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Angels' Huston Street: On for spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Street (knee) is making his 2017 Cactus League debut Friday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

Coming off a 6.45 ERA during (surprise) an injury-shortened 2016, Street is battling for the closer role with Cam Bedrosian (groin) and Andrew Bailey, among others. His body of work and name recognition may land him the job initially, but it's wise for fantasy players to remain skeptical, especially considering his health issues and the talent Bedrosian boasts when healthy.

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Blue Jays' Melvin Upton Jr.: Rejoins Grapefruit League lineup Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Upton (shoulder) will man left field and bat in the leadoff spot in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Upton has been sidelined for a little over a week with right shoulder soreness, but after taking batting practice Saturday without any complications, he's been cleared to return to action and doesn't appear to be at any risk of missing the start of the season. The 32-year-old is likely slated to occupy the smaller portion of a platoon in left field this season, presumably with Ezequiel Carrera.

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Nationals' Blake Treinen: Role to be announced soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Saturday the team has decided on a closer, although he isn't yet willing to make that decision public, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Treinen is one of three candidates for the job, along with Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.

The 28-year-old once again worked the ninth inning Saturday, recording the final two outs against the Astros. All three relievers have pitched well this spring, but Treinen's numbers (0.00 ERA, 0.21 WHIP, 8:0 K:BB in 4.2 innings) are a notch above Glover's (3.72 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 12:1 K:BB in 9.2 innings) and especially Kelley's (1.42 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 6:3 K:BB in 6.1 innings), and his recent usage suggests he might be the winner of one of the spring's most intriguing battles from a fantasy perspective. It seems the Nats' bullpen picture should become a lot clearer very soon.

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Mets' Steven Matz: Scratched from spring start with elbow issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matz has been scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League start Monday with elbow discomfort, David Lennon of Newsday reports.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson insisted that Matz isn't dealing with a ligament issue and wouldn't require an MRI, but did note that it was "worrisome" that the left-hander continues to experience recurring injury setbacks. The team is hopeful that by backing off Matz for a few days, he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season. Even so, Matz still carries plenty of risk as a draft-day investment, given that he previously had a bone spur removed from his elbow last fall. Seth Lugo would presumably be first in line to start if Matz or any of the Mets' other projected rotation members is forced to miss time this season.

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Nationals' Shawn Kelley: Role to be announced soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Saturday the team has decided on a closer, although he isn't yet willing to make that decision public, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Kelley is one of three candidates for the job, along with Koda Glover and Blake Treinen.

While much can be read into the fact that Glover and Treinen have been getting ninth-inning work over the last couple of weeks in spring games while Kelley hasn't, the veteran has been consistently one of the first arms out of the bullpen after the starter during Grapefruit League action and will have a high-leverage role for the Nats this season, whether he's recording saves or holds. Either way, it seems the team's bullpen picture should become a lot clearer very soon.

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