PT TODAY: Leake fractures wrist, hopes to be available for Opening Day

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National League | American League
 
Diamondbacks | Mike Leake has fractured wrist
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Mike Leake (wrist) was diagnosed with a fracture on his non-throwing wrist following an MRI Wednesday, Feb. 12. Leake said he still plans on being ready for the beginning of the 2020 season.  Source: The Associated Press
 
BHQ take: Despite Leake’s stated plan of being ready for Opening Day, we’ve made a small downward adjustment in his projected innings. After all, the Diamondbacks have plenty of rotation choices - Robbie Ray, Madison Bumgarner, Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly, Luke Weaver and Alex Young - so there’s no need to rush Leake back before he’s 100%. Even when healthy, Leake is more of an innings eater than a pitching asset, at least as far as fantasy teams are concerned. His career xERA is 4.37 and that comes with a below average Dom of 6.1. Those numbers make him a candidate for fantasy rosters in deep leagues, but a pass in most other leagues.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Leake, Mike    PT Loss: -2%   
 

 
Dodgers | Joc Pederson, A.J. Pollock to split time
Los Angeles Dodgers OFs Joc Pederson and A.J. Pollock will platoon in left field in 2020, according to manager Dave Roberts Thursday, Feb. 13.  Source: Los Angeles Times - Jorge Castillo
 
BHQ take: With Pederson still in LA for now, the playing time for a vastly over-projected Dodgers OF had to be cut back at least a little -- even with the possibility that Pederson (or even Pollock) could be moved elsewhere before Opening Day. If both stay, Pollock's absence of significant platoon splits suggests he'll get more OF time than a standard right-handed-hitting platoon, and Cody Bellinger's 1B excellence will make this happen at least occasionally. But Pederson's .920 OPS vR -- including 36 HR in just 401 AB -- is driving this early managerial call. A fluid situation that will certainly need consideration over the near-term.   —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: High
Pederson, Joc        
Pollock, A.J. PT Loss: -10%      
 

 
Phillies | Nick Martini dropped from roster
Philadelphia Phillies OF Nick Martini was designated for assignment Saturday, Feb. 15.  Source: MLB.com - Todd Zolecki
 
BHQ take: Martini was DFA’d to make room for Kyle Garlick, who was DFA’d by the Dodgers after their acquisitions of Mookie Betts and Brusdar Graterol. Garlick got his first taste of the Majors in 2019 when he received 48 at bats with the Dodgers that featured a .250 AVG, but also three homers and an .842 OPS. He earned his promotion to LA with an excellent season at Triple-A where he batted .314 with a 1.057 OPS. That said, he didn’t make the Dodgers’ Top 15 Prospect list entering 2020. Two of the Phillies outfield slots will be going to Andrew McCutchen and Bryce Harper. Adam Haseley has the inside track on the third outfield spot, but the Phils also have Roman Quinn, Hyun-Soo Kim, Jay Bruce and perhaps Scott Kingery in the outfield. That depth suggests that Garlick will have an uphill battle to make the Philadelphia Opening Day roster.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Garlick, Kyle PT Gain: 5%      
Martini, Nick        
 

 
 
 
American League | National League
 
Red Sox | Alex Verdugo dealing with stress fracture
Boston Red Sox OF Alex Verdugo (back) is dealing with a stress fracture in his back that could cause him to miss regular-season games in addition to a portion of spring training. 'This injury, it's a stress fracture, that's what this is,' Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke said Saturday, Feb. 15. 'It's healing nice and the images that he's taken through the offseason (shows it) continues to heal. It's not healed completely, but it's in a progression where they're really liking how it's coming along. It's an injury that takes time, it takes a lot of time for this to heal, it's an injury that's fairly common in baseball because it's a rotation issue.'  Source: Logan Mullen - NESN
 
BHQ take: While the Red Sox have not yet ruled out Verdugo for Opening Day, it would make some sense for them to take things slowly with one of the main assets acquired in the Mookie Betts deal. Kevin Pillar was initially viewed as a platoon partner -- or perhaps even playing-time challenger -- to the streaky Jackie Bradley Jr., but until Verdugo is ready, both should have chances to play regularly, with Pillar likely handling right-field duties. Any leftover scraps could fall to Jose Peraza, Tzu-Wei Lin, if he makes the roster, or regular DH J.D. Martinez.  —Kris Olson
 
Impact: High
Verdugo, Alex        
Pillar, Kevin PT Gain: 5%      
 

 
Indians | Cleveland closing in on Domingo Santana
Free-agent OF Domingo Santana agreed to an undisclosed one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The deal is pending Santana being able to pass a physical.  Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Paul Hoynes
 
BHQ take: Santana should have ample PT opportunity in a CLE OF lacking proven established productive corner OFs. Santana produced at an even higher level than during his previous breakout 2017 season during the first half of 2019, then slumped and was sidelined from mid-August through virtually the remainder of the season with elbow inflammation. His power should make him a favorite to claim one of the corner OF slots in a CLE lineup in need of punch.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: High
Santana, Domingo        

 

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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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