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Rangers | Geovany Soto update

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:26:07 -0700

Updating a previous item, Texas Rangers C Geovany Soto was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a charge of marijuana possession under two ounces, according to Sgt. Robert Eberling. Soto was released on $500 bail.

Blue Jays | Adam Lind update

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:21:20 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (foot) received a second opinion on his right foot fracture, which set his timetable for returning at two to three weeks.

FANTASY TIP: Lind's lack of power this season has limited his fantasy impact. He also struggles mightily against left-handed pitching and rarely plays with a lefty on the mound. The timetable seems optimistic. Lind is only worth stashing (outside of a disabled list slot) in AL-only formats and deep mixed leagues.

Pirates | Starling Marte unlikely to return before All-Star break

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:20:59 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte is not likely to return to the team before the All-Star break. Marte is currently on the bereavement list.

FANTASY TIP: Plan on keeping Marte out of your lineups until after the All-Star break.

49ers | Bruce Ellington focused on football

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:20:30 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington recently said he's giving 100 percent every time he steps on the field, adding he's simply going to work hard and chase his dream.

Orioles | Bud Norris update

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:19:51 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Bud Norris will stay on a five-day schedule and pitch Monday, July 14, at Double-A Bowie.

FANTASY TIP: Norris' demotion will not impact his place in the rotation. He is a low-end starting pitcher in deep mixed leagues, but he plays for a team that can provide ample run support.

Patriots | Nate Ebner works as punt protector

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:12:57 -0700

New England Patriots FS Nate Ebner worked as the personal protector on the punt team during spring practice.

Rays | David DeJesus, Jerry Sands need more time

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:08:40 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays OFs David DeJesus (hand) and Jerry Sands (wrist) are not ready to begin baseball activities, according to sources.

FANTASY TIP: DeJesus has AL-only value when healthy. Stash him in a disabled list slot, if able.

Rays | Wil Myers cleared

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:07:31 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays OF Wil Myers (wrist) has been cleared to begin baseball activities, according to sources.

FANTASY TIP: This news keeps a mid-August return in hope. Myers might be able to reward down the stretch, but wrist injuries can derail a hitter for a substantial period. Continue to stash Myers.

Royals | No Alex Gordon

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:01:43 -0700

Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon (wrist) is not in the starting lineup Friday, July 11, against the Detroit Tigers.

FANTASY TIP: Gordon has been dealing with a wrist sprain. He could be held out all weekend for additional rest with the All-Star break beginning next week. Make sure to check back for updates on his status.

Vikings | Spencer Nealy suspended

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:57:57 -0700

Minnesota Vikings DE Spencer Nealy has been suspended four games for violating the league's performance enhancing substances policy.

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Pirates | Gerrit Cole injury update

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:57:01 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, July 20, but manager Clint Hurdle said the team is not planning for him to be available that day.

Nationals | Ian Desmond not in the lineup

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:50:51 -0700

Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond (hand) is not in the team's starting lineup Friday, July 11.

FANTASY TIP: No word on if Desmond will be available off the bench tonight. Get him out of your daily lineups.

Orioles | Sign Robert Coello

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:48:51 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles have signed free-agent RP Robert Coello (Yankees) Friday, July 11. He was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk, pending a physical and contract approval.

Royals | Norichika Aoki officially recalled

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:41:13 -0700

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals OF Norichika Aoki (groin) has officially been activated from the disabled list Friday, July 11. In a corresponding move, 2B Christian Colon was optioned to Triple-A Omaha.

Bears | Jay Cutler more experienced in Marc Trestman's offense

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:38:22 -0700

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler believes he's more familiar with second-year head coach Marc Trestman's offense. Cutler said he should be able to think less and play faster now that he's become more acquainted with concepts and formations.

FANTASY TIP: Cutler is quarterbacking one of the more potent offenses in the NFL this year. He should be drafted as a high-end QB2 with QB1 potential.

Mets | Officially sign Michael Conforto

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:35:08 -0700

Updating a previous report, the New York Mets officially signed OF Michael Conforto Friday, July 11. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Conforto was assigned to Single-A Brooklyn.

Rays | Activate Yunel Escobar, place Jake McGee on leave

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:27:07 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SS Yunel Escobar (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list Friday, July 11. In a corresponding move, RP Jake McGee was placed on paternity leave.

FANTASY TIP: Escobar's return to everyday shortstop duty pushes Logan Forsythe back to a bench role.

Ravens | DeAngelo Tyson working hard to help team

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:18:45 -0700

Baltimore Ravens DE DeAngelo Tyson recently acknowledged that nothing will be given to him on Baltimore's defense. Tyson believes he's progressed and wants to continue learning from his teammates, saying he wants to stay consistent and prove himself to the players and coaches.

Cardinals | Will add George Kottaras to roster Saturday

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:17:43 -0700

Updating a previous report, the St. Louis Cardinals will add C George Kottaras to the 25-man roster Saturday, July 12.

Royals | Norichika Aoki returns

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:15:30 -0700

Kansas City Royals OF Norichika Aoki (groin) is batting leadoff and playing right field Friday, July 11, against the Detroit Tigers.

FANTASY TIP: Return Aoki to your lineups in AL-only formats, but he'll face stingy Anibal Sanchez, so it isn't an ideal matchup. He has mixed league potential but hasn't had a great start in Kansas City and will likely split time with Jarrod Dyson, at least initially.