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Mon Sep 2618:23Avisail Garcia To Begin Rehab Assignment MondayAvisaíl GarcíaRFTigersFree Agent
Miami Marlins outfielder Avisail Garcia (hamstring) and right-hander Tommy Nance (groin) will start a minor league rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Jacksonville. As long as Garcia doesn't suffer any setbacks in the minors, he should be able to rejoin the Fish for the final few days of the 2022 regular season. The 31-year-old has been on the shelf for the last two weeks with a left hamstring strain, but he's getting closer to returning to the starting lineup. Garcia has been a disappointment in his first year in Miami with a .230/.267/.316 slash line, seven home runs, 31 RBI, 29 runs scored and four stolen bases in 93 games after hitting a career-high 29 long balls last year for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Source: MLB.com - Christina De NicolaRotoBaller.com
Mon Sep 2611:32Mike Trout Has A Big Game SundayMike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, an RBI, three runs scored and a walk in the 10-3 blowout win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. In the process he extended his modest hitting streak to five games. Amidst another disappointing season for the Angels, the 31-year-old All-Star is slashing .278/.364/.619 with a .983 OPS, 37 home runs, 77 RBI, 79 runs scored and a stolen base in 407 at-bats. The 10-time All-Star is closing out the 2022 season strong, as he's hitting .308 (24-for-78) with nine home runs, 19 RBI and 17 runs scored in 20 games in the month of September so far. He remains a must-start across all fantasy formats in the final stretch of the season.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Sep 2411:34Jake Odorizzi Torched By Phillies FridayJake OdorizziSPRoyalsFree Agent
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi had a start to forget on Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, as he surrendered eight earned runs on 10 hits (one homer) while walking three and striking out six in four innings in the 9-1 loss. It was his worst performance since being acquired from the Houston Astros at the trade deadline, and he's now gone 1-3 with a 5.97 ERA (5.31 FIP), a 1.62 WHIP, 33 strikeouts and 14 walks in 37 2/3 innings and eight starts with Atlanta. In three starts in September, Odorizzi has allowed 13 earned runs on 17 hits (two homers) while walking seven and striking out 14. Despite his disappointing performances with the Braves so far, the 32-year-old veteran right-hander should remain in the starting rotation the rest of the way.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Sep 2411:00Albert Pujols Joins 700-Homer Club With Two BombsAlbert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols became only the fourth player in baseball history to reach the 700-home run mark in the 11-0 blowout win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Pujols went 2-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI, two runs scored and a strikeout in the contest to make history on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. The 42-year-old future first-ballot Hall of Famer has cooled off a bit in the season's final month, but he's still excelling against left-handed pitchers and will remain a key part of the Cardinals' postseason run this year. He's hit .250 (15-for-60) with six home runs, 17 RBI and six runs scored in 20 games so far in the season's final month.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Fri Sep 2316:49Nelson Cruz Still Not PlayingNelson CruzRFRangersFree Agent
Washington Nationals designated hitter Nelson Cruz (eye) remains out of the starting lineup on Friday against the Miami Marlins. Cruz is limping to the finish line in 2022 and hasn't played in the last eight games due to left eye inflammation. Fantasy managers should consider the aging slugger to be day-to-day. The 42-year-old Dominican DH is hitting just .234/.313/.337 with 10 home runs, 64 RBI, 50 runs scored and four stolen bases in his 448 at-bats in D.C. this year. Luke Voit is the DH again on Friday and is hitting cleanup against Marlins left-hander Braxton Garrett. Voit has actually been better against right-handed pitching this year, and he's hitting .169 (23-for-136) with only two of his 21 home runs against southpaws.
Source: Baseball PressRotoBaller.com
Fri Sep 2301:00Manny Machado Homers, Steals A BaseManny MachadoSSOriolesFree Agent
San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado contributed across the stat sheet Thursday, going 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two walks, and a stolen base in a 5-4 defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals. Machado now has 30 homers and eight stolen bases this season. If the season were to end today, his .900 OPS would be the third-best mark of his career. He should remain a consideration in the top portion of fantasy drafts heading into the 2023 season.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 2219:38Manny Machado Smacks 30th Home Run ThursdayManny MachadoSSOriolesFree Agent
San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado reached base three times on Thursday, going 1-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base during the 5-4 loss against the St. Louis Cardinals. His lone hit was a solo home run, his 30th of the season, marking the sixth time in his 11-season career he's reached that total. Machado has contributed in every category, as he's batting .296 with 94 RBI, 92 runs, and eight steals over 139 games. Fantasy managers should start the 30-year-old every day and benefit from his incredible offensive numbers.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 2212:12Stephen Vogt To Retire After The SeasonStephen VogtCRaysFree Agent
Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt announced that he will retire from professional baseball after this season. Vogt will retire a 10-year veteran (six seasons with the A's) in which he was a two-time All-Star. The 37-year-old played for the A's, Rays, Diamondbacks, Giants, Braves and Brewers during his career. Vogt currently has a .239/.302/.406 slash line with 81 home runs, 309 RBI, 256 runs scored and five stolen bases in his 784 career games. He made the All-Star team in back-to-back seasons in 2015 and 2016 with Oakland, and he hit a career-high 18 home runs while driving in 71 runs in 2015.
Source: A's TwitterRotoBaller.com
Wed Sep 2111:01Nelson Cruz Still Out Wednesday Against BravesNelson CruzRFRangersFree Agent
Washington Nationals designated hitter Nelson Cruz (eye) remains out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves. Cruz is dealing with left eye inflammation and will miss his seventh straight game. The good news is the 42-year-old isn't expected to land on the injured list, so fantasy managers must continue to consider him day-to-day. Luke Voit is once again serving as the team's designated hitter and will bat cleanup against Braves right-hander Bryce Elder on Wednesday. In 39 games since being acquired from the San Diego Padres at the Aug. 2 trade deadline, Voit is hitting .264/.345/.439 with eight home runs, 16 RBI and 14 runs scored. He's been even better in September, going 22-for-70 (.314) with three homers, seven RBI and six runs scored in 18 games.
Source: Baseball PressRotoBaller.com
Tue Sep 2011:16Nelson Cruz Day-To-Day With Eye InflammationNelson CruzRFRangersFree Agent
Washington Nationals designated hitter Nelson Cruz (eye) was diagnosed with left eye inflammation by an eye specialist after he experienced blurry vision during the Sept. 13 game against the Baltimore Orioles. He was given eye drops. "He's better," manager Dave Martinez said about Cruz. "The drops are working. It's very slow, but he said he feels better today. He's actually going to go out and take some batting practice today and see how well he can see the ball. It's good news, so hopefully we can get him back here in a few days." The 42-year-old slugger was out again on Monday against the Atlanta Braves and isn't a lock to return to the lineup on Tuesday. Cruz has played in only eight games so far in September and has gone 7-for-28 (.250) with no homers, one RBI and four runs scored.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Tue Sep 2000:03Max Scherzer Earns 200th Career Win MondayMax ScherzerSPTigersFree Agent
New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer had an eventful start back from the injured list in Monday's 7-2 win over the Brewers. Scherzer pitched 6 perfect innings with nine strikeouts on 68 pitches, earning his 10th win of the season and 200th of his career. Further, this win clinched a playoff spot for the Mets. It was encouraging for the Mets and fantasy managers to see the 38-year-old pitch so well after missing time with an oblique injury. The veteran has been stellar once again this season with a 2.15 ERA and 10.91 K/9 rate over 21 starts. Scherzer's next start should be a great matchup at the Athletics.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Mon Sep 1919:23Miguel Cabrera Activated From Injured ListMiguel Cabrera3BTigersFree Agent
Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera (biceps) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Monday, and he immediately returned to designated hitter duties while batting cleanup against the Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Tyler Wells. In a corresponding move, the team optioned utility man Kody Clemens to Triple-A Toledo. The 39-year-old Venezuelan has really slowed down in 2022, as he entered Monday's game hitting just .256/.305/.317 with four home runs, 37 RBI, 23 runs scored and one stolen base in 360 at-bats. The future Hall of Famer probably won't play every day, as the Tigers will be wanting to let the youngsters -- most notably first-rounder Spencer Torkelson -- see as much playing time as possible to close out the year.
Source: Tigers PRRotoBaller.com
Mon Sep 1919:03Max Scherzer Activated And Starting MondayMax ScherzerSPTigersFree Agent
The New York Mets activated right-hander Max Scherzer (oblique) from the 15-day injured list on Monday. The Mets also activated right-hander Tylor Megill (shoulder) from the injured list and optioned right-hander Stephen Nogosek and left-hander Alex Claudio to Triple-A Syracuse in corresponding moves. Scherzer is starting on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers. The 38-year-old ace struck out seven in just 3 2/3 innings in his minor league rehab start for Syracuse last Wednesday, but he threw only 59 pitches, so he could be slightly limited from a pitch-count perspective in his return to New York's rotation on Monday. However, it's still hard to recommend benching the three-time Cy Young winner in fantasy.
Source: The Athletic - Will SammonRotoBaller.com
Mon Sep 1914:25Mike Trout Isn't In Monday's LineupMike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout isn't in the team's starting lineup on Monday for a matchup with the Seattle Mariners and right-hander Logan Gilbert. The 30-year-old is hitting .276 with a .364 on-base percentage, 36 home runs, and a stolen base in 437 plate appearances this season. He'll head to the bench with Magneuris Sierra starting in center field and batting ninth instead. Sierra is hitting .181 this season in 88 plate appearances for the Angels, with a .218 on-base percentage and six stolen bases. Fantasy managers are probably better off looking elsewhere for streaming options in the outfield.
Source: Jeff FletcherRotoBaller.com
Mon Sep 1911:37Zack Britton Still Rehabbing In MinorsZack BrittonSPOriolesFree Agent
New York Yankees left-handed reliever Zack Britton (elbow) threw one-third of an inning on Sept. 16 for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, allowing a hit and a walk in a 16-pitch outing. He's recovering from Tommy John surgery and a procedure to have a bone chip removed from his elbow in September of last year. Manager Aaron Boone said on Sept. 13 that he's "still not sure" if Britton will return this year. It will depend on how Britton's next several outings go in the minor leagues. The 34-year-old veteran southpaw has allowed just one earned run on three hits while walking two and striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings over seven rehab outings for Single-A Tampa, Double-A Somerset and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre so far.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Mon Sep 1911:11Eric Hosmer Still Hopes To Return This YearEric Hosmer1BRoyalsFree Agent
Boston Red Sox first baseman Eric Hosmer (back) hasn't given up hope of playing again this season. Skipper Alex Cora said Hosmer might resume baseball activities on Tuesday. It will be a matter of how Hosmer responds to increased activities and if there is enough time for him to ramp back up by the end of the 2022 season. The 32-year-old left-handed hitter hasn't played since Aug. 20 due to lower back inflammation. In his 12 games with the Red Sox since being acquired from the San Diego Padres at the Aug. 2 trade deadline, Hosmer has hit just .225/.311/.300 with no home runs, four RBI and six runs scored in 45 plate appearances. The Red Sox have been using a platoon of Christian Arroyo and Triston Casas at first base recently.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1814:42David Price Set To Retire After SeasonDavid PriceSPRaysFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers reliever David Price (wrist) is set to retire at the end of the season, according to Bob Nightengale. Price, who is currently on the injured list with left wrist inflammation, is planning to hang it up at season's end. The big left-hander has put together a stellar career, posting a 3.32 ERA and 1.16 WHIP across 13 MLB seasons. He made the All-Star team five times, won a Cy Young award, and earned a World Series title with the Red Sox back in 2018. For now, the 37-year-old is set to return to the Dodgers' bullpen later this week.
Source: Fox Sports MLB on TwitterRotoBaller.com
Sat Sep 1713:55Nelson Cruz Sitting Out Once Again On SaturdayNelson CruzRFRangersFree Agent
Washington Nationals designated hitter Nelson Cruz (eye) is not the lineup on Saturday vs. the Miami Marlins. The 42-year-old slugger has been having blurred vision in his left eye and will now miss his third straight game as a result. He has a chance to play in Sunday's series finale but fantasy managers should pay attention to his status leading up to that game. Cruz owns a .234/.313/.337 batting line to go along with 10 home runs, 64 RBI, and four stolen bases over 448 at-bats on the year. Luke Voit is taking his spot as DH on Saturday.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Fri Sep 1621:48Miguel Cabrera Takes SwingsMiguel Cabrera3BTigersFree Agent
Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera (biceps) is slowly progressing toward returning to his team before the end of the season. Cabrera took between 40 and 50 swings a few days ago and participated in a full batting practice session on Friday. The future Hall of Famer could be nearing a return to the Detroit lineup as the regular season draws to an end. Cabrera is hitting .256 with four homers, 23 runs, 37 RBI and a steal in 2022.
Source: Cody Stavenhagen on TwitterRotoBaller.com
Fri Sep 1616:11Justin Verlander Activated And Starting FridayJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
The Houston Astros activated starting pitcher Justin Verlander (calf) from the 15-day injured list on Friday and optioned Seth Martinez to the minors in a corresponding move. Verlander, who landed on the injured list on Aug. 30 with a calf injury, will make the start in a great matchup against the Oakland Athletics on Friday. There's a chance he could face a pitch count in his first start back, though, since he didn't go on a minor league rehab assignment while away from the team. Still, it's hard to leave the 39-year-old ace out of starting lineups, especially in the excellent matchup. The nine-time All-Star currently leads all of baseball in ERA (1.84), wins (16) and WHIP (0.85) while striking out 154 and walking just 26 in 152 innings over 24 starts.
Source: Houston Chronicle - Chandler RomeRotoBaller.com
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