PT TODAY: Judge injury opens door for Frazier

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Yankees | Aaron Judge doubtful for opener
New York Yankees OF Aaron Judge (shoulder, pectoral) is considered doubtful for the start of the season, according to general manager Brian Cashman.   Source: MLB.com - Bryan Hoch
 
BHQ take: The big winner if Judge starts the season on the injured list may be Clint Frazier, who may now not only be assured of an Opening Day roster spot but also a starting outfield job alongside Mike Tauchman and Brett Gardner. Who would serve as the team's fourth outfielder is a bit murky, but Thairo Estrada or Tyler Wade could play there in a pinch. Miguel Andujar has been holding his own in left field thus far in spring training, but he may serve as the team's designated hitter while Giancarlo Stanton is out, though another permutation could be to send Andujar to left, allowing Mike Ford to DH.  —Kris Olson
 
Impact: Low
Tauchman, Mike PT Gain: 5%      
Frazier, Clint PT Gain: 5%      
Judge, Aaron PT Loss: -10%      
 

 
Red Sox | Collin McHugh signs with Boston
Free-agent RHP Collin McHugh on Thursday, March 5, signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox. In a corresponding move, the Red Sox designated RHP Hector Velazquez for assignment.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: McHugh, who battled elbow soreness all year in 2019, is not expected to be ready for the start of the season. But assuming he can get healthy, he will represent a significant upgrade to a mediocre back end of the Red Sox rotation. For now, until McHugh proves his arm is sound, we will give him only the starting pitching innings of the man he replaced on the Red Sox 40-man roster, Hector Velazquez, especially since McHugh has averaged only 70 IP a season over the last three years while swinging between the rotation and the bullpen. But if his arm can hold up under an increased workload, there is no reason he should not be able to bump lesser-skilled pitchers, like Martin Perez and Ryan Weber, down in the Boston rotation pecking order.  —Kris Olson
 
Impact: Med
Velazquez, Hector    PT Loss: -4%   
 

 
Red Sox | Chris Sale to have MRI
Boston Red Sox LHP Chris Sale (elbow) was sent for an MRI on his left elbow after he experienced renewed soreness. Dr. James Andrews will review the results. Manager Ron Roenicke expressed there was concern.  Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham
 
BHQ take: Ominous signs abound, and the worst -- a need for Tommy John surgery -- may have been confirmed by Dr. James Andrews by the time you are reading this. Team doctors reportedly have read the MRI and given their diagnosis, but the team is waiting for Andrews to confirm that diagnosis. Rather than a new injury, this very much sounds like a continuation of the elbow inflammation that saw Sale shut down as of last Aug. 14, after which he received a PRP injection. We had previously allocated the starts Sale was scheduled to miss at the start of the season, allegedly due to the after affects of pneumonia, to the mediocre array of fill-in starters that the Red Sox have at their disposal, including Ryan Weber, Matt Hall and Hector Velazquez. But further adjustments will be necessary if it is announced that Sale will not pitch at all in 2020.  —Kris Olson
 
Impact: High
Hall, Matt    PT Gain: 1%   
Velazquez, Hector    PT Gain: 1%   
Weber, Ryan    PT Gain: 1%   
Sale, Chris    PT Loss: -3%   
 

 
Astros | Yordan Alvarez to miss a few days
Houston Astros OF Yordan Alvarez (knee) will be sidelined for a few days because of knee soreness.   Source: Houston Chronicle - Matt Young
 
BHQ take: We've been hearing about Alvarez's knees since spring began, and now they're apparently barking again. Obviously his fantasy owners should be concerned this early in the season, if just because the AL West favorites are likely to rest Alvarez early and perhaps more often in an effort to keep his elite bat in the lineup over the course of a long season. We're still over-subscribed playing time-wise three weeks before Opening day. But if you're projecting PT ripples on this news, RF competitors Josh Reddick and Kyle Tucker look to benefit from any reduction in Alvarez's AB.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Med
Alvarez, Yordan PT Loss: -10%      
 

 
Angels | Griffin Canning likely to start in IL
Los Angeles Angels RHP Griffin Canning (elbow) likely will open the season on the injured list, according to manager Joe Maddon. Canning was scheduled to throw Saturday, Feb. 29, but his elbow did not feel right.   Source: Los Angeles Times - Bill Shaikin
 
BHQ take: News we'd been anticipating following the announcement of Canning's MRI and UCL issues. After he was shut down last August with elbow issues, more skepticism is obviously warranted now as to Canning's potential 2020 contribution. With Dylan Bundy, Julio Teheran and Andrew Heaney the only sure things in the Opening Day rotation, the #4 and #5 spots here are more up for grabs than ever -- and will likely be decided now in March. Stay tuned.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: High
Canning, Griffin    PT Loss: -1%   
 

 
Athletics | Stephen Piscotty shut down with injury
Oakland Athletics OF Stephen Piscotty (ribs) has been shut down after an MRI on Friday, Feb. 28, revealed intercostal rib strain was worse than anticipated. A's manager Bob Melvin wouldn't rule out Piscotty for Opening Day in March but also declined to provide a timetable for his return.  Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Scott Bair
 
BHQ take: It seems likely Piscotty will at least open on the IL, which may give OAK a chance to sneak one of their out-of-options players like Jorge Mateo or Franklin Barreto onto the Opening Day roster, then hopefully through waivers after the season starts when most teams have their rosters set. The biggest beneficiary if Piscotty misses much time would seem to be veteran Robbie Grossman, for whom we were just getting ready to reduce our PT projection given OAK's crowded OF situation and no early trade movement (and we may yet cut it some despite this news). Grossman brings on-base ability -- and little else. He did chip in 9 SB in 2019, which added to his standard Roto value a bit as well. But the 30-year-old has zero power, and with playing time at risk in 2020, there's little reason to take a flyer on Grossman.  —Rod Truesdell
 
Impact: Low
Piscotty, Stephen PT Loss: -5%      
Grossman, Robert        
 

 
 
 
National League | American League
 
Giants | Tyler Beede undergoes MRI
San Francisco Giants RHP Tyler Beede (elbow) has been diagnosed with a flexor strain as well as a sprained ulnar collateral ligament after undergoing an MRI Tuesday, March 3.   Source: MLB.com - Maria I. Guardado
 
BHQ take: Updating this report. Beede says that he expects to avoid surgery but will receive a second opinion -- and that his UCL is 75% intact. After being a clear early favorite to claim the #5 rotation spot out of spring training, Beede will now begin the season on the IL. And minus any kind of return timetable, we're going to be skeptical as to his eventual 2020 contributions. Mgr Gabe Kapler named all of Andrew Suarez, Logan Webb, Trevor Cahill, Tyson Ross, Trevor Oaks and Shaun Anderson as candidates for the job, with no one seemingly having an upper hand this early. We'll stay on top of it.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: High
Beede, Tyler    PT Loss: -4%   
 

 
Braves | Cole Hamels not cleared yet
Atlanta Braves LHP Cole Hamels (shoulder) is making good progress but has not been cleared to start throwing at this point, according to manager Brian Snitker.   Source: The Athletic - David O'Brien
 
BHQ take: Just a note to make sure fantasy owners are alert to the possibility that Hamels will miss considerable time this spring. With the latest news, we’ve made another reduction in his projected innings. As we noted on February 12th when news about Hamels’ shoulder issues first surfaced, the Braves have a number of options to replace them. A couple of them are off to good spring starts - caveat, of course, that we’ve just entered March and it’s only a couple of outings. Felix Hernandez in camp as a non-roster invitee, has started the spring with a couple of good outings and some are saying he’s in the lead for Hamels’ starts. Another name to keep an eye on is Kyle Wright, who was very good over his last 12 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett in 2019. So far this spring, he has thrown five innings allowing only two hits with no walks or runs and seven strike outs.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Wright, Kyle    PT Gain: 1%   
Hamels, Cole M    PT Loss: -2%   
Hernandez, Felix A    PT Gain: 1%   
 

 
Pirates | Steven Brault shut down
Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Steven Brault (shoulder) will not throw for at least the next two weeks after being diagnosed with a left shoulder muscle strain Monday, March 2.  Source: The Athletic - Rob Biertempfel
 
BHQ take: Shoulder soreness alert! The Pirates will shut down Brault, who entered spring as a front-runner for a spot in the rotation, for at least two weeks before making a determination on his status. In two appearances this spring (2.1 innings), he has allowed four hits and two runs. The injury opens the door for non-roster invitee Derek Holland to grab a spot in the rotation. In two starts this spring, Holland has made the case, allowing two runs in 4.1 innings with seven strikeouts. Before jumping on the Holland train, keep in mind he's coming off a 2019 in which he had a 6.08 ERA (5.25 xERA) in 84 IP.  —Rick Green
 
Impact: Med
Brault, Steven        
Holland, Derek        

 

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Playing Time Key

The playing time percentage changes at the bottom of most news items correspond to BaseballHQ.com's Teamview pages. The percentages approximate changes in AB, IP and Saves in the following manner:

  • For batters, each 5% of PT% ~ 31 AB (100% total for each position = 618 AB)
  • For pitchers, each 3% of PT% ~ 44 IP (100% total for a team's entire pitching staff)
  • For relievers, each 5% of Svs ~ 2 saves (100% of a team's total = about40 saves)

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