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  • 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.
  • SD Starting Pitcher #98
    Randy Vasquez allowed three runs in six innings and took the loss against the Braves on Monday.
    Vasquez, who was acquired from the Yankees in the Juan Soto trade, really battled in this start. Despite allowing 10 hits and having an elevated pitch count in the early innings, he still managed to put up a quality start in a tough matchup against Atlanta on the road. This was also the longest start of Vasquez’ career. He lowered his ERA to 5.82 in five starts this year, though his xFIP is much lower at 4.45. It’s something for Vasquez to potentially build on even though he’s not usable in fantasy at the moment. The 25-year-old right-hander is scheduled to face the Yankees at home on Saturday.
  • ATL Relief Pitcher #26
    Raisel Iglesias pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 11th save of the season against the Padres on Monday.
    Iglesias had allowed one run in three of his previous six appearances, which included one blown save. He got the Padres to go quietly with a clean ninth inning to preserve the Braves 3-0 shutout victory. Iglesias had the last two days off and only threw 13 pitches so he should be well rested for his next appearance.
  • ATL Starting Pitcher #51
    Chris Sale threw seven shutout innings, struck out nine and picked up the win in the Braves’ 3-0 victory over the Padres on Monday.
    The win was Sale’s seventh in nine starts this season. He continued his excellent run and lowered his ERA to 2.22, which is in the top five in the National League among qualified starters. In Sale’s last five starts, he’s struck out 43 batters, allowed no more than one walk in any start and no more than one earned run in any start. He’s been great this year for fantasy managers that took a chance on the oft-injured pitcher. The 35-year-old left-hander is scheduled to face the Pirates on the road on Saturday.
  • LAD Starting Pitcher #96
    Dodgers optioned RHP Landon Knack to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
    The move makes room for the newly acquired Yohan Ramírez on the roster. Knack had a fine 2.61 ERA in four starts for the Dodgers, but he wasn’t going to be needed this week with the team having Thursday off. He might rejoin the rotation at the beginning of next month, but the Dodgers could also have Bobby Miller close to returning by then.
  • LAD Relief Pitcher #60
    Dodgers designated RHP Eduardo Salazar for assignment.
    Salazar had two quick stints with the Dodgers this season and allowed one unearned run in two innings. By clearing him from the 40-man, the Dodgers are picking Yohan Ramírez over giving Salazar an extended look.
  • CHC Shortstop #7
    Cubs activated SS Dansby Swanson from the 10-day injured list.
    The Cubs don’t play today, so it’s kind of surprising that the move is coming now. However,’s transactions page says it’s official. Still unofficial is the Luis Vazquez callup, which is expected to happen before the game Tuesday. Swanson should start at shortstop Tuesday after missing two weeks with a sprained knee.
  • CHC Second Baseman #20
    Cubs optioned INF/OF Miles Mastrobuoni to Triple-A Iowa.
    Mastrobuoni had been filling in at shortstop for Dansby Swanson of late, but he was just 5-for-40 in his 19 games. He’s a career .212/.284/.259 hitter in 211 plate appearances.
  • CHC Left Fielder #52
    Cubs optioned OF Pete Crow-Armstrong to Triple-A Iowa.
    It’s nothing Crow-Armstrong did wrong, but the Cubs don’t want a 22-year-old top prospect sitting on the bench as often as Crow-Armstrong was going to now that Cody Bellinger and Seiya Suzuki are healthy. PCA hit .236/.295/.364 in 63 plate appearances and graded out very well defensively in center during his four weeks in the majors.
  • MIL Starting Pitcher #41
    Joe Ross left Monday’s game because of a strained lower back, according to the Brewers.
    Definitely better than some of the alternatives. The Brewers are off Thursday, so if Ross feels better quickly, the team might not need to replace him in the rotation. If he does go on the IL, either Bradley Blalock or Tobias Myers could replace him in the rotation.
  • LAD Relief Pitcher #59
    Evan Phillips will go on a rehab assignment before returning from the strained hamstring he suffered May 3.
    Phillips will likely make 2-3 appearances in Triple-A. The first of those should come this week, and he should rejoin the Dodgers pen before the end of next week.