1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez said his lack of power (six homers) this season isn't due to the shoulder injury he had a couple of seasons ago, and it feels as good as it has since 2009. He has tried a heavier bat, a lighter bat, different stances and different approaches. Gonzalez thinks he may have found something and said he wasn't driving the ball, but was making better contact.
1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals are expected to activate 1B Lance Berkman (knee) from the 15-day disabled list at some point during their six-game road trip. The team will increase Berkman's on-field activities Friday, July 13, to see if he can handle the workload. If he is able to handle it, the team will make day-to-day evaluations on him.
2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (thumb) had the cast removed from his thumb and took batting practice Thursday, July 12. He hopes to be able to come off the disabled list when he is eligible.
2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds could consider moving 2B Brandon Phillips to the leadoff spot if they are not able to acquire someone that could fill the role in a trade.
3B | Hanley Ramirez | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 3B Hanley Ramirez (finger) said his right hand feels fine and expects to be in the starting lineup Friday, July 13.
3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays general manager Andrew Friedman said he believes 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) will be able to play again this season but does not have a timetable for Longoria's return at this point.
3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) said his hamstring is feeling good and will be able to play Friday, July 13. Middlebrooks missed the last seven games with a hamstring strain.
3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers may pursue Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez if the Brewers decide to become sellers before the trade deadline.
C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Jesus Montero (concussion) has been cleared to play after missing some time with a concussion.
OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said the plan is for OF Carl Crawford (elbow, groin) to come off the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 16, as long as his rehab assignment goes well this weekend.
OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said all signs point to OF Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder) being able to play Friday, July 13, and he likely will bat leadoff in the game. Ellsbury was scheduled to undergo some tests Thursday, July 12, to make sure he is ready to return.
OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt Joyce (back, oblique) said he is feeling great and hopes to rejoin the team within the next two weeks.
OF | Juan Pierre | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies may consider trading OF Juan Pierre and SP Joe Blanton before the trade deadline if they decide to be sellers.
OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (wrist) is targeting Wednesday, Aug. 1, as his return date. Werth has been able to participate in some baseball activities but has not started to swing a bat at this point.
SP | Trevor Bauer | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Bauer will remain in the starting rotation with SP Josh Collmenter shifting to the bullpen.
SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies are preparing a lucrative offer to make to SP Cole Hamels, who can become a free agent after the season. Although the Phillies' payroll is approaching the $178 million luxury-tax threshold (and actually may already have exceeded it), the club believes it can find a way to sign Hamels and stay under the threshold in 2013 and beyond, a source said.
SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said SP Tim Lincecum will be closely monitor during his start Saturday, July 14, because there is a chance he could get skipped in the rotation if he struggles again.
SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said SP Johan Santana's (ankle) ankle is fine and that Santana will be able to make his start Sunday, July 15.
SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said SP Brandon Morrow (lat) is symptom free and will throw off a mound at some point this weekend. Farrell said there is no timetable on Morrow's return.
SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals have decided to push back SP Lance Lynn a few days to give him a few more days of rest. He was expected to start Saturday, July 14, but will now start Monday, July 16. He has pitched 103 innings so far this season, which is 17 2/3 innings less than he did the entire 2011 season.
SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
The Tampa Bay Rays expect SP Jeff Niemann (leg) to return to the team at some point in August.
SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said SP John Danks (shoulder) is not making much progress in his rehab from a shoulder injury and likely will miss at least two or three more weeks. "John is not feeling so hot, his shoulder is not feeling so good, we've made minimal progress with it and from my standpoint -- I don't mean this fully, I love John -- he's not on my radar right now," Cooper said. "I mean, we've got 12 other guys that force your attention and until John gets close and John gets going, he's kind of out of my mind and I don't mean that in a bad way."
RP | Heath Bell | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins RP Heath Bell (calf) admitted he had a tight calf two or three weeks ago.
RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins CL Matt Capps will be eased back into the closer role. RPs Glen Perkins and Jared Burton will continue to receive save opportunities for now.
RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said RP Santiago Casilla (blister) will be available to pitch Friday, July 13. The time off allowed the blister on his finger to heal.
RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (elbow) threw 54 pitches during live batting practice Thursday, July 12. He will pitch two innings for Triple-A Round Rock Sunday, July 15.
RP | Brett Myers | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated SP Wandy Rodriguez and RPs Brandon Lyon and Brett Myers are available in a trade.
RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals are not expected to activate RP Drew Storen (elbow) right away because they would like him to get more work in the minor leagues before returning.
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