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Joe Kelly (hamstring) is expected to join the Cardinals on this road trip. Kelly has been playing loss toss and testing his leg with some light running. His next step would be to start throwing off the mound again.

Kelly has been sidelined the last two weeks following a hamstring injury but is inching closer to a return to the Cardinals starting rotation. Once healthy he will take over for Tyler Lyons, who has been a respectable replacement in his absence (0-2 w/ 4.50 ERA). Kelly will look to build off of his strong start in which he went 1-1 with a 0.59 ERA and 1.24 WHIP through three starts prior to going down with a hamstring injury.He is expected back at some point in the month of May. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Nick Hundley is not in the Rockies starting lineup Wednesday.

Just a simple day off for Hundley with a day game following a night game. Par for the course. Mike McKenry will handle the work behind the dish Wednesday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Wilin Rosario is not in the Rockies starting lineup Wednesday.

It's a combination of his poor defense, his inconsistency at the plate and a red-hot, lefty-swinging Ben Paulsen right now. With right-hander Mike Leake on the hill for the Reds, manager Walt Weiss will give Rosario another day off here with Paulsen working at first. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jayson Werth (wrist) is still not ready to swing a bat yet.

It's going to be a slow recovery process here and fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect much, if anything, from him for the first half of the season. However, with ample rest, he should be a nice buy-low for the second half of the year. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brandon Phillips is not in the Reds starting lineup Wednesday.

Phillips was out Tuesday because of a flare-up of the turf toe that sidelined him earlier this month. It seems to still be acting up so they'll hold him out once again. Consider him day-to-day while Skip Schumaker handles the work at second base Wednesday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Leonys Martin is not in the Rangers starting lineup Wednesday.

Between the wrist sprain and the 1-for-10 over his last three games, Martin will take a seat against Cleveland righty Carlos Carrasco. Delino DeShields, Jr. will handle the work in center field. Analysis: Howard Bender

Mat Latos (knee) is expected to throw off of a mound Saturday and could make an extended spring start June 4.

While the Marlins are saying that he's just dealing with some inflammation, keep in mind that this knee is the one on which he had surgery. They'll take it slowly with him even if they get him on the mound on June 4 as he is going to need ample rest time. Analysis: Howard Bender

Carlos Santana (wrist) is in the Indians lineup Wednesday.

Santana was plunked on the wrist Tuesday, but x-rays were negative and there's apparently not enough swelling to keep him from swinging the bat and staying in Wednesday's lineup. He may not be 100-percent, but he's not going to be a liability. Analysis: Howard Bender

Johnny Cueto says he feels good and will play catch on Wednesday.

The MRI on Cueto's elbow showed no structural damage, but the team announced he would miss a second start due to the issue. He will be limited to these catch sessions for the next several days and won't ramp things up unless they absolutely needed. COnsider him day-t0-day. Analysis: Howard Bender

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Aaron Nola will be limited to around 170 innings this season.

In a rebuilding year, there's absolutely no reason to rush your prospects. Amaro already discussed the fact that he won;t fast-track Nola through the system, so dynasty/keeper league owners looking for him are just going to have to wait. Analysis: Howard Bender

Pablo Sandoval batted from the left side against Minnesota left-hander Glen Perkins and singled in Tuesday night's loss.

The Red Sox have been trying to get Sandoval to stop switch-hitting and he finally seemed to agree as he batted from the left side against a southpaw Monday as well. It looks like he will stick with it. He was batting .347 from the left side of the plate by the end of the weekend and just .096 from the right, so this looks like a necessary change. Analysis: Howard Bender

Avisail Garcia (knee) will likely miss the remainder of the team's series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Garcia was considered day-to-day with his knee issue before the series began and while the team was hoping he'd avoid the DL, he probably wasn't ready to get back into the lineup. He'll take some additional time off now. Analysis: Howard Bender

If Mets third baseman David Wright misses 60 games this season, the team would recoup 75 percent of his contract while he is unable to play.

This has nothign to do with fantasy baseball. This is purely a financial matter in a game with no salary cap, so there is no overall effect. It is a real bummer though that we're discussing it about Wright, a fantastic third baseman whose career seems to have come to an unfortunate close. Sure, he could battle back from this, but even then, what does he have left in the tank? Analysis: Howard Bender

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