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  • TEX Shortstop #5
    Corey Seager (hamstring) returned to the Rangers’ starting lineup for Wednesday night’s battle against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
    Seager hasn’t played since leaving Wednesday’s game with a mild hamstring strain. It’s the first time that the 30-year-old superstar shortstop will play in Dodgers’ stadium as a visitor. He’s been terrific at the dish when healthy this season — slashing .271/.360/.472 with 13 homers and 30 RBI in just 57 games.
  • TB Third Baseman #13
    Rays INF prospect Junior Caminero (quad) will return for Triple-A Durham on Saturday.
    Caminero was set to return on Friday evening, but that contest was ultimately postponed due to rain. The 21-year-old prodigy has been dealing with a left quad strain since late May and has endured an injury-plagued season at Triple-A Durham. The hope for fantasy managers is that he’ll manage to stay healthy for a couple weeks and get a late-season opportunity for the Rays. He’s universally-regarded as one of the top prospects in the fantasy landscape and is going to make a significant impact once Tampa Bay is ready to toss him the metaphorical car keys at the highest level.
  • SF Starting Pitcher #23
    Robbie Ray (elbow) struck out seven over 5 1/3 shutout innings on Friday in a minor league rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento.
    Ray averaged 93.7 mph on his four-seam fastball, and generated an impressive 18 swinging strikes (38 percent CSW) in his latest minor league rehab outing, building up his pitch count to 78 (46 strikes) in the process. He gave up just one hit and only issued a pair of walks. The 32-year-old southpaw has seemingly checked every box over the last few weeks in the closing stages of his lengthy rehabilitation process from last year’s Tommy John surgery. It wouldn’t be shocking to see him make his San Francisco debut at some point later next week. He’s at least worthy of a speculative roster spot in deeper mixed leagues.
  • HOU Shortstop #87
    Astros INF prospect Shay Whitcomb went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Friday for Triple-A Sugar Land.
    Whitcomb has displayed vastly improved plate skills this season at the Triple-A level and is pushing for a late-season promotion at this juncture. The unheralded 25-year-old possesses an impressive blend of over-the-fence pop and stolen base prowess, especially for a versatile middle infielder, batting .301 (99-for-329) with 19 homers and 22 steals this season for Triple-A Sugar Land. It’s probably time for Houston to give him a shot in the majors, or deal him somewhere else to a club that would be willing.
  • CHC Catcher
    Cubs C prospect Moises Ballesteros homered on Friday for Triple-A Iowa.
    At this point, it might be worth it for the Cubs to give Ballesteros a look in the big leagues over the final few weeks of the season, just to see how he fares. The 20-year-old backstop has looked advanced beyond his years this season in the upper minors, batting .301/.364/.496 with 12 homers across 75 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. It’s not like Tomás Nido or Miguel Amaya are really giving them anything at the highest level.
  • BAL Second Baseman #7
    Orioles 2B/SS prospect Jackson Holliday went 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBI on Friday for Triple-A Norfolk.
    Holliday looked a bit overmatched earlier this season in his first taste of the majors, but he’s seemingly looked a bit more comfortable as he continues to settle in at Triple-A Norfolk. The 20-year-old prodigy homered in each of his first two at-bats coming out of the All-Star break and is batting .278 (67-for-241) with 10 homers and seven steals across 65 minor league contests. There isn’t much of a path back to the majors this season, but he’s going to be a key component of Baltimore’s future. It’s an extremely encouraging sign that he’s improving after facing some initial adversity at the highest level.
  • MIA Outfielder
    Marlins signed first-round pick OF PJ Morlando.
    Morlando receives a $3.4 million signing bonus from Miami, which is nearly $1.3 million below-slot for the 16th overall selection, and presumably gives the club some flexibility to sign some of their later picks.
  • ARI Starting Pitcher #52
    Jordan Montgomery (knee) is likely to return early next week to start against the Royals.
    Montgomery made it through a simulated game earlier this week without any issues and is trending towards returning to take the ball early next week against Kansas City. The 31-year-old southpaw hit the injured list back in late June with right knee inflammation. Hopefully the extra time off to focus on his mechanics and ramp-up process will translate to improved results after a calamitous start to his Arizona debut earlier this year.
  • PHI Starting Pitcher #45
    Phillies manager Rob Thomson told reporters Friday that both Zack Wheeler (back) and Ranger Suárez (back) could potentially start next week against the Twins.
    Thomson added that both starters will be re-evaluated this weekend before they finalize a plan. However, barring anything unexpected, it seems like both Wheeler and Suárez — who have been dealing with minor back issues — will be ready to take the ball in the coming days when the Phillies travel to Minnesota.
  • LAA Starting Pitcher #47
    Griffin Canning was removed from Friday’s start against the Athletics with right elbow inflammation.
    Talk about adding injury to insult. Canning was having a pretty rough night, allowing six runs over 3 1/3 innings before being lifted from Friday’s second-half opener due to elbow inflammation. The 28-year-old righty will undergo further testing this weekend to determine the severity of the issue and it wouldn’t be shocking to see him require a trip to the injured list.
  • BAL Left Fielder #13
    Heston Kjerstad (concussion) underwent a full pregame workout on Friday.
    Kjerstad was placed on the concussion injured list last weekend after being hit in the head by a pitch from Yankees closer Clay Holmes. The rookie outfielder, who was batting .378 (14-for-37) with three homers and 12 RBI in 14 games since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk back in late June, is eligible to return this weekend, if he’s ready to go.