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  • David Wright (hamstring) not yet 100 percent
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that David Wright (hamstring) is not back to 100 percent yet.

    Advice: Wright ramped up some baseball activities last week, but he's not running at 100 percent and the Mets won't have a clear timetable for his return until he does. "It’s just hard to say," said Alderson. "He could be a week away, could be 10 days away. Until he gets into a game situation and feels confident with the leg, we’re not going to know." There was some talk about him returning this weekend, but now it appears that the best-case scenario is sometime next week. Daniel Murphy will continue to play third base during his absence while young Dilson Herrera will play second.
    Today, 5:55 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Carpenter hitless in his return to lineup
    Matt Carpenter (lightheadedness) went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his return to the lineup Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Carpenter left Sunday's game after seven innings due to lightheadedness, but it's not a long-term concern. The 29-year-old is off to a great start this season, batting .347/.412/.624 with four home runs and 16 RBI.
    Today, 5:32 am
  • Freese homers in attempt to spark a rally
    David Freese homered in the ninth inning in a failed attempt at a comeback in Monday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Freese was 0-for-2 with a walk coming into the at-bat against Fernando Rodney. He drove a Rodney offering over the fence in centerfield to reduce the Angels' deficit to 3-2. The third baseman has five home runs already after hitting 10 total throughout the 2014 season. Freese also has 19 RBI and a mediocre .220/.262/.420 triple-slash line.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Reynolds' grand slam helps Cards outlast Cubs
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-3 with a walk and a grand slam as the Cardinals narrowly defeated the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: The Cardinals were behind 5-0 before they even had a chance to bat, but Reynolds immediately brought them back into the game with a grand slam in the bottom half of the inning off of Travis Wood. It's only the second home run of the year for Reynolds, who has served as a pinch-hitter and occasional first baseman against left-handed starters. He's batting .216/.341/.459 on the year along with eight RBI.
    Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Bogaerts triples but Red Sox fall to the Rays
    Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple, but the Red Sox lost 5-1 to the Rays on Monday.

    Advice: Bogaerts' second-inning RBI triple off of Jake Odorizzi ended up being the only offense the Red Sox would generate on the evening. The shortstop hasn't done much at the dish as he's still looking for his first multi-hit game since April 17. Bogaerts is batting .264/.326/.368 with one home run and 11 RBI in 95 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Anthony Rendon shut down with oblique strain
    Anthony Rendon (knee) will be shut down indefinitely after being diagnosed with a left oblique strain.

    Advice: It's been a nightmarish start to the season for Rendon, who has been out all year with a left MCL sprain and now a strained oblique. The Nationals aren't sure how serious the oblique strain is at this point but hope to know more after the infielder is examined further on Tuesday. It's probably a safe bet that we won't see Rendon this month.
    Yesterday, 7:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Escobar goes 5-for-5 to help Nats top Marlins
    Yunel Escobar had a perfect at the plate, recording five hits in as many at-bats, as the Nationals topped the Marlins on Monday.

    Advice: All five hits were singles. Despite reaching base so often, the Nationals only brought him around to score once, in the first inning on Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly. Escobar broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning with a two-run single to right field, which proved to be the deciding hit. Escobar hasn't recorded an extra-base hit since April 22, but the Nationals will take his .311/.361/.411 triple-slash line nevertheless.
    Yesterday, 6:51 pm
  • Jake Lamb (foot) could return in mid-May
    The Diamondbacks are hopeful that Jake Lamb (foot) will be ready to return by the end of their next homestand that concludes on May 13.

    Advice: Lamb will have the walking boot removed from his injured left foot on Tuesday and will then ramp up baseball activities. He'll presumably need a short rehab assignment before rejoining Arizona's roster.
    Yesterday, 4:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Rendon flying to DC to have side examined
    Anthony Rendon (knee, side) has flown back to Washington, D.C. to have his injured left side examined.

    Advice: Rendon has been dealing with an oblique issue for a week now while on a rehab assignment with his knee injury. More should be known shortly about how long this will set him back, but it certainly possible that he won't be returning to the Nationals anytime soon. Rendon had been hoping to be activated by now.
    Yesterday, 1:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Rendon (knee, side) out again Monday at AA
    Anthony Rendon (knee, side) is not in the lineup at Double-A Harrisburg on Monday.

    Advice: He has now missed three straight games at Harrisburg with oblique discomfort. Rendon had been aiming to return from his late-spring knee sprain before the end of April, but he can now be ruled out for another week at least. If it's an oblique strain that he's dealing with -- as opposed to just discomfort -- Rendon might not debut until mid-to-late May.
    Yesterday, 12:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Nolan Arenado homers twice as Rockies fall
    Nolan Arenado blasted a pair of home runs and plated three in a losing effort against the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: He finished the day 3-for-5 at the dish. Arenado tagged James Shields for a solo homer in the fourth inning then got him again for a two-run blast the very next inning. He has been a force in the middle of the Rockies lineup this season, slashing .314/.348/.616 with six homers and 17 RBI.
    Sunday, 4:43 pm
  • Ramirez homers and drives in three vs CHC
    Aramis Ramirez hit a solo homer in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Ramirez smacked the home run off of Jason Hammel in the second inning. He also played hero in the contest, hitting a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning to help the 7-18 Brewers to the 5-3 victory. Ramirez had missed the last few games with a hamstring injury, but he looked fine on Sunday, finishing 2-for-3. On April 21, Ramirez was hitting just .149/.149/.191, but he's raised that to a less awful .233/.263/.411 over the last 10 games.
    Sunday, 4:10 pm
  • Cabrera launches sixth home run vs KC
    Miguel Cabrera hit his sixth home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Move along, nothing to see here. In addition to the two-run homer, Cabrera also added a pair of singles to finish 3-for-4. He's hitting .366/.459/.624 with six homers, 19 RBI and 13 runs scored this season. The numbers speak for themselves. Cabrera remains a perennial MVP candidate and one of the best hitters in the game.
    Sunday, 3:49 pm
  • Plouffe crushes a grand slam in 13-3 victory
    Trevor Plouffe hit a grand slam and drove in five runs in Sunday's 13-3 demolishing of the White Sox.

    Advice: Plouffe smashed the home run off of beleaguered White Sox starter John Danks in the third inning. The Twins scored seven runs in the inning, then added another four in the fourth inning. Plouffe chipped in an RBI single in that inning, too, on his way to a 3-for-5 day. The Twins racked up 19 hits in the win. Plouffe's now homered in back-to-back games, giving him five for the season. With the recent power surge, he's boosted his slash-line to .278/.356/.478.
    Sunday, 3:19 pm
  • Iglesias hopeful that he'll play on Tuesday
    Jose Iglesias (groin) is hopeful that he'll be able to return to the Tigers starting lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Iglesias left Sunday's game against the Royals due to tightness in his left groin. The defensive wizard said that he originally tweaked it during the ninth inning on Saturday and that it tightened back up on him during Sunday's contest. The Tigers may play it safe and give him an extra day off after Monday's off day.
    Sunday, 2:27 pm
  • Matt Carpenter departs with lightheadedness
    Matt Carpenter was removed from Sunday's game against the Pirates due to lightheadedness.

    Advice: Before departing, Carpenter blasted a solo home run in the fourth inning to put the Cardinals on top 1-0. It sounds as though his exit was purely precautionary and that the star third baseman should be cleared to rejoin the Cardinals lineup for Monday's series opener against the Cubs. Sunday was the first relatively steamy day of the season in St. Louis.
    Sunday, 1:36 pm
  • Johnson blasts fifth homer to help Braves win
    Kelly Johnson went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 5-0 victory against the Reds.

    Advice: Johnson, playing at third base in this contest, pushed the Braves' lead to 3-0 in the first inning with a two-run home run off of Johnny Cueto. He had been seeing starts in left field more recently. The utilityman has been a surprising source of offense for the Braves as he has five home runs with 13 RBI, and is batting .250/.297/.533.
    Sunday, 1:25 pm
    Player Note
    Kelly Johnson Atl - 1B,3B,OF
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Jose Iglesias day-to-day with tight groin
    Jose Iglesias exited Sunday's game versus the Royals with left groin tightness.

    Advice: The Tigers are listing the shortstop day-to-day for the time being, but it would probably be wise to count on him miss at least a game or two. Iglesias singled in one of his two plate appearances before leaving.
    Sunday, 12:52 pm
  • Red Sox claim Luis Jimenez off waivers
    Red Sox claimed INF Luis Jimenez off waivers from the Brewers.

    Advice: Jimenez has hit just .218/.255/.269 over parts of three big league seasons, but he offers versatility and was a .299/.335/.509 hitter in the minors. He gives the Red Sox some infield depth.
    Sunday, 11:45 am
  • Will Middlebrooks sitting out on Sunday
    Will Middlebrooks is absent from the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks like just a day of rest. Yangervis Solarte is at third base in Middlebrooks' place, while Cory Spangenberg is at second.
    Sunday, 10:26 am
  • Ryan Flaherty (groin) beginning rehab
    Ryan Flaherty (groin) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Monday.

    Advice: He's on track to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Friday. Flaherty is hitting .300/.400/.600 with a couple homers over nine games this season.
    Sunday, 8:51 am
    Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Luis Valbuena not in Sunday's lineup
    Luis Valbuena is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks like he's just getting a day off. Jonathan Villar is at third base Sunday in Valbuena's place.
    Sunday, 8:18 am
    5:10 pm vs Tex
  • Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) returns to lineup
    Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) is back in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Ramirez missed a couple games with a sore hamstring, but he's ready to roll now. The third baseman has struggled overall this season but has been heating up of late, sporting a .375/.423/.708 batting line with a couple homers over his last eight games.
    Sunday, 8:09 am
  • Martin Prado sitting out on Sunday
    Martin Prado is not in the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off even after a big showing Saturday that included a homer and four RBI. Reid Brignac is filling in at third base in Prado's place.
    Sunday, 7:37 am
    Player Note
    Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Freddy Galvis not in Sunday's lineup
    Freddy Galvis is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks like just a routine day off. Cesar Hernandez is at shortstop Sunday in Galvis' place.
    Sunday, 7:21 am
  • Turner homers, scores three runs vs. D'Backs
    Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a home run Saturday in the Dodgers' 6-4 defeat of the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Turner slugged a solo home run in the first inning off Diamondbacks starter Jeremy Hellickson. He also drew a walk and scored a run in the third inning and then doubled and scored in the seventh inning, finishing the game with a total of three runs. Turner is batting .300 with a .958 OPS in 18 games this season and should continue to see semi-regular playing time at third base. Juan Uribe was out of the lineup Saturday for the second straight game.
    Saturday, 10:16 pm
    Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Flaherty on track to begin rehab assignment
    Ryan Flaherty tested his injured groin Saturday by running the bases.

    Advice: Flaherty is hoping to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Monday. He could be joined there by J.J. Hardy (shoulder), who also worked out on Saturday. Flaherty is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday when the Orioles visit the Yankees. Reynaldo Navarro will likely be the odd man out when Flaherty returns to the infield.
    Saturday, 4:15 pm
    Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Prado drives in four as Marlins beat Phillies
    Martin Prado finished 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in the Marlins' 7-0 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: Prado reached on an error in the first inning, slugged a three-run shot in the second inning, drew a walk in the fourth inning, and then cranked an RBI double in the sixth. He has a decent .733 OPS with two home runs, 14 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 24 games this season. If he keeps hitting near the top of the Marlins' batting order -- he hit second on Saturday -- the 31-year-old third baseman should continue to provide a good amount of fantasy value.
    Saturday, 4:05 pm
    Player Note
    Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Jonathan Schoop is wearing a knee brace
    Jonathan Schoop is rehabbing his injured knee at extended spring training in Sarasota.

    Advice: He has a brace that he's been wearing "24-7" and recently had fluid drained from his knee. Schoop's original timetable was 6-to-8 weeks but that's been pushed back because it took so long for the swelling to go down. He'll begin rehab work in the pool on Monday. The 23-year-old hopes to be back by the All-Star break.
    Saturday, 3:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Rendon (knee, side) scratched at Harrisburg
    Anthony Rendon (knee, side) was a late scratch from the Double-A Harrisburg lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Rendon was penciled in at second base, but he's apparently still dealing with some soreness in his side. The 24-year-old infielder has been on the shelf at Harrisburg since Tuesday. He was placed on the disabled list prior to MLB's Opening Day with a left knee sprain and is now probably at least a week away from debuting.
    Saturday, 2:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Rendon (knee, side) back on rehab Saturday
    Anthony Rendon (knee, side) is back in the lineup for Double-A Harrisburg on Saturday night.

    Advice: Rendon took a bit of time off from rehabbing his left knee after coming down with some soreness in his side. It wasn't anything major. He should be ready to make his 2015 regular-season debut by the end of next week, giving the 10-14 Nationals a much-needed boost.
    Saturday, 2:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Aramis Ramirez expects to return on Sunday
    Aramis Ramirez expects to return to the Brewers lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: The veteran third baseman is getting another day off on Saturday due to general soreness and fatigue. The oft-injured slugger is hitting just .214/.236/.357 with two homers and seven RBI in 20 games this season.
    Saturday, 10:17 am
  • Brewers designate Luis Jimenez for assignment
    Brewers designated INF Luis Jimenez for assignment.

    Advice: The 27-year-old has appeared in 15 games for the Brewers this season, but has logged just 15 at-bats, netting one hit in the process (.067) while striking out six times. He owns a career .299/.335/.509 line in the minor leagues, so there's a chance that other teams could be willing to take a flier on him as infield depth.
    Saturday, 8:18 am
  • Yangervis Solarte knocks in four runs
    Yangervis Solarte drove in four of the Padres' 14 runs Friday in a win over the Rockies.

    Advice: The Padres should have picked Solarte as their second baseman on the All-Star ballot, but they gave the nod to Jedd Gyorko, even though Solarte has taken over as the starter against righties. He's been one of the Padres' best players, with a .328 average, 16 RBI and 5/6 K/BB ratio in 61 at-bats.
    Friday, 11:41 pm
  • Lawrie hits go-ahead double as A's stun Texas
    Brett Lawrie delivered a go-ahead two-run double in Friday's 7-5 win over the Rangers.

    Advice: After being quiet for the first seven innings of the game, the Athletics' offense erupted for seven runs in the eighth against the Rangers' bullpen. Lawrie was involved in a close call on a check-swing against Neftali Feliz, but he stayed in the at-bat and poked an opposite-field double to put the Athletics in front. The 25-year-old has driven in nine runs over his last five games.
    Friday, 9:35 pm
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Kelly Johnson's two-run homer powers Braves
    Kelly Johnson blasted a two-run homer in the fifth inning on Friday, powering the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the evening, but he certainly made the most of it, lining an Anthony DeSclafani offering over the wall in right that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He has held his own at the plate this season, slashing .250/.304/.519 with four homers and 11 RBI in 52 at-bats.
    Friday, 7:31 pm
    Player Note
    Kelly Johnson Atl - 1B,3B,OF
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Murphy has three-run double in win
    Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a three-run double Friday against the Nationals.

    Advice: His bases-clearing double in the eighth gave the Mets some much-needed insurance. It wouldn't have been possible without Jayson Werth, who stumbled and had the ball fly ball over his head. Murphy is batting just .212 so far this season, but he leads the Mets with 17 RBI.
    Friday, 6:53 pm
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Ryan Flaherty (groin) nears rehab assignment
    Ryan Flaherty (groin) could begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

    Advice: Flaherty has been taking batting practice the last couple days. He's tracking towards a return sometime next week.
    Friday, 1:44 pm
    Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Wright (hamstring) to resume running Saturday
    David Wright (hamstring) will resume running on Saturday.

    Advice: Wright is receiving therapy and exercising for a second straight day on Friday, as he's ramped up his baseball activities this week. Obviously running is the biggest test, and if he passes it he could return in a week or so. The Mets have called up Dilson Herrera to handle second base, pushing Daniel Murphy over to the third base spot vacated by Wright.
    Friday, 1:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Rendon (side) could reesume rehab stint Fri.
    Anthony Rendon (knee, side) went through a full workout Thursday and could resume his minor league rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: This is assuming that he continues to feel good. Rendon has been working his way back from a left knee sprain, but recently had to put his rehab assignment on hold due to some tightness on his side. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like a long-term concern.
    Thursday, 2:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Matt Carpenter doubles again, scores three
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with another double and three runs scored Thursday in the Cardinals' win over the Phillies.

    Advice: One of the hottest hitters in baseball through the first month, Carpenter boasts a .372/.438/.651 batting line with a whopping 13 doubles and 21 runs scored in 21 games this season. He should continue to provide high-level fantasy value all year near the top of a potent Cardinals lineup. He's on pace for 100 doubles.
    Thursday, 1:46 pm
  • David Wright (hamstring) at least a week away
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Thursday that David Wright (hamstring) is at least a week away.

    Advice: Wright has ramped up baseball activities this week and could be ready for a minor league rehab assignment at some point next week. The veteran third baseman has been sidelined since April 14 with a right hamstring strain and appears on track for a return in the early part of May. Eric Campbell will continue to fill in for now.
    Thursday, 1:40 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Escobar (hand) back in Nats' lineup Thursday
    Yunel Escobar (hand) is back in the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Mets.

    Advice: Escobar sat out Tuesday and Wednesday after getting spiked on the hand by the Braves' Andrelton Simmons on Monday. He's batting .284/.351/.418 with two home runs and five RBI in 18 games this season for the Nationals. He'll hit second in his return to action Thursday.
    Thursday, 12:42 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) expected back Thurs.
    Yunel Escobar (hand) is expected to return to the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Escobar sat out Tuesday and is on the bench again Wednesday after getting spiked by the Braves' Andrelton Simmons on a slide into third base Monday night. X-rays ruled out any sort of fracture and Escobar was able to hit and field grounders before Wednesday's game.
    Wednesday, 2:38 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera homers twice in win over Twins
    Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in the Tigers' 10-7 win over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Minnesota's Target Field.

    Advice: What an amazing hitter. Cabrera slugged an RBI double in the top of the fourth inning that scored Ian Kinsler, a 432-foot solo bomb to deep left-center in the top of the sixth, and then a 418-foot two-run shot to deep center in the top of the eighth. He's batting .370/.453/.630 with five home runs, six doubles, and 17 RBI in 22 games this season for the Tigers, who are off to a 15-7 start.
    Wednesday, 2:03 pm
  • Plouffe slugs three-run homer in loss to DET
    Trevor Plouffe slugged a three-run homer Wednesday in the Twins' loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Plouffe went yard off Detroit starter Shane Greene in the bottom of the fifth inning, putting the Twins ahead 7-3. But the Tigers roared back to tie the game in the top of the fifth and then took control in the eighth and ninth. Plouffe now has three home runs on the young season, but he's still sporting a weak .250/.313/.408 slash line.
    Wednesday, 1:56 pm
  • Wright (hamstring) takes live BP Wednesday
    David Wright (hamstring) took live batting practice Wednesday without issue.

    Advice: Wright has really ramped up the baseball activities this week, and the only major hurdle for him still to cross before a minor league rehab assignment is running the bases. He's done straight-line jogging but has yet to try turning on his strained right hamstring. The veteran third baseman is at least a week away, though the progress has been steady.
    Wednesday, 1:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Rendon sitting out rehab game again
    Anthony Rendon (knee, side) is not in Double-A Harrisburg's lineup again on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rendon is dealing with some tightness in his side. He's now sat out four straight days and it's not clear when he'll be ready to return to action. Rendon had been slated to be activated from the disabled list this weekend, but obviously that's in jeopardy now.
    Wednesday, 8:05 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Ryan Flaherty (groin) takes batting practice
    Ryan Flaherty (groin) took batting practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Everything went well. Flaherty isn't sure when he'll begin a rehab assignment, but he has a shot to be activated when first eligible.
    Wednesday, 7:47 am
    Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Galvis has another three-hit night vs. Cards
    Freddy Galvis enjoyed another three-hit outing Tuesday, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The loss wasn't any fault of Galvis', as he continues to collect multi-hit games -- Tuesday's effort was his third three-hit game in the past five games. The performance raised his line to .368/.411/.456 with eight RBI and nine runs scored. Galvis has split time between the No. 2 spot and the No. 8 spot, where he hit Tuesday, and Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg may have no choice but to keep Galvis in a run-producing spot near the top of the lineup with how he's hitting of late.
    Tuesday, 9:28 pm
  • Lawrie smacks three-run homer as the A's win
    Brett Lawrie went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run to help the Athletics beat the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lawrie added a big blow in the first inning against Jered Weaver, breaking a 2-2 tie with a three-run home run. The 25-year-old third baseman has had trouble gaining traction at the plate thus far, as the homer was only his second of the season. He's also hitting a meager .224/.259/.329 with 10 RBI.
    Tuesday, 9:20 pm
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Murphy has three-hit evening against Marlins
    Daniel Murphy had a three-hit night against the Marlins Tuesday, finishing 3-for-4 with a double.

    Advice: Murphy had three of the Mets' 10 hits but wasn't able to drive in or score any runs as the team scored all three of their runs in the seventh inning. Even so, it was another good day for Murphy, who homered Monday and is now hitting .205/.272/.370. A cold snap to start the year has his numbers down, but Murphy has always hit for average and should see his numbers improve as the season wears on.
    Tuesday, 7:27 pm
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) available on Tuesday
    Yunel Escobar (hand) is available off the Nationals' bench on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Escobar left Monday's game after getting spiked by the Braves' Andrelton Simmons on a hard slide at third base. Yunel sustained some gashes and some mild bruises, but X-rays ruled out any broken bones.
    Tuesday, 2:32 pm
  • Rendon scratched from rehab with sore side
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Anthony Rendon (knee) was scratched from a rehab game Tuesday at Double-A Harrisburg due to tightness in his side.

    Advice: The good news is his knee is fine. But it's pretty apparent that Rendon won't be ready to join the Nationals' active roster on Thursday, as had been the hope. He's been out all season with a left MCL sprain.
    Tuesday, 2:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Rendon (knee) not ready to resume rehab stint
    Anthony Rendon (knee) is not in Tuesday's lineup with Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: Rendon was scratched from a rehab game Monday because he had trouble getting loose with his knee. That he's sitting again Tuesday isn't a good sign. The Nationals were originally hoping that he would be able to make his season debut as soon as Thursday against the Mets, but that obviously won't happen at this point.
    Tuesday, 12:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Solarte's 3 hits, 2 RBI not enough for Padres
    Yangervis Solarte went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and an RBI double, but the Padres fell to the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Solarte singled in the tying run in the fifth inning, making it 3-3 at the time. In the seventh, he tied the game again with a double. Despite an impressive batting line -- .320/.370/.520 -- Monday marked his first multi-hit game since April 13. Solarte could eventually see more consistent playing time at second base if Jedd Gyorko continues to struggle.
    Monday, 10:47 pm
  • Turner clubs pinch-hit three-run homer in win
    Justin Turner mashed a three-run home run as a pinch-hitter as the Dodgers topped the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: The Dodgers had put two men on base with one out against Yusmeiro Petit in the eighth inning. Turner laced the first pitch he saw over the outstretched glove of center fielder Angel Pagan for a three-run blast to extend the Dodgers' lead to 8-3. It's the first homer of the year for Turner, who is batting .310/.333/.517 in 30 plate appearances as a utilityman.
    Monday, 10:14 pm
    Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 2B,3B,SS
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Iglesias homers to help Tigers eke out a win
    Jose Iglesias went 3-for-5 with a triple and a solo home run as the Tigers narrowly beat the Twins on Monday.

    Advice: Iglesias sent a Tommy Milone offering over the fence in left field in the first inning to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead. He also tripled to lead off the seventh inning but was stranded. Though his numbers had been tapering off recently, Iglesias maintains a superb .397/.449/.540 triple-slash line with one home run, three RBI, and five stolen bases.
    Monday, 8:35 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) day-to-day
    Yunel Escobar (hand) expects to miss 1-2 games.

    Advice: Escobar suffered a lacerated hand when he was spiked by the Braves' Andrelton Simmons on a play at third base Monday. He had to be bandaged up but avoided any broken bones.
    Monday, 7:54 pm
  • Johnson hammers Nats with 3 hits, 3 RBI
    Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to help lead the Braves past the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: The utilityman got the start at left field in this one. He extended the Braves' lead to 4-1 with a two-run home run off of Doug Fister in the sixth inning, then added an RBI single in the seventh. The 33-year-old veteran has come to the plate 42 times and has homered twice with seven RBI while batting .263/.333/.526.
    Monday, 7:27 pm
    Player Note
    Kelly Johnson Atl - 1B,3B,OF
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Murphy swats a go-ahead three-run homer
    Daniel Murphy helped push the Mets to victory, slugging a ninth-inning three-run home run as his team topped the Marlins on Monday.

    Advice: Murphy entered the frame 0-for-3, appearing to extend what has been a season-long slump. However, he got around on a Steve Cishek offering with two men on base to put the Mets up 3-1 in the top of the ninth. Murphy has two home runs, 14 RBI, and a .174/.247/.333 triple-slash line on the season.
    Monday, 6:22 pm
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Yunel Escobar exits game with hand injury
    Yunel Escobar left Monday's game against the Braves with an apparent left hand injury.

    Advice: He appeared to be spiked by Andrelton Simmons as Simmons collided with him at third base. The Nationals should provide an update on Escobar's status before long.
    Monday, 5:42 pm
  • Rendon (knee) scratched due to fatigue
    Anthony Rendon (knee) was scratched from a rehab game at Double-A Harrisburg on Monday due to fatigue.

    Advice: This is after he already had a scheduled day of rest on Sunday. It doesn't appear to anything to be alarmed about at this point, though, so we should still expect Rendon back with the Nationals by this weekend. He'll play both second and third base with the big club.
    Monday, 3:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Daniel Murphy plates two in losing effort
    Daniel Murphy went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBI in a losing effort against the Yankees on Sunday night.

    Advice: Murphy also drew a walk, reaching base safely in three of his four plate appearances. He has struggled mightily in the early going, slashing a mere .169/.247/.292 with one homer and 11 RBI. Hopefully this strong night finally gets him rolling.
    Apr 26, 7:54 pm
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • David Wright to ramp up activities on Monday
    David Wright (hamstring) will ramp up baseball activities on Monday as he continues his recovery from a strained hamstring.

    Advice: Wright will take ground balls at third base and do some light running to test out his legs. If he comes through that without issue, he could soon be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. He's on track to rejoin the Mets in early May.
    Apr 26, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Miguel Cabrera drives in three versus Indians
    Miguel Cabrera finished 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI as the Tigers topped the Indians 8-6 on Sunday.

    Advice: Miggy singled in the first inning, singled and scored in the third inning, jacked a two-run shot in the sixth inning, and then plated James McCann with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Cabrera is off to a tremendous start in 2015, batting .377/.463/.580 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 19 games.
    Apr 26, 1:35 pm
  • Ramirez collects three hits in loss to Cards
    Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run double in the eighth inning of Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Ramirez finished the game 3-for-4, one of the lone bright sparks for a floundering Brewer team. Despite the strong game, Ramirez is still hitting just .197/.197/.295. The 3-15 Brewers represent a statistician's nightmare. Last season, Ramirez slashed .285/.330/.427 for the Brew Crew, so it stands to reason that his numbers probably won't remain flat-lined for the rest of the season. More games like Saturday's will help toward that cause.
    Apr 25, 7:57 pm
  • David Wright (hamstring) hitting off a tee
    David Wright (hamstring) has advanced to hitting off a tee and throwing.

    Advice: The next step is for him to test out his legs. A strained hamstring sent Wright to the DL on April 15. His three-week recovery timetable is still in play. Though Wright's fantasy value fell off a cliff last year (.269, 8 HR, 63 RBI in 535 at-bats), he was hitting a respectable .333 before getting hurt.
    Apr 25, 4:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Brett Lawrie not in Athletics lineup Saturday
    Brett Lawrie is not in the Athletics starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Astros.

    Advice: Max Muncy, who had his contract purchased on Saturday, will be making his major league debut and starting in his place at third base. Expect Lawrie to return to the hot corner on Sunday.
    Apr 25, 12:03 pm
    5:10 pm @Min
  • David Freese hits fourth homer
    David Freese hit his fourth homer versus the Rangers in Friday's win.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot off Keone Kela. Freese had just 10 homers in 134 games last year and nine in 138 games in 2013, so this has been quite the early outburst from him. We still wouldn't suggest picking him up in mixed leagues.
    Apr 24, 10:14 pm
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