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Brandon Nimmo left Thursday's game against the Phillies with a left finger injury.

Aug 16 - 5:10 PM

MLB suspended Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig two games for "fighting and inciting a bench-clearing incident" Tuesday against the Giants.

He had words with Nick Hundley during his at-bat in the seventh inning and later shoved the Giants catcher, leading to a bench-clearing brawl as both players were ejected. The league didn't suspend Hundley, though he has been fined for his role in Tuesday's melee. Puig is appealing the ban and will be available for the Dodgers' next game Friday against Seattle.
Aug 16 - 5:03 PM

Brandon McCarthy (knee) will throw a live batting practice Saturday at Triple-A Gwinnett.

He'll be joined by right-hander Peter Moylan (forearm). Both players should be available out of the bullpen for Gwinnett as soon as Tuesday. McCarthy, who recently announced that this will be his final season, should be back in the big leagues later this month, or at worst by the time rosters expand in September.
Aug 16 - 4:44 PM

Charlie Blackmon is not in the Rockies' lineup Thursday against the Braves.

Blackmon has had a rough week, going 3-for-23 with six strikeouts over his last six games while seeing his average dip from .281 to .273. He'll get a night off to recharge the batteries while David Dahl fills in at center field. Dahl will hit leadoff against Julio Teheran in Thursday night's opener.
Aug 16 - 4:23 PM

Carlos Martinez (shoulder) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday at Double-A Springfield.

Martinez will pitch an inning or two for Springfield on both Friday and Sunday before rejoining the Cardinals in Los Angeles next week. The 26-year-old right-hander is going to finish out the season in a relief role with St. Louis. He's been on the disabled list three times this year with upper arm injuries.
Aug 16 - 3:37 PM

T.J. Rivera (elbow) is expected to join the Mets after rosters expand in September.

Rivera has not resumed his minor league rehab assignment, but that should happen soon. The 29-year-old infielder underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery 11 months ago.
Aug 16 - 3:30 PM

Joe Ross (elbow) worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his rehab debut Thursday with High-A Potomac.

Ross allowed just one hit in the 63-pitch outing. He'll probably need three or four more appearances on the farm before the Nationals consider him as an option for their pitching staff. The 25-year-old right-hander had Tommy John elbow surgery last July.
Aug 16 - 3:27 PM

Pirates designated RHP Casey Sadler for assignment.

The move clears out a 40-man roster spot for shortstop prospect Kevin Newman, who was called up to the majors on Thursday. Sadler had allowed seven runs -- four earned -- over 4 1/3 innings this season with Pittsburgh.
Aug 16 - 3:25 PM

Pirates placed SS Jordy Mercer on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 15, with a left calf strain.

Mercer suffered the injury on Tuesday and could miss the rest of August. Adeiny Hechavarria and Kevin Newman figure to share time at shortstop in Pittsburgh.
Aug 16 - 3:24 PM

Pirates recalled OF Jordan Luplow from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Luplow, 24, has batted just .197/.272/.377 over his first 136 plate appearances at the major league level over the last two seasons. He is not fantasy relevant.
Aug 16 - 3:21 PM

Pirates purchased the contract of INF Kevin Newman from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Newman, the 19th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, has batted .302/.350/.407 with four home runs and 28 stolen bases in 109 games this season at the Triple-A level. His speed could give him some appeal in NL-only fantasy leagues if the playing time is there, but Newman will likely split time at shortstop with Adeiny Hechavarria.
Aug 16 - 3:20 PM

Pirates optioned C Jacob Stallings to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Francisco Cervelli survived a concussion scare last weekend, so Stallings is no longer needed. The 28-year-old is 2-for-13 with four strikeouts this year in the majors.
Aug 16 - 3:18 PM

Matt Carpenter (hand) is starting at first base and batting leadoff Thursday night against the Nationals.

Carpenter was pulled from Wednesday night's win over Washington after taking a pitch off his right hand, but tests came back clean and he's back in there Thursday. The 32-year-old is a legitimate MVP candidate.
Aug 16 - 3:11 PM

Starling Marte (illness) is back in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday night against the Cubs.

Marte sat out of Wednesday's series finale against the Twins due to a minor illness. He is starting in center field and batting second Thursday versus Jon Lester.
Aug 16 - 3:07 PM

Jordy Mercer (calf) remains out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Thursday.

Mercer is still battling left calf discomfort. Adeiny Hechavarria will start at shortstop and bat eighth Thursday night against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester.
Aug 16 - 3:06 PM



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