Nice job, London. The Closing Ceremony was fun, but I missed the Spice Girls. Did anyone record it on VHS?
Cole De Vries got hammered on Friday, Marco Estrada was ineffective on Saturday, and Erik Bedard was just OK enough on Sunday. With the streaming starter record at 72-47, today's pick is Mike Minor (owned in 18.5 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Padres, and Tuesday's selection is Houston's Lucas Harrell (6.3 percent owned) against the Cubs at Wrigley.
On to the news:
- The Nationals said over the weekend that ace Stephen Strasburg could max out at 180 innings, with the chance of some skipped turns between now and the end of the season. Strasburg is at 133 1/3 innings now, and FanGraphs' Dave Cameron notes that Strasburg could have eight starts remaining and not get rested until the season's final week, with an extra skipped start or two possibly leaving him available for the postseason. Leaving the controversial real-life playoff implications aside for a moment, fantasy owners are probably going to get more out of Strasburg than they expected. His owners should be prepared to make a move for the season's final week, but all seems well otherwise.
- Yankee ace CC Sabathia says he plans to make his next start on August 24, which is when he's eligible to come off the DL. David Phelps will take Sabathia's turn in the rotation tonight.
- Look for 3B Pablo Sandoval to come off the DL and return to the Giants' lineup tonight.
- A setback in Joey Votto's rehab figures to keep him out until sometime next week.
- After a tough loss on Saturday, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was non-committal about the possibility of Jim Henderson being his closer. If you're speculating for saves, Henderson isn't a bad option, since Roenicke doesn't seem to have any good alternatives.
- Red Sox DH David Ortiz (Achilles) isn't sure when he'll be ready to play, but he's going to try to get back in the lineup this week. Manager Bobby Valentine said over the weekend that Ortiz's injury only hurts when he runs straight ahead. Ugh.
- Speaking of injured Red Sox, 3B Will Middlebrooks is done for the season due to a broken wrist. Pedro Ciriaco started at the hot corner for the Sox on Saturday, and Danny Valencia played Sunday.
- The Marlins hope to get speedy Emilio Bonifacio (thumb) back in the lineup on Sunday, and they'll probably play him in the outfield, according to manager Ozzie Guillen.
- The White Sox appear to be targeting a Friday return for 1B Paul Konerko (concussion).
- As noted in this week's Free Agent Frenzy, act fast if you want to grab Orioles 3B Manny Machado, who's owned in 25.3 percent of FOXSports.com leagues as of this morning. Machado has three homers in his first four games, and while he won't keep up that pace, he could be a decent free-agent pickup for some of you.
- Blue Jays 2B Kelly Johnson is day-to-day with a groin injury. He made a pinch-hitting appearance on Sunday, so it's probably not too bad.
- Remember Freddie Freeman's finger issues, and the week he couldn't play because he was waiting for new goggles? Freeman has been tearing it up for past month and a half. I think he'll be a top-10 fantasy first baseman on draft day in 2013.
- After throwing five scoreless innings in a Sunday rehab start, Tommy Hanson figures to make his next start for the Braves on Friday. The Braves might use a six-man rotation for awhile after Hanson returns.
- Youth movement! The Marlins are calling up C Rob Brantly, who was acquired from the Tigers in the Anibal Sanchez trade last month. Brantly hit well in his brief stint with the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate, but he doesn't have a ton of offensive potential. Beyond NL-only leagues, don't consider him.
- The Astros have reactivated C Jason Castro after a monthlong stint on the DL.
- The Twins will reactivate 3B Trevor Plouffe today.
- Reading Bob Melvin's quotes here, Ryan Cook may not have lost his closer job with the A's, but he's at least taking a brief sabbatical. Look for Grant Balfour to get some short-term chances. In other A's news, 3B Brandon Inge (shoulder) might be headed for the DL.
- Ben Zobrist played shortstop in three straight games for the Rays last week. Keep an eye on his positional eligibility if you own him.
See you back here tomorrow morning.