News for Free Agent Players - 2021 Ezra Stiles Rotisserie Association

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Sun Aug 717:54Mickey Moniak Suffers Fractured FingerMickey MoniakCFPhilliesFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mickey Moniak (finger) won't be in the lineup on Sunday after suffering a fractured left middle finger. The former top prospect was recently traded to the Angels in a deal involving right-hander Noah Syndergaard. The expectation was that Moniak would see significant playing time down the stretch. That might change with Moniak likely heading to the injured list. The organization has claimed outfielder Steven Duggar off waivers as extra depth. Neither player should be rostered in fantasy leagues right now.
Source: Rhett BollingerRotoBaller.com
Sun Aug 717:47Yency Almonte Placed On Injured ListYency AlmonteRPRockiesFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Yency Almonte (elbow) has been placed on the 15-day injured list. It's uncertain how the right-hander suffered the injury, but this is a huge blow to the Dodgers bullpen. He currently holds a 1.15 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 30/10 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers have recalled right-hander Andre Jackson from Triple-A. The loss of Almonte won't change much for fantasy managers. Although, the Dodgers bullpen will take a hit with Almonte unavailable for a few weeks.
Source: Dodger BlueRotoBaller.com
Sun Aug 713:48Thairo Estrada Reinstated From Concussion Injured ListThairo Estrada2B/PH/SSGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants infielder Thairo Estrada (concussion) has been reinstated from the 7-day concussion injured list. The 26-year-old was hit in the head with a pitch last weekend so Sunday's return to the lineup was expected. He's starting at second base and batting sixth against Oakland starter Adrian Martinez. Estrada is slashing .262/.316/.406 with nine home runs, 41 RBI, and 15 stolen bases over 313 at-bats on the season.
Source: Maria I. Guardado of MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Aug 713:37Juan Yepez Will Begin A Rehab Assignment TuesdayJuan Yepez1BCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Juan Yepez (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Memphis, per beat writer John Denton. The 24-year-old rookie has been out since the All-Star break with a Grade 2 right forearm strain and will see time at first base, designated hitter, and right field to test out his throwing arm. Yepez is slashing .254/.298/.459 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI over 209 at-bats with the Cards this season. He should return sometime in late August, barring any setbacks.
Source: John Denton of MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Aug 713:28Connor Joe Sitting Out On SundayConnor Joe1B/LF/PHRockiesFree Agent
Colorado Rockies first baseman Connor Joe is sitting out on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Joe, who also missed Saturday's contest, has only played three games in August due to general soreness so that's the likely reason why he's sitting out on Sunday. He's really struggled over the last 15 games as well, slashing just .130/.238/.222 with four RBI over 54 at-bats. Yonathan Daza is starting in center field and batting leadoff in his place.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Aug 712:27Christopher Morel Sitting Against MarlinsChristopher MorelSSCubsFree Agent
Chicago Cubs rookie infielder/outfielder Christopher Morel (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Miami Marlins. Morel left the game early on Saturday with right hamstring tightness and will get a day off in the series finale. In his first 251 major league at-bats this year, the 23-year-old Dominican is hitting .259/.331/.450 with nine home runs, 29 RBI, 41 runs scored and nine stolen bases for the Cubbies. Nick Madrigal is starting at second base and hitting leadoff on Sunday, while Nelson Velazquez is in center field and batting ninth against Marlins left-hander Jesus Luzardo.
Source: Baseball PressRotoBaller.com
Sun Aug 711:48Anthony Rizzo Out Of The Lineup SundayAnthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) is not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Rizzo will miss his third straight game after being scratched from the lineup on Friday with back soreness. It's unclear if this injury will lead to an injured list stint for Rizzo, but fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day for now. In his absence, DJ LeMahieu will get the start at the cold corner and will hit leadoff on Sunday against Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright. LeMahieu will be a popular DFS play out of the leadoff spot. He's hitting .304 (7-for-23) with a homer, two RBI and four runs scored in the last week and is hitting .285 (103-for-362) with 11 homers and 42 RBI on the season.
Source: Baseball PressRotoBaller.com
Sun Aug 711:35Matt Strahm Expected To Throw Bullpen TuesdayMatt StrahmRP/SPPadresFree Agent
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that left-handed reliever Matt Strahm (wrist) is playing catch and "there's a good chance he'll throw a bullpen on Aug. 9." Strahm was hit on the left wrist by a line drive on July 12 against the Tampa Bay Rays, but X-rays came back negative. It remains unclear if the Red Sox will send the 30-year-old southpaw on a minor league rehab assignment, but either way, he's nearing a return to Boston's big-league bullpen. Although Strahm does have three saves this year, there's not a ton of fantasy value in his left arm. He's sporting a 3.58 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with 32 strikeouts and seven walks in 27 2/3 innings pitched this year.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Aug 700:35Mike Clevinger Serves Up Five Runs In DefeatMike ClevingerSPPadresFree Agent
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Mike Clevinger took the loss on Saturday night as his club fell 8-3 at the hands of the Dodgers. The 31-year-old allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking one through 4 2/3 IP. Clevinger was bit by the long ball by giving up a solo homer to Will Smith in the second, and then a three-run shot to Max Muncy to chase him from the game in the fifth. He still owns a respectable 3.60 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 62 K through 65 IP this season as he sets his sights on a much easier task versus the Nationals next weekend.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 619:39Christopher Morel Exits With Hamstring TightnessChristopher MorelSSCubsFree Agent
Chicago Cubs outfielder Christopher Morel exited Saturday's game with right hamstring tightness, according to Jared Wyllys of CHGO Sports. He went 1-for-2 with a single and run before departing. Morel is slashing .257/.330/.450 with nine homers, 29 RBI, and nine stolen bases this season. He has also accrued a 9.3 BB% and 29.3 K%. The 23-year-old should be considered day-to-day going forward.
Source: Jared WyllysRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 619:20Mitch White Recalled From Triple-A, Will Start SaturdayMitch WhiteRP/SPDodgersFree Agent
Toronto Blue Jays right-handed pitcher Mitch White has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo, according to an announcement from the club. Assuming the bad weather holds off, he'll start against Minnesota on Saturday. White was acquired from Los Angeles at the trade deadline after throwing 11.2 scoreless innings for the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, and he has also looked solid through 15 outings in the majors. White reported to the Blue Jays' Triple-A club in Buffalo but didn't appear in a game, so Saturday's start represents his debut in the Jays organization.
Source: Toronto Blue JaysRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 613:04Art Warren Starts Rehab Assignment On SaturdayArt WarrenRPRedsFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Art Warren (forearm) is starting a rehab assignment on Saturday at Triple-A Louisville. The 29-year-old reliever has been dealing with a right flexor pronator strain in his right arm since the beginning of July. He'll get a few minor league games under his belt before joining the Reds sometime in mid-August. Warren put together a rough 6.91 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 30:15 K/BB ratio across 28 2/3 innings of relief before going down. Despite his struggles, he did notch three saves and four holds and figures to be in the mix for high-leverage situations once he returns to action.
Source: Mark Sheldon of MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 611:46Travis Jankowski Designated For AssignmentTravis JankowskiCF/PHPhilliesFree Agent
The Seattle Mariners designated outfielder Travis Jankowski for assignment on Friday in order to make room for newly acquired infielder/outfielder Jake Lamb. Lamb, a Seattle native, wasn't in the lineup on Friday against Los Angeles Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval, but he'll likely be used regularly against right-handed pitchers, against whom he has an .808 OPS this year. He'll likely play a corner outfield spot and third base on days that Eugenio Suarez is rested. Jankowski was primarily used as a defensive replacement and a pinch-runner in his time with Seattle and he appeared in just one game. In 43 games with the New York Mets this year, he was 9-for-55 (.164) with no homers, two RBI and three stolen bases.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 601:13Clay Holmes Blows Another SaveClay HolmesRPPiratesFree Agent
New York Yankees relief pitcher Clay Holmes had another rough outing Friday night, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in an inning of work, blowing his fourth save of the year and earning his third loss in the process. Holmes struck out two batters. He still has a very strong 2.12 ERA and 0.96 WHIP on the year, but patience could run out quickly if Holmes doesn't right the ship in short order. Aroldis Chapman is lurking as another option to close out games, but fantasy managers should hold onto Holmes for the time being.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 601:09Ryan Helsley Reaches 10 SavesRyan HelsleyRPCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley saved his 10th game of the year Friday night, shutting down the New York Yankees to secure a 4-3 victory. He allowed no hits and one walk and did not strike out a batter. Helsley is having a charmed season, recording a 0.61 ERA and 0.63 WHIP with 66 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings. He has allowed an earned run in only two of his 36 appearances all year. Fantasy managers who picked him up off the waiver wire early this season have been handsomely rewarded.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Fri Aug 521:28Anthony Rizzo Dealing With Back SorenessAnthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo was scratched from the lineup with lower back soreness ahead of his team's game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. Rizzo was replaced at first base by norma second baseman D.J. LeMahieu. The veteran first baseman has had back issues flare up on him previously this season, most recently forcing him to take a four-game break spanning July 5 through July 8. Rizzo should be considered day-to-day for now, at least until the Yankees give an update on his status. The former Cub is hitting .227 with 27 homers, 64 runs, 66 RBI, and six steals in 2022.
Source: New York PostRotoBaller.com
Fri Aug 521:08Garrett Cooper Scuffling At The PlateGarrett Cooper1B/PH/RFMarlinsFree Agent
Miami Marlins first baseman/outfielder Garrett Cooper went hitless in Friday's 2-1 loss against the Chicago Cubs, going 0-for-4 with a walk. He's in a terrible slump, hitting .082 with 17 strikeouts over his last 15 games. Across 86 games this season, Cooper's been productive, slashing .275/.344/.422 with seven home runs, 42 RBI, and 28 runs. The 31-year-old can be dropped in standard leagues, but he still has relevance in deeper leagues, even as just a bench bat.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Fri Aug 514:10Rockies Claim Dinelson Lamet Off WaiversDinelson LametRP/SPPadresFree Agent
The Colorado Rockies claimed right-hander Dinelson Lamet off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Lamet was shipped to the Milwaukee Brewers in the trade that sent closer Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres on Monday, but the Brewers designated Lamet for assignment on Wednesday due to a crowded bullpen at the major league level. The Rockies have decided to scoop him up, bringing him back to the National League West. The 30-year-old was once a promising starting pitcher, but injuries have moved him to a bullpen role the last two years, and he has struggled to a 9.49 ERA, a 2.03 WHIP and a 16:9 K:BB in only 12 1/3 innings in 2022. Lamet will have a new opportunity in Colorado, but for now he's well off the fantasy radar.
Source: MLB.com - Adam McCalvyRotoBaller.com
Thu Aug 414:19Luke Williams Steals Three BasesLuke Williams3B/CF/PHPhilliesFree Agent
Miami Marlins utility man Luke Williams stole three bases against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, going 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the 3-0 victory. Williams has been receiving regular playing time of late, and while he offers very little power with just one home run in 79 at-bats this season, seven of his nine steals have come in the last 30 games, and he could be a solid cheap option for fantasy managers desperate for speed.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Thu Aug 413:44Brandon Drury Hits Grand Slam In Padres DebutBrandon Drury2B/3B/PHMetsFree Agent
San Diego Padres infielder Brandon Drury made his team debut on Wednesday, and he started out with a bang, launching a first-inning grand slam off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Kuhl in a 9-1 victory. Drury figures to receive steady playing time for San Diego, though it could come all over the diamond in a much deeper lineup than his old Reds team had. He stands to receive a bit of a fantasy boost in his new setup, but his .864 OPS, 21 homers, 63 runs scored, and 63 RBI is already an excellent pace.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
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