Manager Terry Francona said Carlos Santana (concussion) could return either Wednesday or Friday.
Obviously the Indians have to play it by ear with Santana right now due to the nature of concussion-symptoms, but the middle to the end of the week seems like as good a target time as any for right now. Stay tuned as we'll be updating his condition regularly.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Khris Middleton scored 27 points (9-of-17 FGA, 1-of-3 3PA, 8-of-9 FTA), grabbed six rebounds, recorded nine assists, and five steals on Thursday night against the Wizards.
Middleton led all scorers on Thursday night with 27, while he also proved to be the best player on the floor in terms of statistical diversity, as he recorded six rebounds, five steals, and nine assists against the Wizards. While headed into the season, Middleton was expected to do most of his damage from the three-point line, he has instead developed into a consistent, reliable scorer in a more traditional fashion. This doesn’t take away from his legitimacy as a fantasy starter, however fantasy owners should curb their enthusiasm when considering Middleton as a top-notch 3-and-D project. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Marcin Gortat scored 14 points (7-of-13 FGA) and grabbed 10 rebounds on Thursday night against the Bucks.
Gortat was probably the best player on the floor for Washington on Thursday night, as he recorded a double-double and was the only Wizard starter to shoot over 50-percent from the field. His offensive efficiency comes as no surprise, as he is a quality mid-range shooter and possesses deft touch around the rim – even when contested. He also finished with the best +/-, giving fantasy owners a quality outing to deal with despite a losing effort. Continue to consider him better than led on to believe when it comes to fantasy centers. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Reds believe the Orioles have the prospects to make a Jay Bruce trade.
Bruce is already playing in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the major leagues, so a move to the Orioles wouldn't really increase his fantasy value. What you see is what you're going to get with Bruce--a low average and 30 home runs with plenty of peaks and valleys. The Reds are definitely in rebuild mode, so a trade to get some younger depth would make a lot of sense. Analysis: David Kerr