Chris Martin RP NYY 18 minutes ago
Martin (elbow) has been playing catch and is expected to throw a bullpen session either Saturday or Sunday, the Westchester Journal News reports.
Martin landed on the disabled list two weeks ago with right elbow tendonitis, but he appears to be progressing well. There's no clear timetable for a return to the big league club at this point, but it appears Martin could be ready sometime in early June.
Gregorio Petit 2B/SS/3B NYY 20 minutes ago
Petit (hand) is still sore and has not begun hitting yet, the Westchester Journal News reports.
Petit was placed on the disabled list at the beginning of May after suffering a bone bruise on a hit by pitch, but he still seems to be experiencing pain at this point. With the promotion of Jose Pirela, it's unclear if Petit will still have a spot on the big league roster when he does return to full health.
David Freese 3B/DH LAA 23 minutes ago
Freese went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's loss to Toronto.
Freese hit his eighth home run of the season on Thursday along with a single to bring his average up to .233. While the average hasn't been good, the power production has, which should make owners happy. He's driven in 25 runs to go along with the eight home runs.
Jorge Soler RF CHC 50 minutes ago
Soler batted sixth and went 0-for-4 Thursday.
Soler has just two hits in his last four games and is hitting .265 this year. While that figure may be respectiable for a rookie, there are some serious warning signs. First of all, the 15:58 BB:K ratio in 155 at-bats is not a trend that portends long-term success. Secondly, Soler has an exorbitant .404 BABIP so far this year, indicating he's been quite lucky getting his batting average as high as it is. Third of all, he was expected to drive in runs in the middle of the lineup but has just 14 RBI a quarter of the way through the season, as he's hitting just .190/.280/.262 with runners in scoring position. While he still has a high long-term ceiling, expect bumps in the road in 2015.
Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 52 minutes ago
Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's win over the Angels.
Encarnacion hit home run number 10 on the year, and continues to be one of the premier power hitters in today's game. Fantasy owners would love to see the .231 average come up a bit, but they certainly can't complain about the power production. He now sits at 10 home runs to go along with 28 RBI on the year.
Arismendy Alcantara 2B/CF CHC 57 minutes ago
Alcantara had two hits - including his fifth home run of the season - for Triple-A Iowa on Thursday.
Alcantara is heating up a little after a slow start with Iowa, but he still has a 10:31 BB:K ratio and .238 batting average in 105 at-bats. With the glut of middle infielders in the Cubs' system, he may be a candidate for a trade, especially if the team is a contender throughout the year.
Matt Shoemaker SP LAA 58 minutes ago
Shoemaker surrendered seven earned runs on eight hits to earn the loss against Toronto on Thursday.
Shoemaker got drilled by the Blue Jays on Thursday over six innings, walking two and striking out four. He now holds an ERA of 6.29 with a record of 3-4. He'll get the Padres at home in his next start.
A. J. Pollock CF ARI 1 hour ago
Pollock went 2-for-5 with an RBI on Thursday in a win over the Marlins.
Pollock had a good series against the Marlins, going 6-for-16 with a home run, three RBI, five runs, and three steals. With four home runs and nine steals in 158 plate appearances, Pollock could be in line for a season of mid-teens home runs and more than 20 steals with a solid batting average. That's valuable production in fantasy, even as his playing time is limited by the D-Backs' four-man outfield rotation.
Yan Gomes C CLE 1 hour ago
Gomes (knee) will come off the disabled list to start Sunday's game against the Reds, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Gomes is scheduled to catch nine innings for Triple-A Columbus on Friday, and he'll then return from his six-week absence. It's possible his workload will be somewhat limited for the next week or two, but the Indians still figure to demote either Roberto Perez or Brett Hayes.
R. A. Dickey SP TOR 1 hour ago
Dickey pitched a complete game on Thursday night, surrendering four runs on five hits to earn his second win of the season.
Dickey didn't pitch great on Thursday, but he did enough to get the win behind the eight runs that his offense provided him. He walked two and struck out seven to bring his record to 2-5 with a 5.49 ERA. He's had a rough start to the season up to this point, but hopefully he can build on this moving forward.