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Yordano Ventura (hand) has officially been cleared to start on Thursday against the Rays after a successful bullpen session Monday.

Ventura had been slated for another rehab start, but the Royals changed their mind after he felt good in a 'pen session over the weekend. Given the nice matchup, fantasy owners can probably go ahead and roll with the righty this week. Joe Blanton will head back to the bullpen following Ventura's return.
Jul 6 - 5:14 PM

Mets purchased the contract of OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Nieuwenhuis was traded by the Mets to the Angels in late May, but the Mets then claimed him off waivers in June and now he's back in the majors in July. He'll provide some outfield depth.
Jul 6 - 5:09 PM

Mets optioned OF Darrell Ceciliani to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Ceciliani hit just .206/.270/.279 over 39 games for the Mets. Kirk Nieuwenhuis has taken his spot on the roster.
Jul 6 - 5:06 PM

Royals recalled OF Paulo Orlando from Triple-A Omaha.

Orlando got off to a nice start earlier this season for the Royals but eventually faded, hitting .241/.274/.384 overall. He'll back up at all three outfield spots.
Jul 6 - 5:04 PM

Royals designated RHP Jason Frasor for assignment.

Well, this one is a surprise. Frasor has been lucky to post a 1.54 ERA this season considering his 4.03 FIP and 18/15 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings, but he's been a mostly reliable reliever since arriving in Kansas City last July. He's making just $1.25 million this season and has a $2 million mutual option for 2016. The Royals seem likely to be able to find someone wanting to trade for Frasor.
Jul 6 - 5:00 PM

Mariners optioned OF James Jones to Triple-A Tacoma.

Jones is hitless in 12 at-bats during a couple stints with the big club this season. He returns to a .260/.339/.358 line at Tacoma.
Jul 6 - 4:56 PM

Mariners activated RHP Hisashi Iwakuma from the 15-day disabled list.

The right-hander has been sidelined since late April due to a strained lat muscle. He also had a blister issue in his last rehab start, but manager Lloyd McClendon said that Iwakuma will not be under a strict pitch count Monday when he takes on the Tigers. Fantasy owners can probably feel free to go ahead and ride with him.
Jul 6 - 4:54 PM

Twins RHP prospect Kohl Stewart worked seven innings Sunday, allowing two runs and five hits in a no-decision for High-A Fort Myers.

It was Stewart's longest outing since May 23. The six strikeouts he recorded were a season-high. Stewart has made strides but he still has a long way to go. Opponents have hit a robust .284 against the right-hander this season. At least he's only let up one homer in 72 2/3 innings.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 6 - 4:49 PM
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