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  • Starling Marte returned to action on Sunday September 14.
    Today, 1:13 am
  • Carlos Beltran returned to action on Sunday September 14.
    Today, 1:13 am
  • Matt den Dekker returned to action on Sunday September 14.
    Today, 1:13 am
  • Will Venable returned to action on Sunday September 14.
    Today, 1:13 am
  • Kelly Johnson delivers game-winner vs. Yanks
    Kelly Johnson delivered the game-winning hit to doom his former teammates on Sunday, doubling home Steve Pearce to propel the Orioles to a walk-off 3-2 victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the day, but certainly proved to be critical. He is seeing extra action at third base after the suspension to Chris Davis, but still represents a poor mixed league fantasy option as he's hitting a putrid .212/.292/.359 with 26 RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 8:41 pm
    New Player Note
    Kelly Johnson Bal - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Tor
  • Brian McCann belts go-ahead homer in ninth
    Brian McCann belted a go-ahead solo home run off Darren O'Day in the ninth inning on Sunday to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

    Advice: Unfortunately, the Yankees surrendered that lead and the game in the bottom half of the inning. McCann finished the evening 2-for-4, raising his season slash to .238/.292/.406 to go along with 20 long balls and 66 RBI. He has certainly provided punch for the Yankees behind the plate, but his struggles to get on base or to make consistent contact are discouraging signs moving forward.
    Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • David Robertson takes loss against O's Sunday
    David Robertson was saddled with his fourth blown save of the season on Sunday, surrendering two runs on three hits in just 1/3 of an inning.

    Advice: The Yankees looked to be on their way to a victory after scoring the go-ahead run in the top half of the ninth inning, but sadly it wasn't to be. It was a tough task for Robertson who was working for the third consecutive game and admitted Saturday to feeling soreness in his shoulder, side and hamstrings.
    Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Stephen Vogt unlikely to be ready on Tuesday
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) is unlikely to be ready to return for Tuesday's series opener against the Rangers.

    Advice: Vogt has been able to take swings in the batting cages in recent days, but is still bothered too much by his sore ankle to run the bases at full strength. Even if he does return at some point next week, he is likely to play only sporadically which makes it difficult to trust him in weekly formats.
    Yesterday, 7:07 pm
  • Carlos Beltran could be available on Monday
    Carlos Beltran (elbow) felt good after taking batting practice on Sunday and could rejoin the Yankees lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Beltran wants to play through the pain of bone spurs the final two weeks before undergoing off-season surgery. It's difficult to know what to expect from the veteran outfielder the rest of the way.
    Yesterday, 5:43 pm
  • Vargas falters late in loss against Red Sox
    Jason Vargas allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Two big swings, only one of which came while Vargas was still in the game, proved the difference. Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer off Vargas in the third inning, and after allowing two hits in the sixth Vargas exited ahead of a Daniel Nava grand slam. It was an unfortunate result on what was an otherwise good day for Vargas -- he struck out eight while giving up just four hits all day. Vargas will take on the Tigers on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • Edinson Volquez earns 12th win against Cubs
    Edinson Volquez gave up three runs -- one earned -- over seven innings in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Volquez fell in a hole early after an error led to two Cubs runs in the second inning. He gave up another in the third, but he settled down to keep them off the board after that. He walked five, an issue for Volquez his entire career, while striking out five as well. The win was his 12th of the year, his highest single-season total since 2008. Volquez will take on the Brewers on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Matt Adams nursing oblique issue again
    Matt Adams is not in Sunday's lineup after aggravating his left oblique issue Saturday.

    Advice: We figured something was up when he wasn't in Sunday's lineup against a right-hander. Adams first tweaked the oblique a week and a half ago but returned after missing just two games. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined this time. Daniel Descalso is at first base Sunday, and he could share time there with Xavier Scruggs while Adams is out.
    Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Matt den Dekker (hand) could play Monday
    Matt den Dekker (hand) could return to the lineup as soon as Monday.

    Advice: Den Dekker hasn't played since Tuesday due to a bruised left hand, but he's feeling much better. "It's coming along," den Dekker said. "The X-rays were negative. I think it's fine." Eric Young, Jr. is in left field Sunday.
    Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Matt Adams not in Sunday's lineup
    Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He also sat out Friday's game, but that was against a lefty. With the Cards facing a righty Sunday, you have to wonder if Adams' oblique might be an issue again. Daniel Descalso is getting the nod at first base Sunday.
    Yesterday, 8:42 am
  • Morse to take BP Monday or Tuesday
    Michael Morse (oblique) won't take batting practice until Monday or Tuesday.

    Advice: Morse had been swinging, but only at about 50 percent. He should return to the lineup shortly if he can swing at full effort Monday or Tuesday, but there are certainly no guarantees that will happen. Morse has yet to play this month due to a strained left oblique.
    Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Mat Latos (elbow) likely done for the season
    Reds manager Bryan Price indicated Saturday that Mat Latos (elbow) is unlikely to return this season.

    Advice: Latos was scratched from Friday's start with a bone bruise in his right elbow. While it doesn't seem like a long-term concern, there's no reason for the Reds to push him to return with so little time left in the season. "We're not going to try to force feed Mat his last few starts if he's not feeling really good," Price said. "It doesn't make much sense for us. I'd like him to pitch, but I don't want to exacerbate an existing issue. He'll have to come quite a ways to make that next start."
    Yesterday, 7:25 am
  • Dylan Axelrod (oblique) done for season
    Dylan Axelrod (oblique) is not expected to return this season.

    Advice: It's no surprise, as Axelrod suffered a strained oblique a week ago and it's an injury that usually takes multiple weeks to recover from "The oblique injury is significant enough that I'm not optimistic that we'll see him the rest of the season," Reds manager Bryan Price said. Axelrod pitched well in his brief time with Cincy, posting a 3.12 ERA and 19/4 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 frames.
    Yesterday, 7:23 am
  • Beltran (elbow) wants to play again this year
    Carlos Beltran (elbow) wants to play again this season.

    Advice: Beltran needs surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, but he wants to wait until the offseason to have the procedure and plans to play through some pain in the final two weeks. "He said he felt better yesterday and took some swings," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday. Beltran sports a disappointing .236/.305/.409 batting line with 15 homers and 49 RBI this season.
    Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Sonny Gray goes eight strong
    Sonny Gray pitched eight innings of two-run ball Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Gray held serve with Hernandez, even outlasting King Felix by an inning. It wasn't enough to get him a decision, but it helped the A's get a much-needed win in the 10th. Gray remains just 1-5 in his last nine starts, which is partly due to a decline in performance but also because the A's just aren't scoring runs.
    Saturday, 9:58 pm
  • McCann launches solo homer in win
    Brian McCann swatted a solo homer and drew a walk Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: McCann entered Saturday's action hitless over his previous three games. The veteran backstop has had a disappointing first season in the Bronx, but he's now just one home run away from his seventh straight 20-homer campaign.
    Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • Robertson notches 36th save of season
    David Robertson tossed a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Orioles for his 36th save of the season.

    Advice: It was his first save since August 29. Robertson worked around a leadoff single and needed just 11 pitches to lock down the victory. The impending free agent is now 36-for-39 in save opportunities and owns a 2.64 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 86/21 K/BB ratio over 58 innings.
    Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • Will Venable (back) remains out of the lineup
    Will Venable (back) remains out of the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Venable has been sidelined with a back strain since Wednesday. He holds a poor batting line of .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and 27 RBI on the season.
    Saturday, 2:20 pm
  • Starling Marte (elbow) out again on Saturday
    Starling Marte (elbow) remains out of the Pirates' starting lineup Saturday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte has been sidelined taking a pitch off his left elbow Thursday. X-rays were negative but he has a significant contusion and some swelling. The speedster will be available as a pinch-runner on Saturday, but there is no timetable for his full-time return.
    Saturday, 1:20 pm
  • Carlos Beltran remains sidelined on Saturday
    Carlos Beltran (elbow) remains out of the Yankees starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Beltran was scratched from Wednesday's lineup with soreness in his elbow and has yet to return. At this point in the season, the Yankees may end up just playing things cautiously and shutting him down for the season to risk further injury.
    Saturday, 8:09 am
  • No timetable for Mat Latos' (elbow) return
    There is no timetable for Mat Latos's (elbow).

    Advice: Latos developed a bone bruise in his throwing elbow while pitching. It doesn't sound like a long-term concern, but with so little time left in the season, his status is very much up in the air. "Hopefully, it's a one week thing and I can make my next start," Latos said. Daniel Corcino is starting Friday in Latos' place.
    Friday, 2:12 pm
  • Matt Adams getting a day off Friday
    Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The Cards are stacking righties versus southpaw Jorge De La Rosa, as Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras are also sitting out. Xavier Scruggs is at first base, Mark Ellis is at second and Randal Grichuk is in right field.
    Friday, 1:49 pm
  • Latos scratched with bone bruise in elbow
    Mat Latos has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start versus the Brewers due to a bone bruise in his right elbow.

    Advice: There's been no indication that the ailment is related to the elbow issue that caused him to get a late start to the season. However, it's also not clear whether the injury might cause him to miss additional starts. The Reds should provide more on his status later Friday. Daniel Corcino is making a spot start in Latos' place.
    Friday, 12:31 pm
  • Stephen Vogt (ankle) remains sidelined
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) might be available at some point during the Athletics' September 16-24 homestand.

    Advice: Vogt took some swings in the batting cage Wednesday but is still bothered by a sprained left ankle. He hasn't played since September 3 and can't be counted on for the rest of the season. "It was a pretty significant sprain," manager Bob Melvin said.
    Friday, 7:00 am
  • Matt den Dekker returned to action on Thursday September 11.
    Friday, 2:55 am
  • Starling Marte has left elbow contusion
    Starling Marte has been diagnosed with a left elbow contusion.

    Advice: It presumably means that he passed an X-ray or it was determined that he didn't need one. Marte was unsure whether he'd be ready to play on Friday, but it sounds like he can safely be considered day-to-day.
    Thursday, 7:52 pm
  • Starling Marte exits game after HBP on arm
    Starling Marte left Thursday's game versus the Phillies with left arm discomfort after being hit by a pitch.

    Advice: Marte was plunked by A.J. Burnett in the first inning, and although he initially stayed in, he eventually exited after the top of the third. It's not clear at this point how long he might be out, but the Pirates should provide more on his status after the game.
    Thursday, 4:57 pm
  • Morse (oblique) likely out this weekend
    Michael Morse (oblique) is not expected to play this weekend.

    Advice: He's still swinging the bat at only 50 percent. Morse is only 10 days removed from straining his oblique, so his continued absence isn't a surprise even though the Giants had expressed optimism that he could be back by now. He's hit .280/.338/.477 with 16 homers and 61 RBI over 130 games this season.
    Thursday, 4:39 pm
  • Den Dekker (hand) not ready to play
    Matt den Dekker still feels soreness in his left hand.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative after den Dekker was hit in the hand by a pitch on Tuesday, but he's not ready to play yet. Eric Young, Jr. will start in left field for the second straight day Thursday and hit leadoff against Tanner Roark.
    Thursday, 1:30 pm
  • Beltran (elbow) not in Thursday's lineup
    Carlos Beltran (elbow) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rays.

    Advice: Beltran was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to elbow soreness and will now miss his second straight start. It's probably just a matter of time before he's shut down for the year.
    Thursday, 1:03 pm
  • Will Venable diagnosed with back strain
    Will Venable was diagnosed with a back strain.

    Advice: Venable left Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers after five innings and Padres manager Bud Black told reporters after the game that he will "probably be out a couple days." Venable has been a major disappointment this season, batting just .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and nine stolen bases in 132 games. He had 22 homers and 22 steals in 2013.
    Wednesday, 10:34 pm
  • Venable leaves game with undisclosed injury
    Will Venable left Wednesday's game against the Dodgers with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: It's unclear what happened to the outfielder, but Cameron Maybin replaced him in center field to start the bottom of the fifth inning. The Padres should give an update on his status shortly.
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • McCann homers, knocks in 3 as Yanks rally
    Brian McCann went 2-for-3 with a two-run single and a solo home run as the Yankees came from behind to defeat the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Yankees fell behind 4-0 in the top of the first inning, but McCann put the Yankees on the board in the bottom half with a solo home run off of Jake Odorizzi. The catcher added a two-run single in the third to make it 4-3, serving as a launching pad for what turned out to be eight runs that would not be answered until the ninth inning. McCann now has three home runs and seven RBI in seven September games, and overall has 18 home runs, 64 RBI, and a .241/.292/.402 slash line.
    Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Beltran won't receive another cortisone shot
    Carlos Beltran won't receive a fourth cortisone shot this season for his ailing right elbow.

    Advice: Beltran has had three shots over the course of the season in hopes of gutting it out, but if he's still unable to play after a few days the 37-year-old will likely shut it down instead of getting another shot. Either way, Beltran is expected to undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from the elbow immediately after the season ends.
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Beltran scratched Wed. with elbow soreness
    Carlos Beltran was scratched from the Yankees' starting lineup Wednesday due to elbow soreness.

    Advice: Beltran is expected to undergo surgery as soon as the season ends to remove painful bone spurs from his right elbow. He will probably be shut down for good as soon as the Yankees are eliminated from contention. They're currently 5 1/2 games back of the second American League Wild Card spot.
    Wednesday, 2:36 pm
  • Matt den Dekker (hand) not in lineup
    Matt den Dekker (hand) is not in the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: X-rays on den Dekker's left hand came back negative, but his hand is still swollen. Eric Young, Jr. is getting the start in left field Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 12:29 pm
  • Vargas allows a pair of homers in loss to DET
    Jason Vargas allowed a pair of home runs in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers, yielding four runs over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Rajai Davis hit a two-run home run in the second inning and J.D. Martinez added a solo blast in the fifth. Other than that, Vargas was okay, giving up six hits and a trio of walks while striking out six. He was coming off of 6 2/3 scoreless frames in his last start -- not exactly the follow-up he envisioned. Vargas has a 3.25 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 118/37 K/BB ratio. The Red Sox await him in Sunday's home start next.
    Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • X-rays on den Dekker's hand are negative
    X-rays on Matt den Dekker's left hand came back negative.

    Advice: Den Dekker doubled and scored in the game before exiting following the plunking in the seventh. Consider him day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 7:28 pm
  • Volquez allows 3 ER in 6 IP against Phillies
    Edinson Volquez got a no-decision in Tuesday's loss in Philadelphia, allowing three runs in six innings.

    Advice: The Phillies scattered six hits and a pair of walks, but were able to scratch out runs in the first, second, and fifth innings before Volquez departed. The right-hander struck out five in the effort. He has pitched well over his last seven starts, sporting a 1.80 ERA in 45 innings. Overall, Volquez owns a 3.36 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and 119/62 K/BB ratio. He'll look to keep it going in a home start against the Cubs on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm
  • Morse (oblique) out until this weekend
    Michael Morse (oblique) will be sidelined at least until this weekend.

    Advice: Morse received a cortisone shot for his strained left oblique last week but remains sore. The slugger has yet to play this month due to the ailment. He's sporting a .280/.338/.477 batting line with 16 homers and 61 RBI over 130 games this season.
    Tuesday, 4:57 pm
  • Michael Morse (oblique) out again Tuesday
    Michael Morse (oblique) remained out of the Giants' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: The club was hoping Morse would be ready Tuesday after missing a week of action, but obviously he's not. He remains day-to-day. Gregor Blanco is in left field again Tuesday in Morse's place.
    Tuesday, 3:35 pm
  • Sonny Gray allows four hits over seven frames
    Sonny Gray allowed three runs -- two earned -- and four hits over seven innings Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Though the trainer came out to look at Gray late in the outing, the right-hander was allowed to continue and didn't seem to be laboring at all. Gray ended up leaving with a one-run lead, but that was blown in the ninth. He's won just one of his eight stats since the trade deadline, but that's hardly all his fault.
    Monday, 9:01 pm
  • Starling Marte goes 3-for-5, homers
    Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and two RBI against the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: Marte looked like a good candidate for a minor league stint a month into the season, but since May 1, he's hit .295/.362/.480 in 329 at-bats. Factoring in his strong defense in left, that line has made him one of the NL's better players of late.
    Monday, 7:55 pm
  • Matt Adams hits 15th homer in win
    Matt Adams' 15th homer of the year was a three-run shot off the Reds' Logan Ondrusek on Monday.

    Advice: Ondrusek had just entered the game as an injury replacement for Pedro Villarreal. A left-hander would have been a better play for the Reds, but Bryan Price had already used his two lefties not named Aroldis Chapman. Adams' homer was just his fourth in 173 at-bats during the second half.
    Monday, 7:45 pm
  • Dylan Axelrod exits with strained oblique
    Dylan Axelrod left Monday's start versus the Cardinals in the first inning with a strained right oblique.

    Advice: Axelrod tweaked the oblique on his seventh pitch of the game and exited without trying a practice toss. With just a couple weeks left in the season, he seems unlikely to make it back. It's not a big deal for the Reds with rosters expanded, but it's a bummer for Axelrod, who was trying to make an impression and had pitched well to this point.
    Monday, 4:36 pm
  • Dylan Axelrod leaves start with injury
    Dylan Axelrod left Monday's start versus the Cardinals in the first inning with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Axelrod appeared to tweak something in his hip area or possibly his oblique while delivering his seventh pitch of the game. He walked off the mound with the trainer without throwing a warm-up pitch. The Reds will update his status shortly. David Holmberg took Axelrod's spot on the mound.
    Monday, 4:18 pm
  • Adams returns to Cardinals lineup on Saturday
    Matt Adams (oblique) is in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He's back in his customary cleanup spot in manager Mike Matheny's lineup. Adams was forced to miss the previous two games due to a strained oblique. He's having a nice season at the dish, slashing .292/.321/.460 with 13 homers and 57 RBI in his 463 at-bats.
    Sep 6, 11:56 am
  • Brian McCann not in Yankees lineup Saturday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.

    Advice: Nothing more than a routine day off for the veteran backstop. J.R. Murphy is getting the start behind the dish with Derek Jeter functioning as the team's designated hitter. He'll undoubtedly return to his usual post on Sunday.
    Sep 6, 9:59 am
  • Stephen Vogt will not play over the weekend
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) will not play in any of the team's three games against the Astros over the weekend.

    Advice: Vogt is considered day-to-day with his sprained left ankle, but it appears as though it's a bit more serious than initially anticipated. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him back until sometime next week.
    Sep 5, 4:05 pm
  • Michael Morse gets cortisone shot
    Michael Morse returned to San Francisco on Friday to get a cortisone shot for his strained left oblique.

    Advice: The Giants are hopeful of having Morse back in the lineup on Tuesday, but obliques are notoriously tricky. The Giants have Travis Ishikawa at first base and Gregor Blanco in left field tonight.
    Sep 5, 2:34 pm
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