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  • Jonathan Pettibone moved to 60-day DL
    Phillies transferred RHP Jonathan Pettibone from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Severino Gonzalez. Pettibone will now be out until at least June while working his way back from shoulder surgery.
    47 minutes ago
    60-Day DL
    W, 4-1 @StL
  • Lackey's tough 7th results in a loss to Phils
    John Lackey took the loss on Monday against the Phillies, giving up three runs in seven innings of work.

    Advice: All three runs scored with two outs in the seventh inning as Ben Revere knocked in a pair with a ground-rule double and Odubel Herrera then plated Revere with a single. Overall, Lackey surrendered nine hits and a walk while striking out one. The right-hander will take his 4.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 14/5 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings into next weekend's home start against the Pirates.
    50 minutes ago
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Phi
  • Hamels beats Cards to get into the win column
    Cole Hamels finally won his first game, yielding just one run over seven innings on Monday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Though the Phillies only provided him a total of six runs of support over his first four starts, Hamels hadn't pitched particularly well either. It was a different story on Monday night. The Phillies scored three times behind Hamels (four total) while the lefty limited the Cardinals to four hits and four walks with nine strikeouts. Hamels' control is a bit concerning as he has 16 walks in 31 innings now. Nevertheless, he heads into a weekend start against the Marlins with a 3.19 ERA.
    53 minutes ago
  • Nelson's haywire control results in 2nd loss
    Jimmy Nelson gave up seven runs (six earned) in 2 1/3 innings, taking the loss as the Brewers were handed a 9-6 defeat by the Reds on Monday.

    Advice: Nelson had poor control in this one, walking five Reds batters while allowing six hits and striking out only one. The 25-year-old had been superb in his first three starts, but some bumps in the road are to be expected in his first full season in the rotation. Nelson, now with a 3.63 ERA and an 18/9 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings, will hope for better results in a start at Wrigley Field against the Cubs next.
    57 minutes ago
  • A.J. Cole to make spot start Tuesday
    A.J. Cole will make his major league debut on Tuesday versus the Braves.

    Advice: The Nationals have decided to keep Tanner Roark in the bullpen rather than giving him the spot start. Ranked by Baseball America before the season as the team's No. 6 prospect, Cole boasts a 2.40 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio over his first 15 innings at Triple-A Syracuse this season. He'll be making just the one start, as Max Scherzer (thumb) is expected to be ready in a couple days.
    Today, 7:53 pm
    Not Active
    L, 8-4 @Atl
  • Worley takes the loss with 6 IP vs. the Cubs
    Vance Worley took the loss on Monday against the Cubs, giving up four runs in six innings.

    Advice: The Cubs did most of the damage with a three-run first inning, scoring once on an Anthony Rizzo double and twice on a Kris Bryant single. Overall, Worley yielded nine hits, walked one, and struck out three. The right-hander takes a 4.50 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and an 18/9 K/BB ratio over 24 innings into a road start against the Cardinals.
    Today, 7:41 pm
  • Fister struggles again, Nats lose to Braves
    Doug Fister's struggles continued as he yielded five runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings in an 8-4 loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Fister held the Braves to two runs over his first five innings, but he contributed to a three-run sixth inning to end his evening. He allowed 10 hits, walked two, and struck out three in the effort. He has allowed five runs in back-to-back starts. Fister will attempt to rebound in New York when he takes on the Mets in his next start. He owns a 3.28 ERA with a 1.46 ERA and a mediocre 11/9 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings.
    Today, 7:36 pm
  • Stults pitches well to pick up his first win
    Eric Stults earned his first win of the season, holding the Nationals to two runs in 6 1/3 innings on Monday.

    Advice: Stults has now pieced together back-to-back quality outings for the Braves. He limited the Nationals to four hits and three walks while striking out three on the evening. He'll bring a 4.03 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a 13/6 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings into a weekend home start versus the Reds.
    Today, 7:33 pm
    W, 8-4 vs ^ Was
  • Karns can't exit the fifth in a no-decision
    Nate Karns pitched well on Monday, but couldn't make it out of the fifth inning, earning a no-decision as the Rays fell to the Yankees.

    Advice: Karns had racked up a lot of pitches and appeared to tire towards the end of his outing. He got two quick outs, but walked Steven Drew, allowed an infield single to Didi Gregorius, and walked Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases before giving way to reliever Brandon Gomes. Gomes allowed one of Karns' runners to score with a walk of his own. Overall, Karns allowed the one run on three hits and two walks while fanning five. Walks continue to be an issue for the right-hander, as he has 16 of them in 28 1/3 innings. Karns will head into a road start against the Orioles with a 4.76 ERA.
    Today, 7:20 pm
  • Vargas walks five but winds up with a win
    Jason Vargas picked up his second win of the season on Monday, limiting the Indians to two runs over five innings.

    Advice: Vargas walked five and only struck out one batter, but was able to limit the damage the Indians could do, allowing only three hits. Both runs came in the lefty's final frame, as Mike Aviles took him out to left field for a two-run home run. It was an odd outing as walks aren't normally an issue for Vargas and hits usually are. He'll bring a 5.95 ERA, a 1.77 WHIP, and a 9/8 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings into a weekend start at home against the Tigers.
    Today, 7:01 pm
  • Sanchez strikes out seven in a no-decision
    Aaron Sanchez took a no-decision on Monday, yielding four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings as the Blue Jays fell to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Sanchez was staked to a 3-0 lead before he took the mound, but promptly gave two of those runs back on a Pablo Sandoval two-run single in the bottom of the first. In total, Sanchez gave up five hits and walked two while fanning seven. Sanchez has yet to complete the sixth inning in his first four starts and now owns a 5.03 ERA with a 1.68 WHIP and a 16/14 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. He'll match up against the Indians in Cleveland next.
    Today, 6:41 pm
  • Gee hurls 70-pitch masterpiece as Mets win
    Dillon Gee allowed just one run, needing only 70 pitches to get through 7 2/3 innings in a no-decision versus the Marlins on Monday.

    Advice: Gee had shut the Marlins out through seven, but got into two-out trouble in the eighth. Justin Bour, Gee Gordon, and Martin Prado hit consecutive singles to plate the game's first run to chase Gee from the game. The Mets came back in the next frame to take Gee out of the running for the loss. Overall, the right-hander gave up six hits, walked none, and struck out three. Gee has been solid over his last two starts, lowering his ERA to 4.26. He'll look to keep it going over the weekend at home against the Nationals next.
    Today, 6:10 pm
  • Brandon McCarthy (elbow) placed on DL
    Dodgers placed RHP Brandon McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26, with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

    Advice: He'll undergo Tommy John surgery and be sidelined until around the All-Star break next season. McCarthy, who is in the first year of a four-year, $48 million contract, posted a 5.87 ERA but had a 29/4 K/BB ratio over 23 innings in four starts this season with the Dodgers. Scott Baker will remain in the rotation for now, although the club will need an additional starter soon.
    Today, 5:06 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Brandon McCarthy diagnosed with UCL tear
    Brandon McCarthy has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

    Advice: It's really a bummer for the Dodgers but especially for McCarthy, who had seemed to finally put his shoulder issues behind him and show signs of blossoming. He'll undergo Tommy John surgery soon and be sidelined into the 2016 season. With Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) also still a question mark, the Dodgers might be scour the trade market for rotation help. For now, Scott Baker and Mike Bolsinger could stick around for a while.
    Today, 4:16 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Iwakuma (lat) has done some light throwing
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) has done some very light throwing as well as strengthening exercises.

    Advice: Iwakuma is nursing a Grade 1 right lat strain. The right-hander is expected to be on the shelf for 2-4 weeks, but the fact that he's already doing some throwing again is a good sign.
    Today, 3:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-1 @Tex
  • David Hale activated, then optioned
    Rockies activated RHP David Hale from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Hale is over his oblique injury but will have to work his way back to the majors. He figures to be used in Albuquerque's rotation.
    Today, 3:06 pm
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  • Tanner Scheppers optioned to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned RHP Tanner Scheppers to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Scheppers returned from the disabled list barely over a week ago and has now been sent out after allowing five runs over four relief innings. He'll get another chance later this season.
    Today, 2:56 pm
    Not Active
    L, 3-1 vs Sea
  • Gonzales to resume throwing this week
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Marco Gonzales (shoulder/pectoral) will resume throwing in 4-5 days.

    Advice: Gonzales was placed on Triple-A Memphis' disabled list late last week with soreness in his left pectoral/shoulder. Assuming all goes well from here on out, he should be ready to take Adam Wainwright's (Achilles) spot in the rotation before long. The Cards will go with either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney in the meantime.
    Today, 2:46 pm
    Not Active
    L, 4-1 vs Phi
  • Wainwright to have Achilles surgery this week
    Adam Wainwright will undergo season-ending surgery on Thursday after an MRI confirmed that he suffered a torn left Achilles tendon on Saturday.

    Advice: The operation carries a 9-12 month rehab schedule, although Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that he was optimistic the right would be ready for spring training. Wainwright, who will turn 34 in August, has three years remaining on his contract after 2015. The Cards will go with either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney as his replacement in the rotation for now, but Marco Gonzales (shoulder/pectoral) is expected back soon.
    Today, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 vs Phi
  • Max Scherzer (thumb) officially pushed back
    Max Scherzer (thumb) will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: That had been the presumption but only now has been made official. Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Scherzer probably only needs to be pushed back a couple days instead of missing a full turn through the rotation. Either Tanner Roark or A.J. Cole will start Tuesday in his place.
    Today, 2:26 pm
  • Asher Wojciechowski optioned to Triple-A
    Astros optioned RHP Asher Wojciechowski to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: It's the second time he's been sent down in the last two weeks. Wojciechowski holds a 7.31 ERA and 1.88 WHIP over 16 innings this season. The Astros will have to bring someone else up later this week when they need a fifth starter.
    Today, 1:54 pm
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  • Colome to rejoin Rays' rotation this weekend
    Alex Colome (illness) will rejoin the Rays' rotation this weekend in Baltimore.

    Advice: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times suggests that Friday would be the most likely day. Colome got a late start to spring training due to a visa issue and then went down with pneumonia, but he's healthy now and spun six innings of one-run ball Sunday at Triple-A Durham. The young right-hander is worth a look in deeper mixed leagues.
    Today, 1:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 @NYY
  • Bauer (illness) will start Tuesday vs. Royals
    Trevor Bauer (illness) will return to the Indians' rotation Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Bauer had to be scratched Saturday due to food poisoning, but he felt well enough to play catch on Sunday. The 24-year-old boasts a 0.95 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 26/11 K/BB ratio in 19 innings this season and showed improved control in his most recent outing. He's a must-own in all mixed fantasy leagues.
    Today, 12:57 pm
  • Rangers transfer Nick Tepesch to 60-day DL
    Rangers transferred RHP Nick Tepesch from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the Rangers' 40-man roster for the arrival of Josh Hamilton. Tepesch remains out indefinitely with a nerve issue in his elbow.
    Today, 12:44 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 3-1 vs Sea
  • Chris Young could start for Royals on Fri.
    Chris Young is expected to start for the Royals on Friday night against the Tigers.

    Advice: But manager Ned Yost left open the possibility that he'll have to use Young out of the bullpen before that outing. Young wouldn't be a very good fantasy bet anyway versus Detroit. He's been working in relief all month.
    Today, 12:11 pm
  • Verlander confirmed to have strained triceps
    A second opinion of Justin Verlander's MRI results confirmed the initial diagnosis of a triceps strain.

    Advice: Verlander remains shut down from throwing due to lingering soreness in the upper part of his throwing arm and he won't be cleared for catch until he's completely discomfort-free. The veteran right-hander seems unlikely to join the Tigers' rotation before the end of May. Kyle Lobstein has been filling in.
    Today, 11:36 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Min
  • Colome (pneumonia) goes six strong in rehab
    Alex Colome (illness) tossed six innings of one-run ball Sunday at Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Colome yielded only four hits and walked none while striking out six. He threw 45 of his 63 pitches for strikes. The 26-year-old right-hander arrived late to Rays camp this spring due to visa issues and then caught a bad case of pneumonia once he did finally make it to Florida. Colome finally appears ready to join the Tampa Bay rotation and could be worth a look in some deeper fantasy formats.
    Today, 6:05 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 @NYY
  • Wojciechowski roughed up for five runs vs A's
    Adam Wojciechowski allowed five runs in four innings during Sunday's win over the A's.

    Advice: Wojciechowski did not factor into the decision. He surrendered two runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth while striking out four and walking two. This was the right-hander's second start since being recalled from Triple-A to replace an injured Brad Peacock (hip). In those two starts, he's allowed nine runs in eight innings. He'll get the Mariners at home in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 4:38 pm
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  • Scherzer (thumb) not likely to pitch Tuesday
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Sunday that Max Scherzer (thumb) is unlikely to pitch on Tuesday.

    Advice: Scherzer was unable to throw his scheduled bullpen session on Sunday due to his thumb still being swollen. The Nationals don't believe that he will miss multiple starts or require a stint on the disabled list. Tanner Roark is the most logical candidate to start in his place and makes for a decent streaming option against the Braves in Atlanta.
    Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Mo confirms Waino (Achilles) likely done
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed in an interview on KMOX 1120 AM on Sunday that Adam Wainwright (Achilles) is likely done for the season.

    Advice: "I would imagine that with this injury he will not pitch again this season, but we want to wait for the reports Monday," the GM said. It's confirmation of an earlier report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal as well as what others had speculated. Losing Wainwright is obviously a major hit to the Cards as they seek their third straight division title and fifth straight playoff appearance.
    Yesterday, 9:46 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 vs Phi
  • Report: Lackey had incentives added to deal
    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals and John Lackey agreed in spring training to an incentives package that could push the pitcher's total earnings in 2015 past $2 million.

    Advice: Strauss adds that "neither Lackey, the club, MLB nor the players union has announced the amendment," which is based around the number of appearances the right-hander makes. Lackey base salary this season is just $507,500 due to a contract stipulation he agreed to with the Red Sox which kicked in when he had Tommy John surgery. The Cards were under no obligation to sweeten his deal, but doing so modestly to keep the veteran more motivated is probably a wise move.
    Yesterday, 9:41 am
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Phi
  • Phillies haven't talked Hamels trade in a bit
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies haven't received any trade inquiries on Cole Hamels since late March.

    Advice: It's not a surprise, as teams are aware that general manager Ruben Amaro isn't dropping his asking price for the left-hander. Hamels is off to a fine start this season with a 3.75 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 23 strikeouts over 24 innings. He remains a good bet to be dealt at some point prior to the trade deadline.
    Yesterday, 8:58 am
  • Trevor Bauer (illness) could play catch Sun.
    Trevor Bauer (illness) could try to play catch on Sunday.

    Advice: Bauer had to be scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday due to food poisoning. He's currently slated to take the ball on Tuesday, but it's possible he'll be pushed back again if he's not feeling up to it yet.
    Yesterday, 8:43 am
  • Scherzer (thumb) doesn't throw 'pen session
    Max Scherzer (thumb) did not throw a scheduled bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: That's after the 'pen session was pushed back a day from Saturday. Scherzer, who threw off flat ground Sunday instead, is in jeopardy of missing his next scheduled start on Tuesday due to a sore right thumb, although the righty said the thumb is improving and he's not ruling himself out yet. "I can't say that," Scherzer said when asked if he'll start Tuesday. "Because I'm literally day-to-day." Tanner Roark would be the obvious candidate for a spot start in Scherzer's place.
    Yesterday, 8:20 am
  • Adam Wainwright (Achilles) placed on DL
    Cardinals placed RHP Adam Wainwright on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle and Achilles injury.

    Advice: Wainwright will undergo an MRI on Monday, but the feeling is that he blew out his Achilles on Saturday and will need season-ending surgery. Tyler Lyons and Tim Cooney are the most likely options to take his spot in the rotation later this week.
    Yesterday, 7:51 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 vs Phi
  • Report: Waino (Achilles) likely done for 2015
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the "expectation" is that Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season with a left Achilles injury.

    Advice: He's yet to undergo an MRI (that comes Monday), but the Cardinals don't appear to be optimistic about a diagnosis. It's obviously a massive blow for St. Louis, as Wainwright had allayed some concerns about his elbow with a strong start (1.44 ERA) to the season. The club does at least have some depth to fall back on with Marco Gonzales at Triple-A, although he's currently out with a shoulder/pectoral issue. Gonzales and Jaime Garcia (shoulder) are the likely long-term options to replace Waino in the rotation, but for now the club is likely to go with Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney. They could also consider moving Carlos Villanueva from the bullpen to the rotation.
    Yesterday, 6:14 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 vs Phi
  • McCarthy (elbow) hopes he has tendinitis
    Initial tests for possible ligament damage in Brandon McCarthy's right elbow came back negative.

    Advice: It doesn't mean he definitely doesn't have a ligament issues -- we'll know for sure after his MRI -- but it's certainly a good sign. The hope is that McCarthy is "only" dealing with tendinitis. He's looking at a stint on the disabled list either way, but surgery won't be required if it's a tendinitis issue. McCarthy admitted that he's been dealing with tightness in his elbow since his last start but it finally became too much on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 5:27 am
    15-Day DL
  • Brandon McCarthy dealing with elbow tightness
    Brandon McCarthy left his start Saturday against the Padres with right elbow tightness.

    Advice: Miraculously, McCarthy still managed to pick up the win despite giving up six runs, including three homers, in five innings of work. McCarthy was scheduled to pitch Friday against the Diamondbacks, but that seems unlikely now. An MRI is likely coming. Mike Bolsinger may be called upon to make a spot start.
    Saturday, 8:58 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Wainwright: 'Thought I got hit by something'
    Adam Wainwright acknowledged after Saturday's game that the injury is to the back of his left ankle.

    Advice: In other words, it's his Achilles tendon. And if he ruptured it, the ace right-hander could be done for the rest of the 2015 season. "I thought I got hit by something," said Wainwright, who pulled up lame after a fifth-inning pop-out on Saturday night in Milwaukee. "If you look at the replay, I get out of the box and I looked back to think the catcher’s mask must have hit me or the bat must have hit me, something must have hit me."
    Saturday, 8:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 vs Phi
  • Brandon McCarthy gets hurt against Padres
    Brandon McCarthy left Saturday's game against the Padres with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: McCarthy exited after giving up a three-run shot to Justin Upton in the sixth inning. He motioned for the trainer immediately after serving up the home run pitch, but it was unclear what exactly was bothering him. Sergio Santos entered the game in relief. Until we know more, consider McCarthy day-to-day.
    Saturday, 8:05 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Trevor Bauer in line to pitch Tuesday vs. KC
    Trevor Bauer will start Tuesday's game against the Royals.

    Advice: Food poisoning forced him to miss Saturday's start. Bauer has looked sharp all year, limiting opponents to a .125 batting average. The 24-year-old has collected at least seven strikeouts in each of his three starts.
    Saturday, 7:58 pm
  • Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) will miss 2-4 weeks
    Hisashi Iwakuma's MRI revealed a Grade 1 lat strain and he will miss 2-to-4 weeks.

    Advice: Iwakuma didn't look right Tuesday against the Astros and was placed on the DL three days later. Now we know why his early season performance hasn't been up to snuff. Roenis Elias will be called up to take Iwakuma's place in the starting rotation.
    Saturday, 5:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-1 @Tex
  • Waino leaves with apparent Achilles injury
    Adam Wainwright was lifted from Saturday's game against the Brewers with an apparent left foot injury.

    Advice: Wainwright pulled up lame on his first step out of the batter's box following a fifth-inning pop-out and could barely make his way off the field. It looked like an Achilles injury, though the Cardinals are calling it a "left ankle injury" for now. Wainwright had tossed four scoreless innings against Milwaukee, lowering his season ERA to 1.44. He'll be reevaluated back in St. Louis.
    Saturday, 5:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 vs Phi
  • Alex Colome to make one more rehab start
    Alex Colome (illness) is slated to make one more minor league rehab start before rejoining the Rays rotation.

    Advice: He can't get back soon enough as the Rays are currently dealing with trotting out the likes of Erasmo Ramirez every fifth day. With Alex Cobb working his way back, Colome's time in the rotation could also be short lived.
    Saturday, 12:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 @NYY
  • Max Scherzer had bullpen pushed back
    Max Scherzer (thumb) had his scheduled bullpen session pushed back until Sunday.

    Advice: He is still dealing with swelling in his thumb. If he is unable to throw Sunday, his scheduled start on Tuesday could be in question.
    Saturday, 11:30 am
  • Trevor Bauer a late scratch due to illness
    Trevor Bauer was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday due to illness.

    Advice: T.J. House, who had been scheduled to go Sunday, will start in his place against the Tigers. Bauer could work on Sunday if he's feeling better.
    Saturday, 10:12 am
  • Verlander could resume throwing on road trip
    Justin Verlander will accompany the Tigers on their upcoming 10-game road trip with the intention that he could resume throwing.

    Advice: Verlander won't touch a baseball until he feels no soreness in his ailing triceps, which the team is hopeful could happen at some point next week. He's at least a month away from a return to the Tigers rotation.
    Saturday, 8:47 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Min
  • Max Scherzer expected to make his next start
    Max Scherzer (thumb) is expected to make his next start on Tuesday against the Braves in Atlanta.

    Advice: Scherzer jammed his thumb on a swing during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals which caused him to leave after seven innings. While he's 1-2 on the season, the 30-year-old has posted a stellar 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 28 2/3 innings with the Nationals.
    Saturday, 6:40 am
  • Mariners place Iwakuma (lat strain) on DL
    Mariners placed RHP Hisashi Iwakuma on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21, with a strained lat muscle.

    Advice: Iwakuma was scheduled to start on Sunday, though it's unclear at the moment who will fill in for him. He posted a troublesome 6.61 ERA and 1.40 WHIP awhile allowing five home runs over 16 1/3 innings in his first three starts. The M's hope to have him back in the rotation in late-May.
    Friday, 6:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-1 @Tex
  • Max Scherzer jammed hit thumb Thursday
    Max Scherzer jammed his thumb on a swing during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The right-hander pitched two more innings after the incident and said the injury "shouldn’t be too serious." Scherzer is fully expected to take his next turn on Tuesday in Atlanta, but he probably won't officially be cleared until he gets through his between-starts bullpen session with no issues.
    Friday, 6:49 am
  • Scherzer solid over seven but takes a loss
    Max Scherzer pitched well on Thursday, but wound up with the loss after allowing two runs to the Cardinals in seven innings.

    Advice: Scherzer was narrowly outdueled by Michael Wacha. The Nats' right-hander hurt his own cause in the first inning when a wild pitch helped bring in the Cardinals' first run. The Cardinals grabbed their second run off of Scherzer in the sixth on a Matt Adams RBI single. Overall, Scherzer yielded six hits, walked none, and struck out four. Despite a 1-2 record, Scherzer has been fantastic in his first four starts, boasting a 1.26 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP, and a 29/4 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He'll toe the slab in Atlanta against the Braves next.
    Thursday, 3:42 pm
  • Max Scherzer gives up two runs in loss
    Max Scherzer took a loss to the Cardinals after surrendering two runs in seven innings on Thursday.

    Advice: Scherzer isn't only lacking run support, but his defense hasn't helped him much either through four starts. He has a 1.26 ERA, but just a 1-2 record to show for it. He's fanned 29, walked just four and allowed no homers in 28 2/3 innings.
    Thursday, 3:42 pm
  • Jimmy Nelson goes eight strong versus Reds
    Jimmy Nelson pitched eight strong innings, allowing just one run, in a no-decision Wednesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Nelson allowed just three hits tonight. He's given up a total of 10 in 20 innings for the season. With a 1.35 ERA, he's the one Brewer taking a step forward this year.
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Nate Karns gives up five runs to Red Sox
    Nate Karns yielded five runs in six innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Karns walked four batters for the third time in four starts and gave up his fourth and fifth homers of the year. The ability is there, but until he cuts back on the walks, he'll be a liability. At this rate, he's going to lose his rotation spot to one of the Rays' rehabbing starters.
    Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Worley limits Cubs to unearned run in a win
    Vance Worley limited the Cubs to one unearned run over 5 2/3 innings en route to a win on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was a windy, snowy affair in Pittsburgh. Worley battled through it, working around six hits and two walks while striking out five. A fourth-inning error by Gregory Polanco on a Kris Bryant double allowed Bryant to move to third base. Bryant then scored on a ground out, accounting for the only run Worley yielded. Worley, 2-1, carries a 4.00 ERA and gets to face the Cubs again his next time out, this time at Wrigley Field.
    Wednesday, 7:40 pm
  • Lackey hurt by Nationals' big third inning
    John Lackey picked up a no-decision on Wednesday, giving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals.

    Advice: Lackey was hurt by the Nationals' five-run third inning, capped off by a bases-clearing double by Yunel Escobar. Overall, he allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Lackey has had two mediocre starts and one superb start to begin the 2015 season. He'll bring his 4.34 ERA into his next outing at home against the weak-hitting Phillies.
    Wednesday, 7:34 pm
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Phi
  • Dillon Gee allows two runs over seven
    Dillon Gee allowed two runs over seven innings Wednesday in his start against the Braves.

    Advice: Gee struck out three, and his one walk was an intentional pass to the No. 8 hitter. He needed a solid outing to add to his job security, so this takes some pressure off. Still, there's a good chance he'll be surpassed by Rafael Montero eventually.
    Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Eric Stults solid for six innings
    Eric Stults pitched six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision versus the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Stults struck out five and walked none in his first quality start for the Braves. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to give him a win, so he's 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts. There's no NL-only value to be found here.
    Wednesday, 7:32 pm
    W, 8-4 vs ^ Was
  • Fister hit around by the Cardinals in a loss
    Doug Fister was hit around by the Cardinals in a no-decision on Wednesday, surrendering five runs (four earned) in six innings.

    Advice: Fister, not known for being homer-prone, allowed two long-balls in the outing. Matt Carpenter clubbed a solo shot to lead off the game, and Kolten Wong added a two-run jack in the second. All told, Fister yielded seven hits and two walks while striking out three. It's a small bump in the road as Fister has otherwise been excellent and should be quite solid over the course of the season. He'll head into his next road start against the Braves with a 2.37 ERA.
    Wednesday, 7:31 pm
  • Hamels not sharp in no-decision vs. Marlins
    Cole Hamels allowed just an unearned run in six innings but took a no-decision as the Phillies lost to the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: The unearned run was Hamels' fault, as he dropped a throw from Chase Utley while covering first base on a ground ball that would have ended the inning. Hamels again wasn't sharp, but the ineffectual Marlins' offense wasn't able to do much against him anyway. The lefty yielded five hits, walked three, and struck out five. Still winless, Hamels owns a 3.75 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 23/12 K/BB ratio over 24 innings. He'll toe the rubber next in St. Louis versus the Cardinals.
    Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Sanchez picks up win despite walking seven
    Aaron Sanchez issued seven walks in 5 1/3 innings, but still got the win on Wednesday versus the Orioles.

    Advice: The Orioles capitalized on only one of the seven walks. Following a leadoff walk to Caleb Joseph, Jimmy Paredes hit a two-out, two-run home run in the third inning to give the Orioles a temporary 2-0 lead. Sanchez allowed two hits in total and struck out four. The right-hander hasn't missed bats often and walks continue to be an issue as he carries a 9/12 K/BB ratio in 14 innings. Sanchez will have a tough match-up in his next start as he'll take on the Red Sox at Fenway.
    Wednesday, 6:57 pm
  • A.J. Cole stingy in start for Syracuse
    Nationals prospect A.J. Cole fired six shutout frames Tuesday for Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Cole has actually been hit fairly hard this year (18 hits in 15 innings), but he's kept the damage to a minimum (2.40 ERA). He's been throwing strikes, walking just one of the 63 batters he's faced this year. The 23-year-old has the goods, but it's going to be tough for him to break into the Nationals' star-studded rotation.
    Wednesday, 11:23 am
    Not Active
    L, 8-4 @Atl
  • Marco Gonzales (pectoral) goes on Triple-A DL
    Marco Gonzales has been placed on Triple-A Memphis' disabled list with soreness in his left pectoral muscle.

    Advice: The Redbirds are saying the move is precautionary, though it's unclear how much time Gonzales might miss. He's posted a 4.50 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio in his first 16 innings with Memphis. Obviously Gonzales won't be an option for the big club anytime soon, although with the way their rotation is performing there's certainly no need at the moment.
    Wednesday, 8:23 am
    Not Active
    L, 4-1 vs Phi
  • Vargas gives up five runs in no-decision
    Jason Vargas allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Twins collected eight hits and a walk against the lefty, but his offense spared him from taking his second loss. Still, Vargas has now given up 11 earned runs over 14 2/3 innings this year. He'll try to right the ship Sunday at the White Sox.
    Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Colome (illness) to continue rehab stint Tue.
    Alex Colome (illness) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Colome, who is working his way back from pneumonia, allowed two runs in six innings across two rehab starts with High-A Charlotte. He's slated to throw four or five innings Tuesday and the next step could be for him to join the Rays' rotation.
    Tuesday, 7:28 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 @NYY
  • Iwakuma mediocre again in a no-decision
    Hisashi Iwakuma turned in his third consecutive mediocre start, giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Iwakuma has been rather home run prone to start the year. He allowed two more on Monday night, giving him five in 16 1/3 innings to start the season. Overall, he gave up five hits, walked none, and struck out three. Iwakuma owns a 6.61 ERA and he has a good shot at lowering it as his next start comes against the Twins at home over the weekend.
    Monday, 10:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-1 @Tex
  • Wojciechowski lasts 4 innings in no-decision
    Asher Wojciechowski got a no-decision in Monday's win against the Mariners, yielding four runs in four innings.

    Advice: The right-hander allowed a bunch of base runners, as the Mariners racked up eight hits and drew two walks. Wojciechowski struck out six on the evening. Getting through the Mariners' tough lineup without allowing any home runs is an achievement at least. He'll get the Athletics on Oakland in his next start.
    Monday, 10:41 pm
    Not Active
  • Bauer tosses 7 shutout frames in no-decision
    Trevor Bauer continued to impress, hurling seven scoreless frames, but took a no-decision as the Indians lost 4-3 on Monday.

    Advice: Bauer allowed just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven. Considered by many to be a breakout candidate for the 2015 season, Bauer has bolted out to a 2-0 record with a 0.95 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and a 26/11 K/BB ratio in 19 innings. He'll need to have the command he showed on Monday if his success is going to last over a full season. Bauer matches up against the Tigers in Detroit next.
    Apr 20, 8:35 pm
  • MRI confirms triceps strain for Verlander
    An MRI taken last Thursday confirmed that Justin Verlander is dealing with a right triceps strain.

    Advice: Verlander has had trouble getting over the hump, battling fatigue in the triceps when he throws off a mound for too long. He will not resume throwing until the pain subsides, so the right-hander's timetable to totally up in the air at the moment. Kyle Lobstein will continue to fill his spot in the Tigers' rotation.
    Apr 20, 1:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Min
  • Wainwright outstanding in victory over Reds
    Adam Wainwright was outstanding in Sunday's victory over the Reds, allowing just one run on seven hits over eight strong frames.

    Advice: Wainwright punched out four on the evening while walking two. The only damage against him came on a two-out bloop RBI single off the bat of Brandon Phillips in the third inning. He went toe-to-toe with Mike Leake who was terrific on the other side as well and was eventually able to scratch out the win. He'll carry an impressive 1.71 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 14/3 K/BB ratio into Saturday's matchup against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
    Apr 19, 7:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 vs Phi
  • McCarthy tosses six shutout innings vs COL
    Brandon McCarthy struck out six batters and did not allow a run to the Rockies in picking up his second win of the season on Sunday.

    Advice: McCarthy had struck out 19 batters in his previous two starts. While he didn't go K-crazy on Sunday, he pitched efficiently, only allowing three hits and two walks in his six innings and exiting with just 92 pitches on the arm. The veteran has now struck out 25 in 18 innings. McCarthy's career K/9 is 6.6, so it's probably not logical to expect him to keep up this breakneck pace. He's in a good place with the Dodgers, though, and could end up with a fair number of wins by the end of the season. He'll try to build on the shutout in his start against the Padres next weekend.
    Apr 19, 5:15 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Verlander won't throw until pain subsides
    Justin Verlander won't resume throwing until the pain in his triceps subsides.

    Advice: While there are currently no plans for the right-hander to undergo an MRI, you'd have to believe it's on the horizon. At this point, it appears that he's in for an extended absence and shouldn't be counted on to help fantasy owners anytime soon.
    Apr 19, 3:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Min
  • Justin Verlander (triceps) not throwing Sun.
    Justin Verlander (triceps) is not expected to throw on Sunday.

    Advice: The Tigers are going to slow Verlander's rehab down, but he had been expected to play catch Sunday. No further tests are planned at the moment, but the right-hander has just had trouble with fatigue in his right triceps when he throws off a mound. Consider him out indefinitely.
    Apr 19, 7:54 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Min
  • David Hale to begin rehab assignment Monday
    David Hale (oblique) will make a rehab appearance at High-A Modesto on Monday.

    Advice: Hale is working his way back from a strained oblique. The goal Monday is for him to throw about 45 pitches. Prior to getting hurt, Hale had been in the mix for a rotation spot. If he comes back as a starter, Christian Bergman might have to settle for bullpen duty.
    Apr 18, 5:49 pm
    Not Active
  • Tigers going to slow down Justin Verlander
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that they are going to slow Justin Verlander (triceps) down.

    Advice: Verlander isn't going to touch a baseball until Sunday as he continues to battle through a triceps injury. At this point, he's going to need at least one minor league rehab start, probably more. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on getting the right-hander active for another couple of weeks.
    Apr 18, 7:44 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Min
  • Karns gives up two runs in no-decision
    Nate Karns was handed a no-decision against the Yankees on Friday after giving up two runs over five innings.

    Advice: Karns only gave up two hits, but they were costly, as they both left the yard via home runs from Stephen Drew and Alex Rodriguez. He struck out seven and walked four in the no-decision and owns a 4.58 ERA and 17/10 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings across his first three starts this season. The control has been shaky, but he's worth using in AL-only leagues as long as he has a rotation spot.
    Apr 17, 8:32 pm
  • Max Scherzer dominates in win over Phillies
    Max Scherzer dominated the Phillies on Friday, allowing just one run over eight innings in a 7-2 victory.

    Advice: Scherzer cruised for the most part, giving up just four hits to go along with nine strikeouts and no walks. The only run scored on a ground out from Freddy Galvis in the third. The high-priced right-hander has been as advertised thus far, putting up a 0.83 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings across his first three starts with the Nationals. He's a no-doubt fantasy ace.
    Apr 17, 7:12 pm
  • Vance Worley fans six in victory over Brewers
    Vance Worley pitched well in Friday's victory over the Brewers, allowing just two runs on six hits over six strong innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the evening while walking four, needing 93 pitches to get through his six frames. After a disastrous opening to the season, Worley needed a strong outing to secure his spot in the Pirates rotation, and he certainly delivered. He'll carry a 5.84 ERA and 1.54 WHIP into Wednesday's matchup against the Cubs.
    Apr 17, 7:08 pm
  • Nelson lasts five innings in loss to Pirates
    Jimmy Nelson pitched decently in a losing effort against the Pirates on Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: Nelson punched out three on the night and didn't walk a batter. He was lifted in the fifth inning for a pinch hitter after throwing only 73 pitches. He was also victimized by poor defense, as a passed ball by Jonathan Lucroy contributed to the Pirates scoring. He'll carry a 1.50 ERA and 12/2 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Reds.
    Apr 17, 7:05 pm
  • Asher Wojciechowski recalled from Triple-A
    Astros recalled RHP Asher Wojciechowski from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Wojciechowski had just been sent down Tuesday, but he returns to replace the injured Brad Peacock (intercostal). He figures to serve as the team's fifth starter.
    Apr 17, 12:51 pm
    Not Active
  • Tanner Scheppers activated from DL
    Rangers activated RHP Tanner Scheppers from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Scheppers got a late start to the season because of an ankle injury, but he struck out five over 2 2/3 scoreless rehab innings. He'll operate in a setup role.
    Apr 17, 12:09 pm
    Not Active
    L, 3-1 vs Sea
  • Verlander (triceps) ruled out for Tuesday
    Justin Verlander (triceps) has been ruled out for Tuesday's start against the Yankees.

    Advice: It was the presumption after Verlander had to cut short a simulated game Wednesday due to fatigue. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that the right-hander had some "normal soreness" Thursday one day after the sim game. The next step for Verlander hasn't been determined yet. "We'll cross that when we get to it," Ausmus said when asked about a rehab assignment. Kyle Lobstein will get another start in Verlander's place.
    Apr 17, 10:29 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Min
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