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Addison Russell (shoulder) could return to the Cubs' starting lineup Thursday.

Russell hasn't started a game since exiting Sunday's series finale against the Marlins with right shoulder discomfort, but he did pinch-hit on Monday and Tuesday. It's clearly not an overly serious injury. Cubs manager Joe Maddon needs Russell active now more than ever with Kris Bryant (ankle) and Ben Zobrist (wrist) both sidelined.
Source: ESPN Chicago
Jun 29 - 5:15 AM

Scott Kazmir (hip) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session in front of Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt on Thursday at Angel Stadium.

Kazmir worked three innings of one-run ball in his first minor league rehab game Monday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and met up with the Dodgers in Anaheim on Wednesday for a reevaluation from the team's medical and coaching staffs. He's probably going to need another three or four successful rehab starts before becoming an option for the major league rotation. The veteran lefty has been out all year due to a hip injury and general arm fatigue.
Jun 29 - 5:07 AM

Daniel Mengden has been out of action all month at Triple-A Nashville due to a stress reaction in his rib cage.

But he's on the mend at the Athletics' spring training complex in Arizona, per beat writer Jane Lee of MLB.com. Mengden allowed nine earned runs in eight innings (two starts) earlier this season with Oakland. It'll probably be a while before we see him again at the major league level.
Jun 29 - 5:01 AM

Yonder Alonso (knee) said late Wednesday that he could be ready to play Thursday.

Alonso was removed from Wednesday night's loss to the Astros after fouling a ball off his right knee in the eighth inning and he looked to be in a good amount of pain as he limped off the field, but the 30-year-old slugger escaped with a minor contusion. Consider him day-to-day.
Jun 29 - 4:59 AM

Tyler Austin will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring.

Austin initially injured the hamstring down at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and it has worsened since his promotion to the MLB level. Yankees manager Joe Girardi acknowledged Wednesday that this could be a situation that requires a 10-day disabled list stint. Dustin Fowler may be on the way up from the minors to help out at first base.
Jun 29 - 4:55 AM

Avisail Garcia is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left knee Thursday morning.

Garcia left Wednesday night's game against the Yankees after landing awkwardly while sliding back into first base on a pickoff attempt. He said after the game that he doesn't think it's anything serious, but the White Sox want to be sure. "I got a little bit hurt, but I’m fine," the 26-year-old outfielder told reporters late Wednesday.
Jun 29 - 4:50 AM

Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Wednesday as the Angels edged the Dodgers 3-2.

The Angels won the game in the bottom of the ninth after Ben Revere reached on an error, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score on a wild pitch/strikeout in which Yasmani Grandal's throw to first sailed into right field. That's how one might expect a 27-52 team to lose, not a 52-27 team like the Dodgers, but you just never know with baseball. Simmons' homer off Ryu would have been the decisive blow tonight if Grandal hadn't homered with two outs and two strikes in the top of the ninth to tie the game. It was Simmons' eighth homer in 81 games this year. That matches his total in 271 games from 2015 and 2016.
Jun 29 - 1:48 AM

Alex Meyer pitched around five walks to shut out the Dodgers for six innings Wednesday.

Meyer got a visit from the trainer at the beginning of the fourth, but he was allowed to continue. He gave up just one hit on the night, illustrating what he might be capable of as he does a better job of harnessing his stuff. Still, with 37 walks in 55 1/3 innings this year, he's not a mixed-league option.
Jun 29 - 1:44 AM

Cam Bedrosian was given his first save chance Wednesday since coming off the DL, but he blew it after giving up a game-tying homer with two outs and two strikes.

Yasmani Grandal hit the homer, the first allowed by Bedrosian in 12 innings this year and just the second in 52 1/3 innings since the beginning of last year. Bedrosian remains worth owning in mixed leagues, but he's probably going to resume setting up with Bud Norris potentially returning this weekend.
Jun 29 - 1:42 AM

Hyun-Jin Ryu fanned eight while allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday versus the Angels.

Ryu took a shot from Andrelton Simmons off his foot, but he was able to stay in the game tonight and put together another solid showing. He's allowed exactly two runs in three straight starts, though he didn't complete six innings in any of those. He should be a nice play in mixed leagues with scheduled home outings against the Diamondbacks and Royals next week.
Jun 29 - 1:39 AM

Trayce Thompson homered Wednesday for his first hit in the majors this season.

Thompson had been 0-for-13 before taking Keynan Middleton deep in the eighth inning tonight. He's probably not going to be up for long, but he should start versus lefties until he's sent back down.
Jun 29 - 1:35 AM

Manuel Margot went 2-for-4 with a walk, two steals and three runs scored as the Padres topped the Braves 7-4 on Wednesday.

Margot was just 1-for-3 stealing bases in 20 games in May before landing on the DL because of a strained calf, so the two steals tonight were an encouraging sign. He has a ways to go before he'll be recommended in shallow mixed leagues.
Jun 29 - 1:32 AM

Luis Perdomo won despite allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday versus the Braves.

He had a shutout going until the sixth, when he gave up four singles and walked before exiting. Just two runs were in at that point, but Phil Maton allowed two inherited runners to score before finishing the inning. Perdomo has prevailed in three of his last four starts after going winless in his first 10.
Jun 29 - 1:30 AM

Bartolo Colon was pounded for six runs in four innings by the Padres in his return to the rotation on Wednesday.

This might not be it for Colon, but it should be the end of his Braves career; the team doesn't want to stick with a six-man rotation and Colon is now 2-8 with an 8.14 ERA after failing to hold his own against the league's second-worst offense.
Jun 29 - 1:27 AM

Trevor Bauer held the Rangers to one run in 6 1/3 innings during his club's 5-3 victory on Wednesday.

He gave up just four hits and a walk while striking out three. One of the hits was a solo home run by catcher Robinson Chirinos. Bauer improves his record to 7-6 with a 5.24 ERA and 1.38 WHIP through 16 starts. He has 96 strikeouts and 32 walks in 87 2/3 innings. His 3.71 xFIP indicates better fantasy results may be in store for the second half of the season.
Jun 29 - 1:27 AM


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