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  • Nick Swisher goes 2-for-5, homers
    Nick Swisher went 2-for-5 and hit his first homer Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Swisher is hitting .250 with three doubles and four RBI in 52 at-bats since coming off the disabled list earlier this month. The Indians really want him to turn out to be an adequate DH, but the early results aren't particularly promising. They can't afford to be as patient with him as they were last year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Wandy Rodriguez earns win over Red Sox
    Wandy Rodriguez pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Thursday in a win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Rodriguez struck out five and walked two. He's allowed exactly one run in four of his six starts for the Rangers, going 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA overall. Mixed leaguers could take a chance on him next week for his starts in Cleveland and at home against Boston. The Indians lineup is mostly left-handed, and the Red Sox aren't hitting lefties at all. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:13 pm
  • Shawn Tolleson records second save
    Shawn Tolleson earned a save for the second straight day with a scoreless ninth Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: The Rangers were prepared to bring Tolleson into a 3-1 game in bottom of the ninth, but they also had Neftali Feliz warming up in case they scored a couple of runs in the top of the inning. Tolleson pitched around a leadoff double tonight, striking out the last two batters he faced. Consider him the Rangers' closer until he blows one. That said, he might get Friday off now, potentially putting Feliz in line for a save chance. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Brock Holt goes 0-for-3 against Rangers
    Brock Holt went 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out looking to end the game Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Holt's great start seems like a distance memory now; he's hitting .149 with one RBI in 47 at-bats since April 27. The Red Sox are playing him less with Shane Victorino (kind of) back, but he has started the last two days with Pablo Sandoval banged up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:07 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Rondon touches 99 mph in first rehab game
    Bruce Rondon (biceps) touched 99 miles per hour on the radar gun during his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.

    Advice: The hefty right-hander allowed one run on two hits over his 2/3 of an inning, throwing 14 of his 22 pitches for strikes. As long as he feels good after this outing, he'll work again on Sunday. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has indicated that he'd like Rondon to work on back-to-back days at Toledo before he's cleared to rejoin the Tigers bullpen, which could happen before the end of the month. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:05 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:08 pm vs Hou
  • Brewers outright Jim Henderson to Triple-A
    Brewers sent RHP Jim Henderson outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: The 32-year-old former closer passed through waivers unclaimed. He continues to battle his way back from shoulder surgery and should be an option for the Brewers bullpen at some point during the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:55 pm
     
    Not Active
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Barnes has four hits as Rockies top Phils
    Brandon Barnes went 4-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Barnes was making his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday. He's already two hits away from Drew Stubbs' total from the entire season thus far. Stubbs was just 6-for-51 (.118) with 31 strikeouts prior to being demoted this week. With Corey Dickerson on the disabled list, Barnes certainly has the opportunity to have value in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:41 pm
  • Ryan Howard slugs ninth home run in loss
    Ryan Howard launched a solo homer Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Howard sure enjoyed his visit to Colorado, as he collected six hits (including two home runs and a double) in 17 at-bats over the four games. After getting off to a slow start, the veteran first baseman now has nine home runs on the year to go along with an .828 OPS. Only Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton have hit more home runs since April 21. Quite an unexpected turnaround for "The Big Piece." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:39 pm
  • Cano finishes with two singles in loss to BAL
    Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a walk in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Cano was also caught stealing for the third time this season. The singles are nice to see, as his numbers are down across the board. If the season finished today, his .264/.305/.356 batting line would be the worst for his career. Thankfully for Cano and the Mariners, the season does not finish on May 21. Given that he hit .314/.382/.454 in 2014, this likely isn't a Safeco problem. Cano's merely in a bit of a rut. His numbers will right themselves over time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Cruz has rare quiet game against Orioles
    Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Up against his old mates for the closing game of the series, Nelson Cruz decided to show mercy and hit a mere single. He also struck out twice. Cruz has been worth every penny the Mariners paid in the off-season and is currently hitting a mind-bending .351/.412/.708 with 16 homers, 33 RBI and 28 runs scored. The RBI total would be higher if the Mariners actually had other hitters who got on base, but alas, they do not. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:29 pm
  • Wong manages single in two-hit shutout loss
    Kolten Wong collected one of the Cardinals' two hits in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Wong finished the game 1-for-2. The only other hit in the game for the Cardinals came via a Matt Carpenter single, as Jacob deGrom completely shut down the best team in baseball. This season, Wong's slashing a rock-solid .309/.355/.467 with five homers, 22 RBI, 23 runs scored and three steals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Ryu has his season-ending shoulder surgery
    Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent season-ending surgery Thursday to fix a labrum injury in his left shoulder.

    Advice: The procedure was called a "labral repair." Ryu will wind up missing the entire 2015 season, but he should be ready for the start of spring training next February. The 28-year-old left-hander from South Korea boasts a 3.17 ERA over his first 344 major league innings. He is under contract with Los Angeles through 2018. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:16 am
     
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs SD
  • Nolan Arenado getting day of rest Thursday
    Nolan Arenado is not in the Rockies' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the star third baseman. Daniel Descalso is handling the hot corner as the Rockies wrap up a four-game series at home against the Phillies. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Twins activate Tim Stauffer from 15-day DL
    Twins activated RHP Tim Stauffer from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Stauffer wound up missing a little over three weeks with a strained right intercostal muscle. He had an 8.32 ERA in 9 2/3 innings of relief for the Twins before landing on the 15-day disabled list at the end of April. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:03 am
  • Granderson not in Mets' lineup on Thursday
    Curtis Granderson is not in the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the veteran outfielder. John Mayberry is getting the start in right field for the Mets against Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Shawn Tolleson notches first save
    Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Tolleson didn't exactly lock it down. He gave up a one-out double to Mookie Betts in a one-run game, which was followed by a well-hit flyout from Dustin Pedroia, an intentional walk of David Ortiz and a sharp one-hopper from Hanley Ramirez hit right at the second baseman. It was Tolleson's first career save in his 123rd career relief appearance. He should remain the favorite for saves until Neftali Feliz convinces the Rangers he's ready for another shot. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Wong adds three hits atop lineup in a win
    Kolten Wong went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a pair of runs scored as the Cardinals rolled over the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. He provided RBI knocks in both the fourth and fifth innings, helping the Cardinals pad their lead to 9-0, the score by which they would win. Wong's batting a healthy .311/.358/.473 with five home runs, 22 RBI, 23 runs scored, and three stolen bases on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:39 pm
  • Rondon (biceps) needs back-to-back outings
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Bruce Rondon (biceps) will have to make back-to-back rehab appearances before he is activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Rondon is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Toledo and will then pitch again Sunday. He's not scheduled for Monday, so it's probably going to be at least a week before the hard-throwing right-hander arrives in the Tigers' bullpen. He's been out all season with biceps tendinitis and missed the entire 2014 campaign following Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:53 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:08 pm vs Hou
  • Rockies recall Brandon Barnes from Triple-A
    Rockies recalled OF Brandon Barnes from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Barnes was batting just .205/.266/.364 in 33 games at the Triple-A level, but he has good speed and a little power and the 29-year-old could take on value in deeper mixed fantasy leagues if he begins seeing regular playing time while Corey Dickerson (foot) is out. Drew Stubbs was optioned to the minors in a corresponding move Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:18 pm
  • Ryu to undergo shoulder surgery on Thursday
    Hyun-Jin Ryu will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Thursday in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reported the news on Wednesday morning, and now the Dodgers have confirmed it. An MRI taken earlier this week showed no major structural damage in Ryu's shoulder, but the cleanup procedure Thursday is sure to end his season anyway. He should be 100 percent for the start of spring training in 2016. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:04 pm
     
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs SD
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu elects to have shoulder surgery
    Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that Hyun-Jin Ryu has elected to undergo surgery on his left shoulder.

    Advice: It had been looking that way, although Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Tuesday that no decision had been made yet. The good news is that an MRI showed no tear in Ryu's labrum or any other structural damage, so the procedure would be of the clean-up variety. Still, it's almost surely going to end his season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:36 am
     
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs SD
  • Cruz retains MLB lead with his 16th homer
    Nelson Cruz kept his hold on the major league in home runs, blasting his 16th of the season as the Mariners fell to the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cruz went 2-for-3 with a walk along with the homer. It was a three-run blast in the third inning which temporarily broke a 1-1 tie. Bryce Harper had homered earlier in the evening to move into a tie with Cruz at 15 home runs, so Cruz reclaimed his throne. Along with the 16 homers, Cruz is batting .347/.404/.714 and has knocked in 33 runs. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:27 pm
  • Decision on Ryu (shoulder) Wednesday?
    Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman confirmed that Hyun-Jin Ryu is considering left shoulder surgery.

    Advice: Friedman also confirmed Jeff Passan's previous report that surgery is just one of the options Ryu is considering at the moment. He added that more should be known on Ryu's status Wednesday, so it appears he'll reveal a decision then. An operation would almost surely knock him out for the season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:26 pm
     
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs SD
  • Bruce Rondon (biceps) cleared for rehab
    Bruce Rondon (biceps) will begin a rehab assignment this Thursday with Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Rondon is scheduled to make appearances on Thursday and Sunday and could then be cleared to join the Tigers' bullpen. The hard-throwing right-hander has been on the shelf all season with biceps tendinitis. He missed the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:25 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:08 pm vs Hou
  • Report: Dodgers' Ryu mulling shoulder surgery
    Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is considering shoulder surgery.

    Advice: Reports out of Korea suggest that surgery could happen this week, but Passan hears that a final decision hasn't been made. The southpaw has been shut down since mid-March and recently encountered a setback. Regardless of whether he has the surgery or not, the Dodgers aren't going to have him in their rotation anytime soon and will likely turn to the trade front soon. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:55 am
     
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs SD
  • Bruce Rondon (biceps) throws sim game
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Bruce Rondon (biceps) "looked really good" during a 25-pitch simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Assuming Rondon feels fine on Tuesday, the Tigers will then decide whether the reliever will throw another simulated game or begin a rehab assignment. "The thing with him, it's been the day after," Ausmus said. "So we are keeping our fingers crossed that it'll be the same as his recent track record where he's felt pretty good coming in the next day. We will know more tomorrow. But as far as his simulated game or live BP, he looked strong." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:50 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:08 pm vs Hou
  • Wong batting leadoff for Cardinals on Monday
    Kolten Wong is batting leadoff for the Cardinals on Monday evening against the Mets.

    Advice: Wong drew a walk and launched a go-ahead home run Sunday night in the Cardinals' defeat of the Tigers, lifting his season batting line to .311/.363/.485. He has five home runs, 18 RBI, three stolen bases, and 19 runs scored in 37 games for the first-place Cards. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:23 pm
  • Kolten Wong powers Cardinals past Tigers
    Kolten Wong's solo home run in the sixth inning powered the Cardinals to a 2-1 victory over the Tigers on Sunday night.

    Advice: The blast off Tigers starter Alfredo Simon, which was an absolute bomb to right field, broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He also drew a walk in the ballgame, finishing the night 1-for-3. He has been outstanding thus far, slashing .311/.363/.485 with five homers and 18 RBI in what could be a breakout season for the 24-year-old. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:06 pm
  • Tim Stauffer struggles in rehab outing Sunday
    Tim Stauffer (intercostal) struggled in his minor league rehab outing with Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, allowing three runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings.

    Advice: He had been scheduled to work three innings in the contest. It's assumed that the early departure was due to the elevated pitch count from his struggles, rather than a recurrence of his injury. He's expected to rejoin the Twins bullpen before the end of May. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:20 pm
  • Granderson homers in a win vs. Brewers
    Curtis Granderson led off Sunday's victory versus the Brewers with a solo home run, his only hit in five at-bats.

    Advice: Granderson ripped a Wily Peralta offering to right field, giving the Mets a very early 1-0 lead. Four of Granderson's five home runs have come in the month of May as he has very rapidly improved his numbers following a slow start to the year. He carries a .248/.359/.403 triple-slash line with 13 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:15 pm
  • Ryan Howard sitting out on Sunday
    Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Darun Ruf is at first base in Howard's place. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:10 am
  • Bruce Rondon to throw simulated game soon
    Bruce Rondon (biceps) felt good after a bullpen session on Friday and will soon throw a simulated game.

    Advice: If all goes well in that simulated game, he should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Barring any setbacks, he could return to a setup role in the Tigers bullpen before the end of the month. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:36 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:08 pm vs Hou
  • Nelson Cruz delivers game winner
    Nelson Cruz singled in Brad Miller in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners a 2-1 win over the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: First base was open, so the Red Sox had the option of walking Cruz with two outs to bring up Kyle Seager. They opted to face Cruz instead, and he got ahold of a bad splitter from Junichi Tazawa, sending it to the gap in left-center. He's in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:56 pm
  • Swisher has three RBI in win over Rangers
    Nick Swisher went 3-for-4 with three RBI, a run scored, and a walk in Friday's 8-3 win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Swisher, who missed the first month of the season while rehabbing from dual knee surgeries, was without an RBI through his first eight games coming into Friday's action. However, he got on the board with an RBI double in the first inning and put the Indians ahead for good in the fifth with a two-run single. The 34-year-old struggled last season and those in deeper mixed fantasy leagues can likely afford to wait and see on him. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:41 pm
  • Rodriguez gives up five runs in loss
    Wandy Rodriguez took the loss Friday after giving up five runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Indians.

    Advice: Rodriguez was great in his previous two starts, but he just didn't have it on this night, allowing eight hits and a walk while also hitting a batter. He was pulled at 101 pitches in the fifth inning. The 36-year-old still owns a respectable 3.86 ERA through five starts this season, but an outing like Friday shows why it's difficult to trust him in most fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:41 pm
  • Howard smacks RBI double in win
    Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Friday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Howard hit his run-scoring double in the sixth inning after Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson hit Freddy Galvis and walked Grady Sizemore. One run scored on the play, giving Howard 17 RBI for the season. In addition to the double, Howard also struck out once. He started out the season about as poorly as a hitter can start out a season, but the numbers have stabilized over the last month and he's now hitting .231/.291/.479. The average is unlikely to rise much higher, but at least the power is showing itself here and there. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Still no timetable for Ryu to begin throwing
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Hyun-Jin Ryu's (shoulder) timetable for throwing was "still in the question mark phase."

    Advice: Earlier this May, Mattingly said that Ryu's rehab had "slowed down a little bit." His comments on Friday indicate that things are still moving slowly. Ryu's going to need to start throwing before a return date can really be set in place. As is, it's possible he returns by late June or early July, though there are a lot of steps in the process that need to be passed with health before that's possible. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:36 pm
     
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs SD
  • Howard records three hits, homers in win
    Ryan Howard went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Pirates.

    Advice: This was just Howard's sixth multi-hit game in 2015. He smacked the solo home run off of Radhames Liz in the fifth inning. With the dinger, the former All-Star now has seven homers and 16 RBI. Howard won't hit for average, but he's seen a decent jump in slugging this season and his .230/.293/.478 slash line is an improvement over a lost 2014 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:53 pm
  • Arenado collects 2 more hits, including a 2B
    Nolan Arenado finished 2-for-5 with a double on Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: The wheels flew off the axis early in Denver this year -- the club has lost 11 straight, tied for the second longest futility streak in club history -- but Arenado has clearly entered the next stage of his development, giving fans at least one thing to tune in for. Arenado will contend for MVP trophies in the future, but he's staring down the barrel of another hopeless summer. He's now slashing .294/.328/.560 with six homers and 17 RBI in 28 games. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • Henderson activated, optioned to Triple-A
    Brewers activated RHP Jim Henderson from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Henderson is working his way back from shoulder surgery. If he performs well at Triple-A, he'll likely be back in Milwaukee before long. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:21 pm
     
    Not Active
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Cruz blasts MLB-best 15th homer in a win
    Nelson Cruz clubbed his major league-leading 15th home run on Tuesday to help the Mariners take down the Padres.

    Advice: The homer didn't matter much, as the eighth-inning solo blast made it an 11-3 game. Cruz had somehow been held homerless in his previous five games, so it was good to see all is still right with the universe following Tuesday's performance in which he went 2-for-4 with a walk. Along with the 15 dingers, he has 29 RBI and a .349/.401/.754 triple-slash line. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Rondon (biceps) throws 15-pitch 'pen session
    Bruce Rondon (biceps) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Tuesday without issue.

    Advice: Rondon mixed changeups with fastballs and told reporters after the workout that it was "all good." The hard-throwing right-hander should be ready to join the Tigers' bullpen by the end of May. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:39 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:08 pm vs Hou
  • Stauffer (intercostal) ready for rehab stint
    Tim Sauffer (intercostal) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Stauffer landed on the disabled list two weeks ago with a right intercostal strain. The 32-year-old posted an ugly 8.32 ERA and 2/6 K/BB ratio over 9 2/3 relief innings prior to the injury. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:03 am
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