Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Seattle Mariners LHP Yusei Kikuchi is scheduled to start Tuesday, Aug. 27, against the New York Yankees. Kikuchi had his last start skipped.
Seattle Mariners OF Mitch Haniger (groin, back) has been bothered by a sore back during his rehab from groin surgery. Manager Scott Servais was unaware of the severity but hopes Haniger can resume playing soon.
Seattle Mariners RP Chasen Bradford (forearm) underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week.
Colorado Rockies RP Scott Oberg (arm) had an 'arterial repair' to help with a blood clot in his arm, according to manager Bud Black. Oberg will not pitch again this season.
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Garrett Richards (elbow, shoulder) will throw live batting practice on Saturday and hopes to resume his rehab assignment with Single-A Lake Elsinore next Thursday. Richards left his last rehab start on Aug. 5 with shoulder discomfort after 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Coming back from Tommy John surgery, Richards is still expected to pitch before the season is over. The 31-year-old right-hander should be a big part of the Friars rotation in 2020, but he won't help fantasy owners at all in the final month.
Minnesota Twins OF Eddie Rosario (hamstring) received a 'clean' MRI on his hamstring, per manager Rocco Baldelli, but Rosario was held out Friday, Aug. 23, and remains day to day.
Detroit Tigers INF Niko Goodrum (groin) was removed Friday, Aug. 23, due to tightness in his groin.
Detroit Tigers infielder Niko Goodrum (groin) will be placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday after he left the game early. Goodrum missed time with the same injury this past week and it appears he just can't shake the injury. Ronny Rodriguez and Gordon Beckham could continue to platoon at the keystone with Goodrum out, but neither is attractive outside of AL-only leagues. The Athletic's Emily Waldon also suggests that the rebuilding Tigers could recall infielder Willi Castro. Goodrum is hitting .248/.322/.421 with 12 home runs, 61 runs, 45 RBI and 12 stolen bases this year. He's intriguing for his power/speed combination, but he's unlikely to help fantasy owners the rest of the way.
Updating a previous report, Miami Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson (hand) suffered a fractured hand on Friday night and is likely done for the rest of the season. Anderson will finish the year hitting .261/.342/.468 with 20 home runs, 57 runs, 66 RBI and five stolen bases in 520 plate appearances as one of the better offensive pieces for the lowly Fish. You can probably go ahead and drop him now in redraft leagues for another corner infield option the rest of the way. As a result of Anderson's injury, veterans Martin Prado and Neil Walker could see more action at first base if Miami chooses to shift Garrett Cooper to the outfield the rest of the way.
Chicago White Sox OF Eloy Jimenez (hip) missed his second straight game Friday, Aug. 23, due to a sore hip. Manager Rick Renteria said Jimenez could have pinch hit and may return as soon as Saturday, Aug. 24.
Texas Rangers OF Danny Santana (hamstring) returned to the starting lineup on Friday, Aug. 23, after missing the previous game with a sore hamstring.
Milwaukee Brewers RHP Jimmy Nelson (elbow) could return to the majors when rosters expand on Sept. 1, according to manager Craig Counsell. Nelson is currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A San Antonio.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty threw six scoreless innings on Friday, allowing just three hits and a walk. He struck out nine and threw just 88 pitches to get his 18 outs. The win gave Flaherty an 8-6 record and dropped his ERA to 3.32. He's been one of the better starters in the National League over the past month or so.
Arizona Diamondbacks P Robbie Ray (back) is 'trending toward' returning from the IL to start Sunday, Aug. 25, against the Milwaukee Brewers, according to manager Torey Lovullo.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna had a strong game on Friday, going 2-for-3 with a home run and a double. He added a walk, drove in three runs, and scored two. Ozuna has been streaky his entire career, and he looks like he's starting off a patented Ozuna hot streak. His batting line is up to .265/.343/.520. He needs to be started in all formats right now and should be a top option in DFS slates.
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor hit a two-run home run in the second inning of Friday's game. He ended up 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. It was his 22nd bomb of the season, and his slash line went up to .297/.351/.517. He's one of the best fantasy shortstops around.
Philadelphia Phillies RP Juan Nicasio (shoulder) was removed from the game after throwing just two pitches on Friday, Aug. 23, due to shoulder soreness.
Miami Marlins INF Brian Anderson (finger) suffered a broken finger on his left hand after being hit by a pitch on Friday, Aug. 23; the injury could keep Anderson sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand responded to his manager's vote of confidence by throwing a scoreless ninth inning and earning his 30th save. Hand had been struggling mightily over the last two months, but manager Terry Francona confirmed that the team would not be making a switch in the ninth inning. Hand came in and allowed a hit, but faced just three batters, making quick work of the ninth inning with just 15 pitches.
Cleveland Indians rookie starting pitcher Zach Plesac pitched well on Friday, falling an out shy of a quality start. He still earned the win, bringing his record up to 7-4. He pitched 5 2/3 innings Friday, allowing one run on four hits and two walks. He struck out five and threw 91 pitches, lowering his ERA to 3.40.
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