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Oakland Athletics 3B Matt Chapman (foot) did not play for a fourth straight game on Thursday, Sept. 16, but did hit in the batting cage and could return to the lineup on Friday, Sept. 17. Chapman hasn't played since fouling a ball off of his foot Saturday, Sept. 11.
Baltimore Orioles INF Jahmai Jones was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after the team's game on Thursday, Sept. 16.
Los Angeles Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani (arm) won't make his scheduled start on Friday, Sept. 17, due to a sore throwing arm and may not be pitch again this season, according to manager Joe Maddon. Ohtani is not expected to consult with a doctor about the injury.
San Diego Padres INF Jake Cronenworth (finger) missed his sixth consecutive game Thursday, Sept. 16, due to a fractured left ring finger. The team remains hopeful he'll be able to return during the upcoming weekend series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
San Francisco Giants OF Mike Yastrzemski (elbow) was out of the starting lineup for a second straight game on Thursday, Sept. 16, due to a sore elbow. He did appear as a pinch hitter.
Cincinnati Reds OF Tyler Naquin (ribs) was out of the lineup for a fifth straight game on Thursday, Sept. 16, due to a rib injury. Manager David Bell said that Naquin is 'not progressing well' in his recovery from the collision that occurred on Saturday, Sept. 11.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Alex Cobb (8-3) showed that his month-a-half stint on the injured list didn't keep him from staying in form, securing the win in the 9-3 game against the Chicago White Sox. He threw five innings, allowed no runs on two hits and two walks while striking out five. He now has a 3.59 ERA with 89 strikeouts over 82.2 innings and 16 starts. If Cobb's on the waiver wire, fantasy managers in need of a starting pitcher should look his way. The Angels will likely keep the rotation intact amid his return, especially after it was announced that starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani might not pitch again this season.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez homered for the third consecutive game on Thursday. This one was a particularly notable homer as it was his 45th of the year. He is now tied with Reds legend Johnny Bench for the most home runs by a catcher in a single season. Bench set the mark over 50 years ago in 1970. Perez has been absolutely on fire over the last two months. 24 of his 45 home runs on the year have come since July 24. He's tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the MLB lead in home runs and he leads the majors in RBI with 112.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Tyler Mahle turned in an excellent start in a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. Mahle threw six shutout innings while allowing five hits, walking one, and striking out four. The veteran hurler picked up the win, improving his record to 12-5, to go along with a 3.59 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 192 strikeouts over 165 1/3 innings of work. Mahle draws another matchup against Pittsburgh next time out and should remain active in all fantasy formats as a result.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Mychal Givens threw a scoreless ninth inning to save a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. Givens struck out two and walked two in the outing. The save was Givens' eighth in 10 opportunities this year. Overall, Givens has a 3-3 record, 2.85 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 51 strikeouts over 47 1/3 innings of work. He has a firm grip on the closer's role in Cincy and is worth an add by any fantasy gamer in need of saves over the final few weeks of the season.
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Michael Chavis (elbow) will start a rehab assignment for Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The 22-year-old was placed on the 10-day injured list two weeks ago with a right elbow strain. Chavis has only played in six games for the Pirates since being acquired at the trade deadline but has played well, hitting .364/.364/.591 over that span with one home run, two RBI, and four runs scored on eight hits.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker (ribs) could be back in the lineup on Friday against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reported Thursday. Winker has been rehabbing with Triple-A Louisville as he bounces back from an intercostal strain that sidelined him back in August. The 28-year-old lefty was having his best season yet prior to injury, slashing .307/.395/.560 with 24 home runs, 71 RBI, and 77 runs scored on 129 hits. Plus, he's hitting .294/.368/.706 with two home runs against the Dodgers this season.
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (hamstring) could be activated off the injured list at some point over the team's current 10-game homestand. Manager Kevin Cash told the media he hasn't ruled out activating Franco on his first day of eligibility next Tuesday, but that he also thinks that would be too soon. The 20-year-old rookie has found his groove at the big-league level, slashing .285/.347/.463 with seven home runs, 36 RBI, two stolen bases, and 49 runs scored on 70 hits. Fantasy managers should keep an eye out for updates as the homestand progresses.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (shoulder) will start throwing on Friday, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Thursday. The 26-year-old right-hander was placed on the injured list on September 5 with a strained rotator cuff. There is still no exact timeline set for when he will return, so fantasy managers should keep an eye out for updates. Loaisiga is having his best season at the major league level, tallying a 9-4 record with a 2.25 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 66:15 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 68 innings pitched.
Houston Astros LHP Framber Valdez (hand) was scratched from his scheduled start against the Texas Rangers due to a cut on his hand Thursday, Sept. 16.
Kansas City Royals LHP Daniel Lynch (calf) was lifted from his start versus the Oakland Athletics due to left calf tightness Thursday, Sept. 16.
New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu is not in Thursday's lineup against the Baltimore Orioles. The team has made no indication that the 33-year-old veteran is injured, so he is likely getting a scheduled day off. LeMahieu has been solid at the plate as of late, slashing .320/.379/.440 through his last seven games with one home run, two RBI, and five runs scored on eight hits. Hopefully, for fantasy managers, he can keep this streak alive to finish off the season.
Houston Astros RHP Jake Odorizzi (foot) told reporters he was diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain Thursday, Sept. 16, but that he is confident he will be able to return to the rotation when he first eligible to be activated from the injured list Sept. 24.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (foot) has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain. He told reporters on Thursday that he was optimistic he'd be able to return to the rotation after the minimum 10 days. He landed on the injured list this past Tuesday, so he'll be first eligible to return on Friday, September 24. The initial fear was that he could have suffered a Lisfranc injury, which would have sidelined him for the rest of the year. Based on the encouraging news Thursday, there's a chance Odorizzi could still make two starts before the season is over. He currently has a 4.22 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 22 games (21 starts) on the year.
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood has a "good chance" of being activated from the COVID-19 injured list and making his next start against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, according to Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Wood has been out since late August after testing positive for COVID-19. He had bad symptoms from the virus, but he has since recovered and tested negative. The Braves are a tough matchup for Wood to return to, so fantasy managers may want to add him for future starts, but keep him on the bench on Saturday, assuming he's able to go. Over 23 starts on the year, Wood has gone 10-4 with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
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