Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 16 Hrs
Chapman (shoulder) tossed a scoreless eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's 8-0 loss to Atlanta.
Chapman has been dealing with an achy shoulder, so Thursday's outing was his first since Sunday's four-run meltdown. While he's not completely out of the woods yet in regards to his shoulder issue, he appears to be moving in the right direction.
Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 16 Hrs
Heyward went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and pair of runs scored in Thursday's 8-0 win at Cincinnati.
Heyward was recently mired in a 1-for-12 slump, but he's gone 8-for-17 with six runs and six RBI in his last four games. He's been hitting leadoff for over a week now, so it looks like he'll stick there, meaning less RBI opportunities, but more chances to score runs.
Andrelton Simmons SS ATL 16 Hrs
Simmons hit a solo homer and finished with a pair of RBI in Thursday's win at Cincinnati. It was his seventh home run of the season.
Simmons left Tuesday's game early with a sore left hip, but appears to be OK moving forward, as he's played in each of the last two days.
Brooks Conrad 2B SD 16 Hrs
Conrad was released by the Padres on Thursday, Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego reports.
Conrad appeared in just 13 games this season for the Padres and finished with a batting average of .100. The 34-year-old will likely have a hard time finding a spot on another roster and should be passed over in almost all depth of leagues as a result.
Julio Teheran SP ATL 16 Hrs
Teheran tossed six scoreless innings at Cincinnati on Thursday to earn his 12th win of the season. He scattered four hits and struck out three.
Teheran was never really challenged, allowing three singles and a double, while not walking a batter. The young righty hasn't been as dominant as he was earlier in the season, as he had posted a 4.97 ERA over his previous eight starts, a span of 50.2 innings. Even so, he's still a productive starter on a contending team, and should be started with confidence in most cases. He'll toe the rubber against the Mets in his next start.
Allen Craig 1B/LF.. BOS 16 Hrs
Craig (foot) went 0-for-3 in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Angels. It was his first game since August 1.
Craig was used as the DH on Thursday with David Ortiz out of the lineup, but most of his playing time will come in the outfield.
Zach Walters SS/DH CLE 16 Hrs
Walters homered for the second consecutive game Thursday.
Walters has four homers in his last eight games and figures to see ample playing time in the final six weeks with Nick Swisher sidelined for the rest of the season. He's likely middle infield eligible in many formats and provides some power upside.
Rubby De La Rosa P BOS 16 Hrs
De La Rosa pitched 6.2 effective innings against the Angels on Thursday, but took the loss. He allowed two runs and eight hits, while striking out eight.
Even though De La Rosa held the Angels in check, the Red Sox offense did him no favors, mustering just one hit against Matt Shoemaker and a pair of relievers. De La Rosa has been up-and-down as of late, mixing in strong performances with absolute clunkers. He has some upside and throws hard (average fastball of 93.7 mph), although that hasn't translated into strikeouts, as he's sporting a below average 6.31 K/9IP. He'll look to build on Thursday's performance in his next start at Toronto.
Justin Upton LF/RF ATL 16 Hrs
Upton went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI in Thursday's game at Cincinnati.
Upton also made a sensational leaping catch in left field, so it was an all-around great night for the soon-to-be 27-year old. He's been on fire in general lately, hitting .444 (12-for-27) with three homers and 14 RBI in the last eight games. He needs just five RBI to surpass his previous career best of 88.
Everth Cabrera SS SD 17 Hrs
Cabrera (hamstring) took grounders and hit in a batting cage Thursday, and is expected to be cleared for light jogging Monday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Cabrera likely won't be activated from the DL when first eligible, but the fact he's ramping up his baseball activities is a good sign. Since running his such a major part of his game, Cabrera will likely have to display comfort running at full speed before being cleared for game action. There remains a chance he'll be able to help fantasy owners with their late-season runs before the end of 2014.