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Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook will have a short window and could be out by second inning, first sign of trouble he will be replaced.

Daniel Hudson was removed from Thursday's game with a cut on his finger.

Hudson was fielding a grounder during Friday's game and cut his index finger in the process. It's nothing that will require stitches, but it was affecting his grip. He is considered day-to-day. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kelly Johnson went 1-for-6 with a solo home run and one walk against the Phillies on Thursday.

Johnson has now belted 12 homers with 60 RBI, and owns a .260/.308/.437 line on the year. He doesn't have a staggering fantasy value, but hitting in the Mets' lineup he will see plenty of run-producing opportunities.  Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Yoenis Cespedes 1-for-6 with a two-run home run and one walk against the Phillies on Thursday.

Cespedes has been smoking hot since coming over to New York, and has now roped 26 bombs with 84 RBI with a .295/.328/.525 line. We can all overlook his 110:24 K/BB ratio because he continues to rake the ball all over the field. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Travis d’Arnaud went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run and one walk against the Phillies on Thursday.

d’Arnaud continues to rake as a small part of the smoking hot hitting cog that is the New York Mets. He now has four bombs this month to increase his slugging percentage to .549 and an .896 OPS. Continue to roll with d’Arnaud as a fantastic fantasy option at catcher.  Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Darin Ruf went 1-for-6 with a two-run home run against the Mets on Thursday.

Congrats to Ruf on his sixth homer this year, but with a .235/.284/.385 line and just 20 RBI in just 81 games, he doesn’t have much fantasy value—especially playing behind Ryan Howard at first base. Stay away from Ruf as long as he is on the Phillies’ awful roster. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Jonathon Niese allowed five runs on five hits with five strikeouts and five walks over six innings against the Phillies on Thursday.

Niese is struggling, no two ways around it. He has now allowed 12 runs on 16 hits over his last two starts, spanning 11 1/3 innings. Somehow, he came away with a win after allowing seven runs in his last start. Do not rely on Niese for much value other than strikeouts (104), even pitching for a team as hot as the Mets. His next start comes on Tuesday at home against the Phillies. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Aaron Harang allowed five runs on nine hits with three walks over six innings against the Mets on Thursday.

Harang has been awful pitching for the lowly Phillies, tied with Matt Garza for the most losses in the majors. Really, all of the Phillies’ pitchers have been terrible this year but especially Harang. Granted, he has not had a lot of run support, but even if he did his 4.79 ERA with just 86 strikeouts are awful numbers. Stay away from Harang at all costs, especially when he goes up against the Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Ahmad Brooks was sent home by the 49ers in the wake of him being charged with misdemeanor sexual battery.

The 49ers are finally doing the right thing in sending Brooks home as the last thing the team needs heading into joint practices with the Broncos, is a media circus. It's also a good sign that the team which has let the inmates run the asylum for the last several years is finalling wising up and ridding themselves of so many disruptive and negative influences. Perhaps someone in the front office finally learned something from the Aldon Smith ordeal. Head coach Jim Tomsula did not say how long Brooks' banishment from the team would last, but whether his absence is long or short, it's still a huge blow to the team's defense. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored against the Padres on Thursday.

Zimmerman and Jayson Werth, who both hit the DL around the same time and returned around the same time, each belted a homer tonight. He now has 11 homers with a .224 average, so he has some work to do before he can be considered the viable fantasy option he was last year. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Jayson Werth went 2-for-4 with a home run, one RBI, two runs scored and one walk against the Padres on Thursday.

Werth is still gathering his bearings after a long DL stint. He has been awful this year, with just a .205/.286/.315 line and just four homers and 22 RBI. Some of that is due to his injury problems, but no matter what he can’t be trusted right now. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Jonathan Papelbon notched his 21st save of the year against the Padres on Thursday.

Papelbon has been enjoying the new digs in Washington, picking up his fourth save since coming over from the Phillies. Continue to roll with him because he is going to get plenty of opportunities with the Nats. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Andrew Cashner allowed three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and three walks over 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Thursday.

Cashner has been disappointing this year, but his 5-13 record has been somewhat due to poor run support. He owns a great 130:48 K/BB ratio with a 4.05 ERA, so he still holds plenty of value with how he can ring people up. His next start comes against the Rangers on Tuesday at home. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Joe Ross tossed six innings of one-hit, one-run ball and struck out seven with two walks against the Padres on Thursday.

Ross has been great in his rookie year since early June. He holds a 3.24 ERA with an elite 1.01 WHIP and .224 BAA. He has a solid 65:11 K/BB ratio, and if he keeps it up he will be a great option going forward. His next start comes Tuesday at St. Louis. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Jorge Alfaro (ankle) has started a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Phillies.

Alfaro was acquired at the trade deadline a the deal that sent Cole Hamels to Texas. He will see some minor league action over the next few weeks, but won't be a September call up for the Phillies. Analysis: David Kerr

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