FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Yankees recall LHP Chasen Shreve from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and option RHP Branden Pinder.

Shreve will occupy the final spot in the team's bullpen, so he isn't expected to pitch in many high-pressure situations. He can be left off the majority of rosters, seeing as he'll likely only pitch when the game has already been decided. Analysis: Colby Conway

J.J. Hardy will work out with Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday, but won't begin his rehab assignment yet.

He is expected to field ground balls and take some batting practice, but he will not begin his rehab assignment at the moment. He’s been dealing with a shoulder injury, but the fact that he is working out bodes well for his status moving forward. The hope is that he will back by the end of the month, but early May seems much more likely. Analysis: Colby Conway

Alex Colome threw 47 pitches in his rehab start Tuesday, with no reported problems.

Colome dealt with an intense bout of pneumonia this spring, prompting the team to place him on the disabled list. He threw 47 pitches in a rehab start at Triple-A Durham. He will continue to build up his stamina and strength, and he should be a viable candidate to return right to the big league team when he is healthy. Analysis: Colby Conway

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Addison Russell will start and bat ninth Tuesday.

The team wasn’t going to bring up a top prospect to have him sit on the bench. The Cubs were getting little production out of their second baseman, so they had Russell work in at second base while in the minors. The fantasy potential for this kid is high and owners should consider picking him up, in case he performs like everyone expects. He is going to take his bumps early, so don’t give up hope on the young star. Analysis: Colby Conway

Gary Brown was designated for assignment Tuesday.

Brown was let go to so the Cardinals could add pitcher Mitch Harris to the 40-man roster. Brown will likely clear waivers and look to sign a minor league contract somewhere else. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Juan Francisco , who declined an assignment by the Rays to Triple-A Durham to test free agency, has signed with the Central League Yomiuri Giants in Japan.

Francisco provides legitimate power from the left side of the plate but is just a .236 career hitter with a .297 OBP during his 6 year MLB career. He appeared in 106 games for the Blue Jays last season, hitting .220 with 40 runs, 16 home runs and 43 RBI. He will head to Japan in an effort to earn a major league contract next season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

The Rays will decide Tuesday if Drew Smyly (shoulder) will make another rehab start, or rejoin the big league rotation Friday against Toronto.

In Smyly's last outing, which was at Double-A Jacksonville, he tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed just one hit. He threw just 68 pitches (40 strikes), so the Rays may want him to make one more rehab start just to get his pitch count up. If he does get called up to start Friday, he could have some restrictions. The Rays will make the decision ar some point during the day Tuesday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kevin Gausman has pitched out of the stretch upon entering his last two appearances despite not having runners on base, and it's a change he made after talking with bullpen coach Dom Chiti.

He looked good in his last outing as he tossed two scoreless innings, but Gausmna is in need of some sort of overhaul with the way he's been struggling. Maybe pitching from the stretch will help him, but it seems to have worked once in the two times he's done it. Let's see what happens after a few more outings. He's going to stay in the bullpen for a while so he's got time to right this ship. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: The Mets placed LHP Jerry Blevins on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 20, with a distal radius fracture of his left arm.

Blevins is expected to be in a splint for at least six weeks and then then will need at least a few weeks beyond that to get himself ready for a return. We'll re-visit his condition when he actually starts rehabbing. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Mets recalled RHP Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Robles will take the bullpen spot vacated by the injured Jerry Blevins. He's not really an arm you'll want for fantasy purposes so best to just leave him be. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: The Mets purchased the contract of C Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Plawecki has a little bit of pop in his bat and could out-hit Anthony Recker for the starting job, but he's going to have to prove himself with his defense first. Travis d'Arnaud is expected to miss at least a month, so get to know this guy if you're desperate for a backstop. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Angels have mapped out a comeback regimen for Josh Hamilton, under which the troubled outfielder could rejoin the team in early June.

Early June has always been the target date for Hamilton's return. It's just now being reiterated because the Angels obviously were unable to terminate his contract after his latest relapse. He'll slot in to the outfield and push Matt Joyce to a DH platoon, at least for the time being. Hamilton has had enough difficulty staying healthy, so it's possible that things stay like that just for a short while. Analysis: Howard Bender

Trayvon Robinson signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Robinson had some nice potential at one point, but in two call-ups with the Mariners, he just simply couldn't put the bat on the ball and struck out over 30-percent of the time in each trip. He's been puttering around in the minors recently and the Diamondbacks have already assigned him to Triple-A Reno which is likely where he will stay for most of, if not the entire, year. Analysis: Howard Bender

Josh Fields (groin) tossed two scoreless innings for Triple-A Fresno on Monday.

Fields appears to be close to returning finally and the Astros will likely call him up soon to join the bullpen. He will not be considered for any saves chances as was the case in the past, but if he continues to post a high strikeout rate, he still may have some value in deeper AL-only play. Analysis: Howard Bender

Mitch Harris will be called up by the Cardinals for Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

Harris will join the Cardinals bullpen as an extra arm while outfielder Peter Bourjos is on paternity leave. The right-hander has a 2.45 ERA and two saves over 3 2/3 innings at Triple-A and should see a little bit of work while he's up. Analysis: Howard Bender

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