Recent MLB Player News

Yankees say Gary Sanchez (groin) is likely headed to the disabled list

New York Yankees' manager Aaron Boone said after Sunday's game that catcher Gary Sanchez is likely heading to the disabled list with a groin strain.

What It Means:

Sanchez hurt his groin running to first base in the 10th inning on Sunday, and it's not yet known how long he might need to sit out. Austin Romine will likely take over every day catching duties while Sanchez is out. There is also a good chance the Yankees recall Kyle Higashioka to get some reps backing up Romine.

Before going down with injury, our models projected Sanchez for a .254 batting average with 12 home runs, 27 runs scored, and 31 RBI over 197 plate appearances remaining this season.

Caleb Smith leaves Marlins' Sunday game with shoulder tightness

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Caleb Smith was removed from Sunday's start against the Colorado Rockies due to left shoulder tightness.

What It Means:

It's never a good sign with a pitcher is removed from a game due to their pitching shoulder, but we'll have to wait and see if Smith is hurt enough to miss his next start. We should have an update from the Marlins within the next day or two. His next scheduled start is Friday.

If Smith is able to make his next start on Friday, our early models project him for 31.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,300.

Pedro Severino catching for Washington on Sunday

Washington Nationals catcher Pedro Severino is batting eighth against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

What It Means:

Severino will take Spencer Kieboom's place in the lineup tonight.

Our models project Severino for 7.4 FanDuel points at a salary of $2,100 on Sunday.

Adam Eaton out of Nationals' lineup for Sunday

Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.

What It Means:

Eaton's playing time is being monitored closely, as this is his third absence in four games since his return from ankle surgery. Michael Taylor gets the start in center field, and Bryce Harper slides over to right for the night.

Our models project Eaton to hit .276 with 3 home runs, 20 runs, 17 RBI, and 2 stolen bases in 149 more plate appearances this year.

Andrew Knapp catching for Philadelphia on Sunday

Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp is batting seventh at the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

What It Means:

Knapp draws the start with Jorge Alfaro sitting out.

Our models project Knapp for 6.9 FanDuel points at a salary of $2,400 on Sunday.

Jorge Alfaro out for Phillies on Sunday

Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.

What It Means:

Alfaro will give way to Andrew Knapp on the day.

Our models project Alfaro to hit .258 with 9 home runs, 22 runs, and 27 RBI in 210 more plate appearances in 2018.

Spencer Kieboom on Washington bench versus Philadelphia

Washington Nationals catcher Spencer Kieboom is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.

What It Means:

Kieboom heads to the bench tonight, making way for Pedro Severino.

Our models project Kieboom to hit .195 with 1 home run, 5 runs, and 4 RBI in 47 more plate appearances in 2018.

Nationals' Michael Taylor starting on Sunday

Washington Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor is batting sixth against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

What It Means:

Taylor is getting the start with Adam Eaton being slowly worked back into playing time.

Our models project Taylor for 10.0 FanDuel points at a salary of $2,900 on Sunday.

Pablo Sandoval out of San Francisco's lineup on Sunday

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.

What It Means:

Sandoval gives way to Hunter Pence today, with Alen Hanson moving to cover third base today.

Our models project Sandoval to bat .244 with 7 home runs, 19 runs, and 24 RBI in 196 more plate appearances this season.

Jose Pirela absent from San Diego's Sunday lineup

San Diego Padres infielder Jose Pirela is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.

What It Means:

Pirela will take a seat, while Cory Spangenberg enters to play second base.

Our models project Pirela to hit .269 with 5 home runs, 36 runs, 29 RBI, and 6 stolen bases in 297 more plate appearances.

Giants' Hunter Pence starting on Sunday

San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is batting sixth against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

What It Means:

Pence is in the lineup today at the expense of Pablo Sandoval. Alen Hanson will slide over to third base today.

Our models project Pence for 8.3 FanDuel points at a salary of $2,300 on Sunday.

Buster Posey back in Giants' lineup for Sunday

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is batting fourth against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

What It Means:

Posey is back in the order after a Saturday off. Nick Hundley is back out of the lineup.

Our models project Posey for 11.0 FanDuel points at a salary of $3,100 on Sunday.

Padres' Cory Spangenberg starting at second base on Sunday

San Diego Padres second baseman Cory Spangenberg is batting fourth on Sunday.

What It Means:

Spangenberg will take over for Jose Pirela today.

Our models project Spangenberg for 10.3 FanDuel points at a salary of $2,700 on Sunday.

Chris Young (hamstring) ready to roll Sunday for Angels

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Chris Young (hamstring) is back in action on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

What It Means:

Young missed the past three games due to a hamstring issue. He will replace Michael Hermosillo in center field and bat ninth versus Blue Jays right-hander Sam Gaviglio in Sunday's series finale.

numberFire's models project Young to score 9.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,500 on Sunday.

Angels' Michael Hermosillo returns to bench on Sunday

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Michael Hermosillo is not in Sunday's starting lineup versus the Toronto Blue Jays.

What It Means:

Chris Young is back in action for the Angels after missing the past three games with a hamstring issue, so Hermosillo is back on the bench for Sunday's series finale. He went 1-for-9 while filling in for Young.

Hermosillo is averaging 2.8 FanDuel points in 13 games during three brief stints in the majors this season.

Martin Maldonado catching for the Angels on Sunday

Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado is starting on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

What It Means:

Maldonado will catch right-hander Felix Pena and bat eighth versus Blue Jays righty Sam Gaviglio in Sunday's series finale. Jose Briceno will return to the Angels' bench.

numberFire's models project Maldonado to score 6.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,100 on Sunday.

Albert Pujols on first base, batting cleanup for Angels versus Blue Jays

Los Angeles Angels first baseman/designated hitter Albert Pujols is starting on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

What It Means:

Pujols will take care of first base and clean up the order versus Blue Jays right-hander Sam Gaviglio in Sunday's series finale. His return will send Jose Fernandez back to the Angels' bench.

numberFire's models project Pujols to score 9.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,000 on Sunday.

Ian Kinsler back in Angels' lineup on Sunday

Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler is starting on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

What It Means:

Kinsler will replace David Fletcher at first base and lead off the Angels' order versus Blue Jays right-hander Sam Gaviglio.

numberFire's models project Kinsler to score 12.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,900 on Sunday.

Matt Szczur starting for Padres on Sunday

San Diego Padres left fielder Matt Szczur is batting eighth at the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

What It Means:

Szczur is taking over from Wil Myers today, since Travis Jankowski (quad) was pulled from the lineup.

Over his last five games, Szczur has just six plate appearances for an average 0.0 FanDuel points. His salary is $2,000 today.

Wil Myers returns to Padres' bench on Sunday

San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.

What It Means:

Myers is out today for a rest. Originally, Travis Jankowski (quad) was going to take his starting spot, but he tweaked a muscle in pre-game warm-ups. Matt Szczur will start and play left field.

Our models project Myers to hit .244 with 4 home runs, 16 runs, 15 RBI, and 3 stolen bases in 143 more plate appearances.

Russell Martin moves to Blue Jays' bench versus Angels

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is not in Sunday's starting lineup versus the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Martin will move to the bench Sunday, while Luke Maile catches right-hander Sam Gaviglio and bats eighth versus Angels righty Felix Pena.

Martin is averaging 7.5 FanDuel points per game this season. numberFire's models project him to hit .218 with 9 homers and 25 RBI over the rest of the year.

Kendrys Morales sitting for Toronto on Sunday

Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales is out of Sunday's lineup against the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Morales will move to the bench, while Steve Pearce handles DH duties for Toronto and Justin Smoak takes back over on first base.

Morales is averaging 7.6 FanDuel points per game this season. numberFire's models project him to hit .255 with 11 homers and 36 RBI over the rest of the year.

Justin Smoak starting for Blue Jays in Sunday's series finale

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak is back in action on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Smoak was given a breather on Saturday. He will replace Kendrys Morales at first base and bat fifth versus Angels right-hander Felix Pena in Sunday's series finale.

numberFire's models project Smoak to score 10.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,100 on Sunday.

Randal Grichuk on Toronto's bench versus Angels

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk is not in Sunday's lineup versus the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Grichuk will move to the bench, while Curtis Granderson covers right field and Steve Pearce plays designated hitter for Toronto.

Grichuk is averaging 9.2 FanDuel points per game this season. numberFire's models project him to hit .232 with 8 homers and 23 RBI over the rest of the year.

Travis Jankowski (quad) scratched from Padres' Sunday lineup

San Diego Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski (quad) was scratched from the lineup on Sunday.

What It Means:

Jankowski was penciled in at the leadoff spot, but must have strained his quad in warmups. He is available off the bench, so the move seems only to be a precaution. Matt Szczur will start in his place.

Our models project Jankowski to bat .236 with 2 home runs, 27 runs, 11 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in 216 more plate appearances this year.

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