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OF shuffle: Astros DL Fowler, promote Santana

The Astros have called up yet another interesting prospect.

Fowler is batting .270 with six home runs, six stolen bases and 43 runs scored.

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The Astros have placed OF Dexter Fowler on the DL with an oblique strain; the move is retroactive to June 27, so Fowler could be back as soon as next weekend. What's a team to do in a situation like this? If you're the Astros, you reach down to the minors to call up one of an endless supply of prospects.

Domingo Santana is expected to play every day in left field while Fowler is out (he batted eighth last night). The 21-year-old Santana was batting .305 with 13 home runs, five stolen bases and an .885 OPS before his promotion. Santana is huge - 6'5", 230 pounds - and had an impressive 40 walks along with a putrid 99 strikeouts in 319 plate appearances. He'll probably hit a decent number of home runs and strike out a ton, leading to a low BA.

Santana can certainly be grabbed in AL-only leagues, and you might want to try him in deeper mixed formats as well. However, if he doesn't hit right away, he could end up back in the minors when Fowler returns. Per the Houston Chronicle: "General manager Jeff Luhnow said recently that Santana could use more polish before arriving in the majors, but Fowler's injury created a need and the Astros didn't want to bring Robbie Grossman back so soon after demoting him."

P.S. Rob Neyer has an interesting take on Santana's inclusion in 2011 trade that sent Hunter Pence to the Phillies.

Tuesday's studs & duds

Stud: Joe Smith saved both ends of the Angels' doubleheader. It's going to be a shame for Smith's fantasy owners when he loses his job to Jason Grilli.

Stud: Blue Jays SP Drew Hutchison whiffed 10 Brewers while allowing one run on three hits in seven innings. Hutchison is 37th among starters in strikeouts (89), 45th in WHIP (1.23) and 58th in ERA (3.81). Maybe he should be owned in more than 15.3 percent of leagues.

Dud: Nobody was a disaster, but James Shields allowed four earned runs, nine hits and a couple of walks over five innings. 

News & notes

Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (calf) was out again last night, and manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez is expected to play again before the All-Star break ... which is 11 days from now. Thanks for being specific, Donnie.

Twins 1B Joe Mauer left Tuesday's game with an oblique strain, and will be re-evaluated today.

Everth Cabrera's strained hamstring will be checked again on Friday, but a DL trip sounds likely.

Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) is scheduled to make a rehab start on Sunday, and if all goes well he could come off the DL next weekend.

Tigers DH Victor Martinez missed another game on Tuesday due to soreness in his right side, but it sounds like he could be back as soon as today.

D-backs OF Mark Trumbo (foot) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment last night, and hopes to return right after the All-Star break.

A's OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) missed Tuesday's game, but hopes to DH today.

Brewers OF Khris Davis left Tuesday's game due to a left shoulder strain. 

The Rays have placed SS Yunel Escobar (shoulder) on the DL; he could be back by July 10.

2B Danny Espinosa was the odd man out of the Nationals' lineup again on Tuesday.

Streaming starters

Mike Leake got knocked around a bit on Tuesday, so we're down to 51-39 for the season. Today's pick is Charlie Morton (11.1 percent owned) versus the D-backs, while Thursday's selection is Morton's teammate, Vance Worley (4 percent owned), against the same opponent. Thursday's options aren't great, and Worley is a bit of a reach. But we've gotta pick someone ...

See you back here tomorrow morning.

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