On Thursday, I will make my return to the softball fields after over a year long absence due to injury. While I hope my first game back looks similar to Scooter Gennett’s day yesterday, it’ll most likely look more like this:
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) June 7, 2017
On the Agenda:
1.Various News and Notes
2. Streaming Pitcher Options
Various News and Notes
Adrian Beltre was removed from Tuesday’s game after spraining his ankle. Following the game he was seen in a walking boot. Even though x-rays came back negative, there is a chance he could wind up on the DL after missing much of the beginning of the season with a calf injury. This is bad news for the Rangers with Mike Napoli being placed on the 10-day DL with tightness in his back. The move for Napoli is retroactive to June 4th and there is no current timetable for his return.
Jacob Faria will make his Major League debut on Wednesday, the team announced. Faria will most likely be up for just a spot start, however, he could be a worthwhile investment in deeper formats. Faria has taken a step forward this year in AAA. In 58.2 innings, he has a 12.89 k/9 and cut his walk rate as well from last year’s 67 inning stint at AAA Durham. Faria is often overlooked within the Rays system and for good reason as Brett Honeywell and Jose De Leon have higher prospect ceilings, but Faria has talent as well and could provide a boost for fantasy owners if given a longer look after the trade deadline or if an injury requires his return to the Majors.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Nationals are keeping a “close eye on Royals closer Kelvin Herrera.” Deeper league players such as AL only or even 15-team mix owners should start speculating on Herrera’s possible replacement for if and when he get moved. Joakim Soria is most likely to ascend to the role considering his current set up role and being under contract through 2018 (with a mutual option for 2019.)
Bartolo Colon was placed on the DL with an oblique injury. Colon has not been great this season, but this news gives me the opportunity to use this GIF:
Yasmany Tomas was placed on the DL with groin tendonitis, which sounds awful by the way. He has no current timetable for return, but has struggled since the end of April, hitting .188/.270/.338 with three home runs. Depending on the status of Chris Herrmann, who left Tuesday’s game with a sore hand, this could mean more at bats for Reymond Fuentes, who has struggled since his call up by the D-Backs, but has the ability to be a speed threat on the basepaths.
Devon Travis has been placed on the DL with a knee injury. In other news, the sky is blue. There is no timetable for Travis’ return.
According to manager Clint Hurdle, Felipe Rivero will close “one day.” This day may come sooner rather than later after an impressive showing followed by Tony Watson blowing a save for the Pirates. It appears the Pirates will stick with Watson for now, but it may be time to grab Rivero in leagues where he is available.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today:
Luis Perdomo @ Ari Listen, you should probably ignore this one, but I just can’t quit Perdomo. Really if you discount the one real bad start, he’s been pretty good this season so far. Let’s pretend that the start wasn’t against this same Arizona team. Like I said at the top, you should probably ignore this one, but I am rolling with my homie and his 65.6% GB%. Jacob Faria vs. CHW…See above blurb
A pitcher for tomorrow: Edinson Volquez @ Pit
I usually wouldn’t start Volquez on the road, especially after such an amazing, but possibly emotional draining moment in his last start. However, PNC is a nice place to pitch and the Pirates lineup scares me less than the other options.
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.