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Falcons | Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford progressing

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:19:22 -0700

Atlanta Falcons CBs Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford are way ahead of where they were last year, according to defensive backs coach Joe Danna. Danna said the experience they gained last season is paying dividends this offseason.

Nationals | Recall Blake Treinen

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:18:15 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Blake Treinen was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse Thursday, July 31.

FANTASY TIP: Treinen is likely to pitch out of the bullpen. He has started five games for the Nationals this season, though. He has NL-only value, if he gets a spot start.

Seahawks | Steve Maneri works out

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:15:48 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks worked out free-agent TE Steve Maneri (Buccaneers) Thursday, July 31, following the placement of TE Anthony McCoy (Achilles') on the Reserve/Injured list.

Dodgers | Scott Elbert outrighted

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:58:21 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers RP Scott Elbert was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque Thursday, July 31, after clearing waivers.

Giants | Matt Cain update

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:56:14 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain's (elbow) ulnar collateral ligament checked out fine. However, Dr. James Andrews made a recommendation on how to treat loose bodies in Cain's right elbow. The Giants are contemplating their next move after the diagnosis.

FANTASY TIP: Cain has a puncher's chance of pitching again in 2014, but the wise move is scouting a long-term replacement.

Texans | Two activated

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:49:46 -0700

Houston Texans RB Jonathan Grimes (undisclosed) and LB Trevardo Williams (undisclosed) have been activated from the Non-Football Injury list and Physically Unable to Perform list, respectively.

Steelers | Eric Waters hurt

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:43:24 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Eric Waters (back) injured his lower back Thursday, July 31, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

Cubs | Hector Rondon improving his slider

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:41:56 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Hector Rondon's slider has improved and made his fastball more effective, according to manager Rick Renteria. Rondon has allowed two earned runs over eight innings in his last nine appearances. Renteria noted Rondon's slider was flatter and as fast as his fastball earlier in the season. "The last couple of days, all of us have noticed him using the slider a little more effectively and it's got more depth. He's been working on it," Renteria said. Renteria believes Rondon has the potential to be a consistent closer.

FANTASY TIP: After a horrid nine-game stretch in June, when Rondon allowed nine runs over 8 2/3 innings, his recent form is encouraging. Renteria's endorsement and commitment to Rondon makes him a most-own closer in the majority of formats.

Rays | Nick Franklin sent down

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:41:03 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SS Nick Franklin was optioned to Triple-A Durham Thursday, July 31.

FANTASY TIP: For now, Franklin will provide Tampa with organizational middle infield depth. He should only be owned in dynasty leagues.

Rams | Ethan Westbrooks removed from NFI

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:39:38 -0700

St. Louis Rams DT Ethan Westbrooks (undisclosed) passed his physical and was removed from the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 31.

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Braves | Make two roster moves

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:36:33 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Gavin Floyd (elbow) will be transferred to the 60-day disabled list, and RP Luis Vasquez is expected to be designated for assignment.

Marlins | Roster update

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:34:01 -0700

Miami Marlins SP Jarred Cosart and INF/OF Enrique Hernandez will join the team. OF Austin Wates will fill the first-outfielder-recalled role of departed OF Jake Marisnick, according to the Marlins front office.

FANTASY TIP: Hernandez can play all over the field and should get enough at-bats to hold marginal NL-only value. Cosart is a must-add in NL-only leagues and could pitch his way into being a viable option in the majority of formats.

Twins | Kurt Suzuki lands extension

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:30:45 -0700

Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki signed a two-year, $12 million contract extension Thursday, July 31. The deal also includes a vesting option for the 2017 season. Suzuki is hitting .304 with two home runs and 41 RBIs on the year.

FANTASY TIP: Suzuki has been one of the few bright spots this year for the Twinkies. He won't provide much power, but with the way he's swinging the lumber this year, he's useful in most formats when he's in the lineup.

Red Sox | Kelly Johnson acquired

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:28:05 -0700

The Boston Red Sox acquired 3B Kelly Johnson from the New York Yankees Thursday, July 31, in exchange for SS Stephen Drew.

FANTASY TIP: Boston's acquisition of Johnson will allow Xander Bogaerts to move back to his natural position, shortstop. That could make him more comfortable at the plate, as well. Johnson's value increases with this move, since he should have more consistent playing time, at least until the BoSox think Will Middlebrooks (finger) is ready to return.

Indians | Austin Adams up, Zach Walters down

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:26:40 -0700

The Cleveland Indians called up RP Austin Adams from Triple-A Columbus and optioned INF Zach Walters in his place.

Astros | Brad Peacock to return to rotation

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:25:38 -0700

Houston Astros SP Brad Peacock will rejoin the rotation soon.

FANTASY TIP: His K/9 ability should make him ownable in AL-onlys, but it'll take more refinement of his stuff to be mixed-worthy. Perhaps next year....

Diamondbacks | Select Roger Kieschnick

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:22:37 -0700

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected the contract of OF Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno.

Diamondbacks | Call up Andy Marte

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:21:37 -0700

The Arizona Diamondbacks will call up 3B Andy Marte from Triple-A Reno.

FANTASY TIP: Flashbacks.... It'll take a lot for him to be worth anything outside of deep NL-only games.

Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch arrives in Seattle

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:21:30 -0700

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch arrived in Seattle Thursday, July 31, according to a source. Lynch officially ended his holdout from training camp.

Astros | Colin Moran going to Double-A

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:19:56 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Colin Moran will report to Double-A Corpus Christi.

FANTASY TIP: Moran was hitting .294 with 5 HRs and 33 RBIs for high Single-A Jupiter for the Miami Marlins. Moran is someone to grab and stash in AL-only dynasty games. He could be up late next year if he progresses quickly.