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  • Starlin Castro set to undergo MRI on ankle
    Starlin Castro will undergo an MRI after exiting Tuesday's game versus the Brewers with a left ankle injury.

    Advice: The good news is that initial tests ruled out a fracture. Castro was injured when he got his foot caught in the dirt while sliding in to score a run in the first inning. The Cubs could have another update on the shortstop later Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:06 pm
  • Starlin Castro leaves game with leg injury
    Starlin Castro left Tuesday's game versus the Brewers in the first inning with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Castro's leg appeared to get caught in the dirt on an awkward slide as he scored on a single. He was able to walk off on his own but was doing so with a noticeable limp. The Cubs will update his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:44 pm
  • David Phelps (elbow) throws bullpen session
    David Phelps (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: He threw fastballs and changeups in the session. Phelps will throw another 'pen session on Friday and will use all of his pitches that time. The Yankees will bring him back as a reliever. "It's not really in my control, as much as I would like it to be," Phelps said. "We have to take it a step at a time, just play it step by step and make sure everything goes well." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:13 pm
     
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  • Tanaka (elbow) to throw 'pen later this week
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will throw a bullpen session later this week.

    Advice: Tanaka was cleared for mound work again after a flat-ground throwing session on Tuesday went well. He was shut down a bit due to arm fatigue, but it appears it was just a minor bump in the road. "Every manual test that they did came out really well," Yankees manager Girardi said. "They just said he had some arm fatigue. He's scheduled to throw a bullpen [session] sometime this week and hopefully he's ready to do it." Tanaka still isn't a great bet to make it back this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:09 pm
     
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  • Joe Wieland activated from disabled list
    Padres activated RHP Joe Wieland from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Wieland has finally made his way back from a pair of elbow surgeries. Although he might be used in relief initially, the Padres could give him a chance to start at some point this month. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:19 pm
  • Erisbel Arruebarrena recalled from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled SS Erisbel Arruebarrena from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: The Cuban defector has hit .250/.313/.286 over 12 games in the majors this season. Arruebarrena doesn't figure to see much playing time down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:15 pm
  • Erasmo Ramirez recalled from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled RHP Erasmo Ramirez from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Ramirez will pitch out of the bullpen the rest of the way for the M's. He holds a 5.21 ERA across 14 starts with the big club this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:06 pm
  • Angels add Wade LeBlanc as mop-up man
    Angels purchased the contract of LHP Wade LeBlanc from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: LeBlanc got hammered for six earned runs over just 3 1/3 innings in a spot start last week against the Marlins. He will work in a mop-up role down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:02 pm
  • Soria (oblique) throws off flat ground Tues.
    Joakim Soria threw off flat ground Tuesday for the first time since straining his oblique.

    Advice: It's a step in the right direction, but Soria obviously isn't going to be ready to rejoin the Tigers' bullpen for another couple weeks. He's been out since August 9. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:43 pm
     
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  • Yankees transfer Tanaka to the 60-day DL
    Yankees transferred RHP Masahiro Tanaka from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Tanaka has already been out for nearly 60 days, so this affects nothing. He played long toss on Tuesday and felt fine, but the right-hander still seems doubtful to pitch again this season. Tanaka was diagnosed in early July with a partially-torn elbow ligament. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:57 pm
     
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  • O's recall C Clevenger from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled C Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He'll give the O's a third catcher for September. Clevenger is hitting .234/.289/.364 over 27 games in the majors this year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:05 pm
  • Tanaka (elbow) feels 'fine' after throwing
    Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) was "fine" after long toss and throwing off flat ground on Tuesday.

    Advice: Tanaka was briefly shut down last week due to "general soreness" in his pitching arm, but he appears to be back on track. Still, Rothschild said that the Yankees are taking things "day-to-day" with him, so he's still a long way from pitching in a game before the end of the year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:00 pm
     
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  • Indians activate Ryan Raburn from DL
    Indians activated OF/INF Ryan Raburn from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Raburn ended up missing the minimum due to right wrist soreness. He'll start at the DH spot and bat seventh Tuesday against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:58 am
  • Cubs transfer Ruggiano to 60-day DL
    Cubs transferred OF Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Ruggiano underwent season-ending surgery on his left ankle last week. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:14 am
     
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  • Marlins call up DeSclafani from Triple-A
    Marlins recalled RHP Anthony DeSclafani from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: DeSclafani owns a 6.84 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings over five starts with the Marlins this season. The back-end of the Marlins' rotation is far from settled at this point, so he could make another start or two this month. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:43 am
  • Blue Jays designate Hague for assignment
    Blue Jays designated 1B Matt Hague for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Hague was just claimed off waivers from the Pirates last month, but he could soon be on the move again. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:41 am
     
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  • Jays recall OF Gose from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled OF Anthony Gose from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Gose has hit .234 with one homer and 14 steals over 69 games with the Blue Jays this season. He'll provide speed and defense off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:21 am
  • Giants recall OF Brown from Triple-A
    Giants recalled OF Gary Brown from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Brown was once considered among the game's top outfield prospects, but his stock has faded over the past couple of seasons. Now 25 years old, the 2010 first-round pick batted .271/.329/.394 with 10 home runs, 53 RBI, and 36 stolen bases over 136 games this season in Triple-A. With his defensive ability and speed, he could be a useful player for the Giants this month. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:11 am
  • Erasmo Ramirez to pitch out of SEA bullpen
    Erasmo Ramirez will rejoin the Mariners on Tuesday and work out of the bullpen.

    Advice: Ramirez was hammered for 10 earned runs in three-plus innings Wednesday in a spot start against the Rangers, launching his season ERA to 5.21. He will operate as a long reliever down the stretch for Seattle. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:44 am
  • Steve Clevenger optioned to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned C Steve Clevenger to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He'll be back on Tuesday after Norfolk's season ends. Clevenger has hit .234/.289/.364 over 27 games for the O's this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:50 am
  • Tanaka (elbow) aims for Thursday 'pen session
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that the club hopes Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will be ready to resume throwing off a mound on Thursday.

    Advice: Tanaka is currently limited to a strengthening program due to "general soreness" in his pitching arm, but the Yanks seem convinced it's merely a minor setback. They're still holding out hope that he'll rejoin the rotation at some point next month. "He'll play catch for the next five or six days," Girardi said. "Our hope is to get him on a mound Thursday. I still think there's time to get him back if there are no more setbacks," Girardi added. "If there was to be another setback, obviously there would be a lot of concern." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:54 am
     
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  • Castro hits 14th homer in win over Cards
    Starlin Castro was 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Castro hit the Cubs' third and final home run of the day against Justin Masterson. The 24-year-old now has 14 home runs on the year, matching his career-high from 2012. Meanwhile, his .771 OPS in his best since 2011. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:58 pm
  • Soria will throw off flat ground on Saturday
    Joakim Soria (oblique) is scheduled to throw off flat ground once again on Saturday.

    Advice: Soria has begun to progress in his recovery from a strained oblique, but still isn't close to returning to the Tigers bullpen. His chances of usurping the closer's role from Joe Nathan are dwindling with each passing day. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:33 am
     
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  • Ruggiano to undergo season-ending surgery
    Justin Ruggiano will miss the remainder of the 2014 season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle.

    Advice: Ruggiano wasn't likely to make it back before the end of the season had he opted to rest and rehab instead, so the surgery makes sense. It also allows uber-prospect Jorge Soler to man right field for the remainder of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:38 pm
     
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  • Erasmo Ramirez optioned to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned RHP Erasmo Ramirez to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Ramirez was pounded for 10 earned runs in three-plus innings Wednesday in a spot start. He'll be back next month but might be used as a reliever. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:55 pm
  • Tanaka shut down due to 'general soreness'
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) has been shut down from throwing due to "general soreness" in his pitching arm.

    Advice: Tanaka said the pain he's experiencing is more in his forearm than elbow. The Yankees are saying that no doctor appointment is scheduled, so it appears to be a relatively minor setback. Still, the odds of Tanaka returning to contribute this year already weren't great and now he has less of a chance. The righty had been scheduled for a simulated game on Tuesday, but his timetable is now up in the air. Fantasy owners certainly shouldn't be counting on him. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:23 pm
     
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  • Angels outright LaBlanc to Triple-A
    Angels sent LHP Wade LeBlanc outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: LeBlanc was hammered in a start Monday against the Marlins and successfully cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He has agreed to go to Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:02 pm
  • Soria (oblique) ready to stretch out throwing
    Joakim Soria (oblique) will stretch out his flat-ground throwing program on Friday.

    Advice: And if that goes well, he should soon be cleared for mound work. Soria had been aiming to return from the 15-day disabled list when first eligible on August 25, but it's going to be more like early-to-mid September. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:19 pm
     
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  • Tanaka (elbow) completes a simulated game
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a successful simulated game Thursday morning at Comerica Park.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters afterward that the 49-pitch workout went well. Tanaka continues to make steady progress in his attempt to rehab a torn ulnar collateral ligament and could rejoin the Yankees' starting rotation next month if everything continues to go smoothly. It's not often that a pitcher who is diagnosed with a torn UCL is able to avoid Tommy John surgery, but it's also not unprecedented. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:52 am
     
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  • Ruggiano to see specialist for ankle sprain
    Justin Ruggiano will see a specialist for his sprained left ankle this week in Dallas.

    Advice: Ruggiano has been out since last Friday and isn't making much progress, so the Cubs will try to get a more exact diagnosis. Jorge Soler was promoted from Triple-A Iowa when Ruggiano was placed on the disabled list and the talented 22-year-old is expected to finish out the 2014 season as Chicago's everyday right fielder. Ruggiano will return as a bench bat, if he returns at all. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:45 am
     
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  • Ramirez pounded for 10 runs in loss to TEX
    Erasmo Ramirez was pounded for 10 earned runs in three-plus innings Wednesday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: It was the worst loss of the season for Seattle. Ramirez had a clean first inning, but the floodgates opened in the second and didn't close until he was lifted in the fourth. Ramirez has considerable upside, but he now owns a 5.21 ERA in 14 starts this season at the major league level. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:12 pm
  • Justin Ruggiano (ankle) placed on DL
    Cubs placed OF Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 23, with a sprained left ankle.

    Advice: Ruggiano was due for a drop in playing time, anyway, with the promotion of Jorge Soler. He'll be a bench bat when he returns next month. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:27 pm
     
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  • Steve Clevenger recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled C Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He'll give the O's a third option behind the plate. Clevenger has batted .240/.296/.373 across 26 games for Baltimore this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:22 pm
  • Erasmo Ramirez recalled from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled RHP Erasmo Ramirez from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: He'll start on Wednesday against the Rangers before either returning to the Tacoma rotation or moving to a relief role. Ramirez holds a 4.06 ERA over 13 starts for the M's this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:14 am
  • Justin Ruggiano (ankle) still out of lineup
    Justin Ruggiano (ankle) missed his third straight start Tuesday.

    Advice: Ruggiano is nursing a sore left ankle. "He's still managing it," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "We'll see how to proceed with him. It's day to day." While Ruggiano's injury might not be serious, he's due for a big dip in playing time with Jorge Soler slated for a promotion on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:17 pm
     
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  • Erasmo Ramirez officially named Wed. starter
    Erasmo Ramirez will be recalled to start on Wednesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: It was a given after the other option to take the ball, Taijuan Walker, made his regularly scheduled start on Monday at Triple-A Tacoma. Ramirez will just be making a spot start, as the M's are giving Felix Hernandez a couple days of extra rest. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:35 pm
  • Wade LeBlanc designated for assignment
    Angels designated LHP Wade LeBlanc for assignment.

    Advice: It comes as no surprise after he was pummeled for six earned runs over just 3 1/3 innings on Monday. The Angels will now have to find another starter for Saturday, with Randy Wolf or Michael Roth looking like the favorites if they don't get someone from outside the organization. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:11 pm
  • Cubs activate Castro from bereavement list
    Cubs activated SS Starlin Castro from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Castro returned to the Dominican Republic last week after losing a cousin and three close friends in a car crash. The Cubs sent Logan Watkins to Triple-A on Sunday to clear the way for his return. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:05 pm
  • Richards' replacement LeBlanc gets rocked
    In his first start of the season, Wade LeBlanc was detonated by the Marlins for six earned runs over just 3 1/3 innings in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Los Angeles has less than a week to acquire Garrett Richards' replacement from outside the organization. They hadn't shown much resolve to do so over the past several days, but perhaps tonight's game will expedite their resolve. LeBlanc (making his first major league start since May 6, 2013) has been given numerous opportunities over the years -- and in great pitcher's parks -- and proven time and time that he isn't a major league-caliber starting pitcher. He's got a 10.13 ERA in limited action this year, but his 4.56 career ERA, accrued mostly during stints with the Padres and Marlins, tells you all you need to know. If LeBlanc gets another start, don't mimic the Angels' mistake by trotting him out in an AL-only league. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Starlin Castro to return to Cubs on Tuesday
    Starlin Castro will be activated from the bereavement list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Castro returned to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday after tragically losing a cousin and three close friends in a car crash. Logan Watkins was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday to clear a spot on the active roster for Castro's return. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 24, 7:49 pm
  • Erisbel Arruebarrena optioned to Triple-A
    Dodgers optioned SS Erisbel Arruebarrena to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Arruebarrena was up to provide depth at shortstop, but with Hanley Ramirez back he's no longer needed. The Cuban defector has hit .250/.313/.286 over 12 games in the majors this season. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 24, 11:34 am
  • Tanaka (elbow) slated for sim game Thursday
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will throw a simulated game on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the next step after he got through a 35-pitch live batting practice session on Saturday. Tanaka's progress from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament has been encouraging, but obviously he's not close to being out of the woods yet. The Yankees are hoping he'll be ready to rejoin their rotation at some point next month. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 24, 8:07 am
     
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  • Tanaka (elbow) has successful live BP session
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) felt good during a 35-pitch live batting practice session on Saturday.

    Advice: "I felt like I wasn't able to hit my spot as much as I wanted to. I feel it's a little bit still rusty, but there were some good balls that I was able to throw, so it was a good step and I want to keep moving forward," Tanaka said through a translator. "I'm not saving anything when I throw each pitch." There remains no timetable for Tanaka's return, but he continues to progress in his recovery from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Perhaps the Yankees will get their ace back this season after all. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 24, 6:54 am
     
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  • Ryan Raburn begins rehab assignment
    Ryan Raburn, just placed on the disabled list four days ago with wrist soreness, will begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A Columbus on Saturday night.

    Advice: Obviously, Raburn's disabled list stint was more about just getting him off the roster for a bit than any sort of injury. He's hit just .191/.240/.277 this season. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 23, 12:57 pm
  • Justin Ruggiano gets scratched
    Justin Ruggiano was scratched from Saturday's starting lineup due to left ankle soreness.

    Advice: Ryan Sweeney replaced Ruggiano as the Cubs' right fielder and No. 5 hitter. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 23, 9:44 am
     
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