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David Ortiz was scratched Thursday because of the field conditions. He's available off the bench.

Ortiz is not known for his glove work and the Red Sox likely don't want him manning first base in poor conditions to prevent any potential injury to their slugger. Unfortunately being in the NL also means that Ortiz's bat will also be out of the lineup.ANALYST: Jonathan Impemba

The Blue Jays have optioned LHP Colt Hynes to Triple-A Buffalo and promote Jeff Francis to take his spot on the active roster.

After posting a 6.00 ERA and 3.33 WHIP through five appearances (3.0 IP), the Blue Jays decided it would be best to move Hynes back down to the minors. In return, Jeff Francis will get a crack at being a big league pitcher once again, but this time as a reliever, which gives him next to no value outside of extremely deep AL-only leagues.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Update: Mike Olt (wrist) said Saturday that he expects to need 3-4 weeks to heel before getting on track with a rehab assignment.

Having to now deal with a wrist injury on top of the Kris Bryant promotion, Olt has little to no fantasy value left to give to those in NL-only leagues. Once he returns expect him to be used in a bench role as his future with the Cubs appears to be dwindling away.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Denard Span (abdomen) is likely to be back in the Nationals starting lineup on Sunday.

Span has missed the Nationals first 12 games as he continues to rehab from an abdomen injury but was not expected to be back until the beginning of May at the earliest. However, since he missed spring training it may take him a little while to get his legs back under him so roster him with caution through his first few games.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Chandler Parsons (knee) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Rockets.

Although Parsons was able to play 37 minutes on Saturday, it wasn't an easy outing for the Mavericks' swingman as he struggled with knee pain throughout. Despite being listed as questionable it is hard to believe Parsons will miss any time, especially going up against his former team in the playoffs.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

The Indians have sent Jordan Cooper to Double-A Akron to make room for Austin Adams on the Triple-A Columbus roster.

After making two relief appearances for the Indians in the early going Adams has now been sent down to Triple-A where he will get more opportunities to pitch on a regular basis. Through 4.2 innings, Adams owns a 1.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP but a 1:2 K:BB rate limits any future fantasy value he may have unless he improves in that area in the near future.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Mets manager Terry Collins has indicated that Michael Cuddyer will get the day off on Sunday.

Cuddyer has been playing very well in his first season with the Mets, slashing .333/.388/.511 with five extra-base hits (1 HR) and seven RBI through his first 45 at-bats, so the day off on Sunday is nothing fantasy owners needs to be concerned about. Expect to see him back in the starting lineup on Tuesday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with three RBI in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Rockies.

Gonzalez is on an absolute tear to start the season as he is now slashing .523/.580/1.045 with five home runs and 14 RBI through his first 44 at-bats. Clearly he isn't going to hit over .500 all season but both his home run and RBI totals are on pace for the Dodgers first baseman to go over 20 HR and 100 RBI for the third straight year.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Yasiel Puig made his return to the lineup on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and a run scored against the Rockies.

Puig (hamstring) was able to return to the Dodgers lineup on Saturday after missing the team's last three games but managed to pick up right where he left off prior to the injury. Now that he appears to be back near 100 percent health it is safe to get him back in starting lineup sin all fantasy formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Joel Peralta collected his third save of the season after tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Rockies on Saturday.

Peralta has been excellent since being anointed the team's closer in the absence of Kenley Jansen as he has now converted all three of his save opportunities. However, Jansen appears to be on track for a return next month which will end Peralta's run in the ninth inning.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Zack Greinke allowed three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three batters over 6 2/3 innings on Saturday against the Rockies.

Greinke improved to 2-0 Saturday as he is now sitting on a 1.83 EA and 0.71 WHIP with a 14:2 K:BB rate through his first three starts. Although his strikeouts are down slightly in the early going, Greinke has shown great command which more than makes up for the lack of swing-and-misses. He will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Giants on Thursday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Jordan Lyles coughed up four runs on five hits and five walks while striking out five batters through six innings against the Dodgers on Saturday.

After allowing just three runs through his first two starts Lyles got sidetracked Saturday as he more than doubles his runs allowed through six innings of work. He is now sitting 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.33 WHIP and will need to work on his 10:9 K:BB rate before gaining any lasting fantasy value outside of NL-only leagues.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

DJ LeMahieu went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored against the Dodgers on Saturday.

LeMahieu is now slashing .463/.476/.585 through his first 41 at-bats as he continues to shine in the bottom third of the Rockies lineup. Although it would be nice to see some of his singles turn into extra-base hits (2 XBH), as long as he continues to hit for average he is someone worth starting in most fantasy formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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