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Minnesota Twins shortstop Royce Lewis went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and an additional run scored in Friday's 12-8 win over the Cleveland Guardians. Lewis took Bryan Shaw deep in the fifth inning with the bases loaded for the first long ball of his career. The 22-year is off to a hot start since being called up on May 5th, slashing .320/.320/.520 with a home run, four RBI, and two runs across seven games. The 22-year-old will continue to see every day at-bats while Carlos Correa (finger) is on the 10-day injured list. Lewis has a ton of upside, and fantasy managers should look to add the 2017 first-round pick in all league formats.
On Friday, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Carlos Rodon went just 5 1/3 innings pitched against the Cincinnati Reds. Rodon allowed three earned runs on seven hits and three walks in the Giants' 5-1 loss to the Reds. Rodon's ERA jumped to 3.60 on the season. Over 50 IP he owns a 1.24 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in nine starts. Rodon will look to get back on track against the Phillies on the road next Wednesday. Rodon remains a solid starting pitching option in all formats despite the poor outing on Friday and should remain active.
New York Mets corner infield/outfield prospect Mark Vientos went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer on Friday for Triple-A Syracuse. After a slow start to the season, Vientos has been red hot in May. On the season, Vientos has seven homers, 20 RBI, and a .240/.321/.488 slash line. In May, Vientos has belted six of his seven homers and slashed .317/.388/.667 over 60 at-bats. Vientos is the Mets' fourth-ranked prospect per MLB Pipeline and is coming off a solid 2021 campaign. He is on the Mets' 40-man roster and has a legitimate shot at joining the team later this season if he continues to produce at Triple-A. This is particularly true if the Mets deal J.D. Davis and/or Dominic Smith for pitching ahead of the July trade deadline. Vientos should be rostered in all dynasty formats and redraft managers should keep an eye on him as the season progresses.
Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) was able to throw off of the mound for the first time ahead of his team's Friday night game. The 28-year-old threw sinkers, four-seam fastballs, and changeups, with his velocity sitting in the low 80s. McCullers has yet to pitch in 2022 after injuring his forearm during the 2021 playoffs and having a setback this past January. The veteran hurler posted a 13-5 record, 3.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 185 strikeouts over 162 1/3 innings of work last season. He realistically isn't likely to be back in the majors until the second half of the season.
Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon reportedly got an MRI on his injured right wrist on Friday. Rendon felt something during a swing in Thursday's game and went off for an MRI on Friday, although the Angels have yet to divulge the results of the MRI. Rendon is hitting .242 with five homers, 15 runs, 23 RBI, and two steals over 41 games in 2022. The Angels should offer more information about Rendon's wrist after Friday's game, but it wouldn't be a huge surprise if an injured list stint was needed for Rendon.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker is dealing with a sore right shoulder, according to reports. Winker was a late scratch from the lineup ahead of his team's Friday night game against the Houston Astros. Adam Frazier moved from second base to left field and Sam Haggerty found his name on the lineup card as the second baseman. Winker is hitting .213 with two homers, 13 runs, and 16 RBI across 155 at-bats in his first season with Seattle. Expect an injury update on Winker after the game on Friday night.
Seattle Mariners right-hander Ken Giles (finger) is heading off to a rehab assignment this weekend. Giles has not yet pitched in 2022 after injuring the middle finger on his pitching hand during the spring. The veteran hurler has not appeared in an MLB game since needing Tommy John surgery late in September of 2020. Giles will probably see an extended rehab assignment as a result but he is eventually expected to vie for some ninth-inning work for Seattle this season.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham was a late scratch ahead of his team's Friday night game against the San Francisco Giants. Pham was involved in a pregame altercation with Giants outfielder Joc Pederson and apparently slapped the latter during Cincinnati's batting practice ahead of the game. The incident reportedly stemmed from a disagreement in the fantasy football league that the two of them are both in. MLB is investigating the incident and Pham agreed not to play on Friday night as a result. There is a real possibility that Pham will face disciplinary action from the league and could be looking at a suspension.
Houston Astros right-hander Jake Odorizzi (ankle) threw a bullpen session on Friday ahead of his team's game against the Seattle Mariners. Odorizzi tossed 41 pitches in the session, his second of the week, as he works his way back from the injured list. The veteran hurler appeared to injure himself badly last week, with some fearing he ruptured his Achilles, but instead Odorizzi is trending toward a return. He has made seven starts this season, posting a 3.13 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings of work.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward (shoulder) is back in the starting lineup on Friday, while designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (back) is on the bench against Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah. Ward is serving as the DH and hitting leadoff after entering the game as a pinch-hitter on Thursday. The 28-year-old should be returned to all fantasy lineups in single-year formats, as he's hitting .367/.477/.706 with nine home runs, 23 RBI, 27 runs scored and one stolen base in 109 at-bats. Ohtani left his start on the mound on Thursday due to back stiffness, and he should be considered day-to-day for now. Last year's American League MVP is slashing .249/.318/.446 with nine home runs, 29 RBI, 31 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 45 games at the plate.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft will start Friday night against the San Francisco Giants. The 24-year-old is the Reds No. 12 prospect, according to Baseball America. In his only major league start, he gave up two runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched. The Reds have also made it clear that Friday is not just a spot start for Ashcraft, and that they want him to stick with the club. Keep an eye on the young righty, but don't rush to add him just yet.