UPDATES & NEWS
Jeff Samardziga remains win less after allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits, two walks, with seven punch outs over seven innings of Friday's 4-1 loss to the Reds.
Samardzija (0-2) kept his ERA at 1.29 despite taking the loss to the Reds Friday night. Samardzifa may be a buy low candidate despite his lack of victories as he has a respectable earned run average with 22 punch outs over 28 innings pitched. ANALYST: Michael Pichan
The 76ers are considering buying out JaVale McGee so he can sign with a contender.
Even the most staunch 76ers defenders have to wonder if they are ever going to try to actually win games. McGee has all of the physical gifts in the world, but that has never translated into quality basketball. He makes sense for Philadelphia as a high-upside gamble, but it is hard to imagine any contender giving him significant minutes. At this point, he doesn't belong on fantasy rosters no matter what jersey he wears. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Jimmy Nelson (hamstring) will throw live batting practice Sunday.
Nelson was unable to throw Thursday or Friday, so it is nice to see him back on the hill. He is one of the more popular pitching sleepers heading into the season though he will have to cut down on the walks that have caused problems for him at various minor league stops. Barring a setback, Nelson should be good to go for the start of the regular season. Analysis: Steve Pimental
CF Coco Crisp (pinkeye) is back with the Athletics Sunday.
Coco Crisp is back with the team today, but will not participate in the intrasquad game and is expected to be held out of the first couple Cactus League exhibitions. The 13-year veteran saw his numbers take a dip across the board last season, as he hit for a .246 average while scoring 68 runs and swiping 19 bags. Crisp has eclipsed 135 games just one time in his five years with the A's, and you can expect see his name still available late in deeper league drafts - if you want to roll the dice on the 35-year-old. Analysis: Keith Tro
Kemba Walker (knee) will be evaluated on Wednesday.
Kemba Walker, 24, underwent a procedure to repair the meniscus in his left knee on Jan. 28th. He did some very simple running and shooting last week and is scheduled to be reevaluated on Wednesday, which will be exactly five weeks out from surgery. The initial timetable for Walker's return to action was no sooner than six weeks. If for some odd reason he was dismissed in your league, go scoop him up pronto. Walker is averaging 18.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.2 assists for the Hornets this season. Analysis: Keith Tro