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Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon announced Friday that Chris Young will have his next start pushed back until Monday.

Roenis Elias will get the start in his place on Saturday. It's unclear at the moment the reason for the switch, but with Young struggling his last time out they may have just wanted to give him a couple of extra days of rest. He owns a terrific 3.17 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 150 1/3 innings on the year.
Aug 29 - 8:57 PM

Matt Garza (oblique) threw a successful simulated game on Friday, and was able to use all of his pitches effectively.

The Brewers have been hopeful that he would be able to rejoin the rotation without needing a minor league rehab assignment, and this is a huge step in that direction. With Mike Fiers pitching exceptionally, it's anticipated that he will bump Jimmy Nelson to the bullpen upon his return.
Aug 29 - 8:51 PM

An MRI exam earlier in the week showed that Ryan Zimmerman's injured hamstring is continuing to heal well.

Zimmerman has begun jogging, which is certainly an encouraging sign, but he has yet to begin swinging and still isn't anywhere close to a return to the Nationals. It's uncertain at the moment whether he'll make it back before the end of the 2014 season.
Aug 29 - 8:18 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) is slated to return to the Dodgers starting rotation on Sunday.

The hefty southpaw has been sidelined since August 15 due to a strained glute, but made it through a simulated game on Wednesday without any issues. He'll return to a 13-6 record, 3.28 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 122/27 K/BB ratio over his first 137 1/3 frames.
Aug 29 - 8:14 PM

Steve Pearce was removed from Friday's game against the Twins in the third inning due to a right abdominal strain.

Pearce may have tweaked something while going into the stands trying to catch a foul pop up in the top half of the second inning. It sounds as if the O's are considering him day-to-day, so expect him to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.
Aug 29 - 7:54 PM

Yusmeiro Petit will make another start for the Giants on Tuesday against the Rockies in Colorado.

With as well as he's currently pitching, it's hard to justify Tim Lincecum taking back his place in the rotation. If Petit has another good outing in the house of horrors that is Coors Field, he may be given an opportunity to possess the rotation spot for the remainder of the season.
Aug 29 - 7:45 PM

Chris Owings is expected to rejoin the Diamondbacks when rosters expand on Monday.

Owings is currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno, where he's starting at second base. He's expected to share time in the middle infield with Didi Gregorius upon his return. A.J. Pollock and Daniel Hudson also look to be on track to join the Diamondbacks on Monday.
Aug 29 - 7:22 PM

Cody Ross (calf) took live batting practice without issue on Friday, and is expected to return to the Diamondbacks on Monday when rosters expand.

Ross was also able to run the bases on Friday. He has been sidelined since mid-July due to a strained calf, and isn't expected to see everyday at-bats even after his return. His days of fantasy relevancy in mixed leagues look to be over.
Aug 29 - 7:18 PM

Juan Uribe (hamstring) ran the bases without any pain on Friday, and remains on track to return to the Dodgers lineup when first eligible on Saturday.

The veteran third baseman has been taking batting practice all week without any issues, and running the bases was the final hurdler that he needed to clear before given the go-ahead to return. Justin Turner has been filling in during Uribe's absence, and will be relegated back to a bench role upon his return.
Aug 29 - 7:13 PM

Desmond Jennings was a late scratch from the Rays lineup on Saturday due to left knee soreness.

It's unclear at the moment just how serious the ailment may be and how much time Jennings stands to miss. Brandon Guyer will start in his place in left field and bat leadoff for the Rays.
Aug 29 - 7:07 PM

The Mariners have shut down Jesus Montero for the remainder of the 2014 season as they want him to address his non-baseball issues.

There was a verbal altercation on Thursday night between Montero and one of the team's scouts as Montero was on a minor league rehab assignment with Class-A Everett. Allegedly, the scout poked fun at Montero's lack of hustle and sent an ice cream sandwich into the dugout for him, and Montero attempted to take a bat into the crowd to confront the scout. While he's a supremely talented hitter, until he clears up the personal issues he simply won't make it at the big league level.
Aug 29 - 7:05 PM

Jed Lowrie (finger) will begin his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.

He's expected to remain there through the weekend, and if all goes well he will rejoin the Athletics on Tuesday when rosters expand. Before hitting the disabled list, Lowrie slashed .238/.317/.354 with five homers and 42 RBI in 110 games.
Aug 29 - 6:55 PM

Pirates optioned RHP Gerrit Cole to Rookie League Bristol.

It's nothing more than a procedural move to get an extra bat on the bench for a couple of games. Cole will return to the Pirates when rosters expand on September 1.
Aug 29 - 6:50 PM

Pirates recalled OF/1B Andrew Lambo from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The 26-year-old has been hammering the ball in the minor leagues this season, slashing .312/.386/.536 with 12 homers and 44 RBI in 69 games, primarily at Triple-A. Unless he finds his way into everyday at-bats though, his fantasy value is limited to NL-only formats.
Aug 29 - 6:47 PM

The Cubs plan to use a six-man rotation in the month of September, with Felix Doubront remaining after his spot start on Saturday.

That means that Jacob Turner, Kyle Hendricks, Travis Wood, Jake Arrieta and Tsuyoshi Wada will all receive extra rest down the stretch run. While it's helpful to keep all of their arms fresh, it's a blow to the fantasy value of all involved hurlers.
Aug 29 - 6:43 PM



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