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Scooter Gennett exits game with quad tightness
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:29 pm ET) Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett was removed from Tuesday's game after experiencing tightness in his right quad, the team announced.

Gennett went 0 for 2 at the plate before being removed. He also dealt with quad tightness over the weekend. Gennett has hit .305/.343/.481 with eight home runs, 34 RBI and six stolen bases in 295 at-bats.


Pedro Alvarez removed with knee discomfort Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:11 pm ET) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was removed from Tuesday's game with a knee issue.

Alvarez left the game with left knee discomfort. He was 1 for 2, with a double, before being removed from the game. 


Your daily White Sox closer assessment
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:05 pm ET) You may recall White Sox manager Robin Ventura had this to say after Zach Putnam bailed out Jake Petricka with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday for his second save in as many days:

"Unfortunately, I don't have a guy that you're just going to leave out there, saying that's your closer," Ventura said.

But the second half of that quote may actually say more:

"I like Put's swing-and-miss ability with some lefties, and that's the reason."

"Put," of course, is Putnam, who struck out left-handed hitter Jason Castro with two runners on to secure the save Saturday. But looking back on it, the most interesting part of Putnam bailing out Petricka is that it happened immediately after the second out, not after the second runner reached base. If a right-handed hitter was due up instead of Castro, Ventura may have just let Petricka finish out the inning.

Which explains why Ventura went back to Petricka in the ninth inning Monday. Two right-handed hitters were due up.

After weeks of trying to discern what's happening at the back end of the White Sox bullpen, we may finally have an answer: It's a lefty-righty platoon. Considering they're not so great individually anyway, perhaps you should leave both Putnam and Petricka for the deepest of Rotisserie leagues.


Kelly Johnson to see time in right field
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:04 pm ET) Yankees infielder Kelly Johnson is starting in right field for the first time in his career Tuesday, and manager Joe Girardi indicated that Johnson could play more often in right field moving forward, MLB.com reports.

"He's played mostly left field, but I think he's athletic enough that it shouldn't be a problem," Girardi said. "I might have to do it if we can't get Carlos [Beltran] out there, because I can't run these guys out there every day."

The Yankees acquired Chase Headley Tuesday and will start him regularly at third base, where Johnson has made a majority of his appearances this season.


Could trade resuscitate Yangervis Solarte's value?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8:50 pm ET) The trade that brought Yangervis Solarte from the Yankees to the Padres Tuesday assures at least one thing: The 27-year-old utility player play every day again. Between Jedd Gyorko's plantar fasciitis, Everth Cabrera's strained hamstring and, of course, Chase Headley's sudden departure, the Padres have openings all across their infield.

Though Solarte hadn't completely disappeared from the lineup in his final weeks with the Yankees, he sat too often to have any chance of overcoming his midsummer slump -- which, by the way, has lasted only 18 games. Granted, he's gone 4 for 51 (.078) during those 18 games, but the lack of repetition certainly hasn't helped. When inexperienced players see fewer pitches, they tend to get worse rather than better. Solarte hasn't had a chance to work through this slump. The Yankees pulled the plug on him too quickly.

He'll get that chance with the Padres, and because of that, I wouldn't rule out him making an impact in the second half. Throughout his slump, he has continued to make contact at a high rate, striking out just nine times in those 18 games, and players who do that typically hit for a high batting average. When the Yankees sent Solarte down for five games in the middle of the slump (giving him those consistent at-bats he lacked in the majors), he went 12 for 20 (.600). The ability is still there.

That's not to say I'm rushing to pick Solarte back up. It's probably unnecessary outside the deepest of leagues. But if he shows signs of life, I'll be ready.


Mets not willing to eat salary in Bartolo Colon deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:49 pm ET) The Mets aren't willing to eat salary in a deal including Bartolo Colon, according to Newsday

Colon has drawn interest on the market, but no deal is imminent. The Mets are currently weighing the market, and are not willing to eat money in the deal. Colon is owed $11 million next season. He has a 4.12 ERA over 126 2/3 innings. 


Marlins more likely to extend McGehee
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:43 pm ET) The Marlins are more likely to extend Casey McGehee than trade him, according to MLB.com.

McGehee's name has come up in trade rumors recently, but the club isn't inclined to deal him. McGehee is signed cheap, and still has one more year of arbitration. The club can bring him back at a higher price, or opt to hand him an extension. The team is willing to do that since McGehee is considered a leader in the clubhouse. McGehee is hitting .322/.389/.399 over 376 at-bats. 


Alex Rios, Jake Smolinski expected to be available Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:04 pm ET) The Rangers expect outfielders Alex Rios and Jake Smolinski to both be available Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Rios was out of the lineup for a third straight day Tuesday while nursing a sprained ankle, but he said he's ready to return. "It felt good," Rios said before the game. "I know Wash wanted to give me an extra day, but I'm ready. I expect to be as good as ever."

Smolinski was removed from Monday's game after fouling a ball off his foot. "As of right now, it's nothing to be concerned about," manager Ron Washington said Tuesday of Smolinski's injury. "It's just sore where it hit off his foot."


Joe Panik leaves with ankle injury Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:03 pm ET) Giants infielder Joe Panik left Tuesday's game with an ankle injury.

Panik was officially diagnosed with a right ankle sprain. At this time, it's unclear how long Panik will be sidelined with the injury. He's hit .213 in 61 at-bats.  


Brandon Belt days away from baseball activity
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:00 pm ET) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is still days away from baseball activity, according to MLB.com.

Belt is dealing with a concussion. He's said to be "making progress," but will still need time before he's ready to return to action. Belt was placed on the disabled list July 20. 


 
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