In The Field
1B Chris Davis was back in action on Wednesday after missing two games to start the week with illness. Davis remains a viable play in deeper leagues. The Red Sox acquired IF Eduardo Nunez in a deal with the Giants this week and it appears they're content with allowing Nunez to split time at third with recent call up Rafael Devers. Devers is worth a flier in deeper fantasy leagues to to his upside, while Nunez is worth snagging in AL-only leagues with the potential to be a valuable starter down the stretch. 2B Dustin Pedroia was scratched from Saturday's game with a knee injury but he'll likely be back in the next couple of days. Keep an eye on Pedroia's status just to be safe, but plan on having him available this week. OF Avisail Garcia was placed on the 10-day DL last week with a ligament strain in his thumb. Keep Garcia stashed away as he'll likely be out for at least two weeks. OF Leury Garcia began a rehab assignment last week and could return from his finger injury next week to help fill the void in the White Sox' lineup. Garcia will be worth a look in deep leagues once he's activated. 2B Jason Kipnis remains on the DL with a hamstring injury but is expected to resume a minor league rehab assignment in the coming days. Keep Kipnis stashed away in deeper leagues for now, but don't be surprised if he's back next week. OF George Springer was placed on the 10-day DL last week with a minor quad injury but could be able to return for next weekend's series. Keep an eye on Springer's status and look to plug him in if he's indeed activated for some late-week action. OF Derek Fisher was called up for the second time this season following Springers injury and could still see extra at bats when Springer returns with Marwin Gonzalez sticking on the infield for now. Fisher is worth a flier in deeper leagues. 3B Alex Bregman was back in action on Friday after missing time last week with a minor hamstring injury. Bregman is worth a look in deeper leagues this week. C Salvador Perez returned to the Royals' lineup on Friday after missing Wednesday's game with muscle tightness around his ribcage. He remains a top fantasy catcher this week. OF Cameron Maybin remains on the shelf with a sprained knee, but the Angels hope he'll be able to ramp up his baseball activities next week. Keep Maybin stashed as it still looks like he's a couple weeks away from being an option for fantasy owners. OF Byron Buxton will likely wrap up a rehab assignment this weekend as he looks to bounce back from a groin injury and migraines that resulted from an outfield wall collision. If he is indeed activated, Buxton will only be worth a look as a source of steals in deep leagues. 3B Miguel Sano returned to the Twins' lineup on Friday for the first time since being hit in the hand by a pitch in Monday's game. Sano remains a top fantasy 3B option this week. OF Aaron Hicks is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment before the end of the week which could put him in line for a return during the following scoring period. Keep Hicks stashed away for another week. Mariners' OF Mitch Haniger is headed to the DL after taking a fastball off of the face in Saturday's game. Keep Haniger stashed away in hopes he can return in the next few weeks. The Mariners could look to acquire another outfielder before the trade deadline to fill the void in their outfield. OF Jarrod Dyson returned to the Mariners' lineup on Friday after missing over a week with a toe injury. Dyson is typically a solid source of steals, but owners may want to look elsewhere this week as the toe injury could limit him on the basepaths. The Rays boosted their lineup last week with the addition of 1B Lucas Duda in a deal with the Mets. Duda should be snagged in all AL-only formats. 1B Logan Morrison remains day-to-day with a heel injury which he sustained during Thursday's game. Morrison's status for the upcoming week is up in the air and fantasy owners considering starting him this week will need to confirm his status before plugging him in. C Wilson Ramos was back in action on Wednesday after he needed stitches to close a wound in his head after being hit by a piece of a broken bat on Monday. Ramos is worth a look in most leagues this week. SS Troy Tulowitzki will miss this week's slate after landing on the DL on Saturday with an ankle injury. Keep Tulowitzki stashed away and don't expect much out of Ryan Goins who will see most of the action at short with Tulowitzki on the shelf.
On The Mound
Jeremy Hellickson was dealt from the Phillies to the Orioles on Friday and promptly got into a minor car accident the next day. Hellickson is expected to be fine and should still be in play this week where he should be snagged in AL-only leagues. David Price was placed on the 10-day DL with renewed soreness in his elbow and there's currently no timetable for his return. Keep Price stashed away. Doug Fister will jump back into the Red Sox' rotation but isn't a recommended fantasy add. Daniel Norris remains on the DL after receiving a cortisone injection to speed his recovery from a groin injury. Norris won't likely return for another few weeks and isn't worth stashing outside of deep AL-only leagues. Dallas Keuchel looked rusty in his return to the Astros' rotation on Friday which isn't surprising given his brief rehab assignment. Keuchel should be fine long term and is still worth considering with his next start likely coming against the Rays next week. In order to make room for Keuchel, Brad Peacock has been moved to the bullpen. Hold Peacock until after the trade deadline to see if the Astros somehow free up a spot in the rotation to him, but if he's stuck in the pen he'll be droppable despite his success in the rotation this season. The Royals added Trevor Cahill to their rotation this week in a deal with the Padres. Cahill's value jumps a bit with a better offense behind him in mixed leagues, and he's a must add in AL-only formats. The Angels could be getting a boost to the rotation as early as next week as Andrew Heaney could be making his final rehab start on Monday. Heaney, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery is worth keeping an eye on over the next few weeks as he could have mixed-league value. Angels' starter Alex Meyer was placed on the 10-day DL last week with shoulder inflammation. Meyer was solid prior to the injury and could return to the Angels' rotation this week, though coming off of the shoulder injury he'll be a risky start. The Twins and Braves worked out a deal this past week for veteran lefty Jaime Garcia last week, giving the Twins a boost to their starting rotation. Garcia is worth snagging in AL-only leagues after the league switch. Jharel Cotton will be activated to start today's game as he's recovered from a blister on his pitching hand. Cotton will need to string together a couple quality starts before he'll be startable again. Kendall Graveman may rejoin the Athletics' rotation this week after one more rehab start. Graveman has flashed mixed league value at times and is worth adding in AL-only formats once he's activated, but mixed league owners will want to wait and see how he responds upon returning. Jake Odorizzi was placed on the 10-day DL last week with a lower back strain. Odorizzi could return for a start next weekend but it's unclear if he'll be able to return that soon. Owners are better off looking elsewhere. A.J. Griffin has likely made his final rehab start and could return to the Rangers' rotation with a start this week. Griffin was pitching well this season prior to the injury but while he's worth a look in deeper leagues, he'll be a risky start this week coming off of injury. Griffin will take over the rotation spot left by Tyson Ross who landed on the DL with blisters on his pitching hand. Ross hasn't pitched well since his return from the DL and isn't worth stashing away.
In The Bullpen
Cody Allen appears to have taken back the Indians' closer job as he's been getting the call later in games after Andrew Miller's brief stint in that role. Both pitchers are worth owning but Allen is likely the one to turn to for saves. The A's decided to shake up the back end of their bullpen last week going to Blake Treinen in a save situation over Santiago Casilla who has struggled. Treinen promptly blew his first save opportunity so it wouldn't be a surprise to see the A's go right back to Casilla the next time a save opportunity arises. Neither reliever is a reliable fantasy option but if you're chasing saves both are worth owning until the situation sorts itself out. Alex Colome blew a save this week against the Yankees but will remain as the Rays' closer despite the acquisition of Steve Cishek from the Mariners. Colome remains a solid relief option. Roberto Osuna imploded on Saturday allowing three runs in a blown save to the Angels. Osuna has now blown five saves on the season, but his job is likely secure at the back end of the Blue Jays' pen.
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