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Braves | Craig Kimbrel plays catch

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:17:38 -0700

Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel (shoulder) "played a little catch" before the team's game was postponed Tuesday, April 15, and manager Fredi Gonzalez said Kimbrel's injury is "nothing major." He's still listed as day-to-day.

FANTASY TIP: Kimbrel shouldn't need to go on the DL for this injury, but continue to keep tabs on his progress. He could be back as early as Wednesday.

Nationals | Denard Span feeling better

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:16:41 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Denard Span (concussion) said he scored higher on his concussion test Tuesday, April 15, than he did on his baseline test. He's feeling much better and hopes to play in rehab games this week.

FANTASY TIP: That's good news for Span to be back when eligible, but the Nats will likely be very cautious, since this isn't Span's first run-in with a concussion. Tyler Moore, who had a big game last night, will see an increase in value in the short term.

Mariners | Hisashi Iwakuma update

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:15:33 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) said he threw 55 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday, April 15, and included some split-finger fastballs. Iwakuma reported no issues with his right middle finger.

FANTASY TIP: He could be back at the end of the month, but if all goes right, it won't be much longer than that. He'll be a welcome sight for his owners.

Dodgers | Clayton Kershaw update

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:08:33 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (back) tossed 26 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday, April 15. He pitched from the stretch and the wind-up at nearly full speed.

FANTASY TIP: Kershaw won't be back for at least another few weeks, so remain patient and cross your fingers that he doesn't suffer a setback.

Steelers | Adam Podlesh signs

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:07:53 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent P Adam Podlesh (Bears) to an undisclosed one-year deal Tuesday, April 15.

Red Sox | Dustin Pedroia received injection

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:58:48 -0700

Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (wrist) received a cortisone injection to reduce the inflammation in his left wrist. He's aiming to rejoin the lineup Wednesday, April 16.

FANTASY TIP: Good news on the optimism, but be cautious heading up to game time.

Mariners | Logan Morrison only available in emergency

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:50:59 -0700

Seattle Mariners 1B/OF Logan Morrison (hamstring) is available Tuesday, April 15, in the event of an emergency, but he's day-to-day after his hamstring tightened up again Monday, April 14.

Braves | Skipping David Hale

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:42:41 -0700

The Atlanta Braves will skip SP David Hale in the rotation as a result of the rainout Tuesday, April 15. They'll go with SP Julio Teheran on Wednesday, April 16, and SP Alex Wood on Thursday, April 17.

Phillies | Alter rotation after rainout

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:38:22 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee will start Wednesday, April 16, and SP A.J. Burnett will start Thursday, April 17, following the rainout Tuesday, April 15.

FANTASY TIP: Shuffle your lineups accordingly.

Red Sox | Dustin Pedroia out again

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:35:32 -0700

Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (wrist) is out of the lineup Tuesday, April 15.

FANTASY TIP: He hasn't played since Saturday but could return later this week if he heals properly.

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Orioles | Manny Machado works out

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:33:13 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) took infield practice and batting practice Tuesday, April 15. He also did three springs of 90 feet and three of 180 feet.

FANTASY TIP: Machado is inching back, and he could return in the next few weeks, maybe next week. Keep your eye on his activation date, but don't expect much upon his immediate return.

MLB | Phillies-Braves postponed

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:26:31 -0700

The game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, April 15, has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up at a later date.

FANTASY TIP: Remove all of your Phillies and Braves from daily lineups.

Cardinals | Kolten Wong sitting

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:24:55 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong isn't in the lineup Tuesday, April 15. 2B Mark Ellis is starting in his place.

FANTASY TIP: Odd, because they're facing right-hander Marco Estrada, but the youngster will get days off like this now and then. No worries for the long term.

Blue Jays | Colby Rasmus sitting

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:14:14 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (hamstring) is out of action Tuesday, April 15. The hamstring injury appears more serious than initially believed.

FANTASY TIP: Rasmus has been clicking of late, but his owners will want to watch this. Expect Moises Sierra to start against righty Phil Hughes unless a roster move is made.

Tigers | Shuffle rotation after rainout

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:11:03 -0700

The Detroit Tigers have changed their rotation this week following the rainout Tuesday, April 15. SP Anibal Sanchez will go Wednesday, April 16. Justin Verlander is lined up for Thursday, April 17. Drew Smyly will go later in the week.

Rays | Jake Odorizzi scratched

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:09:17 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi (illness) will not make his scheduled start Tuesday, April 15. RP Brandon Gomes will start in his place.

FANTASY TIP: His flu-like symptoms apparently were too taxing for him to start on Tax Day. Gomes isn't a recommended fantasy play, especially for the possibility that Joe Maddon mixes and matches to fill innings tonight.

Orioles | Adam Jones ill

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:50:51 -0700

Baltimore Orioles OF Adam Jones (illness) is out of the lineup Tuesday, April 15.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Jones from your lineup for today's games.

Nationals | Bryce Harper playing

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:43:37 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (quadriceps) is in the starting lineup Tuesday, April 15.

Vikings | Allen Reisner signs

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:43:15 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday, April 15, that they've signed free-agent TE Allen Reisner (Jaguars) to an undisclosed deal.

Nationals | Tyler Clippard reinvents himself with splitter

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:31:31 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Tyler Clippard is now incorporating his splitter into the mix more often after unveiling it for the first time last fall. However, he only uses it as a complement to his fastball-changeup combination, throwing it once every 20 pitches or so. "It's a normal part of my repertoire at this point," Clippard said. "I mean, I still have to find the right spots to throw it. I'm not going to be just fastball-split. It's definitely my third or fourth pitch. But it's something that I'm going to use consistently." Clippard grips the ball wider than the seams and otherwise throws it the same as he would his fastball. However, it's less maintenance than his curveball.

FANTASY TIP: Clippard remains a fine fantasy baseball commodity for his peripherals once he can get on track this year, even if he isn't closing. Rafael Soriano is the team's ninth-inning man, and Drew Storen is still in his way, too, so it'll once again take a few injuries before he's likely back in a closing role, however.