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Don't freak out about Adam Wainwright
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:58 pm ET) If you weren't already annoyed by Adam Wainwright's struggles -- his latest loss Wednesday makes him 3-5 with a 4.68 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break -- his explanation for those struggles might be enough to put you over the top. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he's going through a "dead arm phase," adding "one of these days it's going to click in, and its going to be real nice."

"Dead arm" is a fun little catch-all pitchers use to explain their struggles to the media. That's a cynical way of putting it, but you get the idea: It means almost nothing to you as a Fantasy owner. Occasionally, it's a precursor to injury, but more often, as Wainwright suggests, the pitcher eventually gets over it and we all live happily ever after.

Since the All-Star break, Wainwright's velocity and strikeout rate are slightly down, but hey, he has dead arm. All things considered, he's not doing so bad -- four of his last five starts have been quality starts -- so I wouldn't even move to bench him unless something more specific comes up.

He gave no indication he wouldn't pitch through the dead arm, so it must not be that bad.


Hector Sanchez to be re-evaluated in three weeks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:53 pm ET) Giants catcher Hector Sanchez said Wednesday that he'll be re-evaluated by a doctor in three weeks, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Sanchez will join the team for home games and continue exercising as he continues to recover from multiple concussions. With a re-evaluation unlikely until mid-September, it's becoming less and less likely he'll be back before the end of the regular season.


Rougned Odor pops grand slam Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:49 pm ET) Rangers infielder Rougned Odor popped a grand slam Wednesday against the Mariners.

Odor stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the top of the third. He clobbered the first pitch of the at-bat, an 87 mph fastball, out to right center for the grand slam. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and four RBI. 


Hyun-Jin Ryu feels no pain in simulated game
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:49 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu said he felt no pain in a two-inning simulated game Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Ryu could return to the starting rotation Sunday or Monday. He's been sidelined since Aug. 13 while dealing with a strained right glute muscle.


Colby Lewis goes the distance Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:43 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis tossed a complete game Wednesday against the Mariners.

Lewis allowed four runs on seven hits over nine innings. He struck out seven and walked one during the outing. Two home runs accounted for half the damage against Lewis. Mike Zunino went yard in the second inning, and Kyle Seager popped a solo shot in the ninth. In between that, Lewis allowed a two-run double to Kendrys Morales in the sixth.

The Rangers got to Seattle pitcher Erasmo Ramirez early, scoring 10 runs through four innings. That allowed Lewis to stay in the game despite allowing four runs. He threw 112 pitches during the start.

With the win, Lewis improved to 9-11. He'll take on the Royals in his next start.


Erasmo Ramirez pounded for 10 runs
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:31 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Erasmo Ramirez was pounded for 10 runs Wednesday against the Rangers.

Ramirez gave up 10 runs on nine hits over three innings of work. He struck out one and walked one during the outing. Ramirez got through the first inning without giving up a run, but fell apart moving forward. Ramirez loaded the bases in the second inning on a walk, single and hit by pitch. With the bases loaded, Ramirez allowed a bases-clearing double and a run-scoring single against the next two hitters.

The third inning wasn't any better. Ramirez loaded the bases on three singles, and then allowed Rougned Odor to smash a grand slam. Ramirez came out to start the fourth, but was pulled after giving up a single and run-scoring double to start the inning. One additional run would cross the plate during the inning. It was charged to Ramirez.

With the loss, Ramirez dropped to 1-6. He'll take on the Athletics if the team gives him another start. 


David Wright could return to lineup Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:29 pm ET) Mets third baseman David Wright may be able to return to the starting lineup Thursday, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Wright has been sidelined since Sunday due to a neck injury, but he underwent extensive treatment Tuesday and was able to take batting practice Wednesday. He has hit .266/.324/.368 with eight home runs, 56 RBI and six stolen bases in 489 at-bats.


Nick Punto not running at full speed
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:24 pm ET) Athletics infielder Nick Punto is not running at full speed yet, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Punto has been out since August 2 due to a hamstring injury. He's hit .207/.300/.279 over 179 at-bats. 


Jed Lowrie could begin rehab assignment Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:20 pm ET) Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie could start a rehab assignment Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Lowrie has been sidelined since August 13 due to a finger injury. He's been able to make progress recently, and could be close to a return. Lowrie hit .238/.317/.354 over 407 at-bats. 


Joaquin Arias remains sidelined Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:11 pm ET) Giants infielder Joaquin Arias is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies. Arias is battling neck soreness, according to a report from Tuesday.


 
 
 
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