

Analysis: Vargas was originally signed by the Twins in 2009 and played parts of four seasons with Minnesota, hitting .252 with 35 home runs and 116 RBI in 236 career games. Vargas became expendable after Minnesota signed free agent first baseman Logan Morrison earlier this year.
3/16/2018 Eugenio Suárez, Cin, 3B
Suarez and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $66 million, seven-year contract, a deal that includes a team option for 2025 that if exercised would make the deal worth $79 million over eight years.

Analysis: Cincinnati obtained Suarez from Detroit in December 2014 as part of the trade that sent right-hander Alfredo Simon to the Tigers. Suarez hit .260 last season and set career bests with 26 homers, 82 RBIs and .828 OPS. He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.
3/16/2018 Jerad Eickhoff, Phi, P
Eickhoff will miss six to eight weeks with a mild lat strain.

Analysis: Eickhoff was limited to just 24 starts last year with back and hand injuries and now will have to start this season on the disabled list. If the original timeline holds, he'll be back in late April at the earliest. The Phillies' fifth starter spot is now in question.
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