UPDATES & NEWS
Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his throwing arm but doctors did not recommend surgery. If rest and rehab go well he could be back on the mound in six weeks.
Oh, man. The year of the pitching curse has reared its ugly head once again. At a minimum, Tanaka will be out until early September. The problem here is that we all know how this is going to end. Brace yourselves to be Tanaka-less until after next year's All-Star break. He is going to attempt rest, but with his UCL already partially-torn, it is basically inevitable that he will need Tommy John surgery. The fantasy baseball gods can be so cruel sometimes.ANALYST: David Kerr
Brandon Knight will not return to Saturday's game due to a hip injury.
Based on the way Knight was shooting, it seems like the hip issue was bothering him even before tip-off. He scored just one point thanks to a trip to the free-throw line and he was 0-for-6 from the floor with just two assists. Consider him day-to-day for now and expect the Suns to update his condition Sunday after tests are run. Eric Bledsoe moved over to point guard while Gerald Green came in as the primary shooting guard. Analysis: Howard Bender
Michael Saunders said Saturday that he's feeling no pain one day after undergoing knee surgery.
OK, let's not get too worked up here. We already received the good news that Saunders would only miss a few weeks of the regular season, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. It could just be the post-surgery morphine drip doing the talking here. Saunders went from late-round sleeper to potential waiver wire grab in the span of just a few days. Regardless of these type of feelgood reports, keep in mind that he still underwent a surgical procedure to repair significant damage to his knee. Analysis: Howard Bender