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  • Corey Oswalt RP | NYM

    Mets' Corey Oswalt: Recalled from Las Vegas

    Oswalt was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas ahead of his start against San Diego on Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

    Oswalt will take the place of Noah Syndergaard, who was placed on the 10-day DL with hand, foot and mouth disease in a corresponding move. Across four starts and five appearances with the Mets this year, Oswalt has logged a 5.64 ERA and a 15:6 K:BB over 22.1 innings.

  • Deck McGuire RP | LAA

    Angels' Deck McGuire: Moves back to bullpen

    McGuire covered 1.1 scoreless innings in relief Sunday in the Angels' 14-5 win over the Astros. He gave up one hit and two walks in the 35-pitch appearance.

    McGuire's previous appearance came July 15 against the Dodgers, when he started a bullpen game for the Angels in the two sides' final game before the All-Star break. With the Angels welcoming back Nick Tropeano (shoulder) from the 10-day disabled list Saturday, McGuire was bumped from the rotation and looks set to stick around in a long-relief role with the big club for the time being.

  • Taylor Hearn SP | PIT

    Pirates' Taylor Hearn: Turns in dominant outing at Double-A

    Hearn struck out nine over six scoreless innings Sunday in Double-A Altoona's 6-5 loss to Reading. He scattered three hits and two walks in the 95-pitch outing.

    The lefty has been lights out for Altoona over his last 10 outings, covering 56.1 innings and delivering a pristine 2.08 ERA over that stretch. After posting double-digit K/9 marks at each of his last four stops in the minors, Hearn has seen his strikeout rate tail off slightly in his move to the Eastern League, but the 6-foot-5 lefty still remains one of the top arms in the Pittsburgh system.

  • Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury: Yet to resume baseball activities

    Ellsbury (hip) said Monday that he hasn't been cleared to resume baseball activities and doesn't know when that date will come. The outfielder reiterated that returning this season is "still the plan" but understands time is running out on the 2018 campaign, Erik Boland of Newsday Sports reports.

    Ellsbury has yet to play in a professional game this season after opening the year on the disabled list due to a right oblique strain he suffered in spring training. According to manager Aaron Boone, he was expected to "ramp up" to baseball activities in mid-June, but that clearly hasn't occurred. At this point, there remains no timetable for Ellsbury's return and it's looking more and more likely that he will not play a fundamental role for the Yankees this year.

  • J.D. Martinez DH | BOS

    Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Plates run in return

    Martinez (upper body) went 0-for-3 with an RBI in Sunday's 9-1 win over the Tigers.

    Martinez plated his MLB-leading 81st run in the top of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly. The Red Sox held Martinez out of Saturday's contest due to upper-body soreness, but his return to the starting nine a day later suggests he'll likely be a safe option in fantasy lineups during the upcoming week.

  • Josh Tomlin RP | CLE

    Indians' Josh Tomlin: Resumes throwing program

    Tomlin (hamstring) has resumed throwing off a mound and could soon be ready for a minor-league rehab assignment, Jordan Bastian of reports.

    Tomlin, who has been sidelined since July 9 with a right hamstring strain, has been working through some adjustments to his delivery during his bullpen sessions with the hope of finding more success upon rejoining the Indians. The 33-year-old has been pummeled to the tune of a 6.98 ERA and 21 home runs allowed over 49 innings this season and hasn't seen his results improve since moving from the rotation to a long-relief role.

  • Jake Faria SP | TB

    Rays' Jake Faria: Undone by homers in rehab outing

    Faria (oblique) covered 3.1 innings in his rehab appearance Sunday for Triple-A Durham, surrendering four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two.

    Faria gave up a pair of home runs to Buffalo catcher Danny Jansen in the outing and has now yielded 11 runs (eight earned) and has submitted a 1.94 WHIP across 10.1 innings in his four rehab appearances. On a more positive note, Faria worked up to 70 pitches Sunday, so he should require only one more outing in the minors to build up to a starter's workload. If Faria is hit hard again, however, the Rays could choose to delay his activation from the 60-day disabled list a little while longer.

  • Logan Morrison 1B | MIN

    Twins' Logan Morrison: Goes hitless in return from DL

    Morrison (hip) started at first base and went 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI groundout Sunday in his return from the 10-day disabled list in the the Twins' 5-3 loss to the Royals.

    Morrison missed the minimum amount of time the left hip injury, which he suffered shortly before the All-Star break. Prior to getting shut down, Morrison was slashing just .193/.287/.367 on the campaign, which had begun to result in him losing out on starts to Robbie Grossman. The lefty-hitting Morrison seems likely to continue riding the bench versus southpaws, and he'll need to ramp up his power production against righties to secure a greater share of at-bats.

  • Andrew Knapp C | PHI

    Phillies' Andrew Knapp: Flyballs driving increased production

    Knapp has steadily increased his flyball rate this season, leading to a strong performance at the plate in July, The Athletic Philadelphia reports.

    Knapp's flyball rate has been above 40 percent in July after it sat below 30 percent in the beginning of the season, leading to an excellent .333/.459/.667 line in 37 July plate appearances. The sample size may be small, but it's encouraging that the positive outcomes seem to be driven by a change in process. Knapp was always a bat-first catcher in the minors, and his career slash line in 108 major-league games now sits at .250/.355/.382, good for a 97 wRC+, a perfectly respectable mark for a catcher. If the strong performances at the plate continue, he could claw back some playing time from fellow catcher Jorge Alfaro, though Alfaro has the greater prospect pedigree and has been a far better pitch framer.

  • Marlins' Kyle Barraclough: Blows save in spectacular fashion against Rays

    Barraclough (0-4) blew his fourth save of the season in Sunday's loss to the Rays, surrendering five runs on four hits and a walk over 0.2 innings while striking out one.

    Brought in to protect a 4-1 lead, Barraclough instead suffered a complete meltdown capped by a Daniel Robertson walkoff grand slam. Only two of the right-hander's blown saves have come since he took over as the Marlins' closer, but he's now been scored upon in two straight appearances since the All-Star break and has a 9.39 ERA in July thanks to three homers in 7.2 innings. Barraclough isn't doing much to improve his trade value with the deadline approaching, but it still wouldn't be a surprise to see him in another uniform -- and in a setup role for a contender -- in August.

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