A few odds and ends:
- Ryan Braun is out of action today, according to Tim Haudricort of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (click here for the post). He was forced out of yesterday’s game due to “a back problem”, but that’s still all we know. Fantasy owners are certainly holding their breath at this point. I’ll have more on his condition as soon as possible.
- John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer (click here for the post) is reporting that the Reds have sent Homer Bailey back to Triple A, as well as designating David Ross for assignment. Aaron Harang has been activated from the DL to start today. The loss of Bailey is pretty meaningless for fantasy owners, the way he’s pitched, with Harang being a pitcher worth owning in all formats. The team has also recalled C Ryan Hanigan, who was hitting .324 with 4 HR and 35 RBI at Triple A.
- David Lennon of New York Newsday (click here for the post) is reporting that Billy Wagner is currently on track to return to the team when eligible, on August 18. He “played catch in the morning” and is expected to make two rehab appearances next. That certainly is good news for fantasy owners who are depending on Wagner to help them make a move in saves the rest of the way.
- Lennon also notes that it could be Eddie Kunz being sent out when John Maine comes off the DL this week, instead of Brian Stokes, who started last night’s game.
- According to Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune (click here for the post) the White Sox have recalled Lance Broadway and Chris Getz from Triple A. Broadway could have value if he gets to start, but only in the deepest of formats, considering he was 10-7 with a 4.68 ERA. I would recommend avoiding him in all formats at this point.
- Adam LaRoche will be going through a rehab assignment at Single A prior to his return to the Pirates, according to Rob Biertempfel of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (click here for the post). LaRoche is certainly a player that I’d use as my CI in deeper formats, so just sit tight and wait for him to return.