Zach Putnam
White Sox's Zach Putnam: Transferred to 60-day DL
Zach Putnam, RP, CHW
12:13 PM
News: Putnam was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday.

The reliever underwent Tommy John surgery last week, ending his injury-hampered 2017 campaign after just 8.2 innings pitched. The routine move by the team clears room on the 40-man roster, as Putnam begins the long road to recovery which puts him on track for a return sometime near the middle of next season.

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Carlos Rodon
White Sox's Carlos Rodon: Reinstated from DL
Carlos Rodon, SP, CHW
12:08 PM
News: Rodon (biceps) was reinstated from the 60-day DL ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday.

Rodon will be making his season debut against the Yankees on Wednesday night after having been sidelined since March with biceps tightness. The southpaw has been relatively unimpressive over three rehab starts with Triple-A Charlotte, posting a 9.22 ERA over 13.2 innings, but will get a chance to reassert himself as a stable option in the White Sox rotation. The 24-year-old compiled a 4.04 ERA and 168 strikeouts over 28 starts last season.

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Jake Odorizzi
Rays' Jake Odorizzi: Dealt with food poisoning prior to most recent start
Jake Odorizzi, SP, TB
12:03 PM
News: Odorizzi was dealing with food poisoning in the days leading up to his most recent start Sunday against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Coming off one of his worst starts of the season when he gave up four runs in 5.1 innings, we now know the pitcher was on IVs in the days before that outing. The Rays' starter appears to have recovered from the illness and fantasy owners should expect to see his future starts closer to the 3.78 ERA he had prior to the poor showing we saw from him Sunday.

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Cleuluis Rondon
Cleuluis Rondon: Released by White Sox
Cleuluis Rondon, SS, CHW
12:03 PM
News: Rondon has been released by the White Sox.

Rondon was acquired by the organization as part of the Jake Peavy deal back in 2013, but has been relatively unimpressive over the past few seasons, never advancing past the Triple-A level. After hitting just .212 in 117 games with High-A Winston-Salem last year, the 23-year-old shortstop is slashing .205/.246/.238 over 122 at-bats for Double-A Birmingham this season, prompting the White Sox to cut him loose.

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Michael Brantley
Indians' Michael Brantley: Ready to provide consistency in battered outfield
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE
11:33 AM
News: Brantley (ankle) went 1-for-4 Tuesday against the Rangers in his first game back from his time on the disabled list.

Brantley has been out since June 15th due to stints on both the paternity list and disabled list, but was able to hit a single in his return to action anyway. The left fielder's return will provide consistency for Cleveland's outfield, which just recently saw Brandon Guyer (wrist) return from injury while both Abraham Almonte (biceps) and Austin Jackson (quad) remain out.

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Nick Martinez
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Could be moved back to bullpen this week
Nick Martinez, SP, TEX
11:28 AM
News: Manager Jeff Banister said that either Martinez or Austin Bibens-Dirkx would start Friday against the White Sox, with the other pitcher heading to the bullpen, William Kosileski of MLB.com reports.

With Cole Hamels (oblique) returning from the disabled list earlier this week and Andrew Cashner (oblique) in line to do the same Thursday, the Rangers will have to drop a starter from the rotation. Given that Bibens-Dirkx has delivered a pair of seven-inning, one-run outings in his last three starts, he looks like the heavy favorite to get the Friday nod over Martinez, who has turned in a 4.79 ERA over his 11 starts this season. Assuming that's indeed the case, look for Martinez to be available as the Rangers' designated long man out of the bullpen for the team's remaining five games this week.

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Robinson Chirinos
Rangers' Robinson Chirinos: Slugs another homer Tuesday
Robinson Chirinos, C, TEX
11:20 AM
News: Chirinos went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Indians.

It was the 11th home run of the season for Chirinos, who has homered in just under 10 percent of his plate appearances. Although Chirinos has showcased above-average power from the catcher spot in the past, his 28.2 percent HR/FB rate is more than 12 points better than his career mark, suggesting that his current home-run pace probably won't be sustained over the full season. Nonetheless, he remains a quality option in two-catcher leagues, despite being behind Jonathan Lucroy on the depth chart.

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Jed Lowrie
Athletics' Jed Lowrie: Doubles in return to starting lineup
Jed Lowrie, 2B, OAK
11:19 AM
News: Lowrie (knee) went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in a win over Houston on Tuesday.

Lowrie, who was held out of the starting lineup the previous two games, was able to do some damage against his old team in his return. It was the second baseman's 25th double of the season and brought his slugging percentage to .478, his best mark since he slugged .526 with Boston in 2010.

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Ehire Adrianza
Twins' Ehire Adrianza: Beginning rehab assignment Thursday
Ehire Adrianza, SS, MIN
10:24 AM
News: Adrianza (abdomen) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Twins' manager Paul Molitor said the team would like Adrianza to play a total of three rehab games before being activated from the DL on Monday, so it's shaping up to be a busy weekend for the young infielder. The switch hitter has been out since June 22 with the injury, but recent evaluations revealed nothing of concern. Adrianza is slashing .259/.323/.333 this season while working out of a limited reserve role and missed an early portion of the season due to a right oblique strain.

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Anthony Santander
Orioles' Anthony Santander: Starts throwing program
Anthony Santander, LF, BAL
10:15 AM
News: Santander (forearm) has resumed throwing, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

After hitting .290/.368/.494 last season for High-A Lynchburg in the Indians' system, the Rule 5 draft pick has spent the entire season on the disabled list due to a strained right forearm he suffered in spring training. There is still no timetable for the outfielder's return.

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