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Manager Terry Francona feels Jason Giambi (knee) will "definitely" play again, but said team doesn't know how long the veteran will remain on the disabled list.

So the original mid-July timetable is a bust, it seems. Whether Giambi plays again or not is probably irrelevant to the fantasy community. You could be playing in a 30-team AL-only league and he still wouldn't have value. We wish him nothing but the best but would prefer to see him retire than to keep dragging this out.ANALYST: Howard Bender

The Angels are calling up Grant Green to take C.J. Cron's roster spot.

Green isn't a much better hitter than Cron, but Green can play every infield position and the outfield. Green's versatility could get him in the lineup a couple of times a week, but he is unlikely to have much of an impact. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Shane Greene took the loss on Monday after he allowed four earned runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out four over 5.2 innings in the Tigers 4-0 loss to the A’s.

Greene struggled on Monday against the A’s which ended a solid three start stretch where he allowed just three runs over 19.1 innings. Greene got off to an incredible start to the season before getting knocked around for 20 runs over 11.0 innings between April 24th and May 5th. The roller coaster season of Greene will look to get back on the right track when he takes the mound Saturday against the Angels. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with a triple, one RBI and one run scored in the A’s 4-0 win over the Tigers on Monday.

Reddick continues to pound right handed pitching as the triple was his 16th extra base hit against them this season. Overall Reddick is hitting .314 with 22 runs, seven home runs and 30 RBI as fantasy owners and daily league players alike should look to start Reddick when a subpar righty is on the mound. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jesse Hahn tossed a complete game shutout on Monday, allowing just four hits while walking one and striking out five in the A’s 4-0 win over the Tigers.

Hahn had been struggling in the month of May heading into his start against a tough Tigers lineup which makes the fact that he tossed a complete game shutout pretty surprising. Overall on the season the complete game shutout helped lower his ERA from 4.43 to 3.69 which goes to show you how quickly statistics will change given the early season sample size. Hahn came to the A’s in the deal that sent Derek Norris to the Padres as he showed promise in 2014, going 7-4 with a 3.07 ERA over 14 games (12 starts). He will look to build upon this impressive outing on Saturday when he takes the mound against the Yankees. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Melvin Ingram has reportedly lost 20 pounds this offseason.

The "greatest shape of his life" stories are starting early this summer. Losing 20 pounds probably won't hurt Ingram's game, but expecting a drastically better performance is probably a mistake. The Chargers defense has a chance to be pretty good next season, but they should not be drafted in most fantasy leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Kris Bryant went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the Cubs 2-1 loss to the Nationals on Monday.

Bryant launched his sixth home run of the month which is also his season total after failing to homer during 12 games in April. While the power has finally come so has the strikeouts and with it Bryant is hitting just .250 in the month of May. The power is certainly real but whether he can cut down on the strikeouts enough to hit for a high average is still to be determined as he adjusts to major league pitching. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Tsuyoshi Wada allowed one earned run on four hits while walking two and striking out six over 5.1 innings in the Cubs 2-1 loss to the Nationals on Monday.

Wada made his second start of the season on Monday but again failed to factor in the decision. In two starts he has pitched just 10 innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out 15. Wada made his MLB debut in 2014, going 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA while striking out 57 over 69.1 innings. Given the depth at pitching this season if Wada is still floating around free agency he is certainly worth a look given his success over a small sample size. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Wilson Ramos went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Nationals 2-1 win over the Cubs on Monday.

Ramos hit his third home run of the season on Monday to go with a .285 average, 13 runs and 21 RBI. Health has been Ramos’s biggest hindrance so far in his career as he has appeared in more than 100 games just once since he entered the league in 2010 but that has not stopped the production as he has hit 10+ home runs three times since 2011 and boasts a per 162 average of 22 home runs and 87 RBI which would make him one of the top offensive catchers in baseball. Ramos owners should keep their fingers crossed that this is the year he plays a full season as they will likely end up with one of the top catchers in fantasy. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Denard Span went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the Nationals 2-1 win over the Cubs on Monday.

Span was just 3-for-26 (.115) this season against left handed pitching so his leadoff home run against Tsuyoshi Wada was likely a surprise to many and probably disappoint to those fantasy owners who saw the matchup and opted to leave Span on their bench. His struggles against southpaws aside Span is enjoying another solid season at the top of the Nationals lineup, hitting .316 with 21 runs, four home runs, 14 RBI and three stolen bases. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Tanner Roark picked up his first win of the season on Monday, allowing one earned run on three hits while walking one and striking out three over 5.0 innings in the Nationals 2-1 win over the Cubs.

Roark got his first start of the season on Monday and held the Cubs to just one run on three hits. After an impressive 2014 which saw him go 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA over 198.2 innings many had expected Roark to be a contributing member to the Nationals rotation in 2015 but that was quickly undone once Max Scherzer was signed. The current injury to Doug Fister has opened the door for Roark to make a few starts but he is expected to return to the bullpen following Fister’s activation. Those in need of pitching help should look to add Roark but know that he will be a temporary fix baring an injury or setback to another Nationals starter. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Joe Kelly got rocked on Monday, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits while walking one and failing to record a strikeout over 1.2 innings in the Red Sox 7-2 loss to the Twins.

Kelly had begun to show signs of life over his previous two starts which saw him allowing just three earned runs over 13.1 innings but all that was undone in a massive way on Monday as he turned in his worst performance of his career. The Red Sox have a plethora of young arms in their minor league system which many around Boston are itching to see but it may be rookie Matt Barnes, who tossed three scoreless innings in relief of Kelly, that could get the first shot at the rotation should the Red Sox decide to make a move. Kelly is slated to start this upcoming Saturday in Texas but seeing that the Rangers bats are heating up there is little reason to start Kelly against them. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and one run scored in the Twins 7-2 win over the Red Sox on Monday.

Plouffe connected on his team leading seventh home run of the season on Monday to go with a .270 average, 20 runs and 25 RBI. Health has been a concern during his time with the Twins which has not allowed him to appear in more than 136 games in any one season over the past three years but his power is real and with good health in 2015 he could has a shot at reaching his career high total of 24 home runs which was set back in 2012. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Ricky Nolasco allowed two earned runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out five over 7.2 innings in the Twins 7-2 win over the Red Sox on Monday.

Nolasco picked up his fifth win of the season on Monday against a struggling Red Sox offense that had looked to be turning the corner after a successful series against the Angels but they could only manage two runs despite registering seven hits. The solid outing lowered Nolasco’s ERA to 5.12 on the season as the Twins offense continues to give him an incredible amount of run support. While Nolasco has allowed just five earned runs over his last three starts there is little reason for fantasy owners to be trusting him just yet for their roster. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Ryan Braun went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, one run scored and one stolen base in the Brewers 8-4 loss to the Giants on Monday.

Braun certainly is playing like the injury issues which plagued last season are no longer a concern as he looks like the Braun of old which should put opposing pitchers on notice. Over his last 10 games Braun has risen his average from .252 to .272 while hitting four home runs and driving in 15 RBI. Overall this season Braun is hitting the aforementioned .272 with 27 runs, 12 home runs, 36 RBI and five stolen bases which rank him among the top positional players in fantasy. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Khris Davis went 3-for-3 with two home runs, two RBI and three runs scored in the Brewers 8-4 loss to the Giants on Monday.

Davis showed his power on Monday as he launched two home runs to bring his season total to five. Davis hit a career best 22 home runs during his first full big league season in 2014 but will struggle to maintain a decent average which limits his overall fantasy value outside of his power. He should once again approach the 20-home run plateau assuming he doesn't fall into a stricter platoon with Gerardo Parra. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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