Scheduling note: I'll be on vacation next week, but keep an eye on this space for updates from the rest of the FOXSports.com fantasy team.
With the streaming starter record at 56-39, the weekend streamers are Francisco Liriano (owned in 28.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the A's today, the improving Luke Hochevar (2.7 percent owned) versus the White Sox on Saturday, and Oakland's Jarrod Parker (26.3 percent owned) against the Twins on Sunday.
On to the news:
- The Red Sox are hoping to get OF Carl Crawford back in their lineup on Monday, and is apparently less likely than we thought to need Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow. For all the disappointment Crawford has dumped on the Red Sox and fantasy owners over the past year-and-a-half, he could be a pretty good fantasy outfielder if healthy. Crawford is owned in 68.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, so check your league's free-agent pool.
- The Rays are "confident" that 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) will play again this season. Confident? That's all? Good grief.
- In other Rays' news, OF Matt Joyce (oblique) should return in two weeks, while SP Jeff Niemann (leg) is targeting a Monday return.
- Drew Storen's expected activation may have to wait another couple of days, as the Nationals reportedly want to give him more time to rebuild his arm strength. This shouldn't be a concern unless you were ready to activate Storen today.
- Look for Philip Humber (elbow) to rejoin the White Sox rotation on Tuesday. Humber has been on the shelf for almost a month due to an elbow injury.
- The Mets probably aren't going to start prospect Matt Harvey next Wednesday, as had been rumored.
- Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday, but the team isn't sure what his role will be when ready to return. With Matt Harrison, Roy Oswalt, Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis in the rotation, there doesn't seem to be any room for Feliz at the moment.
- The Cardinals hope to activate 1B Lance Berkman by Saturday, but it's hard to see him in more than a part-time role in the short term. As the Cardinals mull their crowded 1B/OF situation, ask yourself how much Allen Craig's fantasy owners would pay to see him moved to second base on a regular basis.
- This Giants' notebook says that Santiago Casilla is ready to resume closing after a brief hiatus, and that Tim Lincecum might get skipped if he struggles again on Saturday.
- Roy Halladay made an uneventful - in a good way - rehab start last night. Look for him to be back on the hill for the Phillies next week, with Tuesday as the target date.
- The Twins will activate Matt Capps from the DL today and immediately re-install him as the closer. I still think either a trade or Capps implosion will give Glen Perkins another chance to close this season.
- The Royals will activate 2B Chris Getz today, but how can they bench the unstoppable Yuniesky Betancourt? OK, I'm kidding ... sort of.
- CF Lorenzo Cain also returns tonight for the Royals, and he'd better produce quickly if he wants to hold off super prospect Wil Myers.
- Here's an interesting post from FishStripes about the Marlins' closer situation, suggesting that Juan Carlos Oviedo could "steal" the job when he returns in a few weeks.
- The Red Sox expect to get 3B Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) back in the lineup tonight, while Dustin Pedroia (thumb) could return as soon as next Thursday.
- Look for Braves RP Jonny Venters (elbow) to come off the DL next Friday. If you're a frustrated Venters owner, be patient for awhile longer. There's a lot to like in his K and GB rates.
- In other Braves' news, Jack Wilson will probably take over as the starting shortstop in the wake of Andrelton Simmons' injury. Zzz ...
- In case you forgot, these guys are also scheduled to return to their respective lineups tonight: Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Nick Markakis.
See you back here on July 23.