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  • Aardsma (groin) activated at AAA Memphis
    David Aardsma (groin) has been activated from the disabled list at Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Aardsma had been out since June following surgery for a torn abductor muscle. The veteran right-hander was off to a great start at Triple-A before the injury and could join the Cardinals' bullpen in early September.
    37 minutes ago
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Andy Dirks shut down with hamstring strain
    Andy Dirks has been shut down from his rehab assignment due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain.

    Advice: Dirks has been out all season due to back surgery and his rehab continues to be stalled by different setbacks. It's no longer a sure thing that he will be able to appear in a major league game for the Tigers this year.
    43 minutes ago
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm x @TB
  • Green (back) to begin rehab games soon
    Grant Green (back) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week.

    Advice: Green has begun to ramp up the intensity of his workouts and is on track to return to the Angels next week. He has been sidelined since July 23 with a lumbar sprain.
    46 minutes ago
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm x @Bos
  • Swisher gets season-ending knee surgeries
    Nick Swisher underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday afternoon on both of his knees.

    Advice: The procedures were arthroscopic debridements, and come with an 8-10 week rehab timetable. Swisher is expected to be fully healthy for the start of spring training next season. He concludes the 2014 campaign with a career-worst .208/.278/.331 batting line.
    Today, 1:32 pm
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm x @Min
  • Wacha (shoulder) closer to rehab assignment
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday that Michael Wacha (shoulder) could begin a minor league rehab assignment within two weeks.

    Advice: Wacha has progressed to throwing bullpen sessions and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny noted earlier this week that the workouts so far have "looked real effortless." The young starter has been on the shelf since June because of a stress reaction in his right shoulder. He's on track to rejoin the Cards around mid-September, though there are still many more hurdles to clear.
    Today, 1:28 pm
    Disabled List
    4:15 pm vs Cin
  • Red Sox option Steven Wright to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned RHP Steven Wright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Wright was only in the majors for a couple of days this time around. The 29-year-old right-hander will likely be brought back up when rosters expand in September.
    Today, 1:22 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Hamels lasts only five innings but gets win
    Cole Hamels surrendered three earned runs in five innings but the Phillies beat the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was not a good showing from Hamels, who yielded nine hits and walked one before being lifted after five innings and 99 pitches. He allowed a solo homer to Kendrys Morales in the second inning and then two runs in the fourth -- one on a wild pitch. But the Phillies' offense saved him from dropping below .500. Hamels will bring a 7-6 record, 2.53 ERA, and 1.16 WHIP into his next scheduled outing at home against the Nationals.
    Today, 1:17 pm
    W, 4-3 vs ^ Sea
  • Paxton takes first career loss Wednesday
    James Paxton allowed four runs -- one earned -- over four innings Wednesday in a loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: It was the first career loss for Paxton, who hurt himself with a costly throwing error in the fourth inning -- which became a three-run frame for the host Phillies. The left-hander surrendered seven hits and walked two. He'll carry a 3-1 record, 2.20 ERA, and 1.10 WHIP into his next start at home versus the Rangers.
    Today, 1:13 pm
  • Verlander (shoulder) expects to start on Sat.
    Justin Verlander (shoulder) expects to start Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Verlander played catch on flat ground Tuesday without issue and is scheduled to pitch a bullpen session on Thursday. The right-hander has been sidelined since last Monday due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He's not a very reliable fantasy option at this point, even against light-hitting Minnesota.
    Today, 1:03 pm
  • Tampa Bay brings back Wil Myers from DL
    Rays activated OF Wil Myers from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Myers missed nearly three months with a fractured right wrist but is ready to go now after slugging a couple homers over seven rehab games. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year was hitting just .227/.313/.354 at the time of his injury but is worth scooping back up in leagues where he might have been dropped.
    Today, 12:18 pm
    4:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Brent Morel optioned to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned 3B Brent Morel to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He's clearing room for Gerrit Cole's return from the DL. Morel has hit only .143/.182/.190 during his brief time in the majors this season. He'll be back when rosters expand.
    Today, 12:14 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs x Atl
  • Josh Donaldson getting a breather Wed.
    Josh Donaldson is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: With Thursday's off day, the A's are giving Donaldson two days of rest in order to recharge the batteries. Alberto Callaspo is at the hot corner Wednesday.
    Today, 11:19 am
  • Jake Marisnick hitless in return to action
    Jake Marisnick went 0-for-5 at the plate in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Marisnick wasn't in Sunday's lineup in part because he's dealing with some soreness in his lower back. He's cooled off of late after a hot start with the Astros.
    Today, 2:25 am
  • Derek Norris (back) to sit out Wednesday
    Derek Norris will not play Wednesday due to a minor back issue.

    Advice: The ailment doesn't affect Norris behind or at the plate but does when he's running. He should be OK in a day or two.
    Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Jay sends Cards home winners via walk-off HBP
    Jon Jay was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Tuesday, giving the Cardinals a walk-off, 5-4 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Jay has the strange distinction of leading the league with 15 hit-by-pitches this season, and none were more important than Tuesday's. The spectacle takes away from the fact that Jay also had two hits and scored twice in the victory. He owns an 11-game hitting streak that has his season line up to .307/.378/.402, and he's finding everyday at-bats in the Cardinals lineup. Mixed league owners need to start taking note.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
    4:15 pm vs ^ Cin
  • Verlander (shoulder) throws off flat ground
    Justin Verlander (shoulder) threw off flat ground from 50 feet on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: Verlander may be cleared to throw a bullpen session later this week if he wakes up Wednesday feeling fine. The right-hander is suffering from shoulder inflammation but has not yet been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
    Yesterday, 1:56 pm
  • Myers (wrist) won't be activated Tuesday
    Wil Myers (wrist) will not be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

    Advice: There was some speculation that Myers could be activated as soon as Tuesday, but he'll remain on his minor league rehab assignment for now. The 23-year-old is hitting .286 (6-for-21) with two home runs and a double over six games with Triple-A Durham. His return could be any day now.
    Yesterday, 12:15 pm
    4:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Wacha (shoulder) throws at 75-80 percent
    Michael Wacha (shoulder) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Monday what Cardinals manager Mike Matheny estimated at 75-80 percent intensity.

    Advice: "It just looked real effortless as the ball was coming out of his hand," Matheny said. "He wasn't having to pump up or do anything extraordinary. It looked good." Wacha will increase the intensity for his next bullpen session on Wednesday. The Cardinals haven't officially set a timetable for the righty's return, but the feeling is that they're targeting mid-September.
    Monday, 6:54 pm
    Disabled List
    4:15 pm vs Cin
  • Grant Green not expected back this week
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that Grant Green (back) returning before the end of the week is "probably a long shot."

    Advice: Green ran the bases recently at extended spring training and is nearing a rehab assignment. However, it sounds like he won't be activated until at least next week. The 26-year-old has been out since July 23 with a lumbar sprain.
    Monday, 6:10 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm x @Bos
  • Wil Myers (wrist) to play left, right field
    Rays manager Joe Maddon plans to use Wil Myers (wrist) all around the outfield once he is activated.

    Advice: Myers hit a two-run homer Sunday in his sixth rehab game with Triple-A Durham and could return to the Rays' active roster as soon as Tuesday. Maddon likes what he's been seeing from Kevin Kiermaier in right field, so Myers will probably play primarily in left field down the stretch. "(Myers) can play both (left and right)," Maddon said. "He can play all over the place. He's not locked into one spot."
    Monday, 6:17 am
    4:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Brent Morel recalled from Triple-A
    Pirates recalled 3B Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Morel has managed three hits in 16 at-bats in the majors this season. He'll be used in a bench role.
    Sunday, 9:51 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs x Atl
  • Jake Marisnick nursing sore back
    Jake Marisnick is dealing with some soreness in his lower back.

    Advice: He's not in Sunday's lineup, though Astros manager Bo Porter insists the back ailment isn't the reason why. Marisnick is hitting .293/.311/.397 with one homer and five RBI over 15 games with Houston.
    Sunday, 9:44 am
  • Steven Wright recalled from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled RHP Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He'll give the Sox a fresh bullpen arm. Wright was up with the big club earlier this month but didn't appear in a game. He boasts a 2.81 ERA over 14 Triple-A starts this season.
    Sunday, 8:13 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Wacha (shoulder) throws 30-pitch session Sat.
    Michael Wacha (shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: It wasn't a max-effort workout, but Wacha felt good and continues to progress toward a mid-September return. He has been out since June 22 with a stress reaction in his right shoulder. The Cardinals would love to have the 23-year-old back for the postseason.
    Saturday, 2:56 pm
    Disabled List
    4:15 pm vs Cin
  • Marisnick has go-ahead hit vs. Red Sox
    Jake Marisnick delivered a 10th inning go-ahead, two-run double in a 5-3 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Marisnick dropped a bloop just inside the right-field line which bounced into the stands for ground-rule double. The 23-year-old finished the evening 2-for-5 and is now hitting .315 (17-for-54) since coming over from the Marlins in the Jarred Cosart deal. His plate discipline is a work in progress, but he has speed to burn and is worth monitoring in deeper formats.
    Friday, 9:37 pm
  • Derek Norris has two hits in losing effort
    Derek Norris went 2-for-4 with a double in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Norris also came around to score one of just two A's runs in the contest. He's enjoying a strong season at the dish, slashing .283/.376/.454 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in only 269 at-bats.
    Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Paxton hurls six strong in win over Tigers
    James Paxton delivered six strong innings in Friday's victory over the Tigers, allowing just one run on five hits in the process.

    Advice: Paxton walked just one and punched out a pair in the contest. The young left-hander has been outstanding through his first 28 2/3 innings on the season, compiling a 3-0 record, 2.20 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 24/6 K/BB ratio. He should be owned and started in all mixed leagues for next week's start against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
    Friday, 7:04 pm
  • Andy Dirks resuming rehab assignment
    Andy Dirks (back, hamstring) will resume a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.

    Advice: Dirks has been slowed for the last week with a tweaked hamstring, but it wasn't a significant setbacks. He's missed all season following back surgery but the Tigers remain hopeful of getting him back before the end of the year.
    Friday, 1:54 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm x @TB
  • Myers (wrist) could return as soon as Tuesday
    Rays manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that Wil Myers (wrist) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as the August 19-21 series versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Myers is batting .444/.583/.778 with one home run in his first three rehab games with Triple-A Durham, showing no rust in spite of a nearly three-month long absence. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year winner was hitting just .227/.313/.354 over 53 games prior to breaking his wrist, but he's worth a roster stash if someone in your league dropped him.
    Thursday, 3:47 pm
    4:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Tigers discussing treatment for Verlander
    The Tigers are still discussing a treatment plan for Justin Verlander's right shoulder.

    Advice: Verlander has already been ruled out for his next start, but an MRI showed no structural damage. The MRI is being sent to outside doctors for a second opinion, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said surgery is "not even being considered at this point." As it stands, Verlander appears likely to avoid the disabled list.
    Wednesday, 5:21 pm
  • Green (back) on track for rehab next week
    Grant Green (back) could start a rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: Green has been doing everything but taking live batting practice, something he could do in Arizona over the next few days. That would be the last hurdle before a rehab assignment. Green has been out since July 23 with a lumbar sprain.
    Wednesday, 4:46 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm x @Bos
  • Swisher (knee) to get second opinion Tuesday
    Nick Swisher will receive a second opinion on his ailing right knee on Tuesday in Los Angeles from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

    Advice: Swisher was examined by Dr. Rick Parker on Monday, but the Indians have yet to release the resulted from that visits (which probably isn't a good sign). The 33-year-old has played through knee issues all season and the club is trying to figure out what the best course of action is. More will obviously be known after Tuesday's exam.
    Wednesday, 11:42 am
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm x @Min
  • Aardsma nearing return from groin surgery
    David Aardsma will return later this week at Triple-A Memphis after having surgery on a torn adductor muscle last month.

    Advice: Aardsma probably would have been promoted by now had he not been injured, as he's posted a 0.91 ERA while striking out 28 over 29 2/3 innings as Memphis' closer. He's hoping show he's healthy and worthy of a call-up next month. "I want to be able to put myself in a position at least to show my health because I think I can be better than I was," Aardsma said. "I can have more behind the ball, more from my legs. I can show I'm in a better place to throw than before."
    Wednesday, 8:08 am
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Marisnick hits first homer in win over Twins
    Jake Marisnick went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Marisnick hit a solo shot in the third inning off Twins starter Yohan Pino, his first home run of the season. The outfielder has taken well to the American League since being dealt to the Astros, batting .333/.341/.452 in 11 games. Marisnick has an intriguing combination of power and speed that makes him a decent option in AL-only leagues for the rest of the season.
    Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • Donaldson homers twice in beatdown of Royals
    Josh Donaldson homered twice and drove in four runs in the Athletics' 11-3 thumping of the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Donaldson did his damage over the course of the game, contributing an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to go with two solo home runs. He also scored three runs in the thrashing. The homers were Donaldson's first in August but he's enjoyed a resurgent month thus far, batting .333 with six runs scored, eight RBI and three stolen bases through 12 August games.
    Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Nick Swisher to receive more opinions on knee
    Nick Swisher will receive additional opinions on his ailing right knee before a decision is made on his status.

    Advice: Swisher, who has had knee issues all season, was examined by Dr. Rick Parker on Monday, but the Indians want to gather more information and seek additional opinions before announcing what they'll do. Manager Terry Francona wouldn't indicate whether surgery might be a possibility. "I think what we need to do is allow this process to kind of play itself out," Francona said. "With the ballclub's help and urging, he's going to get another opinion and we're trying to align that right now. When we have information that's solid -- and when and where and all that -- we will give it to you guys. I think they're in the process of trying to do that right now."
    Tuesday, 4:51 pm
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm x @Min
  • MRI shows no damage in Verlander's shoulder
    An MRI taken Tuesday on the sore right shoulder of Justin Verlander showed no structural damage.

    Advice: Verlander is expected to avoid the disabled list. He was shelled for five runs -- four earned -- in one inning Monday by the Pirates and is now 10-11 on the season with a 4.76 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. The former ace will likely be in a bullpen role in the playoffs, if the Tigers make it.
    Tuesday, 1:33 pm
  • Jake Marisnick goes 4-for-4 in loss
    Jake Marisnick had four singles in four at-bats Monday against the Twins.

    Advice: Unfortunately, since he was batting eighth in the Astros lineup, those hits added up to no runs scored and no RBI. He's hit .316 in 10 games since joining the Astros, but that's come with no homers, no steals, two runs scored and two RBI.
    Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Verlander (shoulder) to have MRI Tuesday
    Justin Verlander (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Tuesday in Detroit.

    Advice: Verlander exited Monday's start in Pittsburgh with right shoulder soreness. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit nervous," Verlander said. "I've never been through this before." The Tigers seem likely to put Verlander on the disabled list even if the MRI doesn't reveal anything serious. He's never been on the DL during his 10-year career.
    Monday, 8:21 pm
  • Justin Verlander leaves with sore shoulder
    Justin Verlander left Monday's start versus the Pirates after one inning due to soreness in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Verlander was hammered for five runs -- four earned -- on four hits and two walks over his inning of work, but he was apparently pitching hurt. The right-hander has never missed a start during his career due to a health issue, but that streak is obviously in jeopardy now. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
    Monday, 5:25 pm
  • Wacha (shoulder) now throwing from 120 feet
    Michael Wacha (shoulder) has increased the distance of his flat-ground throwing to 120 feet.

    Advice: The young starter is making progress in his recovery from a stress reaction in his right shoulder, but the true test will come in a week or so when he tries pitching off a mound. Wacha has been out since June 22. The hope is that he will be back in the Cardinals' rotation around mid-September, but it's hard to set an exact timetable for this type of injury. Wacha, 23, owns a 2.79 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 148/45 K/BB ratio through his first 155 major league innings.
    Aug 11, 5:49 am
    Disabled List
    4:15 pm vs Cin
  • Wil Myers will need two weeks on rehab
    Wil Myers (wrist) is expected to remain on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham for two weeks.

    Advice: Myers was slated to begin the assignment Saturday before the game was rained out, so he's on track to rejoin the Rays in late August. The young outfielder has been on the shelf since late May with a fractured right wrist.
    Aug 10, 9:24 am
    4:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Nick Swisher (knee) lands on disabled list
    Indians placed OF/1B Nick Swisher on the 15-day disabled list with right knee soreness.

    Advice: It's the second time this season that knee issues have forced him to the DL, and he indicated that he might be out for a while. "I can't keep playing like this," Swisher said. "We have to find out what's going on." More will be known after Swisher undergoes an MRI in the coming days. David Murphy (oblique) is also headed to the disabled list, as the Indians will recall Tyler Holt and Zach Walters.
    Aug 10, 7:39 am
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm x @Min
  • Swisher (knee) could be headed for DL
    Nick Swisher (knee) could be placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: Swisher exited Saturday's game due to soreness in his right knee after failing to score from second base on a double and then being forced out at home on a bases-loaded situation. He has already made one trip to the DL this season due to issues with both knees.
    Aug 10, 7:05 am
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm x @Min
  • Derek Norris homers, knocks in five in win
    Derek Norris clubbed a three-run homer and drew two bases-loaded walks as the A's beat the Twins 9-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Both bases-loaded walks came early while Trevor May was in the game. The homer came off Samuel Deduno in the sixth. It was Norris's third career five-RBI game, all of which have come this season. He joins Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Morneau as the only players with three five-RBI games this year.
    Aug 9, 10:03 pm
  • James Paxton strong into seventh
    James Paxton allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: After lasting 4 1/3 innings last week in his return to the Mariners rotation, Paxton was able to work into the seventh tonight and probably could have finished the inning had the Mariners let him; he was at just 77 pitches when he was removed. He allowed six hits, walked none and struck out four in the strong performance. Paxton gets the Tigers on the road next time out, which isn't a great matchup. But if he comes through that one OK, he'd make for a decent play in mixed leagues afterwards.
    Aug 9, 9:29 pm
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