PT TODAY: Mikolas, Severino, Clevinger slowed in the first week

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National League | American League
 
Cardinals | Miles Mikolas out a month
St. Louis Cardinals RHP Miles Mikolas (forearm) will miss at least a month after receiving a platelet-rich injection in his right elbow to alleviate irritation with his flexor tendon. Mikolas had an MRI last week to check the stability of his elbow and the status of his ligaments, and the Cardinals were encouraged when they compared that picture to pictures taken last season and last fall.   Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Derrick Goold
 
BHQ take: Mikolas had an excellent 2018 campaign after returning from the Far East. In 2019, he had a 110 BPV, just as he had in 2018, but the results were less satisfactory to his owners:4.16 ERA and 4.18 xERA. Nevertheless, Mikolas had been expected to be a solid contributor in the Cardinal rotation in 2020. With this news, he becomes a question mark. For now, we’re cutting about a third of his projected innings. We are also projecting Carlos Martinez will throw more innings - and get less saves - as Mikolas’ absence will likely solidify the chances that Martinez will move back into the Cardinal rotation in 2020. And, with Martinez in the rotation, the closer role in St. Louis is again up for grabs. Two possibilities are the veteran Andrew Miller and 28-year old Giovanny Gallegos. Miller, however, is coming off one of his worst seasons: 4.09 xERA and a 92.5 Vel, which is the lowest since he moved to the bullpen in 2012. Gallegos had a 2.31 ERA in 2019 with a 163 BPV, but note his xERA was over a run higher.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: High
Gallegos, Giovanny       SV Gain: 5%
Martinez, Carlos    PT Gain: 2%  SV Loss: -20%
Mikolas, Miles    PT Loss: -4%   
Miller, Andrew M        
 

 
Mets | Yoenis Cespedes still limited in recovery
New York Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (ankle, heel) continues to recover from heel surgeries and a broken left ankle, but has yet to start running all-out sprints. Cespedes' recent running exercises have been limited to straight-line work, manager Luis Rojas said Friday, Feb. 21.  Source: MLB.com - Anthony DiComo
 
BHQ take: It’s becoming more likely that Cespedes will actually see the field in 2020. Even if he’s somewhat limited at the start of the season, the advent of the 26-man rosters may allow him to make the Opening Day roster as someone who can play the field occasionally and be available to pinch-hit. The Mets also have two games in Houston in early April where Cespedes could DH. Given he hasn’t played since early 2018, there’s a tendency to say so what, but when he’s been healthy, he’s been a force. For example, from 2015 through 2018, he had PX scores of 160, 145, 134, and 157. Of course, there’s a question of whether Cespedes’ skills have survived a nearly two year layoff, and he is 34 now, but Cespedes’ contract is now incentive laden, so he certainly has reasons to perform.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Cespedes, Yoenis PT Gain: 5%      
 

 
Brewers | Brock Holt officially signed
Free-agent INF/OF Brock Holt signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, Feb. 19, with a club option for the 2021 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.   Source: MLB.com
 
BHQ take: Holt joins a crowded MIL infield where 2B Keston Hiura is the only clear regular. Each of the other three infield positions could be time shares. Holt likely is in the 3B mix with fellow LHB Eric Sogard, RHB power source Jedd Gyorko, off-season waiver claim Ronny Rodriguez and non-roster invitee Ryon Healy. Holt has above-average speed and little power, though he has solid plate skills.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: Med
Rodriguez, Ronny        
Healy, Ryon        
Gyorko, Jedd        
Sogard, Eric        
Holt, Brock        
 

 
 
 
American League | National League
 
Indians | Mike Clevinger out 6-8 weeks
Cleveland Indians RHP Mike Clevinger (knee) is expected to miss six to eight weeks because of his knee surgery.   Source: MLB.com - Mandy Bell
 
BHQ take: Clevinger seems likely to miss a sizable chunk of early-season time due to recovering from surgery, though he could return before the end of April. His workload and therefore his overall value will be diminished from previous expectation. He was dominant in his limited time on the mound in 2019, building on his 2018 breakout with a career high 165 BPV, and career bests in velocity, SwK, FpK, Dom, Ctl, Cmd and xERA.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: High
Clevinger, Michael        
 

 
Mariners | Mitch Haniger expects to play in 2020
Seattle Mariners OF Mitch Haniger (back, hernia) said he expects to play at some point this season but still does not have a timetable for his return.   Source: The Seattle Times - Ryan Divish
 
BHQ take: Haniger's 2020 outlook gets bleaker with each news cycle. Expected previously to return by May, Haniger's surgery seems to have been worse than originally indicated. His current rehab limits him to merely walking, and Haniger is quoted in a Seattle Times report that he is now "in a lot less pain." Neither of those notes is encouraging by any means, and together make it seem unlikely he'll be back before the All-Star break -- and even that may be optimistic. Currently, the most likely fill-in for Haniger in RF for SEA is 25-year-old Jake Fraley. Fraley flashes a fine speed tool, and saw 2019 gains in the power department as well. Iffy plate skills limit his BA and upside, but Fraley could garner a 15/10 HR/SB season with enough plate appearances in 2020.  —Rod Truesdell
 
Impact: Med
Fraley, Jake PT Gain: 10%      
Haniger, Mitch PT Loss: -10%      
 

 
Yankees | Luis Severino's status for opener uncertain
New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino's (elbow) status for the start of the regular season is uncertain at this time, according to manager Aaron Boone.   Source: MLB.com - Bryan Hoch
 
BHQ take: Severino was scheduled to see a doctor Feb. 21 to assess the severity of his injury, which has been described alternatively as a loose body in his pitching elbow or forearm soreness. Either way, it dates back to his last postseason start in the fall, which is not a great sign. With James Paxton already slated to miss at least the first month of the season, opening a spot in New York's starting rotation for one of Jordan Montgomery, Jonathan Loaisiga, Michael King, Deivi Garcia or Luis Cessa, any time missed by Severino would present an opportunity to a second member of that quintet. We will momentarily hold off on adjusting Severino's playing time until more is known about his injury, especially given the number of contenders auditioning to fill his role. But stay tuned for further updates on Severino's condition.   —Kris Olson
 
Impact: Med
King, Michael        

 

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Playing Time Key

The playing time percentage changes at the bottom of most news items correspond to BaseballHQ.com's Teamview pages. The percentages approximate changes in AB, IP and Saves in the following manner:

  • For batters, each 5% of PT% ~ 31 AB (100% total for each position = 618 AB)
  • For pitchers, each 3% of PT% ~ 44 IP (100% total for a team's entire pitching staff)
  • For relievers, each 5% of Svs ~ 2 saves (100% of a team's total = about40 saves)

A complete explanation of BaseballHQ.com's playing time allocations can be found in the article "How the Projections are Created."


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