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  • HOU Center Fielder #10
    Ari Alexander of KPRC in Houston reports that the Astros will option Joey Loperfido to Triple-A Sugar Land on Tuesday.
    The Astros need some insurance for Yainer Diaz (finger), so they will option Loperfido back to Triple-A to make room for Cesar Salazar, who is expected to be recalled in the corresponding move. Loperfido has some long-term appeal in fantasy, but he can safely be sent to the waiver wire in redraft formats.
  • CLE Starting Pitcher #59
    Carlos Carrasco allowed five runs with two strikeouts over five innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.
    Carrasco started with a clean first inning, then ran into some trouble in the second. The Blue Jays would bring two runs in on a walk and three hits before Carrasco could record an out. He got out of the frame with three runs scored. A walk and a hit made it four runs after four innings. Carrasco hit two batters in the fifth and allowed one more run before his day was done. The 37-year-old right-hander ends the day with a 5.80 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and a 44/21 K/BB ratio across 59 innings. He’ll take on the Blue Jays once again in Cleveland on Friday.
  • CHC Starting Pitcher #36
    Jordan Wicks was diagnosed with a Grade 2 right oblique strain.
    That’s certainly not the news that the Cubs were hoping for. Now rather than missing just a couple of weeks, it’s likely that the 24-year-old southpaw will be looking at an extended absence. Kyle Hendricks is expected to hold down Wicks’ spot in the Cubs’ rotation for the foreseeable future.
  • NYM Starting Pitcher #34
    Kodai Senga (shoulder) threw around 30 pitches in a successful two-inning bullpen session on Saturday.
    He’ll throw another bullpen early next week and if all goes well with that session, it sounds like Senga will finally be cleared to face live hitters. He’s still going to need several minor league rehab starts before he’s an option to join the Mets’ rotation, but he’s at least taking small steps in the right direction.
  • BOS First Baseman #36
    Triston Casas (rib) was able to take dry swings for the first time on Saturday without any issue.
    It’s unclear how many times he’ll have to repeat the process before he’s able to face live pitching, but it’s encouraging to hear that he’s swinging the bat once again. The 24-year-old slugger is hopeful that he’ll be able to return in early July.
  • BOS Right Fielder #52
    Red Sox’ manager Alex Cora told reporters on Saturday that Wilyer Abreu (ankle) is now sprinting at full speed.
    The 24-year-old outfielder is expected to be ready for a minor league rehab assignment early next week, and should only need a couple of games to get his timing back before he’s ready to rejoin the Red Sox’ lineup. Before landing on the injured list in early June, Abreu had been hitting .272/.344/.485 with six homers, 22 RBI and seven stolen bases through his first 189 plate appearances.
  • CHC Left Fielder #8
    Ian Happ went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer on Saturday, propelling the Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the division-rival Cardinals.
    Happ extended Chicago’s lead to a commanding four-run margin with a three-run blast off Cardinals lefty reliever John King with two outs in the seventh inning. It was his seventh round-tripper of the season and first time he’s gone deep since May 31.
  • CHC Starting Pitcher #18
    Shota Imanaga struck out six and allowed one run over seven innings on Saturday in a win over the Cardinals.
    Imanaga got his first taste of the storied NL Central rivalry on Saturday afternoon at historic Wrigley Field and delivered another masterpiece, throwing a career-high 103 pitches and limiting St. Louis’ lineup to just four baserunners over seven stellar frames. He induced 14 swinging strikes, with a dozen of them coming on his splitter/sweeper combo, and allowed just seven batted balls with an exit velocity in excess of 95 mph. The 30-year-old Japanese southpaw has been a revelation this season in his Cubs debut, allowing two earned runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts so far. He’ll carry a microscopic 1.89 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 78/11 K/BB ratio across 76 innings (13 starts) into a home outing on Friday against the Mets.
  • STL Relief Pitcher #53
    Andre Pallante was charged with two runs (one earned) over 3 1/3 innings on Saturday in a loss to the Cubs.
    Pallante turned in a perfect opening frame before engineering a masterful escape after giving up back-to-back hits to open the second inning. He got into trouble in the fourth inning after giving up consecutive hits to open the frame and was lifted for reliever Chris Roycroft after striking out Ian Happ and wound up being charged with a pair of runs following his departure. He struck out four and didn’t hand out a free pass. The 25-year-old righty figures to continue operating in a swingman-type role for the Cardinals moving forward.
  • WAS Left Fielder #6
    Jesse Winker was removed from Saturday’s ballgame against the Marlins in the third inning with an apparent leg injury.
    The 30-year-old outfielder awkwardly rounded second base before pulling up and retreating during the first inning. He stayed in the game initially, but was ultimately lifted two innings later. Expect the Nationals to provide an update on his status shortly.
  • MIL Relief Pitcher #58
    Brewers sent RHP James Meeker outright to Triple-A Nashville.
    The 29-year-old hurler was jettisoned off of the Brewers’ 40-man roster earlier in the week, but he passed through waivers unclaimed and will continue to function as extra bullpen depth for the team at the Triple-A level.