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  • Cabrera hopes to return during homestand
    The Padres are hoping to get Everth Cabrera (hamstring) back at some point during their September 15-24 homestand.

    Advice: Cabrera is currently working out in the Instructional League. He's been sidelined since mid-August with a strained left hamstring but could provide a few steals in the final weeks for fantasy owners that might need them. Rotoworld.com
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  • Morse (oblique) still a day or two away
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Michael Morse (oblique) was "tentative" while taking batting practice Monday.

    Advice: He did add that Morse started to loosen up as the session went along, but the outfielder is still at least another day or two away form returning. He's been out since late August due to a strained left oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:51 pm
  • Tyson Ross' next start to be pushed back
    Tyson Ross' next scheduled start will be pushed back a few days because the right-hander is dealing with general soreness after his last outing.

    Advice: Ross was rocked for six runs -- four earned -- in three innings Saturday in an uncharacteristically poor showing. It doesn't appear to be something to be overly concerned about at the moment. Robbie Erlin will get the ball on Thursday versus the Phillies, with Ross hoping to start over the weekend or possibly early next week. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:30 pm
  • Belt (concussion) could be activated Monday
    Brandon Belt (concussion) could be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: Belt said he "felt good, completely normal" during batting practice Monday and feels ready for game action. While his activation from the DL appears imminent, it doesn't mean that he'll return to playing regularly the rest of the way. Belt has been limited to just five games since the beginning of August due to post-concussion issues, so the Giants figure to bring him along slowly. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:07 pm
     
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  • Dustin Ackley back in Mariners' lineup
    Dustin Ackley is back in the Mariners' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Ackley sat out the last two contest after his left ankle issue flared up, but he doesn't expect it to keep him out of action any more this season. It's possible that he'll require surgery over the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:50 pm
  • Qualls (hip) available to pitch Monday
    Chad Qualls (hip) is available to pitch Monday.

    Advice: Qualls hasn't pitched since September 6 due to an issue with his right hip. It's unlikely that the Astros will trust him with save chances right away, so hang on to Josh Fields and Tony Sipp in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:21 pm
  • Zimmerman (hammy) set for simulated game
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) went through a full workout Monday in Viera, Florida and is slated to play three innings at first base Tuesday in a simulated game.

    Advice: He's expected to progress to five innings on Wednesday and serve as a DH on Thursday before being reevaluated. Zimmerman has been out since late July with a Grade 3 hamstring strain, but the Nationals are hoping to get him back at some point next week. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:12 pm
     
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  • Morneau (intercostal) back in Monday's lineup
    Justin Morneau (intercostal) is back in Monday's lineup against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Morneau exited Friday's game with left intercostal soreness, but it's not a major concern. The veteran first baseman is hitting .315 on the year, just two points behind Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison for the National League lead. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:46 pm
  • Davis to report to Sarasota this weekend
    Chris Davis will report to the Orioles' complex in Sarasota, Florida this weekend.

    Advice: Davis was suspended 25 games last week after testing positive for amphetamines, but the Orioles are hoping to get permission for him to play in instructional league games in order to stay fresh. He'll be eligible to be activated after eight postseason games, which means that he could return as soon as the ALCS. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:38 pm
     
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  • Alex Avila (head) not in Monday's lineup
    Alex Avila (head) is not in Monday's lineup against the Twins.

    Advice: Avila left Sunday's game with lightheadedness after taking a foul tip off the mark. The Tigers aren't going to take any chances, given his history. Bryan Holaday will start behind the plate. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:28 pm
  • Headley back in Yankees' lineup Monday
    Chase Headley (mouth) is back in the Yankees' lineup Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Headley was hit in the mouth with a Jake McGee fastball on Thursday, but managed to avoid any fractures. He'll hit sixth in his return Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:21 pm
  • Rizzo (back) finally returns to Cubs' lineup
    Anthony Rizzo (back) is in the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday night against the Reds.

    Advice: Rizzo missed nearly three weeks with a back injury. The first baseman is batting .278/.375/.514 with 30 home runs and 71 RBI in 129 games and will look to finish off his breakout 2014 campaign with a bang. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:13 pm
  • Vance Worley moved to the Pirates' bullpen
    Vance Worley has been moved to the bullpen.

    Advice: Charlie Morton will return from the disabled list and claim the vacant rotation spot Tuesday night against the Red Sox. Worley has pitched well in a starting role this season for the Bucs and should be a useful weapon in long relief down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:38 am
  • Verlander says blister 'flared up' on Sunday
    Justin Verlander acknowledged after his start Sunday that a blister "flared up" on his right hand.

    Advice: Verlander allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings, but the Tigers were able to pull out a 6-4 victory against the Indians. Verlander said he doesn't expect the blister to be a major issue going forward. He's 13-12 this season with a 4.81 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 190 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:54 am
  • Venable (back) used as pinch-hitter Sunday
    Will Venable (back) was used as a pinch-runner in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Venable remained absent from the starting lineup with a back strain. It's a good sign that he felt well enough to run and he's likely to return fully this week. The outfielder has registered a disappointing .222/.287/.318 batting line in 132 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:49 am
  • Will Venable returned to action on Sunday September 14. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:13 am
  • Alex Avila leaves game with lightheadedness
    Alex Avila left Sunday's game against the Indians with lightheadedness.

    Advice: Avila took yet another foul tip off his mask in Sunday's contest. While he didn't display concussion-like symptoms, the Tigers opted to play things cautiously given his history. He is likely to receive an off-day on Monday as well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:39 pm
  • Morse to take BP Monday or Tuesday
    Michael Morse (oblique) won't take batting practice until Monday or Tuesday.

    Advice: Morse had been swinging, but only at about 50 percent. He should return to the lineup shortly if he can swing at full effort Monday or Tuesday, but there are certainly no guarantees that will happen. Morse has yet to play this month due to a strained left oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Chad Qualls (hip) reports improvement
    Chad Qualls (hip) said Saturday that he's feeling better.

    Advice: Qualls is dealing with an issue in his right hip that he thinks might be nerve-related. He's not sure when (or if) he'll be cleared to return to action, but it does appear a bit of progress is being made. The Astros have used Josh Fields and Tony Sipp in the ninth inning with Qualls out. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Morneau (intercostal) expected to return soon
    Justin Morneau (intercostal) is expected to return to the lineup soon.

    Advice: Morneau exited Friday's game with what the Rockies called left intercostal soreness, but trainer Keith Dugger admitted Saturday that the club was "not 100 percent sure it's an intercostal (injury). It's kind of sore behind his left lat. He just has a little soreness. It's not a huge (injury). It's not like an oblique type of soreness. We aren't overly concerned, but we want to make sure he's right before we send him out there." Ben Paulsen started at first base Saturday and should remain there until Morneau is ready. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:35 am
  • Chase Headley won't return until Monday
    Chase Headley (face) won't return until at least Monday.

    Advice: Headley managed to avoid fractures and a concussion after being hit on the face with a pitch Thursday, but the Yankees want him to go through drills for a couple days before clearing him to return to the lineup. He worked out Saturday and will take batting practice on Sunday before possibly returning to action on Monday in Tampa. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:40 am
  • Tyson Ross allows six runs in loss to D'Backs
    Tyson Ross surrendered six runs -- four earned -- in three innings Saturday in a loss to Arizona.

    Advice: It was one of the ugliest outings of the season for Ross, who entered the start with a 2.66 ERA and watched it rise to 2.81. The 27-year-old right-hander might be hitting a wall here in mid-September. He's thrown 195 2/3 innings this season after totaling 136 2/3 innings between the minors and majors in 2013. Ross will get the Phillies at home next time out. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:33 pm
  • Avila slugs go-ahead HR, Tigers stay in first
    Alex Avila slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in the Tigers' 5-4 defeat of the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: Detroit was trailing 4-3 when Avila took Bryan Shaw deep in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was his only hit of the night, but it helped keep the Tigers at the top of the American League Central standings (by a half-game over the Royals). Avila is batting .222/.329/.371 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 117 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:44 pm
  • Brandon Belt to face live pitching on Monday
    Brandon Belt (concussion) will face live pitching on Monday.

    Advice: Belt has been on the shelf since August 8 with a concussion. He's been doing baseball activities since Thursday and Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters on Saturday that he expects the first baseman to return from the disabled list sometime next week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:38 pm
     
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  • Dustin Ackley (ankle) resting again Saturday
    Dustin Ackley (ankle) is not in the Mariners' starting lineup Saturday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Ackley played Friday but was out for a week prior due to bone spurs in his left ankle. He felt soreness again after his return. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon noted that he will be evaluated day-by-day. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:47 pm
  • Will Venable (back) remains out of the lineup
    Will Venable (back) remains out of the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Venable has been sidelined with a back strain since Wednesday. He holds a poor batting line of .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and 27 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:20 pm
  • Zimmerman to face live pitching on Monday
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is slated to face live pitching in the instructional league in Viera on Monday.

    Advice: Zimmerman was able to run at 60 percent on Friday and continues to make progress toward a return to the Nationals lineup. Even is he returns at some point next week though, he's only expected to see sporadic playing time down the stretch so he isn't a strong option in most mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:26 am
     
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  • Morneau removed with left intercostal injury
    Justin Morneau was removed from Friday's game against the Cardinals due to left side intercostal soreness.

    Advice: Morneau is considered day-to-day and should return to the Rockies lineup at some point over the weekend. He is enjoying a fine season at the dish, slashing .315/.359/.485 with 15 homers and 72 RBI in 124 contests. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:41 pm
  • Brandon Belt to take batting practice Friday
    Brandon Belt (concussion) will take batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: Belt is finally making progress in his recovery from post-concussion symptoms and said he feels good enough to pinch hit on Friday. He could rejoin the Giants lineup at some point next week. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:54 pm
     
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  • Dustin Ackley returns to Mariners' lineup
    Dustin Ackley is back in the Mariners' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ackley missed the last week of action due to bone spurs in his left ankle. It's possible that he'll require surgery over the offseason, but for now he'll try to gut it out through the final few weeks. He's batting .251/.300/.399 with 11 homers and 60 RBI for the Mariners this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:26 pm
  • Zimmerman (hamstring) runs at 60 percent
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) did some running at about 60 percent on Friday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's ran since being placed on the disabled list back in late July. Zimmerman did starts and stops while running and also did some hitting on the field. The next step for the third baseman will be to head to the Nationals' spring training complex on Sunday to get in some live batting practice. Zimmerman could conceivably be activated at some point next week, but the Nats plan to be careful with his playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:23 pm
     
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  • Anthony Rizzo (back) won't play this weekend
    Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Friday that Anthony Rizzo (back) is unlikely to play this weekend.

    Advice: Rizzo has progressed steadily this week in his recovery from a back injury, but he still needs a few more days. A return early next week would seem to be possible. The slugging first baseman hasn't played since August 26. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:15 pm
  • Chris Davis can be on ALCS roster
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Major League Baseball would allow the Orioles to place Chris Davis on their ALCS roster while he's still suspended.

    Advice: He'll still have to sit out a few games, though, depending on how many the Orioles have played to that point (Davis can't play in the team's first eight playoff games). The O's would also have to play a man short if they choose to put Davis on the roster, so it's unclear whether they'd consider it or not. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:42 am
     
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  • Tests show no fractures for Chase Headley
    Tests have cleared Chase Headley of any fractures.

    Advice: He's not out of the woods yet, as he still needs to see a neurologist to check for a concussion, but this is one positive development after Headley was hit in the face by a pitch Thursday. He received a couple stitches as a result of the incident. Headley did not travel with the Yankees to Baltimore but could rejoin them there at some point this weekend if he's cleared of a possible concussion. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:19 am
  • Chris Davis suspended 25 games for PEDs
    Chris Davis has been suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for amphetamines.

    Advice: Oh boy. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun first reported the suspension and now Major League Baseball has made it official. Davis said in a statement that the positive test was for Adderall, which he had an exemption for in past but not this year. The suspension includes the postseason, so Davis will be ineligible for the final 17 games of the regular season, as well as eight potential playoff games (or more regular season games next season if the Orioles are out of the playoffs by then). "Crush" has had a down year for the O's, batting just .196/.300/.404, but he's hit 26 homers and driven in 72 and his loss is obviously a major one for Baltimore. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:03 am
     
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  • Chad Qualls could have nerve issue in hip
    Chad Qualls is dealing with an issue in his right hip that he thinks might be nerve-related.

    Advice: The ailment was originally described as a glute problem, but it appears it's more in his hip. "I don't know if it's just tight hip or something like that that's putting pressure on kind of a nerve back there, get like just a warm feeling - just in like a six-inch feeling just down kind of the side of my leg. When I sit down or laid down it wouldn't hurt, and then if I walk around it gets irritated." Qualls is receiving treatment and is being considered day-to-day, but there's no guarantee that he makes it back this season. Josh Fields and Tony Sipp have picked up saves for the Astros over the last week and both need to be owned in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:44 am
  • Chase Headley to have X-rays on jaw
    Chase Headley will stay back in New York to undergo X-rays on his jaw rather than travel with the team to Baltimore.

    Advice: Headley left Thursday's game in the ninth inning after being hit in the face by a pitch. Obviously more will be known once the X-ray results come back, but expect him to miss at least Friday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:45 pm
  • Headley leaves game after getting hit in face
    Chase Headley left Thursday's game against the Rays after being hit in the mouth by a pitch.

    Advice: It was a 98 mph fastball from Jake McGee. Headley had some blood on his chin and eventually walked off with the assist from trainers. The Yankees will surely send him for some tests before an update comes later Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:17 pm
  • Bochy hopes to have Belt back in 7-10 days
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he's hoping Brandon Belt (concussion) will be ready for game action in 7-10 days.

    Advice: He might be limited to pinch-hitting duty initially, but it's possible he could be ready to start. Belt was cleared for full baseball activities on Thursday and could take live batting practice as early as Friday. He has been limited to just five games since the beginning of August due to post-concussion issues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:36 pm
     
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  • Morse (oblique) likely out this weekend
    Michael Morse (oblique) is not expected to play this weekend.

    Advice: He's still swinging the bat at only 50 percent. Morse is only 10 days removed from straining his oblique, so his continued absence isn't a surprise even though the Giants had expressed optimism that he could be back by now. He's hit .280/.338/.477 with 16 homers and 61 RBI over 130 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:39 pm
  • 1B Belt cleared for full baseball activities
    Brandon Belt (concussion) has been cleared for full baseball activities.

    Advice: Belt received the clearance Thursday from Dr. Micky Collins in Pittsburgh. The first baseman has already fielded some grounders and played catch this week, but he'll now be able to ramp up activities and could take live batting practice as early as Friday. Belt should be ready to go later this month if he can avoid setbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:37 pm
     
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  • Zimmerman to go to instructional league soon
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is tentatively scheduled to go to the instructional league in Viera, Florida next week.

    Advice: Zimmerman, out since late July with a Grade 3 hamstring strain, resumed taking batting practice earlier this week. Running at full speed will be the real test for his hamstring, but assuming no setbacks, he'll get eased into game action in Florida before rejoining the Nationals. He could make it back during the final week of the regular season, but fantasy owners obviously shouldn't be counting on him at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:17 pm
     
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  • Will Venable diagnosed with back strain
    Will Venable was diagnosed with a back strain.

    Advice: Venable left Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers after five innings and Padres manager Bud Black told reporters after the game that he will "probably be out a couple days." Venable has been a major disappointment this season, batting just .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and nine stolen bases in 132 games. He had 22 homers and 22 steals in 2013. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:34 pm
  • Venable leaves game with undisclosed injury
    Will Venable left Wednesday's game against the Dodgers with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: It's unclear what happened to the outfielder, but Cameron Maybin replaced him in center field to start the bottom of the fifth inning. The Padres should give an update on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Worley labors through five, but gets 7th win
    Vance Worley labored through five innings, allowing three runs, but went home with his seventh win as the Pirates topped the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Phillies made their former hurler work, forcing him to toss 92 pitches in his five frames. The right-hander, however, yielded only four hits and two walks while striking out four. After getting off to a hot start upon his 2014 debut in mid-June, Worley has been pedestrian since August 13, posting a 4.81 ERA over his last six starts. On the season, he has a 3.18 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and a 70/22 K/BB ratio. He'll have to take on the Red Sox at home on Tuesday when he toes the slab next. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Cabrera unlikely to rejoin Pads this weekend
    Everth Cabrera is unlikely to rejoin the Padres this weekend.

    Advice: "Let's see how this whole process plays out, even how his hamstring is," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I still think there's some information-gathering with MLB and authorities that I'm not privy to. Organizationally, we're gonna wait for all this to get settled and cleared. Then if this all plays out positively, he can get active." Cabrera was reportedly arrested for a DUI last week, likely what Black is alluding to. He's also been dealing with a hamstring strain. It sounds like a suspension of some sort may be coming down the pipe. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:41 pm
     
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  • Belt (concussion) hoping to be cleared Thurs.
    Brandon Belt (concussion) is scheduled to see a specialist Thursday in hopes of being fully cleared for baseball activities.

    Advice: Belt will be examined by Dr. Micky Collins in Pittsburgh. Just Tuesday, Belt said he didn't know "how realistic" it was to be back for postseason action, so Thursday's news will go a long way toward telling whether it is. If he is cleared, Belt could take live batting practice as early as Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:45 pm
     
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  • M's hoping Ackley (ankle) could return Friday
    The Mariners are hopeful Dustin Ackley (ankle) could be available by Friday.

    Advice: Ackley has been dealing with bone spurs in his left ankle that have kept him out of the lineup since Saturday. Even if he's unavailable Friday, it seems as though Ackley will be back contributing in some fashion shortly thereafter. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:43 pm
  • Chad Qualls dealing with glute injury
    Chad Qualls was unavailable to pitch Tuesday due to a right glute issue.

    Advice: It explains why Josh Fields was used in the ninth inning and converted his second straight save. Qualls is being listed as day-to-day, so it shouldn't be a long-term issue. Still, the veteran reliever has also struggled lately, so picking up Fields just in case might not be a bad idea. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Morse (oblique) out until this weekend
    Michael Morse (oblique) will be sidelined at least until this weekend.

    Advice: Morse received a cortisone shot for his strained left oblique last week but remains sore. The slugger has yet to play this month due to the ailment. He's sporting a .280/.338/.477 batting line with 16 homers and 61 RBI over 130 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:57 pm
  • Brandon Belt hoping to be ready for playoffs
    Brandon Belt (concussion) said Tuesday that he's hoping to be ready for postseason play but admitted he doesn't know "how realistic that is."

    Advice: Belt has felt a bit better in recent days and was cleared to field some grounders and play catch Tuesday. Even if he progresses without any setbacks from here on out, the best the Giants can probably hope for is a few token games at the end of the regular season. Belt has been limited to just five games since the beginning of August due to post-concussion issues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:16 pm
     
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  • Rizzo (back) hopes to return by this weekend
    Anthony Rizzo (back) hopes to return to the Cubs' lineup by the end of the week.

    Advice: If not by the weekend, Rizzo thinks he'll "for sure" be ready to play during the Cubs' homestand that begins next Monday. Manager Rick Renteria was more cautious regarding a potential timetable, saying, "I don't want to speculate on that part." Rizzo worked out for the second straight day Tuesday, taking some infield and light batting practice. It looked likely last week that his season was over, but it appears the first baseman will make it back after all. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:57 pm
  • Michael Morse (oblique) out again Tuesday
    Michael Morse (oblique) remained out of the Giants' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: The club was hoping Morse would be ready Tuesday after missing a week of action, but obviously he's not. He remains day-to-day. Gregor Blanco is in left field again Tuesday in Morse's place. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:35 pm
  • Ackley (ankle) a few days away from return
    Dustin Ackley remains a few days away from a return after an MRI showed bone spurs in his left ankle.

    Advice: Ackley had surgery back in October of 2012 to remove a bone spur from the same ankle. It's not clear at this point whether he might eventually require another operation, but expect him for now to play through the issue after a few more days of rest. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:30 pm
  • Zimmerman (hamstring) takes BP for first time
    Ryan Zimmerman took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since straining his hamstring.

    Advice: And he looked good, even hitting a ball over the batter's eye in left-center field at Nationals Park. But the major hurdle for Zimmerman is going to be running at full speed and he acknowledged to reporters Tuesday that he's not close to doing that. If he returns before the end of the regular season, it'll likely be in the final week. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
     
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  • Rizzo (back) takes ground balls, swings
    Anthony Rizzo (back) took some ground balls and a few swings in the batting cage Monday.

    Advice: Rizzo has been out since August 26 with a mild lower back strain, but he's now hopeful that he'll be able to return this weekend. However, Cubs manager Rick Renteria wants to see more before talking about a timeline. "I'll reserve my optimism," Renteria said. "Today is the first day where he's gone out there. He's trying to see how his body is feeling, but I'll just say we'll keep digging it as it comes." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:48 am
  • Everth Cabrera could be activated this week
    Everth Cabrera (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: He's been out since mid-August with a strained left hamstring but has apparently made good progress in recent days. Cabrera has hit just .232/.272/.300 when healthy this season and might not be guaranteed his starting role when he returns. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 5:16 pm
     
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  • Dustin Ackley undergoing MRI on ankle
    Dustin Ackley (ankle) will undergo an MRI Monday.

    Advice: Ackley will miss his second straight games Monday with a left ankle injury, but he doesn't think he'll miss much, if any more, time. The outfielder is hitting .291/.328/.497 since the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 3:53 pm
  • Zim unlikely to return before final week
    Mark Zuckerman of NatsInsider.com writes that the odds of Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) returning before the final week of the season "appear slim."

    Advice: That's assuming he's not cleared for full-out running in the next few days, which is unlikely. Zimmerman remains limited to taking light grounders, jogging and throwing and it's not clear when he'll be allowed to swing a bat and run with no restrictions. Nationals manager Matt Williams has also indicated that Zim might not be an everyday player if he does make it back. Fantasy owners don't need to be hanging on to him. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 3:27 pm
     
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  • Morneau not in Monday's lineup
    Justin Morneau is not in Monday's lineup against the Mets.

    Advice: He's presumably getting the night off. Michael Cuddyer will make the start at first base Monday and is likely being eased back into action after his hamstring strain. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 2:42 pm
  • Ackley (ankle) out again Monday
    Dustin Ackley is out of the Mariners' lineup again Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Ackley exited Saturday's game with a left ankle injury and will now miss his second straight start. Endy Chavez will play left field while Michael Saunders (intercostal, viral infection) has been activated from the disabled list and will start in right. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 2:36 pm
  • Cubs' Rizzo (back) could return this weekend
    Anthony Rizzo (back) took swings Monday and believes that he could return as soon as this weekend.

    Advice: Rizzo has been out since August 26 with a mild lower back strain. While he still has some hurdles to cross before returning to the lineup, he could still prove useful to fantasy owners this month. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 1:36 pm
  • Hammel fans seven in no-decision vs. Astros
    Jason Hammel struck out seven while allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Sunday.

    Advice: Hammel held the Astros scoreless until the seventh, when they plated both their runs against the right-hander. He gave up five hits and a walk on the day. It was another good start for Hammel after a rough beginning with the A's. He's now got a 4.70 ERA in the American League, and he'll look to improve on those numbers Friday at the Mariners. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 6:51 pm
  • Ross gives up three-run homer in loss to Rox
    Tyson Ross gave up a three-run homer, the only runs he allowed, over 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Ross was far from effective, giving up seven hits and walking four, but he did well to keep the damage to just the three-run home run. Ross also struck out seven in the game. The loss pulled his record back to an even 13-13, and Ross owns a 2.66 ERA. Ross has an easier task up next, taking on the Diamondbacks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 6:12 pm
  • Brandon Belt to resume baseball activities
    Brandon Belt (concussion) is set to resume baseball activities next week.

    Advice: Belt has begun to feel better in recent days, but has been limited to light cardio work only as he continues to recover from his post-concussion symptoms. Even though he has been cleared to begin baseball activities, he's still likely a couple of weeks away from rejoining the Giants lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 3:58 pm
     
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  • Alex Avila returns to starting lineup Sunday
    Alex Avila (head) is in the Tigers starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Giants.

    Advice: Avila took a couple of foul tips off his catcher's mask in Tuesday's game and has been held out since. He appeared as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's loss, striking out against Santiago Casilla in the ninth inning. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 1:43 pm
  • Dustin Ackley (ankle) hopes to play Monday
    Dustin Ackley (ankle) is hoping to return to the lineup Monday.

    Advice: Ackley is sitting out Sunday after exiting Saturday's contest with a left ankle injury, but he's already feeling better. Chris Denorfia is in left field Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 10:20 am
  • Alex Avila returned to action on Saturday September 6. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 2:50 am
  • Dustin Ackley leaves game with jammed ankle
    Dustin Ackley left Saturday's game in the seventh inning with a jammed left ankle.

    Advice: He's considered day-to-day. Chris Denorfia will probably start in left field against left-hander Derek Holland on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 10:44 pm
  • Justin Morneau goes 4-for-6, homers
    Justin Morneau went 4-for-6 and hit his 15th homer Saturday in the Rockies' 7-6 win over the Padres.

    Advice: Drew Stubbs singled through a five-man infield to win the game in the 12th. Morneau upped his average to .314 with the performance, while teammate Corey Dickerson went 3-for-6 and stands at .313. Those two are very much in the running for the batting title with Josh Harrison (.315), Ben Revere (.314) and Buster Posey (.310). Dickerson, though, is iffy to finish with enough plate appearances to qualify. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 10:18 pm
  • Chad Qualls blows sixth save of the season
    Chad Qualls blew his sixth save of the season Saturday in the Astros' loss to the A's.

    Advice: And it was his fifth blown save of the year against Oakland. Qualls was called on in the bottom of the ninth with runners at first and third and the Astros leading by two. He gave up a game-tying double to Josh Reddick and then Jed Lowrie hit a walkoff single. Yikes. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 3:56 pm
  • Chris Davis launches 26th home run in loss
    Chris Davis launched his 26th home run off Drew Smyly in Saturday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Davis got the game's scoring started with his solo blast to right field in the second inning. He has been a tremendous disappointment at the plate this season, slashing just .196/.299/.412 with 26 homers and 72 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 1:33 pm
     
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  • Alex Avila expected to return on Sunday
    Alex Avila (head) is expected to return to the Tigers starting lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Avila experienced no concussion symptoms on Friday and could have started Saturday's game, but Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus wanted to use rookie James McCann against tough southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 8:27 am
  • Vance Worley fans six Cubs in no-decision
    Vance Worley racked up six strikeouts on Friday, but had to settle for a no-decision against the Cubs after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over his 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Worley struggled with his command, issuing four walks on the afternoon. The Cubs struck for a pair of runs in the third inning, then tacked on a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Chris Valaika. Worley will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Red Sox at home on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 5, 3:57 pm
  • Michael Morse gets cortisone shot
    Michael Morse returned to San Francisco on Friday to get a cortisone shot for his strained left oblique.

    Advice: The Giants are hopeful of having Morse back in the lineup on Tuesday, but obliques are notoriously tricky. The Giants have Travis Ishikawa at first base and Gregor Blanco in left field tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 5, 2:34 pm
  • Report: Everth Cabrera arrested for DUI
    TMZ is reporting that Everth Cabrera was arrested in San Diego early Wednesday morning on DUI charges.

    Advice: Marijuana, not alcohol, was the culprit here, according to the report. Either way, it's another black mark on Cabrera's career, already marred by domestic violence charges in 2012 (later dropped) and a Biogenesis-related 50-game suspension last year. He's been terrible on the field this year, too, so it seems pretty unlikely that he'll be back with the Padres in 2015. Right now, he's on the DL with a strained hamstring and iffy to return this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 5, 1:43 pm
     
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