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  • Taijuan Walker drawing heavy trade interest
    Taiwan Walker (foot) is drawing strong trade interest, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

    Advice: Nightengale didn't mention which teams were interested, though he did say there will be scouts on hand for Walker's bullpen session Friday at Wrigley Field. Walker pitched a simulated game on Wednesday and is close to returning from a foot injury. He could be a good fit for the Marlins who are looking to add a controllable starting pitcher. Walker won't hit free agency until 2021. Rotoworld.com 57 minutes ago
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  • Jake Lamb (hand) returns as pinch-hitter
    Jake Lamb (hand) returned as a pinch-hitter Thursday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Lamb went 0-for-2 and even played a couple innings at third base. He should be back in the starting nine for Friday's series opener against the Dodgers. Lamb had missed the team's previous two games with a bruised left hand. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:58 pm
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  • Lance Lynn (elbow) facing live hitters
    Lance Lynn (elbow) has thrown seven live batting practices.

    Advice: He's hoping to appear in a minor league game by the end of next month. Obviously Lynn hasn't given up on pitching again this season, though we're guessing the Cardinals will play it safe and hold him out until spring training. Lynn is about nine months removed from Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:45 pm
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  • Amed Rosario out with lower body soreness
    Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario has been placed on the disabled list at Double-A Binghamton with lower body soreness.

    Advice: It's unclear how much time he'll miss. The Mets' top prospect has been lighting it up at Double-A, batting .354 with 16 RBI since his promotion last month. If all goes well, the 20-year-old could make his debut in 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:10 pm
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  • Familia blows second straight save chance
    Jeurys Familia blew his second straight save chance Thursday, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in a loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins said that Familia would be unavailable after pitching the last two days, but the closer apparently approached the skipper and told him he wanted to pitch. The Rockies didn't hit anything hard, as one hit was a grounder up the middle and the other was a bunt single that catcher Rene Rivera should've fielded. Familia has blown two straight save opportunities after converting 52 in a row. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:38 pm
  • Trevor Story gets two hits, scores tying run
    Trevor Story went 2-for-4 and scored the game-tying run in Thursday's comeback win over the Mets.

    Advice: Story led off the ninth inning with a single and stole second base. He then came around to score on a fielder's choice as the Rockies completed a come-from-behind victory. The rookie shortstop is 3-for-16 at the plate so far this week following last week's National League Player of the Week award. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:33 pm
  • Braves add RP Jose Ramirez from AAA
    Braves purchased the contract of RHP Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Ramirez was pushed off the Braves' 40-man roster back in April after two disastrous outings, but he has pitched very well at Triple-A. The right-hander will presumably step into a middle relief role in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:43 pm
  • Ryan Braun (side) scratched from lineup Thu.
    Ryan Braun was scratched from the Brewers' lineup on Thursday due to right side tightness.

    Advice: He is considered day-to-day for now. Ramon Flores will switch from right field to left field and Kirk Nieuwenhuis will draw the start in right versus Arizona. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:04 am
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  • Minor (shoulder) set for rehab assignment
    Mike Minor (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: It will be his first time pitching in a minor league game since May 30, when he had to shut down his rehab assignment because of rotator cuff fatigue. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and hasn't thrown a pitch at the major league level in 2016. Maybe he could become an option for the Royals in late August, but it's not something to count on. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:55 am
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  • Robertson chips in with four hits Wednesday
    Rays SS prospect Daniel Robertson clubbed four hits Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: He provided a double, three singles and one RBI while guiding the Bulls to a 5-2 win over Toledo. The 22-year-old has looked overmatched at times this season, though he's had a good stretch this month with 12 hits over his last nine outings. Robertson has been a jack of all trades for Durham, seeing time at three different infield positions. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:52 am
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  • Jose Reyes (intercostal) doubtful for Friday
    Jose Reyes (intercostal) is doubtful for Friday.

    Advice: Reyes was diagnosed with a Grade 1 intercostal strain on Tuesday afternoon and is still dealing with some discomfort. Mets manager Terry Collins said he's not considering a disabled list stint at this point because the club has a string of games in American League parks next week. That would allow Reyes to DH, but it does seem like an odd strategy considering the veteran infielder suffered the injury on a swing. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:19 am
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  • KC trying to package Kennedy, Davis; to LAD?
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals are trying to package Ian Kennedy in a Wade Davis trade, with the Dodgers "a strong match."

    Advice: Los Angeles badly wants Davis, as reported earlier by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, and the club has deep enough pockets to comfortably take on what remains on the ill-advised five-year, $70 million free agent contract that Kennedy received this winter from Kansas City. Kennedy has been a big disappointment in his first year with the Royals, currently holding a 4.41 ERA through 20 starts. He could eat some innings for a contender, but that's probably about it. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:31 am
  • Blue Jays sign Erik Kratz to minors deal
    Blue Jays signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Kratz was designated for assignment by the Pirates on July 19 and elected to become a free agent a few days alter. He was 6-for-56 (.107) in Pittsburgh and is no more than a depth signing for the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:05 am
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  • Jennings scratched from High-A rehab game
    Desmond Jennings (hamstring) was scratched from what should have been his second rehab game Wednesday due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: The hope is that he can play Thursday night and remain on track to rejoin the Rays early next week. Jennings, out since July 1 with a left hamstring strain, went 1-for-4 in his rehab debut Tuesday with High-A Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:05 am
  • Madson earns save but gives up a run on Wed.
    Ryan Madson pitched a shaky ninth inning but earned a save despite giving up a run on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has 22 saves but has also blown six already. At 7.36 K/9 Madson does not have the premium strikeout rate that is the hallmark of reliable closers. He has a 3.89 ERA in 44 innings and is a trade candidate this week. His owners may want to handcuff Ryan Dull quickly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Collins rules Jeurys Familia out for Thursday
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Jeurys Familia will not be available for Thursday's game against the Rockies.

    Advice: Familia has pitched in back-to-back games. Wednesday's was an outright disaster, as he entered in the ninth with the Mets holding a 4-3 lead over the Cardinals only to surrender a game-tying RBI double to Yadier Molina and a go-ahead RBI double to Kolten Wong. The Mets lost 5-4. Thursday's forced off-day should just be considered a breather for Familia, who had not blown a save opportunity prior to Wednesday's meltdown. Addison Reed will handle any save chance that might come the team's way on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Reyes (intercostal) out until at least Friday
    Jose Reyes (intercostal strain) will not play until Friday at the earliest.

    Advice: Reyes suffered a Grade 1 intercostal strain during Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. He was administered an anti-inflammatory shot on Tuesday night. In terms of silver linings, Reyes at least avoided re-breaking the rib he fractured during the opening week of the 2015 season. He initially feared that Tuesday's injury might be a case of history repeating itself. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:02 pm
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  • Walker (foot) might only need one rehab start
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said that Taijuan Walker (foot) will be reevaluated after he makes his first start on a rehab assignment.

    Advice: Walker tossed a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday. He will have a bullpen session on Friday and (assuming no setbacks) could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday. Servais said that once he makes that start, the team will reevaluate to determine whether he is ready to be activated from the disabled list. Right foot tendinitis has plagued him this summer. He hasn't pitched since July 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:07 pm
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  • Walker (foot) nearing rehab assignment
    Taijuan Walker (foot) threw a successful three-inning simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll throw a bullpen session in two days and could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment -- possibly as soon as Monday at Triple-A Tacoma. Walker has been on the disabled list since July 5 due to tendinitis in his right foot. He's on track for an early-August activation, assuming no setbacks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:53 am
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  • Braun scores three times in win over D'backs
    Ryan Braun went 1-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: As he's been all month and most of the year, Braun was an on-base machine Tuesday, and he made the D'backs pay each time he reached. He's now hitting .319 with 16 runs scored this month, but strangely just two RBI. The 32-year-old is also riding an 11-game hitting streak. It all adds up to a .324/.386/.520 line with 14 homers, 46 RBI, 50 runs scored and 12 stolen bases overall. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:28 pm
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  • Jose Reyes diagnosed with intercostal strain
    Jose Reyes has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 intercostal strain.

    Advice: Reyes went to a local hospital for tests after feeling a muscle tweak on his final swing of Tuesday afternoon's 3-2 loss to the Cardinals -- part of a traditional doubleheader at Citi Field. He did not play in the night game (a 3-1 win) and the Mets are expecting him to miss at least a couple of days. This could easily turn into a DL situation. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:04 pm
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  • Oakland sticking with Ryan Madson at closer
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that he will stick with Ryan Madson at closer.

    Advice: Madson blew his sixth save of the season in Monday's loss to the Rangers and has watched his ERA rise every month -- from 1.42 at the end of April, to 2.42 at the end of May, to 3.00 at the end of June, to the 3.77 mark where it sits now. Ryan Dull probably deserves a shot, but it's not going to happen yet. "At this point, we still have confidence in him," Melvin said of Madson. "He’s throwing as hard as he has all year here the last couple times out, he’s performed really well the last couple of times before (Monday)." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:50 pm
  • Jake Lamb (hand) probably out until Friday
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said he's hopeful Jake Lamb (hand) can return Friday.

    Advice: Lamb has been dealing with a bruised left hand. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Monday night against the Brewers and is hitless over his last five games. The hope is the 25-year-old third baseman can get back to cranking homers with a bit of rest and rehab. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:18 pm
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  • Jennings (hamstring) to begin rehab Tues.
    Desmond Jennings (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He's been working out with the Charlotte Stone Crabs since the weekend and has now been cleared to play in live games. Jennings will probably spend the rest of this week in the minor leagues. He has been out since July 1 because of a left hamstring strain. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Walker (foot) to throw sim game Wed.
    Taijuan Walker (foot) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters that he wants to see Walker "get after it" to really test his right foot. A minor league rehab game could follow if the workout goes smoothly. Walker has been on the disabled list since July 5 with lingering foot tendinitis. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:00 pm
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  • Ryan Madson blows sixth save
    Ryan Madson took his sixth blown save after giving up a two-run homer to the Rangers in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Madson has given up a whopping five homers and 10 runs in his last 12 innings of work, so his time as a closer could be coming to a close. Ryan Dull has looked like Oakland's best reliever all season long and is worthy of an opportunity. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:37 pm
  • Jake Lamb dealing with bruised left hand
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said after Monday's game that Jake Lamb is dealing with a bruised left hand.

    Advice: Lamb isn't expected to undergo an MRI, but Hale said that they'll try to give him some rest and treatment. Consider him day-to-day. Lamb went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Monday and is now hitless over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:51 pm
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  • Story slugs 27th home run, Rockies top ATL
    Trevor Story slugged his 27th homer of the year Sunday in the Rockies' 7-2 victory over the Braves.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Atlanta rookie Tyrell Jenkins. Story also doubled and scored in the first inning, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Only two middle infielders in major league history have registered 30-homer seasons by age 23: Alex Rodriguez and Nomar Garciaparra. Story is well on his way to becoming the third. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:20 pm
  • Reyes notches RBI triple in win over Marlins
    Jose Reyes went 1-for-5 with an RBI triple in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Reyes showed that despite his age (33), he still brings a strong speed element to play whenever he steps to the dish. In Sunday's case, he collected an RBI triple against Marlins starter Jose Urena in the third inning. Since the Mets called him up on July 5, the embattled third baseman is slashing .242/.284/.516 with three homers, eight RBI and three steals over the course of 62 at-bats. He has quietly picked up hits in eight of his last 10 games. He is worth a shot in NL-only and deeper mixed-league formats at this juncture. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:34 pm
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  • Jake Lamb sitting out on Sunday
    Jake Lamb is absent from the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather with the Reds throwing southpaw Brandon Finnegan. Brandon Drury is handling third base. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:20 am
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  • Story homers twice, scores thrice, nets 5 RBI
    Trevor Story stuffed the box score on Saturday, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base.

    Advice: He hit a two-run homer in the second inning, then added a solo shot in the eighth. The rookie now has 26 longballs on the season, which is a lot more than he ever hit in a minor league season. He is batting .272/.347/.580 with 63 runs, 67 RBI and seven steals. He has an extremely high strikeout rate, but that has not interfered with his stellar overall production yet. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:49 pm
  • Trevor Story hits 24th homer
    Trevor Story collected his 24th homer Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: Story has now matched Troy Tulowitzki's homer total from his rookie season in 2007. The only shortstops to hit more than 24 as rookies were Nomar Garciaparra (30 in 1997) and Cal Ripken Jr. (28 while splitting time between short and third in 1982). Those two were Rookie of the Year winners. Time will tell is Story will be, too. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:11 pm
  • Braun slugs solo homer in loss
    Ryan Braun slugged a solo homer and drew a walk in Friday’s loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: His fourth-inning blast against Jason Hammel was his 14th home run on the year and his first since June 29. Braun has now hit safely in seven straight games and is hitting .315/.373/.516 on the year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:49 pm
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  • Familia converts 50th straight save
    Jeurys Familia secured his 50th consecutive regular season save in Friday's 5-3 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: It wasn’t easy, as Familia threw 23 pitches and gave up one run on two hits and a walk. He ultimately put out the fire by getting Adeiny Hechavarra on a ground out to end the game. Familia’s control hasn’t been as sharp this season, as he has 18 walks in 45 1/3 innings after walking just 19 batters in 78 innings last year. But he continues to get the job done for New York. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Reyes has three hits in win over Marlins
    Jose Reyes filled up the box score Friday against the Marlins by going 3-for-5 with an RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base.

    Advice: Reyes had a double and a pair of singles. He scored on a pair of sacrifice flies by Yoenis Cespedes. This was Reyes’ first three-hit game of the season and his first multi-hit game since July 10. He’s batting .250/.298/.538 overall. The Mets could use more games like this one from him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:52 pm
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  • Erik Kratz elects free agency
    Erik Kratz has elected free agency.

    Advice: Kratz cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, but he's decided to look for a gig elsewhere rather than accept a minor league assignment. He hit only .107 (6-for-56) with Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:03 pm
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  • Taijuan Walker (foot) throws bullpen session
    Taijuan Walker (foot) threw a bullpens session Friday with no issues.

    Advice: He should be ready to make a rehab start soon. Walker has battled tendinitis in his right foot for a while now before finally being placed on the DL earlier this month, but it appears he's feeling better. He should return in late July or early August. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:00 pm
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  • Jennings (hamstring) running at Charlotte
    Desmond Jennings (hamstring) has been doing light running with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: That's where he could begin a minor league rehab assignment in about a week. Jennings was placed on the disabled list July 4, retroactive to July 1, with a left hamstring strain. He may be ready to return the first week of August, but the 29-year-old outfielder is batting .202 this season and probably won't be a factor in fantasy leagues down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:53 am
  • Braun goes 2-for4 with three runs scored
    Ryan Braun finished 2-for-4, walked, stole a base and scored three runs on Wednesday.

    Advice: One of the hits was a triple. Braun spent a lot of time running around the bases tonight, which is a pleasing sight for his owners. All that running is a sign that Braun is fully healthy for once, and a fully healthy Ryan Braun can be a fantasy monster. He is batting .316/.373/.512 with 13 home runs, 44 RBI and 8 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:41 pm
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  • Kennedy bombed for seven earned runs in loss
    Ian Kennedy was shelled for seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Cleveland went off for four home runs against Kennedy, with Mike Napoli, Jason Kipnis, Tyler Naquin, and Carlos Santana all getting in on the act. Naquin then homered again off Royals reliever Peter Moylan. Kennedy had been in a decent groove, but his ERA jumped from 3.86 to 4.28 on Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City. A matchup at home against the Angels is next. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:34 pm
  • Familia pulls escape act to earn 33rd save
    Jeurys Familia loaded the bases with no outs but somehow escaped Tuesday's game against the Cubs with his 33rd save of the season.

    Advice: Familia issued two walks to lead off the inning, and a Javier Baez bunt single spelled real trouble for the reliever trying to protect a one-run lead. But Familia got pinch-hitter Matt Szczur to ground into a forceout at home, and he then coaxed a ground ball double play from potential NL MVP Kris Bryant to end the threat and the game. It wasn't pretty, but saves are saves, and Familia now has 33 of them in 33 chances this year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:57 pm
  • Mike Minor (shoulder) nearing rehab games
    Mike Minor (shoulder) threw a successful simulated game on Tuesday in Kansas City.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost said Minor looked really good during the workout and suggested that the left-hander could be close to restarting a minor league rehab assignment. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and he hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors this year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:38 pm
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  • Pirates designate Kratz for assignment
    Pirates designated C Erik Kratz for assignment.

    Advice: Kratz gets the boot now that Francisco Cervelli is ready to return from the disabled list. The 36-year-old hit just .107 (6-for-56) during his month-long stay with Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:47 pm
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  • Trevor Story hits 22nd homer in victory
    Trevor Story went 2-for-3 with his 22nd homer and his sixth steal Monday to lead the Rockies to a 7-4 win over the Rays.

    Advice: The homer was a two-run shot off Drew Smyly. He also walked in the contest. Despite his propensity for striking out, he's been very steady at the plate these last couple of months. His OPS stands at .886 and still hasn't fallen below .850 at any point this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:56 pm
  • Walker (foot) ramping up throwing program
    Taijuan Walker (foot) will play catch the next two days before throwing a bullpen session this weekend in Toronto.

    Advice: Walker has been sidelined since July 5 with nagging tendinitis in his right foot, but he's slowly starting to ramp up his throwing program. He will need a minor league rehab start, but a return around the end of the month appears within reach. Walker hasn't ruled out offseason foot surgery. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 4:47 pm
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  • Reyes gets work in center field
    Jose Reyes got some work in center field over the weekend.

    Advice: Reyes' primary goal is getting more comfortable at third base, but he'll also continuing working in center field just in case. The Mets are also looking at Michael Conforto in center field, so anything is possible in this situation. No word on if Bartolo Colon has been ruled out as an option. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 2:04 pm
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