Michael Kopech P BOS 4 hours ago

Kopech (hand) began throwing two weeks ago, but his activity is still limited to playing catch, WEEI.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kopech, who broke his hand during an altercation with a teammate in spring training, had been put on a 3-to-6 week timetable, but he's not going to hit that. There's presently no indication when he can start pitching in an extended spring training, let alone get out of Florida.

Jacob Turner SP CWS 5 hours ago

Turner could be in line to start next week against Texas, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The White Sox's fifth starter gig remains "fluid" after John Danks' release earlier this week. Erik Johnson got the first crack at the spot, but his audition lasted all of one mediocre start. Turner has had mixed results thus far at Triple-A Charlotte, striking out an impressive 9.1 per nine, but also walking batters in droves.

Miguel Gonzalez SP CWS 5 hours ago

Gonzalez is one of two likely candidates to start next week against Texas, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The White Sox's fifth starter spot is in flux after the club released John Danks and optioned Erik Johnson. Either Gonzalez or Jacob Turner should get the next chance to fill that role. Gonzalez had his own struggles in his lone start this year, but it appears like the White Sox could be ready to give him another shot.

Erik Johnson SP CWS 5 hours ago

The White Sox optioned Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte after his start against the Red Sox on Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Johnson squandered the first opportunity to become the team's fifth starter, so the club will now turn to Miguel Gonzalez or Jacob Turner. Assuming the team does not make a move for an external candidate, Johnson could be back in the rotation mix at some point this season.

David Hernandez RP PHI 6 hours ago

Hernandez bent his left knee awkwardly making the final out in the eight inning Thursday, but said after the game he felt fine, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hernandez said he hyperextended his knee a little on the play. He worked a scoreless inning Thursday lowering his ERA to 3.14 with a 23:5 K:BB in 14.1 innings.

Gerardo Parra OF COL 9 hours ago

Parra went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and three run against the Giants on Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Parra got off to a slow start, as he was hitting only .238 on April 23, but he's been on a tear since then, ripping off 18 hits in 49 at-bats (.367). He should continue building on last season's breakout with his first summer in hitter-friendly Coors Field on the horizon. There's no reason to think he shouldn't be a five-category contributor in that power-packed Colorado lineup.

Nolan Arenado 3B COL 9 hours ago

Arenado went 1-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and three runs against the Giants on Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He slugged one out in the first, moving two homers ahead of teammate Trevor Story for the MLB lead in homers with 12, only to see Story cut it back to one later in the game. Nonetheless, Arenado is in the early stages of what looks like it could be an even bigger season than last year's 42-homer breakout; his OPS is already over 1.000 and summer at Coors Field is coming.

Chris Rusin SP COL 9 hours ago

Rusin was tagged for seven runs on a whopping 13 hits and two walks in just 4.1 innings Thursday against the Giants. He received no decision in an eventual 17-7 win.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Amazingly, Rusin's terrible start was actually outdone by the Giants' Matt Cain, who finished with eight runs on his ledger. The 29-year-old Rusin had actually gotten off to a strong start to the season, posting a 1.69 ERA and 13 strikeouts through his first 16 innings, but a course correction seemed inevitable, and it didn't even take a return to Coors Field to achieve it. Although the southpaw shut out the Diamondbacks over five innings in his last start, it's not advisable for fantasy players to roll him out when Arizona visits Rusin at Coors on Tuesday.

Matt Cain SP SF 9 hours ago

Cain (0-4) was lit up for eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits over four innings Thursday en route to a 17-7 loss to the Rockies.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Apparently, the Rockies brought a slice of Coors Field with them to San Francisco, as both offenses were raking like we usually only see in Colorado. Of course, facing Cain is kind of like hitting at Coors, as the league has put up a ridiculous 44 hits and 27 earned runs on Cain in 31 innings spanning his first six starts of the year. There's essentially no fantasy format where he can be trusted at this point in his career; the best way to make use of Cain is by stacking hitters against him in DFS.

Fernando Rodney RP SD 9 hours ago

Rodney picked up his seventh save Thursday, getting the last two outs against the Mets to preserve a 5-3 win.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It looked like Rodney's services wouldn't be needed with the Padres carrying a 5-0 lead into the ninth, but a pair of homers got manager Andy Green to turn to his closer. It took Rodney just four pitches to generate two easy fly balls to end the game and mark his 11th consecutive appearance without an earned run to start this season.