Roy Oswalt refused to pitch a third relief inning on Sunday? Has he seen his ERA?
Clayton Richard was really good for us on Friday, Edinson Volquez stunk on Saturday, and Kris Medlen was his usual solid self on Sunday. With the streaming starter record at 68-44 for the season, tonight's pick is Baltimore's Chris Tillman (owned in 3.1 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Mariners, and Tuesday's selection is Nats' lefty Ross Detwiler (17.8 percent owned) versus the terrible Astros in Houston.
On to the news:
- The Marlins expect to get OF Giancarlo Stanton back from the DL on Tuesday. While nothing is guaranteed until you see Stanton in the lineup, you should activate him this week if you have him.
- Speaking of the Marlins, they'll learn the severity of speedy Emilio Bonifacio's thumb injury today or tomorrow. There were some "done for the season" reports over the weekend, but Bonifacio's X-rays were negative.
- David Ortiz's recovery from his Achilles injury doesn't seem to have a clear end date. Big Papi will speak with team doctors today about changing his treatment.
- Phillies C Carlos Ruiz is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to a foot injury. That's a long time when there are eight-and-a-half weeks left in the season, and you can cut Ruiz if you need the roster slot. Rookie Eric Kratz, who homered over the weekend and has 12 homers in 153 at bats between Triple A and the majors this season, should be in line for most of the playing time during Ruiz's absence. Grab him in NL-only leagues.
- Chris Sale will be back on the mound for the White Sox tonight after nine days off. If Sale has a really good outing, see what you can get for him in a trade. Considering the way the Sox are handling Sale, I wouldn't count on him staying effective for the rest of the season.
- Rays manager Joe Maddon thinks there's a 50-50 chance that 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) will come off the DL on Tuesday. I think there's a 50-50 chance that Longoria's fantasy owners are beating their heads against the nearest wall after reading another non-committal update.
- A's rookie SP A.J. Griffin is on the DL with a shoulder injury. Brandon McCarthy will come off the DL to take Griffin's rotation slot on Friday.
- The Angels expect to get SS Erick Aybar (toe) back from the DL tonight.
- After trading Kurt Suzuki on Friday, the A's have made rookie Derek Norris their No. 1 catcher. Norris is worth a pickup in some deep leagues, as noted in this week's edition of Free Agent Frenzy. Suzuki will become the Nationals' primary catcher, which would be nice for fantasy owners if he could still hit.
- Drew Storen got Sunday's save for the Nationals, but Tyler Clippard had pitched in the previous three games. It sounds like Clippard is still the guy for the Nats, at least for now.
- The Giants think that 3B Pablo Sandoval (hamstring) will be back in the lineup next week.
- Yankees OF Brett Gardner might be able to play in September, but probably not as anything other than a pinch runner or defensive replacement.
- The Mets are targeting a Saturday return for SP Johan Santana, who's on the DL with an ankle injury.
- Tsuyoshi Nishioka is about to get regular playing time for the Twins, at least until Trevor Plouffe comes off the DL. If Nishioka was any good, this would be interesting news.
- The Indians will give speedy Ezequiel Carrera (26 SB in Triple A) the majority of starts in left field, playing him against right-handed pitchers. If you need free speed in an AL-only league, Carrera might still be available.
- The Royals designated Yuniesky Betancourt for assignment, but still didn't promote Johnny Giavotella? I'm flummoxed. In related flummoxing Royals' news, OF Wil Myers is still at Triple A, where he's hit 20 homers in 72 games.
- Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (calf) still hasn't played since July 31, but it sounds like he's close to returning.
- Cubs SP Matt Garza (elbow) won't start Tuesday as hoped, and has been placed on the DL.
See you back here tomorrow morning.