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Jason Kubel (ankle) took seven at-bats Wednesday in a minor league game and also ran the bases.

Nice to hear, considering that Kubel left Tuesday's Cactus League game with left ankle discomfort. He should be fine for Opening day.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 03:12:00 PM

Javier Baez is starting at second base and batting seventh Tuesday night against the Reds.

It'll be his first game at the major league level this season. Baez was a huge disappointment for the Cubs in 2014, but he has continued to post eye-popping numbers this year in the minors and it looks like he'll have a shot at regular playing time down the stretch if he gets off to a hot start. The 22-year-old should be owned in most mixed leagues.
Sep 1 - 4:48 PM

Alex Rios has been diagnosed with chickenpox and could miss the next two weeks.

Rios came down with the virus over the weekend in Tampa Bay and flew back to Kansas City, where he got an official diagnosis. Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera has also been hit with chickenpox and Kansas City management will have to hope it doesn't spread further. This obviously comes with terrible timing at the tail end of the regular season, but the Royals do have a massive lead in the American League Central.
Sep 1 - 4:42 PM

Christian Yelich (knee, ankle) is back in the Marlins' starting lineup Tuesday against the Braves.

Yelich missed a bit of time with a bruised ankle and knee. He's batting second and starting in left field in his return Tuesday night versus Braves lefty Manny Banuelos.
Sep 1 - 4:29 PM

Steven Matz (lat) will join the Mets' rotation this weekend against the Marlins.

Matz is going to be filling in for Noah Syndergaard, who will skip a turn in the rotation as a way to protect his rookie workload. New York will presumably then shift to a six-starter mix. Matz has been on the disabled list since early July with a partial tear of his left lat muscle. He has a good fantasy matchup in Miami.
Sep 1 - 4:18 PM

Noah Syndergaard will be skipped on his next turn through the Mets' starting rotation.

Steven Matz is going to be activated from the disabled list to fill in Saturday against the Marlins. This is a nice luxury for the first-place Mets, who can give the 23-year-old Syndergaard a nice 10-day break leading into the stretch run and postseason. Syndergaard has a 3.31 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 129/29 K/BB ratio over his first 122 1/3 major league innings.
Sep 1 - 4:15 PM

Kevin Kiermaier (ankle) won't play Tuesday night.

Kiermaier sprained his right ankle on Monday night against the Orioles. He also made a fantastic catch to rob Manny Machado of a home run in that same game. The rangy center fielder should be fine in a few days. Brandon Guyer is in center Tuesday versus Baltimore.
Sep 1 - 4:02 PM

Hector Olivera is in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Marlins.

Olivera was originally on the bench, but he's now batting sixth and starting at third base. The 30-year-old is an intriguing player, but he hit just .231 with three doubles and a .593 OPS in 42 plate appearances during his time with Triple-A Gwinnett. Most fantasy owners can afford to wait and see with him.
Sep 1 - 3:28 PM

Royals activated OF Alex Gordon from the 15-day disabled list.

Gordon has been sidelined since July 8 with a Grade 2 groin strain, but he felt good during a minor league rehab assignment and will make his return to the Royals' lineup on Tuesday night. He's expected to get regular rest down the stretch, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan in mind.
Sep 1 - 3:24 PM

Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is out of the starting lineup again Tuesday against the Yankees.

Ramirez has now missed five straight starts due to a sore right shoulder. The Red Sox don't need to place him on the disabled list at this point in this season, but it's unclear when he'll be ready to play again. It's a tricky spot for fantasy owners.
Sep 1 - 3:10 PM

Carlos Gonzalez is not in the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Diamondbacks.

Brandon Barnes will start in right field. Look for CarGo to play in the nightcap.
Sep 1 - 1:25 PM

Cubs recalled INF Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa.

Baez has batted .324/.385/.527 with 13 home runs, 61 RBI, and 17 steals over 70 games in Triple-A this season and has been especially hot of late. Strikeouts were a major issue for him during his time with the Cubs last year, but it looks like he could get the opportunity to take over the second base job. He's worth a try in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Sep 1 - 10:28 AM




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