Darren McFadden (elbow) said his recovery is going great.
The oft-injured back is working his way back from an offseason elbow injury when he supposedly slipped on wet cement. The Cowboys spent their fourth overall pick on running back Ezekiel Elliott, and he's the favorite to garner the bulk of the carries when the season rolls around. McFadden and Alfred Morris will compete for the change-of-pace gig, although some will argue that Elliott will be worked in slowly and either Alf or McFadden will be the feature back in the first few weeks of the season. McFadden had a healthier 2015 season than offseason, suiting up for all 16 games and running for 1,089 yards and three touchdowns on 239 carries.
Jonathan Cooper was diagnosed with a plantar fascia strain.
Cooper was carted off the practice field with the injury. It's not known how severe the injury is, but this would be a big blow to the Patriot's offensive line. He's dealt with injuries throughout his career, breaking his leg in the preseason of his rookie season and trying to get back to the top of his game ever since. We'll wait for the Patriots to update his status further, and hopefully he won't miss the start of the season.
David Freese has been ejected from Saturday's game.
In an interesting turn of events, Freese was ejected between the top and bottom of the fifth inning by home plate umpire Marty Foster. John Jaso has taken over at first base. Freese was 0-3 with two strikeouts before being tossed.
Mariners center fielder Leonys Martin went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two runs batted in against the Cubs on Saturday.
Martin’s eighth-inning double off of Aroldis Chapman provided the Mariners with two key runs and it swung the momentum in Seattle’s side after they hadn’t scored a run off of Jake Arrieta. Martin also later came around to score, which gave the Mariners a nice two-run cushion heading into the ninth inning and they eventually added another run in the ninth to win by three. Tonight’s game is one of the lone bright spots this month for Martin who had been hitting just .218 with two home runs and four runs batted in during the month of July, prior to today. Martin continues to hit the ball well on the road as he’s hitting .277 on the road, which is .61 higher than his batting average at home. He’ll face off against Cubs starter Brian Matusz who has allowed left-handed hitters to hit just .208 against him in his eight-year career.
Mariners closer Steve Cishek recorded his 25th save of the year in the Mariners 4-1 win over the Cubs on Saturday.
Cishek came on in the ninth inning to close out the game and he was able strikeout three batters while allowing just one hit en route to his 25th save of the year. The 30-year-old has now converted on 25-out-of-30 save opportunities for the Mariners this season and has not allowed an earned run in his last five appearances. He should continue to get the lion’s share of the save opportunities for a mediocre Mariners team and will have plenty of fantasy value the rest of the way.
Mariners left-hander Wade Miley threw an outstanding game in a win over the Cubs on Saturday, allowing just one run on one hit with one walk and nine strikeouts over seven innings of work.
If I would have told you earlier today that Wade Miley, of all people, would hold the Cubs to just one hit during today’s game you would have called me crazy, but tonight’s starts ended up being just one of those things about baseball that you just cannot predict. Miley was outstanding today as he allowed just two batters to reach base and didn’t allow a single extra-base hit in his seven innings pitched. What makes this stat line even more astounding is the fact that Miley had been charged with a loss in each of his last six starts prior to today. Today’s effort is a total fluke, to put it mildly, and you shouldn’t expect Miley to replicate numbers like this anytime in the near future. Miley’s name has been floated out in trade talks and it wouldn’t be surprising if he was moved prior to the deadline on the back of today’s wonderful effort. If he isn’t traded his next start with the Mariners will come against the Red Sox at Safeco Field on Friday and I certainly wouldn’t trust Miley going up against his former team who have had one of the best hitting offenses in all of Major League Baseball this season.
Taijuan Walker (foot) is scheduled to throw five innings Monday for Triple-A Tacoma.
Walker's name has been bandied about in trade rumors despite being on the DL with tendinitis in his right foot. Nearly 24 years old, Walker would command a king's ransom in return, having posted a 3.66 ERA, 8.37 K/9, and 1.88 BB/9 before his foot took him out of commission. He's still a rehab start or two away from returning to the Mariners however, so his owners will be forced to continue to get by without him for a little longer.
Colin Rea left Saturday's game with right elbow soreness.
That's certainly one of the most vague yet menacing phrases when it comes to pitching injuries. He'll surely be sent off to get an MRI, and the Marlins will be eagerly awaiting the results. Rea was just acquired from San Diego in the deal that also sent Andrew Cashner to the Fish. While he was certainly a lesser piece of the deal, the Marlins were counting on him to be their fifth starter and have to be bummed with this turn of events. He had thrown three and a third innings of one-hit ball before he was removed from the game.
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