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  • Gillaspie (foot) to start second game Thurs.
    Conor Gillaspie (foot) will start the second half of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

    Advice: Gillaspie was held out of action Monday-Wednesday in Toronto for fear that the Rogers Centre turf would aggravate his lingering plantar fasciitis. Gordon Beckham is at third base for the White Sox in the first game Thursday at Camden Yards, but Gillaspie will man the hot corner in the nightcap. Rotoworld.com
    28 minutes ago
  • White Sox recall Daniel Webb from AAA
    White Sox recalled RHP Daniel Webb from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Webb will serve as the 26th man for the White Sox in Thursday's doubleheader at Baltimore's Camden Yards. The 25-year-old right-hander did the same thing in April. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:51 am
  • Orioles recall Tyler Wilson from AAA level
    Orioles recalled RHP Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Wilson will start the first half of the Orioles' doubleheader Thursday against the White Sox. The 25-year-old right-hander has posted a decent 3.29 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 32/7 K/BB ratio in 41 innings this season at the Triple-A level, but he's not the most attractive fantasy streaming option against a good White Sox offense. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:36 am
     
    10:05 am vs ^ CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Rays activate Ryan Brett from disabled list
    Rays activated INF Ryan Brett from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Brett missed over a month with a left shoulder subluxation, and there's no longer a need for him on the Rays' active major league roster. The 23-year-old appeared in just three games for Tampa Bay before getting hurt. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:21 am
     
    15-Day DL
  • Cowgill (hand) headed to the disabled list
    Collin Cowgill (hand) is headed to the disabled list.

    Advice: Cowgill has been unable to hit since injuring his right hand during batting practice Sunday. There should be an exact diagnosis at some point Thursday. The 29-year-old outfielder is sporting a rough .180/.231/.295 slash line through 35 games this season for Anaheim. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:00 am
  • Angels option Marc Krauss to AAA level
    Angels optioned 1B Marc Krauss to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Krauss had a couple of timely hits in his two-week stay with the Halos, but he ultimately posted a disappointing .143/.211/.286 overall batting line. This move clears a roster spot for outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was acquired from the Mets on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:51 am
     
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Grant Balfour, 37, leaning toward retirement
    Grant Balfour is said to be leaning toward retirement.

    Advice: Balfour opted out of his minor league contract with the Rays on Wednesday after allowing nine hits and four walks in 9 2/3 innings at Triple-A Durham. The 37-year-old right-hander is still hauling in $7 million this season from a deal signed with Tampa Bay two offseasons ago. If this is indeed it, Balfour, a native of Australia, will finish his major league career with a cool 3.49 ERA, 1.219 WHIP, and 84 saves. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:43 am
     
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  • Middlebrooks has 5 multi-hit games in past 8
    Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 5-4 win against the Angels.

    Advice: Middlebrooks' two-run round-tripper off Garrett Richards in the fourth inning gave the Padres a 3-2 lead in an eventual 5-4 triumph. He continues to be a frustrating asset in NL-only leagues, though the third baseman has performed better of late. Middlebrooks has exactly two hits in five of his last eight games. Of course, in the other three he had zero. He's slashing .226/.260/.397 with six homers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • C Perez collects a pair of hits and two RBI
    Carlos Perez finished 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Perez has taken advantage of Chris Iannetta's season-long Mr. Magoo impersonation at the plate to steal most of the catching at-bats. He's playing just well enough to continue to garner those plate appearances, posting a head-above-water .279/.289/.395 slash line. Perez is not yet drawing walks, but perhaps more will come as he continues to get more comfortable in the batter's box. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Cowgill (hand) to meet with doctors Wednesday
    Collin Cowgill (hand) will meet with doctors Wednesday.

    Advice: Cowgill tried to swing a bat recently without much success. A trip to the disabled list could be in store. More should be known after his meeting with doctors on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:27 pm
  • Conor Gillaspie expected back Thursday
    Conor Gillaspie is expected back in the White Sox' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Gillaspie didn't start any of the team's games in Toronto for fear of the turf's effect on his plantar fasciitis. There doesn't appear to be any recurrence, though, so he should be fine moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Reynolds at first base for Cardinals on Wed.
    Mark Reynolds is starting at first base for the Cardinals on Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He'll serve as the Cardinals' regular first baseman while Matt Adams recovers from a right quad strain -- an injury that could take over a month to fully heal. Reynolds is a frustratingly inconsistent hitter, but he still has good power at age 31 and should have mixed-league fantasy value for however long Adams is out. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:04 pm
  • Alejandro De Aza designated for assignment
    Orioles designated OF Alejandro De Aza for assignment.

    Advice: He played really well for the O's last year down the stretch of the regular season and in the playoffs, but they've decided to cut him loose after his slow start in 2015. De Aza, who batted leadoff for Baltimore on Opening Day, has hit just .214/.277/.359 over 30 games this season and was seeing his playing time dwindle. He's making $5 million this season, which means he'll almost surely clear waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:15 am
     
    Not Active
    10:05 am vs x CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Severino wins for the first time since April
    Yankees pitching prospect Luis Severino tied a career-high with nine strikeouts Tuesday in a win for Double-A Trenton.

    Advice: Severino allowed three hits, two walks and two runs over five innings. The victory was his first since April 19, ending a five-start winless streak. Severino is now third in the Eastern League in strikeouts (48) and ninth in WHIP (1.11). With only 14 Double-A starts on his resume, the 21-year-old could use a little more seasoning before his next promotion. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:49 am
     
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    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Ryan Flaherty activated from disabled list
    Orioles activated INF Ryan Flaherty from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Flaherty is playing second base and hitting seventh for the O's Wednesday. He's battled a groin issue for over a month -- an injury that caused two DL stints -- but is convinced he's over it now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:42 am
     
    10:05 am vs x CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Jake Smolinski optioned to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned OF Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Smolinski had just been recalled less than a week ago, but the Rangers don't have much of a role for him with Josh Hamilton back. He's hit just .151/.299/.226 over 67 plate appearances in the majors this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:33 am
     
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs Bos
  • Grant Balfour opts out of minors deal
    Rays released RHP Grant Balfour.

    Advice: Balfour exercised the opt-out deal in his contract that was agreed upon when he re-signed with the Rays at the beginning of this month. The veteran reliever struck out 11 while posting a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham. He shouldn't have an issue catching on elsewhere quickly, though it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to land a major league contract. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:52 am
     
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  • Ivan Nova (elbow) nearing rehab assignment
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that he expects Ivan Nova (elbow) to begin a rehab assignment "pretty soon."

    Advice: Nova is expected to throw about 70 pitches Wednesday or Thursday in an extended spring training game. His rehab assignment would figure to be pretty lengthy, so Nova is still multiple weeks away from a return. Still, the Yanks will be happy to have him as a rotation option relatively soon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:37 am
     
    60-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Cowgill (hand) serves as pinch-runner
    Collin Cowgill (hand) served as a pinch-runner Monday against the Padres and scored the winning run.

    Advice: Cowgill was scratched from Sunday's lineup after he felt pain in his top hand while swinging in batting practice. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to the lineup, but that the Angels were willing to use him as a pinch-runner indicates that it might not be long. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:43 am
  • Alejandro De Aza goes hitless against Astros
    Alejandro De Aza went 0-for-3 from the ninth spot in the Orioles order on Monday.

    Advice: De Aza is just 8-for-42 in May (.190), bringing his overall average down to .216. He's already lost some playing time against right-handers, and it looks like he's in position to lose more to David Lough and Travis Snider. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:35 pm
     
    Not Active
    10:05 am vs x CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • X-Rays come bace negative for Cowgill (hand)
    Collin Cowgill was scratched from Sunday's game against the Red Sox after he hurt his top hand while swinging in batting practice pregame.

    Advice: He was sent out for precautionary X-rays which came back negative. Cowgill has also been battling back tightness in recent days, which many had thought was the reason for his late scratch from Sunday's lineup. He should be considered day-to-day and looks as though he'll avoid a trip to the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:39 pm
  • Collin Cowgill (back) scratched from lineup
    Collin Cowgill was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to back tightness.

    Advice: Cowgill has been battling the ailment for a few days. He's day-to-day. Matt Joyce has taken his spot in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:28 am
  • Middlebrooks starting at shortstop Saturday
    Will Middlebrooks will make his first career start at shortstop Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Middlebooks played one inning at shortstop against the Diamondbacks on May 10. With Middlebrooks occupying shortstop, Cory Spangenberg will draw the start at third base. Alexi Amarista, who has started at shortstop for 31 of San Diego's 44 games this season, will get the night off. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:50 pm
  • Orioles option Tyler Wilson to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned RHP Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He was sent out to open a spot in the bullpen for Oliver Drake. The 25-year-old posted a 4.50 ERA, 2.50 WHIP and 1/0 K/BB ratio in his two innings with the big league club. He should get another opportunity with the Orioles at some point during the season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:30 am
     
    10:05 am vs ^ CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Ryan Brett ready for rehab assignment
    Ryan Brett (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Sunday.

    Advice: Brett has been out for nearly a month with a subluxation of the left shoulder. He'll probably be sent down to Triple-A Durham once ready. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:44 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Jake Smolinski recalled from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled OF Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Smolinski batted just .140/.290/.220 batting line over 62 plate appearances for the Rangers earlier this season. He'll likely be around only for the weekend, as Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is due to be activated Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:12 pm
     
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs Bos
  • Flaherty (groin) expected to begin rehab soon
    Ryan Flaherty (groin) is expected to begin playing in rehab games with Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday or Monday.

    Advice: Flaherty has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 12 because of a mild right groin strain. He should be ready to return when first eligible and will likely resume getting regular starts at second base for the Orioles, who will be without Jonathan Schoop (knee) until mid-July. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:22 am
     
    10:05 am vs x CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Conor Gillaspie goes 2-for-4, homers
    Conor Gillaspie went 2-for-4 with a homer against the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Home run power isn't a part of Gillaspie's game -- he has two this year after hitting seven last season -- but he's gotten the bat going these last couple of weeks. He's at .341 in 41 at-bats in May after hitting .196 in 51 at-bats in April. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Krauss doubles, sends Angels to a victory
    Mark Krauss helped the Angels take a late lead and an eventual win with a two-run double on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: First baseman Albert Pujols had to leave the game after he was hit on the wrist by a pitch, so Krauss replaced him at first base. He turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead when he hit a seventh-inning double to plate two runs off of Steve Delabar. Krauss had been 1-for-13 since his promotion on May 12. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:50 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Brett (shoulder) plays in extended spring
    Ryan Brett (shoulder) has played in two extended spring training games.

    Advice: Brett should be cleared to begin a rehab assignment soon, although he seems likely to be optioned to Triple-A Durham once ready. He's been out for nearly a month with a subluxation of the left shoulder. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:45 am
     
    15-Day DL
  • Reynolds homers among three hits in win
    Mark Reynolds went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's lopsided win over the Mets.

    Advice: Reynolds got the start at first base against left-hander Jon Niese, knocking two base hits to go with his third homer of the year. He's got 12 RBI and 10 runs scored on the year, batting .267/.337/.442 overall. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:59 pm
  • Nova (elbow) pitches in ext. spring game
    Ivan Nova (elbow) threw 42 pitches over three innings Monday in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: The thought is that he could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as the weekend. The Yankees will likely want him to use most of his 30-day rehab window, but he's on track for a return in late June. The 28-year-old is coming back from Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:41 am
     
    60-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Tyler Wilson recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Wilson has posted a 3.43 ERA with 29 strikeouts over 39 1/3 innings at Norfolk this season. He's expected to work in long relief. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:48 pm
     
    10:05 am vs ^ CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
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