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Mariners | Taijuan Walker to make two minor league starts

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:33:27 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker will make two starts with Triple-A Tacoma.

FANTASY TIP: The M's optioned Walker back to the minors Wednesday in order to keep him on regular rest with the All-Star break approaching next week. Walker should be back in the big league starting rotation after his two minor league starts.

Mariners | Tom Wilhelmsen to start Thursday

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:30:29 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Tom Wilhelmsen will receive the start Thursday, July 10.

FANTASY TIP: Wilhelmsen will draw the rare spot start against the Minnesota Twins tomorrow. He has never started a game in the majors, so he probably won't be tasked to pitch that many innings.

Rangers | Derek Holland nearing rehab assignment

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:28:02 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland (knee) will throw live batting practice this weekend and then leave for a rehab assignment after the All-Star break. He is tentatively scheduled to make his first start for Triple-A Round Rock Wednesday, July 27, where he is expected to throw approximately 35 pitches.

FANTASY TIP: Holland could return in the middle of August, in a best case scenario. The Rangers have no reason to rush Holland back, but he could still provide a boost to fantasy owners during their stretch drive. He is worth considering in mixed leagues and should be owned in all AL-only formats.

Red Sox | Will Middlebrooks unlikely to return soon

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:27:40 -0700

Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks isn't expected to return to the team soon, as general manager Ben Cherington doesn't seem to be in a rush to bring him back. The team has talked about Middlebrooks playing other positions, and Cherington said he "needs at-bats."

FANTASY TIP: As long as Middlebrooks remains in the minors, that's good news for Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts. The only place you should be hanging onto Middlebrooks is deep AL-only formats.

Red Sox | A.J. Pierzynski wants to continue playing

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:25:58 -0700

Boston Red Sox C A.J. Pierzynski wants to continue his career after being designated for assignment, according to a major league source.

Red Sox | No plans to promote Blake Swihart

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:23:45 -0700

Boston Red Sox C Blake Swihart will not be promoted from the minors at this time, according to general manager Ben Cherington.

Royals | Mike Moustakas out with flu

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:22:27 -0700

Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas (flu) is out of the lineup with the flu Wednesday, July 9.

FANTASY TIP: Make sure Moustakas isn't in your daily lineups.

Braves | Evan Gattis update

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:18:49 -0700

Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis (back) is going to remain the team's primary catcher when he returns, and C Christian Bethancourt will return to Triple-A Gwinnett, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. Gonzalez said he does not know when Gattis will return from the disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: Bethancourt has hit well in his limited at-bats, but he is not worth stashing in NL-only leagues when he is demoted. Gattis is likely two weeks away, at least.

Royals | Alex Gordon to have MRI

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:18:28 -0700

Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon (wrist) will undergo an MRI exam and see a hand specialist Thursday, July 10, and manager Ned Yost said Gordon's injury could "very well" make an impact on his status for the All-Star game next week.

FANTASY TIP: Check back tomorrow for the results of Gordon's tests. It's doubtful that he'll play the rest of the week or weekend.

Pirates | Starling Marte update

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:17:11 -0700

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte will miss a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven days, while he is on the bereavement list.

FANTASY TIP: Remember, the All-Star break begins Monday, July 14, so Marte might not be back until after the break. Prepare for him to miss the rest of the week.

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Mariners | Todd Coffey impressing in minors

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:16:52 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Todd Coffey hit 94-96 mph on the radar gun last night with Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday, July 8, according to scouts. Coffey has a 1.29 ERA in 15 games, and he could be on the major league roster soon.

Braves | James Russell and Wesley Wright being scouted

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:59:38 -0700

Chicago Cubs RPs James Russell and Wesley Wright are being scouted by the Atlanta Braves. The Braves are looking for a left-handed relief pitcher and have one of their top scouts following the Cubs.

Red Sox | Koji Uehara added to All-Star team

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:45:49 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara will replace New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) on the American League All-Star roster.

Cubs | Tsuyoshi Wada optioned

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:45:26 -0700

The Chicago Cubs optioned SP Tsuyoshi Wada to Triple-A Iowa Wednesday, July 9.

Padres | Chase Headley back to old grip

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:45:12 -0700

San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley's recent hot steak aligns with him reverting back to his natural grip on the bat. He overlaps the pinky and ring fingers of his top batting hand over the index and middle fingers of his lower hand. Headley suffered a broken bone in his right hand last spring training and had to abandon the grip but has recently returned to it.

FANTASY TIP: Headley's numbers haven't been the same since the 2013 spring training injury. If it is as simple as his batting grip, fantasy owners should be delighted. Headley has brought his batting average up 29 points in a week.

Yankees | Carlos Beltran scratched

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:40:31 -0700

New York Yankees OF Carlos Beltran (face) was scratched from the lineup with a facial contusion Wednesday, July 9. Beltran took a ball off his face after it caromed off a net in an indoor batting cage.

FANTASY TIP: Beltran appears to be over his knee issue, but he'll now receive an extra day of rest. Expect him to return tomorrow.

Browns | Jordan Cameron contract talks may take time

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:39:08 -0700

Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron's contract extension talks could last well into training camp. There is a chance the team will have to use a franchise tag on Cameron next offseason.

Roush Fenway Racing | Carl Edwards has no victories at New Hampshire

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:39:06 -0700

Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards has no wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and an average finish of 13.8 in 19 career Sprint Cup starts there. His best finish was a second-place showing in 2006.

Pirates | Francisco Liriano starting Sunday

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:37:05 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano (oblique) will start Sunday, July 13, against the Cincinnati Reds. SP Vance Worley will work out of the bullpen Saturday, July 13, and Sunday.

FANTASY TIP: Liriano is the epitome of high-risk, high-reward. He is worth adding in all formats if you're looking for pitching. Worley's value obviously suffers, but with Gerrit Cole also injured, Worley could be worth holding in NL-only leagues.

Pirates | Starling Marte on bereavement leave

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:34:04 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte is on bereavement leave. In a corresponding move, 3B Matt Hague was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, July 9.

FANTASY TIP: Check back for an update on the length of Marte's absence. If Hague gets enough at-bats, he has some NL-only value, due to his plus-power. Hague has 13 home runs and 59 RBIs this season for Indianapolis.