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  • Mets reportedly willing to overpay on Zobrist
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets are willing to overpay to acquire Ben Zobrist from the Athletics.

    Advice: With the A's winning 12 of their last 18 games, there is hope within the organization that they could still make a run for the postseason, so at least for now Zobrist has been pulled off the trade block. That being said, you never want to give away leverage in a negotiating situation and now that the word is out A's general manager Billy Beane is likely to demand a king's ransom from the Mets in exchange for Zobrist.
    33 minutes ago
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    6:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Carl Crawford to resume rehab on Saturday
    Carl Crawford (oblique) will resume his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.

    Advice: Crawford has been out the past couple of days due to flu-like symptoms. He worked out with the Dodgers on Friday and admitted that he should be ready to return to the club immediately after the All-Star break, though it's likely to be in a reserve role.
    42 minutes ago
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs x NYM
  • Sonny Gray (illness) could return on Tuesday
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that he'd like to have Sonny Gray (illness) return to the rotation on Tuesday.

    Advice: That way, the right-hander would be able to make two starts before the All-Star break. He had to have his last start skipped and required hospitalization due to a nasty bout of salmonella, but he seems to be doing much better now. Chris Bassitt will start in his place again on Sunday, so look for Gray to take Tuesday's series opener against the Yankees in New York.
    49 minutes ago
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Derek Holland (shoulder) throws off mound
    Derek Holland (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since he went down with a subscapular strain in his left shoulder in early April. There's currently no timetable for Holland's return, but he should be able to begin a rehab assignment before long.
    Today, 2:47 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs LAA
  • Jameson Taillon to have hernia surgery
    Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon will undergo surgery next week to repair an inguinal hernia.

    Advice: The procedure will sideline him for two months. It's some more rotten luck for Taillon, who now is facing a second straight lost season after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Taillon will turn just 24 over the winter but will need to make up for the time he's lost.
    Today, 2:45 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 3, 0-2 vs Cle
  • Sonny Gray (illness) expected to avoid DL
    Sonny Gray (illness) is not expected to need a stint on the disabled list.

    Advice: Gray has started to feel much better the last couple days after being knocked out for a while with a bout of salmonella. He should be ready to rejoin the Athletics' rotation early next week.
    Today, 2:42 pm
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Tom Koehler holds Cubs in check Friday
    Tom Koehler limited the Cubs to just one run across six innings in a 2-1 win Friday.

    Advice: Koehler yielded just five hits -- four singles -- on the day, striking out four while issuing one free pass and hitting a batter. He was pulled after six even though he'd thrown just 91 pitches, but the move proved to be a wise one as the Marlins' bullpen took care of business. Koehler boasts a 2.88 ERA over eight starts since re-joining the rotation after a brief demotion to the bullpen. He'll get the Reds at home next week to close out his first half.
    Today, 2:31 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes hitting second on Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes is batting second for the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: The Tigers finally moved Anthony Gose down in the order (to eighth) while moving up Ian Kinsler to the leadoff spot and Cespedes to the No. 2 hole. It's a nice little boost for Cespedes' fantasy value, as he has hit either fifth or sixth for most of the season.
    Today, 12:50 pm
  • Angels acquire Rafael Lopez from Cubs
    Angels acquired C Rafael Lopez from the Cubs in exchange for LHP Manny Rondon and international slot number four.

    Advice: Lopez had been designated for assignment. The 27-year-old is a career .280/.366/.394 hitter in the minors.
    Today, 12:28 pm
    Not Active
    L, 2-1 vs x Mia
  • Giants activate Jake Peavy from disabled list
    Giants activated RHP Jake Peavy from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Peavy will rejoin the rotation on Friday in Washington. The veteran right-hander has been on the shelf since mid-April with back issues and should probably be avoided for fantasy purposes for the time being.
    Today, 10:53 am
  • Parker close to strengthening exercises
    Jarrod Parker (elbow) will be out of his sling and begin strengthening exercises in a week.

    Advice: It's a nice step in what will be a long road back. Parker is not expected back this season after having surgery in May to stabilize the medial epicondyle fracture in his right elbow.
    Today, 10:31 am
    60-Day DL
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Sonny Gray (illness) could be placed on DL
    Sonny Gray (illness) could be placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: Gray has been released from the hospital after a nasty bout with salmonella, but he only resumed eating solid food on Thursday and is still weak. A backdated DL move would leave Gray eligible to return as soon as July 11, just before the All-Star break. Chris Bassitt will fill in for Gray again on Sunday.
    Today, 10:26 am
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Athletics not sellers at this point
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Athletics have "backed away from selling after winning more games recently."

    Advice: The A's have gone 12-6 over their last 18 games to pull within 6.5 games of a Wild Card spot. It's still quite a bit of ground to make up, but it's no surprise that they appear to want to ride things out for a while longer before making a decision on which direction to go. Heyman confirms a previous report that the Mets are one of many clubs in on Ben Zobrist. The Nationals, Cubs and Yankees have also been connected to the versatile Zobrist.
    Today, 10:19 am
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    6:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Ryan Tepera recalled from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled RHP Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Tepera held a 2.77 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 9/1 K/BB ratio over 13 innings of work earlier this season out of the Jays' bullpen. He'll be used in middle relief.
    Today, 9:34 am
  • Robinson goes on family emergency list
    Twins placed OF Shane Robinson on the 7-day family emergency list.

    Advice: He'll return to the club next week. Aaron Hicks has taken Robinson's spot on the roster.
    Today, 8:41 am
    Not Active
    5:10 pm x @KC
  • David Goforth recalled from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled RHP David Goforth from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Goforth didn't allow a run in four appearances spanning 2 1/3 innings earlier this season with the Brewers. He'll be a middle reliever.
    Today, 7:00 am
  • Corey Knebel optioned to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned RHP Corey Knebel to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: It's a surprise, as Knebel has pitched well with a 2.95 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 21 1/3 innings. Tyler Cravy and David Goforth have been added to the bullpen.
    Today, 6:56 am
    Not Active
  • Hellickson has 27/2 K/BB rt. in last 4 starts
    Jeremy Hellickson tossed seven innings of one-run ball and struck out six in Thursday's triumph over the Rockies.

    Advice: He only allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter. Don't look now, but Hell Boy boasts a 27/2 K/BB rate over his last four starts, bagging quality starts in three of them. At long last he can be trusted in NL-only leagues. He gets the Rangers next time around.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Sonny Gray was ill with salmonella poisoning
    Athletics head trainer Nick Paparesta said Thursday that the cause of Sonny Gray's illness proved to be salmonella.

    Advice: The right-hander missed his scheduled start on Tuesday and had to be hospitalized due to the severity of the illness. He's expected to make a full recovery and should be ready to rejoin the A's rotation at some point next week.
    Yesterday, 4:48 pm
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Crawford not playing in rehab game Thu.
    Carl Crawford (oblique) is out of Thursday's lineup with High-A Rancho Cucamonga due to flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: Crawford left Wednesday's rehab game after he was hit by a pitch, but his absence on Thursday apparently isn't related. If so, odds are he'll return to game action this weekend.
    Yesterday, 2:30 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs x NYM
  • Crawford (oblique) exits rehab game after HBP
    Carl Crawford (oblique) left Wednesday's rehab game with High-A Rancho Cucamonga after being hit by a pitch.

    Advice: The Rancho Cucamonga Twitter feed said Crawford "went down" and "limped off the field on (his) own power." The outfielder can't catch a break, as he's currently rehabbing a strained right oblique that has kept him out since late April. The Dodgers should provide an update on Crawford's newest ailment on Thursday.
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs x NYM
  • Sonny Gray (illness) released from hospital
    Sonny Gray (illness) was released from the hospital Wednesday.

    Advice: Gray had been hospitalized since Tuesday due to "severe gastroenteritis." Despite feeling better, there's no clear picture of when the right-hander might make his next start.
    Wednesday, 4:08 pm
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Sonny Gray (illness) remains hospitalized
    Sonny Gray remains hospitalized due to "severe gastroenteritis," according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Advice: The illness has dragged on longer than expected, but it's possible Gray could be discharged later Wednesday or Thursday. His status for his next scheduled start on Sunday remains up in the air, so the A's are keeping Chris Bassitt around in case he's needed again.
    Wednesday, 11:23 am
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Shane Robinson leaves after HBP on elbow
    Shane Robinson left Wednesday's game against the Reds after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch.

    Advice: Robinson stayed in to run the bases after being pelted by the Johnny Cueto offering, but he appeared to be in a lot of pain so it's no surprise he eventually exited. It's unclear whether he'll need to have X-rays.
    Wednesday, 11:19 am
    Not Active
    5:10 pm x @KC
  • Shane Robinson scratched due to the flu
    Shane Robinson was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to the flu.

    Advice: He should be fine in a day or two. Danny Santana took Robinson's spot in the lineup and played center field, while Eddie Rosario moved over to left.
    Tuesday, 6:31 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm x @KC
  • Sonny Gray (illness) still in hospital
    Sonny Gray remains hospitalized due to the flu.

    Advice: Gray, who had to be scratched from Tuesday's scheduled outing, first started feeling under the weather Monday night and is still being taken care of. Athletics manager Bob Melvin did say the righty is feeling better, but it was too soon to tell when he'd be ready to start again.
    Tuesday, 4:27 pm
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Sonny Gray scratched Tuesday due to illness
    Sonny Gray was scratched from Tuesday's start against the Rockies due to illness.

    Advice: He should be back to normal in the next couple of days. The A's are calling up Chris Bassitt to fill in.
    Tuesday, 11:47 am
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Sonny Gray scratched from Tuesday's start
    Sonny Gray has been scratched from Tuesday's start against the Rockies.

    Advice: No word on the reason for the change. Chris Bassitt will start in his place.
    Tuesday, 11:27 am
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Crawford (oblique) ready for rehab assignment
    Carl Crawford (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll remain with Rancho Cucamonga through Thursday before then likely moving up to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Crawford, who has been sidelined since late April with a strained right oblique, is pegged for a backup role upon his activation from the disabled list.
    Monday, 5:01 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs x NYM
  • Crawford (oblique) nearing rehab assignment
    Carl Crawford (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cuncamonga this week.

    Advice: Crawford has taken live batting practice recently without any issues and is ready to test things out in a game. He's been out since late April with a strained right oblique and will be second on the depth chart behind Andre Ethier in left field when he returns next month.
    Sunday, 8:18 am
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs x NYM
  • Jeremy Hellickson gives up seven runs in loss
    Jeremy Hellickson gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Hellickson started on five days' rest tonight after dealing with back and side injuries last time out. Whether that had any effect on his performance tonight is unclear; he had a bad outing, but then, it's not unusual for him to have bad outings. He's 5-5 with a 5.38 ERA for the season.
    Saturday, 10:27 pm
  • Koehler gives up two runs in win over Dodgers
    Tom Koehler allowed two runs over seven innings in a win over the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: Koehler gave up just six hits without issuing a walk, besting Clayton Kershaw in the victory. He improved to 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.26 WHIP overall. Koehler will next square off with the Cubs in Chicago on Friday.
    Saturday, 3:44 pm
  • Cubs designate Rafael Lopez for assignment
    Cubs designated C Rafael Lopez for assignment.

    Advice: The Cubs view Kyle Schwarber as their catcher of the future and want to give him as many reps as possible. Lopez has posted a respectable .276 average in 46 games for Triple-A Iowa this season, though his power has been nonexistent (no homers in 156 at-bats). The 27-year-old shouldn't have trouble finding a new team.
    Saturday, 3:21 pm
    Not Active
    L, 2-1 vs x Mia
  • Gray less-than-perfect but still gets 9th win
    Sonny Gray yielded three runs in six innings, earning his ninth win on Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Gray was hit around in his previous start against the Angels and was remarkably human on Thursday as well, giving up nine hits and a walk while striking out seven. Mitch Moreland accounted for two of the three runs with a fifth-inning solo home run and a sixth-inning RBI single. Gray will continue his Cy Young-caliber campaign next week at home against the Rockies. He carries a 2.09 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP and a 97/26 K/BB ratio in 107 2/3 innings.
    Thursday, 2:49 pm
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Mets, A's have discussed Ben Zobrist trade
    According to John Harper of the New York Daily News, the Mets and A's have discussed a Ben Zobrist trade.

    Advice: Harper cites sources "on both sides" of the talks, though he adds that there's no indication a deal is close. Zobrist is a fit for just about every contending team because of his defensive versatility. The Nationals, who now lead the floundering Mets by 3 1/2 games in the National League East, are also known to have interest in the 34-year-old Zobrist.
    Thursday, 9:38 am
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    6:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Hellickson (back, side) set for next start
    Jeremy Hellickson (back, side) will make his next scheduled start Saturday.

    Advice: It wasn't initially clear that Hellickson had sustained an injury, but he underwent an MRI on his back and side after his Sunday start. The results came back clean, though, and Hellickson will be good to go Saturday at the Padres.
    Wednesday, 4:16 pm
  • Crawford (oblique) to take live BP this week
    Carl Crawford (oblique) will take live batting practice this week.

    Advice: Crawford is slowly recovering from a strained oblique suffered in late April. The outfielder owned a starting spot prior to the injury, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly recently said he won't be guaranteed one upon his return. Either way, that return likely won't come until after the All-Star break.
    Wednesday, 3:31 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs x NYM
  • Derek Holland (shoulder) nearing mound work
    Derek Holland (shoulder) is expected to be cleared to resuming throwing off a mound when he has a follow-up MRI on July 3.

    Advice: Holland is currently long-tossing from 120 feet and having no issues. "We’re going very slow, not by my choice," Holland said. "After the MRI we’re hitting the gas pedal." The left-hander isn't expected to rejoin the Rangers' rotation until at least late July.
    Wednesday, 7:35 am
    60-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs LAA
  • High-level Nationals scout watching A's
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals have a "high-level" scout watching the Athletics on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Nats are known to have interest in Ben Zobrist and also in re-acquiring Tyler Clippard. It's not clear at this point how advanced the talks are, but Zobrist is sought after by many clubs.
    Tuesday, 5:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    6:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Jake Peavy (back) to make another rehab start
    Jake Peavy (back) will make one more rehab start.

    Advice: It seems the Giants keep pushing Peavy's return date back because they can't make a decision on who to remove from the rotation. The veteran right-hander is on track to rejoin the big club on July 2. He holds a 4.85 ERA and 27/9 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings across his first six rehab outings.
    Tuesday, 4:48 pm
  • Taillon dealing with abdominal pain
    Pirates prospect right-hander Jameson Taillon (elbow) is being held out of game activity due to lower abdominal pain.

    Advice: Taillon was originally expected to start for the Pirates' GCL team on Tuesday, which would have been his first official rehab start as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery, but that plan is on hold for now. He apparently began feeling symptoms after his last start in extended spring training last week. No word on how long he'll be sidelined, but the good news is that it isn't related to his elbow.
    Tuesday, 12:04 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 3, 0-2 vs Cle
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