Latos, who was designated for assignment on June 9th to make room for James Shields, has signed a minor league deal with the Nationals and will report to their minor league camp. The 28-year-old got off to a great start in 2016, winning five out of his first six starts before struggling in three of his last five starts. It was surprising to me that another team that needed pitching depth didn't roll the dice on Latos, who's ERA was a respectable 4.62 even after a few bad outings. He provides solid organizational depth in terms of starting pitching, which is always a good thing to have, as the Dodgers are have figured out recently.
Grandal, who is in the midst of an 0-for-13 skid from the plate, will make way for A.J. Ellis when the Dodgers take on Junior Guerra and the Brewers on Wednesday. Ellis will be batting eighth tonight in Grandal's place. The 27-year-old Grandal is hitting just .178 this year with six home runs and 28 runs batted in.
After playing in four straight games after being activated from the disabled list, Teixeira will get a well deserved night off on Wednesday. The 36-year-old is 5-for-15 with two home runs since being activated from the disabled list last Saturday. Rob Refsnyder will play first base and hit ninth for the Yankees today in place of Teixeira.
After being forced to leave Tuesday's game early due to hamstring tightness, Beltran will get the night off when the Yankees square off against the Rangers on Wednesday. He shouldn't end up missing too much more time, which is good news for the Yankees because he has been on fire this season to the tune of a .297 batting average with 19 home runs and 53 runs batted in. Aaron Hicks will play right field and bat eighth against right-hander Nick Martinez in Beltran's absence.
This is good news for Ramirez's fantasy owners, as things could have been much worse than him just being out for a couple of days. Ramirez suffered a strain in his right side after swinging at a pitch in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against the Rays. The 32-year-old was hitting just .237 this month prior to today's injury.
Today's simulated game was a positive sign for Darvish, who has been sidelined since June 8th due to discomfort in his shoulder. He will need to go one more outing before the Rangers consider activating him, and it wouldn't surprise me if he wasn't back with the Major League club until after the All-Star break. The 29-year-old returned this season after having Tommy John surgery, pitching in just three games before experiencing shoulder discomfort.
Inglis, who was the first pick of the second round in last year's NBA draft, played in just 20 games for the Bucks last year. With the Bucks drafting two new rookies, they needed to make roster space for them, which leaves Inglis and Johnny O'Bryant out in the cold. Inglis played just 7.8 minutes per game and averaged 1.8 points per game for Milwaukee in 2015.
O'Bryant, who was a second round pick for the Bucks back in 2014, has been waived after appearing in 100 games over the last two seasons. The 23-year-old LSU product averaged just 3 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game in 13 minutes played last season.
The numbers have yet to come out, but the former #1 overall pick in 2012 has signed a five year extension that will keep him in Indianapolis through 2021. After a spectacular 2014 season where he completed 380 passes for 4761 yards and a league leading 40 touchdowns, Luck played in just seven games last year while battling a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle. He should continue to be a very productive quarterback for the Colts for the foreseeable future.
Today's simulated game could possibly be the last test that Papelbon had to pass before being activated, but it will be a little bit before we know that for sure. Papelbon pitched in a minor league rehab appearance back on Monday, and should be cleared to return to the Nationals in the very near future. He last appeared in a game on June 12th, and has been sidelined with an intercostal injury.