- A look at Thursday’s matchups (all times Eastern)
Cardinals (Carlos Martinez
- R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner
- L), 3:45
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick
- R) at Marlins (Brad Hand
- L), 6:10
Rangers (Yu Darvish
- R) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen
- L), 7:05
Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy
- R) at Pirates (Vance Worley
- R), 7:05
Rays (Erik Bedard
- L) at Tigers (Max Scherzer
- R), 7:08
Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka
- R) at Twins (Phil Hughes
- R), 8:10
Dodgers (Zack Greinke
- R) at Rockies (Franklin Morales
- L), 8:10
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey
- R) at Athletics (Sonny Gray
- R), 9:05
Astros (Brett Oberholtzer
- L) at Angels (Matt Shoemaker
- R), 10:05
Day Game After Night Game:
, SS, LAD - (Calf) Decision on DL stint will be made prior to Thursday's series opener against the Rockies.
, DH, DET - (Ribs) Held out of the lineup again Wednesday.
, 1B, NYY - (Knee) Missed Wednesday’s game after having his left knee drained Tuesday night.
, OF, NYY - (General Soreness) - Sat out Wednesday’s game, with manager Joe Girardi saying he’s “a little beat up.”
, 1B, LAD - (Neck) Held out of Wednesday’s lineup due to soreness.
, OF, MIL - (Shoulder) Expected to return to the lineup Friday.
, P, CIN - (Neck) Has not pitched since June 20 due to a “balky neck,” according to manager Bryan Price
Players on the DL
, 3B, COL - (Finger) Will be activated from the DL prior to Thursday’s game.
, OF, COL - (Finger) Cleared to take batting practice in a cage when the Rockies return home Thursday.
, P, PHI - (Elbow) Begins a rehab assignment with High-A Clearwater on Sunday.
, C, MIN - (Oblique) Placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday.
, C, ATL - (Back) Remains without a timetable for a return, but said Tuesday that he felt none of the pain patients typically experience after an epidural injection.
, OF, HOU - (Back) Expected to resume baseball activities Monday and should be able to come off the DL when eligible July 12.
, OF, BOS - (Hamstring) May be cleared to take batting practice Thursday.
, OF, KC - (Groin) Unlikely to be activated on the team’s current road trip.
, 2B, STL - (Shoulder) Went 2-for-3 with a homer, a double, a walk and three RBI in his first rehab game with Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
, SS, SD - (Hamstring) Landed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday.
, P, COL - (Shoulder) Set to throw a live batting practice session Saturday.
, P, BAL - (Groin) Must complete a simulated game or rehab start before being activated from the DL.
, P, SEA - (Back) Slated to throw a bullpen session Friday and should attempt a simulated game next week.
, 1B, SEA - (Hamstring) Plan was for him to play the outfield for Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday.
, P, MIN - (Elbow) Does not think he’ll be able to build up his pitch count enough to start again this season.
, P, COL - (Shoulder) Diagnosed with strained rotator cuff and will receive a receive a second opinion on the injury become determining a course of action.
, P, MIA - (Ankle) Will be activated from the DL and Thursday and will start the series finale against the Phillies.
, 3B, BOS - (Finger) Served as the DH for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a triple.
, P, STL - (Hamstring) Gave up three hits and two walks over four shutout innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
, P, TEX - (Knee) Expected to make at least two rehab starts once he is cleared to begin an assignment.
, P, LAA - (Arm) Likely to be activated prior to Thursday’s game.
, C, PHI - (Quadriceps) Started a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Phillies on Wednesday.
, P, SD - (Shoulder) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Wednesday.
, P, PHI - (Shoulder) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Wednesday.
, OF, PHI - (Personal) Placed on the paternity list Wednesday.
- Players who have been called up, send down, traded, released, you name it. We’ll cover it here.
Placed on the DL
(15-day, unless otherwise noted)
, 1B, MIN
, SS, SD
, OF, PHI (paternity list)
, P, PHI (transferred to 60-day DL)
, P, BAL (transferred to 60-day DL)
Activated from the DL
(15-day, unless otherwise noted)
, P, LAA
, P, ATL
, P, HOU
(from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
, 1B, MIN
, P, KC
, OF, PHI
, 1B, MIA
, 3B, SD
(to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
, P, LAA
, P, KC
, P, ATL
, P, HOU
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
, P, PHI (to Double-A)
, P, CHW (to High-A)
Claimed off Waivers
, P, CHW (from TB)
Tampa Bay Rays
- Called upon to preserve a 6-3 lead over the Yankees on Wednesday, Brad Boxberger
struck out two and retired the side on 15 pitches to earn his first save of the season. It came a day after manager Joe Maddon turned back to Grant Balfour
to nail down a save, a decision he made after watching Balfour walk his grandmother through the lobby of the team hotel earlier in the day. Meanwhile, Jake McGee
has worked the eighth inning in his last two appearances, adding to the confusion in regard to the Rays’ closer situation moving forward. McGee has posted outstanding numbers to this point (1.21 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 10.6 K/9) and still seems like the top candidate for save opportunities, but Maddon seems intent -- at least at the moment -- on taking the literal approach to the “closer by committee.”
- Cody Allen
gave up a hit and a walk but recorded the final four outs of Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers en route to his eighth save of the season. It was his first save opportunity since June 14, but it’s clear that Allen is the preferred ninth-inning option for manager Terry Francona, and the right-hander seems like a fairly good bet to hold onto the job the rest of the way. In 40 appearances this season, Allen has posted a 2.50 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts, to go along with just one blown save. Bryan Shaw
is coming off a rocky month of June (6.52 ERA) and doesn't have the swing-and-miss stuff that Allen has, and John Axford
continues to underwhelm.
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, C, BAL - Injuries to Evan Gattis
(back) and Carlos Ruiz
(concussion) have put many in two-catcher leagues in a tough spot, and those owners could do worse than to consider Joseph. Nick Hundley
seemed likely to take the reins as primary catcher for the Orioles upon his arrival in late May, but that job seems to have fallen to Joseph, who has now started 12 of the team’s last 16 games. The overall numbers still look ugly (.170/.257/.318 entering Wednesday), but the power that Joseph displayed in the minors -- he hit 22 homers in 135 games with Double-A Bowie last season -- has finally started to show up. Coming into Wednesday’s action, Joseph had hit three homers while driving in seven in his last eight games, and while he may eventually fall into a more even timeshare with Hundley, Matt Wieters
(elbow) is out for the year, so the door is open for Joseph to continue seeing regular time near the bottom of the order.
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DraftStreet Value Plays
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, LAA ($14,064)
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1B - Chris Davis
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2B - Aaron Hill
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