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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.

Giants | Joe Panik returns

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:47:50 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Joe Panik (finger) returned to the starting lineup Wednesday, Aug. 20, against the Chicago Cubs after missing a couple of days.

FANTASY TIP: Panik has seized the starting second base job, and he has emerged as a solid fantasy option in most NL-only leagues and deeper mixed formats. He entered the game Wednesday with three straight multi-hit efforts.

Dodgers | Zack Greinke pushed back

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:46:51 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (elbow) has been pushed back to start Saturday, Aug. 23, against the New York Mets, as manager Don Mattingly gives him a couple of extra days to rest his tender elbow. The injury is not believed to be serious, and Mattingly said an MRI two weeks ago showed similar irritation to what Greinke had in spring training 2013.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners in daily leagues and those which allow daily transactions might want to keep Greinke reserved to let him prove his health. He could very well work with restrictions or suffer a setback, so play it safe.

Dodgers | Clayton Kershaw scoots up

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:05:14 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw will start Thursday, Aug. 21, against the New York Mets.

FANTASY TIP: Don Mattingly moved his ace up a day with Zack Greinke (elbow) hurting and in need of additional rest.

Angels | Garrett Richards injured

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:44:24 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Garrett Richards (leg, knee) suffered an apparent left knee or leg injury while covering first base in the bottom of the second inning against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, Aug. 20. He was down for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher.

FANTASY TIP: It certainly looked serious, and looked similar to the injury Tim Hudson suffered a couple of years ago when he was a member of the Atlanta Braves. Fantasy owners hold your breath that this is not a season-ending injury, and everyone keep your fingers crossed for Richards' well-being.

Steelers | LeGarrette Blount charged

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:40:07 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount and RB Le'Veon Bell were charged by Ross Township Police Wednesday, Aug. 20, with marijuana possession.

FANTASY TIP: Blount could potentially be facing a one-game suspension, if you look around the league. Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe was penalized one game by the league for a similar infraction. However, the club could also potentially step up and penalize Blount (and Bell), too. His fantasy value was a bit limited with Bell expected to get a lion's share of the carries, but he is even less attractive if he misses any playing time.

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell in hot water

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:39:25 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates RB Le'Veon Bell and RB LeGarrette Blount were charged by Ross Township Police Wednesday, Aug. 20, with marijuana possession. Bell was also charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after the traffic stop Wednesday.

FANTASY TIP: Bell could be facing disciplinary action from the team and/or the league, and he could very well end up being suspended. Blount might have been in line for carries in Bell's place, but he is likely to be in hot water, too. This matter is certainly not over. If you have drafted your fantasy team already, hang tight, as Bell will certainly have plenty of appeal still. However, if you have not yet drafted, drop Bell down a few spots, as a suspension could change his value dramatically depending on the amount of games he potentially misses.

Cubs | Will resume play Thursday

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:24:13 -0700

The Chicago Cubs thought they won 2-0 Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the San Francisco Giants in a game called in the bottom of the fifth inning due to unplayable conditions. However, the Giants won their protest of how the situation was handled by the Cubs, and the game will be resumed Thursday, Aug. 21, in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Cubs leading 2-0.

FANTASY TIP: Tsuyoshi Wada was awarded with a complete game shutout, working five innings and allowing six hits, no walks and three strikeouts. However, with the resumption of the game, Wada's fantasy total likely will be changed by daily fantasy providers and in weekly formats since he is unlikely to come back Thursday. Wada still qualifies for the win if the Cubs do not lose the lead at any point before the game is completed, so that's good news for fantasy owners.

Giants | Win protest of tarp game

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:18:01 -0700

The San Francisco Giants won a protest filed on the lack of continued efforts by the Chicago Cubs to dry the field Tuesday, Aug. 19. After a four hour and 34 minute delay the game was called, with the Cubs rewarded a 2-0 win. However, the Giants protested and won, and the game will now be resumed Thursday, Aug. 21 at 4 p.m. before the regularly scheduled game, according to a source. The Giants are the first team in 28 years to win an MLB protest.

FANTASY TIP: It will be interesting to see how fantasy leagues, particularly daily formats, handle the situation. Ryan Vogelsong was rewarded with a complete game loss after working five innings, but with the game resuming, and Vogelsong unlikely to take the ball Thursday, that likely will be changed. It is a unique situation for sure.

Padres | Bobby Lafromboise designated for assignment

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:54:09 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Bobby Lafromboise was designated for assignment Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Padres | Jace Peterson sent down

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:53:41 -0700

San Diego Padres INF Jace Peterson was optioned to Triple-A El Paso Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Padres | Reinstate Cameron Maybin

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:53:08 -0700

The San Diego Padres reinstated OF Cameron Maybin from the restricted list Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Redskins | Barry Cofield sits

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:42:36 -0700

Washington Redskins DT Barry Cofield (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Redskins | Chris Thompson limited in practice

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:36:53 -0700

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Cowboys | Sterling more not practicing

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:26:46 -0700

Dallas Cowboys CB Sterling Moore (groin) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Cowboys | No practice for Tony Romo

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:25:41 -0700

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

FANTASY TIP: This is nothing to be concerned with, as the team continues to limit Romo's practice time as he comes off back surgery.

Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul not worried about preseason performance

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:02:36 -0700

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul said he is not concerned with not having a sack in three preseason games. "It's not important at all," Pierre-Paul said. "We only get 25 snaps, that's not a realistic number for me to play. ... You don't get a feel of what the offensive tackle's doing or the inside rusher. I'm not worried about sacks in the preseason. Wait a couple weeks and we'll see."

49ers | Not interested in trading Alex Boone

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:01:16 -0700

The San Francisco 49ers are not interested in trading OT Alex Boone, even though teams have inquired about him.