FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Chris Davis has been placed on the paternity list. He plans to return Tuesday in Milwaukee.

Come on now. Don;t act like you didn't know this was coming. We reported a few days ago that doctors were going to induce labor for Davis' wife and he was going to be away for both Sunday and Monday. The Sunday lineup hasn't been released just yet, but you can probably expect to see Steve Pearce make a couple of appearances.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Mike Olt could miss more time with a broken wrist than originally expected.

Olt was originally expected to be in a cast for three-to-four weeks, but now reports are saying four-to-six weeks. Even if he were to have the cast removed within four weeks, he would still have a fairly lengthy rehab stint and there will be obvious questions regarding his ability to hit for power right away. Of course, if Kris Bryant is hitting, then Olt's status really won't matter. Analysis: Howard Bender

Yasiel Puig's left hamstring is still causing him pain. He grimaced at second after his double and then jogged home very gingerly.

While it may be bothering him, Puig still managed to go 2-for-3 with the double, one RBI, a run scored and a walk. Check back with the lineups Sunday to see if he is going to play, but you should consider him questionable for the time being. Analysis: Howard Bender

Devin Harris (toe) is doubtful to return to Saturday's game.

Harris played just 10 minutes before he was forced to leave after re-aggravating the sprained big toe he's been suffering from lately. He's going to be questionable for Game 2. Analysis: Howard Bender

C.J. McCollum (ankle) is expected to get the start on Sunday in Game 1.

With Aaron Afflalo doubtful for Sunday's game, McCollum will get the starting nod. Allen Crabbe will also see a fair amount of time as well. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brandon Gomes has been selected from Triple-A Durham.

The Rays DFA'd Grant Balfour to bring up Gomes who has allowed two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings with a 7:1 K:BB for Triple-A Durham. He'll pitch out of the pen, likely in some mid-to-late inning situations. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.

There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender

Drew Smyly (left shoulder) will start Sunday for Double-A Montgomery and should return this month.

Smyly looked solid in his rehab start down in High-A ball and the rays will move him up to Double-A for this weekend. Barring any setbacks, he should be moved up to Triple-A Durham for a final rehab start before joining the team at the end of the month. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: Chandler Parsons has returned to Saturday's game.

Parsons came back from the locker room as quickly as he left and everything seems to be fine. If it was his knee acting up, everything seems to be just fine now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chandler Parsons just limped off the floor and is being looked at by trainers on the bench. He is heading to the locker room.

The Mavericks will obviously update his condition soon but the fact that he walked off and to the locker room under his own power is an obvious good sign. He was dealing with a knee issue heading into the playoffs, so this could be a recurrence of the old injury. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jesse Hahn said after Saturday's game he has been dealing with blister since spring but it split open in the sixth. He believes he'll be able to make next start.

It doesn't sound like this is going to be a major problem save that fantasy owners were bummed to lose him after he had thrown 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He did earn the win though as the A's went on to beat the Royals 5-0. Barring some unforeseen setback, he should be fine to face the Angels next week. Analysis: Howard Bender

Matt Joyce (foot) was able to pinch hit Saturday, but did not take the field the following inning.

Joyce was dealing with only a slight issue. He was more resting after having played six-straight games and the team was facing a lefty on Saturday. If the foot is bothering him, then he'll be re-evaluated Sunday, so consider him day-to-day and questionable for Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Los Angeles Clippers will reportedly explore a logo and uniform re-brand this offseason.

Because that's exactly what the good people of Los Angeles need -- to spend their money on new jerseys. Perhaps the Clippers are trying to completely overhaul their image and make everyone forget they were ever owned by Donald Sterling. Whatever the case may be, a re-brand will have zero effect on the play of its team. Analysis: Howard Bender

Angels optioned pitcher Adam Wilk to Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Angels are making preparations for Garrett Richards to come off the DL and start Sunday against the Astros. Wilk made one appearance while he was up with the club and gave up one run over two innings. He'll be back when the Halos need a fresh arm in the pen. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jimmy Butler scored 25 points (8-14 FGA, 7-8 FTA) with two rebounds, six assists and a steal during Saturday's Game 1 win over the Bucks.

Butler was dealing with a sprained elbow throughout March, but returned towards the end of the regular season and averaged 19.1 points and 5.3 rebounds over his last 10 games. Now that he's fully healthy and has Derrick Rose to lean on a little, Butler should be a force in the playoffs. Analysis: Howard Bender

Taj Gibson said he was okay after Saturday's game and should be ready for Game 2.

Gibson should be considered day-to-day with a slight knee strain. He left Saturday's game early but was listed as probable for a return. He'll be re-examined at the next morning shootaround but should be fine moving forward. Analysis: Howard Bender

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