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Carlos Santana has been activated from the 7-day disabled list and returned to the Indians lineup on Friday.

With concussion symptoms completely gone, Santana is ready to start playing again. The Indians are going to ease him back in for now and are playing it safe with him as the DH on Friday and batting eighth in the lineup. If he can play the entire game without incidence, the team will soon get him back to third base and a much more productive spot in the lineup.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Yoan Lopez (blister) is expected to resume pitching at Double-A Mobile on Thursday.

Lopez has been away form the team for the last several week due to undisclosed personal reasons. He has finally returned and will simply stay at this level for the foreseeable future. He's posted a 3.34 ERA and 24:15 K:BB ratio over 35 innings at Mobile this season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Yadier Molina left Monday night's 4-1 Cardinals win over the Reds in the fifth inning with a queasy stomach, crediting a first-inning foul ball from the Reds' Todd Frazier that hit Molina squarely in his facemask as the culprit for his symptoms. Molina said, "we'll see" with regard to his status for Tuesday's game.

Molina has been a very reliable backstop for the Cardinals since taking over the position full-time in 2008, starting over 120 games in every season except last. He's back to being the same Yadi, albeit with much less power. Molina's OPS is under .700 for the first time since 2010, but his average is at .291, meaning his home run power just isn't there. It sounds like he should be fine for the week if he has to miss just another game. Analysis: Rob Trayah

The Rockies have acquired promising reliever Miguel Castro in the deal that sent Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays, per CBSSports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Castro moves with Jose Reyes, Jeff Hoffman, and Jesus Tinoco to Colorado's system where they will have the weight of being the return of one of the Rockies' All-Time great players. He had limited time at the big league level this year, but is still just 20 years-old and will have time to develop and become a part of the the Rockies' bullpen. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Head Coach Byron Scott says Kobe Bryant will 'probably' play some power forward at times.

Bryant will be fresh off season-ending surgery in 2014-15 and will look to keep competing even at his 37-year-old status. He can play any position except the five at this point and has a young, fresh team around him that will help with the versatility of the team. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Panthers offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, best known for his role in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal two years ago, has decided to retire.

Martin has had back issues and is facing surgery. He also didn't have much in terms of prospect for teams so instead of pushing himself back, Martin will retire and try to get healthy. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Carlos Gonzalez is on the trading block following the Troy Tulowitzki deal. According to Jon Heyman.

Gonzalez is owed $37 million over the next two years, not including this one, and will no longer have his partner in crime Troy Tulowitzki to help string together a lineup. He has turned back into the Cargo of old recently, now slugging .852 with 20homers and 51 RBI. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Josh Freeman, cut by Dolphins on Friday, has been re-signed by the team Tuesday.

Freeman will hope to win the backup job behind Ryan Tannehill while battling Matt Moore. He has not found a team to hook on to have being sent to Minnesota after starting his career in Tampa Bay. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Mets Shortstop phenom Amed Rosario, who is off limits in trade talks, is on the disabled list with a wrist sprain.

Rosario is only at High A, but the Mets have said no thanks to offers with Rosario involved. He is hitting .263 with 22 RBI and eleven stolen bases in 83 games at St. Lucie. He is still 19 and can develop into something in the future as he was rated as the #78 prospect in baseball coming into the season by Baseball Prospectus.  Analysis: Rob Trayah

Update: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are making a "strong push" to acquire Cole Hamels.

The Giants are looking to sure up their rotation with Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain at the top. Guys like Chris Heston, Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum, and Ryan Vogelsong are nice compliments but no where near the caliber of Hamels. With the deadline fast approaching on Friday, teams are sure to be calling the Phillies with their best offer in hopes of landing the ace. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jake Elmore has been officially optioned to Triple-A Durham.

Elmore will make way for Asdrubal Cabrera as the shortstop returns from the DL. In his 51 games this year, Elmore has hit .206 with two homers and 16 RBI. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Sources say Rangers, Dodgers are still in the lead for Cole Hamels, But Giants are moving up.

Hamels must be sitting in Philadelphia wondering, "When am I getting out of here". Johnny Cueto has been moved and now shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is on his way to Toronto while the veteran Phillie remains in Philadelphia. His no-hitter showcased his pitching repertoire and his true ability, but if the Phillies don't make a move before the deadline on Friday, there are going to be some serious head-scratching about their handling of their ace. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Mariners have received numerous offers for Hisashi Iwakuma.

The Mariners are falling backwards in the standings and have plenty of players that could help other teams. With pitching depth not truly a concern in Seattle, arms are expendable and Iwakuma is an obvious option. He is a free agent after the season and will be 35 years-old at the start of next season so Seattle can look to unload their veteran for some prospects with this season looking bleak. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Boston general manager Ben Cherington suggested Jackie Bradley will be returning to the majors.

Bradley Jr.'s glove has never been the reason for his demise at the big league level, but he has yet to prove he can provide any sort of offense. With the moving of Shane Victorino to the Angels, there is more of a competition in right field with Rusney Castillo currently patrolling the spot. He hit .133 in 14 games with the Sox earlier this year, but is slashing .304/.471/.848 at Triple-A Pawtucket with nine homers. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Brandon Crawford went 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and a pair of runs scored against the Brewers on Monday.

Crawford is now slashing .270/.336/.481 with 15 home runs, 61 RBI and 49 runs scored as he continues to be one of the best shortstops to own in the National League. Although it is unlikely he will be able to sustain his current batting average based on previous seasons, as long as hit power stroke remains consistent he remains a must-start in all fantasy formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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