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Tim Lincecum was awful yet again in Sunday's 13-2 loss to the Pirates, allowing six runs on seven hits and two home runs in just 3 1/3 innings.

So much for manager Bruce Bochy's contention that the heat was behind Lincecum's rough start against the Nationals on Tuesday. Arguably the National League's worst starting pitcher at the season's halfway point, Lincecum might just about be out of chances in the Giants rotation if he doesn't turn things around quickly following the All-Star break. He'll be returning to a 6.42 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 104/50 K/BB ratio compiled across 96 2/3 innings. Only four of his 18 starts have been of the quality variety.
Sun, Jul 8, 2012 05:18:00 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

Rays placed RHP Alex Colome on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 19, with right biceps tendinitis.

Colome hasn't appeared in a game since June 18, so the good news is that he expects to return when he's first eligible next Monday. Rays manager Kevin Cash is likely to use a committee at closer over the next few days. If they have a lead, that is. Erasmo Ramirez has struggled quite a bit recently, so Xavier Cedeno could be the pitcher to stash in this situation.
Jun 28 - 3:35 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

Marc Carig of Newsday reports that despite Noah Syndergaard's denial, he is indeed pitching with a bone spur in his elbow.

Syndergaard denied reports after Monday's game, but Mike Puma of the New York Post adds that it's at the pitcher's "insistence" that the club doesn't acknowledge the bone spur. The cat is out of the bag now, though the severity of the bone spur isn't known and it's possible he'll be able to pitch through it, as many pitchers do. The question is how effective he'll be. Syndergaard showed his normal velocity Monday against the Nationals, but he struggled with his control while giving up a season-high five runs over three innings.
Jun 28 - 12:24 AM




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