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Wed Jun 2920:23Yordan Alvarez, Jeremy Pena Evaluated For ConcussionsYordan AlvarezLFAstrosFree Agent
Jeremy PeñaFree Agent
Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez (head) and rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena (head) are both being evaluated for concussions after the two were involved in a scary collision in the outfield on Wednesday against the New York Mets, according to the team. The Astros will provide an update on Thursday. Alvarez laid motionless on the ground for a while, but he eventually walked to a cart and was taken off the field. Pena tried to remain in the game but was removed shortly after. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect either player to return for Thursday's makeup game against the New York Yankees, but hopefully they can gain clearance to return for a weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels. Alvarez has been one of the best hitters in the league this year, while Pena is a front-runner for American League Rookie of the Year honors to this point.
Source: Houston Chronicle - Chandler
Wed Jun 2919:41Eric Haase Blasts Go-Ahead HomerEric HaaseCIndiansFree Agent
Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Haase has been on a hot streak lately and that continued on Wednesday. The 29-year-old catcher went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run home run in the sixth inning off left-hander Alex Wood. This blast proved to be the difference in the 3-2 victory for the Tigers. Haase has struggled throughout most of the season. However, he's hitting .316 with three home runs and 10 RBI over his last 12 games. Fantasy managers in need of a production from the catcher spot should look and see if Haase is available.
Wed Jun 2919:26Frank Schwindel Slowly Making ProgressFrank Schwindel1BRoyalsFree Agent
Chicago Cubs first baseman Frank Schwindel (back) is slowly getting better, according to manager David Ross. The 30-year-old is expected to resume baseball activities soon, which is great news. Schwindel has been sidelined since June 18 due to back tightness. He'll likely require a minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the Cubs roster. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect Schwindel back until mid-July. Alfonso Rivas should continue to start at first base until Schwindel returns.
Source: Maddie
Wed Jun 2919:21David Fletcher Takes Batting Practice On WednesdayDavid Fletcher2B/3B/SSAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels infielder David Fletcher (hip) was able to take live batting practice on Wednesday. Fletcher continues to recover from surgery, but it's nice to see him making progress. The Angels are hopeful that Fletcher will be able to return in mid-July. He's expected to need a rehab assignment before rejoining the Angels roster. Fletcher was heavily struggling before landing on the injured list, but he does have a strong track record.
Source: J.P.
Wed Jun 2916:56Tommy Pham Back In The Lineup On WednesdayTommy PhamCF/LFCardinalsFree 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 2916:35Rowdy Tellez Stays Hot In Wednesday's WinRowdy Tellez1BBlue JaysFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez went deep twice in the 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. He finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Tellez has been red-hot lately, slugging five home runs across his last seven games with eight RBI. The 27-year-old is on pace to have the best full season of his five-year career, slashing .249/.324/.494 with 15 HRs, 47 RBI, and 29 runs in 72 games and should be rostered in most leagues.
Wed Jun 2916:30Bryce Harper Undergoes Thumb Surgery On WednesdayBryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (thumb) underwent surgery to repair his fractured thumb on Wednesday. According to Matt Gelb of The Athletic, the team is deferring comments regarding the surgery and Harper as a whole at this time. They are instead waiting until Harper addresses the surgery himself later on in the week. News broke earlier this week that Harper may only be sidelined the next six weeks with the injury. While that's still a good chunk of the remaining fantasy season, that timeline would still allow him to be a potential difference-maker down the stretch. He needs to remain rostered in all season-long fantasy leagues.
Source: Matt
Wed Jun 2916:01Teoscar Hernandez Getting A Breather On WednesdayTeoscar HernándezLF/RFBlue JaysFree Agent
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against right-hander Nick Pivetta and the Boston Red Sox. Raimel Tapia will be covering right field for the game. Hernandez's bat has come alive in a big way this month. He's slashing .314/.346/.569 with five home runs, 18 RBI and 16 runs across June and he's notched multi-hit efforts in two straight outings. Hernandez has been primarily hitting fifth in the lineup lately and should be back in or around that slot for Thursday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Wed Jun 2915:48Trevor Story Resting Wednesday Against TorontoTrevor StorySSRockiesFree Agent
Boston Red Sox second baseman Trevor Story is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays. It will be Story's first day off since June 10. In 24 games in June, he's hitting .232 (22-for-95) with three home runs, 15 RBI and 31 strikeouts in 103 plate appearances. Story has struggled with a .224 average overall in his first year with Boston, but he does have 12 home runs, 52 RBI, 41 runs scored and 10 stolen bases to make up for it. With Story out Wednesday, Yolmer Sanchez will start at the keystone and hit eighth against Jays right-hander Alek Manoah. It will be Sanchez's first game action in the majors since 2020, when he went 5-for-16 with a solo home run in 11 games for the Chicago White Sox.
Source: Baseball
Wed Jun 2915:41Yordan Alvarez, Jeremy Pena Leave After Scary CollisionYordan AlvarezLFAstrosFree Agent
Jeremy PeñaFree Agent
Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez and shortstop Jeremy Pena both left the game early on Wednesday against the New York Mets after being involved in a scary collision in the outfield as they tracked down a Dominic Smith pop-up. Alvarez was carted off the field, and Pena later walked off the field after trying to stay in. Alvarez lay motionless on the ground for some time, but thankfully he was able to walk to the cart before being driven off the field. Our best guess is that both players might be dealing with concussions, but we'll know more when they are evaluated. Alvarez has been playing at an MVP level this season, while Pena may be the front-runner for American League Rookie of the Year, so losing one or both for any amount of time would be really bad news for the Astros and fantasy managers. Stay tuned for updates.
Wed Jun 2915:29Darick Hall Hitting Cleanup In MLB DebutDarick Hall1BPhilliesFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Darick Hall is serving as the designated hitter and is batting cleanup in his major league debut on Wednesday against Atlanta Braves right-hander Kyle Wright. The Phillies are in need of another left-handed power bat with Bryce Harper (thumb) out for at least six weeks, and Hall had been one of the best power hitters at the Triple-A level before his call-up on Wednesday. The 26-year-old isn't one of the team's top-30 prospects, per MLB Pipeline, but he was hitting .269/.346/.548 with an .894 OPS, 20 dingers, 67 RBI, 47 runs scored and five stolen bases in 72 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Hall should at least be in the lineup for the Phils against right-handers, and fantasy managers in deep mixed and NL-only leagues in need of power should scoop him up off the waiver wire.
Source: Baseball
Wed Jun 2915:14Blue Jays Interested In Andrew BenintendiAndrew BenintendiCF/LFRed SoxFree Agent
The Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals are potential trade partners ahead of the Aug. 2 MLB trade deadline, and Toronto is among the teams with interest in outfielder Andrew Benintendi. The Royals have appealing bullpen arms as well. The rebuilding Royals will be sellers this year, and Benintendi is perhaps their most valuable trade chip. The former Boston Red Sox outfielder only has three home runs on the year, but he's hitting .303/.368/.391 with 27 RBI, 28 runs scored and a stolen base in 304 plate appearances over 72 games in his second year with Kansas City. His counting stats would likely improve if he were traded to a contender like the Blue Jays, especially in the hitter-friendly environment at Rogers Centre.
Source: MLB Network - Jon
Wed Jun 2915:04Ronald Acuna Jr. Still Missing From LineupRonald Acuña Jr.CF/LFBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (foot) remains out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Acuna hasn't played since fouling a ball off his foot last Saturday, and although X-rays were negative for any fractures, he's missed three straight games and could still wind up on the injured list if he doesn't improve soon. The 24-year-old remains in Atlanta to receive treatment, but his fantasy managers will be hoping that he can join the team in Cincinnati for a series against the Reds this weekend. Adam Duvall is in right field again while hitting seventh on Wednesday, and Travis d'Arnaud will serve as the designated hitter and bat second against Phillies left-hander Ranger Suarez.
Source: Baseball
Wed Jun 2914:57Luis Castillo Turns In Strong Start TuesdayLuis CastilloSPRedsFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo was excellent in his latest outing on Tuesday. The right-hander struck out 11 batters in six scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and three walks against the Chicago Cubs, securing a win in the process. The veteran also logged 23 swinging strikes on 123 pitches and turned in a 33% CSW rate. For the season, the 29-year-old now owns a 3.32 ERA and a 3.21 FIP in 57 innings of work. He's logged 60 strikeouts compared to just 21 walks. What's more, Castillo has given up three runs or fewer in all but one of his starts.
Wed Jun 2914:42Charlie Morton Allows Two Runs On TuesdayCharlie MortonSPRaysFree 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 Flores1B/2B/3B/PHMetsFree 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
Wed Jun 2914:20Patrick Corbin Strikes Out 12 TuesdayPatrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin has not been a fantasy contributor for some time, but he showed flashes of his old self Tuesday, striking out 12 Pittsburgh Pirates in a 3-1 win. Corbin went eight innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks. Now with a 4-10 record for the season, this performance improved his ERA and WHIP to 6.06 and 1.79, respectively. It would take several more strong performances in a row to make Corbin even close to a fantasy option.
Wed Jun 2914:08Rob Refsnyder Thriving Atop LineupRob Refsnyder1B/2B/LF/RFRaysFree Agent
Boston Red Sox outfielder Rob Refsnyder once again made the most of his opportunity to play Tuesday, going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI from the leadoff spot. He was also caught stealing. Refsnyder has appeared in 13 games this season, slashing .368/.444/.632 with two home runs, eight runs scored, and nine RBI in 42 plate appearances. While there is more playing time available to him at the moment due to injuries and unvaccinated players being ineligible to travel to Toronto, Boston would be hard-pressed to keep Refsnyder's hot bat out of the lineup for the time being.
Wed Jun 2914:04Framber Valdez Throws Gem TuesdayFramber ValdezRPAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez faced off against the New York Mets Tuesday night and quieted their potent offense, allowing just six hits and two walks in eight shutout innings. He struck out five batters and earned his eighth win of the season against just three losses. This is Valdez's 12th consecutive quality start, and 13th in 15 tries this season. He has a 2.65 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, with his 80 strikeouts in 95 innings being the only statistic that has not been superlative thus far.