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7/21:San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (hand) was able to throw weighted balls on Friday and is confident he'll be ready to return when first eligible on Aug. 19. Strickland suffered a broken right hand and has been out of action since June 18. When healthy, Strickland has worked as San Francisco's closer, pitching to a 2.84 ERA and a 29/13 K/BB ratio with 13 saves. It's unclear what the Giants' plans are when Strickland returns. Will Smith has been filling in admirably during Strickland's absence, and can run away with the job. Manager Bruce Bochy could also decide to give Strickland the full-time closer role back or roll with a committee. Will Smith is a must-own for now, but Strickland's return could muddy the waters for both pitchers.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: Henry Schulman
7/21:Colorado Rockies closer Wade Davis told reporters that he's available to pitch on Saturday. Davis stated he had food poisoning on Friday and is feeling much better now. Adam Ottavino should return to his regular setup role while Davis takes over the ninth inning unless any surprises happen during the game. Davis is second in the National League with 27 saves on the season.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: Patrick Saunders
7/21:Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker (forearm) was able to throw from 90 feet on flat ground Saturday. Shoemaker is rehabbing his way back from a forearm nerve surgery he underwent in May. It's likely that he remains out for the rest of the season and he could potentially miss part of 2019 as well. However, he is advancing in his throwing program and attempting to make progress along the way. Shoemaker owns a career 39-30 record with a 3.88 ERA and a 461/123 K/BB ratio. At 31 years old, he isn't a hold in dynasty leagues, however, he could potentially be a useful streamer if he gets his health in check during the 2019 season.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: J.P. Hoornstra
7/21:Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig (oblique) is expected to be activated from the disabled list and be back in the team's lineup during next weekend's series against the Atlanta Braves. He has been sidelined since July 8 with an oblique strain. Puig is hitting .265 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI and seven stolen bases over 76 games in 2018. He'll likely return to the regular starts, however, the Dodgers' outfield is a lot more crowded with Manny Machado taking over at shortstop. He'll face competition from guys like Chris Taylor and perhaps Cody Bellinger for starts going forward. That being said, Puig is safe to use in season-long and daily leagues whenever he is in the lineup.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: Pedro Moura
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  @ MIL    (Brent Suter - LHP)   |  2:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,400
7/21:The Cleveland Indians have signed catcher Rob Brantly to a contract and assigned him to Triple-A. Brantly has yet to appear in the majors in 2018, and was hitting just .218 in the minors with one home run and 19 games this season. He'll function as depth following the trade of Francisco Mejia and holds no fantasy value.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: Jordan Bastian
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  @ WSH    (Max Scherzer - RHP)   |  1:35 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
7/21:Cleveland Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer (shoulder) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for the next eight to 12 months. That timeline eliminates him for the rest of the season and likely into 2019 as well. Zimmer has shown promise during his short MLB career, hitting .237 with 10 home runs, 48 RBI and 22 stolen bases over 135 games. He'll now focus on trying to rehab his shoulder and returning to full health. If Zimmer is the same player once he returns from injury is yet to be known.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: Jordan Bastian
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  @ TEX    (Yovani Gallardo - RHP)   |  3:05 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,300
7/21:New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (foot) will likely see a specialist and undergo an MRI sometime early next week. After being activated from the disabled list on Friday, Cespedes remains out of the lineup on Saturday with a potentially serious injury. Recently Cespedes said he is dealing with a calf injury that could only be resolved with a surgery that takes 8-10 months to recover. After Cespedes sees the specialist and undergoes his MRI, the Mets will have a much better understanding of where their star outfielder stands health wise. For now, fantasy owners must be cautious and understand that Cespedes' injuries could derail him the rest of the season.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: Kristie Ackert
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  @ NYY    (Masahiro Tanaka - RHP)   |  8:08 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $7,900
7/21:Texas Rangers relief pitcher Alex Claudio (ankle) has been activated from the disabled list. He ended up just missing the minimum amount of time with a left ankle sprain. Claudio has pitched to a 4.32 ERA and a 23/7 K/BB ratio in 2018. For now, Claudio's fantasy value is limited as a middle reliever. However, there's a chance that current closer Keone Kela is moved prior to the deadline. Claudio held a 2.50 ERA and a 56/15 K/BB ratio with 11 saves in 2017. If he is promoted to closer, he would become an immediate pickup. If trade talks on Kela become stronger, Claudio would be worth a speculative add in all leagues.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: John Blake
7/21:Texas Rangers pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx has been recalled from Triple-A prior to the team's game on Saturday. Bibens-Dirkx holds a 2-2 record with a 3.71 ERA and a 26/9 K/BB ratio in six starts for the Rangers in 2018. However, it is being speculated that he will be used as a reliever for the time being. With the Rangers likely to sell before the trade deadline, there's a chance Bibens-Dirkx finds his way back into the pitching rotation. For now though, he'll pitch in long relief and holds no fantasy value. Ricardo Rodriguez was sent down in a corresponding move.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: John Blake
7/21:San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has been activated from the paternity leave list prior to the team's game on Saturday. Belt ended up missing just one game to witness the birth of his child. He's back in the lineup and batting second against the Oakland Athletics. Belt is hitting .287 on the season with 13 home runs, 42 RBI and 43 runs scored. He's safe to use in both daily and season-long leagues.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: Giants on Twitter
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  @ OAK    (Sean Manaea - LHP)   |  4:05 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $7,300
7/21:The Chicago White Sox are reportedly unlikely to move first baseman Jose Abreu prior to the July 31 trade deadline. With the White Sox in full rebuild mode, it seemed likely that the team would want to add to their farm system by moving their All-Star first baseman. However, the team appears to be inclined to hold onto Abreu for reasons unknown. It has been reported in the past that the White Sox like Abreu for his Cuban connections to both second baseman Yoan Moncada and outfield prospect Luis Robert. Abreu is hitting .251 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI in 2018.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: Bob Nightengale
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  @ SEA    (Marco Gonzales - LHP)   |  4:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $8,000
7/21:Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano (shoulder) has been activated from the disabled list and will start against the Houston Astros on Saturday. Tropeano has been out since June 10 with right shoulder inflammation. On the season, he has pitched to a 3-4 record with a 4.83 ERA and a 44/20 K/BB ratio. The Angels pitcher showed spurts of potential last season and could be worth a stream against some lower competition later in the season. However, on Saturday against the defending champion Astros, he should be left on the waiver wire.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: Angels on Twitter
7/21:The Seattle Mariners are reportedly showing interest in New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera has hit .282 with 17 home runs, 53 RBI and 46 runs scored over 93 games in 2018. With Robinson Cano ineligible for the playoffs due to his PED suspension, the Mariners are looking for a second basemen for their postseason run. Cabrera has performed well in 2018 and would receive a fantasy boost playing in a strong Mariners offense. After trading Jeurys Familia, it appears as if the Mets will be sellers at the deadline and Cabrera could be the next to go.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: Matt Ehalt
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  @ NYY    (Masahiro Tanaka - RHP)   |  8:08 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,900
7/21:The Colorado Rockies have recalled Garrett Hampson from Triple-A to take the injured DJ LeMahieu's spot on the roster. Hampson is currently ranked as the sixth best prospect in the Rockies' organization by MLB Pipeline. He is making his MLB debut on Saturday after hitting .305 with eight home runs, 36 RBI and 33 stolen bases over 91 minor league games in 2018. Hamspon offers impressive speed and is a threat to steal whenever he gets on base. If the Rockies give him ample playing time during LeMahieu's absence, he could be a middle infield option to watch in deeper leagues.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: Rockies PR
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  @ ARI    (Zack Greinke - RHP)   |  4:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
7/21:According to Rob Biertempfel, "[Pittsburgh] Pirates [catcher] Francisco Cervelli (concussion) has been cleared to resume baseball activities. At the moment, he is taking grounders at first base at GABP." Cervelli spent some time on the disabled list in late June and early July, and was placed on the DL again, July 14. Cervelli may not return to catcher, and has been practicing at first base. Josh Bell is the usual Pirates first baseman, so we will see how things work out in Pittsburgh when Cervelli returns.--Aaron Russell - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Rob Biertempfel
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  @ CIN    (Matt Harvey - RHP)   |  1:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,600
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