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Astros have traded left-handed reliever Raul Valdes to the Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The 36-year old Valdes posted an ERA over 12 in eight appearances this season with the 'stros before being designated for assignment back on May 4th. If/when Valdes makes his way back in the big leagues really does not matter in the realm of fantasy.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Dilson Herrera is not a realistic option to be called up after Murphy's injury due to Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe.

In an earlier stint at the big league level, Herrera hit just .195 with two homers, four RBI and two stolen bases. The team will continue to roll with Johnson and Uribe at second base while Murphy deals with this injury. Analysis: Colby Conway

Drew Brees is not expected to play in Thursday's pre season finale as expected.

Not many regular starters play in the final preseason game and Brees is no exception. If your league hasn't drafted yet, expect him to be one of the first few quarterbacks selected off the board. Analysis: Colby Conway

Marcus Stroman threw his first minor league rehab game today with 4 2/3 no hit innings.

Stroman is recovering from a torn ACL and it's incredible to see him moving at such a pace. He could join the rotation by mid-September, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Analysis: Colby Conway

Update: Bryce Harper was removed from Wednesday nights game with left glute tightness.

Harper is dealing with some tightness in his left glute, but it isn't expected to be serious moving forward. He should be considered day-to-day until a further update. Analysis: Colby Conway

Update: Lorenzo Cain was removed from the game due to a tight calf the move was believed to be precautionary.

This is good news, basically signifying that Cain should be okay moving forward. While he may be held out a game or two, he shouldn't miss much more than that. Analysis: Colby Conway

Lorenzo Cain has left Wednesday nights game after taking a foul ball off the shin but did finish his at-bat.

Cain was 2-for-3 with a home run and a double before exiting the game with this shin injury. Jarrod Dyson entered the game when Cain left, but if there is any optimism here, he was able to finish his at-bat and put up quality numbers before exiting. Analysis: Colby Conway

Bryce Harper was removed from Wednesday's game for an unknown reason.

Harper was 0-for-2 before leaving the game, but no one at this time knows why he was removed. Matt den Dekker entered the game upon Harper's departure, but owners need to be checked into this situation very closely. Analysis: Colby Conway

Clipper head coach Doc Rivers said he plans to experiment with newly signed Paul Pierce at the "stretch" four position this season.

It will be interesting to see how this works for the Clippers, because even as a stretch four, Pierce at 6-feet-7-inches is still going to be undersized. If he does get noteworthy minutes there, expect his rebounding numbers to go up this season, as well as his fantasy value.  Analysis: Colby Conway

David Murphy was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI on Wednesday against Oakland.

Murphy has been a good add by the Angels, hitting .267 with three home runs and ten RBI in 24 games. He does have a hit in four of his last five games, including three RBI. The main of his move to the Angels was to add more power and offense to the left-side of the plate in the lineup and he has done so. He continues to be a solid major leaguer even though he is now on his third team in three seasons. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Albert Pujols went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored on Wednesday.

Pujols has started to slide a bit in terms of his numbers, but his home run on Wednesday was just his second in nine games. He is now sitting at .249 for AVG on the year, but has an .803 OPS, a nice bounceback from some struggles for the Angels. He has 35 home runs on the year, the ninth time he has reached that mark in his career and the first since moving to Los Angeles. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Josh Phegley went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI on Wednesday.

Phegley has mired in the .260s all season in terms of average, but continues to hit lefties well in platoon duty. He is hitting at a .294 clip with four home runs in 102 at-bats. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Brett Lawrie was 2-for-4 with a home run, double and two runs scored.

Lawrie's multiple hit game was his third in his last ten games as he continues to improve over the season. He sits at .271 on the season with a .738 OPS and 14 home runs, a career-high. He won't live up to the Josh Donaldson numbers so the trade in the offseason move will always have its criticism, but Lawrie has had a good season in Oakland. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Dwight Howard was detained in a Houston airport for having a gun in his carry-on.

D12 won't face any major trouble here, so the Rockets organization shouldn't worry about his availability due to this situation this season. Barring any injuries, Howard will be out there posting double-doubles on a regular basis for Houston this season. Analysis: Colby Conway

Andrew Heaney was able to go seven innings, scattering seven hits and giving up three runs with six strikeouts against Oakland.

Outside of a start against Toronto, Heaney has been one of the Angels best pitchers, improving to 6-2 on the season with a 3.18 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. He continues to prove that he was worth the high prospect evaluations that he garnered in Miami. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Sonny Gray only got through five innings after giving up eight hits and six runs with just two strikeouts on Wednesday.

Gray struggled early in this start and now sits behind Dallas Keuchel for the ERA title with a 2.36 now. He falls to 12-7 on the year with his first start in his last eight where he gave up more than three earned runs. Gray will get to face the Astros in his next start, a bounceback situation as fantasy playoffs start. Analysis: Rob Trayah


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