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  • Alvarez (shoulder) to return just after break
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Marlins' rotation shortly after the All-Star break.

    Advice: Plagued all season by inflammation in his pitching shoulder, Alvarez will need a rehab assignment but it's unclear when he'll begin one. The right-hander has been limited to just four starts this season due to injury.
    30 minutes ago
  • Brandon Morrow (shoulder) throws off mound
    Brandon Morrow (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's slated to throw off the bump again on Saturday. Morrow has hit some bumps in the road in his recovery from inflammation in his right shoulder, but at least for the moment he's starting to get back on track. There remains no timetable for his return.
    49 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Doc 'a little more concerned' about Nolasco
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Dr. Robert Anderson "was a little more concerned" about Ricky Nolasco (ankle) after a visit Thursday.

    Advice: Nolasco is dealing with a bone fragment in his right ankle and has been unable to throw off a mound without pain. There's been no decision made yet as far as surgery goes, but it may be a foregone conclusion. It's unclear how long Nolasco would be sidelined if he does go under the knife.
    Today, 7:25 am
    15-Day DL
  • David Goforth recalled from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled RHP David Goforth from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Goforth didn't allow a run in four appearances spanning 2 1/3 innings earlier this season with the Brewers. He'll be a middle reliever.
    Today, 7:00 am
  • Tyler Cravy recalled to from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled RHP Tyler Cravy from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Cravy tossed seven frames of one-run ball in his major league debut last month but was sent back down after the game. He will be used in long relief.
    Today, 6:59 am
  • Kevin Gausman likely to get another start
    Kevin Gausman traveled with the Orioles for their weekend series in Chicago.

    Advice: It's a good sign that he's expected to receive at least one more start. The expectation had been that Gausman would be sent down after a spot start Thursday, but he was so good over 6 1/3 scoreless innings that it appears the O's are keeping him around. Gausman could permanently supplant the disappointing Bud Norris in the rotation if he keeps pitching well.
    Today, 6:48 am
  • Chris Volstad outrighted to Triple-A
    Pirates sent RHP Chris Volstad outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Volstad had been designated for assignment after a two-inning scoreless appearance with the big club. He returns to a 3.43 ERA at Indy.
    Today, 6:23 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Cle
  • Dan Straily recalled from Triple-A
    Astros recalled RHP Dan Straily from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Straily will take the ball on Friday against the Red Sox. He owns an uninspiring 4.06 ERA and 1.38 WHIP for Fresno this season, although it's come along with a nice 70/14 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings. He could get a couple starts with the big club until Scott Feldman (knee) is ready to return.
    Today, 6:21 am
    4:10 pm ^ @Bos
  • Blue Jays have interest in Jeff Samardzija
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jeff Samardzija "is on the list" of the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Samardzija has already been dealt twice over the last year and the impending free agent is likely to be on the move again with the White Sox out of contention. The right-hander has put up a disappointing 4.56 ERA this season, but his stuff looks to be intact and he would be a welcome upgrade to the Blue Jays' rotation.
    Today, 6:10 am
  • Hamels 'unlikely' to approve trade to Astros
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the "word for now seems to be that it's unlikely" Cole Hamels would approve a trade to the Astros.

    Advice: Heyman says that Houston "would love" the southpaw, but "there still is no reason to believe its feeling is reciprocated by Hamels." The left-hander could always change his mind, of course, and it also might wind up being a moot point if another teams offers a better trade package. The Astros certainly appear to be in the market for a big arm this month.
    Today, 6:01 am
  • Astros, Dodgers, scouting Johnny Cueto
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Astros and Dodgers had two scouts apiece at a recent Johnny Cueto start versus the Mets.

    Advice: Heyman notes that "some of the scouts might have been there doing regular/advance coverage." However, it's no secret that both the Astros and Dodgers are among the clubs interested in the veteran right-hander. The Blue Jays and Yankees are two other teams known to have interest. Cueto has appeared to put his elbow issue behind him and should fetch a nice return for the Reds later this month.
    Today, 5:55 am
  • Hellickson has 27/2 K/BB rt. in last 4 starts
    Jeremy Hellickson tossed seven innings of one-run ball and struck out six in Thursday's triumph over the Rockies.

    Advice: He only allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter. Don't look now, but Hell Boy boasts a 27/2 K/BB rate over his last four starts, bagging quality starts in three of them. At long last he can be trusted in NL-only leagues. He gets the Rangers next time around.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Rusin allows only 1 ER in loss to the D'Backs
    Chris Rusin allowed six hits and three runs -- one earned -- over six frames in a loss to Arizona on Thursday.

    Advice: Rusin whiffed six and walked two. He's now 3-3 with a 4.27 ERA in 46-plus innings, surpassing expectations, but that will change any day now, as his 1.55 WHIP and 32/14 K/BB rate both portend rough times ahead. Steer clear in fantasy.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Kazmir paints 8 shutout innings in gem vs M's
    Scott Kazmir fired eight innings of shutout ball, scattering two hits, against the Mariners in Thursday's 4-0 victory.

    Advice: He punched out seven and walked zero in the dominant outing. This was the second time in less than a month that Kazmir threw eight shutout innings. Kazmir (5-5, 2.56 ERA) has a tougher assignment next time out in New York against the Yankees.
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Elias gives up 3 runs in loss to the A's
    Roenis Elias surrendered three runs on three hits across six innings in a loss to the A's on Thursday.

    Advice: He struck out seven and walked one. Elias was touched for two runs in the first, mostly settling in for a smooth five innings to come after that. Unfortunately, Scott Kazmir put up eight zeroes across from him, dropping Elias to 4-6 with a 4.27 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Gausman fans seven over 6 1/3 shutout frames
    Kevin Gausman dazzled in a spot start against the Rangers on Thursday, racking up seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

    Advice: Gausman surrendered just four hits and two walks in the impressive outing. While he's supposed to be heading back to Triple-A Norfolk, it's hard to envision the Orioles keeping the struggling Bud Norris in the rotation much longer with Gausman ready to take over. His fantasy value the remainder of the season entirely hinges on him securing a spot in the starting rotation.
    Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • Kevin Gausman recalled for Thursday's start
    Orioles recalled RHP Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Tyler Wilson was sent down in the corresponding roster move. Thursday's start against Texas will be Gausman's second of the season. He scattered two runs over five innings in a no-decision June 20 against Toronto. The Orioles played a doubleheader on Sunday and want to keep their starters on normal rest. Gausman will probably return to Norfolk after Thursday's outing.
    Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Straily set to make Astros debut on Friday
    Dan Straily will start for the Astros against the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: Straily owns a 4.06 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 70/14 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings with Triple-A Fresno this year. The 26-year-old will replace Brett Oberholtzer in the Astros' rotation.
    Wednesday, 7:17 pm
    4:10 pm ^ @Bos
  • Cueto spins eight innings of one-run ball
    Johnny Cueto held the Twins to just one run over eight innings while striking out eight in a 2-1 victory Wednesday.

    Advice: Brian Dozier came around to score after smacking a leadoff double down the left-field line in the sixth inning, but that's all the Twins were able to scrape together against Cueto. In six starts since returning from an elbow issue, Cueto boasts a 2.52 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings. In other words, he's looked like his normal self. The righty takes on the Nationals on the road next.
    Wednesday, 12:53 pm
  • Hamels pitches well but gets a no-decision
    Cole Hamels pitched effectively against the Brewers, giving up only two runs in seven innings, but was left with a no-decision in Tuesday's loss.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the first inning on Aramis Ramirez's two-out, two-run single. Hamels was solid the rest of the way, giving up only five hits and a walk overall while striking out seven. The lefty owns a 3.22 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 113/35 K/BB ratio over 106 1/3 innings. Hamels will make an afternoon start in Atlanta next.
    Tuesday, 8:58 pm
  • Nolasco (ankle) to see another specialist
    Ricky Nolasco (ankle) will visit foot/ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Thursday.

    Advice: Nolasco had yet another setback with his right ankle last Friday when he had to cut a bullpen session short. The Twins had been optimistic that he could avoid surgery, but that might not be the case anymore. More should be known about his status later this week.
    Monday, 1:36 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Johnny Cueto on Houston's radar
    The Houston Chronicle reports Johnny Cueto is the "most attractive potential acquisition" for the Astros.

    Advice: He's also being pursued by the Blue Jays, Dodgers and Yankees. Cueto is in the last year of his contract and is unlikely to re-sign with Cincinnati. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle said the Astros have also done "scouting homework" on starters Matt Garza, Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir, Mike Leake, Kyle Lohse and Jeff Samardzija. Houston's rotation ranks 14th in strikeouts (365) and 16th in ERA (4.07).
    Monday, 8:52 am
  • Jeff Samardzija fades late in loss to Tigers
    Jeff Samardzija was terrific for most of Sunday but lost it late in a loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: "Shark" dominated the Tigers for seven shutout innings but came apart in the eighth. Or, rather, he was hung out to dry by White Sox manager Robin Ventura in the eighth. After hitting Ian Kinsler with a bases-loaded pitch, Samardzija looked to empty the tank when he bounced back to strike out Miguel Cabrera. Ventura stuck with the righty, though, and Victor Martinez cleared the bases with a double. It's been a maddeningly inconsistent season for Samardzija, who now has a 4.56 ERA and just one win over his last seven starts. He'll take on the Orioles next weekend.
    Sunday, 1:31 pm
  • Chris Volstad designated for assignment
    Pirates designated RHP Chris Volstad for assignment.

    Advice: Volstad went two scoreless innings in his lone appearance for the Pirates. He's likely to clear waivers.
    Sunday, 8:10 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Cle
  • Kevin Gausman to start on Thursday
    Kevin Gausman will be recalled to start on Thursday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: The Orioles considered starting Gausman for one of the games during Sunday's doubleheader, but he'll make an abbreviated start for Triple-A Norfolk instead before taking the ball for the O's on Thursday. Gausman has compiled a 4.24 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 14/6 K/BB ratio over 17 innings with the big league club this season.
    Sunday, 6:53 am
  • Jeremy Hellickson gives up seven runs in loss
    Jeremy Hellickson gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Hellickson started on five days' rest tonight after dealing with back and side injuries last time out. Whether that had any effect on his performance tonight is unclear; he had a bad outing, but then, it's not unusual for him to have bad outings. He's 5-5 with a 5.38 ERA for the season.
    Saturday, 10:27 pm
  • Rusin allows 10 hits, five runs vs. Giants
    Chris Rusin allowed 10 hits and five runs -- two earned -- over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Rusin was twice given multiple-run leads only to hand them back. It was the third time in his last four starts that Rusin has allowed nine hits or more, but he narrowly escaped taking his third loss in his last four games. Rusin remains 3-2 with a 4.69 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. He'll look for a better result Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
    Saturday, 4:33 pm
  • Kazmir allows three runs in loss to Royals
    Scott Kazmir allowed three runs over seven innings in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Kazmir gave up seven hits and a walk in the loss, striking out six. The loss was his first since June 5, dropping him to 4-5 on the year. The southpaw has a 2.79 ERA and 1.20 WHIP through 15 starts. Kazmir will face off against division foes in the Mariners on Thursday.
    Saturday, 3:57 pm
  • Kevin Gausman to start for Orioles on Sunday
    Kevin Gausman will be recalled from Triple-A to start one game in Sunday's doubleheader against the Indians.

    Advice: Chris Tillman, who was scheduled to start on Saturday, is expected to work in the other game. Gausman has compiled a 4.24 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 14/6 K/BB ratio over 17 innings with the big league club this season.
    Saturday, 11:06 am
  • Cueto gives up two runs in loss
    Johnny Cueto gave up two runs over six innings in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: It was his first start since last Wednesday, as the Reds decided to give him some extra rest for his elbow. Cueto held the Mets to one run over the first four innings before walking three batters in the fifth inning to force in a run. He gave up just two hits in all, including a leadoff homer to Curtis Granderson. This was his first loss since May 19. The Reds' ace now owns a 2.98 ERA through 14 starts this season. If he can stay healthy, he's highly likely to be traded by July 31.
    Friday, 6:44 pm
  • Nolasco suffers setback in bullpen session
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday that Ricky Nolasco's (ankle) bullpen session "did not go well".

    Advice: By all accounts, Nolasco's recovery from his ankle injury has hit a wall. The Twins were optimistic he would be able to avoid surgery and make a relatively quick return to the rotation, but this doesn't sound encouraging.
    Friday, 3:56 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Cueto (elbow) will make his start on Friday
    Johnny Cueto (elbow) will make his scheduled start on Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Cueto hasn't pitched since June 17 after having his last start pushed back due to stiffness in his pitching elbow. He'll likely be pitching in front of representatives of several different clubs, as Cueto is one of the biggest names likely to be moved before next month's trade deadline.
    Thursday, 4:20 pm
  • Astros 'remain interested' in Jeff Samardzija
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Astros "remain interested" in Jeff Samardzija.

    Advice: Rosenthal first connected Houston to Samardzija back in mid-May, noting that Astros scouts had been monitoring the 30-year-old right-hander's outings. And they still are. Samardzija owns an ugly 4.53 ERA in 101 1/3 innings this season for Chicago, but Rosenthal notes that the White Sox defense is partly to blame. He'd probably fare much better from a fantasy perspective in Houston, at least in the win expectancy department. Rosenthal also connects the Astros to A's left-hander Scott Kazmir.
    Thursday, 5:42 am
  • Elias bombed for 7 runs in 4th inning of loss
    Roenis Elias was shelled in a loss to the Royals on Wednesday, yielding seven runs on five hits across 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Elias breezed through three shutout innings until the wheels fell off abruptly in the fourth. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out two and walked one in the clunker. He'll tote a 4.25 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into his next start in San Diego.
    Wednesday, 10:02 pm
  • Hellickson (back, side) set for next start
    Jeremy Hellickson (back, side) will make his next scheduled start Saturday.

    Advice: It wasn't initially clear that Hellickson had sustained an injury, but he underwent an MRI on his back and side after his Sunday start. The results came back clean, though, and Hellickson will be good to go Saturday at the Padres.
    Wednesday, 4:16 pm
  • Padres transfer Brandon Morrow to 60-day DL
    Padres transferred RHP Brandon Morrow to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move is procedural to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Marcos Mateo. Morrow remains on the comeback trail from shoulder inflammation.
    Wednesday, 3:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Hamels allows five runs in loss to Yankees
    Cole Hamels gave up five earned runs over five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Hamels missed his last turn in the Phillies' starting rotation because of a hamstring injury and he did not look sharp in his return to action Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. New York rattled off eight hits against him and also drew three walks. Hamels will carry a 5-6 record, 3.26 ERA, and 1.17 WHIP into his next start at home against the Brewers. We'd expect a bounceback.
    Wednesday, 1:21 pm
  • Chris Volstad called up from Triple-A
    Pirates purchased the contract of RHP Chris Volstad from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Volstad has put up a 3.43 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 76 innings for Indy this season. He'll be used in long relief.
    Wednesday, 1:00 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Cle
  • Morosi: Royals inquiring on Cueto, Leake
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that the Royals have inquired to the Reds about the availability of Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake.

    Advice: The Royals have gotten the fewest innings of any team in baseball out of their starters, so upgrading their rotation is a must if they hope to make another postseason run. As one of the best pitchers in baseball, Cueto would certainly cost much more than Leake, although he's dealt with an elbow injury recently. The Yankees and Tigers are also known to have interest in Cueto.
    Wednesday, 5:45 am
  • Samardzija holds Twins to two runs in victory
    Jeff Samardzija limited the Twins to two runs over seven innings in a win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Samardzija scattered eight hits and a walk over his seven innings, striking out seven in the outing. The right-hander has had a bit of a return to form in recent starts, as Tuesday was his third straight going seven innings with three or fewer runs allowed. Despite that, the win was his first since May 22. Samardzija is 5-4 with a 4.53 ERA and 1.33 WHIP heading into Sunday's showdown with the Tigers in Detroit.
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Brandon Morrow (shoulder) nearing mound work
    Brandon Morrow (shoulder) hopes to throw a bullpen session this weekend.

    Advice: Morrow has expanded his long-tossing to 120 feet and is almost ready to step on the bump. While the right-hander is pointed in the right direction again after having a setback with his shoulder earlier this month, the Padres won't be putting any timetable on him anytime soon.
    Tuesday, 5:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Phillies have scout watching Rangers
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies have a "high-level" scout watching the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morosi has reported previously that the Rangers have interest in Cole Hamels. Chi Chi Rodriguez is starting for Texas on Tuesday and would make sense as part of a package to acquire Hamels. Morosi notes, though, that a deal isn't close to going down between the two teams.
    Tuesday, 5:43 pm
  • Hamels-to-Rangers trade 'not on the board''s T.R. Sullivan was told that a trade for Cole Hamels is "not on the board" for the Rangers.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported earlier Tuesday that the Rangers and Phillies were having "ongoing dialogue" about a deal involving the left-hander. It's entirely possible that the Rangers are feeding Sullivan the info in hopes that it will drive Philly's price down, so we can't discount Morosi's report. The Rangers are not on Hamels' no-trade list.
    Tuesday, 3:28 pm
  • Hamels can't block deal to Rangers
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports clarifies that Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels can't block a trade to the Rangers.

    Advice: Hamels can block trades to 20 teams each season, but the Rangers are on his approved list. Morosi previously reported that the southpaw would waive his no-trade clause to come to Texas, but that obviously wouldn't be necessary if a deal is struck. The two sides are reportedly having "ongoing dialogue" about a deal, but the Phillies will surely be talking with multiple clubs about Hamels as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.
    Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Rangers having 'ongoing dialogue' on Hamels
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers and Phillies are having "ongoing dialogue" about a Cole Hamels trade and that the left-hander is willing to waive his no-trade clause to come to Texas.

    Advice: Most of the chatter during the offseason and this spring was about teams like the Red Sox, Cardinals, Cubs, Yankees, and Padres, but the Rangers were also in the mix. They have some pitching on the way back from injury, like Martin Perez, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland, but it makes sense that the two sides have kept in touch, especially since the Rangers have a legitimate shot to contend this season. No word on who the Phillies could be targeting in return, but the Rangers have plenty of interesting prospects. Hamels, who can block trades to 20 teams each season, is making $22.5 million this season and is guaranteed $73.5 million from 2016-2018. He would likely require his $20 million option for 2019 to be picked up in order to sign off on a trade. The Phillies should get plenty of calls leading up to July 31.
    Tuesday, 9:32 am
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