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  • Cory Luebke to have sore elbow checked out
    Cory Luebke will be examined in San Diego on Tuesday after feeling discomfort in his left elbow in his last rehab start.

    Advice: Well, that's not good. Luebke, of course, is making his way back from a second Tommy John surgery. The left-hander has allowed three runs over seven innings across in first seven rehab appearances.
    31 minutes ago
    60-Day DL
  • Ricky Nolasco to undergo ankle surgery
    Ricky Nolasco will undergo surgery on his right ankle on Monday.

    Advice: Nolasco first hurt his ankle back in late May and attempts to rehab it proved unsuccessful. There's no timetable for his return, but you'd have to think there's a good chance his season is over. If that's the case, Nolasco will have posted a 5.40 ERA over just 34 starts in his first two seasons with the Twins after signing a four-year, $49 million contract.
    37 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-1 vs Bal
  • Chris Sale among AL ASG starting pitchers
    Chris Sale was among the American League pitchers selected to next week's All-Star Game.

    Advice: And he's one of the candidates to start the game in Cincinnati. Other starters joining Sale on the AL club will be Chris Archer, Sonny Gray, Felix Hernandez, Dallas Keuchel and David Price. The AL relievers will be Dellin Betances, Brad Boxberger, Zach Britton, Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, Darren O'Day and Glen Perkins.
    Today, 4:38 pm
  • Max Scherzer among NL pitchers in ASG
    Max Scherzer was among the pitchers named to next week's National League All-Star Game.

    Advice: Scherzer will be a candidate to start if the Nationals decide to not start him on Sunday. The starters joining Scherzer on the NL squad will be Madison Bumgarner, A.J. Burnett, Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom, Zack Greinke, Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha. The NL relievers are Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon, Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Rodriguez and Trevor Rosenthal. Johnny Cueto, Jeurys Familia, Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Martinez and Troy Tulowitzki are the Final Vote candidates.
    Today, 4:33 pm
  • Matt Andriese to start during doubleheader
    Matt Andriese will be recalled to start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Royals.

    Advice: The Rays have elected to skip Alex Colome in favor of Andriese. The young righty holds a 3.24 ERA over 41 2/3 innings for the Rays this season.
    Today, 4:27 pm
    Not Active
    PPD @KC
  • Rays/Royals game postponed due to rain
    Monday's game between the Rays and Royals was postponed due to rain.

    Advice: They'll play a split doubleheader on Tuesday. Edinson Volquez, who had been scheduled for Monday, will be pushed back a day to start during the double-dip. Alex Colome will be skipped by the Rays.
    Today, 4:22 pm
  • Marco Gonzales (shoulder) nearly game ready
    Marco Gonzales (shoulder) is expected to return to game action on Friday with High-A Palm Beach.

    Advice: Gonzales has been limited to just six starts this season due to an impingement in his left shoulder. He's expected to be built up to 100 pitches by the end of the month, so he could be an option for the Cardinals by that time if he's pitching well.
    Today, 3:58 pm
    Not Active
  • Ventura (hand) officially cleared for Thurs.
    Yordano Ventura (hand) has officially been cleared to start on Thursday against the Rays after a successful bullpen session Monday.

    Advice: Ventura had been slated for another rehab start, but the Royals changed their mind after he felt good in a 'pen session over the weekend. Given the nice matchup, fantasy owners can probably go ahead and roll with the righty this week. Joe Blanton will head back to the bullpen following Ventura's return.
    Today, 2:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    PPD vs TB
  • Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) back from disabled list
    Mariners activated RHP Hisashi Iwakuma from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: The right-hander has been sidelined since late April due to a strained lat muscle. He also had a blister issue in his last rehab start, but manager Lloyd McClendon said that Iwakuma will not be under a strict pitch count Monday when he takes on the Tigers. Fantasy owners can probably feel free to go ahead and ride with him.
    Today, 1:54 pm
  • Stewart notches season-high six strikeouts
    Twins RHP prospect Kohl Stewart worked seven innings Sunday, allowing two runs and five hits in a no-decision for High-A Fort Myers.

    Advice: It was Stewart's longest outing since May 23. The six strikeouts he recorded were a season-high. Stewart has made strides but he still has a long way to go. Opponents have hit a robust .284 against the right-hander this season. At least he's only let up one homer in 72 2/3 innings.
    Today, 1:49 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 2, 2-1 vs Bal
  • Dallas Beeler to start during doubleheader
    Dallas Beeler will start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: He'll be up as the 26th man and be sent back down after the spot start. Beeler has struck out 50 over 58 1/3 frames at Triple-A Iowa this season, but he's also posted a 6.33 ERA. Needless to say, fantasy owners can steer clear.
    Today, 1:48 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 2, 0-0 vs StL
  • Cravy to take Garza's spot in rotation
    With Matt Garza (shoulder) out injured, RHP Tyler Cravy will take his place in the rotation.

    Advice: Cravy held a 3.79 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 66/26 K/BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings covering 14 starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs. It's difficult to recommend him for fantasy purposes, but desperate owners should at least keep an eye on him to see if there's short term benefit here.
    Today, 12:39 pm
  • Reds option Smith to Double-A
    Reds optioned RHP Josh Smith to Double-A Pensacola.

    Advice: Smith made three starts for the Reds, surrendering 12 runs in 12 1/3 innings. He pitched to a 3.56 ERA and 1.25 WHIP for Triple-A Louisville, but is being sent down another level this time around. He might see spot duty again at another point this season, but the major league results have not been encouraging thus far.
    Today, 12:07 pm
    Not Active
  • Brewers place Garza (shoulder) on DL
    Brewers placed RHP Matt Garza on the disabled list, retroactive to July 3, with right shoulder tendinitis.

    Advice: This is somewhat surprising, as there was little indication that Garza was dealing with arm troubles. It's unknown if this has been impacting his recent performance, but in his last two starts, he's been hit hard to the tune of 11 runs on 23 hits over 11 1/3 innings. For the season, Garza holds a 5.55 ERA and 68/33 K/BB ratio. No timetable has been set for his return as of yet.
    Today, 11:50 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 2, 1-2 vs Atl
  • Red Sox option Steven Wright to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned RHP Steven Wright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Over the course of two stints with the Red Sox this season, Wright holds a 4.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 24/13 K/BB ratio covering 43 1/3 innings (including four starts). The 30-year-old knuckleballer will return to Pawtucket until the Red Sox need an extra long arm in the pen.
    Today, 10:16 am
    Not Active
  • No restrictions to be placed on Iwakuma (lat)
    According to Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, there will be "no restrictions" on Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) when he returns to start against the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Iwakuma last started on April 20. While McClendon and the team are not placing any restrictions on Iwakuma, it's reasonable to assume that he'll be at least be relatively limited in the number of pitches he throws in his first few starts back. He sported a 6.61 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings and three starts prior to the DL stint.
    Today, 8:04 am
  • Marco Gonzales (shoulder) throws live BP
    Marco Gonzales (shoulder) threw live batting practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Gonzales has been on the shelf mid-May while dealing with an impingement in his left shoulder. There's no timetable for his return, but it looks like he should be ready for game action again soon.
    Yesterday, 11:16 am
    Not Active
  • Ventura (hand) likely to return on Thursday
    Yordano Ventura (hand) is expected to skip his final rehab start and rejoin the Royals' rotation, likely on Thursday versus the Rays.

    Advice: Ventura had been pegged to take the ball on Monday for Triple-A Omaha in a final tune-up, but it appears the club has decided he doesn't need that outing. "He's ready," manager Ned Yost said. Ventura has been on the shelf since mid-June with ulnar neuritis in his pitching hand.
    Yesterday, 8:38 am
    15-Day DL
    PPD vs TB
  • Yordano Ventura to make rehab start Monday
    Yordano Ventura (hand) will make another rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Monday.

    Advice: The righty didn't have any issues with his right hand during a bullpen session Saturday, but he still felt a very slight numbness in his last rehab outing so the Royals are going to play it safe. Ventura will be re-evaluated after Monday's start, as he would potentially be in line to rejoin the rotation next weekend.
    Yesterday, 7:09 am
    15-Day DL
    PPD vs TB
  • Smith coughs up five runs in loss to Brewers
    Josh Smith was hit up for five runs over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: This was Smith's third start in a row for the Reds. It did little to show that he deserves a fourth outing. Smith struck out two and walked three, running into trouble in the fourth and fifth innings to account for the five runs scored against his line. Triple-A Louisville seems like a probable destination for the pitcher following this performance, though the Reds have not announced a move on that front as of yet.
    Saturday, 8:19 pm
    Not Active
  • Red Sox recall Steven Wright from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled RHP Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The 30-year-old knuckleballer owns a 4.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings with the big league club this season. He'll function in long relief.
    Saturday, 8:13 am
    Not Active
  • Iwakuma to rejoin Mariners rotation on Monday
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) will rejoin the Mariners rotation on Monday against the Tigers.

    Advice: The right-hander has been sidelined since April 21 due to a strained lat muscle. In three starts with the M's before hitting the disabled list, he registered a 6.61 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio across 16 1/3 innings.
    Saturday, 6:23 am
  • Iwakuma (lat) won't be back this weekend
    The Mariners will not activate Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) from the disabled list to start on Sunday.

    Advice: Mike Montgomery will stay on turn and take the ball Sunday. The Mariners have not made a decision on the next step for Iwakuma, but it's possible he'll make another rehab start. He could also rejoin Seattle's rotation early next week.
    Friday, 2:53 pm
  • Doc 'a little more concerned' about Nolasco
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Dr. Robert Anderson "was a little more concerned" about Ricky Nolasco (ankle) after a visit Thursday.

    Advice: Nolasco is dealing with a bone fragment in his right ankle and has been unable to throw off a mound without pain. There's been no decision made yet as far as surgery goes, but it may be a foregone conclusion. It's unclear how long Nolasco would be sidelined if he does go under the knife.
    Friday, 7:25 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-1 vs Bal
  • Tyler Cravy recalled to from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled RHP Tyler Cravy from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Cravy tossed seven frames of one-run ball in his major league debut last month but was sent back down after the game. He will be used in long relief.
    Friday, 6:59 am
  • Matt Garza gives up four runs in no-decision
    Matt Garza struggled in a no-decision against the Phillies on Thursday, giving up four runs on 10 hits over his six frames.

    Advice: Garza struck out three on the night while issuing one free pass. He left with his team maintaining a 7-4 advantage, but the Brewers bullpen was unable to hold on and provide his fifth victory. Mired in a high disappointing season, he'll carry a 5.55 ERA and 68/33 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's matchup against the Braves.
    Thursday, 7:47 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 2, 1-2 vs Atl
  • Scherzer handed complete-game loss vs. Braves
    Max Scherzer gave up two runs over 8 1/3 innings in a complete-game loss against the Braves on Thursday.

    Advice: The game was tied 1-1 until Scherzer gave up a walk-off single to Cameron Maybin in the bottom of the ninth. While he took the loss, it was still a heck of an outing. Scherzer allowed a total of five hits and no walks while striking out nine batters. He now has a 42/1 K/BB ratio over his last four starts and has gone the distance in three of them. Quite a run for someone who had one complete game over his first 210 starts in the majors.
    Thursday, 7:11 pm
  • Iwakuma (lat) throws a successful bullpen
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) threw a successful bullpen session on Thursday without any issues.

    Advice: It's unclear if he's going to need one final minor league rehab start, or be cleared to rejoin the Mariners rotation immediately. M's manager Lloyd McClendon said he'll elaborate on the team's rotation plan on Friday.
    Thursday, 4:05 pm
  • Ventura likely to make another rehab start
    Yordano Ventura (hand) will likely make another minor league rehab start.

    Advice: Ventura, out since June 13 with ulnar neuritis, allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday at Triple-A Omaha. He still felt a very slight numbness in his hand, so the Royals want to play things safe before activating him.
    Thursday, 2:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    PPD vs TB
  • Ventura (hand) sharp in rehab start at Omaha
    Yordano Ventura (hand) allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday at Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Ventura walked three but struck out four and gave up only three hits. It may be enough to convince the Royals that the 24-year-old right-hander is ready to return from the disabled list. He's been on the shelf since June 13 with ulnar neuritis.
    Thursday, 6:05 am
    15-Day DL
    PPD vs TB
  • Edinson Volquez gives up five runs to Astros
    Edinson Volquez yielded five runs in five innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Volquez struck out eight and walked just one while aiming for his fifth straight win tonight, but he was undone by a couple of homers. It's the first time all year that he's allowed five earned runs.
    Wednesday, 9:36 pm
  • Sale could have next start pushed to Monday
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Chris Sale could have his next scheduled start pushed back from Sunday to Monday.

    Advice: In that scenario, Carlos Rodon would start in Sale's place Sunday. The idea would just to give Sale an extra day of rest, not to nurse any sort of injury. Sale has been terrific this season, going 6-4 with a 2.87 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 141/22 K/BB ratio through 15 starts.
    Wednesday, 5:48 pm
  • Sale fans 12 Cards over eight in no-decision
    Chris Sale struck out 12 batters over eight innings Tuesday, allowing one run in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Stop us if you've heard this one before, but Sale deserved better for his effort. The start was the third this season in which he's gone eight innings allowing one or zero runs without getting the victory. Sale gave up six hits and a walk in the contest, with a Randal Grichuk home run doing the only damage. The southpaw remains 6-4 with a 2.87 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 141/22 K/BB ratio through 15 starts. He'll hope for a better result Monday against the Blue Jays.
    Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Iwakuma doesn't think blister is big issue
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) doesn't think the blister that forced him from his rehab start Tuesday will be an issue.

    Advice: Iwakuma noted that he's had numerous blister problems over the years and that the Mariners' training staff knows how to treat them. It remains to be seen whether the M's share his opinion, but either way this isn't a big setbacks. Iwakuma could rejoin Seattle's rotation as soon as Sunday.
    Tuesday, 8:24 pm
  • Iwakuma (lat) exits rehab start with blister
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) had to leave Tuesday's rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma due to a blister on his pitching hand.

    Advice: He pitched well before exiting, allowing just one run on five hits and one walk while striking out six. Iwakuma's splitter has often given him blister issues, but it's unclear at this point if this is a notable setback. Tuesday's rehab start likely was going to be his last, although the Mariners hadn't confirmed as much. More should be known about Iwakuma on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Nolasco (ankle) to see another specialist
    Ricky Nolasco (ankle) will visit foot/ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Thursday.

    Advice: Nolasco had yet another setback with his right ankle last Friday when he had to cut a bullpen session short. The Twins had been optimistic that he could avoid surgery, but that might not be the case anymore. More should be known about his status later this week.
    Jun 29, 1:36 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-1 vs Bal
  • Smith mediocre, suffers 1st major league loss
    Josh Smith was handed a loss on Sunday against the Mets, yielding three runs (one earned) in five innings.

    Advice: Smith gave up four hits and four walks while striking out three. Opposing pitcher Steven Matz struck the big blow, pushing Eugenio Suarez for a fielding error earlier in the inning and Smith for intentionally walking Eric Campbell to get to him, drilling a two-run double. There's a good chance Smith gets a bus ticket back to Triple-A Louisville following the start.
    Jun 28, 4:44 pm
    Not Active
  • Matt Andriese optioned to Triple-A
    Rays optioned RHP Matt Andriese to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: The move comes after he held the Red Sox to one hit over six scoreless innings Saturday. Andriese should get another shot at some point, but with Matt Moore (elbow) due back this week, someone had to go.
    Jun 28, 7:13 am
    Not Active
    PPD @KC
  • Ventura (hand) to make another rehab start
    Yordano Ventura (hand) will make at least one more rehab start with Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Ventura had been slated for just one rehab outing, but the Royals changed their minds after the righty gave up three runs on three hits and three walks over just four innings Friday. "The stuff was OK," manager Ned Yost said. "Ninety-seven miles per hour. Decent curveball. (We need to) just get him back into a good rhythm, just get him back into a good spot. So when he comes up here, he’s ready to go." The decision to hold back Ventura means Joe Blanton will get at least one more start.
    Jun 28, 7:07 am
    15-Day DL
    PPD vs TB
  • Andriese limits Red Sox to one hit in victory
    Matt Andriese held the Red Sox to one hit over six scoreless innings, and the Rays held on to win 4-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: A fourth inning single to Xander Bogaerts was all Andriese would yield. Otherwise, he was perfect, striking out five without walking a batter. It was a little curious that the right-hander was lifted after just 70 pitches when he was pitching so well. Andriese moved to 3-2 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.15 WHIP on the year. He'll next take on the Indians on Thursday.
    Jun 27, 3:37 pm
    Not Active
    PPD @KC
  • Edinson Volquez holds down A's in victory
    Edinson Volquez held the A's to one run over seven innings in winning Friday.

    Advice: The Royals aren't hitting like they did early in the year... except when Volquez is on the mound. They've averaged 5.8 runs in his last 10 starts and won nine of those games. Volquez actually pitched better while amassing a 2-3 record and a 2.10 ERA in his first five starts. He's 6-1 with a 3.64 ERA since.
    Jun 26, 10:50 pm
  • Scherzer allows two runs in eight IP in win
    In his first start since his no-hitter, Max Scherzer allowed two runs over eight innings in a 5-2 win over the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: It was his 100th career victory. Early on, it looked like Scherzer had a chance at pulling a Johnny Vander Meer with back-to-back no-hitters, but he gave up a double to Freddy Galvis with one out in the sixth inning for his first baserunner of the night. Domonic Brown had an RBI double one inning later before Ben Revere added a solo homer in the eighth. Still, it was another excellent outing from Scherzer, who allowed five hits in all while walking none and striking out seven. He's now 9-5 on the year to go along with a 1.79 ERA. He'll try to keep his dominant run going when he faces the Braves next week on the road.
    Jun 26, 7:10 pm
  • Iwakuma to make at least one more rehab start
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) will make another rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday before being reevaluated.

    Advice: If all goes well after that outing, there's a chance that the M's could reinsert him into the starting rotation. Iwakuma has been sidelined since April 21 due to a strained lat.
    Jun 26, 4:01 pm
  • Nolasco suffers setback in bullpen session
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday that Ricky Nolasco's (ankle) bullpen session "did not go well".

    Advice: By all accounts, Nolasco's recovery from his ankle injury has hit a wall. The Twins were optimistic he would be able to avoid surgery and make a relatively quick return to the rotation, but this doesn't sound encouraging.
    Jun 26, 3:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-1 vs Bal
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