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Nationals | Doug Fister throws two innings

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:12:37 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Doug Fister (lat) threw two innings in extended spring training Thursday, April 17, and he could return to the rotation in around 20 days, according to manager Matt Williams.

Mets | Take a look at Joel Hanrahan

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:08:26 -0700

The New York Mets attended a showcase by free-agent RP Joel Hanrahan (Red Sox) Thursday, April 17.

FANTASY TIP: The Mets are sticking with Jose Valverde in the closer role, but they don't have many options behind him in case he implodes. Don't forget about Hanrahan, who seems likely to sign with a team if he's fully healthy.

Braves | Jason Heyward in a rut

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:56:39 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward is 5-for-51 with two extra-base hits and three RBIs in his last 13 games.

FANTASY TIP: If you have other outfield options in a mixed leagues, now would be a good time to sit Heyward on your fake pine until he shows signs of coming out of this funk.

Indians | Zach McAllister's fastball key

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:54:13 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister lives and dies by his fastball, and part of his success in his outing Wednesday, April 16, was his ability to effectively locate his high fastball when needed. He has a 2.04 ERA through three starts this year, and he's only given up one run while striking out 11 and walking two in 13 2/3 frames in his last two outings.

Indians | John Axford working on control

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:49:41 -0700

Cleveland Indians RP John Axford, who has five saves in six chances this year, has been working to lower his high walk rate; through eight games and 6 2/3 innings this year, he has six walks. "It's really just a matter of making sure I attack the hitters," Axford said, "and do that a little more aggressively than what I have been. That still remains a focus of mine when I go out there. I just have to make sure I accomplish it."

FANTASY TIP: Axford's success this year in the closer role will either live or die by how well he controls all of his pitches. He's been a slow starter in his career, but it's concerning to see him walking this many out of the gates. If this trend continues, he could be in line for some shaky outings.

Indians | Michael Bourn feels good

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:45:17 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in his return from the disabled list Wednesday, April 16, and he was able to test his hamstring in the outfield. "It felt great," Bourn said. "It's always great to get back out there and play with your teammates, man. That's the thing I've been waiting on for the last two, two and a half weeks. The conditions (Wednesday) ... I chose a good one to come back, when it was almost 20 degrees out there. It felt like it with that wind blowing a little bit. Hey, I was just happy to be out there and be a part of the team."

FANTASY TIP: Bourn will likely be rested more often than normal as he works his way back, however. Continue to check if he's in the starting lineup before automatically assuming he should be in your starting lineup.

Blue Jays | Colby Rasmus back

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:43:37 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (hamstring) returned from his left hamstring injury and is the designated hitter in Game 1 of a doubleheader Thursday, April 17. Rasmus had been out since Sunday, April 13.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira says he's ready

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:41:58 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (hamstring) played three innings in an extended spring game Thursday, April 17, and said he'll be ready to return from the disabled list Sunday, April 20.

FANTASY TIP: Make plans to get Teixeira back into your lineup when he's activated.

Raiders | Kaelin Burnett signs tender

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:39:12 -0700

Oakland Raiders LB Kaelin Burnett signed his exclusive rights tender Thursday, April 17.

Blue Jays | Adam Lind hoping to avoid DL

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:36:57 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays are hoping 1B Adam Lind (back) can avoid a trip to the disabled list, but he hasn't looked much better two days after suffering a lower back injury, and he has been walking around gingerly. The team will wait at least another day before making a decision. 1Bs Dan Johnson or Juan Francisco would be promoted from Triple-A Buffalo if Lind is put on the shelf, and the designated hitter would turn into a platoon with the likes of C Dioner Navarro and OF Colby Rasmus.

FANTASY TIP: Both Johnson and Francisco are intriguing for AL-only managers for their power, but Francisco is younger and has more upside.

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Mariners | Stephen Pryor activated, optioned

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:34:59 -0700

The Seattle Mariners activated RP Stephen Pryor (lat) from the disabled list Thursday, April 17, and optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma.

Padres | Chase Headley out again

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:32:20 -0700

San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (biceps) remains out of the lineup Thursday, April 17, with a sore right biceps. 2B Alexi Amarista is starting at third base again.

FANTASY TIP: Amarista will be the main beneficiary at third base if Headley needs to go on the disabled list. Yonder Alonso has been taking grounders at the hot corner, too.

Giants | Being cautious with Angel Pagan

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:30:24 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (knee) is sitting out as a precaution Thursday, April 17, due to some knee soreness after hitting the outfield wall a few days ago.

FANTASY TIP: Pagan could be back in the lineup as early as tomorrow night. Check the starting lineups before inserting him into yours.

Giants | Brandon Crawford remains out

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:14:52 -0700

San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford (hamstring) took ground balls and reported improved, but he remains out of the lineup for one more day as a precaution Thursday, April 17. Crawford is dealing with a tight right hamstring.

FANTASY TIP: Expect Crawford to be back in the lineup any day now. Once he's back in, put him back in your lineup, as well.

Steelers | Will visit with Nick Williams

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:14:28 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a visit scheduled with North Alabama SS Nick D. Williams.

Nationals | Bryce Harper back in

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:09:10 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (quadriceps) is back in the starting lineup Thursday, April 17, after sitting out a game with quadriceps tightness.

FANTASY TIP: Get Harper back in your lineups everywhere.

Steelers | Will visit with Lawrence Martin

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:53:03 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers will visit with South Florida TE Lawrence Martin.

Rams | Reggie Jordan to visit

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:36:42 -0700

Missouri Western TE Reggie Jordan is scheduled to visit the St. Louis Rams next week.

White Sox | Zach Putnam purchased, Donnie Veal cut

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:30:08 -0700

The Chicago White Sox recalled RP Zach Putnam from Triple-A Charlotte Thursday, April 17, and designated RP Donnie Veal for assignment in a corresponding move.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez expects to return Friday

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:28:02 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) said he expects to be back in the lineup Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Ramirez's injury looked bad last night, but he appears to have dodged a bullet. Check back tomorrow before returning him to your fake starting lineup.