FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Jadeveon Clowney was back at practice Thursday. He expects to play and start Saturday vs. the Cardinals.

Clowney was seen icing down his upper leg/lower abdomen area last week after practice, something people should have expected after dealing with a sports hernia and coming back so quickly. He'll be fine in the long run, as evidenced by his return to practice and should be a great first-quarter watch for this preseason game. ANALYST: Howard Bender

Blue Jays designate LHP Jayson Aquino for assignment.

Aquino was designated for assignment today. The young southpaw will hope to latch on with another organization, but his track record of minimal strikeouts will be rather uninspiring for some organizations. He shouldn't be owned in any fantasy formats. Analysis: Colby Conway

Brewers option Logan Schafer to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

With Gennett being activated from the disabled list, the team is sending Schafer to the minors to make room for the healthy second baseman. Schafer was hitting .182 before being optioned to the minors. Analysis: Colby Conway

Scooter Gennett has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list.

In three rehab games, Gennett has three hits and he seems to be over his hand injury that has kept him out of the majority of his team's games. Gennett should be in the lineup for tonight game, pushing Hector Gomez to a bench role. Analysis: Colby Conway

Derrick Rose (shoulder) will play Wednesday.

Every basketball fan held their collective breathe when they saw Rose go down in Game 1. He ultimately suffered a shoulder stinger but was able to walk it off and did not seem to bothered by it after the game. Rose had a terrific Game 1 in scoring 25 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal, and three 3-pointers. It is good to know that he'll play on Wednesday in Game 2.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Chris Paul is listed as questionable for Game two.

Coach Doc Rivers expects Paul to play at some point in this series but right now he will be another game-time call for Game 2 on Wednesday night. The Clippers had to rely on Austin Rivers for the majority of the ball-handling duties while Blake Griffin took the team on his back with a triple-double performance.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Archie Bradley (face) was able to throw a side session Monday.

It looks like all signs are pointing towards Bradley returning to the rotation when he is first eligible on May 15. It was scary to see such a young bright star take a line drive off his face which caused a right sinus fracture. This report makes all baseball fans feel so much better.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Warriors reserve center Ognjen Kuzmic is out Tuesday with a sprained left ankle.

This news is not at all traumatic for the Warriors as Kuzmic was not apart of Golden State's playoff rotation. Draymond Green has been logging big minutes for Warriors and will continue to do so with or without Kuzmic. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Manager Bud Black confirmed Tuesday that newcomer Austin Hedges will receive a significant opportunity to play behind the plate for the Padres.

Hedges had been more known for his defensive skills behind the plate but had been tearing the cover off the ball to start the season at Triple-A. He has been pretty average at the minor league level at the plate hitting .256/.316/.390. The 22-year-old looks to hold some decent fantasy value if what his manager is true. Derek Norris remains the primary backstop in San Diego. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Jake McGee, who is coming off elbow surgery, will join Triple-A Durham Tuesday night.

Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that he would have McGee work multiple innings and on back-to-back days over the weekend before the team would consider activating him. It looks like it will be a couple more weeks before before we see the left-hander with the Rays. McGee posted a 1.89 ERA in 71 1/3 innings last season but needed elbow surgery in December. He should be saving games for Tampa Bay by mid-to-late May. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Jordan Zimmermann feels good despite reduced velocity in his fastball.

Zimmermann had his second straight solid outing last night only giving up one earned run over seven innings. It has been a slow start to the season for Jordan, but the Nationals hope Monday's outing is a sign he's turned the page. He has a 4.15 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and a 22/6 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Alex Cobb has a Partial tear in elbow ligament showed in new MRI. Rays will see how he responds to rest.

To be clear, there has been no official announcement from the Rays on Cobb's status. This notion is that Tampa will wait to see how he responds to rest and treatment, but there are reports that Tommy John surgery could very well be in his future. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Philip Rivers says trade talk didn’t come from his side.

This whole situation has been much to do about nothing. Rivers said he planned to play out his contract which expires after 2015 instead of sign an extension which caused rumors to swirl. "A lot of moving parts and lots to think about. Location, family, team … All I can say at this point regarding an extension is I’m willing to listen to anything. I’m also willing to play it out. I’m just fired up to be the Chargers QB in 2015," Rivers said. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Bradley Beal (ankle) will suit up for Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.

This is just official confirmation on Beal's status for Game 2 against the Hawks. The 21-year-old will be in the Wizards' starting lineup despite dealing with quite a few ankle injuries in his short NBA tenure. He practiced on Monday with little problems and should be in good enough shape to continue his strong playoff run in Game 2 against the Hawks. Analysis: Drew Phelps

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