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  • OAK Second Baseman #20
    Athletics activated 2B Zack Gelof from the 10-day injured list.
    Gelof makes his return to Oakland’s lineup following a nearly three-week absence recovering from a left oblique strain. The 24-year-old second baseman was off to a frosty start at the dish, slashing .196/.260/.337 with three homers and four steals in 101 plate appearances over 24 contests prior to landing on the injured list back in late April. Simply put, Gelof needs to cut back on the strikeouts moving forward if he’s going to make a major impact for fantasy managers as a power/speed threat at the keystone.
  • TB Relief Pitcher #49
    Rays acquired LHP Richard Lovelady from the Cubs for LHP Jeff Belge.
    Lovelady heads to Tampa Bay in a small trade just a few days after being jettisoned from Chicago’s 40-man roster. The 28-year-old southpaw made seven relief appearances this season for the Cubs and figures to pitch in middle relief for Tampa Bay.
  • CHC Relief Pitcher
    Cubs acquired LHP Jeff Belge from the Rays for LHP Richard Lovelady.
    Belge was acquired from the Dodgers in the J.P. Feyereisen trade back in 2022 and has yet to advance past Double-A. The 26-year-old southpaw is merely extra organizational depth at this stage of his development.
  • TB Relief Pitcher #40
    Rays transferred RHP Jacob Waguespack to the 60-day injured list.
    The procedural move opens up a spot on Tampa Bay’s 40-man roster for newly-acquired lefty Richard Lovelady. Waguespack hit the injured list earlier this month with a right shoulder strain.
  • BAL Starting Pitcher #30
    Orioles activated RHP Grayson Rodriguez from the 15-day injured list.
    Rodriguez will take the ball on Saturday against the Mariners at Camden Yards following a nearly three-week stint on the injured list due to right shoulder inflammation. The 24-year-old burgeoning fantasy ace might have some workload limitations right out of the gate, but it’s a nice matchup for fantasy purposes against a Seattle lineup that has scored the fifth-fewest runs in baseball so far.
  • BAL Relief Pitcher #53
    Orioles designated RHP Mike Baumann for assignment.
    Baumann figures to draw some interest on waivers after pitching to a respectable 3.44 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 16/9 K/BB ratio across 18 1/3 innings (17 appearances) this season out of Baltimore’s bullpen. The 28-year-old former prospect has made 94 appearances (four starts) in the majors since 2021.
  • CHC Second Baseman #2
    Nico Hoerner (hamstring) remains absent from the lineup for Saturday’s showdown against the Pirates.
    There’s been zero indication that Hoerner will wind up requiring a trip to the injured list, but he’s out of Chicago’s lineup for the fifth straight game on Saturday afternoon due to ongoing left hamstring tightness. Fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day, but there’s a possibility the Cubs will have to send him to the injured list if he’s unable to return this weekend.
  • CHC Starting Pitcher #36
    Jordan Wicks (forearm) faced hitters on Friday in a two-inning live batting practice session.
    Wicks hit the injured list back in late April with a left forearm strain, but appears close to heading out for a couple minor league rehab starts. The 24-year-old southpaw figures to rejoin Chicago’s starting rotation later this month, but could wind up shifting to more of a swingman-type role.
  • CHC Shortstop #7
    Dansby Swanson (knee) is likely to be activated for Tuesday’s series opener against the Braves.
    Swanson continues to ramp up baseball activities and it sounds like he’ll be activated early next week when first eligible to face his former club at Wrigley Field. The 30-year-old shortstop hit the shelf last week with a right knee sprain.
  • CHC Relief Pitcher #48
    Daniel Palencia (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday for Triple-A Iowa.
    Palencia landed on the shelf earlier this month with left shoulder stiffness and appears likely to require only a minimum stay on the injured list.
  • TOR Second Baseman #36
    Davis Schneider is batting leadoff on Saturday against the Rays.
    Schneider finds himself atop Toronto’s struggling lineup for the fourth time in their last seven contests, even with veteran George Springer back healthy on Saturday afternoon, as they attempt to generate a spark. The 25-year-old on-base machine has walked in nearly 13 percent of his 119 plate appearances this season, which has helped bolster a robust .370 on-base percentage. He’s added five homers, including a two-run shot during Friday’s series opener against Tampa Bay, and has chipped in a pair of stolen bases as well. He doesn’t offer stratospheric fantasy upside, but he’s probably worthy of a roster spot in standard mixed leagues if he’s going to remain atop the Blue Jays’ lineup moving forward.