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  • Yelich dropped to fifth in Marlins' lineup
    Christian Yelich has been dropped to fifth in the Marlins' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Yelich has batted exclusively out of the No. 2 spot so far, but he's struggled to the tune of a .200/.265/.222 batting line thus far. Martin Prado will hit second Tuesday. We suspect it won't be long before Yelich turns things around.
    53 minutes ago
  • Saunders (knee, hamstring) could debut Fri.
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) could debut Friday.

    Advice: That's what Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. Saunders has been out all season recovering from February knee surgery, and he injured his hamstring earlier this month on a minor league rehab assignment. But everything has gone smoothly over the past week. The 28-year-old outfielder should carry deep-league value in the potent Toronto offense.
    58 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Yasmany Tomas starting at 3B on Tuesday
    Yasmany Tomas is starting at third base for the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night against the Rangers.

    Advice: It's the first major league start for the $68.5 million Cuban slugger. Tomas had defensive issues at third base in Cactus League play and had only appeared in left field at Triple-A Reno, so this should be interesting. He doesn't carry much fantasy value in his current role on the Diamondbacks' bench. Jake Lamb is sitting out Tuesday but should remain Arizona's regular third baseman.
    Today, 1:12 pm
  • Travis (rib) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Devon Travis (rib) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.

    Advice: Travis had to leave Sunday's game after he was hit in the side by a pitch. X-rays ruled out a fracture, but he's presumably still dealing with some soreness. Consider him day-to-day. Ryan Goins will fill in at second base.
    Today, 12:59 pm
  • Jose Reyes (rib) back in Blue Jays' lineup
    Jose Reyes (rib) is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

    Advice: Reyes is dealing with a small fracture in his left rib cage and will reportedly try to hit exclusively from the right side of the plate for now. There's no telling if things will get worse or whether his production will suffer, so we wouldn't say he's out of the woods yet. Still, he has at least avoided a trip to the disabled list.
    Today, 12:54 pm
    4:07 pm vs ^ Bal
  • Cubs option Alcantara to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned INF Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Addison Russell on the active roster. Alcantara has scuffled in limited playing time so far this season, so he's probably better off getting regular at-bats in the minors right now. We should see him again soon.
    Today, 12:48 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Alvarez not in Tuesday's lineup
    Pedro Alvarez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against southpaw Travis Wood. Corey Hart is starting at first base and will bat cleanup.
    Today, 12:19 pm
    4:05 pm vs x ChC
  • Bogaerts not in Tuesday's lineup
    Xander Bogaerts is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Rays.

    Advice: He'll get a breather with right-hander Chris Archer on the hill for Tampa Bay. Brock Holt will make the start at shortstop for Boston as he continues to bounce all around the field for Boston in the early going.
    Today, 12:11 pm
  • Mercer (ribs) out of Pirates' lineup again
    Jordy Mercer (ribs) is out of the Pirates' starting lineup again Tuesday.

    Advice: Mercer sat out Monday after being hit in the ribs by a pitch on Sunday and is still dealing with some soreness. Consider him day-to-day. Jung Ho Kang will get another start at shortstop.
    Today, 12:08 pm
  • Zimmer off to torrid start in Carolina League
    Indians prospect OF Bradley Zimmer went 1-for-3 with his sixth stolen base of the season on Monday for High-A Lynchburg.

    Advice: Selected by the Indians with the No. 21 overall pick in last year’s draft, Zimmer has opened his first full professional season on a tear, batting .325/.429/.625 with four homers and six stolen bases in 11 games for Lynchburg. The 22-year-old projects as an everyday player in the major leagues, with an above-average bat and good on-base skills, but there’s uncertainty surrounding his power potential. While four home runs in the first two weeks of the season is certainly a good sign, it’s important to remember he’s also an advanced hitter feasting on younger pitchers in the Carolina League.
    Today, 11:56 am
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Lucroy (toe) placed on 15-day disabled list
    Brewers placed C Jonathan Lucroy on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left big toe.

    Advice: Lucroy suffered the injury when he was hit by a foul tip during Monday's game. It's unclear how much time he'll need to miss, but it's brutal news for the Brewers, who have the worst record in the majors at 2-11 and are also missing Carlos Gomez (hamstring) and Scooter Gennett (hand) to the DL. Martin Maldonado and Juan Centeno will handle catching duties during his absence.
    Today, 10:18 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • Hardy (shoulder) to work out in Triple-A
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will work out with Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.

    Advice: Hardy, who is working his way back from a left shoulder strain, did the same thing with Double-A Bowie last Friday. While he's doing some baseball activities, he's not ready to begin a minor league assignment and it's still unclear when he will be.
    Today, 10:13 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • Brewers call up Elian Herrera
    Brewers purchased the contract of INF/OF Elian Herrera from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: He'll provide some bench depth while Scooter Gennett (hand) is sidelined. Herrera owns a .261/.318/.333 batting line in the majors.
    Today, 10:07 am
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • Juan Francisco signs with Japanese team
    Juan Francisco has signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League.

    Advice: The deal is reportedly worth $1.2 million. Francisco opted out of his deal with the Rays after failing to make the team out of spring training. The 27-year-old hit 16 homers in 106 games with the Blue Jays last season.
    Today, 9:22 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs x Bos
  • Alonso plates three runs in rout of Rockies
    Yonder Alonso plated three runs in a 2-for-4 effort as the Padres ran roughshod over the Rockies 14-3 on Monday.

    Advice: Alonso singled in two runs in the first inning and added a sacrifice fly in the second. The first baseman entered the season as one of the weaker-hitting players at his position but has been on fire in his first 52 plate appearances, carrying a .364/.453/.477 triple-slash line with one home run and seven RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Jonathan Lucroy DL-bound with fractured toe
    Jonathan Lucroy will be placed on the disabled list after suffering a fractured toe on his left foot during Monday's game versus the Reds.

    Advice: The injury occurred when Lucroy was struck by a foul tip. It's absolutely brutal news for the Brewers, who are 2-11, have Carlos Gomez (hamstring) and now Lucroy on the DL and might have Scooter Gennett (hand) join them. It's not clear at this point how long Lucroy might be sidelined. Martin Maldonado is now set to see the bulk of the action behind the plate for the Brewers, and Juan Centeno will be promoted to take Lucroy's roster spot.
    Yesterday, 6:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • Lucroy exits after taking foul tip off foot
    Jonathan Lucroy had to leave Monday's game against the Reds after being hit in the left foot by a foul tip.

    Advice: The Brewers just can't catch a break right now. It's not clear whether Lucroy might be sent for X-rays, as the club is simply calling it a "left foot injury" at the moment. More should be known after the game
    Yesterday, 6:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • Mercer (ribs) out Monday, Kang starting at SS
    Jordy Mercer (ribs) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup on Monday night versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Mercer got struck in the ribs by a Matt Garza pitch on Sunday afternoon. X-rays turned up negative, but he has a bruise and some swelling. Jung Ho Kang will start at shortstop and bat eighth against Jake Arrieta.
    Yesterday, 12:25 pm
  • Jordy Mercer avoids fracture in ribs
    Jordy Mercer is listed as day-to-day after X-rays revealed no fractures in his ribs.

    Advice: Mercer was hit by a Matt Garza pitch during Sunday's game against the Brewers. He's sore and could get a day of rest on Monday as a precautionary measure, but the shortstop won't require a trip to the disabled list. Jung Ho Kang replaced him on Sunday and would start in his place if he does miss any time.
    Sunday, 1:47 pm
  • Jose Reyes (rib) could play on Tuesday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Sunday that Jose Reyes could return to the Blue Jays lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Reyes will be limited to hitting only from the right side of the plate as he's dealing with a small fracture in his left rib cage, but it looks as though he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list.
    Sunday, 1:15 pm
    4:07 pm vs ^ Bal
  • Yelich's 0-for-5 day drops average to .200
    Christian Yelich went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Yelich, who signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension in March, is off to a miserable start. Sunday's performance dropped his average to .200 and he has only one extra-base hit and one stolen base. He has come to the plate only 49 times, which is a small sample size, but it's not the start to the season the Marlins envisioned when they agreed to the pact with Yelich last month. Perhaps some of Yelich's struggles can be explained by a recent bout with back tightness.
    Sunday, 1:08 pm
  • Jordy Mercer leaves game after HBP
    Jordy Mercer exited Sunday's game versus the Brewers after being hit in the chest area by a pitch.

    Advice: He was plunked by a Matt Garza offering while squaring around to bunt. Mercer was down on his knees for a while in pain before eventually walking off. He's likely to be sent for X-rays. Jung Ho Kang pinch-ran for him and would be in line to fill in at shortstop should Mercer need to miss some time.
    Sunday, 12:37 pm
  • X-rays confirm no fracture for Travis (rib)
    X-rays confirmed that Devon Travis did not suffer a left rib fracture.

    Advice: Travis had to leave Sunday's game following a hit by pitch, but he managed to escape with just a bruise. The Blue Jays are considering the second baseman day-to-day.
    Sunday, 12:02 pm
  • Devon Travis exits game after HBP in side
    Devon Travis left Sunday's game versus the Braves after being hit in the left side by a pitch.

    Advice: The initial diagnosis is a left rib contusion, although he seems like to be sent for X-rays. Travis stayed in the game initially but appeared to aggravated the injury on a dive back into first base on a pickoff attempt. The second baseman looked to be in quite a bit of pain as he exited the field.
    Sunday, 10:43 am
  • Bogaerts has walk-off single vs. Orioles
    Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a walk-off RBI single in a 3-2 win over the Orioles on Friday night.

    Advice: Mike Napoli led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk against Brian Matusz before Daniel Nava sacrificed him over to second and Bogaerts cashed him in with a bloop single to right field. It was his first career walk-off hit. Bogaerts, who also had a run scored on the night, now owns a healthy .395/.452/.474 batting line through nine games this season. The Red Sox are 7-3 on the year.
    Friday, 8:05 pm
  • Jose Reyes (rib) ruled out through weekend
    Jose Reyes (rib) will not play this weekend.

    Advice: The Blue Jays will wait until after Monday's off day to see if Reyes is feeling well enough to play through a small fracture in his left rib cage. If he's still in pain Tuesday, they'll place him on the disabled list. Ryan Goins is expected to fill in at shortstop while Reyes is out.
    Friday, 12:31 pm
    4:07 pm vs ^ Bal
  • Devon Travis hitting leadoff Friday
    Devon Travis is batting leadoff versus Julio Teheran and the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: He could remain in the spot for a while if Jose Reyes (rib) needs a trip to the disabled list. Travis is off to a .371/.421/.657 start at the plate in his first 38 big league plate appearances.
    Friday, 12:07 pm
  • Jose Reyes dealing with fracture in rib cage
    An MRI has revealed that Jose Reyes is dealing with a small fracture in his left rib cage.

    Advice: The Blue Jays haven't ruled out him being able to play through it, as manager John Gibbons said the club should know later Friday whether a trip to the disabled list will be required. Reyes had been dealing with the ailment for a bit before being removed from Thursday's game when it became too painful. Ryan Goins is expected to fill in at shortstop while Reyes is out.
    Friday, 8:28 am
    4:07 pm vs ^ Bal
  • Saunders to resume rehab assignment
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) is expected to resume his rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Friday.

    Advice: It was reported previously that he'd be back to game action on Tuesday after his right hamstring tightened up on him Sunday, but he apparently needed a few extra days. Saunders ran sprints and the bases Wednesday before being cleared to return. With Kevin Pillar playing so well, the Blue Jays can afford to take their time with Saunders.
    Friday, 7:10 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Jose Reyes (ribs) will not play on Friday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed that Jose Reyes (ribs) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: The veteran infielder is expected to take the next couple of days off, but is hopeful that he will be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, though how quickly his oblique responds to treatment may determine that. Ryan Goins is expected to fill in at shortstop in his absence.
    Thursday, 7:40 pm
    4:07 pm vs ^ Bal
  • Jose Reyes leaves game with rib injury
    Jose Reyes was removed from Thursday's game against the Rays in the first inning due to soreness in his left rib area.

    Advice: Reyes has been batting an oblique issue for awhile, and this could be a recurrence of that, as opposed to a new injury. He was slated for a day of rest on Saturday, and that could be extended now that he's dealing with this ailment. The Jays should have an update on his status after the game.
    Thursday, 4:35 pm
    4:07 pm vs ^ Bal
  • Reyes to get the day off Saturday
    Jose Reyes is slated to get the day off Saturday.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are resting him for a day game after a night game on turf, which Gregor Chisholm of writes could become a regular thing. Keep this in mind as the season moves along. Steve Tolleson will start at shortstop on Saturday while Ryan Goins will be a late-inning defensive replacement.
    Thursday, 1:42 pm
    4:07 pm vs ^ Bal
  • Hardy (shoulder) to work out in Double-A
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will work out with Double-A Bowie on Friday.

    Advice: Hardy, who is coming back from a left shoulder strain, took a full round of batting practice Wednesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list. He hasn't been cleared to play in rehab games yet, but he's getting closer.
    Thursday, 1:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • Yelich (back) in Marlins' lineup on Thursday
    Christian Yelich (back) has returned to the Marlins' lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets.

    Advice: Yelich missed two straight games with tightness in his back, but it was never a serious concern. The left fielder will hit second in his return Thursday night.
    Thursday, 12:48 pm
  • Devon Travis goes 3-for-5, homers
    Devon Travis went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double versus the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis also homered on Opening Day, so this makes two for him. With the Jays scoring in bunches so far, Travis has been good for six runs scored and six RBI in nine games from the bottom of the order. That's allowed him to be useful in mixed leagues so far, but if the runs begin to dry up for the Jays, Travis's value likely will, too.
    Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Stewart: Tomas called up to be bench bat
    Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Yasmany Tomas was called up to be a bat off the bench.

    Advice: Why the club would sign an unfinished product to a $68.5 million contract, send him to Triple-A for a week and then recall him to get, potentially, one at-bat per game is a worthwhile question, but that seems to be what Stewart is espousing. If he hits well enough, of course, Tomas could force his way into the lineup more often moving forward. For now, though, he's a player to stash in mixed leagues until that time comes.
    Wednesday, 4:12 pm
  • D'Backs recall Yasmany Tomas from Triple-A
    Diamondbacks recalled OF Yasmany Tomas from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Tomas had been playing exclusively in right field at Reno and he was off to an underwhelming 4-for-21 (.190/261/.381) start at the plate. It's not clear how the $68.5 million man is going to fit in the Diamondbacks' crowded outfield. The third base experiment is presumably over. He is not in the lineup Wednesday night.
    Wednesday, 2:56 pm
  • J.J. Hardy (shoulder) taking full BP
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will take a full round of batting practice Wednesday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. If it goes well, Hardy could begin a rehab assignment later this week at Double-A Bowie. He's tracking towards a late-April return.
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • Xander Bogaerts (knee) returns to lineup Wed.
    Xander Bogaerts (knee) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Bogaerts needed an MRI after tweaking his knee while rounding third base during Monday's game, but the test came back clean and he wound up missing just one game. The young infielder sports a nifty .433/.500/.533 batting line in the early going this season.
    Wednesday, 7:34 am
  • Christian Yelich (back) out again Wednesday
    Christian Yelich (back) remained out of the Marlins' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He was expected to miss a second straight game due to a tight back given that the club had a day game after a night game, but's Joe Frisaro thinks Yelich could be held out until Saturday or possibly Friday. Ichiro Suzuki is in left field in Yelich's place again Wednesday. J.T. Realmuto is getting a start Wednesday over Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
    Wednesday, 6:25 am
  • Bogaerts' (knee) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Xander Bogaerts' right knee came back negative.

    Advice: He could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday. It's obviously great news for the Red Sox and Bogaerts' fantasy owners, as the shortstop has been scorching hot at the plate. He had injured his knee while rounding third base during Monday's game.
    Tuesday, 6:48 pm
  • Yelich scratched Tuesday due to tight back
    Christian Yelich has been scratched from the Marlins' lineup Tuesday due to back tightness.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like a major concern, but the Marlins have a day game Wednesday so he could miss at least a couple days. Ichiro Suzuki will start against the Braves in Yelich's place.
    Tuesday, 1:48 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts going for MRI on sore knee
    Xander Bogaerts was sent for an MRI on his right knee.

    Advice: Bogaerts is off to a red-hot start at the plate, so this is unfortunate to hear. The Red Sox should have an update on his status soon. Brock Holt will start in his place at shortstop Tuesday night against the Nationals.
    Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Bogaerts out of Tuesday's lineup
    Xander Bogaerts is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

    Advice: Brock Holt will start at shortstop against Stephen Strasburg. Shane Victorino is also sitting while Daniel Nava gets another start. Meanwhile, Hanley Ramirez (foot) is in the lineup after making an early exit on Monday.
    Tuesday, 11:06 am
  • Alonso homers in a losing effort vs. D'Backs
    Yonder Alonso homered in a losing effort against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Alonso went 1-for-4 on the evening and his second-inning solo home run off of Rubby De La Rosa barely made a dent as the D'Backs were leading 4-0 at the time. Alonso has cooled off since back-to-back three-hit games in games two and three of the regular season, but is still batting a cool .360 (9-for-25).
    Monday, 10:34 pm
  • Alcantara ends hitless streak with a walk-off
    Arismendy Alcantara's first hit of the season was timely, as his 10th-inning RBI single sent the Cubs to a win over the Reds on Monday.

    Advice: Alcantara came into the game 0-for-12 and stepped to the plate in the 10th inning 0-for-4. He was able to send a Burke Badenhop offering into right-center, plating the winning run from third base for the win. Alcantara will serve as a super-utility player for the Cubs this season.
    Monday, 8:35 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Travis plates Jays' only run in loss to Rays
    Devon Travis went 1-for-3 with an RBI single, but the Blue Jays lost to the Rays 2-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Travis knocked in Kevin Pillar with a two-out single in the fifth inning, accounting for the Jays' only run. The hit was also one of only two on the evening for the Jays. Travis has had decent results so far this season, batting .261 (6-for-23) with a home run and four RBI. As he stole 22 and 16 bases and hit 16 and 10 home runs over the last two seasons in the minors, he could provide some sneaky mixed league value over a full season.
    Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Michael Saunders tests out hamstring
    Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) will resume his rehab assignment on Tuesday.

    Advice: Saunders will rest on Monday after leaving Sunday's game with a tight hamstring, but he tested out the hammy and feels OK. The Blue Jays are hoping he'll be ready for activation at some point during their 10-game homestand.
    Apr 13, 1:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Saunders (knee) rebuilding his stamina
    Blue Jays manager Alex Anthopoulos said Sunday that Michael Saunders (knee) will spend the next few days rebuilding the stamina in his legs.

    Advice: Anthopoulos said "he would hope" that Saunders would be ready to rejoin the Blue Jays during their upcoming 10-game homestand, but that they wouldn't force the issue. He was removed from his minor league rehab game on Sunday due to tightness in his hamstring.
    Apr 12, 4:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Saunders exits rehab game w/ hamstring injury
    Michael Saunders (knee) left a rehab game with High-A Dunedin on Sunday with a tight hamstring.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are calling his removal precautionary, but it's not clear when he'll return to game action. Saunders was hoping to be activated from the disabled list later this week, but that could be in jeopardy now.
    Apr 12, 12:21 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Hardy could start rehab assignment Thursday
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) could begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Thursday.

    Advice: Hardy has resumed hitting in recent days, and although he's still feeling a bit of pain in his right shoulder, he's still pressing ahead. A return by the end of next week appears to be doable. Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera have been filling in at shortstop for the Orioles while Hardy has been sidelined.
    Apr 12, 6:34 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • Saunders (knee) doubles, scores at High-A
    Michael Saunders (knee) went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored Saturday at High-A Dunedin.

    Advice: Saunders also made his first start in left field and reported no issues with his surgically-repaired knee. He should be ready to join the Blue Jays' active roster late next week. Kevin Pillar has been filling in.
    Apr 11, 8:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Saunders (knee) collects two hits in rehab
    Michael Saunders (knee) went 2-for-4 with a double in Friday's minor league rehab game with High-A Dunedin.

    Advice: Saunders is making a quick recovery from February's knee surgery and as long as he avoids any setbacks over the weekend should be cleared to rejoin the Blue Jays at some point next week.
    Apr 11, 6:55 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs x Bal
  • Red Sox beat Yankees in 19 innings
    Xander Bogaerts had four hits -- all of them coming in extras -- and scored the go-ahead run in the 19th as the Red Sox edged the Yankees 6-5 on Friday.

    Advice: The game took six hours and 49 minutes -- not including a 16-minute delay after the lights went out behind home plate -- making it the longest contest in Red Sox history and second longest for the Yankees. By inning, it was the longest game the teams had played since 1967. The Red Sox blew one-run leads in the ninth, 16th and 18th innings before finally prevailing. It was a Mookie Betts sac fly that scored Bogaerts in the 19th. Steven Wright, already having blown two leads, allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the 19th, but he got a flyout and a double play to end it.
    Apr 11, 12:00 am
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