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Tue Jun 1812:04No Timetable For Kerry CarpenterKerry CarpenterDH/LF/RFTigersFree Agent
The Detroit Tigers haven't indicated a timetable for outfielder Kerry Carpenter's (spine) return after he went on the injured list on May 29 (retroactive to May 27) with what the Tigers called lumbar-spine inflammation. Carpenter had been dealing with a lingering back issue and underwent tests the previous evening. The Tigers recently altered his diagnosis to a lumbar-spine stress reaction, which has been described by doctors as a crack in the bone that tends to appear clearly on MRIs and CT scans. It can take six weeks or three months for a stress fracture to settle down, so Carpenter's return isn't on the horizon. Before his injury, the 26-year-old had a 1.004 OPS against right-handed pitching, good for seventh in MLB. Carpenter should be able to return to full strength once the injury is healed, but he remains without a timetable and has yet to resume baseball activities.
Source: The Athletic - Cody
Tue Jun 1810:04Thairo Estrada Hits Walk-Off HomerThairo Estrada2B/SSGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants second baseman Thairo Estrada hit a three-run, walk-off homer to lift them to a 7-6 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday. Estrada's homer was his ninth and capped off a night that saw him finish with two hits, four RBI, and a walk in five plate appearances. The home run snapped a string of 20 consecutive games where Estrada had not gone deep. He is slashing .243/.277/.401 with 39 RBI and 37 runs scored. Estrada's versatility as a middle infielder offers some value and remains a solid fantasy option in leagues with 12 or more teams.
Tue Jun 1809:54Ian Happ Hits Eighth Homer On MondayIan HappLFCubsFree Agent
Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ homered and drove in three runs in Monday's 7-6 loss at the San Francisco Giants. Happ's eighth home run was a three-run shot in the top of the seventh inning that gave the Cubs a 6-3 lead as he finished with two hits and a walk in four plate appearances. He is slashing .229/.340/.400 with 36 RBI, 34 runs scored and six stolen bases. Happ is hurting fantasy managers with his batting average but makes up for it with his power and speed as he is on pace for 18 homers and could approach 15 steals.
Tue Jun 1809:47Shohei Ohtani Continues Multi-Hit TearShohei OhtaniDH/SPAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani had three hits during Monday's 9-5 win at the Colorado Rockies, his third multi-hit game in the last four. Ohtani had two doubles, a single, and a walk, as he also scored twice and drove in a run. He has recorded seven hits in his last 15 at-bats and is hitting .314/.388/.601 with 19 homers, 47 RBI, 55 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases. Ohtani is competing with New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge for fantasy MVP honors, and his fantasy managers are thriving behind his numbers.
Tue Jun 1809:38Freddie Freeman Reaches Base Six TimesFreddie Freeman1BDodgersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman recorded five walks and two runs scored during the team's 9-5 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday. The veteran slugger also reached base when he recorded a single in his final plate appearance; the first time in his career, Freeman reached base six times. He is slashing .302/.412/.504 with 10 homers, 43 RBI, and 47 runs scored. Freeman has been lethal in June to opposing pitchers as he is hitting .373/.500/.725 with four homers, 10 RBI, and 15 runs scored, along with a 1.225 OPS. One of the elite players at his position, Freeman continues to be an easy plug-and-play for fantasy managers.
Source: Noah Camaras, Dodgers
Tue Jun 1809:36James Paxton Fans Eight In Monday’s Win Over RockiesJames PaxtonSPRed SoxFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher James Paxton (7-1) struck out eight over seven innings during Monday's 9-5 win at the Colorado Rockies. Paxton also recorded his sixth quality start, allowing two hits, one earned run, and one walk while picking up his seventh win of the season. Overall, Paxton has a 3.65 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP, striking out 43 and walking 33 in 66 2/3 innings. Fantasy managers of Paxton will have to wait until next Monday for his next start, an ideal matchup at the White Sox, where he is projected to square off against Chicago ace Garrett Crochet.
Tue Jun 1809:24Michael Busch Hits First Homer Since May 28Michael Busch2BDodgersFree Agent
Chicago Cubs first baseman Michael Busch homered in Monday's 7-6 loss at the San Francisco Giants, his first dinger since going deep on May 28. Busch's ninth homer was a two-run shot in the sixth inning that gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead. He is hitting .324/.425/.471 with a .896 OPS in June. Overall, Busch is slashing .255/.350/.450 with a .800 OPS with 26 RBI and 31 runs scored. Busch is a solid second-tier first baseman whose value increases in leagues that use OBP or OPS as a category.
Tue Jun 1809:02Lawrence Butler To Be RecalledLawrence Butler3B/CFAthleticsFree Agent
The Oakland Athletics are set to recall first base/outfield prospect Lawrence Butler from Triple-A Las Vegas. Butler performed well enough in the Cactus League to break camp with the club, but struggled mightily and was demoted on May 14. In his time with Las Vegas, Butler hit .255 with four homers and nine RBI in 110 at-bats. Butler takes the spot of infielder J.D. Davis, who was designated for assignment. Butler hits the ball hard and offers pop and speed, but it hasn't translated in his two stints as a big leaguer thus far. The 23-year-old still can remain on the waiver wire for now, but he is worth watching as he should get a good opportunity to prove himself on a developing Athletics roster.
Source: Martin
Tue Jun 1806:06Sonny Gray Fans Four In Quality Start MondaySonny GraySPTwinsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Sonny Gray (8-4) picked up a quality start in a no-decision Monday night, fanning four batters while allowing four runs on five hits and two walks in an extra-inning victory over the Miami Marlins. Gray continues to flourish with his new team to the tune of a 2.95 ERA and 1.02 WHIP on the season, to go along with 95 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings pitched. Last season, Gray finished with 183 strikeouts in 184 innings pitched, but so far in 2024, Gray is racking up the strikeouts with about 20 more than innings pitched. Fantasy managers should feel great with Gray moving forward, especially with a matchup against the San Francisco Giants coming up this weekend.
Tue Jun 1806:06Masyn Winn Belts Game-Winning Home Run In Extra InningsMasyn WinnSSCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Masyn Winn went 2-for-6 and belted a game-winning two-run home run in the 12th inning of Monday night's extra-inning victory over the Miami Marlins. Wynn has been excellent in his sophomore season with a .295 batting average and a .339 OBP. The young shortstop only has eight stolen bases which is a little low considering he averaged over 30 stolen bases in his last three seasons combined. Hopefully, with the combination of his high batting average and OBP, he will get the green light more often moving forward. The counting stats right now are lagging a bit though which makes Winn more of a deep-league add or injury replacement than a must-start player at this time.
Tue Jun 1806:04Brice Turang Belts Solo Shot Monday NightBrice Turang2B/SSBrewersFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Brice Turang belted his fourth home run of the season Monday night, going 2-for-4 in the 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Turang doesn't provide much in the power department, but what he lacks in power, he's beyond making up for it in the stolen base and batting average department this season. Turang is ranked second in MLB in stolen bases with 26 and 17th in batting average at .291 during his breakout campaign. The speedy lefty has been a mainstay at the leadoff spot versus right-handed pitchers and has played well enough this season to warrant an everyday spot in fantasy lineups despite the lack of at-bats versus left-handed pitching. Look for the 24-year-old to keep stealing bases, as the Brewers have the second-most stolen bases in the league at 103, just two behind the run-heavy Cincinnati Reds.
Mon Jun 1710:05Yennier Cano Notches Third SaveYennier CanoRP/SPOriolesFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Yennier Cano was called upon to get out of a jam during Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The O's were up 8-3 but a walk and two errors loaded up the bases for Philly in the ninth inning. After that, O's manager Brandon Hyde decided to go with Cano to get the final out of the game. The right-hander needed only four pitches as he struck out the only batter he faced. He earned himself his third save of the season, but remains behind Craig Kimbrel in a set-up role.
Mon Jun 1710:00Pete Alonso Knocks In Five RunsPete Alonso1B/DHMetsFree Agent
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has been off to an extremely slow start to the season. However, the right-handed slugger was able to find a spark during Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres. Alonso went 2-for-5 with a home run and five RBI during the blowout win. This five-RBI performance matched his total amount of runs driven in coming into that contest. Fantasy managers are hopeful that this is a sign of Alonso finally getting back on track.
Mon Jun 1709:54JJ Bleday Has Productive SundayJJ BledayCF/LFAthleticsFree Agent
Oakland Athletics outfielder JJ Bleday was doing all he could during Sunday's doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. The third-year outfielder went 6-for-9 with a home run and one RBI between the two games. Bleday is now 7-for-18 which is nearly a .400 batting average over the last five games. It has been a fairly strong season for Bleday who has been a nice bright spot for the A's.
Mon Jun 1709:46Jorge Soler Knocks In Four RunsJorge SolerDH/LF/RFMarlinsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants outfielder Jorge Soler finally got his bat going during Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. The veteran slugger went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and four RBI in the blowout victory. It has been a slow start for Soler but the four RBI and three runs scored were both season highs for him. He's slashing .224/.309/.383 which isn't ideal but the Giants are committed to him as the everyday DH.
Mon Jun 1709:39Jose Altuve Blasts Three-Run HomerJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve gave his team a big lift during Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers. The veteran slugger went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in the 4-1 win. He also drew a walk and stole a base in what was a fairly productive day at the plate for Altuve. He's now slashing .299/.350/.460 with 11 home runs, 29 RBI, and 10 stolen bases on the season.
Mon Jun 1709:35James Outman Goes Deep For Triple-A Oklahoma CityJames OutmanCFDodgersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder James Outman went 1-for-5 with a solo home run for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday. Outman has had three homers and eight RBI in June, along with a .226 batting average. The 27-year-old was optioned to Triple-A by the Dodgers on May 17. Since then, he has hit .292 with six homers, 16 RBI, and a .987 OPS. With Mookie Betts (hand) set to miss time, Outman could be on the radar for a call-up to the major leagues. He hit just .147 in 109 at-bats with the Dodgers this season, but his numbers since his demotion to the minors have been good, and they suggest he may be ready for another shot in L.A. Given another opportunity, Outman could be an interesting waiver-wire addition.
Source: Oklahoma City Baseball
Mon Jun 1709:31Matt Wallner Showing Power In Triple-AMatt WallnerLF/RFTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins outfielder Matt Wallner went 2-for-5 with two runs, three RBI and a home run for Triple-A St. Paul. Wallner's home run would be the 16th of the season for Wallner, who opened the season with the big-league club. To go along with his impressive 16 longballs, Wallner has driven in 43 runs and hit .250 over 200 at-bats. Wallner made his debut last season and hit 14 homers in 76 games, but struggled with his time in the big leagues earlier this season with two hits in 25 at-bats. Wallner has light tower power, but doesn't offer much else and could eventually become a Quad-A type of player. The power is nice, but dynasty managers could feel safe swapping him for a player with better upside.
Mon Jun 1709:28Kutter Crawford Records Nine StrikeoutsKutter CrawfordSPRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Kutter Crawford showed off his hit-and-miss stuff during Sunday's outing against the New York Yankees. The right-hander racked up nine strikeouts while allowing only three hits in the win. The 28-year-old gave up a home run to Aaron Judge during the opening frame, but Crawford settled down after that. He gave his team six innings of three-run ball which was good enough to get the victory. He'll take a 3.54 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 88/26 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Cincinnati Reds.
Mon Jun 1709:20Bailey Ober Tosses Solid OutingBailey OberSPTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Bailey Ober looked sharp during Sunday's outing against the Oakland Athletics. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits while striking out eight batters over 6 1/3 innings of work. Ober only walked two batters as he made easy work of the A's lineup. He been up-and-down this season but does have another favorable outing against the Oakland Athletics next week.