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Blaine Boyer will remain the eighth inning set up man when Casey Fien returns. Manager Paul Molitor said.

And that's exactly the point made in the update on Fien. Boyer will maintain his role and his fantasy value. Fien is the one who needs to work to recapture what he had. Analysis: Howard Bender

Casey Fien (shoulder) could return Friday or Saturday.

The Twins are eager to get Fien back into his usual set-up role but may have to ease him back in, depending on how he's really feeling and what his command looks like. Expect to see him this weekend but he may start in low-leverage situations at first.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Jordan Lyles will pitch Sunday for the Rockies.

First he gets hit on the hand with a comebacker and then he leaves a start with a sprained toe. We look forward to Sunday's injury du jour now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: Rusney Castillo is out with sore right shoulder Wednesday, suffered while making a diving catch. Manager John Farrell said Castillo couldn't get loose.

Well that would explain the deviation from the original plan that Castillo would play the final two games of this series. Injuries are beginning to rally be an issue with Castillo, so maybe pump the brakes on your eagerness to acquire him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Eduardo Rodriguez will start Thursday in Texas for the Red Sox.

The Red Sox were considering bringing Rodriguez up in late April when Wade Miley was struggling but now they may consider him a potential replacement for the nightmare that is Joe Kelly. He'll start Thursday to stay on his regular throwing schedule and this may only be a spot start/audition, but keep an eye on him especially if there's a chance he joins the rotation. Analysis: Howard Bender

Wil Myers (wrist) is improving but not close to returning.

It's not so much that he isn't close to returning, it's that the Padres are being very cautious with him and have not set a timetable for him to start swinging a bat. Once he does start, it might not be too long before he lands on a rehab assignment. The team is hoping for an early-to-mid June return, but we'll just have to wait and see. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jake Smolinski has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.

With the need for another arm in the bullpen, the Rangers will send Smolinski down in favor of reliever Jon Edwards. With Josh Hamilton being activated, Smolinski becomes the expendable outfielder. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jon Edwards has been recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers bullpen is in need of a fresh arm, so they'll bring Edwards up, likely for a very short time. There is no fantasy value to be had here. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Mets indicated Vic Black is ready to be activated from the disabled list, it's just a matter of when the front office will complete the transaction.

Apparently we're a full go here as the velocity and command are solid. The Mets just have to figure out what they want to do with their roster and exactly what role Black will play in the bullpen. He could be a source for holds soon enough but he might need a week or two to get warmed-up. Analysis: Howard Bender

Grant Balfour has opted out of his minor league contract and was released by the team on Wednesday.

The Rays weren't calling him up anytime soon, so they'll let him go. He may pick up elsewhere is he proves he can pitch better than he has been, but that might be a ways away. Analysis: Howard Bender

Gregory Polanco is not in the Pirates starting lineup Wednesday.

After batting .182 over just 22 at-bats, Polanco has been sitting against southpaws this season. Josh Harrison is in right field with Jung-Ho Kang playing third base. Analysis: Howard Bender

Francisco Cervalli is not the Pirates starting lineup Wednesday.

With a day game following a night game, Cervelli will take a seat and get some rest. Chris Stewart will don the tools of ignorance for this one. Analysis: Howard Bender

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