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5Mat Latos, CIN, SP-9
6Michael Wacha, STL, SP-9
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Ryan Raburn heading for MRI on injured knee
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:47 pm ET) Indians outfielder Ryan Raburn is heading back to Cleveland to have an MRI done on his injured knee, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Raburn told his manager that he's feeling better, but depending on what the test uncovers, he could be shut down for the remainder of the season. He has hit .200/.250/.297 with four home runs and 22 RBI in 195 at-bats.


MRI reveals no structural damage for Zach Walters
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:44 pm ET) An MRI on the ribcage of Indians outfielder Zach Walters has revealed no structural damage, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The injury is believed to be of the soft-tissue variety, and Walters may be able to make it back on the field before the end of the season. He's just 2 for 20 in September.


Bryan Morris unlikely to pitch again this season
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:40 pm ET) Marlins pitcher Bryan Morris was told by the team before Monday's game that he's been shut down after re-injuring his groin, the Sun Sentinel reports.

"I aggravated it pretty good during that game in Milwaukee," Morris said. "In all reality for it to heal all the way up it’s going to take four to six weeks. Obviously we didn’t have four to six weeks at the time. I don’t know where we’re going from here. I just know right now we’re not doing anything."

Morris is 8-1 after earning a win in his last outing. He owns a 1.82 ERA and 50:24 K:BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings.


Abraham Almonte remains out with ankle sprain
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:32 pm ET) Padres outfielder Abraham Almonte is not in the starting lineup Tuesday as he continues to recover from a sprained ankle.

Almonte was able to make a pinch-hit appearance Sunday, but he hasn't played in the outfield since Sept. 6 while dealing with the injury. He has hit .232/.278/.333 with three home runs, 15 RBI and four stolen bases in 198 at-bats.


Jarred Cosart only getting better
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:31 pm ET) In general baseball terms, Jarred Cosart has been nothing short of terrific since coming over to the Marlins from the Astros at the July 31 trade deadline, compiling a 2.05 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in eight starts.

Of course, some Fantasy owners, myself among them, are skeptical of any sort of breakout that comes without even a respectable strikeout rate. And for the majority of that stretch, Cosart's was lacking.

But in his last four starts -- granted, two against the free-swinging Braves -- he has averaged 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings. That's respectable.

It doesn't count for much on its own -- four starts is a small sample no matter how you look at it -- but it at least shows that those two- and three-strikeout efforts we saw from Cosart in his first three starts with the Marlins aren't the new norm for him. What is the norm is an improved walk rate. He has yet to issue more than two walks in eight starts since the trade, averaging 2.1 walks per nine innings.

He's one of several players I discuss in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, so for more, give it a look.


Angel Pagan out Tuesday with back injury
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:30 pm ET) Giants outfielder Angel Pagan is not in the starting lineup Tuesday as he recovers from a back injury.

He was a late scratch Monday due to back issues and wasn't able to make it back into the lineup one day later. Pagan has hit .302/.342/.391 with three home runs, 27 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 381 at-bats.


Jordy Mercer scratched with back tightness
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:16 pm ET) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back tightness, the team announced. Clint Barmes will replace Mercer at the position and bat eighth.

Evan Gattis sidelined indefinitely with illness
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:07 pm ET) Braves catcher Evan Gattis has missed the last eight days due to strep throat, and the team is unsure of when he'll be able to return, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"I really don’t know," manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday. "We will let the doctors and people who are looking at him decide when, where. But hopefully (it’s) soon."

Gattis started to feel sick on Sept. 7, and although the team reported last Wednesday that he was feeling better, he hasn't seen any action since the first day of his sickness. Gattis has hit .270/.325/.507 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI in 359 at-bats.


John Lackey throws bullpen Tuesday, in line for Friday start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:57 pm ET) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey threw a bullpen session Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, putting him in line to start Friday against the Reds.

Lackey's last scheduled start was skipped due to a case of dead arm. He owns a 3.97 ERA and 151:43 K:BB ratio in 183 2/3 innings but has struggled since joining the Cardinals.


Rafael Soriano helps Drew Storen's chances
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:54 pm ET) Nationals right-hander Rafael Soriano, who recently took some time off to work on his mechanics, didn't help his chances of reclaiming the closer role in his second game back Monday at Atlanta.

While he entered in the ninth inning with the Nationals up by four -- sort of the closest thing to a save situation without being a save situation -- he needed Drew Storen, his replacement at closer, to bail him out with two outs and the tying run on base. In all, Soriano allowed two runs on two hits with one walk and one strikeout.

Manager Matt Williams recently said that having Soriano reclaim the closer role would be his best-case scenario, but as I wrote in the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, that scenario seems less likely now.

Frankly, I'd have no reservations about starting Storen in Fantasy, as good as he's been in the role.


 
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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
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689


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