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Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Josh Rojas clobbered two home run on Friday night in the Diamondbacks' 5-3 win over the Reds. Rojas ended the game 2-for-4 at the plate, driving in all five of Arizona's runs in the game. He has heated up over the last two games as he now has three homers and six RBI in that span, and he is now slashing .333/.375/.933 over five games this spring. He's projected to be a bench bat for now, but if he keeps swinging the hot bat he could be in line for more playing time very quickly. For now he should not be considered in most formats, but in deeper or NL-only leagues he could be an intriguing player for the middle infield slot.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (forearm) has been placed on the 10-day injured list after exiting Saturday's game early, according to MLB.com's Adam Berry. It was announced that Archer had left Saturday's game early due to right lateral forearm tightness, but Archer said that he doesn't expect he will be out too long, adding that it was "definitely a sigh of relief to find out it was nothing serious." It sounds like Archer has avoided missing significant time, and should be back sooner than later. He had a rough go in his first outing against Miami, but in his start Saturday against the Yankees he had allowed three hits and no runs while striking out four in 2 1/3 innings. When he returns, he should be a solid streaming option in most formats.
Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed (knee) was activated from the injured list on Saturday, and in a corresponding move Geraldo Perdomo was optioned to the team's alternate site, according to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic. Ahmed opened the season on the injured list while dealing with patellar tendinitis in his right knee. He is in the starting lineup Saturday and will be batting seventh against the Cincinnati Reds. Ahmed didn't look very sharp this spring, but he has shown he can provide solid pop and get on base at a high rate with a .306 OBP and .421 SLG over the last four seasons. If you're stretched thin due to injuries, Ahmed is a solid guy to target off the waiver-wire.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German was optioned to the team's alternate site following Saturday's game, according to a statement from the team. German struggled in his first two starts of the year, going 0-2 with seven runs allowed on 12 hits and two walks in seven innings of work. There is no word of a corresponding move yet, but it seems like managers can safely drop German for now.
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Keynan Middleton recorded a save Saturday against the Minnesota Twins, entering the game for the bottom of the tenth inning. Middleton had a good outing, setting down the three batters he faced in order. While this may not be a completely isolated occasion, don't expect Middleton to be taking over the closer role anytime soon. He entered this game after closer Rafael Montero and primary set-up man Kendall Graveman had already pitched. If Montero were to lose the job, Graveman would be the clear favorite to step up, not Middleton.
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Kendall Graveman entered in the top of the tenth inning Saturday, and set down the only three Minnesota Twins he faced on seven pitches. Each one of those pitches was a strike. Graveman has been electric to start the year, with five strikeouts and only a single hit and two walks allowed through three appearances. With closer Rafael Montero blowing his second save Saturday, it's possible that Graveman could receive an opportunity or two to finish games. He's already a very valuable fantasy commodity in leagues that record holds.
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Rafael Montero entered the game Saturday with an opportunity to collect his second save of the year, but instead registered his second blown save. Montero simply could not find the strike zone, walking two (one intentionally) while also hitting Byron Buxton with a pitch. Montero's job is not in any danger just yet - he's still only allowing a .69 WHIP over his 4.1 innings this year, but he'll have to avoid outings like this one if he wants to hold off the suddenly-stellar Kendall Graveman for the closer role.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi had a solid outing Saturday against a tough Minnesota Twins lineup, throwing six innings of two-run ball while allowing five hits and two walks. Kikuchi also added six strikeouts. After managing to get out of trouble in both the first and fourth innings, the only blemish on Kikuchi's day was a two-run home run to ageless slugger Nelson Cruz. Kikuchi is now the first Mariners starter since Mike Leake in 2019 to open the season with consecutive quality starts. Kikuchi remains an under-the-radar solid fantasy option.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger hit a home run Saturday, launching a Michael Pineda slider over the left field fence to put the Mariners up 2-0 in the top of the third inning. The home run was Haniger's only hit in the contest, but he did also drive in a run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the tenth inning to give the Mariners the lead for good. Haniger has been very solid out of the leadoff spot thus far, posting an .868 OPS with two home runs and and six RBI. He's been a solid value, and is worthy of a roster spot in all leagues.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Taylor Trammell hit his first major league home run Saturday afternoon, knocking a Michael Pineda fastball over the right field wall in the top of the third inning to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead. For the afternoon, Trammell went 1-for-3 with the home run, a walk, and two runs scored. Trammell has struggled to a .136 batting average over his first 22 at-bats, but he still offers a solid floor with his speed and on-base skills. He is a solid bench add for the time being.
San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler is optimistic shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (shoulder) can be activated off the IL when eligible on April 16. Tatis performed hitting and fielding drills on Saturday as he mends from a partially torn labrum. The 22-year-old suffered a left shoulder subluxation on Monday that looked to be a serious injury but the team is confident it won't require immediate surgery. Off to a slow start in 2021 with just a .619 OPS and one home run, fantasy managers can tentatively expect Tatis back in about a week. Despite the subpar headline stats, Tatis has maintained an elite 64 percent hard hit rate and 95.4 mph exit velocity. Expect that luck to turn if he comes back healthy.