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Angels' Andrew Heaney (elbow) will miss next start
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney will miss his next scheduled start due to left elbow inflammation.
Heaney underwent an MRI that ruled out any ligament damage and it doesn't sound like the Angels expect the 26-year-old southpaw to be sidelined for long. "Everything that was evaluated said that this is just a bump in the road," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We'll get him out on the mound as soon as possible." Health issues have limited Heaney to just 27 2/3 innings over the past two seasons.
numberFire's models currently project Heaney to record a 5.59 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, and 21.4 strikeout percentage while going 3-5 across 64 1/2 innings this season.
Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) feels good in return to Mets on Monday
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) said he felt great after returning to Grapefruit League action on Monday.
Cespedes finished 1-for-3 with a single in his first return to action since receiving a cortisone shot in his wrist last week. There are no concerns about the 32-year-old's status for Opening Day.
numberFire projects Cespedes to hit .281 with 76 runs, 31 home runs, and 82 RBIs in 580 plate appearances this season.
Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) won't be ready for Yankees on Opening Day
New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, manager Aaron Boone said on Monday.
Ellsbury is dealing with a right oblique strain that has sidelined him from Cactus League action since March 1. It sounds like the 34-year-old outfielder should be ready by the second or third week of the season. He projects to serve as the Yankees' primary backup to Aaron Hicks in center field this season.
As of now, numberFire's models project Ellsbury to bat .257 with 4 home runs, 30 RBI, 46 runs scored, and 15 steals in 354 plate appearances this season.
Rangers pluck Tommy Joseph off waivers from Phillies
The Texas Rangers claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Joseph was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week following the signing of Jake Arrieta. He should provide the Rangers with some right-handed hitting depth while playing second fiddle to Joey Gallo at first base. The 26-year-old first baseman slashed .240/.289/.432 with 22 home runs, 69 RBI, and 51 runs scored in Philadelphia last season.
Prior to last weeks' release, numberFire's models projected Joseph to bat .244 with 12 home runs, 40 RBI, 28 runs scored, and 1 steal in 266 plate appearances this season.
Julio Teheran named Braves' Opening Day starter
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran has been named the Opening Day starter versus the Philadelphia Phillies.
Teheran struggled overall in 2017, but he was the obvious choice for Opening Day starter for the Braves. He will be matched against Phillies' right-hander Aaron Nola on March 29.
Our models project Teheran for 4.38 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 2018, with 139 strikeouts over 185.1 innings pitched.
Marlins' J.T. Realmuto (back) expects to be ready for Opening Day
Miami Marlins catcher/first basman J.T. Realmuto (back) said Monday morning that he is confident he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.
Manager Don Mattingly said that he thinks Realmuto is turning the corner, so all of these are good signs with the season just over a week away. Check back for another update on Realmuto later in the week to see if the Fish still think he is on target for Opening Day.
For the 2018 season, numberFire projects Realmuto to hit .270 with 60 runs, 14 home runs, 54 RBI, and 10 stolen bases over 525 plate appearances.
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