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Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Matt Magill (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday and will miss the remainder of the 2020 MLB season as a result. Magill came into the season as a closer option in a crowded (but not very good) Seattle bullpen, and he tossed nine scoreless innings mixed with a pair of poor performances that drove his ERA up to 6.10 for the season. Magill is still arbitration-eligible and will return to the Mariners next season (barring a trade), and the 30-year-old should be in the mix for a sizable role in the Seattle bullpen with his recovery likely to have him ready for the beginning of spring training.
Seattle Mariners right-handed pitcher Ljay Newsome has thrown just 1 frames since Aug. 27. With that in mind, manager Scott Servais is eyeing around 70-75 pitches or 4-5 innings for Newsome during his start against the Giants on Wednesday. That cap likely zaps any DFS or season-long intrigue that fantasy managers may have had in the rookie who has allowed just three runs over his first 8 career innings. It doesnt appear as if Newsome will have much time to get stretched out over the final week-plus of the year, making him an avoidable fantasy commodity.
Seattle Mariners infielder J.P. Crawford has been reinstated from the bereavement list and fellow infielder Donovan Walton was optioned to the team's alternate site in a corresponding move. Crawford was placed on the bereavement list prior to Friday's game last week. He should be back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the San Francisco Giants. Crawford is slashing .239/.339/.342 with two home runs, 15 RBI, 27 runs and five stolen bases over 41 games this year. At this point, he's only worth monitoring in the deepest fantasy leagues for the season's final stretch.
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went 1-for-4 in Monday's win over the Athletics. Seager had been struggling recently going hitless in his last five games. The batting average has dropped to .253 in that span as well. This season has been tough for fantasy owners because while Seager had been a top-level third baseman for most of it, it is still such a small sample size when compared to a regular 162-game season. Seager probably isn't as good as he was earlier in the year, but he's also not this bad and will probably regress to somewhere in the middle. He is still a decent third base option moving forward.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis went 1-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and a walk in Monday's win over the Athletics. Lewis had been hitless in his last four games and has seen his batting average drop to .293. Lewis has also seen his strikeout rate start to creep back up with 12 strikeouts in his last nine games. While the home runs are nice, the lack of other extra-base hits and the high strikeout rate make him a decent outfielder in roto leagues and a mid-level outfielder in points leagues.