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Christian Yelich  • LF  •  Brewers

Christian Yelich Leaves Early Tuesday With Back Tightness

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (back) left Tuesday's 1-0 win over the division-rival Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field early with back tightness, according to the team. Yelich went 0-for-1 with two walks in the contest before departing and was replaced as the designated hitter by first baseman Rhys Hoskins. The 32-year-old veteran left-handed-hitting outfielder has a long history with back injuries, so this definitely isn't what the Brewers or fantasy managers want to see. He was already on the injured list once this year with a lower-back strain. Don't expect to see Yelich in the lineup on Wednesday, and fantasy managers should prepare for another potential trip to the IL. If Yelich misses extended time with his latest back issue, look for both Blake Perkins and Jake Bauers to potentially see more opportunities as Milwaukee's DH.
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Colin Rea  • SP  •  Brewers

Colin Rea Fans Eight In Tuesday's No-Decision

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Colin Rea turned in a great start in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Cubs. Rea pitched five innings, allowing four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. The 34-year-old has pitched well both in a traditional starter's role and as a bulk reliever, going 9-3 with a 3.60 ERA, a 6.87 K/9 rate, and a 2.70 BB/9 rate in 20 appearances (17 starts) and 110 IP. While his results have been respectable, Rea has allowed a lot of hard contact, so fantasy managers should be wary of potential regression in the second half. Until then, he and fantasy managers will look to take advantage of a middling Braves matchup in his next scheduled start.
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Lance Lynn  • SP  •  Cardinals

Lance Lynn Reaches 2,000 Career Strikeouts Tuesday

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn hit a career milestone in his Tuesday start in a 2-1 win over the Pirates. Lynn pitched five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Those strikeouts brought the 37-year-old's career total to exactly 2,000 over his 13-season career. The veteran has gotten improved results after an unusually poor 2023 season and is now 5-4 with a 4.17 ERA, an 8.35 K/9 rate, and a 3.55 BB/9 rate in 20 starts and 101 1/3 IP. He may not provide as much fantasy value as he did earlier in his career, but Lynn still offers a useful floor when he is on. His next matchup will be a decent one against a scuffling Rangers lineup.
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Cooper Criswell  • SP  •  Red Sox

Cooper Criswell Throws Seven Shutout Innings At Coors Field

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Cooper Criswell rose to the occasion in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Rockies at Coors Field, improving his record to 4-4. Criswell pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. The 28-year-old has spent time with both the Red Sox and Triple-A Worcester this season and has put up respectable big-league numbers, compiling a 3.60 ERA, a 7.48 K/9 rate, and a 2.22 BB/9 rate in 13 starts and 65 IP with the Red Sox. Should he remain in the rotation, his next start would likely be a favorable matchup against the Mariners. This would make him a decent streaming option in deeper leagues.
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Tyler O'Neill  • LF  •  Red Sox

Tyler O'Neill Homers Twice Tuesday, Plates Three

Boston Red Sox outfielder Tyler O'Neill continued his strong offensive second half in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Rockies. O'Neill went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a two-run HR, and a strikeout. The 29-year-old snuck a first-inning Ty Blach changeup over the center-field wall to score two and then demolished a third-inning Blach offering onto the left-field concourse. O'Neill has put together a solid season overall, slashing .267/.356/.535 with 20 HR, 54 runs scored, 38 RBI, and three stolen bases in 312 plate appearances. He has been particularly hot in July, slashing .317/.386/.556 with four HR and 10 RBI in 15 games.
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Simeon Woods Richardson  • SP  •  Twins

Simeon Woods Richardson Turns In Quality Start, No-Decision Tuesday

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson continued his strong rookie season in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Phillies. Woods Richardson pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Unfortunately, his offense was held in check by a strong start from Zach Wheeler, leaving him without a chance at a win. The 23-year-old is now 3-1 with a 3.27 ERA, a 7.77 K/9 rate, and a 2.56 BB/9 rate in 17 starts and 88 IP. His next start will be a middling one at the Mets, but he should draw two starts in that week, making him a worthy fantasy start.
4 hours ago   
Zack Wheeler  • SP  •  Phillies

Zack Wheeler Fans Seven In Strong No-Decision

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler turned in another strong start in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Twins. Wheeler pitched seven innings, allowing three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Unfortunately, his offense couldn't provide support until the ninth inning, leaving him with a no-decision. The 34-year-old is now 10-4 with a 2.55 ERA, a 9.68 K/9 rate, and a 2.69 BB/9 rate in 20 starts and 123 2/3 IP. Fantasy managers will be pleased to see Wheeler bounce back from a relatively pedestrian 2023 season. His next scheduled start will be a tough matchup against the Yankees, but he has proven to be matchup-proof for some time.
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Ryan Helsley  • RP  •  Cardinals

Ryan Helsley Notches 33rd Save Of Season Tuesday

St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley converted his 33rd save of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Pirates. Helsley came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning up by one and locked things down by striking out the side. The 30-year-old has been one of baseball's and fantasy's top closers this season, converting all but two save opportunities with a 2.25 ERA, a 10.84 K/9 rate, and a 3.68 BB/9 rate. He currently has the most saves in baseball and should continue to provide top fantasy value in the second half, especially if the Cardinals continue to play well.
4 hours ago   
Paul Skenes  • SP  •  Pirates

Paul Skenes Pitches Into Ninth Inning In Tough Loss

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Paul Skenes turned in another gem but came away with a loss in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to the Cardinals. Skenes pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits (including a solo home run) and no walks with eight strikeouts. The 22-year-old All-Star rookie has been a fantasy sensation this season, going 6-1 with a 1.93 ERA, an 11.69 K/9 rate, and a 1.57 BB/9 rate in 12 starts (10 quality starts) and 74 2/3 IP. He hasn't accumulated as many starts as other pitchers but has been one of fantasy's best on a start-per-start basis. He will look to continue his elite production in his next start, which will be a decent matchup at the Astros.
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Randy Arozarena  • LF  •  Rays

Dodgers In On Randy Arozarena

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping to add an impact bat in the outfield prior to the trade deadline next Tuesday, July 30, and they "are in on Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena," according to a source. Arozarena is having a down year overall in 2024 but has heated up since the beginning of June. Entering play on Tuesday, he had a .906 OPS with seven home runs since June 1 and has been looking more like the player who won American League Rookie of the Year honors in 2021 and an All-Star selection last year. The 29-year-old is earning $8.1 million in 2024 and is arbitration-eligible for two more years. Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert Jr. is also drawing interest from the Dodgers. He's signed for $15 million in 2025 with $20 million club options for both 2026 and 2027. The asking price on Robert is quite high.
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Tarik Skubal  • SP  •  Tigers

Dodgers, Orioles Interested In Tarik Skubal

Detroit Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal, one of the front-runners in the American League Cy Young race, has become the latest name trending in trade rumors, and according to sources, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles are interested in him. It's unclear where talks stand, but if the Tigers decide to make Skubal available, other teams are expected to enter the mix. Skubal is 11-3 with an AL-low 2.34 ERA in 123 innings and 23 starts. The 27-year-old southpaw is earning $2.65 million in 2024 and is arbitration-eligible for two more years, leaving him under club control through 2026. The more likely scenario is the Tigers trading right-hander Jack Flaherty, an impending free agent this winter. The Dodgers have a big need for starting pitching in the second half as they prepare for a deep postseason run, so it wouldn't surprise anyone if they paid a hefty price for Skubal or Chicago White Sox lefty Garrett Crochet.
5 hours ago   
Yonny Chirinos  • SP

Yonny Chirinos Designated For Assignment

The Miami Marlins designated right-hander Yonny Chirinos for assignment on Tuesday and recalled right-hander Kyle Tyler from Triple-A Jacksonville in a corresponding move. Tyler made the start for the Fish on Tuesday against the visiting Baltimore Orioles. Chirinos gets the boot off the Marlins' 40-man roster a day after surrendering five runs on nine hits while walking four in five innings in a loss to the division-rival New York Mets. The 30-year-old veteran predictably has not been very good in his six starts (30 innings pitched) for Miami in 2024, going 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA (6.11 FIP) and 1.87 WHIP with 25 strikeouts and 13 walks. The veteran Venezuelan could latch on with another organization to close out the 2024 season but he won't be much more than an innings-eater if he finds his way back to the big leagues.
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Ryan Weathers  • SP  •  Marlins

Ryan Weathers Resumes Playing Catch

Miami Marlins left-hander Ryan Weathers (finger) has resumed playing catch this week as he recovers from a strained left index finger that landed him on the 15-day injured list in early June. Fantasy managers have probably been frustrated that Weathers is just now throwing again after missing six-plus weeks with a finger injury. The good news is that he's throwing, but the 24-year-old southpaw still has a ways to go before he's a realistic candidate to rejoin Miami's starting rotation. Given the way that he was throwing the baseball before his unfortunate finger injury, fantasy managers in deeper leagues should keep him stashed in an IL spot. Weathers was looking good in his first full year in South Beach with a 3.55 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with a 22.5% strikeout rate and a career-low 6.7% walk rate in 71 innings and 13 starts.
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Braxton Garrett  • SP  •  Marlins

Braxton Garrett Resumes Playing Catch

Miami Marlins left-hander Braxton Garrett (forearm) began playing catch this week after being put on the 15-day injured list back on June 23 with a left-forearm strain. The Marlins are being careful with the 26-year-old southpaw given his history of arm injuries, but it sounds like he's finally ramping up as he prepares to return to Miami's starting rotation in the second half of the 2024 season. Before returning to the big-league pitching staff, Garrett is going to need at least a couple minor-league rehab starts, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect him back until at least mid-August. The former seventh overall pick in 2016 struggled in his first seven starts earlier this year before going on the shelf, recording a 5.35 ERA (3.80 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP with a 21.1% strikeout rate but with a strong 2.5% walk rate in 37 frames.
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Sandy Alcantara  • SP  •  Marlins

Sandy Alcantara To Throw A Bullpen On Wednesday

Miami Marlins right-hander Sandy Alcantara (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. It's a big step for Alcantara, as it will be his first time throwing off a mound since having Tommy John surgery in October of last year. The 28-year-old National League Cy Young winner in 2022 started his throwing program back in March and is just now ready to throw off a mound. Alcantara isn't going to return to the Marlins' starting rotation in 2024, but as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks as he begins building his arm up this fall, he should be ready to roll in spring training and the start of the regular season in 2025. When Alcantara comes back next year, he'll be hoping to bounce back from his disappointing 2023 campaign, when he went 7-12 with a 4.14 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 151 strikeouts and 48 walks in 184 2/3 innings over his 28 starts.
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Mike Trout  • CF  •  Angels

Mike Trout Leaves Rehab Game With Knee Soreness

It didn't take long for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (knee) to suffer a setback with his surgically-repaired let knee, as he left his first minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday night with left-knee soreness. Trout is being considered day-to-day after playing just two innings for the Bees. The 32-year-old 11-time All-Star was tracking toward a return at the end of July, but those plans could now be out the window, depending on how long it will be before he can get back into a rehab game. He'll likely undergo some tests, and we should have a better idea of a timetable in the next few days, but fantasy managers should probably not expect Trout's return until August now. The three-time MVP is in the middle of a second straight lost season after breaking his hand in 2023. Before injuring his knee earlier this year, he was hitting just .220 but with 10 homers and six steals in 29 games.
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Matt McLain  • SS  •  Reds

Matt McLain Ramping Up Toward Rehab Assignment

Cincinnati Reds infielder Matt McLain (shoulder), who joined the club in Atlanta on Monday for their series against the Braves to begin more baseball activities, has been able to take ground balls, run the bases, and lift weights. McLain said on Tuesday that he hasn't been cleared to hit or dive, but the plan is still for him is to start a minor-league rehab assignment on Aug. 12. The 24-year-old former first-round pick remains on track to return to the Reds at some point in late August or early September to aid their playoff push, but his fantasy impact in 2024 will likely end up being muted. McLain is only worth stashing on rosters far ahead in the standings. Jonathan India has worked his way into must-roster territory at the keystone in Cincy, batting 89-for-324 (.275) with eight home runs, 40 RBI, 50 runs scored, and nine stolen bases over 93 games.
7 hours ago   
Jorge Mateo  • 2B  •  Orioles

X-Rays Negative On Jorge Mateo's Elbow

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jorge Mateo (elbow) exited Tuesday's game against the hosting Miami Marlins after injuring his left elbow on a collision with Gunnar Henderson going for a ball up the middle in the third inning. X-rays were negative on Mateo's elbow following the contest, but he's going to get further tests to determine the severity of the injury, manager Brandon Hyde said. Mateo's left arm appeared to get tangled with Henderson's legs, which put abnormal torque on his left arm, and he appeared to be in a significant amount of pain before departing. There's a chance the 29-year-old speedster, who has 13 stolen bases over 192 at-bats this year, may need a trip to the injured list, which leaves one to wonder if that would open a path for top prospect Jackson Holliday in Baltimore's infield. Fantasy managers would be wise to consider making a speculative add on Holliday ahead of Wednesday's matchup against Miami.
7 hours ago   
Nolan Jones  • LF  •  Rockies

No Timeline For Nolan Jones' Return

Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black said prior to Tuesday's game against the visiting Boston Red Sox that the club doesn't have "a total game plan" for outfielder Nolan Jones (back), who was placed on the 10-day injured list on July 13. "He's feeling better, that's the main thing," Black said. "With Nolan, it starts with that. If he gets through the next couple of days, we'll probably have a little bit more of a plan." It's the second time this year Jones has been on the shelf with a strained lower back, so the Rockies are likely going to be more inclined to take a cautious approach this time around. The 26-year-old left fielder enjoyed a breakout season in 2023, but he's slashing a dreadful .202/.311/.313 with three home runs, 14 RBI, 19 runs scored, and three stolen bases over 163 at-bats in 2024 and is no longer a must-stash fantasy asset.
7 hours ago   
Albert Su├írez  • SP  •  Orioles

Albert Suarez Gives Up Six Runs Before Exiting Tuesday

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Albert Suarez (leg) took a comebacker off his right leg and left with a trainer in Tuesday's start against the hosting Miami Marlins. Suarez exited after two innings of work, giving up six runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk. The 34-year-old veteran right-hander was a popular streaming choice for fantasy managers against the last-place Marlins on Tuesday, considering he entered the day with a solid 2.82 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 12 appearances for the O's this season, but he'll leave a mark on starting rosters with this performance. Suarez's next start tentatively lines up on Sunday against the visiting San Diego Padres, but his status will need to be monitored up until then. UPDATE: Suarez has a shin contusion, and manager Brandon Hyde believes he will be fine.
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