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  • Logan Morrison MIL 1B
    Brewers' Logan Morrison: Designated for assignment
    3m ago

    Morrison was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Monday.

    Morrison started six of the Brewers' first 13 games but failed to distinguish himself, hitting .120/.214/.280 over 28 plate appearances. He's unlikely to be a particularly appealing candidate on the waiver wire, as he's a 32-year-old first baseman who owns a .183/.271/.365 slash line over the last three seasons. Luis Urias (illness) was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move.

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  • Christin Stewart DET LF
    Tigers' Christin Stewart: Not in Monday's lineup
    6m ago

    Stewart isn't starting Monday against the White Sox.

    Stewart will take a seat for the second time in the past three games after going hitless against the Pirates on Sunday. Victor Reyes will slide to left field with Travis Demeritte starting in right field.

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  • Luis Urias MIL 2B
    Brewers' Luis Urias: Activated from injured list
    7m ago

    Urias (illness) was activated from the injured list Monday.

    Urias is finally ready for his Brewers debut after a positive COVID-19 test wiped out his entire summer camp and sent him to the injured list to open the season. While the 23-year-old likely has more talent than any Brewers infielder not named Keston Hiura, there's no guarantee he handles a heavy workload right away. Despite his prospect pedigree, he failed to distinguish himself in 83 games for the Padres over the last two seasons, hitting .221/.318/.331 with just six homers and one steal.

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  • JaCoby Jones DET CF
    Tigers' JaCoby Jones: Starting in series opener
    8m ago

    Jones (abdomen) is in the lineup Monday against the White Sox.

    Jones was removed in the third inning of Sunday's contest with an abdominal issue that he's apparently dealt with for a week. However, manager Ron Gardenhire said that Jones came in Monday feeling fine, and he felt comfortable placing him in the lineup for the series opener against the White Sox. The 28-year-old carries a 1.139 OPS with four home runs and 12 RBI over 12 games this season.

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  • Trevor Richards TB RP
    Rays' Trevor Richards: Candidate for spot starts
    10m ago

    Richards is a candidate for spot starts while Yonny Chirinos (triceps) and Charlie Morton (shoulder) are on the injured list, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

    Richards already stepped in for Morton on Sunday after the latter was forced from the game with the shoulder issue that would ultimately land him on the injured list. The 27-year-old right-hander logged 23 starts last season with the Marlins and Rays, which was preceded by a 25-start rookie 2018 campaign in Miami. Therefore, there's no doubt Richards' arm could be built up to potentially handle a conventional six- or seven-inning workload, but with manager Kevin Cash also having versatile multi-inning options such as Jalen Beeks and Anthony Banda (taxi squad) on hand, he could simply opt to deploy any two out of that trio to handle the bulk of innings in a given game.

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  • James Norwood CHC RP
    Cubs' James Norwood: Throws bullpen session
    13m ago

    Norwood (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Norwood has already spent the required 10 days on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation, so he's eligible to return ahead of Tuesday's game in Cleveland. Whether or not he's expected to do so is not yet clear.

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  • Mitch Garver MIN C
    Twins' Mitch Garver: Remains out Monday
    43m ago

    Garver isn't in the lineup Monday against the Brewers.

    Garver's bat has been cold to begin the season, and he'll take a seat for the second consecutive game Monday. Alex Avila will start at catcher once again, batting ninth.

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  • Francisco Mejia SD C
    Padres' Francisco Mejia: Belts first homer
    2h ago

    Mejia went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's victory over Arizona.

    Mejia was one of five Padres to go deep in the victory, staking the team to a nine-run lead with a two-run shot in the third inning. The long ball was a much-needed sign of life from the backstop position for San Diego -- Mejia is slashing .103/.188/.241 through 29 plate appearances this season while Austin Hedges is at .091/.091/.182.

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  • Austin Allen OAK C
    Athletics' Austin Allen: Ejected from Sunday's game
    14h ago

    Allen went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before being ejected from Sunday's game against the Astros.

    After the dust settled on a benches-clearing scuffle in the seventh inning, Allen and Ramon Laureano were ejected. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle noted that Allen "looked like he was mixing it up pretty good in a second scrum." Manager Bob Melvin told Brian McTaggart and Martin Gallegos of MLB.com that he expects some suspensions given the violation of protocols.

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  • James McCann CHW C
    White Sox's James McCann: Three-hit effort in loss
    15h ago

    McCann went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI single in Sunday's 5-4 extra-inning loss to Cleveland.

    McCann went yard in the sixth inning off Cleveland starter Shane Bieber. In the 10th inning, McCann got the White Sox within a run with an RBI single before he was replaced by pinch runner Ryan Goins. The 30-year-old McCann has done well in limited time this year, slashing .360/.407/.720 with three homers, five RBI and five runs scored across 27 plate appearances.

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  • Jeff Mathis TEX C
    Rangers' Jeff Mathis: Steals rare bag Sunday
    18h ago

    Mathis went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Angels.

    The stolen base was just Mathis' 12th in 925 career MLB games. He made his fourth start in 14 games, as Robinson Chirinos was given a routine day off. The 37-year-old backstop is 3-for-9 with a triple and an RBI.

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  • Carson Kelly ARI C
    Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly: Returns to lineup
    19h ago

    Kelly went 0-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's 9-5 loss to San Diego. He also pitched the final inning.

    Kelly, stuck in an early slump, returned to the lineup Sunday after he was given two games off to clear his head, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Arizona's starting catcher is hitless over the last 12 at-bats and 5-for-29 (.172) to start the season.

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  • Logan Morrison MIL 1B
    Brewers' Logan Morrison: Designated for assignment
    3m ago

    Morrison was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Monday.

    Morrison started six of the Brewers' first 13 games but failed to distinguish himself, hitting .120/.214/.280 over 28 plate appearances. He's unlikely to be a particularly appealing candidate on the waiver wire, as he's a 32-year-old first baseman who owns a .183/.271/.365 slash line over the last three seasons. Luis Urias (illness) was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move.

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  • Patrick Wisdom SEA 1B
    Mariners' Patrick Wisdom: Removed from 40-man roster
    15m ago

    Wisdom was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Monday.

    Wisdom began the season at the Mariners' alternate training site, but he'll lose his spot on the 40-man roster to make room for right-hander Brady Lail, who was claimed off waivers by Seattle on Monday. Wisdom has been effective in the minors but carries a .224/.306/.408 slash line with four home runs, 11 RBI and 34 strikeouts over 41 major-league games with the Cardinals and Rangers.

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  • Miguel Sano MIN 1B
    Twins' Miguel Sano: Not in lineup Monday
    1h ago

    Sano isn't starting Monday against the Brewers.

    Sano went 0-for-11 with a walk and six strikeouts over the past three games, and he'll take a seat for the series opener against Milwaukee. Marwin Gonzalez is taking over at first base Monday, batting fifth.

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  • Matt Olson OAK 1B
    Athletics' Matt Olson: Belts three-run homer
    1h ago

    Olson went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in a win over the Astros on Sunday.

    Olson's 418-foot shot to center field in the third inning staked the Athletics to a 4-0 lead. The slugger had entered the game in a brief 1-for-12 slump over the prior three contests, although his one hit during that span had also left the yard. Olson now has four of his five home runs on the season in August, although with only one other hit during the month, his average sits at an unsightly .156 since the calendar flipped.

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  • Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B
    Phillies' Rhys Hoskins: Counting stats lacking early on
    2h ago

    Hoskins started in both ends of Sunday's doubleheader with the Braves, going a collective 2-for-4 with a double and two walks.

    Hoskins has batted second and has started at first base in every game this season, and he'll do so again in Monday's series finale. In an abbreviated season, that sort of lineup stability would seem to be valuable, but Hoskins hasn't paid off for those who invested in him in fantasy. The 27-year-old has produced only two extra-base hits (both doubles) while collecting four runs and one RBI over his 42 plate appearances.

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  • Ty France SD 1B
    Padres' Ty France: Knocks first homer
    2h ago

    France went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs in a win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    France got the start at first base and joined the Padres' homer-fest Sunday, drilling one of the team's six long balls on the day. The hit was France's first since July 30, and his playing time has waned In August as he has appeared in only four contests thus far. On the season, the 26-year-old is slashing .250/.280/.417 with three RBI and five runs.

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  • Luis Urias MIL 2B
    Brewers' Luis Urias: Activated from injured list
    7m ago

    Urias (illness) was activated from the injured list Monday.

    Urias is finally ready for his Brewers debut after a positive COVID-19 test wiped out his entire summer camp and sent him to the injured list to open the season. While the 23-year-old likely has more talent than any Brewers infielder not named Keston Hiura, there's no guarantee he handles a heavy workload right away. Despite his prospect pedigree, he failed to distinguish himself in 83 games for the Padres over the last two seasons, hitting .221/.318/.331 with just six homers and one steal.

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  • Tommy La Stella LAA 2B
    Angels' Tommy La Stella: Goes deep Sunday
    3h ago

    La Stella went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk in a 7-3 loss to Texas on Sunday.

    La Stella provided one of the few offensive highlights for the Angels on the day, crushing a 430-foot homer to center field in the fifth inning to plate the team's first two runs. The long ball was the first of the season of La Stella, who is slashing .268/.400/.439 with four doubles and eight walks.

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  • Derek Dietrich CIN 2B
    Rangers' Derek Dietrich: Joins Rangers on minors deal
    3h ago

    Dietrich signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on MOnday.

    Dietrich's lopsided .187/.328/.462 slash line last season was good for a respectable 102 wRC+, but had a tough time cracking a roster this year, as he's already been released by the Reds and Cubs within the past month. He could perhaps have better luck with the Rangers, though he'll have to prove himself at the team's alternate training site first before earning his next big-league opportunity.

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  • Thairo Estrada NYY 2B
    Yankees' Thairo Estrada: Sent back to alternate site
    5h ago

    The Yankees optioned Estrada to their alternate training site Monday.

    Estrada has now been optioned to the Yankees' alternate site for the third time in five days. The 24-year-old utility man likely won't be in line for a long-term stay on the active roster in 2020 unless the Yankees are without one of DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres or Tyler Wade for an extended period.

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  • Keston Hiura MIL 2B
    Brewers' Keston Hiura: Three hits, homer in finale
    16h ago

    Hiura went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Reds.

    Hiura singled in a run during the Brewers' six-run sixth inning, and then went back-to-back with Christian Yelich an inning later. The second baseman raised his OPS more than 100 points with this one performance (from .658 to .764) after chipping in his second stolen base Saturday.

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  • Andres Gimenez NYM 2B
    Mets' Andres Gimenez: Scores three times in win
    18h ago

    Gimenez went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs and one stolen base in Sunday's win against the Marlins.

    Gimenez has now started five of the last six games while helping to fill in for Robinson Cano (groin), but Sunday's performance was his most productive of his young major-league career as he scored three of the Mets' four runs. The 21-year-old is hitting .333 with two extra-base hits, five runs and three stolen bases over 14 games this season.

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  • Matt Chapman OAK 3B
    Athletics' Matt Chapman: Goes yard again
    1h ago

    Chapman went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a solo home run in a win over the Astros on Sunday.

    Chapman has been busy making up for lost time after opening up August in a 4-for-26 funk. He subsequently went 6-for-14 with two doubles, two homers, four RBI and three runs in the three-game weekend set against the Astros, boosting his average 50 points to .246 in the process. A key has been simply making more consistent contact, as Chapman struck out on only three occasions against Houston after whiffing 10 times over the first six contests of the month.

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  • Maikel Franco KC 3B
    Royals' Maikel Franco: Goes deep in victory
    19h ago

    Franco went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Twins.

    Franco took Jose Berrios deep in the sixth inning, his fourth long ball of the season. He's now riding a modest six-game hitting streak, collecting two home runs, four RBI and six runs scored in that span. Overall, he's hitting .258/.265/.545 across 68 plate appearances for the season.

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  • Manny Machado SD 3B
    Padres' Manny Machado: Clocks two homers
    20h ago

    Machado went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in Sunday's 9-5 win over Arizona.

    Machado was all over Arizona starter Madison Bumgarner on Sunday, taking him deep in the first and second innings. The 28-year-old third baseman is slashing .213/.314/.443 with 11 runs scored in 70 plate appearances.

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  • Rafael Devers BOS 3B
    Red Sox's Rafael Devers: Slugs second homer
    21h ago

    Devers went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Blue Jays.

    Devers had plenty of opportunity for production, coming to bat with runners on first and third and one out in the third inning, but he failed to produce. He made up for that in his next at-bat, driving a Matt Shoemaker offering out to the deepest part of Fenway Park for his second home run of the season. Production hasn't come easily to Devers through 62 plate appearances, as he's hitting just .175/.252/.351. The lack of success has lead to Devers expanding the zone. The young third baseman has a 42.4 chase percentage, per Statcast.

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  • Wilmer Flores SF 3B
    Giants' Wilmer Flores: Back on bench
    1d ago

    Flores is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Flores was included in the lineup in each of the team's last four games, but the Giants faced three lefty starters during that stretch. As a result, Flores should still be viewed as a short-side platoon player at this stage, relegating his usefulness mostly to NL-only leagues.

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  • Hunter Dozier KC 3B
    Royals' Hunter Dozier: Starting at first base in return
    1d ago

    Dozier, who was activated from the COVID-19 injured list earlier Sunday, will start at first base and bat cleanup in the Royals' series finale versus the Twins.

    Unsurprisingly, the Royals will waste no time returning Dozier to a prominent spot in the lineup as he steps in for his 2020 debut. While he'll be filling in for Ryan O'Hearn (shin) at first base Sunday, Dozier is expected to see the bulk of his action in right field, which will free up slugger Jorge Soler to serve as the Royals' everyday designated hitter.

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  • Nick Ahmed ARI SS
    Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed: Slugs second home run
    19h ago

    Ahmed went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Sunday's 9-5 loss to the Padres.

    Ahmed slugged his second long ball of the season in the ninth inning, but the game was well out of hand by then. His hard contact rate is down and groundball rate is up, but the shortstop continues to dig out of an early-season slump. Ahmed's 5-for-20 over the last six games after batting .065 over the first 10 contests.

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  • Fernando Tatis SD SS
    Padres' Fernando Tatis: Launches eighth homer
    20h ago

    Tatis went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 9-5 win over Arizona.

    With his two-run blast in the second inning, Tatis has tied Aaron Judge for the league lead with eight long balls in 2020. The 21-year-old phenom owns a stellar .333/.417/.810 with 18 RBI and 15 runs scored across 72 plate appearances.

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  • Bo Bichette TOR SS
    Blue Jays' Bo Bichette: Swats second homer
    21h ago

    Bichette went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Red Sox.

    Bichette took Nathan Eovaldi deep in the sixth inning for his second home run of the season. He's been on a power surge of late, collecting two home runs and two doubles in his past four contests. Overall, he's hitting.289/.304/.511 across 46 plate appearances.

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  • Tim Anderson CHW SS
    White Sox's Tim Anderson: Traveling for road trip
    23h ago

    Anderson (groin) will travel with the team to Detroit for the upcoming road trip, which begins Monday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.

    The team hasn't provided a specific date for his return from the injured list, but it appears the 27-year-old could be activated when first eligible Tuesday. Anderson will reclaim the leadoff spot upon his return despite the impressive performance of Luis Robert in his place. Anderson was 10-for-30 with a home run, four doubles and seven runs before going down with the injury.

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  • Adeiny Hechavarria ATL SS
    Braves' Adeiny Hechavarria: Out of Game 2 lineup
    23h ago

    Hechavarria is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Hechavarria received the start in Game 1 and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, but he should continue to see regular time at second base while Ozzie Albies (wrist) remains sidelined. Johan Camargo will operate at the keystone in Game 2 for Atlanta.

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  • Mauricio Dubon SF SS
    Giants' Mauricio Dubon: Sitting after three straight starts
    1d ago

    Dubon is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Dubon cracked the lineup in each of the team's last three games, but since the Giants faced left-handed starters in all of those contests, the 26-year-old looks to be stuck in a short-side platoon role. As one of the younger players on the 30-man roster, Dubon should see his playing time increase as the season wears on, assuming the 7-9 Giants fade from the playoff picture.

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  • Christin Stewart DET LF
    Tigers' Christin Stewart: Not in Monday's lineup
    6m ago

    Stewart isn't starting Monday against the White Sox.

    Stewart will take a seat for the second time in the past three games after going hitless against the Pirates on Sunday. Victor Reyes will slide to left field with Travis Demeritte starting in right field.

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  • JaCoby Jones DET CF
    Tigers' JaCoby Jones: Starting in series opener
    8m ago

    Jones (abdomen) is in the lineup Monday against the White Sox.

    Jones was removed in the third inning of Sunday's contest with an abdominal issue that he's apparently dealt with for a week. However, manager Ron Gardenhire said that Jones came in Monday feeling fine, and he felt comfortable placing him in the lineup for the series opener against the White Sox. The 28-year-old carries a 1.139 OPS with four home runs and 12 RBI over 12 games this season.

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  • Jake Marisnick NYM CF
    Mets' Jake Marisnick: Cleared for live at-bats
    21m ago

    Mets manager Luis Rojas said Sunday that Marisnick (hamstring) has resumed taking live at-bats at the Mets' alternate training site, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.

    Marisnick appears to be making good progress in his recovery from the hamstring strain that shelved him in late July, but the Mets haven't pinpointed a target date for his return from the injured list. Once he's reinstated, Marisnick will likely overtake Billy Hamilton as the team's top reserve outfielder.

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  • Tim Lopes SEA RF
    Mariners' Tim Lopes: Garners first RBI of August
    1h ago

    Lopes went 1-for-3 with an RBI single, a stolen base and a run in a win over the Rockies on Sunday.

    Lopes has been unable to get going with the bat in August after entering the month with a .308 average, but he's now hit safely in two of the last three games. The 26-year-old utility asset has played five games apiece in each corner outfield spot thus far, and Sunday's production brought his season slash to .238/.273/.381 (44 plate appearances).

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  • Luis Robert CHW CF
    White Sox's Luis Robert: Not starting Monday
    1h ago

    Robert isn't in the lineup Monday against the Tigers.

    Robert dropped to the seven-hole during the past two games, and he'll get a breather for the series opener against Detroit. Adam Engel is starting in center field and batting ninth.

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  • Aaron Whitefield MIN CF
    Twins' Aaron Whitefield: Dropped from 40-man roster
    1h ago

    The Twins outrighted Whitefield off the 40-man roster Monday and assigned him to their alternate training site, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

    A surprise addition to the Twins' season-opening 30-man active roster, Whitefield appeared in three games before he was optioned last week. The Twins quietly designated him for assignment days later, and the 23-year-old will now stick in the organization after he went unclaimed off waivers. He'll maintain a spot in the Twins' 60-man player pool, but he'll need to be added back to the 40-man roster in order to play in games with the big club.

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  • Marcus Stroman NYM SP
    Mets' Marcus Stroman: Opts out of season
    23m ago

    Stroman (calf) elected to opt out of the season Monday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

    Stroman had been working his way back from a strained calf, but he evidently changed his plans and won't be returning until next season. He called his opt out a "collective family decision," per Tim Healey of Newsday, related purely to the COVID-19 pandemic. His calf is reportedly fully healthy, but he'll still enter free agency having spent an entire year without pitching in a game, which could certainly suppress his value on the open market. The Mets will place Stroman on the restricted list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

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  • Jose Quintana CHC SP
    Cubs' Jose Quintana: Set for sim game
    28m ago

    Quintana (thumb) will throw three innings in a simulated game Tuesday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.

    The southpaw continues to work his way back from thumb surgery. He threw 35 pitches in a simulated game Thursday and should throw roughly 50 on Tuesday. He appears to be preparing to handle a starter's workload, though the Cubs haven't ruled out using him in a relief role, which could potentially see him back in action soon but which would almost certainly hurt his fantasy value.

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  • Vince Velasquez PHI SP
    Phillies' Vince Velasquez: Could be used in piggyback role
    1h ago

    Velasquez and Spencer Howard are both preparing to start Friday's game against the Mets, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Both pitchers are in line to start Friday after each starting one half of Sunday's doubleheader against Atlanta. The Phillies appear to be leaning towards Velasquez getting the nod, though a piggyback role appears possible. The Phillies will need a six-man rotation at times down the stretch, as they're expected to play quite a few doubleheaders to make up for their lost week of games early in the season. Piggybacking the pair would keep both pitchers stretched out.

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  • Logan Webb SF SP
    Giants' Logan Webb: In line for two step
    3h ago

    Webb will start the Giants' series opener in Houston on Monday, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    After Jeff Samardzija (shoulder) and Drew Smyly (finger) moved to the injured list last week, Webb gained some added security in the rotation now that the Giants' starting pitching depth is being tested. The right-hander has posted a 2.13 ERA through his first three outings, but his lackluster peripherals (8.9 K-BB%, 4.08 FIP) suggests some regression could be headed his way. He'll at least have the opportunity to provide fantasy managers in weekly leagues with more value than usual, as Webb tentatively lines up for two starts this week. After Monday's outing, Webb will be on tap for a home start against the Athletics on Saturday or Sunday.

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  • Garrett Richards SD SP
    Padres' Garrett Richards: In line to start Tuesday
    4h ago

    Richards will make his next start Tuesday against the Dodgers, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.

    Richards was initially lined up to start Monday's series opener on his normal four days' rest, but Padres manager Jayce Tingler opted to give the right-hander an extra day of recovery. Luis Perdomo will move from the bullpen and make Monday's start, but the change won't dramatically alter Richards' fantasy outlook. The 32-year-old will still line up for a two-start week, with his second turn coming Sunday in Arizona.

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  • Charlie Morton TB SP
    Rays' Charlie Morton: Shifts to 10-day IL
    4h ago

    The Rays placed Morton (shoulder) on the 10-day injured list Monday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

    Though Morton suggested after exiting his start Sunday against the Yankees that his inflamed right shoulder wasn't much of a concern, the Rays evidently felt the 36-year-old could benefit from at least a week and a half of rest. A clearer target date for Morton's return should emerge once he's allowed to resume throwing, but until then, the Rays will need to add a new member to their rotation. Trevor Richards covered four innings in long relief after Morton's early departure and seemingly represents the most logical option to take the bump when the Rays require a new fifth starter Saturday against the Blue Jays in Buffalo.

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  • Trevor Richards TB RP
    Rays' Trevor Richards: Candidate for spot starts
    10m ago

    Richards is a candidate for spot starts while Yonny Chirinos (triceps) and Charlie Morton (shoulder) are on the injured list, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

    Richards already stepped in for Morton on Sunday after the latter was forced from the game with the shoulder issue that would ultimately land him on the injured list. The 27-year-old right-hander logged 23 starts last season with the Marlins and Rays, which was preceded by a 25-start rookie 2018 campaign in Miami. Therefore, there's no doubt Richards' arm could be built up to potentially handle a conventional six- or seven-inning workload, but with manager Kevin Cash also having versatile multi-inning options such as Jalen Beeks and Anthony Banda (taxi squad) on hand, he could simply opt to deploy any two out of that trio to handle the bulk of innings in a given game.

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  • James Norwood CHC RP
    Cubs' James Norwood: Throws bullpen session
    13m ago

    Norwood (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Norwood has already spent the required 10 days on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation, so he's eligible to return ahead of Tuesday's game in Cleveland. Whether or not he's expected to do so is not yet clear.

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  • Jalen Beeks TB RP
    Rays' Jalen Beeks: Could be called on for starts
    19m ago

    Beeks is a candidate to potentially log some spot starts while Yonny Chirinos (triceps) and Charlie Morton (shoulder) are on the injured list, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

    Beeks is a natural candidate to help hold down the fort while the two starters are sidelined, considering he's capable of handling multiple innings without issue and logged three starts for the Rays last season among his 33 appearances. While Beeks isn't likely built up for a six- or seven-inning workload, it's easy to envision manager Kevin Cash piecing together a Beeks-Trevor Richards tandem, for example, to cover the majority of innings in a given game. The left-hander has already made six appearances this season, all in relief, posting an elevated 5.06 ERA that he's partly offset with an excellent 18:3 K:BB over 10.2 innings.

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  • Brad Wieck CHC RP
    Cubs' Brad Wieck: Set for bullpen session
    19m ago

    Wieck (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Wieck made just a single appearance this season before hitting the injured list with a strained right hamstring in late July. While he's reportedly progressing well, his target return date remains unclear.

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  • Anthony Banda TB RP
    Rays' Anthony Banda: Chance for activation?
    28m ago

    Banda, who is on the taxi squad for the Rays' 10-game road trip that begins Monday at Fenway Park, has a chance to be activated at some point during that span in the wake of the Rays being down two starters, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

    Manager Kevin Cash is now missing both Yonny Chirinos (triceps) and Charlie Morton (shoulder) from his rotation following the latter's placement on the 10-day injured list Monday, so Toribio speculates several arms capable of pitching multiple innings may be asked to step up. Banda qualifies as such, considering he started eight games at the minor-league level last season alone and has logged five major-league starts with the Diamondbacks and Rays as well. The left-hander wouldn't necessarily be called on to operate as a conventional starter, but a scenario where he piggybacks off another pitcher such as Jalen Beeks and Trevor Richards is conceivable.

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  • Gregory Soto DET RP
    Tigers' Gregory Soto: Stellar results early on
    34m ago

    Soto has made seven scoreless appearances out of the Detroit bullpen this season, striking out 10 over 7.2 innings while allowing one hit and one walk.

    The Tigers still viewed Soto as a potential starter last season, but after he found success in the bullpen in the second half of 2019, the lefty was converted to relief on a full-time basis. He has enjoyed a nice uptick in velocity with the move to the bullpen and has emerged as the Tigers' most electric late-inning arm, allowing him to rise up the depth chart quickly. With Buck Farmer (groin) moving to the injured list Monday, Soto will likely be the next man up for saves in the event struggling closer Joe Jimenez misses time or gets removed from the role.

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    White Sox's Edwin Encarnacion: Remains out Monday
    1h ago

    Encarnacion (shoulder) isn't in the lineup Monday against the Tigers.

    Encarnacion was cleared to take dry swings Friday, but he'll be on the bench for the sixth consecutive game. Yasmani Grandal will serve as the designated hitter Monday with James McCann starting behind the plate.

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  • Phil Gosselin PHI DH
    Phillies' Phil Gosselin: Gets look in leadoff spot
    1h ago

    Gosselin will serve as the Phillies' designated hitter and leadoff man in Monday's game against the Braves.

    Gosselin has typically worked as a short-side platoon partner at DH with Jay Bruce this season, but there will be room for both players in the lineup against Braves southpaw Sean Newcomb with outfielder Andrew McCutchen getting a day off. McCutchen's absence will open up the leadoff spot for Gosselin, though the 31-year-old should bat in the bottom half of the lineup more often than not in any future starts he receives.

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  • Jesse Winker CIN DH
    Reds' Jesse Winker: Connects for first home run
    15h ago

    Winker went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Brewers.

    Batting fifth as the DH, Winker drove in two runs on a single in the first inning and followed up with his first long ball in the fourth. Winker started against opposing lefties on Friday and Saturday (Eric Lauer and Brett Anderson), something he did on only seven occasions last season. He's one of the few Reds batting above .240 and should at least remain a fixture against right-handed pitching.

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  • Aledmys Diaz HOU DH
    Astros' Aledmys Diaz: Making progress
    18h ago

    Diaz (groin) participated in a batting session and executed agility work Sunday at the Astros alternate training facility in Corpus Christi, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

    There hasn't been much news about Diaz after he was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained groin the second day of the season. He's one of a few roster regulars the Astros are missing. Yordan Alvarez (undisclosed) and George Springer (wrist) are also working back from injury.

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  • Shohei Ohtani LAA DH
    Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Reaches base three times
    20h ago

    Ohtani went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a walk in Sunday's 7-3 loss to Texas.

    Ohtani led off the sixth inning with a double and later came around to score. For the season, five of his seven hits have gone for extra bases. The 26-year-old owns a .171/.227/.439 slash line in 44 plate appearances.

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  • Giancarlo Stanton NYY DH
    Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton: MRI set for Monday
    22h ago

    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Stanton (hamstring) would undergo an MRI on Monday in New York City, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.

    Even though the Yankees haven't determined the full extent of the injury Stanton suffered in the second half of Saturday's doubleheader with the Rays, Boone acknowledged that the hamstring issue was significant enough to sideline the slugger for at least the next week, which explains the club's decision to move him to the injured list Sunday. The Yankees slotted Mike Ford in as the designated hitter for the series finale with the Rays, but expect a number of players to cycle in at that spot while Stanton is sidelined.

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