Fantasy Player Updates & News

A.J. Ellis will have his left knee scoped to repair meniscus tear.

Tough news for the Dodgers as Ellis is expected to miss four-to-six weeks after surgery and that's more on the optimistic side of estimates. Drew Butera will step in as the team's primary backstop and Tim Federowicz should be recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque this week. Neither backstop offers much in the fantasy world. If you have unlimited DL spots, then you can stash Ellis, but if you have only a spot or two available, it's best to drop him for the time being.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Masahiro Tanaka will have another rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Scranton.

Tanaka will reportedly start Wednesday against Pawtucket and throw 65 pitches. If the start goes well, he could rejoin the Yankees after the outing.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Alex Rios (hand) is taking swings off Jason Vargas during a simulated game on Friday.

After a hot first couple of weeks to the season, Rios fractures a bone in his left hand. Vargas, for his part, is on the mend from a forearm/elbow issue. Rios should be able to start a rehab assignment as soon as next week.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Dillon Gee will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

Gee had an excellent final rehab outing with High-A St. Lucie this past week, twirling 6 1/3 scoreless innings. The Mets are saying that neither Jon Niese nor Noah Syndergaard will pitch out of the bullpen, so it's unclear whether or not one of them will be optioned or Gee himself will be the Mets long reliever/6th starter. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Tanner Roark appears to be on track to start Tuesday.

With Doug Fister on the shelf, Roark will be moved back into the rotation. Roark was excellent as the Nationals fifth starter in 2014, posting a 2.85 ERA over 198 2/3 innings in 31 starts. He needs to be picked up in most leagues, although he's unlikely to contribute in strikeouts.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Sam Deduno (hip) expects to throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

Deduno underwent an MRI earlier this week that revealed only inflammation in his hip. He has been playing catch all the while and shouldn't need much time before returning to the team.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Pablo Sandoval is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Friday.

Welp, the grounders he was taking before the game were no more than a tease. He pinch hit in Thursday night's game and the infield work suggests that he could be close to a return, perhaps this weekend. Consider him day-to-day. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Justin Verlander threw his side session Friday and is scheduled for a simulated game Tuesday in Oakland.

Verlander has been dealing with a tricep injury since spring training. He was expected to throw 40-50 warm-up pitches and then a 15-20 pitch bullpen after. He apparently feels pretty good, and should the simulated game go well, he'll be sent out on a rehab assignment.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

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