He didn't play in Friday's Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox and, despite Duda's assurances, any issues with his back this spring are going to raise some red flags for fantasy owners after his rough 2016 season. He's still got plenty of time before Opening Day to show that he's 100 percent, but if the back problems linger through March, be prepared to drop him in your rankings.
Nats manager Dusty Baker made it clear that he hasn't decided on an Opening Day batting order, but Eaton will most likely hit first or second during the regular season. Given the speed the team will feature at the top of their order and the green lights that will come with it, Eaton could be in line for his first 20-steal season in 2017.
Nats manager Dusty Baker made it clear that he hasn't decided on an Opening Day batting order, but Turner will most likely hit first or second during the regular season. The 23-year-old, who is 35-for-43 (81.4 percent) on the basepaths in 100 games to begin his big league career, figures to get frequent green lights in 2017 no matter what slot in the order he occupies.
The 31-year-old left-hander is looking to bounce back in 2017 after posting a 4.57 ERA last year, his worst performance since becoming a full-time starter for the A's in 2010. Gonzalez will be restricted to one inning or 25 pitches in his first outing of the spring.
He said Friday he'll need about a week before he'll be ready to catch during Grapefruit League action, as he gets up to speed on the Nats' pitchers, but that doesn't preclude an appearance or two as a DH. Wieters is expected to catch about 120 games this season, which could make it tough for him to record his first 20 home run season since 2013, but if the 30-year-old is fully healthy he should be able to improve on last season's .243/.302/.409 slash line.
It's a sigh of relief for Locke and the Marlins, especially considering that the southpaw is already dealing with biceps tendinitis. The 29-year-old will receive some much needed rest before returning to regular pitching activities. Expect Locke to continue competing for a starting spot when he returns.
Greinke is in the midst of a "slow-played" spring camp as he makes his way back from a season-ending shoulder injury. The 33-year-old reportedly threw 20 pitches under supervision and said he felt everything went well, so expect him to ramp up activity in the coming weeks. Greinke is coming off a rough first season with Arizona, in which he posted a 4.37 ERA while serving up 23 home runs.
Cole dealt with bouts of elbow inflammation last season and has been cautiously eased into spring training activity. After finishing fourth in Cy Young voting in 2015, he recorded a career-worst 3.88 ERA last season and was shut down in September. Nonetheless, if all goes well, expect the former All-Star to see Grapefruit League action soon.
Pivetta made his spring debut Friday and looked good in two scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out three and walking one. He will return to Triple-A Lehigh Valley at the start of the season after going 1-2 with a 2.55 ERA in five starts with the IronPigs late last year following a promotion from Double-A Reading. He could be an option to join the Phillies' rotation later this season.
Perkins is competing for the fifth outfield spot with Chris Coghlan, Daniel Nava and Brock Stassi. He's considered a bit of a longshot for the job, but can improve his chances if he keeps performing like he did Friday. Perkins, 26, hit .292/.329/.419 with eight home runs and 11 stolen bases last season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.