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  • Dodgers 'increasingly likely' to get Machado
    According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are "increasingly likely" to land Manny Machado.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that several of the other teams tied to Machado also "expect that outcome." There were a number of reports Tuesday suggesting a last-minute play from the Phillies, but the Dodgers apparently have the best offer on the table and it sounds like the medicals and paperwork might already be done. Look for something official by Wednesday afternoon. Major League Baseball frowns on its clubs making big announcements on the day of the All-Star Game. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:12 pm
     
  • Brewers option Alec Asher to AAA level
    Brewers optioned RHP Alec Asher to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Asher was called up last Thursday to provide the Brewers with a little extra relief depth heading into the final weekend before the All-Star break. The 26-year-old right-hander has pitched three scoreless innings of relief this season at the MLB level and should get another look at some point in the second half. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:57 pm
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  • Andrew Miller (knee) dominant in rehab debut
    Andrew Miller (knee) pitched a hitless inning in his rehab debut Tuesday at Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Miller struck out two of the three batters he faced and needed just 12 pitches to record a 1-2-3 frame against the Triple-A affiliate of the Phillies. The 33-year-old left-hander figures to make one or two more appearances at the Triple-A level before returning to the Indians' bullpen shortly after the All-Star break. He has been out since May 26 with a right knee injury. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:54 pm
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  • Strasburg (shoulder) to return Friday vs. ATL
    Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) will return to the Nationals' rotation Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: Strasburg allowed just one earned run over nine innings on his two-start minor league rehab assignment with High-A Potomac, tallying 12 strikeouts against one walk. And he made it up to 82 pitches in his last outing there Sunday, so there shouldn't be any limitations on the 29-year-old right-hander in his first start back Friday versus Atlanta. Strasburg has been sidelined since June 10 due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:49 pm
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  • Yoenis Cespedes (hip) plays in minors game
    Yoenis Cespedes (hip) went 1-for-4 with a single and played seven innings in left field Tuesday while playing for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets.

    Advice: Cespedes hit two home runs in a simulated game on Monday, but this was his first real game action since May 13. Progress with his hip and quad has been slow, but the veteran slugger appears on track to rejoin the Mets when the second half of the season begins Friday against the Yankees in Yankee Stadium. The timing makes sense, as Cespedes can be eased back in as the designated hitter. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:02 pm
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  • Report: Phillies remain in Machado talks
    Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies remain "aggressively motivated" in trade talks for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado and "confidence remains high" internally that they can get a deal done.

    Advice: The Dodgers are the favorites in the mix, with Bob Nightengale of USA Today reporting that a deal could be completed as soon as Wednesday, but this report from the Phillies' side indicates that nothing is done just yet. There was a report from Jon Morosi of MLB.com late Monday night that the Phillies were willing to include prospect right-hander Adonis Medina in a deal, but it's unclear if that would be enough to land the 26-year-old Orioles superstar. We should have some clarity on this situation in the next 24 hours. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:53 am
     
  • Report: Indians interested in LHP Brad Hand
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Indians are among the teams interested in Padres closer Brad Hand.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise to see the Indians are looking for bullpen help, as their relievers rank 29th in the majors with 5.28 ERA. Still, the asking price will be considerable. Hand is owed $13.5 million over the next two years, with a $10 million club option for 2021. The southpaw has compiled 24 saves for the Padres this season while posting a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings. There would be value beyond this season for the Indians with Andrew Miller and Cody Allen due to hit free agency this winter. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:41 am
  • Rogers fans eight in strong start at Low-A
    Marlins LHP prospect Trevor Rogers fanned eight hitters over six two-run innings on Tuesday for Low-A Greensboro.

    Advice: Rogers allowed seven hits, and he walked just one along with the eight punchouts. The 13th pick of the 2017 draft, Rogers has really struggled in his first full professional year, as he came into the start with an ERA of 7.01. Keep in mind he's only 20-years-old, however, and there's still reason for optimism. At 6-foot-6, 185-pounds, he offers projection on a fastball that touches 93 mph, and he shows a plus slider as well. The key will be developing a third pitch, and throwing more quality strikes as he goes forward. He's a long way away, but there is palpable upside in Rogers' left arm. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:39 am
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  • Baez (biceps) set to begin rehab stint
    Pedro Baez (biceps) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Baez has been out for about a month with tendinitis in his right biceps, but he appears on track to rejoin the Dodgers' bullpen shortly after the All-Star break. The 30-year-old had a 3.23 ERA and 36/16 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings prior to the injury. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:21 am
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  • McKay fires four perfect innings in rehab
    Rays LHP/1B prospect Brendan McKay fired four no-hit innings with seven strikeouts on Tuesday for short-season GCL Rays.

    Advice: McKay not only didn't allow a hit while punching out seven, he didn't allow a ball to leave with infield, as the other five outs were ground balls. He missed a couple of weeks with a right oblique muscle injury, but he's back on the mound now, and should return to High-A Charlotte shortly. McKay is a true two-way prospect, but he's best on the mound, and he should help the Tampa Bay rotation before 2020. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:08 am
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  • Erceg gets four hits for Biloxi on Monday
    Brewers 3B prospect Lucas Erceg went 4-for-4 with a homer on Monday for Double-A Biloxi.

    Advice: Erceg also walked. The homer was the 11th on the season for the 46th pick of the 2016 draft, and the four hits bump his average up to .256. It's been a slightly disappointing season for the 23-year-old, but there are still reasons for optimism. He shows plus raw power from the left side, and there isn't much swing-and-miss in his profile, which should help him hit for a decent average. Erceg still has a great chance of being the long-term third baseman for the Brewers. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:21 am
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  • Chisholm homers twice for Kane County
    Diamondbacks SS prospect Jasraldo Chisolm went 5-for-6 with a pair of homers and five RBI on Monday for Low-A Kane County.

    Advice: Chisolm's pair of homers give the 20-year-old shortstop 15 on the season. He also scored four runs, and his OPS is up to .783 on the season. Chisholm is one of the top prospects in the Arizona system; a shortstop who is a well above-average defender at a premium position, and there's obviously some offensive potential here, too. He's years away, but he offers a high-floor because of his position, and some ceiling because of his sneaky power from the left side. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:12 am
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  • Faedo pitches seven scoreless on Monday
    Tigers RHP prospect Alex Faedo hurled seven scoreless innings on Monday for Double-A Erie.

    Advice: Faedo struck out four while allowing just three hits against the Double-A Richmond lineup. The 2017 first-round pick lowers his season ERA to 3.28, and it's 3.83 since he was promoted to the Eastern League last month. Faedo has one of the best sliders in the minors, and he can touch 96 mph with his sinking fastball. He needs to show his change more often and improve his command, but the stuff is here for Faedo to pitch at or near the top of a rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:01 am
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  • Report: Diaz in Dodgers' offer for Machado
    Jon Heyman of FanCred reports that prospect outfielder Yusniel Diaz is in the Dodgers' offer for Oriole shortstop Manny Machado.

    Advice: Heyman just reported a short while ago that the Dodgers "appear to be the leading contender" to land Machado. It's unclear if Diaz's inclusion is a part of that thinking, but he would be a strong get for Baltimore. The 21-year-old is batting .314/.428/.477 with six homers and eight steals over 59 games this season with Double-A Tulsa. Dustin May, Gavin Lux, and Keibert Ruiz are among some of the other Dodgers prospects that have been mentioned in talks. Jon Heyman of FanCred notes that the Dodgers would likely want to include a high-priced veteran in the deal as they try to keep an eye out for the luxury tax. We're moving quickly toward a resolution here, but nothing is done just yet. The Phillies, Brewers, and Diamondbacks reportedly remain in the mix. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:28 am
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  • J.D. Martinez batting cleanup for AL squad
    J.D. Martinez will hit cleanup in Tuesday's All-Star Game for the American League.

    Advice: Martinez is tied with Jose Ramirez for the MLB lead with 29 homers and blew away the field in the balloting for the DH spot. Ramirez is hitting right behind Martinez. Salvador Perez is a late inclusion in the lineup after Wilson Ramos went down with a hamstring injury. The full lineup for the American League: Mookie Betts RF, Jose Altuve 2B, Mike Trout CF, Martinez DH, Ramirez 3B, Aaron Judge LF, Manny Machado SS, Jose Abreu 1B, Perez C. Chris Sale will start for the American League while Max Scherzer will get the ball for the NL in his home stadium. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:16 am
  • O’s going through medicals on Machado deal
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Orioles have the structure of a Manny Machado trade in place and are going through the "medicals/paperwork portion of the transaction."

    Advice: Olney adds that the Dodgers "have been very invested" in pursuing Machado, in addition to the Phillies and other teams, but that a deal is not finished yet. Either way, multiple reports indicate that Machado will begin the second half with a new team. It’s very possible that a deal is essentially done and the Orioles would prefer to have him play Tuesday’s All-Star Game representing the team before an official announcement is made. In other words, there should be clarity very soon. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:04 am
     
  • Report: PHI have 'definite interest' in Happ
    Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia writes that the Phillies have "definite interest" in Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.

    Advice: Manny Machado and Zach Britton of the Orioles are at the top of the Phillies' wish list, but Salisbury writes that Happ is another name under consideration internally. Salisbury also hears from a source that the Blue Jays have recently been scouting the Phillies' minor league system. Happ, who originally came up with the Phillies, lost three straight starts going into the break and has seen his ERA jump from 3.48 to 4.29 over the past month. Still, he's one of the better arms available on the trade market, with the Yankees also mentioned prominently as a potential match. The 35-year-old is due to become a free agent following the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:08 am
     
  • Report: Dodgers 'leading' in Machado talks
    Jon Heyman of FanCred reports that the Dodgers "appear to be the leading contender" in trade talks for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado.

    Advice: This comes hours after Jon Morosi of MLB.com wrote that the Phillies were currently the "most likely destination" for Machado after the club expressed a willingness to include pitching prospect Adonis Medina in a potential deal. With that in mind, Heyman writes that the situation is "fluid" and that the Phillies, Brewers, and Diamondbacks could still have an outside chance. Prospects Dustin May and Gavin Lux are among the names linked in trade talks between the Dodgers and Orioles. If acquired by Los Angeles, Machado would take over at shortstop while Chris Taylor would move back to the outfield. Machado is set to represent the Orioles in Tuesday's All-Star Game, but it sounds like he could be in a different uniform later this week. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:49 am
     
  • Philly 'most likely destination' for Machado
    MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies are currently the "most likely destination" for Manny Machado.

    Advice: Morosi says the Phillies are willing to include pitching prospect Adonis Medina -- who is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 2 player in their system -- in a deal for Machado, which looks to have catapulted them into the lead for the infielder's services. Jon Heyman of Fancred, among others, has reported that the Orioles are close to trading their star, although Machado will be representing Baltimore during Tuesday's All-Star Game. The Dodgers and Brewers are looking like the two other clubs most hot on Machado's trail, although it appears they might have some catching up to do. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:15 pm
     
  • Cespedes (hip) on track to return on Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hit two home runs in a simulated game Monday at the Mets' spring training complex.

    Advice: He also singled, drew a walk, and played five innings of left field. Cespedes is aiming to come off the disabled list for the Mets' first game after the All-Star break on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, and he would seem to be on track to meet that goal. He can DH in that series before returning to the outfield next week. Cespedes has been sidelined since May 13 due to hip and quad injuries. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:22 am
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  • Yusniel Diaz homers twice in Future's Game
    Dodgers' prospect Yusniel Diaz went 2-for-5 with a pair of homers and three RBI as the World fell to the U.S. in Sunday's Future's Game.

    Advice: The 21-year-old clubbed a solo shot off of Tigers' right-hander Matt Manning in the fifth inning, tying the game at 5-5. He then tagged Giants' righty Shaun Anderson to even the score at 6-6 in the seventh. Diaz is enjoying a nice season at Double-A Tulsa, slashing .314/.428/.477 with six homers, 30 RBI and eight stolen bases in 59 games. He should debut with the Dodgers before season's end. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:04 pm
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  • Machado homers in potential Baltimore finale
    Manny Machado went 1-for-1 with a homer and a walk in a 6-5 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: Machado's homer was his 24th of the season, and it came off of Mike Minor in the first inning with no one on. There's at least a chance that this was the last time we see Machado in a Baltimore uniform -- not counting the All-Star game -- as trade rumors run rampant for his services. Whatever team acquires him will betting a hitter who has a line of .315/.387/.575 with 65 RBI and eight stolen bases on nine attempts. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:56 pm
     
  • Manny Machado trade talks at '10-yard-line'
    ESPN's Buster Olney was told by a source that the Manny Machado trade talks are at the "10-yard-line."

    Advice: The same source told him a week ago that talks were at the 35-yard-line, for what it's worth. The Phillies, Brewers and Dodgers appear to have emerged as the three favorites for Machado and are "waiting for the goal line call," per Olney. The Yankees had been heavily involved in the Machado sweepstakes but appear to have fallen behind the pack at this point. It seems unlikely at this point that Machado will be traded before the All-Star break, but a deal sometime later this week is looking fairly likely. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:49 am
     
  • Cespedes (hip) to play simulated game Monday
    Yoenis Cespedes (hip) will play in a simulated game at the Mets' spring training complex on Monday.

    Advice: Cespedes has been on the shelf since mid-May with hip and quad ailments but resumed running recently with no issues. If all goes well, he could return for the start of the second half, initially serving as a designated hitter in the team's series against the Yankees. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:34 am
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  • J.D. Martinez clubs 29th home run in victory
    J.D. Martinez clubbed his major league-leading 29th home run as the Red Sox topped the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Martinez tagged Blue Jays' starter Sam Gaviglio for a solo shot to get the Red Sox on the board in the fourth inning. He also drew a walk in the contest, finishing the afternoon 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. He's having a ridiculous season at the plate, slashing .330/.392/.648 with 29 homers and 80 RBI. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:56 pm
  • Cespedes (hip) could return following break
    Yoenis Cespedes (hip) could return to the Mets immediately after the All-Star break.

    Advice: The Mets open the second half of the season on July 20 against the Yankees in New York, where Cespedes could function as the club's designated hitter. The 32-year-old has been sidelined since May 13 with hip and quad injuries. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:38 am
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  • Brad Hand blows fifth save for Padres
    Brad Hand took his fifth blown save after giving up a run in the ninth Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Hand has matched last year's total of blown saves in 31 fewer appearances, though that's sort of deceptive since he spent a good chunk of the year as a setup man (Hand had three blown saves as a setup man and two as a closer in 2017). Hand was named to his second straight All-Star Game earlier this week, but he was a borderline pick; he was definitely more impressive in both 2016 and 2017. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:10 pm
  • Orioles ramp up work on Phillies' prospects
    According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Orioles have ramped up their background work on Phillies' prospects.

    Advice: While that doesn't mean that a deal for Manny Machado is on the horizon, it does show that their increased interest could put them on par with the Dodgers and Yankees who have made the strongest pursuit thus far. The Brewers and Diamondbacks have also been in ths mix. Rosenthal notes that minor league right-hander Adonis Media is of interest to the O's. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:21 pm
     
  • Phils increase trade offer for Manny Machado
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies have increased their trade offer for Manny Machado.

    Advice: However, Rosenthal adds that the Dodgers' and Yankees' offers for Machado "remain strongest." The Brewers, who had been seen as one of the favorites to land Machado, are "fading," according to Rosenthal, with the Diamondbacks also "on periphery." Things can change quickly during trade season, of course, so it's certainly no slam dunk that the slugger likely winds up either with the Dodgers or Yankees. Things seem to be trending toward Machado being dealt well before July 31. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:40 am
     
  • Happ falls apart in fateful fourth inning
    J.A. Happ allowed five runs, all in the fourth inning, lasting just 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Happ breezed through three innings and was on his way to another zero in the fourth before an error put a pair of runners on with one out. An Eduardo Nunez single loaded the bases and an RBI groundout by Sandy Leon plated a run but still didn't spell doom -- that was saved for Mookie Betts' grand slam two batters later. As Ron Burgundy would say, that escalated quickly. Happ did strike out six before exiting. It's been that kind of stretch for the southpaw, who was 10-3 with a 3.62 ERA on June 25 before losing the last three starts before the break. Happ, likely to be a popular subject of trade rumors in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline, owns a 4.29 ERA and 1.19 WHIP through 19 starts overall. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 pm
     
  • MIL, LAD and NYY leading Machado sweepstakes
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Brewers, Dodgers and Yankees have "separated themselves from the pack" in trade talks for Manny Machado.

    Advice: Machado would make a ton of sense for the Dodgers, who have been without All-Star Corey Seager for much of the year, though obviously it will take a king's ransom to pry him away from Baltimore. He'd be an awkward fit in New York, where the Yankees already have Didi Gregorius at shortstop and promising 23-year-old Miguel Andujar at the hot corner. However, GM Brian Cashman has made big moves in the past and the deep-pocketed Yankees are one of only a handful of teams with a real shot at signing Machado this offseason. The talented 26-year-old could also be the piece that pushes the Brewers over the top in a wide-open National League race. It's anyone's guess where Machado will end up on July 31, though the Brewers, Dodgers and Yankees seem to be putting forth the most effort right now. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:53 pm
     
  • Andrew Miller (knee) moving rehab to Akron
    Andrew Miller (knee) will pitch to minor league hitters during a live batting practice Saturday in Akron.

    Advice: Miller resumed mound work on Wednesday and will now head to Akron to get some work in against Double-A hitters. The Indians have built a massive lead in the AL Central, which has allowed them to slow-play Miller's recovery from knee inflammation. The dominant setup man should return to Cleveland's pen shortly after the All-Star break, though he'll likely need a rehab stint to shake off the rust after missing so much time. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:05 pm
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  • Stephen Strasburg to throw 85 pitches Sunday
    Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) is slated to throw 85 pitches in Sunday's rehab start for High-A Potomac.

    Advice: It will be his final start before rejoining the Nationals' starting rotation after the All-Star break. Strasburg threw another bullpen session on Thursday, which went well, according to manager Davey Martinez. The right-hander has been out a month while battling shoulder inflammation. The slumping Nats could sure use a healthy Strasburg at their disposal. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:03 pm
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  • Yoenis Cespedes to run the bases Thursday
    Yoenis Cespedes (hip) will run the bases on Thursday.

    Advice: It's a step in the right direction for Cespedes, who hasn't logged a major league at-bat in nearly two months. Cespedes has reportedly been taking ground balls at first base at the team's spring training facility in Florida. Though he's only played outfield since arriving from Cuba six years ago, a move to first base might be the smart move for his long-term health. There's obviously no rush for Cespedes to get back on the field with New York well out of contention in both the NL East and NL Wild Card races. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:09 pm
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  • Brewers recall RP Alec Asher from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled RHP Alec Asher from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Asher will return to the Brewers' bullpen ahead of Thursday night's series opener in Pittsburgh. The 26-year-old right-hander has worked two scoreless innings of relief this season at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:29 pm
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  • Cespedes (hip) doing workouts at first base
    Yoenis Cespedes (hip) has been taking grounders at first base at the Mets' spring training complex.

    Advice: Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that it was Cespedes who came to the Mets with the idea of him seeing at least some playing time at first base and his source said they'd be surprised if it didn't happen at some point this season. Cespedes has only played the outfield in the big leagues, but he played some third base in Cuba and still regularly takes grounders at the hot corner in pregame. If Cespedes proves to be a competent first baseman, it could free up the logjam the Mets have in the outfield while also potentially giving Cespedes a better chance to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:37 pm
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  • Cespedes (hip, quad) nearing rehab games?
    Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) could begin playing in minor league rehab games during the All-Star break.

    Advice: That's the hope, at least. Cespedes resumed baseball activities last week at the Mets' spring training complex in Florida and has been setback-free so far. The veteran outfielder hasn't appeared in a major league game since May 13 due to hip and quad injuries. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:14 pm
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  • Andrew Miller (knee) throws off mound Wed.
    Andrew Miller (knee) threw off a mound Wednesday at Progressive Field.

    Advice: Miller did the workout on the regular mound rather than in the bullpen so that his velocity and spin rates could be tracked on Statcast. If those readings are good and he recovers well, the next step should be live batting practice. Miller is aiming to return to the Indians' bullpen shortly after the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:04 pm
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  • Strasburg (shoulder) goes 57 pitches in rehab
    Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) allowed one run over 3 1/3 innings Tuesday in a rehab start with High-A Potomac.

    Advice: Strasburg yielded two hits and one walk while striking out five in the 57-pitch outing. He is expected to make one more minor league rehab start over the weekend -- or possibly early next week -- before returning to the Nationals' rotation coming out of the All-Star break. The 29-year-old right-hander has been on the disabled list since June 10 with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:44 pm
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  • Pedro Baez (biceps) nearing rehab games
    Pedro Baez (biceps) could begin a minor league rehab assignment during the All-Star break.

    Advice: That would put him on track to return to the Dodgers' bullpen shortly after the start of the second half. Baez has been on the disabled list since June 12 due to tendinitis in his right biceps. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:31 pm
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  • Yankees targeting Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ
    According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Yankees "have J.A. Happ near the top of their realistic rotation trade options."

    Advice: Heyman notes that the Yankees don't see Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard as realistic. Happ has struggled mightily over his last two outings, with his season ERA rising to 4.44, but the peripherals are still pretty good -- including a 9.8 K/9 in 105 1/3 innings. The 35-year-old left-hander is in the final year of a three-year, $36 million deal. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:14 pm
     
  • Diaz reaches four times on Monday
    Dodgers OF prospect Yusniel Diaz went 3-for-4 on Monday for Double-A Tulsa.

    Advice: Diaz also walked. It's been a strong 2018 season for the 21-year-old outfielder, with a .310/.418/.471 line over 56 games with six homers and eight steals. If there's a nitpick, it's that those steals have come on 16 attempts. Still, Diaz is a plus runner who should improve in that regard, and his advanced approach and line-drive swing suggest he'll get on base to attempt more steals. He could be hitting at or near the top of a lineup before 2019 ends. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:29 am
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  • JD Martinez hits 28th homer in win over TEX
    J.D. Martinez, who didn't play Sunday after fouling a ball off his foot Saturday, went 2-for-4 and launched his 28th homer Monday in the victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Martinez put the game away with a three-run homer in the eighth. He has an incredible 57 home runs and 142 RBI in 148 games since the Tigers traded him to Arizona last summer. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:20 pm
  • Miller (knee) could throw sim game Saturday
    Andrew Miller (knee) is on track to throw a simulated game Saturday.

    Advice: Miller threw another bullpen session Monday and he will throw off a mound again Wednesday at Progressive Field. If that goes well, he'll then be cleared to face hitters. Miller looks to be on track for activation at the start of the second half. Rotoworld.com Jul 9, 1:42 pm
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  • J.D. Martinez (foot) back in lineup Monday
    J.D. Martinez (foot) is back in the starting lineup Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Martinez sat out Sunday's game after fouling a ball off his left foot on Sunday, but he's already feeling better. He's in right field Monday, with Steve Pearce serving as the designated hitter against southpaw Mike Minor. Pearce is actually hitting cleanup Monday. Jackie Bradley, Jr. is on the bench. Rotoworld.com Jul 9, 12:05 pm
  • Brad Hand works two scoreless for relief win
    Brad Hand worked two scoreless innings in Sunday's marathon 16-inning win at Arizona, striking out three batters for the relief win.

    Advice: Hand handled himself with aplomb despite being out of his comfort zone, entering in a tie ball game several hours after first pitch in the bottom of the 15th inning rather than his usual save situation in the ninth. He got in front of six of the eight batters he faced with first-pitch strikes and picked up just his second win in six decisions. After a few hiccups in June he is back to his dominant ways with six strikeouts in three scoreless July frames. Rotoworld.com Jul 8, 7:21 pm
  • Report: Cubs showing interest in J.A. Happ
    Bob Elliott of the Canadian Baseball Network reports that the Cubs "may have interest" in J.A. Happ.

    Advice: With Yu Darvish's (triceps) status up in the air and Tyler Chatwood struggling, it appears the Cubbies are in the market for some rotation help. Happ has been knocked around in each of his last two starts to push his ERA for the season up to 4.44, but he had been really good prior to that and boasts a career-high 26.3 percent strikeout rate. The Yankees, Mariners and Brewers are other clubs that have been connected to the southpaw. Rotoworld.com Jul 8, 11:20 am
     
  • J.D. Martinez sits out with sore calf, foot
    J.D. Martinez is not in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday after fouling a ball off his left calf and right foot Saturday.

    Advice: Martinez is sore but will be available off the bench. Steve Pearce is in the designated hitter spot Sunday. Rotoworld.com Jul 8, 9:47 am
  • Andrew Miller (knee) throws bullpen session
    Andrew Miller (knee) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

    Advice: He's slated for another mound session Monday. Miller is doing well as he comes back from a right knee issue but it's looking unlikely that he'll be activated prior to the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Jul 8, 9:01 am
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  • Yankees touch up J.A. Happ for six runs
    J.A. Happ was rocked for six runs on four hits over 2 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Happ surrendered back-to-back solo home runs to Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge to open the top of the first, with Brandon Drury later hitting a two-run double off the southpaw before he was finally able to extricate himself from the inning. Control proved threadbare for Happ throughout his short outing, as he walked a whopping six batters on the afternoon. He finished his day's work having thrown just 47-of-84 pitches for strikes. Not the best of impressions made, here, given that the Yankees were linked to Happ in trade rumor earlier this week. He will try for better times next time out, when he brings his 4.44 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 115/34 K/BB ratio (105 1/3 innings) to bear against a just-as-brutal Red Sox lineup at Fenway. Rotoworld.com Jul 7, 5:28 pm
     
  • Strasburg (shoulder) to throw 50-60 pitches
    Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) will throw 50-60 pitches in his rehab start Tuesday, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Saturday.

    Advice: The start is expected to be the first of two rehab outings for the right-hander before he's cleared to return to the Nats, but Martinez left the door open for Stras to return after just one if he looks especially strong in Tuesday's appearance. Strasburg has been sidelined since early June due to shoulder inflammation. Unless something changes, expect to see him return to the Nationals' rotation coming out of the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Jul 7, 1:35 pm
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