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Ryan Howard (Achilles) went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI on Tuesday in his latest rehab game with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Howard also played seven innings at first base. He's scheduled to get the day off Wednesday before returning to action on Thursday and Friday. A return right after the All-Star break appears to be the most likely scenario, though the reeling Phillies could be sellers by then.
Wed, Jul 4, 2012 09:05:00 AM

Athletics activated OF Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list.

He'll rejoin the A's lineup immediately, batting third and playing right field against Albert Suarez and the Giants. Reddick had been sidelined since May 19 due to a fractured left thumb. He returns to a .322/.394/.466 line with five homers and 18 RBI in 44 games.
Jun 28 - 6:35 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Clayton Kershaw is heading to Los Angeles to visit a back specialist.

Kershaw, who has been battling lower back discomfort for weeks, is hopeful that he'll make his scheduled start against the Rockies on Friday. If he's forced to miss any significant amount of time, it could be devastating to the Dodgers and fantasy owners alike.
Source: MLB.com
Jun 28 - 6:17 PM

Trevor Story will test out his injured finger by throwing during batting practice on Tuesday, and if all feels well he'll be in the Rockies starting lineup.

Otherwise, he'll get another day of rest with Cristhian Adames likely in his stead. Story sustained a bruised right middle finger when he was drilled by a pitch in the ninth inning on Sunday.
Jun 28 - 5:23 PM

Justin Turner (hamstring) is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Tuesday.

Turner was removed from Monday night's game due to a hamstring cramp and is likely sitting out again as a precautionary measure. Chris Taylor is starting in his place at the hot corner and will bat eighth against Chase Anderson and the Brewers.
Jun 28 - 4:56 PM

Steven Matz (elbow) will have his next start pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday.

Matz is dealing with a bone spur in the back of his elbow which is causing irritation, but there's no structural damage and continuing to pitch won't make it worse. Of course, the big question is whether it will impact his effectiveness. Matz will try to pitch through it for now and will instead go against the Cubs on Thursday. It's unclear who will make the start Wednesday vs. the Nationals.
Jun 28 - 4:00 PM

Alex Cobb (elbow) threw another bullpen session Monday.

Cobb, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, is scheduled for his third live batting practice session on Thursday. If all goes well, he'll be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. He appears on track to join the Rays right around the start of August.
Jun 28 - 3:54 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that an MRI on Stephen Strasburg's back didn't reveal anything unexpected.

In other words, he's still dealing with the initial diagnosis of an upper back strain. While that's encouraging news, the timetable for his return remains up in the air. Top prospect Lucas Giolito is taking his spot in the rotation for now.
Jun 28 - 3:45 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said during a radio appearance on WEEI that Xander Bogaerts will get the day off off Tuesday versus the Rays.

Farrell has talked about giving Bogaerts a day off, so he's going to get it out of the way. Marco Hernandez is expected to start at shortstop.
Jun 28 - 2:47 PM

Marcell Ozuna (wrist) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

Ozuna missed back-to-back games over the weekend with a sore left wrist, but he's back in center field for the series opener against the Tigers. Ichiro Suzuki is playing right field while Giancarlo Stanton will serve as the designated hitter.
Jun 28 - 2:16 PM

Padres placed OF Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 20, with a broken right forearm.

Brutal news for Jay, who was hit in the right wrist/forearm area with a pitch on June 19. According to Marty Caswell of 1090 Sports Radio in San Diego, Padres general manager A.J. Preller said that the outfielder is slated to be re-evaluated in three weeks. The 31-year-old was batting .296/.345/.407 through 68 games this season, so he was shaping up to be a nice trade chip for San Diego prior to the injury.
Jun 28 - 1:46 PM

Nationals purchased the contract of RHP Lucas Giolito from Double-A Harrisburg.

Giolito will skip Triple-A and make his major league debut Tuesday against the Mets. The Nationals haven't committed to him beyond this start, but he has the talent and ability to run away with the opportunity. Armed with a mid-to-high 90s fastball and a power curveball, the 21-year-old had a 3.17 ERA and 72/34 K/BB ratio in 71 innings over 14 starts this season in Double-A. His control can be an issue at times, but he needs to be owned in most fantasy leagues.
Jun 28 - 11:08 AM




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