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  • Villar keeps producing, Brewers best Braves
    Jonathan Villar went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored to help the Brewers take out the Braves 6-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: If he's not doing it with his legs, he's doing it with his stick, as evidenced by Thursday's solo dinger. The homer was his second of the season to give him 16 RBI, and he's got 21 runs scored through Thursday's game. More importantly, Villar has 15 steals to lead the National League, and his .295/.392/.416 line is all gravy as well. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Descalso has two hits, two runs against Sox
    Daniel Descalso went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Starting at designated hitter in the American League park, Descalso made his manager look smart by singling and scoring in the fifth and seventh innings. It was just his second start and fifth appearance of the season after he missed the first month and a half with a fractured left hand. He'll serve in a superutility role for the Rockies this year and carries no fantasy value. Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Espinosa's homer leads Nationals past Cards
    Danny Espinosa hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to lead the Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Espinosa's homer off Mike Leake broke a 1-1 tie and ended up being the difference. He finished 1-for-3 in the game. Despite Thursday's contribution, the 29-year-old is hitting just .201/.301/.302 in 47 games and appears to be keeping the seat warm for Trea Turner, who could be called up in a matter of weeks. Yesterday, 7:02 pm
    New Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    4:05 pm vs StL
  • Diaz swats seventh homer in loss to Nationals
    Aledmys Diaz hit his seventh home run of the season in a loss to the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: The home run was Diaz' only hit on the night. The 25-year-old has started to come back down to earth after a torrid start to the year, but he still ranks sixth in the National League in hitting, fifth in runs and seventh in slugging. Diaz owns a .329/.359/.570 line with 25 RBI and 32 runs scored overall. Yesterday, 6:59 pm
  • Jurickson Profar to fill in for Rougned Odor
    The Rangers will call up Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.

    Advice: That's when Rougned Odor will begin serving his seven-game suspension for punching Jose Bautista in the face. Profar is a shortstop by trade but will handle second base in Odor's absence. The 23-year-old hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2013. Profar could boost his trade value with a strong showing over the next week. He's played reasonably well for Round Rock this year, hitting .284 with five homers and four steals. The Rangers haven't announced who will go down in the corresponding roster move. Yesterday, 2:30 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs Pit
  • Jung Ho Kang goes 3-for-5 in Pirates' win
    Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI as the Pirates topped the Diamondbacks 8-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: It's Kang's first three-hit game since he came off the disabled list three weeks ago. He's been dealing with a little hand injury, which is why today's start was just his second in five days. He's hitting .298 with five homers and 15 RBI in 47 at-bats. Yesterday, 1:43 pm
  • Jean Segura goes 2-for-5, scores twice
    Jean Segura went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Segura's OPS has declined steadily since his outstanding first week of the season, but even so, he's remained a solid leadoff hitter for the Diamondbacks. He's hit .299 with a .330 OBP in May after coming in at .333 with a .362 OBP in April. Of course, as rarely as he walks, he needs to keep his average up around .300 to be useful at the top of the order. Yesterday, 1:36 pm
  • Adeiny Hechavarria hits third home run
    Making his first start of the year in the leadoff spot, Adeiny Hechavarria went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer against the Rays on Thursday.

    Advice: Ichiro Suzuki was out of the lineup today, and manager Don Mattingly thought Hechavarria was a better choice than Derek Dietrich to lead off against a lefty. It worked out nicely, but even after today, Hechavarria has just a .285 OBP for the season. He'll likely continue to bat eighth for the most part. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Tulo (quad) out of Jays' lineup again Thurs.
    Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup again on Thursday.

    Advice: Tulo is feeling better, per manager John Gibbons, but the parties involved felt it wise to get the veteran shortstop one more day of rest. Darwin Barney is starting at short Thursday afternoon against the Yankees. Yesterday, 10:55 am
    4:07 pm vs Bos
  • Cardinals recall Greg Garcia from AAA level
    Cardinals recalled INF Greg Garcia from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Garcia will give the Cardinals infield depth while Matt Carpenter spends the weekend away on paternity leave. Garcia has a cool .811 career OPS in the major leagues and he's 6-for-10 with St. Louis in 2016, but the 26-year-old isn't going to play enough to carry fantasy relevance. Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Segura (head) in Diamondbacks lineup Thurs.
    Jean Segura (head) is in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Segura was taken to a hospital in Pittsburgh and tested for a concussion Tuesday after getting plunked on the side of the batting helmet by a 96 mph Arquimedes Caminero fastball. He somehow managed to avoid a serious injury and will bat leadoff in his return to action Thursday afternoon versus Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole. Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (back) hopes to play Friday
    Asdrubal Cabrera (back) hopes to return for Friday's series opener versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Cabrera made an early exit from Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals after experiencing back spasms. "All of a sudden, it locked up on him downstairs as he was stretching," Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday night. "He says he feels fine and will be ready for Friday. I hope he is." Cabrera is batting .283/.335/.392 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 46 games this season for New York. Yesterday, 7:13 am
    4:10 pm vs LAD
  • Eugenio Suarez strikes out three times
    Eugenio Suarez struck out all three times he was up Wednesday in the loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Suarez was doing just fine as the Reds' No. 2 hitter last month, but coincidence or not, he's struggled ever since he was dropped in the order. He'll pick it up again eventually, but he's not in a great situation while hitting sixth or seventh for a bad Reds team. Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • Villar knocks in a pair in win
    Jonathan Villar went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a walk in Wednesday's extra-inning affair with the Braves.

    Advice: Villar collected his 14th double of the year and is now hitting .290/.386/.395 on the year. He'll make questionable decisions at times -- such as getting thrown out at third base with nobody out, which he did on Wednesday -- but the 25-year-old has done far more good than bad in 2015. He now has 15 RBI to match his 15 stolen bases. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Gregorius homers in loss to the Blue Jays
    Didi Gregorius went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the seventh inning of Wednesday's defeat at the hands of the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gregorius is 6-foot-2 and looks like he should hit for more power than he does, but an extreme fly-ball pitcher like Marco Estrada was a perfect recipe for a rare homer from the 26-year-old shortstop. He now has four long balls on the year and extended his hitting streak to eight games. The hot stretch has helped him raise his batting average to .275, though his OBP still checks in under .300. He fits well in the bottom third of the Yankees lineup and is a low-tier fantasy shortstop. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • J.J. Hardy (foot) still feeling soreness
    J.J. Hardy continues to feel soreness in his fractured left foot.

    Advice: Hardy underwent an X-ray last week, one which showed that his foot was healing up nicely. Manager Buck Showalter said on Wednesday that the veteran shortstop is still not to the point where he is ready to take part in any weight-bearing exercises, though. Hardy will head to the team's spring training complex in Sarasota to prepare for rehab work on Friday. He could return around mid-June if the soreness dissipates soon. Wednesday, 4:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Cle
  • Brandon Crawford smacks walkoff RBI single
    Brandon Crawford hit a walkoff RBI single to send the Giants to a 4-3, 10-inning win over the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: Matt Duffy managed a one-out single against reliever Brad Hand in the 10th inning and later moved to second on a wild pitch, setting the stage for Crawford. The 29-year-old shortstop came through with a deep RBI single to win the game. It would have gone for a double or triple in any other circumstance. For the season, Crawford is hitting .262/.337/.449 with six homers and 27 RBI. Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Lowrie batting fifth in return from 15-day DL
    Jed Lowrie is in the lineup and batting fifth for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.

    Advice: Lowrie was just activated off the disabled list on Wednesday. He missed 15 days on the nose with a bruised right shin. Back in action now, the veteran infielder returns to a .302/.341/.345 triple-slash. He accumulated those numbers through 32 games. Wednesday, 3:08 pm
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Tulowitzki (quad) remains day-to-day
    Troy Tulowitzki (quad) was feeling better on Wednesday, but is still considered day-to-day.

    Advice: Tulowitzki was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Yankees after experiencing right quad tightness. He is not in Wednesday's lineup, with Ryan Goins earning a start at shortstop in his place. Wednesday, 1:59 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bos
  • Red Sox won't push Brock Holt (head) back
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Brock Holt (concussion) will begin his rehab work with "general conditioning."

    Advice: Per Farrell, Holt underwent a "battery of tests" when he visited concussion specialist Dr. Mickey Collins in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The 27-year-old outfielder was actually hoping to be activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list on Wednesday, but the Red Sox are taking no chances here. Somewhat distressing, he initially suffered the head injury on May 10, but it was not diagnosed for another week. Wednesday, 1:51 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    7-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Jean Segura says he avoided a concussion
    Jean Segura said he does not have a concussion.

    Advice: Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero hit Segura on the side of his batting helmet with a 96 mph fastball on Tuesday, sending him out of the game and to a local hospital. Segura remains active on the Diamondbacks' roster Wednesday and could be ready to return by the weekend. Call him day-to-day for now. Wednesday, 1:38 pm
  • Mariners option Chris Taylor to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned SS Chris Taylor to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Luis Sardinas was called up as the corresponding roster move. Taylor spent just five days on the major league roster before being sent back down. In 84 career games in the bigs, the 25-year-old shortstop owns a .240/.296/.296 triple-slash. He managed a single in three at-bats during his most recent cup of coffee with Seattle. Wednesday, 1:28 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • Mariners promote INF Sardinas from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled INF Luis Sardinas from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Chris Taylor has been optioned to Triple-A as the corresponding roster move. Earlier this season, the 23-year-old Sardinas saw 26 at-bats with the M's and managed just four hits in that space. While he could see his share of playing time until Ketel Marte (thumb) is ready to return, Sardinas has yet to find the sort of major league success that would make him a palatable fantasy option. Wednesday, 1:23 pm
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • Ahmed (chin) in Diamondbacks' lineup Wed.
    Nick Ahmed (head) is in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Ahmed took a pitch off his chin on Tuesday night but came away with nothing more than some minor cuts. He is batting leadoff Wednesday versus lefty Jeff Locke. Wednesday, 12:47 pm
  • Tulo (quad) not in Blue Jays' lineup on Wed.
    Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup Wednesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Tulo made an early exit from Tuesday's game after experiencing tightness in his right quad. Ryan Goins will start at shortstop and bat eighth versus Ivan Nova. Devon Travis will make his season debut at second. Wednesday, 12:43 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bos
  • Rays option Tim Beckham to AAA Durham
    Rays optioned INF Tim Beckham to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Beckham was batting just .185/.241/.352 over 58 plate appearances as a utility infielder in Tampa Bay. The 26-year-old former top prospect shouldn't be owed in any standard fantasy league as he heads to Triple-A. Wednesday, 12:26 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Asdrubal Cabrera pulled due to back spasms
    Asdrubal Cabrera is day-to-day with back spasms.

    Advice: Cabrera left Wednesday's game against the Nationals in the bottom of the first inning, with Matt Reynolds taking over at shortstop. Asdrubal apparently felt the discomfort during pregame warmups. This doesn't sound like a serious issue, but you never know with the Mets and their recent rash of back issues. Wednesday, 10:28 am
    4:10 pm vs LAD
  • Athletics activate Lowrie (shin) from the DL
    Athletics activated 2B Jed Lowrie from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Lowrie wound up missing exactly 15 days with a bruised right shin. The second baseman returns Wednesday to a cool .302/.341/.345 batting line with 17 RBI in 32 games. Wednesday, 10:03 am
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Jhonny Peralta (thumb) shifting rehab to AA
    Jhonny Peralta (thumb) will shift his rehab assignment to Double-A Springfield this weekend.

    Advice: Peralta is 3-for-10 through four rehab games with Low-A Peoria. He'll play one more game for Peoria on Wednesday night and then take Thursday off before reporting to Springfield on Friday. The veteran shortstop is on track to join the Cardinals next week. He probably won't play every day out of the gate as manager Mike Matheny tries to keep Aledmys Diaz active and producing at a high rate. Wednesday, 9:07 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Lindor out of Cleveland's lineup Wednesday
    Francisco Lindor is out of the Indians' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the White Sox.

    Advice: It's a simple day of maintenance for Lindor. Jose Ramirez will draw the start at shortstop and bat third Wednesday versus White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • Cesar Hernandez out of Phillies' lineup Wed.
    Cesar Hernandez is not in the Phillies' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers.

    Advice: Hernandez was dropped from the second spot to the seventh spot in the Philadelphia batting order on Tuesday night and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. He's slashing just .248/.301/.301 in 43 games this season. Andres Blanco will start at second base and hit seventh Wednesday versus Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Wednesday, 7:06 am
  • Crawford drives in four runs against Padres
    Brandon Crawford went 2-for-3 with a three-run triple and four total RBI in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the Padres.

    Advice: Crawford notched his first RBI with a single in the sixth inning. He would come through again in much louder fashion in the bottom of the eighth. Stepping to the plate with the bases juiced, the 29-year-old shortstop brought 'em all home with a three-run triple off reliever Keith Hessler to blow open what had been a 3-1 game. For the season, Crawford is slashing .256/.330/.438 with nine doubles, six homers and 26 RBI across 160 at-bats. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Correa delivers as Astros walk it off vs. O's
    Carlos Correa hit an RBI single in the 13th inning to give the Astros a walk-off, 3-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: Correa was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts before delivering the game-winning hit in the 13th. He's been streaky in his first full season in the majors, striking out in a surprising 25.1 percent of his plate appearances while also hitting seven homers with eight steals on the year. It all adds up to a .250/.343/.409 line that should be more attractive by season's end. Tuesday, 10:10 pm
  • Lindor collects three more hits against Sox
    Francisco Lindor went 3-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lindor was one of four Indians with multiple hits against Chris Sale and company. The shortstop now has six three-hit games in the month of May, batting .340 with 11 RBI and 17 runs scored this month. The 22-year-old is hitting .318/.372/.413 with nine stolen bases overall. Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • D'Backs manager Hale says Ahmed not hurt
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said late Tuesday that Nick Ahmed seems fine.

    Advice: Ahmed was grazed on the chin by an Arquimedes Caminero pitch on Tuesday night, an inning after Caminero struck Jean Segura on the side of the batting helmet. Segura is being treated for a concussion at a hospital in Pittsburgh, but Ahmed apparently escaped anything serious. He does have some minor cuts on his chin. Tuesday, 7:51 pm
  • Jean Segura showing concussion symptoms
    Jean Segura was sent to a local hospital in Pittsburgh after showing concussion symptoms.

    Advice: Segura got struck in the side of his batting helmet Tuesday by a 96 mph fastball from Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero. Nick Ahmed also took a Caminero pitch to the head an inning later but came away mostly unscathed. There should be an update on Segura at some point Wednesday. A stint on the 7-day concussion disabled list may be in the cards. Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Villar steals 15th base in win over Braves
    Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in a win over the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Villar ended up scoring the winning run after walking, stealing second and scoring on a Scooter Gennett single in the eighth inning. The stolen base was his 15th of the season. Villar has thrived in an everyday role with the Brewers, batting .287/.385/.389 in 43 games. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Ahmed leaves game after taking pitch to face
    Nick Ahmed left Tuesday's game against the Pirates after taking a pitch off his face.

    Advice: Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero caught Ahmed in the chin, an inning after striking Jean Segura in the side of the batting helmet. The pitches didn't look intentional -- just incredibly wild -- but Caminero was ejected anyway and both benches were warned. Ahmed will presumably be tested for both facial fractures and a concussion. He was able to walk off the field under his own power. Tuesday, 7:15 pm
  • Tulo removed from game with quad tightness
    Troy Tulowitzki left Tuesday's game against the Yankees with tightness in his right quad.

    Advice: Tulowitzki was 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base before exiting. He may have injured the quad on that swipe of second base in the top of the seventh. Ryan Goins moved to shortstop and catcher Russell Martin took over at second to close out the 6-0 loss. Tulo will be reevaluated by the Blue Jays training staff on Wednesday. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bos
  • Jean Segura exits game after HBP on helmet
    Jean Segura left Tuesday's game against the Pirates after taking a pitch off his helmet.

    Advice: Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero, one of the hardest throwers in the majors, struck Segura with a 96 mph fastball in the top of the seventh inning. Segura was eventually able to walk off the field on his own, but this is an obvious concussion-watch situation. There should be an update from the Diamondbacks after the game. Tuesday, 6:39 pm
  • Hernandez dropped to seventh Tuesday
    Cesar Hernandez has been dropped to seventh in the order for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Hernandez has mostly batted second recently, but he owns an underwhelming .252/.301/.305 batting line through 42 games. Freddy Galvis will get a chance in the No. 2 spot versus Justin Verlander. Tuesday, 12:31 pm
  • Kang (hand) returns to Tuesday's lineup
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kang missed back-to-back starts after leaving Saturday's game with a jammed left hand, but he's feeling better now. He'll bat cleanup against right-hander Shelby Miller. Tuesday, 11:07 am
  • Peralta (thumb) doubles in rehab game
    Jhonny Peralta (thumb) went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored Monday in his third minor league rehab game with Class A Peoria.

    Advice: Peralta, who is working his way back from thumb surgery, also played six innings at shortstop. He has seen time between shortstop and third base during his minor league rehab assignment, as the Cardinals are preparing to mix and match in their infield when he returns from the disabled list. He appears on track to be activated in early June. Tuesday, 5:37 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Kang (hand) flies out as pinch-hitter Monday
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) flied out as a pinch-hitter on Monday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kang was held out of the starting lineup again with a jammed left hand, but he is expected back Tuesday and his at-bat Monday served as a positive sign even though it will go down as nothing more than a loud out. He hit the ball to the deep left-center field notch at PNC Park. Monday, 12:27 pm
  • Kang (hand) expected to return on Tuesday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Jung Ho Kang (hand) will return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: His jammed left hand will get one more day of rest as the Bucs play a makeup game against the Rockies on Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Sean Rodriguez is starting at shortstop and batting eighth against Colorado right-hander Jordan Lyles. David Freese is at third. Kang injured the hand on a play at home plate Saturday. Monday, 8:12 am
  • Kang (hand) not in Pirates' lineup on Monday
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Monday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Kang was able to hit in a batting cage before Sunday's rainout, but he'll take another day of rest in Monday's makeup game. Sean Rodriguez is at shortstop and David Freese is at third base in the afternoon tilt. Monday, 7:14 am
  • Chris Taylor recalled from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled SS Chris Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: He's replacing Ketel Marte (thumb) on the roster and should see plenty of time at shortstop while Marte is sidelined. Taylor has struggled during his time in the majors but has batted .294/.374/.464 with two homers and eight steals for Tacoma this season. Sunday, 8:06 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • Jung Ho Kang (hand) not in Sunday's lineup
    Jung Ho Kang (hand) is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Kang departed Saturday's game after injuring his left hand on a play at home plate, although X-rays came back negative. He'll go through some tests before the Pirates determine whether he'll be available off the bench. Pittsburgh has David Freese at third base and Sean Rodriguez at shortstop, as Jordy Mercer is getting a breather. Sunday, 7:52 am
  • Kang's hand X-rays come back negative
    X-rays on Jung Ho Kang's injured hand came back negative.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game with left hand discomfort after getting thrown out at home plate. Kang wasn't getting any treatment on his hand after the game and seemed optimistic about his status. While we wouldn't expect to see him in the lineup Sunday, it doesn't appear that Kang will miss much time. Saturday, 8:05 pm
  • Mariners to promote Chris Taylor on Sunday
    Chris Taylor will join the Mariners in Cincinnati on Sunday.

    Advice: The Mariners haven't announced a corresponding move, though it looks like Ketel Marte (thumb) could be headed to the disabled list. Taylor appeared in 37 games for Seattle last season, hitting .170 with only one RBI in 94 at-bats. He's had a productive year in the minors so far, batting .294 with eight steals for Triple-A Tacoma. Saturday, 7:00 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • Jung Ho Kang exits with left hand discomfort
    Jung Ho Kang left Saturday's game against the Rockies with left hand discomfort.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on a play at home plate. Kang didn't immediately come out of the game but was eventually replaced by David Freese in the sixth inning. He went 1-for-3 with a double before exiting. The Pirates are calling Kang day-to-day. Saturday, 4:37 pm
  • Brock Holt to meet with concussion specialist
    Brock Holt will visit a concussion specialist on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's going to Pittsburgh, where he'll be looked at by Dr. Mickey Collins. The two have a history together as Holt sought Collins' help when he suffered his first concussion in 2014. Holt's injury actually occurred against Oakland on May 10 but he wasn't diagnosed for another week. He's hoping to be back Wednesday when he's first eligible to come off the disabled list, though that might not be realistic. Saturday, 1:39 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    7-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Diaz drives in two runs in loss to D-Backs
    Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Diaz drove in a run with a ground out in the first inning before reaching on an RBI single in the seventh. The move to the No. 2 spot this week was long overdue and he should have a good chance to stick there if he continues to hit. By the way, he’s not slowing down. He has hit safely in seven out of his last eight games and four of them have been multi-hit games. Diaz is batting .373/.403/.634 overall. The Cardinals can’t possibly sit him when Jhonny Peralta (thumb) comes off the DL. Friday, 9:45 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang not in Friday's lineup
    Jung Ho Kang is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off as the Pirates continue to ease him back into things. David Freese is at third base. Friday, 12:09 pm
  • Brock Holt goes on the 7-day concussion DL
    Red Sox placed INF/OF Brock Holt on the 7-day concussion disabled list, retroactive to May 19.

    Advice: It's unclear when Holt suffered the concussion, but the club is calling it a mild one, for what it's worth, so perhaps he won't be sidelined long. Chris Young figures to pick up some extra playing time in left field while Holt is on the shelf, although Blake Swihart has been playing some left field at Triple-A Pawtucket and he was recalled Friday. Friday, 9:37 am
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    7-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Lindor steals base, scores twice against Reds
    Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: Lindor continues to hit everything in sight, as Thursday was his fourth consecutive multi-hit game and his sixth in the last week. The stolen base -- as if stinging the ball every at-bat wasn't enough -- was his seventh of the year. The 22-year-old is now hitting .329/.382/.439 with 19 RBI and 27 runs scored overall. Thursday, 7:09 pm
  • Jed Lowrie (shin) nearing a return
    Jed Lowrie (shin) took part in all baseball activities on Thursday.

    Advice: Lowrie went on the disabled list with a bruised shin last week but is already on the mend. It looks like he's close to beginning a rehab assignment. Lowrie should be activated on May 25, the first day he's eligible to come off the DL. Thursday, 4:52 pm
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Peralta (thumb) to begin rehab assignment Friday
    Jhonny Peralta (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Peoria on Friday.

    Advice: The Cardinals must have liked what they saw from Peralta at Wednesday's batting practice. At one time, it looked like Peralta might be out until the All-Star break but now it appears he's on track to return in early June. Peralta will play shortstop and third base during his rehab assignment. We'd expect him to regain the starting shortstop job upon his return with Aledmys Diaz shifting into a utility role. Thursday, 1:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Aledmys Diaz batting second Thursday night
    Aledmys Diaz is batting second for the Cardinals on Thursday night against the Rockies.

    Advice: Finally the hot-hitting shortstop gets a bump up manager Mike Matheny's batting order. Diaz went 2-for-4 with a double on Wednesday and is slashing .376/.403/.648 over his first 134 plate appearances as a major leaguer. Stephen Piscotty is at cleanup for the Cardinals versus Colorado righty Jon Gray. Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • X-ray shows healing in J.J. Hardy's left foot
    A follow-up X-ray on J.J. Hardy's fractured left foot showed significant healing.

    Advice: The fracture is almost fully healed, Hardy told reporters Thursday. He'll head to the Orioles' spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida on Friday to begin ramping up his workouts toward full baseball activities. Then comes a minor league rehab assignment. The original timetable from May 2 had Hardy missing 6-8 weeks, and that still probably holds. Thursday, 8:17 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Cle
  • Brock Holt goes 0-for-4 for Red Sox
    Brock Holt went 0-for-4 in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader and is down to .239/.310/.354 in 113 at-bats this season.

    Advice: Chris Young seems to be finding his swing, so the Red Sox could give him more playing time over Holt in left field. Calling up Rusney Castillo probably isn't an option; he's hitting .275/.328/.330 in Triple-A. Blake Swihart might be a factor later, but not yet. Wednesday, 9:00 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    7-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Kang homers again in loss
    Jung Ho Kang launched his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot in the ninth that proved to be the Pirates only run against the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kang surprised many when he hit 15 home runs a year ago; however, he's proving that he has plenty more juice in the bat this year. The 29-year-old already has five homers in just 10 games back from the disabled list and is hitting .281/.351/.813 with 10 RBI. Given his shortstop eligibility, Kang projects to be massively valuable throughout the rest of the 2016 season. Wednesday, 6:53 pm
  • Jhonny Peralta (thumb) takes batting practice
    Jhonny Peralta (thumb) took batting practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was the first time Peralta had taken part in batting practice since he underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb in early March. GM John Mozeliak has indicated that the veteran shortstop could begin a rehab assignment this week. Wednesday, 2:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Jed Lowrie (shin) on track to return May 25
    Jed Lowrie (shin) is aiming to come off the disabled list when first eligible May 25.

    Advice: Lowrie began hitting over the weekend and resumed running this week, so he would seem to be on track to meet that goal. The second baseman has been on the disabled list since May 11 with a nasty right shin contusion. He was batting .302/.341/.345 with 17 RBI over his first 32 games this season for Oakland. Wednesday, 11:02 am
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Crawford backs Mad-Bum with homer, 5 RBI
    Brandon Crawford went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and five RBI in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Padres.

    Advice: Yes, Crawford drove in all five of the Giant runs on the evening. He got the party started with flair, mashing a three-run homer against Padres starter Colin Rea in the second inning. In the sixth, a sacrifice fly would be in order, while the eighth saw him notch an RBI double. The 29-year-old shortstop is slashing .257/.329/.434 with five homers and 21 RBI over 136 at-bats. He had been dealing with a bit of a stiff neck earlier this month, but Tuesday's performance would seem to indicate that bothersome ailment is behind him. Tuesday, 10:45 pm
  • Lindor doubles twice as part of 3-for-6 night
    Francisco Lindor doubled twice as part of a 3-for-6 night on Tuesday as the Indians routed the Reds.

    Advice: Cleveland's offense managed 13 runs on 17 hits -- with 10 of those runs and 14 of those hits coming against Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon. That follows a 15-6 explosion against Reds pitching on Monday. If only Lindor and the Indians could play the cross-state club all the time. Tuesday, 6:47 pm
  • Profar starting at 2B in Triple-A on Tuesday
    Jurickson Profar will start at second base with Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.

    Advice: Profar has exclusively played shortstop so far this season. It's noteworthy as the Rangers brace for the news of a lengthy suspension for second baseman Rougned Odor. It's possible that Profar will get the call once the situation is finally settled. After missing essentially two years with shoulder issues, the 23-year-old is batting .273/.353/.424 with five home runs and 19 RBI over 34 games this season in Triple-A. Tuesday, 11:16 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs Pit
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