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Jonathan Villar (back) will begin a rehab assignment later this week.

The details of the assignment haven't been ironed out yet, but Villar's lower back strain is doing much better. He took some swings in early batting practice and did some running prior to Monday's game. Eric Sogard has played well while filling in at second base and figures to still get some starts there once Villar returns.
Mon, Jun 19, 2017 05:25:00 PM

Caleb Smith delivered another dominant performance in Tuesday's victory over the Mets, racking up eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings of one-run baseball.

Smith scattered just three hits and two walks in the game. The only run that he allowed came on a Thomas Nido sacrifice fly in the second inning. The 26-year-old southpaw has been unexpectedly relevant in fantasy leagues this season, ranking 17th in all of baseball with 65 strikeouts. He'll carry a 3.83 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into Monday's start against the Padres in San Diego. He's still owned in only 24 percent of all Yahoo leagues and makes for a very intriguing addition in lieu of his double start week on tap against the Padres and Diamondbacks.
May 22 - 10:39 PM

Jeremy Hellickson left his start Tuesday night against the Padres due to a blister on his right hand.

It doesn't sound like a serious concern, though it's possible Hellickson's next turn will be pushed back a few days. The 31-year-old right-hander tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball before departing and he now boasts a 2.13 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 31/6 K/BB ratio in 38 total innings (seven starts) this season for the Nationals.
May 22 - 10:30 PM

Matt Boyd exited his start Tuesday night against the Twins due to a left oblique spasm.

Boyd departed with a trainer after walking the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the fifth inning, and both of those runners would eventually come around to score. He had worked four scoreless innings before that, yielding just one hit. If it's truly just a spasm, and not an oblique strain, Boyd should be able to avoid the disabled list. He'll be reevaluated in a couple of days.
May 22 - 10:09 PM

Mookie Betts blasted his league-leading 16th home run of the season, powering the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Rays on Tuesday.

Betts clobbered a three-run shot off of Rays' starter Jake Faria in the third inning, proving to be the difference in the ballgame. He also singled, finishing the night 2-for-4. He has been absolutely absurd at the plate this season, slashing a jaw-dropping .368/.439/.772 with 16 homers, 35 RBI and 11 stolen bases.
May 22 - 10:06 PM

Willy Adames had a very memorable MLB debut in Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox, crushing a solo home run off of Chris Sale.

Adams struck out in his first at-bat with a pair of runners on base in the first inning. He made a statement in his next trip to the plate, crushing a 1-0 offering from Chris Sale over the wall in left field to get the Rays on the board. He would go on to whiff in each of his final two at-bats, finishing the night 1-for-4. The 22-year-old top prospect is only supposed to be with the Rays for a couple of days while Joey Wendle is away on paternity leave, but he made a statement on Tuesday that perhaps he deserves a longer look. It's still unlikely that he sticks around long enough to be relevant from a mixed league perspective.
May 22 - 10:06 PM

Wilson Ramos left Tuesday's game against the Red Sox with a left hand contusion.

Ramos was struck on the glove hand by a ball in the top of the third inning. It's unclear if X-rays were taken, but the Rays are listing him as day-to-day -- which is promising. The 30-year-old catcher has been on fire lately and could be big-time trade bait for Tampa Bay this summer.
May 22 - 8:34 PM

Jake Faria has been diagnosed with a left oblique strain.

Faria suffered the injury in the third inning of his start Tuesday night against the Red Sox, soon after allowing a three-run homer to Mookie Betts. This injury usually requires 3-4 weeks of rest and rehab for pitchers, so the 24-year-old right-hander is almost certainly headed for the disabled list. He holds a 5.48 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 37/22 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings (10 starts) this season with Tampa Bay.
May 22 - 8:31 PM

Greg Bird (ankle) could return Saturday or Sunday, per Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

Bird has batted just .192 over 35 plate appearances on his minor league rehab assignment, but he does have two home runs and nine walks for an .823 OPS. The 25-year-old is worth stashing right now in fantasy leagues that allow for daily lineup changes. He'll carry big-time power potential with the Yankees, even if he platoons at first base.
May 22 - 7:10 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said he doesn't expect Dee Gordon (toe) to be out much longer than 10 days.

Gordon was placed on the disabled list Tuesday afternoon after being diagnosed with a fracture in his right big toe, but it's a minor fracture and so this won't be too long of an absence. That's great news, as the 30-year-old speedster has batted .304 with 16 stolen bases and 25 runs scored in 45 games this season for Seattle. He recently moved back to second base (from center field) following the announcement of Robinson Cano's 80-game drug suspension.
May 22 - 7:05 PM

Jose Bautista is starting in left field and batting fifth for the Mets on Tuesday night against the Marlins.

Bautista caught a flight to New York this afternoon and officially signed his one-year major league contract with the Mets upon his arrival at Citi Field. The 37-year-old hit two home runs in 12 games with the Braves before they released him on Sunday, but he also had a poor .143/.250/.343 overall batting line. This version of Joey Bats is not worth consideration in standard mixed fantasy leagues.
May 22 - 6:53 PM

Dodgers recalled RHP Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Stewart is starting for the Dodgers on Tuesday night against the Rockies and could get a few more turns with Rich Hill nursing another blister. Stewart has posted a 2.08 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings (five starts) this season at Triple-A and a 3.18 ERA in 5 2/3 innings of relief at the MLB level. The 26-year-old right-hander has some fantasy streaming appeal.
May 22 - 6:31 PM




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