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  • Salty's homer puts Tigers over the top Monday
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia slugged a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning of Monday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: It was a back-and-forth affair between the two division rivals, but Salty's dinger off of tough reliever Nate Jones put the Tigers up for good. He plays second fiddle to James McCann and is batting just .192/.306/.404 overall this season, but Saltalamacchia has pretty much given the Tigers what they were hoping for with 12 home runs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Phegley (knee) likely done for season
    Josh Phegley (knee) is not expected to play again this season.

    Advice: Phegley was admitted to a hospital Friday with synovitis in his right knee. The good news is that he's expected to get out of the hospital on Tuesday, but a return to the field in September just isn't realistic at this point. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:10 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
     
  • Susac (oblique) on DL in Triple-A
    Andrew Susac is on the disabled list at Triple-A Colorado Springs due to an oblique injury.

    Advice: Susac was acquired from the Giants on August 1 in the Will Smith trade and should play a significant role with the 2017 club. The Brewers would obviously like to get a look at him down the stretch. The hope is that he'll be healthy enough to play before the end of the minor league calendar, so a call-up in September appears realistic. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:20 pm
    Not Active
    7:15 pm vs Ari
     
  • A.J. Ellis picks up two-run double in win
    A.J. Ellis went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: The Dodgers traded Ellis to the Phillies on Thursday. He saw his first at-bats with the club on Sunday and chipped in with a two-run double during a four-run seventh inning. The veteran backstop is hitting .196/.284/.259 between his two teams this season and does not make for appealing waiver wire fodder. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:05 pm
  • Dodgers outright Shawn Zarraga to Triple-A
    Dodgers sent C Shawn Zarraga outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The move creates a spot on the 40-man roster for a potential September call-up. Zarraga will continue to provide organizational catching depth in the minor leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:26 pm
    Not Active
    5:40 pm @Col
     
  • Sanchez falls back to earth with two hits
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Sanchez entered Sunday's action having homered in 10 of his last 12 games, including three straight, but he found no such success on Sunday. He settled for a double and a single instead, like a mere mortal. In 84 at-bats this season, the young backstop is slashing a silly .405/.468/.893 with 11 homers and 21 RBI. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:01 pm
  • Blue Jays designate Josh Thole for assignment
    Blue Jays designated C Josh Thole for assignment.

    Advice: He's being sent out to create a spot on the active roster for the recently acquired Dioner Navarro. The Jays are hopeful that Thole, who has served as the personal catcher for R.A. Dickey, will clear waivers and return to the club when rosters expand next week. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:47 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Bal
     
  • Yadier Molina not in Sunday's lineup
    Yadier Molina is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the catcher. Alberto Rosario is filling in behind the plate. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:32 am
  • Geovany Soto (knee) remains shut down
    Geovany Soto (knee) has yet to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Soto remains limited to physical therapy as he works his way back from right knee inflammation. He's had issues with both knees this season, as well as a thumb ailment. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:49 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Cin
     
  • Evan Gattis not in Sunday's lineup
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. The Astros have Jason Castro catching and Yulieski Gurriel in the designated hitter spot. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:23 am
    5:10 pm vs Oak
     
  • Herrmann (hamstring) on track for Sept. 1
    Chris Herrmann (hamstring) could return from the disabled list when rosters expand on September 1.

    Advice: Herrmann has been catching and playing the outfield while on a rehab assignment and hasn't had any setbacks with his hamstring. He could see some playing time in the outfield down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:22 am
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm @SF
     
  • Salvador Perez homers twice in loss Saturday
    Salvador Perez did his part in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox, going 2-for-3 and blasting a pair of solo home runs.

    Advice: Perez got the Royals on the board with a solo shot off David Price in the second inning, then capped off his squad's scoring when he tagged Robbie Ross in the ninth. The hard-hitting backstop is now hitting .257/.291/.462 with 19 long balls and 57 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:20 pm
  • Chris Iannetta goes hitless in loss to ChiSox
    Chris Iannetta had another rough night at the plate on Saturday, going 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: The Mariners as a team struggled to get anything going against Jose Quintana on Saturday, but it's been a rough go of it all season for Iannetta. He has been passed over by Mike Zunino as the team's primary backstop, and for good reason as he's hitting a paltry .213/.306/.336 with seven homers and 22 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:09 pm
  • Phegley (knee) being treated for synovitis
    Josh Phegley was admitted to a hospital Friday with synovitis in his right knee.

    Advice: Synovitis is an inflammatory disease within the membrane that lines the knee joint. Phegley, who had surgery on July 5 to remove a cruciate ligament cyst from the same knee, was originally scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday. It's unclear what the next step will be. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:32 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
     
  • Tucker Barnhart (hand) out again Saturday
    Tucker Barnhart (hand) is not in the Reds' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's his second straight absence. Barnhart bruised his hand against the Dodgers earlier this week, though fortunately his X-rays came back negative. Ramon Cabrera will start behind the plate and bat eighth against D'Backs starter Zack Godley. Barnhart is considered day-to-day, though the Reds did call up Raffy Lopez from Triple-A in case the injury lingers. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:16 pm
    Day-to-Day
    7:05 pm @LAA
     
  • Reds call up Raffy Lopez from AAA Louisville
    Reds purchased the contract of C Raffy Lopez from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: The Reds needed to add a catcher with Tucker Barnhart battling a bruised hand. Second baseman Tony Renda was demoted to Louisville in the corresponding move. Lopez has hit just .213 with one homer over 155 minor league at-bats this season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:06 pm
  • Gary Sanchez continues epic home run assault
    Gary Sanchez continued his historic home run barrage on Saturday, blasting a solo homer off Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning of a 13-5 win over the Orioles.

    Advice: With that long ball, Sanchez is now the fastest player in MLB history to reach 11 home runs, accomplishing the feat in only 23 games. He has now hit 10 homers in his last 12 contests and is showing no signs of slowing down. Fantasy owners who scooped him up off of the waiver wire early on are reaping tremendous rewards that could decide the championship in many season-long leagues. He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a pair of walks on Saturday and is now hitting .400/.467/.900 with 11 bombs and 21 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:40 pm
  • Phillies option Jorge Alfaro to Double-A
    Phillies optioned C Jorge Alfaro to Double-A Reading.

    Advice: As expected, it was a short stay for the young backstop, as he was replaced by A.J. Ellis on Saturday. Alfaro should get another look with the Phillies when rosters expand next week. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:40 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Was
     
  • Russell Martin not in Jays lineup on Saturday
    Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop. Josh Thole will get the call behind the dish and bat ninth for the Jays against Ervin Santana and the Twins on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:07 am
  • Dodgers option Shawn Zarraga to Triple-A
    Dodgers optioned C Shawn Zarraga to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: He was only with the club for a day as catching depth while the club waited on the arrival of Carlos Ruiz. He should return to the big league club as additional depth when rosters expand for September next week. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:23 am
    Not Active
    5:40 pm @Col
     
  • Gattis hits dramatic walk-off HR vs. Rays
    Evan Gattis slugged a walk-off solo homer in Friday’s 5-4 victory over the Rays.

    Advice: Carlos Correa led off the bottom of the ninth with a game-tying solo homer off Alex Colome and Gattis followed him with a long home run which hit the train behind the Crawford Boxes in left field. The 30-year-old went 2-for-4 with two RBI on the evening. He has gone deep in back-to-back games and now sits at 21 homers on the year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:09 pm
    5:10 pm vs Oak
     
  • Barnhart scratched Friday with sore hand
    Tucker Barnhart was scratched from the Reds lineup on Friday due to a sore right hand.

    Advice: The injury is believed to be very minor and shouldn't cause an extended absence from the lineup. Barnhart could be back behind the dish as early as Saturday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:08 pm
    Day-to-Day
    7:05 pm @LAA
     
  • Zunino hitless against White Sox
    Mike Zunino went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts Friday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Zunino has back-to-back two-strikeout games and has seen his batting average fall from .282 to .247 over his last five games. Strikeouts are likely always going to be a part of his game, but it’s just a matter of whether he can keep them to a reasonable level. We know the power is there, but his improved patience has been a nice surprise. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:52 pm
  • Roberto Perez has four hits in rout of Texas
    Roberto Perez had a monster day at the plate on Friday, going 4-for-5 with three RBI as the Indians routed the Rangers 12-1 in Arlington.

    Advice: Perez had been in a serious funk at the plate, entering play on Friday hitting just .105 on the season. He came through with an RBI single in the sixth inning to increase the Tribe's advantage to 6-0 then added a two-run single to cap off the scoring in the ninth. With Yan Gomes sidelined, he'll continue to see the bulk of the work behind the dish for the Indians. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:25 pm
  • Russell Martin homers, drives in five vs. MIN
    Russell Martin went 2-for-5 with a homer and five RBI in Friday’s 15-8 victory over the Twins.

    Advice: Martin cleared the bases with a double to left-center field in the sixth inning, but he didn’t stop there. He slugged a two-run homer one inning later, which served as the exclamation point on a five-run frame for Toronto. After hitting eight homers through his first 95 games this season, Martin has seven homers in his last 11 games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:18 pm
  • Nick Hundley plates four in loss to Nationals
    Nick Hundley had a nice day at the dish in Friday's loss to the Nationals, going 3-for-4 with a homer, double and four RBI.

    Advice: Hundley tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning with an RBI double. He then tagged Shawn Kelley for a three-run blast in the ninth inning, pulling the Rockies to within three runs at 8-5. The hard-hitting backstop is now batting .251/.322/.421 with seven homers and 37 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:37 pm
  • Sanchez homers again, knocks in four vs. O's
    Gary Sanchez continued to tear the cover off the ball in Friday’s 14-4 win over the Orioles, going 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI, and three runs scored.

    Advice: At this point, it would be more weird if he didn’t homer. Sanchez doubled in a pair of runs in the second inning before slugging a two-run homer in the fifth. He now has 10 homers and 20 RBI in 19 games since his call-up earlier this month. He’s just the third player in MLB history to reach 10 homers through his first 22 career games. It’s unfair to expect this sort of production to continue at this ridiculous pace, but fantasy owners are enjoying the ride. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:20 pm
  • Tucker Barnhart late scratch from Reds lineup
    Tucker Barnhart was a late scratch from the Reds starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: No reason has been given for the late swap, but it'll be Ramon Cabrera starting behind the dish for the Reds on Friday night against Braden Shipley and the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:35 pm
    Day-to-Day
    7:05 pm @LAA
     
  • White Sox activate Alex Avila from 15-day DL
    White Sox activated C Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Avila had been sidelined since July 6 with a right hamstring strain. With Dioner Navarro shipped out to Toronto on Friday, Avila should see the bulk of the action behind the plate for the White Sox over the final five-plus weeks of the regular season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:10 pm
  • Blue Jays acquire Dioner Navarro from ChiSox
    Blue Jays acquired C Dioner Navarro from the White Sox for LHP Colton Turner.

    Advice: Navarro has plenty of familiarity with the Jays after spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons in Toronto. He'll provide solid depth behind the plate as well as an extra bat off the bench for the Jays during the stretch run. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:04 pm
  • Salvador Perez getting a breather Friday
    Salvador Perez is absent from the Royals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a routine day of rest. Drew Butera is catching. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:03 pm
  • Brian McCann away from team Friday
    Brian McCann is not with the Yankees Friday following the passing of his grandmother.

    Advice: He could be away on Saturday, too. The Yankees have Gary Sanchez at catcher, Chase Headley in the designated hitter spot and Ronald Torreyes is at third base Friday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:58 pm
    Player Note
    Brian McCann NYY - C,1B
    5:15 pm @KC
     
  • Wilson Ramos sitting out again Friday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ramos is in the midst of a 3-for-31 slump, so he's getting two straight days off to reset. Jose Lobaton is behind the dish. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:09 pm
  • Jorge Alfaro recalled from Double-A
    Phillies recalled C Jorge Alfaro from Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Alfaro's stay will be a short one, as new acquisition A.J. Ellis is expected to replace him on the roster Saturday when he officially reports. The top prospect has batted .279/.321/.442 with 13 homers and 61 RBI for Reading this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:19 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Was
     
  • Phillies to recall Jorge Alfaro on Friday
    The Phillies will recall C Jorge Alfaro from Double-A Reading on Friday, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

    Advice: The Phillies need a backup catcher after trading Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers on Thursday. A.J. Ellis will join the team at some point this weekend but may not arrive in time for Friday's game against the Mets. The Phillies acquired Alfaro last summer as part of the Cole Hamels trade. He's had a nice year for himself, hitting .279 with 13 HR and 61 RBI in 90 games for the Fightin Phils. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:34 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Was
     
  • Shawn Zarraga called up from Oklahoma City
    Dodgers purchased the contract of C Shawn Zarraga from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The Dodgers needed a backup catcher after trading A.J. Ellis to the Phillies on Thursday. Zarraga has hit .265 across two minor league levels this year with no homers and 14 RBI in 113 at-bats. He won't be in the majors long with Carlos Ruiz also on his way to Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:28 pm
    Not Active
    5:40 pm @Col
     
  • A.J. Ellis sent to Philly in Carlos Ruiz trade
    Phillies acquired C A.J. Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later from the Dodgers in exchange for C Carlos Ruiz and cash.

    Advice: Ellis had been with the Dodgers since 2008 and was known for being Clayton Kershaw's primary catcher. Now he'll head to a rebuilding Phillies squad where he'll serve as a backup for Cameron Rupp. Ellis has been a non-factor offensively this season, hitting only .194 with one homer and 13 RBI over 139 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:51 pm
  • Wilson Ramos out of Nats' lineup Thursday
    Wilson Ramos is out of the Nationals' starting lineup Thursday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: Jose Lobaton will catch Max Scherzer in the series finale at Nationals Park. Ramos has been one of the most active backstops in MLB this year and is in a bit of an offensive rut. He deserves the breather. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:12 pm
  • Hanigan (ankle) set for rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (ankle) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this Saturday.

    Advice: And he could return to the Red Sox right after major league rosters expand on September 1. Hanigan has been out since August 6 with left ankle tendinitis. Sandy Leon will remain Boston's primary catcher. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:58 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs TB
     
  • Gary Sanchez sizzles with yet another homer
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Sanchez continues to simply destroy things, this time cracking a solo home run off Hisashi Iwakuma in the first inning. In just 72 at-bats, he has already launched nine long-balls. The 23-year-old backstop is slashing a stupendous .389/.450/.847 in that space. He was batting third on Wednesday and even if he cools off -- which will happen eventually, allegedly -- he should remain a fantasy difference-maker down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:02 pm
  • Molina picks up three hits in loss to Mets
    Yadier Molina finished 3-for-5 with an RBI double in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: The multi-hit game was Molina's fifth in his last 10 contests. He hasn't displayed the power he once did, swatting just four homers to date, but the 34-year-old owns a respectable .284/.345/.387 line with 39 RBI and 40 runs scored on the year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Phegley (knee, strep) nearing rehab games
    Josh Phegley (knee, strep) is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

    Advice: Phegley's rehab from a knee injury was stalled by strep throat, but he's over it now. The expectation is that he will be activated from the disabled list September 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:32 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
     
  • Gary Sanchez homers twice against Seattle
    Gary Sanchez launched his seventh and eighth homers Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Sanchez also singled. It wasn't clear just how much he'd play when the Yankees gave him the call on August 3, but he's a fixture now and that might not change for several years to come. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:32 pm
  • Avila (hamstring) cleared for rehab games
    Alex Avila (hamstring) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: And he figures to return to the White Sox active roster by the end of this week, assuming he can avoid a physical setback. Avila initially landed on the disabled list July 6 with a right hamstring strain and then reaggravated the injury a few weeks later. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:41 am
  • Salvador Perez getting a day off Sunday
    Salvador Perez is absent from the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day of rest. Drew Butera is doing the catching. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 8:20 am
  • Ryan Hanigan (ankle) nearing rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment soon.

    Advice: Hanigan has missed the last two weeks of action with tendinitis in his left ankle. He'll rejoin the Red Sox when rosters expand but is likely headed for a diminished role with Sandy Leon playing so well. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 6:32 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs TB
     
  • Sanchez drills solo home run on Saturday
    Gary Sanchez continued his assault on major league pitching, drilling a solo home run versus the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: The rookie now has 6 home runs in 58 at-bats since being called up three weeks ago. He is batting an eye-popping .379/.419/.776 in 15 games. He is bound to cool off sometime soon but has a legitimate shot at being one of the better fantasy catchers for the next few years. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 10:44 pm
  • Zunino whacks solo homer, drives in three
    Mike Zunino smoked a solo home run and added a two-run double to help defeat the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: Zunino is having an eye-opening return to the majors. He was awful the last three seasons in the majors before being banished to the minors this year. He hit well at Triple-A and has been called up and demoted a few times this year. He has hit very well the last several weeks and is likely here to stay. Zunino is batting .282 this year after having a .193 career average prior to this season. He has eight home runs in just 71 at-bats this year. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 9:34 pm
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