FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Update: Coach Mike D’Antoni said Nick Young has a sore knee and ankle, but he thinks will be OK for Tuesday.

Young should see plenty of minutes for the remainder of the season if he can play threw this injury. ANALYST: Mike Norrad

James Loney (oblique) said he expects to be back before the end of next week.

Boring news for a boring fantasy player. Loney doesn't produce in enough categories to be fantasy relevant in standard 12-team leagues. Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Miguel Montero is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Sunday.

The Cubs are giving him a routine day off despite the fact that he hit two home runs on Saturday. David Ross will get the start in his place, but he should not be used in DFS formats, unless you want to punt the catcher position. Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Royals manager Ned Yost says the cautious approach with Alex Gordon will likely continue through April.

The reason for the cautious approach is the fact that Gordon had offseason wrist surgery in December. He has yet play in three straight games for the Royals this season and has a bad slash line of .222/.400/.259 with zero home runs on the season. Gordon should be benched until he starts to hit better, but don't drop him as he still has plenty of fantasy value. Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Jonathan Schoop (knee) has reported to Sarasota to begin his rehab.

Schoop was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday after suffering a bad knee injury. There isn't a timetable for his return as he suffered damage to his MCL and PCL, but the Orioles do expect him back this season. Schoop can be dropped in all 10-12 team redraft leagues.  Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Steve Pearce is not in the Orioles starting lineup on Sunday.

Pearce is getting a routine day off. Travis Snider, who hits from the left side, is getting the start in Pearce's place.  Analysis: Mark Kaplan

Indians have flip-flopped starters for White Sox Series: Trevor Bauer will go Monday, Carlos Carrasco on Tuesday.

This could be a bit troublesome as Carrasco, who was hit in the head with a comebacker in his last start, has had his start pushed back yet again. Continue to view him as day-to-day but if the Indians re-evaluate him Monday and don;t like what they see, then he may not throw Tuesday either and could end up on the disabled list. With Danny Salazar up with the big club, they just might be able to afford the DL stint just to make sure Carrasco gets back to 100-percent. Analysis: Howard Bender

Victor Martinez is dealing with soreness at the top of the knee, manager Brad Ausmus said, but not the area where he had surgery.

Whether it's the exact area he had surgery or not is almost irrelevant. It's the same knee. He felt a twinge two Fridays ago which was why he sat out most of this past week and the issue at the top of the knee could very well be swelling or fluid build-up from getting back into action Saturday. it's obviously not enough to keep him out though as he is the Tigers DH on Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Danny Santana is not in the Twins starting lineup on Sunday.

With no injury reported, it just looks like Santana will get the day off to rest. He's 0-for-8 over his last two games so he'll take a seat to clear his head. Eduardo Escobar will handle the work at shortstop Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Salvador Perez is not in the Royals starting lineup on Sunday.

Well he was bound to get a day off at some point, right? Perez has caught every game since the season opened and will finally get a day of rest. Erik Kratz will handle the work behind the plate Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Alcides Escobar is not in the Royals starting lineup on Sunday.

Escobar is still dealing with the knee issue that stemmed from being spiked on a hard slide by Brett Lawrie on Friday. The Royals don't feel he will need a DL stint, so continue to view him as day-to-day. Christian Colon will handle the work at shortstop Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Aramis Ramirez is not in the Brewers starting lineup on Sunday.

Ramirez is 0-for-12 over his last three games and mired in a 2-for-23 slump in his last six. He'll take a seat to clear his head and Luis Jimenez will replace him at third base for Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ike Davis is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Sunday.

With lefty Danny Duffy on the hill for the Royals, Davis will take a seat in favor of the right-handed hitting Mark Canha. Davis will be available off the bench. Analysis: Howard Bender

Yunel Escobar said his groin is improving and will work out prior to Sunday's game.

The MRI on Escobar came back clean, so that's great news. He's still not 100-percent though and will continue to be held out. Escobar believes that he can avoid the DL and will work out prior to the game to prove it. Obviously though, if he doesn't show the improvement in the workout, the team could hold him out a little while longer. The club can go with Danny Espinosa at third and Dan Uggla at second. They also called up Emanuel Burris who can play all over the infield. Analysis: Howard Bender

Dustin Pedroia is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Sunday.

Pedroia is just getting a routine day off after having started the first 11 games of the season. The always versatile Brock Holt stays in the leadoff spot in the order but moves over to the keystone for Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Shane Victorino has returned to the Red Sox lineup on Sunday.

Victorino banged into the wall Friday and was still experiencing some soreness in the ribs Saturday which was why he was given the day off. He's better Sunday and will get the start in right field while Daniel Nava heads back to the bench. Analysis: Howard Bender

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