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Thu Jul 2512:18Chris Taylor Likely To Land On Injured ListChris TaylorSSMarinersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor (groin) said he felt his left groin "grab" while rounding first base in Wednesday night's contest against the visiting division-rival San Francisco Giants, and he'll undergo an MRI exam on Thursday. Manager Dave Roberts said the concern is "sort of high," and Taylor will likely land on the injured list. Outfielder James Outman is en route to join the big-league roster. Cavan Biggio entered the game to replace Taylor on Wednesday and could see an uptick in at-bats moving forward with Taylor expected to miss some time. The 33-year-old Taylor is having one of his worst seasons in the big leagues for the Dodgers this year, slashing just .167/.277/.265 with a .542 OPS, three home runs and 15 RBI in limited playing time, so he wasn't a fantasy asset in mixed leagues to begin with.
Source: The Athletic - Fabian
Thu Jul 2509:56Robbie Ray Throws Five No-Hit Innings In Return To ActionRobbie RayRPTigersFree Agent
In his first major-league outing since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2023, San Francisco Giants left-hander Robbie Ray held the Los Angeles Dodgers hitless across five innings. Ray settled in beautifully after allowing one earned run on a bases-loaded walk in what was a shaky first inning. The 32-year-old rebounded to blank the Dodgers over his next four innings, finishing the night with eight strikeouts on 86 pitches in his debut with the Giants. Ray's velocity topped out at 95.2 mph, and he finished with 22 swinging strikes. His performance against L.A. should erase any doubt as to his fantasy potential for the remainder of the season, and he should be rostered in all leagues.
Thu Jul 2500:54Jose Altuve Provides Three-Hit Attack WednesdayJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve collected three hits in Wednesday afternoon's win over the division-rival Oakland Athletics, driving in two runs during the victory. After ripping an RBI single to left field, plating Jon Singleton to give the Astros a 2-1 lead in the second inning, Altuve lined an RBI double to left field to score Singleton once more and give Houston a 5-1 lead in the seventh inning. Wednesday was just another day at the office for the 34-year-old All-Star infielder, who's now slashing a strong .307/.353/.456 with 14 home runs, 46 RBI, 59 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases covering 410 at-bats this year.
Wed Jul 2421:18Mike Trout Leaving Rehab Stint To Be Re-EvaluatedMike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles outfielder Mike Trout (knee) is not in Wednesday night's lineup for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees and will return to Southern California to have his knee re-evaluated. Trout had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on May 3, and he suffered a setback in the first game of his minor-league rehab assignment on Tuesday in the form of knee soreness. It's a major buzzkill for both the Angels and fantasy managers alike, as manager Ron Washington was hopeful Trout would be able to return to the lineup as a designated hitter on Wednesday. The three-time American League MVP and 11-time All-Star was slashing .220/.325/.541 with 10 home runs, two triples, six stolen bases, and 14 RBI in 29 games before tearing his meniscus on April 29, and Trout likely won't be able to return before the end of July at this point. Mickey Moniak and Kevin Pillar will continue to form a platoon for at-bats in center field in Anaheim.
Source: Los Angeles Angels Public
Wed Jul 2418:12Kevin Kiermaier Plans To Retire After 2024 SeasonKevin KiermaierCFRaysFree Agent
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is expected to retire after the 2024 season. The 34-year-old has played 12 seasons in the big leagues. Kiermaier spent the first 10 years of his career with the Tampa Bay Rays. He has played with the Blue Jays each of the last two seasons. The veteran outfielder was placed on waivers a few weeks ago after struggling during the first few months of the season. He's still a solid defensive outfielder but his bat has seen a significant drop in production. Best of luck to him after he hangs up his cleats following the 2024 campaign.
Source: Tampa Bay
Wed Jul 2416:18Mike Trout Could Play In Rehab Game On WednesdayMike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels manager Ron Washington said that there's still a chance that outfielder Mike Trout (knee) will serve as the designated hitter in a minor-league rehab game on Wednesday for Triple-A Salt Lake. Trout was pulled from his first rehab game with the Bees on Tuesday night after just one at-bat due to soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, but he said he felt better as the night progress and it turns out it may not have been much of a setback at all. Still, the Angels aren't going to rush the 32-year-old 11-time All-Star back into action at the major-league level. Trout had previous plans to return to the Angels lineup by the end of July, but it's unclear if his early exit from Tuesday's rehab game will put a wrench in those plans. He has suddenly become injury-prone on the wrong side of 30 but still needs to be rostered in all fantasy formats.
Source: Bally Sports West - Erica
Wed Jul 2408:46Kirby Yates Locks Down 18th SaveKirby YatesRPRaysFree Agent
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.
Tue Jul 2322:37Mike Trout Leaves Rehab Game With Knee SorenessMike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
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.
Source: Orange County Register - Jeff
Tue Jul 2318:54Max Scherzer To Start On ThursdayMax ScherzerSPTigersFree Agent
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.
Source: Rangers
Tue Jul 2317:46Mets Sign Jackie Bradley Jr. To Minor-League DealJackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
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.
Source: Metsmerized - Mike
Tue Jul 2312:07Nick Martinez To Make The Start Against BravesNick MartinezSPRangersFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Nick Martinez is scheduled to make the start on Tuesday on the road in Atlanta against the Braves. While Martinez should go more than one inning, fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to be a realistic streamer, considering he hasn't started a game since May. The 33-year-old veteran hasn't gone more than three innings in any of his outings since May 26, when he went 4 1/3 frames against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Braves aren't as scary as a matchup as they were earlier this season, but Martinez still won't be a recommended streamer for this one. In his first year in Cincinnati, he's gone 3-5 with a 3.88 ERA (3.13 FIP) and 1.12 WHIP with a weak 18.9% strikeout rate, his lowest mark since 2017.
Source: - Mark
Tue Jul 2300:56Salvador Perez Hits 18th Homer Of Season MondaySalvador PerezCRoyalsFree Agent
Kansas City Royals catcher/first baseman/designated hitter Salvador Perez continued his power-resurgent season in Monday's 10-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Perez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBI. The 34-year-old smashed a third-inning Yilber Diaz fastball to straightaway center field for his 18th long ball of the season. The veteran is having a fantasy season more similar to those earlier in his career, slashing .279/.341/.475 with 41 runs scored and 66 RBI in 396 plate appearances. He has managed to still get plenty of at-bats despite his age by cycling between first base and DH when not catching.
Mon Jul 2222:10Robbie Ray To Make Season Debut On WednesdayRobbie RayRPTigersFree Agent
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants left-hander Robbie Ray (elbow) will come off the 60-day injured list to make his team debut on Wednesday on the road against the division-rival Los Angeles Dodgers. It will be Ray's first major-league start since having Tommy John surgery in March of 2023, which will obviously make him extremely risky from a fantasy perspective, especially against one of the best teams in baseball on the road. The 32-year-old former American League Cy Young winner looked good in his final minor-league rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento last Friday and pitched into the sixth inning, though, and he should be picked up off the waiver wire in mixed fantasy leagues if he's still available for his strikeout upside. Ray had a league-high 248 K's in 2021 when he won the AL Cy Young and has had 200-plus punchouts in five of his 10 MLB seasons.
Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Alex
Mon Jul 2221:45Justin Verlander To Throw Another Bullpen Session WednesdayJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (neck) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session ahead of Wednesday's game against the division-rival Oakland Athletics. Verlander threw all of his pitches during Saturday's 40-pitch session, and he still has a chance to return to Houston's rotation before the end of July if he's able to dodge going out on a brief minor-league rehab assignment before getting activated from the 15-day injured list. The 41-year-old veteran right-hander went 3-2 with a 3.95 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 51 strikeouts in 10 starts (57 innings) before heading to the shelf with neck stiffness, and he should be stashed in all fantasy leagues with his return perhaps looming.
Source: Chandler Rome - The
Mon Jul 2220:24Alex Cobb Throws Five Scoreless Innings In Rehab StartAlex CobbSPRaysFree Agent
In his first minor-league rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, San Francisco Giants veteran right-hander Alex Cobb (hip) struck out four over five scoreless innings while throwing 60 pitches. Manager Bob Melvin said the Giants will check in with Cobb before determining his next steps, but the skipper suggested the 36-year-old could return during the team's next homestand from July 26-31 if he continues to feel good. Cobb progressed well in his rehab from offseason hip surgery but hit another setback when he felt mild shoulder irritation before throwing a bullpen session on April 16. He was moved to the 60-day injured list on April 20 and attempted to resume throwing after that but was shut down again after more soreness in his shoulder. Cobb is injury-prone and doesn't miss a ton of bats, but he could be a deep-league fantasy streamer down the stretch if he can stay healthy.
Mon Jul 2220:14Robbie Ray Likely To Make Season Debut Against DodgersRobbie RayRPTigersFree Agent
San Francisco Giants left-hander Robbie Ray (elbow) allowed one hit over 5 1/3 scoreless innings in what will likely be his final minor-league rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. Ray walked two, struck out seven and threw 78 pitches. The 32-year-old veteran southpaw is on track to make his Giants debut during the team's four-game series at Dodger Stadium this week. The 2021 American League Cy Young winner is coming off Tommy John surgery and hasn't pitched in the majors since March 31 of 2023, so fantasy managers should certainly temper their expectations. "He's probably not going to go out there and throw 120 pitches his first time out, but he got up a sixth time on Friday. One hit, some strikeouts and the velo was there. He threw all his pitches and felt good. That's what we're looking for," manager Bob Melvin said. Ray is worth rostering for his strikeout upside, although we'd recommend avoiding him in his 2024 debut against LA.
Mon Jul 2219:50Mookie Betts Starts Swinging A BatMookie BettsCFRed SoxFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Monday that infielder Mookie Betts (hand) has started swinging a bat. Betts also took some ground balls back-handed before Monday's series opener against the visiting division-rival San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium at shortstop with his broken left hand. The 31-year-old All-Star has yet to actual start hitting baseballs, but that could come soon as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks. Betts was placed on the injured list back on June 17 with a fractured left hand when he was hit by a pitch. He's not going to be back for the Dodgers until sometime in August, but he needs to be stashed in all fantasy formats until then. And when Betts does return, he's expected to shift from shortstop to second base, which will push Gavin Lux into a bench role for the first-place Dodgers.
Source: The Athletic - Fabian
Mon Jul 2216:02James Paxton Designated For Assignment By DodgersJames PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Left-hander James Paxton is being designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, according to sources. In his place, right-hander River Ryan is expected to be added to the 40-man roster in order to make his first big-league start on Monday versus the division-rival San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers don't have the space for the 35-year-old veteran left-hander with both Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) and Tyler Glasnow (back) coming off the injured list this week to rejoin LA's starting rotation. Paxton picked up his eighth win of the season on Sunday versus the Boston Red Sox, but overall he was pretty inconsistent, posting a 4.43 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with a career-low 16.4% strikeout rate and bloated 12.3% walk rate in 89 1/3 innings over his 18 starts in Hollywood. Paxton is unlikely to stay with the Dodgers if he clears waivers.
Source: FanSided - Robert
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.