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Brian Duensing (shoulder) played catch from a distance of 105 feet on Tuesday.

Duensing hopes the next step will be a bullpen session by the end of the Cubs' next road trip, which concludes on August 22. The southpaw received a cortisone injection after landing on the disabled list earlier this month with left shoulder inflammation.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Aug 14 - 3:03 PM

Phillies recalled RHP Hector Neris from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Neris earned the call-up after compiling a dominant 1.62 ERA and 29/6 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings since his demotion at the end of June. He'll now try improve upon his 6.90 ERA at the major league level this season.
Aug 14 - 2:56 PM

Phillies optioned INF J.P. Crawford to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Crawford was just activated from the disabled list last Friday, but he didn't appear in a game. He'll see more regular at-bats in the minors in preparation for a return down the stretch.
Aug 14 - 2:53 PM

Mariners transferred RHP Sam Tuivailala from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster with Robinson Cano coming back from his PED suspension. Tuivailala is set for season-ending surgery to repair his strained right Achilles.
Aug 14 - 2:49 PM

Mariners optioned RHP Casey Lawrence to Triple-A Tacoma.

The move clears a spot for Robinson Cano's return to the active roster. Lawrence threw 60 pitches while allowing three runs over three innings in relief on Monday.
Aug 14 - 2:48 PM

Mariners activated 2B Robinson Cano from the restricted list.

Cano has officially completed his 80-game PED suspension and will be active for Tuesday's game against the Athletics. He's expected to have a roving role in his return to the club between second base, first base, and even third base. Cano hit .389 (7-for-18) with two homers and a double over five minor league rehab games.
Aug 14 - 2:46 PM

Mets RHP prospect Simeon Woods-Richardson fired three scoreless innings on Monday for short-season Gulf Coast League Mets.

Richardson allowed three hits, but he didn't walk anyone and struck out four. It's the fifth scoreless appearance for the 2018 second-round pick, and he's fanned 15 hitters in his 11 1/3 innings. There's still some projection in a fastball that can get up to 95 mph, and his curve gives him another plus pitch. His change needs work -- and his command is well behind his control -- bit Woods-Richardson gives the Mets a high-upside pitcher that won't turn 18 until September. There's a ton of volatility in this type of profile, but the reward outweighs the risk.
Aug 14 - 2:45 PM

Dylan Bundy is lined up to start Wednesday against the Mets.

The Orioles were undecided on Wednesday's starter until now. The Mets have played a bit better recently, but it's still a favorable matchup. Bundy will attempt to bounce back after allowing eight runs -- seven earned -- over five innings against the Red Sox last Friday.
Aug 14 - 2:38 PM

Diamondbacks RHP prospect Taylor Clarke hurled seven scoreless innings on Monday for Triple-A Reno.

Clarke scattered four hits, and he walked one while striking out two. It's been a bit of a disappointing season for the 25-year-old right-hander, with a 4.07 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 128 1/3 innings at the PCL level. There's still reason for optimism however, as Clarke has four usable pitches, and he throws them all for strikes. Arizona could see if Clarke's stuff plays up in relief, but it appears Clarke will be a backend starter at the next level.
Aug 14 - 2:34 PM

Mariners C prospect Cal Raleigh went 3-for-5 on Monday for short-season Everett.

All three hits for Raleigh were singles. The 2018 third-round pick has shown off some pop in his time with the AquaSox, hitting five homers and slugging .556 in nine games with Everett. The former Florida State backstop was a steal for the Mariners as a catcher who doesn't have a standout tool, but doesn't have a real weakness, either. The switch-hitting catcher could be a quick advance because of his skill set, and there's at least a chance he ends up a starter behind the plate in the next decade.
Aug 14 - 2:25 PM

Braves RHP prospect Huascar Ynoa pitched six scoreless innings on Monday for High-A Florida on Monday.

Ynoa gave up just one hit and two walks, and he struck out seven. Calling this a big improvement over his last start is an understatement. It's not tough to improve on an outing where you give up nine runs in an inning, however. When Ynoa is at his best, he shows a mid 90s fastball, and his above-average change plays up because it comes from the same arm speed. The key will be for the 20-year-old right-hander to improve his fringe-average curve. If he can, he's a starter. If not, he could be a very effective reliever in a couple of years.
Aug 14 - 2:14 PM

Cardinals 3B prospect Elehuris Montero went 3-for-5 with a homer on Monday for High-A Palm Beach.

It's the first homer for Montero at the High-A level in his six games with Palm Beach, and the 16th overall. The 19-year-old third baseman has been a breakout star for the St. Louis organization in 2018, posting a .915 OPS and showing the potential to hit for both average and power with his right-handed bat. There's a chance he may have to move off the hot corner to first, which would hurt his value significantly, but he'd still have a chance to be a regular. If he can stay at third, he's a potential above-average starter.
Aug 14 - 2:04 PM

Cardinals activated OF Tyler O'Neill from the 10-day disabled list.

O'Neill only needed a minimum stay on the disabled list after suffering a groin injury earlier this month. He should see plenty of opportunities in right field, which makes him worth watching in deeper fantasy formats.
Aug 14 - 1:59 PM

Cardinals optioned OF Adolis Garcia to Triple-A Memphis.

Tyler O'Neill has returned from the disabled list to take his spot on the active roster. Garcia went 1-for-11 with five strikeouts during his first stint in the majors.
Aug 14 - 1:57 PM

Red Sox RHP prospect Kutter Crawford struck out seven hitters over five one-run innings on Monday for High-A Salem.

Crawford allowed just four hits, and he walked two. A 16th round pick out of Florida Gulf Coast, Crawford has enjoyed a very effective first full professional season with a 2.99 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 123 1/3 innings. Be it coincidental or not, Kutter's best pitch is his cutter, but he'll also mix in a 96 mph fastball and a solid curve and change for good measure. His command comes and goes, but he should throw enough strikes to be a starter. Crawford is an underrated fantasy prospect; one who could help the Red Sox rotation before the end of 2020.
Aug 14 - 1:54 PM



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