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  • Braves recall LHP Thomas from Triple-A
    Braves recalled LHP Ian Thomas from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: He'll take the place of Andrew McKirahan, who received an 80-game PED suspension on Monday. The 28-year-old appeared in 16 games with the Braves last season and posted a 4.22 ERA with 13 strikeouts and six walks over 10 2/3 innings. He'll pitch in middle relief.
    Today, 11:09 am
  • Yankees recall LHP Shreve from Triple-A
    Yankees recalled LHP Chasen Shreve from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Shreve tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings in a 19-inning game against the Red Sox earlier this month, so he was sent down in order for the Yankees to get a fresh arm. However, he's deservedly back in the Yankees' bullpen and should stick there for the foreseeable future.
    Today, 10:35 am
  • Lucroy (toe) placed on 15-day disabled list
    Brewers placed C Jonathan Lucroy on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left big toe.

    Advice: Lucroy suffered the injury when he was hit by a foul tip during Monday's game. It's unclear how much time he'll need to miss, but it's brutal news for the Brewers, who have the worst record in the majors at 2-11 and are also missing Carlos Gomez (hamstring) and Scooter Gennett (hand) to the DL. Martin Maldonado and Juan Centeno will handle catching duties during his absence.
    Today, 10:18 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • Hardy (shoulder) to work out in Triple-A
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will work out with Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.

    Advice: Hardy, who is working his way back from a left shoulder strain, did the same thing with Double-A Bowie last Friday. While he's doing some baseball activities, he's not ready to begin a minor league assignment and it's still unclear when he will be.
    Today, 10:13 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Angels mapping out comeback plan for Hamilton
    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are mapping out a comeback plan for Josh Hamilton (shoulder) which could have him back with the team in early June.

    Advice: Hamilton, who is working his way back from shoulder surgery, is expected to report to the team's complex in Arizona "sooner rather than later" for two to three weeks of work in extended spring training. He would then go out on an official minor league rehab assignment. This doesn't necessarily mean that he will play for the Angels again, as his future with the team is still very much in question following his recent drug relapse. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported over the weekend that the two sides are discussing various scenarios to resolve the dispute, including a trade.
    Today, 6:15 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • 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.
    Today, 5:48 am
  • 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.
    Today, 5:40 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Mets place d'Arnaud (finger) on 15-day DL
    Mets placed C Travis d'Arnaud on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 20, with a fracture of his right little finger.

    Advice: D'Arnaud suffered the injury when he was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday. The plan calls for him to wear a splint for the next three weeks, after which he could be cleared for baseball activities if he's pain-free. He has a chance to rejoin the Mets by the end of May if there are no setbacks, which is good news under the circumstances. Prospect Kevin Plawecki has been called up and will get most of the playing time behind the plate.
    Today, 5:34 am
    15-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
  • Clippard escapes trouble for his first save
    Tyler Clippard got his first save of the season, but had to escape some ninth-inning trouble to help the Athletics top the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Protecting a three-run lead, Clippard issued a leadoff walk to Erick Aybar, then walked Johnny Giavotella with two outs. He was able to get Kole Calhoun to line out to left field to end the game. It's only the second save of the year for the Athletics as they have massively outscored their opponents in their seven wins. Clippard will continue to get the ball in save opportunities when they present themselves.
    Yesterday, 10:10 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
  • Kemp knocks in 4 runs as Padres rout Rockies
    Matt Kemp had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a pair of RBI singles in Monday's win against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kemp started the onslaught of runs with a two-run double, sparking a five-run first inning. He added RBI singles in the second and fifth innings as well as the Padres went on to score 14 runs. Kemp is making quite an impression with his new team, batting .368/.393/.561 with 13 RBI in 61 plate appearances to begin the season.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Jonathan Lucroy DL-bound with fractured toe
    Jonathan Lucroy will be placed on the disabled list after suffering a fractured toe on his left foot during Monday's game versus the Reds.

    Advice: The injury occurred when Lucroy was struck by a foul tip. It's absolutely brutal news for the Brewers, who are 2-11, have Carlos Gomez (hamstring) and now Lucroy on the DL and might have Scooter Gennett (hand) join them. It's not clear at this point how long Lucroy might be sidelined. Martin Maldonado is now set to see the bulk of the action behind the plate for the Brewers, and Juan Centeno will be promoted to take Lucroy's roster spot.
    Yesterday, 6:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • Lucroy exits after taking foul tip off foot
    Jonathan Lucroy had to leave Monday's game against the Reds after being hit in the left foot by a foul tip.

    Advice: The Brewers just can't catch a break right now. It's not clear whether Lucroy might be sent for X-rays, as the club is simply calling it a "left foot injury" at the moment. More should be known after the game
    Yesterday, 6:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cin
  • 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
  • Travis d'Arnaud will be in splint for 3 weeks
    Travis d'Arnaud has a metacarpal fracture in his right hand and will be in a splint for the next three weeks.

    Advice: D'Arnaud will be allowed to resume baseball activities after those three weeks are up if the fracture is healed and he feels pain-free. The 26-year-old catcher suffered the injury Sunday when he was hit on the right hand by a pitch and it sounds like he'll be out until sometime in late May. Kevin Plawecki will be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 11:57 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • 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
  • Travis d'Arnaud diagnosed with fractured hand
    Travis d'Arnaud has been diagnosed with a fracture in his right hand.

    Advice: The Mets have now lost both d'Arnaud and Jerry Blevins to fractures in the same day. It's such rotten timing for d'Arnaud, who was off to a blistering .317/.356/.537 start at the plate. How long he'll be sidelined will depend on the specifics of the fracture, but obviously it's going to be an extended absence. Look for the Mets to promote Kevin Plawecki to fill in for d'Arnaud.
    Sunday, 12:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • 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
  • Travis d'Arnaud departs after HBP on hand
    Travis d'Arnaud left Sunday's game against the Marlins after being hit on the right hand/wrist by a pitch.

    Advice: D'Arnaud got plunked in the seventh inning by an A.J. Ramos offering on a half-swing. The young catcher is undoubtedly headed for X-rays to determine the extent of the damage. Losing d'Arnaud, who is off to a .317/.356/.537 start at the plate, would be a big blow for the Mets.
    Sunday, 12:26 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
  • D'Arnaud homers in win over Marlins
    Travis d'Arnaud hit a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: The catcher finished the game 1-for-4 with the home run and solitary RBI. It was his second homer of the season and his ninth RBI. D'Arnaud is slashing .289/.317/.526 to this point. Last season, he hit 13 home runs in 421 at-bats, a number that certainly looks obtainable as he moves through his age-26 season.
    Saturday, 7:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Matt Kemp blasts two-run homer vs. Cubs
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The first-inning blast off Kyle Hendricks was his first home run of the season. Kemp was very productive during the second half last year and he has largely picked up from where he left off with an impressive .340/.358/.540 batting line over his first 12 games this season.
    Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • Josh Hamilton filed for a divorce in February
    Court documents show Josh Hamilton has filed for divorce from his wife Katie in Tarrant County, Texas.

    Advice: Hamilton filed for divorce in late February, around the same time reports surfaced of his latest drug relapse. Hamilton was able to avoid suspension from Major League Baseball, much to the chagrin of his own team. The Angels don't want to pay the underachieving 33-year-old outfielder and have been publicly feuding with him since the spring. He hasn't even been healthy enough to play thanks to a shoulder injury. Los Angeles' five-year deal with Hamilton is looking worse by the day.
    Saturday, 2:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Halos and Hamilton attempt to resolve dispute
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Angels and Josh Hamilton are in talks to resolve their dispute.

    Advice: The two sides are reportedly exploring multiple avenues that include trades, though nothing is believed to be close. Hamilton meanwhile continues to rehab his shoulder and isn't expected to return to the diamond until sometime in May.
    Saturday, 8:48 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Josh Hamilton doing baseball activities
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia confirmed Friday that Josh Hamilton (shoulder) has been doing some baseball activities.

    Advice: According to Scioscia, "he has been "hitting and he's been running, but he needs to expand on that". It remains a murky situation, but Hamilton had lunch with several teammates on Friday and indicated his desire to return to the team. He isn't expected to be ready to take the field until sometime in May.
    Friday, 3:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • 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
  • Hardy (shoulder) to work out in Double-A
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will work out with Double-A Bowie on Friday.

    Advice: Hardy, who is coming back from a left shoulder strain, took a full round of batting practice Wednesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list. He hasn't been cleared to play in rehab games yet, but he's getting closer.
    Thursday, 1:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • D'Arnaud belts first homer in win vs. Phils
    Travis d'Arnaud hit his first home run of the season as the Mets topped the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud homered in the bottom of the second off of Jerome Williams to break a 1-1 tie. The catcher has started off well, batting .333 in 30 at-bats, and he's knocked in at least one run in seven of eight games. D'Arnaud could certainly emerge into an above-average offensive catcher this season.
    Wednesday, 6:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • J.J. Hardy (shoulder) taking full BP
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will take a full round of batting practice Wednesday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. If it goes well, Hardy could begin a rehab assignment later this week at Double-A Bowie. He's tracking towards a late-April return.
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hardy could start rehab assignment Thursday
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) could begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Thursday.

    Advice: Hardy has resumed hitting in recent days, and although he's still feeling a bit of pain in his right shoulder, he's still pressing ahead. A return by the end of next week appears to be doable. Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera have been filling in at shortstop for the Orioles while Hardy has been sidelined.
    Apr 12, 6:34 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Matt Kemp goes 4-for-5 against Giants
    Matt Kemp went 4-for-5 with a two doubles versus the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Kemp is still looking for his first homer for the Padres, but he's off to a nice start otherwise, with a .346/.393/.462 line and four RBI in six games. Thus far, Justin Upton and Will Middlebrooks are tied for the Padres team lead with one homer.
    Apr 11, 11:44 pm
  • Yankees option Chasen Shreve to Triple-A
    Yankees optioned LHP Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Shreve was forced to throw 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in Friday's 19-inning loss to the Red Sox, and unfortunately is the victim of the Yanks needed a fresh arm in the bullpen. He should be back with the big league club in a couple of weeks.
    Apr 11, 9:10 am
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