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Ryan Zimmerman is back in Wednesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

Zimmerman sat out Tuesday's game due to some soreness in his right shoulder, but it's not a major concern. He's taking anti-inflammatory medication and should be able to manage it.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 03:42:00 PM

Jose Fernandez provided a quality start in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Giants, hurling six innings of three-run ball.

Fernandez was making his first start in 13 months, having been sidelined by Tommy John surgery in May of 2014. It went very well. He struck out six without walking a batter and added a home run to boot. Facing off with Matt Cain to lead off the frame, he launched a solo bomb to help his own cause. It was his second career homer. For his career (pitching division), he holds a 2.25 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 257 strikeouts in 224 1/3 innings. Perhaps the best sign for Fernandez here is that he did not walk a Giant in the contest. Control tends to be an issue for pitchers coming off of long lay-offs, as they work to refine their location. Up next for the 22-year-old right-hander, a trip to Fenway to face off with the Red Sox.
Jul 2 - 2:59 PM

Matt Cain struggled in his first start of the 2015 season, allowing five runs on seven hits over five innings in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins.

Cain sat out the first three months of the season with a flexor tendon strain in his right arm. The rust showed. The fourth inning was particularly rough for the 30-year-old right-hander, who served up two homers in the frame, including a solo shot to opposing pitcher Jose Fernandez. Cain also walked four against just two strikeouts in the contest. None of this is good, but Cain should be rostered in most mixed league formats. In his career, he has posted ERA marks higher than 4.00 just three times in ten seasons (2006, 2013, 2014). He'll face the Mets in a home start next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 2 - 2:57 PM

Astros placed OF George Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist.

Edinson Volquez drilled Springer with a 96 mph fastball on Wednesday night and now he'll miss six weeks. Alex Presley was called up from Triple-A Fresno to take his place in right field. Springer has been a different player since moving into the leadoff spot, batting .325 with 12 RBI since June 1. The 25-year-old had been on pace for 26 homers and 28 stolen bases before his injury. It's a big loss for fantasy owners.
Jul 2 - 1:56 PM

Twins recalled INF Miguel Sano from Double-A Chattanooga.

Sano will take over as the Twins' regular designated hitter in Thursday's series opener against the Royals. The 22-year-old was sporting a .918 OPS with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 66 games this season at the Double-A level and he's a must-own in all standard fantasy leagues for his massive power potential.
Jul 2 - 11:57 AM

Buster Posey (head) is starting at first base for the Giants on Thursday afternoon against the Marlins.

Posey left Wednesday's game after taking a foul ball off the center of his mask, but he passed a concussion test. He is batting cleanup Thursday against Jose Fernandez, who's making his first start in over 13 months.
Jul 2 - 11:30 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he will back off Santiago Casilla for a few days due to fatigue.

Casilla blew his fourth save of the season on Wednesday night, yielding three runs without retiring batter. His job still seems safe, but look for Bochy to play the matchups with Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo over the next few games should a save opportunity arise. Casilla, 34, has a 3.03 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 29 2/3 total innings this season. He's been fine for the most part.
Jul 2 - 11:01 AM

Kris Bryant is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Mets.

Bryant struck out in three of his five trips to the plate on Wednesday and will now take a day of mental and physical rest. Jonathan Herrera is starting at third base and batting seventh versus Mets righty Jacob deGrom.
Jul 2 - 10:34 AM

Michael Bourn will serve his one-game suspension Thursday.

Bourn was handed the one-game sentence last week for bumping home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi during an argument. Michael Brantley is starting in center field and Mike Aviles is in left field Thursday versus the Rays.
Jul 2 - 10:00 AM

Marlins activated RHP Jose Fernandez from the 60-day disabled list.

Fernandez is ready to rock again, 13 months after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The 22-year-old right-hander showed promising signs on his five-start minor league rehab assignment and needs to be owned in all mixed fantasy leagues for what should be an exciting and productive second half of the 2015 season. Fernandez owns a remarkable 2.25 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 257 strikeouts in 224 1/3 career major league innings. He's starting Thursday at home against the Giants.
Jul 2 - 9:54 AM

Dodgers signed RHP Yadier Alvarez.

It's a contract worth $16 million. Los Angeles has been considered the frontrunner for Alvarez for months and there was probably already a handshake agreement in place, but the deal couldn't be announced until the official beginning of the July 2 signing period. Alvarez is a hard-throwing 19-year-old right-hander out of Cuba. He was one of the top talents in this international amateur class.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 2 - 9:18 AM

Yordano Ventura (hand) allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday at Triple-A Omaha.

Ventura walked three but struck out four and gave up only three hits. It may be enough to convince the Royals that the 24-year-old right-hander is ready to return from the disabled list. He's been on the shelf since June 13 with ulnar neuritis.
Jul 2 - 9:05 AM




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