Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Matt Cain has had some crankiness in his elbow. It's the same as has had in past years and could possibly related to bone chips.
Fantasy owners have been looking for a reason for Cain's struggles this season and it would appear that we finally have one. In the past, he's pitched through elbow problems and been successful, but the numbers have never suffered like they have this season, so it is very possible that the malady has caught up with everyone's favorite fantasy workhorse. Monitor this situation very closely as it could spell trouble for Cain in the second half of the season. Cautious optimism is probably your best course of action for the time being, unless you can find an owner looking to buy-low on Cain but still offering something decent in return.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Corey Brewer (left oblique strain) is probable for Saturday's game.
This report is actually referring to Brewer being listed as probably for Friday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Now, core injuries are difficult to play through and, as Brewer's two-points-in-27-minutes performance in last night's game showed us, even harder to be productive with. Leave Brewer on the bench in all formats until he's completely healthy again. Analysis: Brad Costilo
Dwight Howard (knee) is probable for Saturday's game.
Howard was limited in his return to action last night, putting up a four point, seven rebound, two assist, one block stat-line in 16-minutes. While you will want to have him in your lineup in season-long leagues (assuming he's on your team), it's probably best not to pay top-dollar to have him in your DFS lineup until he's completely healthy. Analysis: Brad Costilo
Conor Gillaspie said his plantar fasciitis isn't much of an issue any more.
Gillaspie, who hit .282 with seven home-runs and 57 RBIs in 130 games in 2014, is expected to be the starting third baseman (as well as a back-up first baseman) for the Chisox in 2015. While he didn't post an exciting stat-line in 2014, you should keep in mind that Gillaspie has hit more than 10 home-runs in a season three different times (in triple-A and in the MLB) and could be a decent late-round corner-infield option for you on draft day (current Average Draft Position is 432nd overall). Analysis: Brad Costilo
Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals starting lineup Thursday due to a stomach bug.
All reports indicate that this stomach issue is nothing to worry about, and you can continue to draft Harper as you normally would. Harper's current Average Draft Position has him coming off of the board 30th overall, which means that despite missing 129 games in his first three seasons at the MLB level due to injury (and not living up to his other-worldly expectations when in the lineups) fantasy owners are still drafting him based on those lofty expectations. Analysis: Brad Costilo
Alex Cobb could start a throwing program as early as this weekend.
In an interview yesterday Cobb said that his forearm pain is "pretty much gone," and went on to say that "I can't even make it hurt." This is good news for Cobb, who has the talent to be a top-25 fantasy pitcher (if he can ever manage to remain healthy). In his four-year MLB career, Cobb has appeared in 81 games and posted a 35-23 record with a 3.21 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 426 strikeouts in 498 2/3 innings pitched. That being said, Cobb's current Average Draft Position of 92nd overall (21st pitcher) is just too high for a pitcher who is a walking injury risk, that's only about to begin his latest return from injury. Analysis: Brad Costilo
Delmon Young is an option in the OF according to manager Buck Showalter.
People are very quick to forget that Delmon Young was the top prospect in all of baseball about a decade ago, and that he has had some periods of solid production at the MLB-level (hit .298 with 21 home-runs and 112 RBIs with the Twins in 2010). When you add in the fact that Delmon is still only 29-years-old, it's easy to see why some people are looking at him as a solid late-round flier in their 2015 fantasy drafts. Analysis: Brad Costilo