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Wed Jun 2920:33Garrett Whitlock Could Return In Relief RoleGarrett WhitlockRPRed 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
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
Wed Jun 2920:23Bryan Reynolds Goes Deep Three Times WednesdayBryan ReynoldsCFPiratesFree 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.
Wed Jun 2920:13Alek Thomas Struggling At The PlateAlek ThomasCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Alek Thomas went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Wednesday's 4-0 loss against the San Diego Padres. He's in the midst of a seven-game stretch in which he's slashed .125/.160/.250 with eight punchouts. Thomas is still having a decent rookie season, hitting .253 with six home runs, 16 RBI, 24 runs, and four stolen bases across 46 games. Fantasy managers in shallow leagues can lay off the 22-year-old, but those in deeper leagues who need some speed can take a shot.
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.
Wed Jun 2919:34Andrew Vaughn To Sit Out On WednesdayAndrew Vaughn1B/LF/RFWhite 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.
Wed Jun 2919:26Frank Schwindel Slowly Making ProgressFrank Schwindel1B/DHCubsFree 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/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 PhamLF/PHRedsFree 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 2916:42Nolan Gorman To Miss His Second Straight Game WednesdayNolan Gorman2B/3BCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Nolan Gorman (hand) is being held out for the second consecutive game on Wednesday as the team takes on the Miami Marlins. Brendan Donovan will be manning the keystone for the team. Gorman fouled a ball off the bottom of his left hand during Monday's game and his hand remains sore. Cardinals beat writer Jeff Jones reports that Gorman's hand is currently wrapped up and padded. Despite that, he was able to take grounders and swing the bat on Wednesday and Jones reports that he's getting better. The Cardinals are off on Thursday, so Gorman's next chance to play will be on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Source: Jeff
Wed Jun 2916:37Jake Lamb Earns His First Start On WednesdayJake Lamb3B/OFDodgersFree 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 Tellez1B/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.
Wed Jun 2916:30Bryce Harper Undergoes Thumb Surgery On WednesdayBryce HarperDH/RFPhilliesFree 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 2916:20Jazz 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
Wed Jun 2916:15Matthew Liberatore Could Earn A Start This WeekendMatthew LiberatoreSPCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals left-handed pitcher Matthew Liberatore joined the team on Wednesday, though he has yet to be officially added to the Cardinals' roster. According to Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold, the plan is for Liberatore to make a start during the team's road series against the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend. Liberatore has had mixed results in his first exposure to the majors. He's made four starts. In two of those starts, he's held opponents scoreless, but in the other two, he's allowed a combined eight earned runs. The 22-year-old has also been inconsistent at Triple-A this year, where he's pitched to a 4.03 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 10 starts.
Source: Derrick
Wed Jun 2916:09Tommy Edman Absent From Wednesday's LineupTommy Edman2B/RF/SSCardinalsFree 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%).
Wed Jun 2916:01Teoscar Hernandez Getting A Breather On WednesdayTeoscar HernándezDH/LF/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 Story2B/SSRed SoxFree 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 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.
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