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News: McCutchen (ribs) was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and is in the lineup against the Braves, the Pittsburgh Tribune reports. (Aug 19 12:32p)
Impact: McCutchen, who has not played since Aug. 3 due to a broken rib, will bat third and play his usual center field. He took batting practice Monday and will look to pick up where he left off, as he hit the DL in the midst of an impressive four-game span during which he went 6-for-13 at the plate with two doubles, three walks and four RBI. On the season, McCutchen is hitting .311 with 17 home runs 67 RBI and 17 stolen bases. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:32p ET)
Overall Rank: 4 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 63.5 % Owned: 99.3
News: Phillips (thumb) was activated from the disabled list in order to start Monday in St. Louis, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. (Aug 18 12:59p)
Impact: Phillips will hit lower in the lineup than normal -- sixth -- but man his typical spot at second base. In eight at-bats between Low-A Dayton and Triple-A Louisville during his rehab assignment, he managed two hits, including a double, and no other counting stats. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:59p ET)
Overall Rank: 93 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 33.2 % Owned: 55.2
Ryan BraunMil - RF, LF
News: Braun will not be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cubs,'s Adam McCalvy reports. (Aug 13 8:15p)
Impact: Manager Ron Roenicke said Braun's thumb/hand soreness has flared up again lately, so Braun will get a day off with the Brewers playing an early afternoon game Thursday. The Brewers are planning to rest several regulars Thursday, so it remains to be seen if Braun's day off is only precautionary, or if he will miss additional time beyond Thursday's game. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:15p ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 81.1 % Owned: 98.5
Troy TulowitzkiCol - SS
News: Tulowitzki will undergo labral repair surgery Friday on his left hip and will miss the rest of the season,'s Thomas Harding reports. (Aug 13 7:26p)
Impact: It was believed that Tulowitzki would be able to return at some point in August, but it appears his injury was more serious that originally expected, and he will not play again this season. With Tulowitzki sidelined, Josh Rutledge figures to be the Rockies' primary shortstop the rest of the way. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:26p ET)
Overall Rank: 13 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 38.8 % Owned: 70.0
Yu DarvishTex - SP
News: Darvish was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with right elbow inflammation, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports. (Aug 13 4:35p)
Impact: Darvish reported feeling soreness while playing catch Monday, and with the way this season has gone for the Rangers, it's hardly a surprise that they've decided to shut him down for the time being. He'll be eligible to return Aug. 25, but it's too early to tell whether he'll be ready by then. Robbie Ross will start in his absence Thursday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:35p ET)
Overall Rank: 20 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 45.2 % Owned: 98.9
Homer BaileyCin - SP
News: Bailey (elbow) is headed to the 15-day DL, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. (Aug 13 3:06p)
Impact: A flexor mass injury will send Bailey to the DL for the first time in his career, but he will not need surgery and the Reds expect him to return this season. Bailey will be ineligible to return until Aug. 23 once the move is made official, though his recovery may very well push into September. While it's uncertain who will take Bailey's place Saturday against Colorado, David Holmberg is the only healthy starter at Triple-A Louisville that's on the 40-man roster. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:06p ET)
Overall Rank: 94 Position Rank: 23
% Started: 46.9 % Owned: 73.2
News: Verlander was diagnosed Tuesday with inflammation in multiple places in his right shoulder, Chris Iott of reports. Speaking to Jason Beck of, manager Brad Ausmus said, "There was no major structural damage. At this point, we don't expect him to go on the DL." (Aug 12 1:46p)
Impact: Although Verlander will miss one start, at least, that sound you hear is a sigh of relief from his owners. Robbie Ray figures to handle Verlander's spot in the rotation Sunday against the Mariners. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:46p ET)
Overall Rank: 52 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 56.6 % Owned: 88.9
Homer BaileyCin - SP
News: Bailey's next start has been pushed back to Saturday due to elbow soreness, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. (Aug 12 12:57p)
Impact: Coming off an an impressive start against the Indians in which he struck out eight over seven shutout innings, Bailey will no longer take the ball in home start against Boston on Wednesday night. If he's able to pitch Saturday, he'll face the Rockies at Coors instead. Mike Leake will move up a day from Thursday to start in Bailey's place Wednesday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:57p ET)
Overall Rank: 94 Position Rank: 23
% Started: 46.9 % Owned: 73.2
News: Verlander left Monday's game with right shoulder soreness and will be further evaluated Tuesday. (Aug 11 5:37p)
Impact: He lasted just one inning, giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits and two walks, before getting pulled after throwing 40 pitches. It wouldn't be surprising to hear that Verlander has a shoulder injury, given the mileage on his arm (200-plus innings every year since 2007). The blow would be lessened for fantasy owners this season, as it's been the worst of his career. He now has a 4.76 ERA, which is among the 10 worst in baseball among qualified starters. We should know more about the severity of the injury Tuesday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:37p ET)
Overall Rank: 52 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 56.6 % Owned: 88.9
News: McCutchen (ribs) was placed on the 15-day DL prior to Monday's game vs. the Tigers,'s Tom Singer reports. (Aug 11 2:16p)
Impact: The Pirates were initially expected to put McCutchen on the DL when he first suffered the broken rib on Aug. 3, but instead chose to wait a few days with the hope that their star would recover quickly. However, other than taking some swings and throwing from distance, McCutchen never showed enough progress to earn his way back into the lineup. With McCutchen sitting out each of the previous six games, he'll be eligible to return from the DL as early as Aug. 19. Starling Marte is expected to serve as the team's primary center fielder while McCutchen is out, with Josh Harrison covering left field for Marte. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:16p ET)
Overall Rank: 4 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 63.5 % Owned: 99.3
Joe MauerMin - C, 1B, DH
News: Mauer (oblique) will be activated from the disabled list Monday,'s Rhett Bollinger reports. (Aug 10 4:52p)
Impact: Mauer is set to return to action after missing nearly six weeks with the oblique injury. Expect him to resume his role as the Twins' regular first baseman moving forward. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:52p ET)
Overall Rank: 55 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 74.9 % Owned: 91.7
Carlos GonzalezCol - LF, RF
News: Gonzalez (left knee tendinitis) is headed for the 15-day DL, Thomas Harding of reports. (Aug 10 10:03a)
Impact: The Rockies had been content to let Gonzalez play through the issue until his tendinitis flared up again Friday night. He was reportedly available Saturday though he did not end up making an appearance, and manager Walt Weiss said the team is not considering shutting Gonzalez down for the season at this point. However, it could still be an option for the last-place Rockies, should the problems linger into September. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:03a ET)
Overall Rank: 5 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 38.8 % Owned: 69.3
Hanley RamirezLAD - SS
News: Ramirez was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday with a right oblique strain, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports. (Aug 10 8:42a)
Impact: Initially labeled side tightness, Ramirez's injury has been confirmed as an oblique strain and he will miss at least two weeks as a result. Darwin Barney was recalled in the corresponding move, but Miguel Rojas is starting at short again Sunday and seems like the favorite for playing time at the position. That said, the Dodgers may think about calling up prospect Alex Guerrero, though he has played primarily at second at Triple-A Albuquerque this season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:42a ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 47.2 % Owned: 98.0
Anibal SanchezDet - SP
News: Sanchez (pectoralis strain) was placed on the disabled list Sunday and will likely miss 3-4 weeks,'s Jason Beck reports. (Aug 10 8:28a)
Impact: Sanchez underwent an MRI Saturday after leaving Friday's start early with a pectoral strain and the news appears to have been grim. He will require more than the minimum amount of time on the disabled list to recover, with a three-week minimum given as a timetable, placing his return date likely in late August or early September. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:28a ET)
Overall Rank: 71 Position Rank: 15
% Started: 42.6 % Owned: 84.1
Edwin EncarnacionTor - 1B, DH
News: Encarnacion (quad) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Dunedin on Saturday, Chris Toman of reports. (Aug 9 8:22a)
Impact: After he was initially prescribed a two-to-four week recovery timetable from the quad injury, Encarnacion has missed over a month of action, depriving the Blue Jays of some needed pop. Because of the extended absence, Encarnacion will likely require at least a handful of rehab games before the team feels comfortable activating him. With the Blue Jays falling six games behind the Orioles for the division lead following back-to-back losses, even the return of one of the game's top power threats might not be enough for the team to overcome the deficit. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:22a ET)
Overall Rank: 14 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 73.3 % Owned: 98.9
Hanley RamirezLAD - SS
News: Ramirez will have an MRI on Saturday after leaving Friday's game against the Brewers with tightness in his right side, Ken Gurnick of reports. (Aug 8 8:29p)
Impact: The Dodgers have not provided a specific location of Ramirez's injury, and the multitude of ailments that have slowed him throughout the season makes it difficult to speculate regarding a diagnosis. Saturday's test should help shed some light on his availability for the rest of the series in Milwaukee this weekend. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:29p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 47.2 % Owned: 98.0
Anibal SanchezDet - SP
News: Sanchez will return to Detroit to have an MRI on Saturday in order to determine the severity of the pectoral strain that caused him to leave his start Friday night, James Schmehl of reports. (Aug 8 7:58p)
Impact: Given that he's returning to Detroit for further tests, Sanchez's availability for his next scheduled start is in doubt. Further details should become available following Saturday's examination, although Sanchez has expressed optimism regarding his chances of avoiding the 15-day DL. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:58p ET)
Overall Rank: 71 Position Rank: 15
% Started: 42.6 % Owned: 84.1
Alex RiosTex - RF, DH
News: Rios is not in the lineup Friday, due to an aggravated right ankle injury, the Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz reports. (Aug 8 1:26p)
Impact: He is available off the bench Friday, but isn't expected to start for at least a couple days. He dealt with an ankle injury in late July, and while it's not clear how he aggravated it, the injury would help explain why he has been so mediocre of late. He has just three hits -- all singles -- over his last 26 at-bats, so hopefully a couple days off will help get him back on track. Shin-Soo Choo will start in right field Friday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:26p ET)
Overall Rank: 38 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 57.5 % Owned: 82.9
Matt CainSF - SP
News: Cain (elbow) will officially undergo season-ending surgery next Monday, Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group reports. (Aug 4 1:38p)
Impact: Cain's season was all but declared over on Friday when three doctors recommended surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. He'll now officially go under the knife, and is expected to miss approximately three months as a result. Barring any setbacks, Cain is expected to be ready for the start of spring training, although the Giants will likely exercise caution in returning their former ace to the mound. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:38p ET)
Overall Rank: 75 Position Rank: 18
% Started: 36.0 % Owned: 47.0
News: McCutchen left Sunday's game due to discomfort in his left side, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. (Aug 3 3:51p)
Impact: The initial diagnosis isn't surprising, but McCutchen will likely undergo further testing. He hurt himself while reaching for an outside pitch and may be dealing with an oblique injury. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:51p ET)
Overall Rank: 4 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 63.5 % Owned: 99.3
Masahiro TanakaNYY - SP
News: Tanaka (elbow) is scheduled to play catch Monday, Sweeny Murti of Sportsradio 66 WFAN reports. (Aug 3 3:26p)
Impact: Tanaka will take the first major step in his mission to avoid Tommy John surgery and pitch again this season. He underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection three weeks ago, and manager Joe Girardi recently said that the right-hander feels better with each passing day. While Sunday's news is clearly a good sign for Tanaka, his partially-torn UCL may still require Tommy John surgery. At this point, if his comeback bid is unsuccessful, he'll likely be staring at the prospect of missing the entire 2015 season. According to ESPN New York, Tanaka is unlikely to return before September, even if everything goes well. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:26p ET)
Overall Rank: 100 Position Rank: 26
% Started: 30.5 % Owned: 92.3
News: Goldschmidt's hand fracture was determined to be non-displaced and will not require surgical repair, but the first baseman will still miss at least eight weeks as a result of the injury, Jack Magruder of reports. "Realistically, he's done for the year," manager Kirk Gibson said. (Aug 3 12:03p)
Impact: With Goldschmidt unlikely to receive another at-bat for the rest of the season, he's droppable in single-season leagues. Despite being surrounded by an often-disastrous Arizona lineup, he didn't notice a steep decline in his counting stats prior to the injury, batting .300 with 19 homers, 69 RBI and 75 runs. Assuming he recovers normally from the fractured hand, he'll enter next season as a top-five selection in just about any mixed-league draft. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:03p ET)
Overall Rank: 3 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 46.3 % Owned: 73.5
News: Goldschmidt was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday with a fractured left hand. (Aug 2 1:07p)
Impact: It's a devastating blow for the Diamondbacks and Goldschmidt, who was hit by a pitch late in Friday's game. The team hasn't offered up a timetable for Goldschmidt's return just yet, but the injury figures to keep him out for most, if not all, of the remaining season. Jordan Pacheco is making another start at first base Saturday, though Mark Trumbo and Andy Marte will likely factor in at the position as well. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 3 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 46.3 % Owned: 73.5
Eric HosmerKC - 1B
News: After being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right hand, Hosmer said he may be out for six weeks, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. (Jul 31 8:45p)
Impact: Royals manager Ned Yost gave an estimate of one month, so there's a bit of a disparity at this early juncture. Either way, Hosmer figures to miss most of August, leaving the Royals without a decent option at first base. The team could opt to play designated hitter Billy Butler at first, which would allow them to rotate players in the DH slot. The Royals may also use Raul Ibanez, who is having an even worse season than Butler, and is probably no better of a defensive first baseman. Looking to the minors, 29-year-old Matt Fields owns a .270/.339/.522 slash line at Triple-A Omaha. Ibanez seems most likely to benefit from added playing time, as Butler is already a regular in the lineup. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:45p ET)
Overall Rank: 43 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 36.1 % Owned: 57.3
Cliff LeePhi - SP
News: Lee, who has been diagnosed with a recurrence of a left flexor pronator strain, said after Thursday's game that he probably won't pitch again this season, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. (Jul 31 8:07p)
Impact: As hinted at by a slew of Phillies reporters, Lee is in danger of missing the rest of the season. He was cruising through Thursday's outing against the Nationals, until he pulled up pointing to his elbow after a pitch in the fourth inning. The veteran lefty returned from a two-month absence less than two weeks ago, and is now dealing with a recurrence of the same injury. The Phillies haven't announced a replacement in the rotation, but David Buchanan appears to be the leading candidate. Lee, meanwhile, is scheduled to undergo an MRI. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 32 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 34.1 % Owned: 58.2
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