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  • White Sox recall Daniel Webb from AAA
    White Sox recalled RHP Daniel Webb from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Webb will serve as the 26th man for the White Sox in Thursday's doubleheader at Baltimore's Camden Yards. The 25-year-old right-hander did the same thing in April. Rotoworld.com
    36 minutes ago
  • Orioles recall Tyler Wilson from AAA level
    Orioles recalled RHP Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Wilson will start the first half of the Orioles' doubleheader Thursday against the White Sox. The 25-year-old right-hander has posted a decent 3.29 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 32/7 K/BB ratio in 41 innings this season at the Triple-A level, but he's not the most attractive fantasy streaming option against a good White Sox offense. Rotoworld.com
    51 minutes ago
     
    10:05 am vs ^ CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Rays activate Ryan Brett from disabled list
    Rays activated INF Ryan Brett from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Brett missed over a month with a left shoulder subluxation, and there's no longer a need for him on the Rays' active major league roster. The 23-year-old appeared in just three games for Tampa Bay before getting hurt. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:21 am
     
    15-Day DL
  • Phillips (toe) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Brandon Phillips (toe) struck out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday in the Reds' loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Phillips reaggravated the turf toe in his left foot on Monday, but that he was used as a pinch-hitter Wednesday is a good indication that he is going to avoid the disabled list. The veteran second baseman is slashing .297/.335/.355 with two home runs and 18 RBI in 41 games this year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:18 am
  • Brock Holt (arm) goes 2-for-4 in return Wed.
    Brock Holt (arm) went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored Wednesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Holt hadn't played since taking a line drove off his arm on Sunday afternoon. But he only suffered a bruise. The 26-year-old utilityman is batting .305/.383/.442 with 12 runs scored in 31 games this season for the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:15 am
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Cowgill (hand) headed to the disabled list
    Collin Cowgill (hand) is headed to the disabled list.

    Advice: Cowgill has been unable to hit since injuring his right hand during batting practice Sunday. There should be an exact diagnosis at some point Thursday. The 29-year-old outfielder is sporting a rough .180/.231/.295 slash line through 35 games this season for Anaheim. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:00 am
  • Angels option Marc Krauss to AAA level
    Angels optioned 1B Marc Krauss to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Krauss had a couple of timely hits in his two-week stay with the Halos, but he ultimately posted a disappointing .143/.211/.286 overall batting line. This move clears a roster spot for outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was acquired from the Mets on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:51 am
     
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Grant Balfour, 37, leaning toward retirement
    Grant Balfour is said to be leaning toward retirement.

    Advice: Balfour opted out of his minor league contract with the Rays on Wednesday after allowing nine hits and four walks in 9 2/3 innings at Triple-A Durham. The 37-year-old right-hander is still hauling in $7 million this season from a deal signed with Tampa Bay two offseasons ago. If this is indeed it, Balfour, a native of Australia, will finish his major league career with a cool 3.49 ERA, 1.219 WHIP, and 84 saves. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:43 am
     
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  • Matt Adams to undergo surgery on torn quad
    Matt Adams will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn right quadriceps muscle.

    Advice: The same 3-4 month timetable holds, though that still could mean the rest of the season for the big first baseman. Adams tore his right quad on Tuesday night while legging out a double. Mark Reynolds has taken over as the Cardinals' starting first baseman and holds a good amount of mixed-league fantasy value as a power threat in a deep lineup. It's another tough blow for the Cards, and yet they have the best record and run differential in Major League Baseball. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:32 am
     
    15-Day DL
  • Grilli escapes danger to lock down 14th save
    Jason Grilli coughed up a run in the ninth against the Dodgers on Wednesday but held on to notch his 14th save in a 3-2 win.

    Advice: With one out, Grilli served up an Alex Guerrero solo homer to right. Andre Ethier next singled, but Grilli ended the affair in a timely fashion after that. It's highly questionable whether Grilli is a superior ninth inning option to Jim Johnson -- who tossed another scoreless eighth and boasts a 2.42 ERA -- but the former is 14-for-15 in save chances (ranking No. 2 in the NL in saves) and isn't in danger of losing his job at the moment. Of course, with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP, a big implosion or two could change that. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Pederson has a pair of singles in loss to ATL
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 on Wednesday as the Dodgers lost to the Braves 3-2.

    Advice: Pederson, 23, went 7-for-13 in the three-game set against Atlanta. He boasts a .945 OPS and is on pace for 42 homers, 81 RBI and 95 runs. The heavy frontrunner for NL Rookie of the Year honors has secured leadoff duties for the foreseeable future (and perhaps decade) by posting a .392 OBP with an outstanding walk rate. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Wood beats Dodgers in return to the mound
    Alex Wood permitted just one run and struck out six over seven frames in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: He scattered seven hits and declined to issue a free pass. The stellar showing was good to see after Wood was scratched from his last start on Friday because of a stomach virus. He showed no ill effects here, keeping at bay a dangerous Dodgers lineup in Los Angeles. Wood has a decent 3.50 ERA, but it comes with a terrible 1.50 WHIP and only 38 strikeouts over 54 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Greinke yields 1 ER or less in each May start
    Zack Greinke painted six innings of one-run ball and struck out nine in a no-decision against the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Greinke will not make another start in May, which means he didn't give up more than one run in any start this month. Thus far, Greinke's surface level performance has given off whiffs of his dominant 2009 with the Royals. Why will he not accrue 10.1 WAR again or continue to pitch quite this well? Diminishing stuff (it's still good): Greinke struck out 242 in 2009, whereas he's whiffed 49 in 61 innings this year. Tonight, he set a new season-high in strikeouts by two. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Middlebrooks has 5 multi-hit games in past 8
    Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 5-4 win against the Angels.

    Advice: Middlebrooks' two-run round-tripper off Garrett Richards in the fourth inning gave the Padres a 3-2 lead in an eventual 5-4 triumph. He continues to be a frustrating asset in NL-only leagues, though the third baseman has performed better of late. Middlebrooks has exactly two hits in five of his last eight games. Of course, in the other three he had zero. He's slashing .226/.260/.397 with six homers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • C Perez collects a pair of hits and two RBI
    Carlos Perez finished 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Perez has taken advantage of Chris Iannetta's season-long Mr. Magoo impersonation at the plate to steal most of the catching at-bats. He's playing just well enough to continue to garner those plate appearances, posting a head-above-water .279/.289/.395 slash line. Perez is not yet drawing walks, but perhaps more will come as he continues to get more comfortable in the batter's box. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Cashner gets back in the win column vs. LAA
    Andrew Cashner yielded three runs on eight hits across seven innings Wednesday in a 5-4 victory versus the Angels.

    Advice: Cashner struck out six and walked one. The right-hander is pitching pretty well on the whole this season -- he has a 3.00 ERA and 1.27 WHIP through 10 starts -- but the win improves his record to a still unsightly 2-7 and the Padres are 2-8 in his starts. Between shoddy defense and an offense that no-shows his outings, Cashner would be forgiven for feeling persecuted. His prognosis will improve as his luck normalizes, as it did tonight (zero errors, five runs of support). Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • SP Richards falters in loss vs. the Padres
    Garrett Richards lasted 6 2/3 innings and allowed five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in a loss Wednesday to the Padres.

    Advice: He whiffed six and issued two free passes. Richards (3.12 ERA) still doesn't look like the pitcher he was prior to tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee last August, but he's given us encouraging signs. Perhaps the biggest was the quick return of his high-octane velocity. Richards has struggled with his command. He's walked fewer than two batters in just one of eight starts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Jason Heyward homers to lead Cardinals
    Jason Heyward hit a game-tying homer in the ninth inning Wednesday as the Cardinals beat the Diamondbacks 4-3.

    Advice: The Cardinals went on to win on a game-ending error from catcher Jordan Pacheco in the ninth. Heyward's homer was his third in 10 games and fifth overall. He's had a miserable season, which is why he was batting eighth against a right-hander tonight, but he's still playing quite a bit better now than he did in April. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Brad Ziegler blows save in ninth
    Brad Ziegler took a blown save and a loss after giving up two runs -- one earned -- in the ninth Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Ziegler blew the save immediately, giving up a leadoff homer to Jason Heyward in the ninth. After that came a single, a groundout, an intentional walk, a walk and then what looked like an inning-ending double play ball. It turned out to be the game-winner for the Cardinals since a sliding Peter Bourjos hit catcher Jordan Pacheco's leg as he was making the home-to-first relay, sending the throw into right field. Ziegler should hang on to closing duties for now. It was his first blown save in three tries since he replaced Addison Reed. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Mark Trumbo hits eighth homer in loss
    Mark Trumbo hit his eighth homer and walked twice versus the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Trumbo hit two homers in the series against the Cardinals, one of several potential suitors for his services this summer. It wouldn't have seemed like a fit a day ago, but with Matt Adams (quad) out for a few months and perhaps the rest of the season, a power-hitting first baseman -- one better than Mark Reynolds -- might be a need for St. Louis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Matt Adams (quad) expected to miss 3-4 months
    Matt Adams is expected to miss 3-4 months with a strained right quad, the team announced Wednesday.

    Advice: It's still unclear whether he'll require surgery, but either way his season is officially in jeopardy. Mark Reynolds moves into an everyday role with the injury, and the NL Central-leading Cardinals may be forced to look outside the organization for help at some point. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:41 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Cowgill (hand) to meet with doctors Wednesday
    Collin Cowgill (hand) will meet with doctors Wednesday.

    Advice: Cowgill tried to swing a bat recently without much success. A trip to the disabled list could be in store. More should be known after his meeting with doctors on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:27 pm
  • Matt Adams could need surgery on right quad
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that Matt Adams could need surgery on his right quad.

    Advice: Adams injured the quad Tuesday while legging out a double and the Cardinals are still determining whether it's a Grade 2 or Grade 3 strain. Grade 3 is the most severe and would almost certainly require a surgical procedure. Either way, Adams is looking at a lengthy absence. Mark Reynolds will serve as the Cardinals' primary first baseman. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:03 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Matt Adams (quad) placed on disabled list
    Cardinals placed 1B Matt Adams on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how severe the strain is, so a timetable for Adams' return isn't known at the moment. It certainly figures to be more than a minimum stay on the DL, though, and could be a rather lengthy one. Mark Reynolds will handle first base in the meantime. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:33 am
     
    15-Day DL
  • Ryan Flaherty activated from disabled list
    Orioles activated INF Ryan Flaherty from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Flaherty is playing second base and hitting seventh for the O's Wednesday. He's battled a groin issue for over a month -- an injury that caused two DL stints -- but is convinced he's over it now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:42 am
     
    10:05 am vs CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Angels pick up Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Mets
    Angels acquired OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment last week and has now found a new home. He can back up at all three outfield spots for the Halos. The 27-year-old has fared well in the minors but sports just a .230/.302/.374 batting line over parts of four seasons in the majors. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Angels acquire Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Mets
    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Angels have acquired Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the Mets in a trade.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment last week and New York had been working on a deal to move him elsewhere. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times says the Mets will receive cash considerations in return. The outfielder is a career .230/.302/.374 hitter over parts of four seasons and can serve as a backup at all three outfield spots. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:48 am
  • Johnny Cueto (elbow) aiming to start Sunday
    The Reds are shooting for Sunday against the Nationals for Johnny Cueto's (elbow) return to the rotation.

    Advice: Cueto will play catch Wednesday before throwing a bullpen session Friday. If he feels good the next day on Saturday, he's expected to be cleared to take the ball Sunday. Cueto was cleared of any structural damage in his right elbow and the Reds hope he'll be fine after what would be 11 days of rest in between starts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:07 am
  • Brandon Phillips (toe) still out Wednesday
    Brandon Phillips (toe) remained out of the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Phillips recently aggravated a turf toe issue that initially cropped up a couple weeks ago. The Reds are hoping he'll be ready to play Friday after Thursday's off day. Skip Schumaker is filling in at second base Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Grant Balfour opts out of minors deal
    Rays released RHP Grant Balfour.

    Advice: Balfour exercised the opt-out deal in his contract that was agreed upon when he re-signed with the Rays at the beginning of this month. The veteran reliever struck out 11 while posting a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham. He shouldn't have an issue catching on elsewhere quickly, though it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to land a major league contract. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:52 am
     
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  • Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) draws IBB as PH
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) drew an intentional walk as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Cabrera hasn't started the last two games due to a minor groin strain. He expects to be back in the lineup on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:13 am
  • Price blanks Athletics over 7 frames in a win
    David Price fired seven innings of scoreless baseball en route to a win on Tuesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Price scattered five hits -- four of which were singles -- and a walk while striking out three on the night. The Tigers' offense had opportunities to provide him more run support, but they were caught stealing in three of four attempts. Luckily, the one run was good enough to net Price the win. He's 4-1 now with a 2.97 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 57/14 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Price finishes off a road trip against the Angels in his next start. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:06 pm
  • Matt Adams (quad) expected to land on DL
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that he has a "high level" of concern about Matt Adams's right quad injury and a disabled list move is expected.

    Advice: Adams strained his quad while rounding first base on a double in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game. It sounds like he could require a lengthy stay on the disabled list, although more won't be known until he presumably undergoes an MRI. Mark Reynolds is in line to play regularly at first base while Adams is out, and the team could bring up Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:24 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Matt Adams diagnosed with strained quad
    Matt Adams has been diagnosed with a strained right quad.

    Advice: Adams pulled his quad while rounding first base on a double in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game. He was awfully gimpy while walking off, so a trip to the disabled list looks likely. Mark Reynolds would be in line to take over at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:27 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Matt Adams leaves with apparent quad injury
    Matt Adams exited Tuesday's game versus the Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with an apparent right quad injury.

    Advice: Adams pulled up lame while rounding first base as he gingerly pulled into second base with a double. He was able to walk off the field under his own power but did so with a noticeable limp. More should be known about his status later Tuesday, but it certainly looked like something that could lead to a disabled list stint. Mark Reynolds would be in line to take over at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:59 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Brandon Phillips out Tuesday due to turf toe
    Brandon Phillips is out of the Reds' lineup Tuesday after aggravating his turf toe.

    Advice: It's an issue that has been nagging the veteran second baseman for a couple of weeks, and Phillips might now be looking at an extended absence. Kristopher Negron will fill in at second on Tuesday night against the Rockies. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • Cueto (elbow) plans to play catch Wednesday
    Johnny Cueto (elbow) will play catch Wednesday.

    Advice: Cueto had to be scratched from his last turn in the Reds' rotation due to stiffness in his pitching elbow, but an MRI taken Tuesday showed no structural damage. It's unclear when he will make his next start, but this is all obviously good news. The ace right-hander has registered a 3.03 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 60/12 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings this season for the Reds. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:13 pm
  • Phillips not in Tuesday's lineup
    Brandon Phillips is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kris Negron will fill in at second base. Meanwhile, Zack Cozart will slide into the leadoff spot. Phillips recently missed a couple of games with turf toe and the Reds should pass along an update soon if it's bothering him again. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:22 pm
  • Cabrera (groin) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mariners.

    Advice: Cabrera made an early exit Sunday with a mild groin strain and will now miss his second straight game. Tim Beckham will start at shortstop Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:09 pm
  • Cueto (elbow) has no structural damage
    Johnny Cueto underwent an MRI on Tuesday which showed no structural damage in his throwing elbow.

    Advice: The Reds and Cueto were optimistic that it wasn't anything serious, but he was sent for tests just to be on the safe side. It's unclear whether he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, but this is encouraging news. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:32 am
  • Johnny Cueto to undergo MRI on elbow
    Johnny Cueto will undergo an MRI on his elbow on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cueto was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to a stiff pitching elbow, but his agent Bryce Dixon said the right-hander is optimistic he's only dealing with fatigue. We should have a better idea about his status soon. In the meantime, the Reds and fantasy owners will cross their fingers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:01 am
  • Cowgill (hand) serves as pinch-runner
    Collin Cowgill (hand) served as a pinch-runner Monday against the Padres and scored the winning run.

    Advice: Cowgill was scratched from Sunday's lineup after he felt pain in his top hand while swinging in batting practice. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to the lineup, but that the Angels were willing to use him as a pinch-runner indicates that it might not be long. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:43 am
  • Mark Trumbo goes deep in Arizona's loss
    Mark Trumbo slugged a game-tying, two-run homer in the eighth inning of Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: His blast after an Ender Inciarte single came off of terrific reliever Kevin Siegrist, as the D'Backs knotted things up before the Cards eventually won in the 10th. Trumbo has given Arizona pretty much what they should have expected this season with a .264/.303/.507 batting line and seven home runs. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:49 pm
  • Cueto (elbow) expected to miss just one start
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that he doesn't expect Johnny Cueto (elbow) to miss any more starts.

    Advice: Cueto had to be scratched from an outing Sunday due to a stiff pitching elbow, but the club doesn't consider the ailment to be serious. He'll throw a bullpen session in a few days and be cleared to rejoin the rotation presumably this weekend against the Nationals. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:57 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) aims to return Tues.
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) expects to return Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera is out of the Rays' starting lineup on Monday night against the Mariners after leaving Sunday's game with a groin strain. The strain is of the minor variety. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:01 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) sitting out Monday
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) is not in the Rays' starting lineup on Monday night versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Cabrera was forced from Sunday's series finale against the A's with a mild groin strain. He's considered day-to-day. Tim Beckham is at shortstop on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:51 am
  • Heyward (hip) returns to Cards' lineup Monday
    Jason Heyward (hip) is in the Cardinals' starting lineup Monday versus the visiting Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Heyward sat out Saturday and Sunday in Kansas City with some lingering tightness in his left hip. He's starting in right field and batting seventh on Memorial Day. Matt Holliday is in left and Peter Bourjos is in center. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:09 am
  • Cabrera leaves with mild groin strain Sunday
    Asdrubal Cabrera was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Athletics with a mild groin strain.

    Advice: Cabrera felt a pop in his groin area while scurrying back to second base in the seventh inning. While he's sore, he thinks he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list and should return to the lineup in a couple of days. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:08 pm
  • X-Rays come bace negative for Cowgill (hand)
    Collin Cowgill was scratched from Sunday's game against the Red Sox after he hurt his top hand while swinging in batting practice pregame.

    Advice: He was sent out for precautionary X-rays which came back negative. Cowgill has also been battling back tightness in recent days, which many had thought was the reason for his late scratch from Sunday's lineup. He should be considered day-to-day and looks as though he'll avoid a trip to the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:39 pm
  • Brock Holt removed after hit by line drive
    Brock Holt was removed early from Sunday's game against the Angels after he was struck in the arm by a line drive.

    Advice: Holt hung around for another few innings afterwards, but claimed he started to lose feeling in his arm as the game wore on. Pablo Sandoval replaced him and finished the game at third base for the Red Sox. Holt should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:32 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Collin Cowgill (back) scratched from lineup
    Collin Cowgill was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to back tightness.

    Advice: Cowgill has been battling the ailment for a few days. He's day-to-day. Matt Joyce has taken his spot in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:28 am
  • Jason Heyward (hip) sitting out again Sunday
    Jason Heyward (hip) remained out of the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's now sat out two straight contests with tightness in his left hip. Heyward is considered day-to-day. Randal Grichuk is getting another start in right field. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:26 am
  • Pederson slugs 12th homer, Dodgers top Pads
    Joc Pederson slugged his 12th home run of the season Saturday in the Dodgers' defeat of the Padres.

    Advice: It was a first-inning solo shot off Padres starter Ian Kennedy. Pederson, 23, boasts a .943 OPS through 42 games this season and he's on pace for 46 homers and 100 runs scored. Just give him the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Jason Heyward sitting out with hip tightness
    Jason Heyward (hip) is not in the Cardinals lineup Saturday.

    Advice: He started feeling tightness in his hip late in Friday's 5-0 loss to Kansas City. Manager Mike Matheny said Heyward is available off the bench and should be back in the lineup on Sunday. Randal Grichuk is getting the start in right field. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:13 pm
  • Middlebrooks starting at shortstop Saturday
    Will Middlebrooks will make his first career start at shortstop Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Middlebooks played one inning at shortstop against the Diamondbacks on May 10. With Middlebrooks occupying shortstop, Cory Spangenberg will draw the start at third base. Alexi Amarista, who has started at shortstop for 31 of San Diego's 44 games this season, will get the night off. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:50 pm
  • Cueto to miss next start with elbow stiffness
    Johnny Cueto will miss his scheduled start on Sunday due to elbow stiffnesss.

    Advice: Cueto believes that it's a minor issue and that he should only miss the one start. Raisel Iglesias will start in his place on Sunday against the Indians. If he indeed misses just the one start, he'll work next Saturday against the Nationals. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:51 am
  • Johnny Cueto has next start pushed back
    Johnny Cueto's scheduled start on Sunday has been pushed back.

    Advice: Raisel Iglesias will start in Cueto's place against the Indians on Sunday. Cueto has been bothered by general stiffness since his last start, but doesn't appear to be a major issue. It's unclear if he'll just be pushed back one day until Monday, or if he'll work later in the week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:10 am
  • Orioles option Tyler Wilson to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned RHP Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He was sent out to open a spot in the bullpen for Oliver Drake. The 25-year-old posted a 4.50 ERA, 2.50 WHIP and 1/0 K/BB ratio in his two innings with the big league club. He should get another opportunity with the Orioles at some point during the season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:30 am
     
    10:05 am vs ^ CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Joc Pederson hits 11th homer in victory
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 and hit a tiebreaking homer off Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning Friday as the Dodgers beat the Padres 2-1.

    Advice: That's 11 homers for Pederson, so he's still on pace for right around 40. Of course, he's not going to keep that up, but he's the obvious Rookie of the Year favorite at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:57 pm
  • Zack Greinke strong against Padres
    Zack Greinke pitched 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: That was good enough to lower Greinke's ERA from 1.52 all of the way down to 1.48. He's allowed exactly one run in eaco of his last four starts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:56 pm
  • Richards wins despite shaky outing
    Garrett Richards allowed a season-high five runs over six-plus innings in Friday's 12-5 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Back in the place where he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee last August, Richards wasn't particularly sharp, as he gave up nine hits and two walks while hitting a batter. He was pulled with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Fortunately for him, he got plenty of run support. Oddly, Richards struck out just one of the 29 batters he faced Friday. He hasn't exactly looked like the ace he was prior to his knee surgery, but he still owns a quality 2.98 ERA through his first seven starts this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Alex Wood expected to make his next start
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday that Alex Wood will make his next scheduled start on Wednesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Wood was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to a stomach virus. Gonzalez also noted that Wood could be available out of the bullpen the next couple of days. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Ryan Brett ready for rehab assignment
    Ryan Brett (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Sunday.

    Advice: Brett has been out for nearly a month with a subluxation of the left shoulder. He'll probably be sent down to Triple-A Durham once ready. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:44 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Alex Wood scratched due to stomach virus
    Alex Wood has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start against the Brewers due to a stomach virus.

    Advice: Eric Stults will fill in. Wood should be feeling up to rejoining the rotation in a couple days, although it's unclear at the moment when the Braves will slot him back in. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:51 pm
  • Brock Holt goes 0-for-3 against Rangers
    Brock Holt went 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out looking to end the game Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Holt's great start seems like a distance memory now; he's hitting .149 with one RBI in 47 at-bats since April 27. The Red Sox are playing him less with Shane Victorino (kind of) back, but he has started the last two days with Pablo Sandoval banged up. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:07 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Price whiffs season-high 12 against Astros
    David Price had everything working in a no-decision against the Astros on Thursday afternoon, striking out 12 and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The Tigers gave Price a 5-0 lead, but despite a very, very strong start, he faltered late (the Astros scored three times in seventh before Price was lifted) and did not factor in the decision, though his team did manage to eke out a 6-5 win in 11 innings. Despite the late disappointment, the 12 strikeouts marked a season high for Price, who now holds a strong 54/13 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings. He allowed just five hits while walking one in the contest. With the outing, Price dropped his ERA and WHIP to 3.32 and 1.21, respectively. A road start against the A's is up next for the ace southpaw. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:51 pm
  • Heyward goes 0-for-3 in shutout loss vs NYM
    Jason Heyward went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Heyward's one strikeout was actually on the nice side of things, as all five of his teammates hitting above him whiffed at least twice. The 0-for-3 continued a disappointing season for Heyward in his new home, as the outfielder is hitting just .245/.300/.388 with four homers, 12 RBI and 23 runs scored. We hope for an upswing as the season rolls along, though we've tempered our expectations. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:59 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera not in Rays' lineup Thurs.
    Asdrubal Cabrera is not in the Rays' starting lineup Thursday evening against the Athletics.

    Advice: Nick Franklin will get his first start at shortstop this season. Cabrera is just getting a day of rest. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:28 am
  • Flaherty (groin) expected to begin rehab soon
    Ryan Flaherty (groin) is expected to begin playing in rehab games with Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday or Monday.

    Advice: Flaherty has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 12 because of a mild right groin strain. He should be ready to return when first eligible and will likely resume getting regular starts at second base for the Orioles, who will be without Jonathan Schoop (knee) until mid-July. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:22 am
     
    10:05 am vs CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Brandon Phillips goes 3-for-5, doubles
    Brandon Phillips went 3-for-5 with an RBI double against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's because he was batting second, and everyone the Reds have had bat second this year has experienced incredible success, for some reason. Of course, since no one else hits besides the No. 2 hitter, the Reds scored just that one run tonight. Phillips is batting .314. Incredibly, he's stolen five bases this month after stealing none in April, two in 121 games last year and five in 151 games in 2013. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:07 pm
  • Grilli shuts down Rays to grab his 12th save
    Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth against the Rays, picking up his 12th save as the Braves won 2-1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Grilli allowed a two-out single to Brandon Guyer, but got Kevin Kiermaier to ground out to end the contest. Despite some struggles and some issues with back spasms, Grilli is 12-for-13 in save opportunities with a 4.73 ERA and a 19/5 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Heyward homers to help Cards trample Mets
    Jason Heyward had two hits and a walk in five trips to the plate, including a solo home run as the Cardinals routed the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Heyward swatted a solo home run to right-center in the fourth inning, helping to start a six-run outburst. The 25-year-old outfielder has a meager .250/.306/.396 triple-slash line with four home runs and 12 RBI on the year. The Cardinals are hoping the summer months heat up his bat. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Adams ends power drought, homers in a win
    Matt Adams ended his power drought, going 2-for-5 with a three-run home run as the Cardinals trampled the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Adams hadn't registered an extra-base hit in the month of May until his fourth-inning three-run blast off of Bartolo Colon. The slugger has four round-trippers on the season along with 18 RBI and a .250/.277/.379 triple-slash line. As a result of the slump, Adams has seen slightly reduced playing time, particularly against left-handers, but if he's able to heat up, he'll reclaim regular at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:35 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Krauss doubles, sends Angels to a victory
    Mark Krauss helped the Angels take a late lead and an eventual win with a two-run double on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: First baseman Albert Pujols had to leave the game after he was hit on the wrist by a pitch, so Krauss replaced him at first base. He turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead when he hit a seventh-inning double to plate two runs off of Steve Delabar. Krauss had been 1-for-13 since his promotion on May 12. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:50 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Brett (shoulder) plays in extended spring
    Ryan Brett (shoulder) has played in two extended spring training games.

    Advice: Brett should be cleared to begin a rehab assignment soon, although he seems likely to be optioned to Triple-A Durham once ready. He's been out for nearly a month with a subluxation of the left shoulder. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:45 am
     
    15-Day DL
  • Cueto allows three runs in loss to Royals
    Johnny Cueto allowed three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Cueto was uncharacteristically hittable in the loss, allowing nine hits while striking out just four. The loss dropped him to 3-4 despite a strong 3.03 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. He'll attempt to get back in the win column Monday against the Rockies. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Cabrera lifts second home run in win over ATL
    Asdrubal Cabrera hit his second home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Cabrera hit a solo shot off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the fourth inning, his only hit in four at-bats. Cabrera was given a prime opportunity early in the season, batting third for 23 games for manager Kevin Cash, but he failed to capitalize and has now been moved lower in the order. The infielder is batting just .214 with his two homers and 11 RBI in 39 games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:14 pm
  • Adams not in Tuesday's lineup
    Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Mark Reynolds will start at first base with left-hander Jon Niese on the mound for New York. He's batting sixth. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:40 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Heyward not in Tuesday's lineup
    Jason Heyward is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mets.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against southpaw Jon Niese. Peter Bourjos will start in center field and bat leadoff while Randal Grichuk will start in right field and bat second. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:38 pm
  • Mets designate Nieuwenhuis for assignment
    Mets designated OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis for assignment.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis had just three hits over his first 38 at-bats this season, so the Mets decided to make a change. Darrell Ceciliani has been called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to serve as an extra outfielder. The 27-year-old Nieuwenhuis has had real issues making contact in the majors, so there's a chance he'll pass through waivers unclaimed. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:33 am
  • Mets to designate Nieuwenhuis for assignment
    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have designated outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis for assignment.

    Advice: The Mets have yet to make an official announcement, but it's expected news. Nieuwenhuis is just 3-for-38 (.079) with 17 strikeouts over 27 games this season. The Mets are expected to call up outfielder Darrell Ceciliani from Triple-A in a corresponding roster move. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:00 am
  • Tyler Wilson recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Wilson has posted a 3.43 ERA with 29 strikeouts over 39 1/3 innings at Norfolk this season. He's expected to work in long relief. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:48 pm
     
    10:05 am vs ^ CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
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