Michael Bourn (hamstring) resumed his rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Thursday. Bourn started in center field and hit leadoff, playing seven innings and going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
Bourn played in his first rehab game Tuesday, took Wednesday off and jumped back into the fray on Thursday. He should start to move to back-to-back days soon enough as the Indians are expecting him to return to the lineup by the middle of next week. Barring any setbacks, you should be able to use him next week, however, how green a light he gets regularly is unknown considering the injury.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Angels RHP Garrett Richards (knee) threw five innings in a minor league game Saturday.
Richards is very close to returning to action from a severe knee injury that he suffered at the end of 2014. He threw 69 pitches of one hit, one walk, zero run ball on Saturday and is progressing well. Due to the way that the Angels schedule is set up, they won't need a fifth starter for several weeks, giving Richards a chance to jump right into the rotation without kicking any other starters out. Richards' monster 2014 breakout campaign was legit, so as long as owners drafting him are comfortable with his health and knee, he could be a nice discount on draft day. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Jonathan Stewart will ideally be limited to 15 carries a game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Stewart had a solid season last year, averaging 4.6 YPC, though he scored just three touchdowns in thirteen games. The 28-year old just 9 games over the past three seasons, and will not be able to handle the load of a workhorse back. The Panthers will likely find a running back in the draft that is capable of handling the other 8-10 carries that the Panthers expect. Considering that Stewart averaged just 13.5 carries per game in 2014, this won't destroy his already limited fantasy value. Analysis: Ben Diamond