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Jordan Zimmermann says he's on track to start Tuesday.

Zimmermann was dealing with a biceps strain prior to the break, but an MRI showed no structural damage. He threw a pair of side sessions over the break and reported no issues, so the Nationals will continue to move forward with him and start him next week. Be cautious as a fantasy owner though. While he's a fantastic starter to own, should injuries wear him down here, he might not be as reliable down the stretch as you'd like. With a strong showing next week, you may want to think about trading him for something more secure.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Marcus Hatley was designated for assignment on Friday.

With the acquisition of Jonathan Broxton, the club needed to clear room on the 40-man roster. Hatley had some nice moments on the hill out of the pen, but he doesn't figure into the long term plans of the club. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ricky Collins, who is on the Physically Unable to Perform list and has not passed his physical yet.

Not really a surprise as Collins was hurt back during OTAs. He was never even expected to make the 53-man roster anyway. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jose Urena is expected to get the start on Saturday.

With the trades of Mat Latos and Dan Haren, Urena will get the opportunity to work out of the rotation and hone his skills while on the job. Through 42 1/3 innings this season (nine appearances, seven starts), Urena has a 4.04 ERA with an unsavory 19:17 K:BB. We don't have high hopes here. Analysis: Howard Bender

Giants placed Will Beatty on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Beatty tore a pectoral muscle while lifting weights back in May. He was expected to need five-to-six months to recover, so don;t expect much of anything from him this season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Earl Thomas is starting training camp on the PUP list.

Considering Thomas isn't even sure if he'll be ready for Week 1, this should hardly come as a surprise. He will continue to rehab his shoulder and is hoping to get back onto the field by the end of the preseason. Even if he does, expect him to be relatively quiet early on as he will need a few weeks to get back into the groove. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jesus Montero went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored against the Twins on Friday.

Montero only has six games under his belt right now so we are going to have to wait and see how he pans out. He has inflated numbers in just 14 at-bats so leave him alone for the time being. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Nelson Cruz went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored against the Twins on Friday.

Cruz had a monster night and just continues to show he was worth every penny the Mariners dished out to him in the offseason. He is one of the premier designated hitters in the league and a must-start every night with 27 homers, 63 RBI and ridiculous .566 slugging percentage. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Chris Capuano cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.

Capuano will hand out at Triple-A for the time being but could get called up at some point either when rosters expand or sooner if the Yankees deal with injuries. Regardless of where he pitches, he should not be on anyone's fantasy team. Analysis: Howard Bender

Miguel Sano went 1-for-3 with a solo home run against the Mariners on Friday.

Sano has showcased his power since his call up, showing off a .297/.242/.541 line with four homers and 14 RBI in just 22 games. Even though he's young, he is definitely worth a roster spot and even worth some starts as he grows more accustomed to high level pitching. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Tommy Milone allowed four runs on 11 hits with no walks and four strikeouts over six innings against the Mariners on Friday.

Milone got knocked around tonight, but he still owns a solid 3.76 ERA over 81 1/3 innings. The lefty only has 57 strikeouts, but he's still worth a look in deeper leagues with the right matchup. His next start comes on the road at Toronto on Wednesday in an extremely hitter-friendly park so avoid him for now. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

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