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Michael Roth optioned to Triple-A 08-03-2015
Michael Roth P CLE
Indians optioned LHP Michael Roth to Triple-A Columbus. Roth was up for nearly a week but didn't make an appearance. Kyle Crockett has assumed his spot in the bullpen.
Jose Ramirez recalled from Triple-A 08-03-2015
Jose Ramirez SS CLE
Indians recalled INF Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus. Ramirez lost his shortstop job when Francisco Lindor was promoted but should see some time at second base while Jason Kipnis (shoulder) is out. He's hit only .176/.243/.235 in the majors this season.
Jason Kipnis (shoulder) placed on 15-day DL 08-03-2015
Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
Indians placed 2B Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 2, with right shoulder inflammation. Kipnis tried playing through the ailment for a few days, receiving starts in the designated hitter spot, but the club has decided it's best to go ahead and shut him down for a while. It's unclear at this point how long he might be sidelined. Jose Ramirez has taken his spot on the roster and should see some time at second base along with Mike Aviles while Kipnis is sidelined.
Cam Bedrosian recalled from Triple-A 08-03-2015
Cam Bedrosian P LAA
Angels recalled RHP Cam Bedrosian from Triple-A Salt Lake. Bedrosian has big stuff but has struggled in his time in the majors this season, posting a 4.60 ERA with 10 walks over 15 2/3 innings. He'll work in middle relief.
Drew Rucinski optioned to Triple-A 08-03-2015
Drew Rucinski P LAA
Angels optioned RHP Drew Rucinski to Triple-A Salt Lake. He gets the boot after allowing two runs in just one-third of an inning in his lone relief appearance. Cam Bedrosian is taking Rucinski's spot in the bullpen.
Albert Pujols sitting out on Monday 08-03-2015
Albert Pujols 1B LAA
Albert Pujols is not in the Angels' lineup Monday.

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It's a rare day off for the slugger. C.J. Cron is at first base in Pujols' place, while David Murphy is in the designated hitter spot.
Robinson Chirinos gets injection in shoulder 08-03-2015
Robinson Chirinos C TEX
Robinson Chirinos received a cortisone injection in his ailing left shoulder Monday.

Anthony Andro on Twitter
Chirinos was placed on the disabled list over the weekend and the hope is that the injection speeds along the healing process. For now, there's no timetable for his return.
Angel Pagan (knees) scratched from lineup 08-03-2015
Angel Pagan CF SF
Angel Pagan was scratched from Monday's lineup due to soreness in both knees.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Pagan had an issue with his left knee back in June and not only is it sore again but apparently his right one is, as well. "It's really evident," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. The skipper indicated that it will likely be a multi-day absence for Pagan. Gregor Blanco is in center field Monday and Nori Aoki is in the leadoff spot.
Matt Szczur recalled from Triple-A 08-03-2015
Matt Szczur LF CHC
Cubs recalled OF Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa. Szczur sports an ugly .211/.246/.316 batting line during his time in the majors this season. He'll back up at all three outfield spots.
Clayton Richard designated for assignment 08-03-2015
Clayton Richard P CHC
Cubs designated LHP Clayton Richard for assignment. Richard gets the pink slip despite tossing six innings of one-run ball in a spot start Sunday. The reality is that the Cubs just don't have room for him following the acquisition of Dan Haren. He's earned his spot as a depth option, though, assuming he clears waivers.
Robinson Cano playing 2B on Monday 08-03-2015
Robinson Cano 2B SEA
Robinson Cano is back at second base for the Mariners on Monday.

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Cano has been limited to designated hitter duty the last couple days due to a minor abdominal strain, but he's ready to play his position again with the DH not available in Colorado. Ketel Marte is starting in center field.
Jake Smolinski optioned to Triple-A 08-03-2015
Jake Smolinski LF OAK
Athletics optioned OF Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Nashville. Smolinski is sent packing despite hitting .320/.379/.640 in 11 games since joining the A's. The club had to pick an outfielder to go with Coco Crisp back from the disabled list.
Dan Otero optioned to Triple-A 08-03-2015
Dan Otero P OAK
Athletics optioned RHP Dan Otero to Triple-A Nashville. Otero has been scored upon in five out of his last eight appearances. Arnold Leon is taking his spot in the bullpen.
Arnold Leon recalled from Triple-A 08-03-2015
Arnold Leon P OAK
Athletics recalled RHP Arnold Leon from Triple-A Nashville. Leon holds a 3.74 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio over 9 2/3 relief innings with the big club this season. He'll be used in long relief.
A's activate Coco Crisp from disabled list 08-03-2015
Coco Crisp CF OAK
Athletics activated OF Coco Crisp from the 60-day disabled list. Crisp is finally ready to give it a go again after being sidelined since mid-May with his ongoing neck issue. He had only two hits in 45 at-bats before going on the disabled list and remains a major health risk going forward. However, the A's plan to start him in left field and bat him second in the lineup as long as he's able to stay on the field.
Kyle Lobstein (shoulder) back on mound 08-03-2015
Kyle Lobstein P DET
Kyle Lobstein (shoulder) has resumed throwing from a mound.

John Wagner on Twitter
Lobstein has been on the shelf since late May with soreness in his left shoulder. There remains no timetable for his return, but it would seem he'd have a shot to contribute at some point this season with the Tigers if he can progress without any setbacks.
David Carpenter (shoulder) resumes throwing 08-03-2015
David Carpenter P WAS
David Carpenter (shoulder) has resumed a throwing program.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
He was cleared after a second opinion showed sufficient healing with his pitching shoulder. There's no timetable for Carpenter's return at the moment, but he should be ready to rejoin the Nationals' bullpen sometime this month.
Denard Span (back) resuming light workouts 08-03-2015
Denard Span CF WAS
Denard Span (back) will resume light workouts on Monday.

Chelsea Janes on Twitter
Span has been shut down for the last two weeks since receiving a cortisone injection in his ailing back. He'll be slowly ramped back up and will need a rehab assignment before returning, so it will be a little while. Still, Monday was obviously a nice step for the outfielder.
Joe Panik (back) to have tests Tuesday 08-03-2015
Joe Panik 2B SF
Joe Panik is headed back to San Francisco to undergo tests on his ailing back.

John Shea on Twitter
An MRI and cat scan will be part of the battery of tests he goes through. Panik was placed on the disabled list Monday with what the Giants are simply calling lower back inflammation for now, but they should get a better read on his status Tuesday. A clearer picture on his timetable should be known then.
Donovan Solano optioned to Triple-A 08-03-2015
Donovan Solano SS MIA
Marlins optioned INF Donovan Solano to Triple-A New Orleans. Solano has managed just a .156/.194/.219 batting line over 46 games this season. The Marlins have elected to keep Miguel Rojas around as a utility infielder over him.
Burnett out four weeks with flexor strain 08-03-2015
A.J. Burnett P PIT
A.J. Burnett is expected to be sidelined for four weeks after being diagnosed with a right flexor strain.

Bill Brink on Twitter
Burnett has been given a platelet-rich plasma injection in hopes that it will speed along the recovery process. It has to be considered good news overall, as it appears Burnett's ligament is intact. However, he's far from out of the woods yet, and even if he makes it back he's not a great bet to stay healthy. The Pirates acquired J.A. Happ last week to bolster their rotation.
Capps (elbow) expected back when eligible 08-03-2015
Carter Capps P MIA
An MRI on Carter Capps' right elbow showed no major damage and he's expected to resume throwing in 3-4 days.

Clark Spencer on Twitter
Capps was placed on the disabled list Monday with a strained pitching elbow, but the Marlins think he'll be ready to return when his 15 days are up. It wouldn't be a surprise if it ultimately takes a bit longer than that, but obviously this is good news. Capps has been an elite reliever this season, posting a 1.16 ERA and 58/7 K/BB ratio over 31 innings.
Steven Matz (lat) resumes throwing program 08-03-2015
Steven Matz P NYM
Steven Matz (lat) threw on flat ground Monday.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
It's the first time he's done any throwing since he was diagnosed with a partially torn left lat muscle nearly four weeks ago. Obviously, the Mets will proceed cautiously with Matz, building him back up slowly. There's no timetable for his return, but Monday was a nice step.
Josh Donaldson hits 27th home run of season 08-03-2015
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
Josh Donaldson went 2-for-4 with a home run Monday in the Blue Jays' victory over the Twins. Donaldson doubled in the bottom of the first inning and and then cranked a two-run shot off Twins starter Ervin Santana in the bottom of the fifth. The 29-year-old third baseman is sporting a tremendous .916 OPS with 27 home runs and 77 RBI in 105 games this season for the Blue Jays, who are now tied with Minnesota for the second American League Wild Card spot.
Torii Hunter slugs solo homer in loss to Jays 08-03-2015
Torii Hunter RF MIN
Torii Hunter slugged a solo home run Monday in the Twins' afternoon loss to the Blue Jays. It was the only run Minnesota scored against David Price in his Blue Jays debut at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Hunter has 17 home runs and 56 RBI in 94 games this season, though that has come with a .249 average and .303 OBP.
Ervin Santana gives up three earned runs 08-03-2015
Ervin Santana P MIN
Ervin Santana gave up three earned runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Blue Jays. Santana allowed six hits and three walks in the tough afternoon outing at Rogers Centre. He had been fairly sharp in his first four outings since returning from an 80-game PED suspension, but his last two turns in the Twins' rotation have not gone well. The 32-year-old right-hander now stands 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA.
Adam Duvall homers in Louisville debut 08-03-2015
Adam Duvall 1B SF
Reds 1B prospect Adam Duvall homered in his first game for Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. Duvall now has 27 round-trippers in 408 at-bats this year. There's no denying his immense power, but unfortunately Duvall is in the same position he was in San Francisco. With the Giants, he was blocked at first base by Brandon Belt. Now in Cincinnati, the same is true with Joey Votto. Duvall's best chance to crack the majors might be as a corner outfielder, though it's unclear if he can make that transition.
Price dominates over eight in his Jays debut 08-03-2015
David Price P TOR
David Price fired eight innings of one-run ball Monday in the Blue Jays' 5-1 defeat of the Twins. It was Price's first start with the Jays and he was absolutely terrific in front of a sellout crowd at Rogers Centre. Minnesota managed just three hits and Price struck out 11 batters before leaving to a standing ovation after the top of the eighth. The only run he gave up was on a second-inning solo homer by Torii Hunter. Price will try for more of the same this weekend at Yankee Stadium.
Blue Jays outright Ezequiel Carrera to AAA 08-03-2015
Ezequiel Carrera RF TOR
Blue Jays sent OF Ezequiel Carrera outright to Triple-A Buffalo. Carrera was designated for assignment by the Jays on Saturday and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 28-year-old outfielder is a .259/.311/.349 career hitter.
Pollock (hamstring) back in lineup on Monday 08-03-2015
A.J. Pollock CF ARZ
A.J. Pollock (hamstring) is back in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup Monday versus the Nationals.

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Pollock was given a few days off this weekend with a minor hamstring injury. The 27-year-old outfielder is batting .305/.361/.465 with 11 home runs and 23 stolen bases in 100 games this season for the Diamondbacks. He's one of the most underrated players in baseball.
Kris Bryant (head) in Cubs' lineup on Monday 08-03-2015
Kris Bryant 3B CHC
Kris Bryant (head) is in the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday night against the Pirates.

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Bryant made an early exit from Sunday's series finale against the Brewers after experiencing some lightheadedness. A concussion was ruled out after testing.
Joe Panik (lower back) lands on disabled list 08-03-2015
Joe Panik 2B SF
Giants placed 2B Joe Panik on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation. Panik admitted after Sunday's game that he's been bothered by back stiffness for the past couple of weeks. Hopefully a bit of time off will do the trick for the 24-year-old, who's enjoying a breakout 2015 season. Ehire Adrianza figures to get the majority of playing time at second base while Panik is sidelined.
Marlins recall Tomas Telis from AAA NOLA 08-03-2015
Tomas Telis C MIA
Marlins recalled C Tomas Telis from Triple-A New Orleans. Telis was just acquired from the Rangers at the July 31 trade deadline. He probably won't see much action behind the plate in Miami and can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Marlins place Carter Capps (elbow) on the DL 08-03-2015
Carter Capps P MIA
Marlins placed RHP Carter Capps on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain. It's not clear how long he might be out. Capps has used his funky delivery to become one of the most dominant relievers in baseball this year, boasting a 1.16 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 58/7 K/BB ratio in 31 innings.
Peraza hits first homer for Oklahoma City 08-03-2015
Jose Peraza SS ATL
Dodgers 2B prospect Jose Peraza provided three hits in Sunday's doubleheader for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

MILB.com
One of the hits included his first home run as a member of the Dodgers organization. He also stole his 27th base and drove in a pair of runs. Peraza has gone 9-for-23 (.391) during his six-game hitting streak. The 21-year-old joined the Dodgers last week as part of a three-team swap with Atlanta and Miami.
White Sox release catcher George Kottaras 08-03-2015
George Kottaras C CWS
White Sox released C George Kottaras.

Daryl Van Schouwen on Twitter
The well-traveled veteran catcher was batting .247/.403/.505 with seven home runs and 19 RBI in 31 games for the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox. Kottaras should be able to latch on with another club rather quickly.
A's activate then option SHP Pat Venditte 08-03-2015
Pat Venditte P OAK
Athletics activated SHP Pat Venditte from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Nashville. Venditte hit the disabled list on June 12 with a right shoulder strain and is still making rehab appearances at the Triple-A level. The 30-year-old switch-pitcher should get a callup within the next couple of weeks.
Athletics pick up Danny Valencia off waivers 08-03-2015
Danny Valencia 3B OAK
Athletics claimed INF/OF Danny VAlencia off waivers from the Blue Jays.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Valencia was designated for assignment by Toronto in a somewhat surprising move after the July 31 trade deadline. He's having a very good season and drew interest from a range of teams (including the White Sox, Rangers, and Orioles) on the waiver wire. The 30-year-old probably isn't going to carry a ton of fantasy value in Oakland.
Michael Morse starting at 1B on Monday 08-03-2015
Michael Morse 1B PIT
Michael Morse is batting seventh and starting at first base Monday in his Pirates debut.

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Morse was acquired from the Dodgers in a July 31 deadline trade. He had been shipped from Miami to Los Angeles one day prior as part of a big 13-player, three-team swap. The 33-year-old first baseman has struggled mightily this season and probably won't suddenly take on significant fantasy value with Pittsburgh.
Dodgers outright Brandon Beachy to AAA 08-03-2015
Brandon Beachy P LAD
Dodgers sent RHP Brandon Beachy outright to Triple-A Durham. Beachy accepted the assignment rather than test the free agent waters. The 28-year-old right-hander is still working back from a second Tommy John surgery. He allowed seven runs in eight innings (two starts) with LA.
Burnett diagnosed with strained flexor tendon 08-03-2015
A.J. Burnett P PIT
A.J. Burnett has been diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon in his right arm.

Jon Morosi on Twitter
The veteran right-hander was sent for an MRI on Monday after complaining of inflammation in his pitching elbow during his last start July 31 against the Reds. There was some concern about ligament damage, but Monday's MRI showed his UCL is intact. Burnett will undergo treatment instead of surgery and is hoping to return to the Pirates later this year. J.A. Happ has taken over the rotation vacancy in Pittsburgh.
Blue Jays claim Ben Rowen from the Cubs 08-03-2015
Ben Rowen P TOR
Blue Jays claimed RHP Ben Rowen off waivers from the Cubs.

Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter
Rowen was designated for assignment by the Cubs on July 31 to open up a roster spot for new starting pitcher Dan Haren. Rowen, a 26-year-old right-handed reliever with promising minor league numbers, has been assigned to the Blue Jays' Triple-A team in Buffalo.
Rays promote Richie Shaffer from AAA level 08-03-2015
Richie Shaffer 1B TB
Rays purchased the contract of 1B/3B Richie Shaffer from Triple-A Durham. Shaffer has hit .265/.359/595 with 16 home runs in 55 games this season at the Triple-A level. He was the 25th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft and could slide his way into semi-regular playing time if things go well out of the gate. The 24-year-old should be on fantasy watch lists.
Rays officially sent Matt Moore to AAA Durham 08-03-2015
Matt Moore P TB
Rays optioned LHP Matt Moore to Triple-A Durham. Moore went 1-3 with an 8.78 ERA in six starts after returning July 2 from Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old southpaw clearly needs to build more arm strength and the Rays want him to do it as a starter in the minors rather than the bullpen as a mop-up man. Tampa Bay has some upcoming off days and will roll with a four-man rotation for the time being.
Beachy will accept assignment to AAA level 08-03-2015
Brandon Beachy P LAD
Brandon Beachy will accept an assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Beachy was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on July 30. He had the option of electing free agency, but the 28-year-old right-hander has decided to remain with the organization. Beachy is still building arm strength following his second Tommy John surgery.
Pirates option Jaff Decker to Triple-A 08-03-2015
Jaff Decker LF PIT
Pirates optioned OF Jaff Decker to Triple-A Indianapolis. The move clears a roster spot for Michael Morse, who was acquired on July 31 for Jose Tabata. Decker, 25, has logged just 13 at-bats this season at the major league level.
Difo comes through with career-high five hits 08-03-2015
Wilmer Difo SS WAS
Nationals SS prospect Wilmer Difo contributed a career-high five hits in Sunday's win for Double-A Harrisburg.

MILB.com
He also stole a career-high four bases. Difo entered Sunday's game just two for his last 16. Few could have predicted Difo's meteoric rise through the Washington farm system. He began the year at High-A Potomac and has already seen time with the Nationals this season. The 23-year-old has hit .283 with a .332 on base percentage in 300 minor league at-bats this year.
White Sox call up OF Trayce Thompson 08-03-2015
Trayce Thompson CF CWS
White Sox recalled OF Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Charlotte. Thompson has produced 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 104 games this season at the Triple-A level, though it's come with a .260 batting average and .304 on-base clip. He probably won't carry much value in standard mixed fantasy leagues. The 24-year-old outfielder is the brother of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson.
Brandon Beachy clears waivers 08-03-2015
Brandon Beachy P LAD
According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, right-hander Brandon Beachy has cleared waivers.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Beachy got designated for assignment by the Dodgers on July 30 in the aftermath of the club's 13-player trade with the Braves and Marlins. Beachy allowed seven earned runs in eight innings (two starts) for Los Angeles. He hasn't shown much coming off his second career Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but there should be some team out there willing to take a chance.
Furbush (biceps) throws 33-pitch bullepner 08-03-2015
Charlie Furbush P SEA
Charlie Furbush (biceps) threw 33 fastballs in a successful bullpen workout Sunday.

Tacoma News Tribune
Furbush should be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment after one more side session. He has been on the disabled list since early July with tendinitis in his left biceps. The 29-year-old southpaw was having an exceptional season before the injury.
Cano (abdomen) expects to be in M's lineup 08-03-2015
Robinson Cano 2B SEA
Robinson Cano (abdomen) expects to be in the Mariners' starting lineup Monday at Colorado.

Tacoma News Tribune
Cano was limited to designated hitter duties on Saturday and Sunday against the Twins due to a Grade 1 abdominal strain. He'll have to return to second base Monday as the M's open a three-game series in a National League park.
Osuna likely to have the day off Monday 08-03-2015
Roberto Osuna P TOR
Roberto Osuna is likely to get a day off Monday.

Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter
Osuna allowed a solo homer in a successful save appearance Sunday afternoon against the Royals -- his third outing in four games. Aaron Sanchez could get a look in his place as the Jays celebrate Civic Day with a Monday matinee.
Smyly (shoulder) set for third rehab start 08-03-2015
Drew Smyly P TB
Drew Smyly (shoulder) is scheduled to make his third rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Durham.

Tampa Bay Times
Smyly has been hit hard in his first rehab two outings at Triple-A, allowing four runs in 2 1/3 innings on July 26 and five runs in 3 1/3 innings on July 31. He'll try to begin showing better results this week with an eye on a mid-August return to the Rays' starting rotation. Smyly has been out since early May.
Joe Mauer out of Twins' lineup on Monday 08-03-2015
Joe Mauer 1B MIN
Joe Mauer is not in the Twins' starting lineup on Monday afternoon against the Blue Jays.

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Mauer gets a day off with the Twins taking on new Blue Jays left-hander David Price. Trevor Plouffe is starting at first base and batting third at Toronto's Rogers Centre. Eduardo Nunez is handling the hot corner.
Simmons will undergo MRI on injured thumb 08-03-2015
Andrelton Simmons SS ATL
Andrelton Simmons will undergo an MRI on his injured right thumb Monday in Atlanta.

Braves.mlb.com
It's being called a sprain for now, but there's some concern that the injury is more severe. "I'm hoping, but I'm always a glass half-full kind of guy," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Sunday when asked whether his shortstop is facing an extended absence. Simmons suffered the thumb injury Saturday while diving for a ball.
Jon Gray to make MLB debut Tuesday night 08-03-2015
Jon Gray P COL
Jon Gray will make his major league debut on Tuesday night against the visiting Mariners.

Denver Post
There have been rumors for weeks that Gray was on the verge of a callup, and the well-built 23-year-old right-hander is now finally getting his shot. Gray, the second overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, owns a 2.90 ERA and 82 strikeouts over his last 80 2/3 innings at Triple-A Albuquerque. He's MLB-ready and one of the top young starters in baseball, though Coors Field can be hell on pitchers of all profiles. Fantasy owners might want to take it start-by-start with him.
Sandoval (forearm) served as pinch-hitter 08-03-2015
Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS
Pablo Sandoval (forearm) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's loss to the Rays. Sandoval hasn't started a game since taking a pitch off his left forearm last Thursday evening. He just has a bruise and should be good to go this week.