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  • Twins activate Trevor Plouffe from 15-day DL
    Twins activated 3B Trevor Plouffe from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Plouffe, out since April 17 with a right intercostal strain, was cleared to return after playing a pair of minor league rehab games. Eduardo Nunez has swung the bat well while filling in at third base, but he's now likely headed back to a bench role. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Jonathan Villar knocks in two
    Jonathan Villar doubled in two runs, walked and stole a base Monday against the Angels.

    Advice: Villar has five steals in five games, raising his season total to seven. He's doing a great job of getting on base for the Brewers, and it now seems pretty likely that he'll remain a regular once Orlando Arcia gets the call, probably at third base. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Plouffe (intercostal) to be activated Tuesday
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) is set to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Plouffe, who went down with a right intercostal strain in mid-April, went 1-for-8 over two minor league rehab games with High-A Fort Myers. He was batting .302 (13-for-43) with two homers and an .868 OPS over 12 games prior to the injury. Yesterday, 5:26 pm
  • Sandoval faces 'significant' shoulder surgery
    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe hears from a source that Pablo Sandoval faces "significant" surgery on his left shoulder.

    Advice: The Red Sox have yet to announce the details of the surgery, but Abraham hears that the "odds are against" Sandoval playing this season. The Red Sox haven't missed him in the early part of the season, as Travis Shaw has taken advantage of regular playing time at third base by batting .322/.390/.533 over 25 games. For what it's worth, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that Sandoval's contract with the Red Sox is not insured. The first two years of his contract have been a disaster. Yesterday, 5:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Lowrie (calf) available off bench Monday
    Jed Lowrie (calf) is available off the bench Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Lowrie is still dealing with a bit of a calf issue, so the A's are being cautious. Chris Coghlan is starting at second base Monday while Mark Canha will play third. Yesterday, 5:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Pablo Sandoval to undergo shoulder surgery
    Pablo Sandoval will require surgery on his ailing left shoulder.

    Advice: Sandoval got the bad news Monday during a follow-up exam with Dr. James Andrews. The extent of the damage isn't yet known, but Travis Shaw is now locked in as the regular third baseman. Sandoval is still owed $53 million from 2017-2019 with $17 million club option or a $5 million buyout for 2020. Yesterday, 4:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Beckham (hamstring) nears rehab stint
    Gordon Beckham (hamstring) did some running on Sunday.

    Advice: Gordon strained his left hamstring in mid-April, but it appears that he's moving closer to a minor league rehab assignment. The Braves demoted Jace Peterson to the minors on Monday, so there could be opportunity with the big club once he's ready to return. Yesterday, 2:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Ryan Flaherty expected to join O's on Tues.
    Ryan Flaherty is expected to return to the Orioles' active roster on Tuesday.

    Advice: Flaherty was just optioned to Norfolk a week ago, but the O's need him again to provide infield depth while J.J. Hardy recovers from a fracture in his foot. Paul Janish will also be worked into the mix once he returns from the Triple-A paternity leave list. Manny Machado could be the everyday guy at short. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • Rio Ruiz collects three hits in Sunday's loss
    Braves 3B prospect Rio Ruiz finished a home run short of the cycle Sunday for Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: He also walked while reaching in all four of his plate appearances. It's been sort of a strange season for Ruiz. He's struck out 26 times in only 87 at-bats including 11 punch-outs in his last seven games. Despite the high number of swings and misses, his .333 average is 100 points higher than what he posted last year in 127 games at Double-A Mississippi. The former fourth-round pick began his career in the Astros organization. Yesterday, 11:17 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Brandon Drury homers again in loss to Rockies
    Brandon Drury homered for the second consecutive game as the Diamondbacks fell to the Rockies on Sunday afternoon in Arizona.

    Advice: His solo shot came off of Rockies starter Chad Bettis. Drury also singled twice, finishing the day 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. He has swung a ridiculously hot bat in the first month of the season, slashing .315/.329/.630 with five homers and 11 RBI. With his versatility, he's likely to find his way into the Diamondbacks lineup on a nightly basis and the power he has displayed makes him an interesting mixed league commodity going forward. Sunday, 5:03 pm
  • Castellanos homers, drives in four in win
    Nick Castellanos went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and four total RBI in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Twins.

    Advice: The Twins actually held a 5-2 lead entering the sixth inning (such things do occur on occasion), at which point Castellanos cracked a three-run home run off starter Ricky Nolasco to tie the game at 5-5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia would provide the go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning as the Tigers improved to 14-10. For his part, Castellanos is hitting a cool .361/.371/.590 with four homers, 18 RBI and five doubles over 83 at-bats. He has accumulated eight hits over his last four games, with homers in two of his last three. Sunday, 3:09 pm
  • Lawrie homers in third straight contest
    Brett Lawrie hit a solo home run in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Orioles, the third consecutive game in which he has gone deep.

    Advice: Lawrie smacked a solo home run off the soon-to-be-demolished Ubaldo Jimenez in the fourth inning. The tater was his fourth of the season. Three of the four dingers came in this weekend's series against the Orioles. In addition to that quartet of blasts, he has driven in 10 runs, scored 15 and hit to a triple-slash of .290/.377/.505. The 26-year-old second baseman has a chance to surpass the career-best 16 homers he launched in 2015. Sunday, 2:08 pm
    5:10 pm vs Bos
  • Joey Gallo (groin) goes on DL at Triple-A
    Joey Gallo has been placed on Triple-A Round Rock's disabled list with a strained left groin.

    Advice: Gallo insists that it's a minor strain, as he expects to be back soon. He's hitting .254/.400/.642 with seven homers and 16 RBI for Round Rock this season. Sunday, 10:29 am
    Player Note
    Joey Gallo Tex - 3B,OF
    Not Active
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • David Freese not in Sunday's lineup
    David Freese is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Sean Rodriguez is filling in at third base, while Josh Harrison has moved up to the No. 3 spot. Francisco Cervelli is also receiving a breather, as Chris Stewart is catching. Sunday, 9:06 am
  • Danny Valencia (hamstring) expected back Fri.
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, the first day he's eligible.

    Advice: Valencia will begin a three-game rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Monday, playing third base twice and serving as a designated hitter once. Assuming all goes well, he'll be back with the A's next weekend in Baltimore. Valencia was off to a .294/.345/.353 start in his first 14 games before straining his hamstring. Sunday, 7:21 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Drury launches two-run homer in loss to COL
    Brandon Drury temporarily tied the game with a two-run homer in the sixth inning against the Rockies on Saturday, but the Diamondbacks ultimately lost it in the ninth.

    Advice: Drury is hitting .294/.310/.588 with four homers and 10 RBI, and he has now started seven-consecutive games at four different positions. The top-100 prospect is worth adding in deeper leagues, as he's a sneaky power option with second-base eligibility. It's worth noting, though, that he only has one walk in 71 PA. Patience has never been his forte in the minors, and big-league pitchers have a funny way of exploiting that weakness. His leash won't be too long, either, as the Diamondbacks have plenty of good hitters jockeying for playing time. Saturday, 9:11 pm
  • Lawrie homers, steals base against Orioles
    Brett Lawrie homered, stole a base and scored two runs in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Lawrie hit a solo home run, his third of the season, in the fourth inning before walking to lead off the seventh. He promptly stole second base -- his second steal of the year -- and came around to score on an Austin Jackson RBI single. In his first year with the Sox, Lawrie is hitting .267/.347/.444 with nine RBI and 14 runs scored. Saturday, 8:28 pm
    5:10 pm vs Bos
  • Freese has two more hits, run scored Saturday
    David Freese went 2-for-4 with a run scored Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: Freese now has multi-hit games in three of his last six contests. A late signing by the Pirates, the third baseman has been one of the team's best hitters through the month of April, batting .293/.387/.402 with a home run, nine RBI and 15 runs scored. Even when Jung Ho Kang returns in a few days, Freese should still find his way into the lineup with regularity as long as he continues to produce. Saturday, 7:43 pm
  • Chisenhall goes 3-for-4, steals base vs. PHI
    Lonnie Chisenhall went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Making his first start after missing two games with a neck strain, Chisenhall enjoyed his best game yet. He doubled among his three hits and stole his first base of the season. Through seven games played, the 27-year-old is batting .227/.227/.364. Saturday, 7:30 pm
  • Prado has three more hits Friday
    Martin Prado went 3-for-5 with a run scored Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Prado had two singles and a double. He now has three hits in three straight games, which has raised his batting average from .333 to .397 in the process. Only Cardinals rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz (.420) has a higher batting average in the majors. Prado finished with nine home runs last season and has yet to go deep so far this season, so his upside is a bit limited in fantasy leagues, but he can be a useful piece in deeper formats. Friday, 9:50 pm
    4:10 pm vs Ari
  • Brett Lawrie goes deep in loss to Orioles
    Brett Lawrie went deep for the second time this season as the White Sox lost to the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: His solo shot off Brad Brach in the seventh inning briefly pulled the White Sox even at 3-3, but wound up being the extent of their scoring. Lawrie finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .264/.340/.414 with two bombs and eight RBI on the season. Friday, 7:23 pm
    5:10 pm vs Bos
  • Danny Valencia continues baseball activities
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) ran sprints on Thursday and has continued to hit off of a tee and pitching machine.

    Advice: Valencia is sidelined with a strained left hamstring, but it's looking as though he may only need a minimum stint on the disabled list. Before he was sidelined, Valencia was hitting .294/.345/.353 with two RBI in 14 games. Friday, 4:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Drury to keep seeing regular playing time
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale indicated Thursday that Brandon Drury will continue to see regular playing time as long as he produces.

    Advice: "We’ll have to figure out where (Friday) and keep running with it because he’s a darn good player," Hale said. Drury has started five of the last six games and done so at three different positions. He's made starts at second and third base and both corner outfield spots this season and is batting .384 with three homers and seven RBI over his last 10 contests. The D'Backs could move David Peralta to center field and hand Drury the right field job, but they're hesitant to do it on a full-time basis since it would really weaken their defense. Drury needs to be owned in deeper fantasy leagues even if he doesn't have an official position. Friday, 5:45 am
  • Villar has three hits, three steals in loss
    Jonathan Villar went 3-for-4 with a walk, three stolen bases, and two runs scored Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Domingo Santana got the day off Thursday, so Villar made his second start of the season out of the leadoff spot. He took advantage of the opportunity, increasing his batting average from .230 to .262 with his big day at the plate. He was also finally active on the base paths. The 24-year-old entered the day just 2-for-4 in stolen base attempts this season. Thursday, 5:51 pm
  • Plouffe (intercostal) set for rehab assign.
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Fort Myers this weekend.

    Advice: Plouffe was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain in mid-April. He has faced no setbacks in his recovery, though, and will be eligible to be activated from the DL on Tuesday. The Twins open next week with a series against the Astros. Wednesday, 5:05 pm
  • Sandoval: Shoulder inflammation fading
    Pablo Sandoval indicated that the inflammation in his balky left shoulder has subsided.

    Advice: "[The shoulder's] still sore," Sandoval said, "but we'll see what's going on. The inflammation at least went down; it's to a good point, so now we're going to see what's going on there." He was placed on the 15-day disabled list in mid-April and will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday in an attempt to reevaluate the progress of his recovery. Travis Shaw will continue to hold down the hot corner for the Sox. Wednesday, 4:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Chisenhall (neck) not in Wednesday lineup
    Lonnie Chisenhall (neck) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest with the Twins.

    Advice: Chisenhall was lifted from Tuesday's game with the Twins in the bottom of the fifth inning after he strained his neck while attempting to make a diving catch. Marlon Byrd takes his place in right field on Wednesday and is batting eighth. We could see Chisenhall back in action when the Indians face the Phillies this weekend. Wednesday, 3:04 pm
  • Red Sox happy with Sandoval's rehab so far
    According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, the Red Sox have been encouraged by Pablo Sandoval's "approach and results" toward dropping weight over the last two weeks.

    Advice: Sandoval landed on the disabled list after the first week of the regular season with a left shoulder sprain and there was a report from Yahoo Sports stating that the Red Sox have "no intention of playing him unless he loses weight" before returning to the active roster. Bradford hasn't heard anything like that from Red Sox officials, but there probably is a number (as in, pounds) that the club would like Sandoval to reach while he rehabs his shoulder injury. He's scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews for a followup shoulder exam on Monday. A return to baseball activities could follow. Wednesday, 6:21 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Lowrie (calf) drives in run versus Tigers
    Jed Lowrie (calf) went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Lowrie missed a game this past weekend with a sore calf, but it was clearly nothing serious. The second baseman has 11 RBI in 20 games this season and he batted cleanup for Oakland on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. Wednesday, 6:03 am
    New Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Freese gets on the board with first homer
    David Freese hit his first home run of the season Tuesday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Freese followed Andrew McCutchen's solo homer in the first inning with one of his own. It had to be a bit of a weight lifted off his shoulders after going his first 20 games in a Pirates uniform without a dinger. Despite the power outage, it's been a good first month thus far for the third sacker, who's hitting .278/.374/.392 with six RBI and 13 runs scored. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Chisenhall exits game with strained neck
    Lonnie Chisenhall left Tuesday's game against the Twins with a neck strain.

    Advice: Chisenhall suffered the strain on a diving catch attempt in the bottom of the fifth inning and was replaced in right field by Marlon Byrd. He's day-to-day for now. Tuesday, 8:58 pm
  • Valencia (hamstring) hit off a tee on Monday
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) hit off a tee Monday.

    Advice: It's a nice step in the right direction for the Oakland third baseman, who landed on the disabled list April 21 with a strained left hamstring. He should be ready to rejoin the A's sometime in early May. Tuesday, 2:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Marlins activate Prado from paternity leave
    Marlins activated 3B Martin Prado from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Prado was excused from the team on Saturday afternoon to welcome a new child. The veteran third baseman returns Tuesday to an impressive .340/.382/.420 batting line. Tuesday, 1:10 pm
    4:10 pm vs Ari
  • Plouffe (intercostal) hopeful of quick return
    Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) is optimistic about returning when he's eligible on May 3.

    Advice: Plouffe was placed on the disabled list last week with a right intercostal strain, but he could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. Eduardo Nunez will continue to fill in at third base. Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Beckham (hamstring) resumes running
    Gordon Beckham (hamstring) resumed running Monday.

    Advice: Beckham will head to the Braves' complex in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday to ramp up his rehab. It's unclear when he'll be ready for game action, but it sounds like he's not far off. The 29-year-old has been sidelined since April 16. Monday, 4:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • O's option INF Flaherty to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned INF Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Kevin Gausman to make his season debut Monday. The Orioles will go short-handed on their bench for the time being. Monday, 3:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • Jed Lowrie nursing calf soreness
    Jed Lowrie is dealing with some soreness in his calf.

    Advice: Lowrie is sitting out Sunday, although he was due for a day off, anyway. He could be back in there on Monday. Apr 24, 8:16 am
    New Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Jed Lowrie getting a day off Sunday
    Jed Lowrie is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off for Lowrie. Tyler Ladendorf is at second base in his place. The A's also have Mark Canha in the designated hitter spot Sunday. Apr 24, 7:32 am
    New Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Martin Prado going on paternity leave
    Marlins placed 3B Martin Prado on the paternity list.

    Advice: That might explain why Prado hasn't been in the lineup the last two nights. Left-hander Cody Ege was called up from Triple-A New Orleans in the corresponding roster move. Prado should be back in a few days. Apr 23, 1:19 pm
    4:10 pm vs Ari
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