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Jake Cousins Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers – Devin Williams was placed on the IL with right elbow discomfort.  Jake Cousins got the seventh inning in Williams’ absence and struck out a pair in a scoreless inning.  Brad Boxberger took the eighth inning with Williams out, but could not get the job done.  Cousins and Boxberber should continue to see time setting up Josh Hader while Williams is out.

Updated hierarchy: Hader | Boxberger | Cousins

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Tanner Scott Baltimore Orioles

Closer Monkey:

Baltimore Orioles — Paul Fry picked up the win yesterday, but it was because he came on in the fifth inning.  Fry hasn’t gotten a save since June 4th and his ERA has jumped two runs in that time.  Cole Sulser recorded the Orioles’ most recent save but has struggled since, giving up at least one run in his last three appearances.  Tanner Scott struck out a pair in a scoreless inning yesterday and has the lowest ERA in the Orioles’ bullpen so we will move him to the top of the committee, but we wouldn’t recommend rushing out and picking up any Orioles’ reliever.

Updated hierarchy: *Scott | Sulser | Fry.
* = closer-by-committee

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Jonathan Villar New York Mets
Filing in for Lindor
July 18, 2021
Villar will start at shortstop and bat seventh Sunday against the Pirates, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
ANALYSIS
Villar appeared to be moving out of an everyday role after J.D. Davis (hand) was activated from the 60-day injured list Friday, but the 30-year-old should avoid a move to the bench for at least a few more weeks due to Francisco Lindor's (oblique) recent shutdown. Luis Guillorme picked up a spot start at shortstop Saturday, but Villar could end up getting most of the work at the position if the Mets prefer to keep the better bat in the lineup.
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Garrett Cooper Miami Marlins
Seizes full-time role
July 18, 2021
Cooper will start at first base and bat third in Sunday's game against the Phillies.
ANALYSIS
Cooper had already been benefiting from more playing time with the recent trade of Corey Dickerson to the Blue Jays, but Jesus Sanchez's move to the COVID-19-related injured list Friday has opened up a full-time role for the 30-year-old. Though he'll be filling in for a resting Jesus Aguilar in the series finale, Cooper should see most of his starts in the corner outfield until Sanchez returns. Cooper has arguably been Miami's top hitter in July with a .394/.545/.697 slash line, three home runs and a stolen base in 12 games on the month.
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Frank Schwindel Chicago Cubs
PIcked up by North Siders
July 18, 2021
The Cubs claimed Schwindel off waivers from the Athletics on Sunday, Kiley McDaniel of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Schwindel owns a lowly .144 wOBA across 35 career plate appearances in the big leagues and isn't much of a developmental option after turning 29 years old last month, but his strong track record at the Triple-A level was enough to convince the Cubs to appoint him to the 40-man roster. Since he has three minor-league options remaining and the Cubs haven't announced a corresponding move, Schwindel will presumably begin his tenure with the organization at Triple-A Iowa. Schwindel slashed .317/.362/.630 with 16 home runs in 207 plate appearances for the Athletics' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas before getting a call-up to the big leagues in late June.
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Dillon Thomas Seattle Mariners
Recalled from minors
July 18, 2021
The Mariners recalled Thomas from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The 28-year-old will serve as outfield depth while Jake Fraley (illness), who was placed on the injured list in a corresponding move, misses time. Thomas has appeared in just two games for the Mariners this season, going 2-for-8 with a pair of RBI and six strikeouts. Since being optioned June 12, he's hit .196 with 35 strikeouts in 97 at-bats.
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Jake Fraley Seattle Mariners
Lands on IL
July 18, 2021
The Mariners placed Fraley (illness) on the 10-day injured list Sunday.
ANALYSIS
An illness has kept Fraley out of the lineup since the All-Star break and will now sideline him for another week or so. The outfielder had fallen into a cold stretch before the break, going just 3-for-25 with two RBI in his last eight games. Dillon Thomas was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move.
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Ryan LaMarre New York Yankees
Returns to Yankees
July 18, 2021
The Yankees recalled LaMarre from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
ANALYSIS
LaMarre rejoins a decimated Yankees outfield corps that's now without Tim Locastro (knee) for the remainder of the season. Since being optioned to the minors June 16, the 32-year-old has hit .301 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 19 games.
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Timothy Locastro New York Yankees
Placed on IL
July 18, 2021
The Yankees placed Locastro (knee) on the 10-day injured list Sunday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globereports.
ANALYSIS
The move comes as no surprise after Locastro tore his right ACL in Saturday's game and will miss the remainder of 2021. Ryan LaMarre was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
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Jacob deGrom New York Mets

Rotowire:

Heading to IL
July 18, 2021
The Mets placed deGrom (forearm) on the 10-day injured list Sunday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
ANALYSIS
The ace will not resume throwing until his right forearm tightness has completely dissipated. How long that will take is unclear at this time, but deGrom has dealt with enough minor arm injuries in 2021 that the Mets are likely to be especially cautious with timing his return.
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Paul Goldschmidt St. Louis Cardinals

He's homer'd every day since you asked :-)

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Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals

HR #10 today ... 

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Trey Amburgey New York Yankees

Yesterday's Debut

RF Trey Amburgey (NYY)

Born: October 24, 1994 (Age: 26-265d)

Drafted: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 13th round of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft from St. Petersburg College (St. Petersburg, FL).

Debut: 0-2

Others

  • Hoy Jun Park (NYY), PH/RF, 25-100d
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Eduardo Rodriguez Boston Red Sox

With no change that Statcast can see, he's righted himself. 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in his last four starts.

Jake CronenworthWil MyersTommy PhamLance McCullers Jr.Robbie Ray

Yesterday's Top Performers

Pitchers:

Lance McCullers Jr.* (HOU): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 10 K, 77 GmSc

Robbie Ray* (TOR): 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 72 GmSc

Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS): 5.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 71 GmSc

Madison Bumgarner (ARI): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 67 GmSc

Chris Flexen (SEA): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 62 GmSc

View All of Yesterday's Pitchers at Baseball-Reference.com

* - pictured above

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Wil Myers San Diego Padres

Top four played in the same game.

Jake CronenworthWil MyersTommy PhamLance McCullers Jr.Robbie Ray

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Jake Cronenworth* (SDP): 4-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R, cycle

Wil Myers* (SDP): 3-6, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R

Tommy Pham* (SDP): 4-6, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 5 R, 1 SB

Juan Soto (WSN): 4-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR): 2-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Mike Yastrzemski (SFG): 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Starling Marte (MIA): 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Freddie Freeman (ATL): 4-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB

Jesus Aguilar (MIA): 3-3, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R

Willy Adames (MIL): 3-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

View All of Yesterday's Batters at Baseball-Reference.com

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Jose Marmolejos Seattle Mariners
Tearing it up at Tacoma
July 17, 2021
Marmolejos owns a .370/.456/.741 slash line with four doubles, two triples, 14 home runs, 35 RBI and 27 runs over the 40 games he's played with Triple-A Tacoma since being outrighted May 23.
ANALYSIS
The 28-year-old has put together a prolific minor-league career ever since his 2013 professional debut, but success has largely evaded him at the big-league level in two stints with the Mariners.
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Touches 90 in showcase
July 17, 2021
Hamels' fastball was sitting between 88-90 MPH in his showcase Friday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Now that he's healthy, Hamels will almost certainly receive contract offers from MLB clubs, especially contending ones with pitching needs.
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Paul DeJong St. Louis Cardinals
Starts second half hot
July 17, 2021
DeJong went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Giants on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Although all three hits were singles, they allowed DeJong to inch ever closer to what has surprisingly been an elusive Mendoza Line. There were signs the slugging shortstop was starting to pick it up at the plate as the All-Star break approached -- he belted a pair of home runs over the last two games of the first half -- and with Friday's production, DeJong now owns a .355/.429/.613 slash line over the 35 plate appearances he's logged across 10 July contests.
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Luis Robert Chicago White Sox

Rotowire:

Takes live BP
July 17, 2021
Robert (hip) took live batting practice and did some light outfield work at the team's Arizona facility Saturday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
ANALYSIS
The outfielder is likely still a couple weeks from joining a minor-league affiliate to begin his rehab assignment. Robert has been out since the beginning of May with the hip strain, so he figures to require several rehab games to get back to game speed before rejoining the White Sox.
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Mark Canha Oakland Athletics

Mark Canha (OF) OAK - Jul. 16
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=792061

Canha (hip) will participate in a workout Friday and could return from the injured list this weekend, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Although Canha is unavailable for Friday's series opener against Cleveland, manager Bob Melvin is hoping the right fielder could return to action Saturday or Sunday if his workout goes well. He's been on the injured list with a left hip strain since June 25 but should take over as the primary right fielder once he's cleared to return.

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