Fantasy Player Updates & News

Browns WR Nate Burleson had the cast on his left arm removed Monday.

Burleson will be working his way back into practice mode and will hopefully be on-track for full participation when training camp opens. While many think that if Josh Gordon gets suspended, Burleson's stock will rise, but in truth, that's probably an inaccurate assumption. Burleson is middle-of-the-road talent and works better as a complementary receiver (when he's healthy enough to be on the field, of course) with coverage being pulled towards a bigger, star-receiver. If he's the top guy in Cleveland this year, the Browns are going to have a lot of trouble in the passing game. ANALYST: Howard Bender

Levi Michael was carted off the field after suffering a sprained ankle Tuesday while playing for Double-A Chattanooga.

The 24-year old former first-round pick (2011) has been a bit of a disappointment as his growth in the system has been slow. This injury will likely be a lengthy one and will continue to stunt his development. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Royals have activated All-Star closer Greg Holland from the 15-day disabled list.

Everything seemed to go well in Holland's rehab and he is ready to return. He will slot back into his role in the ninth inning with Wade Davis returning to his normal set-up role. Analysis: Howard Bender

Stephen Strasburg has an irritation underneath his shoulder blade and will be evaluated by a chiropractor Wednesday.

Strasburg left Tuesday's start in the third inning due to this irritation, but there is still not a lot of detail coming out of the Nationals camp. It's still too early to say how serious the situation might be and speculation will only put fantasy owners into a panic. Obviously you have to remain cautious and should already be thinking about a contingency plan, but do not make any rash decisions until the team offewrs more information. On the bright side, a visit to the chiropractor is better than a visit to Dr. James Andrews. Analysis: Howard Bender

Logan Morrison went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs and a walk in the Mariners' 5-4 loss to the Angels.

Morrison has now tallied hits in seven straight games, raising his average from .149 all the way to .247 with the latest three hit effort. Over the seven games, LoMo has three double, three homers, and a triple along with five RBI and only two strikeouts, a key stat for the the slugger. Get him while he's hot, but be ready to dump him if starts to get cold, which can happen quickly. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Carlos Perez hit a walk-off homer, going 2-for-4 in his major league debut as the Angels beat the Mariners.

Perez's major league debut for the Angels ending in style, with a solo homer to end the game. He was acquired in the off-season from Houston and made an impression quickly in Los Angeles. Perez has never been a huge power guy, so the expectations should be lowered, but he does provide a solid batting average for a catcher so if he should see more time, he would worth the add in depth fantasy leagues. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Update: Doug Bernier was recalled by the Twins on Tuesday.

With Eduardo Nunez on the DL with an oblique issue, Bernier was called up to be another bench bat. He is unlikely to do anything which would make fantasy owners take notice. You may move along. Nothing left to see here. Analysis: Howard Bender

Albert Pujols was 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBI, two runs, and a walk as the Angels beat the Mariners, 5-4.

Pujols mashed his fifth homer of the season in the first inning, James Paxton's only blemish of the game. He has multi-hits his past two and stretched his hitting streak to eight games. He has seen his average and OPS rise from the ashes, getting up to .239/.74 9 respectively. Pujols' hamstring had been hampering him, but the sign of power could a sign of good things to come. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Chase Utley is still unlikely to play on Wednesday.

He's batting just .103 on the season and is now 2-for-29 (.069) on this current road trip. Manager Ryne Sandberg gave him off Tuesday and is expected to give him one more day off just to help clear his head. Cesar Hernandez will likely be at second base again Wednesday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Gregorio Petit was replaced in the ninth inning Tuesday after getting hit on the right hand by a pitch in the eighth inning, but X-rays were negative.

Consider him day-to-day for now but expect him to sit out for a few days as there is likely some swelling. As long as there are no breaks or fractures, he should only need a short time off. Analysis: Howard Bender

Michael Saunders (knee) is expected to be held out until Friday after getting a cortisone shot and having fluid drained from his left knee Monday.

It looks like this could be a regular occurrence throughout the year. He'll require a little bit of maintenance every so often, but if all goes well, it's missing a few days here and there rather than a full stint on the DL. Pick your battles. Analysis: Howard Bender

Sean O'Sullivan (knee) said he should only need one rehab outing before returning from the disabled list.

O'Sullivan is scheduled to make a rehab outing at Low-A Lakewood Thursday where he is expected to throw between 70 and 80 pitches. From there, the Phillies have him penciled in to start May 12, so look for him then if there are no setbacks during his rehab start. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Diamondbacks could pursue DFA'd catch Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Considerign the DIamondbacks are using a tandem of Tuffy Gosewisch and Jordan Pacheco, Salty just might be a step up. Maybe. But the Diamondbacks have had this situation since they dealt Miguel Montero to the Cubs in the offseason and have yet to address it, so perhaps they're fine with who they have right now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Russell Martin went 3-for-4 connecting on his sixth home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.

Martin is having himself a solid season wit h the Blue Jays as he is now slashing .263/.388/.575 with six home runs and 17 RBI through his first 80 at-bats. Barring a serious injury down the road Martin remains a must-start player behind the dish in all league formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Marco Estrada was roughed up for five runs (four earned) on eight hits and no walks while striking out three batters over 4 2/3 innings against the Yankees on Tuesday.

Estrada started for the first time this season and was roughed up by the Yankees, as he failed to make it through five innings in Tuesday's loss. Although he has now allowed just two home runs this season, if he remains a starter there is a good chance he reverts back to his old ways as he struggles against the long ball on most occasions which will always limit his fantasy upside. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Orioles on Monday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck


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