Player Notes - Cleveland and Minnesota
Cleveland
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
T.J. HouseSPT.J. House will replace Justin Masterson in Cleveland's rotation, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.Masterson was traded to the Cardinals on Wednesday. House will serve as Cleveland's No. 5 starter behind Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Danny Salazar and Zach McAllister. House isn't a good fantasy option.7/30/2014 5:08:00 PM
ColdJustin MastersonSPCleveland starter Justin Masterson (knee) will return from the disabled list Friday against the Rangers, according to mlb.com. Masterson went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, but he hasn't shown any signs of that yet. He's set to be a free agent after the season.7/29/2014 9:18:00 PM
Michael BournCFIndians center fielder Michael Bourn (left hamstring injury) was originally on a 3-4 week timetable for his return, but that doesn't appear to be the reality of the injury.Three weeks down the road and there is still no timetable for his return to the lineup. Even when he returns, he'll likely tone down his running game and without that his fantasy value is minimal.7/19/2014 10:29:00 AM
Danny SalazarSPCleveland starter Danny Salazar has given up four runs on 13 hits and struck out 13 in 12 innings since being recalled on July 22. He held the Royals to three runs, struck out seven and walked none in seven innings Sunday.Salazar was demoted after posting a 5.53 ERA in his first eight starts and he got off to a rocky start in the minors, but he figured things out at the end of June. His upside is immense.7/27/2014 5:33:00 PM
HotYan GomesCCleveland catcher Yan Gomes went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Sunday.Gomes has hit .439 with three home runs in his last 12 games. Between Gomes and Carlos Santana, the Indians have two catchers who rank in the top five at the position in home runs. 7/27/2014 5:31:00 PM
HotCarlos Santana1BIndians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana went deep twice Sunday, giving him five homers in the past three games.Santana has gone 14-for-23 (.609) with six homers and 10 RBI in his last six games and is suddenly batting .232 with 20 home runs, 50 RBI and an .827 OPS. He's raised his average 27 points and his OPS 101 points in that span.7/27/2014 5:28:00 PM
ColdLonnie Chisenhall3BIndians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall is out Sunday with an illness.He sat out Saturday for the same reason but should be back Tuesday after Cleveland's off day on Monday. Chisenhall has predictably fallen off after batting .393 in his first 168 at-bats. Over his last 126 at-bats, he's hit .206 with nine RBI and a .604 OPS.7/27/2014 1:27:00 PM
Asdrubal CabreraSSIndians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (back) is in the lineup Sunday.Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms and sat out the past five games. He's hitting .247 with nine homers, 39 RBI, 52 runs and seven steals this season. 7/27/2014 12:15:00 PM
HotMichael BrantleyLFCleveland left fielder Michael Brantley has hit safely in more than half his at-bats against Royals starter Bruce Chen.Brantley is 11-for-21 (.524) with two doubles against Chen. Make sure he's in your lineup Sunday.7/27/2014 12:14:00 PM
HotCarlos Santana1BIndians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana hit two homers Friday and added a third Saturday night giving him 18 on the season.Santana has raised his batting average from .205 to .226 with a 11-for-20 streak over the past four games.7/26/2014 11:24:00 PM


Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Oswaldo ArciaRFTwins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is out again Wednesday, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Arcia's son was born Tuesday morning. He's back with the team but isn't in the lineup. The 23-year-old has hit .221 with seven homers in 195 at-bats this season.7/30/2014 5:07:00 PM
Oswaldo ArciaRFTwins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is not with the team on Tuesday due to the birth of his son, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.Arcia is expected back with the Twins on Wednesday, so he hasn't been placed on the paternity leave list. The 23-year-old has hit .221 with seven homers in 195 at-bats this season.7/29/2014 7:45:00 PM
Joe Mauer1BMinnesota first baseman Joe Mauer (oblique) is expected to begin taking batting practice Wednesday after taking swings in the cage Monday without incident.Mauer suffered a right oblique strain July 1. He was just starting to hit, putting up a 12-game hitting streak, before the injury.7/29/2014 10:43:00 AM
ColdPhil HughesSPTwins starter Phil Hughes (shin) will not miss a start, according to the Star Tribune.Hughes was hit in the shin by a comebacker in his last start. After posting a 6.31 ERA in his last seven starts, Hughes has the second largest disparity in baseball between his FIP (2.71) and his ERA (4.10).7/27/2014 12:46:00 PM
ColdJosh WillinghamLFTwins left fielder Josh Willingham has struck out 11 times in 22 plate appearances against Saturday's starter Chris Sale.Willingham hasn't been a good fantasy option since hitting 35 homers in 2012 and its probably best to avoid him.7/26/2014 11:08:00 AM
ColdJosh WillinghamLFTwins left fielder Josh Willingham has gone deep twice in his last four games, but he hasn't had a good month otherwise.He's 9-for-60 (.150) in July and 15-for-104 (.144) in his last 32 games. Despite a .213 average, Willingham's OPS is still .776 because he's continued to walk and hit for some power.7/25/2014 11:09:00 PM
ColdPhil HughesSPTwins starter Phil Hughes left Thursday night's game after being hit with a ball off the bat of Adam Dunn.Hughes will get an X-ray and then we will know the extent of the injury. The right-hander had given up five earned runs in each of his last two outings heading into tonight and five or more earned runs in five of his last six so likely wasn't in any lineups.7/24/2014 10:04:00 PM
Danny SantanaOF/SSMinnesota CF/SS Danny Santana went 3-for-3 with a triple Wednesday against the Indians.The Twins dropped Santana to ninth in the order Wednesday, but he should be back up to leadoff soon. He's hitting .325 with two homers, 16 RBI, 22 runs and six steals in 154 at-bats.7/23/2014 7:36:00 PM
ColdDanny SantanaOF/SSMinnesota CF/SS Danny Santana just off the DL suffered through a horrible night going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.Santana had been out since June 26 due to a knee injury. He's 1-for-9 in the two games since he's returned. Bench him until he starts to get back into the swing of things.7/19/2014 11:30:00 PM
Danny SantanaOF/SSMinnesota CF/SS Danny Santana (knee) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.Santana has been out since June 26 due to a knee injury. He'll return to a .328 average, two homers, 16 RBI, six steals and an .814 OPS, though his production has been assisted by a .400 BABIP.7/18/2014 5:20:00 PM