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Cardinals optioned RHP Carlos Martinez to Triple-A Memphis.

He's being sent there to stretch out as a starter, which is the best thing for his development rather than being used sporadically in relief. Martinez, who holds a 4.74 ERA with 64 strikeouts over 68 1/3 innings this season, will be back in September.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 03:46:00 PM

Stephen Piscotty (illness) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

Piscotty missed Monday's series opener at Milwaukee Park with food poisoning. He is starting in right field and batting cleanup in his return to action Tuesday versus Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta.
May 31 - 4:59 PM

According to MLB.com's Mark Bowman, the Braves are finalizing a trade that will send veteran reliever Jason Grilli to the Blue Jays.

It sounds like the negotiations could be wrapped up at some point Tuesday night. Grilli was sporting a rough 5.29 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and 23/13 K/BB ratio through 17 innings this season out of the Atlanta bullpen. This is his age-39 campaign. Atlanta will get minor league right-hander Sean Ratcliffe in return, per Robert Murray of BaseballEssential.com.
May 31 - 4:44 PM

Ryan Braun (neck) is back in the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Cardinals.

Braun acknowledged Monday that he doesn't have full mobility in his neck, but he'll try to give it a go in the second game of a three-game set at Miller Park. He missed three straight days with neck stiffness.
May 31 - 4:42 PM

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers have discussed keeping Jurickson Profar around after Rougned Odor's suspension ends.

Hanser Alberto would also remain on the active roster and the Rangers would go with a seven-man bullpen. Profar is 6-for-18 (.333) since his callup on Friday and he was slashing 284/.356/.426 with five homers and four steals in 189 plate appearances this season with Triple-A Round Rock. The former top prospect might have finally found some footing at the major league level, though it's still pretty loose.
May 31 - 4:36 PM

Trayce Thompson (back) is in the Dodgers' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Cubs.

He will start in left field and bat fifth versus Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. Thompson missed a couple of games in a row with some minor soreness in his back.
May 31 - 4:17 PM

James Loney has officially been added to the Mets' 25-man roster.

Loney was acquired from the Padres on Saturday for cash and will be thrown into the Mets' starting lineup Tuesday night against the White Sox. He should start regularly at first base against right-handed pitching, at least until Lucas Duda (back) returns. Loney was hitting the ball well at Triple-A El Paso before the trade and is worthy of consideration in deeper fantasy formats now that he's in a good position for playing time.
May 31 - 4:10 PM

David Wright was given a pain-killing injection for his neck injury on Tuesday.

The veteran third baseman revealed to reporters Monday that he's been diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck and he is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Tuesday night. The hope is this pain-killing injection will help him avoid the 15-day disabled list.
May 31 - 4:04 PM

Alex Rodriguez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.

Carlos Beltran will get a second straight start out of the DH spot. Meanwhile, Rob Refsnyder will make the start in right field.
May 31 - 3:40 PM

Red Sox placed OF Jackie Bradley, Jr. on the paternity leave list.

Bradley can remain on the paternity leave list for 24-to-72 hours. Rusney Castillo will replace him on the active roster.
May 31 - 3:34 PM

Matt Duffy (wrist) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

Duffy took a pitch off his left wrist during Monday's game, but fortunately X-rays came back negative. The hope is that he'll be ready to return in the next day or two. Conor Gillaspie will fill in at third base.
May 31 - 3:30 PM

Bryce Harper (knee) is absent from Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.

Harper suffered a right knee contusion when he was hit by a pitch on Monday and will get a day of rest. Consider him day-to-day. Jayson Werth will slide over to right field in his absence while Clint Robinson will get a start in left.
May 31 - 3:26 PM




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