MLB News

Yimi GarcĂ­a  • RP  •  Blue Jays

Yimi Garcia Could Return Sunday

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Yimi Garcia (elbow) made his slated appearance for Triple-A Buffalo on Friday. A return to the last-place Blue Jays for Sunday's series finale against the hosting Arizona Diamondbacks hasn't been ruled out, per manager John Schneider, but it's also possible the team simply activates him following the All-Star break. Either way, Garcia is on the cusp of being reinstated from the 15-day injured list and needs to be stashed in all fantasy leagues at this stage of his recovery from right ulnar nerve neuritis. Although the 33-year-old veteran right-hander could be a trade chip ahead of the deadline on July 30, Garcia owns a superb 2.57 ERA (2.88 FIP), 0.78 WHIP, and 37:7 K:BB over 28 innings and has a chance to unseat Chad Green as Toronto's preferred closer with Jordan Romano (elbow) shut down for another month.
2 hours ago   
Kerry Carpenter  • RF  •  Tigers

Kerry Carpenter Resumes Light Hitting

Detroit Tigers outfielder Kerry Carpenter (back) has resumed light hitting. It's a positive step forward for Carpenter, who had been shut down from baseball activities for the past week or so. The 26-year-old righty masher is working his way back from a lumbar spine stress fracture in his back, and he should have a shot first at beginning a minor-league rehab assignment when play resumes in late July after the upcoming All-Star break and then returning to the Tigers before the end of the month. Before going on the 10-day injured list, Carpenter was slashing a robust .283/.342/.572 with eight home runs, 10 doubles, four triples, and 29 RBI across 163 plate appearances (50 games) as Detroit's primary right fielder and is worth stashing in all fantasy leagues.
2 hours ago   
Kyle Hendricks  • SP  •  Cubs

Kyle Hendricks Shows Signs Of Life With Scoreless Outing

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks put together his finest effort of the season in Friday night's victory over the division-rival St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, tossing seven scoreless innings for his second win of the campaign. Hendricks scattered five hits with a lone walk on Friday against St. Louis, striking out three hitters in his first scoreless outing as a starter of the year. 2024 still hasn't been kind to the 34-year-old longtime Cub despite Friday's strong showing; Hendricks carries a miserable 6.78 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with a 50:21 K:BB covering 70 1/3 frames (12 starts) during his 11th season in the Windy City in 2024.
3 hours ago   
Sean Manaea  • SP  •  Mets

Sean Manaea Finds Groove In Third Straight Quality Start

New York Mets starting pitcher Sean Manaea bounced back from early trouble in Friday night's narrow victory against the visiting Colorado Rockies, striking out nine batters over seven strong innings. After serving up a two-run home run to Rockies first baseman Michael Toglia in the second inning, Manaea rebounded to produce his third consecutive quality start for the Mets with his sixth win of the year on five hits (two homers) and one walk alongside a season-high 107 pitches. The 32-year-old veteran left-hander is at risk of being traded away at the deadline later in July, but he's been quite dependable during his first season in Queens with a 3.46 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 96:40 K:BB through 96 1/3 frames (18 starts) in New York's solid rotation. Fantasy managers should be rooting for Manaea to stay put at pitcher-friendly Citi Field.
3 hours ago   
Cole Ragans  • SP  •  Royals

Cole Ragans' Strong Year Carries On In Win

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Cole Ragans was outstanding in Friday night's victory over the hosting Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, fanning seven batters over seven innings of work in his start. Ragans allowed just one run on four hits and a walk on Friday against Boston, coming away with his sixth win of the season. The 26-year-old former first-round pick has proven to be the key coup to last season's Aroldis Chapman trade for the Royals, delivering an excellent 3.16 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 141 strikeouts and 28 walks across 20 starts (116 2/3 frames) in KC's impressive rotation this year. We'll see him next in Tuesday's All-Star Game in Arlington.
3 hours ago   
Rece Hinds  • RF  •  Reds

Rece Hinds On A Meteoric Rise, Slugs First Grand Slam

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Rece Hinds continued the historic start to his major-league career in Friday night's win over the visiting Miami Marlins, hitting his first career grand slam. Hinds crushed his first career grand slam off Marlins right-hander Yonny Chirinos to right-center field, giving the Reds a 7-0 lead in the third inning. The 23-year-old slugging right fielder may only be ranked as Cincy's 15th prospect for 2024, but he's made a massive impact in his short time with the big club by going 9-for-19 (.474) with three round-trippers, three doubles, eight RBI, and two stolen bases over just five outings. Showing shades of Aristides Aquino's legendary start with the Reds once upon a time, Hinds is worth riding in all fantasy leagues until the wheels falls off and this outfield gets healthier.
3 hours ago   
Jose Iglesias  • 2B  •  Mets

Jose Iglesias Continues To Surprise With Two Homers

New York Mets infielder Jose Iglesias smacked two solo home runs in Friday night's narrow win at Citi Field against the visiting Colorado Rockies, notching his first career multi-homer game. After swatting a solo jack to left field to make it a 2-2 game in the second inning, Iglesias cracked his second bomb of the game off Rockies right-hander Peter Lambert to left-center field to extend New York's lead to 7-2 in the fifth frame. The 34-year-old former All-Star has been a serviceable addition during his surprising first season in Queens this year, hitting a torrid .347 (26-for-75) with three big flies, 16 RBI, 12 runs scored, and one stolen base covering 28 contests, and Iglesias is worth a look in NL-only fantasy leagues while he's running hot.
3 hours ago   
Harrison Bader  • CF  •  Mets

Harrison Bader Adds Two Homers To Productive Year

New York Mets outfielder Harrison Bader drilled a solo home run and a two-run homer, notching three RBI in Friday night's narrow win at Citi Field against the visiting Colorado Rockies. After lifting a solo shot to left-center field to give the Mets a 3-2 lead in the third inning, Bader took Rockies right-hander Tanner Gordon deep again with his second blast of the game to left field to extend New York's lead to 6-2 in the fourth frame. Even though the 30-year-old former Gold Glover is known for his defense in center field, Bader is batting a healthy .278 (72-for-259) with eight long balls, 36 RBI, 39 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 82 games as a solid deep-league fantasy option during his first year in Queens this season.
3 hours ago   
Justin Verlander  • SP  •  Astros

Justin Verlander Could Throw From The Mound Soon

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (neck) played catch for a third straight day ahead of Friday's series opener against the division-rival Texas Rangers. Manager Joe Espada is encouraged by Verlander's progress and said the right-hander mentioned throwing from the mound, so that could be something that happens relatively soon. While the 41-year-old former All-Star won't be back with the Astros until sometime after the All-Star break, he appears to be close to taking a significant step forward in his throwing progression on the way back from neck stiffness. Verlander holds a solid 3.95 ERA (4.99 FIP) and 1.21 WHIP with 51 strikeouts and 17 walks through 57 innings (10 starts) in Houston's rotation in 2024, and he deserves to be stashed in all fantasy leagues.
3 hours ago   
Heston Kjerstad  • CF  •  Orioles

Heston Kjerstad Leaves After Being Hit In The Head

Baltimore Orioles rookie outfielder Heston Kjerstad (head) left Friday's series opener against the division-rival New York Yankees after being hit in the head by a pitch from Yankees closer Clay Holmes with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Kjerstad was checked by head athletic trainer Brian Ebel before coming out of the game. Before leaving, the 25-year-old went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the eventual 4-1 loss. The good news is that he was hit in the back of the helmet, but he'll surely be put through the league's concussion protocol and could land on the seven-day injured list before next week's All-Star break. Coming into Friday's contest, Kjerstad was hitting .313 (15-for-48) with three homers and 12 RBI in his first 20 games in 2024 after debuting in 2023. If he has a concussion and misses time to open the second half of the season next weekend, Austin Hays would benefit from more playing time in the O's crowded outfield picture.
5 hours ago   
Jose Miranda  • 3B  •  Twins

Jose Miranda Scratched With Back Stiffness

The Minnesota Twins scratched third baseman Jose Miranda (back) from Friday's series opener against the hosting San Francisco Giants with lower-back stiffness. Rookie infielder Brooks Lee was originally slated to make his first career big-league start at second base, but the injury to Miranda caused him to be moved to third base while hitting seventh. Willi Castro will now play the keystone and hit fifth for the Twins against Giants left-hander Kyle Harrison. Matt Wallner draws into the lineup in right field and is batting eighth. Even if Miranda's back injury isn't serious, it wouldn't be a surprise if he sat out the entire weekend with the All-Star break coming next week. The 26-year-old has been swinging a hot bat all year in a bounce-back campaign, especially recently, hitting .490 (25-for-51) with a homer, seven doubles, 13 RBI and a steal in 14 games since June 26.
5 hours ago   
Salvador Perez  • C  •  Royals

Salvador Perez Leaves Early Due To Cramping

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez left Friday's contest early at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox due to cramping in the eighth inning. In the Royals' 6-1 win, Perez went 1-for-3 with a single and two RBI before hitting the showers early. He was replaced by catcher Freddy Fermin. With just two more games this weekend before the league heads into the All-Star break next week, the Royals could play it safe and keep the 34-year-old All-Star catcher out for the rest of the weekend. At the very least, fantasy managers will want to check back on Saturday to see if Perez is in there. Perez made his ninth All-Star team this year and entered Friday's game in Boston with a strong .279/.343/.471 slash line with an .815 OPS, 16 home runs and 59 RBI. Despite his age, he's a must-start catcher in all fantasy leagues.
5 hours ago   
Taj Bradley  • SP  •  Rays

Taj Bradley Stellar Again On Friday, Racks Up Eight Strikeouts

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Taj Bradley continued his stellar first half of the season on Friday and struck out eight batters in seven innings of shutout ball during the Rays' 2-0 win over the Cleveland Guardians. He decreased his ERA to 2.90 and improved his record to 4-4. Bradley now has five straight starts at home where he has struck out seven or more batters, particularly notable against the normally strikeout stingy Guardians (19.6% K% in 2024, fourth lowest in MLB). Though Bradley's 4.26 xERA suggests he's been the beneficiary of luck, the 23-year-old has started to figure things out and become more seasoned in 2024. Fantasy managers are unlikely to find Bradley on their waiver wire, but DFS managers may want to continue targeting Bradley in home starts where he's especially solid with a 1.76 ERA.
5 hours ago   
Graham Ashcraft  • SP  •  Reds

Graham Ashcraft May Miss The Rest Of The Season

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft (elbow) may potentially miss the rest of the 2024 season. According to Reds manager David Bell, Ashcraft could return at some point in September if all goes well. Ashcraft had been going back and forth between the majors and the minors after having a very spotty 2024 season, posting a 5.24 ERA in 15 starts. The 26-year-old may have been trying to pitch through his elbow discomfort as he didn't mention his injury until being optioned earlier this week. If Ashcraft is able to return in September, he likely will not provide much fantasy value. Fantasy managers may now want to instead turn to Carson Spiers, who is now 3-2 with a 3.83 ERA after picking up the win on Friday against the Miami Marlins. With five starts in a row now, Spiers will continue to take the bump for the Reds and would make a fine pickup for fantasy managers looking for starting pitcher help.
6 hours ago   
David Peterson  • SP  •  Mets

David Peterson Placed On Paternity List

New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson was placed on the paternity list on Friday. Right-hander Eric Orze was called up from Triple-A Syracuse to take Peterson's place. There's no worry about Peterson missing any of his scheduled starts here as the lefty just pitched six innings of shutout ball on Thursday against the Washington Nationals on the front end of All-Star break weekend. It's actually a positive move for the Mets' bullpen being able to add Orze, who has only appeared in one major league game this season but has a 3.76 ERA in 38 innings in Triple-A Syracuse. Fantasy managers should expect Orze to be brought back to the minors after the All-Star break and Peterson will look to have a solid second half, albeit with the addition of his new dad powers.
6 hours ago   
Yoshinobu Yamamoto  • SP  •  Dodgers

Yoshinobu Yamamoto Begins Throwing Program

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (shoulder) has begun his throwing program and threw twice this week out to 60 feet, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Friday. Roberts noted last week that this was a "big step" in Yamamoto's progression as he works to rehabilitate from his rotator-cuff strain. The Japanese right-hander was previously shut down from throwing, so being able to see progress marks a very positive step for a Dodgers rotation that's currently marred with injury concerns. Should Yamamoto continue to progress positively, it should be expected he will return at some point in August. Fantasy managers should prepare their roster accordingly and keep holding onto the 25-year-old until he's back. His 2.92 ERA will greatly help a Dodgers rotation that's likely to add a starter or two via trade before the deadline at the end of the month.
6 hours ago   
Joe Kelly  • RP  •  Dodgers  |  Brusdar Graterol  • RP  •  Dodgers

Joe Kelly, Brusdar Graterol Both On Track To Return By End Of July

Los Angeles Dodgers relievers Joe Kelly (shoulder) and Brusdar Graterol (shoulder) are both on track to return by the end of July, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. Kelly is expected to return after the All-Star break, and Graterol will likely return closer to the end of the month. Kelly has missed all of June and most of May with a right posterior shoulder strain, while Graterol has not made an appearance in the 2024 season while dealing with right-shoulder inflammation. Both will be welcome additions to a Dodgers bullpen that already holds the fourth-best bullpen ERA in the league at 3.33 coming into Friday. Kelly has been subpar in 2024 with a 4.73 ERA but would likely be able to eat up the middle innings of games. Graterol will greatly help the back end of the Dodgers bullpen when he returns after posting a sub-1.00 WHIP in back-to-back seasons. Fantasy managers should look to prioritize adding Graterol to their lineups.
6 hours ago   
Max Muncy  • 3B  •  Dodgers

Max Muncy Still Not Swinging, Not Likely To Be Back Until August

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy (oblique) still is not performing any swinging activities, according to manager Dave Roberts. Saturday will mark a week since Muncy was shut down from swinging after not progressing well in his rehab from his oblique strain. Roberts also indicated on Friday that the lefty would not be returning until at least August. It's becoming clearer and clearer that the plan for Muncy is simply for him to aim to be back and ready for the Dodgers' playoff run rather than trying to make any regular-season impact. Fantasy managers that have been holding onto hope that Muncy would make a quick return can likely look for replacements for his spot on their roster. Veteran Chris Taylor has been getting the majority of starts at third base in Muncy's absence.
6 hours ago   
Carlos Jorge  • SS  •  Reds

Carlos Jorge Struggling With Consistency At High-A

Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Carlos Jorge has performed very well at times through his second look at High-A this season but has struggled to hold that success for an extended period of time. Through 73 games this season, the 20-year-old holds a .210/.266/.377 line with 10 home runs, 35 RBI, 21 stolen bases, and a poor 17:105 BB:K ratio. In April and June, he held a batting average of over .200, but in May and July, he posted an average of under .200, which negatively affected his statistics. While his performance in the batter's box has dipped this season, his skills on the basepaths have not. Jorge is considered the seventh-best prospect in the Reds system on MLB Pipeline and remains a few seasons away from his major league debut.
7 hours ago   
Brooks Lee  • 3B  •  Twins

Brooks Lee Playing Second Base On Friday

Minnesota Twins rookie infielder Brooks Lee will get the start at the keystone and will bat eighth for the Twins in Friday's series opener in San Francisco against the Giants and left-hander Kyle Harrison. It will be the first time that Lee has started at second base in his ninth big-league game. All eight of his appearances to this point have come at the hot corner. If he keeps swinging the bat like he has early in his career, second base could be his regular position whenever Royce Lewis (groin) returns from the injured list. Lee, a switch-hitting 23-year-old that was the former eighth overall pick in 2022 out of Cal Poly, has gone 12-for-33 (.364) with two homers, a double and nine RBI in his first 35 plate appearances and is quickly becoming relevant in mixed fantasy leagues despite hitting near the bottom of Minnesota's batting order.
7 hours ago