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Jose Calderon (face) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

He got an elbow to the face last night and did return to the game. Calderon is a solid source for assists as he is averaging 4.8 of them this season. ANALYST: Mark Kaplan

Desmond Jennings was out of the lineup for a second straight day because of left knee soreness. He said this is not an injury that would require a stint on the disabled list.

Jennings has struggled early this season so some rest might do him some good. Brandon Guyer would see an increase in playing time, but that doesn't mean he is an insta-add. Stay away from the outfield in Tampa for the time being. Analysis: Rob Trayah

David Hernandez pitched in a game for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year when he threw one inning in an extended spring game against the Brewers on Saturday.

Hernandez is still probably a fair bit out from returning to the Diamondbacks bullpen, so temper your expectations until he can prove he is healthy in minor league rehab. Addison Reed will continue to man the ninth-inning, even when Hernandez is back. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Slow starts are nothing new for Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed, though he certainly wishes he weren't so familiar with them. Obviously nobody wants to start slow, said Ahmed, who entered play Monday hitting .125 in 48 at-bats this season.

Ahmed has had to take a back seat to Chris Owings, who has started to swing the bat well. The rest of the infield outside of Paul Goldschmidt has struggled as well so as long as he can provide defense, he's going to stick around. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Noah Syndergaard was dominant in his Monday start after getting scratched Friday due to food poisoning.

Syndergaard is the prized possession of the Mets and was able to shake off an illness to going seven scoreless with only two hits and striking out nine. If Dillon Gee falters at all, expect Syndergaard to be an option in June call-ups. Analysis: Rob Trayah

J.R. Smith can only appeal his suspension to recoup lost wages. He cannot appeal to get the games reduced.

Smith's blatant backhand to Jae Crowder drew a two-game suspension and that means he can't play or hope to play in games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Semis. The Cavs were in full retaliation mode in Game 4 against the Celtics after Kevin Love was injured in a tussle with Kelly Olynyck and Smith's immediate ejection and flagrant-2 has cost him some playoff time. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Carl Crawford is dealing with an oblique injury, according to manager Don Mattingly

Crawford left the Dodgers' Monday night affair after three injuries and is adding the depth problem for LA's outfield. With Yasiel Puig out, the Dodgers need all the help they can get and it looks like Alex Guerrero might finally get consistent playing time. Scott Van Slyke and Andre Either are the other options, but all three will fight for two spots until Crawford is healthy. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Rusney Castillo (shoulder) took batting practice Monday with no reported problems.

Good news for Castillo and the Sox while they also wait on Shane Victorino and his injury. If Castillo can get healthy quickly, you might see him in Boston sooner rather than later. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Wil Myers went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Monday's 9-4 loss to the Astros.

Myers is now slashing .278/.201/.456 with three home runs, 14 RBI and 17 runs scored through his first 90 at-bats as he appears to be adapting nicely to his new surroundings. However, if he is ever able to show more patience at the plate (2 BB) his fantasy value could go up even more if he becomes a more traditional leadoff hitter, being slotted ahead of of serious power bats in the Padres lineup.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

James Shields allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out 12 batters over six innings against the Astros on Monday.

Shields settled for his second straight no-decision Monday as he remains 2-0 with a 2.90 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and a 41:9 K:BB rate through 31 innings. After a rather disappointing 2014 campaign, Shields has really been able to turn things around as he remains a must-start every time he take the mound. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Rockies on Sunday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Collin McHugh allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out five batters over six innings against the Padres on Monday.

McHugh is now sitting 3-0 with a 2.92 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and a 23:4 K:BB rate through his first four starts (24.2 IP) as he continues to prove last year's production wasn't a fluke. Although his strikeouts are down from a season ago he is still hovering around a solid one strikeout per nine innings which is just fine. He will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Marines on Saturday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Colby Rasmus went 2-for-5 connecting on his third home run of the season with three RBI and two runs scored against the Padres on Monday.

Rasmus has now logged three straight multi-hit performances, and is now slashing .273/.333/.527 with three home runs and seven RBI through 55 at-bats. Although Rasmus never matured into the type of player everyone expected him to be as a prized prospect coming up through the Cardinals farm system, he has proven time and time again that he can be a fantasy asset at times, but nothing is long-lasting.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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