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  • Lincecum could have showcase next week
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum could have a showcase for teams next week.

    Advice: We've been waiting for said showcase for months now, but 20 teams are expected to be in attendance whenever it finally takes place. Heyman hears that Lincecum was "consistently" in the 90-91 mph range on Monday and is likely to throw again this weekend. The 31-year-old is coming off hip surgery and had a 4.13 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 60/38 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings last season for the Giants. It's tough to have high expectations at this point. Rotoworld.com 28 minutes ago
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  • A's calling up Jesse Hahn to start Saturday
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are calling up Jesse Hahn to start Saturday against the Astros.

    Advice: It was previously reported that Hahn wouldn't be called up this weekend due to a blister, but he's apparently feeling better. Sean Manaea is making his major league debut Friday, so it's unclear who Hahn will bump from the rotation. Chris Bassitt is probably the most likely candidate. Hahn has posted a 2.04 ERA and 13/9 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings through four starts this season with Triple-A Nashville. Rotoworld.com 35 minutes ago
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  • Jeremy Hazelbaker insists he oblique is fine
    Jeremy Hazelbaker was checked for a possible oblique injury during Wednesday's game, but he took batting practice Thursday and said he was "good to go."

    Advice: Hazelbaker looked to stretch out his back/oblique after a swing in the eighth inning Wednesday. Although he insists he's fine, it's notable because he was not among the many left-handed bats the Cardinals started Thursday. Keep an eye on this, as it wouldn't be a surprise if Hazelbaker were attempting to hide an injury here given his situation. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:45 am
  • Bochy plans to rest Posey more this season
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he plans to rest Buster Posey more this season.

    Advice: "The plan really all year with Buster, probably, is to give him a few more breaks than what I’ve given in the past," Bochy said. Posey set career highs in games played and plate appearances last season, although he started 37 games at first base. He's been at first just twice so far this season and it sounds like he'll see more full days off rather than play first when he's not catching. While Posey's fantasy owners might not like him playing fewer games, it could be good for his production in the long run if it helps keep him fresher. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:30 am
  • Tyrell Jenkins could start on Monday
    Braves pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins could be recalled to make his major league debut on Monday versus the Mets.

    Advice: It's expected to be either Jenkins or Mike Foltynewicz replacing Bud Norris in the rotation. Jenkins, 23, holds a 1.71 ERA and 16/10 K/BB ratio over his first 21 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett this season, while Foltynewicz has posted a 2.05 ERA and 20/14 K/BB ratio across 22 frames. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:17 am
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  • Braves booting Bud Norris from rotation
    Bud Norris will be available in relief on Friday and could be replaced in the Braves' rotation.

    Advice: Nothing is official yet, but it appear either Mike Foltynewicz or Tyrell Jenkins will assume Norris' rotation spot on Monday against the Mets. The right-hander holds a 8.74 ERA and 1.99 WHIP over his first five starts, so the move doesn't come as a surprise. Jenkins would be making his major league debut if he's chosen. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:13 am
  • Andre Ethier (leg) to be re-examined
    Andre Ethier will have his fractured right tibia re-examined on Friday to check the healing progress.

    Advice: Ethier was injured six weeks ago when he fouled a ball off his shin during a spring training game. He's still using crutches to get around and isn't expected back until June. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:53 am
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Maybin (wrists, shoulder) to resume rehab
    Cameron Maybin (wrists, shoulder) will resume a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Friday.

    Advice: Maybin is working his way back from a hairline fracture in his right wrist and has had two setbacks when he was hit by a pitch on his left wrist and also when he hurt his shoulder on a dive. He's been alternating between playing center field and serving as a designated hitter, and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated Maybin still isn't totally comfortable when throwing. "The bigger concern is being able to throw," Ausmus said. "He’s gotta play the field." Maybin will DH on Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:26 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
     
  • Mallex Smith sitting out on Friday
    Mallex Smith is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off with the Cubs throwing lefty Jon Lester. Drew Stubbs is in center field and batting eighth. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:20 am
  • Jason Motte (shoulder) throws bullpen session
    Jason Motte (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: Motte is working his way back from a strained right shoulder and appears to be making progress. It seems like he should be ready to begin a rehab assignment before long. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:09 am
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
     
  • Miguel Castro (shoulder) resumes throwing
    Miguel Castro (shoulder) threw 25 pitches on flat ground Wednesday.

    Advice: Castro has missed the last week with shoulder inflammation, but he's eligible to return on Monday and could be back by then or shortly after. "I was a little afraid about the injury at first," Castro said, "but now that I have been throwing, and it's been feeling better, I feel good." Rotoworld.com Today, 8:07 am
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
     
  • Kris Bryant (ankle) not in Friday's lineup
    Kris Bryant (ankle) is not in the Cubs' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Bryant turned his right ankle on Thursday and underwent a precautionary MRI, but the results confirmed that the sprain is minor. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune says the third baseman "may miss a couple days," but adds that the Cubs are "not worried" about the injury. Javier Baez is filling in at the hot corner on Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:59 am
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    11:20 am vs x Atl
     
  • Gennett (oblique) expected to miss 3 weeks
    The Brewers expect Scooter Gennett (oblique) to miss three weeks of action.

    Advice: Gennett was placed on the disabled list Thursday with a strained right oblique. The injury didn't require an MRI, though, as the club believes the strain is a slight one. "It's not a bad (injury)," manager Craig Counsell said. "They didn't do an MRI. It wasn't deemed serious enough for that. It's still a DL (situation), though. These things are a little tricky so we'll go with it. He's not playing for at least two weeks, then we'll see." Yadiel Rivera has made two straight starts at second base with Gennett out, but Colin Walsh and Hernan Perez should see some time there, as well. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:50 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Mia
     
  • Tyler Saladino nursing some back tightness
    Tyler Saladino has been dealing with some back tightness of late.

    Advice: It helps explain why he hasn't started a game since Sunday, although he did make an appearance late in Thursday's contest. Saladino has played a decent amount this season as the White Sox try to keep Jimmy Rollins fresh. The back ailment doesn't seem to be a big deal, although the Sox didn't call up Carlos Sanchez for some more infield protection. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:09 am
  • Yovani Gallardo (shoulder) now 'pain-free'
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that Yovani Gallardo (shoulder) is now "pain-free" after receiving a cortisone shot.

    Advice: However, it's unclear when Gallardo, who is dealing with tendinitis in his rotator cuff, will resume throwing. "He’s started with his exercises with the cuff," Showalter said. "That’s where you get an idea of how strong it is or isn’t by the number of the weight or the weights that you can use. It gives you an idea of how far away somebody is by the amount of weight they start at with the strength exercises. It’s a process, but we like the potential of the return, so we’ll go as fast as we can but as slow as we need to." Rotoworld.com Today, 5:59 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs CWS
     
  • Drury to keep seeing regular playing time
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale indicated Thursday that Brandon Drury will continue to see regular playing time as long as he produces.

    Advice: "We’ll have to figure out where (Friday) and keep running with it because he’s a darn good player," Hale said. Drury has started five of the last six games and done so at three different positions. He's made starts at second and third base and both corner outfield spots this season and is batting .384 with three homers and seven RBI over his last 10 contests. The D'Backs could move David Peralta to center field and hand Drury the right field job, but they're hesitant to do it on a full-time basis since it would really weaken their defense. Drury needs to be owned in deeper fantasy leagues even if he doesn't have an official position. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:45 am
  • Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs
    MLB suspended Dee Gordon for 80 games without pay for testing positive for performance-enhancing substances.

    Advice: Stunning late-night news. Gordon tested positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol. The suspension is effective immediately. Gordon has turned his career around over the past two seasons and won the NL batting crown during his first season with the Marlins last year. The 28-year-old recently signed a five-year, $50 million extension with Miami, but the club will now be without him until after the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:24 pm
    Suspended
    5:10 pm @Mil
     
  • Stanton smashes solo home run late in win
    Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Stanton's solo homer off reliever Pedro Baez in the eighth boosted the Marlin lead to 5-2 and offered a nice insurance run in the process. The superstar slugger is now slashing .253/.352/.560 with seven homers and 18 RBI over 75 at-bats as April draws to a close. Even with the somewhat middling average, he is an elite power hitter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Yasmani Grandal hits RBI double in defeat
    Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Grandal notched his RBI double off Marlins starter Jose Fernandez in the first inning. He also struck out twice while walking once. The 27-year-old catcher is hitting .278/.435/.417 with four doubles and five RBI in 36 at-bats. Grandal hit 15 homers in 2014 and bested that with 16 in 2015. He is still looking for his first dinger of the 2016 campaign. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Maeda pitches into seventh in loss to Marlins
    Kenta Maeda wasn't at his sharpest in Thursday's loss to the Marlins, surrendering four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Maeda struck out five and walked one in the contest. The Marlins would topple him with a three-run seventh inning. In his first major league season, the 28-year-old right-hander has pitched to a strong 1.41 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 28/6 K/BB ratio across 32 innings (five starts). He will take to the road to tango with the Rays in his next scheduled start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Fernandez fans eight Dodgers in victory
    Jose Fernandez pitched a respectable game in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Dodgers, striking out eight and allowing two runs over six innings.

    Advice: Along with the eight strikeouts, Fernandez walked three while scattering five hits. The two runs on his line both came home to roost in the first inning courtesy of an RBI double by Yasmani Grandal and an RBI infield single by Yasiel Puig. Fernandez settled in after that frame. The flamethrower has produced a mixed-bag season through five starts, pitching to a 4.08 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 40/14 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings. He will play host to the Diamondbacks in his next start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Matt Carpenter can't find hit in shutout loss
    Matt Carpenter went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: As a team, the Cardinals managed just three hits on the evening, so Carpenter shouldn't feel too bad for his struggles. He is slashing .241/.394/.456 with three homers, four doubles, a pair of triples and 16 RBI over hits first 79 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Hermann clocks two-run homer in win over STL
    Chris Herrmann went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Herrmann also struck out twice, but he at least made his lone hit count. The 28-year-old backstop clocked a two-run shot off Cardinals starter Michael Wacha in the second inning. The dinger was his second of the season. That aside, he has seen just 28 at-bats this season and offers no fantasy upside. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Wacha surrenders three runs over 7 IP vs ARI
    Michael Wacha couldn't quite pick up the win in Thursday's defeat at the hands of the Diamondbacks, surrendering three runs on five hits over seven innings.

    Advice: It was a fine start for Wacha overall, but he couldn't match the superlative De La Rosa, who tossed seven shutout innings. For his part, Wacha struck out nine, walked two and allowed a pair of homers. Chris Herrmann burned him for a two-run shot in the second inning and Brandon Drury smacked a solo homer in the fourth. Wacha will carry a 3.07 ERA and 1.33 WHIP (five starts, 29 1/3 innings) into his next start, a home jaunt against the Phillies. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa fans 10 in shutout win
    Rubby De La Rosa was clutch in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Cardinals, striking out 10 over seven shutout innings.

    Advice: De La Rosa allowed just two hits on the evening. He walked two and exited having thrown a tidy 94 pitches (65 strikes). It was a sparkling outing any way you cut it. Through four starts (seven appearances), the 27-year-old right-hander holds a 4.18 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 28/8 K/BB ratio. A road date with the Marlins shows next on his schedule as he tries to build on Thursday's fantastic start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Mallex Smith jumpstarts Braves offense in win
    Mallex Smith played catalyst from the bottom of the Braves' order Thursday, finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored in a 5-3 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Smith actually could have had a bigger night, but his line drive to right field with two on in the second inning bounced over the short Fenway wall, rendering it a ground-rule double and keeping Smith confined to two bases and just one RBI. He also swatted an RBI single in the sixth. It was easily Smith's best game as a member of the Braves, as the speedster is hitting just .188/.278/.292 through 16 games, even with Thursday's outburst. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • Bryant (ankle) to undergo precautionary MRI
    Kris Bryant will undergo a precautionary MRI on his right ankle.

    Advice: Bryant suffered a mild sprain of his right ankle while running the bases in the third inning on Thursday. The Cubs appear confident that it's nothing serious, but there should be more clarity on his status soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:24 pm
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  • Kris Bryant exited game after rolling ankle
    Kris Bryant is being evaluated after he rolled his right ankle while running the bases in the third inning.

    Advice: Bryant singled and eventually came around to score in the third inning. He was also hit by a pair of pitches during the game, but his exit wasn't related to this injury. More should be known on his status on Thursday evening or Friday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:41 pm
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    11:20 am vs x Atl
     
  • Kris Bryant exits game after two HBPs
    Kris Byrant left Thursday's game against the Brewers in the fifth inning after being hit by a pair of pitches.

    Advice: Bryant was hit by Taylor Jungmann in the first and fourth innings. He ran the bases after being hit in the fourth inning, but Javier Baez eventually replaced him in left field to begin the fifth inning. The Cubs should pass along an update at some point on Thursday evening. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:11 pm
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    11:20 am vs x Atl
     
  • Brewers put Scooter Gennett (oblique) on DL
    Brewers placed 2B Scooter Gennett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

    Advice: Gennett suffered the injury during batting practice Tuesday on a cold evening at Wrigley Field. He could be out for a month. It's an especially tough blow because the second baseman was off to a great start this season, sporting an .877 OPS and four home runs in 18 games. Yadiel Rivera, Colin Walsh, and Hernan Perez will fill in at second base. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:59 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Mia
     
  • Bud Norris pulled in second inning
    Bud Norris was lifted after giving up six runs in 1 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Since opening the year with a quality start against the Nationals, Norris has given up 19 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings. The Braves probably aren't in any position to give up on him just yet, but they are in need of some sort of shakeup and might make a change for change's sake. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Posey getting day off Wednesday vs. Padres
    Buster Posey is getting a day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Trevor Brown will start at catcher and bat eighth versus Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner. A scheduled off day Thursday allows the Giants to get Posey back-to-back days of rest. He's slashing .264/.325/.417 with three home runs in 19 games this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:33 am
  • Jesse Hahn (blister) won't join A's rotation
    Jesse Hahn will not join the A's rotation this week because he is dealing with a blister.

    Advice: Sean Manaea, the A's top pitching prospect, is going to get the nod instead in place of recently-demoted starter Eric Surkamp. Manaea is good enough to run away with that rotation spot, but Hahn will get his shot eventually. He owns a 2.04 ERA in four starts this season at the Triple-A level. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:02 am
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    7:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Stanton stings Kershaw for three-run homer
    Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run home run off Clayton Kershaw in Tuesday's 6-3 win.

    Advice: Back-to-back RBI singles by Martin Prado and Christian Yelich had already brought home two runs against Kershaw when Stanton stepped to the plate with one out in the sixth inning. He did what sluggers do, turning a small inning into a big one and connecting for a three-run home run to center that traveled an estimated 425 feet. Yowza. Stanton's Marlins are treading water at 8-11, but that is through no fault of his own. He is slashing .246/.338/.536 with six homers and 16 RBI across 69 at-bats. With Tuesday's homer, he has now gone yard in three consecutive games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:45 pm
  • Scooter Gennett scratched with tight oblique
    Scooter Gennett was scratched from the Brewers' lineup Tuesday due to right oblique tightness.

    Advice: The change happened just before first pitch at Wrigley Field, after Gennett's oblique tightened up during batting practice. The second baseman is considered day-to-day for now, but oblique injuries will sometimes linger. Gennett has produced an .877 OPS with four home runs in 18 games this season. Yadiel Rivera is starting at second on Tuesday night against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Mia
     
  • Gennett late scratch from the Brewers lineup
    Scooter Gennett was scratched from the Brewers' starting lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: No reason has been given yet for the sudden absence. There should be an update from the Brewers either during the game (8:05 p.m. ET first pitch) or after. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Mia
     
  • Jeremy Hazelbaker homers, doubles off bench
    Jeremy Hazelbaker had a two-run homer and an RBI double after taking over for an injured Matt Holliday in Monday's game.

    Advice: Hazelbaker is now 5-for-11 with three homers, two doubles and seven RBI coming off the bench this year. He's been fine in his starts, too, hitting .268/.304/.512 in those 10 games, but it's as a sub that he's truly shined. It looked like he'd be spending more time on the bench going forward after cooling off some of late, but if Holliday is hobbled (early word is that it was just a cramp), that would change. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:55 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton hits fifth homer in win
    Giancarlo Stanton homered, doubled and walked in the Marlins' 3-2 defeat of the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Stanton has yet to get hot, but he has five homers in 17 games anyway. No one else on the Marlins has more than two. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:21 pm
  • Jesse Hahn likely to join the A's rotation?
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle suspects Jesse Hahn will join the A's rotation this week.

    Advice: Eric Surkamp was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Monday after getting hammered by the Blue Jays on Sunday. Hahn boasts a 2.04 ERA in four starts this season at the Triple-A level, though he has walked nine batters in 17 2/3 innings. He may be a decent fantasy streaming option in the right matchups. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:57 am
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    7:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • No further damage shown in Gallardo MRI
    A second MRI performed on the shoulder of Yovani Gallardo confirmed the original diagnosis of tendinitis.

    Advice: As long as that's the only issue, Gallardo could be looking at a return to the O's rotation in a matter of weeks. Before he was sidelined, the right-hander posted a 7.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 18 innings of work. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs CWS
     
  • Gordon steals two bags, scores twice in SF
    Dee Gordon finished 2-for-5 with two stolen bases and two runs scored Sunday in the Marlins' 5-4 defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: In the third inning, Gordon singled, stole second and third base, and then scored on a Christian Yelich groundout. In the fifth, he singled, made it to third base on a Marcell Ozuna base hit, and then raced home on another Yelich grounder. Some of the peripherals have been underwhelming, but the speedy second baseman boasts six stolen bases and 10 runs scored in 17 games this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:30 pm
    Suspended
    5:10 pm @Mil
     
  • Cameron Maybin MRI shows no structural damage
    Cameron Maybin is expected to resume his minor league rehab assignment in five days after an MRI on his shoulder revealed no structural damage on Sunday.

    Advice: Maybin just can't seem to catch a break. He was days away from a return to the Tigers last Sunday when he was hit in the wrist by a pitch which set him back a few days. He had just resumed his rehab assignment over the weekend when injuring his shoulder while diving for a ball in the outfield. His return will be pushed back at least a week. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
     
  • Gallardo could get injection in shoulder
    Yovani Gallardo could be given a pain-killing injection if an MRI confirms he is only dealing with right shoulder and biceps tendinitis.

    Advice: Gallardo was placed on the disabled list Saturday. It's unclear at this point how long he'll be sidelined, but it shouldn't be terribly long if it's indeed just tendinitis. There should be an update from the O's on Monday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:06 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs CWS
     
  • Cameron Maybin to have MRI on shoulder
    Cameron Maybin (wrist) will undergo an MRI on his shoulder after being injured on a dive during a rehab game with Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.

    Advice: Maybin was hurt while making a diving catch as he helped preserve a no-hitter for Toledo. The outfielder is over his right wrist injury, but he's had a couple setbacks with a hit by pitch on his left wrist and now the shoulder ailment. We'll obviously know more about his status following the exam. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:48 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
     
  • Fernandez gets knocked around in loss to SF
    Jose Fernandez got knocked around in Saturday’s loss to the Giants, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings of work.

    Advice: Fernandez still has the dynamic fastball and power breaking ball, but his command has been uncharacteristically poor in 2016. He now has a walk rate of 4.37 BB/9 despite a career walk rate of just 2.74 BB/9 -- which would be understandable coming off Tommy John surgery if he didn’t walk just 14 batters in 64 2/3 innings in his return to the mound. To put that in perspective, he’s already walked 11 batters in 22 2/3 innings in 2016. With a 4.37 ERA, he’ll look to get back on track on the road versus the Dodgers on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:30 pm
  • Hazelbaker clobbers pinch-hit homer in win
    Jeremy Hazelbaker didn't start in Saturday's 11-2 win over the Padres, but he entered the game in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter and clobbered a three-run shot.

    Advice: Hazelbaker had been the latest "Random Cardinal Who Suddenly Becomes Good." He's now hitting .311/.340/.689 on the year. However, the 28-year-old journeyman had only started two games since April 15, and his home run was his first base hit since April 14. It seems the clock may finally be getting close to striking midnight, even if he was able to sneak in a bit more excitement before the fairytale ends. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:57 pm
  • Wacha tosses quality start for second win
    Michael Wacha couldn’t strike anyone out, but still cobbled together a quality start with just two earned runs over six innings against the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Wacha’s strikeout rate dropped to 7.59 K/9 in 2015, which was a concern because it illustrated a downward trend that extended back to his debut season 2013. That has seemingly continued this season. After not whiffing a single batter on Saturday, his strikeout rate now sits at 6.04 K/9. The right-hander still made it work against the Padres, allowing just two earned runs on four hits and four walks, but there are some red flags surrounding his attractive 2.82 ERA. He has a tough matchup looming on the road against the Diamondbacks next Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:37 pm
  • Herrmann doubles, homers in loss
    Chris Herrmann went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and a walk, driving in four runs in Saturday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Herrmann had one hit in 21 plate appearances prior to this outburst. He's now hitting .130/.200/.348 on the young season, which actually mirrors his .146/.214/.272 rather closely from a year ago with the Twins. He's not fantasy relevant. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:14 pm
  • De La Rosa throws six strong, picks up win
    Rubby De La Rosa tossed six strong innings against the Pirates on Saturday night, striking out six and allowing just one run to pick up his second win of the year.

    Advice: De La Rosa’s box score looked clean aside from the solo homer by Sean Rodriguez, but he did squirm out of a dangerous situation in the first. With runners at second and third with one out, he struck out Starling Marte and got Francisco Cervelli to harmlessly ground out to keep the game tied at zero. No Pirates hitter advanced past first base on the right-hander the rest of the night. He remains a shaky play in fantasy, due to his propensity to get blasted on any given night, but he’ll occasionally twirl a gem and remind fantasy owners what he could be. De La Rosa has a 5.94 ERA in 16 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:06 pm
  • Maeda briefly flirts with no-hitter in win
    Kenta Maeda had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning, but ultimately settled for 6 1/3 shutout innings and his third win on Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Considering Maeda’s surprising start to the season, many fantasy owners wanted to see how he’d handle a volatile pitching environment like Coors Field. He didn’t disappoint. The right-hander struck out eight and only allowed three hits, all of which came with one out in the sixth. Perhaps the most impressive part of his outing came when he retired Nolan Arenado and Gerardo Parra with the bases loaded to preserve the shutout. Maeda now has a 0.36 ERA and looks to be a bargain for the Dodgers. He’ll next face the Marlins at home on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:37 pm
  • Fredi Gonzalez not losing faith in Mallex Smith
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has advocated keeping Mallex Smith in the major leagues until Ender Inciarte is ready to return from his hamstring injury.

    Advice: So far, Smith hasn't had much luck in the big leagues. He's hit just .162 with 15 strikeouts in 37 at-bats while dealing with occasional lapses in center field. "I feel this will be better for him than going down," said Gonzalez. "We have options, but I’ve been one of his biggest supporters and backers for him to stay up here." Smith got the day off on Saturday with Drew Stubbs starting in center field. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:33 pm
  • Matt Carpenter getting the day off Saturday
    Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: He's sitting out for the first time this year. Carpenter had a tough night Friday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He also committed his third error of the season. Jedd Gyorko will fill in at third base and bat seventh. Kolten Wong is hitting leadoff in place of Carpenter. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:44 pm
  • Gallardo placed on DL with shoulder tendinitis
    Orioles placed RHP Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder and bicep tendinitis.

    Advice: Gallardo didn't look right Friday against the Royals, allowing four runs over two innings while hitting just 88 mph on the radar gun. "My shoulder just didn’t feel right," said Gallardo. "To be honest, it was one of those feelings that I’ve never had my whole career." Gallardo failed his physical this spring because of a shoulder issue before the two sides agreed to a revised contract. The Orioles should have a better idea of how much time he'll miss after his MRI on Sunday. Kevin Gausman (shoulder) will occupy a spot in the rotation when he returns from the disabled list early next week. Gallardo's injury means Vance Worley will stay in the rotation a while longer. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs CWS
     
  • Maybin to resume rehab assignment Saturday
    Cameron Maybin (wrist) will resume his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.

    Advice: Maybin was nearing a return to the Tigers last week before he was hit by a pitch on Sunday which caused a minor setback. He's expected to play 3-5 games on his rehab assignment before being re-evaluated. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:32 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
     
  • Norris picks up third loss of season
    Bud Norris needed 88 pitches to limp through four innings against the Mets on Friday, in which he gave up five runs (four earned) on a couple of home runs to pick up his third loss of the season.

    Advice: The grand slam from Curtis Granderson did most of the damage; however, Norris was far from sharp the rest of the night. Another long ball from Granderson, which came with two outs in the top of the fourth, ultimately did in the right-hander. He left the game with a 6.75 ERA and has a 5.76 FIP through four starts. With rumors that the Braves could be calling up Aaron Blair in the upcoming week, Norris’s job could be on the chopping block. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:29 pm
  • Gallardo pulled after two innings vs Royals
    Yovani Gallardo only lasted two innings and was torched for four earned runs on five hits and a walk versus the Royals on Friday night.

    Advice: Gallardo had nothing on the mound once again, struggling to top 88 mph with his fastball and unable to consistently throw good strikes. He couldn't strike anyone out before being lifted from the game. His ERA now sits at 7.00, and one has to imagine the Orioles are scratching their heads as to what they can do with Gallardo. The right-hander has $22 million, plus a $2 million buyout, remaining on his contract, which will be hard to swallow in the bullpen. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs CWS
     
  • Gallardo leaves game with shoulder discomfort
    Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to visit team doctors in Baltimore after experiencing shoulder discomfort during Friday's start against the Royals.

    Advice: Gallardo lasted just two innings against the Royals on Friday, partly due to ineffectiveness, but also because of the shoulder issue. The team should have an update on his status at some point on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:32 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs CWS
     
  • Miguel Castro (shoulder) placed on DL
    Rockies placed RHP Miguel Castro on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 18, with right shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: It's a tough break, as Castro is an important young arm for the Rockies and has been arguably their best reliever early on this season. The good news is the club doesn't think the injury is serious. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
     
  • Bryant's grand slam, six RBI pace Cubs
    Kris Bryant went 4-for-6 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and six RBI in the Cubs' 16-0 beatdown of the Reds.

    Advice: Bryant basically doubled his home run and RBI totals with the monster night, as he came in with two homers and seven RBI in his first 15 games. His second homer of the night was a grand slam, the third of his career. The great evening raised his batting average 40 points, leaving his line at .273/.333/.500 on the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:29 pm
    Day-to-Day
    11:20 am vs x Atl
     
  • Yasmani Grandal delivers go-ahead hit
    Yasmani Grandal doubled in Enrique Hernandez in the top of the 10th to push the Dodgers past the Braves 2-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Clayton Kershaw was pitching, so Grandal didn't start. He pinch-hit for A.J. Ellis in the eighth and walked, then delivered the double in the 10th. Grandal is 7-for-16 with no strikeouts and seven walks since coming off the disabled list on April 12. Even though he's far from an everyday catcher right now, he's becoming worth playing in one-catcher mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:12 pm
  • Mallex Smith goes hitless in loss
    Mallex Smith went 0-for-4 and struck out three times Thursday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Smith can be forgiven for struggling against Clayton Kershaw, but he's now 5-for-34 with 13 strikeouts and four walks since his callup. The Braves would have room to play him and Ender Inciarte together now that Hector Olivera is likely done for a while, but most likely, they'll send Smith back to Triple-A when Inciarte comes off the DL in 7-14 days. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:04 pm
  • Posey not in Giants' starting lineup Thursday
    Buster Posey is out of the Giants' starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Trevor Brown will start at catcher and bat eighth versus Arizona right-hander Shelby Miller. Posey went 0-for-4 on Wednesday and has an underwhelming .255/.328/.392 batting line in 14 games this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:23 am
  • Dee Gordon out of Marlins' lineup Thursday
    Dee Gordon is out of the Marlins' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Nationals.

    Advice: Derek Dietrich will start at second base and hit sixth versus Washington right-hander Max Scherzer. Giancarlo Stanton is also getting a day off for the matinee game. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:06 am
    Suspended
    5:10 pm @Mil
     
  • Stanton, Gordon off Thursday vs. Nationals
    Giancarlo Stanton is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Ichiro Suzuki will start in right field and hit leadoff and Marcell Ozuna will bat cleanup as the Marlins close out a series against the visiting Nationals. Dee Gordon is also out, with Derek Dietrich filling in at second base. Max Scherzer is on the bump for Washington. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:05 am
  • Grandal gets on base four times in win
    Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks in Wednesday night's victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: Grandal got a late start to the season, but has kicked things off with a scorching hot .400/.571/.600 slash line. He actually has six walks and zero strikeouts in 21 plate appearances. The Dodgers have said that they expect Grandal and A.J. Ellis to split playing time, due to the former's injury concerns, but one figures manager Dave Roberts will pencil in Grandal as often as possible, as he's the better offensive option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • Shoulder keeps Castro from ninth inning
    Miguel Castro (shoulder) was unavailable to pitch the ninth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: No surprise there, as manager Walt Weiss indicated earlier in the day that the team is considering a possible move to the disabled list for the 21-year-old right-hander. He is currently dealing with a bout of shoulder inflammation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
     
  • Miguel Castro dealing with shoulder soreness
    Miguel Castro is battling shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: Rockies manager Walt Weiss said the club will make a decision soon on a possible disabled list stint. Castro had a really good spring and owns a 1.50 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 8/2 K/BB ratio over his first six innings this season out of the Colorado bullpen. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
     
  • Tim Lincecum nearing showcase for teams
    According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, free agent Tim Lincecum was recently spotted throwing at the Giants' spring training complex in Arizona.

    Advice: They were probably just letting him use the facilities. Lincecum is nearing a full recovery from September hip surgery and preparing a showcase for teams. There's believed to be interest from 20 different clubs, with the Giants possibly entering the mix if he accepts a relief gig. Lincecum posted a 4.13 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 60/38 K/BB ratio across 76 1/3 innings last season before his hip began acting up. He had a 4.74 ERA in 2014. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:33 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @NYM
     
  • Hazelbaker out of Cardinals' lineup Wed.
    Jeremy Hazelbaker is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Hazelbaker got off to an incredible start this season, but he went 0-for-4 on Tuesday night and is hitless in his last 14 at-bats. We all knew some regression was coming. Matt Holliday is in left field, Randal Grichuk is in center, and Stephen Piscotty is in right on Wednesday afternoon versus Chicago. Matt Adams will get the start at first base. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:54 am
  • Hazelbaker in 0-for-14 slide back to earth
    Jeremy Hazelbaker went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's game against the Cubs, leaving him hitless in his last 14 at-bats.

    Advice: There was bound to be a learning curve eventually -- surprising as it is, he wasn't going to hit .526 forever -- and it certainly seems as though he's battling it. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny continued to bat him second Tuesday, although that may end as well given the Cardinals' struggles to score runs in the series. If this is the carriage quickly turning back into a pumpkin, it was one of the more fun pumpkins to root for in the first few weeks of the season, at least. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Buster Posey starting at 1B on Tuesday
    Buster Posey is starting at first base Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It'll be his first start there this season. He's batting third. Trevor Brown will catch Giants right-hander Matt Cain and bat fifth versus Arizona lefty Robbie Ray. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:25 pm
  • Gennett drives in go-ahead run vs. Twins
    Scooter Gennett drove in the go-ahead run as the Brewers topped the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Milwaukee allowed Minnesota to tie the game 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Yadiel Rivera hit a double-turned-triple with one out in the top of the ninth and Gennett followed with an RBI single to recapture the lead. Gennett cooled considerably after a scorching start, but he's currently rocking a .943 OPS over 14 games. When he's batting second, he carries significant fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Mia
     
  • Maybin (wrist) should be ready in couple days
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Cameron Maybin (wrist) should be ready in a couple days.

    Advice: Maybin was forced from a rehab game Sunday at Triple-A Toledo after taking a pitch off his left wrist, but he managed to avoid a serious injury. He's on the disabled list due to a hairline fracture in his right wrist. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
     
  • Rubby De La Rosa works in relief again
    Needed in relief again, Rubby De La Rosa picked up a win after throwing a scoreless 10th Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: De La Rosa would have started today, except he was needed out of the pen in Saturday's game against the Padres. As a result, he was pushed back and Archie Bradley started in his place. It wasn't expected that De La Rosa would work in relief again, but he was available when the game went to extras. He still figures to slot back into the rotation later this week. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:03 am
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