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  • Felix (calf) to throw another bullpen Friday
    Felix Hernandez (calf) will throw another bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: After that Hernandez will pitch a simulated game before embarking on a minor league rehab assignment. Hernandez will need two rehab starts in the minors, putting him on track to return sometime after the All-Star break. Hernandez had a 2.86 ERA in 10 starts before landing on the disabled list with a strained right calf earlier this month. Today, 4:21 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs Bal
  • Tom Wilhelmsen called up the big leagues
    Mariners recalled RHP Tom Wilhelmsen from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Donn Roach was sent down in the corresponding move. Wilhelmsen signed a one-year deal with the Seattle last week after getting released by Texas. He owns a lousy 10.07 ERA over 22 appearances this year. Today, 4:14 pm
  • Kenta Maeda goes six strong in victory
    Kenta Maeda pitched six innings of one-run ball in a win over the Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the eighth time in 16 starts that Maeda has allowed one or no runs. He finishes June with a 2.52 ERA after coming in at 1.41 in April and 5.04 in May. Today, 3:07 pm
  • Chisenhall not in Indians lineup on Thursday
    Lonnie Chisenhall is not in the Indians starting lineup for Thursday's matchup against R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's simply a day of rest for the hot-hitting Chisenhall who is hitting .424 (14-for-33) with three homers and 10 RBI in his last eight games. Tyler Naquin will start in right field and bat seventh for the Tribe on Thursday. Today, 1:29 pm
  • Cobb (elbow) throws two innings in sim game
    Alex Cobb (elbow) threw 35 pitches over two innings in a simulated game on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Cobb's third simulated game and it could be his last if the team feels he's ready for a rehab assignment. Given how much time he's missed, Cobb will probably need a full month of rehab games before he's activated. He's almost 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery. Today, 1:13 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 6, 5-0 vs Det
  • Bryce Harper getting a day off on Thursday
    Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the slugger. Ben Revere is also getting a breather, as the Nats are going with Michael Taylor in center field and Chris Heisey in right. Today, 12:08 pm
  • Casey Kelly optioned to Triple-A
    Braves optioned RHP Casey Kelly to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Kelly has posted a 5.49 ERA over nine appearances -- one start -- for the Braves this season. He's clearing room for the return of Michael Foltynewicz. Today, 11:41 am
    Not Active
    Bot 3, Delay vs Mia
  • Tyler Chatwood (back) set for rehab start
    Tyler Chatwood (back) will make a rehab start with High-A Modesto on Thursday.

    Advice: Assuming it goes off without a hitch, Chatwood is likely to rejoin the Rockies' rotation next Tuesday. He's missed a couple weeks of action with a strained lower back. Today, 10:16 am
    15-Day DL
  • Matz (elbow) 'seriously' considered surgery
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Steven Matz (elbow) "was seriously considering surgery, and maybe even leaning that way, before a meeting with the Mets brass."

    Advice: Matz has already received one cortisone shot to combat left elbow pain brought upon by a bone spur. The southpaw has been told that he won't do any more damage pitching through the ailment, so he'll try to do so for now after having a start pushed back one day. However, surgery is still very much on the table at some point, particularly if he isn't terribly effective while pitching compromised. Today, 9:37 am
  • Braves '99.9%' sure they won't trade Teheran
    A Braves official told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the club is "99.9 percent" sure they will not trade Julio Teheran before the deadline.

    Advice: The 99.9 percent number came after the official said outright that the team is "not trading Teheran." That the Braves are inclined to keep Teheran isn't a surprise, as he's under control cheaply through 2020 and the club would like him to start on Opening Day next season in their new stadium. However, he'll be sought after next month, regardless (the Red Sox are one team that's reportedly already inquired), and the Braves will surely be open to a deal if they get an offer to their liking. Today, 7:57 am
  • Rangers showing interest in Rays' Matt Moore
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rangers are showing interest in Matt Moore.

    Advice: Topkin says that the Rangers are "already hot on Moore's trail and 3-4 others are expected to join the pursuit." Moore has rebounded after a seven-start stretch where he put up a 7.71 ERA, posting a 2.36 ERA over his last four outings while striking out a batter per inning. The lefty is a wild card given his inconsistent results since returning from Tommy John surgery, but he makes sense as a potential lightning-in-a-bottle type acquisition given his upside. The Rays have three club options on Moore starting in 2017. Today, 7:27 am
  • De La Rosa (elbow) to play catch for a week
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) will play catch every other day for another week before hopefully beginning a throwing program.

    Advice: He played catch Wednesday for the second time since being placed on the disabled list. "I feel good," he said. "I feel pretty much normal." It's a nice first step for De La Rosa, who is battling a stretched ulnar collateral ligament, but he's a ways away. "When he starts to get off the mound, that will be the tell-tale sign of when he starts to go out and throw a couple (bullpens)," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. "It’s back to spring-training mode for him." Today, 5:40 am
    15-Day DL
  • Morales gets three hits, plays in outfield
    Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4, all singles, and played in the outfield for the first time since 2008 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Morales has been limited to first base and designated hitter for the past eight years. Gaining outfield eligibility would please many of his fantasy owners. The Royals were playing the Cardinals in St. Louis using National League rules without the DH. Don't expect Morales to play outfield very often moving forward. He struggled terribly early in the season but has his line up to .255/.318/.413 as we near the All Star break. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Sean Manaea goes six scoreless for win
    Sean Manaea blanked the Giants for 5 2/3 innings in a victory Wednesday.

    Advice: Manaea gave up three of his six hits in the fourth, but they were all singles and none plated a run. It's the first time in 10 major league starts that he's gone without allowing a run, and it comes in his return from a pronator strain that put him on the DL for two weeks. He'll get the Twins next time out. That's a pretty good matchup, but Manaea remains too risky to play in mixed leagues. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Seager collects one of only two Dodger hits
    Corey Seager doubled in a 1-for-4 game on Wednesday in Milwaukee on a night when the Dodgers could muster only two base hits.

    Advice: Seager is now batting .296/.355/.531 on the season. Not bad fora 22-year-old, eh? He has 16 home runs, 51 runs scored and 38 RBI to boot. Yasiel Puig got the only other Dodgers' hit before leaving with a minor leg injury. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • A's activate Sean Manaea from 15-day DL
    Athletics activated LHP Sean Manaea from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Manaea was initially placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left pronator strain in mid-June, but no structural damage was found in the subsequent MRI. He ended up missing the minimum 15 days while on the DL. In nine starts prior to the injury, the 24-year-old southpaw held a tough 6.02 ERA. Yesterday, 2:49 pm
  • Moore blanks BoSox over seven innings in win
    Matt Moore fired seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was an impressive start against a good lineup. Moore allowed just three hits, all of them singles in the sixth inning. But he managed to wiggle out of the jam and keep the Red Sox off the board. The southpaw walked a pair and struck out six in the victory and now sits at 4-5 with a 4.67 ERA on the year. He’ll try to keep the momentum going in a start against the Angels next week. Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Bryce Harper homers as Nats take down Mets
    Bryce Harper doubled and ripped a two-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Harper lined a Jerry Blevins offering into the right-field bullpen with one out in the fifth inning. It was his 16th longball of the season but just his third in June. The reigning National League MVP is sporting a disappointing .258 average but has made up for it and then some with a .403 on-base percentage. Tuesday, 9:21 pm
  • Julio Teheran pushed back until Friday
    Julio Teheran will have his next start pushed back a day to Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: There is nothing wrong with the Braves' ace right-hander, they simply wanted to get him an extra day of rest while accommodating a potential return to the rotation for Mike Foltynewicz. Teheran owns a spectacular 2.46 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 99/24 K/BB ratio across 106 innings on the season. Tuesday, 5:35 pm
  • Felix Hernandez to throw off mound Tuesday
    Felix Hernandez (calf) is scheduled to throw a 25-to-30 pitch bullpen session off of a mound on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the first time that the veteran right-hander has thrown off a mound since sustaining his calf injury on June 1. He's on track to rejoin the M's starting rotation around the All-Star break. Tuesday, 3:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs Bal
  • Matz (elbow) pushed back to Thursday
    Steven Matz (elbow) will have his next start pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday.

    Advice: Matz is dealing with a bone spur in the back of his elbow which is causing irritation, but there's no structural damage and continuing to pitch won't make it worse. Of course, the big question is whether it will impact his effectiveness. Matz will try to pitch through it for now and will instead go against the Cubs on Thursday. It's unclear who will make the start Wednesday vs. the Nationals. Tuesday, 1:00 pm
  • Cobb (elbow) nearing rehab assignment
    Alex Cobb (elbow) threw another bullpen session Monday.

    Advice: Cobb, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, is scheduled for his third live batting practice session on Thursday. If all goes well, he'll be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. He appears on track to join the Rays right around the start of August. Tuesday, 12:54 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 6, 5-0 vs Det
  • Braves recall RHP Kelly from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP Casey Kelly from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Kelly will replace the injured John Gant (oblique) on the active roster. The Braves haven't made an official decision, but he could make a spot start Wednesday against the Indians. Tuesday, 12:11 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 3, Delay vs Mia
  • Kendrys Morales goes 4-for-4 on Monday
    Kendrys Morales went 4-for-4 with a two-RBI single in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He had four of the Royals' 11 base knocks on the night, as Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar also had multi-hit games. Morales' four-hit night comes on the heels of a two-homer game that he had Sunday. He now has 15 hits over his last 27 at-bats. Monday, 8:51 pm
  • Chisenhall stays hot with three-run homer
    Lonnie Chisenhall singled and lifted a three-run homer in Monday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Chisenhall's longball off of Tyrell Jenkins in the fourth inning put the Indians ahead for good. It was his second straight game with a homer, and Chisenhall now has 11 hits over his last six games. His batting line for the season is suddenly up to .295/.355/.470. Monday, 8:01 pm
  • De La Rosa (elbow) set to play catch Mon.
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) was scheduled to play catch Monday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: De La Rosa was diagnosed with a stretched ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow earlier this month, which Dr. James Andrews determined did not require Tommy John surgery. The Diamondbacks are hopeful that he'll return at some point in the second half. Monday, 6:01 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Matz dealing with bone spur in elbow
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News hears from three Mets sources that Steven Matz has a bone spur in his throwing elbow.

    Advice: Matz has been dealing with discomfort in the elbow in his recent starts and is no longer a sure thing to make take his next scheduled turn Wednesday against the Nationals. Still, rest isn't expected to make much of a difference here. If he wants to delay surgery, he might have to pitch through the discomfort for the rest of the season. Logan Verrett and Sean Gilmartin are the candidates to start Wednesday if the Mets want to go in a different direction. Monday, 2:08 pm
  • Steven Matz (elbow) could miss next start
    The Mets have not committed to Steven Matz (elbow) starting Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Matz has been experiencing some elbow tightness of late and while he downplayed the issue after his most recent start on Friday against the Braves, the Mets were concerned enough to send him back to the doctor. He's said to have no structural damage, but just hasn't been able to shake the recent discomfort. Matz revealed Monday that it's something he might have to pitch through for the rest of the year, which doesn't sound promising at all. There should be more clarity on the situation Tuesday, but fantasy owners should have a backup plan in mind this week. Monday, 1:09 pm
  • Corey Seager not in Monday's starting lineup
    Corey Seager is getting the day off Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's a quick turnaround for the Dodgers, who are playing at 12:35 PM ET after a night game on Sunday. Seager has appeared in all but one game this season with his last day off coming on April 15. The 22-year-old has contributed All-Star numbers this year with 16 HR and a .298 batting average in 299 at-bats. Chris Taylor will handle shortstop duties Monday while batting eighth against Bucs left-hander Francisco Liriano. Monday, 7:07 am
  • Chatwood could begin rehab assignment Thursday
    Tyler Chatwood (back) threw all his pitches during Sunday's bullpen session.

    Advice: He'll throw another on Monday in hopes of beginning a rehab assignment on Thursday. Chatwood seems to be making solid progress in his recovery from a strained lower back. He's been a borderline All-Star this year with eight wins and a 3.15 ERA in 14 starts. Monday, 6:56 am
    15-Day DL
  • Teheran tosses eight shutout innings vs. Mets
    Julio Teheran twirled eight shutout innings, striking out seven, but settled for a no-decision Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Teheran and Jacob deGrom were both excellent, and neither was still around when the Mets won in the 11th inning. The 25-year-old gave up just five hits, all singles, without issuing a walk on the evening, his second consecutive scoreless start. He's been nothing short of terrific this year, posting a 2.46 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 99/24 K/BB ratio over 106 innings of work, but he's just 3-7 to show for it. Teheran will try to get back in the win column Thursday against the Marlins. Saturday, 8:00 pm
  • Maeda falls victim to the longball vs Pitt.
    Kenta Maeda was touched up for four runs in five innings and took a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: His record fell to 6-5 as he struck out four and walked two. All four runs scored on Andrew McCutchen's two home runs. Maeda had given up only six homers total in 14 starts prior to today. Even after the poor game the rookie still has a 2.91 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 83 strikeouts in 86 2/3 innings. Saturday, 7:27 pm
  • Sean Manaea (elbow) to return Wednesday
    Sean Manaea (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Manaea suffered a left pronator strain earlier this month but only missed a few starts. The left-hander allowed two hits, two runs and a pair of walks in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a rehab outing for High-A Stockton. He's had a tough time adjusting to the big leagues with just two wins and a 6.02 ERA through his first nine starts. Saturday, 2:43 pm
  • Kelly could start for Braves next week
    Casey Kelly could take Aaron Blair's spot in the Braves' rotation next Wednesday against the Indians.

    Advice: Blair was demoted after an ugly start Friday against the Mets. Kelly, who was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett earlier this month, owns a 5.79 ERA and 5/6 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings over one start and seven relief appearances with the Braves this season. Saturday, 12:03 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 3, Delay vs Mia
  • King Felix (calf) showing improvement
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said Friday that Felix Hernandez (calf) continues to show improvement.

    Advice: "He's feeling good," said Servais. "He's picking up his throwing routine, getting stretched out. I think he's trying to get out to 120 feet today. I heard him arguing with [trainer Rick] Griffin in there about wanting to do a little bit more, so you know he's progressing really nicely. We can't have him soon enough." King Felix has been sidelined since May 27 with a right calf strain, but he's likely on track to return right after the All-Star break. Saturday, 8:41 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs Bal
  • Matz downplays issue with elbow
    Steven Matz downplayed any issue with his elbow after Friday's start against the Braves.

    Advice: Matz, who has been dealing with some elbow tightness of late, held the Braves scoreless over the first four innings Friday before giving up six runs on eight hits in the fifth while showing a dip in velocity. Cameras showed him rubbing his elbow in the dugout before going out for the inning, but the young southpaw said his elbow wasn't a factor in his unraveling. "Not really. No. It's been tight, but it's fine," said Matz. "I was able to throw the ball fine the first four innings." Matz had just two swinging strikes in his 78 pitches on Friday. Saturday, 5:45 am
  • Matz gives up six runs vs. Braves on Fri.
    Steven Matz was chased after giving up six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Matz allowed just one hit over the first four innings and carried an 8-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but he completely fell apart after Yoenis Cespedes lost a fly ball in the lights. He ended up giving up eight hits in the frame. The big blow was a three-run homer by Brandon Snyder of all people. It was a stunning turn of events. While Matz didn’t issue a walk, he also didn’t strike out any of the 21 batters he faced and induced just two swinging strikes. His ERA jumped from 2.74 to 3.29 on the night. Not what you want to see after he dealt with some elbow stiffness in his most recent start, but he claims to be fine. Matz lines up for a start against the first-place Nationals next week. Friday, 8:04 pm
  • Moore allows five runs to take fifth loss
    Matt Moore was touched up for five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: He struck out six and walked only one in addition to the seven hits he surrendered. Moore was sailing along until the fifth inning when J.J. Hardy drove in Chris Davis with a single. Davis then cleared the bases with a three-run single in the sixth. Moore pitched well earlier in the year but has struggled of late. His ERA climbed to 5.04 and his record fell to 3-5. Friday, 7:33 pm
  • Mariners option Wilhelmsen to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned RHP Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Wilhelmsen signed a one-year deal with the Mariners this week and will remain with the organization after passing through optional waivers. The veteran right-hander figures to join the major league bullpen relatively soon. Friday, 3:46 pm
  • Tom Wilhelmsen placed on optional waivers
    The Mariners have placed Tom Wilhelmsen on optional waivers.

    Advice: The waivers are revocable, so in the unlikely even that Wilhelmsen is claimed, the M's can pull him back. Seattle signed Wilhelmsen on Wednesday after he was released by the Rangers, but they want the reliever to get some fine-tuning at Triple-A Tacoma before they add him to their bullpen. Friday, 9:45 am
  • Red Sox have inquired on Teheran, Vizcaino
    Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Red Sox have inquired on Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino.

    Advice: While Bowden notes that the Red Sox and Braves "really do match up well for a potential blockbuster type deal," he cautions that "there is no traction to a trade at this time." Teheran is surely going to be one of the hottest names involved in trade rumors next month, as he's put up a 2.66 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 92/24 K/BB ratio across 98 innings this season. He's under control cheaply through 2020, though, so the Braves might not be in a rush to move him. Vizcaino has been one of the best relievers in baseball with a 2.01 ERA and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 frames. He's under team control through 2018. Friday, 7:59 am
  • Corey Seager hits 16th home run
    Corey Seager went 3-for-4 and hit his 16th homer Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: 16 homers in 287 at-bats for Seager. Last year, he had 13 in 421 at-bats while playing in the PCL, so it seemed like it would be a while before he was going to chase 20 homers, much less 30, in the majors. Alas, here he is, on pace for 35. We don't expect him to keep that up, but he has a better chance of maintaining his current .289 average. Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Hernandez (calf) throws from 75 feet out
    Feliz Hernandez (calf) threw off flat-ground from 75 feet out on Wednesday.

    Advice: Per manager Scott Servais, Hernandez threw for about eight minutes and continues to workout. He is recovering from a strained right calf suffered at the beginning of June. The ace right-hander is likely looking at a return around the All-Star Break. Wednesday, 2:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs Bal
  • Matz (elbow) reports no discomfort after BP
    Steven Matz (elbow) said that he did not experience any issues during his Wednesday bullpen.

    Advice: Matz felt stiffness in his elbow during the sixth inning of his start against the Braves on Saturday. Wednesday's problem-free bullpen was absolutely necessary if he was to avoid the disabled list. He shouldn't be considered out of the woods yet, but would start against the Braves (again) on Friday if the Mets feel comfortable with his progress. Wednesday, 2:27 pm
  • M's sign Tom Wilhelmsen to a one-year deal
    Mariners signed RHP Tom Wilhelmsen to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Wilhelmsen elected to become a free agent last week after getting pushed off the Rangers' 40-man roster. He'll rejoin the Mariners ahead of Wednesday's game in Detroit. The right-hander had a brutal 10.55 ERA in 21 appearances this season with Texas, but he was excellent for Seattle in 2014-2015. Wednesday, 6:40 am
  • Harper launches solo homer in loss to Dodgers
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Harper connected for a solo homer off Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir in the first inning. The dinger was his 15th of the season. Those 15 bombs, plus his 43 RBI, are nice enough, but after a scalding-hot start to the 2016 campaign, Harper has cooled off to a relatively modest .258/.403/.498. For reference's sake, when he won the NL MVP in 2015, that came on the strength of a .330/.460/.649 triple-slash. Harper owners shouldn't panic, but disappointment is a reasonable emotion to feel given expectations. Still plenty of time for the young superstar to right the mostly-upright ship. Tuesday, 10:04 pm
  • Sean Manaea (arm) set for Friday rehab start
    Sean Manaea (arm) is scheduled to make a rehab start Friday with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: Manaea has been on the disabled list since June 14 because of a left pronator (elbow) strain. The lefty had a 6.02 ERA in nine starts before the injury and could be asked to make more than one start on the farm. Tuesday, 4:01 pm
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