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Wed Jun 2920:33Garrett Whitlock Could Return In Relief RoleGarrett WhitlockRP/SPRed SoxFree Agent
The Boston Red Sox are considering moving right-hander Garrett Whitlock (hip) to the bullpen when he returns from the injured list. Skipper Alex Cora sounds as if the team is leaning toward making him a reliever when he returns. Whitlock has been on the injured list since June 10 with right hip inflammation, but he's getting close to going out on a minor league rehab assignment. We should have a better idea of how Boston plans to utilize him based on how many pitches he throws in his rehab outings before he's activated. The 26-year-old opened the season with four relief appearances before moving to a starting role. In 13 appearances (nine starts), Whitlock has a 3.51 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP with 49 strikeouts, 11 walks and one save in 48 2/3 innings. He'll unfortunately lose most of his fantasy appeal if he moves back to relieving.
Source: Mass Live - Chris CotilloRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2920:23Yordan Alvarez, Jeremy Pena Evaluated For ConcussionsYordan AlvarezDH/LFAstrosFree Agent
Jeremy PeñaSSAstrosFree 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 RomeRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2920:23Bryan Reynolds Goes Deep Three Times WednesdayBryan ReynoldsCF/LFPiratesFree Agent
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds had a career day at the plate on Wednesday, going 3-for-5 with three home runs and six RBI, helping his club defeat the Washington Nationals 8-7. After struggling out of the gate, the 27-year-old has brought his batting line to .258/.332/.476 with 15 HRs, 35 runs, 31 RBI, and three stolen bases over 72 games. Reynolds has been a productive player for most of his four-year career and should be trusted to provide value in every format.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2919:41Eric Haase Blasts Go-Ahead HomerEric HaaseC/LFTigersFree 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.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2919:34Andrew Vaughn To Sit Out On WednesdayAndrew Vaughn1B/LFWhite SoxFree Agent
Chicago White Sox first baseman Andrew Vaughn (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. It looks like a routine rest day for Vaughn, but he was dealing with a leg issue last week. Gavin Sheets will serve as the designated hitter and bat fifth against right-hander Shohei Ohtani on Wednesday. Fantasy managers should be able to find a better streaming option than Sheets here. Vaughn has been crushing the ball and should be in the lineup for their next contest.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2919:26Frank Schwindel Slowly Making ProgressFrank Schwindel1BCubsFree 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 LeeRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2919:21David Fletcher Takes Batting Practice On WednesdayDavid Fletcher2B/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. HoornstraRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2916:56Tommy Pham Back In The Lineup On WednesdayTommy PhamLF/PHPadresFree 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.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2916:37Jake Lamb Earns His First Start On WednesdayJake Lamb1B/3B/OFBlue JaysFree 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 SaundersRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2916:35Rowdy Tellez Stays Hot In Wednesday's WinRowdy Tellez1B/DH/PHBrewersFree 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.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2916:30Bryce Harper Undergoes Thumb Surgery On WednesdayBryce HarperRFPhilliesFree 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 GelbRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2916:20Jazz Chisholm Jr. Expected To Land On The Injured ListJazz Chisholm Jr.2B/SSMarlinsFree Agent
Miami Marlins second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. (back) is expected to land on the injured list, according to multiple sources. This news doesn't come as much of a surprise as he's been dealing with back spasms since last Friday. He made a return to the field on Tuesday, but was lifted in just the second inning of the game as his back injury continued to hamper him. There's no word yet as to how long he's expected to be out. The 24-year-old has been a roto and head-to-head categories stud this year, racking up 14 home runs and 12 stolen bases while slashing .254/.325/.535.
Source: Craig MishRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2916:09Tommy Edman Absent From Wednesday's LineupTommy Edman2B/3B/RFCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Tommy Edman is getting the day off on Wednesday as the team takes on right-hander Sandy Alcantara and the Miami Marlins. Edmundo Sosa will be covering shortstop for the game while Brendan Donovan will be hitting out of Edman's usual leadoff spot. Edman is currently on pace to have his best all-around season in the majors by a distant margin. Over 75 games, he's slashing .272/.342/.403 with seven home runs, 19 stolen bases, 32 RBI and 58 runs. He has maintained career-highs in average exit velocity (88.8 mph), hard-hit rate (37.7%) and barrel rate (6.7%).
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
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.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
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 PressRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2915:41Yordan Alvarez, Jeremy Pena Leave After Scary CollisionYordan AlvarezDH/LFAstrosFree Agent
Jeremy PeñaSSAstrosFree 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.
Source: SNYRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2915:14Blue Jays Interested In Andrew BenintendiAndrew BenintendiLFRoyalsFree 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 MorosiRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2915:09Mariners Put Taylor Trammell On Injured ListTaylor TrammellCFMarinersFree Agent
The Seattle Mariners placed outfielder Taylor Trammell (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with a right hamstring strain. In corresponding moves, the team selected outfielder Marcus Wilson from Triple-A Tacoma, recalled infielder/outfielder Sam Haggerty from Tacoma, optioned infielder Kevin Padlo to Tacoma and moved catcher Tom Murphy (shoulder) to the 60-day IL. Trammell came out of Tuesday's game early with a right hamstring strain, and he'll miss at least the next 10 days. The 24-year-old missed more than a month with a similar hamstring injury in the minors this year, so he could be out a while again. Trammell has played in only 32 games for Seattle this year and is hitting .235/.323/.457 with three home runs, nine RBI, 14 runs scored and two stolen bases.
Source: Mariners PRRotoBaller.com
Wed Jun 2915:04Ronald Acuna Jr. Still Missing From LineupRonald Acuña Jr.CF/RFBravesFree 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 PressRotoBaller.com
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.
Source: StatcastRotoBaller.com
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