Player News

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George SpringerHou - RF, CF
News: Springer (quad) will not be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Phillies, but likely won't require a trip to the disabled list, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports. (Jul 24 9:50p)
Impact: When Springer was forced to exit Monday's game with a quad injury, there were obvious fears that the star center fielder would be headed to the disabled list. It appears that the Astros and Springer's fantasy owners have dodged a bullet as the 27-year-old isn't expected to miss extended time. He'll certainly be out Tuesday but could potentially return for Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies, though it wouldn't be surprising to see the Astros hold him out through their off-day on Thursday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:50p ET)
Overall Rank: 32 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 15.9 % Owned: 99.3
Xander BogaertsBos - SS
News: Bogaerts was scratched from the lineup Monday due to an illness, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. (Jul 24 5:19p)
Impact: It's certainly positive news that Bogaerts was scratched from the lineup due to an illness and not a reemergence of the hand injury that plagued him last week. The star shortstop should be considered day-to-day moving forward. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:19p ET)
Overall Rank: 28 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 12.3 % Owned: 98.3
George SpringerHou - RF, CF
News: Springer exited Monday's game against the Phillies with left quad discomfort, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. (Jul 24 5:15p)
Impact: Springer was removed from the game after slipping while attempting to make a play in the outfield. With the Astros already up by two runs against the lowly Phillies, it's possible that the removal was simply precautionary, though we'll have to await confirmation from the team following Monday's contest. Norichika Aoki took over in right field with Josh Reddick shifting over to center field. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:15p ET)
Overall Rank: 32 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 15.9 % Owned: 99.3
Xander BogaertsBos - SS
News: Bogaerts was a late scratch from the lineup prior to Monday's game against the Mariners, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. (Jul 24 4:59p)
Impact: Bogaerts missed a couple of games last week with a sprained hand, but the reason for his removal from Monday's lineup has not been announced. Deven Marrero will take over at shortstop. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:59p ET)
Overall Rank: 28 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 12.3 % Owned: 98.3
Clayton KershawLAD - SP
News: Kershaw was diagnosed with a lower back strain Monday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. (Jul 24 4:41p)
Impact: Following Monday's evaluation, manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Kershaw's lower back strain isn't as serious as the disc injury that sidelined the ace last season, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. The skipper also mentioned that Kershaw is "day-to-day" with the injury, but considering the fact that he's already been placed on the 10-day disabled list, it's safe to assume that the 4-to-6 week timeline remains the best estimate for his eventual return at this time. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:41p ET)
Overall Rank: 5 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 8.8 % Owned: 99.1
Clayton KershawLAD - SP
News: Kershaw (back) was placed on the disabled list Monday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. (Jul 24 4:03p)
Impact: As expected, the Dodgers' ace will head to the disabled list to rest his ailing back. Kershaw is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks, although a more official timetable for his return should emerge once he meets with doctors in the coming days. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:03p ET)
Overall Rank: 5 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 8.8 % Owned: 99.1
J.D. MartinezAri - RF
News: Martinez (wrist) is in the starting lineup Monday against the Braves. (Jul 24 1:41p)
Impact: Martinez sat out of the past four contests but managed to make a pinch hit appearance Sunday afternoon, which likely acted as the final hurdle to getting him back in the lineup. He'll slot back into his normal spot in the lineup with his new team, batting fifth and playing right field. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:41p ET)
Overall Rank: 33 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 9.0 % Owned: 96.1
Clayton KershawLAD - SP
News: Kershaw (back) is estimated to miss four-to-six weeks due to his current back issue, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. (Jul 24 10:23a)
Impact: This is a rough timetable for his return, although it's promising to hear that he isn't expected to miss as much time as he did last season with a similar injury. Official word should come forth after Kershaw sees his doctor in the next day or so, although this timetable all but guarantees that the Dodgers ace will be on the disabled list for much of August. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:23a ET)
Overall Rank: 5 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 8.8 % Owned: 99.1
Clayton KershawLAD - SP
News: Kershaw (back) will be placed on the disabled list and does not yet have a timetable for a return, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. (Jul 23 5:40p)
Impact: The superstar pitcher was lifted in the second inning Sunday afternoon against the Braves with tightness in his lower back. Kershaw remarked that he felt something that "wasn't normal" during warmups, which prompted his removal. As such, he has tests scheduled for Monday, and could meet with a back specialist as early as Sunday night. Dodger fans and owners of arguably the best pitcher in baseball are obviously holding their collective breath while waiting for a clearer diagnosis and timetable for Kershaw's return -- stay tuned. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:40p ET)
Overall Rank: 5 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 8.8 % Owned: 99.1
News: Strasburg was removed from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks after just two innings for an undisclosed reason, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports. (Jul 23 2:30p)
Impact: The Nationals don't provide in-game injury updates, so more information may not be available until later in the day. Consider Strasburg day-to-day for now. Matt Grace came into the game to replace him. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:30p ET)
Overall Rank: 51 Position Rank: 11
% Started: 11.4 % Owned: 98.8
Miguel CabreraDet - 1B
News: Cabrera (collarbone) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Twins, playing first base and batting fourth, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. (Jul 23 9:41a)
Impact: Cabrera was hit in the chest by a hard grounder in Friday's game, so the Tigers gave him Saturday off. It appears the injury was a minor one, and the former MVP should be good to go heading into the upcoming week. He'll face off against Twins left-hander Adalberto Mejia on Sunday for the first time in his career. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:41a ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 8.8 % Owned: 97.6
George SpringerHou - RF, CF
News: Springer is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports. (Jul 23 9:12a)
Impact: Springer has remained hot coming out of the All-Star break with a 10-for-29 (.345 average) showing at the plate, but with the Astros in the midst of a stretch of 10 games in 12 days, he'll receive his first day off since June 22. Jake Marisnick will cover center field in Springer's stead and bat ninth. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:12a ET)
Overall Rank: 32 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 15.9 % Owned: 99.3
Gregory PolancoPit - RF, LF
News: Polanco (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday. (Jul 22 2:12p)
Impact: This move is not entirely out of the blue considering Polanco was left off the Pirates' lineup card Saturday and was not listed among the reserves. Polanco left Friday's game after straining his hamstring running out a fielder's choice. There is no timetable for Polanco's return at this time, but it's worth noting that this will be his second DL stint related to a hamstring injury. The Pirates recalled Steven Brault in a corresponding move. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:12p ET)
Overall Rank: 49 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 0.3 % Owned: 50.8
News: Goldschmidt is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals. (Jul 22 1:38p)
Impact: Daniel Descalso will take over at first base and Chris Iannetta will bat cleanup with Goldschmidt getting the day off. There's no indication of a possible injury for Goldschmidt, so this is likely just a routine rest day after he racked up eight strikeouts in his last three games. Look for Goldschmidt to draw back in for Sunday's series finale against Stephen Strasburg. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:38p ET)
Overall Rank: 6 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 18.1 % Owned: 99.6
Ryan BraunMil - LF
News: Braun (calf, wrist) is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies. (Jul 22 12:48p)
Impact: He will man left field and bat third against right-hander Jeremy Hellickson after missing three consecutive starts. Braun has been nursing some calf soreness of late, and he recently admitted that his wrist has been bothering him all season long. He was treated with a cortisone shot prior to the All-Star break, and depending on how he feels in the days and weeks ahead, Braun may require additional maintenance for both issues. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:48p ET)
Overall Rank: 23 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 10.6 % Owned: 91.7
Kris BryantChC - 3B, LF
News: Bryant (finger) is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. (Jul 22 10:25a)
Impact: Manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Bryant would be down Saturday as well, noting that the 25-year-old was still having trouble even gripping a bat with his strained pinkie finger. However, Bryant has evidently progressed much quicker than expected as he will return to third base and the two hole against right-hander Adam Wainwright. Bryant is 8-for-23 (.348 average) since the All-Star break. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:25a ET)
Overall Rank: 7 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 20.1 % Owned: 99.6
Gregory PolancoPit - RF, LF
News: Polanco is listed as day-to-day with a left hamstring strain, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. (Jul 22 8:17a)
Impact: The outfielder went on the 10-day disabled list in mid-May due to the same injury. Polanco is slashing .387/.406/.629 with three homers and nine RBI in 64 plate appearances since the end of June. He didn't speak about his ailment after Friday's game, but it wouldn't be surprising if he sits out at least a couple games. The combination of Adam Frazier, John Jaso and Jose Osuna will likely see time in right field while Polanco mends. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:17a ET)
Overall Rank: 49 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 0.3 % Owned: 50.8
Miguel CabreraDet - 1B
News: Cabrera was diagnosed with a right clavicle contusion after taking a hard grounder off the chest in Friday's game against the Twins, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. (Jul 21 7:59p)
Impact: In English, that's a bruised collarbone. X-rays taken after Cabrera left the game were negative, so it doesn't sound like this will be a major injury. The Tigers could choose to rest him this weekend in Minnesota, though, so consider him day-to-day for now. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:59p ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 8.8 % Owned: 97.6
J.D. MartinezAri - RF
News: Martinez, who left Wednesday's game in Cincinnati after swinging at a tight, inside pitch, has a left hand contusion. X-rays were negative and he's listed as day-to-day, according to the Diamondbacks' television broadcast. (Jul 19 6:00p)
Impact: This could end up being a huge sigh of relief for the team's big trade piece, especially when you consider what Arizona gave up for Martinez in order to make a better run at a playoff spot. He actually wanted to stay in the game, but manager Torey Lovullo thought it better to take the cautious route. We'll see if Martinez is able to suit back up for Thursday's series finale. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:00p ET)
Overall Rank: 33 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 9.0 % Owned: 96.1
J.D. MartinezAri - RF
News: Martinez was forced to leave Wednesday's game against Cincinnati after he was hit in the hand by a pitch, Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona reports. (Jul 19 5:29p)
Impact: Martinez was attempting to check his swing but couldn't pull back in time and struck out on the pitch, adding insult to injury. Expect Martinez to undergo further evaluation, but he could be in for an extended absence after suffering some terrible luck in his first game as a Diamondback. Consider him day-to-day until team doctors can look at him. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:29p ET)
Overall Rank: 33 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 9.0 % Owned: 96.1
Kris BryantChC - 3B, LF
News: Bryant was diagnosed with with a strained right pinkie finger after preceding X-rays came back negative, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. (Jul 19 10:46a)
Impact: The Cubs and fantasy owners alike can breathe a sigh of relief it's nothing more serious after Bryant jammed his hand while sliding into third base Wednesday against the Braves. Consider the 25-year-old as day-to-day moving forward, meaning Javy Baez or Tommy La Stella will likely take over at the hot corner until the team deems him good to go. With an off day built in for Thursday, Bryant could slide back into the lineup when the Cubs open up a home series against the Cardinals on Friday afternoon. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:46a ET)
Overall Rank: 7 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 20.1 % Owned: 99.6
Kris BryantChC - 3B, LF
News: Bryant was forced to leave Wednesday's contest in the first inning after jamming his finger while sliding into third base. (Jul 19 9:29a)
Impact: Bryant got on base with a double off Braves' starter R.A. Dickey, but appeared to awkwardly jam his ring finger into the shoe of third baseman Johan Camargo while attempting to advance on a fly ball. He was immediately lifted from the game in favor of Tommy La Stella, though the team will likely release further information following a medical evaluation. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:29a ET)
Overall Rank: 7 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 20.1 % Owned: 99.6
Xander BogaertsBos - SS
News: Bogaerts (hand) has been diagnosed with a muscle contusion and a small sprain in his hand and is being considered day-to-day, Tim Britton of The Providence Journal reports. (Jul 19 8:08a)
Impact: What was first diagnosed as a bruised hand turns out to be a little more serious, but he'll avoid the disabled list for now. Since the hand was hit by a pitch July 6, Bogaerts has been struggling at the plate, only hitting .154. He was a late scratch in Tuesday's game and before the scratch he had been moved down to sixth in the order, which was the first time he had hit lower than third since early May. Devin Marrero and Brock Holt are expected to handle the shortstop duties if Bogaerts misses further time. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:08a ET)
Overall Rank: 28 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 12.3 % Owned: 98.3
Todd FrazierNYY - 3B, DH
News: Frazier was traded to the Yankees on Tuesday as part of a multi-player deal. (Jul 18 9:07p)
Impact: Frazier will pack his bags and head to the east coast to join the American League pennant race with teammates David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle. Frazier could be in line to see playing time at first base, third base and as the designated hitter with his new club. The 31-year-old should also see an uptick in his fantasy production hitting in a much more potent Yankees lineup. Frazier is hitting just .207 this season but still sports a solid ISO of .225. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 90 Position Rank: 10
% Started: 2.4 % Owned: 48.1
Corey KluberCle - SP
News: Kluber has recently been dealing with a stiff neck, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. (Jul 18 5:18p)
Impact: Kluber is reportedly dealing with some neck issues, though you wouldn't know it by watching him pitch. The ace has been on a brilliant run of late but may have to have his upcoming start bumped back or skipped all-together if the discomfort in his neck fails to subside. Kluber will be considered day-to-day as the Indians head into their weekend series against the Blue Jays. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:18p ET)
Overall Rank: 31 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 12.7 % Owned: 98.6
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