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Juan Lagares (hamstring) has begun running at the Mets' spring training complex.

It's a good sign given that Lagares landed on the DL just a week ago. He's eligible to return on April 30, and it sounds like he might have a shot to be back at that time.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 07:40:00 PM

Twins acquired LHP Jaime Garcia, C Anthony Recker and cash considerations from the Braves in exchange for RHP Huascar Ynoa.

The two sides tentatively agreed to a trade last week, but it was nixed due to physical concerns with Nick Burdi (elbow), who had been slated to go to Atlanta in the deal. Garcia has been up-and-down this season, posting a 4.30 ERA and 85/41 K/BB ratio over 113 innings, but he should offer Minnesota more reliable work at the back of their rotation.
Jul 24 - 5:22 PM

Joel Sherman of New York Post reports that the Braves "have gotten more involved" in trade talks for Sonny Gray.

The Braves aren't really viewed as a legit playoff contender this season, but they've been connected to Gray dating back to the offseason as they seek to obtain a cost-controlled starter. They certainly have the pieces in their farm system to get something done. Sherman notes that the Yankees and Brewers are viewed as the "strongest pursuers" over Gray at this point, with the Astros "still trying, too." The Mariners, Twins and Indians have also been connected to Gray.
Jul 24 - 5:15 PM

Matt Carpenter (quad) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

Carpenter was lifted from Sunday's game with a tight right quad. The injury appears to be a day-to-day situation for the time being. Luke Voit is getting a start in his place, and Paul DeJong has moved up to the No. 3 spot in the lineup with Dexter Fowler shifting up to his old leadoff spot.With Paul DeJong slotting up to the three spot in the order, he becomes a viable punt play across the industry. Antonio Senzatela isn't a sieve by any means, as he's held hitters to a 0.75 HR/9 rate on the road this season (3 in 36 IP), but he's still not an arm we necessarily need to avoid with value plays. DeJong owns a very solid .367 ISO at home against RHP this season.
Jul 24 - 4:50 PM

J.D. Martinez (hand) is back in the Diamondbacks' lineup Monday.

It's his first start since he was hit on the left hand with a pitch last Wednesday. Martinez is in right field and batting fifth against R.A. Dickey and the Braves.
Jul 24 - 4:48 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that there's been "little indication" to this point that the Rangers will trade Yu Darvish.

The Rangers reported have put out feelers to see what Darvish could potentially bring back in return, but they've won three straight and sit just 2.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. They are also interested in re-signing Darvish to a long-term contract and figure they'd have a better chance to do it if they hang on to him. Unless the Rangers collapse over the next week, it seems likely that they'll hang on to their ace. Sherman notes that Darvish is "pretty much" the Dodgers' "only interest" among starters, so they could stand pat in that regard if the Texas righty isn't made available.
Jul 24 - 4:38 PM

Mets placed RHP Zack Wheeler on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 23, with a stress reaction in his right arm.

Well, that doesn't sound good, especially given Wheeler's arm injury history. It's unclear at this point how long the right-hander will be sidelined, but the out-of-contention Mets certainly figure to proceed cautiously. Tyler Pill has replaced Wheeler on the roster and could get some starts.
Jul 24 - 4:29 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that the Mariners "might be preparing to make a run" for Sonny Gray.

Feinsand's source told him that general manager Jerry Dipoto "is going for it these next two years" and "if he is going for it, he might as well go completely in." Seattle doesn't have a terribly strong farm system, but it sounds like Dipoto could be willing to empty the cupboard in order to acquire a quality starter who is under team control through 2019. He'll have plenty of competition for Gray, of course, as most every contender looking for pitching help has been connected to him.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 24 - 4:16 PM

Aaron Altherr (hamstring) expects to return from the disabled list by the end of the week.

Altherr is eligible to return on Tuesday, but he needs a little more time. Howie Kendrick figures to slide into a utility role once he's ready to return. Of course, Kendrick is likely to be traded soon.
Jul 24 - 3:51 PM

Troy Tulowitzki (groin) has returned to the Blue Jays' lineup Monday.

Tulo apparently got the go-ahead after taking ground balls and doing some light baserunning early Monday. The veteran shortstop sat out Saturday and Sunday with groin soreness.
Jul 24 - 3:43 PM

Chris Davis is not in Monday's lineup versus the Rays.

He'll take a seat against lefty Blake Snell. Mark Trumbo is drawing the start at first base while Welington Castillo serves as the DH. Caleb Joseph will start behind the plate and catch Kevin Gausman.
Jul 24 - 3:40 PM

Red Sox purchased the contract of 3B Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It's been a rapid rise for the 20-year-old Devers, who batted .300/.369/.575 with 18 homers over 77 games at Double-A this year before a recent promotion to Triple-A. He hit .400 (14-for-35) with two homers over nine games with Pawtucket, which was apparently enough for the Red Sox to see if he can be a solution at third base. It's a lot to ask him to produce right away, but he's a worthwhile pickup in most mixed fantasy leagues given the lineup and ballpark. He should see most of the starts against right-handed starters.
Jul 24 - 3:37 PM




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