Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 8, 2013 @ 09:07:58 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have placed DH Lance Berkman (hip) on the 15-day disabled list because of left hip inflammation.

1B | James Loney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 1B James Loney went 2-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox Friday, July 5, to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 16 games.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis said the hitch in his swing wasn't the biggest concern for him when he went down to the minors and started making mechanical adjustments to quiet his swing. "The hitch is not my problem. I've hit well with it. It's more other things than that. The hitch isn't the big thing. It's just calming everything down, being relaxed and not having so much movement with everything. And then when I have movement, be the right kind of movement. That's going the right direction. I got in the habit of cutting myself off by stepping too close to the plate, and I couldn't use my hips to swing or use my hands, because they'd get tied up. I'm trying to step straight, towards the pitcher now, instead of towards home plate, which is allowing my hands to work a little better," Davis said.


Second Baseman

2B | Grant Green | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics will promote 2B Grant Green from Class AAA Sacramento to start Monday, July 8. He's likely to platoon with Eric Sogard as the minority end against left-handed arms. A corresponding move for Green's call-up will be announced tomorrow.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham moved from second base to shortstop Friday, July 5, to give SS Alexei Ramirez a bit of a rest for a couple of innings, and he said Sunday, July 7, that if the situation dictated another position switch sometime in the future, he wouldn't be bothered by the possibility. "You know what, I think that I could do it. I think I would be solid," Beckham said. "Second base is my best position. But you know, no, it wouldn't bother me. I want to play, so if that's where I need to play to play, then that's where I'll play."

2B | Omar Infante | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Omar Infante (shin, ankle) missed his third consecutive game against the Cleveland Indians Saturday, July 6, because of a left shin contusion. His ankle was heavily taped in the clubhouse but his ankle was unwrapped.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (side) left the team's game early Saturday, July 6, because of some side discomfort. He will be evaluated after the game.

2B | Jason Kipnis | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Entering play Saturday, July 6, Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis had reached base safely in 36 consecutive games. Kipnis went 1-for-4 against the Detroit Tigers Friday, July 5, to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

2B | Daniel Descalso | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Daniel Descalso is starting for the second straight day at shortstop with SS Pete Kozma being benched so that he can work on his swing. Descalso has hit .355 in his last 30 games and had three hits Thursday, July 4. However, manager Mike Matheny was careful to say that there isn't a platoon situation in the works at shortstop. SS Ryan Jackson is batting .306 with a .384 on-base percentage at Triple-A Memphis, but he isn't an option for the team's bench at this moment.


Shortstop

SS | Jed Lowrie | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Jed Lowrie (calf) returned to the lineup Sunday, July 7, against the Kansas City Royals. He posted three hits, including a home run and two RBI, in five at-bats.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) served as the designated hitter in his second minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Sunday, July 7. He had a hit in two at-bats with a run scored and two walks.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (rib) has had dramatic improvement in his fractured right fifth rib, and he might be able to begin a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as Monday, July 8, with Triple-A Colorado Springs. He said Sunday, July 7, that he will not play in the All-Star Game, where he was voted to start at shortstop, without playing first for the Rockies. He is aiming to return for the final series before the break against the Los Angeles Dodgers, which begins Thursday, July 11. "I want to be back for the Dodgers series. But I have to make sure it's right," Tulowitzki said. "I need to see how it responds in a game, and how it feels on a check swing or awkward swing. The team needs me in the second half."

SS | Alcides Escobar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said SS Alcides Escobar was not in the lineup against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, July 6, or Sunday, July 7, because he has been "grinding" recently.

SS | Nick Franklin | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Nick Franklin (knee) was not in the starting lineup against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, July 6, after fouling a pitch off his right knee during the previous night's game. He struck out in a pinch-hitting appearance. Franklin returned to the lineup Sunday, July 7.

SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Jurickson Profar made his first pro start in left field Saturday, July 6, against the Houston Astros. Profar went hitless in three at-bats but had a diving catch in the sunlight to save a run and end the second inning.

SS | Javier Baez | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs minor league SS Javier Baez has been promoted from Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee. In 24 games with Daytona, he hit .300 with a league-leading nine home runs and 28 runs scored.

SS | Willie Bloomquist | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Arizona Diamondbacks INF Willie Bloomquist (hand, wrist) said he has two broken bones in his left hand and expects to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees have activated SS Eduardo Nunez (oblique) from the 60-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, the team placed RP David Phelps (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list because of a forearm strain. Phelps will be shut down from throwing for 10 days.

SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) was hitless in five at-bats Friday, July 5, against the Washington Nationals in his first game back from the 15-day disabled list. The good news is that he played a full game and did not have any setbacks.

SS | Stephen Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox placed SS Stephen Drew (hamstring) on the disabled list, retroactive to June 29. They also called up P Jose De La Torre from Class AAA Pawtucket.

SS | Brad Miller | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Brad Miller is batting leadoff Friday, July 5, although he's hitting only .200 (4-for-20) with a .300 on-base percentage. The Mariners have yet to settle for a single leadoff guy, trying OFs Jason Bay, Endy Chavez, Michael Saunders and Franklin Gutierrez there. Bay and Chavez aren't in the lineup Friday. Miller has experience with hitting leadoff in the minors and feels comfortable at the top spot.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus was dropped to eighth in the batting order Thursday, July 4. Andrus is hitting just .196 since June 1.


Third Baseman

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
As the designated hitter in a rehab game for Double-A New Hampshire, Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (ankle) went 2-for-4 Saturday, July 6.

3B | Russ Canzler | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles INF Russ Canzler was designated for assignment Saturday, July 6, to make room for newly-acquired INF Alex Liddi. The team has 10 days to decide what it wants to do with Canzler.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (undisclosed) left the team's game early Saturday, July 6, after suffering an undisclosed injury.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) was to play his third minor-league rehab game Friday, July 5, with Class A Tampa, but the game was postponed due to rain.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI in the loss Friday, July 5, against the Washington Nationals. In his career, he is hitting a robust .377 at Nationals Park.

3B | Ian Stewart | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent 3B Ian Stewart (Cubs) to an undisclosed deal Friday, July 5.


Catcher

C | Devin Mesoraco | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco (back) did not start Saturday, July 6, or Sunday, July 7, against the Seattle Mariners due to back spasms. C Ryan Hanigan started both games. Mesoraco has also been dealing with a right knee injury which he originally suffered June 29. "I think it's just a day or two thing. We went at it with a bunch of stuff yesterday and it's much better. It's not perfect. If I had to play, I could definitely play. Yesterday, I probably couldn't have," Mesoraco said Sunday.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (knee) could return to action as soon as Tuesday, July 9, after an MRI exam revealed that there was no structural damage to his right knee. He was diagnosed with inflammation in the knee.

C | Jason Castro | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros C Jason Castro, who was selected to his first All-Star Game Saturday, July 6, hit a three-run homer during that night's game against the Texas Rangers. The homer helped guide Houston to a 9-5 victory.

C | Yasmani Grandal | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said C Yasmani Grandal (knee) has damage to his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament.

C | Dioner Navarro | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Dioner Navarro (hand, elbow) suffered temporary numbness in his hand and elbow Friday, July 5, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Navarro attempted to pick OF Starling Marte off third base in the eighth inning but his hand hit the mask of plate umpire Vic Carapazza and his elbow hit the bat of OF Andrew McCutchen. He remained in the game.

C | Evan Gattis | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis (oblique) was cleared to start playing catch. He remains on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right oblique, and he has been cleared to ramp up baseball activities. However, there is still no timetable for his return.

C | Gerald Laird | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Gerald Laird, who was making a start to give C Brian McCann rest, was ejected in the third inning Friday, July 5, for arguing a called third strike. Manager Fredi Gonzalez also got the gate after going out to protect his player.

C | Miguel Olivo | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Miami Marlins C Miguel Olivo cleared waivers and has elected to become a free agent.


Outfielder

OF | Yoan Aybar | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox signed 16-year-old Dominican OF Yoan Aybar to an undisclosed deal.

OF | Oscar Taveras | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras (ankle) will not participate the Futures Game during the All-Star break. He has been rehabbing at the team's complex in Jupiter, Fla., but may not return to action before the game.

OF | Darin Ruf | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies will use 1B Darin Ruf most often in the absence of 1B Ryan Howard (knee), who was placed on the disabled list Saturday, July 6, and could miss some time due to a knee injury.

OF | Jeff Francoeur | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have expressed an interest in free-agent OF Jeff Francoeur (Royals), according to a source. Two other unknown teams are also believed to have an interest.

OF | Scott Hairston | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals acquired OF Scott Hairston from the Chicago Cubs Sunday, July 7, according to a source. It is unclear what the Cubs receive in return.

OF | Dewayne Wise | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago White Sox OF Dewayne Wise (oblique) had a hit and RBI in two at-bats during his first minor-league rehab game for Triple-A Charlotte Saturday, July 6.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday, July 7, that OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) could be rested more due to his injury history. It was a plan the team used when he returned from a previous injury. "We did a little bit of that early on and then he seemed to be in the clear and then all of a sudden as soon as he gets to five or six (games in a row), that's when it starts to flare up a little bit," Farrell said. "We'll balance as best we can."

OF | Joc Pederson | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Joc Pederson (oblique) has not played at Double-A Chattanooga since Wednesday, July 3, due to a strained oblique muscle. Pederson was selected to play in the Futures Game July 14, but his status is uncertain at this time.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (back, finger) was able to start the game Sunday, July 7, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he left the game in the ninth inning due to a sprained middle finger on his right hand. X-rays were negative, and he is listed as day to day.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (hand) said Sunday, July 7, that he plans to play in a minor-league rehab game Monday, July 8, and Tuesday, July 9, with Triple-A Colorado Springs. Fowler has been swinging a bat and shagging flyballs. However, swinging left-handed has been a challenge for Fowler, and he must feel comfortable in those at-bats before he is cleared to return.

OF | Oswaldo Arcia | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia (hand) is listed as day-to-day after suffering a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch from Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey Saturday, July 6. The injury occurred in the top of the sixth inning, although Arcia remained in the game until the bottom of the seventh. X-rays were negative.

OF | Xavier Paul | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Xavier Paul (shoulder) suffered a sore right shoulder after running into the wall in foul territory Friday, July 5, against the Seattle Mariners. He did not play Saturday, July 6, and was not in the starting lineup Sunday, July 7.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (shoulder) is not in the starting lineup against the San Francisco Giants Sunday, July 7. Manager Don Mattingly expects him to return to action Monday, July 8.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz said that he would probably decline an invitation to the Home Run Derby if asked to participate.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) is aiming to return to the lineup when the team begins a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday, July 11. He had a good day in the batting cage Saturday, July 6, and was scheduled to hit in the cage again Sunday, July 7. If all goes well, Braun will participate in on-field batting practice Monday, July 8, and Tuesday, July 9. "He's got to get his legs under him," manager Ron Roenicke said. "If we can get him maybe back before the All-Star break and let him play in some games, and then use the break as kind of how you would recuperate in spring training, that would be ideal."

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 16 games on Saturday, July 6, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton homered for the second time in three nights, with a dramatic two-run blast in the bottom of the 11th inning of a 9-7 win over the Boston Red Sox Saturday, July 6.

OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman, Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez and OF Yasiel Puig, San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence and Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond are vying for the final spot on the National League All-Star roster. Fans have until Thursday, July 11 to cast their votes at MLB.com.

OF | John Mayberry Jr. | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 1B Ryan Howard (knee) on the 15-day disabled list because of left knee inflammation. In a corresponding move, 1B/OF Darin Ruf has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and he will join the team Monday, July 8.

OF | Melky Cabrera | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera (knee) ran Friday, July 5, for the first time since being placed on the disabled list. Manager John Gibbons said he will need to have a minor league rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres (calf) suffered a right calf strain against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, July 5.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said OF Bryce Harper could receive a few days off this weekend. He is batting .053 (1-for-19) since being activated from the disabled list.

OF | Starling Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte had three hits Friday, July 5, against the Chicago Cubs to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth has responded nicely to being moved to the sixth spot in manager Davey Johnson's batting order. Werth was 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI Friday, July 5, against the San Diego Padres, and he has six hits in seven at-bats in two games since being moved to No. 6 in the lineup.

OF | David DeJesus | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Friday, July 5, that there is no timetable for the return of OF David DeJesus (shoulder). However, he has started to swing off a tee, and can raise his arm over his head.

OF | Brian Bogusevic | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Friday, July 5, that OF Brian Bogusevic (hamstring) is considered day to day. Bogusevic left the game Thursday, July 4, against the Oakland Athletics early due to tightness in his left hamstring.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond keeps close tabs on the health of OF Giancarlo Stanton, making sure his legs are kept fresh. He missed all of May and the first week of June due to a strained right hamstring, but the team is 14-8 with Stanton in the lineup since he has returned from the 15-day disabled list. Stanton wants to keep playing without periodic breathers, but Redmond might give the outfielder a day off with a quick turnaround in back-to-back games Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) is pretty much done for the year, general manager Brian Sabean said on the radio on Friday, July 5.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
After taking league-mandated concussion tests, Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon (concussion, hip) isn't dealing with a concussion and is being listed as day-to-day. He believes he'll be able to play Friday, July 5, but that's unlikely to happen. "They said I was cleared to go," Gordon said. "They did all the tests, followed all the rules and they cleared me to go. So I'm just going to get back into action here today and hopefully get things rolling." He won't be placed on the 7-day disabled list for concussions. Gordon is also dealing with a bruise on his hip that has left him sore.

OF | Mike Morse | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Morse (quadriceps) will run the bases Saturday, July 6, and is expected to move to a rehab assignment Sunday, July 7, or Monday, July 8. Morse is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, July 5. "I feel like I can play right now if I could," Morse said. "Definitely, when I was playing in Oakland I shouldn't have been. So I compare it that to then and I'm like, oh man, It's 100 percent. I just want to make sure I don't have to worry about this and play the rest of the games this year."

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers activated OF Carl Crawford (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, July 5, and optioned OF Scott Van Slyke to Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move.

OF | Manny Ramirez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Manny Ramirez is likely to make his debut with the organization for Triple-A Round Rock Sunday, July 7. It will be his first game with a major league club since he played 17 games with the Oakland Athletics last year at Class AAA.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes was moved to sixth in the team's lineup Friday, July 5, as he has just nine hits in his last 59 at-bats with 23 strikeouts in his last 15 games. 3B Josh Donaldson is in the cleanup spot and is 11-for-27 (.407) with four home runs in his last eight games.

OF | Blake Tekotte | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox recalled OF Blake Tekotte from Triple-A Charlotte Friday, July 5.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Ivan Pineyro | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Chicago Cubs acquired SP Ivan Pineyro from the Washington Nationals for OF Scott Hairston.

SP | Hector Santiago | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Hector Santiago has an ERA of 4.55 over his first three innings, and a 3.13 ERA from innings four through six. He has been searching for a solution to his early-game woes, and he and pitching coach Don Cooper decided to move his bullpen session up one day closer to his start. "We are looking at this guy to pitch and stay strong all year," Cooper said Sunday, July 7. "We limit sidelines a lot of times or skip them sometimes. Or we'll do a Day 3 and just do light touch and feel sometimes."

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy (rib) is making his way back from a fractured rib on his left side. He reported general soreness after a bullpen session Friday, July 5, but good kind of soreness from raising of his workload. He will throw a simulated game Tuesday, July 9, as he ramps up his activity. The team might try to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, if he can get healthy, and he is open to whatever the club intends. "We'll see how it plays out. I'm open to anything and I'll do everything I'm asked to do. If that's staying here, I'll be happy to do that," Peavy said Sunday, July 7. "If that means to move, then that's something we'll address and be OK with when that time comes."

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (shoulder, neck) is targeting Sunday, July 14, to begin a minor-league rehab assignment, but he will need to complete two bullpen sessions before he is cleared. "Tuesday or Wednesday is our tentative plan right now," manager John Farrell said Sunday, July 7, "or possibly Wednesday and Friday. For two bullpens, that will put him in line - provided there's no setbacks - put him in line for a start next Sunday."

SP | Franklin Morales | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox P Franklin Morales (pectoral) is not close to returning from the 15-day disabled list, as he recovers from a left pectoralis strain. He hasn't pitched since June 22. "Much like everybody else that comes off a throwing injury, you've got to take him through the progression," manager John Farrell said Sunday, July 7. "Long toss. He was out to 110, 115 feet again today with his throwing. But he's certainly not going to be available before the (all-star) break."

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda (hip) allowed three hits with one walk over seven innings Sunday, July 7, against the Baltimore Orioles in a no-decision. He had his start pushed back due to a sore hip flexor. He had his win disappear when RP Mariano Rivera blew a rare save, but manager Joe Girardi was happy with the performance. "I don't think it's wasted," Girardi said. "I feel a lot better than if he would have given up seven runs, I can tell you that. It was good to see him get out there and throw extremely well. I thought his sinker was good and I thought his split was extremely good today."

SP | Roy Oswalt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Roy Oswalt (hamstring) left his start Sunday, July 7, against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to a strained left hamstring. There is a possibility he could land on the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) will return to his rehabilitation schedule Tuesday, July 9, when he is slated to start for Triple-A Gwinnett.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Los Angeles Dodgers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ricky Nolasco will start against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, July 9. To clear a spot for him in the rotation, SP Chris Capuano has been moved to the bullpen.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Kyle Drabek (elbow) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and assigned to Class A Dunedin to continue his rehab. He takes the spot on the 40-man roster previously occupied by SP Chien-Ming Wang, who is at Triple-A Buffalo.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals have slotted SP Adam Wainwright ahead of SP Shelby Miller on Tuesday, July 9. This would give him two starts before the All-Star break instead of one but make him ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game.

SP | Nick Tepesch | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers have placed SP Nick Tepesch (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list because of right elbow inflammation. The move is retroactive to Saturday, July 6.

SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Confirming a previous report, the Pittsburgh Pirates have activated SP A.J. Burnett (calf) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, RP Ryan Reid has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman didn't allow an extra-base hit Saturday, July 6, against the New York Yankees, but he was touched up for 10 singles tying a season-high for hits allowed and was charged with five runs in just 5 1/3 innings. "It was a tough one for me," said Tillman (10-3), who was attempting to become the first Oriole to win eight straight decisions since Erik Bedard won nine consecutive in 2007.

SP | Kyle Kendrick | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick allowed at least four runs for the third time in five starts Saturday, July 6, in a 13-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves. He permitted six runs in five innings. Before Saturday, Kendrick had dominated the Braves in 19 career games (13 starts). He had a 2.86 ERA in those outings.

SP | Kevin Slowey | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Kevin Slowey will start against the Atlanta Braves Monday, July 8. SP Ricky Nolasco had been scheduled to pitch before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

SP | Dan Haren | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals SP Dan Haren (shoulder) will start against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, July 8.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
In a rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock Saturday, July 6, Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando (shoulder) allowed three earned runs on four hits in two innings, with one walk and one strikeout. He threw 28 of his 41 pitches for strikes but allowed a pair of homers. Ogando's next scheduled start will be Thursday, July 11.

SP | Matt Harvey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
The New York Mets may move SP Matt Harvey's scheduled start from Sunday, July 14, to Saturday, July 13, so he can pitch in the All-Star game. Harvey is considered a strong favorite to start the game.

SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said SP Ross Detwiler (back) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a back injury. The team will also activate SP Dan Haren (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (neck) will make a rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga Saturday, July 6. According to manager Don Mattingly, he is expected to throw five or six innings and will be limited to approximately 90 pitches.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (foot) is scheduled to play catch Saturday, July 6, after a CT scan cleared him to resume walking on his right foot without using a protective boot.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Confirming a previous report, the Detroit Tigers have activated SP Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, P Jose Alvarez has been optioned to Triple-A Toledo.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
Confirming a previous report, the Cleveland Indians have recalled SP Carlos Carrasco from Triple-A Columbus. In a corresponding move, RP Joe Martinez was optioned to the minor leagues.

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren said the team is not considering SP Tim Hudson this season. Hudson would be able to veto any trade since he has played 10 years in MLB and five years with the same team.

SP | Steven Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Baltimore Orioles SP Steven Johnson (oblique) threw 30 pitches off a mound Saturday, July 6, and will have another throwing session Monday, July 8.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano allowed just two earned runs and four hits in a complete game victory Friday, July 5, against the Chicago Cubs. It was his first complete game since he had a no-hitter as a member of the Minnesota Twins back on May 3, 2011. Liriano struck out seven batters in Friday's win.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed four earned runs, right hits and no walks with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in a win against the Atlanta Braves Friday, July 5. With the victory, he improved to 10-2, and he is now 11-2 in his past 14 starts against National League East Division opponents.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday, July 5, that a six-man rotation is a possibility when SP Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) comes off the 15-day disabled list. Chen is expected to throw Saturday, July 6, or Sunday, July 7, and then the team will make a decision if he does not have any setbacks. Chen could come off the 15-day disabled list as early as the middle of next week.

SP | Paul Maholm | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Paul Maholm scooted up a day in the rotation to work Friday, July 5, against the Philadelphia Phillies with SP Tim Hudson (neck) battling a stiff neck. Maholm allowed five runs - four earned - and nine hits over six innings in a loss.

SP | Jarrod Parker | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Jarrod Parker (shoulder) will make his start Saturday, July 6.

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians are considering trading for a starting pitcher before the trade deadline and are not looking to add a back of the rotation option. The team could show interest in Houston Astros SP Bud Norris, Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija and Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo because they could be under the team's control beyond this season.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) threw five simulated innings in the bullpen Friday, July 5, and manager Mike Matheny called it the best "from what I've seen."

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled SP Tyler Skaggs and P Charles Brewer from Triple-A Reno Friday, July 5, and optioned OF Tony Campana and RP Chaz Roe to Reno in corresponding moves.

SP | Zach McAllister | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister (finger) threw a 60-pitch bullpen session Friday, July 5, and used all of his pitches except for breaking balls, which he'll do during a bullpen Saturday, July 6. McAllister will throw a simulated game against Single-A Lake County Monday, July 8.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb (concussion) threw a smooth 29-pitch bullpen session Friday, July 5.

SP | Gerrit Cole | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole will remain in the starting rotation when SP A.J. Burnett (calf) returns from the 15-day disabled list.

SP | Gonzalez Germen | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Mets optioned RP Gonzalez Germen to the minors Friday, July 5, to make room on the roster for 1B Ike Davis.

SP | Burch Smith | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres activated SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, July 5, and optioned SP Burch Smith to the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Guillermo Moscoso is an option to be recalled from Triple-A Iowa to start Sunday, July 7. Moscoso has a 4.63 ERA for Iowa this year. SP Jake Arrieta could be an option to enter the rotation at some point, too.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Jesse Crain | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Jesse Crain (shoulder) did not travel with the team this weekend after being temporarily shut down due to his strained right shoulder. Crain plans to begin a rehab program Monday, July 8, when the team returns home.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Jonathan Broxton (elbow) is progressing, but there is still no target date for his return. He has only recently resumed playing catch, as he recovers from a flexor mass strain in his right elbow. "They said he's progressing," manager Dusty Baker said Sunday, July 7. "It's coming a little slower than he would have liked."

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera served up a two-run home run to Baltimore Orioles OF Adam Jones in the ninth inning Sunday, July 7, to blow the 75th save of his career. "I wanted it to be more in. It didn't get in enough," Rivera said. "It's too bad. (SP Hiroki Kuroda) pitched a tremendous game and he should have won a game like this."

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox recalled RP Alfredo Aceves from Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday, July 7. He will be used as both middle and late relief for the remainder of the team's road trip heading into the All-Star break, according to manager John Farrell.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit,
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday, July 7, that he is hopeful RPs Andrew Bailey and Junichi Tazawa can fill the void as setup men for closer RP Koji Uehara following the injury to RP Andrew Miller (foot).

RP | Chad Gaudin | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have activated SP Chad Gaudin (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, P Michael Kickham has been optioned to Triple-A Fresno.

RP | Joakim Soria | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Confirming a previous report, the Texas Rangers have activated RP Joakim Soria (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list.

RP | Cory Burns | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have recalled RP Cory Burns from Triple-A Round Rock.

RP | Josh Wall | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired SP Ricky Nolasco and $197,000 in international bonus pool money from the Miami Marlins, in exchange for minor league Ps Steven Ames, Angel Sanchez and Josh Wall.

RP | Joaquin Benoit | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara, Detroit Tigers RP Joaquin Benoit, New York Yankees RP David Robertson, Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers and Toronto Blue Jays RP Steve Delabar are vying for the final spot on the American League All-Star roster. Fans have until Thursday, July 11 to cast their votes at MLB.com.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) has been feeling good during bullpen session and is scheduled to throw another one Sunday, July 7. He hopes to begin a rehab assignment by the start of the second half of the season.

RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said RP Santiago Casilla (knee) will pitch in consecutive rehab games Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7. If all goes well, he should be ready to be activated from the disabled list.

RP | Grant Balfour | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics CL Grant Balfour notched his 40th consecutive save Friday, July 5, against the Kansas City Royals, tying the franchise record set by Dennis Eckersley during the 1991 and 1992 seasons. It was Balfour's 22nd save this year.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Fantasy,
The New York Mets are not expected to trade RP Bobby Parnell before the trade deadline unless they are blown away by an offer.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson blew his American League leading sixth save of the season Friday, July 5, against the New York Yankees.

RP | Brandon Gomes | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Brandon Gomes (lat) said Friday, July 5, that he is hopeful of starting another rehab assignment during the All-Star break.

RP | Jose Veras | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros manager said RP Jose Veras (finger) is available to close if needed Friday, July 5.

RP | Francisley Bueno | Kansas City Royals | Transaction,
Kansas City Royals P Francisley Bueno cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha Friday, July 5.

RP | Kyle McClellan | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
Texas Rangers RP Kyle McClellan cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A Frisco Friday, July 5.

RP | Pedro Strop | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said RPs Matt Guerrier and Pedro Strop won't be handed the eighth-inning setup role in front of RP Kevin Gregg. "I think (Blake) Parker pretty much put himself in that role right now," Sveum said. "It's pretty much going to be Parker and Gregg in those last two innings."

RP | Luis Ayala | Atlanta Braves | Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves activated RP Luis Ayala (anxiety) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, July 5.

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves moved RP Jonny Venters (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list Thursday, July 4.

RP | Cory Gearrin | Atlanta Braves | Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves optioned RP Cory Gearrin to the minors Thursday, July 4.

RP | Shawn Camp | Chicago Cubs | Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs optioned SP Chris Rusin to the minors and designated RP Shawn Camp for assignment.

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