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  • James McCann exits with left hand laceration
    James McCann left Thursday's game against the Astros with a left hand laceration.

    Advice: McCann's hand was bleeding badly after he got hit by a pitch from Mike Fiers in the fourth inning. Alex Avila pinch-ran for him and also replaced McCann behind the plate. He went 0-for-1 before exiting. Today, 6:35 pm
    L, 7-6 @Hou
  • Manny Pina leaves with left elbow injury
    Manny Pina left Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks with a left elbow contusion.

    Advice: He left immediately after getting drilled by a 94 mph fastball from Robbie Ray. Jett Bandy pinch-ran for Pina and is now playing behind the plate. We'll update Pina's status as soon as we know more. Today, 6:00 pm
    L, 4-0 vs Ari
  • Evan Gattis takes a seat on Thursday night
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros' lineup Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Gattis could use a rest after starting four of the last five games behind the plate. Juan Centeno will catch for Mike Fiers in Thursday's series finale. Gattis will go back to splitting catching duties with Brian McCann (concussion) when he returns from the disabled list this weekend. Today, 2:43 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber fans four times
    Kyle Schwarber struck out all four times up before being removed for defense Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: That's 55 strikeouts in 42 games for Schwarber. He's still drawing walks and hitting solo homers once per week, but he's one of the big reasons the Cubs have disappointed thus far. Today, 2:30 pm
  • Brian McCann (concussion) claims to be 100%
    Brian McCann (concussion) expects to be activated from the disabled list Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: McCann claims to be 100 percent after passing a concussion test on Wednesday and won't need a rehab assignment. Evan Gattis and Juan Centeno have been filling in for him behind the plate. Today, 2:20 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-6 vs Det
  • Mets option Plawecki to make room for Cabrera
    Mets optioned C Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: The Mets needed to make room for Asdrubal Cabrera, who was activated from the disabled list ahead of Thursday's game against the Padres. Plawecki spent a month backing up Rene Rivera but is no longer needed with Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) back in the fold. Today, 1:18 pm
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    L, 4-3 vs SD
  • Francisco Cervelli goes 4-for-5 in win
    Francisco Cervelli finished 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI against the Braves on Thursday.

    Advice: It's Cervelli's fourth ever four-hit game; he had one in 2010 and two in 2015. He had gone 75 games since his last three-hit day last Aug. 13. He's raised his average from .217 to .258 over the last six days. Today, 12:30 pm
  • Kelly homers
    Cardinals catching prospect Carson Kelly went 1-for-3 with a homer on Wednesday for Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: It was the sixth homer of his 2017 season, and he's now slugging .529 on the season. Kelly has been excellent with the bat this spring, and he's arguably the best defensive backstop in minor-league baseball. He's one of the best trade chips on the market, which is good, because with Yadier Molina's contract, he's not relevant to the Cardinals. If you have him on your dynasty team, hope that a trade comes soon. Today, 9:35 am
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    Bot 4, 3-1 @LAD
  • Yadier Molina extends hitting streak
    Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer Wednesday against the Dodgers to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.

    Advice: Most hitting streaks like this come with averages in the .350-.400 range, but Molina is hitting just .263 during his; he's collected exactly one hit in 11 of the 13 games and, since he hasn't drawn a walk in any of them, he's always getting four or five at-bats. At least he does have three homers during the streak; he had just one in his first 25 games. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Mets activate Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) from DL
    Mets activated C Travis d'Arnaud from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: A bone bruise on his right wrist sidelined d'Arnaud in early May. With his activation, he will be available to pinch-hit during Wednesday's game against the Padres -- and is expected to start on Thursday. Prior to going down injured, the backstop was hitting .203/.288/.475 with four homers and 16 RBI across 22 games played. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) to be activated Wed.
    Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) is expected to be activated from the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: While Rene Rivera will be drawing the start at catcher on Wednesday, d'Arnaud's imminent activation would make him available as a pinch-hitting option. He is expected to be in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale vs. the Padres. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • Swihart (finger) ready for extended spring
    Blake Swihart (finger) is in Fort Meyers and will begin to take part in extended spring training games.

    Advice: Swihart has not played since April 29 due to a bruised finger. A concrete timetable for his return to minor league games has yet to clarify, but given that he is now working in extended spring training, he looks to be pretty close. Yesterday, 2:00 pm
    Not Active
    W, 6-2 vs Tex
  • Yasmani Grandal cracks solo home run
    Yasmani Grandal launched his fifth home run of the season in Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Grandal has been lights out since April 29, going 26-for-64 (.406) with 10 doubles, two homers and 15 RBI to raise his average from a paltry .194 to .298. He has hit safely in five straight and 14 of the past 15 to emerge as a must-start fantasy option across all formats until he starts to cool. Yesterday, 1:11 am
  • Chris Herrmann launches fifth homer
    Chris Herrmann finished 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: Herrmann has homered in three consecutive starts, posting four RBI during the span. While Jeff Mathis is superior defensively, Herrmann's bat is coming alive and he is making it hard for skipper Torey Lovullo to keep the backstop on the bench. He remains a No. 2 fantasy option in NL-only leagues with some power upside. Tuesday, 11:07 pm
    W, 4-0 @Mil
  • Juan Centeno goes deep on Tuesday
    Juan Centeno hit a solo homer and reached base three times Tuesday versus the Tigers.

    Advice: The 27-year-old journeyman was making his first start in the majors this season, as he came up when Brian McCann went on the 7-day concussion DL. Even after the nice night, Centeno might be lucky to get one more start before McCann returns. Tuesday, 8:34 pm
    W, 7-6 vs Det
  • Kyle Schwarber smashes monster homer
    Kyle Schwarber crushed a mammoth solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Schwarber's blast off of Johnny Cueto in the first inning cleared the bleachers in right field and was estimated at a distance of 470 feet. It was the only hit on the night for Schwarber, who struck out a couple times. Tuesday, 7:33 pm
  • Andrew Knapp hits second homer
    Andrew Knapp hit his second homer and walked Tuesday against the Rockies.

    Advice: The Phillies are searching all over for offense and Knapp has been very good, hitting .261 with an .848 OPS in 46 at-bats. Still, starting catcher Cameron Rupp hasn't been a problem -- he has a .776 OPS -- and there's not really any way for the Phillies to play both of them. Knapp figures to remain a backup. Tuesday, 7:07 pm
    W, 2-1 vs Col
  • McCann (concussion) to resume hitting Wed.
    Brian McCann (concussion) expects to resume hitting Wednesday.

    Advice: He could also resume catching workouts on Wednesday or Thursday and might be ready to rejoin the Astros over the weekend. McCann was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list April 21, retroactive to May 20, after taking a hard foul tip off his mask in New York. Tuesday, 6:17 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-6 vs Det
  • Braves outright Anthony Recker to Gwinnett
    Braves sent C Anthony Recker outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Recker was designated for assignment by Atlanta on Sunday to clear a 40-man roster spot following the Matt Adams trade. The 33-year-old catcher is a .199/.283/.348 career hitter at the major league level. Tuesday, 5:08 pm
    Not Active
    L, 9-4 vs Pit
  • Blue Jays outright Michael Ohlman to AAA
    Blue Jays sent C Michael Ohlman outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Ohlman accepted the assignment after passing through waivers unclaimed. The 26-year-old catcher was designated for assignment by Toronto on Saturday. Tuesday, 4:57 pm
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  • Gary Sanchez not in lineup Tuesday
    Gary Sanchez is out of the Yankees' lineup Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: It sounds like a routine day off for the young backstop. Austin Romine will start behind the dish and catch left-hander Jordan Montgomery. Tuesday, 12:26 pm
  • Orioles outright C Francisco Peńa to Triple-A
    Orioles sent C Francisco Peńa outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Peńa cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. The 27-year-old has appeared in 17 games with the Orioles over the past two seasons and will continue to provide depth behind the plate in the minors. Tuesday, 10:31 am
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  • D'Arnaud hitless in latest rehab game
    Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) went 0-for-3 and caught six innings Monday in his latest minor league rehab game with Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: D'Arnaud is now 5-for-17 (.294) during his minor league rehab assignment while working his back from a bone bruise in his wrist. He's set to catch Steven Matz (elbow) on Tuesday, but he could be cleared to rejoin the Mets after that. The question is how the playing time will shake out with Rene Rivera, who has been surprisingly productive at the plate. D'Arnaud was batting .203/.288/.475 with four home runs an 16 RBI over 22 games prior to the injury. Tuesday, 5:37 am
  • Tuffy Gosewisch optioned to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned C Tuffy Gosewisch to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Gosewisch looked overmatched in his stint with the big club, going 2-for-28 with a 14/1 K/BB ratio. Mike Zunino has replaced him on the roster. Monday, 2:04 pm
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    W, 4-2 @Was
  • Mariners recall Mike Zunino from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled C Mike Zunino from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Zunino was sent down earlier this month after hitting just .167/.250/.236 with no homers and a 30/6 K/BB ratio, but he's earned another shot after batting .293/.356/.707 with five homers in 12 games at Tacoma. He'll go back to seeing the lion's share of starts at catcher for the Mariners and remains an intriguing power bat, but obviously he's far from a safe bet. Monday, 2:03 pm
    W, 4-2 @Was
  • Schwarber not in Monday's lineup vs. Giants
    Kyle Schwarber is not in Monday's lineup against the Giants.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against left-hander Ty Blach. Rookie Ian Happ is also out of the lineup. Ben Zobrist will start in left field and bat leadoff while Albert Almora, Jr. gets a start in center. Monday, 12:14 pm
  • Sanchez (foot) experiences setback
    Hector Sanchez (foot) has experienced a setback during his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Sanchez, who went down with a foot contusion earlier this month, began a rehab assignment on Friday and went 2-for-9 with two walks over the weekend. No word on the severity of the setback or when he'll be able to return to action. Monday, 12:01 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 @NYM
  • Mejia homers
    Indians prospect Francisco Mejia homered on Sunday for Double-A Akron.

    Advice: It was the third homer of the year for the switch-hitting catcher. After establishing himself as one of the best catching prospects in baseball, Mejia has continued to hit in 2017, and he's shown more power than anticipated in the process. He's also a competent defender with a strong throwing arm behind the plate, so you don't have to worry about him moving positions. If he's still available in your dynasty league, you should pick him up immediately, and make fun of your friends for not doing so earlier. Monday, 10:42 am
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    PPD vs Cin
  • D'Arnaud (wrist) has three hits in rehab game
    Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored Sunday in a rehab game with Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: D'Arnaud, who is working back from a bone bruise in his wrist, is now 5-for-14 (.357) during his minor league rehab assignment. The expectation is that he will stick around to catch Steven Matz (elbow) on Tuesday, but he's not far off. Rene Rivera has been red-hot during his absence, so it will be interesting to see how Terry Collins balances the playing time moving forward. Monday, 8:42 am
  • Chris Gimenez goes deep in win on Sunday
    Chris Gimenez crushed his first home run of the season as the Twins beat the Royals in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

    Advice: His solo shot in the fourth inning increased the Twins' advantage to 6-3. He finished the afternoon 1-for-4 and is now hitting .200/.321/.333 with three RBI in his limited action this season. Sunday, 5:50 pm
  • Yan Gomes homers, plates five to lead Indians
    Yan Gomes homered and drove in five runs on Sunday, leading the Indians to an 8-6 victory over the Astros.

    Advice: Gomes got the Tribe on the board with a run-scoring double in the second inning. He blew the game open by taking Joe Musgrove deep for a three-run shot the following inning. He was also drilled with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Gomes finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and is now hitting .267/.359/.456 with three homers and 11 RBI on the year. Sunday, 2:18 pm
    PPD vs Cin
  • Kyle Schwarber hitting second Sunday
    Kyle Schwarber is batting second for the Cubs on Sunday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Well, it's a move out of the leadoff spot but he obviously didn't venture far. Ben Zobrist will hit leadoff while the struggling Schwarber handles the No. 2 hole. Ian Happ is getting another start in center field and is batting fifth. Sunday, 8:54 am
  • Juan Centeno called up from Triple-A
    Astros purchased the contract of C Juan Centeno from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: He'll provide depth with Brian McCann (concussion) out. Centeno, 27, was off to a nice .368/.395/.487 start for Fresno. Sunday, 7:41 am
    W, 7-6 vs Det
  • Brian McCann placed on 7-day concussion DL
    Astros placed C Brian McCann on the 7-day concussion disabled list, retroactive to May 20.

    Advice: Something must have happened with McCann on Friday, evidently. As is the case with any concussion issue, it's tough to predict how much time McCann will miss. Evan Gattis will handle the bulk of the catching duties in the meantime, and Juan Centeno has been called up. Sunday, 7:40 am
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-6 vs Det
  • Anthony Recker designated for assignment
    Braves designated C Anthony Recker for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Matt Adams. Recker is a defensive-minded career .199/.283/.348 hitter. Sunday, 6:15 am
    Not Active
    L, 9-4 vs Pit
  • Gary Sanchez sore following foul tip
    Gary Sanchez has a bruised jaw after taking a foul tip on Saturday.

    Advice: Sanchez remained in the game and should be fine, although it's possible he could sit out Sunday as a precaution given that he's dealt with a stiff neck recently, as well. He's hitting .303/.395/.500 with four homers this season. Sunday, 5:57 am
  • Chris Herrmann belts fourth homer
    Chris Herrmann finished 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Saturday's game in San Diego.

    Advice: Herrmann has back-to-back games with a pair of hits and a home run, showing some signs of life at a position which has been a bugaboo for the Diamondbacks. He finally inched his batting average back over the Mendoza line for the first time since May 2. He remains a No. 2 receiver option in deeper NL-only fantasy leagues, but he could change that outlook if he continues to stay hot. Sunday, 1:35 am
    W, 4-0 @Mil
  • Travis d'Arnaud to catch nine on Sunday
    Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) made a pinch-hitting appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday and will catch nine innings on Sunday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud is expected to need a few days before he is able to return, and Sunday's stint behind the dish will go a long way in determining if he needs extra time or not. Wait to see him officially return and prove his health in a full game without any setbacks before plugging him back into the active fantasy lineup. Saturday, 9:54 pm
  • Sanchez drills homer vs Rays on Saturday
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 and ripped a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: The homer came off Rays' starter Matt Andriese in the fifth inning. He missed almost a month of action with a strained biceps but he hasn't let the injury affect his production since returning. He is batting .303/.395/.500 with four home runs and 11 RBI on the season. Saturday, 6:03 pm
  • Blue Jays designate Ohlman for assignment
    Blue Jays designated C Michael Ohlman for assignment.

    Advice: Ohlman spent a little over a week in the big leagues while filling in for injured catcher Russell Martin. He went 2-for-9 in that span with an RBI and three strikeouts. Ohlman could stick around as minor league depth if he clears waivers. Saturday, 1:46 pm
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  • Yasmani Grandal not in Dodgers lineup
    Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Friday night.

    Advice: Looks to be just a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Austin Barnes is starting in his place behind the dish and will bat fifth against Justin Nicolino and the Marlins. Friday, 4:07 pm
  • Servais expects Mike Zunino back soon
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said Thursday that he expects Mike Zunino back in the majors "in a short amount of time."

    Advice: Zunino was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma two weeks ago after hitting just .167/.250/.236 with no homers and a 30/6 K/BB ratio. He's hit an underwhelming .222/.323/.481 at Tacoma, but with Carlos Ruiz (.119/.255/.167) and Tuffy Gosewisch (.048/.091/.048) performing so poorly the M's could give Zunino another shot soon. Zunino remains an intriguing power bat at catcher, but obviously it's hard to trust him for fantasy purposes at this point. Friday, 7:43 am
    W, 4-2 @Was
  • Travis d'Arnaud goes 2-4 in rehab game
    Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) went 2-for-4 Thursday in his first rehab game for High-A St. Lucie.

    Advice: He also caught seven innings behind the plate. D'Arnaud landed on the DL with a bruised wrist earlier this month but should be back with the Mets sometime next week. Rene Rivera has done most of the catching during his absence. Thursday, 6:47 pm
  • Hector Sanchez (foot) set for rehab games
    Hector Sanchez (foot) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: He'll remain with El-Paso through the weekend before likely returning to the Padres' active roster early next week. Assuming no setbacks. Sanchez has been on the disabled list since May 6 because of a right foot contusion. It's possible San Diego will opt to keep Luis Torrens as the backup to starting catcher Austin Hedges. Thursday, 10:57 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 @NYM
  • Schwarber getting day off Thursday vs. PIT
    Kyle Schwarber is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Reds.

    Advice: Ben Zobrist is batting leadoff and Ian Happ is handling left field. Schwarber hit a monstrous home run on Tuesday at Wrigley Field and he drove in two runs on Wednesday. He's getting it going again after another short slump but will grab some rest on Thursday. Thursday, 7:41 am
  • Herrmann sinks Mets with solo homer in 11th
    Chris Herrmann socked a walk-off solo home run in the 11th inning of Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Mets.

    Advice: Facing off with Rafael Montero to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, Herrmann connected for a long, no-doubt solo bomb to center field to send the fans home happy. Earlier in the game he also doubled and drew a walk. The 29-year-old backstop is hitting just .185/.279/.370 in 30 games this season and offers no fantasy upside, but will have at least one heroic moment to look back on come the end of the 2017 season. Wednesday, 4:33 pm
    W, 4-0 @Mil
  • Grandal hits two-run double in first inning
    Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Grandal saw his nine-game hitting streak snapped with a pinch-hit strikeout on Tuesday, but was back at it once more in Wednesday's game, swatting a two-run double to right with two outs against Johnny Cueto (on a very good pitch, at that) in the first inning. Over his last 10 games, Grandal has raised his season-long triple-slash from .214/.302/.369 to .287/.357/.478. Wednesday, 3:41 pm
  • Orioles DFA catcher Francsico Pena
    Orioles designated C Francisco Peńa for assignment.

    Advice: Peńa was 4-for-7 with two home runs in three games for Baltimore, but he got the boot Wednesday with Welington Castillo (shoulder) back from the disabled list. The 27-year-old catcher will likely draw some interest on waivers. Wednesday, 12:55 pm
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  • Gary Sanchez swats three-run homer in KC
    Gary Sanchez launched a three-run homer and reached base three times in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Sanchez's two-out blast off of Jason Hammel in the third inning got the scoring going and it turned out to be all the runs the Yankees would need (although they added four more). It's Sanchez's second dinger in nine games since he returned from the disabled list, and he's hitting .353 over that span. Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Brian McCann drives in four runs in Miami
    Brian McCann went 2-for-5 with four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: McCann made Tom Koehler pay for three straight two-out walks in the second inning, clearing the bases with a double. That came after he had an RBI single in the first. McCann is sporting a healthy .276/.369/.467 line and has now driven in 25 runs. Tuesday, 7:21 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-6 vs Det
  • Cubs have no plans to drop Schwarber in order
    The Cubs have no plans to drop Kyle Schwarber from the leadoff spot despite his .179/.313/.343 slash through 160 plate appearances.

    Advice: "If you keep playing back the tape, I’m seeing great swing, ball fouled back," manager Joe Maddon said. "It’s not coming over our dugout. Once in a while, it’s pulled on something soft. But a lot of them are going straight back in." Schwarber insists he hasn't changed his approach hitting at the top of the order, while his .224 BABIP is bound to come up. Nevertheless, regardless of what Schwarber and his manager say, something will have to give if he keeps hitting under the Mendoza Line out of the top spot. Tuesday, 10:05 am
  • Hector Sanchez (foot) catches 'pen session
    Hector Sanchez (foot) caught a bullpen session Monday.

    Advice: Sanchez will also attempt to go through a full workout. He appears to be close to returning from his bruised foot. May 15, 4:14 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 @NYM
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