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Cardinals | Jake Westbrook throws
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (elbow) played catch on flat ground Friday, May 24, and said he felt fine. However, there is no set throwing schedule for him right now, and he'll just go day-to-day.
Yankees | Mark Teixeira could return next week
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) could be activated from the 60-day disabled list as early as next Thursday, and he's scheduled to play in extended spring games Saturday, May 25, through next Tuesday, and then play two games for Double-A Trenton Wednesday and Thursday. "We took it very conservative for the first month," Teixeira said. "The last two weeks in Tampa have been great. It's been really good."
FANTASY TIP: Tex said he feels great and would have been playing weeks ago if it were up to him. But due to the nature of his injury, the team has been extremely cautious, because a setback at this point would probably cause him to miss the entire season. Expect him to return no later than next weekend, which is music to his owners' ears. Begin to make plans to get him back into your lineup. Lyle Overbay, who has been a nice surprise for those riding him in AL leagues, could be cut by the Yanks when Tex returns.
Yankees | Ivan Nova activated
The New York Yankees activated SP Ivan Nova (triceps) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, May 24, but he will be sent to the bullpen with SP David Phelps locked into the rotation for the time being. SP Vidal Nuno is starting against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, May 25. Nova has struggled in his four starts this year, going 1-1 with a 6.28 ERA. "I'm not a bullpen pitcher. I never have been a bullpen guy. But if that's the role they got for me right now, I gotta do the best that I can do. I'm not thinking like I'm going to be in the bullpen for the rest of the year," Nova said. Phelps is 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA in four starts.
FANTASY TIP: Nova's inconsistency and injuries have pushed him back to the bullpen, and unless Phelps falters, he might stay there for a while. It's safe to drop Nova in mixed leagues, and Phelps is worth a look in those same formats.
Rockies | Jeff Francis throws bullpen
Athletics | Josh Reddick expects to join team next weekend
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (wrist) is expected to start a rehab assignment with Double-A Stockton Monday, May 27, and with Triple-A Sacramento Tuesday, May 28, and he hopes to rejoin the team during their homestand next weekend.
FANTASY TIP: If Reddick gets through a short minor league rehab assignment without any setback, he should return to the starting outfield alignment in Oakland shortly after that. That'll mean even less frequent playing time for Seth Smith and Chris B. Young. Reddick's wrist troubles likely played a part in his slow start this year. If he's healthy, he could turn that around quickly. Consider picking him back up when he returns.
Rockies | Rafael Betancourt to throw bullpen
FANTASY TIP: If Betancourt isn't available for a save situation tonight, expect Rex Brothers to get another shot at locking down the win. Betancourt's injury was minor, though, so he should be available this weekend, if not tonight.
Angels | Peter Bourjos begins running
FANTASY TIP: J.B. Shuck still has some time to take advantage of his increased playing time for AL-only managers. Bourjos is ramping up his baseball activities and could be nearing a rehab assignment, though. Once Bourjos returns, Shuck will be mostly useless in fantasy leagues.
Marlins | Nathan Eovaldi to start rehab assignment
FANTASY TIP: You'll likely have to demonstrate patience with Eovaldi, especially pitching in Miami, when he returns to the rotation. Keep him in mind initially in NL leagues, but you can afford to wait on him in deep mixed leagues.
Nationals | Wilson Ramos slowly recovering
FANTASY TIP: Ramos' new hamstring injury is more serious than the one he dealt with earlier this year, so expect the Nats to give him as much time as necessary to return at 100 percent. They don't have to rush him back with Kurt Suzuki able to handle the full-time duties in his absence, either. Suzuki is the kind of player that needs consistent playing time to maximize his potential.
Angels | Billy Buckner to start Saturday
FANTASY TIP: This is just a spot start for Buckner, as Tommy Hanson remains on the restricted list for personal reasons. Hanson could return next week, but that's still up in the air.
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Phillies | Chase Utley being cautious
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (oblique) could return from a mild oblique strain when he's eligible to return from the disabled list in two weeks, but Utley is cautious in not rushing himself back. "We really won't know for another week or so, how it's recovering," Utley said. "Obviously I'd like to be back in 15 days. But I don't think it's smart to come back if it's not ready."
FANTASY TIP: Utley is widely known as a slow healer, so don't expect him to return in two weeks. Even Utley himself seems resigned to the fact that he won't rush to be ready within that time frame. He knows his body. That means Freddy Galvis will retain two-plus week value in deep mixed leagues.
Athletics | Josh Reddick taking BP
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (wrist) will do half a batting practice session Friday, May 24, and he could do a full one Saturday, May 25, depending on how he feels. The team will decide after that if he's ready for a rehab assignment.
Cubs | Edwin Jackson to remain in rotation
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum doesn't have any intentions of removing SP Edwin Jackson from the starting rotation despite a 1-7 record and a 6.11 ERA this year. "No, we're going to stick with him," Sveum said. "It's a long season. There's still another 20-plus starts here to fix this and get it going."
FANTASY TIP: Jackson's four-year deal gives him more rope to stay in the starting rotation, but Sveum effectively challenged Jackson to make some adjustments in order to become more successful. He shouldn't be relied on in shallow leagues and should probably be benched, if not dropped outright, in deep mixed leagues right now.
Nationals | Anthony Rendon not coming up
FANTASY TIP: This means that Steve Lombardozzi will continue to play second base as long as Espinosa is sidelined, and that could be a decent chunk of time. It's still entirely possible that Espinosa will require a DL stint, too. Lombardozzi is an exciting bat with enough playing time, so snatch him off the wire in deep mixed leagues if you need middle infield depth.
Reds | Sean Marshall has shoulder injury
Cincinnati Reds RP Sean Marshall (shoulder) was put on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left shoulder. It's the second time this year Marshall has been on the DL with shoulder problems. He was 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 11 outings this year over seven innings.
Phillies | Darin Ruf slumping
Philadelphia Phillies OF Darin Ruf was in a 3-for-31 slump with 12 strikeouts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, which played a part in the team's decision to bring up INF Michael Martinez over him. The team is committed to their current outfield and Ruf is still trying to learn left field.
White Sox | Gordon Beckham has setback
FANTASY TIP: This represents a minor setback for Beckham. He should still return from the disabled list shortly, pushing Jeff Keppinger back to full-time duty at third base.
Brewers | Alfredo Figaro a rotation option
FANTASY TIP: Figaro would purely be a short-term solution to the Brew Crew's rotation opening and a desperation addition to fantasy rosters in NL-only leagues.
Phillies | Mike Adams ready to return
Philadelphia Phillies RP Mike Adams (back) threw to hitters in Florida Friday, May 24, and the team decided he'll be ready to return from the disabled list Sunday, May 26, without making a minor league rehab outing. Adams has not pitched since May 10.
Nationals | Update on Danny Espinosa
Updating a previous item, Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) is dealing with a fractured right wrist and a bone chip that was the result of a hit by pitch against the Atlanta Braves back in April. The main concern is the small fracture in his wrist that will need time to heal. Espinosa is hitting only .163 with a .196 on-base percentage. 2B Steve Lombardozzi is taking over in Espinosa's absence.
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