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  • Shelby Miller struggles again in loss Sunday
    Shelby Miller struggled yet again in Sunday's loss to the Rockies, surrendering three runs on four hits in only 3 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Miller also issued four walks while striking out three. He cruised through the first three innings unscathed, but seemed to lose his release point in the fourth and everything came unglued. He has been comically bad through his first six starts with the Diamondbacks, compiling an 8.49 ERA, 1.97 WHIP and 19/19 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings. He'll look to start turning his season around when he takes on his former club in Atlanta on Saturday. Today, 5:01 pm
  • Tim Lincecum to host showcase on Friday
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Tim Lincecum will finally hold his long-awaited showcase for interested teams on Friday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Advice: At least 20 teams have expressed interest in attending the showcase at one point or another to see what the two-time National League Cy Young award winner has left in the tank. The 31-year-old has reportedly been throwing in the 90-91 mph range. With so many teams starved for rotation help, he shouldn't have much difficulty landing a job. Today, 3:20 pm
    Not Active
    W, 6-1 @NYM
  • Foltynewicz will start for Braves on Monday
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed Sunday that Mike Foltynewicz will be recalled from Triple-A to start on Monday.

    Advice: The Braves could have opted to skip the spot in the rotation after Saturday's rainout, but they'll stick with the plan to recall the young right-hander instead. Foltynewicz owns a 2.05 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 20/14 K/BB ratio over 22 innings this season at Triple-A Gwinnett. Today, 3:03 pm
  • Darvish looks electric in first rehab outing
    Yu Darvish (elbow) looked electric in his first minor league rehab start, striking out a pair over two hitless innings at Double-A Frisco.

    Advice: Darvish walked one in the outing, throwing a total of 32 pitches. He had good life on his fastball, hitting as high as 97 mph on the radar gun, and also was able to command his sharp breaking ball. He's on track for a return to the Rangers rotation at some point in May. Today, 2:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 9-6 vs LAA
  • Jeff Locke can't find decision in extras loss
    Jeff Locke earned a no-decision in Sunday's 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Reds, hurling seven innings of three-run ball.

    Advice: Locke struck out six, walked two and scattered four hits over his seven innings of work. All three runs on his line scored in the sixth inning. The solid outing helped push his once bloated ERA down to a still overweight 4.73. Much of that weight came in an eight-run debacle against the Padres two starts ago. There isn't much fantasy upside here, but Locke will try to keep slimming that earned run mark when he tangos with the Cardinals in St. Louis next time out. Today, 2:32 pm
    L, 6-5 vs ^ Cin
  • Ubaldo Jimenez sees heart of darkness
    Ubaldo Jimenez failed to provide much of a spark in Sunday's loss to the White Sox, coughing up six runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The White Sox carved up Jimenez for four of the five runs on his line in the fifth inning. It was a disastrous frame in which the veteran right-hander allowed a total of five hits, plunked two batters, uncorked a wild pitch and -- just for good measure -- issued a walk. Thanks to all of that noise, Jimenez's ERA ballooned from 3.91 to 5.20 by the time he exited stage left. He will try to move that ghastly number back into respectability in a home start against the A's next time he toes the rubber. Today, 1:57 pm
  • Odorizzi tosses seven strong innings in loss
    Jake Odorizzi was sharp in earning a no-decision in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays, hurling seven innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Don't be fooled by the 5-1 final score. This was a juicy pitching duel by starters Odorizzi and Marcus Stroman until the Rays bullpen coughed up four late runs. For his part, Odorizzi struck out six, walked two and allowed just a pair of hits. The lonely run to score on his watch came when Josh Donaldson clocked a solo homer off the 26-year-old right-hander in the fourth inning. Odorizzi is off to a smooth start with a 3.12 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 30/7 K/BB ratio across 34 2/3 innings. A road date with the Angels awaits him in his next outing. Today, 12:52 pm
  • A.J. Achter recalled from Triple-A
    Angels recalled RHP A.J. Achter from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Achter threw a scoreless inning in his lone appearance with the big club last month. He'll work in middle relief. Today, 10:00 am
  • Michael Foltynewicz could still start Monday
    Michael Foltynewicz could still start on Monday versus the Mets.

    Advice: The assumption had been following Saturday's rainout that the Braves would just go with Matt Wisler, but it appears Foltynewicz might still be the guy. The Braves will officially announce Monday's start later Sunday. Today, 9:39 am
  • Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) placed on DL
    Reds placed RHP Raisel Iglesias on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 25, with a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: Iglesias felt a "pinch" in the shoulder while throwing a bullpen session Friday. It's unclear at this point how long he'll be sidelined, but it's noteworthy that he also dealt with fatigue in his shoulder late last season. Tim Adleman is replacing Iglesias in the Reds' rotation. Today, 8:31 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-5 @Pit
  • Robertson activated from bereavement list
    White Sox activated RHP David Robertson from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Robertson was away from the club for a few days following the death of his father-in-law. Tommy Kahnle has been sent back to Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move. Today, 8:27 am
  • Homer Bailey (elbow) has 'slight setback'
    Reds manager Bryan Price revealed Sunday that Homer Bailey (elbow) has suffered a "slight setback."

    Advice: The club doesn't think it's serious, although it's unclear how long this might delay Bailey's return. The Reds are also dealing with a setback for Anthony DeSclafani (oblique) and a shoulder injury to Raisel Iglesias. Bailey had been expected back by mid-May. Today, 8:23 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-5 @Pit
  • Adam Morgan showing better velocity
    Adam Morgan's average fastball was clocked at 90.8 mph during Friday's start against the Indians.

    Advice: That's up almost a full two mph from last season. Morgan is now two years removed from shoulder surgery and it appears he's beginning to regain his old velocity. "Everything is good, and that's what I'm excited about. Everything has been progressing phenomenally," Morgan said. "It's a good sign, for sure. I'm feeling good, and it gives me confidence." Morgan's upside still isn't all that high even with the better velocity, but he could carve out some NL-only value. Today, 7:44 am
  • Brach, Givens could get shot to close for O's
    Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports that Brad Brach and/or Mychal Givens could be given a shot to close for the Orioles if Zach Britton (ankle) is out for a while.

    Advice: Britton exited Saturday's game with an ankle injury and will be re-evaluated on Sunday before the extent of the ailment is determined. The obvious option to replace him in the ninth inning would be Darren O'Day, although it's possible manager Buck Showalter could keep O'Day in his setup role and elevate Brach or Givens. Both Brach (1.26 ERA, 15/5 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings) and Givens (3.00 ERA, 21/7 K/BB ratio over 12 innings) have been excellent this season, although it's possible Brad would have the edge out of the two given Givens' issues against left-handed batters. Brach also has more experience closing games in the minors. Both relievers are worth stashing in deeper leagues. Today, 6:06 am
  • Michael Foltynewicz won't start on Monday
    The Braves could choose to skip their fifth starter until May 9 following Saturday's rainout.

    Advice: Michael Foltynewicz had been set to replace Bud Norris in the rotation on Monday, but the club will now just push Julio Teheran and Matt Wisler back a day following the rainout. It's bad luck for Foltynewicz, although he should get his shot soon enough. Today, 5:51 am
  • Rea allows two runs over six innings in win
    Colin Rea picked up a quality start and his second win of the season on Saturday versus the Dodgers, allowing two runs in six innings.

    Advice: This is realistically what Rea can be at the big-league level, a guy who throws strikes, eats innings and collects quality starts. He'll struggle when he falls behind in counts -- like he did to Chase Utley in the third inning -- but he always seems to be just effective enough. The right-hander has allowed more than three runs in just one outing this year and now owns a 4.61 ERA in 27.1 innings with an unimpressive 22/13 K/BB ratio. He'll next get the red-hot Mets at home. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Greinke strikes out eight in no-decision
    Zack Greinke threw seven strong innings against the Rockies on Saturday night, striking out eight and surrendering just two runs in a no-decision.

    Advice: Greinke has had a roller-coaster start to his Diamondbacks career, but threw the ball well against a tough opponent. He probably feels hard done by his second run allowed, too, as it came on a jam-shot blooper with two outs in the third. Still, he has 32 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings this year and will likely see his 5.50 ERA drop closer to his 3.74 FIP as the season progresses. The right-hander has a wonderful matchup looming against the woeful Braves on Friday. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Iglesias (shoulder) scratched from Sunday's start
    Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) has been scratched from Sunday's start against the Pirates.

    Advice: The Reds weren't taking any chances after Iglesias said he felt a "pinch" in his throwing shoulder on Friday. The Reds will call up Tim Adleman from Triple-A Louisville to start in his place. For now it looks like Iglesias will only have to miss one start, but we wouldn't totally rule out a trip to the disabled list. He's been dealing with shoulder issues on and off since September. Yesterday, 8:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-5 @Pit
  • Raisel Iglesias felt 'pinch' in his right shoulder
    Raisel Iglesias is in danger of missing Sunday's start against the Pirates with a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: Iglesias said he felt a "pinch" on Friday and was examined by team doctors. This could be a recurrence of the shoulder fatigue that plagued him late last season. Louisville right-hander Tim Adleman was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday in case the Reds need him to fill in on Sunday. Iglesias' first five starts have yielded mixed results. His 3.49 ERA is impressive but opponents are hitting .296 against him with four homers in 115 at-bats. Fantasy owners should prepare to be without him on Sunday. Yesterday, 3:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-5 @Pit
  • Morgan goes five innings in no-decision
    Adam Morgan allowed three runs over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

    Advice: He struck out a career-high seven batters and walked just one. Morgan, who was called up this week to replace the injured Charlie Morton, held the Indians scoreless before giving up an RBI single to Rajai Davis and a two-run homer to Jason Kipnis in his final inning of work. While things fell apart for him in the end, the Phillies have to be happy with what they saw. Morgan could carve out some NL-only value in Philadelphia’s rotation. Friday, 7:56 pm
  • Michael Foltynewicz likely to start Monday
    Michael Foltynewicz is expected to start for the Braves on Monday versus the Mets.

    Advice: He's expected to take the rotation spot of Bud Norris, who is headed to the bullpen. Tyrell Jenkins was also mentioned as a possibility to take Norris' spot, but it appears the duty will fall to Foltynewicz. The hard-throwing right-hander holds a 2.05 ERA and 20/14 K/BB ratio across 22 frames for Triple-A Gwinnett this season. He'll likely provide strikeouts but not much else for fantasy owners. Friday, 11:33 am
  • Adam Morgan recalled from Triple-A
    Phillies recalled LHP Adam Morgan from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Morgan will start on Friday against Cleveland, taking the rotation spot of Charlie Morton (hamstring). The left-hander held a 3.57 ERA in his first three starts for Lehigh Valley but isn't a strong fantasy option. Friday, 11:17 am
  • Lincecum could have showcase next week
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum could have a showcase for teams next week.

    Advice: We've been waiting for said showcase for months now, but 20 teams are expected to be in attendance whenever it finally takes place. Heyman hears that Lincecum was "consistently" in the 90-91 mph range on Monday and is likely to throw again this weekend. The 31-year-old is coming off hip surgery and had a 4.13 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 60/38 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings last season for the Giants. It's tough to have high expectations at this point. Friday, 10:24 am
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    W, 6-1 @NYM
  • Robertson expected to rejoin ChiSox on Sunday
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday that David Robertson is expected to rejoin the team on Sunday.

    Advice: Robertson was placed on the bereavement list. Ventura named Nate Jones, Matt Albers, and Zach Duke as closer options depending on the situation. Thursday, 2:38 pm
  • ChiSox place David Robertson on bereavment
    White Sox placed RHP David Robertson on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Robertson will be away from the club for 3-7 days following a death in the family. Nate Jones has been excellent in a setup role this season for the White Sox and should slide seamlessly into a fill-in closer role. Thursday, 11:13 am
  • Yu Darvish (elbow) to begin rehab on Sunday
    Yu Darvish (elbow) will begin his rehab assignment by throwing two innings or 30 pitches at Double-A Frisco on Sunday.

    Advice: Two innings or 30 pitches, whichever mark happens to pass first for Darvish. He has been throwing live batting practice sessions and bullpens as he works his way back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The ace could potentially return to the Rangers' rotation by the end of May. Wednesday, 1:44 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 9-6 vs LAA
  • Cards crunch Shelby Miller for five runs
    Shelby Miller proved ineffective in Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Cardinals, yielding five runs on five hits over five innings.

    Advice: While Miller did strike out six, he also walked four. He managed to hold the Cards at bay through the first four innings before his kingdom came crashing down in the fifth. In that frame, five runs crossed the plate, the last three coming on a home run by Brandon Moss. Miller was dealing with hand issues coming into Tuesday's contest, but no word at this juncture whether that played any role in his uneven evening. His next scheduled start comes at home against the Rockies. Tuesday, 9:35 pm
  • Jimenez turns in quality start against Rays
    Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Jimenez gave up six hits and three walks in all. He struck out six, but it wasn't enough to keep him from taking his second loss. Through four starts, the 32-year-old owns a 3.91 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 26/11 K/BB ratio over 23 innings. Jimenez will next take on the White Sox on Sunday. Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • Odorizzi holds O's to one run in no-decision
    Jake Odorizzi limited the Orioles to one run over five innings in a no-decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: Odorizzi had to work to get through five, scattering seven hits and a walk while striking out just one on the night. And he paid for his inefficiency, exiting before the Rays took the lead an inning later. It's been hit or miss for Odorizzi over his five starts, oscillating between good and bad ones. It all adds up to a 3.58 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. His next start will come Tuesday against the Dodgers. Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Homer Bailey goes four innings at Double-A
    Homer Bailey (elbow) yielded five runs -- one earned -- over four innings Tuesday in a rehab start with Double-A Pensacola.

    Advice: Pensacola's fielders made five errors behind him. Bailey did give up six hits and he also walked two. He is on his way back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will make several more minor league starts before becoming an option for the Reds' starting rotation. This was only his second rehab appearance. Tuesday, 6:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-5 @Pit
  • Phillies expected to call up Adam Morgan
    Adam Morgan was scratched from his scheduled outing Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: The Phillies are expected to promote Morgan so he can start Friday's game against Cleveland. He could draw a handful of starts while Charlie Morton works his way back from a hamstring injury. Morgan has posted a 3.57 ERA in his first three starts for Lehigh Valley. Tuesday, 12:05 pm
  • Zack Greinke gives up seven runs, wins anyway
    Zack Greinke won despite giving up seven runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings Monday against the Cardinals

    Advice: It's the first time this year that a starting pitcher has given up seven runs and won and the first time Greinke has done it in his career (he had two wins with six runs allowed). Greinke has allowed seven runs twice this year after never doing so in 2015. He's allowed four or more runs three times after doing so just twice last season. Monday, 11:01 pm
  • Jeff Locke goes six scoreless at Coors Field
    Jeff Locke held the Rockies off the scoreboard for six innings in Monday's 6-1 victory.

    Advice: In one of the most improbably good outings of the young season, Locke surrendered just five hits, walked two and recorded eight strikeouts. He entered the outing with a 7.24 ERA over his first three starts. Locke has an easier matchup against the Reds this weekend, but we wouldn't trust him. Monday, 9:25 pm
    L, 6-5 vs ^ Cin
  • Robertson notches eighth save of season
    David Robertson wiggled out of trouble Monday against the Blue Jays for his eighth save of the season.

    Advice: Perhaps the save should go to Troy Tulowitzki. Robertson allowed a double to Jose Bautista with one out before issuing a two-out walk to Tulowitzki. Michael Saunders then followed with a chopper to the right side of the infield which Tulowitzki attempted to shield. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it ended up hitting him to end the ballgame. Robertson is now 8-for-9 in save opportunities to go along with 0.96 ERA and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings. Apr 25, 8:28 pm
  • Iglesias gives up three runs vs. Mets
    Raisel Iglesias allowed three runs over five innings Monday in a no-decision against the Mets.

    Advice: All the damage came on the home run ball, as he gave up a solo shot to Michael Conforto in the first inning before allowing a two-run homer to Lucas Duda in the third. He gave up eight hits and two walks in all, so things could have been worse. Iglesias struck out seven in the no-decision. He has a 3.49 ERA and 29/7 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings through five starts this season. He’ll get the Pirates next. Apr 25, 7:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-5 @Pit
  • Colin Rea allows three runs vs. Cardinals
    Colin Rea gave up three runs -- two earned -- over five innings Sunday in the Padres' loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Rea walked Cardinals leadoff man Matt Carpenter to open the game and would yield two earned runs in the opening frame. In the top of the fourth, he served up a triple to Jedd Gyorko and an RBI single to opposing pitcher Mike Leake. Rea will carry a 5.06 ERA and 1.69 WHIP into his next start on the road versus the Dodgers. Apr 24, 5:04 pm
  • Shelby Miller on track to start Tuesday's game
    Shelby Miller will make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Miller has had his last two outings cut short because of hand issues. However, manager Chip Hale was encouraged by his bullpen session on Saturday and said the right-hander will be ready to go for Tuesday. Miller's hand issues stem from a tendency to scrape the pitcher's mound on his followthrough. Apr 23, 3:06 pm
  • Yu Darvish (elbow) to throw more live BP
    Yu Darvish (elbow) will throw another live batting practice session on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Rangers hadn't ruled out Darvish beginning his rehab assignment that day, but they'll have him work in more of a controlled setting again first. He should begin a rehab assignment later next week and is on track to rejoin the Rangers' rotation in late May. Apr 22, 1:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 9-6 vs LAA
  • Homer Bailey (elbow) makes first rehab start
    Homer Bailey (elbow) allowed two runs but struck out six over 3 2/3 innings for Triple-A Louisville on Thursday in his first rehab start.

    Advice: The strikeouts are nice, but Bailey needed 67 pitches to cover the 3 2/3 frames. Of course, you had to expect some rust in what was his first official start since Tommy John surgery. Bailey is expected to make at least three more starts before being activated from the disabled list. Apr 22, 5:17 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-5 @Pit
  • Shelby Miller says his hand is fine
    Shelby Miller said his hand didn't bother him in Thursday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: It was another strange outing for Miller, who was replaced by Tyler Wagner after throwing 55 pitches over two-plus innings. His previous start was cut short after scraping his hand on the mound. Miller said he didn't scrape his hand this time out (though video shows otherwise) but admitted his mechanics were off. The right-hander plans to watch video of his outing and make adjustments. The Diamondbacks gave up a ton of prospects for Miller this winter but so far he's winless with a miserable 8.59 ERA over four appearances. Apr 21, 5:31 pm
  • Homer Bailey (elbow) ready for rehab outings
    Homer Bailey (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday night with Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Bailey probably won't go much longer than two innings in the outing against the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate from Indianapolis. The right-hander is slated to make at least four minor league rehab starts, which puts him about a month away from possibly joining the Reds' rotation. Bailey underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on May 8, 2015. Apr 21, 6:46 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-5 @Pit
  • Zack Greinke earns first win for Arizona
    Zack Greinke held the Giants to one run in 6 2/3 innings to win for the first time for the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Greinke struck out seven and walked one to get the victory in his fourth start of the year. He's allowed a total of three runs in 14 innings over his last two starts, dropping his ERA from 9.90 to 5.25. Apr 20, 10:31 pm
  • Jeff Locke roughed up by Padres
    Jeff Locke was blasted for eight runs in three-plus innings by the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Pirates wanted length out of Locke tonight, so they sent him back out for the fourth even though he had already given up seven runs. A homer and a walk later, he was finally removed. The outing took his ERA from 1.97 to 7.24. He has a 7/13 K/BB ratio through 13 2/3 innings. Apr 20, 10:23 pm
    L, 6-5 vs ^ Cin
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