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Athletics | Coco Crisp back in lineup

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:58:34 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (hamstring) is returning to the starting lineup Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Insert Crisp back into your lineups, as well.

Mariners | Hisashi Iwakuma to start rehab assignment Tuesday

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:42:01 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will start a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday, April 22, with Triple-A Tacoma. "I was pain-free with my finger. Everything looks good so far. I think I'm at around 70 percent right now. I still need to command my pitches and get that feel back," Iwakuma said. He threw 35 pitches during a simulated game Friday, April 18, including his splitter. Iwakuma will throw a bullpen session Sunday, April 20.

FANTASY TIP: Iwakuma will likely need at least several rehab starts to get up to around the 90-pitch threshold before returning. He'll immediately be slotted in the starting rotation in a week or two.

49ers | No decision on Aldon Smith option

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:38:17 -0700

The San Francisco 49ers have not decided if they will pick up the 2015 option on LB Aldon Smith's contract. The team does not have to make a decision on the option year until May 3.

Athletics | Agree to extension with Sean Doolittle

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:23:23 -0700

The Oakland Athletics agreed to a five-year contract extension with RP Sean Doolittle Friday, April 18, that runs through the 2018 season and includes team options for 2019 and 2020. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Dolphins | Brandon Gibson injury update

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:20:12 -0700

Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson (knee) said he expects to be ready to go for Week 1 of the NFL season.

Royals | Jimmy Paredes recalled

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:18:49 -0700

The Kansas City Royals recalled OF Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Omaha Friday, April 18.

Braves | Jason Heyward sitting out

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:16:48 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward is sitting out Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Heyward is stuck in a slump of late and is receiving a day to clear his head.

Saints | Try out Rusty Smith

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:10:44 -0700

The New Orleans Saints tried out free-agent QB Rusty Smith (Titans) earlier this week.

Rangers | Tanner Scheppers to DL

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:59:36 -0700

The Texas Rangers are putting SP Tanner Scheppers (elbow, forearm) on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow and forearm Friday, April 18, and recalled P Aaron Poreda from Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move. Also, INF Andy Parrino was designated for assignment. Scheppers will not throw for 10 days. SP Nick Martinez is likely to start against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, April 22.

FANTASY TIP: Martinez has an average fastball and relies on control instead of overpowering hitters. He has improved his secondary offerings, as well. Nothing flashy here, but he could be a nice pickup in AL-only leagues.

Nationals | Wilson Ramos takes hacks

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:58:05 -0700

Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (hand) took five light swings Friday, April 18, for the first time since having surgery on his hand. He said he didn't have any pain, but his wrist is still weak.

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Dolphins | Like Cyrus Kouandjio

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:57:14 -0700

Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey likes Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio and the team could pick him with their first round pick.

Red Sox | Brock Holt called up

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:54:46 -0700

The Boston Red Sox are calling up 3B Brock Holt from the minors Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Holt could receive decent playing time at the hot corner until Will Middlebrooks (calf) returns from the DL. Jonathan Herrera may split at-bats with Holt.

Mariners | Hisashi Iwakuma pain-free in sim game

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:46:10 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) said he was 100 percent during his simulated game Friday, April 18, and he had no pain in his finger.

FANTASY TIP: Iwakuma is on his way to returning to the rotation in a few weeks minus any setbacks. He'll need a few rehab starts, though, before the Mariners activate him from the DL. Stay patient.

Reds | Brandon Phillips dealing with back spasms

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:42:01 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (back) left the game early with back spasms Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Back spasms are much better than an oblique injury, so that's definitely good news for Phillips owners. The move was precautionary, and he'll probably be day-to-day moving forward. Monitor his situation this weekend.

Indians | Jason Giambi to return Monday

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:38:33 -0700

Cleveland Indians 1B Jason Giambi (rib) will be activated from the disabled list Monday, April 21.

Red Sox | Ryan Roberts cut

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:37:25 -0700

The Boston Red Sox designated 3B Ryan Roberts for assignment Friday, April 18.

Mariners | Brandon Maurer to start Sunday

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:33:51 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Brandon Maurer will be recalled from the minors to start Sunday, April 20, against the Miami Marlins.

FANTASY TIP: Look to add Maurer in AL-only leagues if you have pitching needs. Maurer could be in the rotation for only a couple of weeks, however, with Hisashi Iwakuma's (finger) return looming.

Angels | Josh Wall recalled, Jose Alvarez sent down

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:32:32 -0700

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recalled RP Josh Wall from the minors Friday, April 18, and optioned RP Jose Alvarez to Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move.

Rangers | Have interest in Joel Hanrahan

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:21:16 -0700

The Texas Rangers are in the mix to sign free-agent RP Joel Hanrahan (Red Sox). Hanrahan is a native of Lewisville, Texas, which is a suburb of Dallas. As many as 20 teams have scouted Hanrahan. The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians are also believed to be interested, and the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays were reported to be in attendance at his throwing session Thursday, April 17.

FANTASY TIP: The Rangers could use some help in their bullpen with Neftali Feliz in the minors and Tanner Scheppers in the starting rotation. If he signs with Texas, he wouldn't be handed the closer's role but would have a shot if Soria didn't work out.

Tigers | Justin Miller recalled, Tyler Collins optioned

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:18:09 -0700

The Detroit Tigers recalled RP Justin Miller from Triple-A Toledo Friday, April 18, and optioned OF Tyler Collins to Toledo in a corresponding move.