FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Jordan Farmar re-aggravated hamstring injury Tuesday night and could not finish out the game. Farmar will have an MRI Wednesday morning.

Kris Humphries (groin) is considered day-to-day, according to head coach Randy Wittman.

Humphries left Wednesday's game early and missed Friday's action in its entirety. With him out, Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden should see some extra minutes. Analysis: Howard Bender

Paul Pierce (knee) is considered day-to-day, according to head coach Randy Wittman.

Pierce has missed the last two games after getting his knee banged-up earlier in the week. Otto Porter filled in for him Friday and will continue to do so should Pierce miss more time. Analysis: Howard Bender

Dwight Howard has a series of MRI scheduled next week, beginning on Wednesday. From there, his doctor will schedule an re-examination to determine when he may be cleared for the next step in his rehab.

At the beginning of February, when the knee issue finally became too much, Howard was given a timetable of six to eight weeks for his recovery. He's not even at the four week mark yet, so there's little sense of urgency right now. Expect the team to update his condition after the MRI sessions are done, but don;t expect to see him back on the court until mid-March at the earliest. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: 76ers coach Brett Brown is not planning on seeing rookie center Joel Embiid play this season

Embiid was hoping to see if he could come back and play at all this season, but the Sixers brass obviously isn't having it. He will recover from his foot surgery and start an offseason program once the year ends for the team. He'll be back next season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Matt Harvey (elbow) will throw batting practice again on Monday.

All reports out of camp on Harvey have been extremely positive. His ADP is climbing and people are treating him as if he never had the surgery in the first place. Watch that draft day price, but accept the fact that you're going to have to pay the premium if you want him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Wesley Johnson said he would like to remain with the Lakers.

Johnson seems to have fit in nicely in Los Angeles and has settled into a solid role as the primary back-up to Ryan Kelly at the small forward position. He only signed a one-year deal with them last year, amd it was for only $1 million, so they might splurge again. Analysis: Howard Bender

Manager Bryan Price said outfielder Brennan Boesch will see time at all three outfield spots as well as at first base as he competes for a roster spot.

Boesch used to flash some power potential when he was with the Tigers, so he could be an interesting option in deep NL-only leagues if he can nail down a roster spot as the Reds' fourth outfielder. Analysis: Howard Bender

Yasmani Grandal will catch when Clayton Kershaw throws two innings of batting practice Saturday.

The Dodgers are going to have to pay strict attention to how Grandal and the pitching staff get along. They've been so used to A.J. Ellis that it could be tough to make the transition if they don;t have to. Whether Grandal is the full-time guy or just part of a platoon is likely up to the rotation here. Analysis: Howard Bender

Hunter Strickland will compete with Jean Machi, George Kontos, Juan Gutierrez and Erik Cordier for what seems to be the last open spot in the bullpen.

That's actually going to be an interesting competition as Strickland, Machi and Gutierrez all have decent upside and experience. None of them will hold much in the way of true fantasy value outside of leagues that score for holds. Analysis: Howard Bender

Athletics' top prospect Matt Olson said he's at full strength after a right shoulder injury.

Olson suffered a tear of his AC Joint during his time in the Arizona Fall League, but he is apparently fully recovered and ready for spring action. He'll likely open the year at Double-A. Analysis: Howard Bender

49ers are expected to release Stevie Johnson.

Johnson was more f an afterthought in the passing game than anything else last season and it doesn't appear the 49ers deem him worth the money right now. He'll land on his feet somewhere else. Analysis: Howard Bender

James Paxton will play catch on Monday and build towards a bullpen session. The hope is to get Paxton to pitch at least five innings in Cactus League games.

Paxton hurt both his wrists when he slipped during an agility drill earlier in the week and the Mariners are just going to take their time working him back in. It doesn't sound like anything long-term at all, so consider him day-to-day for now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Pitching coach Rick Waits said J.A. Happ has been working on his changeup and hopes to use it more this season.

Well that would be nice since his curve and his slider don't appear to be doing anything good for him. He might as well try to change things up a little. The Mariners seem to have him penciled in as a member of the rotation this year, but you don't want him on your fantasy team. Analysis: Howard Bender

Alexi Amarista will enter the season as the starting shortstop for the Padres. It is the the first time in his career he will start entering the season.

A couple of weeks ago it was announced that Amarista would be competing with Clint Barmes for the starting job. Obviously the club has come to its senses and realized that his speed and on-base work outweighs any power potential Barmes may have been able to provide. He's being ignored in a lot of mixed-league drafts right now so keep an eye on him. Analysis: Howard Bender
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