Some of the Athletics' top relievers were used heavily over the weekend, so Smith will head back to the big leagues to provide additional bullpen depth. He'll replace Matt Olson on the active roster, although it's doubtful that he'll make much of an impact in the big leagues given his 6.75 ERA and 15:12 K:BB in 24 innings in Oakland.
The southpaw continues to roll along, with Sunday's outing marking his seventh straight without allowing a run. Coulombe notably saw action in each of the three games versus the Mets, and should enjoy a similarly robust workload for the time being with the Athletics bullpen down a lefty due to Sean Doolittle's trade to the Nationals.
The 29-year-old has been very busy as of late, with Sunday's appearance marking his third in as many games and fifth overall since being acquired from the Nationals on July 16. The new Oakland digs have done Treinen some good, as he's allowed just an earned run over five innings while racking up four strikeouts in an Athletics uniform. The right-hander could be worth monitoring in AL-only and deep formats that count holds, given that manager Bob Melvin appears willing to afford him plenty of opportunities.
Brito has recorded six multi-hit efforts in his last 10 games for Reno, bringing his line up to .325/.374/.506 in Pacific Coast League play. The 24-year-old may have vaulted ahead of Jeremy Hazelbaker as the top candidate for a promotion to the big club when an extra outfielder is needed, but Brito's path to seeing regular at-bats with the Diamondbacks will only get more difficult following last week's acquisition of J.D. Martinez.
Graveman upped his pitch count to 65 after tossing 46 in his first start with Nashville on July 19, but the results were once again unimpressive. According to Nashville play-by-play broadcaster Jeff Hem, Graveman displayed his normal velocity during the start, so it sounds like the shoulder isn't hampering him too much. Even so, the Athletics would like to see Graveman tidy things up in the minors before being activated from the 10-day disabled list, so expect him to make at least one more start with Nashville.
This is a rough timetable for his return, although it's promising to hear that he isn't expected to miss as much time as he did last season with a similar injury. Official word should come forth after Kershaw sees his doctor in the next day or so, although this timetable all but guarantees that the Dodgers ace will be on the disabled list for much of August.
Busenitz has succeeded in both the majors and the minors this season, so he'll return to the big leagues to replace Craig Breslow on the active roster after the latter was designated for assignment. Busenitz doesn't seem to be in line for any high-leverage innings, although he does have a nice 39:10 K:BB in 35.1 innings with the Red Wings, which could add some value if he can translate that to the big leagues.
Martinez remained out of the lineup for a fourth consecutive contest due to the bruised left wrist he sustained in his Diamondbacks debut, but his appearance off the bench Sunday suggests that he'll likely be able to avoid the disabled list and could resume outfield duties as soon as Monday's series opener against the Braves. Fantasy owners will likely want to await confirmation that Martinez is in fact part of the Monday lineup before activating him, but things seem to be trending in the right direction for the 30-year-old slugger.
With a 2.64 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 30.2 innings this season, McFarland has been serviceable as a long man out of the bullpen for the Diamondbacks, but he's shown some cracks of late. He's given up at least one run in three of his last four appearances, which won't help his case for seeing more usage in higher-leverage spots.
While the Rangers had to be happy that Mazara was able to extend his plate appearances and run up a team-best 26 pitches against the opposition, those counting on the young outfielder in standard 5x5 leagues weren't able to reap the benefits. That's been par for the course lately, as the hitless effort Sunday leaves Mazara with a 2-for-31 mark at the plate since the All-Star break. He's seen his season batting average plummet from .258 to .240 during that time.
The triple and base knock pulled Beltre to within 11 hits of 3,000 for his career, a benchmark he's expected to reach within the next couple of weeks. Even as he nears the end of his career, Beltre has shown no signs of slowing down at the dish. In fact, he's exhibiting better plate discipline than ever, with his 11.2 percent walk rate this season besting his previous career high by nearly two points.
Brinson's hitting streak has been anything but cheap, as he is hitting a robust .392 (29-for-74) with 10 extra-base hits over that span. It remains to be seen if he will return to Milwaukee before September, but the Brewers have only three true outfielders on the big-league roster with former starting center fielder Keon Broxton demoted to the minors, so he could get the call if the team wants to add another option in the outfield.
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