FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Kobe Bryant will not sit out the rest of the season, regardless of the state of the Lakers when he is medically cleared.

The Indians recalled Danny Salazar from Triple-A Columbus Saturday.

The expected move was announced Thursday after the Tribe felt they needed to push Carlos Carrasco (head/jaw) back to Monday. Salazar was dominant in his one Triple-A start, and as Fantasy Alarm's Brad Costilo noted earlier in the week, Salazar was very solid in his final 12 starts [of 2014], limiting opposing hitters to a .255 average/.668 OPS while striking out 1/4 of the batters he faced. Analysis: Howard Bender

Trevor Plouffe is not in the twins starting Lineup Saturday.

Plouffe is 1-for-11 against Danny Salazar so he'll just get the day off. Eduardo Nunez will start at third and Plouffe will be available off the bench. Analysis: Howard Bender

Alex Avila is not in the Tigers starting lineup Saturday.

It's a day of rest for Avila but more of an opportunity to go with a lineup made up entirely of right-handed hitters. James McCann gets the nod Saturday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Wilson Ramos is not in Saturday's starting lineup.

Standard operating procedure as Ramos gets the day game off following a night game. Jose Lobaton will handle the work behind the plate Saturday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jayson Werth is not in Saturday's starting lineup.

It's likely a combination of Werth just getting a little rest and the desire for a lefty bat in the lineup against Aaron Harang. Clint Robinson will get the start Saturday and Werth will be available to pinch-hit off the bench. Analysis: Howard Bender

Alex Cobb (forearm strain) is scheduled to play catch Saturday at 90 feet, and that’s about all he knows when it comes to a timetable for his return.

Obviously Cobb is a little frustrated about being asked when he's coming back as he hasn't progressed all that much in his rehab. He is still limited to just playing catch and he's obviously going to need a few rehab starts before being activated. It's starting to look like late-May all of a sudden. Analysis: Howard Bender

Justin Verlander's rehab is being slowed down. He will throw on Sunday if he feels ok.

The Tigers are concerned about the fatigue Verlander dealt with during a session last week so they're going to take a step back with his rehab. See if he feels well enough to throw Sunday, but his return is starting to look more mid-May at this point. Analysis: Howard Bender

Devin Mesoraco (hip) remains out of the Reds starting lineup Saturday.

Mesoraco continues to deal with a hip impingement. He says that he could pinch-hit but also added that is not ready to catch. Brayan Pena will continue to shoulder the load. Analysis: Howard Bender

Anthony Gose is not in the Tigers starting lineup Saturday.

The Tigers are facing lefty Chris Sale, so Rajai Davis gets the nod in center field Saturday. For those who somehow believed Gose would turn into a full-time player, whoops! This is the way it was always expected to be. Analysis: Howard Bender

Eric Young is not in the Braves lineup Saturday.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is going to give Young the day off following a night game so Cameron Maybin will start in center field Saturday against right-handed knuckler R.A. Dickey. Young could see some pinch-hitting/running later on in the game though. Analysis: Howard Bender

Bruce Rondon threw 15 pitches at 60 feet Friday with no reported problems.

He's nearing his return bit by bit and it's encouraging to see no setbacks or discomfort. He could rejoin the team sometime late next week. Analysis: Howard Bender

Yunel Escobar said he'd like to take a day to rest. Doesn't think he needs to go on the disabled list.

Escobar left Friday's game after trying to leg out a single so it's likely a hamstring or groin issue. He'll be re-evaluated by trainers to check on the severity, but consider him just day-to-day for now. Analysis: Howard Bender

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