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Last day of vacation! Astros' Fowler hopes to return Friday

Get the latest news before the baseball schedule resumes on Friday.

Fowler had 12 homers with 19 steals in 119 games last season.

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OK, OK ... the headline above doesn't mean that I think Astros OF Dexter Fowler has been lounging around lately. Actually, he's been out since June 26 due to an intercostal strain. Fowler is targeting a Friday return to the lineup, and if that happen, you should activate him.  With six home runs, six stolen bases and 43 runs scored, the former Rockie ranks as the 44th outfielder in fantasy scoring.

More news & notes

Speaking of the Astros, former No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel allowed seven runs in one-and-two-thirds innings on Wednesday, and his ERA at Class A Lancaster is up to 10.80. You probably won't be seeing him in Houston for awhile.

The Brewers are unsure about the return date of SS Jean Segura, who went to the Dominican Republic last weekend to mourn the passing of his nine-month-old son. Those who own Segura in daily lineup leagues should plan on a replacement for at least the weekend.

The Orioles will not have an innings limit on SP Kevin Gausman in the second half of the season. "The wrappers are off," according to manager Buck Showalter. Gausman is owned in 7.6 percent of leagues, and though there's still a chance that he gets sent to the minors a time or two to help the O's manage their crowded rotation, I think he'll be helpful in all formats moving forward.

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment today, and could return next week.

Cubs 2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio (oblique) moved his rehab assignment to Double A on Wednesday, and could be reactivated any day now. Don't sleep on Bonifacio if you need steals in deeper formats.

In news that's more important in real life than fantasy, the Rangers traded RP Jason Frasor to the Royals. The next trade domino to fall in the Rangers' bullpen could be Joakim Soria, and that would open a path to saves for Neftali Feliz.

Streaming starters

Friday's options are limited, as most teams are starting their big guys coming out of the break. Let's go with Cincinnati's underrated Mike Leake (owned in 36.1 percent of leagues) against the Yankees. I normally wouldn't pick a a starter at Yankee Stadium, but we're going to live dangerously in this case.

See you back here tomorrow morning.

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