MLB Quick Hits: A’s to activate closer Doolittle

Sean Doolittle saved 22 games with a 2.73 ERA last season.

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A’s closer Sean Doolittle, who has been on the DL all season with a shoulder strain, will be activated in time for Tuesday’s game against the Tigers. Doolittle’s velocity has reportedly been down during rehab outings, and the A’s say he’ll pitch in some non-save situations early on. However, Doolittle is owned in just 60.7 percent of leagues, and should start getting saves in the near future.


In other news …

The Brewers expect to activate SS Jean Segura (finger) by Friday, with C Jonathan Lucroy (toe) following him back into action early next week. SP Wily Peralta has been placed on the DL with a strained oblique muscle.

In other Brewers news, Ryan Braun is ON FIRE. Maybe not as much as MVP-level Braun, but a lot closer than he was in 2013-14.

The best quote I saw about Reds C Devin Mesoraco finally going on the DL is below. It sounds like they’ll make a decision later this week on hip surgery for Mesoraco.

The Mets should know later this week about David Wright’s spinal issue. Keep your fingers crossed, baseball fans.

Shawn Tolleson got another save for the Rangers on Monday – his fourth in six days. So much for "no roles" in their bullpen. With Neftali Feliz on the DL, Tolleson appears to have clear sailing for saves, and he’s owned in just 10.4 percent of leagues.

In other Rangers’ news, OF Josh Hamilton went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored while batting fifth on Monday. I’m still skeptical about how well Hamilton will play, but if you want him, he’s owned in just 31 percent of leagues.

Mariners OF Austin Jackson (ankle) comes off the DL today.

So, about the Mets’ six-man rotation: It’s a good idea, and it’ll annoy fantasy owners of Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom for awhile. But someone else will get hurt or pitch badly at some point soon, and they’ll go back to a five-man rotation. This isn’t a big deal.

With James Loney (broken finger) on the DL, Logan Forsythe is expected to fill in at first base. That should result in more time for Nick Franklin at second base, which is an interesting fantasy development. Franklin has decent power and speed, and should probably interest anyone in a league deeper than a 12-team mixed.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a worse fantasy pitching performance than Jeremy Guthrie’s one-inning, 11-run debacle on Monday. I’m serious – have you seen something more hideous?

Weekend streaming starter review: Marco Estrada was mediocre on Friday, Rubby De La Rosa was just OK on Saturday, and Wade Miley looked strong on Sunday. Today, we’ll try R.A. Dickey (15.4 percent owned) against the so-so White Sox (.299 wOBA vs. RHP).

DFS advice (salaries from DraftKings): The Braves and A’s are both so bad against LHP that it’s hard to decide between Clayton Kershaw ($12.200) and David Price ($10,600). Despite the price, I’d lead off with Kershaw … If you make Danny Salazar ($9,100) your SP2, there’s a lot of budget work to do on the hitters … Since we really need to save, let’s do it at catcher by starting Josh Phegley ($2,600) against Price, as Phegley hits LHP well … It’s Ryan Raburn ($2,800) against a mediocre lefty day! … Yankees OF Chris Young ($3,500) looks like a good price versus Jason Vargas … If you can’t spend big at 1B on strong plays like Paul Goldschmidt or Edwin Encarnacion, dig deeper for Adrian Gonzalez ($3,900) against Julio Teheran … Jays 2B/3B Danny Valencia ($3,100) kills LHP, and gives us room to play teammate Josh Donaldson ($4,600) vs. John Danks … My lineup gets filled out with Giancarlo Stanton ($4,900) and Zack Cozart ($3,300) … If you want to stack hitters today, the Toronto/Arizona righties are obvious options.

See you back here tomorrow morning.