FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Point guard Chris Paul, who has been sidelined since Jan. 3 with a separated right shoulder, likely will return to the starting lineup Sunday when the Los Angeles Clippers play the Philadelphia 76ers.

With the return of Chris Paul imminent, Darren Collison will return to a reserve role, downgrading his fantasy value significantly. The Clippers will likely ease Paul back into the mix, so he still holds short-term value, but it isn't going to last for long. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Trevor Booker wants to remain with the Jazz next season, but understands it's a business and will see how it plays out.

Booker was on a one-year deal with the Jazz this year and did well in a support role for the team. He averaged 19.8 minutes per game with 7.2 points and 5.0 rebounds and is likely only to return if the deal is economically favorable for the Jazz. Analysis: Howard Bender

Manager Bryan Price says Tony Cingrani’s “time has come,” and will pitch more in a setup role.

Price has been reluctant to use Cingrani at all and he hasn't pitched since April 14. The club wanted to ease him into his set-up role and will start getting him a couple of innings at a time but it seems doubtful that he'll be used in anything high-leverage to start. Analysis: Howard Bender

Al Alburquerque threw off flat ground Saturday seemingly trying to work out some of his mechanics.

Alburquerque has allowed seven runs in his last three innings (two appearances) and is now looking to correct something he feels is obviously wrong and affecting his performance. He's normally a very reliable reliever so hopefully he corrects something now before the team turns around and sends him to Triple-A to work out his issues. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jesus Montero upped his minor league batting average to .371 with his 2 for 4 effort at the plate Friday and he looks more comfortable at first base than he ever has.

It would be nice for Montero to earn himself a call-up at some points and for him to be successful when he does join the club. First base has been destitute for the Mariners for some time and this latest band-aid, Logan Morrison, has just not been cutting it. The Mariners haven't made any indication regarding a call-up, but one might expect something soon. Analysis: Howard Bender

Raymond Felton (hamstring) said he will play in Game 4 no matter what. "They'll have to cut my leg off for me not to play.”

Felton was moved into the starting lineup to replace Rajon Rondo, but pulled his hamstring in Game 3 and played just 13 minutes. He's being considered day-to-day. If he's not able to go, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea should see the extra time. Analysis: Howard Bender

Bruce Rondon will throw 20 fastballs, 5 change-ups after long toss Saturday. Manager Brad Ausmus said they're not being overly cautious, going by how he feels.

The progress for Rondon has been steady and he appears to be about a week away should the Tigers deem a few more rehab outings. Once he returns, he should be a good source for holds and strikeouts. Analysis: Howard Bender

Anthony Rendon looks like normal in first rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg Friday and says his knee feels good.

This is also coming from an optimistic beat writer, so take it for what it's worth. While Rendon may look "normal, " he is obviously still dealing with a serious knee issue and the Nationals are not going to rush him back before he's ready. Expect him to play a number of games to ensure the swelling in the knee doesn't return.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Devin Mesoraco (hip) is not in the Reds starting lineup on Saturday.

Mesoraco will miss his 11th-straight game with the hip impingement and seems no closer to returning Saturday than he has all week. Keep viewing him as day-to-day for now. Brayan Pena will continue to get the work behind the dish. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jay Bruce is not in the Reds starting lineup on Saturday.

Bruce is currently 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts over his last three games, so he'll get a day off to get settled and clear his head. While he is out, Brennan Boesch will handle t the work in right field. Analysis: Howard Bender

Backup catcher Jeff Mathis (broken right hand) is scheduled to get a follow-up X-ray next Friday.

The follow-up x-rays are just to ensure that he remains on-schedule for his return. He is estimated to be back around mid-May. Analysis: Howard Bender

RF Steven Souza Jr. will be back in the starting lineup Saturday night after being rested Friday night.

Souza was simply getting an extra day off after he left Thursday with a forearm cramp. It doesn't seem to be anything serious so continue to use him as you normally do. Analysis: Howard Bender

Anthony Gose is not in the Tigers starting lineup on Saturday.

With the Indians throwing righty Trevor Bauer, it's a bit curious as to why Gose is not in the lineup. He plays steadily against right-handed pitching and is slashing .333/.348/.511 this season, so perhaps there's an unreported injury lurking here. Addition updates are likely to come. Rajai Davis is playing center field and leading off. Analysis: Howard Bender

Dion Jordan was absent from the team's offseason workouts this week and his future with the Dolphins is in doubt.

Jordan has been a major disappointment since joining the Dolphins and it appears that the team is ready to cut bait. He is likely to pick up elsewhere but is unlikely to have any major impact. Analysis: Howard Bender

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