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  • Jesse Winker Out With Ankle Injury Monday

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker (ankle) is being held out of Monday's matchup against the Texas Rangers. He sprained his ankle during Sunday's game and was forced to be removed from the contest, so it's no surprise that he's out of the lineup on the following day. In his absence, Adam Frazier is shifting over to left field while Abraham Toro will cover the keystone. It's been a disappointing first season in Seattle thus far for Winker. Over 88 games, he's slashed .229/.336/.346 with eight home runs, 35 RBI and 28 runs.

    Jul 25 · Source via Mariners Jesse Winker
  • Julio Rodriguez To Miss His Fourth Straight Game Monday

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) will remain out for the team's contest against right-hander Glenn Otto and the Texas Rangers on Monday. This will be his fourth consecutive missed games due to left wrist soreness. The rookie received an MRI this weekend that showed no structural damage and he remains day-to-day for now. J.P. Crawford is leading off for the fourth straight game on Monday while Dylan Moore will continue to patrol center field for the team.

    Jul 25 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Bryan Reynolds Activated, Starting On Monday

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated outfielder Bryan Reynolds (oblique) from the 10-day injured list. He is included in the starting lineup for Monday's game against right-hander Adrian Sampson and the Chicago Cubs. He'll be covering center field and batting second in the game. Reynolds was on the shelf for about two weeks due to a right oblique strain. The 27-year-old has slashed .261/.343/.465 with 15 home runs, 32 RBI and 40 runs over 83 games this year. In a corresponding move, the team placed fellow outfielder Jake Marisnick (toe) on the 10-day injured list.

    Jul 25 · Source via Pirates Bryan Reynolds
  • Yadier Molina Set To Begin Rehab Stint At Triple-A

    St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (knee) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Memphis this Thursday. According to John Denton of MLB.com, the Cardinals are planning for Molina to play a few games at Triple-A, then return to the team on August 2. On that day, the Cardinals will play against the Chicago Cubs and Molina's longtime teammate Adam Wainwright is scheduled to pitch. The 40-year-old has been out since the middle of June due to right knee inflammation. He appeared in 38 games this year prior to landing on the injured list and slashed .213/.225/.294 with two home runs, 10 RBI and 10 runs.

    Jul 25 · Source via Cardinals Yadier Molina
  • Salvador Perez To Begin Rehab Assignment Tuesday

    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday. The 32-year-old underwent surgery to repair a torn UCL in his left thumb in late June. He was originally given a timeline of eight weeks, but it looks like he's on track to beat that estimate, assuming he can avoid setbacks. While we don't have an official timetable for Perez's return, it's unlikely he'll be at Triple-A more than a week or so, meaning we could conceivably see him back in the majors before the month of July is even over.

    Jul 25 · Source via Royals Salvador Perez
  • Brewers Designate Connor Sadzeck For Assignment

    The Brewers announced Monday that they’ve designated righty Connor Sadzeck for assignment and recalled pitching prospect Ethan Small from Triple-A Nashville in his place. Small will likely get the nod to start Tuesday’s game, which had been listed as a “TBD” by the Brewers. Sadzeck, 30, appeared in two games with the Brewers and yielded…

    Jul 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Connor Sadzeck Ethan Small prospects
  • Didi Gregorius On The Bench Monday

    Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius will be on the bench for the team's series opener on Monday against the Atlanta Braves and left-hander Max Fried. Gregorius is batting .225 with a .284 on-base percentage, a home run, and a stolen base in 204 plate appearances this season. Instead, Bryson Stott will move over from second base and start at shortstop with Yairo Munoz entering the lineup and getting the nod at second. The 27-year-old is batting seventh against Atlanta on Monday. For the season, Munoz is hitting .209 with a .261 on-base percentage, three home runs, and a stolen base in 46 plate appearances. Fantasy managers in search of streaming help are probably better off looking elsewhere.

    Jul 25 · Source via Phillies Didi Gregorius
  • Daniel Lynch Set To Begin Rehab Assignment Monday

    Kansas City Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch (finger) is reportedly set to begin a rehab assignment on Monday with the organization's Triple-A affiliate. Lynch previously made 15 starts for Kansas City this season, pitching to a 5.05 ERA, a 4.24 FIP, 73 strikeouts, and 33 walks in 71.1 innings. He'd also registered three wins for the Royals. The 25-year-old previously went on the 15-day injured list due to a blister. Kansas City's current rotation options include Zack Greinke, Brad Keller, Brady Singer, and Kris Bubic.

    Jul 25 · Source via Royals Daniel Lynch
  • Salvador Perez Progressing Toward Rehab Assignment

    According to Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (thumb) is nearing a return to the field. Per an article from Worthy on July 24, "Royals manager Mike Matheny ... indicated star catcher Salvador Perez continues to progress toward a minor-league rehab assignment of his own." Worthy's article also mentions that Perez has recently taken batting practice and caught bullpen sessions. The veteran's eventual return would certainly be a welcome sign for fantasy managers who have struggled to replace his production at catcher. In 236 plate appearances this season, the veteran is batting .211 with a .254 on-base percentage and 11 home runs.

    Jul 25 · Source via Royals Salvador Perez
  • No Momentum In Mets Trade Talks For Josh Bell

    According to a tweet from SNY's Andy Martino, "There has been no momentum in Josh Bell/Mets talks to date as Mets continue to scout Trey Mancini." Bell is currently enjoying a strong season for the division-rival Washington Nationals, hitting .305 with a .388 on-base percentage and 13 home runs in 407 plate appearances. He's only played first base this season but did see some time in the outfield last year for Washington. New York obviously has Pete Alonso entrenched at first base but could use reinforcements at designated hitter, where they've mostly played either J.D. Davis or Dominic Smith. The team also recently acquired Dan Vogelbach from the Pirates.

    Jul 25 · Source via Nationals Josh Bell
  • Tigers To Sign First-Rounder Jace Jung

    The Tigers are in agreement with No. 12 overall draft pick Jace Jung, tweets Jim Callis of MLB.com. The now-former Texas Tech standout will receive his full slot value of $4,590,300. The team has yet to formally announce the deal, though that’s presumably coming in the near future. Jung, the younger brother of top Rangers…

    Jul 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers prospects mlb draft
  • Twins Sign Michael Feliz To Minor League Deal

    The Twins have signed right-hander Michael Feliz to a minor league contract and assigned him to their Triple-A affiliate, the St. Paul Saints (as announced by the Saints themselves). Feliz, a client of Octagon, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox earlier this month and rejected an outright assignment in favor of free agency.…

    Jul 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Michael Feliz
  • Cardinals Potential Front-Runners For Juan Soto

    The St. Louis Cardinals, who have plenty of highly regarded young prospects, are viewed by rivals as a potential front-runner to acquire Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. The New York Mets and New York Yankees are among at least a half-dozen teams to believed to have checked in on Soto. The Seattle Mariners are another team seen early as having a chance to land the superstar. The Dodgers, Padres and Giants are among other teams thought to be showing interest. According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals are telling teams they want four to five top young players for Soto, a combination of prospects and major-leaguers with low service time.

    Jul 25 · Source via Nationals Juan Soto
  • Drew Pomeranz Could Begin Rehab Assignment This Week

    San Diego Padres left-handed reliever Drew Pomeranz (elbow) could begin a minor league rehab assignment this week, although skipper Bob Melvin said it's unknown whether Pomeranz would instead throw another simulated inning. The 33-year-old is recovering from flexor tendon surgery last August and "still feels it some" when he throws, according to Melvin. Pomeranz threw 19 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday, but he still has a ways to go before he'll be able to make his 2022 season debut out of San Diego's bullpen. The veteran southpaw could be a key late-inning piece for the Padres when healthy, but he's unlikely to be a factor for saves, with only nine in his career.

    Jul 25 · Source via Padres Drew Pomeranz closers
  • Trent Grisham Dealing With Back Stiffness

    San Diego Padres outfielder Trent Grisham (back) was held out of Sunday night's lineup against the New York Mets due to lingering back stiffness after his collision with Mets right-hander Chris Bassitt on Saturday. Manager Bob Melvin said that Grisham was available off the bench on Sunday, but he didn't get into the game. Esteury Ruiz received the start in center field with Grisham on the bench in the series finale in New York. Grisham does have 10 home runs on the season, but he's hitting a very disappointing .190/.290/.337 with 34 RBI, 37 runs scored and four stolen bases in 352 plate appearances and 93 games to this point. Fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day for now.

    Jul 25 · Source via Padres Trent Grisham
  • Wil Myers' Rehab Assignment To Continue

    San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers' (knee) minor league rehab assignment will continue for at least a couple more days, as he and the Padres felt he'd benefit by getting some more at-bats at Triple-A El Paso. In three games, Myers is 4-for-14 and went 6-for-18 in five games with Low-A Lake Elsinore. "I don't think he feels comfortable enough with the time off yet to where he's ready to face major league pitching," skipper Bob Melvin said. The 31-year-old has been on the injured list since June 2, and the Friars could choose to ease him back into action at the major league level once he's activated. In 32 games before his knee injury, Myers was hitting .234/.276/.306 with one home run, 19 RBI and 13 runs scored in 124 at-bats.

    Jul 25 · Source via Padres Wil Myers
  • Austin Nola In Midst Of Eight-Game Hitting Streak

    San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola went 2-for-5 in the 8-5 Sunday night loss to the New York Mets and is hitting .370 (10-for-27) during an eight-game hitting streak. The recent hot stretch has raised Nola's season line to .248/.315/.317 with two home runs, 26 RBI, 24 runs scored and two stolen bases in 248 plate appearances over 66 games played for the Friars. He's batting .308 (12-for-39) with three RBI and two runs scored in 12 games in the month of July. Nola doesn't have a ton of over-the-fence pop, but you can do much worse at the catching position in fantasy.

    Jul 25 · Source via Padres Austin Nola
  • Eric Hosmer Heating Up At The Plate

    San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer went 5-for-12 with a walk, two doubles and a home run in the three-game series in New York against the Mets at Citi Field, a place he has fond memories after his Kansas City Royals clinched the 2015 World Series there. Hosmer has reached base safely in his last 12 games and is hitting .271 with a .750 OPS in his last 23 games to raise his season slash line to .277/.338/.393 with seven home runs, 39 RBI and 29 runs scored in 318 at-bats. His fantasy managers need to continue to ride the hot streak.

    Jul 25 · Source via Padres Eric Hosmer
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Moving Closer To Rehab Assignment

    San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (wrist) took on-field batting practice over the weekend at Citi Field and will do a couple of live batting practice sessions before beginning a minor league rehab assignment. The "live" sessions aren't expected to take place until the team returns to San Diego following its upcoming three-game series in Detroit against the Tigers. It means that Tatis probably won't begin a rehab assignment until early next week, and the Padres could slow down his progression at any point. But if he doesn't have any setbacks with his surgically repaired left wrist, it's possible that Tatis could make his season debut when the Padres are in Los Angeles against the division-rival Dodgers from Aug. 5-7.

    Jul 25 · Source via Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Jesse Winker Dealing With Ankle Sprain

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker (ankle) left the game early on Sunday against the Houston Astros with a right ankle sprain. However, manager Scott Servais is optimistic that Winker's injury isn't a serious one, so he's being considered day-to-day for now. Winker went 1-for-2 in the game before departing and is now hitting .229/.336/.346 with eight home runs, 35 RBI and 28 runs scored in 369 plate appearances this season. Fantasy managers shouldn't be shocked if the 28-year-old left-handed hitter is not in the team's starting lineup on Monday for their series opener against the Texas Rangers.

    Jul 25 · Source via Mariners Jesse Winker
  • Robbie Ray Allows Six Runs Across Three Innings

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Robbie Ray only lasted three innings in the 8-5 loss against the Houston Astros after giving up six runs on 10 hits, including two home runs. He also struck out just one batter but didn't allow a walk. Over 20 starts, Ray is 8-7 with a 3.90 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 27.9% strikeout rate. The left-hander isn't a Cy Young contender like last season, but he's posted respectable numbers in each category, making him a likely must-start in every format.

    Jul 25 · Source via Mariners Robbie Ray
  • Mark Canha Doubles Sunday

    New York Mets outfielder Mark Canha was 2-for-3 on Sunday with a double and an RBI during the 8-5 win over the San Diego Padres. Canha hasn't hit for much power this season, smashing just seven home runs and posting a .382 slugging. However, he's batting a respectable .270 with .382 OBP. Fantasy managers can expect him to keep contributing a bit to batting average, but with the small number of home runs and just one stolen base, most of his value comes in OBP leagues.

    Jul 25 · Source via Mets Mark Canha
  • Harrison Bader Seeking Second Opinion On Heel Injury

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader (heel) is currently in the midst of a rehab assignment at Triple-A, but he has been held out of action the past few days. He is dealing with a heel injury that he suffered while running during Friday's game. Bader first landed on the injured list in late June due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He had been trending in the right direction prior to this past weekend's injury. According to Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol, Bader is currently seeking a second opinion on his heel injury.

    Jul 25 · Source via Cardinals Harrison Bader
  • Trevor Story Resumes Swinging On Sunday

    Boston Red Sox second baseman Trevor Story (hand) took some swings on Sunday. It was the first time he'd swung the bat since landing on the injured list a few weeks back. Story is dealing with a a right hand contusion. The injury occurred after he was hit in his right hand by a pitch. Red Sox manager Alex Cora stated on Sunday that Story was "trending in the right direction." It's unclear whether or not he'll require a rehab stint before he's activated from the injured list, but either way he remains at least a few days away from returning.

    Jul 25 · Source via Red Sox Trevor Story
  • Astros To Monitor Yordan Alvarez's Hand Going Forward

    Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez (hand) was held out of Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners as a precaution. The 25-year-old is dealing with right hand soreness, which is related to the right hand inflammation that caused him to miss a few weeks until his recent return. On Sunday, Astros manager Dusty Baker stated that the Astros will have to monitor Alvarez's hand throughout the season, meaning he'll get some off days here and there going forward. While this is concerning news on multiple fronts -- most notably the fact that his hand is not yet 100% -- fantasy managers should resist panicking about the news. Alvarez has homered twice since his return from the injured list so he should continue to rake while he deals with the injury. Hopefully, some extra rest days will allow him to be fully healthy for the final stretch of the season.

    Jul 25 · Source via Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Kyle Finnegan Earns His Second Save On Sunday

    Washington Nationals reliever Kyle Finnegan closed out the team's 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday to earn his second save of the year. It was his first save opportunity since the team lost Tanner Rainey (elbow) to a season-ending injury a few weeks back. Finnegan recorded the final five outs of Sunday's game, retiring each of the five batters he faced. He now owns a 3.76 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP on the year to go along with a 3.3 K/BB ratio. The 30-year-old should continue to serve as the team's primary closer going forward as long as he can pitch effectively, making him worthy of a roster spot in most fantasy leagues.

    Jul 25 · Source via Nationals Kyle Finnegan closers
  • Mike Yastrzemski Dealing With Calf Soreness

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski (calf) has been held out of action for each of the team's last two games as he's been dealing with calf soreness. In his absence, the team has gone with Yermin Mercedes, Austin Slater and Luis Gonzalez in the outfield for each of the last two games. It sounds as if Yastrzemski is day-to-day at this point. The 31-year-old owns a .234/.330/.410 slash line on the year to go along with nine home runs, 38 RBI and 42 runs.

    Jul 25 · Source via Giants Mike Yastrzemski
  • Jace Peterson To Miss Multiple Weeks With Elbow Sprain

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jace Peterson (elbow) landed on the 10-day injured list with a left elbow sprain on Saturday. Peterson told the media that he hopes to return during the middle or the end of August. However, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that a late August return seemed "optimistic." The 32-year-old has appeared in 80 games so far this year and he's slashed .252/.325/.439 with eight home runs, 10 stolen bases, 30 RBI and 33 runs. In his absence, we should see Tyrone Taylor and Jonathan Davis earn additional playing time.

    Jul 25 · Source via Brewers Jace Peterson
  • Freddy Peralta Strikes Out Three In First Rehab Outing

    Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Freddy Peralta (lat) made his first rehab appearance at Triple-A Nashville on Sunday. He pitched two innings and allowed one hit, one walk and one earned run while striking out three. The only hit allowed was a solo home run. Peralta has been out since late May due to a right lat strain. Peralta will likely need at least two more rehab outings before being activated by the Brewers. If he can avoid any setbacks, the 26-year-old has a chance to be back in the majors at some point in the middle of August.

    Jul 25 · Source via Brewers Freddy Peralta
  • Adam Duvall To Undergo Season-Ending Wrist Surgery

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Adam Duvall (wrist) will undergo surgery to repair a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. Due to the lengthy recovery period following the procedure, he will be out for the remainder of the 2022 season. Duvall sustained the injury when his wrist was jammed into the outfield wall during this Saturday's game. Eddie Rosario and Guillermo Heredia should both see their playing time increase going forward, but we could also see the Braves make a move prior to the trade deadline to bulk up their outfield.

    Jul 25 · Source via Braves Adam Duvall
  • Carlos Carrasco Pitches Well Against Padres

    New York Mets starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco finished with one strikeout and two walks in five innings in the win against the San Diego Padres on Sunday night. He starts the second half of the season with a 10-4 record, an ERA of 4.27 and 100 strikeouts. Yes, his ERA is high, but other than a couple of bad starts, he's been a reliable pitcher for fantasy managers. With Jacob deGrom (shoulder) returning soon, the Mets are going to have loads of momentum in the second half of the season.

    Jul 24 · Source via Mets Carlos Carrasco
  • Alex Verdugo Starting To Step It Up

    Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo went 2-for-4 in the 4-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. The outfielder had a poor first half of the season. He went into the All-Star break with a .262/.306/.372 slash line with six homers, 48 RBI, 22 walks and 38 strikeouts. These aren't terrible numbers, but Boston needs way more out of him. He's not known for his power, so if he can't get his average up, standard fantasy league managers might want to consider a replacement.

    Jul 24 · Source via Red Sox Alex Verdugo
  • Giants Acquire Ben Bowden From Rays

    The Giants acquired left-hander Ben Bowden from the Rays, as revealed by Triple-A Durham manager Brady Williams (hat tip to Durham broadcaster Patrick Kinas).  There isn’t any word yet on what the Rays Bowden makes his return to the NL West, after spending the majority of his professional career in the Rockies organization. Colorado drafted…

    Jul 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Giants Rays Ben Bowden closers
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Pulled Due To Hamstring Tightness

    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring) was forced to exit early during Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The 22-year-old was removed in the second inning due to hamstring tightness. This injury likely occurred in the first inning when Witt was running the bases. At the moment, fantasy managers can consider Witt day-to-day, but that might not last long. The organization will have Witt undergo further evaluation and reveal a better timetable after that.

    Jul 24 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Javier Baez Removed During Sunday's Game

    Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez (arm) was lifted for a pinch hitter during the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins. It has been revealed the Baez is dealing with a left upper arm contusion. That makes sense considering Baez was hit on the arm by a pitch in the fourth inning of Sunday's contest. This doesn't sound like that type of injury that is going to require a stint on the injured list. Right now, fantasy managers should consider Baez day-to-day until further notice.

    Jul 24 · Source via Tigers Javier Baez
  • Justin Turner To Take Swings On Sunday

    Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (abdominal) took some swings prior to Sunday's contest, according to manager Dave Roberts. The organization hasn't committed to whether or not Turner is going to need a stint on the injured list. Roberts mentioned that the team hopes to get Turner back at some point during their series against the Washington Nationals. Fantasy managers should expect Turner to get a backdated injured list stint, assuming he isn't ready to play by early next week.

    Jul 24 · Source via Dodgers Justin Turner
  • Rony Garcia Likely To Miss Time

    Detroit Tigers pitcher Rony Garcia (biceps) was forced to exit early during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins. This is a shame considering Garcia was activated from the injured list prior to starting in this contest. The organization has announced that Garcia is dealing with right biceps soreness. Garcia is expected to be shut down from throwing, which means he won't be taking the mound anytime soon. Fantasy managers should look for another option if they were planning on getting value out of Garcia.

    Jul 24 · Source via Tigers Rony Garcia
  • Steven Matz Suffers Torn MCL

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Steven Matz (knee) was placed on the 15-day injured list earlier on Sunday. At the time, the Cardinals believed it was only a minor knee issue, but that was not the case. The organization has revealed that the left-hander has suffered a torn MCL in his left knee. The 31-year-old will undergo surgery and is expected to miss the rest of the 2022 season. The left-hander wasn't pitching very well this season, but his absence will still hurt the Cardinals' rotation. Fantasy managers who were rostering Matz can feel free to drop him.

    Jul 24 · Source via Cardinals Steven Matz
  • Adam Duvall To Undergo Season-Ending Wrist Surgery

    4:41PM: Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters that Duvall will undergo surgery, and Toscano reports that the procedure will end Duvall’s season.  The outfielder will finish 2022 with a .213/.276/.401 slash line and 12 homers over 315 PA, so between that inconsistent production and his wrist injury, Duvall could be facing a pretty modest market…

    Jul 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Adam Duvall
  • Taylor Ward Lifted During Sunday's Game

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward (leg) was pulled for a pinch runner during Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves. Interim manager Phil Nevin told reporters that Ward is fine and he was dealing with leg cramps. It sounds like the Angels were being cautious since they were blowing out the Braves anyway. Fantasy managers should consider Ward day-to-day, but he is expected to play during Monday's game against the Kansas City Royals.

    Jul 24 · Source via Angels Taylor Ward
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Exits In The Second Inning On Sunday

    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. was removed in the second inning of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. In his first and only at-bat of the game, which came in the first inning, he hit a single. After the single, he wound up stealing second base and tagging up to third base. He may have suffered an injury at some point while running the bases, but the team has yet to provide a reason for his removal. Nicky Lopez took over at shortstop to begin the second inning. We should have an update on Witt's status soon, so make sure to stay tuned.

    Jul 24 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Rony Garcia Exits With Apparent Injury Sunday

    Detroit Tigers right-hander Rony Garcia was removed from his start against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. It's unclear what type of injury flared up for him, but he signaled for the team's trainers while he was on the mound and he was promptly removed from the game. Garcia had been activated from the 15-day injured list prior to starting Sunday's game. He had missed nearly a month of action due to right shoulder soreness. It's unclear at this point whether Sunday's removal was related the shoulder injury or not, but we should have more clarity on the situation soon.

    Jul 24 · Source via Tigers Rony Garcia
  • Max Kepler Exits After Being Hit By Pitch Sunday

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (foot) was hit in his left foot by a pitch during Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers. He was removed from the game after the incident as Gilberto Celestino came on to pinch run for him. Kepler grounded into a fielder's choice during his first and only other at-bat on Sunday. He earned an RBI during the play and eventually scored later on in the inning. Through 84 games on the year, the 29-year-old owns a .244/.344/.390 slash line to go along with nine home runs.

    Jul 24 · Source via Twins Max Kepler
  • Julio Rodriguez's MRI Shows No Structural Damage

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) underwent an MRI on his sore left wrist on Saturday. The results of the MRI showed some bruising, but no structural damage. Mariners manager Scott Servais stated that Rodriguez remains day-to-day at this point, but also added that a stint on the injured list could be possible. Rodriguez hasn't appeared in a game since the All-Star game, so the team would be able to backdate a stint on the 10-day injured list to July 22. Stay tuned for further updates on the 21-year-old phenom. If he can avoid the injured list, his next chance to play will be on Monday against the Texas Rangers.

    Jul 24 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Yordan Alvarez Resting Against Mariners Sunday

    Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against left-hander Robbie Ray and the Seattle Mariners. Kyle Tucker will be slotting in as the team's designated hitter for the contest. Alvarez was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to the team's first game out of the All-Star break. He's looked great since his return, racking up two homers and a double across three starts. The 25-year-old owns a stellar .307/.407/.668 slash line on the year to go along with 28 homers and 65 RBI.

    Jul 24 · Source via Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Daniel Lynch To Begin Rehab At Triple-A Monday

    Kansas City Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch (finger) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha on Monday. The 25-year-old landed on the 15-day injured list this past Sunday due to a blister on the middle finger of his left hand. While Lynch has made some strides since his bumpy rookie year in 2021, he's still been mostly struggling to keep opposing offenses at bay. Across 15 starts this season, he's gone 3-7 with a 5.05 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. He's increased his strikeout rate from just 17.7% last year to 22.3% this season.

    Jul 24 · Source via Royals Daniel Lynch
  • Ryan Pressly Returns From Paternity List

    The Houston Astros activated closer Ryan Pressly from the paternity list on Sunday. He will be available out of the bullpen for Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners. Pressly and his wife Kat welcomed a daughter named Hunter this past week. The team had three save opportunities pop up while Pressly was tending to his fatherly duties. Each opportunity went to a different Astros reliever, with Rafael Montero, Hector Neris and Bryan Abreu each converting their save chance. Pressly has converted 16 of his last 17 save chances dating back to early May. He owns a 2.89 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP on the year to go along with 19 saves.

    Jul 24 · Source via Astros Ryan Pressly closers
  • Evan Longoria Placed On The Injured List

    San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria (hamstring) has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. The 36-year-old veteran was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Dodgers early as a result of the injury. Hamstrings can be tricky so it wouldn't be surprising to see Longoria sit out longer than the minimum 10 days. Longo has a .243/.331/.459 batting line to go along with nine home runs and 19 RBI over 148 at-bats on the season. Reliever Gregory Santos has been recalled from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move.

    Jul 24 · Source via Giants Evan Longoria
  • Steven Matz Lands Back On The Injured List

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Steven Matz (knee) has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a left knee sprain. The 31-year-old suffered the injury while covering first base during his start against the Reds. It was Matz's first start after missing two months with shoulder inflammation. He's put together a subpar season up to this point with a 5.70 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 51:9 K:BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings (10 starts). He should make his return to the Cards' starting rotation in early August.

    Jul 24 · Source via Cardinals Steven Matz
  • Julio Rodriguez Not In The Lineup On Sunday

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) is absent from the lineup in Sunday's series finale against the Houston Astros. The 21-year-old All-Star has now missed all three games against Seattle's division rival as he rests his sore left wrist. J.P. Crawford is once again batting leadoff as the M's look to salvage the series against Framber Valdez as the Astros. Hopefully, J-Rod can return to the lineup on Monday against the Rangers.

    Jul 24 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Cody Poteet Moved To The 60-Day IL

    Miami Marlins pitcher Cody Poteet (elbow) has been transferred to the 60-day injured list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. The 27-year-old has had multiple stints on the IL this season while dealing with elbow inflammation. Poteet has a 3.86 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 21:11 K/BB ratio across 28 innings (two starts) on the year.

    Jul 24 · Source via Marlins Cody Poteet
  • Michael King Will Undergo Surgery To Repair Elbow

    New York Yankees reliever Michael King (elbow) will need surgery to repair his fractured elbow, according to manager Aaron Boone. The Yankees skipper added that King should be ready for spring training next year if the injury doesn't also require Tommy John surgery. The 27-year-old setup man was excellent prior to his injury, putting up a 2.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 66:16 K/BB ratio to go along with 16 holds and one save over 51 innings.

    Jul 24 · Source via Yankees Michael King
  • Anthony Bender Transferred To The 60-Day Injured List

    Miami Marlins reliever Anthony Bender (back) has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. The Fish are dealing with a bevy of injuries so this was a procedural move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Bender has been out since late May with back stiffness. He compiled a 4.50 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and 13:5 K/BB ratio to go along with six saves over 14 innings before landing on the IL.

    Jul 24 · Source via Marlins Anthony Bender closers
  • Jazz Chisholm Jr. Transferred To The 60-Day IL

    Miami Marlins infielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. (back) has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. This is a procedural move as the Marlins are dealing with a ton of injuries and need to clear space on the 40-man roster. A CT scan revealed a stress fracture in Chisholm's back a few days ago so he was expected to be out until September at the earliest. Fantasy managers have been without the dynamic 24-year-old since June 28 and may not see him again until the fantasy season comes to a close.

    Jul 24 · Source via Marlins Jazz Chisholm
  • Max Meyer Placed On The 15-Day IL

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Max Meyer (elbow) was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right elbow sprain. Meyer lasted just 2/3 of an inning in Saturday's start against Pittsburgh before leaving early with the elbow issue. He missed nearly a month in Triple-A earlier this season while dealing with elbow nerve irritation so it's troubling that the same injury has popped up again. Miami will play this cautiously so fantasy managers should expect the 23-year-old to be out for a while.

    Jul 24 · Source via Marlins Max Meyer
  • Brian Anderson Lands On The Injured List

    Miami Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson (shoulder) has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder sprain. The 29-year-old sustained the injury while laying out for a ball in the sixth inning of Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Anderson is slashing .256/.346/.378 with three home runs, 12 RBI, and a stolen base across 180 at-bats on the season.

    Jul 24 · Source via Marlins Brian Anderson
  • Andrew Vaughn Not Included In Sunday's Lineup

    Chicago White Sox outfielder Andrew Vaughn is not part of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Guardians. AJ Pollock and Gavin Sheets will be the team's corner outfielders for the game. White Sox manager Tony La Russa stated prior to the game that Vaughn's day off was recommended by trainers, though he didn't provide any details as to why it was recommended. However, La Russa did add that Vaughn would be available to pinch hit for the game. The 24-year-old has had a strong year at the plate, slashing .298/.345/.462 with 10 home runs, 49 RBI and 38 runs across 75 games. It seems likely that he'll be back in the starting lineup on Monday.

    Jul 24 · Source via White Sox Andrew Vaughn
  • Jose Ramirez Getting A Breather On Sunday

    Cleveland Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez is getting the day off on Sunday as the team closes out its four-game series against the Chicago White Sox. Ernie Clement will be covering third base and batting seventh in the game. Ramirez is in the midst of yet another standout season. He's currently second in the American League in RBI with 78, trailing Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees by just one RBI. Ramirez has maintained a career-best 9.8% strikeout rate this year, which ranks in the 99th percentile of the league. He owns a .287/.362/.570 slash line across the season to go along with 19 home runs and 13 stolen bases.

    Jul 24 · Source via Guardians Jose Ramirez
  • Jonathan India Scratched With Thigh Contusion Sunday

    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (thigh) has been scratched from the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Tyler Naquin will now be the team's leadoff hitter for the game while Matt Reynolds will be covering the keystone. India suffered a left thigh contusion while sliding head first into home plate in Saturday's game. He was originally included in Sunday's starting lineup, so the injury is likely nothing major and he's probably just being held out as a precaution. Various injuries have held the 25-year-old to just 42 games this season. He owns a season-long slash line of .227/.292/.356 to go along with five homers, two stolen bases, 16 RBI and 18 runs.

    Jul 24 · Source via Reds Jonathan India
  • Reds Activate Tyler Mahle, Place Jeff Hoffman On 15-Day Injured List

    The Reds have activated starter Tyler Mahle from the 15-day injured list to start today’s game. In a corresponding move, the club placed reliever Jeff Hoffman on the 15-day injured list. The Reds also activated Justin Dunn from the 60-day injured list and optioned the former Mariner to Triple-A, per Mark Sheldon of MLB.com (via…

    Jul 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Reds Jeff Hoffman Tyler Mahle
  • Rays Reinstate Jeffrey Springs, Option Luis Patino

    The Rays have reinstated Jeffrey Springs from the 15-day injured list and optioned right-hander Luis Patino to Triple-A, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). Patino started yesterday’s ballgame for the Rays, giving up three earned runs in four innings of work. It was just Patino’s third start of the season, and…

    Jul 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Rays Luis Patino Jeffrey Springs closers
  • Angels Designate Jonathan Villar For Assignment, Select Magneuris Sierra

    The Angels have designated veteran Jonathan Villar for assignment, per the team. The move makes room for Magneuris Sierra, whose contract was selected from Triple-A. This is the second time this season that Villar finds himself designated for assignment. He began the year with the Cubs, but the utility man hit just .222/.271/.327 in 166…

    Jul 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels Magneuris Sierra Jonathan Villar
  • Yankees Designate Shane Greene For Assignment

    The Yankees have designated reliever Shane Greene for assignment, per the team. The move creates an open roster spot for Ron Marinaccio, who has been reinstated from the 15-day injured list. The veteran Greene has made just two appearances on the season, one for the Dodgers and one for the Yankees. The 33-year-old, who began…

    Jul 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Shane Greene Ron Marinaccio closers
  • Tigers Place Michael Pineda On 15-Day Injured List

    The Tigers announced a number of roster moves this morning. Namely, last night’s starter, Michael Pineda, who left the game after just three innings, has been placed on the 15-day injured list with tricep tightness, per the team. Righty Angel De Jesus has been recalled from Triple-A to claim Pineda’s roster spot. Right-hander Rony Garcia was…

    Jul 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Michael Pineda
  • Phillies Recall Bailey Falter

    The Phillies have recalled southpaw Bailey Falter from Triple-A, per the team. In a corresponding move, JoJo Romero was optioned to Triple-A. This is a small roster move for the Phillies that nevertheless represents a larger problem for the roster: starting rotation depth. For most of this season, the Phillies five-man rotation of Zack Wheeler,…

    Jul 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Bailey Falter
  • Tigers' Alex Faedo, Kyle Funkhouser Won't Pitch Again In 2022

    The Tigers have been plagued by pitching injuries, and manager A.J. Hinch told reporters (including Chris McCosky of The Detroit News) that the 2022 season is over for two of the club’s hurlers.  Right-handers Alex Faedo and Kyle Funkhouser are both considering surgery — Faedo for a nagging hip problem, and Funkhouser for the shoulder…

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Alex Faedo Kyle Funkhouser closers
  • Brewers Place Jace Peterson On 10-Day Injured List

    The Brewers placed utilityman Jace Peterson on the 10-day injured list due to a left elbow sprain.  The placement is retroactive to July 20.  Jake McGee (who signed a big league contract with Milwaukee yesterday) will take Peterson’s spot on the active roster. It looks as though Peterson will be out until at least late…

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Jace Peterson
  • Austin Meadows Hasn't Resumed Running, Won't Return In July

    Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Meadows (Achilles) has yet to resume running since being pulled from his rehab assignment on July 11. Meadows was put on the IL on June 17 with an Achilles injury, and after aggravating the injury he is likely to be out a while longer. Manager AJ Hinch said he will have a better idea of a timetable for Meadows once he begins running, but he won't return in July. It's another tough break for the 27-year-old, who has dealt with various injuries and illnesses this season. His inability to stay on the field may also explain his struggles on the field, as he's gone homerless with a .250 average over 128 at-bats. At this point, he is droppable in any league without IL spots or where they are limited.

    Jul 23 · Source via Tigers Austin Meadows
  • Aaron Ashby Signs Extension With Brewers

    The Milwaukee Brewers have signed left-handed pitcher Aaron Ashby to a five-year contract extension worth $20.5 Million. The contract also has two club options in 2028 and 2029, which could make the total value $46 Million if all incentives are hit. This locks up a guy who has shown elite stuff at a very reasonable price for the Brewers. Even through his struggles, Ashby has posted very good underlying numbers. His ERA of 4.57 dwarfs his 3.45 xERA, plus he has a 26.8 K%. If he stays healthy, this contract will likely look very good by the end of it. This is also nice for Ashby's dynasty league owners, as Milwaukee clearly sees him as a big part of their rotation in the near future.

    Jul 23 · Source via Brewers Aaron Ashby
  • Eduardo Rodriguez In Contact With Tigers, Will Begin Throwing Progression Soon

    Detroit Tigers left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez has been in touch with manager AJ Hinch and GM Al Avila, and plans to begin a throwing progression in hopes of rejoining the team in late August. It's been a strange situation with E-Rod and the Tigers, with an apparent lack of communication from the 29-year-old. The full story hasn't come out yet, but it appears Rodriguez had a personal situation that he felt he needed to attend to. The Tigers have had him on the restricted list for quite some time, which means he hasn't been getting paid, so it is clearly something Rodriguez was passionate about. He wasn't at his best early in the season, pitching to a 1-3 record with a 4.38 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. It is possible that whatever situation he was attending to was on his mind, though, so maybe he will be better once he returns.

    Jul 23 · Source via Tigers Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Shohei Ohtani Unlikely To Be Traded

    The Los Angeles Angels have no plans to trade starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani before the August 2nd trade deadline, according to Jon Morosi. Even with growing speculation over the past few weeks, this isn't all that surprising. The two-way superstar is a unicorn, and it's probably a good idea to keep those around when you have them. He's slashed .256/.348/.482 this season while knocking 19 homers and swiping 10 bases. Oh, he's also pitched to a 9-5 record with a 2.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 134 strikeouts over 93 innings pitched. Not bad.

    Jul 23 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Mike Trout Receives Cortisone Shot, Won't Return Monday

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (back) will not be ready to return by Monday, the day he is eligible to return from the IL. Trout received a cortisone shot in his back a few days ago and won't be up to speed at the start of the new week. His timeline after that is unknown right now, but he should hopefully be ready to return later in the week. Trout has managed to stay healthier this season than he has the past few, but has started to deal with the injury bug again recently. Fantasy managers need Trout to stay healthy, as there is simply no replacement for his .270/.368/.599 slash line.

    Jul 23 · Source via Angels Mike Trout
  • Byron Buxton Won't Play This Weekend

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (knee) had a PRP injection in his right knee on Wednesday and will be unavailable this weekend. Buxton has been battling a knee injury all year, and this is likely a move that helps promote healing while giving the young star a chance to rest. When he's been on the field, Buxton has been providing as much pop as anyone, mashing 23 homers in just 273 at-bats. The average and stolen bases have taken a hit this year, which may have something to do with his knee, but he is still a fantasy star. Just make sure you have a replacement ready to go if he's on your roster.

    Jul 23 · Source via Twins Byron Buxton
  • Latest On Juan Soto Trade Talks

    5:16PM: The Nationals want “four to five top young players” for Soto, Ken Rosenthal said during a FOX Sports interview today.  This “monstrous ask” consists of star prospects and/or players who have only recently made their MLB debuts, and thus are under control for several years.  Given the size of this expected trade package, “at…

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Juan Soto
  • Rafael Devers Placed On Injured List

    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day IL Saturday after tweaking his right hamstring in Friday's loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. The injuries keep piling up for the Red Sox, who are already without Trevor Story, J.D. Martinez, and Kike Hernandez this weekend. Devers, who has played at a near-MVP level this season, has a 1.052 OPS with 49 runs, 46 RBI, and 19 homers since May 1st. Needless to say, this is a tough loss for fantasy managers. Hopefully, Devers stay on the IL is short-lived, but the timeline isn't known yet.

    Jul 23 · Source via Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • JJ Bleday Called Up Saturday

    The Miami Marlins promoted top prospect JJ Bleday to the MLB roster on Saturday. The 24-year-old outfielder is a former first-round draft pick and has been a top 100 prospect for three seasons since being drafted in 2019. Although he has fallen out of the MLB Pipeline top 100 mid-season rankings, he is still the Marlins' number four prospect. He's had a tough time hitting for average in the minors but seems to have found his power stroke this season, bashing 20 homers over 367 plate appearances. He will strike out quite a bit, but also walks at a good rate. He isn't in the starting lineup tonight, which likely indicates he won't play every day against lefties for now. In deeper leagues, if you need power or play in an OBP league, he could be worth an add.

    Jul 23 · Source via Marlins JJ Bleday prospects
  • Michael King Suffers Season-Ending Elbow Fracture

    TODAY: Boone confirmed that King won’t pitch again in 2022, the manager told The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler and other reporters.  King will also undergo further tests for further elbow damage beyond just a fracture. JULY 22: Yankees reliever Michael King has a fracture in his throwing elbow, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter links).…

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Michael King closers
  • Mets get DH Vogelbach from Pirates for reliever

    The Mets Mets added some much-needed punch at designated hitter Friday, acquiring Daniel Vogelbach from the Pirates in a trade for rookie reliever Colin Holderman.

    Jul 23 · ESPN Pirates Mets Colin Holderman Daniel Vogelbach
  • Yankees Select Shane Greene, Call Up Clarke Schmidt

    With Michael King’s season ended by an elbow fracture, the Yankees officially placed King on the 60-day injured list today.  Outfielder Tim Locastro was also optioned to Triple-A after yesterday’s game, creating two roster spots that will be filled by right-handers Clarke Schmidt and Shane Greene.  Schmidt has been called up from Triple-A, while Greene…

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Shane Greene Clarke Schmidt closers
  • Marlins Promote JJ Bleday, Place Jorge Soler On Injured List

    The Marlins have selected the contract of former first-round pick JJ Bleday and added him to the active roster, per Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald (via Twitter).  Bleday’s addition to the roster comes in response to Jorge Soler going on the 10-day injured list with lower back spasms. There isn’t any backdating on Soler’s IL…

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins JJ Bleday Jorge Soler prospects
  • Andres Gimenez Smacks 11th Homer

    Cleveland Guardians infielder Andres Gimenez smacked his 11th home run of the season Friday, a two-run shot off of Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito. Gimenez went 2-for-5 in the game. He has been a revelation for Cleveland this season, slashing .304/.362/.492 with 34 runs scored, 45 RBI, and seven stolen bases. While fantasy managers may have initially picked him up for his speed upside, Gimenez has proven himself to be an all-around contributor for the Guardians and fantasy managers alike.

    Jul 23 · Source via Guardians Andres Gimenez
  • Byron Buxton Taking A Seat On Saturday

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is not in the lineup on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. It appears that the Twins are giving their All-Star an extra day of rest following the break. Nick Gordon is starting in center field in his place and batting seventh against Detroit starter Michael Pineda. Buxton should be good to go on Sunday.

    Jul 23 · Source via Twins Byron Buxton
  • Caleb Thielbar Placed On The Injured List

    Minnesota Twins left-handed pitcher Caleb Thielbar (hamstring) has been placed on the injured list. It's a left hamstring strain for the 35-year-old reliever, who's worked a 4.84 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 47:15 K/BB ratio across 35 1/3 innings out of the Twins' bullpen. As of now, it's unclear how long he will be sidelined but hamstrings can be tricky so a maximum stint on the IL wouldn't be surprising. Yennier Cano was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.

    Jul 23 · Source via Twins Caleb Thielbar closers
  • Kirby Yates Performs Well In Rehab Appearance

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kirby Yates (elbow) worked a scoreless inning of relief for Double-A Mississippi on Friday. He allowed a pair of hits but whiffed two batters as well. The 35-year-old reliever was making his first rehab appearance as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Barring any type of setback, Yates should join the Braves' bullpen at some point in early-to-mid August.

    Jul 23 · Source via Braves Kirby Yates closers
  • Angels Not Planning To Move Ohtani

    Although teams are calling the Angels about the availability of two-way standout Shohei Ohtani, the Angels have no plans to move their international superstar, per Jon Morosi of the MLB Network (via Twitter). The Angels are again mired in a disappointing season, one that has already resulted in the firing of manager Joe Maddon. At…

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Rafael Devers Could Head To The Injured List

    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (hamstring), who is absent from the lineup on Saturday, could be headed to the injured list, per beat writer Julian McWilliams. The 25-year-old All-Star tweaked his right hamstring in Friday's lopsided loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Red Sox will likely hold him out for the remainder of the series before they decide to place him on the injured list or not. Either way, it's not encouraging news for Boston or fantasy managers alike. Devers is one of the best hitters in all of baseball, slashing .324/.379/.602 with 22 home runs, 55 RBI and two stolen bases in 349 at-bats this season. He should be considered day-to-day for the time being, but fantasy managers need to prepare for the worst in the meantime.

    Jul 23 · Source via Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • Willy Adames Reaches 20 Homers

    Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Willy Adames hit his 20th homer of the season Friday night, reaching that plateau for the third time in his career. He appears well on his way to besting his career-high of 25 round-trippers, set in 2021. Adames went 1-for-6 in this contest with two runs scored. While he's enjoying a productive season with 50 runs scored, 52 RBI, and three steals, Adames has only managed a .219 batting average and .292 on-base percentage, which would represent career lows for him by a wide margin.

    Jul 23 · Source via Brewers Willy Adames
  • Hunter Renfroe Hits 14th Homer Friday

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Hunter Renfroe went deep Friday, hitting his 14th home run of the season off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Robert Stephenson. Renfroe also singled in five at-bats, and he now has a five-game hitting streak going. His slash line this season is very close to his career numbers at .247/.299/.489, as he once again represents a low on-base, high slugging percentage fantasy option. Renfroe has 29 runs scored, 33 RBI, and one steal in 223 at-bats this year.

    Jul 23 · Source via Brewers Hunter Renfroe
  • Julio Rodriguez Remains Out On Saturday

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) is not in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Houston Astros. J-Rod was a late scratch on Friday with left-wrist soreness, an injury that allegedly occurred on a stolen base attempt in the final game of the first half of the season, and will now miss his second straight contest. The Mariners are going to be very cautious with their young All-Star so fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day and monitor his status prior to Sunday's series finale between Seattle and Houston.

    Jul 23 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Andrew McCutchen Homers, Reaches Three Times

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Andrew McCutchen reached base three times Friday, going 1-for-4 with two walks. The one hit was a two-run home run, McCutchen's 10th of the season. While he possesses a career-low .714 OPS at this point, McCutchen still continues to bat in the middle of the Brewers lineup, and he has accumulated 40 runs scored, 43 RBI, and six steals. While he's no longer a flashy pickup, he has plenty to offer fantasy managers in need of all-around production.

    Jul 23 · Source via Brewers Andrew McCutchen
  • George Springer Returns To The Lineup

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer is starting in center field and batting leadoff on Saturday vs. the Boston Red Sox. Springer missed the final game of the first half of the season last week and sat out during Friday's 28-5 drubbing of the Red Sox as well. He should be well rested and ready to rock against Boston starter Kutter Crawford. Springer is slashing .250/.330/.474 with 17 home runs, 42 RBI, and nine stolen bases across 308 at-bats this season.

    Jul 23 · Source via Blue Jays George Springer
  • Brayan Bello Likely To Start Sunday

    Boston Red Sox top pitching prospect Brayan Bello, who was recalled from the minors on Friday, is the leading candidate to start on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Bello struggled in his first two major league starts, allowing nine earned runs on 13 hits while walking six and striking out seven in eight innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. The 23-year-old Dominican right-hander has been much better between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester in the minors, though, posting a 2.35 ERA in 16 outings (15 starts) with 118 strikeouts and 34 walks in 88 innings pitched. The team's No. 3 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, is worth picking up in deeper leagues if he sticks in Boston's rotation, but he'll be a shaky streamer in just his third MLB start Sunday.

    Jul 23 · Source via Red Sox Brayan Bello prospects
  • Rafael Devers Not In The Starting Lineup

    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers is not in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Devers will take a seat after going 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout in the embarrassing blowout loss to the Blue Jays to kick off the second half of the season on Friday. The 25-year-old Dominican is one of the best all-around hitters in baseball, as he's slashing .324/.379/.602 with a .981 OPS, 22 home runs, 55 RBI, 62 runs scored and two stolen bases in 349 at-bats this year. His 113 hits lead off of baseball. Rookie Jeter Downs will start at the hot corner and bat ninth on Saturday against Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah. Downs has struggled in his first 31 big-league plate appearances, going just 5-for-29 (.172) with a homer, four RBI and 15 strikeouts.

    Jul 23 · Source via Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • Zac Gallen Allows Just Two Hits

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen was at the top of his game Friday night, allowing just two hits in seven innings against the Washington Nationals. He did not allow a run or walk a batter, and he struck out seven. Gallen was credited with the win, improving his record to 5-2 on the year. He now has a 3.31 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 96 strikeouts in 100 2/3 innings across 18 starts on the season.

    Jul 23 · Source via Diamondbacks Zac Gallen
  • J.D. Martinez Still Out Saturday

    Boston Red Sox outfielder/designated hitter J.D. Martinez (back) remains out of the starting lineup on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays after he was scratched from Friday's lineup due to back spasms. It's not a good sign that the 34-year-old slugger is already injured coming out of the All-Star break, but fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day for now. Martinez is hitting .302/.368/.481 this year with an .849 OPS, nine home runs, 38 RBI and 51 runs scored, so losing him for an extended period of time would hurt the Red Sox and fantasy managers alike. Franchy Cordero is serving as the designated hitter and batting fifth, while Bobby Dalbec starts at first base and is hitting sixth against Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah on Saturday.

    Jul 23 · Source via Red Sox J.D. Martinez
  • Mets Acquiring Michael Perez From Pirates

    The New York Mets are acquiring catcher Michael Perez from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations. It's the second trade in the last two days between these two teams, with the Pirates sending first baseman/designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach to Queens on Friday in exchange for reliever Colin Holderman. Perez will give the Mets some immediate catching help with James McCann (oblique) still on the injured list and Tomas Nido (hand) dealing with a left hand contusion after getting injured Friday night. Patrick Mazeika is the only other backstop on the current roster. Perez was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on Friday after hitting only .150 (16-for-107) with six home runs and 11 RBI for the Bucs this year. Even if he gets some playing time in the near future, he's unlikely to be much of a fantasy asset.

    Jul 23 · Source via Pirates Michael Perez
  • Ketel Marte Homers, Triples Friday

    Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte had a big game Friday against the Washington Nationals, going 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple, four RBI, and two runs scored. Marte now has nine home runs, 47 runs scored, 33 RBI, and four steals with a .274/.364/.466 slash line in 336 plate appearances this year. Five of his home runs have come in his last 15 games, a period in which Marte has slugged .740 in 50 at-bats.

    Jul 23 · Source via Diamondbacks Ketel Marte
  • Yankees Seen As Serious Contenders For Andrew Benintendi

    The New York Yankees have emerged as "serious contenders" to acquire Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi before the Aug. 2 trade deadline, according to a source. Benintendi's fantasy stock would definitely go way up with a move to the first-place Yankees with the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium. The 28-year-old isn't vaccinated against COVID-19, which could become a problem if he's dealt to New York and then end up facing the Toronto Blue Jays in the postseason, but his vaccination status doesn't appear to be an issue for now. Benintendi doesn't have much power (only three home runs), but the first-time All-Star is hitting a solid .319/.389/.402 with 39 RBI, 37 runs scored and two stolen bases in 88 games for the Royals.

    Jul 23 · Source via Royals Andrew Benintendi
  • Cole Irvin Goes Seven Strong Innings

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Cole Irvin picked up the win over the Texas Rangers Friday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out eight batters to improve his record to 5-7 on the season. With a 3.08 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 102 1/3 innings, Irvin certainly deserves better than his record, but Oakland simply isn't a good enough team to deliver more wins. Irvin carries much more value in sabermetrically inclined leagues but is worth a look in good matchups in all formats.

    Jul 23 · Source via Athletics Cole Irvin
  • Seth Brown Hits Two-Run Shot

    Oakland Athletics first baseman Seth Brown led the way offensively to a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers Friday, going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, his 12th long ball of the season. While Brown has not been particularly impressive with a .702 OPS in 314 plate appearances this season, he has added seven stolen bases to those 12 home runs, giving him some value as a compiler in deep fantasy formats. His last stolen base came on June 23 though, so it's possible he won't improve much on his current total.

    Jul 23 · Source via Athletics Seth Brown
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