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Twins signed RHP Mike Pelfrey to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The deal was agreed to on Sunday then finalized on Thursday after the 28-year-old righty passed his physical. Pelfrey made only three starts in 2012 due to an elbow injury that eventually required Tommy John reconstructive surgery and owns a pedestrian 4.36 career ERA. He is doubtful to hold any significant fantasy value in 2013.
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 09:59:00 AM

Franklin Barreto had the best day of his young MLB career on Friday afternoon, blasting a pair of three-run homers as the Athletics routed the White Sox 11-2.

The 22-year-old smashed a three-run homer off of James Shields in the second inning to increase the A's early lead to 4-0. He then tacked on an additional three-run bomb off of Luis Avilan in the eighth to help put the game away. He finished the day 2-for-4 with six RBI and is now slashing .217/.250/.309 with three homers and nine RBI in his first 24 plate appearances at the big league level this season. While he's been impressive the last few days, he's only up to fill in for the injured Matt Chapman and is expected to head back to Triple-A Nashville in short order, limiting his fantasy appeal.
Jun 22 - 7:17 PM

Roberto Osuna was suspended for 75 games, without pay, for violating the league's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

The suspension is retroactive to his arrest date of May 8, which means that he'll be ineligible to return until August 4. Osuna's next scheduled court date is on July 9 where he plans to plead not guilty. Ryan Tepera will continue to fill in as the Blue Jays' closer for the time being.
Jun 22 - 6:41 PM

Michelle McPhee of ABC News reports that Hanley Ramirez is "being eyed in connection with an ongoing federal and state investigation."

There are no other details available at this time, but the report helps to explain why Hanley has remained a free agent nearly four weeks after getting cut loose by the Red Sox. The 34-year-old former All-Star was batting .254/.313/.395 through 44 games this season with Boston. He's still owed around $14 million in the final year of a four-year, $88 million deal.
Jun 22 - 5:58 PM

A suspension is expected to be handed down on Friday night in the Roberto Osuna case, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Osuna has been on MLB's administrative leave list since his arrest back on May 8 in Toronto for allegedly assaulting a woman. There is still no resolution to the case, and Osuna's next court date isn't until July 9, but Heyman hears that MLB investigators were able to interview the alleged victim. Look for an announcement within the next few hours. Ryan Tepera is currently filling in as the Blue Jays' primary closer.
Jun 22 - 5:44 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) will return to the Dodgers' rotation Saturday against the Mets.

Kershaw had been scheduled to make a minor league rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City, but that team is playing a weekend series in Omaha, where there is heavy rain in the forecast. The ace left-hander will instead jump right back into major league action, with a pretty favorable matchup versus the free-falling Mets. Kershaw has been limited to 49 innings this season due to back and biceps issues. When healthy, he has delivered a 2.76 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 53/11 K/BB ratio.
Jun 22 - 5:26 PM

Carlos Carrasco (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session early next week.

Carrasco was placed on the disabled list last Sunday with a right elbow contusion after getting drilled by a comebacker in his start Saturday against the Twins. He has already resumed playing catch and could feasibly return to the Indians' rotation before the end of June, without making a minor league rehab start.
Jun 22 - 4:46 PM

Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) played catch for the second time Friday.

Nationals manager Davey Martinez told reporters after the workout that the inflammation is nearly gone from Strasburg's shoulder, but added that there is no timetable for him to resume throwing off a mound. Strasburg has been on the disabled list since June 10. It's possible -- but obviously not certain -- that he'll be ready to return to Washington's starting rotation before the All-Star break.
Jun 22 - 4:43 PM

Eduardo Escobar (elbow) is out of the Twins' starting lineup Friday versus the Rangers.

Escobar was lifted from Thursday's series finale against the Red Sox after taking a Rick Porcello pitch off his right elbow. He only suffered a contusion and is considered day-to-day. Taylor Motter will start at third base and bat sixth Friday night against Rangers left-hander Mike Minor.
Jun 22 - 4:41 PM

Eddie Rosario (shoulder) is back in the Twins' starting lineup on Friday night against the Rangers.

He'll start in left field and bat second versus left-hander Mike Minor after missing Thursday's series finale against the Red Sox due to minor soreness in his right shoulder. Rosario is slashing .320/.359/.579 with 16 home runs, 46 RBI, six stolen bases, and 52 runs scored in 70 games this season.
Jun 22 - 4:39 PM

Mike Foltynewicz (triceps) is now lined up to return from the disabled list Monday.

Foltynewicz felt good during a bullpen session on Friday, but the Braves want to give Sunday's start against the Orioles to Brandon McCarthy, with Folty handling Monday's series opener versus the Reds. The 26-year-old right-hander had a sharp 2.16 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 94/33 K/BB ratio through 79 innings this season with Atlanta when he landed on the disabled list June 16, retroactive to June 13, with right triceps tightness.
Jun 22 - 4:35 PM

Francisco Liriano (hamstring) will return to the Tigers' starting rotation on Saturday against the Indians.

Liriano got lit up in his lone rehab start last Sunday at Triple-A Toledo, yielding eight runs on 11 hits over four innings, and it might not be wise to get him active in fantasy leagues for what could be an abbreviated return outing versus Cleveland. But he certainly carries fantasy appeal moving forward. The veteran left-hander holds a 3.90 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 45/29 K/BB ratio in 57 innings (10 starts) this season with Detroit.
Jun 22 - 4:31 PM




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