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Phillies | B.J. Rosenberg sent down

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:54:39 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies optioned RP B.J. Rosenberg to Triple-A Lehigh Valley Wednesday, April 23.

Cubs | Luis Valbuena could be used at leadoff

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:32:04 -0700

Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena is another candidate to hit in the leadoff spot this year after he set the tone with a long at-bat in the leadoff spot Tuesday, April 22. "His on-base percentage has been extremely high, especially against right-handed pitching," manager Rick Renteria said of Valbuena, who has a .420 on-base percentage against right-handed pitchers. "Yesterday, I think he set the tone. He fouled off a lot of pitches and got on base." 2B Emilio Bonifacio and OF Junior Lake have also been used at leadoff.

Cubs | Jake Arrieta to make rehab start Saturday

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:23:35 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta (shoulder) will make another rehab start with Double-A Tennessee Saturday, April 26, and it could be his last rehab start before the team activates him from the disabled list.

Orioles | Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy back

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:20:07 -0700

Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters (forearm) and SS J.J. Hardy (hamstring) are both back in the starting lineup Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: Get both Wieters and Hardy back into your fake starting lineups ASAP.

Cardinals | Adam Wainwright expects to make next start

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:08:11 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (knee) insists that he'll be good to go for his next start against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, April 27, after hyperextending his knee Tuesday, April 22. "My ACL, MCL, UCL, all those LCLs, QCLs, all the CLs are good," Wainwright said, listing actual and fictional ligaments that could have been damaged in the twist. "It's one of those (plays) that looks scarier than it actually was. … I expected it to be more painful than it actually was."

FANTASY TIP: The Cards could choose to push Wainwright back, but if he doesn't have a setback, he shouldn't need to miss a start.

Mariners | Nick Franklin starting in right

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:50:46 -0700

Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin is receiving his first career start in right field Wednesday, April 23. "I'm trying to get a spark," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's a bat. Hopefully, he'll go out and get three or four hits today, score a couple and knock in three…and become a (heck) of a right fielder."

Rangers | Neftali Feliz dealing with fatigue

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:47:36 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz has left Triple-A Round Rock due to general soreness and fatigue. However, he's not dealing with a significant physical injury.

FANTASY TIP: Feliz's road back from Tommy John surgery has proved more trying than most expected. A return to the Rangers doesn't seem to be anywhere close for their former closer.

Marlins | Carlos Marmol leaves with injury

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:32:50 -0700

Miami Marlins RP Carlos Marmol (hamstring) left the game early with a right hamstring strain Wednesday, April 23.

Red Sox | Outfielders struggling

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:00:40 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Grady Sizemore is hitless in his last 13 at-bats to drop his average to .213. He has just one extra-base hit in his last 11 games, in which he's hitting .128 (5-for-39). OF Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting .229 and has struck out once every three at-bats this year. OF Jonny Gomes is hitting .213 and has 19 strikeouts in 47 at-bats. OF Mike Carp is hitting .250 in 24 at-bats.

FANTASY TIP: With Shane Victorino (hamstring) set to return this week, expect John Farrell to use the extra body as a way to mix and match his outfielders in order to give them some rest. Bradley and Sizemore figure to remain as regulars, but their playing time may fluctuate more frequently when Victorino is back.

Mariners | Erasmo Ramirez being skipped

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:49:40 -0700

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon admits that the team is considering alternatives in the starting rotation to SP Erasmo Ramirez. SP Brandon Maurer will start in Ramirez's place Sunday, April 27.

FANTASY TIP: Ramirez is off to a rough start, and the long ball has killed him this year so far. If you own him in an AL-only league, it's time to start moving in another direction, at least for now.

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Mariners | Taijuan Walker cleared to play catch

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:45:42 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) has been cleared to start playing catch Monday, April 28.

Mariners | James Paxton to start playing catch

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:44:52 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP James Paxton (lat) has been cleared to start playing catch Friday, April 25.

Rangers | Matt Harrison to return Sunday

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:42:42 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison (back) will come off the disabled list to make his season debut against the Seattle Mariners Sunday, April 27, according to manager Ron Washington. Harrison last pitched on April 6 of last season. He pitched eight shutout innings on 86 pitches for Double-A Frisco Sunday, April 20.

FANTASY TIP: Harrison's poor health in recent seasons makes him a risky pitching commodity. Don't expect an immediate return to his 2012 numbers now that he's healthy. Watch him in mixed leagues, for now, and take the leap in single-universe leagues if you're desperate.

White Sox | More on Adam Eaton's injury

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:57:22 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Adam Eaton (hamstring) said he's dealing with more than just a mild strain in the lower part of his left hamstring. "Apparently there's a tendon that is kind of rolling over on the inside back part of my knee. It's been kind of an easier fix," Eaton said. "We're making sure the tendon doesn't move and that equals no pain." He ran some stairs, did lunges and ran on an incline Tuesday, April 22, and everything went well. Eaton declared himself 95 percent healthy.

FANTASY TIP: Eaton could return in a day or two. When he does, return him to your fantasy lineups.

Giants | Buster Posey, Angel Pagan resting

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:55:50 -0700

San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey and OF Angel Pagan have the day off Wednesday, April 23. Posey is in a 3-for-35 slump.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Posey and Pagan from your daily lineups.

Red Sox | Alex Wilson coming up, Daniel Nava demoted

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:54:27 -0700

The Boston Red Sox are recalled RP Alex Wilson from Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday, April 23, and OF Daniel Nava will be optioned in a corresponding move.

Rangers | Daniel Robertson acquired, Pedro Figueroa to DL

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:53:56 -0700

The Texas Rangers acquired OF Daniel Robertson from the San Diego Padres Wednesday, April 23, and brought him up to the big leagues. In a corresponding move, RP Pedro Figueroa (elbow) was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.

White Sox | Gordon Beckham on track to return this weekend

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:18:56 -0700

Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham (oblique) is on track to return to the team this weekend after rehabbing with Double-A Birmingham.

FANTASY TIP: Beckham will steal valuable playing time from Marcus Semien at the keystone when he returns. That'll make Semien mainly a middle infield depth piece in AL-only leagues.

Mariners | Dustin Ackley dropped in order

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:11:41 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Dustin Ackley has been dropped from No. 2 in the batting order after going 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games in the spot.

FANTASY TIP: Ackley is off to a rather slow start in April, and he's hitless in his last three games. Consider benching him if you haven't already.

Astros | Matt Albers unavailable

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:10:02 -0700

Houston Astros RP Matt Albers (shoulder) is unavailable to pitch Wednesday, April 23, due to shoulder tightness. Albers doesn't think the injury is serious.

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Cardinals | Adam Wainwright's ligament fine

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:09:00 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said SP Adam Wainwright (knee) doesn't have any sign of ligament damage to his knee, and his strength and mobility checked out fine. There are no plans for Wainwright to undergo a scan.

FANTASY TIP: Wainwright dodged a bullet last night. From all indications, he should be good to go for his next start.

Phillies | Cole Hamels activated

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:54:25 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies activated SP Cole Hamels (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: Hamels will make his season debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight. Put him in your starting lineup immediately.

Royals | Cory Wade released

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:54:04 -0700

The Kansas City Royals released RP Cory Wade Wednesday, April 23.

Marlins | Carter Capps called up

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:40:42 -0700

The Miami Marlins recalled RP Carter Capps from the minors Wednesday, April 23.

Red Sox | Shane Victorino may be delayed

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:39:49 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) may not be activated Wednesday, April 23, because the team's bullpen is taxed and they may need another arm, according to manager John Farrell. SP Jon Lester went only 4 2/3 innings Tuesday, April 22, a day after SP Clay Buchholz lasted only 2 1/3 innings. Victorino is 1-for-11 in three games with Triple-A Pawtucket.

FANTASY TIP: The latest Victorino would be activated would probably be later this week or this weekend. Be ready to activate him and get him back into your starting lineup when he returns to Boston.

Rockies | Jhoulys Chacin moved up

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:51:24 -0700

Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) was pushed up a day and will start at Triple-A Colorado Springs Thursday, April 24. That means he could potentially return April 29.

Braves | Three sitting

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:33:58 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton OF B.J. Upton and C Evan Gattis are out of the lineup Wednesday, April 23.

Phillies | Ben Revere with four knocks

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:19:40 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Revere tied a career high with four hits Tuesday, April 22.

Dodgers | Adrian Gonzalez's streak ends

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:18:11 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez's 16-game hitting streak ended Tuesday, April 22.

Astros | Josh Fields records save

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:13:29 -0700

Houston Astros RP Josh Fields recorded the save Tuesday, April 22.

FANTASY TIP: This is interesting because Chad Qualls blew a 3-0 lead April 19. Qualls pitched a perfect inning Monday night, but he only threw 12 pitches. He should have been available. Fields has 11 strikeouts in nine innings, a 2.00 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. If he's available, pick him up as he could be trending toward more save chances.

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Astros | Collin McHugh dominates

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:10:31 -0700

Houston Astros SP Collin McHugh allowed three hits and struck out a career-high 12 batters in 6 2/3 shutout innings to beat the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, April 22.

Athletics | Coco Crisp banged up

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:08:53 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (ribs) had X-rays on his sore ribs after falling hard on them Monday, April 21. The X-rays were negative.

Athletics | Eric O'Flaherty progressing

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:05:34 -0700

Oakland Athletics RP Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) threw all his pitches at full distance in a bullpen session Tuesday, April 22.

Athletics | Luke Gregerson blows another save

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:01:24 -0700

Oakland Athletics RP Luke Gregerson blew his third save Tuesday, April 22.

FANTASY TIP: This could be the nail in the coffin for Gregerson. Could the team go back to Jim Johnson or shift towards Ryan Cook? Stay tuned.

Rockies | Nolan Arenado extends to 13

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:00:28 -0700

Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 13 games Tuesday, April 22.

Mets | David Wright's streak ends

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:33:59 -0700

New York Mets 3B David Wright's hitting streak ended at 12 games Tuesday, April 22.

Cardinals | Yadier Molina extends to 13

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:33:45 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 13 games Tuesday, April 22.

Mets | Curtis Granderson in bad slump

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:23:25 -0700

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson is hitless in his last 22 at-bats and has just four hits in his last 50 at-bats.

FANTASY TIP: The home fans are beginning to boo him. Granderson needs to be benched in mixed leagues until he finds his swing.

Marlins | Christian Yelich extends streak

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:15:44 -0700

Miami Marlins OF Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to 16 games Tuesday, April 22.

White Sox | Dayan Viciedo with four hits

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:15:28 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo had a career-high four hits Tuesday, April 22.

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Angels | Albert Pujols hits 500th homer

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:41:39 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols hit his 500th career home run Tuesday, April 22. It was his second home run of the game, and he drove in five runs. Pujols is the third-youngest player to reach the milestone.

FANTASY TIP: He has hit eight homers in his last 13 games. His swing looks better than it has in two years. He's no longer cheating to make up for an injured base trying to catch up to fastballs.

Indians | Carlos Santana still mired in slump

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:38:37 -0700

Cleveland Indians C/3B Carlos Santana is in a 2-for-43 slump after going 0-for-4 Tuesday, April 22.

FANTASY TIP: It appears that mental day off didn't do much the previous day. Santana isn't right. Until he shows signs of his old self, bench him.

Royals | Eric Hosmer with four hits

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

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer had four hits Tuesday, April 22.

FANTASY TIP: He is hitting .311 with no homers and six RBIs. As the weather warms up, Hosmer should hit for more pop.

Indians | Yan Gomes struggling behind plate

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:35:59 -0700

Cleveland Indians C Yan Gomes has made six errors in 18 games after committing three in 85 games last year.

Indians | Danny Salazar with third straight bad start

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:23:53 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar failed to pitch five innings for the third straight start in his loss to the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, April 22. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits and two walks while fanning six. Salazar said after the game that he thinks he may be tipping his pitches.

FANTASY TIP: Salazar better get it figured out, quickly. His 7.85 ERA and 1.96 WHIP negate his 26 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.

Cardinals | Adam Wainwright OK

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:23:31 -0700

Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (knee) passed the strength tests and insisted he'll be fine for his next start. He wasn't favoring his knee after the game.

Dodgers | Dee Gordon cleared

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:19:01 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon (head) was cleared of a possible concussion after the game Tuesday, April 22. He hit his head on a player's knee after diving in head-first on a steal attempt.

Reds | Devin Mesoraco on tear since activation

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:13:34 -0700

Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco is now batting .541 with 12 RBIs while hitting safely in all 10 games since coming off the disabled list on April 8.

Padres | Shopping Nick Hundley

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:57:41 -0700

The San Diego Padres are entertaining trade offers for C Nick Hundley, who is in the final season of a three-year, $9 million contract.

Rangers | Hector Noesi designated

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:56:44 -0700

The Texas Rangers designated P Hector Noesi for assignment Tuesday, April 22.

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Rangers | Shin-Soo Choo avoids DL for now

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:56:13 -0700

Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) is not headed for the 15-day disabled list for now due to his high ankle sprain. However, he will not play again during the series in Oakland, and will be re-evaluated in Seattle before the series against the Mariners which starts Friday, April 25.

Marlins | Arquimedes Caminero optioned

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:55:42 -0700

The Miami Marlins optioned RP Arquimedes Caminero to Triple-A New Orleans Tuesday, April 22.

Cardinals | Adam Wainwright injures knee

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:55:17 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (knee) suffered a hyperextended right knee in his start Tuesday, April 22, against the New York Mets.

Blue Jays | Dioner Navarro sits again

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:54:50 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays C Dioner Navarro was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game Tuesday, April 22, against the Baltimore Orioles. C Josh Thole works as the personal catch for SP R.A. Dickey, who started Tuesday, and he has been hitting well. "Thole is swinging," manager John Gibbons said. "I could tell (Navarro) was starting to slow down a bit. It helps us keep (him) fresh over the whole season, and he'll be available on the bench if we need him."

Rangers | Robinson Chirinos set to start entire series

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:04:13 -0700

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington will use C Robinson Chirinos for all three games behind the plate this week against the Oakland Athletics, with C J.P. Arencibia starting none. Chirinos started Monday, April 21, is starting Tuesday, April 22, and is likely for Wednesday, April 23. Washington wants to pair Chirinos with SP Martin Perez, as the two are friends and former teammates in Venezuela. Perez is scheduled to start Wednesday.

FANTASY TIP: Chirinos is worth using as a No. 2 catcher in AL-only fantasy leagues and some deeper mixed formats, while Arencibia is only worth keeping rostered in the deepest of AL play.

Pirates | Neil Walker producing late heroics

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:03:45 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker had a 10th-inning walk-off home run on opening day, and he had a tie-breaking single in the ninth inning Monday, April 21. He is the first Pirates player in the past 40 seasons to have two walk-off hits in one April.

Pirates | Francisco Liriano as chilly as weather

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:02:49 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano is 5-17 with a 5.84 ERA in the month of April during his career, and he attributes the cold weather to his traditionally slow starts. "Yeah, Aprils have been difficult for me," Liriano said Tuesday, April 22. "It's just the cold. My speed usually isn't there until it gets warmer and I feel looser. And I don't have a good feel for the ball on breaking balls."

There is something to that, as he has a 7-12 record with a 5.48 ERA in September when the weather turns cool, but a 57-36 mark from May 1 through August 31 in his career, with the highest ERA of any month at 4.04 during that span.

FANTASY TIP: Based on those career numbers, fantasy owners would be wise to try and buy low on Liriano. The weather is about to heat up in the Steel City, and trends show that Liriano is about to heat up as well.

Pirates | Wandy Rodriguez's timetable uncertain

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:02:23 -0700

The length of absence for Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (knee) is unknown. He had fluid drained from his knee Monday, April 21, and he also had an MRI, but the results were not made known. "You can get a knee drained and have to get it drained again in two months," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I know people who have had their knee drained a couple of times and had surgery in the winter. It depends on the guy. We'll just have to wait and see."

Pirates | No starter yet for Thursday

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:01:34 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Tuesday, April 22, that a decision has not yet been finalized on who be slotted for the start Thursday, April 24, in place of the injured SP Wandy Rodriguez (knee). SP Jeff Locke is not a candidate, as he pitched for Triple-A Indianapolis Monday, April 21. Ps Brandon Cumpton, Jeanmar Gomez and Stolmy Pimentel are believed to be the top candidates.

Mariners | More on Hisashi Iwakuma's sim game

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:01:05 -0700

Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) had his fastball clocked around 89-90 mph during his four-inning simulated game Tuesday, April 22. That is considered a tick or two slower than usual. Iwakuma is still building arm strength. The team gave him a variety of looks in the sim game, making him field bunts, cover first base, throw pickoff moves to first and face batters. "I was able to focus like a regular game," Iwakuma said. "I felt a lot better. My feel for the game is coming back gradually. I felt a lot better than the last time when we did a sim game in Miami."

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Mariners | Stephen Pryor velocity still lagging

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:00:35 -0700

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday, April 22, that RP Stephen Pryor (lat) is still trying to get his velocity up. It has been climbing, but it's not where it needs to be for him to be brought back.

Mariners | Logan Morrison runs

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:00:10 -0700

Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners OF Logan Morrison (hamstring) did some running before his simulated game Tuesday, April 22. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Morrison is nearing a minor-league rehab assignment.

Cubs | Jose Veras works with bullpen coach

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:01:15 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Jose Veras worked with bullpen coach Lester Strode Tuesday, April 22, as the team tries to get Veras back on track to return to the closer role. "He needs to pitch," manager Rick Renteria said of Veras. "He wants to get back out there on the hill and throw. We'll do everything we can to get him some work." One of Veras' problems may be that he isn't warming up properly.

FANTASY TIP: Until Veras can turn it around, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon are in line for save chances in Chicago. Strop should be your first target if either are available on the wire.

Cubs | Jake Arrieta to make another rehab start

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:48:25 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta (shoulder) will likely make one more minor league rehab start before he's activated from the disabled list. Arrieta threw 94 pitches in 5 2/3 innings with Single-A Daytona Monday, April 21. SP Carlos Villanueva will remain in the rotation, according to manager Rick Renteria.

Blue Jays | No pain for Casey Janssen

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:48:05 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen (back) said he's in no pain, and he's not calling his recent shutdown from throwing as a setback. Janssen said he had some swelling in the area between his hip bone and ribs. He is playing catch daily to improve his arm strength and hopes to throw in the bullpen this week.

Cardinals | Tyler Lyons to stay in rotation

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:39:41 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Tyler Lyons will remain in the starting rotation after giving up two runs in six innings against the New York Mets Monday, April 21. His next start will come against the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, April 26.

FANTASY TIP: The case is there to own Lyons in an NL-only league, but keep in mind that his stay in the rotation is expected to be short-lived. Joe Kelly should return to his rotation post when he's ready.

Mariners | Logan Morrison likely to need rehab assignment

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:12:31 -0700

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said OF Logan Morrison (hamstring) will likely need to go on a rehab assignment before he returns from the disabled list.

Dodgers | Andre Ethier sick

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:10:06 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier (flu) is dealing with the flu and is out of the lineup Tuesday, April 22. He was also unavailable Monday, April 21.

Giants | Brandon Belt could become No. 3 hitter

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:07:29 -0700

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said 1B Brandon Belt could become the team's permanent No. 3 hitter. OF Hunter Pence will remain in the No. 2 spot.

Rangers | Shin-Soo Choo could land on DL

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:03:18 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) is not in the starting lineup, as expected, Tuesday, April 22. He's dealing with a sprained left ankle and could land on the disabled list. Choo said he still has pain in his ankle.

FANTASY TIP: Michael Choice, the only other outfielder on the team's 40-man roster, is starting in place of Choo. Choice would become a popular addition in AL leagues if Choo lands on the DL. Stay tuned.

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Yankees | Vidal Nuno to be fifth starter

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:57:33 -0700

New York Yankees SP Vidal Nuno will serve as the team's fifth starter, and his next start will come against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Saturday, April 26.

FANTASY TIP: Add Nuno immediately in AL-only leagues if you're struggling for pitching and innings.

Mariners | Hisashi Iwakuma throws sim game

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:52:08 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) threw a 58-pitch simulated game Tuesday, April 22, and felt better than his last session. He'll next throw 75 pitches for Triple-A Tacoma Sunday, April 27, and he could rejoin the rotation after that.

FANTASY TIP: As you can see, Iwakuma's arm strength is almost ready for a big lead load. He could be back in the majors as soon as next weekend if everything goes according to plan. Iwakuma should already be owned in all leagues.

Cardinals | Straight platoon at 2B?

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:49:19 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong has been struggling of late, and 2B Mark Ellis has capitalized with more playing time; he made his third start in four games Monday, April 21. Manager Mike Matheny said Ellis' start against a righty Monday was "a great example" of how the team intends to use him - as a right-handed complement to Wong. Wong's average is down from .280 to .237, and he has four strikeouts in eight games. He said he's been "out of synch and rushing" lately.

FANTASY TIP: Matheny is choosing to ride the sure thing in Ellis over a struggling Wong. Wong owners in mixed leagues need to take note. Until Wong can regain the confidence in his swing and of his skipper, he's primarily an NL-only commodity.

Diamondbacks | Mark Trumbo has sore foot

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:44:51 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks OF Mark Trumbo (foot) is out of the lineup with a sore left foot Tuesday, April 22, according to manager Kirk Gibson.

FANTASY TIP: Trumbo's injury doesn't sound serious, so there's a good chance he's back in the lineup in the next few days.

Padres | Casey Kelly throwing in games

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:42:33 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Casey Kelly (elbow) tossed three innings in extended spring training Tuesday, April 22, and he'll take part in one more game before the team decides to send him on a rehab assignment.

FANTASY TIP: Kelley could become a realistic option for NL-only managers in the second half of the season. However, expect the Friars to be very careful with his comeback.

Cardinals | Jon Jay to see more time

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:41:41 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Jon Jay has taken over the platoon situation in center field over OF Peter Bourjos, and manager Mike Matheny plans on riding Jay's hot stick. "We're getting the guys in there who are taking good at-bats. Jon Jay has been taking some good at-bats," Matheny said. "Allen Craig has turned the corner and right now looks good in that second hole. Peter Bourjos is going to get good opportunities against a left-hander tomorrow. But right now Jon is taking the kind of at-bats we've got to capitalize on. We've got to get something going. Any guy in that lineup has potential to get us going." Jay is batting sixth Tuesday, April 22.

FANTASY TIP: If you own Bourjos in a mixed league, now is the time to start looking elsewhere, as long as Jay remains hot and in the good graces of the skipper.

Red Sox | Will Middlebrooks could return this weekend

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:29:13 -0700

Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (calf) will play for Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday, April 23, and Thursday, April 24, before possibly being activated from the disabled list this weekend. Middlebrooks went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his first rehab game Monday, April 21.

FANTASY TIP: Middlebrooks will immediately return as the starting third baseman. Brock Holt is expected to be sent back to the minors when Middlebrooks returns.

Nationals | Drew Storen being rewarded for success

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:24:45 -0700

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams is considering using RP Drew Storen in the eighth inning. Storen has retired 22 of 24 batters he's faced so far this year, with nine strikeouts and no walks. "I expect Drew to be ready to pitch at any point," Williams said. "He can pitch the seventh. He can pitch the eighth. He can close if need be. He's done it before and had success doing all three. Does it change roles? I think that's yet to be determined. We'll see how that all plays out. But he's capable, sure."

FANTASY TIP: Because of Storen's hot start and Tyler Clippard's poor performance early on, Storen should be considered the primary setup man to Rafael Soriano at this point. Add Storen in deep mixed leagues if you are looking to improve your counting pitching stats or if you want a handcuff to Soriano.

Nationals | Have trust in Aaron Barrett

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:24:23 -0700

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams has trust in using RP Aaron Barrett in high-leverage situations late in ballgames. Barrett had retired 13 of the 16 batters he faced before being sent down April 12. Barrett could also see more late-game situations with RP Tyler Clippard struggling.

Mets | Juan Lagares running

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:19:52 -0700

New York Mets OF Juan Lagares (hamstring) has started to run. He's eligible to return to the disabled list April 30.

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Mets | Could move Lucas Duda to cleanup

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:17:50 -0700

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he is considering moving 1B Lucas Duda to the cleanup spot in the batting order. "We've put a lot on Lucas' plate in the past week," Collins said about the reluctance to use Duda as a cleanup hitter now. "I don't want to pile on."

Brewers | Johnny Hellweg has torn UCL

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:15:39 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers SP Johnny Hellweg (elbow) is dealing with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and he'll likely need Tommy John surgery that will end his year. He'll receive a second opinion next week from Dr. James Andrews. Hellweg was 1-2 with a 4.95 ERA in four starts for Triple-A Nashville this year.

Nationals | Adam LaRoche out with injury

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:12:48 -0700

Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (quadriceps) is sitting out with a sore quadriceps Tuesday, April 22. He was hit by a pitch there recently, but the injury isn't serious. 1B Tyler Moore is starting in his place. The Nats are also facing a left-hander Tuesday.

FANTASY TIP: Check back tomorrow to see if LaRoche is back in the lineup.

Angels | Ernesto Frieri missing with heater

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:06:27 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ernesto Frieri is making mistakes with his fastball, and he's being punished for it with home runs this year, according to manager Mike Scioscia. "I think it's pretty clear with Ernie that the balls that have been hit out of the park have been mistakes," Scioscia said. "It's not like he's making good pitches and they're hitting mistakes." Frieri has allowed four home runs in 8 1/3 innings this year.

FANTASY TIP: Frieri doesn't appear to be in any danger of losing the closing gig, but if he continues to make mistakes with his fastball, things won't be pretty. Joe Smith is the next in lane for save opportunities.

Mariners | Taijuan Walker to see doctor

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:00:39 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) is visiting with a doctor Tuesday, April 22, and he'll resume his throwing program if he's cleared.

FANTASY TIP: Even if Walker is cleared to throw again, it'll be at least a month until we see him in the M's starting rotation. He's worth stashing in deep mixed and AL-only leagues.

Orioles | Dylan Bundy to mix in breaking pitches

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:58:58 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy (elbow) will start mixing in his breaking pitches during his next throwing sessions.

FANTASY TIP: Bundy still has a ways to go before he'll be considered ready to rejoin the pitching staff. But as soon as he's deemed ready to pitch in the big leagues again, he should be owned in the majority of leagues.

Pirates | Russell Martin, Travis Snider appealing suspensions

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:56:21 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin and OF Travis Snider are both appealing their suspensions for their roles in a bench-clearing brawl Sunday, April 20.

FANTASY TIP: Martin and Snider will be able to play until their appeals are heard by the league.

Giants | Brandon Crawford sitting out

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:54:16 -0700

San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford is sitting out against a left-handed pitcher Tuesday, April 22.

Orioles | Manny Machado's rehab assignment to start Friday

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:53:03 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) will play with Single-A Frederick Friday, April 25.

Red Sox | Daniel Nava's spot in danger

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:34:08 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava's roster spot could be in danger with OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) expected to return from the disabled list Wednesday, April 23. Nava is sitting against a right-handed pitcher Tuesday, April 22, and it's the second time in the last four games he's been on the bench. Nava is 10-for-67 (.149) with a .240 on-base percentage this year, and he's walked only six times in 75 plate appearances.

FANTASY TIP: Regardless of if he's optioned to the minors, Nava has lost much of his appeal already in mixed leagues because of his slow start.

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Astros | Lucas Harrell outrighted

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:33:06 -0700

Houston Astros SP Lucas Harrell cleared waivers and will be outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Mexican League | Japhet Amador joins

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:32:43 -0700

The Houston Astros have loaned 1B Japhet Amador to Los Diablos Rojos of the Mexican League for the remainder of the season.

Rays | Matt Moore has successful surgery

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:22:05 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday, April 22.

FANTASY TIP: Moore is expected to miss roughly a year. As a result, he probably won't be a realistic option for mixed leagues until halfway through the 2015 season.

Blue Jays | Casey Janssen to throw bullpens this week

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:14:23 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen (back) is scheduled to throw a couple bullpen sessions this week, and then he'll return to a rehab assignment next week.

FANTASY TIP: It sounds as though Janssen may be back in a few more weeks. Stay patient. In the meantime, Sergio Santos owners can enjoy some more time with him closing it out in the ninth inning. He may be useful when Janssen returns, if the Jays choose to ease him back into the role.

Reds | Mat Latos to play catch in a few days

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:13:50 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos (elbow) is "a few days" from playing catch, but his soreness has decreased.

Padres | Tyler Greene acquired

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:08:37 -0700

The San Diego Padres acquired SS Tyler Greene from the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, April 22, in exchange for a player to be named. Green will report to Triple-A El Paso.

Cardinals | Oscar Taveras rolls ankle

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:57:25 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras (ankle) twisted his left ankle at first base with Triple-A Memphis Monday, April 21, and he was removed from the game. General manager John Mozeliak is calling Taveras day-to-day, and the team is holding him out Tuesday, April 22, for "precautionary" reasons. Taveras had surgery on his right ankle last year after a high ankle sprain. He hasn't had any limitations with his right ankle since the minor league season, and Monday was the first time he started in center field.

FANTASY TIP: Taveras is having a solid season at Triple-A, but the Cards are loaded with no place to put him. He could still make an impact at the major-league level this year, but it probably won't come until much later in the season. For that reason, 2015 is looking like the best bet to cash in on his abilities.

Diamondbacks | A.J. Pollock remains out

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:52:19 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock (neck) remains out of the starting lineup Tuesday, April 22.

Red Sox | Shane Victorino to be activated Wednesday

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:48:59 -0700

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: It's unclear what the outfield alignment will be on a day-to-day basis when Victorino returns, but Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley Jr. could see less consistent at-bats, as well as Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes. Bradley could also be sent down, since he has minor league options remaining.

White Sox | Conor Gillaspie sitting out

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:47:11 -0700

Chicago White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie (hand) is out of the lineup with a sore left hand Tuesday, April 22. He's likely to sit out two games.

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Twins | Byron Buxton to play in games

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:43:07 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (wrist) is scheduled to take batting practice Wednesday, April 23, and he could play in an extended spring game Thursday, April 24.

FANTASY TIP: The best-case scenario is probably that Buxton is a September call-up this year. Wrist injuries often hurt a player's power production, too, so you'll have to keep an eye out for that. Buxton is a much better buy for the 2015 season now.

Orioles | Matt Wieters out with injury

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:35:09 -0700

Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters (forearm) is out of the lineup due to right forearm stiffness Tuesday, April 22. He felt the injury on a throw to second base Sunday, April 20.

FANTASY TIP: Wieters expects to be available off the bench tonight, so this is probably just a day-to-day injury. Check back tomorrow to see if he's good to go.

Orioles | Manny Machado receiving at-bats

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:34:23 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) received five at-bats as the designated hitter in an extended spring game Tuesday, April 22, and he didn't suffer any setbacks. Machado is likely to go on a rehab assignment soon.

FANTASY TIP: Assuming Machado doesn't have any setbacks during his minor league rehab assignment, he should be ready to return to the team in early May. Jonathan Schoop and Ryan Flaherty will lose out when he returns, as they'll likely be part of a platoon at second base eventually.

Nationals | Rehab start on horizon for Doug Fister

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:19:35 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Doug Fister (lat) tossed three innings in a simulated game Tuesday, April 22, and will likely make a rehab start for Single-A Potomac Sunday, April 27. He'll need one more rehab start after that before being ready to return to the majors.

FANTASY TIP: Fister should be ready to rejoin the team in a couple of weeks after he builds some more arm strength in rehab outings. Check to see if he's out there on your waiver wire.

White Sox | Chris Sale not expecting to miss much time

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:16:23 -0700

Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale (elbow) doesn't expect to miss more than two starts.

FANTASY TIP: We'll temper our optimism until we see Sale get back on a mound. The good news is no structural damage was found in his left arm. Stay patient and keep tabs on his recovery process.

Yankees | Surgery recommended for Ivan Nova

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:09:15 -0700

New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova (elbow) underwent an MRI arthrogram Tuesday, April 22, and the original results of a partial tear of the right ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow were confirmed. Surgery has been recommended.

FANTASY TIP: It looks like Nova's 2014 season is all but officially over. He'll likely need the Tommy John procedure, which will keep him out up to a year. Vidal Nuno has taken Nova's rotation spot for now, but he could run with it. Nuno's value increases greatly in AL-only leagues.

Orioles | J.J. Hardy expects to be available

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:07:24 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (hamstring) felt much better after running and taking groundballs Tuesday, April 22, and he expects to be available off the bench.

FANTASY TIP: Don't expect to return Hardy to your starting lineup until at least tomorrow. But this is good news, since it doesn't look like he'll need to land on the DL.

Braves | Mike Minor to make another rehab outing

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:04:30 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) will pitch once more for Double-A Mississippi Friday, April 25, before returning to the major leagues.

FANTASY TIP: This means Minor will be activated to make his season debut sometime next week. He's expected to replace David Hale in the rotation. Minor may start slow out of the gates, but he's worth watching in deep mixed leagues.

Cubs | Jorge Soler rehabbing

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:02:10 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler (hamstring) is rehabbing in Arizona but has yet to play in any games.

Orioles | Steve Pearce to be cut

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:58:04 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles plan on designating OF Steve Pearce for assignment to go with a 13-man pitching staff.

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Brewers | Carlos Gomez appealing suspension

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:39:40 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez will appeal his three-game suspension for his role in a bench-clearing brawl Sunday, April 20.

FANTASY TIP: Gomez will be in tonight's lineup as a result. Leave him in your lineups until his appeal is heard.

Rays | Desmond Jennings returns

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:39:11 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings (groin) is returning to the starting lineup Tuesday, April 22.

FANTASY TIP: Insert Jennings back into your starting lineups.

Blue Jays | Darin Mastroianni claimed

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:35:12 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays claimed OF Darin Mastroianni from the Minnesota Twins Tuesday, April 22, and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo. Also, the team designated OF Kenny Wilson for assignment.

Pirates | Russell Martin suspended

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:06:19 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin was suspended one game Tuesday, April 22, for his role in a bench-clearing brawl against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, April 20.

Pirates | Travis Snider suspended

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:04:56 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Travis Snider was suspended two games Tuesday, April 22, for his role in a bench-clearing brawl against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, April 20.

Nationals | Aaron Barrett recalled, Xavier Cedeno optioned

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:03:24 -0700

The Washington Nationals recalled RP Aaron Barrett from the minors Tuesday, April 22, and optioned RP Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.

Brewers | Carlos Gomez suspended

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:02:41 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez was suspended three games Tuesday, April 22, for his role in a bench-clearing brawl with the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, April 20.

FANTASY TIP: Gomez's suspension will begin tonight unless he appeals. If he doesn't, be prepared to go without him in your lineup for the next three games.

Pirates | Jordy Mercy back in

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:36:33 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (ankle) is back in the starting lineup Tuesday, April 22.

Brewers | Martin Maldonado suspended

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:18:00 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers C Martin Maldonado was suspended five games Tuesday, April 22, for his role in the team's bench-clearing brawl with the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, April 20.

FANTASY TIP: Maldonado was also fined $2,500 for his actions, which included punching Travis Snider square in the face during the fracas. This won't impact fantasy baseball teams, however, unless you own Maldonado in the deepest of NL-only leagues.

Giants | David Huff to DL, Juan Perez returns

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:40:48 -0700

The San Francisco Giants placed P David Huff (quadriceps) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 22, and recalled OF Juan Perez from Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move.

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White Sox | Dayan Viciedo has more controlled approach

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:34:48 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo has been more controlled at the plate and is chasing fewer offspeed pitches on the outer half of the plate. That has helped him get off to a .321 average in 2014, along with the fact that he's driving the ball the other way. He's drawn five walks in 53 at-bats this year, compared to 24 walks in 441 at-bats last season. Viciedo is 10-for-27 with five RBIs in seven games since becoming the everyday right fielder.

FANTASY TIP: Viciedo's poor pitch recognition and lack of plate discipline was the knock on him coming into this year. A more mature approach is the reason for his hot start. With regular playing time, he's a player that could break out, and his raw power plays very well in his home ballpark.

MLB | Joel Hanrahan won't return until June

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:32:01 -0700

Free-agent RP Joel Hanrahan (elbow) won't be pitching in the big leagues until mid-June at the earliest, according to a New York Mets official.

FANTASY TIP: Regardless of that timetable, you should still have Hanrahan on your watch list if you're looking to vulture some saves off the waiver wire. Hanrahan will likely enter a picture where the saves situation is dicey.

White Sox | Adam Eaton to test injury

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:31:18 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Adam Eaton (hamstring) plans to test his strained left hamstring Tuesday, April 22, and he might return to the lineup Wednesday, April 23, if it feels good. Eaton doesn't think he'll need to go on the disabled list. "We'll be very cautious with him because he's kind of a maniac when he runs around, so you have to be careful," manager Robin Ventura said. "I did explain that to him that because of his personality, we can talk about it, but we're not going to go by everything he says, in a good way, not a bad way."

FANTASY TIP: Continue to check on the availability of Eaton, but expect him to be out at least another day or two.

Mets | Kyle Farnsworth's health fine

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:13:35 -0700

New York Mets RP Kyle Farnsworth was hunched over and shaking his forearm after the game Monday, April 21, but the team said their new closer is "fine." Farnsworth acknowledged flexing forearm after his save Monday, but he said it's just a sign of being "old." He might not be available to close Tuesday, April 22, because he's been warmed up frequently recently.

FANTASY TIP: That's not what you want to hear from a 38-year-old reliever that was just put into the closing role. Don't lose sight of Jose Valverde or Jeurys Familia, who could see save opportunities if Farnsworth breaks down health-wise.

Rangers | Nick Martinez recalled

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:39:51 -0700

The Texas Rangers recalled SP Nick Martinez from Double-A Frisco Tuesday, April 22.

Athletics | Sean Doolittle contract details

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:39:28 -0700

Oakland Athletics RP Sean Doolittle's five-year deal is worth $10.5 million, and it could increase to $13.75 million if he's eligible for salary arbitration after this year. He'll receive a $150,000 signing bonus and salaries of $600,000 this year, $750,000 in 2015, $1.55 million in 2016, $2.6 million in 2017 and $4.35 million in 2018. The club holds a $6 million option for the 2019 season with a $500,000 buyout and they have a $6.5 million option for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout.

Yankees | Activate David Robertson

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:21:05 -0700

New York Yankees RP David Robertson (groin) was activated from the 15-day disabled list. The club sent RP Cesar Cabral down to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

FANTASY TIP: Slot Robertson into your lineup if you haven't already. It may be worth hanging on to Shawn Kelley for a bit in case Robertson struggles, but most mixed-leaguers can ditch the backup.

Orioles | Manny Machado could return soon

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:43:42 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles' most optimistic timetable for 3B Manny Machado (knee) to return is May 1.

Dodgers | Adrian Gonzalez extends to 16

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:25:37 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 16 games Monday, April 21.

Phillies | Cliff Lee dominant

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:22:29 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed four hits and struck out 10 in eight shutout innings to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, April 21.

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Rockies | Nolan Arenado streaking

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:20:23 -0700

Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 12 games Monday, April 21.

Giants | David Huff headed to DL

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:18:40 -0700

San Francisco Giants P David Huff (quadriceps) strained his left quadriceps running out his first major-league hit Monday, April 21. He'll have an MRI but is likely headed to the disabled list.

Rockies | Charlie Blackmon's surge continues

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:18:13 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon hit two homers Monday, April 21.

FANTASY TIP: He's now hitting .411 with four homers and 13 RBIs thus far. He needs to be owned in most formats right now.

Cubs | Jake Arrieta on the mend

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:05:45 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta (shoulder) threw 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start at High-A Daytona Monday, April 21. It was likely his last rehab start before returning.

Cardinals | Yadier Molina extends hit streak

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:02:48 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 12 games Monday, April 21.

Braves | Craig Kimbrel blows save

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:02:28 -0700

Atlanta Braves CL Craig Kimbrel blew his first save of the season Monday, April 21, in what was his second shaky outing since returning from a sore shoulder. He allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk.

Royals | Two pitchers on the mend

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:49:41 -0700

Kansas City Royals RP Tim Collins (hip) and P Francisley Bueno (finger) will throw simulated games Tuesday, April 22.

Pirates | Ike Davis hits grand slam

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:27:30 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Ike Davis became the first player to hit a grand slam with two different teams in April Monday, April 21.

Rangers | Shin-Soo Choo exits

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:08:12 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) left the game Monday, April 21, with a sprained left ankle after he turned it running to first base. X-rays were negative, but he'll have an MRI and likely miss the next two games. The earliest he could return is Friday, April 25.

FANTASY TIP: Michael Choice could see a couple of starts in his absence and is worth consideration in AL-only leagues.

Rangers | Matt Harrison on target for Friday

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:54:33 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison (back) might return to the rotation from the 15-day disabled list as early as Friday, April 25, against the Seattle Mariners. Harrison threw a light bullpen session Monday, April 21, and is expected to throw a longer session Tuesday, April 22. "We'll make a determination after he gets all his work in," manager Ron Washington said.

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Dodgers | Clayton Kershaw might begin rehab Friday

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:53:41 -0700

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (back) is set to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, April 22, and he might be on track to make a minor-league rehab start Friday, April 25. However, manager Don Mattingly said nothing is set yet.

Brewers | Elian Herrera proving useful

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:52:14 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers INF-OF Elian Herrera was supposed to be a paternity list fill-in for 1B Lyle Overbay, but then OF Logan Schafer (hamstring) hit the 15-day disabled list. Now, OF Carlos Gomez and C Martin Maldonado face potential suspensions, meaning Herrera stands to see time as the team's starting center fielder and emergency catcher. "If suspensions come down, the catching part is going to be big. Center (field) is big, too. We don't have anybody else who can play center. (OF Ryan Braun) is really our backup center fielder if we don't have Gomez or Herrera here," manager Ron Roenicke said.

Brewers | Brandon Kintzler throws

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:49:50 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers RP Brandon Kintzler (shoulder) is due to return from the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 25. He threw a bullpen session Monday, April 21, and reported feeling "great."

Angels | Searching for reliable back-end guy

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:49:21 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia is still searching for a consistent third reliever who can join RPs Joe Smith and Ernesto Frieri in closing out games efficiently. "It puts a lot of pressure on Joe Smith and Frieri to be really the only two guys who are throwing the ball at a level to shut games down. Whether it's Michael Kohn or Fernando Salas, some of these guys has to move deeper into the game, or we're going to have trouble finding that continuity."

Angels | Dane De La Rosa to throw

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:44:19 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Dane De La Rosa (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, April 22. It will be his first since landing on the 15-day disabled list April 15.

Angels | Sean Burnett throws

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:36:25 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Sean Burnett (elbow) recently threw a bullpen session, his second since his latest setback. He is still making his way back from elbow surgery last August.

Angels | David Freese grabs pine

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:34:06 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B David Freese (quadriceps) is healthy enough to play after having fully recovered from right quadriceps tightness, but manager Mike Scioscia kept him on the bench Monday, April 21, against the Washington Nationals. Freese was hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts Sunday, April 20, to drop his average to .143. "There is a level of confidence that needs to grow with David," Scioscia said. "I think coming to a new team, league, he wants it to happen yesterday. He's working hard, understands what he's trying to do at the plate, and I think he will exhale when he gets some hits to fall in, and when he starts driving the ball again."

White Sox | Andre Rienzo set for Wednesday

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:33:40 -0700

Chicago White Sox SP Andre Rienzo will make the start Wednesday, April 23, against the Detroit Tigers.

White Sox | Charlie Leesman to start Tuesday

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:31:47 -0700

The Chicago White Sox will recall SP Charlie Leesman from Triple-A Charlotte Tuesday, April 22, to start against the Detroit Tigers in place of the injured SP Chris Sale (elbow).

White Sox | Chris Sale headed for 15-day DL

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:53:54 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Chicago White Sox will place SP Chris Sale (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 22, due to a flexor strain. An MRI showed no structural damage in Sale's left elbow, however.

FANTASY TIP: Charlie Leesman will come up from Triple-A Charlotte to start Tuesday, with Andre Rienzo making the start Wednesday. Both of those pitchers are only worth looks in deeper AL-only leagues while Sale is on the shelf. It's uncertain if Sale will be ready to return from the DL when eligible, or if he'll need a longer stint. That is still to be determined.

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Phillies | Jonathan Papelbon is questionable

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:53:26 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Monday, April 21, that RP Jonathan Papelbon (illness) is "a little iffy" for the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to flu-like symptoms.

Mets | Curtis Granderson continues to scuffle

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:52:54 -0700

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts and a hit by pitch Monday, April 21, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Granderson is now hitless in 19 straight at-bats.

Mets | Jenrry Mejia working on scoreless streak

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:52:17 -0700

New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia allowed four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a win against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, April 21. He extended his career-high scoreless streak to 13 2/3 innings.

FANTASY TIP: Mejia, who has 25 strikeouts through 22 2/3 innings, has long had potential, but injuries have held him back a bit. He is now healthy and showing what he can do, and that's quite a bit. Fantasy owners in all formats can use a pitcher of his caliber.

Mets | Kyle Farnsworth gets job done

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:51:17 -0700

New York Mets RP Kyle Farnsworth converted his first save Monday, April 21, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He worked around a single in a scoreless ninth inning. It was his first save since Sept. 29, 2013.

FANTASY TIP: Farnsworth doesn't have a lot of tread left on the tires, but stranger things have happened. Look how Jason Grilli re-emerged as a must-start fantasy option last season despite being a little long in the tooth. Farnsworth is worth scooping up in all NL-only fantasy formats and deeper mixed rotisserie leagues if you need saves.

Giants | David Huff leaves appearance

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:24:56 -0700

San Francisco Giants RP David Huff (quadriceps) left his appearance Monday, April 21, against the Colorado Rockies due to a strained left quadriceps muscle.

Indians | David Murphy stepping up

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:23:01 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF David Murphy entered the game Monday, April 21, against the Kansas City Royals ranked third in the majors with one RBI per 3.47 at-bats.

Indians | Michael Brantley making at-bats count

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:22:27 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley is making his at-bats count this season. He entered the game Monday, April 21, against the Kansas City Royals with a .284 average, team-high three homers and 16 RBI. Brantley is hitting .316 with runners in scoring position, and he ranks sixth in the majors with one RBI per 4.19 at-bats. "He gives himself a chance every at-bat," manager Terry Francona said.

Indians | Sticking with Carlos Carrasco

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:21:34 -0700

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona thinks it makes more sense for the struggling SP Carlos Carrasco to work through his struggles while in the rotation, seeing if Carrasco can realize his potential. Carrasco is 0-11 with an 8.28 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP in 16 starts since last winning a game as a starter for the Indians June 29, 2011.

FANTASY TIP: If you're a fantasy owner in AL-only leagues, you're likely tired of waiting for Carrasco to "realize his potential." He is simply not getting the job done, and until he does, he is more hurtful than helpful to most owners.

Indians | Lonnie Chisenhall gets chase at cleanup

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:20:53 -0700

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona moved 3B Lonnie Chisenhall to the cleanup spot Monday, April 21, against the Kansas City Royals with C-3B Carlos Santana (rest) resting. "He's been swinging the bat about as good as we've ever seen him," Francona said. "He's got good numbers against (Royals SP Jeremy Guthrie), and it keeps everybody else in place. I think he's swinging the bat really well."

Indians | Carlos Santana gets mental day off

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:20:26 -0700

Cleveland Indians C-3B Carlos Santana was given a "mental" day off Monday, April 21, against the Kansas City Royals. Manager Terry Francona said Santana's only task after his pregame workout was to relax. "There's just a few reasons where I thought it'd be good for him," Francona said. "(It's) just because he's starting to chase some balls out of the zone. You can tell he's getting a little anxious. He's always had that volatile swing, but he stays in the zone so well. And (Sunday), he really started chasing."

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Indians | Jason Giambi to serve as part-time DH

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:19:36 -0700

Cleveland Indians DH Jason Giambi (rib) was slotted in the seventh spot of the batting order Monday, April 21, against the Kansas City Royals. He will serve as a part-time designated hitter, pinch hitter and clubhouse presence.

FANTASY TIP: Giambi is 43 years old, so it's no secret he is a shell of his former self from a fantasy perspective. However, he can still be useful in deeper AL-only formats for his power. He swatted nine homers in 71 games last season, and he had a 1.181 OPS in the ninth inning. He also had a .271 average with a .960 OPS with runners in scoring position in 2013, so Giambi is still an offensive force, especially in clutch situations.

Brewers | Khris Davis scratched with illness

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:01:30 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers OF Khris Davis (illness) was scratched from the lineup with an illness Monday, April 21.

FANTASY TIP: Remove him from your lineup immediately. It could be another day or two before he's feeling good enough to return.

Rockies | Michael Cuddyer not worried about injury

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:40:34 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) doesn't think his hamstring injury is very serious. "We got an MRI done, saw some pictures and it showed that it was strained," Cuddyer said. "It's a minor strain. It's in the tendon area (by the knee) more than it is in the belly of the muscle. I don't know how long it's going to be before I'm back."

FANTASY TIP: Cuddyer should be able to return from the DL when he's eligible. However, he's never had a hamstring injury before, so this might be something that keeps him out for longer than expected. Keep track of his progress in the coming weeks.

Athletics | Jake Elmore close to rehab assignment

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:30:29 -0700

Oakland Athletics 2B Jake Elmore (quadriceps) is close to starting a rehab assignment.

Red Sox | Clay Buchholz's velocity down

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:30:03 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz's velocity has been down early in the season, but Buchholz feels that his arm strength is getting there. "Not quite there. It feels like it's getting better," said Buchholz, who now sits at 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA. "Later in the last two games I felt if I wanted to reach back, 92-93 (mph) was there, but that usually comes pretty easy. Struggling with that a little bit now. It'll come together. Still got a lot of time left in this first half to put it all together and go from there." Both Buchholz and manager John Farrell are insisting that he is healthy. Buchholz allowed six runs and seven hits in just 2 1/3 innings against the Baltimore Orioles Monday, April 21.

Dodgers | Clayton Kershaw to throw bullpen Tuesday

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:19:23 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (back) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, April 22.

Dodgers | Jose Dominguez recalled, Chone Figgins shipped out

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:58:07 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled RP Jose Dominguez from the minors Monday, April 21, and optioned 2B Chone Figgins to Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move.

Marlins | Donovan Solano starting again

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:31:47 -0700

Miami Marlins 2B Donovan Solano is making his third straight start. Manager Mike Redmond likes the solid defense that Solano provides, and 2B Derek Dietrich is "a little bit out of his comfort zone after being hit in the face in spring training."

Mariners | James Paxton looking at 6-8 weeks of rehab

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:28:45 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP James Paxton (lat) will need six to eight weeks of rehab for his lat strain.

Padres | Billy Buckner signs

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:28:12 -0700

The San Diego Padres signed free-agent SP Billy Buckner (Angels) to a minor league deal Monday, April 21.

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White Sox | Andre Rienzo could make start

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:11:44 -0700

Chicago White Sox P Andre Rienzo could make the start against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, April 22, if SP Chris Sale (soreness) isn't able to make his scheduled start.

FANTASY TIP: Rienzo's start would likely just be a one-time spot start, since Sale's body soreness doesn't look like it'll cause him to miss a start.

Brewers | Jean Segura dropped in lineup

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:54:14 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers SS Jean Segura was dropped to second to seventh in the batting order Monday, April 21. Manager Ron Roenicke wants to take some pressure off of Segura.

Rockies | Jhoulys Chacin close to returning

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:53:43 -0700

Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) will make another rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs Friday, April 25, and he could return to the team after that.

White Sox | Chris Sale sore, unlikely to make next start

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:23:14 -0700

Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale (undisclosed) is unlikely to make his start Tuesday, April 22, due to muscular-based soreness.

FANTASY TIP: The soreness is similar to what he experienced two years ago, so it's not expected to be an issue that forces him to the DL. However, you'll need to put him on your bench this week and keep track of his progress.

Rockies | Carlos Gonzalez in lineup

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:54:46 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (knee) is in the starting lineup Monday, April 21.

FANTASY TIP: Get CarGo back into your starting lineups for the week.

Rockies | Michael Cuddyer headed to DL

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:49:15 -0700

The Colorado Rockies are placing OF Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list and are bringing up OF Charlie Culberson in a corresponding move.

FANTASY TIP: The Rockies have options to replace Cuddyer in right field in Culberson, Corey Dickerson and Drew Stubbs. Expect Dickerson to benefit the most, but the at-bats probably won't be consistent enough for mixed leaguers.

Diamondbacks | A.J. Pollock out

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:39:38 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock (neck) is out of the lineup Monday, April 21, after leaving with a stiff neck Sunday, April 20.

Indians | Carlos Santana being rested

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:37:57 -0700

Cleveland Indians 3B Carlos Santana is receiving a mental day off Monday, April 21. Manager Terry Francona saw Santana chasing pitches Sunday, April 20.

Orioles | Manny Machado plays in rehab game

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:36:30 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) went 0-for-5 with a sacrifice fly in an extended spring game Monday, April 21. Machado feels he's getting closer to returning.

Astros | Delino DeShields seeing specialist

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:34:53 -0700

Houston Astros 2B Delino DeShields Jr. (face) is seeing a specialist in Houston Monday, April 21.

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Athletics | Yoenis Cespedes resting

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:34:26 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (heel) is out of the lineup to rest his bruised heel Monday, April 21.

Astros | Scott Feldman heading to DL

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:29:41 -0700

Houston Astros SP Scott Feldman (biceps) will be place on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 22, with biceps tendonitis. SP Collin McHugh will be called up to take his spot in the starting rotation.

FANTASY TIP: McHugh can be ignored everywhere unless you are desperate for innings in a deep AL-only league. Reserve Feldman and wait for his return. His injury makes it realistic that he'll be able to return when eligible.

Orioles | T.J. McFarland coming up

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:13:19 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles are recalling SP T.J. McFarland from the minors, according to sources.

Diamondbacks | Ryan Rowland-Smith becomes FA

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:12:49 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ryan Rowland-Smith cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent Monday, April 21.

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