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Athletics | Kyle Blanks making progress

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:59:03 -0700

Oakland Athletics 1B Kyle Blanks (calf) said Wednesday, July 23, that he is "doing better, a lot better," in his recovery from a calf injury. Manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday, July 22, that Blanks is at least a week away from beginning a minor-league rehab assignment.

Pirates | Brent Morel recalled

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:58:40 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled 3B Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, July 23.

Pirates | Starling Marte placed on concussion DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:57:53 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Pittsburgh Pirates placed OF Starling Marte (head) on the 7-day concussion disabled list Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: With Marte sidelined, Travis Snider made the start in left field and was in the two-hole. Snider is likely to benefit the most from Marte's absence, and is a good short-term pick-up in NL-only leagues. In daily salary cap leagues, Snider has a minimal salary with most providers, and he could be a steal for a few days if he gets regular at-bats.

Pirates | Gerrit Cole tosses sim game

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:57:12 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) was able to throw 70 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, July 23. Cole said he feels good, but the team isn't going to rush him back. Cole might need a minor-league rehab assignment.

Mets | Bartolo Colon available

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:56:37 -0700

The New York Mets have made SP Bartolo Colon available in trade talks, although there did not seem to be much of a scouting presence at Safeco Field in Seattle for his most recent start Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: If Colon could replicate his results from Wednesday, teams would be lining up for his services, as he retired the first 20 batters he faced. His fantasy value might take a little bit of a jump if he moves to a contender, but for now he is a back-end rotation option for fantasy owners in most formats.

Mets | Bartolo Colon flirts with perfection

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:56:08 -0700

New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon retired the first 20 batters he faced Wednesday, July 23, against the Seattle Mariners before losing his perfect game. It was the longest perfection bid by a Mets pitcher since SP Matt Harvey May 7, 2013. Colon ended up allowing two runs, three hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings.

Mets | Curtis Granderson uncertain for Thursday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:55:39 -0700

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson (illness) is uncertain for the series opener Thursday, July 24, against the Milwaukee Brewers due to flu-like symptoms, according to manager Terry Collins.

Mets | Eric Campbell likely to start Thursday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:55:05 -0700

New York Mets 3B Eric Campbell is likely to get the start at shortstop Thursday, July 24, with SS Ruben Tejada (head) likely to need a day off after being hit in the head by a pitch.

FANTASY TIP: Daily fantasy owners might want to take note, as Campbell can sometimes be used at various positions with certain fantasy providers. He recently had a 10-game hitting streak, and comes on the cheap in salary cap formats.

Mets | Ruben Tejada feeling fine

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:53:46 -0700

Updating a previous report, New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (head) was feeling "pretty good" after the game Wednesday, July 23, after being hit in the head by a pitch, according to manager Terry Collins. Team doctors said he had no concussion-like symptoms, and he will travel with the team. There is no call-up pending.

FANTASY TIP: If you're in an NL-only fantasy leagues which allows daily transactions, it is a good idea to reserve him. Tejada is likely to get the day off Thursday, regardless of how he feels.

Mariners | Taijuan Walker optioned

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:53:25 -0700

The Seattle Mariners optioned SP Taijuan Walker to Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, July 23. The team is expected to announce a corresponding move, likely a position player, before the game Thursday, July 24.

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Yankees | Mark Teixeira DL trip possible

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:38:33 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) may require a DL stint, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

FANTASY TIP: Tex's up-and-down season seems to have hit another valley. Brian McCann may line up at first base for the duration, especially with INF/OF Kelly Johnson (groin) on the disabled list. It'd be good for McCann's value to play more frequently and not behind the plate.

Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka not improving

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:32:35 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is "still feeling it" 10 days after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

FANTASY TIP: It's unlikely that the righty will return within the next month, and he may not pitch again in 2014. Tommy John surgery -- which would cost him much, if not all, of 2015 -- also looms as a possibility.

Angels | Grant Green to DL, C.J. Cron returns

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:29:10 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim INF Grant Green (back) was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a lumbar strain. The Angels recalled 1B C.J. Cron from Triple-A Salt Lake.

FANTASY TIP: Cron immediately regains deep-mixed value. Green is stashable in cavernous games, notably AL-only atmospheres.

Orioles | Manny Machado sitting

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:27:06 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (back) is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. He sat out Tuesday, July 22, as well due to his back issues.

FANTASY TIP: This sounds like a day-to-day thing until he heals or is sent to the disabled list. His owners should be lining up contingency plans.

Cubs | Tsuyoshi Wada up, Mike Olt down

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:25:06 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Tsuyoshi Wada was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. In a corresponding move, 3B Mike Olt was demoted to Iowa.

Rays | Jeremy Hellickson returning

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:10:20 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson will start Saturday, July 26, against the Boston Red Sox. SP Chris Archer will go Sunday, July 27.

FANTASY TIP: Hell Boy was sent down because of the All-Star break and the desire to keep him on a normal rotation schedule. He's a deep-mixed option for the pitching-desperate. There's a smidge of a chance for a good performance down the stretch.

Yankees | CC Sabathia undergoes surgery

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:03:55 -0700

New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (knee) underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on his right knee Wednesday, July 23. The southpaw will miss the rest of the 2014 season and aims to be ready for spring training 2015.

FANTASY TIP: His performance before the injury is enough to say he may not be draftable in many mixed leagues next year. We'll have more to say as we inch into next year.

Yankees | Brian McCann adjusting to first base

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:02:47 -0700

New York Yankees C Brian McCann is adjusting to playing first base. He's lined up there the last two games as Mark Teixeira (lat) remains sidelined. McCann said he has enjoyed the physical break from catching.

FANTASY TIP: He's heating up at the plate, too, so the break from crouching and his ability to stay in the lineup make for a fine combo of positive fantasy developments.

Cardinals | Allen Craig sitting, Oscar Taveras in lineup

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:55:06 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 1B/OF Allen Craig is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. OF Oscar Taveras is starting in his place, only his third time in the lineup since July 10.

FANTASY TIP: Mike Matheny is juggling playing time between the two bats, and it's becoming a frustrating game for fantasy owners, especially those who can only change their lineups weekly.

Giants | Brandon Belt's concussion concerning

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:30:29 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belte (head) is not recovering from his concussion at a suitable rate, and the club is growing more concerned. He was sent back to the hotel and will undergo tests when the club gets back home.

FANTASY TIP: This could mean an extended absence, so brace for bad news in terms of his availability.

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