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Sun Aug 1400:56Logan Webb Strikes Out Nine In WinLogan WebbSPGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb was superb on Saturday, tossing eight-shutout frames in his club's 2-0 win over the Pirates. He struck out nine batters on the evening while walking two and giving up five hits, throwing 99 pitches in the sharp outing. Webb only ran into trouble in the eighth when he loaded the bases with two outs, but he got Ben Gamel to strikeout and end the threat to improve his record to 11-5 on the season. The 25-year-old owns an even 3.00 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with a 124/39 K/BB through 150 IP as he'll look to keep his dominance going in his next start versus the Diamondbacks next week.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Aug 1400:47Scott Effross Records Save For Yankees SaturdayScott EffrossRPCubsFree Agent
New York Yankees reliever Scott Effross closed out his club's 3-2 win over the Red Sox on Saturday, picking up his second save of the year and first with his new club. The 28-year-old made it interesting by allowing a pair of singles, but he ultimately got Xander Bogaerts to pop out to end the game and stranding the tying run at third base. The Yankees have had trouble closing out games recently, but Effross isn't likely to pick up anything close to a lion's share of saves the rest of the way. He has had a nice season by sporting a 2.88 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 55 K through 50 IP, but Clay Holmes or Aroldis Chapman are still better suited for the role despite their struggles.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Aug 1400:40Jonathan Hernandez Locks Down Third SaveJonathan HernándezRPRangersFree Agent
Texas Rangers reliever Jonathan Hernandez pitched a clean ninth inning on Saturday to close out the team's 7-4 win over the Mariners. The right-hander needed just 10 pitches to retire the side as he's now collected his third save of the season after missing the first half of the year recovering from Tommy-John Surgery that he underwent last April. He's allowed three earned runs over 10 frames so far in 2022 (2.70 ERA) to go along with a fine 1.10 WHIP while lighting up the radar gun with a fastball that can touch triple-digits. Hernandez appears to be the favored closing option in Texas, and should be scooped up for anyone looking to catch up in the save column.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Aug 1400:29Andrew Heaney Expected To Make Next StartAndrew HeaneySPAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Andrew Heaney is expected to make his next scheduled start according to manager Dave Roberts after he was lifted from Saturday's contest early. The lefty took a comebacker off his throwing arm in the third inning, but he admitted after the game that nothing tightened up afterwards and the team just wanted to be cautious. Makes sense since Heaney has struggled with injuries and they were up 8-2 at the time of his removal. His next turn up in the rotation will come Thursday against the Brewers, but managers will still want to monitor his availability through the week since the club won't push the 31-year-old if there's any lingering pain.
Source: Fabian Ardaya - TwitterRotoBaller.com
Sun Aug 1400:20Wander Franco Heading For Rehab Assignment SoonWander FrancoSSRaysFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment in Port Charlotte within the next few days as he recovers from a broken hamate bone in his wrist. The 21-year-old underwent surgery in mid-July, so it stands to reason that he'll need at least a week's worth of at-bats to get his swing back up to speed before rejoining the Rays for a playoff push. Through 58 games in 2022, Franco has hit a middling .260 with five homers and 23 RBI, but he would still be a welcomed addition to the Rays and to fantasy rosters during the final stretch of the regular season.
Source: Marc Topkin - TwitterRotoBaller.com
Sun Aug 1400:07Ronald Acuna Jr. Day-To-Day With Sore KneeRonald Acuña Jr.RFBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was removed from the second game of a doubleheader Saturday with knee soreness, but the club insists it was precautionary and he should be considered day-to-day. The 24-year-old played the full nine innings of game one, and made it through seven innings of the evening tilt before getting lifted after going 2-for-4 with a homer. Acuna mentioned that playing on the turf in Miami had an impact on his soreness, so managers should monitor his situation before tomorrow's finale to see if the Braves give him a day off before returning home for a series against the Mets starting on Monday.
Source: Justin Toscano- TwitterRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1323:50Corey Seager Homers In Saturday's WinCorey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager was 1-for-4 Saturday with a walk and a solo home run that turned out to be the winning run of the 7-4 against the Seattle Mariners. It was his 26th homer of the season, tying his career high from 2016. During his first season in Texas, Seager's slashing .252/.331/.475 with 61 runs, 59 RBI, and three stolen bases across 107 games. Some were worried about how a move to Globe Life Field would affect the 28-year-old, but he's still a productive fantasy option at short in every format.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1322:16Jacob deGrom Strikes Out 10 In Saturday's WinJacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom allowed two hits while striking out 10 across six scoreless innings during Saturday's 1-0 win against the Philadelphia Phillies. He picked up his second win of the season. The Mets ace threw 76 pitches, landing 57 for strikes. He has shown no signs of rust since returning to the mound on August 2. The 34-year-old owns a 1.62 ERA, 0.42 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts across 16 2/3 innings in 2022. He had been sidelined most of the year while recovering from a stress reaction in his right scapula. deGrom will keep things rolling in his next start against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
Source: MLBRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1322:01Harold Ramirez Nearing Rehab AssignmentHarold RamírezLF/RFIndiansFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman/outfielder Harold Ramirez (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Sunday. He took batting practice on Saturday and reportedly felt good. The 27-year-old has been sidelined since July 17 with a broken thumb. He slashed .329/.379/.446 with four homers and 35 RBI in 78 games before landing on the injured list. He will provide the Rays' first base and outfield depth once activated. Ramirez is on track to return to action within the next few weeks and is a speculative add in deep-league formats.
Source: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay TimesRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1321:48Andrew Heaney Exits Saturday's Start EarlyAndrew HeaneySPAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Andrew Heaney (arm) exited Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals due to a left arm contusion. He took a line drive off his left arm and was removed from the game. The 31-year-old allowed two runs on three hits while striking out five over three innings before exiting. The severity of his injury is unknown, and he is considered day-to-day. He owns a 1.16 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 42 strikeouts over 31 innings in 2022. It is unclear if Heaney will make his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Stay tuned for further updates.
Source: Fabian Ardaya of The AthleticRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1321:25Mike Trout Takes BP On SaturdayMike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (back) took batting practice on Saturday. It was the first time he had done this since landing on the injured list in late July. The 31-year-old is dealing with a rare back condition called costovertebral dysfunction. He reportedly felt good after hitting on the field Saturday. The star outfielder slashed .270/.368/.599 with a .967 OPS, 24 home runs, 51 RBI, 55 runs scored, and one stolen base in 282 at-bats before landing on the injured list. Trout will continue to ramp up his baseball activities in upcoming weeks but remains without a timetable for a return.
Source: Sam Blum of the AthleticRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1321:15Giancarlo Stanton Could Begin Rehab Assignment Next WeekGiancarlo StantonDHYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles) is targeting going through a full pregame routine by Monday and will hopefully begin a rehab assignment next week. He has been sidelined since July 23 with Achilles tendinitis. The 32-year-old slashed .228/.309/.498 with a .807 OPS, 24 home runs, 61 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 328 plate appearances over 80 games before landing on the injured list. New York has a comfortable lead in the AL East standings and might not rush Stanton back into action. Fantasy managers should continue to stash Stanton in all league formats in the meantime.
Source: Marly Rivera of ESPNRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1317:58Tylor Megill Will Throw Bullpen Session On SundayTylor MegillSPMetsFree Agent
New York Mets starting pitcher Tylor Megill (shoulder) will throw a 15-pitch bullpen session on Sunday, according to Tim Healey of Newsday. The right-hander looked fantastic in April but faltered in the months of May and June, racking up a 5.01 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and .245 OBA through nine starts in 2022 as a whole. He will pitch out of the bullpen once he's ready to return to the big-league club.
Source: Tim HealeyRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1317:53Jeff McNeil Returns To Action SaturdayJeff McNeil2BMetsFree Agent
New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil is back in the lineup on Saturday after exiting Friday's game with a right thumb laceration. He'll bat eighth against the Philadelphia Phillies. McNeil has put together a strong line in his age-30 season, slashing .306/.360/.446 with seven homers, 46 RBI, 24 walks, and 49 strikeouts. Most of his production has come against righties, so he should fare well against Aaron Nola on Saturday. McNeil deserves to be rostered in most fantasy leagues down the stretch.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1317:48Rockies Place Alex Colome On 15-Day ILAlex ColoméRPTwinsFree Agent
Colorado Rockies right-handed reliever Alex Colome has been placed on the 15-day injured list with right lateral epicondylitis, which is more commonly known as tennis elbow. In his place, Justin Lawrence was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. Colome owns a 4.68 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and .292 OBA along with 5.95 K/9 and 3.61 BB/9 through 46 games (42.1 innings) this season. He has tallied seven holds, four saves, and three blown saves along the way.
Source: Rockies Club InformationRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1317:40Brandon Belt Not Starting SaturdayBrandon Belt1BGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tommy La Stella will start in his place, batting seventh and playing first base. Belt walked and scored during Friday's game, so this looks like it's a simple rest day rather than indication of an injury. The 34-year-old has struggled as of late, going 5-for-32 (.156) over his last 10 games. He should return to action on Sunday.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1317:35Matthew Boyd Begins Rehab AssignmentMatthew BoydSPTigersFree Agent
Seattle Mariners pitcher Matthew Boyd (elbow) is expected to make his first rehab outing of the season with Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, according to Chris McCosky of Detroit News. He has yet to pitch at any level this season due to a flexor strain in his left elbow. The 31-year-old southpaw last pitched in 2021, filling a rotation role for Detroit. He posted a 3.89 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and .255 OBA along with 7.67 K/9 and 2.63 BB/9 through 15 starts. He signed with the Giants in March but was traded to the Mariners at the deadline. He will likely pitch out of the rotation upon his return to the majors.
Source: Chris McCoskyRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1317:31Jack Flaherty's Next Rehab Outing Scheduled For TuesdayJack FlahertySPCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty (shoulder) is scheduled to throw roughly 40 to 45 pitches in his next rehab outing at the Double-A level on Tuesday, according to Katie Woo of The Athletic. His last outing didn't go so well as he allowed three runs over just one inning of work. Injuries have plagued Flaherty for several seasons; he has thrown 125.2 innings over the last three years, including just eight in 2022. He hasn't lasted more than four innings in a single outing (majors or minors) since August 18, 2021. Flaherty's ongoing recovery poses a headache for fantasy managers, who now might have to wait until at least September before he returns to an MLB mound.
Source: Katie WooRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1317:25Juan Yepez Rehabbing This Weekend, Could Return To Majors TuesdayJuan Yepez1BCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Juan Yepez (forearm) continues to play in rehab outings at the Triple-A level in hopes of returning to the big-league club on Tuesday, according to John Denton of MLB.com. Yepez will play six innings in right field on Saturday, then another six or nine innings on Sunday. The Cardinals would love to have the 24-year-old back in the majors, where he had been slashing .254/.298/.459 with 11 homers, 27 RBI, 14 walks, and 53 strikeouts through 62 games.
Source: John DentonRotoBaller.com
Sat Aug 1317:21Joey Bart Remains Absent SaturdayJoey BartCGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants catcher Joey Bart (ankle), who hasn't played since Monday, isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Austin Wynns will start in his place, batting ninth and suiting up behind the dish. Bart was available as an emergency catcher Friday, so one would imagine that remains the case heading into the weekend. Manager Gabe Kapler sounded optimistic that Bart would be back in the starting lineup this weekend, so fantasy managers might get him back on Sunday. The 25-year-old backstop is slashing .214/.305/.393 with 19 homers, 17 RBI, 19 walks, and 76 strikeouts this season. He has swung a better bat as of late, going 9-for-20 (.450) with two homers and three RBI over his last five games.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
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