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Paul Pierce just took himself out of the game with an apparent shoulder injury.

The Dodgers have recalled Yimi Garcia from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Garcia will rejoin the bullpen and provide some effort in the later innings. Prior to being sent down, Garcia had a 3.55 ERA with 58 strikeouts over 45 2/3 innings. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chris Heston will start for the Giants on Friday against the Rockies.

The Giants were considering using Tim Hudson in Heston's place after the rookie got bombed for five runs in 3 2/3 innings during his last start, but it looks like they'll look to build up and crush his confidence all at once with a start in Colorado. As well as he pitched earlier this season, he is not a recommended starter. Analysis: Howard Bender

Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) will start in Thursday's preseason finale.

Bowe won't see a whole lot of reps but he will need top get a little work in after missing time with a hamstring injury. He's considered the No. 1 receiver in a crowd of bad receivers and has a mediocre at best quarterback. He's someone you may be able to draft as late-round depth, but nothing more than that. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Dodgers have designated Andy Wilkins for assignment.

Wilkins was never considered someone to watch and this move is really just a procedural thing to free up a spot on the 40-man roster. The Dodgers have yet to announce a corresponding move. Analysis: Howard Bender

Corey Hart (knee) has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

This is just a procedural move for the Pirates who were looking to open up another spot on the 40-man roster. With Hart recovering from his shoulder injury, it is unclear as to whether or not he will be able to return this season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kenny Bell will not play against the Dolphins due to a hamstring injury.

Bell is competing with the likes of Louis Murphy and Russell Sheppard for the No. 3 wide receiver job, however, Murphy has long been the favorite. Should Bell still make the roster he would serve as depth for the Bucs only. No fantasy value to be had here. Analysis: Howard Bender

Devonta Freeman (hamstring) will not play against the Ravens on Thursday.

Freeman hasn't played a snap throughout the preseason and he won't start Thursday. The Falcons are going to keep him out again to help with the hamstring issue, but their plan is for full practices afterwards in preparation for Week 1 against the Eagles.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Terrelle Pryor is expected to play against the Bears on Thursday.

Pryor admits to not being 100-percent healthy right now and that his hamstring still might be an issue, but he's going to push himself to try and land a spot on the 53-man roster. He was considered a lock just a month and a half ago as he was impressing coaches at mini-camp, but this injury has now lingered for far too long and even the Browns can't afford to waste a roster spot. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Rockies have confirmed Tyler Chatwood (elbow) will not return this season.

Chatwood is currently throwing at High-A Modesto after having recovered from his second Tommy John surgery. There is absolutely no reason the Rockies need to accelerate his rehab process, so consider him off-limits for this year. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brandon Crawford (calf) remains out of the Giants lineup on Thursday.

Crawford will miss his third-staright game with this calf injury, but the Giants expect him to return at some point over the weekend. Consider him day-to-day. Ehire Adrianza will handle the work at shortstop and bat eighth. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brandon Belt is not in the Giants starting lineup on Thursday.

Despite Belt hitting .273 against lefties, the game being in Colorado and southpaw starter Chris Rusin's horrible wOBA splits against both left and right-handed pitching, Belt will take a seat for the night as Bruce Bochy stacks the lineup with righties. Buster Posey will move to first with Hector Sanchez working behind the plate. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Jazz announced that Dante Exum had successful surgery on his ACL on Thursday.

Exum suffered the ACL tear in a non-contact situation much like what happened to Derrick Rose. The surgery went well, but it looks like he will miss the entire season. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Orioles have activated Mike Wright from the 15-day disabled list.

Wright has made seven appearances for the Orioles this season, including six starts. There's a good chance that Baltimore will insert him back into their rotation, but he only has value in deeper AL-Only leagues down the stretch. Analysis: David Kerr

Zach Ertz (groin) remains unsure if he will be ready for Week 1.

Ertz recently underwent surgery on his groin and appears to be improving. His biggest obstacle now is Brett Celek, whom head coach Chip Kelly has announced as the Eagles' starter at tight end. As far as upside goes, Ertz has plenty of it and should still be viewed as a strong TE2 headed into the season. Ultimately he could end up being a huge steal if his ADP continues to fall and he see increased playing time early on. Analysis: David Kerr

C.J. Edwards (blister) has been activated from the disabled list.

Edwards is going to get a spot in the Cubs' bullpen and could be a solid addition down the stretch. He posted an 11.2 K/9 at Triple-A this year, but also walked 24 batters in 29 2/3 innings pitched. He's unlikely to be placed in high leverage situations immediately. Analysis: David Kerr

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