One week of Spring Training games are in the books and boy, the injuries sure are piling up.
The Blue Jays seem to have been bit by the injury bug the hardest this spring, as their young hurler, Marcus Stroman, is done for the season with a torn ACL.
Couple this with the Michael Saunders injury from earlier and the nagging injuries to their studs Jose Bautista (hamstring) and Edwin Encarnacion (back), and Toronto would like nothing better than to just survive until their trip back north of the border with no further damage.
Now on to some injured players you will want no part of and some guys you may be able to get really late in your drafts depending on the team and situation of each player.
Continue to utilize Spring Training to your advantage in your draft preparations, not necessarily focusing on the numbers, but focusing on who is winning playing time battles and lineup positioning to maximize the potential on your teams.
Notable Hitting Lines for Grapefruit League Spring Training Games
- J.D. Martinez, Detroit: 1-3; HR, R, RBI
- Ian Kinsler, Detroit: 1-2: 3B, R
- Daniel Fields, Detroit: 2-3: HR, 2B, 2 RBI, R
- Steven Moya, Detroit: 2-4; HR, RBI, 2R
- Hanley Ramirez, Boston: 1-3; 2B, RBI
- Garin Cecchini, Boston: 1-1: 2B, 2 RBI
- Christian Yelich, Miami: 3-3; RBI
- Derek Dietrich, Miami: 1-2; HR, RBI, R
- Jacob Wilson, St. Louis: 3-4; HR, 2B, RBI, 2R
- Mark Reynolds, St. Louis: 1-2; 2 RBI, BB
- Jed Lowrie, Houston: 2-3; 2 2B, R
- Luis Valbuena, Houston: 2-3; 2B, RBI, R
- Max Stassi, Houston: 1-1; HR, 2 RBI, R
- Colby Rasmus, Houston: 1-2; 2B, 2 RBI, BB, R
- John Mayberry, Jr., N.Y. Mets: 2-4; RBI
- Mallex Smith, Atlanta: 3-4; R, SB, CS
- Freddie Freeman, Atlanta: 1-3; HR, 3 RBI, R
- Andrew Lambo, Pittsburgh: 2-3; 2 2B, RBI, 2R
- Sean Rodriguez, Pittsburgh: 1-3; 2 RBI
- Tony Sanchez, Pittsburgh: 2-2; 2B, BB
- Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay: 1-3; RBI
- James Loney, Tampa Bay: 2-3; 2B, R
- Chase Headley, N.Y. Yankees: 3-3; 2B
- Gary Sanchez, N.Y. Yankees: 1-1; HR, RBI, R
- Manny Machado, Baltimore: 3-3; 2B, RBI, SB
- Rey Navarro, Baltimore: 1-1; HR, RBI, R
- Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore: 2-3; 2 2B, RBI, R
- Kennys Vargas, Minnesota: 1-2; HR, RBI, BB, R
- Eddie Rosario, Minnesota: 1-3; HR, RBI, R
- Danny Valencia, Toronto: 2-3; 3B, R
- Caleb Gindl, Toronto: 2-3; 2 2B, RBI, R
- Ryan Goins, Toronto: 2-3; RBI
Notable Pitching Lines:
- Max Scherzer, Washington — 3 IP; 6H, ER, 3K
- R.A. Dickey, Toronto — 4 IP; 4H, 2ER, 2K
- Alfredo Simon, Detroit — 3 IP; 2H, 2K, 1BB
- Julio Teheran, Atlanta — 3 IP; H, ER, 4K, 2BB
- Chase Whitley, N.Y. Yankees — 3 IP, 2H, 1K, 3BB
- Wei-Yin Chen, Baltimore — 3 IP, H, 2K, 1BB
- Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh — 3 IP; H, 4K
- Carlos Martinez, St. Louis — 2.2 IP; 3H, ER, 3K
- Justin Masterson, Boston — 3 IP; 0H, 4K
- Dan Haren, Miami — 3 IP; 1H, 3K
- Kyle Gibson, Minnesota — 3 IP; 3H, ER, 0K, BB
- Bartolo Colon, N.Y. Mets — 3 IP; 5H, 3ER, K, BB
Prospect Tracking and Position Battles
Boston Outfield: Shane Victorino is getting the nod for the right-field job and the center-field spot is between Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo. The latter is still dealing with an oblique injury allowing Betts to get a leg up on the competition although he did not play Tuesday. Once healthy, Castillo should start pushing for playing time, and is looking to make a return later this week.
Houston Closer: Chad Qualls and Luke Gregerson each only have 2 IP under their belts this spring, with neither doing anything special so far, each yielding a run. Gregerson fared better off than Qualls last year, especially in the second half where Qualls completely unraveled in Houston.
Toronto Rotation: Aaron Sanchez now may be looking at a rotation spot instead of potential closer with the news of Stroman being lost for the year. It will be something to keep our eyes and ears on throughout the rest of spring to see what the plans are.
Yankees Closer: Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller are vying for the highly coveted closer position of the New York Yankees. While both performed extremely well in the strikeout department as setup men last year, they are vying for the closer job this spring and no real information has been given up yet regarding who may have a leg up. They’ve only pitched an inning or two so far, neither of which threw on Tuesday.
*stats via mlb.com
Shane Victorino Photo Credit: Keith Allison
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