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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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Cardinals' Harrison Bader: Contract purchased from Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bader's contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday, David Solomon of 550 KTRS reports.

Dexter Fowler is headed to the DL with a wrist strain, which opens up an opportunity for Bader to get regular at-bats with the big-league club. He has a .297/.354/.517 slash line with 19 home runs and nine steals (on 15 attempts) in 381 plate appearances, so it's easy to get excited about his fantasy potential. Bader does the bulk of his damage against lefties, against whom he has a 1.358 OPS, versus a .744 mark against righties. This makes him an immediate option against southpaws in daily leagues, but it would not be surprising if he had some struggles against same-handed pitching in his first stint with the big-league club.

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Indians' Abraham Almonte: Retreats to bench Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Almonte is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Angels.

Almonte normally enters the lineup against right-handed starters and has seen the bulk of the action in right field with Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) on the shelf, but the Indians will move him to the bench to allow Austin Jackson to get back in the lineup. The switch-hitting outfielder has been a solid option in right field since the All-Star break, possessing a .972 OPS in seven games played.

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Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: No MRI, could start Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Strasburg (forearm) does not need an MRI and the Nationals are hopeful that he will be able to start Saturday's game against the Rockies, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.

Manager Dusty Baker would not rule out a DL stint for Strasburg, but overall the mood seemed to be positive regarding the righty's long-term health. The team will evaluate how he progresses over the next couple days before making an official decision regarding this weekend's rotation. Strasburg left his last start with a forearm stiffness as a precaution.

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Angels' Nick Franklin: Hits bench Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franklin is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Indians.

Franklin resides on the large side of a platoon at second base with Cliff Pennington, but now that Kaleb Cowart is in the big leagues again, there is a decent chance that Cowart could log most of the starts at the keystone while sending the current platoon mates to the bench. This trend appears to be starting right out of the gate, as Cowart is manning second base and batting ninth in his first game back up.

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