Wisler was demoted earlier in the month after struggling in several straight starts. Since being demoted he has looked solid at Gwinnett with a 3.71 ERA in 26 2/3 innings while giving up 27 hits. He will take the spot in the rotation vacated by the injured Rob Whalen, who was placed on the DL on Thursday. He will have to show he is back to his early season form before being useful in any fantasy formats.
Cunniff is the corresponding move to sending Madison Younginer down to Triple-A on Thursday to shake up the bullpen. He has pitched in three games for the Braves this season, totaling 3 2/3 innings pitched with an ERA of 7.36 and a 2.45 WHIP in that small sample size. He will pitch in low-leverage middle relief situations.
Ross continues to work his way back from the shoulder inflammation that has kept him out since July 2nd. Manager Dusty Baker indicated that he is getting closer to a rehab assignment and should be able to rejoin the rotation in the early part of September as the Nationals try to close out the NL East. In the meantime, Reynaldo Lopez should continue to see starts in the rotation in his place, unless he struggles again and Lucas Giolito gets recalled.
Thursday was the first time picking up a baseball since being put on the DL earlier in the week with soreness in his pitching elbow. While the trip is considered precautionary, it's still noteworthy that he took a few days off before playing light catch. There is no reason to think he won't come back when first eligible unless the unforeseen pops up. A.J. Cole should continue seeing starts in the rotation in his place and did well in his first start with the club on Monday.
Younginer has been being used in middle relief for the Braves in eight games, but hasn't fared very well in those appearances. He owns a 6.43 ERA and an astonishing 2.29 WHIP in seven innings. He will try to get his stuff back at Gwinnett before being a candidate to come back in September when rosters expand for everyone.
Shoulder fatigue is the reason behind the move and it was evident in his last start when he last just 2 2/3 innings while giving up four earned. Matt Wisler is expected to be recalled to fill the spot in the rotation while Whalen sits for a couple of weeks. When he comes back, there will still be very little value that he can provide as his ERA currently sits a 6.57 in five starts and 24 2/3 innings.
This is nothing new for the stud running back for the Vikings. It has been years since he played in a preseason game and this year won't be any different for the now 31-year-old ball carrier. Him not playing in the preseason hasn't had any negative effect on him previously, and 2016 shouldn't be any different. A.D. should be a no doubt first round pick in any draft this season, no matter the format.
Ellis is headed to the Phillies in exchange for Carlos Ruiz coming back to the Dodgers. Ellis is also joined by a minor leaguer in Tommy Bergjans and a PTBNL. He simply did not produce enough to play very much for L.A. behind Yasmani Grandal. He will likely fall into a similar role in Philly behind Cameron Rupp, though there is a better chance for more playing time. He is not worth owning in standard leagues.
Cruz was forced to leave Wednesday's game early with a back issue but had hoped to be in the lineup on Thursday, now it seems that that hope has been realized. He will take his normal role in the lineup and hit in the DH spot and cleanup behind Robinson Cano. He is 1-for-2 against Anthony Ranaudo in his career, the White Sox start on Thursday.