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Tampa Bay Rays 1B Ji-Man Choi (knee) is dealing with some soreness with his knee, but manager Kevin Cash said he expects Choi to be activated from the injured list in the near future.
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Edwin Rios (labrum) is done for the remainder of the year. The 27-year-old will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Rios hasn't done much this season, sporting a miserable .078 average and four hits throughout 51 at-bats while striking out 18 times. Hopefully, surgery will help with Rios' statistical output next season, but in the meantime, fantasy managers outside of dynasty formats can safely part ways with him.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman notched his ninth straight save of the season in Wednesday's victory over Tampa Bay. It was slightly concerning when Chapman came out for the ninth and wasn't throwing as hard- especially a night after he had to be checked on by the trainer- though he reared back and hit 100 MPH on the radar gun at one point in a 1-2-3 ninth. The veteran southpaw has been the most dominant closer in the game this season and has now pitched the most innings, 15, without allowing an earned run this season. Chapman won't be out there for a save chance on Thursday, given that he pitched Tuesday and Wednesday, though the night off will be well-earned.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Rays. Hicks supplied the only run of the night for the Yankee offense- and it was all they needed with Gerrit Cole on the mound- when he lofted an 0-2 pitch into center field for a sacrifice fly to score Aaron Judge. The veteran outfielder is hitting over .300 in May with four RBI- and has definitely taken steps forward at the plate after his rough start. He also returned to the lineup quickly after missing a game due to a shin bruise, which is good news for his ability to manage the issue moving forward.
New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino (elbow, back) was not able to throw during a recent live batting practice session because of back stiffness.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez walloped a pair of homers to help lead the club to a 4-1 victory over the Braves on Wednesday. His solo shot in the seventh put them ahead by a run before he added some insurance in the top of the ninth with a 464' two-run shot for his 10th multi-homer game of his career. Hernandez added a walk in the contest and is now 7-for-11 over his past three games which has pushed his slash line to an impressive .293/.338/.507 through 19 games. The 28-year-old was slowed up to start the season with COVID-19, but he now appears to be in fine form hitting in the middle of the Jays lineup.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was excellent in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Braves, limiting the team to one run over seven innings. The lefty struck out six while allowing five hits and a walk with the only damage coming off of a William Contreras home run in the fifth. Ryu is making fantasy managers happy with a sterling 2.95 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through 39 2/3 IP on the year despite striking out less than a batter per inning (32 K). He'll look to keep his strong start to the season going in his next scheduled matchup at home versus a daunting Red Sox lineup.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole tossed a masterpiece in a 1-0 win over the Rays on Wednesday night. Cole pitched eight shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out 12 batters with zero walks. The ace right-hander was untouchable, as he generated 24 swinging strikes and had an incredible 43 percent CSW. Cole was at the 94-pitch mark after seven innings- but had plenty left in the tank for the eighth frame, as he struck out the side on 12 pitches. He now sports a 5-1 record and a 1.37 ERA across 52 2/3 innings with a 78:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Cole is an absolute beast on the mound and a must-start in any fantasy format every time he pitches. He'll face the Rangers next- they've posted the eighth-worst strikeout rate in the league.
Colorado Rockies left-hander Austin Gomber took a no-decision on Wednesday when he allowed one unearned run on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a 3-2 win over the Padres in Game 2 of their doubleheader. This was Gomber's best start as a member of the Rockies as he nearly shut down the Padres over his 5 1/3 innings. He was charged with one unearned run as a Charlie Blackmon throwing error allowed Austin Nola to reach home after a Ha-Seong Kim double in the top of the second inning. Most importantly for Gomber, he only issued one free pass. He's now thrown just two walks over his previous three starts before surrendering 19 in his first five to begin the season. He still owns a 5.49 ERA and 1.35 WHIP across 39 1/3 innings (eight starts), which leaves a lot to be desired. He gets these same Padres in a road rematch in his next turn.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler allowed two runs in six innings pitched in a no-decision at Washington on Wednesday. Wheeler wasn't at his best in this one as he allowed eight hits and a walk, but he used seven K's to work out of a couple of jams and keep the Nationals at bay. Wheeler has now gone at least six innings in four-straight starts with at least six strikeouts in each outing. He's sporting a strong 27 percent strikeout rate this season and his 2.85 ERA is backed up by a 3.20 xFIP. Wheeler has a juicy matchup in his next outing against a Marlins team that has the third-worst strikeout rate versus right-handed pitching.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (forearm) "looked good" throwing during live batting practice on Wednesday. The veteran hasn't played since straining his forearm at the end of April, and with the Astros dealing with some injuries in the rotation, his return can't come soon enough. However, the 31-year-old hasn't done much this season, recording no wins, one loss, and a 4.91 ERA throughout two starts on the season. Based on his statistical output over the years, his numbers in 2021 aren't out of the ordinary, so fantasy managers without room wouldn't lose much by dropping him.
Toronto Blue Jays reliever A.J. Cole picked up his first save of the season on Wednesday, closing the door on the Braves in the club's 4-1 win. He walked one in the outing while serving up three fly-ball outs to secure his fourth career save. It was just the second appearance of the season for the right-hander after getting called up from the alternate site last week, but he did a fine job with the club in 2020 with a 3.09 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Cole got the nod in the ninth with Jordan Romano getting the night off after a 29-pitch outing on Tuesday and primary setup man Tyler Chatwood handling the heart of the order in a 2-1 game in the eighth. There's no need to chase Cole on the waiver wire unless another arm were to fall in the Jays depleted bullpen.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Jose Urquidy (shoulder) was pulled from Wednesday's matchup against the Los Angeles Angels. The 26-year-old lasted nearly four innings before exiting with what was described as a posterior shoulder injury. He has met expectations so far in 2021, compiling a record of three wins and two losses in addition to a 3.51 ERA throughout seven starts. While he is classified as day-to-day, it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume he could miss a game or two moving ahead.
Cincinnati Reds infielder Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs, one RBI, and two walks in a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. Moustakas drew first blood with his solo shot in the second inning, taking Pirates starter Trevor Cahill deep. It was a welcome sight for Moustakas, who hadn't homered since May 2 and only has four long balls on the year. Moustakas will take a .235 average, 15 runs, and 12 RBI into Thursday's matchup against Colorado Rockies starter Chi Chi Gonzalez on Thursday. Hopefully the weekend series at Coors Field will jump-start his bat. On another positive note, Moustakas has been playing first base since Joey Votto fractured his thumb, so he could be close to gaining eligibility there in fantasy leagues.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Nick Pivetta was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Wednesday. The righty has been on a roll in 2021, sporting a 3.19 ERA to go along with five wins and no losses. While his 24 walks are somewhat concerning, his 35 strikeouts throughout 36 innings place him near the top of the league. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor Pivetta's status over the next few days leading up to his scheduled start on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels.
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies SS Didi Gregorius (elbow) left the game Wednesday, May 12, because of right elbow stiffness.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (hip) is expected to begin hitting in the cage on Thursday or Friday. Buxton was also cleared to throw and work with the strength and conditioning staff. Given that his timetable for a return was initially seen as "weeks" away, the star outfielder isn't close to being activated, though it is nice to see him taking some steps forward. Fantasy managers will hope that Buxton can progress through his recovery from the hip strain quickly, as he was vastly outplaying his ADP before the injury with a .370/.408/.772 slash line along with nine homers and five stolen bases.
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker (oblique) has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. This is not good news as the slugger has already missed time this season because of this same issue. Although he could make it back to the lineup within a few weeks, fantasy managers should plan for a more prolonged absence, especially since the injury has been nagging him for a while now. The 30-year-old is batting .203 this season to go along with 13 hits, seven runs, five RBI, and a homer throughout 64 at-bats. Although he does strike out more than fantasy managers would like, it is hard to replace the type of power he has displayed over the last few seasons.
Colorado Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (shoulder) is scheduled to make a rehab start with Class AAA Albuquerque Saturday, May 15. He is expected to throw 70 pitches during the start.
Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (shoulder) is scheduled to throw in a simulated game later this week.
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