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  • CIN Starting Pitcher #47
    Frankie Montas (forearm) told reporters after Sunday’s game that he expects to miss his next scheduled start.
    Montas was pulled from Sunday’s start against the Angels in the first inning with a bruised forearm after being struck by a line drive off the bat of Taylor Ward. Fortunately, there’s no structural damage, but he is dealing with soreness and swelling that’s likely to keep him off the mound in five days. Fantasy managers should be sure to find alternative options for next week.
  • WAS Starting Pitcher #70
    Mitchell Parker threw seven shutout innings in a 6-0 win over the Astros, allowing just three hits while striking out eight.
    Parker has now defeated the Dodgers and Astros in his first two MLB starts, which is not a bad way to start your career. However, this was a much better performance. Against the Dodgers, he induced just six whiffs and allowed nine hard-hit balls. On Sunday, he had a 29 percent whiff rate and 36 percent CSW, using his curve and splitter to keep the Astros off balance all day. He did allow six hard-hit balls on the day, but only three of them had an xBA over .200. His fastball averaged just 92 mph, so he’ll need his two secondaries to carry him, which makes him a tough bet for the long-term, but he’s not a bad start against the Marlins next week.
  • NYM Relief Pitcher #56
    Mets recalled RHP Grant Hartwig from Triple-A Syracuse.
    The 26-year-old right-hander will replace the injured Brooks Raley (elbow) in the Mets’ bullpen. Hartwig has already made one appearance with the Mets this season, retiring all three hitters that he faced in a perfect inning of work. He’ll be utilized in middle relief.
  • NYM Relief Pitcher #25
    Mets placed LHP Brooks Raley on the 15-day injured list with left elbow inflammation.
    No word yet on how long the 35-year-old may be sidelined for, but you never want to hear about any pitchers dealing with elbow problems. Grant Hartwig was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move to take his place in the Mets’ bullpen.
  • WAS Center Fielder #13
    Nick Senzel went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against the Astros on Sunday.
    The big fly was 100 mph off the bat and hit 390 feet. Senzel has started five of the six games since he’s been off the injured list and was a pinch hitter in the other game. He’s just 4-for-19 with one RBI and two runs scored over that stretch, but his place in the lineup could give him value in deeper formats.
  • WAS Second Baseman #2
    Luis Garcia Jr. went 3-for-4 with two RBI, and a stolen base in a win over the Astros on Sunday.
    Not enough is being made of the start the 23-year-old Garcia is off to. He’s now up to five stolen bases on the season while slashing .3176/.348/.476. He’s worked himself up in the Nationals’ order and was even hitting cleanup on Sunday, which helped him rack up the RBIs. While he will likely not contribute much in the way of over for fantasy managers, he could be a good asset for the other four categories and deserves to be rostered in more leagues.
  • HOU Left Fielder #20
    Chas McCormick went 2-for-3 in a loss to the Nationals on Sunday.
    The Astros had four hits on the night while failing to score a single run, so McCormick was the only player to get much of anything going. Both of his hits were singles and one of them was only 71 mph off the bat, but McCormick won’t complain since he was hitting just .216 three games ago. He’s gone 5-for-10 in his last three games to up his slash line to .262/.352/.311. It comes with no home runs and just two steals, but he deserves to be held in most fantasy leagues while he starts every day in Houston.
  • HOU Relief Pitcher #58
    Hunter Brown allowed three runs on four hits in four innings in a loss to the Nationals on Sunday.
    Brown was originally set to start next week against the Cubs, but when Cristian Javier was scratched with a neck injury, the team pushed Brown’s start up. It certainly may have impacted him as he allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in the first inning. He settled down after that, allowing just one hit and one walk with five strikeouts over the next three innings. Brown had a 33 percent whiff rate overall and a 35 percent CSW, so it would be unfair to punish him for one bad inning in a game he wasn’t planning on starting. However, his next start will come against Colorado in Mexico and he should be on the bench for that one given the offensive environment in that park.
  • CIN Starting Pitcher #47
    Frankie Montas left Sunday’s start against the Angels with a right forearm bruise. He allowed no runs over 2/3 of an inning before exiting.
    Montas has already undergone imagine, and x-rays revealed no broken bone. The right-hander was plunked in the elbow on a line drive off the bat from Taylor Ward, and he was unable to continue. For now, Montas should be considered day-to-day.
  • ARI Starting Pitcher #29
    Merrill Kelly is undergoing an MRI on his right shoulder, according to manager Torey Luvollo.
    That explains why Kelly was scratched from his start Sunday against the Giants. The right-hander will undergo imaging, and that will go in large part toward determining how much time the 35-year-old will miss. Slade Cecconi is starting in Kelly’s place.