Your web browser appears to be outdated. Our website may not look quite right in it.
Please consider using one of our preferred browsers to enjoy an optimal experience.
You've reached the max number of downloads for today (50), please try again tomorrow or upgrade to one of our
Sports Data APIs for Individuals!
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Pavin Smith went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and two runs scored in the win against the Reds on Friday. After starting the spring going 0-for-5 at the plate, Smith is now 4-for-5 over his last two games with two doubles and three runs scored. The seventh overall pick in the 2017 Draft, Smith is making the most of opportunity as he is one of several Diamondbacks who are seeing increased chances for playing time this spring following Kole Calhoun's knee surgery. Smith will try to make a statement over the rest of the month as he looks to crack the Opening Day roster, but even if he's not playing in Arizona right out the gate he'll likely get a shot at playing time at some point this year.
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Saturday's extra-inning loss to the Mariners. Cruz's third-inning blast registered an exit velocity of 105 MPH, as he continues to be one of the league's very best at putting the barrel of the bat to the ball. The soon-to-be 41-year-old slugger seems to be picking up right where he left off when he was red-hot for the entirety of the shortened 2020 season, as he is batting .458 with four long-balls and nine RBI so far this season. Up next is a favorable matchup on Sunday against Mariners' right-hander Chris Flexen.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (blister) could throw a bullpen session on Monday in Kansas City, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. Manager Joe Maddon added though that he's unsure currently if Ohtani will be pitching with or without a band-aid over the blister. Ohtani's scheduled start this weekend was pushed back due to the blister on his middle finger, which was also an issue for him during Spring Training. While it has kept him from pitching, the blister has done nothing to slow down Ohtani at the plate as he is now slashing .300/.344/.700 with three home runs and two steals through eight games. If all goes well Monday, Ohtani could be back on the mound sooner than later.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts (back) remains out of the lineup on Saturday in the matchup with the Nationals. Betts has been out since Wednesday while dealing with back stiffness, and he was originally anticipated to return on Friday but was held out of the lineup again. There's no word yet on if this could lead to a stint on the injured list, but it is concerning for managers to see Betts miss his third straight game. Keep watching for new updates on Betts' condition.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda was solid despite a no-decision in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Mariners. Pineda recorded a quality start, pitching six innings while allowing two runs on four hits with six strikeouts compared to no walks. The veteran had two mistakes on the day- a pair of home runs allowed- though he did a nice job of keeping the basepaths empty besides that. Pineda has an 11-2 strikeout-to-walk-ratio through his first two starts of the season- and seems poised to deliver solid late-round value for fantasy managers.
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen (forearm) could return to the team and start on Tuesday against the Athletics, according to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic. Manager Torey Lovullo had announced that Madison Bumgarner would be the starter on Monday, and added that "it's a possibility" that Gallen could start on Tuesday, although officially Tuesday's starter is listed as TBA. Gallen started the year on the injured list with a fracture at the end of his forearm that he suffered after getting jammed on a pitch. If Gallen does return Tuesday, he will be set up for a great fantasy outing against an Oakland team that is currently dead last in the majors averaging 2.43 runs per game, second-to-last in average (.168) and OPS (.528), and have a 26 percent team strikeout rate. If he's active, managers should slot him into their lineups immediately. Managers in weekly leagues can wait until Monday morning to hear if he will get the start, but if there is no news it is worth the risk plugging him into the lineup just for the potential value from that start against Oakland.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has been added to the COVID-19 injured list while recovering from side effects from the vaccine. He left Friday night's game in the third inning due to nausea. Young outfielder Josh Palacios was recalled last night to help cover in the outfield with George Springer (quad) and Teoscar Hernandez (COVID-19 exposure) also unavailable. Palacios will be in the lineup Saturday night for his second straight start after going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts last night. Gurriel Jr. is hitting just .192 through seven games. It's hoped that he'll be back in a day or two.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Dexter Fowler (knee) has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left knee, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. Fowler had to be carted off the field in the second inning of Friday's game after injuring his knee going into second base. It's unclear how long Fowler will be out, but in the short term the Angels will likely turn mainly to Juan Lagares, who will start in Fowler's place Saturday against Toronto.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Brent Honeywell Jr. has been called up and will be used as the opener for Sunday's game against the Yankees, according to Adam Berry of MLB.com. Once the top pitching prospect in the Rays organization and a top-100 prospect in MLB, Honeywell has not appeared in a regular season game since 2017 with the Durham Bulls, as he has undergone four surgeries on his right elbow since 2018. His value will be limited as he will only pitch an inning or two as the opener, but this will be one of the biggest feel-good storylines of the season. If he sticks around with the team after Chris Archer's return from the injured list, Honeywell has some fantasy potential as a high-strikeout pitcher, but that will be mostly canceled out as he will almost certainly be on very rigid pitch and innings limitations.
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.