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Phillies signed OF Collin Cowgill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale says Cowgill will earn $800,000 if he’s on the big league roster. The 31-year-old is a career .234/.297/.329 hitter over parts of six seasons in the majors and spent all of 2017 in the minors.
Feb 8 - 5:21 PM

Mike Trout (wrist) is not expected to rejoin the Angels until the next homestand.

The Angels are on the road until Friday, so they're not expecting him back for close to a week. Trout was originally expected to return from the disabled list when first eligible last week, but he left the team when his 24-year-old brother-in-law passed away suddenly Wednesday morning. The Angels are obviously going to give their superstar all the time he needs during this tragedy.
Aug 18 - 5:49 PM

Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Saturday.

"I’m still doing everything in my power" to return this season, he told MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. The bullpen, the first documented session in his return from major shoulder surgery last September, is certainly a step in the right direction, but time continues to tick as he races against the clock for a return in 2018. Any contribution this year from the right-hander would be welcome for the Brewers at this point.
Aug 18 - 5:43 PM

Stephen Strasburg (neck) threw 42 or 43 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday and came out of it well, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.

The only question remaining is where Strasburg will make his start Tuesday, with the Nationals or on a rehab assignment. Martinez said that's still being decided. Either way, he's almost certainly going to be back some time this week, a big boost to the Nats as they fight for a playoff spot. Strasburg has made just one start since June 8.
Aug 18 - 4:40 PM

Adrian Beltre (hamstring) is in the lineup for the Rangers' game Saturday against the Angels.

Beltre had sat out all the team's games since Monday with a hamstring issue, but he took batting practice ahead of Friday's game and was deemed good to go for Saturday. That's good news for both the Rangers and fantasy owners, as another day or two and he'd have likely been looking at a DL stint. The veteran is batting third and serving as the team's designated hitter for Saturday's contest.
Aug 18 - 4:17 PM

Eric Thames (knee) is out of the Brewers' starting lineup on Saturday against the Cardinals.

Thames injured his right knee in a collision with Lorenzo Cain on Friday night. It's unclear if this is more than a day-to-day situation. Jesus Aguilar is at first base and batting cleanup Saturday versus Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas.
Aug 18 - 3:59 PM

Red Sox placed LHP Chris Sale on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 15, with left shoulder inflammation.

Sale looked sharp in his first start back from the DL last Sunday, striking out 12 batters and yielding only one single over five scoreless frames against the Orioles, but this shoulder issue continues to plague him. It's unclear when he might be ready to return. Sale missed two-and-a-half weeks last time around.
Aug 18 - 2:30 PM

Jose Altuve (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Fresno.

Fresno is on the road at Triple-A Tacoma, and Altuve could potentially rejoin the Astros in Seattle on Monday. The star second baseman has been out since July 26 with discomfort in his right knee.
Aug 18 - 1:48 PM

Giants activated RHP Hunter Strickland from the 60-day disabled list.

Strickland has been on the shelf since June 19 with a fractured right hand, but he pitched well in his rehab appearances, allowing just one run over 5 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts. To make room on the roster, the Giants transferred Pablo Sandoval to the 60-day disabled list. Strickland may not get save opportunities right away, but he if he pitches well, he should have a chance to pitch as the stopper before the season ends.
Aug 18 - 12:52 PM

Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Blue Jays manager John Gibbons "all but confirmed" that Marcus Stroman (blister) will head to the disabled list.

Gibbons mentioned that it was possible that Stroman would head to the disabled list because of the blister on Friday, and it certainly appears that will be the case. Thomas Pannone will start in Stroman's place on Wednesday against the Orioles. The 27-year-old has struggled in 2018 with a 5.27 ERA and 1.440 WHIP over 100 2/3 innings, although the advanced statistics say that Stroman has pitched better than those numbers suggest.
Aug 18 - 11:48 AM

Ian Desmond went 3-for-5 with five RBI, a stolen base and a run scored to spearhead Friday's 11-5 thrashing of the Braves.

He came up with the bases loaded in the third inning and boomed a three-run triple. He added a two-run single in the eighth as the Rockies piled it on late. The veteran first baseman has a weak .234 batting average but has been plenty productive nonetheless. He has 19 home runs, seven triples, 65 RBI, 62 runs scored and 14 steals in 119 games. The batting average will probably climb some as the season rolls to a conclusion.
Aug 18 - 1:09 AM

Cole Hamels spun seven scoreless frames as part of a 1-0 victory over the Pirates on Friday.

Hamels’ excellent run with the Cubs continues. He scattered five hits — all of them singles — while walking two batters and striking out five. He got a lot of help from the double play ball, inducing five of them. He’s the first pitcher to get at least five double plays in a start since Luis Perdomo had six on August 28, 2016. Hamels now holds a 0.72 ERA and 25/6 K/BB ratio in 25 innings through four starts with Chicago. Fantasy owners need to keep running him out there for now. He has upcoming inviting matchups against the Tigers and Mets.
Aug 18 - 12:14 AM




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