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Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Tuesday that John Gant (groin) can "start pushing a little bit" in his rehab.

Gant was placed on the major league disabled list at the end of March with a severe right groin strain. The 24-year-old right-hander will probably be sent to Triple-A Memphis once he returns to full strength. Acquired from the Braves this winter in the Jaime Garcia trade, Gant is organizational rotation depth for St. Louis.
Apr 26 - 11:39 AM

Luke Weaver (back) could return to the rotation at Triple-A Memphis within a week.

Weaver threw a successful round of live batting practice Tuesday at the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida. The talented 23-year-old right-hander was placed on the minor league disabled list April 10 because of lower back stiffness. He could be an option for the Cardinals' rotation by early-to-mid May, but all five spots are filled at the moment.
Apr 26 - 11:36 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms that the Pirates are promoting minor league infielder Gift Ngoepe.

He'll be the first-ever African-born player to reach the major league level. Ngoepe, 27, was batting just .241/.308/.379 through 66 plate appearances this season with Triple-A Indianapolis, but the Bucs are desperate for infield depth with David Freese nursing a sore hamstring. Ngoepe probably won't be up for long and is not fantasy-relevant.
Apr 26 - 11:01 AM

Reds activated RHP Rookie Davis from the 10-day disabled list.

Davis will return to the Reds' starting rotation on Wednesday against the Brewers after missing two weeks with a bruised right forearm. The young starter owns a rough 6.43 ERA and 1.86 WHIP through his first seven major league innings.
Apr 26 - 10:42 AM

Reds optioned OF Phillip Ervin to Triple-A Louisville.

Ervin went 0-for-2 with a walk during his short stay at the major league level. It was the first taste of MLB action for the 24-year-old outfielder.
Apr 26 - 10:40 AM

Cardinals signed RHP Mark Montgomery to a minor league contract.

The deal happened shortly after he was released by the Yankees just before Opening Day. Montgomery was once thought of as a potential closer of the future in New York but has battled control issues. Still, he has a career 11.9 K/9 rate in the minors and a 16/1 K/BB ratio over his first 10 1/3 relief innings this season at Triple-A Memphis. The 26-year-old is a nice depth addition for St. Louis.
Apr 26 - 9:55 AM

Ryan Braun (foot) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Tuesday's rout of the Reds.

Braun was lifted from Monday's series opener versus Cincinnati after fouling a few balls off his foot, but he only suffered some mild bruises. Even after Tuesday night's 0-for-4, the veteran outfielder is slashing .282/.378/.592 through 20 games this season.
Apr 26 - 8:44 AM

Buster Posey finished 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI in Tuesday's loss against the Dodgers.

Posey has hit safely in each of his seven games since returning from a concussion, although he has managed just one run scored and just one RBI. Nick Hundley made another start behind the dish Tuesday, although Posey did fill in at catcher in the later innings. Whether Posey is at first base or back behind the plate, as long as he is starting he is an obvious worthwhile fantasy option.
Apr 26 - 3:05 AM

Drew Stubbs was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in Tuesday's loss against the Dodgers.

Stubbs is hitless in six at-bats since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday. He is filling in for Denard Span (shoulder), but the veteran looks a bit rusty and overmatched at the dish in his first helping against big-league pitching this season.
Apr 26 - 2:57 AM

Ty Blach allowed two earned runs, four hits and a walk with two strikeouts over five innings in a loss Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Blach was taking the place of Madison Bumgarner (shoulder, ribs) in what would have been a marquee pitching matchup against Clayton Kershaw. Blach still ended up giving the home fans a treat in the 2-1 loss, throwing 47 of his 75 pitches for strikes. Manager Bruce Bochy announced Blach will fill in while MadBum is on the shelf and so far, so good. He even contributed a double with a run scored in two at-bats to look like Bumgarner in the offensive department, too.
Apr 26 - 2:53 AM

Justin Turner finished 2-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's game at San Francisco.

The former CS Fullerton standout has hit safely in 11 straight dating back to April 12. Turner is hitting .345 overall on the season. While he has just one RBI over his past nine games and no extra-base hits over the past four outings, fantasy owners cannot complain too vehemently. Turner has just seven strikeouts in 71 at-bats while hitting for an extremely high average.
Apr 26 - 2:51 AM

Kenley Jansen worked around two singles while recording four outs Tuesday at San Francisco for his fifth save of the season.

Jansen threw 15 of his 22 pitches for strikes in his first action since April 19. He has recorded four outs in each of his past three appearances as manager Dave Roberts bucks the usual trend of limiting his closer to just the ninth inning. It isn't affecting Jansen negatively, as he has worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings over his past five appearances and he is 5-for-5 on save chances this season.
Apr 26 - 2:47 AM

Clayton Kershaw allowed one earned run, six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over seven innings in a win at San Francisco on Tuesday.

Kershaw has four quality starts in five outings this season with the only exception coming at Coors Field back on April 8. He has at least six strikeouts in each of his five appearances while lasting at least seven frames in four of his starts. Kershaw continues to produce well for fantasy owners who looked to him in the early rounds.
Apr 26 - 2:44 AM

DJ LeMahieu finished 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

LeMahieu has collected two or more hits in nine of his past 15 games, raising his average to .295. He isn't posting many RBI near the top of the Colorado lineup, but he is piling up the hits and getting on base. The reigning National League batting champ continues to be a viable fantasy option in all formats.
Apr 26 - 2:08 AM

Charlie Blackmon finished 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

Blackmon is on a serious offensive roll, posting at least two RBI for the fifth consecutive outing. The outfielder has hit safely in 10 straight games, and 15 of the past 16 contests. He is hitting .341 (14-for-41) with five homers and 15 RBI during his impressive 10-game run.
Apr 26 - 2:04 AM



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