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  • Lucas Duda (elbow) nearing activation
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that Monday "might be a little early" for the potential activation of Lucas Duda (elbow) from the disabled list.

    Advice: That's the day when Duda, who is on a rehab assignment, is first eligible to return. Even if he doesn't come back Monday, it's expected to be shortly after that. "He played last night. His comment after was he felt just about 100%, so hopefully it’s in the next two or three days," Alderson said Saturday. "Monday might be a little early, but we’ll see." 28 minutes ago
    10-Day DL
    10:35 am @Was
  • Travis d'Arnaud has some upper back tightness
    Travis d'Arnaud was lifted from Saturday's game versus the Nationals in the eighth inning due to some tightness in his upper back.

    Advice: D'Arnaud isn't going to play Sunday, but he had been slated to be on the bench, anyway, as Rene Rivera almost always catches Noah Syndergaard. The Mets' backstop is day-to-day. "It’s just a little tight, I’ll be OK," d’Arnaud said. "It’s fine." 37 minutes ago
    10:35 am @Was
  • No baseball activities yet for Panda (knee)
    There is no plan yet for Pablo Sandoval (knee) to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Sandoval remains limited to range of motion and strengthening exercises as he works his way back from a right knee sprain. There's no timetable for his return. Today, 6:04 am
    10-Day DL
    5:08 pm vs ChC
  • Cody Bellinger blasts pair of homers
    Cody Bellinger hit two home runs, including a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, in Saturday's win against the Phillies.

    Advice: The rookie was one of three players to hit back-to-back-to-back clouts off of Philadelphia closer Hector Neris, giving the Dodgers a miraculous comeback victory. Bellinger started out just 1-for-10 but he has back-to-back two-hit games, looking more and more comfortable at the plate by the at-bat. Manager Dave Roberts is on record saying Bellinger is headed back to OKC once Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) and Joc Pederson (groin) are ready to return. However, Bellinger remains a decent short-term fantasy play until then. Yesterday, 11:39 pm
  • Andrew Knapp reaches the seats in L.A.
    Andrew Knapp went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's road game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Knapp, a California native, was pumped for this start back in the Golden State. He delivered his first Major League homer with a career-high three hits to push his batting average to .304. Knapp won the backup gig behind Cameron Rupp in the spring and he has done nothing to change management's mind. However, he is only worth a look as a low-end No. 2 receiver in deeper NL-only play unless Rupp does down with a long-term injury at some point. Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Conor Gillaspie is lone bright spot in loss
    Conor Gillaspie finished 2-for-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored in Saturday's loss against the Padres.

    Advice: Gillaspie accounted for the team's only extra-base hit in a lopsided loss at home. The former Wichita State standout is showing some signs of life at the plate after a terrible start. He remains useful only in the deepest of NL-only fantasy formats until this type of production becomes the norm. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Martin Maldonado continues to struggle
    Martin Maldonado struck out in all three of his at-bats Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Maldonado's average dipped to .237 and he has now struck out 20 times over 59 at-bats. The Halos might be having some buyer's remorse after dealing Jett Bandy to Milwaukee back in December for Maldonado and minor-league pitcher Drew Gagnon. Bandy has been tearing the ball off the cover in Cream City while Maldonado...not so much. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Danny Espinosa continues to scuffle
    Danny Espinosa was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Espinosa has collected just two hits and one RBI over his past 28 at-bats, as his season average has dipped from .232 to .179. He continues to be a fantasy liability, unless of course you're starting the opposing pitcher. Espinosa has walked just five times with 34 strikeouts over 84 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Delino DeShields cannot take advantage
    Delino DeShields was hitless in three at-bats with a walk Saturday against the Angel.

    Advice: It was DeShields' first start against a right-handed starter this season and it didn't go well. The outfielder was rewarded with another start after posting a pair of multi-hit games against two southpaws. Until he proves he can hit right-handed pitching his fantasy appeal is rather limited. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Lowrie has two hits, homer in win over Astros
    Jed Lowrie went 2-for-4 with a home run in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: The homer, Lowrie's second of the year, got the A's on the board in the fourth inning. He's now had multiple hits in five of his last nine games, going 14-for-36 (.389) in that span. The good stretch has the 33-year-old's overall numbers up to .306/.368/.459 through 23 games. Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Rasmus (hip, illness) to resume rehab Sunday
    Colby Rasmus (hip, illness) is slated to resume his rehab Sunday, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

    Advice: Rasmus has been sidelined in recent days due to an illness, which has kept him from rehabbing from his surgically-repaired hip. The delay will likely push his return to the Rays back until Wednesday, Topkin speculated. The 30-year-old will play left field and also see some time at DH upon his return. Yesterday, 7:52 pm
    10-Day DL
    10:07 am @Tor
  • Flores (joint infection) makes rehab debut
    Wilmer Flores (joint infection) went 0-for-3 with a run scored in his first rehab game Saturday.

    Advice: Flores played for Class-A St. Lucie, the first game action he's seen since hitting the disabled list April 21. He's first eligible to return Sunday, April 30, and since there's been radio silence on his condition since he first hit the shelf, it's fair to assume he'll be activated sometime in the next few days. Yesterday, 5:38 pm
    10-Day DL
    10:35 am @Was
  • JaCoby Jones to begin rehab on Saturday
    JaCoby Jones (lip) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.

    Advice: He's expected to need three or four games there before he's ready to rejoin the Tigers. The rookie outfielder is hitting just .150/.244/.300 with a homer, four RBI and a 19/4 K/BB ratio in 40 at-bats this season. Yesterday, 7:52 am
    10-Day DL
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • Mariners recall Boog Powell from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled OF Boog Powell from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: With Mitch Haniger on the disabled list and Nelson Cruz nursing a minor injury, Powell will provide depth in the outfield for a couple of days. The 24-year-old was hitting .261/.424/.326 with no homers, four RBI and five stolen bases in 14 games at Triple-A Tacoma. Yesterday, 7:47 am
    10:10 am @Cle
  • Mikie Mahtook batting second on Saturday
    Mikie Mahtook is starting in right field and batting second for the Tigers against Derek Holland and the White Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: Mahtook continues to hit in a premium lineup spot every time the club faces a left-handed starter, and Saturday is no exception. He's off to a very slow start offensively, hitting .179/.281/.321 with one homer, three RBI and a 9/3 K/BB ratio in 32 plate appearances. Yesterday, 7:08 am
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • Cody Bellinger reaches three times
    Cody Bellinger went 2-for-3 with a walk against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Bellinger needs to quickly make a case to stick around once Joc Pederson comes off the disabled list. The nice game tonight makes him 3-for-13 with three walks in four games. Yesterday, 12:01 am
  • DeShields has two hits, two runs Friday
    Delino DeShields went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Friday’s loss to the Angels.

    Advice: DeShields was used sparingly over the first couple of weeks of the season despite a strong showing during spring training, but he has reached base in seven out of his 10 plate appearances with five runs scored in two starts this week. The Rangers have to be thinking about giving him more at-bats in left field, which would be a good thing for fantasy owners. Friday, 9:24 pm
  • D'Arnaud slugs two homers as Mets top Nats
    Travis d’Arnaud carried the load for the Mets’ offense in Friday’s win over the Nationals by going 2-for-3 with two homers, five RBI, and a walk.

    Advice: The five RBI were a career-high. It was the first multi-homer game of his career. Both of them came off Max Scherzer, including a two-run blast in the second inning and a three-run shot in the fourth. D’Arnaud has already matched his home run (four) and RBI (15) total from all of last season. Friday, 7:51 pm
    10:35 am @Was
  • Bellinger to be sent down when players return
    Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said Friday that the plan is to send Cody Bellinger back to Triple-A once Joc Pederson and Franklin Gutierrez return from the disabled list.

    Advice: Of course, Bellinger could force their hand by tearing the cover off the ball during his brief audition in the big leagues. Even if he is sent down, it won't be long before he's a fixture in the Dodgers' lineup on a nightly basis. Friday, 4:41 pm
  • JaCoby Jones (lip) nears rehab games
    JaCoby Jones (lip) is expected to begin a rehab assignment in the next couple days.

    Advice: Jones had the stitches removed from his lacerated lip and has also gone through outfield drills. He's eligible to return Tuesday and should be ready shortly after that. Friday, 2:08 pm
    10-Day DL
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • Lucas Duda (elbow) beginning rehab assignment
    Lucas Duda (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Duda is eligible for activation on Sunday and could be ready at that time after recovering from a hyperextended left elbow. The Mets need him with Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) headed to the disabled list. Friday, 11:39 am
    10-Day DL
    10:35 am @Was
  • Colby Rasmus (hip) to be activated Monday
    Colby Rasmus (hip) isn't expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: He had been pegged for a return this weekend, but Rasmus is just 1-for-19 so far on his rehab assignment so the Rays will give him a little more time to get his swing in order. Rasmus will see time in left field and the designated hitter spot once he's activated. Friday, 8:47 am
    10-Day DL
    10:07 am @Tor
  • Cody Bellinger goes 0-for-5 in loss
    Cody Bellinger went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts after being inserted into the leadoff spot in his second big-league start Wednesday.

    Advice: Bellinger isn't leadoff material, but Andrew Toles hasn't been getting the job done of late. Ideally, Bellinger would hit sixth or seventh while he works to establish himself. Wednesday, 11:11 pm
  • DeShields steals two bases versus Twins Wed.
    Delino DeShields went 2-for-3 with three walks, three runs, one RBI and two stolen bases against the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's been a dismal month of April for DeShields but he made his fantasy owners happy today -- if they were brave enough (or desperate enough) to put him in their lineups. He is now batting just .238/.360/.238 with no homers, two RBI and four steals on the year. The three runs he scored today were his first of the season in 11 games played. Wednesday, 10:19 pm
  • Cody Bellinger to bat leadoff on Wednesday
    Cody Bellinger will bat leadoff Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Talk about being thrown into the fire. In just his second MLB game, Bellinger will handle leadoff duties against perennial Cy Young contender Johnny Cueto. The talented 21-year-old earned his first big league hit off Neil Ramirez in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's 2-1 victory. SS Corey Seager, 3B Justin Turner, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, C Yasmani Grandal, RF Yasiel Puig, 2B Chase Utley, OF Andrew Toles and P Alex Wood round out the rest of the Dodgers' starting lineup. Wednesday, 4:10 pm
  • JaCoby Jones (lip) ready for batting practice
    JaCoby Jones (lip) is hoping to take batting practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Jones was placed on the 10-day disabled list April 22 after needing nine stitches to close a gash in his upper lip -- the result of a beaning by Twins pitcher Justin Haley. The young Tigers outfielder should be ready to embark on a short minor league rehab assignment this weekend and could return to Detroit's active roster when first eligible next Tuesday. Wednesday, 6:42 am
    10-Day DL
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • Bellinger in left and batting eighth in debut
    Dodgers purchased the contract of OF/1B Cody Bellinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Bellinger is starting in left field and batting eighth in his MLB debut Tuesday night against Giants left-hander Ty Blach. The 21-year-old has put up huge offensive numbers at multiple levels of the minor leagues and immediately deserves a look in deeper mixed fantasy leagues with Rob Segedin (toe), Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring), and Joc Pederson (groin) all currently sidelined. Bellinger could carve out a big role if he gets off to a hot start. Tuesday, 4:00 pm
  • Dodgers calling up 1B/OF prospect Bellinger
    Ken Gurnick of reports that the Dodgers are calling up top prospect Cody Bellinger.

    Advice: It's an aggressive promotion for the 21-year-old first baseman and outfielder, who tore up the 2016 Arizona Fall League and was off to a blistering start this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Bellinger should get regular playing time in Los Angeles with Rob Segedin (toe), Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring), and Joc Pederson (groin) all nursing injuries. The kid carries massive offensive potential. Tuesday, 1:07 pm
  • D'Arnaud (wrist) back in Mets' lineup Tuesday
    Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) is back in the Mets' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Another one of the banged-up Mets, d'Arnaud was limited to pinch-hitting duties over the weekend due to a right wrist contusion. However, he managed to avoid the disabled list and will bat eighth in his return, weather-perimitting. Tuesday, 12:13 pm
    10:35 am @Was
  • Four hits for Powell
    Mariner outfield prospect Boog Powell went 4-for-5 on Monday for Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Powell also scored two runs, and two of the hits were doubles. After missing most of 2016 with a PED suspension, Powell's stock dropped considerably. That said, there's still things to like about Powell, mainly his approach at the plate and his above-average speed. He's more than likely a fourth outfielder, but there might be just enough offensive projection here to make him an everyday player. Tuesday, 11:14 am
    10:10 am @Cle
  • Red Sox place Sandoval (knee) on 10-day DL
    Red Sox placed 3B Pablo Sandoval on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 24, with a right knee sprain.

    Advice: Sandoval suffered the injury while making a play at third base on Sunday. Results of an MRI on Monday aren't yet known, but the Red Sox should provide a timetable soon. Josh Rutledge has been activated from the disabled list to take his place on the active roster. Tuesday, 9:09 am
    10-Day DL
    5:08 pm vs ChC
  • Sandoval (knee) to undergo MRI on Monday
    Pablo Sandoval (knee) will undergo an MRI on Monday.

    Advice: Sandoval exited Sunday's game against the Orioles with what was termed as a right knee sprain. He was initially called day-to-day, but there should be more clarity on his status soon. Monday, 12:19 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:08 pm vs ChC
  • Duda (elbow) vows to return when eligible
    Lucas Duda (elbow) believes he'll be ready to return from the disabled list when he's first eligible.

    Advice: Duda landed on the disabled last week with a hyperextended left elbow. He still needs to get the range of motion in his elbow back, but he's making progress. Jay Bruce has been filling in at first base in recent days. Monday, 9:00 am
    10-Day DL
    10:35 am @Was
  • JaCoby Jones (lip) to have another CT scan
    JaCoby Jones (lip) will undergo another CT scan when the Tigers return home Monday.

    Advice: Everything came back clean on an initial CT scan when Jones was hit in the mouth with a pitch Saturday, but the Tigers obviously want to be safe here. Jones required nine stitches to close a gash in his upper lip. Sunday, 8:29 am
    10-Day DL
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • Lowrie goes 3-for-4, scores twice vs Mariners
    Jed Lowrie went 3-for-4 and scored two runs against the Mariners in Saturday's win.

    Advice: All three hits were singles for the Athletics' two-hole hitter. He has been solid with the bat this year, slashing .295/.371/.426 with one homer, nine runs and four RBI in 70 plate appearances. Saturday, 5:57 pm
  • Lip laceration sends JaCoby Jones to DL
    Tigers placed OF JaCoby Jones on the 10-day disabled list with a lip laceration.

    Advice: Jones needed nine stitches to close a gash in his upper lip and went to the hospital for a CT scan after getting hit in the mouth Saturday against the Twins. Luckily all of his teeth are in tact. Andrew Romine replaced Jones in center field on Saturday and could see extended time there during his absence. Saturday, 5:36 pm
    10-Day DL
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • JaCoby Jones leaves after getting hit in face
    JaCoby Jones was removed from Saturday's game against the Twins after being hit by a pitch in the face during the third inning.

    Advice: Jones tried to turn out of the way, but the pitch caught him flush in the face. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but there was noticeable blood in the area of his nose and mouth. Expect an update on his status from the Tigers shortly. Saturday, 12:32 pm
    10-Day DL
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • Mikie Mahtook batting second on Saturday
    Mikie Mahtook is batting second for the Tigers on Saturday against Adalberto Mejia and the Twins.

    Advice: The Tigers' lineup has been depleted due to injury, which has elevated Mahtook to a premium lineup spot against a left-hander. John Hicks is starting at first base and batting seventh while Dixon Machado draws another start at shortstop and will hit ninth. Saturday, 10:21 am
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • Pablo Sandoval has rough night in loss to O's
    Pablo Sandoval had a rough night in Friday's loss to the Orioles, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout and making his fourth error of the season defensively at third base.

    Advice: As a team, the Red Sox were held to just six hits on Friday and were unable to score against Dylan Bundy and company. Sandoval is now hitting just .214/.262/.393 with three homers and 10 RBI on the year. Friday, 7:35 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:08 pm vs ChC
  • Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) held out again
    Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) was scratched from the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He had been hoping to return after a one-game absence due to a right wrist contusion, but d'Arnaud still had some issues while trying to throw. Hopefully he'll be ready sometime this weekend. Rene Rivera is catching Friday. Friday, 1:20 pm
    10:35 am @Was
  • Wilmer Flores (joint infection) goes on DL
    Mets placed INF Wilmer Flores on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 20, with a joint infection.

    Advice: It seemed like a day-to-day thing, but evidently the Mets decided it was bad enough to shut Flores down for a while. It's possible he'll be back later this month. Friday, 1:07 pm
    10-Day DL
    10:35 am @Was
  • Mets place Duda (elbow) on disabled list
    Mets placed 1B Lucas Duda on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 20, with a hyperextended left elbow.

    Advice: Duda hurt the elbow was trying to field a throw on Wednesday. It's unclear at this point how much time he'll miss. With Wilmer Flores also on the DL, Jay Bruce figures to handle first base regularly, clearing space in the lineup for Michael Conforto. Friday, 1:05 pm
    10-Day DL
    10:35 am @Was
  • DeShields delivers as Rangers walk off in 13
    Delino DeShields came through with a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning to help the Rangers top the Royals 1-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: After Joey Gallo's out-out double set the stage, DeShields lined a Travis Wood offering over the third baseman's head and down the left field line for the game-winning hit. It was his only hit in four at-bats and just his second hit all season. There was talk of the 24-year-old possibly having a large role with the Rangers coming out of camp, but he's been buried by manager Jeff Banister and hasn't helped his case with his poor hitting when given an opportunity. Sometimes something like a walk-off hit can be a catalyst for a slumping hitter. Perhaps Thursday's walk-off single will do just that for DeShields. Thursday, 9:58 pm
  • JaCoby Jones goes 0-for-3 in loss
    JaCoby Jones went 0-for-3 and struck out twice Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: Jones is hitting just .167 now, and he's struck out in 16 of his 40 plate appearances. With the outfield struggled, the Tigers could consider making a move. Unfortunately, Alex Presley and Steven Moya are both off to dreadful starts at Triple-A Toledo, leaving them with few alternatives. Thursday, 1:18 pm
    10-Day DL
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • Flores (infection) unavailable for Thursday
    Wilmer Flores (infection) is unavailable for Thursday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Flores is dealing with a joint infection. With Flores down for the count and Lucas Duda battling an elbow injury. Jay Bruce will draw a rare start at first base. Juan Lagares will serve as a backup infielder for the short-handed Mets. For what it's worth, manager Terry Collins expects Flores back in "a day or two." Thursday, 1:08 pm
    10-Day DL
    10:35 am @Was
  • Duda out Thursday, Bruce starts at first base
    Lucas Duda (elbow) is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Jay Bruce will start at first base for just the fourth time in his career. He's also batting cleanup versus right-hander Aaron Nola. Duda suffered a hyperextended left elbow Wednesday when the Phillies' Cesar Hernandez ran into his arm at first base following an errant throw by Robert Gsellman. It's not yet clear how long he might be out.Daily Slant: Nola will match up with a Mets squad that is able to counteract Nola's prowess versus RH bats (27.8% K%, 3.5% BB% in 2016) with six LH bats. Nola is still slightly above average against LHs, but his strikeout rate dips to 21.9% and his walk rate balloons to 8.8% with a 30.1% hard contact rate. On the other hand, a Mets stack is far from recommended, though if targeting one-offs for their power potential, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Asdrubal Cabrera and Curtis Granderson lead the short list of lefties with tournament appeal. Thursday, 12:17 pm
    10-Day DL
    10:35 am @Was
  • Two more homers for Bellinger
    Dodgers prospect Cody Bellinger hit two more homers on Wednesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: That gives Bellinger five homers in his 13 games this year. He's hitting .360/.439/.749, and he's stolen four bases. That'll work. He's also struck out 16 times in 13 games, but that's nitpicking. The offensive potential here is immense, and it should show up in Los Angeles at some point -- especially if these kind of numbers keep going. Thursday, 10:01 am
  • Rasmus (hip) set to resume rehab games
    Colby Rasmus (hip) is scheduled to resume his minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Double-A Montgomery.

    Advice: Rasmus aggravated his surgically-repaired hip two weeks ago in a rehab game with High-A Charlotte, but he's beginning to feel much better. There's some thought that he could be ready to join the Rays next weekend in Toronto, though the 30-year-old outfielder will obviously have to avoid further setbacks. Tampa Bay signed Rasmus to a one-year, $5 million free agent contract in late January. Thursday, 7:43 am
    10-Day DL
    10:07 am @Tor
  • Farrell frustrated by Sandoval's defense
    Red Sox manager John Farrell noted Wednesday that there are still serious concerns about Pablo Sandoval's defense.

    Advice: Sandoval made an errant throw on a routine grounder Wednesday that kicked off a three-run second inning for the host Blue Jays. It was his third error in 12 games. "There's been times where there's been some plays that, quite frankly, should be made," Farrell said. "Tonight was an example of that." It obviously doesn't help that Sandoval is also batting just .224 with a .278 on-base percentage through 54 plate appearances. Thursday, 6:37 am
    10-Day DL
    5:08 pm vs ChC
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