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  • SD Starting Pitcher #84
    Dylan Cease won for the first time in a month after holding the A’s to one run in six innings on Monday.
    Cease surrendered eight hits, but only Tyler Soderstrom’s homer in the second did any damage. He struck out eight and walked one in moving to 6-5 with a 3.36 ERA. The eight strikeouts gave him 101 for the season, making him the third pitcher this year, after Tyler Glasnow and Garrett Crochet, to reach the century mark.
  • BOS Third Baseman #47
    Enmanuel Valdez is not in the lineup for the Red Sox on Monday against the Blue Jays.
    Valdez will be sitting even though the Blue Jays are starting Chris Bassitt. Valdez has started nearly every game against righties this month, but with Wilyer Abreu back, Ceddanne Rafaela is shifting back to shortstop with David Hamilton moving to second base. This could mean Valdez is nothing more than a left-handed hitter off the bench and an occasional spot starter.
  • SF Starting Pitcher #56
    Spencer Howard will be a bulk reliever for the Giants on Monday against the Cubs.
    Erik Miller will start as the opener, but Howard should provide three or four innings behind him. Howard was great in his first three bulk outings, allowing three runs in 13 1/3 innings; however, his last two outings haven’t been nearly as good. That makes him a risky option even against the Cubs.
  • SEA Third Baseman #27
    Mariners optioned 1B Tyler Locklear to Triple-A Tacoma.
    With Jorge Polanco coming off the IL, the Mariners optioned Locklear to Triple-A to make room on the roster. The 23-year-old was hitting just .200/.250/.433 in 11 games with two home runs, three runs, three RBI, and one steal. He was also sporting a 37.5 percent strikeout rate, so he’ll now head back to the minors to try his swing-and-miss in check.
  • SEA Shortstop #7
    Mariners activated Jorge Polanco (hamstring) from the 10-day IL.
    Polanco has not been off to a good start in 2024, hitting just .195/.293/.302 this season. He will seemingly replace Ryan Bliss at second base even though Bliss is hitting .295/.354/.477 in 18 games in June with one home run and four RBI. Perhaps Polanco won’t have a long leash, but it seems like he’ll be back in the starting lineup this week. Tyler Locklear was sent to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
  • SD Starting Pitcher #11
    According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Tribune, Yu Darvish (groin) did not throw his scheduled pre-start bullpen session, “and his status is up in the air.”
    Padres manager Mike Shildt said, “We’re going to see what it looks like and have something for you [Monday].” The issue is apparently not related to the groin issue that has kept Darvish out since May 29th but without any information on what actually did keep Darvish from throwing, it’s impossible to say if it’s good news or bad news that it’s not related to his groin. We’ll keep locked to the news coming out of San Diego, but fantasy managers in weekly lineup lock leagues may want to err on the side of caution and keep Darvish out of starting lineups this week.
  • NYM Catcher #57
    Mets designated C Joe Hudson for assignment
    With Luis Torrens coming off the paternity list, the Mets will move on from Hudson. The 33-year-old caught half an inning over the weekend, which was his first MLB action in four years.
  • NYM Catcher #13
    Mets activated C Luis Torrens from the Paternity List.
    The 28-year-old will go back to his role as the backup to Francisco Alvarez. His defense makes him a solid real-life catcher for the Mets, but he does not play enough to be in consideration in fantasy leagues. Joe Hudson was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
  • BAL Shortstop #63
    Orioles designated INF Nick Maton for assignment.
    The move clears a spot on the active roster for Heston Kjerstad but also opens up a spot on the 40-man roster as well. With the Orioles’ starting pitching struggling due to injuries, it’s possible the team could be looking to add another pitcher to the 40-man roster. It should be noted that the team’s 17th-ranked prospect is RHP Chayce McDermott and he is not on the 40-man roster. This move could open up a spot for the Orioles to promote him, should they choose to.
  • BAL Left Fielder #13
    Orioles recalled 1B/OF Heston Kjerstad from Triple-A Norfolk.
    The rumored move is now official, as the Orioles promote Kjerstad - again - after hitting .301/.390/.601 with 16 homers, 58 RBI, and a pair of stolen bases in 55 games. The bad news for fantasy managers is that the Orioles did not demote Colton Cowser in a corresponding move, meaning the team would need to decide to sit Cowser on the bench and not give him at-bats for Kjerstad to see regular playing time. It would seem to make no sense for one of Kjerstad or Cowser to sit on a major league bench and not play regularly but that might be the situation we’re heading towards. Or they will both split time often enough that each of their fantasy values will take a considerable hit. We’ll have to see how it plays out this week before knowing for sure.
  • BOS Outfielder
    Red Sox OF prospect Kristian Campbell went 2-for-3 with two walks on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
    The 21-year-old Campbell has emerged as yet another high-upside prospect for the Red Sox. He’s now hitting .431 with a 1.218 OPS over 78 plate appearances since his promotion to Double-A Portland on June 4. He earned Eastern League Player of the Week honors for June 10-16 when he went 12-for-28 (.429) with four doubles, two homers, and seven RBIs in six games. Roman Anthony is the Red Sox’s top OF prospect and a likely starter at some point in 2025, but if Campbell keeps this up, he might not be too far behind him.