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Anthony DeSclafani Pitches Well in Loss to Arizona

Cincinnati Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani pitched well in a 1-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. DeSclafani gave up one run in seven innings of work while striking out five. He allowed just one hit in the game, a triple to Nick Ahmed. DeSclafani now has a 9-9 record, 3.93 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 155 strikeouts in 155 2/3 innings of work. He has been performing well of late, as he has a 3.23 ERA over his past seven starts. DeSclafani will take on the New York Mets in his next start, which comes on Friday.

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Jimmy Nelson Throws Successful Bullpen

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson (back, groin) came out of his bullpen session on Friday healthy, according to manager Dave Roberts. Nelson is a little behind the other starters in camp as he competes for the No. 5 rotation spot, but he could still be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have a setback. The right-hander had a fine season in 2017 with the Brewers before suffering an injury that kept him out of 2018 entirely. He didn't pitch much in 2019 either. Nelson would be attractive for the fact that he's pitching for the Dodgers in a pitcher's park if he makes the rotation, but he'd still be more of a depth rotation arm in deep mixed and NL-only leagues.

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Joc Pederson Dealing With Sore Hip

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson (hip) had a light day on Friday to receive treatment for a sore right hip, which he said was a minor injury. Pederson should be just fine as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks in spring training. After a nixed trade to the Angels, the left-handed slugger will remain with the Blue to start the season. With playing time in question against southpaws on a loaded Dodgers roster, Pederson's ceiling may be limited as long as he remains in LA. But he's still just inside the top 50 fantasy outfielders at RobotBaller and can be an asset for his power later in mixed league drafts. He's also a perfect DFS streamer against righties, especially if he hits near the top of the batting order.

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Kenley Jansen Working On Slider In Camp

Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen threw a bullpen session on Friday with Rick Honeycutt, Orel Hershiser and Joel Peralta in order to work on his slider. Jansen said he worked on his cutter and two-seamer in the offseason, but he said he needs to devote some time to improving his slider. Jansen had a career-high 3.71 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 11.4 K/9 with 33 saves in 51 outings last season. The three-time All-Star has slipped a bit in the last two years with ERAs over 3.00, but Jansen is still a top-five fantasy closer that could earn the top spot easily when all is said and done in 2020 if he has three putaway pitches to work with.

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Mookie Betts To Lead Off For Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that outfielder Mookie Betts will be the team's primary leadoff hitter in 2019. Betts has hit leadoff in 562 of his career 780 at-bats. The 2018 American League MVP and four-time All-Star is moving to the top of perhaps the best lineup in baseball. He hit .295/.391/.524 with 29 home runs, 80 RBI, 135 runs scored and 16 stolen bases in 150 games last year. As such, Betts should be a top-five fantasy draft pick in the first round for his ability to contribute across the board for fantasy owners. It could be another huge season for the 27-year-old in his first year in Hollywood.

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Miles Mikolas Could Get Late Start To Season

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas(forearm) will get a late start to spring training and is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. Mikolas received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his sore right forearm, but he stated that he expects it to be all set after recovery and not a lingering issue. "If I'm a couple weeks late to the season, I think that'll be the end of it," Mikolas said on Thursday. "I'll be back just like normal." He will be shut down for about a week, but should be able to ramp up activity after that. Mikolas was the Opening Day starter for the Cardinals last season, but had an overall disappointing year. Despite his own lack of concern, the early injury drops him to something closer to a backend starter in deep mixed leagues with low-strikeout upside.

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Brent Rooker Leaves Game After Being Hit On Helmet

Minnesota Twins outfielder Brent Rooker was hit on the helmet by a pitch during Friday's exhibition game against the University of Minnesota. While he will likely undergo tests for a concussion over the next few days, it's fortunate that Rooker was able to walk off the field. The former 35th selection in the 2017 Draft slashed .282/.399/.530 with 14 home runs for Triple-A Rochester in 2019. Check back for more updates on Rooker's status.

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Phillies Avoid Arbitration With Hector Neris

Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hector Neris agreed to a $4.6 million deal to avoid arbitration. The deal includes a $7 million team option for 2021 which would have been Neris' final year of arbitration eligibility before free agency. Neris had a career-year last season posting 28 saves with a 1.02 WHIP which were backed up by strong supporting metrics such as his 32.4 percent strikeout rate. He should rack up plenty of saves pitching for a good Phillies team and should help in strikeouts as well. Draft him with confidence as a mid-round reliever with upside.

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Ryan Borucki To Play Catch Monday

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki (elbow) is set to resume throwing on Monday after getting shut down for precautionary measures earlier this week. The southpaw was limited to just under 25.0 IP combined last season after dealing with his injured elbow, which eventually led to surgery in August to remove bone spurs. The Jays will likely take it slow with Borucki through the spring, but he is a favorite to land a job in the Opening Day rotation if his health cooperates. The soon-to-be 26-year-old doesnt carry much mixed-league value but could be a late-round AL-only option if he does land a rotation spot.

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Michel Baez Ready To Start Despite Long Odds

San Diego Padres pitcher Michel Baez is building up as a starter this spring training. Amongst a crowded group, Baez is likely seventh in line for the rotation behind Cal Quantrill, but the Friars believe he fits the bill. The 24-year-old prospect debuted in 2019 to a 3.03 ERA (4.36 FIP) and 8.5 K/9 in 29 2/3 innings. Utilized as a reliever, Baez capitalized on his strong fastball-changeup combination but recognizes the need to develop a third pitch. After working on a slider this winter, hes ready to prove himself. Baez is fine with a potential relief role, but its conceivable hell draw a few starts if the Padres stretch out their rotation this season. With an ADP of 747, Baez is a deep-league options to anchor strikeouts and ratios, but hes still a way off from universal fantasy relevance.

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Danny Santana Exits After One Inning

Texas Rangers outfielder Danny Santana (calf) was removed from the first game of spring training on Friday for precautionary reasons. The utility man led off against the Kansas City Royals and grounded out on the first pitch he saw. Santana was a big surprise in 2019 as he produced all over the diamond for Texas with 28 home runs and 21 steals. One of the top prospects in the Rangers organization, infielder Nick Solak, should see more at bats in spring training if Santana misses anytime with this injury.

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