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  • Trevor Plouffe (rib) nearing rehab assignment
    Trevor Plouffe (rib) hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week.

    Advice: But manager Paul Molitor cautioned that the middle of next week is more likely. Plouffe has been on the disabled list since July 4 with a fractured rib. He was batting just .252/.283/.399 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 58 games before the injury. 31 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs x Atl
  • Khris Davis out of A's lineup on Tuesday
    Khris Davis is out of the A's lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Coco Crisp is in left field and Jake Smolinski is in center versus the Rangers. This appears to be a routine day off for Davis, who's sitting on 23 homers and 64 RBI. Today, 1:59 pm
  • Maybin out again Tues. with rib cage injury
    Cameron Maybin is dealing with an injury to the right side of his rib cage.

    Advice: A rib popped out and had to be put back in place, per George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press. That explains why Maybin has been absent from the Tigers' starting lineup for the last three games. He did say he's feeling better Tuesday and this doesn't sound like it's going to be a disabled list situation. Today, 1:39 pm
    4:10 pm x @Bos
  • Orioles activate Hyun Soo Kim off 15-day DL
    Orioles activated OF Hyun Soo Kim from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Kim is starting in left field and batting second Tuesday night against the Rockies after missing the last 15 days with a strained right hamstring. He returns to an impressive .329/.410/.454 batting line. Daily Slant: Kim slots into a very favorable slot in the order between Jones, Machado, Davis and Trumbo, giving him very nice upside at an affordable price tag across the industry. He's the owner of a .399 wOBA, .135 ISO and 35.0 hard%, not to mention that he has one of the higher average exit velocities on the year at 92.5 MPH. That mark puts him above guys like Edwin Encarnacion, Michael Saunders, Buster Posey and Albert Pujols. Today, 1:07 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Col
  • Lawrie (hamstring) out again Tuesday
    Brett Lawrie (hamstring) is out of the starting lineup again Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Lawrie hasn't played since leaving Thursday's game with tightness in his left hamstring. It's unclear if the White Sox are thinking about a stint on the disabled list. Tyler Saladino will continue to fill in at second base. Today, 12:27 pm
    4:10 pm vs x ChC
  • Gutierrez (neck) in Tuesday's lineup
    Franklin Gutierrez (neck) has returned to Tuesday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gutierrez was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore neck, but it's not a major concern. He'll bat second against Francisco Liriano. Today, 12:06 pm
  • Nats activate 1B Ryan Zimmerman from DL
    Nationals activated 1B Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Zimmerman, out since early July with a left rib cage strain, went 5-for-12 (.417) with a homer over three games during his brief minor league rehab assignment. He'll return to a disappointing .221/.284/.402 batting line across 74 games. Today, 11:55 am
  • Nunez (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) stars in Monday's win
    Athletics 3B prospect Renato Nunez homered and drove in two runs Monday in a win for Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Nunez plated a run with an RBI single in the fourth before driving a solo home run off Omaha right-hander Clayton Mortensen in the fifth inning. The 22-year-old has contributed at least one RBI in each of his last four games. Nunez has shown nice power this year with 15 round-trippers in 359 at-bats, though it's come with a disappointing .228 batting average. Today, 11:47 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Arismendy Alcantara explodes for four hits
    Athletics minor league INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara produced four hits in Monday's win for Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: He drove in four runs as the Sounds rolled to an easy 12-5 win over Omaha. Alcantara has been scorching hot over his last 10 games, hitting .510 with 12 RBI during that span while raising his season average from .238 to .282. The 24-year-old leads the Pacific Coast League with 28 steals and has only been caught three times this season. Alcantara was traded from the Cubs last month in a deal that sent Chris Coghlan back to Chicago. He's gone 3-for-13 in five games in the majors this year. Today, 11:30 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Royals call up INF Raul Mondesi from AAA
    Royals recalled INF Raul Mondesi from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: In turn, the struggling Whit Merrifield has been sent down. Regarded as the Royals' top position prospect, Mondesi has missed a big chunk of the season after serving a 50-game PED suspension, but he has played well since his promotion to Triple-A earlier this month. His plate discipline is shaky, so we're not convinced he'll see immediate success in the majors, but the Royals are looking for a spark and his speed could come in handy in deeper fantasy leagues assuming he gets regular starts at second base. Mondesi, who turns 21 on Wednesday, made his major league debut in the World Series last year, but he has yet to appear in a regular season game. Today, 11:23 am
  • Pirates option C Diaz to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned C Elias Diaz to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Diaz was up with the big club while Eric Fryer was away on paternity leave. He went 0-for-4 with an RBI ground out in his lone start. Today, 11:19 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs x Sea
  • Pirates activate Fryer from paternity leave
    Pirates activated C Eric Fryer from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Fryer left the team after his wife gave birth to twins on Saturday. The Pirates optioned Elias Diaz to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear a spot on the active roster. Today, 11:17 am
  • Renfroe, Margot likely to come up in Sept.
    Padres general manager A.J. Preller indicated Tuesday that prospect outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot will likely debut as September call-ups.

    Advice: Many speculated that one or both could be on the way after the Melvin Upton trade, but Preller said that the deal will open up playing time for Alex Dickerson and Travis Jankowski in the short-term. Renfroe doesn't have much left to prove in the minors, as he's batting .331/.356/.607 with 25 homers over 95 games this season with Triple-A El Paso. Margot, who is getting over a minor Achilles injury, is batting .306/.356/.434 with four homers and 24 seals over 89 games in Triple-A. Both are worth watching in fantasy leagues. Today, 10:04 am
    Not Active
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • Tyler Saladino delivers game-winner
    Tyler Saladino went 2-for-4 with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth as the White Sox edged the Cubs 5-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Saladino is outhitting Brett Lawrie over the last month and is the superior defensive second baseman, so maybe it's time to give him a crack at the starting job. He wouldn't do much for fantasy leaguers if it happens, but as far as the White Sox are concerned, he just needs to be a better player than Lawrie. Right now, Saladino has a .722 OPS in 130 AB, while Lawrie is at .723 in 351 AB. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
    4:10 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Javier Baez goes 3-for-4, homers
    Javier Baez finished 3-for-4 with a homer and a doubles Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Most of Baez's success this year has come off lefties, so it was nice to see him collect extra-base hits against a pair of righties in this one. It could help him earn some more playing time. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm ^ @CWS
  • Cameron Maybin out Monday versus Red Sox
    Cameron Maybin is absent from the Tigers' starting lineup Monday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Andrew Romine will start in center field and bat ninth versus Boston lefty Drew Pomeranz. Maybin was also held out of action Sunday, so there could be an injury. Yesterday, 12:43 pm
    4:10 pm x @Bos
  • Kim (hamstring) on track to join O's on Tues.
    Hyun Soo Kim (hamstring) will play one more rehab game with Double-A Bowie.

    Advice: He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Sunday in his rehab debut, but to be fair the opposition was throwing a left-handed knuckleballer -- a difficult matchup for any hitter on short notice. Kim will try for better results Monday, but he'll remain on track to rejoin the Orioles on Tuesday no matter what goes down. The outfielder has been on the disabled list since July 19, retroactive to July 11, because of a strained right hamstring. Yesterday, 4:02 am
    4:05 pm vs ^ Col
  • Arismendy Alcantara optioned to Triple-A
    Athletics optioned INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: He's clearly out to accommodate the arrival of Sunday's starter, Jesse Hahn. Alcantara has three hits in 13 at-bats in his brief time with the big club this season. Sunday, 9:18 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Franklin Gutierrez scratched with sore neck
    Franklin Gutierrez was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore neck.

    Advice: Gutierrez is expected to be ready to go Tuesday after Monday's off day. The Mariners have Nelson Cruz in right field and Chris Iannetta in the designated hitter spot. Sunday, 8:35 am
  • Ryan Zimmerman (rib cage) homers in rehab
    Ryan Zimmerman (rib cage) went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer Saturday with High-A Potomac.

    Advice: That makes him 5-for-12 with five RBI on his three-game minor league rehab assignment. Out since July 7 because of a left rib cage strain, Zimmerman is expected to return to the Nationals' active roster on Tuesday. Saturday, 6:04 pm
  • Kim (hamstring) nearing rehab assignment
    Hyun Soo Kim (hamstring) is expected to begin a rehab assignment soon with Double-A Bowie.

    Advice: He'll likely play two games there and then rejoin the O's when first eligible on Tuesday. Kim has been on the disabled list since July 19, retroactive to July 11, with a strained right hamstring. Saturday, 1:30 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Col
  • Pirates recall Elias Diaz from Triple-A
    Pirates recalled C Elias Diaz from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He'll provide depth behind the plate for the Bucs with Eric Fryer away on paternity leave. He doesn't hold any fantasy value. Saturday, 10:34 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs x Sea
  • Pirates place Eric Eryer on paternity leave
    Pirates placed C Eric Fryer on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Fryer's wife gave birth to twins on Saturday morning, so he certainly has his hands full for the next couple of days. Elias Diaz was recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the roster. Saturday, 10:33 am
  • Brett Lawrie (hamstring) set to undergo MRI
    Brett Lawrie (hamstring) will undergo an MRI Friday.

    Advice: Lawrie was forced to leave Thursday's game with tightness in his left hamstring, and he was still feeling sore when he got to the ballpark Friday. Obviously more will be known about his status when the test results are in. Tyler Saladino is filling in at second base Friday. Friday, 2:38 pm
    4:10 pm vs x ChC
  • Plouffe (rib) throws, does some running
    Trevor Plouffe (rib) threw from 90 feet and did some light running on Friday.

    Advice: He'll take swings off a tee soon. Plouffe is nearly three weeks removed from a cracked rib but appears to finally be making some progress. He'll likely need a rehab assignment before returning. Friday, 1:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs x Atl
  • Brett Lawrie leaves with tight hamstring
    Brett Lawrie was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Tigers with tightness in his left hamstring.

    Advice: The injury is believed to be minor and the club considers him day-to-day. Tyler Saladino replaced him on Thursday and could start in his place on Friday if Lawrie is unable to return. Thursday, 6:48 pm
    4:10 pm vs x ChC
  • Zimmerman (rib cage) set for rehab games
    Ryan Zimmerman (rib cage) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Potomac.

    Advice: The plan calls for him to play three minor league rehab games before returning to the Nationals' active roster Tuesday in Cleveland. Zimmerman, 31, has been on the disabled list since July 7 because of a left rib cage strain. He was batting .221/.284/.402 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI through 74 games this season for Washington. Thursday, 7:26 am
  • Zimmerman (ribs) ready for rehab games
    Ryan Zimmerman (rib cage) has been cleared for a minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: It's not clear where he's headed yet or how long he'll be there, but the wheels are in motion. Zimmerman has been on the disabled list since July 8, retroactive to July 7, with a left rib cage strain. It sounds like he'll be back with the Nationals before the end of the month. Wednesday, 12:49 pm
  • Pirates activate, option catcher Elias Diaz
    Pirates activated C Elias Diaz from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Diaz is recovered from the May debridement procedure on his right elbow, but he's not needed right now in Pittsburgh with Francisco Cervelli (hand) returning to action this week and Eric Fryer backing him up. Wednesday, 10:48 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs x Sea
  • A's recall Arismendy Alcantara from Nashville
    Athletics recalled INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Alcantara has 28 steals in 31 attempts and a .750 OPS in 77 games this season between the Triple-A affiliates of the Cubs and Athletics. The versatile 24-year-old could take on fantasy value if he finds regular at-bats. Wednesday, 9:07 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • O's place Hyun Soo Kim (hamstring) on DL
    Orioles placed OF Hyun Soo Kim on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 11, with a strained right hamstring.

    Advice: Kim suffered the injury in the Orioles' final game before the All-Star break and is still nursing back to full health. He should be ready by the end of July. Tuesday, 2:14 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Col
  • Baez not in Tuesday's lineup
    Javier Baez is not in the Cubs' lineup Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Tommy La Stella will make the start at third base and bat leadoff. Meanwhile, Willson Contreras, Jason Heyward, and Kris Bryant will handle the outfield from left to right. Miguel Montero is behind the dish and will catch Jake Arrieta, as per usual. Tuesday, 11:19 am
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm ^ @CWS
  • Khris Davis hits 23rd homer
    Khris Davis hit his 23rd homer Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Davis went without a homer in his first 10 games this month, but he has four in four games since play resumed after the All-Star break. Barring a trade, he'd seem to have a good shot at becoming the first Athletic to reach 35 homers since Nick Swisher in 2006 and maybe the first to 40 since Jason Giambi in 2000. Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Hyun Soo Kim (hamstring) out again Monday
    Hyun Soo Kim (hamstring) is not in the Orioles' lineup Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: He's still nursing a hamstring injury. Nolan Reimold is filling in at left field for the O's. Kim has now missed four straight games and could be headed to the disabled list if his condition doesn't improve quickly. Jul 18, 12:59 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Col
  • Hyun Soo Kim (hamstring) held out again
    Hyun Soo Kim (hamstring) remained out of the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He is, however, listed on the lineup card as a reserve, so it appears Kim will avoid a disabled list stint for now. Joey Rickard is in left field. The O's are also giving Matt Wieters a day off, as Caleb Joseph is catching. Jul 17, 7:59 am
    4:05 pm vs ^ Col
  • Davis homers twice, A's hold off Blue Jays
    Khris Davis hit two solo home runs to help the A's edge the Blue Jays 5-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Davis hit a solo blast in the second inning and another in the sixth, both off Jays starter R.A. Dickey. He's now got 22 home runs and 60 RBI on the year. Both statistics have him among the leaders in the league. Davis has been all the A's had hoped he would be when they picked him up this spring. Jul 16, 7:00 pm
  • Hyun Soo Kim (hamstring) to run on Sunday
    Hyun Soo Kim (hamstring) will attempt to run on Sunday.

    Advice: Kim's last workout on Thursday did not go well and this could be his last chance to prove he's healthy before being placed on the disabled list. Nolan Reimold and Joey Rickard have split time in left field during Kim's absence. Jul 16, 2:31 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Col
  • Hyun Soo Kim (hamstring) still not playing
    Hyun Soo Kim (hamstring) is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: He's still battling a nagging hamstring injury. Nolan Reimold is handling left field with Joey Rickard getting the start in right. Kim said his hamstring is feeling better and is hopeful he'll avoid the disabled list. He's hitting a robust .329 over 152 at-bats this season. Jul 16, 11:26 am
    4:05 pm vs ^ Col
  • Javier Baez not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Javier Baez is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The 23-year-old has grown into a regular role with the Cubs and is hitting a solid .277/.323/.455 with nine homers and 31 RBI in 235 plate appearances on the season. Tommy La Stella is starting in his place and batting leadoff for the Cubs on Saturday. Jul 16, 7:47 am
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm ^ @CWS
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