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Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday that Domingo Santana (elbow) is "not making much progress."

Counsell added that it's "doubtful" the outfielder will make it back before the All-Star break. "He's not on the field yet for throwing activities," the skipper said. "So, I don't think he'll make it before the All-Star break." Santana has played in only 40 games this season due to a sore shoulder and now a sore elbow. "We're not making much progress, I guess, which is frustrating for Domingo," Counsell said. "You've got to get him pain-free before we head him to the next step. Diagnostically, we feel like we've done everything that needs to be done. It's just in the healing stage. There's nothing that needs to be done. Just rest and therapy. We're trying to get him to progress to the point of plyometric exercises inside, then you start throwing."
Jun 30 - 10:12 AM

Roberto Perez (thumb) could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

Perez would be used in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually catching some games. Out since late April with a thumb injury, Perez could make it back before the All-Star break.
Jun 30 - 10:02 AM

The Red Sox could call up pitching prospect Aaron Wilkerson to make his major league debut on Sunday against the Angels.

They need a starter to replace Eduardo Rodriguez and the most obvious candidate, Roenis Elias, isn't an option since he pitched Wednesday. Henry Owens is unlikely given his control issues (6.2 BB/9 at Triple-A Pawtucket). That brings us to Wilkerson, a 27-year-old who was pitching in independent ball in 2014. Wilkerson has been superb between Double- and Triple-A this season, posting a 2.00 ERA and 97/24 K/BB ratio over 85 1/3 innings. It's unlikely that he'll produce much fantasy value.
Jun 30 - 9:12 AM

Joel de la Cruz is expected to make another start for the Braves on Monday in Philadelphia.

De la Cruz had a solid major league debut on Wednesday, holding the Indians to three runs over six innings. The Braves are dealing with a handful of injuries to their rotation, so the 27-year-old will get a shot to stick around for a while. He's not recommended in fantasy leagues.
Jun 30 - 8:54 AM

The Diamondbacks expect to have a clearer picture as to Zack Greinke's (oblique) status on Friday.

That's the day he's slated to throw his normal between-starts bullpen session. Greinke, who left Tuesday's outing with tightness in his left oblique, is scheduled to start again on Monday but might wind up needing a stint on the disabled list. "We’ve just got our fingers crossed," chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said. "I know there’s a lot of the season left after the All-Star break, so we want to be very careful. … We’ll be more careful than aggressive in pushing." If Greinke does need a DL stint, Zack Godley and possibly Braden Shipley are the most likely options to fill his spot in the rotation.
Jun 30 - 8:49 AM

Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) will play catch every other day for another week before hopefully beginning a throwing program.

He played catch Wednesday for the second time since being placed on the disabled list. "I feel good," he said. "I feel pretty much normal." It's a nice first step for De La Rosa, who is battling a stretched ulnar collateral ligament, but he's a ways away. "When he starts to get off the mound, that will be the tell-tale sign of when he starts to go out and throw a couple (bullpens)," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. "It’s back to spring-training mode for him."
Jun 30 - 8:40 AM

Curtis Granderson (calf) notched a pinch-hit single in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals.

Granderson was a late scratch from the lineup due to a minor calf ailment that forced him from Tuesday's game, but the fact that he was able to pinch-hit (and do so successfully) is a good sign. He could be back in the lineup as soon as Thursday.
Jun 30 - 8:11 AM

The Giants will forgo the DH and have Madison Bumgarner bat in his start in Oakland on Thursday.

If the Giants really thought batting Bumgarner in a game in Oakland were a smart play, it'd probably make more sense to actually let him DH once. By forgoing the DH while he's pitching, it means they'll be pinch-hitting for the pitcher after he leaves. On the other hand, it is Bumgarner in Oakland, so he's a threat to go eight or nine innings anyway. Bumgarner is hitting .175/.261/.350 with two homers in 40 at-bats this year.
Jun 30 - 1:52 AM

Jameson Taillon defeated the Mariners by allowing one run in six innings on Wednesday.

Taillon struck out six and walked none in his second big-league victory. He's issued a total of six walks in five starts for the Pirates, so control isn't any kind of issue. He's not getting as many swings and misses on his fastball as one would like to see from someone who throws in the mid-90s, but he's been pretty impressive anyway, particularly for someone who has missed so much time as a professional. Next up for him is a showdown in St. Louis.
Jun 30 - 1:44 AM

Wade Miley lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

Miley was making his return after missing a couple of weeks with a shoulder impingement. He had a 5.28 ERA before getting hurt, so there's no telling from his performance whether the Mariners rushed him back or not; he just hasn't been consistent or good. His rotation spot should be safe until Felix Hernandez comes back, but he needs to do better if he wants to keep it for the long haul.
Jun 30 - 1:40 AM

In his first appearance after being moved to the pen, Nate Karns struck out six in two scoreless innings Wednesday against the Pirates.

Karns still looked like one of the Mariners' five-best starters even with his modestly disappointing start this year, but tonight showed why the move to the pen could work out anyway. The team could finish the year with Karns and Edwin Diaz as its two best relievers.
Jun 30 - 1:36 AM

Sean Rodriguez doubled twice and knocked in four runs Wednesday against the Mariners.

Rodriguez entered the night with a .675 OPS and no homers in 65 at-bats in June, so he had cooled considerably after his fantastic start. Still, he's been a terrific asset for the Pirates with his production and versatility this year.
Jun 30 - 1:33 AM

Starling Marte had three hits, a walk, a steal and three runs scored Wednesday against the Mariners.

Marte hit sixth tonight for just the fourth time this season, not that it stopped him. He's been an elite fantasy outfielder even while being locked out of the top three spots in the Pirates order this year. Still, we prefer to see him hitting cleanup than fifth or sixth.
Jun 30 - 1:30 AM

Alcides Escobar delivered a go-ahead double in the top of the 12th to help the Royals beat the Cardinals 3-2 on Wednesday.

With Whit Merrifield getting the night off (at least to start), Escobar made his first start in the leadoff spot in three weeks. This will probably keep him there through 2018. Not only did he have the 12th-inning double, but his sac fly opened the scoring in the top of the eighth and he also had a single earlier in the contest. The double pushed his OPS back up to .600 for the first time since June 1.
Jun 30 - 1:22 AM

Edinson Volquez bounced back from last week's debacle against the Astros to hold the Cardinals scoreless for 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

Volquez gave up 11 earned runs in one-plus innings last Friday, taking his ERA from 4.12 to 5.15. This brings it back down to 4.80. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out four. Volquez has a two-start week versus the Blue Jays and Mariners lined up next.
Jun 30 - 1:18 AM


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