Fantasy Player Updates & News

Lance Stephenson has a sprained right foot and was held out of practice Monday. He’s expected to practice tomorrow.

Eduardo Nuñez (strained oblique) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

The Twins haven't said whether they think the minimum time off will do it here, but we're all very aware of the lingering effects an oblique injury can have. The Twins have brought up switch-hitting Doug Bernier for now and will re-evaluate things closer to the end of his DL stint. Analysis: Howard Bender

Nick Franklin (oblique) went 1-for-3 in his first rehab game with Triple-A Durham on Tuesday. Franklin's assignment with Durham is expected to last at least two weeks.

While Franklin's rehab will take about two weeks, the real question is what's his job situation upon return? The tandem of Logan Forsythe and Tim Beckham has been good, so there's no guarantee that manager Kevin Cash is just going to turn the reins back over to him. We'll know more on the situation as the end of his rehab nears. Analysis: Howard Bender

Hanley Ramirez is said to be feeling better. Hopes to be ready in a couple days.

The Red Sox will give Ramirez the few days to see how he is feeling before ultimately deciding whether or not a DL stint is needed. They will not consider him for any pinch-hitting as they want to be able to backdate the DL stint if one is necessary. Analysis: Howard Bender

Manager Clint Hurdle believes that there's a fixable disconnect in Andrew McCutchen's swing. "It's just getting that swing connected, where that foot goes down, and there's a positive, strong turn to the ball.

If it is truly just a mechanical glitch right now, then fantasy owners should continue to hold out hope. His biggest issue right now seems to be the 44.2-percent ground ball rate which is a career-high and the .200 BABIP which is well below his career norm. He's also not walking as much, but it's not like he's up there hacking away as his swing rates and strikeout rate are just fine. Look for him to tweak something in his swing and see if that helps. Analysis: Howard Bender

San Diego Chargers begin Phase II of the team's offseason program, with coaches allowed on the field working with players for the first time. Safety Eric Weddle still has not reported to the voluntary workouts.

Weddle's contract expires at the end of this season and he is not taking part in these voluntary workouts without an extension renegotiated. He's a Pro Bowl caliber safety who recorded 114 tackles and one interception last season. The team would be wise to get him into camp sooner than later. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chris Paul is still 50-50 to play in game two.

Paul has been listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game due to the hamstring issue, but the Clippers are going to wait until after the morning shootaround and possibly right up until pre-game warm-ups before making a decision on him. Expect the team to update his condition later in the day Wednesday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Robinson Cano is the seventh second basemen in AL history to accumulate 3,000 career total bases.

The heartiest of congratulations to Cano on the feat and we look forward to him potentially reaching numerous other milestones in his career. It doesn't change the fact that his numbers are not that of a top second baseman and there is growing concern regarding his power decline. If he doesn't turn things around and last year's numbers are really all we can expect, his days as a high end draft choice might be coming to an abrupt halt. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jayson Werth is not in the Nationals lineup Wednesday.

Werth was out of the lineup Tuesday and the thought process was that he was getting a routine day off after opening the season batting just .176 through his first 19 games. That may still be the case here as manager Matt Williams is giving him consecutive days to clear his head, but one can't help wonder if the shoulder is barking just a bit. If it is just a regular day, then perhaps he will see a pinch-hitting opportunity which would be a good sign. If not, look for the team to offer a bit more of an update regarding his physical condition. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jimmy Butler said his ankle is 100 percent.

Butler played 44 minutes in Game 1 and didn't seemed bothered or affected much byt the ankle tweak. He will be just fine for Game 2. Analysis: Howard Bender

Derrick Rose continues to say his shoulder is fine and he will play on Wednesday.

Rose scored 25 points with five rebounds and five assists in Game 1 before suffering a stinger. It doesn't sound like this will hold him out at all, so expect to see him on the court Wednesday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Levi Michael was carted off the field after suffering a sprained ankle Tuesday while playing for Double-A Chattanooga.

The 24-year old former first-round pick (2011) has been a bit of a disappointment as his growth in the system has been slow. This injury will likely be a lengthy one and will continue to stunt his development. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Royals have activated All-Star closer Greg Holland from the 15-day disabled list.

Everything seemed to go well in Holland's rehab and he is ready to return. He will slot back into his role in the ninth inning with Wade Davis returning to his normal set-up role. Analysis: Howard Bender

Stephen Strasburg has an irritation underneath his shoulder blade and will be evaluated by a chiropractor Wednesday.

Strasburg left Tuesday's start in the third inning due to this irritation, but there is still not a lot of detail coming out of the Nationals camp. It's still too early to say how serious the situation might be and speculation will only put fantasy owners into a panic. Obviously you have to remain cautious and should already be thinking about a contingency plan, but do not make any rash decisions until the team offewrs more information. On the bright side, a visit to the chiropractor is better than a visit to Dr. James Andrews. Analysis: Howard Bender

Logan Morrison went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs and a walk in the Mariners' 5-4 loss to the Angels.

Morrison has now tallied hits in seven straight games, raising his average from .149 all the way to .247 with the latest three hit effort. Over the seven games, LoMo has three double, three homers, and a triple along with five RBI and only two strikeouts, a key stat for the the slugger. Get him while he's hot, but be ready to dump him if starts to get cold, which can happen quickly. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Carlos Perez hit a walk-off homer, going 2-for-4 in his major league debut as the Angels beat the Mariners.

Perez's major league debut for the Angels ending in style, with a solo homer to end the game. He was acquired in the off-season from Houston and made an impression quickly in Los Angeles. Perez has never been a huge power guy, so the expectations should be lowered, but he does provide a solid batting average for a catcher so if he should see more time, he would worth the add in depth fantasy leagues. Analysis: Rob Trayah


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