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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres clubbed his first home run of the spring on Friday with a 369-foot shot against the Tigers. A relatively poor launch angle profile (33.3% sweet-spot rate, 41.7% ground-ball rate) fueled a down year from Torres in 2020 highlighted by a disappointing .334 xwOBAcon, but at least some of Torres's struggles can be directly related to the delayed start to the 2020 season, giving him a strong chance of bouncing back this year. Fantasy managers should consider targeting Torres in drafts as a result, and his hot spring so far shouldn't hurt the optimism around a rebound year.
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.
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was the only source of run production in the team's 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday. Turner went 3-for-3 in the game and hit a solo home run, his second home run of the year. Turner is off to a fantastic start to the 2021 season. Through seven games, he is slashing .414/.455/.724. He has three doubles, eight RBI and six runs. He's a mainstay in the three-spot in one of the league's most potent lineups. He's one of the game's best contact hitters and has some power upside as well. Keep throwing him in your lineup without thinking twice.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross made his first start since October of 2019 on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitched well. He went five innings and allowed two hits, two walks and no runs while striking out four. Ross opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. In 2019, he went 4-4 with a 5.48 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. He's worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues and NL-only leagues, but isn't a must-add in any format at this point. His next start will be on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Dexter Fowler (knee) is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Fowler suffered a knee injury in the second inning of Friday's game and was carted off the field. It sounds like he may need at least a few more days off or even require a trip to the injured list. Juan Lagares is getting the start in right field and batting ninth on Saturday. This is Fowler's first year with the Angels. Through seven games, he has gone 5-for-20 with a walk and no extra-base hits.
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jared Walsh is absent from the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against lefty Steven Matz and the Toronto Blue Jays. Albert Pujols is manning first base for the game and hitting fifth. Walsh is off to a strong start to the year. He's reached base in six straight games and is slashing .375/.464/.833 with three home runs, three walks, nine RBI and six runs. The left-handed Walsh performed relatively well against lefties last year, hitting .324, but he had a slugging percentage of just .471, compared to .738 against righties. Expect to see him back in the lineup on Sunday.
Colorado Rockies second baseman/outfielder Chris Owings (thumb) has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left thumb sprain. Owings had been dealing with hamstring tightness earlier this week, causing him to sit two straight games, but this is a new injury. The team called up infielder Alan Trejo in a corresponding move. Owings has been fantastic so far this year, going 8-for-16 with three triples and three doubles. Trejo will have an opportunity for playing time while Owings is sidelined and outfielders Sam Hilliard and Yonathan Daza should see a bump in playing time as well.
San Francisco Giants second baseman Tommy La Stella (back) is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against Chi Chi Gonzalez and the Colorado Rockies. This will be only his second start of the year. He's been dealing with back tightness lately. The team has also primarily utilized fellow second baseman Donovan Solano against lefties this year. La Stella only has seven plate appearances on the year. He has gone 1-for-6 with a double and a walk. He could be fantasy relevant in NL-only leagues and deep leagues at some point this year, but for now, he can remain on waivers in all leagues.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer (undisclosed) left Saturday's game in the middle of the third inning with an apparent injury. He walked off the mound with the team's athletic trainer and was replaced in the game by Andrew Kittredge. The details of the injury are yet to be revealed. This was Archer's first start of the year and he was off to a solid start. His day ended after pitching 2 1/3 innings and allowing three hits, no walks and no runs while striking out four. We should have an update on the nature and severity of the injury soon. Stay tuned.
Colorado Rockies second baseman/outfielder Chris Owings (hamstring) came on as a pinch-hitter in Friday's game against the San Francisco Giants and hit a triple. However, he is still dealing with hamstring tightness. He first aggravated the hamstring in Wednesday's game and was forced to leave the game. He's been absent from the team's starting lineup in both games since. Owings has played second base and all three outfield positions for the Rockies this year. If the injury persists, outfielders Sam Hilliard and Yonathan Daza could see a bump in playing time.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson (hamstring) could be activated from the injured list on Monday or Tuesday, according to MLB.com's Do-Hyoung Park. Manager Rocco Baldelli said that Donaldson sprinted and ran the bases on Saturday without issue, and that he'll take grounders, hit in batting practice and get some at-bats in St. Paul this weekend. Donaldson was placed on the injured list last weekend with right hamstring tightness, and signs are pointing toward it being a short stint. Managers should look for more updates, but tentatively plan for Donaldson's return early in the week.