Jeff Samardzija Receives PRP Injection: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (shoulder) received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his shoulder over the All-Star break. Samardzija has been on the disabled list three times this season with shoulder problems. While there's no timetable for his return, the Giants are hoping the PRP injection will help limit those problems. When healthy, Samardzija has pitched to a 1-5 record with a 6.25 ERA and a 30/26 K/BB ratio. He could be avoided in all fantasy leagues for now. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 21:09:47
Brock Holt Avoids Serious Injury: Boston Red Sox utility man Brock Holt (knee) was able to avoid serious injury after leaving the team's game on Friday. He was diagnosed with a left knee contusion and is listed as day-to-day. While there's no exact timetable for his return, Holt is lucky to have avoided anything serious and should be able to return to the lineup in a few days. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 21:03:17
Ian Kennedy Not Expected Back Anytime Soon: Kansas City Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy (oblique) stated on Friday that it could be quite awhile until he returns back to the mound. The Royals pitcher has been out since July 10 with a left oblique strain and it appears as if he'll remain on the disabled list for an extended period of time. When healthy, Kennedy has pitched to a 1-8 record with a 5.13 ERA and a 87/34 K/BB ratio. If/when Kennedy returns to the mound, he could be avoided in all fantasy leagues. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 21:00:05
Felix Hernandez To Start For Mariners On Saturday: Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (back) will be activated off of the disabled list to start against the White Sox on Friday. Hernandez has been out of action since Jul 6 with lower back stiffness. He appears to be fully healthy and ready to go following the All-Star break. Hernandez has pitched to an 8-7 record with a 5.13 ERA and a 87/36 K/BB ratio in 2018. While he hasn't necessarily been the King Felix of old this season, he could be used as a streamer against a weak White Sox team Saturday. It may be worth letting him get a few starts under his belt in the second half before using him in season-long leagues. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:51:20
James Paxton Could Return To Rotation On Tuesday: Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton (back) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. If all goes well, he could return to the team's rotation on Tuesday. He has been out since Jul 12 with lower back stiffness. He has pitched to a 8-4 record with a 3.70 ERA and a 155/33 K/BB ratio this season, including an impressive no-hitter against the Blue Jays in May. He appears to almost be fully healthy following his back injury and assuming he returns on Tuesday, he'll be in play in both season-long and daily leagues. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:46:33
Mike Zunino Begins Rehab Assignment On Friday: Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (ankle) is beginning his rehab assignment in Triple-A on Friday. He is expected to play catcher on Friday before acting as the designated hitter on Saturday. If he suffers no setbacks he could return to the major league lineup shortly after. Zunino is hitting .189 on the season with 12 home runs and 29 RBI. He's never hit for great average, but he's one of the best power hitters at the catcher position in the league. He's worth a pickup if you're in need of a catcher in deeper 10 and 12 man leagues. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:40:41
Brock Holt Leaves Game With Knee Injury: Boston Red Sox utility man Brock Holt was forced to leave the game on Friday with an apparent knee injury. Holt was spiked during a defense play at second base. While the severity of the injury is not yet known, he was able to walk off the field on his own power. An update should be expected following the game. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:33:39
Oakland A's Interested In Jeurys Familia: The Oakland Athletics are reportedly interested in New York Mets closer Jeurys Famila. Famila's name has been one of the biggest ones on the table with the trade deadline approaching. The Athletics already have their closer in All-Star Blake Treinen, however, Famila would give them an explosive 1-2 punch. Famila has pitched to a 2.88 ERA and a 43/14 K/BB ratio with 17 saves in 2018. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:29:21
Kevin Kiermaier Leaves Game With Apparent Foot Injury: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was forced to leave the team's game on Friday with an apparent foot injury. He will be evaluated tomorrow before the team decides if a DL stint is necessary. He was replaced in center by Mallex Smith with Jake Bauers moving to left. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:24:49
Ervin Santana Shines In Rehab Start On Friday: Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana (finger) put together a strong rehab start on Friday, throwing six innings of one run ball while allowing just two hits and striking out one. Santana has yet to make his 2018 debut, but should be close to returning following this outing. When he does return, Santana could be a sneaky add off of the waiver wire. He is coming off of an All-Star season in which he held a 16-8 record with a 3.28 ERA and a 167/61 K/BB ratio. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:21:09
Ozzie Albies Leaves Game With Apparent Injury: Atlanta Braves second baseman was forced from the team's game on Friday with an apparent injury. It is not yet known exactly what the injury is and how severe it might be. The team will likely provide an update following the game. He was replaced at second by Charlie Culberson. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:09:28
Justin Turner Misses Fifth Straight Game: Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (hip) was not in the team's lineup on Friday, missing his fifth straight game. Turner has been sidelined with an abductor injury and was replaced at third by Max Muncy. Manager Dave Roberts said he could return in two or three days, although remaining out of the lineup following the All-Star break is a bit worrisome. More should be known about Turner's status soon. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:05:21
Josh Harrison Remains Out On Friday: Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (hamstring) remained out of the team's lineup on Friday. He was forced out of Pittsburgh's final game prior to the All-Star break will a hamstring injury and he still isn't ready to return. There's no word on when he might return, although not playing after a long period off is worrisome. It should be noted that there is inclement weather in Cincinnati tonight, so perhaps the team is just being cautious. More information will be known soon. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:02:17
Antonio Senzatela Will Start For Rockies On Sunday: Colorado Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela (finger) will be activated off the disabled list to start against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Senzatela has been out since Jul 8 with a blister. He has pitched to a 3-2 record with a 5.34 ERA and a 20/9 K/BB ratio. Senzatela has shined at moments throughout the season, but it may be best to let him get back in a rhythm before inserting him in fantasy lineups. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:54:28
Miguel Sano Promoted To Triple-A: Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has been promoted to Triple-A. Sano was surprisingly demoted earlier in the season and responded by hitting .328 with two home runs and 12 RBI over 19 games at High-A. There's no word on when Sano might return to the major leagues, however, the third baseman holds massive power potential. If he's given an opportunity to start later in the year he could be a big boost to both the Twins and fantasy owners. He might be worth a pickup if you have an extra bench spot. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:48:54
Andrew Miller Needs 2-3 More Rehab Appearances: Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (knee) will likely see two or more rehab appearances before rejoining the major league roster. Miller is trying to come back from a right knee injury that has sidelined him since May. Miller has struggled in 2018, pitching to a 4.40 ERA and a 23/10 K/BB ratio. However, he is coming off of an All-Star season and should be able to return to elite status when activated. The Indians bolstered their bullpen by acquiring Brad Hand in a deal with the San Diego Padres; adding Miller back to the mix will only make it that much scarier. Despite his potential, Miller holds no fantasy value as long as Cody Allen remains the closer. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:42:25
Jack Flaherty Strikes Out Nine on Friday: St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty struck out nine Cubs in five innings of work on Friday. He allowed one run on two hits and four walks and picked up a win, evening his record at 4-4. He was inefficient, tossing 110 pitches to get just the 15 outs, so while he was unable to get the quality start, his fantasy owners are surely satisfied with the win and nine Ks. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:04:57
Tommy Pham Gets Three of Everything on Friday: St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham went 3-for-5 on Wednesday with three RBI and three runs scored. All of Pham's hits were singles, but he was certainly productive. Pham got off to a hot start this season before hitting an extended slump, but he's still one of the stronger fantasy outfielders and should be in for a solid second half. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:59:40
Matt Carpenter Has a Game for the Ages on Friday: St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter had an unbelievable game on Friday, going 5-for-5 with three home runs, two doubles, seven RBI, and four runs scored. He became only the second player in baseball history to hit three homers and two doubles in a game. After a laughably bad start to the season, Carpenter has been one of the better hitters in the game lately. He's brought his average to .274 and his OPS to .957. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:57:44
C.J. Cron is Not Starting on Friday: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman C.J. Cron (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Miami Marlins. Jake Bauers will bat third and play first base, while Ji-Man Choi serves as the DH and bats fifth against righty Dan Straily. Cron has been on fire lately, so it's unclear why he's getting the day off on Friday. Bauers is worth a look in DFS contests on Friday. - as of Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:43:11