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  • Loney (finger) activated from disabled list
    Rays activated 1B James Loney from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Loney progressed more quickly than expected in his recovery from a broken left middle finger and has been cleared to return after a few rehab games. He returns to a .275/.322/.376 batting line and should provide a much-needed boost for the Rays at first base. Rotoworld.com
    21 minutes ago
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Alvarez (shoulder) to return just after break
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Marlins' rotation shortly after the All-Star break.

    Advice: Plagued all season by inflammation in his pitching shoulder, Alvarez will need a rehab assignment but it's unclear when he'll begin one. The right-hander has been limited to just four starts this season due to injury. Rotoworld.com
    34 minutes ago
  • Doc 'a little more concerned' about Nolasco
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Dr. Robert Anderson "was a little more concerned" about Ricky Nolasco (ankle) after a visit Thursday.

    Advice: Nolasco is dealing with a bone fragment in his right ankle and has been unable to throw off a mound without pain. There's been no decision made yet as far as surgery goes, but it may be a foregone conclusion. It's unclear how long Nolasco would be sidelined if he does go under the knife. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:25 am
     
    15-Day DL
  • Tyler Cravy recalled to from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled RHP Tyler Cravy from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Cravy tossed seven frames of one-run ball in his major league debut last month but was sent back down after the game. He will be used in long relief. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:59 am
  • Steve Tolleson outrighted to Triple-A
    Blue Jays sent INF Steve Tolleson outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain with the organization. Tolleson could get another shot with the big club at some point. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:25 am
     
    Not Active
    4:08 pm @Det
  • Astros, Dodgers, scouting Johnny Cueto
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Astros and Dodgers had two scouts apiece at a recent Johnny Cueto start versus the Mets.

    Advice: Heyman notes that "some of the scouts might have been there doing regular/advance coverage." However, it's no secret that both the Astros and Dodgers are among the clubs interested in the veteran right-hander. The Blue Jays and Yankees are two other teams known to have interest. Cueto has appeared to put his elbow issue behind him and should fetch a nice return for the Reds later this month. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:55 am
  • Eric Hosmer reaches twice in return to lineup
    Eric Hosmer (finger) singled and drew a walk in four plate appearances in his return to the lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Hosmer had missed the last three games with a minor left ring finger sprain. He should be fine. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:51 am
  • Rusin allows only 1 ER in loss to the D'Backs
    Chris Rusin allowed six hits and three runs -- one earned -- over six frames in a loss to Arizona on Thursday.

    Advice: Rusin whiffed six and walked two. He's now 3-3 with a 4.27 ERA in 46-plus innings, surpassing expectations, but that will change any day now, as his 1.55 WHIP and 32/14 K/BB rate both portend rough times ahead. Steer clear in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Phegley plates a pair in 4-0 win over Seattle
    Josh Phegley went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Phegley has been stellar in a part-time role for the A's, slashing .280/.333/.523 in 107 at-bats. He's also been an asset throwing out potential base robbers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Kazmir paints 8 shutout innings in gem vs M's
    Scott Kazmir fired eight innings of shutout ball, scattering two hits, against the Mariners in Thursday's 4-0 victory.

    Advice: He punched out seven and walked zero in the dominant outing. This was the second time in less than a month that Kazmir threw eight shutout innings. Kazmir (5-5, 2.56 ERA) has a tougher assignment next time out in New York against the Yankees. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Elias gives up 3 runs in loss to the A's
    Roenis Elias surrendered three runs on three hits across six innings in a loss to the A's on Thursday.

    Advice: He struck out seven and walked one. Elias was touched for two runs in the first, mostly settling in for a smooth five innings to come after that. Unfortunately, Scott Kazmir put up eight zeroes across from him, dropping Elias to 4-6 with a 4.27 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Venable hits go-ahead homer in extras
    Will Venable slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in a 5-3 win over the Cardinals in 11 innings on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cardinals tied the game in the fifth inning, but both sides remained scoreless from there until Venable took Carlos Villanueva deep in extras. After a disappointing 2014 season, the 32-year-old is batting .263/.324/.421 with six homers and six steals over 66 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Cooney handed no-decision vs. Padres
    Tim Cooney allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings in a no-decision against the Padres.

    Advice: Cooney allowed four hits (including two home runs) and walked two while striking out six. He kept the Cardinals in the game, which is exactly what they were asking for. Jaime Garcia (groin) is only expected to miss one start, so Cooney will likely be sent right back down to Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Solarte ejected from Thursday's game
    Yangervis Solarte was ejected from Thursday's game in the sixth inning for arguing a check-swing call.

    Advice: Solarte went 1-for-3 with a solo homer before home plate umpire Bob Davidson gave him the boot. His solo shot in the second inning snapped a 22-inning scoreless streak for San Diego. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Carpenter reaches base four times in loss
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, two walks, and two runs scored Thursday against the Padres.

    Advice: It was his first multi-hit game since June 18. Carpenter has seen his batting average fall 100 points from .378 to .278 since May 1. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Cards call up LHP Cooney from Triple-A
    Cardinals recalled LHP Tim Cooney from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Cooney will start Thursday in place of Jaime Garcia, who came down with some cramping in his left groin. It's likely to just be a spot start, so he figures to be sent down to Triple-A after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Cooney to make spot start on Thursday
    Tim Cooney will make a spot start for the Cardinals on Thursday night against the Padres.

    Advice: It is Jaime Garcia's turn in the rotation, but he has been scratched with cramping in his left groin. Cooney struggled earlier this season in his major league debut against the Phillies and doesn't look like an overly attractive play Thursday versus San Diego. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:55 am
  • Loney (finger) expected to return on Friday
    James Loney (finger) is expected to return to the Rays' active roster on Friday.

    Advice: Loney has been on a minor league rehab assignment since Tuesday. He broke a bone in his left middle finger back in late May and will wind up missing around five weeks. The first baseman returns to a .275/.322/.376 batting line, two homers, and 11 RBI in 30 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:49 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Hosmer (finger) takes swings, plays catch
    Eric Hosmer (finger) took some soft-toss swings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hosmer remains out of the lineup, but he's working toward a return in the coming days. The first baseman also planned to play catch and field some grounders before Wednesday's game. The left ring finger sprain is still day-to-day at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
  • Cueto spins eight innings of one-run ball
    Johnny Cueto held the Twins to just one run over eight innings while striking out eight in a 2-1 victory Wednesday.

    Advice: Brian Dozier came around to score after smacking a leadoff double down the left-field line in the sixth inning, but that's all the Twins were able to scrape together against Cueto. In six starts since returning from an elbow issue, Cueto boasts a 2.52 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings. In other words, he's looked like his normal self. The righty takes on the Nationals on the road next. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:53 pm
  • Steve Tolleson activated, then DFA'd
    Blue Jays activated INF Steve Tolleson from the 15-day disabled list; designated him for assignment.

    Advice: Tolleson had been out since late May with a strained groin. He seems likely to clear waivers and remain in the organization. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:38 am
     
    Not Active
    4:08 pm @Det
  • Solarte prevents Padres from getting no-hit
    Yangervis Solarte gave the Padres reason to smile in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, as his seventh-inning double prevented a no-hitter.

    Advice: Mariners starter Mike Montgomery hadn't allowed a hit with one out in the seventh inning when Solarte stepped to the plate. He saved his team from ignominy with a double, but he was ultimately stranded. Solarte had consecutive multi-hit games coming into Tuesday, but otherwise hasn't done much at the plate in 2015, batting .247/.299/.344 with two home runs and 28 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:41 pm
  • Matt Carpenter out of Tuesday's lineup
    Matt Carpenter is out of Tuesday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Advice: Chris Sale is on the hill for the White Sox, so it's not a bad time to give Carpenter a bit of a breather. Mark Reynolds will start at third base while Xavier Scruggs plays first. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:04 pm
  • Loney (finger) begins rehab stint Tuesday
    James Loney (finger) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Loney, out since May 24 with a broken left middle finger, will DH in his return to game action. He has a good chance to return prior to the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • James Loney (finger) nearing rehab assignment
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday that James Loney (finger) could begin a rehab assignment "in the next couple of days."

    Advice: Loney has progressed more quickly than expected in his recovery from a broken left middle finger and could be activated prior to the All-Star break. The first baseman sports a .275/.322/.376 batting line with two homers and 11 RBI in 30 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:10 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Hosmer (finger) out until at least Thursday
    Eric Hosmer (finger) is not expected to return to the lineup until at least Thursday.

    Advice: Hosmer is nursing a sprain of his left ring finger. He had to be pinch-hit for on Sunday due to the ailment and will not play in the series versus the Astros that runs through Wednesday. The disabled list doesn't appear to be under consideration at this point. Kendrys Morales will handle first base until Hosmer is ready. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:23 pm
  • Eric Hosmer (finger) to be out a few days
    Eric Hosmer (finger) is expected to miss the next few games.

    Advice: Hosmer is dealing with a mild sprain of his left ring finger. He was able to start Sunday's game in the designated hitter spot but had to be removed late for a pinch-hitter. It doesn't sound like the disabled list is under consideration at this point, but it appears we won't see him again until later on in the week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:02 pm
  • Nolasco (ankle) to see another specialist
    Ricky Nolasco (ankle) will visit foot/ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Thursday.

    Advice: Nolasco had yet another setback with his right ankle last Friday when he had to cut a bullpen session short. The Twins had been optimistic that he could avoid surgery, but that might not be the case anymore. More should be known about his status later this week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:36 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Johnny Cueto on Houston's radar
    The Houston Chronicle reports Johnny Cueto is the "most attractive potential acquisition" for the Astros.

    Advice: He's also being pursued by the Blue Jays, Dodgers and Yankees. Cueto is in the last year of his contract and is unlikely to re-sign with Cincinnati. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle said the Astros have also done "scouting homework" on starters Matt Garza, Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir, Mike Leake, Kyle Lohse and Jeff Samardzija. Houston's rotation ranks 14th in strikeouts (365) and 16th in ERA (4.07). Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:52 am
  • Eric Hosmer nursing minor finger injury
    Eric Hosmer is nursing a mild sprain of his left ring finger.

    Advice: It's not keeping him from playing, but he will be used in the designated hitter spot rather than at first base Sunday, flip-flopping with Kendrys Morales. The ailment doesn't seem to affect Hosmer at the plate, so fantasy owners shouldn't have second thoughts about using him. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:52 am
  • Rusin allows 10 hits, five runs vs. Giants
    Chris Rusin allowed 10 hits and five runs -- two earned -- over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Rusin was twice given multiple-run leads only to hand them back. It was the third time in his last four starts that Rusin has allowed nine hits or more, but he narrowly escaped taking his third loss in his last four games. Rusin remains 3-2 with a 4.69 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. He'll look for a better result Thursday against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:33 pm
  • Hosmer records two hits, steal against A's
    Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored against the A's on Saturday.

    Advice: The multi-hit game was his fifth in his last nine contests. Hosmer now has four steals to go with a .294/.358/.450 line, 40 RBI and 40 runs scored. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:10 pm
  • Kazmir allows three runs in loss to Royals
    Scott Kazmir allowed three runs over seven innings in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Kazmir gave up seven hits and a walk in the loss, striking out six. The loss was his first since June 5, dropping him to 4-5 on the year. The southpaw has a 2.79 ERA and 1.20 WHIP through 15 starts. Kazmir will face off against division foes in the Mariners on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:57 pm
  • James Loney (finger) ahead of schedule
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Saturday that James Loney (finger) is ahead of schedule in his recovery and should return to the Rays before the All-Star break.

    Advice: Loney has been on the shelf since May 25 with a broken left middle finger and was expected to be sidelined until after the Mid-Summer classic. Before hitting the disabled list, he was hitting .275/.322/.376 with two homers and 11 RBI in 30 games. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:53 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Cueto gives up two runs in loss
    Johnny Cueto gave up two runs over six innings in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: It was his first start since last Wednesday, as the Reds decided to give him some extra rest for his elbow. Cueto held the Mets to one run over the first four innings before walking three batters in the fifth inning to force in a run. He gave up just two hits in all, including a leadoff homer to Curtis Granderson. This was his first loss since May 19. The Reds' ace now owns a 2.98 ERA through 14 starts this season. If he can stay healthy, he's highly likely to be traded by July 31. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:44 pm
  • Nolasco suffers setback in bullpen session
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday that Ricky Nolasco's (ankle) bullpen session "did not go well".

    Advice: By all accounts, Nolasco's recovery from his ankle injury has hit a wall. The Twins were optimistic he would be able to avoid surgery and make a relatively quick return to the rotation, but this doesn't sound encouraging. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:56 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Cueto (elbow) will make his start on Friday
    Johnny Cueto (elbow) will make his scheduled start on Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Cueto hasn't pitched since June 17 after having his last start pushed back due to stiffness in his pitching elbow. He'll likely be pitching in front of representatives of several different clubs, as Cueto is one of the biggest names likely to be moved before next month's trade deadline. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:20 pm
  • Matt Carpenter (back) tallies RBI in return
    Matt Carpenter (back) hit an RBI single in his return to the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his only hit in four at-bats, and he got gunned down at second base trying to stretch the single into a double. Carpenter missed Tuesday's series opener with tightness around the middle of his back. He should start at third base again on Thursday night. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:32 am
  • Elias bombed for 7 runs in 4th inning of loss
    Roenis Elias was shelled in a loss to the Royals on Wednesday, yielding seven runs on five hits across 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Elias breezed through three shutout innings until the wheels fell off abruptly in the fourth. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out two and walked one in the clunker. He'll tote a 4.25 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into his next start in San Diego. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:02 pm
  • Morosi: Royals inquiring on Cueto, Leake
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that the Royals have inquired to the Reds about the availability of Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake.

    Advice: The Royals have gotten the fewest innings of any team in baseball out of their starters, so upgrading their rotation is a must if they hope to make another postseason run. As one of the best pitchers in baseball, Cueto would certainly cost much more than Leake, although he's dealt with an elbow injury recently. The Yankees and Tigers are also known to have interest in Cueto. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:45 am
  • Josh Phegley belts fourth home run
    Josh Phegley doubled in a pair of runs and smacked a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Phegley let a run score on a passed ball in the game, but he certainly made up for it with his bat. The A's have received incredible production at the plate from their catchers this season, as Stephen Vogt is going to be an All-Star and Phegley is hitting .297/.350/.538 with four homers as his backup. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Matt Carpenter has some mid-back tightness
    Matt Carpenter is dealing with some mid-back tightness.

    Advice: That's part of the reason Carpenter is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night in Miami, though manager Mike Matheny said he's been meaning to get the third baseman a day off anyway. It's not a serious issue. Mark Reynolds is at first base and Xavier Scruggs is at first base Tuesday versus the Marlins. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:55 pm
  • Matt Carpenter not in Tuesday's lineup
    Matt Carpenter is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.

    Advice: The Cardinals just had a scheduled off-day on Monday, but perhaps Carpenter is just getting another day of rest. Mark Reynolds will fill in at third base while Xavier Scruggs will play first. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:39 pm
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