Fantasy Player Updates & News

Nate Burleson has been upgraded to a full participant in practice Thursday for first time since breaking his arm.

Burleson is available in over 80% of leagues, which is astonishing, but good for you, pick him up asap. Burleson finished with double-digit Fantasy Points, in PPR leagues, in each of his first 3 games before getting injured.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Kenley Jansen (foot) gave up three runs, two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in Wednesday's rehab game.

Not the most auspicious beginning to a rehab outing, but it's still plenty early. Jansen is going to need more than just a few outings before he returns to the Dodgers, so just chalk this up to a bad day. If it continues, the Dodgers will reassess the injury and see if he needs more time on the disabled list. Keep holding Yimi Garcia. Analysis: Howard Bender

A.J. Pierzynski is not in the Braves starting lineup on Wednesday.

Pierzynski seems to be going two days on, one day off routinely, so Wednesday seems to be a scheduled day off. Christian Bethancourt will handle the work behind the dish Wednesday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Carlos Correa could be in in majors within the next two-to-three weeks, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Correa has been tearing it up at Double-A this season and is hitting .398 with six home runs, 28 RBI and 13 stolen bases. With Jed Lowrie out until at least mid-season and the rest of the Astros shortstop possibilities looking bleak, Correa should get his turn soon enough. Analysis: Howard Bender

Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Wednesday.

Ramirez is expected to sit out the next few games to rest his shoulder as the Red Sox determine whether or not he needs a stint on the DL. Allen Craig is back in left field as his replacement. Analysis: Howard Bender

Lorenzo Cain (suspension) has returned to the Royals starting lineup on Wednesday.

He was serving his suspension for his part in the brawl against the A's. Or was it the White Sox? The Royals have been scrapping with everyone this year but the bottom line is that Cain is returning to the lineup and he will play center field and bat third. He's off to a great start to the season, batting .333 (.402 OBP) with three home runs, 13 RBI and six stolen bases. Analysis: Howard Bender

Eddie Rosario will be making his MLB debut Wednesday night, batting eighth and playing right field.

There's plenty of talk about Rosario's raw power and speed, but he's only shown it on a limited basis in the higher levels of the minors thus far. He'll get a nice opportunity here to play, but there's a good chance that this might just be too early for him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Quincy Pondexter underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

It's obviously a routine procedure these days so there is very little concern that Pondexter will be ready for offseason activities and training camp. If all goes well, he could be looking at a larger role for the Pelicans next season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jake Peavy (back) will throw a bullpen session on Friday.

If Peavy makes it through Friday's session without issue, the Giants are expected to send him out on his rehab assignment. They haven't specified how many rehab starts they want him to make yet and they will likely play it by ear, depending on how he feels and how many pitches he throws in his first few outings. Analysis: Howard Bender

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was very pleased with Hunter Pence's batting practice session on Wednesday.

The team wants Pence to play in approximately 7-to-10 rehab games before he gets called up, but if everything continues as it has been, he could start those rehab games as early as Friday. Pence remains on schedule for a mid-May return.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Tristan Thompson will start at power forward for the Cavaliers in Game 2.

With Kevin Love on the shelf after surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder for the next 4-to-6 months, Thompson has stepped in to the starting role for the Cavs. Barring any unforeseen incidences, this will be his role moving forward in the playoffs. Analysis: Howard Bender

Braves recalled RHP Williams Perez from Triple-A. Gwinnett.

Perez has made five starts for Triple-A Gwinnett and has a 1.33 ERA with a 7.00 K/9 over 27 innings. He'll pitch out of the bullpen though so his value upside is very limited. Analysis: Howard Bender

Braves optioned RHP Michael Kohn to Triple-A. Gwinnett.

Kohn has been used fairly often recently, but gets the boot thanks to walking six in just 4 2/3 innings. The Braves will swap him out for a fresh arm. Analysis: Howard Bender

Cubs recalled OF Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa.

He was batting .262 with two home runs and seven RBI at Triple-A Iowa and will get another opportunity to stick with the big club as a fourth outfielder. He does not posses much in the way of fantasy value without a full-time job though. Analysis: Howard Bender

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