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Rangers released RHP Jaye Chapman.

Chapman posted an ugly 6.63 ERA and 1.72 WHIP over 36 2/3 innings this summer in the Rangers' minor league system. The 30-year-old right-hander hasn't made an appearance in a major league game since back in 2012.
Aug 17 - 9:27 AM

Seung Hwan Oh worked a scoreless seventh inning Wednesday night against the Red Sox.

Oh needed just 10 total pitches to retire Jackie Bradley, Eduardo Nunez, and Mookie Betts. The South Korean right-hander boasts a 0.82 ERA and 13/0 K/BB ratio over his last 12 appearances and could take back over as the Cardinals' primary closer if Trevor Rosenthal (arm) lands on the disabled list. Tyler Lyons and John Brebbia might also enter the ninth-inning mix.
Aug 17 - 9:25 AM

Rangers released LHP Bobby LaFromboise.

LaFromboise had logged just three innings this season with the Rangers' rookie-level Arizona League team. The 31-year-old left-hander hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2015.
Aug 17 - 9:22 AM

Trevor Rosenthal will be examined by the Cardinals' medical staff for renewed tightness in his right arm.

Rosenthal was pulled from a save chance Wednesday night against the Red Sox after giving up a homer and a walk to the first two batters he faced. His fastball velocity was way down and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny noted in his postgame press conference that "something didn't look right." This comes with frustrating timing, as Rosenthal had recaptured ninth-inning duties in St. Louis this summer alongside a career-best strikeout rate. Seung Hwan Oh, Tyler Lyons, and John Brebbia could all see saves down the stretch if Rosenthal is badly injured. Oh is probably the best fantasy stash of the group.
Aug 17 - 8:56 AM

Andre Ethier (back) went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a walk Wednesday in his third rehab game with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

The promising news is he was able to play six innings in left field without his back flaring up. Ethier will likely join the Dodgers when rosters expand in September, assuming he can avoid further setbacks. The veteran outfielder has been sidelined all season.
Aug 17 - 8:46 AM

Kevin Kiermaier (hip) is eyeing a return this weekend, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Kiermaier is just 1-for-15 through four rehab games at High-A Charlotte, but if he feels good after playing a full nine innings of center field on Thursday it sounds like the Rays might activate him from the disabled list ahead of Friday's series opener against the visiting Mariners. Kiermaier has been on the shelf since early June because of a fractured hip. He also came down with a minor back issue in late July.
Aug 17 - 8:43 AM

Alex Cobb (toe) threw a successful 40-pitch bullpen session Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that Cobb "felt very good" during and after the workout, calling the progress "great news." It sounds like the right-hander will be cleared to return to Tampa Bay's starting rotation next week, without making a minor league rehab start. Cobb, out since August 6 due to turf toe, holds a 3.80 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 96/37 K/BB ratio in 147 innings this season.
Aug 17 - 8:37 AM

Grant Dayton (neck) said he's expecting to be activated from the disabled list on September 1.

Dayton will spend one week pitching in rehab games with Double-A Tulsa and the next week appearing in rehab games at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He'll then be ready to rock when rosters expand. The lefty reliever has struggled with his command in 2017 and the Dodgers have fared just fine without him, so a slow process seems like the wise process here.
Aug 17 - 8:24 AM

Yasiel Puig walked off another Dodgers win with a two-run double in the ninth inning Wednesday against the White Sox.

Puig, who had been hitless over the last week, plated Logan Forsythe and Austin Barnes to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win. He has 57 RBI in 372 at-bats, which is pretty good for someone who has spent so much of the year batting eighth. The Dodgers improved to 85-34 with the victory.
Aug 17 - 2:12 AM

Carlos Rodon limited the Dodgers to two runs in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday.

Rodon ended up with four walks and four strikeouts, so it wasn't a dominant effort. Still, this makes four straight quality starts for him, all against some of the best teams in baseball (he faced Cleveland, Boston and Houston his previous three times out). In fact, eight of his nine starts have come against teams currently in postseason position, making his 4.00 ERA impressive indeed.
Aug 17 - 2:09 AM

Aaron Bummer and Jake Petricka combined to give up three runs in the ninth in a loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Juan Minaya, who threw 23 pitches Tuesday, faced just two hitters while finishing the eighth tonight. Gregory Infante then got the first out with a 4-2 lead in the ninth, only to be replaced by Aaron Bummer. A single followed, and in came Petricka, who entered the night with an 8.05 ERA and a 1.895 WHIP in 19 innings. The end result was unsurprising; Petricka retired none of the three batters he faced as the Dodgers came back to win. We can't imagine Petricka will see a ninth-inning lead again anytime soon. Minaya really seems like the best choice for Renteria.
Aug 17 - 2:06 AM

Logan Forsythe doubled twice and walked Wednesday against the White Sox.

Forsythe has been a definite disappointment offensively, with the obvious caveat that it hasn't stopped the Dodgers from going 85-34 so far. If he can get hot down the stretch, it just adds more length to a lineup that's already plenty long.
Aug 17 - 2:02 AM

Nick Delmonico went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers Wednesday against the Dodgers.

The good times won't last forever, but at the moment, Delmonico is sporting a 1.088 OPS in 48 at-bats as a big leaguer. The White Sox had been starting to sit him some since Avisail Garcia returned, but one imagines this will help him become a lineup fixture for a little while.
Aug 17 - 1:59 AM

Trevor Story went 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI as the Rockies crushed the Braves 17-2 on Wednesday.

Story is still striking out a ton, but he is hitting .242 with seven homers and 21 RBI in 95 at-bats during the second half. Those power numbers will make him a valuable fantasy property just as long as he can keep his OBP acceptable enough to remain in the Rockies' lineup.
Aug 17 - 1:56 AM

Jon Gray pitched six innings of two-run ball to beat the Braves at Coors Field on Wednesday.

Gray has turned steadier of late, allowing three runs of fewer in five straight starts. Of course, it doesn't hurt that his last three starts have come against the dregs of the NL East (the Phillies, Marlins and Braves). He'll face Kansas City next time out and then probably get the Braves again afterwards.
Aug 17 - 1:54 AM



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