A top prospect called up, Bartolo Colon sidelined, and more

by KFFL Staff on August 19, 2013 @ 09:06:53 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Japhet Amador | Houston Astros | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Houston Astros will sign 1B Japhet Amador and OF Leonardo Heras from Diablos Rojos in the Mexican League, according to a team press release.

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1B | Jose Abreu | free agent | Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Pirates have scouted Cuban 1B Jose Abreu play in three international tournaments and is expected to attend his workout in September.

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1B | Prince Fielder | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Prince Fielder (leg) limped down the dugout steps accompanied by a trainer during the game Saturday, Aug. 17, against the Kansas City Royals. He was tended to, and returned to the game. He was injured in a collision while playing defense.

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1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) is still hoping to return before the end of the season, and he is now out of his walking boot.

Fantasy Tip: If Pujols does make it back, it probably won't be for long enough to make much more of a fantasy impact for your squad. We wouldn't blame you if you dropped him in redraft formats for better options at the corner infield spots.

1B | Sean Halton | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction,
The Milwaukee Brewers recalled 1B Sean Halton from Triple-A Nashville Friday, Aug. 16, and optioned RP Alfredo Figaro to Nashville in a corresponding move.

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Second Baseman

2B | Ryan Roberts | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ryan Roberts cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham. Roberts will report Monday, Aug. 19, to Durham.

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2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Free Agents, Fantasy
Speculation from Ken Rosenthal at FOX Sports has the Los Angeles Dodgers making a play for New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano should Cano reach free agency. The Dodgers have been indicating that they won't be free spenders forever, and they could dedicate their resources to new deals for SP Clayton Kershaw and SS Hanley Ramirez. It is also possible one of their surplus outfielders might be traded, which would free up money for Cano.

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2B | Dan Uggla | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla (eyes) is expected to be able to play when he is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Aug. 28.

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2B | Omar Infante | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Omar Infante (back) left the game Saturday, Aug. 17, against the Kansas City Royals due to lower back stiffness, the team announced.

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2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (shin) left the game Saturday, Aug. 17, against the New York Yankees due to a bruised left shin. He fouled a ball off his leg in the eighth inning. Manager John Farrell said a fluoroscan on Pedroia's leg did not reveal a fracture, and no additional x-rays have been scheduled. "He's sore," Farrell said. "We'll check in the morning, but at this point, we don't anticipate him missing any time."

Fantasy Tip: If Pedroia is in the lineup for the nationally televised game Sunday night, keep him in the active fantasy lineup for the upcoming week.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro (back) left the game Saturday, Aug. 17, against the Miami Marlins due to tightness in his lower back, the team announced. Scutaro will not play Sunday, Aug. 18, to rest.

Fantasy Tip: If you're in daily fantasy leagues, reserve Scutaro immediately. It sounds as if he was scheduled to get the day off anyway. For the upcoming week, it might be a good idea to keep him reserved since he has been in and out of the lineup recently.

2B | Blake DeWitt | free agent | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves released 2B Blake DeWitt Saturday, Aug. 17.

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2B | Wilmer Flores | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B Wilmer Flores (ankle) remains out of the lineup Friday, Aug. 16.

Fantasy Tip: Flores doesn't appear close to a return, and a trip to the disabled list is a realistic possibility. Josh Satin should continue to get the majority of starts at third in his absence.

2B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong is starting at second base and hitting sixth in the lineup for his major league debut Friday, Aug. 16. 2B Matt Carpenter was moved to third base and 3B David Freese is on the bench. However, Wong won't play every day, but the team will try to get him frequent playing time. It could mean decreased time for Freese. A platoon situation could emerge with between Freese, who hits right-handed, and the left-handed hitting Wong. "All we're trying to do is maximize what we have," manager Mike Matheny said. "Kolten has been our most consistent guy in Triple-A. ... And in order to use him, we're going to have to be creative and guys are going to have to understand that we're trying to help our club as a whole." Wong won't take over the leadoff spot from Carpenter when he's in the lineup. Wong was hitting .303 with a .369 on-base percentage and 20 stolen bases at Triple-A Memphis.

Fantasy Tip: Wong can do a little bit of everything, and with semi-regular playing time, he could be a nice weapon for fantasy owners for the rest of the season. He should be owned in all NL-only and most deep mixed leagues. Freese, whose power has failed to come around this year, should be benched or outright cut in shallow leagues.


Shortstop

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (calf) will take simulated at-bats Monday, Aug. 19, but has not been cleared to run the bases.

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SS | Xander Bogaerts | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Breaking, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have called up SS Xander Bogaerts from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Fantasy Tip: Bogaerts figures to see considerable time at shortstop and third base. Their top prospect has hit .297-15-67 across two levels of the minors this season. He was hitting .284-9-32 in 225 Triple-A at-bats. There is some adjustment to the majors to be expected, but he's worth picking up in most formats.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro was benched by manager Dale Sveum after making a mental mistake during the fifth inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Aug. 17. With the bases loaded and one out, Castro caught a fly ball in shallow left field off the bat of 2B Matt Carpenter. He hesitated to throw home after putting his head down, allowing Jon Jay to score from third base and letting the other runners advance. INF Donnie Murphy shifted over from third base to shortstop for the sixth inning, with INF Cody Ransom coming off the bench to play the hot corner. Castro returned to the lineup Sunday, Aug. 18.

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SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (back) was not in the starting lineup for the second consecutive game Sunday, Aug. 18, because of tightness in his back. INF Ryan Flaherty started in his place. Hardy is available as a pinch hitter.

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SS | Tyler Greene | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves have signed free-agent SS Tyler Greene (White Sox) to a minor league contract. He has been assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

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SS | Munenori Kawasaki | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays INF Munenori Kawasaki, who is on paternity leave, will rejoin the team in New York Tuesday, Aug. 20. Manager John Gibbons said 3B Brett Lawrie could play second base or shortstop in an emergency, with 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion available to play third base.

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SS | Jose Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes (knee) is not expected to play against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, Aug. 17, or Sunday, Aug. 18, because his right knee flared up. Manager John Gibbons expects him to return to action in time for the team's upcoming series against the New York Yankees.

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SS | Miguel Tejada | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
Kansas City Royals SS Miguel Tejada was suspended 105 games after failing two drug tests. He tested positive for Adderall. He will not appeal the suspension and is likely to retire after the season.

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SS | Didi Gregorius | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Didi Gregorius was not in the starting lineup against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, Aug. 16. He was 8-for-47 (.170) in his previous 14 games.

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SS | Jose Iglesias | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (groin) was hit in the groin area by a pitch from Kansas City Royals SP Danny Duffy during the first game of a doubleheader Friday, Aug. 16. He hobbled towards first base before collapsing in foul territory. Iglesias was tended to for several minutes by trainer Kevin Rand but remained in the game and also played in the nightcap.

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SS | Hiroyuki Nakajima | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics outrighted SS Hiroyuki Nakajima to Triple-A Sacramento Friday, Aug. 16.

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SS | Tyler Pastornicky | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Tyler Pastornicky (knee) will miss the rest of the year and will have surgery to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament Monday, Aug. 19. Pastornicky tore the ligament in his knee after he crashed into OF Jason Heyward Wednesday, Aug. 14, attempting to catch a fly ball. INF Phil Gosselin is being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett. Gosselin hit .277 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in the minors.

Fantasy Tip: Pastornicky was filling in for Dan Uggla (Lasik eye surgery) at second base. Now, that task will fall to some combination of Paul Janish and Gosselin. Nothing really worth pursuing unless you're desperate for a middle infielder in NL-only leagues.

SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled OF Scott Van Slyke from Triple-A Albuquerque Friday, Aug. 16, and optioned SS Dee Gordon to Albuquerque in a corresponding move.

Fantasy Tip: Van Slyke will likely just be used as outfield depth and probably isn't worth grabbing in fantasy circles unless Andre Ethier's calf issue worsens.


Third Baseman

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez could have accepted a much lesser suspension. In April, baseball even floated a 50-game suspension, according to multiple sources. Rodriguez, however, was not willing to work toward such a deal and hired new representation because he wanted to mount a more aggressive fight, sources said.

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3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Free Agents, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals' promotion of 2B Kolten Wong could be the first step towards the club trading 3B David Freese. Freese is having an off year at the plate, but the free agent market at third this offseason will be very thin. Freese is under club control through 2015 and while he's not an All-Star, it's easy to see teams making a play for him.

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3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the team will continue to look to acquire a designated hitter even though 3B Wilson Betemit (knee) is close to return. The team would prefer to acquire a right-handed batter that can play against left-handed pitchers.

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3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas (calf) went 2-for-3 in his return to the lineup Saturday, Aug. 17, but was removed after six innings as a precautionary measure. "He's at 75 percent," manager Ned Yost said. "What happens is, because the muscle is weakened, it starts to get fatigued and a little bit sore. As the game went on, he was starting to get a little bit sore, so we got him out." Moustakas was not in the lineup Sunday, Aug. 18, and Yost said there is a possibility that he could sit out until Wednesday, Aug. 21.

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3B | Conor Gillaspie | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie (hand) was not in the lineup against the Minnesota Twins Saturday, Aug. 17, or Sunday, Aug. 18, even though he said he was available and his bruised left hand felt better.

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3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
Struggling San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley was given the day off against the New York Mets Saturday, Aug. 17. He has gone 6-for-33 (.182) in his last eight games. "He hasn't had many days off, so physically it's good and mentally as well," manager Bud Black said. "The last five, six games he has been going at it pretty hard both ways."

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3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval has lost 22 pounds in the last six weeks after hiring his brother Luis to be his full-time chef. Sandoval had an infield single that helped spark a four-run fourth inning Saturday, Aug. 17, and said he would have been unable to beat it out prior to going on the diet.

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3B | Placido Polanco | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 3B Placido Polanco (head) was not in the starting lineup against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, Aug. 17, or Sunday, Aug. 18, after being hit in the head by a pitch during the game Friday, Aug. 16. Manager Mike Redmond does not believe the injury is serious.

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3B | Michael Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Michael Young (ankle) left the game Saturday, Aug. 17, against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a sore left ankle.

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3B | Kyle Seager | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Kyle Seager snapped an 0-for-21 streak with a two-run homer against the Texas Rangers Friday, Aug. 16. It was the longest hitless stretch of his career.

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3B | Mark Reynolds | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Reynolds swatted a home run in his first at-bat with the team Friday, Aug. 16, against the Boston Red Sox. He became the 14th player in franchise history to homer in his first at-bat with the organization, and the first since former OF Andruw Jones April 5, 2011.

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3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks is hitting ninth in the order Friday, Aug. 1, for the sixth time in as many games since he was called up from the minors. However, he could move closer toward the middle of the order with the team struggling against southpaws. "That possibility certainly exists," manager John Farrell said. "He's going to tell us when he's ready. As we've seen of late, the bottom half of the lineup has fluctuated a little bit, trying to ride a little bit more of the hot hand at times and when the matchups present themselves to be an advantage. That can happen in time." Middlebrooks is 7-for-18 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs since coming up.

Fantasy Tip: Middlebrooks is a streaky hitter, but he's hot right now. If he's still on your waiver wire, he could be of use until he cools off. He swings and misses plenty, too, so beware of him cooling off quickly. As long as he's playing every day, Middlebrooks should be owned in cavernous mixed leagues.


Catcher

C | Travis d'Arnaud | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets plan to keep C Travis d'Arnaud on their active roster and give him significant playing time even when C John Buck is activated from the paternity leave list.

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C | Mike McKenry | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have transferred C Mike McKenry (knee) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

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C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero (back) began a minor league rehab assignment with the organization's rookie-level Arizona League team Saturday, Aug. 17.

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C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres have activated C Nick Hundley from the paternity list. In a corresponding move, C Chris Robinson has been optioned to Triple-A Tucson.

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C | Brayan Pena | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Brayan Pena was ejected in the fourth inning Saturday, Aug. 17, against the Kansas City Royals.

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C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer is starting at first base against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, Aug. 17. Chris Herrmann will once again serve as the catcher for SP Andrew Albers.

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C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli (foot) is not in the starting lineup against the New York Yankees Saturday, Aug. 17, due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot. 1B/OF Mike Carp will start at first base. OF Shane Victorino was originally scheduled to get the day off but has been inserted into the lineup.

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C | John Jaso | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C John Jaso (concussion) said his concussion isn't career-threatening, but he won't be back anytime soon. "My brain is still injured, basically."

Fantasy Tip: Keep Jaso reserved in a DL spot for now. Because of the tricky nature of concussions, there's a chance he doesn't play again this year. Derek Norris, who was banged up himself this past week, will be the primary catcher with Jaso out.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey is resting Friday, Aug. 16, and manager Bruce Bochy suggested that he could rest his catcher more frequently down the stretch. "We've played some long games," Bochy said. "The first six weeks the pitching struggled a little bit and we had some long games there. It's a different game when you catch 125 or 130 pitches than 200 pitches. It takes a toll on you. It's not the same type of game." Bochy might rest Posey again Sunday, Aug. 18.

Fantasy Tip: Bochy rewarded Hector Sanchez with the start tonight after his game-winning pinch-hit homer yesterday. With the Giants out of contention, Posey might not be the only regular given more rest down the stretch. Keep that in mind as you set your daily and weekly rosters.

C | Ryan Doumit | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins activated C Ryan Doumit (concussion) from the 7-day disabled list Friday, Aug. 16, and optioned INF Chris Colabello to the minors in a corresponding move.

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C | David Ross | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox C David Ross (concussion) is expected to come off the 60-day disabled list Monday, Aug. 19, but he's still "kind of in spring-training mode," according to manager John Farrell. Ross will catch nine innings for Triple-A Pawtucket Saturday, Aug. 17, and rejoin the Red Sox Sunday, Aug. 18.

Fantasy Tip: Ross will likely be eased back into action. He's the backup anyway, though, so he's not worth much in any fantasy setup.


Outfielder

OF | Delmon Young | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Although the Cleveland Indians have put in claims on several unspecified players, according to team sources, the Indians have no interest in picking up OF Delmon Young from the Philadelphia Phillies.

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OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Free Agents, Fantasy
An opinion offered by Cincinnati Reds beat writer John Fay suggests OF Shin-Soo Choo, if he hits the free agent market, could command four years worth $60 million.

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OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout (hamstring) left the game Sunday, Aug. 18, with tightness in his right hamstring.

Fantasy Tip: This could cost him a couple of days. He missed a game earlier in the season due to tightness in the same hamstring.

OF | Andrew Lambo | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned OF Andrew Lambo to Triple-A Indianapolis. However, general manager Neal Huntington indicated that he would return to the majors once the 10-day waiting period is up.

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OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (oblique) is not expected to be activated from the disabled list until early next month in a best-case scenario, even though he is eligible to be activated Saturday, Aug. 24. Manager Ned Yost said he was feeling better but is still experiencing pain whenever he coughs or sneezes. Cain received a cortisone shot Wednesday, Aug. 14, and remained in Kansas City to undergo further treatment while the team traveled to Detroit.

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OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (wrist) was not in the starting lineup for the fifth consecutive game Sunday, Aug. 18, because of a sore left wrist. However, he did take batting practice Saturday, Aug. 17, and remained in the game to play center field after pinch-hitting in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians.

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OF | Logan Schafer | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Logan Schafer snapped a hitless streak of 21 at-bats with a two-run double against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, Aug. 17.

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OF | Scott Hairston | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Scott Hairston was ejected in the ninth inning Saturday, Aug. 17, against the Atlanta Braves for arguing a called third strike.

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OF | Ryan Raburn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona held OF Ryan Raburn (calf) out of the lineup Saturday, Aug. 17, against the Oakland Athletics. Francona said Raburn has been bothered by a sore calf lately, and that the veteran will likely return to the lineup Sunday, Aug. 18.

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OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (undisclosed) has been scratched from the starting lineup against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, Aug. 17, after meeting with the trainer and manager Davey Johnson. OF Denard Span will bat first and play center field.

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OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier will start in center field against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, Aug. 17. C A.J. Ellis (knee) will start behind the plate, with SP Clayton Kershaw on the mound.

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OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, if the condition of San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) does not improve within the next seven to 10 days, he will likely be shut down for the remainder of the season. He received the third of three lubricant injections in his right knee Thursday, Aug. 15.

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OF | Alfonso Soriano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Alfonso Soriano had a three-run homer and four RBI in the game Friday, Aug. 16, against the Boston Red Sox. He now has five homers and 18 RBI over his past four games to tie a major league record for a four-game span.

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OF | Henry Urrutia | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles optioned OF Henry Urrutia to Triple-A Norfolk Friday, Aug. 16. The corresponding move will be announced Saturday, Aug. 17. The player is expected to be a pitcher, as RP Francisco Rodriguez (groin) was injured Friday.

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OF | Travis Buck | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets placed C Travis Buck (personal) on the paternity list Saturday, Aug. 17.

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OF | Travis Snider | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Travis Snider (toe) is expected to return next month. He spent a week in a walking boot and received a platelet-rich plasma injection and is now taking swings and doing running drills. Snider made some mechanical tweaks to his swing before the All-Star break and continues to tinker.

Fantasy Tip: Snider might not find much playing time when he returns, however, now that Andrew Lambo is receiving playing time in right field. As a result, his ownership should be limited to NL-only leagues.

OF | Brian Bogusevic | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Brian Bogusevic (hamstring) is expected to continue his rehab with Triple-A Iowa and be activated from the disabled list soon. He was hitting .286 (6-for-21) and had played center field in four of his six games in the Rookie League in Arizona. 3B Luis Valbuena (oblique) has been swinging a fungo bat but has yet to hit. He's also playing catch from short distances. OF Ryan Sweeney (rib) has been hitting in the cages and is expected to return in September.

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OF | Justin Maxwell | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals placed OF Justin Maxwell on the bereavement list Friday, Aug. 16, and recalled SP Will Smith from Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move.

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OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez's (knee) MRI results came back negative Friday, Aug. 16. He was diagnosed with a sprained knee and is listed as day-to-day.

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Starting Pitcher

SP | Dan Haren | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
With SP Alexi Ogando scratched due to an anti-inflammatory injection, the Texas Rangers are in need of a starter for the game on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Rather than move the rotation around, speculation has the Rangers dealing for either SP Dan Haren or SP Erik Bedard, who have passed through waivers and can be dealt prior to Aug. 31.

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SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester has been experiencing throwing issues to first base, something American League scouts say could be an issue if it keeps up. "That could be a very serious situation if you're in a playoff situation and he can't make the throw," one AL scout said. "I know he's had this for a while... This isn't the best timing for this. It's out there now and teams will likely try to exploit it."

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SP | Jeff Locke | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said SP Jeff Locke will make his next scheduled start even though he has won only one game in his last nine starts.

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SP | Jeanmar Gomez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RPs Jeanmar Gomez, Vin Mazzaro and Bryan Morris were unavailable against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, Aug. 18, after pitching Saturday, Aug. 17. The bullpen was depleted as a result of SP Jeff Locke only lasting 2 2/3 innings Saturday.

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SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore (elbow) made 55 throws from a distance of 75 feet Sunday, Aug. 18, and said he felt great. He is expected to play catch again Monday, Aug. 19.

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SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy will start against the New York Mets Tuesday, Aug. 20, with SP Alex Wood starting Wednesday, Aug. 21. Both pitchers were moved up one day because SP Kris Medlen was used in relief Saturday, Aug. 17. They will each be pitching on their normal five days' rest because of an off day Monday, Aug. 19.

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SP | Paul Maholm | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Paul Maholm (wrist) allowed one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Class A Rome Saturday, Aug. 17, and said he is ready to return.

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SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets have placed SP Jenrry Mejia (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list because of pain in his surgically-repaired elbow. In a corresponding move, RP Greg Burke was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

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SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said SP Josh Tomlin (elbow) isn't expected to rejoin the parent club until after rosters expand in September. He got through his most recent rehab outing at Double-A Akron with positive results.

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SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (shoulder) will make a rehab start for Class A Lakewood on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo (9-9) allowed three hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a victory over the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, Aug. 17, with two walks and three strikeouts. It was his first start since coming off the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

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SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics have placed SP Bartolo Colon (groin) on the 15-day disabled list because of a left groin strain. The move is retroactive to Tuesday, Aug. 13. Colon suffered the injury while throwing on flat ground Friday, Aug. 16. In a corresponding move, SP Tommy Milone has been recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to start against the Cleveland Indians Sunday, Aug. 18.

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SP | Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals optioned SP Danny Duffy to Triple-A Omaha Saturday, Aug. 17, although he remains with the team for now.

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SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (shoulder) will travel with the team to San Francisco this week, and he is scheduled to face hitters in a simulated game Wednesday, Aug. 21.

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SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg was ejected Saturday, Aug. 17, against the Atlanta Braves for throwing two straight pitches behind the back of SS Andrelton Simmons. He allowed just two earned runs, two hits and two walks in an inning of work, and he was charged with three wild pitches.

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SP | Matt Garza | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando (shoulder) received an injection in his shoulder and has been scratched from his scheduled start Monday, Aug. 19. Matt Garza will start in his place. It is uncertain who will pitch Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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SP | Taylor Jordan | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals SP Taylor Jordan (back) has been shut down for the remainder of the season.

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SP | Tyler Lyons | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled P Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis. In a corresponding move, RP Sam Freeman has been optioned to Memphis.

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SP | Kevin Gausman | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Kevin Gausman (arm) will start Monday, Aug. 19, for Triple-A Norfolk.

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SP | Ross Ohlendorf | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Ross Ohlendorf (shoulder) tossed four innings in a rehab start for Class A Potomac Friday, Aug. 16. He would be on target to start Wednesday, Aug. 21, in place of injured SP Taylor Jordan (back).

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SP | Brett Myers | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Brett Myers (elbow) threw his fourth bullpen session Friday, Aug. 16, and is scheduled to throw a simulated game at Double-A Akron Sunday, Aug. 18.

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SP | Steve Delabar | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Steve Delabar (shoulder) resumed playing catch Friday, Aug. 16.

Fantasy Tip:

SP | Trevor Cahill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Confirming a previous report, the Arizona Diamondbacks have activated SP Trevor Cahill (hip, shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list so that he can start against the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, Aug. 17. In a corresponding move, RP Chaz Roe has been optioned to Triple-A Reno.

Fantasy Tip:

SP | Jeremy Hefner | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jeremy Hefner (elbow) will seek a second opinion by visiting a specialist Monday, Aug. 19. He might need reconstructive elbow surgery.

Fantasy Tip:

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians have announced that they are moving SP Carlos Carrasco to the bullpen.

Fantasy Tip:

SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays activated SP J.A. Happ from the bereavement list Friday, Aug. 16, and placed SS Munenori Kawasaki on the paternity list in a corresponding move.

Fantasy Tip:

SP | Bud Norris | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Bud Norris (back) will make his scheduled start Saturday, Aug. 17, after he had some lower back tightness in his last outing.

Fantasy Tip:

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) threw a 35-pitch live batting practice session Friday, Aug. 16, and it went well. He could throw a bullpen Monday, Aug. 19, and a simulated game next Friday.

Fantasy Tip:

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong has been pretty shaky in his first two starts off the disabled list, and he allowed three runs and threw 92 pitches in only 3 2/3 innings against the Washington Nationals Thursday, Aug. 15. His fastball is sitting in the 87-89 mph range, too, which is around three mph slower than his normal heater. The Giants could choose to rest Vogelsong down the stretch, especially since he started his offseason earlier than normal in order to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. "It's frustrating because I know I'm behind everyone else who's in midseason form," he said. "That being said, I know that I need to get pitchers where they need to go." However, his arm feels great, since his injury was to his hand.

Fantasy Tip: You can probably find better starting pitching options in mixed leagues. The possibility that San Fran could shut him down or skip him down the stretch makes him even less desirable for the remainder of the year.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Edward Mujica | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals CL Edward Mujica was unavailable for much of the weekend series in Chicago due to general fatigue. He pitched two innings three times in a four-game span last week.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Doug Mathis | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins have traded P Doug Mathis to the Pittsburgh Pirates, in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Michael Zagurski | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics have signed free-agent RP Michael Zagurski (Yankees) to a minor league contract. He will report to Triple-A Sacramento.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) could resume throwing off a mound next weekend.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Guillermo Mota | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Guillermo Mota said he would love to return to the San Francisco Giants next season and feels he still can pitch for two more years.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have activated RP Rafael Betancourt (appendix) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, RP Manuel Corpas was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Sergio Romo | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Sergio Romo nailed down his 30th save Saturday, Aug. 17, against the Miami Marlins. He is the sixth player in franchise history to post 30 or more saves in a season, joining the late Rod Beck, Greg Minton, Robb Nen, Brian Wilson and Tim Worrell.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Brian Wilson | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Brian Wilson (elbow) might be recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque as early as Sunday, Aug. 18. Manager Don Mattingly was noncommittal when asked, but Wilson has cleared all hurdles set forth by the club. "I don't think there will be another simulated game," Mattingly said Saturday, Aug. 17. "I think we're kind of 'gamed' out. He has pretty much crossed off everything we wanted him to do."

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Ramon Troncoso | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said RP Ramon Troncoso (heart) was placed on the disabled list because of a heart condition known as pericarditis, which is the inflammation of the outer tissue of the heart. He is currently at a local hospital.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Jesse Crain | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays have placed OF/DH Luke Scott (back) on the 15-day disabled list because of lower back spasms. In corresponding moves, RP Jesse Crain (shoulder) has been transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list and RP Brandon Gomes (lat) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Jordan Walden | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP Jordan Walden (hand) said his hand is fully recovered, although he did not pitch against the Washington Nationals Friday, Aug. 16.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Francisco Rodriguez (groin) left his appearance Friday, Aug. 16, due to a strained right groin. While the team expects him to avoid a stint on the 15-day disabled list, they will recall a pitcher from Triple-A Norfolk Saturday, Aug. 17.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | LaTroy Hawkins | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP LaTroy Hawkins (testicle) is expected to be available to pitch Friday, Aug. 16.

Fantasy Tip: Hawkins will need to be rested down the stretch, but he's the favorite for the majority of save chances if Bobby Parnell (neck) doesn't return again this year. Gonzalez Germen and David Aardsma might receive consideration, too. Germen closed out the game last night with Hawkins unavailable.

RP | Cristhian Martinez | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves moved RP Cristhian Martinez (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list Friday, Aug. 16.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Arquimedes Caminero | Miami Marlins | Transaction,
The Miami Marlins recalled RP Arquimedes Caminero from the minors Friday, Aug. 16.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent RP Kyle Farnsworth (Rays) to a minor league deal Friday, Aug. 16, and assigned him to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Fantasy Tip: With Jason Grilli (foreram) sidelined, Mark Melancon has done a nice job filling in as the new closer. Farnsworth could come up to the majors and provide another late-inning setup arm, but don't expect him to see any save chances before Grilli returns.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz's (elbow) bullpen session went off without a hitch Thursday, Aug. 15, and the team will re-evaluate him.

Fantasy Tip: Feliz is expected to return sometime in September, but it'll only be in some sort of a setup role. He won't have any fantasy value this year.

RP | Ross Wolf | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando (shoulder) is likely to be scratched from his next start Monday, Aug. 19, and he'll probably receive an injection this weekend while waiting for a second opinion on his MRI exam. SP Ross Wolf is a candidate to take the start out of the bullpen, and SP Josh Lindblom is another option in the minors.

Fantasy Tip: Wolf is the better option because he's already on the roster, but don't rule out Lindblom. Both options are only candidates to own in AL-only leagues if they enter the rotation.

RP | Matt Guerrier | Chicago Cubs | Injury,
Chicago Cubs RP Matt Guerrier (elbow) underwent surgery to fix the flexor mass in his right elbow Friday, Aug. 16, and he's expected to be out six to eight months. He went 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 15 games with the team.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Eduardo Sanchez | Chicago Cubs | Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs optioned RP Eduardo Sanchez to Triple-A Iowa Friday, Aug. 16, to make room on the roster for SP Jake Arrieta.

Fantasy Tip:

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't say that RP Jim Johnson would be demoted from the closer's role after blowing three straight saves, but he mentioned that they have other options around him. It looks as though the team will go with a closer-by-committee in the ninth inning based on matchups, at least until Johnson can get back on track.

Fantasy Tip: It would not be surprising to see Showalter give Johnson a bit of a break. Francisco Rodriguez is the best bet to see save opportunities in the near future. Johnson shouldn't be dropped, but it might take him some time before he's back in the ninth full time.

RP | Joaquin Benoit | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said it's unlikely that RPs Joaquin Benoit and Bruce Rondon would be available for either of the games of a doubleheader Friday, Aug. 16, because of their usage in the last few days.

Fantasy Tip: The Tigers lost the first game of the twin bill, so a closer wasn't needed. If a save sitch arises in the nightcap, expect Jose Veras to be deployed in the ninth.

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