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Yonder Alonso seeking return to Padres next year
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:32 am ET) Padres shelved first baseman Yonder Alonso is hoping he will be asked back in 2015 after losing the last seven weeks of this season to a wrist injury that required surgery.

"I don't deal with the business side of it, but I think we have really good people here, really good guys that make really good decisions (as far as) the guys that came in," Alonso told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "They know the game, they know baseball and they know what I can bring."

What Alonso brought this year was a stat line of .240/.285/.397 and seven home runs in 267 at-bats. He finished with a flourish with 11 hits in his last 17 at-bats, including two taters.

Alonso could be non-tendered next season in his first year of arbitration eligibility.


Rusney Castillo not much help this year
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11:31 am ET) Rusney Castillo's debut for the Red Sox Wednesday night in Pittsburgh shouldn't create the mad dash to the waiver we're used to seeing for midseason callups. If you play in a traditional weekly league, you have just one more opportunity to set a lineup, and nothing he does in the next five days would compel you to switch from what you already have (outside of AL-only leagues, of course, where he's probably been owned since the day he signed).

And I suspect it won't be so noteworthy anyway. Other than the 22 at-bats he got during the minor-league playoffs, he hasn't played competitive baseball in over a year. And now, he's competing against the best the world has to offer.

But his arrival is still welcome news in Fantasy. Often, the most difficult players to assess going into a new season are the ones imported from overseas, where the competition is questionable and the available scouting reports are limited. The Red Sox are removing much of the mystery by giving us this sneak peak.

So what would be a successful debut for Castillo? My latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog discusses just that. Be sure to give it a look.


Offseason back surgery an option for Angel Pagan
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:22 am ET) The bulging disk that has plagued Giants center fielder Angel Pagan much of the year could require offseason surgery, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

That, however, is one of several options.

Pagan missed his second straight game Tuesday with the back issue. Bruce Bochy is hoping to plug him back in Wednesday as the team continues its fight for a playoff spot. Pagan has been one of the team's most dependable players when healthy. He owns a stat line of .302/.342/.391 with 56 runs scored in 381 at-bats.


Start schedule down stretch undecided for Chris Sale
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:09 am ET) Robin Ventura has yet to decide if White Sox super southpaw Chris Sale will make two or three starts before the season ends, per the Chicago Tribune.

Sale is set to pitch Wednesday night in Kansas City. He is also slatedt to start next week in Detroit, but it has yet to be decided if he will pitch again. The White Sox could go with a six-man rotation down the stretch.

The ace lefty is 12-3 with a 1.99 ERA and could use every win possible to give him the best shot to win the American League Cy Young Award.


Blake Treinen in, Gio Gonzalez out as Wednesday starter
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:58 am ET) The clinching of a division title Tuesday night could result in sweeping changes in the Nationals lineup Wednesday in Atlanta. Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez has already been scratched in favor of Blake Treinen.

Treinen started five games in May and June with great success. He yielded just eight runs in 26 2/3 innings and owns a 2.35 ERA on the year despite a 1-3 record.


Wilmer Flores blasts off twice in Tuesday win
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:52 am ET) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores has been tearing it up at the plate recently, but went downright hog-wild Tuesday night.

Flores achieved the first two-homer game of his career in a rout of Miami. He began his big night with an RBI double in the fourth inning, socked a three-run blast in the fifth and added a two-run shot in the seventh for six RBI. He is 8 for 15 with two homers and 10 RBI in the last four games combined.


Ian Desmond dominates in defeat of Braves
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:45 am ET) Shortstop Ian Desmond was pretty much the entire offense for the Nationals in their shutout win Tuesday night in Atlanta.

Desmond slammed a two-run homer in the sixth to break a scoreless tie, then doubled in the ninth and tallied on a wild pitch as he had his hand in all of his team's runs. He improved his stat line to .252/.308/.423 in the process.


Chase Anderson to be chased from rotation after Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:38 am ET) Diamondbacks right-hander Chase Anderson will be shut down after his Friday start in Colorado, per azcentralsports.com.

Anderson has been impressive recently with five earned runs allowed in his last 17 innings pitched covering three starts. He is 9-6 with a 3.70 ERA on the season with 100 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings.


Report: Christian Walker promoted by Orioles
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:32 am ET) The Orioles have summoned first baseman Christian Walker from their training center in Sarasota, according to a tweet from University of South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner. Buck Showalter claimed Tuesday night that the team would be bringing up a player from Sarasota, per MLB.com.

The 23-year-old Walker has yet to play in a major league game.


Scott Carroll 'looks OK' for Tuesday start
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:15 am ET) White Sox right-hander Scott Carroll has a cracked fingernail, but Robin Ventura said he "looks OK" for his Tuesday start against Detroit, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

Carroll has been shaky at best in recent outings. He has allowed 29 runs in the last 40 2/3 innings pitched covering seven starts and is 1-4 during that stretch.


 
 
 
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