1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) will not undergo surgery on the partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot, and he's hoping that he can return before the end of the season. Pujols will be in a walking boot for three weeks and will then start to rehab. "But it's still a long way until the season is done, so I don't want to say that I'm done for the season. This is something that I'm going to take day-by-day. The way I feel right now, with no pain, I can say that I can go out there and play. But I need to put that weight on my heel and that's going to take some time. I feel really good, to tell you the truth. I don't feel any pain at all. I think after that tear, it kind of released the pain, which is good," Pujols said.
1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Billy Butler is expected to sit the bench in all three games in a National League park this weekend, as the team will lose the designated hitter. The New York Mets will be starting three right-handed pitchers, which makes it easy to keep 1B Eric Hosmer at first base. Hosmer is hitting .308 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 48 games since June 7.
1B | Brett Pill | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brett Pill could see more playing time over 1B Brandon Belt, who is struggling at the plate. Manager Bruce Bochy said it would be tough to keep Pill's bat out of the lineup if he continues to swing the bat well.
1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Lance Berkman (hip, knees) is optimistic about returning to the team. He ran at 50 percent intensity Thursday, Aug. 1, and is hoping to go on a rehab assignment Aug. 8 or 9.
1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko (back) is expected to return to first base this weekend after serving as the designated hitter since returning from the disabled list July 22. "It's just more protecting his back. I was thinking about doing it here (in Cleveland), but the other night there was a little something when he was running the bases. So, it's precautionary stuff more than anything," manager Robin Ventura said. Konerko is 9-for-36 with a double and five RBIs since coming off the DL.
2B | Jose Altuve | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve (quadriceps) is out of the lineup with a left quadriceps issue Thursday, Aug. 1.
2B | Brian Dozier | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 2B Brian Dozier (knee) returned to the lineup Thursday, Aug. 1, after missing two games with a bone bruise in his left knee. He's been fitted with a knee brace and orthotics. Dozier extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games Thursday.
2B | Chris Getz | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals placed 2B Chris Getz (knee) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, Aug. 1.
2B | Robert Andino | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired 2B Robert Andino from the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez and the league are reportedly far apart in negotiations surrounding a suspension tied to the Biogenesis scandal. Rodriguez wants to make sure he can receive some of the remaining $100 million owed to him under his contract. There's a large gap between the suspension he's willing to accept and the one the league would like to give him, according to two sources. Most of the other players tied to Biogenesis are expected to accept 50-game bans without appealing.
3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Baltimore Orioles SP Steven Johnson (oblique) will start for Double-A Bowie Saturday, Aug. 3. 3B Wilson Betemit (knee) will begin his rehab assignment Aug. 6 in the Gulf Coast League.
3B | Michael Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The New York Yankees are unlikely to acquire Philadelphia Phillies 3B Michael Young in a waiver deal in August. Young has a full no-trade clause but agreed to approve a trade to the Yanks before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. A source with knowledge of the talks between the two teams said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman offered a few names to Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., with Amaro saying that Young is "my best bat, and I don't want to move him."
C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed C Miguel Montero (back) on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain Thursday, Aug. 1, and optioned RP Chaz Roe to Triple-A Reno. Montero's DL placement is retroactive to July 29. Also, SP Zeke Spruill and C Tuffy Gosewisch were recalled from Triple-A Reno.
C | Gerald Laird | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Atlanta Braves C Gerald Laird (kidney) had surgery to remove a kidney stone Wednesday, July 31, and he'll likely need a few days to recover.
C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks the New York Yankees will sign C Matt Wieters in two years if they don't have to pay 3B Alex Rodriguez's $25 million salary next year if he's suspended. The unpaid money wouldn't count against the Yankees' luxury tax and revenue sharing. "If Bud lets them get away with that, they're under the luxury tax," Showalter told USA Today. "If they can reset, they can spend again, and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York." Wieters is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.
C | Kelly Shoppach | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals are considering signing free-agent C Kelly Shoppach (Nationals) with C Yadier Molina (knee) on the disabled list. If they don't add Shoppach, Cs Rob Johnson and Tony Cruz will split duties behind the plate until Molina is ready to return.
OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (quadriceps) left the game early Thursday, Aug. 1, because of a tight left quadriceps. The move was considered precautionary.
OF | B.J. Upton | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton (groin) doubled in both of his at-bats with Triple-A Gwinnett Thursday, Aug. 1. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in five innings Wednesday, July 31. "For the first time in two weeks facing live pitching, the at-bats were good," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He'll go again (Thursday and Friday) and we'll check with him and see if he needs a couple more days, more at-bats, before we bring him up here."
OF | Jackie Bradley | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley (elbow) has been put on the disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with elbow inflammation.
OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer is unlikely to play Thursday, Aug. 1, while he attends a family matter.
OF | Aaron Hicks | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins optioned SP Scott Diamond and OF Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester Thursday, Aug. 1. OF Oswaldo Arcia was recalled in a corresponding move.
OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester this weekend, according to general manager Terry Ryan. OFs Wilkin Ramirez (concussions) and Darin Mastroianni (ankle) have moved their rehab from the Gulf Coast League. Ramirez will move to Double-A New Britain and Mastroianni will rehab with Single-A Fort Myers. Willingham has been taking batting practice and doing running drills.
OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger) is out of the lineup Thursday, Aug. 1, and will likely miss a few games.
OF | Jimmy Paredes | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros recalled OF Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Oklahoma City Thursday, Aug. 1.
SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) played catch from 60 feet Thursday, Aug. 1. He is not expected to return to the team until September at the earliest.
SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (forearm) is scheduled to undergo an MRI Friday, Aug. 2. He went on the 15-day disabled list because of right forearm tightness. Hammel said he has been dealing with the injury since spring training.
SP | Jarred Cosart | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Jarred Cosart will start the team's game Friday, Aug. 2.
SP | Roy Oswalt | Colorado Rockies | Injury,
Colorado Rockies SP Roy Oswalt (hamstring) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Saturday, Aug. 3. He is expected to begin a rehab assignment if the session goes well.
SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (shoulder) threw on flat ground Wednesday, July 31, and is scheduled for long toss on flat ground Friday, Aug. 2. "Hopefully (Friday) I'll ramp up the intensity as far as the velocity on the throws and see how the body responds to that," Buchholz said. "If everything goes well there, that's when I can start getting off the mound."
SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong (hand) will make his second rehab start for Double-A Richmond Sunday, Aug. 4.
SP | Jake Peavy | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Jake Peavy will make his team debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday, Aug. 3, at Fenway Park. Peavy starting Saturday lets the team split up left-handed pitchers SPs Jon Lester and Felix Doubront.
SP | Jeff Francis | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies optioned SP Jeff Francis to the minors Thursday, Aug. 1.
SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando, who has gone as far as six innings just once in his five starts since May 10, might be the most in jeopardy of losing his rotation spot to make room for SP Colby Lewis (elbow), who is close to returning to the team. The team could keep Lewis on his rehab assignment through Aug. 16. SP Martin Perez is the only other pitcher in danger of being bumped out of the rotation.
SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo (hamstring) is dealing with a mild strain of his left hamstring. SP Tyler Thornburg is expected to replace Gallardo in the starting rotation.
SP | Ethan Martin | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Ethan Martin will be recalled to make his major league debut against the Atlanta Braves Friday, Aug. 2. SP Cliff Lee (neck) will miss his second straight start with neck stiffness. Martin was 11-5 with a 4.12 ERA in 21 starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year, and he was 4-2 with a 2.08 ERA in his last seven outings.
SP | Sean O'Sullivan | San Diego Padres | Transaction,
The San Diego Padres activated SP Sean O'Sullivan from the paternity list Thursday, Aug. 1, and optioned RP Miles Mikolas to Triple-A Tucson in a corresponding move.
SP | Greg Reynolds | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction,
Cincinnati Reds SP Greg Reynolds cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville Wednesday, July 31.
RP | Brandon Lyon | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Boston Red Sox released RP Brandon Lyon Thursday, Aug. 1.
RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell (neck) was dealing with a stiff neck Wednesday, July 31, and he blamed it on his pillows.
RP | Stephen Pryor | Seattle Mariners | Injury,
Seattle Mariners RP Stephen Pryor (lat) allowed five runs and five hits while walking one and throwing a wild pitch and didn't record an out in his outing with Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, July 31. Pryor hadn't pitched in six days because of "general soreness."
RP | Steven Wright | Boston Red Sox | Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox recalled P Steven Wright from the minors Thursday, Aug. 1.
RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays activated RP Sergio Santos (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Aug. 1, and placed SP Dustin McGowan (side) on the 15-day disabled list and moved SP Brandon Morrow (forearm) to the 60-day DL in corresponding moves.
RP | Kameron Loe | Atlanta Braves | Transaction,
Atlanta Braves RP Kameron Loe cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors Wednesday, July 31.
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