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Twins | Joe Mauer unlikely to return right after break

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:58:16 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) is unlikely to return to the team right after the All-Star break.

FANTASY TIP: Returning prematurely from oblique injuries isn't wise, which is why the Twins will make sure that Mauer is cautious with his rehab. You'll probably have to be really patient with this one.

Twins | Danny Santana to begin rehab assignment after break

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:32:01 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Danny Santana (knee) will rehab with Single-A Fort Meyers, according to general manager Rob Antony. Santana is hoping to start his rehab assignment after the All-Star break.

Colts | Bjoern Werner looking better

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:31:11 -0700

Indianapolis Colts LB Bjoern Werner is doing a better job with movement and carrying his weight, according to linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald. Werner will be asked to do more early on with DE Robert Mathis suspended for the first four games of the season.

Rangers | Prince Fielder hopes to be ready for spring training

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:26:15 -0700

Texas Rangers 1B Prince Fielder (neck) is hopeful that he'll be fully ready for spring training next year, although he has yet to resume baseball activities. Fielder is not trying to return this year. Fielder finished the year with a .247 average and just three home runs in 42 games. "Right now, not really worried about the baseball part. Worried about just actually letting it fuse and letting it heal," Fielder said. "Baseball stuff, that'll be there, obviously, but I just want to heal first before I do anything. Once I get cleared to do something, I don't know how to do under 100 percent."

FANTASY TIP: There will be some hesitance to draft Fielder because of his serious neck injury, but if he's 100 percent healthy in spring training next year, he could be a relative bargain on draft day if the rest of your league mates are wary of the slugger.

Nationals | Bryce Harper close to getting back on track

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:22:03 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper, who is 4-for-28 with one extra-base hit, four walks and 11 strikeouts since returning from the disabled list, said he knew it would take time to get his timing back. Manager Matt Williams has noticed Harper being jumpy at the plate. "He's close," Williams said. "He popped that ball up (Wednesday) night. He was right on that one. He's right on the other pitches, too. His second at-bat last night was a first-pitch changeup. His path was good. His timing was good. It was just a changeup. It's coming. I know he doesn't want to hear that but he really is coming."

FANTASY TIP: Harper should remain in your starting lineups, as he could start to break out at any moment.

White Sox | Bobby Doran acquired

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:21:24 -0700

The Chicago White Sox acquired P Bobby Doran from the Houston Astros Thursday, July 10, and he'll be assigned to Triple-A Charlotte.

Dodgers | Carl Crawford won't play much

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:12:15 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford was told by manager Don Mattingly that he won't play much in the immediate future.

FANTASY TIP: This shouldn't come as a surprise, as Mattingly previously said the lineup wouldn't change much upon Crawford's return. If anything, Crawford may start against some righties, but his sporadic playing time makes him very unattractive.

Steelers | Maurkice Pouncey praised by coach

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:05:36 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey received praise from offensive line coach Mike Munchak recently, who said Pouncey's teammates really rally around him and have been encouraged by his comeback from a torn ACL last season. Munchak said he's excited about the progress Pouncey has made.

Dolphins | Cortland Finnegan praised by head coach

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:51:29 -0700

Miami Dolphins CB Cortland Finnegan received praise from head coach Joe Philbin recently, who said the veteran cornerback fits nicely into the defense's chemistry. Philbin added that Finnegan is a passionate player who works with purpose and provides a good example for younger players.

Dodgers | Carl Crawford activated, Clint Robinson cut

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:50:12 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers activated OF Carl Crawford (ankle) from the disabled list Thursday, July 10, and designated 1B Clint Robinson for assignment in a corresponding move.

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Dodges | Carl Crawford on lineup card, not starting

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:42:29 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (ankle) is listed as a reserve on the lineup card Thursday, July 10, against the San Diego Padres.

FANTASY TIP: Expect the Dodgers to activate Crawford from the disabled list before tonight's game. Crawford will likely be eased back into playing time, but he was scorching hot before his injury. He is worth considering in all formats. His activation will leave the Dodgers' outfield stocked with options. Scott Van Slyke and Andre Either are likely to see the least playing time going forward. To a lesser degree, Matt Kemp will also see less playing time.

Dodges | Carl Crawford on lineup card, not starting

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:42:29 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (ankle) is listed as a reserve on the lineup card Thursday, July 10, against the San Diego Padres.

FANTASY TIP: Expect the Dodgers to activate Crawford from the disabled list before tonight's game. Crawford will likely be eased back into playing time, but he was scorching hot before his injury. He is worth considering in all formats. His activation will leave the Dodgers' outfield stocked with options. Scott Van Slyke and Andre Either are likely to see the least playing time going forward. To a lesser degree, Matt Kemp will also see less playing time.

MLB | Final participants for Home Run Derby announced

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:41:52 -0700

Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau and Oakland Athletics 3B Josh Donaldson have been announced as the final participants in next week's Home Run Derby.

Rangers | Leonys Martin starting against lefty

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:41:07 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Leonys Martin is starting against a left-handed pitcher Thursday, July 10. Martin has only one hit in his last 16 at-bats against southpaws, and he has recently been pulled from the game when facing a lefty.

FANTASY TIP: Starting Martin is probably something you'll want to avoid tonight if you can help it.

Rockies | Carlos Gonzalez at DH

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:39:43 -0700

Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger) is listed at designated hitter Thursday, July 10, in his final rehab game with Triple-A Colorado Springs. Gonzalez will return to the Rockies Friday, July 11.

FANTASY TIP: Make the necessary moves to return Gonzalez to your lineups tomorrow.

Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald in shape

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:36:21 -0700

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said Thursday, July 10 that he's in good shape and feels that he's where he should be as far as conditioning and route-running. Fitzgerald also said he's been working on plays with backup QB Ryan Lindley.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez back at SS

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:26:13 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez is listed as the team's starting shortstop Thursday, July 10, against the San Diego Padres.

FANTASY TIP: This is good news on the injury front for Ramirez. He'll get additional rest next week and enter the second half close to 100 percent, hopefully.

Reds | Looking outside the organization to replace Brandon Phillips?

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:21:50 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds could look outside the organization to replace 2B Brandon Phillips (thumb), according to manager Bryan Price. Price said OF Donald Lutz and 1B Neftali Soto are not suited for the role.

Reds | Brandon Phillips timetable

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:15:38 -0700

Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (thumb) is expected to miss six weeks, the team announced Thursday, July 10. He will have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb Friday, July 11.

FANTASY TIP: Phillips is worth stashing in a disabled list slot in all formats. Outside of NL-only leagues, he isn't worth using a bench space on, if your disabled list slots are filled with superior players. Skip Schumaker gains NL-only value while Phillips is out.

Bears | Pat O'Donnell, Tress Way to battle for punter

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:11:25 -0700

Chicago Bears Ps Patrick O'Donnell and Tress Way will battle for the starting punter position heading into training camp and the preseason.