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Giants | Brandon Belt making progress

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:46:38 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (head) is making progress from a concussion, but manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday, July 22, that the first baseman is still likely a couple of days away from resuming baseball-related activities.

Giants | Angel Pagan able to switch-hit

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:18:06 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (back) was able to hit off a tee from both sides Monday, July 21. "That's a step in the right direction," manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday, July 22.

Orioles | Ubaldo Jimenez to throw bullpen session

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:17:39 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, July 23. It will be his second session since landing on the 15-day disabled list. If all goes well, he will head out on a minor-league rehab assignment.

Orioles | Zach Britton nursing non-pitching arm injury

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:17:08 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Zach Britton (arm) was hit in the right arm by a comebacker in his appearance Monday, July 21, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He cannot straighten his arm, but it is his non-pitching arm.

FANTASY TIP: It's uncertain if Britton will be unavailable due to the injury, but the good news is that it wasn't the arm he uses to throw. If a save situation pops up Tuesday and he is not called upon, you'll know why.

Orioles | Alexi Casilla taking grounders

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:16:44 -0700

Baltimore Orioles INF Alexi Casilla (hand) has started taking grounders and hitting off a tee. He has been on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk due to a hamate bone injury.

Tigers | Joel Hanrahan still a longshot

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:16:12 -0700

Detroit Tigers RP Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is still considered a longshot to pitch this season.

FANTASY TIP: Hanrahan signed with the team for one season, and it appears they might not get any return on that investment. Fantasy owners have long since ignored him.

Tigers | Andy Dirks resumes working out

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:15:35 -0700

Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (back) resumed baseball activities Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: Dirks had been pulled from his minor-league rehab assignment due to lower back inflammation last week. His timetable for game action remains unclear.

Tigers | Drew VerHagen injured

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:14:41 -0700

Detroit Tigers SP Drew VerHagen (side) will have an MRI on his lower left side, trainer Kevin Rand said Tuesday, July 22. The test might also lead to a bone scan.

FANTASY TIP: VerHagen was apparently injured in his major league debut and start against Cleveland over the weekend.

Rangers | Jake Smolinksi targeting Wednesday

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:14:20 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Jake Smolinski (foot) is hopeful of returning to the lineup Wednesday, July 23. "As of right now, it's nothing to be concerned about," manager Ron Washington said Tuesday, July 22. "It's just sore where it hit off his foot."

Rangers | Alex Rios likely to return Wednesday

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:13:54 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios (ankle) is expected to return to the starting lineup Wednesday, July 23, against the New York Yankees. He tested his sprained right ankle before the game Tuesday, July 22 and pronounced himself ready to go. However, manager Ron Washington wanted to give him an extra day of rest.

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Rangers | Joakim Soria has partial no-trade clause

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:31:12 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria has a partial no-trade clause in his contract which stipulates a number of teams he cannot be traded. He does not know which teams are included, and he isn't worried about being traded before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. "I can't control that, so I don't worry about it," Soria said. "Obviously, people say things are there are rumors, but I don't worry about it too much."

Nationals | Adam LaRoche could sit Wednesday

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:50:09 -0700

Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (rest) could get a day off Wednesday, July 23, according to manager Matt Williams.

FANTASY TIP: The Nationals face left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa tomorrow, so resting LaRoche makes sense. Unfortunately, fantasy owners are potentially missing a game played at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Mariners | Taijuan Walker expected to start Wednesday

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:42:44 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, July 23, to start against the New York Mets.

FANTASY TIP: Add Walker for tomorrow's start, and hope he sticks in the rotation. He should be owned in all deep mixed leagues and AL-only formats.

Reds | Devin Mesoraco sitting

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:33:24 -0700

Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco (rest) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 22, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Manager Bryan Price wanted C Brayan Pena to catch SP Homer Bailey. Price also noted Mesoraco is scuffling a bit at the plate.

FANTASY TIP: Pena is dirt cheap on daily sites, and the matchup against rookie Jimmy Nelson isn't terrifying. Pena is a decent low-budget play.

Cardinals | No Oscar Taveras

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:26:43 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 22, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Taveras can benefit more from two starts per week with the Cardinals than he would playing at Class AAA, where he has proven himself, according to manager Mike Matheny.

FANTASY TIP: Clearly, Matheny isn't committed to playing Taveras every day, at least at this point. Taveras should continue to see semi-regular playing time and is worth holding. However, this is far from an ideal situation for fantasy owners.

Padres | Mike Hazen has second interview

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:16:50 -0700

Boston Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen had his second interview for the San Diego Padres' vacant general manager position Tuesday, July 22.

Rockies | Troy Tulowitzki update

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:16:09 -0700

Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki's (hip) disabled list stint is retroactive to Sunday, July 20. In a corresponding move, SP Yohan Flande was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Rockies | Troy Tulowitzki to DL

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:01:45 -0700

Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (hip) was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, July 22, with a strained hip flexor.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners should have been prepared for this. Tulowitzki has missed the past two games and has missed substantial stretches in each of the past five seasons. Josh Rutledge is worth a look in the majority of formats.

Braves | Manager talks lineup order

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:53:26 -0700

Atlanta Braves 2B Tommy La Stella is manager Fredi Gonzalez's preferred No. 2 hitter, as opposed to SS Andrelton Simmons.

FANTASY TIP: La Stella's run-scoring potential is higher hitting in the two spot, increasing his fantasy value. Simmons struggles to get on base, so he is better suited lower in the order, where he'll see more RBI opportunities.

Indians | Asdrubal Cabrera wearing back brace

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:46:44 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) was wearing a back brace and walking gingerly Tuesday, July 22. Cabrera said if he is still in pain Wednesday, July 23, he would get a MRI or X-ray.

FANTASY TIP: It could be time to surf your waiver wire for potential shortstop replacements, at least for the short-term. Mike Aviles' value would increase significantly, if Cabrera misses time.

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