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Astros | George Springer takes BP

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:17:33 -0700

Updating a previous report, Houston Astros OF George Springer (quadriceps) took batting practice on the field Tuesday, July 29, for the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list July 20. "It's big to be out here and just to get some swings," Springer said. Barring any setbacks, he is expected to increase his activities over the next two days. He is eligible to come off the DL Monday, Aug. 4.

FANTASY TIP: Springer is eligible to return Monday, but that doesn't necessarily mean he will. Generally, it's a good idea to see your fantasy player return and play at least one full game without any setbacks before activating him. In this case, it might be another full week for fantasy owners to use him unless you like to gamble a bit.

Yankees | Francisco Cervelli can still be serviceable

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:15:12 -0700

New York Yankees C Francisco Cervelli was pressed into regular duty with 1B Mark Teixeira (lat, back) sidelined, and C Brian McCann working at first base. Cervelli has hit safely in a career-high 10 games, and manager Joe Girardi said it is a reminder Cervelli can be serviceable catcher at the big league level. "Great job. I said it last year; Cervy's talented," Girardi said Tuesday, July 29. "It's unfortunate, some of the injuries he's had - broken hand, broken wrist, concussion. But Cervy's player for us and he's played well. He's been thrown into pennant races and everything. We just need to keep him healthy."

FANTASY TIP: With Teixeira back in the lineup Tuesday, and McCann back behind the dish, and the brittle Carlos Beltran serving as DH, Cervelli returned to the bench. He is only worth a look in the deepest of AL-only fantasy leagues despite his recent success at the plate.

Yankees | Brian Roberts sidelined

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:14:43 -0700

New York Yankees 2B Brian Roberts (fatigue) might be dealing with some fatigue and aches, manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday, July 29. Roberts will get a couple of days off to recharge.

FANTASY TIP: Reserve the brittle Roberts until he is able to return to the lineup and prove his health in one full game without any setbacks.

Yankees | Kelly Johnson to play rehab games

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:13:56 -0700

New York Yankees 3B Kelly Johnson (groin) is expected to come off the 15-day disabled list when eligible. Manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday, July 29, that Johnson will likely play in a minor-league rehab game or two.

Yankees | Michael Pineda tosses sim game

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:13:21 -0700

New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (back) threw a simulated game Tuesday, July 29. Manager Joe Girardi said the session was "really good." The next outing will be a minor-league rehab game, working either four innings or 60-65 pitches Sunday, Aug. 3, for an affiliate to be determined. Once he makes that rehab outing, that will begin a 30-day rehab clock, which, hopefully, will mean a return to the team sometime in August.

Cardinals | George Kottaras waived

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:12:50 -0700

The St. Louis Cardinals requested outright release waivers on C George Kottaras Tuesday, July 29. He was designated for assignment July 26.

Braves | Jason Heyward hopeful for Wednesday

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:11:42 -0700

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) said Tuesday, July 29, that he is hopeful of returning to the lineup Wednesday, July 30. His back started getting sore Thursday, July 24, when pursuing a foul ball, and he was given the day off Tuesday.

Lions | No separation in kicking competition

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:11:09 -0700

Detroit Lions K Nate Freese and K Giorgio Tavecchio both missed field-goal attempts from nearly 50 yards during practice Tuesday, July 29, and the two remain in a competition for the starting kicking job.

Lions | Kyle Van Noy back at practice

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:04:52 -0700

Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (thumb) was back at practice Tuesday, July 29, after leaving practice early Monday, July 28, with a thumb injury.

Lions | Theo Riddick praised, confident

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:49:41 -0700

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick possesses intensity, hustle, desire and toughness, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Riddick added that his versatility enables him to pressure defenses from the backfield.

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Lions | Ndamukong Suh to explore free agency?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:31:22 -0700

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh has been given permission to explore free agency in order to gauge his market value. The Lions want Suh to make an informed decision and sign a deal he's happy with.

Cowboys | Several more sit out

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:24:17 -0700

Dallas Cowboys DT Terrell McClain (ankle), OG Ronald Leary (hamstring) OG Darius Morris (undisclosed), LB William Smith (undisclosed), DE Ben Gardner (shoulder), CB Brandon Carr (personal), DT Amobi Okoye (illness) and DE Anthony Spencer (knee) did not practice Tuesday, July 29.

Cowboys | Rolando McClain injured?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:11:34 -0700

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain (undisclosed) went to the locker room with doctors Tuesday, July 29. Stay tuned for an update.

Giants | Matt Cain to see doctor Tuesday

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:05:50 -0700

Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain (elbow) will meet with Dr. James Andrews Wednesday, July 30.

Red Sox | Matt Kemp being scouted

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:03:15 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp has been scouted off and on for roughly a month by the Boston Red Sox. However, the Dodgers are unlikely to trade him.

Cardinals | Oscar Taveras sitting

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:02:30 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras is not in the lineup Tuesday, July 29, after two straight starts. OF Allen Craig returns to the lineup and is batting seventh.

FANTASY TIP: Make sure Taveras is not in your starting lineups tonight.

Braves | Jason Heyward out

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:55:16 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) is out of the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29. He left the game Monday, July 28, with lower back soreness and is considered day-to-day.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Heyward from your daily leagues. Given his injury history, scouting a short-term replacement is advised.

49ers | Ahmad Brooks revises contract

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:50:27 -0700

San Francisco 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks restructured his contract to give the team $2 million more in cap space, according to a source.

Cubs | Neil Ramirez's DL stint update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:48:05 -0700

Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs RP Neil Ramirez's (triceps) disabled list stint is retroactive to Saturday, July 26.

Cowboys | Sean Lee optimistic about health

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:44:06 -0700

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) thinks he will return from his torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee completely healthy. Lee is with the team in California for his rehab, and it's possible he could travel with the team for road games in the regular season. "He's doing his rehab to get himself ready, but he's completely integrated with our football team," head coach Jason Garrett said. "I can't think of a better guy to be in that role. He just embraces every chance he gets to be that much better."