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Phillies | Cole Hamels upping velocity

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:41:51 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels hit 96.2 mph on the radar gun Thursday, July 24. It was the fastest he has thrown since 2010.

FANTASY TIP: Hamels missed the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury, so this is encouraging news for fantasy owners. He has allowed three earned runs or less in his last 10 outings, striking out 107 batters in 103 2/3 innings pitched, with a 2.43 ERA.

Jaguars | John Lotulelei placed on NFI

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:39:43 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars LB John Lotulelei (hamstring) was placed on the non-football injury list.

Royals | Eric Hosmer won't swing today

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:33:12 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) will not swing a bat Thursday, July 24, in an effort to be more cautious about returning to action. He might not play in any of this weekend's games.

FANTASY TIP: Hosmer might be a DL candidate if he doesn't improve, so stay tuned for updates and line up contingency plans.

Bears | Adrian Wilson confident, working hard

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:28:32 -0700

Chicago Bears FS Adrian Wilson (Achilles') still believes he has the tools to play in the NFL, saying the Bears wouldn't have signed him if he didn't. Wilson said he is studying the Bears' defensive playbook every day.

49ers | Aldon Smith in shape, still learning

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:28:08 -0700

San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith said he's in the best shape he's ever been in, referring to both his body and mind. Smith admitted he is still growing and is in a better spot than he has been. Smith could still face league discipline following a fake airport bomb threat, a driving under the influence charge and felony weapons charges.

White Sox | More on Zach Putnam's injury

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:15:11 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Zach Putnam (shoulder) has an issue around the middle of his right (throwing) shoulder, near the joint. He felt it in the last few outings and was hoping rest over the All-Star break would help it heal.

FANTASY TIP: Obviously, since he's now on the DL, it hasn't. Jake Petricka is the fantasy pickup as he is in the lead for saves at the moment. However, he may cede those duties if Matt Lindstrom (ankle) proves healthy in the next few weeks.

Panthers | Sign Fernando Velasco

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:49 -0700

The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent C Fernando Velasco (Steelers). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mariners | Make roster moves

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:08:42 -0700

Seattle Mariners INF Willie Bloomquist (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, July 24, with a right knee contusion. In corresponding moves, SS Chris Taylor and DH Jesus Montero were recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

FANTASY TIP: Taylor's power-speed combo makes him a worthy addition in AL-only formats. There is deep mixed league value, if Taylor earns enough playing time. Montero has more competition for at-bats and is only worth a speculative add in AL-only formats, until he proves otherwise.

Padres | Yangervis Solarte hitting second

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:57:32 -0700

San Diego Padres INF Yangervis Solarte is batting second and playing second base Thursday, July 24, against the Chicago Cubs.

FANTASY TIP: Solarte could take care of the keystone position until Jedd Gyorko returns from his foot injury, and then move to third base. He could also fill a utility role around the diamond and in the outfield. Regardless, Solarte will get enough playing time to be a factor in NL-only formats. Mixed leaguers should take a wait-and-see approach.

Lions | Ndamukong Suh extension unlikely before camp

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:55:28 -0700

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh's long-awaited contract extension is highly unlikely to occur before the start of training camp, according to a source. The Lions commence training camp Sunday, July 27.

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Patriots | Vince Wilfork has no limitations

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:51:20 -0700

New England Patriots DT Vince Wilfork (Achilles') said he doesn't have any limitations, or he wouldn't be practicing.

Ravens | Aaron Ross placed on IR

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:41:15 -0700

Baltimore Ravens CB Aaron Ross (Achilles') has been placed on Injured Reserve. Ross will miss the entire season with a torn Achilles' tendon.

Cowboys | Ronald Leary update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:38:29 -0700

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys OG Ronald Leary (hamstring) strained his hamstring during a conditioning test. He is already on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list.

MLB | Rusney Castillo generating buzz

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:34:48 -0700

Cuban free-agent OF Rusney Castillo will be scouted by the majority of MLB teams at his workout Saturday, July 26, at the University of Miami.

FANTASY TIP: With the recent influx of quality Cuban players to the majors, expect Castillo to generate plenty of buzz in fantasy circles, too. He is worth a flier in all keeper/dynasty formats, as soon as he is available. Continue to check back for updates on Castillo.

Jets | Chris Johnson feeling good

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:33:14 -0700

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) said he feels good and didn't feel any pain after his first full-go since last season.

FANTASY TIP: Johnson has been one of the most consistent fantasy running backs over the past several years. His stock has declined since his move to New York, however, with RBs Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell also in the mix. He's still a solid RB2 candidate.

Rangers | Jerome Williams starting Friday

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:28:28 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Jerome Williams will start Friday, July 25, against the Oakland Athletics.

FANTASY TIP: Avoid Williams in all formats against the Athletics.

Falcons | Corey Peters hoping to return for opener

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:26:50 -0700

Atlanta Falcons DT Corey Peters (Achilles') plans to be back for Atlanta's season-opener, saying he's optimistic and is feeling good.

Indians | No Asdrubal Cabrera again

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:24:57 -0700

Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) is not in the lineup Thursday, July 24. INF Jose Ramirez is starting in his place, batting ninth.

FANTASY TIP: Cabrera could be looking at a disabled list stint if this persists. Ramirez is nothing more than AL-only filler.

Browns | Four players back on active roster

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:22:54 -0700

Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed), DT Jacobbi McDaniel (undisclosed), OG Jeremiah Warren and OL Chris Faulk (undisclosed) returned to the team's active roster Thursday, July 24.

White Sox | Zach Putnam to DL

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:18:21 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Zach Putnam (shoulder) was placed on the disabled list Thursday, July 24, with right shoulder inflammation. In a corresponding move, RP Andre Rienzo was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.

FANTASY TIP: Putnam was getting looks in the ninth inning, so with him out of the committee, Jake Petricka should see more opportunities. Javy Guerra and Daniel Webb could also get an occasional chance. Matt Lindstrom should take over closing duties, when he returns from his ankle injury. However, Perticka is an immediate add, with Guerra and Webb more speculative additions, for those chasing saves.