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The Arizona Diamondbacks called up pitcher Tyler Gilbert from Triple-A on Tuesday. Fellow pitcher Miguel Aguilar was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move. The 27-year-old Gilbert has never pitched in the majors, but he's put together a solid season at Triple-A this year. Over 11 games (10 starts) this year, he's gone 5-2 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.24 WHIP while averaging 8.6 K/9. The Diamondbacks haven't found much consistent pitching so far this year, so we could see Gilbert get a chance to make his first MLB start soon. However, at this point, it seems more likely that he's headed for a bullpen role to begin his career in the majors.
Boston Red Sox second baseman/outfielder Kike Hernandez is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Wily Peralta and the Detroit Tigers. Marwin Gonzalez is getting the start at second base while Jarren Duran is manning center field and leading off. Hernandez has been providing a great spark at the top of the Red Sox lineup over the past month or so. In July, he slashed .274/.381/.568 with six home runs, 15 RBI and 16 runs. Duran is a threat for playing time, but he's slashed just .150/.186/.300 over 14 games since being called up, so Hernandez should continue to lead off most games for now.
The San Diego Padres designated utilityman Jorge Mateo for assignment Tuesday. The move makes way for reliever Matt Strahm's (knee) activation from the 60-day IL. Mateo had played sparingly with the Friars, tallying a .572 OPS with two homers and five steals in 93 plate appearances. Once a highly touted prospect for the Oakland A's with blazing speed, the 26-year-old will be outrighted to Triple-A El Paso unless he's claimed. With a career 31 percent strikeout rate, Mateo's inability to reach base diminishes him as a weapon on the basepaths. He shouldn't be a highly regarded fantasy piece in dynasty.
The Milwaukee Brewers claimed relief pitcher Sal Romano off waivers on Tuesday. Romano was designated for assignment by the New York Yankees on July 31. The Brewers will be Romano's third team this year as he began the year with the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers placed John Axford (elbow) on the injured list on Tuesday, so they decided to look elsewhere for some bullpen depth. Romano doesn't figure to see many high-leverage opportunities off the bat. Over 23 innings this year, he's posted a 4.70 ERA with a 1.39 WHIP.
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Yusei Kikuchi and the Seattle Mariners. Yandy Diaz is getting the start at first base while Joey Wendle is covering third. Choi started the team's most recent game against a lefty, facing Martin Perez last Friday. However, he should continue to see regular days off when a southpaw is on the mound. He's slashing .235/.304/.333 against lefties this year while he has a far superior .259/.386/.491 slash line against righties. He should be back in the lineup for Wednesday's game with righty Logan Gilbert on the mound for the Mariners.
The Miami Marlins have called up pitcher Nick Neidert from Triple-A and he is slated to start Tuesday's game against the New York Mets. The 24-year-old Neidert has bounced between the majors and Triple-A throughout the year. He's made six appearances (five starts) for the Marlins this year and has posted a 3.96 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. He's struggled with walks and hasn't been missing many bats, leading to his 0.9 K/BB ratio. There's a good chance he'll be headed right back to Triple-A unless he has a standout outing on Tuesday.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Zach Plesac and the Cleveland Indians. Corey Dickerson (foot), who was activated from the injured list on Tuesday, is getting the start at designated hitter and batting sixth. This will be his debut with the team. Grichuk has had a great year overall. Through 101 games, he's slashing .253/.283/.454 with 19 home runs, 67 RBI and 44 runs. However, his contact numbers have been down over the last month or so. He hit .197 in July and he has gone just 1-for-7 through his first two games in August. The contact numbers may come and go for Grichuk, but he should remain a strong source of home runs and RBI throughout the rest of the year.
Cleveland Indians first baseman Bobby Bradley is back in the starting lineup, playing first base and batting sixth, in Tuesday's game against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Toronto Blue Jays. Bradley was placed on the bereavement list last week as he had a funeral to attend. He was activated from the bereavement list on Monday and came into Monday's game as a pinch-hitter, going 0-for-1 with a strikeout. Bradley has hit just .200 over 42 games this year, but he's shown some promising power potential. He's hit 11 home runs while slugging .481. Bradley is someone worth keeping an eye on for fantasy managers in AL-only leagues and deep leagues, though he's not a must-roster player in any format at this point.
Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies. Andrew Stevenson is getting the start in center field and leading off in the game. Robles has had a tough year at the plate overall and has particularly struggled over the last month or so. He slashed just .130/.254/.185 in July and he's hitless over six at-bats so far in August. On the bright side, he made waves across the web through his newfound friendship with a praying mantis that landed on his hat during Monday's game. Perhaps the two will be spending more time together on Robles' day off, though we at RotoBaller have no trustworthy sources to indicate that this is the true reason for his day off.
Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) is set to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday. Mondesi has been out since June 20 with a strained left oblique and he has managed to play just 10 games this year due to multiple injuries. Royals GM Dane Moore dropped a meteor on fantasy managers rostering Mondesi in dynasty leagues earlier this week. Speaking of Mondesi in 2022, Moore said, "We can't count on him as an everyday player." Mondesi has been a standout fantasy asset when healthy over the past six years, stealing 114 bases and hitting 36 home runs over 318 games. Fantasy managers shouldn't hit the panic button quite yet on Mondesi, but clearly he has to earn some trust back from the organization.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds. Donaldson tested out his injured hamstring but still felt tightness and will miss his fourth contest, though he will be available as a pinch hitter. Luis Arraez will start at third base and bat fifth for Minnesota against Reds' righty Tyler Mahle. Arraez should see some RBI chances from that slot in the lineup, but his limited power makes him a less favorable play than others in DFS realms.
On Tuesday, New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (elbow) spoke to reporters for the first time since he had been shut down from throwing. He said that he was dealing with elbow inflammation, which is unrelated to the forearm tightness he dealt with earlier this season. He explained that his elbow had felt fine all year prior to this recent development. He told the reporters that he was confident he would pitch again this year. There of course isn't a clear timetable for deGrom's recovery still, so fantasy managers in all formats will need to remain patient and reserve an IL spot for him for the time being.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker was released from the club. Shoemaker was a low-risk signing this past offseason, though it certainly didn't work out the way the Twins or potential fantasy investors hoped, as he recorded a career-worst 8.03 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 60 1/3 innings. The veteran righty did rebound to pitch well in four Triple-A starts before his release, recording a 1.80 ERA, but his fantasy value remains low at the moment. The rebuilding Twins will get to see what they have in their young crop of pitching prospects over the last couple of months of the season.
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins (groin) is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Patrick Corbin and the Washington Nationals. Hoskins was left out of the starting lineup for each of the past four games due to a left groin injury. However, he did pinch-hit in Monday's game, going 0-for-1 with a strikeout, so it's not a big surprise to see him back in the starting lineup on Tuesday. Hoskins was on a bit of a roll before the injury. He recorded at least one hit in each of his last six games in July, tallying two home runs and three doubles over that six-game stretch. We'll see if he can pick up where he left off on Tuesday.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and shortstop Brandon Crawford are both absent from the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against their former teammate Madison Bumgarner and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Curt Casali is getting the start behind the plate and Thairo Estrada is manning shortstop. This will be Crawford's first day off since his return from the injured list last Thursday. Posey, meanwhile, will sit for the second time over the last four games. Expect to see them both back in the lineup for the third game of the series on Wednesday.
Boston Red Sox closer Matt Barnes was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Tuesday. While he hasn't tested positive for COVID-19, he has been battling symptoms of a non-COVID-related illness. There's a good amount of speculation from various Red Sox beat writers that Barnes' stint on the COVID-19 injured list won't be long. Barnes has had a great year as Boston's closer, converting 23 of his 27 save opportunities. Adam Ottavino is the most likely candidate for saves while Barnes is out, though Hansel Robles, who was just acquired from the Minnesota Twins, could also be a candidate.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini is getting the day off on Tuesday as the team faces Nestor Cortes and the New York Yankees. Ryan Mountcastle is manning first base in the game while DJ Stewart is filling in as designated hitter. Mancini had a strong month of July, slashing .299/.344/.575 with five home runs, eight RBI and 15 runs. However, he's gone 0-for-8 to start off August. Mancini currently ranks in the 84th percentile in both xBA (.273) and xSLG (.487) and he ranks in the 92nd percentile in max exit velocity (113.9 mph). He should continue to provide strong all-around numbers for fantasy managers throughout the second half of the year.
The Toronto Blue Jays placed third baseman Cavan Biggio (back/neck) on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday due to back and neck discomfort. The team activated outfielder Corey Dickerson in a corresponding move. Biggio has been dealing with lingering back and neck discomfort throughout the year and has really struggled at the plate all year. He's especially had a rough patch over the last month. He slashed just .175/.222/.263 in July. In shallow leagues, he's a drop candidate if you don't have an extra IL spot. In deep leagues and AL-only leagues, he's worth holding onto. He could be a valuable power and speed asset amidst one of the league's top lineups if he can get things together this year.
Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez (groin) will return to the lineup on Tuesday to face the Kansas City Royals. Jimenez missed the entire season with a torn pectoral muscle, but was activated last Monday. Jimenez then picked up a groin injury on Wednesday and missed the rest of the week. It's great news for managers to see the young slugger back in the White Sox. Jimenez is 2-for-11 since his return with one home run and there should be plenty more to come during the rest of the season. Jimenez will bat fourth and be the designated hitter on Tuesday versus left-hander Kris Bubic.
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Zach Reks was recalled from Class AAA Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Aug. 3.
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