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  • Turner homers, scores three runs vs. D'Backs
    Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a home run Saturday in the Dodgers' 6-4 defeat of the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Turner slugged a solo home run in the first inning off Diamondbacks starter Jeremy Hellickson. He also drew a walk and scored a run in the third inning and then doubled and scored in the seventh inning, finishing the game with a total of three runs. Turner is batting .300 with a .958 OPS in 18 games this season and should continue to see semi-regular playing time at third base. Juan Uribe was out of the lineup Saturday for the second straight game.
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
    1:10 pm vs Ari
  • Cozart smacks fifth home run of season
    Zach Cozart homered and singled twice against the Braves on Saturday, finishing 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

    Advice: Cozart hit the two-run homer in the ninth inning, providing a little cushion for the Reds in what had been a three-run game. Coming off a .221/.268/.300 season, Cozart's offensive numbers to start the 2015 season are surprising, to say the least. He's slashing .308/.340/.538, with five home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs scored over 91 at-bats. Enjoy the offensive spoils while they last.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Flaherty on track to begin rehab assignment
    Ryan Flaherty tested his injured groin Saturday by running the bases.

    Advice: Flaherty is hoping to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Monday. He could be joined there by J.J. Hardy (shoulder), who also worked out on Saturday. Flaherty is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday when the Orioles visit the Yankees. Reynaldo Navarro will likely be the odd man out when Flaherty returns to the infield.
    Yesterday, 4:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Hardy (shoulder) takes live batting practice
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) took live batting practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He also took soft toss throws from hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. If Hardy feels up to it, he'll begin a rehab assignment Monday with Double-A Bowie. Hardy slipped offensively last season (.263, 9 HR in 529 at-bats) but was excellent in the field, winning his third Gold Glove. Everth Cabrera has filled in at shortstop during his absence.
    Yesterday, 4:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Jimmy Rollins not in Dodgers' lineup Sat.
    Jimmy Rollins is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Saturday night against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's a day of mental and physical rest for the veteran shortstop, who's batting just .179/.278/.321 in 22 games this year. Enrique Hernandez is starting at short and Joc Pederson is leading off for Los Angeles.
    Yesterday, 2:47 pm
  • Chris Owings goes 0-for-4
    Chris Owings went 0-for-4 as the Diamondbacks' No. 2 hitter Friday night.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks knew they were carrying two offensive zeroes in Tuffy Gosewisch and Nick Ahmed; they can hardly afford for Owings to be a third. However, here he is with a .215 average and a 24/2 K/BB ratio through 79 at-bats. He needs to improve quickly or risk losing his job to Aaron Hill.
    Friday, 11:26 pm
    1:10 pm @LAD
  • Addison Russell blasts first HR in Cubs' win
    Addison Russell belted a solo home run in Friday's victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: Russell struck out in his other two plate appearances, but his drive over the left-center field wall in the third inning represented the only scoring of the game. The young infielder is hitting just .194/.219/.387 in the early going and batting in the No. 9 spot is unappealing for fantasy owners, but the upside obviously remains.
    Friday, 2:35 pm
  • Orlando Calixte recalled from Triple-A
    Royals recalled INF Orlando Calixte from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Calixte received just two at-bats in his week up with the big club earlier this season. He'll provide infield depth while Alcides Escobar (concussion) is out.
    Friday, 2:08 pm
  • Escobar placed on 7-day concussion DL
    Royals placed SS Alcides Escobar, retroactive to April 29, on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Escobar was injured on Wednesday when he was hit in the cheek with a Danny Salazar fastball. Royals manager Ned Yost said the results of the shortstop's concussions tests aren't back yet, but the skipper revealed that Escobar isn't 100 percent yet and the club doesn't want to take any chances. Orlando Calixte will be recalled, while Christian Colon will handle shortstop while Escobar is sidelined.
    Friday, 1:59 pm
    7-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Det
  • Ryan Flaherty (groin) nears rehab assignment
    Ryan Flaherty (groin) could begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

    Advice: Flaherty has been taking batting practice the last couple days. He's tracking towards a return sometime next week.
    Friday, 1:44 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Hardy (shoulder) could begin rehab on Monday
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) could begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

    Advice: Hardy will be cleared for the rehab assignment if he can get through batting practice on Friday, Saturday and Sunday without any issues. The shortstop is expected to need 3-4 rehab games before being activated from the disabled list, putting him in line for a return sometime next week if all goes well.
    Friday, 1:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Alcides Escobar (cheek) sitting again Friday
    Alcides Escobar (cheek) remains out of the Royals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Escobar has now missed two starts after being hit in the cheek with a Danny Salazar fastball on Wednesday. The Royals are hopeful that he'll be ready to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend. Christian Colon is at shortstop again in Escobar's place.
    Friday, 1:39 pm
    7-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Det
  • Franklin (oblique) could begin rehab Monday
    Nick Franklin (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment as soon as Monday.

    Advice: Franklin appears to have finally turned a corner with his strained left oblique. It's not clear how many rehab games he'll require, but he would seem to be at least a couple weeks away from being activated.
    Friday, 12:49 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Robertson hits three doubles
    Rays prospect SS Daniel Robertson went 4-for-5 with three doubles on Thursday for Double-A Montgomery.

    Advice: He also drew a walk and drove in a run in what was his third multi-hit performance in the last five games. The 21-year-old shortstop is batting .273/.367/.403 with eight extra-base hits through 19 games in his first taste of the Double-A level. Acquired from the A’s during the offseason, Robertson enjoyed a breakout 2014 season in the High-A California League, slashing .310/.402/.471 with 15 homers and 60 RBI. He also walked 72 times against 94 strikeouts and posted an 83% contact rate. The Rays have a crop of impressive shortstop prospects in their farm system, but Robertson is the best of the bunch. That said, he's unlikely to reach the major leagues before 2016.
    Friday, 10:46 am
    Not Active
  • Sano hits home run No. 4
    Twins prospect 3B Miguel Sano went 1-for-3 with a solo home run on Thursday for Double-A Chattanooga.

    Advice: The dinger was Sano’s fourth with Chattanooga, but he’s batting just .159/.303/.381 through 18 games. The 21-year-old slugger missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery and then logged just seven at-bats during spring training, so it’s not surprising that he’s off to a slow start in the Southern League. Sano should eventually settle in after the long layoff, and the Twins have every reason to make sure he gets back on track in the high minors. It’s still a possibility Sano will reach the major leagues this season, although a debut sometime in 2016 probably is more realistic.
    Friday, 10:34 am
    Player Note
    Miguel Sano Min - 3B,SS
    Not Active
    11:10 am vs CWS
  • Seager promoted to Triple-A
    Dodgers prospect SS Corey Seager has been promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Seager made the most of his final game with Double-A Tulsa on Thursday, as he launched his fifth home run of the season before getting pulled in the bottom of the fourth inning. Through 19 games in the Texas League, the 21-year-old was batting .375/.407/.675 with five home runs, seven doubles and 15 RBI. Seager will now head to Triple-A Oklahoma City where he’ll likely see time at both shortstop and third base, with the latter position representing his clearest route to the major leagues. Before the promotion, Seager appeared in 15 games at shortstop and four at third base. The Dodgers’ top prospect appears to be on the fast track to the major leagues and could arrive sooner than expected.
    Friday, 9:15 am
    Not Active
    1:10 pm vs Ari
  • Alexei Ramirez doubles twice against Twins
    Inserted into the two hole, Alexei Ramirez doubled twice in five at-bats Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Manager Robin Ventura didn't move Ramirez up because he deserved it, but to try to get him going; he entered the night with a .194/.235/.274 line in 62 at-bats. Ramirez ended up having a good game, but the rest of the team didn't. Sixth is where Ramirez belongs in the lineup -- even during his fine 2014, he had just a .305 OBP -- but he gets a value boost for however long he hits second.
    Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Jed Lowrie to have thumb surgery Friday
    Jed Lowrie will undergo right thumb surgery on Friday.

    Advice: Lowrie tore a ligament in his thumb on a slide into home plate on Monday. He's expected to be out through the All-Star break. It's a tough break for the Astros, as the 31-year-old was off to a great start this season. Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Villar will fill in at shortstop for now.
    Thursday, 3:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Sea
  • Escobar (cheek) hopes to return soon
    Alcides Escobar (cheek) hopes to return to the starting lineup on Friday or Saturday.

    Advice: Escobar was hit in the head by a fastball from Danny Salazar on Wednesday, but he was fortunate enough to walk away with a left cheek contusion and apparently no concussion symptoms. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Thursday, 1:52 pm
    7-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Det
  • Escobar leaves with left cheek contusion
    Alcides Escobar left Wednesday's game with a left cheek contusion.

    Advice: Escobar is also being tested for a concussion after he was hit in the head by a Danny Salazar fastball. He'll likely be out a few days, depending on the swelling and results of the concussion tests, and he's got a real shot at hitting the disabled list.
    Wednesday, 5:44 pm
    7-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Det
  • Alcides Escobar exits after being hit in head
    Alcides Escobar left Wednesday's game against the Indians after being hit in the head by a pitch.

    Advice: Escobar got hit by a 96 mph fastball from Danny Salazar, a scary scene. Escobar sat up and was able to walk off on his own, which is a good sign. Hopefully the accidental pitch by Salazar won't set off another war between the Royals and an American League club. Christian Colon took Escobar's place at shortstop Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 4:37 pm
    7-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Det
  • Hardy (shoulder) hopes to begin rehab soon
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will take dry swings and hit off a tee on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hardy will travel with the Orioles to Tampa this weekend and hopes to begin a rehab assignment early next week. He's expected to need 3-4 rehab games before being activated from the disabled list, putting him in line for a return sometime next week if all goes well.
    Wednesday, 8:29 am
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Ryan Flaherty (groin) takes batting practice
    Ryan Flaherty (groin) took batting practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Everything went well. Flaherty isn't sure when he'll begin a rehab assignment, but he has a shot to be activated when first eligible.
    Wednesday, 7:47 am
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Lowrie (thumb) out until after All-Star break
    Jed Lowrie needs surgery to repair a ligament tear in his right thumb and will be sidelined until after the All-Star break.

    Advice: It's a major bummer for the Astros, as Lowrie is a big reason why the club has surged to a lead in the American League West. The post- All-Star break timeline is a pretty general one, but perhaps a clearer timetable will be available once he has the operation. Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Villar should hold down shortstop while Lowrie is on the shelf.
    Tuesday, 4:47 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Sea
  • Jed Lowrie (thumb) lands on disabled list
    Astros placed SS Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb injury.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point what an MRI revealed, but obviously the injury is bad enough to require a trip to the DL. It's unfortunate timing, as Lowrie is off to a .300/.432/.567 start at the plate. Jonathan Villar has been recalled from Triple-A Fresno and should share time at shortstop with Marwin Gonzalez.
    Tuesday, 3:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Sea
  • Jed Lowrie leaves Astros to have MRI on thumb
    Jed Lowrie will fly to Houston on Tuesday to undergo an MRI on his right thumb.

    Advice: Lowrie hurt the thumb when he slid into home plate in the eighth inning on Monday. It was swollen and sore after the game, but there should more clarity about his status at some point Tuesday. The 31-year-old is off to a strong start at the plate, with a .300/.432/.567 batting line with four home runs and 10 RBI over 18 games.
    Tuesday, 5:12 am
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Sea
  • Lowrie homers as Astros take down the Padres
    Jed Lowrie finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a solo home run on Monday to help lead the Astros past the Padres.

    Advice: Lowrie broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a solo home run down the right field line off of James Shields. The shortstop hit only six home runs last season, but has four already along with 10 RBI and a .300/.432/.567 triple-slash line.
    Monday, 10:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Sea
  • Jed Lowrie departs game with thumb injury
    Jed Lowrie exited Monday's game against the Padres with a right thumb injury.

    Advice: The injury occurred on a slide into home plate. It's not clear at this point how serious the ailment is, but the Astros should have more on Lowrie's status after the game. It's awful timing, as the red-hot Lowrie went 2-for-3 with a homer Monday to push his season batting line to .300/.432/.567.
    Monday, 10:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Sea
  • Turner clubs pinch-hit three-run homer in win
    Justin Turner mashed a three-run home run as a pinch-hitter as the Dodgers topped the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: The Dodgers had put two men on base with one out against Yusmeiro Petit in the eighth inning. Turner laced the first pitch he saw over the outstretched glove of center fielder Angel Pagan for a three-run blast to extend the Dodgers' lead to 8-3. It's the first homer of the year for Turner, who is batting .310/.333/.517 in 30 plate appearances as a utilityman.
    Monday, 10:14 pm
    1:10 pm vs Ari
  • Alexei Ramirez not in CHW lineup Monday
    Alexei Ramirez is not in the White Sox starting lineup Monday versus the Orioles.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for Ramirez. Gordon Beckham is starting at shortstop and Conor Gillaspie is playing third base Monday against O's righty Ubaldo Jimenez.
    Monday, 12:14 pm
  • Nick Franklin (oblique) near rehab assignment
    Nick Franklin (oblique) expects to begin a minor league rehab assignment at some point this week.

    Advice: Franklin seemed to be trending toward minor league games early last week, but the Rays slowed his rehab as a precautionary measure. The 24-year-old was poised to open the 2015 season as Tampa Bay's starting second baseman before suffering an oblique strain at the end of spring training. He should be ready to rock in early May and may carry some value in deep fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 7:39 am
    15-Day DL
  • Corey Seager cranks a pair of homers
    Dodgers prospect Corey Seager belted a pair of homers Saturday for Double-A Tulsa.

    Advice: The 20-year-old has impressed at every level, hitting .320 across 1,082 minor league at-bats. Seager doesn't walk much (just two free passes this season), but that approach hasn't hindered his success. His .433 average this season leads all Texas League hitters. Seager doesn't have anything left to prove at Double-A and should be headed to Triple-A Oklahoma City shortly.
    Apr 26, 12:42 pm
    Not Active
    1:10 pm vs Ari
  • Hardy (shoulder) needs 3-4 rehab games
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will need at least 3-4 rehab games before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: He'll rest until Wednesday after being given a cortisone injection in his ailing left shoulder Saturday, so that means Hardy won't be activated until next weekend in a best-case scenario. Everth Cabrera will continue to fill in at shortstop for the Orioles.
    Apr 26, 9:09 am
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
  • J.J. Hardy receives a shoulder injection
    J.J. Hardy was given a shoulder injection on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll rest up for a few days before testing his shoulder again on Wednesday. Hardy was originally expected to be back at the end of the month, but that's no longer an option. We won't know how close Hardy is until he begins a rehab assignment. Everth Cabrera has been filling in at shortstop for the Orioles.
    Apr 25, 7:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Orlando Calixte optioned to Triple-A
    Royals optioned INF Orlando Calixte to Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: He received just two at-bats in his week up with the big club. Brandon Finnegan has replaced Calixte on the active roster.
    Apr 24, 12:26 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty (groin) placed on disabled list
    Orioles placed INF Ryan Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 23, with a strained right groin.

    Advice: Flaherty thinks he'll be ready to play in a week or so, but Baltimore couldn't afford to wait. With J.J. Hardy (shoulder) and Jonathan Schoop (knee) also out, the O's will roll with Everth Cabrera at shortstop and Jimmy Paredes and Rey Navarro at second base for a while.
    Apr 24, 11:46 am
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Corey Seager playing some 3B at Double-A
    Dodgers infield prospect Corey Seager has been playing some third base at Double-A Tulsa.

    Advice: He's played there twice so far this season and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman expects to see Seager at the hot corner "roughly once a week." Although the consensus among scouts is that the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder will eventually move to third base, the Dodgers aren't ready to push Seager off shortstop yet. "The idea is at some point, whether it’s this year or next year, to the extent that we have an injury and he’s our best option if he’s only played shortstop, that obviously limits him to an injury happening at that one position," Friedman said. "Giving him reps at another position only helps him and helps us." Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 5 prospect in the game, Seager is hitting .423/.436/.654 with two homers in his first 13 games for Tulsa and should be promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City before long.
    Apr 24, 6:19 am
    Not Active
    1:10 pm vs Ari
  • Flaherty dealing with tweak to groin
    Ryan Flaherty suffered a groin injury while running from first to second on Wednesday.

    Advice: He apparently suffered it on the very last play of the game. Flaherty indicated that he didn't believe this was a DL-worthy injury. If he is able to avoid the DL, he'll still likely miss at least a few games this weekend.
    Apr 23, 2:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Jimmy Rollins not in Dodgers' lineup Thurs.
    Jimmy Rollins is not in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for Rollins, who's batting .200/.308/.364 with one home run and three stolen bases in 14 games played. Justin Turner will start at shortstop Thursday afternoon against the host Giants.
    Apr 23, 9:35 am
  • Owings homers and triples in victory over TEX
    Chris Owings hit a solo home run and an RBI triple in Wednesday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Both the home run and triple were his first of the season. He hit the solo dinger off of Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo in the fourth inning and followed it up with an eighth inning three-bagger to deep center off Logan Verrett. Owings finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. The 23-year-old needed a game like Wednesday's, as he had just nine hits in 46 at-bats coming into the contest. Owings has struggled early, but he remains a hitter with a nice blend of power and speed. Like most youngsters, he'll see his ups and downs.
    Apr 22, 10:27 pm
    1:10 pm @LAD
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