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On the Agenda:
1. Various News and Notes
2. Streaming Pitcher Options
Various News and Notes
Russell Martin was placed on the DL with left shoulder discomfort. The Blue Jays catcher is hitting a paltry .197 in 23 games and this may be a contributing factor. Martin has said that this has been bothering him since spring, so hopefully he can get right and be a more productive player.
Jameson Taillon had surgery on Monday for suspected testicular cancer. This is extremely scary for a young man with a bright future. There is obviously no current timetable for return as more tests will need to be run to determine if further treatment is necessary.
Homer Bailey has resumed throwing. The Reds starter had surgery this spring to remove bone spurs from his elbow. He could be back sometime next month if all goes well. At one point Bailey was a productive pitcher with a bright future, but he has battled injuries the last few years and that has put him out of the minds of most fantasy owners. Could be an interesting stash if you have open DL slots, but let’s be honest, no one does.
Michael Brantley may miss the entire Blue Jays series according to Terry Francona. Brantley, who sprained his ankle on Sunday, is considered day-to-day at this time, but it is something to continue to monitor as he has not be the picture of health.
Danny Santana was traded to the Atlanta Braves on Monday for Kevin Chapman and cash. Santana moves from being the Twins utility guy to the Braves who already have two Danny Santana-like players in Emilio Bonifacio and Jace Peterson. He is probably only interesting in NL only leagues as a reserve option at this point.
Jose LeClerc was placed on the DL with a bruised finger. LeClerc has been a great reliever in deeper formats posting one save and three holds with a 2.31 ERA and a 13.89 k/9. This appears like it should be a short term thing, so keep him stashed in deeper formats.
Zach Britton received good news from Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The exam on his UCL came back clean and it appears he just has a strain of his left forearm. Brad Brach will continue to close in his stead. One would expect the Orioles to proceed with caution after Britton has now injured the area twice this year.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today: A.J. Griffin @ SD
Griffin has put up a 3.54 ERA with 10.18 k/9 and have won three straight starts. He draws a Padres team in San Diego and is an interesting streamer and two-start pitcher this week with Oakland on 5/14.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Luis Perdomo @ TEX
Perdomo has been solid since returning from injury. His strikeout rate has increased from last year and get the struggling rangers.
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