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Alex Presley hoping to take batting practice Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:45 pm ET) Astros outfielder Alex Presley is hoping to take batting practice Friday, according to MLB.com.

Presley has been sidelined due to an oblique injury. He's considered day-to-day. He's nearing a point where he's ready to return, though manager Bo Porter did not provide any specific timetable for the injury.


Robbie Grossman day-to-day with ankle injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:36 pm ET) Astros outfielder Robbie Grossman is day-to-day with an ankle injury, according to MLB.com.

Grossman injured his ankle during Wednesday's game. He was able to play through the game, but was fairly sore Thursday. Grossman is hitting .215/.330/.325 over 265 at-bats. 


Sean Doolittle yet to begin baseball activity


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:58 pm ET) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle has yet to begin baseball activity, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Doolittle has been sidelined since August 23 due to an intercostal injury. Manager Bob Melvin did say Doolittle is feeling much better despite his lack of activity. Doolittle has a 2.28 ERA over 55 1/3 innings. 


Yadier Molina driving back to St. Louis for Friday's game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:36 pm ET) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will drive back to St. Louis following Thursday's Double-A rehab game, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Molina will catch five innings Thursday, and drive back to St. Louis. As long as he doesn't have any setbacks, Molina will push to be activated for Friday's game. Molina has been out since July 9 due to thumb surgery. 


Daniel Murphy heading for MRI


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:29 pm ET) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy is heading for an MRI, according to ESPN.

Murphy is dealing with a calf injury, and hasn't progressed as much as the team initially anticipated. He'll be further evaluated Thursday. Murphy is hitting .301/.343/.424 over 528 at-bats. 


Eric Hosmer could start rehab assignment soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:27 pm ET) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer could begin playing rehab games soon, according to FoxSports.

Hosmer was able to take batting practice Thursday. There's a chance he could begin a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. Hosmer has been sidelined since July 31 with a hand issue. 


Michael Mariot moved to 60-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:22 pm ET) Royals pitcher Michael Mariot has been placed on the 60-day disabled list Thursday.

Mariot was in the minors, but was called up and placed on the DL. The move was made in order to free up a spot on the team's 40-man roster. 


Santiago Casilla saves No. 12 Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:19 pm ET) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla saved his 12th game Thursday.

Casilla entered with a three-run lead and easily shut the door. After giving up a walk to the leadoff man, Casilla settled in. He set the next three hitters down in order, picking up the save. He lowered his ERA to 1.68 following the outing. 


Drew Smyly on innings limit


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:07 pm ET) Rays pitcher Drew Smyly will be held to about 150 innings this season, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Joe Maddon said Smyly would likely be held between 150 innings and 160 innings. Smyly has already reached his career-high in innings, and currently sits at 141 1/3 on the year. Smyly has put up strong numbers, posting a 3.31 ERA, but he's never thrown more than 117 innings over a full season. 


Athletics swap Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:02 pm ET) The Athletics have swapped Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir for the upcoming series with the Angels, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Samardzija will now move up a day and pitch Saturday. Kazmir will be pushed back to Sunday. Both players will take on the Angels. It's unclear if Kazmir was moved in order to give him more rest following a poor start, or if the team just wanted to adjust the pitching matchups based on who the Angels were throwing. 


Daisuke Matsuzaka activated Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:58 pm ET) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been activated from the disabled list, according to ESPN.

Matsuzaka has been sidelined since July 24 due to an elbow injury. He's been able to get through his rehab starts and is ready to return. Matsuzaka will take Vic Black's spot on the active roster.


Vic Black lands on disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:56 pm ET) Mets pitcher Vic Black was placed on the disabled list Thursday.

Black received an injection in his neck in order to treat bone spurs. He'll need some time to recover following the injection. Black posted a 2.20 ERA over 32 2/3 innings. 


Yusmeiro Petit wins one, breaks record


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:53 pm ET) Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit turned in an excellent start Thursday against the Rockies. 

Petit allowed one run on four hits over six innings. He struck out nine and did not issue any walks. Petit didn't allow a hit until the third inning. That's significant because Petit broke the MLB single-season record by retiring 46 consecutive hitters. Petit had been pitching out of the bullpen recently, and had not allowed a hit over his last six appearances. 

While Colorado would scratch a win across in the third, Petit wasn't flustered. He was able to get through the last three innings without giving up another run. With the win, Petit improved to 4-3. He'll take on the Rockies if he remains in the rotation for another start. 


Jordan Lyles tosses quality start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:49 pm ET) Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles tossed a quality start Thursday against the Giants.

Lyles allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked three during the outing. The Giants were able to tag Lyles early, but he settled in after briefly stumbling. After giving up a single to lead off the second inning, Lyles allowed Gregor Blanco to belt a two-run homer. He would settle in at that point, keeping the Giants off the board over the next three innings. He couldn’t keep San Francisco off the board in the sixth. After a leadoff single, Lyles walked two batters, loading the bases. Hunter Pence managed to bring home another run on a sac fly. Despite walking the next hitter, Lyles was able to get out of the inning without giving up any more runs.

With the loss, Lyles fell to 6-2. He’ll take on the Giants in his next start.


Drew Smyly must-own, but not must-start


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:40 pm ET) Drew Smyly probably isn't as good as he's shown since joining the Rays. Granted, you shouldn't put anything past their coaching staff -- Alex Cobb, Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi all appear well on their way to maximizing their talents -- but in his last four starts, Smyly has been as good as the man he was traded for, perennial Cy Young contender David Price. No transformation is that sudden.

The most telling number for me is that one that falls well short of Price's standards: During that four-start stretch, Smyly has averaged 6.7 strikeouts per nine innings. And yet he's allowed 11 hits in 30 2/3 innings. The result is an impossibly low .111 BABIP.

Of course, one look at his 0.88 ERA during that four-start stretch would tell you it's something he can't sustain, so maybe I'm going overboard digging into the advanced numbers there. My point is this: He's good, but with middle-of-the-road strikeout ability and an occasional vulnerability to home runs, I don't see him becoming start-him-every-week good.

In a relief pitcher spot in a points league, maybe, but otherwise, keep an eye on the matchups and weigh your alternatives.


Alex Rios sitting due to thumb


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:27 pm ET) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios was not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Astros, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Rios will miss the game due to a thumb injury. Rios indicated he wanted to play, but manager Ron Washington thought it was for the best to hold him out. Washington expects Rios to start Friday. 


Time to get with the program on Jorge Soler


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:12 pm ET) As much as I wrote about Jorge Soler leading up to his promotion and the day it actually came, I'm at risk of beating a dead horse here, but now that he has a couple 2-for-4 games under his belt, I feel the need to reiterate: You want him in Fantasy.

Maybe in shallower leagues where every team starts just three outfielders and half the owners checked out at the All-Star break, allowing you to build up incomparable depth at the position, OK, you can let him go, but the impact he could make for you this time of year is worth the risk of him sputtering like so many of the high-profile hitter prospects who came before him this year.

And aside from George Springer, I'm not sure any of those prospects was as prepared for his promotion as Soler. True, he ascended the ladder quickly, collecting just 175 at-bats above high Class A, but he was no average minor-leaguer, having played at the highest level of Cuba. Once it clicked for him after a two-year adjustment period, the minor leagues couldn't hold him back. In terms of batting average, slugging percentage and OPS, he was neck-and-neck with Kris Bryant at the time of his promotion.

And unlike Springer, Jon Singleton, Javier Baez, his success wasn't accompanied by a worrisome strikeout rate. He'll strike out his fair share, like any young slugger, but it won't be the impediment it's been for them.


Rusney Castillo might start playing minor-league games soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:57 pm ET) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo might start playing minor-league games this weekend, according to the Boston Globe

Castillo signed with the club recently, and has already obtained his work visa. He arrived at team headquarters in Florida Wednesday to begin workouts. 


Keep the faith with Phil Hughes


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:46 pm ET) Phil Hughes was cruising along Wednesday at Kansas City until the Royals rallied for six runs, the first four off him, in the eighth inning. As a result, Hughes didn't meet the criteria for a quality start, but that doesn't mean he wasn't quality.

Of course, considering he allowed just one earned run in each of his previous four starts, winning all of them, Fantasy owners probably don't need to be convinced of his utility by now, but as has been the case in just about all of his poor starts this year, home runs weren't the cause of his downfall Wednesday, as they were so many times in his days with the Yankees. He didn't allow any in that start and has allowed just three in his last 10 -- four of which were less than quality.

As Al Melchior has pointed out time and time again, Hughes has become the strike-throwingest (well, how would you put it?) starting pitcher in the majors this year -- and by a wide margin. Between that and his dramatically reduced home run rate, you wonder how he's ever less than quality.

For all the success he's had this year, you could argue he's been unlucky still.


Daniel Murphy unable to return Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:31 pm ET) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy was not in the team's starting lineup Thursday.

Murphy has been sidelined by a calf injury. He will be re-examined soon. Murphy has been sidelined since August 23 due to the issue. He's hitting .301/.343/.424 over 528 at-bats.


Wade LeBlanc sent to Triple-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:29 pm ET) Angels pitcher Wade LeBlanc has been outrighted to Triple-A.

LeBlanc was designated for assignment by the club Tuesday, but cleared waivers. He accepted an assignment to Triple-A, and will remain in the Angels organization. 


David Wright finds his way back into the lineup Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:26 pm ET) Mets third baseman David Wright was in the team's starting lineup Thursday.

Wright has been dealing with a neck injury, but was able to take batting practice Thursday. He missed three days due to the issue. Wright is hitting .266/.324/.368 over 489 at-bats.


Consistency Shane Greene's only issue


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:21 pm ET) It's becoming a pattern. Shane Greene starts, goes six strong, strikes out more than a batter per inning, and we're all left to figure out what it means.

There comes a point when evaluating a player, like with Jacob deGrom a few months back, when you can no longer rely on what he did in the minors. You look at what he's throwing, see what results from it and reassess from there.

I can't think of a better comparison than deGrom, really. As he worked his way up the minors, I wasn't impressed, but then when I saw how hard he threw, I decided to keep an open mind. And then came the strikeouts -- one start after another -- just like Greene. 

Greene has made nine starts now, and in five of them, he's allowed two earned runs or fewer. But that means in four, he's allowed three earned runs or more. While the highs have been high, the lows have still been there. He had a three-start stretch in the middle of those nine in which he allowed 10 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings. And then there was the nine hits in five innings he allowed to the White Sox prior to Wednesday's gem at Detroit.

So while I'd like to assume he'll be two earned runs, eight strikeouts every time out, the inconsistency is why I still view Greene as more of a streaming option, but one whose stock is clearly on the rise.


Josh Edgin could be available Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:21 pm ET) Mets pitcher Josh Edgin could be available Thursday, according to MetsBlog.

Edgin is dealing with bone spurs and hasn't pitched since August 23. He's posted a 1.40 ERA over 25 2/3 innings. 


Evan Reed getting the call


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:13 pm ET) Tigers pitcher Evan Reed will be called up Friday, the team announced.

Reed will take Kyle Lobstein's spot on the roster. Lobstein was optioned following Thursday's start. Reed was up in the majors earlier this season. He posted a 4.88 ERA over 27 2/3 innings.