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Yankees GM Brian Cashman announces that CC Sabathia will have micro-fracture surgery on his right knee, ending his season.

And that's probably all she wrote for the career as well. Granted, he doesn't have to do the same running as a position player, but given his weight and his delivery, it's going to be a very hard thing to come back from. He can officially be dropped in all formats. All of them.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Cory Jefferson has tendinitis in his left knee.

Jefferson has a partially guaranteed contract that should be picked up on July 15th, but an injury might affect that depending on the severity. Tendinitis shouldn't be much of a problem though, and the 24-year-old forward will have an opportunity to crack the Nets' rotation next season.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Paulo Orlando went 2-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Rays.

Orlando was called up on Monday and he delivered big time today. He crushed a Brad Boxberger pitch over the left field fence to give the Royals a win. All he needed was a deep fly ball to win the game, but he wanted to end the game in grand fashion. He has little fantasy value and he shouldn’t be started in most formats at this juncture. Analysis: Colby Conway

Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Rays.

The All-Star has two homers in as many games and is turning it on right before the All-Star break. Some believe that he doesn’t deserve to be starting in the Midsummer classic, but Gordon showed today that he deserves it. He will continue to be a serviceable fantasy outfielder the rest of the way and he can be started in all formats. Analysis: Colby Conway

Chris Young allowed four earned runs on five hits while walking one and striking out five in six innings of work in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Rays.

The veteran right-hander continues to pitch pretty well for the Royals in 2015. While he is prone to a blow up because he lacks true swing-and-miss stuff, he is still a serviceable fantasy asset moving forward. His ERA sits at an impressive 2.89, but owners shouldn’t expect his ERA to remain that low for the rest of the season. His ERA will creep up to the mid-3s by seasons end, but even so, he makes for a quality SP4 for the rest of the season. He will face the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday in his next start. Analysis: Colby Conway

Evan Longoria went 1-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Royals.

Longoria continues to be a top-12 third baseman in fantasy this season. He now has nine homers, 38 runs scored and 37 RBI on the season. The big thing for Longoria is that he needs to stay healthy in order to live up to his lofty expectations. Continue to start the third baseman while he is healthy and hitting in the middle of the Rays order. Analysis: Colby Conway

James Loney went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, one RBI and one run scored in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Royals.

Since his return from injury, Loney has provided a nice spark to the Tampa offense, registering six hits in four games. He is going to be a good source of average, while providing adequate power numbers. His only real contributions will come in AL-only formats or in the deepest of mixed leagues.  Analysis: Colby Conway

Matt Moore allowed four earned runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out one in 4 1/3 innings of work in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Royals.

Moore lasted just 4 2/3 innings in his season debut, but today, he didn’t even make it that far. He allowed 11 base runners in just 4 1/3 innings today, en route to the Royals scoring four runs off the southpaw. He is still just two big league starts off Tommy John surgery, so owners need to have some patience with Tampa’s lefty. He does have the ability to strike batters out, but as I have pointed out a few times before, Moore has always had command issues. He has a 5:4 K/BB ratio in nine big league innings in 2015. His next start will come on Sunday against the Houston Astros. Analysis: Colby Conway

Update: Wily Peralta felt no pain after a 30-pitch simulated game.

The hard-throwing right-hander has only made nine starts this year due to a strained left oblique. Oblique injuries can linger for a while so no pain is a good sign he's inching closer to a return. Peralta will need a rehab assignment so he likely won't return until the end of July.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Jusuf Nurkic (knee) does not sound optimistic he'd be ready by training camp.

Nurkic performed admirably down the stretch for the listless Nuggets last year, showing nice promise and excellent rebounding ability. However, he had a propensity for getting into foul trouble. He'll have to learn how to stay on the court before he becomes fantasy relevant. Of course he'll have to be healthy first. Nurkic underwent knee surgery in May. Stay tuned for more news.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Chad Qualls is expected to return to the Astros on Friday.

Qualls had been ugly this year, posting a 5.32 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 23 2/3 innings. He'll return to the Astros bullpen on Friday, hopefully with better results.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Pat Venditte is playing catch Tuesday and expected to throw off a mound next week.

The switch-pitcher is fine from the left side, but his right shoulder is balky. If all goes well off the mound next week he could go out on a rehab assignment after the All-Star break. Hopefully Venditte will be back soon, as he's one of the more interesting pitchers in baseball.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Aaron Sanchez gave up two runs on three hits and a walk with one strikeout over two innings during his rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Sanchez posted a solid 5-4 record with a 3.55 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 11 starts before going down. The pitching-starved Blue Jays will be happy to have him back, although it's not clear if he'll rejoin the rotation.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

The Wizards have reached an agreement with former Net Alan Anderson.

Anderson really provides nothing for the Wizards other than possible veteran leadership. The 32-year-old averaged just 7.2 points on 40% shooting from the floor last season. This is a curious move as he could stunt the growth of Otto Porter Jr., depending on how large his role will be.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) played catch at 60 feet on Tuesday.

Doolittle was only able to make one appearance this year before hitting the DL again with more shoulder issues. He's still a long ways away from being back in the Oakland bullpen. Don't expect him back any time soon.  Analysis: Brian Rothstein

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