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Sun May 2222:37Josh Donaldson Could Face SuspensionJosh Donaldson3B/DHTwinsThe Empire
Major League Baseball will investigate New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson after an incident involving Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson on Saturday, when Donaldson reportedly called Anderson "Jackie," referencing Jackie Robinson. If the MLB sees fit, Donaldson could be suspended for his actions. If Major League Baseball were to suspend Donaldson, it likely would only be for a few games. The 36-year-old went 0-for-4 in the first game of a doubleheader against Chicago on Sunday and is now hitting .238/.349/.415 with five home runs, 15 RBI and 17 runs scored in 152 plate appearances in his first year in the Bronx. With Donaldson sitting out in Game 2, DJ LeMahieu shifted to third base and Gleyber Torres started at the keystone.
Source: Newsday - Laura AlbaneseRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2220:35George Springer Extends Streak Versus RedsGeorge SpringerCF/DHBlue JaysThe Empire
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and run against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. He has now logged a base hit in six consecutive games. The veteran outfielder is slashing .271/.340/.486 with seven homers, 22 RBI, a 22.4 percent strikeout rate, and 7.1 percent walk rate. He has posted high-level exit velocity once again, all while continuing to make his impact felt in a strong Toronto lineup. Springer remains a start-and-forget player in fantasy baseball.
Source: Baseball SavantRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2220:30Marcus Semien Extends Hitting Streak Versus HoustonMarcus Semien2B/SSBlue JaysObi-Wan
Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien went 1-for-4 against the Houston Astros on Sunday, extending his hitting streak to five games and his on-base streak to eight. One of Texas' big offseason acquisitions, Semien is now slashing .182/.243/.234 with a 17.6 percent strikeout rate and 7.3 percent walk rate. He ranks among the bottom-eight percent of hitters in average exit velocity, hard-hit rate, xwOBA, xBA, xSLG, and barrel rate. On a more positive rate, his 92nd-percentile sprint speed has helped to counteract his otherwise poor metrics. Although he started off slow, the veteran infielder appears to be trending in the right direction as of late.
Source: Baseball SavantRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2220:23Whit Merrifield Logs Four Hits In Twins SeriesWhit Merrifield2B/RFRoyalsThe Empire
Kansas City Royals veteran Whit Merrifield hit the ball well during the team's most recent series against the Minnesota Twins. He logged a hit in each of the three games, posting a 4-for-11 line with two walks and two strikeouts. The 33-year-old, who has primarily played right field and second base this season, has racked up a base hit in 13 of his last 14 games. He has posted elite sprint speed and outfield jump metrics, as well as a phenomenal 13.3 percent strikeout rate, which is the second-lowest mark of his career. With that said, his .234 wOBA is both the worst mark of his career and also ranks among the bottom-five percent in MLB. All in all, though, Merrifield should be rostered in 100 percent of fantasy leagues and seems to be meeting the expectations that fantasy managers held when they drafted him.
Source: Baseball SavantRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2220:13Aroldis Chapman Could Miss TimeAroldis ChapmanRPYankeesBallbusters
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (Achilles) was removed early during Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. The left-handed reliever gave up two runs in a non-save situation during Sunday's loss. That led to a trip from the trainer, but Chapman wanted to keep pitching. He faced two more batters before deciding to exit the game. It's unclear if Chapman will require a trip to the injured list. Fantasy managers will need to stay tuned for another update on Chapman after his Achilles treatment.
Source: Bryan HochRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2220:10Shane Bieber Strikes Out 10 Tigers BattersShane BieberSPIndiansBallbusters
Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Shane Bieber allowed two runs, six hits, and two walks over seven innings of work against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. He also struck out 10 batters. Although Bieber was ultimately charged with the loss, Sunday's series finale represented another step in the right direction for the hurler. After all, he's just two games removed from a brutal seven-run outing in which he walked three batters. Bieber's Baseball Savant page is a bit of a concern right now; he ranks among the bottom-third of the league in most major metrics and hasn't had much effectiveness while throwing his fastball or curveball. His next couple of outings will be pivotal in terms of assessing his fantasy value, without a doubt. For now, fantasy managers should feel quite comfortable starting him in their lineups.
Source: Baseball SavantRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2220:03Taylor Ward Will Undergo MRITaylor WardLF/RFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward (neck, shoulder) is set to undergo an MRI on Monday. He crashed into the wall during Friday's game and hasn't played since then. The 28-year-old outfielder said he can play through the issue and won't require a trip to the injured list. However, the Angels want to be safe, so they'll have him undergo an MRI. That being said, fantasy managers will hopefully only be without Ward for another game or two. There should be another update on his status after his MRI on Monday.
Source: Sam BlumRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2219:55Matt Olson Struggling Offensively LatelyMatt Olson1BAthleticsObi-Wan
Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson is enduring a bit of a slump as of late. He's just 3-for-23 with six strikeouts over the course of his last six games. Through 41 games in total, Atlanta's big offseason acquisition is slashing .242/.361/.425 with a 21.8 percent strikeout rate and 16.2 percent walk rate. He has hit the ball hard and owns an solid .357 xwOBA, but these metrics haven't translated very well to the Braves' game-by-game box scores. He should continue to be rostered in all fantasy baseball leagues, but it's more than understandable if managers have concerns about starting him day in and day out.
Source: Baseball SavantRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2219:44Spenser Watkins To Be Evaluated On MondaySpenser WatkinsRP/SPOriolesFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Spenser Watkins (arm) will be re-evaluated on Monday, according to head coach Brandon Hyde. Watkins was removed from Sunday's start after getting hit by a comebacker. He was drilled in the arm by Ji-Man Choi in the first inning and exited the game. It doesn't appear that Watkins has suffered a major injury, but fantasy managers should know more on Monday.
Source: Roch KubatkoRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2216:59Franchy Cordero Delivers Walk-Off Grand SlamFranchy CorderoLFRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox outfielder Franchy Cordero was the hero in the team's 8-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Coming up to bat with two outs and the bases loaded in the 10th inning of a 4-4 tie, Cordero launched his first home run of the year. It was a walk-off grand slam, completing the team's four-game sweep of the Mariners. The homer was Cordero's only hit of the day as he went 1-for-5. He is now slashing .231/.305/.404 with four RBI and 11 runs over 18 games on the year.
Source: ESPNRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2216:54Gregory Soto Locks Down His Seventh Save On SundayGregory SotoRPTigersTeam Erik
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Gregory Soto closed out the team's 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday. He only required eight pitches to get through a scoreless ninth inning. It was one of the rare uneventful save opportunities for Soto this year. It was just the second time this year where he was able to retire all three batters he faced en route to the save. The 27-year-old is now 7-for-8 in save chances with a 2.92 ERA on the year.
Source: ESPNRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2214:55Joey Gallo, Kyle Higashioka Land On COVID Injured ListKyle HigashiokaCYankeesThe Empire
Joey GalloLF/RFYankeesThe Empire
The New York Yankees placed outfielder Joey Gallo and catcher Kyle Higashioka on the COVID-19 injured list prior to Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. In corresponding moves, the team called up relief pitcher David McKay from Triple-A and signed catcher Rob Brantly to a major league contract, selecting him to the team's 26-man roster. It's unclear how long both players will be out, but we could see Marwin Gonzalez benefit from Gallo's absence, while Jose Trevino will serve as the team's starting catcher.
Source: New York YankeesRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2214:50Chris Bassitt Agrees To One-Year, $8.8 Million ContractChris BassittSPAthleticsBuchanalia
The New York Mets and starting pitcher Chris Bassitt have come to an agreement on a one-year contract to avoid an arbitration hearing. The deal is worth $8.65 million in 2022 and there is a mutual option for 2023 worth $19 million, but his contract can alternatively be bought out for $150,000. Bassitt is off to a great start to his first year in a Mets jersey. Over eight starts, he's gone 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.
Source: Ken RosenthalRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2214:44John Means Avoids Arbitration With Two-Year DealJohn MeansSPOriolesTeam Lorin
The Baltimore Orioles and starting pitcher John Means (elbow) have reached an agreement on a two-year, $5.925 million deal in order to avoid an arbitration hearing. The 29-year-old underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery about 10 days ago. If his recovery goes well, we could see him back in the majors at some point in late 2023. Means only made two starts this year prior to his season being cut short. Over 70 career games in the MLB, Means is 20-24 with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
Source: Ken RosenthalRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2214:19Gleyber Torres Sitting For Game 1 On SundayGleyber Torres2B/SSYankeesDoubleHeader
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is not in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. DJ LeMahieu will be handling second base duties for the game. Torres is off to a decent start to the 2022 season. Over 36 games, he's slashing .242/.285/.425 with five home runs, 19 RBI and 11 runs. We expect to see him back in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the two-game set.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2213:52Spenser Watkins Hit By Comebacker, Leaves GameSpenser WatkinsRP/SPOriolesFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Spenser Watkins (arm) was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning. He was hit in his right arm (his throwing arm) by a line drive off the bat of Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi. Relief pitcher Joey Krehbiel entered the game to take over on the mound. Watkins was struggling before exiting the game. He gave up three straight hits to start the game and wasn't able to record an out before exiting.
Source: Roch KutbatkoRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2213:41J.D. Martinez A Last-Minute Scratch On SundayJ.D. MartinezDH/LFRed SoxTeam Lorin
Boston Red Sox outfielder J.D. Martinez (back) was scratched from the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners just moments before the game began. The veteran is reportedly dealing with back spasms. He was originally slated to play designated hitter in the game, but Christian Arroyo is now filling in as the team's designated hitter. The Red Sox are off on Monday, so Martinez will have some extra time to rest before the team opens up a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
Source: Chris CotilloRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2213:33Yoan Moncada Will Play Game 1, Sit Game 2 On SundayYoán Moncada3BWhite SoxTeam Erik
Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada will be leading off in Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the New York Yankees on Sunday. However, he will be held out in the second game of the two-game set. Moncada suffered a leg injury this past Thursday and the injury caused him to be scratched from Saturday's lineup. However, he did wind up making an appearance as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's game, going 0-for-1 with a strikeout. The 26-year-old has appeared in 10 games so far this year and he's slashing .195/.250/.341 with two home runs, four RBI and four runs.
Source: Daryl Van SchouwenRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2213:25Tim Anderson Scratched From The Lineup For Game 1 SundayTim AndersonSSWhite SoxTeam Erik
Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has been scratched from the starting lineup for Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the New York Yankees on Sunday. Leury Garcia is now covering shortstop and Yoan Moncada will be leading off for the game. White Sox manager Tony La Russa stated that Anderson will be back in action for Game 2 of the two-game set. The 28-year-old currently has a stellar .350/.393/.493 slash line on the year to go along with four home runs, seven stolen bases and 21 runs.
Source: Chicago White SoxRotoBaller.com
Sun May 2213:14Chad Green To Undergo Tommy John SurgeryChad GreenRPYankeesBallbusters
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (elbow) will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone. The 30-year-old had been undergoing tests on his elbow over the past few days, and the team had been speculating that Green was likely to miss extended time. Green racked up three holds and a save this year while pitching to a 3.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. His presence will be missed in the Yankees' bullpen. Expect to see relievers such as Jonathan Loaisiga and Michael King take on bigger roles with Green out.
Source: Meredith MarakovitsRotoBaller.com
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