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  • Billy Butler (concussion) expected back Mon.
    Billy Butler (concussion) is expected to be activated on Monday.

    Advice: That's assuming he passes a concussion test Sunday. Butler has missed the last week of action following a clubhouse scuffle with teammate Danny Valencia. 54 minutes ago
    7-Day DL
    Top 3, 2-1 @StL
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to resume throwing
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is slated to resume a throwing program this week.

    Advice: Gray has been shut down for the last three weeks with a muscle strain and inflammation in his right forearm, but he's apparently experienced improvement of late. A return before the end of the season is possible but not a given, especially with the minor league season likely ending before Gray would be ready for a rehab assignment. He's posted a 5.74 ERA over 21 starts this season. Today, 10:24 am
    15-Day DL
  • Pedroia away from club due to family matter
    Dustin Pedroia will be away from the Red Sox on Sunday due to a family matter.

    Advice: The Red Sox will not make a roster move, and it's possible, although not a given, that Pedroia will rejoin the club on Monday. It's unfortunate timing, as Pedroia is red-hot at the plate with 11 hits in his last 12 at-bats. The Red Sox are playing the Sunday night game and haven't released a lineup yet, so it's unclear who will be filling in for Pedroia at second base. Aaron Hill, Brock Holt and Marco Hernandez are the options. Today, 10:08 am
  • Adam Frazier optioned to minors
    Pirates optioned INF/OF Adam Frazier to Rookie-level Bristol.

    Advice: Bristol's season ends on Thursday, so Frazier will be eligible to return Friday. A.J. Schugel has replaced him on the roster. Today, 9:53 am
    Not Active
    Top 4, 0-1 @Mil
  • Geovany Soto (knee) remains shut down
    Geovany Soto (knee) has yet to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Soto remains limited to physical therapy as he works his way back from right knee inflammation. He's had issues with both knees this season, as well as a thumb ailment. Today, 8:49 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 6, 5-0 @Det
  • Trayce Thompson (back) to be re-examined
    Trayce Thompson (back) will be re-examined on Monday or Tuesday in hopes of gaining clearance for increased activities.

    Advice: Thompson hasn't been able to do much since being diagnosed with two stress fractures in his lower back earlier this month. The outfielder said Saturday that he feels "great" and is still hopeful of returning at some point this season, but it's not a given. Today, 8:38 am
    60-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs ChC
  • Oliver Drake recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Drake has allowed six runs over 5 2/3 relief innings with the Orioles this season. He'll be used in low-leverage situations. Today, 8:16 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes (quad) sitting out on Sunday
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cespedes had a minor flare-up Saturday with the quad injury he just returned from. The feeling right now is that it's likely to be just a one-day absence, but we'll have to wait and see how Cespedes recovers. The Mets have Curtis Granderson in left field and Alejandro De Aza in center Sunday. Today, 7:47 am
    Bot 6, 1-1 vs Phi
  • Gerrit Cole (elbow) could have bone spur
    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Gerrit Cole's elbow injury could be a bone spur issue.

    Advice: The good news is that an MRI didn't reveal any ligament damage, according to Biertempfel. Cole will receive a second opinion on his elbow from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Sunday. The righty has posted a 7.06 ERA over his last four starts, so it's possible the elbow has been bothering him for a while. Steven Brault will fill in for Cole on Monday versus the Cubs. It's unclear at this point how much time Cole might miss, although more should be known after Sunday's exam. Today, 7:11 am
  • Santiago says thumb an issue for two months
    Hector Santiago revealed Saturday that his left thumb has been bothering him for nearly two months.

    Advice: "I went back and watched a [July 2] start against Boston. I threw a pitch and you can see me [grimace] from the pain," Santiago said. "That was almost two months ago, so it’s not like this just came up. But it got really bad about 10 days ago." Santiago pitched well in July but has really struggled since joining the Twins earlier this month, posting a 10.89 ERA in his four starts. He'll start Monday after having a start pushed back and the southpaw says that his thumb is feeling much better. "There were days when it was throbbing before I even got to the park, but that’s over," he said. Today, 6:55 am
  • Herrmann (hamstring) on track for Sept. 1
    Chris Herrmann (hamstring) could return from the disabled list when rosters expand on September 1.

    Advice: Herrmann has been catching and playing the outfield while on a rehab assignment and hasn't had any setbacks with his hamstring. He could see some playing time in the outfield down the stretch. Today, 6:22 am
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Cin
  • Steve Geltz recalled from Triple-A
    Rays recalled RHP Steve Geltz from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: He's posted a 6.75 ERA in his time with the Rays this season. Geltz will provide a fresh relief arm. Today, 5:25 am
  • Tyler Sturdevant optioned to Triple-A
    Rays optioned RHP Tyler Sturdevant to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Sturdevant has put up a 3.93 ERA over 16 relief appearances for the Rays. He'll return when rosters expand. Today, 5:23 am
  • Nick Franklin activated from concussion DL
    Rays activated INF/OF Nick Franklin from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Franklin played in a rehab game on Friday to show that his concussion symptoms were behind him. He'll draw some starts in left field over the final month. Today, 5:12 am
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    Bot 3, 2-0 @Hou
  • Kemp crushes three-run jack to beat Giants
    Matt Kemp got only one hit on Saturday but it was the only one that mattered as his three-run jack in the fourth inning carried the Braves to victory over the Giants.

    Advice: The blast plated the only runs his team would score but it was enough to win the game. Kemp has been a valuable fantasy contributor this year with a .260 batting average, 26 home runs and 84 RBI. He has yet to steal a base though. Back when he was a perennial first round pick his owners could count on him for 30-40 steals per season. Without those bags Kemp is merely a mid-round draft pick. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Pirates confirm Cole (elbow) will miss start
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington confirmed that Gerrit Cole will get his elbow checked out.

    Advice: Huntington also confirmed that Cole will miss "at least" one start, depending on how Sunday's exam turns out. Steven Brault will start in his place Monday against the Cubs. Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Cespedes slugs three-run homer in victory
    Yoenis Cespedes slugged a three-run homer, drew two walks, and scored two runs in Saturday’s blowout win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The Mets were nursing a one-run lead before Cespedes took Jeremy Hellickson deep with a long blast that just stayed fair along the left field line. He’s hitting .355 with four homers, two doubles, and eight RBI in eight games since coming off the disabled list. The Mets’ lineup looks much more potent when he’s feeling good. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
    Bot 6, 1-1 vs Phi
  • Cole to have elbow examined by specialist
    Gerrit Cole (elbow) will not make his scheduled start Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Instead he'll fly to Los Angeles where he'll be examined by famed surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Cole admitted Saturday that he hadn't thrown a bullpen session since his last start on Wednesday, which should have been the first clue that something was wrong. The Pirates aren't concerned about ligament damage, which is obviously a positive sign. Trevor Williams, Drew Hutchison and Stephen Brault are all possibilities to start Monday's series opener. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • Hector Santiago (thumb) to start on Monday
    Hector Santiago (thumb) will start on Monday against the Indians.

    Advice: He had been slated to take the ball Wednesday, but the Twins' rotation shakeup has altered things. Santiago missed his last outing with a bruised left thumb and holds a 10.89 ERA in his four starts since joining Minnesota. Friday, 2:26 pm
  • Franklin (concussion) to return this weekend
    Nick Franklin (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Friday.

    Advice: Franklin expects to join the Rays in Houston later this weekend so it looks like he'll only need a game or two in the minors to get back up to speed. He suffered a concussion last week after getting hit by Kevin Kiermaier's backswing in the on-deck circle. Franklin has hit .292 with six steals in 34 appearances for Tampa Bay this year. Thursday, 5:29 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    Bot 3, 2-0 @Hou
  • Hector Santiago (thumb) expected back Wed.
    Hector Santiago (thumb) is expected to return to the Twins' rotation next Wednesday in Cleveland.

    Advice: Santiago had to be scratched from his scheduled start this Friday night against the Blue Jays because of a bruised left thumb. He has an awful 10.89 ERA in 19 innings (four starts) for the Twins since being acquired from the Angels at the August 1 trade deadline. Thursday, 8:58 am
  • Rays call Sturdevant up to big league club
    Rays recalled RHP Tyler Strudevant from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Strudevant pitched to a 4.08 ERA and 12/6 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings previous innings with the Rays this season. Prior to the call-up, He had been toiling away in Durham since the middle of July. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Wednesday, 8:42 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia steals two bases in loss
    Dustin Pedroia had two hits, two steals and two runs scored against the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pedroia doesn't contribute enough in homers and steals to function as an elite fantasy second baseman these days, but he's still plenty useful there and he remains an excellent major leaguer. He's hitting .306 with 83 runs scored in 122 games. Wednesday, 8:09 pm
  • Twins to skip Santiago (thumb) on Friday
    Hector Santiago (thumb) has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Santiago is dealing with a bruised left thumb. He was shelled by the Royals in his last start, but there has been no word that the thumb injury was the cause for the eight runs he surrendered over 4 2/3 frames. Pat Dean will start in his place on Friday. Wednesday, 2:52 pm
  • Gerrit Cole surrenders five runs in loss
    Gerrit Cole surrendered five earned runs over over five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Another rough start for the Pirates' ace, who has now yielded 18 runs -- 17 earned -- over his last 21 2/3 innings while watching his season ERA jump to 3.55. Cole walked one and gave up seven hits Wednesday, including a two-run homer to Evan Gattis in the top of the second inning. He'll try to get back on track next week in a road start versus the Cubs. Good luck with that. Wednesday, 12:39 pm
  • Billy Butler progressing from concussion
    Billy Butler said Wednesday that he's making good progress in his recovery from a concussion.

    Advice: Butler also apologized for his role in the clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia that resulted in his concussion. "I definitely said some things you shouldn’t, I definitely stepped in an area you shouldn’t. That wasn’t my business," said Butler. "I know I regret what I did, I think he regrets what he did. By no means do I think his intentions were to give me a concussion, I think that’s fair to say." The fight started after Butler told a rep for an equipment company that Valencia was wearing the wrong shoes at the wrong time. Or something like that. Wednesday, 12:26 pm
    7-Day DL
    Top 3, 2-1 @StL
  • Cespedes says he does not plan to opt out
    Yoenis Cespedes reiterated Tuesday that he does not plan to exercise his opt-out this winter.

    Advice: We'll believe that when it becomes official. Cespedes is batting .295/.365/.570 with 25 home runs and 64 RBI in 98 games this year -- the first year of a three-year, $75 million deal with the Mets that includes an opt-out clause leading into 2017. His current .936 OPS would be the highest of his career by a pretty wide margin. The 30-year-old outfielder stands to cash in this winter in a weak free agent market and we expect him to do just that. He could still return to the Mets, but with a bigger contract guarantee. Wednesday, 11:39 am
    Bot 6, 1-1 vs Phi
  • Matt Kemp drives in three as Braves rally
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kemp almost single-handedly rallied the Braves back from a 4-2 deficit. He started the comeback with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to cut the advantage to 4-3, then flipped the score completely with his two-run double with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. The veteran outfielder has picked up hits in nine of his last 10 games and is slashing .263/.296/.480 with 25 homers and 81 RBI. He has rocked at least 23 home runs in each of the last three seasons. Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Time running out for Sonny Gray to return
    Sonny Gray (elbow) said Monday that he hopes to pitch again this season, but that he's not ready to resume throwing.

    Advice: And with the minor league season coming to an end in the first week of September, the potential for a return is looking more unrealistic by the minute. "I’m hoping; I’d like to get out there again," said Gray. "But I’m not ready to throw now. I know that even if they cleared me to throw when I go in there to talk to them, I’d be forcing it by going out there today." Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that Gray could potentially work toward coming back to throw in the bullpen for pregame work only, but it appears that his return to game action could have to wait until 2017. Assuming Gray is done, he'll finish the year with a brutal 5.74 ERA over 21 starts. Tuesday, 6:34 am
    15-Day DL
  • Billy Butler placed on 7-day concussion DL
    Athletics placed DH Billy Butler on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Butler has been dealing with concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday. According to Athletics general manager David Forst, both players were fined as a result. Arismendy Alcantara will take Butler's spot on the active roster. Monday, 4:09 pm
    7-Day DL
    Top 3, 2-1 @StL
  • Billy Butler not listed on active roster
    Billy Butler is not listed on the active roster for Monday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: The Athletics have yet to make an official announcement, but Butler displayed concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia over the weekend and will presumably be placed on the disabled list. Arismendy Alcantara is expected to take his spot on the active roster. Monday, 3:33 pm
    7-Day DL
    Top 3, 2-1 @StL
  • Butler, Valencia fought over endorsement deal
    According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the recent clubhouse fight between Billy Butler and Danny Valencia was about an endorsement contract.

    Advice: Valencia was in talks with an equipment representative before Butler allegedly interjected regarding the use of some off-brand spikes and told him that the company should drop the endorsement deal. This led to a confrontation where Valencia allegedly punched Butler in the temple. Butler has dealt with nausea and vomiting since. As for Valencia, Slusser hears that he will be fined for the fight. It's unclear if he'll face any other punishment. Monday, 3:11 pm
    7-Day DL
    Top 3, 2-1 @StL
  • Yoenis Cespedes homers again to lead Mets
    Yoenis Cespedes played the role of offensive hero again on Sunday, clobbering a two-run homer to lead the Mets in a 2-0 victory over the Giants.

    Advice: The Mets had been held without a hit through the first six innings of the ballgame until Curtis Granderson led off the seventh with a double. Cespedes then wasted no time, blasting a Jeff Samardzija offering over the wall in left field. He has provided a huge spark since returning from the disabled list, blasting a pair of home runs on Saturday before Sunday's heroics. With his 1-for-4 effort Sunday, Cespedes is now hitting .293/.363/.571 with 25 homers and 64 RBI on the season. Aug 21, 7:39 pm
    Bot 6, 1-1 vs Phi
  • Butler reportedly hurt in fight with Valencia
    Billy Butler missed Saturday and Sunday's games against the White Sox due to injuries sustained in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia.

    Advice: The alleged incident occurred on Friday night, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. A's manager Bob Melvin wouldn't divulge any details when pressed for information on Sunday and simply noted that Butler sat out due to nausea and vomiting, and not from the flu as initially reported. Those symptoms are often associated with concussions, though it's unclear if Butler sustained a concussion from the altercation with Valencia. There should be more clarity here soon, especially if MLB decides to investigate the matter. Aug 21, 7:02 pm
    7-Day DL
    Top 3, 2-1 @StL
  • Billy Butler (illness) remains unavailable
    Billy Butler (illness) isn't available to play Sunday.

    Advice: Butler isn't even at the ballpark, as the A's told him to stay at the team hotel as he recovers from the flu. He's day-to-day. Khris Davis is in the designated hitter spot Sunday and Coco Crisp is in left field. Aug 21, 9:43 am
    7-Day DL
    Top 3, 2-1 @StL
  • Santiago battered again, this time by Royals
    Hector Santiago got knocked around again Saturday, giving up 11 hits and eight runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Santiago's issue on Saturday -- well, one of his issues -- was homers, as he served up three to Royals hitters. He's now given up seven home runs in four starts since joining the Twins, all losses. His struggles are in stark contrast to the run he was on before the trade, as Santiago had rattled off six straight wins prior to being dealt from the Angels. There's just not much nice to say about Santiago these days. The southpaw will carry a 10-8 record, 5.16 ERA and 1.40 WHIP into Friday's start against the Blue Jays. Aug 20, 8:03 pm
  • Cespedes homers twice in win over Giants
    Yoenis Cespedes ripped two homers in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: He also doubled and came within feet of a third home run on a deep flyout to left field. Cespedes was hampered by a quad injury earlier this month but obviously that's no longer an issue. The 30-year-old now sports an impressive .293 average with 24 HR and 62 RBI through 341 at-bats this year. For the Mets to have any chance of going back to the playoffs, Cespedes will have to carry the team on his back. Aug 20, 5:19 pm
    Bot 6, 1-1 vs Phi
  • Billy Butler sitting out with illness Saturday
    Billy Butler (illness) is not in the Athletics' lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: He's feeling a bit under the weather. Butler plays sparingly these days but he's a lifetime .478 hitter against tonight's starting pitcher, Chris Sale. Danny Valencia will DH and bat third for the A's on Saturday. Aug 20, 1:51 pm
    7-Day DL
    Top 3, 2-1 @StL
  • Cespedes singles in return from DL
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) went 1-for-4 with a single in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Cespedes had been out since August 3 with a nagging quad injury. He’s capable of big things if he’s feeling good, but it might be too late for the Mets, who are 5 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Aug 19, 10:24 pm
    Bot 6, 1-1 vs Phi
  • Cole gives up three runs in no-decision
    Gerrit Cole yielded three runs over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: Cole gave up 12 hits for the second straight start. He allowed two homers on the night, the second of which was a go-ahead blast by Christian Yelich in the seventh, though he was quickly taken off the hook for the loss. While he at least worked into the seventh inning in this one, Cole simply hasn’t looked like himself of late, allowing 12 runs on 27 hits and eight walks over his last three starts. He’ll try to get back on track against the Astros next week. Aug 19, 8:25 pm
  • Rays place Nick Franklin on concussion DL
    Rays placed INF/OF Nick Franklin on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Franklin suffered a head injury on Wednesday when he was hit by the backswing from Kevin Kiermaier while standing in the on-deck circle. While he passed all of his concussion tests and was cleared to play on Friday, something clearly wasn't right when he entered as a defensive replacement, lasting only two innings before leaving the game himself. At this point, there's no clear timetable for his potential return. Aug 19, 7:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    Bot 3, 2-0 @Hou
  • Nick Franklin (head) leaves game on Friday
    Nick Franklin (head) was removed from Friday's game against the Rangers.

    Advice: Franklin, who passed concussion tests and was available off of the bench, entered the game when Kevin Kiermaier was lifted with a hip injury. He was replaced himself just two innings later though, and no reason has been given for the departure. There's a good chance that the issue could be related to the head injury he sustained on Wednesday when he was struck inadvertently by a teammate's backswing. Aug 19, 5:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    Bot 3, 2-0 @Hou
  • Mets activate Yoenis Cespedes from 15-day DL
    Mets activated OF Yoenis Cespedes from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's right back in the middle of the Mets lineup for Friday's contest against the Giants. He'll need to be the premier offensive presence that he was after his acquisition in the second half last season if the Mets are going to make another run at the postseason. Aug 19, 5:14 pm
    Bot 6, 1-1 vs Phi
  • Nick Franklin passes concussion tests
    Nick Franklin passed concussion tests again Friday and is available off the bench.

    Advice: Franklin was pulled from Wednesday's game with a head injury, but he'll be fine. He's batting .295/.368/.516 with four homers in 33 games with the Rays this season. Aug 19, 1:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    Bot 3, 2-0 @Hou
  • Pedroia out of Red Sox lineup Thursday
    Dustin Pedroia is out of Boston's lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Deven Marrero will start at second base and hit eighth in the afternoon game at Comerica Park. Aaron Hill is serving as the leadoff man. Boston played a rain-delayed game in Baltimore on Wednesday night and then had to travel to Detroit for this matinee. Aug 18, 6:48 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes (quad) set to return Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is set to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Cespedes went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored Wednesday in his third and final rehab game with High-A St. Lucie. "I felt comfortable at the plate," he told reporters. "I'll be ready for Friday." Cespedes was batting .289/.362/.548 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 94 games for the Mets before landing on the disabled list August 3 with a quad injury. Aug 18, 6:00 am
    Bot 6, 1-1 vs Phi
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