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Carlos Gonzalez is out of the lineup Saturday night against the Tigers with a sprained right ankle.

"His ankle’s better but it’s still pretty blown up," trainer Keith Duggers said. "I don’t think he’ll have to go on the DL, at least not yet." Gonzalez made a spectacular sprawling catch in the fifth inning Friday and was promptly removed. Today, his ankle is purple and swollen. "I feel like I have to rest it for a few more days, then get back on the field," he said. "I can’t catch a break. It’s been tough, just one thing after another. I think it’s been a lesson." Colorado called up Jason Pridie (and booted pitcher Pedro Hernandez from the roster) to temporarily cover themselves in the outfield while CarGo rests.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 05:22:00 PM

Trevor Plouffe (groin) is back in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

Plouffe missed a couple games with a mild groin strain. He's at first base Sunday, as the Twins are using Joe Mauer in the designated hitter spot and again benching Byung-ho Park. Byron Buxton and Kurt Suzuki are also getting breathers, as Danny Santana and Juan Centeno are in center field and at catcher, respectively.
Jun 26 - 11:17 AM

Marcell Ozuna (wrist) remained out of the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

Ozuna has been out of the lineup for two straight days due to a sore left wrist that's been bothering him for about a week. The Marlins anticipate him returning to action on Tuesday after Monday's off day. Ichiro Suzuki is getting another start in center field. The Marlins are also resting J.T. Realmuto, as Jeff Mathis is behind the plate.
Jun 26 - 11:03 AM

The Red Sox are considering optioning Christian Vazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket when Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the disabled list later this week.

Vazquez is sporting an ugly .212/.261/.298 batting line on the season. He's known as a defensive catcher and the Red Sox certainly aren't hurting for offense, so they can deal with his poor showing at the plate. However, the bigger concern here is they don't want to expose Sandy Leon to waivers. Leon is 12-for-22 at the plate and is a quality defensive catcher himself. The club also could think a little time in the minors for Vazquez could do his offense some good after he missed so much time rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Unless they want to carry three catchers for a while, Boston will have a tough decision to make soon.
Source: Boston Globe
Jun 26 - 8:54 AM

Danny Valencia went 3-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in the first inning to lead the Athletics over the Angels 7-3 on Saturday.

Valencia has quietly put up a fantastic .333/.381/.552 slash line with 11 home runs in 201 at-bats. He has played well in limited time in recent years, registering an .888 OPS in 2013 and an .864 OPS last year. So there is good reason to believe the 32-year-old veteran can continue to help fantasy teams all season long. He delivers a nice mix of power and average. The reason he has rarely been an everyday player throughout his career is because he has large platoon splits, being much more deadly versus left-handed pitching.
Jun 26 - 3:30 AM

Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI as the Orioles took the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays by the score of 8-6.

Wieters, who didn't start the first game of the doubleheader, made his start count, smashing a two-run homer off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning before adding a solo shot off reliever Danny Farquhar in the eighth. Wieters now has nine big flies on the year, batting .278/.332/.471 through 53 games.
Jun 25 - 11:48 PM

Jose Altuve's epic season rolls on as he smacked four hits, including a home run and two doubles, in Saturday's 13-5 thrashing of the Royals.

Altuve is now batting .348 with 13 home runs and a .994 OPS. Add in his 54 runs scored, 44 RBI and 18 stolen bases and you get possibly the most valuable player in fantasy baseball this year. Not bad for the smallest player in the game. He is only two homers behind his career high set last year.
Jun 25 - 11:34 PM

Kelly Johnson's solo home run broke a scoreless tie in the 11th inning Saturday, leading the Mets to a 1-0 victory over the Braves.

Johnson led off the 11th inning as a pinch-hitter, and he took reliever Dario Alvarez deep for what turned out to be the only run of the contest. The homer was Johnson's third of the season and his second with the Mets; his first came as a member of the Braves, the team he defeated Saturday. The utilityman is batting .233/.297/.347 overall.
Jun 25 - 11:09 PM

DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored as the Rockies pounded the Diamondbacks 11-6 on Saturday.

LeMahieu had one of the team's three home runs on the day, his fifth homer of the year. The second baseman has been terrific in his last six games, going 13-for-28 with four RBI and five runs scored. The good stretch is a microcosm of what has been a stellar first half for the 27-year-old, who's batting .328/.392/.500 with 46 runs scored overall.
Jun 25 - 10:42 PM

Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, then trumped that with a three-run bomb in the sixth to carry the Pirates to a 6-1 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday.

The two home runs give McCutchen 12 for the season. He has been a major disappointment for his fantasy owners so far this year but he gave them a big treat today. McCutchen played poorly in the early part of last season before coming on strong in the second half, perhaps today is an indication he will repeat that cycle this year. He is now batting .243 with 41 runs, 32 RBI and only two steals.
Jun 25 - 10:37 PM

Chris Carter went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and two runs scored as the Brewers edged the Nationals 6-5 on Saturday.

Carter's three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning got the scoring started. It was his 19th homer of the season -- third-most in the National League -- giving him 47 RBI and 36 runs scored. The 29-year-old is batting .229/.305/.508 in 72 games this season.
Jun 25 - 10:02 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has removed Trevor Rosenthal from the closer role.

It's jarring to see one of the best closers in baseball demoted to a setup role but Matheny is making the right move. Rosenthal has unraveled this month, pitching to a nightmarish 14.14 ERA over his last 10 outings. Friday's meltdown against Seattle was the nail in the coffin. Matheny says the Cardinals will go with a closer by committee with Seung Hwan Oh, Jonathan Broxton and Kevin Siegrist all getting save chances. All three are worth speculative adds. Rosenthal is too good to be banished from the ninth inning permanently, but it may take some time for him to win back Matheny's trust.
Jun 25 - 9:03 PM




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