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Broncos | Demaryius Thomas practicing

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:34:57 -0700

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas is practicing with the team Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: Thomas was absent from camp due to a death in the family. There's nothing to worry about here. Move on.

Panthers | No timetable for Kelvin Benjamin

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:33:34 -0700

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) doesn't have a timetable for his return after bruising his left knee, but he is expected to be back in days, not weeks. Head coach Ron Rivera said Benjamin should be back before the end of training camp Aug. 12. So far in camp, Benjamin has looked really good and hasn't dropped a pass during team drills while running with the first-team offense. WR Jason Avant moved up to the first-team offense Monday, July 28, with Benjamin out.

FANTASY TIP: Benjamin's injury isn't serious, but he could miss some valuable time with the starters in camp, especially since he's a rookie. Don't expect too much of Benjamin in his first year in an offense that doesn't have many other legitimate receiving threats.

Cardinals | Cole Hamels can't block trade

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:26:07 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels cannot block a trade to the St. Louis Cardinals. Hamels' wife has connections in St. Louis.

Reds | Jay Bruce hitting second

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:20:57 -0700

Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce is hitting second in the lineup Monday, July 28, for the first time since 2011. He has hit .296 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 25 career games in the No. 2 spot, and manager Bryan Price is hoping the move will spark Bruce offensively. Bruce is hitting just .218 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs in 86 games this year, and he's hitting .107 since the All-Star break.

FANTASY TIP: Bruce's fantasy owners sincerely hope this move up the order works, as well. He's killing your batting average, and his power numbers have been down, as well. If you can, it wouldn't be a bad idea to keep Bruce benched until we see some signs of life.

Royals | Brett Hayes cut

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:15:17 -0700

Kansas City Royals C Brett Hayes was designated for assignment Monday, July 28.

Athletics | Coco Crisp could miss series

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:13:42 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (neck) could miss the entire series against the Houston Astros, and the team is preparing to be without him for at least that long.

FANTASY TIP: You should prepare to be without him for the same time frame and possibly much longer if he lands on the disabled list.

Astros | Willing to trade starting pitching

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:11:16 -0700

The Houston Astros are willing to trade starting pitching this week in order to bolster their offense. SPs Brad Peacock, Scott Feldman, Jarred Cosart, Collin McHugh, Dallas Keuchel and Brett Oberholtzer could be shipped off, however, no deals are currently in the works. The 'Stros have scored only six runs in their last four games.

Blue Jays | Danny Valencia acquired

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:10:40 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired 3B Danny Valencia from the Kansas City Royals Monday, July 28, in exchange for SP Liam Hendriks and Erik Kratz.

FANTASY TIP: Valencia could be in a platoon situation at third base for at least another couple weeks until Brett Lawrie returns from the DL. Take a look at Valencia in AL-only leagues.

Ravens | Chykie Brown returns

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:09:12 -0700

Baltimore Ravens CB Chykie Brown (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, July 28.

Browns | Josh Gordon hires attorney

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:57:42 -0700

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has hired attorney Maurice Suh to help with the appeal of his impending suspension, according to a source. Suh helped Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman win the appeal of his suspension.

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Saints | Two split reps at center

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:54:05 -0700

New Orleans Saints C Tim Lelito and C Jonathan Goodwin split reps at center with the first-team offense during practice Monday, July 28.

Diamondbacks | Aaron Hill expected to return Tuesday

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:53:58 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (hand) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, July 29. He was hit by a pitch on the right hand Saturday, July 26.

FANTASY TIP: Be prepared to return Hill to your daily lineups tomorrow.

Royals | Erik Kratz acquired

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:53:34 -0700

The Kansas City Royals acquired C Erik Kratz from the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, July 28.

Saints | Two expected back soon

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:52:40 -0700

New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (back) and OG Ben Grubbs (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, July 28, but head coach Sean Payton said both should return to the field in the next few days.

Royals | Liam Hendriks acquired

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:46:38 -0700

The Kansas City Royals acquired SP Liam Hendriks from the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, July 28, according to a source. It's unknown what the Blue Jays received in return.

Mets | Daisuke Matsuzaka's injury not serious

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:43:40 -0700

New York Mets RP Daisuke Matsuzaka's (elbow) right elbow injury is not considered serious, and he should resume throwing a ball in three or four days, according to manager Terry Collins. The anti-inflammatory medication given to Matsuzaka has limited the swelling in his arm. He can return from the disabled list Aug. 9.

Packers | Mike Neal loses weight

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:42:06 -0700

Green Bay Packers LB Mike Neal lost weight this offseason and is down to 263 pounds, which is close to the ideal weight for an outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Dom Capers' system. Neal went from 305 pounds to 275 pounds last offseason.

Diamondbacks | Scouted Rusney Castillo

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:41:03 -0700

Cuban OF Rusney Castillo was scouted by an Arizona Diamondbacks scout over the weekend, but the Diamondbacks don't appear to be very interested.

Dodgers | To pay money owed to Darwin Barney

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:39:44 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers will pay $500,000 of the money owed to 2B Darwin Barney after trading for him with the Chicago Cubs.

Japanese League | Nick Evans headed overseas

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:39:17 -0700

Free-agent 1B Nick Evans (Diamondbacks) will sign in the Japanese League, and he leaves Tuesday, July 29.