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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 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 until 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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MJ Melendez  • LF  •  Royals

MJ Melendez Hits 11th Home Run Friday

Kansas City Royals outfielder MJ Melendez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, including going deep for the 11th time in Friday's 6-1 win over the Red Sox. It has been a disappointing season for the 25-year-old, slashing just .196/.259/.392 so far, but in July he has shown signs of life. This month the left-handed hitter has gone 9-for-28 (.321) and has homered in three of his last four games. If he can keep it up he'd surely be an attractive fantasy asset, and he offers fantasy managers the rare C/OF position eligibility combination despite not logging a start at catcher yet this season.
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Brendan Rodgers  • 2B  •  Rockies

Brendan Rodgers With A Solo Blast Friday

Colorado Rockies second baseman Brendan Rodgers went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 7-6 loss to the Mets. It was his sixth of the season and the 27-year-old also walked once and scored twice in the contest. The former third-overall draft pick came into the game hitless in his last 17 at-bats, but had his average up to .285 prior to the slump, now hitting .269 on the season. As usual, Rodgers has missed time due to injury this season, and now has a .269-6-29-33-1 line on the year with a .307 wOBA and 83 wRC+. Hopefully he can put together a more productive second half, but for now, fantasy managers can probably leave him on the waiver wire in most leagues.
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Edwin Díaz  • RP  •  Mets

Edwin Diaz Notches 10th Save Friday

New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Friday's 7-6 win over the Rockies, although it wasn't without drama. The 30-year-old walked two batters in the inning before recording the final out on his way to earning his 10th save of the season. While it has been a rollercoaster of a season for the righty, he's been relatively solid over the last month despite the suspension, collecting five saves and allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out seven in six-and-two-thirds innings of work since June 13 (seven appearances).
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Mark Vientos  • 3B  •  Mets

Mark Vientos Homers And Doubles In Win

New York Mets third baseman Mark Vientos went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run in Friday's 7-6 win over the Rockies. The 24-year-old also collected two RBI, scored once, and drew a walk in the contest. The home run was his 12th of the year and it was his fifth multi-hit game of July, going 14-for-42 (.333) through 11 games this month. The former second-round draft pick has been productive during his time in the majors this season, slashing .299/.353/.569 with a .393 wOBA and 161 wRC+ in 49 games (190 PA). He's surprisingly still only rostered in 62% of Yahoo leagues and, for interested managers, he brings both 1B and 3B eligibility, offering some flexibility in how he is deployed.
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Jeimer Candelario  • 3B  •  Reds

Jeimer Candelario Homers, Gets On Base Four Times

Cincinnati Reds designated hitter Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored, and drew a pair of walks in Friday's 7-4 win over the Marlins. The homer was his 15th of the season, although it was just his first since a two-homer game back on June 21. The 30-year-old has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, going 10-for-36 (.278) during that time and he's put together a fairly productive season so far, posting a .244-15-44-37-4 line with a .328 wOBA and 107 wRC+.
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Aaron Judge  • CF  •  Yankees

Aaron Judge Belts 33rd Home Run, Gets On Base Five Times

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hit a home run in his lone at-bat of the day and drew walks in his four other plate appearances in Friday's 4-1 win over the Orioles. Judge had been in somewhat of a power outage of late with his last home run coming back on July 2 and it was also his first RBI since then as well, a stretch of nine games. Nevertheless, the long ball on Friday gave him 33 for the season and the 32-year-old is slashing .306/.429/.674 with a ridiculous .458 wOBA and 204 wRC+.
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