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  • Sal Frelick Out On Wednesday

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    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Sal Frelick will take a seat on Wednesday for the series finale at Wrigley Field against the division-rival Chicago Cubs. With Frelick getting the day off, Blake Perkins will start in center field and bat ninth, with Garrett Mitchell moving to right field while batting sixth against Cubs left-hander Justin Steele. The 24-year-old Frelick is mainly sitting due to a left-hander being on the bump. Frelick is batting a pedestrian .250 (11-for-44) with one of his two home runs against southpaws this year. Aside from speed (14 stolen bases) and runs (45), Frelick doesn't offer much for fantasy managers, although he does have a decent .342 on-base percentage. With Christian Yelich (back) potentially missing the rest of the year, Frelick should be in Milwaukee's lineup regularly against right-handed pitchers the rest of the way.

    Jul 24 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Sal Frelick
  • Rafael Devers In The Lineup After Injury Scare

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    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (shoulder) is at third base and batting cleanup for the BoSox in Wednesday's series finale at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies and right-hander Cal Quantrill despite an injury scare in Tuesday's 6-0 victory. Devers rolled over his right shoulder while trying to make a diving stop in the bottom of the sixth inning, but he shook it off and stayed in the game. "We've been through this path before but [fortunately] he's OK," said manager Alex Cora. "He said he just jammed it. He took some vicious hacks in the last at-bat. He said he'll be ready for [Wednesday]." The fact that the All-Star left-handed hitter is back in there a day later in a matinee affair is a good sign. It's something to watch with Devers moving forward, but fantasy managers need to keep one of the best hitters in the game in their lineups. The 27-year-old Dominican heads into Wednesday's contest with 23 homers, 63 RBI and a .286/.370/.578 slash line.

    Jul 24 · Source via Boston Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • Connor Wong Sitting Against Rockies

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    Boston Red Sox catcher Connor Wong is not in the team's starting lineup for Wednesday's series finale at Coors Field against the hosting Colorado Rockies. With Wong on the bench, Reese McGuire will do the catching for right-hander Nick Pivetta and will bat seventh against Rockies right-hander Cal Quantrill. The 28-year-old Wong will get a breather after starting the previous four games and after going 0-for-5 with a strikeout in Tuesday night's 6-0 shutout win over Colorado. Wong has come down to Earth offensively since his absurd start to the 2024 season, but he's still hitting an impressive .297 (78-for-263) with nine home runs, 33 RBI, five stolen bases and 32 runs scored as Boston's starting backstop. DFS managers can find better sleeper options at catcher than McGuire, who is hitting only .215 (29-for-135) on the year with three homers and 18 RBI.

    Jul 24 · Source via Boston Red Sox Connor Wong
  • Tyler O'Neill On The Bench After Two-Homer Night

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    The Boston Red Sox are giving outfielder Tyler O'Neill the day off in Wednesday's series finale at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies after he clubbed two home runs in Tuesday night's 6-0 shutout victory. With his two long balls on Tuesday, O'Neill reached the 20-homer mark in 2024. Jarren Duran will start in left field and bat leadoff, while Ceddanne Rafaela is in center field and hitting in the nine-hole on Wednesday against Rockies right-hander Cal Quantrill. David Hamilton is starting at shortstop and batting eighth. The 29-year-old O'Neill has been a streaky hitter for the BoSox this year, but he's currently riding high and is sporting a .318/.386/.556 slash line with four home runs, three doubles, 10 RBI, six walks and two stolen bases in 70 plate appearances over 15 games played in July. Continue to ride him when he's active in fantasy.

    Jul 24 · Source via Boston Red Sox Tyler O'Neill
  • Rob Zastryzny Opening Bullpen Game For Brewers

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    The Milwaukee Brewers are going with a bullpen game in Wednesday's series finale at Wrigley Field against the division-rival Chicago Cubs and will use left-hander Rob Zastryzny as the opener. Right-hander Bryse Wilson and left-hander Jacob Junis will both be available as bulk relievers. Zastryzny shouldn't be expected to go more than an inning in Chicago on Wednesday, so fantasy manager will want to avoid him as a streamer, even in a good matchup. The 32-year-old veteran Canadian southpaw has appeared in only eight games for the Brew Crew this year, and this will be his third time opening a game. He has yet to allow an earned run in 6 2/3 innings in 2024 with one walk and five strikeouts.

    Jul 24 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Rob Zastryzny
  • Gary Sanchez Back From The Injured List

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    The Milwaukee Brewers reinstated catcher Gary Sanchez (calf) from the 10-day injured list on Wednesday and placed outfielder Christian Yelich (back) on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Sanchez isn't in the starting lineup for Wednesday's series finale at Wrigley Field against the division-rival Chicago Cubs, but the 31-year-old veteran backstop figures to be the team's regular DH moving forward now that Yelich is out for the foreseeable future with a nagging back injury. Sanchez has been out the last month with a left-calf strain but is worth rostering in two-catcher leagues due to his power from the right side, at the very least. He hasn't been quite as good as he was with the San Diego Padres in 2023, but Sanchez has contributed seven long balls in 51 games as the primary backup to William Contreras.

    Jul 24 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Gary Sanchez
  • Christian Yelich Goes On 10-Day Injured List

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    The Milwaukee Brewers placed outfielder Christian Yelich (back) on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with lower-back inflammation and reinstated catcher Gary Sanchez (calf) from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. It will be the second time this year that Yelich has had to go on the IL for a back issue, which is very concerning for the Brewers and fantasy managers. He was removed from Tuesday night's win early against the division-rival Chicago Cubs and is most likely going to need more than 10 days to recover. It wouldn't be a surprise if the 32-year-old is forced to miss significant time in the second half. Although Sanchez isn't starting in the series finale on Wednesday against the Cubbies, the veteran catcher figures to see most of the designated hitter at-bats for the Brew Crew now that Yelich is sidelined.

    Jul 24 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Christian Yelich
  • J.T. Realmuto Resting On Wednesday

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    Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto will get the day off to rest in Wednesday's matinee affair and series finale against the hosting Minnesota Twins. Backup Garrett Stubbs will make the start behind the plate and will hit eighth for the Phillies versus Twins left-hander Steven Okert. It's just a regular breather for Realmuto in a day game after a night game. The 33-year-old recently came off the injured list last Saturday after having surgery on his knee and has gone 2-for-9 with a run scored in three walks in three games in the second half of the season. When active, the three-time All-Star remains a must-start in all fantasy lineups as one of the better offensive-minded catchers in the league on the best team in baseball. Realmuto is currently slashing .259/.315/.403 with seven home runs, 20 RBI and 29 runs scored in 54 games in 2024.

    Jul 24 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies J.T. Realmuto
  • Bryan Reynolds Scratched With Back Spasms

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    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds (back) was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the visiting division-rival St. Louis Cardinals due to back spasms. Reynolds is currently being examined and treated by the team's medical staff and he's considered day-to-day. Fantasy managers obviously need to remove him from their starting lineups for Wednesday's slate. Joshua Palacios will get the start in left field in his place and will bat sixth in the order against Cardinals left-hander Matthew Liberatore. This is the first time all year that the 29-year-old Reynolds will miss a game. The good news is the left-handed-hitting All-Star will have a scheduled day off on Thursday before Pittsburgh starts a weekend series in Arizona against the Diamondbacks, so perhaps Reynolds back will be feeling better by then.

    Jul 24 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Bryan Reynolds
  • David Festa Recalled By Twins

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    Minnesota Twins pitching prospect David Festa was recalled by the major-league club on Wednesday. The Twins' No. 4 prospect, Festa made two starts with Minnesota this season with a 1-1 record and 10.80 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. At Triple-A St. Paul this season, the right-hander has a 4.03 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 89 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings pitched. Festa will get another shot to prove himself in the major leagues. At 6-foot-6, Festa has a good mound presence with a plus fastball. His strikeout rate in the minors is promising, but his rough starts with the Twins are concerning. It might be worth seeing some results before adding him in fantasy leagues.

    Jul 24 · Source via Minnesota Twins David Festa
  • Sebastian Walcott Heating Up in July

    Texas Rangers' top overall prospect Sebastian Walcott is beginning to heat up for High-A Hickory. The 18-year-old shortstop hit a home run on Tuesday and is slashing .306/.370/.531 this month. At such a young age and already at High-A, Walcott is progressing nicely. He projects to be a plus power hitter with speed to add on the bases. This season, he is hitting .242 with eight homers and 31 RBI to go with 12 stolen bases. He should only get better as he progresses through the minor leagues. Walcott is a premium prospect who could be a future fantasy star.

    Jul 24 · Source via Prospects Texas Rangers Sebastian Walcott
  • Max Clark Notches First High-A Hit in Debut With West Michigan

    Detroit Tigers outfield prospect Max Clark recorded a hit in his first game with High-A West Michigan on Tuesday. The Tigers' top overall prospect earned a promotion after leading the Florida State League with 58 RBI while playing for Single-A Lakeland. Clark is turning heads at just 19 years old and showing why he was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft. A true five-tool player, the sweet-swinging lefty has a bright future in Detroit. It could be a few more years before fantasy managers see Clark in the big leagues, but he should be monitored closely as he progresses through the minor leagues.

    Jul 24 · Source via Prospects Detroit Tigers Max Clark
  • Justin Crawford Records First Double-A RBI

    Philadelphia Phillies outfield prospect Justin Crawford went 3-for-5 with his first Double-A RBI and two stolen bases for Reading on Tuesday. The Phillies' No. 3 prospect logged his first RBI at Double-A in his third game with Reading and showed off his speed on the basepaths as well. The 20-year-old can fly and has 31 steals across two levels this season. The son of former major leaguer Carl Crawford, Justin projects as a similar player with elite speed and a polished approach at the plate albeit with limited power. In a few years, Crawford could be showing off his speed in the Philadelphia outfield.

    Jul 24 · Source via Prospects Philadelphia Phillies Justin Crawford
  • Xavier Isaac Crushes Homer For High-A Bowling Green

    Tampa Bay Rays first base prospect Xavier Isaac went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI for High-A Bowling Green on Tuesday. The 20-year-old is crushing High-A this year to the tune of 15 homers, 61 RBI, and a .927 OPS. Isaac is one of the top first base prospects in all of baseball and even at a young age, he is showing why. The Rays' No. 3 prospect could be crushing baseballs in the major leagues in a few years. He is a name to follow over the next few years for fantasy managers.

    Jul 24 · Source via Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Xavier Isaac
  • Chase DeLauter Homers During Rehab Assignment

    Cleveland Guardians outfield prospect Chase DeLauter (foot) homered for the first time since April 16 during his rehab assignment for the ACL Guardians on Tuesday. MLB's No. 28 prospect has been sidetracked by a foot injury for most of 2024. DeLauter should return to Double-A Akron once he is healthy. The 22-year-old offers plenty of potential, including 60-grade power. The lefty-swinging power hitter will look to make a healthy return and then push for a promotion to Triple-A by the end of the season. By next season, DeLauter could be roaming the outfield in Cleveland.

    Jul 24 · Source via Prospects Cleveland Guardians Chase DeLauter
  • Seth Brown Goes Yard In Victory

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    Oakland Athletics first baseman Seth Brown went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's victory versus the division rival Houston Astros. Brown was one of five Athletics to round the bases in the contest and is now up to eight homers on the season with 20 RBI and a .197 batting average. At this point of his career, the 32-year-old is what he is, a bench bat that carries a good amount of power, but not much else. With the trade deadline approaching and Oakland clearly in a rebuild, there is a chance he can be dealt or see less playing time for a younger player. Either way, Brown can be left on the waiver wire.

    Jul 24 · Source via Oakland Athletics Seth Brown
  • Shohei Ohtani Adds Three More RBI

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    Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani continued his remarkable season in Tuesday's victory versus the rival San Francisco Giants. Ohtani went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs to help the Dodgers reach their 61st win of the season. Sometimes when players sign huge contracts and switch teams in the offseason, they feel added pressure and could struggle for a bit, but not Ohtani. If anything, it has been the opposite with the 30-year-old that has hit .314 with 30 homers, 73 RBI and 24 RBI thus far in Dodger blue. Ohtani continues to be one of the best players in the sport and managers should continue to the enjoy the ride.

    Jul 24 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Shohei Ohtani
  • Evan Phillips Collects 15th Save

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    Los Angeles Dodgers closer Evan Phillips recorded his 15th save of the season on Tuesday versus the rival San Francisco Giants. Phillips didn't open the inning as Alex Vesia did, but came on with two runners on. He walked Jorge Soler to load the bags before ending the game with a LaMonte Wade Jr. groundout. Phillips has struggled recently and manager Dave Roberts mentioned before the game that Phillips could be used any time from the seventh inning on, which is not exactly a vote of confidence for managers relying on him for saves. However, it was still nice to see him bounce back in a small sample size Tuesday. Managers should still hold onto Phillips, but it would not be a bad idea to insure him with Daniel Hudson with Vesia also being of consideration.

    Jul 24 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Dodgers Evan Phillips
  • Kirby Yates Locks Down 18th Save

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    Texas Rangers closer Kirby Yates continued his strong season with a two-out save against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. The veteran didn't open the inning, but came in to relieve Josh Sborz with one out and got Gavin Sheets to strikeout before Eloy Jimenez flew out to give Yates his 18th save and the Rangers their 49th victory. Yates has been great for the Rangers this season with a 1.22 ERA and there is no reason to think that he will not continue to operate as one of the best closers in the league this season as he has a 1.74 xERA to backup his success.

    Jul 24 · Source via Closers Texas Rangers Kirby Yates
  • Pete Fairbanks Goes 1-2-3 For 19th Save

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    Tampa Bay Rays closer Pete Fairbanks worked a clean ninth inning to record his 19th save of the season on Tuesday versus the division rival Toronto Blue Jays. Fairbanks got Davis Schneider and Daulton Varsho to groundout before Alejandro Kirk flew out to end the game. It was a positive outing for the closer, who has allowed a run in three of his last five appearances, despite picking up a save in all those contests. Fairbanks has spent some time on the injured list this season, but continues to be effective when healthy. For the season, Fairbanks owns a 3.28 ERA with 8.33 K/9. Managers should continue to have confidence with Fairbanks moving forward.

    Jul 24 · Source via Closers Tampa Bay Rays Pete Fairbanks
  • Jake Diekman Collects Fourth Save

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    New York Mets relief pitcher Jake Diekman recorded his fourth save of the season in Tuesday's victory versus the New York Yankees. With closer Edwin Diaz getting the night off, the Mets turned to Diekman with a one-run lead. Despite allowing a walk, Diekman was able to record the three outs necessary to net himself the save and the Mets their 52nd victory. Managers shouldn't read too much into Diekman getting the save with Diaz getting the night off and outside of deeper leagues that count holds, he can safely remain on the waiver wire.

    Jul 24 · Source via New York Mets Jake Diekman
  • Ketel Marte Stays Hot

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    Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte continued his hot hitting in Tuesday's victory versus the Kansas City Royals. Marte went 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs and a two-run homer to continue his successful season. Not only has Marte been having a great season, he has been red-hot over the last, hitting .354 with six homers, 18 RBI and three stolen bases to go along with a shiny 1.064 OPS. The 30-year-old seems to fly under the radar every season and managers have to be happy with the results they continue to get from the veteran. Marte doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime in the near future as he will face the Royals once again on Wednesday.

    Jul 24 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Ketel Marte
  • Jeremy Pena Homers, Steals A Base Tuesday

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    Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena had a big game in his team's 8-2 loss to the Oakland A's on Tuesday. Pena went 3-for-4 with a double, a solo homer, and a steal in the losing effort. The 26-year-old infielder has been swinging a hot bat for the Astros of late, batting .385 with two homers over his past seven contests. Overall, Pena is hitting .282 with 17 doubles, nine homers, 49 runs, 44 RBI, and 12 steals across 380 at-bats. His blend of power and speed makes him a solid fantasy shortstop in deeper leagues.

    Jul 24 · Source via Houston Astros Jeremy Pena
  • Lawrence Butler Falls Single Short Of The Cycle On Tuesday

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    Oakland A's outfielder Lawrence Butler had a big game in his team's 8-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Butler went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a homer, a walk, two runs, and two RBI to help power his team to the win. The 24-year-old outfielder is putting together a solid season, hitting .253 with 10 doubles, two triples, 10 homers, 26 runs, 32 RBI, and six steals across 194 at-bats. Butler has been red-hot of late, batting .536 with four homers over his past seven contests. He remains a must-start in fantasy until his bat cools off.

    Jul 24 · Source via Prospects Oakland Athletics Lawrence Butler
  • Brent Rooker Homers On Tuesday

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    Oakland A's DH Brent Rooker continued his power surge in an 8-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Rooker went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk to help power Oakland to the win over their division rivals. The 29-year-old kicked off the scoring in the game, launching a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning to put the A's up 2-0. Rooker is now hitting .291 with 23 homers, 48 runs, 69 RBI, and six steals across 320 at-bats. He has been white-hot at the plate of late, batting .400 with five homers and 13 RBI over his past seven games. Rooker is a must-start in fantasy until he cools down.

    Jul 24 · Source via Oakland Athletics Brent Rooker
  • Jameson Taillon Takes Hard-Luck Loss On Tuesday

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    Chicago Cubs right-hander Jameson Taillon pitched well but took the loss in a 1-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. Taillon tossed 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball while allowing four hits, walking three, and striking out three but saw his record drop to 7-5 on the season. The veteran hurler has been solid for the Cubs this season, posting a 2.96 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 78 strikeouts over 100 1/3 innings of work. While he isn't a major source of strikeouts, Taillon is a strong mid-rotation fantasy starting pitcher thanks to his low ERA and WHIP. He will look for his eighth win next time he takes the mound, which will be Monday against the Cincinnati Reds.

    Jul 24 · Source via Chicago Cubs Jameson Taillon
  • Jeff McNeil Hits Two-Run HR On Tuesday

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    New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil had a big game in his team's 3-2 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday. McNeil went 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs, two RBI, and a walk to help power the Mets to the win over their crosstown rivals. The veteran infielder's homer came in the sixth inning and broke a 1-1 tie, giving the Mets a lead that they would not give back. McNeil is now hitting .225 with nine homers, 40 runs, 32 RBI, and five steals over 311 at-bats this season. He has been swinging a hot bat of late, hitting .364 with four homers and 11 RBI over his past seven games. McNeil is worth a spot in fantasy starting lineups while he is on a hot streak.

    Jul 24 · Source via New York Mets Jeff McNeil
  • Tyler Fitzgerald Homers In Fifth Straight Game

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    San Francisco Giants shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald continued his homer streak in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Fitzgerald went 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBI but it wasn't enough as the Giants lost to their division rivals. On the bright side, the rookie infielder set a Giants rookie record, becoming the first San Francisco rookie to homer in five straight games. The last Giants player overall to homer in five straight games was Barry Bonds back in 2004. Fitzgerald is now hitting .322 with six homers, 18 runs, 13 RBI, and seven stolen bases across 90 at-bats this year. If Fitzgerald is able to homer in a sixth consecutive game, it would set a new MLB record. He will look to accomplish the feat on Wednesday against Dodgers starter Tyler Glasnow.

    Jul 24 · Source via San Francisco Giants Tyler Fitzgerald
  • Brandon Lowe Homers In Win Over Toronto

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    Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in his team's 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Lowe launched his two-run shot off Toronto starter Jose Berrios in the fifth inning to push Tampa's lead to 3-0. The veteran infielder is now hitting .239 with 11 homers, 27 runs, 30 RBI, and one steal across 176 at-bats. While his batting average isn't great, Lowe continues to provide solid fantasy power numbers from second base, making him a decent reserve option in most leagues.

    Jul 24 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Lowe
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Homers In Tuesday Loss

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    Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was one of the few bright spots in his team's 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. Guerrero went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, his 17th of the season, in the contest. The veteran infielder launched a solo shot in the sixth inning, a blast that traveled 424 feet with an exit velocity of 112 MPH to cut the Tampa lead to 3-1. Guerrero is putting together another elite fantasy season, hitting .293 with 17 homers, 50 runs, 60 RBI, and two steals across 386 at-bats. With his name popping up in trade rumors, Guerrero has been swinging a hot bat of late, hitting .370 with four homers and seven RBI over his past seven contests.

    Jul 24 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • Jesus Sanchez Homers In Win Over Baltimore

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    Miami Marlins outfielder Jesus Sanchez provided some pop in his team's 6-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored to help power his team to the win. The veteran took Baltimore starter Albert Suarez deep in the second inning, a blast that traveled 429 feet with an exit velocity of 114.7 MPH. Sanchez is now hitting .248 with 12 homers, 31 runs, 38 RBI, and six steals across 290 at-bats. He has been swinging a hot bat of late, hitting .327 with four homers and eight RBI over his past 15 contests.

    Jul 24 · Source via Miami Marlins Jesus Sanchez
  • Emmanuel Clase Picks Up 30th Save

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    Cleveland Guardians right-hander Emmanuel Clase tossed a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. Clase did not allow any baserunners while needing just nine pitches to pick up the save. The All-Star closer has now converted 30 of his 33 save chances in what has been another dominant season. Overall, he has a 4-1 record, 0.78 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and 39 strikeouts over 46 1/3 innings of work in what is shaping up as his best season yet. Clase remains an elite fantasy closer in all formats.

    Jul 24 · Source via Closers Cleveland Guardians Emmanuel Clase
  • Reds Likely To Trade From Bullpen Depth

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    The Reds are telling teams they plan to trade from their bullpen, report C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic. That is not yet a signal about their deadline direction, though. According to the report, Cincinnati anticipates having a bullpen surplus as they expect Emilio Pagán and Ian Gibaut to return from the injured...

    Jul 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Ian Gibaut
  • Orioles To Select Chayce McDermott

    The Orioles are calling up pitching prospect Chayce McDermott to start tomorrow's game in Miami, manager Brandon Hyde informed the team's beat (X link via Andy Kostka of the Baltimore Banner). The O's need to add him to the 40-man roster. It's the first MLB call for McDermott, who turns 26 next month. The Astros...

    Jul 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Baltimore Orioles Chayce McDermott
  • Dodgers Interested In Randy Arozarena

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    The Dodgers have made clear they're looking to make a splash at the top of the trade market. Most of the focus has been on the pitching side -- general manager Brandon Gomes said just last night the front office is seeking "an impact-type arm" -- and it seems they're taking a similar approach to...

    Jul 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Tampa Bay Rays Los Angeles Dodgers Randy Arozarena
  • Christian Yelich Leaves Early Tuesday With Back Tightness

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    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (back) left Tuesday's 1-0 win over the division-rival Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field early with back tightness, according to the team. Yelich went 0-for-1 with two walks in the contest before departing and was replaced as the designated hitter by first baseman Rhys Hoskins. The 32-year-old veteran left-handed-hitting outfielder has a long history with back injuries, so this definitely isn't what the Brewers or fantasy managers want to see. He was already on the injured list once this year with a lower-back strain. Don't expect to see Yelich in the lineup on Wednesday, and fantasy managers should prepare for another potential trip to the IL. If Yelich misses extended time with his latest back issue, look for both Blake Perkins and Jake Bauers to potentially see more opportunities as Milwaukee's DH.

    Jul 24 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Christian Yelich
  • Colin Rea Fans Eight In Tuesday's No-Decision

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    Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Colin Rea turned in a great start in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Cubs. Rea pitched five innings, allowing four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. The 34-year-old has pitched well both in a traditional starter's role and as a bulk reliever, going 9-3 with a 3.60 ERA, a 6.87 K/9 rate, and a 2.70 BB/9 rate in 20 appearances (17 starts) and 110 IP. While his results have been respectable, Rea has allowed a lot of hard contact, so fantasy managers should be wary of potential regression in the second half. Until then, he and fantasy managers will look to take advantage of a middling Braves matchup in his next scheduled start.

    Jul 24 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Colin Rea
  • Lance Lynn Reaches 2,000 Career Strikeouts Tuesday

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    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn hit a career milestone in his Tuesday start in a 2-1 win over the Pirates. Lynn pitched five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Those strikeouts brought the 37-year-old's career total to exactly 2,000 over his 13-season career. The veteran has gotten improved results after an unusually poor 2023 season and is now 5-4 with a 4.17 ERA, an 8.35 K/9 rate, and a 3.55 BB/9 rate in 20 starts and 101 1/3 IP. He may not provide as much fantasy value as he did earlier in his career, but Lynn still offers a useful floor when he is on. His next matchup will be a decent one against a scuffling Rangers lineup.

    Jul 24 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Lance Lynn
  • Injured Yanks top prospect Dominguez nears return

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    Yankees top prospect Jasson Dominguez, out since suffering an oblique strain on June 15, is nearing a return to game action, manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday.

    Jul 24 · ESPN Prospects New York Yankees Jasson Dominguez
  • Rockies' Bryant activated after oblique strain

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    Out since early June with a left oblique strain, Colorado Rockies infielder/outfielder Kris Bryant was activated off the 10-day injured list on Tuesday.

    Jul 24 · ESPN Colorado Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Cooper Criswell Throws Seven Shutout Innings At Coors Field

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    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Cooper Criswell rose to the occasion in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Rockies at Coors Field, improving his record to 4-4. Criswell pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. The 28-year-old has spent time with both the Red Sox and Triple-A Worcester this season and has put up respectable big-league numbers, compiling a 3.60 ERA, a 7.48 K/9 rate, and a 2.22 BB/9 rate in 13 starts and 65 IP with the Red Sox. Should he remain in the rotation, his next start would likely be a favorable matchup against the Mariners. This would make him a decent streaming option in deeper leagues.

    Jul 24 · Source via Boston Red Sox Cooper Criswell
  • Tyler O'Neill Homers Twice Tuesday, Plates Three

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    Boston Red Sox outfielder Tyler O'Neill continued his strong offensive second half in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Rockies. O'Neill went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a two-run HR, and a strikeout. The 29-year-old snuck a first-inning Ty Blach changeup over the center-field wall to score two and then demolished a third-inning Blach offering onto the left-field concourse. O'Neill has put together a solid season overall, slashing .267/.356/.535 with 20 HR, 54 runs scored, 38 RBI, and three stolen bases in 312 plate appearances. He has been particularly hot in July, slashing .317/.386/.556 with four HR and 10 RBI in 15 games.

    Jul 24 · Source via Boston Red Sox Tyler O'Neill
  • Simeon Woods Richardson Turns In Quality Start, No-Decision Tuesday

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    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson continued his strong rookie season in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Phillies. Woods Richardson pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Unfortunately, his offense was held in check by a strong start from Zach Wheeler, leaving him without a chance at a win. The 23-year-old is now 3-1 with a 3.27 ERA, a 7.77 K/9 rate, and a 2.56 BB/9 rate in 17 starts and 88 IP. His next start will be a middling one at the Mets, but he should draw two starts in that week, making him a worthy fantasy start.

    Jul 24 · Source via Minnesota Twins Simeon Woods Richardson
  • Giants Claim Derek Hill From Rangers

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    The Giants are claiming outfielder Derek Hill off waivers from the Rangers, as first reflected on the MLB.com transaction log. Texas designated the speedster for assignment over the weekend. San Francisco already had an opening on their 40-man roster, so they won't need to make a corresponding move until Hill reports to the team. Texas signed...

    Jul 24 · MLB Trade Rumors San Francisco Giants Texas Rangers Derek Hill
  • Zack Wheeler Fans Seven In Strong No-Decision

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    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler turned in another strong start in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Twins. Wheeler pitched seven innings, allowing three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Unfortunately, his offense couldn't provide support until the ninth inning, leaving him with a no-decision. The 34-year-old is now 10-4 with a 2.55 ERA, a 9.68 K/9 rate, and a 2.69 BB/9 rate in 20 starts and 123 2/3 IP. Fantasy managers will be pleased to see Wheeler bounce back from a relatively pedestrian 2023 season. His next scheduled start will be a tough matchup against the Yankees, but he has proven to be matchup-proof for some time.

    Jul 24 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Zack Wheeler
  • Ryan Helsley Notches 33rd Save Of Season Tuesday

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    St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley converted his 33rd save of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Pirates. Helsley came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning up by one and locked things down by striking out the side. The 30-year-old has been one of baseball's and fantasy's top closers this season, converting all but two save opportunities with a 2.25 ERA, a 10.84 K/9 rate, and a 3.68 BB/9 rate. He currently has the most saves in baseball and should continue to provide top fantasy value in the second half, especially if the Cardinals continue to play well.

    Jul 24 · Source via Closers St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Helsley
  • Paul Skenes Pitches Into Ninth Inning In Tough Loss

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Paul Skenes turned in another gem but came away with a loss in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to the Cardinals. Skenes pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits (including a solo home run) and no walks with eight strikeouts. The 22-year-old All-Star rookie has been a fantasy sensation this season, going 6-1 with a 1.93 ERA, an 11.69 K/9 rate, and a 1.57 BB/9 rate in 12 starts (10 quality starts) and 74 2/3 IP. He hasn't accumulated as many starts as other pitchers but has been one of fantasy's best on a start-per-start basis. He will look to continue his elite production in his next start, which will be a decent matchup at the Astros.

    Jul 24 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Paul Skenes
  • D-backs activate Montgomery, to start vs. Royals

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    Diamondbacks left-hander Jordan Montgomery was activated from the 15-day injured list and will start Tuesday night against the visiting the Royals.

    Jul 23 · ESPN Arizona Diamondbacks Kansas City Royals Jordan Montgomery
  • Dodgers In On Randy Arozarena

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping to add an impact bat in the outfield prior to the trade deadline next Tuesday, July 30, and they "are in on Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena," according to a source. Arozarena is having a down year overall in 2024 but has heated up since the beginning of June. Entering play on Tuesday, he had a .906 OPS with seven home runs since June 1 and has been looking more like the player who won American League Rookie of the Year honors in 2021 and an All-Star selection last year. The 29-year-old is earning $8.1 million in 2024 and is arbitration-eligible for two more years. Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert Jr. is also drawing interest from the Dodgers. He's signed for $15 million in 2025 with $20 million club options for both 2026 and 2027. The asking price on Robert is quite high.

    Jul 23 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Chicago White Sox Randy Arozarena Luis Robert
  • Angels Reinstate Luis Rengifo, Designate Keston Hiura

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    The Angels are designating infielder Keston Hiura for assignment, reports Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register (X link). The move opens an active roster spot for the reinstatement of Luis Rengifo from the 10-day injured list. More to come.

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Angels Keston Hiura Luis Rengifo
  • Dodgers, Orioles Interested In Tarik Skubal

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    Detroit Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal, one of the front-runners in the American League Cy Young race, has become the latest name trending in trade rumors, and according to sources, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles are interested in him. It's unclear where talks stand, but if the Tigers decide to make Skubal available, other teams are expected to enter the mix. Skubal is 11-3 with an AL-low 2.34 ERA in 123 innings and 23 starts. The 27-year-old southpaw is earning $2.65 million in 2024 and is arbitration-eligible for two more years, leaving him under club control through 2026. The more likely scenario is the Tigers trading right-hander Jack Flaherty, an impending free agent this winter. The Dodgers have a big need for starting pitching in the second half as they prepare for a deep postseason run, so it wouldn't surprise anyone if they paid a hefty price for Skubal or Chicago White Sox lefty Garrett Crochet.

    Jul 23 · Source via Detroit Tigers Tarik Skubal
  • Yonny Chirinos Designated For Assignment

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    The Miami Marlins designated right-hander Yonny Chirinos for assignment on Tuesday and recalled right-hander Kyle Tyler from Triple-A Jacksonville in a corresponding move. Tyler made the start for the Fish on Tuesday against the visiting Baltimore Orioles. Chirinos gets the boot off the Marlins' 40-man roster a day after surrendering five runs on nine hits while walking four in five innings in a loss to the division-rival New York Mets. The 30-year-old veteran predictably has not been very good in his six starts (30 innings pitched) for Miami in 2024, going 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA (6.11 FIP) and 1.87 WHIP with 25 strikeouts and 13 walks. The veteran Venezuelan could latch on with another organization to close out the 2024 season but he won't be much more than an innings-eater if he finds his way back to the big leagues.

    Jul 23 · Source via Miami Marlins Yonny Chirinos
  • Ryan Weathers Resumes Playing Catch

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    Miami Marlins left-hander Ryan Weathers (finger) has resumed playing catch this week as he recovers from a strained left index finger that landed him on the 15-day injured list in early June. Fantasy managers have probably been frustrated that Weathers is just now throwing again after missing six-plus weeks with a finger injury. The good news is that he's throwing, but the 24-year-old southpaw still has a ways to go before he's a realistic candidate to rejoin Miami's starting rotation. Given the way that he was throwing the baseball before his unfortunate finger injury, fantasy managers in deeper leagues should keep him stashed in an IL spot. Weathers was looking good in his first full year in South Beach with a 3.55 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with a 22.5% strikeout rate and a career-low 6.7% walk rate in 71 innings and 13 starts.

    Jul 23 · Source via Miami Marlins Ryan Weathers
  • Mariners Designate Ty France For Assignment; Place Julio Rodríguez, J.P. Crawford On Injured List

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    The Mariners' roster got a major shakeup today, with the club announcing a huge slate of moves. First baseman Ty France was designated for assignment while shortstop J.P. Crawford and outfielder Julio Rodríguez each landed on the 10-day injured list. Crawford has a right hand fracture while Rodríguez has a right high ankle sprain. In...

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Seattle Mariners J.P. Crawford Ty France
  • Braxton Garrett Resumes Playing Catch

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    Miami Marlins left-hander Braxton Garrett (forearm) began playing catch this week after being put on the 15-day injured list back on June 23 with a left-forearm strain. The Marlins are being careful with the 26-year-old southpaw given his history of arm injuries, but it sounds like he's finally ramping up as he prepares to return to Miami's starting rotation in the second half of the 2024 season. Before returning to the big-league pitching staff, Garrett is going to need at least a couple minor-league rehab starts, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect him back until at least mid-August. The former seventh overall pick in 2016 struggled in his first seven starts earlier this year before going on the shelf, recording a 5.35 ERA (3.80 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP with a 21.1% strikeout rate but with a strong 2.5% walk rate in 37 frames.

    Jul 23 · Source via Miami Marlins Braxton Garrett
  • Sandy Alcantara To Throw A Bullpen On Wednesday

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    Miami Marlins right-hander Sandy Alcantara (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. It's a big step for Alcantara, as it will be his first time throwing off a mound since having Tommy John surgery in October of last year. The 28-year-old National League Cy Young winner in 2022 started his throwing program back in March and is just now ready to throw off a mound. Alcantara isn't going to return to the Marlins' starting rotation in 2024, but as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks as he begins building his arm up this fall, he should be ready to roll in spring training and the start of the regular season in 2025. When Alcantara comes back next year, he'll be hoping to bounce back from his disappointing 2023 campaign, when he went 7-12 with a 4.14 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 151 strikeouts and 48 walks in 184 2/3 innings over his 28 starts.

    Jul 23 · Source via Miami Marlins Sandy Alcantara
  • Mike Trout Leaves Rehab Game With Knee Soreness

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    It didn't take long for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (knee) to suffer a setback with his surgically-repaired let knee, as he left his first minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday night with left-knee soreness. Trout is being considered day-to-day after playing just two innings for the Bees. The 32-year-old 11-time All-Star was tracking toward a return at the end of July, but those plans could now be out the window, depending on how long it will be before he can get back into a rehab game. He'll likely undergo some tests, and we should have a better idea of a timetable in the next few days, but fantasy managers should probably not expect Trout's return until August now. The three-time MVP is in the middle of a second straight lost season after breaking his hand in 2023. Before injuring his knee earlier this year, he was hitting just .220 but with 10 homers and six steals in 29 games.

    Jul 23 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout
  • Matt McLain Ramping Up Toward Rehab Assignment

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    Cincinnati Reds infielder Matt McLain (shoulder), who joined the club in Atlanta on Monday for their series against the Braves to begin more baseball activities, has been able to take ground balls, run the bases, and lift weights. McLain said on Tuesday that he hasn't been cleared to hit or dive, but the plan is still for him is to start a minor-league rehab assignment on Aug. 12. The 24-year-old former first-round pick remains on track to return to the Reds at some point in late August or early September to aid their playoff push, but his fantasy impact in 2024 will likely end up being muted. McLain is only worth stashing on rosters far ahead in the standings. Jonathan India has worked his way into must-roster territory at the keystone in Cincy, batting 89-for-324 (.275) with eight home runs, 40 RBI, 50 runs scored, and nine stolen bases over 93 games.

    Jul 23 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • X-Rays Negative On Jorge Mateo's Elbow

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    Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jorge Mateo (elbow) exited Tuesday's game against the hosting Miami Marlins after injuring his left elbow on a collision with Gunnar Henderson going for a ball up the middle in the third inning. X-rays were negative on Mateo's elbow following the contest, but he's going to get further tests to determine the severity of the injury, manager Brandon Hyde said. Mateo's left arm appeared to get tangled with Henderson's legs, which put abnormal torque on his left arm, and he appeared to be in a significant amount of pain before departing. There's a chance the 29-year-old speedster, who has 13 stolen bases over 192 at-bats this year, may need a trip to the injured list, which leaves one to wonder if that would open a path for top prospect Jackson Holliday in Baltimore's infield. Fantasy managers would be wise to consider making a speculative add on Holliday ahead of Wednesday's matchup against Miami.

    Jul 23 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Jorge Mateo
  • No Timeline For Nolan Jones' Return

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    Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black said prior to Tuesday's game against the visiting Boston Red Sox that the club doesn't have "a total game plan" for outfielder Nolan Jones (back), who was placed on the 10-day injured list on July 13. "He's feeling better, that's the main thing," Black said. "With Nolan, it starts with that. If he gets through the next couple of days, we'll probably have a little bit more of a plan." It's the second time this year Jones has been on the shelf with a strained lower back, so the Rockies are likely going to be more inclined to take a cautious approach this time around. The 26-year-old left fielder enjoyed a breakout season in 2023, but he's slashing a dreadful .202/.311/.313 with three home runs, 14 RBI, 19 runs scored, and three stolen bases over 163 at-bats in 2024 and is no longer a must-stash fantasy asset.

    Jul 23 · Source via Colorado Rockies Nolan Jones
  • Albert Suarez Gives Up Six Runs Before Exiting Tuesday

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    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Albert Suarez (leg) took a comebacker off his right leg and left with a trainer in Tuesday's start against the hosting Miami Marlins. Suarez exited after two innings of work, giving up six runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk. The 34-year-old veteran right-hander was a popular streaming choice for fantasy managers against the last-place Marlins on Tuesday, considering he entered the day with a solid 2.82 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 12 appearances for the O's this season, but he'll leave a mark on starting rosters with this performance. Suarez's next start tentatively lines up on Sunday against the visiting San Diego Padres, but his status will need to be monitored up until then.UPDATE: Suarez has a shin contusion, and manager Brandon Hyde believes he will be fine.

    Jul 23 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Albert Suarez
  • Cody Bellinger Takes On-Field Batting Practice Tuesday

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    Chicago Cubs outfielder Cody Bellinger (finger) took on-field batting practice ahead of Tuesday's game against the division-rival Milwaukee Brewers and "had a really good workout" at Wrigley Field, per manager Craig Counsell. The hitting aspect of Bellinger's rehab has gone well, but the outfielder's throwing progression has gone slower. Counsell said that the Cubs could "absolutely" consider bringing Bellinger back as a designated hitter before he gets back at full strength with throwing on his fractured left middle finger. Bellinger resumed hitting in the cage this past weekend, and it sounds like he's on the verge of beginning an abbreviated minor-league rehab assignment or perhaps being activated from the 10-day injured list in the coming days. The 29-year-old star slugger is a trade candidate ahead of next Tuesday's deadline, slashing .269/.331/.410 with nine home runs, 37 RBI, 39 runs scored, and five stolen bases over 344 plate appearances this year.

    Jul 23 · Source via Chicago Cubs Cody Bellinger
  • Jay Allen II Continuing To Struggle At High-A

    Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Jay Allen II has had trouble finding consistency in the batter's box over the past two months at High-A Dayton. After posting a strong .375 and .278 AVG in April and May, respectively, he has held a disappointing .143 AVG since June 1. During this stretch, Allen has only gone deep twice after launching seven home runs over the first two months. On July 21, he broke out of a four-game hitless streak by going 2-for-5, but he has been unable to keep this success rolling over an extended period. The 21-year-old will likely spend the rest of the summer at High-A to work out these struggles and may not reach Double-A until later next season.

    Jul 23 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Jay Allen
  • Braves-Reds Postponed Tuesday

    Tuesday's game between the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds at Truist Park has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for Wednesday as part of a split doubleheader. Chris Sale was originally scheduled to take the mound for the Braves and Nick Martinez for the Reds on Tuesday, and the two hurlers figure to line up and get the ball in either the matinee or the nightcap of Wednesday's twin bill instead. Allan Winans and Frankie Montas are Wednesday's slated starters for Atlanta and Cincinnati respectively, and they remain set to toe the rubber as well. Fantasy managers should adjust their lineups accordingly.

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  • Cooper Kinney Stellar Through July

    Tampa Bay Rays second base prospect Cooper Kinney has looked quite comfortable through his first look at High-A ball this summer and has begun to post excellent numbers through July. Since the start of the month, the 21-year-old has posted a strong .364/.375/.673 line with three home runs, nine RBI, and two stolen bases. Overall, through 74 games this season at High-A Bowling Green, the 2021 draft pick has held a .298/.359/.509 slash line. Kinney could push for a late-season promotion to Double-A if he can carry this momentum into August. MLB.com considers the infielder the 23rd-best prospect in the Rays pipeline and projects him to reach the majors in 2026.

    Jul 23 · Source via Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Cooper Kinney
  • Tre' Morgan Continues To Dominate High-A

    Tampa Bay Rays first base prospect Tre' Morgan has continued his impressive run at High-A Bowling Green and is making a strong case to see time at Double-A later this summer. Since June 28, the former third-round selection in last year's draft has held an incredible .500/.540/.636 line with one home run, eight RBI, four stolen bases, and a 5:5 BB:K ratio. In this span, Morgan has posted three four-hit games and has only gone hitless twice. In his most recent game on Sunday, July 21, he went 3-for-5 with a double and a solo shot. Morgan is ranked as the 13th-best prospect in the Tampa Bay system on MLB.com, but given his recent play, he is sure to climb up the board later this summer.

    Jul 23 · Source via Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Tre' Morgan
  • Mets Place Christian Scott On Injured List With UCL Sprain

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    The Mets announced that right-hander Christian Scott has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a right UCL sprain, retroactive to July 22. Left-hander Alex Young was recalled in a corresponding move. At this point, it's unclear how severe Scott's sprain is or how long the Mets expect him to be out, but it's...

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects New York Mets Christian Scott Alex Young
  • Moises Ballesteros Showcasing Power

    Chicago Cubs catching/first base prospect Moises Ballesteros has continued to dominate at the Triple-A level after the All-Star Break, especially in the power department. Over the past three games, the backstop has gone deep twice and tallied three total extra-base hits. The 20-year-old joined Triple-A Iowa on June 18 and has performed exceptionally well across his 21-game stint. Through this small taste, Ballesteros has posted a strong .298/.344/.512 line with four home runs, six doubles, and a 6:17 BB:K ratio. He is considered the 59th-best prospect in all of baseball on MLB.com and is making a strong case to spend the majority of next summer in the Northside of Chicago.

    Jul 23 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Moises Ballesteros
  • Orioles Willing To Trade Ryan Mountcastle, Cedric Mullins

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    The Orioles will be one of the most fascinating teams to watch ahead of the trade deadline. They currently boast a one-game lead over the Guardians for the best record in the American League and a 1.5-game lead over the Yankees for first place in the AL East. Thus, they fit the criteria for major...

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Baltimore Orioles Ryan Mountcastle Cedric Mullins
  • Zach Dezenzo Promoted To Triple-A

    Houston Astros third base prospect Zach Dezenzo is being promoted to Triple-A Sugar Land, according to MiLB Central. Dezenzo has dealt with a lingering wrist injury all season, which has limited his playing time. Through 22 games at Double-A this season, the former 12th-round selection has held a .222/.308/.370 line with two home runs, seven RBI, and a 9:23 BB:K ratio. However, last summer, the Ohio State product split time at High and Double-A and held an excellent .304/.383/.531 slash line with 18 home runs, 61 RBI, and 22 swiped bags. Dezenzo is considered the fourth-best prospect in the Houston system on MLB.com and is worth keeping a close eye on, as he could push for a late-season major league debut.

    Jul 23 · Source via Prospects Houston Astros Zach Dezenzo
  • Parker Meadows To Run The Bases Wednesday

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    Detroit Tigers outfielder Parker Meadows (hamstring) is completing baseball activities daily and is scheduled to complete a baserunning session on Wednesday. Meadows is recovering from a strained right hamstring that landed him on the 10-day injured list over two weeks ago. The 24-year-old is making some progress, though, and could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in the near future. The former second-round selection in 2018 has hit only .131/.247/.286 with a well below-average .533 OPS, three homers, five RBI and four stolen bases in 97 plate appearances and 35 games in 2024 in his second year in the big leagues for Detroit. While he has yet to impress at the big-league level, his power/speed combination is attractive in dynasty/keeper leagues.

    Jul 23 · Source via Detroit Tigers Parker Meadows
  • Jose Miranda To Start Rehab Assignment On Wednesday

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    Minnesota Twins third baseman Jose Miranda (back) will start a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul on Wednesday. As long as Miranda doesn't suffer a setback with his back at St. Paul, there's a chance that Miranda will be activated from the 10-day injured list to rejoin the big-league roster for Friday's series opener against the division-rival Tigers in Detroit. The 26-year-old has been out since before last week's All-Star break with a lower-back strain. Before his injury, Miranda was scorching-hot at the plate, going 28-for-59 (.475) with a homer, nine doubles, 16 RBI, five walks and a stolen base in 16 games since June 22. He snapped a 13-game hitting streak just before he was injured before the All-Star break. Regular third baseman Royce Lewis (groin) is also on track to return from the IL on Friday, but if Miranda picks up where he left off, the Twins will find a lineup spot for him on the daily.

    Jul 23 · Source via Minnesota Twins Jose Miranda
  • Jasson Dominguez To Resume Playing In Games "Within A Week"

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    New York Yankees outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez (oblique) took live batting practice in Tampa on Monday and is traveling to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday to resume playing in games "within a week," according to manager Aaron Boone. The Yankees' top prospect, per MLB Pipeline, Dominguez is ahead of schedule in his return from a left-oblique strain that he suffered in mid-June, although the Bombers aren't going to rush the 21-year-old back. He was already rehabbing from right-elbow surgery earlier this season before injuring his oblique, and there's no guarantee that the Martian will head to the big leagues at the end of his rehab assignment. But when Dominguez does return to the Bronx, he will be an immediate contributor in all fantasy leagues. The Dominican outfielder has hit .356/.404/.609 with a 1.014 OPS, six homers and 13 RBI in 23 minor-league games in 2024.

    Jul 23 · Source via Prospects New York Yankees Jasson Dominguez
  • Anthony Rizzo Does Agility Drills On Tuesday

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    New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (forearm) was seen doing some agility drills at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday before the contest against the visiting New York Mets. Rizzo hasn't played for the Yankees since June 16 due to a fractured right forearm, but the 34-year-old veteran left-handed slugger is slowly ramping up his activities after previously being limited to workouts in the weight room. The last hurdle he'll need to clear will be swinging a bat and facing live pitching before he's eventually sent on a minor-league rehab assignment. Rizzo isn't particularly close to a return to the Yankees' lineup but he still has a chance to be back in the big leagues in August. Rookie Ben Rice has benefitted the most with playing time at first base in the strong side of platoon in the Bronx with Rizzo sidelined. Rizzo was hitting just .223 (59-for-264) with eight homers in 70 games before his injury.

    Jul 23 · Source via New York Yankees Anthony Rizzo
  • Allan Winans To Start On Wednesday

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    Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed that right-handed pitching prospect Allan Winans will be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make the start on Wednesday versus the visiting Cincinnati Reds. Winans is coming into his eighth major-league start on a roll after giving up just one run in 10 1/3 innings in his last two starts for Gwinnett. The 28-year-old former 17th-round pick by the New York Mets in 2018 out of Campbell University has gone 4-3 for the Stripers this year with a 2.74 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 75 K's and 22 walks in 82 innings over 15 outings (13 starts). In his lone appearance with the Braves this year on April 11 against the Mets, he gave up seven runs (six earned) while walking two and striking out only one in a loss over five innings. Winans had a 5.29 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in his first six big-league starts in 2023 and won't be a recommended streaming option against Cincy.

    Jul 23 · Source via Atlanta Braves Allan Winans
  • Chayce McDermott Expected To Make MLB Debut On Wednesday

    The Baltimore Orioles haven't named a starting pitcher for Wednesday's contest against the Miami Marlins, but there's a strong chance that right-handed pitching prospect Chayce McDermott will get the nod in what will be his major-league debut. The O's already added McDermott, the team's No. 7 prospect per MLB Pipeline, to their taxi squad this week. The 25-year-old former fourth-round pick of the Houston Astros in 2021 out of Ball State has gone 3-5 with a 3.96 ERA and 1.43 WHIP with 129 strikeouts and 54 walks in 91 innings over 20 outings (19 starts) for Triple-A Norfolk in 2024. The 6-foot-3, 197-pounder has would be in line for an excellent matchup from a fantasy perspective, but he could be sent right back down to the minors after his big-league debut. McDermott primarily relies on a mid-90s heater and a sweepy slider while also utilizing a work-in-progress curve and changeup. He's going to need to show better control in order to have success in the majors.

    Jul 23 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Chayce McDermott
  • Rays Claim Joel Kuhnel From Brewers

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    The Rays announced that they have claimed right-hander Joel Kuhnel off waivers from the Brewers. Milwaukee designated him for assignment a couple of days ago. The Rays already had three vacancies on their 40-man roster, so their count climbs to 38. Kuhnel, 29, has been featured in the pages of MLB Trade Rumors plenty of...

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Milwaukee Brewers Tampa Bay Rays Joel Kuhnel
  • Ty France Outrighted After Clearing Waivers

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    Seattle Mariners first baseman Ty France cleared waivers on Tuesday and has been outrighted off the team's 40-man roster after being designated for assignment, according to a source. The Mariners have moved on from France as they seek more offense at the position at the big-league level, opting for first base prospect Tyler Locklear for the time being. The 30-year-old veteran right-handed hitter was a first-time All-Star in Seattle in 2022 but has fallen off at the plate since and was hitting just .223 (67-for-300) with eight home runs, 14 doubles and 31 RBI in 340 plate appearances over 88 games this year. For now, he'll report to Triple-A Tacoma with an outside chance of returning to the major-league roster later in the second half. But fantasy managers that still had France on their rosters can let go now.

    Jul 23 · Source via Seattle Mariners Ty France
  • Mariners Call Up Jonatan Clase, Cade Marlowe

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    The Seattle Mariners recalled outfielders Jonathan Clase and Cade Marlowe from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday. Marlowe is starting in right field for the M's and is hitting ninth against the visiting Los Angeles Angels and right-hander Jose Soriano. Marlowe, a left-handed hitting 27-year-old, made his big-league debut in 2023 and hit .239 (21-for-88) with three homers, three doubles, two triples, 11 homers and four steals in his first 34 games. He hit .235 with 13 homers for Tacoma this year, and he and Clase, the team's No. 10 prospect per MLB Pipeline, could be battling for playing time with Julio Rodriguez (ankle) on the 10-day injured list. Clase, a 22-year-old switch-hitter, has looked overmatched in his MLB debut in 2024, going 8-for-41 (.195) at the plate with no homers, a double, three RBI, three swipes and a 14:2 K:BB in 43 trips to the plate and 19 games played.

    Jul 23 · Source via Prospects Seattle Mariners Jonatan Clase Cade Marlowe
  • Mets Sign Jackie Bradley Jr. To Minor League Deal

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    The Mets have reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with veteran outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Sean W. Alcide was the first to report the news, which was later confirmed by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Bradley, who had been playing for the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, will report to Triple-A Syracuse....

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Mets Jackie Bradley Jr.
  • Tyler Locklear Recalled And Starting On Tuesday

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    The Seattle Mariners recalled infield prospect Tyler Locklear from Triple-A Tacoma, and he's starting at first base and batting sixth for the M's on Tuesday against the visiting division-rival Los Angeles Angels and right-hander Jose Soriano. Locklear, the club's No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline, has an opportunity to carve out regular playing time at the cold corner in Seattle now that Ty France is no longer on the roster. The 23-year-old right-handed hitter went just 6-for-30 (.200) in his first 11 big-league games earlier this year but also had two home runs, a double and three RBI while fanning 12 times. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has excellent raw power, making him intriguing in deep-mixed leagues for those in need of some pop down the stretch. Locklear had an .887 OPS at two minor-league levels for the Mariners this year, and they're hoping he'll help boost their offense in the coming weeks and months.

    Jul 23 · Source via Prospects Seattle Mariners Tyler Locklear
  • Max Scherzer To Start On Thursday

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    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (arm) is scheduled to take the ball against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. This is good news after Scherzer had an early exit during his outing on Saturday due to arm fatigue. It appears Scherzer has avoided serious injury and will get the ball again later this week. Fantasy managers should make sure to get Scherzer back in their lineups for a favorable matchup against the struggling White Sox offense.

    Jul 23 · Source via Texas Rangers Max Scherzer
  • Miguel Rojas Remains Out On Tuesday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Miguel Rojas (finger) is out of the starting lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants. Rojas has been sidelined since being removed from Sunday's game due to right forearm tightness. The 35-year-old is considered as day-to-day, so he should be able to avoid a trip to the injured list. In the meantime, Enrique Hernandez will cover shortstop and bat ninth versus right-hander Jordan Hicks. Fantasy managers should adjust their lineups with Rojas out again.

    Jul 23 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Miguel Rojas
  • Marlins Designate Yonny Chirinos For Assignment

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    The Marlins have designated right-hander Yonny Chirinos for assignment, the team announced today. His spot on the roster will go to right-hander Kyle Tyler, who's been recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville. Chirinos, 30, is one of several former Rays who made their way to the Marlins organization over the offseaon -- he signed a minor league...

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Miami Marlins Yonny Chirinos Kyle Tyler
  • J.P. Crawford Headed To Injured List

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    Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford (hand) has been placed on the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game. The bad news continues to pile up for Seattle as outfielder Julio Rodriguez (ankle) joined Crawford on the injured list. The Mariners made a few moves with them losing two of their starting players. They've called up infielders Tyler Locklear and Leo Rivas to help give them some depth at shortstop. The assumption is that Dylan Moore will see a majority of the playing time, but Locklear and Rivas should get a few looks as well. There isn't a viable fantasy pickup here in the absence of Crawford.

    Jul 23 · Source via Seattle Mariners J.P. Crawford
  • Reid Detmers Generating Trade Interest

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    Reid Detmers certainly hasn't had the 2024 season he was hoping for. The southpaw has been pitching for the Salt Lake Bees since June, when the Angels optioned him to Triple-A. Nevertheless, he is reportedly drawing trade interest from numerous teams, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN, who lists Detmers as one of many players...

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Angels Reid Detmers
  • Julio Rodriguez Placed On 10-Day Injured List

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    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (ankle) has been placed on the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game. This is a tough blow to the Mariners after Rodriguez injured his right ankle in a collision with a wall during Sunday's game. The organization was hopeful that it was a minor ankle but that doesn't appear to be the case. Now, Rodriguez will miss at least the next 10 days with a mild ankle sprain. The Mariners have recalled outfielders Jonatan Clase and Cade Marlowe to help fill the void. It'll likely be a committee approach in center field which won't give any of these players much fantasy appeal. Victor Robles figures to see the most time in center field and he is more known for his defense on the field.

    Jul 23 · Source via Seattle Mariners Julio Rodriguez
  • Elias Diaz Returns To The Lineup

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    Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz (calf) is back in the starting lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the Boston Red Sox. Diaz is back in the mix after missing two games due to a lingering calf issue. This is good timing with Jacob Stallings probably needing a break after catching 12 innings on Monday. Diaz will bat sixth and serve as the catcher against right-hander Cooper Criswell. Fantasy managers who have Diaz rostered can get him back in their lineups.

    Jul 23 · Source via Colorado Rockies Elias Diaz Jacob Stallings
  • Ryan McMahon Remains Out On Tuesday

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    Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon (finger) remains out of the starting lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the Boston Red Sox. The lefty slugger will miss his second straight game after jamming his finger over the weekend. The assumption is that this is a minor injury and McMahon should be considered as day-to-day. Aaron Schunk will get another start at the hot corner and bat ninth versus right-hander Cooper Criswell. Fantasy managers should adjust their lineups accordingly.

    Jul 23 · Source via Colorado Rockies Ryan McMahon Aaron Schunk
  • Mets Sign Jackie Bradley Jr. To Minor-League Deal

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    The New York Mets signed free-agent outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to a minor-league deal on Tuesday. The 34-year-old left-handed hitter had a 1.024 OPS and 12 home runs in 40 games with the Long Island Ducks of the Independent League this year and will now provide the Mets with additional outfield depth for the second half of the season. Bradley will likely report to Triple-A Syracuse. The former 40th overall pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2011 out of South Carolina hit just .133/.188/.210 with one homer, five doubles, six RBI and 10 runs scored in 43 games for the Kansas City Royals last year before being cut. Bradley was always a defense-first player in his 11 big-league seasons and will be a long shot to carve out a regular role if he even makes it back to the big leagues with the Mets to close out the 2024 season.

    Jul 23 · Source via Jackie Bradley Jr.
  • Kodai Senga To Make Season Debut On Friday

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    New York Mets right-hander Kodai Senga (shoulder, triceps) will return from the 60-day injured list to make his season debut this Friday against the division-rival Atlanta Braves. Senga has been out all season after suffering a right-shoulder injury in spring training and then having a setback during his recovery with a triceps ailment. The 31-year-old Japanese hurler is finally good to go, though, and is hoping to go five innings or 85 pitches in his 2024 debut to kick off the weekend. Although the Braves are actually a solid matchup now for pitchers in fantasy, Senga will be more of a risk in his first big-league start of the season. He was the Mets' ace in his first year in MLB last year, though, and could be a difference-maker down the stretch for fantasy pitching staffs as long as he's healthy.

    Jul 23 · Source via New York Mets Kodai Senga
  • Christian Scott Placed On 15-Day Injured List

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    The New York Mets placed rookie right-hander Christian Scott (elbow) on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to July 22) with a right-UCL sprain on Tuesday and recalled left-handed reliever Alex Young from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move. This is pretty bad news for the young 25-year-old pitching prospect, as this could lead to Tommy John surgery, which would sideline him for the rest of 2024 and most, if not all, of next year as well. Fantasy managers in single-year leagues shouldn't expect Scott to be of much use for the rest of this season, if he even makes it back to New York's rotation. He'll be replaced in the rotation by Kodai Senga (shoulder, triceps), who will make his season debut on Friday against Atlanta. Scott debuted to much fanfare in 2024, only to go 0-3 with a 4.56 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with a below-average 19.8% strikeout rate and eight homers allowed in nine starts (47 1/3 innings).

    Jul 23 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Christian Scott
  • Luis Rengifo Returns From Injured List

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    According to the New York Post's Jon Heyman, Los Angeles Angels infielder Luis Rengifo (wrist) is coming off the 10-day injured list on Tuesday. Heyman goes on to add that Rengifo will be a great trade piece leading up to the July 30 trade deadline as a versatile infielder that could be of interest to the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and many others. The Angels haven't released their lineup yet for Game 2 of their series in Seattle against the division-rival Mariners, but Rengifo should be in it against right-hander Logan Gilbert. Rengifo skipped a minor-league rehab assignment, so he'll be playing in his first game on Tuesday since early July after being sidelined with wrist inflammation. While he's not a great source of counting stats or power, the 27-year-old is hitting .315 (79-for-251) with 22 stolen bases and should be rostered in most fantasy leagues.

    Jul 23 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Luis Rengifo
  • Kris Bryant Reinstated And Starting Against Red Sox

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    The Colorado Rockies announced on Tuesday that they reinstated infielder/outfielder Kris Bryant (oblique) from the 10-day injured list and optioned outfielder Sean Bouchard to Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move. Bryant is immediately back in the Rockies' starting lineup against Red Sox right-hander Cooper Criswell, playing right field and batting fifth. The 32-year-old former MVP will return to the big-league roster after playing in just three minor-league rehab games. He's been sidelined since June 6 due to a left-oblique strain, and while he should play regularly, fantasy managers should keep their expectations in check for an aging player that hasn't been able to stay healthy since joining the Rockies in 2022. Before getting hurt this year, Bryant was hitting .186/.307/.279 with two homers, 10 RBI and 11 strikeouts in 24 games.

    Jul 23 · Source via Colorado Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Brandon Marsh Returns From Injury On Tuesday

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    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh (elbow) is back in left field and is batting sixth for the Phillies on Tuesday against right-hander Simeon Woods Richardson and the hosting Minnesota Twins. Marsh was held out as a precaution in Monday's series opener in Minnesota due to right-elbow soreness, but he's fine now after a day off. Like most left-handed batters, Marsh has been much better against righty arms this year, batting .288 (55-for-191) against them with all nine of his home runs in 75 games played. However, fantasy managers may want to keep him on their benches since he hasn't recorded a hit since before the All-Star game and is hitless in his last 13 plate appearances with a walk and six strikeouts in his last six games. The former second-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels in 2016 has never faced Woods Richardson in his career.

    Jul 23 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Brandon Marsh
  • Corey Seager Resting Against Left-Hander

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    Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager will get the day off on Tuesday against the visiting Chicago White Sox and All-Star left-hander Garrett Crochet. With Seager riding pine, Jonathan Ornelas will get the starting nod at shortstop and will bat ninth for the Rangers. Seager will get the day off against a tough left-hander after starting each of the team's last 15 games. The 30-year-old two-time World Series MVP opened the month of July hot, but he's hit a rough patch in his last five games with just one hit in 16 at-bats with six walks and six strikeouts. The 30-year-old All-Star has hit only .236 (25-for-106) with four of his 18 home runs against lefties in 2024, too. While Seager may be in a bit of a funk offensively since the All-Star break, he's still a must-start for fantasy managers when he's in the lineup. Ornelas can be avoided in DFS contests.

    Jul 23 · Source via Texas Rangers Corey Seager
  • Jeimer Candelario Sitting Out On Tuesday

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    Cincinnati Reds infielder Jeimer Candelario and outfielder Jake Fraley are not in the team's starting lineup on Tuesday versus the hosting Atlanta Braves. Fraley is out against All-Star left-hander Chris Sale, while Candelario will be getting a rest day for the first time since April. Noelvi Marte is at third base and is batting sixth, while Santiago Espinal is serving as the designated hitter and is hitting ninth against Sale. Rookie Rece Hinds re-enters the lineup in right field and is in the eight-hole. The switch-hitting Candelario is hitting just .236 (80-for-339) in his first year in Cincinnati, but he's also produced 16 home runs (four shy of a career-high) while also driving in 47 runs and stealing four bases as a lineup regular for the Reds. None of Cincy's lineup replacements are particularly attractive in DFS against Sale on Tuesday.

    Jul 23 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jeimer Candelario
  • Austin Wells Sitting Against Southpaw

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    New York Yankees catcher Austin Wells will head to the bench on Tuesday in the opener of the Subway Series against the visiting New York Mets with veteran left-hander Jose Quintana on the mound. Carlos Narvaez will do the catching for right-handed rookie Luis Gil and will bat eighth against Quintana. The 25-year-old Wells hits from the left side and had also started each of the team's last six games, so it's a perfect time to give him a break. The former first-rounder in 2020 out of Arizona has been a bit better so far in the month of July and recorded three hits, including his seventh round-tripper of the year, in Monday's victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Wells has gone 6-for-23 (.261) against southpaws this year, but all seven of his homers have come against right-handed pitching. Narvaez will be making his first career start in the Bronx on Tuesday.

    Jul 23 · Source via New York Yankees Austin Wells
  • Ryan O'Hearn Back For Orioles

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    Baltimore Orioles first baseman Ryan O'Hearn (knee) is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the hosting Miami Marlins, serving as the designated hitter and batting cleanup against Marlins right-hander Kyle Tyler. O'Hearn is good to go following Monday's off day after he sat out of Sunday's contest with knee soreness. The 30-year-old left-handed power bat will always have some DFS appeal while hitting cleanup in one of the most potent lineups in baseball, especially while facing a right-handed pitcher. O'Hearn currently has an .809 OPS with a .274/.342/.466 slash line and 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 295 plate appearances over 81 games in his second year with the O's. He's hitting .276 (68-for-246) with all 12 of his long balls in 2024 against righties.

    Jul 23 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Ryan O'Hearn
  • DJ Herz Starting Tuesday Against Padres

    The Washington Nationals have called up pitcher DJ Herz from Triple-A Rochester, and he will pitch against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Herz made seven appearances with the Nationals earlier this season and went 1-2 with a 5.47 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. He recorded 41 strikeouts and nine walks over 31 1/3 innings before being sent down after a start on July 7 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Herz recorded his first win against the Miami Marlins on June 15. His strikeout potential makes him an intriguing play for daily fantasy managers, while those in standard leagues would be wise to keep him on the waiver wire.

    Jul 23 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals DJ Herz
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