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X-rays come back negative on Ian Desmond's hand


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Hand X-rays came back negative on Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.

Desmond was removed from Thursday's game after being hit with a pitch. He attempted to remain in the game, but was taken out when a practice throw sailed on him while warming up to take the field. It's unclear how much time Desmond will miss due to the issue.


Ian Desmond exits game with hand injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was forced out of Thursday's game against the Orioles with a hand injury.

Desmond was hit by a pitch in the hand in the eighth inning, tried to stay in the game, but left after taking warmups at short. He was replaced by Danny Espinosa.

Desmond finished 1 for 3 with an RBI double in the sixth inning. He owns a .241/.293/.429 slash line with 16 homers and 55 RBI in 345 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener at Philadelphia.

Arismendy Alcantara picks up four hits Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Cubs infielder Arismendy Alcantara picked up four hits Thursday against the Reds.

After striking out in his first at-bat, and hitting a sac fly his second time up, Alcantara quickly turned things around. He doubled in his third plate appearance, singled his fourth time up and clubbed a triple his fifth time at the plate. He would go on to add another single his final time up. Alcantara finished 4 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI. The strong performance likely played a role in the Cubs keeping Alcantara on the active roster following the game. 


Arismendy Alcantara earns his place in Fantasy


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/10/2014) Well, that didn't take long.

For prospects like Arismendy Alcantara -- and along the same lines, Mookie Betts -- the potential is evident, but without a clear path to everyday at-bats, it's not so evident that you have to rush out and pick them up right away, at least not in standard mixed leagues. You know, they aren't Gregory Polanco or Oscar Taveras, prospects who've become household names (at least in baseball-loving households) well before they arrive, but they're good. They're worth monitoring.

For those prospects, I'll usually say something like, "I'll wait for the first multi-hit game to make a move." Well, it's already come. And by multi-hit game, we're not talking two singles, but a four-hit, three-RBI performance that included both a double and a triple.

As I outlined in particularly dramatic fashion in the latest Prospects Report, the upside for Alcantara is something like what Jimmy Rollins used to be. He may not be the greatest source of batting average because of shaky plate discipline, but he offers a rare combination of power and speed for a shortstop-eligible player. Like Rollins, the speed may be a little more developed to start out his career, but considering he had a .537 slugging percentage at the time of his promotion, you wouldn't want to sell the power short.

And now, he's attracting plenty of attention on the waiver wire. Particularly in Rotisserie leagues, where you have to go deeper into the middle infielder pool, it's time to pick him up.


Arismendy Alcantara looking at more playing time


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Cubs infielder Arismendy Alcantara will remain in the majors for the time being.

The team optioned pitcher Kyle Hendricks to the minors following Thursday's start, meaning Alcantara will get a longer run in the majors. He was expected to receive just two days in the majors while Darwin Barney was on paternity leave. Alcantara went 4 for 5 Thursday, helping his cause. 


Kristopher Negron up as injury insurance


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) The Reds purchased the contract of infielder Kris Negron from Triple-A Louisville Thursday, to provide some insurance with various players injured.

Negron appeared in four games with the Reds in 2012, but that is his only MLB experience. The 28-year-old was hitting .269/.328/.406 at Louisville this season. 


Jimmy Rollins slugs ninth home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 4-1 win over the Brewers Wednesday.

Rollins was 0 for 15 in his previous five games before delivering a sixth-inning blast to break a 1-1 tie. His home run was his first since June 7. Rollins has hit .240/.325/.375 with nine home runs, 34 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 333 at-bats.


Troy Tulowitzki gives subtle blessing for potential trade


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki met with team brass recently and indicated a willingness to accept a trade if the team believes it finds a deal best for all parties involved, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Heyman writes that Tulowitzki's message is something along the following lines: "I love it in Colorado. I'd like to be here. But if things (don't improve), and you can (trade) me to a winning situation I'm OK with it."

Tulowitzki, who was named a starter for the NL team in this year's All-Star game, went 2 for 4 with two solo home runs in his team's 6-3 win over the Padres Wednesday. The big performance gives him a .350/.441/.616 line with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 297 at-bats.

If the Rockies decide to pursue a trade of Tulowitzki, they could likely expect a massive return, as the shortstop is arguably the best offensive weapon at his position in the league. The Rockies are unlikely to even explore the possibility of trading the franchise player, according to the report.


Miguel Rojas hits first HR off All-Star pitcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Dodgers infielder Miguel Rojas' first career home run didn't make much of a difference in a 4-1 loss at Detroit Wednesday. However, it was pretty memorable moment, as Rojas' first home run was a solo shot off Tigers All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer in the fifth inning.

Rojas, who went 1 for 3 with two strikeouts, entered play Wednesday mired in a 2-for-21 slump in his previous nine games (six starts).


Arismendy Alcantara worth grabbing for the long haul


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7/9/2014) The news of the Cubs' imminent promotion of Arismendy Alcantara was likely met by cheers in the Fantasy community, while the revelation that he may only be up as long as Darwin Barney is on paternity leave likely produced groans.

Even if Alcantara is sent back to Triple-A Iowa within a couple of days, he is worth claiming off waivers right now. Though he has played mostly as a shortstop (and is shortstop-eligible in CBSSports.com leagues), Alcantara has been playing more frequently at second base and center field this season. Those are two positions where the Cubs could use an upgrade, and given how Alcantara has been producing, he could be playing at either position on a regular basis shortly.

Whether he replaces Barney or Justin Ruggiano (or whoever is the Cubs' center fielder du jour is when Alcantara is up for good), he should provide instant improvement at the plate. If he were to spend all season at Iowa, he would likely complete his second straight 15-30 season. With a mediocre strikeout rate, Alcantara may not hit much above .260, but his minor league stats hint at his ability to produce power and steals.

With those assets to go along with shortstop eligibility, Alcantara is worth a pickup in standard mixed Rotisserie leagues and deeper mixed Head-to-Head leagues. It's best to take care of that now, while he is still available in more than three-fourths of our leagues.


Arismendy Alcantara starts at second base in debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Cubs officially promoted infielder Arsimendy Alcantara from Triple-A Iowa Wednesday. He was immediately placed into the starting lineup, playing at second base and batting second against right-hander Alfredo Simon.

Arismendy Alcantara to get the call


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Cubs infielder Arismendy Alcantara is expected to be promoted Wednesday, according to ESPN. 

Alcantara will take the roster spot of Darwin Barney, who is going on paternity leave. Barney is expected to miss just two games, so Alcantara's debut will be short. He's hitting .308/.354/.538 over 331 at-bats in the minors. 


Hanley Ramirez to DH Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is planning to be used as the designated hitter Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times

Ramirez has been battling both calf and hand injuries over the past couple days. He's been able to play through both issues over the past few games. Ramirez is hitting .273/.366/.472 over 282 at-bats. 


Ramon Santiago goes 3 for 4 in victory


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Reds shortstop Ramon Santiago had a productive game Tuesday, in a 4-2 win over the Cubs.

Santiago went 3 for 4 in the win, and provided a key insurance run late with a sixth-inning RBI single. He added a double and finished with one RBI in the win.

Santiago raised his season line to .231/.315/.262 in 65 at-bats. 


Report: Nationals looking for long-term Ian Desmond replacement


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) The Nationals are actively seeking a young shortstop to possibly serve as a successor to Ian Desmond, FOXSports.com reports Tuesday.

The Nationals are possibly planning for life after their All-Star shortstop, who rejected a long-term deal last offseason that reportedly could have been worth up to $98 million over seven years. Desmond instead settled for a two-year deal worth $17.5 million that will make him a free agent after the 2015 season, and the Nationals could be looking for his replacement for that time. 

Desmond has 15 home runs and ranks sixth in the National League in RBI with 53, but has seen his average dip to a career-low .240 mark.  


Chris Owings still not cleared to resume hitting


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told reporters that shortstop Chris Owings is still not 100 percent from his left shoulder injury. Once he's fully recovered, the team will have him resume hitting, MLB.com reports.

Scuffling Jimmy Rollins out of Monday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Phillies veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins is grabbing some pine for the Monday night game in Milwaukee. He has been replaced by Andres Blanco.

Rollins is hitless in his last 13 at-bats. His slugging percentage of .373 has fallen to its lowest point since April 10.


Zack Cozart catching break against Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Mildly slumping Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has been benched for the Monday night game against the Cubs. Ramon Santiago will hold down the position instead.

Cozart has just four hits in his last 22 at-bats. His average has fallen to .229.


Miguel Rojas exits game with forearm contusion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Dodgers infielder Miguel Rojas was forced out of Sunday's game against the Rockies in Colorado with a right forearm contusion.

Rojas underwent X-rays, which came back negative and is listed as day to day moving forward. He is hitting .230 with five RBI in 61 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Tuesday against Detroit.

National League reserves revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the National League reserves for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as reserves:

C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
C Devin Mesoraco, Reds
1B Freddie Freeman, Braves
2B Dee Gordon, Dodgers
2B Daniel Murphy, Mets
SS Starlin Castro, Cubs
3B Todd Frazier, Reds
3B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
IF/OF Josh Harrison, Pirates
OF Charlie Blackmon, Rockies
OF Hunter Pence, Giants
OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

National League starters revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the National League starting lineup for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as starters by the fans:

C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
2B Chase Utley, Phillies
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

RHP Johnny Cueto, Reds
LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP Zack Greinke, Dodgers
LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants
RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
RHP Tyson Ross, Padres
RHP Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
RHP Julio Teheran, Braves
RHP Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds
RHP Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
LHP Tony Watson, Pirates
RHP Pat Neshek, Cardinals


Hitters to sit in Week 15


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/6/2014) Thinking about starting Derek Norris, Steve Pearce, Josh Harrison, Nick Castellanos, Jed Lowrie or Austin Jackson in Fantasy Week 15 (July 7-13)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Hitters to start in Week 15


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/6/2014) Looking for a sleeper for Fantasy Week 15 (July 7-13)? Yan Gomes, Mike Napoli, Scooter Gennett, Lonnie Chisenhall, Andrelton Simmons and Kole Calhoun might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Andrelton Simmons with another multi-hit game in July


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons singled twice in four at-bats Sunday against the Diamondbacks, producing his fifth straight multi-hit game to open July.

Simmons also extended his hitting streak to seven games. Simmons is batting .429 (12 for 28) with two doubles, four runs, seven RBI and one stolen base in his last seven games.


Brewers manager chats with 'frustrated' Jean Segura


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Sunday he talked to shortstop Jean Segura, who is mired in a 1-for-14 slump through four July games and is batting .091 (2 for 22) in his last seven games.

"I think he's been swinging the bat a lot better. I know he's a little frustrated," Roenicke said, per MLB.com. "Like [Saturday], he had two great at-bats and no hits. That's been going on some, so that's a little tough."


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