1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Lance Berkman (hip, knee) is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list, but he said Wednesday, July 24, that he isn't even close to being ready. "Somewhere in the distant future. We'll see," Berkman said of a return. He went on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his left hip, and he has chronic soreness in his right knee.
2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks was in the leadoff spot Wednesday, July 24, against the San Diego Padres with OF Logan Schafer (rest) getting a day off. Weeks was 1-for-4 with a run scored.
2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham (wrist) took flips prior to the game Wednesday, July 24, to test his strained left wrist. Beckham said his injury "felt better than it did." The team will still decide in the next few days if Beckham needs a stint on the 15-day disabled list or not.
2B | Michael Martinez | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies recalled INF Michael Martinez from the minors Wednesday, July 24, and designated C Humberto Quintero for assignment in a corresponding move.
2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia finalized his new eight-year, $110 million deal Wednesday, July 24. He'll receive a signing bonus of $1 million and yearly salaries of $12.5 million in 2014 and 2015, $13 million in 2016, $15 million in 2017, $16 million in 2018, $15 million in 2019, $13 million in 2020 and $12 million in 2021. The deal includes a partial no-trade clause.
2B | Grant Green | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics optioned 2B Grant Green to the minors Tuesday, July 23.
SS | Zack Cozart | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart (hip) is out of the lineup with stiffness in his hip Wednesday, July 24, but he's available to pinch hit.
SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond (finger) is dealing with a bad blister on his left hand and is out of the lineup Wednesday, July 24. He may need to sit Thursday, July 25, too.
SS | Adam Rosales | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics recalled INF Adam Rosales from Triple-A Sacramento Wednesday, July 24, and designated 3B Vinnie Catricala for assignment in a corresponding move.
3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera (hip) is out of the lineup Thursday, July 25.
3B | Danny Valencia | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles optioned 3B Danny Valencia to the minors Wednesday, July 24, to clear space on the roster for RP Francisco Rodriguez.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (quadriceps, hip) has informed the team that he is healthy and ready to play. Rodriguez wants to be in the starting lineup Friday, July 26, when the team plays the Tampa Bay Rays. "He feels he has no choice," a source told ESPNNewYork.com. "He wants to play and they won't let him play. Nobody knows Alex's body better than he does." Rodriguez's doctor, Dr. Michael Gross, said Rodriguez's MRI exam showed no damage to his quadriceps that should keep him from playing. The Yankees are exploring the possibility that Rodriguez is in violation of the league's collective bargaining agreement by seeking a second medical opinion and not notifying the team.
C | Ryan Hanigan | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ryan Hanigan (wrist) will not likely come off the 15-day disabled list Thursday, July 25. He overdid it when swinging a bat Sunday, July 21. He might return Friday, July 26.
C | John Jaso | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C John Jaso (concussion) is being checked for concussion symptoms after taking another foul ball off his mask Wednesday, July 24. Jaso left the game early Wednesday after seven innings and underwent vision tests, which came back normal. He's still feeling dizzy, though, making him questionable in the next few days. "He was cleared and good for the game, and once he took another one, he told me he had a little headache and that was it," manager Bob Melvin said. "You can't chance that."
C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero (back) will visit a doctor to have his back checked out. Montero is expected to receive more rest in the second half of the season.
C | Mark Thomas | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
Tampa Bay Rays C Mark Thomas was suspended 50 games Tuesday, July 23, for his second violation of the minor league drug program for a drug of abuse.
OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward is out of the lineup Thursday, July 25.
OF | Hunter Pence | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have looked into the possibility of acquiring San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence. He is signed only through this season, but the Giants are still on the periphery of the playoff race and haven't yet decided if they will be sellers at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals might be buyers or sellers at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline depending on the standings. The team has shown an interest in Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios, and could look to add him if they are buyers. Rios is signed through next season, and has an option for 2015, so he fits with the cost-conscious Royals.
OF | Jordan Schafer | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jordan Schafer (foot) might be cleared to begin swinging a bat and completing some other light baseball activities this weekend, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday, July 24. Schafer has healed nicely from a stress fracture in his right foot, but he still might be sidelined at least two more weeks.
OF | B.J. Upton | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton (adductor) was able to play catch and take batting practice on the field before the game Wednesday, July 24. If he continues to make progress, he might be ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment early next week.
OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (concussion) will miss at least two games due to concussion-like symptoms after slamming his head on the warning track while diving for a ball Tuesday, July 23. Brown will go through concussion testing mandated by the league before he's approved to return to the field. If his symptoms worsen, he could land on the 7-day disabled list. OF Laynce Nix is replacing Brown in left field.
OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (pinkie) will start his minor league rehab assignment Thursday, July 25.
OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed OF Matt Kemp (ankle) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, July 24, and activated SP Ted Lilly (neck) from the DL in a corresponding move.
OF | David DeJesus | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs activated OF David DeJesus (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, July 24, and optioned OF Dave Sappelt to Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move.
OF | Gerardo Parra | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero, 2B Aaron Hill and OF Gerardo Parra are being given the day off Wednesday, July 24. Parra has only two hits in his last 34 at-bats going back to July 8, Hill is 4-for-30 in his last eight games and Montero is hitting .224 in July. 3B Eric Chavez and C Wil Nieves are receiving starts.
OF | Alejandro De Aza | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are interested in trading for Chicago White Sox OF Alejandro De Aza.
OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) received treatment for his knee Tuesday, July 23, and manager Davey Johnson said he plans to monitor Harper.
OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (wrist) is back in the lineup Wednesday, July 24.
OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun's relationship with Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch reportedly began in the summer of 2011, months before the October drug test of Braun's that triggered his long battle with the league. ESPN.com's T.J. Quinn said sources say Braun "was on a performance-enhancing drug regimen for high-end clients," including mint- or cherry-flavored lozenges that contained testosterone that a user would put under their tongue.
OF | Brent Lillibridge | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees INF Brent Lillibridge will likely see more time at third now that 3B Luis Cruz (knee) is on the disabled list. Lillibridge had a costly error in the game Tuesday, July 23, but made up for it by driving in the winning run against the Texas Rangers in the ninth inning.
OF | Caleb Gindl | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke mentioned OFs Logan Schafer, Khris Davis and Caleb Gindl as candidates to take over in left field with OF Ryan Braun lost for the rest of the season. SS Jean Segura will bat in Braun's usual third spot in the order.
SP | Ervin Santana | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals might have interest in Kansas City Royals SP Ervin Santana.
SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals aren't actively pursuing Houston Astros SP Bud Norris, and they're not interested in Toronto Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle.
SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (forearm) is likely done for the year due to an entrapped radial nerve in his right forearm.
SP | Matt Garza | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Garza allowed just one unearned run and five hits over 7 1/3 innings in a win against the New York Yankees Wednesday, July 24, in his team debut. He also struck out five batters, throwing 66 of his 95 pitches for strikes in the quality start.
SP | Alfredo Figaro | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury,
The Milwaukee Brewers activated P Alfredo Figaro (oblique) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, July 24. Figaro re-joins the bullpen after making one minor-league rehab start.
SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday, July 24, that SP Ross Detwiler (back) will be sidelined another month due to a disc issue that's pinching a nerve in his back. Detwiler will receive an injection to help alleviate the pain.
SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox are having trade discussions involving SP Jake Peavy. One of the key pieces heading to Chicago could be 3B Will Middlebrooks, who is currently at Triple-A Pawtucket.
SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson (ankle) suffered a fractured right ankle in the game Wednesday, July 24, against the New York Mets. He will undergo season-ending surgery when his swelling subsides.
SP | John Gast | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP John Gast (lat) will undergo surgery Friday, July 26, to repair a tear in his left latissimus muscle. Gast said he will be sidelined another four to five months as a result.
SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) allowed two runs - one earned - and two hits with four walks over six innings in a hard-luck loss in his minor-league rehab start for Triple-A Durham Wednesday, July 24.
SP | Alex Wood | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Alex Wood will make two starts next week, and with the injury to SP Tim Hudson (ankle) Wednesday, July 24, he has a chance to stick long term.
SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly will pitch out of the team's bullpen.
SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese (shoulder) could start a minor league game this weekend, and he could return to the team no later than Aug. 1.
SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (shoulder) threw "with increasing intensity" from 90 feet on flat ground Wednesday, July 24, and he felt good after the session. He will throw three bullpen sessions, a simulated game and at least one minor league rehab start before returning.
SP | Trevor Cahill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Cahill (hip) tossed a bullpen session Tuesday, July 23, and will make a rehab start Thursday, July 25. Cahill could go on a minor league rehab assignment after that if he avoids any setbacks. "He feels good, feeling stronger," manager Kirk Gibson said. "His mechanics are better and he's pain-free."
SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison (back) had a successful session of throwing live batting practice Wednesday, July 24, and he'll throw another session Saturday, July 27.
SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (knee) will make at least one more rehab start for Triple-A Buffalo before returning to the team.
SP | Taylor Jordan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said SP Taylor Jordan only has roughly 20 to 30 more innings this year before the team shuts him down.
SP | Jair Jurrjens | Detroit Tigers | Transaction,
The Detroit Tigers signed free-agent SP Jair Jurrjens (Orioles) to a minor league deal Wednesday, July 24, and assigned him to Triple-A Toledo.
RP | Jim Henderson | Milwaukee Brewers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Following the departure of RP Francisco Rodriguez (Orioles), Milwaukee Brewers RP Ron Roenicke indicated Wednesday, July 24, that RPs Jim Henderson and John Axford might close games going forward. Both have closing experience from earlier this season. RP Michael Gonzalez could also be used against left-handed hitters as well. In the game against the San Diego Padres Wednesday, Henderson got the ball in the ninth for his 11th save, while Axford worked a perfect eighth inning.
RP | Jesse Crain | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Jesse Crain (shoulder) said Wednesday, July 24, that he was "OK" the day after his first bullpen session since suffered a strained right shoulder. He wants to throw a bit harder in his second bullpen session Thursday, July 25, before throwing in a game or even a simulated game.
RP | Matt Reynolds | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Matt Reynolds (elbow) is scheduled to throw Wednesday, July 24, for the first time since suffering a slight tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow June 11. He'll eventually be re-evaluated and go on a minor league rehab assignment.
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