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  • Angels Outright José Suarez

    The Angels announced that left-hander José Suarez has been sent outright to Triple-A Salt Lake. That indicates he was passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment a week ago. Suarez, 26, has more than three years of major league service time. That gives him the right to reject this outright assignment and elect...

    Jun 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Angels
  • Nationals Select Harold Ramírez

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    The Nationals announced on Monday that they've selected outfielder/designated hitter Harold Ramírez. Washington optioned corner infielder Trey Lipscomb to Triple-A Rochester to clear a spot on the active roster. The Nats have had a vacancy on the 40-man for weeks, so they didn't need to make a move in that regard. Ramírez inked a minor...

    Jun 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Washington Nationals Trey Lipscomb
  • Luis Torrens Returns From Paternity List

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    The New York Mets reinstated catcher Luis Torrens from the paternity list on Monday and designated catcher Joe Hudson for assignment in a corresponding move. Torrens was away from the team during last weekend's series against the Chicago Cubs while tending to a personal matter. The 28-year-old backstop is now back with the Mets and will resume his duties as the primary backup to starter Francisco Alvarez. Unless Alvarez misses more time with an injury, Torrens can be ignored in fantasy, even in two-catcher leagues. He has appeared in just nine games with the Mets in 2024 and has gone 8-for-24 (.333) with three home runs, a double, five RBI and six runs scored. Torrens has a .230/.292/.366 career slash line with 22 homers and 84 RBI in 278 games played in the big leagues since debuting in 2017.

    Jun 24 · Source via New York Mets Luis Torrens
  • Diamondbacks Taking Things Slowly With Eduardo Rodriguez

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    Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (lat) has started a throwing program and is throwing at 105 feet, but the Diamondbacks are taking things very slowly since his setback last month. Rodriguez's initial throwing program was paused after he experienced some discomfort in his left lat following an April 9 bullpen session. He was moved to the 60-day injured list on April 17. E-Rod was initially removed from a spring training game on March 19 with left-lat tightness, and an MRI exam taken the following day showed the strain. Manager Torey Lovullo said last Wednesday that the 31-year-old southpaw would begin throwing off a mound within the next week, but that has yet to happen. Rodriguez will need to go on a minor-league rehab assignment eventually, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to make his debut with the Snakes until the second half of the season.

    Jun 24 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Miguel Castro Throws Live Batting Practice Session

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    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Miguel Castro (shoulder) was scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Monday, consisting of one inning and 25 pitches. Castro has thrown multiple bullpen sessions and is now facing live hitters, so he's getting close to going on what could be a short minor-league rehab assignment. The 29-year-old relief pitcher is rehabbing from right-shoulder inflammation. Barring a setback in his recovery, he should be back with the Diamondbacks' bullpen before the All-Star break in mid-July. Before landing on the shelf, Castro had a 5.19 ERA (3.61 FIP) and 1.50 WHIP with six strikeouts and one walk in just 8 2/3 innings pitched. He's in his 10th major-league season and has a 4.17 career ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 14 saves in 455 2/3 innings pitched. Castro isn't really on the fantasy radar, even in holds leagues.

    Jun 24 · Source via Closers Arizona Diamondbacks Miguel Castro
  • Merrill Kelly Hopes To Return In Mid-August

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    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly (shoulder) is hoping to return from the 60-day injured list to the starting rotation in the middle of August after suffering a right-shoulder strain during a between-starts throwing session in late April. Kelly has been rehabbing at the team's spring training complex and is throwing out to 75 feet. It's the first time in his 15-year career that he's dealt with a soft-tissue injury, and he thinks the strain was due to the "heavy load the last two years." Kelly will turn 36 years old in October but needs to be held in most fantasy leagues after he went 2-0 with a strong 2.19 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 21 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings in his first four starts before his shoulder injury. The next big step in Kelly's slow rehab will be to get back on the mound and resume throwing bullpen sessions.

    Jun 24 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Harold Ramirez Called Up By Nationals

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    The Washington Nationals selected the contract of outfielder Harold Ramirez from the minors on Monday and optioned infield prospect Trey Lipscomb to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move. Ramirez has made it back to the big leagues after being cut by the Tampa Bay Rays and signing a minor-league deal with Washington on June 15. The 29-year-old wasn't in the team's starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the San Diego Padres, and Ramirez figures to only draw into the starting lineup in the outfield or as the designated hitter when the team faces a left-handed pitcher. The Columbian outfielder hit .268/.284/.305 with just one homer, 13 RBI and a career-high-tying five stolen bases in 48 games this year in Tampa. Ramirez has limited power (37 career homers in six years) and fantasy upside as a part-time player.

    Jun 24 · Source via Washington Nationals Harold Ramirez
  • Joey Gallo Starts Running Program

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    Washington Nationals first baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo (hamstring) has started a light running program in his rehab for a serious hamstring injury that he suffered on June 11. Given the serious nature of his injury, the 30-year-old left-handed slugger won't be ready to come off the 10-day injured list when he's eligible and may not even be ready to return before the All-Star break in mid-July. Gallo is also going to require a minor-league rehab assignment before he rejoins the big-league roster. Fantasy managers chasing power will find it difficult to roster Gallo in mixed leagues now days. In his first 140 at-bats before his hamstring injury, he went just 23-for-140 (.164) with five home runs and 11 RBI for the Nats. The former first-rounder is a huge batting average drain, and the swings and misses continue to pile up.

    Jun 24 · Source via Washington Nationals Joey Gallo
  • Cade Cavalli Dealing With The Flu

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    Washington Nationals pitching prospect Cade Cavalli (elbow, illness) is dealing with the flu and will be held back a few days as a result. Cavalli is in the midst of recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had in 2023 and started a rehab assignment with High-A Wilmington last Friday, throwing three scoreless innings while striking out three. The 25-year-old has come down with the flu, though, so his next rehab start will most likely be pushed back a bit. The former 22nd overall pick in 2020 out of Oklahoma allowed seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in his big-league debut in 2022 before being shut down with an injury. Cavalli, the team's No. 5 prospect per MLB Pipeline, should make his return to the big leagues in the second half of this season, at which point he'll be worth rostering in mixed leagues with the ability to hit triple digits as a starter.

    Jun 24 · Source via Washington Nationals Cade Cavalli
  • Jonathan Aranda Going On IL With Oblique Strain

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    Tampa Bay Rays first baseman prospect Jonathan Aranda will be placed on the minor league IL with an oblique strain and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. The 26-year-old had a brief stint with the Rays earlier this season but slashed just .213/.288/.319 with one home run over 52 plate appearances. His batting average was actually lower at Triple-A at .189, along with a .336 OBP and .295 SLG. To say this season has been a disappointment would be an understatement after a .339-25-81-82-2 line last season in the minors. Hopefully when he returns he is able to get rolling and end the season on a high note.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Jonathan Aranda
  • Josiah Gray To Make Rehab Start On Tuesday

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    Washington Nationals right-hander Josiah Gray (elbow) will make a minor-league rehab start with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. Gray threw 79 pitches in his last rehab start last Wednesday and is expected to go six innings or around 90 pitches this time out. And if the 26-year-old doesn't suffer any setbacks with his right elbow, it should be his final rehab start before coming off the injured list and rejoining Washington's starting rotation right before the All-Star break. Gray will have a rotation spot waiting for him in D.C. despite posting a nightmarish 14.04 ERA and 2.40 WHIP in his first two starts of the 2024 season. Given Gray's long layoff, fantasy managers shouldn't be expecting too much when he returns to the big leagues. Fantasy managers in mixed leagues shouldn't completely ignore him, though, after making his first All-Star appearance in 2023.

    Jun 24 · Source via Washington Nationals Josiah Gray
  • A.J. Minter Moves Rehab To Triple-A

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    Atlanta Braves left-handed reliever A.J. Minter (hip) had his minor-league rehab assignment transferred to Triple-A Gwinnett after one appearance with High-A Rome over the weekend. Minter is scheduled to pitch for Gwinnett on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. In his lone appearance with Rome on Saturday, Minter gave up an unearned run on one hit while striking out three batters in his inning of work. The 30-year-old veteran southpaw reliever has been on the injured list with left-hip inflammation since May 30 but could be back in Atlanta's bullpen later this week if he gets through his next appearance at Triple-A. Minter will return to being a key high-leverage setup man for the Braves in front of closer Raisel Iglesias when he comes off the injured list. So far this year, he has gone 5-3 with a save, a 2.95 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP and 23 K's in 21 1/3 innings. Minter has fantasy value in holds leagues.

    Jun 24 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves A.J. Minter
  • Giants Designate Trenton Brooks For Assignment, Select Raymond Burgos

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    The Giants announced that they have selected the contract of left-hander Raymond Burgos. To open spots on both the active and 40-man rosters, first baseman Trenton Brooks has been designated for assignment. Brooks, 28, was selected to the roster just under a month ago. He had spent close to a decade in the minors and...

    Jun 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects San Francisco Giants Trenton Brooks
  • Orlando Arcia Removed Early Due To Dizziness

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    Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia was removed from Monday night's game versus the St. Louis Cardinals early as a precaution due to dizziness. Before leaving prematurely, Arcia was hitless in his two at-bats with one strikeout. He was replaced at shortstop by Zack Short. It's unclear exactly what Arcia is dealing with, but he should be considered day-to-day for now. There's a good chance that he'll be held out of the lineup for the second game of the series on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Venezuelan shortstop hasn't done much for fantasy managers this year while residing at the bottom of Atlanta's batting order regularly. He came into Monday's contest with a weak .213/.245/.346 slash line with six homers and 22 RBI in 272 at-bats. Short could jump into the starting role at the 6 if Arcia requires an injured-list stint.

    Jun 24 · Source via Atlanta Braves Orlando Arcia
  • Triston Casas Gets MRI Monday

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    Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas (rib) had an MRI on his ribs on Monday, and he and the team are awaiting results. The Red Sox are hoping to get Casas back into their lineup as early as next week, and as long as the MRI results come back clean, the infielder should be able to ramp up his activity in preparation for a return before the All-Star break. Casas is on the way back from torn cartilage in his left rib cage, and it sounds like he'll be able to bypass a minor-league rehab assignment before re-entering the mix. The 24-year-old former first-round pick was slashing a potent .244/.344/.513 with six home runs, 10 RBI, and 12 runs scored across 90 plate appearances as Boston's primary first baseman before getting injured this season, and he should be a great source of slugging for fantasy managers upon his activation from the injured list.

    Jun 24 · Source via Boston Red Sox Triston Casas
  • Orioles, Garrett Cooper Agree To Minor League Deal

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    The Orioles are bringing in first baseman Garrett Cooper on a minor league contract, reports Craig Mish of SportsGrid (X link). He'll presumably head to Triple-A Norfolk as he awaits his next MLB opportunity. Cooper is on his third organization of the 2024 season. The righty-hitting first baseman signed a minor league deal with the...

    Jun 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Baltimore Orioles Garrett Cooper
  • Drew Rasmussen To Throw Live Batting Practice Next Week

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    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Rasmussen (elbow) is slated for a live batting practice session on July 2, and the club is planning for him to start a minor-league rehab assignment after the mid-July All-Star break. Rasmussen is looking to take the next step in his throwing progression from last year's right flexor strain, and he's on course to be an option for the Rays sometime later this summer. He'll likely need at least four or five rehab appearances, so fantasy managers should not be expecting him to be available until the middle of August in a best-case scenario. The 28-year-old right-hander did record a 2.62 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 47:11 K:BB over 44 2/3 innings in Tampa Bay's rotation last season, so he's someone to consider stashing once he gets closer to his 2024 debut.

    Jun 24 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Drew Rasmussen
  • Gavin Williams Needs Another Rehab Start

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    Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Gavin Williams (elbow) will make another minor-league rehab start on Wednesday for Triple-A Columbus. It'll be a sixth and perhaps final rehab appearance for Williams, who is on the mend from right elbow discomfort. If all goes well on Wednesday, fantasy managers shouldn't have to wait much longer for Williams' long-awaited 2024 debut with the Guardians. The 24-year-old former top prospect needs to be stashed in all fantasy leagues with his return likely to arrive early next week. Williams generated a promising .3.29 ERA and 1.26 WHIP while punching out 81 and walking 37 covering 16 starts (82 innings) in his rookie campaign during 2023.

    Jun 24 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Gavin Williams
  • Royals Option Nelson Velázquez

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    The Royals announced a series of roster moves today. Infielder Michael Massey was reinstated from the injured list and the club selected the contract of infielder CJ Alexander. In corresponding moves, the club placed infielder/outfielder Adam Frazier on the 10-day injured list due to a right thumb strain and optioned outfielder Nelson Velázquez to Triple-A...

    Jun 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Adam Frazier Michael Massey
  • Rangers Monitoring Max Scherzer's Thumb

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    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (thumb) came away from Sunday's start against the visiting Kansas City Royals with a little thumb soreness, which impacts his grip strength going forward. The coaching and training staff will continue to monitor Scherzer as he prepares for a light bullpen session on Tuesday, but manager Bruce Bochy still expects him to be good to go on Friday in Baltimore for a showdown against the Orioles in his next scheduled start. The 39-year-old veteran right-hander made his season debut against the Royals on Sunday, tossing five scoreless innings and appearing to come away unscathed in Texas' win, but fantasy managers will have to monitor Scherzer's status throughout the week and consider him day-to-day before he's evaluated again on Tuesday.

    Jun 24 · Source via Texas Rangers Max Scherzer
  • Blake Snell To Make Another Rehab Start Friday

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    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Blake Snell (groin) will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday and start for the Sacramento River Cats at Triple-A on Friday, manager Bob Melvin said ahead of Monday's series opener against the visiting Chicago Cubs. After Snell struggled in Sunday's minor-league rehab appearance in his recovery from a strained left groin, the Giants have quickly decided that he needs some more work on the farm before they re-insert the hurler back into their rotation. It rules out a return before the end of June for Snell, who fantasy managers are patiently waiting on to kick-start his season. Through six starts during his first year in San Francisco, the 31-year-old reigning National League Cy Young Award winner has a dismal 9.51 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, and 31:14 K:BB over 23 2/3 innings.

    Jun 24 · Source via San Francisco Giants Blake Snell
  • Brandon Drury Available Off The Bench Monday

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    Los Angeles Angels second baseman Brandon Drury (illness), who is out of the lineup again for Monday's series opener against the division-rival Oakland Athletics because of an upper respiratory virus, is available off the bench. Drury went through a workout before the game, and manager Ron Washington said he is available for the game. Look for Drury to get back into Anaheim's starting nine as soon as Tuesday's meeting with Oakland. The 31-year-old journeyman slugger is slashing a miserable .173/.233/.236 with one home run, six RBI, and nine runs scored in 110 at-bats for the Angels this year and carries very little fantasy appeal at the moment.

    Jun 24 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Brandon Drury
  • Shohei Ohtani Plays Catch From 90 Feet

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    Los Angeles Dodgers two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani (elbow) played catch from 90 feet on Monday for the first time in his rehab process. Ohtani had Tommy John surgery last September and will not pitch at all in his first year with the Dodgers, but he's making strides with his throwing program as we approach the All-Star break next month. The 29-year-old could play some games in the outfield later this year if he continues to progress at a nice pace, but don't count on it. On the offensive side, Ohtani's right-elbow surgery hasn't slowed him down at all, as the two-time American League MVP is currently leading the National League in runs scored (61), home runs (23), batting average .321 (97-for-302), slugging percentage (.632), OPS (1.031) and total bases (191). Continue to throw Ohtani into your fantasy lineups on the daily.

    Jun 24 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Shohei Ohtani
  • Bryan Woo Injures His Leg On Monday

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    Seattle Mariners right-hander Bryan Woo (leg) was forced from his start early on Monday against the hosting Tampa Bay Rays after three innings pitched with an apparent right-leg injury. Woo was removed in the bottom of the fourth inning after allowing one earned run on five hits while walking none and striking out three in three innings of work. Fantasy managers will want to check back later on to see exactly what the 24-year-old is dealing with. Woo has pitched well this year, as he entered Monday's start with a miniscule 1.67 ERA (2.83 FIP) and 0.61 WHIP with 25 strikeouts and only three walks in 37 2/3 innings in his seven starts in his second year in the big leagues. However, he got a late start to the season due to injury and just hasn't been able to stay healthy. Woo looked pretty upset when leaving on Monday, so this could be an injury that forces him to the injured list.

    Jun 24 · Source via Seattle Mariners Bryan Woo
  • Starling Marte Told To Rest For 15 Days

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    New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte (knee) is dealing with a bone inflammation in his right knee and has been told to rest for 15 days. The Mets haven't officially placed Marte on the injured list, but that's likely where this is headed. The 35-year-old veteran outfielder went for an MRI exam on Monday after experiencing soreness in his right knee this weekend. With Marte set to take a few weeks off to rest his knee, fantasy managers probably won't get him back before the All-Star break in mid-July. It's a tough break for fantasy managers and the Mets, as Marte has been productive this year, slashing .278/.328/.416 with seven home runs, 30 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 38 runs scored in his 245 at-bats. Keep him stashed in all fantasy formats. DJ Stewart and Tyrone Taylor will battle for extra playing time in the Mets' outfield with Marte likely heading to the IL.

    Jun 24 · Source via New York Mets Starling Marte
  • Joey Votto Experiences Back Tightness

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    Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Joey Votto (back, ankle) experienced some lower-back tightness but should return to the Florida Complex League for minor-league rehab games later this week. Votto was with Single-A Dunedin but will now return to the Rookie level. The 40-year-old hasn't played all year in the big leagues after suffering a pretty serious ankle sprain in spring training. His rehab process will be slow, and he'll need to work his way back up the minor-league ladder during his rehab before he'll be a realistic option to join the big-league roster as a left-handed bat off the bench. The six-time All-Star and former National League MVP is at the tail end of his career and is no guarantee to be a fantasy contributor in the second half of the 2024 season if he's healthy by then.

    Jun 24 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Joey Votto
  • Jordan Romano, Yimi Garcia Playing Catch

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    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano (elbow) played some light catch on Monday. Meanwhile, fellow reliever Yimi Garcia (elbow) was throwing from 120 feet. Romano is already playing catch again after reporting some soreness in his right elbow while throwing long toss last Friday. The 31-year-old isn't close to a return, though, especially since he can't seem to shake his right-elbow issues since they first cropped up in spring training. When he has been available, he's been shaky with a 6.59 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP, eight saves and 13 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings. Still, he should be stashed in all fantasy formats as Toronto's primary closer when he's healthy. Garcia has filled in nicely for Romano this year and already has five saves. Until one of Romano or Garcia can return from the injured list, Chad Green will serve as the Jays' first option in save situations.

    Jun 24 · Source via Closers Closers Toronto Blue Jays Yimi Garcia Jordan Romano
  • Bo Bichette On Track To Return Tuesday

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    Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (calf) ran the bases, did some hitting and also did some fielding on Monday and is on pace to return from the injured list on Monday. Bichette's calf injury was never all that serious, but the Blue Jays opted to play it safe with one of their best players and put him on the IL. The 26-year-old should be back in Toronto's lineup on Tuesday and will be hoping to turn things around at the plate after what has so far been a rough season offensively. In his absence, Isiah Kiner-Falefa has been serving as the team's starter at the 6 with Bichette on the shelf. The former second-round pick in 2016 will return to a .237/.286/.342 slash line with just four home runs, 28 RBI, four steals and 22 runs scored in 257 at-bats. Bichette had gone 10-for-49 (.204) with no no homers and three RBI in 13 games in June before going on the IL.

    Jun 24 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Bo Bichette
  • Joe Musgrove To Play Catch On Monday

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    San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove (elbow) was scheduled to play catch on Monday for the first time since he was shut down with right-elbow inflammation and subsequently diagnosed with a bone spur. Musgrove has been throwing plyo balls for a few days without any issues in his elbow, so he'll take the next step to throwing a baseball. The 31-year-old would prefer to avoid going under the knife for the bone spur in his elbow, but if he continues to feel discomfort while throwing, it could be inevitable. And if Musgrove does have surgery, there's a chance we may not see him the rest of the season. If he avoids surgery altogether, we probably won't see Musgrove until late July, at the earliest. Musgrove ended last year on the injured list and wasn't sharp upon his return in 2024, as he's currently 3-4 with a 5.66 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 44 K's in his 10 starts.

    Jun 24 · Source via San Diego Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Yu Darvish Dealing With Elbow Inflammation, Won't Start Tuesday

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    San Diego Padres right-hander Yu Darvish (elbow, groin) has "a little" elbow inflammation and will not come off the injured list to make the start on Tuesday against the visiting Washington Nationals, according to manager Mike Shildt. Instead, rookie right-hander Adam Mazur will get the nod. Darvish has been out almost a month with a groin injury and will now miss a little more time with a balky right elbow. The 37-year-old Japanese hurler missed the final month of the 2023 campaign due to a bone spur in his elbow, so the Friars aren't going to take any chances with Darvish. It's unclear how much more time he'll be forced to miss, but stay tuned for more updates. The 23-year-old Mazur has gone 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA, 1.96 WHIP and 11 K's in 17 1/3 innings in his first four major-league starts, so he'll be a risky streaming choice against the Nats on Tuesday.

    Jun 24 · Source via San Diego Padres Yu Darvish
  • Anthony Rendon Runs The Bases Monday

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    Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon (hamstring) ran the bases on Monday for the first time as part of his rehab. There remains no timetable for Rendon to return from a serious left-hamstring injury, so fantasy managers in deeper formats shouldn't expect to see him back in the big leagues until sometime in the second half of the season. The oft-injured 34-year-old is probably going to need a lengthy minor-league rehab assignment as well before the Angels reinstate him from the injured list. In his four seasons with the Halos, Rendon hasn't played in more than 58 games in a single campaign after making his first All-Star team in 2019 in his last year with the Washington Nationals. Before his latest injury, he was hitting .267 (20-for-75) with no homers and three RBI in 19 games. Fantasy managers in mixed leagues should continue to let him languish on the waiver wire.

    Jun 24 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Anthony Rendon
  • Zach Neto Returns To Angels Lineup

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    Los Angeles Angels shortstop Zach Neto (calf) is back in the starting lineup on Monday for the series opener against the visiting Oakland Athletics and right-hander Luis Medina, playing shortstop and batting sixth in the order. Neto left Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers early with left-calf tightness but had a day off on Sunday to rest up, so he won't end up missing any time with the minor injury. The 23-year-old infielder has hit a pedestrian .250/.299/.433 on the year with 10 home runs, 32 RBI, nine stolen bases and 28 runs scored in 252 at-bats to make him a worthwhile middle infield option for those in deeper fantasy formats. Neto has faced Medina three times in his career and has one hit and one RBI. The former first-rounder has gone 15-for-63 (.238) with four homers, four doubles, 14 RBI, no walks and 15 strikeouts in 19 games in June.

    Jun 24 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Zach Neto
  • Adam Frazier Lands On 10-Day Injured List

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    The Kansas City Royals placed veteran infielder Adam Frazier (thumb) on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to June 23) with a right-thumb strain on Monday and selected the contract of infielder CJ Alexander from Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move. Frazier suffered his thumb injury during a collision with Garrett Hampson in Saturday's loss to the Texas Rangers and will now need at least 10 days to heal up. There's a chance we won't see the 32-year-old until after the All-Star break in mid-July. Frazier was only really worth a roster spot in AL-only leagues, as he's currently hitting .211 (31-for-147) with two homers and 10 RBI in a part-time role in KC. Michael Massey (back) should return to starting duties at second base for the Royals now that he's back from his own stay on the IL.

    Jun 24 · Source via Kansas City Royals Adam Frazier
  • Michael Massey Reinstated, Nelson Velazquez Optioned

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    The Kansas City Royals reinstated infielder Michael Massey (back) from the 10-day injured list on Monday and optioned outfielder Nelson Velazquez to Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move. Massey is in the starting lineup on Monday against the visiting Miami Marlins and right-hander Roddery Munoz, serving as the designated hitter and batting fifth. The 26-year-old Massey will return from his second IL stint due to back issues after playing in five minor-league rehab games with Triple-A Omaha. He should eventually resume playing nearly every day at the keystone in Kansas City and is worth a roster spot in deep-mixed leagues in an improved Royals lineup after hitting .294 (30-for-102) with six homers and 23 RBI before his second back injury. Velazquez clubbed eight homers in 205 at-bats but hit just .200 with 61 K's in 64 games to earn a trip to the farm.

    Jun 24 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Massey Nelson Velazquez
  • Paul Goldschmidt Getting An Off Day Monday

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    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is getting a rare day off on Monday with the team facing the visiting Atlanta Braves. Alec Burleson will draw into the lineup at first base and will bat second against Braves rookie right-hander Spencer Schwellenbach. This will be Goldy's first day off since May 9 and only the third time all year that he hasn't been in the starting lineup. The veteran first baseman is hitting a disappointing .231 on the season but has turned things around in June and is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak in which he's gone 9-for-30 (.300) with two homers and four RBI in 32 plate appearances. The seven-time All-Star also has 10 homers on the season, 31 RBI, three stolen bases and 36 runs scored in 74 games. Burleson has been more productive than Goldy in 2024 and will be a nice DFS target against a rookie out of the two-hole.

    Jun 24 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Paul Goldschmidt
  • Edwin Diaz Officially Suspended 10 Games

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    New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz has been suspended 10 games for violating the rules on foreign substances. The right-hander was tossed from Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs before ever throwing a pitch. Diaz said afterwards that it was rosin on his hand, but it doesn't sound like he's going to appeal the suspension. The Mets are likely to use a committee approach with Adam Ottavino and Reed Garrett until Diaz is back.

    Jun 24 · Source via Closers New York Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Heads To The Injured List

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. (quadriceps) has been placed on the 10-day injured list ahead of Monday's game. This is a tough loss for the Padres, who are already dealing with multiple injuries. Manager Mike Shildt said that Tatis is dealing with a slight stress reaction in his quad. The team hasn't given a timetable for Tatis' return, but he'll likely miss multiple weeks of action. In a corresponding move, Bryce Johnson has been recalled from the minors. With Tatis out, the Padres figure to use some combination of David Peralta and Jose Azocar in right field, with Peralta on the strong side of a platoon against right-handed pitching.

    Jun 24 · Source via San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr. Jose Azocar Bryce Johnson David Peralta
  • Eloy Jimenez Remains In The Lineup

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    Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez (hamstring) remains in the starting lineup ahead of Monday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is somewhat surprising considering Jimenez mentioned experiencing hamstring soreness in his return on Sunday. Despite that, the oft-injured outfielder will remain in the starting lineup for Monday's game. He'll serve as the designated hitter and bat cleanup versus left-hander James Paxton.

    Jun 24 · Source via Chicago White Sox Los Angeles Dodgers Eloy Jimenez James Paxton
  • Clayton Kershaw Shut Down From Throwing

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    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) won't make a start on Tuesday and will be shut down from throwing for a week. The veteran left-hander has reportedly been feeling soreness in his shoulder since throwing a bullpen session last week. The MRI showed no new damage on his shoulder, so it just sounds like soreness. Fantasy managers that were hopeful to get Kershaw back we'll have to wait a little longer.

    Jun 24 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
  • Patrick Sandoval To Have Season-Ending Surgery

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    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval (elbow) is expected to undergo season-ending surgery. The southpaw was recently placed on the injured list due to an elbow issue. After further testing, Sandoval was found to have a torn UCL and will likely need Tommy John surgery. If that happens, Sandoval probably won't be able to pitch again until the middle or late next season. He wasn't much of a fantasy option this season with a 2-8 record and 5.08 ERA in 16 starts. The Angels have recalled another starter yet, so we'll have to wait and see what they do with Sandoval's spot.

    Jun 24 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Patrick Sandoval
  • Rhett Lowder Allows Six Runs In Double-A Start

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher prospect Rhett Lowder struggled in his most recent start with Double-A Chattanooga. Facing the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, he threw five innings, allowing eight hits, six earned runs, one walk, and two home runs. The 22-year-old righty struck out six. Overall, Lowder has had mixed results since his promotion to Double-A at the beginning of May. Through 34 innings, he has a 7.15 ERA and an .890 OPS against. Cincinnati's top prospect (per MLB.com), Lowder is expected to make his MLB debut sometime this year. However, if he doesn't turn things around in the minors, it may not happen until 2025.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Rhett Lowder
  • Quinn Mathews Promoted To Double-A

    St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Quinn Mathews has been promoted to Double-A Springfield. The 23-year-old lefty has been incredible through 74 1/3 innings, this year. With Low-A Palm Beach, he posted a 1.47 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, and 52:11 K/BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings. With High-A Peoria, he posted a 2.68 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 58:9 K/BB in 43 2/3 innings. Mathews was drafted out of Stanford in the fourth round of last year's draft. Currently the Cardinals' No. 20 prospect (per MLB.com), he's expected to make his MLB debut in 2025.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Quinn Mathews
  • Teoscar Hernandez Absent On Monday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Teoscar Hernandez is out of the starting lineup ahead of Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox. There is no injury being reported, so it's assumed that this is a routine rest day for Hernandez. It is a bit odd to see Hernandez getting a day off against a left-handed starting pitcher. Regardless, Hernandez will sit out with Jason Heyward and Miguel Vargas covering the corner outfield spots on Monday.UPDATE: Hernandez is in the Dominican Republic for personal reasons and is expected to rejoin the team in Chicago on Tuesday.

    Jun 24 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Teoscar Hernandez Jason Heyward Miguel Vargas
  • Shane Baz Dominating In Triple-A

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    Through four starts in June, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Shane Baz has been impeccable with Triple-A Durham. He's thrown 18 innings, with a 1.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 28:8 K/BB ratio. His fastball is reaching the upper 90s and his breaking balls have been electric. When he'll be promoted to the Rays' rotation hasn't been announced, but it should only be a matter of time before he's back in the big leagues. If one of the team's starters has to miss any time, Baz should be first in line to take their place. Overall, he's worthy of holding onto in most leagues.

    Jun 24 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Shane Baz
  • Cardinals Hoping Nolan Arenado Can Return Mid-Week

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    The St. Louis Cardinals are hopeful that third baseman Nolan Arenado (forearm) will be able to avoid a stint on the injured list while dealing with left forearm nerve irritation, according to manager Oliver Marmol. Arenado has been battling the issue for some time but he reported feeling better on Monday, and the team hopes he can return to the lineup by the middle of the week. The 33-year-old All-Star is missing a second straight game on Monday against the visiting Atlanta Braves. Veteran Brandon Crawford is making another start at the hot corner and is batting eighth against Braves rookie right-hander Spencer Schwellenbach. Crawford has become a backup at this point in his career and is a poor DFS choice near the bottom of the lineup. He's also hitting just .196 (9-for-46) in his first year in St. Louis with a homer and three RBI.

    Jun 24 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Nolan Arenado
  • Lazaro Montes Staying Hot In June

    Seattle Mariners outfield prospect Lazaro Montes is having a great season with Single-A Modesto. Through 65 games, he's slashing .309/.411/.527 with 13 doubles, 13 home runs, and a 43:59 BB/SO ratio. At just 19 years old, he's shown outstanding offensive prowess. After posting a 1.049 OPS in an otherworldly May, he's followed up with an impressive June. So far, he's slashing .254/.386/.493 with three doubles, four homers, and a 13:20 BB/SO this month. Seattle's No. 4 prospect (per MLB.com), Montes is expected to make his MLB debut in 1986.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Seattle Mariners Lazaro Montes
  • Willson Contreras Activated And Starting On Monday

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    The St. Louis Cardinals officially activated catcher Willson Contreras (forearm) from the 10-day injured list on Monday and optioned catcher Nick Raposo to Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move. The team also activated right-hander Nick Robertson (elbow) from the 15-day IL and optioned him to Memphis. Contreras will draw right back into the starting lineup at catcher and will bat third on Monday against the visiting Atlanta Braves and rookie right-hander Spencer Schwellenbach. The 32-year-old has made it back well before his projected timetable after fracturing his left forearm in early May, which has to make the Cardinals and fantasy managers ecstatic. Contreras will return to starting catching duties in St. Louis, but he may be eased back in with rookie Pedro Pages serving as his backup since Ivan Herrera (back) is on the IL.

    Jun 24 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Willson Contreras
  • Red Sox Put Connor Wong On Paternity List

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    The Boston Red Sox placed catcher Connor Wong on the paternity list on Monday and recalled catcher Tyler Heineman from Triple-A Worcester in a corresponding move. Wong will now miss up to the next three days while tending to a personal matter. Reese McGuire will handle the catching duties for Boston on Monday and will bat eighth against Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Chris Bassitt. Heineman will back up McGuire while Wong is away from the club this week. Fantasy managers should expect the 28-year-old Wong to next suit up on Friday against the San Diego Padres. While he's certainly due regression in the second half of the year, Wong is as hot as can be right now and currently is riding a 13-game hitting streak that has seen him go 17-for-48 (.354) with two homers and 10 RBI since June 6. He's hitting .330/.390/.480 with an .870 OPS, seven homers and 29 RBI in a breakout season.

    Jun 24 · Source via Boston Red Sox Connor Wong
  • Daulton Varsho Sidelined Against Boston

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    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Daulton Varsho (back) remains out of the team's starting lineup on Monday against the division-rival Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Varsho injured his back in Saturday's loss to the Cleveland Guardians and will now miss his second straight game. For now, fantasy managers need to keep him on their benches and consider him day-to-day. Veteran Kevin Kiermaier is starting in center field in Monday's series opener and will bat ninth against Red Sox right-hander Tanner Houck. Varsho is barely hitting over .200 on the year but offers a modest mix of power and speed with 11 homers and eight stolen bases in 242 at-bats this year. Kiermaier has three hits in six career at-bats versus Houck but is also hitting just .184 (25-for-136) on the year and has minimal DFS upside in the nine-hole in Toronto's batting order.

    Jun 24 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Daulton Varsho
  • Reds Put TJ Friedl On 10-Day Injured List

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    The Cincinnati Reds placed outfielder TJ Friedl (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list on Monday with a right-hamstring strain and selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Levi Jordan from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move. Friedl injured his right hamstring a week ago and missed two games before returning to the Reds' lineup over the weekend. However, the 28-year-old left-handed-hitting outfielder aggravated the injury on Sunday and will now head to the injured list for the third time in 2024. When healthy, Friedl can be a weapon for the Reds and fantasy managers against right-handed pitching, but he just hasn't been able to stay healthy this year. Hopefully, he'll have a minimum stay on the IL. In the meantime, Stuart Fairchild will probably benefit the most from more playing time in center field.UPDATE: Manager David Bell said Friedl was playing at about 80-85 percent and is hoping he will be back in two to three weeks.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds TJ Friedl Levi Jordan
  • Brandon Lowe Remains Out On Monday

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    Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe (toe) remains out of the starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the visiting Seattle Mariners. Richie Palacios will take his place at second base and will bat fifth against Mariners right-hander Bryan Woo. It's not that big of a surprise that Lowe is still sidelined after fracturing his right pinkie toe when he was hit by a pitch in Saturday's loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. For now, the Rays and the 29-year-old are hoping that he can avoid a trip to the injured list, but we'll see how long that lasts. The former third-round selection in 2015 out of Maryland still has intriguing pop from the second base position, but injuries continue to get in the way. Lowe is hitting only .217 (25-for-115) on the year with five homers, 22 RBI and 17 runs scored. Palacios is mainly useful for his speed (11 stolen bases) in deeper fantasy leagues.

    Jun 24 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Lowe
  • David Fry Serving As DH Against Orioles

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    Cleveland Guardians catcher/outfielder David Fry (elbow) is serving as the designated hitter and will bat fifth for the team in Monday's series opener against the hosting Baltimore Orioles and rookie left-hander Cade Povich. Fry left the series finale on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays early with right-elbow inflammation, but he's back in action a day later, albeit as the DH. The 28-year-old will continue to be an option for Cleveland at both catcher and in the outfield once he gets past his elbow injury. The former seventh-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018 has been a revelation this year for fantasy managers that plucked him off the waiver wire, as he's hitting .312/.429/.526 with a .955 OPS, eight homers, 31 RBI and four steals on the year. He's started coming back down to Earth this month, though, going 11-for-49 (.225) with no homers, four RBI and 10 K's in 15 games.

    Jun 24 · Source via Cleveland Guardians David Fry
  • Ryan Mountcastle, Colton Cowser Out On Monday

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    Baltimore Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle, rookie outfielder Colton Cowser and infielder Jorge Mateo are all out of Monday's lineup against the visiting Cleveland Guardians. Ryan O'Hearn is playing first base and batting third, rookie Heston Kjerstad is in left field and is batting fifth, and Ramon Urias is at third base and in the eight-hole against Guardians right-hander Tanner Bibee. Mountcastle is getting a routine day of rest after starting in each of the team's last nine games. Cowser is hitting .175 in June and has now been on the bench three of the last five times the club has faced a righty pitcher. The 24-year-old could see even less playing time if Kjerstad plays well upon his promotion. Mateo is on the bench for the third time in the last five games and is losing playing time to both Urias and Jordan Westburg.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Colton Cowser Ryan Mountcastle
  • Mets Designate Joe Hudson For Assignment

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    The Mets have designated catcher Joe Hudson for assignment, per a team announcement. His spot on the roster will go to fellow backstop Luis Torrens, who has been reinstated from the paternity list. The journeyman Hudson was selected to the Mets' roster earlier this month in advance of the team's London showdown against the Phillies....

    Jun 24 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Mets Joe Hudson Luis Torrens
  • Orioles Designate Nick Maton For Assignment

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    The Orioles announced Monday that they've designated infielder/outfielder Nick Maton for assignment. His spot on the roster will go to top outfield prospect Heston Kjerstad, whose previously reported recall from Triple-A Norfolk is now official. Maton, 27, had his contract selected to the big league roster last week but only appeared in one game with...

    Jun 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Baltimore Orioles Nick Maton Heston Kjerstad
  • Tyler Locklear Optioned To Triple-A Tacoma

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    The Seattle Mariners optioned first baseman Tyler Locklear ahead of the team's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. With Jorge Polanco (hamstring) returning from the 10-day injured list, Seattle decided to send down its No. 8 prospect. Locklear started just once since June 17, so the first baseman should be getting more consistent reps in Triple-A. The 23-year-old hit just .200 with two home runs, one double, and three RBI across 11 games with the Mariners this season. With his demotion, he can be safely dropped in all formats.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Seattle Mariners Tyler Locklear
  • Jorge Polanco Reinstated From The 10-Day IL

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    The Seattle Mariners reinstated second baseman Jorge Polanco (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list ahead of the team's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. Polanco has been out since May 26 due to a right hamstring strain, but he should resume his everyday role as the Mariners' second baseman upon his return. It has been a rough start to the year for the 30-year-old at the plate, as he is hitting just .195 with five home runs, two doubles, and 14 RBI in 46 games this season. Given his poor numbers in 2024, Polanco should likely be left on waivers in most fantasy leagues right now.

    Jun 24 · Source via Seattle Mariners Jorge Polanco
  • Orioles Designate Nick Maton For Assignment

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    The Baltimore Orioles designated Nick Maton for assignment ahead of Monday's series opener against the Cleveland Guardians. Maton was just called up by the Orioles on June 19 after appearing in 41 Triple-A games this season. But to make way for Heston Kjerstad's promotion, the utility specialist was designated for assignment. The 27-year-old only appeared in one game since he was up with the major league club, which happened to be in Baltimore's blowout 17-5 win over the New York Yankees on June 20. Maton will now go on waivers, where he could find a new team or wind up back in the Orioles' minor league system.

    Jun 24 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Nick Maton
  • Jarren Duran's Strong June Continues After 3-for-5 Day On Sunday

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    Boston Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran went 3-for-5 with one double, two RBI, and one stolen base in the team's 7-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Duran has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball in June and is currently slashing .384/.443/.640 with four home runs, six doubles, three triples, 13 RBI, and nine stolen bases over the past 20 games. The outfielder has also tallied 12 multi-hit games during that span. Given this recent hot streak at the plate, he is a must-start in all fantasy formats moving forward. The 27-year-old currently leads the American League in triples (10) and is tied atop the doubles (22) lead with Aaron Judge and JJ Bleday.

    Jun 24 · Source via Boston Red Sox Jarren Duran
  • Erik Miller Opening, Spencer Howard To Serve As Bulk Reliever On Monday

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    The San Francisco Giants announced that pitcher Erik Miller will open the game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday. Miller last pitched on June 19, where he also started, and threw one scoreless inning with one walk and two strikeouts. The left-hander will start on Monday, but Spencer Howard is expected to follow him out of the bullpen and serve as the bulk reliever. Howard has struggled as of late on the mound, giving up seven runs (six earned runs) with five walks and four strikeouts over his last 3 1/3 innings of work. He does get a favorable matchup against a Cubs offense that ranks in the bottom half of the league in most categories. Still, Howard should only be considered in extremely deep formats on Monday.

    Jun 24 · Source via San Francisco Giants Spencer Howard Erik Miller
  • Alek Thomas To Take Part In Live Batting Practice On Monday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Alek Thomas (hamstring) played seven innings in center field and had three at-bats on Saturday in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League and said his hamstring felt good. After an off day on Sunday, Thomas will take live batting practice against right-hander Zac Gallen (hamstring) on Monday and then head to Triple-A Reno for a minor-league rehab assignment. The D-backs are hoping Thomas will join the big-league roster for the June 28-30 series against the visiting Oakland Athletics. The 24-year-old center fielder had been scheduled to come off the injured list on May 7, but manager Torey Lovullo said Thomas felt something in his left hamstring after playing in a rehab game on May 5. He then received a platelet-rich plasma injection to alleviate swelling on May 13. When healthy, Thomas is a defense-first player for the Snakes.

    Jun 24 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Alek Thomas
  • Zac Gallen To Throw Live Batting Practice Monday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zac Gallen (hamstring) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Monday against outfielder Alek Thomas (hamstring). If everything goes well, Gallen could be reinstated from the 15-day injured list and return during the team's series against the Oakland Athletics from June 28-30. He was diagnosed with a strained right hamstring after his sixth pitch of the game on May 30 against the New York Mets. The D-backs later announced it was a Grade 1 hamstring strain for Gallen. Gallen was put on the injured list the next day. The 28-year-old has allowed a lot of hard contact so far in an injury-plagued season, but he still has fantasy ace potential when he's right, and the good news is he isn't dealing with an arm injury. Gallen should remain rostered in all fantasy formats with his return on the horizon.

    Jun 24 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Zac Gallen
  • Dean Kremer May Need Another Rehab Start

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    Baltimore Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that right-hander Dean Kremer (triceps) not making it past the first inning in his minor-league rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday was "not ideal." The low pitch count may require Kremer to make another rehab start before he's activated from the injured list and returns to Baltimore's starting rotation. The 28-year-old went 3 2/3 innings in his first rehab start but didn't get out of the first frame on Saturday while throwing 39 pitches. His short outing over the weekend means he probably is going to need another rehab assignment and won't make his return to the O's rotation until early July. When healthy, Kremer can be an effective deep-league streamer. He's currently 3-4 with a 4.32 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and a 49:18 K:BB in 50 innings and nine starts. Kremer's 23.7% strikeout rate is his highest since his rookie year in 2020.

    Jun 24 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Dean Kremer
  • Ian Gibaut Working On Grip Strength

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    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Ian Gibaut (forearm) has been working on his grip strength with his right hand. Once he reaches a certain level of progress, he will be cleared to begin a throwing program. Gibaut had surgery on May 9 to relieve a compression in a forearm nerve called the anterior interosseous nerve or AIN. Manager David Bell said that the 30-year-old could be cleared to return from the 60-day injured list in as soon as six weeks. He's been shut down all year to this point and will not be able to rejoin Cincy's bullpen until the second half of the season. The former 11th-round pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015 out of Tulane went 8-4 with a 3.33 ERA (4.07 FIP), a 1.28 WHIP, a career-high three saves, a career-high 69 strikeouts and 28 walks in 74 relief appearances in his first full season with the Reds in 2023.

    Jun 24 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Ian Gibaut
  • Matt McLain Hasn't Been Cleared To Swing

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    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Matt McLain's (shoulder) most recent visit with his surgeon went well and he was "exactly where he wants to be," manager David Bell said on Sunday. However, no timelines were revealed for a target return date for McLain's progressions. He was cleared to resume throwing and running six weeks after his late-March shoulder surgery, but McLain hasn't been cleared yet to swing a bat. The Reds are taking it slow with the 24-year-old second-year player, although he's close to swinging a bat. Once he starts swinging, McLain will still have plenty of boxes to check before eventually going on what will be a lengthy minor-league rehab assignment. The first-rounder in 2021 out of UCLA could be ready to rejoin the big-league roster at some point in August, barring any setbacks along the way.

    Jun 24 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • Emilio Pagan Could Start Throwing Program Soon

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    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Emilio Pagan (lat), who was placed on the 15-day injured list on June 9 with a right-lat strain, is scheduled to undergo a new can on Monday to check his healing process. If everything goes well, Pagan could be cleared to begin a throwing program this week. However, the veteran reliever isn't expected to be back in the Reds' major-league bullpen until the second half of the season. When the Reds feel good enough about Pagan to bring him back from the injured list, he'll be serving in a late-inning setup role ahead of closer Alexi Diaz, giving him slight appeal in deep holds leagues. Before his injury, Pagan wasn't all that effective, posting a 4.43 ERA (4.18 FIP) and 1.38 WHIP with 26 strikeouts and seven walks in 20 1/3 innings out of the bullpen.

    Jun 24 · Source via Closers Cincinnati Reds Emilio Pagan
  • X-Rays Come Back Negative On Will Benson

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    X-rays came back negative on Cincinnati Reds outfielder Will Benson (elbow) after he was hit by a pitch in Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox, according to manager David Bell. Benson went 0-for-3 and set a career-high hitless streak with an 0-for-21 slump before getting hit on the inside of his left elbow by a pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning. He stayed in the game to take first base but was eventually replaced on defense in right field by Nick Martini in the top of the ninth inning. The 26-year-old left-handed-hitting outfielder appears to have escaped a serious injury but he's unlikely to play on Monday for the series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, especially with the team facing a left-handed pitcher. Benson's cold stretch has dropped his season slash line to .192/.287/.379 with eight homers, 22 RBI and nine steals in 214 at-bats.

    Jun 24 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Will Benson
  • Willson Contreras Expected To Return On Monday

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    All signs are pointing to St. Louis Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras (forearm) being activated from the injured list and returning to the starting lineup ahead of Monday's series opener against the visiting Atlanta Braves. Contreras fractured his forearm on May 7 and was originally slated to return by the All-Star break. Instead, he could rejoin the team weeks ahead of his projected timetable. He went 1-for-5 in his sixth minor-league rehab game for Triple-A Memphis, and his true testing point was catching back-to-back games, which he did on Friday and Saturday. He came out of those games fine and escaped a scar on Saturday when he was involved in a collision at home plate. With Ivan Herrera (back) also on the IL, rookie Pedro Pages is likely to stick around as Contreras' backup moving forward.

    Jun 24 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Willson Contreras
  • Kendall George Producing In June For Single-A Rancho Cucamonga

    Los Angeles Dodgers outfield prospect Kendall George continues to turn heads at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga with a very productive June. The 19-year-old is hitting .292 this month with 15 runs scored and five stolen bases. The Dodgers No. 10 prospect has a rare 80-grade for speed but that is coupled with 30-grade power. He doesn't have a home run to his credit this year. So, as a fantasy prospect, George is a bit of a rare breed with the potential to dominate the steals category. Because of his lack of power, he will also need to continue to hit like he is now in the minors and provide above-average production in runs and batting average. He is still ways away from making a big-league impact but is a name worth getting to know.

    Jun 24 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Kendall George
  • Luisangel Acuna Red-Hot At Triple-A Syracuse

    New York Mets infield/outfield prospect Luisangel Acuna logged three hits for Triple-A Syracuse Sunday, extending his hitting streak to 10 games in a torrid stretch. During his 10-game hitting streak, Acuna has five multi-hit games. The 22-year-old is hitting .312 in June and has raised his season-long batting average to .271. The Mets No. 5 prospect has shown off the wheels with 26 stolen bases this year. His pure hitting ability and above-average speed make him a great future fantasy contributor. Acuna could get a look for New York at some point this season and when he does is worthy of waiver-wire consideration in leagues of all sizes.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Luisangel Acuna
  • Jackson Jobe Dials Up The Heat In Rehab Start

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    Detroit Tigers top pitching prospect Jackson Jobe (hamstring) touched 99 miles per hour on his fastball as he fired three scoreless innings in a rehab start Sunday for High-A West Michigan. Jobe threw 32 pitches (24 for strikes) as he struck out four with no walks. It was an encouraging sign as the talented right-hander works his way back from a hamstring injury. The 22-year-old is one of the top minor-league arms with a devastating fastball-slider combination. His progress this year has been stalled a bit because of his injury but he is on the mend and could reach Triple-A by the end of the season should he demonstrate full health. Next year could be the year for him in Detroit and he has the tools to contribute to fantasy teams right away.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Detroit Tigers Jackson Jobe
  • Justin Crawford Has Two Hits, Triple For High-A Jersey Shore

    Philadelphia Phillies outfield prospect Justin Crawford logged two hits, including a triple, for High-A Jersey Shore on Sunday. The No. 4 prospect for the Phillies is hitting .290 with four homers and 30 RBI to go with 24 stolen bases at High-A this season. The 20-year-old is a speedster just like his father and long-time big-leaguer Carl Crawford and possesses 75-grade speed. He also has a 55-grade hit tool, making him a nice fantasy prospect with the potential to contribute heavily in runs, average, and stolen bases. Crawford could be looking at a few more seasons in the minors but all signs point to a quick progression based on his performance at High-A this season.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Philadelphia Phillies Justin Crawford
  • Jeffrey Springs Builds Up To 42 Pitches Sunday

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    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeffrey Springs (elbow) made his third minor-league rehab start with Triple-A Durham on Sunday, striking out three batters over 2 1/3 innings of work. Springs did allow one earned run on two hits and one walk on Sunday, but he was more importantly able to stretch out to 42 pitches in the outing. Because Springs previously had a brief setback due to left shoulder/lat tightness during his recovery from Tommy John surgery, he's unlikely to be available to the Rays and fantasy managers until sometime after the mid-July All-Star break. The 31-year-old left-hander gave up just one run with a sharp 24:4 K:BB over 16 innings in Tampa Bay's rotation last season and is still well worth stashing in most competitive leagues.

    Jun 24 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Jeffrey Springs
  • Jackson Ferris Turns In Six Scoreless Innings In Latest Start

    Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Jackson Ferris scattered two hits and a walk and struck out eight in six scoreless innings Sunday for the High-A Great Lakes Loons. The left-hander has been very effective in June with a 2.11 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in four starts. He has 32 strikeouts and 10 walks over 21 1/3 innings this month. The 20-year-old has a 60-grade fastball and curveball combination making him an intriguing prospect. The No. 6 prospect in the Dodgers system is making a case for a promotion this year but is still viewed as being a few years away from the majors. One of the top left-handed pitching prospects in baseball, it will be worth monitoring Ferris as he progresses through the minors.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Jackson Ferris
  • Matt McLain Close To Taking Swings

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said before Sunday's game against the visiting Boston Red Sox that second baseman Matt McLain (shoulder) is "exactly where he wants to be" in his recovery from left shoulder surgery. McLain is close to resuming swinging, according to Bell, but he remains without a clear timetable for a return to the Reds. With a lengthy ramp-up process and minor-league rehab assignment likely to happen before McLain is an option for fantasy managers, the young infielder is unlikely to be much of a factor until sometime in August. Jonathan India is Cincy's everyday second baseman until McLain is back in the fold, slashing .326/.418/.488 with three home runs, five doubles, 18 RBI, and two stolen bases over his last 27 games, and he's worth a look in all leagues.

    Jun 24 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • Denzel Clarke Hits Two Homers In Double-A

    Oakland Athletics outfield prospect Denzel Clarke had a day to remember for Double-A Midland on Sunday. Clarke went 3-for-3 on the day with a single and pair of solo homers to help lead to the RockHounds 40th victory of the season. Clarke, 24, has now hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games after a slow start to the season. For the season, the Canadian is now hitting .237 with eight homers, 28 RBI and eight stolen bases in 54 games. Per MLB Pipeline, Clarke is the Athletics No. 3 prospect and offers plenty of athleticism and has extreme power when he makes contact, but still needs to work on his attack of the plate. Given the A's are in a full rebuild, Clarke could get a chance with the club this season. He remains best served in dynasty leagues moving forward, but like most prospects, he would be worth a look in redraft leagues given his name is eventually called.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Oakland Athletics Denzel Clarke
  • Devin Williams To Start Throwing Off A Mound This Week

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    Milwaukee Brewers closer Devin Williams (back) has a mound session on the schedule for Wednesday before the club's series finale against the visiting Texas Rangers. That keeps him on track to be pitching in the major leagues sometime in late July if all goes well, considering it's set to be the most significant step forward in Williams' throwing progression to this point in his recovery from stress fractures in his back. The 29-year-old right-hander won the Trevor Hoffman Award as the best closer in the National League with 36 saves and a 1.53 ERA for the Brewers last year, so he needs to be stashed in all fantasy leagues. In the meantime, the flame-throwing Trevor Megill has saved 15 games with a 1.93 ERA and 28:7 K:BB over 25 appearances for Milwaukee and should be rostered in all formats.

    Jun 24 · Source via Closers Milwaukee Brewers Devin Williams
  • Nick Lodolo Walks Season-High Four, Managing Blister

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    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo's (finger) pitching in Sunday's start against the visiting Boston Red Sox was impacted by a blister on his index finger. "The feeling for the ball was not the same, but it's not impacting me a ton. Definitely a little bit. I'll work to get it right", Lodolo said following the game. Limited to just 76 pitches on Sunday against Boston, Lodolo gave up three earned runs on five hits and a season-worst four walks. It's too early to tell if this issue will affect the 26-year-old southpaw's status for Saturday's scheduled appearance against the division-rival St. Louis Cardinals, but it's certainly something for the Reds and fantasy managers to monitor this week. Lodolo now has a 2.96 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 73 strikeouts and 19 walks over 70 innings in Cincy's rotation this year.

    Jun 24 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Matt Shaw Continues To Show Power In Triple-A

    Chicago Cubs infield prospect Matt Shaw had another big performance for Double-A Tennessee on Sunday. Shaw, the No. 42 prospect per MLB Pipeline went 2-for-4 with three runs, five RBI and a home run in a loss. Shaw's homer was his third in the last six games and he is now hitting .245 with 10 homers, 33 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 65 games. Shaw has been a big bright spot for the Cubs system this season and quietly has become of the of better prospects in all of baseball. The 2023 first-round draft pick has shown the ability to make consistent contact off both righties and lefties and also has some pop in his bat. Shaw was drafted as a shortstop, but he is likely to wind up at third base with Dansby Swanson and Nico Hoerner holding down the middle of the infield for the Cubs. The Cubs offense has been ugly this season and that could lead to the team considering Shaw more and more as the season goes on. Even if Shaw doesn't make his debut in 2024, there is a strong chance that he could be wearing blue pinstripes in 2025. He should be rostered in dynasty leagues and a name for redraft managers to remember heading into next season.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Matt Shaw
  • Zach Maxwell K's 3 In Inning Of Relief

    Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Zach Maxwell earned his second victory of the season out of relief for Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. Maxwell sent down all three batters he faced via the strikeout and allowed one hit. Maxwell has close to an equal amount of time between Double-A and Triple-A this season. After dominating Double-A with a 1.23 ERA in 14 2/3 innings, he has struggled with Louisville to the tune of a 6.52 ERA in his first 11 innings. Despite the early struggles, Maxwell has flashed potential as he can hit up to 100 MPH with his big 6'6, 275-pound frame. Maxwell is not a player that dynasty managers need to go running after, but he could be good bullpen option in the future.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Zach Maxwell
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Was Available Sunday

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. (triceps, quad), who exited Friday's game after being hit on the left elbow, was available in Sunday afternoon's game against the visiting San Diego Padres in the right situation, manager Mike Shildt said. Tatis remains day-to-day with the elbow and the quad injury he's been playing through. It sounds like the Padres and fantasy managers should have a good chance of getting Tatis back into their lineups for Monday's series opener against the Washington Nationals in San Diego, but considering he's banged up with multiple issues at the moment, there's always a chance he could sit out another game or so to recuperate. There's more apparent concern about the 25-year-old superstar's quad problem, which has lingered for most of the year.

    Jun 24 · Source via San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Austin Krob Racks Up 12 K's

    San Diego Padres pitching prospect Austin Krob put together a big performance for Double-A San Antonio on Sunday. The lefty tossed seven scoreless innings and allowed two hits with two walks and a career-high 12 strikeouts. Krob was on his game in this contest, but still earned a no-decision as it went into extra-innings. Krob is the Padres No.9 prospect per MLB Pipeline. After dominating the lower minors, Krob has been up and down for San Antonio with a 5.40 ERA on the season in 13 games (12 starts). The 24-year-old is known more for getting soft contact than strikeouts, despite the big performance on Sunday. For now, Krob is only a watch-list name for dynasty managers.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Austin Krob
  • Tink Hence Leaves Early In Return

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    St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Tink Hence (undisclosed) left Sunday's start after one inning. Sunday's start was the first for Hence since he was sidelined on June 5 with tightness in his chest, shoulder, and side. It's never a good sign when a pitcher re-injures themselves right after returning from being banged up, but more should be known on the situation as Monday goes on. Hence, 21, is the Cardinals top prospect and has put together a strong season at Double-A Springfield. On the season, Hence is 4-2 with a 3.29 ERA to go along with 73 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings. Hence has never thrown more than 96 innings in a season, and the longevity of the season could also be catching up with the youngster. When healthy, Hence possesses the stuff of a potential middle of the rotation starter. For now, Hence remains a hold in dynasty leagues and just a name for redraft managers to file away.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Tink Hence
  • Noelvi Marte Continues To Struggle

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    Cincinnati Reds infield prospect Noelvi Marte continues to struggle as he works towards his return to the big leagues. Marte went 0-for-4 on Sunday and is now 7-for-49 with two RBI and a stolen base for Triple-A Louisville. Marte has struggled mightily as he is shaking off some of the rust from serving an 80-game suspension for a performance enhancing substance. Marte was expected to return to the Reds when his suspension is over, but that is three days away and the club may elect to see him prove something before handing him a spot on the big-league spot. Marte was a Top-25 prospect last season and can provide both power and speed when he is at the top of his game. With his potential, he is worth rostering in most formats, but expectations should be managed until he can get going.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Noelvi Marte
  • James Wood Is Healthy And Hitting

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    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood returned from a hamstring injury last week and has not missed a beat. Since returning, Wood, a consensus Top-5 prospect has gone 3-for-12 with a home run, two RBI and four walks in four games. Prior to landing on the seven-day injured list, Wood was carving up Triple-A pitching. On the season, the 21-year-old has dominated with an incredible .348 batting average to go along with 10 homers, 33 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 178 at-bats. Wood has shown that he has not been overmatched by Triple-A pitching and it should only be a matter of time before he forces his way onto the big-league roster. As one of the best prospects in the game, Wood should be rostered or stashed in all formats.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Reds Outright Conner Capel

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    Outfielder Conner Capel has cleared waivers and been outrighted to the Reds' Triple-A affiliate.  Capel had the option of rejecting the outright assignment in favor of free agency because he has previously been outrighted in his career, but The Cincinnati Enquirer's Charlie Goldsmith (X link) reports that Capel will indeed report to Triple-A Louisville. The...

    Jun 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Conner Capel
  • Orioles To Promote Heston Kjerstad

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    The Orioles are set to call top prospect Heston Kjerstad back up to the majors, according to Andy Kostka of the Baltimore Banner (via X).  The corresponding move isn't known, but MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko guesses the O's might designate Nick Maton for assignment.  Maton had his contract selected earlier this week to give Baltimore some...

    Jun 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Baltimore Orioles Heston Kjerstad Nick Maton
  • Luis Severino Spectacular On Sunday Night

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    New York Mets starting pitcher Luis Severino had his best start of the season on Sunday Night Baseball against the Chicago Cubs, throwing six shutout innings to pick up his fifth win of the season in a 5-2 victory. Severino was firing on all cylinders in this one, allowing just three hits and striking out ten while walking none. It was his first double-digit strikeout effort of the season and the first time he allowed no runs in a start. Some fantasy managers in deeper leagues may have given up on Severino after a bad start against the Texas Rangers last week, and he is worthy of an add in those formats. In standard size leagues, taking a shot on Severino could make sense if pitching is a need, but he will have to show this more often to become a must-roster player.

    Jun 24 · Source via New York Mets Luis Severino
  • Josh Naylor Hits 20th Homer On Sunday

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    Cleveland Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor continued his strong season on Sunday, going 3-for-5 with a homer, a double, two runs scored, and an RBI. Naylor became the fifth major leaguer this season to hit 20 dingers with his fourth-inning shot. The 27-year-old is enjoying a breakout season where he has found his power stroke. Although his batting average is lower than usual at .244, he has the aforementioned 20 homers to go along with 58 RBI and an .835 OPS. He is easily a top-ten first base option in fantasy and is a must-start player.

    Jun 24 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Josh Naylor
  • Colt Keith Finishes Triple Short Of Cycle On Sunday

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    Detroit Tigers second baseman Colt Keith had a big game on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with a homer, a double, three runs scored, and three RBI in an 11-2 thumping of the Chicago White Sox. Keith, like the rest of the Tigers lineup, feasted on White Sox starter Jonathan Cannon, homering off him in the first before hitting an RBI double in the second. Although it was a nice game for the youngster, he still has a long way to go before he can be considered in any redraft fantasy format. He does have two four-hit games in the past eight days, so he should be placed on watch lists in deeper formats for now.

    Jun 24 · Source via Prospects Detroit Tigers Colt Keith
  • Spencer Horwitz Blasts First Two Homers Of Season

    Toronto Blue Jays infielder Spencer Horwitz went 2-for-3 with a pair of homers in a 6-5 loss to the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday. Horwitz did his part to give his team a chance to win this one, getting on base four times, scoring three runs, and driving in two. The 26-year-old has been dynamite since his call-up on June 8, batting .366 with a 1.041 OPS in 41 at-bats. He has consistently been hitting at the top of the Jays order, and that should continue given the struggles of the rest of their lineup. He is a solid waiver wire option in deeper leagues, especially points leagues given his ability to get on base at a high rate.

    Jun 24 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Spencer Horwitz
  • Blake Snell Struggles In Rehab Outing

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    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Blake Snell (groin) labored through his first rehab start on Sunday, tossing 1 innings while allowing two runs on three hits. He didn't strike out a batter and walked three. It wasn't the appearance that Snell or the Giants were looking for and shows that he's going to need at least one more rehab start before he can return to the big league team. It's been a bit of a disaster season for Snell, who signed with the Giants late and hasn't been able to find his midseason form. Injuries haven't helped his cause, but that doesn't excuse the abysmal 9.51 ERA and 1.94 WHIP Snell has this season. Fantasy managers who own Snell know that he can turn it on at any point and look like a Cy Young candidate, but he will need to do that soon to salvage this season.

    Jun 24 · Source via San Francisco Giants Blake Snell
  • Robbie Ray Throws 45 Pitches In Latest Rehab Outing

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    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Robbie Ray (elbow) continued his rehab assignment in Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, throwing 45 pitches in 2 IP. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out a pair. Ray is in the process of a long rehab stint that is acting as his Spring Training. He will likely need a few more starts to build up his pitch count before he can return to the Giants, which will hopefully come at some point in July. Savvy fantasy managers should be looking to stash Ray, especially in leagues where IL spots are available.

    Jun 24 · Source via San Francisco Giants Robbie Ray
  • Edwin Diaz Tossed For Sticky Substances, Faces 10-Game Ban

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    New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz was ejected from Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs after a routine check for illegal substances. Diaz was about to enter in the ninth inning and was looking to preserve a 5-2 lead and lock down another save before a typical check by the umpiring crew led to him being tossed from the game. The fireballer will now face the automatic 10-game suspension that comes with every sticky stuff ejection. It's a tough loss for both the Mets and Diaz's fantasy owners, who will have to look for alternatives to get into their lineups for saves this week.

    Jun 24 · Source via Closers New York Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Merrill Kelly Aiming For Mid-August Return

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    Merrill Kelly had a stellar 2.19 ERA over his first four starts of the season before a teres major strain in his throwing shoulder sent him to the Diamondbacks' injured list on April 20.  Kelly was soon moved from the 15-day IL to the 60-day IL, and now that his 60-day window has passed, it...

    Jun 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Framber Valdez Posts Quality Outing

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    Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez was solid on the mound during Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. The southpaw allowed one run on six hits over seven innings of work in the win. Valdez struck out seven batters while walking two hitters on the day. This wasn't an easy task for Valdez, but he turned out another strong outing. He has posted back-to-back quality outings after getting hit around by the Giants earlier this month. He'll take a 3.68 ERA into this next start against the New York Mets.

    Jun 23 · Source via Houston Astros Framber Valdez
  • Yainer Diaz Knocks in Three Runs

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    Houston Astros catcher Yainer Diaz had a solid day at the plate during Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. Diaz went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored during Sunday's win. All of his hits were singles, but fantasy managers will take a three-RBI game any day. This season Diaz is slashing .264/.292/.412 with seven home runs and 37 RBI. It's certainly not elite numbers, but he's contributing enough at the catcher spot for fantasy purposes.

    Jun 23 · Source via Houston Astros Yainer Diaz
  • Kodai Senga Faces Live Hitters

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    New York Mets starting pitcher Kodai Senga (shoulder) was able to throw a successful 22-pitch live bullpen session on Sunday. This is the first time that Senga has been able to face hitters since early May. The expectation is that Senga will do this again before heading out on a rehab assignment. It's a step in the right direction, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect to get Senga back anytime soon. The hope is that Senga can rejoin the rotation following the All-Star break.

    Jun 23 · Source via New York Mets Kodai Senga
  • Jake Irvin Strikes Out 10 Batters

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jake Irvin made easy work of the Colorado Rockies during Sunday's outing. Irvin allowed one run on three hits over six innings in a no-decision. The 27-year-old did everything he could even striking out 10 batters during this outing. His only mistake was allowing a solo home run to Michael Toglia in the second inning. Irvin continues to be a bright spot for the Nats this season. He should be a solid streaming option against the Tampa Bay Rays during his next outing.

    Jun 23 · Source via Washington Nationals Jake Irvin
  • Kyle Freeland Looks Sharp In Return

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    Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland made his return to the mound after not pitching since mid-April. The left-hander showed no signs of rust as he cruised through the Washington Nationals hitters on Sunday. Freeland threw six shutout innings, allowing one hit while striking out four batters in the no-decision. The veteran southpaw hasn't always been a viable option but should carry solid streaming appeal against the Chicago White Sox during his next start.

    Jun 23 · Source via Colorado Rockies Kyle Freeland
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