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After throwing from flat ground Wednesday, CC Sabathia (knee) may be able to get back on a mound next week.

Although this was a step in the right direction, Sabathia is still not expected to be back in the Yankees starting rotation before July. The Yankees big lefty went 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA and 1.48 WHIP through his first eight starts before landing on the disabled list with a knee injury, so until he proves himself worthy again, fantasy owners should use him cautiously once back in the mix. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

James Loney went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo homer during Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Orioles.

After missing most of April due to an oblique injury, Loney has been swinging the bat well over the nine games since his return. The veteran first baseman has gone 10-for-33 with two homers and two doubles during that stretch.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Nathan Karns turned in five shutout frames versus the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, surrendering just two hits and a walk while recording four strikeouts.

Upon his departure from Sundays game, Karns was in line to pick up his second victory of the season. However, the Rays bullpen blew the lead and left the 27-year-old righty with a no-decision. With all the early-season injuries to the rotation, Karns has filled in admirably so far in 2015 and should see at least another turn or two before Alex Cobb returns from the disabled list.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Zach Britton picked up a save in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Rays, as he allowed a walk and no hits with two strikeouts across 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

For those that referred to his brilliant 2014 as a fluke, Britton is silencing the critics with his work so far this season. The left-handed closer is 5-of-6 in his save chances, allowing just two runs on seven hits and three walks while racking up 15 punchouts across 10 2/3 innings.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Adam Jones went 4-for-4 with four singles and two RBI during Sunday’s 4-2 victory versus the Rays.

Following a 1-for-8 slide over the last two games, Jones brought his average back above the .400 mark with Sundays four-hit performance. The four-time All-Star has certainly been one of the leagues most valuable players over the first month of the season, as he has put up a 1.104 OPS with five homers and 21 RBI through 23 games.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Wei-Yin Chen worked six solid innings in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Rays, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four.

After a breakout effort in 2014 saw him rack up 16 wins for the Orioles, Chen appears to be blazing a trail toward another strong campaign. The lefty from Taiwan has held the opposition to a .216 average while posting a 2.83 ERA and 1.15 WHIP across 28 2/3 innings to this point in 2015, but has somehow not registered a victory through five starts. With such a strong lineup supporting him, that should change soon if Chen continues to pitch at this level. He will once again attempt to seek out that elusive first win of the season Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Analysis: Nate Miller

Luke Gregerson recorded his sixth save with one walk and one strikeout against Seattle on Sunday.

Gregerson could be striking a few more batters out, but he’s been pretty solid so far. More importantly, the Astros can’t lose right now, so Gregerson may see more save opportunities that would have been expected in the preseason. Analysis: Brett Talley

Chris Carter went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, a walk and two strikeouts against Seattle on Sunday.

Carter is one of the ultimate three-true outcome guys in the league right now, and he had one of the three true outcomes in each of his four plate appearances on Sunday. His power has been down a bit this year, and he’s partly to blame for hitting more groundballs and fewer fly balls than he has in the past. He’ll have to start elevating more, but it’s still early and batted ball profiles are very variable. Analysis: Brett Talley

Evan Gattis went 2-for-4 with three runs and four RBI against Seattle on Sunday.

Those are home runs five and six for Gattis, but he’s still hitting below .200. He’s projected to hit around .240 the rest of the way, so while you don’t own him for average, he’s got some positive regression coming there. You do, however, own him for the power, and he now has five home runs in 50 at-bats at home this year. He’s always someone to consider in daily leagues when playing in Houston. Analysis: Brett Talley

Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI against Seattle on Sunday.

Gonzalez is in line to see more playing time with Jed Lowrie out, but Gonzalez doesn’t produce much offensively. His only value is really in NL-only leagues where anyone getting regular at-bats has value. Analysis: Brett Talley

Mike Zunino went 1-for-4 with a double, run and RBI against Houston on Sunday.

Zunino’s BABIP is just .179, but even when that comes around, he still doesn’t have much value. He’s striking out 37.2 percent of the time, so his average will still be awful even when more balls start falling in for hits. Analysis: Brett Talley

Seth Smith went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and a run scored against Houston on Sunday.

Smith has been hitting leadoff or second in his starts recently, and he typically starts against right-handers. He’s hitting .276 with a .333 OBP. He has only one home run, but half of his hits have gone for extra bases, so a few more home runs could come soon. Analysis: Brett Talley

J.A. Happ allowed six runs and seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts in six innings against Houston on Sunday.

This wasn’t Happ’s best start, but he’s actually been decent so far. His ERA sits a 3.51, and his xFIP is right there at 3.45. His strikeout to walk ratio is right at 4:1, which is obviously good. He really limits walks, but that means his strikeout total doesn’t have to be that high to get to a 4:1 K:BB ratio. He’ll start again Saturday against Oakland Analysis: Brett Talley

Roberto Hernandez allowed five runs (four earned) and eight hits with two walks and one strikeout in six-plus innings against Seattle on Sunday.

Hernandez has an ERA in the low fours, and xFIP and SIERA say that’s right where his ERA should be. Hernandez keeps the walks to a minimum and gets groundballs at a good clip, but he doesn’t generate many strikeouts and he has trouble keeping the ball in the park. He has value in NL-only leagues because he does a couple of things well, but that’s about the extent of his value. He’ll start again Friday against the Angels. Analysis: Brett Talley

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