Mike Trout returned to the lineup and went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, one RBI and a run scored against the Astros on Thursday.
After being relegated to one pinch-hitting appearance over the last four games, Trout returned from his back injury to hit two more extra-base hits and kick in another RBI and run scored to the totals. It would appear that Trout is healthy again, though the possibility of another flare-up could happen at some point down the road. But overall, he seems fine and fantasy owners can trust that they'll receive solid production from him moving forward. While this may be a down year, by Trout standards, he's still going to remain one of the most productive fantasy players in the game, so don't go panicking and start selling low.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Braves will wait until Wednesday to officially announce Manny Banuelos as Thursday's starter.
Williams Perez was due to start Thursday's series finale against the Nats however he was struck by a comebacker in his last start and will miss Thursday's now. Manny Banuelos is having a sparkling season in Triple-A Gwinnett posting a 6-2 record and 2.29 ERA with an even better 1.59 ERA over his last 11 outings. Banuelos was once an untouchable prospect in the Yankees system but struggles and Tommy John Surgery changed that as the Braves were able to give up Chasen Shreve and David Carpenter for him this offseason. Banuelos still holds the potential to be a very good lefty starter and will make his big league debut on Thursday. Analysis: Matt Selz
Jonathan Schoop will not be activated in the next few days.
The Orioles appear to be sending the recovering Schoop to Frederick to play out the week in the minors. It was thought that Schoop, who hasn't played a major league game since April 17th, could be activated Monday or today as they take on the Rangers at home. Baltimore has decided though that he needs a little bit more work before rejoining the O's lineup. Look for him to be activated early next week. Analysis: Matt Selz
Warriors have interest in free agent Marco Belinelli.
A weapon from 3-point range off the bench is one of the only things the Warriors are missing from a championship run this season. Belinelli, who started his career in Oakland, would fit just that role for Steve Kerr and would make an already tough team tougher to defend. Charlotte is also rumored to be interested in the Spurs SG as we near ever closer to the start of free agency in the association. Analysis: Matt Selz