FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Justin Verlander will start ALDS Game 5 against the Athletics on Thursday.

Raiders LB Miles Burris will be released.

Burris was a fourth round pick of the Raiders in 2012 and has started 31 games (including all 16 last year) and finished with 142 tackles. The Raiders loaded up at the linebacker position in this past weekend's draft with Ben Heeney, Neiron Ball, and Max Valles. He became expendable.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Logan Verrett is going back to the Mets. He had been claimed in the Rule 5 draft.

The Orioles selected Verrett in December's Rule 5 Draft and then claimed off waivers by the Rangers in early April. The 24-year-old has allowed seven runs, six earned in nine innings of relief this season with the Rangers. He will join the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is still expected to play in minor-league rehab games this week.

It looks like he is on track to be activated when first eligible on May 10 as long as he has no setbacks. After a slow start, Puig has upped his numbers to a solid .279/.380/.465 batting line with a pair of homers over 11 games for Los Angeles this season. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Chris Paul (hamstring) will go through shootaround and will likely be a game-time decision for Game 1.

If you are a Clippers' fan, this is a great report. We won't know his official status until after he goes through pre-game warmups. It was an inspirational performance from Paul on Saturday playing through his injury. If he does not go on Monday night, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers will assume extra ball-handling duties.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

The CT scan taken on SS Jean Segura came back negative.

The good news is Segura seems to be alright after taking a fastball to the helmet from Pedro Strop n Sunday afternoon and was shaken up after the game. It looks like he has avoided serious injury and might not even need a trip to the disabled list. Segura has had a nice start to the season batting .289/.324/.381 with one home run and five stolen bases in 25 games. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Cardinals signed Dan Johnson to minor league deal.

He's one of those guys who does a great job in the minors but can never really get it going consistently in the majors. He's got a career .236 average and has been used more as a right-handed bat off the bench. He's likely just organizational depth here for the Cardinals. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jose Iglesias (groin) is listed as day to day and hopes to start against the White Sox on Tuesday.

Iglesias left Sunday's game after aggravating an injury he called pre-exisiting. Neither he nor the team deem it as serious, so look for him to be back in action Tuesday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Mike Conley (face) is unlikely to play on Tuesday.

He was questionable coming in after having suffered multiple facial fractures during the final game of the Grizzlies first round series. With Conley out, Beno Udrih will handle the point guard responsibilities.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Reed Johnson underwent minor surgery on his left foot over the weekend.

The corresponding roster move saw Michael Taylor recalled to the Nationals to fill a bench spot as Denard Span has settled back into the center field position. Don't be surprised to see Johnson not regain his position if Taylor continues to be a solid contributor for the Nats. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Colts waived RB Jeff Demps.

The former track star has never caught on anywhere after being drafted by the Patriots and was waived again. He only has one recorded carry, coming with the Buccaneers in 2013. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Buccaneers want Charles Sims to be their feature running back this season.

This comes as bad news for Doug Martin fans, but could be seen after the team also declined to pickup Martin's option for next year. The rookie out of West Virginia only had 66 attempts for 185 yards, but no back in Tampa had a good season. It'll be interesting to see how he meshes with Jameis Winston with a relatively young backfield. Analysis: Rob Trayah

A clause in QB Jameis Winston's contract prohibits him from playing baseball.

The days of the two-sport start are going out the window with too much money on the tables and Winston's contract is at the forefront. He will no longer be able to pursue a baseball career, unlike Russell Wilson, who still has that opportunity for the Texas Rangers. For $25 million, the Buccaneers want to be sure their quarterback of the future is healthy and focused only on football. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Update: The Brewers have officially hired Craig Counsell as their new manager.

After Ron Roenicke was fired, the Brewers have decided to bring in one of their own. Counsell is only 44 years-old and has played with some of the current Brewers so it'll be interesting to see how the dynamic plays out in Milwaukee. Analysis: Rob Trayah

The Bucs have decided not to pick up the fifth year option on RB Doug Martin. The former first round pick will become a free agent at the end of 2015.

After Martin's rookie year, there has been a lot of hype with no reward as he has struggled to stay healthy and become a solid first round-back. Tampa will hope to get the real Dougie back this year and have him in line for a big payday if his 2015 season is successful. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Bruce Irvin Tweeted Sunday night that the team did not pick up an option on his contract for 2016.

Irvin will play for just under $2 million this season, with no safety net, but that doesn't mean Seattle is going to let him walk. They still have every intention of keeping Irvin in town after this season, but who knows if the money will make sense. Irvin is from Atlanta and new head coach Dan Quinn was the old defensive coordinator in Seattle so there is some history out there if Irvin does want to move on. Analysis: Rob Trayah

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