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
Phillies recalled Cody Asche from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies seem ready to commit to Asche as their new starting left fielder which certainly gums up the outfield configuration for veterans like Ben Revere, Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur. It also displaces Darin Ruf. While they may be happy with the defensive work he did down in the minors, Asche's bat never really heated up, so the team is still going to have some serious offensive woes. This plan may have looked good on paper, but it should be re-visited in a couple of weeks to see how things are panning out. Analysis: Howard Bender