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  • Happ gives up four runs in taking fourth loss
    J.A. Happ allowed four runs over five innings in a loss to the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: Happ allowed six hits and a walk, taking a loss for the first time since June 6. He's now had two consecutive starts where he's allowed four runs, not a worrisome development but a few chinks in the armor in what has been a stellar year for the southpaw. Happ is now 17-4 with a 3.19 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 25 starts. He'll try to get back in the win column Tuesday against the Orioles. 34 minutes ago
    L, 6-3 vs LAA
  • Scherzer punches out 10 over eight scoreless
    Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters over eight scoreless innings as the Nationals blanked the Orioles 4-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: Scherzer gave up just two hits on the night without walking a batter. It was the 11th time in 27 starts that he's registered double-digit strikeouts this year. The right-hander is now 14-7 with a 2.92 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 227/44 K/BB ratio overall. An attractive date with the Phillies is on tap for Tuesday. 42 minutes ago
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Miller's demotion could delay free agency
    Shelby Miller's time in the minor leagues this year could delay his free agency.

    Advice: If Miller isn't called up before Thursday, he won't accrue enough days on the active roster to reach four years of service time in the big leagues. That would push his free agency back from 2018 to 2019, giving the Diamondbacks an extra year of team control. Arizona's decision to acquire Miller for top prospect Dansby Swanson was one of the more misguided trades in recent memory. Today, 6:33 pm
    Not Active
    Top 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • De La Rosa (elbow) to throw sim game on Monday
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) will throw a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: If that goes well, he'll then report to High-A Visalia where he'll begin a minor league rehab assignment. It's taken De La Rosa three months to recover from a sprained UCL. He opted for rehab instead of Tommy John surgery after consulting with Dr. James Andrews. The right-hander should be back for the final few weeks of the regular season. Today, 4:49 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • Joe Ross close to beginning rehab assignment
    Joe Ross (shoulder) threw another bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: Manager Dusty Baker said he isn't far off from a rehab assignment. Ross has yet to pitch in the second half while recovering from shoulder inflammation. It sounds like he could be back in the Nats' rotation early next month. Washington's pitching is going to be an embarrassment of riches when Ross and Stephen Strasburg (elbow) both get healthy. Today, 2:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Strasburg (elbow) resumes playing catch
    Stephen Stasburg (elbow) has felt good playing catch the last two days.

    Advice: Given his history with Tommy John surgery it's natural to press the panic button whenever we hear about Strasburg's elbow. Fortunately the soreness is in a different part of his elbow than the UCL, which is the ligament most commonly associated with major elbow injuries. The Nationals are considering Strasburg's latest trip to the disabled list precautionary and are hoping he'll be back early next month. The 28-year-old got off to a solid start this year but has slumped since the All-Star break with a 6.28 ERA over seven second-half starts. Today, 2:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Tyler Duffey sent back to AAA Rochester
    Twins optioned RHP Tyler Duffey to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a dismal outing Wednesday against Detroit (3 1P, 7 H, 6 ER). Duffey carries a miserable 6.24 ERA over 22 starts this year but should get another chance with the Twins when rosters expand in a few days. Left-hander Andrew Albers was called up in the corresponding move. Today, 2:01 pm
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    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Clay Buchholz headed back to the bullpen
    Clay Buchholz will move to the bullpen when Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) returns to the starting rotation Sunday against the Royals.

    Advice: Steven Wright (shoulder) is also returning this weekend. Buchholz is coming off arguably his best start of the season (6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R Tuesday against Tampa Bay) and has been a much improved pitcher in the second half with a 3.00 ERA over 11 appearances. There's a good chance we'll see him back in the rotation at some point this year. Today, 1:20 pm
  • Mariners activate Paxton for Thursday start
    Mariners activated LHP James Paxton from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Paxton will return to the Mariners' starting rotation on Thursday night against the White Sox after missing the last 17 days with a bruised left elbow. He has a cool 3.53 ERA and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 81 2/3 innings this season with Seattle and should be safe for immediate activation in fantasy leagues. Today, 9:27 am
  • E-Rod (hamstring) says he's ready for Sunday
    Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) has declared himself ready to start Sunday versus the Royals.

    Advice: Rodriguez went all-out in a bullpen session Thursday at Tropicana Field and experienced no lingering discomfort in his left hamstring. He last started August 16 against the Orioles and made it through just four innings (hitless innings, by the way) before feeling hamstring tightness. The young left-hander owns a sharp 2.52 ERA in 39 1/3 innings (seven starts) since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July. Today, 9:05 am
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Zack Greinke gives up four runs to Braves
    Zack Greinke allowed four runs over six innings in a no-decision Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Greinke picked up his 2,000th career strikeout in an otherwise unmemorable outing. He's given up four runs on seven occasions this year after doing so just twice in 2015. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Enrique Burgos gives up four runs in ninth
    After entering the ninth with a 9-5 lead, Enrique Burgos gave up four runs without retiring a batter Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Burgos just got the closer gig from Jake Barrett last week, but he's probably thrown it away now (he also blew a save on Monday). The Diamondbacks could go back to Barrett or turn to Daniel Hudson, who has put together a nice August following his July implosion. We'd say Hudson is worth a shot. Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Johnny Cueto loses 1-0 game
    Johnny Cueto took the loss in a 1-0 game Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Cueto pitched six innings and gave up a homer to Justin Turner in the fourth as the only damage. Cueto fell to 1-3 since the All-Star break after finishing the first half 13-1. He hasn't been that bad, though; he has a 3.91 ERA and a 43/10 K/BB ratio in his eight starts since the break. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Boyd notches win in quality start vs Twins
    Matt Boyd struck out seven while yielding three runs in six innings to earn a win versus the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: It wasn't always pretty as he served up home runs to Robbie Grossman and Brian Dozier. Luckily they were both solo blasts that didn't do excessive harm. The win boosts his record to 5-2 with a 3.98 ERA after 13 starts and two relief appearances. His 64 to 24 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 74 2/3 innings at the age of 25 gives him some intrigue as a middle-of-the-rotation streamer with upside. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Duffey slammed for six runs in three innings
    Tyler Duffey lasted only three innings while getting pounded for six runs in a loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up seven hits and a walk while fanning two in the brief and unpleasant outing. Miguel Cabrera took him deep for a solo homer in the first inning. The biggest blow was a three-run shot by Justin Upton in his third and final frame. It is hard to imagine the Twins will continue to run him out there considering he has a brutal 6.24 ERA after 22 starts. That would be the worst ERA in the major leagues but he is a few innings shy of qualifying for that dishonor. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
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    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Mets option Erik Goeddel back to Triple-A
    Mets optioned RHP Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Goeddel was just up for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals. He tossed 1 2/3 innings of two-run ball in the 8-1 loss. Goeddel has pitched to a 4.55 ERA in 29 1/3 innings at the major league level this season. Now back to Triple-A. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Shelby Miller to make Triple-A start Thursday
    Shelby Miller will make another start at Triple-A Reno on Thursday.

    Advice: Miller has pitched well in his four outings down on the farm since being optioned to Triple-A in mid-July. Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said on Monday that the 25-year-old right-hander has shown enough that a return to the majors could be coming soon. The situation will be reevaluated after Miller's Thursday outing. He struggled mightily in 14 starts with the big league club earlier this season, sporting a 7.14 ERA in that space. Hopefully his time at Triple-A has allowed him to work out some of the kinks here. Yesterday, 3:24 pm
    Not Active
    Top 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • Red Sox waiting to announce Sunday starter
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said that the team will not decide on a Sunday starter until Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) tosses a Thursday bullpen.

    Advice: Rodriguez is fresh off a simulated start on Tuesday in which he threw 59 pitches. He initially felt his left hamstring tighten up during a mid-August contest against the Orioles. The 23-year-old southpaw was subsequently scratched from a scheduled start against the Tigers due to lingering discomfort. Should his Thursday bullpen go off without a hitch, he could start against the Royals in Fenway on Sunday. Yesterday, 2:21 pm
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Mets recall Goeddel after Niese injury
    Mets recalled RHP Erik Goeddel from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Goeddel was just sent down on Saturday, but the Mets recalled him with Jon Niese landing on the disabled list due to a left knee injury. In 28 bullpen innings with the Mets this season, Goeddel held a 4.18 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 27/7 K/BB ratio. His is a serviceable filler arm out of the pen, but there is no fantasy intrigue here. Tuesday, 9:56 pm
  • Buchholz strikes out nine in win over Rays
    Clay Buchholz struck out nine while allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Buchholz scattered five hits and two walks in the start, which was supposed to be his last before Steven Wright rejoined the rotation this week. That may be thrown into question with the good turn, his second in a row allowing just one run over six or more innings. Of course, he's got a 5.18 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 107 2/3 innings, so the Sox would be justified in sending him back to the bullpen as well. We'll know their plans soon enough. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) near rehab games
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) is expected to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

    Advice: De La Rosa came out of a side session Monday feeling good and will throw another one in a couple days. His elbow MRI was sent to Dr. James Andrews last week and the famous surgeon recommended a rehab program rather than surgery. The right-hander is aiming to return to the Diamondbacks at some point in September, even if it's in a bullpen role. He's had to scrap his changeup for now because that pitch causes him the most discomfort. Tuesday, 4:36 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • E-Rod (hamstring) throws sim game Tues.
    Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) threw 59 pitches in a simulated start on Tuesday.

    Advice: If he wakes up Wednesday feeling fine, the Red Sox will likely clear him to rejoin the rotation over the weekend. Rodriguez had to be scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday versus the Tigers with lingering tightness in his left hamstring. The tightness also forced him from his previous outing against the Orioles. Tuesday, 2:18 pm
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Ross (shoulder) throws bullpen session Tues.
    Joe Ross (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the first bullpen session Ross has thrown since being pulled off his rehab assignment earlier this month. Ross got off to a hot start this year but has yet to pitch in the second half because of a nagging shoulder injury. The Nats need as many reinforcements as they can get with Stephen Strasburg sidelined by elbow soreness, but Ross isn't particularly close to returning. Tuesday, 12:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Enrique Burgos blows save
    Giving the ninth with a one-run lead, Enrique Burgos gave up a homer to Freddie Freeman and took a blown save Monday.

    Advice: Burgos got the win when the Diamondbacks came back and scored in the bottom of the ninth. He's taken three blown saves in his last four appearances, but this is the first of those that have come in the ninth. He could get the Diamondbacks' next save chance anyway. Monday, 10:20 pm
  • Nats believe Strasburg's elbow not serious
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that he believes Stephen Strasburg's elbow is structurally sound.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Rizzo is basing part of his assessment on Strasburg's pre-extension physical earlier this season. Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Monday that Strasburg will likely go for an MRI soon, but the team doesn't appear overly concerned about the situation, at least publicly. We should know more about his status in the next few days. Monday, 2:55 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Rodriguez (hammy) to throw sim. game Tuesday
    Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) will throw a three-inning simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rodriguez was scratched from Sunday's scheduled start against the Tigers due continued tightness in his left hamstring. The hope is that he'll show enough progress Tuesday to be cleared to return to action. Monday, 2:36 pm
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Ross (shoulder) could return as reliever
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Monday that he has spoken to Joe Ross (shoulder) about returning as a reliever.

    Advice: The minor league season is winding down, so Ross is simply running out of time to make it back as a starter this season. The 23-year-old has been out since the start of July with a shoulder injury. Monday, 2:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Stephen Strasburg elbow issue not structural
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Stephen Strasburg's elbow issue is "not structural" and the Nationals believe he could pitch through it if this were the postseason.

    Advice: Strasburg was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with soreness in his right elbow after posting a 14.66 ERA over his last three starts, including a nine-run drubbing last Wednesday versus the Rockies. There are red flags everywhere on this one, but the Nats are maintaining that he only needs a couple weeks of rest. For now anyway. A.J. Cole will start in Strasburg's place on Monday night against the Orioles. Monday, 10:58 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Nationals place Strasburg (elbow) on the DL
    Nationals placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right elbow.

    Advice: Strasburg got lit up for nine earned runs over just 1 2/3 innings in his last start Wednesday versus the Rockies, but he claimed to be feeling fine after the career-worst outing. Obviously that wasn't entirely true. A.J. Cole will step in and start Monday versus the Orioles. It's not clear how long Strasburg might be sidelined. Monday, 10:32 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Shelby Miller could be close to return
    Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa indicated Sunday that Shelby Miller is close to returning to the major league rotation.

    Advice: Miller registered his fourth consecutive quality start on Saturday at Triple-A Reno, throwing eight innings and allowing three runs versus the Triple-A affiliate of the Giants. "We’ll brainstorm about if his next start is with us or the one after," La Russa said Sunday. "This is all good. He’s getting some real good experience, having some success and figuring things out, getting his delivery together and his mind right." Miller has a brutal 7.14 ERA in 14 starts this season with Arizona. Monday, 10:06 am
    Not Active
    Top 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • D'Backs owner shot down Shelby Miller deal
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Diamondbacks ownership shot down a trade at the non-waiver deadline that would have sent Shelby Miller to the Marlins.

    Advice: Nightengale's source claims that owner Ken Kendrick and president Derrick Hall intervened on the deal because it "just wouldn't look good" after what the Snakes had to give up for Miller last winter. Diamondbacks ownership also reportedly vetoed a plan to replace manager Chip Hale this summer with Triple-A skipper Phil Nevin -- a plan devised by chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart. This whole thing's a mess. We wouldn't be surprised to see a major front-office shakeup this fall in Arizona. Monday, 6:15 am
    Not Active
    Top 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • Buchholz to start for Red Sox on Tuesday
    Clay Buchholz will make another start for the injured Steven Wright on Tuesday.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander has actually done a decent job filling in this time around and could be worth a look as a streaming option in mixed leagues. He's slated to return to the bullpen once Wight returns over the weekend however. Sunday, 2:38 pm
  • James Paxton (elbow) expected back Thursday
    James Paxton (elbow) is expected to rejoin the Mariners' rotation on Thursday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Paxton tossed three scoreless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday and, more importantly, felt fine physically. He departed an outing two weeks ago after being hit on the left elbow by a comebacker. Sunday, 11:40 am
  • Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) scratched Sun.
    Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) has been scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Rodriguez was pulled from his last outing with a tight left hamstring and he still felt it during a between-starts bullpen session. The left-hander will not be placed on the disabled list, so it sounds like he's expected to start sometime later this week. Henry Owens will be recalled to make a spot start. Sunday, 5:18 am
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Burgos strikes out two, snares first save
    Enrique Burgos struck out two and walked one in the ninth inning to earn his first save of the season on Saturday versus the Padres.

    Advice: Burgos may have become the current occupant of the Diamondbacks' musical chair at closer. He is not a great option but everyone else in their bullpen has tried and failed to hold the job. Burgos has a good strikeout rate but walks have been a real problem throughout his career, even in the minors. He has a 3.07 ERA with 31 punchouts and 15 walks in 29 1/3 innings. Owners should grab him if he is available but don't expect him to run away with the job for long. Saturday, 9:01 pm
  • Scherzer give up four runs in 6 1/3 in win
    Max Scherzer was charged with four runs in 6 1/3 innings but still earned a win, striking out six and walking three as the Nationals beat the Braves 11-9 on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up three runs in the second inning. He was relieved in the seventh inning with a runner on base that later came around to score on a Blake Treinen wild pitch. It was not one of Scherzer's best outings but he got the win nonetheless as the Nationals' offense erupted for 11 runs. Scherzer helped himself in that regard, going 2-for-4 at the plate while driving in two runs and scoring another. He now has a 13-7 record with a 3.05 ERA and continues to lead the majors with 217 strikeouts in 174 innings. Saturday, 8:34 pm
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Mets option Erik Goeddel back to Triple-A
    Mets optioned RHP Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Goeddel was sent out to make room on the roster for Jim Henderson who is returning from the disabled list on Saturday. The 27-year-old registered a 4.18 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 27/7 K/BB ratio over 28 innings out of the Mets bullpen. He'll surely return once rosters expand in September. Saturday, 10:42 am
  • Zack Greinke solid for seven innings
    Zack Greinke pitched seven innings and allowed two runs Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Greinke bounced back nicely from the horrific start Sunday against the Red Sox. The quality of opponents likely had something to do with his last two results, but then, the Padres offense isn't so bad, at least for the top half of the order. Friday, 11:49 pm
  • Cueto limits Mets to one run in seven in win
    Johnny Cueto fired seven innings of one-run ball in an 8-1 win over the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Cueto came into Friday’s game with a 5.55 over his last four starts, so this was nice to see. Of course, it helped that he was facing the scuffling Mets. He struck out only two batters, but didn’t walk anyone and the only mistake was a long solo homer to Curtis Granderson in the second inning. Cueto will try to build off this one when he faces the Dodgers in a critical NL West showdown next week in Los Angeles. Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Enrique Burgos moving into closer role?
    Enrique Burgos holds a 0.87 ERA and 23/10 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 relief innings since being recalled last month.

    Advice: He hasn't earned any saves yet over that stretch, but Jake Barrett has struggled of late and it looks like Burgos might move into the ninth inning. The 25-year-old hasn't given up an earned run in his last 13 appearances, although he did serve up a bases-clearing double Thursday (all three runs were charged to Barrett). Burgos is worth a speculative pick-up in fantasy leagues. Friday, 8:53 am
  • Rodriguez (hamstring) on track for Sunday
    Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) remains on track to start Sunday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Rodriguez exited his last outing versus the Orioles with tightness in his left hamstring, but he'll be fine. The left-hander had tossed four hitless innings while striking out seven before leaving his last start. Friday, 5:54 am
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Duffey knocked out after 3 2/3 innings by KC
    Tyler Duffey wasn't long for Thursday's game, allowing five runs over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: The outing was actually not as bad as it looked on paper, as four of the Royals' five runs came on one swing of the bat by Alex Gordon. Duffey allowed just one other hit and walked three before exiting, taking his ninth loss and snapping a three-game winning streak. Duffey will carry a 5.93 ERA into Wednesday's start against the Tigers as he looks to get back in the win column. Thursday, 9:35 pm
    Not Active
    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Paxton (elbow) to make rehab start Saturday
    James Paxton (elbow) felt good after Thursday's bullpen session.

    Advice: Paxton is slated to pitch three innings Saturday in a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma. It's unclear if Paxton will need another rehab start after that or if he'll be ready to rejoin the Mariners' starting rotation. Paxton was placed on the disabled list after taking a comebacker off his left elbow in a start against the Angels on August 7. Thursday, 4:54 pm
  • Matt Boyd holds Red Sox to one run
    Matt Boyd held the Red Sox to one run in six innings Thursday in a no-decision.

    Advice: Boyd took advantage of facing a tired lineup missing both David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia and avenged one of the worst outings of all-time; last July, in his only previous start against Boston, he gave up seven runs without retiring a batter. Boyd has a nice 2.06 ERA in seven starts and a relief appearance since the beginning of July. We don't think he'll keep it up, but he's been a big help to the Tigers of late. Thursday, 1:50 pm
  • Clay Buchholz strong for six innings
    Clay Buchholz pitched six innings of one-run ball Thursday in a no-decision against the Tigers.

    Advice: Buchholz made his case to remain in the rotation following Steven Wright's return from the disabled list. He might head back to the bullpen anyway, but it would likely be just temporary; he'll be needed to make more starts in September. Thursday, 1:45 pm
  • Rockies pound Strasburg for nine earned runs
    Stephen Strasburg was obliterated in Wednesday's 12-10 loss to the Rockies, yielding nine runs on nine hits over 1 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Seven of the nine runs on Strasburg's line came home in a nightmare first inning. One run scored in the frame courtesy of a Nolan Arenado RBI single, while the other six came on a trio of RBI doubles by Gerardo Parra, Tony Walters and opposing pitcher Jon Gray. We will just chalk this up as an aberration for Strasburg -- though he has struggled by degrees in each of his last three starts. Even after Wednesday's debacle, he still holds a 3.59 season ERA. A road showdown with the Orioles is next on his schedule. Wednesday, 4:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Happ yields four runs but records 17th win
    J.A. Happ yielded four earned runs over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday in a win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Happ wasn't at his sharpest, surrendering three home runs, but he did strike out nine and he managed to collect his 17th win of the season with the help of the Blue Jays' offensive attack. Happ's ERA is back up in the 3.00s (3.05) after dipping down to 2.96 following his six scoreless innings of work last week against the Rays. He is probably going to get some Cy Young votes if he can finish the season strong. Wednesday, 1:07 pm
    L, 6-3 vs LAA
  • Eduardo Rodriguez (hammy) on track for Sun.
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday that it looks like Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) will make his next start Sunday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Rodriguez left his start Tuesday night against the Orioles after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring, but he felt good after the game and even better when he reported back to Camden Yards on Wednesday afternoon. This doesn't sound like a hamstring strain. Rodriguez had thrown four hitless innings Tuesday versus the O's and boasts a 2.52 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings since his return to the major league rotation in mid-July. Wednesday, 11:51 am
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Rubby De La Rosa to rehab his elbow injury
    Rubby De La Rosa will attempt to rehabilitate his right elbow injury.

    Advice: De La Rosa's elbow MRI was sent to Dr. James Andrews this week and the famous surgeon recommended a rehab program rather than a surgical procedure. De La Rosa will attempt to throw a bullpen session this weekend and is aiming to rejoin the Diamondbacks in September, though it will probably be in a relief role. He's going to scrap his changeup because throwing that pitch causes his elbow the most discomfort. Wednesday, 11:01 am
    60-Day DL
    Top 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • Farrell: E-Rod (hammy) could take next turn
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said he's optimistic Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) won't have to miss a turn in the starting rotation.

    Advice: Rodriguez left his start Tuesday against the Orioles after four hitless innings because of tightness in his left hamstring, but the leg loosened up as the night went on and Farrell told reporters after the game that he felt the team caught the issue before it became something serious. Rodriguez has been excellent in three of his last four outings. Tuesday, 7:45 pm
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • E-Rod left his start with hamstring tightness
    Eduardo Rodriguez departed his start Tuesday against the Orioles because of left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Rodriguez was able to walk off the field under his own power, so we can hope he did not suffer a hamstring strain. The young left-hander was working on a no-hitter through four innings at Camden Yards, having racked up seven strikeouts against one walk. He will be reevaluted on Wednesday. Tuesday, 5:52 pm
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Eduardo Rodriguez leaves start due to injury
    Eduardo Rodriguez left his start Tuesday against the Orioles with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Rodriguez had worked four innings of hitless ball with seven strikeouts and a walk. There should be an update out of Baltimore within the next hour or so. Tuesday, 5:40 pm
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Paxton (elbow) to throw 'pen session Thurs.
    James Paxton (elbow) plans to throw a bullpen session Thursday.

    Advice: Paxton was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a bruised left elbow, but the move was made retroactive to August 8 and he could return to the Mariners' rotation late next week after one rehab start. The southpaw was struck in the elbow by a comebacker during an outing August 7 against the Angels. He still has some swelling, but it's getting better. Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Mariners place James Paxton (elbow) on DL
    Mariners placed LHP James Paxton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 8, with a bruised left elbow.

    Advice: Paxton took a comebacker off his pitching elbow during a start August 7 against the Angels and is still being bothered by discomfort. It's obviously not something to mess with. Ariel Miranda is starting in his place on Tuesday night against the Angels. Tuesday, 2:08 pm
  • Max Scherzer struggles at Coors
    Max Scherzer struggled through four innings Monday, allowing four runs and seven hits in a no-decision against the Rockies.

    Advice: It's Scherzer's shortest start in almost exactly a year; he gave up six runs in three innings Aug. 14, 2015 against the Giants. In his previous 24 starts this year, he had gone at least six innings 22 times and five innings the other two outings. Fortunately, the Nationals pen picked him up tonight in what turned out to be a 5-4 win. Monday, 9:29 pm
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Ross (shoulder) to throw bullpen session
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Monday that Joe Ross (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session while the team is in Denver this week.

    Advice: Ross was pulled off his minor league rehab assignment earlier this month due to renewed soreness in his right shoulder, but he's ramping things up again. The Nationals figure to decide on the next step depending on how he feels after the bullpen session. Ross has been sidelined since July 2. Aug 15, 4:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • James Paxton (elbow) won't start Tuesday
    James Paxton (elbow) won't start Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Paxton took a line drive off his throwing elbow in his most recent start last Sunday and is still feeling some discomfort. The disabled list would appear to be a strong possibility at this point. Ariel Miranda will start in his place on Tuesday. Aug 15, 4:10 pm
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