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Mon Jul 2202:42Nick Castellanos Swats Another Oddly Timed Home Run SundayNick Castellanos3BTigersFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos was at it again Sunday homering on yet another interesting day in our modern history. Castellanos smacked a garbage-time solo home run in the ninth inning, his 14th of the season. If you haven't been paying attention Castellanos has a flair for the dramatics during the most questionable times. He most notably homered in the middle of Reds former broadcaster, Thom Brennaman's, famous on-air apology and since then has tacked on a few more. He's homered in the past on the day Queen Elizabeth died and the day the I-95 collapsed in Philadelphia. If crazier things happened more on the daily Castellanos could potentially reach Barry Bonds territory, but luckily for society's sake, Castellanos has only 14 long balls on the season and not the 99 he'd have if big news dropped every single day.
Sat Jul 2021:46Justin Verlander Throws 40 Pitch Bullpen On SaturdayJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (neck) completed a 40 pitch bullpen on Saturday. The bullpen marks progression for the right-hander after he threw a 25 pitch bullpen on Sunday. There's no indication yet whether Verlander will need to throw another bullpen before either starting a rehab assignment or coming back to the Astros' rotation, though it would be unlikely for him to not progress without another bullpen or a rehab assignment. The 41-year-old had posted a 3.95 ERA before dealing with neck discomfort. Fantasy managers should prepare for a return to the majors at some point in August unless the team states otherwise. In the meantime, fantasy managers looking for starting pitching help that weren't able to snag Hunter Brown may want to look at Spencer Arrighetti, who's season-long stats don't reflect the recent improvement (3.68 ERA and 28 K in his last four starts).
Source: Brian
Sat Jul 2021:28Alex Cobb To Continue Rehab Assignment On SaturdayAlex CobbSPRaysFree Agent
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb (hip, shoulder) will continue his rehab assignment on Saturday and start for Triple-A Sacramento. The start will be his fifth start of his rehab assignment, pointing to him coming very near his return to the Giants' rotation. Should all go well, the Giants will have to determine if the 36-year-old needs another start before being added to their active roster. The Giants will certainly be happy to welcome him back as they've dealt with their own plethora of injuries in their rotation, including Blake Snell and Robbie Ray (who also has yet to pitch for the Giants this season). Cobb has a 3.80 ERA for the Giants in his two season with San Francisco and they will need him to continue his solid production if they hope to compete for a wild card spot (currently 3.5 GB). Fantasy managers looking for starting pitching help should snag Cobb off the waiver wire and keep a close eye on his status for the next week.
Source: Sacramento River
Sat Jul 2014:40Mike Trout To Start Rehab Assignment MondayMike TroutLFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (knee) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Salt Lake. The future Hall of Famer is heading to Arizona on Saturday to face live pitching at the club's spring training facility over the next two days and reportedly could return to the lineup as soon as Thursday against the hosting Los Angeles Angels. It has been yet another injury-shortened season for the 32-year-old who has been limited to just 29 games and hasn't appeared in a contest since April 29. Trout got off to a hot start this season, hitting 10 homers while regaining his speed with six stolen bases in those 29 contests. However, he has been limited to 82 games or fewer in three of his last four seasons and hasn't appeared in more than 119 games in a season since 2019. Nonetheless, his strong production this season is a welcomed addition for fantasy managers in the season's second half.
Source: Rhett
Fri Jul 1922:22Justin Verlander To Throw A Bullpen On SaturdayJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
Houston Astros manager Joe Espada said that right-hander Justin Verlander (neck) will throw another bullpen session on Saturday. Verlander used all of his pitches in a 25-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and will have another side session this weekend as he works his way back from a neck issue that landed him on the 15-day injured list in the middle of June. It's unclear if the 41-year-old three-time Cy Young winner will need a short minor-league rehab assignment before returning to Houston's starting rotation, but if he doesn't need one, he'll have a good shot at returning before the calendar flips to August. The future Hall of Famer is no longer an elite fantasy starter, but he still deserves to be rostered in all fantasy leagues and has gone 3-2 with an ERA under 4.00 with a 1.21 WHIP and a 51:17 K:BB in 57 innings over his 10 starts in 2024.
Source: - Brian
Fri Jul 1922:10Mike Trout Getting Close To A Rehab AssignmentMike TroutLFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (knee) will head to the team's spring training facility in Arizona to ramp up his rehab and will face live pitching there before going on a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake, manager Ron Washington said on Friday. Trout has said all along that he hopes to return to the Angels by the end of July, but that will depend on how soon the 32-year-old 11-time All-Star can begin a rehab assignment. Because of the fact that Trout has been sidelined for two-plus months due to his knee injury, fantasy managers shouldn't be surprised if he doesn't come back until early August. Either way, Trout should remain stashed in all fantasy leagues, even though he's become injury-prone on the wrong side of 30 years old. He was hitting just .220 (24-for-109) early this year before his injury but did have 10 homers and six steals.
Source: - Rhett
Fri Jul 1921:52Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez Both In Lineup Friday NightJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
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Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (hand) and designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (hip) are both in the lineup on Friday night in their start of the second half of the season against the Seattle Mariners. Both had been nursing injuries over the All-Star break; Altuve with his hand and Alvarez his hip. It's a good sign for the Astros, who are looking to take the American League West lead from the Mariners, as they're only one game back of the lead. Altuve and Alvarez should both be in your fantasy lineups, and they should continue to be there going forward. DFS managers should target Alvarez on Friday night, as he is 7-for-15 with three home runs in his career against Mariners starter Luis Castillo.
Source: Houston
Fri Jul 1918:10Jose Quintana Will Not Pitch This Weekend Due To IllnessJose QuintanaSPWhite SoxFree Agent
New York Mets starting pitcher Jose Quintana (illness) will not pitch on Sunday as he was scheduled to due to a fever, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza expressed that he is hopeful that Quintana can pitch on Tuesday against the Yankees. As a result, David Peterson is now slated to pitch on Sunday against the Marlins. Fantasy managers should pay close attention to Quintana's status at the start of the week, as he may need additional days off depending on the severity of his illness. All New York starters are worth looking at this weekend in DFS as they will face the Miami Marlins for a three-game set.
Source: Mike
Thu Jul 1821:42Sonny Gray Taking The Hill Against BravesSonny GrayRPAthleticsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Sonny Gray will take the mound for Friday's series opener at Truist Park against the hosting Atlanta Braves as the second half gets underway. The 34-year-old three-time All-Star has been St. Louis' clear-cut ace in his first year with the team, logging a 3.34 ERA (2.56 FIP) and 1.05 WHIP along with a sparkling 121:24 K:BB covering 17 starts (99 2/3 innings). The matchup with Atlanta isn't as imposing as it once was, considering the Braves are scoring just 3.8 runs per game in 46 outings with Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) out of the lineup this season. Despite Gray's dicey 5.09 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over seven appearances on the road this year, he'll be a fine fantasy play in all settings on Friday's slate.
Wed Jul 1723:22Rich Hill Hopes To Join A Team In AugustRich HillSPIndiansFree Agent
Free-agent veteran left-hander Rich Hill said he is ramping up throwing bullpen sessions in preparation to sign with a team in August as a versatile pitcher. It appears that Hill is healthy, but it remains to be seen how much interest he'll generate on the open market after going a combined 8-14 with a bloated 5.41 ERA (4.87 FIP) and 1.52 WHIP with 129 strikeouts and 58 walks in 146 1/3 innings pitched over 32 appearances (27 starts) with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres last year. He's no spring chicken at 44 years old but does have plenty of MLB experience with 19 seasons under his belt. If Hill is picked up by a club in the second half of the season, he won't be guaranteed to have a big role and will most likely operate as a swingman/long-reliever out of the bullpen, leaving him minimal fantasy appeal.
Source: 570 LA Sports - David
Wed Jul 1717:07Evan Longoria Unlikely To Make A ReturnEvan Longoria3BRaysFree Agent
Former Tampa Bay Rays star third baseman Evan Longoria has yet to officially retire from professional baseball, but he admitted last weekend that he's unlikely to play again. "One of the only things I haven't accomplished is winning a World Series," said Longoria. "So if you said I would go hit .080 for the rest of the season, but the team would win the World Series, then I'd [continue playing.] But that's probably about the only thing I'd want to do." The 38-year-old three-time All-Star played in 74 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks last year and came up just short of a World Series ring last fall. He hit just .223/295/.422 with 11 home runs and 28 RBI in 237 regular-season plate appearances. If the former first-rounder doesn't return to an MLB diamond, he'll finish his 16-year career with a .264/.333/.471 slash line, an .804 OPS, 342 home runs, 1,159 RBI and 58 stolen bases in 1,986 regular-season contests.
Source: Tampa Bay Times - Marc
Wed Jul 1715:23Alex Cobb Goes Three-Plus Innings In Fourth Rehab StartAlex CobbSPRaysFree Agent
San Francisco Giants right-hander Alex Cobb (hip, shoulder) went 3 1/3 innings on Monday in his fourth minor-league rehab start in the Arizona Complex League and allowed one earned run on three hits while walking two and striking out three. Cobb has fanned 16 and walked only four in 11 1/3 innings on his rehab assignment in the rookie-level ACL and with Single-A San Jose so far, but he's likely to need several more rehab outings to get his arm built up more before being reinstated from the 60-day injured list. The 36-year-old veteran had offseason hip surgery and then suffered a setback with his right shoulder, which is why he's yet to pitch for the Giants in 2024. Cobb should have a rotation spot waiting for him in the second half when he returns and will be worth a look then in deeper fantasy leagues as a streaming option after making his first All-Star squad with San Fran in 2023.
Wed Jul 1713:14Dallas Keuchel Elects Free AgencyDallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Left-hander Dallas Keuchel has cleared waivers and has elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers recently acquired Keuchel in a trade and used him for four spot starts before cutting him last weekend. The former Cy Young winner allowed 10 earned runs on 23 hits (three home runs) while striking out 11 and walking eight in 16 2/3 innings over his four starts for the Brew Crew and now once again finds himself looking for work on the open market. Since 2022, Keuchel has pitched in the big leagues for five different teams and hasn't been effective, recording a 7.59 ERA and 1.90 WHIP with 81 strikeouts and 57 walks in 115 innings pitched. Even if he lands with another team in the second half of the season, at best, he'll be a volatile deep-league streaming option in fantasy.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Curt
Mon Jul 1517:22Mike Trout Targeting Late-July ReturnMike TroutLFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (knee) continues to rehab and has said he's targeting the end of July for a return, but with no specific date. The three-time American League MVP is swinging the bat well but still needs to do outfield work. "I'm pretty sure it's going to be pretty soon," Trout said. The 32-year-old 11-time All-Star is recovering from surgery for a torn meniscus in his knee but is apparently making good progress. The Angels certainly won't rush him back into the fold in another lost season, but at worst, it sounds as though Trout will be back by early August. The future Hall of Famer was hitting just .220 (24-for-109) at the time of his injury in late April, but it had come with 10 home runs and six stolen bases in just 29 games. Trout has become injury-prone on the wrong side of 30, but he's still a must-start fantasy asset when he's healthy.
Source: The Associated
Sun Jul 1413:49Justin Verlander Throws Bullpen SessionJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (neck) threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session on Sunday. The 41-year-old continues to work his way back from a neck issue that has sidelined him for about a month. It sounds like Verlander is making progress, but the Astros are going to continue being cautious with him. He'll still need to do a few rehab outings before rejoining the Astros rotation. The hope is that Verlander can help the Astros over the final few months of the season.
Source: Brian
Sun Jul 1411:57Dallas Keuchel Designated For Assignment, Joel Kuhnel PromotedDallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
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Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel has been designated for assignment, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In a corresponding move, the Brewers promoted right-handed pitcher Joel Kuhnel from Triple-A Nashville. Keuchel posted a poor 5.40 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, and an 8:11 BB:K ratio across his four starts as a Brewer. Kuhnel has operated exclusively out of the bullpen in his minor league career and posted a 2.30 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in Triple-A Nashville earlier this season. Fantasy managers should pay close attention to the Milwaukee rotation after the mid-summer classic, as there is currently an open spot. Joe Ross (back) and Bryse Wilson are candidates to claim the open rotation spot and could be worth a look in deeper leagues.
Source: Todd
Sun Jul 1411:09J.D. Martinez Sitting Out On SundayJ.D. MartinezLFAstrosFree Agent
New York Mets designated hitter J.D. Martinez is not in Sunday's lineup as the Mets look to complete a three-game sweep against the Colorado Rockies. Martinez has been in the starting nine over the past five games but will cede DH duties to first baseman Pete Alonso on Sunday afternoon. This allows Mark Vientos to shift over to first base. Martinez has been in a bit of a slump since the start of July, with a disappointing .194/.326/.333 line with only one home run and four RBI. The 36-year-old should continue to serve as the primary designated hitter in Queens in the second half of the season. The entire Mets lineup is worth considering in DFS this afternoon as they will face Colorado right-hander German Marquez, who will be making his 2024 season debut.
Sat Jul 1323:44Manny Machado Tallies Three Hits And Launches 13th Home Run Of The SeasonManny Machado3BOriolesFree Agent
San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado went 3-for-4 with two singles and a solo home run to lead the Padres to a victory on Saturday afternoon. This was hit 13th round-tripper of the campaign and the third since the start of July. After getting off to a slow start, the 32-year-old has begun to round into form as he has posted a .308/.340/.538 line with seven long balls and 20 RBI since June 16. Machado also has an above-average 46.6 % hard-hit rate and 91.7 mph average exit velocity, which suggests he should continue to put up strong numbers in the second half of the season. Machado should always remain in your starting lineup and is worth a look against most matchups in DFS formats.
Sat Jul 1323:07Carlos Santana Launches Go-Ahead Home Run On SaturdayCarlos SantanaCIndiansFree Agent
Minnesota Twins first baseman Carlos Santana went 2-for-2 with a home run and two walks on Saturday afternoon to power the Twins to a victory. Santana broke a stalemate in the sixth inning with a solo shot which evened up being the game-winning run. This round-tripper snapped an 18-game power outage. The 38-year-old has been struggling at the plate through July as he entered this game with a poor .133/.235/.200 line and just two extra-base hits. However, in June, the switch-hitter held a stellar .337/.396/.565 line. Santana should continue to see an everyday role at first base in the Twins lineup, with occasional starts at DH. He remains a solid corner infield option in deeper AL-only leagues and is worth a look in favorable matchups in DFS.
Sat Jul 1322:57Nick Castellanos Homers, Knocks In Four Runs SaturdayNick Castellanos3BTigersFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos homered and knocked in four runs Saturday in an 11-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics. On the season, Castellanos is hitting .235 with 13 home runs, 47 RBI, three stolen bases and 44 runs scored. In July, Castellanos is hitting .262 with two home runs, five RBI, and four runs scored for the NL East leaders. The Phillies will look to the veteran to continue to be productive as they seek a playoff berth in 2024.
Source: Philadelphia Phillies on