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Our friend Cory Luebke had another fine start last night, raising the "smart plays" record to 81-49 for the season. Today's picks are here.
Don't forget to catch my weekly appearance in the FOXSports.com fantasy chat room today at 2 p.m. ET. If you post a question, you could win a million dollars. OK, I made that up, but ask a question, anyway.
On to the news:
- Phillies' southpaw Cole Hamels will skip his next start due to some shoulder inflammation. An MRI showed no structural damage, but the Phils are going to play it safe. If Hamels' recovery doesn't hit any speed bumps, it looks like he'll be back on the mound on August 26.
- Philly.com also reports that Phils' 3B Placido Polanco is headed to the DL but won't have season-ending surgery to repair his sports hernia. Polanco's return date is TBD.
- Carlos Beltran's hand injury has finally landed him on the DL, and the Giants hope to get him back by next Tuesday.
- Giants SP Jonathan Sanchez left Tuesday's start early due to a sprained ankle. We should know in a day or two if he'll make his next start, get skipped, or make a return trip to the DL.
- The Marlins were hoping to get SS Hanley Ramirez back in their lineup this weekend in San Diego, but that probably won't happen. No hurry, Hanley. It's not like your fantasy owners need you or anything. Let's try for next week, OK?
- Blue Jays closer Jon Rauch had an emergency appendectomy in Seattle on Tuesday, and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. Manager John Farrell said that Frank Francisco will take over the ninth-inning duties, and you should grab Frankie Frank if you need saves.
- Jose Tabata was back in the Pirates' lineup as the leadoff hitter last night after missing seven weeks due to a quad injury. Tabata will help you with runs and stolen bases, and is worth a pickup in many formats. The Pirates sent struggling 3B Pedro Alvarez back to Triple A to make room for Tabata. That's too bad, since Alvarez is only 27 home runs short of the 30 I predicted for him this season.
- Red Sox DH David Ortiz missed Tuesday's doubleheader due to a sore heel, and probably won't play today, either. This appears to be a day-to-day situation, not a DL one.
- Alex Rodriguez's rehab is going well, but it's not clear if he's expected back in the Yankees' lineup on Thursday or Friday.
- White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski is on the DL for the first time in his career due to a wrist injury. Tyler Flowers (good power, terrible BA) has been called up to start in Pierzynski's place.
- Two weeks after getting another chance at an everyday job, Orioles 1B Chris Davis is on the DL with a shoulder strain, and could miss the rest of the season. Mark Reynolds will move over to first base during Davis' absence, with Josh Bell getting most of the time at third base. Bell has decent power, and is an AL-only option.
- Prospect Wade Miley will make his first start for the Diamondbacks on Saturday. Miley has a 4.30 ERA between Double A and Triple A this season, and shouldn't be more than an NL-only flier.
- Joel Pineiro has regained his slot in the Angels' rotation. Um, yippee?
- Dodgers SS Dee Gordon (shoulder) is targeting an August 25 return to the lineup.
- Rays rookie SP Alex Cobb will have season-ending surgery on Thursday. The procedure will clear up a blockage, and has nothing to do with his arm, so don't worry about Cobb's status for 2012.
- Look for Ryan Raburn and Ramon Santiago to share time at second base for the Tigers.
- Don't get too excited yet, but Aaron Hill's mechanical adjustment has paid some quick dividends. Let's see if it keeps up.
- Finally, read Ernie Johnson Jr.'s eulogy for his father when you get a chance. It's a good one.
See you back here Friday morning.