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  • Angel Pagan diagnosed with hamstring strain
    Angel Pagan is listed as day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game against the Mets with a mild hamstring strain.

    Advice: He's expected to miss at least the next 2-to-3 days. Pagan suffered the injury while trying to stretch a single into a double during the seventh inning of Sunday's contest. Look for Gregor Blanco to see additional playing time in his absence. Rotoworld.com 32 minutes ago
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  • Angel Pagan exits with apparent injury
    Angel Pagan left Sunday's game against the Mets with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Pagan was thrown out while trying to stretch his single into a double in the top of the seventh inning and was replaced by Gregor Blanco in left field to start the bottom of the frame. The Giants should have an update on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:43 pm
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  • Scott Van Slyke (back) likely out until June
    Scott Van Slyke (back) is not expected to return before June.

    Advice: Van Slyke has been out for three weeks with a lower back injury and still hasn't been cleared to resume baseball activities. The 29-year-old has been a weapon for the Dodgers against left-handed pitching the last few seasons, so his absence for what looks like will be at least a couple months is notable. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:13 pm
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  • Brad Boxberger (abdomen) to face hitters soon
    Brad Boxberger (abdomen) will throw live batting practice late this week.

    Advice: Boxberger threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday and will throw one more 'pen session early this week before being allowed to face hitters. He's not far off from a rehab assignment and is poised to return in mid-May. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:46 am
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  • Nori Aoki not in Sunday's lineup
    Nori Aoki is absent from the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply receiving a day off. The M's have Seth Smith in left field, Nelson Cruz in right, Robinson Cano in the designated hitter spot and Luis Sardinas at second base Sunday. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:25 am
  • Jean Segura sitting out on Sunday
    Jean Segura is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Phil Gosselin is at second base and in the leadoff spot. Welington Castillo and Jake Lamb are also on the bench, as the D'Backs have Chris Herrmann at catcher and Brandon Drury at third base. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:36 am
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  • Mike Napoli (neck) remains out of lineup
    Mike Napoli (neck) remained out of the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's sat out the last two contests with a stiff neck. Napoli should be fine in a day or two. Carlos Santana is filling in at first base. The Indians are also resting Michael Brantley and Juan Uribe on Sunday, as Rajai Davis is in left field and Jose Ramirez is at third base. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:20 am
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  • Garcia (hamstring) won't be ready by Tuesday
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is not expected to be ready to play by Tuesday.

    Advice: Garcia tweaked his hamstring on Friday and is sitting out his second straight game Sunday. It appears he won't be ready after Monday's off day, either, although there hasn't been talk of a disabled list stint yet. Jerry Sands will handle the designated hitter duties while Garcia is out. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:17 am
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  • Robertson activated from bereavement list
    White Sox activated RHP David Robertson from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Robertson was away from the club for a few days following the death of his father-in-law. Tommy Kahnle has been sent back to Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:27 am
  • Billy Hamilton batting second for Reds
    Billy Hamilton is batting second for the Reds on Sunday.

    Advice: Hamilton has spent most of the season in the No. 9 spot but has earned a move up in the order with six hits in his last 17 at-bats. Zack Cozart remains in the leadoff spot for the Reds, while Eugenio Suarez has been moved down to the No. 6 spot. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:57 am
  • Adam Morgan showing better velocity
    Adam Morgan's average fastball was clocked at 90.8 mph during Friday's start against the Indians.

    Advice: That's up almost a full two mph from last season. Morgan is now two years removed from shoulder surgery and it appears he's beginning to regain his old velocity. "Everything is good, and that's what I'm excited about. Everything has been progressing phenomenally," Morgan said. "It's a good sign, for sure. I'm feeling good, and it gives me confidence." Morgan's upside still isn't all that high even with the better velocity, but he could carve out some NL-only value. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:44 am
  • Chris Withrow optioned to Triple-A
    Braves optioned RHP Chris Withrow to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Withrow posted a 3.86 ERA and 4/5 K/BB ratio over seven relief innings with the big club. He'll get another shot eventually. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:36 am
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  • Brach, Givens could get shot to close for O's
    Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports that Brad Brach and/or Mychal Givens could be given a shot to close for the Orioles if Zach Britton (ankle) is out for a while.

    Advice: Britton exited Saturday's game with an ankle injury and will be re-evaluated on Sunday before the extent of the ailment is determined. The obvious option to replace him in the ninth inning would be Darren O'Day, although it's possible manager Buck Showalter could keep O'Day in his setup role and elevate Brach or Givens. Both Brach (1.26 ERA, 15/5 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings) and Givens (3.00 ERA, 21/7 K/BB ratio over 12 innings) have been excellent this season, although it's possible Brad would have the edge out of the two given Givens' issues against left-handed batters. Brach also has more experience closing games in the minors. Both relievers are worth stashing in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:06 am
  • Miley throws complete-game shutout vs Royals
    Wade Miley dazzled the home crowd with a complete-game shutout against the Royals on Saturday night, allowing just five hits and walking no one.

    Advice: The lefty entered the game having allowed 18 earned runs in 23 innings through his first four starts, but he was brilliant on Saturday night. He didn't allow a Royals batter to reach second base after the third inning, and he retired the last eight batters that he faced. He lowered his ERA to 5.06 on the year. Miley now has two wins in a row and will take that winning streak on the road to Houston for his next scheduled start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Rea allows two runs over six innings in win
    Colin Rea picked up a quality start and his second win of the season on Saturday versus the Dodgers, allowing two runs in six innings.

    Advice: This is realistically what Rea can be at the big-league level, a guy who throws strikes, eats innings and collects quality starts. He'll struggle when he falls behind in counts -- like he did to Chase Utley in the third inning -- but he always seems to be just effective enough. The right-hander has allowed more than three runs in just one outing this year and now owns a 4.61 ERA in 27.1 innings with an unimpressive 22/13 K/BB ratio. He'll next get the red-hot Mets at home. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Rusin goes five scoreless in his first start
    Chris Rusin baffled the Diamondbacks in Saturday's victory, tossing five scoreless innings on just one hit, while striking out six.

    Advice: Rusin was lifted after five innings, as it was only his first start of the year and he’s not yet stretched out, but he was very good in a difficult ballpark. The lefty had a 77.8 percent ground-ball rate and struck out more than a batter per inning. Yeah, he walked three, but getting out of Arizona with only one hit allowed is a job well done -- especially when the other option was trotting Jordan Lyles out for another start. Rusin still isn’t worth picking up in fantasy leagues, even with the strong showing. He has a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings and will face the Giants on the road, if he continues to get the ball every fifth day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Hamilton has three hits, run scored vs. Bucs
    Billy Hamilton went 3-for-4 with a run scored in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamilton, batting ninth, had three of the Reds' six hits against Francisco Liriano and company. The multi-hit game was Hamilton's first of the season -- he had just six hits coming into the game. Needless to say, it's been a disappointing start to the year for the 25-year-old, who's hitting just .218 with four steals in 20 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Garcia could be sidelined through weekend
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is not in the White Sox lineup Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: He's not expected to play on Sunday either. The White Sox are off on Monday, which means the earliest we'd see him is Tuesday. Garcia tweaked his hamstring in Friday night's loss. "It’s a little tight," said manager Robin Ventura. "I don’t think it’s a DL situation there but he definitely did something going down the line there." Jerry Sands will DH and bat seventh Saturday with Garcia sidelined. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:39 pm
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  • Mike Napoli out with a stiff neck Saturday
    Mike Napoli (neck) is not in the Indians' lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He's out with a stiff neck. Napoli has already slugged four homers this year but he also has 33 strikeouts in only 78 at-bats. Carlos Santana will make his fourth start at first base. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:34 pm
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  • Morgan goes five innings in no-decision
    Adam Morgan allowed three runs over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

    Advice: He struck out a career-high seven batters and walked just one. Morgan, who was called up this week to replace the injured Charlie Morton, held the Indians scoreless before giving up an RBI single to Rajai Davis and a two-run homer to Jason Kipnis in his final inning of work. While things fell apart for him in the end, the Phillies have to be happy with what they saw. Morgan could carve out some NL-only value in Philadelphia’s rotation. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:56 pm
  • Pagan launches solo homer vs. Mets
    Angel Pagan launched a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Mets.

    Advice: His seventh-inning blast off Jerry Blevins was the only offense of the game for the Giants. Pagan finished with a career-low .635 OPS last season while playing through a nagging knee injury, but he’s batting .321/.370/.476 through his first 24 games this season as the Giants’ primary No. 9 hitter. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:33 pm
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  • Avi Garcia suffers hamstring injury on Friday
    Avisail Garcia tweaked his hamstring during the final out of Friday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Garcia will be re-evaluated on Saturday, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out on Saturday as a precautionary measure. He collected an RBI triple in Friday's game before suffering the injury. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:10 pm
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  • Adam Morgan recalled from Triple-A
    Phillies recalled LHP Adam Morgan from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Morgan will start on Friday against Cleveland, taking the rotation spot of Charlie Morton (hamstring). The left-hander held a 3.57 ERA in his first three starts for Lehigh Valley but isn't a strong fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:17 am
  • Robertson expected to rejoin ChiSox on Sunday
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday that David Robertson is expected to rejoin the team on Sunday.

    Advice: Robertson was placed on the bereavement list. Ventura named Nate Jones, Matt Albers, and Zach Duke as closer options depending on the situation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:38 pm
  • ChiSox place David Robertson on bereavment
    White Sox placed RHP David Robertson on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Robertson will be away from the club for 3-7 days following a death in the family. Nate Jones has been excellent in a setup role this season for the White Sox and should slide seamlessly into a fill-in closer role. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:13 am
  • Boxberger (abdomen) throws 25-pitch bullpen
    Brad Boxberger (abdomen) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: According to the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin, Boxberger's bullpen consisted mostly of fastballs, with five or six changeups tossed into the mix. The 27-year-old right-hander is recovering from a mid-March core muscle surgery. He could rejoin the Rays by the middle of May if he doesn't hit any bumps in his rehab over the next few weeks. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:06 pm
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  • Avisail Garcia smacks third homer on Tuesday
    Avisail Garcia hit a solo homer, drove in two runs and scored three times in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Garcia got the scoring going with a dinger in the third inning and wrapped up the scoring with a sac fly in the ninth. It was his third longball of the season, although he's hitting only .186/.269/.373 this month. The White Sox had little trouble against R.A. Dickey and the Jays' bullpen, piling up 15 hits -- including three homers -- and 10 runs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:54 pm
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  • Boxberger (abdomen) cleared to advance rehab
    Brad Boxberger (abdomen) has been cleared by his surgeon to begin intensive baseball activities.

    Advice: Boxberger has already been throwing bullpen sessions and should be just about ready to face live hitters. The right-hander needed surgery on March 18 for a core muscle. He's on track for a mid-May activation date. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:33 pm
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  • Phillies expected to call up Adam Morgan
    Adam Morgan was scratched from his scheduled outing Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: The Phillies are expected to promote Morgan so he can start Friday's game against Cleveland. He could draw a handful of starts while Charlie Morton works his way back from a hamstring injury. Morgan has posted a 3.57 ERA in his first three starts for Lehigh Valley. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:05 pm
  • Scott Van Slyke (back) still not cleared
    Scott Van Slyke (back) has yet to be cleared for baseball activities.

    Advice: He's been sidelined with lower back tightness since April 12. Van Slyke has been working to strengthen his core muscles but there's no indication he's close to resuming baseball activities. The Dodgers' outfield has been plagued by injuries all year, though Carl Crawford's return Tuesday should provide a nice boost. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:11 am
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  • Angel Pagan goes 3-for-4 in victory
    Angel Pagan went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI against the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Pagan is hitting .356 with 11 RBI, 14 runs scored and seven walks, with much of that production coming from the ninth spot in the order. He's been a great surprise so far after his awful 2015 and injury-plagued 2013 and 2014 campaigns. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:10 pm
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  • Jean Segura homers to lead Diamondbacks
    Jean Segura went 4-for-6 and hit his fourth homer Monday as the Diamondbacks topped the Cardinals 12-7.

    Advice: Segura's homer was a three-run shot off Kevin Siegrist in the sixth. Segura has four homers in 91 at-bats this year after hitting six in 560 at-bats last season and five in 513 at-bats in 2014. He was playing in a better home run park then, too. He leads the NL with 32 hits this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:03 pm
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  • Robertson notches eighth save of season
    David Robertson wiggled out of trouble Monday against the Blue Jays for his eighth save of the season.

    Advice: Perhaps the save should go to Troy Tulowitzki. Robertson allowed a double to Jose Bautista with one out before issuing a two-out walk to Tulowitzki. Michael Saunders then followed with a chopper to the right side of the infield which Tulowitzki attempted to shield. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it ended up hitting him to end the ballgame. Robertson is now 8-for-9 in save opportunities to go along with 0.96 ERA and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:28 pm
  • Chris Rusin to start Friday vs. D-Backs
    Chris Rusin will start Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He'll take Jordan Lyles' spot in the rotation. Rusin has pitched out of the bullpen so far this season, but he was a starter most of last season while putting up a 5.33 ERA and 86/41 K/BB ratio over 131 2/3 innings. He's not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:25 pm
  • Billy Hamilton (thumb) back in lineup Monday
    Billy Hamilton (thumb) is back in center field for the Reds on Monday night against the Mets.

    Advice: He'll bat ninth versus Mets righty Noah Syndergaard. Hamilton took several games with a bruised left thumb. The speedy center fielder is batting just .158/.256/.342 with two stolen bases in 15 games this season. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 11:46 am
  • Billy Hamilton (thumb) serves as pinch-hitter
    Billy Hamilton (thumb) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's blowout loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Hamilton hadn't appeared in a game since Wednesday due to a bruised left thumb. It's a good sign for that injury that he already feels well enough to swing a bat and the 25-year-old center fielder should return to full-time duty this week. Hamilton is batting .158/.256/.342 with two stolen bases and six runs scored in 15 games this season for Cincinnati. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 5:34 am
  • Colin Rea allows three runs vs. Cardinals
    Colin Rea gave up three runs -- two earned -- over five innings Sunday in the Padres' loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Rea walked Cardinals leadoff man Matt Carpenter to open the game and would yield two earned runs in the opening frame. In the top of the fourth, he served up a triple to Jedd Gyorko and an RBI single to opposing pitcher Mike Leake. Rea will carry a 5.06 ERA and 1.69 WHIP into his next start on the road versus the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 5:04 pm
  • Miley pitches into eighth, nets first win
    Wade Miley gave up four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings but picked up his first win of the 2016 season on Sunday afternoon against the Angels.

    Advice: Miley was spotted a big 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning, then gave three of those runs right back in the bottom of the first on an Albert Pujols two-run homer and a Geovany Soto run-scoring double. The left-hander did settle in from there and managed to pitch into the bottom of the eighth inning, when Yunel Escobar launched a one-out solo shot. Miley will take a 7.04 ERA into his next start at home against the Royals. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 3:56 pm
  • Billy Hamilton (thumb) held out again Sunday
    Billy Hamilton (thumb) remained out of the Reds' lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Hamilton hasn't played since Wednesday due to a bruised left thumb, although he'll take batting practice Sunday and could be available off the bench. Scott Schebler is in center field for the Reds. The club is also resting Devin Mesoraco and Zack Cozart, as Tucker Barnhart and Ivan DeJesus are filling in at catcher and shortstop, respectively. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 7:37 am
  • Billy Hamilton (thumb) out again Friday
    Billy Hamilton (thumb) remained out of the Reds' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's missed the last two starts due to a bruised left thumb. Hamilton should have a shot to return sometime over the weekend. Tyler Holt is starting in center field Friday in his place. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 10:28 am
  • Jean Segura has three hits in Arizona's win
    Jean Segura went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI as the Diamondbacks beat the Giants 6-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Segura had cooled off some after a big first week, but he had two three-hit games in the series against the Giants and he's still hitting .338 overall. He'll probably remain useful in mixed leagues for as long as he remains in the leadoff spot for the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 4:11 pm
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  • Avisail Garcia goes hitless in loss
    Avisail Garcia went 0-for-3 in the loss to the Angels on Thursday, dropping his average back down to .146.

    Advice: Matt Davidson hasn't been any good in Triple-A after his big spring, so the White Sox lack any particularly intriguing options to take over for Garcia at DH. Jerry Sands is probably their best alternate, and he's not really any better of a bet than Garcia going forward. One wonders if they'll be interested in bringing in Mike Morse, who was just released by the Pirates. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 2:30 pm
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  • Billy Hamilton out with left thumb contusion
    Billy Hamilton is dealing with a left thumb contusion.

    Advice: He's expected to miss a few games. Hamilton suffered the injury last week against St. Louis. Right now he's wearing a soft cast on his left hand. Scott Schebler will start in center field during his absence. Hamilton hasn't had a very productive year, hitting only .162 with one homer and four RBI. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 2:01 pm
  • Billy Hamilton sits Thursday night vs. Cubs
    Billy Hamilton is getting a day off Thursday.

    Advice: Scott Schebler will start in center field and bat eighth versus Cubs ace Jake Arrieta. Hamilton is batting just .162/.262/.351 in 42 plate appearances this season. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 10:05 am
  • Boxberger (abdomen) ready for half-mound
    Brad Boxberger (abdomen) should advance to throwing off a half-mound this weekend.

    Advice: Boxberger has been playing catch for two weeks without issue and is ready to take the next step in his rehabilitation from March 18 core muscle surgery. The right-hander expects to join the Rays' bullpen around the middle of May. Alex Colome is 2-for-2 in save opportunities with a 1.35 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 6:11 am
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