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Xander Bogaerts is making his fifth start of the season at third base on Monday night for Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Red Sox are clearly considering promoting the top shortstop prospect to play third base for them down the stretch. Bogaerts, 20, is batting .296/.395/.492 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI and seven stolen bases in 96 games this year between Double-A and Triple-A. He'd have immediate mixed-league fantasy value if he gets the call.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 02:53:00 PM

Ichiro Suzuki is in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.

Ichiro, who is four hits away from 3,000 in MLB, will start in center field and bat leadoff against Jerad Eickhoff. Marcell Ozuna will be on the bench.
Jul 26 - 3:02 PM

Nationals activated 1B Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list.

Zimmerman, out since early July with a left rib cage strain, went 5-for-12 (.417) with a homer over three games during his brief minor league rehab assignment. He'll return to a disappointing .221/.284/.402 batting line across 74 games.
Jul 26 - 2:55 PM

Royals recalled INF Raul Mondesi from Triple-A Omaha.

In turn, the struggling Whit Merrifield has been sent down. Regarded as the Royals' top position prospect, Mondesi has missed a big chunk of the season after serving a 50-game PED suspension, but he has played well since his promotion to Triple-A earlier this month. His plate discipline is shaky, so we're not convinced he'll see immediate success in the majors, but the Royals are looking for a spark and his speed could come in handy in deeper fantasy leagues assuming he gets regular starts at second base. Mondesi, who turns 21 on Wednesday, made his major league debut in the World Series last year, but he has yet to appear in a regular season game.
Jul 26 - 2:23 PM

Athletics activated C/1B Stephen Vogt from the family medical leave list.

Vogt has been away from the team since Saturday. The A's optioned Matt McBride to Triple-A Nashville to clear a spot for his return.
Jul 26 - 1:51 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Trevor Rosenthal on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 25, with right shoulder inflammation.

Specifically, he's dealing with a rotator cuff injury. Rosenthal walked three batters in his most recent appearance on Friday and hasn't shown any signs of turning things around since being removed from the closer role. He owns an ugly 5.13 ERA and 2.04 WHIP over 40 appearances this season. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined, but he was already demoted to a lower-leverage role. The Cardinals figure to look to the trade market for bullpen help before August 1.
Jul 26 - 1:38 PM

Blue Jays acquired OF Melvin Upton and cash considerations from the Padres for RHP Hansel Rodriguez.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Padres will cover all but $5 million of the roughly $22 million remaining on Upton's contract. The 31-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent season with the Padres and will provide some depth and versatility to the Blue Jays' outfield. While the ballpark change is a positive, he might lose a couple of starts a week and probably won't run as much. His fantasy value takes a bit of a dip with the trade. Since the Padres are in Toronto this week, Upton will just have to switch dugouts on Tuesday.
Jul 26 - 11:04 AM

J.D. Martinez (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Toledo.

Martinez will be eased in as the DH as he makes his way back from a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow. He admitted Monday that he'll have to deal with pain for the rest of the season, but he wants to make it back with the Tigers still in the mix. "My bat worries me more than my throwing," said Martinez. "Timing-wise and arm-wise. I feel it puts more stress on my elbow hitting than it does throwing."
Jul 26 - 8:38 AM

Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Omaha.

Cain, who has been out for about a month with a left hamstring strain, got the green light after doing some running over the weekend. Barring a setback, he appears on track for a return around the end of the month.
Jul 26 - 8:27 AM

Scooter Gennett singled and ripped a solo home run in Monday's victory over the Diamondbacks.

Gennett got the scoring going with a deep blast to center field in the first inning. It was one of four dingers the Brewers had on the night, as Jonathan Villar, Martin Maldonado and Andy Wilkins also went deep. Gennett has already tied his career high with nine home runs.
Jul 26 - 12:08 AM

Justin Verlander held the mighty Red Sox offense to one run over six innings in Monday's 4-2 victory.

The Red Sox ran up his pitch count as they do with most opposing hurlers, as Verlander needed 110 pitches to get through his six frames. The right-hander held the Red Sox in check, though, as he gave up just five hits and two walks while striking out five. Verlander has yielded just six runs over his last five starts since his blowout outing against the Indians. He'll face the Astros his next time out.
Jul 25 - 11:53 PM

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said after Monday's game that Jake Lamb is dealing with a bruised left hand.

Lamb isn't expected to undergo an MRI, but Hale said that they'll try to give him some rest and treatment. Consider him day-to-day. Lamb went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Monday and is now hitless over his last five games.
Jul 25 - 10:51 PM




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