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Rockies optioned OF Jordan Patterson to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Patterson hit the ball pretty well this spring in the Cactus League, but he was always a longshot for the Opening Day Roster. The 25-year-old will continue to function as organizational outfield depth for Colorado.
Mar 30 - 12:35 PM

Rockies manager Bud Black named Jon Gray as his Opening Day starter.

Gray sent a scare through Rockies camp on Friday when he left an ugly Cactus League start against the Giants with discomfort in a toe on his left foot, but an MRI came up clean and he struck out seven batters over six innings Wednesday in a minor league game. The 25-year-old right-hander carries high-level fantasy upside into 2017, even calling Coors Field home.
Mar 30 - 12:31 PM

Blake Treinen has been named the Nationals' closer.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker made the announcement Thursday in camp. Koda Glover looked like the favorite at one point, with Shawn Kelley probably next in line, but Treinen has been terrific this spring and offers the Nats the best combination of reliability and durability leading into 2017. He also has one of the best power sinkers in the sport. Treinen obviously needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues with Opening Day approaching.
Mar 30 - 12:07 PM

Jeanmar Gomez will open the 2017 regular season as the Phillies' closer.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin confirmed that news Thursday in camp. Gomez was sharp this spring, registering a 0.93 ERA over 9 2/3 innings in the Grapefruit League, but he's a lower-tier fantasy option at closer given his poor numbers last year and the talent behind him in the Philadelphia bullpen. Hector Neris and Joaquin Benoit will work in setup roles for now.
Mar 30 - 10:37 AM

Michael Conforto will be on the Mets' Opening Day roster.

But just how much he is going to play remains unclear given that the Mets never found a trade partner for Jay Bruce. Conforto nailed down the roster spot by batting .300 with an .873 OPS and three home runs this spring in Grapefruit League play.
Mar 30 - 10:34 AM

Zack Wheeler will start the Mets' fourth regular season game.

And he'll be followed in the Mets' sixth regular-season game by Robert Gsellman, after Opening Day starter Noah Syndergaard returns to handle the fifth game. Wheeler experienced some tenderness in his surgically-repaired left elbow at the start of spring training, but he went five shutout innings in his final Grapefruit League outing Monday against the Marlins. The former top prospect could make a for a decent streaming option in the early part of 2017, but he'll probably have some workload limitations.
Mar 30 - 10:27 AM

An MRI came back negative on the left elbow of Mets starter Steven Matz.

That's obviously good news, but Matz will be shut down for the next three weeks and projects to miss all of April. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection Wednesday. Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman will round out the Mets' season-opening starting rotation.
Mar 30 - 10:23 AM

Phillies optioned RHP Luis Garcia to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

This opens the door for Adam Morgan and Joely Rodriguez to make the Phillies' bullpen. Garcia, 30, owns a 4.24 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 127 1/3 career major league innings.
Mar 30 - 9:33 AM

Mets optioned LHP Sean Gilmartin to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Gilmartin spent the majority of spring training working through a left shoulder issue. He posted a rough 7.13 ERA in 17 2/3 innings last season at the big league level.
Mar 30 - 9:07 AM

Dodgers optioned OF Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City; reassigned 1B Ike Davis, 1B Cody Bellinger, SS Charlie Culberson, 1B O'Koyea Dickson, OF Tyler Holt and RHP Brandon Morrow to minor league camp.

Segedin played well in Cactus League action this spring, going 13-for-32 (.406) while posting a 1.285 OPS. Alas for the 28-year-old outfielder, this strong work was not quite enough to land him on the Opening Day roster. He will serve as organizational depth moving forward, but could see time with the big league club down the road. In 73 at-bats with the Dodgers last season, Segedin hit .233/.301/.370.
Mar 29 - 8:34 PM

Tyler Holt led the Dodgers with three hits Wednesday in their Cactus League tie with the Mariners.

He also added a stolen base. Holt singled home a run in the first and later scored to give L.A. the lead on Mike Ahmed’s eighth-inning double to center field. The 28-year-old has had a terrific spring, hitting .375 over 40 Cactus League at-bats. Despite his efforts, Holt will likely begin the year at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Mar 29 - 7:37 PM

Clayton Kershaw wasn’t himself Wednesday in the Dodgers’ Cactus League tie with the Mariners, scattering two hits, two runs and two walks over three uncharacteristically shaky innings.

Navigating a tough Mariners lineup, Kershaw struggled through a difficult first inning, walking two batters and giving up a pair of base hits. He was much better after that, only allowing one base runner over his final two frames (it came on an error by Mike Ahmed). Even after Wednesday’s clunker, Kershaw’s spring ERA still sits at a masterful 2.63. Expect the three-time Cy Young winner to go full throttle in his Opening Day start Monday against the Padres.
Mar 29 - 7:34 PM

Kyle Schwarber clubbed two homers Wednesday in the Cubs’ Cactus League win over the Athletics.

Schwarber led off the game with a solo homer to deep center field. He left the yard again in the fourth, hammering a two-run shot off Daulton Jefferies. The Cubs’ leadoff man has hit .275 with five homers and 14 RBI over 51 Cactus League at-bats this spring. The 24-year-old offers considerable fantasy value, even in leagues where he’s only eligible as an outfielder.
Mar 29 - 7:31 PM

John Lackey unraveled Wednesday in the Cubs’ Cactus League win over the Athletics, surrendering seven hits and seven runs over 3 2/3 ineffective frames.

He struck out three and walked one. Lackey was spotted a five-run lead but couldn’t hold onto it, allowing two runs in the third and five more in the fourth. If it’s any consolation, only two of the seven hits he gave up went for extra bases. Wednesday certainly wasn’t how Lackey wanted to end the spring but he should be in for another strong season after earning a terrific 3.35 ERA over 29 starts for the Cubs in 2016.
Mar 29 - 7:29 PM

Austin Hedges went ballistic on Wednesday, homering twice and plating four runs in the Padres’ Cactus League tie with the White Sox.

Hedges had been homerless in 39 Cactus League at-bats prior to Wednesday. His first round-tripper was a solo blast off Anthony Swarzak with the second coming off Dan Jennings with two men on in the fourth inning. Wednesday’s outburst brought Hedges’ Cactus League average up from .256 to .310. The 24-year-old only logged 24 at-bats in the big leagues last year but is penciled in as the Padres’ Opening Day catcher.
Mar 29 - 7:14 PM



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