MLB Recent Player News
|6/22/2017||Matt Carpenter, StL, 1B|
|Matt Carpenter went 0 for 3 Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1. He ended the game with a .238 batting average.
Analysis: Carpenter got it together with a 10-game hitting streak from June 7-16, but he's now 1 for 15 in his past five contests. However, he's walked nine times and scored four runs over those five games.
|6/22/2017||Yadier Molina, StL, C|
|Yadier Molina went 1 for 4 Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1. He ended the game with a .260 batting average.
Analysis: Molina extended his hitting streak to 10 games, though he's recorded just one hit in eight of those contests. He does have three homers and five RBIs during the run.
|6/22/2017||Greg Garcia, StL, 3B|
|Greg Garcia went 0 for 1 Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1. He ended the game with a .206 batting average.|
|6/22/2017||Maikel Franco, Phi, 3B|
|Maikel Franco went 0 for 3 Thursday as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1. Franco scored once. He ended the game with a .224 batting average.|
|6/22/2017||José Martínez, StL, 1B|
|Jose Martinez went 0 for 3 Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1. He ended the game with a .271 batting average.|
|6/22/2017||Tommy Joseph, Phi, 1B|
|Tommy Joseph went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs Thursday as the Philadelphia Phillies topped the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1. The homer was his 11th of the season. He ended the game with a .261 batting average.
Analysis: Joseph has been on a nice run this month, batting .314 with 10 RBIs in 17 games since June 5.
|6/22/2017||Brad Ziegler, Mia, P|
|The Marlins have placed Ziegler on the 10-day disabled list with a right back strain.
Analysis: The injury could help explain why Ziegler has been rocked for seven runs (five earned) in 1 2/3 innings over his last two outings. The veteran reliever had thrown seven scoreless innings during a nine-game stretch that preceded his recent struggles.
|6/22/2017||Junichi Tazawa, Mia, P|
|The Marlins activated Tazawa from the disabled list prior to Thursday's game against the Cubs.
Analysis: The reliever had been sidelined since mid-May by a rib cage injury. Tazawa's first season in Miami wasn't going well even before he got hurt, as he owns a 6.60 ERA in 16 appearances.
|6/22/2017||Jeremy Jeffress, Tex, P|
|The Rangers have placed Jeffress on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain.
Analysis: Jeffress recorded a career-high 27 saves with Milwaukee a season ago but has had no fantasy value as a Ranger, having posted a poor 5.69 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP in 31 appearances in 2017.
|6/22/2017||Josh Donaldson, Tor, 3B|
|Donaldson was scratched from the Blue Jays' lineup for Thursday's game at Texas due to a sore left knee.
Analysis: The Blue Jays may just be opting to give Donaldson a little rest with a day game following a night game, though it's unclear if the injury is more significant. The 2015 AL MVP has been struggling of late, having gone 4 for 26 with only one RBI over his last seven games.
|6/22/2017||Kyle Schwarber, ChC, LF|
|The Cubs have optioned the slumping Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa.
Analysis: The highly touted outfielder just hasn't been able to get untracked this season and his average dropped to .171 following Wednesday's 0-for-3 performance against the Padres. CSN Chicago reported the demotion as an opportunity for Schwarber to "clear his head" and he's not expected to be in the minors for long. The move could mean more immediate playing time for veteran Jon Jay, who's hitting .317 in a part-time role.
|6/22/2017||Jason Heyward, ChC, RF|
|Heyward has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left hand abrasion.
Analysis: Heyward sustained the injury attempting to catch a foul ball in Sunday's game at Pittsburgh and sat out the Cubs' entire three-game series with San Diego as a result. The injury isn't considered a long-term issue, so he should be activated when first eligible.
|6/22/2017||Steve Pearce, Tor, 1B|
|Pearce, who bruised his right knee during Wednesday's game at Texas, is out of the lineup for Thursday's finale of the series.
Analysis: Pearce sustained the injury running into the left-field wall attempting to catch Joey Gallo's fly ball in the fifth inning that ended up as an inside-the-park home run. The veteran went 3 for 3 with an RBI before exiting and is 12 for 26 with nine RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak.
|6/22/2017||Dexter Fowler, StL, CF|
|Fowler (quadriceps) is out of the Cardinals' lineup for Thursday's game at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Fowler is dealing with some quad tightness and was removed from Wednesday's win over the Phillies after scoring from second base on a Yadier Molina single in the top of the 10th inning. He's likely just day to day.
|6/22/2017||Matt Chapman, Oak, 3B|
|The A's have placed Chapman on the 10-day disabled list with an infection in his left knee.
Analysis: The third base prospect missed a third straight game Wednesday and hasn't shown improvement, prompting the A's to shut him down for a little while longer. Chapman had just been promoted from the minors last week and went 3 for 14 with three RBIs over his first four games in the majors.
|6/22/2017||Stephen Vogt, Oak, C|
|The A's have designated the struggling Vogt for assignment.
Analysis: An AL All-Star in 2015 and 2016, Vogt is hitting just .217 with four homers and 20 RBIs this season and is 4 for 23 over his last 12 games. With Oakland moving on from the 32-year-old, Josh Phegley and Bruce Maxwell figure to split duties behind the plate for the time being.
|6/22/2017||Francisco Cervelli, Pit, C|
|Cervelli has landed back on the 7-day disabled list due to continued symptoms from a previous concussion.
Analysis: Cervelli missed a week earlier this month and started four games since returning on June 14, but sat out the Pirates' last two games with what the team described as "flu-like symptoms" and apparently still isn't quite right. Since concussions can tend to linger, fantasy owners may want to look elsewhere for production from the catcher's spot.
|6/22/2017||Corey Knebel, Mil, P|
|Corey Knebel recorded his 11th save, allowing no runs on one hit in 1.0 inning, as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Wednesday. Knebel struck out one, ending the game with a 0.98 ERA and 0.98 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Knebel converted his seventh straight save opportunity and continues to impress since supplanting Neftali Felix as the Brewers' closer last month. The hard-throwing righty has posted an excellent 0.66 ERA since April 26 and has struck out an eye-popping 50 batters in 27 1/3 innings during that time frame.
|6/22/2017||Trevor Williams, Pit, P|
|Trevor Williams allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in 6.0 innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Wednesday. Williams struck out seven, ending the game with a 5.09 ERA and 1.32 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: The seven strikeouts were a career-high for Williams, who continues to keep the Pirates in games but remains a rather uninspiring fantasy option. The 25-year-old owns just one win over his last seven starts and has recorded a 6.60 ERA over his past three.
|6/22/2017||Júnior Guerra, Mil, P|
|Junior Guerra allowed three runs on seven hits and five walks in 6.0 innings as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Wednesday. Guerra struck out six, ending the game with a 3.11 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Guerra has certainly been consistent lately, as he's allowed three earned runs over six innings in each of his last three starts. The right-hander has gone four straight outings without a win, however, and although he's held opposing hitters to a .212 average, he's averaging a concerning 5.26 walks per nine innings.
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