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  • Jon Gray strikes out 11 Padres
    Jon Gray fanned 11 while allowing two runs over six innings Monday against the Padres.

    Advice: That's better. Gray's rotation spot could have been in jeopardy with another poor performance tonight, but he was really strong after getting his first out tonight. Unfortunately, he allowed two runs before that occurred (the bottom of the first started with a two singles, a two-run double and a walk). Once he did get that first out, he set down 16 in a row through the sixth inning. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Nate Karns earns win in Oakland
    Nate Karns picked up a win after yielding three runs in six-plus innings Monday against the A's.

    Advice: Karns allowed one run in six innings before giving up a single, a homer and a double to the three batters he faced in the seventh. Fortunately, Vidal Nuno and Nick Vincent combined to strand the baserunner, keeping Karns in line for the win in a 4-3 game. Neither team scored afterwards. Karns is 3-1 with a 3.81 ERA. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Kendall Graveman gives up four runs in loss
    Kendall Graveman surrendered four runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: It was one run through five innings, but then Graveman gave up four hits and two runs in the sixth. For some reason, Bob Melvin sent him back out for the seventh anyway (even though four straight lefties were due up), and he was pulled after a one-out double (the runner later came around to score). Graveman is now 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA. He's just an AL-only guy for the moment. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Jeremy Hellickson allows three homers Mon.
    Jeremy Hellickson was bitten by the longball Monday, serving up three homers and six runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Hellickson cruised through the first three innings, but he's long been homer-prone and he served up dingers to Adam Wainwright, Matt Adams and Aledmys Diaz in the middle innings. The veteran right-hander has mixed in some nice outings this season, including seven shutout frames against the Nationals his last time out, but he's also had three subpar showings to push his ERA up to 4.88. He'll try to bounce back this weekend in Miami. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Jered Weaver tagged for seven runs
    Jered Weaver was pounded for seven runs and 11 hits in five innings Monday by the Brewers.

    Advice: Weaver took his first loss after three victories. He hasn't been very good in either of his last two starts, and his ERA has jumped from 3.12 to 5.40. Maybe he'll hold his own going forward despite the extreme lack of velocity, but there just isn't anything here to help fantasy leaguers. Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Brandon Finnegan notches quality start
    Brandon Finnegan yielded three runs over six innings in Monday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Finnegan was in line for his second victory of the season when he exited, but the Reds bullpen yielded six runs over the next two innings after he left. The southpaw issued three walks on the night and has walked 18 over 34 frames on the year. However, Finnegan also has 27 strikeouts and just 26 hits allowed. He tweaked his hamstring during Monday's start, but is hopeful of making his next turn against the Brewers. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
    4:10 pm vs SF
  • Michael Foltynewicz ambushed by Mets
    Michael Foltynewicz was ambushed for four runs over just 3 2/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: The Mets jumped on Folty for four runs on three longballs in the first inning. The hard-throwing righty and the Braves' bullpen kept them off the scoreboard after that, but the damage had already been done. Foltynewicz has good velocity and has missed some bats at the big league level, but his command just isn't good enough at this point. He'll try for better results this weekend versus the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Griffin whiffs nine in another strong start
    A.J. Griffin pitched well again Monday, striking out nine across six frames of one-run ball in a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The matchup looked daunting on paper with a flyball pitcher at Rogers Centre, but Griffin managed to keep the big Blue Jays bats at bay. He allowed three hits and two walks and his nine strikeouts tied a career high. Griffin didn't pitch well this spring and entered the season having not made a start in the majors since 2013 due to arm injuries, so a 2.32 ERA over his first five starts is surprising, to say the least. He'll get the Tigers in Detroit this weekend. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Tyler Skaggs diagnosed with biceps tendinitis
    Tyler Skaggs will be shut down from throwing for another week after being diagnosed with biceps tendinitis.

    Advice: Skaggs recently came down with some shoulder tightness while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. The southpaw will be reevaluated in a week, after which he could be cleared to resume a throwing program. He's still a ways off from joining the Angels. Yesterday, 6:50 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Report: Angels to attend Lincecum's showcase
    Alden Gonzalez of reports that the Angels will attend Tim Lincecum's showcase on Friday in Arizona.

    Advice: The Angels are expected to be one of around 20 teams in attendance. It's worth a shot to at least take a look, as the club could use the rotation depth. C.J. Wilson (shoulder), Tyler Skaggs (elbow, shoulder), and Andrew Heaney (forearm) are all on the disabled list while Matt Shoemaker was recently demoted after posting a 9.15 ERA over five starts. Yesterday, 3:27 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Santana (back) to throw sim. game Tuesday
    Ervin Santana (back) is scheduled to throw 30 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: Santana landed on the disabled list late last month with a lower back strain, but he made it through a bullpen session on Sunday with no issues. If all goes well on Tuesday, the plan calls for him to be activated this Saturday versus the White Sox. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Homer Bailey (elbow) shut down for a few days
    Homer Bailey (elbow) said Monday that he expects to be shut down for 5-7 days.

    Advice: Bailey got roughed up in his most recent minor league rehab start last Tuesday and it was revealed on Sunday that he suffered a slight setback. It's not believed to be serious, so the Reds are hoping that a few days of rest will get him back on track. Bailey was previously expected to rejoin the Reds by mid-May, but his timetable is up in the air right now. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs SF
  • Mariners outright Joe Wieland to Triple-A
    Mariners sent RHP Joe Wieland outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Wieland had surrendered 36 hits and 31 runs (25 earned) over 13 innings this season at the Triple-A level. The right-hander is now off the Mariners' 40-man roster. Yesterday, 12:28 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Braden Shipley cruises over six shutout innings
    Diamondbacks RHP prospect Braden Shipley spun six shutout frames Sunday for Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Reno didn't score until the 12th inning, forcing Shipley to settle for a no-decision. Shipley was firing on all cylinders Sunday with five strikeouts and only two walks. Both of those free passes came in the sixth inning. 67 of his 104 pitches went for strikes. The right-hander hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts, though he doesn't have a win to show for it. Yesterday, 11:59 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • O's prospect Harvey will have hernia surgery
    Hunter Harvey needs surgery for a sports hernia and will be sidelined the next 4-6 weeks.

    Advice: Harvey visited a specialist in Philadelphia on Monday after experiencing renewed groin discomfort. It's something he's been dealing with since late March. The former top prospect missed the entire 2015 season with a broken leg and elbow troubles, and he was shut down early in 2014. Baltimore's front office is hopeful Harvey can begin pitching in minor league games around July 1. He has impressive pro numbers, but the star is fading. Yesterday, 11:05 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • Braves recall Folty for Monday start vs. NYM
    Braves recalled RHP Mike Foltynewicz from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Folty will start against the Mets on Monday and could stick around for a while if things go well. He was sporting a 2.05 ERA in four starts this season, though it has come with a rough 5.7 BB/9 (or 14 walks in 22 innings). His ongoing control issues make him a poor fantasy streaming bet against a good Mets offense. Yesterday, 7:12 am
  • Tim Lincecum to host showcase on Friday
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Tim Lincecum will finally hold his long-awaited showcase for interested teams on Friday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Advice: At least 20 teams have expressed interest in attending the showcase at one point or another to see what the two-time National League Cy Young award winner has left in the tank. The 31-year-old has reportedly been throwing in the 90-91 mph range. With so many teams starved for rotation help, he shouldn't have much difficulty landing a job. Sunday, 3:20 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Foltynewicz will start for Braves on Monday
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed Sunday that Mike Foltynewicz will be recalled from Triple-A to start on Monday.

    Advice: The Braves could have opted to skip the spot in the rotation after Saturday's rainout, but they'll stick with the plan to recall the young right-hander instead. Foltynewicz owns a 2.05 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 20/14 K/BB ratio over 22 innings this season at Triple-A Gwinnett. Sunday, 3:03 pm
  • Michael Foltynewicz could still start Monday
    Michael Foltynewicz could still start on Monday versus the Mets.

    Advice: The assumption had been following Saturday's rainout that the Braves would just go with Matt Wisler, but it appears Foltynewicz might still be the guy. The Braves will officially announce Monday's start later Sunday. Sunday, 9:39 am
  • Homer Bailey (elbow) has 'slight setback'
    Reds manager Bryan Price revealed Sunday that Homer Bailey (elbow) has suffered a "slight setback."

    Advice: The club doesn't think it's serious, although it's unclear how long this might delay Bailey's return. The Reds are also dealing with a setback for Anthony DeSclafani (oblique) and a shoulder injury to Raisel Iglesias. Bailey had been expected back by mid-May. Sunday, 8:23 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs SF
  • Michael Foltynewicz won't start on Monday
    The Braves could choose to skip their fifth starter until May 9 following Saturday's rainout.

    Advice: Michael Foltynewicz had been set to replace Bud Norris in the rotation on Monday, but the club will now just push Julio Teheran and Matt Wisler back a day following the rainout. It's bad luck for Foltynewicz, although he should get his shot soon enough. Sunday, 5:51 am
  • Ervin Santana (back) plays catch on Saturday
    Ervin Santana (back) played catch and worked on his mechanics Saturday.

    Advice: He's expected to follow the same routine Sunday before throwing a bullpen session on Tuesday. Santana is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday against the White Sox. That might be a tad optimistic but Santana seems to be moving in the right direction. Saturday, 3:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Hunter Harvey (groin) to see specialist Monday
    Hunter Harvey will see a specialist Monday in Philadelphia after feeling renewed groin discomfort.

    Advice: Doctors will determine whether he needs sports hernia surgery. "The groin’s just not healing like it should," said manager Buck Showalter. "He’s had plenty of time" Hernia surgery usually requires a 4-6 week recovery. The top prospect missed all of last season while battling elbow issues. Saturday, 2:06 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • Ervin Santana (back) to throw Saturday
    Ervin Santana (back) will throw on flat ground Saturday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown since landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain. The hope is that Santana won't be on the DL long, although obviously he's not terribly close to a return. Friday, 2:40 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Michael Foltynewicz likely to start Monday
    Michael Foltynewicz is expected to start for the Braves on Monday versus the Mets.

    Advice: He's expected to take the rotation spot of Bud Norris, who is headed to the bullpen. Tyrell Jenkins was also mentioned as a possibility to take Norris' spot, but it appears the duty will fall to Foltynewicz. The hard-throwing right-hander holds a 2.05 ERA and 20/14 K/BB ratio across 22 frames for Triple-A Gwinnett this season. He'll likely provide strikeouts but not much else for fantasy owners. Friday, 11:33 am
  • Lincecum could have showcase next week
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum could have a showcase for teams next week.

    Advice: We've been waiting for said showcase for months now, but 20 teams are expected to be in attendance whenever it finally takes place. Heyman hears that Lincecum was "consistently" in the 90-91 mph range on Monday and is likely to throw again this weekend. The 31-year-old is coming off hip surgery and had a 4.13 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 60/38 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings last season for the Giants. It's tough to have high expectations at this point. Friday, 10:24 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Harvey (groin) throws in ext. spring training
    Hunter Harvey (groin) tossed two innings Thursday in extended spring training.

    Advice: Harvey recently had a setback with a groin injury, but the Orioles are now hoping that he'll be able to join a minor league affiliate soon. The 21-year-old is one of the team's top prospects, but he missed all of last season with forearm and elbow issues. Thursday, 1:44 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • Jon Gray gives up six runs in loss
    Jon Gray was tagged for six runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gray allowed hits to nine of the 21 batters he faced, and he's sporting an 11.42 ERA in two starts since coming off the disabled list. He's still one of the best bets among Rockies starters, but if he's not better next time out, there's the chance he could be replaced in the rotation. Wednesday, 11:03 pm
  • Hellickson tosses seven scoreless in victory
    Jeremy Hellickson tossed seven scoreless innings on Wednesday to pick up his second win, allowing two hits and striking out eight Nationals.

    Advice: Hellickson still has home-run issues that will plague his fantasy potential; however, he’s been a pleasant surprise in many ways. He has struck out 28 batters in just 26 innings. His ERA is now a palatable 3.81, which is paired with a 3.75 FIP. And his changeup/curveball combination has been a dynamic way to compensate for his continued velocity decline. The right-hander is next scheduled to square off against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Wednesday, 7:31 pm
  • Shipley racks up season-high eight strikeouts
    Diamondbacks RHP prospect Braden Shipley scattered three hits and one walk over seven shutout innings Tuesday for Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Relievers Silvino Bracho and Scott Rice coughed up a three-run lead in the eighth inning, forcing Shipley to settle for a no-decision. The 24-year-old collected a season-high eight strikeouts while lowering his ERA from 5.71 to 4.07. 64 of his season-high 107 pitches went for strikes. Opponents are still hitting .266 for the year against Shipley, but Tuesday's gem could be a sign that he's ready to turn a corner. Wednesday, 11:13 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Karns shuts down Astros over seven innings
    Nathan Karns was fantastic in Tuesday's 11-1 win over the Astros, hurling seven innings of shutout ball while allowing just two hits.

    Advice: Karns wasn't perfect -- he walked three -- but he flummoxed the struggling Astros nonetheless. The 28-year-old right-hander struck out six during his superlative time on the mound. With the shutout under his belt, he now holds a 3.68 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 24/12 K/BB ratio across 22 1/3 innings (four starts). He makes for a solid rotational arm in AL-only formats. Karns will try to replicate Tuesday's result in a road showdown with the A's next time he toes the rubber. Tuesday, 11:20 pm
  • Weaver turns in veteranly start vs Royals
    Jered Weaver yielded four runs on nine hits across six innings in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Weaver struck out four and walked two on the evening. Among the four runs he allowed, a Mike Moustakas solo home run in the first inning. He would allow one more run in the second and two in the fourth to polish off the scoring on his line. Weaver lacks any sort of fantasy upside, but the veteran has managed to pitch to a 3.86 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 11/7 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings. With Tuesday's win, he improved to 3-0. There is little reason to believe he will be able to hold that ERA under 4.00 for long, but stranger things have happened in this universe. The 33-year-old right-hander will continue his quest to defeat Father Time in a road start against the Brewers next time he toes the rubber. Tuesday, 11:04 pm
  • Griffin fires eight strong innings to top NYY
    A.J. Griffin threw eight innings of one-run ball as the Rangers trounced the Yankees 10-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Griffin yielded just four singles and a walk in the contest, by far his best start as a member of the Rangers. He moved to 3-0 with the win, lowering his ERA to 2.52 with a 1.04 WHIP. Another tough task awaits when Griffin and the Rangers visit the Blue Jays on Monday. Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Brandon Finnegan good early but fades late
    Brandon Finnegan pitched well for most of the night Tuesday against the Mets but finished it having allowed three runs over 6 1/3 frames.

    Advice: Finnegan was in control for most of the night, but things fell apart in the seventh. After striking out Wilmer Flores, Finnegan issued a walk to Juan Lagares and then a single to Kevin Plawecki. Rather than go to his bullpen, Bryan Price left Finnegan in to face pinch-hitter Yoenis Cespedes and lined the first pitch he saw over the left field wall. It was kind of reminiscent to Finnegan's outing versus the Cubs where he flirted with a no-hitter, lost it, was left in too long and ultimately wound up with a worse line than he deserved. Finnegan will take a 3.86 ERA into a start against the Giants. Tuesday, 7:36 pm
    4:10 pm vs SF
  • Homer Bailey goes four innings at Double-A
    Homer Bailey (elbow) yielded five runs -- one earned -- over four innings Tuesday in a rehab start with Double-A Pensacola.

    Advice: Pensacola's fielders made five errors behind him. Bailey did give up six hits and he also walked two. He is on his way back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will make several more minor league starts before becoming an option for the Reds' starting rotation. This was only his second rehab appearance. Tuesday, 6:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs SF
  • Twins place Santana, Gibson on disabled list
    Twins placed RHP Ervin Santana on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

    Advice: Santana had to be scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Nationals due to back spasms and hasn't made much progress, though this is believed to be a minor issue. Minnesota also lost starter Kyle Gibson to a shoulder strain on Tuesday. Top starting pitching prospect Jose Berrios will be called up Wednesday to make his major league debut against the Indians. Tuesday, 2:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Hunter Harvey (groin) set for EST game
    Hunter Harvey (groin) is scheduled to throw two innings Thursday at extended spring training.

    Advice: It'll be his first live action since he suffered a setback with his groin in early April. Harvey, 21, will likely report to High-A ball once he's deemed healthy. The former first-round pick owns a shiny 2.87 ERA and 139/39 K/BB ratio in 113 professional innings. Tuesday, 1:56 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • Kendall Graveman roughed up by Tigers
    Kendall Graveman was touched up for six runs over 4 2/3 frames in Monday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Graveman struck out four, but he surrendered 10 hits, with three of them leaving the yard. The young right-hander entered the contest with a 2.04 ERA over his first three outings, so hopefully this was just a small bump in the road. He'll try to bounce back this weekend against the Astros. Monday, 7:06 pm
  • Santana (back) not certain for next start
    Ervin Santana (back) is not certain to make his next start.

    Advice: Santana was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday due to back stiffness. Twins manager Paul Molitor said that the veteran right-hander was "feeling a lot better" on Monday, but he has yet to test his back by throwing. More should be known in the next couple of days. Monday, 5:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Skaggs (elbow) scratched from rehab start
    Tyler Skaggs (elbow) was scratched from his scheduled rehab start Monday with Triple-A Salt Lake after he came down with fatigue from his last outing.

    Advice: Skaggs is coming off Tommy John surgery, so the Angels don't want to push him. He hasn't been ruled out for his next outing, but Angels general manager Billy Eppler said he'll focus on regaining strength this week. Skaggs has posted a 2.79 ERA and 10/5 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings over his first three rehab outings. Monday, 2:03 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Ervin Santana scratched from Sunday's start
    Ervin Santana was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday due to back stiffness.

    Advice: Tyler Duffey will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start in his place. Santana isn't expected to require a trip to the disabled list and should be ready to make his next scheduled start. Apr 23, 9:28 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Gray whiffs 10 in first start of season.
    Jon Gray finished Friday's start with a mixed performance, as he struck out 10 but he also surrendered a couple of homers and five earned runs against the Dodgers.

    Advice: This was Gray's first start of the 2016 season. He'd missed much of the spring with an abdomen injury, but he managed to strike out 10 batters in just five innings of work on Friday. While that's encouraging, the right-hander still calls Coors Field home, which resulted in a pair of homers and seven hits. That's just the cost of doing business in the high altitude. We'll wait to see how he does away from home before we draw too many conclusions. Apr 22, 9:54 pm
  • Jon Gray (abdomen) activated from DL
    Rockies activated RHP Jon Gray from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gray will make his season debut on Friday versus the Dodgers after recovering from an abdominal strain. While an exciting young arm, Gray posted a 5.53 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over his first 40 2/3 major league innings in 2015 and isn't a recommended option in mixed leagues. Apr 22, 2:29 pm
  • Homer Bailey (elbow) makes first rehab start
    Homer Bailey (elbow) allowed two runs but struck out six over 3 2/3 innings for Triple-A Louisville on Thursday in his first rehab start.

    Advice: The strikeouts are nice, but Bailey needed 67 pitches to cover the 3 2/3 frames. Of course, you had to expect some rust in what was his first official start since Tommy John surgery. Bailey is expected to make at least three more starts before being activated from the disabled list. Apr 22, 5:17 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs SF
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