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  • Red Sox recall RHP Light from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled RHP Pat Light from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He'll take Eduardo Rodriguez's place on the active roster. Light made one appearance for the Red Sox in April and owns a 2.05 ERA and 32/13 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings in Triple-A this season. 30 minutes ago
  • Kuhl to start Saturday vs. Athletics
    Chad Kuhl is lined up to start Saturday against the Athletics.

    Advice: The Pirates have an off-day on Thursday, so there was some question about how the rotation would shake out, but they'll continue to use the same order for now. Kuhl beat Clayton Kershaw in his major league debut Sunday after allowing three runs over five innings. 50 minutes ago
  • Beckham (hamstring) begins rehab assignment
    Gordon Beckham (hamstring) went 0-for-3 in a minor league rehab game with the GCL Braves on Monday.

    Advice: Beckham has been sidelined since June 1 with a left hamstring strain. Braves interim manger Brian Snitker said Monday that he's about a week away. Today, 8:26 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
  • Boxberger (oblique) nearing return to mound
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) is tentatively scheduled to throw off the mound Thursday.

    Advice: Boxberger required core muscle surgery in February and suffered a left oblique strain in his season debut on May 31. He just resumed playing catch last week, so he's slowly ramping up his throwing program. It's been a nightmare first half for him, but he should be able to contribute out of the Rays' bullpen at some point after the All-Star break. Today, 7:16 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Guyer (hamstring) could return from DL Wed.
    Brandon Guyer (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

    Advice: Guyer is 0-for-8 over two rehab games with High-A Charlotte. He played left field Monday for the first time since his hamstring injury. The plan calls for him to be evaluated Tuesday to see if he's ready to rejoin the Rays or needs another rehab game. Today, 6:59 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Mercer (head) returned to action Monday
    Jordy Mercer (head) went 0-for-3 with two walks Monday in his return to the lineup against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Mercer left Sunday's game with head and right ear discomfort after sliding into second base to break up a double play, but fortunately he avoided serious injury. He should be good to go moving forward. Today, 5:47 am
  • McCarthy (elbow) makes rehab start
    Brandon McCarthy (elbow) allowed four runs over five innings Monday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga in his latest minor league rehab start.

    Advice: McCarthy gave up seven hits while walking none and striking out three. He got stretched out to 72 pitches. It's unclear what the next step will be, but the Dodgers haven't ruled out his return prior to the All-Star break. McCarthy is rehabbing from April 2015 Tommy John surgery. Today, 5:30 am
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez struggles in no-decision
    Chi Chi Gonzalez gave up five runs on 10 hits and two walks over five frames but escaped with a no-decision in Monday's 9-6 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: He needed 87 pitches to cover the five innings, striking out just two batters. Gonzalez was up for a start with the Rangers dealing with multiple injuries to their rotation. He could get another shot this weekend in Minnesota but can be ignored for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • Sam Dyson nails down 16th save
    Sam Dyson converted his 16th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: The Rangers plated four runs in the top of the ninth inning after a rain delay of three hours and 35 minutes, resulting in Dyson netting a save around 2:45 am. He's nailed down 16-of-17 save chances this season. Yesterday, 11:54 pm
  • Will Harris gets save for Astros
    Will Harris pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to earn his seventh save as the Astros topped the Angels 4-2 on Monday.

    Advice: The ninth started with a strikeout/wild pitch that allowed Johnny Giavotella to reach. Back-to-back singles followed, loading the bases with no outs. Fortunately, Harris had the bottom of the Angels' order to deal with at that point and no pinch-hitters in sight. He struck out Jett Bandy and then induced a comebacker from Andrelton Simmons that turned into a 1-2-3 double play. Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Jeff Samarzjia gives up six runs in loss
    Jeff Samardzija was tagged for six runs in six innings by the A's on Monday.

    Advice: Samardzija has allowed six runs three times in June after never doing so in April or May. He's given up nine homers this month after allowing a total of three in the first two months. Hopefully, Dave Righetti and company can quickly figure out what's caused this and get him turned around. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Vincent Velasquez excels in return from DL
    Vincent Velasquez pitched five scoreless innings and struck out seven as the Phillies shut out the Diamondbacks 8-0 on Monday.

    Advice: It was a surprise that the Phillies let Velasquez return from his biceps strain so soon, but it was a minor injury. He's still likely to be shut down at some point in the second half in order to prevent him from racking up too high of an innings count. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Tommy Joseph strikes out four times
    Tommy Joseph fanned four times as part of an 0-for-5 night against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: The Phillies never should have let Ryan Howard take Joseph under his wing. Following a fast start, Joseph's average now sits at .234, with a .714 OPS. He should continue to start over Howard, but he doesn't look like a mixed-league option right now. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Drew Storen gives up four runs to Rockies
    Drew Storen gave up four runs while retiring just one batter Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Storen gave up two singles and hit two batters before being pulled. Jesse Chavez took over and merely added fuel to the fire in what turned out to be a six-run inning for the Rockies. Storen had been doing solid work the last two months after a horrid April, but tonight's showing pushed his ERA back up to 6.28. His struggles are the biggest reason the Jays will be on the hunt for another setup man next month. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Edwin Encarnacion homers twice in Coors
    Edwin Encarnacion hit his 20th and 21st homers of the year Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: 11 of those homers have come in June. He's driven in 29 runs and scored 25 in 23 games this month. They don't come much hotter than Encarnacion is right now. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Rangers call up RHP Rodriguez from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Rodriguez was called up to make his major-league season debut Monday against the Yankees. The 24-year-old had a 5.04 ERA across 14 starts in Triple-A this season and isn't a recommended fantasy option. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Chad Kuhl defeats Dodgers in MLB debut
    Chad Kuhl defeated the Dodgers in his MLB debut on Sunday night, allowing three runs on four hits over five innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out five on the night while walking four. All of the damage against him was inflicted by Justin Turner who clubbed a two-run homer and an RBI double. It'll be interesting to see if he bought himself another start with this effort, or if the team will turn back to Juan Nicasio or perhaps call up Tyler Glasnow to fill the rotation spot next time around. If Kuhl does get another start, it'll come against the Athletics in Oakland on Saturday. Sunday, 7:53 pm
  • Jordy Mercer leaves with head and ear injury
    Jordy Mercer was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Dodgers with head and right ear discomfort.

    Advice: Mercer sustained the injury while sliding into second base in an attempt to break up a double play. He'll likely be re-evaluated on Monday, but it doesn't sound as though a trip to the disabled list is in his future. Sunday, 6:52 pm
  • Phillies activate Vincent Velasquez from DL
    Phillies activated RHP Vincent Velasquez from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll return to the Phillies rotation on Monday against the Diamondbacks. Prior to being shut down for two weeks due to a right biceps strain, Velasquez posted a 3.65 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 73/22 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings. Fantasy owners in weekly leagues will likely want to roll the dice on his first start back, as he's on tap for two starts next week. Sunday, 5:09 pm
  • Pirates call up Chad Kuhl for Sunday start
    Pirates purchased the contract of RHP Chad Kuhl from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He'll make his big league debut on Sunday against the Dodgers. The 23-year-old hurler owns a 2.58 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 59/16 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings at Triple-A. It's unclear how long he'll remain in the Pirates rotation, but if he pitches well on Sunday he could be given a chance to stick, which could give him some value in NL-only formats. Sunday, 1:38 pm
  • Mercer goes deep for fourth time this year
    Jordy Mercer hit his fourth longball of the season on Saturday, a two-run homer off Joe Blanton of the Dodgers.

    Advice: Mercer started the season like gangbusters, hitting .381 in April. He has cooled off considerably since then however. He has a .724 OPS with 31 runs and 26 RBI on the year. Saturday, 7:23 pm
  • Velasquez discussed innings limit with Boras
    Vincent Velasquez said he's discussed an innings limit with agent Scott Boras.

    Advice: Here we go again. Boras butted heads with the Mets over Matt Harvey's innings limit last year and also went toe to toe with the Marlins over Jose Fernandez. Now it's the Phillies' turn to go 15 rounds with Boras. The Phillies won't be in the playoff race this year, which should make the decision to shut Velasquez down a little easier. "The agents and I discussed it a little bit, but I don't know the definite answer, an exact amount of innings," said Velasquez. "I'd want to say roughly like maybe 150 or something, maybe 160 tops." The right-hander has never logged more than 125 innings in a season. He's only at 61 2/3 innings now so there's still a long way to go before Velasquez hits his limit, whatever that might be. Saturday, 4:18 pm
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez to join Rangers' rotation
    Chi Chi Gonzalez will make his season debut for the Rangers Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gonzalez will fill the rotation spot left by Colby Lewis, who was just placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat. The 24-year-old has had a rocky year in the minor leagues with three wins and a 5.04 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Round Rock. Gonzalez won't be a recommended fantasy option when he takes the mound Monday at Yankee Stadium. Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • Man on fire: Encarnacion rips three more hits
    Edwin Encarnacion carried the Blue Jays to victory Saturday against the White Sox, providing three hits and four RBI.

    Advice: In a game that featured eight home runs, Encarnacion surprisingly kept the ball in the yard with two doubles and a single. Don't call this a hot streak. Encarnacion's epic June has been more like a volcanic eruption. He's slugged nine homers this month with 26 RBI and 14 extra-base hits. The 33-year-old leads the majors with 66 RBI and is going to get an absolutely ridiculous payday when he hits the open market this winter. Saturday, 3:07 pm
  • Guyer beginning rehab assignment Saturday
    Brandon Guyer (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Saturday.

    Advice: Guyer will serve as the DH on Saturday. He was placed on the disabled list three weeks ago with a strained hamstring. The Rays' outfield is pretty banged up right now with injuries to Steven Souza (hip), Mikie Mahtook (hand) and Kevin Kiermaier (hand), so it will be a welcome sight when Guyer returns sometime next week. Saturday, 1:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • McCarthy (elbow) getting closer to return
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hasn't ruled out Brandon McCarthy (elbow) pitching in the majors before the All-Star break.

    Advice: McCarthy, who is making his way back from Tommy John surgery, owns a 4.15 ERA and 8/3 K/BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings through three minor league rehab starts. He threw 3 2/3 innings in his most recent start on Wednesday, so he still needs to be stretched out a bit more before making his return. Friday, 4:41 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Chad Kuhl expected to make MLB debut Sunday
    Pirates pitching prospect Chad Kuhl is expected to make his major league debut on Sunday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: The club has yet to reveal who will take Juan Nicasio's spot, but's Adam Berry spotted Kuhl stretching on the field at PNC Park on Friday. The 23-year-old has put up a 2.58 ERA and 59/16 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis this season. Kuhl's upside is limited since he doesn't miss many bats, but he has great control and polish, which is surely why the Pirates chose him over the more dynamic but rough-around-the-edges Tyler Glasnow. Friday, 1:53 pm
  • Vincent Velasquez (biceps) expected back Mon.
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) is expected to rejoin the Phillies' rotation on Monday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Velasquez tossed five frames of one-run ball in a rehab start Wednesday and that's all he's going to need before being re-inserted into the rotation. He's expected to replace Adam Morgan among the Phillies' starting five. Velasquez has missed just over two weeks with a right biceps strain. Friday, 8:04 am
  • Beckham (hamstring) close to beginning rehab
    Gordon Beckham (hamstring) is expected to begin a rehab assignment within the next few days.

    Advice: He's been sidelined three weeks with a strained hamstring. The 29-year-old might only need a few games to get back up to speed. He was hitting .284 before the injury. Thursday, 2:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
  • Tommy Joseph scratched Thursday with cold
    Tommy Joseph was scratched from the Phillies' lineup Thursday due to an illness.

    Advice: It sounds like the same bug that has been traveling around MLB clubhouses over the last week. Andres Blanco will get the start at first base versus the Twins. Thursday, 9:16 am
  • Samardzija gets hammered for three home runs
    Jeff Samardzija coughed up six runs in only three innings of work but was spared a loss as the Giants came back to defeat the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: He walked two batters and struck out two. Three home run balls proved to be Samardzija's undoing tonight, the biggest being a three-run blast by Gregory Polanco in the second inning. The six runs allowed ties a season high. Samardzija now has a 3.59 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 77 strikeouts and 22 walks over 97 2/3 innings. His record holds at 8-4. He will travel across the bridge to Oakland for his next start on Monday. Wednesday, 8:55 pm
  • Velasquez (biceps) posts strong rehab start
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) said that he felt "back to normal" following Wednesday's rehab outing at Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Velasquez surrendered a leadoff homer to shortstop Todd Haskins, but settled down to allow just one other hit over his five innings of work. He threw 76 pitches during his time on the mound. Velasquez is hoping this will be the only minor league work he needs. Should he be reinserted back into the rotation, his next start would likely come against the Diamondbacks on June 27. He has been on the shelf with a right biceps strain since June 8. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
  • Will Harris allows run but earns sixth save
    Will Harris tallied his sixth save of the season Wednesday in the Astros' 3-2 defeat of the Angels.

    Advice: Harris gave up three singles and one earned run before ending the game on a Mike Trout lineout with Houston still leading 3-2. It was only the third run allowed by Harris this season. He has a shiny 0.83 ERA and 32/6 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 total innings. Wednesday, 2:35 pm
  • Guyer (hamstring) nearing baseball activity
    Brandon Guyer (hamstring) could begin baseball activities on Friday.

    Advice: Guyer has been sidelined for a little over two weeks with a left hamstring strain, but he has increased his running in recent days and could take some swings against rehabbing right-handers Alex Cobb and Chase Whitley later this week. He appears on track to return in the early part of July. Tuesday, 6:32 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Velasquez (biceps) to make rehab start Wed.
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) will make a minor league rehab start Wednesday with Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Velasquez, who has been sidelined since June 8 with a right biceps strain, believes that he will only require one rehab start. The 24-year-old owns a 3.65 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings over 12 starts this season. Monday, 1:57 pm
  • Boxberger (abdomen) to play catch Monday
    Brad Boxberger is scheduled to play catch Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list June 1 with a strained left oblique.

    Advice: He has essentially been shut down for the last three weeks. Boxberger missed the first two months of the 2016 season after undergoing core muscle surgery in February and then strained his oblique May 31 on the same side as that abdominal procedure. It's been a frustrating first half, and he probably won't be ready to pitch again for the Rays until sometime after the All-Star break. Jun 20, 6:06 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Dyson earns 11th save, Rangers sweep STL
    Sam Dyson earned his 11th save of the season Sunday in the Rangers' 5-4 defeat of the Cardinals.

    Advice: Dyson gave up a leadoff single to Greg Garcia to open the bottom of the ninth inning and then issued a two-out walk to Matt Carpenter, but Aledmys Diaz hit into an easy groundout to end it and give the visiting Rangers a three-game sweep. Dyson now has a 2.04 ERA on the season and he hasn't blown a save opportunity since officially taking over as the Rangers' closer in mid-May. Jun 19, 2:38 pm
  • Mercer homers, drives in two in loss to Cubs
    Jordy Mercer went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Batting leadoff, Mercer cranked a homer in the first inning against Cubs starter Jon Lester to get the Bucs on the board early. He then led off the third inning with a double and scored later in the frame. Mercer has cooled from his early production, but the 29-year-old is still batting .267/.355/.356 with three homers, 24 RBI and 29 runs scored in 65 games this year. Jun 18, 9:20 pm
  • Tommy Joseph not in Phillies lineup Saturday
    Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the hard-hitting first baseman who has just two hits in his last 27 at-bats. Ryan Howard is starting in his place and batting cleanup against Zack Greinke on Saturday. Jun 18, 9:04 am
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