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Twins | Oswaldo Arcia to take BP

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:42:18 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) is scheduled to take batting practice Thursday, April 24, after resting today.

Rangers | Pitchers thriving with Robinson Chirinos

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:07:51 -0700

Texas Rangers pitchers enter action Wednesday, April 23, carrying a 2.36 ERA in games started by C Robinson Chirinos.

FANTASY TIP: Chirinos had some prospect hype years ago and, if he can score more playing time over J.P. Arencibia, he could scrape a bit of offensive upside with Arlington as his home park.

Orioles | Dylan Bundy update

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:06:31 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy (elbow) threw eight curveballs today for the first time during his rehab from Tommy John surgery.

FANTASY TIP: He had the procedure last June, so his 2014 impact will be minimal for fantasy, if at all, unless he makes a speedy recovery. He's a fine buy for 2015 and beyond.

Orioles | Manny Machado update

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:00:30 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) went 3-for-4 in a rehab assignment today. He'll play nine innings at third base for high Single-A Frederick on Friday, April 25.

FANTASY TIP: He could be back sometime in the next 10 or so days, so fantasy players should plan to activate him then.

Seahawks | May not pick up James Carpenter's option

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:53:44 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks are leaning against picking up the fifth-year option in OG James Carpenter's contract, but a final decision has not been made at this point.

Red Sox | Prefer Grady Sizemore as corner OF

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:51:14 -0700

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said the club views OF Grady Sizemore as a better fit for a corner outfield spot than in center field. Sizemore, however, isn't as comfortable in left or right field as he is in center yet.

FANTASY TIP: Jackie Bradley Jr. is a much better option in terms of defense and range. Sizemore's brittle past and more advanced age play into this thinking; there's a chance this may affect Sizemore's PT as the year goes on, but even after Shane Victorino (hamstring) returns, he'll remain at least a semi-regular part of this lineup, especially following Daniel Nava's demotion.

Padres | Josh Johnson to have TJS

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:44:52 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Josh Johnson (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, April 24. This will be Johnson's second ligament-replacement procedure.

FANTASY TIP: Johnson just can't stay healthy. He'll be lost for the rest of the year and at least the beginning of the 2014 season. This bodes well for Robbie Erlin sticking around in the rotation for the long term.

Cowboys | Caleb Hanie signed

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:44:16 -0700

The Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent QB Caleb Hanie (Browns) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Lions | Mikel Leshoure sits out workout

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:43:55 -0700

Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure (undisclosed) did not participate during the media-access portion of the team's workout Wednesday, April 23. Leshoure did participate in the workouts Tuesday, April 22.

Rockies | Carlos Gonzalez rested

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:42:30 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez is being rested Wednesday, April 23. He has gone 6-for-39 (.154) in the last 10 games, and he is 4-for-44 against San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain in his career.

FANTASY TIP: Left knee tendonitis that flared up for CarGo on Sunday is probably another thing that factored into the decision to rest him today. After an off day tomorrow, we fully expect Gonzalez to return to the lineup Friday.

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NFL | Phil Costa explains retirement

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:36:05 -0700

Retired C Phil Costa said he decided to retire because of the toll football has taken on his body. "Unfortunately, the day-to-day physical rigor of the NFL season has taken a toll on my body and has been a driving force behind my decision," Costa said.

Indians | More on Danny Salazar's struggles

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:33:49 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar said he has struggled with tipping pitches in the past and may be experiencing similar problems now. He watched video and noticed his glove position has changed when he's switched between fastballs and changeups; he said that when throwing the latter, he sometimes opens his glove up too much. Salazar has also experienced issues when facing a lineup the second time around. Cleveland is unlikely to force Salazar to try working things out in the minor leagues; they've recently affirmed their confidence directly to Salazar.

FANTASY TIP: Salazar is worth stashing in deep leagues; if he can fix his issues with his delivery and stamina, he could have a fine finish to the season. You have to consider how patient you can be in shallower formats, though. A surging Trevor Bauer may join the rotation if Salazar can't recover.

Tigers | Torii Hunter off

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:31:45 -0700

Detroit Tigers OF Torii Hunter will have a regularly scheduled day of rest Wednesday, April 23. There's nothing physically wrong with him. Don Kelly is starting in right field in Hunter's stead.

FANTASY TIP: It's a reminder to daily leaguers that the aging Hunter will have more of these days throughout the season to keep him fresh.

Yankees | Ivan Nova seeking second opinion

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:30:03 -0700

New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (elbow) is seeking a second opinion on his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. The MRI performed on the elbow will be sent to Dr. James Andrews.

FANTASY TIP: It's becoming likelier, especially after the first recommendation, that Nova will have to undergo Tommy John surgery. Vidal Nuno has the Yanks' No. 5 gig right now.

Saints | Coach says no decision on Mark Ingram's option

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:26:28 -0700

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said the team has not made a final decision on whether to pick up the fifth-year option in RB Mark Ingram's contract and that they have more time before making a decision.

Giants | Victor Cruz fully healthy

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:23:04 -0700

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said he is 100 percent healthy and will not be limited during offseason workouts.

Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul will not be limited

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:17:50 -0700

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) said great and that he will not be limited during offseason workouts. Pierre-Paul has lost 15 pounds this offseason and is comfortable at his current weight of 270 pounds.

Rockies | Rex Brothers being aggressive

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:12:05 -0700

Colorado Rockies RP Rex Brothers succeeded in a jam against the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning Tuesday, April 22, by being aggressive and attacking hitters. "Obviously we had a game plan in place, but for me it's just being aggressive. If I stray away from that, that's where the wheels start turning and I try to be a little fine. Make my pitches and don't worry about it," Brothers said. He has three strikeouts, one hit allowed and no walks in his last three scoreless outings.

Pirates | Travis Ishikawa outrighted

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:11:32 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Travis Ishikawa cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, April 23. It remains to be seen if Ishikawa will accept his outright assignment.

Broncos | Ryan Clady expects to be ready for season

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:09:36 -0700

Denver Broncos OT Ryan Clady (foot) would not give a timetable for his return but said he does expect to be ready for the start of the regular season.