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  • Emerson Hancock Puts Together Impressive Start

    Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Emerson Hancock put together an impressive performance for Double-A Arkansas on Tuesday evening. The first-round pick of 2020 went six innings and allowed four hits, one walk, no runs and struck out seven. Hancock, 24, has battled injuries since being drafted sixth overall a few years back and that has stalled his development. With him fully healthy so far in 2023, Hancock has put together a better season than his 5.44 ERA would suggest over 11 starts. Much is because he has allowed 30 runs on the season, but 23 of those runs have come across three dreadful starts. Provided that he remains healthy, Hancock should take a jump to Triple-A this season and if that goes well, the right-hander may get a shot with the big-league club this summer. He's worth monitoring in redraft leagues with his biggest value being in dynasty leagues.

    Jun 7 · Source via Prospects Seattle Mariners Emerson Hancock
  • Ethan Salas Hits First Professional Home Run

    San Diego Padres catcher prospect Ethan Salas went 1-for-5 with his first professional home run for Single-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday. Salas, 17, has been a big name in prospect circles over the past few months and the Padres decided to let him skip Rookie Ball when they placed in him Single-A last week. By far the youngest player at his level, Salas has held his own in the early goings with six hits and a stolen base to go along with his home run on Tuesday in his first 20 at-bats. The Padres are very high on Salas and that is evident of the fact that he spent time with the big-league club in Spring Training. The young Venezuelan has already shown strong defensive skills and projects to be a rare five-tool backstop in the future. Despite the excitement, Salas is still far away from the big leagues, but managers in dynasty leagues should take a serious look at the youthful catcher of the future for the Padres.

    Jun 7 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Ethan Salas
  • Jackson Chourio Swipes Two Bags

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jackson Chourio went 2-for-5 with a double and pair of stolen bases for Double-A Biloxi on Tuesday. The 19-year-old is one of the youngest players at his level, but has held his own thus far with a .256 batting average to go along with eight homers, 33 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Although it's unlikely that he will be promoted in 2023, he remains one of the top prospects in all of baseball with his ability to provide value across the board. Managers in dynasty leagues should already be rostering the young talent, but those in redraft leagues can ignore for now. If the Brewers were to shock the world and promote him, he should be treated as an immediate add with his immense potential and ability to help in multiple categories.

    Jun 7 · Source via Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Jackson Chourio
  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand Blasts 15th Homer

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    Cincinnati Reds first base prospect Christian Encarnacion-Strand remained hot on Tuesday with a 3-for-4 performance that saw him hit his 15th homer of the season for Triple-A Louisville. He also doubled, walked and scored twice. The slugger continues to impress on the farm and is hitting .352 with a ridiculous 1.124 OPS. Between an impressive spring that has translated into a red-hot season in Triple-A, Encarnacion-Strand has proven that he is ready to take on the next step of his career at the big-league level. First baseman Spencer Steer has held his own at the big-league level for the Reds, but with their recent promotions of pitching prospect Andrew Abbott and shortstop Elly De La Cruz, Encarnacion-Strand figures to be next in line for a promotion. Although Steer could take time away at first base, the slugger should still be able to make an impact, possibly at designated hitter. Managers in redraft leagues should stash the big power bat as managers in all formats await his promotion.

    Jun 7 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Christian Encarnacion-Strand
  • Jacob deGrom To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

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    Rangers right-hander Jacob deGrom will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Grant clarifies in a second tweet that the full extent of the surgery will be determined once the surgery begins. That leaves open the possibility of the internal brace…

    Jun 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Texas Rangers Jacob deGrom
  • Yankees To Place Aaron Judge On Injured List

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    The Yankees are placing defending AL MVP Aaron Judge on the 10-day injured list, manager Aaron Boone told the team’s beat after tonight’s loss to the White Sox (relayed by Erik Boland of Newsday and Brendan Kuty of the Athletic). Judge has a bruise and ligament sprain in his injured right big toe. Judge suffered the…

    Jun 7 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Yankees Aaron Judge
  • Blue Jays Option Alek Manoah

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    The Blue Jays announced a series of roster moves today, the most notable of which is that right-hander Alek Manoah has been optioned to the Florida Complex League. The club also optioned right-hander Jay Jackson and infielder Ernie Clement. To fill those three roster spots, righty Chris Bassitt has been reinstated from the paternity list,…

    Jun 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Toronto Blue Jays Alek Manoah
  • Tigers' Freddy Pacheco Undergoes Elbow Surgery

    The Tigers announced this afternoon that right-hander Freddy Pacheco had a UCL procedure yesterday. While the club didn’t provide further specifics, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free-Press writes that he underwent Tommy John surgery. It’s a brutal development for a pitcher trying to establish himself at the major league level. Pacheco, 25, has yet to make his…

    Jun 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Detroit Tigers Freddy Pacheco
  • Logan Gilbert Shuts Down San Diego For Fourth Victory

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    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Logan Gilbert earned the win on Tuesday when he allowed one run on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts over seven innings in a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres. This was an excellent bounce-back start from the 26-year-old who was blasted for seven runs in his last start against the Yankees at home. While the Padres lineup may not be playing up to its potential, it's still an intimidating one. Gilbert did not back down on Tuesday, throwing 61 of his 97 pitches for strikes, including 14 swinging strikes. Fernando Tatis Jr. was the only blemish on his line tonight as he drove in Rougned Odor with an RBI groundout in the third inning. The solid effort by Gilbert lowers his season ERA to go along with a 0.96 WHIP and 79:13 K/BB ratio over 12 starts (71 innings). He'll look to add another win to his 4-3 record when he faces the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim on Sunday.

    Jun 7 · Source via Seattle Mariners Logan Gilbert
  • Paul Sewald Picks Up 12th Save Of The Season

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    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Paul Sewald earned the save on Tuesday when he allowed a single and a walk to go along with a strikeout over a scoreless ninth inning in a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres. Per usual, whenever he has a decent lead, Sewald pounded the strike zone when he came out for the ninth inning. It got a little dicey off the bat, though, as he allowed a single to Juan Soto and then walked Gary Sanchez after striking out Manny Machado. The drama subsided soon afterward as he punched out Jake Cronenworth and then induced a Brandon Dixon ground ball to end the game. It's worth noting that Andres Munoz returned to the Seattle bullpen tonight and worked a scoreless eighth inning before handing it over to Sewald. Munoz may snipe the occasional save from Sewald but his presence should help the veteran closer overall. For the season, the 33-year-old reliever owns a solid 2.84 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 35:8 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 innings to go along with 12 saves.

    Jun 7 · Source via Closers Seattle Mariners Paul Sewald
  • Andres Munoz Secures A Hold On Tuesday

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    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Andres Munoz picked up a hold on Tuesday when he allowed no hits and struck out two over a scoreless eighth inning in a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres. Appearing in his first game since April 7 due to a shoulder strain and facing his former club, the Padres, Munoz looked sharp. As expected, he was immediately thrown into a high-leverage situation when he entered in the bottom of the eighth inning with the M's clinging to a 4-1 lead. He got Matt Carpenter to fly out then struck out Ha-Seong Kim and Fernando Tatis Jr. to end the inning. He hit 100 mph with his fastball on the final pitch to Tatis Jr. Munoz should get the occasional save opportunity for Seattle but for now, he'll serve as the setup man for closer Paul Sewald, who earned the save on Tuesday. Munoz owns a 0.00 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 5:1 K/BB ratio over 4 1/3 innings of relief on the year.

    Jun 7 · Source via Closers Seattle Mariners Andres Munoz Paul Sewald
  • Teoscar Hernandez Swats A Home Run On Tuesday

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    Seattle Mariners outfielder Teoscar Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI, and a strikeout in a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Hernandez broke up a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth inning when he muscled a Brent Honeywell offering over the wall in center field. The 30-year-old slugger would then add to Seattle's lead in the top of the eighth inning when he singled in Ty France. It's been an up-and-down season so far for Teo but he's collected nine hits over the last seven games and seems to be heading in the right direction. For the season, he's slashing .246/.283/.422 with 10 home runs, 32 RBI, and three stolen bases over 232 at-bats.

    Jun 7 · Source via Seattle Mariners Teoscar Hernandez
  • Julio Rodriguez Blasts 11th Long Ball Of The Season

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    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout in a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. J-Rod helped put the M's on the board in the top of the third inning when he singled with two outs to keep the inning alive. Ty France would knock in J.P. Crawford in the next at-bat to give Seattle their first run. He then added to Seattle's slim lead in the top of the eighth inning when he took relief pitcher Steven Wilson deep to the upper deck in left field with a 436-foot home run. Rodriguez has been hot over his last 15 contests, batting .349 with a .962 OPS and four home runs. For the season, the dynamic 22-year-old is slashing just .246/.304/.442 but does have 11 home runs, 33 RBI, and 12 stolen bases over 240 at-bats.

    Jun 7 · Source via Seattle Mariners Julio Rodriguez
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Reaches Once In Win

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout in a 6-4 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday. The 25-year-old had a rather quiet night at the dish, only picking up one hit and failing to score a run. However, he did extend his modest hitting streak to five games and has now reached safely in 8-of-10 contests. Acuna Jr. has been nothing short of amazing through the first 1/3 of the season and should continue to do so. He's slashing a sterling .329/.404/.558 to go along with 12 home runs, 32 RBI, and 26 steals over 240 at-bats in the season.

    Jun 7 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Nationals' Victor Arano To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

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    Nationals reliever Víctor Arano will require shoulder surgery later this month, the team informed reporters (including Andrew Golden of the Washington Post). The club didn’t provide specifics on a timetable, though it seems likely to cost him most or all of the season. Arano hasn’t thrown a major league pitch since September 1, 2022. The Nats…

    Jun 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Victor Arano
  • Matt Beaty Elects Free Agency

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    Corner infielder/outfielder Matt Beaty has elected minor league free agency after being outrighted by the Giants, tweets Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. He’ll look for other opportunities after being designated for assignment last week. Beaty had a fairly brief tenure as a Giant. Acquired from the Royals on Opening Day, the left-handed hitter stepped…

    Jun 7 · MLB Trade Rumors San Francisco Giants Matt Beaty
  • Carlos Correa Doubles, Strikes Out Thrice In Return To Lineup

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    Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa (heel) was able to make it back into the lineup on Tuesday versus the Tampa Bay Rays. He went 1-for-4 with a double, which broke up Zach Eflin's early no-hit bid in the fourth inning, and three strikeouts in his return. The 28-year-old was out of action for the last three games as he continues to manage the plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Correa has been a massive fantasy disappointment, hitting just .208/.298/.375 with 6 homers and 24 RBI over 192 at-bats this season. It's fair to wonder if Minnesota would better suited sending their $200 million slugger to the injured list for a spell to mend his balky foot a bit. Correa may have to deal with the issue all season, regardless, and it seems the Twins will continue to take a day-to-day approach with the two-time All-Star.

    Jun 7 · Source via Minnesota Twins Carlos Correa
  • Justin Crawford Enjoys Productive Stretch At The Plate

    Philadelphia Phillies outfield prospect Justin Crawford, a Bishop Gorman product, became a first-round pick mere months after he turned 18 years old last year. The son of Carl Crawford dominated the prep circuit and has wasted no time making his presence felt within the Philadelphia organization. Crawford is an incredibly well-rounded athlete with enough high-level speed to steal an awful lot of bases at the MLB level. Between his speed, strong arm, high baseball IQ, and quick reflexes as soon as the ball is put in play, Crawford should have no trouble playing center field deep into his career. Beyond being a great fielder, he's equally impressive at the plate, showing an advanced ability to put the ball in play, then use his wheels to leg out extra bases. If there's one tool he lacks, it's power, but the Phillies reportedly like what they've seen from him in that regard as he gains weight and strength. The 19-year-old played in just four games last week but made a very big impact. He went 10-for-17, tallying two doubles and two triples along the way. Although he didn't draw any walks, he did limit his strikeouts to two, all while stealing four bases. The young outfielder truly can do it all and has the potential to be a potent fantasy option in the future.

    Jun 6 · Source via Prospects Philadelphia Phillies Justin Crawford
  • Drew Thorpe Bounces Back Sunday

    New York Yankees pitching prospect Drew Thorpe, a Cal Poly product, was a second-round pick in the 2022 MLB Draft. He delivered fantastic results in his final season of Division I action and was considered a great pick for the Yankees at the time of his selection. Less than 12 months later, New York still loves what it has seen out of the right-hander and might just view him as the top pitching prospect in its farm system. In addition to a fine low-90s fastball, Thorpe boasts a fading changeup and active slider. Both of these offerings complement the heater nicely, and Thorpe has done a great job harnessing them to miss bats. In general, he has displayed fantastic command, allowing him to strike out batters, limit walks, and, perhaps most importantly, pitch deep into games. After allowing four runs in his final outing of May, Thorpe bounced back in a big way this past week. He faced Aberdeen on Sunday, allowing just one hit and two walks over eight dominant, shutout innings. He also struck out seven batters along the way and earned the win.

    Jun 6 · Source via Prospects New York Yankees Drew Thorpe
  • Jace Jung Has Great Week At The Plate

    Detroit Tigers minor league second baseman Jace Jung, 22, found his way to the club with the 12th pick in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft. The Texas Tech product produced enough in college to hear his name called alongside some of the best up-and-coming prospects in baseball. Jung is already viewed as the Tigers' top prospect thanks to an impressive blend of tools. In the field, he's a fine fielder but lacks the arm and range needed to play the left side of the infield. He projects as a long-term second baseman and should perform around average or slightly above average at the position. Jung makes up for a lackluster defensive report with a very strong offensive makeup. He has an unorthodox batting stance but hasn't let it hinder his production, drawing walks at a solid clip and keeping his strikeout rate within reason. He hits the ball to all parts of the field and could even develop more power than your average second baseman. This past week, Jung went 13-for-23 (.565) with two homers and 10 RBI. He added three walks and six strikeouts along the way. Don't be surprised if Jung gets bumped up to Double-A in the next month or two.

    Jun 6 · Source via Prospects Detroit Tigers Jace Jung
  • Dodgers Sign Kole Calhoun, Mike Montgomery To Minor League Deals

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    The Dodgers have signed outfielder Kole Calhoun and left-hander Mike Montgomery to minor league contracts, according to an announcement from Triple-A communications director Alex Freedman (Twitter link). They’ll each join the organization’s highest affiliate in Oklahoma City. The Dodgers also assigned reliever Zack Burdi outright to OKC after he went unclaimed on waivers, per the transactions log at…

    Jun 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Dodgers Kole Calhoun Mike Montgomery
  • Yu-Min Lin Strikes Out 13 In Dominant Outing

    Arizona Diamondbacks pitching prospect Yu-Min Lin, now 19, signed with the club out of Taiwan in December 2021. He wasted no time transitioning to baseball in America, quickly emerging as one of the top prospects in Arizona's system. When facing batters, Lin sets the tone with a low-90s fastball. However, he really leaves his mark with his breaking and offspeed offerings. Lin's curveball has fantastic vertical bite, and the horizontal break on his slider is equally impressive. He also harnesses his changeup with ease, getting great fade and just enough arm-side movement to miss bats. If that wasn't enough, MLB Pipeline reports that he also deploys a "splitter and screwball-like pitch to keep hitters guessing." This past week, Lin had one of pro baseball's best outings in recent memory. He lasted five innings, striking out a whopping 13 batters. That would be impressive for a nine-inning game, but it's all the more impressive when you consider he faced just 17 batters and recorded 15 outs. His final stat line included just one walk, one hit, zero runs, and the no-decision. Lin has emerged as one of the best strikeout throwers in Minor League Baseball as a teenager. Just imagine the impact he could have in a few short years. Don't be surprised if the lanky left-hander is a hot fantasy commodity in the future.

    Jun 6 · Source via Prospects Arizona Diamondbacks Yu-Min Lin
  • Imanol Vargas Producing Solid Results

    Los Angeles Dodgers minor-league first baseman Imanol Vargas signed with the club out of Venezuela in 2017. He has slowly progressed through the minor leagues and could still be in Double-A when his 25th birthday comes around at the end of June. Although Vargas is primarily a first baseman, he has spent more than two dozen innings in right field this year, suggesting that the Dodgers are at least optimistic about his glovework and throwing arm. Offensively, Vargas has a tendency to get on base by drawing plenty of walks, but he needs to cut down on his high strikeout rate. He has also shown solid power, homering roughly once every five games and posting a decent .886 OPS this season. This past week, Vargas went 7-for-21 (.333) with three homers and 11 RBI. He also struck out 11 times during that span while drawing five walks over his last four games. It was an impressive week for the 24-year-old, and one that does a good job representing his offensive makeup that consists of power, walks, and too many strikeouts. He'll need to record fewer strike-threes before ascending to Triple-A and the majors.

    Jun 6 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Aaron Judge Hitting 10-Day Injured List With Injured Toe

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    New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (toe) is headed to the 10-day injured list with a contusion and a sprain in his right big toe, per skipper Aaron Boone. The 31-year-old made an admirable catch to rob J.D. Martinez of an extra-base hit on Saturday, but at the cost of crashing into the bullpen fence in right field at Dodger Stadium which caused the damage to his toe. Judge doesn't have a clear timetable for a return at this juncture, but fantasy managers will be relieved to hear there's no break or fracture. The 2022 AL MVP will be shelved for at least a week, though, and his AL-high 19 homers to along with an MLB-best .674 SLG and 1.078 OPS will be sorely missed by both the Yankees and fantasy managers alike for however long the superstar is sidelined.

    Jun 6 · Source via New York Yankees Aaron Judge
  • Twins Place Byron Buxton On IL With Rib Contusion

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    The Twins announced that designated hitter Byron Buxton has been placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to June 3, with a left rib contusion. Outfielder Trevor Larnach was reinstated from the IL in a corresponding move. Buxton, 29, has frequently had his health in the spotlight in his career. He’s one of the most…

    Jun 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Minnesota Twins Byron Buxton
  • Reds Outright Frank German

    The Reds have sent right-hander Frank German outright to Triple-A Louisville, per his transactions tracker at That indicates he cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week. German, 25, has bounced around the league quite a bit. Originally a fourth-round selection of the Yankees in 2018, he was flipped to the Red…

    Jun 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Franklin German
  • Lucas Giolito Finds Rhythm To Make Franchise History

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    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito hurled six no-hit innings versus the New York Yankees on Tuesday. The 28-year-old allowed three walks (two in the first frame), but worked around it for a superb outing as Chicago held on for an eventual 3-2 victory to get him his fifth win of the season. Giolito also tossed six no-hit frames back on April 18, standing alone as the only pitcher in White Sox history with multiple no-hit starts of at least six innings in a single year. The former All-Star is having a solid, yet unspectacular campaign overall, though, with a 3.75 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 76:24 K:BB in 74 1/3 innings. Giolito's next scheduled start comes on Sunday against the beatable Miami Marlins.

    Jun 6 · Source via Chicago White Sox Lucas Giolito
  • Cody Bellinger Will Need A Rehab Assignment

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    Chicago Cubs outfielder Cody Bellinger (knee) will need a rehab assignment before returning to the club, Jordan Bastian of reports, but nothing is scheduled yet. The former MVP hasn't played since May 15 after suffering a left knee injury during a play in center. Bellinger was enjoying a solid bounce back after two awful seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, slashing .271/.337/.493 with seven homers, 29 runs, 20 RBI, and nine steals over 37 games. Fantasy managers would love to have the 27-year-old back right now, but he might not be back until the end of June.

    Jun 6 · Source via Chicago Cubs Cody Bellinger
  • Justin Steele Playing Catch Daily

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    Chicago Cubs left-hander Justin Steele (forearm) is playing catch every day and progressing well, according to Jordan Bastian of Manager David Ross told reporters on Tuesday that his target date to return is June 17. Steele landed on the injured list after suffering forearm tightness during his last start on May 5. Before the ailment, the 27-year-old was a Cy Young candidate, pitching to a 2.65 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 21.4% strikeout rate over 68 innings with a 6-2 record. Fantasy managers will want Steele back as soon as possible, so this is great news.

    Jun 6 · Source via Chicago Cubs Justin Steele
  • Hunter Renfroe Sitting On Tuesday

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    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with Hayden Wesneski and the Chicago Cubs. The eight-year veteran is still slugging in his first season in L.A., batting .252 with 11 bombs, 32 runs, 30 RBI, and no steals over 58 games. Mickey Moniak will get an opportunity in right field and bat eighth. The former first-overall pick in 2016 is on fire right now, slashing .327/.340/.694 with four homers, nine runs, seven RBI, and a pair of steals across 14 contests since making his season debut on May 31. Moniak isn't in a starting role but has value in just about every league as a streaming option.

    Jun 6 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Hunter Renfroe
  • Padres Designate David Dahl For Assignment

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    The Padres announced today that left-hander Adrian Morejon has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A El Paso. To open a spot on the 40-man roster, outfielder David Dahl was designate for assignment. Dahl, 29, signed a minor league deal with the club and cracked the Opening Day roster. Unfortunately, he…

    Jun 6 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres David Dahl Adrian Morejon
  • Christopher Morel Not In Tuesday's Lineup

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    Chicago Cubs outfielder Christopher Morel is absent from the lineup for Tuesday's contest against Tyler Anderson and the Los Angeles Angels. The 23-year-old came on strong this year and is slashing .256/.318/.641 over 22 games, but hasn't recorded a hit since April 26 and is losing playing time. Instead, it will be catcher Miguel Amaya who takes his spot as the designated hitter, batting sixth. The rookie backstop is the Cubs top -14 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and he's hitting .316 with a .890 OPS across eight games since his promotion. Amaya can give fantasy managers some offensive production in deeper leagues after posting a career .246/.348/.390 slash line in the minors.

    Jun 6 · Source via Chicago Cubs Christopher Morel
  • Dodgers Select Nick Robertson

    The Dodgers have selected the contract of right-hander Nick Robertson from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned fellow righty Tayler Scott to Triple-A in a corresponding move, per a team announcement. It’ll be the big league debut for Robertson, a 24-year-old bullpen prospect, whenever he first takes the mound. The Dodgers already have an open 40-man…

    Jun 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Dodgers Nick Robertson
  • Anthony Rendon Activated From Injured List

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    The Los Angeles Angels activated third baseman Anthony Rendon (groin) from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday and optioned infielder Livan Soto to Double-A Rocket City in a corresponding move. Rendon has been out since May 15 due to a left-groin strain, but he's now back with the Halos and should be back at third base on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs and right-hander Hayden Wesneski. The 33-year-old didn't go on a minor-league rehab assignment, so he could be a little slow to get going again offensively. Although he had just one home run in 103 at-bats before his injury, Rendon had been playing better so far in 2023, hitting .301 (31-for-103) with four doubles, 20 RBI and two stolen bases. Fantasy managers should get him back into their lineups.

    Jun 6 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Anthony Rendon
  • Joc Pederson, Thairo Estrada Back From IL And Starting

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    The San Francisco Giants activated outfielder Joc Pederson (hand) and infielder Thairo Estrada (wrist) from the injured list on Tuesday, and both players are starting against right-hander Dinelson Lamet and the Colorado Rockies. Pederson is serving as the designated hitter and batting third, while Estrada is at the keystone and hitting in the two-hole. In corresponding moves, infielder Brett Wisely and outfielder Bryce Johnson were optioned to the minors. Pederson is returning for the first time since landing on the IL on May 15, and he's likely to continue playing only against right-handers. The 31-year-old is hitting .235 with five homers and 18 RBI this year. Estrada, meanwhile, will return to his starting role at the keystone. The 27-year-old has been great with a .301 average, six home runs, 17 RBI, 30 runs and 13 stolen bases in 193 at-bats.

    Jun 6 · Source via San Francisco Giants Thairo Estrada Joc Pederson
  • Andres Munoz Activated On Tuesday

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    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Andres Munoz (shoulder) has been activated from the 15-day injured list on Tuesday. The 24-year-old has been sidelined since early April due to a right shoulder strain. He only pitched in three contests before going down, but is healthy now and available for Tuesday's game against the San Diego Padres. Munoz should immediately resume his role as a high-leverage option out of the bullpen. His return should take some of the pressure off Paul Sewald. Munoz will probably see save chances, but probably won't be the primary closer in Seattle.

    Jun 6 · Source via Seattle Mariners Andres Munoz
  • Owen Miller Not In Tuesday's Lineup

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    Milwaukee Brewers infielder Owen Miller is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. This appears to be a routine rest day for Miller, which will likely be happening more frequently now. The Brewers have Luis Urias back in the fold and Willy Adames returning soon. That means, Miller is likely going to see his playing time decrease. He's slashing .317/.355/.469 with four homers, 17 RBI this season, so he's done enough to earn himself a spot on the roster. It'll be interesting to see how the Brewers decide to shake out their infield once everyone is healthy. Urias will cover second base, while Abraham Toro draws the start at third base versus righty Kyle Gibson on Tuesday.

    Jun 6 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Owen Miller
  • Byron Buxton Placed On Injured List

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    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (ribs) has been placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday. This doesn't come as a huge shock after Buxton missed the last three games due to a left rib contusion. The organization tried to avoid using the injured list, but ultimately Buxton needs time to rest and recover. In a corresponding move, outfielder Trevor Larnach has been activated from the injured list. He'll cover left field and bat fifth versus right-hander Zach Eflin on Tuesday. Fantasy managers should expect Larnach to be more involved with Buxton sidelined.

    Jun 6 · Source via Minnesota Twins Byron Buxton Trevor Larnach
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. To Miss Another Game

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    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (groin) is being held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game on Tuesday. The 29-year-old will miss Tuesday's contest versus the Washington Nationals due to tightness in his groin. He's expected to be available off the bench, which means this is probably a minor injury. Fantasy managers can be hopeful that Gurriel is back for Wednesday's contest. He's slashing .310/.359/.550 with nine homers, 35 RBI this season, so fantasy managers should be patient.

    Jun 6 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Lourdes Gurriel
  • Gunnar Henderson Remains Out Once Again

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    Baltimore Orioles third baseman Gunnar Henderson (back) remains out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The rookie infielder was removed from Saturday's contest due to lower back discomfort. He sat out on Sunday and it appears he's still dealing with the issue. Henderson did mention he is feeling better and should be in the lineup on Wednesday. In the meantime, Ramon Urias will cover third base and bat seventh versus right-hander Freddy Peralta.

    Jun 6 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Gunnar Henderson
  • Matt Chapman Not Starting On Tuesday

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    Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman (toe) is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Houston Astros. He is being held out after having an infected ingrown toenail removed. Manager John Schneider said this should be a one-game absence, so fantasy managers should expect Chapman back on Wednesday. In the meantime, Santiago Espinal will play third base and bat ninth versus right-hander Hunter Brown on Tuesday.

    Jun 6 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Matt Chapman
  • Francisco Alvarez Absent On Tuesday

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    New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves. The rookie backup appears to be getting a routine rest day here. He's slashing .237/.291/.492 with eight home runs and 19 RBI in 34 games this season. Omar Narvaez will cover behind the plate and bat ninth against right-hander Bryce Elder on Tuesday. Fantasy managers should expect Alvarez back in the lineup after this contest.

    Jun 6 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Francisco Alvarez
  • Red Sox Call Up Chris Murphy

    The Boston Red Sox recalled left-handed pitching prospect Chris Murphy from Triple-A Worcester on Tuesday and optioned pitcher Kaleb Ort to the minors in a corresponding move. Murphy, who is listed by MLB Pipeline as the team's No. 14 prospect, will initially work out of Boston's bullpen, which won't make him attractive to fantasy managers in redraft leagues. The 25-year-old southpaw could eventually make a spot start, but he currently has a rough 7.71 ERA, 1.92 WHIP, 25 walks and 42 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings over 10 appearances (nine starts) for Worcester. Murphy has the upside of a back-end starter in the big leagues, and he relies mostly on a four-seam fastball and changeup to get hitters out.

    Jun 6 · Source via Boston Red Sox Chris Murphy
  • Jacob deGrom To Have Tommy John Surgery

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    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (elbow) will have Tommy John surgery to fix a tear in his right UCL. The Rangers shifted deGrom to the 60-day injured list on Monday, and now we know why. The oft-injured 34-year-old right-hander will now miss the rest of the 2023 season and most likely most, if not all, of the 2024 campaign. After landing deGrom as a big free-agent prize in the offseason, the Rangers will only end up getting six starts out of him in 2023. He'll finish the year with a 2-0 record, 2.67 ERA (1.57 FIP), 0.76 WHIP, fur walks and 45 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings. The four-time All-Star and two-time National League Cy Young winner can now be safely dropped in single-year fantasy leagues.

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  • Braves Acquire Ben Heller, Designate Nick Solak

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    The Braves have acquired right-hander Ben Heller from the Rays in exchange for international bonus pool space and optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett, per a team announcement. Outfielder Nick Solak was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move. Heller, 31, was just designated for assignment by the Rays last week. Signed to a minor…

    Jun 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves Tampa Bay Rays Ben Heller Nick Solak
  • AJ Smith-Shawver To Make First MLB Start This Weekend

    Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos confirmed on Tuesday that rookie right-hander AJ Smith-Shawver will start on either Friday or Saturday against the Washington Nationals. The 20-year-old prospect, ranked the team's No. 4 prospect by MLB Pipeline, made his big-league debut with 2 1/3 innings of shutout and hitless baseball in relief against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Smith-Shawver was extremely impressive at Triple-A Gwinnett, posting a 1.09 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 12 walks over seven starts (33 innings) to earn the call-up to the majors in the first place. He will slide into Michael Soroka's rotation spot for the time being and is definitely worth a look at least as a streamer in deeper leagues this weekend at home against the Nats.

    Jun 6 · Source via Atlanta Braves AJ Smith-Shawver
  • Randy Vasquez Likely to Start Wednesday

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    New York Yankees rookie right-hander Randy Vasquez is in the team's clubhouse on Tuesday and has a good chance to start on Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox in place of injured left-hander Nestor Cortes (shoulder), who is expected to land on the injured list. In his major-league debut against the San Diego Padres on May 26, Vasquez was hit with a loss when he allowed two runs on four hits (one homer) while walking three and striking out six in 4 2/3 innings of work. The club's No. 12 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, has gone 1-6 with a 5.13 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 26 walks and 55 strikeouts in 10 starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2023. The matchup will be a better one for Vasquez in his second MLB start, and his strikeout upside could make him worth streaming consideration in deeper leagues.

    Jun 6 · Source via Prospects New York Yankees Randy Vasquez
  • Jake Fraley Returns Against Dodgers

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    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jake Fraley (illness) has returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday, starting in right field and hitting leadoff against the Los Angeles Dodgers and right-hander Tony Gonsolin. Fraley missed Monday's game due to allergies, but he'll be back in there a day later in the top spot in the lineup. With infield prospect Elly De La Cruz hitting cleanup in his major-league debut, Fraley will jump up to leadoff, giving him some more DFS appeal. The 28-year-old left-handed hitter is batting .257 (43-for-167) on the season with eight doubles, seven home runs, 37 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 53 games. So far in the month of June through four games, he's gone 5-for-14 (.357) with two home runs, two RBI and four stolen bases.

    Jun 6 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jake Fraley
  • Elly De La Cruz Batting Cleanup In MLB Debut

    Cincinnati Reds infield prospect Elly De La Cruz is starting at third base and is hitting cleanup in his major-league debut on Tuesday against right-hander Tony Gonsolin and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. The No. 4 overall prospect in baseball, per MLB Pipeline, needs to be added immediately in all fantasy leagues if he's still available on your league's waiver wire. The 21-year-old infielder comes to the big leagues with high expectations after posting a 1.031 OPS, 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 38 games for Triple-A Louisville, and he's expected to play every day for the Reds moving forward. De La Cruz is a switch-hitter that should immediately become one of the most dynamic young players in the big leagues. He has five-tool potential and immense fantasy upside.

    Jun 6 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Elly De La Cruz
  • A.J. Puk Reinstated From Injured List

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    The Miami Marlins reinstated left-hander A.J. Puk (elbow) from the 15-day injured list on Tuesday and optioned pitcher George Soriano to Triple-A Jacksonville in a corresponding move. Puk missed over three weeks with left-elbow nerve irritation, but he looked good on a short minor-league rehab assignment and is ready to rejoin the back end of Miami's bullpen this week. Before he went on the injured list, the 28-year-old southpaw reliever had six saves and was essentially the team's primary closer, so he should be picked up in any fantasy league where he was dropped. Puk could share save opportunities with Dylan Floro, but even if he's not getting saves, he can be useful for his strikeout rate and holds.

    Jun 6 · Source via Closers Miami Marlins A.J. Puk
  • Jorge Soler Back In Tuesday's Lineup

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    Miami Marlins outfielder Jorge Soler (thumb) is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals and right-hander Zack Greinke. Soler is serving as the designated hitter and is batting in the two-hole. The 31-year-old right-handed slugger didn't play on Monday due to a sore thumb, but it wasn't a serious issue and he'll be back for fantasy managers on Tuesday in a good matchup. Hopefully the elite power hitter will be able to break out of a recent slump that has seen him go just 3-for-23 (.130) with no homers, one RBI and nine strikeouts in his last seven games. Overall, though, the Cuban outfielder has been great so far in 2023 for his fantasy managers, hitting .245 (53-for-216) with 11 doubles, 17 home runs and 36 RBI in 58 games played.

    Jun 6 · Source via Miami Marlins Jorge Soler
  • Chris Bassitt Back From Paternity List

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    The Toronto Blue Jays reinstated right-hander Chris Bassitt from the paternity list on Tuesday. Bassitt is back from a temporary leave from the team, and he'll make his next start on Wednesday in a tough matchup against the Houston Astros. The 34-year-old veteran starter has basically been a must-start in fantasy lineups each time he toes the rubber this year, as he's gone 6-4 with a 3.41 ERA (4.80 FIP), 1.07 WHIP, 26 walks and 65 strikeouts in 74 innings covering 12 starts in his first year in Toronto. His 4.80 FIP, however, points to some regression eventually, especially with a 21.5 percent strikeout rate and 34.5% hard-hit rate allowed.

    Jun 6 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Chris Bassitt
  • Blue Jays Send Struggling Alek Manoah Down

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    The Toronto Blue Jays optioned right-hander Alek Manoah to the rookie-level Florida Complex League on Tuesday. In corresponding moves, the team also reinstated right-hander Chris Bassitt from the paternity list, reinstated infielder Santiago Espinal (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list, selected right-hander Bowden Francis' contract from the minors, optioned right-hander Jay Jackson and infielder Ernie Clement to Triple-A Buffalo and designated right-hander Zach Thompson for assignment. Manoah has been a disaster in 2023, as he's gone 1-7 with a 6.36 ERA (6.52 FIP), 1.89 WHIP, a league-leading 42 walks and 48 K's in 58 innings over his 13 starts. He'll have to rework his mechanics on the farm, and it could take some time before Toronto gives him another chance in their rotation, so fantasy managers with more pressing needs shouldn't feel compelled to hang onto him.

    Jun 6 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Alek Manoah
  • Braves Outright Lucas Luetge

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    10:45am: As expected, Luetge has indeed opted to remain with the Braves and accept his outright assignment, writes Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 9:35am: The Braves announced Tuesday that left-handed reliever Lucas Luetge went unclaimed on outright waivers and has been assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Atlanta also announced this morning that right-hander Roddery Munoz…

    Jun 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves Lucas Luetge
  • Freddy Peralta In Search Of Consistency On Tuesday

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    Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Freddy Peralta is in search of some consistency as he lines up to take on the visiting Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night. While Peralta has tossed a pair of quality starts over his last three outings, he has posted a 6.86 ERA over his last four while surrendering a minimum of three earned runs each start in that span. There's no hiding how well Peralta has pitched this season as his ERA and its indicators all agree on his work. The 27-year-old owns a 4.62 ERA while his 4.76 FIP and 4.40 SIERA both agree with that figure. He's had some issues with the long ball by way of a 1.49 HR/9 while his strikeout rate has dipped to 23% versus a 30.2% clip for his career. He'll take on an Orioles offense that is tied for 15th with a .315 wOBA versus right-handed pitching on the season.

    Jun 6 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Freddy Peralta
  • Sean Murphy Back In The Starting Lineup Tuesday

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    Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the New York Mets and veteran right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Murphy didn't start Sunday's game but ended up making three pinch-hit plate appearances. However, with the Braves idle on Monday, Murphy should be rested up for Tuesday night's divisional contest. The former A's backstop has exploded at the plate in his first season in Atlanta, hitting .289 with 11 homers and a .424 xwOBA that ranks fourth in all of baseball. Add in his elite defense and Murphy's 2.8 fWAR is also good for fourth in the bigs. He'll hit cleanup and catch right-hander Bryce Elder Tuesday night at Truist Park in Atlanta.

    Jun 6 · Source via Atlanta Braves Sean Murphy
  • Carlos Carrasco Looking To Stay Strong Tuesday

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    New York Mets pitcher Carlos Carrasco is looking to build on two consecutive excellent starts as he takes on the Atlanta Braves on the road Tuesday night. While Carrasco allowed five runs or more in three of his first four starts this season, he's also allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last four, including just one earned run allowed in each of his last two outings while logging at least six innings on both occasions. While he's turned his season around of late, the 36-year-old still sports a bloated 5.74 ERA while his 6.09 FIP, 5.40 SIERA, and tiny 13.9% K% leave plenty to be desired. He'll take on a dangerous Braves offense that is tied for 11th with a .324 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season.

    Jun 6 · Source via New York Mets Carlos Carrasco
  • Jesus Luzardo Looking To Bounce Back Tuesday

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    Miami Marlins pitcher Jesus Luzardo is in search of a bounce-back effort as he toes the rubber against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday night in Miami. It has certainly been an uneven season for the left-hander, especially of late. Luzardo has twice allowed at least five earned runs in two of his last three starts -- including his last time out -- but has also surrendered just one earned run in three of his last five. He continues to rack up plenty of strikeouts with a 27.6% K% on the campaign but has also failed to eclipse 5 1/3 innings pitched in each of his last three starts. The 25-year-old owns a solid 4.05 ERA on the season but his 3.68 SIERA and 20.5% K-BB% are wildly encouraging. He has a nice opportunity on deck against a Royals club that ranks 19th with a .319 wOBA against left-handed pitching this season.

    Jun 6 · Source via Miami Marlins Jesus Luzardo
  • Elly De La Cruz Gets Called Up To The Big Leagues

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    Cincinnati Reds infield prospect Elly De La Cruz has been called up to the big leagues to take the roster spot of Nick Senzel, who has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right knee injury. It's a highly-anticipated promotion, considering the damage the 21-year-old has done at the Triple-A level this season. De La Cruz hit .297 with 12 home runs, 11 stolen bases, a 14% walk rate, and a 1.031 OPS across 186 trips to the plate. He tore through the High-A and Double-A levels with a massive combination of power and speed in the 2022 season and simply continued to do major damage at the minors' highest level in the 2023 campaign. Fantasy managers need to add De La Cruz immediately in any and all formats.

    Jun 6 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Elly De La Cruz Nick Senzel
  • Aaron Judge Won't Play Tuesday

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    New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (toe) will not be in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox, according to manager Aaron Boone. The Yankees will get a diagnosis later on Tuesday that will determine whether Judge needs to go on the injured list. Fantasy managers are nervously awaiting that decision. The 31-year-old All-Star injured his right toe when he crashed into the outfield wall on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he might need some more time to recover. Judge has been hot in his last eight games, going 9-for-29 (.310) with two doubles, five home runs and seven RBI, and he obviously remains a must-start when he's in the lineup. Overall, the record-setting home run hitter is hitting .291 (51-for-175), and he leads the league with 19 home runs, a .674 slugging percentage and a 1.078 OPS in 49 games.

    Jun 6 · Source via New York Yankees Aaron Judge
  • Braves Recall Roddery Munoz From Triple-A

    The Atlanta Braves recalled right-handed pitching prospect Roddery Munoz from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday and outrighted left-hander Lucas Luetge to Gwinnett in a corresponding move. Munoz, the team's No. 21 prospect per MLB Pipeline, will be getting his first taste of the majors after posting a 4.94 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 20 walks and 24 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings over 15 outings (one start) between Double-A Mississippi and Gwinnett. The 23-year-old had been looking better in recent outings at Gwinnett, so he'll get the call to Atlanta for the time being. Munoz's fastball/slider combination can generate plenty of swings and misses, but he'll need to limit the free passes if he's going to stick around in the Braves' bullpen. Fantasy managers in single-year leagues can ignore him for now.

    Jun 6 · Source via Prospects Atlanta Braves Roddery Munoz
  • Tommy Nance To Resume Throwing This Week

    Miami Marlins right-hander Tommy Nance (shoulder) started a minor-league rehab assignment with Single-A Jupiter on May 12 and threw two scoreless innings with four strikeouts on 37 pitches, but he returned after feeling shoulder soreness after the outing. Nance is scheduled to resume a throwing program later this week. Nance was initially put on the 15-day injured list on March 30 (retroactive to March 27) after not appearing in spring training, and he was moved to the 60-day IL on April 22. At best, the 32-year-old is at least a few weeks away from potentially making his 2023 debut. In his second big-league season in 2022, Nance had a 4.33 ERA (3.71 FIP), 1.51 WHIP and a 29.1% strikeout rate in 35 appearances (two starts) covering 43 2/3 innings.

    Jun 6 · Source via Miami Marlins Tommy Nance
  • Johnny Cueto To Throw Live Batting Practice Tuesday

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    Miami Marlins right-hander Johnny Cueto (ankle, biceps), who sprained his left ankle during a minor-league rehab start with Triple-A Jacksonville on May 6, is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Tuesday. Cueto also threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on May 30, his first time throwing off a mound since spraining his ankle. The veteran hurler had been dealing with a biceps issue on and off since spring training and was pulled after 30 pitches in his team debut on April 3. An MRI revealed no structural damage. The 37-year-old could be close to starting another rehab assignment, but he's at least a few weeks away from a return and should be left to the waiver wire in mixed leagues for now.

    Jun 6 · Source via Miami Marlins Johnny Cueto
  • Jazz Chisholm Jr. To See Foot Specialist

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    Miami Marlins outfielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. (toe) will have a follow-up appointment with a foot specialist on Wednesday to check on his progress from turf toe. He hurt his right big toe on May 13 while trying to make an inning-ending catch. X-rays came back negative, and the team initially called it a right-foot contusion before Chisholm met with Dr. Robert Anderson on May 15. The 25-year-old isn't on the cusp of a return while still in a walking boot, but fantasy managers will be hoping he gets positive news this week. Chisholm was initially projected to miss anywhere from four to six weeks. Before his injury, Chisholm was hitting a disappointing .229 (33-for-144), but he also had seven home runs, 16 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 39 games played. Keep him stashed everywhere.

    Jun 6 · Source via Miami Marlins Jazz Chisholm
  • A.J. Puk Likely To Return Soon

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    Miami Marlins left-handed reliever A.J. Puk (elbow) was in Miami on Monday after making back-to-back minor-league rehab appearances at Double-A Pensacola from June 2-3. Puk also tossed a rehab inning on May 30. Manager Skip Schumaker said "there's a good chance you'll see him soon." The 28-year-old southpaw has allowed one run on three hits while walking one and striking out four in just 2 2/3 innings over his three rehab outings to this point, and he should be expected to rejoin Miami's bullpen this week. Puk was pitching well before hitting the injured list, recording six saves, a 3.07 ERA (3.28 FIP), 1.23 WHIP, three walks and 19 strikeouts in 14 2/3 relief innings for the Fish as a high-leverage bullpen arm.

    Jun 6 · Source via Closers Miami Marlins A.J. Puk
  • Trevor Rogers To Make A Third Rehab Start

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    Miami Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers (biceps), who tossed five shutout innings on 70 pitches for Triple-A Jacksonville on Sunday, is scheduled to make his third minor-league rehab start for the Jumbo Shrimp on the weekend of June 9, where he will go six innings. In his first rehab start at Single-A Jupiter on May 30, Rogers threw four scoreless frames. As long as the 25-year-old southpaw doesn't have any setbacks with his left biceps muscle this weekend, he should be ready to rejoin Miami's starting rotation next week. Rogers has looked good in his four starts so far in 2023, recording a 4.00 ERA (4.12 FIP), 1.22 WHIP, six walks and 19 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched. He's rostered in only 15% of Yahoo leagues right now, so fantasy managers in deep mixed leagues should consider stashing him if you're in need of starting pitching.

    Jun 6 · Source via Miami Marlins Trevor Rogers
  • Avisail Garcia Suffers Setback

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    Miami Marlins outfielder Avisail Garcia (back), who has been out since April 29 with left-back tightness, suffered a setback while playing in his fourth minor-league rehab game for Triple-A Jacksonville on June 2. Garcia will be re-evaluated by doctors in Miami and will now have his timetable pushed back. He was initially placed on the 10-day injured list on May 2 (retroactive to April 29). The 31-year-old veteran outfielder had just 13 hits in his first 69 at-bats (.188 average) over 22 games for the Fish before his injury, so he should be on the waiver wire in most mixed leagues for now. Depending on what the doctors find, there's a good chance that Garcia will need to go on another rehab assignment before returning to the big leagues.

    Jun 6 · Source via Miami Marlins Avisail Garcia
  • Colin Holderman Earns His First Save Monday

    Pittsburgh Pirates righty Colin Holderman completed his first save of the season in Monday's 5-4 win, going one inning, striking out one, and working around three hits to keep the Oakland Athletics scoreless. The 27-year-old has been solid this year in a setup role, sporting a 2.74 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 27.1% strikeout rate. It'll be hard for Holderman to earn many more save opportunities with David Bednar on the roster, but considering his 12 holds already, fantasy managers in hold leagues should look to pick him up if he's still available.

    Jun 6 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates Colin Holderman
  • Louie Varland Ready For Tuesday's Start

    Minnesota Twins right-hander Louie Varland is scheduled to start Tuesday's matchup with Zach Eflin and the Tampa Bay Rays. The second-year hurler has given his club great depth after replacing Tyler Mahle (elbow) in the rotation, posting a 3.51 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 23.2% strikeout rate, and a solid 4.8% walk rate. With Kenta Maeda (triceps) nearing a return within the next couple of weeks, it's unclear if Varland will remain in the rotation. Either way, fantasy managers should roster the 25-year-old in every format right now and be confident starting him against a tough Rays lineup.

    Jun 6 · Source via Minnesota Twins Louie Varland
  • Alec Bohm Could Return On Saturday

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    Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm (hamstring) told reporters on Monday that he believes he could return to the club on Saturday, according to The former top prospect was placed on the injured list on May 31 as he was dealing with a strained left hamstring. Before going down, Bohm was slashing .265/.321/.403 with six bombs, 23 runs, 37 RBI, and a pair of steals over 53 contests. Fantasy managers can expect Edmundo Sosa to keep getting the majority of reps at third base in his absence. The 27-year-old is hitting .254 with four home runs and one stolen base over 45 games and should be left on the waiver wire in most leagues.

    Jun 6 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Alec Bohm Edmundo Sosa
  • Jesse Winker To Start His Rehab Assignment Wednesday

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    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jesse Winker (neck) is almost ready for a rehab assignment, which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday with Triple-A Nashville, according to The slugger hasn't been in game action since May 27 after suffering a cervical strain and hitting the 10-day injured list on May 30. Before the ailment, Winker was struggling mightily at the plate, slashing .204/.315/.231 with no home runs across 39 games. He now owns a .216 batting average and .661 OPS since the start of 2022, and fantasy managers with limited roster spots may want to let him loose.

    Jun 6 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Jesse Winker
  • Wade Miley's Rehab Assignment Scheduled For June 11

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    Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Wade Miley (lat) will make his first rehab start on June 11 with Double-A Biloxi, according to The veteran hurler has been on the shelf since mid-May after suffering a posterior serratus strain and was originally supposed to miss 6-8 weeks. However, Miley thinks there's a chance he could return to the Brewers after just one rehab appearance. The 36-year-old was putting up solid numbers before the injury, pitching to a 3.67 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with three victories over eight starts, but posted just a 14.0% strikeout rate. Fantasy managers should only roster Miley in deep leagues, as he'll continue to hurt the strikeout department once he's back.

    Jun 6 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Wade Miley
  • Dylan Carlson Ready For A Rehab Stint Tuesday

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    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson (ankle) is set to begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Memphis, according to The 24-year-old has been sidelined since twisting his left ankle during a game on May 14. If everything goes as planned, there's a chance Carlson can return during the club's next homestand, which begins on Friday. The former top prospect hasn't turned into the star many were hoping for, as he's slashing .230/.278/.350 with two homers, 12 runs, 12 RBI, and one steal over 32 games this season and owns a career .628 OPS. Carlson should be limited to deeper and NL-only leagues due to his lackluster production.

    Jun 6 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Dylan Carlson
  • Xander Bogaerts Hoping To Be Back Tuesday

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    San Diego Padres shortstop Xander Bogaerts (wrist) has missed the last two games as he deals with left wrist soreness. However, the club believes he'll avoid a stint on the injured list, and the 30-year-old is aiming to return to the lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Seattle Mariners, according to Over 57 games this season, Bogaerts is slashing .252/.337/.388 with seven homers, 31 runs, 21 RBI, and six stolen bases. Those numbers are down across the board compared to his career norms, so hopefully, the Aruban native can rebound a bit as the season progresses. Bogaerts remains a must-start in every fantasy format, but he might not be the star he was while in Boston.

    Jun 6 · Source via San Diego Padres Xander Bogaerts
  • Alexis Diaz Completes Save No. 14 On Monday

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    Cincinnati Reds reliever Alexis Diaz closed out Monday's 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, picking up his 14th save of the year. He went one inning, allowing no hits or walks, and struck out the side. Diaz has improved after a breakout 2022 campaign, posting a 1.54 ERA and 0.86 WHIP with 44 punchouts over 23.1 innings of work. Despite pitching on the Reds, the right-hander is getting his fair share of save opportunities and should remain a dominant fantasy option for the remainder of 2023.

    Jun 6 · Source via Closers Cincinnati Reds Alexis Diaz
  • Jason Adam Grabs His Ninth Save On Monday

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    Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jason Adam recorded his ninth save of the season on Monday when his club defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1. He threw one inning of work, allowing no baserunners and striking out a pair. Adam's sporting an impressive 2.84 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 32.1% strikeout rate over 25.1 innings after his latest outing. With closer Pete Fairbanks (hip) on the shelf for the time being, the 31-year-old should continue seeing the majority of save opportunities, making him a relevant fantasy option in every format.

    Jun 6 · Source via Closers Tampa Bay Rays Jason Adam
  • Mariners Sign Kyle Hart To Minor League Deal

    The Mariners have signed left-hander Kyle Hart to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at He’s been assigned to Triple-A Tacoma. Hart, 30, signed a minor league deal with the Phillies this winter and began his season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley but was released after a one-inning appearance in which he…

    Jun 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Seattle Mariners Kyle Hart
  • Pirates Notes: Cruz, Davis, Rodriguez, Hedges

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    The Pirates hammered out the largest contract in franchise history this spring, ending the long-running Bryan Reynolds saga with a $100MM extension. Shortly after finalizing that deal, owner Bob Nutting said the Bucs were hoping to get long-term contracts done with other players. Nutting didn’t tip his hand as to which players the Bucs were interested…

    Jun 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz Henry Davis Austin Hedges Endy Rodriguez
  • Bryan De La Cruz Hits Eighth Home Run Of The Season

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    Miami Marlins outfielder Bryan De La Cruz went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in a 9-6 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday. De La Cruz, who was batting out of the two-hole in this one, extended Miami's lead to five runs when he took Josh Staumont deep with Luis Arraez aboard in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was his only hit of the night but it was his eighth long ball of the year. The 26-year-old outfielder has been a solid contributor for the Marlins and should remain in the lineup as long as he continues to hit consistently. Overall, he's slashing .300/.351/.464 with eight long balls, 28 RBI, and three stolen bases over 207 at-bats on the year.

    Jun 6 · Source via Miami Marlins Bryan De La Cruz
  • Braxton Garrett Earns The Victory On Monday

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    Miami Marlins left-handed pitcher Braxton Garrett earned the win on Monday when he allowed four runs on six hits to go along with six strikeouts and zero walks over five innings in a 9-6 win over the Kansas City Royals. Garrett, who was a popular streaming option for this one, pitched well enough to get the win but ran into trouble right away. He coughed up two runs in the first inning when MJ Melendez doubled in Nick Pratto and then Salvador Perez singled home Melendez. Pratto would take him deep for a solo shot in the third inning and Melendez would knock in another run with a single. He was able to shut out the Royals over the next two frames and earned the win as the Miami offense re-claimed the lead. The 25-year-old southpaw now owns a 4.47 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 60:12 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings (12 appearances, 11 starts) on the year. He's set to face the White Sox on the South Side this Sunday for his next turn.

    Jun 6 · Source via Miami Marlins Braxton Garrett
  • Luis Arraez Collects Three More Hits On Monday

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    Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez went 3-for-4 with a double, a pair of RBI, and a run scored in a 9-6 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday. The hitting machine that is Luis Arraez picked up three more hits in this contest, including an RBI double in the bottom of the third inning. The 26-year-old is now second in all of MLB with 83 hits behind Bo Bichette and his 87. However, Arraez leads the entire league with a ridiculous .399 batting average and a .450 on-base percentage. He also has one home run, 29 RBI, and one stolen base over 208 at-bats. He's got a long way to go but it's worth pointing out that no one has hit .400 in a season since Ted Williams way back in 1941.

    Jun 6 · Source via Miami Marlins Luis Arraez
  • Ian Happ Reaches Three Times in Defeat

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    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks in a 5-0 shutout loss to the San Diego Padres on Monday. Offense was at a premium for the Cubbies on Monday as they had no answers for Blake Snell and company. Happ was the only Cub to reach three times but he never came close to scoring in this one. The 28-year-old has been quietly productive this season, slashing .271/.389/.401 to go along with four home runs, 23 RBI, and five stolen bases over 207 at-bats. He's slowed down at the dish lately and fantasy managers would like to see more in the way of home runs and RBI but the high on-base percentage and five thefts will certainly play.

    Jun 6 · Source via Chicago Cubs Ian Happ
  • Kyle Hendricks Takes The Loss On Monday

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    Chicago Cubs right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks took the loss on Monday when he allowed four runs on six hits to go along with four strikeouts over six innings a 5-0 loss to the San Diego Padres. On the plus side, Hendricks didn't issue a free pass but on the downside, he coughed up four runs. His big mistake was serving up a two-run homer to Gary Sanchez in the bottom of the second inning, which was more than enough to saddle him with the loss. It wasn't an overly impressive performance but it wasn't a horrible one either. The 33-year-old hurler is still searching for his first victory of the season and will carry a 4.70 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 12:5 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings (three starts) into his next turn against the Giants in San Francisco on Saturday.

    Jun 6 · Source via Chicago Cubs Kyle Hendricks
  • Gary Sanchez Goes Deep In Win Over The Cubs

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    San Diego Padres catcher Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, a walk, and a strikeout in a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday. Sanchez took Kyle Hendricks deep with Manny Machado aboard for his third long ball of the season in the bottom of the second inning. The 30-year-old slugger is slashing .259/.300/.593 to go along with three home runs and seven RBI across 27 at-bats so far this season. He isn't playing every day but Sanchez definitely has some fantasy appeal in deeper mixed and two-catcher leagues.

    Jun 6 · Source via San Diego Padres Gary Sanchez
  • Red Sox Expected To Promote Chris Murphy

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    The Red Sox are planning to recall Chris Murphy during their upcoming series with the Guardians, reports Chris Cotillo of MassLive (Twitter link). It’s not yet clear whether he’ll make a start or break in out of the bullpen but the Sox lost Chris Sale to the injured list last week. In either case, Murphy is in position…

    Jun 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Boston Red Sox Chris Murphy Chris Sale
  • Waino on Cards' woes: 'Urgency wouldn't hurt'

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    Adam Wainwright, when asked about the Cardinals' latest swoon, told reporters "more urgency wouldn't hurt."

    Jun 6 · ESPN St. Louis Cardinals Adam Wainwright
  • Manny Machado Wakes Up, Collects Three Hits

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    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored in a 5-0 shutout win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday. The veteran third baseman picked up three hits in this one, including a double, and scored all three times that he reached base. It was his first multi-hit performance since coming off the injured list last week as well. Perhaps this will get Machado headed in the right direction after a sluggish first few months of the season. Overall, he owns a .234/.285/.368 triple-slash line with five home runs, 19 RBI, and two stolen bases over 171 at-bats.

    Jun 6 · Source via San Diego Padres Manny Machado
  • Blake Snell Handles Cubs For Second Win Of The Year

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    San Diego Padres left-handed pitcher Blake Snell earned the victory on Monday, allowing just two hits with eight strikeouts and three walks over six innings in a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. While free passes continue to be an issue for the 30-year-old southpaw, the eight strikeouts were just one shy of his season-high of nine. He had a lot of swing-and-miss in his arsenal on Monday and limited the Cubbies to just two hits, both of which were singles. The sterling effort lowers his season ERA to 4.06 to go along with a 1.44 WHIP and 69:37 K/BB ratio over 62 innings (12 starts). He'll look to keep things rolling in his next turn against the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday.

    Jun 6 · Source via San Diego Padres Blake Snell
  • Big Hype Prospects: Cowser, De La Cruz, Rushing, Vientos, Keith

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    Last week's lead Big Hype Prospect, Andrew Abbott, is already on his way to the Majors. Let's see if we can pull the trick two weeks in a row. Five Big Hype Prospects Colton Cowser, 23, OF, BAL (AAA) 186 PA, 8 HR 5 SB, .347/.484/.590 When he hit the injured list with a quad…

    Jun 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Cincinnati Reds Baltimore Orioles Los Angeles Dodgers New York Mets Detroit Tigers Colton Cowser Elly De La Cruz Dalton Rushing Mark Vientos Colt Keith
  • Rangers Transfer Jacob deGrom To 60-Day Injured List

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    The Rangers announced a series of roster moves today, reinstating right-hander Spencer Howard from the 60-day injured list. He will take the active roster spot of right-hander Jonathan Hernández, who has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. To open a spot on the 40-man roster, righty Jacob deGrom was transferred to the 60-day injured list.…

    Jun 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Texas Rangers Jacob deGrom
  • Alek Manoah Bottomed Out By Six-Run Ambush

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    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah couldn't get through the first inning against the Houston Astros on Monday. The 25-year-old surrendered six runs on seven hits and one walk in one-third of a frame. Manoah took his seventh loss of the year and now displays a disfigured 6.36 ERA and 1.90 WHIP. It's a rock-bottom scenario for the 2022 All-Star, who's almost certainly been fantasy's biggest redraft bust of 2023. Fantasy managers may have a tough time pulling the drop trigger after Monday's fiasco, but Manoah should probably be on benches if he wasn't before this one already. The big right-hander will attempt to salvage what is swiftly spiraling into a lost season in a dangerous spot versus Joe Ryan and the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

    Jun 5 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Alek Manoah
  • Aaron Nola Takes No-Hitter Into Seventh

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    Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola allowed three unearned runs on one hit over seven innings in an 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Nola struck out 12 and walked three while taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning in the win. The 30-year-old notched 21 swinging strikes and a 36% CSW in the dominant outing against Detroit. Nola now has a 5-4 record, 4.30 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 77 strikeouts over 81 2/3 innings of work. His next start is slated for Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Jun 5 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Nola
  • Red Sox DFA Tapia, reinstate Arroyo from IL

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    The Boston Red Sox designated outfielder Raimel Tapia for assignment Monday and, in a corresponding move, reinstated infielder Christian Arroyo from the injured list.

    Jun 5 · ESPN Boston Red Sox Christian Arroyo Raimel Tapia
  • Trea Turner Homers Twice Monday

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    Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner went 4-for-5 with two homers, three runs, and three RBI in an 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Turner's big night included a solo homer in the third and fifth innings, with the first one traveling 420 feet and having an exit velocity of 105.4 MPH and the second going 424 feet and leaving the bat at 106.8 MPH. Turner is now hitting .243 with seven homers, 32 runs, 19 RBI, and eight steals across 251 at-bats in his first season in Philly.

    Jun 5 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Trea Turner
  • Brayan Bello Throws Quality Start Monday

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    Boston Red Sox right-hander Brayan Bello allowed three runs on six hits over six innings in a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. He struck out five and walked one on 100 pitches in the outing. Despite the quality start, Bello was credited with the loss. The young hurler has been solid for the Red Sox in 2023, notching a 3-4 record, 3.97 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts over 45 1/3 innings of work. Bello will be back on the mound against the New York Yankees on Saturday.

    Jun 5 · Source via Boston Red Sox Brayan Bello
  • Shane McClanahan Picks Up MLB Best Ninth Win

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    Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan continued his dominance on the mound on Monday in a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox. McClanahan allowed one run on five hits over six innings while striking out five and walking two. The win improves the southpaw's record to 9-1 on the year, to go along with a 2.02 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 87 strikeouts over 75 2/3 innings of work. McClanahan is the first pitcher in MLB to reach nine wins this season. He will remain a must-start in fantasy for his next start, which will come against the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

    Jun 5 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Shane McClanahan
  • Drew Thorpe Delivers Eight Shutout Innings

    New York Yankees top pitching prospect Drew Thorpe cruised through eight shutout innings, surrendering just one hit during his most recent outing for High-A Hudson Valley. The 2022 second-round pick has turned in a strong 3.31 ERA and 28.5% strikeout rate through his first nine professional starts. Thorpe has a long way to go before reaching the big leagues, but the early returns are encouraging for the 22-year-old. He's likely a year or two away from the majors, so there is nothing actionable for fantasy managers at this time, though Thorpe will be worth keeping an eye on.

    Jun 5 · Source via Prospects New York Yankees Drew Thorpe
  • Chris Murphy To Be Called Up Tuesday

    The Boston Red Sox plan to call up left-hander Chris Murphy on Tuesday. Murphy is expected to get a start against the Cleveland Guardians later this week while also being available out of the bullpen on Tuesday, if needed. Murphy has made nine starts for the Red Sox in Triple-A Worcester this season, posting a 1-3 record, 7.71 ERA, and 9.53 K/9 across 39 2/3 innings of work.

    Jun 5 · Source via Boston Red Sox Chris Murphy
  • Nick Senzel Dealing With Sore Knee

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    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel was scratched from the lineup on Monday due to right knee irritation. Senzel was initially in the lineup for Cincy's series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers but was held out due to the issue and was replaced in left field by T.J. Hopkins. The injury to Senzel does not appear to be serious and fantasy gamers can consider him day-to-day for now. Stay tuned.

    Jun 5 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Senzel
  • Trent Grisham Scratched Monday

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Trent Grisham (back) was scratched from his team's lineup ahead of a Monday night matchup against the Chicago Cubs. Grisham is dealing with back spasms, which will hold him out of the series opener against the Cubs. The Padres will turn to Fernando Tatis Jr. in center field while Brandon Dixon will play right. Stay tuned to see if Grisham is able to return to action by Tuesday.

    Jun 5 · Source via San Diego Padres Trent Grisham
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