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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.


Miles Mikolas (elbow) is slated to resume throwing off a mound soon.


Apr 06   12:12 AM

Mikolas has expanded his long-tossing out to 120 feet and is nearing a bullpen session as he works his way back from a right flexor tendon strain. The right-hander had been slated to miss the first month or so of the season had it started on time, but he now should be ready to roll when things get underway.


Andrew McCutchen (knee) said Thursday that he'll be "ready to go" whenever the season begins.


Apr 06   12:12 AM

'Cutch had been on track to miss the first few weeks of the season as he eased back into things following left ACL surgery, but he's been working out and has plenty of time to get ready now. "Now I know, whenever the time comes and we're playing again, I'll be ready to go," he said. "I'm really gonna be itching to get out on the field and play but right now I just need to take care of business and take advantage of this time."


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


Apr 05   7:04 PM

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.


Tigers released RHP Zach Godley.


Apr 05   12:05 AM

The Tigers signed Godley to a minor league deal and gave him a non-roster invite to spring training. In his five Grapefruit League appearance, the 29-year-old allowed five runs over 4 1/3 innings; good for a 10.38 ERA. He also struggled with the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays in 2019 with a 5.97 ERA, 70/42 K/BB ratio and 1.50 WHIP over his 92 innings with those clubs. 


Athletics released OF/1B Brock Stassi.


Apr 05   12:05 AM

Stassi had just signed with the A's on March 21. The 30-year-old hasn't been in the majors since 2017, and hit .302/.388/.430 with two homers in just 28 games for the Giants' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates. 


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


Apr 04   6:08 PM

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.


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 04   5:35 PM

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.


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 04   12:05 PM

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.


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


Apr 04   10:22 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.


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