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Sat Jul 2014:59Jordan Hicks Scratched From Sunday's StartJordan HicksRPBlue JaysFree Agent
San Francisco Giants right-hander Jordan Hicks has been scratched from Sunday's scheduled start against the hosting Colorado Rockies. Instead, 22-year-old Hayden Birdsong will get the ball on Sunday for his fifth career big-league start. Hicks transitioned to a starter after inking a four-year deal with the Giants this past winter and has posted a solid 3.79 ERA across 19 outings on the season. However, his 95 innings pitched this season are already a career-high and his current 20.3% K% is a career-low at this point in the season. There haven't been any reports of an injury but it's worth noting that Hicks recently stated his body is "feeling it a bit more than past seasons". The run prevention is solid but his low strikeout rate combined with a potential return to the bullpen -- or the injured list -- puts a solid damper on his fantasy value.
Source: Maria I.
Sat Jul 2014:52Harrison Bader Retreats To The Bench SaturdayHarrison BaderCFRedsFree Agent
New York Mets outfielder Harrison Bader is not in the starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the hosting Miami Marlins and right-hander Roddery Munoz. The veteran center fielder went 0-for-4 and left a pair of men on base in Friday's second-half opener and will give way to Brandon Nimmo in center field one day later. Known more for his glove, Bader is in the midst of a bounce-back season that has seen him hit .269 with eight homers, 13 stolen bases, and a .722 OPS across 85 games, production that has graded out five percent above the league average, as per his 105 wRC+. The 30-year-old has been a solid deep-league addition that has delivered some pop and speed for fantasy managers this season.
Sat Jul 2014:46Luis Guillorme Back In the Lineup SaturdayLuis Guillorme2B/3B/SSMetsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels infielder Luis Guillorme (back) will return to the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the hosting Oakland A's. The 29-year-old missed the second-half opener on Friday after being stretched for the first-half finale on July 14 due to back tightness but will return to the keystone and hit ninth on Saturday against A's righty Mitch Spence. Known more for his defense, Guillorme is hitting just .226 without a homer and one stolen base across 50 games on the season while his 71 wRC+ sits 29% below the league average. A career .256 hitter with only five homers and five steals in 385 career games, Guillorme continues to be kept well off the fantasy radar.
Source: Rhett
Sat Jul 2014:40Mike Trout To Start Rehab Assignment MondayMike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (knee) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Salt Lake. The future Hall of Famer is heading to Arizona on Saturday to face live pitching at the club's spring training facility over the next two days and reportedly could return to the lineup as soon as Thursday against the hosting Los Angeles Angels. It has been yet another injury-shortened season for the 32-year-old who has been limited to just 29 games and hasn't appeared in a contest since April 29. Trout got off to a hot start this season, hitting 10 homers while regaining his speed with six stolen bases in those 29 contests. However, he has been limited to 82 games or fewer in three of his last four seasons and hasn't appeared in more than 119 games in a season since 2019. Nonetheless, his strong production this season is a welcomed addition for fantasy managers in the season's second half.
Source: Rhett
Sat Jul 2014:30Brandon Drury On The Bench SaturdayBrandon Drury1B/2B/3B/DHAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels infielder Brandon Drury is not in the starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the hosting Oakland A's. The veteran started at second base and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday's series opener. In short, it's been a disastrous 2024 season for the 31-year-old at the dish. Drury is hitting just .167 with one homer and a .446 OPS across an injury-shortened 46 games, production that grades out 72% below the league average, as per his 28 wRC+. The significant downturn in production comes on the heels of hitting 54 homers with 170 RBI over his last two seasons, solidifying himself as a quality middle infield option for fantasy managers in the process. It's safe to say Drury has played himself well off the fantasy radar in 2024.
Sat Jul 2013:52Dominic Canzone Remains A Couple Of Weeks Away From Rehab AssignmentDominic CanzoneLF/RFMarinersFree Agent
Seattle Mariners outfielder Dominic Canzone (groin) is still a couple of weeks away from a potential rehab assignment, according to Seattle manager Scott Servais. Canzone hit the 10-day injured list on July 10 with a right adductor strain. The 26-year-old has posted a .211/.289/.394 line with seven home runs and one stolen base across 54 games this season. While Canzone remains sidelined, Victor Robles and Mitch Haniger should continue to split time in right field. Canzone is worth a look in deeper leagues when he returns, as he should usually have a spot in the starting nine.
Sat Jul 2013:41Triston Casas Still Far Away From Rehab AssignmentTriston Casas1BRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas (ribs) is still "far away" from his minor-league rehab assignment, according to Boston skipper Alex Cora. Greg Dudek of reported that Casas has only been seen on the diamond with a microphone, and that seems to be the case going forward. The 24-year-old has reportedly begun taking dry swings, but his potential return date still seems quite far away. Casas has played in only 22 games this season after posting a strong .263/.367/.490 line with 24 home runs, 65 RBI, and a 70:126 BB:K ratio in 2023. The former first-round pick could still return to the major leagues in the stretch run of the season but will have to participate in an extensive rehab assignment beforehand, given how much time he has missed this summer.
Source: Greg Dudek -
Sat Jul 2013:15Harrison Bader Sitting On SaturdayHarrison BaderCFRedsFree Agent
New York Mets outfielder Harrison Bader is sitting on Saturday as the Mets continue a four-game set against the Miami Marlins. Bader has held a .243 AVG since July 2 and has gone hitless in his past three starts. As a result, Brandon Nimmo will shift to center field which opens left field for Jeff McNeill and right field for DJ Stewart. Bader has performed quite well in his first season in Queens as he has posted a solid .269/.308/.414 line with eight home runs and 13 stolen bases. The 30-year-old should be expected to return to the starting nine on Sunday. Nimmo and the other New York outfielders are all worth considering in DFS this afternoon as they will face Miami right-hander Roddery Munoz, who has held a poor 6.39 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, and a 14:15 BB:K ratio across his past five starts.
Source: New York
Sat Jul 2013:07Riley Greene Not In Saturday’s LineupRiley GreeneCFTigersFree Agent
Detroit Tigers outfielder Riley Greene is not in Saturday's lineup as the Tigers continue a three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays will send left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi to the mound. Greene usually does still start against southpaws more often than not but will be given the day off on Saturday. As a result, 25-year-old Ryan Vilade will slot in at left field and bat in the eight-hole. Greene is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak and holds a strong .271/.363/.500 line with 17 long balls and 51 RBI through 97 games this season. He should be expected to rejoin the starting nine on Sunday. Vilade has posted a .304 AVG through his first eight games of the 2024 campaign and could be a sneaky play in DFS this afternoon, as Kikuchi has held a 7.53 ERA and 1.50 WHIP across his past six starts.
Source: Detroit
Sat Jul 2012:52Javier Baez Returns From Back InjuryJavier BáezSSTigersFree Agent
Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez (back) is back at shortstop and is hitting seventh for the Tigers on Saturday against the hosting Toronto Blue Jays and left-hander Yusei Kikuchi. Baez will be back in Detroit's lineup for the first time since last Saturday. He had the All-Star break to rest up this week but still wasn't in the lineup for the series opener on Friday in Toronto to kick off the second half of the season. The 31-year-old has avoided the injured list, though, and will be available to fantasy managers in AL-only leagues on Saturday. It seems like ages ago that Baez was a two-time All-Star for the Chicago Cubs. He's declined each year since joining Detroit in 2022 and is currently slashing .179/.215/.244 with just one homer, 25 RBI and six steals in 59 games in 2024. Baez has hit .250 with two RBI in just four career at-bats against Kikuchi.
Source: Detroit
Sat Jul 2012:25Ryan Helsley Dealing With Hip TightnessRyan HelsleyRPCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said the reason closer Ryan Helsley (hip) declined to pitch in the All-Star game earlier this week was due to nagging hip tightness. Helsley alerted the team to the pain, and they decided it would be better for him to rest up for the second half of the season. The Cardinals' series opener on Friday against the hosting Atlanta Braves was postponed due to inclement weather, but Helsley is available to pitch for Saturday's doubleheader. It's something worth watching for the lockdown 30-year-old closer in the second half of the season, but fantasy managers obviously need to keep him in their starting lineups. Helsley made his second All-Star team this year by recording a league-high 32 saves to go along with a 2.36 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 48 strikeouts and 17 walks in 42 innings out of the bullpen.
Source: - John
Sat Jul 2012:20Sean Murphy On Bench For Game 1 Of DoubleheaderSean MurphyC/DHBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy is on the bench for Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. Murphy was also scheduled to rest in the series opener on Friday before the contest was postponed due to inclement weather in Atlanta. Murphy will likely start the second game on Saturday, but Travis d'Arnaud will start behind the plate in Game 1 and will hit sixth against Cardinals right-hander Kyle Gibson. In 18 career at-bats versus Gibson, d'Arnaud has hit .278 with a .683 OPS and two RBI. The 29-year-old Murphy missed significant time in the first half of the season due to injury, and it seems the Braves want to rest him regularly while keeping d'Arnaud's bat in the lineup. Murphy made his first All-Star team in 2023 but hasn't been able to find his stride this year, batting .211 (23-for-109) with five homers and 12 RBI in 33 games.
Source: Atlanta
Sat Jul 2012:15Brandon Lowe Sitting Against SouthpawBrandon Lowe2BRaysFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe will get the day off in the Bronx on Saturday versus the division-rival New York Yankees with left-hander Nestor Cortes on the mound. Curtis Mead, who was called up from Triple-A Durham on Saturday, will serve as the designated hitter and bat in the three-hole against Cortes. Even though it's a lefty-on-lefty matchup, Lowe has hit .571 with a 1.714 OPS, a home run and five RBI off Cortes in seven career at-bats, but Tampa obviously thought it was a good day to get Lowe a breather in the second game of the first half. Mead, who hits from the right side, has gone just 19-for-87 (.218) this year with a homer and five RBI in 26 games. Lowe only has 30 at-bats against southpaws in 2024 but has 11 hits (two homers) against them.
Sat Jul 2012:12Rays Place Yandy Diaz On Restricted ListYandy Díaz1B/3BRaysFree Agent
The Tampa Bay Rays placed first baseman Yandy Diaz on the restricted list on Saturday and recalled infielder Curtis Mead from Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move. Diaz wasn't in the lineup on Friday for the start of the second half of the season in the Bronx against the division-rival New York Yankees due to a personal matter and will now miss a little bit more time. It remains to be seen how much additional time the 32-year-old will miss, but fantasy managers will want to check back regularly for more updates. While he's out, expect Isaac Paredes to play first base for the Rays. Amed Rosario is starting at third and batting leadoff for Tampa on Sunday against Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes. Diaz hasn't been quite as good as he was in 2023, but he's been useful in most fantasy leagues with a .273/.329/.396 slash line with eight homers and 46 RBI in 94 games played.
Source: Bally Sports Florida - Tricia
Sat Jul 2012:07Addison Barger Back With Blue JaysAddison BargerSSBlue JaysFree Agent
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled outfield prospect Addison Barger from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday and placed shortstop Bo Bichette (calf) on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move with a calf strain. Barger, 24, is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the team's No. 6 prospect. He didn't fare well in his first 20 major-league contests earlier this year with Toronto, going 9-for-60 (.150) with two doubles, four RBI, two walks and 18 strikeouts in 63 plate appearances, but he could get more run this time around with Bichette back on the shelf. No. 5 prospect, Leo Jimenez, figures to see most of the work at the 6 in Bichette's stead, but Barger has the ability to play both the infield and outfield. The left-handed hitter has hit .260 (53-for-204) with nine homers, 38 RBI and four steals in 57 games for the Bisons this year
Source: - Keegan
Sat Jul 2012:02Blue Jays Place Bo Bichette On Injured ListBo BichetteSSBlue JaysFree Agent
The Toronto Blue Jays placed shortstop Bo Bichette (calf) on the 10-day injured list on Saturday with a right-calf strain and recalled rookie outfielder Addison Barger from Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move. Bichette missed the final four games of the first half of the season due to a calf injury and then strained his right calf in the second-half opener on Friday night against the Detroit Tigers. There's a good chance now that the 26-year-old will miss more than the 10 days on the injured list, and he's unlikely to be dealt before the July 30 trade deadline as well. Leo Jimenez replaced Bichette on Friday night at the 6 and will likely become the team's top option at the position moving forward. Bichette shouldn't be outrighted dropped in fantasy leagues, but he's been one of the most disappointing players in all of baseball this year, hitting just .223/.276/.321 with four homers, 30 RBI and five steals in 305 at-bats after making his second All-Star appearance in 2023.
Source: - Keegan
Sat Jul 2008:49Robbie Ray Strikes Out Seven In Latest Rehab StartRobbie RaySPMarinersFree Agent
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Robbie Ray (elbow) tossed 5 1/3 shutout frames on Friday evening in what could be his final minor-league rehab appearance. He allowed just one hit and two free passes. He struck out seven. In his past two rehab starts, the southpaw has looked unhittable, as he has allowed just two hits over his past 10 1/3 frames, tallying 16 total punchouts. Ray has been sidelined since the beginning of last season due to Tommy John surgery but could rejoin the major-league roster any day now. The 32-year-old is worth adding in all leagues, as he is showcasing elite strikeout upside and should have a permanent role in the Giants rotation in the second half.
Sat Jul 2008:40Anthony Santander Goes Deep Twice, Tallies Five RBIAnthony SantanderDH/LF/RFOriolesFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander went 3-for-5 with two long balls on Friday evening to power the Orioles to a victory on Friday evening. The switch-hitter went deep for the first time in the fifth inning to score Gunnar Henderson. Later, in the seventh, he hit his second long ball to score Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson once again. The 29-year-old has posted a .242/.305/.521 line with 28 home runs, 63 RBI, and a 27:72 BB:K ratio. Santander is always worth a look in DFS formats as he usually has several scoring chances every game, batting in the heart of one of the best lineups in baseball.
Sat Jul 2008:32Michael Wacha Strikes Out Seven Across Seven Shutout FramesMichael WachaSPPadresFree Agent
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Michael Wacha struck out seven batters across seven shutout frames on Friday evening against the Chicago White Sox. He allowed just four hits and one free pass. This was a nice bounce back for the 33-year-old, as he allowed three earned runs and seven hits in his previous start. Across 96 innings this season, the right-hander holds a solid 3.55 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 28:85 BB:K ratio. Wacha is scheduled to face Arizona in his next start on Wednesday, July 24 and is worth starting in deeper leagues as he should continue to provide stable ratios in the second half.
Sat Jul 2008:22Zach Neto Tallies Three Hits, Launches 13th Home Run On FridayZach NetoSSAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels shortstop Zach Neto went 3-for-4 with two singles and a home run on Friday evening. The 23-year-old has been performing very well since the start of the month with a .304/.347/.500 line, two home runs, five RBI, three stolen bases, and a 2:7 BB:K ratio. Overall, through his second season at the major league level, the Campbell University product has showcased a nice combination of speed with 13 round-trippers and 14 stolen bases. In addition, he holds a solid .257/.304/.446 line with 43 RBI. Neto is worth starting in deeper leagues as he shaping up to be a solid five-category contributor and is worth a look in DFS in favorable matchups.