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  • Dylan Covey (oblique) placed on DL
    White Sox placed RHP Dylan Covey on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 24, with a left oblique strain.

    Advice: Covey suffered the injury during Tuesday's start. It's unclear at this point how much time he might miss, but oblique injuries almost always require a longer than minimum DL stay. Tyler Danish is making a start during Friday's doubleheader and it's possible he'll stay around to fill Covey's rotation spot. 19 minutes ago
    10-Day DL
    2:10 pm vs Det ; 5:40 pm vs Det
  • Gray (foot) hopes for mound work this weekend
    Jon Gray (foot) hopes to throw a bullpen session this weekend without wearing a walking boot.

    Advice: He's been throwing bullpen sessions while wearing the boot but is aiming to ditch it this weekend. Gray will require at least three rehab starts before rejoining the Rockies' rotation, so it's going to be a while. Manager Bud Black indicated earlier this week that he expected Gray back in three weeks, so a mid-June return looks like the best-case scenario. Today, 7:24 am
    10-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs StL
  • Lucas Giolito throws seven-inning no-hitter
    White Sox pitching prospect Lucas Giolito threw a seven-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.

    Advice: It was the first game of a doubleheader against Syracuse. Giolito issued three walks on the day and also recorded three strikeouts. It was a much-needed gem from the big righty, as Giolito entered the day with a 6.41 ERA and 22 walks over 39 1/3 innings. Today, 6:22 am
    Not Active
    2:10 pm vs Det ; 5:40 pm vs Det
  • Taijuan Walker (blister) to throw off mound
    Taijuan Walker (blister) will throw a bullpen session Saturday.

    Advice: It will be his first time testing out the blister on his right index finger since he was placed on the disabled list last weekend. If all goes well, Walker will rejoin the Diamondbacks' rotation next weekend against the Marlins. "The blister feels good," Walker said. "It’s not bad. It still needs to heal a little bit more, but we’re going to take care of it. It should be good." Today, 5:39 am
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • David Phelps activated from bereavement list
    Marlins activated RHP David Phelps from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Phelps was away for a few days following a death in the family. The Marlins have discussed moving him into the rotation, but he'll presumably return to the bullpen for now. Today, 5:13 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Maeda surrenders three in victorious return
    Making his first start since May 10, Kenta Maeda surrendered three runs on seven hits over five innings in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Maeda was sidelined for two weeks by hamstring tightness and he looked shaky out of the gate in his return on Thursday, surrendering a two-run double to Jedd Gyorko and an RBI single to Yadier Molina. However, he would settle in as the game progressed, even chipping in with a go-ahead two-run single to help his own cause in the fourth inning. Maeda finished his outing having struck out four, walked two and thrown 78 pitches (49 for strikes). The Dodgers figure to allow him a longer leash with the pitch count when he takes on these same Cardinals on the road next Tuesday. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Wacha surrenders six runs vs. Dodgers
    Michael Wacha allowed six runs on seven hits over four-plus innings in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Wacha was working with a 3-0 advantage before he even threw his first pitch, but he was unable to hold the early lead afforded to him by the offense. Chase Utley burned him for a solo home run in the second inning, with three more runs scoring in the fourth inning. Two of those came home off the bat of opposing number Kenta Maeda, who laced a single down the third base line on a hanging curve. The final two runs on his line scored via the bullpen after he allowed runners on before being pulled with nobody out in the fifth. Wacha will carry a still-sturdy 3.66 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into a home start against (once again) the Dodger when he next takes to the mound. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Fiers gives up 10 hits, four runs to Tigers
    Mike Fiers allowed four runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Fiers' ineffectiveness was shaping up to be the story of the game before Justin Verlander imploded, letting Fiers off the hook both anecdotally and on the scorecard. Even so, it was another disappointing turn in a season full of mostly disappointing turns for the 31-year-old, who now owns a 5.40 ERA and 1.52 WHIP through nine starts. It's hard to imagine the Astros can't do better. Until they decide to, though, Fiers will presumably stay in the rotation, with a favorable matchup against the Twins on deck for Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Verlander falls apart in fourth versus Astros
    Justin Verlander cruised until a disastrous fourth inning, and he finishing having allowed six runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Verlander breezed through three scoreless frames before the Astros brought the lumber in the fourth. In that inning, he allowed a pair of two-run homers and yielded another solo jack, giving up five runs before it was all said and done. It was the second time in 10 starts this year that he's given up three homers. After a resurgent 2016 season, the 34-year-old hasn't shown that same dominance in 2017, owning a 4.87 ERA and 1.41 WHIP on the year. Verlander will try to get things straightened out next week against the Royals. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Martinez allows four runs in loss to Red Sox
    Nick Martinez allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Perhaps no stat line better encapsulates Nick Martinez: not very good, but not awful, either. His 4.69 ERA through seven starts tells a similar story. At least he's reliable -- in all seven of those starts, he's gone at least five innings but no more than seven. Martinez will carry a 1-3 record into Tuesday's start against the Rays. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Pomeranz whiffs season-high 11 vs. Rangers
    Drew Pomeranz had it all working Thursday, striking out 11 while allowing two runs over six innings in a win over the Rangers.

    Advice: It was a good sign for Sox fans when the southpaw struck out the first two batters he faced and ended up punching out five of the first seven hitters he saw. He allowed just four hits, including a solo homer to Elvis Andrus, and walked one over his six innings. Efficiency has been his enemy this season -- only three times in nine starts has he gotten through six innings, and he's yet to record an out in the seventh -- but the Sox will take Thursday's performance every time. Pomeranz will try to carry on that good momentum, and continue to work on his 4.70 ERA, against the White Sox on Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Ray fans nine over seven shutout innings
    Robbie Ray struck out nine Brewers over seven scoreless innings as the Diamondbacks shut out the Crew 4-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: Not to be overshadowed by teammate Zack Greinke, Ray reminded everyone Thursday that he's a talented member of the rotation, too. The Brewers were able to muster just two singles off Ray over his seven innings, and the southpaw didn't issue a free pass all night. It was the second consecutive start in which he's left without giving up a run, lowering his ERA to 3.45 with a 1.20 WHIP through 10 starts overall. Ray will try to keep the shutout streak going Tuesday against the Pirates. Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Kenta Maeda activated for Thursday's start
    Dodgers activated RHP Kenta Maeda from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll be on the mound Thursday against the Cardinals. Maeda landed on the DL with hamstring tightness earlier this month but only missed a couple turns in the rotation. Though his ERA sits at a relatively uninspiring 5.03, Maeda had been on a roll before his injury with two wins and a 2.21 ERA over his previous three starts. Joc Pederson (concussion) was placed on the disabled list to make room for him. Yesterday, 3:38 pm
  • Jacob deGrom has start pushed back to Friday
    Jacob deGrom's scheduled start Thursday against the Padres has been pushed back to Friday.

    Advice: With storms in the forecast for Thursday night, the Mets don't want to risk wasting deGrom's turn with an abbreviated start. Instead, deGrom will start Friday's series opener at Pittsburgh. Rafael Montero will make a spot start Thursday at Citi Field, assuming the game goes on as planned. Daily Slant: With Montero taking the hill instead of deGrom, the Padres become a much more intriguing team target on a short night slate. Montero has allowed a .421 wOBA to start the year with nearly as many walks (14) and earned runs (15) as strikeouts (16). Over his short big league career, Montero has allowed a putrid .432 wOBA to LH bats with a -1.6 K-BB% and 6.13 xFIP. He hasn't been much better against RH bats, so as long as the weather cooperates, fire up the Padres. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • Maeda (hamstring) to start Thursday night
    Kenta Maeda (hamstring) will start for the Dodgers on Thursday night against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Maeda allowed three runs -- one earned -- over four innings in a rehab start with High-A Rancho Cucamonga last Friday. He was on a nice roll before landing on the disabled list May 11 with a hamstring injury and attributed it to a change in approach. "I think I was relying too much on my four-seamer, throwing it hard and not focusing enough on getting hitters out quickly," Maeda told the Orange County Register on Wednesday night. "I think, looking back, I’m now relying on moving the ball more and making sure I’m more efficient. … I’ve come to realize I am not a power pitcher." Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Braves DFA right-hander Josh Collmenter
    Braves designated RHP Josh Collmenter for assignment.

    Advice: Collmenter allowed seven runs on six hits, including three homers, in the 10th inning of Wednesday night's loss to the Pirates. That historically bad outing ballooned his season ERA from 5.63 to 9.00. Matt Wisler is taking his spot in the Braves' bullpen Thursday. Yesterday, 6:38 am
    Not Active
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Josh Collmenter gives up seven runs in 10th
    Josh Collmenter was blasted for seven runs in the 10th to take a loss Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: The Braves decided not to further tax their bullpen tonight, so Collmenter was left in to finish the inning after giving up three homers. He had a 2.00 ERA in nine innings during April, but he's given up 15 earned runs in eight innings since. He's probably in danger of being DFA'd. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
    Not Active
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Kyle Hendricks goes seven in victory
    Kyle Hendricks pitched seven innings of two-run ball in a victory over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's the first time this year that he's completed seven innings. The velocity is still down, but Hendricks has a 1.94 ERA in his last six starts after coming in at 6.19 in his first three. We'd still be a whole lot more confident about him over the rest of the season if he were throwing a couple mph harder. Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Covey left start Tuesday with sore oblique
    Dylan Covey made an early exit from his start Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks due to left oblique soreness.

    Advice: Covey had allowed four earned runs on five hits over 2 1/3 innings at Arizona's Chase Field. The right-hander owns a brutal 8.12 ERA in 37 2/3 innings this season and is probably headed for the 10-day disabled list even if the oblique injury proves to be minor. Tuesday, 8:03 pm
    10-Day DL
    2:10 pm vs Det ; 5:40 pm vs Det
  • Covey leaves start with apparent injury
    Dylan Covey left his start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks after suffering an apparent injury.

    Advice: Covey called for a trainer after delivering a curveball to Paul Goldschmidt in the bottom of the third inning. The right-hander allowed four earned runs on five hits over 2 1/3 frames. There should be an update soon from the White Sox medical staff. Tuesday, 7:39 pm
    10-Day DL
    2:10 pm vs Det ; 5:40 pm vs Det
  • Marlins place David Phelps on bereavement
    Marlins placed RHP David Phelps on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Phelps will miss the Marlins' two-game series against the Athletics following a death in his family. The 30-year-old right-hander has posted a cool 3.68 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio in 22 innings of relief this season for Miami and could soon move into the starting rotation. Tuesday, 1:59 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Gray (foot) three weeks away from return
    Rockies manager Bud Black said during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Tuesday that Jon Gray (foot) is "three weeks away from pitching for us."

    Advice: This matches up with a recent prediction from Rockies' beat writer Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Gray suffered a stress fracture in his left foot last month and has been throwing despite being in a boot. His recovery is taking longer than originally anticipated, but the Rockies have managed to put together the best record in the NL without him. They'll happily welcome him back, of course. Tuesday, 8:04 am
    10-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs StL
  • Blister sends Taijuan Walker to disabled list
    Diamondbacks placed RHP Taijuan Walker on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 20, with a blister on his right index finger.

    Advice: Walker evidently must have developed the blister during his six shutout innings against the Padres on Friday. He would seem to have a decent shot to return before the end of the month, but we'll just have to wait and see how his finger heals. Sunday, 1:02 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Robbie Ray sharp in Saturday's victory
    Robbie Ray allowed just two hits and three walks over 7 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out six batters in a win Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: The southpaw is 3-3 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP overall on the season, striking out 65 batters over 53 innings. He has been especially tough against divisional opponents, going 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in six starts against NL West foes. Ray has recorded at least six strikeouts in eight of his nine outings and that's his biggest contribution for fantasy owners. Sunday, 1:37 am
  • Justin Verlander cools off the Rangers
    Justin Verlander allowed three earned runs, four hits and a walk while recording five strikeouts over seven innings in a win Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Verlander outclassed A.J. Griffin to snap the 10-game winning streak of the Rangers while throwing 69 of his 109 pitches for strikes. The Tigers ace improved to 3-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts in the month of May. He has walked 25 batters in just 55 1/3 innings, including 12 in 26 innings in May. However, the Tigers offense has helped him with 25 runs of support in his four May outings to mask those free passes. Saturday, 8:16 pm
  • Pomeranz gives up two runs in four frames Sat
    Drew Pomeranz gave up two runs -- one earned -- in four innings and took a no-decision against the Athletics on Saturday.

    Advice: Both runs came in the second inning when Pomeranz issued two walks followed by two infield singles. The game was tied when Pomeranz departed, but the Red Sox bullpen gave up five runs in the next inning. He was relieved early in his last start with triceps tightness but that does not appear to be the reason he was limited to only four innings today. He threw 97 pitches in today's contest and simply wasn't efficient enough with his pitches to go deeper into the game. He will take a 4.97 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into a start against the Mariners on Friday. Saturday, 4:56 pm
  • Fiers pitches well but taks loss versus Tribe
    Mike Fiers allowed two runs -- one earned -- over six innings Saturday but took the loss against the Indians.

    Advice: Fiers scattered six hits, including a solo homer, over his six innings, walking one while striking out three. Alas, the Astros failed to score against Indians starter Mike Clevinger and company, saddling Fiers with the undeserving loss. He's struggled through the majority of his eight starts this year, posting a 5.14 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through Saturday. Perhaps he can use the good outing as a springboard. We'll find out when he faces the Tigers on Thursday. Saturday, 4:32 pm
  • Taijuan Walker goes six scoreless
    Taijuan Walker shut out the Padres for six innings to earn his fourth win Friday.

    Advice: Walker still walked three after being handed an 8-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Padres weren't ever in a position to get back into the game. Walker's two best starts this year have come against San Diego; he allowed two runs in eight innings and struck out 11 versus the Padres on April 27. He has a 4.26 ERA and a 32/15 K/BB ratio in 38 innings against the rest of the league. Friday, 11:21 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Michael Wacha goes six scoreless
    Michael Wacha, who had his last start skipped, tossed six scoreless innings Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Wacha was pitching on 11 days' rest, but he was still sharp in allowing four hits and striking out five. He's posted a 2.74 ERA while being handled carefully by the Cardinals; he's topped 90 pitches just twice in seven starts, with a high of 101. Friday, 10:58 pm
  • Nick Martinez beats Tigers to earn first win
    Nick Martinez picked up his first victory of the 2017 season on Friday, limiting the Tigers to one unearned run on four hits over his five frames.

    Advice: The right-hander walked one and struck out four on the night. With this strong effort added to his resume, he now sports a more respectable 4.33 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through 35 1/3 innings on the season. He still isn't a recommended streaming option for Thursday's matchup against the Red Sox in Boston. Friday, 8:22 pm
  • DeGrom tosses seven scoreless in win over LAA
    Jacob deGrom fired seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: DeGrom gave up four hits and three walks while striking out nine. He was cruising until the seventh inning, when he came down with a blister issue on his right ring finger before loading the bases with nobody out. However, he managed to escape without a run scoring. The outing marked the first time a Mets starter completed seven innings since deGrom did it back on April 28. His ERA improved from 4.07 to 3.56 with the victory. He’ll get the Padres next in another home start. Friday, 7:40 pm
  • Kenta Maeda expected to return on Thursday
    Kenta Maeda (hamstring) is expected to return to the Dodgers' rotation on Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: That's provided that everything goes smoothly with his minor league rehab start with High-A Ranco Cucamonga on Friday. Maeda has been dealing with a minor hamstring issue and should be safe to activate as soon as he returns. Friday, 4:30 pm
  • Dylan Covey surrenders four runs vs. M's
    Dylan Covey allowed four runs on five hits over six innings while taking a no-decision in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Covey surrendered a solo home run to Jarrod Dyson in the third inning, but the killer blow proved to be a three-run homer off the bat of Jean Segura in the fifth inning. The 25-year-old right-hander walked three while striking out just one in what was an uneven outing on the whole. He will carry an uninspiring 7.64 ERA and 1.78 WHIP (seven starts) into a road match-up with the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Thursday, 10:15 pm
    10-Day DL
    2:10 pm vs Det ; 5:40 pm vs Det
  • David Phelps a candidate to start Sunday
    David Phelps is a candidate to start Sunday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Odrisamer Despaigne is also being considered. The Marlins need someone to take the place of Tom Koehler, who was placed on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Despaigne started in the minor leagues before his call-up while Phelps has amassed 64 big league starts including five last season. Phelps isn't stretched out so he'd probably be limited to four or five innings if he gets the call on Sunday. Thursday, 7:53 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Maeda (hamstring) to make rehab start Friday
    Kenta Maeda (hamstring) will pitch four innings in Friday's rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

    Advice: He's expected to throw about 60 pitches. If all goes well, Maeda will return to the Dodgers' rotation next Wednesday or Thursday against the Cardinals. Maeda had been on a roll before his injury, winning two of his last three starts with a 2.21 ERA. With Maeda on the comeback trail, Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-5, 4.99 ERA) could be in danger of losing his rotation spot. Thursday, 5:15 pm
  • 'Middle of June' likely return date for Gray?
    The Denver Post predicts the "middle of June" for Jon Gray's (foot) return to the rotation.

    Advice: "They don't want to rush him," reporter Patrick Saunders said in a chat. Gray received good news from a May 8 scan, but experienced "muscle atrophy" with his foot in a boot for over a month. The 25-year-old righty has been throwing, reportedly conducting bullpen sessions in his boot. Either German Marquez or Tyler Anderson will be yanked from the rotation upon Gray's return. Thursday, 9:30 am
    10-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs StL
  • Hendricks gives up two runs in six innings
    Kyle Hendricks gave up two runs in six innings in a 7-5 victory over the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out four in the ballgame. He surrendered a solo homer to Reds shortstop Zack Cozart in the third inning. Hendricks has been smooth and steady with no frills and no ills through his eight starts. He improves to 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings. He lines up for two starts next week -- at home versus the Giants and on the road versus the Dodgers. Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • David Phelps could move into MIA rotation
    Marlins manager Don Mattingly hinted Wednesday that the organization is considering moving David Phelps from the bullpen into the starting rotation.

    Advice: There's a serious starting pitcher crunch on the Marlins' roster with Wei-Yin Chen fighting an elbow injury and Adam Conley and Tom Koehler both sitting at Triple-A New Orleans due to ghastly results in Miami. Mattingly said if the Marlins make Phelps a starter, they'll keep him a starter for the remainder of the year. The right-hander has been sharp over the last three weeks after struggling for a bit in early-to-mid April and makes for a worthy stash in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Phelps holds a 2.64 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 134 strikeouts over his last 105 2/3 innings with Miami. Wednesday, 7:51 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • Pomeranz (triceps) expects to start vs. A's
    Drew Pomeranz (triceps) said Tuesday that he expects to take his next turn in the Red Sox rotation.

    Advice: Pomeranz was removed his last start Sunday against the Rays with tightness in his left triceps, but he played catch Monday without issue and will throw his normal between-starts bullpen session on Wednesday. He's lined up to face the Athletics in Oakland this weekend. Tuesday, 2:33 pm
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