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Tim Lincecum improved to 9-5 after hurling seven shutout innings and allowing three hits and two walks with six strikeouts against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Over his last four starts, Lincecum has shown that the pitcher who once owned the National League and rightfully earned two Cy Young awards is still lurking beneath a sea of declining peripherals. He's won each of those four games and has allowed just one earned run in his last 30.1 innings (0.30 ERA) with a 24:9 K:BB. While the walks may be a little high, the performances have been nothing short of spectacular. How Lincecum comes out of the break is going to be a very telling story. He'll need a hot start to try and carry over this momentum. If not, he could head back to the struggling version we've seen more recently. Given his history, it's going to be very easy to fall for the hype, so just be careful with how much you end up paying for his services should you be looking to trade for him.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Update: Kyle Lobstein will start for the Tigers on Friday.

Lobstein was activated from the 60-day DL after recovering from his shoulder injury and the Tigers will get him on the hill for the weekend. He made eight starts for the Tigers this year and posted a 4.34 ERA and just 20 strikeouts over 47 2/3 innings. Analysis: Howard Bender

Yankees sent INF Cole Figueroa outright to Triple-A Scranton.

The 28-year old infielder was designated for assignment earlier in the week to make room on the 40-man roster. He will stay on as organizational depth in the minors. Analysis: Howard Bender

Manager Paul Molitor said Kevin Jepsen will fill-in as closer in Glen Perkins' absence.

Jepsen has been outstanding this season and hasn't allowed a run since August 2, a span of 16 appearances. He's filled in as the closer before for Perkins as well as in Tampa Bay earlier in the year. He's a must-own if you need saves. Analysis: Howard Bender

Twins closer Glen Perkins (back) will not go on the team's nine-game road trip. He's listed as day-to-day.

This is a big blow to fantasy owners who have been trying to endure the injury issues for Perkins lately. He's not going to land on the DL, but his status for the remainder of September is certainly iffy at best. Kevin Jepsen should be owned immediately. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jose Peraza is expected to be sidelined 3-5 days due to a sore hamstring.

This will increase the playing time for recently called up Corey Seager who is for the most part the last "big" prospect to get the call. Analysis: Jerry Colvin

Phil Hughes (back) threw a bullpen session Thursday with no reported problems.

His estimated return is September 15th. With the Twins finding themselves only one game out of the A.L. wild card they will need the sometime's crafty veterans skills. Analysis: Jerry Colvin

Update: Tim Lincecum underwent season-ending hip surgery this morning. According to Jon Heyman.

This comes as no surprise as Lincecum has been out quite awhile with this hip ailment. Prior to his injury right handed batters were batting over .300 off of him. He was of little fantasy value. Analysis: Jerry Colvin

Matt Harvey did not travel with the Mets to Miami, but should be fine for his next start on Tuesday.

Just appears to be an illness and he should be fine for his next start on Tuesday against the Nationals. In Harvey's last start versus Philadelphia on September 2nd he surrendered four earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. Analysis: Jerry Colvin

The Indians purchased the contract of Michael Martinez from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.

Martinez batted .289 with five home runs and 42 RBI in Triple-A in 2015. He should see a little playing time with Indians outfield not being of the highest quality. He also offers a little speed as he stole eleven bases this year. Analysis: Jerry Colvin


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Ray’s Ramblings: Promotions & Demotions |
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