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Anthony Rendon (toe) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Monday.

Rendon hasn't played since departing Friday's game after fouling a ball off his left big toe. His progress has been slower than expected but the Nats remain optimistic that he'll avoid a disabled list stint. Brian Goodwin (wrist) is also sitting out again, as Wilmer Difo is at third base and Matt Adams is in left field.
Apr 16 - 4:07 PM

Cubs placed RHP Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list with right biceps inflammation.

The move was made retroactive to July 16. Morrow's spot on the roster will be absorbed by Anthony Bass, who is back after missing the past two weeks with an illness. This is already Morrow's second trip to the DL this season after injuring his lower back while putting on his pants (seriously) last month. Steve Cishek, Carl Edwards Jr. and Pedro Strop will be candidates to handle the ninth inning in Morrow's absence.
Jul 19 - 4:41 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (hip) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Cespedes has finally turned a corner in his rehab lately and slugged a three-run home run in his second rehab game with the Gulf Coast League Mets on Wednesday. He can serve as a designated hitter this weekend against the Yankees before returning to left field and also perhaps playing some first base. Cespedes has been ut since mid-May with a hip injury.
Jul 19 - 3:40 PM

Jose Martinez is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Thursday.

Martinez has been on the pine for both of interim manager Mike Shildt's lineups (and has been benched in three straight games overall), as Shildt has gone with the better defensive combo of Mike Carpenter at first base and Jedd Gyorko at third. It's certainly a concern for Martinez's fantasy owners. As good as Martinez has been offensively this season, he's not looking like a reliable mixed league play right now unless Shildt reverses course (or the Cards trade him).
Jul 19 - 3:15 PM

Padres acquired C/OF Francisco Mejia from the Indians in exchange for LHP Brad Hand and RHP Adam Cimber.

Mejia has looked ready for an extended shot in the majors for a while but was blocked in Cleveland by superior defenders in Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez. Austin Hedges is also a much better defender, but he's so bad offensively that Mejia could push him aside and nab the starting job in San Diego in short order. Hedges will remain the starter for now while Mejia reports to Triple-A El Paso, but Mejia is a good stash in deeper leagues where he's available.
Jul 19 - 12:03 PM

Indians acquired LHP Brad Hand and RHP Adam Cimber from the Padres in exchange for C/OF Francisco Mejia.

Hand should see save opportunities in Cleveland, but manager Terry Francona might still give chances to Cody Allen and possibly Andrew Miller, as well. If that's the case, it's obviously not the best landing spot fantasy-wise for Hand, although for dynasty purposes he should be in line for the ninth inning beyond 2018 with Allen and Miller slated for free agency.
Jul 19 - 11:52 AM

Kirby Yates is likely to take over as the Padres' closer following the trade of Brad Hand.

That's assuming he isn't also dealt, which is a distinct possibility. Yates has been excellent over the last two seasons in San Diego, posting a 2.89 ERA and 135/30 K/BB ratio over 93 1/3 innings. He should be scooped up in all fantasy leagues. If Yates is also eventually dealt, Craig Stammen or Phil Maton might get a shot to close.
Jul 19 - 11:48 AM

Orioles acquired OF Yusniel Diaz, RHP Zach Pop, RHP Dean Kremer, 3B Rylan Bannon and INF Breyvic Valera from the Dodgers for SS Manny Machado.

Diaz, 21, is the best prospect involved in the trade for Machado, and is an outstanding get for a player that was very likely to be playing elsewhere in 2018 as Machado was. He’s an outfielder who has above-average tools across the board, and his patience at the plate along with his use of all fields makes the hit tool plus. There’s very little left to be done here in terms of development, so Diaz could help the Orioles before the end of the 2019 season.
Jul 18 - 9:12 PM

Dodgers acquired SS Manny Machado from the Orioles for OF Yusniel Diaz, RHP Zach Pop, RHP Dean Kremer, 3B Rylan Bannon, and INF Breyic Valera.

This has been rumored for quite some time, but it's now official. The Orioles also entertained offers from the Phillies, Brewers and Diamondbacks -- among others -- but they're able to get five prospects for the 26-year-old shortstop. Machado's defense at shortstop hasn't been spectacular according to the metrics, but he's been tremendous with the bat, hitting .315/.375/.583 with 24 homers and 65 RBI over the first half. An already powerful Dodger lineup gets even better, and he should put up big numbers in his time with Los Angeles.
Jul 18 - 9:10 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers could target Brian Dozier in trade talks.

The Brewers were involved in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, but ultimately couldn't offer -- or wouldn't offer -- what the Dodgers were willing to procure the services of the All-Star shortstop. Dozier started slow, but he's been excellent as of late, and the second baseman has 16 homers and 48 RBI over 93 games with the Twins. He could give the Milwaukee lineup a big boost, and shouldn't have near the cost Machado did. Rosenthal also mentions that the Brewers could look for pitching help, and they should have enough in the system to explore both.
Jul 18 - 8:27 PM

Nick Tropeano will start against the Astros on Saturday.

Tropeano has been on the disabled list since June 15 with right shoulder inflammation. He's made a couple of rehab starts since the beginning of July, and he's now ready to rejoin a Los Angeles rotation that has been decimated with injuries in 2018. In 10 starts this season, Tropeano owns a 4.83 ERA with a 1.352 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 54 innings.
Jul 18 - 8:09 PM

Josh Harrison (hamstring) is hoping to return to the Pirates' lineup this weekend.

Harrison had to be lifted from the final game before the All-Star break with a left hamstring injury, but the Pirates are optimistic they could the ailment before it got serious. He'll test out the hamstring with a workout Thursday and hopes to be back in there at some point over the weekend.
Jul 18 - 5:24 PM




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