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  • Maurer to get first crack at ninth inning
    Padres manager Andy Green said Friday that Brandon Maurer will get the "first crack" at the ninth inning after dealing Fernando Rodney away on Thursday.

    Advice: He isn't locked in as the official closer yet, but will have a chance to stake his claim to the role with a few successful conversions. Many had assumed that Ryan Buchter, who had functioned as the primary setup man for Rodney, would get the first shot at the ninth inning, but it looks as though Green is more comfortable keeping the southpaw in the eighth inning. Maurer is worthy of an add in all formats until he proves otherwise. Today, 4:56 pm
  • Bauer fires five shutout innings in relief
    Trevor Bauer, who had been scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, fired five scoreless innings in relief on Friday to earn his seventh victory of the season.

    Advice: Bauer came on in the 14th inning after the Tribe had used the rest of their bullpen, and all he did was allow two hits and walk three over five shutout frames, striking out three in the process. The Indians have now won a franchise-record 14 consecutive games, though they'll be forced to scramble to find a starter for Saturday's contest. Today, 4:50 pm
  • Marcus Stroman fans six in no-decision
    Marcus Stroman delivered a strong performance in a no-decision against the Indians on Friday, scattering just five hits over 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Stroman punched out six on the afternoon and issued only one walk. The only blemish on his day was an RBI single by Jason Kipnis in the second inning. The right-hander has been highly inconsistent this season, but continues to show flashes of his dominant potential. He'll look to further improve upon his 5.08 ERA and 1.39 WHIP when he takes on the Royals at home on Wednesday. Today, 4:41 pm
  • Felix Hernandez throws successful bullpen
    Felix Hernandez (calf) threw a successful 43-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander came away from the session very pleased. He'll throw a simulated game next week, and if all goes well he'll then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. He's expected to make two starts in the minor leagues before rejoining the M's rotation after the All-Star break. Today, 4:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 1-0 vs Bal
  • Darvish (shoulder) to make rehab start Monday
    Yu Darvish (shoulder) will make a minor league rehab start with Double-A Frisco on Monday.

    Advice: Darvish is expected to throw 45 pitches in that outing against Northwest ARkansas. He'll need a couple of starts before he's ready to rejoin the Rangers rotation, which is expected to come after the All-Star break. Today, 3:14 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Cesar Vargas (elbow) moved to 60-day DL
    Padres transferred RHP Cesar Vargas from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The Padres needed to clear a 40-man roster spot for the addition of Jose Dominguez. Vargas is sidelined with a strained flexor tendon. Today, 2:49 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:40 pm vs NYY
  • De La Rosa (elbow) two weeks away from mound
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) is at least two weeks away from resuming throwing off a mound.

    Advice: De La Rosa has been playing catch this week, but it will be a little while before he's allowed on the bump. The Diamondbacks are hoping to get him back sometime in August. Today, 2:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 3-1 vs SF
  • Justin Nicolino recalled from Triple-A
    Marlins recalled LHP Justin Nicolino from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: He'll start on Friday versus the Braves. Nicolino holds a 5.17 ERA over 10 starts this season and can be ignored for fantasy purposes. Today, 1:06 pm
  • Strasburg (back) not ruled out for Sunday
    The Nationals have not yet ruled out Stephen Strasburg (back) starting on Sunday against the Reds.

    Advice: Manager Dusty Baker said that Strasburg is feeling good and wants to make the start, but the club is still trying to decide whether they should hold him back a bit longer. While Lucas Giolito does still seem like a pretty good bet for Sunday, it does seem like there's a much better chance for Strasburg to take the ball than there was a day or two ago. Today, 11:36 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 11, 2-2 vs Cin
  • Justin Nicolino to start for Marlins Friday
    The Marlins will recall Justin Nicolino to start on Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: The Marlins swapped Nicolino out for Paul Clemens earlier this month, but Clemens was lost on waivers so Nicolino will get another shot. The soft-tossing lefty holds a 5.17 ERA over 10 starts this season. Today, 8:27 am
  • Perez (shoulder) could return around AS break
    The Braves hope Williams Perez (shoulder) will be ready to rejoin the rotation around the All-Star break.

    Advice: It's still very much up in the air, though, as Perez works his way back from a strained rotator cuff. The Braves were already hurting for rotation depth even before trading Bud Norris, so they're hoping Perez can hurry back as soon as possible. He's missed about three and a half weeks to this point. Today, 6:45 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 8, 4-5 vs Mia
  • Yoan Lopez considering quitting baseball
    Diamondbacks pitching prospect Yoan Lopez has left the Double-A Mobile team with the intention of quitting baseball.

    Advice: General manager Dave Stewart said the club has convinced Lopez to hold off on a decision for the time being. The GM added that Lopez is dealing with "serious emotional issues," which he believes are related to all he went through in escaping from Cuba. The D'Backs signed Lopez for $8 million in January of 2015, which triggered another $8 million in penalties for exceeding their international spending cap. It's unclear how much of that money they might be able to recoup if Lopez retires, although it appears they're doing their best to talk him out of it. Lopez has posted a 4.89 ERA over 116 innings in pro ball. Today, 6:32 am
    Not Active
    Top 3, 3-1 vs SF
  • Walker (foot) frustrates Orioles into seventh
    Taijuan Walker (foot) pitched well in Thursday's win over the Orioles, yielding just one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Walker was skipped last time through the rotation, as he is dealing with a bout of tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. The nagging injury has forced him out of two starts this month, but he showed no signs of discomfort in Thursday's win. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out five without walking a batter. The lone blemish on his line came when Hyun-soo Kim rocked a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning. Foot injuries can linger given mankind's bipedal nature, but unless the Mariners indicate otherwise, fantasy owners can safely start Walker when he takes his 3.29 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 75/17 K/BB ratio (82 innings) into a road start against the Astros next time out. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Chen gives up four runs in loss to Braves
    Wei-Yin Chen allowed eight hits and four runs over 5 1/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Chen's struggles this season continue, as his ERA climbed to 5.11 with a 1.32 WHIP through 16 starts following Thursday's outing. Some good fortune has his record at 4-3, but Chen's earned run average has grown in each of his three months thus far this season. The southpaw will try to buck that trend starting Tuesday against the Mets. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Finnegan lasts just 2 1/3 innings versus Nats
    Brandon Finnegan wasn't long for Thursday's beatdown at the hands of the Nationals, allowing eight runs over 2 1/3 innings before exiting.

    Advice: Finnegan was a combination of bad and wild that saw three of the Nationals' five hits go for extra bases, including two home runs, with five walks allowed as well. The loss was his third in a row to drop him to 3-7, and his ERA has risen from 3.61 to 4.48 with those three losses. If an easy matchup is what Finnegan needs to get back on track, it's not what he'll get, as the Reds will travel to face the Cubs on Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Young walks six, lasts four innings vs. Cards
    Chris Young walked six while allowing one run over four innings Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Young surrendered just one hit on the evening, a solo home run by Brandon Moss, but his inefficiency precluded him from qualifying for his third win. With the no-decision, he remained 2-7 with a 6.24 ERA and 1.58 WHIP through 57 2/3 innings this year. An interleague date with the Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday isn't much more appealing for the right-hander. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Felix (calf) to throw another bullpen Friday
    Felix Hernandez (calf) will throw another bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: After that Hernandez will pitch a simulated game before embarking on a minor league rehab assignment. Hernandez will need two rehab starts in the minors, putting him on track to return sometime after the All-Star break. Hernandez had a 2.86 ERA in 10 starts before landing on the disabled list with a strained right calf earlier this month. Yesterday, 4:21 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 1-0 vs Bal
  • Stephen Strasburg (back) unlikely for Sunday
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Thursday that Stephen Strasburg (back) is unlikely to rejoin the rotation on Sunday against the Reds.

    Advice: Baker didn't completely rule it out but said he's "more inclined not to rush him." Lucas Giolito pitched well in a rain-shortened major league debut, so the Nats can afford to give Strasburg a little more time. It does appear that he'll be back fairly soon, though. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 11, 2-2 vs Cin
  • De La Rosa (elbow) to play catch for a week
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) will play catch every other day for another week before hopefully beginning a throwing program.

    Advice: He played catch Wednesday for the second time since being placed on the disabled list. "I feel good," he said. "I feel pretty much normal." It's a nice first step for De La Rosa, who is battling a stretched ulnar collateral ligament, but he's a ways away. "When he starts to get off the mound, that will be the tell-tale sign of when he starts to go out and throw a couple (bullpens)," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. "It’s back to spring-training mode for him." Yesterday, 5:40 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 3-1 vs SF
  • Yu Darvish (shoulder) throws simulated game
    Yu Darvish (shoulder) threw three innings in a simulated game Wednesday.

    Advice: Darvish, who is working his way back from right shoulder discomfort, threw to teammates Jurickson Profar and Ryan Rua. Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail was encouraged by what he saw, but they'd wait to see how he feels Thursday before deciding on the next step. It's possible he could be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment as early as next Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday, 12:33 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Taijuan Walker will start for M's on Thursday
    Taijuan Walker (foot) will start against the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: Walker was skipped his last trip through the rotation due to tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. The hard-throwing right-hander will bring a 3.45 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 70/17 K/BB ratio into that matchup. Tuesday, 4:22 pm
  • Felix Hernandez to throw off mound Tuesday
    Felix Hernandez (calf) is scheduled to throw a 25-to-30 pitch bullpen session off of a mound on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the first time that the veteran right-hander has thrown off a mound since sustaining his calf injury on June 1. He's on track to rejoin the M's starting rotation around the All-Star break. Tuesday, 3:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 1-0 vs Bal
  • Yu Darvish not expected back before break
    Rangers manager Jeff Bannister said Tuesday that Yu Darvish (shoulder, neck) isn't expected to rejoin the team's rotation before the All-Star break.

    Advice: Darvish just returned to throwing off of a mound on Sunday and is on tap for a simulated game on Wednesday. From there, he'd likely need a few minor league rehab starts before returning to the big league club. If all goes well, he could rejoin the rotation coming out of the All-Star break. Tuesday, 3:42 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Strasburg (back) throws successful bullpen
    Stephen Strasburg (back) threw a successful bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: The star right-hander was pleased with how everything went and felt afterwards. The Nationals will continue to play things cautiously with his recovery and he's unlikely to return from the disabled list when first eligible on Friday. Barring any further setbacks though, a return next week seems plausible. Tuesday, 1:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 11, 2-2 vs Cin
  • Strasburg's MRI reveals upper back strain
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that an MRI on Stephen Strasburg's back didn't reveal anything unexpected.

    Advice: In other words, he's still dealing with the initial diagnosis of an upper back strain. While that's encouraging news, the timetable for his return remains up in the air. Top prospect Lucas Giolito is taking his spot in the rotation for now. Tuesday, 12:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 11, 2-2 vs Cin
  • Trevor Bauer solid over six innings Monday
    Trevor Bauer held the Braves to two runs over six innings in Monday's 8-3 victory.

    Advice: He gave up five hits, walked three and struck out five. It wasn't as electric as Bauer's other recent outings have been, especially given the weak opponent, but the righty will take it. Bauer will carry a 3.19 ERA into Toronto over the weekend. Monday, 8:05 pm
  • De La Rosa (elbow) set to play catch Mon.
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) was scheduled to play catch Monday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: De La Rosa was diagnosed with a stretched ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow earlier this month, which Dr. James Andrews determined did not require Tommy John surgery. The Diamondbacks are hopeful that he'll return at some point in the second half. Monday, 6:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 3, 3-1 vs SF
  • Stephen Strasburg (back, ribs) undergoes MRI
    Stephen Strasburg (back, ribs) went for an MRI on Monday.

    Advice: The team doesn't know the results yet. Strasburg was placed on the disabled list Sunday after being scratched from his second start in a row. The star right-hander reportedly dislocated two of his ribs while lifting weights last week. He had the ribs put back into place by a chiropractor but still didn't feel right ahead of Sunday's start. Strasburg is technically eligible to come off the disabled list Friday but that's not going to happen. Top prospect Lucas Giolito will take his spot in the starting rotation. Monday, 12:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 11, 2-2 vs Cin
  • Taijuan Walker (foot) expected to return Thursday
    The Mariners are "leaning toward" having Taijuan Walker (foot) start Thursday against the Orioles.

    Advice: He was skipped last time through the rotation after being diagnosed with tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. Walker threw a bullpen session on Sunday and reported no issues. The right-hander holds a respectable 3.45 ERA in 14 starts this year. Unfortunately he's been plagued by a severe lack of run support and only has three victories. Monday, 8:08 am
  • Darvish to pitch simulated game Wednesday
    Yu Darvish (shoulder, neck) will throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Darvish threw all of his pitches during a 30-pitch bullpen session on Sunday. It was Darvish's first time on the mound since injuring his neck earlier this month. He'll throw about three innings on Wednesday. The right-hander landed on the disabled list in just his third game back from Tommy John surgery. Monday, 7:41 am
    15-Day DL
  • Strasburg (back) placed on disabled list
    Nationals placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 16, with an upper back strain.

    Advice: Strasburg appeared to be track to start Sunday after visiting a chiropractor, but his back flared up on him again Saturday. He'll be eligible to return later this week but it seems unlikely that he'll be ready by then. The Nationals will announce a corresponding move prior to Monday's game. Sunday, 10:44 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 11, 2-2 vs Cin
  • Young gets launched into orbit by Astros
    Chris Young was thrashed for seven earned runs in only 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: Nothing he threw was working. He walked four batters and gave up seven hits, two of which left the yard. He falls to 2-7 with a 6.54 ERA on the season. He has not been the same pitcher that went 11-6 with a 3.03 ERA last year. Young is striking out significantly more batters this year than last yet the results have been awful so far. Home runs have been the culprit as he has already given up an eye-popping 21 longballs in 53 2/3 innings after giving up 16 homers in 123 1/3 innings last year. Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • Strasburg (back) scratched from Sunday's start
    Stephen Strasburg (back) has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Strasburg was hoping to return Sunday after missing his last start Monday against the Dodgers but his back flared up again. After his latest setback, Strasburg is likely headed to the disabled list. Tanner Roark has been tabbed as Sunday's starter. He'll try to help the Nationals end their seven-game losing streak. Saturday, 5:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 11, 2-2 vs Cin
  • Finnegan whiffs eight in quality-start loss
    Brandon Finnegan struck out eight while allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Finnegan gave up five hits and walked three, and it was his counterpart, Drew Pomeranz, who delivered most of the damage with a solo home run and an RBI single. The loss dropped Finnegan to 3-6 despite a passable 3.83 ERA in 16 starts. He's still walking too many batters but the 23-year-old has flashed some of the promise that made the Reds covet him in the Johnny Cueto deal a year ago. Finnegan will next take on the Nationals on Thursday. Saturday, 5:02 pm
  • Yu Darvish (neck) to throw bullpen on Sunday
    Yu Darvish (shoulder, neck) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: This will be his first mound session since being placed on the disabled list with neck and shoulder discomfort earlier this month. If his bullpen session goes well, the next step would be either a simulated game or a rehab assignment. Darvish is 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA in three starts this season. He missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Saturday, 4:54 pm
    15-Day DL
  • King Felix (calf) showing improvement
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said Friday that Felix Hernandez (calf) continues to show improvement.

    Advice: "He's feeling good," said Servais. "He's picking up his throwing routine, getting stretched out. I think he's trying to get out to 120 feet today. I heard him arguing with [trainer Rick] Griffin in there about wanting to do a little bit more, so you know he's progressing really nicely. We can't have him soon enough." King Felix has been sidelined since May 27 with a right calf strain, but he's likely on track to return right after the All-Star break. Saturday, 8:41 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 1-0 vs Bal
  • Stephen Strasburg (back) on track for Sunday
    Stephen Strasburg (back) is on track to start on Sunday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Strasburg was scratched from his last outing with an upper back strain, but he had two ribs popped back into place and is now feeling much better. He threw a light bullpen session Friday and should officially be cleared to start Sunday as long as he shows up to the ballpark Saturday feeling alright. Friday, 2:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 11, 2-2 vs Cin
  • Chen fans seven, allows two runs versus Cubs
    Wei-Yin Chen struck out seven while allowing two runs over seven innings Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Chen allowed just five hits, including a solo homer to David Ross, without issuing a walk. It was a promising showing after Chen had struggled in his previous three starts. He didn't factor in the decision, keeping him at 4-2 on the year, and the 30-year-old owns a 5.00 ERA and 1.29 WHIP through 15 starts. An interleague date with the Tigers is on tap for Wednesday. Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • Bauer tosses complete game gem vs Rays
    Trevor Bauer manhandled the Rays on Wednesday night, giving them only one run while striking out 10 in a 6-1 complete game victory.

    Advice: Bauer is having a breakout season and has been especially good of late. His 3.20 ERA is by far the best of his career. He has done it by finally getting his walk rate under control. Bauer started the season in the bullpen but has now made 11 starts and is locked into the Indians' rotation moving forward. Bauer lines up for two starts next week versus the Braves and Blue Jays. Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Strasburg (back) throws off flat ground
    Stephen Strasburg (back) played catch prior to Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Manager Dusty Baker called Strasburg's progress "very encouraging." The team is hopeful that he will be able to make his next scheduled start, which would come against the Brewers on Sunday. Should he need another day or two, Tanner Roark and Joe Ross could be pushed up a day in the rotation, to allow Strasburg to make a Monday or Tuesday start against the Mets. The 27-year-old right-hander initially strained his upper back while lifting weights on Saturday. Wednesday, 6:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 11, 2-2 vs Cin
  • Darvish (shoulder) could throw bullpen Sat.
    Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail said that Yu Darvish (shoulder, neck) could throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: Darvish remains a ways away from a return to the big league team. Brocail said that he won't be taking part in a rehab or simulated game for at least another week. A mid-June MRI did not reveal any structural damage, but expect the Rangers to continue to take it slow with their ace right-hander, especially given that he is just coming off of a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery. Wednesday, 5:34 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Taijuan Walker (foot) won't start on Friday
    Taijuan Walker (foot) won't start against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: That is the bad news. The good news? GM Jerry Dipoto said that a trip to the disabled list is unlikely. After undergoing an MRI earlier in the week, Walker was diagnosed with tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. No structural damage was found in that MRI, though, probably why the Mariners aren't eager to drop him onto the disabled list. The team expects him to start at some point next week, though the exact date and opponent haven't been locked into place as of yet. Wednesday, 5:02 pm
  • Hernandez (calf) throws from 75 feet out
    Feliz Hernandez (calf) threw off flat-ground from 75 feet out on Wednesday.

    Advice: Per manager Scott Servais, Hernandez threw for about eight minutes and continues to workout. He is recovering from a strained right calf suffered at the beginning of June. The ace right-hander is likely looking at a return around the All-Star Break. Wednesday, 2:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 1-0 vs Bal
  • Taijuan Walker diagnosed with foot tendinitis
    Taijuan Walker has been diagnosed with tendinitis in the arch of his right foot.

    Advice: Walker has made early exits from his last two outings due to right foot discomfort, and he is doubtful to take his next turn Friday against the Cardinals. Mariners skipper Scott Servais suggested it could be a bullpen game. A trip to the disabled list may be coming for Walker if he doesn't show enough progress by the weekend. Tuesday, 1:14 pm
  • Strasburg (back) hopeful to make next start
    Stephen Strasburg (back) is hopeful he'll make his next start on Sunday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Strasburg suffered an upper back strain while lifting weights on Saturday and had to be scratched from Monday's scheduled start against the Dodgers. Fortunately, it's not considered serious and is unrelated to his neck/back issues from the first half last year. "I think it’s something that’s manageable," he said. "It’s gotten better; that’s the big thing. It’s just still there. I just don’t want to make the same mistake I made last year and have it become a long-term thing. I just want to nip it in the bud, and get ready for the next one." Tuesday, 5:31 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 11, 2-2 vs Cin
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