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  • BOS Starting Pitcher #89
    Tanner Houck fanned 10 over six innings in Boston’s 9-0 shutout of the A’s on Monday.
    Houck allowed three hits and walked none. In fact, 63 of his 83 pitches were strikes. Houck could offer some mixed-league value if he can cut back on the walks, but a strong outing against the A’s isn’t particularly telling. He’s not a terrible play with the Angels next on the schedule.
  • STL Starting Pitcher #61
    Cardinals RHP prospect Sem Robberse struck out nine and allowed one run (zero earned) over eight innings on Friday for Triple-A Memphis.
    Robberse has been excellent at the outset of the season, posting a microscopic 1.59 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 23/6 K/BB ratio across 22 2/3 innings (four starts) for Triple-A Memphis. The 22-year-old righty was acquired last year in the Jordan Hicks trade with the Blue Jays and could be an option for St. Louis at some point in the near future, especially if he keeps pitching well.
  • CLE First Baseman #73
    Guardians 1B prospect Kyle Manzardo went 3-for-4 with an RBI on Friday for Triple-A Columbus.
    It’s a tad surprising to see Manzardo still in the minors, but the Guardians have Josh Naylor at the cold corner and have continued to rotate their designated hitter spot. The 23-year-old top prospect is batting .276/.366/.431 with one homer, seven RBI and a 12/10 K/BB ratio through 16 games.
  • TOR Shortstop #13
    Blue Jays INF prospect Orelvis Martinez launched two homers on Friday for Triple-A Buffalo.
    Martinez has been on a heater over the last few days, going deep in three consecutive contests, and is up to five round-trippers in his last five games since April 14. The former top prospect’s star has faded in recent years, but he’s still just 22 years old, and appears to be on the precipice of arriving in the majors, especially if he keeps tearing the cover off the ball.
  • BOS Shortstop #5
    Vaughn Grissom (hamstring) doubled Friday in a minor league rehab game for Triple-A Worcester.
    Grissom has gotten off to a slow start on his rehab assignment, batting .154 (2-for-13) with one extra-base hit and four strikeouts through four contests at the Triple-A level. The 23-year-old appears primed to take over as Boston’s starting second baseman, with the occasional cameo at shortstop, once he’s ready to return after opening the season on the injured list with a left hamstring strain.
  • TB Right Fielder #15
    Josh Lowe (oblique) went 0-for-3 on Friday in a minor league rehab game for Triple-A Durham.
    Lowe got through nine innings in center field on Friday evening after his scheduled rehab debut was rained out on Thursday. He figures to get in a couple additional contests this weekend for Triple-A Durham. It’s notable that he’s getting work in center field and he could be an option at the position over José Siri once he’s ready to return. The 26-year-old fantasy standout has been on the shelf since late February due to an oblique strain.
  • SD Starting Pitcher #98
    Randy Vásquez will start on Saturday against the Blue Jays.
    Vásquez will make his Padres debut on Saturday evening at Petco Park against Toronto taking the place of an injured Yu Darvish. The 25-year-old righty has been hit hard in a trio of starts this season for Triple-A El Paso, but held his own last year in 11 appearances (five starts) for the Yankees in his major-league debut.
  • MIA Starting Pitcher #29
    Braxton Garrett (shoulder) has resumed throwing.
    Garrett is expected to progress to a bullpen session soon after resuming flat-ground throwing from 90 feet earlier this week. The 26-year-old lefty was temporarily shut down earlier this month after experiencing a dead arm during a throwing session. He’s been on the shelf since spring training due to a left shoulder impingement and is several weeks away from his potential season debut.
  • NYM Catcher #4
    Francisco Alvarez will undergo an MRI on his left thumb following an early exit from Friday’s series opener against the Dodgers.
    “I’m pretty concerned,” Mets manager Carlos Mendoza told reporters following Alvarez’s departure from Friday’s showdown in Los Angeles. The 22-year-old emerging franchise cornerstone, who has been playing through a ton of minor physical issues already this season, suffered the apparent left thumb injury during the second inning of Friday’s contest when he stumbled while rounding first base. There should be an update on his status at some point this weekend.
  • BAL Catcher #91
    Orioles sent C David Bañuelos outright to Triple-A Norfolk.
    Bañuelos was up with the Orioles for just one contest earlier this week and will head back to the minors after going unclaimed on waivers. The 27-year-old backstop is extra organizational depth for Baltimore moving forward.
  • BOS Relief Pitcher
    Red Sox selected the contract of LHP Cam Booser from Triple-A Worcester.
    Booser made his long-awaited major-league debut during Friday’s series opener against the Pirates after a decade-long journey to the big leagues. He’s a pretty remarkable story of perseverance, but is unlikely to make much of an impact for fantasy managers operating in middle relief.