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  • Yasmany Tomas departs with back stiffness
    Yasmany Tomas left Tuesday's game against the Braves due to mid-back stiffness.

    Advice: Brandon Drury pinch-hit for Tomas midway through Tuesday's contest, as apparently Tomas' back stiffened up on him during the proceedings. He was waylaid by a stiff neck earlier this month, but no word as of yet whether his current back ailment is in any way related. For the time being, Tomas should be considered day-to-day. He will be reevaluated on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
    Day-to-Day
    6:40 pm vs Atl
     
  • Flores hits three-run shot in win over Cards
    Wilmer Flores hit a three-run home run as the Mets bested the Cardinals 7-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Getting a start against a lefty as per usual, Flores turned on an inside fastball in the first inning for the three-run dinger. It was his only hit in the game and Flores' 13th homer of the year. With first base still a big question mark and Flores' ability to hit left-handed pitching, the 25-year-old should continue to draw starts at the less-hot corner going forward. Flores is hitting .259/.315/.447 in 87 games total. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:15 pm @StL
     
  • Reyes has three hits, three runs versus Cards
    Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, a stolen base and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Reyes scored nearly half of the Mets' runs in the game, accounting for three of the team's seven. He did it with three singles, giving him 15 hits in his last 38 at-bats. After a slow start, the 33-year-old is now hitting .284/.336/.477 with three homers, 12 RBI, 18 runs scored and six steals in 26 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Perez' two-run triple leads Brewers past Rox
    Hernan Perez hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning to help the Brewers get past the Rockies 6-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The hit was Perez' only one in four at-bats, but it was a big one. With two outs and an 0-2 count, Perez slashed a Carlos Estevez pitch down the right field line and into the corner, plating both Jonathan Villar and Ryan Braun to give the Brewers a late lead. It was just the latest noteworthy performance for the 25-year-old this year, who's hitting .282/.308/.458 with 11 homers, 43 RBI, 35 runs scored and 23 steals in 87 games played. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
    11:10 am vs Col
     
  • Saladino still sidelined by back discomfort
    Tyler Saladino missed a fourth straight start Tuesday due to back soreness.

    Advice: But the 27-year-old infielder did say Tuesday that it's "feeling better." Saladino hasn't appeared in a game for the White Sox since last Thursday. He had been serving as their primary starter at second base with Brett Lawrie (hamstring, quad, knee) on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:56 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Brett Lawrie getting tests on sore quad
    Brett Lawrie is undergoing more tests in Chicago after reaggravating his quad.

    Advice: Lawrie was pulled off his rehab assignment and the White Sox aren't sure when he might return to live minor league games, let alone the major league roster. "He hasn’t played enough to make it through a game so there’s something going on there," manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday. Lawrie originally landed on the disabled list July 22 with a left hamstring strain. He's also been dealing with fluid in his knee. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Dodgers recall Charlie Culberson from OKC
    Dodgers recalled INF Charlie Culberson from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Culberson has batted .267/.290/.333 in 31 plate appearances this season at the major league level. The 27-year-old infielder carries no fantasy relevance. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:15 pm
  • Valbuena (hamstring) is done for the season
    Luis Valbuena will undergo season-ending surgery on his strained right hamstring.

    Advice: Valbuena came down the hamstring strain back in late July and then suffered a setback last week while running. Alex Bregman has since taken over as the Astros' primary third baseman, with Yulieski Gurriel recently working into the mix. Valbuena finishes the 2016 season with a .260/.357/.459 batting line, 13 home runs, and 40 RBI in 90 games. He will be a free agent this winter at age 31. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Gurriel (hamstring) remains out Tuesday night
    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) is out of the Astros' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Gurriel left his MLB debut on Sunday with right hamstring tightness and was limited to pinch-hitting duties on Monday. His status appears to be the same for Tuesday. Alex Bregman is starting at third base and batting second versus Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:05 pm
    Day-to-Day
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Marlins place Dietrich (knee) on 15-day DL
    Marlins placed 2B Derek Dietrich on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion.

    Advice: The move was made retroactive to August 19. It clears a roster spot for Oswaldo Arcia, who was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay. Dietrich was an effective hitter before the All-Star break (.303 AVG in 231 at-bats) but has slumped in the second half by hitting only .195 over his last 77 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs KC
     
  • Henry says Red Sox 'need' Pablo Sandoval
    Red Sox owner John Henry told the Boston Herald "we absolutely need" Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) next season.

    Advice: Sandoval has been a complete bust since joining the Red Sox in 2015 and barely played this year because of a shoulder injury. However, with David Ortiz departing Sandoval could have a role next year as the starting DH. Travis Shaw would remain at third base in that scenario with Hanley Ramirez handling first. Of course, if top prospect Yoan Moncada can make a smooth transition to the hot corner, it could create a domino effect with Shaw moving to first and Ramirez sliding in at DH. Sandoval, who has reportedly lost 15 pounds while rehabbing this summer, is under contract through 2019 with a club option for 2020. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:22 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @TB
     
  • Gurriel (hamstring) appears as pinch-hitter
    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gurriel exited his MLB debut on Sunday because of hamstring tightness, but he's expected to be back in the starting lineup Tuesday. The Astros don't have the DH available under National League rules, so look for him to either play third base or left field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:41 am
    Day-to-Day
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Danny Espinosa rips homer against Orioles
    Danny Espinosa belted a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Espinosa took Mychal Givens deep in the seventh inning with an opposite field shot that cut the Orioles' lead to one. Unfortunately for the Nationals, that's as close as they would get. It was Espinosa's first longball since a two-homer game back on July 3, as he's predictably fallen off at the plate after his monster June. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:05 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    4:05 pm vs Bal
     
  • Valencia will be back in lineup Tuesday
    Danny Valencia will return to the lineup Tuesday, according to Athletics manager Bob Melvin.

    Advice: Valencia was fined as a result of his altercation with teammate Billy Butler over the weekend, but no suspension is expected to be levied. Butler was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list as a result of the clubhouse fight. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:41 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
    12:35 pm vs Cle
     
  • Valbuena (hamstring) could require surgery
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Monday that surgery hasn't been ruled out for Luis Valbuena's right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Valbuena landed on the disabled list at the end of July with a right hamstring strain and suffered a setback while running on Friday. He's scheduled to see a doctor on Wednesday to decide the next step. "There's a possibility that there will be some surgical solution to his problem, which will definitely take him out from coming back this year," said Luhnow. "But we'll wait until the doctors assess what's going on." Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Gurriel available off bench Monday
    Yulieski Gurriel is available off the bench Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gurriel left his MLB debut Sunday with some tightness in his hamstring, but it's not considered serious. The Astros don't have the DH available for their series against the Pirates, but Gurriel is likely to be back in the lineup Tuesday either at third base or in left field. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:52 pm
    Day-to-Day
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Mets calling up T.J. Rivera on Tuesday
    The Mets will recall T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

    Advice: Neil Walker is set to go on paternity leave, so Rivera will provide some infield depth. The 27-year-old recently hit .355 (11-for-31) during his first stint in the majors. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:47 pm
  • Yulieski Gurriel not in Monday's lineup
    Yulieski Gurriel is not in Monday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gurriel went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk in his MLB debut Sunday before leaving with tightness in his right hamstring. He's considered day-to-day and will sit with the DH unavailable under National League rules. He could get a start a third base during the series, but Alex Bregman is starting there Monday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:04 pm
    Day-to-Day
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Pirates, Freese reach 2-year, $11M extension
    Pirates signed 3B/1B David Freese to a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2019.

    Advice: He'll get $6.25 million in 2017 and $4.25 million in 2018, and the club option for 2019 is worth $6 million with a $500,000 buyout. Freese was a nice offseason pickup for the Pirates on a one-year, $3 million free agent contract and is now locked up with Pittsburgh through at least his age-35 season at some fairly reasonable rates. The 33-year-old currently owns a .276/.355/.437 batting line with 12 home runs and 49 RBI in 107 games. He's made 58 starts at third base and 26 starts at first base. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:47 am
    9:35 am vs Hou
     
  • Gurriel leaves debut with hamstring tightness
    Yulieski Gurriel left his MLB debut against the Orioles with tightness in his right hamstring.

    Advice: After sitting through a lengthy rain delay, the right hamstring tightened up on the Cuban slugger. He's considered day-to-day for now, though Gurriel said that he'll be in the lineup on Monday night in Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:08 pm
    Day-to-Day
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Brett Lawrie pulled off rehab assignment
    Brett Lawrie has been pulled off his rehab assignment.

    Advice: It's unclear what happened, but Lawrie has had setbacks recently with knee and quad issues. He'll be re-evaluated by the White Sox and the club is expected to have more information on his status later this week. Obviously he's not going to be activated soon. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Astros recall Yulieski Gurriel from Triple-A
    Astros recalled 3B Yulieski Gurriel from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Gurriel will make his major league debut in the designated hitter spot against the Orioles. Most of his playing time figures to come at third base, although he did make one start in left field in the minors. Alex Bregman might now see most of his starts in left. Gurriel batted an underwhelming .250/.262/.429 with two homers over 15 minor league games, but the 32-year-old has a seasoned bat and could hit the ground running with the Astros. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:29 am
    Day-to-Day
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Astros to promote Yulieski Gurriel on Sunday
    Yulieski Gurriel will be recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Sunday.

    Advice: The Astros' free agent prize from Cuba is finally ready to make his big league debut. Gurriel mostly played third base during his 15-game stint in the minor leagues though he did make one start in left field. He'll serve as the DH in his debut Sunday against the Orioles. Gurriel hit .250 in the minors with two homers and 14 RBI in 56 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:13 pm
    Day-to-Day
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Valencia registers yet another multi-hit game
    Danny Valencia went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the White Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer was Valencia's 15th of the year. The infielder now has multiple hits in each of his last six games, raising his overall line to .302/.351/.478 in 97 games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:50 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
    12:35 pm vs Cle
     
  • Luis Valbuena (hamstring) suffers setback
    Luis Valbuena (hamstring) suffered a setback while running on Friday.

    Advice: He's headed back to Houston, where he'll be looked at by team doctors. Valbuena was getting close to a rehab assignment but now that's on hold. Now that Alex Bregman has arrived in the major leagues and is manning third base, Valbuena won't have to rush his recovery. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Tyler Saladino still out with sore back
    Tyler Saladino is dealing with a sore back.

    Advice: Saladino wasn't in Saturday's lineup and it looks like he's iffy for Sunday as well. The 27-year-old has played a utility role for the White Sox this season, appearing at seven different positions. Consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:56 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Freese clubs two-run homer in loss
    David Freese clubbed a two-run homer in a loss Friday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: His two-run blast off Tom Koehler gave the Pirates the lead in the fourth inning in what was a back-and-forth affair. The Pirates were ultimately on the losing side. Freese is still doing most of his damage against left-handers, but he’s batting .282/.363/.447 with 12 homers and 48 RBI through 105 games on the year. His .810 OPS is his highest since his All-Star season with the Cardinals in 2012. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:24 pm
    9:35 am vs Hou
     
  • Mets option T.J. Rivera back to Triple-A
    Mets optioned INF/OF T.J. Rivera to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Rivera was crushing the ball at Triple-A, but was unable to provide the significant offensive boost the Mets were hoping for when he was called up last week. With Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes back, Rivera will return to an everyday role at Triple-A. Look for him to return to the Mets in a bench role in September. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:19 pm
  • Brett Lawrie to resume rehab on Friday
    Brett Lawrie (hamstring, knee, quad) will resume his rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Lawrie is on the DL with a hamstring injury but has also had a knee and more recently a quad issue delay his return. He's game-ready again, though, and should be activated before long if he can avoid another setback. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Luis Valbuena (hamstring) nearing rehab games
    The Astros hope Luis Valbuena (hamstring) is ready to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

    Advice: Valbuena ran on Tuesday and Wednesday and has also resumed other baseball activities. "Obviously the next few days are going to tell us a little bit more about the realistic side of it," manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday. "We'd like to push him the most we can without jeopardizing the rehab he's already done, so the running intensity is going to increase (and) the groundball intensity will increase. The batting practice is fine - he feels nothing in batting practice. So we're in this area where the harder we push him, the more vulnerable he can become, but it's time that we need to push him a little bit and see if a rehab assignment is possible maybe while we're in Pittsburgh." Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:13 am
    15-Day DL
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Gurriel to start in left field Thursday night
    Yulieski Gurriel will start in left field Thursday for Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Well that's an interesting development. The expectation was that Gurriel would only play third base during his rehab assignment but it looks like the Astros are going to try him in the outfield. Gurriel has some outfield experience from his playing days in Cuba and got some reps there when he worked out for the Astros prior to signing. Moving Gurriel to the outfield full time would allow top prospect Alex Bregman to remain at third base. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:35 pm
    Day-to-Day
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Brett Lawrie suffers quad injury in rehab game
    Brett Lawrie (hamstring, knee) left Wednesday's rehab game for Double-A Birmingham with a sore quad.

    Advice: Lawrie was close to returning from a strained hamstring but this will obviously push back his timetable. It's unclear if Lawrie's injury is of the day-to-day variety or something more serious. Tyler Saladino will continue to fill in at second base for the White Sox. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Gurriel goes 0-for-4 in second game at Fresno
    Yulieski Gurriel went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Wednesday in his second game with Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: But that comes after a big 3-for-4 debut at the Triple-A level on Tuesday. Gurriel, signed last month to a five-year, $47.5 million contract, is batting .283/.294/.500 with two home runs, four doubles, and 14 RBI through 15 minor league games. The 32-year-old Cuban third baseman should join the Astros' major league roster within the next few days. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:56 am
    Day-to-Day
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Tomas hits two homers, nets six RBI in rout
    Yasmany Tomas had two homers, a triple, six RBI and a walk Wednesday as the Diamondbacks crushed the Mets 13-5.

    Advice: Tomas has four two-homer games just since the All-Star break, and he's hit 25 homers overall. That he hardly ever walks remains an issue, but he's always maintained a decent batting average and power stroke as a major leaguer. It seems like he'll be a respectable, if potentially overrated, fantasy regular going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:18 pm
    Day-to-Day
    6:40 pm vs Atl
     
  • Perez hits 10th homer in loss against Cubs
    Hernan Perez went 2-for-4 with his 10th home run of the season in Tuesday's nightcap against the Cubs.

    Advice: Perez hit what seemed like a meaningless homer with two outs in the ninth inning of a four-run game, but the Brewers put together a small rally to bring the tying run to the plate before Aroldis Chapman snuffed out the comeback attempt. The homer was the 10th for Perez in what is shaping up to be a breakout year for the 25-year-old. He's hitting .286/.312/.456 with 21 steals to go along with those 10 homers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:02 pm
    11:10 am vs Col
     
  • Gurriel moving up to Triple-A on Tuesday
    Yulieski Gurriel is expected to move up to Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gurriel was expected to be on the fast track to the majors, but he hit .118 (2-for-17) with no extra-base hits, six strikeouts, and one walk over five games during his time with Double-A Corpus Christi. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com via text message on Monday that there's no specific timetable for the 32-year-old Cuban to join the Astros, but wrote that "he is getting close." Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:27 pm
    Day-to-Day
    9:35 am @Pit
     
  • Flores' three hits help Mets win in extras
    Wilmer Flores went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in the Mets' 3-2, 11-inning win over the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Flores was having a good night before he came to the dish with runners on the corners and one out in the 11th inning. The 25-year-old hit a ground ball up the middle that second baseman Ryan Schimpf fielded but threw wide of catcher Christian Bethancourt, allowing the winning run to score and making Flores the hero. With the three-hit night, Flores is batting .255/.309/.434 with 11 homers, 33 RBI and 27 runs scored overall. Rotoworld.com Aug 13, 9:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:15 pm @StL
     
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