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Kenta Maeda will start on Friday against the Blue Jays.

Maeda will take the mound against the boppers of the Jays lineup for the first time in his career. He experienced a bit of a bump in the road against the Marlins in his last outing, but his numbers remain excellent to start the season, posting a 1.41 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP. Opponents are only batting .205 to start the season against him as well. Maeda remains a solid option in all formats, but as teams see him more, and collect more data on him, it would not be surprising to see teams begin to figure him out a bit.
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Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a bullpen session Saturday.

After experiencing a groin strain that set him back in the rehab process a bit, Saturday's bullpen session seemed to go off without a hitch. The shoulder appears to be healing well, but the timetable for his return is up in the air. While not a fireballer, Ryu is a decent middle of your rotation option who will help you in most pitching categories. He also does not strike out a ton of batters, but does not walk many either.
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Brandon McCarthy threw a bullpen session Saturday.

McCarthy is still on the road to recovery from Tommy John surgery, and will not be back until June at the earliest. The veteran is a mediocre option at best in fantasy, and is best reserved for NL only leagues upon his return.
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Will Smith (knee) will reach the six week mark next week and will get to ramp up his activity.

Good news for the big lefty, but he still does not figure to be back for at least a month. Smith was the favorite to close for the Brewers going into 2016, but the injury gave that job to set up man Jeremy Jeffress, who has performed well in the role thusfar. Smith figures to take the setup role upon his return, but his return also makes Jeffress' leash a bit shorter. Monitor his status in the coming weeks.
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Anthony DeSclafani felt discomfort in his side during Friday night’s rehab start.

A sleeper on a lot of lists, DeSclafani will have to get the oblique evaluated again, and possibly have to rest for a few days, which will delay his return to the Reds' rotation. With the state of the Reds' starters, DeSclafani will be given a long leash once he gets back to full strength. He is worth an add at the back end of your rotation if he is available, but do not expect him to help you out in the wins category.
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