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  • Gomes (head) to be re-evaluated on Friday
    Yan Gomes (head) will be re-evaluated on Friday.

    Advice: Gomes left Thursday's game with what was labeled illness at the time, but which actually turned out to be the ill effects of having been struck in the head by a deflected ball. Team doctors have not yet disclosed whether Gomes has a concussion, and the catcher himself declined comment after the game. Indians skipper Terry Francona said Gomes is already improving, which is the good news, but the symptoms were described as "concussion-like," which is the bad. Stay tuned.
    57 minutes ago
  • Middlebrooks (hamstring) out of lineup Thurs.
    Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) is out again Thursday.

    Advice: The third baseman is still being bothered by tightness in his right hamstring. He's considered day-to-day.
    Today, 12:50 pm
  • Brett Gardner goes 0-for-4 against Astros
    Brett Gardner went 0-for-4 as the Yankees' leadoff man Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: The slumping Gardner hasn't had a multihit game since Aug. 4, a homer since Aug. 3 or a steal since Aug. 1. That's a big reason why the Yankees have scored just 20 runs in his last 10 starts.
    Today, 12:28 pm
  • Yan Gomes departs game with an illness
    Yan Gomes left Thursday's game with an illness.

    Advice: He was 0-for-2 before exiting in the bottom of the sixth inning for Roberto Perez. Gomes is day-to-day.
    Today, 12:07 pm
  • Baez to play SS while Castro (family) is out
    Javier Baez will play shortstop for the Cubs while Starlin Castro is on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Castro lost a cousin and three close friends to a car crash Wednesday in the Dominican Republic and could be gone for an entire week. This is a good opportunity for Baez, who has been playing primarily at second base since his promotion to the majors on August 5.
    Today, 11:49 am
  • Cubs place SS Starlin Castro on bereavement
    Cubs placed SS Starlin Castro on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Castro could be out for up to week after losing a cousin and three close friends in a car crash this week in the Dominican Republic. He left the Cubs on Wednesday.
    Today, 10:58 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Zimmerman (hamstring) makes light throws
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) did some light throwing on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: It's a nice step in the right direction for the injured third baseman, but the real hurdles for his recovery are going to be baserunning, fielding, and hitting. Zimmerman has been on the disabled list since late July with a Grade 3 hamstring strain and is still probably 3-4 weeks away from returning to the Nats' active roster.
    Today, 10:35 am
    Disabled List
    Top 7, 0-0 vs x Ari
  • Ian Desmond not in Nats' lineup Thursday
    Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest. Danny Espinosa is starting at shortstop and Asdrubal Cabrera is at second.
    Today, 9:39 am
  • Souza (shoulder) ready for rehab assignment
    Steven Souza (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Low-A Hagerstown.

    Advice: Souza will then probably move up to High-A Potomac over the weekend. He has been on the disabled list since August 10 because of a bruised left shoulder. An MRI taken last week showed no sort of structural damage.
    Today, 8:49 am
    Disabled List
    Top 7, 0-0 vs x Ari
  • David Murphy (oblique) resumes core work
    David Murphy (oblique) has resumed core exercises.

    Advice: Murphy landed on the disabled list August 10 with a right abdominal strain and is not expected to return to the Indians' active roster until mid-September. The outfielder was batting .262/.324/.384 with seven home runs and 55 RBI in 109 games before the injury.
    Today, 8:46 am
    Disabled List
    L, 4-1 x @Min
  • Miguel Cabrera aggravated ankle injury Wed.
    Miguel Cabrera aggravated a right ankle injury on a slide into home plate on Wednesday night.

    Advice: James Schmehl of says "it's minor, but something to keep an eye on." Cabrera is serving as the Tigers' designated hitter on Thursday afternoon in Tampa Bay. The perennial MVP candidate is having a relatively down year, with an .885 OPS and 17 homers in 123 games.
    Today, 8:07 am
  • Athletics 1B prospect Olson hits 36th homer
    Athletics first base prospect Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk for High-A Stockton on Wednesday.

    Advice: Olson leads the California League and is third in all of minor league baseball with 36 home runs for the season. He has been white-hot in August, hitting .293/.424/.600 with five doubles and six home runs over 19 games, raising his overall season line to .254/.400/.543. The California League is hitter friendly, but Stockton is slightly slanted toward pitchers, which makes Olson's higher output at home (.253/.396/.589 with 21 homers) as opposed to on the road (.256/.405/.493 with 15 homers) all the more impressive. He won't be up until mid-2015 at the earliest, but he has the power to be among the home run leaders in the major leagues once he's established.
    Today, 6:41 am
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  • Cubs 3B prospect Kris Bryant hits 41st homer
    Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant went 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk on Wednesday for Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Bryant now leads the minor leagues with 41 home runs, putting up a .336/.444/.684 slash line between Double-A and Triple-A. His bat is ready for the major leagues, but his defense is still a work in progress and his future defensive home remains up in the air. Bryant has MVP potential, and should be up in early 2015.
    Today, 6:12 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Amarista has two hits and two steals in win
    Alexi Amarista went 2-for-3 with a walk, two steals and an RBI Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Somebody in a deep NL-only league is going to wake up on Thursday morning smiling ear to ear at this news. For the rest of us, Amarista remains a fantasy non-factor. He's ostensibly a speedster, only these were his first steals since August 3. Amarista is on the roster for his defensive versatility, nothing more. He's batting .235 with three homers, 11 steals and 23 RBI over 294 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Alexi Amarista SD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Liriano logs first career multi-hit game
    Rymer Liriano had his first major league multi-hit game in the Padres' win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 23-year-old went 2-for-3 with a walk, double and two runs scored in the 4-1 triumph. He came into this game batting .217, but has nonetheless been an interesting and valuable offensive contributor from the jump, thanks in part to walking six times in nine games. Liriano is slashing a solid .269/.412/.423 through his first 26 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Ishikawa goes 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI
    Travis Ishikawa went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 8-3 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Ishikawa went 2-for-3 against the Cubs on Opening Day back on March 31, when he was a member of the Pirates; this was his first multi-hit game since then. He hit .161 with a .583 OPS in April and quickly found himself on the streets as a free agent. He returned to the Giants on a minor league deal and has slashed .206/.263/.382 in sporadic playing time. Ishikawa isn't a fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Report: Starlin Castro could miss a week
    A source tells Bruce Levine of 670 The Score that Starlin Castro could miss up to a week after the death of a relative and three of his friends in the Dominican Republic.

    Advice: Castro was a late scratch from the Cubs lineup on Wednesday, and now we know why. According to Levine, the deaths came as a result of a car crash in Castro's native country. With the Cubs having little left to play for they'll certainly give Castro as much time as he needs in this tragic situation. He'll likely be placed on the bereavement list in the coming days.
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Starlin Castro scratched from lineup Wed.
    Starlin Castro has been scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Giants due to a family emergency.

    Advice: It's not known whether he'll require an extended absence. Javier Baez will slide over and make his first major league start at shortstop. Meanwhile, Chris Valaika will play second base.
    Yesterday, 3:02 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Zimmerman expected back in late September
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that he expects Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) to return from the disabled list "sometime in September."

    Advice: It will probably be late-September. Zimmerman is still limited to underwater treadmill workouts and there's no timetable yet for him to resume baseball-related activities. The veteran third baseman has been sidelined since late July with a Grade 3 right hamstring strain.
    Yesterday, 1:51 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 7, 0-0 vs x Ari
  • Will Middlebrooks not in lineup Wednesday
    Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) is not in Wednesday's lineup.

    Advice: The Red Sox are calling him day-to-day after he exited Tuesday's contest with right hamstring tightness, but he figures to miss at least a couple games. Brock Holt is at third base Wednesday in Middlebrooks' place.
    Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Gomes homers, scores three times in victory
    Yan Gomes homered and finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored as the Indians came back to beat the Twins 7-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gomes hadn't scored since August 6 before Tuesday's three-run outburst. His solo home run in the second inning started the Indians on the comeback trail, and he came in on a two-run double in the sixth inning that gave the Tribe their first lead. The catcher is enjoying another strong year, batting .285/.325/.479 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI on the season.
    Tuesday, 9:07 pm
  • Ian Desmond knocks in four in victory
    Ian Desmond had three singles and four RBI against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Desmond is getting about as many chances to drive in runs as anyone in the majors, and he's taking advantage, with 77 RBI through 122 games. His career high is 80, established last year. Overall, he's not hitting as well this year as he did either of the last two years -- his average currently stands at .251 after seasons of .292 and .280 -- but he's been an awfully valuable fantasy shortstop, particularly since he's the one that's managed to stay healthy.
    Tuesday, 7:30 pm
  • Will Middlebrooks leaves with tight hamstring
    Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game versus the Angels with right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Middlebrooks tweaked the hamstring while beating outing a single in the fourth inning. The Red Sox are saying his removal was precautionary and he's considered day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 6:19 pm
  • Will Middlebrooks exits with leg injury
    Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game versus the Angels with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Middlebrooks tweaked something after beating out an infield single. The Red Sox should provide an update on the third baseman's status shortly.
    Tuesday, 5:49 pm
  • Kris Bryant (toe) doubles in return to I-Cubs
    Cubs prospect Kris Bryant (toe) doubled and walked in his return to the Triple-A Iowa lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Bryant only missed a couple of days with a left big toe injury. The 22-year-old budding star has 40 home runs and 103 RBI in 126 games this season between the Double-A Tennessee Smokies and Triple-A Iowa Cubs. He should make his major league debut in early 2015.
    Tuesday, 1:33 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Steven Souza (shoulder) to take BP Tues.
    Steven Souza (shoulder) won't take batting practice until at least Tuesday.

    Advice: He had been hoping to take BP Monday but felt some discomfort in his injured shoulder after taking soft-toss in the cage. Souza likely won't be activated until next month.
    Monday, 5:10 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 7, 0-0 vs x Ari
  • No timetable for baseball activities for Zim
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) remains without a timetable to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Zimmerman has already missed a month with a Grade 3 right hamstring strain and remains limited to working out on an underwater treadmill. The Nationals are hopeful that he'll return before the end of the season, but it's not a given. "There is no exact timetable. It's hard to put concrete dates on anything, because you just don't know. You are starting to feel better and that is a good sign," Zimmerman said. "I've been doing a few rehab things. There's really nothing you can do right now."
    Monday, 5:08 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 7, 0-0 vs x Ari
  • Bryant (toe) ready to return to Iowa lineup
    Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant expects to return to the Triple-A Iowa lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bryant sent a scare through the Cubs organization on Saturday when he had to leave a game at Iowa with pain in his left big toe. But an MRI came back negative on Sunday and he was able to do some running without issue on Monday. "I'm ready," Bryant told reporters after Monday's workout. The powerful 22-year-old is not expected to reach the majors until early 2015.
    Monday, 1:04 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Baez homers in Cubs' defeat of the Mets
    Javier Baez hit a two-run homer Monday in the Cubs' win over the Mets.

    Advice: Baez also struck out twice, and has now fanned 24 times in 60 at-bats since his promotion to the major leagues. On the other hand, he is one of only two second basemen in the last 100 years to record five homers in his first 14 big league games. Jason Kipnis was the other.
    Monday, 12:18 pm
  • Cubs prospect Bryant considered day-to-day
    Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant is considered day-to-day after being diagnosed with a bruised foot.

    Advice: Bryant underwent an MRI on Sunday after aggravating an existing injury in Saturday's contest. The MRI revealed no structural damage, but expect the Cubs to still play things cautiously and hold him out of action for a couple of days to let the injury fully heal.
    Sunday, 1:39 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Top prospect Kris Bryant (toe) to undergo MRI
    Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant will undergo an MRI on his left big toe Sunday.

    Advice: Bryant fouled a ball off the toe a few days ago at Triple-A Iowa and then aggravated the ailment on Saturday, forcing him from the game. X-rays proved to be inconclusive, but the Cubs are hoping to find out more from an MRI. Bryant, who leads minor league baseball with 40 home runs, is not expected to be promoted this season.
    Sunday, 7:19 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Kris Bryant leaves AAA game with foot injury
    Cubs prospect Kris Bryant left Saturday's game at Triple-A Iowa with a foot injury.

    Advice: Bryant was then taken to a local hospital for X-rays. The Iowa Cubs should have an update on the injury Sunday morning. Bryant, one of the top prospects in baseball, entered play Saturday with a fantastic .333/.439/.678 season slash line and 40 home runs.
    Saturday, 8:27 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Castro has two hits, RBI single in loss
    Starlin Castro was 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Castro now owns a 14-game hitting streak, which ties his career-high. The 24-year-old shortstop is batting .286/.335/.429 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI through 121 games this season.
    Friday, 8:03 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Miguel Cabrera reaches three times in loss
    Miguel Cabrera had a nice night in Friday's loss to the Mariners, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.

    Advice: Cabrera also walked in the ballgame. While he's having a down year by his standards, he's still hitting a solid .309/.370/.512 with 17 homers and 86 RBI. He also leads the league with 39 doubles.
    Friday, 7:03 pm
  • Javier Baez strikes out four times
    Javier Baez struck out all four times he was up against the Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: At least he had plenty of company, as the Cubs fanned 16 times in all. It's Baez's second four-strikeout contest in 10 games as a major leaguer. That's as many as Cal Ripken Jr., Frank Thomas and Willie McCovey had in their entire careers.
    Thursday, 2:55 pm
  • Javier Baez hits fourth homer in win
    Javier Baez went 2-for-4 and hit his fourth homer Wednesday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Four homers, two doubles and five singles in 41 at-bats for Baez. He has his weaknesses -- the altered wind patterns in Chicago are driving meteorologists nuts -- but the Cubs have to be pretty pleased with his play so far.
    Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Liriano hits 1st big league HR as Padres win
    Rymer Liriano hit his first major league home run in the Padres' win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 23-year-old made his big league debut on Monday, and has notched his first career big league homer in his third game. The blast occurred in the fourth inning, a two-run blast off of Tyler Matzek which broke a 1-1 tie. Liriano has a host of tools and he has already been putting them on display in his first 12 plate appearances.
    Wednesday, 6:45 pm
  • Bryant hits MiLB-leading 39th home run
    Cubs prospect 3B Kris Bryant went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI on Tuesday for Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: The home run was Bryant's Minor League-leading 39th of the season, and the pair of RBI gives him an even 100 on the year. The 22-year-old slugger's production tailed off a bit in July, at least by his standards, but he's been red hot over his last 15 games, with a .373 batting average, six home runs and 13 RBI. The Cubs have tried to temper expectations regarding a potential September call-up, but with Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez already in the major leagues, and Jorge Soler likely to join them next month, it can't be ruled out. On the season, Bryant is batting .341/.448/.689 with 39 home runs, 33 doubles, 100 RBI and 15 stolen through 120 games.
    Wednesday, 11:54 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Desmond joins 20HR club for 3rd straight year
    Ian Desmond hit his 20th home run of the season in the Nationals' 7-1 win over the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Desmond chased Rafael Montero from the game when he lifted a two-run home run out to left field. Desmond joins the 20-homer club for the third consecutive season. Overall, though, his numbers this season are a step behind those of the past two seasons. He has a .244/.298/.428 line with 72 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Steven Souza has no structural damage
    An MRI revealed no structural damage in Steven Souza's right shoulder.

    Advice: He's nursing some inflammation in his AC joint, but the good news is that his rotator cuff is fine. "That banging into the wall got him pretty good," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "He has some AC issues there, too. But we'll calm that down and get him back to work on his baseball stuff. All the tests turned out real good there."
    Tuesday, 6:25 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 7, 0-0 vs x Ari
  • David Murphy (oblique) likely out 4-5 weeks
    David Murphy (oblique) is expected to miss 4-5 weeks.

    Advice: Murphy was placed on the disabled list Sunday with discomfort on his right side and an MRI taken Monday showed an oblique strain. He'll be out until mid-September.
    Tuesday, 12:38 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 4-1 x @Min
  • Liriano knocks in a run in his MLB debut
    In his major league debut -- a 4-3 win over the Rockies on Monday -- Rymer Liriano hit a sacrifice fly.

    Advice: He finished 0-for-2 with that RBI. Liriano, promoted earlier in the day, slashed .291/.362/.473 with 14 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 115 games between Double-A and Triple-A, including .452 (28-for-62) with 16 extra-base hits and 13 RBI in 16 games at Triple-A El Paso. The well-built 23-year-old from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic missed last season while recovering from reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. In possession of the coveted speed/power combination, Liriano is worth at least an exploratory glance by owners in all formats.
    Monday, 10:45 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera goes 3-for-5
    Back at third base, Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 on Monday, raising his average to .308.

    Advice: With the Tigers playing in Pittsburgh, Cabrera made his seventh start and ninth appearance at the hot corner this season. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like he'll get enough time there to qualify in 20-game-eligibility leagues next year. Still, he could also regain eligibility later on.
    Monday, 8:11 pm
  • Desmond, Gio clear revocable waivers
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Ian Desmond and Gio Gonzalez both cleared revocable waivers.

    Advice: It's a little surprising that both players passed through unclaimed, but it's not like the contending Nationals are interested in dealing either of them. For what it's worth, both Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper were claimed before being pulled back by Washington. It's standard practice for teams to put most of their players on revocable waivers in August, so this ultimately isn't a big deal.
    Aug 11, 1:55 pm
  • Padres promote OF prospect Rymer Liriano
    Padres recalled OF Rymer Liriano from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Liriano is set to make his major league debut on Monday night against the Rockies. The dynamic 23-year-old has batted .291/.362/.473 with 14 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 115 games this season between Double-A and Triple-A, and is worth grabbing in most mixed fantasy leagues. The Padres have no reason not to find him regular playing time down the stretch.
    Aug 11, 11:56 am
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