MLB News

Tink Hence  • SP  •  Cardinals

Tink Hence Logs Successful Side Session

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitching prospect Tink Hence (undisclosed) logged a successful side session last weekend, according to KY3 News. Hence has been sidelined since late June due to a cramping issue. As a result, the top prospect in St. Louis was unable to participate in the MLB Futures Game. This is a good sign, as it looks like the 21-year-old could be nearing a return to the mound. Prior to the injury, Hence was pitching very well at Double-A and was closing in on a promotion to the top level of the minor leagues. Across 54 innings at Double-A, the right-hander held a 3.29 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 17:73 BB:K ratio. Hence could still contend for a major league debut this season if he recovers well from the injury.
0 hour ago   
Josiah Gray  • SP  •  Nationals

Josiah Gray To Have Season-Ending UCL Surgery

Washington Nationals right-hander Josiah Gray (elbow) has a partial tear of the UCL in his right arm and will have season-ending elbow surgery on Wednesday with Dr. Keith Meister in Texas. Gray said he's unsure if he'll need Tommy John surgery, an internal-brace procedure, or a combination of both. It will depend on how significant the tear is once they cut him open. Either way, the 26-year-old is going to miss the rest of this year and the majority of next season as well. Fantasy managers in single-year setups can now safely drop Gray everywhere. The former second-round selection by the Cincinnati Reds in 2018 out of Le Moyne College had a year to forget in 2024, as he went 0-2 and gave up 13 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings over his two starts before going down with his elbow injury. Gray won't be on the fantasy radar next spring, either.
0 hour ago   
Ricky Tiedemann  • SP  •  Blue Jays

Ricky Tiedemann Seeking Second Opinion

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitching prospect Ricky Tiedemann (forearm) is seeking a second opinion on his injury in the coming days, according to Keegan Matheson of MLB.com. The top prospect in Toronto left his rehab start on July 10 due to forearm tightness and went for preliminary testing, which did not show any structural damage. However, despite the potentially positive news, the southpaw is seeking a second opinion to see the extent of his injury. The former third-round pick has been sidelined for most of the 2024 season due to a nerve issue in his left elbow. Tiedemann could still contend for a major league debut if he overcomes this injury but should remain stashed in all dynasty and keeper formats as he is considered one of the top pitching prospects in all baseball.
0 hour ago   
Tommy Edman  • SS  •  Cardinals

Tommy Edman Needs More Rehab Reps

St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that with the minor leagues shut down during this week's All-Star break, outfielder Tommy Edman (wrist) will need to continue his minor-league rehab assignment to begin the second half of the season. Mozeliak also said that the team wants to see Edman be able to play second base, shortstop and center field and get his timing down at the plate before they activate him from the 60-day injured list. In other words, the 29-year-old isn't exactly close to making his 2024 debut and may have to wait until early August for that. Fantasy managers that have been holding Edman all year have to be frustrated by the fact that he missed the entire first half of the season after having offseason wrist surgery. When he does eventually return, Edman will be worth rostering in all fantasy formats and should play regularly between while bouncing around as a super-utility player for the Cards.
1 hour ago   
Matt Manning  • SP  •  Tigers

Matt Manning Hits Triple-A Injured List

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matt Manning (lat) was placed on the minor league 7-day IL on Friday, July 19, with a right lat strain. The 26-year-old has spent the majority of the 2024 campaign with Triple-A Toledo and has only logged five spot starts at the major league level. Through 59 innings a Triple-A, the former ninth overall pick has posted a 4.53 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and a 22:60 BB:K ratio. In the big leagues, he held a similar 4.88 ERA and 1.55 WHIP through 27 innings. The right-hander is a candidate to return to the major leagues later this summer and could be worth a look in AL-only formats, but he may have to wait until the stretch run due to this injury setback.
1 hour ago   
Walker Buehler  • SP  •  Dodgers

Walker Buehler To Face Hitters In The Coming Days

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that right-hander Walker Buehler (hip) will face hitters in Kentucky in the next few days and then will return to Los Angeles to work with the team's coaching staff. Buehler had been working out at a private facility in Florida after landing on the 15-day injured list due to right-hip inflammation. The 29-year-old returned in 2024 after having Tommy John surgery and didn't get the results he was hoping for, leading the Dodgers to put him on the shelf on June 19. Although the Dodgers haven't released any kind of timetable for Buehler to return to the big-league starting rotation, it appears he's getting closer as he tweaks his mechanics. Fantasy managers should keep Buehler stashed in all formats in hopes that he can find his pre-injury form when he returns in the second half. The former first-rounder was one of the most dominant pitchers in the big leagues before his elbow injury.
1 hour ago   
Max Muncy  • 3B  •  Dodgers

Max Muncy Takes Soft-Toss Swings, Still No Timetable For A Return

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy (oblique) picked up a bat for soft-toss swings on Thursday, according to manager Dave Roberts, but there's still no real timetable for his return from the injured list due to an oblique injury. It's notable progress from Muncy, but he's already been ruled out until at least August and could miss a good chunk of the second half of the 2024 season. The 33-year-old veteran left-handed slugger has been sidelined since May and was shut down from swinging after a setback on July 6. Once Muncy starts doing more baseball activities, he's then going to need a lengthy minor-league rehab assignment before the Dodgers reinstate him from the IL. The Dodgers probably aren't going to have much competition for the National League West down the stretch, so the main priority for the Blue will be having Muncy healthy for the postseason.
1 hour ago   
Jackson Holliday  • 2B  •  Orioles

Jackson Holliday Beginning To Start Playing In The Field

Baltimore Orioles second base/shortstop prospect Jackson Holliday (elbow) is set to begin playing partial games in the field over the next several days, according to Jake Rill of MLB.com. This is part of his scheduled rehab progression, as he recently recovered from elbow inflammation. Holliday was activated off the injured list on June 25 but has strictly been serving as the designated hitter in the minors. The top prospect in baseball got a small taste of the major leagues earlier this season but struggled through his 10-game stint. Since July 1, the 20-year-old has been swinging a hot bat at Triple-A Norfolk with a .297/.469/.541 slash line and is on the verge of returning to the big leagues.
1 hour ago   
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.
1 hour ago   
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.
1 hour ago   
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.
1 hour ago   
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.
1 hour ago   
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.
2 hours ago   
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).
2 hours ago   
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.
2 hours ago   
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.
2 hours ago   
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.
2 hours ago   
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 JustBaseball.com. 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.
2 hours ago   
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.
2 hours ago   
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.
2 hours ago   
LEGEND