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Jason Kipnis (L) Headshot

Kipnis (hamstring) began initial baseball activities Friday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Despite what seems to be progress in his rehab program, manager Terry Francona commented that Kipnis is still "weeks away, not days." This is an ominous forecast, as it likely means that the second baseman will not be able to return until August, although no firm timetable for his return has come forth as of now. Jose Ramirez and Erik Gonzalez will fill in for him at the keystone until he's back in action.
4:39 pm (EST)
Max Povse (R) Headshot

Povse was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday.

The Mariners needed to clear a space on the roster for newly-acquired David Phelps, and Povse proved to be the subsequent casualty. The 23-year-old has had a rough go over three appearances with Seattle this season, allowing five runs (three earned) over 3.2 innings out of the bullpen. He returns to Tacoma, where he'll have a chance to work out the kinks and improve upon his 4.33 ERA in the minors this year.
4:30 pm (EST)
Tomas Tatar Headshot

Tatar (shoulder) signed a four-year contract with Detroit on Friday worth an average annual value of $5.3 million, Craig Custance of The Athletic reports.

With the clock ticking on the arbitrator's decision, Tatar and the Red Wings were able to reach an agreement that worked for both sides. The 26-year-old has led the team in scoring over the past three seasons -- having reached the 45-point threshold each time. The one knock on the winger is his special teams production. Despite logging 2:22 of ice time per game with the man advantage, the Czech tallied a mere eight points on the power play last season. Tatar underwent offseason shoulder surgery following the 2016-17 campaign, but is expected to be back to 100 percent in time for training camp.
4:25 pm (EST)
Steven Souza Jr. (R) Headshot

Souza (hip) said he is available off the bench for Friday's tilt with the Rangers, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Manager Kevin Cash chose to omit Souza from the starting lineup, which appears to be a precautionary measure related to the outfielder's ailing hip. The good news is that a DL trip is likely off the table at this point, but it's safe to consider him day-to-day moving forward. Shane Peterson gets the starting nod in right field.
4:21 pm (EST)
Jorge Polanco (B) Headshot

Polanco is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers.

Polanco has been in a constant struggle at the plate, going 1-for-27 during his last nine games, including an 0-for-3 outing against the Yankees on Wednesday. He will take a seat in favor of Ehire Adrianza, who has been playing well since coming off the disabled list (abdomen) in early July
4:13 pm (EST)
Eric Hosmer (L) Headshot

Hosmer is out of the starting lineup for the first time this season Friday.

Hosmer has been scorching from the plate this month, slashing .365/.420/.603 with a 1.023 OPS, but the Royals will let him take a day off for the first time all year. Brandon Moss takes over at first base in his stead and bats fourth.
4:13 pm (EST)
Pau Gasol Headshot

Gasol agreed to a three-year deal to remain with the Spurs, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

While the monetary details of the contract haven't been announced at the moment, it seems safe to assume that the three-year deal guarantees more money than the $16.2 million player option that Gasol declined for the upcoming season. While Gasol's best years are certainly behind him, he still posted a solid 12.4 points, 7.8 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks across 25.4 minutes per game, making him a fair option in a variety of fantasy formats.
4:09 pm (EST)
Jorge Bonifacio (R) Headshot

Bonifacio is not in the starting lineup for Friday's matchup with the White Sox, 610 Sports Radio - Kansas City reports.

Bonifacio has started nine consecutive games, going 11-for-38 in that span, but will get a day of rest for Friday's series opener. The young second baseman will give way to Ramon Torres, who is batting in the No. 2 hole and battting second.
4:05 pm (EST)
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