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Falcons | Dezmen Southward to miss a week

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:43:35 -0700

Atlanta Falcons FS Dezmen Southward (knee) will miss a week of practice due to a knee injury. Head coach Mike Smith said the injury is not serious.

Indians | Chris Dickerson injured

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:37:30 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Chris Dickerson (undisclosed) was removed from the game Thursday, July 31, after apparently tweaking something while trying to catch a fly ball in the second inning. INF Mike Aviles is replacing him in left field.

Blue Jays | Colby Rasmus out of lineup

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:30:49 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus was scratched from the lineup Thursday, July 31. He's being replaced in center field by OF Anthony Gose.

FANTASY TIP: It's unclear if an injury led Toronto to replace Rasmus in the lineup. Stay tuned for more information.

Braves | Chris Johnson not starting

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:29:53 -0700

Atlanta Braves 3B Chris Johnson is not in the starting lineup Thursday, July 31, and 2B Phil Gosselin is taking his place at the hot corner.

FANTASY TIP: Johnson is likely taking a routine day off on a travel day. Get him out of your daily lineups.

Bills | Chris Williams leaves practice

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:27:30 -0700

Buffalo Bills OG Chris Williams (toe) left practice Thursday, July 31, with a toe injury.

Texans | Derek Newton progressing

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:19:59 -0700

Houston Texans OT Derek Newton has improved his pass protection techniques, assignments, pad level and fundamentals, according to offensive line coach Paul Dunn.

Pirates | Starling Marte rehab date set

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:05:53 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (concussion) will begin a four-game rehab stint Saturday, August 2, with Triple-A Indianapolis.

FANTASY TIP: It has been a disappointing sophomore campaign for Marte. He should be owned in the majority of formats, though, and he could finish strong. Expect him back the middle of next week. He shouldn't be started this week in weekly lineup leagues. Josh Harrison could see decreased playing time when Marte returns.

Colts | Reggie Wayne feeling good

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:02:38 -0700

Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) said he hasn't had any problems so far with his surgically repaired right knee.

FANTASY TIP: The Colts' have a crowded wide receiver corps this year, including T.Y. Hilton and Hakeem Nicks. With Wayne coming off a serious injury and the plethora of mouths to feed in Indianapolis, it's best to draft him as a WR4 for now.

Padres | Yasmani Grandal's knee flares up

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:58:09 -0700

San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (knee) was a late scratch Thursday, July 31, with fluid and pain in the front of his surgically-repaired right knee. He is expected to play tomorrow, after medical tests checked out fine.

FANTASY TIP: Check back for Grandal's status tomorrow, if you're starting him.

Twins | Oswaldo Arcia back in

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:56:52 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia is back in the starting lineup Thursday, July 31.

FANTASY TIP: Get Arcia back into your daily lineups.

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Twins | Brian Dozier has swollen thumb

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:56:00 -0700

Minnesota Twins 2B Brian Dozier (thumb) planned to take batting practice Thursday, July 31, and be available off the bench. He jammed his left thumb sliding into third base Wednesday, July 30.

FANTASY TIP: Dozier's situation looks day-to-day for now. Take him out of your daily lineups and hope he returns tomorrow night.

Chargers | Donald Brown returns kicks

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:55:54 -0700

San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown returned kicks in practice Thursday, July 31.

Chargers | Vincent Brown wears boot

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:53:21 -0700

San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (calf) wore a protective boot Thursday, July 31, after sitting out the team's last five practices.

Red Sox | Shane Victorino has back issue

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:52:10 -0700

Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (back) is expected to miss some time with a back injury.

FANTASY TIP: It seems likely that Victorino will go back on the disabled list, possibly as early as tomorrow. With the Red Sox adding two new outfielders at the trade deadline, playing time might be hard to come by when he returns. Victorino should probably only be stashed in deep mixed and AL-only leagues.

Chargers | Jason Verrett sits

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:50:09 -0700

San Diego Chargers CB Jason Verrett (shoulder) did not participate in team drills Thursday, July 31.

Red Sox | Shane Victorino back to DL?

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:48:02 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (undisclosed) could be headed back to the disabled list soon. He will "miss a little time," according to general manager Ben Cherington. OF Yoenis Cespedes will play right field and OF Allen Craig will be in left.

FANTASY TIP: Victorino just can't seem to stay healthy as he ages. Don't feel the need to hang onto him in standard leagues if he goes back on the DL. Jackie Bradley Jr. seems safe, for now.

Diamondbacks | GM talks Peter O'Brien

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:46:28 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks C Peter O'Brien is one of the best offensive players in the minors, according to general manager Kevin Towers.

FANTASY TIP: O'Brien has 33 home runs and 70 RBIs across two levels this season. He should be on your radar in deep keeper/dynasty formats. However, his .245 batting average and .296 on-base percentage at Double-A Trenton highlight he is likely a couple years away.

Braves | Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell will join team Friday

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:43:26 -0700

Atlanta Braves INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio and RP James Russell will join the team Friday, August 1, in San Diego. Corresponding roster moves will be made at that time.

Broncos | Ronnie Hillman praised

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:38:47 -0700

Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has been unbelievable this offseason, according to running backs coach Eric Studesville. Studesville said Hillman is starting to maximize his potential and it's been exciting to witness.

FANTASY TIP: Hillman could easily be the Broncos' third option at running back behind Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson this season. Unless one of the two is injured, he's not draftable in any scoring format.

Red Sox | Will Middlebrooks returning Friday

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:35:56 -0700

Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (finger) will be activated from the disabled list Friday, Aug. 1.

FANTASY TIP: The writing was on the wall for a Middlebrooks return once the Red Sox traded Stephen Drew to the rival Yanks. Middlebrooks could enter into a platoon with Kelly Johnson at third base when he returns, but Middlebrooks figures to see the majority of the playing time. If you're in need at a corner infield spot in a deep mixed league, Middlebrooks might be just what the doctor ordered, just don't expect much help in the BA department.