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Max ScherzerWas - SP
News: An MRI on Scherzer's injured hamstring revealed a "minor tweak" Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. His availability for Game 1 of the NLDS remains uncertain. (Oct 1 9:03a)
Impact: Scherzer exited Saturday's contest in the fourth inning with an apparent leg injury that the team classified as a hamstring cramp after the game. A subsequent MRI revealed no significant damage, but the Nationals' ace still isn't sure if he'll be able to suit up for Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Scherzer said that he's been able to run with no issues, but he'll have to wait and see how his healing progresses over the next few days before committing to a Game 1 start. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:03a ET)
Overall Rank: 13 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 97.5
Max ScherzerWas - SP
News: Scherzer left Saturday's game against the Pirates in the fourth inning with an apparent injury, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. (Sep 30 5:11p)
Impact: This is certainly a troubling development with the start of the postseason less than a week away, but it's possible the team was just being extra cautious. Scherzer seemed to stumble on the mound after following through with his delivery on a pitch before being lifted. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:11p ET)
Overall Rank: 13 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 97.5
Andrew McCutchenPit - CF, RF
News: McCutchen was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup with left foot discomfort, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. (Sep 30 2:39p)
Impact: He fouled a ball off his foot in Friday's game and is day-to-day on the final weekend of the season. Starling Marte moves over to center field while Jordan Luplow enters the lineup in left field, hitting cleanup. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:39p ET)
Overall Rank: 64 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 96.2
Jacob deGromNYM - SP
News: DeGrom has gastroenteritis and will not make his scheduled start Saturday, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. (Sep 29 1:09p)
Impact: Seth Lugo will move up to start Saturday in his place and Noah Syndergaard will start Sunday (limited to 25 pitches), so deGrom's season is over. This is a tough blow for owners who were relying on a final start from deGrom. He finishes the year with career bests in innings (201.1), strikeouts (239), strikeout rate (28.9 percent) and wins (15). While the rest of the Mets' rotation has been ravaged by injuries, deGrom proved to be a true ace, and should be treated as such in 2018 drafts. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:09p ET)
Overall Rank: 59 Position Rank: 14
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 93.7
José AltuveHou - 2B
News: Altuve (forearm) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers. (Sep 27 8:21a)
Impact: A hit-by-pitch forced Altuve from Monday's game, but all tests on the forearm were negative and Altuve is set to return after missing just one start. The 27-year-old has been an elite fantasy contributor again this season, matching his career-high home run total from a year ago while surpassing 30 steals for a sixth straight season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:21a ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 99.4
News: Manager Bruce Bochy announced Tuesday that Bumgarner will not make another start this season, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports. (Sep 26 5:15p)
Impact: Bumgarner's health isn't a concern at this point in the season, but the Giants will shut their ace down on a high note following his strong 7.2 inning one-run outing Saturday against the Dodgers. Bumgarner will conclude the year with a 3.32 ERA over 17 starts and will again be one of the most coveted starting pitching assets in 2018 fantasy baseball drafts. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:15p ET)
Overall Rank: 15 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 96.0
José AltuveHou - 2B
News: Altuve (forearm) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers. (Sep 26 2:04p)
Impact: Altuve underwent an MRI after being forced from Monday's game, and he was diagnosed with only a bruise. While Altuve's injury is minor, the Astros are playing only for playoff positioning at this point, so he will get a day off to rest and recover. Marwin Gonzalez will get the start at second base Tuesday night. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:04p ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 99.4
Bryce HarperWas - RF
News: The Nationals activated Harper (knee) from the disabled list Tuesday, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports. (Sep 26 12:06p)
Impact: Harper is ready to get back on the field after missing roughly a month and a half with his knee injury. It remains to be seen where he will slot into the lineup, but it's a good bet he mans right field and hits third in the Nationals' batting order. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:06p ET)
Overall Rank: 12 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 98.8
Bryce HarperWas - RF
News: Harper (knee, illness) is feeling better and plans to be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. (Sep 26 11:12a)
Impact: Harper, who has been sidelined since Aug. 12 with a knee injury, was expected to come off the disabled list prior to Monday's series opener against the Phillies, but his return was delayed by a day due to an illness. He's reportedly feeling better Tuesday, so it sounds like he should make his long-awaited return to the starting lineup. It's unclear if the Nationals will deploy Harper in an everyday role right away, but that will likely depend on how he checks out after his initial appearances. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:12a ET)
Overall Rank: 12 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 98.8
José AltuveHou - 2B
News: Altuve (wrist) sustained a left forearm contusion resulting from a hit-by-pitch Monday against Texas, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. (Sep 25 8:32p)
Impact: The Astros can breathe a sigh of relief. Consider Altuve day-to-day, as his action could be limited down the stretch with the Astros having already clinched, but he should be easily ready for the playoffs. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:32p ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 99.4
José AltuveHou - 2B
News: Altuve left Monday's game after taking a pitch off the left wrist, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. (Sep 25 8:17p)
Impact: The Astros have clinched, so this move may have been precautionary, but all the small bones in the hand and wrist make any hit-by-pitch scary. Consider Altuve day-to-day until X-rays or any other further evaluations can be performed. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:17p ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 99.4
Bryce HarperWas - RF
News: Harper was not activated from the disabled list and isn't in Monday's lineup due to an illness, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. (Sep 25 12:49p)
Impact: Although it had looked like Harper was poised to return to action Monday and play in his first game since Aug. 12, the Nationals will have to wait a bit longer before activating their star right fielder from the DL. While fantasy owners and the Nationals alike would be thrilled to have Harper back in the lineup as the season winds down, it's still possible that he could return before the regular season comes to an end. More information regarding Harper's eventual activation should be available soon, as it's expected that he'll be lifted from the DL once he's no longer feeling under the weather. Jayson Werth is starting in right field and hitting fifth Monday night. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:49p ET)
Overall Rank: 12 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 98.8
Nolan ArenadoCol - 3B
News: Arenado was pulled in the sixth inning of the Rockies' 8-4 victory Sunday against the Padres due to a bruise on the palm of his right hand, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports. (Sep 25 8:32a)
Impact: Arenado said he took a "funky swing" and fouled off a ball during an at-bat earlier in the game, resulting in him sustaining some swelling to the hand. However, the Rockies consider it only a minor setback for the All-Star third baseman and believe that he'll be able to return to action for Monday's series opener with the Marlins. With the Rockies still looking to secure a wild-card berth, Arenado's availability will be essential to that effort. He's in the midst of an excellent September, during which he's slashed .307/.429/.547 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 23 games. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:32a ET)
Overall Rank: 4 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 99.7
Bryce HarperWas - RF
News: The Nationals plan to activate Harper (knee, calf) from the 10-day disabled list prior to Monday's series opener against the Phillies, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. (Sep 25 7:35a)
Impact: Harper was diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee and a left calf strain after slipping on first base in an Aug. 12 game, which had made it uncertain whether he'd be able to return to action before the end of the regular season. Fortunately for the Nationals, the star outfielder proved to be a quick healer and is now expected to get a week's worth of games in before the postseason gets underway. It's unclear if the Nationals will be comfortable with deploying Harper in an everyday role right off the bat, but if his knee and calf check out fine in his initial appearances, manager Dusty Baker would likely feel comfortable using the former MVP regularly in the playoffs. Harper's return will also force Baker to make some tough decisions with his outfield, as Jayson Werth and Howie Kendrick will likely have to compete with one another for starts in left field. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:35a ET)
Overall Rank: 12 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 98.8
Mookie BettsBos - RF
News: Betts was scratched from the lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds due to a left foot contusion, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. (Sep 23 11:18a)
Impact: Betts was set to start Saturday, but he will get a day off instead after fouling a ball off his leg Friday night. Chris Young will enter the lineup in Betts' place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:18a ET)
Overall Rank: 3 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 99.0
Corey SeagerLAD - SS
News: Seager (ankle) is back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. (Sep 22 3:17p)
Impact: This comes as a surprise, because while X-rays on the ankle were negative, manager Dave Roberts just said Thursday that Seager would be out "at least" a couple more days. Regardless, Seager's penciled in to return, and will get a chance to improve upon his 1-for-9 career mark against Giants starter Jeff Samardzija. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:17p ET)
Overall Rank: 16 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 94.8
Billy HamiltonCin - CF
News: Hamilton will patrol center field and bat leadoff during Friday's game against the Cardinals, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. (Sep 22 12:07p)
Impact: This marks the first time that Hamilton will be back in action since fracturing his thumb Sept. 6. Although it seemed like Hamilton would miss the rest of the season, or at least be eased back into the swing of things as a pinch runner/hitter, the 27-year-old is set to complete a full-fledged comeback for Friday's series opener. Dating back to the All-Star break, he's slashed .258/.304/.354 with 14 RBI, 28 runs and 20 stolen bases in 51 games. It remains to be seen whether Hamilton will be able to join the lineup in an everyday capacity for the rest of the season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 43 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 69.3
Manny MachadoBal - 3B, SS
News: Machado (illness) is in the lineup, but could be scratched following a pregame workout as manager Buck Shower said he's only "50-50" to play Thursday against Tampa Bay, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com. (Sep 21 1:40p)
Impact: Although Machado was initially plugged into Baltimore's lineup, it appears as though it's up in the air as to whether he will actually stay there. The third baseman missed Wednesday's game due to an illness, but is hitting second at his normal position for Thursday's contest. There will likely be an update regarding his status within the next hour. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:40p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 99.2
Corey SeagerLAD - SS
News: X-rays on Seager's ankle came back negative, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. (Sep 20 8:35p)
Impact: Seager fouled a ball off his right ankle Wednesday night, and while he was able to stay in the contest, the Dodgers sent him for X-rays afterwards to make sure he wasn't dealing with anything more than a bruise. Everything checked out, which is good news, but his status for Thursday's series finale remains up in the air. Manager Dave Roberts recently stated that Seager would play every game for the remainder of the season, but the team may decide to give him an off day to keep him fresh ahead of the playoffs. After an 0-for-5 showing Wednesday, Seager is just 5-for-34 (.147) over his last nine games. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:35p ET)
Overall Rank: 16 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 94.8
Zach BrittonBal - RP
News: Manager Buck Showalter said Britton will receive a PRP injection in his knee Thursday and the team will reassess him in 3-to-5 days, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. (Sep 20 8:20p)
Impact: The Orioles will likely wait and see how he responds to the injection before deciding anything, but Britton said he doubts he'll pitch again this season, according to Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com. He also said an MRI revealed he's dealing with a sprained MCL, but also confirmed he won't require surgery to heal. Seeing as Britton has been banged up all season and the Orioles are a long shot to make the playoffs, the team may decide to play it safe with the stud closer to ensure he's healthy for 2018. If Britton is indeed shut down, look for Brad Brach to take over ninth inning duties down the stretch. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:20p ET)
Overall Rank: 77 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 59.3
Zach BrittonBal - RP
News: Britton may be shut down for the remainder of the season due to concerns regarding the health of his knee, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. (Sep 20 1:44p)
Impact: It doesn't look like Britton's knee requires surgery to heal, as the team has been told it simply needs time to heal. However, the team doesn't want to take any chances on making aggravating the injury even further. Britton underwent an MRI on Wednesday, so additional information regarding his availability should become available in the near future. Britton, who's battled injuries throughout the season, has converted 15 of his 17 save opportunities over the course of the year. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:44p ET)
Overall Rank: 77 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 59.3
Billy HamiltonCin - CF
News: Hamilton (thumb) was activated from the 10-day DL prior to Wednesday's game against the Cardinals. (Sep 20 9:11a)
Impact: This move comes as a relative surprise considering Hamilton was expected to miss the rest of the season, but obviously he's recovered enough to the point that the club feels safe adding him back to the active roster. Owners should be wary about Hamilton's usage moving forward though, since it seems likely that he will be fairly limited in the field just two weeks removed from fracturing his left thumb, and may only be used to pinch run for the time being. It remains to be seen how manager Bryan Price will utilize Hamilton for the rest of the 2017 season, although the 27-year-old is in the midst of another typical year, hitting .248/.299/.333 with 37 RBI and 58 stolen bases. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:11a ET)
Overall Rank: 43 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 69.3
Daniel MurphyWas - 2B, 1B
News: Murphy was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with left hamstring tightness, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. (Sep 19 3:44p)
Impact: The severity of Murphy's setback is uncertain, but he experienced a similar injury last September, so the Nationals were not taking any chances one way or another. Wilmer Difo will get the start at second base in Murphy's place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:44p ET)
Overall Rank: 55 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 97.2
Jake ArrietaChC - SP
News: Arrieta (hamstring) said he's hopeful to start Thursday against the Brewers, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. (Sep 19 2:09p)
Impact: Arrieta came through a light bullpen session with no issues Tuesday, and if he checks out Wednesday, the 31-year-old will rejoin the Cubs' rotation for Thursday's series opener against the Brewers. If he does start Thursday, Arrieta would likely be able to make two additional starts beyond that before the regular season ends. He would likely be on a pitch limit in his first start back. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:09p ET)
Overall Rank: 46 Position Rank: 10
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 91.0
Mookie BettsBos - RF
News: Betts is in the lineup Monday against the Orioles, Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports. (Sep 18 12:09p)
Impact: Fortunately, it looks like Betts' exit from Sunday's game was just precautionary, as he's starting in right field and hitting cleanup for Monday's outing. Over the last seven games, Betts has gone 8-for-29 (.276) and mashed three home runs to go with nine RBI. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:09p ET)
Overall Rank: 3 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 99.0
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