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  • Lynn tosses seven solid frames to beat Reds
    Lance Lynn fired seven innings of one-run ball to earn the win on Monday against the Reds.

    Advice: The Reds took a temporary 1-0 lead in the third inning on Jay Bruce's sacrifice fly, but were otherwise not able to muster an offensive against Lynn. The right-hander gave up five hits and three walks while striking out five in the effort. Lynn now boasts a terrific 2.71 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a 124/37 K/BB ratio over 116 1/3 innings. He'll host the Rockies this weekend. 25 minutes ago
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Karns stymies Tigers, allows one run in 6 IP
    Nate Karns got the win on Monday against the Tigers after limiting them to a lone run in six innings of work.

    Advice: Karns tossed six shutout innings, but allowed a leadoff home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh. Victor Martinez added a single before the right-hander was lifted. They were two of three hits he allowed on the night with no walks and three strikeouts. Karns has limited the opposition to two or fewer runs in seven of his last eight starts and now boasts a 3.37 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and a 106/40 K/BB ratio over 115 innings. He'll face the Red Sox at Fenway Park next. 38 minutes ago
  • Sanchez allows three runs, suffers 8th loss
    Anibal Sanchez gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings to the Rays on Monday, resulting in his eighth loss of the season.

    Advice: Curt Casali hit a solo home run in the third, Kevin Kiermaier ripped an RBI double in the fourth, and Logan Forsythe hit an RBI single in the fifth to account for the damage. Sanchez, overall, allowed eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. Though it was his eighth loss of the season, he hadn't lost a start since June 3, ending a stretch of eight starts in which he earned seven wins. Sanchez owns a disappointing 4.61 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP and a 121/43 K/BB ratio over 136 2/3 innings. He'll go up against the Orioles in a road start this weekend. 41 minutes ago
  • Gausman delivers 7 2/3 scoreless IP, O's win
    Kevin Gausman took a no-decision, pitching 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Monday's 11-inning, 2-1 victory against the Braves.

    Advice: It was a tight-knit pitcher's duel between Gausman and Alex Wood as neither team could score through eight innings. Gausman scattered six hits and a walk while striking out five. Now with four starts under his belt since being recalled, two have been great, one has been mediocre, and one has been awful, resulting in an overall 4.20 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 34/12 K/BB ratio over 40 2/3 innings. Gausman matches up with the Tigers at home next. 50 minutes ago
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Blanton registers a three-inning save vs. CLE
    Joe Blanton pitched the final three innings of Monday's 9-4 win over the Indians, earning his second save.

    Advice: With the Royals ahead 9-1, Blanton allowed a three-run home run to Francisco Lindor in the seventh, but only one of those runs was charged to him. It's a save only in the technical sense, as the Royals were never in any real danger of losing Monday's contest. Today, 7:31 pm
  • Ross is 'focus' in Cubs' talks with Padres
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Tyson Ross has been the "focus" of the Cubs' trade talks with the Padres.

    Advice: The Padres appear willing to trade anyone from their rotation, but Ross would probably be the least likely to be dealt since he's under team control through 2017. The Cubs have also expressed interest in Ian Kennedy and there's been some speculation that they could consider James Shields. Today, 7:03 pm
  • Yohan Flande to make start on Tuesday
    Yohan Flande will start Tuesday's game versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Flande has been pitching in long relief and holds a 4.24 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over seven appearances this season. He could remain in the rotation if he pitches well, but we're not betting on it. Today, 4:32 pm
  • Tigers move Shane Greene to bullpen
    Shane Greene has been moved to the Tigers' bullpen.

    Advice: They had to either send him to the 'pen or to Triple-A, as Greene has been hammered for 17 runs over 13 2/3 innings in his three starts since returning from the minors, pushing his ERA up to 6.72. Buck Farmer has assumed his spot in the rotation. Today, 2:32 pm
  • Weaver (hip) to make rehab start on Thursday
    Jered Weaver (hip) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Thursday.

    Advice: Weaver's recovery from left hip irritation has dragged on a bit longer than expected, and with the Angels' rotation pitching so well they can afford to take their time. It's possible Thursday's rehab start will be the only one Weaver requires. Today, 2:13 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Dallas Beeler to start on Tuesday
    Dallas Beeler will be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Beeler has been knocked around for a 6.43 ERA in two spot starts this season, but the Cubs will give him another shot. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Today, 1:58 pm
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    Top 9, 7-8 vs Col
  • Edwin Jackson released by Cubs
    Cubs released RHP Edwin Jackson.

    Advice: It was a formality after he was designated for assignment earlier this month. The Cubs had to eat roughly $15 million that they still owed to Jackson, but he should received interest elsewhere now that he can be had at the veteran minimum. Today, 1:56 pm
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    Top 9, 7-8 vs Col
  • Ross Ohlendorf designated for assignment
    Rangers activated RHP Ross Ohlendorf from the 15-day disabled list; designated him for assignment.

    Advice: Ohlendorf is over his groin injury, but the Rangers decided they had a better use of a 40-man roster spot. He should get another shot elsewhere. Today, 1:53 pm
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    L, 6-2 vs NYY
  • Young or Guthrie expected to lose SP spot
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are expected to boot either Chris Young or Jeremy Guthrie from the rotation following the addition of Johnny Cueto.

    Advice: Yordano Ventura was removed from the rotation just last week, but he got another shot with Jason Vargas (elbow) going down and responded with seven frames of one-run ball Sunday. Evidently that was enough to make his spot secure. Young (3.32 ERA) has out-pitched Guthrie (5.35 ERA) this season by a wide margin, but the former has already shown he can pitch well out of the bullpen with a 1.50 ERA in relief. Today, 1:09 pm
  • Lucas Sims allows just one hit, still loses
    Braves RHP prospect Lucas Sims allowed just one hit over 5 2/3 innings Sunday in a loss for Double-A Mississippi.

    Advice: Sims was done in by the five walks he allowed. Sunday was just his second start since getting called up from High-A Carolina on July 21. Sims has struck out 11 hitters in those two outings with the same number of walks. The 21-year-old has posted an ugly 1.55 WHIP in 54 2/3 innings this season. Today, 11:40 am
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    L, 2-1 @Bal
  • Strasburg (oblique) will start at AAA on Wed.
    Stephen Strasburg (oblique) will make a rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Strasburg made it through a 50-pitch simulated game Friday without issue and experienced no lingering effects in his left oblique muscle over the weekend. The right-hander is probably going to make multiple minor league rehab starts before returning to the Nationals' rotation. He has an ugly 5.16 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 13 outings this season for Washington. Today, 11:06 am
    15-Day DL
  • TOR, HOU, LAD, TEX interested in Tyson Ross
    Tyson Ross has drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Astros, Dodgers, and Rangers, reports CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    Advice: Heyman calls Ross "an extremely popular man on the trade market," and rightly so. The 28-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through 2017 and boasts a 3.05 ERA and 9.2 K/9 in 318 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2014 season. It's going to take a big return for the Padres to give him up, but it does sound like they're listening. Today, 10:18 am
  • Shane Greene hit hard again in loss to BoSox
    Shane Greene was hit hard again in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox, allowing five runs on 11 hits in just 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Greene walked two and struck out one in the ballgame. He cruised through the first three innings unscathed, but the Red Sox broke the game open, and chased Greene, with a four-run uprising in the fifth, highlighted by a three-run bomb by David Ortiz. Now sporting a horrifying 6.72 ERA and 1.54 WHIP, there's a strong chance he's headed back to Triple-A Toledo on Monday. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Strasburg (oblique) cleared for rehab games
    Stephen Strasburg (oblique) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: Strasburg threw around 50 pitches in a simulated game on Friday and woke up Saturday with no abnormal soreness. It's not clear how many outings he'll make in the minors before returning to the Nationals' starting rotation. Strasburg has a rough 5.16 ERA and 1.49 WHIP this season, though we wouldn't rule out a strong finish. Saturday, 2:30 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Strasburg throws simulated game on Friday
    Stephen Strasburg (oblique) threw around 50 pitches in a successful simulated game on Friday.

    Advice: As long as he wakes up Saturday without any issues, he should be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. He'll need one or two outings in the minors before he's ready to rejoin the Nationals rotation. Friday, 2:31 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Ross gives up hree earned runs in loss
    Tyson Ross allowed four runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: What's strange about the poor outing is that Ross struck out eight, walked zero and gave up no homers. That second bit is shocking given his ineffectiveness tonight, as Ross entered last in the bigs with 4.38 walks per nine (but also leading the league with 0.23 homers allowed per nine innings). Ross gets the Mets next time. Thursday, 10:21 pm
  • Cubs option Dallas Beeler back to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned RHP Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander struggled in his two starts with the big league club, posting a 6.43 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and 6/4 K/BB ratio in seven innings. He should get another opportunity the next time the Cubs need a spot starter. Thursday, 7:57 pm
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    Top 9, 7-8 vs Col
  • Chris Young gives up four runs to Cards
    Chris Young was lifted after allowing four runs in three innings Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Young is 2-4 with a 5.50 ERA over his last seven starts. Since he was so good before that and the Royals just lost Jason Vargas, Young shouldn't have to worry about his rotation spot just yet. Maybe that will change if the team trades for a starting pitcher. Thursday, 7:53 pm
  • Jered Weaver to throw bullpen session Friday
    Jered Weaver (hip) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: Weaver had hoped to return to the Angels rotation immediately following the All-Star break, but he has been slow to progress in his recovery from his left hip irritation. If everything goes well on Friday, he could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment, where he'll likely make just one start before his return. Thursday, 6:01 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Weaver (hip) not yet ready to return to Halos
    Jered Weaver (hip) said he's "not yet" ready to return to the Angels' rotation.

    Advice: "Not yet," Weaver said Wednesday, following a 60-pitch simulated game on Tuesday. "It's just not there yet." It was originally hoped Weaver could return to the Angels' rotation following the simulated game, but now it appears he'll need another sim game or a rehab start before returning. Either way, Tuesday was a step in the right direction and he seems to be close to a return. Wednesday, 8:14 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Sanchez backed by offense to beat Mariners
    Anibal Sanchez yielded four runs in 6 2/3 innings and earned the win on Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Nelson Cruz did most of the damage, hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning and a solo shot in the sixth. Sanchez allowed nine hits and two walks overall while striking out six. The right-hander hasn't lost a decision since June 3, earning the win in seven of eight starts since. But he still has a mediocre 4.59 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and a 115/41 K/BB ratio over 131 1/3 innings. Sanchez will aim to continue his undefeated streak in Tampa Bay next week against the Rays. Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Beeler's 5-run second results in no-decision
    Dallas Beeler allowed five runs (three earned) in two innings, taking a no-decision as the Cubs won late versus the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Reds stormed for five runs in the second inning, aided in part by a Starlin Castro fielding error. Beeler allowed six hits and two walks without registering a strikeout in a lackluster performance. He performed reasonably well as a spot starter in another doubleheader on July 7 against the Cardinals. The Cubs will likely send him back to Triple-A Iowa. Wednesday, 7:08 pm
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    Top 9, 7-8 vs Col
  • Gausman serves up 2 homers to Yanks in loss
    Kevin Gausman allowed four runs in six innings, taking the loss on Wednesday to the Yankees.

    Advice: The Yankees jumped on him early, as Brett Gardner hit an RBI single and Mark Teixeira delivered a two-run home run. Alex Rodriguez added a solo homer in the fifth. On the evening, Gausman gave up six hits and two walks while striking out four. The right-hander has had mixed results in four starts this year and carries an overall 5.18 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP and a 29/11 K/BB ratio over 33 innings. Gausman will open up a homestand next week against the Braves in his next start. Wednesday, 6:54 pm
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Orioles recall Kevin Gausman for Wed. start
    Orioles recalled RHP Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Gausman will return to the Orioles' starting rotation on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. There's been talk of the 24-year-old being shopped ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, though the asking price is probably sky-high. Gausman has an underwhelming 4.31 ERA in 188 career major league innings, but he still carries lofty upside and he's under club control through 2020. Wednesday, 1:51 pm
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Olney: Orioles willing to trade Kevin Gausman
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles "appear willing to talk about" Kevin Gausman in potential trades.

    Advice: Gausman hasn't reached his upside yet in his 188 innings so far with the Orioles, posting a 4.31 ERA. But, he's just 24 and has one of the more intriguing young arms in the game. If the O's do indeed decide to part with him as they look to load up for a playoff run, plenty of clubs will be interested. Wednesday, 11:15 am
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Dallas Beeler recalled from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled RHP Dallas Beeler from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: He'll start the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Reds. Beeler, who allowed two runs over five innings in a spot start earlier this month, could also be in line for another start next week. However, there's a good chance the Cubs might trade for a pitcher by then. Wednesday, 8:48 am
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    Top 9, 7-8 vs Col
  • Stephen Strasburg (oblique) to throw live BP
    Stephen Strasburg (oblique) will throw a live batting practice session on Friday.

    Advice: If it goes well, he's expected to be cleared to begin a rehab assignment. It's unclear how many rehab starts Strasburg will need, but with Joe Ross pitching well the Nationals can afford to be cautious. Wednesday, 7:53 am
    15-Day DL
  • Weaver (hip) could rejoin rotation next week
    Jered Weaver (hip) could rejoin the Angels' rotation next week.

    Advice: Weaver threw a successful 60-pitch simulated game on Tuesday. "The way he pitched today, that stuff is pretty much what we’ve seen Weave have," manager Mike Scioscia said. It's possible the Halos will have Weaver make a rehab start first, although from the way Scioscia is talking it sounds like he thinks the right-hander is ready to rejoin the big club's rotation. Wednesday, 7:11 am
    15-Day DL
  • Blanton throws 3 2/3 scoreless in relief
    Joe Blanton tossed 3 2/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Stepping in for the injured Jason Vargas, Blanton pitched admirably to keep the Royals in the game. The right-hander gave up just two hits while striking out five in the appearance. He didn't earn a decision for his efforts, but it was a nice showing for the 34-year-old nonetheless. Blanton now owns a 3.96 ERA on the year. Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Greene struggles in no-decision vs. Mariners
    Shane Greene was hit around for five runs over 4 2/3 innings, taking a no-decision in Tuesday's loss versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Greene was battered for four runs in the first inning, then served up a long solo home run to Nelson Cruz in the third. The right-hander allowed six hits and a pair of walks overall while only striking out one. He's had a tumultuous season, carrying a 6.52 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP, and a 47/24 K/BB ratio in 77 1/3 innings. Greene will face the slumping Red Sox in Boston next. Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Karns tosses 5 shutout frames, homers to win
    Nate Karns threw five shutout innings and hit a solo home run, leading the Rays to a 1-0 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Karns provided the game's only offense when he drilled an Aaron Nola offering over the fence in left field. Meanwhile, he limited the Phillies to three hits and two walks while striking out four in his five innings of work. The right-hander lowered his ERA to 3.47 and has a 1.25 WHIP and a 103/40 K/BB ratio over 109 innings along with it. Karns will host the Tigers in his next start. Tuesday, 7:06 pm
  • Astros have discussed Ross, Cashner with Pads
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have "had at least a preliminary conversation" with the Padres about Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: They've also talked with the Phillies about Cole Hamels, although there's been some feeling that Hamels would reject a trade to the Astros. Houston has been connected to Johnny Cueto, as well. Both Ross and Cashner would be more than rentals for the Astros, as Ross is under team control through 2017 and Cashner through 2016. Drellich does add that the Astros "do seem prepared to part with top prospects, however, even for a rental." Tuesday, 6:41 pm
  • Strasburg (oblique) throws 30-pitch bullpener
    Stephen Strasburg (oblique) threw around 30 pitches off a bullpen mound Tuesday without issue.

    Advice: Strasburg will likely do one more bullpen session before facing live hitters. The right-hander has been on the shelf since the first week of July because of a left oblique strain. He's sitting on a 5.16 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in what has been a season filled with frustration. Joe Ross will handle the rotation vacancy until Strasburg is ready. Tuesday, 1:32 pm
    15-Day DL
  • RHP Sims promoted to Double-A Mississippi
    Braves prospect RHP Lucas Sims has been promoted to Double-A Mississippi.

    Advice: He posted a 5.18 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 37/23 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 40 innings (nine starts) at High-A Carolina. Ranked as the No. 54 overall prospect by Baseball Prospectus headed into the season, Sims spent most of May and June on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury suffered in the May 12 bus crash involving the Mudcats. The 21-year-old right-hander struggled in his return to Carolina on July 5, but had posted a 0.97 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 9 1/3 frames across his last two starts. This will be Sims' first taste of the Double-A level. Tuesday, 9:54 am
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    L, 2-1 @Bal
  • Jered Weaver not expected back this week
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that Jered Weaver (hip) is a "long shot" to pitch on Friday when the club needs another starter.

    Advice: Weaver will throw a simulated game on Tuesday, and it appears that the Angels will either have him thrown an additional sim game after that or possibly make a rehab start. Nick Tropeano looks like the most likely candidate for a spot start on Friday. Jul 20, 4:53 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Dallas Beeler to start during doubleheader
    Dallas Beeler will be called up to start the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Reds.

    Advice: Beeler allowed two runs over five innings in a spot start during a doubleheader earlier this month. Despite that, he should be avoided in fantasy leagues given his 6.02 ERA at Triple-A Iowa this season. Jul 20, 3:02 pm
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    Top 9, 7-8 vs Col
  • Stephen Strasburg (oblique) nears mound work
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that Stephen Strasburg (oblique) should resume throwing off a mound in the "next few days."

    Advice: Strasburg has been throwing on flat ground for a few days now without any issues. He's missed the last two weeks of action with a strained left oblique and the Nats are proceeding cautiously with him. The right-hander is unlikely to return before the end of the month. Jul 20, 1:47 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Cubs designate Edwin Jackson for assignment
    Cubs designated RHP Edwin Jackson for assignment.

    Advice: In the third year of a four-year, $52 million contract, it has come to this. The 31-year-old right-hander has actually done a decent job out of the Cubs bullpen this season, registering a 3.19 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 23/12 K/BB ratio over 31 innings, but his ERA overall as a member of the Cubs is 5.37. He is now off their 40-man roster. There could be teams interested in giving him an opportunity to start again. Jul 19, 6:00 pm
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    Top 9, 7-8 vs Col
  • Kevin Gausman to start on Wednesday
    Kevin Gausman will rejoin the Orioles' rotation on Wednesday in New York.

    Advice: The Orioles sent Gausman down before the break until they needed a fifth starter again. Manager Buck Showalter on Saturday wouldn't commit to keeping Gausman in the rotation for the rest of the season, but he'll be given the chance to run with the fifth starter job. It's been an up-and-down 2015 for the righty, as he holds a 5.00 ERA with 25 strikeouts over 27 innings. Jul 19, 5:39 am
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Ross allows three runs in no-decision vs. Rox
    Tyson Ross allowed three earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Rockies.

    Advice: San Diego wound up winning the back-and-forth game 5-4. Ross was good but not great, yielding six hits and two walks while striking out six. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 3.38 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 117 innings this season, though spotty control (1.39 WHIP, 57 walks) has doomed some of his outings. He'll face the Marlins next. Jul 18, 8:45 pm
  • Lynn holds Mets to one run in win
    Lance Lynn held the Mets to just one run over seven innings in a 3-2 win on Friday night.

    Advice: Lynn gave up a leadoff homer to Curtis Granderson, but held the Mets off the board the rest of the way. He gave up just three hits in all to go along with one walk and nine strikeouts. The Cardinals scored two runs in the sixth to put him in position for the win. Lynn improved to 7-5 on the year and owns a 2.79 ERA and 111/33 K/BB ratio over 103 1/3 innings. He currently lines up for a start against the Royals next Thursday. Jul 17, 8:57 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Anibal Sanchez goes six strong to beat O's
    Anibal Sanchez picked up his ninth victory of the season on Friday, allowing two runs on eight hits over six strong innings against the Orioles.

    Advice: Sanchez struck out three on the night while issuing a pair of walks. The right-hander has now won each of his last three starts, and six consecutive decisions dating back to June 3. He'll look to continue that impressive run when he takes on the Mariners at home on Wednesday. Jul 17, 7:11 pm
  • Chris Young good enough to win Friday
    Chris Young lasted just five innings but surrendered only two runs to pick up a victory in Friday's 4-2 win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Considering that he walked four and served up two home runs, Young was lucky to post a line as good as he did. The right-hander admitted after the game to being a little rusty, and he also said his back tightened up on him, which could help explain why he was lifted after 82 pitches. Young is expected to be fine for his next outing, which will likely come next week either against the Pirates or Cardinals. Jul 17, 2:58 pm
  • Stephen Strasburg (oblique) resumes throwing
    Stephen Strasburg (oblique) threw on flat ground Friday.

    Advice: Strasburg will slowly but surely be built back up as he works his way back from a strained left oblique. He'll begin throwing off a mound within the next 4-5 days and Nationals manager Matt Williams said the righty might need two rehab starts. That would seem to make it unlikely that he could return before the end of the month. Jul 17, 1:07 pm
    15-Day DL
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