UPDATES & NEWS
Kobe Bryant (knee) fully intends to return this season, ESPN Los Angeles reports. "My plan hasn't changed," Bryant said. "I'm just going about it every single day just trying to get better. That's my job. My job is to get ... back out there on the court when I'm healthy enough to play and that hasn't changed."
The Lakers obviously have nothing to play for but pride and Kobe is full of that. He'll come back and eventually play his 40+ minutes once he is close to 100%. Its a Fantasy risk still however because at his age and with the struggles of the team this is really a nowhere road. ANALYST: Jeff Mans
Ben Zobrist left Sunday's game with left knee soreness.
A tough loss for the A's as Zobrist was 2-for-2 with two RBI, a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's game against the Royals. He'll be re-evaluated after the game and again Monday morning to determine if it's just soreness and he is day-to-day or if it's more serious and he lands on the disabled list. Eric Sogard replaced him at second base. Analysis: Howard Bender
Alan Anderson (ankle) will play on Sunday.
Anderson suffered a sprained left ankle at the beginning of April and missed the Nets' final seven games of the regular season. With the playoffs in sight, the Nets opted to keep him out for extra rest towards the end and he is going to play Sunday without any sort of minutes restriction. Analysis: Howard Bender
Mirza Teletovic will not play on Sunday.
Teletovic, who was dealing with a blood clot in his lungs, was already ruled out for Games 1 and 2 of this series with the Hawks. However, he's been cleared for basketball activities this week so the Nets are going to see if he can be of any use off the bench during the playoffs. He's a role player off the bench, so it's not like he's been missed all that much. Analysis: Howard Bender
Felix Hernandez was feeling tightness in his quad during his start Saturday.
King Felix had some tightness in his quad in his previous start, and while he will almost certainly want to continue pitching it may be smart for the Mariners to put him on the disabled list or at least skip his next start. They could also use Thursday's off day to push his next start back until Saturday. If he does make his next start it may be a good time to trade Felix before he does have to go on the disabled list. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' starting lineup on Sunday.
Hamilton left Saturday's game with groin soreness, and while he is not expected to go on the disabled list he could miss a few more games after Sunday. Hamilton's only asset is his speed and if this injury slows him down even a little bit the Reds will probably keep him out. Brennan Boesch will start in center field with Hamilton out, but he is not playable for fantasy against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. Analysis: Steve Pimental