Tuesday Wrap: Devine dinged, Sheffield shuffled out

A lot of interesting fantasy news floating on the wires, let's sort through it:

Joey Devine (elbow) is headed to Alabama to meet with Dr. James Andrews, and we all know what that means. The Oakland closing situation cleans up nicely with this news; Brad Ziegler now has the ninth inning essentially to himself, with Santiago Casilla the second in command.

Ryan Braun (intercostal tightness) says he's ready to get back on the field, though the problem hasn't gone away completely. "It's just getting back into activity," Braun told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "A lot of times, inactivity leads to more soreness. I hope that it goes away but I really don't know … My experience with it, and talking to guys who've had the injury, I don't think it's something that goes away completely very quickly. But at some point I hope it goes away." Make of that quote what you will.

Emmanuel Burriss could be one of the best speed sleepers of the year, and he's got the second base gig in San Francisco now that Kevin Frandsen has been optioned to Triple-A. I was targeting Burriss as an endgame play at Tout Wars last weekend but he was aggressively pursued by much of the room; hopefully your path is easier.

The Tigers must feel pretty confident that Gary Sheffield is done because they're now paying him $14 million to not play for their baseball club. Detroit added to its outfield depth by acquiring Josh Anderson from the Braves Monday; Atlanta didn't mind shipping Anderson out of town after watching Jordan Schafer's dynamic spring.

Geoff Jenkins was essentially forced out of the Philadelphia outfield in the middle of 2008, and he got the final push from the team today – his outright release. Jayson Werth owners have to like the news, as it clarifies that the Phillies aren't going to jerk him in and out of the lineup.

Gaby Sanchez got every chance to win a starting gig in Florida but he just didn't hit (.194); he was sent down Tuesday. Jorge Cantu will open the year at first for the Marlins, while Emilio Bonifacio is the apparent winner at third base.

Apparently the future is now for Trevor Cahill – he's expected to open the year in the Oakland rotation. The team's mediocre depth at the position had a hand in this, and Cahill's numbers this spring don't jump off the page at you (4.95 ERA, six walk, 12 strikeouts over 20 innings).

Please forward all of your Luke Hochevar fan mail to Omaha, please. Thanks much. American League hitters can look forward to batting against Sidney Ponson again this summer.

Once again the Mets say Daniel Murphy will open the year as their No. 2 hitter. Jerry Manuel offered a similar take about a week ago but then backed off it slightly; now, it sounds like Murphy has the spot and Luis Castillo will open the year batting eighth. The difference between these two slots is significant, of course, especially in the National League. I'm on board with Murphy no matter where he hits, but let's hope the Mets do the right thing and give him the better spot.

Colorado's one of the few teams that hasn't set a closer yet, but the news could come down at any moment and I'll run back to the blog the moment something moves. Andy Behrens and I have been investing in Manny Corpas this month, but Clint Hurdle hasn't asked for our advice recently.

The Twins sent Michael Cuddyer back to Minnesota to have his left index finger examined, and while the team insists it's a routine procedure, the timing is a little bit odd since the club is just about done with camp. If Cuddyer needs any DL time – remember he had a finger injury last year – it would at least clean up this muddled outfield.

Jeremy Bonderman (shoulder) hit the 15-day disabled list, which was expected all along. Zach Miner will hold a place in the rotation until Bonderman is ready.

The Yankees continue to say positive things about Alex Rodriguez's rehab. Brian Cashman was previously talking about a May 15 return for A-Rod; now, Cashman feels there's a solid chance Rodriguez could return earlier than that.

Citi Field is one of the great unknowns of the 2009 season, though there's been plenty of buzz that the new yard might favor pitchers even more than Shea Stadium did.