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Angels purchased the contract of INF Taylor Ward from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Ward will play third base and bat seventh Tuesday in his major league debut against the Padres and right-hander Brett Kennedy. The 24-year-old former catcher was slashing .349/.446/.531 with 14 home runs and 18 stolen bases in 102 games this season in the upper minors and makes for an intriguing fantasy option for the stretch run, assuming the Angels give him regular playing time. They really have no reason not to.
Aug 14 - 6:50 PM

Robinson Cano is starting at first base and batting second Tuesday night against the Athletics.

It'll be his first major league game since he got hit with an 80-game PED suspension back in mid-May. Cano slashed .389/.450/.778 over 20 plate appearances on his minor league rehab assignment and is worth activating immediately in mixed fantasy leagues. He is expected to rotate between first base, second base, and third base, getting something close to everyday playing time.
Aug 14 - 6:46 PM

Dee Gordon (shoulder) is back in the Mariners' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Athletics.

Gordon missed two games with minor soreness in his left shoulder. He is starting at second base and batting ninth Tuesday versus A's right-hander Mike Fiers, with Robinson Cano playing first base and batting second in his first game back from a PED suspension.
Aug 14 - 6:42 PM

CC Sabathia got an injection and had his right knee drained on Monday.

The veteran left-hander was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with inflammation in his right knee. "I feel good. The swelling is out," Sabathia said Tuesday. "It’s probably only going to be one start. ... I’m just trying to listen to my body and listen to my knee this time."
Aug 14 - 6:33 PM

Chris Devenski (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Fresno.

Devenski is scheduled for one inning. He could be activated by the end of the week if all goes well. The right-handed setup man has been sidelined since the end of July because of tightness in his left hamstring.
Aug 14 - 6:32 PM

Brian McCann (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Fresno.

That would put him in line to return to the Astros' active roster sometime next week. McCann underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in early July and has made fairly swift progress. He'll likely share time behind the plate with Martin Maldonado down the stretch, if his health cooperates.
Aug 14 - 6:30 PM

Gary Sanchez (groin) could begin playing in minor league rehab games next week.

Sanchez did a catching workout and hit in the cage on Monday and he told reporters Tuesday that he no longer feels any pain in his groin. The power-hitting catcher should be ready to return to the Yankees' active roster before the end of August if he is able to avoid setbacks.
Aug 14 - 6:26 PM

Jose Altuve (knee) will try to hit in the cage on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Altuve progressed to running on a treadmill Monday and that workout apparently went smoothly. There is still no official timetable for the star second baseman's return from the disabled list, but he seems to be taking real strides this week. Altuve has been out since July 26 with discomfort in his right knee.
Aug 14 - 6:24 PM

George Springer (thumb) took batting practice, ran the bases, and made throws from the outfield on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Jake Kaplan of The Athletic writes that "all signs point to his activation Friday, the first day he's eligible to return" from the disabled list. Springer has been out since August 6 with a minor left thumb sprain.
Aug 14 - 6:22 PM

Andrew Benintendi (legs) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Phillies.

Benintendi sat out of Sunday's series finale against the Orioles due to what was described as "heavy legs." He is starting in left field and batting second Tuesday versus Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta.
Aug 14 - 5:42 PM

Ian Kinsler (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday or Friday.

Kinsler worked out with the Low-A Lowell Spinners over the weekend and is set to take live batting practice against rehabbing starter Eduardo Rodriguez on Wednesday afternoon. If that goes well, he could jump right back into the Red Sox starting lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Phillies. The veteran second baseman has been sidelined since August 3 with a left hamstring strain.
Aug 14 - 5:21 PM

Steve Wilkerson (oblique) went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI in his rehab debut Tuesday in the Gulf Coast League.

Wilkerson, who's been out since early July with a Grade 2 strain of his left oblique, should be an option for the Orioles' infield by next week. The 27-year-old was batting just .235/.278/.294 through his first 18 major league plate appearances before suffering the injury.
Aug 14 - 5:00 PM

Adam Plutko will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start Saturday against the Orioles.

He is the initial choice to fill in for Trevor Bauer, who landed on the disabled list Tuesday with a small fracture in his right fibula. Plutko holds a 4.75 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 29/11 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings (six starts, three relief appearances) this season in Cleveland. He makes for a decent fantasy streaming option versus Baltimore.
Aug 14 - 4:55 PM

Indians recalled LHP Tyler Olson from Triple-A Columbus.

Olson will return to the Cleveland bullpen ahead of Tuesday night's game against the Reds. The 28-year-old left-hander has allowed 16 runs -- 15 earned -- in 18 innings this season at the major league level.
Aug 14 - 4:53 PM

Indians placed RHP Trevor Bauer on the 10-day disabled list with a small stress fracture in his right fibula.

Indians manager Terry Francona said there's no timetable yet on when Bauer might be able to return because the team is still gathering information about the injury. Bauer suffered the small lower-leg fracture when he was struck by a line drive in his last start Saturday against the White Sox. It's a tough blow, as the 27-year-old right-hander has broken out to the tune of a 2.22 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 214/56 K/BB ratio in 166 innings (25 starts) this season. Adam Plutko will fill his rotation spot.
Aug 14 - 4:48 PM



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