15DLeonys Martin CF SEA 13 minutes ago

Martin (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday, Greg Johns of MLB.comreports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Martin injured his hamstring stealing second base Wednesday. After being ruled out of the lineup Friday the Mariners have opted to place him on the 15-day DL. The timing is unfortunate, as he was in the middle of his hottest stretch of the season. Martin was riding a nine game hitting streak, and was slashing a .500/.583/.933 during that span. Stefen Romero has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to fill his roster spot.

David Ross C CHC 25 minutes ago

Ross was 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the Cubs' victory over the Phillies on Friday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

A positive presence on the field and in the clubhouse, the veteran backstop now has four home runs and 17 RBI to go with a respectable .254 average. He's one of those guys who is a huge asset to his MLB team, but simply doesn't get enough at bats to provide much help to a fantasy team.

Jorge Soler LF/RF/DH CHC 37 minutes ago

Soler was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the Cubs' win over Philadelphia on Friday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He got things started with a run-scoring single in the first inning, and then helped ignite a four-run fourth inning with a solo home run, his fifth of the season. Unfortunately, he also struck out twice, certainly a contributing factor in his disappointing .214 average.

60DR.J. Alvarez RP OAK 54 minutes ago

Alvarez (elbow) is currently on pace for a late June or early July return, John Hickey of the Bay Area news Group reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Alvarez will throw his second bullpen session soon. His next step will likely be throwing a simulated game. Alvarez struggled mightily in 2015; finishing the year with a 9.90 ERA in 20.0 innings pitched.

Jon Lester SP CHC 1 hour ago

Lester allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits, walking two and striking out seven over 6.1 innings of a 6-2 win against Philadelphia on Friday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Lester (5-3) was coming off his worst outing of the year - five runs in 2.2 innings against the Giants - but he bounced back nicely, and kept the Phillies in check while tossing 69 of 105 pitches for strikes. He dropped his ERA back to 2.48 on the year, and will look to continue his winning ways when he takes on the Dodgers in Chicago next time out.

Adam Morgan SP PHI 1 hour ago

Morgan allowed six runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out three over four innings of a 6-2 loss to the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Morgan (1-3) needed 93 pitches (60 for strikes) to complete the four innings, so he was actually getting too much of the strike zone rather than missing. Unfortunately, that lead to three of the hits leaving Wrigley Field as his ERA soared to an unsightly 6.67 on the season. His next scheduled start will come at home against the Nationals, but he is a risky play at best in fantasy circles.

DTDBrandon Belt 1B SF 1 hour ago

Belt (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Rockies, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Belt suffered a mild ankle sprain Wednesday, which will cause him to sit out of Friday's series opener. Fortunately, manager Bruce Bochy indicated that he expects Belt to start Saturday. He has been mired in a bit slump recently with just two hits in his last 24 at-bats.

15DMatt Thornton RP SD 1 hour ago

Thornton (Achilles) is close to returning from the disabled list but won't be activated Friday, Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran southpaw is with the team as they start a weekend series with the Diamondbacks, but Lin explains that that has to do with the fact that Thornton has a home near Chase Field. He won't come off the DL on Friday, but Thornton did tell reporters that he feels very close to rejoining the team. Once Thornton is activated, the likes of Luis Perdomo or Keith Hessler could be bumped out of the Padres' bullpen.

DTDJordan Zimmermann SP DET 1 hour ago

Zimmermann is optimistic about making his next scheduled start against the Angels next Friday, Katie Strang of ESPN reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Zimmerman indicated he thinks he will be able to take the mound in his next scheduled start. However, the real test will be Sunday when he throws a bullpen session. Expect an update on his status once he has some time to recover from Sunday's workload.

Kevin Newman SS PIT 1 hour ago

Newman suffered a fractured left orbital bone Thursday while playing for High-A Bradenton, Pirates Prospects reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He'll travel to Pittsburgh for further evaluation, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the No. 1 draft choice miss at least a month. Newman is hitting .346/.414/.444 in 38 games this season.