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Coby Mayo  • 3B  •  Orioles

Coby Mayo Will Help Baltimore This Season

Baltimore Orioles third base prospect Coby Mayo will help the major league roster this season according to general manager Mike Elias. Elias said, "He is in an exceptionally good spot. We talk about him all the time. He's very close. He's going to help us this year. It's just going to be about the right moment and the right opportunity and the right runway for something like that." Since June 19, the top prospect has posted an excellent .333/.446/.667 line with six home runs and 18 RBI. Ramon Urias has seen a majority of the starts at the hot corner this season in the majors but has posted a mediocre .236 AVG with just four long balls. Once promoted, Mayo will become a must-add player in all formats as he possesses elite power upside and could make an immediate impact at the major league level.
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Nolan Jones  • LF  •  Rockies

Nolan Jones Hits 10-Day Injured List

Colorado Rockies outfielder Nolan Jones (back) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Saturday, July 13, due to a lower-back strain. In a corresponding move, Colorado promoted outfielder Sean Bouchard from Triple-A. Jones was a late scratch on Friday evening and will now be sidelined until at least the end of the month. The 26-year-old has had a disappointing season with a .202/.311/.313 line, three home runs, and three swiped bags. Bouchard could see time in the starting lineup with Jones sidelined as he posted a strong .385/.448/.654 line in his previous six games at Triple-A before earning the promotion but held a poor .200 AVG in the 29 games he appeared in the major leagues this season.
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Jose Miranda  • 3B  •  Twins

Jose Miranda Out Again On Saturday

Minnesota Twins third baseman Jose Miranda (back) is out of the starting lineup again on Saturday afternoon for the second consecutive game due to back stiffness. The 26-year-old should be considered day-to-day for the time being and may also sit out on Sunday and continue to rest over the All-Star Break. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a nice breakout season as he has posted a stellar .325/.366/.522 line with nine home runs and two stolen bases. Earlier this month, Miranda held an incredible 13-game hitting streak and even tallied 13 consecutive hits, which set a new record. As a result, rookie Brooks Lee will start at the hot corner this afternoon and bat in the cleanup spot. Lee has held a strong .333 AVG across his previous nine games and is worth a look in DFS this afternoon as he will face San Francisco right-hander Hayden Birdsong.
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Lawrence Butler  • RF  •  Athletics

Lawrence Butler Leading Off On Saturday

Oakland Athletics outfielder Lawrence Butler will be leading off on Saturday afternoon and will play right field. Butler has been batting in the bottom half of the lineup over the past few weeks, but his recent play has earned him the top spot in the order. In his past five games, the 24-year-old has posted a stellar .353/.389/.765 line with two home runs and seven RBI. Under the hood, the former sixth-round pick holds a strong 48.2% hard-hit rate and 10.9% barrel rate, which suggests he could have a big second half. He could be a popular option in DFS this afternoon as he will face Philadelphia right-hander Tyler Phillips, who will make his first major league start.
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Heston Kjerstad  • CF  •  Orioles

Heston Kjerstad Returns To Starting Nine

Baltimore Orioles rookie outfielder Heston Kjerstad (head) will play in left field and bat in the six-hole on Saturday afternoon. Kjerstad was hit in the head during Friday's game and had to leave the game early. Fortunately, the 25-year-old avoided any serious injury as he is already back in the starting nine. Since returning to the major leagues at the end of June, the Arkansas product has performed very well with a .378/.465/.676 slash line, three home runs, and 12 RBI. The former second overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft is showcasing his elite power upside and has begun to carve out a permanent role on the major league roster. Kjerstad is worth adding in all standard leagues if available and could be a sneaky play in DFS this afternoon against Yankees right-hander Luis Gil, who has struggled with a hefty 9.37 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in his previous four starts.
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Drew Smith  • RP  •  Mets

Drew Smith Undergoes Internal-Brace Procedure

New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (elbow) underwent an internal-brace procedure and Tommy John reconstruction surgery on a ligament, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. This operation will keep Smith sidelined for at least the remainder of this season and potentially a majority of next summer as well. The 30-year-old held a 3.06 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and a 9:23 BB:K across 17 2/3 innings this season. He also tallied two saves. The right-hander typically operated in the seventh and eighth inning of games, which provided him the opportunity to tally six holds through the first half of the summer. Jake Diekman, Adam Ottavino, and Phil Maton are all likely candidates to see setup opportunities in the later innings, while Edwin Diaz continues to serve as the ninth-inning option in Queens.
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Aledmys Díaz  • SS  •  Astros

Aledmys Diaz Joins Houston

Free-agent shortstop Aledmys Diaz is signing with the Houston Astros, according to Chandler Rome of The Athletic. The 33-year-old infielder will report to the Houston complex at West Palm Beach. Diaz spent the entirety of last season in Oakland and logged 12 games with them this season before being let go last week. He posted a poor .229/.280/.337 slash line with four long balls last summer and a mere .103/.133/.103 line in his small stint this season. Diaz will likely spend some time at Triple-A before serving as a depth infield option on the major-league roster. He should remain on the waiver wire in all leagues unless he earns a clear starting role.
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Carson Spiers  • RP  •  Reds

Carson Spiers Placed On 15-Day Injured List

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Carson Spiers (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day injured list on Saturday, July 13, due to a right shoulder impingement. The right-hander posted his best start of the season on Friday evening as he tallied a season-high nine punchouts across five innings of three-run ball. Unfortunately, the 26-year-old will now be sidelined till at least the end of July. In a corresponding move, the Reds promoted right-handed pitcher Tony Santillan to the major league roster. Santillan has operated out of the bullpen in Triple-A and is unlikely to claim the open rotation spot. Deeper NL-only league managers should pay close attention to who the Reds turn to fill the final rotation spot after the mid-summer classic.
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Abraham Toro  • 3B  •  Athletics

Abraham Toro Begins Working Out At Arizona Complex

Oakland Athletics third baseman Abraham Toro (hamstring) has begun working at the team's spring training complex in Arizona. Athletics skipper Mark Kotsay expressed that the 27-year-old could embark on a rehab assignment after the All-Star break. Toro was placed on the 10-day injured list on June 22 with a strained hamstring. Prior to the injury, Toro saw time in several defensive positions and held a .260/.303/.386 line with six home runs and three stolen bases. When he returns to the major leagues, he could be worth adding in deeper AL-only leagues due to positional flexibility.
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Esteury Ruiz  • CF  •  Athletics

Esteury Ruiz Still Far From Major-League Return

Oakland Athletics outfielder Esteury Ruiz (wrist) has performed well across his first three rehab games but is still "a ways away" from returning to the majors, according to manager Mark Kotsay. Kotsay further explained that since Ruiz was out of action for an extended period of time, he wanted to make sure he got enough at-bats and felt comfortable before returning to the majors. The 25-year-old was placed on the injured list on May 23 with a strained wrist. In his first three rehab games, he has performed quite well with a .500/.583/.750 slash line with two doubles, four RBI, and one stolen base. Ruiz could be worth a look in category leagues once he returns to the majors in the second half of the summer due to his elite speed, as he stole 67 bases in 2023.
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Tyler Soderstrom  • 1B  •  Athletics

Tyler Soderstrom Avoids Serious Injury

Oakland Athletics first baseman Tyler Soderstrom (wrist) underwent recent testing to see the extent of his injury. The results showed the 22-year-old suffered a stress reaction but not a fracture. Soderstrom was placed on the 10-day injured list on July 11 and appears to have avoided a serious injury. Oakland skipper Mark Kotsay expressed that this was the best news the team could have hoped for. This positive news suggests that the former first-round selection could only be sidelined for a minimum stint on the injured list. Prior to the injury, Soderstrom was showcasing his power potential with seven long balls and 20 RBI across 49 games.
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Luis Medina  • SP  •  Athletics

Luis Medina Placed On 15-Day Injured List

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Luis Medina (elbow) was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right elbow strain. In a corresponding move, the Athletics promoted right-handed pitcher Michael Otanez from Triple-A Las Vegas. Medina struggled in his previous start, where he allowed seven hits and six earned runs across five innings on July 11 against the Boston Red Sox. He struck out seven. Across 40 innings this season, Medina sits with a poor 5.18 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. This injury is expected to keep Medina sidelined until at least the end of July. Otanez will likely be in a bullpen role when he rejoins the major leagues, as he operated out of the pen in the minor leagues this season but might serve as an opener on some occasions with an open spot in the starting rotation.
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Salvador Perez  • C  •  Royals

Salvador Perez Back In The Lineup

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez is back in the starting lineup on Saturday against the hosting Boston Red Sox and right-hander Kutter Crawford after leaving Friday night's win late due to cramping. Perez will serve as the designated hitter and bat cleanup, with Freddy Fermin doing the catching for right-hander Seth Lugo and hitting seventh. Fantasy managers will want to get Perez back into all of their starting lineups on Saturday, despite the fact that he's gone hitless in five career at-bats against Crawford. The 34-year-old nine-time All-Star is hitting .280/.342/.470 on the year with an .813 OPS, 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 92 games and also brings a six-game hitting streak into Saturday's contest. Perez has gone 8-for-23 (.348) with two homers, seven RBI and four runs scored during his modest hitting streak that began on July 5.
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Tyler O'Neill  • LF  •  Red Sox

Tyler O'Neill Getting A Breather On Saturday

Boston Red Sox outfielder Tyler O'Neill will take a seat on the bench to start Saturday's contest versus the visiting Kansas City Royals in Game 2 of the series. O'Neill could use the day off after going hitless in eight at-bats with six strikeouts in his last two games. The 29-year-old Canadian outfielder has tailed off at the plate after a strong start in his first year with Boston and is now currently slashing .252/.349/.496, but he still has a strong .845 OPS with 16 home runs, 31 RBI and 49 runs scored. However, since June 19, he's gone 14-for-64 (.219) with a homer, four doubles, five RBI, two steals and 26 strikeouts in 17 games. Rob Refsnyder is in left field and will bat fifth on Saturday against Royals right-hander Seth Lugo. Refsnyder makes a lot of contact and is hitting .306 (48-for-157) on the year, but he lacks power and speed, making him a low-upside DFS sleeper option.
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Nolan Jones  • LF  •  Rockies

Nolan Jones Remains Out Against Mets

After being scratched from Friday's lineup with lower-back tightness, Colorado Rockies outfielder Nolan Jones (back) remains out of action on Saturday against the hosting New York Mets. Sam Hilliard will make another start in left field and will bat ninth for Colorado against Mets rookie right-hander Christian Scott. Fantasy managers are starting to lose patience with Jones, who is hitting just .202/.311/.313 with a .623 OPS, three homers, 14 RBI and three stolen bases in 163 at-bats after he had a 20/20 campaign in 2023 in his first full year in the big leagues. With just one game remaining before next week's All-Star break, don't be surprised if Jones doesn't return to action on Sunday. Hilliard hit two home runs in a game earlier this week but otherwise has gone 5-for-21 (.238) after making his 2024 debut on June 22.
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Kris Bryant  • 1B  •  Rockies

Kris Bryant Increases Intensity Of His Workouts

Colorado Rockies oft-injured slugger Kris Bryant (rib) took batting practice indoors and increased the intensity of his strength and conditioning workout on Friday, and it's "highly likely" that he will begin a minor-league rehab assignment next Friday right after the All-Star break, according to manager Bud Black. Bryant has been out since June 3 with a bruised left rib. The 32-year-old veteran was also on the injured list from April 14 to May 21 with a lower-back strain and just hasn't been able to say healthy since signing a seven-year, $182 million deal with the Rockies in March of 2022. The 2016 National League MVP is also hitting just .186 this year with two home runs, 10 RBI and a weak .586 OPS in 24 games this season, so fantasy managers in mixed leagues should continue to ignore him, even when he's on the verge of a return.
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Germán Márquez  • SP  •  Rockies

German Marquez To Make Season Debut On Sunday

Colorado Rockies right-hander German Marquez (elbow) threw a bullpen session at Citi Field on Friday and is officially scheduled to start on Sunday in the series finale against the New York Mets in what will be his 2024 debut after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Marquez has been on a minor-league rehab assignment and hasn't pitched in the majors since April 26 of last year, so fantasy managers should temper expectations for him as he's eased back into the big leagues. He's expected to throw 75 to 90 pitches on Sunday. Marquez has won at least 11 games four times and is 65-56 with a 4.41 ERA in eight major-league seasons, all with the Rockies. The 29-year-old had a 6.23 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with a 23:4 K:BB in 17 1/3 rehab innings. Fantasy managers in mixed leagues can probably take a wait-and-see approach with Marquez as he works his way back into Colorado's rotation.
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Jordan Hicks  • SP  •  Giants

Increased Workload Getting To Jordan Hicks?

San Francisco Giants right-hander Jordan Hicks admitted that his increased workload as a starter in 2024 in his first year with the Giants has affected him as the season progresses. "I'd say my body in general is just feeling it a little bit more than in past seasons," Hicks said. Coming into this season, the 27-year-old hadn't thrown more than 77 2/3 innings in a single season. He's already at 95 innings in 2024 in a starting role with the Giants, and his results of late would indicate that he's already starting to tire. Hicks allowed a season-high five earned runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out only one in a loss to the Blue Jays his last time out on Thursday and has surrendered 16 earned runs with eight walks and 15 K's in 18 1/3 innings in his last four starts. Fantasy managers may want to prepare for Hicks' workload to be limited in the second half.
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Javier Assad  • SP  •  Cubs

Javier Assad Activated And Starting On Saturday

The Chicago Cubs activated right-hander Javier Assad (forearm) from the 15-day injured list on Saturday, and he will start Game 2 of the team's doubleheader against the division-rival St. Louis Cardinals. Assad initially landed on the IL on June 27 with a right-forearm strain, but he's ready to return to Chicago's rotation right before next week's All-Star break. The 26-year-old started the year off strong for Chicago before struggling more recently right before he landed on the shelf. Still, he's sporting a decent 3.04 ERA (4.17 FIP) and 1.28 WHIP with 79 strikeouts and 33 walks in 83 innings pitched over his 16 starts. In his lone start against the Cardinals on May 26, he took the loss while giving up four earned runs in five innings, although he did strikeout a season-high eight batters. Assad should be rostered in deep-mixed fantasy leagues for starting depth, but he'll be a bit risky as a streamer on Saturday in his first MLB start since June 23.
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Joey Bart  • C  •  Pirates

Joey Bart Resting On Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Joey Bart will take the day off on Saturday in the second game of the series against the hosting Chicago White Sox. Veteran Yasmani Grandal will do the catching against his old team and will bat ninth against White Sox right-hander Chris Flexen. With former first-rounder Henry Davis missing time with a concussion and now back in the minor leagues to work on his swing, it's Bart and Grandal splitting time behind the dish in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future. Bart, a former first-rounder himself, flamed out in San Fran and is getting another opportunity with the Bucs in 2024. The 27-year-old backstop is currently hitting a mediocre .235/.327/.447 but with a .774 OPS, five home runs and 17 RBI in 85 at-bats. As long as he keeps seeing regular playing time, he'll be relevant for his power in two-catcher fantasy formats.
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