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  • MIA Left Fielder #54
    Myers is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after suffering a fractured left ankle last Saturday when he kicked the clubhouse door. It’ll go down as one of the more bizarre injuries of the entire season and it’s a significant loss for Miami as he likely would’ve been in line for expanded playing time following the trade deadline. He won’t be back until at least late August or early September, barring any setbacks.
  • ARI Starting Pitcher #19
    Nelson will take the ball at Wrigley Field to be followed by Zac Gallen and Brandon Pfaadt for the rest of the weekend road series. It’ll be interesting to see whether Arizona sticks with rookie Yilber Diaz for the remainder of the second half, especially with Jordan Montgomery (knee) due back at some point in the near future.
  • FA First Baseman
    Sasaki, who hit a high school-record 140 homers in high school overseas in Japan, was expected to be the first overall pick in last year’s Nippon Professional Baseball Draft, but has decided to play collegiate baseball at Stanford instead. He had been playing in the Trenton Thunder of the MLB Draft League for the last few weeks, but will now play in the wood bat summer collegiate league. The 19-year-old phenom will be eligible for the MLB Draft as early as 2026.
  • LAD Starting Pitcher #22
    It’ll be Kershaw’s third rehab outing as he continues to progress towards a mid-to-late August season debut coming off last year’s shoulder surgery. The 36-year-old veteran lefty struck out five over three shutout innings last weekend for Triple-A Oklahoma City. He figures to make an impact for fantasy managers over the final few weeks of the year, even in shallow mixed leagues. The results have been there for the future Hall of Fame southpaw, when healthy, over the last few years.
  • OAK Shortstop
    Wilson will join the Athletics for Friday’s second-half opener against the Angels after just 72 games in the minors since being selected sixth overall in last year’s MLB Draft. The 22-year-old shortstop has torn the cover off the ball this season in the upper minors with a surreal .438/.475/.687 triple-slash line with seven homers and two steals across 200 plate appearances. He doesn’t offer a ton of over-the-fence pop or stolen base potential upside, and Oakland’s lackluster supporting cast doesn’t exactly help either. Yet, his bat-to-ball skills give him a shot to make an impact for fantasy managers in the second half. He’s at least worthy of a speculative roster spot in deeper mixed leagues.
  • CIN Starting Pitcher
    MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis adds that Burns will receive a $9.25 million signing bonus as the second-overall pick from the 2024 MLB Draft out of Wake Forest, narrowly surpasses the record-setting $9.2 million figure current All-Star Paul Skenes received last year from the Pirates as the top-overall selection. The 21-year-old right-hander projects as an impact fantasy contributor in the near future as he boasts a triple-digit fastball and arguably the best slider in the entire draft class. It’s easy to envision him blossoming into an upper-echelon fantasy starter down the road given his impressive stuff. He’ll be worth monitoring closely over the next few months as he kicks off his professional career.
  • DET Starting Pitcher #9
    Flaherty has been dealing with a lingering back issue for the last few weeks, but it appears that he’s ready to roll at the outset of the second half after tossing six innings of one-run ball last Thursday against the Guardians to close out the first half. It’ll be Reese Olson and Keider Montero following him this weekend in Toronto for the rest of the series.
  • CLE Starting Pitcher #28
    It’ll be Gavin Williams and Ben Lively taking the ball this weekend for the remainder of the three-game second-half opening home series against the Padres. Bibee got hit hard in his final two outings prior to the Midsummer Classic, but has emerged as a borderline elite strikeout source over the last few weeks. The uptick in whiffs could lead to a monster second half.
  • SD Starting Pitcher #61
    It’ll be Dylan Cease and Michael King toeing the rubber this weekend at Cleveland’s Progressive Field for the remainder of the road series. Waldron has been hit-or-miss over the last few weeks, but has definitely cemented himself as a decent option for fantasy managers in deeper mixed leagues until further notice.
  • OAK Starting Pitcher #38
    Sears, who posted eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball last Wednesday against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, will be followed by Mitch Spence and Joey Estes over the weekend as Oakland kicks off the second half at home against the division-rival Angels.


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