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  • Pirates claim Banda off waivers from Mets
    Pirates claimed LHP Anthony Banda off waivers from the Mets.

    Advice: Banda was designated for assignment on July 31. The 27-year-old posted a 7.36 ERA and 2.05 WHIP over 7 1/3 innings for the Mets with seven strikeouts. 19 minutes ago
  • Weigel clears waivers, Brewers send to Triple-A
    Brewers outrighted RHP Patrick Weigel to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The right-hander was desingated for assignment at the trade deadline but went unclaimed on waivers. Weigel struck out nine over four innings for the Brewers this season while allowing two runs. The 27-year-old will return to Triple-A where he is carrying a 6.84 ERA and 1.72 WHIP over 25 frames. 24 minutes ago
  • Tigers claim Nivaldo Rodriguez off waivers
    Tigers claimed RHP Nivaldo Rodriguez off waivers from the Astros and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: The right-hander was designated for assignment on Saturday so that the Astros could add Phil Maton to their roster. Detroit had an available spot open after trading Daniel Norris to Milwaukee. Rodriguez allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings this season for Houston with three strikeouts and four walks. 37 minutes ago
  • Sale (elbow) to make at least one more rehab start
    Chris Sale (elbow) will make at least one more rehab start. 

    Advice: Sale has been lights out so far in the minors, posting a 1.76 ERA and a 27/2 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings over four starts. The rehabbing southpaw tossed five innings of one-run ball Saturday for Triple-A Worcester while getting stretch out to 81 pitches. He's nearly ready to make his return from Tommy John surgery, with activation around mid-August if all goes well. What an addition he could be for Boston down the stretch. Today, 9:12 am
  • Indians option INF Chang to Triple-A
    Indians optioned INF Yu Chang to Triple-A Columbus. 

    Advice: Chang will stay in Toronto as part of the taxi squad. The 25-year-old is slashing just .185/.219/.300 with two homers and a 39/6 K/BB ratio over 37 plate appearances this season. Today, 9:06 am
    12:07 pm @Tor
  • Indians option OF Johnson to Triple-A
    Indians optioned OF Daniel Johnson to Triple-A. 

    Advice: Johnson will remain on the taxi squad for now. The 26-year-old is hitting .205 (9-for-44) with two homers and a .563 OPS over 17 games with Cleveland this season. Today, 9:01 am
  • Indians recall RHP Morgan from Triple-A
    Indians recalled RHP Eli Morgan from Triple-A Columbus. 

    Advice: Morgan has struggled with a 7.47 ERA over 31 1/3 innings in the majors this year, but he'll return to make a start Monday against the Blue Jays. Obviously this matchup doesn't come recommended in fantasy leagues. Today, 8:59 am
  • Indians activate 1B Bradley from bereavement
    Indians activated 1B Bobby Bradley from the bereavement list. 

    Advice: Bradley was away from the team over the weekend due to a death in the family. He'll return for the series opener Monday against the Blue Jays. Today, 8:56 am
  • Brewers bring back Axford in trade with Blue Jays
    Brewers acquired RHP John Axford from the Blue Jays for cash considerations. 

    Advice: Axford will immediately join the major league roster in his return to the Brewers, where he pitched from 2009-2013 and enjoyed his most success. The 38-year-old last pitched in the majors in 2018 and has been doing TV work for the Blue Jays, but he recently signed a minor league deal with Toronto after hitting 98 mph during the Olympic qualifiers for Team Canada. He had a 0.77 ERA and 15/3 K/BB ratio over 11 2/3 innings in the minors and the Jays ultimately did him a solid sending him back to Milwaukee for a chance to pitch in the majors again. It's a really great story. Today, 8:12 am
    12:07 pm vs Cle
  • Moore indicates KC can't count on Mondesi in '22
    Royals general manager Dayton Moore said during an appearance on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City that the team can't count on Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) as an everyday player in 2022. 

    Advice: "No," explained Moore. "You can't. ... We're learning that we're going to have to manage his workloads in ways that he may not be a guy that plays more than 100 games. ... We can't count on him as an everyday player." It's surprising to hear this from a person in Moore's position, but there's some justification in feeling this way with Mondesi's injury history. Mondesi is currently on the injured list and has been limited to just 10 games overall this season due to hamstring and oblique injuries. This comes after he required a shoulder procedure last year. The 26-year-old is obviously immensely talented -- there's no disputing that -- but it appears that Moore can't view him as a centerpiece as they attempt to climb back to respectability. Today, 8:04 am
  • Orioles release RHP Evan Phillips
    Orioles released RHP Evan Phillips. 

    Advice: Phillips, acquired from the Braves in the Kevin Gausman/Darren O'Day trade in 2018, posted a rough 7.36 ERA over 43 relief appearances and one start with Baltimore. The 26-year-old had a 5.04 ERA and 35/14 K/BB ratio over 25 relief innings in Triple-A this year. Today, 7:42 am
  • Orioles release RHP Cody Carroll
    Orioles released RHP Cody Carroll. 

    Advice: Carroll struggled with a 5.57 ERA and 23/11 K/BB ratio over 21 relief innings this season in Triple-A. The 28-year-old came over from the Yankees in the Zach Britton trade in 2018, but he put up a brutal 13.74 ERA over 18 relief appearances in the majors between 2018 and 2020. And now Baltimore is ready to move forward. Today, 7:33 am
  • Orioles release 1B/OF Chris Shaw
    Orioles released 1B/OF Chris Shaw. 

    Advice: Shaw, formerly of the Giants, had just one hit with 25 strikeouts in 50 plate appearances over 14 games in Triple-A this season. Ouch, ouch. The 27-year-old was claimed off waivers from San Francisco last November, but things didn't work out as hoped here. Today, 7:30 am
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Casas homers, but USA falls to Japan in 10 innings
    Triston Casas homered, but the United States fell to Japan by a score of 7-6 in 10 innings.

    Advice: An outstanding baseball game. Casas hit a go-ahead homer for Team USA -- his second in as many games -- but Team USA blew a one-run lead in the ninth, couldn't score a run in the 10th and Japan walked it off off Edwin Jackson an inning later. This is a double-elimination format, so while the path gets much tricker for the United States, they're still alive. They'll take on the winner of Israel-Dominican Republic on Tuesday. Every baseball game at the Tokyo Olympics can be streamed LIVE on and on the NBC Sports App. Today, 7:00 am
  • Ynoa (hand) hit hard in first rehab start
    Huascar Ynoa (hand) was knocked around for six runs in two innings in his first rehab start Sunday with High-A Rome. 

    Advice: Ynoa, out since mid-May with a fracture in his pitching hand, gave up eight hits -- seven singles and a double -- and one walk while striking out a pair. He induced six whiffs in his 51 pitches. It was a rough first start, but the most important thing is that he's healthy and getting stretched out. Ynoa was off to a fantastic start this season prior to the injury and should be an option for the Braves later this month. Today, 6:47 am
  • Chris Sale to make another rehab start on Saturday
    Chris Sale (elbow) will make another rehab start with Triple-A Worcester on Saturday.

    Advice: You'd have to believe that will be his final minor league tune-up before rejoining the Red Sox rotation. Sale was terrific in Saturday's start at Triple-A, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out seven over five frames. In that outing, he threw 81 pitches -- 51 of those for strikes -- while touching 96 mph with his fastball. One more week to wait fantasy managers. Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • Mets designate Anthony Banda for assignment
    Mets designated LHP Anthony Banda for assignment. 

    Advice: Banda was not effective in his 7 1/3 innings with the Mets, posting a 7.36 ERA and allowing a whopping 14 hits in that timeframe. He opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for Javier Baez. While Banda could get claimed, there's just as good of chance -- if not better -- he goes through waivers and heads back to Triple-A as depth. Saturday, 3:10 pm
  • Astros designate Nivaldo Rodrigurez for assignment
    Astros designated RHP Nivaldo Rodriguez for assignment.

    Advice: Rodriguez was booted from the Astros' 40-man roster to make room for the call up of rookie outfielder Jake Meyers. The 24-year-old righty allowed two runs on four hits with a 3/4 K/BB ratio across 7 1/3 innings at the major-league level this season. Saturday, 11:03 am
  • Triston Casas homers, USA edges South Korea
    Triston Casas launched a go-ahead two-run homer on Saturday, propelling the United States to a 4-2 victory over South Korea in the opening round of the Tokyo Olympics.

    Advice: With victories over Israel and South Korea, the United States advances to face undefeated Japan on Monday in the double-elimination knockout stage of the Olympic baseball tournament. Casas, universally-regarded as the top prospect in the Red Sox' minor-league system, belted a two-run homer to put the United States ahead for good in the fourth inning. Every baseball game at the Tokyo Olympics can be streamed LIVE on and on the NBC Sports App. Saturday, 6:04 am
  • Brewers designate Patrick Weigel for assignment
    Brewers designated RHP Patrick Wiegel for assignment.

    Advice: The Brewers needed to free up a spot on the 40-man roster and it would appear as though Weigel drew the short straw. The 27-year-old hurler sports a 4.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and 9/4 K/BB ratio over four innings at the big league level this season. He could potentially attract some interest on waivers. Friday, 2:16 pm
  • Cleveland places Bobby Bradley on bereavement list
    Cleveland placed 1B Bobby Bradley on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Bradley will be away from the team attending a funeral on Friday, but is expected to be back for Sunday's series finale against the White Sox. Friday, 10:57 am
  • Ynoa (hand) does simulated game on Tuesday
    Huascar Ynoa (hand) wound up doing a simulated game on Tuesday rather than a rehab start.

    Advice: There is rain in North Port, where Ynoa had been scheduled to pitch, so the Braves decided to play things safe. He'll aim to make an actual minor league rehab start this Saturday. The young right-hander has been sidelined since mid-May because of a fracture in his pitching hand. Tuesday, 2:47 pm
  • Mondesi (oblique) doing infield, taking BP
    Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) has been doing infield drills and taking batting practice.

    Advice: Mondesi has appeared in just 10 games this season due to multiple oblique injuries, but he does seem to be trending in a positive direction now. If all continues to go well, the dynamic shortstop could be ready to return to the Royals' active roster sometime in early-to-mid August. Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • Huascar Ynoa (hand) cleared for rehab games
    Huascar Ynoa (hand) will begin a rehab assignment with the Florida Complex League Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Braves manager Brian Snitker said Monday that Ynoa is "doing great" and has "passed all the tests so far." The right-hander has been out since mid-May with a fractured right hand, so he'll need some time to be built back up. Monday, 3:16 pm
  • Chris Sale to start at Triple-A Worcester Saturday
    Chris Sale (elbow) will make his next, and perhaps final, minor league rehab start with Triple-A Worcester on Saturday.

    Advice: Sale fanned nine batters over 3 2/3 innings in his latest start at Double-A Portland on Sunday -- throwing 46 of his 64 pitches for strikes. The Red Sox want him to be stretched out enough to go six innings when he finally rejoins the rotation, and that could be the case after Saturday's start. It sounds like fantasy managers who have stashed the star southpaw will have to wait one more week to deploy Sale. Jul 25, 1:20 pm
  • Sale strikes out nine over 3 2/3 in rehab start
    Chris Sale struck out nine over 3 2/3 innings on Sunday during his latest rehab start for Double-A Portland.

    Advice: The left-hander tossed 46 strikes on 64 pitches and allowed two runs on six hits. Sale is a priority stash in all fantasy leagues where he is still floating around on the waiver wire, as the southpaw should be making his return early next month. Be prepared for some ups and downs, but the upside is certainly worth the risk. Jul 25, 12:20 pm
  • Bobby Bradley blasts 11th homer in loss to Rays
    Bobby Bradley blasted his 11th home run of the season as the Indians fell to the Rays on Saturday evening in Cleveland.

    Advice: Bradley smashed a 409-foot shot off of Drew Rasmussen in the second inning, tying the game at 1-1. He finished the night 1-for-3 and is now hitting .211/.327/.508 with 11 long balls and 21 RBI on the season. Jul 24, 8:25 pm
  • Sale (elbow) to throw four to five innings Sunday
    Chris Sale (elbow) will throw four-to-five innings on Sunday for Double-A Portland.

    Advice: That's the plan, anyway. Sale went 3 2/3 hitless innings with six strikeouts in his rehab start for Portland on Tuesday, and now he'll have a chance to bump that up in his outing on Sunday. He continues to rebuild his arm strength -- and looks good doing it -- and has a real chance to be a tremendous option for the Red Sox and fantasy managers at some point next month. Jul 24, 6:20 pm
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