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Blake Beavan, SP, SEA 4/15/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Blake Beavan's arm was tight all night and manager Lloyd McClendon lifted him after four innings on Tuesday at Texas. SOURCE: Greg Johns, mlb.com
Insight: Beavan allowed two runs on six hits (two HR) in four innings in his first appearance of the season. He had a 6.13 ERA in 39 2/3 innings last season and struck out just 67 batters in 152 1/3 frames the year before, so he isn't a fantasy option.
Adam Lind, DH, TOR4/15/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind left Tuesday's game at Minnesota with lower-back tightness, according to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com.
Insight: Lind has a history of back issues. The DH went 1-for-2 with a walk before leaving Tuesday and is hitting .324 so far. Hopefully he feels better for a nice matchup with struggling right-hander Mike Pelfrey Wednesday.
Neil Walker, 2B, PITHot4/15/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker continued his home run binge with another long ball Tuesday in the second game of a double-header.
Insight: That gives Walker five blasts in 58 at bats this season. Last season, Walker didn't hit his fifth home run until June 12th. Walker's .310 batting average is a noticeable improvement from the .265 clip he hit for in 2013.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX4/15/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Rangers 1B Prince Fielder hit his first homer of the season Tuesday.
Insight: Fielder is batting .185 with nine Ks and seven BBs. His bat slowed down last season and he displayed reduced plate discipline. Moving to a better hitters park in Texas won't do anything to reverse that decline, but he should be able to put up solid numbers once he gets out of his slump.
Tom Koehler, SP, MIAHot4/15/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Miami right-hander Tom Koehler is 3-for-3 in quality starts.
Insight: Koehler threw seven scoreless innings and allowed just one hit against the Nationals on Tuesday. He has a 1.89 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP in 19 innings, though his 10/8 K/BB is undesirable.
Mike Leake, SP, CIN4/15/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Mike Leake had an eventful evening Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Not only did Leake strike out eight en route to his second victory of the season, but he also delivered two hits including his third career home run. He's now a .253 hitter in 237 lifetime at bats.
Robbie Ross Jr., RP, TEX4/15/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Texas starter Robbie Ross blanked the Mariners over 7 2/3 innings Tuesday night.
Insight: Ross didn't walk a batter after issuing six free passes his last time out. He has a 1.00 ERA through his first three starts in the majors. He pitched exclusively in relief the last two years.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WASCold4/15/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg struggled right off the bat Tuesday at Miami.
Insight: Strasburg gave up back-to-back singles to start the game and then a three-run blast to Giancarlo Stanton. He only lasted four innings and gave up six earned runs on eight hits with three walks. Strasburg has a 6.00 ERA and just one quality start in four outings so far.
Joey Votto, 1B, CINHot4/15/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 4-for-4 in Tuesday night's win over Pittsburgh.
Insight: None of Votto's hits went for extra bases. The 2010 National League MVP is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak (.471, 3 HR, 6 RBI).
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIAHot4/15/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4 with a homer and five RBI Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: Stanton came in with great numbers against Nats starter Stephen Strasburg and he took him deep for three-run shot in the first inning. The 24-year-old slugger is now hitting .317 with five home runs and an MLB-leading 21 RBI. He hit .236 with six home runs in 216 at-bats the past three Aprils.
Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA4/15/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna had four hits and three runs in his return to the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.
Insight: Ozuna fouled a ball off the top of his left foot Sunday and sat out last night. He had four singles Tuesday to raise his average to .327.
Jason Giambi, DH, CLE4/15/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Indians DH Jason Giambi is slated to return Friday against the Blue Jays. SOURCE: Indians.mlb.com
Insight: He's been on the disabled list with a broken rib. At age 43, Giambi (.183, 9 HR, 31 RBI last season) is the oldest active player in Major League Baseball. His next game will be the 2,235th of his career.
Joey Votto, 1B, CINHot4/15/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto homered for the third time in his last four games Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: The game was suspended due to rain after six innings and completed on Tuesday. Votto went into Tuesday night's game with a .277 average and a 1.003 OPS.
Homer Bailey, SP, CINCold4/15/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey allowed four homers over five innings in Monday's start against the Pirates.
Insight: The Reds have scored 18 runs in Bailey's three starts but haven't won any of them because he has an 8.16 ERA and a 2.02 WHIP in 14 1/3 innings.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT4/15/2014 9:05:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker finished 3-for-5 with two homers in Monday's game against the Reds, which was suspended due to rain and completed on Tuesday.
Insight: Walker hit six homers in his final nine games last year and now he has started off with four in his first 13 games this season.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SDP4/15/2014 9:02:00 PM
Description: Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera won't play Tuesday against the Rockies. SOURCE: Dennis Lin, Union-Tribune San Diego
Insight: A sore knee caused him to be a late scratch. Alexi Amarista, who has mostly played outfield this season, will make an emergency start at shortstop.
Juan Lagares, CF, NYM4/15/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Juan Lagares (hamstring) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Lagares is hitting .314 with one homer, seven RBI and eight runs in 13 games. He's one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball. Kirk Nieuwenhuis will take his spot on the roster.
Brian Wilson, RP, LOS4/15/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have activated Brian Wilson from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Wilson went on the DL with a nerve irritation in his right elbow on April 1. He'll step back into the Dodgers' setup role.
Denard Span, CF, WAS4/15/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span might be ready for a rehab assignment by the end of the week. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: He's been recovering from a concussion. Nate McLouth (.143, 0 HR, 0 RBI) and Bryce Harper (.333, 1 HR, 5 RBI) have split time in center field during his absence.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LOS4/15/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (upper-back strain) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and showed his best velocity since he suffered his injury, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Kershaw suffered the back injury during his first start of the season March 22 and is out indefinitely.
Josh Johnson, SP, SDP4/15/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: San Diego starter Josh Johnson will have his forearm and elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews next week, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Johnson was placed on the DL in late March with a forearm strain. He had a pitiful 6.20 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP while going 2-8 in 81 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays last season. Padres GM Josh Byrnes said he's "not sure" if Johnson will pitch this year.
Taijuan Walker, RP, SEA4/15/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker was scratched from his rehab start on Tuesday due to a stiffness in his shoulder, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com. He had trouble getting loose prior to the game.
Insight: Walker has been making good progress in his recovery from the shoulder discomfort he dealt with during spring training and was in line to rejoin the Mariners after Tuesday's start, but this will set him back into May if not longer.
Chad Billingsley, SP, LOS4/15/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley has suffered another setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: His bullpen session was cut short Tuesday because of renewed discomfort in his surgically-repaired right elbow. He's not likely to join the Dodgers' rotation any time soon.
Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA4/15/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna (foot) returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Ozuna fouled a ball off the top of his left foot Sunday and sat out last night. The 23-year-old is hitting .280 with two homers and four RBI this season.
Jason Castro, C, HOU4/15/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: Houston catcher Jason Castro (toe) missed Sunday's game but he's back in the lineup as the DH on Tuesday against the Royals.
Insight: Castro was hit by a pitch in his foot Saturday. It was the second time this season he has been forced to miss a game due to a HBP on one of his feet.
Curtis Granderson, RF, NYM4/15/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is not in the lineup Tuesday but he's feeling a lot better and could be available off the bench, according to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com.
Insight: Granderson injured his ribs, forearm and knee when he crashed into the right-field wall Monday night against Arizona. X-rays came back negative. The slugger is struggling in the early going, batting .170 through the first 13 games with one homer and four RBI.
Colby Rasmus, CF, TOR 4/15/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus (hamstring) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: According to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com, manager John Gibbons said he wanted to give Rasmus another day off (Jays didn't play Monday) but doesn't consider the injury to be a serious issue. He could be back Wednesday but may sit again due to the cold weather at Minnesota.
Ben Revere, CF, PHI4/15/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Ben Revere would have returned to the starting lineup had the Phillies played on Tuesday. SOURCE: Chris Branch, Delaware Online
Insight: Revere seems to have recovered from the rib injury that plagued him most of last week. He didn't get a chance to help fantasy owners Tuesday because of the rainout but Revere (.273, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 5 SB) should be good to go Wednesday when the Phillies host Atlanta.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL4/15/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Colorado right fielder Michael Cuddyer will start Tuesday night's game against the Padres. SOURCE: Rockies PR on Twitter
Insight: He bruised his elbow during Monday night's series opener. Cuddyer (.347, 3 HR, 10 RBI) has appeared in all 15 games for the Rockies in 2014.
Carl Crawford, LF, LOS4/15/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford is back after sitting out the last two games with tightness in his side.
Insight: Crawford (.306, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 SB) returns to a three-game hitting streak. He's 3-for-7 in his career against tonight's starting pitcher, Tim Lincecum (0-1, 9.90 ERA).
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR4/15/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes should be ready to return from the disabled list Friday against Cleveland. SOURCE: Brendan Kennedy, Toronto Star
Insight: Reyes has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. He'll be a solid source of runs and steals as long as he can stay healthy.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS4/15/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara (shoulder) is expected to be available on Thursday, according to Sean McAdam of csnne.com.
Insight: Uehara rejoined the team Tuesday in Chicago after missing Boston's four-game set against the Yankees due to shoulder stiffness. He long-tossed Tuesday and will throw a bullpen Wednesday. Edward Mujica will serve as Boston's closer until Uehara is ready.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK4/15/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp (hamstring) will sit out again Tuesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Crisp missed three straight games last week due to an inflamed wrist and he has now missed the first two of this week. Injuries are nothing new for the 34-year-old -- he hasn't played more than 136 games in a season since 2007 and never played more than 145.
Bryce Harper, LF, WASHot4/15/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (quad) is in the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com.
Insight: He aggravated a quad injury when he slipped while running the bases Monday. Harper has gone 11-for-21 over his last six games and was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple Monday before leaving.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS4/15/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman won't need surgery to repair his broken thumb. SOURCE: James Wagner, Washington Post
Insight: His timetable of 4-to-6 weeks remains the same. Anthony Rendon (.346, 2 HR, 12 RBI) will fill in at third base while Zimmerman recovers.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS4/15/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was given a cortisone shot in his injured wrist. He expects to return Wednesday against Chicago. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston
Insight: Pedroia played all of last season with a torn muscle in his thumb and only wound up missing two games. You have to admire Pedroia's toughness, though it's a little concerning he only has nine home runs in his last 758 at bats.
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY4/15/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Yankees C/1B Francisco Cervelli has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain.
Insight: Cervelli has already been placed on the 60-day DL. Austin Romine is expected to serve as Brian McCann's backup at catcher until Cervelli (.188, 0 HR, 1 RBI) is ready to return.
Nyjer Morgan, CF, CLE4/15/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Indians outfielder Nyjer Morgan has been sent to the minors to make room for Michael Bourn.
Insight: Morgan played well in his nine games, batting .348 with four runs, four RBI and three stolen bases. He figures to get another chance at the major league level before the year is over.
Michael Bourn, CF, CLE4/15/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: The Indians have activated center fielder Michael Bourn (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Bourn's injury may have him running conservatively when he returns, though he did steal a base in his rehab stint. The 31-year-old had just 23 steals on 35 attempts in 2013 after averaging 51 steals and 63 attempts per season from 2008-12.
Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL4/15/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel wasn't available on Monday due to a sore shoulder, but hopes to be ready for tuesday, weather permitting.
Insight: Kimbrel pitched Friday and Saturday which might have been the cause of his soreness. He's the best closer in baseball and a fantasy stud. He's earned five saves this season with a 1.59 ERA, 0.706 WHIP and 12 Ks in 5 2/3 IP.
Matt Moore, SP, TAM4/15/2014 2:21:00 PM
Description: According to Marc Topkins of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays left-hander Matt Moore has scheduled Tommy John surgery for next week.
Insight: Moore was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow which almost always means going under the knife, so this isn't a surprise. Moore was a fantasy stud last season going 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA and 143 Ks in 150 1/3 innings pitched. He was 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA before the injury.
Archie Bradley, SP, ARI4/15/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers reiterated that top pitching prospect Archie Bradley (RHP) will not be rushed to the majors.
Insight: Though fantasy owners, Bradley's agent and Diamondbacks fans want him up with the big club, the GM is resisting at this time. Still, figure him to be in the Arizona starting rotation by June 1 after 2014 free agency and Super Two dates have been passed. If you have room we still recommend stashing him.
Curtis Granderson, LF, NYM4/15/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: X-rays on Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson were negative after he ran into the wall on Monday.
Insight: Granderson appeared to injury his ribs, arm and knee and fantasy owners should expect him to miss a day or two, but it shouldn't require a stint on the disabled list. The slugger is struggling in the early going, batting .170 through the first 13 games with one homer and four RBI.
Mark Ellis, 2B, STL4/15/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis has been activated from the disabled list (knee).
Insight: Kolten Wong should continue to be the Cardinals starter with Ellis filling a backup role. Ellis used to have low-end value when he played with Oakland, but hasn't produced an OPS above .700 since 2011.
Russell Martin, C, PIT4/15/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is a lifetime .474 hitter with a home run against Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: After a hot series against the Cubs (4-for-7, 2 HR), Martin is just 2-for-11 over his last three games. This matchup could get him going again.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA4/15/2014 11:33:00 AM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has hit a pair of homers and is a career .333 hitter (8-for-24) versus Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: He's off to a great start, batting .305 through the first 14 games. Stanton's four homer in 2014 have traveled an average distance of 441 feet.
Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA4/15/2014 11:31:00 AM
Description: Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones is 1-for-15 (.067) with nine strikeouts versus Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: While Jones has homered in his last two games, the unfavorable matchup is likely to win this battle.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX4/15/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is just a .133 hitter (2-for-15) against Mariners starter Blake Beavan.
Insight: Andrus had an 11-game hitting streak end on Sunday, but got bat on the hit wagon Monday. Still, this is an unfavorable matchup to be avoided as even if he gets on base the struggling Rangers offense (two runs or less in five of last seven) will have problems knocking him in.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MILHot4/15/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez is batting .500 (5-for-10) with a home run against Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller.
Insight: He's off to a great start, batting .358 with 11 RBI so seems primed to take advantage of this matchup.
Jean Segura, SS, MILCold4/15/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is hitless in 12 at-bats versus Cardinals' young right-hander Shelby Miller.
Insight: Segura isn't off to a great start, batting .261 after a big April last season (.367). We're begining to think what we saw in the second half of 2013 (.241, 1 HR, 13 RBI in 54 games after the break) is what we're going to get in 2014. He's also been caught stealing a league-high three times already.
Yadier Molina, C, STLHot4/15/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina got the night off on Monday and should be well rested to take advantage of a favorable matchup on Tuesday.
Insight: Molina, who is off a hot start batting .340 through the first dozen games, "owns" Milwaukee right-hander Marco Estrada having hit safely 12 times in 21 at-bats (.571).
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK4/15/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss is a career .462 hitter with four extra base hits and a 1.423 OPS versus Angels starter Garrett Richards.
Insight: Moss hasn't started hitting the long ball yet (1 HR) but is batting .295 with 11 RBI this season. He didn't start on Monday as the A's gave Daric Barton a start, but should be ready to go Tuesday.
Chase Headley, 3B, SDP4/15/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Padres third baseman Chase Headley is a career .500 hitter (6-for-12) with a pair of long balls against Colorado right-hander Juan Nicasio.
Insight: He's off to a slow start (.174, 1 HR, 4 RBI). We're still not sure which Headley we're going to see in 2014 after his disappointing 2013 season and MVP-worthy 2012 season.
Matt Kemp, CF, LOSCold4/15/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp struggles mightily against Giants hurler Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Kemp has just nine hits in 46 at-bats (.196) and has struck out twice as often has he's gotten a hit. The star outfielder dealt with injuries this spring which kept him off the practice fields at its manifested into a slow start (.154).
Dee Gordon, 2B, LOS4/15/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is just 1-for-13 (.077) against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Gordon beat out Alex Guerrero for the second base job this spring and has continues to play well, batting .400 through the first 11 games with a league-leading nine steals. Proceed with caution on Tuesday based on the unfavorable matchup with Lincecum.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL4/15/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career .242 hitter versus Phillies ace Cliff Lee, but without any power whatsoever.
Insight: Freeman is 8-for-33, but all eight hits have been singles and he's struck out a dozen times.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL4/15/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis, he of the two-home run night on Monday, is 0-for-6 versus Phillies ace Cliff Lee with four strikeouts.
Insight: Gattis has gone 5-for-9 with three extra-base hits and four RBI over his last two games and is hitting .303 with three round-trippers this season. Amazing what two good games in a row can do for your numbers, but the statistics say it ends on Tuesday.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TAM4/15/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Rays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist is a career .105 hitter (2-for-19) versus Baltimore right-hander Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: Zobrist is a career .277 hitter left-handed (.256 right-handed), but hasn't had any success versus Gonzalez. Add in a strong wind blowing in from left field on Tuesday and you have all the ingredients for a low output evening.
Matt Adams, 1B, STLHot4/14/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams only has one homer and two RBI in 50 at-bats this season but he's hitting .360 with six doubles.
Insight: Adams went 3-for-4 with a two-base hit Monday at Milwaukee. The homers will come eventually for the stocky first baseman.
Lance Lynn, SP, STL4/14/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn dominated Milwaukee over seven scoreless innings Monday.
Insight: Lynn struck out 11 and allowed just three hits. He's 3-0 in three starts even though Monday was his first quality start of the season.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI4/14/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went yard for the second straight game Monday against Atlanta.
Insight: Howard already has 18 Ks in 49 at-bats and is batting .224 with three HRs and seven RBI.
Domonic Brown, LF, PHI4/14/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Monday against the Braves.
Insight: The shot briefly gave the Phillies a 6-5 lead, but Jake Diekman allowed a grand slam to Dan Uggla in the ninth. Brown has a .304 average and eight RBI so far.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATLHot4/14/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons had both a triple and a homer for the second straight game Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: Simmons went 3-for-5 and is hitting .341 with zero Ks in 41 at-bats this season.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL4/14/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis clubbed a pair of homers Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: Gattis has gone 5-for-9 with three extra-base hits and four RBI over his last two games and is hitting .303 with three round-trippers this season.
Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL4/14/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla hit two homers, including a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the ninth, Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Uggla entered the game with a .195 average, zero homers, one walk and 12 strikeouts in 41 at-bats this season.
Ervin Santana, SP, ATLHot4/14/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana struck out 11 batters and allowed one earned run on four hits in six innings at Philadelphia on Monday, but the Braves squandered a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth.
Insight: Santana took a no decision. The right-hander has 17 strikeouts, two walks, a 0.64 ERA and a 0.64 WHIP in his first two NL starts after spending his entire career in the AL.
Bryce Harper, LF, WASHot4/14/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper left Monday's game with a tight quad, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post. He's expected to play Tuesday.
Insight: Harper has gone 11-for-21 over his last six games and was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple Monday before leaving. The quad injury has been bothering him for a few days and it flared up when he slipped while running the bases.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS4/14/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann had his best start of the season Monday at Miami to get his first win of the year.
Insight: The Marlins got to Zimmermann for seven hits and five runs in just 1 2/3 innings in his last start. He tossed seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits with seven Ks and a walk Monday.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL4/14/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy had two doubles and a single in four at-bats Monday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Hardy has averaged 25.7 HR per season over the last three years. He missed six games due to a bad back and is still hunting for his first home run this year.
Matt Wieters, C, BALHot4/14/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI Monday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Wieters is having an excellent April, hitting .366 with three homers, eight RBI and eight runs in 41 at-bats. The 27-year-old is a career .256 hitter and has hit 22-23 homers in each of the last three years.
Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL4/14/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter is done for the rest of the night on Monday. He was ejected for arguing a called third strike. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, mlb.com
Insight: Carpenter went 0-for-2 with a walk against the Brewers. He's hiting .283 with a homer, nine RBI and 10 runs this season.
Scott Kazmir, SP, OAK4/14/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Scott Kazmir (triceps) says he feels great and fully expects to make his next start, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Kazmir struck out nine over six scoreless innings Sunday but exited the game due to left triceps tightness. He dealt with the same issue in spring training.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA4/14/2014 9:00:00 PM
Description: Mariners 1B/OF Logan Morrison left Monday's game with a tight right hamstring, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Morrison left before he even got his first at-bat and was replaced by Michael Saunders in right field. Morrison is 3-for-20 this season and isn't a fantasy option.
Yu Darvish, SP, TEXHot4/14/2014 8:48:00 PM
Description: Rangers starter Yu Darvish has a cut on his right thumb but expects to make his next start on Wednsday against the Mariners. SOURCE: foxsportssouthwest.com
Insight: He cut the thumb with his index finger while throwing a curveball during his last start. "Even when I was throwing it didn't hurt me," said Darvish. "I've done this so many times that probably the nerve isn't working anymore so it didn't hurt me at all." Darvish has a 0.00 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP in two starts this season.
Cody Ross, LF, ARI4/14/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross (hip) is targeting Friday for his return.
Insight: Ross had surgery for a dislocated hip last August. He didn't do anything special prior to the injury and finished with a .278 average, eight homers, 38 RBI and a .745 OPS in 317 at-bats.
Trevor Cahill, SP, ARICold4/14/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: The Diamondbacks have demoted Trevor Cahill to the bullpen, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: Cahill has a dreadful 9.17 ERA and a 2.15 WHIP in 17 2/3 innings this season (four starts). Mike Bolsinger, who has a 3.31 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 385 2/3 minor league innings but hasn't pitched in the majors, will take his spot in the rotation.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS4/14/2014 8:39:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara has no structural damage in his shoulder, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Uehara will rejoin the team Tuesday in Chicago after missing Boston's four-game set against the Yankees due to shoulder stiffness. The Red Sox went to Edward Mujica for a save Friday and he converted it.
Maicer Izturis, 2B, TOR 4/14/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis will miss 4-to-6 months with a complete tear of the LCL in his left knee, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Izturis tripped down the dugout steps during Sunday's game and tore the ligament. The 33-year-old has been getting most of the starts at second base but the job will now go to Ryan Goins (3-for-28 this season).
Doug Fister, SP, WAS4/14/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (lat strain) threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Monday, the team announced.
Insight: Fister suffered a lat strain on March 27 after getting past elbow inflammation earlier in the spring. He's targeting early May for his return to the rotation and will replace either Tanner Roark or Taylor Jordan.
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN4/14/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman (head) threw his first bullpen session Monday since he was hit by a line drive in spring training and said he felt great, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Chapman had to undergo surgery to repair facial fractures after being hit on March 19. He doesn't have any concussion symptoms but still isn't expected back for 4-6 weeks.
Dylan Bundy, SP, BAL4/14/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy (elbow) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Monday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Prior to Bundy's Tommy John surgery last June, he was considered one of the top prospects in all of baseball. If he avoids complications he could be ready to join the Orioles after the All-Star break.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA4/14/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will throw a 45-pitch simulated game Saturday, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Iwakuma suffered a strained tendon in his right hand on Jan. 20 when he caught his finger in the net of a protective screen while attempting to catch a high throw. He's expected to be back in early May.
Denard Span, CF, WAS4/14/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span (concussion) took batting practice and jogged around the bases before Monday's game, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Span suffered a concussion Friday against Atlanta. Nate McLouth would start but knee soreness is keeping him out of the lineup too. Span also suffered a concussion back in 2011 but he insists this one isn't as bad.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK 4/14/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss is getting a breather Monday against the Angels.
Insight: Daric Barton is starting at first with LHP Hector Santiago on the mound for Los Angeles. Moss has an eight-game hitting streak and is batting .311 with one homer and 11 RBI in 45 at-bats this season.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL4/14/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Brewers left fielder Khris Davis is not in the starting lineup for the second straight day Monday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Davis is hitting .279 with five doubles so far, but he has 14 Ks and zero homers in 43 at-bats. Logan Schafer will get another start.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK4/14/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp (hamstring) will not start Monday, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Crisp missed three straight games last week due to an inflamed wrist and he's out of the lineup again to start this week off. Injuries are nothing new for the 34-year-old -- he hasn't played more than 136 games in a season since 2007 and never played more than 145.
A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI4/14/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett will start Wednesday against Atlanta despite a hernia, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: He'll start for the Phillies but shouldn't be in any fantasy rotations at the moment. He has a 3.94 ERA but has walked 14 batters and given up 17 hits in 16 innings (1.94 WHIP).
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX4/14/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: The Rangers have called up Colby Lewis from Triple-A for Monday's start against the Mariners.
Insight: Lewis hasn't pitched since July 2012 due to Tommy John and hip surgeries. He was 32-29 with a 3.93 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and 458 Ks in 506 1/3 innings from 2010-12.
Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA4/14/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna (foot) is not in the lineup Monday, according to Joe Frisaro of mlb.com.
Insight: Ozuna fouled a ball off the top of his left foot Sunday. The 23-year-old is hitting .280 with two homers and four RBI this season.
Jake Odorizzi, SP, TAM4/14/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (illness) was sent back to the team hotel Monday, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Odorizzi (1-1, 5.73 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Orioles. The team still expects him to make that start.
Rafael Furcal, 2B, MIA4/14/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Miami second baseman Rafael Furcal (hamstring) will start his minor league rehab assignment on Monday, according to Joe Frisaro of mlb.com. The Marlins anticipate using all 21 days for Furcal's assignment.
Insight: Furcal is one of the rare position players who underwent Tommy John surgery. He missed all of 2013 following the procedure and hasn't been a worthwhile fantasy option since he got off to a hot start in the first two months of 2012. His hamstring injury and advanced age mean he won't be looking to run much when he does make his 2014 debut.
Nate McLouth, LF, WAS4/14/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Nate McLouth's knee is still sore but he'll be available if needed on Monday, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com. The Nats would like to avoid using him, however.
Insight: McLouth was scratched from Sunday's lineup. He's missing a chance to start with Denard Span on the 7-day concussion DL.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOSCold4/14/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has no fracture or structural damage in his left wrist, according to Rob Bradford of weei.com.
Insight: Pedroia should avoid the disabled list and may even rejoin the lineup Tuesday at Chicago. The 30-year-old missed Sunday's series finale against the rival Yankees and went 7-for-45 (.156) over his last 10 games.
Brian McCann, C, NYY4/14/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann's X-rays came back negative, according to mlb.com.
Insight: McCann was hit in the right hand after a ball ricocheted off Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski Sunday night. McCann's fingers bent in ways they aren't supposed to but he avoided a serious injury. The 30-year-old is hitting .205 with two homers and six RBI with his new team.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS4/14/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is not in Monday night's starting lineup. Tyler Moore will get a start.
Insight: The noted second-half hitter is batting .311 this April with three homers and 10 RBI. This could be a good year to play LaRoche early as well as late ... just not on Monday night.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL4/14/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson will sit out a second consecutive game.
Insight: He's off to a slow start with just 11 hits in his first 45 at bats. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says he'll be back in the lineup on Tuesday, Ramiro Pena (.231, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will get the start at third base, according to David O'Brien of AJC.
Yadier Molina, C, STL4/14/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in Monday's starting lineup. Tony Cruz will get a rare start.
Insight: Molina is off to a hot start, batting .340 with three home runs and nine RBI. He's a top-two fantasy catcher and an true MVP candidate. Cruz batted .240 last season with no power (.533 OPS) and has no fantasy value.
David DeJesus, LF, TAM4/14/2014 3:15:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus is not in Monday's lineup.
Insight: Btandon Guyer will get another start. DeJesus is batting just .172 this season. Guyer is just 1-for-8 with one homer. Neither is fantasy worthy at this time.
Ben Revere, CF, PHI4/14/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will not start for a fourth consecutive game.
Insight: He remains on the bench with a bruised rib, though he has gotten an at-bat in the last three games (0-for-3). Tony Gwynn Jr. (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 runs) is getting another start in center field.
Casey McGehee, 3B, MIA4/14/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee will sit out Monday and give way to Jeff Mathis.
Insight: McGehee is batting .263 with 10 RBI, but is still searching for his first home run. He spent 2013 in Japan, but has 20 HR and 80 RBI talent. Mathis holds little fantasy value.


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