Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he's been fully cleared to participate in training camp.
Hoyer being cleared is step one in the learning process for Johnny Manziel as the Browns would prefer the veteran presence under center to start the season. Is it possible that Hoyer holds the job all year? Probably not. As I stated in the 2014 Fantasy Alarm Football Draft Guide, "this offense is going to have some serious struggles this year and the Browns dont want to put Manziel through the nightmarish beginning of the year to open his career. If he takes over the team at 0-6, then hes a hero who will do what he can given the circumstances and everything just gets chalked up to experience. But if hes the one starting the season at 0-6, then too much focus and too much undeserved blame is going to fall on him and it will impact his career negatively." ANALYST: Howard Bender
Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with a double and a run against Houston on Sunday.
Castillo benefitted greatly from Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s recent injury as Castillo played a large majority of the games behind the plate in Salty’s absence. And he played well as his wOBA since the All-Star break is over .450. But he struck out in almost 40 percent of his plate appearances and rode a .400 BABIP to most of his success. With Salty back now and regression likely for Castillo, don’t count on as much from him going forward. Analysis: Brett Talley
The Indians are weighing the possibility to placing Jason Kipnis (shoulder) on the disabled list.
Kipnis DH'ed on Friday and Saturday nights before sitting out on Sunday, so apparently this shoulder injury has been an isue for a few days now. Kipnis has ridden a .375 BABIP to an excellent .326 batting average this season. He has been hitting line drives at an incredibly high rate, but counting on a super-high line drive rate to continue is foolhardy, so Kipnis could be in line for some regression in that department if this injury doesn't knock him out for the rest of the year. Analysis: Brett Talley