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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
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
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.
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
Sun May 2212:39Abraham Toro Goes On IL, Taylor Trammell RecalledTaylor TrammellCFMarinersFree Agent
Abraham Toro1B/2B/3B/DHAstrosDoubleHeader
The Seattle Mariners placed infielder Abraham Toro (shoulder) on the 10-day injured list on Sunday and recalled outfielder Taylor Trammell from Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move. Seattle also selected infielder Sam Haggerty's contract from Tacoma and designated outfielder Steven Souza Jr. for assignment. Toro suffered a sprained left shoulder on Saturday against the Boston Red Sox, and it's unclear exactly when he'll be ready to return to the Mariners major league roster. The 25-year-old was hitting just .179/.237/.366, but he did have six home runs and 13 RBI in 38 games played. Trammell is starting in right field and batting ninth on Sunday against Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. He'll have to prove himself to remain in the majors after hitting .160/.256/.359 with a 42.1% strikeout rate in 51 games in 2021.
Source: Mariners
Sun May 2211:27Trevor Larnach Activated From Injured ListTrevor LarnachCF/LF/RFTwinsFree Agent
The Minnesota Twins activated outfielder Trevor Larnach (groin) from the 10-day injured list on Sunday and placed right-hander Cody Stashak (shoulder) on the 15-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement in a corresponding move. Larnach has missed the team's last 13 games with a right adductor strain after landing on the IL on May 8. He went 1-for-8 with a homer, three RBI and a run scored in two minor league rehab games with Double-A Wichita. The 25-year-old has hit .313 (21-for-67) with nine doubles, seven RBI, 12 runs scored, a .365 on-base percentage and an .813 OPS in 22 games so far this year. Larnach is starting in left field and hitting fifth on Sunday against Kansas City Royals right-hander Brady Singer.
Source: Twins
Sun May 2206:09Zack Britton Throws From 120 FeetZack BrittonRPYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (elbow) has been throwing from 120 feet and could soon begin pitching from a bullpen mound. He underwent left elbow surgery on September 8th and has been sidelined since. The southpaw started a flat-ground throwing program in February and is throwing from distances of 120 feet. The Yankees are optimistic that Britton could return to the big leagues this August or September. Britton racked up 11 holds while posting a 5.89 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, and a 16:14 K: BB across 18 1/3 innings in 2021. The 34-year-old mainly has fantasy values in league formats that reward solds (saves and holds) when he returns to action later this summer.
Source: Bryan Hoch of
Sat May 2118:54Taylor Ward Passes Concussion ProtocolsTaylor WardLF/RFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward (head) was removed from Friday's game against the Oakland Athletics after colliding with the outfield wall while making a catch. He has passed through the league's concussion protocols. Ward described his injury in Friday's game as a "stinger." According to Angels beat writer Rhett Bollinger, there's a chance Ward could be available to play in Saturday's game. The Angels haven't announced their lineup for Saturday as of this writing. It's likely that Ward will not be included in the starting lineup, but it certainly sounds like he won't be missing much time at all.
Source: Rhett
Sat May 2109:49Taylor Ward Exits With An Injury On FridayTaylor WardLF/RFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward was removed in the ninth inning of Friday's game against the Oakland Athletics with an undisclosed injury. The 28-year-old ran into the wall in right field while making a catch. He was looked at by a trainer for a few minutes before walking off the field with the trainer. After the game, Angels manager Joe Maddon stated that Ward was being evaluated and that he wasn't sure of what the nature of the injury was. Ward is off to a phenomenal start to the 2022 season, slashing .370/.481/.713 with nine home runs, 23 RBI and 27 runs over just 30 games. He should be considered day-to-day at this point until we hear more.
Source: Rhett
Fri May 2021:12Daulton Jefferies Diagnosed With Thoracic Outlet SyndromeDaulton JefferiesRP/SPAthleticsFree Agent
Oakland Athletics right-hander Daulton Jefferies was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome on Friday. Jefferies was initially thought to be dealing with biceps tightness after allowing seven runs in his Wednesday start but further testing revealed a more severe issue. His Friday diagnosis is not good news for the 26-year-old, who will likely need to undergo surgery. The average recovery time is at least 11 months, meaning that Jefferies would be sidelined until sometime after the 2023 season begins. Jefferies has made eight starts in 2022, posting a 1-7 record, 5.72 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts over 39 1/3 innings of work.
Source: Matt Kawahara on
Fri May 2018:45Will Vest Tests Positive For COVID-19Will VestRP/SPMarinersFree Agent
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Will Vest (illness) tested positive for COVID-19 and he has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list. The 26-year-old has been one of the team's best relievers out of the gate this year. Across 17 innings on the season, he's pitched to a 2.12 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP. He has an elite 36.7% strikeout rate (96th percentile) and he's walked a total of just four batters. There's a chance we'll see him earn some high leverage work including save chances at some point after he returns from the COVID-19 injured list. For now, however, Gregory Soto remains the team's primary closer.
Source: Jason
Fri May 2016:56Josh Naylor Activated, But Not Starting FridayJosh Naylor1B/LF/RFIndiansFree Agent
The Cleveland Guardians have activated outfielder/first baseman Josh Naylor from the COVID-19 injured list. He is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers, but he will be available off the bench. Owen Miller will once again be starting at first base in Friday's game. Naylor has been extremely impressive so far this year. Over 20 games, he's slashing .347/.377/.611 with five home runs, 22 RBI and 10 runs. If he was dropped in your league while he was on the shelf, now is the time to scoop him up.
Source: Marla
Fri May 2016:46Connor Seabold Shut Down With Pectoral InjuryConnor SeaboldSPRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Connor Seabold (chest) was scratched from his start at Triple-A on Friday. He has been shut down from throwing due to a pectoral injury. However, Red Sox manager Alex Cora stated that the team doesn't think the injury is serious. The 26-year-old is ranked as the team's 14th overall prospect by MLB Pipeline. He made his MLB debut last year, appearing in just one game. This year at Triple-A, he's gone 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP over seven starts.
Source: Chris
Fri May 2015:30Dodgers Sign Pedro Baez To Minors DealPedro BáezRPAstrosFree Agent
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent relief pitcher Pedro Baez to a minor league deal on Thursday and assigned him to the Arizona Complex League. Baez, 34, was designated for assignment by the Houston Astros at the end of April. Before he was cut, he allowed three earned runs while walking three and striking out two in just 2 1/3 relief innings for Houston. The right-hander began his major league career with the Dodgers, pitching for them from 2014-20. Baez showed a considerable drop in velocity earlier this season, and it's worth noting after he missed most of his first season with the Astros due to a shoulder injury. He'll have to prove he's past his injury in the minors before the Dodgers consider adding him to their bullpen.
Source: ESPN Los Angeles - Blake
Fri May 2011:26Ryan Brasier Likely To Be OptionedRyan BrasierRPRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Ryan Brasier is expected to be optioned to Triple-A on Friday. This move is to make room for Michael Wacha who is coming off the injured list. The right-hander is scheduled to make the start against the Seattle Mariners on Friday. Brasier has a rough 6.28 ERA this season, so he probably shouldn't be rostered in any fantasy formats anyway. He'll likely be back in the big league bullpen at some point during the summer.
Source: Julian
Fri May 2009:38Ryan Brasier Optioned To Triple-ARyan BrasierRPRed SoxFree Agent
The Boston Red Sox optioned relief pitcher Ryan Brasier to Triple-A on Thursday. The move was made to clear space for Michael Wacha (intercostal), who will be returning from the injured list to start Friday's game against the Seattle Mariners. Brasier has been a trainwreck out of the bullpen this year, as have many of the team's relievers. He's made 18 appearances and he's pitched to a 6.28 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. He has earned two save opportunities and has failed to record either.
Source: Julian
Fri May 2009:31Bryan Mata Throws Two Innings In Extended Spring TrainingBryan MataSPRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Bryan Mata (elbow) had an impressive outing in extended spring training action on Thursday. He threw two innings and struck out five batters while his fastball topped out at 100 mph. This was the first time that Mata faced live hitters from another organization since he underwent Tommy John surgery last spring. The 23-year-old is currently rated as the team's second-best pitching prospect and seventh overall prospect by MLB Pipeline. His last minor league exposure came in 2019, when he pitched to a 3.43 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 105 innings split between High-A and Double-A.
Source: Alex
Thu May 1916:39Darwinzon Hernandez Undergoes Surgery On Torn MeniscusDarwinzon HernandezRPRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox pitcher Darwinzon Hernandez (knee) underwent surgery on his torn meniscus on Thursday. He will be out for the remainder of the 2022 season as he begins a long rehabilitation process. The 25-year-old appeared in 48 games for the Red Sox last year and pitched to a 3.38 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP while averaging 12.2 K/9. He spent the entirety of his brief 2022 season at Triple-A, where he had a 5.95 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 19.2 innings.
Source: Ian
Thu May 1900:31Clay Holmes Earns Third Save On WednesdayClay HolmesRPYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees relief pitcher Clay Holmes worked a pair of scoreless innings during Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees have been cautious lately with the struggling Aroldis Chapman. That being said, Holmes worked the final two innings of Wednesday's victory over the O's. He allowed one hit over two innings and earned his third save of the season. He has allowed one run and amassed a 19/2 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings. It's uncertain how long he'll continue pitching at this level of excellence, but fantasy managers should take advantage of it.
Wed May 1822:18Daulton Jefferies Dealing With Bicep TightnessDaulton JefferiesRP/SPAthleticsFree Agent
Oakland Athletics pitcher Daulton Jefferies (biceps) is experiencing biceps tightness and undergoing an MRI after Wednesday's start against the Minnesota Twins. He went allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over four innings in Wednesday's 14-4 loss to the Twins. The 26-year-old's availability moving forward is in question, and he's considered day-to-day. Jefferies has struggled this season, owning a 1-7 record with a 5.72 ERA, 137 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts over 39 1/3 innings. Even if Jefferies avoids a significant injury, he can be left on the waiver wire in most league formats.
Source: Martin Gallegos of