Handling the Hype Machine

Handling the Hype Machine
Tyler Lockett and Julius Thomas impressed at OTAs. Are they worth the hype? Jesse Pantuosco investigates in this week's Bump and Run.
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Charlie Blackmon is not in the Rockies starting lineup for Tuesday night's tilt against the Blue Jays.

There's nothing wrong with the speedy center fielder, it's just a routine day of rest. Brandon Barnes will start in his place against JA Happ and the Jays.
Jun 28 - 6:40 PM

Athletics optioned INF Max Muncy to Triple-A Nashville.

The 25-year-old utility man became the odd-man out with Josh Reddick returning on Tuesday. He hit a respectable .257/.366/.314 with a pair of RBI in just 41 plate appearances during his time with the big league club.
Jun 28 - 6:37 PM

Athletics activated OF Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list.

He'll rejoin the A's lineup immediately, batting third and playing right field against Albert Suarez and the Giants. Reddick had been sidelined since May 19 due to a fractured left thumb. He returns to a .322/.394/.466 line with five homers and 18 RBI in 44 games.
Jun 28 - 6:35 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Clayton Kershaw is heading to Los Angeles to visit a back specialist.

Kershaw, who has been battling lower back discomfort for weeks, is hopeful that he'll make his scheduled start against the Rockies on Friday. If he's forced to miss any significant amount of time, it could be devastating to the Dodgers and fantasy owners alike.
Source: MLB.com
Jun 28 - 6:17 PM

D.J. LeMahieu (knee) said Tuesday that he's feeling much better and expects to return to the starting lineup on Wednesday.

LeMahieu was forced to leave Sunday's game with a left knee contusion and sat out on Monday as a precautionary measure. It's likely that Daniel Descalso will fill in again on Tuesday against JA Happ and the Blue Jays.
Jun 28 - 5:27 PM

Trevor Story will test out his injured finger by throwing during batting practice on Tuesday, and if all feels well he'll be in the Rockies starting lineup.

Otherwise, he'll get another day of rest with Cristhian Adames likely in his stead. Story sustained a bruised right middle finger when he was drilled by a pitch in the ninth inning on Sunday.
Jun 28 - 5:23 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Tuesday that Anibal Sanchez will continue to work out of the bullpen.

Sanchez made a spot start in place of Michael Fulmer over the weekend where he was blasted by the Cleveland Indians. He'll continue to work out of his funk in a middle or long relief role for the Tigers.
Jun 28 - 5:03 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) threw a successful bullpen session on Tuesday.

The star right-hander was pleased with how everything went and felt afterwards. The Nationals will continue to play things cautiously with his recovery and he's unlikely to return from the disabled list when first eligible on Friday. Barring any further setbacks though, a return next week seems plausible.
Jun 28 - 4:59 PM
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