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Koji Uehara (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session Monday.

It has already been established that Uehara will not open the season on time as this hamstring injury was more severe than originally believed. He will continue to throw bullpen sessions until the discomfort subsides. Expect him to stay in extended spring training while Edward Mujica assumes the closer's role. Analysis: Howard Bender

Matt Barnes (food poisoning) was scratched from his scheduled appearance Tuesday.

Barnes is going to need a couple of days to himself here as he recovers from his nightmarish bout with food poisoning. He'll probably get plenty of rest and some IV fluids to help take the edge off. He should be fine overall though and will likely get a new start scheduled before the end of the week. Analysis: Howard Bender

Nationals announce they've traded left-hander Jerry Blevins to the Mets for outfielder Matt den Dekker.

Quite the interesting acquisition for the Nationals. With Denard Span out for an extended period of time and Jayson Werth unlikely to start the season on-time, the Nats are pretty thin in the outfield. Den Dekker has some nice potential, but is probably only ready for a part-time role at this point. Analysis: Howard Bender

Josmil Pinto (concussion) has been cleared and returned to action on Monday.

Pinto caught three innings and went 0-for-2 with two walks in a Double-A game Monday and reported no issues. He is likely to start another minor league game Tuesday or Wednesday before returning to big league camp. Analysis: Howard Bender

Drew Storen was removed from Monday's game with an injury.

Uh oh. This is not a good thing. No word yet on the nature or severity of the injury but the Nationals could be in a heap of trouble if he's out for a long period of time. With Casey Janssen also dealing with a shoulder issue, the team may have to turn to Aaron Barrett or Blake Treinen. Analysis: Howard Bender

Cardinals have purchased the contract of RHP Carlos Villanueva.

Villanueva has found himself a nice home in the bullpen and will handle a middle relief role for the Cardinals now. He could find his way into a spot start at some random point, but nothing you want a piece of in fantasy leagues. Analysis: Howard Bender

Blaine Boyer has made the Twins Opening Day roster.

Boyer will handle a middle relief role, but it's unlikely that he finds himself in many high-leverage situations. He can probably be ignored in most fantasy formats. Analysis: Howard Bender

Diamondbacks reassign Nick Buss, Walter Ibarra and Dan Runzler to Minor League camp.

Runzler had a chance to earn a relief spot in the pen, but was unable to crack the roster. He could be back up later in the season and may even be someone to look at if your league scored holds. Analysis: Howard Bender

Diamondbacks option Matt Reynolds, A.J. Schugel and Allen Webster to Triple-A Reno.

No surprises here as Webster was finally told that he would not be the team's fifth starter. We should see him and Reynolds in a relief role at some point this season, but there's not much for fantasy owners here. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jon Lester will start in a Minor League game on Tuesday at the Cubs complex, his final tune up before Opening Night.

Just a easy day for Lester who the Cubs have invested quite a bit of money in and don't want to risk his health in a major league outing. He will be their Opening Day starter and a major part of their potential success.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Chris Denorfia, sidelined with a sore left hamstring, took batting practice on Monday and was expected to play in a Minor League game by mid week.

Denorfia is still not sure if he'll be ready for Opening Day, but the Cubs seem to be of the mindset that when he is ready, he will be the primary fourth outfielder and likely platoon a little with Chris Coghlan. His value in fantasy will be extremely limited. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jose Abreu (personal) will return to the lineup on Tuesday.

No details on the personal day for Abreu, but the slugger should return to the team Tuesday and all will be well in the universe. If you still haven't drafted, he's definitely worth the early-to-mid first-round pick. Analysis: Howard Bender

Adrian Beltre (rest) will not play Monday.

Just a simple day off for Beltre; nothing more than that. He'll be just fine for the regular season and will continue to hit in the meat of the order. He may be on a slight decline with age, but he is still one of the best at the position. Analysis: Howard Bender

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he's hopeful Joey Terdoslavich (wrist) can return Tuesday.

The 26-year old is competing for a bench spot on the 25-man roster but may end up in Triple-A if he doesn't return from the wrist injury soon. Gonzalez wants to give him every opportunity to succeed as the team is light on power and could really use his bat. Analysis: Howard Bender

GM Ruben Amaro said Darin Ruf is not a lock to make the team, but he also said Ruf playing in Triple-A is not ideal.

Of course it's not ideal, but if he's not able to produce at the big league level, then they have to do something with him. The way the Phillies have it set up for right now, Ben Rever is being shifted over to left while Odubel Herrera starts in center. Ruf is not worth owning, even in NL only play. Analysis: Howard Bender


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