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Andy Dirks (back) has resumed baseball activities.

Dirks was pulled off his rehab assignment earlier this month due to muscle inflammation in his surgically-repaired back. It's obviously good news that he's resuming activities, but there remains no timetable for his return.
Jul 22 - 7:14 PM

Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is "still a longshot" to pitch for the Tigers this season.

Making his way back from Tommy John surgery, Hanrahan is throwing bullpen sessions in extended spring training but has yet to face hitters and it's not clear when he might be ready to do so. The veteran reliever was only guaranteed $1 million by the Tigers, so while his lack of progress is disappointing, it's not a big blow.
Jul 22 - 7:13 PM

Zach Britton is unable to fully straighten his right arm after being hit with a comebacker during Monday's contest.

Thankfully, Britton throws with his left arm. Still, it's possible that he might not be available for a day or two. Britton will test out his range of motion prior to Tuesday's game before his availability is determined. Tommy Hunter or Darren O'Day would be options to close if Britton isn't ready.
Jul 22 - 7:09 PM

Mets catching prospect Kevin Plawecki has been diagnosed with a mild case of vertigo.

The Mets are hopeful that Plawecki will be alright after a few days off for Triple-A Las Vegas. Ranked by Baseball America at midseason as the No. 40 prospect in the game, Plawecki is batting .310/.368/.472 with eight homers and 54 RBI between Double- and Triple-A this season.
Jul 22 - 6:59 PM

Taijuan Walker will be recalled to start on Wednesday versus the Mets.

Walker has put up a 3.60 ERA while striking out nine over 10 innings in his two starts for the Mariners this season. With James Paxton (lat) slated to return pretty soon, Walker likely has to pitch well in order to remain in the rotation. Still, he makes for a nice streaming option Wednesday at the very least.
Jul 22 - 6:34 PM

Rockies trainer Keith Dugger said Tuesday that there's no guarantee Troy Tulowitzki (hip) will be ready for activation when his 15 days are up.

Tulo was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a left hip flexor strain. It's possible he'll be ready to go in two weeks, but it's far from a given, particularly with his history of leg issues. Josh Rutledge will handle shortstop while Tulo is out.
Jul 22 - 6:30 PM

Angel Pagan (back) was able to take swings from both sides of the plate on Monday.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy called it a "step in the right direction." Pagan has been out since the middle of June with a back strain and is not expected to return to San Francisco's active roster until sometime in August.
Jul 22 - 5:53 PM

Rockies recalled LHP Yohan Flande from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Flande will make a spot start for the Rockies on Tuesday night against the Nationals. He posted a rough 7.36 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in three starts earlier this season.
Jul 22 - 5:46 PM

Rockies placed SS Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20, with a left hip flexor strain.

Tulo suffered the hip strain Saturday while trying to leg out a single. The Rockies called the injury a quad "cramp" at first, but Tulo wasn't making much progress and will now be sidelined through the July 31 trade deadline. He wasn't likely to be dealt anyway. Josh Rutledge will fill in at shortstop and could be a decent mixed-league fantasy option for a bit.
Jul 22 - 5:44 PM

Angels sent 3B Ian Stewart outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Stewart was designated for assignment on July 19 and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 29-year-old has batted just .208/.310/.361 this season at the Triple-A level.
Jul 22 - 5:38 PM

Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is likely to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Tulo hasn't played since tweaking his quad Saturday while running down the first base line. The injury was initially called a "cramp," but it's obviously more serious than that. The shortstop is not listed anywhere on the Rockies' lineup card Tuesday night. Not even as a reserve.
Jul 22 - 5:35 PM

Jason Vargas (appendectomy) is unlikely to start Sunday.

Vargas still doesn't feel quite right after undergoing an appendectomy in early July. The left-hander will aim to return to the Kansas City rotation late next week.
Jul 22 - 5:19 PM

Jose Abreu is out of the White Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night due to stiffness in his back.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura called the issue "minor." Paul Konerko is starting at first base on Tuesday versus the Royals. Abreu should be ready on Wednesday.
Jul 22 - 5:17 PM

Troy Tulowtizki (quad) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

Tulowitzki has now missed three straight games since pulling up lame while running down the first base line on Saturday night with what was initially labeled a "cramp." It's clear by now that the injury is more serious than the Rockies are willing to acknowledge, but there's been no talk yet about a 15-day disabled list stint.
Jul 22 - 5:07 PM

Kevin Siegrist (forearm, shoulder) is expected to return to the Cardinals' bullpen on Wednesday.

Siegrist was placed on the disabled list at the end of May with a forearm strain and then developed a shoulder issue during his rehab. The 25-year-old left-hander is now finally back to 100 percent health, having made five scoreless appearances at Double-A Springfield.
Jul 22 - 5:02 PM


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