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Denard Span left Monday's game with back spasms.

Span missed time in June with spasms, and it seems to be that they flared up tonight. If Span were to miss an extended amount of time with this latest bout of spasms, Matt den Dekker would see some additional playing time moving forward. Analysis: Colby Conway

Update: Mark Buehrle underwent X-rays on his right ankle and they came back negative.

This is good news for Buehrle, undoubtedly the most consistent pitcher for Toronto this season. It is unsure yet whether or not he will miss his next start, but he could be withheld from his next start, because the All-Star break would give him some extra time to rest that ankle. Keep an eye on Buehrle to see if he will make his next start. Analysis: Colby Conway

Luis Valbuena on Monday went for an X-ray on his left big toe and was diagnosed with a sprain that has him day-to-day.

While Valbuena is dealing with this toe sprain, Marwin Gonzalez will see the bulk of the playing time at the hot corner for the Astros. Luckily enough for Valbuna, the All-Star break is right around the corner, so if he were to land on the DL, he wouldn't miss much game action. He will be monitored over the next couple days before an official decision is made on the power hitting third baseman. Analysis: Colby Conway

Mark Buehrle will undergo X-rays after getting hit on the hip with a comebacker.

Buehrle will seek evaluation after taking a comebacker off his hip in a complete game loss to the White Sox on Monday. Buehrle was bested by Chris Sale and the White Sox, dropping his record to 9-5 on the year. His ERA sits at 3.38 on the season and he has shown to be a valuable fantasy asset this season, despite the low strikeout totals. Analysis: Colby Conway

Chad Qualls (neck) is scheduled to start his minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday.

He is expected to return to the Astros shortly after the All-Star break and should reclaim his role near the back-end of the bullpen. He will likely return in a low-leverage role and can work his way into a more valuable role with good performances. He is 1-4 with four saves and a 5.11 ERA so far in 2015. Analysis: Colby Conway

Alex Colome will be skipped in the rotation following the rainout Monday,

Matt Moore will start the first game of tomorrow's doubleheader while Matt Andriese gets the nod in the nightcap. Colome is 3-4 on the year with a 4.70 ERA and his only substantial fantasy value comes in the deepest of AL-only formats. Analysis: Colby Conway

Cavaliers remain intent on signing restricted free agent Matthew Dellavedova.

Dellavedova may have earned this next contract solely based on his relentless effort in the postseason. He hounded Stephen Curry for most of the finals and he laid it all out in the floor during the series. The possible acquisition of Joe Johnson would affect Delly's playing time, but regardless, he is a better real life player than fantasy asset. Analysis: Colby Conway

Mo Williams has agreed to a two-year, $4.3 million deal with the Cavaliers.

Williams averaged 14.2 points and 6.2 assists in 29.1 minutes for the Timberwolves and Hornets last season. Williams will be able to get some open threes alongside LeBron James, but will be expected to score off the bench. The Cavaliers are attempting to stack this roster to bring a title to Cleveland next season, under the tutelage of King James and a little bit of coach David Blatt. Analysis: Colby Conway

Ricky Nolasco will have ankle surgery on Monday. There is no timetable on his return.

Nolasco came to the Twins after signing a four-year, $49 million deal. Yikes. He has struggled mightily since becoming a Minnesota Twin, to the tune of an ERA upwards of 5.00. Don't be surprised if he misses the majority of the second half of the season, allowing him to be dropped in almost all leagues. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jose Bautista admitted before Monday's game that his shoulder still isn't 100 percent.

Even though his average is lower than recent seasons, the power numbers are still there for the right-handed slugger. He will likely see more time at DH moving forward, pushing Edwin Encarnacion to first base and Chris Colabello to the outfield. Continue to keep an eye on the slugger, but unless he goes on the DL, he remains in your starting lineup. Analysis: Colby Conway

Yunel Escobar has left Monday's game with an apparent injury.

That is the second National player to leave Monday night's game, with Denard Span previously leaving the field due to injury. Dan Uggla went in to pinch hit for Escobar. Danny Espinosa will move to third in place of Escobar with Uggla taking over at second base. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Jake Odorizzi made his final rehab start Monday and will return to the team this weekend.

Odorizzi will presumably replace Alex Colome in the Ray rotation when he gets to start this upcoming weekend. He had been pitching well when he suffered the oblique injury that sidelined him in early June, posting a 2.47 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over 76 2/3 innings in his 12 starts. If he is on the wire in your league, grab him now. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Matt Holliday was expected to test his quad with running/agility work Monday but a virus kept him in the team's hotel.

The Cardinals are taking it slow and easy with his return to baseball activities, and this illness will set back his progress further. There was some speculation he could be back with the club before the All-Star break, but that may turn out to be overly optimistic now. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Willie Bloomquist has cleared waivers and is a free agent.

The 37-year old shortstop was released to make room for Chris Taylor, also a shortstop. He had limited MLB value as a pinch-hitter and defensive utility player, and no fantasy value whatsoever. He may find a role as a utility infielder on some other team, but will not have any fantasy relevance. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson


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