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Nationals prospect Trea Turner is starting in center field Monday with Triple-A Syracuse, reports Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

The Nationals are happy with Danny Espinosa at shortstop, so the club is apparently exploring an alternative route to get Turner to the majors. Turner has never played the outfield in pro ball, but he's athletic enough to be a quick study. Nationals center fielders (mostly Ben Revere and Michael A. Taylor) have combined for a major-league worst .587 OPS this season, so this situation is worth watching.

The Mets have not committed to Steven Matz (elbow) starting Wednesday against the Nationals.

Matz has been experiencing some elbow tightness of late and while he downplayed the issue after his most recent start on Friday against the Braves, the Mets were concerned enough to send him back to the doctor. There should be more clarity on the situation Tuesday, but fantasy owners should have a backup plan in mind this week.
Jun 27 - 4:09 PM

Justin Turner exited Monday's game against the Pirates in the ninth inning with a possible injury.

Turner appeared to have some cramping in his leg before exiting. The Dodgers should provide an update after the game.
Jun 27 - 4:07 PM

Yankees sent 1B Ike Davis outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Davis passed through waivers after being designated for assignment over the weekend. He has expressed a willingness to stick around as depth in the minors, but it's unclear if he's made an official decision.
Jun 27 - 4:03 PM

Brandon Workman (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday at Tropicana Field.

It was overseen by manager John Farrell as well as pitching coach Carl Lewis. Now 12 months removed from Tommy John surgery, it appears Workman is close to beginning a rehab assignment. He could be back in the Boston bullpen later this summer.
Jun 27 - 4:03 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back, ribs) went for an MRI on Monday.

The team doesn't know the results yet. Strasburg was placed on the disabled list Sunday after being scratched from his second start in a row. The star right-hander reportedly dislocated two of his ribs while lifting weights last week. He had the ribs put back into place by a chiropractor but still didn't feel right ahead of Sunday's start. Strasburg is technically eligible to come off the disabled list Friday but that's not going to happen. Top prospect Lucas Giolito will take his spot in the starting rotation.
Jun 27 - 3:58 PM

Alex Rodriguez is not in the Yankees' lineup Monday against the Rangers.

Manager Joe Girardi hinted Sunday that he might only start Rodriguez against lefties going forward, so he'll take a seat with right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez throwing for the Rangers on Monday. Carlos Beltran will grab another start at DH. Left-hander Cole Hamels is scheduled to start Tuesday's game, so Rodriguez should be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Jun 27 - 3:51 PM

Rays designated RHP Ryan Webb for assignment.

Webb gave up five hits and four runs in only one inning of work Saturday in his return from the disabled list. The 30-year-old will likely head to Triple-A Durham if he clears waivers. Danny Farquhar was called up to take Webb's spot on the active roster.
Jun 27 - 3:45 PM
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