- A look at Thursday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Brewers (Donovan Hand
- R) at Nationals (Taylor Jordan
- R), 11:05
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy
- R) at Mets (Dillon Gee
- R), 1:10
Giants (Matt Cain
- R) at Reds (Mike Leake
- R), 1:10
Padres (Eric Stults
- L) at Red Sox (Allen Webster
- R), 1:35
Phillies (Cole Hamels
- L) at Pirates (Gerrit Cole
- R), 1:35
Orioles (Zach Britton
- L) at White Sox (Jose Quintana
- L), 2:10
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez
- R) at Royals (James Shields
- R), 2:10
Rays (Chris Archer
- R) at Astros (Jordan Lyles
- R), 2:10
Yankees (David Phelps
- R) at Twins (Kyle Gibson
- R), 2:10
Cubs (Travis Wood
- L) at Athletics (Jarrod Parker
- R), 4:05
Tigers (Justin Verlander
- R) at Blue Jays (Esmil Rogers
- R), 7:07
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez
- R) at Braves (Julio Teheran
- R), 7:10
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma
- R) at Rangers (Martin Perez
- L), 8:05
Dodgers (Chris Capuano
- L) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin
- R), 8:10
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright
- R) at Angels (Joe Blanton
- R), 9:05
Day Game After Night Game:
MIL, WAS, ARI, NYM, SF, CIN, SD, BOS, PHI, PIT, BAL, CWS, CLE, KC, TB, HOU, NYY, MIN, CHC, OAK
, SS, SF (Hamstring) - Was available off the bench Wednesday.
, OF, SD (Heel) - Enduring a sore heel, which kept him in the DH slot Wednesday.
, OF, MIL (Thumb) - Swung a bat Wednesday for the second day in a row.
, 3B, DET (Back) - Made it through batting practice unscathed and remained in Wednesday's lineup.
Jorge De La Rosa
, P, COL (Thumb) - Felt soreness in his thumb following Tuesday's side session.
, 1B, TOR (Hamstring) - Out of the lineup Wednesday for a third consecutive outing.
, OF, STL (Back) - Missed his second game in a row Wednesday due to a pinched nerve in his back that is not allowing him to rotate his head in order to face the pitcher.
, 2B, DET (Leg) - Diagnosed with a shin contusion after X-rays were returned negative; the injury resulted from a hard slide during an attempted double play Wednesday.
, C, OAK (Hand) - Returned to the lineup Wednesday, making his first start since June 20.
, P, PHI (Concussion) - Will not miss his slated start Saturday, after passing his concussion tests.
, P, NYY (Hip) - Had an MRI performed on his hip flexor, which revealed nothing sinister, but will be evaluated by team doctors Friday.
, 1B, TOR (Back) - Returned to the lineup Wednesday, after his removal from Sunday's game due to mid-back tightness.
, P, NYM (Neck) - Has dealt with tingling in his hand of late, forcing an MRI, but will make his next start Saturday.
, P, OAK (Hamstring) - Scratched from Thursday's start but is slated to take the hill Saturday.
, OF, ARI (Undisclosed) - Remained out of the lineup Wednesday, his second absence in as many days, after face planting on an attempted catch Monday.
, P, MIL (Hamstring) - His status for his next start is iffy, according to manager Ron Roenicke.
, OF, SEA (Finger) - Not in the lineup Wednesday, marking a week riding the pine.
, OF, ATL (Ankle) - Seemed hobbled running to first base during a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday.
, 2B, SF (Back) - Held out of the lineup Wednesday due to tightness in his back.
, OF, SD (Hamstring) - Hopeful that he'll return to the lineup Thursday.
Players on the DL
, OF, TEX (Thumb) - Received a cortisone injection after missing batting practice this past weekend.
, P, BOS (Neck) - Threw from a distance of 100 feet Wednesday, after which he felt that he had "turned a corner."
, P, PIT (Calf) - Thinks that he'll avoid a rehab assignment before joining the rotation.
, P, LAA (Elbow) - Hopes to start throwing next week.
, SS, SD (Hamstring) - His return to the team may be pushed back to Friday.
, P, SF (Knee) - Will make one last rehab outing Thursday at High-A San Jose.
, P, TOR (Elbow) - Has pitched 4.1 innings across two rehab outings at High-A Dunedin and is expected to make one more appearance, before he is optioned to the minors.
, OF, ARI (Elbow) - Batting 12-for-35 with one homer and eight stolen bases during his last 10 rehab games as a DH at High-A Visalia.
, P, MIL (Oblique) - His recovery is going well, but he still has a number of benchmarks to hit in his rehabilitation.
, P, TOR (Head) - Dealing with knee tightness and is unlikely to return to the team before August.
, P, WAS (Shoulder) - Completed a simulated game Wednesday.
, P, TEX (Back) - Still throws before games but remains two weeks away from throwing off a mound.
, P, PIT (Shoulder) - Threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Tuesday.
, P, TOR (Elbow) - Expected to start a rehab assignment in the near future.
, P, PIT (Arm) - Had ulnar nerve transposition surgery performed Wednesday, which will sideline him for two months.
, C, PHI (Knee) - May embark upon a rehab assignment this coming weekend.
, 3B, TOR (Ankle) - Transferred his rehab assignment Wednesday from High-A Dunedin to Low-A Lansing.
, P, TEX (Forearm) - Experienced no issues following his most recent bullpen session.
, P, LAA (Elbow) - Threw three bullpen sessions last week at the team's minor league facility in Tempe, AZ.
, P, WAS (Hand) - Scheduled to throw off a mound Friday for the first time since breaking his hand.
, P, PIT (Shoulder) - Has no structural damage in his shoulder but will be shut down for two weeks before commencing rehab work.
, OF, SEA (Quadriceps) - Will likely head out on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma before returning to the majors.
, SS, NYY (Oblique) - Hopes to make it back to the majors by the All-Star break.
, P, TEX (Shoulder) - Slated to make a rehab start Saturday at Triple-A Round Rock.
, P, CWS (Ribs) - Reported no issues following Tuesday's "light-to-medium" bullpen session.
, P, TOR (Elbow) - Has resumed throwing, after suffering a setback at High-A Dunedin on June 10.
, P, NYY (Shoulder) - Could take on a relief role, when healthy, if a spot in the rotation is not available.
, C, WAS (Hamstring) - Was in the squat for all nine innings during Tuesday's rehab outing at High-A Potomac, while his hamstring looked fully healthy when he ran from first to third base on a single.
, 3B, NYY (Hip) - Went hitless in two at-bats during his first rehab game Tuesday at Low-A Charleston, while he hopes to return to the majors by July 22.
, P, TOR (Elbow) - Tossed a scoreless inning during his first rehab game at the team's rookie-level squad.
, OF, MIA (Elbow) - Underwent Tommy John surgery last week, marking his second elbow reconstruction in 14 months.
, 1B, NYY (Wrist) - Had successful wrist surgery Monday.
, OF, DET (Ribs) - Started a rehab assignment Wednesday and may return to the 25-man roster this weekend in Cleveland.
, OF, MIN (Knee) - Will have knee surgery in order to repair a medial meniscus tear and will miss 4-to-6 weeks.
- Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.
Placed on the DL
(15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
, 2B, ARI
, P, CWS
, 1B, CWS
, SS, NYY
Activated from the DL
(15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
, CF, CLE (Paternity list)
, RF, PIT
(from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
, CF, ARI
, 3B, CWS
, P, CWS
, P, TOR
(to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
, P, PIT
, P, CLE
, P, WAS
, P, BOS
, P, CHC
, 3B, BAL
Designated for Assignment
, P, CHC
, C, MIA
, P, TOR
, 3B, NYY
, P, MIL
, CF, MIN
Detroit - After notching his sixth save of the season Tuesday, Joaquin Benoit
has now toed the rubber during the Tigers' only two save chances since he was named the preferred closer by manager Jim Leyland on June 21. A slight wobble aside, Benoit's four appearances in the interim have been extremly crisp, as he boasts one win and two saves to go with a 2.08 ERA, 1.154 WHIP, and 7:1 K:BB ratio in 4.1 innings during that stretch. While the sample size is admittedly small, the averages are only slightly inflated from his line on the season, while his strikeout rate is much more fantasy-friendly. As the season has rolled along, threats to his save chances have slowly but surely fallen by the wayside, either by injury or removal from the 25-man roster, leaving Benoit as the unquestioned fireman in Detroit's pen.
, OF, CLE - As the Indians' everyday left fielder, Brantley is as steady as they come, producing modest results across the board. A June swoon in which he posted a .222/.260/.356 line in 90 at-bats led to decreased ownership across the fantasy plain, but he finished the month on a relative high note. Since June 19, he is batting .293 (12-for-41) with nine RBI, nine runs scored, and three stolen bases over 12 appearances. Moreover, a veritable power stroke of sorts emerged during that span, as he launched three long balls, more than doubling his output in the category to five on the season. The lefty has spent the majority of 2013 in the leadoff spot, but with Michael Bourn
healthy and producing, Brantley has otherwise found it cozy at either fifth or seventh in the order. Considering Cleveland is tallying 6.77 runs per outing during his aforementioned run, an extended offensive surge should be expected for Brantley and his hard-scrabble brethren, especially if he continues to approach a .300 clip at the plate.
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