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Freddie Freeman is not in the Braves' starting lineup on Monday night against the Brewers.

The Braves clinched the National League East on Sunday at Wrigley Field and are giving their star first baseman a day of rest for Monday's series-opener with Milwaukee. Joey Terdoslavich will fill in. Freeman should still get regular starts over the final week because Atlanta wants to lock up home-field advantage through the NLCS.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 03:13:00 PM

Johnny Cueto (elbow) will make a minor league rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

He's finally ready for game action after sitting out the past two months with a sprained elbow. Cueto will need three rehab outings to build up his pitch count after missing so much time (he's slated to throw 40 pitches on Saturday). The 32-year-old was off to a stellar start before his injury, logging a 0.84 ERA over 32 innings in March and April.
Jun 21 - 7:52 PM

Tyler Skaggs has been scratched from Thursday's start against the Blue Jays due to right hamstring tightness.

Left-hander John Lamb will start in his place. The Angels are labeling Skaggs "day-to-day" and plan to reevaluate him on Friday. The left-hander has pitched well this year, compiling a 2.81 ERA with a 9.68 K/9 over 14 starts for the Halos.
Jun 21 - 6:38 PM

Giants activated SS Brandon Crawford from the paternity leave list.

He'll start at shortstop and hit fifth Thursday against the Padres. Crawford's wife, Jalynne, gave birth to the couple's fourth child earlier this week. The 31-year-old is in the midst of a career year, slashing .315/.370/.492 with eight homers over 248 at-bats. To make room for him, the Giants optioned Kelby Tomlinson to Triple-A.
Jun 21 - 6:36 PM

Mike Trout is dealing with a strained right index finger.

Don't panic, folks. Trout will DH and bat second Thursday against Toronto. The injury has prevented Trout from throwing, though obviously it hasn't affected him at the plate. The 26-year-old will DH for now but expects to return to his usual post in center field in a matter of days. The two-time MVP has hit an impossible .448 this month and leads the majors in homers (23), runs (60), walks (64), OPS (1.158) and wins above replacement (6.6). Yeah, he's good.
Jun 21 - 6:24 PM

Ronald Acuna (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday.

Acuna is finally nearing a return from a sprained ACL he suffered late last month. Considered by many to be the top prospect in baseball, the 20-year-old Venezuelan native has slashed .265/.326/.453 with five homers in 117 at-bats for Atlanta this year. If all goes well in Gwinnett, he could be activated for Monday's series opener against Cincinnati.
Jun 21 - 5:55 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Chris Davis will return to the starting lineup Friday against the Braves.

He'll be returning from an eight-game absence. Nothing has gone right for Davis, who has hit a cataclysmic .150 with 86 strikeouts in 207 at-bats this season. Hopefully the extended rest gave Davis some time to clear his head. Regardless, he shouldn't be anywhere near a fantasy lineup right now.
Jun 21 - 5:53 PM

Jose Martinez (shoulder) is in the Cardinals' lineup Thursday against the Brewers.

Martinez tweaked his shoulder in Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia but is good to go for Thursday's opener. The 29-year-old has been a stud this month, hitting .385 with five homers and 13 RBI across 52 June at-bats. He'll get the nod at first base and bat third against Brewers lefty Brent Suter.
Jun 21 - 5:26 PM

MLB suspended Marlins RHP Dan Straily five games and fined him an undisclosed amount for intentionally hitting Buster Posey during Tuesday's game against the Giants.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly was assessed a one-game ban. Straily is appealing his suspension. No Giants, including Hunter Strickland, who plunked Lewis Brinson with a pitch on Monday night, were disciplined. Straily's next start is scheduled for Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Jun 21 - 5:16 PM

Ryan Braun (thumb) remains out of the Brewers' lineup Thursday against the Cardinals.

It will be his second straight absence. Eric Thames will spell Braun in left field and bat leadoff Thursday against Cards hurler Carlos Martinez. Manager Craig Counsell acknowledged Braun could be available off the bench, though it's likely he'll get another day to rest his injured right thumb.
Jun 21 - 5:14 PM

Eddie Rosario (shoulder) expects to play Friday against the Rangers.

Rosario was scratched for Thursday's series finale against the Red Sox due to a sore shoulder but believes it will only be a one-game absence. "I'll play tomorrow," he confirmed. "100 percent." Rosario has had a breakout year for the Twins, leading the team in hits (89), batting average (.320) and home runs (16).
Jun 21 - 5:04 PM

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com confirms Shelby Miller (elbow) will start Monday against the Marlins.

This was the expected outcome, though Miller's presence in the Diamondbacks' clubhouse on Thursday should make it official. It will be his first big league start in 14 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery last April. The 27-year-old has been up-and-down during his minor league rehab, delivering a mediocre 4.66 ERA over four starts for High-A Visalia and Double-A Jackson. Miller logged 81 pitches in his last outing and should see close to a normal workload on Monday.
Jun 21 - 4:31 PM




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