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Ryan Zimmerman to be shut down two weeks
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:09 pm ET) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be shut down for at least two weeks, according to MLB.com. Zimmerman was diagnosed with a Grade 3 hamstring strain and is likely to miss an extended period of time. He was hitting .282/.345/.456 over 195 at-bats prior to the injury.

Jarred Cosart could make Miami debut Friday
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(9:00 pm ET) Newly-acquired pitcher Jarred Cosart could make his debut with the Marlins as soon as Friday against Cincinnati, according to MLB.com. Cosart was traded from Houston to Miami just before the trade deadline. The right-hander is 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 20 starts this season.

Tyler Skaggs exits start with forearm tightness
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(8:55 pm ET) Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs was forced out of Thursday's game against the Orioles in Baltimore with left forearm tightness, per MASN Sports.

Skaggs had a no-hitter going in the fifth inning before leaving the game. He was replaced by Mike Morin. Skaggs allowed two walks and struck out seven over 4 2/3 scoreless innings of work. He owns a 4.30 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 18 starts (113 innings). His status remains up in the air for Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Cliff Lee diagnosed with elbow strain, season hangs in jeopardy
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(8:35 pm ET) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee was diagnosed with a recurrence of a left flexor pronator strain, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

Lee missed two months of the season because of the injury and is now likely done for the year. He'll likely go through further tests in hopes of dodging a major injury.

The left-hander exited the game with a team trainer after making a gesture toward his elbow in the bottom of the third inning. He owns a 3.65 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 13 starts (81 1/3 innings).

Chris Dickerson exits game with knee issue
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(8:24 pm ET) Indians outfielder Chris Dickerson was forced out of Thursday's game against the Mariners with left knee discomfort, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Dickerson is hitting .300 with two homers and six RBI in 50 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener against Seattle.

Cliff Lee exits start with apparent arm injury
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(8:03 pm ET) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee was forced out of Thursday's contest against the Phillies with an apparent injury to his arm.

Lee exited the game with a team trainer after making a gesture toward his elbow in the bottom of the third inning. Antonio Bastardo took over for him in the third. He pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed one hit with four strikeouts and no walks in 31 pitches.

Lee missed two months this season because of a left elbow strain. He will likely be further evaluated moving forward. He owns a 3.65 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 13 starts (81 1/3 innings). His status remains uncertain for Wednesday's start against Houston.

Starling Marte to start four-game rehab stint Saturday
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(7:23 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is scheduled to start a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Marte, who is working back from concussion symptoms, is expected to play four games in the minors before he returns to the big-league team.

Odrisamer Despaigne gets roughed up in loss to Cardinals
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(7:13 pm ET) Padres pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne was hit hard and took another loss Thursday afternoon at home against St. Louis, dropping to 2-3 on the year. The right-hander coughed up six run son nine hits and one walk while striking out three over 5 2/3 innings of a 6-2 defeat.

Despaigne has not won a decision since June 29. Over his last two starts covering 9 1/3 innings, Despaigne has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 2.68 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over seven starts (43 2/3 innings). He will look to bounce back Wednesday at Minnesota.

Shelby Miller pitches six strong in win over Padres
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:09 pm ET) Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (8-8) tossed a quality start and got back to .500, leading his team past the Padres on Thursday. The right-hander permitted two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out five over six innings of a 6-2 victory. Home runs to Jed Gyorko and Wil Venable proved to be the only damage.

Over his last two starts covering 11 2/3 innings, Miller has allowed only four earned runs. He owns a 4.14 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 121 2/3 innings. He will make his next start Wednesday at home against Boston.

Yasmani Grandal dealing with fluid buildup in right knee
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(6:58 pm ET) Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal was unable to play Thursday against the Cardinals because of fluid buildup in his right knee, U-T San Diego reports. He is expected to be "fine" moving forward, according to manager Bud Black.

Grandal has appeared in 82 of 108 games this season for San Diego. He is hitting .206 with nine homers and 24 RBI in 228 at-bats.

 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
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Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

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