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Mon Jul 2207:42Nick Castellanos Hits 14th HomerNick Castellanos3BTigersFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 6-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The veteran's homer came in the top of the ninth inning off Josh Fleming to give the Phillies some added insurance on the way to their 63rd victory. Castellanos opened the season ice-cold, but has since gotten his act together and overall is hitting .239 with 14 homers and 50 RBI for the NL East leading Phillies. As part of one of the best lineups in the league, managers should feel confident rostering the veteran the rest of the season
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.
Sun Jul 2116:20Jason Heyward Activated From Injured List, Starting On SundayJason HeywardCF/RFBravesTexas BigSticks
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Jason Heyward (knee) was activated off the 10-day injured list on Sunday, July 21, according to Jack Harris of the LA Times. The 34-year-old hit the injured list early in July due to a left knee contusion. In a corresponding move, James Outman was sent back down to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Heyward has held a .203/.299/.398 line with four home runs across 42 games this season. The former World Series champion will likely be in the starting nine against all right-handed pitchers and is already back in the lineup this evening as the Dodgers face Boston right-hander Kutter Crawford. Heyward is best left off your DFS lineup this evening, as Crawford has held a stellar 2.11 ERA and 0.76 WHIP across his past six starts.
Source: Jack
Sun Jul 2113:48Anthony Rizzo Making Slow ProgressAnthony Rizzo1BCubsDodger Blue
New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (forearm) is reportedly making slow progress, according to manager Aaron Boone. The lefty slugger has been restricted to mainly weight training since going down in the middle of June. He suffered a right forearm fracture, so it's going to take time to heal. Rizzo says that he's making progress but there is still pain in his forearm. It doesn't sound like he'll be making an impact in the Yankees lineup anytime soon. Ben Rice has been seeing an increased look at first base while Rizzo is sidelined.
Sun Jul 2113:12DJ LeMahieu Out On SundayDJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu is out of the starting lineup ahead of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The veteran infielder will get a routine rest day here. Fantasy managers should expect him to return after this game. In the meantime, Oswaldo Cabrera will cover third base and bat ninth versus right-hander Shane Baz on Sunday. Fantasy managers should adjust their lineups with LeMahieu sitting out.
Sun Jul 2112:35Decision Coming On Giancarlo Stanton By End Of Next WeekGiancarlo
New York Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) said a decision most likely will be made by the end of next week on when he can return to the field. Manager Aaron Boone thinks it's a matter of building stamina daily. It's still unclear if Stanton will go on a minor-league rehab assignment or join the Yankees immediately after he's activated from the 10-day injured list. Last year, Stanton played in just one rehab game before returning to the majors. He resumed treadmill activities on June 27 and "did quite a bit of running" on July 9. Stanton strained his left hamstring while running the bases on June 22 and was told to expect a four-week stint on the IL. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection on June 23. It's the 34-year-old slugger's eighth trip to the IL in the last six years, but he remains a must-stash in all fantasy formats for his high-end power stroke.
Sun Jul 2112:22Phillies Have Zack Wheeler Lined Up To Go On TuesdayZack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler (back) is listed as the team's probable starter for Tuesday's contest on the road in Minnesota against the Twins. As a precaution, Wheeler had his final start of the first half skipped last Sunday against the Oakland Athletics due to back spasms. The issue is considered minor, though, and the 34-year-old veteran All-Star is ready to roll for his first start of the second half on Tuesday. It's not the best of matchups on the road, but fantasy managers should feel comfortable rolling Wheeler out there against a Twins team that will be missing star shortstop Carlos Correa (foot). Wheeler was as consistent as they come for fantasy managers in the first half in 2024, going 10-4 with a 2.70 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 126 strikeouts and 35 walks in 116 2/3 innings over his 19 starts. Roll him out there in Minnesota next week.
Sun Jul 2111:51Christian Yelich Sitting Out On SundayChristian YelichCF/LFMarlinsFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich is not in the starting lineup on Sunday as the Brewers look to sweep the two-game set against the Minnesota Twins. The 32-year-old has been out of the lineup once over the past 54 games. As a result, Garrett Mitchell will slot into the outfield and bat the seven-hole. Yelich has posted an excellent .320/.405/.511 line with 11 home runs, 21 stolen bases, and a 37:57 BB:K ratio across 71 games this season. Under the hood, Yelich holds a .300 xBA and a .485 xSLG which place him near the top among all qualified hitters. Garrett Mitchell could be a sneaky play in DFS this afternoon as he will face Minnesota right-hander Joe Ryan, who has allowed a 6.55 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP across his past two starts.
Sun Jul 2111:34Clayton Kershaw To Make 2024 Debut On ThursdayClayton KershawSPDodgersRotoValue
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) is set to make his 2024 season debut on Thursday as the Dodgers face their division rival San Francisco Giants, according to Noah Camras of Dodgers Nation. The three-time Cy Young winner underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason and has faced a few setbacks, which delayed his return. The Dodgers may opt to exercise caution with the 36-year-old and may have him on a pitch count in his first few starts. Last summer, the southpaw posted an excellent 2.46 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and a 40:137 BB:K ratio across 131 innings. Kershaw should be added in all leagues as he should provide strong ratios throughout the second half and be in line to receive several wins pitching behind a strong Dodgers team.
Source: Noah
Sat Jul 2022:18Marcell Ozuna Homers Twice SaturdayMarcell OzunaCF/RFMarlinsFree Agent
In the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, Atlanta Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna slammed two home runs in a 9-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The veteran slugger took St. Louis starter Sonny Gray deep in the fourth and sixth innings, his 27th and 28th of the year. Ozuna is now hitting .305 with the 28 home runs, 79 RBI, and 60 runs scored. He is making a serious run at the National League Most Valuable Player award with this consistently high production.
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Sat Jul 2021:54Johnny Cueto Signs Minor League Deal With Los Angeles AngelsJohnny CuetoSPRedsTexas BigSticks
Free agent pitcher Johnny Cueto signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. Cueto had been signed to the Texas Rangers and was hoping to be able to snag a spot in their rotation but that chance ultimately didn't arise. The 38-year-old exercised the opt-out in his minor league deal with the Rangers earlier in July and now has found a home with the Angels. Cueto posted a 5.92 ERA in 38 innings with Triple-A Round Rock. He will likely need to improve those numbers in the Angels' minor league system before jumping into their rotation. Fantasy managers don't need to rush to add Cueto to their rosters as his current minor league ERA and his 2023 ERA of 6.02 with the Miami Marlins don't point towards future success in the final years of his career.
Source: Jon
Sat Jul 2021:46Justin Verlander Throws 40 Pitch Bullpen On SaturdayJustin VerlanderSPTigersJetBlack
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 CobbSPRaysLas Vegas Giants
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 2021:08Decision Looming On If Clayton Kershaw Starts For Dodgers In Giants SeriesClayton KershawSPDodgersRotoValue
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) could join the big league rotation this week during the Dodgers' four game series against the San Francisco Giants that starts on Monday. Kershaw just completed a rehab start on Friday, allowing three runs in four innings, so if he were to go on five days rest then that would put him in position to start Thursday's game. Currently the Dodgers are slated to start Gavin Stone on Thursday afternoon but that could change with Kershaw's availability. The future hall-of-famer has been out all season recovering from shoulder surgery and will be a very welcome addition to a roster that has incurred many injuries in the 2024 season. Fantasy managers should get ready to get the lefty in their lineups as soon as he is activated, though he will likely be on a pitch count his first few starts. If he doesn't start during the Giants series, his next opportunity would be over the weekend where the Dodgers will travel to Houston and face the Astros.
Source: David
Sat Jul 2014:40Mike Trout To Start Rehab Assignment MondayMike TroutCF/LFAngelsBig Chee
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
Sat Jul 2008:32Michael Wacha Strikes Out Seven Across Seven Shutout FramesMichael WachaRPCardinalsFree Agent
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Michael Wacha struck out seven batters across seven shutout frames on Friday evening against the Chicago White Sox. He allowed just four hits and one free pass. This was a nice bounce back for the 33-year-old, as he allowed three earned runs and seven hits in his previous start. Across 96 innings this season, the right-hander holds a solid 3.55 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 28:85 BB:K ratio. Wacha is scheduled to face Arizona in his next start on Wednesday, July 24 and is worth starting in deeper leagues as he should continue to provide stable ratios in the second half.
Sat Jul 2006:37Freddie Freeman Hits Grand Slam FridayFreddie
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman provided all the offense for his team in a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday. Freeman went 1-for-4 with a grand slam to power LA to the win. The veteran first baseman's grand slam came off Boston reliever Brennan Bernardino in the eighth inning, erasing a 1-0 lead for the Red Sox. Freeman is having another excellent season, hitting .291 with 15 homers, 58 runs, 65 RBI, and five steals over 358 at-bats. He had been slumping over his past seven games, hitting just .154, so hopefully the grand slam on Friday will get his bat going again.
Sat Jul 2000:35Gerrit Cole In Vintage Form For Third WinGerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivered an impressive outing during Friday night's start in the Bronx against the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays, striking out eight batters over six innings of one-run ball on six hits and one walk. Cole notched his third win of the season on Friday against the Rays, looking to be in vintage form in his first appearance following the All-Star break. The 33-year-old fantasy ace will look to further close his buy-low window and improve on his 4.60 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 34:10 K:BB over 29 1/3 innings (six starts) in his next showing, but it will come against a locked-in New York Mets offense on Wednesday. Cole has a 6.64 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in eight starts in his career against the Mets, both his worst lifetime figures against any specific opponent in the major leagues.
Fri Jul 1922:22Justin Verlander To Throw A Bullpen On SaturdayJustin VerlanderSPTigersJetBlack
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 TroutCF/LFAngelsBig Chee
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