1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman (knee) tweaked his right knee Thursday, Aug. 2. He'll be examined by a doctor.
1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche is hitting .432 during a 10-game hitting streak.
1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard has only three hits in his last 22 at-bats with 14 strikeouts. "Right now, I'm just in a funk. There is no point in trying to hide it. Right now I'm not seeing the ball. I'm not comfortable. It's a mental day. I'm not going to lie, I'm a little frustrated. A little flustered. So I guess it would be a good day for a day off," Howard said.
1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) is no longer wearing a knee brace and has been moving around well while fielding ground balls. However, there is no timetable for his return until he hits on the field and does some running. He will not play this weekend.
1B | Brandon Snyder | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers optioned OF Brandon Snyder to the minors to make room for 3B Mike Olt.
2B | Josh Rutledge | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Josh Rutledge homered in his fourth straight game Thursday, Aug. 2.
2B | Emmanuel Burriss | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
San Francisco Giants INF Emmanuel Burriss cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Fresno Thursday, Aug. 2.
SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal (back) missed his fifth straight game with a stiff back Thursday, Aug. 2.
SS | Jose Reyes | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins SS Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 20 games Thursday, Aug. 2.
SS | Ronny Cedeno | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets INF Ronny Cedeno matched a career high with five RBIs Thursday, Aug. 2.
SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond (oblique) is expected to miss three to four more weeks because of his oblique injury.
SS | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SS Trevor Plouffe (thumb) is not with the team as they play the Boston Red Sox this week, but he's eligible to return Sunday, Aug. 5, and there is a chance he'll do so. There is also a chance he'll need a rehab assignment, but the team will wait to make a decision on that.
SS | Andrelton Simmons | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (hand) will have his cast removed Friday, Aug. 3, and he'll likely need another two weeks before he can return.
SS | Brandon Hicks | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics optioned SS Brandon Hicks to the minors Thursday, Aug. 2.
SS | Wilson Valdez | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Wilson Valdez (neck) was unable to play Thursday, Aug. 2, with a stiff neck. 3B Miguel Cairo replaced Valdez in the lineup Thursday.
SS | Adam Rosales | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics will recall SP Dan Straily and INF Adam Rosales from Triple-A Sacramento Thursday, Aug. 2, according to multiple sources. Straily is expected to make his major league debut Friday, Aug. 3. He has 175 strikeouts in 138 1/3 innings in the minors this year. SP Travis Blackley is likely to move to the bullpen as a long reliever.
SS | Tommy Manzella | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox signed free-agent SS Tommy Manzella (Brewers) to a minor league deal Wednesday, Aug. 1, and assigned him to Triple-A Charlotte.
3B | Mike Costanzo | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction
The Cincinnati Reds outrighted 3B Mike Costanzo to Triple-A Louisville.
3B | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Martin Prado had the night off Thursday, Aug. 2, after going 0-for-5, hitting into two double plays and committing an error. He is hitting .239 (28-for-117) in 28 games since June 29 to drop his average from .323 to .298. "He's a little out of sync," said 3B Chipper Jones. "His swing is drifting a little bit. Whenever he struggles he drifts and when he gets out on that front foot, he's committing a little early instead of driving that ball to the off field, and slashing it to the off field like we've seen him do hundreds of times. He's basically just flipping the ball to first and second."
3B | Donnie Murphy | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins INF Donnie Murphy (flu) was scratched from the lineup with flu-like symptoms Thursday, Aug. 2.
3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Mike Olt will play against left-handed pitchers, either at first base or designated hitter, according to manager Ron Washington. He will also play third base when 3B Adrian Beltre serves as the DH or needs a rest. Olt will be used only in an emergency in the outfield.
3B | Dallas McPherson | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Chicago White Sox released 3B Dallas McPherson Thursday, Aug. 2.
3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants are optimistic that 3B Pablo Sandoval (hamstring) will be able to return from the disabled list when eligible Thursday, Aug. 9. He is "real close" to testing his left hamstring by running. "He's coming around," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm more and more encouraged with Pablo. I think possibly he'll be ready when his time is up. He was out here taking some swings yesterday during batting practice, and he's doing more and more in the training room. I like the progress he's making."
3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) will play for Triple-A Durham Thursday, Aug. 2, and serve as the designated hitter.
C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (thumb) sat out with a sprained right thumb Thursday, Aug. 2. He'll have X-rays when the team returns home Friday, Aug. 3.
C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana homered and drove in four runs Thursday, Aug. 2.
C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey had the day off Thursday, Aug. 2. OF Hunter Pence moved to the cleanup spot in his absence.
C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli is sitting out Thursday, Aug. 2, with C Geovany Soto doing the catching. 3B Mike Olt is making his team debut at first base. INF Michael Young is starting at second base with 2B Ian Kinsler as the designated hitter.
C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer is taking the day off Thursday, Aug. 2.
OF | Mason Williams | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees OF Mason Williams (shoulder) is out for the season with a torn left labrum, which will require surgery.
OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton said he has enjoyed the game more recently, but wouldn't divulge what has been bothering him. "People are not going to understand, I'll share more later," Hamilton said. "It's out there that my marriage is falling apart and people are trying to figure out what's going on... But it's nobody's business. When I let you know, I'll let you know."
OF | Seth Smith | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Seth Smith (hamstring) left the game Thursday, Aug. 2, with a strained left hamstring.
OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 11 games Thursday, Aug. 2.
OF | Ben Revere | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Ben Revere extended his hitting streak to 16 games Thursday, Aug. 2.
OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse extended his hitting streak to 11 games Thursday, Aug. 2.
OF | Jeff Francoeur | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said OF Jeff Francoeur will be in the starting lineup Friday, Aug. 3, after getting four straight days off. Francoeur only has two hits in his last 26 at-bats. Yost said Francoeur could be in a platoon with OF Jarrod Dyson moving forward.
OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said the team does not have any intentions of shutting OF Grady Sizemore (back, knee) down for the season. Sizemore is scheduled to run again Sunday, Aug. 5.
OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said OF Jayson Werth's availability will be determined by a day-to-day basis because he did not play back-to-back games during his rehab assignment.
OF | Matt Diaz | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Matt Diaz (thumb) was put in a new cast Thursday, Aug. 2, and will be seen by Dr. Gary Lourie Monday, Aug. 6. The team is hoping he can avoid surgery, which would sideline him for the rest of the season. "He agreed with his assessment in the fact that if it doesn't calm down on its own there's no sense in waiting around months to go ahead and get (surgery)," Diaz said. "We should know something in the next week."
OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (oblique) is out for the second straight day with a sore right oblique muscle Thursday, Aug. 2. He could return to the lineup Friday, Aug. 3, and he doesn't think he'll need to go on the disabled list.
OF | Andrew Brown | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies optioned OF Andrew Brown to the minors Thursday, Aug. 2.
OF | Scott Podsednik | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Scott Podsednik denied his assignment to Triple-A Reno Thursday, Aug. 2, and was granted his release.
OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (knee) will begin playing with Single-A Jupiter Thursday, Aug. 2, and he's expected to serve as the designated hitter.
OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Carlos Lee and Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford have been put on waivers.
OF | Andres Torres | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Andres Torres (thumb) is back in the lineup Thursday, Aug. 2, after missing two straight games. 2B Daniel Murphy is spelling 1B Ike Davis at first base.
OF | Gorkys Hernandez | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Gorkys Hernandez will make his first start with the team in center field Thursday, Aug. 2.
SP | Andrew Brackman | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction
The Cincinnati Reds outrighted P Andrew Brackman to Class A Bakersfield.
SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon allowed seven hits in eight shutout innings to beat the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, Aug. 2. He extended his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings.
SP | Ryan Dempster | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Ryan Dempster allowed eight runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday, Aug. 2.
SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler allowed three hits in seven shutout innings to beat the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, Aug. 2.
SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) has regained full range of motion in his elbow six weeks after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He will not be cleared to pitch for another two and a half months but is working on strengthening his back and shoulder.
SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Updating previous report, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said the team is leaning toward shutting down SP Stephen Strasburg at some point during the season. Johnson said Strasburg's situation is similar to the one they had with SP Jordan Zimmermann last season when he was shut down after 161 1/3 innings.
SP | Ervin Santana | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim may skip SP Ervin Santana's next turn in the rotation.
SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano (shoulder) threw a 40-pitch live batting practice session Thursday, Aug. 2, and he's scheduled for a bullpen session Saturday, Aug. 4. He is hoping to throw in a rehab game Tuesday, Aug. 7.
SP | Alex White | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies are hoping SP Alex White, who starts against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Aug. 2, will make the next step forward and remain in the rotation for the remainder of the season. "His last two starts were terrific, so we are anxious to see how that carries over," manager Jim Tracy said. "I had a sitdown with Alex and I came right out and told him that my wish would be that we see the Alex White that we know we have, and that we see that on a consistent basis."
SP | Brett Tomko | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Cincinnati Reds released SP Brett Tomko Thursday, Aug. 2. Tomko had been pitching for Triple-A Louisville.
SP | P.J. Walters | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP P.J. Walters (shoulder) will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester Thursday, Aug. 2, and he will pitch Saturday, Aug. 4. Walters will not be ready to return when eligible Monday, Aug. 13.
SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett (back) skipped his bullpen session Thursday, Aug. 2, making it "more than likely" that he'll miss his next start, according to manager Bobby Valentine. Beckett is also questionable for a bullpen Friday, Aug. 3, and it's unknown if he'll need to go on the disabled list. P Franklin Morales will be available to pitch in relief Thursday, and he'll be "waiting in the wings" if Beckett can't make the start against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, Aug. 5.
SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies placed SP Cliff Lee on waivers Thursday, Aug. 2. He's expected to clear Friday, Aug. 3, at which point he'll be eligible to be traded.
SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (ankle) is throwing a bullpen session Thursday, Aug. 2, and will throw another Sunday, Aug. 5. He seems to be on track to return and start against the Miami Marlins Wednesday, Aug. 8.
SP | Dan Straily | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics SP Dan Straily will make his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, Aug. 3. Straily was 8-6 with a 2.60 ERA with just 97 hits and 37 walks in 22 starts with Class AA and AAA this year. SP Travis Blackley will likely move into a long-relief role in the bullpen.
SP | Brad Hand | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
The Miami Marlins will recall P Brad Hand from the minors in order to start Game 1 of their doubleheader against the Washington Nationals Friday, Aug. 3. SP Josh Johnson will start Game 2.
SP | Derek Lowe | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Derek Lowe, who was just designated for assignment, would love nothing more than to return to the Boston Red Sox. He plans to work with longtime personal trainer Chris Correnti to get him back on track. "Of course I would," responded Lowe when asked if he'd like to return to the Red Sox. "I just need to go back with Chris and get my stuff right again. I know I will. I know I can pitch like I did the first two months of the season." General manager Ben Cherington indicated that the team would have some interest in acquiring Lowe.
SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers moved SP Colby Lewis (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Aug. 2.
SP | Brad Bergesen | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned SP Brad Bergesen to the minors Wednesday, Aug. 1.
SP | Clayton Mortensen | Boston Red Sox | Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox optioned RP Clayton Mortensen to the minors Wednesday, Aug. 1.
RP | Chris Hatcher | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins recalled P Chris Hatcher from Triple-A New Orleans. RP Dan Jennings was optioned to New Orleans.
RP | Brian Sanches | free agent | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies have released RP Brian Sanches.
RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen could pitch in more important situations with RP Henry Rodriguez (back) on the 15-day disabled list.
RP | Henry Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals activated OF Jayson Werth (wrist) from the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Aug. 2, and placed RP Henry Rodriguez (back) on the DL with a lower back issue.
RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said RP Frank Francisco will immediately return to the closer role when he rejoins the team Friday, Aug. 3. However, RP Bobby Parnell could see save chances if Francisco needs a break.
RP | Joe Thatcher | San Diego Padres | Injury,
San Diego Padres RP Joe Thatcher (knee) continues to improve in his recovery from knee tendonitis. "He's getting better," manager Bud Black said. "He's still getting treatment every day from our trainers, but he is feeling better. We are concerned, like we are about all our players." There is no timetable for Thatcher's return, but the team hopes to have him back in the next two weeks.
RP | Sean Marshall | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Sean Marshall has a 1.01 ERA in 32 games since May 20, and he's allowed 20 hits, five walks and 27 strikeouts over 26 2/3 innings in that time. Opponents are hitting just .198 against him, and he's 4-3 with a 2.41 ERA in 48 total games. "I feel good," Marshall said. "I feel comfortable, confident and it makes it easier when the rest of the guys in the bullpen are pitching just as well. We've had a pretty good run. This is probably the most fun I've had playing baseball. It makes it more fun when you're winning. It's a great group of guys, especially down in the bullpen."
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