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Jose Bautista (wrist) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Monday with the Blue Jays' Gulf Coast League affiliate.

Bautista reportedly looked "close to normal" in his live batting practice sessions, and is expected to move his rehab to High-A Dunedin later in the week. Assuming he avoids setbacks, Bautista could be activated for next weekend's series with Baltimore.
Sat, Aug 18, 2012 11:45:00 AM

Zack Cozart (shin) has returned to the Reds' lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

Cozart hasn't played since he was hit in the shin area by a pitch during Friday's game. He'll bat second against right-hander John Lackey in his return to action.
Aug 22 - 2:59 PM

White Sox recalled RHP Lucas Giolito from Triple-A Charlotte.

Giolito was originally scheduled to start in Monday's doubleheader, but he was pushed back to take Reynaldo Lopez's spot in the rotation Tuesday against the Twins. Acquired from the Nationals as part of the Adam Eaton deal, the 23-year-old posted a 4.48 ERA and 134/59 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings over 24 starts in Triple-A this year. His stock has faded somewhat, so he's more of a wait-and-see option in standard mixed fantasy leagues at this time.
Aug 22 - 2:06 PM

Vince Velasquez will undergo surgery to repair a vascular issue with his right middle finger.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin told Meghan Montemurro of the News Journal that the issue has been clogging blood flow to his middle finger. This would explain the numbness he has been experiencing. Velasquez is officially done for the year and his role for 2018 could be up in the air.
Aug 22 - 1:28 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Phillies are set to sign free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez.

It's expected to be a minor league deal. He'll make a prorated salary of $750,000 if he's called up by the Phillies. Alvarez hasn't appeared in a major league game since May of 2015 due to shoulder issues, but Heyman writes that he's been hitting 98 mph while pitching for the independent Long Island Ducks, though he had more walks (14) than strikeouts (13) in 32 innings. We're not expecting much from a fantasy perspective.
Aug 22 - 1:10 PM

Yankees activated RHP Masahiro Tanaka from the 10-day disabled list.

Tanaka went down a week and a half ago with shoulder inflammation, but he'll make his return Tuesday against the Tigers. The hope is that the extra rest will get him back on track for the stretch run. Tanaka uncharacteristically walked five batters over four innings in his most recent start back on August 9.
Aug 22 - 11:25 AM

Trea Turner (wrist) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Syracuse.

Turner also played five innings at shortstop in his first game action since late June. The dynamic shortstop will likely need a few more rehab games as he works his way back from a fractured right wrist. He could be a difference-maker down the stretch in fantasy leagues.
Aug 22 - 9:22 AM

Yasiel Puig cracked a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the 12th inning Monday as the Dodgers rallied to beat the Pirates 6-5.

Another clutch moment for Puig, who also caught the final out on Max Moroff's liner to right field in the bottom of the 12th. Puig drew a walk in his first plate appearance of the night, doubled in his fourth plate appearance of the night, and went deep off Pirates reliever Dovydas Neverauskas in his sixth plate appearance of the 12-inning affair. The rejuvenated 26-year-old outfielder owns an .803 OPS with 22 home runs and 58 RBI in 117 games this season for a Dodgers team that sits 53 games above .500.
Aug 22 - 12:13 AM

Byron Buxton stayed hot Monday against the White Sox by going 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored.

In doing so, Buxton extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games. He’s hit four homers (including one inside-the-parker) with 12 RBI and 12 runs scored during the streak. It’s time to forgive and forget in mixed fantasy leagues. Buxton is well worth a shot for the stretch run.
Aug 22 - 12:10 AM

Alex Wood dealt with more inflammation in his SC joint during Monday's start versus the Pirates.

The joint runs between the manubrium of the sternum and the clavicle bone. Wood missed a couple weeks of action with the same issue in the first half and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts referred to the situation as "a little concerning." Wood's velocity has dropped steadily this season and was down again Monday and the SC joint problem might be at least partly to blame. It sounds like Wood will probably skip a start or two, but we'll know for sure later this week.
Aug 22 - 12:10 AM

Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam in the Dodgers' comeback win over the Pirates on Monday.

Granderson's four-run shot drove Pirates starter Gerrit Cole from the game in the top of the seventh inning. The new Los Angeles outfielder also singled and drew a walk in the 12-inning victory, finishing 2-for-5 with one run scored and four RBI. He's rattled off two home runs, five RBI, and three runs scored through his first three games with Los Angeles.
Aug 22 - 12:03 AM

A.J. Pollock hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning Monday as the Diamondbacks defeated the Mets 3-2.

It proved to be a huge home run for the Wild Card-hunting Diamondbacks after Michael Conforto answered with a solo shot off Fernando Rodney in the bottom of the 10th. Pollock isn't having a very good August overall and is up to just six home runs in 79 games this season, but the dynamic 29-year-old center fielder certainly possesses the goods to finish strong down the stretch.
Aug 21 - 11:30 PM




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