Wandy Peralta Dealing With Triceps Injury: New York Yankees relief pitcher Wandy Peralta (triceps) is dealing with some "tricep stuff," according to manager Aaron Boone. Peralta hasn't pitched in almost a week and could be in danger of missing the remainder of the 2023 regular season. If this is the end of the line for the 32-year-old Dominican southpaw, he will finish the year with a 4-2 record, a solid 2.83 ERA (5.05 FIP), 1.22 WHIP, four saves, 30 walks and 51 strikeouts in 54 relief innings over 63 appearances out of the bullpen for the Yankees. Peralta has been pretty fortunate to have an ERA under 3.00 on the year with a bloated 13.2 percent walk rate, his highest walk rate since 2018 when he was with the Cincinnati Reds. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 23:33:41
Luke Raley Going For MRI On His Arm: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Luke Raley (arm) said his left arm felt numb and had no strength on his last swing in Wednesday's loss to the Los Angeles Angles during a pinch-hitting appearance in the seventh inning, and he'll head for an MRI exam on Thursday morning. Before his appearance on Wednesday, Raley hadn't played in a game since Saturday when he collided with a staff member during batting practice before the game. Depending on the results of his MRI exam, this could be an injury that sends the 29-year-old outfielder to the injured list to close out the 2023 regular season. Until then, though, consider him day-to-day. Raley has had a breakout season in his third year in the big leagues, hitting .250/.334/.492 with an .826 OPS, 19 homers, 49 RBI, 14 stolen bases and 56 runs scored in 117 games. The Rays at least hope they can use the left-handed power/speed threat for the postseason. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 23:28:07
Julio Rodriguez Going For X-Rays After Hit By Pitch: Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (hand) is undergoing precautionary X-rays on Wednesday after getting hit by a pitch on his left hand in the game against the Oakland Athletics. Rodriguez was hit in the hand in the third inning but stayed in for the entire game, so it doesn't seem to be an injury that will keep the 22-year-old All-Star out for an extended period of time. In the 6-3 victory, J-Rod went 1-for-4 with his 31st home run of the year (a solo shot), the hit by pitch and two strikeouts. We'll keep an eye on his X-ray results, but with an off day coming on Thursday, he could be right back in the lineup for the start of a big series on Friday against the division-rival Texas Rangers. Rodriguez is now only the third player in franchise history with a 100-RBI season by the age of 22. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 23:20:09
Byron Buxton To Start Rehab Assignment Thursday: Minnesota Twins outfielder/designated hitter Byron Buxton (knee) will start a minor-league rehab assignment and serve as the DH for Triple-A St. Paul on Thursday. St. Paul's season comes to an end this Sunday, so Buxton will have a limited amount of time to play in rehab games through this weekend before the Twins consider activating him from the injured list for the stretch run. The 29-year-old initially was rehabbing a strained hamstring when he hurt his knee on Sept. 1 and has his rehab assignment shut down. Buxton could make his way back to the Twins before the end of the regular season, and they hope he'll also be a factor for them in the postseason. He has yet to play the outfield in the big leagues in 2023 and is barely hitting over .200 with 17 homers, 42 RBI and nine steals in 304 at-bats this year. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 23:12:48
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Undergoes MRI Exam: Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) underwent an MRI exam on his right knee on Wednesday after he was scratched from the starting lineup in the Bronx against the New York Yankees. The Blue Jays will know more on his status on Thursday. It's something that has been bothering Guerrero for a bit now, but it's terrible timing for it to flare up with the Blue Jays fighting to hang onto a wild-card spot in the American League down the stretch. Until we know more, fantasy managers should consider the 24-year-old slugger to be day-to-day, but don't be shocked if he's not in Thursday's series finale against the Yanks. The three-time All-Star is having an underwhelming season by his standards by hitting .264/.342/.440 with 24 home runs, 90 RBI, five stolen bases and 71 runs in 147 games in 2023. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 23:07:34
Willson Contreras Leaves Early With Wrist Discomfort: St. Louis Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras (wrist) left Wednesday's game early against the Milwaukee Brewers with left-wrist discomfort. Contreras had an atypical bandage on his wrist in the clubhouse before the game even started, so it has been bothering him for a while. Before he was removed from the game, Contreras went hitless in his two at-bats with a walk to drop his season average to .264. With an off day coming on Thursday, perhaps the veteran backstop will feel good enough to play on Friday for the start of a series in San Diego against the Padres. However, with the Cards officially eliminated from playoff contention, don't expect the team to be in a rush to bring him back. Andrew Knizner should draw starts behind the plate if Contreras misses any more time going into the weekend. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 23:01:22
Michael King Again Brilliant In Yankees Loss: New York Yankees pitcher Michael King made another terrific start Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. This was by far King's best start since transitioning from the bullpen late last month. The righty went seven innings and struck out 13, giving up one run on five hits and zero walks. He threw 101 pitches, 75 for strikes. King has pitched well enough as a starter to set himself up for a spot in the New York rotation next year, and he's given fantasy managers something to look at in the offseason. Going into the night, King had a 1.93 ERA as a starter over six games. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 22:02:50
Kodai Senga Grabs Quality Start, Win: New York Mets starting pitcher Kodai Senga wasn't brilliant against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, but he came away with a win nonetheless. Senga gave up two runs over six innings, though he only struck out three and gave up seven hits to go along with two walks. He was able to lower his ERA to a tidy 2.96 on the year and should get two more starts to finish out his first season stateside. The Japanese-born righty moved to 12-7 on the year. And though he walked a few too many people, he was all fantasy managers and the Mets could have asked for this season. He should go into 2024 as a top-25 starting pitcher. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 21:51:25
Kyle Harrison To Start On Thursday: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kyle Harrison will get the nod Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Harrison was just optioned to Triple-A a few days ago, but he's back with the team and should finish out the season in the rotation. The strikeout potential is through the roof for the lefty, but he's struggled to keep runs off the board this season and will face a potent lineup, thus making it tough to say if that potential outweighs the risk. Deeper mixed leagues or NL-only could surely take a flier on him. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 21:38:36
Jasson Dominguez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery: New York Yankees outfielder Jasson Dominguez (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. The procedure also included internal bracing on his right throwing elbow. The recovery time is expected to take nine or 10 months for the talented youngster, which would put him at a return around June or July next year. Dominguez has all the tools to be a five-category contributor and showed promise in his brief time with the big club. The injury is a setback, but hopefully he comes back strong and can help fantasy managers in the second half of next season. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 21:28:13
Eduardo Rodriguez Expected To Start Sunday: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (shoulder) is the probable starter for Sunday against the Oakland Athletics. Rodriguez left Monday's start early, but he appears ready to take the rubber at least once more this season. It's an enticing matchup for Rodriguez and his fantasy managers, but the Tigers could decide to play it safe with the lefty and pull him at the first sign of any discomfort. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 21:21:24
Clayton Kershaw To Start Saturday: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) will toe the slab against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Kershaw threw four innings of shutout baseball his last time out against the Seattle Mariners and it's not known if he will be on a pitch or innings limit as he continues to deal with issues in his left shoulder. It's hard to sit one of the best pitchers in the game, but managers who play in leagues that cap starts or innings will have a choice to make if they think it's possible Kershaw only throws four or five innings. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 21:17:41
Jake Burger Removed With Injury: Miami Marlins third baseman Jake Burger (quad) was removed early from Wednesday's game against the New York Mets due to right quad tightness. While he should be considered day-to-day, it is something to watch, as leg injuries can be tricky and Burger has been a nice fantasy contributor since being traded to the Marlins. The 27-year-old has hit .310/.366/.524 with eight home runs over 44 games for Miami. Stay tuned to see if the team provides any updates and what they may be. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 21:09:18
Riley Greene Should Be Fine To Start 2024: Detroit Tigers outfielder Riley Greene (elbow) is expected to be ready to begin the 2024 season after having Tommy John surgery on his right, non-throwing arm Wednesday. Greene is an intriguing player for fantasy and one to watch heading into next year. If he is indeed cleared to play to start the year, he could very well be a contributor in five categories. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 21:03:03
DJ Stewart Dealing With Wrist Injury: New York Mets outfielder DJ Stewart (wrist) was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Miami Marlins and was sporting a large ice wrap on his wrist before the game. With Stewart out, Rafael Ortega drew the start in left field and was hitting sixth in the batting order against Marlins right-hander Eury Perez. For now, consider Stewart to be day-to-day and check back to see if he's available on Thursday for the start of a series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 29-year-old left-handed hitter has played pretty well for the Mets in just 50 games this year, hitting .264 (37-for-140) with 11 home runs, eight doubles, 26 RBI and 20 runs scored in 160 plate appearances. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 19:05:58
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Scratched With Knee Discomfort: Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the New York Yankees with right-knee discomfort. Cavan Biggio will instead start at first base and will bat third against Yankees right-hander Michael King, with rookie Spencer Horwitz serving as the designated hitter. It's not a new issue for Guerrero, but the Blue Jays and fantasy managers will be hoping it's just a one-day absence. Check back on Thursday to see if the right-handed slugger is able to return for the series finale on Thursday against the Yankees in the Bronx. So far in 17 starts in September, Vlad Jr. has gone 16-for-65 (.246) with four home runs, two doubles, 11 RBI and nine runs scored. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 19:00:11
Starling Marte To Begin Rehab Assignment On Thursday: New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte (groin) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Single-A St. Lucie on Thursday. The veteran outfielder has been sidelined since early August due to a groin issue. It was uncertain if Marte was going to play again this season, but it appears he will. The team is hopeful that Marte will be able to return in time for the final homestand of the season. The assumption is that Marte will progress to playing in Triple-A by the weekend before rejoining the Mets' roster by early next week. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 18:35:41
Martin Perez Could Rejoin Rotation: Texas Rangers pitcher Martin Perez could rejoin the starting rotation for the final stretch of the regular season. Rangers' manager Bruce Bochy confirmed on Wednesday that Perez has a chance at returning to the rotation. The left-hander was shifted to the bullpen in early August. The 32-year-old was struggling in the rotation, so they decided to move him into a long relief role. However, the Rangers are in need of starting pitchers with Max Scherzer (shoulder) currently sidelined. Perez has allowed just two earned runs over his last 18 innings out of the bullpen. He could be an interesting streaming option if the Rangers do bring him back to the rotation. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 18:22:11
Luis Urias Removed From Wednesday's Game: Boston Red Sox infielder Luis Urias (calf) was forced to exit early during Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers. Urias was lifted from the contest for a pinch-runner in the seventh inning of Wednesday's contest. The team is calling the injury left calf tightness, so for now fantasy managers should consider Urias as day-to-day. The assumption is that he'll undergo additional testing to determine the severity of the injury. The Red Sox will likely use a committee approach to fill the void if Urias does miss time. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 18:15:06
Nolan Arenado Getting A Breather Wednesday: St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado is taking the day off on Wednesday against the division-rival Milwaukee Brewers. With Arenado getting a breather, Juniel Querecuto will get the start at third base for the Cards and bat in the eight-hole against Brewers right-hander Adrian Houser. St. Louis is giving the 32-year-old All-Star some rest after the club was officially eliminated from playoff contention after their loss on Tuesday. Arenado is hitting .268/.317/.461 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, three stolen bases and 71 runs scored in 557 at-bats in 2023 in his third year with the team. However, he's been slowing down of late and has gone 14-for-64 (.219) with no homers, two doubles, six RBI, nine strikeouts, a steal and 10 runs scored in 16 starts in the month of September. - as of Wed, 20 Sep 2023 16:52:53