John Gant
Cardinals' John Gant: DL-bound to open season
John Gant, RP, STL
2:27 PM
News: Gant (groin) will begin the year on the 10-day disabled list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Gant was pitching well this spring before injuring his groin, accumulating a 1.50 ERA and 0.92 WHIP across 12.0 innings. The 24-year-old will start the year off on the DL, but he'll likely head to Triple-A Memphis once he is healthy enough to return.

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Tyler Lyons
Cardinals' Tyler Lyons: Set for 10-day DL
Tyler Lyons, RP, STL
2:20 PM
News: Lyons (knee) will begin the season on the 10-day disabled list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Confirming an earlier report, Lyons is still making his way back from a knee injury and will open the season on the 10-day DL. He was a key component of the Cardinals' bullpen in 2016, posting a 3.38 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 46:14 K:BB over 30 appearances. When the 29-year-old is healthy enough to return, he should slot into a long reliever role.

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Alex Reyes
Cardinals' Alex Reyes: Lands on DL
Alex Reyes, RP, STL
2:18 PM
News: Reyes (elbow) was placed on the 10-day DL on Thursday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

This was merely procedural as Reyes is slated to miss the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in mid-February. A move to the 60-day DL is inevitable -- it should happen whenever the Cardinals are pressed to free up a spot on the 40-man roster.

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Trevor Rosenthal
Cardinals' Trevor Rosenthal: Headed for DL to open season
Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
2:03 PM
News: Rosenthal, who is dealing with a right lat strain, will start the season on the 10-day disabled list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Rosenthal appeared to be over the back troubles that sidelined him in early March, however the 26-year-old apparently suffered a setback causing him to open the season on the 10-day DL. The Cardinals have recalled Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A until Rosenthal is able to return.

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Chris Rusin
Rockies' Chris Rusin: Scheduled for minor-league game Friday
Chris Rusin, RP, COL
1:29 PM
News: Rusin (oblique) will pitch in a minor-league game Friday, Nick Groke and Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post report.

The left-hander is expected to log two innings (or roughly 30 pitches) in order to restart his progression toward being the Rockies' primary long-relief option. It seems like Rusin is nearing his return to the major-league bullpen, but in the meantime, whichever hurler of Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela and German Marquez who doesn't make the rotation is expected to pair with Jordan Lyles to fill the void left by Rusin's absence.

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Carter Capps
Padres' Carter Capps: DL-bound to open season
Carter Capps, RP, SD
12:52 PM
News: Capps (elbow) will start the season on the disabled list.

Capps is nearing an official return from Tommy John surgery, but the Padres are continuing to proceed with precaution. The 26-year-old is scheduled to pitch his second game of spring on Thursday, and if all goes well, there should be a clearer indication of when he'll be ready to return and challenge Brandon Maurer for the closer role.

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Lucas Duda
Mets' Lucas Duda: Scratched with hammy tightness
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
12:26 PM
News: Duda is out of the Mets' lineup Thursday due to a tight hamstring, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

Puma also noted that manager Terry Collins fully expects Duda to play the season-opener, so it doesn't appear to be anything to worry about.

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Robbie Erlin
Padres' Robbie Erlin: DL-bound to begin season
Robbie Erlin, SP, SD
12:22 PM
News: Erlin (elbow) will open the season on the 60-day DL, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

This isn't much of a surprise, as Erlin is still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery he underwent last May. The southpaw is expecting to return around the All-Star break, though he likely won't carry significant fantasy value until 2018.

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Jayson Werth
Nationals' Jayson Werth: Good news on toe tests
Jayson Werth, LF, WAS
11:42 AM
News: X-rays came back negative on Werth's sore toe, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

The veteran outfielder is continuing to rest, and he was even sent back to Washington D.C. ahead of Friday's Nationals Park contest against the Red Sox because manager Dusty Baker didn't want the 37-year-old to ride the bus. Even if he doesn't suit up much or at all in remaining tuneup work, Werth remains a decent late-rounds pick in mixed fantasy leagues.

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Anthony Rendon
Nationals' Anthony Rendon: Might play Friday
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS
11:37 AM
News: Rendon has a bruise on his calf after fouling a ball off it earlier in the week but might play Friday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

Rendon's injuy doesn't seem as if it'll cost him much regular-season work, if any. Suiting up Friday would confirm his middle-rounds value in mixed leagues for weekend fantasy drafts.

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