Fantasy Baseball News

  • Logan O'Hoppe Mashing Homers In Minors

    Philadelphia Phillies catching prospect Logan O'Hoppe has made an impressive rise from 23rd-round pick in 2018 to No. 5 Phillies prospect on MLB Pipeline's latest list. The backstop, who initially signed an over-slot deal to lure him away from college, made noticeable strides during the 2020 season when COVID-19 allowed him to train at Philadelphia's alternate site. He has trimmed down his strikeout rate significantly, all while adding to his raw power. Defensively, O'Hoppe moves around to block baseballs with ease and uses his quick reaction time and strong arm to throw out runners. The backstop has been busy at the plate as of late, going 11-for-20 with five homers and eight RBI over his last six games. During this stretch and the season as a whole, he has exhibited a walk-to-strikeout rate that has steadily increased throughout his time in the Phillies' system. Now, all eyes are on his rise to the majors. Once he reaches the show, expect his bat to give him strong fantasy upside at such a volatile catcher position.

    May 24 · Source via Phillies Logan O'Hoppe
  • Kyle Stowers Dominating In Triple-A

    Baltimore Orioles outfield prospect Kyle Stowers has hit the ball incredibly well as of late. He is now 12-for-25 with five homers, 10 RBI, five walks, and six strikeouts over the course of his last six games. Drafted with the 71st pick back in 2019, Stowers is a talented outfielder with a gorgeous swing and tremendous raw power. He has good bat speed and impressive exit velocity, and although he has had a tendency to swing and miss in prior years, he seems to have improved in that area this season. Defensively, he's merely mediocre. Undoubtedly, it's his bat that ranks him eighth among MLB Pipeline's Orioles prospects. Stowers projects as a corner outfielder long-term, likely nestling into left field so that Baltimore can focus on getting his bat in its lineup day in and day out. Once he reaches the majors, Stowers's big bat should give him legitimate fantasy baseball value.

    May 24 · Source via Orioles Kyle Stowers
  • Jorge Lopez Locks Down His Fifth Save On Monday

    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Jorge Lopez closed out the team's 6-4 win over the New York Yankees on Monday to earn his fifth save of the year. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one walk and no hits. Lopez blew each of his previous two save opportunities, so it was encouraging to see the team go back to him on Monday. Felix Bautista, who earned a pair of saves while Lopez was on the bereavement list earlier this month, was utilized in the seventh and eighth innings in this game. He's the biggest threat to Lopez's ninth inning role, but it looks as if he'll primarily be a setup man for now.

    May 24 · Source via Orioles Jorge Lopez closers
  • Paul Sewald Earns His Second Save On Monday

    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Paul Sewald converted his second save of the season on Monday. He closed out the team's 7-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics, pitching a scoreless ninth inning during which he allowed one hit and recorded one strikeout. Sewald is 2-for-3 on save opportunities on the year with a 2.40 ERA and a 0.53 WHIP. The Mariners have been operating with a frustrating committee approach this season. Sewald is now tied with both Drew Steckenrider and Diego Castillo for the team lead in saves. It seems as if all three relievers should continue to earn save chances going forward.

    May 24 · Source via Mariners Paul Sewald closers
  • Freddy Peralta Expected To Miss Significant Time

    Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell provided an updated on injured starting pitcher Freddy Peralta (shoulder) on Monday. He stated that Peralta will miss "significant" time, but that the team is optimistic he will return later this season. An MRI on Peralta's shoulder revealed a posterior shoulder strain. The injury likely won't lead to Peralta needing surgery. It will just require for him to be shut down for quite some time. This is of course unfortunate news for fantasy managers, but at least it sounds like there's a chance that Peralta will be able to return for the fantasy playoffs. Fantasy managers should continue to stash Peralta in an IL spot in all leagues.

    May 24 · Source via Brewers Freddy Peralta
  • Tylor Megill Plays Long Toss On Monday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Tylor Megill (biceps) completed a session of long toss on Monday. According to the Mets, the session went well. Megill will require at least one rehab start prior to making his return. The 26-year-old has been sidelined for just under two weeks now due to right biceps tendinitis. He's gone 4-2 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP on the year. However, he had a stellar 2.43 ERA prior to his last start before hitting the injured list, a start in which he allowed eight earned runs over 1 1/3 innings.

    May 24 · Source via Mets Tylor Megill
  • Ramon Laureano Remains Day-To-Day

    Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano (hand) has missed two straight games after being hit in his right hand by a pitch on Saturday. On Monday, Athletics manager Mark Kotsay provided an update on Laureano, stating that he was doing better but that he remained day-to-day. Laureano made his season debut on May 8 after serving a suspension to begin the year. Over 16 games this season, he's slashing .167/.310/.250 with four doubles, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

    May 24 · Source via Athletics Ramon Laureano
  • Nate Pearson To Begin Rehab Assignment At Low-A This Week

    Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Nate Pearson (illness) will be sent out on a rehab assignment at Low-A Dunedin this week, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of The 25-year-old threw a bullpen session on Monday and it seems as if the session was completed without any hitches. Pearson came down with mononucleosis this spring and he has been working his way back ever since. Last year, he made 12 appearances (one start) with the Blue Jays and went 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.

    May 24 · Source via Blue Jays Nate Pearson
  • Kris Bryant To Be Reevaluated On Tuesday

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant (back) was a late scratch from the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates due to back soreness. After the game, Rockies manager Bud Black stated that Bryant's back flared up on him and added that the veteran would be reevaluated on Tuesday. Bryant is off to a rough start to his Rockies career. He recently missed about a month with a lower back injury, making his long-awaited return this past weekend. On the year, he's played in just 17 games. While his .270 batting average is certainly decent, he has yet to hit a home run and he's slugging just .333.

    May 24 · Source via Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Hunter Renfroe Exits With Hamstring Discomfort

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Hunter Renfroe (hamstring) was removed from Monday's game against the San Diego Padres due to right hamstring discomfort. Lorenzo Cain came on as a pinch-hitter for him in the fourth inning and remained in the game the rest of the way. Renfroe ran from first to home while scoring a run on Tyrone Taylor's double in the second inning. He likely aggravated his hamstring during that play. The 30-year-old veteran is set to get an MRI on Tuesday and should be considered day-to-day until we know more.

    May 24 · Source via Brewers Hunter Renfroe
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa Continues To Slump Monday

    New York Yankees shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa has been in a rut recently, which didn't change on Monday when he took an 0-for-4 while striking out once. Over his last 15 games, the former catcher is batting .204. The slump has brought down his season slash line to .256/.308/.302, and he has no home runs with 20 runs and 11 RBI across 39 games. Kiner-Falefa is still running, stealing five bases in six attempts, but that isn't enough to negate his mediocre batting average and power deficiency. Fantasy managers should only roster him in deep leagues if they are looking to improve their stolen base numbers.

    May 23 · Source via Yankees Isiah Kiner-Falefa
  • Tigers Re-Sign Drew Hutchison

    Right-hander Drew Hutchison is back with the Tigers on a new minor league deal after electing free agency last week, as indicated on the team’s transactions log at Detroit designated Hutchison for assignment on May 11, and he elected free agency a couple days later. He’s already made one appearance with the team’s Triple-A…

    May 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Drew Hutchison
  • AJ Pollock Is Heating Up

    Chicago White Sox outfielder AJ Pollock reached base twice on Monday, going 1-for-4 with a walk and a run in the 7-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. It kept his hot streak alive, as he's slashing .288/.333/.500 over his last 15 games with a pair of homers. On the year, Pollock's batting .245 with two home runs, 10 RBI, 10 runs, and one stolen base over 27 games. The 34-year-old has had trouble staying on the field throughout his career, and he isn't a must roster in shallower leagues. However, in a healthy season with everyday playing time, Pollock can provide fantasy managers with 20 or more home runs without killing the batting average.

    May 23 · Source via White Sox A.J. Pollock
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Doubles, Steals A Base Monday

    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes went 3-for-3 with a double, a run, an RBI, a walk, and a steal in a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday. Hayes provided almost all of the Pittsburgh offense in the low-scoring contest, ripping an RBI double in the first inning. He then singled, stole second, and came around to score on Yoshi Tsutsugo single in the eighth inning. Hayes is hitting .290 with 11 doubles, 17 runs, 11 RBI, and five steals over 138 at-bats. He doesn't have any homers yet, but some of those doubles should start finding their way over the fence for Hayes as the season goes on.

    May 23 · Source via Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • JT Brubaker Allows One Run Monday

    Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander JT Brubaker pitched well in a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday. Brubaker allowed one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings of work while striking out four and walking two, but he had to settle for a no-decision in the outing. The solid performance leaves Brubaker with a 0-4 record, 4.64 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 47 strikeouts over 42 2/3 innings of work. Brubaker is scheduled to take on the San Diego Padres on the road on Sunday.

    May 23 · Source via Pirates J.T. Brubaker
  • Dylan Carlson Could Miss Two Weeks

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday after he was diagnosed with a grade 1/2 hamstring strain. The team is reportedly hopeful that Carlson will be able to return to action in two weeks, according to team manager Oliver Marmol. Carlson is struggling through his 2022 campaign, hitting just .247 with two homers, 15 runs, 11 RBI, and a steal across 158 at-bats.

    May 23 · Source via Cardinals Dylan Carlson
  • Luke Weaver To Make Extended Spring Start

    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Luke Weaver (elbow) will make a start in extended spring training on Tuesday. Weaver is expected to throw two innings and 30 pitches in the appearance. The team is planning to use the 28-year-old out of the bullpen once he's ready to return to big-league action. Weaver has made just one appearance in 2022, pitching 2/3 of an inning before hitting the injured list with elbow inflammation.

    May 23 · Source via Diamondbacks Luke Weaver
  • David Peterson Recalled From Triple-A, Will Start Monday

    New York Mets left-hander David Peterson was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday. Peterson will start for the Mets against the San Francisco Giants on Monday evening. The southpaw has made four appearances (three starts) for the Mets in 2022, posting a 1.89 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts over 19 innings of work. The 26-year-old is on the radar as a low-end streamer against a San Francisco lineup that has been average against lefty pitching in 2022.

    May 23 · Source via Mets David Peterson
  • Ken Giles Expected To Throw Bullpen This Week

    Seattle Mariners reliever Ken Giles (finger) is expected to throw a bullpen session either Monday or Tuesday. If he emerges from that without any setbacks, Giles is expected to begin a rehab assignment shortly after. Giles sprained the middle finger on his pitching hand during the spring and has yet to make a big-league appearance for Seattle in 2022. Giles hasn't pitched since 2020, needing to undergo Tommy John surgery after four appearances that season. He could eventually push for the ninth-inning role in Seattle provided his rehab goes smoothly.

    May 23 · Source via Mariners Ken Giles closers
  • Frankie Montas Likely To Start Thursday

    Oakland A's right-hander Frankie Montas (hand) is expected to make his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Texas Rangers. Montas was hit on his pitching hand by a comebacker during his previous start last Saturday but X-rays came back negative. After he threw a bullpen session on Monday, fantasy gamers can tentatively expect the Oakland ace to be back out on the mound on Thursday. Montas has a 2-4 record, 3.55 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 55 strikeouts over 50 2/3 innings of work spanning nine starts in 2022.

    May 23 · Source via Athletics Frankie Montas
  • Brewers Outright Dylan File

    The Brewers announced Monday that right-hander Dylan File has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Nashville. The team had not previously announced that File had been designated for assignment or placed on waivers. File, 25, was selected to the 40-man roster back in Nov. 2020, as the Brewers looked to protect him from…

    May 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Dylan File
  • Austin Slater Lands On IL

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Austin Slater (wrist) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday. The team called up outfielder Stuart Fairchild to take Slater's spot on the big league roster. Slater injured his left wrist in Sunday's game and apparently did not show enough progress to convince the Giants to leave him off of the injured list. Slate is hitting .250 with two homers, 12 runs, 11 RBI, and two steals across 64 at-bats in 2022.

    May 23 · Source via Giants Austin Slater
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. To Undergo Bone Scan Monday

    San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (wrist) is set to have another bone scan on his left wrist on Monday. His last scan showed progress. According to Padres beat writer Kevin Acee, if Monday's scan shows additional progress, Tatis could be cleared to grip a bat. The 23-year-old could be back in action in late June if he continues to progress well. His return will be welcome news for fantasy managers as the young phenom has the ability to be one of the top assets in fantasy. He racked up 42 home runs and 25 stolen bases over 130 games last year.

    May 23 · Source via Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Kyle Lewis Could Be Activated Tuesday

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis (knee) is set to meet with the Mariners' athletic trainers. The training staff will determine if he's ready to be activated for his 2022 debut. Mariners manager Scott Servais is hopeful that Lewis will be cleared by the training staff and activated prior to Tuesday's game against the Oakland Athletics. Lewis has been brought along slowly this year after tearing his right meniscus last summer. He played in 10 games at Triple-A as part of his rehab assignment and slashed .314/.415/.629 with three home runs, 12 RBI and six runs. Fantasy managers in need of some outfield help would be wise to claim Lewis off waivers before it's too late.

    May 23 · Source via Mariners Kyle Lewis
  • Trevor Bauer's hearing begins today: Will his 324-game suspension stand?

    Bauer is the first player ever to request a grievance hearing over a domestic violence suspension. Here's what we know about the process, the timeline and the major players.

    May 23 · ESPN Dodgers Trevor Bauer
  • Eduardo Rodriguez's X-Rays Come Back Negative

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (rib) received the results from X-rays on his ribs. They came back negative for a stress reaction. E-Rod will remain shut down for the next week and the plan is for him to begin a throwing program at some point during the team's long upcoming homestand, which spans from May 26 to June 2. The 29-year-old was 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over eight starts prior to landing on the injured list. The next Tigers pitcher to enter the rotation as a fill-in starter will be Elvin Rodriguez, who is making his first career start on Monday.

    May 23 · Source via Tigers Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Freddy Peralta Placed On 15-Day Injured List

    The Milwaukee Brewers have officially placed starting pitcher Freddy Peralta (shoulder) on the 15-day injured list with a right lat strain. The 25-year-old suffered the injury during Sunday's game. After the contest, all indications were that Peralta would require a trip to the injured list. His timeline is a bit unclear, but we at least know he'll miss at least the next two turns in the rotation. The Brewers have yet to announce who will take his spot in the rotation. Peralta has made eight starts so far this year and he's gone 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

    May 23 · Source via Brewers Freddy Peralta
  • Josh Hader Placed On Family Medical Emergency List

    The Milwaukee Brewers placed closer Josh Hader on the family medical emergency list on Monday. He will not be available for Monday night's game against the San Diego Padres and it's unclear at this point how long he'll be away from the team. Devin Williams will likely serve as the team's closer with Hader out. Williams has converted each of his two save opportunities this year. Hader, meanwhile, has been simply fantastic this year. He is 15-for-15 on save chances and he has yet to allow a run across 13.2 innings.

    May 23 · Source via Brewers Josh Hader closers
  • Justin Turner Getting A Breather On Monday

    Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is getting the day off on Monday as the team takes on right-hander Joan Adon and the Washington Nationals. Max Muncy is shifting over to cover third base and Edwin Rios is filling in as designated hitter. Turner has been showing some signs of life lately after a dreadful April that saw him post a .525 OPS. Over his last five games, he's compiled two home runs, a double and six RBI. Over 38 games on the year, the 37-year-old is slashing .207/.265/.364.

    May 23 · Source via Dodgers Justin Turner
  • DJ LeMahieu Taking A Seat On Monday

    New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against right-hander Jordan Lyles and the Baltimore Orioles. Gleyber Torres will be covering the keystone and Marwin Gonzalez will be at the hot corner. Meanwhile, Anthony Rizzo is leading off for the game. LeMahieu went 1-for-4 with a grand slam on Saturday, then proceeded to go a combined 0-for-8 across Sunday's doubleheader. The 33-year-old is slashing .252/.331/.378 with three home runs, 17 RBI and 21 runs over 38 games on the year. Expect to see him back on the field on Tuesday.

    May 23 · Source via Yankees DJ LeMahieu
  • Kris Bryant Scratched With Back Soreness Monday

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant (back) was scratched from the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is reportedly dealing with back soreness. While he will no longer be starting, he will be available off the bench for the game. Sam Hilliard is taking Bryant's spot in left field for the game. This is concerning news as Bryant had just returned from the injured list on Saturday after missing about a month due to a lower back injury. He has gone 1-for-6 with a pair of walks and three strikeouts since his return. Since he's available off the bench Monday, it seems as if there's a decent chance he'll be back in the lineup on Tuesday.

    May 23 · Source via Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Reds Select Aristides Aquino, Albert Almora

    It’s been a whirlwind day of transactions for the Reds, who earlier today returned the trio of Aristides Aquino, Graham Ashcraft and Taylor Motter to Triple-A Louisville when they reinstated a handful of players from the restricted list following their series in Toronto. Aquino, however, has now been formally selected to the 40-man roster, per…

    May 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Reds Albert Almora Aristides Aquino
  • Reds Activate Nick Senzel From COVID List

    The Cincinnati Reds activated outfielder Nick Senzel from the COVID-19 injured list on Monday and optioned outfielder TJ Friedl to Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move. Senzel has missed almost three weeks after testing positive for the virus, but he's back in center field and in the leadoff spot on Monday against Chicago Cubs left-hander Drew Smyly. The 26-year-old went 0-for-10 with an RBI, run scored and three strikeouts in four minor league rehab games, and he's hitting just .192/.222/.308 with a homer, three RBI and four runs scored in 17 games for the Reds this season. Fantasy managers might want to give Senzel some time before throwing him back into their starting lineups.

    May 23 · Source via Reds Nick Senzel
  • Dylan Carlson Diagnosed With Hamstring Tear

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson's (hamstring) MRI exam showed a Grade 1/2 left hamstring strain, which is a tear. There is no current timetable for his return after the Cardinals placed him on the injured list on Monday. The 23-year-old was ice-cold to begin the season, but he was slashing .314/.351/.486 in his first 20 games of May, so the injury comes at a bad time for his fantasy managers. Corey Dickerson, Harrison Bader and Brendan Donovan are the team's starting outfielders on Monday against Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Jose Berrios. Juan Yepez should also see increased playing time for St. Louis with both Carlson and Tyler O'Neill (shoulder) sidelined.

    May 23 · Source via Cardinals Dylan Carlson
  • Alex Reyes Needs Surgery

    St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes (shoulder) needs surgery to fix a damaged labrum in his right shoulder, according to sources. Reyes experienced renewed soreness in his shoulder when throwing last week and was shut down indefinitely. The 27-year-old started the regular season on the 60-day injured list, and it now looks like he'll miss the entire 2022 season, although we'll have a better timetable on his recovery after he goes under the knife. At this point, Reyes might even be lucky if he's ready to go in time for next season. It's extremely disappointing after he made his first All-Star team last year when he recorded 29 saves, a 3.24 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP and 95 strikeouts in 72 1/3 relief innings for St. Louis. Giovanny Gallegos will continue to operate as the team's closer this season.

    May 23 · Source via Cardinals Alex Reyes closers
  • Aroldis Chapman Might Land On Injured List

    New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman's (Achilles) MRI exam on Sunday night came back clean, and the team is treating the injury as tendonitis. The Yankees will assess all of their options on Monday and might make a decision on whether to put Chapman on the injured list later on Monday, according to manager Aaron Boone. The hard-throwing lefty probably won't be available to pitch on Monday against the Baltimore Orioles, so Clay Holmes is worth a pickup in fantasy if he's available off your league's waiver wire. Holmes recorded two saves for the Yankees last week and has allowed only one earned run while walking two and striking out 21 in 21 2/3 innings over a league-high 20 appearances. If you roster Chapman, prepare for a potential trip to the IL.

    May 23 · Source via Yankees Aroldis Chapman closers
  • Connor Overton Out 6-8 Weeks With Back Injury

    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Connor Overton (shoulder) will be out for six to eight weeks after an MRI exam revealed a stress reaction in his lower back. Overton had been pitching through the injury and had allowed only five earned runs on 15 hits while walking seven and striking out 10 in his four starts for the Reds over 24 2/3 innings. The 28-year-old was scratched from his scheduled start against the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend. He wasn't extremely attractive to fantasy managers because of his low strikeout rate in limited action, especially while pitching for the lowly Reds. Overton won't be an option again for Cincy's rotation until after the All-Star break in July.

    May 23 · Source via Reds Connor Overton
  • Josh Donaldson Suspended For One Game

    New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson has received a one-game suspension and a fine from Major League Baseball for his comments made to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson on Saturday. Donaldson is appealing the suspension after being placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Monday. The 36-year-old hasn't yet tested for the virus, but he's experiencing symptoms and is away from the team for now. It remains to be seen when Donaldson will return to the active roster, but when he does, he might have to sit out another game due to the suspension. In his absence, infielders Marwin Gonzalez and Gleyber Torres should see increased playing time for the Bombers.

    May 23 · Source via Yankees Josh Donaldson
  • Yadier Molina Goes On Bereavement List

    The St. Louis Cardinals placed catcher Yadier Molina on the bereavement list on Monday and recalled catcher Ivan Herrera from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move. With Molina out for at least the next three days, Andrew Knizner will operate as the Cardinals primary backstop. Molina is slashing .239/.239/.337 with only two home runs, eight RBI, nine runs scored and one stolen base in 26 games so far in 2022. The 10-time All-Star isn't nearly the force offensively that he was in the prime of his career. In 70 plate appearances this year, Knizner is batting .262/.357/.361 with a homer, 10 RBI and five runs scored over 23 games played.

    May 23 · Source via Cardinals Yadier Molina
  • Josh Donaldson Goes On COVID Injured List

    New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson is going on the COVID-19 injured list on Monday, according to manager Aaron Boone. Donaldson hasn't been tested for the virus, but Boone said that he's away from the team after reporting symptoms. It remains to be seen how long the 36-year-old will be out, but he'll obviously be back sooner if he returns a negative COVID test. Marwin Gonzalez is starting at the hot corner and is batting ninth on Monday against Baltimore Orioles right-hander Jordan Lyles with Donaldson out. Gleyber Torres is at second base and is batting cleanup. Both Gonzalez and Torres should play every day until Donaldson returns to the team. Torres is hitting only .234 on the year, but he does have five home runs and 19 RBI in 38 games.

    May 23 · Source via Yankees Josh Donaldson
  • Nelson Cruz Returns Against Dodgers

    Washington Nationals designated hitter Nelson Cruz (ankle) is back as the designated hitter and is batting cleanup on Monday against Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Tyler Anderson. Cruz left the game early on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers with a sprained ankle, but the Nationals knew then the injury wasn't very serious. The 41-year-old veteran slugger has been much better in the month of May -- .276/.328/.397 with two homers and 10 RBI in 16 games -- to raise his season slash line to .204/.283/.296. Cruz has clubbed four home runs and driven in 21 runs in 142 at-bats in his first year in D.C., and fantasy managers should be looking to get him back into their lineups on Monday.

    May 23 · Source via Nationals Nelson Cruz
  • Willson Contreras Still Out Monday

    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (hamstring) remains out of the starting lineup on Monday against the Cincinnati Reds. Contreras strained his right hamstring on Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and is currently considered day-to-day. Yan Gomes is doing the catching and is batting fifth on Monday against Reds right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez. Contreras is a must-start in fantasy when he's on the field, as he's hitting .258/.382/.458 with an .840 OPS, five home runs, 14 RBI, 24 runs scored and a stolen base in 34 games so far this year. Gomes won't be a bad low-cost catching option in DFS in the five-hole. He's hitting .261 on the year with two homers and seven RBI in 71 plate appearances.

    May 23 · Source via Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Travis Demeritte Not In Monday's Lineup

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Travis Demeritte isn't in the lineup on Monday. Demeritte is batting .217 with a .267 on-base percentage and three home runs in 90 plate appearances for Atlanta this season, but will get the day off as the team begins a series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta will go with William Contreras, Adam Duvall, and Ronald Acuna Jr. from left to right in the outfield for a matchup with the Phillies and right-handed starter Zack Wheeler. Both Acuna and Duvall have homered in their respective careers against Wheeler. Acuna has eight hits, including three home runs, in 29 career plate appearances against Wheeler. Meanwhile, Duvall has three hits, one of which was a home run, in 15 lifetime plate appearances versus Wheeler. Contreras has yet to face the right-hander in the Majors.

    May 23 · Source via Braves Travis Demeritte
  • Guardians Outright Luis Oviedo

    Guardians right-hander Luis Oviedo has cleared outright waivers, according to his transactions tracker at Cleveland had designated him for assignment last week upon reinstating corner outfielder Josh Naylor from the COVID-19 injured list. The Guardians had just grabbed Oviedo off waivers from the Pirates last month. It was a return to the 23-year-old’s original organization, as…

    May 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Guardians Luis Oviedo
  • William Contreras Starting In Left Field On Monday

    Atlanta Braves catcher William Contreras is getting the start in left field and hitting second on Monday for a matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies and right-hander Zack Wheeler. So far this season, the 24-year-old is batting .242 with a .342 on-base percentage, six home runs, and a stolen base in 38 plate appearances. He'll hit second after Ronald Acuna Jr., who is starting in right field. Travis d'Arnaud is getting the start behind the plate and batting cleanup. Monday marks the first time this season that Contreras has started at a position other than catcher or designated hitter.

    May 23 · Source via Braves William Contreras
  • Alek Manoah Continues To Improve

    Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah turned in a 3.22 ERA and a 3.80 FIP in 111 2/3 innings last season, striking out 127 batters while walking 40 hitters. It was a breakout rookie campaign for the 24-year-old, who has only gotten better this season. In eight starts spanning 50 innings so far, Manoah has logged a 1.62 ERA and a 2.94 FIP while registering 43 strikeouts compared to just nine walks. He's also continued to limit home runs. After surrendering just 12 homers last season, he's only allowed three during the 2022 season. In his most recent outing, the right-hander allowed just seven hits and one earned run in eight innings against the Cincinnati Reds while striking out four.

    May 23 · Source via Blue Jays Alek Manoah
  • Emmanuel Clase Providing Quality Production

    Cleveland Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase is off to a strong start this season. In 15.1 innings so far in 2022, the reliever has pitched to a 2.93 ERA and a 2.45 FIP. He's also logged a 0.98 WHIP and has just 12 hits, five earned runs, and one home run. What's more, he's converted seven of his nine save chances and has given up just one earned run in his last 10.2 innings of work. He's entrenched as the closer in Cleveland and should continue to produce like one of the elite options at his position for fantasy managers.

    May 23 · Source via Guardians Emmanuel Clase closers
  • Dylan Cease Continues To Thrive In 2022

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease continues to thrive on the mound this season. After leading the league in strikeouts per nine frames with a 12.3% metric last season, Cease is again leading the league in the same metric, this time at 13.8%. He's also sporting a 3.09 ERA and a 2.16 FIP in 43.2 frames of work, to go along with 67 strikeouts and 17 walks. In his most recent outing, he limited the Kansas City Royals to seven hits and a pair of walks in 5.2 shutout innings while registering nine strikeouts. His next scheduled start will come Tuesday in Chicago against the Boston Red Sox. Fantasy managers will definitely want to start Cease for that one. Entering play on Monday, 15 different teams had a higher collective wRC+ than the Red Sox.

    May 23 · Source via White Sox Dylan Cease
  • Dylan Carlson, Steven Matz Land On Injured List

    The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Dylan Carlson (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain and starting pitcher Steven Matz (shoulder) on the 15-day injured list on Monday with a left shoulder impingement. Left-hander Matthew Liberatore, right-hander Junior Fernandez and outfielder Lars Nootbaar have been recalled from Triple-A Memphis, while reliever Angel Rondon was optioned to Memphis. With Carlson out, Nootbaar, Corey Dickerson, Juan Yepez and Brendan Donovan will fight for more playing time in a corner outfield spot. It's terrible timing for Carlson, as the 23-year-old was hitting over .300 in May after a slow start to his season. Liberatore will rejoin the starting rotation with Matz out after making his MLB debut over the weekend.

    May 23 · Source via Cardinals Steven Matz Dylan Carlson
  • Braves Designate Tyler Thornburg For Assignment

    The Braves announced they’ve designated veteran reliever Tyler Thornburg for assignment. The move clears an active roster spot for Dylan Lee, who has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. Atlanta’s 40-man roster now sits at 38. Thornburg signed a $900K contract with Atlanta over the offseason. It was a bit surprising to see the righty command a guaranteed…

    May 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Tyler Thornburg
  • Tyler Mahle, Brandon Drury Back From Restricted List

    The Cincinnati Reds reinstated right-handers Tyler Mahle and Joel Kuhnel, infielder Brandon Drury and outfielder Albert Almora Jr. from the restricted list on Monday and optioned right-hander Graham Ashcraft, infielder Taylor Motter and outfielder Aristides Aquino to Triple-A Louisville in corresponding moves. Catcher Sandy Leon also returned to Louisville from the taxi squad. Mahle, Kuhnel, Drury and Almora were unable to travel to Canada for the team's weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays due to COVID-19 restrictions, but they'll rejoin the team for a series against the Chicago Cubs that starts on Monday. Mahle is expected to return to the mound on Tuesday against Chicago, and he'll also line up to start Sunday against the San Francisco Giants.

    May 23 · Source via Reds Tyler Mahle
  • Edwin Diaz Records His 10th Save In Sunday's Win

    New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz closed out the team's 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday to earn his 10th save of the year. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out two. Diaz was charged with his second blown save of the year in his previous appearance this past Thursday, so it was nice to see him rebound in a strong way. The 28-year-old has a 2.00 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP on the year to go along with a stellar 4.3 K/BB rate.

    May 23 · Source via Mets Edwin Diaz closers
  • J.T. Realmuto Hitting .169/.246/.271 In May

    Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto has been slumping at the plate so far in May. Over 16 appearances this month, he is slashing .169/.246/.271 with just three extra-base hits: a home run, a double and a triple. The 31-year-old veteran currently has an average exit velocity of 86.3 mph, which is down significantly from what we're used to seeing from him. He was right around 90 mph in each of the last three years and his career average is 89 mph. Meanwhile, his hard-hit rate is down from 44.7% last year to 35.1% this year. Very few catchers across the league are providing much value for fantasy managers thus far, so we encourage patience with Realmuto, who has been a mainstay atop the catcher rankings for several years.

    May 23 · Source via Phillies J.T. Realmuto
  • Jorge Polanco Reaches Base Four Times On Sunday

    Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco had a busy day on the base paths in the team's 7-6 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. He went 2-for-3 with two singles, two walks, an RBI and two runs scored. Through 40 games this year, Polanco is slashing .231/.335/.367 with four home runs, two stolen bases, 24 RBI and 17 runs. He's currently carrying a career-best hard-hit rate of 40.7% and his 13.9% walk rate ranks in the 92nd percentile.

    May 23 · Source via Twins Jorge Polanco
  • Javier Baez Hits His Third Home Run On Sunday

    Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez helped the team defeat the Cleveland Guardians 4-2 on Sunday. He went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a pair of strikeouts in the game. The home run was his third of the year and his first since April 26. Baez has been really struggling at the plate thus far in May. He has a .156/.198/.234 slash line this month with 22 strikeouts and only three walks. The 29-year-old maintained a hard-hit rate of over 40% in each of his last four seasons, topping out at 45.2% last year. So far this year, his hard-hit rate is sitting at just 35.2%. The venue change could certainly be hampering Baez, but his long track record of elite production encourages us to remain patient with him for a bit longer.

    May 23 · Source via Tigers Javier Baez
  • Austin Riley Goes Hitless Over The Weekend

    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley had a rough time at the plate in this past weekend's series against the Miami Marlins. He went a combined 0-for-12 with a walk and three strikeouts over the three-game set. The 25-year-old started the year off strong, hitting six home runs while posting a .928 OPS in April. However, in May, he's slashing just .176/.256/.284 with two home runs. Riley's underlying power metrics remain elite, including a 91st percentile xSLG (.555) and a 91st percentile average exit velocity (92 mph), so we expect him to shake off the past couple weeks soon.

    May 23 · Source via Braves Austin Riley
  • Jose Berrios Looking To Build Off His Best Start So Far

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jose Berrios had his best start of the year so far in his last trip to the mound against the Seattle Mariners this past Tuesday. He pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed six hits and two walks while striking out four. He entered the game with a 5.82 ERA on the year, but was able to lower his season-long ERA to 4.83 after the start. It's been a dreadful start to the year overall for the 27-year-old. He currently has a career-low strikeout rate of 15.3% and his Statcast metrics are terrifying, including a 6.82 xERA and a .326 xBA against. Both of those metrics rank in the bottom 4% of the league. Berrios will look to build off his previous start in his next start, which will be on Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    May 23 · Source via Blue Jays Jose Berrios
  • Francisco Lindor Goes 2-For-4 In Sunday's Win

    New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor helped the team capture a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the game. May hasn't been kind to Lindor so far. He's currently slashing just .192/.301/.282 across the month with only three extra-base hits (two home runs and a double). The 28-year-old has racked up six home runs, five stolen bases, 24 RBI and 27 runs over 43 games on the year. He has an average exit velocity of 88.7 mph, which is down from 90.7 mph last year. Lindor started off slow last year as well, so we expect better times ahead for him soon.

    May 23 · Source via Mets Francisco Lindor
  • Robbie Ray Carrying 5.55 ERA In May

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Robbie Ray has been underwhelming to say the least in the follow-up to his 2021 AL Cy Young award-winning season. Over nine starts on the year, he's gone 4-4 with a 4.77 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. We've seen his strikeout rate decrease from 32.1% last year to 25.8% this year while his walk rate has increased from 6.7% last year to 8.9% this year. Ray's been better at inducing strikeouts so far in May than he was in April. He's averaging 11.8 K/9 over four starts this month, up from 7.7 across five starts last month. However, his ERA has moved in the wrong direction as he pitched to a 4.15 ERA in April and he has a 5.55 ERA so far in May. He'll be making his final start of the month on Wednesday in a favorable matchup against the Oakland Athletics.

    May 23 · Source via Mariners Robbie Ray
  • Josh Donaldson Could Face Suspension

    Major League Baseball will investigate New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson after an incident involving Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson on Saturday, when Donaldson reportedly called Anderson "Jackie," referencing Jackie Robinson. If the MLB sees fit, Donaldson could be suspended for his actions. If Major League Baseball were to suspend Donaldson, it likely would only be for a few games. The 36-year-old went 0-for-4 in the first game of a doubleheader against Chicago on Sunday and is now hitting .238/.349/.415 with five home runs, 15 RBI and 17 runs scored in 152 plate appearances in his first year in the Bronx. With Donaldson sitting out in Game 2, DJ LeMahieu shifted to third base and Gleyber Torres started at the keystone.

    May 22 · Source via Yankees Josh Donaldson
  • Freddy Peralta Will Go On Injured List

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta (shoulder) will stay in Milwaukee and undergo an MRI exam on his right shoulder on Monday. Peralta reported tightness in the back of his shoulder during a mound visit on Sunday against the Washington Nationals. Manager Craig Counsell said Peralta will go on the injured list. Fantasy managers will know more of a timetable for the 25-year-old right-hander after his MRI results are released, but he's likely to miss at least a couple turns in the rotation. The Brewers will go with a five-man starting rotation with Peralta sidelined, but right-hander Aaron Ashby is a candidate to take Peralta's spot in the Brewers rotation moving forward.

    May 22 · Source via Brewers Freddy Peralta
  • George Springer Extends Streak Versus Reds

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and run against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. He has now logged a base hit in six consecutive games. The veteran outfielder is slashing .271/.340/.486 with seven homers, 22 RBI, a 22.4 percent strikeout rate, and 7.1 percent walk rate. He has posted high-level exit velocity once again, all while continuing to make his impact felt in a strong Toronto lineup. Springer remains a start-and-forget player in fantasy baseball.

    May 22 · Source via Blue Jays George Springer
  • Marcus Semien Extends Hitting Streak Versus Houston

    Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien went 1-for-4 against the Houston Astros on Sunday, extending his hitting streak to five games and his on-base streak to eight. One of Texas' big offseason acquisitions, Semien is now slashing .182/.243/.234 with a 17.6 percent strikeout rate and 7.3 percent walk rate. He ranks among the bottom-eight percent of hitters in average exit velocity, hard-hit rate, xwOBA, xBA, xSLG, and barrel rate. On a more positive rate, his 92nd-percentile sprint speed has helped to counteract his otherwise poor metrics. Although he started off slow, the veteran infielder appears to be trending in the right direction as of late.

    May 22 · Source via Rangers Marcus Semien
  • Whit Merrifield Logs Four Hits In Twins Series

    Kansas City Royals veteran Whit Merrifield hit the ball well during the team's most recent series against the Minnesota Twins. He logged a hit in each of the three games, posting a 4-for-11 line with two walks and two strikeouts. The 33-year-old, who has primarily played right field and second base this season, has racked up a base hit in 13 of his last 14 games. He has posted elite sprint speed and outfield jump metrics, as well as a phenomenal 13.3 percent strikeout rate, which is the second-lowest mark of his career. With that said, his .234 wOBA is both the worst mark of his career and also ranks among the bottom-five percent in MLB. All in all, though, Merrifield should be rostered in 100 percent of fantasy leagues and seems to be meeting the expectations that fantasy managers held when they drafted him.

    May 22 · Source via Royals Whit Merrifield
  • Julio Urias Blanks Phillies On Friday

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias threw five scoreless innings against the Phillies on Friday. He gave up two hits and zero walks while striking out five batters. Urias has gone 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA, 6.80 K/9, and 1.76 BB/9 through eight starts this season. The southpaw has posted elite fastball and curveball spin metrics, all while pitching to contact and avoiding walks. He has been one of the most reliable pitchers in MLB as of late and should be started in 100 percent of fantasy leagues.

    May 22 · Source via Dodgers Julio Urias
  • Aroldis Chapman Could Miss Time

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (Achilles) was removed early during Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. The left-handed reliever gave up two runs in a non-save situation during Sunday's loss. That led to a trip from the trainer, but Chapman wanted to keep pitching. He faced two more batters before deciding to exit the game. It's unclear if Chapman will require a trip to the injured list. Fantasy managers will need to stay tuned for another update on Chapman after his Achilles treatment.

    May 22 · Source via Yankees Aroldis Chapman closers
  • Pirates To Select Yerry De Los Santos, Promote Roansy Contreras

    The Pirates are planning to add two new arms to their pitching mix, as Z101 Digital’s Hector Gomez (Twitter links) reports that the Bucs will call up right-handers Roansy Contreras and Yerry De Los Santos from Triple-A.  De Los Santos isn’t on the 40-man roster, so the Pirates will need to make another corresponding move…

    May 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Pirates Roansy Contreras prospect
  • Shane Bieber Strikes Out 10 Tigers Batters

    Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Shane Bieber allowed two runs, six hits, and two walks over seven innings of work against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. He also struck out 10 batters. Although Bieber was ultimately charged with the loss, Sunday's series finale represented another step in the right direction for the hurler. After all, he's just two games removed from a brutal seven-run outing in which he walked three batters. Bieber's Baseball Savant page is a bit of a concern right now; he ranks among the bottom-third of the league in most major metrics and hasn't had much effectiveness while throwing his fastball or curveball. His next couple of outings will be pivotal in terms of assessing his fantasy value, without a doubt. For now, fantasy managers should feel quite comfortable starting him in their lineups.

    May 22 · Source via Guardians Shane Bieber
  • Taylor Ward Will Undergo MRI

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward (neck, shoulder) is set to undergo an MRI on Monday. He crashed into the wall during Friday's game and hasn't played since then. The 28-year-old outfielder said he can play through the issue and won't require a trip to the injured list. However, the Angels want to be safe, so they'll have him undergo an MRI. That being said, fantasy managers will hopefully only be without Ward for another game or two. There should be another update on his status after his MRI on Monday.

    May 22 · Source via Angels Taylor Ward
  • Walker Buehler Earns Win Against Diamondbacks

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler allowed two runs, six hits, and two walks over five innings of work against the Arizona Diamondbacks last Wednesday. He struck out four batters and ultimately earned the win. The right-hander is now 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and .250 OBA while tallying a 20.1 percent strikeout rate and 6.2 percent walk rate. Buehler has boasted impressive command of his fastball and curveball, all while ranking in the 89th percentile in chase rate. He has been a key piece of the Los Angeles rotation and should continue to be rostered in all fantasy baseball leagues.

    May 22 · Source via Dodgers Walker Buehler
  • Austin Slater Exits Early Due To Injury

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Austin Slater (wrist) was forced to exit early during Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres. It's unclear how Slater suffered the injury, but it does make sense why he was pinch-hit for in the fifth inning. Outfielder Joc Pederson came into bat against a left-handed pitcher, which seemed like an odd decision at the time. Fantasy managers should get an update on Slater within the next day or two. However, he wasn't offering too much with the bat before the injury.

    May 22 · Source via Giants Austin Slater
  • Matt Olson Struggling Offensively Lately

    Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson is enduring a bit of a slump as of late. He's just 3-for-23 with six strikeouts over the course of his last six games. Through 41 games in total, Atlanta's big offseason acquisition is slashing .242/.361/.425 with a 21.8 percent strikeout rate and 16.2 percent walk rate. He has hit the ball hard and owns an solid .357 xwOBA, but these metrics haven't translated very well to the Braves' game-by-game box scores. He should continue to be rostered in all fantasy baseball leagues, but it's more than understandable if managers have concerns about starting him day in and day out.

    May 22 · Source via Braves Matt Olson
  • Brandon Belt Could Return Next Sunday

    San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (knee) could return from the injured list when first eligible. That being said, manager Gabe Kapler believes Belt should be able to return next Sunday. He was placed on the injured list ahead of Sunday's game after missing the two first games of the series against the San Diego Padres. Fantasy managers should expect Wilmer Flores to see more playing time at first base with Belt sidelined. However, at least fantasy managers shouldn't be without Belt for too long.

    May 22 · Source via Giants Brandon Belt
  • Corbin Burnes Roughed Up By Braves In Last Start

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes faltered a bit on Wednesday, allowing a season-high four runs over six innings of work against the Braves. He gave up seven hits (including two homers) and also hit two batters. When all was said and done, his record went unblemished; Burnes finished with the no-decision as Milwaukee won in extra innings. Despite the hurler's shaky outing, he remains one of the top pitchers in baseball. He owns a fantastic 2.26 ERA, 31.5 percent strikeout rate, and 4.1 percent walk rate through eight outings. He owns one of the best whiff rates in baseball and continues to throw one of the best fastballs in Major League Baseball. Undoubtedly, Burnes should be both rostered and started in all fantasy baseball leagues.

    May 22 · Source via Brewers Corbin Burnes
  • Spenser Watkins To Be Evaluated On Monday

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Spenser Watkins (arm) will be re-evaluated on Monday, according to head coach Brandon Hyde. Watkins was removed from Sunday's start after getting hit by a comebacker. He was drilled in the arm by Ji-Man Choi in the first inning and exited the game. It doesn't appear that Watkins has suffered a major injury, but fantasy managers should know more on Monday.

    May 22 · Source via Orioles Spenser Watkins
  • Nick Martinez To Start On Monday

    San Diego Padres pitcher Nick Martinez will make the start on Monday, according to manager Bob Melvin. Right-hander Mike Clevinger (triceps) was scheduled to start before he ended up on the injured list. That being said, it appears the Padres are planning on using a six-man rotation while Clevinger is out. Martinez has been fairly decent through his six starts this season. However, the Milwaukee Brewers lineup can be dangerous at times. Regardless, Martinez is at least worth considering as a streaming option in deep leagues this week.

    May 22 · Source via Padres Nick Martinez
  • Franchy Cordero Delivers Walk-Off Grand Slam

    Boston Red Sox outfielder Franchy Cordero was the hero in the team's 8-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Coming up to bat with two outs and the bases loaded in the 10th inning of a 4-4 tie, Cordero launched his first home run of the year. It was a walk-off grand slam, completing the team's four-game sweep of the Mariners. The homer was Cordero's only hit of the day as he went 1-for-5. He is now slashing .231/.305/.404 with four RBI and 11 runs over 18 games on the year.

    May 22 · Source via Red Sox Franchy Cordero
  • Gregory Soto Locks Down His Seventh Save On Sunday

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Gregory Soto closed out the team's 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday. He only required eight pitches to get through a scoreless ninth inning. It was one of the rare uneventful save opportunities for Soto this year. It was just the second time this year where he was able to retire all three batters he faced en route to the save. The 27-year-old is now 7-for-8 in save chances with a 2.92 ERA on the year.

    May 22 · Source via Tigers Gregory Soto closers
  • Sandy Alcantara Pitches Complete Game On Sunday

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara pitched his first complete game of the year in the team's 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. He allowed six hits, two walks and three runs (all unearned) while striking out seven. Alcantara is known for his ability to pitch deep into games. He'd already had two eight-inning outings this year before Sunday's gem. The 26-year-old is now 4-2 on the year with a 2.11 ERA. He'll face the Braves once again in his next start on Saturday.

    May 22 · Source via Marlins Sandy Alcantara
  • Brandon Belt Placed On Injured List With Knee Inflammation

    The San Francisco Giants placed first baseman Brandon Belt (knee) on the 10-day injured list on Sunday. Infielder Kevin Padlo was called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Belt is currently hampered by right knee inflammation. He hasn't played since Wednesday, so the move to the injured list doesn't come as much of a surprise. The 34-year-old is hitting .228/.342/.386 with four home runs, 11 RBI and 14 runs over 26 games on the year.

    May 22 · Source via Giants Brandon Belt
  • Mike Clevinger Lands On Injured List With Triceps Strain

    The San Diego Padres placed starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (triceps) on the 15-day injured list on Sunday with a right triceps strain. The move is retroactive to May 21. Clevinger was originally slated to start on Sunday, but he was pushed back a day as MacKenzie Gore got the start. Now the Padres have an opening on the hill for Monday's game. Clevinger has made three starts so far this year and he's gone 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. The Friars recalled right-handed pitcher Steven Wilson from Triple-A to take Clevinger's roster spot.

    May 22 · Source via Padres Mike Clevinger
  • Freddy Peralta Exits With Shoulder Injury On Sunday

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta (shoulder) was removed in the fourth inning of his start against the Washington Nationals on Sunday. While the specifics of the injury have yet to be revealed, it appears as if it is related to his right shoulder. The right-hander pointed to the area behind his right shoulder prior to walking off the field with the team's athletic trainer. It was a rough day for the 25-year-old. His final line was three innings, six hits, one walk, five earned runs and two strikeouts. We should know more about the injury later today so make sure to stay tuned.

    May 22 · Source via Brewers Freddy Peralta
  • A's Reinstate Cole Irvin

    The Athletics have announced that left-hander Cole Irvin has been reinstated from the injured list, with infielder Nick Allen being optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move. Irvin went on the injured list just over two weeks ago due to soreness in his throwing shoulder. His season had gotten off to a strong start…

    May 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Cole Irvin
  • Joey Gallo, Kyle Higashioka Land On COVID Injured List

    The New York Yankees placed outfielder Joey Gallo and catcher Kyle Higashioka on the COVID-19 injured list prior to Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. In corresponding moves, the team called up relief pitcher David McKay from Triple-A and signed catcher Rob Brantly to a major league contract, selecting him to the team's 26-man roster. It's unclear how long both players will be out, but we could see Marwin Gonzalez benefit from Gallo's absence, while Jose Trevino will serve as the team's starting catcher.

    May 22 · Source via Yankees Kyle Higashioka Joey Gallo
  • Chris Bassitt Agrees To One-Year, $8.8 Million Contract

    The New York Mets and starting pitcher Chris Bassitt have come to an agreement on a one-year contract to avoid an arbitration hearing. The deal is worth $8.65 million in 2022 and there is a mutual option for 2023 worth $19 million, but his contract can alternatively be bought out for $150,000. Bassitt is off to a great start to his first year in a Mets jersey. Over eight starts, he's gone 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.

    May 22 · Source via Mets Chris Bassitt
  • John Means Avoids Arbitration With Two-Year Deal

    The Baltimore Orioles and starting pitcher John Means (elbow) have reached an agreement on a two-year, $5.925 million deal in order to avoid an arbitration hearing. The 29-year-old underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery about 10 days ago. If his recovery goes well, we could see him back in the majors at some point in late 2023. Means only made two starts this year prior to his season being cut short. Over 70 career games in the MLB, Means is 20-24 with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

    May 22 · Source via Orioles John Means
  • LaMonte Wade Jr. Expected To Miss At Least A Few Weeks

    San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler provided an update on injured outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. (knee) on Sunday. Kapler stated that he believes Wade will be out for at least a few weeks. Wade landed on the 10-day injured list with left knee inflammation this past Friday. Injuries have held the 28-year-old to just 10 games so far this year. Over those 10 games, he's slashed .240/.375/.360 with one home run, five RBI and four runs. Luis Gonzalez was called up from Triple-A to take Wade's roster spot and he should see a decent amount of playing time in the coming weeks.

    May 22 · Source via Giants LaMonte Wade
  • Jazz Chisholm Jr. Exits With Leg Injury On Sunday

    Miami Marlins second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. (leg) was removed from Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves due to a leg injury. Joe Dunand entered the game in the third inning to take over at the keystone. Chisholm first aggravated his leg during Saturday's game. After reaching base through a walk in the first inning on Sunday, he was showing some lingering effects of the injury on the base paths, leading to his removal from the game. The Marlins are off on Monday, so he'll have an extra day to recover before Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    May 22 · Source via Marlins Jazz Chisholm
  • Charlie Blackmon Resting On Sunday

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is absent from the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the New York Mets. C.J. Cron will be slotting in as the team's designated hitter, while Randal Grichuk will be in right field. Blackmon is slashing just .167/.231/.300 so far in May. On the bright side, we've seen some better power numbers from the veteran this year than we did last year. He only hit 13 home runs over 150 games in 2021. Through 34 games this year, he's already launched six home runs.

    May 22 · Source via Rockies Charlie Blackmon
  • Gleyber Torres Sitting For Game 1 On Sunday

    New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is not in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. DJ LeMahieu will be handling second base duties for the game. Torres is off to a decent start to the 2022 season. Over 36 games, he's slashing .242/.285/.425 with five home runs, 19 RBI and 11 runs. We expect to see him back in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the two-game set.

    May 22 · Source via Yankees Gleyber Torres
  • Stephen Strasburg, Joe Ross To Begin Rehab Assignments Tuesday

    Washington Nationals starting pitchers Stephen Strasburg (neck, shoulder) and Joe Ross (elbow) will both begin minor league rehab assignments on Tuesday. Strasburg is headed to Single-A Fredericksburg while Ross's assignment will begin at Double-A Harrisburg. Both players will need several rehab appearances before making their respective 2022 debuts in the majors.

    May 22 · Source via Nationals Stephen Strasburg Joe Ross
  • Willson Contreras Out With Hamstring Injury Sunday

    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Contreras exited Saturday's game due to right hamstring tightness and he is being considered day-to-day. P.J. Higgins will be the team's starting catcher on Sunday and Frank Schwindel will be the designated hitter. Contreras has been about as good as any catcher in the game so far this year from a fantasy perspective. Over 34 games, he's slashing .258/.382/.458 with five home runs, 14 RBI and 24 runs.

    May 22 · Source via Cubs Willson Contreras
  • White Sox Reinstate Aaron Bummer

    The White Sox announced that, prior to today’s doubleheader, left-hander Aaron Bummer has been activated from the injured list. No corresponding move is necessary at this time, as the club is allowed to carry 27 players on their active roster for today’s doubleheader, instead of the usual 26. Bummer, 28, landed on the injured list…

    May 22 · MLB Trade Rumors White Sox Aaron Bummer closers
  • Spenser Watkins Hit By Comebacker, Leaves Game

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Spenser Watkins (arm) was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning. He was hit in his right arm (his throwing arm) by a line drive off the bat of Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi. Relief pitcher Joey Krehbiel entered the game to take over on the mound. Watkins was struggling before exiting the game. He gave up three straight hits to start the game and wasn't able to record an out before exiting.

    May 22 · Source via Orioles Spenser Watkins
  • Josh Rojas Out Of The Lineup On Sunday

    Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Josh Rojas (hand) is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against left-hander Wade Miley and the Chicago Cubs. Drew Ellis, who was called up from Triple-A earlier on Sunday, will be playing third base in the game. Rojas suffered an injury to his left hand on Saturday and was forced to leave the game. The injury seems to be minor and it's unclear at this point whether he's sitting out on Sunday due to the injury or if he's just getting a day of rest. The 27-year-old had a monster three-homer day on Friday, but he's had a rather quiet year so far otherwise.

    May 22 · Source via Diamondbacks Josh Rojas
  • J.D. Martinez A Last-Minute Scratch On Sunday

    Boston Red Sox outfielder J.D. Martinez (back) was scratched from the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners just moments before the game began. The veteran is reportedly dealing with back spasms. He was originally slated to play designated hitter in the game, but Christian Arroyo is now filling in as the team's designated hitter. The Red Sox are off on Monday, so Martinez will have some extra time to rest before the team opens up a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

    May 22 · Source via Red Sox J.D. Martinez
  • Luis Urias Heading To The Bench On Sunday

    Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Luis Urias is getting the day off on Sunday as the team takes on right-hander Aaron Sanchez and the Washington Nationals. Mike Brosseau will be filling in as the team's shortstop for the game. Urias was due for a day off as he had started the team's previous 11 games before Sunday's contest. The 24-year-old is slashing .293/.408/.466 with three home runs, seven RBI and 12 runs over 16 games on the year.

    May 22 · Source via Brewers Luis Urias
  • Yoan Moncada Will Play Game 1, Sit Game 2 On Sunday

    Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada will be leading off in Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the New York Yankees on Sunday. However, he will be held out in the second game of the two-game set. Moncada suffered a leg injury this past Thursday and the injury caused him to be scratched from Saturday's lineup. However, he did wind up making an appearance as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's game, going 0-for-1 with a strikeout. The 26-year-old has appeared in 10 games so far this year and he's slashing .195/.250/.341 with two home runs, four RBI and four runs.

    May 22 · Source via White Sox Yoan Moncada
  • Tim Anderson Scratched From The Lineup For Game 1 Sunday

    Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has been scratched from the starting lineup for Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the New York Yankees on Sunday. Leury Garcia is now covering shortstop and Yoan Moncada will be leading off for the game. White Sox manager Tony La Russa stated that Anderson will be back in action for Game 2 of the two-game set. The 28-year-old currently has a stellar .350/.393/.493 slash line on the year to go along with four home runs, seven stolen bases and 21 runs.

    May 22 · Source via White Sox Tim Anderson
  • Chad Green To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (elbow) will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone. The 30-year-old had been undergoing tests on his elbow over the past few days, and the team had been speculating that Green was likely to miss extended time. Green racked up three holds and a save this year while pitching to a 3.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. His presence will be missed in the Yankees' bullpen. Expect to see relievers such as Jonathan Loaisiga and Michael King take on bigger roles with Green out.

    May 22 · Source via Yankees Chad Green closers
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