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Saints | Try out Rusty Smith

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:10:44 -0700

The New Orleans Saints tried out free-agent QB Rusty Smith (Titans) earlier this week.

Nationals | Wilson Ramos takes hacks

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:58:05 -0700

Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (hand) took five light swings Friday, April 18, for the first time since having surgery on his hand. He said he didn't have any pain, but his wrist is still weak.

Dolphins | Like Cyrus Kouandjio

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:57:14 -0700

Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey likes Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio and the team could pick him with their first round pick.

Red Sox | Brock Holt called up

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:54:46 -0700

The Boston Red Sox are calling up 3B Brock Holt from the minors Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Holt could receive decent playing time at the hot corner until Will Middlebrooks (calf) returns from the DL. Jonathan Herrera may split at-bats with Holt.

Mariners | Hisashi Iwakuma pain-free in sim game

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:46:10 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) said he was 100 percent during his simulated game Friday, April 18, and he had no pain in his finger.

FANTASY TIP: Iwakuma is on his way to returning to the rotation in a few weeks minus any setbacks. He'll need a few rehab starts, though, before the Mariners activate him from the DL. Stay patient.

Reds | Brandon Phillips dealing with back spasms

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:42:01 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (back) left the game early with back spasms Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Back spasms are much better than an oblique injury, so that's definitely good news for Phillips owners. The move was precautionary, and he'll probably be day-to-day moving forward. Monitor his situation this weekend.

Indians | Jason Giambi to return Monday

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:38:33 -0700

Cleveland Indians 1B Jason Giambi (rib) will be activated from the disabled list Monday, April 21.

Red Sox | Ryan Roberts cut

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:37:25 -0700

The Boston Red Sox designated 3B Ryan Roberts for assignment Friday, April 18.

Mariners | Brandon Maurer to start Sunday

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:33:51 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Brandon Maurer will be recalled from the minors to start Sunday, April 20, against the Miami Marlins.

FANTASY TIP: Look to add Maurer in AL-only leagues if you have pitching needs. Maurer could be in the rotation for only a couple of weeks, however, with Hisashi Iwakuma's (finger) return looming.

Angels | Josh Wall recalled, Jose Alvarez sent down

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:32:32 -0700

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recalled RP Josh Wall from the minors Friday, April 18, and optioned RP Jose Alvarez to Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move.

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Rangers | Have interest in Joel Hanrahan

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:21:16 -0700

The Texas Rangers are in the mix to sign free-agent RP Joel Hanrahan (Red Sox). Hanrahan is a native of Lewisville, Texas, which is a suburb of Dallas. As many as 20 teams have scouted Hanrahan. The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians are also believed to be interested, and the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays were reported to be in attendance at his throwing session Thursday, April 17.

FANTASY TIP: The Rangers could use some help in their bullpen with Neftali Feliz in the minors and Tanner Scheppers in the starting rotation. If he signs with Texas, he wouldn't be handed the closer's role but would have a shot if Soria didn't work out.

Tigers | Justin Miller recalled, Tyler Collins optioned

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:18:09 -0700

The Detroit Tigers recalled RP Justin Miller from Triple-A Toledo Friday, April 18, and optioned OF Tyler Collins to Toledo in a corresponding move.

Patriots | Visit with Marqise Lee

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:03:18 -0700

The New England Patriots visited with Southern California WR Marqise Lee this week.

Reds | Brandon Phillips leaves game

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:55:47 -0700

Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (back) removed himself from the game early Friday, April 18. Phillips looked to have a problem with his back during an at-bat in the first inning.

FANTASY TIP: This could be a pretty serious injury for Phillips. From the looks of his swing, it could have been an oblique injury, but we'll have to wait and see. Check back later for more injury news on Phillips. Ramon Santiago replaced Phillips in the game and would receive most of the playing at the keystone if Phillips misses significant time.

Dodgers | Yasiel Puig unaffected by off-the-field story

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:54:42 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig said he's unaffected by a story that details his escape from Cuba, including details that say he's receiving death threats from the human traffickers that smuggled him into Mexico. "I feel normal," Puig said in Spanish. "I'm focused on baseball and giving the best of myself to the team and, hopefully, everything turns out well on the field. Those things that are happening aren't affecting me."

FANTASY TIP: As an owner of Puig, you have to wonder how this development will affect his play, if at all. It hasn't been the kind of start most expected for the Cuban outfielder, but it's still early in the season.

Browns | Nevin Lawson to visit

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:41:38 -0700

The Cleveland Browns will visit with Utah St. CB Nevin Lawson next Wednesday, April 23.

Ravens | Interested in Cody Latimer

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:19:49 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens have growing interest in Indiana WR Cody Latimer.

Nationals | Xavier Cedeno recalled, Blake Treinen sent down

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:11:11 -0700

The Washington Nationals recalled RP Xavier Cedeno from the minors Friday, April 18, and optioned RP Blake Treinen to Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.

Ravens | Interested in Terrance Mitchell

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:09:27 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens are interested in Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell.

Yankees | Brendan Ryan making progress

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:08:41 -0700

New York Yankees 2B Brendan Ryan (back) received seven simulated at-bats Friday, April 18, and is scheduled to play in an extended spring game Saturday, April 19. He's hoping to rejoin the team in 10 days to two weeks.