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  • Yankees Outright Carlos Espinal

    The Yankees announced Friday that righty Carlos Espinal went unclaimed on waivers and has been assigned outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team had not previously announced that the right-hander was designated for assignment or that he’d been placed on waivers. Espinal, 25, had his contract selected to the big league roster Monday, 24 hours prior…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees
  • Salvador Perez Drives In Four Runs

    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has been on a tear at the plate since returning from the injured list. On Thursday, he went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in the win over the Boston Red Sox. The veteran catcher smacked an RBI single in the fifth inning off Nick Pivetta. He followed that up with a three-run homer that hit off the left field foul pole in the seventh inning. Perez has four home runs in his last seven games, so fantasy managers better make sure to keep him in their lineups.

    Aug 5 · Source via Royals Salvador Perez
  • Dee Strange-Gordon Released By Nationals

    Washington Nationals infielder/outfielder Dee Strange-Gordon has been released by the organization. He re-signed with the organization in mid-July after being cut by the team in June. He' has hit .308/.305/.356 with two home runs and three stolen bases in 23 games this season. He might be able to help a contending team off the bench with his speed and defensive versatility. It make sense that the rebuilding Nationals would move forward without Gordon. However, a competitive team might be able to find a spot for the veteran speedster. Fantasy managers can ignore Gordon until further notice.

    Aug 5 · Source via Nationals Dee Strange-Gordon
  • Hunter Gaddis To Start On Friday

    Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Hunter Gaddis will make his MLB debut against the Houston Astros on Friday. The right-hander has a 4.07 ERA with a 114/31 K/BB ratio over 86 1/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season. It appears he does have decent swing-and-miss swing. Possibly, Gaddis earns himself a role in Cleveland, but that might depend on how he looks during this contest. Gaddis will be a risky streaming option against the tough Astros lineup.

    Aug 5 · Source via Guardians Hunter Gaddis
  • Edward Cabrera Activated Off Injured List

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Edward Cabrera (elbow) has been activated off the 15-day injured list. The right-hander landed on the injured list in the middle of June with elbow tendinitis. Before that, Cabrera was posting a 3.45 ERA with 15 strikeouts in three starts with the Marlins. Conveniently, the Marlins haven't announced a starting pitcher for Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs. The assumption is that Cabrera will take the mound for Friday's afternoon matchup. The 25-year-old could be an interesting streaming option against the mediocre Cubbies lineup.

    Aug 5 · Source via Marlins Edward Cabrera prospects
  • Justin Verlander Reaches 130 Innings Pitched, Vests 2023 Player Option

    Justin Verlander breezed through the Guardians lineup tonight, tossing six innings of scoreless ball. It was another dominant performance in a season full of them for the AL Cy Young award contender, and today’s start also marked a notable contractual development. Verlander reached 130 innings on the season, meaning he’s officially vested a $25MM player…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Astros Justin Verlander
  • Enrique Hernandez Not Close To Game Action

    Boston Red Sox infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez (hip) will take batting practice on Friday but isn't close to game action. He has been sidelined since June 7 due to an injured hip. The 30-year-old won't be ready to return until late August at the earliest. He slashed .209/.273/.340 with four home runs, 24 RBI, and 27 runs over 238 plate appearances before landing on the injured list. Hernandez is progressing in his recovery, but a better timeline for his return will be set once he begins a rehab assignment.

    Aug 4 · Source via Red Sox Enrique Hernandez
  • Nationals, Connor Sadzeck Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Nationals are signing reliever Connor Sadzeck to a minor league contract, reports Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (on Twitter). The right-hander elected free agency after being outrighted off the Brewers roster last week. Sadzeck got into just two games with the Brew Crew, allowing three runs in as many innings. That marked his first…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Connor Sadzeck
  • Tigers Designate Derek Law For Assignment

    The Tigers are designating reliever Derek Law for assignment, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free-Press was among those to relay (Twitter link). The move clears an active roster spot for Bryan García, who’ll be selected onto the major league roster to start tomorrow’s game against the Rays. Detroit’s 40-man roster tally will remain at 39. Law was…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Derek Law closers
  • Dennis Santana Placed On The Injured List

    Texas Rangers pitcher Dennis Santana (ankle) was placed on the 15-day injured list with a left ankle sprain Thursday. The move is retroactive to August 3, and he will miss at least the next two weeks. He owns a 5.09 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and a 33:18 K: BB over 40 2/3 innings in 2022. The Rangers bullpen takes another hit as both Joe Barlow (finger) and Santana are now on the injured list. Cole Ragans was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move. The 24-year-old owned posted a 3.32 ERA, and 1.07 WHIP in 43.1 innings over eight Triple-A starts. Ragans is a speculative add in deep-league formats.

    Aug 4 · Source via Rangers Dennis Santana closers
  • Mets C McCann comes off IL; Mazeika sent down

    New York Mets catcher James McCann has been activated off the injured list, and he says he is looking forward to contributing down the stretch.

    Aug 4 · ESPN Mets James McCann
  • Kole Calhoun Lands On The Injured List

    Texas Rangers outfielder Kole Calhoun (heel) was placed on the 10-day injured list with right heel irritation on Thursday. The severity of Calhoun's injury is unknown, but he will miss at least the next 10 days. Calhoun is slashing .211/.269/.363 with 11 home runs, 43 RBI, 35 runs, and two stolen bases over 350 plate appearances in 2022. Bubba Thompson's contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move. Thompson has elite speed and has stolen 49 bags over 80 games in Triple-A. Fantasy managers searching for speed can take a flyer on Thompson.

    Aug 4 · Source via Rangers Kole Calhoun
  • Jorge Alcala Undergoes Season-Ending Elbow Surgery

    Twins reliever Jorge Alcalá has undergone arthroscopic debridement surgery on his throwing elbow, the club announced (relayed by Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune). He’s done for the season, but the Twins anticipate he’ll be ready for Spring Training next year. Aclalá made just two appearances in 2022, with elbow issues virtually wiping out the year.…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Jorge Alcala closers
  • Michael Wacha Strikes Out Eight In Thursday's Rehab Start

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha (shoulder) struck out eight across 4 2/3 scoreless innings with Triple-A Worcester on Thursday. He didn't allow a hit and threw 63 pitches in his first rehab start. The 31-year-old had been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation since the beginning of July. He owns a 2.69 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and a 50:22 K: BB across 70 1/3 innings in 2022. Wacha is expected to have another rehab in Triple-A Worcester start before returning to Boston. Fantasy managers with an open IL spot should continue to stash Wacha in most league formats.

    Aug 4 · Source via Red Sox Michael Wacha
  • Matthew Boyd Throws Bullpen Session On Thursday

    Seattle Mariners pitcher Matthew Boyd (elbow) threw a bullpen session with the Tacoma Rainiers on Thursday. The next step for the southpaw will be a rehab assignment. He has been sidelined all season as Boyd continues to work his way back from surgery on his flexor tendon last September. The 31-year-old went 3-8 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 67 strikeouts, and 23 walks in 78 2/3 innings over 15 starts. Boyd will most likely be used in a multi-inning relief role once activated from the injured list and is mainly an option in deep-league formats.

    Aug 4 · Source via Mariners Matthew Boyd
  • Angels' Griffin Canning, Chris Rodriguez Out For Season

    Angels right-handers Griffin Canning and Chris Rodríguez will not pitch this season, trainer Mike Frostad told reporters (including Sam Blum of the Athletic). It’s a lost year for both, as they’ve each spent the entire 2022 campaign on the injured list. Canning is now over a year since his last game action. He suffered a back injury…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels Griffin Canning Chris Rodriguez
  • Clayton Kershaw Will Undergo Tests On Back

    Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (back) "got checked up" on one of his warm-up throws in the fifth inning and told trainers his back tightened. According to manager Dave Roberts, he will undergo tests back in Los Angeles on Friday but isn't sure of the severity. The southpaw allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out four in his four innings before exiting. Kershaw has had a history of back issues, and a trip to the injured list "is not out of the question," per Roberts. Overall, Kershaw has been solid this season, posting a 2.66 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP, and an 84:14 K: BB in 81 1/3 innings. Stay tuned for further updates.

    Aug 4 · Source via Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
  • Gavin Lux Doubles In Thursday's Victory

    Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux collected two hits in four at-bats, including a double, in Thursday's 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants. He also scored a run and produced an RBI in the contest. Lux is now batting .298 with a .373 on-base percentage, 53 runs, 33 RBI and six stolen bases in 97 games. The 24-year-old only has four home runs and bats near the bottom of the order, but his average, on-base ability and modest speed make him valuable in every fantasy league.

    Aug 4 · Source via Dodgers Gavin Lux
  • Reds To Select Robert Dugger

    The Reds are planning to start right-hander Robert Dugger in tomorrow’s contest in Milwaukee, the team informed reporters (including Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer). The team will need to formally select his contract before the game, but they have a pair of vacancies on the 40-man roster. It’ll be Dugger’s first MLB start of the season.…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Reds Robert Dugger
  • Jo Adell Smashes His Fourth Home Run Thursday

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Jo Adell went yard on Thursday when his club lost 8-7 to the Oakland Athletics. The home run was a solo shot, and he was 1-for-4 overall with a strikeout. Adell, a former top prospect, has yet to put it all together in the big leagues, owning a .609 career OPS and is slashing .227/.277/.364 with four home runs, eight runs, and 14 RBI over 41 games this year. Given the 23-year-old's lack of success, fantasy managers should leave him on the waiver wire for the time being.

    Aug 4 · Source via Angels Jo Adell
  • Robinson Cano Elects Free Agency

    Robinson Canó is back on the open market, as the Braves announced this afternoon that he’s elected free agency after passing through outright waivers unclaimed. This was the anticipated outcome once Atlanta designated Canó for assignment in the wake of their acquisition of Ehire Adrianza on Monday. It has been a tumultuous season for Canó, who…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Robinson Cano
  • Red Sox Place Brayan Bello On Injured List, Activate Matt Barnes

    The Red Sox have placed right-hander Brayan Bello on the 15-day injured list due to a left groin strain. Boston also optioned righty Kaleb Ort to Triple-A Worcester, with recently-acquired first baseman Eric Hosmer and relievers Matt Barnes and Darwinzon Hernández taking the active roster spots. Barnes is back from the 60-day injured list. He takes the 40-man roster spot of Jackie Bradley…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Matt Barnes Brayan Bello prospects
  • Cole Ragans To Make MLB Debut Thursday

    Texas Rangers left-hander Cole Ragans, the team's No. 29 prospect per MLB Pipeline, is in Arlington with the taxi squad on Thursday and is expected to make his major league debut against the Chicago White Sox. The former first-rounder will get his first taste of big-league hitters after going 8-5 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 113 strikeouts and 31 walks in 94 2/3 innings over 18 starts for Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock this year before getting the call-up. The 24-year-old southpaw could stick in the Rangers' rotation if he performs well in his first MLB start, so he's worth a flier in deeper fantasy leagues. Ragans has often been compared to former Phillies lefty Cole Hamels because of his changeup and lanky build.

    Aug 4 · Source via Rangers Cole Ragans
  • Rangers Designate Steven Duggar, Steele Walker For Assignment

    The Rangers have designated outfielders Steven Duggar and Steele Walker for assignment, per a club announcement. The moves clears space on the 40-man roster for Cole Ragans and Bubba Thompson, whose promotions have each been previously reported. To open space on the active roster, Texas placed outfielder Kole Calhoun on the 10-day injured list and reliever Dennis Santana on the 15-day…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Rangers Steven Duggar Steele Walker
  • Bryce Harper Hopes To Return In September

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (elbow, thumb) gave a loose timetable for his return on Thursday. "We're still on the same timeline of September-ish and come back when I'm ready and able to come back," Harper said. It's not much of an update, but before Thursday, he had refused to put any sort of potential timetable on his return from a fractured thumb that required surgery in late June. The 29-year-old had the pins removed from his left thumb on Monday and will begin ramping up his baseball activities. Harper will likely need to go on a minor league rehab assignment at some point as well, so fantasy managers need to remain patient. He's been great when on the field in 2022, hitting .318/.385/.599 with a .985 OPS, 15 home runs, 48 RBI, 49 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 242 at-bats.

    Aug 4 · Source via Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Max Kepler Could Return This Weekend

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (toe), who is dealing with a fractured right fifth toe, said he's been running, hitting and throwing and felt fine after doing outfield work on Wednesday. He said he'll be back "soon." Skipper Rocco Baldelli said it's "possible" that Kepler is activated from the 10-day injured list this weekend. The 29-year-old is eligible to return on Saturday. Once he's back with Minnesota, Kepler should return to being a lineup regular in the outfield. Before his injury, he was slashing .244/.344/.390 with nine home runs, 39 RBI, 41 runs scored and two stolen bases in 337 plate appearances over 85 games in Minnesota. Kepler had played in just two games after the All-Star break before going on the IL.

    Aug 4 · Source via Twins Max Kepler
  • Whit Merrifield Making Season Debut For Blue Jays

    Toronto Blue Jays second baseman/outfielder Whit Merrifield is making his debut with the team on Thursday against Minnesota Twins right-hander Sonny Gray, starting in center field and hitting eighth in the batting order. The Toronto Sun's Rob Longley is reporting that Merrifield is now vaccinated against COVID-19, so he'll be able to play for the team when they return home to Canada. The 33-year-old is in center field with George Springer (elbow) being eased back into the lineup due to an elbow issue. Most of Merrifield's playing time with his new squad will come at second base. Hitting near the bottom of the order isn't ideal for his fantasy managers, but Merrifield should have a better shot at racking up counting stats in Toronto. He's currently hitting .240/.290/.352 with six home runs, 42 RBI, 51 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 383 at-bats in 2022.

    Aug 4 · Source via Blue Jays Whit Merrifield
  • Mike Soroka To Begin Simulated Games Soon

    Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said that right-hander Mike Soroka (Achilles) will begin throwing simulated games soon, but no date has been given yet for a minor league rehab assignment. Soroka suffered a setback in his recovery when he was hit by a comebacker in the knee while throwing live batting practice in July. The plan was always to have Soroka potentially return to the starting rotation at some point in September, though, so his ultimate timetable for a return probably hasn't changed all that much. The 25-year-old made just three starts in 2020 before his injury and is unlikely to have a shot to be a difference-maker in fantasy to close out this season. It would be nice if Soroka was an option for the Braves if they make the postseason, but that would be the icing on the cake for Atlanta.

    Aug 4 · Source via Braves Mike Soroka
  • Ozzie Albies Plays Catch

    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (foot) played catch on Wednesday, according to skipper Brian Snitker, and he will soon ramp up other baseball activities. In a best-case scenario, Albies could return in early to mid-September. The 25-year-old is no longer using a walking boot and will continue to ramp up his rehab in the coming weeks. He was hitting .244/.289/.405 with eight home runs, 33 RBI, 34 runs scored and three stolen bases in 242 at-bats before his injury. Even though Albies probably won't be ready until around midway through September, he's worth keeping stashed in an IL spot on fantasy rosters. Orlando Arcia should continue to man the keystone regularly in Atlanta.

    Aug 4 · Source via Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Clayton Kershaw Leaves Thursday's Game Early With Injury

    Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (back) left his start early on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants after warming up for the fifth inning with an apparent back injury. Kershaw didn't even wait for the trainer or manager Dave Roberts to get to the mound before walking off. Kershaw gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out four in his four innings of work before departing. The 34-year-old has a history of back issues, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him land on the injured list. He also missed almost a month with SI joint inflammation earlier this year. The future Hall of Famer has been his normal solid self when on the mound this year, entering the day with a 2.66 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP and an 84:14 K:BB in 81 1/3 innings over his 14 starts. Stay tuned for more details on Kershaw's condition.

    Aug 4 · Source via Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
  • Royals Select Nate Eaton

    The Royals have selected Nate Eaton onto the big league roster, per a club announcement. Maikel García was optioned to Triple-A Omaha to open an active roster spot, while the team transferred outfielder Edward Olivares from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list to create a spot on the 40-man roster. Eaton is up for the second time…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Royals Nate Eaton
  • Cubs Select Sean Newcomb, Matt Dermody

    4:09pm: The Cubs have officially selected Newcomb’s contract heading into Game 2. Infielder David Bote was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to clear the necessary active roster spot. 11:22am: Prior to today’s doubleheader against the Cardinals, the Cubs announced some roster shuffling to reporters, including Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago. Left-hander Matt Dermody has had his contract…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Matt Dermody Sean Newcomb
  • George Springer Returns Against Twins

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer (elbow) is back in the starting lineup on Thursday against Minnesota Twins right-hander Sonny Gray, serving as the designated hitter while manning his usual leadoff spot in the batting order. Springer will return to action after missing four of the team's last five games with a lingering elbow injury. While the Blue Jays are easing him back in as the DH, the 32-year-old should be returned to all fantasy lineups in single-year leagues. In just six games played since the All-Star break, Springer has gone 7-for-26 (.269) with a homer, five RBI, five runs scored and a stolen base. Overall, his line stands at .251/.330/.467 with 18 home runs, 47 RBI, 58 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 334 at-bats.

    Aug 4 · Source via Blue Jays George Springer
  • Kyle Tucker Scratched With Illness

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (illness) was scratched from the starting lineup on Thursday against the Cleveland Guardians, according to the team. Aledmys Diaz will get the nod in left field and will bat fifth in the batting order against Guardians right-hander Zach Plesac. Fantasy managers should consider Tucker day-to-day and remove him from their starting lineups. Diaz isnt a bad low-cost DFS play in the matchup against Cleveland. He's hitting .349 (15-for-43) with three home runs, five RBI and eight runs scored in 12 games over the last two weeks. Overall, Diaz is hitting .256/.311/.422 with nine home runs, 26 RBI, 28 runs scored and one stolen base in 69 games played.

    Aug 4 · Source via Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Marlins To Select Peyton Burdick, Option Jesus Sanchez

    The Marlins plan to select outfielder Peyton Burdick onto the major league roster before tomorrow afternoon’s contest with the Cubs, reports Craig Mish of SportsGrid (Twitter links). Outfielder Jesús Sánchez will be optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville in a corresponding transaction, Mish adds. Miami already has a vacancy on the 40-man roster, as Jordan McPherson of the Miami…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Peyton Burdick Jesus Sanchez prospects
  • Mike Trout Starts Rotational Exercises

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (back, ribs) started rotational work on Wednesday, which is intended to build him up to the point where he's able to swing, according to head athletic trainer Mike Frostad. However, there is no specific timetable on when he'll resume swinging a bat. The good news is that Trout is progressing as expected. Alarm bells sounded when it was reported that the 30-year-old superstar might be dealing with a chronic back injury, but Trout downplayed the seriousness of his injury and expects to return in 2022. He's been out since July 16, though, and fantasy managers need to remain patient with one of the best players in the game. Before his injury, Trout was slashing .270/.368/.599 with a .967 OPS, 24 home runs, 51 RBI, 55 runs scored and one stolen base in 282 at-bats. Keep him stashed everywhere.

    Aug 4 · Source via Angels Mike Trout
  • Bubba Thompson Called Up, Making MLB Debut Thursday

    The Texas Rangers are expected to promote outfield prospect Bubba Thompson to the major league roster on Thursday, according to a source. Thompson will make his MLB debut on Thursday against Chicago White Sox right-hander Johnny Cueto, starting in left field and batting ninth in the lineup. The team's No. 27 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, was hitting a strong .304/.355/.474 with 13 home runs, 48 RBI, 77 runs scored and a whopping 49 stolen bases in 80 games for Triple-A Round Rock before the call-up. Despite the speed, there are questions about whether Thompson can be a regular at the MLB level because of his 95:22 K:BB in the minors this year. Because of the speed alone, the 24-year-old is worth a pickup in deeper fantasy leagues.

    Aug 4 · Source via Rangers Bubba Thompson
  • Phillies Reinstate Jean Segura, Release Didi Gregorius

    The Philadelphia Phillies reinstated second baseman Jean Segura (finger) from the 60-day injured list. In corresponding moves, the team activated right-hander Kyle Gibson from the bereavement list and released shortstop Didi Gregorius. Segura is back at the keystone and is hitting seventh on Thursday against Washington Nationals right-hander Paolo Espino, so fantasy managers need to get him back into their starting lineups in single-year formats. Segura has been out for two months after having surgery to fix a fractured right index finger. The 32-year-old should return to regular starting duties at second base. Gregorius got the axe after hitting only .210 with one homer in 214 at-bats. Rookie Bryson Stott should take over as the everyday shortstop now that Segura is back.

    Aug 4 · Source via Phillies Jean Segura Didi Gregorius
  • Jack Flaherty Could Return In Late August

    St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said that right-hander Jack Flaherty (shoulder) will rejoin the team in St. Louis on Saturday. After he throws a bullpen session, the Cardinals will determine when and where Flaherty will head out on a minor league rehab assignment. There is hope from the team that he can return to the starting rotation by late August or early September. The 26-year-old landed on the injured list on June 27 with a strained right shoulder, and he could return when first eligible in the last week of August, barring any setbacks on his rehab assignment. Flaherty has made only three starts for the Red Birds due to injury, and he allowed five earned runs while striking out six and walking nine in eight innings, but he's worth stashing right now in fantasy leagues if you're in need of starting pitching down the stretch.

    Aug 4 · Source via Cardinals Jack Flaherty
  • Evan Longoria Has A Good Chance To Return Monday

    San Francisco Giants skipper Gabe Kapler said that there's a "good chance" that third baseman Evan Longoria (hamstring) will come off the injured list during the series that starts next Monday against the San Diego Padres. Longoria has been out since late July with a Grade 1 hamstring injury, but the injury doesn't look serious enough to keep him out past the designated 10 days. There's a chance that the 36-year-old is sent on a short minor league rehab assignment over the weekend to get his legs back under him. The three-time All-Star has played in only 49 games for the Gigantes this year due to injuries and hasn't played in more than 81 games in the previous two seasons. On top of it in 2022, he's hit a very mediocre .243/.331/.459 with nine home runs, 19 RBI and 21 runs scored in 148 at-bats.

    Aug 4 · Source via Giants Evan Longoria
  • Rangers To Select Bubba Thompson

    The Rangers are selecting outfielder Bubba Thompson onto the big league roster before tonight’s contest against the White Sox, reports Jeff Wilson (Twitter link). Texas will need to create a pair of 40-man roster spots this evening, with Thompson joining the previously-reported Cole Ragans in reporting to the team for his big league debut. It’s the long-awaited…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Rangers Bubba Thompson
  • Joc Pederson To Return On Saturday

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson (concussion) will return from the seven-day injured list on Saturday, with infielder Thairo Estrada (concussion) likely returning a day later on Sunday. Pederson has been out of action since July 29, but he should return to San Francisco's starting lineup on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics. The 30-year-old left-handed slugger was named to his second All-Star team in 2022 and is currently hitting .242/.319/.492 with an .811 OPS, 17 home runs, 43 RBI, 36 runs scored and three stolen bases in 285 plate appearances and 87 games. Pederson was rumored to be a trade candidate at the deadline earlier this week, but he ended up staying with the Giants. He'll continue to be a power threat for fantasy managers in all leagues the rest of the way.

    Aug 4 · Source via Giants Joc Pederson
  • Michael Harris II Returns To The Lineup

    Atlanta Braves rookie outfielder Michael Harris II (foot) is back in the starting lineup on Thursday against the division-rival New York Mets and right-hander Carlos Carrasco, starting in center field and batting ninth in the batting order. Harris was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a sore right foot, but the injury wasn't serious and he'll return to the outfield a day later. The 21-year-old youngster has been great for Atlanta in his first major league season in 2022, hitting .280/.320/.478 with nine home runs, 30 RBI, 35 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 207 at-bats. He's gone 9-for-34 (.265) with a homer, four RBI, five runs scored and a stolen base in 10 games since the All-Star break. DFS gamers should probably look elsewhere since he's in the nine-hole.

    Aug 4 · Source via Braves Michael Harris
  • Jake Cronenworth Sitting Against A Lefty

    San Diego Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth is not in the starting lineup on Thursday against Colorado Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland. Cronenworth has been on a recent tear at the plate and is now slashing .244/.348/.402 with 11 home runs, 55 RBI, 68 runs scored and one stolen base in 393 at-bats after homering in the 9-1 win over the Rockies on Wednesday night. New acquisition Brandon Drury, who clubbed a grand slam in the first pitch he saw in a Padres uniform on Wednesday, is starting at second base and is batting fifth against Freeland. Drury is having a career year with a .275 average and 21 home runs in 93 games in 2022, and he's been great against southpaws, going 30-for-97 (.309) with nine of his 21 home runs against them.

    Aug 4 · Source via Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Brewers Planning To Select Jakson Reetz

    The Brewers are planning on adding catcher Jakson Reetz to their 40-man roster, reports Robert Murray of FanSided. Reetz isn’t currently on Milwaukee’s 40-man roster, meaning a corresponding move will be required. Reetz, 26, was a third-round draft pick of the Nationals in 2014, working his way up to make his MLB debut last year.…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Jakson Reetz
  • Rays Claim Jimmy Yacabonis From Marlins

    The Rays have claimed right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis off waivers from the Marlins, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The club had a vacancy on their 40-man roster, meaning no corresponding move will be required in that department. Yacabonis, 30, has bounced between the majors and the minors since 2017, often tantalizing with strong…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Rays Jimmy Yacabonis
  • Brandon Nimmo Reaches Four Times Wednesday

    New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo reached base four times Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in a 9-5 victory over the Washington Nationals. After a down July, Nimmo has hit safely in six of his last seven games, with seven hits in his last 12 at-bats. Nimmo is one of the least flashy players in the league, but he also offers an incredibly high production floor. With a .781 OPS, 10 homers, 64 runs scored, and 39 RBI, he should have a place on fantasy rosters in all but the shallowest leagues.

    Aug 4 · Source via Mets Brandon Nimmo
  • Daniel Vogelbach Hits Grand Slam

    New York Mets designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach hit his first home run as a member of the team Wednesday, a towering grand slam off of Washington Nationals relief pitcher Jordan Weems in a 9-5 victory. Vogelbach has been very productive since coming over from the Pirates, slashing .308/.471/.500 in 33 plate appearances. He now has 13 homers, 32 runs scored, and 38 RBI with a .790 OPS in 310 plate appearances this season. He should only play against righties, and that makes him a very solid option in fantasy leagues with daily lineup changes.

    Aug 4 · Source via Mets Daniel Vogelbach
  • Chris Bassitt Throws Seven Scoreless Innings

    New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Bassitt earned his eighth victory of the season Wednesday, throwing seven scoreless innings on six hits and a walk while striking out four batters. Bassitt has now thrown a quality start in seven of his last eight outings, leaving him with a 3.61 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 121 strikeouts in 122 innings across 20 starts this season. He's a better real-life pitcher than fantasy option, but he still represents a very solid rotation anchor in all formats.

    Aug 4 · Source via Mets Chris Bassitt
  • Luke Williams Steals Three Bases

    Miami Marlins utility man Luke Williams stole three bases against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, going 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the 3-0 victory. Williams has been receiving regular playing time of late, and while he offers very little power with just one home run in 79 at-bats this season, seven of his nine steals have come in the last 30 games, and he could be a solid cheap option for fantasy managers desperate for speed.

    Aug 4 · Source via Marlins Luke Williams
  • Bryan Reynolds Homers In Three-Hit Day

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds had a big day Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, and three runs scored in an 8-7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Reynolds now has 16 homers on the season. After a slow start to the year, Reynolds has picked up his performance significantly, and he now carries a .793 OPS with 43 runs scored, 33 RBI, and three stolen bases, though this performance breaks a streak of 19 consecutive hitless at-bats. He's a top fantasy option despite not much help in the Pirates lineup around him.

    Aug 4 · Source via Pirates Bryan Reynolds
  • Sean Murphy Goes Deep Wednesday

    Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy remained with the club past the trade deadline, and he rewarded that decision by going deep off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani in a 3-1 victory. He went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the game. Murphy now has a .757 OPS with 13 homers this year, but given that he is likely the best remaining player on the roster, he doesn't figure to have much opportunity for counting stats going forward and remains a borderline fantasy option behind the plate.

    Aug 4 · Source via Athletics Sean Murphy
  • Manny Machado Breaks Out With Homer, Three Hits

    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado has struggled of late, which may have played some role in general manager AJ Preller's spending spree at the trade deadline, but Machado was at his best on Wednesday as he went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and two runs scored. He now has 19 homers this year and has gone deep three times in his past seven games, so it looks as though he's turning the corner. Machado should enjoy an explosive end to his fantasy season with so much strength in the lineup around him.

    Aug 4 · Source via Padres Manny Machado
  • Jake Cronenworth Homers, Drives In Three

    San Diego Padres infielder Jake Cronenworth may no longer be among the top names in his own lineup anymore, but on Wednesday night he showed why he was an All-Star selection this year, going 2-for-3 with a home run, a hit-by-pitch, three RBI, and two runs scored. Cronenworth should be in great position for even more counting stats going forward in a stacked lineup, and fantasy managers can expect him to build on his .750 OPS, 11 homers, 68 runs scored, 55 RBI, and one stolen base from here.

    Aug 4 · Source via Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Brandon Drury Hits Grand Slam In Padres Debut

    San Diego Padres infielder Brandon Drury made his team debut on Wednesday, and he started out with a bang, launching a first-inning grand slam off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Kuhl in a 9-1 victory. Drury figures to receive steady playing time for San Diego, though it could come all over the diamond in a much deeper lineup than his old Reds team had. He stands to receive a bit of a fantasy boost in his new setup, but his .864 OPS, 21 homers, 63 runs scored, and 63 RBI is already an excellent pace.

    Aug 4 · Source via Padres Brandon Drury
  • Miguel Vargas Has Strong Debut

    Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Miguel Vargas made his debut in the big leagues on Wednesday night, slotting in as the designated hitter in the seventh spot in the lineup. He had a strong game, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and a stolen base. It remains to be seen how much playing time Vargas will receive going forward, but his .291/.382/.497 slash line with 15 homers and 12 steals at Triple-A this season suggests that he has the ability to make an all-around contribution at some point, and fantasy managers in keeper and dynasty formats should look to add him off the waiver wire.

    Aug 4 · Source via Dodgers Miguel Vargas prospects
  • Joey Gallo Making Dodgers Debut Thursday

    Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joey Gallo is making his debut with the team on Thursday against San Francisco Giants right-hander Jakob Junis, starting in left field and hitting sixth in the batting order. Gallo was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Dodgers at the trade deadline on Tuesday, but he didn't get the starting nod on Wednesday. The 28-year-old left-handed slugger was a disaster in his second season with the Yanks this year, hitting an embarrassing .159/.282/.339 with 12 home runs, 24 RBI, 32 runs scored and two stolen bases in 82 games. The Dodgers are hoping they can help him turn things around at the plate. Nobody is debating that Gallo still has prodigious power, but he'll need to make more consistent contact in order to be useful in the second half of the season with his new team.

    Aug 4 · Source via Dodgers Joey Gallo
  • Pirates Select Taylor Davis

    The Pirates have announced a series of roster moves prior to today’s game. Catcher Tyler Heineman has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right groin strain. Left-hander Dillon Peters has been placed on the 15-day IL due to left elbow inflammation. To take those roster spots, the club has recalled lefty…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Pirates Taylor Davis Tyler Heineman Dillon Peters
  • Andrew McCutchen Doubles Twice Wednesday

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with two doubles, a stolen base and two strikeouts out of the cleanup spot in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He's up to 19 doubles and eight stolen bases on the year. On the year, the 35-year-old veteran is slashing .256/.323/.396 with 10 home runs, 46 RBI and 46 runs scored in 390 plate appearances over 88 games in his first year in Milwaukee. Since the All-Star break, he's gone 12-for-45 (.267) with a homer, five RBI, seven runs scored and two stolen bases in 11 games. McCutchen is no longer an elite fantasy producer, but he'll contribute modestly across all categories for a good team.

    Aug 4 · Source via Brewers Andrew McCutchen
  • Sandy Alcantara Throws Complete-Game Shutout

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara tossed a complete-game shutout win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, allowing six hits while walking one and striking out three in nine innings. The 26-year-old All-Star now has a major league-leading three complete games this year, and he's now 10-4 with a pristine 1.88 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 141 strikeouts and 40 walks in 158 1/3 innings pitched over 22 starts this season. Alcantara has been one of the most dominant arms in all of baseball this year, and he's a must-start every time he toes the rubber in fantasy. His next start is scheduled to come against the Philadelphia Phillies next week.

    Aug 4 · Source via Marlins Sandy Alcantara
  • Drew VerHagen To Have Season-Ending Hip Surgery

    St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Drew VerHagen (hip) will have season-ending hip surgery shortly, according to a team official. VerHagen injured his hip in April and won't make it back for the rest of the 2022 season. The 31-year-old had signed a two-year, $5.5 million deal with St. Louis in free agency. He'll end the season with just 21 2/3 innings under his belt in 19 relief outings, posting a 6.65 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, 18 strikeouts and 14 walks for the Red Birds. VerHagen wasn't on the fantasy radar to begin with.

    Aug 4 · Source via Cardinals Drew VerHagen closers
  • Adrian Houser To Make Rehab Start Saturday

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Adrian Houser (elbow) will make a minor league rehab start for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and will likely throw two innings. Houser has been out of commission since late June with a right flexor strain, so he'll require multiple rehab outings in the minors before he's ready to rejoin the Brewers rotation. There's a chance he could return to a long-relief role out of the bullpen, too, which would be bad news for his fantasy value. The 29-year-old right-hander was 4-8 with a 4.72 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 57:31 K:BB in 76 1/3 innings over 15 starts before his injury.

    Aug 4 · Source via Brewers Adrian Houser
  • Joey Bart Dealing With Groin Injury

    San Francisco Giants catcher Joey Bart (groin) was pulled from the game early on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers with slight groin tightness. Bart went 3-for-4 in the game before departing, and fantasy managers won't have him in the lineup for Thursday's game against left-hander Clayton Kershaw. After the 3-for-4 performance, Bart is now hitting .205/.299/.378 with eight long balls, 16 RBI, 21 runs scored and two stolen bases in 156 at-bats for San Francisco. With the 25-year-old ticketed for a spot on the bench on Thursday, Austin Wynns should be behind the plate for the Giants to catch right-handed starter Jakob Junis.

    Aug 4 · Source via Giants Joey Bart
  • Red Sox Designate Jackie Bradley Jr. For Assignment

    The Boston Red Sox designated outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. for assignment on Thursday. The writing was on the wall for Bradley, who is hitting just .210/.257/.321 with three home runs, 29 RBI, 21 runs scored and two stolen bases in 271 at-bats this year, when the Red Sox traded for outfielder Tommy Pham at the deadline on Tuesday. If the 32-year-old isn't scooped up off waivers by another team, he'll return to the organization and head to the minor leagues at Triple-A Worcester. He's still useful for his glove work in the outfield, but Bradley's bat has been useless to the Red Sox and fantasy managers in 2022.

    Aug 4 · Source via Red Sox Jackie Bradley Jr.
  • Omar Narvaez Placed On Injured List

    The Milwaukee Brewers placed catcher Omar Narvaez (quadriceps) on the 10-day injured list on Thursday with a left quadriceps strain and recalled catcher Mario Feliciano from Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move. Narvaez isn't a must-stash in leagues that start only one catcher, as he is hitting .237/.324/.363 with four home runs, 18 RBI and 17 runs scored in 190 at-bats for the Brew Crew this year. With the Brewers designating Pedro Severino for assignment on Wednesday, Victor Caratini will serve as the team's primary backstop until Narvaez is ready to return. In 148 at-bats in 2022, Caratini is slashing .230/.350/.405 with seven home runs, 20 RBI and 20 runs scored.

    Aug 4 · Source via Brewers Omar Narvaez
  • Shohei Ohtani Will Serve As DH Thursday

    Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (forearm) had a "mild cramp in his forearm" on Wednesday, according to manager Phil Nevin. However, Ohtani will serve as the designated hitter on Thursday against the Oakland Athletics, and the injury isn't considered serious. The 28-year-old two-way start allowed three runs (two earned) while striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings against the A's on Wednesday, but he didn't appear to suffer the injury while pitching. There's a chance the Angels could change their minds before game time on Thursday, but all signs point to this being nothing serious for Ohtani. If he's indeed in the starting lineup on Thursday, he needs to be in all fantasy starting lineups.

    Aug 4 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Dan Straily Signs With KBO's Lotte Giants

    The Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization announced the signing of veteran right-hander Dan Straily yesterday (h/t to Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News Agency). The Apex Baseball client will receive $400K for the remainder of the 2022 season. Straily, 33, is a familiar face for the Busan-based club. He pitched with Lotte between 2020-21, starting…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Dan Straily
  • Jason Adam Notches Fifth Save On Wednesday

    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jason Adam struck out two in a perfect inning to earn the save in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. He entered the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead. The 31-year-old needed 10 pitches to earn his fifth save of the year. He has been fantastic this season for the Rays, posting a 1.27 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, and a 51:8 K: BB across 42 2/3 innings in 2022. The Rays continue to use a bullpen by committee between Adam, Pete Fairbanks, Colin Poche, and Brooks Raley. Adam has more value in fantasy leagues that count saves and holds as a category but should be rostered in most formats as he provides excellent ratios with an occasional save.

    Aug 3 · Source via Rays Jason Adam
  • James Paxton Throws Simulated Game On Wednesday

    Boston Red Sox pitcher James Paxton (elbow) threw two innings during a simulated game Wednesday. It was the first time the southpaw faced live hitters this year. He is expected to return in mid-August and will continue to build his arm up in upcoming rehab appearances. The 33-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in April and has been limited to just 21 2/3 innings over the last two years. The 33-year-old had his best season in 2019, posting a 15-6 record with a 3.82 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 186 strikeouts over 150 2/3 innings for the Yankees in 2019. Fantasy managers in deep-league formats with an open spot on the injured list can stash Paxton.

    Aug 3 · Source via Red Sox James Paxton
  • Justin Steele Will Start Friday Against Miami

    Chicago Cubs pitcher Justin Steele will make his next start Friday against the Miami Marlins. He was initially scheduled to start on Wednesday, but the contest was postponed due to inclement weather. The 27-year-old posted a 3.86 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and an 87:42 K: BB across 91 innings in 2022. He had been excellent over his last five appearances, owning a 2.05 ERA while striking out 26 batters over 26 1/3 frames. Fantasy managers can use Steele as a streamer in a plus matchup against Miami.

    Aug 3 · Source via Cubs Justin Steele
  • Brandon Crawford Expected To Return Saturday

    San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (knee) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list for Saturday's game against the Oakland Athletics. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. The 35-year-old has been sidelined until July 15 due to bruising and inflammation of his right knee. He is slashing .215/.297/.332 with five home runs, 33 RBI, 29 runs, and a stolen base over 279 plate appearances in 72 games in 2022. Crawford is expected to be the Giants' primary shortstop when he returns but is more of a fantasy option in deep-league formats.

    Aug 3 · Source via Giants Brandon Crawford
  • Austin Hays Dealing With Side Soreness

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (side) was out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers due to a sore left side. According to Orioles manager Brandon Hyde, Hays could return to action for Friday's series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates following the team's day off on Thursday. The 27-year-old is slashing .258/.317/.429 with 12 home runs, 47 RBI, 49 runs, and two stolen bases in 96 games in 2022. Hays is considered day-to-day. Ryan McKenna will continue to handle right field duties while Hays is sidelined.

    Aug 3 · Source via Orioles Austin Hays
  • Avisail Garcia Lands On The 10-Day Injured List

    Miami Marlins outfielder Avisail Garcia (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a strained left hamstring. He was removed from Tuesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds with left hamstring discomfort. The 31-year-old has struggled this season, slashing .232/.269/.322 with seven home runs, 30 RBI, and 29 runs in 88 games. Garrett Cooper (wrist) was reinstated from the injured list in a corresponding move. Cooper has been solid this season, slashing .279/.347/.426 with seven home runs, 40 RBI, and 28 runs in 84 games. The Marlins are also with Jorge Soler (back), Cooper, JJ Bleday, and Bryan De La Cruz should see an uptick in at-bats while Miami is short-handed in the outfield.

    Aug 3 · Source via Marlins Avisail Garcia
  • Jorge Mateo Swipes His 26th Bag Wednesday

    Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jorge Mateo was 0-for-3 during Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers, but walked, scored a run, and stole a base. It was his 26th steal of the season, which is second in all of baseball and leads the American League. However, the rest of Mateo's numbers are hard to swallow as he owns a .216/.264/.389 slash line with 10 HRs, 32 RBI, and 41 runs. The 27-year-old can be used for his stolen base production in deeper formats but might hurt the other categories too much in standard leagues.

    Aug 3 · Source via Orioles Jorge Mateo
  • Jorge Lopez Closes Out First Game With Twins

    Minnesota Twins reliever Jorge Lopez recorded his 20th save of the season Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers and his first since being traded from the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. The first-time All-Star is having a career year after switching to the bullpen this season and owns a 1.64 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with 55 strikeouts over 49.1 innings. The save signals that Lopez will maintain his closer role, leaving the rest of the high-leverage arms in the Twins bullpen, including Jhoan Duran, in a setup role.

    Aug 3 · Source via Twins Jorge Lopez closers
  • Nationals Release Alcides Escobar

    The Nationals announced they’ve placed infielder Alcides Escobar on unconditional release waivers. The move clears an active roster spot for Luke Voit, who is expected to join the club tomorrow. Washington’s 40-man roster count drops to 39. Escobar has spent the past season and a half in the nation’s capital. The veteran had been playing on a…

    Aug 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Alcides Escobar
  • Wednesday's Cubs-Cardinals Game Postponed

    The game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday has officially been postponed due to inclement weather. The contest will be made up on Thursday as part of a split doubleheader. Wednesday's scheduled starters -- lefty Justin Steele for the Cubs and right-hander Miles Mikolas for St. Louis -- will presumably be pushed to one of Thursday's games. Fantasy managers need to make sure to remove any players from these two teams from their starting lineups on Wednesday.

    Aug 3 · Source via Cubs Cardinals
  • Rangers To Select Cole Ragans

    The Rangers are going to be starting left-hander Cole Ragans on Thursday, reports Jeff Wilson of rangerstoday.com. The southpaw will be making his major league debut. He is not currently on the club’s 40-man roster, meaning a corresponding move will be required. It’s been quite the journey for Ragans, who was selected by the Rangers…

    Aug 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Rangers Cole Ragans
  • J.D. Davis To Play On Wednesday

    San Francisco Giants third baseman J.D. Davis is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Davis was traded to the Giants on Tuesday in exchange for slugger Darin Ruf. Now, he'll start at third base and bat fifth versus lefty Julio Urias on Wednesday. Davis should see plenty of at-bats against left-handed pitching down the stretch. He's hitting .238/.324/.359 with four homers and 21 RBI through 66 games this season. The hope is that a change of scenery will spark his bat, but he might only play a platoon role with San Francisco.

    Aug 3 · Source via Giants J.D. Davis
  • Giants Select Bryce Johnson

    The Giants announced to reporters, including Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com, a series of roster moves prior to tonight’s game. Trade acquisition J.D. Davis has been activated, while outfielder Bryce Johnson has had his contract selected. Left-hander Sam Long and infielder Jason Vosler were optioned to make room on the active roster. The club already…

    Aug 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Giants Bryce Johnson
  • Jake Odorizzi To Take The Mound On Saturday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi is expected to make his team debut on Saturday. He was acquired by the Braves from the Houston Astros on Monday. The 32-year-old has registered a 3.75 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 46/17 K/BB ratio through 12 starts this season. He should be a fine addition to the Braves rotation down the stretch of the season. It's uncertain which game of the doubleheader that Odorizzi will pitch. Regardless, fantasy managers should expect Odorizzi to continues pitching well as part of the Braves.

    Aug 3 · Source via Braves Jake Odorizzi
  • David Robertson Records Save On Wednesday

    Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher David Robertson was asked to take the ball in the ninth inning on Wednesday. The veteran right-hander was acquired by the Phillies through a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Manager Rob Thompson mentioned that Robertson might not get save chances right away in Philly. Well, that was not the case as Robertson came out for the save during Wednesday's contest. He struck out two batters and earned himself his 15th save of the season. The expectation is that Robertson will continue to get save chances in Philly going forward.

    Aug 3 · Source via Phillies David Robertson closers
  • Martin Perez Strikes Out Nine In No-Decision

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez was sharp during Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. The left-hander struck out nine batters over six innings with only one earned run in a no-decision. Perez has now only allowed one run or fewer in each of his last four starts. It's also worth noting that those nine strikeouts are a career-high for the veteran starter. Somehow, Perez has changed into a completely different pitcher this season. He'll take a 2.47 ERA into a matchup with the Houston Astros next week.

    Aug 3 · Source via Rangers Martin Perez
  • Mickey Moniak Will Make Team Debut On Wednesday

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mickey Moniak is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Oakland Athletics. The former top prospect was acquired by the Angels during the trade deadline on Tuesday. Moniak has struggled during his time in the MLB, but still has plenty of upside. It sounds like the Angels are going to roll with him and see what they have in Moniak. He'll bat seventh and play center field versus righty James Kaprielian on Wednesday. This is a wait-and-see type of situation, so fantasy managers can ignore Moniak until he gives them a reason to add him.

    Aug 3 · Source via Angels Mickey Moniak
  • Brandon Drury To Serve As Designated Hitter

    San Diego Padres infielder Brandon Drury is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Colorado Rockies. The veteran slugger was acquired by the Padres at the trade deadline on Tuesday. Although, the acquisition of Drury was overshadowed by the addition of Juan Soto and Josh Bell. Fantasy managers shouldn't overlook the impact that Drury can make in the lineup. He's hitting .274 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI through 92 games. Drury will serve as the designated hitter and bat sixth versus right-hander Chad Kuhl on Wednesday. Fantasy managers will likely see Drury's value drop in San Diego, but he'll be starting for this game.

    Aug 3 · Source via Padres Brandon Drury
  • Juan Soto To Make Padres Debut On Wednesday

    San Diego Padres outfielder Juan Soto will make his team debut for the club on Wednesday. The superstar slugger was acquired alongside Josh Bell in a massive trade on Tuesday. He'll start in right field and bat second in his highly-anticipated debut against the Colorado Rockies. The 23-year-old is going to have a ton of pressure on him as the Padres go all-in for a World Series. Fantasy managers should make sure Soto is in their lineups for Wednesday's matchup against Chad Kuhl in San Diego.

    Aug 3 · Source via Padres Juan Soto
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Faces Live Pitching On Wednesday

    San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (wrist) faced live pitching again on Wednesday. The superstar slugger took roughly six at-bats during his batting practice session. The next step should be Tatis heading out on a minor league rehab assignment. He has been sidelined all season long after having wrist surgery. It's uncertain how many games he'll need to play before getting back to the MLB roster. In the meantime, newly acquired Juan Soto and Josh Bell will attempt to hold down the fort. Fantasy managers should continue to stash Tatis as he nears a return.

    Aug 3 · Source via Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Tyler O'Neill Returns To The Lineup Wednesday

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tyler O'Neill (leg) is back in left field and is hitting fifth on Wednesday against Chicago Cubs left-hander Justin Steele. O'Neill will return to action after missing the last two games due to a leg cramp. Since the All-Star break, he's really struggled at the dish, going 5-for-26 (.192) with a homer, five RBI, six runs scored and eight strikeouts in 30 plate appearances over seven games. The 27-year-old has been a big disappointment for fantasy managers this year after he hit .286 with a .912 OPS, 34 home runs, 80 RBI and 15 steals in 138 games in 2021. This year, O'Neill is slashing .233/.298/.351 with five long balls, 33 RBI, 29 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 55 games played.

    Aug 3 · Source via Cardinals Tyler O'Neill
  • Eduardo Escobar, Luis Guillorme To Platoon At 3B

    New York Mets skipper Buck Showalter is comfortable moving forward with a platoon situation at third base between Eduardo Escobar and Luis Guillorme. Escobar was out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against Washington Nationals right-hander Anibal Sanchez, and the 33-year-old veteran switch-hitter figures to be on the short side of the platoon moving forward. That means he'll likely only be at third base when the Mets are facing a left-handed pitcher. Escobar is hitting just .199 (48-for-241) against righties this year while going 30-for-115 (.261) with six of his 12 homers against southpaws. Meanwhile, the lefty hitting Guillorme is batting .312 (49-for-157) with both of his home runs and nine RBI against righties in 2022.

    Aug 3 · Source via Mets Eduardo Escobar Luis Guillorme
  • Brayan Bello Injured Wednesday

    Boston Red Sox rookie right-hander Brayan Bello (groin) left his outing on Wednesday against the Houston Astros with a left groin strain. Bello was trying to eat up some innings after lefty starter Rich Hill made his return from the injured list on Wednesday, but Bello was forced out after just two-thirds of an inning pitched. There's a good chance that the 23-year-old will require a trip to the injured list, but stay tuned for more details on his injury. Bello was making just his fifth major league appearance in Wednesday's game, and he entered the contest having allowed a whopping 16 earned runs on 26 hits while walking 11 and striking out 13 in 16 1/3 innings pitched in four outings (three starts).

    Aug 3 · Source via Red Sox Brayan Bello Rich Hill prospects
  • David Bednar Placed On Injured List

    The Pittsburgh Pirates placed closer David Bednar (back) on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday and recalled right-hander Yohan Ramirez from Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move. The team also recalled infielder Tucupita Marcano from Indianapolis and designated infielder Yoshi Tsutsugo for assignment. Bednar was unavailable for a save chance on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, and as a result, Wil Crowe came on for his third save of the year. Yerry De Los Santos could see a save chance or two while Bednar is sidelined as well, but Crowe should be the target for those chasing saves. Bednar deserves to be stashed in all fantasy formats while he's on the shelf, as he's recorded 17 saves to go along with a 2.70 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 63:14 K:BB in 46 2/3 innings for the Bucs in 2022.

    Aug 3 · Source via Pirates David Bednar closers
  • Dinelson Lamet Designated For Assignment

    The Milwaukee Brewers designated right-hander Dinelson Lamet and catcher Pedro Severino for assignment on Wednesday. Lamet was just acquired by the Brewers in the trade that sent left-handed closer Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres on Monday. Milwaukee likes Lamet, but their bullpen is extremely crowded at the major league level, even after trading Hader away. The Brew Crew also traded for veteran relievers Matt Bush and Trevor Rosenthal in recent days. If Lamet goes unclaimed on waivers, the Brewers will be able to keep him in the organization at Triple-A Nashville. Moved to the bullpen because of injuries by the Padres the last two years, Lamet allowed 13 earned runs on 16 hits in just 12 1/3 relief innings for the Friars this year before being traded to Milwaukee.

    Aug 3 · Source via Brewers Dinelson Lamet closers
  • Tanner Rainey Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Rainey (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. We already knew there was a pretty good chance that Rainey would miss the rest of the season with a UCL injury to his right elbow, but now it's official after the surgery. The 29-year-old will now miss the majority of the 2023 season as well as he recovers from elbow reconstruction. Rainey was solid for the Nats in 29 relief appearances in 2022 before his injury, posting a 3.30 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 12 saves and 36 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched. Kyle Finnegan is now the team's primary closer, but he's a low-end fantasy closing option on the worst team in baseball, especially after they just traded away superstar outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell on Tuesday.

    Aug 3 · Source via Nationals Tanner Rainey closers
  • Mariners Hope Ty France Will Return Friday

    Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais decided to give first baseman Ty France (wrist) another day to recover on Wednesday against the New York Yankees, and along with the team's off day on Thursday, the team is hoping that France will be ready to return on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels in the series opener. The first-time All-Star has missed the last four games with a wrist injury, but he was able to play catch on Wednesday and is nearing his return. The 28-year-old has gone 9-for-29 (.310) with two home runs, three RBI and four runs scored in eight games since the All-Star break, and fantasy managers should be ready to reinsert him into their starting lineups for the weekend.

    Aug 3 · Source via Mariners Ty France
  • Kyle Farmer On The Bench Wednesday

    Cincinnati Reds infielder Kyle Farmer isn't in the starting lineup for a matchup with the Miami Marlins and right-handed starter Sandy Alcantara on Wednesday. Farmer is batting .248 with a .322 on-base percentage, six home runs, and four stolen bases in 352 plate appearances this season. He'll head to the bench with Jose Barrero starting at shortstop instead and batting eighth. The infielder previously hit .209 with a .262 on-base percentage, nine home runs, and five stolen bases in 237 plate appearances for the Reds' Triple-A affiliate this season. You're probably better off looking elsewhere for streaming help given the tough matchup against Alcantara.

    Aug 3 · Source via Reds Kyle Farmer
  • Reds Recall Jose Barrero

    The Cincinnati Reds recalled shortstop Jose Barrero from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday. One of the organization's most promising prospects, Barrero made his Major League debut for the Reds last season, hitting .200 with a .286 on-base percentage and a stolen base in 56 plate appearances. So far in 2022, the 24-year-old is batting .209 with a .262 on-base percentage, nine home runs, and five stolen bases for Cincinnati's Triple-A affiliate. He's certainly a name to watch in dynasty leagues but is likely only an option for fantasy managers in deeper redraft leagues at the moment.

    Aug 3 · Source via Reds Jose Barrero
  • Mets Designate Kramer Robertson For Assignment

    The Mets announced to reporters, including Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, a series of roster moves prior to today’s game. Recent trade acquisitions Darin Ruf and right-hander Mychal Givens have been activated, while righty Trevor May has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list. To make room for those three on the roster, righties Yoan Lopez…

    Aug 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Kramer Robertson
  • Royals Select Michael Massey's Contract

    The Kansas City Royals selected infielder Michael Massey's contract on Wednesday from Triple-A Omaha. Massey, 24, previously made his Major League debut this season, collecting three hits in eight plate appearances for the Royals. In 143 plate appearances with Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate, he hit .325 with a .392 on-base percentage, seven home runs and four stolen bases. With Whit Merrifield now a member of the Blue Jays, there's the potential for Massey to see consistent playing time if he can produce. The club also recalled catcher Sebastian Rivero from Double-A Northwest Arkansas and transferred left-handed pitcher Angel Zerpa to the 60-day injured list.

    Aug 3 · Source via Royals Michael Massey
  • Dodgers Select Miguel Vargas' Contract

    The Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of infielder Miguel Vargas on Tuesday. One of the organization's best prospects, the 22-year-old has spent the 2022 season at Triple-A so far, batting .291 with a .382 on-base percentage, 15 home runs, and 12 stolen bases in 437 plate appearances. Vargas has seen most of his time at third base in the minors, but has also started games at second base and first base this season, as well as in left field. He's certainly someone fantasy managers should be looking to add off the waiver wire in dynasty leagues.

    Aug 3 · Source via Dodgers Miguel Vargas prospects
  • Noah Syndergaard Will Make Phillies Debut Thursday

    Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Noah Syndergaard will reportedly make his first start for the club on Thursday against the Washington Nationals per a tweet from MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels at the trade deadline, Syndergaard has made 18 starts this season. In those 18 starts he's thrown 80 innings and has pitched to a 3.83 ERA and a 3.95 FIP while registering 64 strikeouts and 22 walks. Fantasy managers will certainly want to keep him in their lineups against a Nationals club that just traded away Juan Soto and Josh Bell.

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