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Cubs' Javier Baez (forearm) avoids injury after exiting Friday's game early
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (forearm) avoided a more serious injury after being removed from Friday's game.
Baez was hit by a pitch and removed from Friday's game as a precaution. He is dealing with a right forearm contusion and is expected to be back in action soon.
Baez's projection for the 2021 season includes 82 runs, 28 home runs, 88 RBI, and 11 stolen bases with a 0.261 batting average in 620 plate appearances.
Philadelphia's J.T. Realmuto (thumb) utilizing splint after cast removal
Philadelphia Phillies center J.T. Realmuto (thumb) is utilizing a splint to "allow for more mobility."
Realmuto has not been cleared to throw or hit despite his recent progress from a small thumb fracture before Spring Training. If Realmuto is unable to fully return behind the plate in time for Philadelphia's opener against the Atlanta Braves, expect Andrew Knapp or Jeff Mathis to potentially catch more for the Phillies.
numberFire's models currently project Realmuto to produce a .269 average with 24 home runs and 74 RBI in 530 plate appearances.
Yankees' Gio Urshela (elbow) feels good after spring debut
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela didn't suffer any setbacks in his Spring Training debut Thursday.
"It felt really good," Urshela said after the game. "I felt 100 percent, trying to get my elbow ready. Now I'm just trying to get that timing back." He underwent surgery after the playoffs to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow, and it seems as though he'll be ready to go in full force for Opening Day. Should he miss any time or be limited to start the year, Miguel Andujar or Derek Dietrich could be in store for reps at the hot corner.
Our models currently project Urshela for a .273 batting average with a .769 OPS, 18 home runs, 74 RBI and 73 runs across 548 plate appearances this season.
White Sox's Yasmani Grandal (knee) swinging in cage on Friday
According to manager Tony La Russa, Chicago White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal (knee) is not ready to play in the field yet.
Grandal has progressed to swinging in the batting cage while he recovers from a knee injury during last week's spring training drills. Expect the veteran to play his fielding position behind the plate before Opening Day's matchup against the Los Angeles Angels.
As Chicago's starting catcher, numberFire's models currently project Grandal to produce a .238 average with 23 home runs and 66 RBI in 499 total plate appearances.
Maddon: Angels plan for Shohei Ohtani to pitch on normal rotation turn
According to manager Joe Maddon, Los Angeles Angels designated hitter / pitcher Shohei Ohtani will pitch on five days rest in a six pitcher rotation.
Ohtani is expected to pitch on normal five days rest after mostly appearing on Sundays last season. Los Angeles' 26-year old dual-position talent has reportedly looked better on the mound, hitting 100 mph during a recent appearance in live batting practice.
As an offensive producer, our models currently project Ohtani for a .260 average with 22 home runs and 63 RBI in 450 total plate appearances.
Phillies' Adam Haseley (groin) set to miss four weeks
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Adam Haseley (groin) is expected to be out for at least four weeks.
Haseley suffered a moderate groin strain on Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks. His injury changes the landscape of the competition for the Phillies centerfield position. He will begin the season on the injured list.
Haseley's projections for the 2021 season include 35 runs, 8 home runs, 39 RBIs, and 2 stolen bases in 355 plate appearances with a 0.255 batting average.