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  • Anthony Rizzo Sitting Out Saturday

    New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Kansas City Royals. Rizzo will take a seat after starting the last seven games for the Yankees. He's hitting only .225 on the year, but he has a .345 on-base percentage, 24 home runs, 59 RBI, 60 runs scored and six stolen bases in 333 at-bats to make him a must-start in fantasy. DJ LeMahieu is starting at first base and is hitting leadoff on Saturday against Royals right-hander Jonathan Heasley. Over the last two weeks, LeMahieu has gone 12-for-36 (.333) with a homer, four RBI and 11 runs scored in 10 games, so he's definitely worth considering in DFS on Saturday.

    Jul 30 · Source via Yankees Anthony Rizzo
  • Tigers Select Derek Law

    The Tigers announced they’ve selected reliever Derek Law onto the 40-man roster. Bryan Garcia, who was called up as a COVID-19 substitute to start yesterday’s game in Toronto, has been returned to Triple-A Toledo. Garcia is off the 40-man but didn’t need to pass through waivers because of his virus substitute designation. Law’s promotion, on the other…

    Jul 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Derek Law
  • Nationals, Daniel Johnson Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with Daniel Johnson, reports Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (Twitter link). Johnson, who had recently been released from a minors deal with the Mets, will presumably head to Triple-A Rochester. The 5’10” outfielder is a familiar face for the organization. He began his professional career as…

    Jul 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Daniel Johnson
  • Salvador Perez Blasts Homer In Return

    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez returned to the lineup with a bang during Friday's contest against the New York Yankees. The veteran catcher had been sidelined since June 24th due to the fact he needed surgery on his thumb. Now, Perez is back and wasted little time making his presence known. He went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run during the loss to the Yankees. The 424-foot blast came in the fifth inning off ace pitcher Gerrit Cole. The 32-year-old is hitting .211/.254/.436 with 12 homers and 37 RBI this season. Hopefully this game was a sign of good things to come for Perez.

    Jul 30 · Source via Royals Salvador Perez
  • Connor Brogdon Gets First Save Of The Season

    Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Connor Brogdon was asked to take the ball during the 10th inning of Friday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Phillies didn't have too many options left with Seranthony Dominguez, Brad Hand, and Jose Alvarado being used already in this contest. That being said, Brogdon was given the chance to close out the game with a two-run lead. He did a fine job, allowing no hits and striking out one batter in the win. It was his first save of the season, but it's surprising he hasn't been given more chances with how well he has pitched this season. The right-hander currently holds a 2.05 ERA through 24 appearances. Possibly, Brogdon gets more high leverage spots down the road, but he can continue to be ignored in most fantasy formats right now.

    Jul 30 · Source via Phillies Connor Brogdon closers
  • Kyle Wright Posts Strong Outing

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kyle Wright continued his impressive campaign against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. The 26-year-old went 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, and two earned runs in the victory. He was perfect through two innings before Jake McCarthy walked to leadoff the inning. The D-Backs got to him a few times, but this was still a strong outing for the right-hander. After this performance, Wright has an impressive 2.93 ERA through 20 starts. He'll get a tough challenge against the New York Mets during his next start.

    Jul 30 · Source via Braves Kyle Wright
  • Kenley Jansen Records 24th Save

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kenley Jansen didn't make it easy during Friday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The veteran right-hander struck out the first two batters of the inning before things escalated on him. Jansen allowed a triple and two walks to load up the bases with two outs. Luckily, he was able to get Jordan Luplow to swing and miss to finish off the game. This notched his 24th save of the season, but it wasn't pretty.

    Jul 30 · Source via Braves Kenley Jansen closers
  • Craig Kimbrel Escapes During Friday's Outing

    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel has not been a reliable option throughout most of the season. On Friday, the veteran reliever was asked to take the ball with a three-run lead against the Colorado Rockies. That quickly turned into a one-run lead for the Dodgers, but Kimbrel managed to close the door. He earned his 18th save of the season, but continues to be a shaky option. Fantasy managers in need of saves can hold onto Kimbrel, but he's clearly not in his prime anymore.

    Jul 30 · Source via Dodgers Craig Kimbrel closers
  • Mariners Acquire Luis Castillo From Reds

    The Cincinnati Reds dealt starting pitcher Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners on Friday night in exchange for shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, right-hander Levi Stoudt and right-hander Andrew Moore. Marte (No. 1), Arroyo (No. 3) and Stoudt (No. 5) were all top-five prospects of the Mariners, according to MLB Pipeline, so Cincinnati really scored in a prospect-rich deal for Castillo. Marte is hitting .270/.360/.460 with an .820 OPS, 15 homers, 55 RBI and 12 steals in 84 games for High-A Everett after a slow start this year. There aren't many infielders with raw power like his, and he's shown a solid approach at the plate as well. His future home could be at third base, though. Arroyo, 18, is a switch-hitting shortstop who has done nothing but it at Low-A this year. Stoudt has struggled at Double-A, but he could eventually be a back-of-the-rotation starter for the Reds.

    Jul 29 · Source via Reds Luis Castillo
  • Bell: Everything you need to know about Mike Trout's latest injury

    How a spinal condition might affect the future of MLB's best player.

    Jul 29 · ESPN Angels Mike Trout
  • Mariners Land Luis Castillo From Reds

    The Seattle Mariners are finalizing a deal to acquire right-hander Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, according to sources. Per The Athletic's C. Trent Rosecrans, the Reds will receive shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, right-hander Levi Stoudt and second baseman Dylan Moore. Marte (No. 1), Arroyo (No. 3) and Stoudt (No. 5) represent three of the team's top five prospects, according to MLB Pipeline, so the M's certainly gave up a lot for the top starting pitcher on this year's trade market. Castillo has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year, posting a 2.86 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 85 innings over 14 starts. On top of it, the 29-year-old is moving to a better ballpark for pitchers and with a much better offense supporting him. He's a must-start in fantasy every time he toes the rubber.

    Jul 29 · Source via Reds Luis Castillo
  • Reds Pick Up Noelvi Marte, Other Prospects Friday

    The Cincinnati Reds dealt starting pitcher Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners on Friday night in exchange for shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, right-hander Levi Stoudt and second baseman Dylan Moore. Marte (No. 1), Arroyo (No. 3) and Stoudt (No. 5) were all top-five prospects of the Mariners, according to MLB Pipeline, so Cincinnati really scored in a prospect-rich deal for Castillo. Marte is hitting .270/.360/.460 with an .820 OPS, 15 homers, 55 RBI and 12 steals in 84 games for High-A Everett after a slow start this year. There aren't many infielders with raw power like his, and he's shown a solid approach at the plate as well. His future home could be at third base, though. Arroyo, 18, is a switch-hitting shortstop who has done nothing but it at Low-A this year. Stoudt has struggled at Double-A, but he could eventually be a back-of-the-rotation starter for the Reds.

    Jul 29 · Source via Mariners Reds Edwin Arroyo Noelvi Marte Dylan Moore prospects
  • Aaron Civale To Throw Off Mound Sunday

    Cleveland Guardians right-hander Aaron Civale (wrist) is scheduled to throw off of a mound on Sunday. Civale has been sidelined since July 13 after he sprained his right wrist but he has reportedly responded well to an anti-inflammatory injection. The 27-year-old could be ramping up for a rehab assignment assuming his mound work on Sunday goes smoothly. He has struggled in 2022, posting a 2-5 record, 6.17 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 52 strikeouts over 54 innings of work.

    Jul 29 · Source via Guardians Aaron Civale
  • Joc Pederson Placed On Concussion IL

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson was placed on the seven-day concussion injured list on Friday. Pederson was replaced on the active roster by Jason Vosler, who was recalled from Triple-A. Without Pederson, the Giants will start LaMonte Wade Jr. in left field as they open up their weekend series against the Chicago Cubs. Pederson is hitting .242 with 17 homers, 36 runs, 43 RBI, and three steals over 285 at-bats in 2022.

    Jul 29 · Source via Giants Joc Pederson
  • Justin Turner Unlikely To Play This Weekend

    Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (abdomen) is unlikely to play in his team's weekend series against the Colorado Rockies. Turner has missed seven of the past eight games while trying to get over the strained abdominal muscle that he sustained over a week ago while taking swings in the on-deck circle. Turner is "out of the woods" regarding the injury, according to manager Dave Roberts, but the team doesn't want to push him back too soon. With Turner out, Max Muncy will continue to see most of the playing time at the hot corner.

    Jul 29 · Source via Dodgers Justin Turner
  • Michel Baez Recalled From Triple-A

    The San Diego Padres recalled right-hander Michel Baez from Triple-A El Paso on Friday after they placed right-hander Nick Martinez on the paternity list. The San Diego bullpen is in flux as they recently demoted Taylor Rogers from the closer's role. Manager Bob Melvin is expected to go with a committee approach when it comes to save chances moving forward, at least until someone emerges from the group. Baez could be part of the group that receives chances to close out games, making him worth a look in deeper, NL-only formats for fantasy managers looking for saves.

    Jul 29 · Source via Padres Michel Baez
  • Alek Manoah Leaves Start Early

    Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah left his Friday start against the Detroit Tigers after he was hit on his right elbow by a comebacker off the bat of Jonathan Schoop. Manoah appeared to be in a good deal of pain as he was departing during the sixth inning. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking one before leaving. Manoah is putting together a breakout season, posting an 11-4 record, 2.43 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 114 strikeouts over 126 innings of work. Look for Toronto to update his status after Friday's game.

    Jul 29 · Source via Blue Jays Alek Manoah
  • Pirates Sign First-Rounder Termarr Johnson

    The Pirates signed fourth overall pick Termarr Johnson this afternoon, the club announced. Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports (Twitter link) he’ll receive a $7.219MM signing bonus that’s a bit above the $7.01MM accompanying slot value. Top two selections Jackson Holliday and Druw Jones were the only players in the class to beat Johnson’s bonus. That’s…

    Jul 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Pirates prospects mlb draft
  • Joe Musgrove Expected To Sign Five-Year Extension

    The San Diego Padres and right-hander Joe Musgrove are reportedly close to agreeing upon a five-year contract for about $100 million, according to Jon Heyman. The two sides have yet to officially close the deal but at this point, it appears that it will just be a matter of time. Musgrove is in the midst of a career year in San Diego, posting an 8-3 record, 2.63 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 106 strikeouts over 109 1/3 innings of work. Musgrove sticking around for the next five years is a big boost to the San Diego pitching staff as he was scheduled to become a free agent after the 2022 season.

    Jul 29 · Source via Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Taylor Rogers Removed From Closer Role

    San Diego Padres left-handed reliever Taylor Rogers has been removed from the closer role, according to manager Bob Melvin. Rogers has been one of the worst relievers in baseball the last few months, after arguably being the best reliever in the league for the first couple of months. Since May 28, Rogers has compiled a 8.14 ERA and 1.57 WHIP while converting just 11 of 18 save opportunities. He also took the loss on five occasions. Rogers could regain the role eventually, and Melvin even said he preferred Rogers in that role, but for now the Padres will go by committee. In deeper leagues, names like Luis Garcia and Nick Martinez should be watched carefully as they should see some opportunities.

    Jul 29 · Source via Padres Taylor Rogers closers
  • White Sox Outright Parker Markel

    5:59pm: MLBTR’s Steve Adams reports (on Twitter) that Markel has accepted his outright assignment and will remain in the organization. 4:26pm: The White Sox announced this afternoon they’ve outrighted reliever Parker Markel off the 40-man roster. Chicago hadn’t previously announced the righty had been designated for assignment, but he’s evidently already cleared waivers. The 40-man tally drops…

    Jul 29 · MLB Trade Rumors White Sox Parker Markel
  • Corey Seager Not In Lineup Friday

    Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (leg) is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Seager is day-to-day with a right leg contusion after he fouled a ball off said leg in last night's game. The Rangers are likely to take extra caution with Seager, who has had his problems with injuries in the past and is in the first year of a 10-year deal. Still, this doesn't seem like a long-term injury and it is likely that we will see Seager back in the lineup soon. Fantasy managers certainly hope that's the case, as the 28-year-old has been on fire in July, slashing .318/.394/.647 with eight homers in 85 at-bats. Keep an eye on his status over the weekend, and get him back in your lineup as soon as he returns.

    Jul 29 · Source via Rangers Corey Seager
  • Mets Looking Into J.D. Martinez And Christian Vazquez

    The New York Mets have scouts attending the Boston Red Sox's Friday night affair against the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Ken Rosenthal. They are mainly there to see Red Sox outfielder J.D. Martinez and catcher Christian Vazquez. The Mets have been involved in rumors circulating around Chicago Cubs relief pitcher David Robertson and catcher Willson Contreras, but according to Rosenthal, they could pivot to a trade with the Red Sox if the Cubs price is too steep. If this is what ends up happening, expect the Mets to look for another deal to address their bullpen. If the trade does end up happening, the value of Martinez and Vasquez might see a slight boost in fantasy when lineup context is taken into account, but nothing too major.

    Jul 29 · Source via Red Sox Christian Vazquez J.D. Martinez
  • Luis Robert Scratched From Rehab Game

    Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert (head) has been scratched from Triple-A Charlotte's lineup Friday with cold symptoms. The young star has been dealing with light-headedness and dizziness over the past few weeks and just began his rehab assignment on Thursday. He is still scheduled to play on Saturday, so hopefully this is just a minor setback. Manager Tony La Russa also said that the earliest return date for Robert is Monday, which likely assumes he is feeling better by Saturday. The five-category contributor had finally begun to hit for power in July before his injury, slashing .328/.381/.586 with four homers in 58 at-bats. Fantasy managers should expect similar numbers for the rest of the season, assuming full health.

    Jul 29 · Source via White Sox Luis Robert
  • Red Sox, Jose Peraza Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Red Sox are in agreement with José Peraza on a minor league contract, reports Chris Cotillo of MassLive (Twitter link). He’ll head to Triple-A Worcester. Peraza, 28, has some experience in Boston. He spent the shortened 2020 campaign with the Red Sox, one of four teams with which he’s played as a big leaguer. The…

    Jul 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Jose Peraza
  • Tylor Megill To Pitch Out Of Bullpen

    New York Mets right-handed pitcher Tylor Megill (shoulder) is likely to assume a bullpen role when he returns to the team. Megill has been dealing with a right shoulder strain that put him on the shelf back on June 17, and he hasn't yet started a rehab assignment. He isn't eligible to return until mid-August, but he likely won't be ready to return by then. With the Mets injury prone rotation, there is always the chance that Megill could see some starts in September, but this news certainly hurts his value for fantasy owners. He can be dropped in any league where IL spots are limited.

    Jul 29 · Source via Mets Tylor Megill
  • Justin Turner Back On The Bench Friday

    Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (abdomen) is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Colorado Rockies. This marks the seventh time in the Dodgers past eight games that Turner has missed due to an abdominal injury. Turner said that he is just playing it safe, so expect a return to the lineup this weekend. It is unfortunate timing for Turner and his fantasy managers, who will miss out on a game at hitter-friendly Coors Field at a time when Turner is hot at the dish, slashing .400/.485/.545 in July. Keep an eye out this weekend and get Turner back in your lineup if he returns.

    Jul 29 · Source via Dodgers Justin Turner
  • Trevor Rogers Put On Injured List With Back Spasms

    Miami Marlins left-handed pitcher Trevor Rogers (back) has been placed on the 15-day IL with lower back spasms, retroactive to July 26. This might be a good thing for Rogers, who has fallen on tough times this season and could use a break to reset and figure out what is going on. The injury could also explain, at least partially, why the lefty went from rookie of the year candidate to dumpster fire in just one season. Rogers sports an ugly 4-10 record, 5.85 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, and 83/41 K/BB ratio in 87 IP. At least now fantasy managers who were holding out hope can put Rogers on the IL.

    Jul 29 · Source via Marlins Trevor Rogers
  • Jacob deGrom To Make Season Debut Next Week

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (shoulder) is on track to make his season debut for the Mets next week, according to manager Buck Showalter. While no specific day has been announced, Tuesday against the last-place Washington Nationals is the most likely date. The two-time Cy Young winner has been sidelined all year while recovering from a stress reaction in his right scapula, but he's ready to return to the big leagues after making four minor league rehab starts. deGrom was able to get his pitch count up to 67 pitches in his last rehab start on Wednesday, so he shouldn't be too limited in his first start next week. If he's fully healthy to close out the season, deGrom could be a difference-maker for fantasy rotations down the stretch.

    Jul 29 · Source via Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Max Kepler Still Out Against Padres

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (toe) remains out of the starting lineup on Friday against the San Diego Padres. Kepler will miss his third straight game while dealing with a displaced fracture in his right pinkie toe. For now, he's being considered day-to-day, but fantasy managers shouldn't be shocked if the Twins eventually put him on the injured list. On the season, the 29-year-old German left-handed hitter is batting .244/.344/.390 with nine home runs, 39 RBI, 41 runs scored and two stolen bases in 287 at-bats. Gilberto Celestino is starting in right field and is batting ninth on Friday against Padres left-hander Blake Snell. Celestino is 1-for-6 in four games over the last two weeks and is still searching for his first home run of the season. Avoid him in DFS.

    Jul 29 · Source via Twins Max Kepler
  • Pirates Agree With First-Rounder Termarr Johnson

    The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed with infielder Termarr Johnson, the No. 4 pick in this year's draft, to an over-slot deal worth $7,219,000 on Friday. Johnson had one of the best overall hit tools of any high school position-player prospect this year. The 18-year-old is likely to be a second baseman at the next level while standing at just 5-foot-8. Despite his small stature, Johnson projects for at least average power at the keystone in the long term. He won't develop much more physically, though, and he's not much of a threat to steal bases.

    Jul 29 · Source via Pirates prospects mlb draft
  • MacKenzie Gore Has A Chance To Avoid Surgery

    San Diego Padres left-hander MacKenzie Gore (elbow) continues to be evaluated and likely will for the next few days, but initial word is that he can avoid surgery. Gore could recover with rest and treatment, but it remains to be seen how long he'll need to rest before returning to the team. The 23-year-old southpaw landed on the 15-day injured list on Tuesday after leaving his outing on Monday with a sore left elbow. After making 13 starts for the Friars in the first half of the season, the Padres had recently moved Gore to the bullpen, and he allowed four earned runs on two hits while walking four in 1 2/3 innings of relief in his last two appearances before his injury. His injury could cause him to remain in a relief role the rest of the way, which would severely limit his fantasy impact.

    Jul 29 · Source via Padres MacKenzie Gore prospects
  • Mets Designate Travis Jankowski For Assignment

    The Mets have designated outfielder Travis Jankowski for assignment, tweets Tim Britton of the Athletic. The move clears an active roster spot for the recently-acquired Tyler Naquin. New York also recalled Sam Clay and Stephen Nogosek, optioned David Peterson to Triple-A Syracuse and confirmed the previously-reported placement of Drew Smith on the 15-day injured list. Adding Naquin supplanted Jankowski as the left-handed…

    Jul 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Travis Jankowski
  • Bo Bichette Out With Sore Shoulder

    Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (shoulder) collided with outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in left field on Thursday night, and his left shoulder is sore. He's considered day-to-day and is out of the starting lineup on Friday against the Detroit Tigers. Interim manager John Schneider said Bichette is available off the bench, so the injury obviously isn't very serious. With the 24-year-old getting a day off, Santiago Espinal will move to shortstop and hit eighth in the lineup against Tigers right-hander Bryan Garcia, with Cavan Biggio starting at second and leading off. Espinal was a first-time All-Star this year and is hitting .270 with six home runs, 40 RBI, 39 runs scored and five stolen bases in 96 games, but he won't have a ton of upside near the bottom of Toronto's lineup.

    Jul 29 · Source via Blue Jays Bo Bichette
  • Mariners Claim Phillips Valdez Off Waivers From Red Sox

    The Mariners have claimed reliever Phillips Valdez off waivers from the Red Sox and optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma, per a club announcement. Seattle already had a pair of vacancies on the 40-man roster, so no additional moves were necessary. Valdez lost his roster spot in Boston earlier this week. The right-hander had made 13 appearances…

    Jul 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Mariners Phillips Valdez
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Remains Out Friday

    Kansas City Royals rookie shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring) is still out of the starting lineup on Friday against the New York Yankees. Witt will miss his fifth straight game with a hamstring injury, but he's expected to avoid a trip to the injured list. If the 22-year-old can't return at some point this weekend, that could change quickly. It remains to be seen if he'll be available off the bench on Friday. Shortstop prospect Maikel Garcia was called up from the minors this week and started in his first MLB game on Thursday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Garcia has struck out twice in his first five plate appearances. With Witt out again, he's starting at the 6 and hitting eighth against Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole on Friday.

    Jul 29 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Salvador Perez Reinstated From Injured List

    The Kansas City Royals reinstated catcher Salvador Perez (thumb) from the injured list on Friday and optioned infielder Emmanuel Rivera to Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move. Perez is back behind the plate and is batting third on Friday against New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole. The 32-year-old veteran had surgery to fix the UCL in his left thumb on June 24, and he was originally expected to be out around eight weeks. Fantasy managers will be hoping that Perez can be more consistent at the plate than he was in the first half of the season, when he slashed .211/.254/.426 with 11 home runs, 34 RBI and 25 runs scored in 236 plate appearances over 57 games.

    Jul 29 · Source via Royals Salvador Perez
  • George Springer Not Starting Friday

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer (elbow) is not in the starting lineup on Friday against the Detroit Tigers. Springer left the game early on Thursday with right elbow discomfort, but he also said he felt fine, insinuating that his injury isn't all that serious. It sounds like the Blue Jays are just giving him an extra rest, so we should see Springer again at some point this weekend. Springer will be available off the bench on Friday. Raimel Tapia is starting in center field and batting seventh on Friday against Tigers right-hander Bryan Garcia. Tapia doesn't have a whole lot of power, but he's been swinging a hot bat in 2022 and has gone 19-for-47 (.404) with two home runs, 14 RBI, a steal and seven runs scored in 15 games in July.

    Jul 29 · Source via Blue Jays George Springer
  • Jacob deGrom With Mets In Miami

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (shoulder) is with the team in Miami for the start of their weekend series against the Marlins, which begins on Friday. Skipper Buck Showalter said after deGrom's last minor league rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday that deGrom's next start is expected to come with the Mets next week. The 34-year-old right-hander's next start for the Mets will be his first of the 2022 season after recovering from a stress reaction in his right scapula. He allowed four earned runs in four innings for Syracuse on Wednesday, but the only thing that matters is that deGrom is healthy. The two-time Cy Young winner is lined up to face the worst team in the big leagues, the Washington Nationals, early next week.

    Jul 29 · Source via Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Jonathan Villar Elects Free Agency

    The Angels announced that veteran infielder Jonathan Villar has cleared waivers and elected free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake. Villar, 31, began the season with the Cubs after signing a one-year, $6MM contract in free agency. It looked to be a nice enough value add by the Cubs, as…

    Jul 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels Jonathan Villar
  • Yankees Re-Sign Ryan Weber, Shane Greene To Minor League Deals

    The Yankees have re-signed right-handers Ryan Weber and Shane Greene to minor league deals, per an announcement from their Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Joining that pair in Scranton will be veteran reliever Richard Rodriguez, who inked a minor league deal earlier this month once he’d finished serving an 80-game PED suspension. Rodriguez has been building…

    Jul 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Shane Greene Ryan Weber closers
  • Brewers, A's Have Discussed Ramon Laureano

    The Brewers are known to be in the market for outfield help — specifically in center field — and they’ve had recent talks with the Athletics about a potential trade involving Oakland outfielder Ramon Laureano, Jon Heyman of the New York Post writes. The 28-year-old Laureano is just one of several Athletics players who could…

    Jul 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Athletics Ramon Laureano
  • Willson Contreras Scrubs Cubs References On Social Media

    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has removed everything Cubs-related from his Instagram account. Contreras has been mentioned as a trade candidate all year, and with the deadline coming next Tuesday, there's a chance he's played his last game in a Cubs uniform. The New York Mets have been linked heavily to Contreras with James McCann still sidelined due to injury. They're currently rolling with Tomas Nido and Patrick Mazeika behind the plate. If Contreras is dealt before Tuesday, Yan Gomes would become Chicago's primary catcher. Contreras, who made the All-Star team for the third time in his career, is one of the best hitting catchers in the game and would receive a fantasy boost with a move to a contender like the Mets. Stay tuned.

    Jul 29 · Source via Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Zach Plesac On Phillies' Radar

    Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Zach Plesac is on the radar of the Philadelphia Phillies, who are seeking a starter, a center fielder and presumably help for their bullpen with Tuesday's trade deadline looming. The New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners are other contending teams looking for rotation help. Plesac is currently 2-8 this year with a 4.09 ERA (4.18 FIP) and a 1.26 WHIP with 72 strikeouts and 26 walks in 99 innings over 18 starts. The 27-year-old right-handed has struggled in four July starts, allowing 11 earned runs on 22 hits while walking six and fanning 15 in 19 2/3 frames.

    Jul 29 · Source via Guardians Zach Plesac
  • Austin Romine Activated From Restricted List

    The St. Louis Cardinals activated catcher Austin Romine from the restricted list on Thursday. The Cardinals also optioned outfielder Conner Capel, catcher Ivan Herrera and second baseman Cory Spangenberg to Triple-A Memphis. Romine was unavailable to play in a two-game series in Toronto this week against the Blue Jays because he's unvaccinated. With Yadier Molina (knee) still on the injured list while rehabbing in the minor leagues, Romine will return to serve as Andrew Knizner's backup for a weekend series against the Washington Nationals, which starts on Friday. In nine games for St. Louis, Romine is 3-for-22 with two walks and seven strikeouts.

    Jul 29 · Source via Cardinals Austin Romine
  • Yuli Gurriel Steals Sixth Base Thursday

    Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel went 1-for-3 with a run scored and his sixth stolen base of the season in Thursday's 4-2 win over the division-rival Seattle Mariners. His six stolen bases this year is a career-high after he swiped a combined six stolen bases in the last three seasons. Otherwise, the 38-year-old has been a bit of a disappointment with the bat for fantasy owners, slashing .238/.291/.390 with seven home runs, 27 RBI and 33 runs scored in 91 games for the first-place Astros. It comes after he hit a league-high .319 in 143 games in 2021. Gurriel has at least been better in July, going 21-for-76 (.276) with a homer, seven doubles, three steals and six RBI in 22 games.

    Jul 29 · Source via Astros Yuli Gurriel
  • Trey Mancini Homers Against Rays

    Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored and a strikeout in the 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. The long ball was his 10th of the season, a two-run shot, and he's had multiple hits in each of his last two games. The 30-year-old is hitting .271/.346/.411 with 10 homers, 40 RBI and 37 runs scored in 343 at-bats this season, and even though the Orioles have made a run of late, there's a chance that he could be traded before Tuesday's Aug. 2 deadline. In the month of July, Mancini has gone 20-for-82 (.244) with three home runs, 10 RBI and seven runs scored in 21 games played.

    Jul 29 · Source via Orioles Trey Mancini
  • Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado Back From Restricted List

    The St. Louis Cardinals activated first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and third baseman Nolan Arenado from the restricted list on Thursday, and they'll be available to play on Friday in the series opener against the Washington Nationals after they were unavailable to play in the two-game series in Toronto this week against the Blue Jays because of their vaccination status. Goldschmidt has been a National League MVP candidate this year and has homered in four straight games. In three games after the All-Star break, Arenado has gone 5-for-14 (.357) with three doubles and a run scored. Fantasy managers need to get both players back in their starting fantasy lineups on Friday.

    Jul 29 · Source via Cardinals Paul Goldschmidt Nolan Arenado
  • Hunter Strickland Goes On Bereavement List

    The Cincinnati Reds placed closer Hunter Strickland on the bereavement list on Friday and activated left-hander Ross Detwiler (back) and outfielder Jake Fraley (knee, toe) from the injured list in corresponding moves. With Strickland away from the team for the next three to seven days, expect Alexis Diaz to be given any save situations that might arise. Strickland picked up two saves in the last week, but he also blew the save against the Miami Marlins on Thursday by allowing three runs. The 33-year-old right-hander has a 5.70 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, six saves and 30 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings pitched this season. Strickland is a low-end closing option in fantasy on a bad Reds team.

    Jul 29 · Source via Reds Hunter Strickland closers
  • Nationals To Make Juan Soto Another Offer

    The Washington Nationals plan to make another offer to All-Star outfielder Juan Soto, which will be their last. If Soto doesn't accept the offer, he will be traded before Tuesday's deadline. Soto was initially going to be off limits in trade talks this summer, but that was before he turned down a 15-year, $440 million contract extension from the team. The San Diego Padres could be the front-runners for the 23-year-old superstar if he's actually dealt, but the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers could also be candidates to trade for him. Soto isn't exactly tearing the cover off the ball in 2022 with a .243 batting average, but he has a league-leading 84 walks for a .400 on-base percentage and 20 home runs, 45 RBI and five steals in 97 games.

    Jul 29 · Source via Nationals Juan Soto
  • Twins, Brad Peacock Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Twins signed veteran righty Brad Peacock to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A St. Paul, Brandon Warne of Access Twins tweets. Peacock was recently granted his release from a minor league deal with the Royals. Once a high quality starter and reliever for the Astros, the now-34-year-old Peacock’s career has been…

    Jul 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Brad Peacock closers
  • Ian Happ Collects Two Hits In Loss

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the seventh inning. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored in the loss to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. The 27-year-old has been a hot name as the trade deadline approaches. He's hitting .284/.367/.446 with nine homers, 46 RBI in 93 games. The Cubs should be receiving plenty of calls on Happ, but we'll see if they actually decide to cash-in on his value. His fantasy value could take a hit if he lands on a team where he doesn't get full-time at-bats, but fantasy managers shouldn't be too worried about him.

    Jul 29 · Source via Cubs Ian Happ
  • Yankees Shopping Miguel Andujar

    Miguel Andujar’s journey from American League Rookie of the Year runner-up to organizational depth in the Bronx has been well-chronicled by now, and the it’s long seemed possible he could find himself with a clean slate and fresh opportunity before next Tuesday’s trade deadline. Jon Heyman of the New York Post writes in his latest…

    Jul 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Miguel Andujar
  • Yankees Could Trade Joey Gallo To Small-Market Team

    New York Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo is likely to be on the move within the next few days. The front office is looking to trade Gallo who has heavily struggled this season. At first, the Yankees were talking to teams such as the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers. Now, they've decided to target smaller market teams such as the Brewers or Rays. It's going to be a tough challenge for the Yankees to move a guy hitting less than .160 on the season. The hope is that Gallo would play better in an environment with less pressure such as Tampa Bay or Milwaukee. That could be true, but first the Yankees need to find a team that actually is willing to take Gallo.

    Jul 29 · Source via Yankees Joey Gallo
  • Brewers Discussing Ramon Laureano Trade

    The Milwaukee Brewers are looking to upgrade in the outfield with the trade deadline looming. That being said, the front office is reportedly discussing trading for Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano. On paper, this seems like a good fit with the Brewers needing another full-time outfielder. Laureano isn't having a great year at the plate, but does have 10 home runs and nine stolen bases. His bat would likely receive a boost with a change of scenery to American Family Field. Possibly, the Brewers wouldn't have to give up too much considering Laureano is having a down year at the plate. Fantasy managers should stay tuned to see what happens over the next few days.

    Jul 29 · Source via Athletics Ramon Laureano
  • Matt Moore Converts His Second Save On Thursday

    Texas Rangers reliever Matt Moore closed out the team's 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday to earn his second save of the season. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and no walks. The team's primary closer right now, Brett Martin, pitched on both Tuesday and Wednesday so he was likely unavailable for Thursday's contest. Martin has struggled a bit lately, allowing a total of five earned runs across his last three outings. Moore, meanwhile, has pitched to a minuscule 0.75 ERA across the month of July. One more rough outing from Martin could lead to a change in the ninth inning for Texas, but for now Martin should still be considered the top arm to roster for fantasy purposes.

    Jul 29 · Source via Rangers Matt Moore
  • Darick Hall Triples On Thursday

    Philadelphia Phillies first baseman/designated hitter Darick Hall went 1-for-5 in Thursday's 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. His lone hit was a triple, and he scored and had two RBI. Hall has had good results to start his career, slashing .256/.282/.537 with five home runs, 14 runs, and 11 RBI across 22 games. Although, the rookie is striking out 30.6% of the time and has posted just a 3.5% walk rate. The 27-year-old should continue to play every day if he keeps hitting, but he won't be relevant in every league until there's a larger sample size.

    Jul 29 · Source via Phillies Darick Hall prospects
  • Nick Castellanos Compiles Three Hits On Thursday

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos helped the team defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 on Thursday. He went 3-for-5 with three singles, an RBI and a run scored in the contest. Despite Thursday's three-hit effort, the 30-year-old has continued to have an underwhelming season from both a real life and fantasy standpoint. He's slashing just .251/.295/.368 on the season. Additionally, he has been in the midst of an extensive home run drought. He hasn't homered since June 30 and has a total of just eight homers on the season.

    Jul 29 · Source via Phillies Nick Castellanos
  • Alex Wood Flirts With No-Hitter In Thursday's Win

    San Francisco Giants left-hander Alex Wood cruised through the majority of his start against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the game before running into some trouble. In total, he wound up pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing two hits, two walks and two earned runs while striking out three. He earned the win to improve his record to 7-8 on the year. This was just his second quality start over his last eight outings. Across 20 total starts this year, he owns a 4.11 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. His next trip to the mound will be on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Jul 29 · Source via Giants Alex Wood
  • Seranthony Dominguez Records The Save Thursday

    Philadelphia Phillies reliever Seranthony Dominguez picked up the save on Thursday after pitching two-thirds of an inning in the ninth. The right-hander is having an impressive season, posting a 1.72 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 31.4% strikeout rate. The save was the sixth for Dominguez, all coming after June 17, making him the presumable closer. He should be rostered in every league and could finish the year as the club's closer if they don't upgrade at the trade deadline.

    Jul 29 · Source via Phillies Seranthony Dominguez closers
  • Camilo Doval Records His 13th Save On Thursday

    San Francisco Giants closer Camilo Doval earned his 13th save of the season on Thursday as he closed out the team's 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out three. This was the Giants' first win since the All-Star break as the team has been in the midst of an extremely rough stretch. Doval has now converted five consecutive save chances and he's 13-for-15 overall on the year. He owns a 2.81 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP to go along with a 3.1 K/BB ratio.

    Jul 29 · Source via Giants Camilo Doval closers
  • Yadier Molina Hit In Hand In First Rehab Outing

    St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (hand, knee) made his first rehab appearance with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds on Thursday. He had to be removed from the game midway through after he was hit in his left hand by a pitch. According to Matt Infield of Memphis's Action News 5, the general feeling amidst the Cardinals' organization is that Molina will be fine and that he avoided a serious injury. Infield also stated that there was optimism Molina could be back on the field for the next Redbirds game.

    Jul 29 · Source via Cardinals Yadier Molina
  • Zack Wheeler Earns His Ninth Win On Thursday

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler had a solid outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. He pitched seven innings and allowed three hits, three walks and two earned runs while striking out eight. He earned the win to improve to 9-5 on the season. This was his fifth quality start over his last six outings. He posted a stellar 2.48 ERA across his five starts in July. His next start will be a tough one against the Phillies' division rivals, the Atlanta Braves, next Wednesday.

    Jul 29 · Source via Phillies Zack Wheeler
  • Freddie Freeman Doubles, Walks Twice On Thursday

    Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman helped the team complete a 13-0 route of the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. He went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, a stolen base, two RBI and two runs in the game. The 32-year-old has been in a groove throughout the month of July. He owns a month-long slash line of .388/.450/.706 to go along with six homers, 18 RBI and 17 runs. Thursday's stolen base was his eighth of the year and he's now just two stolen bags shy of his career-high with plenty of baseball left to be played.

    Jul 29 · Source via Dodgers Freddie Freeman
  • Shohei Ohtani Strikes Out 11 In Loss

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani struck out 11 batters in a losing effort on Thursday as his club fell to the Rangers 2-0. The right-hander worked six innings while allowing two runs on eight hits and no walks, tossing 98 pitches in the contest. Ohtani worked out of a jam in the first inning when he gave up three consecutive singles to open up the ballgame, but went on to strike out the next three batters to get out of the frame unscathed. He went on to allow a solo homer in the fourth and an RBI double off the bat of Corey Seager in the fifth for the only scoring of the game. Ohtani didn't help out his cause by going 0-for-4 at the dish in what was another quiet outing from the Halo's offense. The 28-year-old will sport a 2.81 ERA and 1.02 WHIP into his next contest versus the Athletics next week.

    Jul 29 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Brady Singer Strikes Out 10 Yankees In No-Decision

    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer was outstanding on Thursday as he held the Yankees to one hit over seven-scoreless frames. Unfortunately his offense couldn't muster up any support as he settled for a no-decision in what ended being a 1-0 walk-off win for New York. Singer struck out 10 on the evening and walked just one batter in his 99-pitch effort, giving him a superb 22/3 K/BB over his last two games combined. The 25-year-old is starting to put it together in his third big-league season as he currently sits with a 3.51 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 91 K through 84 2/3 innings of work. Singer will look to keep up his momentum for his next scheduled start versus the White Sox next week.

    Jul 29 · Source via Royals Brady Singer
  • Tyler Anderson Spins Seven Scoreless Thursday

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tyler Anderson spun seven-scoreless frames on Thursday as his club routed the Rockies 13-0. He gave up just four hits on the night while striking out four and walking no one, tossing 94 pitches in the victory to improve his record to 11-1. The Dodgers were up 6-0 after two and 11-0 after four, so the left-hander was able top put it on cruise control in this one as he sits with a terrific 2.61 ERA and 0.99 WHIP on the year. 2022 has been a remarkable turnaround for the 32-year-old in his first year in LA as he sets his sights on his upcoming matchup with the Giants next week.

    Jul 29 · Source via Dodgers Tyler Anderson
  • Edward Cabrera Dominant In Rehab Outing

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Edward Cabrera (elbow) was terrific in his Triple-A rehab start for Jacksonville, tossing five innings of shutout baseball in his team's win. The right-hander allowed just one hit on the evening while striking out seven and walking no one in the 61-pitch effort. This marks the third rehab start for Cabrera who is working his way back from elbow tendinitis that shelved him in the middle of June. Through 15 2/3 big-league innings so far in 2022, Cabrera held his own with six earned runs allowed (3.45 ERA), a 1.21 WHIP, and 15 punchouts. He'll get at least one more start in the minors before returning to the Marlins, and could prove to be a valuable fantasy asset for the final two months if he doesn't suffer any setbacks.

    Jul 29 · Source via Marlins Edward Cabrera prospects
  • Corey Seager Leaves With Leg Contusion

    Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (leg) left Thursday's contest versus the Angels after suffering a leg contusion when he fouled a ball off his leg in the fifth inning. He stayed in for the at-bat and ended up swatting a double, but he was removed in the sixth inning as a precautionary measure. The All-Star was 3-for-3 in the contest to give him a .249 average with 23 home runs and 54 RBI for the season, and he should be considered day-to-day for the time being. The Rangers don't have a scheduled off day until Aug. 8, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see Seager sit out a game or two this weekend to make sure he heals properly.

    Jul 29 · Source via Rangers Corey Seager
  • Joe Barlow, Brad Miller Starting Rehab Assignments

    Texas Rangers reliever Joe Barlow (finger) and infielder Brad Miller (neck) will both go on a minor league rehab assignment this weekend, according to manager Chris Woodward. Barlow was removed from his role as closer in early July and was then placed on the injured list shortly after when a blister popped up on his right index finger. Miller landed on the IL on July 18 with neck stiffness after he hit .207 with seven long balls through 65 games in his first year with Texas. Both players could return to the active roster in early August, but they aren't worth stashing until they prove themselves on the major league field.

    Jul 29 · Source via Rangers Brad Miller
  • Blake Treinen Will Face Live Hitters Friday

    Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Blake Treinen (shoulder) will face live hitters, including utility infielder Chris Taylor (foot), on Thursday. According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, Treinen is targeting a late-August return. The 33-year-old owns a 3.00 ERA, 0.33 WHIP, and five strikeouts over three innings in 2022. Barring a setback, he will likely go on a rehab assignment soon. Treinen will rejoin the Dodgers bullpen once he returns to action and is expected to serve as the Dodgers' top setup man behind closer Craig Kimbrel.

    Jul 28 · Source via Dodgers Blake Treinen closers
  • George Springer "Feeling Good" After Early Exit

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer (elbow) exited Thursday's game against the Detroit Tigers with elbow discomfort. According to manager John Schneider, Springer is "feeling good." He exited early after a swing in the eighth inning. The 32-year-old went 1-for-5 with a run and two strikeouts before leaving. He was replaced in the game by Raimel Tapia. Springer is considered day-to-day but appears to have avoided a significant injury. Tapia will handle center-field duties if Springer is forced to miss any games.

    Jul 28 · Source via Blue Jays George Springer
  • Dustin May Set For One More Rehab Start

    Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dustin May (elbow) will make at least one more rehab start after Thursday's appearance with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He allowed two hits while striking out six across three innings in Thursday's rehab start. The 24-year-old threw 46 pitches, landing 32 for strikes. He will make at least one more start and is expected to return sometime in August. May continues to work his way back after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late May. The Dodgers right-hander owned a 2.74 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts over 23 innings in 2021.

    Jul 28 · Source via Dodgers Dustin May
  • Tyler Naquin, Phillip Diehl Traded To The Mets

    The New York Mets traded pitcher Jose Acuna and second baseman Hector Rodriguez to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Tyler Naquin and Phillip Diehlon Thursday. Naquin will join a crowded Mets outfield with Mark Canha, Starling Marteand Brandon Nimmo. The 31-year-old will provide the Mets with outfield depth, but he is not expected to see everyday at-bats like he was in Cincinnati. He is slashing .245/.305/.429 with six home runs, 31 RBI, 28 runs scored and three stolen bases over 55 games in 2022. Diehl will add bullpen depth and is expected to have a role in low-leverage situations. Naquin becomes mainly an option in deeper fantasy leagues, moving from the Reds to the Mets.

    Jul 28 · Source via Reds Tyler Naquin
  • Chase Silseth To Start Saturday Against Texas

    Los Angeles Angels pitcher Chase Silseth will start Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers. He is expected to be recalled from Double-A Rocket City ahead of Saturday's contest. Reid Detmers' start will be moved to Sunday, giving him an extra day of rest. Noah Syndergaard will be moved to Tuesday, which is after the Aug. 2 trade deadline. Silseth owns a 1-3 record with 5.84 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 19 strikeouts across 24 2/3 innings in two major league starts this season. Fantasy managers might want to see how Silseth pitches on Sunday before using him as a streamer or adding him to their rosters.

    Jul 28 · Source via Angels Chase Silseth prospects
  • Evan Longoria Takes Grounders On Thursday

    San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria (hamstring) took grounders before Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs. He was placed on the 10-day injured list with a Grade right hamstring strain earlier in the week. The 36-year-old is expected to miss the next few weeks but is trending in the right direction towards an earlier return. He is slashing .243/.331/.459 with nine home runs and 19 RBI over 148 at-bats in 2022. Fantasy managers with open IL spots can continue to stash the veteran. David Villar should see an uptick in at-bats while Longoria is sidelined.

    Jul 28 · Source via Giants Evan Longoria
  • Luis Gonzalez Out With Back Issue

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Luis Gonzalez (back) is dealing with a slight back issue, which is why he's not in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Chicago Cubs and left-hander Justin Steele. Joc Pederson is starting in left field and is hitting sixth in the batting order. Gonzalez has been a bright spot for the Gigantes in his first year with the team, slashing .289/.355/.418 with three home runs, 27 RBI, 23 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 228 plate appearances and 63 games. Fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day for now. Pederson isn't a great fantasy play on Thursday against a left-hander, as he's hitting just .200 (7-for-35) with two of his 17 home runs against southpaws in 2022.

    Jul 28 · Source via Giants Luis Gonzalez
  • Brandon Crawford Nearing Rehab Assignment

    San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (knee) is taking things day by day and has already passed the minimum 10 days on the injured list. He has talked with the Giants about possibly playing in a minor league rehab game. Crawford was cleared to begin a running program on Monday, so he's getting closer to a return to the big-league roster. Once the 35-year-old veteran begins a rehab assignment, it might not be long before the Giants are comfortable reinstating him. Crawford had struggled at the plate before his injury, hitting just .215/.297/.332 with five home runs, 33 RBI, 29 runs scored and one stolen base in 247 at-bats. Thairo Estrada will continue to play regularly at shortstop for San Fran until Crawford is able to return.

    Jul 28 · Source via Giants Brandon Crawford
  • David Fletcher Activated And Back In Lineup

    Los Angeles Angels second baseman David Fletcher (hips) has been activated from the 60-day injured list and is back in the starting lineup on Thursday against Texas Rangers right-hander Spencer Howard, starting at second base and hitting ninth in the batting order. Fletcher has been out since early May after undergoing surgery on both of his adductor muscles. The 28-year-old won't be a savior for the floundering Angels, but he could be useful in deeper fantasy leagues as infield depth for his contact-oriented approach at the plate. Fletcher had gone only 6-for-38 (.158) with no homers and two RBI in 14 games before he went under the knife, but his poor early performance may have been related to his injury.

    Jul 28 · Source via Angels David Fletcher
  • Trade For Shohei Ohtani Unlikely

    Teams are calling regarding a potential trade for Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani, and while a trade is seen as very unlikely, the Angels are for perhaps the first time not hanging up the phone. The Angels are listening on everyone following their recent collapse, but it doesn't mean Ohtani or outfielder Mike Trout, who has a no-trade clause, will be moved. A trade involving Ohtani might be only slightly more likely than Trout. The Angels' most likely trade pieces this summer are starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, closer Raisel Iglesias and relievers Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup. Sources say that it would take something eye-popping for the Angels to even seriously consider trading Ohtani, last year's American League MVP.

    Jul 28 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Edwin Rios Starting Rehab Assignment Thursday

    Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Edwin Rios (hamstring) will begin his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday, starting at third base and batting second. Rios landed on the injured list on June 3 with a torn hamstring, so he's likely to require a lengthy rehab assignment before the Dodgers consider having him rejoin their active roster. The 28-year-old is unlikely to have a path to regular playing time in LA when he's ready, either. In 86 at-bats with the Dodgers before his injury, Rios was hitting .244/.293/.500 with seven home runs, 17 RBI and 12 runs scored in 27 games played.

    Jul 28 · Source via Dodgers Edwin Rios
  • Yadier Molina Starting Rehab Assignment Thursday

    St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (knee) will begin his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Thursday. He will bat third and serve as the designated hitter. Molina is expected to play for Memphis on Thursday and Friday (likely as the catcher), and then he could return from the injured list to rejoin the Cardinals next Tuesday. The 40-year-old hasn't played since June 15 in what is expected to be his final big-league season in a storied career. Molina is just a shell of his former self offensively, as he's hit just .213/.225/.294 with two home runs, 10 RBI, 10 runs scored and one stolen base in 136 at-bats in 2022. When he returns, he will continue to split time with Andrew Knizner.

    Jul 28 · Source via Cardinals Yadier Molina
  • Daniel Castano Dodges A Bullet

    A CT scan came back normal on Miami Marlins left-hander Daniel Castano (concussion) on Thursday after he was hit in the forehead by a 104 mph comebacker in his outing against the Cincinnati Reds. Castano got the start and allowed an earned run on two hits in just two-thirds of an inning before departing the contest. The 27-year-old southpaw was diagnosed with a mild concussion and forehead contusion, but it could have been much worse. Although he may not be out for an extended period of time, there's still a good chance he'll go on the seven-day injured list. Coming into the day, Castano was 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 20 strikeouts and nine walks in 35 innings over nine outings (six starts).

    Jul 28 · Source via Marlins Daniel Castano
  • Salvador Perez Expected To Rejoin Team Soon

    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (thumb) should get some more at-bats in a minor league game on Thursday, but manager Mike Matheny said that Perez is tracking towards a return to the team soon. Perez began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday after taking batting practice over the weekend, and there's a chance the 32-year-old backstop could return to the Royals lineup at some point this weekend. He's been out since June 24 after having surgery on his left thumb. Perez was initially anticipated to miss around eight weeks, but it looks like he'll return well before that timetable. When he's activated, he'll return to a .211/.254/.426 slash line, 11 home runs, 34 RBI and 25 runs scored this year.

    Jul 28 · Source via Royals Salvador Perez
  • Reynaldo Lopez Placed On Injured List

    The Chicago White Sox placed right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (back) on the 15-day injured list on Thursday with a lower back strain. They'll make a corresponding roster move prior to Thursday's game against the Oakland Athletics. Lopez's injured-list stint is retroactive to July 25. The 28-year-old hasn't pitched since last Saturday due to his injury, and he'll now miss the next two weeks. Lopez has been great for the Pale Hose in a relief role this year, posting a 2.98 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 44 strikeouts and only eight walks in 42 1/3 innings over 37 appearances (one start).

    Jul 28 · Source via White Sox Reynaldo Lopez
  • Luis Robert Starting Rehab Assignment Thursday

    The Chicago White Sox announced that outfielder Luis Robert (head) will start a minor league rehab assignment for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday night. Robert won't be ready to return from the injured list when he's eligible on Friday, but the good news is that he's ready to return to game action. The 24-year-old hasn't played since experiencing light-headedness and dizziness on July 15, but he might only need a few rehab games in the minors before he's ready to return to the White Sox's starting lineup. Robert should remain rostered in all fantasy leagues, as he's hitting a strong .301/.334/.461 with 12 home runs, 54 RBI, 48 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 306 at-bats this year.

    Jul 28 · Source via White Sox Luis Robert
  • Rafael Devers Expected Back When First Eligible

    Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora provided an update on the team's many injured players on Thursday, including star third baseman Rafael Devers (hamstring). He stated that Devers has begun taking ground balls and that he is on track to return from the 10-day injured list when first eligible, on Tuesday, August 2. Devers has been sidelined since July 22 due to a right hamstring injury. The 25-year-old has been one of the most consistently dominant hitters in the majors this year. Across 87 games, he's slashed .324/.379/.602 with 22 home runs, 55 RBI and 62 runs.

    Jul 28 · Source via Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • Trevor Story Still Experiencing Hand Discomfort

    Boston Red Sox second baseman Trevor Story (hand) is still dealing with some hand discomfort, according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora. The 29-year-old has been out since June 12, when he was hit in his right hand by a pitch. He recently began taking batting practice, which was a good sign. However, it's certainly concerning that he still has pain. Story has had a rough first year with the Red Sox. Over 81 games, he's slashed .221/.289/.423 with 15 home runs, 10 stolen bases, 58 RBI and 49 runs. His return timeline remains unclear as of now.

    Jul 28 · Source via Red Sox Trevor Story
  • J.T. Realmuto On The Bench Against Pirates On Thursday

    Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto is getting the day off on Thursday as the team takes on right-hander Zach Thompson and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Garrett Stubbs will be handling catching duties for the game. This will be Realmuto's second day off over the team's last five games. The 31-year-old has been having his best month at the plate in July. He owns a month-long slash line of .339/.391/.607 to go along with four home runs, three stolen bases, 15 RBI and seven runs. Expect to see him back behind the plate on Friday.

    Jul 28 · Source via Phillies J.T. Realmuto
  • Felix Bautista Records Four-Out Save On Thursday

    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Felix Bautista closed the door on the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday to earn his third save of the year. He pitched the final 1 1/3 innings of the game and retired each of the four batters he faced, striking out three along the way. The team's primary closer, Jorge Lopez, had pitched two consecutive days prior to Thursday, so he was likely unavailable for Thursday's game. While Lopez has had a few stumbles this year, he still has a stellar 1.71 ERA and 0.99 WHIP on the year. Even though Bautista has been even more dominant (1.50 ERA, 0.86 WHIP), it's unlikely that there's a changing of the guard in the ninth for the Orioles at this point.

    Jul 28 · Source via Orioles Felix Bautista closers
  • Daniel Castano Hit In The Head By A Comebacker

    Miami Marlins left-hander Daniel Castano (forehead) was involved in a scary incident during Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Reds. He was hit in his head by a comebacker off the bat of Reds infielder Donovan Solano. The hit was clocked off Solano's bat at 104.3 mph. Castano was removed from the game and he was able to walk off the field under his own power. As he walked off, a massive bruise on his forehead was on full display. The initial evaluation from the team was that he suffered a mild concussion and a forehead contusion. He will still be evaluated further and we should have more updates on his status later.

    Jul 28 · Source via Marlins Daniel Castano
  • Connor Joe Returns To The Lineup On Thursday

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Connor Joe is back in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against left-hander Tyler Anderson and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will be leading off and playing first base. Joe exited this past Sunday's game after suffering an injury while diving for a catch in the field. The team stated that he was dealing with general soreness after the incident and he was held out of action for the team's next three games. The 29-year-old has had an underwhelming year overall in 2022. Over 87 games, he's slashed .257/.363/.377 with five home runs, six stolen bases, 24 RBI and 50 runs.

    Jul 28 · Source via Rockies Connor Joe
  • Drew Smith To Land On The Injured List

    New York Mets reliever Drew Smith (arm) is expected to be placed on the 15-day injured list on Friday. He has been dealing with an unspecified arm injury and hasn't pitched due to the ailment since this past Sunday. The 28-year-old has been one of the team's top setup men this year, racking up a team-high 14 holds while pitching to a 3.51 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 41 innings. The team will likely rely more heavily on the likes of Adam Ottavino, Seth Lugo and Joely Rodriguez while Smith is out.

    Jul 28 · Source via Mets Drew Smith closers
  • DJ LeMahieu Sitting Against Royals On Thursday

    New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals. Newly-acquired outfielder Andrew Benintendi will be hitting leadoff for the game. LeMahieu has been the team's primary leadoff hitter this year. He hasn't done much to lose that highly-coveted batting order spot as he's slashed .281/.386/.408 over 90 games this season. The Yankees are likely to do some tinkering with their lineup in the coming weeks now that Benintendi is in town. LeMahieu should continue to have a prime batting position more often than not even if he frequently winds up out of the leadoff spot.

    Jul 28 · Source via Yankees DJ LeMahieu
  • Bryan Reynolds Placed On Paternity List

    The Pittsburgh Pirates placed outfielder Bryan Reynolds on the paternity list on Thursday and recalled outfielder Bligh Madris from Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move. At the most, Reynolds will be away from the team for the next three days, so fantasy managers must plan accordingly. It's a bit frustrating since the 27-year-old just returned from the injured list on Monday. Reynolds is hitting .254/.335/.453 this year with 15 home runs, 32 RBI, 40 runs scored and three stolen bases in 352 plate appearances over 85 games for Pittsburgh. He should be rostered in all fantasy formats. With Reynolds out on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies and right-hander Zack Wheeler, Greg Allen is starting in center field and batting sixth.

    Jul 28 · Source via Pirates Bryan Reynolds
  • Andrew Benintendi Hitting Leadoff In Yankees Debut

    New York Yankees outfielder Andrew Benintendi is starting in left field and is hitting leadoff on Thursday in his debut with the team against his former team, the Kansas City Royals, and right-hander Brady Singer. The Yanks landed Benintendi from the Royals on Wednesday night in exchange for minor league pitchers T.J. Sikkema, Beck Way and Chandler Champlain. The 28-year-old has hit .320/.387/.398, but fantasy managers would like some more power (only three home runs in 347 at-bats). The power and counting stats should improve the rest of the way in 2022 in a much stronger Yankees lineup, especially in the Bronx with the short porch in right field.

    Jul 28 · Source via Yankees Andrew Benintendi
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Still Out Against Yankees

    Kansas City Royals rookie shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring) remains out of the starting lineup on Thursday against the New York Yankees. Witt will miss his fourth straight game, but he did some running on Wednesday and has a good chance of avoiding a stay on the injured list. The Royals recalled infielder Maikel Garcia from Double-A Northwest Arkansas, and he will make his first MLB start at shortstop while hitting eighth against Yankees right-hander Jameson Taillon on Thursday. Garcia made his big-league debut on July 15 against the Toronto Blue Jays and struck out in his only plate appearance. The team's No. 19 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, was hitting .291/.369/.409 with four home runs, 33 RBI, 63 runs scored and 27 stolen bases in 78 games for Northwest Arkansas before his call-up.

    Jul 28 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Alec Bohm Hitting Third For Phillies Thursday

    Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm is starting at third base and is hitting third in the batting order on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and right-hander Zach Thompson. Bohm has been hot at the plate to kick off the second half of the season, and he's hitting a strong .293/.326/.403 with six home runs, 39 RBI, 47 runs scored and a stolen base in 335 at-bats on the year as a whole. This will be the first time he's hit third in the lineup since his rookie year in 2020. In the month of July, the 25-year-old is hitting .439 (25-for-57) with two home runs, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored in 16 games played. Keep Bohm planted firmly in your fantasy lineups while he's swinging a hot stick.

    Jul 28 · Source via Phillies Alec Bohm
  • Taylor Rogers In Danger Of Losing Closing Gig?

    San Diego Padres skipper Bob Melvin said that closer Taylor Rogers told him he was good to go and eager to close on Wednesday, when he blew his second straight save chance in a loss against the Detroit Tigers. The Padres didn't go with left-hander Adrian Morejon because he hasn't pitched in a save situation. However, Melvin said "maybe down the road" the team will take a look at making a change in the ninth inning. Rogers is currently tied for the MLB lead with the Milwaukee Brewers' Josh Hader with 28 saves, but he's also 1-5 with a 4.35 ERA and has allowed 10 earned runs on 17 hits while striking out 11 and walking two in 9 2/3 innings in the month of July. Morejon has never saved a game in his four MLB seasons, and there's a good chance Nick Martinez (four saves this year) or Luis Garcia will get first crack at save chances if Rogers is eventually demoted.

    Jul 28 · Source via Padres Taylor Rogers closers
  • Daniel Bard Drawing Trade Interest

    Multiple teams are interested in Colorado Rockies closer Daniel Bard, according to sources. It's not a certainty that the Rockies will trade the impending free agent, but the 37-year-old could be one of the more impactful rentals in this year's relief market with the trade deadline approaching on Aug. 2. Bard has been outstanding as the Rockies closer in 2022, posting a career-low 1.91 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 21 saves, 43 strikeouts and 19 walks in 37 2/3 relief innings. His 21 saves are tied with Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano and Cleveland Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase for fifth in all of baseball, just seven behind Josh Hader and Taylor Rogers. If the Rockies were to trade Bard by next Tuesday, Alex Colome and Carlos Estevez would be the likely candidates to see save chances the rest of the way.

    Jul 28 · Source via Rockies Daniel Bard closers
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