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  • Kerry Carpenter Picks Up Two Hits

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    Detroit Tigers outfielder Kerry Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and RBI in Tuesday's victory over the Texas Rangers. Carpenter had a strong game, but was pulled in the bottom of the eighth inning with a lefty on the mound. Carpenter has had a good season with a .302 batting average to go along with two homers and five RBI, but has gotten the majority of his playing time with right-handed pitchers on the mound. Carpenter has always showed plenty of power, but it hurts that the Tigers won't give him a chance against lefties. As long as managers can deal with him sitting against lefties, he should be rostered in deeper leagues with daily lineups.

    Apr 17 · Source via Detroit Tigers Kerry Carpenter
  • Ha-Seong Kim Goes Yard

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    San Diego Padres shortstop Ha-Seong Kim went 1-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's victory against the Milwaukee Brewers. Kim blasted a three-run homer off Wade Miley as part of a four-run first inning and that would be enough for the Padres to secure a 6-3 victory. The homer was his third of the season and he has now driven in 12 runs to go along with four stolen bases. Kim's .225 batting average isn't ideal at the moment, but he has helped out in all other categories. Kim should remain rostered in all formats with his ability to help across the board.

    Apr 17 · Source via San Diego Padres Ha-Seong Kim
  • Jordan Westburg Continues To Ascend

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    Baltimore Orioles infielder Jordan Westburg continued his strong season on Tuesday versus the Minnesota Twins. Westburg went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the team's victory. Westburg has quietly been putting up very solid numbers for a strong Orioles offense, but has been overlooked with so much star power in the lineup. On the season, Westburg is hitting .316 with four homers, 14 RBI and two stolen bases. As part of one of the best lineups in the league, Westburg should be rostered in most formats with his ability to help across the board.

    Apr 17 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Jordan Westburg
  • Reynaldo Lopez Continues Success

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez continued his hot start to the season with a victory on Tuesday versus the Houston Astros. Lopez tossed six innings and allowed four hits, no runs, one walk and struck out seven. Lopez has been a reclamation project for the Braves after spending the bulk of his career with the Chicago White Sox, who had him pitching out of the bullpen. So far, Lopez has earned an A+ and is 2-0 with a sparkling 0.50 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in three starts. Lopez should be rostered in all formats, not only due to his success early on, but the bevy of injuries to pitchers in general. Managers should consider that Lopez has not been a full-time starter since 2019 and it will be interesting to see how he handles a full workload as the season continues. The right-hander will look to keep things going versus a weak Miami Marlins offense on Tuesday.

    Apr 17 · Source via Atlanta Braves Reynaldo Lopez
  • Hunter Brown Earns Quality Start

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    Houston Astros starting pitcher Hunter Brown bounced back into form on Tuesday versus the Atlanta Braves. In his previous start, Brown didn't make it out of the first inning and allowed 11 hits on nine runs. It was a much better performance Tuesday as earned a quality start by going six innings and allowing five hits, two runs, three walks and striking out three. The three walks weren't ideal, but it was nice to see Brown get back on track after such an abysmal outing his previous time on the mound. Brown still got stuck with the loss as the Astros offense didn't help and falls to 0-3 with a 10.54 ERA. Next up will be a matchup versus the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. The Cubs draw plenty of walks and this isn't an ideal matchup for Brown.

    Apr 17 · Source via Houston Astros Hunter Brown
  • Matt Chapman Hits Fourth Home Run

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    San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Chapman went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss versus the Miami Marlins. The veteran is now up to four homers on the season, but is hitting a weak .205. Chapman has never been a big contact hitter with a career ,240 batting average, but the power has always been there and that is showing with his new team thus far. At this point in his career, Chapman is what he is and fantasy managers seeking power can give him a look with the knowledge that he will hurt managers batting average.

    Apr 17 · Source via San Francisco Giants Matt Chapman
  • Christian Scott Striking Out Batters At Triple-A

    New York Mets starting pitching prospect Christian Scott continues to post high strikeout rates through three appearances at the Triple-A level in 2024. The right-hander has now made three starts, allowing just six earned runs and three walks. Meanwhile, he has managed to strike out 26 opposing batters over just 14.1 innings per work. While his strikeout rate is terrific, it's not necessarily a surprise given that Scott is known to have some of the best control in all of Minor League Baseball. The 2021 fifth-round pick also has an impressive three-pix mitch headlined by a high-90s fastball. If he can continue to post an extremely high K/BB rate, Scott will be destined for a promotion to the majors sooner rather than later.

    Apr 17 · Source via New York Mets Christian Scott
  • Logan Gilbert Earns First Victory

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    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Logan Gilbert picked up his first victory of the season on Tuesday versus the Cincinnati Reds. Gilbert tossed 6 2/3 innings and allowed three hits, one run, one walk and struck out six on the evening. Although it was his first victory of the season, it doesn't speak to how good of a season he has had. Through four starts, the right-hander has produced a shiny 2.33 ERA to go along with 29 strikeouts and just four walks in 27 innings, He has been as productive as one can be. With so many injuries to pitchers early on, managers should hold on tight to Gilbert as he can be a Cy Young candidate if he continues his success. Next up will be a matchup versus the division rival Texas Rangers. Even against a tough lineup like Texas, Gilbert remains a must-start.

    Apr 17 · Source via Seattle Mariners Logan Gilbert
  • Carson Williams Swinging Hot Bat And Stealing Bases

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    Tampa Bay Rays infield prospect Carson Williams was the team's first-round pick in the 2021 draft. He boasts a strong blend of offensive and defensive skills and is a fringe five-tool player. He showcases impressive power, runs well, and is such an excellent defender that he should have no trouble remaining at shortstop long-term. He can make an everyday impact in the field with his terrific range, glovework, and arm strength. Williams mounted a five-game hitting streak last week, going 10-for-19 with one homer, three RBI, two walks, and two strikeouts. Outside of the batting average above .500, this line doesn't seem otherworldly. However, he truly rounded out his big week by stealing four bases on five attempts. He spent limited time at Triple-A last year and will likely be on his way back to Durham sooner rather than later.

    Apr 17 · Source via Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Carson Williams
  • Joey Loperfido Continues To Rake At Triple-A

    Houston Astros prospect Joey Loperfido has made his second appearance in our Hot Prospects series over the last three weeks. He ranks No. 3 among Astros outfield prospects but boasts the potential to be an everyday standout in Houston. He runs well, has a strong blend of contact and power, and boasts positional versatility with his ability to play the outfield, first base, or second base. These strengths certainly make up for his average defense and strikeout tendencies. Over six games last week, Loperfido went 11-for-26 with five home runs, 13 RBI, six walks, and 10 strikeouts. He also stole one base along the way. As his hot start continues, don't be surprised if Houston summons him to the majors sooner rather than later.

    Apr 17 · Source via Prospects Houston Astros Joey Loperfido
  • Steven Kwan Raises Average With Strong Performance

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    Cleveland Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan went 3-for-5 with two runs and a walk in Tuesday's victory against the Boston Red Sox. The leadoff hitter for the Guardians raised his batting average to an astounding .372 with the strong effort. All three hits were singles, but a hit is a hit. Kwan has been scorching hot with his bat this season, but 25 of his 29 hits have been singles with two doubles and two homers. He also only has three walks on the season for an OBP of .395. With ability to only reach base when he is hitting the ball well, his ceiling is limited, but at the same time he is an asset when he is in the groove of things as he currently is. Kwan could be a good sell-high candidate as he will eventually regress and doesn't offer much in other counting categories. He will look to stay hot on Tuesday versus Tanner Houck and the Red Sox.

    Apr 17 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Steven Kwan
  • Triston Casas Stays Hot

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    Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas stayed hot with a 2-for-4 performance in Tuesday's contest versus the Cleveland Indians. He also drew a walk and homered for the fifth time this season. Casas was a popular name heading into draft day this season and he has backed that up by hitting .258 with five homers and nine RBI. It seems like Casas has been around forever, but he is just 24 years of age and amid a breakout season. Casas should be rostered in all formats as he looks to continue his success on Wednesday versus Ben Lively in Game 3 of a four-game series with the Guardians.

    Apr 17 · Source via Boston Red Sox Triston Casas
  • Landon Knack Set To Make Debut On Wednesday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Landon Knack will make his big-league debut on Wednesday versus the Washington Nationals. The 26-year-old is one of the Dodgers top pitching prospects and has made four starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. In those starts, he has produced a 4.02 ERA with 16 strikeouts and four walks. Knack is intriguing, especially with a matchup versus a Washington Nationals lineup that isn't scary, but it is probably best that managers take a wait-and-see approach with Knack before running him out there. It is also possible that Knack could go back down to the farm with Walker Buehler (elbow) expected to return next week.

    Apr 17 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Landon Knack
  • Bauer sexual assault accuser indicted for fraud

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    An Arizona woman who accused Trevor Bauer of sexual assault was indicted by a grand jury last month on felony charges of fraudulent schemes and theft by extortion.

    Apr 17 · ESPN Trevor Bauer
  • Whitey Herzog Passes Away

    Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog has passed away at 92. The Cardinals announced the news on Tuesday morning. Herzog's family provided a brief statement, as relayed by USA Today's Bob Nightengale (on X): "Whitey spent his last few days surrounded by his family.  We have so appreciated all of the prayers and support from...

    Apr 17 · MLB Trade Rumors St. Louis Cardinals
  • Guardians To Acquire Pedro Avila

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    The Guardians are acquiring right-hander Pedro Avila from the Padres, reports Daniel Álvarez-Montes of El Extrabase (on X). San Diego had designated Avila for assignment last week. Avila has had a tough start to the 2024 campaign. The Venezuelan-born pitcher has allowed eight runs in as many innings over his first four appearances. Avila has fanned...

    Apr 17 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Cleveland Guardians Pedro Avila
  • Yankees Outright Josh Maciejewski

    The Yankees announced this afternoon that left-hander Josh Maciejewski went unclaimed on outright waivers. He'll stick in the organization at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre without occupying a 40-man roster spot. Maciejewski had a brief stint in the Bronx. The former 10th-round pick was selected onto the MLB roster on April 8. He pitched once before being designated for...

    Apr 17 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Yankees Josh Maciejewski
  • Mookie Betts Collects Five Hits Tuesday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers middle infielder/outfielder Mookie Betts had another stellar offensive game in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Nationals. Betts went 5-for-5 with three singles, two doubles, and two RBI. The 31-year-old has produced like a top fantasy pick, slashing .388/.490/.700 with six home runs, 22 runs scored, 18 RBI, and three stolen bases while hitting atop one of baseball's best lineups.

    Apr 17 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Mookie Betts
  • Yusei Kikuchi Earns Win, Fans Nine Tuesday

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    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi continued his excellent start to the season in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Yankees. Kikuchi pitched six innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk with nine strikeouts. Everything is finally clicking for the 32-year-old, who is now 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 12.05 K/9 rate in his first four starts and 21 2/3 IP. He will look to keep things going in his next projected start at the Royals.

    Apr 17 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Yusei Kikuchi
  • Jordan Romano Earns Save In Season Debut Tuesday

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    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano (elbow) earned a save in his season debut during Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Yankees. Romano saw action immediately after being activated from the 15-day injured list earlier in the day. He entered the game to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by two. He got the first out on a lineout, hit a batter, allowed a double, got the second out on an RBI groundout, and ended the game with another groundout. It wasn't the cleanest save, but it was encouraging to see Romano convert in game action. The 30-year-old's return is a welcome sight for fantasy managers, as he has provided 36 saves in each of his last two seasons.

    Apr 17 · Source via Closers Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Romano
  • Tanner Scott Earns Second Save Of Season Tuesday

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    Miami Marlins closer Tanner Scott picked up his second save of the season in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Giants. Scott came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by three. He got the first out on a flyout, allowed back-to-back walks, and got the final two outs on a strikeout and a pop-out. Things haven't gone smoothly for the 29-year-old, as he is 0-3 and has converted two of three save opportunities with a 4.15 ERA, an 8.31 K/9 rate, and a huge 12.46 BB/9 rate. Scott ended the 2023 season to earn the closer's role to start 2024, but walks have been an issue throughout his career. Fantasy managers should keep an eye out to see if he can get them back under control.

    Apr 17 · Source via Closers Miami Marlins Tanner Scott
  • Ryan O'Hearn Hits Two-Run Homer Tuesday

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    Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Ryan O'Hearn got in on the slugfest in Tuesday's 11-3 win over the Twins. O'Hearn went 2-for-5 with a single and a two-run home run. The 30-year-old has made the most of his playing time in the O's lineup, slashing .333/.400/.689 with four HR, 11 runs scored, and six RBI in 50 plate appearances. The O's have plenty of young talent to stack the lineup, but O'Hearn is worth a look in deeper leagues as long as he hits well enough to earn playing time.

    Apr 17 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Ryan O'Hearn
  • Drew Smith Earns First Save Of Season Tuesday

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    New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith earned his first save of the season in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Pirates. Smith came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by two and delivered a 1-2-3 outing with two strikeouts. Edwin Diaz had pitched each of the last two days, so Smith was called upon to close things out. The 30-year-old has pitched well this season, going 1-0 with two holds and a 1.08 ERA in 8 1/3 IP. However, he has not seen enough high-leverage situations to warrant fantasy attention at this time.

    Apr 17 · Source via Closers New York Mets Drew Smith
  • Jared Jones Fans Seven In No-Decision Tuesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jared Jones turned in another strong start in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Mets. Jones pitched five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and no walks with seven strikeouts. The 22-year-old rookie has been stellar through his first four big-league starts, compiling a 3.13 ERA and 12.52 K/9 rate with just two walks in 23 IP. He will look to keep his hot streak going in his next scheduled start against the Red Sox.

    Apr 17 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Jared Jones
  • Ha-Seong Kim Hits Three-Run Homer Tuesday

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    San Diego Padres middle infielder Ha-Seong Kim got the game started in Tuesday's 6-3 win against the Brewers. Kim went 1-for-3 with a first-inning three-run home run and a walk. The 28-year-old has provided a bit of everything except hit for average, slashing .225/.341/.451 with three HR, 12 runs scored, 12 RBI, and four stolen bases in 86 plate appearances. Hopefully, his average will come around, but he is still offering fantasy value at this time.

    Apr 17 · Source via San Diego Padres Ha-Seong Kim
  • Abner Uribe Pitches In Fourth Inning Tuesday

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    Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Abner Uribe did not serve his typical late-inning role in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Padres. Uribe relieved Wade Miley in the fourth inning and pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. The 23-year-old has seen the most save opportunities on the team with Devin Williams (back) on the injured list and has converted three of five opportunities, but has a bloated 5.87 ERA in 7 2/3 IP. Fellow teammate Joel Payamps has also struggled lately, so it remains to be seen who the Brewers may turn to next when a save opportunity presents itself.

    Apr 17 · Source via Closers Milwaukee Brewers Abner Uribe
  • Bryce Harper Homers, Plates Three Tuesday

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    Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper had a nice game at the plate in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Rockies. Harper went 2-for-4 with a double, a two-run home run, three RBI, and a strikeout. The 31-year-old has hit for power but not average to start the season, slashing .215/.301/.462 with four HR and 11 RBI in 73 plate appearances. Fantasy managers should be patient with Harper given his excellent career. Hopefully, his average will start to catch up to his power production.

    Apr 17 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Ranger Suarez Tosses Complete-Game Shutout Tuesday

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    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez continued his strong start in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Rockies. Suarez pitched a complete game shutout, allowing seven hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. The 28-year-old is now 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA, a 9.35 K/9 rate, and a 1.38 BB/9 rate in his first four starts. He is rostered in 67% of leagues, so fantasy managers should pick him up if available. He will look to keep things rolling in his next start, which projects to be a tougher matchup at the Reds.

    Apr 17 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Ranger Suarez
  • Zac Veen Heating Up At Double-A

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    Colorado Rockies outfield prospect Zac Veen went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two stolen bases for Double-A Hartford on Tuesday. It was the 22-year-old's third straight multi-hit game and fourth in his last five. Over that five-game span, the lefty hitter is 10-for-19 (.526) with two doubles, two triples, a home run, five RBI, six runs scored, and two stolen bases. A wrist injury limited the former first-round draft pick to 46 games in 2023, yet he still managed to swipe 22 bags. In 2022 he stole 55 bases in 126 games, and had 36 the year before in 106 games. Veen has yet to see any time at Triple-A but with his hot hitting could see a promotion sooner rather than later. Veen was ranked as the 27th overall prospect in all of baseball last season but has since dropped out of the Top 100. Nevertheless, dynasty managers, especially those in need of speed, should have the speedster on their radar if he wasn't already.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Colorado Rockies Zac Veen
  • Dodgers Designate Taylor Trammell For Assignment

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    The Dodgers announced a series of roster moves in advance of tonight's matchup with the Nationals. Los Angeles confirmed their previously reported selection of reliever Eduardo Salazar and recalls of righty Kyle Hurt and outfielder Andy Pages. To create spots on the roster, the Dodgers optioned relievers Ricky Vanasco and Nick Ramirez and designated outfielder Taylor Trammell for assignment....

    Apr 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Dodgers Taylor Trammell
  • Astros Outright Wander Suero

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    Astros right-hander Wander Suero went unclaimed on outright waivers following his recent DFA and has been assigned to Houston's Triple-A affiliate, per the Astros' transaction log at He'll have the right to reject that assignment in favor of free agency, both by virtue of his big league service time (more than three years) and...

    Apr 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Houston Astros Wander Suero
  • Dodgers To Select Eduardo Salazar

    The Dodgers are calling up right-hander Eduardo Salazar, reports Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. The club has a full 40-man roster and the righty is not yet on it, so a corresponding move will be required to add him. Salazar, 26, signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers in the offseason after previously having...

    Apr 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Dodgers Eduardo Salazar
  • Ryan Weathers Removed Early Due To Cramping

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    Miami Marlins left-hander Ryan Weathers (hand) was removed from his start on Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants for precautionary reasons due to cramping in his left hand. Before departing, Weathers was in command, allowing two earned runs on five hits (one homer) while walking one and striking out a career-high 10 batters while matching his career-high with six innings pitched in his second win of the season. The 24-year-old threw 90 pitches in the outing and probably wasn't going to go much deeper into the game regardless. It sounds like his injury isn't anything serious, so fantasy managers should expect Weathers to make his next scheduled start this Sunday in Chicago against the Cubbies. With the strong effort on Tuesday, Weathers is now 2-1 on the year with a 2.70 ERA for the Fish.

    Apr 16 · Source via Miami Marlins Ryan Weathers
  • Rafael Devers Dealing With Knee Discomfort

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    Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (knee) left Tuesday's game against the visiting Cleveland Guardians with left-knee discomfort. Devers went 1-for-2 with two RBI and two walks before being replaced at the hot corner in the eighth inning by Bobby Dalbec. The 27-year-old missed several games last weekend due to a shoulder injury but returned to action on Monday before an injury scare when he collided with outfielder Tyler O'Neill (head), who was forced to leave the game. For now, fantasy managers should consider Devers as day-to-day while checking back on Wednesday to see if he's back in the starting lineup. The Red Sox can ill-afford another injury to their infield after losing shortstop Trevor Story (shoulder) already for the season. In addition to Dalbec, Pablo Reyes could play some third base if Devers is forced to miss additional time.

    Apr 16 · Source via Boston Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • Michael Wacha In Prime Rebound Spot

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Michael Wacha allowed 10 hits and gave up five runs while taking a loss in last Friday's 6-1 defeat to the New York Mets, but he finds himself in prime position to bounce back in Wednesday's start on the road in one part of a doubleheader against the division-rival Chicago White Sox. Although Wacha holds a mediocre 4.00 ERA (2.75 FIP) through 18 innings (three starts) to begin his Royals debut season, his 1.05 WHIP is a cause for optimism. Since 2023, the 32-year-old journeyman right-hander is 2-0 with 14 scoreless frames and 15 strikeouts over two appearances against the White Sox. Additionally, the current Chicago roster is hitting a career .141 across 72 plate appearances versus Wacha. With the ChiSox sitting dead last in baseball with 34 runs scored, treat Wacha as a confident fantasy option on Wednesday's full slate.

    Apr 16 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Wacha
  • Luis Garcia Throws Bullpen Session Tuesday

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    Houston Astros starting pitcher Luis Garcia (elbow) threw a bullpen session at Minute Maid Park ahead of Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves. Continuing to recuperate from Tommy John surgery, Garcia started tossing bullpens earlier in April and is slowly progressing toward eventually heading to a minor-league rehab assignment. The expectation is that he will be able to rejoin Houston's injury-ravaged rotation at some point during the middle of the season. Before his 2023 season came to a close, the 27-year-old right-hander posted a respectable 4.00 ERA (3.63 FIP), 1.29 WHIP, and 31:10 K:BB over 27 innings (six starts). The Astros called up Forrest Whitley on Tuesday for pitching help, but it wouldn't be surprising to see swingman Brandon Bielak be asked to eat some innings at some point.

    Apr 16 · Source via Houston Astros Luis Garcia
  • Rafael Devers Pulled Against Guardians

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    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers was pulled during the eighth inning of Tuesday's game versus the visiting Cleveland Guardians, and Bobby Dalbec replaced him defensively at third base. He went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI before exiting, and it's unclear at this time why Devers was removed from the contest. It's worth noting he dealt with soreness in his left shoulder that cost him four games last week, so it remains to be seen if he's dealing with some type of setback with the injury. The Red Sox should offer some clarity on the 27-year-old All-Star slugger's status shortly, and we'll provide that update when it becomes available. Devers is hitting just .205 with two home runs and five RBI over his first 44 at-bats of the season.

    Apr 16 · Source via Boston Red Sox Bobby Dalbec Rafael Devers
  • Alex Cobb Resumes Throwing Tuesday

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    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb (hip, elbow), who was briefly shut down recently with a mild flexor strain in his right elbow, has been cleared to resume throwing and tossed a bullpen session in Arizona on Tuesday. Other than that hiccup, Cobb is progressing well and believes he's ahead of schedule in his rehab from offseason surgery on his left hip. The 36-year-old right-hander was an All-Star in 2023 for the first time in his career, and despite running into trouble with the long ball in the second half, he still managed to compile a solid 3.87 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 131:37 K:BB across 151 1/3 innings (28 starts). Cobb could re-enter San Fran's rotation at some time during May, and he's a decent stash in most fantasy leagues. With Robbie Ray (elbow) also on the shelf, Jordan Hicks and Keaton Winn should continue to function as starters for the Giants for the time being.

    Apr 16 · Source via San Francisco Giants Alex Cobb
  • Patrick Wisdom Playing Right Field In Rehab

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    Chicago Cubs infielder/outfielder Patrick Wisdom (back) is continuing his minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa and started Tuesday's game at right field for the first time this year. It's an interesting development for fantasy managers to keep an eye on, as Chicago's everyday right fielder, Seiya Suzuki (oblique), is expected to miss several weeks. Wisdom is essentially fully recovered from a back strain, but Michael Busch's recent power surge (five home runs in his last five games) is likely the reason why he hasn't been activated from the IL just yet. It looks like the Cubs could be grooming Wisdom for some action in right field, however, so his return appears imminent. The 32-year-old slugger is an all-or-nothing power hitter who smashed nine homers in his final 36 outings of the season in 2023, and he could be a decent source of pop if he lands a sizable role upon his reinstatement.

    Apr 16 · Source via Chicago Cubs Patrick Wisdom
  • White Sox Designate Josimar Cousin For Assignment

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    The White Sox announced that they have selected the contract of right-hander Jonathan Cannon, a move that was reported yesterday. In corresponding moves, they optioned left-hander Jared Shuster to Triple-A Charlotte and designated right-hander Josimar Cousin for assignment. Cousin, now 26, is from Cuba and played six seasons in that country's Serie Nacional de Béisbol....

    Apr 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago White Sox Jonathan Cannon Josimar Cousin Jared Shuster
  • Brett Baty Forced From Tuesday's Game

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    The New York Mets announced that third baseman Brett Baty (hamstring) left Tuesday's game versus the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates due to tightness in his left hamstring. He went 0-for-2 before veteran infielder Joey Wendle replaced him at third base. It's a tough break for the 24-year-old former top prospect, who is batting a strong .305 (18-for-59) with one home run, nine RBI, and seven runs scored over 17 games this season. With very little infield depth in Queens, Wendle and Zack Short would figure to form a platoon for at-bats at the hot corner if Baty needs to miss additional time following Tuesday's departure. Neither of the two have done enough this season to be worth speculative fantasy adds at the moment. Consider Baty day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's series finale against Pittsburgh.

    Apr 16 · Source via New York Mets Brett Baty
  • Robbie Ray To Throw Another Bullpen Wednesday

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    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Robbie Ray (elbow) is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session in Arizona on Wednesday. Although the 2021 American League Cy Young Award winner is still expected to be out until the second half of the 2024 season, it feels like he has a chance to make his Giants debut earlier than that based on his current progress. Ray is pleased with where he's at in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and he also tossed a bullpen on Friday. In his last full season during 2022 with the Seattle Mariners, the 32-year-old strikeout machine fanned 212 hitters while walking 62 over 189 innings and amassed a 3.71 ERA and 1.19 WHIP through 32 starts. Fantasy managers off to a good start should start thinking about stashing Ray. With Alex Cobb (hip) also sidelined until at least May, Jordan Hicks and Keaton Winn should keep operating as starters for the Giants in the meantime.

    Apr 16 · Source via San Francisco Giants Robbie Ray
  • Garrett Whitlock Experiencing Oblique Tightness

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    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Garrett Whitlock (oblique) exited Tuesday's start versus the visiting Cleveland Guardians due to tightness in his left oblique. Whitlock threw 54 pitches, 36 for strikes, before left-hander Joely Rodriguez relieved him, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk in four innings of work. Look for the Red Sox to provide another update on the 27-year-old right-hander's status either after Tuesday's game or sometime in the coming days. His next start is tentatively scheduled for Sunday on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but it remains to be seen if his turn in the rotation needs to be skipped. Whitlock has been great as a starter for Boston this year, logging a superb 1.96 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 17 punchouts over 18 1/3 frames (four starts) to begin the 2024 season.

    Apr 16 · Source via Boston Red Sox Garrett Whitlock
  • Blue Jays Designate Mitch White For Assignment

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    The Blue Jays announced today that right-handers Jordan Romano and Erik Swanson have been activated off the injured list. In corresponding moves, they optioned righty Nate Pearson to Triple-A and designated righty Mitch White for assignment. Romano and Swanson were key pieces of the Toronto bullpen last year but they haven't been able to contribute...

    Apr 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Toronto Blue Jays Mitch White
  • Seiya Suzuki To Be Out "In The Four-Week Range"

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    Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki (oblique), who went on the injured list on Monday with a right-oblique strain, will be sidelined "in the four-week range," but the Cubs will have a better timeline for his return once he's symptom-free, according to manager Craig Counsell. It means that the 29-year-old won't be ready to return when he's eligible to come off the 10-day IL, but fantasy managers should still keep him stashed in all leagues, especially after he started the year 18-for-59 (.305) with three home runs, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored. With Suzuki set to miss at least several weeks, outfield prospect Alexander Canario, the club's No. 10 prospect per MLB Pipeline, is going to get his first extended look in the big leagues. He's starting in right field and hitting ninth on Tuesday against Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Tommy Henry.

    Apr 16 · Source via Chicago Cubs Seiya Suzuki
  • Sawyer Gipson-Long Going For More Evaluation

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    Detroit Tigers right-handed pitching prospect Sawyer Gipson-Long (forearm) is getting further evaluation for forearm tightness, which usually doesn't bode well. The 26-year-old is also battling a left-groin strain, so he's not going to return to minor-league action for a while. The Tigers' No. 10 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, left a rehab start with Single-A Lakeland when he experienced right-forearm tightness. Gipson-Long made four starts for the Tigers in his major-league debut in 2023 and impressed by going 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with eight walks and 26 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched. With Detroit having more rotation depth this year, there's no way they are going to rush Gipson-Long back to the big leagues if his forearm injury doesn't require surgery.

    Apr 16 · Source via Detroit Tigers Sawyer Gipson-Long
  • Kyle Freeland Is Fine To Make His Next Start

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    Colorado Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland (shoulder) said he's fine on Tuesday after getting injured in Monday night's extra-inning loss while sliding into home plate as a pinch-runner late in the game. Freeland will throw like normal in between his starts and be good to go at some point this weekend for a matchup against the Seattle Mariners. The 30-year-old southpaw's injury was to his right, non-throwing shoulder, so it shouldn't affect his next start at all. Even though Seattle's offense hasn't looked good at all early this year, Freeland will still be a shaky streaming option in fantasy after posting a rough 13.21 ERA and 2.55 WHIP with eight walks and nine strikeouts in his first four starts. Freeland currently leads the league in hits allowed (32) and earned runs allowed (23).

    Apr 16 · Source via Colorado Rockies Kyle Freeland
  • Gabriel Moreno Scratched With Thumb Contusion

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    Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Gabriel Moreno (thumb) was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs with a right-thumb contusion, according to manager Torey Lovullo. The skipper said that Moreno is day-to-day, so check back on Wednesday to see if he's back in the lineup. The injury occurred on the wild pitch that Moreno tried to block in the top of the ninth inning that ended up tying the game in Tuesday's extra-inning loss to the Cubbies. The 24-year-old Venezuelan backstop has gone 11-for-45 (.244) to start the year with no homers and six RBI for the Snakes. Tucker Barnhart is catching left-hander Tommy Henry on Tuesday and is hitting ninth against Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks.

    Apr 16 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Gabriel Moreno
  • Andy Pages Hitting Seventh In MLB Debut

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    Los Angeles Dodgers outfield prospect Andy Pages is starting in center field and batting seventh in his major-league debut on Tuesday versus the visiting Washington Nationals and left-hander Patrick Corbin. The Dodgers called Pages up from Triple-A Oklahoma City after finding out that Jason Heyward is going to miss more time with his back injury. The 23-year-old Pages already had five home runs and a 1.146 OPS in 15 games for Triple-A before his call-up. Most of his playing time with the Dodgers in his first taste of the majors will likely come when the team is facing a left-handed pitcher and James Outman retreats to the bench, which will limit his fantasy upside to deeper leagues as a short-term depth piece. The Cuban outfielder is mostly attractive in dynasty/keeper leagues for his plus power upside.

    Apr 16 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Andy Pages
  • Kyle Hurt Called Up To Make Starting Debut Against Nationals

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers called up pitching prospect Kyle Hurt from Triple-A Oklahoma for him to make the start against the visiting Washington Nationals on Tuesday in his big-league starting debut. Hurt, the club's No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline, is stretched out to around 45 pitches. Expect left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to follow Hurt in his MLB debut as the "bulk" reliever in LA's bullpen game on Tuesday. The 25-year-old right-hander has already thrown 4 2/3 relief innings in 2024 and has allowed two runs (one earned) while walking one and striking out six in 6 2/3 innings since making his MLB debut in 2023. Hurt is interesting in dynasty/keeper leagues, but fantasy managers in season-long leagues and in DFS should avoid him on Tuesday in his spot start. Hurt is likely to be sent right back to Triple-A after Tuesday's game or on Wednesday.

    Apr 16 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Kyle Hurt
  • Astros Promote Forrest Whitley

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    2:28pm: The Astros made it official, announcing Whitley's recall with Spencer Arrighetti optioned in a corresponding move. Arrighetti's rotation spot will likely be taken by Justin Verlander, who is expecting to be activated off the injured list shortly. 12:31pm: The Astros are recalling former top prospect Forrest Whitley for his first MLB promotion, reports Michael...

    Apr 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Houston Astros Forrest Whitley
  • White Sox-Royals Postponed On Tuesday

    Tuesday's contest between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals in Chicago has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a straight doubleheader on Wednesday, starting at 1:10 pm CT. Rookie right-hander Jonathan Cannon was set to make his major-league debut and start for the White Sox, while right-hander Brady Singer was the Royals' scheduled starter on the mound. Both pitchers will presumably be pushed to one of the games of the doubleheader on Wednesday. Fantasy baseball managers obviously need to make sure that they remain any players from these two teams that might have been in their starting lineups for Tuesday's action.

    Apr 16 · Source via Chicago White Sox Kansas City Royals
  • Ozzie Albies Won't Need Surgery, Could Be Back In Two Weeks

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    Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said that second baseman Ozzie Albies (toe) won't need surgery on his fractured big toe but doesn't have a specific timetable for a return from the injured list. It sounds like there's a chance Albies could be back in two weeks, which means three weeks might be the safer bet, especially this early in the season. It's ultimately good news for the 27-year-old after he was hit by a pitch in Monday's 6-1 win over the Houston Astros. Fantasy baseball managers must be patient with the All-Star second baseman and keep him stashed in an IL spot in all formats. In the meantime, outfielder Michael Harris II will hit near the top of the batting order, boosting his short-term fantasy stock. Luis Guillorme, who is starting at second on Tuesday, and David Fletcher figure to split playing time at the keystone in Atlanta with Albies hurt.

    Apr 16 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Michael Harris II Moves Up To Two-Hole On Tuesday

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    With second baseman Ozzie Albies (toe) going on the injured list on Tuesday, Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II has moved up to second in the batting order against the Houston Astros and right-hander Hunter Brown. Meanwhile, Luis Guillorme will get the start at the keystone and will bat eighth. Guillorme and David Fletcher figure to split playing time at second with Albies out, but Harris could be the biggest fantasy beneficiary in Atlanta if he continues to hit at the top of the lineup while Albies is on the shelf. This is the first time this year the 23-year-old has hit higher than sixth. Harris is off to a fine start in 2024, slashing .290/.333/.468 with two home runs and a stolen base. He has never faced Brown in his career but will become a much more popular DFS lineup piece with Albies out.

    Apr 16 · Source via Atlanta Braves Michael Harris
  • Eloy Jimenez In, Andrew Vaughn Out On Tuesday

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    Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez is back as the designated hitter and is batting third on Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals and right-hander Brady Singer, while first baseman Andrew Vaughn is getting the day off. Jimenez was activated from the injured list on Monday but wasn't in the starting lineup before getting a pinch-hit appearance later in the game. The White Sox are going to ease him back into the fold, but he could see more appearances in the outfield after starting there only 14 of 118 times in 2023. Vaughn has gone 1-for-16 in the last four games and 10-for-58 with no homers and three RBI to begin the year, so he's deserving of a rest. Gavin Sheets is at first base and is batting cleanup on Tuesday.

    Apr 16 · Source via Chicago White Sox Eloy Jimenez Andrew Vaughn
  • Esteury Ruiz Sitting Out On Tuesday

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    Oakland Athletics outfielder Esteury Ruiz (rest) is out of the starting lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. This seems a bit odd after Ruiz blasted a solo home run off the bench during Monday's game. It'll be JJ Bleday continuing to start in center field with Lawrence Butler and Seth Brown in the corners. Ruiz should get his chance to start everyday at some point, but a bench role certainly hurts his fantasy value right now.

    Apr 16 · Source via Oakland Athletics Esteury Ruiz
  • Tyler Wells Placed On Injured List

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    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Tyler Wells (elbow) has been placed on the 15-day injured list on Tuesday. The right-hander will take a few weeks off while he recovers from right elbow inflammation. Wells hasn't looked too good this season with a 5.87 ERA and 1.37 WHIP through three starts. Despite that, Wells is still worth rostering in mixed leagues given his good track record. In a corresponding move, catcher David Banuelos has been recalled from Triple-A to take the spot on the roster.

    Apr 16 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Tyler Wells
  • Nick Nastrini To Remain In Rotation

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    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Nick Nastrini will stick in the rotation for at least one more start. The organization has announced that Nastrini will make the start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. The right-hander has earned the chance to stay in the rotation after a solid MLB debut on Monday. The 24-year-old allowed two runs over five innings of work against the Kansas City Royals. He's not a recommended fantasy option against the strong Phillies lineup.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Chicago White Sox Nick Nastrini
  • Justin Verlander To Start On Friday Or Saturday

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    Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (shoulder) is set to make his return from the injured list. The veteran right-hander will make his season debut either Friday or Saturday versus the Washington Nationals. The 41-year-old has been brought along slowly while he recovers from a shoulder injury. He's finally ready to return after having no issues during a recent bullpen outing. It's uncertain if the Astros will have Verlander on a pitch count or limited in some capacity. Regardless, fantasy managers in season-long formats can get him back in their lineups this weekend.

    Apr 16 · Source via Houston Astros Justin Verlander
  • Salvador Perez Remains Out On Tuesday

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (groin) remains out of the starting lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. The veteran catcher has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 left groin strain. Despite that, Perez hasn't been placed on the injured list and is considered as day-to-day. It wouldn't be shocking to see Perez miss a few more games while he recovers from this issue. Freddy Fermin will cover behind the plate and bat eighth during Tuesday's game.

    Apr 16 · Source via Kansas City Royals Freddy Fermin Salvador Perez
  • Jeimer Candelario Scratched From Tuesday's Lineup

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    Cincinnati Reds third baseman Jeimer Candelario (illness) has been scratched from the starting lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the Seattle Mariners. Hopefully, this is a minor issue and will only force Candelario to miss one game. In the meantime, Santiago Espinal will cover third base and bat eighth on Tuesday night. Fantasy managers should make sure to adjust their lineups ahead of Tuesday's contest. Espinal is a good contact hitter, but isn't worth streaming in most fantasy formats.

    Apr 16 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jeimer Candelario
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Scratched On Tuesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (undisclosed) has been scratched from the starting lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the New York Mets. The organization has not given a reason as to why Hayes was pulled ahead of the game. Jared Triolo will be taking over third base and bat third for Tuesday's game. Fantasy managers should get an update on Hayes status shortly.

    Apr 16 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • Christian Yelich Lands On Injured List

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    The Milwaukee Brewers placed outfielder Christian Yelich (back) on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 13) on Tuesday with a lower-back strain and recalled infielder/outfielder Owen Miller from Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move. Yelich was put on the IL after not playing since last Friday. This is definitely an injury that could linger for the 32-year-old Yelich, so fantasy managers should be prepared to be patient if he's forced to miss more than 10 days. Keep him stashed in an IL spot in all fantasy leagues after he started the year hitting .333 (13-for-39) with five home runs, 11 RBI and two steals in 11 games. Blake Perkins is starting in center field and batting sixth against the San Diego Padres and right-hander Dylan Cease on Tuesday, but Joey Wiemer could also see additional playing time in Milwaukee's outfield until Yelich is able to return.

    Apr 16 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Christian Yelich
  • Jake Cronenworth Out Of Lineup Tuesday

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    San Diego Padres first baseman Jake Cronenworth (calf) is not in the lineup on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers after being pulled from Monday's 7-3 win with calf tightness late in the game. The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee points out that the Padres recalled infielder Matthew Batten from Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday, which presumably means that Cronenworth will miss some time with his injury. However, he hasn't officially been placed on the injured list, so it could just be a day-to-day situation for now. Jurickson Profar is handling first base and batting third on Tuesday, while Jose Azocar is in left field and batting ninth against Brewers left-hander Wade Miley. Profar is hitting .417 with an RBI in 12 career at-bats against Miley, while Azocar has gone hitless versus the soft-tossing lefty in four career ABs.

    Apr 16 · Source via San Diego Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Jhoan Duran Expected To Face Live Hitters Friday

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    Minnesota Twins closer Jhoan Duran (oblique) said he's feeling closer to 100 percent in terms of command after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. He's now expected to face live hitters during Friday's pre-game workouts at Target Field. An oblique strain forced the 26-year-old to the injured list to begin the 2024 season, but he recently started throwing off a mound and could be getting close to going on a short minor-league rehab assignment before returning to the Twins' bullpen. If he avoids any setbacks with his oblique, fantasy managers might get the hard-throwing closer back before the calendar flips to May. Given Duran's dominance when healthy, he should be stashed in an IL spot in all fantasy leagues. In his absence, Minnesota is going with a committee approach to saves involving Griffin Jax, Steven Okert, Cole Sands and Brock Stewart.

    Apr 16 · Source via Closers Minnesota Twins Jhoan Duran
  • Tyler O'Neill Clears Concussion Protocol, Could Return Thursday

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    Boston Red Sox outfielder Tyler O'Neill (head) cleared the league's concussion protocols and is doing OK after being removed from Monday's game early against the Cleveland Guardians following a collision in the outfield with third baseman Rafael Devers. O'Neill is out of the lineup on Tuesday and will also sit on Wednesday, but manager Alex Cora said he's planning to have O'Neill back in action on Thursday for the series finale against Cleveland. The 28-year-old required eight stitches to close a cut on his head above his left eye, but it appears he won't need to go on the seven-day concussion injured list and should return for fantasy managers later this week. O'Neill has enjoyed his time in Beantown so far, going 15-for-48 (.313) in the early going with seven homers, eight RBI, a steal and 14 runs scored.

    Apr 16 · Source via Boston Red Sox Tyler O'Neill
  • A.J. Puk Won't Start On Wednesday

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    Miami Marlins left-hander A.J. Puk (illness) is still under the weather and will not make his scheduled start on Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants. Instead, lefty Trevor Rogers will move up to start in the series finale. Puk has now been pushed back twice this week, as he was originally scheduled to pitch in the series opener against the Gigantes on Monday. If the 28-year-old southpaw is feeling better later this week, there's a good chance he'll take the ball for the series opener on Thursday versus the Chicago Cubs. The former sixth overall pick by the Oakland Athletics in 2016 out of Florida hasn't fared too well in his transition to a full-time starting role in 2024 so far, posting a 5.91 ERA and 2.44 WHIP with a league-high 14 walks and just eight K's in his first three starts.

    Apr 16 · Source via Miami Marlins A.J. Puk
  • "Very Unlikely" J.D. Martinez Joins Mets On Upcoming Road Trip

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    It's "very unlikely" that designated hitter J.D. Martinez (back) will join the New York Mets on their upcoming West Coast road trip, according to manager Carlos Mendoza. The Mets begin their road trip this Friday, April 19, against the Los Angeles Dodgers and will wrap it up in San Francisco against the Giants on Wednesday, April 24. Martinez didn't sign with New York until late in spring training, so he stuck around in extended spring training to get his timing down at the plate before injuring his back in early April. The 36-year-old could start a rehab assignment later this week and make his 2024 debut with the Mets later this month or in early May. When he's finally ready to return, Martinez can still provide some thump from the DH spot and will give the Mets more protection for All-Star first baseman Pete Alonso.

    Apr 16 · Source via New York Mets J.D. Martinez
  • DJ Stewart Grabbing Pine Again On Tuesday

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    New York Mets outfielder DJ Stewart will start on the bench on Tuesday as the team faces the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. This will be the third straight game that Stewart has started on the bench, although the previous two games were against left-handed pitching. Stewart does have two home runs in his first 25 at-bats of the 2024 campaign, but he's also gone only 5-for-25 (.200) with seven RBI, a stolen base and three runs scored. Catcher Francisco Alvarez is serving as the designated hitter and batting sixth, while Omar Narvaez is doing the catching and hitting ninth on Tuesday against Pirates rookie right-hander Jared Jones. The 30-year-old Stewart might find himself on the bench more often than not moving forward unless he picks things up offensively.

    Apr 16 · Source via New York Mets DJ Stewart
  • Oneil Cruz Resting Against Mets

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz is getting the day off on Tuesday against the New York Mets. In his absence, Alika Williams will get the nod at shortstop and will hit in the nine-hole against Mets veteran left-hander Jose Quintana. Cruz will get a little breather against the left-handed hurler after going hitless in his last nine at-bats with seven strikeouts in the last two contests. The 25-year-old Dominican is now hitting .232 (16-for-69) on the year with three home runs, six RBI, one steal and eight runs scored in his first 17 games of 2024. Williams, 25, lacks power and will be a low-upside deep sleeper pick for DFS lineups on Tuesday night. He's hit just .212 (25-for-118) with no homers and eight RBI in 51 MLB games to date going back to last season.

    Apr 16 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Jordan Romano, Erik Swanson Activated From Injured List

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    The Toronto Blue Jays officially activated right-handed relievers Jordan Romano (elbow) and Erik Swanson (forearm) from the 15-day injured list on Tuesday and optioned right-hander Nate Pearson to Triple-A Buffalo and designated right-hander Mitch White for assignment. Romano and Swanson came out of their short minor-league rehab assignments healthy and are ready to make their 2024 debuts with Toronto at the back end of their bullpen. While the 30-year-old Romano could be eased into his regular closer role, fantasy managers should be ready to throw him right into their starting lineups in season-long leagues after he recorded 36 saves in each of the last two seasons for the Blue Jays. Swanson has fantasy appeal as well in holds leagues and as a handcuff to Romano for his late-inning setup role.

    Apr 16 · Source via Closers Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Romano Erik Swanson
  • Tyler O'Neill Not Playing Tuesday

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    Boston Red Sox outfielder Tyler O'Neill (head) is not in the team's starting lineup on Tuesday against the visiting Cleveland Guardians after colliding with third baseman Rafael Devers in the outfield on Monday and being pulled from the game. The 28-year-old walked off the field under his own power and had a cut on his head, and he is now in the league's concussion protocol after needing eight stitches. It remains to be seen if O'Neill is actually dealing with a concussion, but he'll miss at least one game this week after the collision. The Red Sox and fantasy managers would hate to see O'Neill, who is hitting .313 (15-for-48) and already has seven home runs on the year, land on the seven-day concussion injured list. Jarren Duran is in left field for Boston on Tuesday and is hitting leadoff, while Wilyer Abreu is in right field and hitting fifth against Guardians right-hander Tanner Bibee.

    Apr 16 · Source via Boston Red Sox Tyler O'Neill
  • Brandon Drury, Nolan Schanuel Out On Tuesday

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    Los Angeles Angels infielder Brandon Drury (hamstring) and first baseman Nolan Schanuel are both out of the lineup on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Drury should be considered day-to-day for now after leaving Monday night's win with a hamstring injury. If the 31-year-old, who has gone just 11-for-54 (.204) in the early going with one homer, ends up going on the injured list, Luis Rengifo would benefit from everyday playing time at the keystone. Rengifo is at second and batting seventh on Tuesday, while Miguel Sano is at first base and hitting cleanup against Rays right-hander Aaron Civale. Schanuel returned from a testicular contusion on Monday but is getting another day off on Tuesday. Schanuel is struggling in his first full big-league season with just four hits (one homer) in his first 42 at-bats in 2024.UPDATE: Drury said he'll be available off the bench on Tuesday.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Angels Brandon Drury Nolan Schanuel
  • Braves Put Ozzie Albies On 10-Day Injured List

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    The Atlanta Braves placed infielder Ozzie Albies (toe) on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday with a right big toe fracture and selected the contract of infielder David Fletcher from the minors in a corresponding move. Albies fractured his toe when he was hit by a pitch in Monday's 6-1 win over the Houston Astros and he's going to be forced to miss at least the next 10 days and probably more with the ailment. The 27-year-old second baseman is a big hit for fantasy managers in all formats, as the three-time All-Star was hitting .317 (20-for-63) with two home runs, 14 RBI and two stolen bases in his first 15 games in a stacked Braves lineup. For as long as he's sidelined, keep him stashed in an IL spot in all fantasy leagues. Fletcher and Luis Guillorme will most likely split the playing time at the keystone in the meantime in Atlanta.

    Apr 16 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Trevor Rogers To Start Series Finale For Marlins

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    The Miami Marlins will be starting left-hander Trevor Rogers on Wednesday in the series finale against the San Francisco Giants. A.J. Puk was in line to start on Wednesday afternoon, but the left-hander is dealing with an illness so will not start. Rogers has started three games for the Marlins this season and is 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA as he's pitched 15 innings allowing nine runs, eight earned while walking eight.

    Apr 16 · Source via Miami Marlins Trevor Rogers
  • Jose Soriano Starting For The Angels

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    The Los Angeles Angels will be starting right-hander Jose Soriano on Tuesday in the second game of a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Soriano is set to make his second start of the season, as he started back on April 10 against the Rays going four innings allowing four runs on six hits in the loss. Soriano is 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA this season, as he's pitched 10 innings allowing seven runs on 10 hits, including three homers.

    Apr 16 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Jose Soriano
  • Twins, Tony Kemp Agree To Minor League Deal

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    The Twins are bringing veteran second baseman/left fielder Tony Kemp aboard on a minor league contract, reports Jon Heyman of the New York Post. The Ballengee Group client will presumably head to Triple-A St. Paul to begin his tenure with the organization. Kemp, 32, began the season with the Orioles but was designated for assignment...

    Apr 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Minnesota Twins Tony Kemp
  • Chris Paddack In Search Of First Win

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    Right-hander Chris Paddack is set for his third start of the season as the Minnesota Twins are on the road to play the Baltimore Orioles. Paddack is coming off going 4 2/3 innings while allowing six hits and two runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his career against the Orioles, Paddack is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in two starts but hasn't faced the team since May of 2022. Minnesota is 6-9 this season and dropped the first game of the series to Baltimore on Monday.

    Apr 16 · Source via Minnesota Twins Chris Paddack
  • Carlos Santana Out Of The Lineup

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    Minnesota Twins first baseman Carlos Santana is out of the lineup on Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles. Santana is off to a slow start this season as he's slashing . 135/.224/.154 in 14 games with zero home runs and just two RBIs. In replace of Santana, Minnesota will be starting Alex Kirilloff at first base, who is batting third against Orioles right-hander Grayson Rodriguez.

    Apr 16 · Source via Minnesota Twins Carlos Santana
  • Kris Bryant Held Out Of The Lineup

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    Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant (back) remains out of the lineup on Tuesday due to a back injury. Bryant has missed the last three games after exiting Saturday's game versus the Blue Jays due to soreness in his right rib cage and back. With Bryant not in the lineup as the Rockies take on the Philadelphia Phillies, Charlie Blackmon will start at DH, Elehuris Montero at first base, and Michael Toglia in right field. Bryant is slashing .149/.273/.255 this season with one home run and six RBIs.

    Apr 16 · Source via Colorado Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Brusdar Graterol Begins Throwing Session

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    Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Brusdar Graterol (shoulder) began his throwing session on Monday and threw a "good" bullpen session, according to manager Dave Roberts. Graterol is on the 60-day injured list and won't be able to return until mid-May due to right-shoulder inflammation. Graterol is a key reliever for the Dodgers when healthy, as he had a 1.20 ERA over 67 1/3 innings out of the bullpen for the Blue last year.

    Apr 16 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Dodgers Brusdar Graterol
  • Brendan Rodgers Remains Out Of Rockies Lineup

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    Colorado Rockies second baseman Brendan Rodgers will miss his second straight game due to an illness. Rodgers was a late scratch on Monday with an illness and won't be in the starting lineup on Tuesday as Colorado faces the Philadelphia Phillies. Replacing Rodgers in the starting lineup is Alen Trejo who is batting ninth after going 1-for-3 on Monday. This season, Rodgers is slashing .211/.237/.316 with three RBIs.

    Apr 16 · Source via Colorado Rockies Brendan Rodgers
  • Trevor Larnach Called Up, Matt Wallner Sent Down

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    The Minnesota Twins announced on Tuesday that they recalled outfielder Trevor Larnach (toe) from Triple-A St. Paul and optioned outfielder Matt Wallner to St. Paul in a corresponding move. Larnach was recently activated from the Triple-A injured list due to turf toe, but he'll now head to Minnesota to make his 2024 debut. Wallner will head to the farm to work on some things after starting off 2-for-25 with the Twins. The 27-year-old Larnach started last year in the big leagues but was sent to St. Paul after a slow start at the plate. The left-handed slugger has some intriguing power upside from the left side in a likely platoon role in Minnesota, but he's probably not going to help your team batting average and has been injury-prone in his career to this point.

    Apr 16 · Source via Minnesota Twins Trevor Larnach Matt Wallner
  • RHP Lorenzen earns victory in Rangers debut

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    Michael Lorenzen pitched five spotless innings in his Texas debut and three relievers completed a five-hit shutout as the Rangers topped the Tigers 1-0 on Monday.

    Apr 16 · ESPN Texas Rangers Michael Lorenzen
  • Ryan Yarbrough To Be "Bulk" Pitcher On Tuesday

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers are going with a bullpen game against the visiting Washington Nationals on Tuesday. Left-hander Ryan Yarbrough will pitch in "bulk" but won't necessarily make the traditional start. Pitching prospect Kyle Hurt, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the team's No. 6 prospect, will also be added on Tuesday for more depth out of the bullpen. LA will call up a starter, potentially prospect Landon Knack, for Wednesday's contest. The Dodgers' rotation is a little short-handed right now with right-hander Bobby Miller (shoulder) on the injured list and Walker Buehler (elbow) still not quite ready to make his 2024 debut. The 32-year-old Yarbrough is the best bet to provide the most length for the Dodgers on Tuesday, and he's allowed six runs (five earned) while walking four and striking out six in 14 2/3 innings of relief so far in 2024.

    Apr 16 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Ryan Yarbrough
  • Astros Calling Up Forrest Whitley

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    The Houston Astros are calling up former top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley from the minors on Tuesday, according to a source. After a myriad of injuries, Whitley will be getting his first big-league call-up and will work as a reliever for a bullpen that needs a fresh arm. Whitley is on the 40-man roster, and the team's many other optionable relievers at Triple-A Sugar Land haven't been down long enough to be recalled without putting someone on the injured list. The 26-year-old got a late start at Sugar Land this year due to a finger injury and has allowed four runs while walking two and striking out four in three appearances on the farm before getting the call to Houston. Whitley's prospect status has faded and he should be ignored for now in fantasy, as he could be sent back to Sugar Land before long.

    Apr 16 · Source via Houston Astros Forrest Whitley
  • 'He is comfortable here': How Jackson Holliday's clubhouse past helps his MLB future

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    A lifetime spent in clubhouses is already helping Holliday adjust to the big leagues.

    Apr 16 · ESPN Prospects Baltimore Orioles Jackson Holliday
  • Eloy Jimenez Could Play Outfield Again

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    Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol said there was no recovery related reason for outfielder Eloy Jimenez not starting on Monday against the Kansas City Royals after he was activated from the injured list. Grifol said they are getting their cleanup hitter back but are also easing him back in after his groin injury. The 27-year-old could play some outfield again now that he's back, but Gavin Sheets will probably play the outfielder sooner. Jimenez had yet to play the outfield before his injury and started only 14 times in the outfield a year ago. It would be nice if Jimenez played enough outfield in 2024 to gain eligibility there for fantasy managers, but that's no guarantee. As long as Luis Robert Jr. (hip) remains sidelined, both Jimenez and Sheets should be lineup regulars for the Pale Hose.

    Apr 16 · Source via Chicago White Sox Eloy Jimenez
  • Danny Jansen Expected To Play Tuesday

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    Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen (wrist), who was activated from the injured list on Monday, is expected to make his 2024 debut on Tuesday against the New York Yankees and left-hander Carlos Rodon. Jansen suffered a fractured right wrist when he was hit by a pitch in a spring training game on March 13. He'll wear special padding to protect his hands because he's been prone to hand injuries due to the way he swings. The return of Jansen will mean fewer rest days for catcher Alejandro Kirk moving forward. Jansen hit .228 last year but with 17 home runs and 53 RBI for the Blue Jays. If he can stay healthy the rest of the way, he can provide some nice pop at the catcher position for fantasy managers. Jansen has never faced Rodon in his career.

    Apr 16 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Danny Jansen
  • Ozzie Albies Could Sit Out Tuesday With Sore Toe

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    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (toe) had an extremely sore toe after being hit by a pitch in the second inning in Monday's game against the Houston Astros, and the Braves will wait and see how he feels on Tuesday morning before determining if he'll play. Albies played the rest of Monday's game but was limping afterward and had his foot checked out. The 27-year-old appears to be day-to-day for now, so fantasy managers will want to check back closer to game time on Tuesday to see if Albies is in the starting lineup. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI, walk and two strikeouts in Monday's 6-1 win over Houston and is hitting a strong .317 (20-for-63) with two home runs, 14 RBI and two stolen bases in his first 70 plate appearances of 2024.

    Apr 16 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Kevin Ginkel Blows His Second Save Monday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Kevin Ginkel blew his second save of the season in Monday's 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs. Ginkel entered the ninth inning with a one-run lead but allowed an earned run on two hits while walking none and striking out one. The tying run ended up scoring on a wild pitch all the way from second base to tie the game and eventually send it to extra frames. The 30-year-old was coming off three straight successful saves, so this hiccup probably won't hurt him too much as he fills in for Paul Sewald (oblique) in the short term in the closer's role. In his eight appearances out of the 'pen for Arizona so far this year, Ginkel has allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits (one homer) while walking two and striking out 10.

    Apr 16 · Source via Closers Arizona Diamondbacks Kevin Ginkel
  • Edward Cabrera Fans 10 In No-Decision

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    Miami Marlins right-hander Edward Cabrera really dazzled in his first start of 2024 on Monday against the San Francisco Giants, giving up just one run on five hits while walking one and striking out 10 in six innings to pick up a quality start and no-decision. The 26-year-old began the 2024 campaign on the injured list due to a right-shoulder injury, but he surely didn't look like a pitcher coming off an injury in this one. It was the third time he's had double-digit strikeouts in a game in his young career, and it was nice to see him pounding the strike zone all night. Cabrera went 7-7 with a 4.24 ERA and 1.44 WHIP with 66 walks and a career-high 118 strikeouts in 99 2/3 innings in 2023 and should be immediately scooped up off the waiver wire in fantasy leagues if he's available after his performance Monday night.

    Apr 16 · Source via Miami Marlins Edward Cabrera
  • Michael Busch Extends Home Run Streak To Five Games

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    Chicago Cubs first baseman Michael Busch has been feeling really comfortable so far in his first year with the Cubs and he extended his home run streak to five straight games in Monday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Arizona Diamondbacks by going 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks and two strikeouts. The 26-year-old has now tied the franchise's longest home run streak and has six long balls in the early going, necessitating a pickup off your league's waiver wire if he's somehow still available. Busch's homer binge obviously won't last, but he's so far been a fantastic late-round value pick by fantasy managers in 2024. After Monday's game, he's hitting .327 (17-for-52) with six homers, 12 RBI and nine runs scored in his first 16 games with the Cubbies.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • Adolis Garcia Not Playing Tuesday

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    Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis Garcia is getting the day off on Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers in a day game following a night game. With Garcia out, rookie outfielder Wyatt Langford moves into the cleanup spot, while Ezequiel Duran is the designated hitter and is batting sixth against Tigers right-hander Casey Mize. Evan Carter is sliding over from left field to right field. Garcia has picked up right where he left off last postseason in the first 17 games of 2024, slashing .308/.370/.538 with a .908 OPS, four home runs, 15 RBI and four stolen bases in his first 73 plate appearances. He needs to be in all fantasy lineups on a daily basis when he's active. Langford has held his own so far in his first 60 MLB at-bats, but he's still searching for his first home run.

    Apr 16 · Source via Texas Rangers Adolis Garcia
  • Rangers Set To Promote Jack Leiter

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    The Texas Rangers are promoting pitching prospect Jack Leiter to the big-league club to debut on Thursday versus the Detroit Tigers. The former first-round pick has had a nice season for Triple-A Round Rock with a 3.77 ERA in three games (two starts). He has been a strikeout artist on the farm with 25 of them in just 14 1/3 innings. It is unknown how long Leiter is expected to remain with the club, but he is worth looking into as a streamer against a Tigers offense that is the least bit intimidating. Leiter is worth a speculative add in most formats.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Texas Rangers Jack Leiter
  • Matt Mervis Off To Hot Start

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    Chicago Cubs first base prospect Matt Mervis has been off to a nice start for Triple-A Iowa this season. The first baseman didn't break camp with the club, but has responded with a .333 batting average to go along with four homers and 10 RBI over his first 48 at-bats. Mervis has shown plenty of power in the minor leagues and that earned him a promotion in 2023, but he was struggled and was sent back down to finish the year in Iowa. Cubs first baseman Michael Busch has been on fire and the club has corner infielder Patrick Wisdom (back) working his way back to health, but with Seiya Suzuki (oblique) sidelined, there is a chance that Mervis could force his bat onto the roster as a bench bat or DH option should the offense struggle at the big-league level. For now, Mervis remains in Iowa, but he is an intriguing power bat for managers to keep an eye on.

    Apr 16 · Source via Chicago Cubs Matt Mervis
  • Mason Montgomery Looks To Improve On Tuesday

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitching prospect Mason Montgomery will look to improve in his fourth start of the season on Tuesday for Triple-A Durham. The left-hander has been off to a rocky start this season with a 10.80 ERA in three starts and has gotten worst in each outing. The lefty is the Rays top pitching prospect and has quickly risen through the system. Walks have been an issue for him in the past, but this year he has just three in 10 innings with 10 strikeouts. Despite being the clubs top pitching prospect, he is just inside their top 10 prospects overall. With his struggles and the Rays set with their rotation at the moment, Montgomery can remain on the waiver wire in all formats.

    Apr 16 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Mason Montgomery
  • Mitchell Parker Earns Victory In Debut

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher prospect Mitchell Parker picked up the victory in his big-league debut versus the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday evening. Parker, 24, got the daunting task of facing one of the toughest lineups in the league, but held his own. Over five innings, Parker allowed four hits, two runs, zero walks and struck out four. Strikeouts have been a big part of his game throughout his minor league career and he could be an asset to managers if that translates to the big leagues. Moving forward, Parker is in line to face another tough offense in the Houston Astros this weekend. Parker should be avoided in that matchup, but as the case with many prospects, they are always worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.

    Apr 16 · Source via Washington Nationals Mitchell Parker
  • Nick Nastrini Solid In Debut

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    Chicago White Sox pitching prospect Nick Nastrini performed well in his big-league debut versus the Kansas City Royals on Monday. Nastrini suffered the loss, but didn't look overmatched in his first outing. The right-hander went five innings and allowed three hits, two runs, two walks and five strikeouts. Nastrini should be expected to remain in the rotation with the White Sox season going nowhere and it being wise to develop young talent, but nothing is guaranteed. Moving forward, Nastrini now is nothing more than a streamer in favorable matchups, but he has the upside to help in deeper leagues, if he continues to improve. The right-hander is in line to face a tough Philadelphia Phillies lineup this weekend and should be avoided.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Chicago White Sox Nick Nastrini
  • Dodgers To Promote Andy Pages

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers are calling up outfield prospect Andy Pages. Pages, 23, receives the promotion after hitting a ridiculous .371 with five home runs, 15 RBI and two stolen bases in 62 at-bats for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Cuban product has recovered in a strong way from a torn labrum that shortened his 2023 campaign and will to carry his successes to the next level. Pages has always shown plenty of power in his bat and has good plate discipline. Playing time will be a factor in his ability to help fantasy managers, but veterans Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez haven't done much to earn everyday starts so far. Managers in dynasty leagues should already have Pages rostered and he is worth a speculative add in redraft leagues with managers keeping an eye on his playing time.

    Apr 16 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Andy Pages
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