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Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out of the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.

Puig was used as a pinch-hitter in Friday's extra-innings marathon, but he isn't ready to return to the outfield and probably won't start Sunday either. He tweaked his right hamstring Thursday afternoon in D.C.
Jul 23 - 4:42 PM

Matt Holliday is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup on Saturday night.

Holliday took a 95 mph fastball off his nose Thursday, but he played all 16 innings of Friday night's extra-innings win over the Dodgers. This is just a day of rest.
Jul 23 - 4:21 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) will begin facing live hitters next week, per Mets manager Terry Collins.

That's the final step before a minor league rehab assignment. Wheeler has run into multiple setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but he could become an option for New York in late August if everything runs smoothly from here.
Jul 23 - 4:10 PM

Mike Mayers will make his major league debut for the Cardinals on Sunday night against the Dodgers.

Many had hoped that it would be top prospect Alex Reyes getting the call for the spot start on Sunday, but it'll be the 24-year-old Mayers instead. He has pitched well between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis this season, compiling a 2.62 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 86/36 K/BB ratio across 106 2/3 innings.
Jul 23 - 3:41 PM

Dodgers optioned LHP Grant Dayton to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Dodgers needed a fresh arm in the bullpen after Friday's marathon game, so Dayton became the odd-man out. He pitched two scoreless innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts in his lone appearance with the big league club. Expect to see him back with the Dodgers soon.
Jul 23 - 3:35 PM

Dodgers recalled RHP Ross Stripling from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The 26-year-old right-hander has appeared in nine games for the Dodgers in 2016, compiling a 4.53 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 34/18 K/BB ratio. He's expected to work in a long relief role for the Dodgers.
Jul 23 - 3:31 PM

Diamondbacks placed INF Nick Ahmed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip impingement.

Ahmed may have been expendable anyways with Chris Owings returning from the disabled list. He was hitting just .218/.265/.299 with a 58/15 K/BB ratio in 284 at-bats with the Diamondbacks before suffering the hip injury.
Jul 23 - 3:21 PM

Diamondbacks activated INF/OF Chris Owings from the 15-day disabled list.

He's active and with the club for Saturday's game. Owings has been sidelined since June 11 due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He's expected to platoon in center field with Michael Bourn.
Jul 23 - 3:19 PM

Hunter Pence is scheduled to play six innings in a minor league rehab game with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

He'll play seven innings on Sunday. If all continues to progress, he could be looking at a return to the Giants lineup before the end of next week, though there have already been multiple setbacks in his recovery so nothing is a given.
Jul 23 - 2:41 PM

Joe Panik (concussion) was checked by a doctor on Saturday and has been cleared to continue baseball work.

He's going to remain out of the lineup at Triple-A for another couple of days, but it sounds as though he is progressing toward a return to the field. Panik has been on the sidelines since late June due to his concussion symptoms.
Jul 23 - 2:39 PM

Pirates recalled C Elias Diaz from Triple-A Indianapolis.

He'll provide depth behind the plate for the Bucs with Eric Fryer away on paternity leave. He doesn't hold any fantasy value.
Jul 23 - 1:34 PM

Pirates placed C Eric Fryer on the paternity leave list.

Fryer's wife gave birth to twins on Saturday morning, so he certainly has his hands full for the next couple of days. Elias Diaz was recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the roster.
Jul 23 - 1:33 PM

Pirates optioned RHP A.J. Schugel to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Schugel had been serving as the long man in the Pirates bullpen, but with Jeff Locke shifting to that role he became expendable. Expect to see him again at some point during the second half of the season.
Jul 23 - 1:32 PM

Pirates recalled RHP Tyler Glasnow from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Glasnow will make his second start with the Pirates on Saturday at home against the Phillies. If he pitches well, he could make a case for remaining in the rotation for the remainder of the season.
Jul 23 - 1:30 PM

Buster Posey (foot) is in the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

Posey was forced to leave Friday's game after fouling a ball off of his back leg. He suffered only a minor contusion though and is back behind the dish and batting third for the Giants against Ivan Nova and the Yankees on Saturday afternoon.
Jul 23 - 1:14 PM



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