There's certainly reason for optimism here and Frazier says it's "a really good sign." The two-time All-Star is taking a cautious approach for his return to action after suffering the injury during a hitting drill this week. It will likely be some time before Frazier sees live game action, but the minor progress is encouraging. Expect Tyler Saladino and Matt Davidson to get opportunities in his absence.
Donaldson reportedly still has a hitch in his gait, but says he "feels good." The three-time All-Star has been steadily progressing since straining his calf while running the bases last week. Expect him to return to game action in early-to-mid March, barring any unforeseen setbacks.
Donaldson will still need some time to get back to 100 percent, but he has not encountered any setbacks on his road to recovery, so his 2-to-3 week return timetable remains as-is. It has been nearly a week since Donaldson injured his calf, so as long as his health continues to improve, he should be ready to make his spring debut at some point in early-to-mid March.
Gammons also confirms previous reports that Profar will start in the Rangers outfield against right-handed pitching. Working in left field during the WBC should help him hone a position he fleetingly has played before. With his new clear-cut opportunity, Profar, named the No. 1 prospect in baseball for the 2013 season, is worth a dice roll in deep fantasy leagues as a post-hype sleeper entering his age-24 season.
The veteran is still aiming to start for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, so he's trying ramp up activities a bit despite an injury that's dogged him in numerous springs. Heading into his age-38 season, Beltre carries a steady track record but more risk to miss time due to his age. His performance in rehab and the World Baseball Classic, if he makes it there, must be monitored heading into fantasy drafts.
Omar Infante slides in at third base, hitting sixth. Castellanos should be back in a few days.
Sandoval is motivated to prove himself after a couple of disastrous seasons in Boston, so Thursday's display is very encouraging. He showed up to camp in better condition and Thursday's hustle-double was an extension of the offseason commitment he put into his body. While manager John Farrell is not going to hand him the starting job, Sandoval merely has to beat out utility players Brock Holt and Josh Rutledge. It would take a monumentally horrible spring for him to get beat out for the starting job at third base.
Valbuena followed up his breakout campaign in 2015 with an even better start to the 2016 season, slashing a career-best .260/.357/.459 with 16 homers in 90 games prior to going down with a season-ending hamstring injury. Now that he is healthy, the 31-year-old is ready to compete with C.J. Cron for the lion's share of at-bats at first base. Despite their opposite handedness, both batters' splits indicate that they are better against righties, so a strict platoon isn't a guarantee. This will be a battle to monitor this spring because the winner will be a high power upside option in fantasy.
Frazier incurred the injury while swinging on Monday, but this development is consistent with the club's thought that the issue is actually fairly minor. Oblique injuries are never something to scoff at given their notoriously lengthy recovery times, but it seems that the third baseman dodged a bullet in this instance. Nonetheless, he'll continue to take things slowly given the extended length of spring training, so don't be surprised if he sits out a bit longer just to avoid aggravating it further.
Torreyes was primarily a reserve utility infielder for the Bronx Bombers last season, although he did log a pair of appearances in right field. It seems that the Yankees are attempting to turn him into a super utility player, which should help him maintain his spot on the major league roster even with New York's prospects knocking on the door to the majors. However, the 24-year-old is still blocked by more talented players at every position on the depth chart, so his fantasy impact will likely still be minimal even with the potential for added positional eligibility.