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- OF Steven Souza Jr. was activated off the disabled list and started in right field, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- If SP Shelby Miller can’t deliver value in a home start against the Padres, he’s probably not worth owning in NL-only leagues at this point. Miller lasted 5 1/3 innings yesterday and did manage to strike out seven, but four of the five hits he allowed were for extra bases, and that combined with two walks led to five runs allowed (three earned). He has a 9.00 ERA in his first three starts back from the disabled list.
- SP Max Fried couldn’t carry over his strong performance from weekend start at St. Louis, lasting only three innings at Milwaukee last night and allowing four runs on four hits and three walks. After striking out 11 against the Cardinals, he only had one K last night. Fried relies heavily on his curveball to carry him, and in the 21 times he threw it last night, nine of them went for balls and it was put in play twice – once for a double and once for an RBI groundout.
- 2B Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs yesterday, and he’s got five hits in his last three games.
Boston Red Sox
- SP Drew Pomeranz did not have a strong rehab start earlier this week, giving up four home runs in 2 2/3 innings, so he’s likely going to get another run at Triple-A this weekend. He did say he felt good after the game and in the few days since, so odds are good that he’ll be ready to start late next week.
- SP Yu Darvish is still without a timetable to begin a throwing program. With the All-Star Break coming up, it looks like the best-case scenario is for Darvish to be back in the rotation by the end of the month, but even that looks unlikely unless he starts throwing by the middle of next week, since it would presumably take at least two rehab starts for him to be ready since he hasn’t made a major league start since May 23.
Chicago White Sox
- SP Carlos Rodon was able to limit the Astros to just two runs via a home run from 2B Jose Altuve, but in six innings he walked six batters, also striking out six. Rodon’s control has been a problem his entire career, and if you’re starting him in mixed leagues it is only for the strikeout upside.
- SS Tim Anderson left last night’s game with a left forearm issue after being hit by a pitch.
- Triple-A SP Robert Stephenson struck out 12 in six innings last night, and he now ranks third in Triple-A in strikeouts. Stephenson is a good bet to be back in the rotation for the Reds at some point this month when they likely trade SP Matt Harvey.
- The Tribe brought back OF Melky Cabrera on a minor league deal, and OF Greg Allen was recalled to take the place of 3B/OF Lonnie Chisenhall, who was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with another calf issue.
- SP Jon Gray was very good Wednesday in his first start at Triple-A since being demoted, throwing 80 pitches over six innings and allowing two hits, two runs, and no walks, with six strikeouts.
- 1B/2B Niko Goodrum went 1-for-5 last night with a home run and two runs scored, extending his hitting streak to five games. He’s got nine hits in that span, including three doubles and a triple. He’s also moved up in the lineup, hitting third last night for the first time this season.
- 1B Yuli Gurriel got the start at third base yesterday, giving him seven games there on the season – adding eligibility there would be a nice boost for his value in the second half. He went 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI, and a stolen base.
Kansas City Royals
- Manager Ned Yost confirmed after Wednesday’s game that SP Ian Kennedy will only miss one start with his oblique issue and will make at least one start next week, though he is eligible for activation on Tuesday, which could set him up for a two-start week if the team chose to skip SP Jason Hammel.
Los Angeles Angels
- SP Jaime Barria worked 5 1/3 decent innings last night starting in place of SP Tyler Skaggs. He took the loss, his fourth straight, after allowing two runs on five hits and three walks, only striking out one.
Los Angeles Dodgers
- A surprising piece of news that may impact dynasty league owners – 2018 first round draft pick SP/1B J.T. Ginn is going to attend Mississippi State rather than accept the Dodgers’ contract after being selected 30th overall in last month’s draft. Ginn was probably at least three years of minor league seasoning away from the majors, but he immediately becomes one of the most intriguing fantasy prospects in the 2021 MLB Draft, as he already has what is considered a strong arsenal for a high school pitcher. He’ll probably also get a chance to continue hitting at MSU.
- 3B/OF Martin Prado was activated off the disabled list after missing six weeks with a hamstring issue, starting at third base and hitting fifth, and went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run.
- OF Christian Yelich went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI, and a run scored in his second start back after missing almost a week due to a sore back.
- SS Tyler Saladino was activated from the disabled list and started at shortstop, going 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
- 2B Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts yesterday, the sixth time in his last nine starts where he’s had multiple strikeouts.
New York Mets
- OF Yoenis Cespedes continued his activity ramp up yesterday at the Mets’ spring training facility in Florida.
New York Yankees
- 2B Tyler Wade will be called up today to take the roster spot of injured 2B/3B Gleyber Torres, though he is likely just a bench piece with 2B/3B Brandon Drury getting most of Torres’ playing time.
- According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, SP Daniel Gossett has started exercises but not throwing, and his return is on a mid-August timeline. SP Andrew Triggs, meanwhile, got good news on his right arm never issue that has plagued him all year, as there is no structural damage and he’ll sit for another two weeks before beginning to attempt a rehab assignment at the A’s facility in Arizona.
- Lots of trade rumors about the Phillies during the off day yesterday, but the actionable one is that they had scouts in Miami earlier this week to watch Rays SP Nathan Eovaldi. If the Phillies do trade for a starter, the most obvious odd man out would be currently-injured SP Vince Velasquez, unless rumors of a trade for SS/3B Manny Machado come to fruition, which may end up costing the Phils’ SP Zach Eflin.
- Injury updates: C Francisco Cervelli started his rehab assignment from a concussion last night at Double-A, and should be ready to return to the lineup early next week. SP Chad Kuhl’s right forearm strain will not require surgery, yet, but he won’t begin throwing until at least early next week, making a return this month unlikely.
San Diego Padres
- 2B Carlos Asuaje went 2-for-2 with a triple, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI yesterday. Since being called up earlier this week, Asuaje his reached base in nine of his 11 plate appearances.
- C Austin Hedges hit his first home run since April 10 after missing eight weeks with tendinitis in his right elbow.
San Francisco Giants
- SP Johnny Cueto allowed five runs on 10 hits in five innings in his first start back since April 28, working with diminished velocity on his fastball. Cueto is going to get one more start before the All-Star Break, home against the Cubs on Tuesday, and it is probably best to sit him there to see if his stuff is any better.
- C Mike Zunino was placed on the disabled list with a minor left ankle issue suffered late in Wednesday’s game, so it is almost definite he won’t be back until after the All-Star Break.
St. Louis Cardinals
- SP Luke Weaver had probably his best start of the season last night, going eight innings against the Giants and allowing only two hits and two runs, with no walks and eight strikeouts. It was his first start since June 2 where his four-seam fastball delivered positive value, as he threw it 53 times and picked up five swinging strikes, 10 called strikes, and 18 foul balls.
Tampa Bay Rays
- Confirmation should come by today on whether SP Chris Archer will be ready to return to the rotation on Monday for what would be a two-start week at home for the Tigers and on the road against Minnesota. Archer was good in his rehab start for High-A Port Charlotte on Monday, throwing four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts.
- 3B/OF Joey Gallo hit a 453-foot two-run home run last night, his lone hit in four at-bats. Since June 15, Gallo only has eight hits in 51 at-bats, and four of them have been home runs.
Toronto Blue Jays
- The injury that forced SP Marco Estrada out of Tuesday’s game turned out to be a mild glute strain, not a hip issue. Estrada said that because the issue is in his left leg, which he lands on, he couldn’t pitch through it, but he still may try to make a start next week and not go on the disabled list.
- 2B Daniel Murphy started at second base for the second time this week, so there’s at least some level of confidence in his knee moving forward.
- SP Jeremy Hellickson was hit hard in his first start off the disabled list, allowing eight earned runs on nine hits and a walk in four innings, only striking out two.
- SS/OF Trea Turner went 3-for-5 with two home runs, eight RBI, and three runs scored.