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Chris Owings (2B/SS/OF, ARI) – Waiver Wire Pickups

Blake Snell Is More Focused

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell is more focused this season. Snell had a rocky 2017 that included bad starts and being demoted. In an article, the personal issues that likely contributed are explored. To read it, click on the link right beneath my name. The relevant part for fantasy is the suggestion that... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Brad Miller is done playing second base for the rest of the preseason. Where Miller plays the most often is a matter of what sources you listen to. At first, it sounded like he would be the primary first baseman but then the Rays acquired C.J. Cron which created doubt. Some... Read More

After a strong start to his 2018 spring training, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Mark Leiter is headed back to Philadelphia to undergo tests on his right forearm. The 27-year-old has been experiencing tightness and soreness in the forearm, according to manager Gabe Kapler. Through his first three outings this spring, Leiter was quite impressive, tossing... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Mallex Smith (hamstring) will make a minor league start on Tuesday. It will be his first game action since March 8. He is still expected to be ready for Opening Day. Smith is all about speed, and he's stolen exactly 16 bases each of the last two seasons. He played in... Read More

Astros Option A.J. Reed

The Houston Astros optioned first baseman A.J. Reed to minor league camp on Monday. Reed had a slash line of .298/.365/.511 and an OPS of .876 in 52 Grapefruit League at-bats, which is great, but it just speaks to how stacked the team's current roster is. Reed arrived to camp 25 pounds lighter after an... Read More

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly is experimenting with hitting outfielder Lewis Brinson in the leadoff spot this spring, and the outfielder is scheduled to hit first for the second time in camp on Tuesday. After trading Dee Gordon to Seattle over the winter, the Fish have no true leadoff hitter on the current roster. Mattingly... Read More

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (wrist) suffered a non-displaced left wrist fracture after being hit by a pitch in the Cactus League game Monday night. There is no timetable for his injury, but expecting him to miss at least around two months would be a fair bet. Turner has come on strong late in... Read More

Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Carlos Estevez will miss the beginning of the 2018 season with an oblique injury, according to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post. The hard-throwing right-hander, who has designs on being a late-game reliever for the Rockies, had “a little setback” with his injured left oblique, per Saunders. “Maybe in two days... Read More

According to Jon Heyman of, free-agent starting pitcher Trevor Cahill's deal with the Oakland Athletics worth $1.5 million was finalized on Monday. Cahill will likely work in long relief, in addition to serving as a starter when someone is needed to fill up innings. Cahill had a 4.93 ERA with 87 strikeouts over 84... Read More

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale allowed four runs against the Phillies on Monday. He did strike out six batters, but it was the three walks that really made the day difficult for Sale. According to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, Sale mentioned his frustration due to lack of command and lack of feel... Read More

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz (forearm) is scheduled to pitch a three-inning minor league game on Friday, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe. Pomeranz is still recovering from a flexor strain and has had forearm issues in the past, so it is always something to be cautious with and not rush... Read More

Washington Nationals starting pitcher A.J. Cole still looks like he will be in the running for the fifth starting pitching slot, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. The team added veteran Jeremy Hellickson on a minor league deal, but general manager Mike Rizzo said about Cole: “He’s going to make the team.” Rizzo also... Read More

Detroit Tigers top prospect Franklin Perez, acquired in the Justin Verlander trade last season, will miss at least 12 weeks with a right lat strain after suffering the injury in a minor league contest on Sunday. Perez wasn't likely to spend any time at the big league level this year, but he showed serious promise... Read More

Ben Gamel Takes Big Steps

Seattle Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel (oblique) played catch on the field on Monday, according to Shannon Drayer of MyNorthwest. After that, per Drayer, Gamel headed to the cages with a bat, a huge step forward after he had been diagnosed with an oblique strain. Gamel was expected to miss four to six weeks, meaning that... Read More

Felix Hernandez Feels Good

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (forearm) felt good after throwing Monday, according to Shannon Drayer of MyNorthwest. General Manager Jerry Dipoto commented on the outing by Hernandez, saying, “Couldn’t have gone any better.” Hernandez is improving since taking a liner off his forearm late last month and barring any setbacks, he should be ready... Read More

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija has been pushed back from Tuesday’s start and will pitch Wednesday in a minors game. Samardzija was originally projected to be the No. 3 starter in the Giants rotation to open the season, but this move puts him off schedule. Aside from naming Madison Bumgarner the Opening Day starter,... Read More

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer will work to minimize his elbow strain in 2018, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. McCosky notes that Fulmer has changed the way he is throwing the slider to ease the strain on his elbow, creating a slower pitch that he likes a lot. It appears that... Read More

Cincinnati Reds infield prospect Nick Senzel was sent to minor league camp, according to Mark Sheldon of While this is not a shock, the bigger news is that Senzel will be the primary second baseman for Triple-A Louisville to open the 2018 season. This is not a massive shock, considering that Cincinnati extended Eugenio... Read More

New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, according to Bryan Hoch of In speaking with manager Aaron Boone, the first-year skipper is not ready to give Ellsbury the green light and it appears that the team will opt to add a 13th pitcher to the... Read More

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Rey Fuentes (undisclosed) left Monday's game after being hit by a pitch. There has been no word on his condition thus far. The former first-round pick is unlikely to get much playing time in the crowded Arizona outfield this season. He would need three injuries and/or trades to get regular playing time in... Read More

Evan P. Grant reports that catcher Robinson Chirinos will start opening day for the Texas Rangers. Chirinos has had a productive spring, slashing .280/.357/.480 with a home run over 25 at-bats. His spring performance included everything that we have come to expect from the 33-year-old, mainly solid power with a lot of strikeouts. Chirinos is... Read More

Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel has returned to camp and still has the confidence of manager Alex Cora, reported Alex Speier of The Boston Globe. To illustrate his confidence in Kimbrel's readiness, Cora stated, "As long as we have a three-run lead or two-run lead or one-run lead, he’ll be ready for that one."... Read More

Free-agent starting pitcher Clay Buchholz signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Nightengale reports that Buchholz will get $1.5 million if he makes the big league team and another $250,000 in incentives, a strong dropoff from the $13.5 million he earned with the Phillies last... Read More

Los Angeles Angels left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney will miss his next spring training start with left elbow inflammation. He underwent an MRI, which ruled out ligament damage, and he will be cleared to throw once the swelling subsides. Spring training injuries are never fun, but rarely should they be taken too seriously. However, Heaney has... Read More

Cleveland Indians utility player Giovanny Urshela (undisclosed) left Monday's game against the Giants, according to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Urshela, who is fighting for a roster spot, came up lame hustling out a double and had to be removed from the game. There is obviously no news on the injury, but any time... Read More

Atlanta Braves outfield prospect Ronald Acuna  will be sent to minor league camp, according to the team. The top prospect in baseball, Acuna will likely be up at some point this season, as there is very little he has left to prove in the minors. Acuna  had a 1.247 OPS in spring training, including four... Read More

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez is likely to be the fifth starter to open the season, according to Mark Bowman of A fifth starter will not be needed until April 10, so Sanchez will be given a start or two with Triple-A Gwinnett to gear up for the season. Sanchez was signed by... Read More

Johan Camargo Feeling Good

Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo (oblique) took dry swings Monday and did some throwing, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Camargo felt good, according to manager Brian Snitker, but is still doubtful for Opening Day. He is going to be the third baseman when he returns, so just keep an eye on him during... Read More

Atlanta Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz will toe the rubber on Tuesday against minor leaguers. The team is off, but he's doing this to keep on track to be the No. 2 pitcher behind Julio Teheran. He's shown some promise this spring with a slower pitching motion. Folty could be a stealthy good late-round pickup. If... Read More

Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Brad Boxberger has looked good this spring training, giving up one run on four hits and one walk across four innings. He has struck out three batters thus far. Boxberger seems to be fully recovered from arm soreness that kept him out earlier this month, and he will no doubt be ready for... Read More

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