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  • Rays get Tommy Hunter from Mets
    Rays acquired RHP Tommy Hunter and C Matt Dyer from the Mets for LHP Rich Hill.

    Advice: Hunter's inclusion in the deal was more about the club's balancing out the money side. He is not expected to return this season due to a back injury. 2 minutes ago
  • Mets officially announce trade for Rich Hill
    Mets acquired LHP Rich Hill from the Rays for RHP Tommy Hunter and C Matt Dyer.

    Advice: Hill's results and spin rate have gone down since the league began cracking down on grip enhancers. However, he's pitched well overall this season with a 3.87 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 91/36 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings. He'll give the banged-up Mets rotation a boost. 4 minutes ago
  • John Hicks designated for assignment
    Rangers designated C John Hicks for assignment.

    Advice: Hicks cranked four homers in 10 games, but he wasn't going to play much with Jose Trevino back and the Rangers wanted to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. 6 minutes ago
  • Rangers demote struggling Nick Solak to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned INF Nick Solak to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Solak had a great April but was batting just .196/.260/.277 since May 1. He should get another shot at regular playing time with the Rangers later this season, but for now he'll try to get his swing back in a less pressurized situation. Andy Ibanez could see the lion's share of starts at second base for now. 8 minutes ago
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    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Jose Trevino activated from injured list
    Rangers activated C Jose Trevino from the 10-day injured list.

    Advice: Trevino has been out all month with a bruised forearm. He'll share time at catcher with Jonah Heim. 15 minutes ago
  • Jose De Leon released by Reds
    Reds released RHP Jose De Leon.

    Advice: De Leon cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and is now free to look for a gig elsewhere. The 28-year-old posted an 8.35 ERA over 18 1/3 innings for the Reds but did strike out 33 batters. He'll get another shot somewhere. 16 minutes ago
  • Alejo Lopez recalled from Triple-A
    Reds recalled INF Alejo Lopez from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Lopez went 5-for-17 during a brief stint with the Reds earlier this season. He'll provide infield depth. 18 minutes ago
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Vladimir Gutierrez recalled from Triple-A
    Reds recalled RHP Vladimir Gutierrez from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Gutierrez was just sent down Tuesday but can return because he's replacing an injured player. It's not clear at this point whether he'll go back into the rotation or be used in relief. 20 minutes ago
  • Amir Garrett goes on paternity leave
    Reds placed LHP Amir Garrett on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: He'll probably miss the entire three-game series against the Cardinals. Garrett has had an up-and-down season for the Redlegs. 21 minutes ago
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Nick Castellanos (wrist) placed on injured list
    Reds placed OF Nick Castellanos on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to July 20, with a fractured right wrist.

    Advice: The Reds were hoping a couple days of rest would be enough to allow Castellanos to avoid an IL stint, but it wasn't meant to be. He's dealing with a microfracture in his wrist, an injury he suffered a week ago on a hit by pitch. Aristides Aquino and Shogo Akiyama will see increased playing time while Castellanos is out. 22 minutes ago
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Michael Taylor (wrist) not in Friday's lineup
    Michael Taylor (wrist) is not in the Royals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Taylor exited Wednesday's game with left wrist soreness and the off day Thursday wasn't enough to get him over the hump. Jarrod Dyson is in center field Friday. 45 minutes ago
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • No decision yet on Castellanos (wrist) IL move
    Reds manager David Bell said Friday that a decision on whether Nick Castellanos (wrist) will be placed on the injured list will be made later in the day.

    Advice: Castellanos took the last two days off from doing any activities in hopes that it will get him over the hump in his recovery from a microfracture in his right wrist. If he doesn't experience dramatic improvement, the Reds will go ahead and make an IL move. At this point, a move does seem likely, but we should find out soon. 59 minutes ago
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Mariners have talked Adam Frazier deal with Bucs
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners are "actively pursuing controllable infielders, including Adam Frazier."

    Advice: The Mariners are, somewhat surprisingly, in the playoff hunt and would also retain control of Frazier in 2022, as well. The 29-year-old will be a hot commodity on the trade market as he's in the midst of a career year with a .327/.390/.453 batting line. The White Sox are another club know to be interested in Frazier. Today, 11:31 am
  • Mauricio Llovera optioned to Triple-A
    Phillies optioned RHP Mauricio Llovera to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Llovera has allowed one run over three innings covering two appearances with the big club this season. It's the first year he's been used exclusively as a reliever. Today, 11:24 am
  • Alec Bohm activated from COVID-19 injured list
    Phillies activated 3B Alec Bohm from the COVID-19 injured list.

    Advice: Bohm tested positive for the virus earlier this month but is now apparently recovered. Mauricio Llovera was sent down in a corresponding move. Today, 11:23 am
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Cubs claim Johneshwy Fargas off waivers
    Cubs claimed OF Johneshwy Fargas off waivers from the Mets.

    Advice: He's been assigned to Triple-A Iowa. Fargas injured his left shoulder back in late May and it's unclear when he'll be ready to play again. Today, 11:21 am
  • Mets close to acquiring Rich Hill from Rays
    Robert Murray of FanSided reports that the Mets are close to acquiring Rich Hill from the Rays.

    Advice: Well, that was fast. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Anthony DiComo of first connected the Hill-to-the-Mets dots and it looks like a deal is about done. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Rays will receive Tommy Hunter (back), who is out for the season, and catching prospect Matt Dyer. Hill has struggled a bit lately but overall is having a fine season, posting a 3.87 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 91/36 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings covering 19 starts. He'll provide some much-needed rotation depth for a Mets club which is dealing with a bevy of pitching injuries. Today, 9:40 am
  • Mets in "recent contact" with Rays about Rich Hill
    Anthony DiComo of reports that the Mets have been in "recent contact" with the Rays about a trade for Rich Hill.

    Advice: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first mentioned that Hill could be a possibility for the Mets (and also the Dodgers). It seems odd on the surface for the Rays to be trading a guy who has pitched well overall for them this season, but they have pitching depth to replace Hill and this would also cut a little payroll after they added some with Nelson Cruz. Hill is a fit for the Mets, as they're desperately in need of short-term rotation help. Today, 9:32 am
  • Castellanos (wrist) expected to miss a few weeks
    Nick Castellanos (wrist) could be sidelined for a couple of weeks.

    Advice: Castellanos hasn't started a game for the Reds since last Friday due to lingering right wrist discomfort, and a CT scan taken Wednesday showed a microfracture. He'll presumably be placed on the 10-day injured list ahead of Friday's series opener against the Cardinals. This is a tough blow for the 29-year-old outfielder, who just made his first career All-Star Game appearance last Tuesday at Coors Field. Yesterday, 8:58 am
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • John Hicks picks up RBI in loss to Tigers
    John Hicks drilled an RBI double on Wednesday in the Rangers' loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Hicks supplied some early offense for the Rangers with an RBI double to center field off rookie right-hander Matt Manning in the second inning. It was his lone hit in four at-bats in the low-scoring affair. The 31-year-old backstop has cooled off considerably after socking four homers in a four-game span earlier this month. Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Nick Castellanos has microfracture in wrist
    Nick Castellanos learned that he has a microfracture in his wrist from a CT Scan he underwent on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Reds outfielder appeared in an interview with Chris Rose of JomBoy Media on Wednesday and revealed the results of the CT Scan. Castellanos says he feels around 50 percent and will need a few more days of rest. Wednesday, 6:55 pm
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Michael Taylor leaves game with wrist injury
    Michael Taylor left Wednesday's game versus the Brewers with an apparent wrist injury.

    Advice: Ryan McBroom pinch-hit for Taylor in the sixth inning. The Royals later confirmed that the outfielder was taken out due to left wrist discomfort, but there are no further details known at this time. Wednesday, 1:22 pm
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Nick Castellanos (wrist) absent again Wednesday
    Nick Castellanos (wrist) remains out of the Reds' starting lineup on Wednesday versus the Mets.

    Advice: Castellanos is still working through some right wrist discomfort that came from a hit-by-pitch last Friday, though he is expected to avoid the IL. Aristides Aquino will draw the start in right field and bat seventh for Cincinnati on Wednesday afternoon against right-hander Marcus Stroman. Wednesday, 7:10 am
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Amir Garrett notches seventh save of season
    Amir Garrett recorded his seventh save of the season courtesy of a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Mets.

    Advice: Garrett came on with the Reds clinging to a one-run advantage and he kept it right there over his inning of work, striking out two while walking one. The 29-year-old reliever is 7-for-11 in save opportunities this season. The blown saves are discomfiting, ditto Garrett's 6.75 ERA in 41 appearances this season. Unless he can start to pitch more consistently in the vain of Tuesday's outing, he figures to see only limited high-pressure work over the second half of the season. Tuesday, 8:35 pm
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Tommy Hunter (back) not expected to return
    Tommy Hunter (back) is not expected to return to the Mets this season.

    Advice: Hunter has been out since May 21 due to a lower back injury and apparently hasn't made much progress. He was recently transferred to the 60-day IL. Tuesday, 4:52 pm
  • Phillies recall Mauricio Llovera from Triple-A
    Phillies recalled RHP Mauricio Llovera from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Llovera will give the Phillies an extra bullpen arm while the team works through another COVID scare. He worked a scoreless inning of relief earlier this month. Tuesday, 3:42 pm
  • Reds option Vladimir Gutierrez to AAA Louisville
    Reds optioned RHP Vladimir Gutierrez to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Gutierrez has mostly pitched well in his first taste of MLB action this season, but he did surrender six runs on nine hits over just four innings on Monday against the Mets and will head back to the minors for a little reset. Ashton Goudeau is joining the Reds' bullpen on Tuesday in a corresponding 26-man roster move. Tuesday, 2:14 pm
  • Alec Bohm (COVID-19) cleared to rejoin Phillies
    Alec Bohm (COVID-19) has been cleared to return to the Phillies.

    Advice: Bohm is with the team right now in New York, but he'll go through some workouts first before he's actually reinstated from the COVID-19 IL. The young third baseman tested positive for the virus just before the All-Star break. Tuesday, 2:03 pm
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Castellanos not in Tuesday's lineup vs. Mets
    Nick Castellanos (wrist) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mets. 

    Advice: Castellanos flew out as a pinch-hitter during Monday's wild loss to the Mets, but he's not quite ready to return to the starting lineup yet. He's on the mend after being hit in the right wrist by a pitch last Friday. Aristides Aquino will start in right field and bat cleanup against Robert Stock. Tuesday, 11:13 am
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Vladimir Gutierrez gives up six runs to Mets
    Vladimir Gutierrez surrendered six runs and nine hits in four innings versus the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: Gutierrez outpitched his peripherals while amassing a 4.29 ERA in nine starts in the first half. He's at 4.97 now after striking out just one batter and giving up nine hits tonight. In fact, he's fanned just one of the 44 batters he's faced in his last two starts, leaving him with a 37/25 K/BB ratio through 54 1/3 innings. Monday, 9:54 pm
  • Nick Castellanos makes appearance off bench
    Nick Castellanos came off the bench and flew out in his lone at-bat Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: Castellanos made his first appearance since injuring his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch Friday. It seemed on his followthrough tonight that the injury might still be bothering him, though that's just speculation. He should still be considered day-to-day for now. Monday, 9:35 pm
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Johneshwy Fargas designated for assignment
    Mets designated OF Johneshwy Fargas for assignment.

    Advice: The move frees up a 40-man roster spot. Fargas has been on the injured list since late May with a left shoulder injury. Monday, 4:13 pm
  • Reds designate De Leon for assignment
    Reds designated RHP Jose De Leon for assignment. 

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster as the Reds add a couple of bullpen arms. De Leon, a former top prospect, owns a brutal 8.44 ERA over six starts and 16 relief appearances in the majors. Monday, 12:03 pm
  • Castellanos (wrist) not in Monday's lineup vs. NYM
    Nick Castellanos (wrist) is not in Monday's lineup against the Mets. 

    Advice: Castellanos hasn't played since being hit on the right wrist by a pitch during Friday's game. X-rays came back negative and he's making progress, but not quite ready to return just yet. Tyler Naquin will cover right field duties. Monday, 11:17 am
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Rich Hill allows three runs in no-decision Sunday
    Rich Hill yielded three runs over four innings on Sunday in a no-decision against the Braves.

    Advice: Hill gave up six hits, including RBI doubles to Ozzie Albies and Guillermo Heredia in the first and fourth innings, respectively. He finished with four strikeouts and issued two walks in the abbreviated outing. The 41-year-old southpaw has been an extremely valuable addition for the Rays, recording a solid 3.87 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 91/36 K/BB ratio across 95 1/3 innings (19 starts) this season. He'll lock horns with the Indians at Progressive Field on Friday night. Sunday, 1:36 pm
  • Reds option Alejo Lopez to Triple-A Louisville
    Reds optioned INF Alejo Lopez to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Lopez was optioned in order to make room for Sonny Gray, who was activated from the 10-day injured list on Sunday. The 25-year-old rookie was 5-for-17 with no extra-base hits over nine games for the Reds. Sunday, 8:33 am
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Phillies option Mauricio Llovera to Triple-A
    Phillies optioned RHP Mauricio Llovera to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: With righty Connor Brogdon returning from the COVID-19 injured list, the Phillies didn't need to keep Llovera around. The 25-year-ld righty threw a scoreless frame in his season debut on Friday night against the Marlins. Saturday, 12:36 pm
  • Reds set rotation for upcoming series vs. Mets
    Vladimir Gutierrez will start on Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: Gutierrez will take the ball for Monday's series opener against the NL East-leading Mets. The rookie right-hander will be followed by veteran lefty Wade Miley on Tuesday, with righty Jeff Hoffman returning from the injured list to toe the rubber on Wednesday afternoon for the series finale. Saturday, 11:46 am
  • Nick Castellanos (wrist) out Saturday vs. Brewers
    Nick Castellanos (wrist) is absent from the Reds' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on Friday evening after Castellanos was hit by a pitch on the right wrist in the third inning. It sounds like he's avoided a serious injury and should be considered day-to-day moving forward. There's a chance he could be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale if the swelling and soreness subside. The 29-year-old middle-of-the-order lynchpin has provided a jolt for the Reds' lineup, slashing .330/.384/.583 with 59 runs scored, 18 homers, 59 RBI and two steals across 367 plate appearances this season. Saturday, 10:26 am
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • X-rays come back negative for Castellanos (wrist)
    Reds manager David Bell told reporters late Friday that X-rays came back negative on the injured wrist of All-Star outfielder Nick Castellanos.

    Advice: Bell indicated that it's too early to tell regarding Castellanos' availability for Saturday or Sunday, but that it's great news that his wrist wasn't broken -- and that it got him in a spot that easily could have been broken. It sounds like fantasy managers dodged a bullet here. Expect Castellanos to miss a game or two, but fortunately avoid the injured list. Friday, 9:37 pm
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Jose Trevino (forearm) starting rehab assignment
    Jose Trevino (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Friday.

    Advice: He's probably not going to need more than a couple games before being activated. Trevino has been out all month with a bruised forearm. Friday, 12:44 pm
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