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Kirk Cousins is about to embark on a three-game audition. Making the most of his surprise opportunity won't give him permanent residence atop the Washington Redskins' depth chart. It could, however, set him up for a starting job elsewhere in 2014. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan strongly hinted at the organization's intentions Friday, telling reporters (via ESPN Radio) that "maybe we can bring a first-round pick (back)" if Cousins shines in Washington's final three games.

Cousins has flashed some of his potential in limited action, including 329 yards passing on 26 of 37 attempts for two touchdowns and an interception in his one career start, which came in Week 15 last season on the road in Cleveland. The key is can Cousins limit the interceptions as he has five to four touchdowns in his career. Cousins has a very favorable matchup this week against the Falcons making him worth considering as a discounted option in DFS play this week.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Miguel Castro will open the season in the majors.

Castro flew under the radar in the minors last season, but is making the rare jump from A-Ball to the majors. This is thanks to his (likely) temporary move to the bullpen for the Spring, which enabled his stuff to tick up a bit in shorter outings. He's likely next in line to receive saves should Brett Cecil fail, and the 20-year old is worth keeping an eye on.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Mark Hendrickson, who was in big league camp with the Orioles this spring, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Hendrickson, 40, made his major league debut in 2002, and has found success in the majors as a starter and later as a reliever, throwing 1169.0 innings in the majors.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Padres optioned Cory Mazzoni to Triple-A El Paso.

The 25-year old will start the year in the minors after throwing 52 innings to the tune of a 4.67 ERA in Triple-A last season. Mazzoni, a starter, is unlikely to see time in the majors this year other than as a long man due to the Padres' bullpen depth. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Update: Munenori Kawasaki has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

Kawasaki was sent to minor league camp, and other than being a very good defender he doesn't have a ton of big league value. That being said, he's likely to bounce between Triple-A and the MLB due to the Blue Jays' lack of infield depth.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Twins released catcher Kyle Knudson and outfielder Mike Kvasnicka.

Knudson, 26, hit .215 in Double-A last season, while Kvasnicka, also 26, hit .257 with ten home runs in 110 games at the same level in 2014. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Royals released first baseman Mark Threlkeld.

The 24-year old hit .246 in Double-A last season with nine home runs in 85 games, and is likely just going to be first base depth with any club that he signs with.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Phillies released pitcher Jordan Guth.

Guth, just 23, had a 3.04 ERA in high-A last season, working mostly as a reliever. He is young enough to still possibly carve out a role in a major league bullpen in the future, but for now he's a free agent. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Twins released C Matt Koch.

The 26-year old has not made it past Double-A yet, and is not a factor at the plate. He could get picked up by another team for catching depth, though. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Aroldis Chapman is leaving this game with what appears to be a blister.

Chapman should be fine, though it is always a scare to see someone like Chapman leave the game with an injury. While he is out, which should not be for long, Sean Marshall or possibly Tony Cingrani (if the Reds want to take a leap of faith with a high upside option) will fill in as closer. Analysis: Ben Diamond

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