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Josh Hamilton (thumb) will return to his rehab at Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, and could be activated Tuesday.

While the idea of him returning next week is enticing, it all comes down to whether or not he can hit with consistency or if his thumb is still an issue. We won't know until he's back at the plate in a minor league rehab game, so stay tuned for reports and more information.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Kevin Garnett (illness) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Garnett has been out since March 7th with a combination of knee soreness and an illness. He is unlikely to play on Sunday and a timetable for his return is unknown. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Ricky Rubio (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Rubio will miss his sixth straight game due to ankle soreness, and is likely to miss much of next week as well. While he is out, Zach LaVine is a high upside fantasy play, though he does carry some risk. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Update: Jaime Garcia is dealing with arm fatigue (between biceps and shoulder), and didn't bounce back after his simulated game as expected.

Garcia is notoriously injury prone and is once again sidelined with an arm issue. The Cardinals may opt to shut him down for a bit so he can recover from whatever is affecting him, though he will require additional tests for the time-being so the Cardinals can access the injury. More information should be provided soon, but he is undraftable in most leagues. His absence from the rotation could open up a spot for either Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzalez.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Corey Dickerson left Saturday's game with lower back tightness.

The injury is not considered to be serious, but since it is Spring Training, Dickerson could miss a couple of games to insure that he is ready for Opening Day. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Manager Brad Ausmus wasn't ready to pencil Victor Martinez in the opening day lineup Saturday, but the second-year manager told reporters he's "optimistic" VMart will be ready to play against the Minnesota Twins on April 6.

Martinez is had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in early February after injuring his knee in an offseason workout, and he's made an incredibly quick recovery, already hitting a home run in Spring Training. He's one of the best pure hitters in the game, but he's likely to regress from last season and may be overdrafted, even though he may not be ready for Opening Day and carries some heavy risks. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Manager Brad Ausmus wasn't ready to pencil Miguel Cabrera in the opening day lineup Saturday, but the second-year manager told reporters he's "optimistic" Cabrera will be ready to play against the Minnesota Twins on April 6.

Cabrera's ankle was a bit of a mess last season, which hurt his numbers, though he underwent offseason surgery to correct the issues, costing him almost a month of Spring Training. He's quickly rebounded, though, looking strong at the plate and already raking in Spring Training. He should be good to go for Opening Day, though the 31-year old won't be a slam dunk top-2 pick in fantasy drafts like he was last season due to the health risks. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Jeffery Taylor will start for the Hornets on Saturday.

Taylor's received very little playing time this season, but will get the rare start and a chance to prove himself to the coaching staff on Saturday with Kidd-Gilchrist injured. Taylor is just too risky to be used in fantasy. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Angels RHP Garrett Richards (knee) threw five innings in a minor league game Saturday.

Richards is very close to returning to action from a severe knee injury that he suffered at the end of 2014. He threw 69 pitches of one hit, one walk, zero run ball on Saturday and is progressing well. Due to the way that the Angels schedule is set up, they won't need a fifth starter for several weeks, giving Richards a chance to jump right into the rotation without kicking any other starters out. Richards' monster 2014 breakout campaign was legit, so as long as owners drafting him are comfortable with his health and knee, he could be a nice discount on draft day. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Manager Kevin Cash confirmed that Jake Odorizzi and Nathan Karns will start the second and third games of the regular season.

This means that Karns has made the rotation for the time being, with both Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly out of the first run through the rotation at the least. Once both pitchers return, Karns may stay as the fifth starter if he performs well. Karns has a nasty curveball and the stuff to do well in the majors, though the 27-year old's stats were less than impressive in the minors last season, with a 5.08 ERA in 145 1/3 innings at Triple-A. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Jeff Taylor will start for the Hornets on Saturday night for the injured Michael-Kidd Gilchrist.

Taylor's received very little playing time this season, but will get the rare start and a chance to prove himself to the coaching staff on Saturday with Kidd-Gilchrist injured. Taylor is just too risky to be used in fantasy. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Update: Josmil Pinto did not pass his concussion test, and has not been cleared to play in games.

Pinto was hit in the head with a backswing multiple times on March 21st, which led to a concussion. He's currently able to workout, but will have to wait until Sunday to retake the concussion test. Even if Pinto is cleared this weekend, he still may not be ready for Opening Day, leaving Chris Herrmann to back up Kurt Suzuki. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Jonathan Stewart will ideally be limited to 15 carries a game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

Stewart had a solid season last year, averaging 4.6 YPC, though he scored just three touchdowns in thirteen games. The 28-year old just 9 games over the past three seasons, and will not be able to handle the load of a workhorse back. The Panthers will likely find a running back in the draft that is capable of handling the other 8-10 carries that the Panthers expect. Considering that Stewart averaged just 13.5 carries per game in 2014, this won't destroy his already limited fantasy value. Analysis: Ben Diamond

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