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  • Ruggiano leaves game with shoulder injury
    Justin Ruggiano was forced to leave Friday's game due to left shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: It's unclear at the moment just how severe the injury is or how much time the outfielder will stand to miss. Add him to the lengthy list of walking wounded that the Mets have been forced to deal with this season. 29 minutes ago
  • Pence should avoid DL, hopes to play Saturday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) indicated feeling much better on Friday and hopes to return to the Giants lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Even if he sits out Saturday's game as a precautionary measure, he should have no problem returning on Sunday. Pence is hitting .273/.341/.422 with eight homers and 41 RBI in 74 games in what has been an injury-plagued season for the Giants' right fielder. Today, 4:31 pm
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Joc Pederson not in Dodgers lineup on Friday
    Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers starting lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off for Pederson with left-hander Mike Montgomery toeing the slab for the Mariners. Kike Hernandez is starting in his place in center field and batting fifth for the Dodgers on Friday. Today, 3:50 pm
  • Hunter Pence (hamstring) not in Giants lineup
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) is not in the Giants starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Pence was pulled from Thursday's game due to tightness in his right hamstring. It's unclear if the injury will require a trip back to the disabled list, or if he'll be able to manage it on a day-to-day basis. Today, 3:31 pm
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Kevin Pillar (illness) scratched from lineup
    Kevin Pillar was scratched from Friday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: Consider him day-to-day. Melvin Upton will slide over to center field and Ezequiel Carrera has entered the lineup in left. Today, 2:53 pm
    Top 7, 10-5 vs Min
  • Andrew Albers to start on Tuesday
    Andrew Albers is penciled in to start Tuesday versus the Indians.

    Advice: Albers will be available if needed in relief until then, but the plan is to slot him into the rotation. It will be his first start in the majors since 2013. Today, 2:27 pm
  • Jay Bruce (calf) returns to Mets' lineup Fri.
    Jay Bruce (calf) is back in the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Bruce was pulled from Wednesday's game and sat out Thursday with a right calf cramp, but he's fine. He's in right field and batting sixth versus Adam Morgan and the Phillies. Today, 1:56 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) back in lineup Friday
    Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) is back in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ellsbury sat out Wednesday with a sore foot, but he's fine. He's in center field and batting second. Brian McCann is on the bench, as Gary Sanchez is behind the plate, Chase Headley is in the designated hitter spot and Ronald Torreyes is at third base. Today, 12:25 pm
  • Scott Oberg moved to 60-day DL
    Rockies transferred RHP Scott Oberg from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Stephen Cardullo. Oberg is now officially done for the season with axillary artery thrombosis. Today, 12:04 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Marcus Semien back from paternity leave
    Athletics activated SS Marcus Semien from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Semien and his wife had a baby boy earlier this week. He's taking the roster spot of Marc Rzepczynski, who was traded to the Nationals on Thursday. Today, 10:24 am
  • Brandon Morrow goes on paternity leave
    Padres placed RHP Brandon Morrow on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Morrow and his wife are expecting their first child. He's being replaced on the roster by Buddy Baumann. Today, 10:20 am
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  • Heath Hembree optioned to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned RHP Heath Hembree to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He's posted a 2.40 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 30 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season. Hembree will return when rosters expand. Today, 9:11 am
    Not Active
    Bot 7, 2-5 vs KC
  • 'Couple more' rehab games for Davis (forearm)
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Wade Davis (forearm) will make "a couple more" rehab appearances before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Davis allowed one hit and recorded one strikeout in his first rehab appearance with the Royals' Rookie League affiliate in Arizona on Wednesday. Kevin Herrera has been terrific while filling in as the Royals' closer and it's unclear whether Davis will immediately get his job back upon his return. Today, 8:11 am
    15-Day DL
  • Hunter Pence injures right hamstring Thursday
    Hunter Pence said that he is dealing with tightness in his right hamstring.

    Advice: Pence was lifted for a defensive replacement in the middle innings of Thursday's win over the Dodgers. He will be reevaluated on Friday, but a disabled list stint would be in the cards if this is any kind of a lasting injury. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Stripling surrenders three in loss to Giants
    Ross Stripling failed to achieve a quality start in Thursday's loss to the Giants, allowing three runs on seven hits over five innings.

    Advice: Stripling was called up earlier this week due to a rash of injuries (Brett Anderson, Scott Kazmir) in the Dodgers' rotation. On Thursday, he struck out two and walked one. All three runs on his line scored in the fourth inning courtesy of an RBI single by Brandon Belt and a two-run home run by Joe Panik. A road start against the Rockies shows next on his schedule. He will carry a 4.13 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 55/24 K/BB ratio (76 1/3 frames) into that one. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Cutch drives in all three Bucs runs in win
    Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, including the game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning, to lead the Pirates past the Brewers 3-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Cutch was up to the task all evening, hitting a solo homer in the first before knocking an RBI single in the third and his game-winner in the 10th. The homer was his 18th of the season to give him 55 RBI and 65 runs scored. It's still not the Andrew McCutchen we've come to know and expect, but he's now hitting .303 in the month of August and is batting .250/.329/.419 in 116 games overall. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Gomez hits three-run jack in first Rangers AB
    Carlos Gomez wasted little time Thursday endearing himself to Rangers fans, hitting a three-run home run in his first at-bat against the Indians.

    Advice: Of course, he finished 1-for-4 with the homer and a strikeout, but it's the big fly that people will latch onto. Gomez was so bad with the Astros that they waived him after giving up an attractive package of prospects for him at last year's trade deadline, but the Rangers hope they can catch lightning in a bottle. If they can, Gomez could be in a really good spot with that lineup and ballpark. While those odds remain long, Thursday was a start. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Andrew Albers headed back to Minnesota
    Twins purchased the contract of LHP Andrew Albers from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The Twins have taken a beating the past few days and could use a fresh arm out of the bullpen. The veteran left-hander made one appearance for Minnesota earlier this month, allowing five runs (three earned) over six innings in a lopsided loss to Houston. He'll work in long relief. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Bruce (calf) not in NYM lineup Thursday night
    Jay Bruce (calf) is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bruce left Wednesday's game with a right calf cramp after hitting a double in the top of the second inning. Alejandro De Aza is starting in his place at St. Louis. Manager Terry Collins has indicated that Bruce could be available off the bench. Yesterday, 12:53 pm
  • Carlos Gomez to start in LF in Rangers debut
    Rangers purchased the contract of OF Carlos Gomez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: He will start in left field for Texas on Thursday night against the Indians. Gomez signed a minor league contract with the Rangers last week after getting released by the Astros and earned the quick promotion by hitting .308/.357/.538 over 14 plate appearances at Round Rock. We doubt he's suddenly going to find himself again in Arlington, but stranger things have happened. Gomez was a back-to-back National League All-Star in 2013-2014 with the Brewers. Yesterday, 8:34 am
  • Bruce exits due to cramp in right leg vs. STL
    Jay Bruce was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals due to a right calf cramp.

    Advice: Bruce cramped up on a second-inning double and was subsequently pinch-run for by Alejandro De Aza. Cramps are rarely a sign of serious injury and the Mets' midseason acquisition should be back in the lineup without issue later this week. Wednesday, 6:16 pm
  • Jay Bruce removed with injury after a double
    After hitting a double in Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, Jay Bruce exited with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Bruce was replaced by a pinch-runner Alejandro De Aza in the second inning. He might have suffered the injury while initially running out of the box. The Mets should pass along word as to the exact reason for his exit as the game progresses. Wednesday, 5:43 pm
  • Carlos Gomez will join Rangers on Thursday
    Carlos Gomez is set to join the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: No surprise here, as manager Jeff Banister said on Tuesday that this was a strong possibility. Gomez was signed to a minor league contract by the Rangers earlier this month after the Astros released him. The versatile-when-right outfielder has been playing at Triple-A Round Rock in preparation for his return to major league play. He's doubtful to carry significant fantasy value down the stretch after batting .210/.272/.322 over 323 plate appearances this year for Houston. Wednesday, 2:09 pm
  • Ellsbury not in Yankees' lineup Wednesday
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners.

    Advice: Aaron Hicks will start in center field and bat seventh versus Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Ellsbury, who slugged a two-run homer on Wednesday night. Wednesday, 10:09 am
  • Athletics place Semien on paternity leave
    Athletics placed SS Marcus Semien on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Semien and his wife Tarah welcomed a son on Monday night. He should be back for the start of a three-game weekend series Friday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Wednesday, 9:21 am
  • McCutchen not in Pirates lineup Wednesday
    Andrew McCutchen is out of the Pirates' lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Astros.

    Advice: Starling Marte is in center field, Gregory Polanco is in left field, and Matt Joyce is in right field in the afternoon tilt versus Houston right-hander Collin McHugh. This appears to be a routine day of rest for McCutchen, who's been hitting the ball well in August. Wednesday, 7:15 am
  • Ross Stripling to start for Dodgers on Thurs.
    Ross Stripling will start against the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: The Dodgers had to place both Brett Anderson (blister) and Scott Kazmir (neck, back) on the disabled list Tuesday, leaving them to scramble for warm rotational bodies. Stripling will fit that bill on Thursday. He has made 15 total appearances this season (11 starts) and owns a 4.04 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 53/23 K/BB ratio over 71 1/3 innings. Tuesday, 11:52 pm
  • Ellsbury clocks two-run home run in win
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Ellsbury connected for a two-run shot off Taijuan Walker in the fifth inning, snapping a 1-1 tie in the process. The Mariners wouldn't score again as the Bombers cruised to an easy 5-1 victory. For his part, the speedy Ellsbury is hitting .262/.321/.368 with six homers, 42 RBI and 18 steals over 432 at-bats. He simply hasn't provided a ton of spark this season in terms of fantasy production. Tuesday, 10:08 pm
  • Dodgers recall Ross Stripling from AAA OKC
    Dodgers recalled RHP Ross Stripling from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: He figures to return to a starting role with Brett Anderson (blister) and Scott Kazmir (neck, back) both landing on the disabled list Tuesday night. Stripling owns a 4.04 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 53/23 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings (11 starts, four relief appearances) this season with Los Angeles. Tuesday, 6:43 pm
  • Semien (paternity) likely out until Friday
    Marcus Semien (paternity leave) is not expected back until Friday.

    Advice: Semien was excused from the A's on Monday to welcome a child and will remain absent Tuesday and Wednesday. Oakland kicks off a weekend series in St. Louis on Friday. Tuesday, 4:26 pm
  • Carlos Gomez could join Rangers on Thurs.
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Carlos Gomez could be called up on Thursday.

    Advice: That's assuming everything goes well in his third game with Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday night. Gomez went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI on Monday and is 4-for-9 so far at the Triple-A level. Texas signed the 30-year-old center fielder to a minor league contract last week after he was released by the Astros. Tuesday, 2:16 pm
  • Jays activate Kevin Pillar (thumb) off the DL
    Blue Jays activated OF Kevin Pillar from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He missed the minimum 15 days with a sprained thumb. Pillar will reclaim his starting job in center field with Melvin Upton shifting over to the left side. The 27-year-old is an elite defensive player but doesn't offer much fantasy appeal. He's hit .261 with seven homers and 10 steals over 421 at-bats this year. Tuesday, 12:27 pm
    Top 7, 10-5 vs Min
  • Gomez has three hits in Triple-A game
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI Monday with Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Gomez signed a minor league deal with the Rangers over the weekend and is now 4-for-9 with a triple and a double through his first two games in Triple-A. He's expected to play a handful more games in the minors before joining the major league roster. The plan calls for him to serve as the regular left fielder down the stretch. The 30-year-old was batting just .210/.272/.322 over 323 plate appearances prior to being released by the Astros this month. Tuesday, 5:11 am
  • Semien not in Monday's lineup
    Marcus Semien is not in Monday's lineup against the Indians.

    Advice: Semien is expected to be placed on the paternity leave list soon, though it's not clear if he has officially left the team yet. Chad Pinder will start in his place at shortstop while Max Muncy will play second base. Monday, 3:31 pm
  • Rockies place Oberg on 15-day DL
    Rockies placed RHP Scott Oberg on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 20, with axillary artery thrombosis.

    Advice: No word on the severity of the issue or his outlook moving forward, though it obviously could be unrealistic for him to make it back this season at this point. The Rockies should provide further information soon. Carlos Estevez has replaced him in the Rockies' bullpen. Monday, 1:33 pm
    60-Day DL
  • McCutchen picks up pair of singles vs. MIA
    Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: No true fireworks here for McCutchen, but he could use any hits he can get given the way this season has unfolded for him. The star outfielder is slashing a measly .246/.326/.411 with 17 homers and 51 RBI over 443 at-bats. With a little over a month remaining in the season, those numbers aren't likely to see a major turnaround barring an insane hot streak. Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Banister: Gomez will be Rangers' everyday LF
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Sunday that Carlos Gomez will be the team's everyday left fielder when he's called up on Thursday.

    Advice: The Rangers decided to take a shot on Gomez with Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) out for the season, and evidently the plan is to stick him in the lineup regularly. Gomez is currently at Triple-A Round Rock, where he'll get in a handful of at-bats before joining the big club. The veteran outfielder has batted only .210/.272/.322 over 323 plate appearances this season, making him hard to trust in fantasy leagues even though he's got an everyday job again. Sunday, 8:15 am
  • Davis (forearm) to face live hitting next week
    Wade Davis (forearm) is expected to throw live batting practice at the team's spring training facility in Arizona early next week.

    Advice: There was concern Davis might be done for the year after going on the disabled list with a right flexor strain but those fears have quickly evaporated. Davis is making steady progress in his recovery and could be close to beginning a rehab assignment. Kelvin Herrera has handled save chances during his absence. Saturday, 5:37 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Gomez signs minor league deal with Rangers
    Rangers signed OF Carlos Gomez to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Gomez will report to Triple-A Round Rock where he'll play a handful of games before joining the Rangers Thursday for the start of their 10-game homestand. When he arrives in the big leagues, Gomez will likely move into a right field platoon with Nomar Mazara. The Rangers needed an outfielder with Shin-Soo Choo (wrist, forearm) out for the season. Gomez also drew interest from the Marlins and Giants before joining Texas. Saturday, 2:19 pm
  • Heyman: Rangers on the verge of signing Gomez
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Rangers are close to signing Carlos Gomez.

    Advice: Gomez has also been linked to the Marlins and Giants in recent days, though it looks like he's on his way to Texas. With Shin-Soo Choo (wrist, forearm) out for the season, Gomez will likely form a platoon with Nomar Mazara in right field. Gomez was having a dreadful year before the Astros dumped him, hitting just .210 with five homers, 29 RBI and 13 steals in 85 appearances. Hopefully he'll benefit from a change of scenery. Saturday, 1:20 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury goes 3-for-5, homers
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 and homered Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: The homer was his first of the second half. He entered the night hitting .224/.272/.267 with just one steal in 116 at-bats since the All-Star break. Still, the Yankees haven't used his struggles as an excuse to move him down in the lineup or to give him less playing time. Friday, 11:24 pm
  • Bruce hitless in loss to Giants
    Jay Bruce went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Bruce had a chance to play hero in the eighth inning, but he grounded into a double play to end the threat. He’s now batting .176 (12-for-68) with two homers, two doubles, and six RBI in 17 games since joining the Mets. Friday, 10:25 pm
  • Ross Stripling optioned to Triple-A
    Dodgers optioned RHP Ross Stripling to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Stripling fared pretty well in his three recent starts with the Dodgers, but they don't need him now with Bud Norris (back) back from the disabled list. He'll return next month. Friday, 1:29 pm
  • Marlins, Giants possible fits for OF Gomez
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Marlins and Giants are "among the possible landing spots" for Carlos Gomez.

    Advice: We've known about the Marlins' interest for a while now and they are certainly an obvious fit after Giancarlo Stanton's season-ending groin injury. It's the first time that the Giants have been mentioned as a possible fit for Gomez, but they might be looking to shake things up since they've played so poorly since the All-Star break. The Cardinals and Mets had previously been mentioned as having interest in Gomez, but it appears those two clubs have moved on. Friday, 10:02 am
  • Carlos Gomez placed on release waivers
    The Astros have placed Carlos Gomez on release waivers.

    Advice: They were apparently unable to work out a trade, and Gomez will officially become a free agent over the weekend. Houston remains on the hook for what remains of his $9 million salary, so whoever signs Gomez will only have to pay him a prorated portion of the veteran minimum. With the Cardinals' and Mets' interest in the outfielder apparently overblown, the Marlins look like a good bet to sign Gomez. Friday, 5:27 am
  • Ruggiano styles grand slam in return from DL
    Justin Ruggiano crushed a grand slam in Thursday's 10-7 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Ruggiano was just activated from the disabled list on Thursday after sitting out several weeks due to a strained hamstring. He made sure that his return was a memorable one. Facing off against Madison Bumgarner with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning, Ruggiano crushed a bomb to center for the grand slam. It put the Mets up 4-0, but that would be quickly be erased by an ineffective Jacob deGrom, as the Giants scored five runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. While Thursday's dinger was smooth enough for Ruggiano, the veteran outfielder has seen just 10 total at-bats between the Rangers -- who released him near the end of June -- and the Mets. There is no true fantasy relevance here. Thursday, 11:00 pm
  • Stripling allows three runs over five vs. PHI
    Ross Stripling gave up three runs -- two earned -- over five innings Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It was a decent start for the right-hander, and he left in line for his fourth win before the bullpen gave away the lead. He did manage to lower his ERA slightly to 4.04. With the rash of injuries to starters, Stripling has been pressed into duty, and he should remain in the rotation for the near future. The 26-year-old's next start will come Tuesday against the Giants. Thursday, 8:46 pm
  • Ruggiano (hamstring) returns from 15-day DL
    Mets activated OF Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's back after missing about two weeks with a strained hamstring. Ruggiano will start in center field and bat sixth Thursday against the Giants. Reliever Gabriel Ynoa was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in the corresponding move. Thursday, 4:56 pm
  • Ruggiano (hamstring) to be activated Thursday
    Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list before Thursday night's game against the Giants.

    Advice: The Mets are finally getting healthy with Ruggiano returning Thursday and Yoenis Cespedes (quad) joining the fold on Friday. Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) will also be back at some point this weekend. Ruggiano gives the Mets some outfield depth but he's not a fantasy option. Thursday, 1:20 pm
  • McCutchen hits go-ahead two-run HR vs. SF
    Andrew McCutchen came up clutch with a two-run home run in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Giants.

    Advice: McCutchen whacked homer No. 17 off veteran starter Matt Cain in the fifth inning. His dinger snapped a 4-4 tie. While the Giants would come back with a run in the ninth to draw within one, the final score would stand at 6-5 Pirates. McCutchen's season has been a downright disappointment on the whole, as the All-Star outfielder is hitting just .248/.329/.418 with 17 homers and 51 RBI across 431 at-bats. A silver lining, though: McCutchen has picked up hits in eight of his last 10 games and has now notched multi-hit efforts in each of his last three. He has the talent to help carry a fantasy team to glory if he suddenly finds a magic groove. Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Ruggiano (hamstring) could return for weekend
    Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) could be activated off the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: This according to Mets assistant general manager John Ricco. A left hamstring strain sidelined Ruggiano at the beginning of August, but he made quick work of his rehab and could rejoin the team after spending just over the minimum on the 15-day disabled list. Wednesday, 5:12 pm
  • Pillar (thumb) remains on track for August 23
    Kevin Pillar (thumb) remains on track to come off the disabled list when first eligible next Tuesday.

    Advice: Pillar will work out with his Blue Jays teammates on Friday in Cleveland before embarking on a short minor league rehab assignment over the weekend. He has been on the disabled list since August 8 with a sprained left thumb. Melvin Upton is drawing the majority of the starts in center field in Pillar's absence. Wednesday, 9:15 am
    Top 7, 10-5 vs Min
  • Ellsbury getting the day off Wednesday
    Jacoby Ellsbury is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Aaron Hicks will start in center field and bat ninth versus Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ. The left-handed Ellsbury owns a disappointing .263/.326/.361 batting line in 110 games this season with New York. Wednesday, 7:39 am
  • Jay Bruce doubles in win over Diamondbacks
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Bruce's double on Tuesday was his 23rd of the season, but just his first since joining the Mets at the trade deadline. He entered the game hitting a measly .160/.250/.280 in 50 at-bats with his new squad. Bruce is a better hitter than this -- he was slashing .265/.316/.559 with the Reds -- but the fit always felt slightly off and he has yet to pay the deadline dividends that would help the Mets to make a pennant run ala the addition of Yoenis Cespedes last summer. Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Wade Davis (forearm) throws 'pen session
    Wade Davis (forearm) threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: Davis will go through a similar workout on Thursday and should then advance to facing live hitters. He's been out since July 27 because of a right flexor strain, with Kelvin Herrera filling in at closer for KC. Tuesday, 2:18 pm
    15-Day DL
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