Jon Daniels Out As Rangers President: The Texas Rangers announced on Wednesday that president Jon Daniels is out as president of baseball operations. General manager Chris Young is now in complete charge of the front office. Daniels has been fired after 17 years leading the organization. The Rangers will have a losing record in 2022 for the sixth year in a row -- the franchise's longest such streak since moving to Texas a half-century ago -- unless the team wins at least 29 of their last 46 games. Manager Chris Woodward was fired in his fourth season with the team two days ago. The moves also come less than nine months after a record offseason spending spree of more than a half-billion dollars. Daniels was the youngest general manager in the majors when he got the job in Texas at age 28 in October of 2005. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 17:25:58
Luis Robert Remains Out Against Astros: Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert (wrist) remains out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Houston Astros. It will be Robert's fifth straight game starting on the bench with a sprained left wrist, but fantasy managers should continue to consider him day-to-day. The 25-year-old has played well when on the field in 2022, but he's often been banged up for fantasy managers. In 82 games played, he's hitting .301/.336/.454 with 12 home runs, 56 RBI, 51 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. Adam Engel is starting in center field on Wednesday and is batting eighth against Astros left-hander Framber Valdez. Engel has some speed (11 steals), but he's also hitting just .235 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 196 at-bats this year. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 17:20:02
Roansy Contreras Starting Against Boston Wednesday: Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Roansy Contreras was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, and he'll make his return to the starting rotation against the Boston Red Sox. In a corresponding move, the team designated relief pitcher Austin Brice for assignment. Contreras will return to Pittsburgh's rotation after being sent to the minors in July. The 22-year-old Dominican is 3-2 with a decent 3.78 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP and a 50:22 K:BB in 50 innings over 12 appearances (nine starts) before being optioned. Contreras has been one of the team's better starters in 2022, but with the Bucs looking to limit his workload down the stretch, he won't have a ton of fantasy upside, including in his return on Wednesday against Boston. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 17:11:57
Oswaldo Cabrera Hitting Sixth In MLB Debut: The New York Yankees called up infield prospect Oswaldo Cabrera from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, and he'll make his major league debut against Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Corey Kluber. Cabrera is starting at third base and is hitting sixth in the batting order. The 23-year-old is the team's No. 14 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and the switch-hitter was batting .262/.340/.492 with an .832 OPS, eight home runs, 29 RBI, 29 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 47 games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to earn the call-up. He'll likely be in a utility role once DJ LeMahieu (toe) returns to the lineup, but the good news is that he can play pretty much everywhere on the infield and he's also seen time in the corner outfield spots in the minors. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 17:05:28
Giancarlo Stanton Likely To Begin Rehab Stint This Weekend: New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone provided an update on star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles) on Wednesday. Boone stated that he's hoping that Stanton will begin a rehab assignment this weekend. If things go smoothly on that front, Stanton could be back in the majors at some point next week. The 32-year-old has been out since July 23 due to soreness in his left Achilles tendon. Over 80 games this year, he's slashed .228/.309/.498 with 24 home runs, 61 RBI and 40 runs. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:53:00
Eduardo Rodriguez Set To Return On Sunday: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (personal) will return to the rotation on Sunday to face the Los Angeles Angels. Rodriguez has been on the restricted list for the bulk of the 2022 season for undisclosed reasons. Prior to landing on the restricted list, he made eight starts and went 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. The 29-year-old has been a decent fantasy option across the majority of his big league career and he has a chance of helping fantasy managers down the stretch this season. If you need some rotation help, take a look to see if he's out there on your waiver wire. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:40:50
Brandon Marsh Diagnosed With Bone Bruise: Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh (knee) underwent an MRI on his knee. The results showed no structural damage, helping determine his knee injury to be a bone bruise. However, he is also dealing with a sprained ankle. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, it's "very possible" a stint on the injured list is coming. Marsh injured his knee during Tuesday's game after attempting to rob home plate. The 24-year-old has appeared in 12 games with the Phillies since joining the team before the trade deadline. Over those 12 games, he's slashed .250/.294/.313 with two extra-base hits, both doubles. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:36:34
Alec Bohm Ends Extra-Base Hit Drought: Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm went 1-for-4 in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The hit was a double, which marked his first extra-base hit since August 6, 10 games ago. Bohm is having a decent year at the dish, batting .288, but has just eight home runs with 48 RBI, 58 runs, and one stolen base. The 26-year-old should continue playing every day while contributing a higher batting average, but the power remains absent for a second straight season. Bohm is serviceable, but won't be a difference maker for fantasy managers. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:34:28
Brett Baty Batting Eighth In MLB Debut: The New York Mets have officially called up third base prospect Brett Baty from Triple-A. He will be in the starting lineup, batting eighth, in his MLB debut against right-hander Jake Odorizzi and the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. With the team's primary third baseman Luis Guillorme (groin) on the injured list and backup third baseman Eduardo Escobar (oblique) dealing with an injury as well, Baty has a chance to see significant playing time over the next week or so. The 22-year-old slashed .312/.406/.544 with 19 home runs, 59 RBI and 73 runs at Double-A this year. Fantasy managers should monitor the youngster and he's worth a gamble if you need short term infield help in a deep league. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:29:39
Tyler Mahle Exits With Shoulder Fatigue Wednesday: Minnesota Twins right-hander Tyler Mahle (shoulder) was removed in the third inning of his start against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. The team stated that he is dealing with right shoulder fatigue and that he will be further evaluated. Mahle pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings before exiting on Wednesday, allowing one walk and no hits. He was coming off a fantastic start in which he held the Los Angeles Angels to three hits and no runs over six innings. His next start is scheduled for next Tuesday against the Houston Astros, but that's certainly up in the air at this point. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:23:15
DJ LeMahieu Expects To Return To The Lineup Thursday: New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (toe) will not be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The 34-year-old is currently dealing with inflammation of his right big toe. This will be his fourth consecutive game out of the starting lineup. However, according to Yankees reporter Lindsey Adler, LeMahieu will be available off the bench for Wednesday's game. Adler also reported that LeMahieu expects he'll be back in the starting lineup on Thursday. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:16:37
Nick Lodolo Holds Phillies Scoreless Wednesday: Cincinnati Reds hurler Nick Lodolo had one of his finest games on the mound Wednesday when his team beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0. He threw seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and recording eight strikeouts. Lodolo also walked just two, which is impressive considering his 10.4% walk rate. It's been a mixed bag for the rookie, who's posted a 4.12 ERA with 72 strikeouts over 54.2 innings but owns an inflated 1.57 WHIP. There's value in those numbers in deeper leagues, but Lodolo is better suited for dynasty leagues as he was the 31st best prospect in all of baseball coming into the season, according to MLB.com. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:11:47
Clay Holmes Placed On 15-Day Injured List: The New York Yankees have officially placed relief pitcher Clay Holmes (back) on the 15-day injured list due to back tightness. The 29-year-old had been falling apart on the mound over the past month. He entered July with a season-long ERA of 0.49, but his struggles since the start of July have led to his ERA increasing to 2.39 on the year. He blew each of his list three save opportunities before landing on the injured list. Aroldis Chapman is likely to step back into the closing role for the team with Holmes out. The veteran has pitched 9.1 straight scoreless innings dating back to late July and needs to be rostered in all leagues once again. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:10:24
Joey Votto To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery: Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (shoulder) has opted to undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. The surgery will take place on Friday. The expected recovery timeline for Votto is about six months, meaning that his 2022 campaign has come to an end. The 38-year-old appeared in 91 games this year and had a tough time at the plate, slashing just .205/.319/.370 with 11 home runs, 41 RBI and 31 runs. Assuming he can stick to a timeline of about six months, he should be ready to return around the start of spring training next year, ahead of what will be his 17th year in the majors. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:03:27
Brandon Drury Hitting Cleanup Against Marlins: San Diego Padres third baseman Brandon Drury is starting at third base and is hitting cleanup on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins and right-hander Pablo Lopez. It is the first time that Drury has hit cleanup all year, and he's mostly been hitting fifth since he was traded to the Padres at the Aug. 2 deadline. The 29-year-old is having a career year, slashing .268/.328/.513 with an .841 OPS, 23 home runs, 72 RBI, 69 runs scored and two stolen bases in 396 at-bats. He's struggled so far in his time with San Diego, though, going 10-for-46 (.217) with three home runs, 13 RBI and seven runs scored in 13 games played. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 15:14:37
Jo Adell Still Sidelined Wednesday: Los Angeles Angels outfielder Jo Adell (thumb) remains out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners. Adell injured his thumb in Monday's game and was held out of the lineup on Tuesday, although he did hit two home runs while facing right-hander Michael Lorenzen in a simulated game. With an off day on Thursday, there's a good chance that the 23-year-old will return to action on Friday for the series opener against the Detroit Tigers. Steven Duggar is getting the start in left for the Halos on Wednesday and is hitting seventh against Mariners right-hander George Kirby. Duggar has played in only 28 games with the Angels, Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants this year, and he's hitting only .159 (11-for-69) with no home runs, four RBI and five stolen bases. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 15:06:33
Xander Bogaerts In Wednesday's Lineup: Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (shin) is back in the lineup on Wednesday for a matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates and right-hander Roansy Contreras. Bogaerts is enjoying another quality season at the plate, batting .303 with a .373 on-base percentage, nine home runs and seven stolen bases in 466 plate appearances. He'll hit third for Boston on Wednesday against Contreras and the Pirates, with left fielder Tommy Pham hitting leadoff and third baseman Rafael Devers batting second. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 15:00:02
Adley Rutschman Not In Wednesday's Lineup: Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman isn't in the team's starting lineup on Wednesday. The Orioles will take on the Toronto Blue Jays and right-handed starter Ross Stripling but will do so with Rutschman on the bench. Rutschman has made a significant impact for both the Orioles and fantasy managers this season, batting .250 with a .358 on-base percentage, seven home runs, and a pair of stolen bases in 285 plate appearances. Robinson Chirinos will start at catcher instead on Wednesday for Baltimore. Fantasy managers in search of streaming options behind the plate are probably better off looking elsewhere. The veteran is hitting .181 with a .269 on-base percentage, three home runs, and a stolen base in 176 plate appearances this season. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 14:48:29
Ross Stripling Reinstated From Injured List: The Toronto Blue Jays reinstated right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling (hip) from the 15-day injured list on Wednesday. Right-handed reliever Trent Thornton was optioned to Triple-A to make room on the active roster. Stripling is set to start Toronto's game on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles. The 32-year-old has made 23 appearances for the Blue Jays this season, 15 of which have been starts. He's pitched to a 3.16 ERA, a 3.02 FIP, and 67 strikeouts in 82.2 innings while allowing just 15 walks and six home runs. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 14:41:13
George Springer Not Starting Wednesday: Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer isn't in the team's starting lineup for a matchup with the Baltimore Orioles and right-handed pitcher Austin Voth on Wednesday. Instead, it'll be Raimel Tapia starting in center field and hitting seventh against Voth and the Orioles. The 28-year-old is currently hitting .274 with a .296 on-base percentage, five home runs and five stolen bases in 312 plate appearances this season. He's worth a look as a streaming option for fantasy managers in deeper leagues. - as of Wed, 17 Aug 2022 14:36:42