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Matt Kemp, Jason Grilli close to rehab assignments, more

By KFFL Staff

Second Baseman

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano (hand) is aiming to return to the lineup Friday, Aug. 30, after missing the game Wednesday, Aug. 28, with a bruised right hand.


SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Eduardo Nunez (knee) said Wednesday, Aug. 28, that he is worried about his knee injury, and he will have an MRI Thursday, Aug. 29. He left the game Tuesday, Aug. 27, and said the injury has gotten worse.

Third Baseman

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera continues to mash against everybody except the Oakland Athletics. He went 1-for-3 in the game Wednesday, Aug. 28, and is just 4-for-22 (.182) against them this season, his lowest batting average against any team.

3B | Cody Asche | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Cody Asche (hamstring) left the game Wednesday, Aug. 28, against the New York Mets due to a mildly strained left hamstring.

3B | Chris Nelson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday, Aug. 28, that 3B Chris Nelson (hamstring) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, and a corresponding move will be made Thursday, Aug. 29. 3B Luis Jimenez was lifted from his game with Triple-A Salt Lake, and appears to be the guy coming up.


C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina is not in the lineup Wednesday, Aug. 28.

No given reason yet -- probably just a day off. We'll let you know if there's anything more to it. Get him out of your lineup.


OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles placed a revocable waiver claim on Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham. The two sides are working on a deal.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) left the game Wednesday, Aug. 28, against the Boston Red Sox after fouling a ball off his right foot. X-rays taken after the game were negative. "I plan on being in there tomorrow," Ellsbury said.

OF | George Springer | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF George Springer was named the Texas League Player of the Year, and SP David Martinez was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Year.

Expect Springer, one of baseball's top prospects, to join the club sometime next month; he's a deep-mixed add even before he comes up. Martinez is a fringe prospect that fantasy owners shouldn't rush to consider acquiring in dynasty leagues.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) won't play again in 2013.

Happy 31st birthday on the DL, Carlos! This leaves the Fathers with an outfield mix of Will Venable, Chris Denorfia, Logan Forsythe, Alexi Amarista and newly recalled Reymond Fuentes.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (ankle) will start his rehab assignment Thursday, Aug. 29. He'll play at least three games for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, including Thursday's as designated hitter. He appeared to run without issue Wednesday, Aug. 28, for the second straight day.

The article speculates that Kemp might not be an everyday player when he returns, but it's more likely Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford would take a hit in playing time. Kemp could be back sometime next week. Plan ahead in weekly lineup setups.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (knee) will undergo an MRI on his ailing left knee.

Luckily, Carlos Gonzalez (finger) could be back within the next few days if Fowler must miss an extensive period. We'll let you know more as we find out. Charlie Blackmon remains the best interim play out of the group of part-timers that also includes Corey Dickerson and Charlie Culberson.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (shoulder) could return to the Red Sox rotation Sept. 10, barring a setback.

That would give him three or four starts before the end of the season. He could be a factor for your team down the stretch, but it's hard to expect a big impact.

SP | Jake Odorizzi | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays will recall SP Jake Odorizzi from Triple-A Durham to start the game Thursday, Aug. 29, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with free-agent SP Edinson Volquez (Padres) Wednesday, Aug. 28. The major league deal is pending a physical and other undisclosed details. The San Diego Padres will pay all but prorated minimum of $5.725 million.

It's uncertain where exactly Volquez fits in, but Chris Capuano might be pitching hurt and could use a break. With rosters expanding Sept. 1, roster space isn't expected to be a problem. Volquez remains useful only in NL-only fantasy leagues and deeper mixed formats for his strikeout potential.

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood (elbow) has felt good during recent workouts and is in line to start Sunday, Sept. 1.

He'll face the Cincinnati Reds, though, so it's not an ideal time to try him out.

SP | Taijuan Walker | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners called up SP Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma. He'll start Friday, Aug. 30.

The highly rated prospect will be a hot commodity in mixed leagues. He faces the Houston Astros in his debut, so that's a good spot to roll with him. In shallower formats, it's best to use him carefully; deeper players should be more inclined to try him out in every start he makes because of his upside. For more, click here.

SP | Jeff Locke | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates sent SP Jeff Locke to Double-A Altoona for what's called a "quick break." He's expected to be back up next week.

Talk about a downfall for the 2013 All-Star. His first half was filled with good fortune, and he's fought the drop-off since the break. He'll be a shaky mixed play when he resurfaces, if he even lands back in the rotation.

SP | Robbie Erlin | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres recalled SP Robbie Erlin from Triple-A Tucson and optioned RP Brad Boxberger to Tucson.

Erlin could be a deep-mixed matchup play down the stretch, but he's had a rough season with a 5.07 ERA at Tucson. Be careful.

SP | Josh Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays were considering giving SP Josh Johnson (forearm) a qualifying offer this offseason before he suffered his season-ending forearm injury but will not offer him one now.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) threw 25 pitches during a simulated game Wednesday, Aug. 28. He will start a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona Saturday, Aug. 30, if he does not have any setbacks.


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