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Pirates | Charlie Morton has side session scratched
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (elbow, personal) wanted to throw a side session Thursday, May 23, as he continues to rehab from an elbow injury. However, his wife gave birth to a son in Pittsburgh. He is scheduled to throw a 90-pitch rehab outing Monday, May 27.
FANTASY TIP: Morton remains on track to return to the rotation in early June, and he is likely to replace SP Jeanmar Gomez. Morton should be added in NL-only fantasy leagues if you're in need of pitching help.
Pirates | Pedro Alvarez sits
Pirates | Andrew McCutchen cutting down K rate
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen has cut down his strikeout rate 43 percent - from 19.6 percent last year to 11.1 percent this year. His career rate is 17 percent, so the numbers might mean he is developing a more discerning eye at the plate and becoming an even better hitter. McCutchen said he is using the same approach he has always used, which is trusting his hands and trying to square up pitches.
Pirates | Jeff Karstens to be evaluated next week
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens (shoulder) felt pain in his right shoulder while throwing Friday, May 24, and he has been shut down, according to the team. He will undergo an evaluation on his shoulder next week in Pittsburgh.
Brewers | Jim Henderson leaves appearance
Milwaukee Brewers RP Jim Henderson (leg) left his appearance Friday, May 24, against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth inning due to an apparent right leg injury. RP Francisco Rodriguez came on to finish up, collecting his first save.
FANTASY TIP: It is uncertain how much time, if any, Henderson will be forced to miss. Rodriguez and deposed closer John Axford are likely to see time in the closer's role if Henderson ends up requiring a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
Blue Jays | Brett Lawrie ejected
FANTASY TIP: It's uncertain if Lawrie will face any disciplinary action, but he was likely blowing off steam after a frustrating game, and a frustrating season to date.
Dodgers | Scott Elbert to throw
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Scott Elbert (elbow) will pitch Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, in minor-league rehab games for Double-A Chattanooga. He is likely to face only one batter in each game. Elbert might be activated from the 15-day disabled list sometime next week.
Dodgers | Jerry Hairston to begin rehab
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Jerry Hairston Jr. (knee) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga Friday, May 24. He will play six innings Friday, and six more innings Saturday, May 25.
Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez needs rehab games
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) will likely need at least four or five minor-league rehab games before he is activated from the 15-day disabled list, according to manager Don Mattingly. "I don't think he's quite as close as it may look," Mattingly said Friday, May 24.
Phillies | Darin Ruf nursing hand injury
FANTASY TIP: INF Michael Martinez was called up to the big club, and this injury, along with a recent slump is the reason Ruf was passed over for promotion. He is still part of the team's future plans.
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Rockies | More on Jeff Francis
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies SP Jeff Francis (groin) threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session Friday, May 24. The next step is an outing in extended spring training before he is re-evaluated.
Rockies | Roy Oswalt shaky in minors outing
Colorado Rockies SP Roy Oswalt allowed three runs, four hits, three walks and three strikeouts in five innings in a minor-league appearance for Double-A Tulsa Friday, May 24. He likely has three more minor-league appearances to prove himself.
Rockies | Michael Cuddyer activated
Rockies | Nolan Arenado bats second
Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado was moved to the second spot in the starting lineup Friday, May 24, against the San Francisco Giants. He was moved up by manager Walt Weiss following the demotion of 2B Josh Rutledge to Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier this week.
Yankees | Curtis Granderson out at least a month
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday, May 24, that OF Curtis Granderson (finger) will miss a minimum of four weeks after suffering a fractured knuckle on his left pinkie finger.
Yankees | Curtis Granderson has fractured knuckle
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (finger) had X-rays after the game Friday, May 24, which revealed a fracture of the fifth metacarpal. In other words, he has a fractured knuckle on his left pinkie finger.
FANTASY TIP: It's uncertain how much time Granderson will be forced to miss, but fantasy owners should be prepared for another disabled list stint for the Grandy man. Friday night was only his eighth game of the season after missing the first 38 games of the season recovering from a broken right forearm he suffered early in spring training. Alex Rodriguez missed 36 games last year with the same injury. This is good news for Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells owners that held onto them after the return of Granderson. They'll both return to consistent playing time in the outfield and should be owned in most mixed leagues, assuming Granderson heads back to the DL. Travis Hafner should return to full-time designated hitter duties for the most part, too.
Yankees | David Phelps removed for appearance
Yankees | Curtis Granderson leaves game
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (hand) left the game Friday, May 24, against the Tampa Bay Rays after being hit by a pitch on the left hand in the fifth inning. OF Ichiro Suzuki entered the game in his place.
Tigers | Anibal Sanchez loses no-no in ninth inning
Detroit Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez was searching for his second-career no-hitter Friday, May 24, against the Minnesota Twins, but C Joe Mauer broke it up with a clean single in the top of the ninth inning with one out. He also took a no-hitter in the seventh inning last season against the Cleveland Indians. Sanchez still finished with a complete game shutout, walking three and striking out 12 batters. He needed a career-high 130 pitches to finish off the victory.
FANTASY TIP: Sanchez has two double-digit strikeout performances this season, and he has eight or more punchouts in seven of his 10 outings this season. He has five complete games allowing one or fewer hits, most in the majors since 2006. When Sanchez is dialed in, his stuff is among the best in the game. His next scheduled start is set for Wednesday, May 29, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Giants | Santiago Casilla may need surgery
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla (knee) may be forced to undergo surgery that would keep him out for another four weeks, according to manager Bruce Bochy. The team will make a decision tonight.
FANTASY TIP: Jeremy Affeldt has been moved up to primary eighth-inning setup duties with Casilla ailing, and that will likely continue if Casilla is forced to go under the knife.
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