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Starling Marte  • RF  •  Mets

Starling Marte Plays Catch, Hits Off Tee

New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte (knee) played catch and hit off a tee on Friday as he continues to make progress from a right-knee contusion that he suffered on June 22. Marte's rehab process has been slow, but he's getting closer to a return in the second half of the season for the Mets. Because the Mets are taking their time with the 35-year-old veteran outfielder, there is no timetable for his return, and he almost certainly won't be back with the big-league club until sometime in August. Until he's able to return, the Mets will use some combination of Jeff McNeil, DJ Stewart and Tyrone Taylor in center field. Marte is no longer in the prime of his career and has become an injury risk, but he was still hitting a solid .278/.328/.416 with seven home runs, 30 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 38 runs scored for New York in 66 games before his knee injury.
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Kodai Senga  • SP  •  Mets

Kodai Senga To Make Final Rehab Start On Saturday

New York Mets right-hander Kodai Senga (shoulder, triceps) will make his final minor-league rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Syracuse with a goal of throwing 85 pitches. After that, Senga will line up to make his 2024 debut for the Mets in the series against the Atlanta Braves, which begins next Thursday. The 31-year-old Japanese hurler has been on the 60-day injured list all year due to a shoulder injury he suffered in spring training, and then he had a setback along the way with a triceps issue. He was able to throw 4 2/3 innings and 67 pitches in his last rehab start on Sunday and will build his pitch count even further in his final minor-league tune-up this weekend. Fantasy managers that have been stashing Senga all year long will finally be able to use him next week against the light-hitting Braves.
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Jacob deGrom  • SP  •  Rangers

Jacob deGrom Throws Bullpen On Friday

Texas Rangers right-hander Jacob deGrom (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Friday and mixed in some sliders along with his fastballs. "All went well, he felt great," manager Bruce Bochy said. deGrom continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery that has kept him out all season long. This was the 36-year-old veteran's third bullpen session and the first time that he threw anything other than fastballs or changeups. Barring a setback, deGrom is expected to be an option for the Rangers' starting rotation in the second half, but there's no timetable for his return, and he'll need a lengthy minor-league rehab assignment first. By the time deGrom makes his 2024 debut, he won't have many starts in order to make an impact for fantasy managers to close out the year. The two-time Cy Young winner and four-time All-Star still has the ability to be a dominant pitcher when healthy, but he hasn't made over 15 starts in a single season since 2019.
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Jon Berti  • 3B  •  Yankees

Jon Berti To Receive Injection After Suffering Setback

New York Yankees infielder Jon Berti (calf) had a "minor" setback with his calf, according to manager Aaron Boone, and will get a platelet-rich plasma injection on Saturday. Berti was in line to play in minor-league rehab games this weekend, but that has now been put on hold after his setback. He has been out since late May with his calf injury but could still return before the end of July if he's able to start a rehab assignment sooner than later. The 34-year-old infielder will only be worth consideration in AL-only leagues for his speed as a utility infielder for the Yankees when he returns to the majors. Berti led the league in 2022 with 41 stolen bases with the Miami Marlins and was hitting .273 (15-for-55) in 17 games for the Yanks before his injury, but it came with only one homer, six RBI and four steals.
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Clarke Schmidt  • SP  •  Yankees

Clarke Schmidt To Throw Off A Mound On Saturday

New York Yankees right-hander Clarke Schmidt (lat) will throw off the mound for the first time on Saturday and will go around 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Schmidt expects to be fully built up by the end of the season. The 28-year-old was placed on the 15-day injured list back on May 30 and is finally able to get back on a mound due to a strained right lat. He'll eventually need a minor-league rehab assignment, but barring a setback along the way, Schmidt should be able to return to the Yankees' big-league pitching staff at some point in August. However, depending on the health of the team's starting rotation upon his return, Schmidt might be forced to build up his arm in the Bronx in a bullpen role. He was looking good in 11 starts this year before his injury, posting a career-low 2.52 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 67 K's and 20 walks in 60 2/3 frames.
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Giancarlo Stanton  • DH  •  Yankees

Giancarlo Stanton Runs The Bases On Friday

New York Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) was seen running the bases on Friday before the series opener against the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx. Stanton wasn't running full speed around the bases, but it's a notable step in his recovery from a strained left hamstring that he suffered almost a month ago. There is no timetable for the 34-year-old right-handed slugger's return, and he's likely to need at least a short rehab assignment in the minor leagues before rejoining the Yankees' lineup. When Stanton is able to return (likely not until August), Aaron Judge will move back to regular duties in center field, pushing Trent Grisham back to the bench as the fourth outfielder. Stanton should remain stashed in all fantasy leagues as a top-tier power option. He currently has 18 long balls and 45 RBI in 260 at-bats in 2024 while hitting .246 (64-for-260).
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Tyler Glasnow  • SP  •  Dodgers

Tyler Glasnow Throws Simulated Game On Friday, Likely To Start Wednesday

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Tyler Glasnow (back) threw a three-inning simulated game that featured 58 pitches at Dodger Stadium on Friday before the team's series opener against the visiting Boston Red Sox and said he'll likely come off the 15-day injured list to start on Wednesday against the division-rival San Francisco Giants. Glasnow won't need to go on a minor-league rehab assignment before returning to help a much-maligned Dodgers' starting rotation early in the second half of the season. Even though it will be his first start off the IL next week, fantasy managers will want to get the hard-throwing 30-year-old back into all starting lineups against San Fran next week. Glasnow has a 33.6% strikeout rate, which is second in the big leagues, and has gone 8-5 with a 3.47 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 143 K's in 109 innings over 18 starts in his first year in Hollywood.
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Mookie Betts  • SS  •  Dodgers

Mookie Betts Plays Catch Friday

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Mookie Betts (hand) played catch while using his broken left hand in the outfield before Friday's series opener against the visiting Boston Red Sox. Betts had previously been having someone else catch the ball for him, so he's clearly made some progress from a fractured left hand. The biggest test for the 31-year-old superstar will be swinging a bat, and he's almost certainly going to need at least a short minor-league rehab assignment before he's back in the big leagues. But barring a setback as he ramps up baseball activities, Betts has a realistic chance to return atop the Dodgers' batting order in early August. And when he does return, the Dodgers have hinted that most of his playing time will come at second base in the second half of the season, which will allow the slick-fielding Miguel Rojas more playing time at the 6.
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J.T. Realmuto  • C  •  Phillies

J.T. Realmuto Could Be Activated This Weekend

Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (knee) is "very close," according to manager Rob Thomson, and he could be activated from the 10-day injured list this weekend in the series in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. Realmuto has been out since the middle of June after having surgery on the meniscus in his right knee, but the All-Star backstop is nearing a return to the Phillies lineup early in the second half of the season. When the 33-year-old veteran is back, he'll take over regular starting duties behind the plate and send Garrett Stubbs back to a backup role at the position. There's no way that Realmuto should be floating around the waiver wire in any fantasy league. When healthy, he's a must-start in fantasy and remains one of the best offensive players at his position on the best team in baseball.
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Nolan Jones  • LF  •  Rockies

Nolan Jones Takes Live Batting Practice On Friday

Colorado Rockies outfielder Nolan Jones (back) participated in live batting practice on Friday, according to Patrick Lyons of Jones still does not have a timetable for his potential return, but it is promising that he will not face any setbacks yet. The 26-year-old hit the injured list on July 13 with a back strain. Jones has had a disappointing season as he holds a poor .202/.311/.313 slash line with just three home runs, 14 RBI, and a 25:63 BB:K ratio across 49 games. Last summer, he posted an excellent .297/.389/.542 line with 20 home runs and 20 swiped bags. Jones is still worth a look in standard leagues once he returns, as he could provide a strong combination of power and speed down the stretch run despite his struggles in the first half.
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Logan O'Hoppe  • C  •  Angels

Logan O'Hoppe Not Starting On Friday

Los Angeles Angels catcher Logan O'Hoppe will take a seat in the first game of the second half on Friday as the Angels open up a three-game set against the Oakland Athletics. The 24-year-old has only sat twice since June 13 and has held a strong .277/.330/.511 slash line in that span. As a result, Matt Thaiss will be behind the dish this evening and bat in the eight hole. O'Hoppe has solidified himself as one of the best options behind the plate in fantasy as he has posted a strong .276/..328/.472 slash line with 14 home runs and 42 RBI across 83 games this season. Thaiss could be a sneaky play in DFS this evening against Oakland southpaw JP Sears, who carries a hefty 4.56 ERA.
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Bailey Falter  • SP  •  Pirates

Bailey Falter Throws Live Batting Practice

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter (triceps) threw live batting practice on Thursday, according to Noah Hiles of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pirates skipper Derek Shelton expressed that Falter "looked healthy" and that "the club will talk about his next step in the next day or two." Falter hit the 15-day injured list on July 7 after being pulled from his start a day prior due to left triceps tendinitis. Before the injury, the 27-year-old posted a modest 4.08 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 61:28 BB:K ratio across 90 innings. Falter could be worth a look as a streaming option in deeper leagues once he returns.
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Kris Bryant  • 1B  •  Rockies

Kris Bryant To Begin Rehab Assignment On Friday

Colorado Rockies first baseman/designated hitter Kris Bryant (rib) is set to begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Friday evening with Triple-A Albuquerque, according to Patrick Lyons of Bryant went on the injured list on June 6 due to a left-rib contusion. Prior to the injury, the 32-year-old was carrying a poor .186/.307/.279 slash line with just two home runs and 10 RBI through 24 games this season. Lyons also said that Bryant is scheduled to play in the outfield on Friday, serve as the DH on Saturday, and shift to first base on Sunday. Following this three-game stint, he will be re-evaluated and could rejoin the major-league roster shortly after. Bryant is worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues, as he could provide a stable batting average with upside for power while playing at hitter-friendly Coors Field once he returns.
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Jose Quintana  • SP  •  Mets

Jose Quintana Will Not Pitch This Weekend Due To Illness

New York Mets starting pitcher Jose Quintana (illness) will not pitch on Sunday as he was scheduled to due to a fever, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza expressed that he is hopeful that Quintana can pitch on Tuesday against the Yankees. As a result, David Peterson is now slated to pitch on Sunday against the Marlins. Fantasy managers should pay close attention to Quintana's status at the start of the week, as he may need additional days off depending on the severity of his illness. All New York starters are worth looking at this weekend in DFS as they will face the Miami Marlins for a three-game set.
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Jacob Wilson  • 3B  |  Jacob Wilson  • SS  •  Athletics

Jacob Wilson Batting Eighth In Major-League Debut

Oakland Athletics shortstop prospect Jacob Wilson is playing shortstop and batting eighth in his major league debut on Friday, July 19. Wilson was promoted to the major league roster earlier this afternoon. He was drafted with the sixth overall pick in last year's draft and progressed through the minor leagues very quickly. He began this season at Double-A and needed just 22 games to prove he was ready for the top level of the minor leagues. At Triple-A Las Vegas, the 22-year-old held a stellar .398/.444/.639 slash line with four home runs across 19 games. Wilson is worth a look in DFS this evening as he will face Angels right-hander Griffin Canning who carries a high 4.84 ERA.
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Michael Siani  • CF  •  Cardinals

Michael Siani Back In Cardinals Lineup

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Michael Siani (elbow) is back in the starting lineup on Friday against the hosting Atlanta Braves and rookie right-hander Spencer Schwellenbach to open the second half of the season, playing center field and batting ninth. Siani will return to the team's lineup for the first time since being hit by a pitch on his elbow in the first game of a doubleheader last Saturday but had a chance to heal up during this week's All-Star break. The 25-year-old has been more useful to St. Louis for his defense in center field than for his bat with Tommy Edman (wrist) out all year. Siani is batting just .227/.263/.304 with a weak .568 OPS in his first full season in the big leagues. He has no business being rostered in mixed fantasy leagues with only two home runs and 14 RBI, but he can be useful for his speed (10 steals) in NL-only setups.
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Sean Murphy  • C  •  Braves

Sean Murphy Sitting Out To Open The Second Half

Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy will get the day off on Friday for the series opener against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals to kick off the second half of the 2024 season. In Murphy's place, Travis d'Arnaud will do the catching for rookie right-hander Spencer Schwellenbach while hitting sixth in the batting order against Cardinals right-hander Sonny Gray. Murphy missed significant time in the first half of his second season in Atlanta due to injury, which is why he's played in only 33 games after making the All-Star squad for the first time in 2023. The 29-year-old backstop has been a disappointment this year, even when healthy, as he enters the second half with a weak .211 average (23-for-109) with five homers and 12 RBI. The Braves will continue to give Murphy days off here and there to keep d'Arnaud's bat in the lineup.
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Otto Lopez  • 2B  •  Marlins

Otto Lopez Activated And Starting On Friday

Miami Marlins infielder Otto Lopez (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list on Friday for the start of the second half of the season and is starting at second base and batting fifth for the Fish against the visiting New York Mets and left-hander Sean Manaea. Jazz Chisholm Jr. will move back to center field and will hit leadoff. Friday will be the first game played in the month of July in the big leagues for Lopez due to a back injury that he suffered late in June. The 25-year-old Dominican infielder had played in only nine major-league games for the Toronto Blue Jays heading into this season but he's now played in a career-high 54 games for the rebuilding Marlins in 2024, hitting .252/.279/.350 with three home runs, 19 RBI and six stolen bases in 175 plate appearances.
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Brayan Rocchio  • SS  •  Guardians

Brayan Rocchio Starting Second Half On The Bench

Cleveland Guardians shortstop Brayan Rocchio will open the second half of the season on Friday on the bench versus the visiting San Diego Padres. Daniel Schneemann will make the start at short and will bat seventh for the Guardians against Padres knuckleballer Matt Waldron. Rocchio went hitless in the final 12 at-bats of the first half of the season and was on the bench for two of the final three games before this week's All-Star break in favor of Schneeman. He's hitting just .210/.305/.303 with a .608 OPS, three home runs, 17 RBI and seven stolen bases in 83 games in his first full season in the big leagues. Schneeman isn't exactly turning heads at the plate, but he does have one more home run than Rocchio in just 32 games played in his rookie campaign and could continue to take playing time away from Rocchio at the 6.
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Yandy Díaz  • 1B  •  Rays

Yandy Diaz Out Due To Personal Matter

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Yandy Diaz will not play to start the second half of the season on Friday in the Bronx against the division-rival New York Yankees due to a personal matter. With Diaz away from the team, Isaac Paredes will move across the diamond to first base and will bat second, while Jose Caballero will man the hot corner and bat eighth against Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole. Richie Palacios is at second base and is batting leadoff for the Rays. It remains to be seen when Diaz will be back in Tampa's starting lineup, so fantasy managers will want to check back on Saturday before returning him to their starting lineups. The 32-year-old could be on the trade block this summer with the Rays falling out of contention. Diaz is a must-start when he's active and hit .273 (104-for-381) with eight homers, 46 RBI and 35 runs scored in 94 games in the first half.
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