FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Curtis Granderson went 2-for-5 with a home run, one RBI and two runs scored against the Braves on Tuesday.

Granderson has been a solid source of power production since moving to the top of the batting order, slashing .278/.385/.611 with five home runs, eight RBI and 11 runs scored while maintaining a respectable 12:10 K:BB rate over his last 54 at-bats. Although his new home atop the Mets lineup is going to limit his RBI production, his increased performances in the other areas will more than make up for it, especially if he can keep up his current pace after a slow start to the year. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Kevin Love (shoulder) will be unavailable for the Conference Semifinals.

The Cavs are going to miss Love desperately, but still have a good chance to defeat their second round opponent (Bucks or Bulls) without him. Tristian Thompson may not be Kevin Love, but he is no slouch either. Expect the Cavs to improvise, adapt, and overcome in the second round.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Blue Jays at Red Sox will be delayed due to rain. No start time was given.

It looks like the rain should be cleared up around 8:00 PM, but there is still no projected start time. Keep an eye on this report as it gets closer to game time.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Rockies placed Adam Ottavino on the 15-day disabled list due to right triceps inflammation.

John Axford figures to slide into the Rockies closer role at least while Ottavino and LaTroy Hawkins take their time rehabbing injuries. Neither player had a firm grip on the spot anyway, so if Axford can reclaim his 2011 form where he recorded 46 saves and a 1.96 ERA, the job might be his to lose.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Adam Wainwright has torn his Achilles in his left foot. He will have surgery this week.

This was what everyone has been fearing for the past few days, but now it's official. The Cards will be missing him at the top of their rotation, but let's not forget who we are dealing with here. The Cardinals will find a way to make it into the playoffs... Mark my words.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Rangers recalled Alex Claudio from Triple-A Round Rock.

Tanner Scheppers has been rotten this season, and promptly lost his setup role in the first month of the season. The Rangers decided to call up Alex Claudio to fill his spot in the pen, but there are no fantasy expectations for the young left-handed pitcher.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Rangers optioned pitcher Tanner Scheppers to Triple-A Round Rock.

Scheppers has been rotten this season, and promptly lost his setup role in the first month of the season. The Rangers decided to call up Alex Claudio to fill his spot in the pen, but there are no fantasy expectations for the young left-handed pitcher.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Brian Duensing (intercostal) is on track to return Saturday, after throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session Monday with no problems.

Duensing is expected to return to the rotation on Saturday, likely relegating one of the interm starters back to the minors or even to the bullpen. For fantasy advice, wait to see how Duensing looks in his first couple of outings before enlisting him on your rosters.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Domonic Brown (Achilles) could be activated from the disabled list, but then optioned to Triple-A if they do not believe he is ready.

Brown is expected to be healthy a little after his DL stint is up, so sending him to Triple-A would be a good idea so that he can get to full strength without wasting a big league roster spot. Once fully healthy, it might be smart to give Brown a look, as he did flash plus power only a couple of years ago.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Diamondbacks are having internal discussions about whether to pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Salty has been god awful so far this season, and the Marlins feel comfortable going forward with J.T. Realmuto as their starting catcher. They decided to designate him for assignment, giving the Diamondbacks a chance to go after the veteran catcher. Going to Arizona wouldn't do much for his fantasy value besides for having him remain in the big leagues, so unless he somehow turns it around and gets a deal worked out with the D-Backs, punt on Saltalamacchia. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Kenley Jansen (foot) fielded ground balls prior to Monday's game.

Jansen is reportedly treating this portion of his rehab as Spring Training. Considering this, it would be fair to expect him back with the big league club within a month or so.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Casey Janssen threw live batting practice on Monday.

Janssen still needs to pitch a simulated game before the Nats can decide where they want to go with his rehab process. Word is though that his shoulder is progressing nicely.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Manager Robin Ventura said David Robertson "is possibly available" Monday after Sunday's double duty.

Robertson will likely only be called upon if the White Sox run through all of their relief pitchers in some sort of extra innings game, or maybe in a one or two out situation. Otherwise, expect Dan Jennings or Zack Duke to factor into any save opportunities on Monday night against the Orioles.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Manager Matt Williams said he "does not anticipate" Max Scherzer making his start Tuesday, but he's progressing well.

In Scherzer's place, Tanner Roark is expected to get the start on Tuesday, rendering him a nice option in daily leagues and NL only formats.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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