He was DFA'd a few days ago when Dee Gordon came back from his suspension and he has now cleared waivers and will head to Triple-A New Orleans in order to remain as organizational depth. He will not factor in the fantasy realm this season.
Ellington is replacing Jose Urena on the 25-man roster for his second stint in the bigs this season. He did well in the first time up but it wasn't good enough to wind up sticking. He should get plenty of chances to throw in the middle innings, but with a stacked back end of the pen, that's about as far as he will go.
Reddick's name has cropped up as trade bait over the past week or so as the deadline edges ever closer but it appears that one team is out of the discussions. There is no question that the Cubs have enough prospects to acquire the slugging outfielder but the question would be where they would play him. Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Chris Coghlan, Matt Szczur, and Ben Zobrist can all play the outfield meaning there was no real reason for the Cubs to be interested in Reddick in the first place. He should still be moved by Oakland before the deadline on Monday.
Story jammed the thumb while sliding into second base but the good news is that the X-Rays were negative. He will get at least Sunday off as his digit starts to heal before they put the slugging rookie short stop back in the lineup. There should be no long-term effect from this however.
Berrios is on his way back to the big club with his outstanding performance back at Triple-A. He was called up earlier in the year and made four starts, posting a 10.20 ERA, before being sent back down. During his most recent time in Rochester he has allowed just nine earned runs over eight starts. Berrios will be taking the place of scheduled starter Tyler Duffey on Monday and it's unclear as to whether Duffey will stick in the rotation or not.
Matusz, now on his third team in 2016, is getting the start on Sunday as the Cubs contemplate going to a six-man rotation to give the regular starting five some extra days off down the stretch. The former Oriole, has pitched well in a brief stint at Triple-A Iowa in route to compiling a 1.93 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 9 1/3 innings over two starts in Des Moines. He will face off against the currently-struggling Felix Hernandez in the friendly confines in his first start in the majors since 2012 with Baltimore.
It's been a far cry from a season ago for Grimm in 2016 with an ERA north of 4.70 in 34 innings pitched. He is being sent down to make room for the Cubs needed spot starter in Brian Matusz, who will close out the Mariners series on Sunday. Grimm will likely stay down at Iowa for the foreseeable future until he resembles the pitcher from last year who posted a sub-2.00 ERA.
Kimbrel was pitching one inning in a minor league rehab appearance on Saturday and with that going well, he will rejoin his teammates in the Pacific Northwest. He has been out since just prior to the All-Star break with a minor knee procedure being performed but pitching decently as Boston's closer before being on the shelf. Brad Ziegler will likely only have save chances every once in a while with his return and thus should resume a setup role in the pen.
According to a statement made by Head Coach Jeff Fisher at the opening day of Rams training camp, the running back hasn't been in contact with the team or his teammates this offseason and is only communicating every so often through is agent. Eyebrows started to raise as it was discovered that the police had been called to his house five times since March 28th and that his family was concerned for his mental state. The Rams listed him on the did not report list in order to remove him from the 90-man roster so they can at least see another play at camp and make a decision about Mason when the time comes. He is not expected to have a major role in the offense this year with Todd Gurley getting the vast bulk of the carries so whether he shows up or not, he's not really a fantasy asset.
Nieuwenhuis took Pirates reliever Hernan Perez deep in the eighth inning for his 10th home run of the season which gave the Brewers a three-run cushion late in the game. The 28-year-old has hit safely in seven out of his last eight starts for Milwaukee but is still hitting just .218 in 274 plate appearances this season. Nieuwenhuis has experienced a huge power surge over the last week as he’s hit five home runs and drive in eight runs in his last eight games. He had five home runs in his previous 81 games, so I wouldn’t expect his hot streak to continue for much longer. I would be surprised if he’s in the lineup tomorrow as he’s a left-handed hitter going up against a left-handed pitcher and on top of that Nieuwenhuis has hit just .102 with five hits in 26 at-bats against lefties this season.