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Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen(knee) confirmed he will be ready to play when MLB can resume after the season was delayed due to the coronavirus. The veteran outfielder has been out since last June with a torn ACL and would have missed the start of the regular season if it started on March 26. McCutchen has been working out in Florida and said that when the season does begin, he will be ready. McCutchen was the Phillies primary leadoff hitter before his injury last season and should serve in that role again in 2020. McCutchen has a .378 on-base percentage in his career and would be a useful fantasy asset in all formats leading off for a strong Phillies lineup.
It's still unclear whether Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Seranthony Dominguez (elbow) will have Tommy John surgery. Because of the coronavirus, Dominguez hasn't been able to get a second opinion on his arm from orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. General manager Matt Klentak said a decision on Dominguez's surgery won't be made until he gets the second opinion. All signs point to the reliever having surgery, which would keep him out the rest of this season and for the start of 2021. The 25-year-old only threw 24 2/3 innings in 2019 because of his arm injury, but he was solid in 2018 with a 2.95 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings and 16 saves. Until further notice, Dominguez is off the fantasy radar.
Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Seranthony Dominguez (elbow) has been recommended to have Tommy John surgery. The hard-throwing righty originally hurt his elbow last June, but was able to recover without surgery despite missing the remainder of 2019. Dominguez only pitched one inning of Spring Training this year before reporting tightness in his elbow and being shut down. Despite the recommendation, it is still unclear if Dominguez will undergo surgery, as tests are unable to confirm a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. At this point, however, it appears Dominguez will be out for most of 2020 even without surgery. He could miss most of 2021 as well if he does go under the knife later this year, making him an afterthought in fantasy circles.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Spencer Howard could play a bigger role for the team in a shortened season. Before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said the team wants Howard to throw meaningful innings late in the season. As a result, Howard's spring schedule was different than most pitchers in an attempt to preserve innings for late in the season. Howard was limited to 99 1/3 innings last year due to a sore shoulder, so the team will likely cap his innings around 130 innings as a rookie. Howard is the top-ranked pitching prospect in the Phillies system and will crack the rotation at some point this season. With the season delayed, Howard is rapidly gaining fantasy value as a late-round pick.
Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto and the team have tabled contract extension talks amid the coronavirus shutdown in MLB. The Phillies won their arbitration case against the All-Star catcher, who will make $10 million this season. The Phillies, however, have made it known they want to lock up Realmuto long term ahead of his impending free agency after the season. Realmuto was one of the best catchers in the league last year slashing .275/.328/.493 with 25 homers and nine steals. He should be the first or second catcher off the board in fantasy drafts and currently carries an average draft position of 53rd overall.