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Jets | Chris Johnson financials

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:45:15 -0700

Updating a previous report, the deal for New York Jets RB Chris Johnson includes $3 million in guaranteed money in the form of a signing bonus, and $1 million in salary. The team also holds an option for the 2015 season.

Royals | Jason Vargas to work Friday

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:41:09 -0700

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost has moved SP Jason Vargas up to work Friday, April 18, against the Minnesota Twins due to the injury to SP Bruce Chen (gluteus).

Royals | James Shields moves up a day

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:40:40 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP James Shields will move up a day to pitch Thursday, April 17, against the Houston Astros rather than Friday, April 18, against the Minnesota Twins. It's because SP Bruce Chen (gluteus) was scratched for Thursday.

Royals | Bruce Chen scratched for Thursday

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:32:32 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen (gluteus) has been nursing a right left gluteus muscle, and manager Ned Yost has scratched him from his scheduled start Thursday, April 17, against the Houston Astros. SP James Shields moves up a day to start Thursday, with SP James Shields working Friday, April 18. Chen will attempt to make his next scheduled start Saturday, April 19, against the Minnesota Twins.

Padres | Carlos Quentin takes live BP

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:31:21 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) took batting practice for a third straight day Wednesday, April 16. However, he has yet to run due to the bone bruise in his left knee. Manager Bud Black has ruled out the possibility that Quentin will be ready for a minor-league rehab assignment this weekend.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners of Quentin wait and wait and wait. If you've had him before, you should be used to this. Quentin has so much talent, but he also has a propensity for injury which makes fantasy owners pull their hair out. It appears Quentin will not be back in San Diego until at least May now, so be patient.

Padres | Casey Kelly looks good in sim game

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:30:34 -0700

San Diego Padres P Casey Kelly (elbow) threw a simulated game in Arizona Wednesday, April 16, and he looked good. He might make one more simulated start before beginning a minor-league rehab assignment.

Padres | Looking at backup options at 3B

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:29:56 -0700

San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said Wednesday, April 16, that the weakest backup position is third base, where INF Alexi Amarista started in place of the injured 3B Chase Headley (biceps). INF Ryan Jackson (wrist) is unavailable at Triple-A El Paso, so the team might look to 1B-OF Yonder Alonso or C Yasmani Grandal to play some third base if Headley is forced out for an extended period.

Padres | Everth Cabrera back in action

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:28:06 -0700

San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera (knee) returned to the starting lineup Wednesday, April 16, after sitting Tuesday, April 15, due to a sore right knee.

Giants | Brandon Crawford hopeful for Thursday

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:27:37 -0700

San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford (leg) is dealing with some tightness in his right leg, and he is out of the starting lineup Wednesday, April 16. He said he is available off the bench, and he hopes to be ready to return to the starting lineup Thursday, April 17.

Dodgers | Chad Billingsley has tendinitis

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:26:25 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) is dealing with some tendinitis, and he will be slowed down as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery. There is no problem with Billingsley's surgically repaired ligament.

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Dodgers | Yasiel Puig not in lineup

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:59:38 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig was not in the lineup Wednesday, April 16, against the San Francisco Giants. Manager Don Mattingly said it was not because of the ball Puig did not run out Tuesday, April 15, but rather because he has never faced San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong.

Giants | Brandon Crawford with tight hammy

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:05:51 -0700

San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford (hamstring) is sitting out due to a tight hamstring Wednesday, April 16. Manager Bruce Bochy said the move is a precaution.

FANTASY TIP: Expect to see Crawford back in the lineup for the team's next game. It makes sense to sit him tonight with the team facing a lefty.

Mets | Jose Valverde still the closer

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:01:00 -0700

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said RP Jose Valverde remains the team's closer after allowing home runs to three of the last eight batters he's faced. Valverde gave up two home runs with a five-run lead in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, April 16. His ERA has risen to 6.14.

FANTASY TIP: It's way too soon to start looking for a change at the back end of the Mets' bullpen. Valverde will be prone to the long ball, but he's earned a little more rope to start the season. New York doesn't have a wealth of other options with closing experience, either.

Seahawks | Sidney Rice returning

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:55:09 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks are re-signing WR Sidney Rice to an undisclosed one-year deal Wednesday, April 16, according to sources.

FANTASY TIP: It's a surprising move, but now that he's been cleared after having surgery, the Seahawks want to take another look at him. Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin are clearly ahead of Rice on the depth chart. He'll compete for the No. 3 wideout spot that he should win if healthy. Rice is a WR5/6 in this offense.

Athletics | Scott Kazmir feels good after bullpen

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:37:22 -0700

Oakland Athletics SP Scott Kazmir (triceps) said he was pain-free during his bullpen session Wednesday, April 16, and expects to make his start Saturday, April 19.

Angels | Kole Calhoun out 4-6 weeks

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:00 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Kole Calhoun (ankle) is dealing with a serious ligament sprain and will be out four to six weeks, according to manager Mike Scioscia.

FANTASY TIP: It couldn't be a worse time for the Angels, who just lost Josh Hamilton (thumb) for a similar timetable. Collin Cowgill is the main beneficiary in right field, and he should now be owned in all AL leagues. Brennan Boesch could wind up in a platoon with Cowgill, too.

Mariners | Blake Beavan has shoulder tendonitis

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:15:03 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Blake Beavan (shoulder) landed on the disabled list with right shoulder tendonitis after he was only able to go four innings against the Texas Rangers. He said he has "dead arm" from a knot in his shoulder. "I just had no life on my ball," he said. "It's just frustrating because I had a great opportunity to help these guys and fill the void of other guys being down. Now I'm in the same situation, but hopefully it's something where in the next 10 days we can get out of there and slide back into the action and help us win some ballgames."

Angels | Ryan Brasier to 60-day DL

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:14:27 -0700

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim moved RP Ryan Brasier (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, April 16.

NFL | No limitations for Aaron Murray

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:10:30 -0700

Georgia QB Aaron Murray (knee) said he didn't have any limitations with his surgically repaired knee during his pro day Wednesday, April 16, despite wearing a brace on his left knee. His workout Wednesday included 54 passes to several receivers. "We did a lot of throws on the run, left and right, to demonstrate my ability to cut off my leg and show everyone that I'm healthy," he said. "That way these teams don't have to worry about if they draft me that I'm going to have to sit out or anything like that."

Chiefs | Dwayne Bowe's marijuana charges dropped

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:58:06 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe pleaded guilty Wednesday, April 16, after being arrested last November for marijuana possession. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges of littering and defective equipment, and in return, the marijuana charge was dismissed. He agreed to pay $610 in fines and court costs.

FANTASY TIP: It remains to be seen if Bowe will face a suspension with the league, but it's highly unlikely at this point.