The Cardinals' Final Boss

The Cardinals' Final Boss
Brad Johnson covers the latest news and notes for closers and baserunners including the promotion of Cardinals reliever Seung-hwan Oh.
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Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Scott Feldman might start one more time before the All-Star Break.

"I'll think about it," Hinch said. "We have 11 games counting today between now and the break and I think he's done everything to warrant that consideration." In a spot start against the Angels on Tuesday, Feldman surrendered just one unearned run on three hits over five innings. The Astros will face the Mariners and A's in their final two pre-All-Star Break series. Should the veteran right-hander see another start, it would come against one of those teams. He owns a 2.76 ERA and 34/13 K/BB ratio across 49 innings, mostly in relief duty.
Jun 29 - 5:15 PM

Braves recalled RHP Jose De La Cruz from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Cruz will make his major league debut in a spot start against the red-hot Indians on Wednesday. The 27-year-old posted owns a 4.68 ERA over five starts and 16 relief appearances this year in Triple-A and can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Jun 29 - 5:13 PM

Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three total RBI in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

Cabrera picked up RBI singles in the second and eighth innings, sandwiching a third-inning solo homer in-between for good measure. The veteran slugger is posting typically lovely production in 2016 and boasts a .301/.375/.542 triple-slash with 18 homers and 51 RBI across 299 at-bats. He has homered in back-to-back games, driving in three runs in each of those contests.
Jun 29 - 5:02 PM

Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) is scheduled to pitch in back-to-back games for Double-A Harrisburg on Friday and Saturday.

Papelbon tossed a problem-free 30-pitch simulated game on Wednesday. Assuming his appearances with Harrisburg go smoothly, he could be activated as early as Sunday. The veteran closer has been on the disabled list since June 14 with a right intercostal strain. Until Paps is ready to return, Shawn Kelley will keep the ninth-inning warm for him.
Jun 29 - 4:55 PM

Adeiny Hechavarria went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

Hechavarria flew around the bases for his RBI triple off Daniel Norris in the second inning. Ichiro would subsequently drive him home with a single, but the Marlins would score just once more in the game as they fell by a score of 10-3. The 27-year-old shortstop owns a .243/.276/.340 triple-slash to pair with eight doubles, three homers and 24 RBI across 259 at-bats. He doesn't make for much of a fantasy option, even in deeper NL-only formats.
Jun 29 - 4:48 PM

Joc Pederson (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

Pederson was diagnosed with a bruised AC joint in the right shoulder after he ran into the wall while tracking down -- and catching -- a long Chris Carter fly on Tuesday. He did not sustain any broken bones in the collision, but nobody can blame manager Dave Roberts for giving him a day off or two. Trayce Thompson will man center and bat sixth in Wednesday's game.
Jun 29 - 4:42 PM

Daniel Norris pitched relatively well in Wednesday's win over the Marlins, striking out eight and allowing two runs over five innings.

Norris did allow eight hits, but mostly managed to keep the scoreboard clean. Both runs on his line came home in the second inning, when Adeiny Hechavarria notched an RBI triple and Ichiro came through with an RBI single. This was Norris' second consecutive start and in that space, he has allowed five runs on 14 hits over 10 innings. It remains to be seen whether the Tigers toss him another start, but the 23-year-old southpaw did nothing to diminish his chances on Wednesday.
Jun 29 - 4:31 PM

Tom Koehler proved ineffective in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers, yielding five runs on eight hits over three innings.

Koehler turned 30 on Wednesday, but this was not the happiest of birthday outings. The Tigers pounced on him for four runs in the first inning and an additional run in the second. He struck out just two and walked one on the afternoon. For the season, Koehler holds a 4.45 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 73/47 K/BB ratio over 87 innings. He will ring in the Fourth of July with a road start against the Mets next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 29 - 4:29 PM
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