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Pedro Beato optioned to Triple-A 06-25-2013
Pedro Beato P ATL
Red Sox optioned RHP Pedro Beato to Triple-A Pawtucket. Beato's latest stint with the Sox only lasted a day, as he tossed a scoreless inning in Tuesday's win over the Rockies. He's unscored upon in three appearances with Boston this season and should get another shot later this summer.
Hunter gets three hits, scores twice in loss 06-25-2013
Torii Hunter RF DET
Torii Hunter went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the loss to the Angels on Tuesday. Hunter is somewhat of a forgotten man in the Tigers lineup, but the outfielder is hitting .305/.351/.411 with 42 runs scored this season. And he's been on a tear of late, hitting 14-for-34 (.412) since June 16.
Hamilton scores three runs in win over Tigers 06-25-2013
Josh Hamilton LF LAA
Josh Hamilton went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in the Angels' win over the Tigers on Tuesday. Hamilton made his first start since last Thursday due to tendinitis in his right wrist and responded well, connecting for singles in his first three at-bats of the night. Hamilton also took a walk, the first time he's taken a free pass since June 14. It was the first game in which he's scored three runs this season, and despite his struggles he's managed to score 39 on the year.
Porcello rocked again, takes loss to Angels 06-25-2013
Rick Porcello P DET
Rick Porcello took the loss on Tuesday, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings against the Angels. Just when it seemed Porcello had turned the page, he's now turned in two bad starts in a row his last two times out. Porcello was especially bad on Tuesday, as he gave up 10 hits and walked two while striking out two as well. It's hard to know what to make of the right-hander at this point, so it's best to bench him in mixed leagues until further notice. He'll start against the Rays in Tampa on Sunday.
Wilson wins despite subpar start vs. Tigers 06-25-2013
C.J. Wilson P LAA
C.J. Wilson allowed five runs in five innings but picked up the win against the Tigers on Tuesday. Wilson just had to be better than his opposing starter on Tuesday, as the teams combined for 22 runs on 26 hits. The left-hander allowed seven hits and two walks, striking out four. Still, the win was his third straight and moved him to 7-5 with a 3.88 ERA on the year. He'll have a good shot at a fourth consecutive Sunday when he takes on the Astros in Houston.
Craig homers and drives in three as Cards win 06-25-2013
Allen Craig RF BOS
Allen Craig went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI as the Cardinals beat the Astros 13-5 on Tuesday. The Cardinals now have a +114 run differential -- by far the best mark in the major leagues. Craig singled in the second, fourth and sixth innings, then launched a two-run bomb deep into the Houston sky in the top of the eighth. "The Wrench" has gone deep only seven times this season but he is on pace for a whopping 128 RBI.
Wallace hits two-run triple in return to HOU 06-25-2013
Brett Wallace 1B BAL
Brett Wallace hit a two-run triple Tuesday in his return to the Astros' starting lineup. It was Wallace's first start since April. The triple was his only hit, but it came with two runners on. Wallace was on a roll this month at Triple-A Oklahoma City and may carry some value in NL-only fantasy leagues.
Westbrook yields four runs over six in win 06-25-2013
Jake Westbrook P STL
Jake Westbrook yielded four earned runs over six innings Tuesday but the Cardinals beat the Astros. Westbrook was actually pretty dominant in the early going, even carrying a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth inning. He will lug a 4-2 record, 2.21 ERA and 1.35 WHIP into his next outing against the Angels in Anaheim.
Moore gets 10th win, Rays top Blue Jays 5-1 06-25-2013
Matt Moore P TB
Matt Moore allowed one run in six innings to get his 10th win, and the Rays beat the Blue Jays 5-1 on Tuesday. After a long period between wins, Moore has now won two straight and is 10-3 on the year. The lefty was up and down on Tuesday, as he allowed just four hits but served up six walks while striking out 11. Walks have been an issue for Moore, as he's now walked 48 in 86 2/3 innings this year. On the plus side, he's also struck out 83 in those same 86 2/3 innings. His next start is user-friendly, as he takes on the Astros in Houston on Monday.
Harrell allows seven runs in loss to Cards 06-25-2013
Lucas Harrell P ARZ
Lucas Harrell was hammered for seven runs over 3 1/3 innings Tuesday as the Astros fell to the Cardinals. Harrell started the evening with three scoreless frames, but it all fell apart for him in the Cardinals' seven-run fourth. The right-hander now has a 5-7 record, 4.84 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. He is not fantasy-relevant.
Buehrle unspectacular, takes loss versus Rays 06-25-2013
Mark Buehrle P TOR
Mark Buehrle allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings to take the loss against the Rays on Tuesday. Buehrle actually allowed 13 baserunners on the evening, as he walked four and hit a batter to go with the eight hits allowed. The southpaw now owns a 4.73 ERA and 1.40 WHIP this season. He'll take the hill next in Boston when he takes on the Red Sox on Sunday.
Oblique strain sends Alfredo Figaro to DL 06-25-2013
Alfredo Figaro P TEX
Brewers placed RHP Alfredo Figaro on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 24, with a right oblique strain. Figaro evidently must have suffered the injury during Sunday's start. The ailment figures to sideline him through the All-Star break. Johnny Hellweg will take Figaro's spot in the rotation.
Alexei Ramirez smacks walkoff single vs. Mets 06-25-2013
Alexei Ramirez SS CWS
Alexei Ramirez hit a walkoff RBI single Tuesday as the White Sox defeated the Mets by a score of 5-4. Chicago nearly blew the game in the top of the ninth inning but rallied to save that embarrassment in the bottom half of the frame. Jeff Keppinger singled, Gordon Beckham reached on an error and then Ramirez played the role of hero, driving Keppinger home. Ramirez is batting .277/.305/.342 in 74 games played this season.
Loney goes 3-for-5, steals base vs. Blue Jays 06-25-2013
James Loney 1B TB
James Loney went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Those waiting for Loney's production to fall off a cliff may be waiting a while, as the first baseman is now hitting .309/.365/.477 through 78 games. Loney has now hit in seven straight games, and the stolen base was his third of the season.
Reed earns win as White Sox rally vs. Mets 06-25-2013
Addison Reed P ARZ
Addison Reed earned his third win of the season on Tuesday night as the White Sox defeated the Mets. Reed sort of set himself up for the victory, allowing an unearned run in the top of the ninth inning when Gordon Beckham and Conor Gillaspie collided in front of the mound while trying to track down what would have been a game-ending pop-up. Reed has a 3.09 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 38/9 K/BB ratio in 35 innings this season. His standing as the White Sox closer is secure.
Yunel Escobar has 3 hits, stolen base in win 06-25-2013
Yunel Escobar SS TB
Yunel Escobar went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run in the Rays' win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday. The three hits raised his average to .244, but of particular interest was the stolen base, his first this year. He later scored on a Kelly Johnson groundout. He had been hitless in his previous three games before Tuesday's outburst.
Sale strikes out 13 batters in a no-decision 06-25-2013
Chris Sale P CWS
Chris Sale allowed three earned runs over eight innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Mets. Sale was in line for his sixth victory of the season, but Addison Reed allowed an unearned run in the top of the ninth and the White Sox had to rally to win the game in the bottom half of that frame. Sale struck out 13 batters and yielded only four hits. He'll carry a 2.76 ERA and 0.96 WHIP into his next start against the Indians.
Wheeler allows four runs in second MLB start 06-25-2013
Zack Wheeler P NYM
Zack Wheeler allowed four earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Tuesday as the Mets fell to the White Sox. But the White Sox didn't win it until the bottom of the ninth inning, so Wheeler escaped with a no-decision rather than a loss. It was his second major league start and he looked considerably shakier than he did in his impressive debut last week against the Braves. The 23-year-old right-hander will get the Nationals next.
Ichiro hits walk-off homer, Yanks top Rangers 06-25-2013
Ichiro Suzuki RF NYY
Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 including a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth as the Yankees beat the Rangers 4-3 on Tuesday. His homer was one of four hit by the Yankees on the night, and he's now hitting .270/.308/.359 on the season. It's been a down year for Suzuki by his standards, but that's to be expected of a player who'll turn 40 later this year. He's not the hitter he once was, but he's still got a little left in the tank.
Gio Gonzalez picks up fourth win 06-25-2013
Gio Gonzalez P WAS
Gio Gonzalez held the Diamondbacks to two runs over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 7-5 win. Gonzalez had to sidestep a few landmines in this one, as the D'Backs picked up nine hits and a walk against the left-hander. He struck out four on the night. After a poor April that had his ERA sitting at 5.34, Gonzalez has managed to lower that mark all the way to 3.31. He'll try to keep it rolling this weekend at Citi Field.
Martin homers twice as Rangers fall to Yanks 06-25-2013
Leonys Martin CF TEX
Leonys Martin went 2-for-3 with two home runs in the Rangers' loss to the Yankees on Tuesday. It was a surprising power display from Martin, who had just three home runs on the season coming into the game. The 25-year-old scuffled out of the gate but is now hitting a respectable .289/.340/.457 in 66 games. He also seems to have won the favor of Rangers manager Ron Washington, as he's seen action in every game since June 11.
Trevor Cahill blasted again Tuesday 06-25-2013
Trevor Cahill P ARZ
Trevor Cahill's disastrous June continued Tuesday, as he yielded six runs on eight hits and two walks over five frames in a loss to the Nationals. Cahill allowed just one baserunner in the first two innings, but the Nats knocked him around for a walk, four hits and five runs in the third. He gave up another run on a sac fly in the fifth. After entering the month with a 2.88 ERA, Cahill's mark has ballooned to 4.29. He'll have a tough time bouncing back this weekend in Atlanta.
Kuroda strong in no-decision against Rangers 06-25-2013
Hiroki Kuroda P NYY
Hiroki Kuroda allowed three runs -- two earned -- in 6 2/3 innings of a no-decision against the Rangers on Tuesday. The ball was flying out of Yankee Stadium on Tuesday as the teams combined for six home runs, two served up by Kuroda. Still, he held the Rangers to five hits and a walk in his 6 2/3 innings while striking out six. He'll look for a better fate Sunday when he faces the Orioles in Baltimore.
Darvish gives up three homers in no-decision 06-25-2013
Yu Darvish P TEX
Yu Darvish allowed three runs -- on three solo home runs -- over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Tuesday. Darvish gave up seven hits and two walks in total, striking out six. The 26-year-old still hasn't won a start since May 16, but he still owns a 2.95 ERA and 1.00 WHIP on the year. Wins are fickle and largely out of a pitcher's control, so those will likely come back soon as well. He'll get his next chance on Sunday when he takes on the Reds.
Adam LaRoche smacks 11th homer 06-25-2013
Adam LaRoche 1B WAS
Adam LaRoche went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks. LaRoche capped off the Nationals' five-run breakthrough against Trevor Cahill in the third inning with the one-out blast. The first baseman has followed a five-game hitless streak with a six-game hit streak. He's now gone deep 11 times this season.
Cishek saves 13th, Marlins topple Twins 4-2 06-25-2013
Steve Cishek P MIA
Steve Cishek earned his 13th save of the season in the Marlins' 4-2 win over the Twins on Tuesday. After a bumpy start to the year, Cishek has now notched eight consecutive saves without a blown save. He also hasn't allowed a run in that time, striking out 10 in 8 1/3 innings of work. The Marlins aren't likely to generate an abundance of save opportunities, but Cishek is a must-own at this point.
Ramon Ortiz moved to 60-day DL 06-25-2013
Ramon Ortiz P TOR
Blue Jays transferred RHP Ramon Ortiz from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. The move was made in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for the return of Jose Reyes. Ortiz remains out indefinitely with inflammation in his pitching elbow.
Martin Prado goes deep versus Nationals 06-25-2013
Martin Prado 3B NYY
Martin Prado singled and ripped a solo homer in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals. The D'Backs pounded out 14 hits against the Nats but only managed to scrape out four runs. Prado has homered in two of his last five games but has been a big disappointment for fantasy owners this season, sporting just a .241/.292/.348 batting line.
Ozuna doubles, drives in two in win vs. Twins 06-25-2013
Marcell Ozuna CF MIA
Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the Marlins' win over the Twins on Tuesday. Ozuna went through a bit of a cold streak in mid-June, but he's now 8-for-18 (.444) with three doubles and a home run in his last five games. The 22-year-old is now hitting .298, and he's found a defensive home in center field for the Marlins.
Munenori Kawasaki optioned to Triple-A 06-25-2013
Munenori Kawasaki 2B TOR
Blue Jays optioned INF Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo. He's clearing room for the arrival of Jose Reyes on Wednesday. Kawasaki was a clubhouse favorite and offered solid defense, but he batted only .225/.337/.325 for the Jays.
Chris Tillman posts ninth victory 06-25-2013
Chris Tillman P BAL
Chris Tillman won his ninth game Tuesday, holding the Indians to three runs over seven innings in the 6-3 victory. Tillman got off to a rough start, issuing four free passes over the first three frames, but he settled in after that and wound up allowing just four hits while striking out six. It's been rare where Tillman was dominant this season, but he's been awfully solid since late April, allowing more than three runs in just one of 13 outings. He'll carry a 3.72 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into this weekend's start at home against the Yankees.
Jose Fernandez goes 5 IP, 1 ER in no-decision 06-25-2013
Jose Fernandez P MIA
Jose Fernandez allowed just one run in five innings of a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday. Fernandez worked around four hits and three walks to allow just one run, striking out three. The 20-year-old's ERA is now under three on the year, as he's 4-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 15 starts. The only thing keeping him from being talked about more is the fact that he plays on the worst team in baseball. He'll start again Monday against the Padres.
Justin Masterson falls apart late vs. Orioles 06-25-2013
Justin Masterson P STL
Justin Masterson gave up six runs over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles. Masterson cruised through the first six frames, but the wheels suddenly came off in the seventh. The big right-hander allowed five of the first six batters of the inning to reach and served up a pair of homers to cough up the lead. Masterson will bring a 3.76 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into Chicago this weekend.
Correia turns in another good start in loss 06-25-2013
Kevin Correia P LAD
Kevin Correia allowed two runs in six innings but took a loss to the Marlins on Tuesday. The Twins were panned for signing Correia to a two-year, $10 million contract in the offseason, but to their credit the right-hander has delivered thus far. Correia's start on Tuesday was his fourth-straight quality start, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out two. He's now 6-5 with a 3.82 ERA in 15 starts. His next start will come Sunday against the Royals.
Alexi Casilla hits rare homer Tuesday 06-25-2013
Alexi Casilla 2B BAL
Alexi Casilla belted a three-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Indians. The longball -- which was his first of the season -- came off of Justin Masterson during a decisive five-run seventh innings for the O's. It's just Casilla's 12th career homer in 1,847 plate appearances. He's batting just .216 for the season.
Justin Maxwell diagnosed with mild concussion 06-25-2013
Justin Maxwell CF KC
Justin Maxwell has been diagnosed with a mild concussion.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
Maxwell was injured when he hit his face on the grass during Tuesday's game while trying to make a diving catch. It's not clear at this point whether a trip to the 7-day DL might be required.
Jason Kipnis notches 10th homer 06-25-2013
Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
Jason Kipnis singled and launched a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles. Kipnis also drew a pair of walks, reaching base in all four plate appearances. Though the home run -- his 10th of the season -- was just his second in June, he's now batting .408 with 17 RBI this month. He's also on pace for 21 dingers and 36 steals.
Evan Gattis yet to resume baseball activities 06-25-2013
Evan Gattis C ATL
Evan Gattis (oblique) has yet to resume baseball activities.

Braves.mlb.com
Despite this, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is still hopeful that Gattis will be ready for activation not long after his two weeks are up. Gattis is eligible to return on July 3.
Felipe Paulino to resume rehab soon 06-25-2013
Felipe Paulino P CWS
Felipe Paulino (elbow, back) is hoping to resume his rehab assignment this weekend.

Royals.mlb.com
Paulino was pulled off his rehab assignment earlier this month due to lower back stiffness, but he threw a 65-pitch simulated game Tuesday with no issues. He made just one rehab start before the back malady and will need a few more outings before being an option to rejoin the Royals' rotation. "All my stuff is ready, all I need is to just compete," Paulino said. "I need to throw in some game situations and test my arm."
Everth Cabrera shooting for July 2 return 06-25-2013
Everth Cabrera SS SD
The Padres are hopeful that Everth Cabrera (hamstring) can be activated from the disabled list on July 2, the first day he's eligible.

Padres.mlb.com
Cabrera has been taking batting practice with no issues and this weekend is expected to start running the bases and fielding. The Padres haven't decided whether he'll need a rehab assignment before returning. "He's doing much better," manager Bud Black said. "He's going to travel with us out east and get on the field, doing running, fielding. We'll see what happens Friday and Saturday and go from there."
Henderson Alvarez to start at Double-A Friday 06-25-2013
Henderson Alvarez P MIA
Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will make his next rehab start at Double-A Jacksonville on Friday.

Miami Herald
Alvarez will throw 80-85 pitches in what will likely be his final rehab outing before being activated. The sinkerballer tossed 6  2/3 scoreless innings Sunday for Jacksonville and holds a 1.62 ERA over three rehab starts. If the Marlins don't trade Ricky Nolasco beforehand, Tom Koehler will likely lose his rotation spot when Alvarez joins the rotation.
Justin Ruggiano scratched from lineup 06-25-2013
Justin Ruggiano RF CHC
Justin Ruggiano was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a sore left shoulder.

Miami Herald
Ruggiano suffered the injury while diving for a ball over the weekend. Marlins manager Mike Redmond isn't sure how long the outfielder will be sidelined. "We'll see if it's a short-term deal, long-term deal or what," said Redmond. "We'll just have to play it by ear."
Brandon Beachy to throw bullpen session soon 06-25-2013
Brandon Beachy P ATL
Brandon Beachy (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session before the end of the week.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Beachy played catch Tuesday for the second time in three days. He had been slated to return to the bump by Wednesday, but that timetable has been pushed back a couple days. He's expected to need at least a couple rehab starts before being activated, making his return prior to the All-Star break unlikely.
Sergio Santos hopes to return around AS break 06-25-2013
Sergio Santos P TOR
Sergio Santos (elbow) is hoping to be activated around the All-Star break.

BlueJays.mlb.com
Santos threw another bullpen session on Tuesday and is scheduled for a live batting practice session on Friday. If that goes well, he'll begin a rehab assignment on July 1. The reliever is recovering from surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow.
Justin Maxwell shaken up after dive 06-25-2013
Justin Maxwell CF KC
Justin Maxwell left Tuesday's game against the Cardinals in the fourth inning after being shaken up while making an attempt at a diving catch. Maxwell appeared to hit his face on the grass after failing to reel in Matt Carpenter's bases-clearing triple. He was able to walk off the field under his own power but did so slowly. The Astros should update his status shortly.
Jeremy Horst to resume throwing 06-25-2013
Jeremy Horst P PHI
Jeremy Horst (elbow) will resume throwing on Wednesday.

Matt Gelb on Twitter
Horst has been on the DL for just over a week with a left elbow strain, but he's evidently feeling much better. It appears he has a shot to return before the All-Star break.
Michael Stutes shut down until July 5 06-25-2013
Michael Stutes P PHI
Michael Stutes (biceps) will be shut down until at least July 5.

Matt Gelb on Twitter
Stutes was placed on the DL over the weekend with right biceps tendinitis. Obviously, the right-hander is a longshot to return prior to the All-Star break.
Elian Herrera optioned to Triple-A 06-25-2013
Elian Herrera SS MLW
Dodgers optioned INF/OF Elian Herrera to Triple-A Albuquerque. He's clearing room for the return of Matt Kemp. Herrera picked up one hit in four at-bats in his latest stint with the big club.
Cubs reluctant to trade James Russell 06-25-2013
James Russell P ATL
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that teams have asked the Cubs about James Russell, but they are not inclined to trade him.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
They would surely consider it if they're blown away by an offer. However, they're in no rush to deal Russell, who holds a 2.22 ERA and 1.06 WHIP and is still relatively cheap with a $1.08 million salary in his first year of arbitration.
Joe Kelly won't start until July 6 06-25-2013
Joe Kelly P BOS
The Cardinals will skip Joe Kelly's next turn in the rotation.

Cardinals.mlb.com
Manager Mike Matheny named Kelly the team's new No. 5 starter over the weekend, but with three off days over the next couple weeks, he won't be needed until July 6. Kelly will be available in relief over the next week or so while he waits for his start. "We're going to skip Joe Kelly in the rotation this first time through," Matheny said. "Everybody will still get one day's extra rest, so it's going to be normal for them. They won't know the difference."
Neftali Feliz yet to throw breaking ball 06-25-2013
Neftali Feliz P TEX
Neftali Feliz (elbow) has yet to throw breaking balls during his bullpen sessions.

Rangers.mlb.com
Feliz threw from a mound for the third time Tuesday, but he's been limited to fastballs and changeups and is only throwing lightly to this point. The Rangers aren't expecting him back until sometime in August, at the earliest.
Jeff Baker hits off a tee Tuesday 06-25-2013
Jeff Baker 2B MIA
Jeff Baker (thumb) hit off a tee on Tuesday.

Rangers.mlb.com
Baker felt good, but he'll wait to see how his right thumb responds Wednesday before the next step is determined. He's missed the last week with a sprained thumb.
Joaquin Arias expected back this weekend 06-25-2013
Joaquin Arias 2B SF
Joaquin Arias (hamstring) is expected to be available to play by this weekend.

Alex Pavlovic on Twitter
Arias suffered a left hamstring strain on Monday but reported improvement on Tuesday. It appears that he'll avoid the disabled list.
Bryce Harper looks good in rehab game 06-25-2013
Bryce Harper LF WAS
Bryce Harper (knee) went 1-for-1 with a double and a walk in his first rehab game with High-A Potomac on Tuesday.

Andrew Simon on Twitter
Harper also scored a run and was picked off. Most importantly is that he looked good while running the bases with a brace on his left knee. He played just three innings Tuesday but will increase that workload throughout the week. Harper is expected to be activated next Monday.
Mike Adams (shoulder) likely out for season 06-25-2013
Mike Adams P PHI
Mike Adams' season is likely over after he was diagnosed with two tears in his right labrum and one in his rotator cuff.

Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
Yikes. Adams is still contemplating whether to address the injury through rehab or surgery, but, either way, he's not expected back this season. "It's not going to heal," Adams said. "Maybe I can do some stuff to get the other muscles to take over and strengthen and hold everything else intact." The reliever tore his labrum back in 2008 and had that surgically-repaired. Ultimately, he seems likely to go under the knife again. Adams is under contract for $7 million next season and has a $6 million club option for 2015 that vests with 60 innings pitched in 2014.
Anibal Sanchez will make rehab start 06-25-2013
Anibal Sanchez P DET
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) will make a rehab start before returning from the disabled list.

Tigers.mlb.com
It's not clear when that rehab start will take place. Sanchez is eligible to return on July 1 and should be activated at some point early next month.
Steve Johnson (oblique) recovering slowly 06-25-2013
Steve Johnson P BAL
Steve Johnson (oblique) has been recovering slower than expected.

Orioles.mlb.com
Johnson has been out for nearly three weeks but is still only playing catch. There's no timetable for his return. "[He's] trying to get in shape," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It's been tough. He's battling some things. He's gotten progressively better, but it's a little slower than I hoped. It's been a challenge for him, conditioning, all year because of some of the things that have kept him from it. So I hope he's using that time. We'll see if he is using it."
Wei-Yin Chen to begin rehab assignment 06-25-2013
Wei-Yin Chen P BAL
Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday.

Orioles.mlb.com
It's not clear which Orioles' affiliate he'll be assigned to, but Chen is slated to go 5-6 innings and could need just the one rehab start before being activated. Manager Buck Showalter said he plans to initially give Chen some extra rest in between starts after he returns.
Dylan Bundy headed to see Dr. Andrews 06-25-2013
Dylan Bundy P BAL
Dylan Bundy (elbow) is headed to see Dr. James Andrews after being examined by Dr. John Wilckens on Tuesday.

Orioles.mlb.com
Orioles manager Buck Showalter wouldn't offer what Tuesday's diagnosis was other than to say "there's some potential for some good things and some potential for some things we'll have to continue to work at." The young right-hander was originally diagnosed with tightness in his right flexor mass, though it's not clear after Monday's setback if he might be dealing with something more serious.
Ivan Nova could get another start 06-25-2013
Ivan Nova P NYY
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Ivan Nova could receive another start.

Yankees.mlb.com
Nova struck out seven while allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings in a spot start versus the Rays Sunday. He'll be unavailable through Thursday but could be used in relief after that or get another start. "It's possible he could get another start here at some point," Girardi said. "I'm not taking anyone out of the rotation, but we're in a long stretch here of 20 games, so it's possible we might put him in there just to give the guys an extra day that way."
Wandy Rodriguez a bit sore after rehab start 06-25-2013
Wandy Rodriguez P PIT
Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) felt a little sore after his rehab start on Sunday.

Michael Sanserino on Twitter
He'll be given a little extra time off before his next rehab outing, as he'll throw a bullpen session Friday before making another rehab start next Monday. Rodriguez should return before the All-Star break as long as he doesn't have any other mini-setbacks.
Chad Gaudin expected back when eligible 06-25-2013
Chad Gaudin P PHI
Chad Gaudin (elbow) said Tuesday that he expects to be activated from the disabled list on July 6, the first day he's eligible.

Alex Pavlovic on Twitter
Gaudin reported big improvement with his right elbow contusion on Tuesday. With the way the Giants' schedule works out, the righty might only have to miss one turn through the rotation. Mike Kickham is starting in his place Tuesday.
Carl Crawford expected back before AS break 06-25-2013
Carl Crawford LF LAD
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that he expects Carl Crawford (hamstring) to return prior to the All-Star break.

Dylan Hernandez on Twitter
Mattingly mentioned that Crawford could be activated during the team's July 2-10 road trip. The outfielder has yet to resume running at full speed, but evidently he's progressed enough in his workouts that the Dodgers think he'll be ready within the next couple weeks. He'll require a rehab assignment before returning.
Scott Van Slyke to resume rehab Wednesday 06-25-2013
Scott Van Slyke LF LAD
Scott Van Slyke (shoulder) will resume his rehab assignment on Wednesday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Dylan Hernandez on Twitter
Van Slyke has played in four rehab games already, but the Dodgers determined he wasn't ready yet after he was re-evaluated Tuesday. He should be activated before long.
John Jaso could be out until Friday 06-25-2013
John Jaso C OAK
John Jaso (hand) could be held out of the starting lineup until Friday.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Jaso is available off the bench Tuesday, though. He's dealing with an abrasion on his left palm.
Oscar Taveras back on Triple-A DL 06-25-2013
Oscar Taveras RF STL
Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras has been placed on Triple-A Memphis' disabled list after aggravating his right ankle injury.

Joe Strauss on Twitter
Taveras suffered the setback on Sunday, though he had been noticeably gimpy before that. It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined, but the top prospect missed a month the first time he hurt the ankle and the Cards will take things cautiously with him. Obviously he won't be promoted for a while.
Donald Lutz optioned to Double-A 06-25-2013
Donald Lutz 1B CIN
Reds optioned OF Donald Lutz to Double-A Pensacola. He's no longer needed with Chris Heisey back from the DL. Lutz batted just .241/.254/.310 over 34 games for the Reds.
Dustin Ackley recalled from Triple-A 06-25-2013
Dustin Ackley LF SEA
Mariners recalled INF/OF Dustin Ackley from Triple-A Tacoma. With Nick Franklin playing so well, the Mariners plan to use Ackley in the outfield. He should see ample time in both left and center field with Michael Morse and Franklin Gutierrez on the disabled list. Ackley batted .365/.472/.500 in 25 games at Tacoma and should be considered for an addition to AL-only rosters.
Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) returns to DL 06-25-2013
Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA
Mariners placed OF Franklin Gutierrez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 24, with a right hamstring strain. Gutierrez had just returned last week from the 60-day DL with leg issues. The oft-injured outfielder should be considered out indefinitely. Dustin Ackley has replaced him on the roster.
Edgmer Escalona throw live batting practice 06-25-2013
Edgmer Escalona P NYY
Edgmer Escalona (elbow) threw live batting practice on Tuesday.

Denver Post
Escalona will be sent out on a rehab assignment soon. He should rejoin the Rockies' bullpen in a week or so.
Rafael Betancourt set to return on Friday 06-25-2013
Rafael Betancourt P COL
Rafael Betancourt (groin) will be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Denver Post
Betancourt revealed the news himself following a successful live batting practice session Tuesday. "I'm ready to go. I feel so much better than I did before I went on the DL," Betancourt said. "Before, when I came to the park, I was thinking about it all the time. Now it's totally different. I'm ready to help this team win and do my job." Rex Brothers has fared well in the closer role with Betancourt out, but the veteran will get his job back.
Ryan Howard back in lineup Tuesday 06-25-2013
Ryan Howard 1B PHI
Ryan Howard is back in the Phillies' lineup Tuesday.

Todd Zolecki on Twitter
Howard sat out Monday due to soreness in his ailing left knee. He's going to continue to require regular days of rest, but fantasy owners should stick his hot bat back in the lineup.
Dodgers activate Matt Kemp from disabled list 06-25-2013
Matt Kemp CF LAD
Dodgers activated OF Matt Kemp from the 15-day disabled list. He's batting fifth and playing center field Tuesday against the Giants. Kemp had two doubles and stole a base in his final two rehab games with Triple-A Albuquerque, and he was activated after participating in a simulated game Tuesday. He returns to a .251/.305/.335 batting line with two homers, 17 RBI and seven steals over 51 games.
Cubs getting 'multiple hits' on Kevin Gregg 06-25-2013
Kevin Gregg P MIA
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Cubs have received "multiple hits" on Kevin Gregg.

Buster Olney on Twitter
It's no surprise that the Cubs want to take advantage of Gregg's surprising year to see what they can get for him via trade. The veteran reliever has converted all 11 of his save chances this season and boasts a 1.11 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Contenders are likely viewing him as a seventh or possibly eighth inning guy.
Ramiro Pena to get second opinion on shoulder 06-25-2013
Ramiro Pena 2B ATL
Ramiro Pena will receive a second opinion on his ailing right shoulder on Wednesday.

David O'Brien on Twitter
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez declined to not what the first diagnosis is, which probably isn't a good sign. Pena originally hurt the shoulder on June 9 and was finally placed on the DL late last week.
Ryan Madson moved to 60-day DL 06-25-2013
Ryan Madson P LAA
Angels transferred RHP Ryan Madson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. It's just a procedural move in order to add Collin Cowgill to the 40-man roster. Madson remains out indefinitely as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Collin Cowgill acquired by Angels via trade 06-25-2013
Collin Cowgill RF LAA
Angels acquired OF Collin Cowgill from the Mets in exchange for OF Kyle Johnson. Cowgill had been designated for assignment by the Mets last week after batting just .180/.206/.311 in 63 plate appearances. He's been assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Chris Heisey activated from disabled list 06-25-2013
Chris Heisey LF CIN
Reds activated OF Chris Heisey from the 15-day disabled list. Heisey is in the lineup in the designated hitter spot on Tuesday in Oakland. The outfielder has been on the shelf since April 27 because of a right hamstring strain. Cincy figures to use him in the DH spot while they can in order to protect the hammy.
Asdrubal Cabrera likely to be activated Wed. 06-25-2013
Asdrubal Cabrera SS WAS
Asdrubal Cabrera (quad) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
It appears that Cabrera will avoid a rehab assignment, as he's convinced the Indians with a variety of baseball activities that he's ready. He's been out since June 4 because of a right quad strain. "I don't know when they're going to take me off the DL, but I had a conversation with Chris (Antonetti, general manager) and they're going to make a decision after the game (Tuesday)," said Cabrera. "I've got to wait and see, but I hope it's soon."
Ted Lilly throws simulated game Tuesday 06-25-2013
Ted Lilly P LAD
Ted Lilly (neck) threw a simulated game on Tuesday.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
Lilly was been sidelined since early June with a nagging neck injury. He received an epidural earlier this month and is apparently making some good progress. There's no word yet on when he'll be ready for a rehab assignment, but it can't be long assuming he comes out of the simulated game OK.
Matt Holliday moved down to No. 5 spot 06-25-2013
Matt Holliday LF STL
Matt Holliday has been moved down to the No. 5 spot in the Cardinals' batting order Tuesday.

Joe Strauss on Twitter
It's the first time since 2011 and just the fourth time during his time as a Cardinal that Holliday has batted lower than fourth. It's understandable, though, given his relatively disappointing .268/.350/.439 batting line this season. The Cards are hitting Yadier Molina second, Carlos Beltran third and Allen Craig fourth ahead of Holliday.
Henry Rodriguez recalled from Triple-A 06-25-2013
Henry Rodriguez 2B CIN
Reds recalled INF Henry Rodriguez from Triple-A Louisville. He'll provide some infield depth while Brandon Phillips is on paternity leave. Rodriguez received only a couple pinch-hitting appearances over his few days with the big club earlier this month.
Phillies sign Mike MacDougal to minors deal 06-25-2013
Mike MacDougal P WAS
Phillies signed RHP Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Matt Provence on Twitter
MacDougal was released from the Reds' Triple-A affiliate on June 8 after posting a rough 5.49 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 19 2/3 innings of work. He will serve as organizational relief depth now for the Phillies.
Putz (elbow) throws scoreless rehab inning 06-25-2013
J.J. Putz P ARZ
J.J. Putz (elbow) threw another scoreless rehab inning on Monday with the Triple-A Reno Aces.

Jack Magruder on Twitter
It was the third straight scoreless rehab inning for Putz, who is expected to return from the 15-day disabled list this week. With right-hander Heath Bell pitching so ineffectively, Putz will likely be rushed back into the Diamondbacks' ninth-inning role.
Bourjos (thumb) hoping to return Wednesday 06-25-2013
Peter Bourjos CF STL
Peter Bourjos (thumb) is hoping to return Wednesday.

Mike DiGiovanna on Twitter
Bourjos injured his left thumb Sunday while trying to break up a double play. He is available to serve as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner on Tuesday.
Mike O'Connor gets 50-game PED suspension 06-25-2013
Mike O'Connor P NYY
Mike O'Connor has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for a positive PED test.

Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
O'Connor signed a minor league contract with the Twins back in December but was released in May after posting a 4.86 ERA and 1.74 WHIP across 16 2/3 innings of relief at Triple-A Rochester. The 32-year-old left-hander might struggle to make his way back into affiliated ball.
Jaso (hand) scratched from A's lineup Tues. 06-25-2013
John Jaso C OAK
John Jaso (hand) was scratched from the A's starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Reds.

Jane Lee on Twitter
Jaso is still being bothered by the abrasion on his left palm. Stephen Vogt will start behind the plate.
Corey Hart now having trouble with left knee 06-25-2013
Corey Hart RF SEA
Corey Hart's left knee has begun to bother him and he's scheduled to visit a specialist this week.

Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
Hart had surgery on his right knee in January and still isn't fully recovered from that procedure. This is quickly becoming a lost season for the Brewers first baseman. He is considered out indefinitely at this point.
Sergio Santos (elbow) throws side session 06-25-2013
Sergio Santos P TOR
Sergio Santos (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon and reported feeling fine.

Shi Davidi on Twitter
The hope is that Santos will be able to begin appearing in minor league rehab games at some point in early July. He underwent surgery last month to remove bone chips and spurs from his right (throwing) elbow and is unlikely to be activated before the All-Star break.
Estrada (hamstring) has setback in rehab 06-25-2013
Marco Estrada P MLW
Marco Estrada (hamstring) had a minor setback during his rehab start Sunday at Low-A Wisconsin.

Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel was told that Estrada "might need some extra time." The right-hander has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 4 because of a strained left hamstring muscle.
Harper (knee) is unlikely to return this week 06-25-2013
Bryce Harper LF WAS
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Tuesday that Bryce Harper (knee) likely won't return this week.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
It sounds like next Monday is the big target date. Harper has been on the shelf since May 26 because of bursitis in his left knee. He is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday night with High-A Potomac.
Carlos Gomez (shoulder) sitting out Tuesday 06-25-2013
Carlos Gomez CF MLW
Carlos Gomez (shoulder) is not in the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Cubs.

Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
Gomez suffered a left shoulder sprain Sunday when he crashed into the center field wall while making a great catch on a deep Andrelton Simmons line drive. Gomez told reporters that he is hoping to return Wednesday.
Jaso (hand) back in A's lineup on Tuesday 06-25-2013
John Jaso C OAK
John Jaso (hand) is back in the A's lineup Tuesday.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Jaso hasn't started a game since last Thursday because of a left palm abrasion. It was never a major concern.
Royals outright Quintin Berry to AAA Omaha 06-25-2013
Quintin Berry LF BAL
Royals sent OF Quintin Berry outright to Triple-A Omaha. Berry was designated for assignment by the Royals this past Sunday and made it through waivers without getting claimed. He will return to the outfield in Omaha.
McDonald (shoulder) will not see Dr. Andrews 06-25-2013
James McDonald P CHC
James McDonald (shoulder) will not see Dr. James Andrews.

Michael Sanserino on Twitter
An earlier report from the Pirates said that McDonald was experiencing lingering discomfort in his shoulder and was scheduled to be examined by Dr. James Andrews next week. But that visit won't happen due to a scheduling conflict. McDonald remains out indefinitely.
Buchholz (trapezius) able to play catch Tues. 06-25-2013
Clay Buchholz P BOS
Clay Buchholz (trapezius) played catch on Tuesday.

Sean McAdam on Twitter
The workout went well and Buchholz is now scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Wednesday and Friday. If those mound sessions go smoothly, he should be cleared for a minor league rehab start. The righty has been sidelined since June 8 with neck and shoulder discomfort.
Ryan Zimmerman getting night off Tuedsay 06-25-2013
Ryan Zimmerman 3B WAS
Ryan Zimmerman is getting the night off on Tuesday.

Adam Kilgore on Twitter
Zimmerman is taking anti-inflammatory medication for his shoulder, but his absence Tuesday is not related to that injury. The third baseman will be back Wednesday.
Red Sox recall Pedro Beato from AAA level 06-25-2013
Pedro Beato P ATL
Red Sox recalled RHP Pedro Beato from Triple-A Pawtucket. Beato has posted a remarkable 1.83 ERA in 34 1/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level. The right-hander should do well in a middle relief role with Boston.
Red Sox place Franklin Morales on the DL 06-25-2013
Franklin Morales P COL
Red Sox placed LHP Franklin Morales on the 15-day disabled list with a left pectoral strain. The strain was revealed Tuesday during an MRI on Morales' upper left arm. He's likely to need three weeks off.
Webster to start Friday night vs. Blue Jays 06-25-2013
Allen Webster P BOS
Allen Webster will start Friday against the Blue Jays.

Brian MacPherson on Twitter
Webster was originally slated to pitch on Saturday, but the Red Sox are moving things around a bit. The 23-year-old has an 11.25 ERA in 12 innings this season and should obviously be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Konerko not in White Sox lineup on Tuesday 06-25-2013
Paul Konerko 1B CWS
Paul Konerko is not in the White Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Mets.

Mark D. Gonzales on Twitter
It's just a routine day of maintenance for the veteran first baseman, who has hit safely in seven straight games. He's a nice buy-low candidate in fantasy leagues.
Christian Garcia (shoulder) ready for games 06-25-2013
Christian Garcia P WAS
Christian Garcia (shoulder, forearm) is scheduled to make an appearance Tuesday at Triple-A Syracuse.

James Wagner on Twitter
Garcia was shut down for a little over a week after experiencing discomfort in his right shoulder. The hard-throwing reliever has been out since spring training because of a partial tendon tear in his forearm. There is no timetable for his arrival in Washington.
Royals DFA left-hander Francisley Bueno 06-25-2013
Francisley Bueno P KC
Royals designated LHP Francisley Bueno for assignment. Bueno had a 3.40 ERA and 39/16 K/BB ratio through 45 innings this year at Triple-A Omaha. The 32-year-old lefty may draw interest from other teams on waivers.
Royals activate then option lefty Danny Duffy 06-25-2013
Danny Duffy P KC
Royals activated LHP Danny Duffy from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Omaha. Duffy is almost fully recovered from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery but needs to build arm strength down in the minors. He could become a rotation option for the Royals soon after the mid-July All-Star break.
James McDonald (shoulder) to see Dr. Andrews 06-25-2013
James McDonald P CHC
James McDonald is still experiencing discomfort in his shoulder and will visit Dr. James Andrews next week.

Michael Sanserino on Twitter
McDonald has been on the disabled list since May 7 and has not been able to make much progress. The Pirates will hope that Dr. Andrews can provide some answers. McDonald is to be considered out indefinitely at this point.
Castro absence Tues. snaps 269-game streak 06-25-2013
Starlin Castro SS CHC
Starlin Castro is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Brewers.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
It's a mental day of rest for the struggling shortstop, who is batting .228/.264/.318 in 74 games this season. The absence snaps a stretch of 269 consecutive games played for Castro, which was the longest such streak in the National League. Cody Ransom will start at short.
Athletics recall C Stephen Vogt from Triple-A 06-25-2013
Stephen Vogt C OAK
Athletics recalled C Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Sacramento. Vogt, who was acquired from the Rays in April, was hitting .325/.393/.541 with nine home runs and 43 RBI in 58 games in Triple-A this season. The 28-year-old offers a third option behind the plate, but also has experience at first base and in the outfield.
Royals recall LHP Smith from Triple-A 06-25-2013
Will Smith P MLW
Royals recalled LHP Will Smith from Triple-A Omaha. He'll replace Kelvin Herrera on the active roster. Smith made a spot-start with the Royals back in April and owns a solid 2.88 ERA and 74/20 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings over 10 starts and seven relief appearances in Triple-A. He figures to pitch in middle relief.
Royals option RHP Herrera to Triple-A 06-25-2013
Kelvin Herrera P KC
Royals optioned RHP Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A Omaha. Herrera got off to a solid start after returning from the minors, but he has allowed five runs on five hits and four walks over his last four appearances. The hard-throwing right-hander will attempt to get back on track is a less pressure-packed environment.
Teixeira (wrist) to see team doctors Tuesday 06-25-2013
Mark Teixeira 1B NYY
Mark Teixeira (wrist) is scheduled to be examined by team doctors Tuesday.

Bryan Hoch on Twitter
This is just one day after Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Teixeira was still experiencing pain in his right wrist. "I'm concerned," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. We should know more soon, but the possibility of season-ending surgery could soon be on the table.
Reds' Phillips placed on paternity leave list 06-25-2013
Brandon Phillips 2B CIN
Reds placed 2B Brandon Phillips on the paternity leave list.

Cincinnati Enquirer
The Reds put out a press release Tuesday afternoon which said that Phillips "is away from the team on a private personal matter." He is permitted to be away from the team for 24 to 72 hours.
Martinez (shoulder) moves up to Double-A 06-25-2013
Cristhian Martinez P ATL
Cristhian Martinez (shoulder) will have his rehab assignment moved to Double-A Mississippi.

David O'Brien on Twitter
Martinez, out since April 12 with a right shoulder sprain, struck out four in two scoreless innings Friday during an appearance with the Braves' rookie league team. No word on how many more appearances he'll need, but a return before the All-Star break appears realistic.
David Ross (concussion) moved to 60-day DL 06-25-2013
David Ross C BOS
Red Sox transferred C David Ross from the 7-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

WEEI.com
The move clears a spot for Brandon Snyder on the 40-man roster. Ross is sidelined indefinitely due to his second concussion of the season and now won't be eligible to return until around mid-August.
Red Sox call up Brandon Snyder from Triple-A 06-25-2013
Brandon Snyder 3B BOS
Red Sox purchased the contract of 1B/3B Brandon Snyder from Triple-A Pawtucket.

WEEI.com
Snyder will replace the demoted Will Middlebooks on the active roster. The 26-year-old was hitting .267/.338/.470 through 63 games this season in Triple-A and will function as a backup at first base and the hot corner.
Red Sox demote Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A 06-25-2013
Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS
Red Sox optioned 3B Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A Pawtucket.

WEEI.com
Middlebrooks had plenty of hype in fantasy drafts this spring, but he's batting just .192/.228/.389 with nine homers and a 60/9 K/BB ratio over 53 games this season. The hot-hitting Jose Iglesias began to take the majority of the playing time at third base in recent days, so he's better off getting regular at-bats in the minor leagues for now.
Ryan Zimmerman not in Tuesday's lineup 06-25-2013
Ryan Zimmerman 3B WAS
Ryan Zimmerman is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
No word yet on the reason for his absence. Chad Tracy is making the start at third base Tuesday.
Werth (groin) in Nationals' lineup Tuesday 06-25-2013
Jayson Werth RF WAS
Jayson Werth (groin) is in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
Werth left Sunday's game after pulling his left groin muscle, but it's apparently not a major concern. The 34-year-old is batting .265/.320/.420 with seven home runs and 19 RBI through 44 games this season.
Josh Hamilton (wrist) back in lineup Tuesday 06-25-2013
Josh Hamilton LF LAA
Josh Hamilton (wrist) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

Eric Kay on Twitter
Hamilton hasn't started a game since last Thursday due to tendinitis in his right wrist. He made an appearance as a defensive replacement Sunday, but didn't get an at-bat. The Angels are hopeful that a cortisone shot will get the struggling outfielder back on track.
Mets bring Zack Wheeler back from minors 06-25-2013
Zack Wheeler P NYM
Mets recalled RHP Zack Wheeler from Triple-A Las Vegas. Wheeler was optioned back to the minors after his major league debut, but it was a procedural move designed to provide some temporary bullpen depth until his next scheduled start Tuesday against the White Sox. The 23-year-old should be up for good this time and possesses immense upside in fantasy leagues.
Mets option RHP Burke to Triple-A 06-25-2013
Greg Burke P COL
Mets optioned RHP Greg Burke to Triple-A Las Vegas. An expected move, Burke will be sent down to make room for Tuesday's scheduled starter, Zack Wheeler. The sidearmer has a quality 3.86 ERA and 19/7 K/BB ratio over 21 innings with the Mets this season and should be back in the big leagues before long.
Colome to start Friday against Tigers 06-25-2013
Alex Colome P TB
Alex Colome will remain in the Rays' rotation and start Friday against the Tigers.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
Colome will stick around after he surrendered three unearned runs over 4 1/3 innings in a start against the Yankees on Saturday. He'll be followed by Chris Archer and Jeremy Hellickson this weekend.
Shane Victorino (back) in Tuesday's lineup 06-25-2013
Shane Victorino RF BOS
Shane Victorino (back) is in Tuesday's lineup against the Rockies.

Alex Speier on Twitter
Eric Hinske's suspension reduced to one game 06-25-2013
Eric Hinske 1B ARZ
Eric Hinkse's suspension has been reduced from five games to one.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Hinske was suspended for his role in a brawl with the Dodgers two weeks ago, but his penalty was reduced after an appeal. He will serve the suspension Tuesday.
Will Middlebrooks to be sent down to minors? 06-25-2013
Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that it "looks like" Will Middlebrooks may be demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Nick Cafardo on Twitter
No official announcement from the team yet, but Cafardo hears that Brandon Snyder is expected to be called up in a corresponding roster move. Middlebrooks is batting just .192/.228/.389 with nine homers and a 60/9 K/BB ratio over 53 games this season and has lost playing time to Jose Iglesias in recent days.
Reid Brignac elects free agency 06-25-2013
Reid Brignac 3B PHI
Reid Brignac has elected free agency.

Bryan Hoch on Twitter
Brignac passed through waivers after being designated for assignment by the Yankees over the weekend. The 27-year-old is hitting just .185/.219/.261 in 98 plate appearances at the major league level this season, but it shouldn't be long before he latches on elsewhere.
SF, LAD, COL and SD all interested in Nolasco 06-25-2013
Ricky Nolasco P MIN
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants, Dodgers, Rockies and Padres are among the five teams interested in trading for Marlins' right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

FOX Sports
The Diamondbacks are the only NL West team not involved. Rosenthal hears that the Orioles are also in the mix, while other reports have indicated that the Yankees could have interest. Nolasco, an impending free agent, owns an impressive 3.68 ERA and 77/25 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings this season. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News and Buster Olney of ESPN are both reporting that the Marlins are shopping him aggressively.
Phillips to be placed on paternity leave? 06-25-2013
Brandon Phillips 2B CIN
Brandon Phillips appears to be headed to the paternity leave list.

MLBlogs.com
The Reds have yet to make an official announcement, but the transaction was listed on MLB.com. If so, Phillips can be away from the team for 24 to 72 hours.
Astros recall 1B Wallace from Triple-A 06-25-2013
Brett Wallace 1B BAL
Astros recalled 1B Brett Wallace from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Wallace was demoted in April after going 1-for-24 with 17 strikeouts, but he batted .326/.398/.554 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI and a .952 OPS in 59 games in Triple-A. It's not clear how often he'll play, but he's worth keeping an eye on in NL-only leagues.
Astros recall INF Elmore from Triple-A 06-25-2013
Jake Elmore SS CIN
Astros recalled INF Jacob Elmore from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Elmore will replace Marwin Gonzalez on the active roster. The 26-year-old appeared in three games with the Astros earlier this season and was batting .300/.383/.434 with five home runs and 16 stolen bases in 69 games in Triple-A. With experience between second base, shortstop, and third base, he figures to serve in a utility role.
Vargas to have blood clot removed from armpit 06-25-2013
Jason Vargas P KC
Jason Vargas will undergo surgery this week to remove a blood clot from the area of his left armpit.

Mike DiGiovanna on Twitter
Vargas expects to resume throwing in about two weeks. Barring any setbacks, the southpaw figures to rejoin the Angels' starting rotation shortly after the All-Star break.
Cubs calling up Bogusevic from Triple-A 06-25-2013
Brian Bogusevic LF MIA
Cubs purchased the contract of OF Brian Bogusevic from Triple-A Iowa. Carlos Marmol was designated for assignment in order to clear a spot for him on the 40-man roster. Bogusevic has some speed and pop, but owns a lowly .227/.310/.346 batting line over 618 plate appearances in the majors.
Cubs release third baseman Ian Stewart 06-25-2013
Ian Stewart 3B LAA
Cubs released INF Ian Stewart.

Paul Sullivan on Twitter
The move comes two weeks after Stewart was suspended for expressing frustration about the Cubs on his personal Twitter account. It's not clear if he will give any of his salary back to the team for getting his release. As is, he's still owed about half of his $2 million salary for this season.
Cubs designate Carlos Marmol for assignment 06-25-2013
Carlos Marmol P CIN
Cubs designated RHP Carlos Marmol for assignment.

Paul Sullivan on Twitter
The Cubs were hoping to spin Marmol in a potential trade this summer, but that scenario has become less and less likely over time. The erratic right-hander has posted a 5.86 ERA and 21 walks in just 27 2/3 innings this season. Still owed about half of his $9.8 million salary, he'll almost certainly pass through waivers unclaimed.
Greg Burke to be optioned to Triple-A 06-25-2013
Greg Burke P COL
Greg Burke will be optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Tuesday's game.

Andy Martino on Twitter
He'll be cleared to make room for Zack Wheeler's return from the minors. Burke has a 3.86 ERA and 19/7 K/BB ratio over 21 innings this season and should get another chance in the Mets' bullpen soon.
Robbie Erlin to start Wednesday vs. Phillies 06-25-2013
Robbie Erlin P SD
Padres manager Bud Black said on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Robbie Erlin will start Wednesday against the Phillies.

Jim Duquette on Twitter
He'll replace Clayton Richard (shoulder) in the starting rotation. Erlin allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays in his first major league start earlier this month and is worth using in NL-only leagues.
MRI on Richard's shoulder comes back clean 06-25-2013
Clayton Richard P SD
Clayton Richard underwent an MRI which showed no damage to his shoulder joint.

Lee Hacksaw Hamilton on Twitter
While that's good news, Richard has a possible inflamed bursa sac pressing on a nerve. He was given a cortisone shot in the shoulder in attempt to help with the inflammation. There's no timetable for his return.
Diamondbacks activate Aaron Hill from DL 06-25-2013
Aaron Hill 2B ARZ
Diamondbacks activated 2B Aaron Hill from the 15-day disabled list. Hill, out since early April with a fractured hand, hit .375 (9-for-24) a triple and a double over six rehab games with Triple-A Reno. Get him back in your fantasy lineup.
Haren recieves cortisone shot in shoulder 06-25-2013
Dan Haren P LAD
Dan Haren was given a cortisone shot in his right shoulder.

Washington Post
Haren was placed on the disabled list Tuesday after an MRI revealed inflammation and no structural damage. He plans to begin throwing again in a day or two and appears on track to return around the All-Star break.
Nats recall Tyler Moore from Triple-A 06-25-2013
Tyler Moore 1B WAS
Nationals recalled 1B/OF Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse. Moore will replace Dan Haren (shoulder) on the active roster. The 26-year-old has struggled with the Nationals this season and was hitting just .178 (8-for-45) with two homers and 15 strikeouts through 12 games in the minors.
Haren placed on DL with shoulder inflammation 06-25-2013
Dan Haren P LAD
Nationals placed RHP Dan Haren on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 23, with right shoulder inflammation. Haren told reporters that he felt he could pitch through his shoulder issue, but the Nationals would prefer that the struggling right-hander get some time off. Signed to a one-year, $13 million contract over the winter, Haren has an ugly 6.15 ERA through 15 starts this season. Tyler Moore will take his spot on the roster for now, though the Nationals are reportedly considering calling up Taylor Jordan to fill his rotation spot.
Happ (head, knee) throws batting practice 06-25-2013
J.A. Happ P TOR
J.A. Happ (head, knee) threw batting practice Monday.

Sportsnet.ca
Happ was hit in the head by a line drive in early May, but a right knee sprain is what is keeping him out of game action. "Happ's feeling better," said Blue Jays general manager Anthopoulos. He's a little achy when he wakes up. But the fact he's throwing live BP is a great sign." Look for him to rejoin Toronto's rotation around the All-Star break.
Corey Hart (knee) not close to coming off DL 06-25-2013
Corey Hart RF SEA
Corey Hart (knee) indicated Sunday that he isn't close to making his season debut.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Lawrie (ankle) to begin rehab stint Wednesday 06-25-2013
Brett Lawrie 3B TOR
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Monday that Brett Lawrie (ankle) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with High-A Dunedin.

Sportsnet.ca
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Monday that Lawrie was likely a couple of weeks away from a rehab stint, but apparently there was some miscommunication. "Brett Lawrie will be here (in Buffalo) at some point," said Anthopoulos. "He's going to start his rehab assignment on Wednesday in Florida and when he's ready we'll have him get some at bats here; I don't know when." It suddenly sounds like a return around the beginning of July is possible.
Cubs, Ian Stewart close to parting ways 06-25-2013
Ian Stewart 3B LAA
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs and Ian Stewart are close to parting ways.

CBS Sports
Brian Tallet retires from baseball 06-25-2013
Brian Tallet P PIT
Brian Tallet has retired from baseball.

MLB Trade Rumors
The story was reported by Burt Wilson of Lancaster Newspapers and confirmed by MLB Trade Rumors. Tallet, who was pitching for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League, will pursue a career in coaching. He finishes his career with a 4.79 ERA in 242 appearances (36 starts) over parts of nine seasons between the Blue Jays, Indians, and Cardinals.
Bourjos (thumb) will not be placed on DL 06-25-2013
Peter Bourjos CF STL
Peter Bourjos (thumb) will not be placed on the disabled list.

Los Angeles Times
Bourjos injured his thumb on Sunday, but X-rays came back negative and a thumb specialist determined Monday that he will not have to miss an extended period of time. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Crawford (hamstring) hasn't resumed running 06-25-2013
Carl Crawford LF LAD
Carl Crawford (hamstring) has yet to resume running.

Eric Stephen on Twitter
Crawford suffered a significant hamstring strain on June 1 and is still in recovery mode. While there's no clear timetable for his return, don't look for him to rejoin the Dodgers' lineup until after the All-Star break.
Arias (hamstring) says he could be ready soon 06-25-2013
Joaquin Arias 2B SF
Joaquin Arias (hamstring) said after Monday's game that he could be ready "in a couple of days."

San Francisco Chronicle
Arias left Monday's game with a left hamstring strain, but he's hopeful that it's not serious. We should know more depending on how he feels Tuesday.
Astros expected to call up Jake Elmore 06-25-2013
Jake Elmore SS CIN
Jake Elmore is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Houston Chronicle
The move isn't official, but he'll take the roster spot of Marwin Gonzalez, who was demoted on Monday. Elmore has appeared in three games with the Astros this season and is hitting .300/.383/.434 with five home runs and 16 stolen bases in 69 games in Triple-A.
Stubbs goes 2-for-3 with a walk and a steal 06-25-2013
Drew Stubbs CF COL
Drew Stubbs went 2-for-3 with a walk and a steal Monday against the O's. He's currently riding a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Despite that nice stretch, Monday marked Stubbs' first multi-hit game since June 7. Stubbs is batting .245 and is on pace for 13 homers, 54 RBI and 17 steals.
Santana goes 1-for-5 with a double and a run 06-25-2013
Carlos Santana 1B CLE
Carlos Santana went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Monday's victory against Baltimore. Santana hit .389 with five homers and 13 RBI in April and fell to .200 with three homers and nine RBI in May. He's playing slightly better in June, with a .267 average, two homers and 10 RBI. The 27-year-old boasts a spectacular .860 OPS on the year.
Johnson strikes out two in non-save situation 06-25-2013
Jim Johnson P DET
Jim Johnson struck out two while tossing a scoreless frame in a non-save situation Monday against the Indians. Outside of a series of implosions in mid-May, Johnson has been spectacular in 2013. He's allowed only one run since May 26, which has deflated his ERA from 5.25 to 3.72. Expect that earned run average to continue to drop.
Posey goes 1-for-3 with a walk in defeat 06-25-2013
Buster Posey C SF
Buster Posey went 1-for-3 with a walk in Monday's loss to the Dodgers. Posey is in a tiny funk currently, going 4-for-22 (.181) in six games over the last week, which has dropped his average from .319 to .307. Obviously, he'll be fine.
Collins has allowed 1 earned run since May 5 06-25-2013
Tim Collins P KC
Tim Collins has allowed just one earned run since May 5. Coincidentally, it came in his last appearance against the White Sox. The diminutive left-hander is pitching better than ever this season, posting a 2.33 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 27/13 K/BB rate over 31 appearances.
Jansen earns fourth save of the year Monday 06-25-2013
Kenley Jansen P LAD
Kenley Jansen struck out the side and earned his fifth save of the year Monday against the Giants. Jansen, recently tabbed as the Dodgers' closer, has struck out at least one batter in every one of his June appearances. He's allowed just one run over his last 15 2/3 innings. One of the league's premier relief arms, Jansen owns a 2.37 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and retina-exploding 56/6 K/BB ratio over 38 innings.
Ryu cuffs Giants to 1 run over 6 2/3 frames 06-25-2013
Hyun-jin Ryu P LAD
Hyun-Jin Ryu cuffed the Giants to one run over 6 2/3 innings in the Dodgers' 3-1 victory Monday. It wasn't the rookie's best start, as he allowed eight hits and four walks, and struck out just two, in the no-decision. Still, the Korean import continues to roll, and has not allowed more than three runs in a start since early-May. Already a must-start fantasy hurler, Ryu boasts a 2.85 ERA and 81/31 K/BB ratio in 98 innings.
Puig goes 3-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI 06-25-2013
Yasiel Puig RF LAD
Yasiel Puig refused to cool off Monday night against the Dodgers, going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a 3-1 victory. The rookie sensation was 1-for-7 in his last two games and must have decided it was high time to once again shoulder the burden of carrying Los Angeles' offense. Puig's solo shot in the first inning gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead and his RBI single in the eighth broke a 1-1 tie. He's batting an insane .442/.476/.753 with seven homers and 14 RBI over 77 at-bats.
Bumgarner sees win streak snapped at three 06-25-2013
Madison Bumgarner P SF
Madison Bumgarner took the loss to the Dodgers Monday after giving up three runs -- two earned -- on five hits over seven innings. He struck out five, walked one and gave up a solo homer to Yasiel Puig. The loss snapped his streak of three consecutive victories. Bumgarner, the must-start ace of San Francisco's staff, falls to 7-5 with a 3.20 ERA.
Blanks the hero in Monday's wild win vs. PHI 06-25-2013
Kyle Blanks 1B OAK
Kyle Blanks played the role of hero Monday night, knocking in three runs in the last two innings and scoring the game-tying run in a wild 4-3, 10-frame victory against the Phillies. Blanks finished 4-for-5, raising his batting average (.285) 16 points in the process. San Diego's offense was more quiet than Teller prior to Blanks' two-run single off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning, which cut Philly's lead to 3-2. Blanks later scored on Carlos Ruiz' passed ball. The big man singled in the 10th with the bases loaded to send San Diego to another come-from-behind-victory.
Stults hurls seven innings of two-run ball 06-25-2013
Eric Stults P SD
Eric Stults hurled seven innings of two-run ball in a no-decision Monday against the Phillies. Stults was on the hook for a loss before San Diego rallied in the ninth inning. He gave up seven hits and no walks, striking out four. Since going 2-2 with a 5.67 ERA in April, Stults has been nothing less than one of the league's best starters. He posted a 2.66 ERA in May and has allowed two runs or less in all five of his June starts. The southpaw doesn't have much in the way of raw stuff, but he's worth trotting out in mixed leagues until the clock strikes midnight, whenever that might be.
Mayberry collects 3 hits, 2 steals, in defeat 06-25-2013
John Mayberry LF TOR
John Mayberry went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a pair of steals in Monday's loss to the Padres. Mayberry, who has been getting more time off recently, hadn't registered a hit in more than a week prior to the game. The steals are obviously an outlier, as Mayberry entered the game with three on the season and 10 for his career. The 29-year-old is now batting .262/.316/.445 with five homers through 164 at-bats.
Papelbon blows 3rd consecutive save vs. Pads 06-25-2013
Jonathan Papelbon P PHI
Jonathan Papelbon blew his third consecutive save Monday against the Padres. Paps has now blown four saves in his last five appearances. Called on in the ninth inning of a 3-0 game with two runners on, Papelbon allowed a single and hit a batter before he coaxed Yasmani Grandal into a double play. A Carlos Ruiz passed ball allowed Kyle Blanks to score, sending the game into extra innings. Papelbon's recent struggles aside, his job is completely safe, as he still owns a 2.12 ERA and 0.88 WHIP.
Lee stuck with a tough-luck no-decision 06-25-2013
Cliff Lee P PHI
Cliff Lee held the Padres to two runs over eight innings, but was stuck with a tough-luck no-decision in San Diego's 4-3, 10-inning win. He struck out seven and walked one. Lee was absolutely dealing through eight shutout innings. He entered the ninth with a 3-0 lead and promptly surrendered hits to the first two batters he faced. Jonathan Papelbon allowed both inherited runners to score, sullying Lee's line. The left-hander remains 9-2 to go with a 2.51 ERA.