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Grant Balfour announces retirement from MLB 04-29-2016
Grant Balfour P TB
Grant Balfour announced his retirement from professional baseball on Friday.

Tampa Bay Times
The 38-year-old hurler last pitched with the Rays in 2015. He finishes a 12-year major league career with a 3.49 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 571/252 K/BB ratio over 539 2/3 innings. He racked up 84 saves in his career, including 38 with the Athletics during the 2013 season in which he was elected to his first and only All-Star game.
Rockies option Brandon Barnes to Triple-A 04-29-2016
Brandon Barnes LF COL
Rockies optioned OF Brandon Barnes to Triple-A Albuquerque. He became the odd-man out with Charlie Blackmon returning from the disabled list. Barnes hit .194/.242/.323 with four RBI in 31 at-bats with the big league club. He should find his way back to Colorado again this season.
Carlos Gonzalez not in Rockies lineup Friday 04-29-2016
Carlos Gonzalez RF COL
Carlos Gonzalez is not in the Rockies starting lineup on Friday.

Jesse Sanchez on Twitter
It's just a regular day of rest for Gonzalez against opposing left-hander Robbie Ray. He's off to a nice start at the plate in 2016, slashing .310/.355/.529 with four homers and 12 RBI in 21 games.
Rockies activate Charlie Blackmon from DL 04-29-2016
Charlie Blackmon CF COL
Rockies activated OF Charlie Blackmon from the 15-day disabled list. Blackmon missed two weeks of action with a toe injury but is back at his regular spot atop the Rockies lineup on Friday. Prior to his injury, Blackmon was hitting just .185/.241/.333 with no homers and three RBI in his first eight games.
Jon Lester whiffs 10 in Cubs' win Friday 04-29-2016
Jon Lester P CHC
Jon Lester struck out 10 batters while yielding just one run over seven innings in Friday's 6-1 win over the Braves. Lester ran into trouble in his final frame, loading the bases with nobody out with the help of a bunt that he misplayed. However, he got back-to-back strikeouts and then a groundout to escape trouble. Although he wasn't credited with a victory, it was another terrific showing for the veteran lefty. Lester has recorded 10 strikeouts in two of his last three starts and will take a 1.83 ERA and 33/7 K/BB ratio into next week's showdown with the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Aaron Blair pitches well against Cubs 04-29-2016
Aaron Blair P ATL
Aaron Blair allowed just one run over six frames but was hung with a no-decision in Friday's loss to the Cubs. Blair took a no-hitter into the bottom of the fifth before Javier Baez led off with a double. The Cubs scored their long run off Blair that inning before the offense came alive late. Blair allowed just two hits on the day, although he walked three and struck out just three. He's given up just four runs over his first 11 1/3 big league innings but also has a 4/5 K/BB ratio. Blair gets the Mets on the road next week.
Matt Szczur belts grand slam on Friday 04-29-2016
Matt Szczur LF CHC
Matt Szczur made his lone plate appearance Friday count, smacking a grand slam in a victory over the Braves. The Cubs had taken a lead on an Anthony Rizzo RBI single just before Szczur, who blew things open with a drive into the Wrigley Field bleachers in left field. Szczur has been a quality extra for the Cubbies this month, hitting .333/.400/.593 across 27 at-bats.
Freddie Freeman homers in loss to Cubs 04-29-2016
Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
Freddie Freeman singled and launched a solo homer in Friday's loss to the Cubs. Freeman belted a 3-0 pitch from Jon Lester deep into the Wrigley Field bleachers in right field in the fourth inning. That got the scoring going, but the Cubbies rallied late with five runs in the eighth. Freeman is really starting to heat up, batting .444 with two homers over his last seven games.
Tommy Kahnle recalled from Triple-A 04-29-2016
Tommy Kahnle P CWS
Rockies recalled RHP Tommy Kahnle from Triple-A Charlotte. Kahnle held a 3.00 ERA and 12/3 K/BB ratio over his first nine relief innings for Charlotte. He's taking Daniel Webb's (elbow) spot in the bullpen.
Daniel Webb (elbow) placed on DL 04-29-2016
Daniel Webb P CWS
White Sox placed RHP Daniel Webb on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor strain. He apparent injured his elbow in his first appearance with the big club this season on Thursday. Webb will be sidelined for a lengthy period of time.
Matt Garza (lat) resumes throwing program 04-29-2016
Matt Garza P MLW
Matt Garza (lat) resumed a throwing program on Friday.

Adam McCalvy on Twitter
He just did a little playing catch, as he's at the beginning of a long rehab process. Garza was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, which means he's not eligible to return until June.
George Kontos (elbow) throws off mound 04-29-2016
George Kontos P SF
George Kontos (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since being diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain. Kontos should be ready for a rehab assignment before long.
Glen Perkins (shoulder) not close to throwing 04-29-2016
Glen Perkins P MIN
Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday that there have been no indications that Glen Perkins (shoulder) is close to resuming a throwing program.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
When Perkins went on the disabled list a couple weeks ago, the Twins expressed hope that he could be ready to return when he's eligible or shortly after. Obviously that turned out to be wishful thinking. Perkins has felt improvement with his left shoulder, but obviously he's a ways away from a return. Kevin Jepsen will continue to close while Perkins is out.
Ervin Santana (back) to throw Saturday 04-29-2016
Ervin Santana P MIN
Ervin Santana (back) will throw on flat ground Saturday.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
It will be the first time he's thrown since landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain. The hope is that Santana won't be on the DL long, although obviously he's not terribly close to a return.
Carlos Santana could play RF this weekend 04-29-2016
Carlos Santana 1B CLE
Indians manager Terry Francona said that he's considering using Carlos Santana in right field this weekend in Philadelphia with the designated hitter spot not available.

Paul Hoynes on Twitter
Santana is out of the lineup on Friday, but he could give right field a shot on Saturday and/or Sunday. The 30-year-old did play the outfield a little bit in the minors but hasn't started a game there since 2008 when he was in A-ball. It could be an adventure.
Alex Meyer to start for Twins on Tuesday 04-29-2016
Alex Meyer P MIN
Alex Meyer will make his first major league start on Tuesday in Houston.

LaVelle E. Neal III on Twitter
He's replacing Tommy Milone in the rotation. Meyer has started and relieved since the beginning of last season, putting up a 1.04 ERA and 19/4 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings at Triple-A Rochester in 2016. He has major control issues but also a big arm, so it will be interesting to see how he fares. He's worth a shot if you're in a deep league.
Tommy Milone moved to Twins' bullpen 04-29-2016
Tommy Milone P MIN
Tommy Milone has been moved to the Twins' bullpen.

Dustin Morse on Twitter
There had been whispers of him having a start skipped, but apparently he'll be removed from the rotation altogether. Milone has posted a 5.40 ERA over five starts this season. Ricky Nolasco will move up to start Sunday and Alex Meyer will replace Milone in the rotation.
Nick Ahmed sitting out on Friday 04-29-2016
Nick Ahmed SS ARZ
Nick Ahmed is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Friday.

Rotoworld Daily Lineups
It's a simple day off. Jean Segura has slid over to shortstop, and Brandon Drury will play second base.
Jared Hughes (lat) slated to return Sat. 04-29-2016
Jared Hughes P PIT
Jared Hughes (lat) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

Sam Werner on Twitter
Hughes is with the club in Pittsburgh now, but they evidently want to give him at least a couple days of rest after he went two innings in his final rehab appearance Wednesday. He got a late start to the season due to a strained lat.
Jon Moscot (shoulder) to make next start 04-29-2016
Jon Moscot P CIN
Jon Moscot (shoulder) is expected to make his next start.

C. Trent Rosencrans on Twitter
Moscot had some soreness in his surgically-repaired left (non-throwing) shoulder on Wednesday in his last outing, but there's apparently no cause for concern. He's scheduled to face the Giants next week.
Joe Kelly (shoulder) throws bullpen session 04-29-2016
Joe Kelly P BOS
Joe Kelly (shoulder) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

ESPN.com
It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since going on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. Kelly will throw another bullpen session Tuesday and could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment after that.
Tommy Milone could have turn skipped 04-29-2016
Tommy Milone P MIN
Tommy Milone could have his next turn in the rotation skipped.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
Milone's spot comes up Sunday, but the Twins could start Ricky Nolasco on regular rest or possibly go with Alex Meyer. The left-hander holds a 5.40 ERA in his five starts and his time in the Twins' rotation might come to a close soon.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia sitting out Friday 04-29-2016
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C DET
Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not in the Tigers' lineup on Friday.

Rotoworld Daily Lineups
It's a simple day off. Bobby Wilson is catching.
Sam Fuld (shoulder) moved to 60-day DL 04-29-2016
Sam Fuld CF OAK
Athletics transferred OF Sam Fuld from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Sean Manaea. Fuld remains out indefinitely with a strained shoulder.
Matt McBride optioned to Triple-A 04-29-2016
Matt McBride RF COL
Athletics optioned 1B/OF/C Matt McBride to Triple-A Nashville. McBride was only up with the big club for a couple days. He didn't appear in a game.
A's promote Sean Manaea for Friday's debut 04-29-2016
Sean Manaea P OAK
Athletics purchased the contract of LHP Sean Manaea from Triple-A Nashville. Manaea will make his major league debut on Friday against the Astros. Acquired from the Royals last season in the Ben Zobrist deal, Manaea has put up a 1.50 ERA and 21/4 K/BB over 18 innings this season at Nashville. He should get a chance to stick around for good if he pitches well, particularly with Chris Bassitt (elbow) going on the disabled list.
Chris Bassitt goes on DL with strained elbow 04-29-2016
Chris Bassitt P OAK
Athletics placed RHP Chris Bassitt on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain. It helps explain why Bassitt's velocity was down Thursday against the Tigers when he got pummeled for seven runs over 3 2/3 innings. It's unclear at this point how long Bassitt will be sidelined. Jesse Hahn will replace him in the rotation on Saturday.
Giancarlo Stanton getting a day off Friday 04-29-2016
Giancarlo Stanton RF MIA
Giancarlo Stanton is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

Rotoworld Daily Lineups
He's just receiving a day of rest. The Marlins have Ichiro Suzuki in right field and in the leadoff spot in their first game without Dee Gordon. J.T. Realmuto and Adeiny Hechavarria are also getting breathers, as Jeff Mathis is catching and Miguel Rojas is at shortstop.
Delino DeShields not in Friday's lineup 04-29-2016
Delino DeShields CF TEX
Delino DeShields is absent from the Rangers' lineup Friday.

Rotoworld Daily Lineups
DeShields has either been dropped to ninth in the batting order or benched in four out of the last five games, which is not a good development for his fantasy prospect. Ian Desmond is in center field, while Ryan Rua is handling left.
Yadier Molina getting a day off Friday 04-29-2016
Yadier Molina C STL
Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

Rotoworld Daily Lineups
It's his second day off of the season. Eric Fryer is starting behind the dish. The Cards also have Matt Adams at first base over Brandon Moss and Jedd Gyorko at second base over Kolten Wong.
Desmond Jennings sitting out on Friday 04-29-2016
Desmond Jennings LF TB
Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays' lineup Friday.

Rotoworld Daily Lineups
Jennings is hitless in his last 16 at-bats, so he'll get a breather to regroup. Brandon Guyer is in left field.
Yoenis Cespedes (leg) back in lineup Friday 04-29-2016
Yoenis Cespedes CF NYM
Yoenis Cespedes (leg) is back in the Mets' lineup Friday.

Rotoworld Daily Lineups
It's his first start in a week due to a bruised thigh, although he had a big pinch-hit homer on Wednesday. Cespedes is batting .300/.373/.683 with six homers and 17 RBI this month.
Pedro Alvarez getting a breather Friday 04-29-2016
Pedro Alvarez DH BAL
Pedro Alvarez is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

Rotoworld Daily Lineups
He's getting a day off with the White Sox throwing southpaw Carlos Rodon. Mark Trumbo is in the designated hitter spot, and Joey Rickard and Nolan Reimold are in the corner outfield spots.
Christian Vazquez not in lineup Friday 04-29-2016
Christian Vazquez C BOS
Christian Vazquez is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

Rotoworld Daily Lineups
It's just a routine day off. Ryan Hanigan is behind the plate in Vazquez's place.
Devin Mesoraco sitting out on Friday 04-29-2016
Devin Mesoraco C CIN
Devin Mesoraco is absent from the Reds' lineup Friday.

Rotoworld Daily Lineups
It's been a rough start to the season for Mesoraco, who is hitting only .140/.218/.160 with no homers and one RBI. Tucker Barnhart is behind the plate.
D'Backs claim Edwin Escobar off waivers 04-29-2016
Edwin Escobar P ARZ
Diamondbacks claimed LHP Edwin Escobar off waivers from the Red Sox. He had been designated for assignment last week. Escobar is unscored upon at the Triple-A level this season and should get a shot with the big club before long.
Dodgers ink Antoan Richardson to minors deal 04-29-2016
Antoan Richardson CF PIT
Dodgers signed OF Antoan Richardson to a minor league contract.

Matt Eddy on Twitter
Richardson was released by the Pirates earlier this month after going 1-for-16 at the plate for Triple-A Indianapolis. The 32-year-old will provide organizational depth.
Cam Bedrosian expected to be recalled 04-29-2016
Cam Bedrosian P LAA
The Angels are expected to recall Cam Bedrosian prior to Friday's game in Texas.

Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
He'll take Huston Street's (oblique) roster spot. Bedrosian holds a 5.76 ERA and 56/33 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings at the big league level since 2014.
Tommy Hunter (abdomen) activated from DL 04-29-2016
Tommy Hunter P CLE
Indians activated RHP Tommy Hunter from the 15-day disabled list. Hunter got a late start to the season following core muscle surgery, but he's ready to go now. He could fill an important role in the middle innings for the Tribe.
Ross Detwiler designated for assignment 04-29-2016
Ross Detwiler P CLE
Indians designated LHP Ross Detwiler for assignment. Detwiler holds a 5.79 ERA this season and a 7.14 mark since the beginning of 2015. He'll surely have to settle for a minor league deal somewhere.
Shane Greene (blister) placed on DL 04-29-2016
Shane Greene P DET
Tigers placed RHP Shane Greene on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 25, with a middle finger blister. The blister didn't heal fast enough for Greene to make his scheduled start this weekend, so the Tigers are playing it safe. He should be back soon. Michael Fulmer is taking Greene's rotation spot.
David Goforth recalled from Triple-A 04-29-2016
David Goforth P MLW
Brewers recalled RHP David Goforth from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Goforth posted a 4.35 ERA over his first eight relief appearances with Colorado Springs. He'll work in the middle innings.
Brewers option Taylor Jungmann to minors 04-29-2016
Taylor Jungmann P MLW
Brewers optioned RHP Taylor Jungmann to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Jungmann pitched pretty well in 21 starts for the Brewers last season and started their third game of the season this year. However, he's put up a 9.15 ERA and 13/13 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings through five outings this season, so it's not a surprise a change was made. The Brewers haven't announced who will take Jungmann's rotation spot.
Michael Foltynewicz likely to start Monday 04-29-2016
Michael Foltynewicz P ATL
Michael Foltynewicz is expected to start for the Braves on Monday versus the Mets.

Braves.mlb.com
He's expected to take the rotation spot of Bud Norris, who is headed to the bullpen. Tyrell Jenkins was also mentioned as a possibility to take Norris' spot, but it appears the duty will fall to Foltynewicz. The hard-throwing right-hander holds a 2.05 ERA and 20/14 K/BB ratio across 22 frames for Triple-A Gwinnett this season. He'll likely provide strikeouts but not much else for fantasy owners.
Luis Garcia optioned to Triple-A 04-29-2016
Luis Garcia P PHI
Phillies optioned RHP Luis Garcia to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Garcia was only up for a few days, throwing one scoreless inning with the big club. He should get another shot with Philly at some point this season.
Adam Morgan recalled from Triple-A 04-29-2016
Adam Morgan P PHI
Phillies recalled LHP Adam Morgan from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Morgan will start on Friday against Cleveland, taking the rotation spot of Charlie Morton (hamstring). The left-hander held a 3.57 ERA in his first three starts for Lehigh Valley but isn't a strong fantasy option.
Marlins expected to call up Cole Gillespie 04-29-2016
Cole Gillespie LF MIA
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are expected to call up Cole Gillespie to replace Dee Gordon on the roster.

Clark Spencer on Twitter
Gordon, of course, just got popped with a PED suspension. Gillespie will need to be added to the 40-man roster, but they have an extra spot now because Gordon won't take up a spot during his 80-game suspension. Gillespie is a career .253/.309/.366 hitter over 427 plate appearances at the major league level.
Lincecum could have showcase next week 04-29-2016
Tim Lincecum P SF
MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum could have a showcase for teams next week.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
We've been waiting for said showcase for months now, but 20 teams are expected to be in attendance whenever it finally takes place. Heyman hears that Lincecum was "consistently" in the 90-91 mph range on Monday and is likely to throw again this weekend. The 31-year-old is coming off hip surgery and had a 4.13 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 60/38 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings last season for the Giants. It's tough to have high expectations at this point.
A's calling up Jesse Hahn to start Saturday 04-29-2016
Jesse Hahn P OAK
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are calling up Jesse Hahn to start Saturday against the Astros.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
It was previously reported that Hahn wouldn't be called up this weekend due to a blister, but he's apparently feeling better. Sean Manaea is making his major league debut Friday, so it's unclear who Hahn will bump from the rotation. Chris Bassitt is probably the most likely candidate. Hahn has posted a 2.04 ERA and 13/9 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings through four starts this season with Triple-A Nashville.
Erasmo Ramirez to remain in bullpen? 04-29-2016
Erasmo Ramirez P TB
Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated Thursday that it's possible Erasmo Ramirez will remain in the team's bullpen.

Tampa Tribune
Ramirez has made just one start so far, as the Rays have essentially gone with a four-man rotation given all of their off days. They'll need a regular fifth starter in May, but Cash sounds like he likes the idea of keeping Ramirez in the bullpen. "He's been impacting us in a big way and he's done it in an even bigger way (as a reliever," Cash said. If the Rays do wind up keeping Ramirez in the bullpen, that could open the door for Blake Snell.
Ketel Marte heating up at the plate 04-29-2016
Ketel Marte SS SEA
Ketel Marte is 13-for-30 at the plate over his last seven games, pushing his average from .186 to .288.

Tacoma News Tribune
He's also batted either first or second in three of those games after a slow start resulted in him being moved to the No. 9 spot. "I've made some adjustments to see the ball better," Marte said. "And when I get my pitch, that's what I do. I hit in the cage every day. I work with Robby (Cano) and (hitting coach) Edgar Martinez. They've helped me a lot."
Bochy plans to rest Posey more this season 04-29-2016
Buster Posey C SF
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he plans to rest Buster Posey more this season.

San Francisco Chronicle
"The plan really all year with Buster, probably, is to give him a few more breaks than what I've given in the past," Bochy said. Posey set career highs in games played and plate appearances last season, although he started 37 games at first base. He's been at first just twice so far this season and it sounds like he'll see more full days off rather than play first when he's not catching. While Posey's fantasy owners might not like him playing fewer games, it could be good for his production in the long run if it helps keep him fresher.
Braves booting Bud Norris from rotation 04-29-2016
Bud Norris P ATL
Bud Norris will be available in relief on Friday and could be replaced in the Braves' rotation.

David O'Brien on Twitter
Nothing is official yet, but it appear either Mike Foltynewicz or Tyrell Jenkins will assume Norris' rotation spot on Monday against the Mets. The right-hander holds a 8.74 ERA and 1.99 WHIP over his first five starts, so the move doesn't come as a surprise. Jenkins would be making his major league debut if he's chosen.
Andre Ethier (leg) to be re-examined 04-29-2016
Andre Ethier LF LAD
Andre Ethier will have his fractured right tibia re-examined on Friday to check the healing progress.

Orange County Register
Ethier was injured six weeks ago when he fouled a ball off his shin during a spring training game. He's still using crutches to get around and isn't expected back until June.
Maybin (wrists, shoulder) to resume rehab 04-29-2016
Cameron Maybin CF DET
Cameron Maybin (wrists, shoulder) will resume a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Friday.

Detroit Free Press
Maybin is working his way back from a hairline fracture in his right wrist and has had two setbacks when he was hit by a pitch on his left wrist and also when he hurt his shoulder on a dive. He's been alternating between playing center field and serving as a designated hitter, and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated Maybin still isn't totally comfortable when throwing. "The bigger concern is being able to throw," Ausmus said. "He's gotta play the field." Maybin will DH on Friday.
Jason Motte (shoulder) throws bullpen session 04-29-2016
Jason Motte P COL
Jason Motte (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

Denver Post
Motte is working his way back from a strained right shoulder and appears to be making progress. It seems like he should be ready to begin a rehab assignment before long.
Miguel Castro (shoulder) resumes throwing 04-29-2016
Miguel Castro P COL
Miguel Castro (shoulder) threw 25 pitches on flat ground Wednesday.

Denver Post
Castro has missed the last week with shoulder inflammation, but he's eligible to return on Monday and could be back by then or shortly after. "I was a little afraid about the injury at first," Castro said, "but now that I have been throwing, and it's been feeling better, I feel good."
Kris Bryant (ankle) not in Friday's lineup 04-29-2016
Kris Bryant 3B CHC
Kris Bryant (ankle) is not in the Cubs' lineup on Friday.

Paul Sullivan on Twitter
Bryant turned his right ankle on Thursday and underwent a precautionary MRI, but the results confirmed that the sprain is minor. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune says the third baseman "may miss a couple days," but adds that the Cubs are "not worried" about the injury. Javier Baez is filling in at the hot corner on Friday.
Orioles sign Wandy Rodriguez to minors deal 04-29-2016
Wandy Rodriguez P KC
Orioles signed LHP Wandy Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

Dan Connolly on Twitter
Rodriguez pitched well this spring for the Astros -- 3.95 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 11 strikeouts over 13 2/3 innings -- but didn't make the Opening Day roster and was released. Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com says that Rodriguez is headed to extended spring training before presumably being assigned to Triple-A Norfolk. The veteran left-hander holds a 5.34 ERA in the majors since the beginning of 2014.
Gennett (oblique) expected to miss 3 weeks 04-29-2016
Scooter Gennett 2B MLW
The Brewers expect Scooter Gennett (oblique) to miss three weeks of action.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Gennett was placed on the disabled list Thursday with a strained right oblique. The injury didn't require an MRI, though, as the club believes the strain is a slight one. "It's not a bad (injury)," manager Craig Counsell said. "They didn't do an MRI. It wasn't deemed serious enough for that. It's still a DL (situation), though. These things are a little tricky so we'll go with it. He's not playing for at least two weeks, then we'll see." Yadiel Rivera has made two straight starts at second base with Gennett out, but Colin Walsh and Hernan Perez should see some time there, as well.
Tyler Saladino nursing some back tightness 04-29-2016
Tyler Saladino 3B CWS
Tyler Saladino has been dealing with some back tightness of late.

Chicago Tribune
It helps explain why he hasn't started a game since Sunday, although he did make an appearance late in Thursday's contest. Saladino has played a decent amount this season as the White Sox try to keep Jimmy Rollins fresh. The back ailment doesn't seem to be a big deal, although the Sox didn't call up Carlos Sanchez for some more infield protection.
Yovani Gallardo (shoulder) now 'pain-free' 04-29-2016
Yovani Gallardo P BAL
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that Yovani Gallardo (shoulder) is now "pain-free" after receiving a cortisone shot.

Baltimore Sun
However, it's unclear when Gallardo, who is dealing with tendinitis in his rotator cuff, will resume throwing. "He's started with his exercises with the cuff," Showalter said. "That's where you get an idea of how strong it is or isn't by the number of the weight or the weights that you can use. It gives you an idea of how far away somebody is by the amount of weight they start at with the strength exercises. It's a process, but we like the potential of the return, so we'll go as fast as we can but as slow as we need to."
Drury to keep seeing regular playing time 04-29-2016
Brandon Drury LF ARZ
Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale indicated Thursday that Brandon Drury will continue to see regular playing time as long as he produces.

Arizona Republic
"We'll have to figure out where (Friday) and keep running with it because he's a darn good player," Hale said. Drury has started five of the last six games and done so at three different positions. He's made starts at second and third base and both corner outfield spots this season and is batting .384 with three homers and seven RBI over his last 10 contests. The D'Backs could move David Peralta to center field and hand Drury the right field job, but they're hesitant to do it on a full-time basis since it would really weaken their defense. Drury needs to be owned in deeper fantasy leagues even if he doesn't have an official position.
Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs 04-29-2016
Dee Gordon 2B MIA
MLB suspended Dee Gordon for 80 games without pay for testing positive for performance-enhancing substances.

MLB on Twitter
Stunning late night news. Gordon tested positive for exogenous testosterone and clostebol. The suspension is effective immediately. Gordon has turned his career around over the past two seasons and won the NL batting crown during his first season with the Marlins last year. The 28-year-old recently signed a five-year, $50 million extension with Miami, but the club will now be without him until well into the second half of the season.
Stanton smashes solo home run late in win 04-29-2016
Giancarlo Stanton RF MIA
Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Dodgers. Stanton's solo homer off reliever Pedro Baez in the eighth boosted the Marlin lead to 5-2 and offered a nice insurance run in the process. The superstar slugger is now slashing .253/.352/.560 with seven homers and 18 RBI over 75 at-bats as April draws to a close. Even with the somewhat middling average, he is an elite power hitter.
Yasmani Grandal hits RBI double in defeat 04-29-2016
Yasmani Grandal C LAD
Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Thursday's loss to the Marlins. Grandal notched his RBI double off Marlins starter Jose Fernandez in the first inning. He also struck out twice while walking once. The 27-year-old catcher is hitting .278/.435/.417 with four doubles and five RBI in 36 at-bats. Grandal hit 15 homers in 2014 and bested that with 16 in 2015. He is still looking for his first dinger of the 2016 campaign.
Fernandez fans eight Dodgers in victory 04-29-2016
Jose Fernandez P MIA
Jose Fernandez pitched a respectable game in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Dodgers, striking out eight and allowing two runs over six innings. Along with the eight strikeouts, Fernandez walked three while scattering five hits. The two runs on his line both came home to roost in the first inning courtesy of an RBI double by Yasmani Grandal and an RBI infield single by Yasiel Puig. Fernandez settled in after that frame. The flamethrower has produced a mixed-bag season through five starts, pitching to a 4.08 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 40/14 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings. He will play host to the Diamondbacks in his next start.
Matt Carpenter can't find hit in shutout loss 04-29-2016
Matt Carpenter 3B STL
Matt Carpenter went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks. As a team, the Cardinals managed just three hits on the evening, so Carpenter shouldn't feel too bad for his struggles. He is slashing .241/.394/.456 with three homers, four doubles, a pair of triples and 16 RBI over hits first 79 at-bats.
Hermann clocks two-run homer in win over STL 04-29-2016
Chris Herrmann C ARZ
Chris Herrmann went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals. Herrmann also struck out twice, but he at least made his lone hit count. The 28-year-old backstop clocked a two-run shot off Cardinals starter Michael Wacha in the second inning. The dinger was his second of the season. That aside, he has seen just 28 at-bats this season and offers no fantasy upside.
Wacha surrenders three runs over 7 IP vs ARI 04-29-2016
Michael Wacha P STL
Michael Wacha couldn't quite pick up the win in Thursday's defeat at the hands of the Diamondbacks, surrendering three runs on five hits over seven innings. It was a fine start for Wacha overall, but he couldn't match the superlative De La Rosa, who tossed seven shutout innings. For his part, Wacha struck out nine, walked two and allowed a pair of homers. Chris Herrmann burned him for a two-run shot in the second inning and Brandon Drury smacked a solo homer in the fourth. Wacha will carry a 3.07 ERA and 1.33 WHIP (five starts, 29 1/3 innings) into his next start, a home jaunt against the Phillies.
Rubby De La Rosa fans 10 in shutout win 04-29-2016
Rubby De La Rosa P ARZ
Rubby De La Rosa was clutch in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Cardinals, striking out 10 over seven shutout innings. De La Rosa allowed just two hits on the evening. He walked two and exited having thrown a tidy 94 pitches (65 strikes). It was a sparkling outing any way you cut it. Through four starts (seven appearances), the 27-year-old right-hander holds a 4.18 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 28/8 K/BB ratio. A road date with the Marlins shows next on his schedule as he tries to build on Thursday's fantastic start.