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  • LAA Center Fielder #27
    Mike Trout clobbered a pair of solo homers -- including a game-tying 473-foot solo homer -- on Monday, leading the Angels to a 7-4 comeback victory over the Marlins.
    Trout took Miami rookie Max Meyer deep in the fourth inning before capping Los Angeles’ unlikely comeback from an early four-run deficit by taking Marlins reliever George Soriano deep in the sixth inning with a gargantuan solo shot that nearly left loanDepot park entirely. It was his first multi-homer performance since last July. The 32-year-old remains a once-in-a-generation talent at the dish. The lingering question for fantasy purposes moving forward is whether he can avoid missing significant time due to injury.
  • BAL Starting Pitcher #52
    Orioles optioned RHP Jonathan Heasley to Triple-A Norfolk.
    Heasley heads back to the minors with newly-acquired reliever Yohan Ramírez officially joining Baltimore’s relief mix. The 27-year-old righty has struggled this season in three relief appearances for the Orioles.
  • FA Left Fielder #12
    Orioles OF Tony Kemp has elected free agency.
    Kemp will wind up being the answer to a trivia question if top prospect Jackson Holliday goes on to greatness in Baltimore. The 32-year-old veteran lost his roster spot earlier this week when Holliday finally ascended to the majors. He’s free to pursue an opportunity elsewhere after declining an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. He shouldn’t have too much trouble latching on somewhere as a reserve outfielder and clubhouse presence.
  • NYY Shortstop #11
    Anthony Volpe is leading off the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Guardians.
    Volpe finds himself atop New York’s lineup for the second consecutive contest to open Saturday’s twin bill in Cleveland, with a slumping Gleyber Torres batting fifth in this one. The 22-year-old shortstop’s offseason swing adjustments have led to a sizzling-hot start this season, which includes a .372/.460/.581 triple-slash line with 11 runs scored, two homers, six RBI and three steals in 51 plate appearances over 12 contests.
  • DET Center Fielder #31
    Riley Greene is leading off the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Twins.
    Greene has been elevated to Detroit’s leadoff spot for the second consecutive contest with Parker Meadows dropped to the lower third of the order. It’s not a completely unexpected development, especially considering Meadows’ struggles at the outset of the season, as the move should result in a few additional runs scored, while also reducing his overall RBI opportunities. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a pair of runs scored during Friday’s showdown against the Twins.
  • MIN Shortstop #4
    Carlos Correa (oblique) is not in the lineup for the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Tigers.
    With Minnesota playing a doubleheader on Saturday, there’s a chance they won’t need to officially place Correa on the injured list until after the first contest of the twin bill, if at all. The 29-year-old shortstop is expected to land on the injured list, and will likely wind up missing at least a couple weeks, after suffering a strained oblique during Friday’s contest against the Tigers. It’ll be Willi Castro filling in at shortstop in his absence.
  • ATL Starting Pitcher #99
    Spencer Strider underwent season-ending right elbow surgery on Friday.
    The positive news for the Braves, and fantasy managers, is that Strider underwent an internal brace procedure to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, not a full Tommy John ligament reconstruction, which expedites his return timeline considerably. The 25-year-old fantasy ace will miss the remainder of the 2024 campaign, but should be ready to return in the early stages of next season.
  • WAS Catcher #20
    Keibert Ruiz is day-to-day with an illness.
    Ruiz has been battling the flu this week, which has caused him to miss three consecutive contests, including Friday’s series opener against the Athletics. There’s a chance he’s ready to return at some point this weekend.
  • LAD Starting Pitcher #21
    Walker Buehler (elbow) was removed from Friday’s minor league rehab start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga for precautionary reasons after being hit by a comebacker on the right hand.
    Buehler was cruising along, scattering three hits and issuing one walk, before being hit by a comebacker on his pitching hand during his second inning of work. He managed to remain in the contest initially to finish out the frame, but was pulled shortly afterwards out of an abundance of caution. The positive news here is that he apparently managed to avoid serious injury. The hard-throwing 29-year-old fantasy ace, who is in the final stages of his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery, is expected to make another rehab start before he’s ready to make his season debut.
  • CHC Relief Pitcher #71
    Cubs recalled RHP Keegan Thompson from Triple-A Iowa.
    Thompson was recalled to bolster Chicago’s relief mix ahead of Friday’s series opener against the Mariners. The 29-year-old righty will operate in middle relief out of the Cubs’ bullpen.
  • CIN Shortstop #9
    Reds manager David Bell told reporters Friday that Matt McLain (shoulder) could return in August.
    There wasn’t a ton of clarity last month from the Reds after McLain underwent left shoulder surgery. However, it doesn’t sound like he’ll miss the remainder of the season and could return at some point around the trade deadline. The 24-year-old isn’t worth stashing yet, outside of extremely deep mixed leagues, but it certainly sounds like he has a chance to return in the second half of the year.