Masahiro Tanaka said he remains optimistic that a six-week rehab program will allow him to avoid Tommy John surgery.
Both Tanaka and the Yankees seem optimistic, but we do not share that same feeling over here. A partial tear to the UCL is extremely tough to pitch through and this six-month rehab plan could just be delaying the inevitable. If you're a Tanaka owner, do yourself a favor and don't hold out hope. Even if he does come back after six weeks, how effective is he going to be and for how long? Re-draft leagues, you can give up on him now. Keeper leagues, you can assume the surgery is coming and drop him or lose the roster spot for six weeks here and wait for the announcement then. Either way, it looks like you'll be dropping him.ANALYST: Howard Bender
The Magic have offered Paul Millsap a max 4-year deal, worth $80M.
Paul Millsap now has two max offers to mull over with the Magic and Hawks both offering the same deal. Millsap has cancelled meetings with other teams and seems set to accept one of the two deals on the table. Last year Millsap averaged 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocks while on the floor for 32.7 minutes per game. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Torii Hunter is not in the Twins starting lineup Wednesday.
Torii Hunter is having a very productive season in a quiet manner for the Twins. With hits in nine of his last ten games and four home runs in his last four games, a day of rest can do him more good than harm. Hunter is hitting .272 this season with 12 home runs and 44 RBI and should return to the lineup when the Twins are in Kansas City on Thursday. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Hanley Ramirez took batting practice Tuesday with no reported problems.
While it seems that there is always a nagging injury for Hanley Ramirez, he has played in 67 games this year. After taking batting practice yesterday, he may be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list yet again. Ramirez has scored 41 runs with 15 home runs and 38 RBI this year while hitting .283/.330/.482 for Boston. If he is in the lineup, he should be starting in fantasy. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Aaron Sanchez (back) might return to the bullpen when he is healthy.
Aaron Sanchez is scheduled to pitch bullpen sessions on Wednesday and Saturday. Then he will go on a rehab assignment. His role is to be determined by Toronto going forward. Although his ERA in his last four starts was 3.55, a move back to the pen where he had two wins and three saves in 2014 with a 1.09 ERA may serve the team better. Monitor the news going forward in regards to his role when Sanchez returns. Analysis: Greg Jewett