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  • Royals DFA outfielder Abraham Almonte
    Royals designated OF Abraham Almonte for assignment.

    Advice: Almonte was batting just .179/.260/.284 in 151 plate appearances this season with Kansas City. The 29-year-old outfielder was claimed off waivers from the Indians at the end of spring training and served as the Royals' primary center fielder for a stretch. He's now back on the waiver wire. 21 minutes ago
  • Rosell Herrera activated from paternity leave
    Royals activated OF Rosell Herrera from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Herrera will be back with the club for the start of the second half after missing the Royals' weekend series against the White Sox. The 25-year-old has hit .267/.291/.373 in 80 plate appearances with Kansas City since getting picked up on a waiver claim from the Reds in early June. 24 minutes ago
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  • Gott optioned back to Triple-A
    Nationals optioned RHP Trevor Gott to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: The Nationals are expected to activate Stephen Strasburg on Friday, so this opens up a spot on the 25-man roster. Gott owns a 4.96 ERA over 18 relief appearances for the Nationals in 2018. Today, 7:53 am
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  • Braves release C Rob Brantly
    Braves released C Rob Brantly.

    Advice: Brantly was playing for Triple-A Gwinnett, and he had posted a line of 218/.254/.293 there before his release. The Braves are promoting prospect Alex Jackson from Double-A Gwinnett to the Triple-A level to take Brantly's place on the roster at Gwinnett. Today, 6:54 am
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  • Bettis (finger) to begin rehab assignment
    Chad Bettis (finger) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment soon.

    Advice: Bettis has been on the disabled list since July 3 with a blister on his right middle finger. There was some talk of him returning to the rotation before the All-Star break, but the Rockies held him back, and he'll likely make his first start of the second half near the end of the month. On the season, Bettis owns a 5-1 record with a 5.10 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 95 1/3 innings. Today, 6:47 am
    10-Day DL
  • Sherman: Twins are open to dealing pitching
    Joel Sherman of The New York Post reports that the Twins could be willing to move some of their starting pitching before the trade deadline.

    Advice: The Twins finished the first half 7 1/2 games back of the Indians in the AL Central and 13 games back of the Mariners for the second AL Wild Card spot, so it makes sense for Minnesota to explore moving pieces with playoff contention unlikely. Sherman notes that the Twins are open to dealing arms like Kyle Gibson and Jake Odorizzi, and Lance Lynn is a free agent at the end of the year, so he should be on the block as well. Gibson's inclusion is particularly interesting as an arm who is having a career year with a 3.42 ERA and 114/46 K/BB ratio over 115 2/3 innings. He's under contract through the 2019 season. Today, 6:16 am
  • Ramirez (lat) to begin rehab assignment soon?
    Erasmo Ramirez (lat) was able able to throw off the mound recently and could begin a minor league rehab assignment soon.

    Advice: Ramirez has been on the disabled list since the beginning of May with a right teres major muscle strain, but he was able to begin throwing bullpen sessions in July, and he's reportedly begun ramping things up. Assuming the rehab assignment starts soon, Ramirez should be on track to join the Seattle pitching staff at the beginning of August; likely pitching in a swing-role that won't have much fantasy value. Today, 6:00 am
    10-Day DL
  • Heyman: Nationals could 'revisit' Realmuto
    Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Nationals could revisit a deal for J.T. Realmuto.

    Advice: The Nationals reportedly attempted to acquire Realmuto this winter, but the Marlins understandably had a higher price tag for the 27-year-old backstop than the other components they sold off before the season started. Realmuto has pushed his value up even more because of his strong 2018 campaign, posting a .902 OPS with 12 homers and 45 RBI while being named an All-Star for the first time. Heyman mentions that the Nationals might even be willing to include Victor Robles to procure his services; a player widely believed to be untouchable because of his offensive and defensive upside. Because Realmuto isn't a free agent until 2021, it wouldn't make sense for the Marlins to give him up without getting a star prospect like Robles back in return. Today, 5:49 am
  • King Felix (back) to return on Saturday
    Felix Hernandez (back) will start for the Mariners on Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: The Mariners placed Hernandez on the disabled list retroactive to July 7 with tightness in his back, but most in the industry believe this was a way to get the right-hander some rest through the All-Star break rather than anything serious. On the year he owns a 5.13 ERA over 19 starts with an 8-7 record. Today, 5:42 am
    10-Day DL
  • Chase d'Arnaud sets table nicely in loss
    Chase d'Arnaud finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 6-2 loss against the Athletics.

    Advice: The 31-year-old was leading off for manager Bruce Bochy, and he recorded his second straight multi-hit game, and the third in the past four games while swatting two solo homers during the span. The journeyman is making the most of his chance with Joe Panik on the shelf, but don't expect the good times to continue for long. He still warrants very little in the way of fantasy consideration heading into the second half. Yesterday, 6:33 pm
  • Deck McGuire doesn't last long in start
    Deck McGuire allowed three earned runs, four hits and two walks with two strikeouts over three innings in a no-decision on the road against the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: McGuire did well to get in front of hitters, throwing 11 first-pitch strikes to the 15 batters he faced, but he also hit a batter and was the victim of a solo homer which sailed 385 feet by Yasmani Grandal. The Richmond, Va. native hasn't looked quite ready for prime time yet, allowing 17 earned runs over 23 2/3 innings across three starts and seven relief appearances. As such, he has very little fantasy appeal at the moment. Yesterday, 5:19 pm
  • Rendon scores twice in win over Mets
    Anthony Rendon scored two runs and went 1-for-3 in a win over the Mets on Sunday.

    Advice: Rendon also walked to go along with his hit, and it puts his slash for the first half at .285/.352/525 with 15 homers and 45 RBI over 75 games. When healthy, the 28-year-old third baseman has shown that he has talent that competes with any player that plays the hot corner in baseball. Expect more of the same from Rendon over the second half. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Matt Carpenter slugs another leadoff homer
    Matt Carpenter hit another leadoff homer Sunday in the Cardinals' 6-4 defeat of the Reds.

    Advice: He did the same on Saturday, but the Cardinals wound up losing that one. Carpenter has been on a tremendous run for the last month-plus and will try to keep it going when the second half kicks off for St. Louis on Thursday at Wrigley Field. His season OPS is up to .903. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Eduardo Escobar ejected for jawing at Rays
    Eduardo Escobar was ejected from Sunday's game against the Twins for jawing at several players on the Rays leading to two bench-clearing incidents.

    Advice: The benches cleared during Escobar's at-bat, during which he was yelling at Rays' pitcher Chris Archer and Daniel Robertson. The benches emptied again after Escobar exchanged words with the Rays dugout after he struck out. It's the first ejection of the 29-year-old's career. Yesterday, 2:17 pm
  • Adams has two hits in first half finale
    Matt Adams went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a victory over the Mets on Sunday.

    Advice: Adams came around to score after Adam Eaton was plunked by a pitch in the seventh inning. It was a sensational first half for the veteran first baseman, posting a .927 OPS with 15 homers and 39 RBI in just 68 games for the 29-year-old. It will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets going forward, but when he's in the lineup, he's a strong streaming option against right-handed pitching. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 1:56 pm
  • Trevor Bauer terrific again in no-decision
    Trevor Bauer was excellent again Sunday but had to settle for a no-decision, as he was charged with two runs over seven innings in the Indians' 5-2 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Neil Walker took Bauer deep in the fourth inning, ending a streak of 58 1/3 frames where the right-hander didn't give up a homer. Bauer didn't yield much otherwise, though, and added seven more strikeouts while walking just one. He enters the All-Star break with a 2.24 ERA and 175 strikeouts, which is just 21 whiffs off his career high. Yesterday, 1:30 pm
  • Josh Harrison lifted with hamstring injury
    Josh Harrison was pulled from Sunday's game against the Brewers with left hamstring discomfort.

    Advice: Harrison was injured while running out a grounder. He's being treated and examined further and an update on his condition figures to be available after the game. Yesterday, 12:43 pm
  • Leonys Martin (hamstring) cleared for rehab
    Leonys Martin (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Martin is slated to play Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for Toledo before being activated on Friday. He's been out all month with a strained left hamstring. Yesterday, 9:28 am
    10-Day DL
  • Reed (elbow) gets a cortisone injection
    Addison Reed (elbow) was given a cortisone injection Wednesday.

    Advice: Reed is battling a right elbow impingement and the hope is that the shot will help speed up the healing process. He remains out indefinitely for now. Yesterday, 9:07 am
    10-Day DL
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