MLB PLAYER NEWS
Suns' Devin Booker (hand) is questionable for Saturday
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (hand) is questionable to play on Saturday against the Golden State Warriors.
Booker is dealing with a right hand sprain, and hit just 3-of-18 shots on Thursday night. If he's ruled out, Elfrid Payton, Shaq Harrison and Troy Daniels would all likely see a boost in minutes.
Should Booker play on Saturday, numberFire projects him for 36.4 FanDuel points.
Athletics' Jharel Cotton (UCL) getting second opinion Friday
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jharel Cotton is getting a second opinion on his strained UCL and strained flexor muscle on Friday.
Cotton told the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser that he's optimistic about his elbow, which the right-hander claims is "okay" and at "full strength." That said, Cotton is likely going to open the year on the disabled list and season-ending surgery is still a possibility.
Cotton recorded a 5.58 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 18.6 strikeout percentage across 129 innings last season while going 9-10 in 24 starts.
Reds sign Eugenio Suarez to seven-year extension
The Cincinnati Reds signed third baseman Eugenio Suarez to a seven-year, $66 million extension with a club option for 2025.
The team option for 2025 is for $15 million with a buyout for $2 million. The 26-year-old is coming off his best season in the big leagues, hitting .260/.367/.461 with 26 home runs, 87 runs, and 82 RBIs.
For 2018, numberFire projects Suarez to hit .252 with 78 runs, 21 home runs, 73 RBIs, and 6 stolen bases over 612 plate appearances.
Phillies' Jerad Eickhoff (lat) to miss 6-8 weeks
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff is dealing with a mild lat strain, and is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks.
Eickhoff won't throw for 7-10 days, and then he'll essentially have to restart his entire spring training program. The injury opens up a spot in the Phillies rotation that could be filled by Ben Lively, Nick Pivetta, or Mark Lieter Jr.
Eickhoff is coming off a disappointing 2017 in which he posted a 4.71 ERA and 1.52 WHIP across 128 innings.
Cardinals' Luke Gregerson (oblique) will face live hitters on Friday
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Luke Gregerson (oblique) will throw a live batting practice session on Friday.
Assuming everything goes well, Gregerson should be able to see game action soon. He entered spring training as the presumed favorite to win the closer job, but an oblique injury has has opened the door for Dominic Leone to potentially close instead. This competition could potentially come down to the wire.
Assuming Gregerson still wins the job, numberFire projects him for a 3.20 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 66 strikeouts, and 25 saves across 64.2 innings this season.
Mets' Michael Conforto (shoulder) to play in minors game on Friday
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (shoulder) will play in a minor league game on Friday.
It will be Conforto's first game action since undergoing shoulder surgery in September. He's scheduled to receive four at-bats, and he appears to be progressing well in his recovery. Conforto is targeting a May 1st return, but perhaps he could come back sooner if things continue to go well.
numberFire projects Conforto to hit .252 with 58 runs, 21 home runs, and 60 RBIs in 437 plate appearances this season.
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