Texas Rangers starting pitcher Drew Smyly said his arm was tired from a heavy workload and needed a break. He expects to miss no more than one or two starts. The left-hander hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2016 with the Rays, so it's understable that's he might already be fatigued. It's not a good sign for his longevity this year, but Smyly should be back pretty soon. He has a nice 11.4 K/9, but his ERA sits at 7.80 with a 1.93 WHIP and 10 walks in 15 innings over four starts. Smyly will continue to be a very shaky fantasy streamer in deeper leagues for the rebuilding Rangers.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (elbow) had a successful short bullpen session on Wednesday and will throw another one on Saturday and use all of his pitches, according to manager Brad Ausmus. The left-hander has yet to pitch in 2019 but should be the team's ace when he's healthy sometime next month. Heaney was 9-10 with a 4.15 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.0 K/9 in his 30 starts for the Halos in 2018 and should remain on rosters in all leagues.
Along with news of the potential return of New York Yankees third basemanMiguel Andujar, the Yankees could be seeing another returning starter. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki(calf) has been rehabbing in Tampa Bay and is reportedly progressing quickly. The 34-year-old, who has a substantial injury history, suffered a left calf strain three weeks ago and has been out ever since. Tulowitzki was named the starting shortstop as Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery, with his return date targeted for some time around the All-Star break.
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone shared some unexpected positive news Thursday before his club's series finale against the Angels. Miguel Andujar, the club's starting third baseman, will play the position for up to five innings in an extended spring game Friday. If all goes well, Boone estimates that Andujar could be back with the big league ball club in a week. While there were reports that the 24-year-old was slowly progressing, no word of in-game action had been reported until Thursday. Andujar has been out nearly four weeks since suffering a labrum tear. This is exciting news, but he must first successfully complete the extended spring game.
Los Angeles Angels infielder Luis Rengifo will draw the start at second base versus righty Masahiro Tanaka on Thursday. Rengifo was recalled to take over for Zack Cozart (neck) on the active roster. Rengifo hit .240 with two homers, nine RBI and two steals this season in the minors. He'll make his MLB debut on Thursday, but he's not going to be someone worth adding in fantasy leagues.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Houston Astros. He was struggling to start the season, so maybe that's why he's getting the day off. Greg Allen will slide over to left field and bat ninth versus righty Gerrit Cole. Allen can be avoided in DFS contests on Thursday.
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Tyler Clippard has been recalled from Triple-A on Thursday. He suffered a pectoral strain in spring training, but appears ready to pitch now. Jefry Rodriguez has been sent down in a corresponding move. Rodriguez had a 2.13 ERA across 12 2/3 innings of work, so he shouldn't be in the minors for too long. Clippard is expected to serve as middle relief in the bullpen and won't have much fantasy appeal.
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jean Segura (hamstring) could return as soon as Saturday, according to Matt Breen. It sounds like Segura is only going to need the minimum 10 days on the injured list to heal up. He was hot before landing on the injured list, so hopefully he can get back to right where he was. Sean Rodriguez will bat seventh and play shortstop versus lefty Caleb Smith on Thursday.
Philadelphia Phillies infielder Scott Kingery (hamstring) could return in two weeks, according to Matt Breen. Kingery landed on the injured list earlier this week, but it doesn't sound like he's going to be there too long. He's been crushing the ball this season, so this is great news for Phillies fans. Sean Rodriguez will play shortstop on Thursday and bat seventh versus lefty Caleb Smith.
Washington Nationals infielder Carter Kieboom is expected to be recalled from Triple-A on Friday, according to Jesse Dougherty. Anthony Rendon (elbow) and Trea Turner (finger) are both sidelined, so the Nationals are thin in the infield right now. Kieboom has been lighting it up in the minors, so he should get some at-bats right away in Washington.