Paxton will be the last member of the projected starting rotation to see action this spring, and he won't actually open the game versus Colorado. Rather, the 28-year-old southpaw will "piggyback" starter Yovani Gallardo, going through his full pre-game routine as if preparing to start the game but actually working in a relief capacity. Paxton is scheduled for a normal workload this spring and recently commented that he's "scheduled for 25 (spring) innings" and that he's "healthy and right on schedule."
The two-time 20-game winner has plenty of room for improvement despite a solid 13-9 record last season, and the Cardinals plan to afford him plenty of work to get him started on the right foot this spring. That's in sharp contrast to previous exhibition slates, when Wainwright has been on a reduced throwing program due to health issues. Wainwright is slated to kick off what will be a busy spring with a start against the Braves on Thursday, which will set him on course to potentially open six spring training games overall. If schedule holds, it will result in the veteran right-hander starting just one fewer game than the two previous springs combined.
This was a good start to spring training for Suarez, who is making his case to make the Giants' 25-man roster. Assuming good health, Matt Cain is expected to be named the team's fifth starter when we get closer to Opening Day, but Suarez and Ty Blach are going to be given an opportunity to prove themselves as viable options. Even if he doesn't make the rotation, Suarez -- a swingman -- could also be used in a long relief role like he was for portions of the season last year. With a 4.29 ERA and 5.8 K/9 last season, Suarez would only deserve deep-league consideration if he were to make the rotation.
Giolito's first start of the spring had some bright moments, but was fairly shaky as a whole. The 22-year-old began his outing by giving up hard-hit singles to Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant, and ended up allowing a long home run to Addison Russell an inning later. He'll look to improve upon Monday's start going forward as he continues to get settled in at big league camp.
The veteran right-hander's frustration with how he pitched seemed justified considering that he allowed three earned runs and four hits in just one inning of work. However, Sanchez did not sound overly concerned about being able to straighten things out prior to the start of the regular season. While it's tough to take much away from a poor outing this early in spring training, Sanchez will obviously need to improve his effectiveness in future appearances this March in order to have a shot at cracking Detroit's starting rotation.
Eflin skipped a bullpen session early in camp due to swelling in his right knee and has been held out of spring training games thus far. He is expected to throw to hitters in a couple of live bullpen sessions within the next week before being cleared to pitch in a game.
Thompson is scheduled to pitch a bullpen session this week where he will simulate throwing multiple innings. He has been sidelined with a mild right wrist sprain early on in camp.
Despite his advanced age and lack of consistency throughout his career, the Dodgers re-signed Hill this past offseason with hopes that he could repeat last year's 2.12 ERA across 110.1 innings. While relying on a 36-year-old late bloomer in fantasy sounds risky, it is hard to argue against the numbers. The combination of his 3.9 K/BB, 0.3 HR/9 and a 2.26 FIP all scream "fantasy ace." The biggest downside to Hill would have to be his durability. 2016 was the first time the southpaw has thrown over 100 major league innings since 2007, so there is some concern surrounding whether he will hold up for the entire season.
Bolsinger allowed the first three batters he faced to reach base before wiggling his was out of the jam. He finished the day on a good note when he froze Pedro Florimon for called strike three on the third out. The 29-year-old right-hander is looking to capture the team's long-relief role for 2017.
This is a big first step for Zimmerman, who was only able to pitch 105.1 innings in 2016 due to neck issues. He received two neck injections over the offseason and reportedly came into spring training feeling 100 percent. The 30-year-old is looking to rebound after posting a 4.87 ERA last season, and staying healthy will be the key for him in 2017.