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Cubs | Kyuji Fujikawa pitches rehab game

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:58:55 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) appeared in his first rehab game for Triple-A Iowa, allowing one run on two hits in an inning Monday, July 21.

FANTASY TIP: He's one to watch for the Cubs' 2015 closer picture if they pick up his option. If they buy him out, he could enter another saves situation.

Rays | Joel Peralta to hit DL

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:43:16 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays RP Joel Peralta (illness) is expected to be placed on the disabled list. RP Jeff Beliveau is the likely replacement as a call-up from Triple-A Durham.

Mariners | Taijuan Walker struggling

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:39:50 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker is throwing 91 to 93 mph instead of his typical 93 to 98 mph. A scout said Walker is "far from dominant. Still not in top form. His value has to have diminished some."

FANTASY TIP: This may be a case where Walker will be more valuable to MLB and fantasy baseball clubs in 2015 than in 2014 as he continues to regain optimal form following his shoulder impingement. He's losing momentum on the trade market.

Angels | Garrett Richards won't be shut down

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:55:15 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Garrett Richards won't be shut down after a specific innings limit. "Not at all," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday. "Garrett has thrown from end to end in a season. His innings have not escalated to the point where they're 200-plus, but Garrett throws the ball as easily as anybody you'll ever see. It's not a violent delivery, it's not a violent package. He maintains velocity pretty easily."

FANTASY TIP: This is good news for his owners as he remains a valuable starter for the rest of the season, but beware that he may tire physically along with experiencing a somewhat negative statistical correction.

Indians | Jason Kipnis likely to be limited rest of season

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:53:29 -0700

Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (oblique) is likely to be limited by an oblique injury for the rest of the season. Kipnis has adjusted his swing to adhere to the right oblique strain he suffered in April. "I'd use the word adjustment," Kipnis said. "As far as the oblique goes, it's going to be there all year. It's not going to go away until the offseason. What I can do is find a swing that works for me. I thought we may have found something coming out of Detroit. It was a step in the right direction and we're going to keep making adjustments day to day and pitch to pitch and see how it goes."

FANTASY TIP: Kipnis isn't hitting for much power and likely isn't going to the rest of the season. However, he was 5-for-15 with two homers and six RBIs in the recent series with Detroit. He's still worth owning in all formats, but he may be a player you sit during cold spells.

Mariners | Justin Smoak sent down

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:46:44 -0700

The Seattle Mariners optioned 1B Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma.

Mariners | Roenis Elias leaves with cramps

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:43:23 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Roenis Elias (forearm) left the game with left forearm cramps Monday, July 21. Manager Lloyd McClendon said it shouldn't be a lingering issue.

Orioles | Adam Jones launches two

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:41:43 -0700

Baltimore Orioles OF Adam Jones hit two two-run homers Monday, July 21.

Tigers | Justin Verlander makes adjustment

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:37:01 -0700

Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander looked at some pictures from earlier in his career and from this season to see if he was changing the grip on the baseball before his start Monday, July 21. He noticed a difference in his arm action and immediately made an adjustment while warming up. He allowed three runs and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks. "It felt like I was able to throw the way I want," Verlander said. "Really, (today was) the first time all year that I've been able to locate my fastball as well as I would like to."

FANTASY TIP: This could be good news moving forward.

Nationals | Ian Desmond with big night

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:32:34 -0700

Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond had a career-high five hits, including a two-run homer Monday, July 21.

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White Sox | Jake Petricka nails down save

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:27:49 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Jake Petricka recorded his fourth save Monday, July 21.

FANTASY TIP: It was his first save in two weeks as the team has used a true committee with him and Zach Putnam. Petricka and Putnam should be owned in AL-only leagues and some mixed leagues.

Braves | Julio Teheran fans 11

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:27:33 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran tied a career high with 11 strikeouts in his no-decision against the Miami Marlins Monday, July 21. He allowed a run on four hits in seven innings.

Rangers | Alex Rios sits again

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:21:34 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios (ankle) missed his second straight start Monday, July 21, with a sprained right ankle. Manager Ron Washington said he looked much better and could return before Thursday, July 24.

Rangers | Miles Mikolas ends win drought

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:54:10 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Miles Mikolas allowed two runs and four hits in a career-high 7 1/3 innings in a win Monday, July 21, against the New York Yankees. It was his first win since Aug. 21, 2012, when he was a member of the San Diego Padres.

Phillies | Cliff Lee's return spoiled

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:53:20 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) allowed six runs and 12 hits over 5 2/3 innings in a loss Monday, July 21, against the San Francisco Giants. He had been 5-0 with a 0.88 ERA in six career games against the Giants previous to Monday's outing. If he show's he is healthy and pitches effectively, he is a prime candidate for a trade before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

FANTASY TIP: A move to a contender could rejuvenate Lee and his fantasy value, but he needs to stay healthy and pitch well first.

Indians | Francisco Lindor promoted to Triple-A

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:51:44 -0700

The Cleveland Indians promoted SS Francisco Lindor from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus Monday, July 21. "You never expect to go somewhere else. You work for it," Lindor said.

FANTASY TIP: Lindor is one of the top prospects in baseball, and he could end up being a September call-up when rosters expand. He is a must-have in all long-term keeper fantasy leagues, and those in non-keeper AL-only formats might want to stash him away for later in the season.

Giants | Three more hits for Hunter Pence

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:51:12 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence went 3-for-5 with a triple, run scored, two RBI and a stolen base Monday, July 21, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Pence leads the National League with 37 multi-hit games.

Dodgers | A.J. Ellis survives scare

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:50:27 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers C A.J. Ellis (head) was hit in the head by a 78 mph pitch from Pittsburgh Pirates SP Edinson Volquez Monday, July 21. The ball bounced off his helmet, and he immediately ran to first base and stayed in the game after being briefly examined by a trainer.

Dodgers | Matt Kemp appears in right field

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:49:56 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp started in right field Monday, July 21, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was his first appearance in the position since 2009. Kemp finished 1-for-4 with a double, walk and RBI.

Red Sox | David Ortiz snaps out of funk

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:10:40 -0700

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz entered the game Monday, July 21, against the Toronto Blue Jays on a 1-for-13 slide, and he was hitless in 11 straight at-bats until his third plate appearance Monday. He broke out with a pair of homers and he passed Carl Yastrzemski for 35th place on the all-time homers list with 453.

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Red Sox | Dustin Pedroia doesn't get in on fun

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:08:31 -0700

Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia was the only starter to go without a hit in the team's 14-1 romp against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, July 21, at Rogers Centre.

FANTASY TIP: How much do fantasy owners hate that? You see a score flash across on the TV, hit live scoring on your phone or laptop only to see your guy was blanked. Brutal.

Red Sox | Stephen Drew makes up for lost time

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:07:22 -0700

Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew had an RBI single and three-run home run Monday, July 21, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

FANTASY TIP: Drew entered the game with just five RBI all season, so Monday's output was a pleasant surprise. He is earning a hefty paycheck, and hasn't come close to earning his salary. However, he has the potential for nights like these, and baseball is a game of averages. If he starts to even out over the course of the next two months his fantasy owners could be treated to an extended hot streak.

Rangers | Jake Smolinski leaves game

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:06:49 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Jake Smolinski (foot) left the game Monday, July 21, against the New York Yankees due to a bruised left foot. C Chris Gimenez came on in his absence in the ninth inning.

Giants | Tony Abreu opts out

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:06:16 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Tony Abreu opted out of his deal with Triple-A Fresno Monday, July 21, and he is now a free agent.

Tigers | Showing interest in Antonio Bastardo

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:17:08 -0700

The Detroit Tigers are showing an interest in Philadelphia Phillies RP Antonio Bastardo, according to sources. They are keeping tabs on all relievers, including Bastardo's teammate, RP Jonathan Papelbon.

Royals | Salvador Perez returns

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:16:32 -0700

Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez (groin) returned to the starting lineup Monday, July 21, against the Chicago White Sox. He served as the designated hitter.

Royals | Eric Hosmer scratched

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:13:49 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) was scratched from the lineup Monday, July 21, against the Chicago White Sox due to a right hand contusion.

FANTASY TIP: Hosmer came into the day with the longest active hitting streak in the majors at 16 games, four more than any other player in the league. The severity of this injury is not yet known, but those fantasy owners in leagues which allow daily moves should reserve him until he can return and prove his health in one full game without any setbacks.

Royals | Billy Butler hoping to stay in KC

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:12:27 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Billy Butler said Monday, July 21, that he is willing to renegotiate his deal for next season in order to say with the team. He has a club option for 2015 for $12.5 million, and since he has struggled this season it seems unlikely the team will not exercise that option. The buyout for the deal is $1 million. "If the option doesn't work, I'd be more than happy to renegotiate in any type of way. I've always said that," Butler said.

Rockies | Nick Masset activated, Boone Logan to DL

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:12:00 -0700

The Colorado Rockies activated RP Nick Masset (knee) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 21, and the club placed RP Boone Logan (illness) on the 15-day disabled list due to diverticulitis.

Rangers | Geovany Soto departs early

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:11:33 -0700

Texas Rangers C Geovany Soto (groin) left the game Monday, July 21, against the New York Yankees due to tightness in his right groin.

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Indians | Asdrubal Cabrera leaves game

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:11:08 -0700

Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) left the game Monday, July 21, against the Minnesota Twins due to lower back spasms.

Angels | Erick Aybar might return Tuesday

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:10:13 -0700

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said Monday, July 21, that he hopes SS Erick Aybar (groin) will be able to return to the starting lineup Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners in daily leagues will want to see how Aybar responds in his first game back. If he can make it through a full game without setbacks, he will be a safe play going forward.

Angels | C.J. Wilson throws bullpen session

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:09:36 -0700

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson (ankle) threw his first bullpen session Monday, July 21. He said his ankle does not bother him throwing, but he will likely need a minor-league rehab assignment before coming off the 15-day disabled list.

Twins | Byron Buxton receives good news

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:09:12 -0700

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (wrist) had X-rays on his ailing right wrist Monday, July 21, and the results were negative.

FANTASY TIP: Buxton is one of the top prospects in all of baseball, but a nagging left wrist injury has robbed him of most of the season. He remains a must-have for those in long-term keeper formats, but fantasy owners in non-keeper leagues need not stash him, as a September call-up is looking less and less likely by the day.

Tigers | Looking for bullpen help

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:08:42 -0700

The Detroit Tigers inquired about the availability of Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler, but the team seems inclined to keep him, according to a source.

Reds | Joey Votto receives PRP injection

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:08:08 -0700

Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (quadriceps) received the second of two rounds of platelet-rich plasma injections Monday, July 21, in an attempt to help him heal from a distal strain of his left quadriceps. "That is a part of his recovery," manager Bryan Price said. "There's a couple of days of...I don't want to say total inactivity, but resting it and not doing a lot of on the knee and then returning to his rehab protocol. It's a good thing, because it's a part of his recovery that we think is going to be very effective."

Reds | Brandon Phillips making progress

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:07:39 -0700

Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (thumb) started working out in Cincinnati Monday, July 21, taking a step forward in his recovery. "He was able to throw. Obviously, he was not able to catch the ball," manager Bryan Price said. "And he's doing some movement with his hand a lot more comfortably. It's still on schedule but still a ways away."

FANTASY TIP: Phillips was expected to miss a minimum of six weeks, and he has only been sidelined 10 days, so he will be on the mend at least another month before he nears a return to game action.

Marlins | Henderson Alvarez good to go

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:07:10 -0700

Updating a previous report, Miami Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez (shin) had recovered nicely, manager Mike Redmond said Monday, July 21, and should be good to make his next scheduled start Thursday, July 24, against the Houston Astros.

Marlins | Trading Steve Cishek might send wrong message

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:06:40 -0700

Miami Marlins CL Steve Cishek's name has been bandied about in plenty of trade rumors, but a major league source indicates a deal of Cishek, especially for a slew of prospects, might send the wrong message to OF Giancarlo Stanton. The All-Star has made it known he wants to see the team start showing franchise stability and a commitment to winning. Cishek is making $3.8 million this season, and could make even more next season through salary arbitration.

Diamondbacks | Want to keep Brad Ziegler

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:06:04 -0700

The Detroit Tigers have inquired as to the availability of Arizona Diamondbacks Brad Ziegler, but the Diamondbacks seem inclined to keep him, sources said Monday, July 21.

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Braves | Interested in Andrew Miller

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:05:35 -0700

The Atlanta Braves are most interested in Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Miller, but Boston might not deal him as long as they think they have a decent playoff chance.

Athletics | Josh Reddick expected back Tuesday

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:05:01 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (knee) is expected to come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, July 22, manager Bob Melvin indicated Monday, July 21.

FANTASY TIP: The team has already made a corresponding move to clear a roster spot, so Reddick will return barring any last-minute setback. Fantasy owners will want to see him prove his health in one full game before plugging him back into the active lineup.

Athletics | Andy Parrino optioned out

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:04:39 -0700

The Oakland Athletics optioned 2B Andy Parrino to Triple-A Sacramento Monday, July 21.

Dodgers | X-rays on Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:02:37 -0700

Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) and Yasiel Puig (hand) both underwent X-rays on their injured hands Monday, July 21, and the X-rays on both came back negative.

FANTASY TIP: Both players could miss a few games but it does not appear like either will need to be placed on the disabled list.

Orioles | Bud Norris recalled

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:59:09 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles have recalled SP Bud Norris from Double-A Bowie. The team also optioned C Steve Clevenger to Triple-A Norfolk.

Indians | Justin Masterson to make another rehab start

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:44:29 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson (knee) is scheduled to make another rehab start Friday, July 25.

Athletics | Tommy Milone looking for trade

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:54:38 -0700

Oakland Athletics SP Tommy Milone has asked the team for a trade, according to sources.

Giants | Yusmeiro Petit to stay in rotation

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:51:16 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Yusmeiro Petit will remain in the starting rotation until SP Matt Cain (elbow) is ready to return, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

Reds | Jay Bruce getting day off

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:40:23 -0700

Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce is not in the starting lineup Monday, July 21. Bruce is hitless in his last 15 at-bats.

FANTASY TIP: Bruce should be taken out of the lineup in daily leagues but should play Tuesday.

Dodgers | Yasiel Puig may be able to pinch hit

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:38:51 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (hand) is scheduled to undergo an X-ray on his injured hand Monday, July 21. Puig may be available to pinch hit during the game Monday.

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Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez to undergo X-ray

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:31:47 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) is scheduled to undergo an X-ray on his injured hand Monday, July 21. Ramirez will not be available to play Monday.

Mariners | Erasmo Ramirez to start Tuesday

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:28:57 -0700

The Seattle Mariners will recall SP Erasmo Ramirez from Triple-A Tacoma in order for him to be the starting pitcher Tuesday, July 22.

Rockies | Ben Paulsen recalled

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:26:38 -0700

The Colorado Rockies have recalled 1B Ben Paulsen from Triple-A Colorado Springs. The team also designated SP Jair Jurrjens for assignment.

Dodgers | Josh Beckett starting Tuesday

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:20:48 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (hip) will be the starting pitcher Tuesday, July 22, according manager Don Mattingly.

Angels | Erick Aybar out again

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:18:35 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar (groin) is not in the starting lineup Monday, July 21, because of a sore groin. Aybar has missed the last three games.

Royals | Jason Vargas to throw bullpen session

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:15:03 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP Jason Vargas (appendix) is scheduled to throw 20 pitches during a bullpen session Monday, July 21. He could return to the team as early as Sunday, July 27.

Rockies | Troy Tulowitzki sitting

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:10:39 -0700

Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (thigh) is not in the starting lineup Monday, July 21.

FANTASY TIP: Tulowitzki continues to deal with a thigh injury and could miss a few more games because of the injury. Owners in daily leagues should find a replacement while he is out.

Rockies | Justin Morneau placed on DL

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:04:26 -0700

The Colorado Rockies have placed 1B Justin Morneau (neck) on the 15-day disabled list because of a neck strain.

FANTASY TIP: Charlie Culberson could receive most of the playing time at first base while Morneau is out, but he should only be considered as an option by owners in NL-only leagues.

Giants | Matt Cain undergoes MRI

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:54:04 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain (elbow) said an MRI done on his elbow did not show and structural damage and does not think he will need surgery on the elbow now or in the offseason. Cain received a cortisone shot before the All-Star break, but his elbow was still sore when the played catch. He is not sure when he will be able to rejoin the starting rotation.

FANTASY TIP: Owners in shallow leagues can consider dropping Cain if they need another player since his timetable in unknown. Deeper league owners should consider holding onto him in case he comes back in a few weeks.

Blue Jays | Adam Lind to take BP

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:50:04 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (foot) is scheduled to take batting practice in Florida Tuesday, July 22.

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Blue Jays | Edwin Encarnacion to do baseball activities

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:48:04 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (quadriceps) is scheduled to take batting practice and field ground balls in Florida Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: Encarnion is making progress and could start a rehab assignment in the near future but likely is still a few weeks away from returning. Owners should continue to keep him on the bench while he is sidelined.

Phillies | Carlos Ruiz could return this week

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:27:55 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (concussion) could return to the team at the end of this week if there are no setbacks, according to manager Ryne Sandberg.

Twins | Have talked with Kurt Suzuki about contract

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:18:49 -0700

Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki's agent, Dan Lozano, has talked with the team about a contract extension for Suzuki, but the two sides were not able to make much progress, according to sources.

Cardinals | Michael Wacha could start throwing soon

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:10:42 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) will increase his pre-throwing program Tuesday, July 22, and could start throwing in two weeks, according to general manager John Mozeliak. Mozeliak said the team was encouraged by the results of Wacha's MRI and CT scan. Mozeliak said Wacha could return to the team at some point during September.

FANTASY TIP: It appears like Wacha is making progress, and owners should continue to hold on to him as long as possible, because he should help fantasy teams down the stretch.

Royals | Interested in Alex Rios

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:03:28 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios is believed to be a trade target for the Kansas City Royals.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira out a few days

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:55:20 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) is expected to miss three to four days because of a mild lat strain, according to manager Joe Girardi. Teixeira is not expected to go on the 15-day disabled list at this point.

FANTASY TIP: Owners in all leagues likely can keep Teixeira on the bench for the entire week and hope he will be able to rejoin the lineup next week.

Pirates | Gerrit Cole to throw simulated game

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:49:13 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday, July 23, according to manager Clint Hurdle.

FANTASY TIP: Cole appears to be making progress but likely will need a few more weeks before rejoining the starting rotation. It is not known if he will need a rehab assignment before being activated.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez not in lineup

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:46:29 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) is not in the starting lineup Monday, July 21.

FANTASY TIP: Owners in daily leagues will need to look for a replacement in their starting lineup. There is no timetable for his return at this point.

Dodgers | Yasiel Puig sitting

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:33:29 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (hand) is not in the starting lineup Monday, July 21.

FANTASY TIP: Owners in daily leagues will need to look for a replacement for Puig in their starting lineup. There is no timetable for his return at this point.

Rangers | Jim Adduci activated

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:32:33 -0700

The Texas Rangers have activated OF Jim Adduci (finger) from the 15-day disabled list. The team also optioned RP Matt West to Triple-A Round Rock.

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Nationals | Ryan Perry released

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:23:58 -0700

The Washington Nationals have released SP Ryan Perry.

Blue Jays | Sergio Santos cut

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:17:31 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays have designated RP Sergio Santos for assignment. The team also recalled RP Rob Rasmussen from Triple-A Buffalo.

Marlins | Henderson Alvarez could make next start

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:03:54 -0700

Miami Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez (shin) may be able to make his next scheduled start, depending on how his injured shin feels over the next few days.

FANTASY TIP: Owners should monitor the situation over the next few days to see if Alvarez suffers any setback. Owners should have a backup plan in case he does have to skip a start.

Indians | T.J. House recalled

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:58:07 -0700

The Cleveland Indians have recalled SP T.J. House from Single-A Mahoning Valley. The team also optioned RP Austin Adams to Triple-A Columbus.

Rays | Joel Peralta illness update

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:55:00 -0700

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays RP Joel Peralta (illness) believes he is dealing with the chikungunya virus, which is transferred by mosquitoes in Caribbean countries. Peralta said he believes he contracted the virus when he visited the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break. Peralta could be placed on the 15-day disabled list because of the injury.

Yankees | Cliff Lee can block trade

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:46:32 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee will be able to block a trade to the New York Yankees, because the Yankees are one of the teams on his no-trade list.

Braves | Evan Gattis activated

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:45:37 -0700

The Atlanta Braves have activated C Evan Gattis (back) from the 15-day disabled list. The team also optioned C Christian Bethancourt to Triple-A Gwinnett.

FANTASY TIP: Owners in all leagues can look to put Gattis back into their starting lineups.

Phillies | Cesar Hernandez sent down

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:36:45 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies have optioned 2B Cesar Hernandez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Phillies | Tony Gywnn cut

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:34:36 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies have designated OF Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment.

Phillies | Koyie Hill outrighted

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:31:36 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies have outrighted C Koyie Hill.

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Phillies | Two players coming off DL

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:29:56 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies have activated C Wil Nieves (quadriceps) and SS Reid Brignac (ankle) from the 15-day disabled list.

Phillies | Cliff Lee activated

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:25:12 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies have activated SP Cliff Lee (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: Owners should look to add him back in their starting lineups.

Giants | Dan Uggla has opt-out clause

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:24:42 -0700

Updating previous reports, San Francisco Giants 2B Dan Uggla will be able to opt out of his contract if he is not recalled by Aug. 1.

Athletics | Interested in Nick Franklin

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:13:04 -0700

Seattle Mariners INF Nick Franklin appears to be one of the Oakland Athletics' top targets in the trade market as they look to add a second baseman.

Orioles | Ubaldo Jimenez not ready for rehab start

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:09:02 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) will have to throw at least one more bullpen session before he is ready to make a rehab start, according to manager Buck Showalter.

Giants | Dan Uggla contract update

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:08:35 -0700

Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants 2B Dan Uggla has signed a minor league deal. He is scheduled to join Triple-A Fresno.

Giants | Dan Uggla signed

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:48:41 -0700

The San Francisco Giants have signed free-agent 2B Dan Uggla (Braves). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

FANTASY TIP: It is not known at this point if Uggla will get start every day or be part of a platoon. Owners in deeper leagues can consider picking Uggla up if they need help at second base or middle infield, but he probably will not improve his numbers much as a member of the team.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez exits

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:55:24 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) left the game Sunday, July 20, after being hit on the left hand by a pitch. X-rays were negative.

FANTASY TIP: He should be fine, but he could miss a day or two.

Giants | Mitchell Boggs signed

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:12:28 -0700

The San Francisco Giants signed free-agent RP Mitchell Boggs (White Sox) to a minor league contract.

Giants | Matt Cain to DL

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:04:08 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) was placed on the 7-day disabled list. 3B Adam Duvall and RP George Kontos were recalled from Triple-A Fresno. The team announced P Yusmeiro Petit will start in place of Cain Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: Petit has some NL-only value as he pitched well in his spot starts recently. Cain could only miss a couple of weeks if tests have revealed only inflammation.

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Brewers | Jeremy Jeffress called up

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:28:20 -0700

The Milwaukee Brewers called up RP Jeremy Jeffress from Triple-A Nashville. RP Rob Wooten was optioned to Nashville. RP Jim Henderson (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Indians | Interested in Joaquin Benoit

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:32:45 -0700

San Diego Padres RP Joaquin Benoit is drawing trade interest from the Cleveland Indians.

FANTASY TIP: Benoit has more fantasy value with San Diego because he'll likely be seen as a setup man or closer insurance with a contender. He should be heavily in the mix to close games for the Friars.

Marlins | Giancarlo Stanton, Casey McGehee won't be traded

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:45:14 -0700

Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton and 3B Casey McGehee won't be traded at the trade deadline, according to general manager Daniel Jennings.

Reds | Looking at two Philly players

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:09:42 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd and RP Antonio Bastardo have drawn interest from the Cincinnati Reds.

Blue Jays | Not likely to go after A.J. Burnett

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:59:28 -0700

Although the Toronto Blue Jays once had SP A.J. Burnett on their roster, the team is not likely to pursue his services at the trading deadline.

Braves | Justin Upton hit by pitch, leaves early

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:41:09 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton (triceps) exited in the sixth inning Sunday, July 20, after being hit by a pitch in the third inning. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he is uncertain if Upton will be available Monday, July 21.

FANTASY TIP: Upton initially stayed in the game, but he did not return following a rain delay in the sixth. Consider Upton day-to-day at this point, and make sure he is in the lineup tomorrow before starting him.

Marlins | Relievers being mentioned in trade talks

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:54:20 -0700

Miami Marlins CL Steve Cishek and RP Mike Dunn are being mentioned in trade rumors, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

FANTASY TIP: The blow for fantasy owners would come if Cishek is dealt as he would likely become a setup man wherever he lands.

Padres | Teams interested in Joaquin Benoit

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:47:33 -0700

San Diego Padres CL Joaquin Benoit is drawing interest from the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

FANTASY TIP: Benoit would likely go back to being a setup man if traded to either team, which would make him expendable in standard mixed leagues. Meanwhile, Kevin Quackenbush would likely be the next in line to handle the ninth inning for the Padres.

Mariners | Fernando Rodney blows save

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:31:40 -0700

Seattle Mariners CL Fernando Rodney blew his third save of the year Sunday, July 20, allowing two runs in the ninth. He took the loss to fall to 1-4 on the year.

FANTASY TIP: Rodney was attempting to complete a five-out save so he deserves a little leeway on this one. Overall, he has blown just three of his 30 save opportunities this year, and he is in no danger of losing his job at this point. Continue to start him with confidence.

Dodgers | Clayton Kershaw protects teammate

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:55:13 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw hit St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday with a 95-mph fastball Sunday, July 20, after St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez hit Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez with a 99 mph fastball earlier in the game. Warnings were issued, and Kershaw remained in the game.

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Cardinals | Matt Holliday back in lineup

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:18:09 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (head) is back in the lineup Sunday, July 20, following a collision in the game Saturday, July 19, that forced him to leave in the fifth inning.

FANTASY TIP: Feel free to deploy Holliday as you normally would.

Reds | Skip Schumaker activated

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:08:21 -0700

Updating a previous story, Cincinnati Reds 2B Skip Schumaker (concussion) was activated form the seven-day concussion list Sunday, July 20. He started and finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI.

FANTASY TIP: With all the injuries the Reds are dealing with right now, Schumaker is going to get plenty of playing time. However, he provides limited fantasy production and is really only worth considering in NL-only leagues.

Reds | Looking for a bat

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:58:10 -0700

Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto and 2B Brandon Phillips are both on the disabled list, and general manager Walt Jocketty is trying to add a bat. "I'd like to add a bat," Jocketty said Sunday, July 20. "We just haven't found anything that attracts us yet. It may not happen before the 31st." MLB.com's Mark Sheldon believes Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ben Zobrist could be a good fit because he plays multiple positions and is a free agent after the year.

Nationals | Bryce Harper tweaks stance

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:42:19 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper has been using a new since the All-Star break. He is standing more upright with less bend in his knees and is holding his hands at chest level.

FANTASY TIP: The sample size is still small, but Harper has gone 5-for-10 in three games with his new stance.

Mets | Daisuke Matsuzaka to the pen

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:30:09 -0700

New York Mets SP Daisuke Matsuzaka will return to the bullpen Monday, July 21, with SP Jon Niese (hamstring) rejoining the rotation.

FANTASY TIP: The Mets had already announced that this move would eventually happen, but with Niese being activated, Matsuzaka's time in the rotation is officially up. Feel free to cut him loose if you currently own him.

Mets | Jon Niese to be activated Monday

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:20:19 -0700

New York Mets SP Jon Niese (hamstring) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 21, and start against the Seattle Mariners. In a corresponding move, RP Buddy Carlyle will be designated for assignment.

FANTASY TIP: Go ahead and insert Niese into your lineup if you currently own him. He is also worth grabbing in deeper mixed leagues if you need pitching help.

Padres | Odrisamer Despaigne loses no-hitter

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:33:41 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Odrisamer Despaigne lost his no-hitter with two outs in the eighth inning against the New York Mets Sunday, July 20.

Rays | Joel Peralta out with illness

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:29:00 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays RP Joel Peralta (illness) was unavailable Sunday, July 20, due to an illness.

Blue Jays | Interested in Chris Denorfia

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:53:51 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Chris Denorfia is drawing trade interest from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Giants | Brandon Belt headed to DL

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:34:00 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) is headed to the disabled list with a concussion, but it's unknown if it will be the 7-day DL or the 15-day DL. Tests confirmed he has a concussion. 3B Adam Duvall is expected to come up in his place.

FANTASY TIP: Belt could miss a couple weeks or more depending on the severity of the concussion. Tyler Colvin is the benefactor as he'll likely see more time in the outfield and at first with Michael Morse. Colvin and Duvall have NL-only value as roster depth.

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Pirates | Scouting A.J. Burnett

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:12:47 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett was recently scouted by a Pittsburgh Pirates scout not on his normal coverage.

Indians | Danny Salazar to start Tuesday

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:53:54 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar will be recalled from the minors to start against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday, July 22.

Indians | T.J. House to start Monday

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:50:05 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP T.J. House will be recalled from the minors to start against the Minnesota Twins Monday, July 21.

MLB | A.J. Pierzynski not ready to retire

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:46:19 -0700

Free-agent C A.J. Pierzynski (Red Sox) has told agent Steve Hilliard that he would like to continue his playing career. He cleared waivers Friday, July 18.

Astros | Chad Qualls drawing interest

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:44:31 -0700

Several teams have expressed interest in Houston Astros CL Chad Qualls, according to a major league source.

Phillies | Willing to trade Cole Hamels

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:37:08 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies would be interested in trading SP Cole Hamels if they receive three top prospects and find a team willing to pay the remainder of his contract, according to a major league source.

Dodgers | Yasiel Puig not starting Sunday

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:25:30 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (hand) is not in the starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, July 20.

FANTASY TIP: Consider Puig to be day-to-day.

Cubs | Tsuyoshi Wada to start Wednesday

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:24:42 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Tsuyoshi Wada will start against the San Diego Padres Wednesday, July 23.

Twins | Byron Buxton battling right wrist injury

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:51:29 -0700

Minnesota Twins minor league OF Byron Buxton (wrist), currently playing for Class A Fort Myers, has not been in the starting lineup for the past two games after he was hit on the right wrist by a pitched ball Friday, July 18. Buxton had been sidelined for most of the season because of a left wrist injury.

Padres | Everth Cabrera to rehab at El Paso

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:37:32 -0700

Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso Monday, July 21.

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Athletics | Sunday lineup notes

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:35:55 -0700

Oakland Athletics C John Jaso will be behind the plate against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, July 20, with C/OF Stephen Vogt playing first base. OF Yoenis Cespedes will serve as the designated hitter.

Padres | Yonder Alonso to begin rehab assignment Monday

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:34:07 -0700

San Diego Padres 1B Yonder Alonso (wrist) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso Monday, July 21.

Mets | Bobby Abreu to serve as DH in Seattle series

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:28:00 -0700

New York Mets OF Bobby Abreu will start in left field against the San Diego Padres Sunday, July 20. He is also expected to serve as the designated hitter in several games of the upcoming Seattle Mariners series.

Padres | Andrew Cashner throws Sunday

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:18:09 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner (shoulder, back) was able to play catch for the second consecutive day Sunday, July 20.

Mariners | Robinson Cano not starting Sunday

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:13:40 -0700

Seattle Mariners 2B Robinson Cano (legs) is not in the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, July 20, because of tightness in his legs. He is available off the bench.

FANTASY TIP: Keep in mind that Cano played in the All-Star Game and then played 28 combined innings in the first two games following the break, so he hasn't had much time to rest. Fortunately, this injury doesn't sound too serious.

Royals | Interested in Marlon Byrd

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:11:45 -0700

The Kansas City Royals continue to have interest in trading for Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd, according to multiple sources. However, it's uncertain whether they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline; entering play Sunday, July 20, the Royals had a 48-48 record. Byrd has a limited no-trade clause and has the ability to block a trade to Kansas City.

Blue Jays | Edwin Encarnacion to hit off tee

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:09:51 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (quadriceps) is ready to swing off a tee, according to general manager Alex Anthopoulos. If all goes well, he could begin a minor league rehab assignment in approximately one week.

Blue Jays | Adam Lind no longer required to wear boot

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:05:51 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (foot) is no longer wearing a boot on his fractured right foot, according to general manager Alex Anthopoulos.

Blue Jays | Brett Lawrie resumes baseball activities

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:57:57 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (finger) fielded grounders and threw Sunday, July 20. He could resume swinging a bat Monday, July 21, but there is no timetable for his return.

Diamondbacks | Jordan Pacheco rehab update

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:54:50 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks C/INF Jordan Pacheco (shoulder) will continue his minor league rehab assignment with the organization's Rookie-level team Sunday, July 20. He has been playing games at second base and designated hitter.

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Twins | Joe Mauer not ready to resume hitting

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:47:13 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) is unable to resume hitting because he is still experiencing pain in his right oblique, according to manager Ron Gardenhire. "He said there's certain things he does right now that he still feels it, coughing and sneezing and things like that, definitely feels it, so he's obviously not ready to take swings or any of that stuff," Gardenhire said.

Padres | Kevin Quackenbush expected to be eighth-inning man

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:41:52 -0700

San Diego Padres RP Kevin Quackenbush appears to be the leading candidate to serve as setup man to CL Joaquin Benoit.

Red Sox | Unlikely to deal Koji Uehara

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:39:32 -0700

The Boston Red Sox are expected to keep CL Koji Uehara even though several teams have expressed interest in trading for him.

Nationals | Tanner Roark relying on improved slider

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:36:37 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Tanner Roark (9-6) allowed one run on six hits over seven innings in a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, July 19, with one walk and five strikeouts. Roark, who normally depends on his fastball and curveball, relied heavily on his slider during the game. He said he has been able to throw it much harder based on a grip he learned recently from teammate Jordan Zimmermann.

Reds | Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips not close

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:36:19 -0700

Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) and 2B Brandon Phillips (thumb) are about five weeks away from returning to the lineup, according to general manager Walt Jocketty.

White Sox | Zach Putnam, Jake Petricka to see ninth-inning work

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:33:34 -0700

Chicago White Sox RPs Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka are currently the favorites to work in the ninth inning with a lead, according to manager Robin Ventura.

FANTASY TIP: Both relievers should be picked up from the waiver wire in AL-only leagues if you're desperate for saves. However, they are expected to lose whatever value they have once Matt Lindstrom returns from his ankle injury.

Phillies | Carlos Ruiz rehab update

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:32:20 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (concussion) went 1-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and two runs scored in a rehab game for Class A Clearwater Friday, July 18.

FANTASY TIP: Ruiz is expected to be activated from the disabled list this week. He is worth consideration in NL-only and deep mixed leagues.

Rays | Interested in Rusney Castillo

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:30:26 -0700

The Tampa Bay Rays will be among the teams scouting Cuban OF Rusney Castillo at a workout Saturday, July 26, in Miami.

Rays | Grant Balfour was tipping his pitches

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:25:17 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays RP Grant Balfour revealed that pitch-tipping may have been one of the reasons for his struggles this season. He has made recent adjustments to his delivery to correct the problem. "I'm not saying I pitched the best but it doesn't help when someone knows what's coming," Balfour said. "It could be an issue. It's definitely cleaned up, so we'll find out." In his first appearance of the second half, Balfour tossed a perfect inning against the Minnesota Twins Friday, July 18.

Tigers | Miguel Cabrera to play third base in Arizona series

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:06:23 -0700

Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera will see some playing time at third base during the team's upcoming interleague series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, in order to keep the bat of 1B/DH Victor Martinez in the starting lineup. Manager Brad Ausmus said it is unlikely that Martinez will see any time behind the plate because of the physical demands of the position, given his recent back problems.

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