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Astros | Probably will keep Chad Qualls

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58:50 -0700

Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls probably won't be traded, according to general manager Jeff Luhnow. "I hesitate to use the word 'untouchable,' but he likes it here, he's comfortable here and he's pitching well," Luhnow said.

FANTASY TIP: Maybe he's a long-term investment for them, or they're waiting for the right deal and it hasn't come their way yet. Don't write off the possibility, but Qualls' owners have to like the increasing chances he remains in save chances during his big rebound season.

Orioles | Manny Machado out again

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:48:56 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (back) is out of the lineup again Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Continue to monitor his progress daily, if he has any. He could be looking at a backdated disabled list stint if he can't improve soon.

Mariners | Kendrys Morales' fit

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:47:08 -0700

Seattle Mariners 1B Kendrys Morales will serve as the team's designated hitter the majority of the time, according to manager Lloyd McClendon. McClendon noted 1Bs Logan Morrison and Corey Hart will platoon at first base.

FANTASY TIP: All three players have little value outside of AL-only formats, at this point. With Morales projecting to get the most playing time, he is the one to take a flier on in mixed leagues. Morales has 39 games under his belt, so he should be ready to return to the reliable production we saw the past two seasons.

White Sox | Avisail Garcia update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:44:45 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Avisail Garcia (shoulder) looked "pretty normal" in batting practice Thursday, July 24, according to manager Robin Ventura.

FANTASY TIP: Garcia has huge upside and could help down the stretch in deep mixed leagues and AL-only formats. Continue to check back for updates on his progress.

Padres | Jesse Hahn starting Friday

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:33:04 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Jesse Hahn will start Friday, July 25, at the Atlanta Braves.

FANTASY TIP: He was in the minors rotation to stay on schedule through the All-Star break. He's an immediate add in all eligible formats now that he's coming back to his excellent MLB campaign.

Rockies | Trade Chris Capuano

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:27:17 -0700

The Colorado Rockies traded RP Chris Capuano to the New York Yankees for cash considerations.

Yankees | Acquire Chris Capuano

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:26:23 -0700

The New York Yankees acquired RP Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations.

Mets | Curtis Granderson back

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:25:46 -0700

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson (illness) is back in the lineup Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Put him back in your deep-league lineups.

Astros | Dexter Fowler update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:22:52 -0700

Houston Astros OF Dexter Fowler (intercostal) said he is feeling better every day Thursday, July 24, but he still does not have a timetable for his rehab. General Manager Jeff Luhnow expects Fowler to begin his rehab assignment sometime during the team's 10-game homestand, which beings Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: Fowler justifies his injury-prone label annually and hasn't begun any baseball activities yet. When healthy he is a valuable asset in all formats, so consider adding him before the pack.

Phillies | Trying to trade Ryan Howard

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:19:35 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies are working hard to trade 1B Ryan Howard and would be willing to swallow much or most of the remaining $70 million they owe him, according to rival executives.

FANTASY TIP: Howard's relationship with Philly management is becoming toxic, and a change of scenery could be a positive. Still, you know what you're getting with Howard: low BA, decent power and RBI potential. He could be much more useful in an AL environment.

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Indians | Asdrubal Cabrera update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:17:57 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) increased his activity today and could return to the lineup Saturday, July 26, according to manager Terry Francona. Francona noted it could be an optimistic expectation, though.

FANTASY TIP: Cross your fingers, but it would be wise to scout for a Cabrera replacement if you haven't already done so.

Twins | Byron Buxton returns

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:03:32 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (wrist) is leading off and playing center field Thursday, July 24, for Single-A Fort Myers. Buxton missed five games after being hit by a pitch on his right wrist Friday, July 18.

FANTASY TIP: Buxton has only played 13 games all season. He is a must-own player in long-term keeper leagues, but a promotion to Minny is highly unlikely in 2014.

Twins | Kyle Gibson unlikely for Saturday

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:54:29 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Kyle Gibson (back) is unlikely to start Saturday, July 26, due to back stiffness. The Twins will have to recall a pitcher to start if Gibson is unable to go.

FANTASY TIP: Check back for an official announcement. Benching Gibson until he proves his health isn't out of the question.

White Sox | Matt Lindstrom update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:44:42 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) threw live batting practice Thursday, July 24. He expects to throw a simulated game before going on a rehab assignment. Lindstrom noted he felt good during fielding drills.

FANTASY TIP: Lindstrom is expected to return to the closer's role when he rejoins the team. He should be on your radar in all formats, and he is worth stashing now, if you can sacrifice the bench slot in the meantime.

Phillies | Cole Hamels upping velocity

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:41:51 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels hit 96.2 mph on the radar gun Thursday, July 24. It was the fastest he has thrown since 2010.

FANTASY TIP: Hamels missed the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury, so this is encouraging news for fantasy owners. He has allowed three earned runs or less in his last 10 outings, striking out 107 batters in 103 2/3 innings pitched, with a 2.43 ERA.

Royals | Eric Hosmer won't swing today

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:33:12 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) will not swing a bat Thursday, July 24, in an effort to be more cautious about returning to action. He might not play in any of this weekend's games.

FANTASY TIP: Hosmer might be a DL candidate if he doesn't improve, so stay tuned for updates and line up contingency plans.

White Sox | More on Zach Putnam's injury

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:15:11 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Zach Putnam (shoulder) has an issue around the middle of his right (throwing) shoulder, near the joint. He felt it in the last few outings and was hoping rest over the All-Star break would help it heal.

FANTASY TIP: Obviously, since he's now on the DL, it hasn't. Jake Petricka is the fantasy pickup as he is in the lead for saves at the moment. However, he may cede those duties if Matt Lindstrom (ankle) proves healthy in the next few weeks.

Mariners | Make roster moves

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:08:42 -0700

Seattle Mariners INF Willie Bloomquist (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, July 24, with a right knee contusion. In corresponding moves, SS Chris Taylor and DH Jesus Montero were recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

FANTASY TIP: Taylor's power-speed combo makes him a worthy addition in AL-only formats. There is deep mixed league value, if Taylor earns enough playing time. Montero has more competition for at-bats and is only worth a speculative add in AL-only formats, until he proves otherwise.

Padres | Yangervis Solarte hitting second

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:57:32 -0700

San Diego Padres INF Yangervis Solarte is batting second and playing second base Thursday, July 24, against the Chicago Cubs.

FANTASY TIP: Solarte could take care of the keystone position until Jedd Gyorko returns from his foot injury, and then move to third base. He could also fill a utility role around the diamond and in the outfield. Regardless, Solarte will get enough playing time to be a factor in NL-only formats. Mixed leaguers should take a wait-and-see approach.

MLB | Rusney Castillo generating buzz

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:34:48 -0700

Cuban free-agent OF Rusney Castillo will be scouted by the majority of MLB teams at his workout Saturday, July 26, at the University of Miami.

FANTASY TIP: With the recent influx of quality Cuban players to the majors, expect Castillo to generate plenty of buzz in fantasy circles, too. He is worth a flier in all keeper/dynasty formats, as soon as he is available. Continue to check back for updates on Castillo.

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