1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said 1B Brett Wallace would spend the bulk of the rest of the season with the big-league club, which hints that he'll be called up soon.
1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau extended his hitting streak to season-high 14 games Monday, July 16, against the Baltimore Orioles after a four-hit, two-double performance. Morneau said he has been putting in extra work in the batting cage, and it is paying dividends. "I've been putting in the work, and it's nice to see those results," Morneau said. "I actually started doing my program that I usually do in the offseason that I just haven't been able to do."
1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Mark Trumbo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his 25th of the season, Monday, July 16, against the Detroit Tigers. Trumbo has five clouts over his past seven games.
1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) will miss three to four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee Monday, July 16.
1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (hip) is taking batting practice Monday, July 16.
1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez (illness, back) is hitting cleanup in his return Monday, July 16.
1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said he will keep 1B Eric Hosmer in the No. 3 spot in the batting order despite his struggles. C Salvador Perez may move up in the lineup because Yost thinks he's a middle-of-the-order guy.
2B | Jimmy Paredes | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jimmy Paredes may be moved to the outfield. He's hitting .315 with seven homers, 38 RBIs and 28 stolen bases at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored, walk and RBI Monday, July 16, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He pushed the longest active hitting streak in the majors to a career-high 19 games.
2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker had three hits Monday, July 16, against the Colorado Rockies, extending the longest active hitting streak in the National League to 16 games.
2B | Chris Nelson | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies INF Chris Nelson (heart) is resting and he will remain hospitalized overnight. His condition is likely to be updated Tuesday, July 17.
2B | Robert Andino | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles 2B Robert Andino (shoulder) will miss three to four weeks after an MRI showed he has a strained left shoulder. He will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, July 17.
2B | Ryan Flaherty | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles INFs Steven Tolleson and Ryan Flaherty will likely split time at second base with 2B Robert Andino (shoulder) on the disabled list.
2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (thumb) is on track to return from the disabled list Thursday, July 19. Manager Bobby Valentine thinks Pedroia will be 100 percent healthy when he returns. "Different than what it was, except for the first two weeks of the season," Valentine said of Pedroia's recent batting practice sessions. "It wasn't like he was hurt, he didn't quite feel what he feels right now. He didn't have the timing. The simple term would be the timing."
2B | Omar Infante | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers could look to trade for Miami Marlins 2B Omar Infante if he becomes available.
SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers are interested in Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew and 3B Ryan Roberts.
SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C Jason Castro (knee) should return within a week. However, SS Jed Lowrie (ankle) is more of a concern.
SS | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 with a double, three runs scored, a walk and RBI Monday, July 16, against the Baltimore Orioles, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games.
SS | Andrew Romine | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels optioned INF Andrew Romine to Triple-A Salt Lake Monday, July 16. The move is in preparation for the promotion of SP Garrett Richards, who will start Tuesday, July 17.
SS | Brendan Ryan | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Brendan Ryan (knee) was forced to leave the game Monday, July 16, against the Kansas City Royals due to a bruised left kneecap. INF Munenori Kawasaki replaced him.
SS | John McDonald | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS John McDonald (oblique) was able to take some swings in batting practice Sunday, July 15, at the team's spring training facility. Manager Kirk Gibson said Monday, July 16, that he hopes to get McDonald back in the lineup soon after the team's four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. "Hopefully, by the end of next week, he can start playing games," Gibson said.
SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane would "love" to acquire a shortstop that is an improvement over SS Cliff Pennington's .203 batting average, according to a major league source. However, they aren't in serious trade discussions at the moment. Toronto Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar and Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew are their potential targets. The Blue Jays are willing to deal Escobar due to the presence of SS Adeiny Hechavarria, who is batting .314 in the Pacific Coast League. Drew would likely be a rental for the rest of the season.
SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have shown interest in Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins.
SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond (oblique) is considered day-to-day with a strained oblique. He said he could have played Monday, July 16, but it would not have been the best thing for the team.
3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
There are at least six teams in trade discussions with the San Diego Padres regarding 3B Chase Headley, who is looking like a good bet to get dealt before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
3B | Nick Castellanos | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers are reportedly telling teams, at least right now, that prized prospect 3B Nick Castellanos is not available in deals leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Castellanos was the MVP of the Futures Game in Kansas City July 8.
3B | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays lifted OF Anthony Gose from his game with Triple-A Las Vegas Monday, July 16, and manager John Farrell hinted that a move is coming in lieu of the injury to OF Jose Bautista (wrist).
3B | Kevin Youkilis | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis received a warm ovation from the fans at Fenway Park Monday, July 16, in his first time back since being traded June 24. He picked up three hits, including two doubles, in four at-bats.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (neck) experienced a stiff neck during batting practice Monday, July 16, and will be the designated hitter Monday.
3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) has no timetable for his return, and there is no "clarity" on his health situation.
C | Jason Castro | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C Jason Castro (knee) should return within a week. However, SS Jed Lowrie (ankle) is more of a concern.
C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero homered and drove in four runs Monday, July 16.
C | Jonathan Lucroy | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy (hand) is tentatively scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Class A Wisconsin Thursday, July 19.
C | Chris Iannetta | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Chris Iannetta (forearm) threw to the bases Monday, July 16, and will repeat the step again this week. He could go on a rehab assignment later this week.
C | Gary Sanchez | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
Several scouts have been raving about New York Yankees P Jose Ramirez and OF Ramon Flores this year. Ramirez is currently pitching with Single-A Tampa, and Flores is with Tampa as well. C Gary Sanchez also continues to impress, while Ps Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances and C Austin Romine have been huge disappointments.
OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) is likely to sit out again Tuesday, July 17.
OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span drove in five runs Monday, July 16, while OF Ben Revere had four hits and three RBIs.
OF | Casper Wells | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Casper Wells homered and drove in five runs Monday, July 16.
OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs Monday, July 16, against the Milwaukee Brewers to push his hitting streak to 15 games.
OF | Raul Ibanez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Raul Ibanez posted his 10th career grand slam, and he also added a walk, in a win Monday, July 16, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Ibanez now has 12 homers and 40 RBIs on the season.
OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson went 1-for-4 with a walk, run scored and stolen base Monday, July 16, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He has scored a run in 13 consecutive games.
OF | Rajai Davis | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Rajai Davis picked up a one-out double in the seventh inning Monday, July 16, against the New York Yankees to snap a career-worst 0-for-25 slump.
OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (concussion) was hitless in two at-bats with two walks in a minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo Monday, July 16. He played a full game in left field, and he indicated he is ready to re-join the big league club, although it is not his call. "I desperately want to be out there," Bay said. "I came back last time, I'm not saying it was too quick, it just took time to get your footing under you."
OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter (groin) was back in the starting lineup Monday, July 16, against the Detroit Tigers. He collected four hits while driving in three runs.
OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford (wrist, elbow) made his regular season debut Monday, July 16, against the Chicago White Sox. He was 1-for-3 with a walk.
OF | Jason Kubel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel (hamstring) was held out of the starting lineup Monday, July 16, for the third straight game. Manager Kirk Gibson indicated he considered a pinch-hitting appearance for Kubel Sunday, so it appears he'll avoid the 15-day disabled list. "He doesn't want to (go on the DL), we know that," Gibson said. "We don't want to put him there, but time will tell."
OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt Joyce (oblique) went 1-for-3 with an RBI double for Single-A Charlotte Sunday, July 15, and he's scheduled to rehab again Monday, July 16, and Tuesday, July 17, before being re-evaluated. He could return from the disabled list as soon as Wednesday, July 18.
OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner (elbow) may miss the rest of the season, according to his agent, Joe Bick. "We don't want to think that way, but it's certainly got to be in the conversation," Bick said. "The severity of this injury has caught us completely off-guard." Gardner hasn't played since April 17, and he had another setback after receiving four at-bats in a simulated game Sunday, July 15.
OF | Vernon Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Vernon Wells (thumb) took batting practice again Monday, July 16, and is expected to do so this whole week before going on a rehab assignment.
OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OFs Carlos Beltran and Jon Jay and 1B Lance Berkman are all taking the day off Monday, July 16. Beltran is 7-for-40 with six singles and one double in the month of July and doesn't have an RBI since July 5. His last home run came on June 24. Jay has just one single in his last 17 at-bats and has just 12 RBIs in 169 at-bats this year.
OF | Alex Presley | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates activated OF Alex Presley (concussion) from the seven-day disabled list Monday, July 16, and optioned 3B Matt Hague to the minors in a corresponding move.
OF | Ryan Sweeney | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Sweeney (hamstring) is out of the lineup again Monday, July 16.
OF | Brent Lillibridge | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, the Boston Red Sox designated INF Brent Lillibridge for assignment Monday, July 16.
OF | Trevor Crowe | free agent | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians have released OF Trevor Crowe.
OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have told some teams that they aren't looking to move OF Peter Bourjos. However, some sources are saying they have dangled Bourjos in exchange for relief help.
OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates sent a scout to watch Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton this past weekend. Upton went 0-for-10 in the three games against the Chicago Cubs.
OF | Starling Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Scouts and executives from rival clubs expressed doubt that Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte has star potential. One scout labeled him a "tweener" without instincts to play center field and without enough power to play left field.
SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox denied the report that they are aggressively pursuing Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster.
SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves sound like they may be backing off pursuit of Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke and could enhance pursuit of Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster.
SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
A source with knowledge of the Oakland Athletics' thinking said it's highly unlikely the team trades SP Bartolo Colon. The team considers Colon more valuable to them than the one or two mid-level prospects he might bring in return. The team also might try to re-sign Colon at the end of the season.
SP | Tommy Hunter | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles will call up SP Tommy Hunter to start Wednesday, July 18.
SP | J.A. Happ | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP J.A. Happ allowed four hits and a walk while fanning four in 6 1/3 scoreless innings to beat the San Diego Padres Monday, July 16.
SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn allowed a run on six hits and no walks while fanning 10 in seven innings in his no-decision against the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, July 16.
SP | Michael Fiers | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Michael Fiers worked seven scoreless innings Monday, July 16, against the St. Louis Cardinals, but he had to settle for a no-decision after RP John Axford blew his sixth save chance of the season. Fiers is 2-1 with a 0.76 ERA over his past six games.
SP | Henderson Alvarez | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Henderson Alvarez allowed a career-high four walks in a no-decision Monday, July 16, against the New York Yankees. "He feels like, in the first couple innings, he was dropping his elbow down and he was always just taking off," Alvarez said through a translator. "He was up in the zone."
SP | Matt Harvey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey did not allow a hit over his first five innings in a start Monday, July 16, for Triple-A Buffalo. He ended up allowing two runs, three hits, four walks and a hit batsman with a wild pitch over 6 2/3 innings. Mets executives Sandy Alderson and J.P. Ricciardi were in attendance for what might be Harvey's final Triple-A start.
SP | Dan Haren | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Dan Haren (back) allowed two earned runs over five innings in a minor-league rehab start with Class A Lake Elsinore Monday, July 16. He appeared to have no setbacks with his lower back injury.
SP | Jacob Turner | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers optioned RP Luis Marte to Triple-A Toledo Monday, July 16. The move clears room for the promotion of SP Jacob Turner, who will start Tuesday, July 17, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
SP | Jason Vargas | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers are interested in Seattle Mariners SP Jason Vargas. The Tigers dealt with the Mariners at the non-waiver trade deadline last season, netting SP Doug Fister.
SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday, July 16, that he has not ruled out using SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) as the starter Tuesday, July 17, against the Philadelphia Phillies despite reporting right elbow pain.
SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) will play long toss Tuesday, July 17, and then take the day off Wednesday, July 18, after making 30 throws from 90 feet Monday, July 16. "Oh, I mean, I'm giddy right now and it's still sore," Danks said. "Just to go out there and throw and feel like we are making progress again, it's definitely huge."
SP | Juan Nicasio | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating previous reports, Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio (knee) had microfracture surgery on his left knee to promote healing after four bone chips were removed Monday, July 16. He will need around four months to recover.
SP | Nate Robertson | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agent Ps Nate Robertson (Cubs) and Les Walrond (Phillies) to minor league deals Monday, July 16. Walrond was assigned to Double-A New Hampshire.
SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (groin) said he has not felt any soreness from his injured groin since two days after his June 24 start and believes he is ready for his start Tuesday, July 17. Manager Joe Girardi said the team will be watching his pitch count in his first game back.
SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (knee) underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday, July 16, and he's expected to miss at least a month.
SP | Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner worked with RP Jeremy Affeldt on improving his curveball right before the All-Star break and his curveball has looked sharper and has later break. Affeldt worked with Bumgarner on keeping his hand on top of the ball more and having a bigger follow-through toward his right leg when throwing the curveball. Bumgarner has been mixing in his curveball with his slider as his go-to breaking pitch.
SP | Luis Perez | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays RP Luis Perez (elbow) is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, July 17.
SP | John Lannan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson indicated the team may recall SP John Lannan from Triple-A Syracuse in order to start one of the two games in a doubleheader Saturday, July 21.
SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (lat) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Sunday, July 15, and did not have any problems. He is scheduled to throw another session Thursday, July 19, and will start throwing batting practice next week.
SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles have recalled SP Chris Tillman from Double-A Bowie.
SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies are planning to offer SP Cole Hamels at least $120 million in an attempt to keep him, but some people within the organization are not overly optimistic that Hamels will sign an extension.
SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (finger) said his finger felt good Monday, July 16, and he plans to make his start Tuesday, July 17.
SP | Dana Eveland | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
Baltimore Orioles SP Dana Eveland cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk Monday, July 16.
SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens has been pitching with more velocity since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. C Brian McCann said Jurrjens' increased velocity as allowed him to pitch inside more to batters.
SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers are one of the teams that could become interested in trading for Tampa Bay Rays SP James Shields, and they could build a package around C Rob Brantly, knowing that the Rays have been searching for a backstop for years. The Rays want to get through this weekend's games before deciding if they will sell, however. If Tampa Bay becomes complete sellers, they could also look to trade OF B.J. Upton.
SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he has a different stance on the trade value of SP Francisco Liriano now that he has turned things around recently. "I've certainly got a different mindset over Frankie because of what I've seen here recently compared to what we saw in the first two months," Ryan said Sunday, July 15, referring in part to Liriano's 15 strikeouts two days earlier despite a loss to Oakland.
SP | Tyler Thornburg | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Tyler Thornburg will make the start against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, July 18, in place of struggling SP Zack Greinke.
SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said OF Ichiro Suzuki and SP Felix Hernandez won't be traded before the July 31 deadline.
SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
The New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates all had scouts in attendance to watch Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza's start against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, July 15, in which he tossed seven shutout innings. The Cubs are searching almost every team's minor league system in order to target prospects to acquire in the event they trade Garza or SP Ryan Dempster.
SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg had been getting in the habit of pitching hitters backwards during his recent losing streak, and coaches wanted him to throw more fastballs. In his start Sunday, July 15, Strasburg focused on going back to his heater, and he tossed six shutout innings. Strasburg tossed 70 heaters out of his 105 offerings in the game. Of his seven strikeouts, three came with hitters looking at the fastball. "The thing about Stephen is, his off-speed is so good that it's easy to fall back on that," pitching coach Steve McCatty said. "But his fastball still is an outstanding pitch. So we just talked about it. We've been talking about it and talking about it and talking about it - get back to using it."
RP | Heath Bell | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins RP Mike Dunn recorded his first career save Monday, July 16. RP Heath Bell pitched a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts to get to Dunn.
RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said the role of RP John Axford might be up for review after another shaky outing and blown save cost the team a win Monday, July 16, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Axford allowed three earned runs, three hits and two walks while retiring just two batters, falling to 2-6 with his sixth blown save of the year. "I think he's got a lot going on upstairs," Roenicke said. "But he still seems to be the same guy. You talk to him before the game or before batting practice, he seems to be the same guy. So I don't know what all the issues are."
RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (elbow) allowed an unearned run, hit and two walks with four strikeouts Monday, July 16, in his first minor-league rehab start with Double-A Frisco. Feliz said he felt good and he was pleased with his velocity. Feliz's fastball was between 92-95 mph, and he hit 96 on the radar gun twice.
RP | Takashi Saito | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Takashi Saito (calf, illness) was able to throw perfect innings in rehab appearances in Arizona League games Friday, July 13, and Sunday, July 15. He is scheduled to take off Monday, July 16, before making more appearances Tuesday, July 17, and Thursday, July 19. "We've just got to get him on a streak of good," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He threw more aggressive (Sunday), throwing more of his secondary pitches as well as his fastball." His velocity was clocked around 90-91 mph.
RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen (elbow) is expected to make one more rehab outing before returning to the team for the first time this year. He gave up four runs in just two-thirds of an inning with Double-A Harrisburg Sunday, July 15, allowing three hits, a walk and a home run. Storen's velocity was fine, but he was leaving pitches up in the zone often. The team is not concerned with his strength.
RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera (knee) said it's his "goal" to return this September. Rivera is vigorously going through his rehab program and is in good position to accomplish his goal. However, the team isn't expecting him to be back.
RP | Greg Holland | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Greg Holland has a 1.75 ERA in 27 games since returning from the disabled list May 11, and he's fanned 36 hitters in 25 2/3 innings. He has three wins, eight holds and a blown save over that time. "I feel good right now," Holland said. "I feel like I'm consistent. I feel my fastball command for the last few weeks has been better than it was last year, but my off-speed (pitches) still need some work. I've still got some timing issues with that."
Holland's rib injury kept him from driving toward home plate during his follow-through, which kept him from getting balls down in the zone. His arm slot was inconsistent, too, making things worse.
RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain (ankle) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance Tuesday, July 17, but manager Joe Girardi said he is not sure if Chamberlain will pitch for the team's Gulf Coast League or for Single-A Tampa.
RP | Juan Oviedo | Miami Marlins | Injury
Miami Marlins RP Juan Oviedo (elbow) has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. There is no timetable for his return.
RP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers activated RP Alexi Ogando (groin) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 16.
RP | Jim Miller | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
Oakland Athletics RP Jim Miller has returned to the team after paternity leave. In a corresponding move, the team optioned P Pedro Figueroa to Triple-A Sacramento.
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