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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.

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.

Athletics | Coco Crisp update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:43:39 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (neck) could play when he rejoins the team, according to trainer Nick Paparesta.

FANTASY TIP: Trainer optimism is one thing, but Crisp's injury history is another entirely. Continue to check back as we monitor the situation.

Royals | Jason Vargas throws simulated game

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:43:03 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP Jason Vargas (appendix) threw four innings in a simulated game Tuesday, July 29. He could return this weekend, according to manager Ned Yost.

FANTASY TIP: Check Vargas' availability in your league. He is a viable option in the majority of formats, at least in favorable matchups.

Royals | Eric Hosmer returns

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:28:29 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) is in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29, against the Minnesota Twins.

FANTASY TIP: Hosmer has only played in one of the last seven games, but his statistics suggest he has missed the majority of the season. Keep plugging Hosmer in your lineups, unless you have better options. He is a solid hitter.

Athletics | Coco Crisp's MRI results

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:24:30 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp's (neck) MRI exam showed "no changes" in his neck, and the team expects to know more when they return home from their road trip.

FANTASY TIP: The news on Crisp is good, but he's not completely out of the woods just yet. There's still a possibility that he'll need to go on the disabled list if he doesn't recover soon. Stay tuned.

Blue Jays | Danny Valencia to play some 1B

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:23:00 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 3B Danny Valencia will also play some first base, according to manager John Gibbons. Valencia played first base in college in 2004.

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Giants | Brandon Belt plays catch

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:22:37 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) played catch Tuesday, July 29. It marked Belt's first baseball activity since suffering a concussion Saturday, July 19.

FANTASY TIP: Concussions are tricky injuries to predict and put a timetable on. Continue to check back for additional updates on Belt's health.

Tigers | Nick Castellanos update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:20:26 -0700

Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos (finger) was scratched from the lineup with a bruised right index finger Tuesday, July 29, and he's day-to-day.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Castellanos from your lineup and check back tomorrow to see if he's able to return.

Rockies | Justin Morneau activated

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:14:34 -0700

Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau (neck) and RP Boone Logan (elbow) were officially activated from the disabled list Tuesday, July 29. Morneau is hitting fifth and playing first base Tuesday night. SS Cristhian Adames was recalled Tuesday, but he is not in the starting lineup. In corresponding moves, 1B Ben Paulsen and RPs Brooks Brown and Chad Bettis were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

FANTASY TIP: Return Morneau to your lineups in all formats.

Cubs | Kyuji Fujikawa update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:13:48 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) will make at least one more rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa before he is recalled to the majors.

Pirates | Clint Barmes update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:10:10 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Clint Barmes (groin) took batting practice and participated in drills Tuesday, July 29.

Tigers | Nick Castellanos scratched

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:07:43 -0700

Detroit Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos has been scratched from the lineup Tuesday, July 29, and the team hasn't given a reason. 1B Miguel Cabrera will move over to third base and DH Victor Martinez will start at first base.

FANTASY TIP: We're unsure if Castellanos is injured, but we'll update you if that's the case.

Twins | Joe Mauer to take live BP

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:04:49 -0700

Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (oblique) will take live batting practice in the cages this week.

FANTASY TIP: This is a step in the right direction for Mauer returning to the team soon. However, the Twins will likely continue to be cautious with Mauer. Expect him to go on a short rehab assignment before he's activated.

Twins | Ricky Nolasco throws 'pen

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:03:22 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Ricky Nolasco (elbow) threw a bullpen session without any setbacks Tuesday, July 29, and he threw only fastballs and changeups. He'll repeat the step Thursday, July 31.

MLB | Tarp on field for Tigers-White Sox game

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:02:29 -0700

The tarp is on the field in Detroit before the start of the game between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: With inclement weather expected, it might be safe to stay away from players on the Tigers and White Sox in daily games.

Cubs | Had five sets of eyes on Rusney Castillo

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:01:06 -0700

Cuban free-agent OF Rusney Castillo had five members of the Chicago Cubs' scouting staff on hand for his workout, according to Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer.

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Cubs | Neil Ramirez's injury isn't serious

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:00:03 -0700

Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs RP Neil Ramirez's (triceps) injury is not considered serious and could be fatigue-related, according to general manager Jed Hoyer.

Cubs | Change course with Neil Ramirez

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:44:26 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Neil Ramirez (triceps) was placed on the team's disabled list Tuesday, July 29. He had been sent to the minors Saturday, July 26.

FANTASY TIP: Pedro Strop is next in line for saves now that Ramirez is on the DL.

Athletics | Yoenis Cespedes doesn't want to play CF

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:40:35 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes said he doesn't want to play center field.

FANTASY TIP: If the A's won't use Cespedes in center while Coco Crisp (neck) heals, it'll likely be a platoon of Josh Reddick (who is starting tonight) and Billy Burns against lefties.

Phillies | Marlon Byrd wants to stay

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:36:25 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd wants and expects to remain with the organization. Byrd said general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has not talked to him about waiving his no-trade clause.

FANTASY TIP: Byrd's fantasy value could improve if he joined a better offensive team.

Nationals | Rafael Soriano's job is safe

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:26:58 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano is the team's closer, according to manager Matt Williams. Williams noted he did not consider leaving P Drew Storen in for the ninth inning Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: Soriano allowed just 17 hits and four earned runs before July. He has surrendered nine earned runs on 10 hits this month. His job is safe, but the Nationals are trying to win a division and loyalty is largely performance based, especially in the ninth inning. Tyler Clippard should be owned in the majority of formats.

Twins | Oswaldo Arcia out

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:26:57 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia is not playing Tuesday, July 29, after his wife gave birth to a boy Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: Make sure you don't have Arcia in any of your daily lineups tonight.

49ers | Michael Crabtree looks quicker

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:25:13 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree has more burst and is a step or two quicker, according to QB Colin Kaepernick.

FANTASY TIP: The 49ers receiving corps is a little more crowded than usual with WRs Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson also in the mix. Still, Crabtree should be taken as a high-end WR2 in standard leagues.

White Sox | Matt Lindstrom, Avisail Garcia close to rehab assignments

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:21:37 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) and OF Avisail Garcia (shoulder) are getting close to going on rehab assignments.

FANTASY TIP: Lindstrom's return is probably much closer, and he should be stashed if you are looking for save chances at this juncture. Garcia could return for the stretch run in September.

Nationals | Ryan Zimmerman update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:20:01 -0700

Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) visited a doctor Monday, July 28, but the team is not releasing the exam results or giving a timetable for his return.

FANTASY TIP: The expression "No news is good news" likely doesn't apply here. The Nationals and fantasy owners could be without Zimmerman for a lengthy period of time.

Angels | C.J. Wilson to return during road trip

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:17:32 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson (ankle) tossed 5 1/3 innings in his first rehab outing with Double-A Arkansas Monday, July 28, and he is expected to return to the team during the current road trip.

FANTASY TIP: The Halos will likely want Wilson to make another rehab start before he returns to the rotation. If he doesn't have any setbacks, Wilson could return early next week. His return will probably push Hector Santiago back into a relief role.

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Astros | George Springer progressing

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:16:40 -0700

Houston Astros OF George Springer (quadriceps) is progressing nicely and is doing baseball activities, according to manager Bo Porter.

FANTASY TIP: Springer will likely need to go on a short rehab assignment once he's ready, which could come at some point next week.

Giants | Matt Cain update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:14:33 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain (elbow) will have a consultation with Dr. James Andrews, according to a source.

FANTASY TIP: Is there a name that strikes more fear in the fantasy community than Dr. Andrews? Check back for further updates, but visiting the ligament specialist is never a good thing. Cain owners should be looking for a long-term replacement.

Giants | Make roster moves

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:12:52 -0700

Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants 1B Travis Ishikawa and OF Juan Perez were officially recalled from Triple-A Reno Tuesday, July 29. In corresponding moves, 2B Tony Abreu was designated for assignment, and 3B Adam Duvall was optioned to Class AAA.

Athletics | Josh Reddick starting in CF

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:07:56 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick is starting in center field Tuesday, July 29, for the first time since 2012.

FANTASY TIP: The Athletics will get creative with the center field spot with Coco Crisp (neck) ailing. Yoenis Cespedes can also man center field, and youngster Billy Burns is expected to start there against lefties.

Rockies | No Josh Rutledge

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:06:34 -0700

Colorado Rockies Josh Rutledge (cold) is out of the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29, with an upper respiratory infection.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Rutledge from your starting lineups in daily-transaction leagues. A common cold shouldn't sideline him for long, and as long as he is getting everyday at-bats, Rutledge is an excellent middle infield option.

Rays | Ryan Hanigan pushes back return

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:05:40 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays C Ryan Hanigan (oblique) is still sore Tuesday, July 29, and he will push his rehab back at least a few more days.

Angels | Josh Hamilton fine

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:55:01 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (knee) said his leg is fine, but he will serve as the designated hitter Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: Keep Hamilton in your starting lineups this evening against the Baltimore Orioles.

Giants | Will recall two

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:53:43 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Travis Ishikawa and OF Juan Perez are expected to be recalled from Triple-A Reno, according a source.

FANTASY TIP: There may be fleeting NL-only value if either earns semi-regular playing time. However, taking a wait-and-see approach is advised.

Rockies | Justin Moreau in Chicago

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:48:10 -0700

Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau (neck) is expected to be activated Tuesday, July 29. RP Boone Logan (elbow) is also in Chicago with the team; however, his status has not been disclosed.

FANTASY TIP: Check back to see if Morneau is officially activated and placed in tonight's starting lineup. He should be returned to lineups immediately in all formats, if he is starting.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira back in, Brian Roberts sitting

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:48:01 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) is back in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29, but 2B Brian Roberts is sitting.

FANTASY TIP: Get Tex back into your starting lineups if you own him. Roberts is likely taking a routine day off.

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Rangers | Nick Tepesch to be pushed back

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:39:26 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Nick Tepesch (knee) will be pushed back and won't start against the Cleveland Indians this weekend.

Braves | Freddie Freeman slumping

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:34:45 -0700

Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman has hit .171 (7-for-41), with a .569 OPS and .194 BABIP since the All-Star break.

FANTASY TIP: The BABIP is unsustainably low, but an 18.8 percent line drive rate will hinder any batting average. Test the trade waters to see if there is an impatient Freeman owner in your league. He is an elite bat in a minor funk who is due for a hot stretch.

Orioles | Ubaldo Jimenez to make rehab start

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:31:09 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) will throw 60 to 65 pitches for Single-A Aberdeen Tuesday, July 29, and the team will re-evaluate him before deciding his next step.

Diamondbacks | Recall Bo Schultz

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:27:28 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks SP Bo Schultz was recalled from Triple-A Reno Tuesday, July 29. In a corresponding move, OF Alfredo Marte was optioned to Reno.

FANTASY TIP: Schultz has posted a 5.75 ERA as a starter with Reno. If the Diamondbacks intend to start him, stack your lineup with as many opposing bats as possible in all formats, especially in daily games.

Angels | C.J. Wilson discovered hip issue

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:24:25 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson (ankle, hip) discovered tightness in his left hip during his rehab, and he has since corrected the issue that hurt his mechanics.

FANTASY TIP: Wilson might be another week away from returning to the rotation. The good news is that his string of bad starts before his DL placement may have been directly related to his injuries.

Nationals | Jayson Werth update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:23:50 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (ankle) said his right ankle is more swollen than he expected it to be. He is hopeful to be available off the bench Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: This is good news for Werth's chances of starting tomorrow's game.

Phillies | Marlon Byrd update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:18:32 -0700

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd (foot) fouled a ball off his left foot Monday, July 28, and was hobbling, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg expects Byrd to play Wednesday, July 30.

FANTASY TIP: Be prepared to return Byrd to lineups where you are starting him tomorrow.

Orioles | Chris Davis ill

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:18:23 -0700

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis (illness) is sick and is not at the ballpark Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Davis from all of your daily lineups this evening.

Red Sox | Want pitching in return

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:17:00 -0700

The Boston Red Sox will only trade SPs Jon Lester or John Lackey if they receive starting pitching in return, according to a baseball source.

Red Sox | Brandon Workman lined up for Wednesday

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:16:03 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Brandon Workman is lined up to make his next start Wednesday, July 30, in case SP Jon Lester is traded by then.

FANTASY TIP: If you're in need of pitching and in an AL-only league, you may want to stash Workman just in case, if you have the room.

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Padres | Activate Everth Cabrera

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:15:49 -0700

San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) was activated from the disabled list Tuesday, July 29. In a corresponding move, SP Jason Lane was designated for assignment.

FANTASY TIP: Cabrera struggled mightily before his DL stint. Speed is his biggest weapon, but a hamstring injury could continue to hinder him in that department. Temper your expectations, but Cabrera is worth a flyer in deep mixed leagues and a must-own in NL-only formats.

Rays | Wil Myers to take BP

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:06:58 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays OF Wil Myers (wrist) will take batting practice Saturday, Aug. 2, for the first time since breaking his wrist. He's targeting a mid-August return to the big club.

FANTASY TIP: He'll go on a rehab assignment in the coming weeks. His owners have to temper their expectations for him the rest of the way because he'll need to regain strength in the wrist. It'll sap his thump for a bit.

Nationals | Wilson Ramos hitting cleanup

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:02:34 -0700

Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos is batting fourth Tuesday, July 29, against the Miami Marlins.

FANTASY TIP: Ramos could see an uptick in his counting stats in the immediate future. He will be closer to the heart of the order, while Jayson Werth is dealing with a sprained ankle.

Diamondbacks | Aaron Hill returns

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:56:02 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (hand) is in the starting lineup and hitting second Tuesday, July 29, against the Cincinnati Reds.

FANTASY TIP: Hand injuries can linger, so giving Hill an extra day to prove his health isn't out of the question in shallow formats.

Pirates | Dark-horse location for Jon Lester?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:53:44 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester is involved in trade discussions between Boston and the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to sources. The deal would involve Pirates OF Joshua Bell going to the Red Sox.

Tigers | Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez lineup changes

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:45:27 -0700

Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera is batting cleanup, and DH Victor Martinez is hitting fifth Thursday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: It may only be a temporary move with J.D. Martinez out of the lineup and Rajai Davis batting second. Any further developments on this will be addressed here.

Nationals | No Jayson Werth

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:44:41 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (ankle) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29, against the Miami Marlins. Werth sprained his right ankle Monday, July 28, and left the game early. OF Nate McLouth is playing right field and batting ninth.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Werth from your daily-transaction lineups, and continue to check back for updates on his ankle. McLouth is worth looking at as a low-budget play in daily games.

Orioles | No Chris Davis Tuesday

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:38:06 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis (undisclosed) is not in the lineup Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: It might just be a rest day with Jered Weaver on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. We'll keep you posted if it's something more.

Red Sox | Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino sitting

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:37:01 -0700

Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli and OF Shane Victorino are not in the lineup Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: It's presumably a rest day for both, but we'll let you know if it turns out to be something else. Remove both from any daily lineups.

Phillies | Scheduled off-day for Marlon Byrd

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:35:06 -0700

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd's absence from the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29, was a scheduled off-day.

FANTASY TIP: There is still potential for Byrd to be dealt before the trade deadline.

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Athletics | No Coco Crisp again

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:32:47 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (neck) is not in the lineup Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: No word yet on how his MRI went, but the A's are preparing for a long Crisp absence. Fantasy players should, too.

Cubs | Junior Lake getting a chance

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:24:18 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Junior Lake is starting in center field Tuesday, July 29, against the Colorado Rockies. Lake will get extra playing time the next few days, according to manager Rick Renteria. Renteria noted the Cubs could face eight or nine left-handed pitchers in a row.

FANTASY TIP: Lake hasn't been significantly better against southpaws in 2014, but as a right-handed batter the split should favor him in the immediate future. Consider a short-term add in deep leagues.

Mets | No Lucas Duda

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:15:27 -0700

New York Mets 1B Lucas Duda is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29. 3B Eric Campbell is playing first base and hitting fourth.

FANTASY TIP: Duda has a .153 batting average against left-handed pitchers this season. With Cole Hamels on the hill for the Phillies, this is a strategic time to rest Duda. Remove Duda from your daily-transaction leagues and expect him to continue to sit against tough lefties.

Braves | Shae Simmons to DL

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:09:32 -0700

Atlanta Braves RP Shae Simmons (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, July 29, with a right shoulder strain. In a corresponding move, RP Juan Jaime was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Phillies | No Marlon Byrd

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:05:31 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Byrd from daily-transaction leagues. He has been the subject of trade rumors, so he could be on the move. Check back for further updates and the fantasy impact, if he is dealt.

Reds | Jay Bruce to bereavement list

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:04:51 -0700

Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce has been placed on the bereavement list Tuesday, July 29. In a corresponding move, RP Curtis Partch was recalled from Tripe-A Louisville.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Bruce from your daily-transaction leagues. Check back for updates on when Bruce is expected to return.

Red Sox | Many teams in on Jon Lester

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:36:30 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester has become a hot trade commodity in recent days, and the Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins are on his trail.

FANTASY TIP: It's looking more and more likely that Lester will be dealt by the deadline on Thursday. A move probably won't change his fantasy value all that much, though.

Rockies | Troy Tulowitzki undergoes medical procedure

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:32:17 -0700

Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (hip) underwent a medical procedure Monday, July 28, that involved needle therapy in his injured left hip flexor, and he said he'll return to movement activities Wednesday, July 30. The procedure he underwent is called "dry needling," which creates blood flow that helps injuries heal quicker. Tulowitzki could return by mid-August.

FANTASY TIP: Trade rumors are circulating the league's best shortstop, as well, but there are no indications that the Rockies will trade him. Stay patient until Tulo returns next month.

Diamondbacks | Daniel Hudson throws BP

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:22:17 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks SP Daniel Hudson (elbow) threw roughly 25 pitches during a live batting practice session Tuesday, July 29.

Mariners | Dustin Ackley leading off

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:19:32 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Dustin Ackley is leading off for the first time this year Tuesday, July 29, and the 104th time in his career. The M's have used sixth players in the leadoff spot this season.

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Mariners | To work out Rusney Castillo

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:18:36 -0700

Cuban OF Rusney Castillo will work out for the Seattle Mariners Saturday, Aug. 2.

Red Sox | To work out Rusney Castillo

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:16:50 -0700

Cuban OF Rusney Castillo will work out for the Boston Red Sox Friday, Aug. 1.

Blue Jays | Rob Rasmussen optioned

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:16:28 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays RP Rob Rasmussen was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo Tuesday, July 29.

Marlins | Checking on Wade Miley

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:57:39 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks SP Wade Miley has been checked on by the Miami Marlins and other teams. However, one Diamondbacks official said the club is set on "keeping him."

Indians | Ready to trade Asdrubal Cabrera, Justin Masterson?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:43:35 -0700

Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera and SP Justin Masterson could be traded this week, as the perception around the league is that the team is ready to give them up.

Pirates | Looking for southpaw reliever

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:31:27 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to trade for a left-handed reliever at the trade deadline, according to sources.

Yankees | Not looking at Justin Masterson

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:54:40 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson is not on the radar of the New York Yankees as the trade deadline approaches, although they continue to look for starting pitching upgrades. It's a gamble to trade for Masterson, since he has been on the disabled list with an inflamed right knee and will be making his first start back Friday, Aug. 1, a day after the deadline.

Red Sox | Jon Lester's demands didn't lead to trade talk

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:22:49 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester's agent denied a report that claimed that Lester's representatives told the Red Sox what it would take to sign him, which led the team to consider trading him. The report said Lester was seeking "a competitive offer consistent with the market" and speculated that would be in the range of $22 million to $24 million per year. Lester remains firm on his desire to wait until after the season to discuss a contract extension.

Red Sox | Andres Torres released

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:22:09 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Andres Torres was released Monday, July 28.

Royals | Liam Hendriks optioned

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:19:59 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP Liam Hendriks was optioned to the minors Monday, July 28.

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Dodgers | Barry Enright signs

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:19:39 -0700

Free-agent SP Barry Enright (Phillies) signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, July 28.

Rangers | Yu Darvish relying more on slider

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:11:37 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish has relied much more on his breaking pitches so far in the second half of the season. In his start against the New York Yankees Monday, July 28, he threw his slider 34 percent of the time. In his start against the Toronto Blue Jays to start the second half, he threw the pitch 35.9 percent of the time.

FANTASY TIP: Darvish didn't have his best stuff against the Yanks Monday, but he still managed to pick up the win and fan eight hitters. That's what aces do: They excel when they don't have their best stuff.

Rangers | Nick Tepesch needs to throw bullpen

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:10:30 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Nick Tepesch (knee) will need to throw a bullpen session before he will be cleared to make his next start against the Cleveland Indians Friday, Aug. 1.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira feeling better

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:04:33 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) made a pinch-hitting appearance in the eighth inning Monday, July 28, and was then lifted for a pinch runner. He took grounders and batting practice before the game with hopes of returning to the lineup Tuesday, July 29. He said the back spasms that have bothered him are gone. "I feel better now than I've felt in over a month," he said.

FANTASY TIP: It looks like Teixeira will be able to avoid the disabled list now. Make sure you check the Yankees' starting lineup tonight before putting him back into your starting lineup.

Reds | Zack Cozart's slump continues

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:02:31 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart extended his slump to 0-for-22 after going hitless Monday, July 28. It matched his career high from the start of the season.

FANTASY TIP: If you haven't already, it's time to bench Cozart in favor of a better option at the 6.

Yankees | Derek Jeter passes Carl Yastrzemski

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:59:41 -0700

New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter passed Carl Yastrzemski into seventh place on the all-time hits list with three hits off Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish Monday, July 28. He currently stands at 3,420 career hits, 10 hits shy of Honus Wagner for No. 6 on the list. Tris Speaker, who is in fifth place, is 94 hits ahead of Jeter, with 3,514.

Royals | Christian Colon up

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:12:06 -0700

Kansas City Royals INF Christian Colon was recalled from Triple-A Omaha. He'll back up 2B Omar Infante and SS Alcides Escobar, and he could serve as the platoon option versus southpaws if 3B Mike Moustakas loses playing time.

Padres | Joaquin Benoit likely to be dealt

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:55:29 -0700

San Diego Padres RP Joaquin Benoit is likely to be traded at some point in the near future, according to a major league source.

FANTASY TIP: Benoit would lose a lot of fantasy value if traded to a team where he'll likely serve in a setup role. San Diego could go with Dale Thayer or Nick Vincent if Benoit exits.

Brewers | Inquired about Jon Lester

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:11:31 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester is a player the Milwaukee Brewers have inquired about.

Cubs | Tsuyoshi Wada earns first win

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:58:02 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Tsuyoshi Wada earned his first win of his career at the age of 33 against the Colorado Rockies Monday, July 28. He went seven innings and allowed just one run on five hits while walking just one. Wada will likely remain in the starting rotation for the rest of the season as an innings eater.

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Yankees | Interested in Justin Ruggiano

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:53:03 -0700

The New York Yankees have shown an interest in Chicago Cubs OF Justin Ruggiano, but they were rebuffed.

Cubs | Emilio Bonifacio drawing interest

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:52:14 -0700

Chicago Cubs 2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio is drawing interest from other clubs leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Cubs | James Russell, Wesley Wright might be dealt

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:51:22 -0700

The Chicago Cubs might still trade RPs James Russell or Wesley Wright before the trade deadline. Both pitchers are free agents after the 2015 season.

Cubs | Might look to deal Nate Schierholtz

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:50:47 -0700

The Chicago Cubs might look to trade OF Nate Schierholtz. However, he has had an off year and the deal might wait until he clears waivers in August.

Cubs | Likely to keep Chris Coghlan

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:50:03 -0700

The Chicago Cubs are expected to keep OF Chris Coghlan, rather than dealing him at the trade deadline, as it is believed they need outfielders next year who can hit more than a second-tier prospect.

Rockies | Josh Rutledge scratched

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:53 -0700

Colorado Rockies SS Josh Rutledge (illness) was scratched from the lineup Monday, July 28, against the Chicago Cubs due to illness.

Red Sox | Open to dealing John Lackey, Jon Lester

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:19 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Boston Red Sox are open to trading both SPs John Lackey and Jon Lester for the right returns, a source said Monday, July 28.

Nationals | Jayson Werth expected to play Tuesday

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:44:22 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (ankle) left the game Monday, July 28, against the Miami Marlins due to a twisted ankle. Manager Matt Williams said after the game that Werth is expected to be fine for Tuesday, July 29.

Pirates | Kicking tires on Bartolo Colon

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:43:49 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates sent a scout to watch the start of New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon Monday, July 28, during his start against the Philadelphia Phillies. They were one of several teams to check out the veteran.

Nationals | Jayson Werth leaves game

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:43:03 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (leg) left the game Monday, July 28, against the Miami Marlins due to an apparent leg injury, and he was seen limping toward the dugout.

FANTASY TIP: The injury doesn't appear to be terribly serious, as another report said he was smiling with teammates shortly after departing. He had been dealing with a knee injury, so perhaps he aggravated that ailment slightly.

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Mets | Dana Eveland hit on elbow

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:42:26 -0700

New York Mets RP Dana Eveland (elbow) was hit on the elbow by a comebacker Monday, July 28, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He had an X-rays after the game which revealed no fracture.

Cardinals | Interested in Bartolo Colon

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:41:46 -0700

The St. Louis Cardinals had a scout in attendance to watch New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon during his start Monday, July 28, against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cardinals were among several teams with a scout in attendance.

Braves | Checking out Bartolo Colon

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:41:11 -0700

The Atlanta Braves sent a scout to watch New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon make his start Monday, July 28, against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves were one of several teams checking out the veteran hurler.

Blue Jays | Scouting Bartolo Colon

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:18:40 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays were scouting New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon during his start against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, July 28. The Jays were among several teams with scouts watching the veteran.

Phillies | Marlon Byrd could approve deal

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:18:02 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd had four teams on his no-trade list, the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays. He said the Jays and Rays are on his no-trade list because they play their home games on artificial turf. However, he hinted Monday, July 28, he could lean toward approving a trade to the other teams. "Then I have to have a conversation with my wife and with my agents, and see what's best for me, my family, and what's best for this organization, because I can't be that selfish," Byrd said. "I was blessed. (General manager Ruben Amaro Jr.) came hard and wanted me here this year. He made it easy for me this offseason. So I can't be tough on him."

Phillies | Willing to take some of Cole Hamels' salary

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:17:14 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Philadelphia Phillies are listening to offers for SP Cole Hamels, but the price is astronomical. He has four years left on his contract after this season, at $22.5 million per year. The Phillies have told teams they're willing to take on $10 million of that. Despite that, one American League executive said Monday, July 28, that the asking price is "just not realistic."

Mariners | Might be destination for Marlon Byrd

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:16:38 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd could be headed to the Seattle Mariners, but they are one of four teams on his no-trade list. However, he indicated he might be willing to waive his no-trade clause, but he could potentially ask for some kind of perk in order to waive his veto rights.

Diamondbacks | Open to dealing Addison Reed, others

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:16:11 -0700

The Arizona Diamondbacks are open to dealing RP Addison Reed, and they are also listening to offers on 2B Aaron Hill, RP Oliver Perez and, for the right offer, OF Martin Prado and SP Josh Collmenter.

Diamondbacks | A.J. Pollock set for live BP

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:15:44 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock (hand) is scheduled to take live batting practice Tuesday, July 29. Barring any setbacks, he'll then begin a rehab stint with the team's Arizona League rookie club.

Diamondbacks | Cliff Pennington on rehab assignment

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:15:14 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks SS Cliff Pennington (thumb) has been on a minor-league rehab assignment with the team's rookie club in the Arizona League. He is scheduled to move his rehab to Triple-A Reno Saturday, Aug. 2.

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Diamondbacks | Chris Owings still weeks away

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:14:34 -0700

Updating a previous report, Arizona Diamondbacks SS Chris Owings (shoulder) is still at least two to three weeks away from returning to action, as his shoulder injury has not improved enough to allow him to take live batting practice. "Nothing new on him," manager Kirk Gibson said Monday, July 28. "It is what it is. When it's time to move him to the next step, we will. He's picked up his activity a little bit. But he has not taken live BP yet."

Blue Jays | Edwin Encarnacion might work out Tuesday

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:14:08 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (quadriceps) is temporarily shut down from baseball activities until at least Tuesday, July 29, after a minor setback suffered Friday, July 25.

Blue Jays | Brett Lawrie might be weeks away

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:13:18 -0700

Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (finger) is working out at the team's minor-league facility in Florida. He is hitting off a tee, but is yet to face live pitching. He needs to go on a minor-league rehab assignment before he returns, and that would seem to indicate that he is at least a couple of weeks away from a return. The team has not set a specific timetable.

Blue Jays | Adam Lind closest to returning

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:12:37 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (foot) might return from the 15-day disabled list sometime during the team's upcoming road series against the Houston Astros starting Thursday, July 31. However, it is possible the team waits until Aug. 5 when the team returns home, too. "He's running, he's still a little bit hobbled, but he's able to do a bit of everything," manager John Gibbons said Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: Keep Lind reserved in all fantasy leagues until he is officially activated and able to play one full game without any setbacks. That might not be until early August.

Red Sox | Not looking to trade for Matt Kemp

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:16:59 -0700

The Boston Red Sox are not looking to trade for Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp at the moment, a source confirmed Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: It sounds like the team is conflicted on whether they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. A recent 1-5 stretch heading into play Monday has the team's odd looking rather long at a postseason spot, although they're not snuffed out yet. It appears the team will need to figure out their direction in the next couple of days before this Kemp rumor (or any others) gains traction.

Nationals | Ryan Zimmerman continues to rest

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:16:08 -0700

Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) continues to rest his injured right hamstring. Manager Matt Williams said Monday, July 28, that he was uncertain how long Zimmerman will be sidelined after suffering a right hamstring injury last week. He was expected to visit a team doctor Monday. "There is still no activity, so we may have something after the game, certain (Tuesday) when we get here. We'll see what the doctor thinks," Williams said.

FANTASY TIP: With Zimmerman sidelined, Anthony Rendon has slid into an everyday role at the hot corner. That leaves second base wide open, with Danny Espinosa, Kevin Frandsen and Zach Walters competing for playing time at that position.

Nationals | Second base job up for grabs

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:15:20 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Washington Nationals will use 2B Danny Espinsoa, 2B Kevin Frandsen and SS Zach Walters at second base while 2B/3B Anthony Rendon serves as the everyday third baseman with 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) sidelined. Manager Matt Williams said he will not just hand the job over to anyone in particular, and that he has decided the three players will battle it out.

FANTASY TIP: Daily fantasy owners will keep a close eye on the lineups an hour or two before game time. You can get good bargains in salary-cap formats, particularly if Frandsen or Walters are given the nod. They have generally had salary cap figures in the lower tier.

Giants | Andrew Susac likely to start Wednesday

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:14:41 -0700

San Francisco Giants C Andrew Susac is likely to make his first major league start Wednesday, July 30, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

FANTASY TIP: Susac could be a nice bargain basement alternative for fantasy owners in daily salary-cap formats. He has a little pop, and was a Triple-A All-Star for Fresno.

Giants | Brandon Belt feeling better

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:12:18 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) will have another evaluation Monday, July 28. If all goes well, he will be cleared to resume baseball activities, and he might re-join the team on its upcoming road trip. Belt said Monday that he is feeling better.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners will get a clearer picture on when Belt will return in the next day or two, but keep him reserved until he is officially activated and able to prove his health in one or two full games without any setbacks.

Giants | Hector Sanchez still nauseous

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:11:48 -0700

San Francisco Giants C Hector Sanchez (concussion) said Monday, July 28, that he is nauseous, and still feeling the effects of his concussion. The team said he is still three to four days away from resuming activities.

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Giants | Angel Pagan nearing rehab assignment

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:11:06 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (back) is scheduled to go through a full workout Tuesday, July 29. Pagan will likely receive a minor-league rehab assignment date as long as he has no setbacks.

Astros | Trying to get L.J. Hoes to drive ball

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:10:33 -0700

Houston Astros OF L.J. Hoes worked with hitting coach John Mallee in the batting cage on the field Monday, July 28, as the hitting coach is trying to get Hoes to stay behind the ball and drive it more. "(He) gets a little to his front side and his posture, his head is more forward as opposed to the center of his body or a little behind," Mallee said. "Trying to get him to lead out with his hip, and that allows him to be direct (to) the ball and also get the barrel under his hands at contact and get left to the ball."

Astros | Jon Singleton works to shorten swing

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:08:20 -0700

Houston Astros 1B Jon Singleton worked closely with hitting coach John Mallee Monday, July 28, in the batting cages. Mallee said the results were "absolutely amazing" and said now it's a matter of Singleton trusting it enough to use in games. "I'm trying to get the big-muscle-bodyness out of his swing and trying to get him more direct to the ball, shorten his path," Mallee said. "He's been overswinging and hitting long. We came out and did some tee work on the field and some flips and some high-velocity sport pitch to where the ball is on him almost at the same reaction time as it is in the game."

FANTASY TIP: Singleton has plenty of power, but he has posted a poor .178 average in 163 at-bats since his recall. He is a promising talent, and a must-have in long-term keeper fantasy formats, but right now he is not helping anyone in re-draft leagues.

Astros | Might work out Rusney Castillo

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:06:51 -0700

Cuban free-agent OF Rusney Castillo might get a private one-on-one workout with the Houston Astros, general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday, July 28. The team had multiple scouts to watch his tryout in front of major league scouts and executives Saturday, July 26, in Miami.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Athletics | Coco Crisp having MRI

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:26:59 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (neck) is undergoing an MRI exam on his neck Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: The Billy Burns promotion obviously doesn't look good for the chances of Crisp returning anytime soon, and he could land on the disabled list soon. Prepare for a lengthy absence.

Athletics | Billy Burns to start against lefties

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:24:57 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Billy Burns will likely start in center field against left-handed hitters, with OF Yoenis Cespedes playing there the rest of the time, according to manager Bob Melvin.

FANTASY TIP: Burns will make his first career start Wednesday with the team facing a left-hander. Jump on the Burns train immediately in AL-only and deep mixed leagues if you're searching for stolen bases.

Mets | Eric Campbell could play OF

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:07:54 -0700

New York Mets 3B Eric Campbell could play some outfield, according to manager Terry Collins.

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Mets | Holding off decision on Jacob deGrom

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:06:59 -0700

New York Mets SP Jacob deGrom won't be skipped to limit his innings just yet, as he allowed one run in 13 1/3 innings in road starts against the Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers last week. General manager Sandy Alderson previously said the team would like to hold deGrom to 185 innings for the year, and he currently is 59 2/3 innings short of that mark. The Mets could either shut deGrom down when he reaches his innings limit or find a rotation turn later in the year to skip him.

FANTASY TIP: deGrom is probably a hot commodity now if he's available on any waiver wires. If you already owned him, now might be the time to see if anyone will take him off your hands.

Mariners | Calling on Jon Lester

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:56:39 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester has received trade calls from the Seattle Mariners, according to sources. Lester would cost less to acquire than Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price, and Lester is a native of Tacoma, Wa.

Padres | Jason Lane shines in first start

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:53:31 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Jason Lane tossed six scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves Monday, July 28, before allowing two runs in a loss. Lane gave up six hits and struck out two while not walking any hitters. He became a full-time pitcher in 2012 after previously being an outfielder.

FANTASY TIP: Lane's start was a spot start for the ailing Ian Kennedy (oblique). Don't expect Lane to stick around for long, and he's not worth a roster spot in any leagues.

Rangers | Adrian Beltre drawing interest

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:52:54 -0700

Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre is drawing interest from teams, but the Rangers have not engaged the interested parties, according to sources. Beltre and SP Yu Darvish are considered virtually untouchable.

FANTASY TIP: We would be pretty surprised if Texas dealt Beltre this week.

Diamondbacks | Kameron Loe breaks hand in fight

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:46:41 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks RP Kameron Loe (hand) broke his right hand in a fight while with Triple-A Reno.

Diamondbacks | Chris Owings hasn't taken BP

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:45:15 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks SS Chris Owings (shoulder) has not yet takenlive batting practice, according to manager Kirk Gibson.

FANTASY TIP: Owings probably won't be back for a few weeks, leaving Nick Ahmed and Didi Gregorius as mediocre, AB-fueled NL-only names.

Phillies | Market quiet for big names

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:42:00 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SPs Cliff Lee and A.J. Burnett, RP Jonathan Papelbon, and 1B Ryan Howard haven't attracted much serious interest in trade talks. Howard and Lee have almost no market, and Burnett and Papelbon's allure has been limited. The latter two have unattractive player options that are limiting interest. All four may be candidates for an August trade after the non-waiver deadline passes.

FANTASY TIP: Philly's efforts to blow things up aren't going so well, and fantasy players may have to wait a few more weeks for significant changes to happen.

Phillies | Cole Hamels' price: 'the world'

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:37:27 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels is technically available on the trade market, but "they want the world" in exchange for him, according to a rival general manager. Hamels has a 20-team no-trade list but might be open to a trade because of Philadelphia's recent performance on the field.

FANTASY TIP: Hardly a surprise, considering he's a much better long-term ace than Cliff Lee, who has a better chance of being dealt, even after the non-waiver deadline. It'd take a ridiculous offer for Hamels to be moved.

Athletics | Kenny Wilson cut

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:36:20 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Kenny Wilson was designated for assignment Monday, July 28.

Nationals | 2B will be matchup-based

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:34:02 -0700

Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa and Zach Walters will keep splitting time based on matchups and hot-hand plays, according to manager Matt Williams.

FANTASY TIP: This adds shakiness to Espinosa's value, along with the possibility of the Nats adding a more stable 2B, like Aaron Hill.

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Nationals | Danny Espinosa back in lineup

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:32:52 -0700

Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa is starting at second base Monday, July 28, because he looked calm at the plate Sunday, July 27.

FANTASY TIP: Espinosa could have plenty of PT with Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) shelved, but the threat of Washington acquiring another keystoner keeps his long-term value in jeopardy. Stay tuned.

Orioles | Interested in Jon Lester

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:31:37 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester is attracting interest from the Baltimore Orioles.

Yankees | Jacoby Ellsbury resting

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:31:13 -0700

Updating a previous report, New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury said he's on a scheduled day off Monday, July 28, and he'll return to the lineup Tuesday, July 29.

Rockies | Troy Tulowitzki unlikely to be dealt

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:22:03 -0700

Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki is unlikely to be traded, despite several teams calling to express interest.

FANTASY TIP: The groin injury and massive contract aren't helping their cause, at least during the season. Expect more action this winter if he stays put.

Brewers | Nick Delmonico suspended

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:19:47 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers 3B Nick Delmonico was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines. He was playing for Single-A Brevard County.

Athletics | More on Craig Gentry

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:14:57 -0700

Updating a previous item, Oakland Athletics OF Craig Gentry (hand) is dealing with a non-displaced fracture of his hand, and he is hoping to start a rehab assignment in two weeks.

Dodgers | Receive cash with Darwin Barney

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:12:33 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Los Angeles Dodgers received cash considerations along with 2B Darwin Barney from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.

Blue Jays | Brandon Morrow to return in September

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:12:08 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (finger) is continuing his throwing program in Florida, and manager John Gibbons thinks Morrow can return sometime in September. Morrow may be used as a reliever if the team needs him in that role.

FANTASY TIP: Morrow's return is so far off that he shouldn't be held anywhere besides AL-only leagues. Even if he returns, he may not even be useful in fantasy leagues if he's pitching in relief.

Red Sox | Jon Lester, John Lackey attracting interest

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:10:56 -0700

Boston Red Sox SPs Jon Lester and John Lackey are getting "hit hard" in trade talks from contenders, according to sources.

Paders | Chris Denorfia's suitors

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:10:40 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Chris Denorfia is the subject of trade talks with the Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves, who are interested in adding him to their bench.

FANTASY TIP: Denorfia is likely only valuable in single-universe games and daily-game matchups versus southpaws.

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Blue Jays | Brett Lawrie swinging

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:08:37 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (finger) is hitting off a tee and will move to batting practice soon.

FANTASY TIP: Lawrie will need to go on a rehab assignment before he returns to the team.

Blue Jays | Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind not ready to return

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:00:05 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1Bs Edwin Encarnacion (quadriceps) and Adam Lind (foot) are unlikely to be back by the team's current road trip, according to manager John Gibbons. Encarnacion is still resting after a minor setback and Lind is taking light batting practice.

FANTASY TIP: You'll have to stay a bit more patient with both players, but once they're back from the disabled list, you'll need to get them both back into your starting lineups immediately.

Mets | Matt Harvey probably limited in 2015

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:57:53 -0700

New York Mets SP Matt Harvey (elbow) probably will be on an innings limit when he returns in 2015. He may only log 150 to 160 frames, which could equal 20 to 22 starts.

FANTASY TIP: He's not going to appear in the majors this year. Most pitchers' first season after Tommy John surgery is a rough go, so if many are pegging Harvey for his peak pre-injury form, it could be a costly draft-day mistake. If he slips far into the middle mixed rounds, his profit potential will obviously go up. His minors performance this year, if he has one, and his form over the winter and spring will be a hot topic of discussion for next year's fantasy drafts.

Phillies | Interest in Marlon Byrd, Antonio Bastardo

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:52:38 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd and RP Antonio Bastardo are the subject of the club's conversations with a few teams.

FANTASY TIP: Byrd is the more pertinent fantasy option in this case and could suffer or improve depending on any change in location. Still, the power growth he experienced last year has successfully continued in 2014, so the "fluke" card isn't a lock. He could be an expensive FAAB crossover piece if he goes to the American League.

Athletics | Craig Gentry to DL

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:50:46 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Craig Gentry (hand) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 28. OF Billy Burns was recalled from Double-A Midland in a corresponding move.

FANTASY TIP: Gentry is dealing with a broken hand, so it could easily be an extended stay on the DL.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira, Jacoby Ellsbury out of lineup

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:49:34 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) and OF Jacoby Ellsbury are not in the lineup Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: Teixeira could very well land on the DL very soon. Prepare for an extended absence from him. Ellsbury is likely just receiving the day off. Make sure both are out of your lineups this evening.

Mets | Won't trade Noah Syndergaard

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:40:28 -0700

New York Mets SP Noah Syndergaard isn't likely to be included in any deal the club may make this week.

FANTASY TIP: As David Lennon notes, the Metropolitans could change their minds, but they're not aiming to part with their top pitching prospect. Good news for his NL-only dynasty stock holders.

Padres | Ian Kennedy, Chris Denorfia updates

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:37:14 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Ian Kennedy is looking less likely to be traded, but OF Chris Denorfia probably will be dealt.

FANTASY TIP: Kennedy staying put would be good news for his fantasy value and NL-only owners. His current oblique injury may scare teams off. Denorfia leaving would be a positive fantasy development; joining any other offense and entering any other home park would be an upgrade that could extract more deep-mixed utility.

Rockies | Justin Morneau, Boone Logan to rehab

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:27:41 -0700

Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau (neck) and RP Boone Logan (elbow) are making rehab appearances for Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: Morneau is eligible to return Tuesday but probably will need at least another day or two. Either way, he's primed to be useful in daily-transaction games soon.

Mets | Unlikely to make big deal

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:26:15 -0700

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said it's unlikely his club will make a big trade before the upcoming non-waiver deadline.

FANTASY TIP: Those Troy Tulowitzki pipe dreams, among other scenarios, look unlikely to come true.

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Athletics | Billy Burns being recalled

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:24:21 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Billy Burns will be recalled by the team. He has 51 stolen bases this year at Double-A Midland.

FANTASY TIP: How much PT Burns will receive is yet to be seen, but his stolen base prowess is enough for him to be owned in all AL-only leagues immediately. Think of him as a poor man's Billy Hamilton. Deep leaguers in need of speed should take a look, too.

Rays | Ryan Hanigan close to return

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:19:53 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays C Ryan Hanigan (oblique) said he will hit Tuesday, July 29, and then rehab two games with Single-A Charlotte before returning from the disabled list Friday, Aug. 1, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Yankees | Zoilo Almonte recalled, Jeff Francis cut

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:18:25 -0700

New York Yankees OF Zoilo Almonte was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Monday, July 28, and SP Jeff Francis was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

Diamondbacks | Aaron Hill sitting out

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:08:22 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (hand) is out of the lineup Monday, July 28, but he'll be available off the bench.

FANTASY TIP: It appears that his hand is still bothering him. If he can't heal quickly, he'll complicate things for fantasy owners as well as Arizona's potential plans to trade him.

Padres | Ian Kennedy to throw bullpen session

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:04:54 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Ian Kennedy (oblique) is scheduled to throw bullpen session Wednesday, July 30. He likely will be the starting pitcher Saturday, Aug. 2.

Padres | Andrew Cashner throws bullpen session

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:04:17 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner (shoulder) threw 31 pitches during a bullpen session Sunday, July 27, and is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Tuesday, July 29.

Dodgers | Interested in Cole Hamels

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:51:35 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels is believed to be a trade target for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Phillies | Cole Hamels available

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:48:09 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels has been made available in a trade, but the team will be looking for a significant package in return.

Phillies | Jonathan Papelbon wants to be a closer if traded

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:39:20 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon has told the team he will not waive his no-trade clause if he does not become the closer of his new team. Papelbon is not interested in being a setup man or being in a closer-by-committee situation.

Cardinals | Sticking with Allen Craig

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:38:06 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig continues to be in the starting lineup even though he is hitting .242 this season. He has started 12 of 19 games since OF Oscar Taveras has been recalled for Triple-A Memphis. Some in the organization believe the team is at its best when Craig is at his best. Craig may have created some bad habits in his swing after he suffered a Lisfranc injury last season.

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Diamondbacks | Jordan Pacheco activated

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:17:08 -0700

The Arizona Diamondbacks have activated C/INF Jordan Pacheco (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list. The team has also released 1B Nick Evans.

MLB | Alfonso Soriano may take rest of season off

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:16:34 -0700

Free-agent OF Alfonso Soriano (Yankees) has been contacted by a few team since being released but has told friends that he expects to take the rest of the season off and then consider a comeback next season. Soriano may not play again this season because he told friends he needs time to get back into playing shape.

Dodgers | Darwin Barney added

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:08:57 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired 2B Darwin Barney from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.

Cubs | Darwin Barney traded

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:04:59 -0700

The Chicago Cubs have traded 2B Darwin Barney to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later.

Mariners | Marlon Byrd may not waive no-trade clause

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:04:32 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd will not waive his no-trade clause to go to the Seattle Mariners unless the Mariners pick up the option in his contract.

Orioles | Rusney Castillo to work out

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:54:12 -0700

Cuban OF Rusney Castillo will schedule a private workout with the Baltimore Orioles.

Rays | Joel Peralta activated, Erik Bedard cut

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:53:44 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays RP Joel Peralta (illness) was activated from the disabled list Monday, July 28, and SP Erik Bedard was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

Marlins | Jake Marisnick recalled

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:32:49 -0700

Miami Marlins OF Jake Marisnick was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans Monday, July 28, and C J.T. Realmuto was optioned to New Orleans in a corresponding move.

Dodgers | Close to acquiring Darwin Barney

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:31:47 -0700

Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney is close to being officially traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Indians | Jorge Martinez released

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:31:21 -0700

Cleveland Indians SS Jorge Martinez was released Monday, July 28.

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Phillies | To work out Rusney Castillo

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:58:10 -0700

Cuban OF Rusney Castillo will hold a private workout with the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, July 29, according to a source. Castillo profiles as a center fielder. He held a showcase in Miami for several teams over the weekend, and there were reportedly representatives from 28 teams on hand. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are expected to put in high bids for Castillo, and he's expected to sign before the end of the season.

Nationals | Aaron Hill an option?

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:53:33 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill "makes a ton of sense" for the Washington Nationals in a trade, according to one evaluator without ties to either team. Hill could play second with 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) on the disabled list. Next year with 1B Adam LaRoche having a mutual option, Hill could play second, 2B Anthony Rendon could move to third and Zimmerman could play first.

Nationals | Eyeing Jose Iglesias?

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:48:01 -0700

The Washington Nationals have been on the lookout for a young shortstop, and they have an indirect connection to Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias, who may be available in a trade. The Nationals' international scouting director signed Iglesias out of Cuba in 2009. The Tigers sent a scout to Single-A Potomac last week.

Nationals | Scouting Red Sox

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:43:43 -0700

The Washington Nationals had a scout in attendance at the Boston Red Sox's games this weekend, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. The scout was on his usual coverage, but the Nats also had their top evaluators in Boston the previous weekend, and SP Jon Lester pitched in both series. It's unlikely Washington is looking at RPs Andrew Miller or Koji Uehara.

Nationals | Inquiring about Houston's relievers

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:39:12 -0700

The Washington Nationals have inquired about the Houston Astros' relief pitchers as the trade deadline nears, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Astros have scouting both Single-A Potomac and Triple-A Syracuse over the weekend. RP Tony Sipp best fits the team's preferences, and he isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season.

Orioles | Preston Guilmet recalled

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:38:42 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles recalled RP Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk Monday, July 28, and placed SP T.J. McFarland on the bereavement list in a corresponding move.

Indians | Danny Salazar with a fine outing

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:25:10 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar said he felt great in his start against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, July 22, in which he went seven innings. Salazar showed good velocity in the outing and made some adjustments early that helped him stick around in the game longer. The seven innings matched his longest start of the year, and it was the first time he didn't walk anyone.

FANTASY TIP: Salazar was everyone's sweetheart during draft season, but he quickly flamed out due to his inefficiency on the mound. Now that he appears to have worked out the kinks in the minors, he could be an excellent source of K's down the stretch in AL-only and deep mixed leagues.

Braves | Jason Heyward day-to-day

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:15:14 -0700

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) is listed as day-to-day after leaving the game early Monday, July 28, with lower back soreness.

FANTASY TIP: Heyward avoided serious injury, and he could return to the lineup as soon as tomorrow. Check back before you return him to your daily lineups, though.

Braves | Jason Heyward leaves game

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:14:20 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) was removed from the game with "lower back soreness," Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: The extent of his injury is not known at this time. Check back for updates on Heyward's condition.

Phillies | Tony Gwynn released

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:49:23 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies released OF Tony Gwynn Jr. Monday, July 28.

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Dodgers | Hyun-Jin Ryu has new slider grip

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:26:29 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu added a new grip for his slider earlier this month that he learned from SP Clayton Kershaw, and Ryu used it first in his two-hit, 10-strikeout outing against the San Diego Padres before the All-Star break.

FANTASY TIP: Aside from a seven-run beatdown against the Detroit Tigers earlier this month, Ryu has been pretty solid in July with his new slider at his disposal. Continue starting him with confidence.

Dodgers | Matt Kemp fine with RF

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:22:42 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp has no problems playing right field with rumors flying that he might be traded before the deadline July 31, according to manager Don Mattingly.

FANTASY TIP: A trade might be likely, and if Kemp does move, it'll likely boost his fantasy value with the assurance that he'll receive steady playing time on a new squad.

Padres | Ian Kennedy expected to start this weekend

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:13:33 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Ian Kennedy (oblique) is "so close" to being ready to pitch again, and he is expected to start again either Friday, Aug. 1, or Saturday, Aug. 2. Kennedy is 8-9 with a 3.66 ERA this season.

FANTASY TIP: If you have the luxury of doing so, it's probably safer to keep him on your bench in weekly leagues. The Padres face the Atlanta Braves this weekend, making Kennedy a decent start at home if he makes his next start.

Padres | Jedd Gyorko back in lineup

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:29:51 -0700

San Diego Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko (foot) is back in the lineup Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: Throw him in if you need help with your middle infield in a mixed game.

Padres | Carlos Quentin to DL

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:28:41 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left knee soreness. San Diego also optioned INF Brooks Conrad to Triple-A El Paso.

FANTASY TIP: Quentin is droppable in mixed leagues if you don't have DL space.

Padres | Jedd Gyorko activated

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:25:12 -0700

San Diego Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko (foot) was activated from the 15-day disabled list and selected the contract of P Jason Lane from Triple-A El Paso Monday, July 28

FANTASY TIP: Gyorko may take some time to get the drive back in his lower body, but he went .292-1-5 in his 24 rehab at-bats, so it may be sooner than most think. He's a fine add if you're desperate in mixed leagues because he still has plenty of power to offer.

Cardinals | Still interested in Troy Tulowitzki

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:35:50 -0700

Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki is a player the St. Louis Cardinals continue to inquire about.

Mets | Interested in Troy Tulowitzki

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:35:32 -0700

Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki is a player the New York Mets have inquired about. The Mets are prepared to offer SP Noah Syndergaard in a proposed deal.

Cubs | No interest in David Price trade

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:19:04 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price is of interest to the Chicago Cubs, but they do not have any interest in trading for him right now.

Phillies | Cliff Lee likely staying

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:53:40 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee is unlikely to be traded by the July 31 trade deadline. He has $45.5 million left on his contract.

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Giants | Still interested in Ben Zobrist

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:39:23 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays 2B/OF Ben Zobrist still interests the San Francisco Giants. They had a scout watching him last weekend.

Yankees | Not in on Matt Kemp

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:53:42 -0700

The New York Yankees are telling people they are not in on the quest for Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp. The team does not want to take on his $107 million in future commitments.

Pirates | Looking at LaTroy Hawkins

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:50:35 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at Colorado Rockies CL LaTroy Hawkins.

Pirates | Tracking Boston relievers

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:43:44 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates are taking a look at the Boston Red Sox relievers in advance of the trading deadline. No specific names were mentioned.

Athletics | Coco Crisp to have neck examined

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:23:50 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (neck) is traveling back to the Bay Area to have his injured neck examined.

Athletics | Alberto Callaspo activated

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:30:43 -0700

The Oakland Athletics have activated 2B Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list. The team also optioned 1B Nate Freiman to Triple-A Sacramento.

Padres | Jason Lane to be recalled

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:26:25 -0700

San Diego Padres P Jason Lane will be recalled from Triple-A El Paso in order to be the starting pitcher Monday, July 28.

Twins | Joe Mauer to take BP

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:25:49 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) is scheduled to take batting practice at Target Field this week.

FANTASY TIP: Mauer is making good progress but likely is a few weeks away from returning to the starting lineup.

Yankees | Carlos Beltran doing some throwing

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:41:07 -0700

New York Yankees OF Carlos Beltran (elbow) has continued his throwing program and has started to participate in some outfield drills. Beltran has been used as a only designated hitter since April because of an elbow injury.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira does some baseball activities

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:33:38 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) took some swings in a batting cage and fielded ground balls Sunday, July 27. He will be reevaluated Monday, July 27, and could avoid the 15-day disabled list if he does not have any problems.

FANTASY TIP: This appears to be a good sign for Teixeira, but the next day or two will be important for him. Owners should keep him out of their lineups until there is a clearer picture on his recovery.

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Red Sox | Felix Doubront likely to be in bullpen if not moved

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:52:38 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront likely will be used mostly out of the bullpen if he is not traded by the trade deadline. Manager John Farrell said Doubront still has a chance to be a starting pitcher in the future.

Padres | Brooks Conrad sent down

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:08:20 -0700

The San Diego Padres have optioned 2B Brooks Conrad to Triple-A El Paso.

Padres | Jedd Gyorko to be activated

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:03:34 -0700

San Diego Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko (foot) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 28.

Red Sox | Jon Lester unlikely to sign extension if moved

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:59:11 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester said he likely would not sign a contract extension with his new team if he is traded before the deadline. Lester said he would like to play for the Red Sox next season.

Giants | Angel Pagan doing baseball activities

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:56:30 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (back) has been taking batting practice and running in Arizona. Manager Bruce Bochy said he hopes Pagan will clear himself for a rehab assignment in the next day or two.

Giants | Brandon Belt still dealing with injury

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:54:13 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) is still feeling the effects of the concussion he suffered last week. He was scheduled to be examined Sunday, July 27.

Giants | Matt Cain not throwing

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:53:20 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain (elbow) has not thrown a baseball since being placed on the 15-day disabled list and likely will undergo more tests to see what is happening with his injured elbow.

Yankees | John Danks appears to be trade option

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:45:58 -0700

The New York Yankees are still looking into the possibility of acquiring Chicago White Sox SP John Danks.

Dodgers | Interested in Jon Lester

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:44:19 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester is believed to be a trade target for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Red Sox | Open to offers for Jon Lester

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:42:02 -0700

The Boston Red Sox are willing to listen to trade offers for SP Jon Lester but will be looking for a significant return in any trade involving Lester.

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Orioles | T.J. McFarland on bereavement list

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:36:10 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP T.J. McFarland has been placed on the bereavement list because of the death of his grandmother. He will miss at least three days.

Padres | Carlos Quentin placed on DL

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:35:12 -0700

The San Diego Padres have placed OF Carlos Quentin (knee) on the 15-day disabled list because of left knee soreness.

FANTASY TIP: Jeff Francoeur could get most of the playing time in the outfield while Quentin is out of the lineup. He should be an option in NL-only leagues but probably does not have much value in deep mixed leagues. Chris Denorfia could also receive more playing time but there have been rumors that he likely will be traded.

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