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  • Ohtani progressing in recovery from TJ surgery

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    While Shohei Ohtani has remained one of the most productive hitters in the majors this season, he continues making progress in his recovery to getting back on the mound after Tommy John surgery.

    May 28 · ESPN Los Angeles Dodgers Shohei Ohtani
  • Jake Woodford Called Up To Start Against Toronto

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    The Chicago White Sox called up right-hander Jake Woodford from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday in order to make a spot start against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays after the team placed right-hander Mike Clevinger (elbow) on the 15-day injured list. Woodford, 27, will be making his 19th career MLB start and first with Chicago in the big leagues after spending his first four big-league seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals from 2020-23. In 10 starts at Charlotte this year, he's gone 1-3 with a 5.26 ERA and 1.39 WHIP with 17 walks and 42 K's in 49 2/3 innings. In his four years with the Cardinals, Woodford had a 4.29 ERA (4.94 FIP) and 1.37 WHIP with a poor 15.1% strikeout rate in 80 appearances (18 starts). Woodford will be a poor streaming option on Tuesday but could be worth a look in AL-only leagues if he makes more than one spot start in the wake of Clevinger's injury.

    May 28 · Source via Chicago White Sox Jake Woodford
  • Mike Clevinger Heads To Injured List With Elbow Soreness

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    The Chicago White Sox are placing right-hander Mike Clevinger (elbow) on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to May 25) on Tuesday due to right-elbow soreness after he was scratched from his scheduled start against the Toronto Blue Jays. With Clevinger out, the White Sox have recalled Jake Woodford from Triple-A Charlotte to make the spot start on Tuesday. The 33-year-old Clevinger got a late start to the year after re-signing with the White Sox after spring training had already started and hasn't looked very good in his four starts in 2024, going 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA and 1.94 WHIP with nine walks and 15 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. Clevinger could be stream-worthy in deeper fantasy leagues once he returns healthy, but managers in shallow-mixed leagues can continue to ignore him. If Woodford pitches well against Toronto on Tuesday, he could stick around for another spot start.

    May 28 · Source via Chicago White Sox Mike Clevinger
  • Michael Harris II In Leadoff Spot On Tuesday

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II is starting in center field and is batting leadoff on Tuesday against the visiting Washington Nationals and right-hander Jake Irvin. Now that All-Star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) is out for the rest of the year with another torn ACL, Harris could be the club's regular leadoff hitter when they face a right-handed pitcher, which would drastically improve his fantasy upside the rest of the way in 2024. The former third-rounder in 2019 currently has a .261/.299/.379 slash line with five home runs, 17 RBI, eight stolen bases and 23 runs scored in his 203 at-bats. Harris is riding a modest four-game hitting streak heading into Tuesday's contest, going 6-for-15 (all singles) during that span with no RBI and a stolen base. He has a hit and an RBI in two career at-bats against Irvin.

    May 28 · Source via Atlanta Braves Michael Harris
  • Yandy Diaz Drops To Two-Hole

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    Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Yandy Diaz has been dropped from leadoff to the two-hole on Tuesday against the visiting Oakland Athletics and right-hander Mitch Spence. Outfielder Richie Palacios is starting in right field and will take over the leadoff duties for Diaz. Almost all of Diaz's at-bats this year have come in the top spot of the batting order for the Rays, but his move down one spot comes during what has so far been a disappointing year for Diaz's standards. He's batting .249/.316/.354 with four home runs, 25 RBI and 22 runs scored in 231 plate appearances. However, Diaz has been more himself this month, going 26-for-91 (.286) with three homers, five doubles and 14 RBI in 23 games. The move down one spot in the batting order shouldn't worry fantasy managers at all. Diaz has never faced Spence in his career.

    May 28 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Yandy Diaz
  • Pirates Place Joey Bart On 10-Day Injured List

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates placed catcher Joey Bart (thumb) on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to May 27) on Tuesday and selected the contract of catcher Grant Koch from Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move. It's unclear exactly what the specific nature of Bart's thumb injury is, but he hurt his thumb on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves and was removed early. With former first-rounder Henry Davis still working on his swing at Indianapolis, Koch will head to the big leagues to serve as veteran Yasmani Grandal's backup in Pittsburgh for however long Bart remains on the IL. Bart was a first-round bust with the San Francisco Giants but has already looked better in 22 games with the Bucs, hitting .267 (16-for-60) with four homers and 12 RBI. When he's healthy, he could be the odd-man out if Davis returns to Pittsburgh before he comes off the IL.

    May 28 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Joey Bart
  • Tyler O'Neill Still Out Tuesday

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    Boston Red Sox outfielder Tyler O'Neill (knee) remains out of the starting lineup on Tuesday as the team takes on the Orioles in Baltimore at Camden Yards. O'Neill will now miss his third straight game with a sore knee that kept him out of a couple of games over the weekend. The 28-year-old's injury seems very minor, though, so he should be considered day-to-day with a shot at returning as soon as Wednesday. With O'Neill out again on Tuesday, Rob Refsnyder will serve as the designated hitter and will bat third in the lineup versus Orioles right-hander Grayson Rodriguez. After a strong start in his first year in Beantown, O'Neill has cooled off some and is now slashing .236/.343/.500 with an .843 OPS, 11 homers and 17 RBI in 148 at-bats. Refsnyder has been great so far for Boston, going 24-for-71 (.338), but he lacks power upside that fantasy managers are looking for.

    May 28 · Source via Boston Red Sox Tyler O'Neill
  • Shohei Ohtani Won't Play In Game 2 Against Mets

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    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that designated hitter Shohei Ohtani will not start the second game of the team's doubleheader on Tuesday against the hosting New York Mets at Citi Field. Catcher Will Smith will serve as the DH for the nightcap of the twin bill, with Austin Barnes likely doing the catching against Mets veteran left-hander Jose Quintana. Ohtani is the DH and is batting in the two-hole for Game 1 against Mets right-hander Tylor Megill, but he'll get to rest in the second game with a southpaw on the mound. It's been a pretty successful year at the plate so far for the two-way superstar in his first year in LA, as Ohtani currently leads the league in average (.336), slugging percentage (.621), OPS (1.024) and total bases (131) while also adding 13 homers, 35 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 53 games.

    May 28 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Shohei Ohtani
  • Jett Williams Receives Another Cortisone Shot

    New York Mets shortstop prospect Jett Williams (wrist) received a second cortisone injection in his right wrist, according to president of baseball operations David Stearns. If his latest injection doesn't help, the Mets will have to consider surgery for the infielder. It's unclear how long surgery would keep the 20-year-old out of action, but there's a chance it could end his 2024 campaign. Williams had his first cortisone injection in early May. In addition to his wrist injury, Williams was hitting just .180/.360/.308 with no homers, two RBI and two stolen bases in 11 games played for Double-A Binghamton before his injury. The Mets' top prospect, per MLB Pipeline, bats from the right side and also has played the outfield. Williams doesn't have tons of raw power but commands the strike zone and could surface in the big leagues as early as next year, perhaps at second base.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Jett Williams
  • Kodai Senga Plays Catch Wednesday

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    New York Mets right-hander Kodai Senga (shoulder) was on the field playing catch on Tuesday before the first game of a doubleheader against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time since he was shut down for a few days due to another setback with his right arm. Senga remains on the 60-day injured list due to a posterior right-capsule strain. The 31-year-old received a cortisone injection last week and will now resume a throwing program that will likely take six weeks. If Senga can avoid any further setbacks, the Japanese hurler still may not make his 2024 debut for the Mets until after the All-Star break. Given all the time he's missed, he's going to need a lengthy minor-league rehab assignment, and the Mets certainly aren't going to rush him back. He's been a huge disappointment so far this year for fantasy managers, but Senga must remain stashed in an IL spot in all leagues.

    May 28 · Source via New York Mets Kodai Senga
  • Braves To Promote Spencer Schwellenbach

    The Braves are calling up pitching prospect Spencer Schwellenbach for his major league debut, Robert Murray of FanSided reports. He'll make his big league debut in a start tomorrow. Atlanta will need to formally select the contract of Schwellenbach, who's not yet on the 40-man roster. The Braves already have one open 40-man spot and...

    May 28 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Atlanta Braves Spencer Schwellenbach
  • Harrison Bader Out For Game 1 Of Doubleheader

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    New York Mets outfielder Harrison Bader will take a seat for Game 1 of a doubleheader on Tuesday against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. With Nimmo out, Tyrone Taylor will play center field and bat in the six-hole against hard-throwing right-hander Tyler Glasnow. Bader should be back in the lineup for the nightcap to face Dodgers right-hander Gavin Stone. The 29-year-old has only cleared the fences two times this year while driving in 16 and scoring 17 runs in 147 at-bats, but fantasy managers aren't complaining about his .279 batting average (41-for-147) or his eight stolen bases. Bader has value in all fantasy leagues given his propensity to make a lot of contact at the plate. He's hitting .281 (18-for-64) with a homer, nine RBI and three thefts in 21 games in the month of May. Get him back into your lineups for Game 2 of the doubleheader on Tuesday.

    May 28 · Source via New York Mets Harrison Bader
  • Max Fried Looks To Stay In Top Form Against Washington

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried looks to build on his recent string of success in Tuesday's scheduled start against the division-rival Washington Nationals. After a shaky start to the season, Fried is on a roll with a 1.70 ERA and 36:11 K:BB over his last 42 1/3 innings (six starts) with two complete games for the Braves during this stretch. The current Nationals roster is batting a career .176 (13-for-76) with just two extra-base hits against Fried, setting the hurler up in a highly favorable position. Treat the 30-year-old All-Star left-hander as one of the top pitching options on Tuesday's slate.

    May 28 · Source via Atlanta Braves Max Fried
  • Evan Phillips Set To Return Friday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Tuesday's series opener against the hosting New York Mets that if all goes well with closer Evan Phillips (hamstring), he will return on Friday for the start of a weekend series against the division-rival Colorado Rockies. Phillips has logged one outing on his minor-league rehab assignment with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga as he works his way back from Grade 1 right hamstring strain, and he'll likely make another appearance or two before the Dodgers activate him from the injured list. Over 14 appearances before going down, the 29-year-old right-hander allowed a single run with a 17:4 K:BB and converted each of his eight save chances over 13 2/3 innings of work as LA's established closer. Veteran Daniel Hudson figures to be first in line for save opportunities for the early part of Week 10 of fantasy baseball.

    May 28 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Dodgers Evan Phillips
  • What's next for Braves after Acuna's latest injury?

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    Once again, Ronald Acuna Jr will miss time for the Braves with an ACL tear. Who could help replace the MVP?

    May 28 · ESPN Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Out Of Tuesday's Lineup

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    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is out of Tuesday's lineup against the hosting Texas Rangers. It's a maintenance day for the 30-year-old veteran, who will be replaced by the speedy Jake McCarthy in left field on Tuesday. Gurriel was a first-time All-Star in 2023 and got off to a hot start in 2024, but he's cooled off considerably over the past month, hitting .168 (17-for-101) with just one home run, five doubles, and seven RBI across his last 26 outings. Look for him to rejoin Arizona's lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the Rangers and left-hander Andrew Heaney. The righty-hitting Gurriel is batting .323 with two homers, five doubles, and 10 RBI in 65 at-bats against left-handed pitching this year.

    May 28 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Lourdes Gurriel
  • Francisco Alvarez To Begin Rehab Assignment Thursday

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    New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said ahead of Tuesday's game against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers that catcher Francisco Alvarez (thumb) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Thursday with Double-A Binghamton. Alvarez will catch five to seven innings, and it's a great sign that's already good to go to for game action after he had no issues swinging in batting practice amid his recovery from surgery on his left thumb. Alvarez is firmly on track to return to the Mets in late June, or perhaps even a bit earlier if all continues to go well. The 22-year-old former top prospect may have been hitting just .236 (13-for-55) with one home run as New York's primary catcher before getting hurt, but he did have four doubles and one stolen base over 16 games and is worth stashing in all fantasy leagues for his power potential at the catcher position.

    May 28 · Source via New York Mets Francisco Alvarez
  • Pirates Activate Ke'Bryan Hayes From Injured List

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates activated third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (back) from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's series opener against the hosting Detroit Tigers. Hayes is back from a bout of inflammation in his lower back, and he didn't need a minor-league rehab assignment before the Pirates reinstated him. Despite an absurd spring training that suggested his breakout was on the way, the 27-year-old former top prospect is slashing a weak .240/.322/.318 with one home run, seven doubles, 11 RBI, and 15 runs scored over 149 plate appearances (34 games) in the regular season this year but should immediately resume his duties as Pittsburgh's everyday third baseman. Fantasy managers should take a wait-and-see approach before activating Hayes or adding him from waiver wires.

    May 28 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • James Wood Heads To Triple-A Injured List

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    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood (hamstring) has been placed on the 7-day injured listat Triple-A Rochester. Wood has been sidelined with tightness in his right hamstring since Thursday, when he was removed from the Red Wings' game in the fifth inning. The setback is going to slightly delay the major-league debut of the dynamic 21-year-old slugger, who's slashing a torrid .355/.465/.596 with nine home runs, 13 doubles, 31 RBI, and 10 stolen bases through 202 plate appearances (45 games) in the minors this season. Wood is Washington's No. 1 prospect and the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball for 2024, per MLB Pipeline, and he now isn't likely to be called up until sometime in the middle of June at the earliest at this point.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Tyler Miller Moving Up To Double-A

    Boston Red Sox first base/third base prospect Tyler Miller is being promoted to Double-A Portland. Miller opened this season with High-A after playing 91 games at that level last season. Through a cumulative 127 games with High-A Greenville, he posted a .266/.317/.430 line with 13 long balls, 68 RBI, and 19 stolen bases. However, he did hold an ugly 34:118 BB:K ratio. Dynasty managers should monitor how the former ninth-round selection holds up at Double-A to see if he can continue to showcase his strong power and speed combination and, more importantly, lower his hefty strikeout rate.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Boston Red Sox Tyler Miller
  • Luke Keaschall Being Promoted To Double-A

    Minnesota Twins shortstop prospect Luke Keaschall has earned a promotion to Double-A. Keaschall opened the season with High-A Cedar Rapids and posted a strong .335/.457/.544 line with seven home runs, 21 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and a 30:29 BB:K ratio. Last season, the former second-round selection posted a similar stat line at Single-A with eight stolen bases. MLB Pipeline ranks Keaschall as the number nine prospect in the Minnesota system and projects him to reach the majors sometime in 2026. However, this deadline may shift due to the recent promotion, and dynasty managers should keep tabs on the infielder to see if he carries his elite speed and power combination into Double-A.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Minnesota Twins Luke Keaschall
  • Starling Marte, Mark Vientos Sitting In Game 1

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    New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte and third baseman Mark Vientos will both take a seat for Game 1 of a doubleheader on Tuesday against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. DJ Stewart is in right field and is batting fifth, while Brett Baty is at third base and hitting in the eight-hole against Dodgers right-hander Tyler Glasnow. Marte should be back in the lineup for Game 2 against right-hander Gavin Stone. The two-time All-Star has stayed healthy so far in 2024 and is slashing .259/.307/.395 with six homers, 19 RBI and eight steals in 48 games. Vientos doesn't have the glove that Baty does at third base, but the 24-year-old has looked much better offensively, going 11-for-32 (.344) with three homers and six RBI with his limited opportunities. Stewart and Baty have a tough matchup on their hands in Glasnow in Game 1.

    May 28 · Source via New York Mets Starling Marte Mark Vientos
  • Diamondbacks Release Kolten Wong

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks released second baseman Kolten Wong from Triple-A Reno on Monday. Wong made it 31 games with the Aces in the minor leagues before being cut. He was hitting .271 (29-for-107) with two home runs, 16 RBI, two stolen bases and 15 runs scored in his 121 plate appearances and will now be looking for another opportunity with another team. The 33-year-old veteran spent the 2023 campaign with the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers and slashed a dreadful .183/.256/.263 combined with four home runs, six doubles, 27 RBI and three stolen bases in 87 games played. The former 22nd overall pick in 2011 out of Hawaii has always been a glove-first second baseman with modest power and speed, and it remains to be seen if he'll ever be able to make it back to a big-league roster.

    May 28 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Kolten Wong
  • Matt Gorski Showing Power At Triple-A

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Matt Gorski has been showcasing his raw power this past week and approaching his major league debut. In his past seven games, the 26-year-old has launched five home runs and tallied 13 RBI with a .310/.333/.897 line. Across 38 total games this season with Triple-A Indianapolis, he holds a .275/.308/.603 line with nine long balls, 37 RBI, and three swiped bags. This is a significant improvement compared to the .190/.262/.414 line he posted across 15 games at Triple-A last summer. Gorski should remain on your waiver wire for now but could be worth a speculative add in deeper leagues if he is promoted to the City of Bridges later this summer.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Gorski
  • DL Hall Has Knee Evaluated

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    Milwaukee Brewers left-hander DL Hall (knee) had his left knee evaluated in Milwaukee on Monday. "We have no indication that it's worse than (a tweak) right now. But we just want to be conservative. There's no sense in rushing through it or pushing through it at this point," assistant general manager Matt Kleine said. Hall tweaked his knee in his latest minor-league rehab appearance last Thursday with Triple-A Nashville when his cleat got caught on the field. The 25-year-old southpaw initially landed on the 15-day injured list on April 21 with a left-knee sprain and started his rehab assignment with High-A Wisconsin on May 19. It's unclear when his next rehab outing may be or when he might return to Milwaukee. In his four starts for the Brewers before his injury, Hall allowed 14 earned runs on 27 hits (four homers) while walking 10 and fanning 13 in 16 1/3 innings.

    May 28 · Source via Closers Milwaukee Brewers DL Hall
  • Martin Perez Heading To The Injured List

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    According to Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton, veteran left-hander Martin Perez (groin) will go on the 15-day injured list as the team awaits more testing on him. The groin injury that Perez suffered in his last outing on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves is obviously serious enough to keep him out for at least the next two weeks, but we don't have the exact specifics of the severity of the injury. The 33-year-old southpaw has been up and down in 2024 and doesn't have much upside in the strikeout department. Perez has so far gone 1-3 on the year with a 4.71 ERA (4.67 FIP) and 1.55 WHIP with 19 walks and 46 strikeouts in 57 1/3 frames over his 11 starts for the Bucs. The most likely scenario is that young pitcher Quinn Priester is brought back up from the minors to take Perez's rotation spot the next few weeks.

    May 28 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Martin Perez
  • Adisyn Coffey Promoted To Triple-A

    Chicago White Sox pitching prospect Adisyn Coffey is being promoted to Triple-A Charlotte. Coffey operated exclusively out of the bullpen earlier this season with Double-A Birmingham and posted a 0.53 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 15:5 K:BB ratio, and tallied three saves. Coffey should be expected to have a similar role with Triple-A. The 25-year-old was on a stellar 13-inning scoreless streak before the promotion, where he tallied all three of his saves and struck out nine. The former third round selection should remain on all waiver wires but could be worth a look if he is promoted to the major leagues later this summer, as he could enter the mix for save opportunities on the Southside.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Chicago White Sox Adisyn Coffey
  • Francisco Alvarez Could Be Back Within The Next Month

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    New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez (thumb) could be back with the team within the next month and has taken batting practice the last couple of days, consistently hitting balls with exit velocities over 100 mph. Alvarez was wearing a splint and may continue to do so whenever he's activated from the injured list. The Mets may need to be mindful of how they bring Alvarez back, and they also need to be mindful of his positioning behind the plate. The young 22-year-old backstop is eager to frame pitches and steal strikes for his pitchers, but that makes him susceptible to contact on a swing. Alvarez needed surgery on his thumb and was hitting .236 (13-for-55) with a homer and eight RBI in 16 games at the time of his injury in April. Until Alvarez returns, Omar Narvaez and Tomas Nido will continue to split playing time behind the dish for the Metropolitans.

    May 28 · Source via New York Mets Francisco Alvarez
  • Kodai Senga Unlikely To Return Before All-Star Break

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    Considering New York Mets right-hander Kodai Senga (shoulder) will need to start his throwing program from scratch, which usually requires around six weeks, it seems unlikely that he will come off the 60-day injured list to pitch for the Mets before the All-Star break in mid-July. "It's hard to put a timetable here," manager Carlos Mendoza said. "We got a pretty frustrated player here that he's not able to contribute to the team." The 31-year-old Japanese hurler has already had multiple setbacks in his recovery from a posterior right capsule strain in his shoulder and regrets the way his rehab has gone to this point. Fantasy managers that selected him spring drafts are having regrets as well, but he's still worth stashing in all league formats for a second-half return. Senga should resume playing catch on Wednesday.

    May 28 · Source via New York Mets Kodai Senga
  • Chandler Simpson Mashing At Double-A

    Tampa Bay Rays outfield prospect Chandler Simpson was recently promoted to Double-A and has already looked quite comfortable through his first six games. In his first week, he is riding a .429/.467/.464 with 12 total hits, one double, three RBI, eight stolen bases, two walks, and zero strikeouts. He has tallied at least one hit in every game and swiped more than two bags in a game twice so far. Simpson began the season with High-A and posted a .364/.431/.372 line with 31 stolen bases across 32 games. Simpson has yet to hit a home run in the minor leagues but has shown incredible speed and stellar contact skills. The 23-year-old is projected to reach the major leagues next season and could be worth stashing in dynasty leagues if he carries this level of play into Triple-A.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Chandler Simpson
  • Luisangel Acuna Making Adjustments

    On May 1, New York Mets infield prospect Luisangel Acuna was hitting .216, but now he's sitting at .254 after working with minor-league coaches J.P. Arencibia and Collin Hetzler to tighten his swing and lower his leg kick. They also wanted Acuna to stay back more instead of trying to go out and get pitches. The adjustments have worked, as Acuna is racking up more hits and hitting more balls in the air to left field. The brother of Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr., is currently on the Mets' 40-man roster. He's split playing time this year at Triple-A Syracuse at shortstop, second base and center field and has played all three positions well, according to evaluators. In his last 20 games for Syracuse, the 22-year-old is hitting .303 with eight stolen bases. Acuna is the team's No. 5 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and could make his big-league debut later this year if the Mets fall further out of contention.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Luisangel Acuna
  • Braves Calling Up Spencer Schwellenbach

    The Atlanta Braves are calling up pitching prospect Spencer Schwellenbach from Double-A Mississippi on Tuesday, according to sources familiar with the situation. According to MLB Pipeline, Schwellenbach is considered Atlanta's No. 3 prospect. He will be making his major-league debut on Wednesday in a start against the visiting Washington Nationals. The 23-year-old right-hander went 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with nine walks and 34 strikeouts in 32 innings over six starts for High-A Rome to start the year before being promoted to Mississippi, where he went 2-0 in 13 shutout innings with one walk and 17 strikeouts in his two starts. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder relies mostly on a fastball-slider mix, and his athleticism (he played shortstop in college) plays into his accuracy in the zone. Schwellenbach is worth a look in most fantasy formats in the event he sticks in the rotation.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Atlanta Braves Spencer Schwellenbach
  • A.J. Blubaugh Handling Switch To Starting Pitcher Well

    Houston Astros No. 8 prospect A.J. Blubaugh has adjusted very nicely in his time as a full-time starter for Triple-A Sugar Land. Blubaugh is the club's top pitching prospect behind Spencer Arrighetti and is currently 3-0 with a 3.16 ERA over his first eight starts in for Sugar Land. Blubaugh got some starts in Double-A in 2023 towards the end of the season, but prior to 2024 had mainly worked out of the bullpen. The right-hander was drafted as a reliever, but the Astros saw potential for him to be a starter and have worked with him to reshape his pitching repertoire, which includes a fastball that can hit up to 95 MPH. The Astros have dealt with a flurry of injuries to their rotation this season and Blubaugh has a chance to make his debut in 2024 as he is currently the best option on the farm. The issue from a fantasy perspective is that he is still being stretched out as a starter and hasn't thrown more than 100 innings since his professional debut in 2022. Therefore, the right-hander could be limited. For now, he is an intriguing name for dynasty league managers to keep tabs on, but can be avoided elsewhere.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Houston Astros AJ Blubaugh
  • Niko Kavadas Hitting Well In Triple-A

    Boston Red Sox first base prospect Niko Kavadas has been putting together a good season for Triple-A Worcester. The 25-year-old finished the 2023 season with Worcester and struggled, but he has been a changed hitter in his second turn with the club. Kavadas is currently hitting .280 with 10 homers and 30 RBI to go along with an impressive 1.031 OPS. Kavadas isn't as highly touted and some of the other Red Sox prospects, but he has consistently hit 20 or more homers in his professional career and continues to fly under the radar. The Red Sox have gotten little production from Garrett Cooper and Dominic Smith at first base, but Triston Casas (rib) is starting to resume baseball activities and will be firmly entrenched at first base when healthy. Kavadas will likely get an opportunity to play in the big leagues this season, but can be ignored for now.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Boston Red Sox Niko Kavadas
  • Justyn-Henry Malloy Doing Well In Triple-A

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    Detroit Tigers outfield prospect Justyn-Henry Malloy has been putting together another good season for Triple-A Toledo. Malloy has hit .269 with five homers and 25 RBI over his first 134 at-bats. He has also drawn 37 walks. Malloy is the club's No. 6 prospect and has had plenty of hype in fantasy circles since his breakout season of 2023 for Toledo. The 24-year-old led all of minor league baseball in 2023 with 110 walks and also showed his power with 23 homers and 83 RBI to lead his team. Malloy has shown some of the best plate discipline of any prospect and that continues to be a big part of his game. Malloy's biggest flaw has been that the Tigers have yet to find a position for him to get everyday at-bats at the big-league level. Malloy has the makings of a fantasy contributor with his ability to get on-base at a high clip and avoid strikeouts, but may need an injury at the big-league level to get his chance.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Detroit Tigers Justyn-Henry Malloy
  • Braves Promote J.P. Martinez

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    With the news of outfielder Ronald Acuna (knee) being sidelined for the season with a torn ACL, the Atlanta Braves have promoted outfielder J.P. Martinez. Martinez, 28, was acquired from the Texas Rangers this offseason and has been a regular starter for Triple-A Gwinnett. On the season, Martinez has hit .265 with three homers, 12 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Martinez does a little of everything, but he is unlikely to see much playing in Atlanta right away with Adam Duvall and Jarred Kelenic expected to get the share of at-bats freed up by Acuna being absent. Martinez can safely remain on the waiver wire.

    May 28 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Mitchell Parker Continues To Fly Under The Radar

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    Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker continued his impressive rookie season with his fourth victory of the season on Monday versus the division rival Atlanta Braves. Parker tossed 6 1/3 innings and allowed five hits, three runs, zero walks and recorded six strikeouts. The left-hander wasn't the most highly touted prospect in a good Nationals farm system, but he has put himself on the map this season with consistent results over his first eight starts. Parker, 24, has yet to allow more than three runs in a start and has gone five or more innings in all but one outing. He also has an impressive 1.11 WHIP. Parker has quietly become an asset for managers and is worth rostering in 10-team leagues moving forward. Next up for the lefty will be a date in Cleveland against the Guardians.

    May 28 · Source via Washington Nationals Mitchell Parker
  • Michael King Strikes Out Seven In No-Decision

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    San Diego starting pitcher Michael King struck out seven across five innings of one-run ball on Monday. He allowed three hits and one free pass. King has looked dominant at times this season but has also had several blow-up starts, making him a difficult asset to trust in fantasy. He has logged five starts with only allowing at most one earned run but two starts of allowing at least six earned runs with an overall 4.03 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. However, he has shown excellent strikeout upside with a 26.3% K rate, which places him in the top 73 percentile among all qualified pitchers. The 29-year-old will look to post another strong outing on Sunday as he takes on the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

    May 28 · Source via San Diego Padres Michael King
  • Willy Adames Hits Go-Ahead Home Run On Monday

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    Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Willy Adames went 2-4 at the plate with a three-run blast that powered the Brewers to victory in the opening game of the series. Adames now has eight home runs on the season with a solid .249/.322/.440, 35 RBI, and eight stolen bases. The 28-year-old is looking to put a disappointing season behind him and is already on pace to smash last year's totals. Under the hood, Adames has an above-average barrel rate, xSLG, hard-hit rate, and walk rate, which are great signs that he could be in the food a big summer. He is expected to continue to serve as the everyday shortstop in Milwaukee and consistently bat in the cleanup spot, setting him up for prime RBI opportunities batting behind Christian Yelich and William Contreras. Adames remains a solid shortstop and middle infield option in all standard leagues.

    May 28 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Willy Adames
  • Robert Gasser Tallies Season-High Seven Punchouts

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    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Robert Gasser struck out a season and career-high seven batters across seven shutout innings on Monday. He allowed just three hits. The southpaw got back on track on Monday after allowing ten hits and for earned runs in his previous outing. Through his first four starts in the majors (23 innings), the 24-year-old holds a 1.96 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and near-perfect 1:13 BB:K ratio. His underlying metrics are quite strong as he currently holds a 1.3% barrel rate and 21.3% hard-hit rate, which places him in the top 98th and 99th percentile among qualified pitchers. However, he has struggled to strike batters out with a poor 14.1% K rate. Nonetheless, Gasser has only had one poor outing in the majors so far and will look to keep the momentum rolling on Saturday when he takes on the Chicago White Sox.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Robert Gasser
  • Andrew Benintendi Tallies Three Hits On Monday

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    Chicago White Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi went 3-4 at the plate with three singles in Monday's loss. This was a big bounce-back for the 29-year-old as he entered Monday, hitting for a .053 AVG in his past six games. Overall, on the season, Benintendi is riding a disappointing .193/.230/.271 line with three home runs and two stolen bases. Benintendi is known for being a great batting average contributor in fantasy, posting a .262 and .304 AVG the previous two seasons. Currently, his underlying metrics do not suggest a fast turnaround this season, as he sits with an 87.4 mph average exit velocity and 5.4% barrel rate. As a result, Benintendi should be left on all waiver wires, but could be worth adding in deeper leagues if he continues to find his footing.

    May 28 · Source via Chicago White Sox Andrew Benintendi
  • Adam Duvall Launches Hits Second Long Ball In As Many Games

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Adam Duvall launched a two-run blast on Monday, his second in as many days. Through 34 games this season, the 35-year-old has posted a .209/.303/.407 line with five long balls and a 10:22 BB:K ratio. Duvall has not been able to find consistent playing time this season, but that will change due to the recent season-ending injury to Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee). He is now expected to slot in as the everyday right fielder in Atlanta, with J.P. Martinez serving as his backup. While Duval does have strong hitting metrics, such as an excellent 13.8% barrel rate and .499 xSLG, he holds a 22.2% K Rate, which does hurt his value in points leagues. Due to the increase in playing time and power upside, he is worth adding in deeper leagues.

    May 28 · Source via Atlanta Braves Adam Duvall
  • Jose Miranda Launches Fifth Home Run On Monday

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    Minnesota Twins third baseman Jose Miranda went 1-4 at the plate with a two-run shot to power the Twins to a victory. Miranda has now made ten consecutive starts at the hot corner and looks to have claimed the starting role. In his past ten games he has posted a strong .303/.324/.606 line with three long balls, five RBI, and a 1:4 BB:K ratio. Currently, Miranda holds a stellar 14.8% K rate, which should play well in points leagues. This is a big turnaround for the 25-year-old, as he struggled in the majors last season and finished the season with a poor .211/.263/.303 line and ended up spending half of the season in Triple-A. Miranda is worth adding in AL-only formats and deeper mixed leagues and could even be worth adding in standard formats if he continues this hot stretch.

    May 28 · Source via Minnesota Twins Jose Miranda
  • Nationals Designate Víctor Robles For Assignment

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    The Nationals announced today that outfielder Lane Thomas has been reinstated from the injured list with fellow outfielder Víctor Robles designated for assignment in a corresponding move. The club's 40-man roster count drops to 38. Robles, now 27, was once the club's top prospect and one of the top prospects in the entire league. Per...

    May 28 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Victor Robles
  • A’s Outright Jordan Diaz

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    The Athletics announced that third/second baseman Jordan Diaz has been assigned outright to Triple-A Las Vegas after clearing waivers. Oakland had designated him for assignment last week when they called up Daz Cameron. Diaz hasn't played in the majors this season. The Colombian-born infielder appeared at the highest level in both 2022 and '23. Diaz hasn't produced...

    May 28 · MLB Trade Rumors Oakland Athletics Jordan Diaz Daz Cameron
  • Phillies Acquire Jonah Dipoto From Royals

    The Royals announced this morning that they've traded minor league pitcher Jonah Dipoto to the Phillies for cash considerations. According to the MLB.com transaction log, Philadelphia assigned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The son of former MLB pitcher and current Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto, Jonah is a 27-year-old righty reliever. Kansas City...

    May 28 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Philadelphia Phillies Jonah Dipoto
  • Jeimer Candelario Hits Sixth Homer Of Season Monday

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    Cincinnati Reds corner infielder Jeimer Candelario had a successful return to the lineup in Monday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals. The 30-year-old went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk. Candelario got things going, pulling a first-inning Lance Lynn fastball over the right-field wall for his sixth HR of the season. Despite the move to a favorable home park, Candelario has struggled offensively, slashing .222/.299/.419 with 20 RBI in 187 plate appearances. He has hit for more power at home but has actually batted worse with a .202/.333/.440 slash line compared to a .241/.259/.398 slash line on the road. While it seems likely that Candelario's overall numbers will improve as he starts to hit better at home, fantasy managers will have to be patient until he can start producing more consistently.

    May 28 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jeimer Candelario
  • Nick Lodolo Earns Win In Monday Return

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    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo (groin) improved to 4-2 in Monday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals. Lodolo, who was activated from the 15-day injured list earlier in the day after recovering from a groin strain, pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits (including a solo home run) and no walks with three strikeouts over 81 pitches. This was very encouraging for the 26-year-old and fantasy managers, as Lodolo has pitched well this season with a 3.12 ERA and a 10.26 K/9 rate in seven starts and 40 1/3 IP. The former high-end fantasy prospect had a poor, injury-shortened 2023 season after a promising rookie season, so it is nice to see him back on the right track. Lodolo will look to keep things going in his next start, which is projected to be a decent matchup at the Cubs.

    May 28 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Lance Lynn Pitches Well, Takes Tough Loss Monday

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    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn turned in another nice start but took the loss in Monday's 3-1 game against the Reds. Lynn pitched six innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits (including a solo home run) and three walks with five strikeouts. The 37-year-old veteran has had a nice bounce-back season after a poor 2023, going 2-3 with a 3.45 ERA, an 8.32 K/9 rate, a 3.61 BB/9 rate, and a 1.10 HR/9 rate in 10 starts and 51 1/3 IP. His next matchup will be a tough one at the Phillies. While Lynn has pitched better this season, fantasy managers may want to avoid starting him later in the week if they can afford to.

    May 28 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Lance Lynn
  • Paul Goldschmidt Hits Another Homer Monday

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    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt added another long ball to his recent total in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Reds. Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout. He provided his team's entire offense, sending a first-inning Nick Lodolo fastball into the left-field seats. The 36-year-old has been cold at the plate overall this season but now has three HR in his last two games and is hitting .276 with six extra-base hits in his last seven games. Age is a concern for Goldschmidt, but hopefully, he can extend his hot streak and start performing closer to the high-end fantasy option he has been throughout his career.

    May 28 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Paul Goldschmidt
  • Lucas Sims Earns First Save Of Season Monday

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    Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Lucas Sims picked up his first save of the season in Monday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals. Sims came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by two and delivered a 1-2-3 outing with a strikeout. Closer Alexis Diaz had pitched the last two days, so Sims got the call to close things out. The 30-year-old has had a middling season, going 1-1 with seven holds as well as a 4.15 ERA, a 9.87 K/9 rate, and a 5.19 BB/9 rate in 17 1/3 IP. He has only seen two save opportunities all season, so his fantasy value is very low except in deeper saves-plus-holds leagues at this time.

    May 28 · Source via Closers Cincinnati Reds Lucas Sims
  • Daniel Bard Planning Comeback In 2025

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    Daniel Bard is losing the entire 2024 season to injury. The Rockies reliever underwent arthroscopic surgery to fix a meniscus tear in his left knee in February. While rehabbing, he went down with a forearm injury and underwent a season-ending flexor tendon repair. At the time of the arm surgery, the 38-year-old righty was noncommittal...

    May 28 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Colorado Rockies Daniel Bard
  • Carson Whisenhunt Strikes Out Seven In Latest Start

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    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher prospect Carson Whisenhunt fanned seven batters in five innings for Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday. The lefty allowed two earned runs on five hits while walking just one, although he also hit two batters. The strikeouts have been there this season for the former second-round draft pick, with 62 punchouts in 40 1/3 innings pitched, but the southpaw owns a 6.02 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 11 starts. Hopefully this is the start of something good for the Giants' top pitching prospect who still might see the big leagues this season, and with the big strikeout potential fantasy managers should continue to keep him on the radar.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects San Francisco Giants Carson Whisenhunt
  • George Springer Hits Fourth Home Run Monday

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    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer had a nice game at the plate in Monday's 5-1 win over the White Sox. The 34-year-old went 2-for-3 with a single, a two-run home run, and a walk. Springer crushed a second-inning Nick Nastrini fastball into the left-center seats for his fourth HR of the season. Springer has seven stolen bases but has been dreadful offensively otherwise, slashing just .196/.274/.296 with 11 RBI in 201 plate appearances. He has been a solid fantasy option throughout his career and still can produce power and speed, making him a worthwhile roto player. However, fantasy managers in shallower points leagues may be able to find more impactful players to pick up.

    May 28 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays George Springer
  • Bo Bichette Hits Fourth Homer Of Season Monday

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    Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette made his one hit count in Monday's 5-1 win over the White Sox, going 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout. Bichette drilled a fourth-inning Nick Nastrini fastball over the center-field wall for his fourth HR of the season. The 26-year-old has had an uncharacteristically underwhelming season with the bat so far, slashing just .247/.297/.366 with 23 RBI. The good news is that he is running more overall and has picked things up in May with an improved .291/.330/.442 slash line. The Blue Jays have started slowly as a team offensively, but it looks like Bichette has started to turn the corner.

    May 28 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Bo Bichette
  • Trey Lipscomb Hitting Well Back At Triple-A

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    Washington Nationals infield prospect Trey Lipscomb has continued to hit since he was optioned back to the minors on May 17, including a four-hit game for Triple-A Rochester on Sunday and going 9-for-28 (.321) with a pair of stolen bases over the last seven games. On the season, the 23-year-old is hitting .327 in the minors (13 games), but while with the big league club he was able to swipe 10 bags and score 16 runs in 33 games despite a mediocre .252 average. If he can continue to get on base and get the call again, the former third-round draft pick could be a sneaky source of steals for managers in need, so keep him on your season-long radar.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Trey Lipscomb
  • Shohei Ohtani Throwing From 60 Feet

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    Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (elbow) said Monday that he has progressed to throwing from 60 feet. The two-way superstar is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery and hasn't pitched since 2023. He said his sessions have been 60 to 70 throws at up to 80 mph. He and the Dodgers are hoping he can return to the mound in 2025. Ohtani has still been a top fantasy player without pitching, as he has slashed an impressive .336/.403/.621 with 13 home runs, 35 RBI, and 13 stolen bases in 239 plate appearances. He has a way to go before providing fantasy value as a pitcher again (in 2025), but Ohtani should continue to be one of fantasy's best hitters.

    May 28 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Shohei Ohtani
  • Trenton Brooks Riding Eight-Game Hit Streak

    San Francisco Giants first base prospect Trenton Brooks had a big day at the plate on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with a triple, a walk, two RBI, and a run scored for Triple-A Sacramento. The hits extended his hit streak to eight games and he's hit safely in 10 of his last 11. During the hit streak, the 28-year-old is hitting .484 (15-for-31) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, eight RBI, eight runs scored, and a 9:6 BB:K. Despite being 28, the left-handed hitter has yet to make his MLB debut, but the offensive surge couldn't come at a better time as LaMonte Wade Jr. appears headed to the IL and this could be an opportunity to call up Brooks. On the season, the left-handed hitter is slashing .308/.426/.462 with a wOBA of .403, 129 wRC+, and is walking more than he's striking out (31:27). Keep an eye out to see if the Giants finally give him the call.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects San Francisco Giants Trenton Brooks
  • Noble Meyer Promoted To High-A Beloit

    The Miami Marlins have promoted pitching prospect Noble Meyer to High-A Beloit. The 2023 first-round draft pick posted a 2.65 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP with a 43:23 K:BB over 34 innings pitched so far this season. The 19-year-old is already ranked as the Marlins top prospect and 45th overall in all of baseball. The righty is not expected to reach the majors for a couple years, but should already be on dynasty league managers' radar.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Miami Marlins Noble Meyer
  • Mariners Select Ryan Bliss

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    The Mariners announced they've selected infielder Ryan Bliss onto the MLB roster. Second baseman Jorge Polanco is headed to the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. To open a spot on the 40-man roster, the M's recalled Sam Haggerty and placed him on the major league 60-day IL. It's the first major league call for...

    May 27 · MLB Trade Rumors Seattle Mariners Ryan Bliss Sam Haggerty Jorge Polanco
  • Zach Penrod Promoted To Triple-A Worcester

    The Boston Red Sox have promoted pitching prospect Zach Penrod to Triple-A Worcester. The lefty was just recently named Eastern League Double-A Pitcher of the Week after posting back-to-back 10-strikeout performances. Although he allowed four runs in his last start, Penrod nearly made it three straight starts with 10 strikeouts, striking out nine batters over five-and-a-third innings pitched. On the season the 26-year-old has a 2.80 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and a 53:13 K:BB in 35 1/3 IP.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Boston Red Sox Zach Penrod
  • Justin Steele Fans Season-High Eight In Longest Start

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    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Justin Steele put together his most complete start of the year in Monday's loss to the division-rival Milwaukee Brewers, throwing a season-high seven innings of scoreless ball on three hits and one walk to go with a season-best eight strikeouts for a tough-luck no-decision. The three hits also marked a season-low figure for Steele, who hadn't tossed at least five scoreless innings in any of his prior five starts to Monday's strong outing. The 28-year-old southpaw has endured a trying year due to injury as well as poor results on the field overall, but his 31:7 K:BB over 32 1/3 innings should instill some optimism that a turnaround is on the horizon despite a lackluster 4.45 ERA. Steele next lines up to take the ball at home on Saturday against the visiting Cincinnati Reds, a team he's struggled against to the tune of a ghastly 8.64 ERA over 16 2/3 frames since 2022.

    May 27 · Source via Chicago Cubs Justin Steele
  • Kyle Schwarber Homers, Swipes Bag Against Giants

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    Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Kyle Schwarber clubbed his 10th home run of the season in Monday's loss to the hosting San Francisco Giants, adding a stolen base in the defeat. Schwarber crushed a two-run home run to right-center field off Giants left-hander Blake Snell, cutting the Phillies' deficit to 3-2 in the third inning, and he also tacked on a popup single in front of home plate in the seventh. In the month of May, the 31-year-old star slugger is slashing a strong .288/.422/.413 with two long balls, 16 RBI, 23 runs scored, and two steals over 80 at-bats as the everyday leadoff man atop Philly's loaded lineup. Keep rolling with the hot Schwarber for the remainder of the series against San Francisco, as he's batting .270 with seven big flies, 12 RBI, and 15 runs scored in 17 games for the Phils against the Giants in his career.

    May 27 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Schwarber
  • Nolan Jones Could Resume Rehab Assignment This Week

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    Colorado Rockies outfielder Nolan Jones (back, knee) took batting practice on the field and did light outfield drills at Coors Field ahead of Monday's series opener against the Cleveland Guardians. Jones still needs to advance to running the bases without issues, but if he progresses well enough by Wednesday, the Rockies could clear him to head out on a new minor-league rehab assignment. Although he appears to be fully recovered from his strained lower back, Jones is still coming back from soreness in his left knee that halted his previous stay with Triple-A Albuquerque. The speedy 26-year-old slugger may have been slashing a dismal .170/.243/.277 with one home run, seven RBI, 11 runs scored, and two stolen bases through 26 games (94 at-bats) as Colorado's everyday left fielder before getting sidelined, but his five-category upside when healthy makes him worth stashing in all fantasy leagues.

    May 27 · Source via Colorado Rockies Nolan Jones
  • Drew Smith On Track To Return This Weekend

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    New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (shoulder) expects to make two more rehab outings on Wednesday and Friday for Triple-A Syracuse. It puts Smith on track to return from the injured list on Saturday or Sunday during the upcoming weekend series against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks as he enters the final stages of his recovery from soreness in his right shoulder. The hard-throwing 30-year-old right-hander has been limited to 10 innings out of New York's bullpen this season, and while he owns a strong 2.70 ERA, Smith's 1.70 WHIP and 11:7 K:BB isn't the most encouraging combination. Although he'll be a welcome addition to a Mets bullpen with a scuffling Edwin Diaz, Smith doesn't project for much fantasy relevance for the remainder of the campaign outside of leagues that count holds.

    May 27 · Source via Closers New York Mets Drew Smith
  • Cole Irvin Shines In Victory Over Red Sox

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    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Cole Irvin (5-2) was in top form against the division rival Boston Red Sox on Monday. The lefty pitched five shutout innings, matching his season-high six strikeouts, and didn't allow any extra-base hits. Irvin was in control all afternoon, improving his season record to (5-2) and lowering his ERA to a healthy 2.84. Backed by one of MLB's strongest lineups, he should continue racking up the wins for fantasy managers. While not necessarily known as a strikeout pitcher, Irvin should be able to keep his ratios low enough and may be considered a sneaky trade target for a team looking to add an experienced starter without giving up an arm and a leg. Irvin will look to build off his strong outing in his next start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    May 27 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Cole Irvin
  • Ryan Mountcastle Stays Hot Vs. The Red Sox

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    <span data-preserver-spaces="true">Baltimore Orioles first baseman</span>Ryan Mountcastle<span data-preserver-spaces="true">helped extend the O's winning streak to five games on Monday against the Boston Red Sox 11-3. Coming off a scorching hot series against Chicago over the weekend, which saw Mountcastle go 7-for-17 with three doubles and a .412 batting average, the former first-round pick kept the good times rolling, going 3-for-5 with an RBI, two runs scored, and his team-leading 15th double of the season. While he may be unable to match his career-high 33 HRs from 2021, Mountcastle is still on pace to pop 20+ dingers this year and should score close to 100 runs in the middle of such a stacked lineup. A sleeper pick for many fantasy managers, Mountcastle</span><span data-preserver-spaces="true">is making</span><span data-preserver-spaces="true">those who took the chance on him look very smart.</span>

    May 27 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Ryan Mountcastle
  • Jhoan Duran Escapes Jam Vs. Royals To Secure Save No. 7

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    <span data-preserver-spaces="true">Minnesota Twins closer</span>Jhoan Duran<span data-preserver-spaces="true">locked down his seventh save of the season on Monday, but things were far from pretty. Duran entered the ninth with a four-run lead, two outs, and runners on second and third. Duran kept the suspense high, allowing three runs to score after hitting a batter, two hits, and a fielding error, but ultimately remained in control, getting</span>Bobby Witt Jr.<span data-preserver-spaces="true">to ground out to end the game. With a save in each of his last four appearances dating back to May 22, Duran's hold on the closer spot looks firm for the playoff-hopeful Twins.</span>

    May 27 · Source via Closers Minnesota Twins Jhoan Duran
  • DJ LeMahieu Set To Be Activated Tuesday

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    New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (foot) is traveling to Anaheim ahead of Tuesday's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, per manager Aaron Boone. After spending seven games in the minor leagues to rehab a non-displaced fracture in his right foot, LeMahieu is all set to be activated for his 2024 major-league debut on Tuesday following a long recovery. Boone has previously stated that LeMahieu is expected to play regularly at third base upon his return, and he may also see time at first base. The switch-hitting Oswaldo Cabrera was already ceding playing time at the hot corner lately, and he'll be the biggest loser from a fantasy perspective when LeMahieu returns. The 35-year-old veteran infielder offers a limited package at this stage of his career, but he should at least be a decent source of average and runs in New York's high-scoring offense.

    May 27 · Source via New York Yankees DJ LeMahieu
  • Davis Schneider Smashes Sixth Home Run In Win Against White Sox

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    <span data-preserver-spaces="true">Toronto Blue Jays outfielder</span>Davis Schneider<span data-preserver-spaces="true">had a two-run home run on Memorial Day to put the game out of reach for the White Sox as Toronto won 5-1. After</span>Gavin Sheets<span data-preserver-spaces="true">hit a solo shot in the eighth inning to cut the Blue Jays lead to two, Schneider answered in the top of the ninth with his sixth blast to left field, scoring</span>George Springer<span data-preserver-spaces="true"> and sealed the deal for Chicago. After mainly going undrafted in fantasy leagues this spring, Schneider looks to hold value sitting at the top of an under-performing but always dangerous Blue Jays lineup. Hopefully, Monday's home run will be a sign of things to come. The 25-year-old should be added to watchlists everywhere. Schneider is currently rostered in only 21% of Yahoo leagues and less than six percent of ESPN leagues.</span>

    May 27 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Davis Schneider
  • Kodai Senga Hasn't Resumed Throwing, Regrets Long Rehab

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    New York Mets starting pitcher Kodai Senga (shoulder, triceps) has not yet restarted a throwing program following his latest shutdown, and he won't resume playing catch until Wednesday at the earliest. Senga called it "regretful" that he's missed so much time due to a right posterior shoulder capsule strain and now triceps tightness, indicating that he plans to be even more deliberate with his rehab going forward. There remains no timeline for a return for Senga, who is unlikely to begin a minor-league rehab assignment until sometime in mid-June at best. Fantasy managers who took a late-round flier on New York's ace are probably just as frustrated at this point, let alone those who drafted him inside the top 100 before he was initially injured. Senga is still worth stashing in all leagues for his upside across the board, but he's unlikely to make an impact until closer to the All-Star break.

    May 27 · Source via New York Mets Kodai Senga
  • LaMonte Wade Jr. Likely Going On Injured List

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    San Francisco Giants manager Bob Melvin said after Monday's win over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies that first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr. (hamstring) will get an MRI on Tuesday, but the infielder is likely going on the 10-day injured list. Wade exited Monday's series opener due to a strained left hamstring that he sustained while legging out a double in the fifth inning, and he needed help walking off the field before being replaced by Wilmer Flores. Monday was Wade's first game back in San Fran's lineup since Friday after he nursed a minor left hamstring issue over the weekend, so he may have aggravated the problem. The 30-year-old on-base machine has been a lineup fixture for the Giants this year, slashing a hearty .333/.470/.426 with two home runs, 17 RBI, 22 runs scored, and one stolen base over 166 plate appearances (52 games), and it'll be a big loss to their offense for however long he's sidelined.

    May 27 · Source via San Francisco Giants LaMonte Wade
  • Marlins Designate Eli Villalobos For Assignment

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    The Marlins announced that infielder Xavier Edwards has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville. To open up a spot for him on the 40-man roster, right-hander Eli Villalobos has been designated for assignment. Edwards, 24, battled a foot infection during Spring Training and began the season on the injured...

    May 27 · MLB Trade Rumors Miami Marlins Eli Villalobos Xavier Edwards
  • Jose Abreu Recalled, Joey Loperfido Optioned To Triple-A

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    Houston Astros first baseman Jose Abreu was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land on Monday. He is back in the starting lineup at first base and batting eighth against the Seattle Mariners. Joey Loperfido was optioned back to Triple-A as a corresponding move. Abreu was demoted to the minor leagues after a horrific start to the season that saw him slashing .099/.156/.113 through 22 games. The veteran slugger was also pretty dismal throughout the 2023 campaign, so a return to fantasy relevance seems unlikely at this point. Abreu will also have to battle Jon Singleton, who is starting at DH tonight, for regular playing time. As for Loperfido, the team's sixth-ranked prospect performed well in limited at-bats. He remains a player of interest in dynasty formats, but him and Abreu are both non-factors in redraft leagues at this point.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Houston Astros Jose Abreu Joey Loperfido
  • Guardians Release Ramón Laureano

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    The Guardians have released outfielder Ramón Laureano, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He'll now head to the open market and will be free to explore opportunities with all clubs. This was the most likely outcome when the Guardians designated Laureano for assignment last week. The outfielder's production has been trending down for a...

    May 27 · MLB Trade Rumors Cleveland Guardians Ramon Laureano
  • Ryan Bliss Added To Roster, Making MLB Debut On Monday

    Seattle Mariners infield prospect Ryan Bliss was selected from Triple-A Tacoma and will make his MLB debut on Monday night against the Houston Astros. Bliss, the team's 11th-ranked prospect, is starting at second base and batting eighth against Astros left-hander Framber Valdez. The 24-year-old will likely back up Dylan Moore at second base with Jorge Polanco (hamstring) shelved, but there is an outside chance he could see regular at-bats. Bliss was slashing .247/.382/.445 with seven homers, 35 RBI and 28 stolen bases at the time of his promotion. He has sneaky power and great speed, but he is not an immediate pickup in most formats as playing time and contact skills hamper the potential.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Seattle Mariners Ryan Bliss
  • Jorge Polanco Headed To Injured List

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    Seattle Mariners second baseman Jorge Polanco (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain on Monday evening. Polanco, who injured the same hamstring earlier in the season, exited Sunday's game with the ailment. Infielder Ryan Bliss was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma as a corresponding move. Bliss figures to factor into the playing time battle at second base alongside Dylan Moore. Polance was slashing a dismal .195/.293/.302 across 159 at-bats this season and is officially droppable if any fantasy managers were still holding onto him.

    May 27 · Source via Seattle Mariners Jorge Polanco
  • Edward Cabrera Throws From 60 Feet On Monday

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    Miami Marlins starter Edward Cabrera (shoulder) played catch from 60 feet on Monday as he continues to recover from his second shoulder injury of the season. The 26-year-old was shut down from throwing after a bullpen session on May 17, but he is starting to ramp things back up. Injuries have defined Cabrera's 2024 season so far as he has only been able to make five starts. He owns a 7.17 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 31:14 K:BB across those appearances. Fantasy managers in redraft leagues can probably leave Cabrera on the waiver wire as there is still no timetable for his return. Hopefully the former top prospect can reach his full potential before it is too late.

    May 27 · Source via Miami Marlins Edward Cabrera
  • Cristian Javier Lands On Injured List

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    Houston Astros starter Cristian Javier (forearm) has been placed on the 15-day injured list with right forearm discomfort. Javier saw his velocity plummet in his most recent start and missed his scheduled bullpen session on Sunday morning. It has been a frustrating season for a number of Astros pitchers and Javier is no exception. He previously missed 18 days on the injured list back in April with neck discomfort. The 27-year-old was fantastic to start the 2024 season but surrendered 11 runs across 11 1/3 innings after returning from his previous ailment. It remains to be seen how much time Javier will miss, although the team does not seem to think the injury is overly significant. Hunter Brown will start Tuesday's game in place of Javier and Eric Lauer could come back to the big leagues if the Astros want to stick with a six-man rotation.

    May 27 · Source via Houston Astros Cristian Javier
  • Kyle Stowers Produces Three Hits, Four RBI In Monday's Win

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    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Kyle Stowers was 3-for-4 with two doubles, four RBI and a run scored during Monday's 11-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. It was the first multi-hit effort of the season for Stowers, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk a few weeks ago. The 26-year-old has fared well across his first nine games of MLB action this season as he is now 6-for-16 (.375 BA) with five RBI. The small sample size is probably doing some heavy lifting here however, as Stowers was batting .207 across 48 games at the major league level coming into the season. There is a path to fantasy viability if he continues to get steady playing time, but he is probably best left on the waiver wire for the time being.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Kyle Stowers
  • Chris Bassitt Strikes Out Seven, Battles Neck Spasms On Monday

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    Toronto Blue Jays starter Chris Bassitt tossed five scoreless innings during Monday's 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. He struck out seven batters, gave up five hits and did not issue a walk. It was a solid performance from the veteran right-hander, especially since he almost missed today's start due to a battle with neck spasms. His neck was clearly bothering him throughout Monday's outing and ultimately resulted in an early departure from the game. Bassitt now owns a 4.03 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 56:25 K:BB after the gritty effort. There is no word yet on whether the 35-year-old will make his next scheduled start but it is a situation to monitor for fantasy managers.

    May 27 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Chris Bassitt
  • Joe Ryan Tosses Gem Against Royals

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    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan allowed one run on four hits across seven innings of work during Monday's 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals. He struck out nine batters and did not issue a walk. The Twins bullpen made things closer than they should have been in this one, but Ryan still thankfully came away with the win. The 27-year-old has now produced a quality start in six of his last seven outings. Ryan is quickly becoming a must-start option every time he takes the mound as he now owns a 2.96 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 73:9 K:BB through 11 starts this season. His next projected outing is scheduled for Saturday on the road against the Houston Astros. Fantasy managers should fire him up again with confidence.

    May 27 · Source via Minnesota Twins Joe Ryan
  • Rockies Designate John Curtiss, Select Josh Rogers

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    The Rockies are making a series of roster moves today, relayed by Luke Zahlmann of the Denver Gazette on X. Right-hander Peter Lambert has been recalled while left-hander Josh Rogers has had his contract selected. In corresponding moves, right-hander Justin Lawrence has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a right shoulder strain while...

    May 27 · MLB Trade Rumors Colorado Rockies John Curtiss Josh Rogers
  • Pedro Leon Showing Serious Power In Triple-A

    Houston Astros outfield prospect Pedro Leon has shown tremendous offensive prowess in Triple-A Sugar Land to start the 2024 season. Through 47 games, he's slashing .290/.376/.546 with 15 doubles, 10 home runs, and 12 stolen bases. He also leads the minor leagues with 51 RBI. Currently ranked #27 on the Astros' list of top prospects, it's hard to imagine that he won't ascend the rankings soon. According to MLB.com, he's expected to make his big-league debut sometime this year. If he keeps producing at this rate, there's a chance it could come sooner rather than later.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Houston Astros Pedro Leon
  • Tyler Locklear Promoted To Triple-A

    The Seattle Mariners promoted first base prospect Tyler Locklear to Triple-A Tacoma, and he will report to the Rainiers on Tuesday. Locklear, who is considered the club's No. 8 prospect per MLB Pipeline, earned the promotion after slashing a strong .291/.401/.532 with eight home runs, 12 doubles, one triple, 26 RBI, four stolen bases and 30 runs scored in 188 plate appearances and 41 games for Double-A Arkansas. If he continues to hit at the Triple-A level, Locklear could be a candidate for a late-season promotion to the big leagues. The 23-year-old former second-round pick in 2022 out of Virginia Commonwealth University hits from the right side has raw power at first base but also uses the entire field to drop hits in. In order to keep his strikeout rate low as he climbs the ladder in Seattle's organization, he's going to need to improve his plate discipline and improve against offspeed pitches.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Seattle Mariners Tyler Locklear
  • Brooks Lee On Track To Rejoin Triple-A Next Week

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    Minnesota Twins infield prospect Brooks Lee (back) will continue his rehab assignment at Single-A Fort Myers this week and is on track to rejoin Triple-A St. Paul next week, barring any setbacks with his back injury. For the Florida Complex League team, Lee had nine hits in 20 at-bats with two doubles, so he looks to be just fine. The 23-year-old switch-hitter is the team's No. 2 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and was taken with the eighth overall pick in 2022 out of Cal Poly. Lee is working his way back from a herniated disc in his back but should return to St. Paul soon. If he stays healthy the rest of the season, don't be surprised if Lee makes his major-league debut for the Twins later this season. Because of his back injury, Lee has yet to play with St. Paul in 2024.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Minnesota Twins Brooks Lee
  • Thomas Saggese Having A Disappointing May

    St. Louis Cardinals infield prospect Thomas Saggese had a solid April in Triple-A Memphis, slashing .272/.333/.407 in 90 plate appearances with five doubles, two home runs, and four stolen bases. However, he's taken a step back in May. In 89 plate appearances, he's slashing .215/.292/.367 with three doubles, three homers, and a stolen base. Part of his decrease in production is that his BABIP went from .333 in April to .255 in May. Whether due to poorer contact quality or lousy luck, far fewer of Saggese's batted balls have resulted in base hits this month. Overall, the former fifth-rounder is slashing .234/.305/.371 with eight doubles, five homers, and five stolen bases. Though he's spent a majority of his games at shortstop, Saggese has also had a few starts at second and third base.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Thomas Saggese
  • Drew Smith Restarts Rehab Assignment

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    New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (shoulder) has restarted his minor-league rehab assignment and threw a scoreless innings for High-A Brooklyn on Sunday. Smith is penciled in for a couple more rehab appearances and is due back in the big leagues in around a week. The 30-year-old reliever is nearing a return after suffering a setback with his right shoulder in early May. The former third-round selection by the Detroit Tigers in the 2015 MLB draft out of Dallas Baptist will return to a prominent late-inning bullpen role for the Mets when he's officially reinstated. Before his injury, he had a 2.70 ERA (3.03 FIP), one save, a 1.70 WHIP, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 10 relief innings. Smith will have some fantasy value in holds leagues.

    May 27 · Source via Closers New York Mets Drew Smith
  • Bowden Francis To Make Another Rehab Start Tuesday

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    Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Bowden Francis (forearm) will pitch in another minor-league rehab game on Tuesday for Triple-A Buffalo in what feels like the last rehab outing that he'll need before being reinstated from the injured list. The 28-year-old reliever gave up three runs (two earned) while striking out six and walking one in 6 2/3 innings in his first three rehab appearances. In what will most likely be a middle-relief/long-relief role in Toronto when he returns, Francis will have very little fantasy value. Before going on the injured list this year, he had gone 2-2 with an 8.59 ERA (5.99 FIP) and 1.70 WHIP with seven walks and 17 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings over five outings (two starts). Francis will always be an option for a spot start, too, if Toronto needs it.

    May 27 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Bowden Francis
  • Orelvis Martinez Slumping In Triple-A

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    Toronto Blue Jays infield prospect Orelvis Martinez has been struggling at the plate over the last two weeks in Triple-A Buffalo. In 43 plate appearances, he's gone 4-for-37 with only three walks and 16 strikeouts. Interestingly, each of his four hits has been for extra bases (two doubles and two home runs). While he's had trouble making contact, he's been noticeably unlucky when he puts the ball in play. During this stretch, Martinez has a .100 BABIP. The league average BABIP is generally around .300, suggesting that some of his woes resulted from misfortune. Despite this recent slump, he's still having a solid year. In 192 plate appearances, Martinez is slashing .240/.325/.515 with 10 doubles, 12 home runs, and 36 RBI.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Toronto Blue Jays Orelvis Martinez
  • Chad Green Could Return Tuesday

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    Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Chad Green (shoulder) could be activated from the injured list as early as Tuesday, according to manager John Schneider. Green has been out since the middle of April with a right-shoulder strain but is ready to return to the big-league bullpen after throwing three scoreless innings for Triple-A Buffalo on his minor-league rehab start. Green opened the season as Toronto's primary ninth-inning guy, but that was with Jordan Romano on the injured list. The 33-year-old reliever could still be valuable in fantasy leagues that count holds, but as long as Romano is healthy, Green will serve in a late-inning setup role for the Jays. Before going on the IL, Green went 1-0 with two saves, a 2.35 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 frames.

    May 27 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Chad Green
  • TJ Friedl Could Return Later This Week

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that outfielder TJ Friedl (thumb) could return from the injured list as soon as later this week or early next week. Friedl has had pretty awful injury luck this year after also missing time with a fractured right wrist. But the 28-year-old has recovered very quickly from his thumb injury and should be back with the big-league club in short order. If he's going to return to Cincinnati this weekend, it will mean that he'll forego a minor-league rehab assignment. When healthy and on the major-league roster, Friedl should see regular playing time against right-handed pitchers, which is bad news for both Jake Fraley and Will Benson. Friedl has gone just 4-for-22 (.182) in six games this year but has plenty of fantasy value after hitting 18 homers, driving in 66 and stealing 27 bases in 2023.

    May 27 · Source via Cincinnati Reds TJ Friedl
  • Max Meyer Struggling In Triple-A

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    Miami Marlins pitching prospect Max Meyer threw well in three starts at the big-league level to start the 2024 season. In 17 innings, he had a 2.12 ERA (3.71 FIP), 0.82 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts. Despite his success, Meyer was demoted to Triple-A Jacksonville after facing the Atlanta Braves on April 13. Since then, he hasn't been nearly as sharp, posting a 6.86 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 19.2 MiLB innings. One reason for his struggles is that he's given up 10 walks. He's also had some bad luck. Meyer currently has a .392 BABIP in Triple-A. The league-average BABIP is generally considered to be .300, so the rate at which he's surrendering hits on balls-in-play is almost certainly unsustainable. Thus, Meyer could have more success going forward. However, he'll likely need to improve his control before rejoining the Marlins' rotation.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Miami Marlins Max Meyer
  • Nick Ahmed To Start Taking Batting Practice Soon

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    San Francisco Giants shortstop Nick Ahmed (wrist) will start taking batting practice in the next few days, according to the team. Ahmed is beginning baseball activities after being out since early May due to a left-wrist sprain. Before the 34-year-old veteran is able to return from the injured list, he'll need to go out on a minor-league rehab start, so he might not be back with the Giants before the end of May this weekend. Until Ahmed is able to return, infield prospect Marco Luciano will continue to play regularly at the 6 in the Bay Area. Ahmed's biggest contributions for the Giants come with his glove, so he's mostly a middle-infield option in NL-only leagues. Before his injury, he hit just .236/.274/.291 with no home runs and 11 RBI in 110 at-bats.

    May 27 · Source via San Francisco Giants Nick Ahmed
  • Michael Conforto Could Start Rehab Assignment Later This Week

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    San Francisco Giants outfielder Michael Conforto (hamstring) could start a minor-league rehab assignment later this week, according to the team. Meanwhile, outfielder Austin Slater (concussion) will start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday if he is cleared on Monday. Conforto is trying to recover from a right-hamstring strain but was cleared to resume baseball activities last week. The 31-year-old left-handed hitter has been out for more than two weeks and is going to need to prove he can run full speed before he's cleared to play in games at the minor-league level. If Conforto doesn't suffer a setback this weekend, he could return to San Fran's lineup early next week. Conforto's fantasy managers can only hope he'll return and pick up where he left off after he hit .280 (40-for-143) with seven homers and 20 RBI before being put on the injured list.

    May 27 · Source via San Francisco Giants Michael Conforto
  • Rhys Hoskins To Hit On The Field

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    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Rhys Hoskins (hamstring) plans to hit on the field on Monday for the first time since going on the injured list. "I feel as good as I can," Hoskins said. This will be the first time that Hoskins has hit on the field since being placed on the injured list with a right-hamstring strain. The 31-year-old might need to show a little more before the Brewers send him on a minor-league rehab assignment, mainly with running the bases, but it doesn't sound like Hoskins is far off from a return to the starting lineup as the team's primary first baseman. When Hoskins is finally ready to come off the IL, Jake Bauers will lose considerable playing time in Milwaukee. Before landing on the shelf, Hoskins was slashing .233/.340/.474 with an .813 OPS, nine home runs, 27 RBI and 17 runs scored in his attempt at a bounce-back campaign in 2024.

    May 27 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Rhys Hoskins
  • Colson Montgomery Improving Contact Rate

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    Chicago White Sox shortstop prospect Colson Montgomery saw one of the largest jumps in contact rate between April and May. In April, 71.7% of his swings had resulted in contact. In May, it increased to 80.1%. As a result, he's seen more success in May, especially with his strikeout rate. At the end of April, he was slashing .211/.324/.358 with five doubles, three home runs, 13 walks, and 38 strikeouts in 112 plate appearances. Through 88 plate appearances in May, he's slashing .233/.352/.425 with three doubles, three home runs, 13 walks, and only 20 strikeouts. Montgomery began the month on a hot streak, but he's cooled off over his last two series in Double-A Charlotte. Since May 14, he's 8-for-39 with two doubles, four walks, and 12 strikeouts, resulting in a .545 OPS. Overall, he's slashing .220/.337/.387 with eight doubles, six homers, 26 walks, and 58 strikeouts through 200 plate appearances in 2024.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Chicago White Sox Colson Montgomery
  • Gavin Williams To Make Rehab Start Wednesday

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    Cleveland Guardians right-hander Gavin Williams (elbow) is expected to make a minor-league rehab start with Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday. Williams is now in the final step of his recovery from right-elbow discomfort that first cropped up for him during spring training. The 24-year-old also had a setback in the first month of the season, which is why he has yet to make his 2024 MLB debut. Given his long layoff, he will almost certainly require multiple rehab starts before the Guardians consider having him rejoin their starting rotation. But if he avoids any further setbacks, Williams could be back well before the All-Star break. The former 23rd overall pick in 2021 out of East Carolina could be worth picking up and stashing now after he had a really impressive 3.29 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with an 81:37 K:BB in his first 16 big-league starts in 2023.

    May 27 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Gavin Williams
  • Steven Kwan On The Cusp Of A Return

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    Cleveland Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan (hamstring) will start in left field and play six to eight innings for Triple-A Columbus on Monday, according to manager Stephen Vogt. Kwan began his minor-league rehab assignment on Saturday with High-A Lake County and will play in his third straight game on Monday. If the 26-year-old outfielder doesn't have any setbacks with his hamstring on Monday, he could return to the Cleveland lineup later this week, perhaps for the start of a series on Friday at home against the Washington Nationals. Kwan should not be available on any waiver wire, as he's been one of the most consistent hitters in the majors in 2024. He's currently batting .353 (47-for-133) with three home runs, 11 RBI, three stolen bases and 28 runs scored. There's not much power or RBI production, but Kwan is an excellent source of average and on-base percentage.

    May 27 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Steven Kwan
  • Victor Robles Designated For Assignment

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    The Washington Nationals designated outfielder Victor Robles for assignment on Monday in order to make room on the active roster for outfielder Lane Thomas (knee), who has been reinstated from the injured list. It appears the Nationals have finally run out of patience with Robles, who was once one of their prized prospects from the Dominican Republic. Outside of his 17-homer, 28-steal season in 2019, Robles has fell well short of expectations in the organization and has hit just .236/.311/.356 with 31 home runs, 156 RBI, 70 stolen bases and 213 runs scored in his eight years in the league. Before getting cut on Monday, he was hitting just .120 (3-for-25) with no homers, two RBI and four steals in 33 plate appearances this year. It remains to be seen if the 27-year-old will change scenery or stick with the Nats in the minors.

    May 27 · Source via Washington Nationals Victor Robles
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