Recent MLB Player News

Mariners option Sam Gaviglio to Triple-A Tacoma

The Seattle Mariners optioned starting pitcher Sam Gaviglio to Triple-Tacoma on Thursday.

What It Means:

This move will make room for reliever Max Povse, who has been recalled from Tacoma and will likely slide into a middle relief role for the big league club.

In 11 starts and 12 total appearances, the right-hander has gone 3-5 with a 6.09 FIP and a .267 opponent average.

Manuel Margot officially placed on Padres' paternity leave list

San Diego Padres outfielder Manuel Margot has been placed on the paternity leave list.

What It Means:

Margot should return in a couple of days. Hunter Renfroe (neck) was activated from the 10-day disabled list in a correlated move.

Margot is slashing .259/.305/.376 with 10 steals in 276 plate appearances (64 games) this season. numberFire's models project him to turn in a .254 batting average with 7 steals in 195 plate appearances over the remainder of the 2017 campaign.

Source: FriarWire

Padres activate Hunter Renfroe (neck) from disabled list

The San Diego Padres have activated outfielder Hunter Renfroe from the 10-day disabled list.

What It Means:

Manuel Margot has been placed on the 10-day paternity leave list in a corresponding move, after Renfroe missed the minimum 10 days. He comes into the second half with 16 homers and a .231 average behind the plate.

Our models project Renfroe for a .242 batting average, with 8 home runs, 27 RBI, and 25 runs scored over 219 plate appearances remaining this season.

Angels release Danny Espinosa

The Los Angeles Angels have released infielder Danny Espinosa.

What It Means:

After being designated for assignment on Sunday, Espinosa cleared waivers and will now be released by the club. Nick Franklin and Cliff Pennington are in line to get more starts at second base the rest of the way.

Through 254 plate appearances, the 30-year-old had hit just 6 home runs with a .223 wOBA on the year. In 2016, he bombed 24 homers with a .294 wOBA for the Washington Nationals.

Source: Rotoworld

Rays "looking at" Marlins' A.J. Ramos

The Tampa Bay Rays are "looking at" Miami Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

What It Means:

With reports that the Rays are also interested in the Detroit Tigers' Justin Wilson, it's clear that they are in the market for a top arm in the bullpen. Not a shocking development as their bullpen ranks 21st in the league with a 4.37 ERA.

Across 36 appearances and 35 1/3 innings, Ramos has racked up 17 saves and 2 wins on the year. He owns a 3.84 FIP and has struck out an impressive 11.46 batters per 9 innings in 2017.

Rangers' Joey Gallo not in the lineup against Baltimore

Texas Rangers infielder Joey Gallo is not in the lineup against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

What It Means:

It's a routine day off for Gallo, and Mike Napoli will start at first base while Jonathan Lucroy serves as the designated hitter.

Gallo is slashing .191/.311/.506 with a .344, 22 home runs and 42 games through 86 games in 2017, and numberFire's models project him to bat .225 and add 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 218 plate appearances over the remainder of the season.

Tigers' Andrew Romine in starting lineup on Thursday

Detroit Tigers utility player Andrew Romine is starting in right field against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Romine will take the place of Jim Adduci, who started yesterday's game in right. He will bat from the eighth spot versus lefty Danny Duffy.

On the year, Romine is batting .231/.296/.368 with 4 home runs in 201 plate appearances. According to numberFire's projections, he's due for 6.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,100 today.

Alex Presley returns to Detroit bench on Thursday

Detroit Tigers outfielder Alex Presley is on the bench for Thursday's series finale with the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

Presley returns to the bench after starting the past two for Detroit. The 31-year-old outfielder is slashing .307/.366/.413 in 27 games this season. Mikie Mahtook is starting in center field while Andrew Romine is in right. They're batting fifth and eighth, respectively, versus Royals left-hander Danny Duffy.

numberFire's models project Presley to turn in a .235 batting average in 57 remaining plate appearances this season.

Alex Avila sitting on Thursday for Detroit

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila is not starting Thursday's game against Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

With a lefty on the bump in K.C., Avila will make way for James McCann to get the start at catcher. The right-handed hitting McCann will bat seventh for the Tigers.

Our projections like Avila to add 7 home runs, 19 RBI and 19 runs over the remainder of the 2017 campaign.

Rangers' Nomar Mazara out against the Orioles

Texas Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara is not in the lineup for Thursday's road clash with the Baltimore Orioles.

What It Means:

Its' a routine day off for Mazara, and Delino DeShields will replace him in left field while batting leadoff against Orioles' righty Wade Miley.

Mazara has posted a .320 wOBA through 86 games in 2017, and numberFire's models project him to bat .261 and add 8 home runs and 28 RBI in 242 plate appearances over the remainder of the season.

Arizona's Jake Lamb hits two home runs in win on Thursday

Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb hit a pair of three-run homers in a 12-2 rout of the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

What It Means:

Moving to the third spot in the order seems to fit Lamb well after his two homer performance. It's his third multi-home run game of the season and the win helps pad the Dbacks wildcard lead in the National League.

Our models project Lamb to hit .268, with 12 home runs, 38 runs scored, and 38 RBI over 270 plate appearances remaining this season.

James Adduci back to Tigers' bench on Thursday

Detroit Tigers outfielder Jim Adduci is not in Thursday's starting lineup versus the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

Adduci went 0-for-2 on Wednesday in his first start since being called up from Triple-A Toledo, but he'll head back to the bench for tonight's series finale. Andrew Romine is starting in right field and batting eighth versus Royals left-hander Danny Duffy.

Adduci isn't much of a fantasy option due to the limited playing time, but he is slashing .304/.373/.478 with 4 doubles, 2 triples, and 7 RBI in 14 games in the majors this season. numberFire's models project him to turn in a .262 batting average in 69 plate appearances over the remainder of the year.

James McCann in Tigers' starting lineup on Thursday

Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann is starting behind the plate for Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

Staring down lefty Danny Duffy on Thursday night, the Tigers will deploy McCann over Alex Avila. He will hit seventh in the Tigers' order.

McCann has accounted for 6 of his 9 home runs in just 58 plate appearances against southpaws. At $2,300, our numbers have him down for 9.0 FanDuel points tonight.

Tigers' Mikie Mahtook starting on Thursday

Detroit Tigers outfielder Mikie Mahtook is starting in center field for Thursday night's matchup with the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

After a day off, Mahtook will return to play center and hit fifth against Kansas City's Danny Duffy. His return sends Alex Presley to the Detroit bench.

Mahtook has a .327 wOBA and .225 ISO against lefties in 2017. We project him at 9.5 FanDuel points while running $2,700 on this evening's slate.

Texas' Carlos Gomez batting eighth Thursday

Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez will bat eighth on the road against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

What It Means:

Gomez was batting seventh but he'll slide down one spot tonight against Orioles' lefty Wade Miley as Jonathan Lucroy re-enters the lineup batting out of the seven hole.

The Rangers have a strong 4.85 implied total tonight, and numberFire's models have Gomez as a solid fantasy value, projecting him for 11.1 FanDuel points while priced at $2,900.

Nick Castellanos hitting second in Tigers' order Thursday

Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is batting from the second spot Thursday against the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

After hitting fifth on Wednesday, Castellanos will return to his usual spot in the order as he mans third base for Detroit. He'll combat Royals' lefty Danny Duffy.

Castellanos sports a .416 wOBA with 9 home runs in 86 plate appearances against left-handed pitching this season. At $3,600, he's projected for 11 .9 FanDuel points in tonight's matchup.

Jonathan Lucroy in the Rangers' starting lineup on Thursday

Texas Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is in the lineup against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

What It Means:

Joey Gallo is getting the day off, and that means Mike Napoli will cover first base while Lucroy moves into the lineup as the designated hitter, batting seventh against Orioles' southpaw Wade Miley.

The Rangers have a solid 4.85 implied total tonight, and with a low $2,300 price-tag on FanDuel, numberFire's projection of 8.4 fantasy points has Lucroy offering strong value.

Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty (groin) expected to return June 25

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty (groin) is expected to return from the disabled list when first eligible on July 25.

What It Means:

Piscotty landed on the disabled list with a groin strain over the weekend, but the move was mostly intended to free up a roster spot as the injury is considered mild. The 26-year-old outfielder is scheduled to start a rehab assignment this week, which will allow the 26-year-old outfielder to work on his swing a bit after he batted just .171 (6-for-35) with 11 strikeouts in 10 games this month before landing on the DL. Magneuris Sierra, called up from Triple-A Springfield earlier in the week, will likely be sent back down upon Piscotty's return.

numberFire's models project Piscotty to post a .262 average, with 5 home runs and 21 RBI over 198 remaining plate appearances this season.

Rangers designate Pete Kozma for assignment

The Texas Rangers have designated infielder Pete Kozma for assignment.

What It Means:

As the club activates Keone Kela from the 10-day DL, they will open up a spot by moving Kozma off the active roster.

In 51 plate appearances, the 29-year-old tallied just 1 home run with a lousy .170 wOBA so far this season.

Source: Rotoworld

Keone Kela activated by Rangers

The Texas Rangers activated reliever Keone Kela from the 10-day disabled list.

What It Means:

Kela hasn't pitched in the majors since June 27 due to a sore right shoulder. He should see some ninth-inning work for Texas over the season's second half. The 24-year-old right-hander twirled a 2.64 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 35.3 strikeout percentage prior to landing on the DL.

numberFire's models project Kela to record a 3.09 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 27.4 strikeout percentage in 20 1/3 innings over the remainder of the year.

Source: Rotoworld

Rays' Steven Souza (hip) suffered no structural damage

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. suffered no structural damage to his injured left hip, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin.

What It Means:

Souza injured his hip while making an award slide in Wednesday's game against the Oakland Athletics. After undergoing an MRI Thursday it appears that Souza avoided major injury and can be considered day-to-day. He's likely to make a return in the next few days, but Shane Peterson and Peter Bourjos are poised to get a start or two in right.

For the rest of the season, numberFire's models project Souza for 5 home runs, 17 RBI and a .257 average in 131 plate appearances.

Shin-Soo Choo batting second for Texas

Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will bat second against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

What It Means:

Choo has been batting leadoff recently, but Delino DeShields will be back in the lineup and handle leadoff duties today, leaving Choo sliding down one spot in a matchup with Orioles' lefty Wade Miley.

The Rangers have a strong 4.85 implied total in this one, and numberFire's models project Choo for 12.1 FanDuel points -- representing solid value while priced at $3,200.

Delino DeShields in the Rangers' lineup, batting leadoff Thursday

Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields is in the lineup for Thursday's road clash with the Baltimore Orioles.

What It Means:

DeSheilds has been out of the lineup for the last four games as the Rangers have taken on righties, but he'll be back in left field and batting leadoff against Orioles' southpaw Wade Miley tonight.

numberFire's models have DeShields as one of the day's top value options, projecting him for 10.8 FanDuel points while priced at $2,600.

Caleb Joseph returns to Orioles' bench on Thursday

Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph is not starting on Thursday versus the Texas Rangers.

What It Means:

Joseph went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Wednesday, but he heads back to the bench for Thursday's contest against left-hander Cole Hamels and the Rangers. Welington Castillo will get the start behind the plate for Baltimore.

Joseph is batting .299/.329/.461 in 54 games this season. numberFire's models project him to turn in a .238 batting average in 113 plate appearances over the remainder of the year.

Addison Reed most likely to move for Mets

New York Mets reliever Addison Reed is receiving "the most interest" of the Mets' available trade targets, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

What It Means:

The Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers are among a number of teams interested in the 28-year-old arm. With Reed set to be a free agent this winter, he'll most likely be a rental for a contending team.

In 45 innings of work, the righty has turned in 16 saves, 4 holds and 47 strikeouts on the year. Our models project him for 13 more saves and 32 strikeouts over the course of 30 innings the remainder of the season.

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