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  • Taijuan Walker To Make Season Debut On Sunday

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    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (shoulder) is set to make his season debut against the San Diego Padres on Sunday. The 31-year-old appears to be ready to pitch after missing time due to right shoulder soreness. Walker isn't an excellent fantasy option, but he could be worth a look in deeper mixed leagues. He has shown in the past that he has the skills to be a viable option in the big leagues. Fantasy managers who are in need of pitching help should keep an eye on Walker.

    Apr 23 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Taijuan Walker
  • DJ LeMahieu Could Return Soon

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    New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (foot) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset on Tuesday. It sounds like the plan is for LeMahieu to play four games in the minors before possibly returning to the Yankees roster. The veteran slugger has been sidelined all season due to a fractured foot. The Yankees could certainly use LeMahieu's help given their current struggles at the plate. Fantasy managers should wait patiently as it sounds like LeMahieu should be back soon.

    Apr 23 · Source via New York Yankees DJ LeMahieu
  • Ryan Mountcastle Remains Out For Tuesday's Game

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    Baltimore Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle (knee) remains out of the starting lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. The right-handed slugger will miss his second game in a row due to knee soreness. That means, Ryan O'Hearn will cover first base and bat third on Tuesday. It doesn't sound like this issue will force Mountcastle to miss significant time. For now, fantasy managers should consider him as day-to-day.

    Apr 23 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Ryan Mountcastle
  • Heston Kjerstad Hitting Eighth In Debut

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    Baltimore Orioles rookie outfielder Heston Kjerstad will make his MLB debut against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. The rookie outfielder is in right field and batting eighth during his O's debut. It's nice to see the O's giving Kjerstad a legitimate look after he tore the cover off the ball in Triple-A. Kjerstad hit 10 home runs with 30 RBI in 21 games before his promotion. He should be a strong fantasy contributor as long as he gets regular at-bats in Baltimore.

    Apr 23 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Heston Kjerstad
  • Cubs Designate Garrett Cooper For Assignment

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    The Chicago Cubs designated outfielder Garrett Cooper for assignment on Tuesday, according to a source. Cooper wasn't exactly slumping at the plate, but the Cubs think he's expendable in order to bring up first base prospect Matt Mervis as another right-handed bat. The 33-year-old Cooper was hitting .270/.341/.432 with a home run, double, triple, six RBI and three runs scored in 41 trips to the plate and 12 games for the Cubs before getting DFA'd. He had walked four times and struck out 13 times. For now, Mervis is likely to see most of his time as the team's designated hitter, at least until outfielder Seiya Suzuki (oblique) is able to return from the injured list. Mervis is worth a pickup in NL-only leagues for now.

    Apr 23 · Source via Chicago Cubs Garrett Cooper
  • Matt Mervis Making Season Debut Tuesday

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    Chicago Cubs first base prospect Matt Mervis was called up from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday and is serving as the designated hitter and batting eighth in his season debut for the Cubs against the Houston Astros and right-hander J.P. France. The Cubs' No. 13 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, could see regular playing time at DH in Chicago, at least until outfielder Seiya Suzuki (oblique) returns from the injured list. The 26-year-old Mervis was taken in the 39th round by the Washington Nationals in 2016. He hit .167 (15-for-90) with three home runs and 11 RBI in his first 27 major-league games in 2023 and had gone 19-for-66 (.288) with five homers and 13 RBI in 18 games for Iowa this year before his call-up. Mervis is hitless in his two career at-bats against France.

    Apr 23 · Source via Chicago Cubs Matt Mervis
  • Ian Happ Back In Action Against Astros

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    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ (hamstring) is back in left field and is hitting second for the Cubs on Tuesday against the visiting Houston Astros and right-hander J.P. France. Happ tweaked his hamstring last Friday and sat out Saturday and Sunday. But after the team's scheduled off day on Monday, the 29-year-old switch-hitter is ready to return to Chicago's starting lineup. Happ will be looking to bust out of a recent slump that has seen him record just four hits in his last 35 at-bats now that he's healthy again. Overall this year, he's hitting .240/.352/.360 with a home run, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored in his first 75 at-bats. In his two career at-bats against France, Happ has two hits and an RBI.

    Apr 23 · Source via Chicago Cubs Ian Happ
  • Justin Steele Does Fielding Practice Tuesday

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    Chicago Cubs left-hander Justin Steele (hamstring) went through some fielding practice on Tuesday before the team's game against the visiting Houston Astros. Steele suffered his strained left hamstring while fielding a ball on Opening Day before landing on the injured list, so the Cubs want to make sure he's good before he throws in an extended spring training game this Friday. The 28-year-old will return to a spot in Chicago's rotation, but he's going to need at least a short minor-league rehab assignment before that happens. Steele is worth stashing in an injured-list spot in most fantasy leagues after going 16-5 with a career-best 3.06 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 36 walks and a career-high 176 strikeouts in 173 1/3 innings in 30 starts for the Cubbies in 2023.

    Apr 23 · Source via Chicago Cubs Justin Steele
  • Rafael Devers To Serve As DH On Wednesday

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    Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is giving third baseman Rafael Devers (knee) one more day to rest his knee on Tuesday against the Cleveland Guardians and said Devers will serve as the designated hitter on Wednesday. Devers was originally set to return to Tuesday's lineup, but the Red Sox are being cautious since he hasn't played since suffering a bone bruise on his left knee on April 17. Pablo Reyes is getting the start at third for Boston on Tuesday and is hitting ninth against Guardians right-hander Ben Lively. Reyes, 30, should be avoided in DFS, especially in the nine-hole for the Red Sox. The Dominican infielder has eight hits in 46 at-bats (.174 average) with no homers and four RBI this year. Reyes has hit eight home runs, drove in 53 and stolen 12 bases in his six years in the majors.

    Apr 23 · Source via Boston Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • Triston Casas Dealing With Left-Rib Fracture

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    Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas (rib) has been diagnosed with a left-rib fracture and will be out "a while." Casas hurt himself swinging last Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and was put on the 10-day injured list on Sunday. The 24-year-old left-handed slugger is obviously going to miss well beyond 10 days while on the IL, but there's no exact firm timetable for when he might be able to rejoin the Red Sox as their everyday first baseman. Until he's able to return, Bobby Dalbec figures to see most of the playing time at the cold corner in Boston, but Pablo Reyes and Rob Refsnyder could also factor in if Dalbec continues to struggle at the plate. He currently has just one hit in his first 30 at-bats in 2024 with three walks and 18 strikeouts in 14 games.

    Apr 23 · Source via Boston Red Sox Triston Casas
  • Gerrit Cole Out To 120 Feet

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    New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole (elbow) got out to 120 feet on flat ground in his throwing program on Tuesday, which is typically as far out as pitchers will go before getting on the mound as they rehab. With that said, Cole isn't sure when he will advance to throwing off a mound. He will take the day off on Wednesday and go from there as he ramps up his throwing progression. If the 33-year-old reigning American League Cy Young winner feels good later this week, manager Aaron Boone said he could star throwing off a mound next week. Fantasy managers in all formats need to keep Cole stashed in an injured-list spot as he attempts to come back from nerve irritation in his right elbow, but he still has a ways to go.

    Apr 23 · Source via New York Yankees Gerrit Cole
  • Spencer Torkelson Getting First Day Off

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    Detroit Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson is getting his first day off of the season on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Torkelson made it 23 games before getting his first day of rest in 2024, and he's currently hitting .231/.311/.319 with a league-leading eight doubles, no home runs, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored in 104 plate appearances. Mark Canha is getting the start at first base and will hit third for the Tigers, while Riley Greene is the designated hitter and batting leadoff against Rays right-hander Ryan Pepiot. It's pretty concerning that Torkelson, the former first overall pick in 2020 out of Arizona State, has yet to clear the bases so far this year. Neither Canha nor Greene have faced Pepiot in their careers.

    Apr 23 · Source via Detroit Tigers Spencer Torkelson
  • Tobias Myers Making MLB Debut On Tuesday

    Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Tobias Myers is making his major-league debut on Tuesday and is starting on the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road. Myers was called up by the Brew Crew last week for pitching depth, but he never got into a game, so this will be the 25-year-old's big-league debut. Before his call-up to Milwaukee, he posted a strong 1.62 ERA with 22 strikeouts and seven walks in 16 2/3 innings at Triple-A Nashville. Given all of the injuries to the team's starters, Myers has a real shot to stick in the Brewers' rotation for a little bit if he impresses the club on Tuesday. He was originally drafted in the sixth round by the Baltimore Orioles in 2016 and has gone 5-20 with a 5.74 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in his four seasons at Triple-A.

    Apr 23 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Tobias Myers
  • Jonah Heim Back From Bereavement List

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    The Texas Rangers activated catcher Jonah Heim from the bereavement list on Tuesday and optioned catcher Sam Huff to Triple-A Round Rock after Sunday's game in a corresponding move. Heim will be back behind the dish to catch right-hander Dane Dunning on Tuesday while hitting eighth in the batting order against the visiting Seattle Mariners and right-hander Logan Gilbert. The left-handed-hitting backstop has a .300 average with a home run and four RBI in 20 career at-bats against Gilbert, so fantasy managers will surely want to get him back into their starting lineups right away. Heim has been decent at the plate to start the year, too, going 19-for-72 (.264) with three home runs, 15 RBI, one stolen base and seven runs scored in 18 games played.

    Apr 23 · Source via Texas Rangers Jonah Heim
  • Tyler O'Neill Activated And Starting Tuesday

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    Boston Red Sox outfielder Tyler O'Neill (concussion) was activated from the seven-day injured list on Tuesday and is serving as the designated hitter and batting third in the order against the Cleveland Guardians and right-hander Ben Lively. In a corresponding move, the Red Sox placed catcher Tyler Heineman (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 22) with a right-hamstring strain. O'Neill missed the minimum time on the IL after suffering a mild concussion during a collision with third baseman Rafael Devers last week. Fantasy managers should be ecstatic to get the 28-year-old outfielder back into their lineups, as he had a 1.21 OPS and seven home runs in his first 61 plate appearances before his head injury. O'Neill has never faced Lively in his career.

    Apr 23 · Source via Boston Red Sox Tyler O'Neill
  • No Rafael Devers Again On Tuesday

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    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (knee) remains absent from the team's starting lineup on Tuesday against the hosting Cleveland Guardians. Pablo Reyes is getting the start at the hot corner and will hit in the nine-hole against Guardians right-hander Ben Lively, making him a poor sleeper option for DFS lineups. The Red Sox were hoping the Devers could return on Tuesday after a scheduled off day on Monday, but that won't be the case. The 27-year-old could need a trip to the injured list now that he'll be missing his fifth straight game after suffering a bone bruise on his left knee. It's a gamble if you've already inserted him into your weekly fantasy lineup. On top of his injury, Devers is just 9-for-48 (.188) so far in 2024 with two home runs and five RBI.

    Apr 23 · Source via Boston Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • Joey Bart Starting At Catcher For Pirates

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    Joey Bart will be starting at catcher and batting eighth for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pirates acquired Bart from the San Francisco Giants on April 2 and with Pittsburgh, the catcher is slashing .313/.450/.750. Bart last played on April 21 when he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against the Boston Red Sox. Bart will be catching left-handed pitcher Bailey Falter who's starting for the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Apr 23 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Joey Bart
  • Marcus Stroman Starting Against Oakland

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    The New York Yankees will be starting right-hander Marcus Stroman on Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics. Stroman is coming off going 5.1 innings allowing two runs on six hits against the Toronto Blue Jays. Stroman is 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA this season, while at home is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA. The right-hander is going up against an Athletics lineup that is slashing .204/.278/.339 which ranks 28th, 29th, and 26th in the majors.

    Apr 23 · Source via New York Yankees Marcus Stroman
  • Andy Ibanez Gets Full Workout In

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    Detroit Tigers second baseman Andy Ibanez (hamstring) had a full workout at second base on Tuesday, according to Chris McCosky of The Detroit News. Ibanez has been on the injured list due to a left-hamstring strain, and the reports indicate the second baseman looked to be moving well. Ibanez played in five games for the Tigers this season before the injury and was slashing .267/.235/.267.

    Apr 23 · Source via Detroit Tigers Andy Ibanez
  • Kenta Maeda Looking For First Win This Season

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    Right-hander Kenta Maeda is set for his fifth start of the MLB season as the Detroit Tigers are on the road to play the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. Maeda is coming off a terrible start against the Texas Rangers, as he went 2 2/3 innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits, including three home runs. Maeda is 0-1 with a 7.64 ERA and faces a Rays lineup is slashing .242/.304/.356. Fantasy managers would be wise to avoid Maeda in this one as a streamer.

    Apr 23 · Source via Detroit Tigers Kenta Maeda
  • Kevin Gausman Looks To Build Off Last Start Against Royals

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    Right-hander Kevin Gausman will be starting for the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in the second game of their four-game series against the Kansas City Royals. Gausman struggled to begin the year with his velocity, but in his last start against the Yankees, the right-hander had success, as he went five innings and allowed just one run on four hits while striking out six. Gausman is 0-2 with an 8.16 ERA this season and will face a Royals lineup that is slashing .237/.306/.405.

    Apr 23 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Gausman
  • Brandon Pfaadt Strikes Out Four In Monday's Game

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    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Pfaadt had a rollercoaster night in Monday's 5-3 loss against the St. Louis Cardinals. Pfaadt pitched 5 innings while allowing two hits, and two runs with three walks and four strikeouts. The 25-year-old pitcher has been able to mellow out the runs in recent starts but still has an ERA of 4.97 in 29 innings pitched with 17 runs, four homers, six walks, and 27 strikeouts. He will be facing the Seattle Mariners in his next start which isn't a bad matchup at all, and he remains a solid starting option throughout all leagues with his strikeout capabilities

    Apr 23 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Brandon Pfaadt
  • Jordan Romano Records Third Save Monday

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    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano recorded his third save on Monday in a 5-3 victory against the Kansas City Royals. Romano allowed one hit (one homer) with one strikeout in one inning pitched. He has now recorded three saves in four games that he has appeared in while recording a 4.50 ERA with three hits (one homer), and three strikeouts in four innings pitched. He may not be flashy with the strikeouts but he is recording saves and makes for a decent option for depth across all leagues. He is worth monitoring as he came off the injured list recently with elbow inflammation and has been a high-end closer in recent seasons.

    Apr 23 · Source via Closers Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Romano
  • Josh Simpson To Have Surgery, Expected To Miss Three Months

    Miami Marlins left-hander Josh Simpson (elbow) will have surgery on Tuesday to fix ulnar-nerve neuritis in his left elbow. He's expected to miss three months before returning to play. The 26-year-old southpaw reliever will attempt to return in the second half of the 2024 season. The team's No. 26 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, suffered the injury in spring training and was trying to rehab it, but in the end, surgery was necessary. The former 32nd-round selection in 2019 out of Columbia University had a 4.42 ERA and 1.55 WHIP with 27 walks and 66 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings pitched over 28 relief appearances with Single-A Jupiter and Triple-A Jacksonville in 2023. Simpson gets a lot of whiffs, but he's also seen his walk rate rise in recent seasons.

    Apr 23 · Source via Miami Marlins Josh Simpson
  • Rangers Send Owen White Back To Minors

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    The Texas Rangers optioned pitching prospect Owen White to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and activated pitcher Jonathan Hernandez (lat) from the 15-day injured list in a corresponding move. White, the team's No. 9 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was with the Rangers' big-league club for the first time in his career for a few days, but he didn't make a single appearance and will now head back to the minors to continue his development. The 24-year-old has been slowed by injuries early in his career. He pitched in the All-Star Futures game but didn't look too good in the second half of 2023 when he was promoted to Triple-A. White allowed 11 runs (10 earned) in just 12 1/3 innings with seven walks and 11 strikeouts in his first three starts for Round Rock, so he's going to need to turn it around on the farm if he wants another call-up to the big leagues later this year.

    Apr 23 · Source via Texas Rangers Owen White
  • Eugenio Suarez Brings In Two Runs Monday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Eugenio Suarez's plate vision was displayed in Monday's 5-3 loss against the St. Luis Cardinals. Suarez went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, and one run, finally connecting at the plate after going hitless in back-to-back games over the weekend against the Giants. He is 21-for-85 (.247) with five doubles, two homers, 16 RBI, 16 runs, eight walks and 24 strikeouts through 23 games. The season has had ups and downs for the third baseman and with his recent slump, the matchup against St. Luis favors him. With the favorable matchups for this week, Suarez is a strong stash option with upside across all formats.

    Apr 23 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Eugenio Suarez
  • Tristan Beck Won't Resume Throwing Until May

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    San Francisco Giants right-hander Tristan Beck (arm) has been cleared to increase his conditioning, but he isn't expected to resume throwing until May as he recovers from an upper right-arm aneurysm. He is scheduled to see Dr. Jason Lee for another follow-up exam at Stanford on May 1. The 27-year-old felt his hand go cold after throwing some bullpen sessions early in spring training, prompting the Giants to send him back to San Francisco to be evaluated by team doctors on Feb. 27. Beck was moved to the 60-day injured list on March 3 and underwent surgery at Stanford the next day to address the issue. Beck is hoping to return at some point in 2024, but that's unlikely to happen until the second half of the season. And if Beck does return this year, there's no guarantee he'll have a spot in the rotation waiting for him.

    Apr 23 · Source via San Francisco Giants Tristan Beck
  • Bryce Elder Holds Miami Scoreless In First Start Monday

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Bryce Elder came out strong in Monday's 3-0 win against the Miami Marlins. Elder struck out four and allowed eight hits while allowing no runs in 6 innings pitched in his first start of the season. The 24-year-old started three games in the minors this season and recorded a 3.31 ERA while allowing 14 hits (one homer), six runs, five walks and 18 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings pitched. He makes for a solid streaming option and a great roster spot if he can solidify his position in the starting rotation for Atlanta.

    Apr 23 · Source via Atlanta Braves Bryce Elder
  • Alex Cobb Won't Return Until Late May

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    San Francisco Giants right-hander Alex Cobb (hip, shoulder) was moved to the 60-day injured list on April 20, so he won't be eligible to return until May 27. Cobb was progressing well in his rehab from offseason hip surgery, but he hit another minor setback when he felt mild shoulder irritation before throwing a bullpen session on April 16. He "felt OK" when he resumed throwing but saw team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki as a precaution on April 18, according to manager Bob Melvin. Cobb said the imaging on his shoulder came back clean, and he's currently throwing out to 75 feet on flat ground. The 36-year-old also had a "baby setback" when he was briefly shut down with a mild flexor strain in his right elbow. Cobb should have a rotation spot waiting for him when he's healthy, but he can stay on the waiver wire for now in most mixed leagues.

    Apr 23 · Source via San Francisco Giants Alex Cobb
  • Keynan Middleton Stretched Out To 110 Feet

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    St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Keynan Middleton (forearm) has been on a two days on, one day off throwing program and has been stretched out so far to 110 feet. He's not throwing off a mound yet, though. Meanwhile, Drew Rom (biceps) did some plyometric work but didn't respond well late last week and hasn't made any progress from his injury. Middleton should be cleared to throw off a mound again soon and could then move to a short minor-league rehab assignment after that if all goes well. The 30-year-old hasn't pitched since getting hurt on March 7 during spring training, but when healthy, he could have some fantasy value in leagues that count holds. He'll be one of the team's primary setup men in front of closer Ryan Helsley.

    Apr 23 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Keynan Middleton
  • Matt Carpenter Receives Injection

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    St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Matt Carpenter (oblique) received a platelet-rich injection on Monday for his strained right oblique, according to manager Oliver Marmol. The plan is for Carpenter to have three days of no activity followed by hitting coach thrown batting practice and then machine work before they look at getting him live at-bats. The 38-year-old veteran had three hits in 10 at-bats over three games at the beginning of the season before getting hurt and landing on the injured list. When healthy, Carpenter will strictly be a bench bat and a DH option for the Cards when they are facing right-handed pitching. In 76 games with the San Diego Padres in 2023, he slashed a miserable .176/.322/.319 with five home runs and 31 RBI.

    Apr 23 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter
  • Dylan Carlson Getting Closer To Rehab Assignment

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    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson (shoulder) has taken swings, including some in the cage off batting practice tosses, and has gone through defensive work that includes throwing. However, he's still feeling some pain on the follow-through of his right-handed swing, but throwing has gone better than expected. There remains no timetable for his 2024 debut, but he's making progress and could start a minor-league rehab assignment in a few days. The 25-year-old is making slow progress and appears to be ahead of Tommy Edman (wrist) in his rehab, so he could be set for a starting role in center field when he's able to come off the injured list. The switch-hitting former 33rd overall pick in 2016 has disappointed in recent seasons, and injuries haven't helped his cause. When Edman is ready, Carlson figures to be a fourth outfielder in St. Louis.

    Apr 23 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Dylan Carlson
  • Josiah Gray Playing Catch

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    Washington Nationals right-hander Josiah Gray (elbow, forearm) played catch up to 60 feet for two days in a row late last week, according to manager Dave Martinez. Gray was put on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to April 6) after an MRI exam showed a right elbow/forearm flexor strain before his scheduled April 9 start against the San Francisco Giants. He is 0-2 on the year with a 14.04 ERA in two starts, so he may have already been dropped in a lot of fantasy leagues after he landed on the IL. The 26-year-old is without a clear timetable to return and has plenty of steps to go through before the Nationals will seriously consider activating him from the IL and throwing him back into their starting rotation.

    Apr 23 · Source via Washington Nationals Josiah Gray
  • Victor Robles Making Progress

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles (hamstring) will travel with the team as he continues to rehab a left-hamstring strain, which he suffered running from first to third base on April 3. Robles is throwing and hitting without pain and has regained full range of motion. Manager Dave Martinez hopes he will begin running drills soon. Robles had returned to full health during spring training after back spasms limited him to 36 games in 2023. It's good news that the 26-year-old is making progress, but when he's ready to rejoin the big-league roster, he's probably going to need to produce to continue playing regularly, especially given the fact that Washington has several big-name prospects that are itching to make their major-league debuts. Jacob Young has been serving as Washington's center fielder with Robles out and has gone 11-for-42 (.262) with no homers, two RBI and six steals in 15 games.

    Apr 23 · Source via Washington Nationals Victor Robles
  • Ryan Weathers Gives Up Three Runs In Monday's Loss

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    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Ryan Weathers struggled in Monday's 3-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Weathers went for 5 2/3 innings pitched while allowing six hits, one homer, and three runs while walking three batters and only striking out one. The 24-year-old moves to 2-2 on the season with a 3.16 ERA, an 8.1 K/9 rate, and a 4.1 BB/9 rate through five games. The Marlins played it safe in his previous start against the San Francisco Giants where they pulled him due to cramping in his left hand. While it wasn't a huge concern before, fantasy managers will want to watch him in his next start versus the Washington Nationals to see if the left-hand cramping is an issue.

    Apr 23 · Source via Miami Marlins Ryan Weathers
  • Triston Casas' MRI Confirms Serious Injury

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    An MRI exam that Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas (rib) underwent on Monday confirmed the expectation that he's going to miss a significant amount of time with his injury. Casas was placed on the 10-day injured list, but it's basically a foregone conclusion that he'll miss much more time than that. The former 26th overall pick in 2018 out of high school needs to be stashed in all fantasy formats for now, as he had already cleared the fences six times while driving in 10 in his first 78 at-bats of the 2024 season while hitting .244 (19-for-78). Until Casas is able to return, the Red Sox will move forward with some combination of Bobby Dalbec, Pablo Reyes and Rob Refsnyder at first base in Beantown. With none of the trio likely to see consistent playing time, they aren't very attractive in mixed fantasy leagues.

    Apr 23 · Source via Boston Red Sox Triston Casas
  • Keaton Winn Strikes Out Six In Monday's Win

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    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Keaton Winn had a strong performance in Monday's 5-2 win over the New York Mets. Winn pitched well through six innings with six strikeouts while allowing just four hits, one homer, and one batter walked. After a rough start to the season, the Giants pitcher has mellowed out and secured two-straight wins, bringing his season record to 2-3 with a 3.54 ERA and 7.39 K/9 rate through his first five starts. He is a pitcher to keep stashed across all formats, with a nice matchup versus the Pirates in his next start.

    Apr 23 · Source via San Francisco Giants Keaton Winn
  • Luisangel Acuna Struggling In Triple-A

    New York Mets middle infield prospect Luisangel Acuna has been off to a sluggish start for Triple-A Syracuse. Acuna, who is the brother of Ronald Acuna Jr. was the big name acquired for Max Scherzer last season and hit .294 with nine home runs, 63 RBI, 57 stolen bases and 93 runs in 121 games with Double-A Binghamton and Double-A Frisco. Thus far for Syracuse, Acuna is still adjusting as he hitting just .211 with one homer, five RBI and seven RBI. Acuna has shown his ability on the basepaths, but he still needs to hit better offensively to make a big mark at the next level. For now, he remains best suited on the waiver, but could see a promotion to the big leagues before the end of the season, if he improves in the batter's box.

    Apr 23 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Luisangel Acuna
  • Tink Hence Shining Early On

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    St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Tink Hence has adjusted positively in his second go-around for Double-A Springfield. Over his first three starts, he has a pristine 1.17 ERA in 15 1/3 innings. He has also struck out 17 batters with just two walks on the season. Hence, 21, split time in 2023 between High-A Peoria and Springfield, but struggled in Springfield with a 5.47 ERA in 12 starts versus a 2.81 ERA for Peoria. Hence offers good velocity on his fastball that registers in the mid-90s to go along with a nice changeup and slider. Hence has shown the ability to be a very productive pitcher, but durability remains a concern in the long-term with Hence never throwing more than 100 innings in a season or 82 pitches in a single game. If Hence can improve his stamina, he has the future makings of a MLB starter, but if he continues to have durability issues, Hence would be best suited as a relief pitcher. He remains an intriguing option for dynasty managers to monitor.

    Apr 23 · Source via Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Tink Hence
  • Termarr Johnson Struggling Early On

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    Pittsburgh Pirates second base prospect Termarr Johnson has been off to a slow start over his first 14 games for High-A Greensboro. Johnson, 19, is coming off a strong season between Single-A and High-A in 2023 that saw him hit a combined .244 with 18 homers, 59 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 105 games. So far in 2024, Johnson has struggled to the tune of a .205 batting average with no homers, seven RBI and two stolen bases. Johnson has a keen eye at the plate and follows that up with plenty of power potential. Although second baseman aren't the biggest power hitters, Johnson can be special offensively and should be held onto in dynasty leagues, even though he may be a few seasons away from contributing at the big-league level.

    Apr 23 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Termarr Johnson
  • Druw Jones Off To Slow Start

    Arizona Diamondbacks outfield prospect Druw Jones has been off to a slow start in 2024 for Single-A Visalia. Early in the season, Jones is hitting a weak .171 with five RBI and no home runs or steals. The son of Andruw Jones, Druw has battled injuries in his young professional career, since being drafted second overall in 2022. Jones, 20, already plays great defense like his father and also is very smooth on the basepaths, but he needs to improve his hit tool. Since being drafted, Jones has dealt with shoulder, quad and hamstring injuries and that is a big reason why his hitting hasn't developed as planned. As Jones fully recovers from those past injuries, his hit tool should improve. For now, Jones is a name to monitor in dynasty leagues, but can be a big asset if he reaches all his potential. He remains a few years away from being talked about a big-league promotion.

    Apr 23 · Source via Prospects Arizona Diamondbacks Druw Jones
  • Jose Abreu’s Continued Struggles

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    No hitter has had a worse start to the season than José Abreu. The veteran first baseman has only picked up four hits in 65 plate appearances. He's hitting .068/.138/.085 with one extra-base knock, a double. Among hitters with 50+ trips to the dish, none has made less of an impact from a power perspective. Only Victor...

    Apr 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Houston Astros Jose Abreu
  • D-Backs To Recall Tommy Henry, Likely To Place Merrill Kelly On IL

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    The Diamondbacks will recall left-hander Tommy Henry from Triple-A Reno to start tomorrow evening's game against the Cardinals, manager Torey Lovullo told reporters (including Theo Mackie of AZ Central). Arizona optioned Henry five days ago. Pitchers need to stay on optional assignment for at least 15 days unless they're recalled to replace a player who is...

    Apr 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Arizona Diamondbacks Tommy Henry Merrill Kelly
  • Diamondbacks Release Jace Peterson

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    The D-Backs have released Jace Peterson, according to the infielder's transaction log at MLB.com. That was expected after Arizona designated him for assignment last week. That ends Peterson's tenure with the Snakes, which began last summer. The D-Backs sent minor league righty Chad Patrick to the A's to take a flier on the versatile infielder. Peterson...

    Apr 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Arizona Diamondbacks Jace Peterson
  • Ryan Bliss On Base Three Times Sunday

    Seattle Mariners shortstop prospect Ryan Bliss went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and a walk for Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday. He also drove in a run and scored once. The 24-year-old is having a decent season so far at the plate, going 19-for-76 (.250) with four doubles, three triples, and three home runs, but has also driven in 20 runs and scored 16 times. The right-handed hitter has also shown patience with 16 walks (16.3%) to 23 strikeouts (23.5%) and has already stolen 12 bases in 21 games. Bliss slashed .304/.378/.524 last season with 23 home runs and 55 stolen bases, which was great, but he can do it with his glove too, winning the Arizona Fall League Defensive Player of the Year in 2023. He also had a strong showing in spring training this season, hitting .333 (12-for-36) with a home run and five stolen bases, so it would seem he's knocking on the door to a major league debut within the next month or two. Fantasy managers in need of steals would be wise to keep tabs on him.

    Apr 23 · Source via Seattle Mariners Ryan Bliss
  • Tarik Skubal Continues Dealing In Monday Win

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    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tarik Skubal put forth another excellent performance in Monday's 7-1 win over the Rays. Skubal pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and no walks with nine strikeouts. The 27-year-old has been every bit as good as fantasy managers had hoped for, going 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA, a 10.62 K/9 rate, and a 1.52 BB/9 rate in five starts. He will look to continue his hot streak in his next scheduled start against the Royals.

    Apr 23 · Source via Detroit Tigers Tarik Skubal
  • Raisel Iglesias Locks Down Seventh Save Monday

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    Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias converted his seventh save of the season in Monday's 3-0 win over the Marlins. Iglesias came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by three and delivered a 1-2-3 outing with a strikeout. The 34-year-old veteran has converted all of his save opportunities with a 2.16 ERA, a 6.48 K/9 rate, and a 1.08 BB/9 rate. The strikeouts have been down, but Iglesias should continue to be a higher-end fantasy option serving as the closer on one of baseball's best teams.

    Apr 23 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves Raisel Iglesias
  • Travis d'Arnaud Homers Again In Monday Win

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    Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud continued his power surge in Monday's 3-0 win over the Marlins. d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a single, a two-run home run, and a strikeout. The 35-year-old veteran has hit five HR in his last four games, bringing his season numbers to a .273/.344/.636 slash line with 14 RBI in 61 plate appearances. d'Arnaud should be a viable fantasy option in at least two-catcher leagues as long as he continues to hit while Sean Murphy (oblique) is on the injured list with an oblique injury.

    Apr 23 · Source via Atlanta Braves Travis d'Arnaud
  • Hunter Goodman Surging At Triple-A

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    Colorado Rockies prospect Hunter Goodman went 1-for-5 for Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday, extending his current hit streak to five games. After going 10-for-42 (.238) with no home runs over his first 11 games, Goodman has now gone 11-for-36 (.306) with six home runs over his last eight games. The 23-year-old has played catcher, first base, right field, and DH for the Isotopes this season. In 2023, he played first base, right field, and DH during his 23-game audition with the big league club, so it remains to be seen where he'll fit in on the diamond. The right-handed hitter belted 36 home runs in 2022 over 134 games and 34 home runs over 106 games in 2023, so there's plenty of pop in that bat, although he hit just one during his short time in Colorado last season. Assuming he gets another shot with the Rockies in 2024, he could be a sneaky source of power for homer-needy fantasy teams.

    Apr 23 · Source via Prospects Colorado Rockies Hunter Goodman
  • Nolan Gorman Hits Pinch-Hit, Walk-Off Homer Monday

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    St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Nolan Gorman played the hero in Monday's 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks. Gorman was called upon to pinch-hit in the bottom of the ninth inning with the game tied 3-3, no outs, and a runner on first. The 23-year-old crushed the first pitch he saw deep into the right-field seats to end the game. Fantasy managers expected power from Gorman this season, but he has struggled with a .179/.238/.372 slash line, three HR, and 10 RBI in 84 plate appearances. Hopefully, this HR can help get him going.

    Apr 23 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Nolan Gorman
  • Robert Suarez Notches Eighth Save Monday

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    San Diego Padres closer Robert Suarez moved to a perfect 8-for-8 in save opportunities in Monday's 3-1 win over the Rockies. Suarez came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning up by two. He allowed a leadoff double, got the first out on a flyout, allowed a single, and got the final two outs on a ground-ball double play. Despite several off-season bullpen acquisitions, the 33-year-old has emerged as one of fantasy's top closers for the Padres with a 0.84 ERA and a 7.59 K/9 rate.

    Apr 23 · Source via Closers San Diego Padres Robert Suarez
  • Dylan Cease Solid Again In Monday Win

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dylan Cease turned in another stellar start in Monday's 3-1 win over the Rockies. Cease pitched very well in Coors Field, tossing seven innings of one-run ball on one hit and no walks with eight strikeouts. The 28-year-old has settled in with his new team nicely, going 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA, 10.62 K/9 rate, and 3.34 BB/9 rate in his first five starts. He will face a tougher matchup in his next start against the Phillies.

    Apr 23 · Source via San Diego Padres Dylan Cease
  • David Bednar Earns Third Save Of Season Monday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar picked up his third save of the season in Monday's 4-2 win over the Brewers. Bednar came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by two. He got the first out on a flyout, allowed a single, and got the final two outs on another flyout and a strikeout. The 29-year-old has now only converted half of his save opportunities with a 10.13 ERA, but his strikeout numbers have been solid with a 12.38 K/9 rate. Fantasy managers shouldn't panic this early in the season given Bednar's track record over the past couple of seasons.

    Apr 23 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • Jared Jones Earns Win, Quality Start Monday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jared Jones turned in another strong start in Monday's 4-2 win over the Brewers. Jones pitched six innings, allowing one run on four hits (including a solo home run) and two walks with seven strikeouts, one of which was true highlight material. The 22-year-old rookie has been excellent to start the season, going 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA, a 12.10 K/9 rate, and a 1.24 BB/9 rate in five starts and 29 IP. He should have a chance to turn in another solid outing in his next scheduled start at the Giants.

    Apr 23 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Jared Jones
  • Jakob Marsee Struggling At Double-A

    San Diego Padres outfield prospect Jakob Marsee went 0-for-4 on Sunday for Double-A San Antonio, bringing his season batting average down to .138. So far, the reigning Arizona Fall League MVP has failed to carry over the success he had last fall into 2024, with just one home run, four RBI, and nine runs scored over 15 games. On the bright side, he has worked 12 walks and stolen eight bases thus far, which were two of his calling cards during his tenure in the minors over the last two seasons. In 2022, Marsee had a BB:K of 30:25 and 15 steals in 31 games, while in 2023 he had a BB:K of 98:97 and 46 steals in 129 games. The 22-year-old has an ETA of 2024 per MLB.com's top prospect list, but he'll need to pick up the pace for that to happen, especially with no Triple-A at-bats to his name yet.

    Apr 23 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jakob Marsee
  • Chris Paddack Fans 10 In Monday's Win

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    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Chris Paddack earned his first win of the season in Monday's 7-0 game against the White Sox. Paddack took advantage of a favorable matchup, pitching seven innings while allowing six hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts. Despite this good start, the 28-year-old's return to the starting rotation has not been very successful. He is now 1-1 with a 5.57 ERA in his first four starts. While he was a fantasy prospect early in his career, fantasy managers should wait to see more consistency from him before trusting him. Paddack will look to build on his success in a decent matchup at the Angels.

    Apr 23 · Source via Minnesota Twins Chris Paddack
  • Hunter Greene Pitches Seven Innings, Takes Loss Monday

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    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene pitched deep into his start Monday but came away with a loss in Monday's 7-0 game against the Phillies. Greene pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts. The 24-year-old is now 0-2 with a 4.55 ERA, an 11.71 K/9 rate, and a 3.92 BB/9 rate in his first five starts. The strikeout skills are evident, but Greene is still looking to take the next step toward becoming a consistent fantasy contributor. That may be difficult in his next scheduled start, which will be a tough matchup at the Rangers. This may be a matchup fantasy managers want to avoid.

    Apr 23 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Hunter Greene
  • Ranger Suarez Tosses Another Gem Monday

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    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez continued his hot streak in Monday's 7-0 win over the Reds. Suarez pitched seven innings, allowing just two hits and a walk with five strikeouts. The 28-year-old is now 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA, an 8.73 K/9 rate, and a 1.36 BB/9 rate in five starts. He has been a top fantasy performer early on and will look to continue his stellar performance in his next start at the Padres.

    Apr 23 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Ranger Suarez
  • Tyler Black Keeps On Hitting At Triple-A

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman prospect Tyler Black went 2-for-4 with a home run for Triple-A Nashville on Sunday. He also had four RBI, a walk, and a run scored in the contest. The 23-year-old keeps making his case for a promotion to the big league club, now with a .315-2-13-14-2 line on the young season. With Rhys Hoskins splitting his time between DH and 1B, and Jake Bauers and Owen Miller doing nothing of note with their time manning first base, Black could get the call to the Show sooner rather than later. The lefty could instantly add a boost to the offense with his power-speed combo after belting 18 home runs and stealing 55 bases last season between Double and Triple-A in just 123 games. Fantasy managers with an open bench spot could stash him ahead of his call-up.

    Apr 22 · Source via Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Tyler Black
  • Merrill Kelly "Most Likely" Headed To The Injured List

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    Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said that right-hander Merrill Kelly (shoulder) is "most likely" headed to the injured list to make room for the call-up of left-hander Tommy Henry, who will start on Tuesday on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals. Kelly was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants and is now most likely going to have to miss the next couple weeks at the very least due to a shoulder strain. The 35-year-old veteran should be stashed in most fantasy leagues while he's on the injured list, as he's currently 2-0 with a strong 2.19 ERA (3.82 FIP) and 0.93 WHIP with six walks and 21 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings over his first four starts. Henry should fill in in Arizona's rotation in the short-term, but the soft-tossing southpaw has minimal fantasy upside and was sporting a 6.87 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in his first four starts before being optioned to the minors.

    Apr 22 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Bryan Woo Throws Three Scoreless Innings In Rehab Start

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    Seattle Mariners right-hander Bryan Woo (elbow) tossed three shutout innings with no hits allowed, no walks and five strikeouts in his first minor-league rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday. It was a great first rehab start for Woo, who could be ready to make his 2024 debut in Seattle's starting rotation in early May. The 24-year-old threw 35 pitches in the outing and wasn't quite there with the velocity on his fastball, but nonetheless it was a good first outing in the minors. We'll keep you in the loop on how he does in his next minor-league start as he continues to build his pitch count up. Woo, a former sixth-rounder in 2021, should have a spot in the rotation waiting for him after he went 4-5 with a 4.21 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 93 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings over 18 starts in his first taste of the big leagues last year.

    Apr 22 · Source via Seattle Mariners Bryan Woo
  • Orioles Designate Peyton Burdick For Assignment

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    The Orioles announced a few roster moves before this evening's game against the Angels. Baltimore placed outfielder Austin Hays on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday, due to a left calf strain. They selected catcher David Bañuelos onto the MLB roster in a corresponding move. To create space on the 40-man roster for Bañuelos, the O's...

    Apr 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Baltimore Orioles Peyton Burdick Austin Hays
  • Luisangel Acuna Off To A Slow Start At Triple-A

    New York Mets shortstop prospect Luisangel Acuna is showing off the speed at Triple-A, but not much power yet. The 22-year-old hit a home run in his first game of the season, however, has not hit one since. Ronald's brother went 2-for-5 with a single, a triple, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored for Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday, bringing his season slashline to a pedestrian .211/.253/.310. Acuna has stolen seven bases so far this year and 40 or more each of the past three seasons. Francisco Lindor is blocking his way to the majors at shortstop though, but he could make it to Queens as a second baseman or outfielder. He's not forcing the issue with his performance at the plate, however.

    Apr 22 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Luisangel Acuna
  • Jaison Chourio With A Strong Start At Single-A

    Cleveland Guardians outfield prospect Jaison Chourio went 1-for-2 with two walks for Single-A Lynchburg on Sunday after going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, four RBI, two runs scored, and a walk on Saturday. The younger brother of Jackson Chourio is now slashing .310/.500/.571 over 12 Single-A games this year, with five doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI, 12 runs scored, and five stolen bases. What's more is that he's got more walks than strikeouts (14:9 BB:K). The 18-year-old is at least a year or so away from the majors, but with a 60-grade hit tool, speed to steal bases, and a keen eye at the plate, dynasty managers should make sure to keep tabs on him. The switch-hitter will likely see some Double-A action before the year is out.

    Apr 22 · Source via Prospects Cleveland Guardians Jaison Chourio
  • Reds Place Frankie Montas On Injured List

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    The Reds announced today that right-hander Frankie Montas has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a right forearm contusion, with fellow righty Casey Legumina recalled to take his place on the active roster. Montas was struck by a comebacker off the bat of Taylor Ward in yesterday's game, departing after recording just two...

    Apr 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Casey Legumina Frankie Montas
  • No Timeline For Jordan Lyles' Return

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    The Kansas City Royals placed right-hander Jordan Lyles (personal) on the inactive list on Saturday, and team is not disclosing the reason for his absence other than describing it as a "personal matter." There's no timeline for his return, but because of the type of inactive list Lyles was placed on, it opened a 40-man roster spot for the Royals to call up veteran right-handed reliever Tyler Duffey. Lyles has thrown five scoreless innings with three strikeouts in five appearances out of KC's bullpen during the 2024 regular season, but he hasn't pitched since April 12. With no defined role and most of his work coming in mop-up duty this year, however, the 33-year-old journeyman belongs on fantasy waiver wires while he's unavailable. There's no clear-cut fantasy beneficiary of his absence, either.

    Apr 22 · Source via Kansas City Royals Jordan Lyles
  • Joey Votto Hasn't Resumed Hitting

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    Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Joey Votto (ankle) has started running more, but he's not hitting live pitching yet. There's no immediate plan for him to get into minor-league games, so until Votto resumes hitting, there's also no reason for fantasy managers to consider stashing the veteran on-base machine. After slashing .202/.314/.433 with 14 home runs and 38 RBI over 242 plate appearances (65 games) with the Cincinnati Reds a year ago, the 40-year-old former All-Star will be an option to serve as Toronto's designated hitter versus right-handed pitching when he's ultimately able to return from an ankle sprain and make his 2024 regular-season debut. Righty-mashing veteran Daniel Vogelbach will draw the occasional start as the DH, but he's only appeared in eight games for the Jays so far and isn't receiving enough at-bats to garner any fantasy interest right now.

    Apr 22 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Joey Votto
  • Mets Hope To Activate J.D. Martinez Friday

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    New York Mets designated hitter J.D. Martinez (back) will move his rehab to Triple-A Syracuse this week, and "it's possible" the team could activate him when they get home on Friday for the start of a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals, per manager Carlos Mendoza. After receiving a cortisone shot due to lower back tightness, Martinez returned to a minor-league rehab assignment on Sunday and is on track to make his 2024 regular-season debut in Queens in Week 4 of fantasy baseball. With the Mets struggling to find consistency in the heart of their batting order, the 36-year-old All-Star slugger figures to slot right in as the No. 5 hitter in the lineup immediately upon his move to New York's active roster. After slashing .271/.321/.572 with 33 home runs, 27 doubles, and 103 RBI across 432 at-bats (113 games) with the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, Martinez should be rostered for those in need of power numbers.

    Apr 22 · Source via New York Mets J.D. Martinez
  • Orioles Calling Up Heston Kjerstad

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    The Baltimore Orioles plan to recall outfield prospect Heston Kjerstad from the minor leagues ahead of Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Kjerstad, the No. 42 prospect in baseball and Baltimore's No. 4 prospect, is slashing a prolific .349/.431/.744 with 10 home runs, 30 RBI, 25 runs scored, and one stolen base in 86 at-bats (21 games) for Triple-A Norfolk this season, and it was only a matter of time before he was brought back up to the big-league club after a brief cameo late last season. The lefty-hitting 25-year-old former No. 2 overall pick figures to get most of his playing time in left field and at designated hitter against right-handed pitching with Austin Hays (calf) sidelined, but there's no guarantee for everyday at-bats with both Colton Cowser and Ryan O'Hearn off to strong starts. Even so, Kjerstad carries enough four-category fantasy upside to be an immediate add in the majority of mixed leagues.

    Apr 22 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Heston Kjerstad
  • Justin Steele To Throw Extended Spring Game Friday

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    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Justin Steele (hamstring) completed a live batting practice session on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Manager Craig Counsell said everything went well, and Steele's next outing will come in an extended spring training game in Arizona on Friday. On the mend from a Grade 1 left hamstring strain that he suffered back on Opening Day, Steele continues to ramp up his activity ahead of a minor-league rehab assignment that appears to be on the horizon. Based on Steele's current progress, fantasy managers can expect the 28-year-old All-Star left-hander to rejoin Chicago's rotation at some point in the middle of May. Right-hander Javier Assad has been a major factor in mixed leagues as a starter for the Cubs to begin the 2024 regular season, posting a 2.11 ERA (3.72 FIP), 1.03 WHIP, and 21:8 K:BB over 21 1/3 innings (four starts), but he'll face a tough matchup on paper in Thursday's scheduled home start versus the Houston Astros.

    Apr 22 · Source via Chicago Cubs Justin Steele
  • Alek Manoah Set For Another Rehab Start

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    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah (shoulder) is slated to start for Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday or Thursday, per manager John Schneider. Schneider liked Manoah's fastball command and slider movement when he watched his latest rehab start on video, but the Jays want the hurler to get one more minor-league rehab appearance under his belt before deciding what's next for Manoah. The big 26-year-old right-hander threw 92 pitches of two-run ball in his latest rehab outing and is essentially built up in his recovery from soreness in his right shoulder, and he figures to be an option for Toronto's starting rotation early next week if he bounces back well from the start. Rookie right-hander Yariel Rodriguez will get at least one more start, which is scheduled for Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals, sporting a promising 2.35 ERA (4.38 FIP), 1.30 WHIP, and 13:3 K:BB across 7 2/3 innings (two starts).

    Apr 22 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Alek Manoah
  • Orioles Place Austin Hays On Injured List

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    The Baltimore Orioles placed outfielder Austin Hays (calf) on the 10-day injured list on Monday, retroactive to Sunday. After leaving Saturday's win over the Kansas City Royals, Hays needs to miss some additional time with a strained left calf. The 28-year-old left fielder was already trending down due to a feeble .111/.200/.111 triple-slash line with just two RBI over 45 at-bats (19 games) as well as the emergence of former top prospect Colton Cowser for the O's, so fantasy managers shouldn't feel inclined to stash Hays while he's sidelined. Cowser's playing time in left field becomes even more solidified in the absence of Hays. Hitting .373 (19-for-51) with five home runs, six doubles, nine runs scored, and three stolen bases to this point, Cowser is a player with five-category upside in Baltimore's potent lineup for the foreseeable future.

    Apr 22 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Austin Hays
  • Ryan Mountcastle Out Of Lineup With Sore Knee

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    Baltimore Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle (knee) is out of Monday's lineup for the start of a three-game series on the road against the Los Angeles Angels as a precaution due to knee soreness. Skipper Brandon Hyde says Mountcastle is available to pinch-hit from Baltimore's bench if needed, so there's no need for fantasy managers to be alarmed by the infielder's absence. The 27-year-old slugger is slashing a stellar .324/.388/.500 with two home runs, seven doubles, 11 RBI, and 14 runs scored through 74 at-bats (19 games), and he can be expected back in the starting lineup as soon as Tuesday's matchup in Anaheim. Utility man Ramon Urias will slide in to bat fifth against Halos left-hander Reid Detmers and cover the cold corner for Mountcastle on Monday, but he's not the most exciting fantasy option while batting .219 (7-for-32) with just one extra-base hit and two RBI this season.

    Apr 22 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Ryan Mountcastle
  • White Sox Designate Zach Remillard For Assignment

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    3:35pm: The Sox have now made it official, selecting Mendick and designating Remillard for assignment. They also reinstated John Brebbia from the injured list and optioned right-hander Nick Nastrini and infielder Lenyn Sosa to Triple-A Charlotte. Nastrini's option means they will need another starter later this week. 11:15am: The White Sox will designate infielder Zach...

    Apr 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago White Sox Zach Remillard
  • Robert Gasser Could Return This Week

    Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect Robert Gasser (elbow) could be ready to pitch for Triple-A Nashville as soon as this week after being on the shelf for almost a month in the minors due to a bone spur in his left elbow. The Brewers could really use some help in their big-league starting rotation with DL Hall (knee), Wade Miley (elbow) and Jakob Junis (head, shoulder) all on the injured list, but the 24-year-old Gasser is going to need to prove he's healthy at Nashville before he's a consideration for a big-league call-up. Bryse Wilson is likely to jump into the Brewers' rotation, but other options in the minors could be Aaron Ashby, Tobias Myers and Janson Junk. Gasser is listed as the Brewers' No. 5 prospect, per MLB Pipeline.

    Apr 22 · Source via Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Robert Gasser
  • Bryse Wilson Likely To Move Into Rotation

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    Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Bryse Wilson is likely to move from the bullpen into the team's starting rotation for now with DL Hall (knee), Wade Miley (elbow) and Jakob Junis (head, shoulder) all on the injured list right now. Wilson made a spot start on the last homestand when the Brewers had a hole in their rotation and tossed 3 2/3 innings of scoreless ball while walking one and striking out two in a no-decision against the San Diego Padres. The former fourth-rounder of the Atlanta Braves in 2016 has been solid in his seven appearances for the Brewers so far in 2024, posting a 3.29 ERA and 0.88 WHIP with 12 strikeouts in his 13 2/3 innings pitched. In NL-only leagues for sure, he's worth a pickup if he officially joins Milwaukee's rotation.

    Apr 22 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Bryse Wilson
  • Braxton Garrett Throws Bullpen Session

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    Miami Marlins left-hander Braxton Garrett (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Sunday and is scheduled to throw another one in the next few days. Garrett has yet to make his 2024 debut in the big leagues after being put on the 15-day injured list out of spring training with a left-shoulder impingement. The 26-year-old southpaw then had a setback when he was briefly shut down after his second minor-league rehab appearance with Triple-A Jacksonville on April 12 with dead arm. He's now building his arm back up and will hopefully be ready to make another rehab start sooner than later. Garrett isn't going to be ready to join Miami's starting rotation until May, but when he does, he's not a bad waiver-wire pickup in mixed leagues with plenty of strikeout upside. The former seventh overall pick in 2016 had a 3.66 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 156 K's in 159 2/3 frames last year in 31 outings (30 starts).

    Apr 22 · Source via Miami Marlins Braxton Garrett
  • Taylor Walls Taking 10-14 Days Off Due To Hip Inflammation

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    Tampa Bay Rays infielder Taylor Walls (hip) is taking 10 to 14 days off from baseball activities due to hip inflammation. The Rays moved Walls to the 60-day injured list over the weekend while he recovers from surgery on his right hip. There's no clear timetable for his return, with manager Kevin Cash saying on April 13 that Walls is "just not going as quick as maybe we had originally anticipated." Given the amount of time he has missed, it seems likely Walls will have to essentially recreate a progression similar to spring training whenever he gets back to game action. The 27-year-old had surgery on Oct. 27 to fix a labral tear in his right hip. He said he had been dealing with a "noticeable hip impingement" for more than a year. It would probably be a surprise if we saw Walls in the big leagues before June.

    Apr 22 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Taylor Walls
  • Josh Lowe Looking Good On Rehab Assignment

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    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Josh Lowe (oblique) started a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham over the weekend and hit a home run in his second game back on Saturday with a Statcast-projected 106.4 mph, 403-foot shot to right-center field. He finished the game 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBI for the Bulls. The 26-year-old strained his right oblique during spring training and was forced to open the year on the injured list. Lowe is expected back around early May, and there's no reason he should be on your league's waiver wire after breaking out in 2023 with 20 home runs and 32 stolen bases. When Lowe is able to return to Tampa, Amed Rosario and Richie Palacios will likely be hurt the most in terms of playing time in the Rays' outfield. Lowe essentially needs a full spring training's worth of at-bats to get ready.

    Apr 22 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Josh Lowe Richie Palacios Amed Rosario
  • Jackson Holliday Not In Monday's Lineup

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    Baltimore Orioles rookie infielder Jackson Holliday is out of the team's starting lineup on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels and left-hander Reid Detmers. Holliday has yet to face a left-handed starter since making his MLB debut recently. The Orioles aren't going to put too much on the 20-year-old's plate early on, even if he is the consensus top prospect in the big leagues. Fantasy managers that have invested in the former first overall pick in 2022 for the long term shouldn't be panicking just yet, but Holliday has done very little in the start of his first season in the big leagues with just one hit and an RBI in his first 30 at-bats in Baltimore while walking three times and striking out 15 times. Jorge Mateo is at the keystone on Monday and is hitting ninth against Detmers. Mateo is hitting .222 in nine career at-bats versus Detmers.

    Apr 22 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Jackson Holliday
  • Rays Place Pete Fairbanks On Injured List

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    The Rays announced that they have placed right-hander Pete Fairbanks on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to April 19, with a "nerve related issue". Right-hander Kevin Kelly was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Prior to the official announcement, Kristie Ackert of The Tampa Bay Times reported that Fairbanks was headed to the IL...

    Apr 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Tampa Bay Rays Pete Fairbanks Kevin Kelly
  • Jonathan Aranda Should Begin Rehab Assignment Soon

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    Tampa Bay Rays infielder Jonathan Aranda (finger) could be making his way back to the field soon. Recent reports are that Aranda is nearing a rehab assignment, which is positive news in his recovery process. Aranda was placed on the injured list in late March due to a broken right ring finger. The 25-year-old should be able to back get on the field and be ready around early or mid-May. Aranda figures to play a significant role on the Rays once he's healthy.

    Apr 22 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Jonathan Aranda
  • Taj Bradley Nearing Rehab Assignment

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    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Taj Bradley (pectoral) appears to be making solid progress in his recovery process. The right-hander is reportedly scheduled to head to Triple-A soon to begin a rehab assignment. Bradley has been sidelined since late March due to a pectoral strain. The organization's original timetable was that Bradley would miss at least six weeks of action. It seems like Bradley should be able to beat that timetable, but fantasy managers should stay tuned for more information.

    Apr 22 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Taj Bradley
  • Manny Machado Placed On Paternity List

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    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado has been placed on the paternity list on Monday. The superstar infielder will be away from the team for one to three days due to personal matters. In a corresponding move, infielder Matthew Batten has been recalled from Triple-A El Paso. Batten will take over the active spot on the roster and figures to play in a few games until Machado returns. Eguy Rosario is starting at third base and is hitting seventh on Monday against the Colorado Rockies and left-hander Austin Gomber.

    Apr 22 · Source via San Diego Padres Manny Machado Eguy Rosario
  • Paul Sewald To Begin Rehab Assignment On Tuesday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Paul Sewald (oblique) is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Tuesday. The right-hander continues to work his way back from a Grade 2 left oblique strain that has sidelined him since the beginning of the season. The 33-year-old has been able to throw bullpen sessions without any issues. He should need a few rehab appearances before he's ready to return to the big league bullpen. Sewald should get the bulk of the saves once he's back. Fantasy managers who are in need of relievers or save might want to stash Sewald if he's available.

    Apr 22 · Source via Closers Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Sewald
  • Zack Gelof Hits Go-Ahead Homer

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    Oakland Athletics infielder Zack Gelof came up clutch for the team during Monday's game against the New York Yankees. The young infielder broke a scoreless tie with a go-ahead two-run home run in the ninth inning. This was the first time that Gelof had recorded an RBI since April 10. The A's recently dropped Gelof to the sixth-hole, which shouldn't be surprising given how much he has struggled. Most fantasy managers can stay away given his current .205/.271/.352 slash line.

    Apr 22 · Source via Oakland Athletics Zack Gelof
  • Royals Select Tyler Duffey

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    1:35pm: The Royals announced that Duffey' contract has indeed been selected from Omaha. Left-hander Anthony Veneziano was optioned to open a spot on the active roster. Regarding Lyles, the team understandably hasn't disclosed the nature of his personal matter, but it sounds as though he could be in for a notable absence. Anne Rogers of...

    Apr 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Tyler Duffey Anthony Veneziano
  • Carlos Rodon Allows One Hit In No-Decision

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    New York Yankees starting pitcher Carlos Rodon was tough to hit during Monday's game against the Oakland Athletics. The left-hander threw seven scoreless innings while allowing only one hit in what ended up being a no-decision. Sadly for Rodon, the Yankees offense didn't do much during this game. The Yankees ended up giving up two runs in the ninth inning and lost 2-0. Rodon is posting a solid 2.70 ERA, even though his 22/13 K/BB ratio isn't pretty. Fantasy managers will take this strong outing, but don't expect it every start from Rodon.

    Apr 22 · Source via New York Yankees Carlos Rodon
  • Twins Option Louie Varland, Select Ronny Henriquez

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    The Twins announced a series of moves today, activating outfielder Max Kepler from the injured list and selecting the contract of right-hander Ronny Henriquez. Those two will take the roster spots of right-hander Louie Varland and catcher Jair Camargo, who have been optioned. Right-handed Daniel Duarte was transferred to the 60-day injured list to open...

    Apr 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Minnesota Twins Ronny Henriquez Louie Varland
  • Quinn Priester Making Another Start Wednesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Quinn Priester will get another start on Wednesday to face the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. Priester will get another shot at it for Pittsburgh despite allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits (three home runs) with one walk in 4 1/3 innings in his season debut last Friday against the Boston Red Sox. The 23-year-old is going to need to do better this week against a tough Brewers lineup if he wants any chance of remaining in the Pirates' rotation moving forward. The former 18th overall pick in 2019 out of high school just hasn't been very good so far in the big leagues, dating back to his debut in 2023, as he's gone 3-4 with a 7.79 ERA and 1.71 WHIP with 28 walks and 38 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings over 11 outings (nine starts).

    Apr 22 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Quinn Priester
  • Ricky Tiedemann Meeting With Doctors This Week

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    Toronto Blue Jays top pitching prospect Ricky Tiedemann (elbow), who is currently on the injured list at Triple-A Buffalo, is seeing team doctors in Toronto this week. Per the Blue Jays, Tiedemann's next steps will be determined from there. It's usually not a good thing when pitchers are meeting with doctors, but we won't know the true extent of the young pitcher's damage until the results of his meeting with doctors is revealed. The 21-year-old southpaw has been dealing with elbow discomfort after recording a 5.63 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in his first three starts for Buffalo this year. Tiedemann also missed time due to shoulder and biceps issues in 2023, so it's concerning for the No. 26 overall prospect this year, per MLB Pipeline. Even if this isn't a season-ending injury for Tiedemann, we may not see him in the big leagues in 2024.

    Apr 22 · Source via Prospects Toronto Blue Jays Ricky Tiedemann
  • Landon Knack Getting Another Start This Week

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    Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed pitching prospect Landon Knack will make another start on Wednesday versus the Washington Nationals on the road. Knack, 26, made his major-league debut last week against these very same Nats in a start and allowed two earned runs on four hits (one homer) while walking one and striking out four in five innings in a loss. Knack won't be the worst sleeper streamer against a weak Nationals lineup for Wednesday's slate, but there's also a fair amount of risk for a pitcher making his second MLB start on the road. Knack is listed as LA's No. 13 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and is most likely to head back to the minor leagues to fine-tune his arsenal when Walker Buehler (elbow) is finally able to make his season debut after missing all of 2023 due to Tommy John surgery.

    Apr 22 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Landon Knack
  • Brenton Doyle Back In Monday's Lineup

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    Colorado Rockies outfielder Brenton Doyle (chest) is back in center field and is batting seventh on Monday against the visiting San Diego Padres and right-hander Dylan Cease. The Rockies held Doyle out as a precaution for the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners after he suffered a chest injury in Game 1. The 25-year-old has limited fantasy upside while hitting down near the bottom of Colorado's batting order, but that hasn't taken away from his hot start in 2024. The former fourth-rounder in 2019 from Shepherd University his hitting .289 (22-for-76) with three home runs, seven RBI and two stolen bases. Doyle is hitless so far in two career at-bats against Cease.

    Apr 22 · Source via Colorado Rockies Brenton Doyle
  • Jakob Junis Hit In Head During Batting Practice

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    Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Jakob Junis (head, shoulder) was hit in the head by a line drive during pre-game batting practice before Monday's contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Junis is currently on the 15-day injured list with a right-shoulder injury. He was alert and responsive and was taken for more observation by an ambulance at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The 31-year-old will surely be put through the league's concussion protocol, and it's unclear right now if his head injury will affect how quickly he'll be able to return from the IL for the Brewers. Junis made just one start on April 2 against the Minnesota Twins before going on the shelf with his shoulder injury. In his lone start, he gave up just one earned run on three hits while walking one and striking out four in four innings for a no-decision.

    Apr 22 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Jakob Junis
  • Wade Miley Put On 15-Day Injured List

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    The Milwaukee Brewers placed left-hander Wade Miley (elbow) on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to April 19) with left-elbow inflammation on Monday. In other moves, the team recalled right-hander Tobias Myers from Triple-A Nashville, reinstated first baseman Jake Bauers from the bereavement list, and optioned infielder Andruw Monasterio to Nashville. The 37-year-old Miley started the 2024 season on the injured list with a left-shoulder injury and he also missed time in 2023 with elbow and lat ailments. Miley is set to undergo tests on Tuesday and could be out for an extended amount of time. Myers is the most logical choice to fill in for Miley on Tuesday and start against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Miley already wasn't really an attractive option for fantasy managers in deep-mixed leagues before the injury.

    Apr 22 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Wade Miley
  • Ozzie Albies Starts Hitting, Could Return Friday

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    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (toe) started hitting on Monday and could still return from the injured list on Friday when he's eligible to come off the 10-day injured list. Albies has progress quickly from his fractured big toe, which has to music to his fantasy managers' ears. The 27-year-old shouldn't be available on the waiver wire in any fantasy leagues despite his injury, which came when he was hit by a pitch last week. With Albies out, Luis Guillorme and David Fletcher have both seen playing time at the keystone in Atlanta. The switch-hitting Albies had gone 20-for-63 (.317) with two home runs, 14 RBI and two stolen bases at the time of his injury, so hopefully he can pick up where he left off when he's back. Albies is a must-start on the daily when he's in Atlanta's lineup.

    Apr 22 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Mets Designate Michael Tonkin For Assignment

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    The Mets have designated right-hander Michael Tonkin for assignment and optioned righty Grant Hartwig to Triple-A Syracuse, per a team announcement. It's the second time they've designated Tonkin for assignment within the season's first three and a half weeks. The Mets traded him to the Twins for cash last time, only to claim him back...

    Apr 22 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Mets Grant Hartwig Michael Tonkin
  • Aaron Judge Continues To Struggle

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    New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Monday's 2-0 loss to the Oakland A's. The season hasn't been kind to him, as he is averaging .167 (15-for-90) with five doubles, three homers, 15 runs, 11 RBI, 17 walks, and 31 strikeouts over 23 games. Judge should be able to find some hits within the series against the A's as the matchups favor him and the Yankees. Even with the struggles, Judge is a must-start in all league formats, providing power when he connects.

    Apr 22 · Source via New York Yankees Aaron Judge
  • Louie Varland Sent To Minors

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    The Minnesota Twins optioned right-hander Louie Varland and catcher Jair Camargo to Triple-A St. Paul on Monday. Manager Rocco Baldelli didn't commit to Varland taking his next turn through the team's starting rotation after another subpar performance on Sunday, when he allowed four runs in just 2 2/3 innings in a loss to the Detroit Tigers. The 26-year-old former 15th-round pick in 2019 out of Concordia University has lost all four of his starts so far in 2024 and is sporting an ugly 9.18 ERA and 2.16 WHIP with nine walks and 18 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings pitched. He's already allowed six home runs in four starts after allowing 16 all of last year in a career-high 68 innings pitched. Prospect Simeon Woods Richardson is most likely to take Varland's spot in Minnesota's rotation moving forward.

    Apr 22 · Source via Minnesota Twins Louie Varland
  • Max Kepler Activated From Injured List

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    The Minnesota Twins activated outfielder Max Kepler (knee) from the 10-day injured list on Monday, and he's in the starting lineup right away against the Chicago White Sox and rookie right-hander Jonathan Cannon. Kepler is in right field and is batting fifth. The 31-year-old left-handed hitter looked good on his short minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul and should go back to the strong side of a platoon in right field against right-handed pitchers. His return is bad news for both Trevor Larnach and Carlos Santana moving forward. Fantasy managers using Kepler in deeper leagues will hope he can start swinging the bat like he did on his rehab assignment after getting just one hit in his first 20 at-bats of the season before landing on the IL.

    Apr 22 · Source via Minnesota Twins Max Kepler
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