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Nationals | X-rays negative for Ian Desmond

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:16:42 -0700

Updating a previous story, X-rays on Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond's (hand) right hand were negative, according to manager Matt Williams.

FANTASY TIP: It sounds like Desmond has dodged a serious injury. Consider him day-to-day at this point, and look for Danny Espinosa to fill in if needed.

Nationals | Ian Desmond injures hand

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:12:37 -0700

Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond (hand) left in the eighth inning Thursday, July 10, after being hit on the hand with an 88-mph fastball.

Brewers | Jimmy Nelson will start Saturday

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:56:38 -0700

The Milwaukee Brewers will call up SP Jimmy Nelson to start Saturday, July 12, and move SP Marco Estrada to the bullpen.

FANTASY TIP: Nelson has a 1.46 ERA in Triple-A this season with 114 strikeouts in 111 innings. Although it remains to be seen if the move is permanent, Nelson is worth an immediate grab in NL-only leagues and worth keeping an eye on in other formats.

Raiders | Connection with Andre Johnson

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:34:04 -0700

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie shares an agent with Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson. The connection could make Oakland a possible landing spot for the disgruntled receiver, according to Ian Rapoport.

Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka out at least 6 weeks with UCL tear

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:22:22 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) has a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, according to general manager Brian Cashman. Tanaka will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection and attempt a throwing program. He could return in as little as six weeks, but Tommy John surgery is an option if the injury doesn't respond to treatment.

FANTASY TIP: While there is a chance Tanaka could be back this year, there is also a real possibility he will become the latest ace to undergo Tommy John surgery. If he does need Tommy John surgery, Tanaka will miss at least 12 months.

Texans | Andre Johnson willing to restructure deal

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:05:56 -0700

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson is willing to restructure his contract to help potential suitors fit under the salary cap, but he won't take a pay cut, a source told Ian Rapoport.

Mets | Travis d'Arnaud more relaxed

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:57:29 -0700

New York Mets C Travis d'Arnaud is hitting .300 with three home runs in 13 games since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas, and he credits a more relaxed approach at the plate for his success. "I'm more relaxed, not as tense," he said. "My hands are more loose."

FANTASY TIP: His ability to hit for power makes him an immediate grab in NL-only leagues, and if you are looking for help at catcher in mixed leagues, he is worth a flier.

Phillies | Grady Sizemore recalled

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:24:37 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of OF Grady Sizemore Thursday, July 10, according to Marc Narducci of The Philadelphia Inquirer. In corresponding moves, the team optioned SP David Buchanan to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and placed SP Cliff Lee on the 60-day disabled list.

Falcons | Two battling for No. 3 TE spot

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:21:35 -0700

Atlanta Falcons TE Mickey Shuler and TE Jacob Pedersen are likely battling for the No. 3 tight end spot on the roster.

Jets | Calvin Pryor, Dawan Landry could start

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:08:42 -0700

New York Jets S Calvin Pryor and SS Dawan Landry are projected as the team's starters, according to Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger. Slater believes head coach Rex Ryan will want Landry to serve as a veteran presence alongside Pryor.

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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.