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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are hoping Chris Carpenter (shoulder) will be able to rejoin the team as a reliever at some point later this season.

Carpenter, currently on the 60-day DL, is still far from guaranteed to be healthy enough to contribute this year, but GM John Mozeliak thinks that a late June or early July return is possible. The 38-year-old right-hander recently resumed a throwing program, and will continue to rehab with the hope of returning in a bullpen role. Carpenter has appeared in just 18 games in relief during his 16-year career. He'll need to avoid setbacks to have any chance of pitching in 2013.
Sat, May 4, 2013 02:16:00 PM

Nelson Cruz was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the Yankees.

Mike Zunino came on to hit for Cruz with a pair of runners aboard in the eighth. Cruz appeared to be limping earlier in the contest, but specific word as to the nature of his assumed injury has not been passed along by the Mariners. That should come after the game.
Aug 24 - 6:33 PM

Kendall Graveman fired 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Athletics' 5-1 win over the Indians.

Graveman was handed a 5-0 lead after the second inning and went into cruise control from there, scattering six hits and two walks over his six-plus frames while striking out two. The one run he gave up came on a Roberto Perez solo homer in the top of the seventh inning, which actually had to be reviewed. Graveman has been excellent now in two straight outings and boasts a 3.36 ERA over his last 18 starts. He'll try to keep it rolling next week in Houston.
Aug 24 - 6:27 PM

Byung Ho Park will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist.

Park was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right wrist in mid-August, but according to the Twins, this surgery is actually being performed in an area on the wrist unrelated to the previous injury. He will be going under the knife to repair a subluxation of a tendon in the back of his hand. The procedure will sideline the 30-year-old for the remainder of the 2016 season. He struggled in his first taste of the majors, hitting .191/.275/.409 over 62 games with the Twins prior to being sent down to Triple-A Rochester in July.
Aug 24 - 5:46 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Jon Niese will undergo surgery on his left knee.

Niese was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Cardinals after he felt a noticeable pain in his left knee. The New York Times' James Wagner is reporting that this is expected to be a relatively minor procedure, one that should take about four weeks to recover from. Still, that will end his season. Robert Gsellman will fill Niese's rotation spot moving forward. Prior to the injury, Niese held a 5.50 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 121 innings between the Pirates and Mets.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 5:30 PM

Ryan Braun slugged a pair of home runs Wednesday in the Brewers' 7-1 rout of the Rockies.

That concludes a three-game sweep for the Brewers. Braun hit a solo shot off Rockies starter Tyler Anderson in the bottom of the fourth inning and then added a two-run bomb off Chad Qualls in the bottom of the seventh. He finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored and is now slashing .317/.380/.562 with 24 home runs, 74 RBI, 13 stolen bases, and 66 runs scored in 105 games this season. Pretty good stuff from the 32-year-old outfielder.
Aug 24 - 5:24 PM

Carlos Gomez is set to join the Rangers on Thursday.

No surprise here, as manager Jeff Banister said on Tuesday that this was a strong possibility. Gomez was signed to a minor league contract by the Rangers earlier this month after the Astros released him. The versatile-when-right outfielder has been playing at Triple-A Round Rock in preparation for his return to major league play. He's doubtful to carry significant fantasy value down the stretch after batting .210/.272/.322 over 323 plate appearances this year for Houston.
Aug 24 - 5:09 PM

Alex Bregman hit another double Wednesday in the Astros' 5-4 defeat of the Pirates.

That's the ninth double and 13th extra-base hit in the last 18 games for Bregman, who is having a big August after struggling out of the gate following his July 25 promotion to the major leagues. The 22-year-old top prospect looks like a must-own in standard leagues for the stretch run. He had a .469 OPS nine days ago. It's now up to 694.
Aug 24 - 3:50 PM

Devon Travis (finger) remains out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Wednesday night.

Travis received a cortisone injection Tuesday for an issue with the third knuckle on his right hand. It's not clear when he might return. Darwin Barney is starting at second base and batting leadoff on Wednesday versus Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Matt Shoemaker has been a much different pitcher on the road (4.71 xFIP on the road, 3.17 at home), allowing HRs to RH bats at a high rate (2.73 HR/9) while also allowing more hard contact to lefties. This is a sneakier than usual spot to stack up the Jays, with the RH power bats being the best upside targets. Darwin Barney is a suitable punt play that can make rostering guys like Donaldson and Encarnacion much easier while also giving you exposure to the top of a potent lineup.
Aug 24 - 3:42 PM

Hanley Ramirez is getting a day off Wednesday.

Travis Shaw will start at first base and Brock Holt will start at third base versus Rays right-hander Matt Andriese. Hanley will be available off the bench.
Aug 24 - 3:20 PM

Marcell Ozuna is in the Marlins' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Royals.

Ozuna made an early exit from Tuesday's game because of a private family emergency. He is starting in center field and batting cleanup Wednesday at home versus Kansas City right-hander Dillon Gee.
Aug 24 - 3:13 PM

Yoenis Cespedes reiterated Tuesday that he does not plan to exercise his opt-out this winter.

We'll believe that when it becomes official. Cespedes is batting .295/.365/.570 with 25 home runs and 64 RBI in 98 games this year -- the first year of a three-year, $75 million deal with the Mets that includes an opt-out clause leading into 2017. His current .936 OPS would be the highest of his career by a pretty wide margin. The 30-year-old outfielder stands to cash in this winter in a weak free agent market and we expect him to do just that. He could still return to the Mets, but with a bigger contract guarantee.
Aug 24 - 2:39 PM




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