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Tue Jun 2500:58Rhys Hoskins Hits Grand Slam MondayRhys Hoskins1B/LFPhilliesFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Rhys Hoskins made his only hit count in Monday's 6-3 win over the Rangers, going 1-for-4 with a grand slam and two strikeouts. Hoskins came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning down by two with the bases loaded and no outs, ambushing a Jacob Latz fastball deep into the left-field seats. Despite the blast, the 31-year-old has hit for less average and power than usual, slashing .224/.316/.423 with 11 HR, 23 runs scored, and 35 RBI in 232 plate appearances. The good news is that he has picked things up a bit lately and now has a six-game hitting streak. Hopefully, he will be able to continue this for fantasy managers.
Tue Jun 2500:57Keston Hiura Raking For New Team At Triple-AKeston Hiura2BBrewersFree Agent
The Los Angeles Angels signed infielder Keston Hiura to a minor league contract over a week ago, and in the 10 games he's played with Triple-A Salt Lake, the 27-year-old is 15-for-40 (.375) with a double and five home runs. He's still striking out at a high rate (32.6%), but it's good to see the former first-round draft pick hitting for average and power after a few forgettable campaigns with Milwaukee and after getting released by Detroit this season without making a regular season appearance with the Tigers. He hasn't played in a major league game since 2022, but hit .303 with 19 home runs in just 84 games once upon a time in 2019, so maybe he can find the magic again with the Angels.
Tue Jun 2500:38Scott Barlow Fans Side For Second Save MondayScott BarlowSPRoyalsFree Agent
Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Scott Barlow picked up his second save of the season in Monday's 3-2 win over the Orioles. Barlow came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning up by one and struck out the side to seal the win. Closer Emmanuel Clase has pitched each of the last two days, so Barlow was called upon to close things out. The 31-year-old has pitched well overall this season, picking up 16 holds with a 3.66 ERA, a 12.38 K/9 rate, and a 4.78 BB/9 rate in 32 innings of work. While he has spent time as a closer in his career, Barlow will likely see very limited opportunities given Clase's elite skillset. However, his high strikeout numbers and high-leverage usage could make him worth a look in saves-plus-holds leagues.
Tue Jun 2500:31Jose Ramirez Hits 20th Homer Of Season MondayJosé Ramírez2B/3BIndiansFree Agent
Cleveland Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez continued his solid offensive season in Monday's 3-2 win over the Orioles. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a single, a solo home run, two RBI, a strikeout, and a stolen base. Ramirez crushed a sixth-inning Cade Povich offering into the center-field bullpens for his 20th HR of the season. The 31-year-old hasn't missed a beat and has continued to produce like a top overall fantasy pick, slashing .276/.333/.536 with 59 runs scored, 69 RBI, and 15 stolen bases in 321 plate appearances. He should continue to be a five-category fantasy stud with the Guardians hitting surprisingly well as a team.
Tue Jun 2500:19Aaron Nola Earns Ninth Win With Quality Start MondayAaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola improved to 9-3 in Monday's 8-1 win over the Tigers. Nola pitched seven innings, allowing one run on six hits and no walks with six strikeouts. He also hit a batter. The 31-year-old is having a nice bounce-back season with a 3.39 ERA, an 8.02 K/9 rate, and a 2.23 BB/9 rate in 16 starts and 101 IP. His strikeout rate is the lowest since his rookie season, but 11 of his 16 starts have been quality starts. Nola has puzzled fantasy managers with alternating good and disappointing seasons over the last several seasons, so they will gladly take his current overall success. His next matchup will be another great one against the Marlins.
Tue Jun 2500:12Bryce Harper Hits 18th Homer, Plates Five MondayBryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper continued to slug in Monday's 8-1 win over the Tigers. Harper went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a three-run home run, five RBI, and a strikeout. He also took part in turning a triple play in the third inning. The 31-year-old has produced like the high-end fantasy draft pick he was, slashing .303/.401/.577 with 19 HR, 51 runs scored, 56 RBI, and four stolen bases in 322 plate appearances. He may not produce as many steals as he has earlier in his career, but Harper has produced almost as many HR as he did in each of the 2022 and 2023 seasons. He should continue to be a top fantasy contributor in at least four categories.
Mon Jun 2423:16Luis Torrens Returns From Paternity ListLuis TorrensCPadresFree Agent
The New York Mets reinstated catcher Luis Torrens from the paternity list on Monday and designated catcher Joe Hudson for assignment in a corresponding move. Torrens was away from the team during last weekend's series against the Chicago Cubs while tending to a personal matter. The 28-year-old backstop is now back with the Mets and will resume his duties as the primary backup to starter Francisco Alvarez. Unless Alvarez misses more time with an injury, Torrens can be ignored in fantasy, even in two-catcher leagues. He has appeared in just nine games with the Mets in 2024 and has gone 8-for-24 (.333) with three home runs, a double, five RBI and six runs scored. Torrens has a .230/.292/.366 career slash line with 22 homers and 84 RBI in 278 games played in the big leagues since debuting in 2017.
Source: New York
Mon Jun 2423:12Diamondbacks Taking Things Slowly With Eduardo RodriguezEduardo RodriguezSPRed SoxFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (lat) has started a throwing program and is throwing at 105 feet, but the Diamondbacks are taking things very slowly since his setback last month. Rodriguez's initial throwing program was paused after he experienced some discomfort in his left lat following an April 9 bullpen session. He was moved to the 60-day injured list on April 17. E-Rod was initially removed from a spring training game on March 19 with left-lat tightness, and an MRI exam taken the following day showed the strain. Manager Torey Lovullo said last Wednesday that the 31-year-old southpaw would begin throwing off a mound within the next week, but that has yet to happen. Rodriguez will need to go on a minor-league rehab assignment eventually, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to make his debut with the Snakes until the second half of the season.
Mon Jun 2423:07Miguel Castro Throws Live Batting Practice SessionMiguel CastroRPOriolesFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Miguel Castro (shoulder) was scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Monday, consisting of one inning and 25 pitches. Castro has thrown multiple bullpen sessions and is now facing live hitters, so he's getting close to going on what could be a short minor-league rehab assignment. The 29-year-old relief pitcher is rehabbing from right-shoulder inflammation. Barring a setback in his recovery, he should be back with the Diamondbacks' bullpen before the All-Star break in mid-July. Before landing on the shelf, Castro had a 5.19 ERA (3.61 FIP) and 1.50 WHIP with six strikeouts and one walk in just 8 2/3 innings pitched. He's in his 10th major-league season and has a 4.17 career ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 14 saves in 455 2/3 innings pitched. Castro isn't really on the fantasy radar, even in holds leagues.
Mon Jun 2423:02Merrill Kelly Hopes To Return In Mid-AugustMerrill KellySPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly (shoulder) is hoping to return from the 60-day injured list to the starting rotation in the middle of August after suffering a right-shoulder strain during a between-starts throwing session in late April. Kelly has been rehabbing at the team's spring training complex and is throwing out to 75 feet. It's the first time in his 15-year career that he's dealt with a soft-tissue injury, and he thinks the strain was due to the "heavy load the last two years." Kelly will turn 36 years old in October but needs to be held in most fantasy leagues after he went 2-0 with a strong 2.19 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 21 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings in his first four starts before his shoulder injury. The next big step in Kelly's slow rehab will be to get back on the mound and resume throwing bullpen sessions.
Source: - Jake
Mon Jun 2422:46Joey Gallo Starts Running ProgramJoey Gallo1B/3B/LFRangersFree Agent
Washington Nationals first baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo (hamstring) has started a light running program in his rehab for a serious hamstring injury that he suffered on June 11. Given the serious nature of his injury, the 30-year-old left-handed slugger won't be ready to come off the 10-day injured list when he's eligible and may not even be ready to return before the All-Star break in mid-July. Gallo is also going to require a minor-league rehab assignment before he rejoins the big-league roster. Fantasy managers chasing power will find it difficult to roster Gallo in mixed leagues now days. In his first 140 at-bats before his hamstring injury, he went just 23-for-140 (.164) with five home runs and 11 RBI for the Nats. The former first-rounder is a huge batting average drain, and the swings and misses continue to pile up.
Source: MASN Sports - Bobby
Mon Jun 2422:21A.J. Minter Moves Rehab To Triple-AA.J. MinterRPBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves left-handed reliever A.J. Minter (hip) had his minor-league rehab assignment transferred to Triple-A Gwinnett after one appearance with High-A Rome over the weekend. Minter is scheduled to pitch for Gwinnett on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. In his lone appearance with Rome on Saturday, Minter gave up an unearned run on one hit while striking out three batters in his inning of work. The 30-year-old veteran southpaw reliever has been on the injured list with left-hip inflammation since May 30 but could be back in Atlanta's bullpen later this week if he gets through his next appearance at Triple-A. Minter will return to being a key high-leverage setup man for the Braves in front of closer Raisel Iglesias when he comes off the injured list. So far this year, he has gone 5-3 with a save, a 2.95 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP and 23 K's in 21 1/3 innings. Minter has fantasy value in holds leagues.
Source: The Athletic - David O'
Mon Jun 2422:16Orlando Arcia Removed Early Due To DizzinessOrlando ArciaSSBrewersFree Agent
Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia was removed from Monday night's game versus the St. Louis Cardinals early as a precaution due to dizziness. Before leaving prematurely, Arcia was hitless in his two at-bats with one strikeout. He was replaced at shortstop by Zack Short. It's unclear exactly what Arcia is dealing with, but he should be considered day-to-day for now. There's a good chance that he'll be held out of the lineup for the second game of the series on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Venezuelan shortstop hasn't done much for fantasy managers this year while residing at the bottom of Atlanta's batting order regularly. He came into Monday's contest with a weak .213/.245/.346 slash line with six homers and 22 RBI in 272 at-bats. Short could jump into the starting role at the 6 if Arcia requires an injured-list stint.
Source: Atlanta
Mon Jun 2421:25Rangers Monitoring Max Scherzer's ThumbMax ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (thumb) came away from Sunday's start against the visiting Kansas City Royals with a little thumb soreness, which impacts his grip strength going forward. The coaching and training staff will continue to monitor Scherzer as he prepares for a light bullpen session on Tuesday, but manager Bruce Bochy still expects him to be good to go on Friday in Baltimore for a showdown against the Orioles in his next scheduled start. The 39-year-old veteran right-hander made his season debut against the Royals on Sunday, tossing five scoreless innings and appearing to come away unscathed in Texas' win, but fantasy managers will have to monitor Scherzer's status throughout the week and consider him day-to-day before he's evaluated again on Tuesday.
Source: Shawn McFarland - Dallas Morning
Mon Jun 2421:16Blake Snell To Make Another Rehab Start FridayBlake SnellSPRaysFree Agent
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Blake Snell (groin) will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday and start for the Sacramento River Cats at Triple-A on Friday, manager Bob Melvin said ahead of Monday's series opener against the visiting Chicago Cubs. After Snell struggled in Sunday's minor-league rehab appearance in his recovery from a strained left groin, the Giants have quickly decided that he needs some more work on the farm before they re-insert the hurler back into their rotation. It rules out a return before the end of June for Snell, who fantasy managers are patiently waiting on to kick-start his season. Through six starts during his first year in San Francisco, the 31-year-old reigning National League Cy Young Award winner has a dismal 9.51 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, and 31:14 K:BB over 23 2/3 innings.
Source: Shayna Rubin - San Francisco
Mon Jun 2421:05Brandon Drury Available Off The Bench MondayBrandon Drury2B/3B/PHYankeesFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels second baseman Brandon Drury (illness), who is out of the lineup again for Monday's series opener against the division-rival Oakland Athletics because of an upper respiratory virus, is available off the bench. Drury went through a workout before the game, and manager Ron Washington said he is available for the game. Look for Drury to get back into Anaheim's starting nine as soon as Tuesday's meeting with Oakland. The 31-year-old journeyman slugger is slashing a miserable .173/.233/.236 with one home run, six RBI, and nine runs scored in 110 at-bats for the Angels this year and carries very little fantasy appeal at the moment.
Source: Jeff Fletcher - The Orange County
Mon Jun 2420:38Shohei Ohtani Plays Catch From 90 FeetShohei OhtaniDH/PH/SPAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani (elbow) played catch from 90 feet on Monday for the first time in his rehab process. Ohtani had Tommy John surgery last September and will not pitch at all in his first year with the Dodgers, but he's making strides with his throwing program as we approach the All-Star break next month. The 29-year-old could play some games in the outfield later this year if he continues to progress at a nice pace, but don't count on it. On the offensive side, Ohtani's right-elbow surgery hasn't slowed him down at all, as the two-time American League MVP is currently leading the National League in runs scored (61), home runs (23), batting average .321 (97-for-302), slugging percentage (.632), OPS (1.031) and total bases (191). Continue to throw Ohtani into your fantasy lineups on the daily.
Source: 570 LA Sports - David
Mon Jun 2420:21Starling Marte Told To Rest For 15 DaysStarling MarteCF/LFPiratesFree Agent
New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte (knee) is dealing with a bone inflammation in his right knee and has been told to rest for 15 days. The Mets haven't officially placed Marte on the injured list, but that's likely where this is headed. The 35-year-old veteran outfielder went for an MRI exam on Monday after experiencing soreness in his right knee this weekend. With Marte set to take a few weeks off to rest his knee, fantasy managers probably won't get him back before the All-Star break in mid-July. It's a tough break for fantasy managers and the Mets, as Marte has been productive this year, slashing .278/.328/.416 with seven home runs, 30 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 38 runs scored in his 245 at-bats. Keep him stashed in all fantasy formats. DJ Stewart and Tyrone Taylor will battle for extra playing time in the Mets' outfield with Marte likely heading to the IL.
Source: New York Post - Mike
Mon Jun 2420:13Joey Votto Experiences Back TightnessJoey Votto1BRedsFree Agent
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Joey Votto (back, ankle) experienced some lower-back tightness but should return to the Florida Complex League for minor-league rehab games later this week. Votto was with Single-A Dunedin but will now return to the Rookie level. The 40-year-old hasn't played all year in the big leagues after suffering a pretty serious ankle sprain in spring training. His rehab process will be slow, and he'll need to work his way back up the minor-league ladder during his rehab before he'll be a realistic option to join the big-league roster as a left-handed bat off the bench. The six-time All-Star and former National League MVP is at the tail end of his career and is no guarantee to be a fantasy contributor in the second half of the 2024 season if he's healthy by then.
Source: The Athletic - Kaitlyn
Mon Jun 2420:08Jordan Romano, Yimi Garcia Playing CatchYimi GarcíaRPDodgersFree Agent
Jordan RomanoSPRangersFree Agent
Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano (elbow) played some light catch on Monday. Meanwhile, fellow reliever Yimi Garcia (elbow) was throwing from 120 feet. Romano is already playing catch again after reporting some soreness in his right elbow while throwing long toss last Friday. The 31-year-old isn't close to a return, though, especially since he can't seem to shake his right-elbow issues since they first cropped up in spring training. When he has been available, he's been shaky with a 6.59 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP, eight saves and 13 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings. Still, he should be stashed in all fantasy formats as Toronto's primary closer when he's healthy. Garcia has filled in nicely for Romano this year and already has five saves. Until one of Romano or Garcia can return from the injured list, Chad Green will serve as the Jays' first option in save situations.
Source: The Athletic - Kaitlyn