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General Manager Jon Daniels said that the first week of June is a reasonable return date for Jurickson  Profar (shoulder).

Profar tore a muscle in his shoulder and has been out since late-March. At the time, it was estimated that he would miss 10-12 weeks. Assuming that he does return at the beginning of June, Profar would be in the original window that was anticipated for him when he originally went down. Only 21, Profar has plenty of time to get healthy and mature as a baseball player.ANALYST: David Kerr

Padres manager Bud Black said that it's more than likely Odrisamer Despaigne will make his next start when his spot rolls around.

Thursday was actually an improvement for Despaigne. Prior to his start, he had given up 19 earned runs in his last 9 2/3 innings pitched. He allowed two earned runs over six innings on Thursday, so it's possible that he's fixed whatever flaw had been plaguing him. Analysis: David Kerr

David DeJesus went 2-for-4 with a double, solo home run and two RBI on Thursday against the Athletics.

DeJesus rose his season batting average to .324 with his two-hit night. His inability to draw walks is reflected in his .367 OBP, but he remains a decent fantasy option with 13 runs and 18 RBI.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Brad Boxberger earned the save Thursday against the Athletics, allowing two hits while striking out two in a 3-0 victory.

Boxberger was able to work around the singles in the ninth to earn his 12th save, which ties him for the seventh best mark in the majors. He’s averaging almost 13 strikeouts per nine innings of work and remains one of the best closers in the American League this season.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Alex Colome earned the win against the Athletics on Thursday, tossing five innings without allowing a run, striking out three with one walk.

Colome did not go very deep into the game, but he was particularly effective, throwing first pitch strikes to 15 of the 20 batters he faced and only allowed four hits. It was his first start allowing no runs since his 2015 debut. His fastball is pretty electric, but his future fantasy value could be determined by the development of his secondary pitches. He’ll trout out to the mound on Tuesday versus Seattle.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Jesse Chavez threw six innings in the loss on Thursday against the Rays, allowing three earned runs on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk.

Chavez had his swing-and-miss stuff going, but wasn’t particularly effective as he needed 105 pitches to get through six innings. He was only able to induce two ground balls and timely hitting from the Rays dropped his record to 1-4 this season. His next start is Tuesday versus Detroit.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and two strikeouts against the Angels Thursday.

Encarnacion now has 10 home runs and is roughly on pace for 40, which would eclipse last season’s impressive total of 34. He’s striking out at a higher rate than year’s past, but a lot of the issue with his low batting average (.231) can be explained by a .236 BABIP. He’s hitting in the middle of one of the most potent lineups in baseball in a home run friendly park, and as such, fantasy owners should be fine living with the low average for now. The blasts will keep coming.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Danny Valencia went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout in a 8-4 victory over the Angels Thursday.

Valencia’s blast was his first of the season. He doesn’t have much in the power department but can hit left-handed pitching very well and has a .448 batting average against them in 2015. Don’t get too excited about the .339 overall batting average, as it isn’t likely sustainable. He now owns a .432 BABIP and is a career .305 BABIP guy.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

R.A. Dickey pitched a complete game and earned the victory, allowing four earned runs on five hits while striking out seven and walking two.

For Dickey, it was his first complete game of the season and his second victory, bringing his record up to 2-5. Home runs continue to be an issue for him and he allowed two more on Thursday, which caused his season HR/FB to rise to 16.9 percent. Dickey will look for his third victory on Tuesday against the White Sox.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

David Freese went 2-for-4 with a double, home run, three RBI and a strikeout on Thursday night.

Freese hit his seventh double and eighth home run of the season Thursday while driving in his 23rd, 24th and 25th RBI. With just a .233 batting average, Freese may make for a good buy low candidate. He’s a career .337 BABIP guy but sits at just .252 in that category 41 games into the season. His slugging percentage (.440) and ISO (.207) are fairly strong, and the strikeouts are down, although just slightly.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Marc Krauss went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Thursday in Toronto.

Krauss is hitting only .150 with a .350 slugging percentage after launching his first home run of the season. It was just his seventh game of the season, but there’s no doubt he’ll need to cut down on the strikeouts if he’s ever going to be able to showcase the decent pop he has. The left-handed hitter was called up from AAA to try and infuse some offense in Anaheim and was slugging .639 over his past 10 games. With Matt Joyce really struggling, expect Krauss to steal some of his at-bats over the next few weeks.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Matt Shoemaker allowed seven earned runs over six innings in the loss against the Blue Jays Thursday night, striking out four and walking two.

Shoemaker gave up two blasts and lasted only 89 pitches in Toronto. He’s allowed 14 earned runs over his last three starts and the record sits at 3-4. When you look at his numbers across the board – a 6.29 ERA, 5.79 FIP and just one start with two earned runs or less, to name a few – you have to wonder how he’s managed to get to three wins. A 38.4 percent ground ball pitcher for his career, Shoemaker is inducing grounders in just 28 percent of matchups, which makes the inflated 21 percent HR/FB mark even more worrisome. His next start is Tuesday versus San Diego.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Josh Hamilton goes 1-for-4 with a double, two flyouts and a strikeout in Thursday's return to Triple-A Round Rock.

It seems as though Hamilton's return to the major leagues is imminent. It's been a long road so far for Hamilton this season, but he is going to have an opportunity for redemption. If he is going to succeed with any team, it would be the Rangers. He should be added in all formats if he is still hanging out on your waiver wire. Analysis: David Kerr

Andy Parrino is a potential call up Friday after being pulled early from Thursday's Triple-A Nashville’s game.

The A's are likely going to need someone to take Coco Crisp's roster spot and Parrino makes a lot of sense. He has been on Oakland's active roster before, but didn't make the cut this spring. Parrino is currently batting .275 with an .806 OPS at Triple-A Nashville. Analysis: David Kerr

Blue Jays recall Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.

Another middle infielder bit the dust for Toronto, so Kawasaki--and his crazy antics--are headed back to the major leagues. He figures to serve as a backup, but could receive a start or two each week. His fantasy value is limited to the deepest of AL-Only leagues. Analysis: David Kerr

Blue Jays placed second baseman Devon Travis on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

Travis has been dealing with a shoulder injury for over a week now and the Blue Jays decided to put him on the disabled list. Munenori Kawasaki has been called up to take his spot on the 25-man roster, though Steve Tolleson should continue to receive starts at second base. Analysis: David Kerr

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