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Updated: Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder) threw on Monday with no reported problems.

The Athletics believe the oft injured one will be able to play in the outfield and not just be forced to DH. In 53 games in the second half he's hit .268 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs, a slight improvement over his work in the first half (.225-15-43 in 94 more at-bats).ANALYST: Ray Flowers

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has confirmed that shortstop Jose Reyes will travel back to the team on Sunday and return from the disabled list and play Monday against the White Sox.

Reyes will see some rehab work Friday and Saturday and, barring any setbacks, will be in the jays' lineup Monday. Everything has progressed as well as the team could have expected and it should be back to business as usual. Analysis: Howard Bender

Gregorio Petit (hand) is still sore and has not begun hitting yet.

Petit is having trouble gripping the bat still and is laboring through dry swings at this point. He will not step into the batting cage until he is much closer to 100-percent so don;t look for him to return for another few weeks at the least. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chris Martin (elbow) has been playing catch and is expected to throw a bullpen session either Saturday or Sunday.

Martn has been on the DL with elbow tendinitis for the last two weeks but seems to be progressing well enough to be advanced in his workouts. From bullpen sessions he'll graduate to batting practice and from there maybe a simulated game or two before a rehab stint. Even when he does come back though, he's not someone to be used in fantasy. Analysis: Howard Bender

Andy Parrino's contract was selected from Triple-A Nashville Friday.

Parrino is batting .273 with four home runs over 160 at-bats for Triple-A Nashville this season. He'll come up as a utility infielder and while manager Bob Melvin will find a way to get him some at-bats, his playing time is going to be far too inconsistent for fantasy use. Analysis: Howard Bender

Tyler Ladendorf (ankle) was placed on the 60-day disabled list Friday.

Ladendorf had ankle surgery in early May and is expected to miss more than just a few months. His move to the 60-day DL is just clerical as is opens a roster spot on the 40-man for the team. Analysis: Howard Bender

Melvin Upton will need another 40 at-bats before he is activated from the disabled list.

Even if they bat him leadoff for every game, Upton is still looking like he's about two weeks away from returning. When he does, he will work as the Padres fourth or fifth outfielder, limiting his upside.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Teams have begun to eye Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller.

What a shock. Suddenly teams are interested in a 24-year old who is 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA and 43:16 K:BB over 54.0 innings. Never saw that coming. The Braves did a nice job not only acquiring Miller, but also in developing him more. His use of a new cutter is increasing his ground ball rate and he is inducing a lot more weak contact. As a result, strikeouts are up, walks are down and Miller looks like a tremendous asset.Expect teams to make pitches for Miller, but don't expect the Braves to bite. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Blue Jays inquired about Cole Hamels, but were told he wouldn't waive his no-trade clause for them.

Pitching at Citizens' Bank Ball Park is one thing but going to the Rodgers' Centre is career suicide for many. Unless Hamels were guaranteed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract that would allow him to retire with the Jays in about 10 years, he's not interested.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Bucks General Manager John Hammond said Jabari Parker is doing "extremely well” in his rehab from ACL surgery.

Parker will take it easy on himself over the summer and start to ramp up activity closer to training camp. He is expected to be ready for the regular season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that Henderson Alvarez has apparently been pitching with a 90-percent torn UCL for years, but has been able to get by without needing surgery.

This isn;t 100-percent confirmed just yet and there's no details as to where the tear might be, so if you're thinking others can do it, you're taking this as far too much truth. The situations are handled on a case-by-case basis and whatever works for Alvarez may not work for others. You can be appreciative as an Alvarez owner or Marlins fan, but don't expect it to be like this for most other pitchers. Analysis: Howard Bender

DeMarre Carroll (knee) is being listed as a game time decision Friday.

No surprise there as Carroll suffered a knee sprain during the last game against the Cavaliers. He left the arena on crutches but the MRI showed no structural damage. He'll test it out during pre-game warm-ups and a decision will be made then. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jonathan Papelbon is making $13 million in 2015 and has a $13-million vesting option for 2016 that Milwaukee or another acquiring team may need to fully guarantee in order to get the pitcher to waive his no-trade clause.

Papelbon has the right to veto any trade and he's at the point in his life where he has to ensure his financial future as his baseball career winds down. He's not going anywhere unless his money is guaranteed by his new team. Maybe that limits what the Phillies can do with him, but Papelbon doesn't care about that. So long as he gets his. Analysis: Howard Bender

Tom Koehler could go to the bullpen when Jose Fernandez returns.

Koehler's numbers aren't terrible -- 3.70 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and 2.15 K/BB -- but someone will have to go. It's either going to be him or David Phelps, though the jury is still out on Jarred Cosart as well. Fernandez isn;t due back until right around July 1, so we're still a little ways off from this being an immediate concern. Analysis: Howard Bender

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