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David Robertson is scheduled to throw off a mound on Thursday and still plans on being ready to be activated when eligible next Tuesday.

If all goes well, it's was just a quick jaunt to the DL for Robertson and all should be right in the Yankees universe again. Shawn Kelley hasn't been bad as his fill-in, but fantasy owners are breathing a sigh of relief here as they know manager Joe Girardi's confidence in Robertson sits at a much higher level than in anyone else in that bullpen. Expect him to immediately return to the closer's role upon activation. ANALYST: Howard Bender

Jon Jay is ready to begin a rehab assignment with one of the organization's Minor League affiliates.

Jay has been dealing with a wrist issue for the entire season, but finally appears to be close to full health. He should be recalled after rosters expand on September 1. Analysis: David Kerr

Buccaneers waived-injured Orie Lemon on Thursday.

Lemon played in a reserve role for the Bucs last season, but will now have to find a new team. He appeared in 10 games for Tampa Bay last year and recorded 23 tackles, so the talent is definitely there. Analysis: David Kerr

Rockies released RHP Rafael Betancourt.

Betancourt is 40 and owns a 6.18 ERA this season. It's possible he will land with another club, but it's more likely that he's thrown his last pitch in the major leagues. Analysis: David Kerr

LeSean McCoy (hamstring) did conditioning drills on the side at practice Thursday.

McCoy is a veteran, so naturally, he isn't going to risk further injury by overdoing it in practice. He will take it easy over the next two weeks and he's in no danger of missing Week 1 against the Colts. Analysis: David Kerr

Michael Taylor hurt his right knee and is coming out of Thursday's game.

Taylor hit the outfield wall like a freight train on Thursday night and had to be assisted off the field. It looked as though he suffered a knee injury, but the Nationals have yet to confirm anything. We'll provide an update on his status once Thursday's game concludes. Analysis: David Kerr

Safety Lonnie Ballentine (hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday.

Ballentine missed the 2014 season after suffering a hamstring injury during training camp that landed him on injured reserve. He is slated to be a backup in the Texans' secondary, but that is going to hinge on whether he can stay healthy. Analysis: David Kerr

Jamar Taylor (quadriceps) did not practice Thursday and will not play in the preseason game Saturday.

It's best to sit out in a meaningless game as opposed to trying to play through and injury when nothing really counts. Taylor could be out for up to two weeks, but the Dolphins are hoping he's ready to go Week 1 against the Redskins. Analysis: David Kerr

Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) practiced for the Browns again on Thursday, but he’s not sure if he will play in the third preseason game on Saturday.

Pryor is desperately trying to make the Browns' final roster, but if he isn't able to get on the field, that task is going to be even tougher. We'll see how things play out between now and Saturday evening, but Pryor's roster spot could depend on whether he is able to play against the Bucs. This is a story worth monitoring for those of you in deep leagues. Analysis: David Kerr

Joe Panik (back) took batting practice in the cages Thursday.

Panik has been out of action since August 1, but is close to being game-ready. He isn't going to be ready for the crucial division series against the Dodgers that begins on Monday, but the Giants are hoping he'll be back with the big league club by next weekend. Analysis: David Kerr

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