FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Freddie Freeman has been dealing with some dryness in his eyes. Freeman met with the team optometrist, who said he has some "abrasions in the whites of his eyes."

The condition is being treated with drops and a gel that Freeman puts into his eyes at night before he goes to sleep. Apparently he also had his eyes lids and tear ducts cleaned out which should get them producing tears and moisture to keep his eyes properly lubricated. With an off-day Thursday, Freeman says that he should receive enough consistent treatment and be ready to go for Friday's game.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Mariners at Rangers is expected to start at 9 pm ET.

There was a band of rain running through the area that led to a delay in the start of the game. Once that clear, the teams will try to get the contest in, but there is more inclement weather following to the west. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Brandon Belt is not in the Giants starting lineup on Monday.

With lefty Brett Anderson on the mound for the Dodgers, Buster Posey will take over at first with Norichika Aoki playing left field. The Giants are going to use Belt in left occasionally, but against a southpaw Monday, he will ride the pine. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Dodgers placed P Brandon McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list with a UCL tear.

McCarthy's season is finished and the Dodgers replaced him on the roster by recalling Adam Liberatore to rejoin the bullpen. Scott Baker, who pitched on Sunday, will stick in the rotation for the meantime. The Dodgers are still waiting for Hyun-Jin Ryu to return from the DL, so expect that someone from the pen or minors to be tapped to step in to take McCarthy's place in the rotation this week. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Dodgers recalled LHP Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

With Brandon McCarthy going on the DL with a torn UCL, the Dodgers have recalled Liberatore who was just optioned to Triple-A last Wednesday. He pitched 4.1 scoreless innings before being sent to the minors and will rejoin the Dodger bullpen. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Evan Gattis is not in the Astros starting lineup on Monday.

The Astros are playing in a NL park against San Diego, so there is no DH slot in the lineup. He has been struggling mightily at the plate this season so far, hitting just .156. He is due for at least one outfield start this series, but it will not be on Monday. Check back on Tuesday. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) is doing strengthening exercises and very light throwing.

He suffered a Grade 1 strain of his right lat muscle, and while his ability to throw and exercise is a good sign, he is still going to miss 2-4 weeks. Expect him back in mid-May so long as no setbacks occur. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Update: Al Horford had pinkie finger re-taped and will return to the game.

Good news that he can return to action. How effective he will be after injuring his little finger twice now in this series remains to be seen. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Tyson Chandler won't be suspended or fined for trying to punch Dwight Howard.

What is the standard here? Trying to land a punch but failing to do so lets you play? If he had actually connected, would a suspension have resulted? In any event, the Mavs have to be happy not to be without the services of their starting center. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Al Horford just went to the locker room holding pinkie finger.

He previously dislocated his little finger on his shooting hand in Game 1 of the series against the Nets. The Hawks are relying heavily on their center's ability to score and rebound. If he has to sit, then Pero Antic and Elton Brand will have to step up their efforts. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Mariners at Rangers will be delayed due to rain. No start time has been given.

One game has already been cancelled today, but that was due to the demonstrations in Baltimore, not the weather. Check back to see if and when this contest will get underway.  Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Scott Baker's next start will either be Friday or Saturday.

With Brandon McCarthy now out for the balance of the season, Baker will try to solidify a role in the Dodger rotation. He pitched well in his first start this year, but gave up a pair of homers that led to him taking the loss against the Padres on Sunday. It did not help his cause that the Dodgers only managed to score one run behind him. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Brandon McCarthy has a UCL tear and is out for the season.

So much for the good news from the weekend, and the hope he was only dealing with tendonitis. This injury will strain the Dodgers' depth at starting pitching, especially with Hyun-Jin Ryu still on the DL. Time for Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Brett Anderson to step up. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Kelly Olynyk was suspended one game for his incident with Kevin Love.

With the Celtics eliminated from the playoffs, that suspension will have to be served next season. Seeing as the league only imposed a modest one game suspension, it seems that a determination was made that Olynyk's dislocation of Kevin Love's shoulder was accidental, not purposeful. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

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