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  • Nats option LHP Grace to Triple-A
    Nationals optioned LHP Matt Grace to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Stephen Drew's return from the disabled list. Grace owns a 4.05 ERA over seven appearances with the Nats this season and should get another shot at some point soon. 19 minutes ago
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    1:05 pm @SF
  • Nats activate INF Drew from 10-day DL
    Nationals activated INF Stephen Drew from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Drew is finally back to full health after suffering a right hamstring strain on April 11. The veteran infielder will return to a utility role. 20 minutes ago
    New Player Note
    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
    10-Day DL
    1:05 pm @SF
  • Jose De Leon called up to majors?
    According to Buster Olney of ESPN, "it appears Jose De Leon is on his way to the big leagues."

    Advice: The Rays have yet to make an official announcement. Erasmo Ramirez was expected to make his scheduled start on Monday despite pitching in relief on Sunday, so perhaps something has changed. De Leon, acquired from the Dodgers in the Logan Forsythe deal, has a 2.16 ERA and 12/2 K/BB ratio in 8 1/3 innings through his first two starts in Triple-A this year. He got a late start on the season due to a flexor tendon issue. 32 minutes ago
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    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Freese not in Monday's lineup
    David Freese is not in Monday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against right-hander Randall Delgado. Josh Harrison will cover third base while Alen Hanson gets a start at second base. 34 minutes ago
    1:05 pm vs Ari
  • 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. 52 minutes ago
  • Piscotty remains out of Cards' lineup
    Stephen Piscotty remains out of the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Piscotty has been away from the team since Friday while tending to a personal matter. Jose Martinez will start in right field while Tommy Pham will hit second. Today, 9:38 am
    11:15 am vs LAD
  • 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. Today, 9:29 am
  • 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. Today, 9:26 am
    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
  • Nelson Cruz starting in right field Monday
    Nelson Cruz will start in right field Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Cruz will start in the outfield with the DH unavailable under National League rules. Ben Gamel will start in left field while Guillermo Heredia will take a seat. Today, 9:10 am
  • 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
  • Ellsbury (concussion) not ready for activity
    Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) is not ready to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Ellsbury was diagnosed with a concussion and a neck sprain after he collided with the outfield wall while making a catch last Wednesday. The Yankees will obviously take every precaution until the symptoms subside. Aaron Hicks will continue to receive regular playing time during his absence. Today, 8:47 am
    7-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-1 @Bal
  • 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
  • Miguel Sano back in Twins' lineup Monday
    Miguel Sano has returned to the Twins' lineup on Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Sano was held out of the lineup for back-to-back games over the weekend in order to clear his head and work on his swing. The young slugger has one hit in his last 16 at-bats with 12 strikeouts. He should get back to mashing soon enough. Today, 8:17 am
    11:10 am vs Hou
  • 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
  • Frazier to serve as DH on Monday
    Todd Frazier will serve as the designated hitter Monday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: The move will allow the struggling slugger to get somewhat of a breather. Matt Davidson will start at the hot corner. Today, 7:29 am
    11:10 am vs Bos
  • 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
  • Phillies option RHP Eflin to Triple-A
    Phillies optioned RHP Zach Eflin to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Eflin was hammered for seven runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Reds and now owns a 6.13 ERA through eight starts this season. Nick Pivetta and Ben Lively are the most likely alternatives to take his spot in the rotation. Today, 6:26 am
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    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Ramirez still on track to start Monday
    Erasmo Ramirez will start against the Rangers on Monday despite saving Sunday's game against the Twins.

    Advice: Well, that doesn't happen very often. The Rays were forced to use Ramirez in the 15th inning on Sunday, but he only threw 12 pitches and is confident he'll be ready to bounce back. "My arm feels good," said Ramirez. "I'm glad the inning was quick. I executed every pitch, and that gave me the chance to not just feel it that much. I told (manager Kevin) Cash my arm feels good just in case you want to continue with the plans. I want to start for sure." Today, 6:12 am
  • Todd Frazier clubs two-run homer vs. Tigers
    Todd Frazier went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Frazier's two-run home run off Jordan Zimmermann in the fifth inning increased the White Sox lead to 7-0. While the slugger has never been one to work much to contact, his results this year are eye-popping even by his all-or-nothing standards. He owns a rough .186/.305/.364 triple-slash with six homers and 21 RBI for the season as a whole. Yesterday, 2:47 pm
    11:10 am vs Bos
  • Eflin falls to 0-3 on Sunday versus Reds
    Zach Eflin fell to 0-3 on the season after yielding seven earned runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Eflin surrendered nine hits, including four home runs, in the ugly home outing at Citizens Bank Park. He walked one and struck out three. The right-hander now owns a 6.13 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through eight starts in 2017. Yesterday, 1:39 pm
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    4:10 pm @Mia
  • 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
  • Miguel Sano out of lineup again on Sunday
    Miguel Sano is absent from the Twins' lineup again Sunday.

    Advice: Manager Paul Molitor is giving the slumping Sano a second straight day off in hopes that it will "take mental stress off him for a couple of days." Eduardo Escobar is again at third base. Yesterday, 8:44 am
    11:10 am vs Hou
  • 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
  • Todd Frazier sitting for Saturday's nightcap
    Todd Frazier is not in the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers.

    Advice: Frazier went 0-for-4 in the opener, dropping his season average to a dismal .184. Matt Davidson will man third base and bat fifth against Tigers starter Buck Farmer in the nightcap. Saturday, 2:42 pm
    11:10 am vs Bos
  • 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
  • Miguel Sano not in Twins lineup on Saturday
    Miguel Sano is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against Jake Odorizzi and the Rays.

    Advice: Sano is in a bit of a funk at the plate, as he's 0-for-13 with 10 strikeouts in his last three games, so skipper Paul Molitor is giving him a day off to clear his head. Ehire Adrianza is starting at shortstop for the Twins while Eduardo Escobar draws the start at third base. Saturday, 7:50 am
    11:10 am vs Hou
  • Piscotty away from team for family matter
    Stephen Piscotty is away from the Cardinals tending to a personal matter.

    Advice: Piscotty left the team on Friday, which is why he wasn't in the lineup against the Rockies. The Cardinals do not know how long he'll be away, but it seems likely that he'll miss the remainder of the weekend series. Saturday, 6:29 am
    11:15 am vs LAD
  • 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
  • Miguel Sano fans four times
    Miguel Sano struck out all four times he was up Friday and is 0-for-13 with 10 strikeouts in his last three games.

    Advice: Well, it's not like Sano was really going to hit .300 this year. He's down to .292 now, and his OPS is under 1.000 for the first time in a month. Friday, 9:49 pm
    11:10 am vs Hou
  • Stephen Piscotty sitting out on Friday
    Stephen Piscotty is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Piscotty is just 3-for-19 at the plate since returning from a hamstring issue, so he'll get a day off. Aledmys Diaz is also sitting out, as the Cards have Tommy Pham and Randal Grichuk in the corner outfield spots and Greg Garcia at shortstop. Friday, 1:53 pm
    11:15 am vs LAD
  • 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
  • Nelson Cruz homers to lift Mariners
    Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to help propel the Mariners past the Nationals 4-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Cruz has been tearing it up since a lousy first week of the season, and he's taken over the AL lead with 40 RBI this year. The homer was his 12th, so he's right on pace for what would be a fourth straight 40-homer season. Thursday, 1:03 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
  • Ramirez allows two runs in six innings in win
    Erasmo Ramirez earned a win by tossing six innings while allowing two runs against the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: He started off in shaky fashion by allowing a two-run shot to Albert Pujols in the first inning. That was the only real difficulty he faced all evening. He surrendered just four base hits and one walk while striking out two batters. He owns a 3-0 record with a 3.00 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. This was his second start since replacing Blake Snell in the rotation. He made 11 appearances in relief previously. Wednesday, 7:48 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury lands on concussion list
    Yankees placed OF Jacoby Ellsbury on the 7-day concussion disabled list

    Advice: Ellsbury was diagnosed with a concussion and a neck sprain after he collided with the wall in the first inning of Wednesday's win over the Royals. There is no current timetable for his recovery, but he will be reevaluated on Thursday and we should have a better idea of just how long he might be out as he becomes further removed from the initial concussion. Jack Curry of YES is hearing that Rob Refsnyder will be added to the roster with Ellsbury heading to the disabled list. Wednesday, 7:11 pm
    7-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-1 @Bal
  • 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
  • Ellsbury exits with concussion, neck sprain
    Jacoby Ellsbury left Wednesday's game against the Royals with a concussion and neck sprain.

    Advice: Ellsbury made a fantastic catch on a deep Alcidies Escobar fly ball to lead off the game, before colliding with the center field wall. He stayed in for defense through to the end of the top of the first, but was subsequently replaced in the field by Aaron Hicks. This injury could potentially land him on the 7-day concussion disabled list. He will be reevaluated on Thursday. Wednesday, 5:26 pm
    7-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-1 @Bal
  • Jacoby Ellsbury exits after colliding w/ wall
    Jacoby Ellsbury left Wednesday's game against the Royals after colliding with the wall while making a catch in the first inning.

    Advice: Ellsbury was driven into the center field wall on a long drive off the bat of Alcidies Escobar to start the game. While he remained in defensively for the rest of the frame, Aaron Hicks took over for him in center at the top of the second inning. The Yankees will pass along an update as to the exact nature of his injury as the game progresses. Wednesday, 4:35 pm
    7-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-1 @Bal
  • 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
  • Cruz to draw start in right field Thursday
    Nelson Cruz will play right field in Thursday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cruz is sitting out Wednesday's contest, though he will be available to pinch-hit in that game. When the slugger starts in right field on Thursday, it will be just his second game at a position other than designated hitter this season. Wednesday, 1:05 pm
  • Nelson Cruz out of SEA lineup at Nats Park
    Nelson Cruz is not in the Mariners' lineup Wednesday at Nationals Park.

    Advice: There is no DH available, so Cruz will operate as a bench weapon for manager Scott Servais. Ben Gamel is starting in right field and batting fifth versus Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark. Wednesday, 12:31 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
  • Todd Frazier reaches the seats in Arizona
    Todd Frazier finished 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's game at Arizona.

    Advice: It was just the fifth homer of the season for Frazier, who has been a bit of a disappointment since coming over from the Reds after the 2015 season. While he belted a career-high 40 homers last year on the south side, he posted a career-worst .225. This season he is hitting a paltry .192, although he is showing signs of life with eight hits over his past 30 hits (.267). Tuesday, 10:55 pm
    11:10 am vs Bos
  • 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
  • Zach Eflin tagged for eight runs
    Zach Eflin gave up eight runs and three homers in six innings Tuesday in a loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Eflin had been serviceable to date because he managed to give up a modest four homers in 36 innings. Seven homers in 42 innings seems more like what should have been expected, given his poor strikeout rate and lack of ability to induce grounder after grounder. He might hang as a fifth starter, but he doesn't have much upside beyond that. Tuesday, 7:11 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Drew (hamstring) reports to extended spring
    Stephen Drew (hamstring) has reported to extended spring training and could soon begin playing in games.

    Advice: Drew has made very slow progress from a strained right hamstring, though manager Dusty Baker assured reporters last week that there has not been a significant setback. Drew could be ready for activation sometime next week if all goes well for him in West Palm Beach. Tuesday, 1:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
    10-Day DL
    1:05 pm @SF
  • 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
  • Miguel Sano hits 12th homer in win over O's
    Miguel Sano went 4-for-6 with a homer and three RBI as the Twins topped the Orioles 14-7 on Monday.

    Advice: Sano had gone eight straight games without a homer, but even during that stretch, he hit .300 with a .382 OBP. He's been an awesome force since day one this year, and we see no reason to expect that to change. Monday, 8:19 pm
    11:10 am vs Hou
  • Freese run for arguing called third strike
    David Freese was ejected from Monday's game against the Braves for arguing a called third strike in the fourth inning.

    Advice: His manager, Clint Hurdle, was also given the gate for arguing the same call. Freese finished the night 0-for-2. Alen Hanson replaced him in the lineup with Josh Harrison shifting over to cover the hot corner. Monday, 5:48 pm
    1:05 pm vs Ari
  • Nelson Cruz to play outfield in Washington
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said Sunday that Nelson Cruz will play the outfield during two of the team's three games in Washington this week.

    Advice: While the M's won't have the benefit of a designated hitter, they'll still be able to keep their biggest power bat in the middle of the lineup. Fantasy owners should plan to be without him for only one of those three contests, and even then he should appear as a pinch hitter. May 21, 5:34 pm
  • Nelson Cruz mashes solo home run in defeat
    Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Cruz's solo home run off Derek Holland in the seventh inning put the Mariners on the board, but it mattered little in the end, as it merely drew the M's to within 8-1. The veteran slugger boasts a .301/.383/.564 triple-slash and has bopped 11 homers while driving in 37 runs with Memorial Day just around the corner. May 21, 4:09 pm
  • Miguel Sano drives in three in loss to Royals
    Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and three total RBI in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Sano picked up his first RBI on an infield single in the fifth inning. He would come through once more with a two-run double in the seventh. The 24-year-old third baseman is blossoming into a true star this season and is slashing a lovely .305/.431/.626 with 10 homers and 33 RBI across 131 at-bats. May 21, 2:42 pm
    11:10 am vs Hou
  • 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
  • Freese goes 2-for-3 with a solo homer Sat.
    David Freese went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's defeat of the Phillies.

    Advice: He took Phillies starter Vince Velasquez deep in the fourth inning with the bases empty. He also drew a walk in the ballgame. Freese is batting .273/.374/.468 with four home runs and 11 RBI on the season. May 20, 4:32 pm
    1:05 pm vs Ari
  • 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
  • Cards activate Piscotty (hamstring) from DL
    Cardinals activated OF Stephen Piscotty from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's back after missing two weeks with a strained hamstring. Piscotty will draw the start in right field and bat second Saturday against San Francisco. The 26-year-old returns to a .241/.378/.380 slash line. May 20, 1:21 pm
    11:15 am vs LAD
  • 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
  • Ramirez gives up two runs vs. Yankees
    Making his first start since replacing Blake Snell in the Rays’ rotation, Erasmo Ramirez yielded two runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Yankees on Friday.

    Advice: He didn’t factor into the decision. Ramirez gave up six hits while walking one and striking out five. He threw 65 pitches before being pulled and should be ready for a bigger workload next time out. The Rays have some options, but Ramirez will carry some appeal in deeper fantasy formats as long as he holds a rotation spot. May 19, 8:12 pm
  • Freese hitless Friday against Phillies
    David Freese went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Freese started the year strong before going down with a hamstring injury last month, but he’s batting just .055 (1-for-18) since returning from the disabled list. Jung Ho Kang’s prison sentence was upheld earlier this week, so Freese’s playing time should be safe for the near future. May 19, 7:14 pm
    1:05 pm vs Ari
  • 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
  • Piscotty (hamstring, knee) playing Friday
    Stephen Piscotty (hamstring, knee) will be in Double-A Springfield's lineup Friday.

    Advice: Piscotty was lifted from a rehab game Thursday as a precaution with a minor knee injury, but he's fine. He could be activated as soon as Saturday, assuming he doesn't experience any more hiccups. May 19, 10:50 am
    11:15 am vs LAD
  • 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
  • Piscotty (hamstring) tweaks knee in rehab gm.
    Stephen Piscotty (hamstring) left Thursday's rehab game with Double-A Springfield after two innings after tweaking his knee.

    Advice: His removal was precautionary, and it's possible he'll be ready to play for Springfield again on Friday depending on how he feels. Piscotty had been due for activation this weekend and it sounds like that could still happen, but we'll have to wait and see how his knee is doing. May 19, 5:15 am
    11:15 am vs LAD
  • 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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