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Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff (back) is slated to start Monday's spring game against the Angels, Sophia Minnaert of Fox Sports Wisconsin reports. The 28-year-old pitched against live hitters Thursday with no issues and is poised to make his spring debut Monday. Woodruff was originally scheduled to start last Tuesday, so the back stiffness only ended up pushing back his first outing of the spring by less than a week. Assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks, the right-hander shouldn't have any issues being ready for Opening Day. Woodruff should be one of the stronger SP2 targets for fantasy managers, especially when considering that he made strides with his secondary pitches in 2020 to complement his devastating upper-90s heater.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez helped lead the team to a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Perez went 2-for-4 in the game with a home run, a double, two runs and two RBI. He now has three home runs on the year and is slashing .333/.395/.641. Perez was a terror on Angels pitching all series. Over the three-game series, he went 8-for-12 with four RBI. Perez will look to stay hot as the Royals open up a four-game series at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller was able to put together his first sold start of the 2021 season on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels. Keller pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out five. He earned the win to improve to 1-1 on the year. Keller was shelled in each of his first two starts this year, allowing 10 earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. Wednesday's start was encouraging to see, but he's still on thin ice for fantasy managers after the rough start to the year. He'll look to build off Wednesday's outing in his next start on Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson made his return to the lineup for the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader. Donaldson went 1-for-2 at the plate, walking once and scoring a run in the 7-1 loss. The 34-year-old answered any questions about the condition of his hamstring immediately. He singled in his first at-bat, went from first to third on a Nelson Cruz base hit, and then scored on a Kyle Garlick sacrifice fly, impressively showing the team that he's healthy. Donaldson is likely to be eased back into the action, which might cause some fantasy managers to grumble a bit, though it ultimately could be the best thing for his fantasy value long-term.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios was saddled with the loss in Wednesday's nightcap against the Red Sox. Berrios pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits with five strikeouts compared to three walks. The 26-year-old hurler was cruising along through three frames before the wheels fell off in the fourth, as he loaded the bases and proceeded to walk a run in before giving way to Tyler Duffey, who promptly surrendered two runs. Still, Berrios owns an impressive 25:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio through three starts with a 3.38 ERA. He'll next pitch on Tuesday against the Athletics, who have been slumping to start the season.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings pitched in his first start as an opposing player with fans in Citi Field. The Mets got to Wheeler early with two runs in the first inning, but Wheeler settled in and didn't allow another run until the seventh inning when a runner he left on base scored after Wheeler's departure. He struck out six and is sporting a 30 percent strikeout rate early in the season. That rate will likely come down as the season goes on, but Wheeler is off to a nice start in his second season with the Phillies. Wheeler is a must-roster pitcher in all formats and can be started in his next outing versus the Giants.
The Cincinnati Reds moved right-hander Michael Lorenzen (shoulder) from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list on Wednesday to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for left-hander Phillip Diehl, who they claimed off of waivers. The move doesn't bode well for Lorenzen's recovery as he was originally only expected to miss one or two starts after suffering a shoulder strain during Cactus League play. Lorenzen will now be on the injured list until May 31 at the latest, with the Reds remaining hopeful that he will be able to return to action at that point. Lorenzen received a platelet-rich plasma injection and is expected to avoid having surgery.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Jose De Leon will be shifted to the bullpen this week to accommodate the return of Sonny Gray (back) from the injured list. Gray will be activated to start against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Gray was placed on the injured list at the beginning of the season after developing back spasms during Cactus League play in the spring. De Leon made two starts for the Reds, posting a 7.71 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts across 9 1/3 innings of work. The move to the bullpen zaps what little fantasy appeal De Leon had.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Tyler Mahle pitched well but took a hard-luck loss at the hands of the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Mahle allowed just two runs (one earned) over five innings while striking out seven but the Giants went on to win 3-0. Mahle has been solid this season, but he has not been very efficient with his pitches as he needed 89 to get through the fifth inning on Wednesday and has yet to make it beyond the fifth inning in any of his three starts on the year. Fantasy gamers will take his production, however, as he has a 1-1 record, 1.93 ERA, and 22 strikeouts across 14 innings of work. Mahle lines up to start against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
St. Louis Cardinals utility player Tommy Edman extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Wednesday, as he went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in a loss to the Nationals. He only has one game this season in which he went hitless, but he drew a walk in that appearance to give him a 12-game on-base streak to open the year. He hasn't shown much power, but that's not stopping him from getting results, as he is slashing .294/.357/.412 with a double, a triple, a home run, three steals and a 5:5 K:BB ratio.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff was returned to the team's alternate site following Wednesday's doubleheader with the Red Sox, according to Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com. The move is not a surprise, as Kirilloff was added as the team's 27th man for the doubleheader. Making his major league debut, Kirilloff went 0-for-3 with a strikeout while playing in both games of the doubleheader. He should get more playing time in Minnesota throughout the year, as he is currently the team's No. 2 prospect.