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  • NYM Catcher #4
    Mets’ manager Carlos Mendoza told reporters on Saturday that Francisco Alvarez will undergo surgery to repair a torn UCL in his left thumb.
    The Mets are hopeful that the hard-hitting 22-year-old backstop will be able to return before the 2024 season is through. Teammate Starling Marte told reporters that players were told that Alvarez would be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks. Either way, it’s a brutal blow for the Mets and for fantasy managers who will be without one of the top offensive catchers in the game for the better part of two months at a minimum. For now, expect Omar Narvaez and Tomas Nido to share the load behind the plate — but don’t be surprised if the Mets explore outside alternatives as well.
  • TB Relief Pitcher #39
    Rays optioned RHP Manuel Rodríguez to Triple-A Durham.
    Rodríguez posted a 2.79 ERA with nine strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings this season but will be sent down to the minors to make room for Richard Lovelady. Rodríguez will likely be back up in the near future.
  • TB Second Baseman #8
    Rays activated 2B Brandon Lowe (oblique) from the IL.
    It’s hard to feel too confident about Lowe considering he experienced multiple setbacks during his rehab assignment and had to see a specialist. However, the Rays feel that he’s healthy enough to return; however, he was hitting just .185/.267/.333 with a homer and four RBI in eight games before being sidelined. Lowe has produced power in the past, but we also know that he will sit against left-handed pitching and the batting average will not be much of a help in fantasy leagues, which makes him tough to roster outside of deeper daily moves leagues.
  • TB Starting Pitcher #24
    Rays placed Zach Eflin (lower back inflammation) on the 15-day IL.
    Eflin had a shaky start on Saturday, allowing four runs over six innings against the Blue Jays. Perhaps his back was an issue then. The Rays made his IL designation retroactive to Sunday, but he will still miss at least two starts as he recovers. The 30-year-old has a 4.12 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and a 44/4 K/BB ratio across 59 innings but it’s unclear who will take his spot in the rotation, but perhaps the Rays will opt to bring Ryan Pepiot back from his leg injury without a rehab assignment.
  • CLE Center Fielder #10
    Guardians designated OF Ramón Laureano for assignment.
    Laureano had been starting nearly every day earlier in the season but had recently been relegated to the bench after posting a .143/.265/.229 slash line with a 38.6 percent strikeout rate in 31 games. He posted double-digit home run and stolen base totals in 2021 and 2022 so some team is bound to take another chance on him, but his best fantasy days appear to be behind him. Johnathan Rodriguez was called up from Triple-A to take his place.
  • CLE Right Fielder #67
    Guardians recalled OF Johnathan Rodriguez from Triple-A Columbus.
    The 24-year-old Rodriguez was off to a strong start in Triple-A, slashing .276/.389/.449 in 43 games with seven home runs, 30 runs, 28 RBI, and four steals. While he still sports a 25 percent strikeout rate, it’s an improvement on the 33 percent rate he posted in Triple-A last year, and Rodriguez is also posting a 16 percent walk rate. He hit 29 home runs across two levels of the minors last year, so he could bring some solid power to the middle of the Guardians’ order. Ramon Laureano was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
  • SD Shortstop #2
    Xander Bogaerts left Monday’s game against the Braves with a shoulder injury.
    Bogaerts dove for a ball and came up grabbing his shoulder. While there is no immediate information on the extent of the injury, Bogaerts was removed from the game and was in clear pain. It was a play reminiscent of the one that injured Trevor Story earlier in the year. We’ll wait for more information but losing Bogaerts would be a huge issue for a Padres offense that would likely need to play Donovan Solano and Tyler Wade more often.
  • TEX Third Baseman #38
    Rangers optioned INF Davis Wendzel to Triple-A Round Rock.
    Wendzel did not appear in the last homestand and is just 2-for-29 in 17 games with the Rangers this season. He will return to a .314/.419/.657 slash line at Triple-A with three home runs in nine games. His defensive versatility will likely put him in line for another call-up later in the season.
  • WAS Starting Pitcher #9
    Nationals prospect RHP Cade Cavalli will begin his rehab assignment on Monday in the Florida Complex League.
    Cavalli is the Nationals’ number five prospect and has been sidelined since last spring after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He was up to 98 mph with his fastball in live batting practice sessions, so now he will start what figures to be a lengthy rehab assignment. As we know, command is usually one of the last things to come back after Tommy John surgery, so while Cavalli’s velocity is nice to see, it will be more important to see how he can command his arsenal against hitters over the next few starts. If all goes well, he could push to be back in the Nationals’ rotation by the end of the summer.
  • CWS Second Baseman #0
    Danny Mendick is making his fourth straight start at third base on Monday against the Blue Jays.
    The 30-year-old has come off the IL and immediately stepped into an everyday role, which is interesting since he’s slashing .224/.255/.367 with a 27.5 percent strikeout rate in 13 games this season. It’s a lost season for the White Sox and Mendick is not on fantasy radars.
  • CWS Starting Pitcher #46
    White Sox designated RHP Brad Keller for assignment.
    The move was rumored on Sunday and is now official. The 28-year-old has a 4.86 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and a 13/6 K/BB ratio across 16 2/3 innings with the White Sox this season. He will most likely find a minor-league deal somewhere else and try to work his way back into a big-league rotation.