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Wed Jul 1019:15Jonah Heim Returns Against AngelsJonah HeimCRangersFree Agent
Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim (neck) is back behind the plate and will hit seventh on Wednesday against the hosting Los Angeles Angels and right-hander Griffin Canning. Heim is feeling good enough to give it a go after he was scratched from Tuesday night's lineup with neck stiffness as a precaution. He hasn't picked up a hit in four career at-bats against Canning, but Heim should be returned to starting lineups nevertheless. The former fourth-round pick by the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 has hit .333 (15-for-45) with two home runs, three doubles, four RBI and eight runs scored in 13 games (11 starts) since June 24. Heim's overall numbers don't really scream superstar -- .244 average, eight home runs, 36 RBI -- but the switch-hitting backstop is on pace to set a new career-high in long balls after making his first All-Star team in 2023.
Source: Texas Rangers
Wed Jul 1019:10Oneil Cruz Out Again On WednesdayOneil CruzSSPiratesFree Agent
Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (hamstring) is out of the starting lineup again on Wednesday against the division-rival Milwaukee Brewers. Cruz will miss his second game in a row after leaving Monday's contest early with soreness in his hamstring. It doesn't appear to be a major concern for the 25-year-old, but the Pirates are giving him a little extra rest before next week's All-Star break. Cruz should be considered day-to-day for now. Check back to see if he's available for the series finale in Milwaukee on Thursday. Jared Triolo is getting another start at the 6 and will hit ninth for the Bucs against Brewers right-hander Tobias Myers. DFS managers should be able to find a much better option at shortstop than Triolo, who is hitting just .203 (47-for-232) on the year with four homers, 24 RBI and four stolen bases in a utility role.
Source: Pittsburgh
Wed Jul 1019:05Jo Adell Held Out On WednesdayJo AdellLFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Jo Adell (illness) is out of the starting lineup ahead of Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers. Angels' manager Ron Washington said that Adell is dealing with the same illness that sidelined Brandon Drury last week. That being said, Adell could be looking at a lengthy absence. On Wednesday, Kevin Pillar will start in his place and bat cleanup versus right-hander Michael Lorenzen. Fantasy managers will need to check back for another update on Adell.
Wed Jul 1018:43Jordan Lawlar Suffers Setback, Could Miss Another 6-8 WeeksJordan LawlarSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop prospect Jordan Lawlar (hamstring) is expected to miss more time after suffering a setback a few days ago. The 21-year-old aggravated his hamstring while running from first to third during a game in Rookie ball. Lawlar was working his way back from a Grade 1 hamstring strain that he suffered in mid-June. Now, Lawlar is expected to miss an additional six to eight weeks with this setback. There's a chance that Lawlar isn't back to playing games until some point in September, let alone returning to the big leagues for the Diamondbacks.
Source: Jody
Wed Jul 1018:38Jorge Soler Remains Out Of The LineupJorge SolerDH/LF/RFMarlinsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants outfielder Jorge Soler (illness) remains out of the starting lineup ahead of Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The 32-year-old slugger will miss his second straight game with what is believed to be a minor illness. Mike Yastrzemski will start in his place in right field and bat seventh versus right-hander Chris Bassitt on Wednesday. Fantasy managers should adjust their lineups with Soler out for at least one more game.
Wed Jul 1018:34Graham Ashcraft Lands On Injured ListGraham AshcraftSPRedsFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft (elbow) has been placed on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday. The 26-year-old was optioned back to Triple-A on Monday. It sounds like Ashcraft was attempting to pitch through the issue on the big league club. However, Ashcraft alerted the minor league club once he got there about his elbow soreness. The right-hander will be shut down from throwing for the next two weeks. Fantasy managers can continue to ignore him.
Source: Charlie
Wed Jul 1018:20Ramon Laureano Placed On Injured ListRamón LaureanoCF/RFGuardiansFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ramon Laureano (oblique) has been placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday. The veteran outfielder has been dealing with a lingering oblique issue for multiple weeks. He missed the last 12 games before the Braves decided to give him some time to rest. The expectation is that he'll return shortly after the All-Star break. In a corresponding move, infielder Brian Anderson (illness) has been activated from the injured list. The 31-year-old isn't much of a fantasy asset and is hitless in his five at-bats this season.
Source: Atlanta
Wed Jul 1017:51Max Scherzer Not Planning On Waiving His No-Trade ClauseMax ScherzerSPRangersFree Agent
When asked if he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause again at this year's trade deadline, Texas Rangers right-hander Max Scherzer said, "Yeah, I'm not gonna do that...we're gonna play better baseball. It's gonna be a moot point t even talk abut...we're gonna win here." Scherzer has waived his no-trade clause to facilitate a trade in three of the last five years, but it sounds like that isn't in the cards in 2024. The Rangers have won five straight heading into Wednesday's action and are 5.5 games behind the American League West-leading Seattle Mariners, while they sit seven games out of the final wild-card spot in the AL. The 39-year-old future Hall of Famer had back surgery in the offseason and suffered a setback with his thumb along the way, so he's only managed to make four starts to this point for Texas. He's looked good in those four starts, giving up eight runs (four earned) while walking only three and striking out 17 in 23 1/3 innings.
Source: Foul
Wed Jul 1017:44Giancarlo Stanton Could Skip A Rehab AssignmentGiancarlo StantonDH/RFYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) could be ready to return from the 10-day injured list shortly after next week's All-Star break and may return without going on a minor-league rehab assignment, according to manager Aaron Boone. Apparently Stanton has been recovering nicely from a left-hamstring strain that landed him on the IL and he's been doing baseball activities. Even if the 34-year-old right-handed slugger skips a rehab assignment, he's probably going to need to at least face some sort of live pitching before the Yankees throw him back into their big-league lineup. Since he's been out, Aaron Judge has been serving as the team's DH, which has given Trent Grisham more playing time in center field. Stanton continues to display high-end power when healthy, slugging 18 homers and driving in 45 in 69 games played in 2024. Keep him stashed everywhere.
Source: - Bryan
Wed Jul 1017:38David Hamilton, Wilyer Abreu Sitting Versus SouthpawDavid HamiltonSSRed SoxFree Agent
Wilyer AbreuCFRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox middle infielder David Hamilton and outfielder Wilyer Abreu, who both hit from the left side, will take a seat on Wednesday against the visiting Oakland Athletics with left-hander JP Sears on the mound. Jamie Westbrook will get the call to play the keystone and will hit eighth, while Rob Refsnyder draws into the lineup in left field while batting second for the BoSox. Boston sent Enmanuel Valdez to the minors on Tuesday, which basically assures the 26-year-old Hamilton of regular playing time at second base moving forward. His speed (23 stolen bases) makes him worth rostering, even in mixed fantasy leagues. Refsnyder is hitting .300 overall on the year and is also batting .308 (20-for-65) with two of his three homers on the season, making him worth a look as a deep DFS sleeper in the two-hole.
Source: Boston Herald - Gabrielle
Wed Jul 1017:32Charlie Blackmon Out Against A Right-HanderCharlie BlackmonDH/RFRockiesFree Agent
Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon remains out of the team's starting lineup on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds on the road, this time against a right-handed pitcher in Frankie Montas. Blackmon was out on Tuesday against left-hander Nick Lodolo and will miss his second straight game. There's been no word of an injury for the 38-year-old veteran, but we'll keep a close eye on the situation. Brenton Doyle, who had two homers in Tuesday night's loss, will serve as the designated hitter and bat fifth, while Sam Hilliard starts in center field and hits in the nine-hole for the Rockies. Perhaps the Rockies are just giving Blackmon a little more rest with the All-Star break looming next week. Since June 18, he's gone 6-for-32 (.188) with a homer, two doubles, three RBI and nine strikeouts in 10 games played.
Wed Jul 1017:25Zack Wheeler Avoids Structural Damage, Next Start Up In The AirZack WheelerSPPhilliesFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler (back) is still sore after leaving his start early on Tuesday against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers with lower-back tightness, but an MRI exam on Wednesday showed no structural damage. "We're going to be very cautious with him," manager Rob Thomson said. When asked if Wheeler will make his next scheduled start on Sunday against the visiting Oakland Athletics, Thomson said, "Not sure yet. We'll know tomorrow. We're not going to risk anything." It's an excellent matchup for Wheeler's fantasy managers, but with the All-Star break coming next week, it's likely they'll skip him to avoid taking any chances. The 34-year-old pitched well in his 10th win of the year against LA on Tuesday despite the back injuries and has been a must-start in all fantasy formats all year.
Source: - Todd
Wed Jul 1017:16Bryce Harper Out With Bruised Hand On WednesdayBryce Harper1B/DH/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper (hand) is out of the starting lineup on Wednesday in another showdown against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers after he bruised his right hand on a ball hit by Freddie Freeman in Tuesday night's 10-1 win. Harper is sore and will not give it a go on Wednesday after testing out his hand in the batting cages before the game. The 31-year-old two-time MVP came off the 10-day injured list on Tuesday from a hamstring strain to go 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Now he's dealing with a hand injury, although it doesn't appear to be too serious. Fantasy managers should consider Harper day-to-day and check back to see if he's back in there on Thursday for the series finale. Alec Bohm slides across the diamond to first base and will bat third on Wednesday, with Edmundo Sosa playing third and hitting seventh against Dodgers right-hander Gavin Stone.
Source: Philadelphia
Wed Jul 1017:07Matt McLain On Track To Start Rehab Assignment On Aug. 12Matt McLain2B/SSRedsFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that middle infielder Matt McLain (shoulder) has started swinging and is on track to start a minor-league rehab assignment on Aug. 12. Despite having left-shoulder surgery in late March, McLain and the Reds are holding out hope that he can rejoin them later in the second half of the season. The 24-year-old has a ways to go before he's a realistic option for Cincinnati at the keystone, and the former first-rounder may not be able to return until September, at the earliest. McLain has not been able to play at all this year but hit an impressive .290/.357/.507 with an .864 OPS, 16 home runs, 50 RBI, 14 steals and 65 runs in 89 games in his rookie campaign in 2023. Jonathan India has benefitted from McLain's absence this year and has been a key contributor atop the batting order.
Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Charlie
Wed Jul 1017:02Jonathan India Returns For RedsJonathan India2BRedsFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (knee) is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the visiting Colorado Rockies and left-hander Kyle Freeland, serving as the designated hitter and batting leadoff. India will return to action after he was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a left-knee contusion. It obviously wasn't a very serious injury for the 27-year-old, although he won't return to the field just yet. Santiago Espinal is playing second again and is hitting ninth. India has cooled off a bit in July but has hit .375 (27-for-72) with two home runs, 13 doubles, seven RBI, seven walks, two steals and 16 runs scored in 19 games since June 18. Fantasy managers will want to get him back into their lineups in a juicy matchup against Freeland. India has three hits in six career at-bats against Freeland.
Source: Cincinnati
Wed Jul 1016:53Dodgers Option Bobby MillerBobby MillerSPDodgersFree Agent
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Wednesday that they optioned right-hander Bobby Miller to the minors. It's been a rough season for Miller in 2024, and the Dodgers had seen enough after he surrendered nine earned runs in four innings of work in a beatdown at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. The 25-year-old has limped to a 1-2 record, 8.07 ERA (6.31 FIP) and 1.83 WHIP with 27 strikeouts and 18 walks in 29 innings in his seven starts for the Blue in his second season in the big leagues. Miller wasn't helped by the fact that he missed two months due to right-shoulder inflammation. It remains to be seen if the Dodgers just want to give Miller a little more rest over the All-Star break or if they want to see serious mechanical adjustments in the minors before giving him another shot at a big-league rotation spot in the second half of the season.UPDATE: Manager Dave Roberts said the plan with Miller is for him to work with director of minor-league pitching Rob Hill through the All-Star break and then make one or more starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City after the break.
Source: Los Angeles Time - Jack
Wed Jul 1016:40Jose Caballero Getting A Day OffJosé Caballero2B/SSMarinersFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Jose Caballero is not in the team's starting lineup on Wednesday against the visiting division-rival New York Yankees. With Caballero retreating to the bench for a day off, Richie Palacios will draw into the lineup at second base and will hit sixth against Yankees right-hander Marcus Stroman. The speedy Caballero has been as advertised on the base paths in his first year in Tampa and just his second big-league campaign, as he currently leads the league with 24 stolen bases. Offensively, though, he leaves a lot to be desired, batting .238/.301/.365 with a .666 OPS, six home runs, 24 RBI and 38 runs scored in 76 games played as a regular. Since June 13, he's gone 9-for-52 (.173) with two homers, two doubles, four RBI, 12 strikeouts and only two steals in 17 games. Caballero could use the day off.
Wed Jul 1016:31Alex Verdugo Hitting Leadoff, Ben Rice Moved To CleanupAlex VerdugoLF/RFRed SoxFree Agent
The New York Yankees are shuffling their batting order a bit for Wednesday's contest against the hosting Tampa Bay Rays and right-hander Zach Eflin. Outfielder Alex Verdugo will take over the leadoff spot, while rookie first baseman/catcher Ben Rice drops from leadoff to the cleanup spot behind slugger Aaron Judge. Rice has held his own in his first 19 major-league games for the Bombers, slashing .267/.348/.567 with a .914 OPS, five home runs, three doubles, 14 RBI and nine runs scored in 69 plate appearances. As long as he continues to hit like that, he'll play regularly at first with Anthony Rizzo out with a fractured forearm. Verdugo has hit 10 long balls in 335 at-bats while driving in 45 and scoring 42 runs. The 28-year-old will have more fantasy appeal atop the order, but it's unclear if this is more of a temporary or permanent move.
Wed Jul 1016:25Dominic Canzone Goes On Injured List, M's Recall Jonatan ClaseJonatan ClaseCFMarinersFree Agent
Dominic CanzoneLF/RFMarinersFree Agent
The Seattle Mariners placed outfielder Dominic Canzone (groin) on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with a right-groin strain and recalled outfield prospect Jonatan Clase from Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move. Canzone hurt his groin on Sunday while making a catch against the Toronto Blue Jays and then made things worse on Tuesday night running out a double in the win over the San Diego Padres, and now he'll be out through next week's All-Star break. The 26-year-old left-handed-hitting outfielder has struggled in a part-time role in his first full season in Seattle this year, hitting .211 (30-for-142) with a career-high seven home runs and 14 RBI in 54 games. Clase, the team's No. 10 prospect per MLB Pipeline, will give Seattle outfield depth after he went 6-for-34 (.176) with a double and 13 K's in his first 15 big-league games earlier this year.
Source: Mariners
Wed Jul 1016:17Heston Kjerstad, Ryan O'Hearn Sitting Against A LeftyRyan O'Hearn1B/DH/PH/RFOriolesFree Agent
Heston KjerstadRFOriolesFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles rookie outfielder Heston Kjerstad and first baseman/designated hitter Ryan O'Hearn are out of the lineup on Wednesday against the visiting Chicago Cubs with left-hander Shota Imanaga on the mound. Catcher Adley Rutschman will serve as the designated hitter and bat second, while Austin Hays will start in left field and bat sixth. James McCann will do the catching and hit in the nine-hole. Kjerstad was in the lineup the last two games when the team faced a left-hander, but he'll take a seat on Wednesday. The 25-year-old has fared much better in 18 games with the O's this year than he did in his debut in 2023, as he's gone 14-for-46 (.304) with three homers, two doubles and 12 RBI in 54 trips to the plate. His presence in Baltimore has led to more time on the bench for fellow rookie Colton Cowser, who is in center field and batting eighth on Wednesday.
Source: Baltimore
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