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  • WAS Center Fielder #28
    Lane Thomas, coming back from a sprained MCL in his left knee, ran the bases at Nationals Park prior to Wednesday’s game.
    MASN’s Mark Zuckerman said he wasn’t quite running at 100 percent but wasn’t all that far below that. Thomas has also been hitting, and barring a setback, he should return before the end of the month.
  • TEX Left Fielder #36
    Wyatt Langford went 2-for-4 with an RBI single on Wednesday in the Rangers’ win over the Diamondbacks.
    Welcome back, Wyatt. After going 0-for-3 on Tuesday in his return from the injured list following a three-week absence recovering from a hamstring strain, Langford extended the Rangers’ late lead with an eighth-inning RBI single to left field to pick up his 12th RBI of the season. The 22-year-old top prospect represents an excellent buy-low target for fantasy managers in re-draft formats given his immense raw talent and everyday opportunity as part of Texas’ loaded lineup.
  • TEX Starting Pitcher #33
    Dane Dunning struck out six over five scoreless innings on Wednesday in a win over the Diamondbacks.
    Pitching on extra rest due to a sinus infection that he dealt with last weekend, Dunning got plenty of run support from the Rangers’ lineup and held Arizona scoreless, scattering three hits and four walks over five frames. The 29-year-old righty has struggled to work deep into outings, pitching into the sixth inning just once over his last seven starts dating back to April 12. He’ll bring a pedestrian 3.94 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 53/22 K/BB ratio across 45 2/3 innings (nine starts) into a favorable home outing on Tuesday against the Tigers.
  • ARI Starting Pitcher #19
    Ryne Nelson gave up four runs over six innings on Wednesday in a loss to the Rangers.
    Nelson surrendered five hits, including a two-run shot to Rangers superstar Corey Seager, but still managed to get through six frames to spare Arizona’s bullpen from a long afternoon. He struck out three and also issued three walks. The 26-year-old righty has struggled to consistently miss bats as he’s eclipsed five strikeouts just twice in his nine appearances (eight starts) this season. He’s struggled to a bloated 6.02 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 31/13 K/BB ratio across 40 1/3 innings of work. Simpyl put, he’s not a recommended fantasy option when he takes the ball on Monday against the Giants back at Chase Field.
  • STL Relief Pitcher #53
    Making his first major league start since July 31, 2022, Andre Pallante blanked the Reds for six innings for the win as the Cardinals prevailed 5-3 on Wednesday.
    Pallante actually pitched eight scoreless innings in his previous start, only to lose his spot when the Cardinals acquired Jordan Montgomery and José Quintana at the 2022 trade deadline. There were also concerns about his workload at the time. Still, it was surprising that the Cardinals never reevaluated him as a starter last year, and he had turned into a disappointment as a reliever before the Cardinals opted to send him down and try him again as a starter last month. We wouldn’t recommend Pallante in fantasy leagues at this point, but he definitely earned himself a longer look as the Cardinals’ fifth starter.
  • STL Relief Pitcher #56
    Ryan Helsley notched his 18th save after giving up a run in the ninth Wednesday against the Reds.
    Helsley has bent but not broke these last three appearances, giving up a total of four ninth-inning runs while still converting the save opportunity each time. His ERA has doubled from 1.23 to 2.52, but he’s 18-for-19 on the year.
  • CIN Starting Pitcher #47
    Frankie Montas lost Wednesday after allowing three runs in six innings against the Cardinals.
    It’s the third quality start of the year for Montas, but it wasn’t enough to get him back into the win column for the first time since early April. He’s 2-4 with a 4.60 ERA and an unimpressive 33/18 K/BB ratio in 47 innings.
  • STL Second Baseman #16
    Nolan Gorman went 2-for-5 with a homer versus the Reds in Wednesday’s win.
    The homer appeared to have no shot of exiting as it left his bat, but it kept carrying a projected 378 feet. It was Gorman’s 10th homer of the year. Five of those have come in his last 10 games.
  • CIN Outfielder #7
    Spencer Steer went 0-for-4 in Wednesday’s loss to the Cardinals, dropping his average to .221.
    Steer is hitting .190/.304/.354 this month. His exit velocity numbers and xBA/xSLG stats are all pretty much the same as last year, so it seems likely that he’ll rebound, hopefully in short order.
  • BAL Catcher #35
    Adley Rutschman is not in the Orioles’ starting lineup for Wednesday’s matchup against the Red Sox.
    Even the best backstops occasionally need a day off. James McCann will start behind the dish and catch Corbin Burnes on Wednesday evening in Baltimore while Ryan O’Hearn serves as the O’s designated hitter against Kutter Crawford and the Red Sox.
  • TB Shortstop #7
    Jose Caballero is absent from the Rays’ starting lineup for Wednesday night’s tilt against the Athletics.
    It looks to be just a routine night off for the speedy 27-year-old shortstop. Amed Rosario will start in his place and will bat seventh against Athletics’ right-hander Joey Estes on Wednesday evening in Tampa Bay.