Cruz and Robinson Cano have each been sidelined for a few days, but they had plenty of at-bats in the World Baseball Classic to get ready. Don't expect either slugger to be very rusty when they're set to return.
Robinson Cano is also out with the same illness, so it appears the bug is making its way through the clubhouse. It doesn't appear to be overly serious, but it's unclear how long Cruz will be sidelined so consider him day-to-day.
Santana entertained on the world stage by hitting .308 (8-for-26) with a pair of doubles, RBI and runs scored for the Dominican Republic. Fantasy owners will hope for carry-over results similar to the ones Santana displayed coming off his previous WBC. Following the 2013 tournament, the slugger opened the MLB regular season by hitting .389 in April. A slight regression from 2016's career year should be expected, but even so, Santana brings plenty of value across all formats.
Scioscia added that he felt comfortable with Pujols' defense if he needed to use him there in a pinch during the regular season. Luckily for most fantasy owners, the 37-year-old logged 28 games at first base last season, making him eligible for the position in most standard fantasy formats. For those that need him to make a start in the field to gain eligibility, it may be a while before that day comes. From a fantasy perspective, serving as the team's full-time designated hitter bodes well for the aging superstar's health, and should keep him a viable fantasy option based on his ability to smack home runs and drive in runs while hitting behind Mike Trout this season.
Gallo was out for six weeks after injuring the same hamstring in the Venezuelan Winter League, but his comments suggest he received encouraging results from Tuesday's MRI. He's expected to open the year with Triple-A Round Rock, playing third base, first base and left field. Gallo's bid for an Opening Day roster spot hasn't gained much traction, as he's struck out 19 times in 42 Cactus League at-bats, and the Rangers' other position players have mostly stayed healthy.
This is the same hamstring that cut Gallo's time in winter ball short and sidelined him for six weeks, so it could be something to be concerned about, although we won't know until the test results are back. Consider him day-to-day for now, but depending on how serious the injury turns out to be, Gallo could find himself out for an extended period of time to start the season.
The veteran slugger hit .300 (6-for-20) with three home runs and five RBI in the WBC as Team Dominican Republic fell short in its bid to advance to the tournament's semi-final round with a loss to Team USA on Saturday night. Manager Scott Servais has indicated he'll likely wait until Wednesday or Thursday to get Cruz back into game action considering he got plenty of game action during the WBC.
Park has had an outstanding spring training, hitting .394 (13-for-33) and striking out in just 23 percent of his plate appearances (compared to 32.8 percent last year in the majors). Kennys Vargas began the spring as the leading candidate for the starting DH job, but Park may have overtaken him for the role. However, the competition may not be decided until the end of training camp since Vargas has missed time while playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.
It was Tucker's first appearance of spring after spending all offseason rehabbing from shoulder surgery. The Astros have taken it slow with him until this point, and it doesn't seem like they'll rush him now, seeing as the 26-year-old is in line to start the season at Triple-A Fresno.
The Astros have taken it slowly with Tucker who spent the entire offseason rehabbing from September shoulder surgery. The delay caused by his shoulder puts Tucker in line to begin the season in the minors, though with Houston's well-stocked outfield, even a healthy Tucker would have started at Triple-A Fresno.