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  • Mets call up Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A
    Mets purchased the contract of C Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: With Travis d'Arnaud (finger) injured, Plawecki is being called up to serve as the Mets' primary catcher. Known for his excellent contact ability, the 24-year-old has a .292/.368/.435 batting line in the minors to go along with a 129/98 K/BB ratio. He's worth a try in two-catcher mixed fantasy leagues.
    25 minutes ago
  • Mets place Blevins (arm) on 15-day DL
    Mets placed LHP Jerry Blevins on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 20, with a distal radius fracture of his left arm.

    Advice: Blevins will wear a splint on his arm for the next six weeks before being re-evaluated. He'll still need time to rebuild arm strength, so it sounds like he'll miss at least the next two months. The southpaw suffered the injury when he was hit by a comebacker on Sunday. It's a tough blow, as he has retired all 15 batters he has faced so far this season.
    33 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Mets transfer RHP Wheeler to 60-day DL
    Mets transferred RHP Zack Wheeler from the 15-day disabled to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Kevin Plawecki on the Mets' 40-man roster. Wheeler underwent Tommy John surgery last month and also had his flexor pronator repaired. The expectation is that he'll be out through at least the first couple of months of the 2016 season.
    43 minutes ago
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Wojciechowski lasts 4 innings in no-decision
    Asher Wojciechowski got a no-decision in Monday's win against the Mariners, yielding four runs in four innings.

    Advice: The right-hander allowed a bunch of base runners, as the Mariners racked up eight hits and drew two walks. Wojciechowski struck out six on the evening. Getting through the Mariners' tough lineup without allowing any home runs is an achievement at least. He'll get the Athletics on Oakland in his next start.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Rasmus homers as Astros top the Mariners
    Colby Rasmus went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's win against the Mariners.

    Advice: Rasmus broke a 2-2 tie with a fifth-inning home run off of Hisashi Iwakuma. As usual, he hasn't done much in the average or on-base percentage departments, but has hit for good power. Rasmus has a .200/.273/.500 with two home runs, a double, and a triple in 33 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Valbuena powers Astros with a pair of homers
    Luis Valbuena hit a pair of solo home runs and lifted a sacrifice fly to help the Astros beat the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Valbuena hit his first homer in the first inning off of Hisashi Iwakuma and his second in the eighth inning against Danny Farquhar. Valbuena, pushed out of the picture with the Cubs by the impending arrival of Kris Bryant, has been a nice find for the Astros. He has five home runs, seven RBI, and a .244/.304/.634 slash line in 46 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Graveman needs 73 pitches to get thru 3 IP
    Kendall Graveman was inefficient in a no-decision against the Angels on Monday, throwing 73 pitches while allowing three runs (two earned) in three-plus innings.

    Advice: Graveman issued back-to-back walks to start the fourth inning before he was replaced by Dan Otero. The right-hander allowed four hits in total along with three walks and two strikeouts. Despite a strong spring showing, Graveman has not looked good in two of his three starts thus far. He'll try to improve on his 6.94 ERA in his next start against the Astros at home.
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Alonso plates three runs in rout of Rockies
    Yonder Alonso plated three runs in a 2-for-4 effort as the Padres ran roughshod over the Rockies 14-3 on Monday.

    Advice: Alonso singled in two runs in the first inning and added a sacrifice fly in the second. The first baseman entered the season as one of the weaker-hitting players at his position but has been on fire in his first 52 plate appearances, carrying a .364/.453/.477 triple-slash line with one home run and seven RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Despaigne superb again as Padres top Rockies
    Odrisamer Despaigne picked up his second win of the season against the Rockies on Monday, limiting them to two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the fourth inning, when the Rockies enjoyed a pair of RBI singles, but they were too far behind for it to matter at that point. Despaigne gave up six hits and walked two while striking out five on the night. The right-hander has been excellent in three starts, owning a 1.47 ERA with a 0.34 WHIP and a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings. Despaigne will have to work against a tough Dodgers lineup at home in his next start.
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Report: Cubs to promote top prospect Russell
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs plan to call up infield prospect Addison Russell.

    Advice: Russell has played just five games at second base, but the Cubs have apparently seen enough that they think he's ready to help at the position in the majors. It certainly wouldn't be hard for him to represent an upgrade, as journeyman Jonathan Herrera has been seeing most of the playing time there of late. Russell is just 21, but he's a career .301/.377/.520 hitter so far in the minors and the consensus among scouts is that his bat his major league-ready. He needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • De La Rosa hammered in return to the mound
    Jorge De La Rosa's season debut didn't go well, as the lefty was hammered for nine runs (seven earned) in two innings in a loss to the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: De La Rosa missed the first two weeks of the season with a groin injury. The Padres had no issues squaring him up, as the lefty yielded nine hits and a walk while striking out three. The nine runs were split up with five in the first inning and four in the second. De La Rosa will try to bounce back in his next start at home against the Giants.
    Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Bruce Rondon (biceps) to throw off mound
    Bruce Rondon (biceps) will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rondon was shut down from throwing earlier this month, but he's been cleared for mound work after long-tossing for three consecutive days. "He's progressed, obviously," Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. "Now he's back to throwing, he's back to stretching out, he's back to throwing long toss and he's just ready to make the phase into throwing off the mound." It's not clear how long it might be until Rondon is ready for a rehab assignment.
    Yesterday, 3:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:08 pm vs NYY
  • Addison Russell playing some 2B at Triple-A
    Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell has started at second base in his last five games for Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: It's big news, obviously, since that's the position Russell probably has the best chance to crack at the major league level at the moment. "Being a little bit more proactive regarding prepping him for a need that might be open here," manager Joe Maddon said Monday. Russell is hitting .297/.308/.432 with one homer in the early going for Iowa and could potentially challenge for a promotion before long.
    Yesterday, 3:00 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Jorge De La Rosa activated from disabled list
    Rockies activated LHP Jorge De La Rosa from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll make his season debut on Monday against the Padres after getting a late start to the season due to a groin ailment. De La Rosa has fared pretty well in his career at Coors Field (3.98 ERA), but he's a risky play in this one against a good Padres lineup.
    Yesterday, 2:48 pm
  • Kennys Vargas not in Monday's lineup
    Kennys Vargas is not in the Twins' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. The Twins have the light-hitting Eduardo Escobar in the designated hitter spot against righty Edinson Volquez.
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Blevins to have splint on forearm for 6 weeks
    Jerry Blevins will have a splint on his fractured left forearm for the next six weeks.

    Advice: Blevins should be able to resume throwing once those six weeks are over, but then he'll need at least another two weeks to rebuild his arm strength. The left-handed reliever suffered a distal radius fracture Sunday when he got struck by a comebacker and can be ruled out until at least mid-June. He had rattled off seven scoreless appearances this season for the Mets.
    Yesterday, 12:00 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • De La Rosa (groin) to debut Monday vs. SD
    Jorge De La Rosa (groin) will make his 2015 season debut on Monday night versus the Padres.

    Advice: De La Rosa missed the first two weeks of the regular season with a groin injury that bothered him throughout spring training. The 34-year-old left-hander pitched pretty well in a pair of minor league rehab starts, but he's not a great fantasy bet against a good Padres offense Monday at Coors Field. De La Rosa posted a 4.10 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 139/67 K/BB ratio in 184 1/3 innings last season for Colorado.
    Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • Paredes at DH and batting second on Mon.
    Jimmy Paredes is at DH and batting second for the Orioles on Monday morning against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Paredes is 5-for-10 with four runs scored in two games since being activated from the disabled list on Saturday. He's a nice value play in daily fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • James Loney (oblique) set for rehab games
    James Loney (oblique) will play a rehab game or two this week for High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Loney is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, and it sounds like he'll be ready. "It's been hard, just sitting there and watching games," Loney said of the first DL stint of his career. "It goes by. It's just one of those things." He suffered a strained oblique during batting practice before the Rays' second game of the season.
    Yesterday, 5:45 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Mets to recall catcher Plawecki from AAA
    Kevin Plawecki will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas before the Mets' series-opener Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins has already confirmed that the 24-year-old prospect will serve as the club's primary catcher for as long as Travis d'Arnaud (hand) remains sidelined. Plawecki has a solid offensive skill set and should be able to carve out mixed league value in deeper two-catcher formats over the next few weeks.
    Sunday, 2:01 pm
  • Plawecki to serve as Mets starting catcher
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Kevin Plawecki will serve as the team's starting catcher, assuming he's recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Travis d'Arnaud.

    Advice: It looks as though Collins prefers Anthony Recker in his reserve role and will throw the 24-year-old backstop into the fire to see what he's got. He hit .309/.365/.460 with 11 homers and 64 RBI over 101 games between Double-A Binghampton and Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014 and could be worth a look in deeper two-catcher formats for as long as d'Arnaud remains sidelined.
    Sunday, 1:28 pm
  • Jerry Blevins suffers fractured left forearm
    X-rays have revealed that Jerry Blevins has a fractured left forearm.

    Advice: Blevins suffered the injury when he was hit by a comebacker Sunday. It's a big blow to the Mets' bullpen that already lost lefty Josh Edgin for the season. A timetable for the reliever isn't known at this point, but obviously he's looking at an extended absence. Blevins is unscored upon in seven appearances this season.
    Sunday, 12:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Blevins leaves after being hit with liner
    Jerry Blevins had to exit Sunday's game against the Marlins after being hit on the left wrist by a comebacker.

    Advice: Blevins was able to recover and make the play, but he then walked off the field. It's possible the reliever will need X-rays, but the Mets should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Sunday, 12:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Bruce Rondon making steps in his recovery
    Bruce Rondon (biceps) made 15 tosses from 60 feet on Friday.

    Advice: He did it without any complications. Rondon has been sidelined all season with biceps tendinitis. The 24-year-old has the potential to be an important part of the Tigers' bullpen when healthy but he obviously isn't on the fantasy radar right now. A mid-May debut seems possible.
    Saturday, 5:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:08 pm vs NYY
  • Orioles activate Jimmy Paredes from DL
    Orioles activated INF Jimmy Paredes from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Paredes is taking the place of Jonathan Schoop on the active roster who was placed on the disabled list on Saturday with a knee injury. He'll function in a utility role for the O's.
    Saturday, 10:14 am
  • Asher Wojciechowski recalled from Triple-A
    Astros recalled RHP Asher Wojciechowski from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Wojciechowski had just been sent down Tuesday, but he returns to replace the injured Brad Peacock (intercostal). He figures to serve as the team's fifth starter.
    Friday, 12:51 pm
  • Paredes (back) to begin rehab stint Friday
    Jimmy Paredes (back) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Paredes, who began the season on the DL with a lower back strain, will play with Double-A Bowie on Friday before moving to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. The Orioles have a bit of a roster crunch at the moment, so they could keep him on his rehab stint for close to the maximum of 20 days.
    Thursday, 2:18 pm
  • Vargas launches two-run homer vs. Royals
    Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: His first home run of the season, it was an absolute laser shot which bounced off the facing of the second deck in the left field seats. The 24-year-old switch-hitter is batting .250/.300/.393 through eight games and has 20-homer potential if the at-bats are there this season.
    Thursday, 1:53 pm
  • Loney (oblique) could be ready April 22
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that James Loney (oblique) might be ready when eligible.

    Advice: Loney was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 7, so the first day he can be activated is April 22. The first baseman is working his way back from a right oblique strain. It was called mild from the jump.
    Thursday, 6:06 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Rondon (biceps) to play catch on Friday
    Bruce Rondon (biceps) is expected to play catch Friday.

    Advice: Rondon was shut down from throwing earlier this week after reporting some lingering discomfort in his right arm. He's been on the disabled list since Opening Day with biceps tendinitis and probably won't be an option for the Tigers' bullpen until sometime in mid-to-late May.
    Wednesday, 2:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:08 pm vs NYY
  • Despaigne stymies D'Backs as Padres win
    Odrisamer Despaigne stymied the Diamondbacks over seven innings, allowing only one run, in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: Despaigne is filling in for the injured Ian Kennedy and pitched admirably, limiting the D'Backs to two hits and two walks while striking out three. Mark Trumbo knocked in the only run with a fourth-inning double. Despaigne should be ignored for fantasy purposes as his next start will come against the Rockies at Coors Field.
    Tuesday, 9:43 pm
  • Graveman rebounds with 5 1/3 shutout innings
    Kendall Graveman shut out the Astros over 5 1/3 innings to earn his first win of the season on Tuesday.

    Advice: Graveman had a disastrous season debut on Thursday, serving up eight runs to the Rangers. He was much better this time around, limiting the Astros to four hits and four walks while striking out three. Graveman doesn't miss bats often, which limits his mixed league appeal. He is slated for a date with the Angels in L.A. next.
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Bruce Rondon (biceps) currently shut down
    Bruce Rondon (biceps) is currently shut down from throwing.

    Advice: Rondon was throwing on flat ground last week, but he was recently shut down in order to receive treatment and hasn't picked up a ball since. It's not clear at this point how long it might be before he's cleared to throw again. Rondon is nursing right biceps tendinitis.
    Tuesday, 5:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:08 pm vs NYY
  • Paredes (back) plays seven innings at EST
    Jimmy Paredes (back) played seven innings at extended spring training on Tuesday.

    Advice: Paredes will play in another extended spring game Wednesday. He should be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week and figures to be an option for the Orioles' active roster late next week. He was placed on the disabled list before Opening Day with a lower back strain.
    Tuesday, 1:28 pm
  • Alonso homers in a losing effort vs. D'Backs
    Yonder Alonso homered in a losing effort against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Alonso went 1-for-4 on the evening and his second-inning solo home run off of Rubby De La Rosa barely made a dent as the D'Backs were leading 4-0 at the time. Alonso has cooled off since back-to-back three-hit games in games two and three of the regular season, but is still batting a cool .360 (9-for-25).
    Monday, 10:34 pm
  • Asher Wojciechowski optioned to Triple-A
    Astros optioned RHP Asher Wojciechowski to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Wojciechowski had been scheduled to start Tuesday, but he was needed out of the bullpen Monday. Brad Peacock (hip) will now be activated from the disabled list to take the ball Tuesday instead. Wojciechowski tossed four scoreless relief innings Monday after allowing four runs over four frames in a start last week.
    Monday, 8:19 pm
  • Vargas has two hits, RBI in loss
    Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 with an RBI single Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: Vargas got the Twins on the board first in the home opener, but the good vibes quickly fizzled in what turned out to be a lopsided loss. The 24-year-old switch-hitter impressed in a small sample as a rookie last season and appears capable of 20-plus homers. He's hitting .238 (5-for-21) with a double through six games.
    Monday, 4:28 pm
  • Addison Russell bashes first Triple-A homer
    Cubs prospect Addison Russell connected on a two-run homer Sunday in a win over Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: The third-inning blast was Russell's first Triple-A home run. He went 3-for-5 on the afternoon, bumping his season average up to a robust .389. Russell's path to the major leagues is currently being blocked by Starlin Castro, but if Russell keeps this up, the Cubs will have to find a spot for him. For what it's worth, Russell is considered a better defensive player than Castro.
    Monday, 11:42 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Kennys Vargas getting the day off
    Kennys Vargas is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Also sitting against lefty Chris Sale are Oswaldo Arcia and Jordan Schafer, as the Twins are going with Eduardo Nunez in left field, Shane Robinson in center field and Eduardo Escobar at third base. Joe Mauer is in the designated hitter spot, with Trevor Plouffe sliding across the diamond to first base.
    Apr 12, 8:27 am
  • Jimmy Paredes (back) ready for games
    Jimmy Paredes (back) will play in an extended spring training game on Monday.

    Advice: It will be his first game action since he suffered a lower back strain. Paredes will be cleared to begin a rehab assignment if things go well Monday, so it sounds like he could be activated relatively soon.
    Apr 12, 6:31 am
  • De La Rosa to make another rehab start
    Jorge De La Rosa (groin) will make another rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: De La Rosa only made it four innings in his rehab debut Thursday at Albuquerque and the Rockies want him to get stretched out a little further before they ask him to face major league hitters. "They want to make sure I'm good," the left-hander said Saturday. "I didn't pitch very much in spring."
    Apr 11, 2:34 pm
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