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  • ATL Starting Pitcher
    MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports Braves top prospect Hurston Waldrep will make his major-league debut on Sunday against the Nationals.
    Here we go. Waldrep authored a dominant 11-strikeout performance last weekend in his Triple-A debut and will jump to the majors after posting a stellar 2.92 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 48/17 K/BB ratio across 49 1/3 innings (nine starts) this season for Double-A Mississippi. The 22-year-old right-hander, who was selected 22nd overall in last July’s MLB Draft out of the University of Florida, boasts an electrifying arsenal headlined by a double-plus splitter that generated an absurd 16 swinging strikes last Sunday in his Triple-A debut. He’s worthy of a speculative roster spot in all fantasy formats, even if this winds up being a one-start cameo, given his immense strikeout upside. The promotion enables the Braves to give ace Max Fried a couple extra days of rest before taking the ball for Tuesday’s series opener against the Orioles.
  • WAS Center Fielder #50
    Triple-A Rochester’s James Wood is close to returning from the hamstring injury that’s kept him sidelined since May 23.
    He’s expected back in games prior to the weekend. The injury has probably ruined Wood’s chances of making his major league debut prior to the All-Star break, but it seems likely that he’ll be a factor during the second half.
  • TOR Starting Pitcher #29
    Yariel Rodríguez, on the IL with thoracic spine inflammation, has joined the Blue Jays and could start this weekend versus the Guardians.
    The Jays considered starting Rodríguez last weekend, but they had him pitch in Triple-A instead and he allowed two runs over three innings, striking out seven in the process. His six rehab starts for Buffalo covered a total of 14 innings in which he walked 10 and struck out 23. He might be able to help the Jays, but unless they use an opener in front of him, it’s hard to see how he’d be any sort of candidate for wins.
  • TOR Shortstop #11
    Bo Bichette is again out of Monday’s lineup with calf tightness, but he might be available off the bench.
    That depends on how his on-field workout goes prior to the game. The Jays have Isiah Kiner-Falefa at short and Ernie Clement at third tonight.
  • TOR Relief Pitcher #93
    Yimi Garcia’s MRI revealed no structural damage, but it’s still possible he’ll land on the IL with a nerve issue in his elbow.
    The Blue Jays were happy with the MRI results and see this as a short-term issue, even if it might cost him 15 days. Brandon Eisert has joined the Jays as the likely replacement if Garcia goes on the IL.
  • CIN Third Baseman #33
    Reds transferred 3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list.
    There still hasn’t been any word on whether CES will opt for season-ending surgery on his right hand. This officially rules him out until July 7, but there was no chance of him returning prior to the break anyway.
  • CIN Relief Pitcher #78
    Reds selected the contract of RHP Brooks Kriske and optioned him to Triple-A Louisville.
    This will keep him from opting out of his minor league contract. The Reds don’t have a spot for Kriske right now, but they might want to add him to their pen later. He had a 3.64 ERA and a 40/17 K/BB in 29 2/3 innings as a reliever for Louisville this season.
  • LAD Third Baseman #27
    Dodgers recalled OF Miguel Vargas from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
    While fantasy managers might get excited about seeing Vargas back up in the big leagues, it doesn’t seem like he’s at all a candidate to see infield time; he hasn’t played an inning anywhere other than left field this year. The Dodgers have said that Miguel Rojas and Enrique Hernández will fill in at shortstop while Mookie Betts is in on the IL. Vargas can take over Hernández’s outfield innings, but it doesn’t seem like a particularly large role to fill and, as such, Vargas should be left on waiver wires for now.
  • LAD Shortstop #50
    Dodgers placed INF Mookie Betts on the injured list with a left-hand fracture.
    We found out the extent of Betts’ injury yesterday, and now the Dodgers make the roster move official to put Betts on the IL. He won’t require surgery, but there is no clear timeline other than the team announcing that Betts will return this year. In fantasy leagues, you simply have to hold onto Betts and hope that he’ll return for enough at-bats to make a difference for your team later this year. Miguel Vargas was called up to take his place on the active roster.
  • ARI Center Fielder #7
    According to Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro, Corbin Carroll’s MRI came back clean and he could start on Tuesday against the Nationals.
    Carroll had an MRI on Monday morning that “did not reveal significant damage to his left side.” The 23-year-old left Sunday’s game following a “pulling feeling” the 23-year-old felt while making a throw in the seventh inning. He is now headed to Washington to be with his teammates and “it is possible he will be back in the starting lineup on Tuesday night.” Diamondbacks fans and fantasy managers can let out a sigh of relief.
  • PIT Relief Pitcher #56
    Pirates optioned LHP Justin Bruihl to Triple-A Indianapolis.
    The left-hander was solid in 72 MLB appearances for the Dodgers and Rockies between 2022-2024 with a 4.22 ERA, but the Pirates are sending him down after six appearances that led to a 6.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He figures to serve as organizational depth for the remainder of the season.