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Joaquin Arias exits game with hammy injury 06-24-2013
Joaquin Arias 2B SF
Joaquin Arias has been diagnosed with a left hamstring strain.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Arias injured himself while on the basepaths Monday. The good news is that Brandon Crawford appears to be over his sprained fingers. The Giants will need to call up another infielder, though, if Arias needs DL time.
Jose Reyes to be activated on Wednesday 06-24-2013
Jose Reyes SS TOR
Jose Reyes (ankle) will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

John Lott on Twitter
Reyes played in his seventh rehab game on Monday and will participate in an eighth on Tuesday before being activated. It will obviously be a huge boost to a Blue Jays team that's already started to catch fire. Reyes has been sidelined since April 12 with a severely sprained left ankle.
Dylan Bundy to be examined after setback 06-24-2013
Dylan Bundy P BAL
Dylan Bundy will have his right forearm/elbow examined after having a setback on Monday while throwing from 120 feet.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Bundy will be examined by both team orthopaedic surgeon Dr. John H. Wilckens and Dr. James Andrews. The right-hander had been prescribed rest and given a platelet-rich plasma injection for his pain, but clearly that hasn't done a trick. It's unfortunate, but you have to wonder if Tommy John surgery is a foregone conclusion at this point.
Scott Van Slyke to be re-evaluated Tuesday 06-24-2013
Scott Van Slyke LF LAD
Scott Van Slyke (shoulder) will be re-evaluated by Dodgers' doctors on Tuesday.

Dodgers.mlb.com
He'll play in his fourth rehab game with Triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day before returning to Los Angeles. Van Slyke could be activated prior to Wednesday's game, though the Dodgers would prefer that he start swinging the bat better during his rehab assignment.
Michael Brantley knocks in four in win 06-24-2013
Michael Brantley LF CLE
Michael Brantley had a two-run homer and a two-run single to lead the Indians past the Orioles 5-2 on Monday. Brantley has three homers in five games after hitting two in his first 67. He doesn't have a standout category for fantasy purposes, leaving him with limited value in mixed leagues. Still, he's capable of hitting for a better average than his current .278 mark.
Ubaldo Jimenez defeats Orioles for sixth win 06-24-2013
Ubaldo Jimenez P BAL
Ubaldo Jimenez surrendered two runs over 5 1/3 innings Monday in a victory over the Orioles. Both runs came on solo homers. Jimenez allowed six other hits and walked a pair, but the Orioles never could push another run across. Jimenez moved to 6-4 with the win. He's 6-2 with a 3.06 ERA since starting out with a 10.06 ERA in his first four starts.
Steve Pearce given cortisone shot 06-24-2013
Steve Pearce 1B BAL
Steve Pearce has been given a cortisone shot in his left wrist.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Pearce was placed on the DL last Friday with left wrist tendinitis, but he's been receiving treatment on both wrists for the past month. Obviously the Orioles are hoping the shot speeds along the healing process. There's no timetable for his return.
Joaquin Arias leaves with leg injury 06-24-2013
Joaquin Arias 2B SF
Joaquin Arias left Monday's game against the Dodgers with an apparent leg injury.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Arias appeared to injure himself while scoring from first base on an Andres Torres double in the second inning. The Giants should update his status shortly. Brandon Crawford, who had been given the night off, replaced Arias at shortstop.
Vinnie Pestano notches fourth save 06-24-2013
Vinnie Pestano P LAA
Vinnie Pestano pitched a scoreless ninth Monday against the Orioles for his fourth save. This one wasn't quite so hairy as Saturday's, when Pestano gave up two runs before escaping with a save, but he did give up a walk and a single with two outs to bring the tying run to the plate in a 5-2 game. He then got Manny Machado to line out to end it. Pestano's run in the closer's role will likely end soon with Chris Perez on the way back.
Zach Britton has rough sixth in loss 06-24-2013
Zach Britton P BAL
Zach Britton yielded three runs in five-plus innings Monday in a loss to the Indians. Britton was doing a great job until the sixth, when he gave up a double, an RBI single and another double, intentionally walked the slumping Mark Reynolds and then surrendered a two-run single to Michael Brantley. He was pulled afterwards, but the sequence was sufficient to hang him with a loss. It's uncertain whether he'll get another start.
Nick Markakis launches eighth homer 06-24-2013
Nick Markakis RF BAL
Nick Markakis went 2-for-4 and hit his eighth homer Monday versus the Indians. It was the first homer since May 31 for Markakis. After a poor first 15 days of June, he's hit .355 with four doubles and nine runs scored in his last eight games.
Matt Wieters homers against Indians 06-24-2013
Matt Wieters C BAL
Matt Wieters homered Monday after entering the game in a 4-for-37 slump. Not that 5-for-40 is anything to be excited about. The homer was Wieters' 10th, so he's right about on his usual pace there. Unfortunately, it comes with just a .230 average and 24 runs scored. We still have to figure he'll go on a hot streak at some point.
Carlos Zambrano unlikely to be called up 06-24-2013
Carlos Zambrano P MIA
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro indicated Monday that Carlos Zambrano is unlikely to be promoted before July 1, when he can exercise the opt-out clause in his contract.

Matt Gelb on Twitter
"This last start wasn't as good as the one prior," Amaro said. "He's been inconsistent. We'll see." When asked if Zambrano can get major league hitters out, Amaro replied, "He can, at times. Right now, I don't know if he can do it consistently." Big Z holds a 2.89 ERA with 29 strikeouts over 33 1/3 innings covering six minor league starts, but it sounds like the Phillies have more faith in Jonathan Pettibone at the moment. Zambrano shouldn't have trouble catching on elsewhere if he opts out.
Alonso hoping to start activities next week 06-24-2013
Yonder Alonso 1B SD
The Padres are hoping Yonder Alonso (hand) can start baseball activities by next week.

Padres.mlb.com
Scans and X-rays on Alonso's fractured right hand Monday showed that the first baseman's healing was coming along as scheduled. He could have the splint removed from his hand by the end of the week before beginning baseball activities by early next week. "Start playing some catch and doing some strength exercises, and from there, maybe get in the batting cage," manager Bud Black said.
Jeremy Hellickson allows one hit in win 06-24-2013
Jeremy Hellickson P TB
Jeremy Hellickson allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings Monday to end the Blue Jays' 11-game winning streak. Hellickson has won four of five starts. He does have an eight-run drubbing mixed in there, but that was all the result of one bad inning against the Royals. His WHIP is down to 1.22, and his ERA, currently at 5.11, should keep dropping as well.
Esmil Rogers gives up three homers in loss 06-24-2013
Esmil Rogers P NYY
Esmil Rogers gave up four runs and three homers in six innings Monday in a loss to the Rays. The defeat snapped the Jays' 10-game winning streak. Rogers entered with 2-0 record and a 1.83 ERA in 19 2/3 innings this month, but he's obviously not quite that good. He can continue to be used in AL-only leagues most weeks, but he does have a tough assignment in Boston coming up next.
Wil Myers hits second homer for Rays 06-24-2013
Wil Myers RF TB
Wil Myers went 2-for-4 and hit one of the Rays' three homers against the Blue Jays on Monday. Myers struck out in his other two at-bats, but that's just fine. Since going 0-for-4 in his major league debut, Myers had hit in seven straight games. He also has two homers and seven RBI in 34 at-bats. His 9/0 K/BB ratio is less impressive.
Yunel Escobar goes hitless again 06-24-2013
Yunel Escobar SS TB
Yunel Escobar went hitless in a third straight game Monday against the Blue Jays. Escobar was in the ninth spot in the lineup, which is where he's experienced most of his success this year. He's hit .298 with four homers and 20 RBI in 141 at-bats as a No. 9 hitter, compared to .173 with two homers and nine RBI in 98 at-bats higher in the order.
Munenori Kawasaki goes hitless in loss 06-24-2013
Munenori Kawasaki 2B TOR
Munenro Kawasaki went 0-for-2 before being removed for a pinch-hitter Monday against the Rays. The Jays may keep Kawasaki initially after Jose Reyes returns Thursday, but he'll lose most of playing time and he figures to be bumped from the roster once Brett Lawrie comes back. What tiny amount of fantasy value he had is about to disappear.
Mike Kickham recalled from Triple-A 06-24-2013
Mike Kickham P SF
Giants recalled LHP Mike Kickham from Triple-A Fresno. He'll make a start on Tuesday against the Dodgers in placed of the injured Chad Gaudin. Kickham allowed four runs over just 2 1/3 innings in his major league debut last month and holds a 4.81 ERA and 1.49 WHIP at Triple-A. He can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Chad Gaudin placed on disabled list 06-24-2013
Chad Gaudin P PHI
Giants placed RHP Chad Gaudin on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 21, with a right elbow contusion. The club originally planned to wait until Tuesday to see how Gaudin felt after a game of catch Monday, but obviously they changed their mind. The right-hander shouldn't miss too much time. Mike Kickham has taken Gaudin's spot in the rotation.
Roy Halladay (shoulder) plays catch Monday 06-24-2013
Roy Halladay P TOR
Roy Halladay (shoulder) played catch on Monday.

Matt Gelb on Twitter
It's the first time he's done so since undergoing shoulder surgery last month. Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee was very pleased with what he saw. "It looks very, very good," Dubee said. "The arm action, he's able to get his arm back up very easily. No effort at all. Whereas before because of the stuff that he had going on in his shoulder, he couldn't get it up on a consistent basis. But now his arm slot is fantastic and he's doing very very well so far. He's a long ways from pitching, but everything so far is going to according to plan." Halladay is hoping to rejoin the Phillies rotation by late August.
Chad Gaudin likely to be placed on DL 06-24-2013
Chad Gaudin P PHI
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Chad Gaudin (elbow) will likely be placed on the disabled list.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
The club will wait to see how Gaudin feels on Tuesday following a game of catch Monday before making an official decision. The righty has already been ruled out for Tuesday's start against the Dodgers. Gaudin doesn't figure to be out very long.
Pagan needs surgery, might be out for season 06-24-2013
Angel Pagan CF SF
Angel Pagan will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a tendon in his right hamstring.

Anthony Witrado on Twitter
The Giants are saying that he'll miss 10-12 weeks, which means he won't be back until early September in a best-case scenario. The reality is that there's a good chance his regular season is over. It's obviously a big blow to a Giants club that will now roll with Gregor Blanco as their regular center fielder.
Mike Adams to see the doctor on Tuesday 06-24-2013
Mike Adams P PHI
Mike Adams (biceps) will visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday.

Matt Gelb on Twitter
It's not clear whether surgery is a real possibility, but the Phillies want to get a better handle on Adams' biceps issue. The reliever had dealt with the injury for a few weeks before the Phillies finally decided to play him on the disabled list over the weekend.
Ryan Howard (knee) not in Monday's lineup 06-24-2013
Ryan Howard 1B PHI
Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup Monday due to soreness in his ailing left knee.

Todd Zolecki on Twitter
Howard's knee was extra sore after batting practice on Monday. He's required regular rest for the nagging ailment but should be back in action soon. It's poor timing given that Howard is batting .483/.543/1.000 with three homers over his last eight games. Kevin Frandsen is starting at first base Monday.
Bryce Harper set for rehab assignment Tuesday 06-24-2013
Bryce Harper LF WAS
Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Bryce Harper (knee) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Potomac on Tuesday.

Nats Insider
Harper had been slated to begin his rehab assignment Wednesday, but Zuckerman says it's been bumped up a day after the outfielder had another successful round of batting practice Monday. He'll play three innings in the outfield for Potomac Tuesday before increasing his workload as long as his left knee responds. It's possible he could be back as soon as this weekend and no later than next Monday as long as he doesn't have a setback.
Jedd Gyorko in line to return this weekend 06-24-2013
Jedd Gyorko 2B SD
Jedd Gyorko (groin) will play a couple rehab games before being activated from the disabled list this weekend if all goes well.

Jamal Collier on Twitter
The Padres gave some thought to activating him on Tuesday, the first day he's eligible, but they've decided it would be best if he tested things out in a game setting first. It's not clear where Gyorko's rehab assignment will take place.
Franklin Morales will be placed on DL 06-24-2013
Franklin Morales P COL
Franklin Morales (shoulder, pectoral) will be placed on the disabled list.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
The results of Morales' MRI aren't yet known, but it's evidently bad enough that he'll require at least a couple weeks of downtime. It's an aggravation of a previous injury, so the Red Sox figure to take it slowly with him.
Shane Victorino (back) won't need DL stint 06-24-2013
Shane Victorino RF BOS
Shane Victorino (back) will not need a stint on the disabled list.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
Victorino left Sunday's game with a back strain, which presumably was an aggravation of a previous injury. He reported improvement on Monday, though, and seems likely to return to the lineup in a day or two.
Matt Kemp could be activated on Tuesday 06-24-2013
Matt Kemp CF LAD
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Matt Kemp (hamstring) will be re-evaluated on Tuesday after playing a third rehab game with Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday.

Bill Plunkett on Twitter
As long as he doesn't have a setback Monday, Kemp should be back in the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday. He has just one hit and has struck out five times in eight plate appearances in his two rehab games to this point, but the Dodgers' main concern is the health of his hamstring, which seems to be fine.
Mike Kickham to make spot start 06-24-2013
Mike Kickham P SF
Mike Kickham is expected to make a spot start on Tuesday against the Dodgers in place of the injured Chad Gaudin (elbow).

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Kickham was knocked around in his major league debut last month, but he pitched well his last time out for Triple-A Fresno and the Giants are ready to give him another shot. He should be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Chad Gaudin not expected to make start 06-24-2013
Chad Gaudin P PHI
Chad Gaudin (elbow) is not expected to make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Gaudin was able to play catch Monday, but he's yet to throw off a mound since taking a comebacker off the elbow in his last start. It doesn't sound like a disabled list situation, but Mike Kickham has joined the club in L.A. and is expected to get the ball Tuesday.
George Kontos recalled from Triple-A 06-24-2013
George Kontos P SF
Giants recalled RHP George Kontos from Triple-A Fresno. Kontos holds a 5.76 ERA but has struck out a batter per inning during his time with the big club this season. He has appealed his previous three-game suspension for throwing at the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen, so he's eligible to pitch Monday.
Jean Machi optioned to Triple-A 06-24-2013
Jean Machi P SF
Giants optioned RHP Jean Machi to Triple-A Fresno. Machi has pitched well overall for the Giants but gets the boot after allowing five runs over his last two appearances. George Kontos has replaced him in the Giants' bullpen.
Wade LeBlanc designated for assignment 06-24-2013
Wade LeBlanc P LAA
Astros designated LHP Wade LeBlanc for assignment. LeBlanc was claimed off waivers earlier this month but then posted a 9.82 ERA over three appearances. He could draw some interest on waivers but might wind up at Triple-A.
Marwin Gonzalez optioned to Triple-A 06-24-2013
Marwin Gonzalez SS HOU
Astros optioned INF Marwin Gonzalez to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Gonzalez had been playing a bit more than Ronny Cedeno at shortstop, but he's batted just .230/.250/.339. The Astros haven't announced a corresponding move, but it's possible Jonathan Villar could get a look.
Report: Reid Brignac clears waivers 06-24-2013
Reid Brignac 3B PHI
Reid Brignac has cleared waivers.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
Brignac was designated for assignment by the Yankees over the weekend after batting just .114/.133/.136 in 17 games. He has the ability to become a free agent.
Nick Swisher could move into No. 2 spot 06-24-2013
Nick Swisher 1B CLE
Indians manager Terry Francona is considering moving Nick Swisher into the No. 2 spot.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
Swisher just returned to action Sunday after missing six straight game with a sore shoulder. The 32-year-old is batting just .231/.331/.393 though 62 games this season, so Francona is trying to think of a way to get him back on track offensively.
Perez (shoulder) pitching in rehab game Tue. 06-24-2013
Chris Perez P LAD
Chris Perez (shoulder) will make another rehab appearance Tuesday with Class A Mahoning Valley.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
Perez hoped to return after making it through a bullpen session Sunday, but the Indians want him to pitch in another game first. If all goes well, he should be activated on Wednesday or Thursday.
Asdrubal Cabrera (quad) nears return from DL 06-24-2013
Asdrubal Cabrera SS WAS
Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday that Asdrubal Cabrera (quad) is doing "extremely well" and will likely be activated soon.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
Cabrera has ramped up baseball activities in recent days and hasn't had any issue with his right quad. He may not require a rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list, so there's a chance he could be back in the Indians' lineup by the end of the week.
Brandon Morrow (forearm) not yet throwing 06-24-2013
Brandon Morrow P TOR
Brandon Morrow (forearm) has yet to resume throwing.

Gregor Chisholm on Twitter
Morrow underwent an MRI last week which revealed in inflammation in his forearm. The Blue Jays want to make sure all the inflammation is gone before he resumes throwing. There's no timetable for his return.
Padres recall LHP Layne from Triple-A 06-24-2013
Tommy Layne P BOS
Padres recalled LHP Tom Layne from Triple-A Tucson. Layne posted a 1.59 ERA and 4/0 K/BB ratio in 5 2/3 innings during his first stint with the Padres earlier this season. He figures to pitch in middle relief.
Padres option RHP Mikolas to Triple-A 06-24-2013
Miles Mikolas P TEX
Padres optioned RHP Miles Mikolas to Triple-A Tucson. The move clears a spot for left-hander Tommy Layne on the active roster. Mikolas was just called up on Sunday and didn't make appearance during his brief time with the big club.
Reyes (ankle) nearing return to Blue Jays 06-24-2013
Jose Reyes SS TOR
Jose Reyes (ankle) will play one more rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo on Monday night before joining Double-A New Hampshire.

Shi Davidi on Twitter
Depending on how Reyes responds, he could be activated as soon as Wednesday against the Rays. If the Blue Jays elect to give him more time, he'll likely join the team in Boston. Reyes is 10-for-25 (.400) with one double and two stolen bases through six rehab games between High-A Dunedin and Triple-A Buffalo.
Lawrie (ankle) not close to rehab assignment 06-24-2013
Brett Lawrie 3B TOR
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Monday that Brett Lawrie (ankle) is likely a couple of weeks away from beginning a minor league rehab assignment.

Gregor Chisholm on Twitter
Lawrie resumed baseball activities last week, but he still has a ways to go before he's cleared for game action. It sounds like a return around the All-Star break is likely. The 23-year-old has been sidelined since May 27 with a sprained ankle.
Santos (elbow) throwing side session Tuesday 06-24-2013
Sergio Santos P TOR
Sergio Santos (elbow) is scheduled to throw a side session Tuesday.

Shi Davidi on Twitter
Santos is currently in rehab mode after undergoing surgery last month to remove bone chips and spurs from his throwing elbow. We should know more on a potential timeline after Tuesday, but he's not expected to rejoin Toronto's bullpen until the second half.
Roberts to play at least three rehab games 06-24-2013
Brian Roberts 2B NYY
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday that Brian Roberts (hamstring) will play at least three minor league rehab games.

Brittany Ghiroli on Twitter
Roberts is scheduled to begin his rehab stint Tuesday night with Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles will likely want to see him play on back-to-back days before bringing him back, but it sounds like he could rejoin the Orioles before the end of the week if all goes well. The 35-year-old is currently making his way back from hamstring surgery.
Reimold (hammy) to remain on rehab stint 06-24-2013
Nolan Reimold RF ARZ
Nolan Reimold (hamstring) will remain on his rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie.

Brittany Ghiroli on Twitter
Reimold, out since May 11 with a right hamstring strain, is just 2-for-21 with eight strikeouts over first six rehab games. The good news is that he's feeling healthy, but the Orioles would like to see some better results before activating him.
Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) throws simulated game 06-24-2013
Wei-Yin Chen P BAL
Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) threw a four-inning simulated game Monday in Sarasota, Florida.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Everything went off without a hitch. The next step calls for him to throw a bullpen session before making a minor league rehab start. It's possible he'll be ready to return after just one outing. Chen has been sidelined since late May with a right oblique strain.
Soria (elbow) continues rehab stint Wed. 06-24-2013
Joakim Soria P DET
Joakim Soria (elbow, pectoral) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with the Rangers' Arizona League affiliate.

Jeff Wilson on Twitter
Soria struck out three over two scoreless innings in his first two appearances with Double-A Frisco. He'll move on to Triple-A Round Rock once he's done in the AZL, though he'll need to make back-to-back appearances before being cleared to join the big club. Look for him to join the Rangers' bullpen around the All-Star break.
Rockies outright Logan Kensing to Triple-A 06-24-2013
Logan Kensing P SEA
Rockies sent RHP Logan Kensing outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Kensing was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for outfielder Corey Dickerson. Kensing, 30, has a cool 2.57 ERA in 21 innings of relief this season at the Triple-A level.
Cobb (head) not sure when he might be ready 06-24-2013
Alex Cobb P TB
Alex Cobb (concussion) told reporters Monday that he's not sure when he might be ready for activation.

Joe Smith on Twitter
Cobb has been battling post-concussion symptoms (like headaches and vertigo) since he was hit on the right side of the skull by an Eric Hosmer line drive on June 15. The right-hander is currently on the 7-day concussion disabled list with no sort of return timetable.
Indians option Carlos Carrasco to AAA level 06-24-2013
Carlos Carrasco P CLE
Indians optioned RHP Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus. Carrasco could be called back up to start one half of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox. He has a 7.78 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in 19 2/3 innings this year.
Orioles recall Kevin Gausman from AAA level 06-24-2013
Kevin Gausman P BAL
Orioles recalled RHP Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk. Gausman will pitch out of the Orioles' bullpen initially but could join the starting rotation at some point soon. The 22-year-old righty has a 7.66 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over his first 24 2/3 major league innings and can be ignored in most standard fantasy leagues for now.
O's designate Freddy Garcia for assignment 06-24-2013
Freddy Garcia P ATL
Orioles designated RHP Freddy Garcia for assignment. Garcia surrendered seven runs in just 2 1/3 innings Sunday in his 11th appearance (10th start) with the Orioles. He posted a rough 5.77 ERA in 53 total frames with Baltimore and might not draw very much interest on waivers. The 36-year-old is planning to head to his home in Miami for a couple of days while the process sorts itself out.
Wieters batting seventh Monday vs. Indians 06-24-2013
Matt Wieters C BAL
Matt Wieters is batting seventh Monday for only the second time in the 2013 regular season.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Wieters has been serving primarily as the O's sixth hitter this season, but the 27-year-old catcher has a weak .209/.243/.328 batting line in 18 games this month. J.J. Hardy will bat sixth Monday against the Indians.
Phillies outright Michael Martinez to AAA 06-24-2013
Michael Martinez 2B PIT
Phillies sent INF/OF Michael Martinez outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Martinez was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week to open up a roster spot for reliever J.C. Ramirez. Martinez, 30, had no hits in four plate appearances with Philadelphia earlier this season.
Bauer in line to start in Friday doubleheader 06-24-2013
Trevor Bauer P CLE
Trevor Bauer is lined up to start one half of the Indians' doubleheader on Friday against the White Sox.

Columbus Dispatch
The Indians haven't made anything official, but Bauer was pulled after three innings on Sunday at Triple-A Columbus so that he would be available for that Friday doubleheader. The talented 22-year-old righty has a bright future, but he has struggled with his command in the majors and minors this season and should be ignored in most standard mixed fantasy leagues.
Wandy Rodriguez (arm) likely back this week 06-24-2013
Wandy Rodriguez P PIT
Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) allowed one run over four innings Sunday in a rehab start at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Rodriguez struck out five batters and walked just one, reporting no issues with his left arm. He is expected to return from the 15-day disabled list later this week, which will push Jeanmar Gomez back into a long relief role. Wandy had a 3.59 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 46/12 K/BB ratio through 62 2/3 innings with the Bucs before hitting the disabled list on June 5 with forearm tightness.
Phillies more likely to trade Utley, M. Young 06-24-2013
Chase Utley 2B PHI
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears that the Phillies are much more likely to trade infielders Chase Utley and Michael Young than pitchers Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon.

CBS Sports
"It's our job to win, and these are guys who are hard to replace," Phillies GM Ruben Amaro told Heyman over the phone when asked directly about moving Lee and Papelbon. Utley, 34, is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2013 season. Young, 36, is in the same boat.
Marlins aggressively shopping Ricky Nolasco 06-24-2013
Ricky Nolasco P MIN
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News was told that the Marlins are "being very aggressive" in shopping their available pitchers, namely Ricky Nolasco.

New York Daily News
Nolasco has a cool 3.68 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 77/25 K/BB ratio over his first 100 1/3 innings this season, and the Fish probably want to cash in before the right-hander begins to regress. The Orioles and Yankees are thought to have some interest. Nolasco, 30, is making $11.5 million this year. He'll be a free agent this winter.
Wheeler arrives in Chicago for Tuesday start 06-24-2013
Zack Wheeler P NYM
Zack Wheeler has arrived in Chicago in advance of his start Tuesday night against the White Sox.

ESPN New York
Wheeler was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas last week after his major league debut but that was merely a procedural move. The 23-year-old right-hander could be up for good this time around if he pitches well. He is a must-own right now in all standard fantasy leagues.
Cashman: Teixeira still has pain in his wrist 06-24-2013
Mark Teixeira 1B NYY
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Monday that Mark Teixeira is still experiencing pain in his right wrist.

ESPN New York
Which leaves open the possibility that Teixeira will require season-ending surgery. The first baseman was given a cortisone injection last week when he was placed on the disabled list but it's clearly not going to act as a long-term fix for his wrist discomfort. Teixeira has appeared in only 15 games this season for the Yankees.
White Sox release left-hander Daniel Moskos 06-24-2013
Daniel Moskos P CWS
White Sox released LHP Daniel Moskos. Moskos had a 4.97 ERA and 1.55 WHIP through 29 innings of relief this year at Triple-A Charlotte. The 27-year-old lefty will presumably look to sign with a new team. He was the fourth overall pick in 2007.
Chen could rejoin O's after one rehab start 06-24-2013
Wei-Yin Chen P BAL
Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) could rejoin the Orioles after making just one minor league rehab start.

Baltimore Sun
Chen is going to throw four innings in a simulated game on Monday, and the O's figure he'll be pretty close to MLB-ready after that. "If he's able to throw five, he's probably able to throw six or seven up here," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "The way the schedule is set up he could get between one and two starts before the All-Star break." Chen has been on the disabled list since May 27 because of a right oblique strain.
Brian Roberts is hoping to return this week 06-24-2013
Brian Roberts 2B NYY
Brian Roberts (hamstring) told reporters Sunday that he doesn't want to be at Triple-A Norfolk for long.

Baltimore Sun
Roberts will begin playing in rehab games with the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday, and it sounds like he's aiming to be activated by the end of this week. "To be brutally honest, I don't want to be there long," said the veteran second baseman. "As soon as I'm ready I'm going to call them and say I'm good. I don't know if that's three days or 10 days, but hopefully not the latter." He's about six weeks removed from hamstring surgery.
X-rays on Bourjos' thumb show no damage 06-24-2013
Peter Bourjos CF STL
X-rays taken Sunday evening on Peter Bourjos' injured left thumb showed no significant damage.

Los Angeles Daily News
Bourjos tweaked the thumb on Sunday afternoon against the Pirates while trying to break up a double play. He is considered day-to-day. "It's pretty sore," the 26-year-old outfielder told reporters. "I jammed it pretty good."
Alex Rodriguez to begin rehab games July 1 06-24-2013
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY
Alex Rodriguez (hip) is expected to embark on a minor league rehab assignment on Monday, July 1.

New York Daily News
A-Rod has been participating in simulated games since Friday and has reported no problems with his surgically-repaired hip. "I don't know an exact (return) date, but I do know that every day he progresses," Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Sunday evening. The veteran third baseman should be ready in mid-July.
Harper (knee) puts on a show in BP session 06-24-2013
Bryce Harper LF WAS
Bryce Harper (knee) took a round of batting practice on Sunday morning at Nationals Park.

Nationals.mlb.com
It was Harper's bobblehead day so there was an early-arriving crowd for the BP session. Harper put on a show and reported feeling great afterward. He is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.
Werth (groin) hoping to return Tuesday night 06-24-2013
Jayson Werth RF WAS
Jayson Werth (groin) is hoping to return to the Nationals' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

Nationals.mlb.com
But that might be wishful thinking. Werth left Sunday's game against the Rockies in the bottom of the fourth inning after pulling his left groin muscle -- an injury that usually requires at least a couple days of rest. He has missed 31 games so far this season.
Franklin Gutierrez (legs) on the shelf again 06-24-2013
Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA
Franklin Gutierrez was removed from Sunday's game in the sixth inning due to tightness in his legs.

Everett Herald
Yet another physical setback for the oft-injured M's center fielder. "We'll see how he feels in a couple of days," manager Eric Wedge told reporters on Sunday evening. "This is not what we wanted that's for sure." Gutierrez just returned from a 60-day disabled list stint.
Phil Hughes to start Thurs. instead of Tues. 06-24-2013
Phil Hughes P MIN
Phil Hughes will start Thursday instead of Tuesday.

New York Post
The Yankees have a scheduled team off day on Monday and want to keep Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte in their usual spots, so Hughes is getting pushed back a bit. The right-hander has a disappointing 5.09 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 68/22 K/BB ratio in 76 innings this season.
Taveras has lingering soreness in right ankle 06-24-2013
Oscar Taveras RF STL
Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras is experiencing lingering soreness in his right ankle.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Taveras suffered a high ankle sprain over a month ago at Triple-A Memphis and is still having problems with it. The Cards have no immediate need in their outfield and seem likely to play this one safe by giving their top prospect another extended period of rest. Taveras, 20, is batting .306/.341/.462 with five home runs, five stolen bases and 32 RBI in 46 games this season at the Triple-A level. He should reach the majors at some point in 2013.
Wacha taking a few turns off at AAA Memphis 06-24-2013
Michael Wacha P STL
Michael Wacha will skip at least his next two turns in the starting rotation at Triple-A Memphis.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Cardinals are trying to save up some innings in case Wacha has to be used again at the major league level. "Just trying to get him a little breather," general manager John Mozeliak explained to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday. "We will still get him work on the side. We just don't want to watch it all pile up and feel like we can't be prepared to use him when we need him."
David Price (triceps) throws bullpen session 06-24-2013
David Price P DET
David Price (triceps) threw a successful bullpen session on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay Times
Price is scheduled to make what could be his final rehab start on Wednesday with the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs. It's also very possible that the Rays will ask him to make one more. He has been on the disabled list since May 15 with a strained left triceps muscle.
Putz (elbow) set for back-to-back appearances 06-24-2013
J.J. Putz P ARZ
J.J. Putz (elbow) is scheduled to make back-to-back appearances on Monday and Tuesday at Triple-A Reno.

Diamondbacks.mlb.com
If he makes it through both of those rehab outings with no issues, Putz will likely be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday or Thursday of this week. Heath Bell badly needs to be replaced at closer, so the timing is good. Putz, 36, has registered a 2.66 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 10.3 K/9 in 125 total innings with Arizona.
Alvarez goes six-plus scoreless at Double-A 06-24-2013
Henderson Alvarez P MIA
Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) went 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Sunday at Double-A Jacksonville.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
It was another impressive rehab outing for the young right-hander, who should join the Marlins' starting rotation within the next two weeks. Alvarez, 23, had a 4.52 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 119/62 K/BB ratio in 251 innings with the Blue Jays during the 2011-2012 seasons. He's been out this entire year with shoulder discomfort.
Giants activate Pablo Sandoval (foot) from DL 06-24-2013
Pablo Sandoval 3B SF
Giants activated 3B Pablo Sandoval from the 15-day disabled list. Sandoval wound up missing a little over two weeks with a strained left foot. The third baseman is batting .289/.326/.427 with eight home runs and 37 RBI in 57 games this season. Nick Noonan was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Sunday night to open up a roster spot.
Espinosa getting starts at shortstop in AAA 06-24-2013
Danny Espinosa 2B WAS
Danny Espinosa started at shortstop on both Saturday and Sunday for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs.

Washington Post
That is actually Espinosa's natural position -- he made the move to second base only when he was called up to the Nationals in 2010. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post suspects (and his insider sources agree) that Espinosa's defensive abilities are being showcased for a potential trade. Anthony Rendon is currently serving as Washington's starting second baseman.
Swisher (shoulder) goes 0-for-5 in return 06-24-2013
Nick Swisher 1B CLE
Nick Swisher (shoulder) went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in his return to the Indians' lineup Sunday. The rustiness was to be expected for Swisher, who sat out six straight games with a sore left shoulder. He is batting .231/.331/.393 with seven home runs and 24 RBI through his first 62 games played with the Tribe.
Cuddyer extends hitting streak to 21 games 06-24-2013
Michael Cuddyer RF COL
Michael Cuddyer propelled Colorado to a 7-6 win Sunday against the Nationals by going 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI. In so doing, Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to a season-high 21 games (he missed five games in the middle of the streak due to sore ribs). The 34-year-old outfielder is on pace for 23 homers and 90 RBI (both of which would be his best outputs since 2009) and 13 steals (which would be a career high). He's batting .339/.394/.573 through 218 at-bats.
Bautista goes 1-for-3 with 2B, 2 walks, 3 RBI 06-24-2013
Jose Bautista RF TOR
Jose Bautista went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, three RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 13-5 blowout win against Baltimore. Every Toronto starter outside of Munenori Kawasaki had a hit in last night's game, and each had an RBI except Kawasaki and Adam Lind. Joey Bats has five RBI over his last two games. Batting .254, Bautista is on pace for 35 homers and 92 RBI.
Jones goes 1-for-4 in Sunday's loss to Jays 06-24-2013
Adam Jones CF BAL
Adam Jones finished 1-for-4 in Sunday's loss to Toronto. Not Pac Man is batting .298/.320/.508 with 15 homers over 319 at-bats. He ranks fifth in the AL with 55 RBI and second with 53 runs scored. Jones will continue to score runs and see plenty of juicy pitches hitting in front of MVP-candidate Chris Davis.
Pedroia reaches base four times in loss 06-24-2013
Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS
Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs against Detroit on Sunday. Pedroia is on pace for eight homers, 100 runs, 85 RBI and 21 steals. The veteran second baseman is batting .311, slightly above his career average of .303. Pedroia is off his usual pace of about 15 homers per season -- he has just four in 299 at-bats -- but has otherwise been outstanding.
Ellsbury goes 2-for-4 with double, steal, RBI 06-24-2013
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a double, a steal and an RBI against the Tigers on Sunday. The speedster leads the league with 32 steals and is on pace to swipe 66. He's batting .289 with 45 runs over 71 games. Ellsbury has one homer this season and five over 608 at-bats if you toss in last year. In 2011, he muscled out 32 homers in 660 at-bats. Ellsbury has never reached 10 round-trippers in his career outside of that aberration.
Ortiz goes 3-for-5 in Sunday's loss to Tigers 06-24-2013
David Ortiz DH BOS
David Ortiz went 3-for-5 in Sunday's loss to the Tigers. Big Papi has five multi-hit games in his last seven. The 37-year-old designated hitter, as usual, has produced big for fantasy owners in the Triple Crown categories, ranking seventh in the AL in average (.316), eighth in home runs (16) and fifth in RBI (55).
Gardner goes 3-for-4 with a double and a run 06-24-2013
Brett Gardner LF NYY
Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Gardner is now slugging .444, well above his career mark .380. He's on pace for 13 homers this season, which would almost match the 15 career homers he had entering the campaign. Gardner also has 28 RBI and should easily surpass his career-best mark of 47, set in 2010. If there's a negative to discuss, it's in the steals department, where Gardner is on pace to swipe just 24 bags. Even so, he's 10th in the American League with 11 steals at the moment.
Balfour allows a three-run walk-off home run 06-24-2013
Grant Balfour P TB
Grant Balfour allowed a three-run walk-off home run to Kendrys Morales in the 10th inning of Sunday's loss to the Mariners. The frame began well for the Aussie hurler, who induced a ground out from Justin Smoak and then struck out Mike Zunino. Unfortunately, the whiff came on a wild pitch, allowing Zunino to reach. Balfour subsequently allowed a single and the Morales homer to end the game. Balfour entered the contest with a 1.17 ERA. It now sits at 2.03 to go with a 1.13 WHIP and 18 saves (zero blown).
Young goes 0-for-3 Sunday against the Mets 06-24-2013
Delmon Young LF BAL
Delmon Young went 0-for-3 Sunday against the Mets. Slowly but surely, the former 1st-overall pick is playing himself out of the league and we suspect only minor league offers will be available to him this winter. Young, an ill-tempered atrocious fielder with an increasingly impotent bat, is now hitting .220/.277/.390 with six homers and 17 RBI in 41 games.
Walker goes 2-for-3 with a double, two walks 06-24-2013
Neil Walker 2B PIT
Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and two runs scored Sunday in a victory over the Angels. That makes two straight multi-hit games for Walker, who had slumped to a .240 average prior to that. Walker recently told the media that he won't stop switch-hitting, despite his considerable platoon advantage as a left-handed swinger, where he's hit almost 100 points higher and has collected all five of his homers. Matchup happy mixed leaguers in daily leagues might consider swapping Walker out against southpaws to extract maximum value. Walker swatted his double off northpaw Joe Blanton in Sunday's game.
Melancon earns his second win of the year 06-24-2013
Mark Melancon P PIT
Mark Melancon earned his second win of the year by tossing a scoreless inning of relief Sunday against the Angels. Melancon is somehow out-pitching closer Jason Grilli, who has been one of the league's best stoppers this year (despite the fact that Grilli allowed three runs in the 10th inning Sunday). In holds leagues, Melancon has been a monster. He leads the National League with 22 of them, to go with a miniscule 0.96 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 40/4 K/BB rate over 38 games. The right-hander has been traded three times in his tumultuous four-year career, but it appears as though he's found a home as Pittsburgh's closer of the future.
Nathan notches his 25th save of the season 06-24-2013
Joe Nathan P DET
Joe Nathan notched his 25th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals on Sunday. The veteran right-hander made things interesting, allowing two hits. With runners on first and second and just one out in a 2-1 game, extra innings was a possibility, which just seemed cruel to all parties involved after a three-hour delay pushed the Sunday Night Baseball game into the early-morning hours and past the six-hour mark. Thankfully for Texas, Pete Kozma lined out to third and Shane Robinson was doubled off second to end the marathon. Nathan, the ageless wonder, has a 1.67 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and a 32/10 K/BB rate over 34 appearances.
Kinsler's RBI single the difference in win 06-24-2013
Ian Kinsler 2B DET
Ian Kinsler drove in the game-winning run in Sunday's marathon 2-1 victory against the Cardinals. Kinsler's single in the seventh scored Leonys Martin and broke a tie game. The veteran second baseman finished 2-for-4 and is now batting .305/.373/.467. Sunday's contest took over six hours to complete, thanks to a two hour and 59 minute delay.
Carpenter goes 2-for-3 with a homer and walk 06-24-2013
Matt Carpenter 3B STL
Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk in Sunday's loss to the Rangers. He's tallied mulit-hit games in four of St. Louis' last five. Carpenter is 30-for-86 (.349) in June with nine RBI and eight extra-base hits, including two homers. The young second baseman's monster first half includes a .322/.403/.472 slash line, though fantasy owner are probably a bit disappointed by his lack of power and speed. Carpenter has six homers and one steal in 286 at-bats.
Ross sees strike out streak snapped vs. Cards 06-24-2013
Robbie Ross Jr. P TEX
Robbie Ross retired the only batter he faced in relief Sunday night against the Cardinals. Interestingly, it snapped a streak of 11 consecutive appearances in which Ross had struck out at least one batter, a stretch that began on May 30. The left-hander has been dynamite this year, posting a 1.51 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 37/12 K/BB rate over 35 2/3 innings to go with 11 holds.
Joakim Soria makes second rehab appearance 06-24-2013
Joakim Soria P DET
Joakim Soria (elbow, pectoral) made his second rehab appearance Sunday with Double-A Frisco.

Rangers.mlb.com
Soria pitched a scoreless inning and had two strikeouts. The Rangers current plan is for him to appear in back-to-back games before being activated from the DL sometime next month. Soria is not expected to return until after the All-Star break.
Tepesch settles for no-decision 06-24-2013
Nick Tepesch P TEX
Nick Tepesch allowed just one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings in his start on Sunday night against the Cardinals Tepesch held the Cardinals hitless through four innings before giving up a single to David Freese. He continues to struggle to pitch deep into games and fell just short of a quality start. His lone mistake came on a solo home run to Matt Carpenter. Tepesch will make his next start Saturday vs. the Reds.
Wainwright gets quality start on Sunday night 06-24-2013
Adam Wainwright P STL
Adam Wainwright gave up two runs (one earned) over 6 2/3 innings on Sunday night against the Rangers. He allowed six hits, one walk, and finished with six strikeouts. Coming off his first loss since May 16, Wainwright was able to hold the Rangers to six scoreless innings before giving up his only runs. He was seeking his NL-best 11th victory, but was the victim of poor run support. Wainwright's next start will come on Saturday against the Athletics.
Loney goes 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI 06-24-2013
James Loney 1B TB
James Loney went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI Sunday against the Yankees. Score another free agent steal for the Rays, who inked Loney to a one-year, $2 million contract after he batted just .249/.293/.336 with six home runs and 41 RBI in 144 games last season between Los Angeles and Boston. The 29-year-old first baseman has posted an impressive .304/.362/.466 line with the Rays, including eight homers and 38 RBI in 253 at-bats.
Molina goes 2-for-3 with a walk and a steal 06-24-2013
Jose Molina C TB
Jose Molina went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's victory against the Yankees. A rare offensive outburst for the game's premier pitch framer. Molina, a far, far better real-life player than fantasy contributor, is batting .271 to go with one homer and eight RBI over 133 at-bats, which makes him a second catcher in AL-only formats.
Cabrera goes 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run 06-24-2013
Melky Cabrera LF TOR
Melky Cabrera went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored on Sunday. Toronto is absolutely rolling at the moment, while the Melk Man continues to float down a river of mediocre numbers. Cabrera is batting .276/.320/.365 with just three homers, two steals and 28 RBI through 293 at-bats, which puts him on pace for seven home runs and 61 RBI.
Ernesto Frieri suffers blown save 06-24-2013
Ernesto Frieri P PIT
Ernesto Frieri suffered a blown save Sunday against the Pirates. Frieri gave up a three-run lead in the ninth inning in a shaky outing. It was just his second blown save and the first runs he's allowed since May 29. Frieri has a 3.31 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 32 2/3 innings.