FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Yankees could be interested in Edwin Jackson. The Yankees are looking for pitching to fill out a rotation for the remainder of the season and could be looking at Jackson.

Although Jackson is sitting 5-10 with a 5.61 ERA and 1.56 WHIP though 20 starts, the Yankees appear interested in the struggling 30-year-old. A change of scenery has worked wonders for many players over the years, but it is hard to believe that the inconsistency of Jackson would be a good fit in the Bronx. If moved to the Yankees, Jackson's fantasy value would likely take a hit, as most National League pitcher see a decrease in strikeouts once they cross over. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Terrence Jones just missed a double-double after scoring 19 points and pulling down nine rebounds during Saturday's win over the Mavericks. He also added six assists and one steal.

Perpetually in the shadow of James Harden, Jones doesn't often get the credit he deserves in a supporting role. He missed 6 games with a rib injury at the end of March and spent the final few games of the regular season trying to work his way back into game shape. He average just 9.0 points and 4.2 rebounds over the last three games so a showing like this is a nice indication that he's healthy and ready to go. Analysis: Howard Bender

Trevor Ariza scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to post a double-double in Saturday's 118-108 win over the Mavericks. He also kicked in six assists and three steals.

Ariza had just four double-doubles all year so this was a nice boost for the Rockets as they were forced to compensate in other ways for Dwight Howard's foul trouble. Ariza was more of a reliable three-point shooter all year, but in a slightly expanded role here in Game 1, he excelled. Analysis: Howard Bender

Greg Holland's pectoral strain is apparently considered more "chest area than shoulder area," which is considered a positive.

The Royals, Holland and all of his fantasy owners will take any shred of good news they can get in this situation. The full extent of the injury has not yet been disclosed as Holland is still undergoing tests, but the fact that this isn't near his shoulder is certainly a plus. Once the Royals have all the details, they'll likely give a return timetable estimate. In the meantime, grab Wade Davis if you can and just hope for the best. Analysis: Howard Bender

Mike Olt could miss more time with a broken wrist than originally expected.

Olt was originally expected to be in a cast for three-to-four weeks, but now reports are saying four-to-six weeks. Even if he were to have the cast removed within four weeks, he would still have a fairly lengthy rehab stint and there will be obvious questions regarding his ability to hit for power right away. Of course, if Kris Bryant is hitting, then Olt's status really won't matter. Analysis: Howard Bender

Yasiel Puig's left hamstring is still causing him pain. He grimaced at second after his double and then jogged home very gingerly.

While it may be bothering him, Puig still managed to go 2-for-3 with the double, one RBI, a run scored and a walk. Check back with the lineups Sunday to see if he is going to play, but you should consider him questionable for the time being. Analysis: Howard Bender

Devin Harris (toe) is doubtful to return to Saturday's game.

Harris played just 10 minutes before he was forced to leave after re-aggravating the sprained big toe he's been suffering from lately. He's going to be questionable for Game 2. Analysis: Howard Bender

C.J. McCollum (ankle) is expected to get the start on Sunday in Game 1.

With Aaron Afflalo doubtful for Sunday's game, McCollum will get the starting nod. Allen Crabbe will also see a fair amount of time as well. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brandon Gomes has been selected from Triple-A Durham.

The Rays DFA'd Grant Balfour to bring up Gomes who has allowed two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings with a 7:1 K:BB for Triple-A Durham. He'll pitch out of the pen, likely in some mid-to-late inning situations. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.

There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender

Drew Smyly (left shoulder) will start Sunday for Double-A Montgomery and should return this month.

Smyly looked solid in his rehab start down in High-A ball and the rays will move him up to Double-A for this weekend. Barring any setbacks, he should be moved up to Triple-A Durham for a final rehab start before joining the team at the end of the month. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: Chandler Parsons has returned to Saturday's game.

Parsons came back from the locker room as quickly as he left and everything seems to be fine. If it was his knee acting up, everything seems to be just fine now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chandler Parsons just limped off the floor and is being looked at by trainers on the bench. He is heading to the locker room.

The Mavericks will obviously update his condition soon but the fact that he walked off and to the locker room under his own power is an obvious good sign. He was dealing with a knee issue heading into the playoffs, so this could be a recurrence of the old injury. Analysis: Howard Bender

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