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ESPN Sportswriter Chris_Broussard thinks Cleveland has replaced Miami as the front runner to land LeBron James.

If this was an actual relationship Cleveland would look pretty bad taking Lebron back after he left them for a Miami a few years ago. However this is a business and winning is everything in sports and since Lebron is the best player in the NBA how could you not want him on your team. The Cavs recently locked down Kyrie Irving to a new contract so it would be interesting to see how his skill set would mesh with that of Lebron. ANALYST: Jonathan Impemba

Brandon Morrow was encouraged by his bullpen on Sunday. He threw all of his pitches, 45 total and will now throw a simulated game Wednesday or Thursday.

After Morrow gets his pitch count up he will likely need a couple of rehab starts. He is probably still two or three weeks away from returning, and Odrisamer Despaigne should stay in the rotation until Morrow returns. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Marco Gonzales will miss his next start with Triple-A Memphis, initially scheduled for Monday, after again feeling tightness around the left pectoral muscle while doing his flat ground throwing work on Saturday.

Gonzales had a golden opportunity to grab a rotation spot after Adam Wainwright went down, but injuries and ineffectiveness have prevented that from happening. If you were holding onto Gonzales in a deep league you can go ahead and drop him. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Matt Duffy is his everyday third baseman.

After Casey McGehee was designated for assignment the Giants were left with Matt Duffy and Joaquin Arias as options at third base. Duffy is batting .299/.330/.402 this season, and while he should continue to play third base as long as he hits, the Giants could be prime candidates to trade for a third baseman if they can remain in the playoff race. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Wesley Wright (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Sunday.

Wright hasn't pitched in the big leagues since April 10, and he probably wasn't going to return before 60 days anyway. Wright could pick up a few holds once he returns, but there is no reason for anybody to worry about him until that happens. Analysis: Steve Pimental

RHP Bronson Arroyo is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

It is anybody's guess why Bronson Arroyo is still even in the league. He struck out fewer than five batters per nine innings in 2014, making him useless outside of NL-only leagues. Arroyo is probably better than Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson at this point, but there is no upside there. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Yasmani Grandal (concussion) will play Minor League games before coming off the disabled list.

Grandal could easily play in a couple of minor league games and still come off the DL when he is eligible Saturday, but that is no guarantee. You should probably try to hold onto Grandal even in shallow leagues, as he has easily been a top-10 catcher to this point. When Grandal does appear in a minor league game we will know he is likely one or two days away from returning. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Joel Peralta (shoulder) has started playing catch.

Peralta still has a long way to go, but this is a good first step. The Dodgers bullpen has been pretty terrible this season and barring a trade Peralta should step right into an eighth-inning role when he does return. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Jordan Lyles (sprained big toe) may not make Colorado's next road trip.

The Rockies play in Cincinnati and Philadelphia before returning home June 1, meaning Lyles would likely miss one turn in the rotation. David Hale allowed two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings in game 2 of Colorado's doubleheader Saturday, and he would be the obvious choice to replace Lyles Friday at Philadelphia. Hale would be a nice upside play if he does make that start. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Casey McGehee has been designated for assignment.

The Giants gave McGehee nearly two months to snap out of his funk at the plate, but it wasn't to be. He will probably be back in the big leagues with some team, but there isn't much fantasy value in a career .261 hitter with 15 home runs total in his last 1161 plate appearances. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Matt Holliday has been scratched from Sunday's lineup with a left forearm contusion.

Mark Reynolds will bat seventh and play left field with Holliday out. This injury probably will not land Holliday on the disabled list, but it could keep him out most of the week. Reynolds is really only startable against lefties at this point in his career, and he could give way to Jon Jay if Jay returns before Holliday. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Steven Souza Jr. was removed from Sunday's game with a hand injury.

Joey Butler entered the game for Souza and stayed in left field with Brandon Guyer moving from left to right. David DeJesus, who is the designated hitter Sunday, will most likely make most of the starts in right field if Souza misses any more time. Fantasy players in weekly leagues should plan on not having Souza this week, and they should look outside of Tampa for Souza's replaces. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Brandon Crawford is not in the Giants starting lineup on Sunday.

Joaquin Arias will bat eighth and play shortstop while Crawford gets a routine day off. Arias is a career .266/.294/.352 hitter, and there is no reason to play him for fantasy despite the favorable matchup. Analysis: Steve Pimental

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