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San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove proved himself mortal on Thursday by allowing a season-high six earned runs in his club's 6-2 loss to the Phillies. The right-hander cruised through the first five innings by retiring 12 consecutive batters at one point, but was ultimately undone by a Kyle Schwarber two-run homer and a J.T. Realmuto three-run shot in the sixth inning. It was the first time all year that Musgrove allowed more than two earned runs in a start as he finished the contest with seven hits allowed and a 1/1 K/BB through six complete frames. The 29-year-old still owns an outstanding 2.12 ERA and 0.95 WHIP as he'll look to bounce back in a matchup versus the rival Dodgers on the road next week.
The San Diego Padres officially activated pitcher Joe Musgrove from the COVID-19 injured list ahead of Thursday's start against the Philadelphia Phillies. He cleared protocols after landing on the COVID-19 list last Thursday and will start against the Phillies. Fantasy managers should continue to roll with Musgrove in Thursday's slate as the right-hander has allowed just three runs over his last 34 innings. Overall, the 29-year-old has been terrific this season, posting an 8-0 record along with a 1.59 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and an 81:17 K: BB across 79 innings in 2022.
San Diego Padres designated hitter Luke Voit (hamstring) is dealing with a sore hamstring and will sit out on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies as a precaution, according to skipper Bob Melvin. It will be Voit's first day off since May 24, but it sounds like he'll be back in there on Friday. The 31-year-old slugger has a lot of swing and miss in his game, so he probably won't ever help with a high batting average in fantasy. He's hitting .236/.326/.436 with nine home runs, 32 RBI, 27 runs scored and one stolen base in 52 games as the Friars' primary DH. Catcher Jorge Alfaro will serve as the DH and bat cleanup on Thursday against Phillies left-hander Ranger Suarez. Alfaro is swinging a hot bat in the last two weeks, going 12-for-35 (.343) with three home runs and six RBI, so fantasy managers might want to continue riding him.
San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado (ankle) remains out of the starting lineup on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Machado will miss his fourth straight game after spraining his left ankle on Sunday. The Padres have been optimistic that the 29-year-old superstar won't go on the injured list, fantasy managers have to wonder if will actually happen with each passing day that he's not back in the lineup. Machado is firmly in the mix for National League MVP in the first half of the season, as he's hit .328/.400/.545 with a .945 OPS, 12 home runs, 46 RBI, 48 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 66 games. Sergio Alcantara will play the hot corner and bat ninth on Thursday against Phillies left-hander Ranger Suarez. Alcantara has just 14 hits and one long ball in 84 at-bats this year and is a DFS option to avoid.
San Diego Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth is not in the starting lineup on Thursday against Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Ranger Suarez. It's just the second day off of the season for Cronenworth, who has been red-hot in the month of June with a .337/.436/.593 slash line, a 1.029 OPS, four home runs, 22 RBI, 20 runs scored and a stolen base in 22 games. It has raised his season line to .250/.341/.408 with seven home runs, 41 RBI, 45 runs scored and one stolen base in 317 plate appearances. C.J. Abrams will play second base and hit eighth on Thursday for the Friars against Suarez. Those looking for a deep sleeper in DFS should look elsewhere, as Abrams has looked overmatched at the plate so far in the big leagues with just 12 hits and one home run in his first 65 at-bats.