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  • Whit Merrifield Reaches Three Times In Win

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    Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a strikeout in the team's 3-1 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. Merrifield is seeing the ball really well of late, going 18-for-46 (.391) with two doubles, a home run, five RBI and three stolen bases in 49 plate appearances in his last 13 games. The 34-year-old veteran has never been much of a power guy, but he makes a ton of contact and has speed to spare. Merrifield's recent hot stretch at the plate has raised his season slash line to .295/.345/.388 with a .733 OPS, 11 doubles, two home runs, 21 RBI, 15 stolen bases and 27 runs scored in 50 games. Keep rolling him out there in your starting lineups until he cools off.

    Jun 2 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Whit Merrifield
  • George Springer Steals His Ninth Base Thursday

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    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer went 2-for-4 with his ninth stolen base of the season in the team's 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. On the year as a whole, Springer is now hitting .259 (56-for-216) with five doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 22 RBI, nine steals and 31 runs scored in 238 plate appearances and 55 games. To close out the month of May, he was electric at the plate, going 17-for-45 (.378) with four doubles, a triple, two home runs, six RBI and two stolen bases in 12 games played. The 33-year-old has so far remained healthy, too, which has been a problem for him in recent seasons. Continue to trot Springer out into your starting lineups on a daily basis.

    Jun 2 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays George Springer
  • Hogan Harris To Serve As Bulk Reliever Friday

    Oakland Athletics rookie left-hander Hogan Harris is set to serve as the team's bulk reliever on Friday on the road against the Miami Marlins after opener Shintaro Fujinami, according to the team. In his last outing against the Houston Astros on May 27, Harris was great, throwing five shutout innings with a walk and five strikeouts. He wasn't so good in his major-league debut on April 14 against the New York Mets, when he gave up six runs on just one hit while walking five in one-third of an inning. The team's No. 21 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, the 26-year-old southpaw has some good stuff, but he'll need to improve his command if he wants to have continued success at the big-league level. Fantasy managers should stay away.

    Jun 2 · Source via Oakland Athletics Hogan Harris
  • Nelson Cruz Dealing With Hamstring Injury

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    San Diego Padres designated hitter Nelson Cruz (hamstring) had some hamstring soreness after running out a grounder in Wednesday's loss to the Miami Marlins. Cruz wasn't in the starting lineup against a left-hander for the series finale on Thursday, and now we know why. But the 42-year-old veteran slugger just hasn't been very good at the plate this year, either, hitting just .238 (25-for-105) with four doubles, a triple, three home runs, 16 RBI and seven runs scored in 36 games played. He was even worse in May, going 5-for-39 (.128) with no homers or RBI and 16 strikeouts in 17 games. Don't be surprised if Cruz remains out of the starting lineup on Friday at home against the Chicago Cubs.

    Jun 2 · Source via San Diego Padres Nelson Cruz
  • Mets Acquire Vinny Nittoli From Cubs

    The New York Mets acquired right-hander Vinny Nittoli from the Chicago Cubs on Friday, according to a source. Nittoli was in limbo after opting out of his minor-league deal on Thursday, but he'll now head to the Mets' 40-man roster and can be optioned. The 32-year-old had posted a 3.48 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, seven walks and 22 strikeouts in 20 2/3 relief innings over 16 outings out of the bullpen for Triple-A Iowa this year. He's made only three relief appearances in the big leagues for the Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies in the last two seasons, allowing two runs on one hit (a homer) while walking three and striking out two in three frames. Nittoli will likely be reporting to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Jun 2 · Source via Chicago Cubs Vinny Nittoli
  • Justin Steele Might Miss Just One Start

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    Chicago Cubs left-hander Justin Steele (forearm) may miss a start, but his injury doesn't sound all that serious, according to a source. Steele was set to undergo an MRI exam on Thursday after leaving his start early on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays with "forearm tightness." When the 27-year-old southpaw departed his last start early, it seemed likely to be an injured-list situation, but that may not be the case now. It would be great news for the Cubs and fantasy managers, as Steele has been extremely reliable so far this year, going 6-2 with a 2.65 ERA (2.85 FIP), 1.06 WHIP, 16 walks and 58 strikeouts in 68 innings over 12 starts in his third major-league season. Check back for further information on Steele's status, but as of now it looks like he has avoided a worst-case scenario.

    Jun 2 · Source via Chicago Cubs Justin Steele
  • Max Kepler Dealing With Migraines

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    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (head) left the game early on Thursday against the Cleveland Guardians due to a migraine. Before departing the contest, Kepler went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a strikeout. He just recently returned from the 10-day injured list due to a hamstring injury, but hopefully his migraine issues won't force him back to the IL anytime soon. For now, fantasy managers should consider the 30-year-old left-handed hitter to be day-to-day. In 32 games played for the Twins so far in 2023, Kepler has really struggled at the plate, batting .198 (23-for-116) with five doubles, six home runs, 15 RBI and 19 runs scored.

    Jun 2 · Source via Minnesota Twins Max Kepler
  • Manny Machado Could Return During Homestand

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    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado (hand) could return during the club's current homestand, according to The 30-year-old has been participating in a full pregame workout the past two days, and his hand is barely bothering him. Machado was placed on the injured list after he was hit by a pitch on May 15, but before the ailment, he was having a down season, slashing .231/.282/.372 with five homers, 18 runs, 19 RBI, and a pair of steals over 40 games. Still, it's good news for fantasy managers, as the six-time All-Star has the ability to bounce back the rest of the way.

    Jun 2 · Source via San Diego Padres Manny Machado
  • Elly De La Cruz Strikes Out Five Times Thursday

    Cincinnati Reds top prospect Elly De La Cruz is having a phenomenal season in Triple-A, but it was a different story on Friday when the infielder went 0-for-5 with five punchouts. The game brought his slash line to .293/.390/.626, and he's gone deep 11 times, with 33 runs, 33 RBI, and 11 stolen bases over 35 games. De La Cruz could make it to the big leagues soon, but most of his value comes in dynasty leagues. The 21-year-old is the fourth-best prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline, and he has 20-20 potential with his raw power and blazing speed.

    Jun 2 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Elly De La Cruz
  • Hunter Greene Completes Quality Start In Thursday's No-Decision

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    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Hunter Greene tossed six innings during Thursday's 8-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox. However, the sophomore did everything he could, giving up just one run on two hits while striking out eight and walking three. Greene is coming into his own this season, posting a 3.92 ERA and 1.32 WHIP with a dominant 33.0% strikeout rate over 12 starts. He's managed just one victory, though, while playing on the lowly Reds, but there should be some positive regression in that category. Fantasy managers need to start Greene every start in all formats, including his next game, which should come on Tuesday to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Jun 2 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Hunter Greene
  • Anthony Rizzo Should Be Back In The Lineup Friday

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    New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (neck) has been out of action since May 28 after sustaining neck stiffness on Sunday and leaving the game early. But the 33-year-old has been cleared and participating in full baseball activities. Fantasy managers should expect to have Rizzo back on Friday for the start of the weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. That's great news, as the veteran slugger is in the midst of one of his best seasons at the dish, posting a .304/.376/.505 slash line with 11 long balls, 30 runs, and 32 RBI across 53 games, and he should be started in all formats.

    Jun 2 · Source via New York Yankees Anthony Rizzo
  • Franchy Cordero Demoted On Thursday

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    New York Yankees outfielder Franchy Cordero was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, according to The move comes amid the return of three Yankees from the injured list on Friday; Josh Donaldson (hamstring), Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring), and Tommy Kahnle (biceps). The 28-year-old has appeared in 19 games this season, hitting just .148 with four home runs, six runs, and 11 RBI. If fantasy managers were rostering Cordero, now is the time to drop him in all leagues.

    Jun 2 · Source via New York Yankees Franchy Cordero
  • Twins Hopeful Byron Buxton's Injury Is Minor

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    Minnesota Twins outfielder/designated hitter Byron Buxton (ribs) left Thursday's 7-6 win over the Cleveland Guardians early after a pitch hit him in the ribs. However, manager Rocco Baldelli told reporters post-game that the injury didn't get worse as the night went on, according to Do-Hyoung Park of, so hopefully, the 29-year-old is okay. Buxton will have imaging done on Friday, so there should be more information soon. The former first-round pick is slashing .220/.325/.445 this year over 50 games with 10 home runs, 31 runs, 23 RBI, and six steals. Buxton's a very productive bat despite his batting average, so fantasy managers should keep their fingers crossed.

    Jun 2 · Source via Minnesota Twins Byron Buxton
  • Reds Disinclined To Trade Jonathan India

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    Reds second baseman Jonathan India is amidst a bounceback season. The 2021 NL Rookie of the Year had a down ’22 campaign. He spent some time on the injured list with hamstring issues and only hit .249/.327/.378 in 103 games. The first two months of this season have more closely resembled India’s rookie form. He entered…

    Jun 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Jonathan India
  • KBO's Hanwha Eagles Release Brian O'Grady

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    The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization released first baseman/corner outfielder Brian O’Grady this week, as noted by Jee-ho Yoo of Yonhap News. He returns to free agency while the Eagles explore options for a new foreign-born player to take the vacated roster spot. O’Grady signed with the Eagles over the winter. He struggled immensely…

    Jun 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Brian O'Grady Burch Smith
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Has Big Game Thursday

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. filled up the score sheet on Thursday, leading the Dads to a 10-1 drubbing of the Miami Marlins. Tatis went 3-for-4 with three doubles, two runs scored, four RBI, and a stolen base. This game likely felt good for Tatis, as he has slumped in May with a .229/.286/.450 slash line, although he has managed seven homers and five steals to keep fantasy managers happy. His statcast page is still very red, and his xWOBA (.347) is quite a bit higher than his actual WOBA (.319), so expect him to heat up soon. He should still be considered a top-five fantasy player rest of season.

    Jun 2 · Source via San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Max Scherzer Flattens Phillies Thursday

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    New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer delivered a strong showing on Thursday in a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Scherzer went seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk. He also added nine strikeouts to his line, and it could have been more considering he had 22 swinging strikes on 101 pitches. His fastball was working in this one, generating 15 swinging strikes and a 49% CSW on its own. Mad Max now has a 3.21 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 48:14 K:BB ratio in 47 IP. He has allowed less than two earned runs in six of his eight starts this season and appears on track to turn in another ace-level fantasy season.

    Jun 2 · Source via New York Mets Max Scherzer
  • Kevin Gausman Dominates Brewers Thursday

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    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was dominant in Thursday's start against the Milwaukee Brewers, leading the Jays to a 3-1 win. Gausman threw 6 shutout innings, allowing five hits and two walks while fanning 11. He had 16 swinging strikes on 115 pitches, including nine on his devastating splitter. He also hit 99.3 mph on a heater, his highest pitch velocity since 2016. This outing lowers his ERA to 2.76 and his WHIP to 1.12, and he now has a 100:18 K:BB ratio in 75 IP. All signs point toward him being a fantasy ace for the rest of the season.

    Jun 2 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Gausman
  • Ryan Pressly Records 11th Save Thursday

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    Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryan Pressly finished off a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, earning his 11th save in the process. Pressly allowed just a hit while striking out one in his inning of work. It was a nice bounceback for the righty, who had just blown his first save of the season on Monday. His ERA now sits at 3.09 and his WHIP at a stellar 0.90. He will see the majority of save opportunities for a good Houston team and is a top-tier closer in fantasy.

    Jun 2 · Source via Closers Houston Astros Ryan Pressly
  • Drew Smith Records One-Out Save

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    New York Mets right-handed pitcher Drew Smith recorded his second save of the season in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. The save was of the unconventional variety, as Brooks Raley recorded two outs in the ninth but allowed a baserunner, prompting the Mets to turn to the righty. Smith got Drew Ellis to fly out to earn the one-out save. Adam Ottavino and David Robertson were both presumably unavailable in this one given they worked the previous two days. Throw all of this together and it makes it pretty clear that this was a one-off for Smith, who is unlikely to see many save opportunities.

    Jun 2 · Source via Closers New York Mets Drew Smith
  • Jordan Romano Notches 13th Save

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    Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Jordan Romano allowed a run but managed to pick up his 13th save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. He allowed a hit and a walk while striking out one in his inning of work. The 30-year-old now holds a 3.27 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with 28 strikeouts in 22 IP. He has now converted 13 of 16 save opportunities and will continue to work in a traditional closer role for the Blue Jays. Given the team context and his relative success, Romano is one of the elite closers in fantasy baseball.

    Jun 2 · Source via Closers Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Romano
  • Dodgers Acquire Ricky Vanasco From Rangers

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    The Rangers have traded pitching prospect Ricky Vanasco to the Dodgers for minor league left-hander Luis Valdez, both teams announced. Los Angeles designated reliever Zack Burdi for assignment to free a spot on the 40-man roster. Vanasco, 24, has yet to reach the majors. An overslot 15th round draftee out of high school six years ago, the 6’3″…

    Jun 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Texas Rangers Zack Burdi Ricky Vanasco
  • Pierce Johnson Blows First Save In 2023

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    Colorado Rockies reliever Pierce Johnson (0-2) allowed two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out one over 2/3 of an inning during Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was tagged with the loss and charged with his first blown save of the season. The 32-year-old surrendered a double to Ketel Marte and allowed a walk-off base hit to Corbin Carroll. Johnson owns a 6.85 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, and 30 strikeouts over 22 1/3 innings. Johnson has struggled recently and could be losing his grip on Colorado's closer gig. The Rockies could turn to Daniel Bard or Brad Hand for future save opportunities if Johnson continues to struggle.

    Jun 1 · Source via Closers Colorado Rockies Pierce Johnson
  • Carlos Correa Exits Thursday's Game Early

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    Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa (foot) was removed from Thursday's game against Cleveland Guardians early after re-aggravating his plantar fasciitis. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before exiting. The 28-year-old had been dealing with a foot injury and re-aggravated it during Thursday's game. He is considered day-to-day for now. Correa was replaced in the lineup by Willi Castro. Correa has struggled this season, slashing .207/.299/.372 with six home runs, 24 RBI, and 15 runs over 50 games. Castro would see an uptick in playing time if Correa were to miss any additional games.

    Jun 1 · Source via Minnesota Twins Carlos Correa
  • César Hernández Exercises Opt-Out In Mariners Deal

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    Infielder César Hernández has opted out of his minor league deal with the Mariners, reports Jon Heyman of The New York Post. June 1 is a popular date for opt-outs on minor league contracts, as five other players triggered similar clauses earlier today. Once the opt-out is triggered, the club usually has a window of…

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Seattle Mariners Cesar Hernandez
  • Max Kepler Removed From Thursday's Game Early

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    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler was removed from Thursday's game against the Cleveland Guardians with a possible injury. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI before being removed from the game. The 30-year-old was replaced in right field by Joey Gallo. It's unclear if Kepler re-aggravated an existing hamstring injury as he was recently activated from the injured list on May 29. Kepler is slashing .198/.275/.397 with six home runs, 15 RBI, and one run over 32 games. Kepler is considered day-to-day, and the Twins will provide an update after the game.

    Jun 1 · Source via Minnesota Twins Max Kepler
  • Marlins Return Rule 5 Pick Nic Enright To Guardians

    The Marlins have returned right-hander Nic Enright to the Guardians, per Daniel Álvarez-Montes of El Extrabase. Enright had been selected by the Marlins from the Guardians in the Rule 5 draft but was designated for assignment on Monday. Today’s transaction indicates he cleared waivers in recent days. The Guardians will not have to add him…

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Cleveland Guardians Miami Marlins Nicholas Enright
  • Byron Buxton Removed From Thursday's Game After HBP

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    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (ribs) was removed from Thursday's game against the Cleveland Guardians after being hit by a pitch in the ribs. He went 0-for-1 before being replaced by Donovan Solano. The severity of Buxton's injury is unknown, and he is considered day-to-day. He will undergo further evaluation, and the team should provide an update after the game. The 29-year-old is slashing .220/.325/.445 with 10 home runs, 23 RBI, 31 runs, and six stolen bases over 50 games in 2023. Buxton was dealing with lingering knee issues heading into Thursday's game and is now managing a rib injury. Stay tuned for further updates.

    Jun 1 · Source via Minnesota Twins Byron Buxton
  • Mariners To Select Mike Ford

    The Mariners are selecting the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (Twitter links). He adds that the move won’t be official until tomorrow but outfielder Taylor Trammell has already been optioned as the corresponding move. The club already had a 40-man roster vacancy and won’t require another move…

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Seattle Mariners Mike Ford
  • Chris Sale Exits Early With Left Shoulder Soreness

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    Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale (shoulder) was removed from Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Reds with left shoulder soreness. The trainers visited the 34-year-old during the fourth inning and eventually pulled him from the game. He allowed one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out six across 3 2/3 innings before exiting. The severity of Sale's injury is unknown, and he is considered day-to-day. Sale has been limited to just 48 1/3 innings from 2021-22 due to injuries. The southpaw will undergo further evaluation after the game, but it's unclear if Sale will require an IL stint. Stay tuned for more updates.

    Jun 1 · Source via Boston Red Sox Chris Sale
  • Mike Ford Exercises Opt-Out In Mariners Deal

    First baseman Mike Ford has exercised an opt-out clause in his minor league deal with the Mariners, reports Mark Feinsand of The club will now have 48 hours to add him to their roster or else he will become a free agent. June 1 is a popular date for opt-outs on minor league deals,…

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Seattle Mariners Milwaukee Brewers Mike Ford
  • Corbin Carroll Walks It Off Against Colorado

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    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll went 1-for-5 with two RBI and a strikeout in a 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Carroll was hitless in the contest until the bottom of the ninth inning when he came up clutch for the D-Backs. Arizona was facing a one-run deficit with two runners on and two out when Carroll stepped in to face Rockies closer Pierce Johnson. He then roped a single into shallow left field to score Gabriel Moreno and Ketel Marte and give the D-Backs a 5-4 victory. The 22-year-old rookie has been hot over his last 15 games, batting .309 with a 1.015 OPS. For the season, Carroll is slashing .287/.372/.511 with nine home runs, 24 RBI, and 16 stolen bases over 188 at-bats.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Arizona Diamondbacks Corbin Carroll
  • Gary Sanchez Goes Yard In Consecutive Games

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    San Diego Padres catcher Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored in Thursday's easy 10-1 win over the Miami Marlins. The 30-year-old is hitting .294 (5-for-17) with two long balls and five RBI in six games this year. It's been quite some time since the once-heralded New York Yankees prodigy has been a fantasy beast, but Sanchez has at least produced in very limited 2023 action. The former Silver Slugger's lack of defensive acumen behind the plate is no secret, but San Diego is in search of an everyday option at designated hitter with neither veteran Nelson Cruz nor Matt Carpenter catching lightning in a bottle. Fantasy managers should keep Sanchez on the back end of their watchlists to see if the two-time All-Star carves out a semi-regular role in the star-studded Friars lineup.

    Jun 1 · Source via San Diego Padres Gary Sanchez
  • Trea Turner Swipes A Bag In Thursday's Loss

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    Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner went 1-for-4 with a run scored, a stolen base, and two strikeouts in a 4-2 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday. Turner and the Phillies didn't have much going on offense in this one as they mustered just six hits as a club. The 29-year-old did manage to steal his eighth base of the season and score a run, though. The lone hit snaps an 0-for-11 for Turner and gets his June off to a decent start after a lackluster May in which he hit just .208 with a .625 OPS. Overall, he's slashing just .236/.279/.369 to go along with five home runs, 15 RBI, and eight stolen bases over 233 at-bats.

    Jun 1 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Trea Turner
  • Bo Bichette Blasts 12th Home Run Of The Season On Thursday

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    Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout in a 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. Bichette put the Jays on the board in the bottom of the first inning when he took Freddy Peralta deep for his 12th long ball of the season. It was his only hit of the ball game but it was meaningful in the low-scoring affair. The 25-year-old shortstop has been red-hot over the last seven contests with three home runs and a 1.055 OPS. He's collected at least one hit in 16-of-17 games, including eight multi-hit efforts. The elite shortstop is slashing a ridiculous .332/.368/.533 to go along with 12 home runs, 39 RBI, and two stolen bases over 244 at-bats.

    Jun 1 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Bo Bichette
  • Edwin Díaz Targeting Late-Season Return

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    Mets closer Edwin Díaz has been on the injured list all season after undergoing knee surgery in March but is still hoping for a return later in the season. "If everything keeps going how it's going, we've got a chance to pitch," he tells Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. "The trainers and doctors will decide, but…

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers New York Mets Edwin Diaz David Robertson
  • Cardinals Calling Up Jordan Walker

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    The St. Louis Cardinals are calling up outfield prospect Jordan Walker from Triple-A Memphis, according to a source with direct knowledge of the move. Walker will join the team's active roster on Friday before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 21-year-old is the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, per MLB Pipeline, so he needs to be immediately added off the waiver wire in leagues where he's still available. He started his MLB career with a 12-game hitting streak earlier this year but went 5-for-26 (.192) over an eight-game stretch with nine strikeouts in late April to get demoted. Walker hit just .239 in 29 games for Memphis, but he's turned it on of late and is going to get another shot at the big-league level, hopefully for the rest of the 2023 season.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Jordan Walker
  • Phillies Place Alec Bohm On Injured List, Select Drew Ellis

    1:45pm: The Phillies plan to play Clemens at first base against right-handed pitching and platoon him with Ellis for the time being, manager Rob Thomson said following the team’s formal announcement of the moves (link via Lauber). Bryce Harper hasn’t yet been cleared to throw to bases, so while he’s continuing workouts to acclimate to…

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Philadelphia Phillies Drew Ellis
  • Nick Lodolo To Remain In Walking Boot For Two More Weeks

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that left-hander Nick Lodolo (leg) will remain in a walking boot for the next two weeks, and he has yet to start a throwing progression. Lodolo is currently on the injured list with a stress reaction in his left tibia and won't return anytime soon. There's no reason for the Reds to rush the 25-year-old southpaw back into their starting rotation, either, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to return to the big leagues until sometime in July. He's probably been dropped by some fantasy managers in shallow mixed leagues after struggling to the tune of a 6.29 ERA (5.82 FIP) and 1.75 WHIP in seven starts before his injury, but his upside is clear with 47 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings.

    Jun 1 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Michael Brantley Hits Off A Tee

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    Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley (shoulder) hit off a tee on Thursday, according to manager Dusty Baker. The Astros were expecting Brantley to return for the first time all year in early May, but a setback prompted the team to shut him down temporarily. The 36-year-old veteran left-handed hitter is now swinging again, which is a positive, but there's no clear timetable for his return after a long recovery after having labrum surgery in August of 2022. Brantley should eventually be able to return this year, but most fantasy managers should have moved on by now, at least in mixed leagues. When healthy, Brantley makes a lot of contact and can help with a high average, but he won't offer much else.

    Jun 1 · Source via Houston Astros Michael Brantley
  • Jorge Polanco Hitting Leadoff In Return To Lineup

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    Minnesota Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco is hitting leadoff for the team for the first time this year on Thursday against right-hander Tanner Bibee and the Cleveland Guardians. Polanco returns for the Twins and fantasy managers after spending roughly two weeks due to a left-hamstring strain. The 29-year-old should hit at the top of the lineup or in the heart of the order on a regular basis as the starting second baseman, and he needs to be rostered in all fantasy leagues. Before his injury, Polanco was hitting .284 (27-for-95) with seven doubles, four home runs, 14 RBI, a stolen base and 10 runs scored in 101 trips to the plate and 23 games. Get him back into your starting lineups in single-year leagues.

    Jun 1 · Source via Minnesota Twins Jorge Polanco
  • Cal Quantrill To Go On Injured List Friday

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    Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Cal Quantrill (shoulder) will be placed on the injured list on Friday with right-shoulder inflammation to make room for Aaron Civale (oblique) in the team's starting rotation. Quantrill received an injection and will be down for a few days before he resumes throwing. The 28-year-old right-hander may have been dealing with the injury in his last two starts against the White Sox and Orioles, as he allowed a combined 14 runs on 12 hits while walking five and striking out five in just 8 1/3 innings pitch to raise his season ERA to 5.61 (4.94 FIP) over his 11 starts (59 1/3 frames). Hopefully with some rest and recovery, Quantrill can return to Cleveland's rotation and be more effective.

    Jun 1 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Cal Quantrill
  • Romy Gonzalez Could Stick As Starter At Second Base

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    Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol said he's not inclined to mix and match his way through the second base situation. If infielder Romy Gonzalez continues to play the way he has, he'll continue to play at the keystone. However, if Elvis Andrus (oblique) returns and catches fire, he'll play. Andrus is expected to come off the injured list this weekend for the series against the Detroit Tigers at home, but he won't be guaranteed regular playing time if Gonzalez continues to hit. The 26-year-old Gonzalez is hitting just .211 overall (15-for-71), but he's picked it up of late by going 5-for-18 (.278) with three home runs and four RBI in his last five games. The White Sox need all the offensive production they can get, so whoever is swinging the hotter bat will get the playing time.

    Jun 1 · Source via Chicago White Sox Romy Gonzalez
  • Triston McKenzie To Make Season Debut Sunday

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    Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Triston McKenzie (shoulder) will come off the injured list and make his season debut this Sunday in the series finale against the Minnesota Twins. McKenzie has yet to pitch in 2023 after straining a teres major muscle in his right shoulder at the end of spring training. The 25-year-old right-hander gave up five runs on nine hits (three homers) while walking four and striking out 13 in three minor-league rehab starts for Triple-A Columbus. McKenzie had a breakout season for the Guardians in 2022 with an ERA under 3.00, a 0.95 WHIP and 190 strikeouts in 191 1/3 innings pitched, so he should be rostered in all fantasy leagues now that he's about to be back in Cleveland's rotation.

    Jun 1 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Triston McKenzie
  • Struggling Thor: I'm 'weakest link' on Dodgers

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    Noah Syndergaard said he is the Dodgers' "weakest link" after another poor outing that may have jeopardized his spot in Los Angeles' starting rotation.

    Jun 1 · ESPN Los Angeles Dodgers Noah Syndergaard
  • Josh Naylor Scratched With Wrist Soreness

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    Cleveland Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor (wrist) was scratched from the starting lineup on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins with wrist soreness after jamming it while diving into third base in Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. It's bad timing after Naylor went off Wednesday by going 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, six RBI and three runs scored in a 12-8 win. The 25-year-old left-handed hitter had a strong month of May, hitting .293 (24-for-82) with six doubles, five home runs and 25 RBI in 23 games to raise his season slash line to .251/.304/.443 with eight homers and 40 RBI. Hopefully this is just a day-to-day situation for Naylor and he's able to return to Cleveland's lineup this weekend. Josh Bell is the designated hitter and batting fifth, while Gabriel Arias is at first and hitting sixth against Twins right-hander Pablo Lopez on Thursday.

    Jun 1 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Josh Naylor
  • Mike Clevinger Expected To Return Friday

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    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (wrist) is expected to return from the 15-day injured list on Friday and start against the visiting Detroit Tigers. Manager Pedro Grifol said the team could shave Clevinger's pitch count by around 10 pitches in his first start back, but otherwise he won't be limited in his return this weekend. Jesse Scholtens, who had been replacing Clevinger in the starting rotation, is likely headed back to the minors. In nine starts for the Pale Hose before his injury, Clevinger had gone 3-3 with a 4.56 ERA (5.10 FIP), 1.46 WHIP, 22 walks and 40 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings pitched. He'll be returning to a friendly matchup against the Tigers in the start of a three-game series, but Clevinger still won't be all that attractive for streaming purposes in his first start back.

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  • Brandon Drury Back In The Lineup Thursday

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    Los Angeles Angels infielder Brandon Drury (arm) is back in the team's starting lineup to face the Houston Astros and right-hander Ronel Blanco on Thursday. Drury is starting at second base and is hitting cleanup. The 30-year-old was hit by a pitch in the arm on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox and sat out as a precaution on Wednesday, but he's back in there for a start of a four-game series in Houston against the Astros on Thursday and is in a prime lineup spot. Drury has a nice matchup against a pitcher making his first major-league start, and he's hitting .269 (7-for-26) with three doubles, two home runs and four RBI in his last seven games played.

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  • Luis Arraez Pulled Early Against Padres

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    Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez (leg) seemed to favor his left leg late in the 10-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday and was replaced at the keystone by Garrett Hampson in the top of the eighth inning. Before leaving the contest, Arraez went 1-for-2 with an RBI to raise his batting average to an absurd .382 on the year with a .903 OPS. The 26-year-old has had a couple injury scares so far in 2023, and hopefully this one doesn't turn out to be anything serious. It's possible the Marlins were being extra cautious in a game that had already been decided, but fantasy managers should check back for more details on his injury and whether it will cause him to miss any time. Arraez is one of the best hitters in the game.

    Jun 1 · Source via Miami Marlins Luis Arraez
  • Gavin Williams Looks To Continue His Dominant Stretch

    Cleveland Guardians top pitching prospect Gavin Williams struck out six over 6 1/3 innings in his last start on Saturday. Since getting promoted to Triple-A Columbus, Williams has a 2.25 ERA with 42 strikeouts over 32 innings pitched. The 23-year-old has also not given up more than two earned runs in any of his eight starts between Double-A and Triple-A. The right-hander's next start is scheduled for Friday against the Iowa Cubs. Williams looks ready for his next promotion, but it's tough to say when that promotion will be. The Guardians rotation is welcoming back Aaron Civale (oblique) on Friday, and it looks like Triston McKenzie (shoulder) will also be back soon. Williams may be the odd man out for a while, unless the Guardians elect to use him in a six-man rotation. Fantasy managers in deeper leagues with a spare bench spot can stash Williams, as he remains an exciting player to keep an eye on.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Cleveland Guardians Gavin Williams
  • Edwin Diaz Thinks He Can Return This Year

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    New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz (knee), who tore the patellar tendon in his right knee while celebrating a win for Team Puerto Rico in this year's World Baseball Classic on March 15, thinks he can return this season. "If everything keeps going how it's going, we've got a chance to pitch," Diaz said. "The trainers and doctors will decide, but I feel great. Let's see what's coming for us." General manager Billy Eppler initially said that Diaz would be around eight months, but occasionally athletes can return in six months. A six-month return would enable Diaz to rejoin the team in mid-September, which would leave him very little time to make any kind of fantasy impact in 2023. The 29-year-old remains a ways off from a potential return. For the foreseeable future, David Robertson and Adam Ottavino will continue to share save chances in Queens.

    Jun 1 · Source via Closers New York Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Ronel Blanco Called Up To Start Thursday

    The Houston Astros recalled right-hander Ronel Blanco from Triple-A Sugar Land on Thursday and optioned left-hander Parker Mushinski to the minors in a corresponding move. Blanco will start the series opener on Thursday at home against the Los Angeles Angels, pushing left-hander Framber Valdez's next start to Friday. This will be Blanco's first big-league start, although he's made 16 relief appearances for Houston in the last two years, including nine this year. The 29-year-old has allowed nine runs (six earned) on 16 hits while walking seven and striking out 16 in his 12 relief innings this year. Blanco has made only two starts at Sugar Land this year, so he figures to be on a short leash on Thursday and shouldn't be considered a viable fantasy streamer.

    Jun 1 · Source via Houston Astros Ronel Blanco
  • Jose Altuve Back In Thursday's Lineup

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    Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is back in the starting lineup on Thursday for the start of a series against the Los Angeles Angels and left-hander Reid Detmers. Altuve took a day to rest on Wednesday, but he's back in his customary leadoff spot and should be returned to all starting fantasy lineups. The 33-year-old All-Star has only played in nine games so far in 2023 after recovering from a fractured thumb that he suffered in the World Baseball Classic. Altuve hasn't missed a beat so far, though, hitting .324 (11-for-34) in a limited sample size with three doubles, two homers and six RBI. In seven career at-bats against Detmer, Altuve is hitting .286 with a solo home run.

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  • Josh Donaldson Activated From Injured List

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    The New York Yankees activated third baseman Josh Donaldson (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list on Thursday. The team also reinstated right-hander Tommy Kahnle (biceps) from the 60-day injured list and moved left-hander Carlos Rodon to the 60-day IL. Donaldson had a couple setbacks with his right hamstring injury during his rehab after initially getting injured in early April after just five games played. In those five games, he had just two hits in 16 at-bats with a solo home run and six strikeouts in 17 plate appearances. The 37-year-old veteran is expected to return to the starting role at the hot corner in the Bronx, but he'll have to hit much better moving forward if he wants to play consistently and be valuable in fantasy leagues.

    Jun 1 · Source via New York Yankees Josh Donaldson
  • Phillies Designate Cal Stevenson For Assignment

    The Phillies announced Thursday that they’ve designated outfielder Cal Stevenson for assignment. He’d only just been claimed off waivers last week, but with Alec Bohm heading to the injured list — as was reported this morning — the team needed to open a roster spot to select the contract of infielder Drew Ellis from Triple-A.…

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Philadelphia Phillies Cal Stevenson
  • Yankees Return Giancarlo Stanton From Injured List

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    The New York Yankees reinstated outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list on Thursday. The Yankees also reinstated right-hander Tommy Kahnle (biceps) from the 60-day injured list and moved left-hander Carlos Rodon (back) to the 60-day IL. Stanton is expected to return as the DH for the first game of a three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road on Friday for the first time in seven weeks due to a left-hamstring strain. The 33-year-old slugger only played one minor-league rehab game, so fantasy managers may want to expect a little rust from Stanton upon his return. However, when he's on, he has the ability to carry fantasy teams with his elite power stroke.

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  • Andrew Abbott Strikes Out Eight In Triple-A

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    Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Andrew Abbott put forth a strong performance, striking out eight over seven innings and allowing two earned runs for Triple-A Louisville. The top prospect pitched well in May, recording a 2.97 ERA over 33 1/3 innings of work. In his last six starts, Abbott had five starts with at least eight strikeouts and fewer than three earned runs allowed. Abbott is a pitcher who can rack up strikeouts, posting over 11 K/9 at every level in the minor leagues. With the Reds rotation underperforming and losing Nick Lodolo (leg) for an extended period, Abbott could be called upon to help turn things around. The young left-hander is a player that fantasy managers should consider stashing in deeper leagues because he looks ready, and the need for him is apparent.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Andrew Abbott
  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand Hits A Grand Slam In Triple-A

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    Cincinnati Reds first base prospect Christian Encarnacion-Strand went 3-for-4 with a grand slam for the Louisville Bats on Wednesday. The 23-year-old has been on fire in Triple-A, slashing .352/.400/.732 through 33 games. Encarnacion-Strand possesses elite contact and power skills, which should force him into the Reds lineup sooner than later. The top prospect does have some swing and miss in his game with a strikeout rate consistently around 25% throughout his minor-league career, but he possesses tremendous upside. He should be stashed in any leagues where he is not already rostered.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Christian Encarnacion-Strand
  • Kole Calhoun Exercises Opt-Out In Yankees Deal

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    Veteran outfielder Kole Calhoun has exercised an out clause in his minor league deal with the Yankees, reports Jon Morosi of The team will have 72 hours to add him to the roster or else grant him his release, Morosi adds. The 35-year-old Calhoun has had a strong start in Scranton, slashing .293/.402/.561 with…

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Yankees Kole Calhoun
  • Jorge Alfaro Opts Out Of Red Sox Deal

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    Veteran catcher Jorge Alfaro has exercised an opt-out in his minor league deal with the Red Sox and is planning to test free agency, reports Chris Cotillo of The Red Sox technically have 48 hours to add Alfaro to the roster before granting him his release. However, manager Alex Cora expressed comfort with current…

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Boston Red Sox Jorge Alfaro
  • Tyler Duffey Exercises Opt-Out In Cubs Deal

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    Veteran reliever Tyler Duffey has triggered an opt-out in his minor league contract with the Cubs, reports Robert Murray of FanSided. He’s the second Cubs reliever in Triple-A to exercise a June 1 opt-out date, as Vinny Nittoli did the same this morning as well. As is the case with Nittoli, the Cubs will have…

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago Cubs Tyler Duffey
  • Reid Detmers Looking For Positive Regression To Kick In Thursday

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    Los Angeles Angels pitcher Reid Detmers will look for positive regression to kick in Thursday when he takes on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Detmers will enter Thursday's bout sporting a 4.93 ERA across nine starts and 45 2/3 innings of work on the season. However, his 3.61 FIP, 3.94 xFIP, and 3.82 SIERA all suggest he's been the victim of some poor luck. Despite some uneven Statcast data, the lefty sports a quality 19.1% K-BB% on the campaign while his .387 BABIP is the highest mark in baseball among hurlers with at least 40 innings pitched. He'll take on an Astros club that sits 21st with a .315 wOBA against left-handed pitching this season.

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  • Pablo Lopez In Search Of Consistency Moving Forward

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    Minnesota Twins pitcher Pablo Lopez is in search of more consistency as he takes on the rival Cleveland Guardians Thursday night. Lopez came out of the gate hot this season, allowing two earned runs or less in each of his first four starts. However, he's now allowed a minimum of four earned runs in four of his last seven. At the same time, he's yielded two earned runs or fewer in two of his last four starts. Rather than riding this rollercoaster, Lopez will be looking to lower his 4.11 ERA toward his 3.41 SIERA while continuing to rack up the strikeouts with a 30% K% on the campaign. He'll look to begin a crucial series against the Guardians with his fourth win of the season Thursday.

    Jun 1 · Source via Minnesota Twins Pablo Lopez
  • Chris Sale Looking To Build On Nice Stretch Thursday

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    Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale will look to keep the good times rolling as he takes on the Cincinnati Reds Thursday night at Fenway Park in Boston. The left-hander surrendered 15 runs across his first three starts of the season but has yielded just four earned runs over his last three starts spanning 20 innings of work. He has 20 punchouts against just three walks in that time while earning the win in each of his last two outings. The veteran southpaw has lowered his ERA to 4.72 on the season but he also boasts a 3.90 FIP and a 3.46 SIERA that combine to suggest he's been better than his surface ERA might suggest. He'll take on a Reds team that is tied for 12th with a .334 wOBA versus left-handed pitching this season.

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  • Triston Casas Returns To The Starting Lineup Thursday

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    Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas is back in the starting lineup Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds and right-hander Hunter Greene. Casas didn't get the starting nod against another right-hander in Luke Weaver Wednesday night but will get a crack at Greene on Thursday night. The 23-year-old is still hitting under the Mendoza Line with a .193 batting average on the season along with six homers in 47 contests. The youngster's power has more or less been as advertised in his young big-league career with a solid .181 isolated power but he's a career .195 hitter in 74 big-league games. He'll hit seventh and play first base Thursday evening.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Boston Red Sox Triston Casas
  • Jurickson Profar Returns To The Starting Lineup Thursday

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    Colorado Rockies outfielder Jurickson Profar will get back into the starting lineup Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Profar got the night off in Wednesday's 6-0 shutout loss but will re-enter the lineup out of the two-hole against D-backs right-hander Zach Davies Thursday afternoon. It's been tough sledding for the veteran so far this season as Profar is hitting just .243 with five homers and a .718 OPS across 216 plate appearances on the campaign. Such production has produced an 81 wRC+ that pegs his bat 19% below the league average. He's 0-for-5 with a strikeout in his career against Davies.

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  • Gabriel Moreno On The Bench Thursday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Gabriel Moreno is not in Thursday's starting lineup versus the Colorado Rockies. The youngster started behind the plate in Wednesday's 6-0 win, going 1-for-4 in the process but will get a breather in an afternoon contest following Wednesday's evening game. The 23-year-old has come as advertised in first extended stretch in the big leagues. He doesn't hit for much power with just two homers on the season but hits for a high average with a .291 mark through 44 appearances on the campaign. Jose Herrera will take over behind the plate and hit ninth against Rockies right-hander Connor Seabold.

    Jun 1 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Gabriel Moreno
  • Randal Grichuk Getting A Breather Thursday

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    Colorado Rockies outfielder Randal Grichuk is not in Thursday's starting lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks and right-hander Zach Davies. Grichuk hit leadoff in Wednesday's contest but will start on the bench for an afternoon contest on Thursday. After recovering from sports hernia surgery, Grichuk is hitting a hefty .351, albeit with just one homer and one stolen base in 25 games. His batting average should see notable regression moving forward given his unsustainable .427 BABIP but he has certainly come out of the gate hot. Nolan Jones will man right field and hit seventh in Grichuk's stead.

    Jun 1 · Source via Colorado Rockies Randal Grichuk
  • Vinny Nittoli Exercises Opt-Out In Cubs Deal

    Right-hander Vinny Nittoli has opted out of his minor league deal with the Cubs, tweets Robert Murray of FanSided. He’s not technically a free agent just yet — MLBTR has confirmed that the Cubs have 48 hours to select his contract or grant him his release — but he could formally be back on the…

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago Cubs Vinny Nittoli
  • Kris Bryant Goes On Injured List, Charlie Blackmon Returns

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    The Colorado Rockies announced on Thursday that they placed outfielder Kris Bryant (heel) on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to May 31) with a left-heel bruise and reinstated outfielder Charlie Blackmon from the bereavement list in a corresponding move. This is bad news for Bryant's fantasy managers, as the 31-year-old veteran played in only 42 games in 2022 due mostly to a battle with plantar fasciitis. Before landing on the IL this year, Bryant has been pretty mediocre with a .263 average (50-for-190) with five home runs and 17 RBI, but he does have a solid .346 on-base percentage in 50 games played. With Blackmon back, Jurickson Profar, Nolan Jones and Randal Grichuk will battle for playing time in the third outfield spot and at designated hitter with Bryant on the shelf.

    Jun 1 · Source via Colorado Rockies Charlie Blackmon Kris Bryant
  • Jose Alvarado To Begin Rehab Assignment Saturday

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    Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jose Alvarado (elbow) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday, and it seems likely that he'll make two appearances before being activated from the injured list. Fantasy managers can probably expect the 28-year-old southpaw to be back in the Phillies bullpen early next week at some point, barring a setback this weekend in the minors. Alvarado had five saves and was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball at the time of his injury on May 10. At the very least, he should return to share save opportunities with the rest of Philadelphia's loaded bullpen, making him a must-roster in fantasy leagues.

    Jun 1 · Source via Closers Philadelphia Phillies Jose Alvarado
  • MLB Power Rankings: Where every team stands entering June

    We're more than two months into the season, meaning teams have played enough games to give credence to what we're seeing. So, who's for real?

    Jun 1 · ESPN
  • Kodai Senga Might Pitch On Sunday

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    The New York Mets are considering starting right-hander Kodai Senga on four days of rest this Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays for the first time, according to manager Buck Showalter. Senga has only pitched on extra rest so far in his first season in the big leagues since coming over from Japan. The Mets plan to do some testing on Senga later this week to gauge the situation. The 30-year-old has gotten five days between all of his 10 starts so far in 2023, and he's contributed a 3.44 ERA (3.85 FIP), 1.34 WHIP, 31 walks and 70 K's in 55 innings pitched. Sunday's start would be at home, where the Japanese hurler has excelled to the tune of a 1.20 ERA in five starts. He's also coming off a phenomenal performance against the Phillies on Tuesday, when he threw seven shutout innings with nine punchouts.

    Jun 1 · Source via New York Mets Kodai Senga
  • Edouard Julien Optioned To Triple-A

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    The Minnesota Twins optioned rookie infielder Edouard Julien to Triple-A St. Paul on Thursday to make room for second baseman Jorge Polanco (hamstring) on the active roster after his return from the 10-day injured list. It's a tough break for the 24-year-old prospect, who MLB Pipeline has ranked as the team's No. 4 prospect, but he was hitting .210 (13-for-62) overall with two doubles, four home runs and eight RBI in his first 19 MLB contests. Julien will head back to the minors so that he can play regularly, but if the Twins need another infielder again, he might be their first call. The left-handed hitter combines a patient approach at the plate with above-average power for a second baseman.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Minnesota Twins Edouard Julien
  • Jorge Alfaro Opts Out Of Deal With Boston

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    Catcher Jorge Alfaro is opting out of his deal with the Boston Red Sox and has decided to test free agency, according to a source. The Red Sox have 48 hours to add Alfaro to their active MLB roster, or else he'll become a free agent. That's unlikely to happen, so the 29-year-old backstop will be looking for work elsewhere most likely. Alfaro hasn't appeared in the big leagues since last year with the San Diego Padres, when he hit .246 with seven home runs and 40 RBI in 82 games, but he has hit .320 (56-for-175) with 13 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 30 RBI and four stolen bases in 43 games for Triple-A Worcester in 2023 and could attract interest around the league as catching depth. Alfaro remains well off the fantasy radar.

    Jun 1 · Source via Boston Red Sox Jorge Alfaro
  • Kole Calhoun Opting Out Of Deal With Yankees

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    Outfielder Kole Calhoun is exercising a June 1 opt-out clause with the New York Yankees and will become a free agent unless the team adds him to their active MLB roster within 72 hours, according to a source. Calhoun has changed his swing this year and currently has a .963 OPS at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, so he's likely to draw interest from other teams if he becomes a free agent again. It's unlikely the Yankees add the 35-year-old to their major-league roster. In 125 games with the Texas Rangers in 2022, Calhoun hit just .196 with 14 doubles, a triple, 12 home runs, 49 RBI, three stolen bases and 36 runs scored in 424 plate appearances. He's a long shot to return any fantasy value in 2023, let alone get another shot in the big leagues with another club.

    Jun 1 · Source via New York Yankees Kole Calhoun
  • Francisco Alvarez Hitting In Nine-Hole

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    New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez is back in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies and right-hander Taijuan Walker, and he is hitting ninth in the batting order. Alvarez got a day of rest on Wednesday after starting the previous six games. The 21-year-old catching prospect will return on Thursday in a matinee affair, but he'll have less DFS appeal at the bottom of the order. After a slow start at the plate, Alvarez has caught fire offensively, going 12-for-34 (.353) with two doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI in his last nine games. If he continues to swing the bat well, he should feature higher up in New York's batting order. Regardless, Alvarez is finally starting to show the offensive potential he promised one of the top catching prospects in baseball.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Francisco Alvarez
  • J.T. Realmuto Taking Day Off Thursday

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    Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto will start Thursday's game against the New York Mets on the bench. Realmuto will get a breather in a matinee contest after a night game. The All-Star backstop had a down month in May, hitting .228 (18-for-79) with seven doubles, two triples, no home runs, seven RBI and two stolen bases in 24 games played, so fantasy managers will be hoping that he'll get going at the plate again with the calendar flipping to June. Overall, he's slashing .257/.307/.423 with a .730 OPS, three homers, 17 RBI and seven steals in 49 games. Realmuto is still one of the best offensive-minded catchers in the game. Garrett Stubbs is behind the plate and is hitting ninth on Thursday against Mets right-hander Max Scherzer.

    Jun 1 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies J.T. Realmuto
  • Alec Bohm Lands On Injured List

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    The Philadelphia Phillies placed third baseman Alec Bohm (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list on Thursday with a strained left hamstring and recalled infielder Drew Ellis from the minors in a corresponding move. Bohm aggravated his hamstring injury on Tuesday, although the Phillies are calling it a "very mild" strain, so the 26-year-old could return from the IL when he's eligible. In 53 games so far this year, Bohm is hitting .265 (52-for-196) with nine doubles, six home runs, 37 RBI, two stolen bases and 23 runs scored. Keep him stashed in all fantasy formats while he heals up. In the meantime, Edmundo Sosa figures to see most of the playing time at the hot corner, with Josh Harrison occasionally filling in.

    Jun 1 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Alec Bohm
  • Anthony Rendon Likely Back For Next Homestand

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    Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon (groin) will likely come off the injured list for the club's next homestand, which will begin on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. The former MVP candidate has been on the IL since the middle of May after suffering a groin strain during a game on May 13. Before going down, Rendon was hitting .301 with 19 runs, 20 RBI, and two stolen bases, but with just one long ball over 30 games. It looks like the 25 home run power isn't there anymore, but the 32-year-old can still provide decent production in the batting average and counting stats departments.

    Jun 1 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Anthony Rendon
  • Brandon Drury Was Available Off The Bench Wednesday

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    Los Angeles Angels infielder Brandon Drury (wrist) was available to pinch hit in Wednesday's 12-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox, according to The 30-year-old was hit by a pitch on his left wrist on Tuesday, and manager Phil Nevin decided to exclude him from the starting lineup. It's good news that Drury was available, and he should return to the starting lineup in the coming days. Over 51 games this year, he's slashing .245/.294/.484 with nine home runs, 24 runs, and 27 RBI, and fantasy managers should be happy he won't need a trip to the injured list with that kind of production.

    Jun 1 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Brandon Drury
  • Triston McKenzie On The Cusp Of Returning

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    Cleveland Guardians right-hander Triston McKenzie (shoulder) made a third rehab appearance on May 30, according to, and now he's about to join the club when they begin their next series on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins. He has yet to be activated, and manager Terry Francona will have a discussion with the 25-year-old to see how he's feeling, but he'll likely make a return at some point during the weekend. McKenzie has yet to throw a pitch for Cleveland this season after suffering a strained right shoulder in Spring Training. In 2022, the former top prospect broke out, pitching to an 11-11 record, 2.96 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 25.6% strikeout rate.

    Jun 1 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Triston McKenzie
  • Jorge Polanco To Return Thursday

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    Minnesota Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco (hamstring) is ready to return to the club on Thursday, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune. The 29-year-old has been out of action since May 17 after straining his left hamstring and landing on the 10-day injured list on May 20. The team sent Edouard Julien back to Triple-A St. Paul on Wednesday to make room for Polanco. Over 19 games this season, the rookie has slashed .210/.296/.435 with four homers, eight runs, eight RBI, and no stolen bases. Julien's value is limited to dynasty leagues at this point, but fantasy managers can pick him up from the waiver wire if he gets promoted again.

    Jun 1 · Source via Minnesota Twins Jorge Polanco
  • Oswaldo Cabrera To Be Sent Down To Triple-A

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    New York Yankees utility man Oswaldo Cabrera will be heading to Triple-A soon, according to Jack Curry of YES Network. With Josh Donaldson (hamstring), Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring), and Tommy Kahnle (biceps) ready to return, likely on Friday, the club is in need of a few roster spots. Cabrera has been struggling over 50 games, batting .195 with three homers, 18 runs, 15 RBI, and five stolen bases. With the demotion, the 24-year-old will lose all of his value in redraft leagues, and fantasy managers should only roster him in dynasty formats.

    Jun 1 · Source via New York Yankees Oswaldo Cabrera
  • Buck Farmer Closes Out Wednesday's Game His For First Save

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    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Buck Farmer threw a clean ninth inning on Wednesday to close out the 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. He allowed no baserunners and struck out, earning his first save of 2023. The 32-year-old veteran is putting up solid numbers with a 2.60 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 23.8% strikeout rate over 27.2 innings. Alexis Diaz pitched in three of the last four days before Wednesday, so it makes sense he got the night off. Fantasy manager can't assume Farmer will record many saves moving forward, so he's mostly irrelevant in any format unless he can start adding to his two holds.

    Jun 1 · Source via Closers Cincinnati Reds Buck Farmer
  • Diego Cartaya Homers In Third Straight Game

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    Los Angeles Dodgers catching prospect Diego Cartaya hit a home run in his third straight game for Double-A Tulsa. He started the season ice-cold, slashing .171/.288/.305 with a 35.2% strikeout rate in his first 29 games. But in his last four games, the 21-year-old is 7-for-15 with six runs and five RBI. The catcher's exceptional power makes him a hot commodity in dynasty leagues and has him as one of the league's best catching prospects. While he is a must-roster in dynasty leagues, he won't get close to the major-league squad this year.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Diego Cartaya
  • Coby Mayo Continues Hot Start

    Baltimore Orioles third base prospect Coby Mayo continued his hot start with two hits in a game for Double-A Bowie. In his past 10 games, the 21-year-old is 14-for-40 with three home runs and a 1.120 OPS. He is slashing .283/.395/.528 with seven home runs, 24 runs, and 23 RBI in 44 games this season. Standing 6'5", Mayo possesses elite power and a solid hit tool. The Florida native is a year or two away from reaching the MLB, but his stock will keep rising in dynasty leagues if he keeps up his stellar start with the bat.

    Jun 1 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Coby Mayo
  • Tyler Gentry Blasts 471-Foot Home Run

    Kansas City Royals outfield prospect Tyler Gentry hit a 471-foot home run in a game for Triple-A Omaha. Gentry's home run is tied for the third-farthest home run in Triple-A play this season. He's had a poor start to the season, slashing .247/.349/.385 with four home runs, 24 runs, 24 RBI, and three stolen bases. With an extended stretch of solid hitting, Gentry should find himself on the major-league squad. He is not yet worth stashing in redraft leagues but should push himself to fantasy relevance later this season because of his standout power.

    Jun 1 · Source via Kansas City Royals Tyler Gentry
  • George Kirby Rebounds With Eight Scoreless Frames

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    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher George Kirby spun an eight-inning gem in the team's extra-inning, walk-off 1-0 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday. The 25-year-old punched out seven hitters, gave up no runs, and matched a season-low with three hits allowed, but it was only enough for a no-decision. Kirby recovered in a big way, anyway, after unquestionably his worst start of the year last Friday when he let in seven runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The former first-rounder has exhibited impeccable control, walking no more than a single batter in each of his 11 starts in 2023. Kirby carries a strong 3.04 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with a picturesque 58:6 K:BB into his next start opposing the San Diego Padres next Wednesday.

    Jun 1 · Source via Seattle Mariners George Kirby
  • Andrew McCutchen Continues Workmanlike Campaign

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    Pittsburgh Pirates designated hitter/outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, one RBI and a stolen base in a 9-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. The former NL MVP's Bucs return has been a rather triumphant one so far, slashing a healthy .273/.369/.453 with 28 runs, eight homers, 21 RBI, and six pilfers over 203 plate appearances this year. The steady McCutchen should be rostered in more than just one-third of fantasy leagues as Pittsburgh's daily leadoff man. The 36-year-old's rest-of-season ranking also should be reinforced by the optimism that the dynamic Oneil Cruz (fibula) is back in the mix in August.

    Jun 1 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz Andrew McCutchen
  • Dodgers Notes: Syndergaard, Stone, Grove, Betts

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    The Dodgers’ buy-low free agent flier on Noah Syndergaard hasn’t panned out thus far. The former All-Star righty has been tagged for a 6.54 ERA in 52 1/3 innings. After throwing quality starts in three of his first four outings, he’s only once since completed six innings — a start in which he surrendered six runs…

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Mookie Betts Michael Grove Gavin Stone Noah Syndergaard
  • James Paxton Maintaining Uptick In Velocity

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    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher James Paxton hurled five innings on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds. He fanned eight hitters and permitted just one run for a no-decision as the BoSox lost 5-4. Since returning from a two-year hiatus due to Tommy John surgery, the 34-year-old appears rather spry in 2023. Paxton has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his four starts to start his season. The former ace's average fastball velocity is encouragingly up to 96 miles per hour after being down to 92 mph in 2020. That certainly bodes well for Paxton's rest-of-season fantasy prospects. The southpaw should be an appetizing streamer against the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday.

    Jun 1 · Source via Boston Red Sox James Paxton
  • Keibert Ruiz Cracks Two Homers In Nationals Victory

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    Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz went 3-for-4 at the plate, with two home runs and three RBI, propelling the Nationals to a 10-6 victory over the Dodgers Wednesday. The two-homer outing marked only the second time in his career that the 24-year-old catcher achieved a multi-homer game, adding another significant milestone to his career. Overall, it was an extraordinary game for Ruiz against his former organization as he was traded to Washington in 2021 for Trea Turner and Max Scherzer.

    Jun 1 · Source via Washington Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • David Robertson Records 10th Save Of Season Wednesday

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    On Wednesday, New York Mets pitcher David Robertson took the mound and hurled a flawless ninth inning, preserving a two-run lead against the Phillies and earning his 10th save of the season. Robertson, in the frame, struck out Edmundo Sosa and Bryson Stott. Despite allowing three earned runs and eight hits in his last seven outings, Robertson's ERA stands at an outstanding 1.48, a testament to his overall effectiveness on the mound.

    Jun 1 · Source via Closers New York Mets David Robertson
  • Tigers' Greene to IL with stress fracture in fibula

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    Detroit Tigers outfielder Riley Greene has a stress fracture in his left fibula and is out indefinitely.

    Jun 1 · ESPN Detroit Tigers Riley Greene
  • Cubs' Steele exits early, will get MRI on left elbow

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    Cubs starter Justin Steele left Wednesday's game against the Rays after three innings and will get an MRI on his left elbow.

    Jun 1 · ESPN Chicago Cubs Justin Steele
  • Phillies' Bohm out again, has MRI on hamstring

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    Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm had an MRI on Wednesday and was out of the starting lineup for the second time in three games because of left hamstring tightness.

    Jun 1 · ESPN Philadelphia Phillies Alec Bohm
  • Devin Williams Shuts Down Toronto To Earn Ninth Save

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    Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Devin Williams successfully sealed the game against the Blue Jays by delivering a scoreless ninth inning, securing his ninth save of the season. Although this outing may not have been filled with strikeouts as expected from Williams, he adeptly handled the situation and came out on top. Williams has not allowed a single run in his last six appearances. As a result, his ERA now stands at an impressive 0.51 in 17 games.

    Jun 1 · Source via Closers Milwaukee Brewers Devin Williams
  • Masataka Yoshida Smacks Two Hits In Red Sox Loss

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    Boston Red Sox designated hitter Masataka Yoshida was 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run, a double, and two runs scored in a 5-4 loss to the Reds Wednesday. His homer was a solo shot in the second inning. This home run marked Yoshida's first since May 4. Yoshida, the talented 29-year-old outfielder, has made an impressive impact during his initial months in the majors, boasting a fantastic slash line of .317/.391/.508. Along with his seven homers, 31 RBI, and three swiped bags across 207 at-bats.

    Jun 1 · Source via Boston Red Sox Masataka Yoshida
  • Donovan Solano Drives In Four Runs Wednesday

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    On Wednesday, Minnesota Twins infielder Donovan Solano went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI to lead the Twins to an 8-2 victory over the Astros. Solano also was patient at the plate, drawing a walk in the fifth inning, and he crossed home plate with a double by Ryan Jeffers later in the frame. It is worth noting that Solano, the experienced 35-year-old, currently maintains a solid .275 batting average, along with nine RBI in 120 at bats this season.

    Jun 1 · Source via Minnesota Twins Donovan Solano
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