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  • NYM Starting Pitcher #34
    Kodai Senga (shoulder) is aiming to kick off a minor league rehab assignment next week.
    Senga is scheduled to face hitters on Thursday in a live batting practice session, which will likely determine whether he’s ready to head out on an extended rehab assignment. The 31-year-old righty is going to require several rehab outings to build up his strength and stamina before making his season debut at some point after the All-Star break.
  • STL Relief Pitcher #56
    Ryan Helsley has been scratched from the NL All-Star roster and will be replaced by Kyle Finnegan.
    No immediate reason was given for Helsley’s removal. He had a busy first half, but considering that he’s pitched just once in the last 10 days, he’s pretty rested at the moment. It’s the first All-Star nod for Finnegan, who has a 2.45 ERA and 25 saves as the Nationals’ closer.
  • TB Starting Pitcher #59
    Jeffrey Springs allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham on Sunday.
    We should always take minor league statlines with a grain of salt because we don’t know what pitchers are working on or how well the defense played behind them. It also was reported that Springs may have been battling a blister or a cut on his finger since he got checked out in the middle of the outing and kept pitching. Perhaps most importantly, Springs did throw 77 pitches in this game, which means he should be up over 80 in his next start, which is good news for his potential return. The Rays won’t rush him back but he may need only one more rehab appearance at most.
  • LAD Designated Hitter #17
    Shohei Ohtani said decided to sit out the Home Run Derby as a “load issue,” and that he could participate next year.
    Ohtani has been taking less batting practice than usual this year as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. Taking a whole bunch of home run cuts tonight probably wasn’t in his best interests.
  • ARI Second Baseman #4
    Ketel Marte will lead off for Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo in the NL All-Star lineup.
    It’s a defensible choice, though Shohei Ohtani is right there, and Trea Turner and Christian Walker also might have been better options. Marte will be followed by Ohtani, Turner, Bryce Harper, William Contreras, Yelich, Alex Bohm, Teoscar Hernández and Jurickson Profar.
  • NYY Right Fielder #99
    Aaron Judge will bat cleanup for the American League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
    It seems Bruce Bochy disagrees with Aaron Boone in using Judge as a No. 2 hitter. He has Judge batting behind Steven Kwan, Gunnar Henderson and Juan Soto on Tuesday, so unless someone gets on base, we’ll miss out on a Paul Skenes-Judge matchup. Rounding out the lineup behind Judge will be Yordan Alvarez, José Ramírez, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Adley Rutschman and Marcus Semien.
  • BAL Starting Pitcher #39
    Corbin Burnes will start for the American League in the All-Star Game.
    We’re guessing he’ll just go one, but Burnes was the last pitcher to throw more than one inning in the All-Star Game; he worked the second and third behind Max Scherzer for the NL In 2021, giving up two runs and taking the loss. Paul Skenes was already announced as the NL starter.
  • WAS Starting Pitcher #74
    DJ Herz allowed two runs on two hits in 3 1/3 innings while walking three in a start for Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.
    The Nationals said they were going to limit Herz’s pitch count as they look to control his innings this season. It’s also very likely that Herz is working on something while in the minors that the Nationals feel is important for his development, but the command issues on Sunday are not what you want to see given his control issues over his minor league career. Regardless, he should get another shot in the MLB rotation near the end of the summer.
  • MIA Starting Pitcher #23
    Max Meyer threw five shutout innings for Triple-A Jacksonville on Sunday, striking out six and allowing three hits.
    The Marlins said Meyer would be back up in the majors “soon"; that was a month ago. However, Meyer has now thrown five or more innings in his last two starts after not having gone that deep into games in his first 10 Triple-A outings. Maybe that means he’ll get the call soon, but it does appear that Miami is trying to get an extra year of team control here and will call Meyer up after that deadline passes.
  • BAL Shortstop
    Orioles selected Virginia SS Griff O’Ferrall with the No. 32 selection of the 2024 MLB Draft.
    O’Ferrall wasn’t quite as good in 2024 as his 2023 campaign with an .821 OPS this spring compared to a .948 mark the previous year, and he’s a hitter who only registered eight homers in his collegiate career. While he likely won’t pile up the long balls, he does have a swing that is conducive to making contact, and once on base he has the speed to be a stolen base threat with 50 thefts over his three years with the Cavaliers. He’s also a strong defensive player, and that should allow him to move quickly through the system. Barring a swing change, however, it’s hard to see him being much more than a bench option on fantasy rosters.
  • ARI Outfielder
    Diamondbacks selected Kentucky OF Ryan Waldschmidt with the No. 31 selection of the 2024 MLB Draft.
    Waldschmidt was not an unknown entering the 2024 season, but he improved his stock considerably after hitting .333/.469/.610 with 14 homers and 25 thefts for the Wildcats this spring. There’s plus speed at the 21-year-old outfielder’s disposal, and his hit- and power-tools aren’t far behind. There are some defensive questions despite his athleticism and there’s a below-average arm, but it shouldn’t keep him from playing in a corner outfield spot, and the bat can play in that role.