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Hunter Strickland will join the Giants as their 26th man on Saturday.

With the Giants getting to add one more player to their 25-man roster for the upcoming double-header on Saturday, Strickland will join the team. He has top-tier reliever upside if he can reign in his command and propensity for giving up huge home runs in high leverage situations (yes, that is a nod to the pitcher giving up six home runs in 8.1 postseason innings pitched), but will head back down to the minors after the game. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Update: Manager Bruce Bochy said if Matt Cain does not suffer any setbacks, he will face live hitters Tuesday.

Cain is recovering from a strained flexor tendon, but he's made solid progress, throwing all of his pitches in his last bullpen session. He could return in mid-June for the Giants, but he's been constantly ineffective or hurt since the wheels fell off for the pitcher in 2013 and can't be counted on to contribute in fantasy leagues, though he is worth taking a flier on for his upside alone. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Bobby Parnell allowed 1 walk and struck out 1 batter in a scoreless inning for St. Lucie. He is expected to move on to Double-A Binghamton.

Parnell has encountered velocity issues in his return from Tommy John surgery, causing his rehab to be greatly slowed. He's probably not going to be ready to return until mid-June at this rate, and he does not have much fantasy value once he is back with Jeurys Familia thriving in the closing role. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Update: Yasiel Puig felt tightness in his hamstring while jogging Friday.

This is a very bad sign for Puig, who has already encountered a setback in his hamstring injury that has limited him to just 43 at bats this season. A second setback now likely will cause him to be shut down for a week or more, as LA Times reporter Bill Shaiken wrote that "that's a DL return measured in weeks, not days." Puig was just a day or two from returning to the Dodgers a few weeks ago before aggravating his hamstring injury in a minor league rehab game, and now could be out through mid-June. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Vance Worley will remain in the the bullpen "for now," according to manager Clint Hurdle.

Worley has a 4.17 ERA and 1.54 WHIP this season, and has been demoted to the bullpen. The Pirates rotation has been one of the best in the league, with Worley being their weakest link. He'll be delegated to a bullpen role for the time being. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Daniel Norris lasted four innings for Triple-A Buffalo Friday night at Toledo, he allowed three runs on five hits and four walks with three strikeouts.

Norris, one of the Blue Jays best pitching prospects, started the season as a member of Toronto's MLB rotation, but struggled with control, allowing 10 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings with 18 walks. Norris had a rough start on Friday in Triple-A on Friday, and while he has been very good in the minors prior to the start (a 2.50 ERA in three starts), the four walks are not acceptable. He's just a couple solid starts away from being promoted to the big leagues again, but is not a reliable fantasy option until he can consistently hit the strike zone. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Brandon Morrow (shoulder inflammation) will throw another bullpen Saturday or Sunday. Padres are eyeing a simulated game for him next week in Anaheim.

Morrow hasn't pitched since May 2nd with left shoulder inflammation, but he threw a successful bullpen session on Thursday and is likely to throw another one on Sunday. He may require a simulated game or two followed by a rehab start before making his return to the Padres in mid-June. Morrow is worth owning in deeper leagues due to his upside and solid performance this season prior to his injury, but he is also injury prone and risky. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Carl Crawford is still in Arizona working out. He still has some soreness in his oblique.

Crawford suffered a torn oblique on April 27th, and still hasn't been partaking in baseball activities. Oblique injuries can be particularly troubling for baseball players, as they have a knack for lingering and sapping power, so Crawford could be out until late-June.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Brandon Beachy said he is not going out on a rehab assignment after Friday. There will be more simulated games.

Beachy had his recovery from Tommy John surgery recently slowed down due to issues with his mechanics, but has had a couple successful bullpen appearances in May and is almost ready to embark on a rehab assignment. The 28-year old right-hander, who has had two Tommy John surgeries, could make one or two more simulated games before pitching in a live game. Beachy could be back in mid-to-late June at best. He has been very effective when healthy, with a career 3.23 ERA and 9.25 K/9, but he has just one season, of four, with over 140 innings pitched. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Dodgers acquired LHP Eric Surkamp from the White Sox.

Surkamp has been traded to the Dodgers for an unreported return. The left handed pitcher hasn't been very good in recent years at the major league level, and had a 4.81 ERA in 24.1 innings out of the bullpen with the White Sox in 2014. He's been very good in Triple-A this season, though, after being designated for assignment in the Spring, and has allowed eight runs with a 30 strikeouts and nine walks in 25 2/3 innings (one start and ten appearances out of the bullpen). He could in theory become an emergency starter for the Dodgers pitching staff that has lost both Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy for the season, but is more likely to be a depth option out of the bullpen. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said pitcher David Hernandez will likely re-join the club next week.

Hernandez is recovering from Tommy John surgery that kept him out for all of the 2014 season. He's thrown two innings in two appearances for the Diamondbacks High-A affiliate, and will make another appearance with the Double-A club before returning to the major league team. Analysis: Ben Diamond

The Mets will use a six-man rotation when Dillon Gee (groin) is activated off the disabled list this week.

The Mets have a great rotation of Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom, Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese, and Noah Syndergaard, with Gee being the clear odd man out. It doesn't make a ton of sense to use Gee as a sixth starter when there are five other quality options, with the main reasoning being to limit Syndergaard's innings and try to give the other starters some more rest. Gee isn't a very inspiring option in fantasy leagues, and in standard formats can be left on the waiver wire.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Brett Oberholtzer is going throw live batting batting practice with Triple-A Fresno in the next few days, maybe Sunday or Monday.

Oberholtzer is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on his left index finger. He's expected to throw a bullpen in the coming days, and may throw another session before making a rehab start with Triple-A Fresno. Oberholtzer suffered the blister late in spring training, forcing him to start the season on the DL. The southpaw made on start on May 13 before aggravating the blister and landing back on the DL. It's a tough start to the season for Oberholtzer, especially because the injury has prevented him from building "up to the 100 pitches" in terms of arm strength, per manager A.J. Hinch. He could make his second start of the season for Houston right around the start of June, but isn't a viable fantasy option in most leagues. Analysis: Ben Diamond

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