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  • Marlins claim LHP Matt Tracy off waivers
    Marlins claimed LHP Matt Tracy off waivers from the Marlins.

    Advice: Tracy was designated for assignment by the Yankees last week after appearing in one game as an emergency reliever with the big league club. He'll be nothing more than organizational depth in Miami.
    Today, 11:09 am
    Not Active
  • Indians option Austin Adams to Triple-A
    Indians optioned RHP Austin Adams to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Adams has already been shuffled back and forth from Columbus a couple of times early in the season, and may continue to do so anytime the Indians need an extra arm.
    Today, 8:20 am
    Not Active
  • Indians recall Danny Salazar from Triple-A
    Indians recalled RHP Danny Salazar from Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Salazar will make his season debut against the Twins on Saturday. Regardless of how he performs in that start, manager Terry Francona has already confirmed that he'll remain in the Tribe's rotation moving forward. He's a terrific target in daily leagues on Saturday and an intriguing addition in all mixed leagues.
    Today, 8:18 am
  • Tigers going to slow down Justin Verlander
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that they are going to slow Justin Verlander (triceps) down.

    Advice: Verlander isn't going to touch a baseball until Sunday as he continues to battle through a triceps injury. At this point, he's going to need at least one minor league rehab start, probably more. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on getting the right-hander active for another couple of weeks.
    Today, 7:44 am
    15-Day DL
  • Reds activate Homer Bailey on Saturday
    Reds activated RHP Homer Bailey from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Bailey will make his season debut against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Saturday. His return has bumped Raisel Iglesias from the Reds rotation and down to Triple-A Louisville. Fantasy owners may want to hold him out of lineups for his first start to measure his effectiveness.
    Today, 7:40 am
  • Reds option Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A
    Reds optioned RHP Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: The 27-year-old southpaw appeared in just one game in his brief stay with the Reds, hurling a pair of scoreless innings. He should get another opportunity with the big league club later in the season.
    Today, 7:37 am
    Not Active
  • Jaime Garcia (shoulder) still six weeks away
    Jaime Garcia (shoulder) faced live hitters for the first time on Friday but is still at least six weeks away from a potential return to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated that Garcia's goal is to come back as a starting pitcher, but likened his progress to this point as being at the beginning of spring training. The Cardinals will obviously play things cautiously in his recovery, so fantasy owners shouldn't count on anything out of the left-hander until around midseason.
    Today, 6:21 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 3-1 vs Cin
  • Clayton Kershaw fans 12 in victory
    Clayton Kershaw is on the board with his first win after surrendering three runs -- one earned -- in six innings Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kershaw struck out 12 and lowered his ERA from 5.84 to 4.42. He still wasn't at his absolute best, but he's going to be just fine.
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Kyle Kendrick gives up six runs in loss
    Kyle Kendrick was tagged for six runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Dodgers in Friday's loss.

    Advice: Kendrick has followed up his surprising Opening Day win (seven scoreless against the Brewers) by giving up 14 runs his last two times out. This would be a bigger problem if anyone out there actually owned him in a fantasy league.
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Josh Collmenter hurls shutout against Giants
    Josh Collmenter pitched his second career shutout and went 3-for-5 with an RBI at the plate Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: He ended up with almost as many hits as the four he allowed on the night. He struck out just two, but allowing the Giants to put the ball in play hasn't hurt many pitchers of late (Collmenter being one exception, having given up five runs in a loss to the Giants on Opening Day). Collmenter's previous shutout came last May 29 against the Reds. Unless the Diamondbacks decide to rearrange their rotation and pitch him Wednesday against the Rangers, he's due to face the Pirates next time out.
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Jake Peavy gives up four runs to Arizona
    Jake Peavy yielded four runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's worth wondering if the Giants would have allowed Peavy to pitch Sunday if they hadn't already lost Matt Cain to the DL. He hasn't been effective either time out while trying to manage his troublesome back, and he still might need a DL stint.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Yovani Gallardo goes six scoreless in win
    Yovani Gallardo tossed six scoreless innings Friday for the win as the Rangers beat the Mariners 3-1.

    Advice: Gallardo has won back-to-back starts since his Opening Day debacle, bringing his ERA down to 3.45 in the process. It does come with a 1.66 WHIP, though. He's strictly an AL-only guy at this stage of his career.
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Neftali Feliz picks up save against Mariners
    Neftali Feliz earned his second save in as many chances Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Feliz hasn't really inspired much confidence since the spring, but he's always owned the Mariners. This makes 27 scoreless innings against the team in one start and 21 relief appearances.
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • J.A. Happ allows two runs in loss
    J.A. Happ yielded two runs in seven innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Happ has given the Mariners consecutive quality starts with no victories to show for it. His next start will come against the Astros, giving him a chance to rack up more strikeouts than the four he's totaled in his first two starts.
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Pelfrey goes five innings in no-decision
    Mike Pelfrey allowed one run over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

    Advice: The only run scored on a wild pitch in his final inning of work. It wasn't as strong of an outing as it appeared, as Pelfrey walked four batters while striking out just two. Still, the Twins will take it. The veteran right-hander owns a 4.50 ERA through two starts and will get the Royals next week. He's not a fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Kluber gives up two runs in no-decision
    Corey Kluber took a no-decision Friday after allowing two runs over eight innings against the Twins.

    Advice: Kluber had a perfect game until giving up a leadoff single to Oswaldo Arcia in the bottom of the sixth inning. He ended up allowing two runs in the frame, which cost him a chance at a win. Still, it was a very solid outing, as he gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out eight batters. The 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner is still looking for his first win, but he has a 2.49 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio through 21 2/3 innings. This is no one-year wonder.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Michael Wacha holds Reds to one run in win
    Michael Wacha fired seven innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 win over the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Wacha surrendered a solo homer to Joey Votto in the first inning, but held the Reds off the board the rest of the way. He allowed just five hits and one walk to go along with four strikeouts. The Cardinals put him in line for the win with a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Wacha has won each of his first two starts this season and owns a 1.35 ERA and 6/2 K/BB ratio over 13 1/3 innings. He has major upside if he can stay healthy.
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Cueto strikes out 10 batters in loss
    Johnny Cueto struck out 10 batters, but gave up four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Cueto held the Cardinals to just one run over the first six innings, but he got into some trouble in the seventh before intentionally walking Jon Jay to load the bases. Yadier Molina then hit a bases-clearing double. That was the ballgame. This was the ninth double-digit strikeout game of Cueto's career. He'll attempt to get back in the win column next week against the Brewers on the road.
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Siegrist notches first save of career
    Kevin Siegrist was credited with the first save of his career after tossing two scoreless innings Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: The Cardinals won by five runs, but they had a three-run lead when Siegrist entered the game in the eighth inning, so he was eligible for the save. The southpaw struck out three in his two innings of work while allowing one hit, one walk, and hitting a batter. Saves are going to be few and far between for him, but he's capable of being a valuable piece in this bullpen if he can avoid the injuries he dealt with last year.
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Greg Holland secures fourth save on Friday
    Greg Holland worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Athletics on Friday, preserving a two-run advantage to earn his fourth save of the season.

    Advice: Holland issued one walk in the inning and surprisingly didn't record a strike out. The dominant right-hander hasn't allowed a run yet in four innings this season and owns an exceptional 0.25 WHIP and 3/1 K/BB ratio.
    Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Danny Salazar will remain in Indians rotation
    Indians manager Terry Francona clarified Friday that Danny Salazar will remain in the starting rotation after Saturday's start against the Twins.

    Advice: There had been speculation that it would just be a spot start for the young right-hander, but instead he'll bump Zach McAllister to the Tribe's bullpen. With his high-strikeout ability, he makes a terrific free agent target in mixed leagues where he happens to be available.
    Yesterday, 3:30 pm
  • James Shields moves to 2-0 with victory
    James Shields allowed four runs -- three earned -- over six innings to pick up a win in Friday's 5-4 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Shields ruined Kris Bryant Day by striking out the wunderkind swinging all three times they faced. He punched out a total of nine on the day, giving up five hits while walking a pair. Shields and Padres were down 4-2 when the righty was pinch-hit for, but Wil Myers saved the day with a three-run blast. The right-hander will carry a 2.84 ERA into a tough matchup in Colorado next week.
    Yesterday, 2:46 pm
  • Brad Peacock (side) goes on DL
    Astros placed RHP Brad Peacock on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a left intercostal strain.

    Advice: Peacock just came off the DL from hip surgery to make a start Tuesday and is now back on it. Asher Wojciechowski has taken his roster and rotation spot.
    Yesterday, 12:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Verlander (triceps) ruled out for Tuesday
    Justin Verlander (triceps) has been ruled out for Tuesday's start against the Yankees.

    Advice: It was the presumption after Verlander had to cut short a simulated game Wednesday due to fatigue. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that the right-hander had some "normal soreness" Thursday one day after the sim game. The next step for Verlander hasn't been determined yet. "We'll cross that when we get to it," Ausmus said when asked about a rehab assignment. Kyle Lobstein will get another start in Verlander's place.
    Yesterday, 10:29 am
    15-Day DL
  • Parnell's (elbow) velocity down in rehab
    Adam Rubin of reports that Bobby Parnell (elbow) was throwing 89-93 mph in his second rehab appearance with High-A St. Lucie on Thursday.

    Advice: Rubin adds that his lone 93 mph offering came on his final pitch of the night in an outing where he allowed a double, triple and walk and was charged with two runs in an inning of work. The report also says that Parnell was throwing 91-92 mph in his first rehab appearance. Parnell's fastball averaged 95.0 mph in 2013 and occasionally reached the upper-90s. It's certainly possibly that the velocity picks up in time, but don't expect him to challenge Jeurys Familia for the closer job anytime soon.
    Yesterday, 6:13 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Reed blows first save of the year in win
    Addison Reed blew his first save of the season in Thursday's 7-6, 12-inning victory against the Giants.

    Advice: It wasn't his fault. Protecting a 4-3 lead in the ninth, Buster Posey reached on an infield single and Reed proceeded to record two straight outs. He induced a towering fly to Joe Panik which should have been caught by Ender Inciarte but which turned into a game-tying RBI triple. On the other hand, the shot to right center probably would have been a home run in most any park but AT&T. Regardless, Reed issued an intentional free pass to Brandon Crawford and then walked Casey McGehee to load the bases. Andrew Chafin was brought in to face the lefty Nori Aoki and struck him out to strand the bases loaded. Though this was the first run Reed has given up all year, he now has an unsightly 2.63 WHIP in three appearances. Perhaps his shoulder is still bothering him a bit.
    Thursday, 11:46 pm
  • Bradley posts second straight quality start
    Archie Bradley surrendered a pair of runs across 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's no-decision win versus the Giants.

    Advice: He struck out four, walked two and surrendered four hits. Bradley outdueled Clayton Kershaw in his debut and acquitted himself well against the defending champs in his second outing. He has a 1.42 ERA across two trips. Bradley will go for three straight quality starts to begin his career next week against the Rangers.
    Thursday, 11:44 pm
  • Bobby Parnell allows two runs in rehab outing
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) allowed a pair of runs on two hits and a walk in an inning of work during his minor league rehab appearance with Class-A St. Lucie on Thursday.

    Advice: Parnell is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and will make several appearances in minor league games before he's an option to rejoin the Mets' bullpen. With Jenrry Mejia suspended, he should work his way into a late-inning role and could challenge Jeurys Familia for save chances once he proves his health and effectiveness.
    Thursday, 8:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Danny Salazar to start Saturday versus Twins
    Danny Salazar will be called up Saturday to start against the Twins at Minnesota's Target Field.

    Advice: Salazar struck out seven batters and allowed only four hits over six scoreless innings in his one start this season for Triple-A Columbus. The 25-year-old right-hander has excellent swing-and-miss stuff and makes for an attractive fantasy streamer against the light-hitting Twins. He could be sent back down after the start if Carlos Carrasco (face) remains on track to return to the rotation Monday. Or maybe Zach McAllister will be left in the bullpen for good if Salazar pitches lights-out. There's a lot to be determined here.
    Thursday, 12:07 pm
  • Verlander (triceps) felt fatigue in sim game
    Justin Verlander (triceps) said he cut his simulated game short on Wednesday due to fatigue.

    Advice: He said his triceps never grabbed on him, but it felt a little "achy." Verlander added that he was able to throw all of his pitches over the 45-pitch sim game and said that his concern level was "lower" than it was before the session. That's all well and good, but his recovery from a strained right triceps seems to be moving along pretty slowly. Consider the right-hander out indefinitely.
    Wednesday, 12:53 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Pedro Villarreal recalled from Triple-A
    Reds recalled RHP Pedro Villarreal from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Villarreal holds a 6.33 ERA over 15 appearances across the last three seasons with the Reds. He won't be used in high-leverage innings.
    Wednesday, 12:13 pm
    Not Active
  • Verlander (triceps) cuts simulated game short
    Justin Verlander (triceps) only went three innings in a simulated game Wednesday.

    Advice: He had been scheduled to go at least four, with the possibility of more, so this probably isn't a good sign. At the very least, Verlander almost surely won't rejoin the rotation early next week now. At the worst, he might have had another setback. The Tigers should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Wednesday, 11:39 am
    15-Day DL
  • Peacock goes five innings in season debut
    Brad Peacock took the loss Tuesday against the Athletics, yielding three runs in five innings.

    Advice: Peacock was just activated from the disabled list after undergoing hip surgery in October. It was a decent enough debut, as the right-hander gave up five hits and walked two while striking out three. The A's scored once in the first on a sacrifice fly and twice in the sixth, ostensibly as Peacock tired. He'll take on the powerful Mariners' lineup in Seattle in his next start.
    Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Sim game could be final step for Verlander
    Justin Verlander (triceps) could potentially rejoin the Tigers' rotation after his simulated game Wednesday.

    Advice: Verlander is scheduled to go at least four innings, but the club could stretch him out further if he feels good. Manager Brad Ausmus isn't ruling out a rehab start, though. "If he only throws 60 pitches and he doesn't feel great, now it's tough to throw him into a major league game when he's got a 75-pitch count," Ausmus said. "We have to wait and see before any decision is made on that."
    Tuesday, 5:54 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Parnell (elbow) to begin rehab assignment
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A St. Lucie.

    Advice: Parnell will likely make a handful of appearances at a couple of different levels as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. The 30-year-old could be an option to join the Mets' bullpen around the end of the month and might threaten for his old closer job if he shows his pre-Tommy John surgery form. Jeurys Famila is currently holding down the gig after Jenrry Meija's elbow injury and PED suspension.
    Tuesday, 12:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Brad Peacock to start for Astros Tuesday
    Astros activated RHP Brad Peacock from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He was originally scheduled to make one more rehab start Tuesday, but the Astros have decided to give him the ball against the A's instead after Asher Wojciechowski was needed in relief Monday. Peacock underwent surgery on his hip last October but has rehabbed well and should hold down a rotation spot at least until Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is ready.
    Monday, 8:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Jaime Garcia (shoulder) throwing off mound
    Jaime Garcia (shoulder) has resumed throwing off a mound.

    Advice: He threw a bullpen session Sunday and will throw another one Wednesday. Assuming he recovers well, he'll then throw live batting practice on Friday. Garcia had a setback with his pitching shoulder at the end of spring training, but the Cardinals consider it a stamina issue more than anything else, so the goal is for the lefty to get stretched out without tiring. "As you saw in spring training, when Jaime was throwing, he seemed to do very well when he was in that 30-to-40 pitch range," general manager John Mozeliak said. "But when that started to expand, that's when things got a little more difficult for him. … He could certainly be a long man. But I think his goal is still to get back and be a starter, and I think that's how he wants us to push him."
    Monday, 2:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 3-1 vs Cin
  • Peavy inconsistent in first start of season
    Jake Peavy (back) allowed four runs over four innings in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Four runs, four innings, four hits against. And on either side of the Connect Four game, three walks and five strikeouts. All four runs came via one swing of the bat, as Will Nieves took Peavy deep for a grand slam in the fourth inning. Peavy had been somewhat questionable coming into the start of the season, as he's been dealing with discomfort in the lower back. Assuming he didn't re-aggravate the injury against the Padres, he'll try to pitch a little deeper into the game when he takes on the Diamondbacks in his next outing.
    Sunday, 6:08 pm
  • Dodgers rack up nine hits against Collmenter
    Josh Collmenter allowed nine hits and three earned runs over five innings against the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: This marks two straight starts in which Collmenter has failed to make it past the fifth inning. He was pulled despite throwing just 74 pitches. The Dodgers slashed him for solitary runs in the third, fourth and fifth, with Yasiel Puig capping off the scoring on Collmenter's line with a solo home run. While he's struggled early this season, Collmenter has never posted an ERA higher than 3.69. He'll try to move the numbers in that direction when he takes on the defending champion Giants in his next start.
    Sunday, 5:05 pm
  • Verlander to throw simulated game Wednesday
    Justin Verlander (triceps) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Verlander threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session on Sunday and said that everything went great, so this is the next step in his recovery process. It's unclear if he would then be cleared to rejoin the Tigers rotation if Wednesday goes well or if he'll require a minor league rehab start first. Either way, fantasy owners in weekly formats shouldn't count on the right-hander next week.
    Sunday, 1:51 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Yankees designate Matt Tracy for assignment
    Yankees designated LHP Matt Tracy for assignment.

    Advice: Tracy was called up to be an extra man in the bullpen on Saturday and took his lumps in an inning of work against the Red Sox. He should pass through waivers and continue to function as organizational bullpen depth for the Yankees.
    Sunday, 1:28 pm
    Not Active
  • Austin Adams recalled from Triple-A
    Indians recalled RHP Austin Adams from Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Adams made the Opening Day roster but was sent down Friday. He's back already and will fill a middle relief role.
    Sunday, 7:01 am
    Not Active
  • Bailey (elbow) on pace for April 18 return
    Homer Bailey (elbow) is on pace to rejoin the Reds' rotation on April 18 in St. Louis.

    Advice: That's assuming his presumed only rehab start with Triple-A Louisville on Sunday goes well. Bailey threw five innings in a minor league game Wednesday and will hopefully be able to go a little beyond that Sunday. Mixed leaguers might be wise to hold him out of their lineup this week so that they can first see what he looks like. Raisel Iglesias will start Sunday for the Reds but is then headed to the bullpen or Triple-A.
    Sunday, 5:45 am
  • James Shields defeats Giants
    James Shields held the Giants to one run and three hits over seven innings in winning Saturday.

    Advice: Shields struck out seven in his first win as a member of the Padres. The only damage against him was, surprisingly enough, a Joaquin Arias homer. He'll carry a 2.08 ERA into his start against the Cubs in Chicago on Friday.
    Saturday, 11:49 pm
  • Archie Bradley holds Dodgers to one hit
    Archie Bradley held the Dodgers to one hit over six innings in Arizona's 6-0 victory Saturday.

    Advice: Bradley did walk four and throw 112 pitches in six innings, but it was still a fine major league debut for the 22-year-old. Diamondbacks pitchers allowed just two hits on all, with Randall Delgado giving up the other in the ninth. Bradley struck out six. He'll surely be picked up in all mixed leagues in which he's available after this one, but given his control issues, he's still far from a lock to prove useful as a rookie.
    Saturday, 11:33 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw gives up six runs in loss
    Clayton Kershaw struggled through 6 1/3 innings on Saturday, allowing six runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's not very often that Kershaw struggles in back-to-back starts, but here he is with a 5.84 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP after outings against the Padres and Diamondbacks. Maybe he was a little off tonight because he's dreading his root canal Monday. There aren't any major concerns as of yet.
    Saturday, 11:30 pm
  • Cubs demolish Kyle Kendrick for eight runs
    Kyle Kendrick allowed eight runs on eight hits over five innings in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: It's been a tale of two starts for Kendrick, who threw seven scoreless innings against the Brewers on Opening Day but looked like a batting practice pitcher on Saturday at Coors Field. Not only did he allow eight hits -- three of which left the park -- but he also walked five. Chris Coghlan and Mike Olt hit back-to-back dingers in the third inning and Starlin Castro added a solo shot in the fifth. Outings like this are why Kendrick shouldn't be touched in fantasy. His next start will come against the Dodgers' high-octane offense.
    Saturday, 9:07 pm
  • Gallardo strikes out seven Astros in win
    Yovani Gallardo allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Gallardo struck out seven and walked one. Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo home run off the right-hander in the third inning, the only run-scoring hit Gallardo allowed. The other run on his line came courtesy of reliever Jon Edwards, who allowed an inherited runner to score on a bases-loaded walk. Gallardo's an innings eater, with 192 1/3 pitched last season, but the offseason acquisition has yet to make it through six innings in either of his first two starts for Texas. He'll try to get back to his bullpen-saving ways when he faces off with the Mariners in his next start.
    Saturday, 8:44 pm
  • Kluber fans 10 batters, Tribe fall to Tigers
    Corey Kluber yielded two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in the Indians' loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Kluber served up a leadoff homer to Anthony Gose in the top of the first inning and Victor Martinez punched in a run on a doubleplay groundout in that same frame. Kluber settled in nicely from there, striking out 10 batters against just one walk in what turned out to be a no-decision. The 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner boasts a 2.63 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 17/3 K/BB ratio through 13 2/3 innings this season. A road start against the Twins is next.
    Saturday, 5:39 pm
  • Happ goes six-plus in Mariners' win over A's
    J.A. Happ held the A's to two run over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in the Mariners' extra-innings victory.

    Advice: Happ was efficient and effective, needing only 82 pitches to get through his six-plus frames. He walked none and struck out one. The 32-year-old left-hander gets the Rangers at home next week. He's only a fringe option in AL-only fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 4:51 pm
  • Pelfrey gives up four runs in no-decision
    Mike Pelfrey gave up four runs in five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: Pelfrey was given an early 4-0 lead, but quickly squandered it. All told, he allowed seven hits (including two home runs) and one walk while striking out two. The veteran right-hander was originally expected to begin the season in the bullpen, but he got a second chance in the rotation after Ervin Santana was handed an 80-game PED suspension. We have seen enough from him in recent years to know that this isn't going to go well.
    Saturday, 2:40 pm
  • Michael Wacha earns first victory of 2015
    Michael Wacha earned a victory in his 2015 season debut on Saturday, limiting the Reds to one run on five hits over his 6 1/3 frames.

    Advice: Wacha struck out a pair and walked one on the day, throwing just 76 pitches before manager Mike Matheny turned it over to the Cardinals bullpen. The only blemish on his day was a solo home run off the bat of Todd Frazier in the first inning. He'll look to replicate this effort in a rematch against Johnny Cueto and the Reds at home on Friday.
    Saturday, 12:56 pm
  • Cueto pitches well in loss to Cardinals
    Johnny Cueto pitched well in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits over his seven innings of work.

    Advice: He issued just one walk and punched out four on the afternoon. The Cardinals scratched out an unearned run in the second inning and Matt Adams tagged Cueto with a solo shot in the fourth, that was the extent of the damage against him. Through two starts, the talented right-hander owns a 0.64 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 14/2 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Friday when he does battle against these same Cardinals in St. Louis.
    Saturday, 12:53 pm
  • Yankees purchase contract of Matt Tracy
    Yankees purchased the contract of LHP Matt Tracy from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: It's the first time that the 26-year-old southpaw has been summoned to the big leagues. He's serving as an emergency arm in the bullpen after they were taxed in Friday's 19-inning marathon against the Red Sox. His stay with the Bombers is expected to be short lived.
    Saturday, 12:24 pm
    Not Active
  • Verlander throws 30 pitches off mound Friday
    Justin Verlander (triceps) threw 30 pitches off a mound on Friday and said afterwards that everything went well.

    Advice: Verlander mixed in all of his pitches except for his curveball during the session. If everything feels good on Saturday, he'll throw a bullpen on Sunday. Barring any setbacks, he could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the Tigers rotation next weekend against the White Sox.
    Friday, 5:33 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Johnny Cueto looking for $200 million deal?
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Johnny Cueto "is believed to be seeking $200 million, or thereabouts," in a long-term contract.

    Advice: Cueto has had health issues from time to time, but it's hard to blame him for thinking he could get $200 million considering his 2.48 ERA over the last four seasons while pitching half his games at Great American Ball Park. It's no surprise, given the demands, that the Reds never appeared close to locking Cueto up to a long-term deal. He'll hit the free agent market next winter.
    Friday, 2:14 pm
  • Peacock could need just one more rehab start
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that Brad Peacock (hip) could need just one more rehab start.

    Advice: The Astros were pleased with how Peacock looked during his 88-pitch rehab outing on Thursday. "Good review on stuff and endurance," Hinch said. It's not a given that Peacock will be added to the rotation when he's ready, but the Astros will be happy to have him as an option soon.
    Friday, 11:12 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Austin Adams optioned to Triple-A
    Indians optioned RHP Austin Adams to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: The Indians have elected to bring up an outfielder (Jerry Sands) while Michael Brantley (back) is sidelined. Adams didn't appear in any of the Tribe's games in Houston to kick off the season.
    Friday, 8:01 am
    Not Active
  • Parnell (elbow) beginning rehab assignment
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday that Bobby Parnell (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment "within the next two days."

    Advice: It's not clear how many rehab appearances Parnell will require, but the feeling is that he could rejoin the Mets' bullpen by the end of the month. There's an opening at closer with Jenrry Meija (elbow) sidelined, but it might take Parnell a while to get up to speed since he hasn't pitched in a major league game in over a year.
    Friday, 7:00 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Verlander feels great after throwing Thursday
    Justin Verlander (triceps) indicated that he felt great after Thursday's throwing session.

    Advice: As long as he still feels good when he wakes on on Friday, he could throw a light bullpen session. The Tigers remain optimistic that he's going to miss just one start, and there's a chance that he rejoins the Tigers rotation next weekend. Fantasy owners may want to give him a start to ensure that he's right before inserting him back into lineups.
    Thursday, 5:12 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Holland tosses scoreless ninth for save
    Greg Holland tossed a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the White Sox for his second save of the season.

    Advice: Holland struck out two of the three batters he faced in the perfect frame. The 29-year-old has picked up from where he left off last season and figures to be one of the top fantasy closers again in 2015.
    Thursday, 2:47 pm
  • Verlander (triceps) to play catch on Thursday
    Justin Verlander (triceps) is expected to do some flat-ground throwing on Thursday.

    Advice: Verlander has been ruled out for Sunday's start in Cleveland, but the Tigers hope he'll be ready to jump into the rotation on the next turn. He'll first have to show that he can throw on flat ground and off a mound without issue. The veteran right-hander is on the disabled list for the first time in his career with triceps tendinitis.
    Thursday, 7:51 am
    15-Day DL
  • Holland records first save of 2015 vs. ChiSox
    Greg Holland carved through the White Sox in the ninth inning to record his first save of the season on Wednesday.

    Advice: Holland got Adam LaRoche to ground out, Gordon Beckham to fly out, and J.B. Shuck to ground out. It was an easy seven-pitch outing for the right-hander. Holland finished last season with 46 saves, a 1.44 ERA, and a 90/20 K/BB ratio in 62 1/3 innings and should once again rank among the game's elite closers in 2015.
    Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Jake Peavy (back) on track to start Sunday
    Jake Peavy (back) is on track to start for the Giants Sunday.

    Advice: There was some question as to whether Peavy would be ready to go after he was sidelined by lower back discomfort, but he threw a bullpen Wednesday and came out of it alright. It appears he'll avoid a disabled list stint for now.
    Wednesday, 5:06 pm
  • Kershaw (mouth) having root canal Monday
    Clayton Kershaw (mouth) will have a root canal Monday.

    Advice: Kershaw is getting a tooth fixed after taking a liner off the jaw during spring training. The procedure shouldn't affect his pitching schedule. Kershaw will still take the hill Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
    Wednesday, 4:24 pm
  • Peavy (back) feels better, DL trip undecided
    Jake Peavy (back) said he felt much better Wednesday and was going to throw a bullpen session before making a decision about the disabled list.

    Advice: Peavy was throwing the bullpen session Wednesday afternoon, so a decision either way on the disabled list should be known before Thursday. The right-hander was previously slated to pitch Sunday, but the Giants have since indicated that game's starter is TBD. More will be known after Peavy's throwing session.
    Wednesday, 3:47 pm
  • Verlander (triceps) might be back next week
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he's "extremely optimistic" that Justin Verlander (triceps) will be able to make his next start.

    Advice: Verlander was placed on the disabled list Wednesday and will miss Sunday's outing in Cleveland, but it sounds like there's a good chance he'll be ready for his next turn after that. The right-hander long-tossed Tuesday with no issues and is slated to do it again on Thursday. The DL stint is Verlander's first, but the Tigers won't mind it so much if he only misses a little over a week of action. Kyle Lobstein is starting Sunday in Verlander's place.
    Wednesday, 7:20 am
    15-Day DL
  • Jake Peavy (back) likely headed for the DL
    Jake Peavy is expected to be placed on the disabled list after feeling more discomfort in his back during a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: His back just isn't loosening up for him. Peavy said he still wants to pitch Sunday, but all indications are that a DL stint is in order. It's yet another injury blow for the Giants, who now could go with Ryan Vogelsong and Chris Heston in the rotation for a while with both Peavy and Matt Cain (forearm) out. Yusmeiro Petit is also an option, but manager Bruce Bochy has indicated a preference to keep him in long relief.
    Wednesday, 5:31 am
  • Reed holds on for a one-run win over Giants
    Addison Reed worked around a two-out walk to preserve the Diamondbacks' one-run lead in Tuesday's win against the Giants.

    Advice: Reed got the first two outs on a Hector Sanchez strikeout and a Norichika Aoki ground out, but walked Joe Panik to put the tying run on first base. He was able to strike out Angel Pagan to end the ballgame. Due to a balky shoulder, Reed logged only 3 1/3 innings during the spring, but he was still ready in time for the regular season. Given his health and last year's performance, however, he's not exactly the most reliable closer to have for fantasy purposes.
    Tuesday, 10:00 pm
  • Feliz enjoys an easy ninth for his first save
    Neftali Feliz set the Athletics down in order in the ninth inning as the Rangers defeated the Athletics 3-1 on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Feliz got Ben Zobrist to ground out, Billy Butler to line out, and Brett Lawrie to strike out for his first save of 2015. Shortstop Elvis Andrus had committed a two-out error on an Ike Davis grounder to extend the inning, but it didn't bother Feliz. Feliz was strong after joining the Rangers' bullpen late last season, recording a 1.99 ERA with 13 saves and a 21/11 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 9:47 pm
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