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  • Daniel Bard Won't Return In 2024

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    Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Daniel Bard (knee, elbow) had a setback rehabbing and will undergo season-ending right flexor tendon surgery. After recently throwing off a mound, the banged-up Bard's season suddenly ends before it even begins while also recovering from a cleanup procedure on his left knee. The 38-year-old veteran right-hander is a free agent following the 2024 campaign, and it's unlikely that he'll draw very much interest after walking more batters (49) than he struck out (47) a season ago. Bard spent seven years away from the major leagues before latching on with Colorado in 2020. Justin Lawrence and Tyler Kinley are the names to watch for fantasy purposes for saves-needy managers, but Lawrence has yielded seven runs across five appearances, and Kinley has given up eight runs over six innings thus far.

    Apr 13 · Source via Closers Colorado Rockies Daniel Bard
  • Robbie Ray Throws Bullpen Session Friday

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    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Robbie Ray (elbow) threw a bullpen session in Arizona on Friday. Ray has been pleased with his progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but he's still not likely to be a factor for the Giants until the second half of the 2024 season. After being acquired from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Mitch Haniger and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (forearm) this past offseason, the 32-year-old former American League Cy Young Award winner has enough strikeout upside alongside a pitcher-friendly ballpark to deserve being stashed for fantasy managers who can afford the roster spot. Former reliever Jordan Hicks has allowed just two earned runs and three walks over 18 innings as a starter in San Fran's rotation to this point, and he's worth rostering in all mixed leagues right now.

    Apr 13 · Source via San Francisco Giants Robbie Ray
  • Josh Lowe Nearing Rehab Assignment

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    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Josh Lowe (oblique) played extended spring training games in Port Charlotte, Florida on Thursday and Friday. After a few more games there, he should join Triple-A Durham to begin a rehab assignment. Lowe only took three Grapefruit League at-bats this past spring, however, so he'll require a fairly lengthy rehab to get ready for game action, setting him up for a return in early May. The 26-year-old former top prospect should not be floating around any fantasy waiver wires after hitting .292 with 20 home runs, 33 doubles, 83 RBI, and 32 stolen bases over 466 ABs a year ago. Veterans Amed Rosario and Harold Ramirez will continue splitting action in right field until Lowe returns, but neither have done enough in the early goings to warrant attention in most leagues.

    Apr 13 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Josh Lowe
  • Jose Leclerc Temporarily Removed As Closer

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    Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jose Leclerc will be working low-leverage situations temporarily, per manager Bruce Bochy. The Rangers were pleased with Leclerc's outing during Friday's 12-8 win over the division-rival Houston Astros after the right-hander struck out two batters, but it was an extremely low-leverage spot against the seventh, eighth, and ninth hitters with Texas up 12-3 in the sixth inning. It's bad news for fantasy managers hoping to get saves out of Leclerc, who holds a dismal 12.00 ERA and 2.33 WHIP with one blown save over six frames. The 30-year-old is not an instant drop candidate in fantasy, as he could work his way back into the ninth-inning mix with improved play, but David Robertson and Kirby Yates both have plenty of closing experience. Robertson, only rostered in 43% of Yahoo leagues, has given up just one run over 8 1/3 innings and should be added across all formats until this situation is settled.

    Apr 13 · Source via Closers Texas Rangers Jose Leclerc
  • Yariel Rodriguez Starting Saturday

    Toronto Blue Jays right-handed pitcher Yariel Rodriguez is starting Saturday's game versus the visiting Colorado Rockies, says manager John Schneider. Rodriguez is all set to be called up from Triple-A Buffalo and make the first major-league start of his career on Saturday against the Rockies, as the Jays hope to get better results than Bowden Francis' 12.96 ERA in his two starts to begin the season. The 27-year-old Cuban right-hander threw 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts during his lone start in the minor leagues this season, and he's in a pretty favorable position at home against a beatable Colorado lineup. Rodriguez is a fine streaming option for fantasy managers in AL-only or deep mixed leagues, and he could keep his rotation spot with a successful performance.

    Apr 13 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Yariel Rodriguez
  • Eduardo Rodriguez's Rehab Stalled

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    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (lat) is having his rehab paused after recently experiencing more tightness in his shoulder following a bullpen session. An MRI showed that there is still an issue with the strained left lat of Rodriguez, who has been shut down from throwing. After bagging a four-year, $80 million with the D-backs this past offseason, Rodriguez has had a miserable start to his tenure in the desert following an abysmal spring training. The 31-year-old Venezuelan left-hander's setback leaves his return timeline very murky, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect him back before the end of April at this point. Tommy Henry and Ryne Nelson will serve as starters in Arizona's rotation until E-Rod is ready to return, but the two hurlers are only low-end streamers in favorable matchups.

    Apr 13 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Nick Pivetta Will Resume Throwing Saturday

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    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta (elbow) is going to test his arm and play catch on Saturday. After Pivetta was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right elbow on Tuesday, it's encouraging to hear he's ready to resume throwing. The 31-year-old right-hander was off to a spectacular start before the Red Sox shut him down, striking out 13 over 11 innings while surrendering only one run and one walk in two starts. Pivetta has a chance to return before April ends, but it remains to be seen if he'll require a rehab assignment before doing so. It's unclear who will join the club's rotation in the interim, as Boston still hasn't formally listed a probable pitcher for Saturday's matchup versus the visiting Los Angeles Angels, so there isn't a clear fantasy beneficiary of Pivetta's absence.

    Apr 13 · Source via Boston Red Sox Nick Pivetta
  • Carlos Correa Likely Heading To Injured List

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    Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said following Friday's loss to the Detroit Tigers that shortstop Carlos Correa (oblique) is expected to wind up on the injured list. Correa is heading for imaging after suffering a strained right oblique on Friday against the Tigers, and the club will know more about his status on Saturday. It's another hit to a Twins lineup that's already struggling to produce runs without the dynamic Royce Lewis (quad), as the 29-year-old former All-Star was slashing a robust .306/.432/.444 with one home run, two doubles, and four RBI over 36 at-bats (11 games) to begin the season. With No. 2 prospect Brooks Lee (back) currently out of action, Minnesota appears to be down to veterans Kyle Farmer and Willi Castro at short in the meantime. Farmer is 1-for-16 and Castro is 3-for-29 so far this year, so fantasy managers can certainly find better infielder options on waiver wires.

    Apr 13 · Source via Minnesota Twins Carlos Correa
  • Walker Buehler Pulled From Rehab Start

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    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler's (elbow) third minor-league rehab start on Friday was cut short after he was struck in the right hand by a comebacker. Buehler threw only two innings before departing, but it sounds like his exit was a precautionary measure. This could have been Buehler's last rehab start on his way back from Tommy John surgery, but the Dodgers may now want him to get one final tune-up appearance before rejoining the rotation following such a long layoff. The 29-year-old All-Star right-hander should still be able to return by late April and obviously needs to be stashed in all fantasy leagues at this point. Who comes out of LA's rotation upon Buehler's comeback remains a question mark, but Ryan Yarbrough's 3.29 ERA and 1.02 WHIP through four starts may give him the upper hand over Gavin Stone's 9.00 ERA and 2.13 WHIP over his two appearances.

    Apr 13 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Walker Buehler
  • Carlos Correa Exits Early With Oblique Strain

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    Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa (oblique) exited early in Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers with a right oblique strain. Correa grabbed his right side after striking out during his second at-bat in the top of the third inning. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before exiting. The severity of Correa's injury is unknown at this time, and he is considered day-to-day. Willi Castro replaced him in Friday's game. Considering Correa is dealing with an oblique injury, the veteran shortstop could likely land on the injured list. Kyle Farmer should see an uptick in playing time while Correa is sidelined. Farmer is off to a slow start this season and has yet to collect a hit over 18 plate appearances in seven games in 2024. The 33-year-old is a speculative add in deep-league formats if Correa is forced to miss any time.

    Apr 12 · Source via Minnesota Twins Carlos Correa
  • TJ Friedl Needs More Time Before Ramping Up

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    Cincinnati Reds center fielder TJ Friedl (wrist) underwent an MRI on Thursday and was determined to need another seven-to-ten days of lighter activity before ramping up his rehab process. The hope was that Friedl's injury would be a little more cleared up at this point and the delay is a bit of a setback for the 28-year-old. The lefty had a solid year in 2023, slashing .279/.352/.467, and was looking to catapult a young Reds roster into playoff contention before injuring his wrist a month ago in spring training. Will Benson has taken over center field responsibilities in Friedl's absence, hitting .213 with 2 HR on the short season. Friedl should be expected to take over as the starter once he returns, but without a clear timetable for him to come back fantasy managers in deeper leagues may want to keep Benson on their radar.

    Apr 12 · Source via Cincinnati Reds TJ Friedl
  • Paul Sewald Scheduled For Bullpen Session On Saturday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks closer Paul Sewald (oblique) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. This will be Sewald's first bullpen session since he suffered his Grade 2 oblique strain. It may still be some time before Sewald is able to come off the injured list, but being able to progress to a bullpen session is a good sign for the 33-year-old. Fantasy managers should continue to keep an eye on the closer's progress and keep him stashed on their rosters until he is able to be activated. In the meantime, expect Kevin Ginkel to continue to get save opportunities for Arizona until Sewald is back.

    Apr 12 · Source via Closers Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Sewald
  • Alek Manoah To Pitch In Minor League Game On Saturday

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    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch in Saturday's doubleheader in Triple-A Buffalo. Manoah will look to avoid the issues he saw in his prior minor league start on Sunday in Single-A Dunedin where he gave up seven runs on five hits in just 1 2/3 innings pitched. Manoah has been dealing with shoulder fatigue since early in spring training. The 26-year-old is in desperate need of a bounce-back season. After finishing third in the AL Cy Young award voting in 2022, Manoah's 2023 was disastrous with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. The Blue Jays are expected to compete for a playoff spot this season and anything solid Manoah can provide them when he comes back will be beneficial.

    Apr 12 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Alek Manoah
  • Colson Montgomery Holding His Own In Triple-A Debut

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    Chicago White Sox shortstop prospect Colson Montgomery currently has a .239/.314/.283 throughout his small taste of Triple-A. The number two ranked shortstop prospect on MLB Pipeline quickly progressed through the minors last season as he never saw his on-base percentage dip below .400 across three levels. It is promising to see Montgomery continue to put up solid numbers as he is nearing his major league debut. Montgomery is considered a top prospect in baseball and should be rostered in all dynasty and keeper formats. If he continues to succeed at Triple-A, he could be worth stashing in redraft and be a solid middle infield option down the stretch, as he should be in contention to receive a late-season call-up.

    Apr 12 · Source via Prospects Chicago White Sox Colson Montgomery
  • Edward Cabrera Scheduled For Minor League Start On Wednesday

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    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Edward Cabrera (shoulder) is scheduled for a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Jacksonville on Wednesday. Cabrera is slated for six innings, or about 90 pitches, in the start. This will be the 25-year-old's third rehab start and, if all goes well, it's likely he will be taken off the injured list and added to the Marlins active roster. "I anticipate him being back in the rotation at some point soon," said Marlins manager Skip Schumaker. The struggling Marlins will surely welcome him back with open arms as their starters currently hold a 4.75 ERA and need as much help as possible to turn around their 2-11 start.

    Apr 12 · Source via Miami Marlins Edward Cabrera
  • Matt Mervis Continues To Mash

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    Chicago Cubs first base prospect Matt Mervis is off to an excellent start to his 2024 season. He is hitting .325/.420/.525 with one home run and five RBI. Mervis got a small taste of the majors last season but struggled, so the Cubs felt it was better for him to continue his development at Triple-A. While he has only hit one long ball so far, Mervis hit 22 in Triple-A last season, so expect more on the way. Mervis should see time in Wrigley later this summer and could very well be one of the first of many exciting bats from the Chicago system to be promoted.

    Apr 12 · Source via Chicago Cubs Matt Mervis
  • Kyle Manzardo Struggling During Opening Week

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    Cleveland Guardians first base prospect Kyle Manzardo is hitting .185/.265/.333 to open the young season at Triple-A. He has just one long ball and one double. Manzardo showcased excellent on-base skills in Triple-A last season with a .343 across 94 games and tallied 17 home runs, which suggests that the 23-year-old could turn things around rather quickly. While Manzardo looks to get out of this slump, he is still considered one of the top first-base prospects in the sport and should make his way to the majors later this summer. The Guardians have a logjam with Josh Naylor at first base, so his major league debut may be delayed. Nonetheless, Manzardo is a must-roster player in dynasty leagues and is worth stashing in keeper formats, if not already.

    Apr 12 · Source via Prospects Cleveland Guardians Kyle Manzardo
  • Chase DeLauter Off To A Slow Start

    Cleveland Guardians outfield prospect Chase DeLauter is off to a slow start to begin his 2024 campaign. The top overall prospect in the Cleveland pipeline is hitting a disappointing .118/.318/.176 across his first five games. He has only tallied two hits, and only one of them went for extra bases. DeLauter was in contention to make the Opening Day Roster but fell just short. If the 22-year-old can begin to perform well, he could receive a late-season promotion. The former first-round pick remains a top stash in dynasty leagues and deeper keeper formats but should not be considered in redraft formats for now.

    Apr 12 · Source via Prospects Cleveland Guardians Chase DeLauter
  • Samuel Basallo Off To A Strong Start In 2024

    Baltimore Orioles catcher prospect Samuel Basallo is picking up right where he left off in Double-A. Basallo has tallied six hits across his first five games with one double and two RBI. Last season, Basallo knocked seven hits in four games with one double and one triple in his small taste of Double-A. Basallo is ranked as the second overall catching prospect in baseball and the number two overall prospect in the Baltimore pipeline, according to MLB Pipeline. If Basallo continues to succeed at Double-A, he should be promoted to Triple-A rather quickly and could even make a case for a late-season call-up to join the Orioles in their playoff push. Basallo remains a coveted player in dynasty formats but could be worth stashing in deeper redraft and keeper leagues if he is promoted to Triple-A.

    Apr 12 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Samuel Basallo
  • Joc Pederson Sitting Versus Southpaw

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    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Joc Pederson (rest) is out of the starting lineup ahead of Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. This appears to be a routine rest day for Pederson against a left-handed starting pitcher. The D-Backs will play matchups here and go with Blaze Alexander at designated hitter versus Steven Matz. There's not a ton of value here with Alexander, so most fantasy managers should be able to find a better streaming option. The expectation is that Pederson should return to the lineup following this game.

    Apr 12 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Joc Pederson
  • Keibert Ruiz Remains Out On Friday

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    Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz (illness) remains out of the starting lineup ahead of Friday's game against the Oakland Athletics. Ruiz is set to miss his third game in a row due to an illness. The good news is that this shouldn't be something that lands Ruiz on the injured list. In the meantime, Riley Adams will cover behind the plate and bat seventh versus right-hander Paul Blackburn on Friday. Fantasy managers should be able to find a better streaming choice than Adams for Friday's slate.

    Apr 12 · Source via Washington Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • Justin Verlander To Make Rehab Start On Saturday

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    Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (shoulder) is scheduled to make his next minor league rehab start on Saturday at Double-A Corpus Christi. The 41-year-old appears to be progressing well and could return after this outing. Obviously, the Astros don't want to rush back Verlander, but they need help in the rotation. Fantasy managers will have to check back after Saturday to see how Verlander is feeling. He'll be a must-have fantasy option once he's back on the mound.

    Apr 12 · Source via Houston Astros Justin Verlander
  • Luis Robert Jr. Could Only Miss Six Weeks

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    Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert Jr. (hip) is trending towards a six-week absence, according to general manager Chris Getz. The organization recently gave a timetable of 6-8 weeks for Robert who is recovering from a hip injury. It's encouraging to hear that Robert might only miss six weeks of action. Barring any setbacks, Robert could be back in the lineup before the end of May. In the meantime, Gavin Sheets should see regular at-bats with Robbie Grossman and Kevin Pillar seeing more action as well.

    Apr 12 · Source via Chicago White Sox Luis Robert
  • Eloy Jimenez To Ramp Up Activities

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    Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez (groin) will reportedly ramp up his running this week, according to general manager Chris Getz. The oft-injured outfielder has been sidelined since early April due to a groin issue. It's nice to hear that Jimenez is ramping up his activities, but it doesn't sound like he's ready to play again yet. The White Sox haven't given much of a timetable for Jimenez, but the expectation is that Jimenez is still a few weeks away. The expectation is that Robbie Grossman and Kevin Pillar will see more playing time until Jimenez is ready again.

    Apr 12 · Source via Chicago White Sox Eloy Jimenez
  • Alek Thomas Progressing Well

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    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Alek Thomas (hamstring) recently told reporters that he is progressing well from his injury. The 23-year-old was placed on the injured list roughly two weeks ago due to a hamstring injury. Thomas has been taking at-bats in extended spring training and it appears to be going well. The D-Backs haven't given a timetable on Thomas lately, so fantasy managers will have to be patient. In the meantime, Jake McCarthy will continue seeing increased time in the outfield.

    Apr 12 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Alek Thomas
  • Charlie Blackmon Sitting Out On Friday

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    Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon (illness) is out of the starting lineup ahead of Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Rockies' manager Bud Black said Blackmon is feeling under the weather, so they will hold him out of this contest. The expectation is that this will be a one-game absence for the veteran outfielder. In the meantime, Kris Bryant will function as the designated hitter, while Elehuris Montero covers first base versus right-hander Kevin Gausman on Friday.

    Apr 12 · Source via Colorado Rockies Charlie Blackmon
  • Jhoan Duran Feels Good During Bullpen Session

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    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Jhoan Duran (oblique) reportedly felt good during his bullpen session on Friday. The right-hander continues working his way back from an oblique injury that has sidelined him since the end of spring training. It sounds like the plan is for Duran to throw again on Tuesday. The 26-year-old is likely still a few weeks away from getting back on the mound for the Twins. Until then, the Twins are likely to go closer by committee with Griffin Jax being the favorite to get saves.

    Apr 12 · Source via Closers Minnesota Twins Jhoan Duran
  • Tim Anderson Absent From Friday's Lineup

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    Miami Marlins shortstop Tim Anderson (illness) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves. According to Marlins manager Skip Schumaker, Anderson is sick, so it was better for him to take the day off. He is considered day-to-day. The 30-year-old has started all 13 games for the Marlins, slashing .280/.308/.300 with an RBI, four runs, and two stolen bases over 52 plate appearances. Vidal Brujan is batting ninth and will handle shortstop duties while Anderson is rested. Brujan has yet to record a hit in 13 plate appearances over seven games this season and can be avoided as a streamer and a DFS play for Friday's main slate.

    Apr 12 · Source via Miami Marlins Tim Anderson
  • Ryan McMahon Batting Second On Friday

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    Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon, a player who has been swinging a hot bat to begin the season, will be batting in the two-hole as they begin a three-game series in Toronto against the Blue Jays. McMahon boasts an impressive .383/.464.553 stat line with two home runs and nine RBI. Usually batting third, fourth, or fifth when facing a right-handed pitcher, McMahon will move up in the lineup tonight. However, he faces a difficult matchup as he takes on Toronto ace Kevin Gausman. Gausman's two previous starts have looked very different as he shut down the Rays but got chased out of the game by the Yankees. McMahon may be a sneaky play tonight in DFS, as many may choose to overlook him simply due to the matchup.

    Apr 12 · Source via Colorado Rockies Ryan McMahon
  • Kevin Gausman Eyes Bounce Back On Friday

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    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman will make his third start of the season against the Colorado Rockies at the Rogers Centre this evening. The ace pitcher was dealing with shoulder fatigue earlier in the offseason, which prevented him from seeing time in Spring Training and delayed his season debut. He threw four one-run innings against the Tampa Bay Rays in his first start but struggled mightily in his second against the New York Yankees, where he allowed five earned runs. Gausman's velocity dipped in that start but did not express much concern. The 33-year-old should have an excellent opportunity to deliver a quality start against a Rockies team that has the sixth most total strikeouts, making him a fantastic option in DFS.

    Apr 12 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Gausman
  • Alex Kirilloff Sitting On Friday

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    Minnesota Twins first baseman/outfielder Alex Kirilloff will be on the bench in Friday's series opener against the Detroit Tigers. Kirilloff has yet to make a start against a southpaw, and tonight is no different, as the Twins face left-handed pitcher Tarik Skubal. Kirilloff has had an excellent start to the season, currently batting to the tune of a .324/.385/.647 stat line. Instead, Jose Miranda will be slotted in the designated hitter spot and will bat in the five-hole. Miranda might not be a popular play in DFS as he has a tall task against the hard-throwing lefty.

    Apr 12 · Source via Minnesota Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Adley Rutschman Not In Friday's Lineup

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    Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman will be getting the night off on Friday evening as the O's play host to the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-game set. The All-Star catcher is off to a strong start to the 2024 campaign as he has tallied 13 hits in 12 games and has an overall .271/.333/.313 stat line. Rutschman has yet to hit a home run this season, but that should change fairly quickly, as he launched 20 last season. Rutschman, who has batted in the two-hole all season, will cede that spot to Colton Cowser this evening. James McCann will serve as the backstop and will make his fifth start of the season in a difficult matchup against Freddy Peralta.

    Apr 12 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Adley Rutschman
  • Andrew Abbott Aiming For Continued Consistency Friday

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    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Andrew Abbott will look to keep his production consistent on Friday when he takes on the Chicago White Sox on the road. The southpaw has been solid out of the gate, tossing 10 1/3 innings while surrendering four earned runs across his first two starts of the season. He has walked four and struck out eight in that time. It's a welcomed start to his Sophomore season as Abbott tossed a 3.87 ERA across 21 games as a rookie in the 2023 season, delighting fantasy managers with a solid 26.1% K% in that time. He will need to keep the ball on the ground more often with a concerning 29.1% ground-ball rate early in his career but Abbott's run prevention and solid strikeout rates make him a useable fantasy asset moving forward.

    Apr 12 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Andrew Abbott
  • Parker Meadows Slides Down The Lineup Friday

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    Detroit Tigers outfielder Parker Meadows, originally the club's leadoff hitter to begin the season versus right-handed pitching, has been sent down to the eight-hole for Friday's contest against the Minnesota Twins and right-hander Pablo Lopez. Following a big spring training, Meadows has struggled out of the gate to begin the regular season, hitting just .080 without a homer alongside a pair of stolen bases across his first 32 trips to the plate on the season. Meadows' elite defense in center field has kept him in the starting lineup but fantasy managers might want to brace for a demotion to Triple-A of the bat doesn't perk up in short order.

    Apr 12 · Source via Detroit Tigers Parker Meadows
  • Riley Greene Moves Into Leadoff Spot Friday

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    Detroit Tigers outfielder Riley Greene will hit out of the leadoff spot for the first time this season when the club hosts the first of three games versus the rival Minnesota Twins on Friday. It's been an interesting season so far for the 23-year-old. While he's hitting just .205, Greene has also slugged three homers to go along with a double while walking in 17% of his 47 trips to the plate. The former first-round pick hit .288 with 11 homers and seven stolen bases in 99 games last season as it was a great step forward before a stress fracture in his leg followed by Tommy John surgery cut his season short. Greene firmly remains on the dynasty radar as a difference maker for fantasy managers.

    Apr 12 · Source via Detroit Tigers Riley Greene
  • Colton Cowser Moves Up To Two-Hole Friday

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    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Colton Cowser has been promoted to the two-hole for Friday's series opener against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a white-hot start to his season, hitting .458 with two homers, 11 RBI, and a stolen base across his first 26 trips to the plate. Both of those long balls came in Thursday's extra-inning triumph over the Boston Red Sox while he drove in 10 runs across the three-game set their his AL East rival. Drafted with the fifth pick of the 2021 draft, Cowser could be in line for every day starts versus right-handed pitching, making him a wildly attractive fantasy option, especially in dynasty leagues.

    Apr 12 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Colton Cowser
  • Brandon Lowe Hits The 10-Day IL

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    The Tampa Bay Rays have placed second baseman Brandon Lowe on the 10-day injured list due to a right oblique strain. The move is retroactive to Apr. 9 while the club recalled utility man Niko Goodrum from Triple-A Durham. Lowe has dealt with side soreness a couple of times early in the season and it appears the club will give him some time off to get the issue behind him. For the season, the 29-year-old has hit .185 with one homer across his first 30 trips to the plate. However, he has long been a reliable option at the second-base position as he slugged 21 homers to go along with seven stolen bases across 109 games last season. He is certainly worthy of an injury stash as the issue doesn't seem to be of the long-term variety.

    Apr 12 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Lowe
  • Cory Abbott Signs With White Sox

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    The Chicago White Sox have signed pitcher Cory Abbott to a minor-league deal. The 28-year-old was recently released by the Seattle Mariners after failing to make the 40-man roster. Abbott is a former second-round pick of the Chicago Cubs, but never fully reached his potential. He made 22 appearances with the Washington Nationals last season but posted a 6.64 ERA during that time. He's expected to head to Triple-A Charlotte and provide additional depth for the organization.

    Apr 12 · Source via Cory Abbott
  • Rafael Devers Considered Day-To-Day

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    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (shoulder) is considered as day-to-day, but will hopefully avoid a trip to the injured list. The good news is that Devers should only need a few more days of rest before returning to the lineup. He'll likely miss the upcoming three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, but fantasy managers will take that over a trip to the 15-day injured list. Manager Alex Cora said Devers is likely to need additional days of rest, so don't expect him to be in Friday's lineup.

    Apr 12 · Source via Boston Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • Jacob Waguespack To Start On Friday

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    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jacob Waguespack will get the starting nod against the San Francisco Giants on Friday. The 30-year-old has been operating as a reliever during the early portion of the season. In three appearances, Waguespack has allowed six runs over six innings of work. He does have experience as a starting pitcher, but Waguespack hasn't made a start in nearly five years. He won't be a recommended streaming option ahead of Friday's slate.

    Apr 12 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Jacob Waguespack
  • Simeon Woods Richardson Expected To Start On Saturday

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson is joining the taxi squad with the expectation of starting during Saturday's doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. The right-hander failed to make the team during spring training, but he'll have a chance to impress here. So far in 2024, Woods Richardson has struggled during two starts in Triple-A. He made one appearance for the Twins last season but spent the majority of his time in the minors. He won't be a recommended streaming option for Saturday.

    Apr 12 · Source via Minnesota Twins Simeon Woods Richardson
  • Jose Butto Expected To Start On Sunday

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    New York Mets starting pitcher Jose Butto is expected to take the mound for Sunday's start against the Kansas City Royals. The right-hander recently made a spot start for the Mets during a doubleheader last week. He pitched well allowing only one run over six innings of work against the Detroit Tigers. It appears he'll get at least one more outing in the Mets rotation. He could be worth a look as a possible deep league streaming option on Sunday.

    Apr 12 · Source via New York Mets Jose Butto
  • Darius Vines Recalled On Friday

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Darius Vines has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. The organization is still searching for a viable option for the fifth spot in the rotation after the loss of Spencer Strider (elbow) who was placed on the injured list. Vines is expected to help fill out the rotation, so the rest of the starters can stay on schedule. In a corresponding move, right-hander Allan Winans has been optioned to Triple-A. Fantasy managers can go ahead and avoid Vines until further notice.

    Apr 12 · Source via Atlanta Braves Darius Vines
  • Yainer Diaz Continues Hot Start

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    Houston Astros catcher Yainer Diaz continued his strong start of the season on Thursday versus the Kansas City Royals. Diaz went 2-for-5 on the day with a home run. The home run would be the third of the season for the 25-year-old. Diaz has become the full-time catcher with veteran Martin Maldonado signing with the Chicago White Sox this offseason and the move has worked to perfection thus far. Diaz has not only been a solid bat in the middle of the lineup, but he is hitting a healthy .333 with three homers and seven RBI in 51 games. As a fixture in one of the better lineups in the league and at a tough position, fantasy managers must be thrilled with their early return on investment with Diaz.

    Apr 12 · Source via Houston Astros Yainer Diaz
  • Jon Gray Suffers Tough Loss

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    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jon Gray suffered a tough loss on Thursday versus the Oakland Athletics. Gray struggled entering this contest and had not made it through four innings all season. That changed when he tossed five innings of one-run ball, in which he allowed three hits, one run, one walk and struck out nine. His one blemish was a solo home run to Seth Brown in the top of the second inning. Even though it was against a weak Athletics lineup, it was still good to see Gray get back on track and remind managers of his value when he is at the top of his game. Gray will need to go longer into games and prove he can shut down a lineup other than the Athletics to be valuable in most formats, but Thursday's performance was a nice bounce-back. The veteran will look to keep it going in another favorable matchup against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.

    Apr 12 · Source via Texas Rangers Jon Gray
  • Seth Brown Hits First Homer Of 2024

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    Oakland Athletics outfielder Seth Brown went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's victory against the Texas Rangers. Brown's home run in the top of the second off Jon Gray would be the only run scored by both teams in a low offensive output. In addition to his home run, he also doubled. He is now hitting .175 with four RBI in 40 at-bats. Brown has been a steady source of power with 59 career home runs in the last three seasons, but that has been about it with a weak .225 career batting average. As with most power hitters that hurt managers in the average department, you have to ride them while they are hot and hopefully Thursday's performance can be the start of something good for Brown. For now, Brown can remain on the waiver wire in most formats.

    Apr 12 · Source via Oakland Athletics Seth Brown
  • Bryson Stott Hits First Homer

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    Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Bryson Stott went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Thursday's victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates. His home run would be the first of the season. Stott is coming off a career year in 2023, but has struggled early on in 2024 with a .220 batting average and five RBI. The good news is that he has stolen two bases and the better news is that the season is very young. Stott hitting at the bottom of the order isn't ideal for managers, but he is in a good Phillies lineup and shouldn't have a problem scoring runs or knocking them in. As it stands, Stott remains a serviceable second baseman that can help in multiple categories moving forward.

    Apr 12 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Bryson Stott
  • Gunnar Henderson Hits Third Home Run

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    Baltimore Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in Thursday's victory versus the division rival Boston Red Sox. Henderson's home run came in six-run, top of the 10th inning that led to the Orioles chalking up a win. Henderson's homer is now his third of the season to go along with eight RBI and a .229 batting average. He has also swiped three bags, The 22-year-old is coming off an impressive rookie campaign and it was one of the young stars on the Orioles roster. With his ability to help across the board and being a part of one of the best lineups in the league, Henderson continues to be one of the better bets at shortstop for the remainder of the season and for years moving forward.

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  • Grayson Rodriguez Continues To Raise Stock

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    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Grayson Rodriguez fell one out short of earning a quality start in Thursday's contest versus the Boston Red Sox. The youngster went 5 2/3 innings and allowed six hits, two runs, two walks and struck out five on the evening. The two walks were a season high, while the five strikeouts were a season low. Nonetheless, Rodriguez has remained effective and continues to ascend as one of the leagues best young arms. In three starts, Rodriguez is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched. He should be rostered everywhere and will look to build on his success versus the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.

    Apr 12 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Grayson Rodriguez
  • Garrett Whitlock Continues Early Season Success

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    Earning a no-decision on Thursday, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Garrett Whitlock tossed five innings versus the division rival Baltimore Orioles. Whitlock allowed four hits, one run, two walks and struck out four on the evening. It was another solid performance, as Whitlock has been having a strong season with the rest of Boston's rotation. Whitlock now owns a shiny 1.26 ERA to go along with 16 strikeouts and six walks in 14 1/3 innings. Whitlock is worth rostering in most formats with his early season success and he will look to keep it going versus the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday.

    Apr 12 · Source via Boston Red Sox Garrett Whitlock
  • Michael McGreevy Tosses Six Shutout Innings In Thursday's Victory

    St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Michael McGreevy threw six shutout innings en route to his first victory of the season. The former first-round selection surrendered only four hits and one walk. He struck out four. This was an excellent bounce-back performance for the 23-year-old, as he allowed five earned runs in his previous start. He has an overall 4.02 ERA and 1.47 WHIP through 15 innings of Triple-A ball so far to begin the 2024 campaign. Last season he had a similar 4.12 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 153 innings across Double and Triple-A. McGreevy should be expected to make his major league debut sometime this summer.

    Apr 12 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Michael McGreevy
  • Aidan Miller Tallies First Professional Home Run on Thursday

    Philadelphia Phillies infield prospect Aidan Miller launched his first professional home run in Thursday's victory over Fort Myers. Miller knocked a single in the third inning and hit the first-round tripper of his career in the fifth. Miller is listed as the third overall prospect in the Philadelphia pipeline and is currently posting a .350/.440/.550 stat line across the first five games of the season at the Single-A level. The former first-round pick is a name to monitor in dynasty formats as if he can continue to hit well, he could find himself progressing through the minor leagues rather quickly.

    Apr 12 · Source via Prospects Philadelphia Phillies Aidan Miller
  • Joey Loperfido Hits Sixth Long Ball Of The Season

    Houston Astros outfield prospect Joey Loperfido launched his sixth home run of the season in the third inning on Thursday. He then hit an RBI double in the fifth, increasing the Sugar Land lead. The sixth overall prospect in the Houston system is riding a .289/.358/.711 stat line through the first 11 games of the season. With his dominance at the Triple-A level, Loperfido should be in consideration to make his major league debut sooner rather than later making him a must-stash in AL-only and deeper formats. When he receives the call, he will see time in center field, which is currently occupied by Jake Meyers, or slide over could slider over to first base and relieve Jose Abreu.

    Apr 12 · Source via Prospects Houston Astros Joey Loperfido
  • Blue Jays To Recall Yariel Rodriguez

    The Blue Jays are set to promote offseason signee Yariel Rodríguez, reports Francys Romero (X link). The Cuban-born righty will officially be recalled on Saturday, according to the report. Rodríguez already occupies a spot on the Toronto 40-man roster. The Jays signed him to a five-year, $32MM free agent pact late in the winter. The...

    Apr 12 · MLB Trade Rumors Toronto Blue Jays Yariel Rodriguez
  • Alec Bohm Cracks First Homer Of 2024

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    Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm had a nice game on Thursday, going 2-for-3 and hitting his first homer of the season in a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bohm had been struggling a bit to start the year, but with the big performance, he is now up to a .267 AVG and .787 OPS, showing how early we still are in the season. There is no reason to panic yet with the 27-year-old, who should be a solid four-category contributor.

    Apr 12 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Alec Bohm
  • Miguel Diaz Elects Free Agency

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    Reliever Miguel Díaz elected free agency after clearing outright waivers, the Astros informed reporters (including Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle). Houston had designated him for assignment on Monday. Díaz made all of one appearance in an Astro uniform. Houston had only claimed him from the Tigers last week. He tossed a scoreless inning in his...

    Apr 12 · MLB Trade Rumors Houston Astros Miguel Diaz
  • Brandon Marsh Continues Hot Start

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    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh had another good day at the plate on Thursday in a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Marsh went 1-for-3 with his fourth homer of the young season and added a run and two RBI to his line as well. The 26-year-old appears to be finding his groove fourth MLB season, as he is slashing a strong .333/.357/.641 with six runs, four homers, nine RBI, and a steal. He doesn't play every day, but if he continues to hit he might force the Phillies hand. Marsh has some upside and is a decent option in fantasy leagues, especially those with five outfielder spots to fill.

    Apr 12 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Brandon Marsh
  • Jose Quintana Turns In Solid Effort In Win

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    New York Mets starting pitcher Jose Quintana earned his first win of the season on Thursday in a 16-4 blowout over the Atlanta Braves. Quintana threw 5 innings of three-run ball, which was good enough with the Mets jumping on the Braves early in this one. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out four. The veteran lefty has been serviceable so far this season, pitching to a 3.45 ERA and 1.53 WHIP with 12 strikeouts in 15 IP. He is likely better kept on the waiver wire, but he is a solid streaming option when he has a good matchup.

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  • Jon Gray Punches Out Nine In Loss To A's

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    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jon Gray was saddled with a tough-luck loss in a 1-0 defeat against the Oakland Athletics. Gray pitched very well in this one, striking out nine over five frames while allowing just three hits and a walk. Unfortunately, one of those hits was a Seth Brown homer, which turned out to be the only run of the game. This was Gray's first good outing of the year, as he only lasted 3 innings in each of his first two appearances. Until he can string together some good starts, he is only a deeper league option who has some streamer appeal when the matchup is right.

    Apr 12 · Source via Texas Rangers Jon Gray
  • James Wood Shows Out In Triple-A

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    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood had himself a day at the dish on Thursday, leading Triple-A Rochester to a 6-3 win over Triple-A Buffalo. Wood finished the day going 4-for-5 with a pair of homers and a double. He added four runs scored and two RBI to sweeten the line even more. Wood has been excellent in Triple-A, hitting .441 with a 1.352 OPS to go along with two homers and two steals in 34 at-bats. It might not be long before he forces the Nationals hand and gets the call to the majors.

    Apr 12 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Colton Cowser Hits First Two MLB Homers

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    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Colton Cowser had the best game of his young career on Thursday, smashing two homers in a 9-4 extra-innings victory over the Boston Red Sox. Cowser went 3-for-5 with the aforementioned two homers and also added two runs and four RBI. He is now up to a .458/.462/.917 triple-slash line and should continue getting more playing time if he can keep hitting. The 24-year-old should be rostered in most leagues given his upside and the fact he slugged six homers in Spring Training.

    Apr 12 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Colton Cowser
  • Bryce Elder, Dylan Dodd Could Join Braves Rotation

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    With right-hander Spencer Strider (elbow) out, next up from Triple-A Gwinnett for spot-start duty could be Atlanta Braves right-hander Bryce Elder, who was an All-Star in 2023 before fading in the second half in his first full season in the big leagues. Another option is left-hander Dylan Dodd, who started in the Braves' rotation last year before struggling and being sent to Gwinnett. Elder has a 2.61 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and a .211 opponents' average in his first two starts at Triple-A with 11 strikeouts, three walks and a homer allowed in 10 1/3 innings. Dodd had a 1.54 ER with 12 K's in 11 2/3 innings before he was hit hard on Thursday at Gwinnett. Darius Vines is another option. Huascar Ynoa and top prospect AJ Smith-Shawver have struggled in their first couple of Triple-A outings this year.

    Apr 12 · Source via Atlanta Braves Dylan Dodd Bryce Elder
  • Blue Jays Calling Up Yariel Rodriguez

    The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up Cuban right-hander Yariel Rodriguez from Triple-A Buffalo, according to sources. He should officially be activated on Saturday during the series versus the visiting Colorado Rockies. The 27-year-old tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings with just one hit allowed, three walks and 10 strikeouts in his first two starts in the minors with Buffalo before getting his first big-league call-up. Before signing with Toronto this offseason, Rodriguez spent the last four years in Japan, although he didn't pitch at all with a club in 2023. There's clear long-term upside with Rodriguez, but fantasy managers may want to temper expectations initially, as he could start out in a relief role in the majors. If Rodriguez does take a rotation spot, he could be bumping Bowden Francis out.

    Apr 12 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Yariel Rodriguez
  • Rafael Devers Likely To Need Another Day Off

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    It sounds as though Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (shoulder) will need at least another day off on Friday for the start of a series against the Los Angeles Angels. Meanwhile, manager Alex Cora said that infielder Romy Gonzalez (wrist) avoided a fracture after injuring his wrist on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Devers still has soreness in his left shoulder and could require an injured-list stint if he doesn't improve over the weekend. Fantasy managers need to prepare for that possibility and keep him out of your lineups again on Friday after he sat out Thursday's loss to Baltimore. Pablo Reyes got the start at third base on Thursday and is likely to fill in there for as long as Devers is out. Devers does have two homers but has just seven hits overall in his first 46 plate appearances this year.

    Apr 12 · Source via Boston Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • Orioles Acquire Yohan Ramirez From Mets

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    The Orioles have acquired reliever Yohan Ramírez from the Mets for cash, the teams announced. New York had designated the righty for assignment on Monday. Baltimore's 40-man roster now sits at capacity. Ramírez spent a couple months in the New York organization. The Mets acquired him from the White Sox in a cash deal in December....

    Apr 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Baltimore Orioles New York Mets Yohan Ramirez
  • Oscar Colas Optioned To Triple-A

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    After just recently being called up by the Chicago White Sox, outfielder Oscar Colas was optioned back to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday. Colas was with the White Sox for one game and was hitless in his pinch-hitting appearance. The move to send the 25-year-old back down to the farm after he was just brought up on Wednesday is a sign that outfielder Eloy Jimenez (groin) could come off the injured list this weekend after missing some time with a left-groin strain. Even if Jimenez comes back this weekend, veterans Robbie Grossman and Kevin Pillar should see more playing time with Luis Robert Jr. (hip) out for a while. Colas hit just .216 (53-for-245) with five home runs, 19 RBI and four steals in 75 games in his MLB in 2023. We'll likely see him back in the big leagues as outfield depth again in 2024.

    Apr 11 · Source via Chicago White Sox Oscar Colas
  • Julio Teheran Elects Free Agency

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    Julio Teheran has elected free agency after clearing waivers, tweets Anthony DiComo of The Mets had designated him for assignment on Tuesday. Teheran's stint as a Met couldn't have been much shorter. The veteran righty agreed to terms on a major league deal on April 3, a move that was announced by the team...

    Apr 11 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Mets Julio Teheran
  • Christian Scott Dominating Triple-A

    Mets pitcher Christian Scott has been over-powering across two Triple-A starts. The power right-hander has 19 strikeouts in just 9 innings of work and has gone short stretches where he has looked untouchable. While only walking one batter, Scott still sports a 4.00 ERA thanks to allowing three long balls. Look for that number to drop as the 24-year-old has looked the part and appears to be knocking on the door in Queens. While not necessarily a household name, Scott has gained momentum recently, and the former fifth-rounder could make a huge impact in the coming weeks. Fantasy managers should act accordingly.

    Apr 11 · Source via New York Mets Christian Scott
  • Ranger Suarez Keeps Dealing Thursday

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    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez struck out eight Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, launching six scoreless innings of two-hit ball with two walks en route to his second win during the 5-1 victory. Other than the free passes and a couple of innocuous singles, Suarez cruised through a formidable Pirates lineup that entered the day fifth in the major leagues in runs scored (69). Through three starts, the 28-year-old Venezuelan left-hander owns an excellent 2.65 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and 19:3 K:BB after tossing 15 scoreless innings of Grapefruit League play during spring training. Suarez will be a great streaming option in all season-long fantasy leagues and a popular DFS choice when he takes the mound for Tuesday's scheduled start at home versus the visiting Colorado Rockies, who are hitting only .218 and scoring just 3.4 runs per game over seven outings away from Coors Field so far this year.

    Apr 11 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Ranger Suarez
  • Jared Jones Fans Eight More In Quality Start

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jared Jones logged a quality start on Thursday, taking the loss in the 5-1 defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies after giving up three runs on six hits and striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings. Jones put together another great performance overall, with an Alec Bohm solo home run in the fourth inning and a Brandon Marsh two-run homer serving as the brunt of the damage to his line. The hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander is exhibiting plenty of strikeout upside for fantasy managers thus far, fanning 25 over the first 18 major-league innings of his career to go with a 4.00 ERA and an outstanding 0.94 WHIP. If he cuts down on the loud contact (four HRs through three starts), Jones could keep his rotation spot when the Bucs inevitably call up 2023 No. 1 overall pick Paul Skenes later this year. On Tuesday, he's slated to face a New York Mets offense that's suddenly awakening from their early-season swoon.

    Apr 11 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Jared Jones
  • Ricky Tiedemann Wild Early On

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    Toronto Blue Jays top pitching prospect Ricky Tiedemann is off to a wild start, walking nine batters over his first 8 1/3 innings in 2024 for Triple-A Buffalo. Tiedeman has also struggled to keep the ball in the yard in the early going, allowing three home runs over his first three starts. While the 21-year-old has been uneven at the beginning of the Triple-A season, he has ace-like upside and has flashed that with more strikeouts than innings pitched thus far. Look for Tiedeman to right the ship as he settles in to push his way to Toronto at some point this season.

    Apr 11 · Source via Prospects Toronto Blue Jays Ricky Tiedemann
  • John Means Improves In Rehab Start

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    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means (elbow) gave up two runs in three innings in Thursday's rehab start with Triple-A Norfolk, allowing two hits and two walks while fanning three. Means allowed one run in three innings in his last rehab appearance after getting blown up for seven runs back on March 31, so he's starting to show signs of improvement while recovering from a right forearm strain. Manager Brandon Hyde has previously stated Means' rehab assignment will last close to the full 30 days, so the 30-year-old former All-Star won't be available for the O's likely until early May. Means missed most of the past two seasons due to Tommy John surgery, but he produced a solid 2.66 ERA (5.24 FIP), 0.71 WHIP, and 10:4 K:BB across 23 2/3 innings after returning late last year and is a decent stash in all fantasy leagues. The struggling Cole Irvin is the most likely candidate to be bounced from Baltimore's rotation upon Means' return.

    Apr 11 · Source via Baltimore Orioles John Means
  • Jacob Misiorowski Struggles To Open 2024

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    Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Jacob Misiorowski has been inconsistent in his first two Double-A starts in the 2024 season. The flame-thrower has gone 7.1 innings, walking six batters while allowing a 4.91 ERA. Misiorowski has still flashed the power stuff that has made him a top prospect as he has 11 strikeouts and is holding opposing hitters to a .192 batting average. The 22-year-old has all the tools to be a front-of-the-rotation starter, however, he must throw more strikes and work deeper into games to reach his lofty ceiling. Misiorowski is still a great fantasy asset, as there are very few pitchers who can match his overall power arsenal.

    Apr 11 · Source via Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Jacob Misiorowski
  • TJ Friedl Will Be Re-Evaluated This Week

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said on Tuesday that outfielder TJ Friedl (wrist) has a check-in MRI this week. Friedl fractured his right wrist on March 16 during a spring training game and was expected to miss six to eight weeks, but he was able to avoid the 60-day injured list to begin the season. The 28-year-old center fielder should be able to rejoin the Reds in early May if all goes well in his recovery, and his progress is something to monitor for those opting not to stash him. Friedl broke out for Cincy last year, slashing a prolific .279/.352/.467 with 18 home runs, 66 RBI, 73 runs scored, and 27 stolen bases across 556 plate appearances. Will Benson is handling the majority of the reps in center for the time being, slashing .209/.277/.512 with eight extra-base hits, four RBI, and two stolen bags over 43 at-bats and carries a decent combination of power and speed for fantasy managers in NL-only and deep mixed leagues.

    Apr 11 · Source via Cincinnati Reds TJ Friedl
  • Mariners' Lazaro Montes Shines In The First Week Of The Season

    Mariners outfielder Lazaro Montes has picked up where he left off last season and continues to hit wherever he goes. Montes hit a mammoth home run during the 2024 opening weekend for Modesto and enters Thursday slashing .350/.480/.550 over his first 25 plate appearances. While it is a small sample size, the 19-year-old has also walked more than striking out in the early going. Montes gained a lot of prospect steam over the offseason and could be a big riser on future lists. It is not out of the question for the Cuba native to be a top-ten overall prospect by the end of the season. Fantasy managers will want to get in before the price is too high.

    Apr 11 · Source via Prospects Seattle Mariners Lazaro Montes
  • Astros Won't Rush Back Justin Verlander

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    The Houston Astros are still committed to Justin Verlander (shoulder) making another minor-league rehab start this weekend, manager Joe Espada said following Thursday's 13-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Even though Framber Valdez (elbow) is on the injured list and Hunter Brown couldn't make it through the first inning on Thursday, there's still no thought of inserting Verlander back into an Astros rotation that really needs length. The club is taking the cautious route with the 41-year-old star right-hander, who is working his way back from right shoulder inflammation. Barring any setbacks, Verlander should be available to Houston's rotation in late April after collecting a 3.31 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 63:14 K:BB over 68 innings with the Stros last season. Ronel Blanco has filled in admirably with 15 one-hit innings thus far, but he faces a tough test against the defending-champion Texas Rangers during the Lone Star Series on Saturday.

    Apr 11 · Source via Houston Astros Justin Verlander
  • Dalton Rushing Stays Hot To Open The Season

    Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Dalton Rushing hit his second home run of the year on Thursday, continuing his hot start. The 23-year-old homered in the third inning for Tulsa and is off and running in his first taste of Double-A. The backstop is one of the better prospects in all of baseball and can be found on most top 100 lists. He is seemingly blocked by Will Smith in LA, but there is always room for another power bat. Rushing entered the day slashing .305/.407/.657 and is trying to make a case for a late-season promotion, whether it's in Los Angeles or somewhere else. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor Rushing in 2024.

    Apr 11 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Dalton Rushing
  • Rays Release Jake Odorizzi

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    The Rays have released right-hander Jake Odorizzi, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The righty signed a minor league deal with the club about a month ago but he'll now head back to free agency. Odorizzi, 34, has a lengthy track record of success in the majors but missed the entire 2023 season...

    Apr 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Tampa Bay Rays Jake Odorizzi
  • Orioles Claim Liván Soto Off Waivers From Angels

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    The Angels announced that infielder Liván Soto has been claimed off waivers by the Orioles while right-hander Zach Plesac has been sent outright to Triple-A Salt Lake. Both players were designated for assignment earlier this week. The Orioles had two open spots on their 40-man roster, which is now at 39. The O's also announced...

    Apr 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Angels Baltimore Orioles Livan Soto
  • Mason Miller Locks Down Second Save

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    Oakland Athletics closer Mason Miller tossed a perfect ninth inning against the Texas Rangers on Thursday to pick up his second save of the season. The electric right-hander threw 13-of-16 pitches for strikes and picked up two punchouts in the process. Save opportunities may not be plentiful in Oakland this season, but Miller still possesses elite strikeout upside with worthwhile ratios. He will be a useful fantasy reliever this season and has the potential to accomplish a lot more in dynasty formats.

    Apr 11 · Source via Closers Oakland Athletics Mason Miller
  • Brady Singer Picks Up Win Against Astros

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    Kansas City Royals right-hander Brady Singer allowed one run on five hits across five innings of work during Thursday's win over the Houston Astros. Singer struck out four in the contest while walking two. The 27-year-old is now 2-0 on the season with a sparkling 0.98 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 18/4 K/BB rate. Singer was a sizeable disappointment for fantasy managers in 2023, but he has passed all the tests thus far in 2024. He is set to face the lowly Chicago White Sox in his next projected start and should be rostered in all formats while his resurgence continues.

    Apr 11 · Source via Kansas City Royals Brady Singer
  • Jose Altuve Picks Up Three Hits Thursday

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    Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with a walk during Thursday's blowout loss to the Kansas City Royals. The veteran infielder has been his productive self to start the season, slashing .370/.452/.648 with three home runs through 14 games. Altuve continues to be one of the best fantasy second basemen in the league and should garner plenty of counting stats at the top of the Astros lineup. He remains a must-start option for the rest of 2024 even though Houston has been a surprising disappointment overall.

    Apr 11 · Source via Houston Astros Jose Altuve
  • JP Sears Takes No-Hitter Into Seventh Inning

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    Oakland Athletics left-hander JP Sears allowed one hit across 6 1/3 scoreless innings during Thursday's 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. He struck out five batters while issuing three walks en route to his first win of the season. It was a nice bounce-back performance for the 28-year-old after a pair of inefficient outings to kick off 2024. Sears shows glimpses of fantasy viability every so often, but his inconsistency makes him nothing more than a streaming option in 2024. He is a risky play in his next projected start on Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Apr 11 · Source via Oakland Athletics JP Sears
  • Hunter Brown Implodes In Thursday's Start

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    Houston Astros right-hander Hunter Brown had a start to forget on Thursday against the Kansas City Royals. The 25-year-old was crushed for nine runs on 11 hits in the first inning of the contest. Brown got the hook after recording only two outs, making it the shortest start of his young career. It has been a harrowing start to the season for the former top prospect. Brown now owns an ugly 16.43 ERA through three starts and has yet to go deeper than four innings into a game. Brown has the pedigree to turn things around, but it will be tough to trust him in his next start against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.

    Apr 11 · Source via Houston Astros Hunter Brown
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Has Monster Day At The Plate

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    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. went 4-for-5 with two home runs, five RBI and four runs scored during Thursday's 13-3 demolition of the Houston Astros. Witt also picked up his third stolen base during the blowout. It was a banner day for the 23-year-old, who is now slashing a robust .358/.414/.755 with four home runs, eight RBI and 13 runs scored on the season. Witt looks like bonafide superstar to start 2024 and is a must-start option whenever he takes the diamond.

    Apr 11 · Source via Kansas City Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • DJ Stewart Goes Deep On Thursday

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    New York Mets outfielder DJ Stewart went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run during Thursday's 16-4 rout of the Atlanta Braves. It was Stewart's second homer in his past three games, although the two long balls are his only hits this season. The 30-year-old has seen steady playing time as the designated hitter in the early going, but this seems likely to change whenever J.D. Martinez joins the roster. Stewart can be utilized as a bench bat in NL-Only formats while he is on a power surge, but he can be left on the waiver wire everywhere else.

    Apr 11 · Source via New York Mets DJ Stewart
  • Jordan Montgomery Switches Agencies, Hires Wasserman

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    Diamondbacks left-hander Jordan Montgomery has changed representatives, per Kiley McDaniel of ESPN. The southpaw had previously been with the Boras Corporation but will now be repped by Joel Wolfe and Nick Chanock of Wasserman. Montgomery, 31, was just a free agent for the first time in the most recent offseason. He was coming off a...

    Apr 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Arizona Diamondbacks Jordan Montgomery
  • Brandon Lowe Heading To Injured List With Oblique Strain

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    An MRI exam revealed that Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe (oblique) is dealing with a Grade 1 right-oblique strain, and he will be placed on the injured list before the team's series opener on Friday against the San Francisco Giants. It's a mild strain, but Lowe is still going to miss time. It's nothing new really for the left-handed slugger after he was limited to 174 games in the last two years due to back injuries and a fractured right kneecap. Prospect Curtis Mead and veteran Amed Rosario seem likely to get more work at the keystone in Lowe's absence, and the most likely candidate to fill Lowe's spot on the roster on Friday is switch-hitting infielder Niko Goodrum. In addition to his injury, Lowe has gotten off to a slow start, going just 5-for-27 (.185) with a homer, four RBI and seven strikeouts in his first eight games played in 2024. Expect him to miss at least several weeks, if not more.

    Apr 11 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Lowe
  • Rafael Devers Still Bothered By Shoulder

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    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (shoulder) is still battling left-shoulder soreness, which is why he was given the day off on Thursday against the visiting Baltimore Orioles. With Devers resting, Pablo Reyes is starting at the hot corner and is hitting in the nine-hole against Orioles right-hander Grayson Rodriguez. Devers should be considered day-to-day for now, but hopefully giving him some rest will help him avoid a trip to the injured list. Fantasy baseball managers will want to check back on Friday to see if Devers is back in there for the start of a series against the Los Angeles Angels. The two-time All-Star is off to a slow start in his first 10 games, going 7-for-38 (.184) with two home runs, three RBI and five runs scored in 46 plate appearances.

    Apr 11 · Source via Boston Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • Vaughn Grissom Starting Rehab Assignment Friday

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    Boston Red Sox infielder Vaughn Grissom (groin, hamstring) will start his minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Worcester on Friday. Grissom has yet to make his Red Sox debut in the regular season in 2024 due to groin and hamstring issues that he dealt with late in spring training, but he's getting closer and could be activated early next week if he doesn't have any setbacks with Worcester this weekend. Even before Trevor Story suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, the 23-year-old Grissom was projected to play every day for Boston this year (mostly at second base). Grissom was blocked in Atlanta but will play every day in Beantown and should be picked up off the waiver wire in mixed fantasy leagues right now if he's available. If he stays healthy, Grissom has 15-15 potential.

    Apr 11 · Source via Boston Red Sox Vaughn Grissom
  • Rays Release Jake Odorizzi

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    The Tampa Bay Rays granted right-hander Jake Odorizzi (hamstring, shoulder) his release on Thursday. The veteran of 11 major-league seasons signed a minor-league deal with the Rays in mid-March and made two rehab starts with Triple-A Durham in hopes of getting back to the big leagues. Odorizzi missed all of the 2023 season while recovering from shoulder surgery and will now be looking for another opportunity with another organization in 2024. In his two minor-league starts with Durham, the 34-year-old didn't look good, giving up seven runs while walking five and striking out only two in 5 1/3 innings while being bothered by a hamstring injury. Even if he's healthy and gets a shot elsewhere, it's looking like an uphill battle for Odorizzi to get back to the majors this year.

    Apr 11 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Jake Odorizzi
  • Trevor Larnach Starting Rehab Assignment On Thursday

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    Minnesota Twins outfielder Trevor Larnach (toe) is starting his minor-league rehab assignment on Thursday night with Single-A Fort Myers. Larnach is working his way back after being placed on the Triple-A injured list on March 29 due to turf toe. If the 27-year-old outfielder doesn't suffer any setbacks with his toe while with Fort Myers, he'll be returned to Triple-A St. Paul in short order. The former 20th overall pick in 2018 out of Oregon State has yet to stick at the major-league level, hitting .222/.315/.385 with 20 home runs and 86 RBI in 188 games played in parts of the last three seasons. Nothing about his defense in the outfield stands out, and although he has drawn plenty of walks, he's failed to make enough consistent contact at the plate to play regularly for the Twins. A platoon role will be likely if he's back with the Twins in 2024.

    Apr 11 · Source via Minnesota Twins Trevor Larnach
  • Kyle Bradish To Throw Live Batting Practice Thursday

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    Baltimore Orioles right-hander Kyle Bradish (elbow) was supposed to begin his minor-league rehab assignment on Thursday night with High-A Aberdeen, but the team is now saying he'll throw a live batting practice session instead due to the weather. Bradish is getting a late start to his 2024 season after breaking out in 2023 by going 12-7 with a 2.83 ERA (3.27 FIP) and 1.04 WHIP with 44 walks and a career-high 168 strikeouts in 168 2/3 innings over 30 starts. He was diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his right elbow back in spring training, but for now the 27-year-old has avoided dreaded Tommy John surgery and could make his season debut with the O's at some point next week. After his big year last season, Bradish should be assured of a rotation spot when he's ready, which means Tyler Wells could be the odd-man out soon.

    Apr 11 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Kyle Bradish
  • Eloy Jimenez Could Return This Weekend

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    Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol said there's a possibility that outfielder Eloy Jimenez (groin) is able to come off the injured list to play this weekend. "He's getting close," Grifol said. "He feels better than yesterday, that day to day thing keeps coming up. But he feels better today than he did yesterday. [Friday] is a possibility. Everything is a possibility. We have to see where he's at and we'll have to see what we want to do as an organization in the short term and long term to make sure these things don't happen again." The 27-year-old is dealing with a left-groin strain, but with both Luis Robert Jr. (hip) and Yoan Moncada (groin) facing extended absences with injuries of their own, don't expect the White Sox to rush Jimenez back. Until Jimenez is able to return, veterans Robbie Grossman and Kevin Pillar will be in line for more playing time.

    Apr 11 · Source via Chicago White Sox Eloy Jimenez
  • Athletics Select Max Schuemann

    The Athletics announced that outfielder Brent Rooker has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a costochondral cartilage injury. Infielder/outfielder Max Schuemann was selected to take Rooker's place on the active roster. To open a spot for Schuemann on the 40-man, right-hander Luis Medina was transferred to the 60-day injured list. Rooker was...

    Apr 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Oakland Athletics Max Schuemann
  • Nathaniel Lowe To Start Rehab Assignment Friday

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    Texas Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe (oblique) said he will start a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Friday. Lowe is ready to test himself in minor-league games after recovering from a right-oblique strain that landed him on the injured list to start the 2024 regular season. The Rangers aren't going to rush the 28-year-old left-handed slugger back considering how much time he's already missed, so fantasy baseball managers shouldn't expect him to make his debut with Texas until around late next week. When Lowe does return, Jared Walsh will head to the bench. Lowe has great plate discipline and resides in one of the better lineups in the league in a hitter-friendly home environment, so he should already be rostered in all fantasy formats.

    Apr 11 · Source via Texas Rangers Nathaniel Lowe
  • Cardinals Activate Lars Nootbaar From Injured List

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    The St. Louis Cardinals activated outfielder Lars Nootbaar (ribs) from the 10-day injured list on Thursday and optioned catcher Pedro Pages to Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move. Nootbaar is recovered from two non-displaced fractures in his left rib cage and will make his 2024 debut on Friday on the road in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. The 26-year-old didn't swing the bat well on his minor-league rehab assignment, but the only takeaway is that he's healthy now and ready to play every day for the Cardinals in left field, especially with Tommy Edman (wrist) and Dylan Carlson (shoulder) still sidelined. In the last two years, Nootbaar has hit 28 home runs and stolen 15 bases in just 225 games played, making him worth a waiver-wire pickup in mixed fantasy leagues for his power/speed combination if he's available.

    Apr 11 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Lars Nootbaar
  • Rafael Devers Sitting Out On Thursday

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    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's contest against the visiting Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Grayson Rodriguez. Pablo Reyes will handle duties at the hot corner and hit ninth for the Sox. The 27-year-old isn't off to a great start as he's hitting just .184 through his first 10 games but he does have two homers and two doubles while his 15.2% BB% exceeds his 13% K%. He's also been held back by a tiny .167 BABIP and his .366 xwOBA ranks in the league's 84th percentile, as per Statcast. In other words, fantasy managers have little to worry about as Devers will rebound given his career .279 average and .851 OPS.

    Apr 11 · Source via Boston Red Sox Rafael Devers Pablo Reyes
  • Nick Martinez Won't Start This Weekend

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    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Nick Martinez won't make a start for the team in its upcoming three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. The veteran had his third start of the season skipped due to a rainout on Thursday but will not get into any game action this weekend. The first two starts of his Reds tenure have not gone to plan as Martinez has yielded eight earned runs on 14 hits, including a homer, across 10 innings of work. He has only walked two in that time, however, and has punched out nine. The 33-year-old earned a two-year, $26 million contract from the Reds this winter after a successful return to the big leagues with the Padres over the last two seasons, most recently working to a 3.43 ERA across 63 outings (nine starts) in the 2023 campaign.

    Apr 11 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Martinez
  • Kolten Wong Inks Minors Pact With D-Backs

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed second baseman Kolten Wong to a minor-league deal and have assigned him to Triple-A Reno. Wong has inked a minors deal this offseason with the Orioles but failed to crack the Opening Day roster and once again hit the open market. Following a pair of production seasons at the plate with the Brewers, Wong's bat cratered in a brief stint with the Mariners in 2023, hitting just .183 with four homers, three stolen bases, and a .519 OPS across 87 games in the Pacific Northwest. The D-backs have Ketel Marte as their everyday second baseman but fellow infielder Geraldo Perdomo recently underwent knee surgery and will miss about a month's worth of action.

    Apr 11 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Kolten Wong
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