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4/18:Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has been on the 10-day disabled list since April 13 (retroactive to April 11) due to shoulder inflammation. While the injury wasn’t considered to be serious, he’s expected to need more than the 10-day minimum despite being able to come off the disabled list on Saturday. Donaldson has been shut down from any throwing since hitting the shelf, but testing did not reveal any injuries. Perhaps more worrisome, there’s also no timetable for his return. Yangervis Solarte has filled in more than admirable at the hot corner in Donaldson’s absence, so as of now, Toronto is in no rush to speed up his recovery. Missing significant time two years in a row certainly won’t help the 32-year-old’s upcoming free-agency case.--Andrew Bua - RotoBallerSource: Shi Davidi
4/18:Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wade Miley (groin strain) reportedly made good progress in his rehab start Tuesday with the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers. He will be bumped up all the way to more than 60 pitches in his next rehab start and then the Brewers will make a decision. With Junior Guerra recently emerging as a solid option in the rotation for Milwaukee, Miley may replace Jhoulys Chacin in the rotation, provided he is called up. If Miley is in Milwaukee's rotation, he'd strictly be a streaming option in the right matchups in NL-only and DFS.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Adam McCalvy on Twitter
4/18:Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia will rest Wednesday versus the Oakland Athletics. Garcia has struggled this year and is hitting .233 with just one home run and three RBI on the season. Garcia had the best year of his career in 2017, but has not had much success this year. Leury Garcia will play right field and bat sixth Wednesday.--Daniel Burdeen - RotoBallerSource: Daryl Van Schouwen
4/18:Free-agent outfielder Jose Bautista is not finished with baseball. The Atlanta Braves signed him to a one-year minor league contract and said that he would be playing his former position, third base. Whether we'll actually see Joey Bats in the big leagues is another question, since he's going to be playing extended spring training games for the time being. He essentially fell off a cliff in 2017, hitting .203 in 686 plate appearances. Bautista may be able to see his former teammates in June or July when the Braves play Toronto. See how he does in Florida before even thinking of grabbing him. If he makes it up to the big leagues and plays enough games to receive third base eligibility, he'd have some appeal in NL-only and deep mixed leagues for his power only.--Michael Griffin - RotoBallerSource: Braves Official Twitter
4/18:The Cincinnati Reds went back to a familiar configuration for their lineup in Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. A day after batting second, outfielder Jesse Winker is back in the leadoff spot, while yesterday's leadoff man, Billy Hamilton, is batting ninth. Hamilton mostly held down the leadoff spot while Winker was sidelined over the weekend with a sore shoulder. The team seems to prefer Winker as the leadoff batter, especially against right-handed pitching, as he's shown the ability to get on base consistently.--Matt Terelle - RotoballerSource: Cincinnati Reds on Twitter
4/18:Texas Rangers outfielder Renato Nunez is in the Texas starting lineup for the second time in four days. He is playing third base Wednesday, allowing Adrian Beltre to have a game as the designated hitter. Nunez went 1-for-4 with one strikeout in his Rangers debut. If he can be competent at the plate, he could earn himself increased playing time in the outfield as well as covering third base when Beltre needs an off day. At the moment Nunez is just an AL-only pickup, at best, and only offers DFS value when facing a left-handed pitcher.--Ben Rolfe - RotoBallerSource: Texas Rangers
4/18:Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (wrist) told reporters that he is experiencing soreness in his wrist after getting hit by a pitch during Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. X-rays on Mesoraco's wrist came back negative after he was forced to leave the game during the sixth inning. Despite experiencing soreness in his wrist, Mesoraco has full feeling in his fingers, which is a good sign. For now, consider the backup catcher day-to-day.--Matt Terelle - RotoballerSource: John Fayman on Twitter
4/18:Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar remains out of the lineup Wednesday after suffering a concussion Monday. Profar has been placed in the concussion protocol but has not gone on the 7-day disabled list. The Rangers are continuing with Isiah Kiner-Falefa at shortstop. Shortstop is one of the positions Kiner-Falefa has the least experience at, so the fact the Rangers are making do with him there suggests we may see Profar avoid the DL and be back sooner than expected. Profar will have plenty of opportunities at shortstop with Elvis Andrus out and is someone who should be stashed in AL-only and deep mixed leagues.--Ben Rolfe - RotoBallerSource: Texas Rangers
4/18:St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham will undergo tests on his injured right groin on Wednesday. Pham was hurt in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game, but with no bench players left, Pham was forced to finish out the game. Top outfield prospect Tyler O'Neill is being called up before Thursday's game, likely to serve as depth in case Pham is forced to miss some time. For now, Pham can be considered day-to-day. More information is likely to be known soon.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: Joe Trezza on Twitter
4/18:Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been forced out of the lineup Wednesday due to his calf injury flaring up. Indications are that Braun was due to be in the lineup for a second straight day had it not been for the injury. This will be the third day in four games that Braun has sat. In 2018, Braun is hitting just .200 with three home runs. With Christian Yelich back, there is suddenly an over-crowding in the Milwaukee outfield once again. If Braun does not begin performing better soon, he could find himself on the bench more often, even when healthy.--Ben Rolfe - RotoBallerSource: Adam McCalvy
4/18:Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (blister) indicated he's had blisters in the past in Japan and that he was usually able to make his next start. Ohtani was removed after just two innings on Tuesday due to a blister. However, it doesn't sound like this is something that will impact his next start. Manager Mike Scioscia also indicated that the blister should not impact Ohtani's ability to hit this week, so it's business as usual for the superstar.--Andy P - RotoBallerSource: Jeff Fletcher
4/18:The St. Louis Cardinals will promote outfield prospect Tyler O'Neill from Triple-A Memphis before Thursday's game. O'Neill is the No. 4 prospect in the Cardinals system, but he will likely be up just to provide depth this time around. With Tommy Pham dealing with a potential groin injury, O'Neill gives the Cardinals another starting option in the outfield. O'Neill is 22 years old and has hit 37 home runs with an .856 OPS at the Triple-A level.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: Joe Trezza on Twitter
4/18:Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos continues his pattern of sitting every third game for the Rays. With Ramos still only a year removed from recovering from a torn ACL, the Rays seem keen to get him as much rest as possible. Their decision will be made easier by Ramos' early-season struggles at the plate. A career .270 hitter, Ramos has managed just a .220 average so far in 2018 with one home run. Expect Ramos to improve as the season progresses and if the bat improves, the Rays will find it hard to leave him out of the lineup. His hitting ability should mean he finishes the year as a top-10 catcher.--Ben Rolfe - RotoBallerSource: Tampa Bay Rays
4/18:Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Andrew Triggs has an outing against one of the more strikeout-happy teams in the majors, the Chicago White Sox, on Wednesday, presenting the opportunity for a big day. Triggs has struck out 17 in 15 2/3 innings this season and the White Sox are averaging 10.4 strikeouts per game through 14 games. The White Sox are also averaging just 3.6 runs per game, so there does not appear to be too much risk. Triggs is now looking at back-to-back seasons in which he has started well and he is one of the top streaming options Wednesday. He also has the potential to become a must-own in mixed leagues with another good start.--Ben Rolfe - RotoBallerSource: Baseball Reference
4/18:Cincinnati Reds outfielder Scott Schebler (elbow) is expected to play for Double-A Pensacola again on Thursday and should be reinstated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday. Schebler has been sidelined for over two weeks after he was hit on the elbow by a pitch, resulting in an ulnar collateral ligament sprain. Schebler lost feeling in his right pinky and ring finger as a result, which led the Reds to place him on the DL. Schebler was off to a hot start before having his season interrupted, batting .333 with one homer in three games.--Matt Terelle - RotoballerSource: John Fayman on Twitter