Anthony Ranaudo will start against the Cubs on Wednesday.
Ranaudo will start in place of Jacob Turner, who allowed 12 runs in 7 1/3 innings over two starts. Ranaudo posted a 3.03 ERA and 71/12 K/BB ratio over 92 innings in Triple-A this season, but obviously this is a matchup to avoid in fantasy leagues.
Chris Sale will make his return Thursday against the Cubs.
The White Sox suspended Sale for five games after he cut up some throwback uniforms with a knife as a bizarre form of protest. There's a chance that Thursday could be a final start with the White Sox, as the trade deadline is approaching and there has been quite a bit of a chatter about a possible deal. Of course, it would require a monster haul for Chicago to part with him and they might not see the sort of offers they want.
Rockies designated OF Brandon Barnes for assignment.
The move clears a spot for David Dahl on the 40-man roster. Barnes owns an ugly .220/.250/.320 over 48 games with the Rockies this season.
Rockies purchased the contract of OF David Dahl from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Dahl has officially been called up to the majors and will bat sixth and play left field in his major league debut Monday against the Orioles. The 22-year-old has batted .314/.394/.569 with 18 homers, 61 RBI, and 17 steals over 92 games this season between Double- and Triple-A. It's unclear how the playing time will shake out, but there could be a clear path if Carlos Gonzalez and/or Charlie Blackmon are traded. Obviously the fantasy potential is huge here, especially by virtue of playing half of his games in Coors Field.
Alex Rodriguez is not in Monday's lineup against the Astros.
He's sitting despite a left-hander (Dallas Keuchel) starting for Houston. Carlos Beltran will serve as the DH while Aaron Hicks plays right field.
Rich Hill described the blister on his left middle finger as "a little hot spot," but said that it's healing.
Hill, who left a start on July 17 after just five pitches, threw a bullpen session Sunday while wearing a protective cover on his finger. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action, but some clarity would be nice as August 1 approaches. The southpaw is one of the top starting pitchers on the trade market.
The Rangers expect Prince Fielder to undergo season-ending neck surgery later this week.
It's not unexpected after Fielder was placed on the disabled list last week with a herniated disk in his neck. He required fusion surgery on his neck two years ago, but the specifics of this week's procedure isn't yet known. Either way, he's done for the year and at this point, his future is very much up in the air. He's still under contract through 2020.
Brett Gardner is not in Monday's lineup versus the Astros.
He'll take a seat against left-hander Dallas Keuchel. Rob Refsynder will start in left field and bat second.RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant:
Gardner, Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann are all out of the lineup for the Yankees tonight. The Yankees don’t strike out much against southpaws (17.1%), but that’s about the only thing they have going for them in this match-up. They own the 4th worst wOBA (.304) and 3rd worst ISO (.127) against LHP and have been one of the poorest offenses on the road this season. Keuchel is still very good at keeping the ball on the ground (56.8 GB%) and has pitched much better in his home park over the last two seasons. He's allowed just a .293 wOBA to opposing hitters at home this year with a very respectable 4.6 Hd-Sft%, making him a viable target in any format.