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  • NYY Left Fielder #22
    Juan Soto (forearm) remains out of the lineup for Saturday’s highly-anticipated showdown against the Dodgers.
    Soto will miss his second straight contest on Saturday evening after being held out of Friday’s series opener against Los Angeles due to left forearm inflammation. The positive news here for fantasy managers is that it sounds like the 25-year-old fantasy superstar isn’t facing an extended absence after additional testing didn’t reveal any ligament damage or other structural issues. However, it’s a tough development since this is shaping up to be one of the most exciting regular-season series of the year. He’s presumably day-to-day for now.
  • 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, the Dodgers have said that Miguel Rojas and Enrique Hernandez will fill in at shortstop while Mookie Betts is in on the IL. In fact, Vargas hasn’t played an inning at shortstop in the minors for the Dodgers, and the team has officially listed him as an outfielder. As a result, it seems like Vargas is up to take over any innings in the outfield that Hernandez might leave vacant by playing more shortstop. 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 IF Mookie Betts on the injured list with a left-hand fracture.
    We found out the extent of Bett’s 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.
  • PIT Starting Pitcher #56
    Pirates recalled RHP Daulton Jeffries from Triple-A Indianapolis
    Jefferies had poor results in two starts for the Giants this season and was traded to the Pirates back on May 10th. In five starts for the Pirates in Triple-A, he has a 6.10 ERA and 1.74 WHIP. He doesn’t figure to be used as a traditional starter for the Pirates and should remain off fantasy radars. Justin Bruihl was sent down in a corresponding move.
  • FA Catcher #3
    Mets released C Tomás Nido.
    Nido was designated for assignment last week and went through waivers unclaimed, so the Mets officially released him, He’s not free to sign for another team, and while a few teams like the Rockies and Phillies have recently suffered injuries at catcher, it’s unclear if there will be much interest in a 30-year-old who is a career .214/.251/.313 hitter at the MLB level.
  • PHI Center Fielder #18
    Phillies optioned OF Johan Rojas to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
    Rojas is probably still the Phillies’ best center field option in spite of his .566 OPS, but it’d be nice if he were better and playing in Triple-A — something he’s actually never done before — might allow him to work on his approach in a way he couldn’t at the major league level. This also allows the Phillies to retain David Dahl, Cristian Pache and Whit Merrifield, none of whom can be optioned. Dahl will likely play left field against righties, with Brandon Marsh moving back to center.
  • KC Starting Pitcher #52
    Royals RHP Michael Wacha (foot) will begin a rehab assignment on Monday in the Arizona Complex League.
    Wacha was hit in the foot by a comebacker on May 31st and was placed on the IL with a fracture a couple of days later. He threw a three-inning simulated game last Thursday and reported no issues, so he’ll step up to a short rehab start and continue to work his way back from there. Provided his foot responds well to this start, he could quickly move through the rehab process.
  • KC Second Baseman #19
    Royals 2B Michael Massey (back) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday night with Triple-A Omaha.
    Massey has been sidelined with a back injury since May 26th. The 26-year-old has had two instances of the same back injury this season, and this most recent one required an anti-inflammatory injection, which is not great news. However, he does seem to be on the way back, which is good news for the Royals and fantasy managers. He should slot right back into an everyday role when he returns, but it might take him at least a week to get to that point.
  • NYY Starting Pitcher #45
    According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, Gerrit Cole will make his season debut on Wednesday against the Orioles
    It always seemed likely that the Yankees would bring Cole back to face the Orioles, and we now know that will be the case. Cole has looked good during his rehab starts and was up to 70 pitches in his last outing, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go at least 80 pitches on Wednesday night if the results allow. This also means the end of Cody Poteet in the Yankees’ rotation for now.