Recent MLB Player News

Yankees' Clint Frazier (ankle) going for an MRI on Wednesday

New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier (ankle) needed an MRI on his injured ankle.

What It Means:

Frazier received the scan on Wednesday, but the results have not come back yet. The young slugger has missed the last two games after tweaking his ankle over the weekend. The club hopes the results come back clean as they can not affors another injury at this moment.

Frazier has batted .324 with 6 homers and 17 RBI in 73 plate appearances this season.

Source: Bryan Hoch

Tyler Skaggs (ankle) to come off the IL and start for Angels on Friday

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs (ankle) will be activated off the 10-day injured list on Friday and will start versus the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

Skaggs has been out for two weeks with an ankle injury but after a couple of bullpen sessions, he is ready to return to the Angels rotation.

Skaggs owns a 4.20 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 14 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched this season.

Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to make his big league debut on Friday

Toronto Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be called up to the big leagues and Friday and is expected to start versus the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

Guerrero Jr. has been crushing in Triple-A this season, slashing .360/.429/.640 with 2 homers in 28 plate appearances and is finally getting the call up to the big leagues. He is expected to slot in at third base or designated hitter while becoming a fixture in the Blue Jays lineup, possibly for years to come.

Our models project Vlad Jr. for a .298 average with 18 homers and 61 RBI in 440 plate appearances the rest of the season.

Gio Urshela getting the start at third base Wednesday for New York

New York Yankees infielder Gio Urshela is in the lineup Wednesday versus the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Urshela gets the start at third base and will bat seventh on Wednesday, sending DJ LeMahieu to second base and Thairo Estrada to the bench.

Our models project Urshela for 7.7 FanDuel points on Wednesday.

Thairo Estrada back on the Yankees' bench Wednesday

New York Yankees infielder Thairo Estrada is not in the lineup on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Estrada made his first career start on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a walk. He returns to a backup role on Wednesday though with D.J. LeMahieu at second and Gio Urshela starting at third against the Los Angeles Angels.

Estrada picked up 9 FanDuel points on Tuesday.

Austin Romine not in New York's Wednesday lineup

New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine is not in the lineup on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Romine heads to the bench with Gary Sanchez back from the injured list on Wednesday.

Romine has batted .250 with 1 homer and 8 RBI in 42 plate appearances this season.

Yankees' Gary Sanchez (calf) activated from IL, starting on Wednesday

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (calf) has been activated from the 10-day injured list and will start on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Sanchez missed two weeks with a calf injury but is ready to roll on Wednesday. He will be behind the plate and batting cleanup against the Los Angeles Angels. Austin Romine returns to a backup role.

Our models project Sanchez for 11.2 FanDuel points on Wednesday.

Tommy La Stella a late add to the Angels' Wednesday lineup

Los Angeles Angels infielder Tommy La Stella will start in place of Zack Cozart on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Cozart was initially penciled into the lineup but with his neck still sore, La Stella will get the nod at second base instead. He will bat ninth versus the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

La Stella has averaged 9.4 FanDuel points per game this season and costs $3,000 on Wednesday.

Angels' Zack Cozart (neck) scratched from Wednesday's game

Los Angeles Angels infielder Zack Cozart (neck) is a late scratch for Wednesday's game.

What It Means:

Cozart has been dealing with a sore neck and was going to give it a go tonight. However, his neck is still bothering him and Tommy La Stella will get the start at second base instead.

Cozart has batted .109 with 2 runs and 4 RBI in 70 plate appearances this season.

Joey Wendle fractures wrist in Rays' loss

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Joey Wendle suffered a fractured right wrist when he was hit by a pitch during Wednesday's 10-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

Wendle went down in the sixth inning, just days after returning from a multi-week absence due to a hamstring injury. It appears he's now headed for another lengthy stay on the shelf.

Wendle is 1-for-20 (.050) with 6 strikeouts this season.

Jon Lester (hamstring) returning for Cubs Thursday

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester (hamstring) will return to the rotation on Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Lester hasn't pitched since April 8 due to a left hamstring strain. He will toe the rubber in Thursday afternoon's series finale with the Dodgers. The 35-year-old left-hander owns a 2.57 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 14 punchouts and 6 walks over 14 innings this season.

numberFire's models expect Lester to spin a 4.31 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 120 stikeouts and 50 walks over the rest of the season.

Albert Pujols in cleanup spot for Angels Wednesday

Los Angeles Angels first baseman/designated hitter Albert Pujols is in the cleanup spot on Wednesday versus left-hander CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Pujols was hitless with a walk and a whiff while batting fifth in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees. Andrelton Simmons is in the three-hole while Brian Goodwin is lined up fifth.

numberFire's models project Pujols for 7.5 FanDuel points on Wednesday. He's priced at $2,900.

Kole Calhoun in Angels' eight-hole against Yankees

Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun is batting eighth on Wednesday versus left-hander CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Calhoun went 1-for-4 with a run scored and 2 strikeouts while leading off the order in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees. David Fletcher is in the Angels' top spot on Wednesday.

numberFire's models project Calhoun for 7.2 FanDuel points on Wednesday. He's priced at $2,200.

David Fletcher leading off Wednesday night for Angels

Los Angeles Angels infielder/outfielder David Fletcher is leading off on Wednesday versus left-hander CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Fletcher went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while batting ninth in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees. Kole Calhoun has dropped to the eight-hole Wednesday.

numberFire's models project Fletcher for 7.9 FanDuel points on Wednesday. He's priced at $2,600.

Angels' Tommy La Stella on bench Wednesday evening

Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella is out of Wednesday's lineup versus the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

David Fletcher is taking La Stella's spot on second base and Zack Cozart is starting at third.

La Stella is 15-for-62 (.242) with 6 homers and 12 RBI this season.

Zack Cozart on hot corner for Angels Wednesday

Los Angeles Angels third baseman Zack Cozart is starting on Wednesday versus left-hander CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Cozart is on the hot corner and hitting ninth. David Fletcher is on second base, sending Tommy La Stella to the bench.

numberFire's models project Cozart for 7.2 FanDuel points on Wednesday. He's priced at $2,000.

Jonathan Lucroy starting for Angels against Yankees

Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy is starting on Wednesday versus left-hander CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Lucroy is catching Felix Pena and batting sixth. Kevan Smith is in the designated hitter spot while Albert Pujols is on first base. Justin Bour is on the bench.

numberFire's models project Lucroy for 6.3 FanDuel points on Wednesday. He's priced at $2,400.

Justin Bour on Angels' bench Wednesday night

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Justin Bour is not starting on Wednesday versus the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Bour hit a grand slam in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Yankees. He's got 2 homers and 10 RBI through 74 plate appearances. Albert Pujols is on first base Wednesday and Kevan Smith is in the designated hitter spot while Jonathan Lucroy is behind the plate.

numberFire's models expect Bour to record 20 home runs, 51 RBI, and 45 runs over the rest of the season.

Chris Davis on Baltimore's bench in Wednesday's finale

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is out of Wednesday's lineup versus the Chicago White Sox.

What It Means:

Davis went 2-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI in Tuesday's win over the White Sox. He's gone 9-for-25 (.360) over the past nine games and is up to 2 taters and 10 RBI overall after a horrific start to the season. Renato Nunez is manning first base for Baltimore on Wednesday.

numberFire's models expect Davis to record 22 home runs, 46 RBI, 50 runs, and 4 steals over the rest of the season.

Houston's Jake Marisnick starting in center field on Wednesday

Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick will start and bat ninth in Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Marisnick will be in center field tonight with George Springer moving to right field, Michael Brantley handling designated hitting duties, and Tyler White heading to the bench.

Our models project Marisnick for 9.0 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,000.

Tyler White not in Houston's lineup on Wednesday

Houston Astros first baseman Tyler White is not starting in Wednesday's matchup against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

White will sit tonight with Jake Marisnick starting in center field, George Springer moving to right, and Michael Brantley handling designated hitting duties.

In 37 at-bats this season, White is batting .297 with three runs scored.

Update: Trey Mancini playing designated hitter for Orioles Wednesday

Baltimore Orioles utility player Trey Mancini is playing designated hitter on Wednesday versus right-hander Ervin Santana and the Chicago White Sox.

What It Means:

Mancini is batting second in Wednesday's series finale. He's hit safely in six straight games.

numberFire's models project Mancini for 12.1 FanDuel points on Wednesday. He's priced at $4,100.

Max Stassi heading to the Astros' bench on Wednesday

Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi is out of Wednesday's starting lineup against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Stassi will rest tonight with Robinson Chirinos starting behind the plate.

In 26 at-bats this season, Stassi is batting .115 with one home run and two RBI.

Houston's Robinson Chirinos returns to the lineup on Wednesday

Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos will start and bat eighth in Wednesday's matchup against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Chirinos will catch tonight with Max Stassi sitting out.

Our models project Chirinos for 10.0 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,800.

Aledmys Diaz starting at first base for the Astros on Wednesday

Houston Astros infielder Aledmys Diaz will start and bat seventh in Wednesday's lineup against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Diaz will start against Minnesota with Yuli Gurriel given a breather against the Twins.

Our models project Diaz for 9.0 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,600.

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