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  • Christian Yelich Lands On Injured List

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    The Milwaukee Brewers placed outfielder Christian Yelich (back) on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 13) on Tuesday with a lower-back strain and recalled infielder/outfielder Owen Miller from Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move. Yelich was put on the IL after not playing since last Friday. This is definitely an injury that could linger for the 32-year-old Yelich, so fantasy managers should be prepared to be patient if he's forced to miss more than 10 days. Keep him stashed in an IL spot in all fantasy leagues after he started the year hitting .333 (13-for-39) with five home runs, 11 RBI and two steals in 11 games. Blake Perkins is starting in center field and batting sixth against the San Diego Padres and right-hander Dylan Cease on Tuesday, but Joey Wiemer could also see additional playing time in Milwaukee's outfield until Yelich is able to return.

    Apr 16 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Christian Yelich
  • Jake Cronenworth Out Of Lineup Tuesday

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    San Diego Padres first baseman Jake Cronenworth (calf) is not in the lineup on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers after being pulled from Monday's 7-3 win with calf tightness late in the game. The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee points out that the Padres recalled infielder Matthew Batten from Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday, which presumably means that Cronenworth will miss some time with his injury. However, he hasn't officially been placed on the injured list, so it could just be a day-to-day situation for now. Jurickson Profar is handling first base and batting third on Tuesday, while Jose Azocar is in left field and batting ninth against Brewers left-hander Wade Miley. Profar is hitting .417 with an RBI in 12 career at-bats against Miley, while Azocar has gone hitless versus the soft-tossing lefty in four career ABs.

    Apr 16 · Source via San Diego Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Jhoan Duran Expected To Face Live Hitters Friday

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    Minnesota Twins closer Jhoan Duran (oblique) said he's feeling closer to 100 percent in terms of command after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. He's now expected to face live hitters during Friday's pre-game workouts at Target Field. An oblique strain forced the 26-year-old to the injured list to begin the 2024 season, but he recently started throwing off a mound and could be getting close to going on a short minor-league rehab assignment before returning to the Twins' bullpen. If he avoids any setbacks with his oblique, fantasy managers might get the hard-throwing closer back before the calendar flips to May. Given Duran's dominance when healthy, he should be stashed in an IL spot in all fantasy leagues. In his absence, Minnesota is going with a committee approach to saves involving Griffin Jax, Steven Okert, Cole Sands and Brock Stewart.

    Apr 16 · Source via Closers Minnesota Twins Jhoan Duran
  • Tyler O'Neill Clears Concussion Protocol, Could Return Thursday

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    Boston Red Sox outfielder Tyler O'Neill (head) cleared the league's concussion protocols and is doing OK after being removed from Monday's game early against the Cleveland Guardians following a collision in the outfield with third baseman Rafael Devers. O'Neill is out of the lineup on Tuesday and will also sit on Wednesday, but manager Alex Cora said he's planning to have O'Neill back in action on Thursday for the series finale against Cleveland. The 28-year-old required eight stitches to close a cut on his head above his left eye, but it appears he won't need to go on the seven-day concussion injured list and should return for fantasy managers later this week. O'Neill has enjoyed his time in Beantown so far, going 15-for-48 (.313) in the early going with seven homers, eight RBI, a steal and 14 runs scored.

    Apr 16 · Source via Boston Red Sox Tyler O'Neill
  • A.J. Puk Won't Start On Wednesday

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    Miami Marlins left-hander A.J. Puk (illness) is still under the weather and will not make his scheduled start on Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants. Instead, lefty Trevor Rogers will move up to start in the series finale. Puk has now been pushed back twice this week, as he was originally scheduled to pitch in the series opener against the Gigantes on Monday. If the 28-year-old southpaw is feeling better later this week, there's a good chance he'll take the ball for the series opener on Thursday versus the Chicago Cubs. The former sixth overall pick by the Oakland Athletics in 2016 out of Florida hasn't fared too well in his transition to a full-time starting role in 2024 so far, posting a 5.91 ERA and 2.44 WHIP with a league-high 14 walks and just eight K's in his first three starts.

    Apr 16 · Source via Miami Marlins A.J. Puk
  • "Very Unlikely" J.D. Martinez Joins Mets On Upcoming Road Trip

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    It's "very unlikely" that designated hitter J.D. Martinez (back) will join the New York Mets on their upcoming West Coast road trip, according to manager Carlos Mendoza. The Mets begin their road trip this Friday, April 19, against the Los Angeles Dodgers and will wrap it up in San Francisco against the Giants on Wednesday, April 24. Martinez didn't sign with New York until late in spring training, so he stuck around in extended spring training to get his timing down at the plate before injuring his back in early April. The 36-year-old could start a rehab assignment later this week and make his 2024 debut with the Mets later this month or in early May. When he's finally ready to return, Martinez can still provide some thump from the DH spot and will give the Mets more protection for All-Star first baseman Pete Alonso.

    Apr 16 · Source via New York Mets J.D. Martinez
  • DJ Stewart Grabbing Pine Again On Tuesday

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    New York Mets outfielder DJ Stewart will start on the bench on Tuesday as the team faces the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. This will be the third straight game that Stewart has started on the bench, although the previous two games were against left-handed pitching. Stewart does have two home runs in his first 25 at-bats of the 2024 campaign, but he's also gone only 5-for-25 (.200) with seven RBI, a stolen base and three runs scored. Catcher Francisco Alvarez is serving as the designated hitter and batting sixth, while Omar Narvaez is doing the catching and hitting ninth on Tuesday against Pirates rookie right-hander Jared Jones. The 30-year-old Stewart might find himself on the bench more often than not moving forward unless he picks things up offensively.

    Apr 16 · Source via New York Mets DJ Stewart
  • Oneil Cruz Resting Against Mets

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz is getting the day off on Tuesday against the New York Mets. In his absence, Alika Williams will get the nod at shortstop and will hit in the nine-hole against Mets veteran left-hander Jose Quintana. Cruz will get a little breather against the left-handed hurler after going hitless in his last nine at-bats with seven strikeouts in the last two contests. The 25-year-old Dominican is now hitting .232 (16-for-69) on the year with three home runs, six RBI, one steal and eight runs scored in his first 17 games of 2024. Williams, 25, lacks power and will be a low-upside deep sleeper pick for DFS lineups on Tuesday night. He's hit just .212 (25-for-118) with no homers and eight RBI in 51 MLB games to date going back to last season.

    Apr 16 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Jordan Romano, Erik Swanson Activated From Injured List

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    The Toronto Blue Jays officially activated right-handed relievers Jordan Romano (elbow) and Erik Swanson (forearm) from the 15-day injured list on Tuesday and optioned right-hander Nate Pearson to Triple-A Buffalo and designated right-hander Mitch White for assignment. Romano and Swanson came out of their short minor-league rehab assignments healthy and are ready to make their 2024 debuts with Toronto at the back end of their bullpen. While the 30-year-old Romano could be eased into his regular closer role, fantasy managers should be ready to throw him right into their starting lineups in season-long leagues after he recorded 36 saves in each of the last two seasons for the Blue Jays. Swanson has fantasy appeal as well in holds leagues and as a handcuff to Romano for his late-inning setup role.

    Apr 16 · Source via Closers Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Romano Erik Swanson
  • Tyler O'Neill Not Playing Tuesday

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    Boston Red Sox outfielder Tyler O'Neill (head) is not in the team's starting lineup on Tuesday against the visiting Cleveland Guardians after colliding with third baseman Rafael Devers in the outfield on Monday and being pulled from the game. The 28-year-old walked off the field under his own power and had a cut on his head, and he is now in the league's concussion protocol after needing eight stitches. It remains to be seen if O'Neill is actually dealing with a concussion, but he'll miss at least one game this week after the collision. The Red Sox and fantasy managers would hate to see O'Neill, who is hitting .313 (15-for-48) and already has seven home runs on the year, land on the seven-day concussion injured list. Jarren Duran is in left field for Boston on Tuesday and is hitting leadoff, while Wilyer Abreu is in right field and hitting fifth against Guardians right-hander Tanner Bibee.

    Apr 16 · Source via Boston Red Sox Tyler O'Neill
  • Brandon Drury, Nolan Schanuel Out On Tuesday

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    Los Angeles Angels infielder Brandon Drury (hamstring) and first baseman Nolan Schanuel are both out of the lineup on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Drury should be considered day-to-day for now after leaving Monday night's win with a hamstring injury. If the 31-year-old, who has gone just 11-for-54 (.204) in the early going with one homer, ends up going on the injured list, Luis Rengifo would benefit from everyday playing time at the keystone. Rengifo is at second and batting seventh on Tuesday, while Miguel Sano is at first base and hitting cleanup against Rays right-hander Aaron Civale. Schanuel returned from a testicular contusion on Monday but is getting another day off on Tuesday. Schanuel is struggling in his first full big-league season with just four hits (one homer) in his first 42 at-bats in 2024.UPDATE: Drury said he'll be available off the bench on Tuesday.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Angels Brandon Drury Nolan Schanuel
  • Braves Put Ozzie Albies On 10-Day Injured List

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    The Atlanta Braves placed infielder Ozzie Albies (toe) on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday with a right big toe fracture and selected the contract of infielder David Fletcher from the minors in a corresponding move. Albies fractured his toe when he was hit by a pitch in Monday's 6-1 win over the Houston Astros and he's going to be forced to miss at least the next 10 days and probably more with the ailment. The 27-year-old second baseman is a big hit for fantasy managers in all formats, as the three-time All-Star was hitting .317 (20-for-63) with two home runs, 14 RBI and two stolen bases in his first 15 games in a stacked Braves lineup. For as long as he's sidelined, keep him stashed in an IL spot in all fantasy leagues. Fletcher and Luis Guillorme will most likely split the playing time at the keystone in the meantime in Atlanta.

    Apr 16 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Trevor Rogers To Start Series Finale For Marlins

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    The Miami Marlins will be starting left-hander Trevor Rogers on Wednesday in the series finale against the San Francisco Giants. A.J. Puk was in line to start on Wednesday afternoon, but the left-hander is dealing with an illness so will not start. Rogers has started three games for the Marlins this season and is 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA as he's pitched 15 innings allowing nine runs, eight earned while walking eight.

    Apr 16 · Source via Miami Marlins Trevor Rogers
  • Jose Soriano Starting For The Angels

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    The Los Angeles Angels will be starting right-hander Jose Soriano on Tuesday in the second game of a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Soriano is set to make his second start of the season, as he started back on April 10 against the Rays going four innings allowing four runs on six hits in the loss. Soriano is 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA this season, as he's pitched 10 innings allowing seven runs on 10 hits, including three homers.

    Apr 16 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Jose Soriano
  • Twins, Tony Kemp Agree To Minor League Deal

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    The Twins are bringing veteran second baseman/left fielder Tony Kemp aboard on a minor league contract, reports Jon Heyman of the New York Post. The Ballengee Group client will presumably head to Triple-A St. Paul to begin his tenure with the organization. Kemp, 32, began the season with the Orioles but was designated for assignment...

    Apr 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Minnesota Twins Tony Kemp
  • Chris Paddack In Search Of First Win

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    Right-hander Chris Paddack is set for his third start of the season as the Minnesota Twins are on the road to play the Baltimore Orioles. Paddack is coming off going 4 2/3 innings while allowing six hits and two runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his career against the Orioles, Paddack is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in two starts but hasn't faced the team since May of 2022. Minnesota is 6-9 this season and dropped the first game of the series to Baltimore on Monday.

    Apr 16 · Source via Minnesota Twins Chris Paddack
  • Carlos Santana Out Of The Lineup

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    Minnesota Twins first baseman Carlos Santana is out of the lineup on Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles. Santana is off to a slow start this season as he's slashing . 135/.224/.154 in 14 games with zero home runs and just two RBIs. In replace of Santana, Minnesota will be starting Alex Kirilloff at first base, who is batting third against Orioles right-hander Grayson Rodriguez.

    Apr 16 · Source via Minnesota Twins Carlos Santana
  • Kris Bryant Held Out Of The Lineup

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    Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant (back) remains out of the lineup on Tuesday due to a back injury. Bryant has missed the last three games after exiting Saturday's game versus the Blue Jays due to soreness in his right rib cage and back. With Bryant not in the lineup as the Rockies take on the Philadelphia Phillies, Charlie Blackmon will start at DH, Elehuris Montero at first base, and Michael Toglia in right field. Bryant is slashing .149/.273/.255 this season with one home run and six RBIs.

    Apr 16 · Source via Colorado Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Brusdar Graterol Begins Throwing Session

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    Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Brusdar Graterol (shoulder) began his throwing session on Monday and threw a "good" bullpen session, according to manager Dave Roberts. Graterol is on the 60-day injured list and won't be able to return until mid-May due to right-shoulder inflammation. Graterol is a key reliever for the Dodgers when healthy, as he had a 1.20 ERA over 67 1/3 innings out of the bullpen for the Blue last year.

    Apr 16 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Dodgers Brusdar Graterol
  • Brendan Rodgers Remains Out Of Rockies Lineup

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    Colorado Rockies second baseman Brendan Rodgers will miss his second straight game due to an illness. Rodgers was a late scratch on Monday with an illness and won't be in the starting lineup on Tuesday as Colorado faces the Philadelphia Phillies. Replacing Rodgers in the starting lineup is Alen Trejo who is batting ninth after going 1-for-3 on Monday. This season, Rodgers is slashing .211/.237/.316 with three RBIs.

    Apr 16 · Source via Colorado Rockies Brendan Rodgers
  • Trevor Larnach Called Up, Matt Wallner Sent Down

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    The Minnesota Twins announced on Tuesday that they recalled outfielder Trevor Larnach (toe) from Triple-A St. Paul and optioned outfielder Matt Wallner to St. Paul in a corresponding move. Larnach was recently activated from the Triple-A injured list due to turf toe, but he'll now head to Minnesota to make his 2024 debut. Wallner will head to the farm to work on some things after starting off 2-for-25 with the Twins. The 27-year-old Larnach started last year in the big leagues but was sent to St. Paul after a slow start at the plate. The left-handed slugger has some intriguing power upside from the left side in a likely platoon role in Minnesota, but he's probably not going to help your team batting average and has been injury-prone in his career to this point.

    Apr 16 · Source via Minnesota Twins Trevor Larnach Matt Wallner
  • RHP Lorenzen earns victory in Rangers debut

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    Michael Lorenzen pitched five spotless innings in his Texas debut and three relievers completed a five-hit shutout as the Rangers topped the Tigers 1-0 on Monday.

    Apr 16 · ESPN Texas Rangers Michael Lorenzen
  • Ryan Yarbrough To Be "Bulk" Pitcher On Tuesday

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers are going with a bullpen game against the visiting Washington Nationals on Tuesday. Left-hander Ryan Yarbrough will pitch in "bulk" but won't necessarily make the traditional start. Pitching prospect Kyle Hurt, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the team's No. 6 prospect, will also be added on Tuesday for more depth out of the bullpen. LA will call up a starter, potentially prospect Landon Knack, for Wednesday's contest. The Dodgers' rotation is a little short-handed right now with right-hander Bobby Miller (shoulder) on the injured list and Walker Buehler (elbow) still not quite ready to make his 2024 debut. The 32-year-old Yarbrough is the best bet to provide the most length for the Dodgers on Tuesday, and he's allowed six runs (five earned) while walking four and striking out six in 14 2/3 innings of relief so far in 2024.

    Apr 16 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Ryan Yarbrough
  • Astros Calling Up Forrest Whitley

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    The Houston Astros are calling up former top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley from the minors on Tuesday, according to a source. After a myriad of injuries, Whitley will be getting his first big-league call-up and will work as a reliever for a bullpen that needs a fresh arm. Whitley is on the 40-man roster, and the team's many other optionable relievers at Triple-A Sugar Land haven't been down long enough to be recalled without putting someone on the injured list. The 26-year-old got a late start at Sugar Land this year due to a finger injury and has allowed four runs while walking two and striking out four in three appearances on the farm before getting the call to Houston. Whitley's prospect status has faded and he should be ignored for now in fantasy, as he could be sent back to Sugar Land before long.

    Apr 16 · Source via Houston Astros Forrest Whitley
  • 'He is comfortable here': How Jackson Holliday's clubhouse past helps his MLB future

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    A lifetime spent in clubhouses is already helping Holliday adjust to the big leagues.

    Apr 16 · ESPN Prospects Baltimore Orioles Jackson Holliday
  • Eloy Jimenez Could Play Outfield Again

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    Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol said there was no recovery related reason for outfielder Eloy Jimenez not starting on Monday against the Kansas City Royals after he was activated from the injured list. Grifol said they are getting their cleanup hitter back but are also easing him back in after his groin injury. The 27-year-old could play some outfield again now that he's back, but Gavin Sheets will probably play the outfielder sooner. Jimenez had yet to play the outfield before his injury and started only 14 times in the outfield a year ago. It would be nice if Jimenez played enough outfield in 2024 to gain eligibility there for fantasy managers, but that's no guarantee. As long as Luis Robert Jr. (hip) remains sidelined, both Jimenez and Sheets should be lineup regulars for the Pale Hose.

    Apr 16 · Source via Chicago White Sox Eloy Jimenez
  • Danny Jansen Expected To Play Tuesday

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    Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen (wrist), who was activated from the injured list on Monday, is expected to make his 2024 debut on Tuesday against the New York Yankees and left-hander Carlos Rodon. Jansen suffered a fractured right wrist when he was hit by a pitch in a spring training game on March 13. He'll wear special padding to protect his hands because he's been prone to hand injuries due to the way he swings. The return of Jansen will mean fewer rest days for catcher Alejandro Kirk moving forward. Jansen hit .228 last year but with 17 home runs and 53 RBI for the Blue Jays. If he can stay healthy the rest of the way, he can provide some nice pop at the catcher position for fantasy managers. Jansen has never faced Rodon in his career.

    Apr 16 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Danny Jansen
  • Ozzie Albies Could Sit Out Tuesday With Sore Toe

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    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (toe) had an extremely sore toe after being hit by a pitch in the second inning in Monday's game against the Houston Astros, and the Braves will wait and see how he feels on Tuesday morning before determining if he'll play. Albies played the rest of Monday's game but was limping afterward and had his foot checked out. The 27-year-old appears to be day-to-day for now, so fantasy managers will want to check back closer to game time on Tuesday to see if Albies is in the starting lineup. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI, walk and two strikeouts in Monday's 6-1 win over Houston and is hitting a strong .317 (20-for-63) with two home runs, 14 RBI and two stolen bases in his first 70 plate appearances of 2024.

    Apr 16 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Kevin Ginkel Blows His Second Save Monday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Kevin Ginkel blew his second save of the season in Monday's 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs. Ginkel entered the ninth inning with a one-run lead but allowed an earned run on two hits while walking none and striking out one. The tying run ended up scoring on a wild pitch all the way from second base to tie the game and eventually send it to extra frames. The 30-year-old was coming off three straight successful saves, so this hiccup probably won't hurt him too much as he fills in for Paul Sewald (oblique) in the short term in the closer's role. In his eight appearances out of the 'pen for Arizona so far this year, Ginkel has allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits (one homer) while walking two and striking out 10.

    Apr 16 · Source via Closers Arizona Diamondbacks Kevin Ginkel
  • Edward Cabrera Fans 10 In No-Decision

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    Miami Marlins right-hander Edward Cabrera really dazzled in his first start of 2024 on Monday against the San Francisco Giants, giving up just one run on five hits while walking one and striking out 10 in six innings to pick up a quality start and no-decision. The 26-year-old began the 2024 campaign on the injured list due to a right-shoulder injury, but he surely didn't look like a pitcher coming off an injury in this one. It was the third time he's had double-digit strikeouts in a game in his young career, and it was nice to see him pounding the strike zone all night. Cabrera went 7-7 with a 4.24 ERA and 1.44 WHIP with 66 walks and a career-high 118 strikeouts in 99 2/3 innings in 2023 and should be immediately scooped up off the waiver wire in fantasy leagues if he's available after his performance Monday night.

    Apr 16 · Source via Miami Marlins Edward Cabrera
  • Michael Busch Extends Home Run Streak To Five Games

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    Chicago Cubs first baseman Michael Busch has been feeling really comfortable so far in his first year with the Cubs and he extended his home run streak to five straight games in Monday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Arizona Diamondbacks by going 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks and two strikeouts. The 26-year-old has now tied the franchise's longest home run streak and has six long balls in the early going, necessitating a pickup off your league's waiver wire if he's somehow still available. Busch's homer binge obviously won't last, but he's so far been a fantastic late-round value pick by fantasy managers in 2024. After Monday's game, he's hitting .327 (17-for-52) with six homers, 12 RBI and nine runs scored in his first 16 games with the Cubbies.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • Adolis Garcia Not Playing Tuesday

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    Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis Garcia is getting the day off on Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers in a day game following a night game. With Garcia out, rookie outfielder Wyatt Langford moves into the cleanup spot, while Ezequiel Duran is the designated hitter and is batting sixth against Tigers right-hander Casey Mize. Evan Carter is sliding over from left field to right field. Garcia has picked up right where he left off last postseason in the first 17 games of 2024, slashing .308/.370/.538 with a .908 OPS, four home runs, 15 RBI and four stolen bases in his first 73 plate appearances. He needs to be in all fantasy lineups on a daily basis when he's active. Langford has held his own so far in his first 60 MLB at-bats, but he's still searching for his first home run.

    Apr 16 · Source via Texas Rangers Adolis Garcia
  • Rangers Set To Promote Jack Leiter

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    The Texas Rangers are promoting pitching prospect Jack Leiter to the big-league club to debut on Thursday versus the Detroit Tigers. The former first-round pick has had a nice season for Triple-A Round Rock with a 3.77 ERA in three games (two starts). He has been a strikeout artist on the farm with 25 of them in just 14 1/3 innings. It is unknown how long Leiter is expected to remain with the club, but he is worth looking into as a streamer against a Tigers offense that is the least bit intimidating. Leiter is worth a speculative add in most formats.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Texas Rangers Jack Leiter
  • Matt Mervis Off To Hot Start

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    Chicago Cubs first base prospect Matt Mervis has been off to a nice start for Triple-A Iowa this season. The first baseman didn't break camp with the club, but has responded with a .333 batting average to go along with four homers and 10 RBI over his first 48 at-bats. Mervis has shown plenty of power in the minor leagues and that earned him a promotion in 2023, but he was struggled and was sent back down to finish the year in Iowa. Cubs first baseman Michael Busch has been on fire and the club has corner infielder Patrick Wisdom (back) working his way back to health, but with Seiya Suzuki (oblique) sidelined, there is a chance that Mervis could force his bat onto the roster as a bench bat or DH option should the offense struggle at the big-league level. For now, Mervis remains in Iowa, but he is an intriguing power bat for managers to keep an eye on.

    Apr 16 · Source via Chicago Cubs Matt Mervis
  • Mason Montgomery Looks To Improve On Tuesday

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitching prospect Mason Montgomery will look to improve in his fourth start of the season on Tuesday for Triple-A Durham. The left-hander has been off to a rocky start this season with a 10.80 ERA in three starts and has gotten worst in each outing. The lefty is the Rays top pitching prospect and has quickly risen through the system. Walks have been an issue for him in the past, but this year he has just three in 10 innings with 10 strikeouts. Despite being the clubs top pitching prospect, he is just inside their top 10 prospects overall. With his struggles and the Rays set with their rotation at the moment, Montgomery can remain on the waiver wire in all formats.

    Apr 16 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Mason Montgomery
  • Mitchell Parker Earns Victory In Debut

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher prospect Mitchell Parker picked up the victory in his big-league debut versus the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday evening. Parker, 24, got the daunting task of facing one of the toughest lineups in the league, but held his own. Over five innings, Parker allowed four hits, two runs, zero walks and struck out four. Strikeouts have been a big part of his game throughout his minor league career and he could be an asset to managers if that translates to the big leagues. Moving forward, Parker is in line to face another tough offense in the Houston Astros this weekend. Parker should be avoided in that matchup, but as the case with many prospects, they are always worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.

    Apr 16 · Source via Washington Nationals Mitchell Parker
  • Nick Nastrini Solid In Debut

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    Chicago White Sox pitching prospect Nick Nastrini performed well in his big-league debut versus the Kansas City Royals on Monday. Nastrini suffered the loss, but didn't look overmatched in his first outing. The right-hander went five innings and allowed three hits, two runs, two walks and five strikeouts. Nastrini should be expected to remain in the rotation with the White Sox season going nowhere and it being wise to develop young talent, but nothing is guaranteed. Moving forward, Nastrini now is nothing more than a streamer in favorable matchups, but he has the upside to help in deeper leagues, if he continues to improve. The right-hander is in line to face a tough Philadelphia Phillies lineup this weekend and should be avoided.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Chicago White Sox Nick Nastrini
  • Dodgers To Promote Andy Pages

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers are calling up outfield prospect Andy Pages. Pages, 23, receives the promotion after hitting a ridiculous .371 with five home runs, 15 RBI and two stolen bases in 62 at-bats for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Cuban product has recovered in a strong way from a torn labrum that shortened his 2023 campaign and will to carry his successes to the next level. Pages has always shown plenty of power in his bat and has good plate discipline. Playing time will be a factor in his ability to help fantasy managers, but veterans Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez haven't done much to earn everyday starts so far. Managers in dynasty leagues should already have Pages rostered and he is worth a speculative add in redraft leagues with managers keeping an eye on his playing time.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Andy Pages
  • Ben Brown Earns Quality Start

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    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ben Brown earned his first quality start of his career in a no-decision on Monday versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. Brown went six innings and allowed one hit, one run, two walks and struck out four on the evening. The rookie has been very impressive since filling in for the injured Justin Steele (hamstring). Steele is still a few weeks away from returning, but fellow starter Jameson Taillon (back) is returning this week and the question around the Cubs has been who will he be replacing. Brown has earned another turn in the rotation, but managers will want to wait and see how Taillon's return effects the rotation. If Brown were to remain in the rotation, he would face a weak Miami Marlins lineup this weekend and would be worthy of rostering in deeper leagues.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Ben Brown
  • Tony Kemp Signs With Twins

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    Jon Heyman of the MLB Network is reporting that infielder Tony Kemp has agreed to a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins. The veteran spent Opening Day with the Baltimore Orioles, but was recently let go in favor of top prospect Jackson Holliday. In his brief time with the Orioles, Kemp was hitless in nine at-bats. The veteran should provide solid depth for a Twins team that has lost infielders Royce Lewis (quadriceps) and Carlos Correa (side) to injuries early on in the season, but can be avoided in fantasy leagues.

    Apr 16 · Source via Tony Kemp
  • Jonah Heim Gets Day Off

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    Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim will get a routine day off on Tuesday versus the Detroit Tigers. With the Rangers playing last night, Heim will get the afternoon to rest his knees. Heim has been off to a nice start this season with a .271 batting average to go along with two homers and 11 RBI as part of a strong Texas Rangers lineup. In place of Heim on Tuesday with be backup catcher Andrew Knizner. Knizner is hitless in 11 at-bats this season and can be avoided against Casey Mize and the Tigers. Heim should return to the lineup on Wednesday.

    Apr 16 · Source via Texas Rangers Jonah Heim
  • Sonny Gray Improves To 2-0

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    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Sonny Gray posted another strong outing on Monday versus his former team, the Oakland Athletics. Gray went six scoreless innings and allowed four hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Gray missed the beginning of the season with a hamstring injury, but he has not missed a beat in his two starts this season with 11 scoreless innings, no walks and 11 strikeouts. Gray will eventually walk a batter this season, but managers could not have asked for a better start to the season then what Gray has given them. Moving forward, Gray is lined up to face the division rival Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

    Apr 16 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Sonny Gray
  • Esteury Ruiz Provides Only Offense For A's

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    After being recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day, Oakland Athletics outfielder Esteury Ruiz provided the team with its only offense in Monday's loss versus the St. Louis Cardinals. Ruiz only got one at-bat in the contest as he was summoned to pinch-hit for outfielder Lawrence Butler in the bottom of the eight inning, but he made the most of it with a solo home run. Ruiz was mysteriously demoted earlier in the season, but he is back with the club now and should get plenty of reps in the outfield for Oakland. Power is not a big part of his game, but you are paying for his base stealing ability that is game changing with home runs being added value. Due to his speed, he is worth rostering in most formats, but managers should keep an eye on his playing time.

    Apr 16 · Source via Oakland Athletics Esteury Ruiz
  • Luis Arraez Picks Up Three Hits

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    Miami Marlins infielder Luis Arraez went 3-for-4 with three singles in Monday's loss versus the San Francisco Giants. The strong performance raises his batting average to .284. Arraez was a breakout star last season with Miami as he hit .324 with 10 homers and 69 RBI, but has started slow in 2024. For the season he has no homers and just one RBI. Managers shouldn't panic yet as he is getting hits, but being at the top of a bad lineup will limit his other opportunities. At this rate it is probably best to remain patient versus selling low on Arraez as many managers spent a higher draft pick on him. He will look to keep it going versus Jordan Hicks in Game 2 of series.

    Apr 16 · Source via Miami Marlins Luis Arraez
  • Seth Lugo Improves To 3-0

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Seth Lugo improved to 3-0 with a victory against the Chicago White Sox on Monday. Lugo tossed seven innings on scoreless ball and allowed four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. It was the second time this season that Lugo has earned a quality start against his division foe. With the outing, Lugo now has an impressive 1.05 ERA. Facing the White Sox twice in four starts is always helpful, but Lugo also has held his own against the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros. Lugo's biggest flaw for fantasy managers is that he doesn't collect many strikeouts and that makes him more attractive as a streamer than a must-roster player outside of very deep leagues. Lugo will look to improve to 4-0 when he squares off in a tough matchup against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

    Apr 16 · Source via Kansas City Royals Seth Lugo
  • Gunnar Henderson Hits Fourth Homer

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    Baltimore Orioles third baseman Gunnar Henderson went 2-for-4 with a walk and home run in Monday's victory against the Minnesota Twins. The home run would be his fourth of the season. In addition, he is hitting .250 with 11 RBI, 11 runs and four stolen bases. The young shortstop had a fabulous rookie campaign in 2023 and it looks like his managers won't have to worry about a sophomore slump. Hitting atop one of the best lineups in the league, Henderson is in a great position to help managers across the board in all formats. Next up will be a matchup versus Chris Paddack on Tuesday evening.

    Apr 16 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Gunnar Henderson
  • Aaron Nola Has Strong Outing

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    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola carved up the Colorado Rockies in his longest outing of the season on Monday. Nola went 7 1/3 innings and allowed four hits, one run, one walk and struck out nine. Unfortunately for Nola, his offense could not do enough while he was on the mound and he earned a no-decision. The veteran has really bounced back in a nice way after allowing seven runs (six earned) in his first start of the season as he has given up just three runs combined over his last three starts. Nola has consistently been one of the best starters over the course of his career and remains a must-start in all matchups. Next up for Nola is a dream date with the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

    Apr 16 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Nola
  • Zach Eflin Pitches Well In No-Decision

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    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Zach Eflin earned a quality start in Monday's victory against the Los Angeles Angels. The right-hander matched his season high of 6 1/3 innings and allowed six hits, no runs, no walks and struck out five on the evening, It was a nice turnaround from his previous outing, which was also against the Angels, but one that saw him allow five runs. Eflin has now made four starts on the young season with mixed results. For the season, he is now 1-2 with a 4.63 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Despite a couple hiccups this season, managers should remain confident with Eflin and he is worthy of rostering in most formats. Eflin will look to keep it going versus the division rival New York Yankees on Saturday.

    Apr 16 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Zach Eflin
  • Cam Collier Records A Hit In Eighth Straight

    Cincinnati Reds third baseman prospect Cam Collier went 1-for-4 for High-A Dayton on Sunday, extending his hit streak to eight straight games to begin the season. The lefty hitter also drove in his eleventh run of 2024 and is now hitting .353 (12-for-34) with a pair of home runs on the season. The 19-year-old was a first-round draft pick in 2022 for the Reds and has shown well for his age over his first couple of seasons in the minors. Collier is the seventh-ranked prospect for Cincinnati with both Noelvi Marte and Sal Stewart ranked in front of him at third base. Marte would have been with the big league club if not for his suspension, but Collier isn't expected to debut until 2026 so it's hard to say what the landscape will be at that point. It is possible, however, that he'll need to eventually make a move to first base. Dynasty managers will want to see him grow into more power though if he's going to man either corner infield spot, as he hit just six home runs in 390 at-bats last season.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Cam Collier
  • Marlins Outright Matt Andriese

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    Marlins righty Matt Andriese cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Jacksonville, according to the MLB.com transaction log. He has the service time to decline the assignment in favor of free agency, although it isn't clear if he'll do so. Andriese could well decide to stick with the organization after signing a minor league deal over...

    Apr 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Miami Marlins Matt Andriese
  • Xavier Isaac With Two More Hits Sunday

    Tampa Bay Rays first baseman prospect Xavier Isaac collected two more hits for High-A Bowling Green on Sunday for his third multi-hit game in seven games. The lefty also knocked in his twelfth RBI of the season and stole his second base. The 20-year-old is batting .286 (8-for-28) thus far with two home runs and has also scored six times. After a successful 2023 campaign in which he belted 19 home runs as a 19-year-old over 102 games, he's continuing that success in 2024. Isaac has big power potential, and with top prospect Junior Caminero likely to graduate this year, he'll likely end within the Rays' top-2 by season's end along with shortstop Carson Williams. Dynasty managers will have to wait a while before they see him in the bigs, however, with an ETA of 2026.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Xavier Isaac
  • Adael Amador Off To A Slow Start In Double-A

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    Colorado Rockies top prospect Adael Amador is hitting just .105 (2-for-19) over six games at Double-A Hartford. On the bright side, the second baseman has walked seven times compared to just three strikeouts, and he's swiped four bases. The keen eye at the plate is nothing new either, with 160 walks over the course of his minor league career as compared to 136 strikeouts. Per MLB.com's scouting report, his Hit tool grades better than his Power tool (60 vs 45), but the switch hitter did manage to hit 12 home runs in just 69 minor league games last season, and he's just 21 years old. He's not expected to see the big leagues until next season, and he's not doing much to force the issue at this point, but if Brendan Rodgers continues to scuffle (Rodgers was also scratched Monday for unknown reasons), then perhaps we see him sooner rather than later.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Colorado Rockies Adael Amador
  • Jake Cronenworth Dealing With Calf Tightness

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    San Diego Padres first baseman Jake Cronenworth (calf) felt tightness in his calf while trying to beat out a ground ball in the eighth inning in Monday's 7-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. He played first base in the bottom of the eighth frame before being replaced at first base by Brett Sullivan in the ninth inning. "Too early to tell," manager Mike Shildt said about Cronenworth's injury. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in the game before departing early. The 30-year-old left-handed hitter should be considered day-to-day for now, while fantasy managers should check back on Tuesday to see if there's an update on his condition and whether he'll be in the starting lineup. Cronenworth entered the week hitting .265 (18-for-68) with three homers and 14 RBI on the year in 18 games played.

    Apr 16 · Source via San Diego Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Cedric Mullins Has Strong Overall Game Monday

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    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins did it all in Monday's 7-4 win over the Twins. Mullins went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, three RBI, and an amazing diving catch. The 29-year-old is off to an encouraging start after a down 2023 and is now slashing .265/.321/.551 with four HR, 12 runs scored, 13 RBI, and two stolen bases in 57 plate appearances. He should provide fantasy value as long as he can produce enough to see routine time in one of baseball's best lineups.

    Apr 16 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Cedric Mullins
  • Robert Suarez Earns One-Out Save Monday

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    San Diego Padres closer Robert Suarez notched his sixth save of the season in Monday's 7-3 win over the Brewers. Suarez came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning up by four with two outs and runners on first and second. He allowed a single to load the bases but ended the game with a flyout. The 33-year-old has been excellent this season pitching at the end of games, converting all of his save opportunities with a 1.04 ERA, eight strikeouts, and four walks in 8 2/3 innings pitched. After much debate on how the Padres would handle saves this season, it seems pretty clear that Suarez is their top option.

    Apr 16 · Source via Closers San Diego Padres Robert Suarez
  • Jackson Chourio Hits Two-Run Homer, Swipes Base Monday

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    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jackson Chourio had a nice game at the plate in Monday's 7-3 loss to the Padres. Chourio went 2-for-4 with a single, a two-run home run, a walk, and a stolen base. The 20-year-old top prospect has done a bit of everything offensively to start the season, slashing .259/.305/.444 with three HR, seven runs scored, 11 RBI, and three stolen bases in 59 plate appearances.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Jackson Chourio
  • Dylan Crews Laces Grand Slam Sunday

    Washington Nationals outfield prospect Dylan Crews hit a grand slam for Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday. The slam was part of a three-hit day at the plate for the Nats' top prospect (MLB No. 7) that included four RBI, two runs scored, and his first stolen base of the year. The 22-year-old is now 9-for-33 (.273) with two home runs, nine RBI, six runs scored, and a BB:K of 2:10 in 2024. The 2023 No. 2 overall pick may very well see Washington D.C. this season, having a 2024 ETA per MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list. As such, dynasty managers and even season-long fantasy managers would be wise to keep tabs on Crews, as his offensive scouting grades are impressive. The righty hitter has 60-grade Power, a 60-grade Run tool, and a 70-grade Hit tool.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Dylan Crews
  • Jackson Merrill Collects Three Hits, Stolen Base Monday

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Jackson Merrill had another productive offensive game in Monday's 7-3 win over the Brewers. Merrill went 3-for-5 with three singles and a stolen base. The 20-year-old has made an excellent first impression in the big leagues, slashing .356/.433/.441 with one home run, 12 runs scored, seven RBI, and three stolen bases in 67 plate appearances. He is currently rostered in just 59% of leagues and is worth a look in all leagues at this time.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jackson Merrill
  • Nick Castellanos Goes Hitless Monday

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    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos turned in another disappointing game at the plate in Monday's 2-1 extra-innings win over the Rockies. Castellanos went 0-for-4 with a strikeout batting sixth. The 32-year-old has gotten off to a very slow start offensively, slashing just .177/.250/.177 with no home runs and five RBI in 68 plate appearances. However, fantasy managers should give him a bit of a leash given his career track record and strong 2023 season.

    Apr 16 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Nick Castellanos
  • Aaron Nola Dominant In Monday No-Decision

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    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola turned in a great start but came away with a no-decision in Monday's 2-1 extra-innings win over the Rockies. Nola pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits (including a solo home run) and a walk with nine strikeouts. The 30-year-old has now turned in three consecutive solid starts after a rough first start, bringing his record to 2-1 with a 3.47 ERA, a 7.33 K/9 rate, and a 3.47 BB/9 rate. He should have an excellent chance to extend his streak in his next scheduled start against the White Sox.

    Apr 16 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Nola
  • Taylor Ward Hits Sixth Homer Of Season Monday

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    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward continued his hot offensive start in Monday's 7-3 win over the Rays. Ward went 2-for-5 with a single, a two-run home run, and two strikeouts. The 30-year-old now owns a .313/.333/.612 slash line with six HR, 13 runs scored, and an impressive 19 RBI in 69 plate appearances. He is rostered in 78% of leagues, so Ward could still be available in leagues where fantasy managers are looking for a hot bat.

    Apr 16 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Taylor Ward
  • Mike Trout Hits Seventh Homer Of Season Monday

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    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout continued his power run in Monday's 7-3 win over the Rays. Trout went 2-for-5 with a single and a two-run home run. The 32-year-old has been every bit as good as fantasy managers were hoping for, slashing .290/.362/.710 with seven HR, 10 RBI, and two stolen bases in 69 plate appearances. It isn't surprising to see such great production from Trout, but it is encouraging nonetheless.

    Apr 16 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout
  • Zach Eflin Returns To Form Monday

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    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Zach Eflin turned in a solid start in Monday's 7-3 loss to the Angels. Eflin tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits and no walks with five strikeouts. The 30-year-old has now pitched a pair of strong and poor starts, bringing his season totals to 1-2 with a 4.63 ERA, 20 strikeouts, and two walks in 23 1/3 IP. Eflin was excellent last season, so hopefully he can string together consecutive positive outings. That may be tough, as his next scheduled start is at the Yankees.

    Apr 16 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Zach Eflin
  • Josh Hader Gets Rocked In Monday's Outing

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    Houston Astros closer Josh Hader turned in a poor outing in a non-save situation in Monday's 6-1 loss to the Braves. Hader came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning down 2-1. He allowed a leadoff walk, allowed the runner to advance on a wild pitch, gave up four consecutive singles scoring two, got an out on a strikeout, and was replaced by Brandon Bielak. The 30-year-old lefty signed a hefty five-year, $95 million deal this off-season. However, he is 0-2 and has converted one of two save opportunities with a bloated 9.39 ERA in 7 2/3 innings pitched. The season is early and Hader has been historically excellent, so fantasy managers should not worry just yet.

    Apr 16 · Source via Closers Houston Astros Josh Hader Brandon Bielak
  • Josh Lowe To Begin Rehab Assignment Thursday

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    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Josh Lowe (oblique) is set to start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Thursday, manager Kevin Cash said on Monday. Cash said of his rehab assignment length, "It's kind of all just how he feels", suggesting the 26-year-old may not need much time. Lowe only took three Grapefruit League at-bats during the spring before suffering an oblique injury, so it is encouraging to see him progressing well. Fantasy managers should keep an eye out for progress updates.

    Apr 16 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Josh Lowe
  • Tommy Pham Signs Minor-League Deal With White Sox

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    Free-agent outfielder Tommy Pham officially signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago White Sox on Monday. He'll make $3 million in the majors with $1.5 million in incentives and must be added to the big-league roster by April 25 or he can request his release. Pham will also receive $500,000 if he's traded. The 36-year-old veteran instantly becomes one of the team's better position players with both Luis Robert Jr. (hip) and Yoan Moncada (groin) out with injuries, but it remains to be seen how quickly Pham can get up to speed to join the White Sox in what should be a pretty regular outfield role. At the very least, he's worth a pickup in AL-only leagues, although Pham won't have chances to drive in runs for a bad White Sox team. He hit .256/.328/.446 with 16 homers, 68 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 129 regular-season games with the Mets and Diamondbacks in 2023.

    Apr 15 · Source via Chicago White Sox Tommy Pham
  • Dodgers To Recall Ricky Vanasco, Landon Knack For MLB Debuts

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    The Dodgers are planning to recall right-handers Ricky Vanasco and Landon Knack from Triple-A Oklahoma City this week, reports Fabian Ardaya of the Athletic. Should either pitcher get into a game, they'd be making their respective major league debuts. Knack and Vanasco are both on the 40-man roster, so the Dodgers would only need to make corresponding...

    Apr 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Landon Knack Ricky Vanasco
  • Kyle Freeland Injured Running The Bases Monday

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    Colorado Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland (shoulder) suffered an apparent right-shoulder injury in Monday's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies when he collided with relief pitcher Jeff Hoffman on a wild pitch when he was called out sliding into home plate. Freeland looked to be in a lot of pain, but we'll pass along word when we have more condition on the severity of the injury to his right, non-throwing shoulder. The 30-year-old southpaw was forced to run in this game with the Rockies having a short-handed bench to begin the week due to injuries and illnesses. On top of his injury, Freeland has been dreadful on the mound so far this year, going 0-3 with a 13.21 ERA (6.31 FIP) and 2.55 WHIP with eight walks and nine strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings in his four starts. He leads the league in hits allowed (32) and earned runs (23).

    Apr 15 · Source via Colorado Rockies Kyle Freeland
  • Kirby Yates Earns Save Monday, Could Be Rangers' New Closer

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    Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said that the team will still keep things open in the closer role, but with the way right-hander Kirby Yates is throwing the ball right now, "we kind of like where it's at." In the 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday, Yates tossed a perfect inning with no hits allowed, no walks and no strikeouts to pick up his first save of the season. The 37-year-old veteran hasn't allowed a run yet in 2024 in six relief appearances while walking one and striking out five in six innings of work. Meanwhile, Jose Leclerc has surrendered eight earned runs on seven hits (one homer) while walking seven and fanning six in six innings. Nothing is official yet, but fantasy managers that are chasing saves should run to the waiver wire to pick up Yates right away.

    Apr 15 · Source via Closers Texas Rangers Kirby Yates
  • Max Scherzer Eyeing "Early May" Return

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    Texas Rangers right-hander Max Scherzer (back) could now be ready in early May despite initial evaluations placing his likely return around June or July, and his first minor-league rehab start could potentially come as early as next week. Scherzer threw 25 pitches of live batting practice at Comerica Park on Monday and said the next step is throwing 40 pitches on Friday. The 39-year-old future Hall of Famer had surgery to fix a herniated disc in his back on Dec. 15. General manager Chris Young said Scherzer attempted several "conservative treatments in pain management," including an epidural, but the pain never went away, which is why he had offseason surgery. Scherzer probably isn't going to be a fantasy ace any more, but he's still plenty capable of delivering a dominant outing every now and then if he can remain healthy after he returns from his back injury.

    Apr 15 · Source via Texas Rangers Max Scherzer
  • Matt Carpenter Progresses To Swinging

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    St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter (oblique) is currently traveling with the team during their three-game series against the Oakland Athletics, and he took infield practice in Arizona this past weekend. Carpenter was put on the 10-day injured list due to a strained right oblique ahead of April 4's game against the Miami Marlins, and it would appear that a return in late April could be in the cards. After signing a two-year deal this past offseason with the team that drafted him, the 38-year-old former All-Star made St. Louis' Opening Day roster following a strong spring that saw him hit .346 (9-for-26) with five doubles, one home run, and five RBI in 13 outings. He figures to serve as the Cards' primary designated hitter against right-handed pitching upon his eventual return, but there's no clear-cut fantasy beneficiary of his absence at this time.

    Apr 15 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter
  • Marlins Select Jhonny Pereda

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    The Marlins announced they've selected catcher Jhonny Pereda onto the major league roster. He fills in for Christian Bethancourt, who is headed to the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 14, as he battles a viral illness. Miami already has an opening on the 40-man roster after designating Matt Andriese for assignment over the weekend. It's...

    Apr 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Miami Marlins Jhonny Pereda
  • J.D. Davis Hits Injured List, Esteury Ruiz Recalled

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    Oakland Athletics infielder J.D. Davis (groin) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday, and outfielder Esteury Ruiz was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move. Davis exited Sunday's 7-6 win over the Washington Nationals due to a strained right groin, and he'll need to spend some time on the shelf. The 30-year-old was operating as Oakland's primary third baseman, but he's batting just .196 (10-for-51) with two solo home runs over 14 games this year. The speedy Ruiz is available off the bench for the A's on Monday and could eventually reclaim his spot as the club's everyday center fielder after a spell in the minor leagues. The 25-year-old contact hitter slashed .326/.423/.581 with three homers, eight RBI, and seven stolen bases across 51 plate appearances in the minors, and he led the American League with 67 swipes a year ago. Ruiz should be added in fantasy for steals where available.

    Apr 15 · Source via Oakland Athletics J.D. Davis Esteury Ruiz
  • Padres Sign Donovan Solano To Minor League Deal

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    The Padres have signed veteran infielder Donovan Solano to a minor league deal, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Solano will report to the club's Arizona facilities for now but will presumably move to a higher affiliate after getting in a delayed Spring Training of sorts. Solano, 36, has somewhat quietly been a...

    Apr 15 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Donovan Solano
  • Max Kepler Could Begin Rehab Assignment Soon

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    The plan is for Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (knee) to run the bases at Target Field on Tuesday or Wednesday, and a rehab assignment could come shortly thereafter. Kepler was placed on the injured list last Tuesday with a right knee contusion he sustained on Opening Day, as he was still experiencing soreness after trying to play through the issue following a few days of rest. If all goes well in his recovery, the 31-year-old righty masher should be able to return to the banged-up Twins before the end of April. Not only did Kepler struggle during the spring, but he also went just 1-for-20 to begin the regular season before going down and doesn't need to be stashed in most fantasy leagues. More at-bats will remain available to Matt Wallner, Manuel Margot, and Austin Martin in Minnesota's outfield in the interim, but none of which are worth rostering in the majority of settings at this time.

    Apr 15 · Source via Minnesota Twins Max Kepler
  • Sean Murphy Playing Catch

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    Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy (oblique) has started to play catch and complete some conditioning drills. While he still may be at least a week away from being cleared to begin swinging a bat, it's a good sign that Murphy is progressing in his recovery from a Grade 1 left oblique strain that he suffered in March 29's game against the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies. Fantasy managers should not expect the 29-year-old All-Star backstop to be available to the Braves until late April at the earliest, though. Veteran Travis d'Arnaud is filling in as Atlanta's primary catcher in the meantime, but he's slashing only .222/.263/.333 with four doubles, four RBI, and four runs scored in 36 at-bats to begin the season and isn't doing enough right now to warrant rostership outside of deep two-catcher fantasy leagues.

    Apr 15 · Source via Atlanta Braves Travis d'Arnaud Sean Murphy
  • DJ LeMahieu Could Begin Rehab Assignment Thursday

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    New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (foot) is with the team on their current road trip in a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Manager Aaron Boone is encouraged by the veteran infielder's progress as he recovers from a non-displaced fracture of his right foot, and he said it's "very possible" LeMahieu will go on a rehab assignment when the club returns home on Thursday. With the Yankees struggling to find a consistent answer in the leadoff spot, the 35-year-old hitting machine will be an option for that role when he returns after hitting .273 (60-for-220) with eight home runs, nine doubles, 27 runs scored, and 36 walks in 60 games post-All-Star break last year. He has a chance to return before the end of April. The switch-hitting Oswaldo Cabrera is hitting .289 with an .888 OPS, three homers, and 11 RBI in his first 12 games of the campaign and remains worth rostering in all fantasy leagues while he's running hot.

    Apr 15 · Source via New York Yankees Oswaldo Cabrera DJ LeMahieu
  • White Sox To Select Jonathan Cannon

    The White Sox will promote right-hander Jonathan Cannon from Triple-A Charlotte to start Tuesday's game, tweets Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. He's not on the 40-man roster, so they'll need to formally select his contract and make a corresponding transaction to open a 40-man spot. It'll be the big league debut for the...

    Apr 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago White Sox Jonathan Cannon
  • Matthew Liberatore Rejoining Cardinals Monday

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    St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Matthew Liberatore (illness) was unavailable for this past weekend's three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks because of an illness, but manager Oliver Marmol said that the hurler will rejoin the team on Monday for the start of the three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. Having not pitched since last Tuesday, it sounds like Liberatore is feeling better and should be available out of the bullpen on Monday. The 24-year-old southpaw was the top pitching prospect in St. Louis' farm system not long ago, and while he's settling in as a key bullpen piece for the Cards, it's a far cry from the expectations he once garnered. Liberatore owns a solid 3.52 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with five strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings primarily working as a middle-reliever this year, which is a role that doesn't lend itself to very much fantasy appeal at the moment.

    Apr 15 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Matthew Liberatore
  • Dodgers Planning To Call Up Landon Knack?

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    The Athletic's Fabian Ardaya is hearing that the Los Angeles Dodgers are planning on calling up pitching prospect Landon Knack to pitch this week, according to sources. Knack would be making his major-league debut if he gets into a game. Ardaya also thinks Kyle Hurt would be a possibility as the Dodgers look for length from their pitching staff this week. According to MLB Pipeline, Knack is the club's No. 13 prospect, while Hurt is their No. 6 prospect. The 26-year-old Knack could make the start on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals, as the Dodgers have yet to name a starter for that game. In three starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City so far this year, Knack has posted a 4.02 ERA with four walks and 16 K's in 15 2/3 innings. He'll be a poor choice as a streamer if he makes a spot start for LA this week.

    Apr 15 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Landon Knack
  • Jason Heyward Still Dealing With Back Soreness

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    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that outfielder Jason Heyward (back) is still dealing with residual soreness in his back. There is no timetable for his return, but Heyward would have to go on a minor-league rehab assignment before being activated from the 10-day injured list because he's already missed two weeks. Until the 34-year-old veteran left-handed swinger is able to return to the big-league roster, Teoscar Hernandez should continue to regularly play right field, with Chris Taylor also seeing additional playing time for the Blue in the outfield. Heyward should play regularly against right-handed pitching when he's healthy again. The former first-rounder in 2007 by the Atlanta Braves had gone 3-for-14 with two RBI in four games this year before landing on the IL.

    Apr 15 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Jason Heyward
  • Walker Buehler Could Return Next Week

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    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that if right-hander Walker Buehler's (elbow) minor-league rehab start goes well on Thursday night and he gets to 80 to 90 pitches, he will be a strong candidate to return to the starting rotation next week. Buehler is getting very close to making his 2024 debut after missing all of the 2023 campaign due to Tommy John surgery that he underwent in August of 2022. It would be unfair to expect the 29-year-old to immediately return to his pre-surgery levels, but it doesn't mean he shouldn't be rostered in all fantasy formats. Before having elbow surgery, Buehler was a fantasy ace when he was on. Pick him up off your league's waiver wire immediately if he's somehow available.

    Apr 15 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Walker Buehler
  • Paul Sewald To Throw Another Bullpen On Tuesday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks closer Paul Sewald (oblique) will throw his second bullpen session of his recovery process on Tuesday. In his first bullpen session on Saturday, Sewald threw 18 pitches after initially landing on the injured list with a Grade 2 left-oblique strain. The 33-year-old could be getting close to going on a minor-league rehab assignment, but oblique injuries for pitchers can be hard to predict. Until Sewald is able to return to Arizona's bullpen, he should remain stashed in an IL spot in all fantasy leagues. Kevin Ginkel has served as the Snakes' fill-in closer since Sewald landed on the IL, with Ryan Thompson and Kyle Nelson setting him up in the late innings. Sewald had a career-high 34 combined saves in 2023 with the D-backs and the Seattle Mariners.

    Apr 15 · Source via Closers Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Sewald
  • Tommy Edman, Dylan Carlson Starting To Swing The Bat

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    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tommy Edman (wrist) will start taking dry swings on Monday and will hit off a tee on Tuesday. Meanwhile, outfielder Dylan Carlson (shoulder) will hit off a tee on Monday and will progress to soft toss this week. Edman is probably further from making his 2024 debut than Carlson after recovering from offseason surgery on his right wrist. When healthy, the 28-year-old will be St. Louis' starting center fielder after slashing .248/.307/.399 with a career-high-tying 13 home runs, 47 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 137 games played. Edman should be rostered in most fantasy baseball leagues despite his late start to the season. Carlson was shut down for two weeks after receiving a cortisone injection for an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder. The 25-year-old could have been playing every day if he was healthy, but when he returns, he might merely be the team's fourth outfielder.

    Apr 15 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Dylan Carlson Tommy Edman
  • Tigers Claim Ty Adcock From Mariners

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    The Tigers have claimed right-hander Ty Adcock off waivers from the Mariners, per announcements from both clubs. The Tigers had an open 40-man roster spot and won't need to make a corresponding move. The righty has been optioned to Triple-A Toledo. Adcock, 27, was drafted by the Mariners in 2019 but hasn't been able to...

    Apr 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Seattle Mariners Detroit Tigers Ty Adcock
  • Justin Verlander Could Make Season Debut This Weekend

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    Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, and if all goes well, he will return to the team's starting rotation this weekend to face the Washington Nationals in his 2024 debut, according to manager Joe Espada. Verlander said he feels ready despite giving up five earned runs on seven hits while walking a batter in four innings (77 pitches) in a minor-league rehab start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday. The Astros could really use the 41-year-old three-time Cy Young winner back in their banged-up rotation, and a start this weekend against the Nats would be a plus matchup for fantasy managers in Verlander's first start of the year. Don't expect ace-like numbers from Verlander at his age, but he still has the potential to be a strong No. 3 if he can stay healthy.

    Apr 15 · Source via Houston Astros Justin Verlander
  • Salvador Perez Has Grade 1 Groin Strain

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    An MRI exam on Monday morning revealed that Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (groin) has a Grade 1 groin strain. Perez said he's pain-free and just has a little tightness/pinch after getting hurt on Sunday against the New York Mets. The veteran backstop was held out of the lineup on Monday versus the Chicago White Sox but is hoping to return to action on Tuesday. He went straight to manager Matt Quatraro's office on Monday and lobbied to play, but Freddy Fermin is doing the catching and is batting eighth against White Sox rookie righty Nick Nastrini. The 33-year-old Perez shouldn't need a trip to the injured list, and fantasy managers should check back on Tuesday to see if he's back in the starting lineup. Perez is off to a great start in 2024, batting .339 (21-for-62) with four home runs, two doubles and 15 RBI in just 16 games.

    Apr 15 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Nationals Reinstate Nick Senzel From Injured List

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    The Washington Nationals reinstated third baseman Nick Senzel (thumb) from the 10-day injured list on Monday and optioned infielder Trey Lipscomb to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move. Senzel will be making his season debut at third base while hitting sixth on Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and right-hander Tyler Glasnow. The 28-year-old former first-rounder of the Cincinnati Reds fractured his right thumb while fielding ground balls before Opening Day and was forced to the IL. Senzel has been a bust so far in his career, mainly due to injuries, but he has an opportunity to play regularly in D.C. in 2024 if he's able to stay healthy. Lipscomb, 23, went 11-for-49 (.224) with a homer, four RBI and four steals in his first 14 big-league games to begin the year while helping to fill in for Senzel at the hot corner.

    Apr 15 · Source via Washington Nationals Nick Senzel
  • Dodgers Shut Emmet Sheehan Down; Walker Buehler Could Return Soon

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    Dodgers right-hander Emmet Sheehan hasn't pitched this season while rehabbing from a forearm injury. He'd recently resumed throwing to live hitters, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters last night that the 24-year-old righty has been shut back down because his arm "hasn't been responding" the way Dodgers medical personnel hoped (link via Fabian Ardaya of...

    Apr 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Dodgers Walker Buehler Emmet Sheehan
  • Keibert Ruiz Goes On 10-Day Injured List

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    The Washington Nationals placed catcher Keibert Ruiz (illness) on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 12) with the flu on Monday and recalled catcher Drew Millas from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move. The team also recalled left-hander Mitchell Parker from Rochester. Ruiz has been under the weather of late and hasn't appeared in a game since April 8. It's tough for a player to go on the IL due to an illness, but the 25-year-old backstop should be able to return when he's eligible. In addition to his illness, Ruiz has been cold at the plate in the early going, picking up six hits in his first 31 at-bats, including a homer, three RBI and five strikeouts. For as long as Ruiz is on the shelf, Riley Adams will operate as Washington's primary catcher, with Millas backing him up.

    Apr 15 · Source via Washington Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • Christian Bethancourt Lands On Injured List

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    Miami Marlins catcher Christian Bethancourt (illness) has been placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday. It appears Bethancourt is dealing with some sort of illness and he'll be sidelined for at least a week or so. In a corresponding move, the Marlins have selected catcher Jhonny Pereda from Triple-A Jacksonville. He figures to split up the playing time behind the plate with Nick Fortes while Bethancourt is sidelined.

    Apr 15 · Source via Miami Marlins Christian Bethancourt
  • Jonathan Cannon Named As Tuesday's Starter

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jonathan Cannon has been named as the starter ahead of Tuesday's game against the Kansas City Royals. The right-hander will be called up after striking out 11 batters over 9 2/3 innings in Triple-A Charlotte this season. He clearly has swing-and-miss stuff, but we'll see how it translates at the big league level. Fantasy managers in deep leagues might want to consider Cannon, but he'll be a bit of a risky choice.

    Apr 15 · Source via Chicago White Sox Jonathan Cannon
  • Jhoan Duran To Throw On Tuesday

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    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Jhoan Duran (oblique) is set to throw a bullpen session ahead of Tuesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. The right-hander continues to work his way back from an oblique strain that has sidelined him since the start of the season. The 26-year-old could progress to facing live hitters if Tuesday's session goes well. The hope is that Duran can be back on the mound for the Twins by the start of May. In the meantime, the Twins are likely to continue using a committee approach in the ninth inning. Out of everyone, Griffin Jax appears to be the favorite to get saves while Duran is out.

    Apr 15 · Source via Closers Minnesota Twins Jhoan Duran Griffin Jax
  • Christian Yelich Sitting Out On Monday

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    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (back) remains out of the starting lineup ahead of Monday's game against the San Diego Padres. The veteran outfielder has been sidelined since being forced to exit early on Friday due to back discomfort. For the moment Yelich is considered as day-to-day, but fantasy managers shouldn't be shocked if Yelich ends up on the injured list. Sal Frelick will bat third and cover left field during Monday's game.

    Apr 15 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Sal Frelick Christian Yelich
  • Brendan Rodgers Scratched On Monday

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    Colorado Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers (illness) has been scratched from the starting lineup ahead of Monday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies due to an illness. For now, fantasy managers should consider Rodgers to be day-to-day and check back on Tuesday to see if he's feeling good enough to return to action. In the meantime, Alan Trejo will cover second base and bat seventh versus right-hander Aaron Nola. The 27-year-old Rodgers has continued his struggles in 2024, going 12-for-57 (.211) with no home runs, three RBI, two walks and 14 K's in his first 16 games.

    Apr 15 · Source via Colorado Rockies Brendan Rodgers Alan Trejo
  • Seiya Suzuki Placed On Injured List

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    Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki (oblique) has been placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday. This is a tough blow to both fantasy managers and the Cubs roster. Suzuki was hitting .305 with an .893 OPS along with three homers and 13 RBI over the first 15 games of the season. Barring any setbacks, Suzuki could be back on the Cubs roster by the end of April. In a corresponding move, outfielder Alexander Canario has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa. He's one of the better hitting prospects in Chicago and should get a fair amount of playing time with Suzuki sidelined.

    Apr 15 · Source via Chicago Cubs Seiya Suzuki
  • Gerrit Cole Expected To Throw On Tuesday

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    New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (elbow) didn't throw at all on Monday, according to manager Aaron Boone. The right-hander continues to slowly work his way back up from an elbow injury that has sidelined him since the beginning of the season. It sounds like the plan is to have Cole rest on Monday before throwing again on Tuesday. He's expected to throw up to 75 feet during his Tuesday session. Fantasy managers will continue to need to be patient with Cole. He likely won't be back in the Yankees rotation until the end of May.

    Apr 15 · Source via New York Yankees Gerrit Cole
  • Francisco Lindor’s Slow Start Is Not Abnormal

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    Apr 15 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Mets Francisco Lindor
  • Mariners, Luke Barker Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Mariners agreed to a minor league contract with right-handed reliever Luke Barker, Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports. The Gaeta Sports client will head to Triple-A Tacoma. Barker, 32, made three appearances for the Brewers in 2022 -- his lone MLB experience to date. The right-hander was undrafted out of Division-II Chico State University in...

    Apr 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Seattle Mariners Luke Barker
  • Brent Rooker Could Return When Eligible

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    Oakland Athletics outfielder Brent Rooker (abdomen), whose injured-list placement is retroactive to April 8, has started total-body workouts and will begin taking some dry swings in the next few days. Manager Mark Kotsay is hoping that Rooker can return to the team when he's eligible to come off the IL on April 17. The 29-year-old left last Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers with an injury to his costochondral cartilage and he was put on the IL last Thursday. It sounds like it could be a short stay for the outfielder, though. After making his first All-Star team in 2023, Rooker started off the 2024 season by going just 6-for-30 (.200) with two home runs, five RBI and 16 strikeouts in his first eight games before getting hurt.

    Apr 15 · Source via Oakland Athletics Brent Rooker
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