How my work week is going with my vacation approaching:
Give @raysbaseball some love, they’ve won EIGHT in a row.
— MLB (@MLB) April 29, 2018
On the Agenda:
2. Ain’t No Sunshine
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitchers
Shohei Ohtani will not pitch until at least the weekend, according to manager Mike Scioscia. Ohtani was removed from the Angels game on Friday after suffering an ankle sprain. The injury is not considered serious and it appears the Angels are just being cautious.
Ain’t No Sunshine
Robbie Ray left Sunday’s game after suffering what appeared to be an oblique injury. There was no indication after the game about how serious the injury is, but typically pitchers miss around 4-5 weeks with oblique strains.
Various News and Notes
According to manager John Gibbons, Josh Donaldson is on track to be activated this weekend. Donaldson has been on the DL with a shoulder issue that plagued him to start the season. He is currently on a minor league rehab assignment, but has yet to play third base.
According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, that Mike Soroka may make his MLB debut this week. With Julio Teheran dealing with a shoulder issue and Anibal Sanchez injured, the Braves may need Soroka. He has been fantastic in AAA so far this year. He is a ground ball pitcher with a 69% (nice) GB% that could help limit the damage from the short porch in Suntrust.
Rich Hill will not be activated from the DL on Monday as originally expected. Hill has developed an infection from the crack fingernail that sent him to the DL originally. Brock Stewart will get the spot start on Monday, but this could mean the return of demoted Walker Buehler who was very good in his starts in Hill’s absence.
Miguel Cabrera was removed from Sunday’s game after experiencing a bicep issue. After the game Cabrera said he was feeling better, so this appears to be a minor issue. Consider him day-to-day at this time.
Wil Myers was placed on the 10-Day DL with an oblique injury. This is the second time Myers has hit the DL already this season. Typically hitters miss around 3-5 weeks with this type of injury.
Joe Panik hit the DL with a sprained thumb. Reports are that he may need surgery, but will seek a second opinion this week. He will likely miss 6-8 weeks, which makes him droppable in most formats.
Streaming Pitchers Options
A pitcher for today: None
I am tempted to roll with Lance Lynn, but he’s more of a GPP play than anything else.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Nick Tropeano vs BAL
Baltimore has the third highest strikeout percentage and third lowest wOBA vs right-handed pitching. Tropeano has looked good coming off the DL.
Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.