Sometimes fantasy baseball owners overrate spring training performances, both jumping on the good and overreacting to the bad. That's not ideal, but there can be some lessons learned from spring performances if you know where to look. Here are some spring performances that should have you concerned with the MLB season nearly here.
Now that the Cubs have broken baseball's oldest curse, who's next? From D.C. to Dodger Stadium, a lot of loaded teams are lurking, waiting for that elusive World Series win. New Cardinals leadoff man Dexter Fowler has a clue which club might break through. "I guess Cleveland," he said. Fowler got a close-up look last fall.
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.
Toronto Blue Jays reliever T.J. House was taken off the field in an ambulance Friday after being hit on the head by a line drive in the ninth inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers. House was talking before the ambulance left the field in Lakeland, Florida, Toronto manager John Gibbons said. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said House's injury was among the scariest things he has witnessed in a baseball game.
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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.
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