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Baltimore Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that he expects outfielder D.J. Stewart (ankle) to be fully healed by the time the regular season starts. Stewart had been ramping up toward game action when spring training was canceled after having microfracture surgery on his ankle last fall. Before his injury he hit .238/.317/.381 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 44 games for the Orioles. The good news is that he should be just fine whenever Opening Day is, but he'll have to compete for playing time in Baltimore's outfield, making him a bench option in AL-only leagues.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini has been released from the hospital but will undergo more testing, according to general manager Mike Elias. Mancini had a malignant tumor removed from his colon last week, and there is no timetable for his return to baseball activities. On the bright side, the slugger has a chance to be ready for the start of the regular season with everything pushed back until at least late May. Still, the uncertainty surrounding Mancini's recovery timeline should cause him to fall in fantasy drafts this weekend. The 28-year-old was one of the few bright spots for the O's in 2019, hitting .291/.364/.535 with 35 home runs and 97 RBI in 154 games.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini underwent successful surgery on Thursday to remove a malignant tumor from his colon. The tumor was discovered last week during a colonoscopy. Mancini's recovery will not be known until next week, but the good news for him is that the start of the regular season has been pushed back at least two weeks due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. The soon-to-be 28-year-old hit .291 with 35 home runs and 97 RBI at first base and designated hitter in 2019. His unfortunate situation will likely cause him to fall in drafts because of his unknown timetable, but Mancini certainly has appeal in all leagues if he's healthy and playing every day. His current ADP sits at 114.
Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco (hand) hasn't been in the Grapefruit League lineup because of a sore right hand that he suffered when taking a foul ball off of it. However, Sisco took some swings in a simulated game on Wednesday, so the injury doesn't look too serious. The 25-year-old is expected to form a timeshare behind the dish in Baltimore in 2020 with Pedro Severino, which leaves him very limited fantasy upside in deep two-catcher or AL-only leagues. He hit just .210/.333/.395 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in 59 games for the O's in 2019.
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Alex Cobb (finger) will not make his spring start on Thursday because of a small blister on his pitching hand. It always seems to be something with Cobb, who made just three starts due to back issues in 2019. Even if Cobb is healthy and in Baltimore's starting rotation in 2020, he has very little upside pitching for one of the worst teams in baseball in a hitter-friendly environment and in the tough American League East. Even in AL-only leagues, you're better off going in another direction.