New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't put on a timetable on a return, only saying, "He's going to be sidelined for a bit." The Yankees start the regular season April 2 at Tampa Bay.
Kansas City expects All-Star catcher Salvador Perez to be ready for its opener at Minnesota on April 3 after tests showed inflammation but no structural damage in his injured left knee. The Royals are concerned about his hyperextended left elbow, and manager Ned Yost said Perez probably will be ready to play in a week. Perez was injured Saturday while playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.
There's a scarcity of pitching in today's fantasy game. Top-tier talent is less often returning on the investment of fantasy owners. An often overlooked, underappreciated statistic in finding fantasy return on investment (ROI) is innings pitched. Since 2014, only four starters have had three consecutive seasons of both 200 innings pitched and 200 strikeouts: Madison Bumgarner, Corey Kluber, David Price and Max Scherzer. In 2014, 34 pitchers reached 200 innings.
Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Jean Segura were in a bit of a hurry after playing part of a spring training game over the weekend for the Seattle Mariners. They had to catch a plane to Florida, where their teammates from the Dominican Republic were convening for the World Baseball Classic to defend their 2013 title. "It's going to be really fun for us being around those guys," Segura said of his countrymen.