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San Diego Padres RHP Dinelson Lamet (forearm) pitched a simulated inning on Thursday, July 29, and manager Jayce Tingler said it was 'very realistic' that Lamet was ready to transition to 'live game action.' Lamet will work out of the bullpen upon his return.
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland took the loss on Thursday when he allowed one run on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts over six innings in a 3-0 shutout loss to the San Diego Padres. Freeland ran into a little trouble in the first inning, culminating in an RBI double from Fernando Tatis Jr. but that would be the only run he would allow all game. The Padres hit him around a bit and had nine men reach base but Freeland was able to keep them off the scoreboard. The 28-year-old southpaw has a sterling 1.98 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over his last 41 innings (seven starts). Overall, he's got a 4.52 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 46:19 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings (12 starts) on the year. He'll face the Cubs at home in his next turn and should be on the streaming radar for that one.
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (head) was held out of the starting lineup Thursday, July 29, after taking a foul ball off of his mask in the previous game. Manager Gabe Kapler said that Posey tested negative for a concussion, though, and could return as soon as Friday, July 30.
Cincinnati Reds INF Mike Moustakas (heel) could begin playing in rehab games for Triple-A Louisville early next week, according to manager David Bell.
Cincinnati Reds OF Nick Senzel (knee) is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Friday, July 30.
Chicago White Sox OF Eloy Jimenez (groin) was not in the lineup Thursday, July 29, after being removed from the team's previous game with a groin strain. Manager Tony La Russa said the team is still awaiting word regarding the severity of Jimenez's injury.
Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu (neck) was not in the starting lineup on Thursday, July 29, due to stiffness in his neck.
New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (forearm) threw a side session on Thursday, July 29. It was his third since hitting the injured list July 18.
Tampa Bay Rays DH Nelson Cruz (foot) was not in the starting lineup for a second straight game on Thursday, July 29, due to a bruised foot.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin got plenty of run support Thursday night, leaving game two of the doubleheader against the Phillies in position for a win, but an unfortunate bullpen meltdown left him with just a no-decision. Corbin wasn't especially effective himself, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out two batters and gave up three home runs. It's his third consecutive outing with at least four earned runs allowed, and fantasy managers should be far away from him by now.
Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 3-for-5 with three singles and two runs scored in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies. He was also caught stealing. He's been successful in just six of 12 attempts this season. Soto remains wildly effective at the plate as usual, but his fantasy value is bound to dip slightly with so many of his teammates around him being traded. Still, his power and plate discipline will keep him as a top fantasy asset, though he could stand to pick his spots a bit better on the basepaths.
Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman started Thursday's nightcap against the Philadelphia Phillies, batting third and playing first base. He went 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI, and two runs scored. As it stands, Zimmerman has only been in the lineup against left-handed starters, but with so many players on the move that could change. Starting first baseman Josh Bell could be moved as well, or the team has been experimenting with Bell in the outfield to create room for Zimmerman. He could have value in deep mixed and NL-only leagues in that scenario.
Washington Nationals outfielder Yadiel Hernandez started game two of Thursday's doubleheader, going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored against the Philadelphia Phillies. With the Nationals firmly in sell mode, playing time could open up for the lefty swinger, who has two homers and two steals in his 90 at-bats this season. Hernandez has been especially effective in his last 10 plate appearances, going 5-for-9 with a walk, four RBI, and three runs scored. Fantasy managers don't need to rush out to add him.
Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Steven Brault (lat) made his fourth rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, July 29. He pitched four innings as he continues to work his way back from a lat injury that has sidelined him since April 1.
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Kyle Finnegan pitched a clean inning in game one of the team's doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, earning his first career save in the process. He struck out two batters. Finnegan has been excellent lately with six consecutive scoreless outings, and with Brad Hand and Daniel Hudson on the move, he could figure into the saves situation going forward. The Nationals may not win many more games, but Finnegan is worth a look for desperate fantasy managers.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer made his final start in a Washington uniform Thursday afternoon and went out in classic fashion, throwing a gem to earn his eighth win of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies. Scherzer allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out five batters. He brings his 2.45 ERA and 0.89 WHIP with 147 strikeouts in 111 innings to the Los Angeles Dodgers, where his fantasy value figures to be bumped up with the increased likelihood of wins.
Washington Nationals utility man Josh Harrison was the offensive star Thursday, collecting a home run, three doubles, a single, two RBI, and two runs across eight at-bats in a doubleheader split against the Philadelphia Phillies. The home run came in the nightcap, a two-run shot off reliever Connor Brogdon. It was his sixth of the year. Harrison has produced an .800 OPS in 320 at-bats and has added five stolen bases. He is likely to be traded before the deadline on Friday, which would likely ding his playing time and fantasy value.
Baltimore Orioles SS Richie Martin (wrist) was sent to Class AA Bowie to continue his rehab assignment Thursday, July 29.
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (knee) was sent to Class AAA Sacramento to begin a rehab assignment Thursday, July 29.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez just didn't have it Thursday night, allowing six runs on seven hits and four walks to the Toronto Blue Jays in 3 1/3 innings. If there's one positive, it's that Rodriguez struck out eight batters. He took the loss to drop his record to 7-6. Despite severe bad luck on the season, Rodriguez is hard to trust at this point. Fantasy managers will have to hope that some regression is coming to drop his 5.60 ERA and 1.41 WHIP.
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