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Yankees | Carlos Beltran gets shot

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:03:27 -0700

New York Yankees OF Carlos Beltran (elbow) had a cortisone shot for his ailing elbow Wednesday, Aug. 20. Manager Joe Girardi said Beltran will not be available Thursday, Aug. 21.

FANTASY TIP: Daily fantasy owners know the drill by now. The oft-injured veteran has been in and out of the lineup. Reserve him until he is able to play back-to-back games without any setbacks.

Red Sox | Brock Holt struggling

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:01:21 -0700

Boston Red Sox 3B Brock Holt went hitless in five at-bats Wednesday, Aug. 20, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He has managed a .291 on-base percentage in the second half.

FANTASY TIP: Holt had a 12-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday, and now all of a sudden he is unable to buy a hit. He has gone hitless in three straight games just three times this season, so don't expect a prolonged slump.

Red Sox | David Ortiz leaves game

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:00:07 -0700

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz (undisclosed) left the game Wednesday, Aug. 20, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to "general soreness," according to manager John Farrell.

FANTASY TIP: It doesn't sound too terribly serious, and Big Papi could be back in the lineup as soon as Thursday for the series finale.

Padres | Andrew Cashner to start Saturday

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:59:33 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will return from the 15-day disabled list to start Saturday, Aug. 23, against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

FANTASY TIP: If Cashner can return to his pre-injury form, he might be a great boost for fantasy owners in the final month of the regular season.

Padres | Everth Cabrera to re-join team

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:57:44 -0700

San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) will re-join the team Thursday, Aug. 21, in Los Angeles to resume baseball activities.

FANTASY TIP: It is uncertain when Cabrera will be able to return from the 15-day disabled list, but he is getting closer. Keep him reserved in all fantasy leagues until he can officially return and prove his health in a game or two.

Dodgers | Juan Uribe progressing

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:56:29 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Juan Uribe (hamstring) started baseball activities Wednesday, Aug. 20, as he continues to progress from a strained right hamstring. He was able to take batting practice before the game Wednesday.

Dodgers | No rehab for Hyun-Jin Ryu

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:53:04 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) will not require any minor-league rehab starts, manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday, Aug. 20. He played catch for a second straight day Wednesday. Mattingly said he is uncertain when Ryu will return, but he will keep playing catch before slowly working his way back onto a mound.

Cubs | Starlin Castro to miss time

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:51:54 -0700

Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (personal) might miss up to a week dealing with the death of a relative and three friends in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, according to a source.

FANTASY TIP: If and when Castro misses time, Javier Baez is likely to benefit the most from starts at shortstop. Reserve Castro in all fantasy leagues during this difficult time for him.

Cubs | Mike Olt on DL at Iowa

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:51:27 -0700

The Chicago Cubs placed 3B Mike Olt (hamstring) on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Iowa due to a strained hamstring.

FANTASY TIP: You'd have to think Olt will be among the September call-ups, but right now he has to get healthy first.

Astros | Chad Qualls unavailable

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:50:40 -0700

Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls (back) was unavailable Wednesday, Aug. 20, against the New York Yankees due to back discomfort, manager Bo Porter said.

FANTASY TIP: With Qualls unavailable, it was Jose Veras coming in to nail down the save. It's uncertain how long Qualls will be sidelined, but it doesn't sound terribly serious.

Texans | Andre Johnson looking good

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:32:17 -0700

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has showed no signs of rust from his time away from the team this offseason. Johnson had an impressive practice during joint workouts with the Denver Broncos Wednesday, Aug. 20. "He's a big part of what we're doing here," head coach Bill O'Brien said.

FANTASY TIP: Johnson will be a top-tier fantasy receiver despite the fact he has either Ryan Fitzpatrick or Case Keenum throwing him passes, not exactly a who's who of Pro Bowl quarterbacks.

Colts | Trent Richardson off to slow start

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:31:25 -0700

Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson is off to a slow start in training camp and the preseason, posting just 34 yards in 14 attempts. At 2.4 yards per carry, that's even less than the 2.9 yards per carry he averaged in his disappointing 2014. "Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability," general manager Ryan Grigson said Wednesday, Aug. 20.

FANTASY TIP: Richardson has gone from an early-round fantasy option to a mid- to late-round pick with fantasy owners crossing their fingers under the table.

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders getting close

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:29:29 -0700

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) was involved in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, but he is not working in "live" setting yet. Head coach John Fox would not rule out Sanders' return from a quadriceps injury in time for the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, against the Houston Texans.

FANTASY TIP: Sanders is in line to be either the No. 3 or 4 receiver in Denver. On most clubs, that wouldn't amount to much fantasy appeal, but with Peyton Manning in the high-octane offense, Sanders is a decent WR4 or flex play if he can get healthy.

Broncos | Montee Ball improving

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:27:37 -0700

Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) continues to do more work in practice each day, but most of his work continues to be outside of the team structure. However, he was wearing pads and working individually with QB Peyton Manning Wednesday, Aug. 20, and his workload is scheduled to increase. Ball might be ready to get some action in the preseason finale.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners should be cautiously optimistic that Ball will be available for Week 1, but be sure to have plenty of depth on hand in case he isn't ready to answer the bell for the opener. Ronnie Hillman would be a great play in Week 1 if Ball is out or suffers some sort of setback.

Bengals | Marvin Jones sidelined

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:23:42 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (foot) missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, due to his foot injury.

FANTASY TIP: Jones will have plenty of time to rest his injury, as he is suspended for the first four games of the regular season. He is expected to step in and start opposite A.J. Green in Week 5, and he could be a sneaky late-round draft pick with a lot of upside.

Mets | Jacob deGrom back Saturday

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:55:14 -0700

New York Mets SP Jacob deGrom (shoulder) will come off the 15-day disabled list to start Saturday, Aug. 23, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners should keep deGrom reserved until he makes it through this outing without any setbacks. If he looks good, activate him for the upcoming scoring period.

Mets | Bartolo Colon to start Sunday

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:52:18 -0700

New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon (personal) will pitch Sunday, Aug. 24, against the Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to the Dominican Republic for his mother's funeral.

FANTASY TIP: Colon is a risky fantasy play given the fact he has been traveling back and forth to the DR. He might be mentally and physically drained right now, and rightly so.

Mets | Jenrry Mejia unavailable

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:49:50 -0700

New York Mets RP Jenrry Mejia (back) was unavailable Wednesday, Aug. 20, against the Oakland Athletics due to a back injury.

FANTASY TIP: With Mejia unavailable, Jeurys Familia picked up a five-out save, his fourth save of the season. If Mejia is forced to miss some time, Familia would likely take over ninth-inning duties.

Giants | Buster Posey has sore hip

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:49:15 -0700

Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants C/1B Buster Posey (hip) was out of the lineup Wednesday, Aug. 20, against the Chicago Cubs after his left hip flared up in the game Tuesday, Aug. 19. He received treatment and is available off the bench. Manager Bruce Bochy said he hopes Posey can return Wednesday, Aug. 20.

FANTASY TIP: Daily fantasy owners will want to be careful and wait to see Posey prove his health in one full game before plugging him back into the active lineup.

Giants | Brandon Belt remains sidelined

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:48:29 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) had an examination Wednesday, Aug. 20, and he was informed it will be at least two to three more weeks until he is cleared to do any physical activity.

FANTASY TIP: The clock is ticking, and time is not on Belt's side. He might be able to return for a week or two of the regular season, but even that is debatable at this point. If you have the roster flexibility, hang onto him if you have waited this long. Fantasy owners who have limited roster space available might want to chance it and cut him for someone who can help now.