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Padres optioned OF Jaff Decker to Triple-A Tucson.

Decker hit just .154/.233/.269 over 13 games for the big club. He should get another chance when rosters expand.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 07:20:00 PM

Alex Cobb (elbow) will rejoin the Rays' rotation on Friday or Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Cobb has completed his rehab from Tommy John surgery, although his rehab assignment did not go smoothly. The right-hander posted a 6.65 ERA over eight starts and had to be shut down for a while last month due to arm fatigue. Fantasy owners would be wise to give him a start or two to see how he looks before considering activating him.
Aug 28 - 12:16 PM

Lance McCullers (elbow) resumed a throwing program on Friday.

He played catch Friday and said he felt fine the day after on Saturday. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Saturday that it will be a while before McCullers can throw aggressively on flat ground or off a mound, so his return isn't imminent. Still, it's a nice step.
Aug 28 - 11:30 AM

Adam Jones (hamstring) remained out of the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

Jones has dealt with a hamstring issue since Thursday. He's considered day-to-day for now. Nolan Reimold is in center field.
Aug 28 - 11:22 AM

Neil Walker (back) is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

Walker has had a minor setback with the back injury that kept him out for four games earlier this month. The hope is that he'll be fine after one day of rest. Kelly Johnson is filling in at second base.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 28 - 10:49 AM

Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

Cespedes had a minor flare-up Saturday with the quad injury he just returned from. The feeling right now is that it's likely to be just a one-day absence, but we'll have to wait and see how Cespedes recovers. The Mets have Curtis Granderson in left field and Alejandro De Aza in center Sunday.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 28 - 10:47 AM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Gerrit Cole's elbow injury could be a bone spur issue.

The good news is that an MRI didn't reveal any ligament damage, according to Biertempfel. Cole will receive a second opinion on his elbow from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Sunday. The righty has posted a 7.06 ERA over his last four starts, so it's possible the elbow has been bothering him for a while. Steven Brault will fill in for Cole on Monday versus the Cubs. It's unclear at this point how much time Cole might miss, although more should be known after Sunday's exam.
Aug 28 - 10:11 AM

John Lackey (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Monday at Wrigley Field.

It will be his first time throwing off the bump since he suffered a right shoulder strain in his August 14 outing. Lackey will not be ready for his next turn on Wednesday, which means Mike Montgomery will get another start. It's unclear what the next step will be for Lackey after Monday.
Aug 28 - 9:45 AM

Michael Foltynewicz limited the Giants to one run in 7 2/3 innings as the Braves won 3-1 on Saturday.

He struck out six while yielding only five hits and one base-on-balls in the excellent outing. His one mistake came on a solo shot by Brandon Crawford. Foltynewicz was fortunate to be facing a Giants lineup missing Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence and Eduardo Nunez but looked great nonetheless. He is now 7-5 with a 4.30 ERA and 89 punchouts in 102 2/3 innings. The hard-throwing right-hander has solidified himself as a major league starting pitcher and hushed those who said he would be better off in the bullpen.
Aug 28 - 1:01 AM

A.J. Griffin turned in six shutout innings to beat the Indians 7-0 on Saturday.

He gave up five singles and issued one free pass while punching out six in the stellar effort. His teammates handed him a big early lead and in return he kept the Indians from mounting any sort of challenge. Griffin is now 6-3 with a 4.39 ERA in his first season with the Rangers.
Aug 28 - 12:13 AM

Anthony DeSclafani gave up just four hits while striking out nine in a dominant complete-game shutout as the Reds beat the Diamondbacks 13-0 on Saturday.

All four hits were singles. The Diamondbacks were powerless against him all night. It was the first complete game of his career. DeSclafani missed the first two months of the season on the disabled list but has pitched at an ace-like level ever since returning. He is now 8-2 with a 2.96 ERA in 14 starts. He has 84 punchouts and 20 bases-on-balls in 94 1/3 innings.
Aug 27 - 11:49 PM

Hernan Perez homered twice and drove home four runs on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Brewers to victory over the Pirates.

Perez got the scoring started with a three-run blast off Jameson Taillon in the first inning, and he added a solo shot off the right-hander in the third. That gave the Brewers an early 5-1 lead, though they were unable to hold onto it. Perez has been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season, slashing .281/.308/.470 with 13 homers, 47 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He has come from nowhere to develop into a very capable five-category producer in mixed leagues.
Aug 27 - 11:32 PM




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