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  • Thames return to Brewers' lineup Monday
    Eric Thames has returned to the Brewers' lineup Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: Thames, currently in a 3-for-34 funk, got the day off Sunday. He'll make the start in left field on Monday while Jesus Aguilar will draw a start at first base against Robert Gsellman. Hernan Perez is on the bench. 39 minutes ago
  • Gustave (forearm) resumes throwing program
    Jandel Gustave (forearm) has resumed a throwing program.

    Advice: Gustave was nearing a minor league rehab assignment prior to suffering a setback earlier this month, but now he's moving in the right direction. The 24-year-old allowed four hits (three earned) over five innings prior to landing on the DL with forearm tightness last month. 42 minutes ago
    10-Day DL
    11:10 am @Min
  • Santiago still on track to start Wednesday
    Hector Santiago is still on track to start Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Santiago threw 21 pitches (and allowed two homers) in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Rays, but he should be fine for his next scheduled start. The southpaw has a 4.31 ERA on the year and should be avoided in fantasy leagues for this matchup. 56 minutes ago
  • Alex Wood only expected to miss one start
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Alex Wood (SC joint inflammation) is only expected to miss one start.

    Advice: It's an encouraging development. Wood was placed on the disabled list Monday with left SC joint inflammation, but it's not considered a long-term issue. Fantasy owners surely hope so, as the southpaw owns a brilliant 1.69 ERA through eight starts and two relief appearances this season. 59 minutes ago
    10-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Lugo throws six innings in rehab start
    Seth Lugo (elbow) allowed three runs over six innings Sunday in his latest rehab start with Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: Lugo allowed eight hits and walked two while striking out seven. He threw 55 out of 79 pitches for strikes. Lugo has been out all year while rehabbing from a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, but he could be ready to join the Mets soon. Today, 9:22 am
    60-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Mil
  • Happ (elbow) looks good in side session
    Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said J.A. Happ (elbow) was "very good" in his side session on Sunday.

    Advice: Happ gave up three runs on seven hits over three innings last Thursday in a rehab start with High-A Dunedin, but he could return as soon as Tuesday against the Reds. The southpaw could be on a limited pitch count for his return. Happ has been out since mid-April with left elbow inflammation. Today, 9:15 am
    10-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs Cin
  • Dodgers transfer Stewart to 60-day DL
    Dodgers transferred RHP Brock Stewart from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Brandon Morrow on the 40-man roster. Stewart began the year on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis and only recently began a minor league rehab assignment. The move shouldn't impact his timetable. Today, 9:06 am
    60-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Wood headed to DL with SC joint inflammation
    Dodgers placed LHP Alex Wood on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 28, with left SC joint inflammation.

    Advice: That's a bummer. Wood has been told that he can pitch through the issue, so it doesn't sound overly serious, but the Dodgers don't want to take any chances. There's no clear timetable for his return at the moment. Hyun-Jin Ryu is likely to take his place in the rotation for now. Today, 8:58 am
    10-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Twins recall Drew Rucinski from Triple-A
    Twins recalled RHP Drew Rucinski from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: This confirms a report from Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Rucinski appeared in one game with the Twins earlier this month and has a 2.95 ERA and 21/3 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 innings in Triple-A this year. He'll pitch in middle relief. Today, 8:53 am
  • A's recall RHP Mengden from Triple-A
    Athletics recalled RHP Daniel Mengden to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Mengden will start against the Indians on Monday with Kendall Graveman (shoulder) headed to the disabled list. The 24-year-old got a late start on the year while rehabbing from a foot fracture, but he has posted a 2.21 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings at Triple-A since returning to action. He put up a rough 6.50 ERA in 14 starts with the A's last season, but has shown an ability to miss bats. He's worth trying in AL-only formats as long as he holds down a rotation spot. Today, 8:29 am
  • A's place Graveman (shoulder) on 10-day DL
    Athletics placed RHP Kendall Graveman on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 20, with a right shoulder strain.

    Advice: The expected move after Graveman was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday. He missed the minimum 10 days last month while dealing with shoulder soreness, but his stint on the DL figures to be a bit longer this time. He won't throw again until the pain subsides. Daniel Mengden has been called up to take his spot in the A's rotation. Today, 8:25 am
    10-Day DL
    1:10 pm @Cle
  • Gurriel held out of Monday's lineup
    Yulieski Gurriel is not in Monday's lineup versus the Twins.

    Advice: Gurriel had a nice day at the plate on Sunday, but Marwin Gonzalez will draw the start at first base and hit seventh against Ervin Santana. Today, 8:10 am
  • Benintendi not in Monday's lineup
    Andrew Benintendi is not in Monday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against lefty David Holmberg. Chris Young will start in left field and fifth. Sam Travis will draw the start at first base. Today, 7:44 am
  • Leury Garcia not in Monday's lineup
    Leury Garcia is not in Monday's lineup against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It sounds like a routine day off. Adam Engel will cover center field while Tim Anderson will slide into the leadoff spot. Today, 7:26 am
  • Cingrani (oblique) to begin rehab stint Mon.
    Tony Cingrani (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Class A Dayton.

    Advice: Cingrani has been out since April 18 due to a right oblique strain, but he's finally ready to return to game action. He should be ready to rejoin the Reds' bullpen in early June if all goes well. The southpaw had a 1.93 ERA through five appearances prior to the injury. Today, 7:24 am
    10-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Report: Nationals interested in LHP Brad Hand
    Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Nationals are among the teams who have interest in reliever Brad Hand.

    Advice: This comes days after Lin reported that Hand is "drawing keen interest" around the league. It's no surprise that the Nationals are one of the teams in the mix, as they have an obvious need in their bullpen. They could end up acquiring multiple relievers by July 31. Hand, 27, has compiled a dominant 1.93 ERA and 36/11 K/BB ratio over 28 innings this season. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. Today, 6:44 am
  • Twins expected to call up RHP Rucinski
    The Twins are expected to call up right-hander Drew Rucinski, reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

    Advice: Rucinski has made one appearance with the big club this season and owns a 2.95 ERA and 21/3 K/BB ratio over 18 13/ innings in Triple-A. The 28-year-old figures to pitch in middle relief in his return to the majors. Today, 6:29 am
  • Eric Thames sitting out on Sunday
    Eric Thames is absent from the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Thames is in the midst of a 3-for-34 tailspin at the plate, so he'll get a day off against lefty Patrick Corbin. Jesus Aguilar is at first base. The Brewers also have Jonathan Villar down in the No. 7 spot and Keon Broxton hitting leadoff. Yesterday, 9:22 am
  • Daniel Mengden to start for A's on Monday
    Daniel Mengden will be recalled to start Monday in Cleveland.

    Advice: He's taking Kendall Graveman's (shoulder) spot in the A's rotation. Mengden got a late start to the season after fracturing his foot but has posted a 2.21 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings at Triple-A Nashville. It's not an easy first matchup, but Mengden is worth a look in AL-only formats due to his strikeout potential. Yesterday, 8:52 am
  • Kendall Graveman (shoulder) headed to DL
    Kendall Graveman (shoulder) will be placed on the disabled list prior to Monday's game in Cleveland.

    Advice: It's been the assumption since he was scratched from Friday's start with more shoulder soreness. Graveman was on the DL last month with shoulder issues, as well, and his stay figures to be longer this time around. Daniel Mengden will replace him in the A's rotation. Yesterday, 8:50 am
    10-Day DL
    1:10 pm @Cle
  • Stewart (shoulder) struggles in rehab outing
    Brock Stewart (shoulder) lasted just 1/3 of an inning Saturday in a rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

    Advice: He let up three hits, three runs (two earned) and a walk before exiting. Stewart threw 17 of his 23 pitches for strikes and finished with one strikeout. It obviously wasn't the outing Stewart was hoping for, but at least he came out of healthy. His fastball reportedly topped out at 95 mph. Stewart will likely need a couple more outings before he's ready to join the Dodgers. Saturday, 7:48 pm
    60-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Garcia drives in run with a triple, scores
    Leury Garcia laced a run-scoring triple against the Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

    Advice: His three-bagger in the eight inning plated pinch-runner Adam Engel from first base. Garcia then scored on a single by Jose Abreu. The switch-hitter started the season manning the ninth spot in the batting order for the White Sox, but has slowly worked his way to the top of the order by hitting .285/.336/.482 with six homers, 22 runs, 17 RBI and four stolen bases in 41 games. Saturday, 2:35 pm
  • Alex Wood improves record to 6-0
    Alex Wood allowed two hits and two walks over five scoreless innings in a win against the Cubs on Friday.

    Advice: Wood struck out eight batters in the 91-pitch quality start, improving to 6-0 while lowering his ERA to 1.69. The southpaw also extended his career-high scoreless innings streak to 25 1/3, longest in the majors this season. Injuries have kept him from reaching his potential in the past, but he is 100 percent healthy this season and enjoying the best start of his career. Friday, 10:34 pm
    10-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • J.A. Happ (elbow) could be activated Tuesday
    J.A. Happ (elbow) could rejoin the Blue Jays' rotation as soon as Tuesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Happ was touched up for three runs on seven hits over just three innings in a rehab start with High-A Dunedin on Thursday, but the important thing is his elbow felt good. The Blue Jays could still choose to stretch him out more with another rehab outing, but it sounds like there's a good chance he'll be back next week, whether it's the beginning or the end of the week. Friday, 1:29 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs Cin
  • Graveman battling shoulder soreness again
    Kendall Graveman was scratched from Friday's start versus the Yankees due to right shoulder soreness.

    Advice: Graveman was on the disabled list last month with a strained shoulder and it appears it's acting up on him again. He hasn't officially be placed on the DL yet, but that will likely happen Saturday. Jharel Cotton is taking his spot in the rotation. Friday, 12:52 pm
    10-Day DL
    1:10 pm @Cle
  • Seth Lugo (elbow) moved to 60-day DL
    Mets transferred RHP Seth Lugo from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Tyler Pill. It doesn't affect Lugo's return date, as he remains on track for activation in early June. Friday, 12:46 pm
    60-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Mil
  • Kendall Graveman scratched from start
    Joe Stiglich of NBC Sports California reports that Sean Manaea will move up to start Friday versus the Yankees in place of Kendall Graveman.

    Advice: Stiglich adds that Jharel Cotton is a possibility to be recalled to start Saturday in what had been Manaea's slot. It sounds like Graveman may be dealing with an injury, although it's unclear at this point what it is. He spent time on the disabled list last month with a shoulder issue. Friday, 10:14 am
    10-Day DL
    1:10 pm @Cle
  • Thames' hitless night drops him below .300
    Eric Thames went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Thursday against the Diamondbacks, dropping his season average to .294.

    Advice: Plenty of guys would kill for a .294 average; that's not the shame. The problem is, he was hitting .333 on May 10. Since that time, Thames has gone 3-for-26 without an extra-base hit. The good news is he's still walking plenty to offset his propensity for striking out, but the shine has worn off a bit after he hit 11 homers in the season's first month. Like that hot stretch, this cold snap isn't his baseline, but the reality is somewhere in between. Thursday, 8:50 pm
  • Hand allows run but earns save against Mets
    Brad Hand allowed a run but secured his second save of the season Thursday against the Mets.

    Advice: The same day Padres manager Andy Green was noncommittal about Hand's role, he pitched the ninth for a second straight game. Hand has been stellar this year, posting a 2.00 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with a 35/11 K/BB ratio over 27 innings. San Diego Union-Tribune writer Dennis Lin has said Hand is drawing trade interest, but while he's on the Padres, he's the reliever to own, it seems. Thursday, 7:42 pm
  • Report: Hand drawing 'keen' trade interest
    According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Brad Hand is "drawing keen interest" around the league.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports filed a similar report last week. Per Lin, the rebuilding Padres are "likely to consider just about anything" in trade talks, just as they did a year ago when they dealt Matt Kemp, Drew Pomeranz, Fernando Rodney and James Shields. Hand would make a ton of sense for the Nationals, who are in desperate need of bullpen help. We're guessing Hand will be wearing a new uniform by July 31. Thursday, 6:23 pm
  • Padres want to use Hand like Andrew Miller
    Padres manager Andy Green wouldn't commit to using Brad Hand in the ninth inning.

    Advice: "There's a lot of different ways to utilize him," said Green. "It would be unwise to limit our team to a declaration that I'm going to obligate myself to using this guy in the ninth inning. It just doesn't make sense to me." Hand has been far and away the best reliever in San Diego's bullpen this year but it sounds like Green would prefer to use him in an Andrew Miller-type role, putting out fires wherever they may be. Despite Brandon Maurer's struggles (6.50 ERA over 19 outings), a closer change does not appear imminent. Thursday, 3:33 pm
  • Hand survives stressful ninth for save Wed.
    Brad Hand escaped a bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning to earn a save versus the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: After closer Brandon Maurer pitched a clean eighth inning, Hand was brought in to protect a one-run lead in the ninth. He promptly surrendered a single, a walk and another single to load the bases with nobody out. He was able to punch out the next two batters before getting Juan Lagares to fly out to end the game and notch his first save of the season. It is possible this game indicates the Padres have promoted Hand into the closer role to replace Maurer. Today's results were a mixed bag for Hand. He was able to close out the game without allowing a run but pushed everything to the breaking point in the process. Hand has a 1.73 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 26 innings compared to Maurer's 6.50 ERA. Much of that disparity is explained by Maurer's .400 BABIP compared to Hand's .222 BABIP. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Happ (elbow) needs up to three rehab starts
    J.A. Happ (elbow) will require between one and three minor league rehab starts before he is ready to rejoin the team.

    Advice: Happ has been on the sidelines since April 17 with left elbow inflammation. While his rehab has been slow to come together, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said that he could potentially return to the team in 10-15 days. Wednesday, 5:38 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs Cin
  • Leury Garcia socks solo homer in defeat
    Leury Garcia went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Garcia swatted a solo homer off Randall Delgado in the second inning, his sixth of the season. He homered in two of the three games in this series against the Diamondbacks and is now hitting .295/.343/.488 with six homers and 16 RBI across 129 at-bats. Wednesday, 3:51 pm
  • Thames (legs) steals base in return Tuesday
    Eric Thames (legs) went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Thames has been bothered lately by soreness in both of his legs, but it's something he plans to continue playing through. The 30-year-old slugger is batting .309/.437/.662 with 13 home runs, 26 RBI, two stolen bases, and 39 runs scored in 40 games this season for Milwaukee. Wednesday, 5:37 am
  • Yulieski Gurriel knocks out fourth homer
    Yulieski Gurriel ripped a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Gurriel hit a no-doubt, line-drive shot off of Jordan Zimmermann in the second inning that found the Crawford Boxes in a hurry. He also reached on a hit by pitch. It's been a struggle of late for the infielder, as Gurriel has seen his average drop from .293 to .269 over his last six games. Hopefully Tuesday's longball will get him going again. Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Lugo (elbow) set for second rehab start
    Seth Lugo (elbow) is set to make his second minor league rehab start on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lugo, who is coming back from a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, allowed two hits with no strikeouts and no walks over 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his first rehab start with High-A St. Lucie last Thursday. Assuming no setbacks, he appears on track for a return in the early part of June. Tuesday, 11:35 am
    60-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Mil
  • Eric Thames leaves game with leg cramps
    Eric Thames was removed from Sunday's game against the Cubs due to cramping in his legs.

    Advice: Thames has been battling hamstring and calf injuries, which seems consistent with what was acting up here. It still doesn't sound as though he'll require a trip to the disabled list, but it's the type of nagging injury that could continue to crop up on occasion. May 21, 1:29 pm
  • Leury Garcia (elbow) back in lineup Sunday
    Leury Garcia (elbow) is back in the White Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Garcia missed a couple starts after taking a pitch off his elbow Thursday. He's in center field and batting leadoff versus Chris Heston and the Mariners. May 21, 11:39 am
  • Leury Garcia (elbow) out against Saturday
    Leury Garcia (elbow) is absent from the White Sox's lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: He hasn't started since taking a pitch off his elbow on Thursday night, though he did appear as a pinch-runner on Friday. The White Sox will only have two Garcias in the lineup on Saturday with Avisail in right field and Willy in center. Leury remains day-to-day. May 20, 3:18 pm
  • Athletics activate and option Daniel Mengden
    Athletics activated RHP Daniel Mengden from the 10-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: He'll work his way back to full strength in the minor leagues where he'll continue to provide rotation depth for the A's. The 24-year-old registered a 6.50 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 14 starts for the Athletics in 2016. May 20, 9:59 am
  • Leury Garcia pinch runs in victory on Friday
    Leury Garcia (elbow) appeared as a pinch runner and scored the winning run in Friday's extra-inning victory over the Mariners.

    Advice: Garcia was drilled with a pitch during Thursday's game and he sat out on Friday as a precautionary measure. It's unclear if he still feels pain in the elbow while swinging, so check to make sure he's in Saturday's lineup before firing him up for fantasy purposes. May 20, 5:22 am
  • Alex Wood goes 7 1/3 scoreless in win
    Alex Wood blanked the Marlins for 7 1/3 innings Friday in the Dodgers' 7-2 win.

    Advice: A strikeout machine his last two times out, Wood didn't need to be one tonight; he fanned just four of the 29 hitters he faced. He's now 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA in seven starts and two relief appearances. Most likely, he'll remain a quality starter if he can stay healthy. However, given his injury history, he'll soon make sense as a sell-high candidate in fantasy leagues. May 19, 11:46 pm
    10-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Santiago gives up three runs in no-decision
    Hector Santiago surrendered three runs over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Royals.

    Advice: Santiago gave up eight hits, including a two-run homer to Jorge Bonifacio. While he only issued one walk, he struck out just one of the 24 batters he faced and induced only three swinging strikes. This comes after he struck out just one of the 17 batters he faced in his last outing. It’s no surprise that his ERA continues to rise. May 19, 10:05 pm
  • Thames reaches three times in win Friday
    Eric Thames didn't show any signs of rust in his return to the lineup on Friday, going 1-for-3 plus a pair of walks in a win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Thames also scored a pair of runs on the afternoon. He hadn't started since Sunday due to a bout of strep throat but looks fully recovered and good to go now. He's now hitting .313/.438/.679 with 13 homers and 25 RBI on the season. May 19, 5:07 pm
  • Jandel Gustave (forearm) still shut down
    Jandel Gustave (forearm) remains shut down.

    Advice: Gustave has been out the last month with a flexor strain and had a setback before when he tried to resume throwing. Obviously, he's not going to return anytime soon. May 19, 2:36 pm
    10-Day DL
    11:10 am @Min
  • Eric Thames (illness) back in lineup Friday
    Eric Thames (illness) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start since Sunday, as Thames has been battling strep throat and also some soreness and tightness in his legs. The red-hot Eric Sogard is in left field and batting leadoff for the Brewers for the third straight game. May 19, 8:27 am
  • Stewart (shoulder) to appear in ext. spring
    Brock Stewart (shoulder) threw two innings in an extended spring training game Thursday.

    Advice: Stewart "came out well," according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Stewart has been on the shelf since mid-March with tendinitis in his right shoulder. "Hopefully we’ll continue to build him up to four, potentially five innings, and if the opportunity presents itself we’ll get him here," Roberts said. "We see him as a starter but obviously can use him in the ’pen for long relief. Kind of contingent on need for us." May 19, 7:28 am
    60-Day DL
    11:15 am @StL
  • Leury Garcia day-to-day with bruised elbow
    Leury Garcia left Thursday's game against the Mariners with a bruised right elbow.

    Advice: Garcia came out after taking a pitch off his elbow in the fifth inning. Willy Garcia has come on to take his place in center field. The White Sox are calling him day-to-day. Garcia went 0-for-1 with a walk and a stolen base before exiting. May 18, 9:02 pm
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