MLB Power Rankings: Week 21

MLB Power Rankings: Week 21
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White Sox recalled RHP Lucas Giolito from Triple-A Charlotte.

Giolito was originally scheduled to start in Monday's doubleheader, but he was pushed back to take Reynaldo Lopez's spot in the rotation Tuesday against the Twins. Acquired from the Nationals as part of the Adam Eaton deal, the 23-year-old posted a 4.48 ERA and 134/59 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings over 24 starts in Triple-A this year. His stock has faded somewhat, so he's more of a wait-and-see option in standard mixed fantasy leagues at this time.
Aug 22 - 2:06 PM

Red Sox recalled RHP Hector Velazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

He'll replace Matt Barnes (back) on the active roster. Velazquez has appeared in four games with the Red Sox this season and owns a 2.39 ERA over 17 starts in Triple-A. He'll pitch in middle relief.
Aug 22 - 2:00 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Matt Barnes on the 10-day disabled list with a low back strain.

This comes after Barnes allowed both batters he faced to reach base in Monday's loss to the Indians. There's no clear timetable for his return. The 27-year-old has appeared in 59 games this season while posting a 3.60 ERA and 66/27 K/BB ratio in 60 innings.
Aug 22 - 1:57 PM

Vince Velasquez will undergo surgery to repair a vascular issue with his right middle finger.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin told Meghan Montemurro of the News Journal that the issue has been clogging blood flow to his middle finger. This would explain the numbness he has been experiencing. Velasquez is officially done for the year and his role for 2018 could be up in the air.
Aug 22 - 1:28 PM

Michael Feliz (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Corpus Christi.

Teammates Evan Gattis, Tony Sipp, and Will Harris are also set to begin rehab assignments on Tuesday. Feliz has been out since the start of August with right shoulder discomfort, but he appears to be on track for a return around the start of September.
Aug 22 - 1:24 PM

Tony Sipp (calf) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Corpus Christi.

Sipp has been out all month with left calf soreness. The southpaw shouldn't need much work before rejoining the Astros' bullpen.
Aug 22 - 1:20 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Phillies are set to sign free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez.

It's expected to be a minor league deal. He'll make a prorated salary of $750,000 if he's called up by the Phillies. Alvarez hasn't appeared in a major league game since May of 2015 due to shoulder issues, but Heyman writes that he's been hitting 98 mph while pitching for the independent Long Island Ducks, though he had more walks (14) than strikeouts (13) in 32 innings. We're not expecting much from a fantasy perspective.
Aug 22 - 1:10 PM

Phillies transferred RHP Vince Velasquez from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot for Yacksel Rios on the 40-man roster. As for Velasquez, his season is now officially over. The right-hander felt some numbness in his finger in a start earlier this month and was reportedly scheduled to visit a doctor who specializes in thoracic outlet syndrome. More should be known on his status soon.
Aug 22 - 1:03 PM
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