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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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