Carlos Ruiz could be back by end of the week
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/21/2014) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said catcher Carlos Ruiz (concussion) could be back by the end of the week, if everything goes well on his rehab assignment. Ruiz is batting .200 (2 for 10) through three games with Class A Clearwater.

Cliff Lee's activation off DL among Phillies roster moves
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/21/2014) The Phillies made a slew of roster moves before Monday's game against the Giants, which included activating starting pitcher Cliff Lee (elbow) off the 60-day disabled list.

The Phillies also activated infielder Reid Brignac (ankle) and catcher Wil Nieves (quadriceps) from the 15-day disabled list.

Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was designated for assignment, while infielder Cesar Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Catcher Koyie Hill was outrighted off the roster.

Christian Bethancourt sent down
by Larry Hartstein |
(7/21/2014) The Braves optioned catcher Christian Bethancourt to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room for Evan Gattis' return from the disabled list. Bethancourt batted .240 with three RBI in 50 at-bats.

Braves activate Evan Gattis
by Larry Hartstein |
(7/21/2014) The Braves activated catcher Evan Gattis (back) from the disabled list, and he's expected be in the lineup Monday against the Marlins. Gattis completed a four-game rehab assignment Sunday.

For the season, he's hitting .290 with 16 homers and 39 RBI in 63 games.

Arizona might not be active at trade deadline
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/21/2014) It seems unlikely the Diamondbacks will trade shortstop Chris Owings, outfielder A.J. Pollock, catcher Miguel Montero and pitcher Wade Miley by the July 31 trade deadline, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Miley is drawing substantial interest, but general manager Kevin Towers said trading the left-handed starter "doesn't make a whole lot of sense since we're trying to acquire starting pitchers."

Officials with other teams also told Heyman that the Diamondbacks don't seem eager to trade veteran Martin Prado or reliever Brad Ziegler. One general manager interested in trading for Prado believes the Diamondbacks won't deal him because of his leadership and work ethic.

Evan Gattis set to return from DL Monday
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/20/2014) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he expects catcher Evan Gattis (back) to return to the starting lineup Monday against the Marlins. Gattis finished a four-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett Sunday.

Michael McKenry has two HRs in last six games
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/20/2014) Rockies catcher Michael McKenry homered and finished 2 for 3 with one walk during a 5-3 loss Sunday against the Pirates. McKenry connected for a solo home run off Jeff Locke to lead off the second inning.

Both of McKenry's home runs have come in his last six games. He is batting .360 (18 for 50) with two home runs, three doubles and seven RBI in his last 17 games (13 starts).

Buster Posey has eight RBI in last four games
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/20/2014) Giants catcher Buster Posey drove in his team's only runs during a 3-2 loss Sunday at Miami with a one-out, two-RBI double off Brad Hand in the third inning. Posey, who has 16 doubles, finished 2 for 3 with one walk.

Posey has eight RBI in his last four games. He is batting .222 (12 for 54) with one home run, three doubles and 10 RBI in 14 July games.

Wilson Ramos doing just fine batting eighth
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/20/2014) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has spent a great deal of time batting eighth since Bryce Harper returned to the lineup in late June.

However, Ramos is unfazed by the shift down the order, as he is batting .349 with one double, one home run and seven RBI in 11 games batting eighth this season.

"Every time I go up there, I'm just looking for one pitch," Ramos said, per "Make a good swing and try to put the ball in play and see what happens. That's what I like to do. I don't care if I'm hitting fourth, fifth, sixth. I just go out there and try to do my job. So if I've got runners on base, try to bring those runners in."

Hitters to sit in Week 17
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/20/2014) If you're planning to start Derek Norris, Michael Morse, Aaron Hill, Nolan Arenado, Brad Miller or Desmond Jennings in Fantasy Week 17 (July 21-27), you might want to read the latest Start and Sit Hitters.

All are considered "sits" for the upcoming scoring period.

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