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Chicago White Sox outfielder Adam Engel (shoulder) is back in the lineup on Monday night and is batting sixth in the order against Kansas City. Manager Tony La Russa said that Engel had been unavailable for the past two games with sore shoulders after hitting the ground a couple times, but he is feeling better and ready to play, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times. Engel has only played in 19 games this year due to injury, but when healthy he's put up decent numbers by slashing .246/.329/.525 with five home runs, three steals, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored. He's more of a deeper league option at this point, but he can be a solid low-cost option in DFS when he starts.
Los Angeles Dodgers middle infielder Gavin Lux (hamstring) said he has resumed sprinting and is doing a lot better than originally thought. Lux did some sprinting over the weekend, but despite the good news, the Dodgers plan to bring him along slowly after he landed on the injured list with a left hamstring strain. The 23-year-old had been filling in at shortstop for Corey Seager and was hitting just .227/.307/.349 with six home runs, 39 runs scored, 37 RBI and three stolen bases at the time of his injury in 278 at-bats. Lux is much more attractive for stashing purposes in dynasty/keeper leagues. If you have more pressing needs in deep mixed leagues, don't feel compelled to hang onto him. With Chris Taylor at shortstop, Max Muncy, Zack McKinstry and Sheldon Neuse have seen some playing time at the keystone for the Dodgers recently.
Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon (hamstring) is not ready to return from the injured list this week and will require a rehab assignment before he can be activated, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Fletcher reports that Rendon is healing slowly from a left hamstring strain that has kept him out of action since the beginning of July. Rendon has been plagued with injuries this season that have kept him from producing much at the plate when he's on the field, as he's slashing .240/.329/.382 with six home runs, 34 RBI and 24 runs scored over 58 games. Hopefully he can turn things around once he comes off the injured list, but in the meantime, Jack Mayfield will continue to see the bulk of the playing time at the hot corner.
The Milwaukee Brewers have checked in on Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, who is eligible to become a free agent after this season and is expected to be dealt before this week's trade deadline. Milwaukee's pickup of shortstop Willy Adames has been the best in-season move to this point, but they are looking for another big bat to make a postseason run in October. There have been six to eight teams, including the New York Yankees, linked to Story in recent weeks, so it's anyone's guess as to where he'll wind up. Story remains a must-start fantasy shortstop, but perhaps a change of scenery will get him going at the plate. The 28-year-old has had a down year by his standards with a .242 batting average and .313 on-base percentage, but he still has 12 home runs, 46 RBI and 17 stolen bases. Fantasy managers also have to wonder how good he'll be away from Coors Field if he's traded, as he has a career .242 average on the road, compared to a .302 average at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (calf) was evaluated on Monday after feeling something in his calf while running, and no new injury or serious setback was discovered, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Manager Joe Maddon said that Trout's calf strain is just healing slowly, which comes much to the relief of fantasy managers who feared a setback in Trout's recovery. There's still no timetable for when he'll begin a rehab assignment, but it should hopefully be coming soon. Managers should continue to keep an eye out for further updates on Trout throughout the week.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that starting pitcher Chris Sale's (elbow) next rehab start for Triple-A Worcester this Saturday will not be his last minor league rehab start. Sale struck out nine more hitters in 3 2/3 innings in his latest rehab start for Double-A Portland on Sunday. The left-hander allowed two runs on six hits while throwing 46 of his 64 pitches for strikes. Boston is making sure that Sale is fully stretched out and healthy before he makes his season debut after returning from Tommy John surgery. The 32-year-old southpaw has looked great so far during his rehab assignment and must be picked up off the waiver wire if he's still out there. Sale might have some ups and downs when he returns to the big league rotation, but his upside could be a difference-maker down the stretch.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Huascar Ynoa (hand) is set to make his first rehab start on Tuesday at the Florida Complex League, according to David O'Brien of The Athletic. Ynoa has been out since the middle of May after breaking his hand when he punched a bench in the dugout after a rough outing. Prior to the injury though, he was putting up great numbers by going 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA, 1.052 WHIP and 27.9 percent strikeout rate over 44 2/3 innings. He's still a ways away from returning, but managers may want to look at stashing him on the IL now, as he could be productive for teams during the fantasy playoffs.
Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said that there's hope that outfielder Corey Dickerson (foot) could begin a minor league rehab assignment this week. Dickerson has been on the injured list since mid-June with a left foot contusion, but he was able to take batting practice last Monday and is nearing a return. The Blue Jays acquired him from the Miami Marlins around a month ago, but with a crowded outfield picture in Toronto, the veteran outfielder will likely serve as bench depth with his new team when he's finally healthy. The 32-year-old left-handed hitter was hitting .260/.321/.377 with two home runs, 27 runs, 14 RBI and two steals in 204 at-bats for Miami before his injury. Dickerson can be ignored for now in mixed leagues.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson (shoulder) is playing long toss and is expected to throw off the mound later this week, according to David O'Brien of The Athletic. Anderson landed on the IL on July 16 with inflammation in his right shoulder after scuffling in his last start against Miami, where he allowed four runs on six hits and five walks in 2 1/3 innings of work. Over 18 starts this season, Anderson is 5-5 with a 3.56 ERA, 1.250 WHIP and 24.3 percent strikeout rate across 96 innings pitched. There's still no set timetable for when he'll return, with manager Brian Snitker saying he'll need at least one rehab start before he can be activated. Managers should continue to stash him on the IL and keep an eye out for further updates.
Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is not in the starting lineup for Monday's series opener with the Blue Jays. This looks to just be a night off for the star shortstop, who is slashing .309/.371/.520 with 15 homers, five steals, 53 RBI and 59 runs scored in 93 games this season. With Bogaerts out, Kike Hernandez is getting the start at shortstop and will bat leadoff against Toronto.