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Jets | Chris Ivory has strong lead for featured work
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory impressed in practice Wednesday, May 22, and is lining up to be the feature back. Mike Goodson's legal troubles are jeopardizing his future with the team. Joe McKnight doesn't appear long for the club. Bilal Powell is the only true competition for touches.
FANTASY TIP: Ivory, who often dazzled in changeup work with the New Orleans Saints, has a high ceiling in this West Coast offense, but his floor is pretty low, as well, if the quarterback play (Mark Sanchez? Geno Smith?) doesn't come through. He's more safely drafted as an RB3 but might garner RB2 attention. Don't put yourself in the latter category based on numbers he hasn't produced yet.
Chargers | Danario Alexander's health helping early workouts
San Diego Chargers WR Danario Alexander looked fluid in making back-shoulder catches in practice Monday, May 20. He claims he's at full speed, a contrast to his injured May practices last year with the St. Louis Rams.
FANTASY TIP: A full offseason could help Alexander build on his massive potential, but you can't logically pay for a 16-game season from the brittle catcher. He's a WR4, if you can handle the risk.
Chargers | Danny Woodhead picking things up
FANTASY TIP: Don't bank on Woodhead being used in a Darren Sproles-type role, but his changeup work behind Ryan Mathews should still produce a few weeks of PPR productivity. You'll have to do some scouting -- and read us -- for information on the best situations in which to use the fantasy depth back.
Chargers | Robert Meachem could be trade bait
FANTASY TIP: The inconsistent tease would only be a deep-league flyer unless he winds up in a highly attractive situation.
Vikings | Jared Allen healthy, pondering future
Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen (knee, shoulder), who's a free agent after this year, has "absolutely no idea" where he'll wind up in 2014. "Best-case scenario would have been that we would have never gotten to this point," Allen said. "Best-case scenario would have been the organization would have gotten something done (on an extension) a few years back. ... Well ya know what? That's not the case. And I understand it. ... I'm just happy I'm in a spot where both sides are honoring the contract."
FANTASY TIP: Allen feels confident that health will help him rebound during his walk year. The 31-year-old could be a bargain in IDP leagues if your leaguemates discredit him based on last season.
Angels | Tommy Hanson not returning in immediate future
FANTASY TIP: While Hanson takes time to be with his family and his thoughts, Joe Blanton will remain in the rotation. Once all SPs are back, though, Blanton will probably be the first choice to exit the quintet.
Red Sox | Will Middlebrooks day-to-day
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said 3B Will Middlebrooks (back) is day-to-day after injuring his back, which may have initially happened when he was running out of the batter's box on Wednesday, May 22.
FANTASY TIP: Any Middlebrooks absence would open up time for Pedro Ciriaco at the hot corner for AL-only attention ... maybe in deep mixed leagues, too.
Red Sox | David Ross expected to come off DL
Orioles | Wilson Betemit to start baseball activities
Orioles | Hope Adam Jones can be in OF Friday
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he hopes OF Adam Jones (groin) will be able to play in the outfield Friday, May 24. Jones has been the designated hitter in three straight games because of his groin injury.
Tigers | Octavio Dotel throws
Detroit Tigers RP Octavio Dotel (elbow) threw a bullpen session at the team's spring training complex Thursday, May 23. It is the first time he has thrown since being shut down because of inflammation.
Phillies | Hope Chase Utley will be able to return soon
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team hopes 2B Chase Utley (oblique) will be able to come off the 15-day disabled list when he is eligible. "The recovery for this type of injury should take between two and four weeks," Amaro said. "We do believe and hope that Chase will be ready to play in Philadelphia within 15 days."
Phillies | Michael Martinez recalled
Phillies | Chase Utley officially placed on DL
Cardinals | Jake Westbrook could slow down rehab
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (elbow) does not appear to be seriously hurt after stopping his bullpen session short Wednesday, May 23, but may have his rehab program dialed back. The team was hoping Westbrook could come off the disabled list next week but that likely will not happen.
Cardinals | Fernando Salas has shoulder examined
Cardinals | Chris Carpenter throws
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) threw an extended bullpen session Thursday, May 23, and felt good after the session. He could start facing live batters next week if he does not suffer any setbacks.
FANTASY TIP: Carpenter appears to be working his way back from his shoulder problems and could pitch for the team at some point this season. Owners in NL-only leagues and some mixed leagues should monitor his progress in case they need to add a starting pitcher down the road.
Twins | Pedro Florimon leaves game
Redskins | Brandon Meriweather expected to be ready for camp
Redskins | London Fletcher thinks he can take part in OTAs
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said he told LB London Fletcher (elbow, ankle) that he could sit out the rest of the organized team activities, but Fletcher told him he believes he could take part in some of the workouts.
Redskins | Pierre Garcon likely to sit out until camp
Redskins | Fred Davis close to 100 percent
FANTASY TIP: It sounds like Davis will be ready for the start of training camp. If he can show that he is recovered from his injury, he should be seen as a No. 2 fantasy tight end that has upside.
Redskins | Two defensive players able to practice
Red Sox | Will Middlebrooks leaves game
Browns | Travis Benjamin top choice as punt returner
Browns | Two seeing reps at kickoff returner
Cleveland Browns special teams coordinator Chris Tabor said the team is giving CB Buster Skrine and S Johnson Bademosi reps as kick returners during organized team activities. Tabor said RB Dion Lewis is also an option as a kick returner.
Browns | John Greco hopes to start
Cleveland Browns OG John Greco said he hopes to win a starting job along the offensive line this season. Greco played left guard last season and practiced at right guard during organized team activities Thursday, May 23.
Browns | Jabaal Sheard thinks four OLBs can have impact
Cleveland Browns LB Jabaal Sheard said he believes he can be part of an impactful outside linebacker rotation with LB Barkevious Mingo, LB Paul Kruger and LB Quentin Groves this season. "It's a long game, and you're going to need a rotation throughout, and it's a long season as well," Sheard said. "So definitely we're going to need to share snaps and split it up amongst the four of us. You've got to stay healthy throughout the whole season, so I think that's going to play a big part in how our rotation works."
Rams | Sam Bradford working with rookie WRs
Rams | Brian Quick limited during workout
Rams | Thomas Brown switching positions
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said the team will be moving DL Thomas Brown to offensive tackle because they believe that is the best position for him. Fisher said Brown weighed in at 403 pounds even though he was listed as 385 pounds.
Cowboys | Matt Johnson thinks he knows what caused injuries
Dallas Cowboys FS Matt Johnson said he believes he suffered hamstring injuries last season because he was using too much weight while doing squats in the weight room and is now doing more specialized workouts. "We've done more hamstring work instead of putting on 400 pounds and squatting," Johnson said. "When I was in college, I did that some. When you get to the pros, and playing at safety, I don't need to squat 500 pounds. We did more position specific and more dynamic work. You don't need to be a bodybuilder to play football. I was big enough."
Jaguars | Roy Miller limited
Falcons | Talking with Richard Seymour
Phillies | Chase Utley to go on DL
FANTASY TIP: Although they are terming it a mild oblique injury, we've seen mild injury concerns keep Utley out for much longer than the minimum timetable before. Treat this situation similarly and expect him to be out for longer than 15 days, especially since clubs tend to be extra cautious with oblique ailments. Freddy Galvis, who will likely start at the keystone, will have value in deep mixed leagues until Utley comes back. Cesar Hernandez or Darin Ruf could be recalled from the minors for depth.
Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu in drug program
Yankees | Mark Teixeira could start rehab next week
FANTASY TIP: While optimistic, an early-June return now looks more possible. Whenever he comes back to the Bombers' lineup, expect a slow start, but depending on how his wrist responds, he could have a productive late-summer stretch.
Colts | Roster moves
Chiefs | Tony Moeaki won't return until July
FANTASY TIP: While Moeaki should be good to go for Week 1, he'll miss valuable time gaining chemistry in this overhauled offense with Alex Smith at the helm. Anthony Fasano could surpass Moeaki in the tight end pecking order as a result. Smith has traditionally been friendly to tight ends in his career, so this could make a big difference in terms of who is more productive for fantasy purposes. Regardless, you can probably wait and pluck either tight end off the waiver wire based on matchup plays.
Chiefs | Two injured
Dodgers | Don Mattingly's job not in danger
Los Angeles Dodgers upper management did not take offense to manager Don Mattingly's recent negative comments about the organization, and his job isn't in danger because of them. A meeting after the game Tuesday, May 21, between Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti was said to have cleared the air.
Tigers | Austin Jackson unlikely to return Monday
FANTASY TIP: A-Jax probably won't run much initially when he comes back, either. He must be activated everywhere when he does, though.
Blue Jays | J.A. Happ aims to return in June
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (head, knee) hopes to return to the rotation in mid-June. The earliest he'll try throwing outdoors is Friday, May 24, because he hadn't yet received the knee brace required for him to start doing so. Happ, who suffered a fractured skull, ear contusions and sprained right knee ligaments on the fall when he was hit in the head with a line drive on May 7, hasn't begun running but has been throwing indoors against a wall with a weighted ball. His head injuries have healed according to plan, per doctors.
FANTASY TIP: It's fortunate to see him making this recovery after the ghastly incident. AL-only leaguers should expect him back for back-end utility this summer.
Chiefs | Sanders Commings signs
Cowboys | Josh Brent has court date
Dallas Cowboys DT Joshua Brent will have a court hearing Friday, May 24, to determine if he violated the conditions of his bail. Brent's alcohol monitoring device detected alcohol, and the district attorney's office is seeking to have Brent's bond revoked because he didn't meet the conditions of his release. Brent's representatives are claiming he didn't use any alcoholic beverages, and they think he may have gotten alcohol into his system from using mouthwash or eating a certain kind of food.
Indians | Brett Myers will continue rehab
FANTASY TIP: Myers' return will boot, in all likelihood, Corey Kluber from the rotation. AL-only players should be the only ones to care.
Red Sox | David Ortiz's body responding positively
Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz, since returning from the disabled list, has responded physically "in a good way," per manager John Farrell. He also remarked that Ortiz's durability "has been a little bit better than I anticipated this year."
FANTASY TIP: Ortiz's large 37-year-old body still makes him a decent sell-high candidate in shallower leagues.
Seahawks | Justin Veltung signs
Red Sox | Other injury updates
Boston Red Sox SP Franklin Morales (back) went five innings and allowed one unearned run for Double-A Portland Thursday, May 23. He could be considered for a call-up sometime in the next week. C David Ross (concussion) went 1-for-3 and came away from his Portland rehab fine; he returned to Boston for further examination.
FANTASY TIP: Upon his return, Morales could be a candidate to replace Felix Doubront in the rotation. AL-only players should prepare for this possible move.
Eagles | DeSean Jackson could excel in new offense
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly confirmed that he prefers larger and taller players at most positions on his team, but he's in favor of protecting his smaller players like WR DeSean Jackson. Jackson touched the ball progressively less in each of his five NFL seasons in part because the team worried about keeping him healthy. Jackson only played in five games last year because of fractured ribs and only scored one touchdown. He hopes he can go back to being extremely productive in the team's new offense with larger players creating mismatches for their opponents. "I'm challenging myself to be able to play every position," said Jackson, who's been hinting all offseason that he could be lining up in the backfield as well. "There might be a play or a different position where I normally would not line up or be in, but the leeway of the offense gives us the opportunity to go inside and outside and things like that, so I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to learn the whole offense and be in different spaces throughout the game." Twelve of the team's receivers on the roster are 6-foot-1 or taller, including WRs Arrelious Benn (6-foot-6), Greg Salas (6-foot-1) and Riley Cooper (6-foot-3). Kelly hopes to make opponents pay if they decide to double team Jackson or jam him at the line of scrimmage. Having bigger receivers outside to block should also help the running game. WR Russell Shepard, an undrafted rookie, will have the same opportunity as Benn to prove himself. "I was on the front line on kickoffs, I played running back, I played quarterback, I played receiver," Shepard said. "So (the versatility) is giving me more of an opportunity of making this 53-man roster."
FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners should expect Kelly to try and involve Jackson more in an offense that should cater to Jackson's wishes to touch the ball more often and score more frequently. Jackson has been a frustrating play in point-per-reception formats in his career, but that could be changing. Until we know more about how he may be involved in this new scheme, consider him a midrange No. 3 wideout.
Red Sox | Shane Victorino update
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) did sprints and other drills under team supervision Thursday, May 23. They're not itching to put him on the disabled list, but they'll consider it if Victorino's inactivity drags on.
Angels | Jered Weaver should rejoin club next week
Angels | Jered Weaver says he's good to go
FANTASY TIP: A welcome piece of news to go along with his promising performance in an extended spring training game yesterday. Whenever he resurfaces, he should be re-installed into all lineups, despite his early-season woes.
Mets | Zack Wheeler to come up soon
A high-ranking New York Mets official said that, barring any unforeseen delay, SP Zack Wheeler is lined up to make two or three more starts for Triple-A Las Vegas before joining the big club. His debut will fall, in this plan, sometime from June 6-11. If he hadn't sat out his start last Friday because of AC joint soreness in his right shoulder, "he might already be here," said the team's whisperer. Last Wednesday, Wheeler touched 100 mph on the radar gun and sat in the 95-97 mph range.
FANTASY TIP: There'll be a rush for his services, so deep-mixed owners should act quickly. He won't be cheap because of his prospect status, though the talented righty could pay off quickly.
Twins | Oswaldo Arcia not in Thursday lineup
FANTASY TIP: It's his fourth straight game on the bench, and he doesn't appear to be hurt. Ron Gardenhire probably figures Ryan Doumit to be the better matchup play against Rick Porcello. Either way, this exile of the youngster doesn't bode well for his season-long, deep-mixed value.
Diamondbacks | Adam Eaton likely visiting Dr. James Andrews
FANTASY TIP: Eaton's MRI didn't show structural damage, so this could be one of those cases when Andrews doesn't condemn a player's season. Still, it's a reason to remain cautious when expecting Eaton to make a dent for your SB potential this season.
Yankees | More injury updates
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman provided some news on battered players. SP Ivan Nova (triceps, oblique) will probably return to the team after their three-game series at the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend. 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) and RP Joba Chamberlain (oblique) are on track to return a few days later. SS Eduardo Nunez (ribcage) should return by the end of the month.
Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu contract update
Updating a previous item, Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu signed a four-year, $3.052 million deal that will come with an initial signing bonus of $265,000. The balance of the $662,500 bonus is spread over Years 2, 3 and 4. He won't receive the full payment if he's dismissed from the team for drug use.
Twins | Darin Mastroianni has surgery
Orioles | Roster moves
Yankees | Kevin Youkilis a week away
FANTASY TIP: Given Youkilis' reputation as a slower healer, don't be surprised if he doesn't make that timetable. The Yanks would rather err on the side of caution and make sure he's completely healthy. Once he returns, Jayson Nix's value as infield depth in cavernous leagues will come to an end.
Bills | Chris Gragg works with starters
Padres | Clayton Richard changes arm slot
San Diego Padres assistant general manager A.J. Hinch said SP Clayton Richard (illness) made an adjustment while on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson. "A.J. told me Clayton's arm slot looked higher and he had better sink and velocity on his fastball than we saw in April," said manager Bud Black. "And Clayton feels good today." Richard allowed two runs and six hits while walking none and striking out four with Tucson Tuesday, May 21. Richard could come off the disabled list to start early next week.
FANTASY TIP: Downward movement on his pitches will help Richard be more successful, especially at PETCO Park. It's worth monitoring whether a higher arm slot will generate success for Richard upon his return.
Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu signed
Yankees | Chien-Ming Wang not an option for rotation
New York Yankees SP Chien-Ming Wang, who is 2-4 with a 3.07 ERA with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, is not close to being called up to enter the rotation after allowing 49 hits in 44 innings pitched. Scouts have said Wang isn't showing he deserves a shot in the rotation. Wang can request his release if he's not brought up by June 1, and he's expected to use that out in his contract.
FANTASY TIP: If Wang were to come up soon to the Bronx, he'd only be a rotation option for those desperate in AL-only formats. It's likely that Wang will end up as a free agent in a couple of weeks.
Ravens | Arthur Brown signed
Royals | Salvador Perez in lineup
Royals | Kelvin Herrera demoted
FANTASY TIP: Herrera has struggled mightily this season, and he's been hurt by the long ball (eight homers in 20 1/3 innings). Expect Herrera to come back up when the team thinks he's ready. In the meantime, Aaron Crow, Tim Collins and Luke Hochevar could mix and match in eighth-inning setup duties to Greg Holland. None of the trio are worth a handcuff to Holland unless you're in a really deep AL league.
Yankees | Michael Pineda close to rehab assignment
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) has two more extended spring outings before he can start his 30-day rehab assignment, which means he could join the team's rotation by the end of June. However, general manager Brian Cashman said Pineda must be pitching well in order to be considered for a spot in the rotation.
FANTASY TIP: It's too soon to say whether Pineda will immediately become an option for the Yankees' rotation in June, but it's likely that he'll get a chance to prove himself in the second half of the season. That's enough to peak interest in deep mixed leagues if you're looking for rotation help by then.
Redskins | Pierre Garcon underwent shoulder surgery
Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (shoulder) underwent minor labrum surgery in January but has fully recovered. He was held out of team drills during organized team activities Thursday, May 23, as a precaution.
FANTASY TIP: The team has the option to take things slow with Garcon because the workouts are voluntary. Since Garcon has fully recovered from the surgery, he should be fine for the start of training camp. Garcon could be an every-week starter if QB Robert Griffin III (knee) is healthy but could also be a flex option most weeks. He probably will have more value in standard leagues as opposed to point-per-reception leagues.
Panthers | Kenjon Barner signed
Colts | Pat Angerer could be out until camp
Colts | Delone Carter recovering from surgery
Mets | Ike Davis won't be sent down this weekend
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis won't be sent down to the minors this weekend, but "maybe after the weekend," according to people with knowledge of the team's thinking. Davis finished with 32 home runs and 90 RBIs last year after starting off extremely slow, which bought him some trust this year. "We will give it a little more time," said one source. "Things can change any time for the good." Some people in the organization think Davis would benefit mentally from a few weeks away, but people close to Davis think he remains confident and wants to work out his issues in the majors.
FANTASY TIP: If Davis doesn't drastically turn things around this weekend, it appears likely that he'll be demoted to the minors. If you've hung onto him this long in a deep mixed league, you might as well wait it out until the Mets determine what they'll do with him to get him right. Meanwhile, leave him on your bench.
Steelers | Justin Brown signed
White Sox | Angel Sanchez on waivers
Rangers | Colby Lewis to start Saturday
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (triceps) had no issues during his bullpen session Thursday, May 23, and will make a rehab start for Triple-A Round rock and throw four innings or 60 pitches Saturday, May 25.
Phillies | Michael Stutes recalled
Blue Jays | Sean Nolin, Chad Jenkins joining rotation
FANTASY TIP: Nolin, 23, has more upside than Jenkins, and he'll be making his major league debut after going 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in three starts for Double-A New Hampshire this year. He lacks a true dominant pitch and hasn't pitched above Class AA ball, though, so temper your expectations. Nolin and Jenkins likely face short stays in the rotation, too, limiting there value.
Packers | QB high on Randall Cobb
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said he believes WR Randall Cobb can be a receiver that catches at least 100 catches every season. Wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett said Cobb improved last season but still has things to work on to become more productive.
FANTASY TIP: Cobb should be getting a bigger role on offense because of the departure of Greg Jennings. Cobb should be considered a strong No. 2 wide receiver this season.
Panthers | A.J. Klein signed
Saints | Greg Romeus waived
Cowboys | Intrigued Brian Urlacher
Retired LB Brian Urlacher said the Dallas Cowboys were one of the team's that intrigued him if he were to have signed with another team other than the Chicago Bears. "If I could have picked a spot, it would have been Dallas," Urlacher said. "(The Cowboys) run our defense. They took our D-coordinator (Rod Marinelli). That would have been ideal. But they have two really good young linebackers."
Red Sox | Shane Victorino still out
Bills | Scott Chandler thinks he can be ready for camp
Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler (knee) has been running well at offseason workouts and believes he could be ready for the start of training camp. Chandler has started running routes a few weeks ago and is running routes and catching passes this week.
FANTASY TIP: Chandler is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and his status for the regular season is uncertain. If he is ready for the start of the season, he could be considered a mid- to low-end No. 2 tight end that could be a matchup play because of the uncertainty the Bills have at quarterback.
Browns | Trent Richardson could be held out for a while
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said RB Trent Richardson (leg) will not participate in organized team activities next week and could sit out the team minicamp in early June as a precaution. Chudzinski said Richardson suffered the injury earlier this week.
FANTASY TIP: The team is taking a cautious approach with Richardson since he has dealt with leg issues in the past but it does not appear like the injury is serious. Richardson should be considered as a solid No. 1 running back entering fantasy drafts.
Indians | Scott Barnes recalled
Falcons | Sean Renfree will be limited during workouts
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Falcons | Stansly Maponga expected to be ready for camp
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Falcons | Two linebackers will not take part in workouts
Atlanta Falcons LB Stephen Nicholas (hernia) and LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) will not be able to participate in organized team activities next week because they are recovering from offseason surgeries. Both are expected to take part in OTAs in June and will be ready for the team's minicamp.
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Panthers | Jonathan Stewart very limited
FANTASY TIP: Stewart is recovering from offseason ankle surgery and there is no rush for him to be on the field at this point. Stewart should be seen as a No. 3 running back at this point because he probably will be splitting carries with DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert.
Panthers | Jon Beason takes part in some drills
Redskins | Two linemen sit out workout
Titans | Brandon Barden's DUI charge dropped
Saints | Charles Brown sits out workout
New Orleans Saints OT Charles Brown (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, May 23, because of an undisclosed injury. Head coach Sean Payton would not specify the injury but did say it occurred in the weight room this offseason.
Saints | Four defensive players limited
New Orleans Saints DE Kenyon Coleman (undisclosed), LB Jonathan Vilma (undisclosed), LB David Hawthorne (undisclosed) and FS Malcolm Jenkins (undisclosed) did not participate in team drills during organized team activities Thursday, May 23. Head coach Sean Payton said none of the players are dealing with serious injuries.
Saints | Keenan Lewis, Patrick Robinson working with starters
New Orleans Saints CBs Keenan Lewis and Patrick Robinson worked with the first-team defense during organized team activities Thursday, May 23. Head coach Sean Payton said people should not read into who is working with the starting defense at this point.
Chiefs | Dexter McCluster injures hamstring
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury during the organized team activities Thursday, May 23, and was not able to return. Head coach Andy Reid said he believes McCluster will be able to return to practice next week.
FANTASY TIP: The injury does not sound serious, but McCluster has time to let the injury heal if he is not able to return next week. McCluster likely will be used as a slot receiver this season. He could be a late-round option in point-per-reception leagues, but he likely would be a waiver wire pickup in most leagues.
Redskins | Robert Griffin says he needs to be more careful
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) said he likely will be more careful when he returns from his knee injury because he wants to be out there for his teammates. "I can't change my mind-set," Griffin said, "but I can be smarter about what I do out there. … It's about limiting those hits, making sure I'm out there for my teammates. … I understand I have to be more careful when it comes to that."
Athletics | Hiroyuki Nakajima activated, optioned
Redskins | Robert Griffin says knee feels great
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) said his surgically repaired knee is feeling great and that he hopes to be ready for the start of training camp. He said he will begin explosive sprinting in a few weeks and will begin making cuts a few weeks after that. Griffin did do some running and throwing without hesitation during organized team activities Thursday, May 23.
FANTASY TIP: The news continues to be encouraging in terms of Griffin's rehab, but his status for the start of the regular season will not be known until training camp begins. Griffin should be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback when he is healthy this season, but owners should have a solid backup plan if he does miss any games.
Reds | Trevor Bell signs
Redskins | Josh Wilson undergoes surgery
Eagles | DC says two doing well at move to OLB
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said DEs Trent Cole and Brandon Graham have done well in their transitions to outside linebacker. Cole and Graham have also received reps at defensive end during organized team activities.
Padres | Burch Smith optioned
FANTASY TIP: Smith is making room for the return of Clayton Richard (illness), who will slot back into the rotation. Richard has been terribly inconsistent and is basically a spot starter, at best, in deep mixed leagues for now.
Rangers | Mark Teahen signs
Marlins | Jon Rauch released
Phillies | Phillippe Aumont sent down
Diamondbacks | Adam Eaton's MRI results interpreted
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton (elbow) has no structural damage in his elbow, based on MRI results, the team announced. He'll strengthen around the area for two to three weeks and then begin a throwing program.
FANTASY TIP: The Snakes have apparently given no additional details about a timetable following the outfielder's recent setback, but it sounds like Eaton is unlikely to return before mid- to late June. They'll probably proceed a little more cautiously this time. A.J. Pollock's seemingly dwindling value just received a slight jolt, although he's still contending with Jason Kubel, Gerardo Parra and Cody Ross.
White Sox | John Danks returning Friday
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) will come off the 15-day disabled list to make his first start in more than a year against the Miami Marlins Friday, May 24. Danks had surgery last August to fix his rotator cuff and biceps. He made four rehab starts in the minors, and manager Robin Ventura will let Danks go deep into the game if he can. The team will decide in the next few days whether to remove SPs Dylan Axelrod or Hector Santiago from the rotation to make room for Danks. RP Donnie Veal was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte to make room on the roster.
FANTASY TIP: His first start couldn't come against a better team for owners looking for at least a spot start. Relying on Danks full time, at least initially, might be a mistake, though, unless you're in an AL-only league. If he proves that his dive last season was purely injury-related, he might be worth stashing in deep mixed leagues.
Jets | Players not backing Mark Sanchez?
An anonymous New York Jets player said that the team is skeptical about QB Mark Sanchez and his ability to be successful. "Everyone on the team likes Mark personally, but there's a general feeling among some of the players that maybe it's time to give someone else a chance." The player said 80 to 90 percent of the roster agrees with that statement. Sanchez is still trying to figure out the team's new West Coast offense.
FANTASY TIP: Any way you look at it, the Jets' quarterback situation won't be pretty this year. Sanchez or Geno Smith, whoever wins the competition, won't be endorsed for anything more than a poor QB2 this year.
Buccaneers | Sign Johnthan Banks
Giants | Ramses Barden re-signs
FANTASY TIP: This signing shouldn't have much to do with the fact that both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are absent from organized team activities this week. Barden will have to compete for the No. 4 receiver role with Louis Murphy and Jerrel Jernigan, though, so his chances to make significant contributions in the passing game may rely on injuries. For now, consider him a possible waiver wire target later in the year.
Eagles | James Casey to be used in multiple spots
Philadelphia Eagles FB James Casey, who was used primarily as a fullback for the Houston Texans, is expected to be used all over the place in head coach Chip Kelly's "Joker" offense. Casey had 34 catches last year, but he caught 111 passes in his final season at Rice.
FANTASY TIP: With Brent Celek, Zach Ertz and Clay Harbor also in the picture, don't expect Casey to be used much as a tight end, let alone catch many passes. He won't be useful in fantasy leagues, unless some injuries clear the way.
Seahawks | Percy Harvin to be used in many ways
Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin will be used similarly to how he was used by the Minnesota Vikings, in a variety of ways. He'll likely line up in the slot as his regular position, but he'll also be utilized outside and could see handoff and kickoff returns. "I'll be moving around - pretty much all around," said the 5-foot-11, 184-pound Harvin. "There'll be a little bit of running back coming up. But right now, we're just trying to get the foundation set, just running the base plays, and we'll see where it goes from there."
FANTASY TIP: Harvin was a very productive receiver for the Vikings when he was healthy, and he was especially valuable in PPR leagues. He could produce WR1 value in those leagues in a much improved Seahawks offense, and his versatility as a running back makes him that much more intriguing as a receiver.
Eagles | Zach Ertz not participating in OTAs
FANTASY TIP: OTAs are voluntary, but Ertz would have some valuable time in new head coach Chip Kelly's system, which figures to feature plenty of two-tight end sets. Brent Celek will be the main tight end at Michael Vick's disposal, so Ertz doesn't figure to get enough looks to be worth a draft pick.
Eagles | James Casey has surgery
Philadelphia Eagles FB James Casey (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday, May 23, and he's expecting to be back at practice in two weeks. The team expects Casey to be ready for training camp.
Redskins | Dad thinks Robert Griffin should throw more
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's (knee) dad thinks the team should devise more plays this year that has his son throwing more and running less. "I just know that based on what I know Robert can do, he doesn't have to be a runner as much as I saw last year," Griffin Jr. said. "To me, you're paying these (receivers) a lot of money to catch the football. I'm his dad -- I want him throwing that football, a lot. A lot." Griffin is hoping he can recover from torn ligaments in his right knee in time to play in Week 1. He ran the ball 120 times for 815 yards last season.
Giants | Bear Pascoe could play FB
Giants | Hakeem Nicks absent for different reason
Steelers | Two picks signed
Mariners | Jesus Montero sent down
FANTASY TIP: Montero was hitting just .208 with three homers and nine RBIs in 101 at-bats. It's not just his spacious home park, either. He's hitting .200 on the road, and .220 at home. This figures to be a lengthy demotion while he figures some things out.
Redskins | Robert Griffin III dropping back
FANTASY TIP: This may mean he's a little ahead of schedule in his rehab from knee surgery.
Eagles | James Casey to have surgery
Raiders | Matt Flynn restructures
Panthers | Nate Chandler changes positions
Browns | Jordan Cameron sitting
Browns | Trent Richardson banged up
FANTASY TIP: It's not a big deal, but it is noteworthy that he has had a number of leg issues this early in his career.
Red Sox | No talks with Jacoby Ellsbury
Giants | Henry Hynoski injured
Bengals | Giovani Bernard signs
Panthers | Captain Munnerlyn ailing
Steelers | Talking deal with Emmanuel Sanders
Cardinals | Ryan Williams admits he was scared to run
Giants | Rueben Randle No. 3
Browns | One signed, one cut
Marlins | Giancarlo Stanton takes BP
Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch's hearing delayed
Chiefs | Corey Lynch works out
Lions | Leroy Harris works out
Packers | Johnny Jolly returning
Lions | Nate Burleson has shed weight
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (leg) showed quickness during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22. He has also lost weight, dropping from 198 to 192 pounds to add speed.
FANTASY TIP: Increased speed will help, as Burleson fights to start opposite Calvin Johnson. Burleson could be a solid low-end WR3, must-start WR4 or flex option if he is able to secure a starting job.
Lions | Dylan Gandy sees first-team work
Detroit Lions C Dylan Gandy saw first-team reps during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22. He has a chance to replace the departed OL Stephen Peterman (Jets), but he'll need to hold off draft pick OG Larry Warford during preseason and training camp.
Lions | Jason Fox, Riley Reiff work on first unit
Lions | Chris Greenwood practices
Lions | Reggie Bush returns punts in OTAs
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush was used as a punt returner during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22. WR Terrence Austin, WR Patrick Edwards, RB Steven Miller, WR Mike Thomas and WR Cody Wilson also took turns returning punts.
FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners would definitely like to see Bush off punt returns, as it is just extra chance he can become injured. Nothing is engraved in stone just yet, and Bush will still be an outstanding fantasy option, especially in PPR (points per receptions) leagues.
Giants | Only two draft picks remain unsigned
Giants | Four still rehabbing
New York Giants C David Baas (undisclosed), OG Chris Snee (hip), CB Terrell Thomas (knee) and LB Jacquian Williams (knee) did not take part in team drills during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22. They are still rehabbing, and participated only in individual drills.
Giants | Spencer Paysinger among starting LBs
New York Giants LBs Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger and Keith Rivers were the starting linebackers during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22, with LBs Dan Connor, Aaron Curry and Etienne Sabino lining up with the second unit.
Giants | Aaron Curry admits previous lack of motivation
New York Giants LB Aaron Curry admitted that the money he earned as a high draft pick changed him and he lost his motivation, ultimately leading to his trade from the Seattle Seahawks. "Early in my career, I was just selfish and self-centered," Curry said Wednesday, May 22. "I was more about me than I was the Seahawks at the time. I was more focused on my own desires versus the franchise and the team. It was immaturity, and I'm glad I got past that stage."
Yankees | Hiroki Kuroda expected to make next start
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday, May 22, that he would be "shocked" if SP Hiroki Kuroda (calf) missed a start due to the bruised calf he suffered after being hit by a comebacker.
Yankees | Hiroki Kuroda leaves start
New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda (calf) left his start Wednesday, May 22, against the Baltimore Orioles due to a right calf contusion. He was hit by a comebacker in the second inning, and left in the following frame.
White Sox | No MRI scheduled for Chris Sale
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale (shoulder) is not scheduled for an MRI, and he is thought to be on track to pitch Tuesday, May 28, against the Chicago Cubs. "He wants to go pitch," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's us that are taking the ball out of his hands. It's not his decision, but he knows how he feels and how he's going to feel in five days."
FANTASY TIP: Sale sounds like a go for his next scheduled start, and he would be a two-start pitcher in the upcoming week barring any weather interruptions or health issues. It appears safe to plug him back into the active fantasy lineup in all leagues.
White Sox | Adam Dunn playing through pain
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn (back) said Wednesday, May 22, that he is having difficulty getting loose, but he continues to play despite not being at 100 percent. He said his problem is more related to fielding because his pain is vertical. "It takes so long to get loose," Dunn said. "I have to probably go two or three batters before I normally do just to go and get loose again. Other than that, it's pretty much the same."
Rockies | DJ LeMahieu to be regular 2B
FANTASY TIP: LeMahieu is worth adding in most NL-only fantasy leagues and deeper mixed formats, especially if you need middle infielder assistance.
Rockies | Josh Rutledge optioned to Triple-A
FANTASY TIP: Rutledge still can be part of the future plans in Colorado, but he can be dropped from all NL-only leagues. Consider adding DJ LeMahieu in his place. LeMahieu is expected to serve as the regular second baseman in Denver.
Marlins | Kevin Slowey leaves early
Cardinals | Jake Westbrook ends bullpen session early
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (elbow) had to stop throwing his bullpen session Wednesday, May 22, after 20 pitches. He said his elbow did not feel right. He is uncertain what the next step will be.
Astros | Bud Norris doesn't expect to miss start
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris (back) said Wednesday, May 22, that he does not expect to miss his next scheduled start despite leaving his past two outings due to lower back spasms. "I really don't want to (miss the next start). I think the prevention process of taking care of it now and getting me out of the game will help," Norris said.
FANTASY TIP: Norris has left each of his past two starts early. It might be a good idea to reserve him in all fantasy formats until he can make it through one full outing without any setbacks or disruptions.
Astros | Chris Carter offers flexibility
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said Wednesday, May 22, that he likes to use 1B Chris Carter at first base and 1B Carlos Pena as the designated hitter, even though Pena is the better defensive player, because he enjoys the option of moving Carter to the outfield late in games if needed.
Vikings | Never asked Jared Allen to restructure
Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen said Wednesday, May 22, that the team never asked him to restructure his current deal. He is in a contract year, and he is due to make $14,280,612 in base salary this season, with a cap number over $17 million. "You use the word restructure and that to me makes it feel like they'd want me to take a pay cut. And if anybody asked me to take a pay cut, I'd be through the first door out of there. So no. We haven't talked one iota," Allen said.
Giants | Justin Tuck not thinking about future
New York Giants DE Justin Tuck, a free agent at season's end, said Wednesday, May 22, that he wasn't thinking about his future with the team, or how he might fit under the salary cap in 2014. "Do I think about that?" Tuck asked. "Why would I? I just go out and do my job. I'm old enough to know better. You can't control it and if you try, it just gets worse."
Giants | Increased reps for other WRs
New York Giants WRs Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were missing at organized team activities Wednesday, May 22, over contract disputes, so QB Eli Manning was working with WRs Jerrel Jernigan, Louis Murphy and Rueben Randle during the session.
Giants | Hakeem Nicks unhappy with contract
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks did not show up to practice Wednesday, May 22, because he is unhappy with his contract situation, a source indicated. Nicks did not violate any rules, since organized team activities (OTAs) are voluntary, but head coach Tom Coughlin was expecting him.
Giants | Ramses Barden to take physical
Cowboys | Two battling for No. 3 WR job
Dallas Cowboys WR Dwayne Harris is considered the front-runner for the No. 3 wide receiver job behind WRs Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, and it is believed WR Terrance Williams will need a strong training camp to supplant him.
Cowboys | Sean Lee looks healthy
Cowboys | Kevin Kowalski trying to work into mix
Dallas Cowboys C Kevin Kowalski has yet to line up at center during organized team activities (OTAs). He has worked the majority of the reps at right guard, as he tries to work his way back into the mix.
Cowboys | Robert Callaway might be sleeper on defense
49ers | Randy Moss not an option
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said the team isn't considering re-signing WR Randy Moss after learning that WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles') tore his Achilles' Wednesday, May 22. Harbaugh said the team is intrigued with the depth of young receivers they have on roster, and they are looking forward to them stepping up to the task. WR A.J. Jenkins, the team's 2012 first-round pick, will have a chance to make an impact in his second year. Jenkins has spent the offseason adding muscle and working with QB Colin Kaepernick.
FANTASY TIP: Look out for Jenkins as a late-round pick this summer. With Crabtree out, it's possible he could become the team's No. 2 receiver behind Anquan Boldin if he beats out Mario Manningham. Kaepernick proved last year that he can make the receiving unit in San Fran valuable.
Raiders | Charles Woodson expects to play safety
Cowboys | Head coach praises Dez Bryant
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said WR Dez Bryant is "really, really a joy to coach." "He has such passion for the game," Garrett added. "He loves it. He loves his teammates. He loves to play."
FANTASY TIP: Bryant's physical gifts have never been in question during his short NFL career, but his off-the-field issues have dragged him down from becoming a legitimate elite NFL-caliber receiver. He appears to have full confidence heading into the the season, and after a very productive 2012 season, Bryant could become an elite WR1 for fantasy footballers.
Royals | Mike Moustakas simplifies approach
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas broke out of an 0-for-18 slump with an RBI single Tuesday, May 21. Even though Moustakas is hitting .180 through 39 games, manager Ned Yost sees growth in the youngster. "Last year, when he struggled," Yost said, "I mean, he was a mess. There were times when you'd have to sit him for a 'mental day.' This year, he's been in a great frame of mind." Moustakas' latest struggles made him realize that he needs to simplify his approach. He had been trying to work on mechanical adjustments too much instead of trusting in his abilities.
FANTASY TIP: Benching Moustakas on your fantasy squad is probably the smartest thing to do right now if you're in a league too deep to resort to dropping him. The good news is that Yost remains fully committed to Moose, so sending him down to the minors isn't an option just yet.
Padres | Carlos Quentin has injection
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) received an injection in his left knee after an awkward slide Tuesday, May 21, and he is out Wednesday, May 22. However, he should return this weekend in Arizona.
FANTASY TIP: Quentin's knees have been a chronic problem throughout his career. Along with a putrid batting average and long periods of no production the injuries don't help one bit. Quentin can provide you with nice power numbers if he's playing consistently, but at what cost? Those in very deep mixed leagues can consider it if they can take on that kind of baggage.
Royals | Chris Getz getting shot at leadoff spot
Kansas City Royals 2B Chris Getz is getting a shot at the leadoff spot since he's started to swing the bat better recently. He's gone 2-for-5 with a walk in his last two starts after previously going 4-for-46. SS Alcides Escobar (three games), OF Jarrod Dyson (three games), OF Lorenzo Cain (three games) and OF David Lough (three games) were all tried in the top spot.
FANTASY TIP: Maybe this keeps Getz going after he picked it up in the last couple of games. If he can peform well in the top spot, it'll help his chances of convincing Ned Yost that he belongs in the lineup on a daily basis, along with the fact that Yost has had trouble finding suitable leadoff hitters. Getz is mainly middle infield insurance in cavernous mixed leagues.
Red Sox | No timetable for Shane Victorino
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) has no timetable for his return, but the team is still hoping he can avoid a trip to the disabled list. "Today was a big day as far as his status and improvement that he's showing," manager John Farrell said. "Our plan was to kind of re-evaluate where he's at tomorrow and then go from there."
FANTASY TIP: If you own Victorino, a trip to the DL is entirely possible and could be likely at this point. He's been dogged by nagging injuries this year, and it would give him a chance to rest and get right. Daniel Nava's PT should increase the most in the interim if Victorino misses much more time.
Padres | Cameron Maybin, Logan Forsythe to play in games
FANTASY TIP: Forsythe probably won't get much playing time in San Diego when he's healthy since he's blocked at third base and second base. Maybin, on the other hand, should return to starting duties in center field, pushing Chris Denorfia back to a platoon in right field. Maybin, although he's disappointed with the bat since moving to San Diego, will remain a decent source of steals in deep mixed leagues.
Marlins | Jake Marisnick promotion not close
FANTASY TIP: Marisnick is off to a rather slow start at Double-A Jacksonville, and with Christian Yelich heating up, it seems as though Yelich is much closer to a call-up to Miami. Temper your expectations in keeper leagues.
Eagles | Michael Vick will have to change in new offense
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick, who held onto the ball for an average of 3.07 seconds last year, will likely have to change in order to be successful in head coach Chip Kelly's new offense. Kelly, while at Oregon, preached that his quarterbacks were urged to get the ball out of their hands in 1.5 seconds. "I think there is a lot more to Michael," Kelly said back in February. "I think quarterbacks are a byproduct of their experience. But to sit here and say I understood the system that Michael's been in whether he's with the Falcons under Coach (Dan) Reeves or here, that depends on the system that you run. Some of the systems that they run they don't ask him to get the ball out quick. Do I think he can get the ball out quick? I think he's got an unbelievable release. It's up and out and it's quick." Vick has had success in his career in waiting for plays to develop down the field, but the new offense will be a stark contrast to that. To help him become ready for the new season, Vick spent time simulating running an up-tempo offense consisting of read options and even added some muscle to his frame. Vick also did some boxing training to learn how to avoid taking big hits. The early reports out of practice have been positive for Vick.
FANTASY TIP: Vick will have some competition in training camp from Nick Foles, but we all expect this to be Vick's job to lose. He gives the Eagles and Kelly the most athleticism in this offense, if he can adapt to his new role. The work that Vick has already put in lends optimism to the chances that he can do this and become successful. How successful this offense can be against opponents is another story altogether, though. For now, consider Vick an intriguing late-round selection that has the potential to be a very good backup QB.
Astros | Joshua Fields to make rehab outing
Packers | Alex Gillett signs
49ers | Have high hopes for Ricardo Lockette
FANTASY TIP: With Michael Crabtree (Achilles') likely out for most, if not all, of the season, Lockette has a better shot at making an impact in San Fran. Still, he'll have a tough time seeing enough snaps to make a fantasy impact with Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham, A.J. Jenkins and maybe even Quinton Patton likely in front of him in the pecking order.
Red Sox | Shane Victorino not ready
Yankees | Injury updates
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (back) will play catch Thursday, May 23, and he'll do some long toss after that, followed by a bullpen and a simulated game. It's unclear if Pettitte will come off the disabled list when eligible next week. 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) and 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) each received six at-bats in a simulated game Wednesday. 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) had the day off from workouts. RP Joba Chamberlain (oblique) threw 13 pitches and is expected to have another rehab outing before coming off the DL. SP Ivan Nova (triceps) threw a light side session, but the team won't rush him back.
FANTASY TIP: There isn't an imminent return from any of these players, and the Yankees are being cautious with all of them since their low-cost replacements have picked up the slack and carried them so far.
Yankees | Vidal Nuno to remain in rotation
New York Yankees SP Vidal Nuno will remain in the rotation and start against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, May 25, with the team giving SP CC Sabathia an extra day of rest. Sabathia will start Sunday, May 26.
FANTASY TIP: Nuno is an option for the pitching desperate in AL leagues, but just know that he'll likely be sent back to the minors when Andy Pettitte (back) returns from the disabled list.
Yankees | Outfield rotation to cease
New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki was in the lineup Wednesday, May 22, because he has good numbers against Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel. The move shifted OF Curtis Granderson to center field. However, if there are no injuries, manager Joe Girardi is expected to settle on a specific outfield every day that should consist of OFs Vernon Wells, Brett Gardner and Granderson from left to right.
FANTASY TIP: This seems to indicate that Suzuki will lose out on playing time, unless he's in the designated hitter role, which he'd have to share with Travis Hafner. There's less incentive to hold onto Suzuki in mixed leagues now, especially since he doesn't run as much near the end of his career.
Jets | Coach unhappy with Mark Sanchez's OTA performance
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he was disappointed with QB Mark Sanchez after he threw three interceptions during organized team activities Wednesday, May 22. "Yeah, it is. Absolutely. It's a good thing defense makes the plays, but no, I'd rather him not turn the ball over once," Ryan said. "He did a lot of great things, and then those negative things, at the end of the day, that's what gets you beat. And so we got to do a better job of eliminating those turnovers."
Mariners | Jason Bay hitting leadoff
Seattle Mariners OF Jason Bay is batting leadoff Wednesday, May 22, and OF Mike Morse has been moved to No. 3 in the lineup. OF Michael Saunders is 4-for-32 (.125) with a .152 on-base percentage and a .188 slugging percentage during the team's road trip. Saunders is hitting second Wednesday and 3B Kyle Seager was rested. "I think he's expanded the (strike) zone a little bit from time to time," manager Eric Wedge said of Saunders. "You know what? When he stays in his zone, he does some damage. So, I think he's just expanded his zone, is trying to do too much. So, again, we're at our best when these guys are willing and able to set the bat down and take the walk and let the next guy get a shot at it."
FANTASY TIP: Bay has actually been respectable in his time with the M's, and he's been more valuable in on-base percentage leagues. Don't automatically pass him up on the waiver wire in deep mixed leagues if you need help in this category.
Athletics | Jed Lowrie sits
Phillies | Mike Adams not ready to return
Philadelphia Phillies RP Mike Adams (back) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, May 22, and is optimistic that he can return from the disabled list before the weekend ends. However, pitching coach Rich Dubee said Adams needs more time. Adams will throw a batting practice session Friday, May 24, and will appear in an extended spring game Monday, May 27. Adams could return next Wednesday if he doesn't have any setbacks.
Ravens | Two ERFAs sign tenders
Ravens | Arthur Brown projected to be starter
Baltimore Ravens LB Arthur Brown (hernia), who is expected to be ready for training camp in July, is projected to be one of the team's two starting inside linebackers this year. Brown's surgery to fix a sports hernia shouldn't change that.
49ers | Coach does not expect Michael Crabtree to miss season
FANTASY TIP: If Crabtree does return this season, he likely would only be back for the final few games of the regular season. Crabtree should not be on the fantasy radar until he is close to returning and probably would not make much of an impact when he does return.
NFL | Arena Football team serious about interest in Tim Tebow
Ron Jaworski, part owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, said he is serious about his interest in signing free-agent QB Tim Tebow (Jets) to his team. Jaworski said he reached out to Tebow the day after he was released but has not heard from Tebow at this time. Jaworski thinks arena football would help Tebow because he would have to get rid of the football quickly and process information quickly.
Steelers | Jarvis Jones limited
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones (hamstring), the team's first-round draft pick, was limited during practice Wednesday, May 22, due to lingering hamstring issues that he suffered while trying to prep for the NFL Draft. His injury isn't serious.
Angels | Jered Weaver pitches in extended spring training
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (elbow) allowed one run while striking out nine and walking none in 5 2/3 innings of an extended spring game Wednesday, May 22. He threw 62 of his 75 pitches for strikes.
FANTASY TIP: This is good progress for Weaver, who might not need a rehab start before returning to the Angels rotation. His first start back since fracturing his non-throwing elbow could come this weekend. Stay tuned.
Panthers | Ryan Rau claimed
Orioles | Wilson Betemit examined
Baltimore Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit (knee) was examined by Dr. John Wilckens in Baltimore Wednesday, May 22, but he hasn't been cleared for baseball activities. Betemit is dealing with a Grade 2/3 tear in his right posterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
Orioles | Nolan Reimold undergoes MRIs
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (hamstring, back) underwent two MRI exams on his hamstring and lower back Tuesday, May 21, and won't join the team on their upcoming road trip. He is dealing with a slight tear in the upper part of his leg and will meet with a specialist. He's unlikely to be able to come off the disabled list when eligible next Tuesday.
FANTASY TIP: Reimold isn't a quick healer, so don't expect him back anytime soon. Chris Dickerson had a big day last night against the Yankees, and he'll continue to split time with Nate McLouth with Reimold on the sidelines. If Dickerson remains hot, he should be a nice asset in deep AL-only leagues while Reimold is out.
Orioles | Adam Jones at DH again
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam Jones (groin) is the designated hitter for the second straight day Wednesday, May 22, due to soreness in his groin. Jones could probably play center field, but the team has elected to be cautious with him, especially since they'll be playing four games on artificial turf this weekend in Toronto.
Patriots | Make pair of roster moves
Royals | Salvador Perez out
Mets | Ike Davis' slump continues
FANTASY TIP: Just when you think it can't sink any lower for Davis, it does. It's a positive that he walked twice, but he just can't get anything going with his stick. If you haven't done so already, it's time to seriously consider dumping him in mixed leagues.
Reds | Manny Parra to resume rehab
Orioles | Jonathan Schoop has stress fracture
Rams | Rokevious Watkins suspended
Orioles | Josh Horton acquired
Dolphins | Will Yeatman sees time at OG
Dolphins | Brandon Gibson works in slot
Rangers | Ross Wolf recalled
Japanese League | Blaine Boyer signs
Pirates | Jose Contreras reinstated
Astros | Matt Dominguez sitting out
Dolphins | Several candidates for punt returner job
Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline, WR Brandon Gibson and CB Brent Grimes worked as punt returners during organized team activities Tuesday, May 21. Head coach Joe Philbin did not rule out the possibility of RB Marcus Thigpen being the punt and kick returner this season.
Angels | Mike Trout struggling on low pitches
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout was 1-for-12 in his last four games before hitting for the cycle to raise his average to .278 on the season Tuesday, May 21, and he had been 1-for-9 on pitches in the lower half of the strike zone. Trout excelled on those pitches last year, leading the league in all three slash-line stats (.360/.394/.608). However, this year, he had only a .259 batting average against those pitches before Tuesday. All four of his hits Tuesday were pitches lower in the zone, though.
FANTASY TIP: Trout has underwhelmed so far this season compared to his ridiculous rookie campaign. We warned fantasy owners that Trout was in line for regression, and although he remains an excellent long-term fantasy commodity, don't expect him to go on a tear and duplicate his 2012 numbers for the remainder of this season.
Orioles | Jonathan Schoop to have second opinion
Panthers | Star Lotulelei agrees to terms
Angels | Erick Aybar injured again
FANTASY TIP: It's unclear if this is a serious knee ailment, but the fact remains that Aybar hasn't been able to settle into a groove because of various nagging injuries. If he misses more time, Brendan Harris will replace him.
Giants | Eric Herman signed
Indians | Nick Swisher to return Friday
Bills | OC says EJ Manuel has to work on things
Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said QB EJ Manuel needs to work on all parts of his game to become a better quarterback. "He's a young man that's got to work on a lot of things from footwork to progressions to plays to formations, everything. Defenses in the NFL are obviously a little different. He's got to work on that too. He's got to work on everything," Hackett said.
Diamondbacks | Adam Eaton's setback a muscular issue
FANTASY TIP: This is some good news after we found out about his setback, but he's not in the clear yet. If it's just a muscular issue, this should be a short-term setback for Eaton. A.J. Pollock's value will take a major hit when Eaton returns, and he'll likely only be worth owning in NL leagues.
Bills | DC says Aaron Williams doing well with position change
Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said FS Aaron Williams has done well in his transition from cornerback to safety. "He's doing a nice job, and that's a difficult thing," Pettine said. "You could make the argument, he's a DB and he's staying at DB. But the safety world is very different from the corner world. He's very intelligent. He's soaking it all in. Every day is a challenge for him as far as new concepts in the play book. I think he's done a real nice job buying in and really getting quickly to the graduate level details of it."
White Sox | Chris Sale confident he'll make next start
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale (shoulder) fought hard to make his start Wednesday, May 22, but the team made the final decision to skip his start in favor of SP Hector Santiago. Sale is sitting out with a mild case of tendonitis in his left posterior shoulder. However, he is adamant that he'll make his next start against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, May 28. The team admitted that they are taking a cautious approach with Sale.
FANTASY TIP: Durability concerns have surrounded Sale since he came up to the major leagues. His lanky build has fueled those concerns, and the White Sox have continued to take steps to keep him healthy over the long run. This appears to be another one of those scenarios. Continue to roll with Sale as a fantasy ace in the meantime, but selling high on him might not be a bad idea.
Angels | Ryan Madson has another setback
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) has had another setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Madson felt soreness in his arm, which required him to stop throwing. He hopes to resume his rehab next week, but there is no timetable for his return.
FANTASY TIP: Madson had a pretty minor setback with his elbow already, but it's pretty vague as to the severity of this latest setback. Regardless, it gives Ernesto Frieri more rope as the incumbent closer. The Angels will probably give Madson more time to prove he's healthy in non-save situations when he returns, too. If you already own Madson, sit tight.
Jets | Santonio Holmes not expected to take part in minicamp
FANTASY TIP: Holmes can take a cautious approach with his foot injury at this point since the regular season is a few months away. Holmes probably should be seen as a No. 4 wide receiver entering drafts because of the team's uncertain quarterback situation and the lack of other options on offense.
Pirates | James McDonald throws bullpen
Pirates | Charlie Morton close to returning
FANTASY TIP: Morton could become an option for deep mixed managers that are looking for rotation help, but initially, consider him mainly a commodity for NL-only formats.
49ers | Michael Crabtree undergoes surgery
49ers | Michael Crabtree could be out six months
Updating a previous report, doctors believe San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles') will miss six months because of his torn Achilles' tendon. Doctors have recommended that Crabtree undergo surgery as soon as possible.
FANTASY TIP: There appears to be a chance that Crabtree could return near the end of the season or during the playoffs, but he probably would not be 100 percent when he returns. Owners should not worry about him until a possible return is close.
Pirates | Jason Grilli not available
FANTASY TIP: Mark Melancon will likely enter if a save situation arises in the next few days. Make sure he's in your lineup if you own him in deep leagues.
Dodgers | Andre Ethier benched
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn't deny that he wasn't sending a message by benching OF Andre Ethier Wednesday, May 22, after Ethier made the wrong read on a safety bunt squeeze and was thrown out at the plate Tuesday, May 21. "There's a touch of a difference between saying you're giving your best effort and you're willing to fight for something," Mattingly said. "Some guys go to another level for that price, will do whatever it takes to win a game … that inside, you're not beating me today. There's something there you can't measure with SABR-metrics. You can't put a number on it."
FANTASY TIP: Ethier looks to be in the dog house a bit here, but it remains to be seen if that means more playing time for Scott Van Slyke. Ethier's production has dropped in recent seasons, and it may be just another reason why the Dodgers are considering calling up Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson.
Rockies | Jeff Francis throwing
Jaguars | Jeremy Ebert signed
Cardinals | Fernando Salas to DL
Ravens | Jah Reid takes part in workout
Twins | Vance Worley demoted
FANTASY TIP: This could open the door once again for a call-up of prospect Kyle Gibson. However, Gibson might need more developmental time in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, so P.J. Walters is likely a more realistic candidate for promotion. Walters would be an option only for AL-only managers.
Ravens | Pernell McPhee practicing
Rockies | Unclear who could get save Wednesday
Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss is unsure who he'll turn to Wednesday, May 22, if a save situation arises with RP Rafael Betancourt (groin) unavailable. RPs Rex Brothers, Wilton Lopez or Matt Belisle are all options, but Weiss could play the matchups.
FANTASY TIP: Brothers is likely to receive the first crack at a save situation, unless Weiss plays the matchups in the ninth. If you already own Brothers in a deep league, hang onto him a bit longer until we know for sure that Betancourt is out of the woods. It's probably not worth adding Brothers otherwise.
Ravens | Two injured defensive players limited
Cubs | Shawn Camp to DL
Ravens | Ed Dickson has not signed yet
Jets | Stephen Hill dealing with swelling
Jets | Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith struggle
New York Jets QBs Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith both struggled during organized team activities Wednesday, May 22, with Sanchez completing only six of his 11 passes, including three interceptions. Sanchez worked with the first-team unit, although he and Smith received basically the same number of snaps. Smith completed only three of 10 passes with an interception.
FANTASY TIP: Not a good start to the team's quarterback competition. It's probably best to stay away from whoever wins this starting gig. There should be plenty of higher upside options for your QB2 spot as Week 1 approaches.
Steelers | Heath Miller uncertain about return
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (knee) said he is happy with the progress he has made in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament but is not sure when he will be able to return. He said he has started to run as part of his rehab. He believes there is a chance he can be ready for the start of the regular season but will know more when training camp begins.
FANTASY TIP: Miller's fantasy value is uncertain at this time because of his recovery. Owners should consider Miller a weak No. 2 tight end option because of the injury as well as the team's inconsistent offense.
Jaguars | Demetrius McCray signed
49ers | Quinton Patton signed
Giants | Two regulars sitting
FANTASY TIP: Neither player figures to miss significant time, so there is a good chance they are both back in the lineup after an off day Thursday.
Panthers | Kawann Short signed
NFL | Brian Urlacher will not consider comeback
Jets | Geno Smith hires new agency
Giants | Henry Hynoski injured
Bengals | Margus Hunt signed
Lions | Nate Burleson takes part in workout
FANTASY TIP: Burleson likely is the leading candidate to win the starting wide receiver job opposite Calvin Johnson. He could be worth a late-round flier in most fantasy leagues.
Lions | Mikel Leshoure sits out practice
FANTASY TIP: Leshoure will be used as a change-of-pace back to Reggie Bush and likely will receive carries near the goal line and when Bush needs to rest. He could be an option in later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Lions | Louis Delmas not present at workout
Giants | Hakeem Nicks not at workout
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (knee) was not present for organized team activities Wednesday, May 22. Head coach Tom Coughlin said he expected Nicks to attend the workout. Coughlin said Nicks likely would have been limited to protect his knee.
FANTASY TIP: Nicks not attending organized team activities is not a big deal at this point since they are not mandatory. It will become a bigger story if Nicks does not show up for the start of training camp. He should be considered an every-week starter in fantasy leagues.
Twins | Trevor Plouffe update, corresponding moves
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe (head) said that he passed his initial concussion test but was still experiencing concussion-like symptoms prior to his placement on the seven-day disabled list. He said that he feels better today. He'll be re-evaluated on Friday, May 24, when he takes the ImPACT test, which determines whether he has a concussion or just showed the symptoms because of the initial blow to his head.
FANTASY TIP: It sounds as if Plouffe has a good chance to avoid an extended absence. Jamey Carroll is likely a candidate to play more often. Colabello is unlikely to have fantasy value.
Ravens | Arthur Brown undergoes surgery
Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger happy with offensive changes
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has voiced his happiness over the direction of the team's new offense this offseason. "There've been some changes this offseason in some of the offensive philosophies, playbook and some things that I think are good," Roethlisberger said. "It's some compromise from all the different position coaches, the running back coaches, the line and quarterback coaches. I think we've taken a little bit of everything and made it a lot better."
FANTASY TIP: It's unclear what changes were made to the offense by Todd Haley and the rest of the coaching staff, but things definitely needed to be altered after the offense had no consistency last year. Emmanuel Sanders must pick up some slack now that Mike Wallace is out of the picture, and the running attack must be more productive, as well. The new scheme may favor more deep passes after Big Ben complained of too many dink-and-dunk routes last season.
NFL | Expanded season, playoffs a possibility
The NFL is still considering cutting two games from the preseason to either expand the playoffs or move to an 18-game regular season schedule, according to commissioner Roger Goodell.
Twins | Mike Pelfrey, Samuel Deduno still on schedule
Minnesota Twins SP Mike Pelfrey is slated to start Sunday, May 26, against the Detroit Tigers, even though his start Tuesday, May 21, against the Atlanta Braves lasted only two innings because of a 76-minute rain delay. Manager Ron Gardenhire didn't rule out the possibility of moving Pelfrey up, though. For now, SP Samuel Deduno is still scheduled to be recalled in time to pitch on Friday, May 24.
FANTASY TIP: AL-only fantasy managers who were hoping to get a start from Deduno this week may turn out to be disappointed, but the Twins' rotation is loaded with long-term concerns -- specifically, about performance -- so Deduno, along with Kyle Gibson and P.J. Walters, is a candidate for a trial at some point in the near future, regardless. Minnesota would seem to have little incentive on the surface to push Pelfrey in the righty's first season following Tommy John surgery, anyway, so this is probably just talk.
Steelers | Troy Polamalu says injury could have need avoided
Pittsburgh Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (calf) said he believes the calf injury that forced him to miss more than half of the 2012 season could have been avoided. "There are times when people fall on my knee, and those type of freak accidents that can't be avoided. Last year was the first injury of my career that could've been avoided," Polamalu said. He has been dealing with calf issues since 2009, but found a physical therapist to break up the scar tissue in the calf.
49ers | Michael Crabtree suffers torn Achilles'
FANTASY TIP: There is a strong chance that this will be a lost year for Crabtree because of the major injury. Anquan Boldin will become the No. 1 wide receiver and will have his fantasy value increase. Vernon Davis should become more involved in the passing game to fill some of the void, which increases his value as a No. 1 fantasy tight end. Mario Manningham (knee), A.J. Jenkins and Quinton Patton were candidates to win the No. 3 wide receiver job but are now options for the No. 2 wide receiver job. Boldin should be considered a weak No. 2 fantasy option or a solid No. 3. Manningham, Jenkins and Patton could be options in the later rounds of drafts.
Titans | Jake Locker ready to throw
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (shoulder) will be ready to throw without limitations during organized team activities that start next week. He underwent surgery around 20 weeks ago to fix his non-throwing shoulder that popped out of joint multiple times last year. The team will be installing a run-first offense this year under offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. "He plays sometimes with a linebacker mentality, and I know it's sometimes for the effect. He wants his teammates to see how tough he is, but he needs to learn to take care of himself. You know his speed and the ability to run and throw on the run is something we want to take advantage of," Loggains said.
FANTASY TIP: Locker should be considered a risky backup selection this year based on injury concerns and the team's changing offensive philosophy. However, if he can stay healthy, Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright and this year's draft choice, Justin Hunter, could provide plenty of targets for Locker.
Chiefs | Quintin Demps signs
Rockies | Rafael Betancourt to avoid DL
Colorado Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt (groin) has inflammation around scar tissue in his right groin and is expected to avoid the disabled list. Team trainer Keith Dugger said Betancourt will receive anti-inflammatory medicine, which should calm the area. The trainer isn't worried that the injury is serious. Betancourt is expected to be fine by Friday, May 24.
FANTASY TIP: A sigh of relief for Betancourt owners. Those who have Rex Brothers stashed should consider keeping him around until Betancourt is out of the woods, but the club's closer sounds as if he'll be fine.
Reds | Nick Masset update
Cincinnati Reds RP Nick Masset (shoulder), who is attempting to come back from shoulder surgery, is still at the club's facility in Goodyear, Ariz. Team trainer Paul Lessard stated that the right-hander is throwing well and his throwing has reached a distance of 120 feet. Masset has yet to throw off a mound.
Patriots | Brandon Bolden didn't practice
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden (undisclosed) wasn't on the practice field Tuesday, May 21, because he's still rehabbing from an unrevealed ailment. He's taking part in their offseason program, though.
FANTASY TIP: Of course, this is a crowded backfield once again behind Stevan Ridley. The shifty Shane Vereen and bashing LeGarrette Blount complicate the amount of touches Bolden will receive this year. New England has the depth to avoid rushing back Bolden, and he won't be worthy of a pick in most, if not all, fantasy football drafts unless some dominoes fall.
Reds | Chris Heisey jogging, not quite at full speed
Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Heisey (hamstring) continues to work with physical therapists in Cincinnati following the aggravation of his strained right hamstring on May 13. He's able to jog at about 80 percent effort, according to team trainer Paul Lessard.
FANTASY TIP: It still sounds as if Heisey is several days or more from resuming a rehab assignment, so his absence will surely extend into June. Xavier Paul and Zach Lutz will remain NL-only options in the meantime.
Patriots | Brandon Spikes punching ticket out of town?
The New England Patriots could part ways with MLB Brandon Spikes after the 2013 season. The impending free agent has expressed displeasure with the Pats' expectations on how he must prepare for the regular season. He wasn't present for the start of OTAs and hasn't participated in their offseason conditioning workouts. The Patriots might prioritize team chemistry and avoid dealing with ongoing and potential headaches Spikes may cause.
FANTASY TIP: New England has been effective at plugging holes in their D with numerous chess pieces, despite their flaws with giving up points and passing yardage in recent seasons. They'll remain a starter-worthy unit this year, with Spikes as likely their most consistent contributor in tackles.
Diamondbacks | Adam Eaton may have had setback
FANTASY TIP: This is obviously discouraging. Hopefully it's only a short-term setback. Elbow sprains can take longer than hoped to heal, and setbacks aren't unusual. Expect an update after Eaton has visited the doc. A.J. Pollock's value is stayed by however long Eaton's recovery may be delayed. A.J. Pollock's value is stayed by however long Eaton's recovery may be delayed.
Cardinals | DEs like potential in new scheme
Arizona Cardinals DEs Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett have expressed optimism over their potential in Todd Bowles' defense. Though the coordinator said there isn't a dramatic difference in the new 3-4, which replaces Ray Horton's from last year, they're changing from two-gap DE attacks to one-gap, opening them up for more outside attacks on offensive linemen instead of merely taking up space.
FANTASY TIP: Campbell and Dockett won't be allowed to freelance on every down but look primed to improve statistically, especially if Dockett stays healthy this year. Campbell is a top-five, if not top-three, defensive end in IDP leagues and could be in for a breakout season. Dockett could be a rental in such formats. This defense could become worthy of an every-week-starter role.
Giants | Terrell Thomas willing to move to safety
FANTASY TIP: An internal switch would aid the Giants' depth at a vulnerable position and may bolster their potential for takeaways. Thomas, who's recovering from a second torn anterior cruciate ligament last summer, might have fleeting IDP value, too.
Giants | Jerrel Jernigan taking advantage of opportunity
New York Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan has shown progress as Victor Cruz remains absent from OTAs. WR Hakeem Nicks said his teammate has been adjusting well to the slot role, which fits him. "I feel like he got a lot of reps," Nicks added. "He's a little older now, he's a little mature. He got more patient in his routes. ... He's catching the ball a lot better, and he's ready to step up."
FANTASY TIP: Complementary pieces to this aerial game have filled solid fantasy depth roles for the last few years. With Domenik Hixon gone, Jernigan has a chance to make more noise, but the presence of Louis Murphy and Rueben Randle probably limits his upside.
Giants | Hakeem Nicks says he's healthy
FANTASY TIP: The 25-year-old still offers the upside of a fantasy WR1, but you must pay as if you're knocking off at least two games from his projection to maximize your investment. Victor Cruz's presence should continue to open up this effective passing offense.
Brewers | More on Kyle Lohse
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers SP Kyle Lohse (elbow) is missing his start on Saturday, May 25, because of irritation in his right elbow. He began experiencing discomfort in the joint "two or three starts ago," according to manager Ron Roenicke. Lohse is tentatively scheduled to return to the rotation for one of the team's games against the Minnesota Twins next week.
FANTASY TIP: This sounds as if it will turn out to be nothing major, but fantasy owners won't get a better idea until there's an update following whatever side work Lohse does or treatment he has. Missing spring training alone isn't a reason to skip a start, so it calls into question Milwaukee's decision-making just a little. Mike Fiers, who's scheduled to take Lohse's turn on Saturday, may stick around longer if the problem is more serious than hoped.
Eagles | Early prognosis on OLB roles
Philadelphia Eagles OLB Connor Barwin will probably play three downs next year and has looked comfortable in practices so far. Trent Cole, however, doesn't look like a cozy fit in the team's new 3-4 defense. He won't be asked to drop back much but must learn to consistently set the edge, and the transition may be difficult. Brandon Graham is also a pass-rushing specialist, but Bill Davis' hybrid scheme probably fits him a little better for sack production.
FANTASY TIP: While Barwin might have sneaky value if used properly, Cole and Graham have falling value in IDP leagues; this is a reminder that scheme can hide or remove a player's potential.
Cardinals | Jaime Garcia likely out until 2014
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) has received a recommendation from Dr. James Andrews to have season-ending shoulder surgery, according to sources close to the situation. Andrews confirmed a diagnosis of a "30 to 40" percent tear of the labrum in his left shoulder. The team doctor will perform the operation. According to those sources, Andrews told Garcia of his amazement that the pitcher was able to perform as well as he did considering the condition of the shoulder.
FANTASY TIP: The left-hander will almost certainly finish the 2013 season with a 5-2 record, a 3.58 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and a 6.99 K/9 in 55 1/3 innings. It's disappointing, but this is the reason that Garcia came at such a seeming bargain in fantasy drafts. He can be dropped from redraft rosters, of course, and his keeper value is tenuous.
Phillies | Chase Utley to have MRI
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (rib cage) will have an MRI following his absence from the club's game on Tuesday, May 21. He was scratched after he felt pain and a burning sensation in the area following a swing during batting practice. Utley won't play on Wednesday, May 22. It sounds as if the test will take place on Thursday, May 23. If he lands on the disabled list, then Freddy Galvis would fill in at second base, and the club would probably recall INF Cesar Hernandez or 1B/OF Darin Ruf.
FANTASY TIP: This doesn't sound like a major injury, but a DL stint, one that could require more than the minimum stay, seems more than likely. Generally, teams don't like to mess around with these kinds of upper-body injuries because of how easily they're aggravated. It's a temporary setback to what has been a nice rebound for Utley, but it's something folks can deal with. Galvis would have value in deep mixed leagues in the interim.
Bengals | Andy Dalton working on deep throws
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has, during organized team activities, been focusing on improving the trajectory and accuracy of his throws while working with quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese. Dalton also is practicing a quicker dropback in the pocket. The club is hoping first-round TE Tyler Eifert will help stretch the offense so defensive attention doesn't squarely target WR A.J. Green.
FANTASY TIP: Along with rookie RB Giovani Bernard, Dalton has been awarded some underrated offensive depth that could raise his already solid ceiling as a high-end fantasy QB2. Getting more yardage out of his attempts would produce a breakthrough campaign, and your competitors may not notice or care leading up to draft day.
Cardinals | Chris Carpenter, club hopeful for mid-season return
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) is encouraged by the results of his "rigorous bullpens," and the club is hoping that he'll be ready to join its rotation in late June or early July. GM John Mozeliak indicated that, when Carpenter decided to come back, the organization determined it would put him through rugged tests in order to avoid a scenario in which Carpenter would need to be shut down shortly after the team was to activate him. Carpenter has reached approximately 80 pitches in bullpen work at a simulated game pace. He may face hitters for the first time next week, if a session on Thursday goes well. St. Louis isn't promoting his return with a target date because of the uncertainty surrounding the situation, but Mozeliak called Carpenter's progress "very encouraging."
FANTASY TIP: This is a dramatic turnaround for a player who seemed to have been forced to consider early retirement just three months ago, so fantasy owners should approach this with some skepticism, as is natural. He'd likely hit that hopeful timeframe only if he experienced no setbacks, and this is an unpredictable situation. However, Carp's return seems like a realistic possibility, and fantasy owners should monitor him. NL-only managers would be wise to consider tucking him away. This would be a real boost, considering the uncertain status of Jaime Garcia (shoulder).
Cardinals | Jaime Garcia going under knife
FANTASY TIP: The talented but injury-prone southpaw doesn't disappoint on the negative side of his reputation. Stash him wherever possible, but this looks like it'll be a long absence, possibly the rest of the season, knowing his history of slow recovery. This might mean Chris Carpenter (shoulder) will come back sooner than expected this summer. He's worth a tuckaway.
Dodgers | Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson getting consideration
FANTASY TIP: Puig, 22, had an incredible spring but wasn't realistically an option prior to the season because of his lack of experience about advanced Class A ball. Pederson, 21, didn't have much of a chance to showcase his abilities in ST for the same reason. Puig (.314/.385/.579, 10 stolen bases) and Pederson (.327/.400/.554, 13 stolen bases) have dominated in the Double-A Southern League in the early going. This is indicative of how desperate the Dodgers may be, but the promotion of either might be rash and thus seems unlikely. Still, both players are clearly on a fast track and would deserve immediate fantasy consideration because of their upside.
Brewers | Kyle Lohse to miss start
FANTASY TIP: Hopefully, one missed start, and perhaps a cortisone injection will do the trick for Lohse. Lohse is 1-5 with a 3.76 ERA and has a string of bad luck, stemming back to his struggles with free agency. Fiers had a good stretch of starts last season and showed promise. He's worth a pickup in NL-only leagues.
Lions | Braylon Broughton claimed
NFL | Brian Urlacher retires
Free-agent MLB Brian Urlacher (Bears) retired after 13 seasons.
Titans | Antonio Johnson terms
Titans | Greg Jones signs
Titans | Alvester Alexander signs
Panthers | Edmund Kugbila signs
49ers | Kyle Nelson claimed
Rams | Terrell Brown signs
Bears | TE depth chart open
Rockies | Rafael Betancourt to have MRI
Colorado Rockies CL Rafael Betancourt (hamstring) will undergo an MRI on his right groin Wednesday, May 22, after leaving the previous day's game with tightness in the area. The team hopes the off day Thursday, May 23, will help him avoid the disabled list.
FANTASY TIP: If Rex Brothers' 0.44 ERA and 21 K's in 20 1/3 innings wasn't enough to convince you to pick him up, do so now. They have a day game today, and Brothers will probably be used if a save situation arises. Betancourt's ailment doesn't sound serious, but it could keep him out through the weekend.
Twins | Trevor Plouffe to 7-day DL
Ravens | Gerrard Sheppard re-signs
Chiefs | Malcolm Bronson signs
Ravens | John Simon signs
Texans | Case Keenum could be No. 2
Broncos | Two gone
Texans | DeAndre Hopkins running with ones
FANTASY TIP: Hopkins could finally give Houston a dynamic complement on the outside to top wideout Andre Johnson. The rook is worth a late-rounds fantasy fling this summer.
Raiders | More on Charles Woodson
Twins | Head injury sidelines Trevor Plouffe
Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe (head) left the game Tuesday, May 21, against the Atlanta Braves in the 10th inning after being kicked in the head by Braves 2B Dan Uggla while trying to break up a double play. Plouffe was sent to test for concussion symptoms, but results of the exam were not known.
Mets | Ike Davis continues to scuffle
Reds | Mike Leake on a roll
Giants | Marco Scutaro has longest hit streak of season
Nationals | Bryce Harper pulls up before meeting wall Tuesday
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper pulled up Tuesday, May 21, before charging into the scoreboard wall like he did the week before. As a result, a ball hit by San Francisco Giants OF Gregor Blanco fell harmlessly for a triple and sparked a rally that saw San Francisco win 4-2 in 10 innings.
Cubs | Matt Garza solid in return
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza returned to the active rotation Tuesday, May 21, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He allowed only one hit over his five innings, striking out five and walking three while throwing 82 pitches; however, after he left, the Cubs blew the lead and Pittsburgh walked away with a 5-4 victory.
Royals | Salvador Perez injury update
Updating previous items, Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez (hip) was out of the lineup Tuesday, May 21, a night after bruising his right hip crashing into a railing chasing a foul ball. An MRI revealed no damage and he hopes to play on Wednesday, May 22.
Royals | Mike Moustakas snaps hitless slump
Marlins | Giancarlo Stanton to take live BP
Marlins | Jose Fernandez has rough start, but bullpen blows Tuesday game
Miami Marlins SP Jose Fernandez lasted five innings in his latest start Tuesday, May 21, against the Philadelphia Phillies. It marked his shortest outing since being pulled after giving up two runs in four innings against the New York Mets on April 29. After he left, however, Marlins relievers were tagged for six runs in a 7-3 loss.