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Indians optioned LHP Scott Barnes to Triple-A Columbus.

Barnes posted a 4.26 ERA in 19 innings last season for the Indians. He should be called up at some point this year.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 11:47:00 AM

Phillies placed LHP Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list with a left flexor pronator strain.

It's an aggravation of the injury that sidelined him for two months earlier this season. Lee might require surgery this time around, though that won't be known until he's examined Saturday. Either way, he's likely done for the season. The veteran lefty is owed approximately $45.8 million through the end of next year.
Jul 31 - 11:22 PM

Yordano Ventura navigated his way through seven innings, yielding only two runs (one earned) en route to his eighth win of the season on Thursday against the Twins.

As he has been at several points throughout the season, Ventura was a bit sloppy with his control, but was otherwise strong. The Twins drew three walks but managed only five hits -- including a solo home run from Danny Santana -- while Santana struck out seven. The 23-year-old has had a fine rookie campaign, sporting a 3.50 ERA with a 102/39 K/BB ratio. Ventura will toe the rubber in Arizona against the Diamondbacks next week.
Jul 31 - 11:21 PM

Eric Hosmer could miss the next month of action with a stress fracture in his right hand.

Hosmer was hit in the hand by a pitch over a week ago and never fully recovered, necessitating more tests. Unfortunately, an X-ray revealed the bad news. Hosmer has batted a disappointing .267/.312/.377 this season, but he's heated up this month. The Royals will now likely be forced to play Billy Butler at first base.
Jul 31 - 11:15 PM

Nolan Reimold hit two solo home runs on Thursday, including a go-ahead shot in the ninth inning to help the Blue Jays edge out the Astros.

The two homers were his only successes in four at-bats, but they were big successes. His first occurred in the fifth off of starter Jake Buchanan, and his second came against reliever Chad Qualls to break a 5-5 tie in the ninth. Reimold recently returned from a calf injury and hasn't played much since joining the Jays earlier this season. In 19 plate appearances with the Jays, he has the pair of homers along with three doubles and five RBI.
Jul 31 - 11:05 PM

Fernando Rodney picked up save number 30, preserving the Mariners' one-run lead in the ninth inning in Thursday's win against the Indians.

Rodney allowed a two-out single, but was able to strike out Lonnie Chisenhall to end the minor threat. The veteran is 30-for-33 in save chances with a 2.06 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 50/17 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings. Rodney's 30 saves are fifth-best in baseball and tops in the American League.
Jul 31 - 10:50 PM

Johnny Cueto hung in tough in a low-scoring game against the Marlins on Thursday, limiting the opposition to one run over seven innings en route to his 12th win in the Reds' 3-1 victory.

Cueto was on the hook for a loss going into the seventh inning, but a fielding error by Jordany Valdespin opened up an opportunity for the Reds to tie the game and then take the lead. Cueto allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out nine. He now sports a 2.05 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, and a 166/43 K/BB ratio. Cueto will take on the Indians in a road start next Tuesday.
Jul 31 - 10:15 PM

Jason Vargas (appendectomy) will rejoin the Royals' rotation on Saturday in Oakland.

Vargas threw 60 pitches in a four-inning simulated game Tuesday, clearing the way for his return. The lefty boasts a 3.31 ERA for the Royals this season but makes for a sketchy fantasy play Saturday given that he'll surely be on a pitch count and will be facing a difficult lineup.
Jul 31 - 10:12 PM

The Athletics are expected to keep Jason Hammel in their rotation over Jesse Chavez.

Hammel has a 9.53 ERA and 2.12 WHIP in four starts with Oakland, but the A's think he's capable of turning things around. Chavez boasts a 3.44 ERA and 119/41 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings this season, but he's struggled in July and could be tiring after years of pitching mostly as a reliever. The 30-year-old is dropped in mixed leagues.
Jul 31 - 10:07 PM

Tyler Skaggs exited Thursday's start against the Orioles with tightness in his left forearm.

The good news is that it doesn't appear to be a serious ailment at the moment. Skaggs should be re-evaluated on Friday before it's determined how much time he'll miss, but the Angels could play it safe and DL him even if it's not a major injury.
Jul 31 - 9:00 PM

Will Middlebrooks (finger) will be activated from the disabled list prior to Friday's game.

It's been a good last 24 hours for Middlebrooks, as Stephen Drew getting shipped out freed up third base for him again and Shane Victorino's (back) injury created a spot for him on the roster. Though the 25-year-old is batting just .197/.305/.324, he has the pop to help out in deeper leagues now that he has an everyday job back.
Jul 31 - 7:10 PM

Starling Marte (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.

Marte went through a full workout Tuesday and appears ready to rejoin the big club now, but the Pirates understandably want to play it cautiously. The outfielder will play four games for Indy before being activated early next week if all goes well.
Jul 31 - 7:06 PM




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