FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Jrue Holiday posted game-highs of 31 points and 13 assists to go with seven rebounds, a steal, and a block to lead the Pelicans to a 2-point victory over the Trail Blazers.

An MRI on Eric O'Flaherty (shoulder) has revealed no structural damage.

He is still suffering from a shoulder strain, with inflammation in the joint. Shoulder injuries to pitchers always warrant a cautious approach, and he will be shut down until he no longer feels any pain in the shoulder. The injury could explain why he has been so awful this season, posting an astronomical 11.57 ERA and 2.29 WHIP in eight appearances. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Jason Hammel. who was bothered in his last outing by a cracked nail on middle finger will not miss his next scheduled start on Friday.

Put some clear nail polish on that crack and get back on the mound. Hammel is currently scheduled to pitch Friday against the Brewers, a nice match up for him unless the change in manager ignites the slumbering Brew Crew. He held Milwaukee to three earned runs over six innings at home in his last outing, which was a no-decision for Hammel. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Julio Morban has been placed on the restricted list because of personal reasons.

No word on just what the personal issue is, but it was not like he was beating up on Triple-A pitching at Tacoma. His slash line through 12 games sits at a woeful .175/.283/.325 over 40 at bats. He is not knocking on the door to be admitted to the majors, suffice it to say. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Update: Hanley Ramirez left Monday's game with a left shoulder sprain.

Sprain is bad but certainly better than the separation that had been feared. He will be going for further tests, most likely, and depending on the severity of the injury, may hit the DL, but consider him day-to-day until further details are forthcoming. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Mariners recalled RHP Mark Lowe from Triple-A Tacoma.

Lowe will join the Mariner bullpen, and will bring his strikeout potential with him. He was a late cut this spring, and has been dealing at Triple-A, striking out 11 in nine innings, without allowing any walks. His ERA over seven appearances was at 1.00, and his WHIP was an enticing 0.78. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Manager Don Mattingly was ejected for coming out to argue a balk call on Clayton Kershaw.

The manager came out to argue, to keep his ace in the game as Kershaw was not pleased by the balk call. It looked to be a proper call by the first base umpire, but Mattingly sacrificed himself for the good of the team in this case. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Chris Paul (hamstring) will not play in Game 1 on Monday.

Consider Paul day-to-day, as there was some optimism earlier that he would play Monday. No lineup replacement has been announced, but the smart money is on Austin Rivers to get the nod as starting point guard when the Clippers take on the Rockets in round two of the playoffs. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Manager Bruce Bochy said Hunter Pence (forearm) will take batting practice the next two days.

Assuming he looks good through the batting practice sessions, expect Pence to be sent out for a minor league rehab assignment this coming weekend as he prepares to return to action with the Giants. The Giants will welcome Pence back with open arms, as he is a major step up from Justin Maxwell and Gregor Blanco. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Jose Reyes (rib) will be held out of baseball-related activities this week, and he is scheduled to undergo an MRI in a week.

Reyes could be activated some time in mid-May but the timetable for his cracked rib to heal is more like mid-June. In the meantime, while Reyes heals, the Jays will turn to Ryan Goins to man shortstop, with Jonathan Diaz, who was recalled from Triple-A after Reyes went to the DL, also getting occasional action at short. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Dioner Navarro remains without a timetable in his return from a hamstring injury.

Russell Martin has been playing well behind the plate, but Josh Thole has been less than exciting as the backup. The Jays would like to get Navarro back as his bat offers more benefit when he spells Martin on Martin's days off. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Jose Bautista won't start throwing until later this week, but isn't likely to be back in right field until next week.

Bautista will stick at DH until he can play in the field, as the Jays need his bat in the lineup. Once he can throw with authority, expect him to reclaim is normal right field position. Until then, Ezequiel Carrera will man right and hit near or at the bottom of the order. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Mark Buehrle is dealing with multiple aches and pains, but will continue to take the mound.

Buehrle is a gamer, but at 36 years of age, he is understandably wearing down. The aches and pains may explain his unsightly 6.75 ERA and 1.93 WHIP over his first five starts. You do not want to be using him in daily or seasonal leagues at this point. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Hanley Ramirez is coming out of the game after crashing into the wall. He is carrying his arm like he separated his shoulder.

Ramirez made a catch heading toward the left field stands, and then crashed into the padding, dropping the ball. He came up holding his left arm, presumably to ease the strain on his left shoulder. Obviously, he will be going for tests, but a shoulder separation seems likely. That is what happens when a shortstop moves to left field, at least in this case. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Steven Souza will get a day off on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Souza also sat out the April 24th home game against the Blue Jays. The Red Sox are set to trot Porcello and Masterson out to the hill on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, so the right handed Souza will sit against one of the two righties who will be pitching for the Red Sox. Brandon Guyer will probably replace him in the lineup, but that remains to be seen. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

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