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Justin Verlander (groin) is not far behind other starting pitchers because of the bullpen sessions he has thrown, said manager Brad Ausmus. Verlander is slated to throw 50 to 55 pitches in his start Tuesday, March 11.

Verlander continues to battle back from offseason surgery to his ailing mid section, and is on track to be ready for Opening Day. Considering he is currently being drafted outside of the top 10 among starting pitchers, Verlander makes for a great value on draft day.ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Dodgers beat writer Alanna Rizzo reports that the Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen is on schedule to be back in action in five weeks.

Jansen is due to get his boot removed on Tuesday, another step in his recovery from surgery to remove a growth in his left foot. It is an important step in his recovery, and he expects to be back in five weeks, or early May. The Dodgers are likely to go with a closer by committee until Jansen is back, so there is no fantasy value to be seen there. Upon return he should return to near the top of the closer rankings, but his fantasy value will obviously be hurt by a month of missed action. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Manager Bud Black hasn't ruled out batting Yonder Alonso second in the order this season against right-handed pitchers.

Alonso would see a nice boost in value hitting in front of some of the Padres' new power bats, but it would probably only be against righties, at the very best. He's not a great option in fantasy, though, as he's never put up very good numbers and is unlikely to break out. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Derrick Favors (back) has been ruled out for Saturday's game.

Favors is dealing with a pretty bad back injury, and while he was hoping to play on Saturday, it's very doubtful that he is able to go. Trevor Booker gets a nice opportunity with Favors out, and is a solid play in fantasy. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Derrick Favors will get some treatment on his injured back before a decision is made on his availability for Saturday. He didn't sound very hopeful, though.

Favors is dealing with a pretty bad back injury, and while he was hoping to play on Saturday, it's very doubtful that he is able to go. Trevor Booker would get a nice opportunity if Favors is out, and is a solid play in fantasy. Analysis: Ben Diamond

The Royals granted Ryan Roberts his unconditional release.

The 34-year old did not make the big league club so he'll seek for another team that may give him a chance. Roberts played eight games in the majors in 2014 with the Red Sox. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Jarrod Parker (elbow) hit 92 mph in his simulated game on Saturday.

Parker's surgery was in March of last year, knocking him out for all of 2014. Recovery has gone well for him, and he made a big step earlier in the Spring by throwing to live hitters. This was his second Tommy John procedure, so it's not a surprise that the Athletics are taking it slow with him. Parker had a decent year in 2013, his second full season in the majors, throwing 197 innings en route to a 3.97 ERA and 134 strikeouts. He's not a viable fantasy option this year, though, due to his injury.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Giants reassign P Curtis Partch to minor league camp.

The 28-year old threw just 7 innings in the majors last season, and had a 9.00 ERA in the Spring this year. He could be brought up for some work in the bullpen this season but is unlikely to be fantasy relevant. Analysis: Ben Diamond

David Lee will start in place of Draymond Green on Saturday.

Lee will get the start and could have some nice fantasy value in the game. He is worth a look in fantasy. Analysis: Ben Diamond

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