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  • David Wright (neck) back in Thursday's lineup
    David Wright (neck) is back in Thursday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: That was the expectation already, but it's now official. Wright has been sidelined since Sunday due to neck spasms and a couple of days off is probably a good thing for his shoulder. He's still hoping to finish out the season strong even though he's not 100 percent.
    Today, 2:06 pm
  • Chase Headley goes hitless in loss
    Chase Headley went hitless in Thursday's loss and is hitting .220 in 82 at-bats this month.

    Advice: Headley's Yankees career got off to a nice start, but he's cooled off in a big way in August, hitting one homer and knocking in six runs in 24 games. Fortunately for him, his defense has been so strong that there's very little chance of the Yankees taking him out of the lineup.
    Today, 2:03 pm
  • Wright (neck) expected to be in lineup Thu.
    David Wright (neck) is expected to be in the Mets' lineup Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: It's not official yet, as he's waiting for the doctors to clear him, but he reported improvement after taking batting practice. Wright hasn't played since leaving Sunday's game due to neck spasms and is also dealing with a nagging shoulder issue.
    Today, 1:07 pm
  • Royals claim INF Nix off waivers from Bucs
    Royals claimed INF Jayson Nix off waivers from the Pirates.

    Advice: Nix was designated for assignment after hitting just .111 (4-for-36) in his brief stay with the Pirates. He'll function as a utility infielder down the stretch.
    Today, 1:01 pm
    New Player Note
    Jayson Nix KC - 2B,3B,SS
    Top 4, 2-2 vs x Min
  • Gallo slugs 41st home run
    Rangers prospect 3B Joey Gallo went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI on Wednesday for Double-A Frisco.

    Advice: The home run was Gallo's 41st of the season and his first since Aug. 17. Even though he's clubbed 20 bombs in Double-A, the rest of Gallo's numbers have regressed at the more advanced level, evidenced by his .235/.328/.529 batting line and 109-31 strikeout-to-walk through 64 games. However, that shouldn't completely detract from the left-handed slugger's outstanding season, as he still owns a solid .274/.393/.621 batting line to go along with 63 extra-base hits and 101 RBI over 122 games between the High- and Double-A levels.
    Today, 11:49 am
    Not Active
    Top 4, 2-0 x @Hou
  • Chris Coghlan ejected from Thursday's game
    Chris Coghlan was ejected from Thursday's game.

    Advice: Coghlan took issue with a called third strike in the top of the fifth inning. He finished 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts as the Cubs' leadoff man.
    Today, 11:31 am
  • Castellanos triples in a run in loss to NYY
    Nick Castellanos went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple, but the Tigers lost 8-4 to the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: Castellanos tripled in a run in the bottom of the eighth, shortening the Tigers' deficit to 8-3, but by then the Tigers were nearly out of time for a comeback. The third baseman has been hitting well lately, as he's on a six-game hitting streak with a .360 batting average in that span of time. Overall, he has a .263/.312/.415 line with 10 home runs and 56 RBI.
    Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Valbuena homers, but Cubs drop game vs. Reds
    Luis Valbuena walked and hit a solo home run in four at-bats in the Cubs' 7-5 loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: Valbuena belted a solo home run to right field off of Mat Latos, the first of back-to-back home runs with Jorge Soler. The third baseman has hit three home runs in his last seven games, giving him 13 on the season along with 43 RBI and a .241/.322/.428 slash line.
    Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Flores lifts 2nd homer but Mets fall to ATL
    Wilmer Flores finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run, but the Mets were handed a 3-2 loss by the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Flores tied the game up at 1-1 when he belted a Julio Teheran offering to left-center in the second inning. The 23-year-old has otherwise had little to write home about offensively this season, slashing .224/.258/.301 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 164 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 7:21 pm
    Bot 8, 1-3 vs ^ Atl
  • Danny Valencia hits three-run homer
    Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer off the bench Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was Valencia's first homer since arriving in Toronto, but he's batting .308 in 65 at-bats since being acquired from the Royals. The homer off Junichi Tazawa was his first against a right-hander. He entered the night hitting .360/.408/.494 with two homers against lefties and .212/.256/.271 versus righties.
    Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Longoria picks up three hits as Rays top O's
    Evan Longoria finished with three singles in four at-bats in the Rays' 3-1 win against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Longoria neither scored a run nor knocked in a run, but he was the only player on either side with a three-hit night in what was a low-offense contest. The third baseman is slashing .255/.325/.394 with 16 home runs and 74 RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • Uribe (hamstring) likely to be activated Sun.
    Juan Uribe (hamstring) is likely to be ready to be activated when first eligible on Saturday.

    Advice: Uribe has been taking batting practice without issue. The third baseman may need a shot rehab assignment, but either way it appears he'll be back with the club before September.
    Yesterday, 4:56 pm
    Disabled List
  • Bogaerts (concussion) cleared to return Sat.
    Xander Bogaerts (concussion) has been cleared to return to the Red Sox active roster on Saturday.

    Advice: Bogaerts was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list last weekend, but he's been symptom-free since Monday and officially passed MLB's protocols on Wednesday. Bogaerts will try to finish the 2014 season on a positive note. He's batted just .223/.293/.333 so far.
    Yesterday, 2:18 pm
    Disabled List
  • Machado gets season-ending knee surgery
    Manny Machado underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a partially-torn ligament in his right knee.

    Advice: Doctors said nothing unusual was found and that the procedure went according to plan. Machado is hoping to be ready for the start of spring training next year, though that's not necessarily guaranteed to happen. This is the second season in a row he's been shut down early by a major knee injury.
    Yesterday, 1:41 pm
    Disabled List
    Bot 5, 4-4 vs x TB
  • Wright (neck) remains out of Mets' lineup
    David Wright (neck) remained out of the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright is nursing some neck spasms and has also admitted that his left shoulder is still an issue. He's remains day-to-day for now. Eric Campbell is handling third base again Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez (foot) not in lineup Wednesday
    Pedro Alvarez (foot) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Alvarez suffered a sprain between two toes on his left foot during Tuesday's game and has been fitted with a walking boot. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined. Ike Davis is at first base Wednesday after he slugged a go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run homer in Tuesday's contest.
    Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Wright admits that shoulder is still an issue
    David Wright admitted on Tuesday that his left shoulder is not 100 percent.

    Advice: Wright has denied in the past that he's still nursing the shoulder injury that originally cropped up in late June. However, after hitting coach Lamar Johnson said in an interview Tuesday that Wright is still ailing, the third baseman didn't deny it, but he also refused to blame it for his struggles. "Everybody has an opinion,'' Wright said. "Lamar sees me on a daily basis. Is the shoulder 100 percent? No. But that takes rest, and that's what the offseason's for. But is that the reason that I'm struggling the way I'm struggling? No. So, I think it's not a reasonable assessment as to why I'm playing poorly.'' Wright, who is also battling a minor neck ailment, is hitting .244/.306/.315 with just two homers over 44 games since the injury. It's hard to believe that he'll be a reliable fantasy option during the final month.
    Yesterday, 5:51 am
  • Miguel Cabrera scores run in return to action
    Miguel Cabrera doubled and scored a run in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera has been nursing a right ankle injury and is still noticeably gimpy. Unless it gets worse, though, he figures to play through the ailment.
    Yesterday, 1:46 am
    W, 3-2 vs NYY
  • Pedro Alvarez exits clubhouse in walking boot
    Pedro Alvarez was spotted leaving the Pirates' clubhouse Tuesday with a walking boot on his left foot.

    Advice: Alvarez exited Tuesday's game due to sprain between two toes on his left foot. It's not clear at this point how serious the injury might be, but the fact that he's wearing a walking boot certainly isn't a good sign. Alvarez entered play Tuesday with three homers in his last three games before going hitless in three at-bats. If he's out a while, Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez will handle first base.
    Tuesday, 7:36 pm
  • Evan Longoria nursing sore forearm
    Evan Longoria was used in the designated hitter spot for the second straight day Tuesday due to some minor right forearm soreness.

    Advice: Longo said the soreness "just kind of crept up on me," but he added that it's "something I won't go on the DL for, won't miss any time for." Longoria entered play Tuesday batting a disappointing .249/.321/.388 with 16 homers and 72 RBI this season.
    Tuesday, 7:03 pm
  • Bogaerts (concussion) to return this weekend
    Xander Bogaerts (concussion) is expected to rejoin the Red Sox' lineup this weekend.

    Advice: Bogaerts was placed on the concussion disabled list over the weekend but is now symptom-free. He'll need to officially be cleared by MLB first, but things are looking up for his return this weekend. "He's had a good day to day," manager John Farrell said. "He's come in and he's pretty much feeling symptom free, so we'll go through the next steps to get approval from MLB."
    Tuesday, 6:52 pm
    Disabled List
  • Pedro Alvarez exits game with foot discomfort
    Pedro Alvarez exited Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with left foot discomfort.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how Alvarez hurt the foot or how long he might be out, but the Pirates should update his status after the game. It would be unfortunate timing if he should be out a while, as Alvarez entered play Tuesday with three homers in his last three games.
    Tuesday, 6:47 pm
  • David Wright (neck) not in Tuesday's lineup
    David Wright (neck) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Wright left Sunday's game with neck spasms and still isn't back to 100 percent. Eric Campbell will fill in at the hot corner.
    Tuesday, 12:47 pm
  • Mets hitting coach says Wright still has pain
    Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson told SNY.TV's Robert Brender that David Wright is still dealing with pain in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Wright is hitting just .215 with a .489 OPS since the All-Star break and is currently riding a career-long 143 at-bat home run-less streak, but he insists that the shoulder isn't an issue and that he's healthy enough to play. However, Johnson seems to have a different opinion on the matter. "When your shoulder is hurt, it's really tough," said Johnson. "It's hurt in his left shoulder and that's where your swing starts, with your left side, your left hand getting to the ball. It's been tough because he's been trying to play through that. It's just been a real tough haul because it's hard to get a consistent swing when you're in pain." Even if the pain has subsided, many have speculated that Wright changed his swing to compensate for the discomfort and that he hasn't been able to get back to where he was before. Even with his long track record, it's hard to count on him in fantasy leagues right now.
    Tuesday, 6:22 am
  • Pedro Alvarez launches 18th homer
    Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 and homered off John Lackey in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Predictably, Alvarez has started both games since his two-homer day Saturday, and the additional homer tonight should ensure that he continues to the nod over Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez in the final two games of the series versus St. Louis.
    Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Pirates designate Jayson Nix for assignment
    Pirates designated INF Jayson Nix for assignment.

    Advice: Nix went 4-for-36 (.111) in his three-week stay with the Bucs. He seems likely to pass through waivers.
    Monday, 12:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Jayson Nix KC - 2B,3B,SS
    Top 4, 2-2 vs x Min
  • Red Sox place Bogaerts (concussion) on DL
    Red Sox placed INF Xander Bogaerts on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Bogaerts was hit in the head on Friday and sat out the remainder of the weekend. While he reported improvement on Saturday and Sunday, he wasn't able to pass his concussion tests so the team will play things cautiously.
    Sunday, 3:19 pm
    Disabled List
  • David Wright leaves game with neck spasms
    David Wright was removed from Sunday's game against the Dodgers in the third inning due to neck spasms.

    Advice: Wright had singled and scored a run during a five-run uprising in the third inning before departing. It's unclear at the moment how much, if any, time that he may miss with the injury, but the team should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Sunday, 2:07 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera (ankle) not in Sunday's lineup
    Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cabrera has been nursing a right ankle injury recently and aggravated it while playing both games of Saturday's doubleheader. He could be available to pinch-hit and seems likely to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Don Kelly is getting the start at first base Sunday.
    Sunday, 9:43 am
    W, 3-2 vs NYY
  • Machado to have knee surgery Wednesday
    Manny Machado is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his right knee on Wednesday.

    Advice: The procedure is to repair a partially torn ligament. He's hoping to be ready for spring training, but it's not a given since his timetable is expected to be similar to last year's ACL repair.
    Sunday, 9:40 am
    Disabled List
    Bot 5, 4-4 vs x TB
  • Bogaerts still undergoing concussion tests
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that Xander Bogaerts (head) is still undergoing concussion tests.

    Advice: Bogaerts was beaned on Friday and has now missed two straight starts. He did report improvement on Saturday, but the Red Sox obviously want to make sure he can go through all necessary activities without having concussion symptoms. Brock Holt is at shortstop Sunday.
    Sunday, 8:12 am
    Disabled List
  • Xander Bogaerts (head) hoping to play Sunday
    Xander Bogaerts (head) is hoping to return to the lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Bogaerts reported improvement Saturday after Friday's beaning, but he sat out Saturday's game and still needed to go through concussion tests. There's no word yet on how those went. "Any time you get hit in the head and removed from the game, you've got to go through a protocol, which he's going through today," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Just to see if there's any concussion symptoms."
    Sunday, 6:21 am
    Disabled List
  • Pedro Alvarez homers twice as Bucs rout MIL
    Pedro Alvarez homered twice Saturday in the Pirates' 10-2 rout of the host Brewers.

    Advice: Alvarez hit a go-ahead three-run shot in the top of the fourth inning and then slugged a solo homer in the Bucs' five-run fifth, finishing the night with four total RBI. He may be able to rediscover his stroke now that he has been moved away from third base. The Pirates will try to sweep the Brewers on Sunday afternoon.
    Saturday, 7:37 pm
  • Manny Machado talks knee surgery
    Manny Machado said he opted for surgery on his right knee because the injury wasn't getting any better.

    Advice: Machado said he has abnormal knees, which would be a contributing factor to him injuring the same ligament in different knees in back-to-back years. He hopes to have the surgery to repair a partially torn ligament next week and be ready for spring training. It's no given that he'll be ready then, but this year's tear isn't as bad as the one in his other knee that caused him to miss the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014.
    Saturday, 10:10 am
    Disabled List
    Bot 5, 4-4 vs x TB
  • Longoria homers, drives in three vs TOR
    Evan Longoria hit a solo home run and a two-run double against the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: Longoria finished the game 3-for-4 and a triple shy of the cycle. This marked one of Longoria's better games of what has been a somewhat down year for the third baseman. He hit the home run, number twenty-one, in the second inning against Marcus Stroman. He went on to add a two-run double in the sixth inning. Longoria is slashing .250/.323/.386 on the season, with 21 home runs and 70 RBI.
    Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Bogaerts being evaluated for concussion
    Xander Bogaerts is being evaluated for a concussion after a HBP in the head on Friday.

    Advice: Bogaerts initially stayed in the game after being hit in the head by a Felix Hernandez pitch, but he left an inning later. The shortstop was 0-for-1 before leaving. The club should have more information on his injury and availability in the coming days.
    Friday, 7:00 pm
    Disabled List
  • Bogaerts exits after hit by pitch on helmet
    Xander Bogaerts was removed from Friday's game against the Mariners after being hit in the helmet by a pitch.

    Advice: Bogaerts was hit by a Felix Hernandez pitch in the fifth inning but stayed in until the sixth. Brock Holt pinch hit for him in the sixth inning. That he was able to stay in and play shortstop suggests he may have avoided a concussion, but the Red Sox should provide more information on his status after the game.
    Friday, 6:35 pm
    Disabled List
  • Report: Machado to have season-ending surgery
    A source tells Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports that Manny Machado is expected to have season-ending knee surgery within a week.

    Advice: Machado has been on the disabled list since August 12 with a sprained ligament in his right knee, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that the third baseman had no timetable for resuming baseball activities. It's a huge loss for the first-place Orioles, who will now have to rely more heavily on Chris Davis and others to fill the position. Machado's season got off to a late start after left knee surgery last season, playing in just 82 games this year.
    Friday, 3:10 pm
    Disabled List
    Bot 5, 4-4 vs x TB
  • No timetable for Manny Machado (knee)
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that there's no timetable for when Manny Machado (knee) will resume baseball activities.

    Advice: That means he's obviously not going to be ready for activation when first eligible on August 27, and in all likelihood it sounds like it will be a while before he returns. Showalter added that he should know more about Machado's status on Saturday. The star third baseman has been out since mid-August with a sprained right knee.
    Friday, 9:59 am
    Disabled List
    Bot 5, 4-4 vs x TB
  • Miguel Cabrera aggravated ankle injury Wed.
    Miguel Cabrera aggravated a right ankle injury on a slide into home plate on Wednesday night.

    Advice: James Schmehl of says "it's minor, but something to keep an eye on." Cabrera is serving as the Tigers' designated hitter on Thursday afternoon in Tampa Bay. The perennial MVP candidate is having a relatively down year, with an .885 OPS and 17 homers in 123 games.
    Thursday, 8:07 am
    W, 3-2 vs NYY
  • Uribe (hamstring) takes batting practice Wed.
    Juan Uribe (hamstring) took batting practice before Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Uribe was reported to be "feeling better" on Tuesday, and the fact that he's progressed to baseball activities is a good sign. Uribe hit the shelf on Saturday, but it seems he'll be back sooner than later. A return in early September appears possible.
    Wednesday, 8:13 pm
    Disabled List
  • Longoria has 8-game hitting streak snapped
    Evan Longoria went 0-for-3 in Wednesday's 6-0 loss to the Tigers, snapping his eight-game hitting streak.

    Advice: Longoria has been attempting to bulk up his uncharacteristically pedestrian numbers, but Tigers starter Rick Porcello was dominant on Wednesday, rendering the third baseman hitless on the evening. Longoria still has about six more weeks to pick up his lackluster .252/.325/.389 slash line.
    Wednesday, 7:02 pm
  • Chris Coghlan back in lineup Tuesday
    Chris Coghlan returned to the Cubs' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Coghlan missed Monday's game with a sore toe, but he's fine. "Playing every day is a big part of it, and health," Coghlan said of his success in 2014. "I've always felt during my career that the two things were health and opportunity. So I thank the Lord that I've had both of those this year and things have played out."
    Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • Juan Uribe (hamstring) feeling better
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Juan Uribe (hamstring) is "feeling better."

    Advice: "Uribe is feeling better," Mattingly said. "Mostly inside work, doing a little bit of baseball stuff. He'll be progressing toward the field, a lot like the first time he hurt it." Uribe missed a month of action the last time he tweaked his hamstring, so he could still be a ways away if he's on a similar timetable.
    Tuesday, 7:12 pm
    Disabled List
  • Alvarez not expected to play 3B anymore
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Tuesday that Pedro Alvarez is unlikely to play third base again this season unless he's needed in an emergency.

    Advice: Alvarez made his first start at first base on Monday but was back on the bench Tuesday. He's expected to share time with Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez, which means his fantasy value is nearing non-existent at this point. "Right now, I think we have a better option in Josh Harrison," Hurdle said. "This season, right now -- to put the best team that I can on the field every night, we have better options. We have to find [Alvarez] some at-bats. Is third base the optimum place to get them? No, it is not."
    Tuesday, 6:40 pm
  • Gallo reclaims share of MiLB lead w/ 40th HR
    Rangers prospect 3B Joey Gallo went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Sunday for Double-A Frisco.

    Advice: The home run was Gallo's 40th of the season, pushing him back into a tie with Kris Bryant for the Minor League lead. The 20-year-old slugger has scuffled in August, with a .196/.293/.412 batting line, three home runs and 20 strikeouts in 13 games, but he had a strong three-game weekend series against Tulsa with a pair of home runs, five runs scored and a walk in each game. On the season, Gallo is batting .281/.401/.642 with 40 home runs, 19 doubles, 98 RBI, 92 runs, while his respective 33.3% and 16.1% strikeout and walk rates represent improvements compared to his 2013 full-season debut.
    Aug 18, 2:48 pm
    Not Active
    Top 4, 2-0 x @Hou
  • Pedro Alvarez making debut at 1B on Monday
    Pedro Alvarez will make his first major league start at first base on Monday against the Braves.

    Advice: Alvarez's throwing has been an issue all season long at third base, so the Pirates have been working with him over the past week or so to prepare him for a move across the diamond. He'll get his first test Monday and could cut into the playing time for Ike Davis the rest of the way.
    Aug 18, 1:52 pm
  • Coghlan out Monday due to soreness in toe
    Chris Coghlan is day-to-day with a sore toe.

    Advice: Coghlan was held out of the Cubs' starting lineup for Monday's series finale against the Mets, but it's not a major issue. The 29-year-old outfielder has posted a surprising .277/.351/.458 batting line in 282 plate appearances this season for Chicago.
    Aug 18, 9:06 am
  • Wright (shoulder) in Mets' lineup on Monday
    David Wright (shoulder) is in the Mets' starting lineup on Monday afternoon versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Wright did not play Sunday after leaving Saturday's game with lingering soreness in his right shoulder. It's something that has bothered him for much of the 2014 season, and he currently holds a career-worst .711 OPS with only eight home runs in 117 games. The star third baseman probably won't be fully healthy again until 2015.
    Aug 18, 7:25 am
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