Bubba Starling (undisclosed) could rejoin the Royals as early as Friday.
Starling was placed on the injured list last week for undisclosed reasons. According to a recent report from the Kansas City Star, the 28-year-old outfielder does not have COVID-19 and is currently working out at the Royals' alternate training site. He was 4-for-19 (.211) with three RBI through nine games played this season.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Wednesday that Aaron Bummer (biceps) is "doing better."
Bummer landed on the injured list last week with a left biceps strain and is still in the treatment stage of his rehab. If he is able to return this season, it probably won't be until September. The 26-year-old left-hander boasts a dominant 2.04 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 75 innings since the beginning of the 2019 campaign and scored a five-year, $16 million contract extension from the White Sox back this past offseason.
Reynaldo Lopez (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a simulated game later this week.
Lopez already has a number of bullpen sessions under his belt, and the White Sox could begin trying to map out his return to the starting rotation if the simulated outing goes smoothly. The 26-year-old was placed on the 10-day injured list on July 27 after being diagnosed with a mild right shoulder strain.
JaCoby Jones is not in the Tigers' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon.
It's just a day of rest for Jones, who boasts a .311/.380/.733 batting line with five home runs, 12 RBI, and 10 runs scored through 14 games played this season. Harold Castro is in center field against the White Sox.
Yasmani Grandal is getting the day off Wednesday versus the Tigers.
It's a routine breather for Grandal, who's off to a relatively slow start in 2020. James McCann will start at catcher and bat fifth Wednesday afternoon against Detroit left-hander Matthew Boyd.
Royals added LHP prospect Asa Lacy and RHP Carlos Hernandez to their 60-man player pool.
Lacy was selected fourth overall in June's 2020 MLB Draft after posting a 2.07 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 224/68 K/BB ratio over 152 innings during his three-year college career at Texas A&M. Kansas City has been very aggressive with promoting young pitchers in this condensed campaign, but it would be a real shock to see the 21-year-old left-hander get into a major league game at any point this summer. He'll work out at the Royals' alternate training site in Piper, Kansas. Hernandez, 23, might eventually be tried as a long relief option.
Giants activated RHP Trevor Cahill from the 10-day injured list.
Cahill will slide into the Giants' starting rotation on Wednesday against the Astros after missing the first three weeks of the 2020 regular season because of an issue with a fingernail on his pitching hand. The 32-year-old right-hander has a tough debut assignment in Houston and can be left sitting on fantasy waiver wires. He struggled to a 5.98 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 81/39 K/BB ratio in 102 1/3 innings last summer with the Angels.
Brandon Bielak yielded two runs over five innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Giants.
Bielak surrendered six hits, but a solo homer by Wilmer Flores in the second inning accounted for all of the damage against him in this one. He struck out four batters and only handed out one free pass. The 24-year-old rookie right-hander has allowed four runs -- three earned -- with a 11:7 K:BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings across four appearances (two starts) this season. Bielak doesn’t offer huge strikeout upside, but he represents an intriguing streaming option against the Rockies at home in his next start on Monday.
Hunter Pence crushed a pinch-hit, three-run homer on Tuesday to propel the Giants to a 7-6 extra-inning victory over the Astros.
Pence ignited the Giants’ late-inning four-run rally by crushing a pinch-hit, three-run homer -- his first round-tripper of the season -- to right field off Astros lefty reliever Blake Taylor in the seventh inning. He also singled in the ninth off closer Ryan Pressly. The 37-year-old outfielder has been a complete non-factor offensively in limited playing time for the Giants, but he certainly came through in the clutch in this one.
Alex Bregman blasted a solo homer and walked three times in the Astros’ extra-inning loss to the Giants on Tuesday.
Bregman walloped his fourth round-tripper of the season off Giants starter Tyler Anderson in the third inning. The 26-year-old third baseman has recorded an underwhelming .232/.346/.493 triple-slash line across 81 plate appearances to open the shortened 2020 campaign. However, his elite plate skills remain intact and he’s already racked up 10 extra-base hits. It’s only a matter of time before he’s fully back on track.
Tyler Rogers recorded a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless 10th inning against the Astros on Tuesday to record his first major-league save.
Rogers was tasked with protecting a one-run lead, with the potential tying run on second base to start the frame, in extra innings and managed to keep the Astros off the scoreboard. He got Yuli Gurriel to ground out before whiffing Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker to preserve the victory. The 29-year-old righty owns a 10.61 ERA with an 8:2 K:BB ratio across 9 1/3 innings this season.
Ryan Pressly was charged with his second blown save of the season against the Giants on Tuesday.
Pressly was summoned to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning and failed to convert the save opportunity. He gave up a one-out walk to Mike Yastrzemski and a single to Hunter Pence before surrendering a game-tying RBI single to Darin Ruf. He managed to strike out Evan Longoria and Wilmer Flores to send the game to extra innings, but Pressly has blown two of his three save chances since taking over for Roberto Osuna. The 31-year-old righty has been one of the most dominant relievers in the game since arriving in Houston, but simply hasn’t looked right this year.
Tyler Anderson surrendered four runs over five innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Astros.
Anderson gave up five hits, including a solo homer to Alex Bregman in the third inning. He walked three batters and only recorded two strikeouts. The 30-year-old lefty has given up seven runs on 15 hits with an underwhelming 9:11 K:BB ratio across five appearances (three starts) this season. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the journeyman southpaw appears to be lined up to start the opener of a four-game series against the Angels on Monday. Regardless of his immediate role, Anderson doesn’t offer enough fantasy upside to warrant consideration outside of NL-only formats.
Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a grand slam on Tuesday to power the Padres to a 6-2 victory over the Dodgers.
Machado put the Padres ahead for good with a towering grand slam to center field off Dodgers starter Ross Stripling in the third inning. The 30-year-old third baseman has left the yard three times in his last three contests and is up to five round-trippers on the season. His days as an elite five-category fantasy contributor may be over, but he still offers plenty of over-the-fence power and counting stats for a suddenly surging Padres’ squad.
Fernando Tatis Jr. went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored on Tuesday in the Padres’ win over the Dodgers.
Tatis Jr. collected a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to nine games and also record his seventh multi-hit performance of the shortened season. The 21-year-old fantasy superstar has exploded in his second season at the major-league level, hitting .333/.407/.750 with 16 runs scored, eight home runs, 18 RBI and five stolen bases across 81 plate appearances. There’s nothing left to say at this point. He’s an absolute fantasy monster.
Drew Pomeranz recorded the final out of the Padres’ win over the Dodgers on Tuesday to secure his fourth save of the season.
Pomeranz was called upon to face lefty Matt Beaty with two outs in the ninth inning and the tying run in the on-deck circle. The 31-year-old southpaw needed just one pitch to induce a harmless fly out to end the contest. He’s filled in admirably for Kirby Yates, who remains sidelined due to lingering soreness. There’s still a chance that Yates is ready to go when the next save opportunity presents itself in San Diego, but there’s no doubt that Pomeranz can handle the role if needed. It’s too early to panic on Yates, but fantasy managers should strongly consider rostering Pomeranz as an insurance policy.
Garrett Richards allowed one run over six innings on Tuesday in a win over the Dodgers.
Richards recorded only three strikeouts, but managed to limit a struggling Dodgers’ lineup to just six hits and a pair of walks in this one. The 32-year-old righty has allowed 10 runs runs on 20 hits with a 19:7 K:BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings across four starts this season. He’s worthy of a roster spot in standard mixed leagues and is a solid fantasy option when he takes on the Diamondbacks in his next start on Sunday.
Ross Stripling was charged with a season-high six runs -- two earned -- over 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday in a loss to the Padres.
Stripling was in control early on before completely unraveling in the third inning. A pair of costly throwing errors, followed by a Manny Machado grand slam, ultimately led to four unearned runs crossing the plate. He finished with four strikeouts and also walked two batters. The 30-year-old righty has recorded a 3.97 ERA with a 20:6 K:BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings across four starts to open the 2020 campaign. He’ll aim for better results when he squares off against the Angels on the road in his next start on Sunday.
Austin Hays went 2-for-5 and hit his first homer of the season in the 10th inning Tuesday to lead the Orioles to a wild 10-9 win over the Phillies.
The struggling Hays didn't have an extra-base hit in 62 plate appearances this year until taking Deolis Guerra deep for a two-run blast in the 10th tonight. The Phillies came back with one in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn't enough. The Orioles were down 3-0 after five tonight, up 5-3 after seven, down 6-5 after eight and tied 8-8 after nine. Alex Cobb and Zach Wheeler had similarly unremarkable starts, but then the bullpens combined to allow 13 runs in nine innings of work. In other words, it was a pretty typical game for the Phillies.
Making his first start at second base this year, Michael Chavis went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI on Tuesday, but also had a miscue that helped lead to a six-run inning for the Rays.
Chavis hadn't played anywhere other than first base in a few weeks, so it's not surprising that he had some rust at second. It's still good to see him there, and the Red Sox should strongly consider playing him at second regularly, probably even if they trade Mitch Moreland. There is a chance Chavis will hit enough to be a useful first baseman in the majors, but he's quite a bit more likely to be an asset if he can play an adequate second base
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