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The Bobcats are hiring former Cavaliers guard Mark Price as an assistant coach.

Nate Freiman cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

Freiman is batting .171/.225/.188 in Triple-A this season, so it is no surprise nobody wanted him. He could be back in the bigs sometime this season, but he is unlikely to have much of an impact. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Rasual Butler has drawn interest from the Blazers, Spurs and Warriors.

Now that all of the good wing players have signed, veterans like Butler will be in demand for bench jobs. Butler averaged 20.1 minutes per game with the Wizards last season, averaging 7.7 ppg. The Warriors do not appear to have any room for Butler in their rotation, but he could average around 20 minutes per game for the Blazers or Spurs. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Todd Redmond has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo.

Redmond has struggled this season, with a 7.31 ERA and 5.40 FIP, but he had a 3.24 ERA in 75 innings just a year ago. He is unlikely to be relevant for fantasy, but he should be back in the big leagues at some point this summer. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Manager Don Mattingly said Brandon Beachy is not an option to start Monday. He also would prefer not to start Juan Nicasio.

This is all quite helpful. Who exactly does Mattingly want to start? Whoever it is will have a nice home matchup with the Phillies, followed by a start Saturday against the Brewers if he sticks in the rotation. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Jerry Blevins (forearm fracture) remains uncleared when he will be able to throw.

Blevins has been out since April 19, and once he is cleared to throw he will have to build up to a rehab assignment. The best-case scenario is probably a return in early August, but that doesn't seem particularly likely right now. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Manager Lloyd McClendon says he'll miss next three games to fly to Indiana following the death of his youngest sister.

We certainly mourn McLendon and his family in the face of this loss. He should return Thursday against the Angels.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

Patrick Corbin's next start will be Saturday at Citi Field.

The Diamondbacks have two days off next week, but rather than skip somebody they will stick with the same five-man rotation. Corbin allowed two earned runs in five innings in his 2015 debut Saturday, and he should be picked up in advance of his start against the Mets Saturday. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Matt Harvey will be throwing twice between starts now as Mets try to alter his between starts routine.

Harvey walked five batters Saturday after walking just six in all of June. There is no telling if this change will actually help, but it probably couldn't hurt.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

Rodney Stuckey has agreed in principle on three-year, $21 million deal with the Indiana Pacers.

Stuckey started 36 of his 71 games in his first season with the Pacers, averaging 12.6 points in 26.4 minutes while shooting a career-high .390% from behind the arc. Stuckey should continue to start at shooting guard for the Pacers so long as he can stay healthy. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Jenrry Mejia is due to make final "rehab" appearance for Las Vegas on Sunday. He will fly to San Francisco on Monday and be activated Tuesday.

Bobby Parnell and Jeurys Familia have been lights out for the Mets this season, so Mejia will be relegated to a seventh-inning role for now. He could be useful in leagues that count holds, and he could have a larger role if Familia or Parnell are traded at the deadline. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Manager Kevin Cash said John Jaso (wrist) is getting close and could rejoin the Rays this week.

Anyone in an OBP league should add Jaso now, especially in two-catcher leagues. He may not score many runs in a poor Rays lineup, but he is valuable against righties. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Update: Manager Ned Yost says Yordano Ventura may skip his next rehab start on Monday.

The Royals are considering throwing Ventura Thursday against the Rays, in which case he would skip Monday's rehab start. If you own Ventura in a weekly league you may want to keep him on the bench one more week, but if he is available in your league you should add him now. Analysis: Steve Pimental

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