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  • Hanigan (ankle) set for rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (ankle) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this Saturday.

    Advice: And he could return to the Red Sox right after major league rosters expand on September 1. Hanigan has been out since August 6 with left ankle tendinitis. Sandy Leon will remain Boston's primary catcher. Today, 7:58 am
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am @TB
  • Sandy Leon out of Red Sox lineup Thursday
    Sandy Leon is out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Rays.

    Advice: Bryan Holaday will start at catcher and bat ninth in the finale at Tropicana Field. It's just a routine day off for Leon, who's been one of the best stories of the second half. He's sitting on a ridiculous .369/.425/.618 season slash line in 176 plate appearances. Today, 7:16 am
  • Bandy raps four hits and steals a base
    Jett Bandy sprayed four base hits, scored a run and swiped a base on Wednesday versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The steal was the first of his career. Bandy has been a second-half bright spot in a barren landscape at the catcher position. He has been getting gradually more playing time as the season rolls on. He is batting .279/.325/.490 with eight home runs in 147 at-bats. The 26-year-old rookie is a solid option in two-catcher leagues for the remainder of the season. Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • Cabrera smokes an RBI double
    Ramon Cabrera went 1-for-4 and drove in two runs with a double in the Reds' loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: The double was of the ground rule variety. If the ball had not bounced over the fence a third run would have scored. Cabrera is batting .248 with one home run as the Reds' backup catcher behind Tucker Barnhart due to the season-long absence of Devin Mesoraco. He doesn't get enough playing time to merit fantasy consideration even in most two-catcher leagues. Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Gary Sanchez sizzles with yet another homer
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Sanchez continues to simply destroy things, this time cracking a solo home run off Hisashi Iwakuma in the first inning. In just 72 at-bats, he has already launched nine long-balls. The 23-year-old backstop is slashing a stupendous .389/.450/.847 in that space. He was batting third on Wednesday and even if he cools off -- which will happen eventually, allegedly -- he should remain a fantasy difference-maker down the stretch. Yesterday, 6:02 pm
  • Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard clear waivers
    Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard have cleared waivers, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.

    Advice: Which means they can now be traded to any team. Stark hears that two clubs are mulling Ruiz, but Howard is virtually certain to remain in Philadelphia. Ruiz, 37, has batted .261/.368/.352 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games this season with the Phillies. He will be a free agent this winter. Yesterday, 12:32 pm
  • Chris Stewart (knee) catching at Double-A
    Chris Stewart (knee) continues to catch every other day with Double-A Altoona.

    Advice: Stewart has been on the disabled list since July 4 with a left knee injury. "He reports minimal symptoms right now," Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said Tuesday. "The biggest symptom right now is overall fatigue from not playing for that extended period of time." The catcher should rejoin the Bucs' active roster in early September. Yesterday, 9:30 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Gimenez prevents shutout via solo homer
    Chris Gimenez went 1-for-1 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: Gimenez cracked a solo home run off Sean Manaea to lead off the sixth inning. That homer would represent the only run the Indians managed on the evening. That little power showing aside, the year has mostly been a struggle for Gimenez, who is hitting just .220/.262/.347 with four homers and 11 RBI over 118 at-bats. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Tuesday, 10:59 pm
  • Molina picks up three hits in loss to Mets
    Yadier Molina finished 3-for-5 with an RBI double in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: The multi-hit game was Molina's fifth in his last 10 contests. He hasn't displayed the power he once did, swatting just four homers to date, but the 34-year-old owns a respectable .284/.345/.387 line with 39 RBI and 40 runs scored on the year. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Brayan Pena (knee) to begin catching soon
    Brayan Pena (knee) is expected to begin catching in rehab games later this week.

    Advice: Pena is 2-for-9 in three games as the designated hitter at High-A Palm Beach. He is eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list on September 4 and the Cardinals are hoping the veteran backstop will be ready on that date. He's appeared in just four games this season for St. Louis after signing a two-year, $5 million free agent contract over the winter. Tuesday, 7:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Phegley (knee, strep) nearing rehab games
    Josh Phegley (knee, strep) is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

    Advice: Phegley's rehab from a knee injury was stalled by strep throat, but he's over it now. The expectation is that he will be activated from the disabled list September 1. Tuesday, 4:32 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Gary Sanchez homers twice against Seattle
    Gary Sanchez launched his seventh and eighth homers Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Sanchez also singled. It wasn't clear just how much he'd play when the Yankees gave him the call on August 3, but he's a fixture now and that might not change for several years to come. Monday, 10:32 pm
  • Gomes (shoulder) plays catch Monday
    Yan Gomes (shoulder) played catch out to a distance of 100 feet on Monday.

    Advice: Gomes continues to ramp up his hitting in the cage and has now been playing catch for about a week. The 29-year-old suffered an AC joint separation in his shoulder on July 17, but he's still hoping to make it back this season. Chris Gimenez and Roberto Perez will continue to fill in for now. Monday, 4:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • O's option C Joseph to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned C Caleb Joseph to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: The move clears the way for Matt Wieters' return. Joseph should be back in September. Monday, 1:17 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Orioles activate Wieters from paternity leave
    Orioles activated C Matt Wieters from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Wieters was excused from the club on Saturday to welcome a child into the world. The impending free agent catcher is batting .240/.294/.381 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI in 340 plate appearances this season for the Orioles while earning a $15.8 million salary. Monday, 12:26 pm
  • Avila (hamstring) cleared for rehab games
    Alex Avila (hamstring) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: And he figures to return to the White Sox active roster by the end of this week, assuming he can avoid a physical setback. Avila initially landed on the disabled list July 6 with a right hamstring strain and then reaggravated the injury a few weeks later. Monday, 10:41 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Ryan Hanigan (ankle) nearing rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment soon.

    Advice: Hanigan has missed the last two weeks of action with tendinitis in his left ankle. He'll rejoin the Red Sox when rosters expand but is likely headed for a diminished role with Sandy Leon playing so well. Sunday, 6:32 am
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am @TB
  • Sanchez drills solo home run on Saturday
    Gary Sanchez continued his assault on major league pitching, drilling a solo home run versus the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: The rookie now has 6 home runs in 58 at-bats since being called up three weeks ago. He is batting an eye-popping .379/.419/.776 in 15 games. He is bound to cool off sometime soon but has a legitimate shot at being one of the better fantasy catchers for the next few years. Saturday, 10:44 pm
  • Matt Wieters goes on paternity leave list
    Orioles placed C Matt Wieters on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Odrisamer Despaigne was added to the roster in the corresponding move. Manager Buck Showalter only expects Wieters to miss a game or two. Caleb Joseph will start behind the place Saturday against Houston. Saturday, 2:39 pm
  • Josh Phegley (knee) able to get in crouch
    Josh Phegley (knee) was able to get into a crouch to catch a flat ground throwing session Thursday.

    Advice: It appears to be the last hurdle he needed to clear before beginning a rehab assignment, as he's already been hitting and running. Phegley is on track to be activated from the disabled list on September 1. Friday, 6:42 am
    60-Day DL
  • Alex Avila (hamstring) nears rehab assignment
    Alex Avila (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: Avila aggravated his right hamstring injury while on a rehab assignment late last month but apparently has finally made some progress. He'd appear to be on track to be activated September 1 if he can avoid more speed bumps. Friday, 5:59 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Cabrera's three-run jack helps Reds down Fish
    Ramon Cabrera hit a three-run home run, his first of the season, to help the Reds hold off the Marlins 5-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: The 26-year-old finished 2-for-4 in the game, just his 37th of the season as the backup for Tucker Barnhart. He picked a heck of a game to hit his first homer, too, as the Reds were opposing all-everything ace Jose Fernandez. The dinger was just the second of his career, and Cabrera is batting .250/.286/.337 in those 37 games this season. Thursday, 8:31 pm
  • Matt Wieters expected to go on paternity leave
    Matt Wieters is expected to go on paternity leave this weekend.

    Advice: He and his wife are expecting their second child any day now. Wieters is expected to leave the team on Saturday and will miss 1-3 days. Caleb Joseph will handle things behind the plate during his absence. Thursday, 2:22 pm
  • Sandy Leon hits seventh homer
    Sandy Leon homered and drew a nine-pitch walk Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: The Red Sox have debated for two years whether Blake Swihart or Christian Vazquez would be their long-term catcher, but at this point, it's become realistic to think that Leon will be the starter on Opening Day next year. He's always been a fine defender, so it's not like he needs to keep hitting .382 to be a quality starter. Which is good, since he surely won't. Thursday, 1:43 pm
  • Gary Sanchez homers twice, drives in four
    Gary Sanchez homered twice and drove in four runs in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Sanchez got Marco Estrada twice. His three-run shot in the fourth inning was particularly impressive, as he launched a towering blast deep into the left field seats. He also had a single on the night. The young catcher has been outstanding since his recall earlier this month, going 16-for-43 (.372) with four home runs over 11 contests. Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Brayan Pena (knee) set for rehab games
    Brayan Pena (knee) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday with High-A Palm Beach.

    Advice: Pena has been a big disappointment this season for the Cardinals, appearing in just four games after signing a two-year, $5 million free agent contract over the winter. Maybe he'll be ready to contribute in September. Tuesday, 1:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs NYM
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