1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (knee) said before the game Monday, June 17, that his left knee was bothering him. He went 3-for-3 with a homer. The knee has been an issue all season, and he's on a game-by-game basis.
1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals hitting coaches George Brett and Pedro Grifol made some changes to 1B Eric Hosmer's swing recently. "When we got here, his hands were in close (to his head)," Brett said. "We moved them back a little bit. So now, he doesn't have to move his hands back to hit. They're already back. Now, he just has to bring them forward." Since the change, Hosmer is batting .296 and has been able to pull the ball more often. Brett thinks Hosmer has less going on with his hands now since they're better positioned, which reduces the movement in his swing.
"His swing is shorter," manager Ned Yost said. "He's in a better position to pull the ball. His stride is shorter. He's backed up off the plate. He's getting more extension to his swing. He's getting the bat head out on pitches in." Hosmer has seven extra-base hits in 18 games heading into Tuesday, June 18, after having just eight in his previous 48 games.
1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees placed 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 18, and recalled P Adam Warren and OF Zoilo Almonte from the minors in corresponding moves. Also, RP Chris Bootcheck was designated for assignment.
1B | Dominic Smith | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets signed 1B Dominic Smith, their first-round draft pick, to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, June 18.
1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners activated 1B Justin Smoak (oblique) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 18, and optioned 3B Alex Liddi to Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move.
1B | Randy Ruiz | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees signed free-agent 1B Randy Ruiz (White Sox) to a minor league deal Monday, June 17.
2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Reading Wednesday, June 19.
2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro (pinkie) is back in the lineup Tuesday, June 18.
2B | Justin Turner | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Mets placed 2B Justin Turner (intercostal) on the 15-day disabled list with an intercostal strain Tuesday, June 18, and recalled SP Zack Wheeler and activated RP Scott Atchison (elbow) from the DL in corresponding moves.
SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) is likely headed to the disabled list with a strained left hamstring Wednesday, June 19.
SS | Jose Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes (ankle) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in his rehab outing with Single-A Dunedin Monday, June 17. Reyes is expected to move to Double-A New Hampshire or Triple-A Buffalo later this week, and he could rejoin the Blue Jays next week.
3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright collected his 1,500th career hit in the doubleheader Tuesday, June 18, against the Atlanta Braves. He is the 30th active player to reach the milestone.
3B | Jeff Baker | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers placed 2B Jeff Baker (thumb) on the 15-day disabled list and optioned 1B Chris McGuiness to Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday, June 18. P Joseph Ortiz and C Robinson Chirinos were recalled from Round Rock in corresponding moves.
3B | Kevin Youkilis | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) will have back surgery to fix a herniated disc Thursday, June 21, and he'll be out for the next 10 to 12 weeks, at minimum.
3B | Lonnie Chisenhall | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians promoted 3B Lonnie Chisenhall Tuesday, June 18.
3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (foot) and OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) are expected to be activated from the disabled list for the start of their series Monday, June 24, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sandoval played catch and hit in the cages without a walking boot Monday, June 17, and he's expected to start a rehab assignment with Single-A San Jose Friday, June 21. Pagan is likely to start a rehab assignment soon, as well.
C | Ryan Lavarnway | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox recalled C Ryan Lavarnway and RP Alex Wilson from Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday, June 18.
C | David Ross | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox placed OF David Ross (concussion) on the 7-day concussion disabled list Tuesday, June 18.
C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies activated C Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 18, and optioned C Steve Lerud to the minors in a corresponding move.
OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Major League Baseball has begun interviewing players involved in the Biogenesis case, but have not interviewed New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez or Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun. At least some suspensions are viewed as likely in the case, but not necessarily to Rodriguez or Braun.
OF | Wil Myers | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Wil Myers was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday, June 18, against the Boston Red Sox.
OF | Eric Young Jr. | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets acquired OF Eric Young Jr. from the Colorado Rockies for P Collin McHugh Tuesday, June 18.
OF | Fernando Martinez | New York Yankees | Transaction,
The New York Yankees acquired OF Fernando Martinez from the Houston Astros in exchange for P Charles Basford Tuesday, June 18, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
OF | Jorge Soler | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler (shin) has been put on the seven-day disabled list with a shin injury at Single-A Daytona.
OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) and OF Carlos Quentin (shoulder) both remain out of the lineup Tuesday, June 18.
OF | Adam Eaton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton (elbow) was the designated hitter in extended spring training games last weekend. Eaton has resumed playing catch and hasn't felt anymore pain in his elbow. "Everything feels good," Eaton said. "Feels back to where I was. It only hurt that one throw and I felt great before that." He could go on a rehab assignment and play the outfield in another two weeks.
OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (knee) is back in the lineup Tuesday, June 18.
OF | Justin Maxwell | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros activated OF Justin Maxwell (hand) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 18, and optioned OF Jimmy Paredes to the minors in a corresponding move.
OF | Jason Bay | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Jason Bay (hamstring) sat out of the game Monday, June 17, with a sore hamstring after his leg tightened up Sunday, June 16.
SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants are one possible suitor for Houston Astros SP Bud Norris, who is from that area.
SP | Allen Webster | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox will need a starter Saturday, June 22, against the Detroit Tigers, and SP Allen Webster appears to be the most likely candidate for the assignment.
SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (neck) threw a bullpen session between games of a doubleheader Tuesday, June 18, and he apparently did not show significant progress in his return from a strained trapezius muscle in his neck. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 9.
SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price (triceps) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, June 18, in Port Charlotte, Fla. and he looked good and reported feeling "great." Price might be able to start a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as Wednesday, June 19.
SP | Jake Odorizzi | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays optioned SP Jake Odorizzi back to Triple-A Durham Tuesday, June 26, after the team's doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox.
SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) is scheduled to pitch a full bullpen session Thursday, June 20.
SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler made his major league debut in Game 2 of a doubleheader Tuesday, June 18, against the Atlanta Braves, and he picked up the win. He is just the third starting pitcher in franchise history to earn a win in his big league debut, and first since P Masato Yoshii in 1998. He was optioned to Triple-A after the game, as he was the 26th player up just for the doubleheader.
SP | Hiram Burgos | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Hiram Burgos (shoulder) allowed two runs and five hits over four innings in a minor-league rehab appearance with Class A Brevard County Tuesday, June 18. He will make one more appearance, and it is uncertain after that whether he'll return to the majors or Triple-A Nashville.
SP | Chris Narveson | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
While Milwaukee Brewers SP Chris Narveson (finger) has sufficiently built up his pitch count during a minor-league rehab assignment, he has an 8.31 ERA and 1.692 WHIP in four start for Triple-A Nashville. "If we're going to take him here, we need to see (better results)," manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday, June 18.
SP | Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Marco Estrada (hamstring) threw a 45-pitch side session Monday, June 17. If he receives clearance in a visit scheduled with a team physician Wednesday, June 19, he will pitch for Class A Wisconsin in a minor-league rehab appearance. Estrada is likely to need only one minor-league rehab appearance, according to manager Ron Roenicke.
SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (forearm) suffered from a tender forearm two innings into his rehab start Monday, June 17, and he'll see a specialist for further tests. Morrow threw only 35 pitches during his start with Single-A Dunedin and gave up three runs and five hits.
SP | Randall Delgado | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks aren't saying how long SP Randall Delgado may stay in the starting rotation after taking the spot of SP Tyler Skaggs. The team didn't use P Josh Collmenter for the rotation because they think he fits best in a long-relief role. Manager Kirk Gibson isn't committing to Delgado past his start Tuesday, June 18, though.
SP | Roy Oswalt | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Roy Oswalt will make his season debut Thursday, June 20.
SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison (back) will continue to throw from 60 feet this week and will move past that distance next week.
SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando (shoulder) has yet to throw a bullpen session because he's still feeling something in his right shoulder. Ogando doesn't have pain, but is likely dealing with inflammation.
SP | Matt Harvey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey allowed three earned runs and three hits while walking three and fanning a career-high 13 hitters in seven innings for a win over the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 18. Harvey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.
SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (knee) threw his first side session Tuesday, June 18, since he was hit by a comebacker.
SP | Luis Perez | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Luis Perez (elbow) had a setback and has had his rehab assignment stopped.
SP | Miguel Gonzalez | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles will place SP Miguel Gonzalez on the paternity list for up to three days. They have recalled 1B Travis Ishikawa from the minors in a corresponding move.
SP | Tyler Thornburg | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Johnny Hellweg hasn't made a start for Triple-A Nashville since June 11, and he won't pitch in the next few days. The team is having him rest so that they "don't face inning limits later in the year." Ps Jimmy Nelson and Tyler Thornburg, who are also with Nashville, will be on a similar plan. Hellweg is 6-4 with a 3.06 ERA in 13 starts (70 2/3 innings). He's struck out 48, walked 44 and is limiting opponents to a .197 average.
SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb (concussion) has been released from the hospital, but the team doesn't want him to rush back, and manager Joe Maddon expects Cobb to be out for a while. "I don't know (if he'll pitch this year). I don't know one way or the other. We haven't even discussed that. Again, I think it's important that he gets to the next day and sees how he feels." All tests on Cobb have come back negative, although he's dealing with a minor concussion. The Rays aren't sure who will replace Cobb in the rotation.
SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles optioned SP Jake Arrieta to the minors Monday, June 17, and recalled SP Zach Britton in a corresponding move.
SP | Edgar Olmos | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Miami Marlins optioned SP Edgar Olmos to Double-A Jacksonville Monday, June 17, to make room on the roster for SP Nathan Eovaldi.
RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno Thursday, June 20.
RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox optioned SP Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday, June 18.
RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday, June 18, that RP Andrew Bailey remains as the team's closer, "but there's work to do."
RP | Michael Zagurski | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Michael Zagurski cleared waivers Tuesday, June 18, and he was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis.
RP | Scott Atchison | New York Mets | Injury,
New York Mets RP Scott Atchison (groin) is dealing with soreness in his right groin. He was injured warming up during a doubleheader Tuesday, June 18, against the Atlanta Braves.
RP | Tom Gorzelanny | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers need a fifth starter Saturday, June 22, against the Atlanta Braves, and the candidates are Ps Tom Gorzelanny and Donovan Hand, assuming the bullpen isn't taxed in the days prior.
RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt (groin) threw a 35-pitch side session Tuesday, June 18, and will face hitters Friday, June 21.
RP | Ramon Ramirez | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The San Francisco Giants released RP Ramon Ramirez Monday, June 17.
RP | Jose Contreras | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed RP Jose Contreras to an undisclosed deal Monday, June 17.
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