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Ryan Zimmerman walked on an underwater treadmill Monday and his hamstring felt fine.

It's a good step in the right direction (no pun intended) but he remains pretty far off from returning. In fact, he's likely to miss most of the remaining part of the regular season. If you have the space to stash him for a potential two week run at the end of the season, then ok, but you're probably fine to drop him in most re-draft formats. ANALYST: Howard Bender

General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Cody Asche is "getting close" to a return to the majors.

Ache has been down in the minors working on his ability to play right field. The team would love it, obviously, if he hit a little better in the majors, but they've grown tired of Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur and would like to replace them as soon as possible. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) has not increased his workload since landing on the disabled list.

The Yankees were very vague with regard to the extent of Ellsbury's injury but they've been calling it a knee sprain lately. He is eligible to be activated from the DL on Wednesday, June 3, but is certainly not going to make that target date. Look for when he starts running again and maybe he'll be close, but for now, consider him out indefinitely. The Yankees will hopefully update his condition soon enough. Analysis: Howard Bender

Johnny Cueto is expected to undergo an MRI on his elbow Tuesday.

Cueto was scratched from his last start and was then skipped altogether in the rotation rather than just have the start pushed back a couple of days. Injuries have long been a part of Cueto's history, so brace yourselves for the results. Analysis: Howard Bender

Orioles pitching prospect Branden Kline will meet with Dr. James Andrews to discuss possibilities for his injured elbow.

Well that's obviously never a good thing. Kline has a 3.66 ERA with a 6.19 K/9 over 39 1/3 innings at Double-A this year but has been hindered by elbow issues recently that have yet to go away with rest. We'll try to remain optimistic, but the reality is that the odds are not in Kline's favor right now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kennys Vargas was hitting .366/.395/.561 in May when the Twins demoted him to Triple-A. He's now hitting .409/.458/.864 at Triple-A.

Vargas continues to hit well,but obviously the Twins have more pressing needs for their DH spot than just adding a guy who doesn't really contribute defensively as Joe Mauer remains locked in at first base. Vargas will get his due -- all in good time. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Dodgers are talking to the Braves about a trade that would send Juan Uribe to Atlanta for Alberto Callaspo.

Well this certainly won;t help the Braves rebuild and it seems like a deal that would have both teams spinning their wheels. Uribe may have some added power while Callaspo is capable of hitting for a higher average. But in truth, this is not a deal that should excite anyone. Analysis: Howard Bender

Cardinals starting pitcher prospect Marco Gonzales will undergo medical tests Tuesday to determine what is the cause of the recurring soreness in and around his left shoulder.

Gonzales has been dealing with this lingering soreness for some time and the Cardinals have finally come to a point where thy have to accept that it's not just a day-to-day thing that will go away on its own. Expect an update after tests are run. Analysis: Howard Bender

Utility infielder Logan Forsythe will be the Rays starting first baseman with James Loney sidelined 4-6 weeks with a broken finger.

The Rays could certainly go outside the organization as it was speculated earlier that recently-demoted Giants corner infielder Casey McGehee could be considered a possibility. Forsythe is probably just as capable and at least has that middle infield eligibility while now playing every day. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jared Weaver has ironed out some mechanical issues, according to MLB.com. He focused on keeping his head "on the target" and throwing through his across-the-body delivery, rather than "pulling off" and not having a direct line to home plate.

These are things that Weaver has been working on ever since his disastrous start against the Giants on May 3. Since then, with the adjustments he's made, Weaver has allowed just five runs with a 20:5 K:BB over his last 30 innings (four starts). "I'm just not jerking off the ball anymore," Weaver said. "My front side was kind of erratic and I wanted to clean that up. But my front side has been a lot better, which leads to a better arm slot, so everything's coming out of the same slot now. It's a good feeling." It looks like it might be safe to start trusting in Weaver again. He does have a tough match-up with Detroit next week, but if these changes are for real, then you should have him active. Analysis: Howard Bender

General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Zach Eflin will not be rushed through the minors despite his success at Double-A Reading this season.

Amaro finally has come to the realization that this is not a win-now Phillies team. He needs to stick with his rebuilding plan and that means letting prospects develop naturally if they can. Had this been later int he year and the Phillies actually had a chance, it would be one thing, but it's not. Eflin will be brought along slowly. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Colts signed free agent CB Chance Casey.

Casey will compete for a spot in the Colts secondary, but could end up being more of a contributor on special teams if he doesn't lock down a spot even in the team's nickle-coverage. Analysis: Howard Bender

Stephen Curry said he was fine after leaving Game 4. Curry left the game and was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.

Curry went up and over Trevor Ariza and landed hard on the back of his head and shoulder. He was down for a few but ended up walking off the court under his own power. He passed all initial concussion tests and actually got back into the game. It looks like it was just a minor scare and he will be just fine moving forward. Analysis: Howard Bender

Casey McGehee, just designated for assignment by the Giants, might be an option for the Rays.

With James Loney out for the next four to six weeks with a broken finger, McGehee would be an ideal fit for the Rays. He doesn't cost much, there's no long-term commitment and if he can get that batting average over the Mendoza line finally, he could be a decent source of veteran production. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rusney Castillo, who was given a day off Monday against Minnesota, will be in the starting lineup the final two games of the series against the Twins.

With Shane Victorino out and Castillo finally healthy, the team has a chance to really see what he can do with consistent at-bats. While they were likely just being cautious by giving him an off-day like that, they will let him play now and give him an opportunity to build some momentum. Analysis: Howard Bender

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