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Date: Team: Pos:

Brewers signed OF Quintin Berry to a minor league contract.

Berry had been playing for the independent league Long Island Ducks after the Twins released him back in May. He's been assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and could be a pinch-running option for the Brew Crew next month.
Source: LIDucks.com
Aug 18 - 10:29 AM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Thursday that Odubel Herrera (hamstring) "might have to go on the DL."

"We’re thinking a lot about it," the skipper added. Herrera missed a third straight game Thursday with a strained left hamstring and he hasn't recovered as quickly as hoped. The injury comes at a poor time for Herrera's fantasy owners, as he's been one of the hottest hitters in baseball with a .379/.431/.636 line during his current 17-game hitting streak.
Aug 18 - 9:41 AM

Zack Wheeler (arm) has resumed a throwing program.

It sounds like it's only been flat-ground work so far but that Wheeler is nearing a return to a mound. The right-hander is working his way back from a stress reaction in his pitching arm. Wheeler should make it back sometime this season if all goes well, but there's no timetable for his return.
Aug 18 - 9:29 AM

After an initial exam Thursday night, the Cubs are hopeful that Jon Lester (lat) will only miss 1-2 starts.

Lester was sent to see Dr. Stephen Gryzlo for a more in-depth exam, and it's possible Gryzlo will determine the injury is more serious. However, at least initially, it appears that the left-hander might not miss too much time. Even in a best-case scenario, a trip to the disabled list is virtually guaranteed. We'll find out more about Lester's condition later Friday. Mike Montgomery will fill in as long as Lester is out.
Aug 18 - 9:14 AM

Dodgers optioned INF/OF Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Segedin just returned from the disabled list earlier this week and now finds himself back in the minors. He has one hit in seven at-bats during his brief time with the big club this season.
Aug 18 - 8:41 AM

Robbie Ray (head) struck out 11 while allowing two runs over 4 2/3 innings in a rehab start with High-A Visalia on Thursday.

That will work. Ray looks to be fine physically after leaving a start late last month when he was struck in the head with a line drive, and it looks like he did a fine job knocking the rust off Thursday. He should soon officially be cleared to rejoin the Diamondbacks' rotation next week.
Aug 18 - 8:40 AM

Adam Wainwright is heading back to St. Louis to have his ailing right arm examined.

Wainwright's velocity has hovered in the 82-85 mph range in his last two starts and after the first outing he admitted that he's dealing with some pain on the outside of his elbow/triceps area. For what it's worth, he said at the time that it's something that pops up on him now and then and eventually goes away. With Wainwright struggling and Luke Weaver available to step in (he threw two scoreless relief innings Thursday after Wainwright exited), the Cardinals could make a move here.
Aug 18 - 8:12 AM

Dexter Fowler finished 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBI and three runs scored to help the Cardinals come back to beat the Pirates 11-7 on Thursday.

With the Cards trailing by a run in the seventh inning, Fowler ripped a pitch down the right field line that plated two and allowed the speedy outfielder to race around for his sixth triple of the year. He also walked twice in the game, reaching base in four of five plate appearances. It's nothing new for Fowler since his return from the disabled list -- in 10 games, he's now 14-for-31 with five doubles, two triples, a home run, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored. The hot stretch has his overall line up to a passable .262/.363/.489.
Aug 18 - 2:06 AM

Josh Harrison went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and three runs scored in a loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.

Harrison was able to get just enough of an Adam Wainwright offering, pulling it over the left field wall for a two-run clout in the first inning. The homer was his 13th of the year but just his third since the All-Star break. His production since the break aside, Harrison has been fairly useful for fantasy owners this year, batting .278/.349/.425 with 13 homers and 12 steals overall.
Aug 18 - 2:01 AM

Tommy Pham went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored in Thursday's win over the Pirates.

Pham had already extended his hitting streak to nine games before crushing an inside pitch down the left field line for the solo shot in the ninth. The homer was his 15th of the year, giving him 50 RBI and 66 runs scored in 92 games. An absolute revelation and one of the main reasons the Cardinals were able to climb back into playoff contention, the 29-year-old is hitting .312/.402/.502 overall.
Aug 18 - 1:55 AM

Ryan Zimmerman hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning of Thursday's win over the Padres.

The two clubs were tied at 1-1 with two outs in the eighth when Zimmerman stepped to the plate and unloaded for a no-doubt solo blast off Kirby Yates to give the Nats the late lead. For the season as a whole, the veteran first baseman is hitting a gaudy .310/.360/.593 with 29 homers and 86 RBI in 109 games played. He has homered in back-to-back contests and has launched three long balls in his last four games.
Aug 18 - 1:32 AM

Sean Doolittle registered his 10th save with the Nationals courtesy of a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Padres.

Doolittle came in to start the ninth with the Nationals up just 2-1. He proceeded to strike out two, wrapping up the save needing 13 pitches (eight strikes). The southpaw reliever is now 10-for-10 in save opportunities since coming over to the Nationals from the A's in July.
Aug 18 - 1:30 AM

Jedd Gyorko went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Pirates on Thursday.

Gyorko took Pirates starter Jameson Taillon deep in the second inning for a solo shot, his 16th dinger of the year. He added a pair of singles for a rare three-hit night, something he's done just twice since June 21. He's having a fine year all around after settling in as the team's starter at the hot corner, batting .273/.342/.464 with his 16 homers, 57 RBI, 46 runs scored and six steals.
Aug 18 - 1:28 AM

Wil Myers went 2-for-3 with a double in Thursday's loss to the Nationals.

Myers had one of just three extra-base hits by the Padres in the narrow 2-1 defeat. He has collected four hits in his last five at-bats, with two of those knocks going for extra bases. On a wider scale, the 26-year-old is slashing .242/.328/.467 with 24 homers, 59 RBI and 14 steals over the course of 116 games played. He is currently four home runs shy of tying the career-best 28 dingers he socked a year ago.
Aug 18 - 1:25 AM

Jameson Taillon allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Cardinals.

Taillon mixed moments of brilliance -- he struck out seven in his five innings -- with frustration -- he also walked three along with giving up seven hits. He wasn't overly dominant, but rain also shortened what could have been a longer outing for the 25-year-old. Instead, he settled for a no-decision to leave his record at 7-5 through 18 starts. Taillon will carry a 4.64 ERA and 1.51 WHIP into a matchup with the NL-leading Dodgers on Tuesday.
Aug 18 - 1:24 AM



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