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DFS MLB Pitching Coach: September 20
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Billy Hamilton (B) Headshot

Hamilton (thumb) was activated from the 10-day DL prior to Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.

This move comes as a relative surprise considering Hamilton was expected to miss the rest of the season, but obviously he's recovered enough to the point that the club feels safe adding him back to the active roster. Owners should be wary about Hamilton's usage moving forward though, since it seems likely that he will be fairly limited in the field just two weeks removed from fracturing his left thumb, and may only be used to pinch run for the time being. It remains to be seen how manager Bryan Price will utilize Hamilton for the rest of the 2017 season, although the 27-year-old is in the midst of another typical year, hitting .248/.299/.333 with 37 RBI and 58 stolen bases.
12:11 pm (EST)
Starling Marte (R) Headshot

Marte went 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases in his return from a pinky injury Tuesday.

After missing nearly a week, Marte stole his 17th and 18th bases of the season. The outfielder will look to pad his stats after an 80-game suspension and should reach 20 steals with little trouble. He also has an outside chance of beating the nine homers he hit in 2016. Marte currently sits at six home runs.
12:10 pm (EST)
Hisashi Iwakuma (R) Headshot

Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed Tuesday that Iwakuma (shoulder) won't pitch again in 2017, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports.

The veteran has been sidelined since early May with inflammation in his right shoulder and held out hope that he'd be able to return at some point in September, but with multiple setbacks derailing him along the way and Iwakuma having not progressed past throwing a simulated game, it was no longer feasible for him to rejoin the team with 11 contests remaining on the schedule. Since the shoulder has been a recurring issue for him in recent seasons, Iwakuma plans to weigh treatment options this offseason, with surgery seemingly a possibility. Iwakuma, who will turn 36 in December, seems likely to have his $10 million club option declined this winter.
12:00 pm (EST)
Carlos Martínez (R) Headshot

Martinez (illness) is expected to make his scheduled start Thursday against the Reds, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Cardinals sent Martinez home last Sunday, as they did not want the flu-like bug he was dealing with to spread. Manager Mike Matheny provided an update Tuesday, saying Martinez has already improved and will join the team in Cincinnati to start on schedule. Martinez struggled against the Cubs his last time out, and he's had a tough time with the Reds in two starts this season, allowing nine earned runs on 10 hits over 11.1 innings. Regardless, most owners will want to keep him active.
11:58 am (EST)
Chad Johnson Headshot

Johnson stopped 23 of 24 shots in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime victory over Pittsburgh.

After spending last season with Calgary, Johnson returned to Buffalo for the 2017-18 campaign, where he logged a 2.36 GAA and .920 save percentage over 45 games in 2015-16. With Robin Lehner set to be the team's No. 1 netminder, it's unlikely that Johnson will feature in as many games, but he'll be hoping to replicate the previous success he found with the Sabres this season.
11:55 am (EST)
Tristan Jarry Headshot

Jarry will man the crease for the third period against the Red Wings on Wednesday, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

Jarry -- who is expected to spend the year with the Baby Pens -- will take over in the final 20 minutes in order to help get him game ready. The 22-year-old went 28-15-1 with a 2.15 GAA in the minors last season and could be a trade chip for Pittsburgh in the future.
11:54 am (EST)
Mason Foster Headshot

Foster will receive a second opinion on his dislocated shoulder this week and appears unlikely to play Sunday against the Raiders, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Foster injured his shoulder while picking off a pass to seal the Redskins' win over the Rams in Week 2. The linebacker is still holding out hope that a second opinion will reveal his injury isn't quite as severe, but the Redskins seem destined to be without his services in Week 3. Foster's likely absence could open up a starting role for rookie second-round pick Ryan Anderson.
11:50 am (EST)
Cordy Glenn Headshot

Glenn, who left Sunday's game with a right ankle injury, is not practicing Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

The Bills' run game suffered with Glenn sitting most of Sunday's contest, and the team will be forced to use rookie Dion Dawkins at left tackle if Glenn can't rally for this week's game against Denver. That would present a big drop-off for those backing the Buffalo run game against an already tough Broncos defense.
11:49 am (EST)
Matt Murray Headshot

Murray will be between the pipes for the opening two periods of Wednesday's clash with Detroit, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

The pressure is on for Murray this season as he will now be the unquestioned No. 1 for the Pens with Marc-Andre Fleury now defending the cage in the desert. Health will be the biggest question mark surrounding the 23-year-old -- especially after his last minute absence at the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year. If he can stay off the injury report, the netminder figures to see upward of 60 games this season and could post 30-plus wins along the way.
11:46 am (EST)
Max Kepler (L) Headshot

Kepler went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.

He took CC Sabathia yard in the third inning, his first home run off a lefty this season (109 at-bats). As a 23-year-old last season, Kepler homered twice off same-handed pitching in 133 plate appearances. Kepler is still batting just .138/.208/.202 against southpaws after Tuesday's showing, and he will likely bat at the bottom of the order in any other starts against lefties over the final couple weeks.
11:43 am (EST)
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