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Cardinals have officially declined the team option on Matt Holliday.

Added 11/04/16 8:53 pm (EST)   Source
This was an expected move, as the Cardinals had the choice between a $1M buyout or $17M option on Holliday for 2017. Simply put, the aging star did not produce at a level anywhere near worth that $17M price tag. In the 2016 regular season, Holliday posted a .782 OPS, the lowest of his 13-year career, with 20 homers and 20 doubles across 426 plate appearances. The seven-time All-Star appears to have some pop left in his bat, but he is clearly not the slugger he once was.
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Valencia (wrist) was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Added 4:43 pm (EST)
Valencia was originally slotted in as the first baseman for the Mariners' game against the Nationals, but it seems like his wrist may still be bothering him. Consider him day-to-day for now. Taylor Motter will move into the lineup to replace him.
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Crichton was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.

Added 4:39 pm (EST)
Crichton was serviceable during his most recent cup of coffee with Baltimore, but after logging 3.1 innings of work Monday, he'll head back to the minors to allow the Orioles to bring up fresh arms. Jayson Aquino will take his spot in the bullpen for the time being, but a strong performance with the Tides could force the Orioles to bring Crichton back soon.
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Broxton is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Added 4:38 pm (EST)
Despite riding a five-game hitting streak, Broxton will head to the bench for Tuesday's series opener. Hernan Perez will take over in center field for the contest, while Broxton should slot back into the lineup for Wednesday's game.
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Aquino was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.

Added 4:37 pm (EST)
The Orioles continue to shuffle their pitching staff, bringing Aquino back for his second stint with the big-league club. It seems like the southpaw is destined for a relief role this time around, although a spot start in the near future is not out of the realm of possibility. To make room for him on the active roster, Stefan Crichton was sent back to the minors.
Eric Thames Headshot

Thames (hamstring) is batting second and playing first base Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Added 4:34 pm (EST)
Thames was removed from Sunday's contest against the Cubs with a leg cramp, but it appears he's good to go again after receiving treatment during Monday's off day. The slugger has been dealing with some nagging leg issues lately, and although it's unclear if Sunday's cramps were related in any way, the Brewers may choose to deploy him carefully in the short run. Thames, who is slashing .306/.429/.664 with 13 homers, 39 runs and 26 RBI across 134 at-bats, will face off against Joe Biagini Tuesday.
Tyler Collins Headshot

Collins is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Astros.

Added 4:33 pm (EST)
Collins is batting just .160 over the past 30 games, so he'll head to the bench for the first time since May 14. Mikie Mahtook will pick up a start in center field to replace him.
Álex Ávila Headshot

Avila is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Astros.

Added 4:29 pm (EST)
Avila has been scorching hot at the plate, but he'll get the night off on the heels of a four-strikeout performance Monday night. James McCann will resume his normal role behind the dish. With both Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez back in action and McCann still tabbed as the primary catcher, Avila may find it difficult to find playing time despite his hot streak.
Brad Miller Headshot

Miller (abdomen) fielded groundballs before Tuesday's game, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Added 4:28 pm (EST)
He said his ab feels good, so it sounds like he remains on track to come off the DL after the minimum 10-day stay, which would mean he would be activated prior to Friday's game in Minnesota.
Daniel Nava Headshot

Nava was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a right hamstring strain, Ryan Lawrence of reports.

Added 4:26 pm (EST)
This marks the first hamstring injury of Nava's career, so although he's eligible to come of the disabled list May 30, it's remains unclear when he'll be ready to return from the ailment. The 34-year-old, who was slashing .305/.425/.458 in 59 at-bats before the injury, should return to a reserve role once he is healthy enough to play. Pitcher Adam Morgan was added to the roster to take his place for the time being.
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Gattis is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.

Added 4:26 pm (EST)
Gattis is in line to act as the primary catcher with Brian McCann (concussion) out of commission, but he'll head to the bench for a night off after collecting just three hits over the past seven games. Juan Centeno will assume the catching duties for the evening.
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