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Domonic Brown is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Sunday.

Despite his major resurgence and that mammoth two-game hit streak he is currently on, Brown will take a seat with lefty Jonathon Niese on the mound for the Mets. He'll be replaced by John Mayberry for the day but should be available off the bench.ANALYST: Howard Bender

The Mets will use a six-man rotation when Dillon Gee (groin) is activated off the disabled list this week.

The Mets have a great rotation of Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom, Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese, and Noah Syndergaard, with Gee being the clear odd man out. It doesn't make a ton of sense to use Gee as a sixth starter when there are five other quality options, with the main reasoning being to limit Syndergaard's innings and try to give the other starters some more rest. Gee isn't a very inspiring option in fantasy leagues, and in standard formats can be left on the waiver wire.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Kyrie Irving remains questionable for Sundays game 3 of the eastern conference finals.

Irving has been banged up in the postseason, and in addition to dealing with a right foot strain from the first round of the playoffs, the point guard has knee tendonitis. He'll miss game two of the eastern conference finals on Friday, and may not be able to play on Sunday as well. With the all-star guard out, Matthew Dellavedova is expected to start and see the bulk of minutes.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Brett Oberholtzer is going throw live batting batting practice with Triple-A Fresno in the next few days, maybe Sunday or Monday.

Oberholtzer is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on his left index finger. He's expected to throw a bullpen in the coming days, and may throw another session before making a rehab start with Triple-A Fresno. Oberholtzer suffered the blister late in spring training, forcing him to start the season on the DL. The southpaw made on start on May 13 before aggravating the blister and landing back on the DL. It's a tough start to the season for Oberholtzer, especially because the injury has prevented him from building "up to the 100 pitches" in terms of arm strength, per manager A.J. Hinch. He could make his second start of the season for Houston right around the start of June, but isn't a viable fantasy option in most leagues. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Kyrie Irving will not play Friday night in game 2 of the Eastern conference finals.

Kyrie has been banged up for the last few games, and the Cavs will be taking their chances going forward by not playing their All-Star point guard. Expect Matthew Dellavadova to start in his place going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Avisail Garcia has been scratched from Friday's lineup with right knee inflammation.

J.B. Schuck will take his place in the outfield, but expect Garcia to be back soon even with this right knee issue.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Miguel Montero is not in the Cubs' starting lineup Friday.

Montero is still the starter, no question there, but it is alarming for fantasy owners considering the Cubs feel compelled to carry three catchers. Keep an eye on the lineup card going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Matt Cain (forearm) threw all his pitches in a bullpen session Friday.

His timetable for return is still expected to be sometime after the All-Star break, so this news, although progressive, shouldn't be taken as the breaking variety.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

After having a start pushed back because of soreness, Patrick Corbin (elbow) is unlikely to return to the majors June 4th.

When working your way back from Tommy John surgery, it is better to be safe than sorry. This appears to be exactly the case for Corbin, who was expected to return to the major league club by June 4th. Barring any more setbacks, Corbin should be ready by mid-to-late-June. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Manny Parra will start in his second rehab game Friday night.

If all goes well here, Parra should be back in the Reds rotation by the end of the month. Fingers crossed here.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Casey Fien, who is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, is expected to make a rehab appearance on Saturday for Triple-A Rochester.

Rumor is that Fien could be back with the major league club by the end of the month, but still nothing is set in stone. For his sake, the Twins sake, and for the sake of fantasy owners, hopefully all goes well with the Saturday rehab appearance so that this can be the case. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Travis d'Arnaud should begin playing in minor league rehab games next week.

d'Arnaud was a huge part of the Mets early success this season, as he was a presence behind the plate and was tearing the cover off the ball. Without him, they have fallen into quite a funk, but if he can return within the next two weeks or so, they might just again be in business.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

David Wright should begin playing in rehab games next week.

The plan is for him to begin rehab next week and to hopefully be ready for the big leagues within two weeks or so. The Mets, after starting out red hot, have sorely missed Wright's bat in the lineup, as they have looked desperate at third and in the heart of their order. Expect the veteran to make an impact once he returns.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Chiefs signed TE Ryan Taylor.

The move looks to be that they cut Henry in favor of Taylor, which in reality, won't really affect the fantasy picture much come opening day for the Chiefs.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Chiefs G Ricky Henry has been released.

Bad news for Henry, who although wasn't expected to start, still expected to make the club out of camp.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jason Vargas threw a simulated game on Friday and reported no issues.

It looks like Vargas will be activated any day now, but his next scheduled start still appears hazy at this point. In any event, his 5.26 ERA is still not attractive enough to warrant a fantasy start, so pass on Vargas until he proves that he can he can put together a quality start.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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