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Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will throw another bullpen session on Wednesday.

It's not clear how many pitches he will throw after he tossed 25 fastballs in his first bullpen session Saturday. Tanaka's recovery from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament has gone as well as could be hoped to this point, but he's far from out of the woods. There's no timetable for the righty's return.
Aug 20 - 9:32 AM

The White Sox are considering giving Conor Gillaspie some playing time in the outfield.

The idea is geared more towards next season as the Sox try to find out how versatile Gillaspie can be. The 27-year-old sports a nice .309/.360/.451 batting line as the club's starting third baseman next season, but the Pale Hose would be better off in the long haul if they're not counting on Gillaspie to be more than a backup. "I will,’’ Gillaspie said when asked about if he'd be willing to play the outfield. "I’m sure I could get the hang of it. If not this year, then for sure in the spring. Whatever it is they want me to do. If it means I can stay here and play, I’ll do whatever they ask.’’
Aug 20 - 9:11 AM

J.J. Hardy admitted Tuesday that his left thumb injury is "definitely not in the past."

You wouldn't know it by the way Hardy is swinging the bat, as he's 7-for-20 with a home run since returning from the injury. As long as he doesn't have a setback, it appears it's nothing to be overly concerned about. "I don’t know," said Hardy how he's managed to be productive. "Maybe I’m not trying to do too much because I can’t. That’s my only explanation, but [the thumb injury] is definitely not in the past. … Swing and misses don’t feel good. I’ve just got to limit that. I’m taking less swings [in batting practice] and probably at about 50 percent."
Aug 20 - 8:58 AM

Dan Jennings (concussion) began rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Marlins on Tuesday.

He threw a scoreless inning in his first appearance. Miraculously, Jennings didn't experience a serious injury after being hit in the head by a line drive a couple weeks ago. The Marlins might hold him out until rosters expand, but it appears that he'll be fine.
Aug 20 - 8:39 AM

Jake Marisnick went 0-for-5 at the plate in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

Marisnick wasn't in Sunday's lineup in part because he's dealing with some soreness in his lower back. He's cooled off of late after a hot start with the Astros.
Aug 20 - 5:25 AM

Rajai Davis had an RBI single and stole a base in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Davis exited Sunday's contest with a bruised thumb, but he wound up not missing a game. The outfielder sports a .289/.328/.414 with 31 stolen bases this season.
Aug 20 - 5:25 AM

Carl Crawford reached base in all four plate appearances, scored three runs and knocked in three more in Tuesday's 8-6 victory over the Padres.

He finished 3-for-3 with a walk, home run and stolen base. If owners in your league have been slumbering and Crawford remains available on the waiver wire, stop reading this update and go pick him up. Just go. In his last 12 starts, Crawford has eight multi-hit games. He is 21-for-50 (.420) with six steals since August 4. The one fantasy element we haven't seen during his hot streak is power -- no homers since May 23 coming into tonight -- so it was good to see him leave the yard. Crawford is a must-start in all formats until he cools off.
Aug 20 - 2:09 AM

Abraham Almonte went 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's setback against the Dodgers.

Almonte was spectacular at the dish, but an adventure on the base paths, as he was caught stealing and later thrown out to end the game. Fortunately, the latter two mistakes won't be counted in the vast majority of formats. He's almost unowned across formats, and that needs to change. The 25-year-old -- Seattle's Opening Day center fielder and leadoff hitter -- is slashing .361/.368/.528 since coming over in the Chris Denorfia deal. As long as he's hot and playing every day, Almonte should be started in NL-only formats.
Aug 20 - 1:55 AM

Derek Norris will not play Wednesday due to a minor back issue.

The ailment doesn't affect Norris behind or at the plate but does when he's running. He should be OK in a day or two.
Aug 20 - 1:51 AM

Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's 8-6 loss against the Dodgers.

Gyorko crushed a Kevin Correia pitch 413 feet over the center field wall in the first inning to plate Abraham Almonte and Seth Smith and give San Diego an early 3-0 lead. He didn't reach again until a ninth inning single off Kenley Jansen. That hit momentarily made the affair very interesting, but Almonte was thrown out after rounding third to end the game. Gyorko remains hot since returning from the disabled list (plantar fasciitis) in late July, going 24-for-77 (.312) with four homers, five doubles and 20 RBI.
Aug 20 - 1:50 AM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Zack Greinke (elbow) is a "possibility" to make his next scheduled start on Thursday.

Mattingly downplayed Greinke's sore elbow earlier in the day, but he was more reserved with his comments after Tuesday's game. The right-hander skipped his normal between-starts bullpen session due to a sore pitching elbow. Mattingly said more information on Greinke's status will be available Wednesday.
Aug 20 - 1:49 AM

Kevin Correia beat the Padres despite allowing four runs on eight hits over five innings Tuesday.

Correia struck out six and walked one against his former team (he's also a San Diego native). Like a jilted lover forced to have dinner with an ex, Correia took his lumps but was just effective enough to come out victorious, thanks to his wing men (who scored eight runs in an 8-6 victory). He was filling in for the injured Hyun-Jin Ryu. The veteran right-hander posted a rough 4.94 ERA in Minnesota earlier this season, but has made a nice first impression in Los Angeles, winning each of his first two starts (4.09 ERA). He's not to be used outside of NL-only formats.
Aug 20 - 1:42 AM

Ian Kennedy was blasted for six runs (five earned) over five innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday night.

The Dodgers didn't take Kennedy out of the yard, but they were quite content to make the evening miserable on him within the confines of Dodger Stadium. Chief amongst those hitting the balls on the screws were Matt Kemp and Justin Turner, each of whom doubled twice. You could be forgiven for not having seen this stinker coming: Kennedy came into the game 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA over his last eight starts. We do know, however, that the right-hander hates facing Los Angeles, having gone 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA in his previous six outings against them. While you're advised to avoid him in any matchup across from the Dodgers, Kennedy is a useful fantasy hurler against most everybody else. He will take a 3.72 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 168/54 K/BB ratio into this weekend's start in Arizona.
Aug 20 - 1:41 AM

Coco Crisp singled, tripled and drove in three runs as Oakland held off the Mets in a 6-2 Tuesday victory.

And oh boy, was it needed. Crisp has battled a chronic neck injury while looking absolutely helpless in the batter's box in the second half, entering this game 9-for-73 (.123) since the All-Star break. His owners are a bit shell shocked, as Crisp slashed a robust .291/.387/.449 in the first half. He had only one extra-base hit and one RBI in his past eight games, and both came on Monday. Hopefully we're seeing the beginnings of a strong six-week run to finish the season.
Aug 20 - 1:34 AM

Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a home run against the A's on Tuesday.

D'Arnaud's fourth inning solo homer put the Mets up 1-0, but they had difficulty mustering up offense the rest of the way in the 6-2 setback. The 25-year-old backstop continues to be a fantasy godsend for owners who took a chance on him after he was promoted on June 24. He was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas in early June after batting a cringe-worthy .180/.271/.273 over 39 games, but destroyed the ball on the farm (24-for-55 with six home runs, eight doubles, and 16 RBI over 15 games) to earn a quick trip back to the Big Apple. Since his promotion, d'Arnaud is 42-for-158 (.266) with eight homers, 10 doubles and a triple. That's serious power for a catcher. Keep riding the hot hand.
Aug 20 - 1:32 AM



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