1B | Aubrey Huff | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Aubrey Huff (knee) wasn't in the lineup Thursday, July 5 at Class A San Jose after experiencing soreness in his right knee a day earlier as he began his injury rehabilitation assignment. Huff initially sustained the injury on June 13 while trying to scale the AT&T Park dugout railing to join teammates celebrating Matt Cain's perfect game. Huff, batting .155 with one home run and five RBIs in 32 games, remains likely to rejoin the Giants soon after the All-Star break.
1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (hip) was out of the lineup again due to right hip soreness Thursday, July 5. His leg kick in his swing has been affected the last three weeks. He has only one extra-base hit since June 16 and is in a 4-for-22 slump.
1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said 1B Ryan Howard (Achilles') likely will come off the 15-day disabled list Friday, July 6, and be in the starting lineup.
1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Chris Davis (trapezius) was scratched from the starting lineup Thursday, July 5, because of a trapezius injury.
1B | Anthony Rizzo | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo has reached base in each of his first eight games this year and has hit safely in seven of them, going 5-for-12 with two home runs. "Everything - he's changed everything," OF Alfonso Soriano said. "Batting third, hitting homers, defense - I hope the way he plays and the way we play, I hope we continue that way in the second half."
1B | Carlos Lee | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Carlos Lee went 2-for-4 against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, July 5.
2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (thumb) will not need surgery on his injured thumb.
2B | Freddy Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, San Francisco Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (back) underwent a microdiscectomy Thursday, July 5, in which a portion of a disc in his back was removed.
2B | Ryan Raburn | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that 2B Ryan Raburn is going to have a problem if he can't improve against left-handed hitters to help the team. Raburn went 0-for-4 against a lefty Wednesday, July 4, and is hitting .176 on the year and .177 against southpaws. "I tossed and turned with it today to play Berry or Raburn," Leyland said. "I ended up playing Raburn. The thought process is if Raburn doesn't help us against left-handers, then we've got issues. So you give him the benefit of the doubt to see if maybe you can get him going a little bit."
2B | Jeff Keppinger | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays DH Hideki Matsui (hamstring) and 2B Jeff Keppinger (triceps) are both out of the lineup Thursday, July 5.
2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley is not in the lineup Thursday, July 5.
2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 11 games Wednesday, July 4.
SS | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said SS Luis Cruz, SS Jerry Hairston Jr., INF Elian Herrera and 3B Juan Uribe could all see time at shortstop while SS Dee Gordon (thumb) is out of the lineup.
SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Dee Gordon (thumb) will undergo surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb and is expected to miss six weeks.
SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he has no plans to rest SS Starlin Castro, who has played every game this year. Castro is 3-for-21 (.143) in his last six games, though, to drop his average to a season-low .291.
3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Mark Reynolds (hand) was hit by a pitch on the left hand Thursday, July 5, but said he doesn't think it's broken.
3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs, including a walkoff single Thursday, July 5.
3B | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Martin Prado extended his hitting streak to 11 games Thursday, July 5.
3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez leads the National League with seven home runs and all of baseball with 23 RBIs since he homered twice and drove in three runs June 16. He is hitting .237 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs while striking out 82 times and walking 27 times in 241 at-bats heading into Thursday, July 5. "Pedro going out wasn't an option," skipper Clint Hurdle said. "We were going to find a way, and I just stayed confident of the fact that he was going to find a way. Yeah, it didn't look good. There was times it didn't look good at all. But again, you got to believe in things other people don't believe in. You got to believe in things you can't see."
3B | Kevin Youkilis | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis hit his sixth home run of the year Thursday, July 5, and his second since joining the team last month. Youkilis went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI, walk and strikeout.
3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Arizona Diamondbacks and at least two other clubs are interested in trading for San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley. The Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies may be interested if the Padres wait until the winter meetings to deal him. It's unknown if the Padres would be willing to deal him within their division.
3B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter is playing second base for the first time in his career Thursday, July 5.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Former New York Yankees OF Reggie Jackson thinks 3B Alex Rodriguez's career numbers are tainted because he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. Jackson doesn't think players who used steroids should be elected into the Hall of Fame, either. "Al's a very good friend," Jackson said. "But I think there are real questions about his numbers. As much as I like him, what he admitted about his usage does cloud some of his records."
3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) hopes to return to action this weekend after missing three straight games with a left hamstring injury.
3B | Samir Duenez | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals signed 16-year-old Venezuelan 3B Samir Duenez to a $425,000 deal.
C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters hit his 12th homer and drove in four runs Thursday, July 5.
C | Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a career-high four hits Thursday, July 5.
C | Rod Barajas | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Rod Barajas (knee) was out of the starting lineup against the Houston Astros on Thursday, July 5. C Mike McKenry started at catcher for Pittsburgh in place of Barajas.
C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila received the day off Thursday, July 5, because manager Jim Leyland said his catcher is banged up. "He's sore. He's beat up," Leyland said. "He got hit on the inside of the leg the other night. He had a little pulled muscle reaching up for one of those intentional walk throws that (Brayan) Villarreal threw (Tuesday)." He's expected to receive another day off this weekend.
C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario will continue to see the bulk of the starts when C Ramon Hernandez (hand) returns from the disabled list.
C | Humberto Quintero | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals requested unconditional release waivers on C Humberto Quintero Thursday, July 5.
C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy (hand) ran the bases before the game Thursday, July 5, and has thrown in the last few days. He has yet to be cleared to swing a bat but hopes to hit off a tee this weekend. He'll go on a rehab assignment but thinks he can return around July 20.
C | Yasmani Grandal | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal hit his fourth home run, a two-run pinch-hit job Wednesday, July 4, and he now has four home runs in his first six games, making him just one of four players since 1900 to accomplish that feat.
C | Sandy Leon | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction
The Washington Nationals activated C Sandy Leon (ankle) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, July 4, and optioned him to the minors.
C | A.J. Pierzynski | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski caught his 1,500th career game Wednesday, July 4, which is the most among active catchers and 30th in major league history.
C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli is out of the lineup Thursday, July 5.
OF | Colby Rasmus | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
A source said the Toronto Blue Jays aren't looking to trade OF Colby Rasmus. A club official said Rasmus is a totally different person than he was when the team acquired him last year. He has made changes to his swing and has become more driven.
OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout stole three bases Thursday, July 5.
OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez's hitting streak ended at 12 games Thursday, July 5.
OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .327 with eight homers, 20 RBIs and 42 runs in 48 games in the leadoff spot.
OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (hand) is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie Saturday, July 7, and the assignment is expected to go through Monday, July 9.
OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 against the Minnesota Twins Thursday, July 5, to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He has gone 21-for-50 during the hitting streak.
OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (wrist) has been shagging balls in the outfield and looks to be in good shape, but he still feels pain when he tries to swing, so he won't resume swinging a bat until after the All-Star break. Werth is currently on track in his initial timetable of recovery.
OF | Norichika Aoki | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Norichika Aoki went 2-for-3 against the Miami Marlins Thursday, July 5, to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
OF | Kirk Nieuwenhuis | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (hand) returned to the lineup Thursday, July 5, but OF Andres Torres (back) is out with back pain. Torres will be evaluated Friday, July 6, before deciding if he'll need to go on the disabled list. Nieuwenhuis was dealing with inflammation of his right ulnar nerve, which runs down the arm into the hand.
OF | Justin Ruggiano | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Justin Ruggiano went 7-for-16 with three home runs, a double and five RBIs in the series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder) went 1-for-5 with a single with Double-A Portland Wednesday, July 4, and he's taking the day off Thursday, July 5. Ellsbury is 3-for-15 with a home run and three RBIs during his eight-game rehab assignment.
OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OFs Carl Crawford (elbow) and Ryan Sweeney (foot) are both playing for Double-A Portland Thursday, July 5. Crawford is hitting leadoff and playing left field and is 3-for-6 in two games with Portland. Sweeney is hitting third as the designated hitter.
OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (concussion) will move his rehab to Florida Friday, July 6.
OF | Luke Scott | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Luke Scott is hitless in his last 36 at-bats, and he's playing first base for the first time this season as manager Joe Maddon attempts to get his mind off of his punchless stick.
OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (knee) plans to test his right knee again Friday, July 6, and there is a possibility that he'll need arthroscopic surgery during the All-Star break to remove a loose body from his knee. The team will know more after he hits Friday. The loose body in his knee is roughly six millimeters in size.
OF | Laynce Nix | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies OF Laynce Nix (calf) and RP Justin De Fratus (elbow) are around a week away from starting a rehab assignment. OF Domonic Brown (knee) will move to Single-A Clearwater to start his rehab assignment before returning to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
OF | Mike Carp | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Carp (shoulder) went 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored as the designated hitter for Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, July 4.
OF | Alex Presley | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed OF Alex Presley (concussion) on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion Thursday, July 5, and recalled INF Jordy Mercer from Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move. The move is retroactive to July 4.
OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt Joyce (back, oblique) will return at some point after the All-Star break after suffering a setback in his rehab. "Honestly, doesn't feel like the same thing," Joyce said. "Feels like the left lower back, but that's what I thought last time, so we'll see. ... At least we have the All-Star break to soak up some time."
OF | Carlos Peguero | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners recalled OF Carlos Peguero from Triple-A Tacoma Thursday, July 5, and optioned SP Hector Noesi to Tacoma in a corresponding move.
OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (Achilles') isn't close to returning from right Achilles' tendonitis. "We got a little better news on Dirks, but I don't know when that's going to happen," manager Jim Leyland said. "He's going to have to go out and play a while, he's been out a long time. He's going to have to go out and get some at-bats, but I don't even know when that's going to be."
OF | Tyler Colvin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Tyler Colvin has seven home runs, seven doubles and 22 RBIs in his last 19 games. Colvin's hot play has led to less playing time for 1B Todd Helton.
OF | Emilio Bonifacio | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Emilio Bonifacio (thumb) went 0-for-2 while playing three innings for Single-A Jupiter Wednesday, July 4. He is scheduled to return from the disabled list Friday, July 13.
OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham is taking the day off Thursday, July 5.
OF | Mike Baxter | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Mike Baxter (collarbone) will head to Port St. Lucie, Fla., to continue his rehab. He has full range of motion in his shoulder and has started hitting off a tee, but he hasn't resumed running.
OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) went 2-for-3 with two singles, a walk, a strikeout and a run scored as the designated hitter with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Tuesday, July 3. He was scheduled to play five innings Wednesday, July 5, before progressing to seven and nine innings this weekend.
OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier (oblique) said he plans to return to the lineup shortly after the All-Star break, and his disabled list stint is retroactive to June 28.
OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton was booed by the home crowd after he went 0-for-5 and stranded four runners in scoring position Wednesday, July 4. He is hitting .263 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs on the year, but he's 4-for-27 (.148) in his last seven games. "To be honest with you, I don't care anything what the fans think of me," Upton said. "My teammates, my coaches, they know I come here and I bust it every single day."
SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles optioned SP Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk.
SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin (pectoral) threw another side session Thursday, July 5, and is progressing toward a rehab stint.
SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman averaged 95 mph with his fastball and topped out at 97 mph in his start against the Seattle Mariners. He averaged 89 mph with his fastball last season.
SP | Daniel Straily | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Daniel Straily leads the minors in strikeouts with 134 in 104 1/3 innings at Triple-A Sacramento.
SP | Mat Latos | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos allowed four hits and two walks while fanning eight in seven shutout innings in his no-decision against the San Diego Padres Thursday, July 5. He's 7-0 with a 3.43 ERA in his past 14 starts.
SP | Edinson Volquez | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez struck out 10 batters in his no-decision against the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, July 5. He allowed a run in seven innings of work.
SP | Garrett Richards | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Garrett Richards was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn allowed four hits and two walks while striking out seven in six shutout innings to beat the Colorado Rockies Thursday, July 5. He was 0-2 with a 9.98 ERA in his previous three starts.
SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Luke Hochevar (ankle) suffered an ankle sprain and had to leave his start Thursday, July 5, but Hochevar said he would be fine for his next start. "If I had another start to make before the All-Star break, I wouldn't see myself missing it," Hochevar said. "It's stiff and it's tender, and it bothers me to push off the rubber, but I think it'll be fine." 1B Eric Hosmer booted Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus' grounder with two outs in the fifth inning, prompting Hochevar to accelerate rapidly to cover first base. As he and Rasmus hit the bag, Hochevar rolled his ankle.
SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza is 1-5 with a 6.57 ERA in his past seven road starts, with 12 homers allowed in in 37 innings. He's allowed one home run in six home starts at Wrigley Field, but given up 14 homers in 10 road starts.
SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders (shoulder) will throw upward of 90 pitches Sunday, July 8, in an Arizona Rookie League game at Salt River Fields. Saunders pitched a simulated game Tuesday, July 3, at Chase Field and came out of it saying he felt ready to start right away but the club insisted on him throwing again beforehand.
SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has indicated Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander may start the All-Star Game for the American League on Tuesday, July 10.
SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) threw 40 pitches on flat ground Wednesday, July 4, and hopes to repeat the process Friday, July 6. Garcia indicated he felt greater freedom of movement in his left shoulder. "I can definitely tell a big difference already," Garcia said.
SP | Cole De Vries | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Cole De Vries will start Sunday, July 8, instead of the previous day as originally planned. A starter for Saturday, July 7, had not been determined.
SP | Jamie Moyer | free agent | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays have released SP Jamie Moyer.
SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, July 5, to suffer his sixth loss of the season. He struck out six batters and walked three in the game.
SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens pitched eight scoreless innings while allowing four hits against the Houston Astros Thursday, July 5, to pick up his second win of the season. He struck out eight batters and walked one in the game.
SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner (lat) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his injured lat muscle Friday, July 6. He hopes he will not need to miss more than three weeks.
SP | Juan Nicasio | Colorado Rockies | Injury,
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio (knee) may need to have his knee examined to see if there are any floating particles in his knee. He will need to have fluid in his knee drained.
SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (lat) could return to the rotation for the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers July 16-18. He'll throw his third bullpen session Saturday, July 7.
SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs will determine their starter for Sunday, July 8, after SP Ryan Dempster (lat) throws his bullpen session Friday, July 6. SP Chris Volstad is the other option to start Sunday.
SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Diamond allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, July 5. He struck out four batters and walked one in the game.
SP | Michael Fiers | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Michael Fiers allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Miami Marlins to suffer his third loss of the season. He struck out nine batters and walked one in the game.
SP | Mark Buehrle | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Mark Buehrle pitches 7 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing six hits against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, July 5, to pick up his eighth win of the season. He struck out eight batters and did not walk any in the game.
SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison lost to the Chicago White Sox Thursday, July 5, and allowed his first home run since June 3 over six outings. He allowed eight hits and two runs while walking two and striking out five in eight innings.
SP | Jose Quintana | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jose Quintana allowed only two hits in eight innings to beat the Texas Rangers Thursday, July 5. He walked one and struck out a career-high eight hitters to record his fourth win of the year. Quintana is 3-0 in his last three starts.
SP | Dan Haren | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim placed SP Dan Haren (back) on the 15-day disabled list with lower back stiffness Thursday, July 5, and recalled RP Kevin Jepsen from Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move. It will be Haren's first career stint on the disabled list, and he last missed a start in 2005. The team will need a starter in his place for Sunday, July 8.
SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish and St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese won the final two spots for the All-Star game next week that were determined by fan voting.
SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (lat) is ahead of schedule after throwing from 150 feet two days ago.
SP | Ben Sheets | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Ben Sheets allowed four runs in five innings in his first minor league start with Double-A Mississippi Wednesday, July 4. He retired 10 in a row at one point and wound up striking out six and walking one. Sheets threw 46 of his 74 pitches for strikes and his fastball sat around 90 mph most of the outing. "I'm really pleased with my breaking ball - the shape of it's really good," Sheets said. "I hung one or two, but that's OK because I put a lot of guys away with it. That's something I'll build on and then in five days come back and try it again." He's expected to make another start Monday, July 9.
SP | Carlos Gutierrez | Minnesota Twins | Injury,
Minnesota Twins SP Carlos Gutierrez (shoulder) is expected to need shoulder surgery. He was 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Triple-A Rochester this year.
SP | Brian Duensing | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Brian Duensing (ankle) is expected to make his next start after the All-Star break after taking a comebacker off his left ankle Wednesday, July 4.
SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum (elbow) will play catch Thursday, July 5, for the first time in roughly five days. Marcum is still dealing with some pain in his arm and is unsure of a timetable for his return. There is a chance Marcum won't be back immediately after the All-Star break.
SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers Ps Neftali Feliz (elbow) and Alexi Ogando (groin) threw their second bullpen sessions Thursday, July 5, tossing 35 and 40 pitches respectively. RP Koji Uehara (lat) threw a bullpen Wednesday, July 4, and SP Colby Lewis (forearm) threw from the front of a mound Thursday. The team will consider activating Ogando and Uehara after they both throw three bullpens. Lewis is unlikely to need a rehab assignment before returning, and he's eligible to return Monday, July 9.
SP | Trevor Bauer | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Bauer was unable to get his secondary pitches over for strikes in his rough outing against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, July 3. Padres hitters seemed to sit on only fastballs after the first inning, and they capitalized. "With the exception of the first two innings in Atlanta, I haven't had exceptional command," Bauer said. "My curveball has been terrible. I don't know if they're going to swing at it or not when I throw it well. I haven't thrown it well yet." Bauer said the groin issues that plagued him in his first start against the Atlanta Braves were not affecting him.
SP | Chris Schwinden | New York Mets | Transaction,
The New York Mets claimed SP Chris Schwinden off waivers from the New York Yankees Thursday, July 5. Schwinden returns to the Mets after being claimed by four different teams in a month. Schwinden was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.
SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (elbow) is dealing with fluid in his left elbow, but exams showed no structural damage to his arm. However, he's not cleared to throw and may not be back this season.
SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
American League manager Ron Washington said Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price is "certainly at the top of the list" of candidates to start next week's All-Star game. He leads the AL in wins with 11 and owns a 2.82 ERA. SP Matt Harrison and Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander are other candidates.
SP | Scott Richmond | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays optioned SP Scott Richmond to the minors Wednesday, July 4.
SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey is being considered for the start in the All-Star game next week. He is 12-1 with a 2.15 ERA this season. "Dickey could certainly start the game, he's got the credentials," National League skipper Tony La Russa later said. "but I look at the five guys that were selected, and each of those guys could make a claim, so as a manager, you have to keep your heart pure and do the best you can for the team over one individual."
SP | Dylan Axelrod | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Dylan Axelrod is the favorite to start Sunday, July 8, in place of SP Chris Sale.
SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland (shoulder) will come off the disabled list to start against the Minnesota Twins Saturday, July 7. He allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings in his second rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock Monday, July 2.
RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
A single by New York Mets 3B David Wright gave the Mets a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, July 5, giving Phillies CL Jonathan Papelbon another blown save and a loss.
RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Houston Astros Thursday, July 5, to pick up his 22nd save of the season.
RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Injury,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said RP Drew Storen (elbow) will be eased back into action when he returns from the disabled list. Johnson said easing Storen back will him physically as well as mentally because it likely will be an adjustment for Storen moving from closer to a set-up man.
RP | Enerio Del Rosario | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros have recalled RP Enerio Del Rosario from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
RP | Jonathan Broxton | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals have indicated to teams that they are willing to trade RP Jonathan Broxton before the trade deadline.
RP | Javy Guerra | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers will activate RP Javy Guerra (knee) from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, July 5.
RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters (elbow), who is dealing with an "impingement" and has no MRI exam planned, is expected to return from the disabled list in 15 days. Venters said he has had some soreness off and on the entire year, but nothing that affected his performance, and he didn't blame his down season on his injury. He will resume throwing when his symptoms are gone, and he could go on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett before returning. "The fastball (sinker) hasn't been very good, so I've been trying to attack guys in different ways, throw some different pitches," Venters said. "It's one of those things where you're not getting it done the way you normally do, you have to make an adjustment and try something new. (But) I don't think it had any effect at all (on the elbow)."
RP | Addison Reed | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Addison Reed earned his 12th save in 13 tries against the Texas Rangers Thursday, July 5. Reed struck out two in the 13-pitch outing.
RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (elbow) and RP Koji Uehara (lat) will throw bullpen sessions Friday, July 6.
RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (oblique) will throw off a mound Saturday, July 7, and will make four rehab appearances following the session.
RP | Glen Perkins | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins was unavailable to pitch Thursday, July 5, after throwing the previous four days.
RP | Robbie Ross | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Robbie Ross has extended his scoreless innings streak to 21, and his ERA has dropped to under 1.00. Ross has a 0.95 ERA in 45 1/3 frames over 32 outings this season. He's holding righties to a .191 average and lefties to a .235 average.
RP | Juan Oviedo | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins RP Juan Oviedo will make his first appearance for Single-A Jupiter Saturday, July 7.
RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins RP Matt Capps (shoulder) will throw his first bullpen Saturday, July 7, and could make two rehab appearances in Florida next week, starting with the Gulf Coast League Monday, July 9. He will throw one inning with Single-A Fort Myers Wednesday, July 11. Capps should be ready to return following the All-Star break.
RP | Chuck James | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The New York Mets released RP Chuck James from Triple-A Buffalo Thursday, July 5.
RP | Brad Brach | San Diego Padres | Transaction,
The San Diego Padres recalled RP Brad Brach from the minors Wednesday, July 4.
RP | Sam Dyson | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
Updating an earlier report, the Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of RP Sam Dyson from Double-A New Hampshire.
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