Fantasy Baseball News

  • Abraham Toro Optioned To Triple-A Tacoma

    Seattle Mariners' third baseman Abraham Toro was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. Mitch Haniger was reinstated from the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move. Toro struggled this season, slashing .180/.239/.322 with eight home runs, 26 RBI, 30 runs, and a stolen base over 285 plate appearances in 2022. The 25-year-old will try to turn things around in the minors and is expected to be one of the top call-ups if Seattle needs to call up a hitter from the minor leagues.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mariners Abraham Toro
  • Kyle Tucker Still Dealing With An Illness

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (illness) was a late scratch for Saturday's game against the Cleveland Guardians as he continues to deal with an illness. The 25-year-old will now have missed three straight games. He is considered day-to-day with his next chance to return will be Sunday for the series finale against the Guardians. Tucker is slashing .241/.328/.448 19 home runs, 67 RBI, 44 runs, and 16 stolen bases over 99 games in 2022. Chas McCormick will continue to fill in at right field while Tucker is sidelined.

    Aug 6 · Source via Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Jordan Montgomery Removed From Saturday's Start

    St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Montgomery (leg) was removed from Saturday's game against the New York Yankees before the sixth inning due to leg cramps. He made his Cardinals debut Saturday against his former team and pitched well before exiting. The 29-year-old allowed two hits and one walk while striking out one across five scoreless innings. Montgomery owns a 3.53 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 98 strikeouts across 119 2/3 innings in 2022. The Cardinals removed the southpaw for precautionary reasons. He is considered day-to-day and is tentatively lined up to start against the Milwaukee Brewers in next weekend's series.

    Aug 6 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Montgomery
  • Franmil Reyes Designated For Assignment On Saturday

    Cleveland Guardians outfielder Franmil Reyes was designated for assignment on Saturday. He's struggled mightily this season, slashing .213/.254/.350 with nine home runs and 28 RBI across 280 plate appearances in 70 games. The Cleveland Guardians optioned the 27-year-old on Tuesday, and he will now be removed from the 40-man roster. Despite his struggles this season, Reyes smashed 30 homers and drove in 85 runs in 2021. An MLB team will likely take a chance and claim Reyes on waivers with his past success.

    Aug 6 · Source via Guardians Franmil Reyes
  • Mike Trout Takes "Dry Swings" On Saturday

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (back) took dry swings Saturday and had no issues. The 30-year-old superstar had been sidelined since the All-Star break due to a rare back called costovertebral dysfunction. He will increase activity, and the Angels will see how he feels afterward. "Everything went well" today, said head athletic trainer Mike Frostad. Trout slashed .270/.368/.599 with a .967 OPS, 24 home runs, 51 RBI, 55 runs scored, and one stolen base in 282 at-bats before landing on the injured list. Trout is trending in the right direction in his recovery, but it remains unclear if he returns to action this season.

    Aug 6 · Source via Angels Mike Trout
  • Mitch Haniger Reinstated From The 60-Day Injured List

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger (ankle) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list on Saturday. The 31-year-old had been sidelined since April 29 due to a Grade 2 right ankle sprain. He slashed .200/.222/.486 with three home runs, seven RBI, and three runs over nine games before landing on the injured list. He will be Seattle's primary right fielder moving forward and should be rostered in all league formats now that Haninger has returned to action. Haniger hit .267 with three home runs, eight RBI, six runs, and 10 walks with a 1.055 OPS over 11 games during his rehab assignment. Abraham Toro was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mariners Mitch Haniger
  • Matt Dermody To Sign With KBO League's NC Dinos

    Cubs left-hander Matt Dermody has agreed to sign with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization, according to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors (Twitter link).  While Dermody was signed with the Cubs, it isn’t uncommon for teams to release players for opportunities overseas if that player isn’t in the team’s long-term plans. Dermody…

    Aug 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Matt Dermody
  • MacKenzie Gore Will Play Catch On Friday

    Washington Nationals left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore (left elbow inflammation) is expected to begin playing catch on Friday, according to Jessica Camerato of Gore was acquired from San Diego in the Juan Soto trade on Tuesday but hasn't pitched since before then. He was placed on the 15-day injured list on July 26 and is expected to return this season. Gore can be dropped in shallower redraft leagues, but he might return to fantasy relevance sometime in late August or September.

    Aug 6 · Source via Nationals MacKenzie Gore prospects
  • Jake Odorizzi Experienced Cramping During Start On Saturday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi "had cramping in his hamstring and glute in his last inning, got fluids via IV afterward, [and is] feeling fine now," he told The Athletic's David O'Brien. Acquired from Houston at the trade deadline, Odorizzi surrendered two runs through 4.2 innings in his Braves debut. Through 12 starts with the Astros, he went 4-3 with a 3.61 FIP, 6.90 K/9, and 2.55 BB/9. His established role and veteran presence give him fantasy allure in many leagues.

    Aug 6 · Source via Braves Jake Odorizzi
  • Nationals Preparing For Middle Infield Of C.J. Abrams, Luis García

    Washington Nationals infielder Luis Garca "has been getting work in at second base in anticipation of C.J. Abrams' arrival," manager Davey Martinez told Bobby Blanco of MASN. Presumably, the newly-acquired Abrams will play shortstop once he returns to the majors. Garca, 22, is slashing .297/.303/.434 with just two walks and 46 strikeouts through 55 games this season. Although he has a poor walk rate and should be left on waivers in most leagues, Garca has put plenty of baseballs in play. Meanwhile, Abrams was acquired from the Padres in the Juan Soto trade. The 21-year-old hasn't looked great in the majors this season, but he sports an impressive .314/.364/.507 slash line at the Triple-A level and boasts plenty of upside. He should be rostered in all dynasty leagues especially now that he's no longer blocked by an elite talent like Fernando Tatis Jr.

    Aug 6 · Source via Nationals C.J. Abrams prospects
  • Twins Activate Max Kepler From IL

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (right fifth toe fracture) has been activated from the 10-day injured list, according to an announcement from the club. In a corresponding move, outfielder Mark Contreras was optioned to Triple-A St. Paul. Kepler has looked solid in his age-29 season, slashing .244/.344/.390 with nine homers, 39 RBI, a 12.2 BB%, and 14.5 K%. He offers upside both at the plate and in the field, amassing 4.6 oWAR and 3.6 dWAR through 85 games. He should be rostered in most fantasy leagues going forward.

    Aug 6 · Source via Twins Max Kepler
  • Christopher Morel Exits With Hamstring Tightness

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Christopher Morel exited Saturday's game with right hamstring tightness, according to Jared Wyllys of CHGO Sports. He went 1-for-2 with a single and run before departing. Morel is slashing .257/.330/.450 with nine homers, 29 RBI, and nine stolen bases this season. He has also accrued a 9.3 BB% and 29.3 K%. The 23-year-old should be considered day-to-day going forward.

    Aug 6 · Source via Cubs Christopher Morel
  • Hunter Greene Undergoes MRI, Won't Need Surgery

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (shoulder) underwent an MRI and is expected to avoid surgery, according to Bobby Nightengale Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Although he won't need to go under the knife, there's still not timetable for Greene's return and it's unclear if he will pitch again in 2022. He's currently on the 15-day injured list and isn't expected to return as soon as he is eligible in two weeks. Greene is 4-12 with a 3.97 xFIP, 11.13 K/9, and 3.59 BB/9 through 20 games this season. He throws a triple-digits fastball but has surrendered home runs at a concerning rate of 2.02 per nine innings. His 27.9 GB% is also lower than ideal. Still, Greene is young and throws hard, making him worth rostering in most fantasy leagues upon his return.

    Aug 6 · Source via Reds Hunter Greene prospects
  • Tyler Glasnow Could Pitch In 2022

    Tampa Bay Rays star pitcher Tyler Glasnow's chances of pitching this season are "not zero," pitching coach Kyle Snyder told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Glasnow underwent Tommy John surgery in 2021 and has come along nicely in his recovery, touching 99 mph on the radar gun. The now-28-year-old went 5-2 with a 2.70 xFIP, 45.3 GB%, 12.58 K/9, and 2.76 BB/9 last season. He should be rostered in all dynasty leagues, and managers in redraft leagues with an open IL spot should consider stashing him.

    Aug 6 · Source via Rays Tyler Glasnow
  • Mitch White Recalled From Triple-A, Will Start Saturday

    Toronto Blue Jays right-handed pitcher Mitch White has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo, according to an announcement from the club. Assuming the bad weather holds off, he'll start against Minnesota on Saturday. White was acquired from Los Angeles at the trade deadline after throwing 11.2 scoreless innings for the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, and he has also looked solid through 15 outings in the majors. White reported to the Blue Jays' Triple-A club in Buffalo but didn't appear in a game, so Saturday's start represents his debut in the Jays organization.

    Aug 6 · Source via Blue Jays Mitch White closers
  • Giants Activate Brandon Crawford, Joc Pederson

    San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (knee) and outfielder Joc Pederson (concussion) have both been activated from the injured list, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports. Crawford has been sidelined since July 15th. The 35-year-old is slashing .215/.297/.332 with five homers, 33 RBI, 7.9 BB%, and 20.4 K% this year. Unless he turns things around offensively, Crawford should be left on waivers in most leagues. Pederson, on the other hand, has fared a bit better, slashing .242/.319/.492 with 17 homers, 43 RBI, 9.1 BB%, and 22.1 K%. He has been on the seven-day concussion injured list since July 28th. Pederson is a true power threat and should be rostered in most fantasy leagues.

    Aug 6 · Source via Giants Joc Pederson Brandon Crawford
  • George Springer Placed On Injured List

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer (right elbow inflammation) has been placed on the 10-day injured list, according to an announcement from the club. The move is retroactive to August 5th. The 34-year-old has swung an impactful bat this season, slashing .251/.331/.464 with 18 homers, 49 RBI, a 9.3 BB%, and 18.7 K%. He has played in just one game over the last week and will presumably be replaced by newcomer Whit Merrifield for the time being.

    Aug 6 · Source via Blue Jays George Springer
  • Phillies Release Odubel Herrera, Jeurys Familia

    The Phillies have released outfielder Odubel Herrera and right-hander Jeurys Familia.  Righty Ryan Sherriff has also been outrighted to Triple-A.  All three players were designated for assignment earlier this week. This is the second time within the last year that the Phils have officially parted ways with Herrera, as they declined their $11.5MM club option…

    Aug 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Jeurys Familia Odubel Herrera closers
  • Braves Claim Daniel Young, Outright Jesus Cruz

    The Braves claimed left-hander Daniel Young off waivers from the Mariners and outrighted right-hander Jesus Cruz to Triple-A Gwinnett, the team announced today.  The Mariners had designated Young for assignment earlier this week. Young had a 7.36 ERA over 2 2/3 innings with Seattle this season, marking his first appearance in the big leagues.  Originally…

    Aug 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Jesus Cruz
  • Steven Kwan Not In The Lineup Saturday Against Houston

    Cleveland Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan (foot) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Houston Astros. He exited Friday's game early after fouling a pitch off his left foot. The 24-year-old is slashing .294/.367/.379 with two home runs, 28 RBI, 51 runs scored, and nine stolen bases in 94 games in 2022. Andres Gimenez will head leadoff for Saturday's game, while Will Benson handles centerfield duties with Kwan sidelined. Benson has not collected a hit in eight plate appearances since being called up from Triple-A Columbus on August 1. Fantasy managers can avoid using Benson as a streamer in most league formats.

    Aug 6 · Source via Guardians Steven Kwan prospects
  • Luis Robert Absent From Saturday's Lineup Against Texas

    Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert (illness) is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers. He was recently reinstated from the 10-day injured list after missing the last three weeks from a bout of light-headedness. The 25-year-old will receive a scheduled day off on Saturday. AJ Pollock is batting seventh and will handle centerfield duties on Saturday. Pollock is hitting .200 (2-for-10) with an RBI over his last five games. Fantasy managers can use Pollock as a streamer in a matchup against Rangers pitcher Dane Dunning in deep-league formats.

    Aug 6 · Source via White Sox Luis Robert
  • Kyle Tucker Returns To The Lineup Saturday

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (illness) will bat fifth and play right field Saturday against the Cleveland Guardians. He was scratched from Thursday's lineup with an illness and missed the team's last two games. The 25-year-old is slashing .241/.328/.448 with 19 home runs, 67 RBI, 44 runs, and 16 stolen bases over 99 games in 2022. He is one of the most consistent hitters in baseball and 11th in league with 11 steals. Although Tucker is hitting .200 (2-for-10) over four games in August, fantasy managers can start Tucker in all league formats.

    Aug 6 · Source via Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Francisco Lindor Going Off

    New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor has been hot, and that didn't change on Friday when he went 2-for-5 with a run during the 9-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Since July, the 28-year-old's batting .314 with seven home runs and a .946 OPS. Across 105 games this year, Lindor's slashing .262/.341/.456 with 19 HRs, 74 RBI, 65 runs, and 10 SBs. It seems he's put his lousy 2021 behind him and is once again a top fantasy shortstop hitting in the middle of the Mets lineup.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mets Francisco Lindor
  • Shohei Ohtani Was Never Close To Being Traded

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was "never close" to being traded prior to last week's deadline, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports MLB. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise but there were rumors that the Angels were fielding offers for the megastar before the trade deadline last week. Rosenthal said that he spoke with several teams that inquired about Ohtani and they told him that the asking price for the 28-year-old two-way player was incredibly high. He also added that Ohtani probably would have fetched more of a return than the Nationals received when they moved All-Star Juan Soto to the Padres last week. Ohtani is set to become a free agent in 2024 and only time will tell if the Angels decide to trade him or not in between now and then.

    Aug 6 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Danny Young Claimed Off Waivers By Atlanta

    Former Seattle Mariners left-handed pitcher Danny Young has been claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta optioned Young to Triple-A Gwinnett where he'll serve as relief depth for the ball club. The 28-year-old has surrendered three runs over two appearances (3 2/3 innings) this season and was designated for assignment by Seattle on August 1.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mariners Danny Young
  • Tommy Hunter Lands On The Injured List

    New York Mets reliever Tommy Hunter (back) has been placed on the 15-day injured list with lower back tightness. The veteran reliever has been solid in a limited role for the Mets this year, putting together a 2.51 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 16:2 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings (11 appearances) of relief. David Peterson was called up in a corresponding move.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mets Tommy Hunter
  • Kirby Yates To Make Another Rehab Start On Sunday

    Atlanta Braves reliever Kirby Yates (elbow) is set to make another rehab start on Sunday at Triple-A Gwinnett, according to manager Brian Snitker. The 35-year-old righty made back-to-back hitless appearances earlier this week and didn't sustain any setbacks. He'll likely need a few more rehab outings before joining the Braves' bullpen later this month. Once he arrives with the club he figures to work in a setup/high-leverage role for Atlanta.

    Aug 6 · Source via Braves Kirby Yates closers
  • Mike Mayers Has Contract Purchased

    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Mike Mayers has had his contract selected from Triple-A Salt Lake and will join the team's 40-man roster. The 30-year-old righty was outrighted to the minors back in early June but has now made his way back to the majors. He posted a poor 5.40 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 14:6 K/BB ratio over 16 2/3 innings (15 appearances) earlier this season. He'll add some depth to the Los Angeles bullpen but doesn't offer a whole lot of fantasy value.

    Aug 6 · Source via Angels Mike Mayers closers
  • Michael Lorenzen Transferred To 60-Day Injured List

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen (shoulder) has been transferred from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day IL. This was just a procedural move to open up a spot on the Angels' 40-man roster. Lorenzen has been out since the beginning of July with a right shoulder strain but has recently resumed a throwing program. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a 4.94 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 55:30 K/BB ratio over 71 innings (13 starts) this season. Barring any setbacks, he could return to the Angels' rotation sometime in September.

    Aug 6 · Source via Angels Michael Lorenzen
  • Janson Junk Optioned To Triple-A

    Los Angeles Angels reliever Janson Junk has been optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday. The 26-year-old right-hander owns a rough 6.48 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, and 11:3 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings (three games, two starts). Reliever Mike Mayers had his contract purchased and will join the Angels' bullpen in a corresponding move.

    Aug 6 · Source via Angels Janson Junk
  • Oliver Ortega Added To Angels Roster Ahead of Doubleheader

    Los Angeles Angels right-handed pitcher Oliver Ortega was added to the team's roster ahead of Saturday's doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners. The 25-year-old righty will serve as the Angels' 27th man and work out of the bullpen if he makes an appearance. He owns a 3.82 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and 31:18 K/BB ratio over 33 innings (26 appearances) to go along with one save and five holds on the season.

    Aug 6 · Source via Angels Oliver Ortega
  • Art Warren Starts Rehab Assignment On Saturday

    Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Art Warren (forearm) is starting a rehab assignment on Saturday at Triple-A Louisville. The 29-year-old reliever has been dealing with a right flexor pronator strain in his right arm since the beginning of July. He'll get a few minor league games under his belt before joining the Reds sometime in mid-August. Warren put together a rough 6.91 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 30:15 K/BB ratio across 28 2/3 innings of relief before going down. Despite his struggles, he did notch three saves and four holds and figures to be in the mix for high-leverage situations once he returns to action.

    Aug 6 · Source via Reds Art Warren closers
  • Austin Hays Remains Out Saturday

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (oblique) is out of the starting lineup again on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hays is dealing with oblique tightness, but he downplayed the injury on Friday, so he could return to Baltimore's lineup on Sunday. Brett Phillips will get another start in left field on Saturday while hitting ninth in the batting order against Pirates right-hander JT Brubaker. Phillips has gone 1-for-6 with a double and four strikeouts in two games since coming over from the Tampa Bay Rays. In his 75 games for Tampa this year, Phillips hit .147/.225/.250 with five home runs, 14 RBI, 21 runs scored and seven stolen bases before being designated for assignment. He'll be a low-upside DFS dart throw against Pittsburgh.

    Aug 6 · Source via Orioles Austin Hays
  • Taijuan Walker Lit Up By Braves

    New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker had an outing to forget on Friday against the division-rival Atlanta Braves in a 9-6 loss. The right-hander lasted just one inning, allowing eight earned runs on seven hits (two home runs) while striking out none and walking none. The nightmare outing raised the 29-year-old's ERA to 3.45 on the season, and he also has a 1.19 WHIP, 80 strikeouts and 28 walks in 104 1/3 innings in 19 starts. While fantasy managers didn't like what they saw on Friday night, Walker's rough outing broke a stretch of nine straight starts allowing less than four runs. He's lined up for a prime bounce-back start next week against the lowly Cincinnati Reds.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mets Taijuan Walker
  • Tylor Megill To Throw Bullpen Next Saturday

    New York Mets right-hander Tylor Megill (shoulder) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session next Saturday. Megill will return to the Mets as a reliever in late August or early September. After the season, the Mets have told him they'll stretch him back out as a starter for next year. Before his injury, the 27-year-old was 4-2 with a 5.01 ERA (3.60 FIP), a 1.21 WHIP and a 47:11 K:BB in 41 1/3 innings over his nine starts in just his second major league season. Megill won't have much fantasy value the rest of the way while coming out of New York's bullpen.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mets Tylor Megill
  • Framber Valdez Earns The Victory Friday

    Houston Astros left-hander Framber Valdez completed 6 1/3 innings of work on Friday and got his 10th win when his team beat the Cleveland Guardians 9-3. He allowed three runs on seven hits and had just three strikeouts with three walks. His 21.7% strikeout rate doesn't do much for fantasy managers, but Valdez has been great at preventing runs this season, posting a 2.87 ERA and 3.30 FIP. His 1.15 WHIP is impressive, too, and the fact that he plays on the Astros means he's rosterable in every fantasy league.

    Aug 6 · Source via Astros Framber Valdez
  • Jason Castro Could Consider Retirement

    Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro (knee), who underwent season-ending surgery on his left knee on July 26 to fix a torn meniscus, said he hasn't made a decision about his future after considering retirement in the spring after the 2022 season. "I'm non-weight-bearing for six weeks, so it's going to be difficult to kind of do much in that timetable, but once I'm back and able to be mobile and not be a burden and in the way, I'm going to be around as much as possible," Castro said. Before his injury, the 35-year-old was hitting just .115/.205/.179 with a homer, three RBI, six runs scored and one stolen base in 78 at-bats. If this is the end for Castro, he'll finish his major league career with a .227/.312/.387 slash line, 97 home runs, 325 RBI, 368 runs scored and six stolen bases in 12 seasons with the Astros, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres.

    Aug 6 · Source via Astros Jason Castro
  • Lance McCullers Jr. To Make Another Rehab Start Sunday

    Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm), who was injured in last year's postseason, will make his fourth minor league rehab start for Triple-A Sugar Land on Sunday and could then face a decision on whether he's ready to be activated from the injured list. McCullers allowed two earned runs on three hits while striking out five and walking three in 3 1/3 innings for Sugar Land in his previous rehab start on Aug. 2. The 28-year-old tossed 76 pitches, so he's close to being fully built up for a starting role. Although he led the majors with 76 walks in 28 starts last year, McCullers also had a 3.16 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and a career-high 185 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings. McCullers could be a difference-maker for fantasy managers to close out the second half of the season.

    Aug 6 · Source via Astros Lance McCullers Jr.
  • Aledmys Diaz Dealing With Thumb Injury

    Houston Astros utility man Aledmys Diaz (thumb) was out of Friday's lineup due to a thumb injury he sustained in an outfield collision on Thursday. "It's negative; no broken bones or anything," manager Dusty Baker said of Daz's finger. "He might be available to pinch hit later, but [he'll] probably be more available [Saturday]." Fantasy managers should consider Diaz day-to-day. The 32-year-old veteran infielder has been swinging a hot bat lately and is slashing .251/.309/.414 with nine home runs, 26 RBI, 29 runs scored and one stolen base in 227 at-bats for Houston in 2022. Diaz is useful for infield depth in deeper fantasy leagues.

    Aug 6 · Source via Astros Aledmys Diaz
  • Andrelton Simmons Designated For Assignment

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) was reinstated from the injured list on Saturday and then designated for assignment. Simmons, always a standout with his leather at the 6, was hitting just .173/.244/.187 with no home runs, seven RBI, eight runs scored and four stolen bases in 85 plate appearances over 34 games for the Cubbies before his injury. The 31-year-old had been on the injured list since July 11. If he's not claimed off waivers by another club, Chicago can return him to their organization in the minor leagues. The Cubs will move forward with youngster Nico Hoerner at the position. Even if Simmons latches on with another team and is on the major league roster, he's miles away from fantasy relevance.

    Aug 6 · Source via Cubs Andrelton Simmons
  • Diego Castillo "Feeling Much Better"

    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Diego Castillo (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Friday when the team opened their homestand against the Los Angeles Angels, and his shoulder is "feeling much better," according to skipper Scott Servais. Castillo will likely throw another bullpen session before returning from the injured list. The 28-year-old was always likely to return after missing the minimum 15 days on the injured list after landing there with right shoulder inflammation. Andres Munoz and Matt Festa have seen increased work at the back end of the bullpen with Castillo sidelined ahead of closer Paul Sewald. Castillo will return to a 3.93 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, six saves and 36 strikeouts in 36 2/3 relief innings for Seattle.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mariners Diego Castillo prospects
  • Xander Bogaerts Completes Four-Hit Game Friday

    Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 4-for-5 on Friday, helping his club win 7-4 against the Kansas City Royals. Each hit was a single, and he scored and drove in a run. Bogaerts hasn't provided much power to the Red Sox lineup, with just nine home runs on the season after hitting 90 from 2018-2021. He's still having a great offensive season, slashing .315/.388/.459 with 47 RBI, 59 runs, and seven stolen bases. The native of Aruba will continue to be one of the best hitting shortstops, even if fantasy managers were hoping for more home runs.

    Aug 6 · Source via Red Sox Xander Bogaerts
  • Dylan Moore Improving

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Dylan Moore (back) has picked up baseball activity, and his back spasms have "calmed down," according to manager Scott Servais. Moore left the team's game on July 30 against the Houston Astros and was placed on the 15-day injured list on July 31. It remains to be seen if the 30-year-old will be sent out on a minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the big-league roster. In 147 at-bats this year before his injury, he was hitting .197/.350/.367 with five home runs, 16 RBI, 25 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. With Seattle's outfielders getting healthier, Moore might struggle to find regular at-bats in Seattle once he returns.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mariners Dylan Moore
  • Marlins Activate Elieser Hernandez, Designate Aneurys Zabala For Assignment

    The Marlins have activated right-hander Elieser Hernandez from the injured list and designated Aneurys Zabala for assignment, per Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald (via Twitter). Hernandez has long been thought of as a potential rotation stalwart for the Marlins, but the 27-year-old struggled mightily to start the year. After nine starts and five relief…

    Aug 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Elieser Hernandez Aneurys Zabala
  • Travis Jankowski Designated For Assignment

    The Seattle Mariners designated outfielder Travis Jankowski for assignment on Friday in order to make room for newly acquired infielder/outfielder Jake Lamb. Lamb, a Seattle native, wasn't in the lineup on Friday against Los Angeles Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval, but he'll likely be used regularly against right-handed pitchers, against whom he has an .808 OPS this year. He'll likely play a corner outfield spot and third base on days that Eugenio Suarez is rested. Jankowski was primarily used as a defensive replacement and a pinch-runner in his time with Seattle and he appeared in just one game. In 43 games with the New York Mets this year, he was 9-for-55 (.164) with no homers, two RBI and three stolen bases.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mariners Travis Jankowski
  • Julio Rodriguez Could Return When Eligible

    Seattle Mariners rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) could return from the injured list when he's first eligible on Aug. 10. He'll begin swinging a bat this weekend during the team's series against the Los Angeles Angels. It's possible the Mariners hold Rodriguez out until Aug. 12 at the Texas Rangers since they have an off day on Aug. 11. The 21-year-old All-Star is dealing with a bruised right wrist, but he should be back soon for fantasy managers. J-Rod won't need a minor league rehab assignment before returning to the major leagues, according to manager Scott Servais. Rodriguez has been a must-start in his first year in the majors, slashing .271/.334/.482 with an .816 OPS, 18 home runs, 57 RBI, 55 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in 365 at-bats.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Enrique Hernandez Could Begin Rehab Assignment Soon

    Boston Red Sox skipper Alex Cora said that outfielder Enrique Hernandez (hip) has "felt great" since resuming swinging a bat, and he's made steady progress ever since he got a platelet-rich plasma injection the weekend before the All-Star break. "We'll see [Aug. 9] where he is," Cora said, adding that plans could be in the works soon for a minor league rehab assignment. The 30-year-old has been sidelined with a right hip-flexor strain and is expected to return in mid-to-late August. Outfield prospect Jarren Duran has mostly been playing center field with Hernandez sidelined, but Hernandez should at least return to semi-regular playing time for Boston once he's ready to return. He was hitting .209/.273/.340 with four home runs, 24 RBI and 27 runs scored in 215 at-bats before his injury.

    Aug 6 · Source via Red Sox Enrique Hernandez
  • Chris Sale Resumes Playing Catch

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (finger) has started playing catch again, according to manager Alex Cora. However, the Red Sox haven't given a timetable for his return after having surgery on July 18, which was described as an "open reduction and internal fixation of a left fifth finger proximal phalarix fracture." Sale broke his left pinkie finger on a line drive against the division-rival New York Yankees in just his second start of the year on July 17. The 33-year-old southpaw got a late start to the 2022 season due to injured ribs, and now fantasy managers will have to wait for him again in what has been another lost season due to injuries. Sale is worth stashing in all fantasy leagues, but it remains to be seen how much he'll help down the stretch.

    Aug 6 · Source via Red Sox Chris Sale
  • Francisco Alvarez Continues Success In Triple-A

    New York Mets catcher prospect Francisco Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer for Triple-A Syracuse on Friday. The games top prospect absolutely crushed his fifth home run for Syracuse and the talented backstop has yet to a miss a beat since him promotion from Double-A on July 2. Alvarez has torn the cover off the ball in 2022 and has hit .259 with 23 homers and 63 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A. Entering the season, it appeared that the 20-year-old would spend the season on the farm, but the Mets didn't acquire a catcher at the trade deadline and there is certainly a chance that the 20-year-old could make his debut with the big-league club before the season ends. Dynasty managers should already have Alvarez rostered and managers in redraft leagues would be wise to stash Alvarez, if they have the space due to his potential and position.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mets Francisco Alvarez prospects
  • David Peterson To Start Saturday

    New York Mets left-hander David Peterson has been called up from the minors and will start Game 1 of a doubleheader against the division-rival Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Although the matchup is a tough one, Peterson is worth streaming consideration in fantasy. The 26-year-old southpaw has been effective for the Mets this year with a 3.54 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 86 strikeouts and 35 walks in 73 2/3 innings over 17 appearances (13 starts) in 2022. His walk rate isn't the greatest, but he's made up for it with his 27.5 percent strikeout rate and 53.8 percent ground-ball rate. It remains to be seen if the Mets send him right back to the minors after his start on Saturday, but there's a chance he sticks around and works out of the bullpen.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mets David Peterson
  • Ronny Mauricio Continues To Show Power In Double-A

    New York Mets shortstop prospect Ronny Mauricio went 1-for-4 with a three-run blast on Friday for Double-A Binghamton. Mauricio is a top-five prospect for the Mets and has shown strong progress this season. The 21-year-old is now hitting .255 with 20 homers, 65 RBI and 13 stolen bases. Although he is blocked by shortstop Francisco Lindor at the big-league level, Mauricio remains one of the top names at his position and could make an impact as soon as 2023. For now, he holds no value in redraft leagues, but dynasty managers would be wise to stash the talented shortstop for the future.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mets Ronny Mauricio
  • Taylor Trammell Goes Deep Friday At Triple-A

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Taylor Trammell (hamstring) went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout in a minor league rehab game for Triple-A Tacoma on Friday night while playing center field and hitting leadoff. Trammell has been out with a right hamstring strain since late June, but he's getting close to returning to Seattle. The 24-year-old has played in only 32 games for the M's this year in his second major league season, and he's hitting .235/.323/.457 with three home runs, nine RBI, 14 runs scored and two stolen bases in 94 plate appearances. But if he returns to regular playing time for the Mariners once he's activated from the injured list, he's worth a pickup in deeper fantasy leagues for his power alone.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mariners Taylor Trammell
  • James Wood Shows Potential With New Organization

    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood had a nice debut for Single-A Fredericksburg on Friday. Wood, who was one of the pieces in the Juan Soto deal with the San Diego Padres went 4-for-6 with a homer, three RBI and a stolen base. The 19-year-old provides both power and speed out of a big 6'7 frame and his body should continue to mature as he develops throughout the Nationals system. In addition to showing power early in his career, Wood has shown a good plate discipline. Still in just Single-A, Wood remains a few years away from the big leagues, but is a name for dynasty managers to keep tabs on.

    Aug 6 · Source via Nationals James Wood prospects
  • Beau Brieske Strikes Out Eight In Rehab Start

    Detroit Tigers rookie right-hander Beau Brieske (forearm) looked really good in his latest minor league rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Friday night, giving up one run on three hits while striking out eight and walking none in 4 1/3 innings of work. He has given up three runs on eight hits while striking out 10 and walking two in his two rehab starts since landing on the injured list in mid-July with right forearm fatigue. There's a chance that Friday's outing was his last before rejoining Detroit's starting rotation at some point next week. In his first 15 big-league starts in 2022, the 24-year-old has gone 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA (4.97 FIP), A 1.20 WHIP and a 54:25 K:BB in 81 2/3 innings pitched.

    Aug 6 · Source via Tigers Beau Brieske prospects
  • Clayton Kershaw's MRI Yields Best-Case Scenario

    Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts said that left-hander Clayton Kershaw's (back) MRI exam didn't reveal anything new with his back and called it the "best-case scenario." Kershaw will rest and rehab after he was placed on the injured list on Friday. The future Hall of Famer was pulled from his outing early on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants due to lower back pain. Fantasy managers were likely very concerned at first, given his recent history with back issues, but it looks like this one might not be too significant. However, the Dodgers are unlikely to rush him back, as they'll want him fully healthy down the stretch and for the postseason. But barring any setbacks, Kershaw should pitch again before the regular season is over.

    Aug 6 · Source via Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
  • Jose Berrios Knocked Out In Fourth

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jose Berrios couldn't escape the fourth inning on Friday, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out one batter. This outing breaks a streak of six starts in which Berrios allowed three earned runs or less. He now has an 8-4 record with a 5.19 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 107 strikeouts in 118 innings across 22 starts this year. It's been a disappointing campaign for the right-hander, and for the fantasy managers who are invested in him.

    Aug 6 · Source via Blue Jays Jose Berrios
  • Nick Gordon Homers In Three-Hit Game

    Minnesota Twins utility man Nick Gordon filled the stat sheet Friday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored in a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Gordon has been very strong offensively of late, slashing .325/.386/.558 with three homers and a steal in his last 30 games. While he only has five homers and four steals in 220 at-bats this year, he's steadily improved as the season has gone on, and he could make for a very interesting fantasy option if those numbers are able to pick up just slightly.

    Aug 6 · Source via Twins Nick Gordon
  • Devin Williams Saves Seventh Game

    Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Devin Williams inherited at least an increased share of the closer role when Josh Hader was dealt to the San Diego Padres, and he locked down his seventh game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, striking out both batters he faced. Williams has pitched in three consecutive games since being promoted, and each of his last two outings have been much more steady than his first opportunity since the trade deadline when he was charged with a blown save. He now has a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 68 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings this year and should be rostered in all formats.

    Aug 6 · Source via Brewers Devin Williams closers
  • Eric Lauer Earns Eighth Win

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Eric Lauer earned his eighth win of the season Friday night, throwing seven strong innings against the lowly Cincinnati Reds. Lauer gave up just one run on six hit and three walks with four strikeouts. He now has a 3.59 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with 111 strikeouts in 112 2/3 innings across 20 starts this season. Other than a troublesome June in which Lauer posted a 6.83 ERA, he's been a revelation. Fantasy managers can count on Lauer as a strong anchor in the rotation.

    Aug 6 · Source via Brewers Eric Lauer
  • Rowdy Tellez Homers, Steals A Base

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez homered on Friday night, going 1-for-3 with his 22nd long ball of the year, a two-run shot to help the Brewers to a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. He also added a rare stolen base, just his first of the year and the second of his career. Tellez has been very hot lately, slashing .296/.397/.630 with five homers, nine runs scored, and 15 RBI in his last 15 games. He's been an extremely worthwhile fantasy pickup after being largely ignored at draft time.

    Aug 6 · Source via Brewers Rowdy Tellez
  • Clay Holmes Blows Another Save

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Clay Holmes had another rough outing Friday night, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in an inning of work, blowing his fourth save of the year and earning his third loss in the process. Holmes struck out two batters. He still has a very strong 2.12 ERA and 0.96 WHIP on the year, but patience could run out quickly if Holmes doesn't right the ship in short order. Aroldis Chapman is lurking as another option to close out games, but fantasy managers should hold onto Holmes for the time being.

    Aug 6 · Source via Yankees Clay Holmes closers
  • Ryan Helsley Reaches 10 Saves

    St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley saved his 10th game of the year Friday night, shutting down the New York Yankees to secure a 4-3 victory. He allowed no hits and one walk and did not strike out a batter. Helsley is having a charmed season, recording a 0.61 ERA and 0.63 WHIP with 66 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings. He has allowed an earned run in only two of his 36 appearances all year. Fantasy managers who picked him up off the waiver wire early this season have been handsomely rewarded.

    Aug 6 · Source via Cardinals Ryan Helsley closers
  • Randal Grichuk Homers In Three-Hit Game

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Randal Grichuk had three hits Friday night, including a solo home run. His 11th long ball of the year came in the first inning off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner. He scored two runs in the 6-5 loss. Grichuk hasn't been able to get it going this season, but he does have four multi-hit performances in his last nine games. With a .718 OPS, 39 runs scored, 54 RBI, and three steals in 350 plate appearances this season, Grichuk remains a fantasy option in only the deepest leagues.

    Aug 6 · Source via Rockies Randal Grichuk
  • Tigers' Cabrera vows '23 return: I'm not quitting

    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera told The Detroit News that he will indeed return for a 21st major league season in 2023, a day after comments he made raised some doubt that he'd retire before then.

    Aug 6 · ESPN Tigers Miguel Cabrera
  • Braves Sign Taylor Motter To Minor League Deal

    In a move that slipped past MLBTR’s radar at the time, the Braves signed Taylor Motter to a minor league contract last week. The utilityman had been released from a minor league pact with the Reds in mid-July, according to his transactions log at Motter, 32, has been assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett with Atlanta. He’s…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Taylor Motter
  • Jose Godoy Claimed By Pirates

    The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed catcher Jose Godoy off of waivers on Friday. The Minnesota Twins designated Godoy for assignment earlier in the week after the 27-year-old backstop logged just three at-bats in the big leagues in 2022. To make room for Godoy on the roster, Pittsburgh designated veteran catcher Taylor Davis for assignment. Look for Godoy to help fill in behind the plate while starter Tyler Heineman (groin) is on the injured list.

    Aug 5 · Source via Twins Pirates Taylor Davis Jose Godoy Tyler Heineman
  • David Fletcher Not In Friday's Lineup

    Los Angeles Angels infielder David Fletcher (foot) is not in the lineup for his team's game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday. Fletcher was hit in the foot by a pitch on Thursday and is still experiencing soreness in the area, although he will be available as a pinch-hitter if needed. Manager Phil Nevin told reporters that he expects Fletcher to be able to return to action on Saturday. Fletcher is hitting .200 with one homer, five runs, and five RBI across 55 at-bats in 2022.

    Aug 5 · Source via Angels David Fletcher
  • Steven Kwan Leaves Friday's Game Early

    Cleveland Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan (foot) left Friday's game against the Houston Astros with a left-foot contusion. Kwan fouled a ball off of his foot during the game and left for precautionary reasons. Before the injury, the rookie outfielder went 0-for-2 at the plate, ending his hit streak at 18 games. Kwan's rookie year has been solid, with the 24-year-old hitting .295 with two homers, 51 runs, 28 RBI, and nine steals over 346 at-bats. It sounds like the injury is minor but look for Cleveland to update Kwan's status after Friday's game concludes.

    Aug 5 · Source via Guardians Steven Kwan prospects
  • Anthony Rizzo Dealing With Back Soreness

    New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo was scratched from the lineup with lower back soreness ahead of his team's game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. Rizzo was replaced at first base by norma second baseman D.J. LeMahieu. The veteran first baseman has had back issues flare up on him previously this season, most recently forcing him to take a four-game break spanning July 5 through July 8. Rizzo should be considered day-to-day for now, at least until the Yankees give an update on his status. The former Cub is hitting .227 with 27 homers, 64 runs, 66 RBI, and six steals in 2022.

    Aug 5 · Source via Yankees Anthony Rizzo
  • NPB Pitcher Kodai Senga Expected To Explore MLB Opportunities This Offseason

    Kodai Senga has been one of the better pitchers in Japan over the past decade, and the right-hander could make for an intriguing entrant onto next offseason’s MLB free agent market. Jon Morosi of reported last night (Twitter link) that Senga is likely to consider contract offers from major league teams over the winter.…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors
  • Garrett Cooper Scuffling At The Plate

    Miami Marlins first baseman/outfielder Garrett Cooper went hitless in Friday's 2-1 loss against the Chicago Cubs, going 0-for-4 with a walk. He's in a terrible slump, hitting .082 with 17 strikeouts over his last 15 games. Across 86 games this season, Cooper's been productive, slashing .275/.344/.422 with seven home runs, 42 RBI, and 28 runs. The 31-year-old can be dropped in standard leagues, but he still has relevance in deeper leagues, even as just a bench bat.

    Aug 5 · Source via Marlins Garrett Cooper
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. To Begin Rehab Assignment Over Weekend

    San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (wrist) is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Double-A San Antonio either Saturday or Sunday. Tatis is slated to see time at shortstop, center field, and designated hitter during the rehab stint. The star infielder is nearing a return to the Padres after missing the entire season thus far while recovering from surgery in March to repair a broken bone in his wrist. The Padres have yet to indicate how quickly he will be able to join the big leagues but it should be in the next week or two. Tatis joining an already loaded San Diego lineup will make the Padres' offense all the more formidable over the final two months of the regular season.

    Aug 5 · Source via Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Humberto Castellanos To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    Diamondbacks right-hander Humberto Castellanos will undergo Tommy John surgery, manager Torey Lovullo announced (via Steve Gilbert of The 24-year-old is already on the 60-day injured list, having missed the past couple months with an elbow strain. Castellanos’ efforts to avoid going under the knife will prove unsuccessful, and he’ll likely miss all of next season…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Diamondbacks Humberto Castellanos
  • Guardians Designate Alex Call For Assignment

    The Guardians designated outfielder Alex Call for assignment this afternoon. The move cleared the necessary 40-man roster spot for Hunter Gaddis, who was promoted to make his major league debut against the Astros. Call made it to the majors for the first time a few weeks ago. The 27-year-old outfielder was brought up in mid-July, ultimately appearing…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Guardians Alex Call
  • Hunter Greene Goes On Injured List With Shoulder Strain

    The Cincinnati Reds placed right-handed rookie Hunter Greene (shoulder) on the 15-day injured list on Friday with a right shoulder strain and recalled right-hander Ryan Hendrix from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move. The move to place Greene on the injured list is retroactive to Aug. 4. There is no timetable for the 22-year-old's return, but this late into the season, it's possible that he doesn't make it back for a bad Reds team that has nothing left to play for in 2022. He's been useful in fantasy for his strikeout rate (28.8%), but he's also sporting a 5.26 ERA (4.95 FIP), 1.29 WHIP and 41 walks in 102 2/3 innings over 20 starts in his first major league season. Stash Greene for now in all fantasy formats, but be prepared for the possibility that we don't see him again this year.

    Aug 5 · Source via Reds Hunter Greene prospects
  • Mark Melancon Out As Closer, Arizona Going With Committee

    Arizona Diamondbacks skipper Torey Lovullo said that the team will go with a closer-by-committee approach moving forward, which means right-hander Mark Melancon and his 4.66 ERA will be demoted from the ninth inning for the foreseeable future. The 37-year-old veteran is also 3-10 with a 1.58 WHIP, 14 saves, 26 strikeouts and 13 walks in 36 2/3 innings pitched this year. He'll likely work in low-leverage situations for the time being, with some combination of veteran Ian Kennedy, Joe Mantiply and Kyle Nelson factoring into the committee approach. Kennedy had the team's most recent save on Tuesday and has a 3.15 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, five saves and 32 K's in 34 1/3 innings this year. He's probably your best bet if you're speculating on saves in Arizona.

    Aug 5 · Source via Diamondbacks Mark Melancon closers
  • Ty France Returns To The Lineup

    Seattle Mariners first baseman Ty France (wrist) is back at first base and is batting second on Friday against Los Angeles Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval. France hasn't played since July 30, but he'll return for the weekend series against the Angels, and fantasy managers should return him to their starting lineups. The first-time All-Star has been great for the Mariners in 2022, hitting .308/.380/.477 with an .857 OPS, 13 home runs, 52 RBI and 39 runs scored in 388 plate appearances and 87 games. Although only two of his 13 long balls have come against left-handed pitchers, he's also hitting .313 (25-for-80) with 11 RBI and seven runs scored against them this year.

    Aug 5 · Source via Mariners Ty France
  • Clayton Kershaw Lands On Injured List

    The Los Angeles Dodgers officially placed left-hander Clayton Kershaw (back) on the injured list on Friday. Skipper Dave Roberts said earlier in the day that it was likely that Kershaw would go on the injured list, although the team is hoping his back injury isn't all that serious. The 34-year-old future Hall of Famer left his start early on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants with lower back pain, which is a bit concerning given his history with back issues. Even if the injury isn't deemed serious, the Dodgers won't rush Kershaw back given their big lead over the San Diego Padres in the National League West. The Dodgers will want to keep the veteran southpaw fresh for down the stretch and into the playoffs. In 15 starts in 2022, Kershaw is 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings. Keep him stashed everywhere.

    Aug 5 · Source via Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
  • Mariners Designate Travis Jankowski For Assignment

    The Mariners announced they’ve designated outfielder Travis Jankowski for assignment. The move opens an active roster spot for corner infielder/outfielder Jake Lamb, who has reported to the club. Seattle acquired Lamb from the Dodgers in the hours leading up to the trade deadline. The M’s 40-man roster count falls to 39. Jankowski was just claimed off waivers…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Travis Jankowski
  • Gavin Sheets Absent Again Friday

    Chicago White Sox outfielder Gavin Sheets (ankle) remains out of the starting lineup on Friday against the Texas Rangers. Sheets is currently dealing with a bruised ankle and will miss his third straight game. Continue to consider him day-to-day. The 26-year-old is hitting .230/.289/.391 with nine home runs, 26 RBI and 19 runs scored in 235 at-bats in 2022. Andrew Vaughn is starting in right field on Friday and is batting fifth against Rangers right-hander Glenn Otto. Vaughn has been solid for fantasy managers this year, slashing .299/.349/.461 with an .810 OPS, 10 home runs, 50 RBI and 42 runs scored in 321 at-bats for the Pale Hose. In 11 games since the All-Star break, he's gone 12-for-42 (.286) with no homers, two RBI and six runs scored.

    Aug 5 · Source via White Sox Gavin Sheets
  • Nelson Cruz Still Sidelined Friday

    Washington Nationals designated hitter Nelson Cruz (neck) remains out of the starting lineup on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Cruz is dealing with neck stiffness and will miss his third straight game. Fantasy managers should consider the 42-year-old slugger day-to-day for now. The Boomstick has struggled a bit in his first year in D.C., hitting just .231/.315/.343 with eight home runs, 52 RBI, 41 runs scored and four stolen bases in 95 games. The newly acquired Luke Voit will serve as the designated hitter on Friday and is batting third against Phillies right-hander Kyle Gibson. Voit went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored in his first game with Washington, and he's hitting .229/.320/.419 on the season with 13 home runs, 49 RBI, 39 runs scored and a steal in 301 at-bats. The 31-year-old has power to spare, but he strikes out (111 this year) with the best of them.

    Aug 5 · Source via Nationals Nelson Cruz
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Sitting Out Against Red Sox

    Kansas City Royals rookie shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. is not in the starting lineup on Friday against the Boston Red Sox. It appears to be a normal day of rest for the 22-year-old youngster, who is slashing .257/.300/.456 with 15 home runs, 53 RBI, 54 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in his first 373 major league at-bats. He should be back in there on Saturday. In his absence, Nicky Lopez will handle shortstop duties and will hit ninth in the lineup against Red Sox right-hander Josh Winckowski on Friday. Lopez is a DFS option that should be avoided. The 27-year-old is still searching for his first round-tripper of the season and is hitting .249/.308/.297 with 13 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 313 at-bats for the Royals.

    Aug 5 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Kyle Tucker On The Bench Again Friday

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (illness) remains out of the starting lineup on Friday against the Cleveland Guardians. Tucker was scratched from Thursday's lineup with an illness, and he will remain on the bench for another game. Chas McCormick is getting the start in right field and will hit seventh against Guardians right-handed rookie Hunter Gaddis, who is making his MLB debut. McCormick hasn't hit for much average this year (.236 in 265 plate appearances), but he does have 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 76 games played. In the last week, he's gone 4-for-12 (.333) with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored in five games. He'll be a mediocre low-cost DFS target hitting near the bottom of Houston's lineup Friday.

    Aug 5 · Source via Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Miguel Cabrera Plans To Retire After 2023 Season

    Detroit Tigers first baseman/designated hitter Miguel Cabrera said that he has no intention of retiring after this year. His plan is to finish out his contract and retire after the 2023 season. Cabrera's numbers at the plate are certainly in decline in his age-39 season this year, as he's hitting .268/.317/.332 with a .650 OPS, only four home runs, 36 RBI, 23 runs scored and one stolen base in 356 plate appearances over 91 games. The 12-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer isn't much of an option in fantasy at this point of his career, and he'll attempt to make it through one more season in 2023 before ending his amazing career. Miggy is currently battling some knee pain and will play every other game for the next week.

    Aug 5 · Source via Tigers Miguel Cabrera
  • Dustin May To Make Two More Rehab Starts

    Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Dustin May (elbow) will need at least two more minor league rehab starts, according to manager Dave Roberts. May is scheduled to go around four innings in his next outing and then will be stretched out to five innings after that. But after two more rehab starts, May could be reinstated from the 60-day injured list and join the Dodgers starting rotation. The 24-year-old right-hander threw 62 pitches over four innings in his third rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday, and the Dodgers are bringing him along slowly after he had Tommy John surgery last May. He could be a big boost to LA's rotation when he returns, especially since Clayton Kershaw (back) is expected to land on the injured list. May struck out a career-high 13.7 hitters per nine innings in five starts last year before his injury, so he certainly has big strikeout upside in fantasy.

    Aug 5 · Source via Dodgers Dustin May
  • Mariners Claim Derek Hill, Designate Kevin Padlo

    The Mariners have claimed outfielder Derek Hill off waivers from the Tigers, per announcements from both teams. He’d been designated for assignment earlier in the week. The Mariners announced they’ve designated infielder Kevin Padlo for assignment in a corresponding move. Hill changes organizations for the first time in his pro career. The California native was a first-round…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Derek Hill Kevin Padlo
  • Chris Taylor Activated And Starting Friday

    Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor (foot) was reinstated from the injured list on Friday and will start at second base and hit fifth in the batting order against San Diego Padres left-hander Sean Manaea. Taylor was out for a month with a fractured foot, but he'll return on Friday night for the start of a big series against the division-rival Padres in Los Angeles. This will be the 31-year-old's first start of the year on the infield, and he could see more time at second base moving forward to protect his foot. On the year, he's hitting .238/.319/.409 with six home runs, 27 RBI, 32 runs scored and six stolen bases in 252 at-bats. Gavin Lux has been playing second base mostly, but his bat should remain in the lineup regularly despite Taylor's return, as he's hitting .298 on the season in 309 at-bats.

    Aug 5 · Source via Dodgers Chris Taylor
  • Clayton Kershaw Likely To Go On Injured List

    Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts said that left-hander Clayton Kershaw (back) will likely go on the injured list, but he's "optimistic in the sense that, it shouldn't be too long term of being down." Roberts said Kershaw had an X-ray on his back that "wasn't that telling," so he'll also have an MRI exam. The 34-year-old southpaw left his start against the San Francisco Giants early on Thursday with lower back pain, so fantasy managers should expect him to miss at least the next two weeks. The Dodgers have a double-digit lead over the San Diego Padres in the National League West, so there's really no reason for them to push Kershaw, especially considering his history with back issues.

    Aug 5 · Source via Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
  • A's Claim David MacKinnon, Designate Wandisson Charles

    The Athletics announced Friday that they’ve claimed first baseman David MacKinnon off waivers from the Angels. Right-hander Wandisson Charles was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. MacKinnon, 27, is a former 32nd-round draft pick who made his big league debut this season after a huge showing in Triple-A Salt Lake. He went just 7-for-37…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Wandisson Charles David MacKinnon
  • Miguel Cabrera Taking The Day Off Friday

    Detroit Tigers first baseman/designated hitter Miguel Cabrera (knee) is not in the starting lineup on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Cabrera is battling a bum knee right now and is expected to start every other game for at least the next week. The 39-year-old future Hall of Famer is nearing the end of the road and is hitting just .268/.317/.332 with four home runs, 36 RBI, 23 runs scored and a stolen base in 325 at-bats for Detroit. With Miggy on the bench, Victor Reyes is serving as the designated hitter and will bat second on Friday against Rays right-hander Corey Kluber. Reyes is hitting only .229 (8-for-35) with three RBI in 10 games over the last two weeks, and he has just one home run on the season in 48 games played.

    Aug 5 · Source via Tigers Miguel Cabrera
  • Michael Brantley Still Hasn't Resumed Swinging

    Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley (shoulder) hasn't resumed swinging a bat and said he has "no timetable" for a return from the injured list. "I don't want to put a timetable on that because then I don't know if it's pushing too hard or not pushing hard enough. It's literally day by day," Brantley said. The 35-year-old veteran outfielder landed on the injured list on June 28 and doesn't appear to be anywhere close to returning to the major league roster. At this point, a return before September might be optimistic. The addition of veteran slugger Trey Mancini at the trade deadline should help soften the blow with Brantley out. In 243 at-bats before his injury, Brantley was hitting a solid .288/.370/.416 with five homers, 26 RBI, 28 runs scored and a stolen base.

    Aug 5 · Source via Astros Michael Brantley
  • Twins To Designate Tyler Duffey For Assignment

    The Twins have designated right-handed reliever Tyler Duffey for assignment, as first reported by Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Twitter link). Right-hander Cole Sands is being recalled from Triple-A St. Paul to take Duffey’s spot on the roster (and, seemingly, in the bullpen for now). Minnesota has yet to formally announce the move. Duffey,…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Tyler Duffey closers
  • Marco Luciano Begins Rehab Assignment

    San Francisco Giants shortstop Marco Luciano (back), the team's top prospect per MLB Pipeline, started his rehab assignment in the Arizona Complex League on Thursday. Luciano has been out since suffering a lower back strain in June. The No. 8 overall prospect in all of baseball was hitting .288/.360/.507 with eight home runs and 17 RBI in 40 games for High-A Eugene before he landed on the injured list. In his first rehab game on Thursday, he went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. The 20-year-old has plus power at the plate and an above-average arm at shortstop. Barring a setback, he should return to action at Eugene before long.

    Aug 5 · Source via Giants Marco Luciano prospects
  • Seiya Suzuki Not Starting Friday

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki is not in the starting lineup on Friday against the Miami Marlins. Suzuki has gone just 9-for-50 (.180) with two homers, five RBI, six runs scored and 15 strikeouts in 12 games since the All-Star break, so he could probably use a day off heading into the weekend. Overall, the 27-year-old Japanese outfielder has hit .252/.327/.427 with eight home runs, 31 RBI, 29 runs scored and six stolen bases in his first 234 major league at-bats. Rookie Nelson Velazquez is starting in right field on Friday and is batting fifth against Marlins right-hander Edward Cabrera. Velazquez doesn't have much big-league experience, but he's gone 6-for-18 (.333) with three home runs and 10 RBI in 10 games over the last two weeks.

    Aug 5 · Source via Cubs Seiya Suzuki
  • Nico Hoerner Starting On The Bench Against Marlins

    Chicago Cubs middle infielder Nico Hoerner is not in the starting lineup on Friday against the Miami Marlins. It will be Hoerner's first game off in the last 27 games, so he'll get a much-needed breather. The 25-year-old has been a solid contributor at the plate for the struggling Cubs, hitting .292/.335/.412 with six home runs, 33 RBI, 33 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 340 plate appearances and 89 games. With Hoerner starting on the bench, rookie Christopher Morel will get the nod at the 6 and hit eighth in the batting order on Friday against Marlins right-hander Edward Cabrera. Morel is hitting .260/.333/.455 on the season with nine homers, 29 RBI and nine stolen bases in his first 65 big-league games, but he's gone just 13-for-59 (.220) with no homers and four RBI in 18 games over the last 28 days.

    Aug 5 · Source via Cubs Nico Hoerner
  • Yankees Claim Luke Bard

    1:30pm: The Yankees announced the move, adding that Bard has been assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 1:12pm: The Yankees have claimed right-hander Luke Bard off waivers from the Rays, reports Lindsey Adler of The Athletic (Twitter link). Tampa Bay designated Bard for assignment earlier in the week. The Yankees opened a spot on the 40-man roster…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Luke Bard
  • Peyton Burdick Making MLB Debut Friday

    Miami Marlins outfield prospect Peyton Burdick was called up from Triple-A Jacksonville on Friday and will make his major league debut against Chicago Cubs left-hander Justin Steele, as he's starting in left field and hitting seventh in the batting order. The club's No. 10 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, could see regular playing time in Miami's outfielder after Jesus Sanchez was sent down on Thursday. In 88 games for Jacksonville before his call-up, Burdick was hitting .229/.344/.430 with 14 home runs, 51 RBI, 70 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 385 plate appearances. The 25-year-old right-handed hitter has plus power to all fields, but his aggressive approach at the plate leads to a lot of swing and miss. Those in need of power down the stretch in deeper leagues should give Burdick a look.

    Aug 5 · Source via Marlins Peyton Burdick prospects
  • Jon Berti, Brian Anderson Beginning Rehab Assignments

    Miami Marlins infielders Jon Berti (groin) and Brian Anderson (shoulder) will both begin minor league rehab assignments with Triple-A Jacksonville this weekend. Berti has been out almost three weeks with a left groin strain, while Anderson has been on the injured list since July 24. Both players are nearing a return to the major league roster and could be reinstated from the injured list at some point early next week, barring a setback in minor league action. Berti has been much more valuable in fantasy in 2022 than Anderson, slashing .271/.365/.375 with two home runs, 19 RBI, 32 runs scored and a league-leading 28 stolen bases, so he needs to be grabbed immediately if he's available in your league. Anderson has hit .256/.346/.378 with three homers, 12 RBI, 26 runs and a stolen base in 180 at-bats.

    Aug 5 · Source via Marlins Brian Anderson Jonathon Berti
  • Cardinals Claim Kramer Robertson

    The Cardinals announced Friday that they’ve claimed infielder Kramer Robertson off waivers from the Mets, who’d designated him for assignment earlier in the week. Right-hander Drew VerHagen, who had season-ending hip surgery this week, has been moved to the 60-day IL to open a spot on the roster. Robertson was optioned to Triple-A Memphis. Being…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals Kramer Robertson
  • Rockies Claim Dinelson Lamet Off Waivers

    The Colorado Rockies claimed right-hander Dinelson Lamet off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Lamet was shipped to the Milwaukee Brewers in the trade that sent closer Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres on Monday, but the Brewers designated Lamet for assignment on Wednesday due to a crowded bullpen at the major league level. The Rockies have decided to scoop him up, bringing him back to the National League West. The 30-year-old was once a promising starting pitcher, but injuries have moved him to a bullpen role the last two years, and he has struggled to a 9.49 ERA, a 2.03 WHIP and a 16:9 K:BB in only 12 1/3 innings in 2022. Lamet will have a new opportunity in Colorado, but for now he's well off the fantasy radar.

    Aug 5 · Source via Brewers Dinelson Lamet closers
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