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Fri Jul 121:29Liam Hendriks Expects To Return MondayLiam HendriksSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Chicago White Sox right-hander Liam Hendriks (forearm) told reporters on Friday that he is expecting to be activated off of the injured list on Monday. Hendriks has been sidelined since June 10 after coming down with a forearm issue but fantasy gamers shouldn't be without him for much longer. The Chicago closer has appeared in 25 games in 2022, posting a 1-2 record, 2.81 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 16 saves, and 37 strikeouts over 25 2/3 innings of work. With Hendriks back in the fold, look for Kendall Graveman to head back to a setup role for the Sox.
Source: Daryl Van Schouwen on
Fri Jul 121:14Mookie Betts Gets In On-Field Workout FridayMookie BettsSS/CFRed SoxFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts (ribs) got in an on-field workout on Friday before his team's game against the San Diego Padres. Betts has been on the injured list since June 19 after injuring his ribs. Betts reportedly "felt good" after his workout and could possibly be activated from the injured list in the next few days. The All-Star outfielder is hitting .273 with 17 homers, 53 runs, 40 RBI, and six steals on the season.
Source: Juan Toribio on
Fri Jul 120:04Anthony DeSclafani Goes Back On Injured ListAnthony DeSclafaniRP/SPMarlinsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (ankle) is going back on the injured list on Friday with right ankle inflammation. It's the same issue that cost DeSclafani two months already this season. Jason Vosler will now make the start on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox. Skipper Gabe Kapler said "there's real concern" with DeSclafani's ankle and said that "everything is on the table" when asked about possible surgery. Jakob Junis will be an option soon for the Gigantes rotation, but until then, the team might have to go with a couple bullpen games. DeSclafani has an ugly 9.95 ERA (21 earned runs) in just 19 innings over five starts, and he was plastered for seven earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings in his last start on Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds. It's been a disappointing year after he went 13-7 with a 3.17 ERA in 31 starts for San Fran in 2021.
Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Alex
Fri Jul 118:20Rich Hill Feels Pop In His Knee FridayRich HillRPYankeesFree Agent
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rich Hill (knee) stated that he felt a pop in his knee during his start against the Chicago Cubs on Friday. According to Red Sox manager Alex Cora, the team is currently waiting to find out how serious the issue is. In his post-game presser, Hill said that he put the team in a "tough position" while trying to pitch through the ailment. Hill's final line for the day was 4 2/3 innings, three hits, four walks, three earned runs and three strikeouts. The team wound up losing 6-5. He's tentatively scheduled to make his next start next Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, but we should know more about his situation and his prospects of making that start soon.
Source: Chris
Fri Jul 116:20Enrique Hernandez Resumes SwingingKiké Hernández1B/CFMarlinsFree Agent
Boston Red Sox infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez (hip) took 15 swings on Friday, which is an important step for him in his recovery after he had a setback last week. Hernandez had already resumed throwing this week, but now that he's also swinging again, he could head out on a minor league rehab assignment soon. If the 30-year-old can avoid another setback with his hip, there's still time for him to return to Boston's lineup before the All-Star break in mid-July. Before landing on the injured list, Hernandez was slashing just .209/.273/.340 with four home runs, 24 RBI and 27 runs scored in 238 plate appearances over 51 games in his second season in Beantown.
Source: Mass Live - Chris
Fri Jul 116:15Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Whitlock To Throw Bullpens SaturdayNathan EovaldiSPMarlinsFree Agent
Garrett WhitlockFree Agent
Boston Red Sox right-handers Nathan Eovaldi (back) and Garrett Whitlock (hip) are both scheduled to throw bullpen sessions on Saturday. It will be Eovaldi's first time throwing off a mound since he landed on the injured list almost three weeks ago with lower back inflammation. He might need a couple bullpen or live batting practice sessions before going on a minor league rehab assignment, so he's unlikely to return before the All-Star break. Whitlock is ahead of Eovaldi in his quest to return, but the Red Sox are leaning toward using him out of the bullpen once he's reinstated from the injured list. The 26-year-old made his first four appearances in relief for the Red Sox this year, but he'll lose plenty of fantasy value if he's not in the starting rotation.
Source: Mass Live - Chris
Fri Jul 115:33Chris Bassitt Placed On Injured ListChris BassittSPWhite SoxFree Agent
New York Mets right-hander Chris Bassitt was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Friday with a non-injury issue. Bassitt was scheduled to start in the Friday series opener against the Texas Rangers but will instead be replaced on the mound by David Peterson. There's no word yet whether Bassitt tested positive for COVID or if he was a close contact but either way the Mets will be without one of their more consistent starters for the next stretch of games. Bassitt has made 15 starts for the Mets this year, posting a 6-5 record, 4.01 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 95 strikeouts spanning 89 2/3 innings of work. Peterson has been solid in his own right in 2022, putting up a 3.10 ERA across 11 appearances. Peterson is a southpaw so fantasy gamers counting on Texas hitters on Friday night might want to check in on their righty/lefty splits and make lineup adjustments accordingly.
Source: New York Mets on
Fri Jul 114:20Kevin Kiermaier Back From The Injured ListKevin KiermaierCF/RFRaysFree Agent
The Tampa Bay Rays activated outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (hip) from the 10-day injured list on Friday and optioned outfielder Luke Raley and left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to Triple-A Durham in corresponding moves. The team also recalled right-hander David McKay from the taxi squad. Kiermaier landed on the IL on June 20 with left hip inflammation, but he wasn't out for long and is back in center field and batting fifth on Friday against Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Jose Berrios. The 32-year-old veteran should see regular playing time in center field moving forward, and he's hitting just .229/.270/.380 with seven home runs, 17 RBI, 26 runs scored and five stolen bases in 189 plate appearances and 56 games for the Rays so far in 2022.
Source: Rays Radio Network - Neil
Fri Jul 110:08Joey Votto Homers, Tallies Three Hits In Thursday's LossJoey Votto1BRedsFree Agent
The Cincinnati Reds got blown out 15-7 against the Chicago Cubs Thursday night, but first baseman Joey Votto did what he could to stop it, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs, and an RBI. The longtime Red is slashing .224/.342/.398 with six home runs, 22 runs, and 25 RBI in 58 games. It's a far cry from Votto's 2021 season numbers, but considering he hit .129 with a .434 OPS in the first month of the season, fantasy managers should be happy with those results. He isn't hitting enough to be a starter in every league, but his .342 OBP still makes him a good contributor in OBP leagues.
Thu Jun 3021:57Nick Castellanos Hits Three-Run Homer ThursdayNick Castellanos3BTigersFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos had the stick working in a 14-4 rout of the division-rival Atlanta Braves on Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and a strikeout to raise his season average to .248. The home run was his eighth of the season, and it ended a month-long drought without a round-tripper. The Phillies are going to need more where that came from with superstar outfielder and last year's National League MVP Bryce Harper (thumb) out six weeks with a fractured thumb. Fantasy managers will also be hoping that Castellanos' big home run on Thursday will jump start him for a big month of July. The 30-year-old right-handed slugger is now up to an even 40 RBI in his first season in Philadelphia.
Thu Jun 3021:49Ryan Pressly Picks Up Save No. 17Ryan PresslyRPTwinsFree Agent
Houston Astros closer Ryan Pressly picked up his 17th save of the season in the 2-1 win on Thursday in a makeup game against the New York Yankees. Pressly didn't allow a hit and didn't walk a batter while striking out two in his scoreless inning of work to shut things down. The 33-year-old right-hander has now recorded back-to-back saves, so there's a good chance he won't be available if a save situation arises in the first game of the weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. Pressly imploded in a blown save and a loss last Thursday against the Yankees when he gave up four runs in just a third of an inning, but he's bounced back nicely with saves in his last three outings without allowing a single run while striking out five and walking none.
Thu Jun 3020:57Mookie Betts Could Return Early Next WeekMookie BettsSS/CFRed SoxFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts said "early next week is certainly a possibility" for outfielder Mookie Betts (ribs) to return from the injured list. There's also a chance that Betts will play some second base when he returns in order to minimize his throwing, according to Roberts. The 29-year-old took batting practice on Thursday, and there's a chance that he'll be back as early as July 4 next Monday. The Dodgers could also ease Betts back into action without having him throw by using him as the designated hitter. Either way, fantasy managers won't complain, as Betts is a no-brainer must-start fantasy asset when healthy. The former MVP was hitting .273/.349/.535 with an .884 OPS, 17 home runs, 40 RBI, 53 runs scored and six stolen bases in 60 games before he was injured.
Source: The Athletic - Fabian
Thu Jun 3018:28Mookie Betts Taking Batting Practice ThursdayMookie BettsSS/CFRed SoxFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts (ribs), who is on the injured list with a right-rib fracture, is taking batting practice on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. The team is hopeful that he will return by the All-Star break, although he could initially be limited to designated hitter duties. The 29-year-old superstar landed on the injured list on June 18, but he resumed baseball activities on Wednesday and is getting closer to a return. Until Betts returns, expect Eddy Alvarez and Trayce Thompson to continue splitting playing time in right field for the Blue. Before his injury, Betts was swinging it well with a .273/.349/.535 slash line with an .884 OPS, 17 home runs, 40 RBI, 53 runs scored and six stolen bases.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Mike
Thu Jun 3017:06Marcus Stroman To Throw Bullpen Session FridayMarcus StromanRP/SPBlue JaysFree Agent
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday. The 31-year-old has been sidelined since early June due to right shoulder inflammation. He threw 36 pitches in a live batting practice session this past Tuesday. There isn't a clear timeline for Stroman at this point but he appears to be headed in the right direction. Over nine starts this year, the right-hander has struggled to the tune of a 5.32 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
Source: Jordan
Thu Jun 3016:15Aaron Hicks Retreats To The Bench On ThursdayAaron HicksCFTwinsFree Agent
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against right-hander Luis Garcia and the Houston Astros. Aaron Judge, Joey Gallo and Giancarlo Stanton will be covering the outfield for the game. Hicks has been scuffling at the plate lately, recording just one hit over his last 18 at-bats. The 32-year-old has appeared in 66 games this year and he's slashing .218/.338/.284 with three home runs, seven stolen bases, 18 RBI and 24 runs. He should remain on waivers in all but the deepest of fantasy leagues at this point.
Wed Jun 2916:56Tommy Pham Back In The Lineup On WednesdayTommy PhamDHCardinalsFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham (back) is included in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against left-hander Justin Steele and the Chicago Cubs. He'll be hitting out of his usual No. 3 spot and covering left field in the game. Pham was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup as he was dealing with lower-back stiffness. The 34-year-old veteran is currently in the midst of his best offensive month of the year. Across 22 June games, he's slashed .265/.347/.482 with five home runs, two stolen bases, 13 RBI and 17 runs.
Wed Jun 2916:37Jake Lamb Earns His First Start On WednesdayJake Lamb3BDiamondbacksFree Agent
The Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of third baseman Jake Lamb from Triple-A on Tuesday. He appeared as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's game and he is making his first start as a Dodger on Wednesday. He'll be slotting in as designated hitter and batting seventh in the game. The 31-year-old has had a productive year at Triple-A. Over 61 games, he's slashed .290/.395/.537 with 15 home runs, 50 RBI and 44 runs. He was abysmal during his time in the majors last year. Splitting the 2021 season between the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, he slashed just .194/.306/.368 with seven homers over 55 games. He'll likely be used primarily as a matchup-based pinch-hitter while he remains active for the Dodgers this year.
Source: Patrick
Wed Jun 2914:48Darin Ruf On The Bench Against TigersDarin Ruf1B/LF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
San Francisco Giants first baseman and outfielder Darin Ruf isn't starting on Wednesday. The Giants will take on the Detroit Tigers and right-handed starter Rony Garcia but will do so with Ruf on the bench. The 35-year-old is batting .222 with a .336 on-base percentage, six home runs, and a pair of stolen bases in 244 plate appearances this season. Brandon Belt is stepping in at first base and could be worth a look as a streaming option for fantasy managers in deeper leagues where on-base percentage is part of the scoring. Belt has hit .220 with a .346 on-base percentage, five home runs, and a stolen base in 153 plate appearances for San Francisco this year. He's hitting fifth against the Tigers.
Source: San Francisco
Wed Jun 2914:42Charlie Morton Allows Two Runs On TuesdayCharlie MortonSPPiratesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves right-hander Charlie Morton allowed a pair of earned runs in his most recent start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. Morton also surrendered seven hits and four walks while striking out five hitters. He threw 102 pitches on the day. Additionally, the veteran logged a 25% CSW rate and registered nine swinging strikes. So far this season, Morton has pitched to a 4.73 ERA and a 4.15 FIP in 80 innings while striking out 91 batters and allowing 30 walks. He's been much better lately, though, with a 2.81 ERA, a 3.21 FIP, and 37 strikeouts compared to five walks allowed in 25.2 innings over his last four starts.
Wed Jun 2914:26Wilmer Flores Not Starting On WednesdayWilmer Flores2B/3B/SSMetsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants infielder Wilmer Flores isn't in the team's lineup on Wednesday for a matchup with the Detroit Tigers and right-handed starter Rony Garcia. The 30-year-old is currently hitting .243 with a .318 on-base percentage and nine home runs in 274 plate appearances for the Giants this season. Instead, Donovan Walton will step in at second base and bat eighth. Walton is currently hitting .167 with a .194 on-base percentage and a home run in 62 plate appearances this season. Fantasy managers looking for streaming help are likely best off looking elsewhere.
Source: San Francisco