PT TODAY: Rangers going with Guzman again at 1B

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American League | National League
 
Rangers | Texas brings in two key reinforcements
Texas Rangers 1B Ronald Guzman was recalled from Class AAA Nashville on Sunday, Sept. 1. The club also activated OF Nomar Mazara from the 10-day injured list.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Notably, TEX has said that Guzman will once again get the majority of starts at 1B in September as another chance to show he can play in the majors. Guzman's offense has been below replacement level so far in his short MLB career. However, after his summertime demotion, he did put up solid numbers at Triple-A Nashville (.308/.400/.504 slash). Still, there's little else in his MLB or high-minors skill set to suggest that Guzman can be a positive contributor at 1B. Mazara, meanwhile, had gotten hot at the plate before that left oblique strain, with a .281/.320/.509 second-half slash in 114 AB. While the talk of "MVP potential" that Mazara received earlier in his career may have been overblown, the lefty's production has inched upward in each of his first four big-league seasons, and it's easy to forget that he's still just 24. Mazara still has a chance to be a productive regular for the rest of 2019 and beyond.  —Rod Truesdell
 
Impact: High
Santana, Daniel PT Loss: -20%      
Heineman, Scott PT Loss: -10%      
Kiner-Falefa, Isiah PT Loss: -10%      
Guzman, Ronald PT Gain: 55%      
Mazara, Nomar PT Gain: 5%      
Forsythe, Logan PT Loss: -20%      
 

 
Athletics | Oakland makes a bevy of transactions
Oakland Athletics 2B Franklin Barreto and RP Paul Blackburn were recalled from Class AAA Las Vegas on Sunday, Sept. 1. The Athletics also selected the contract of C Sean Murphy, activated OF Khris Davis from the paternity list and LHP Sean Manaea from the injured list while designating RP Tanner Anderson and 2B Corban Joseph for assignment.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: All of these moves were expected, except perhaps the DFA of Joseph, who just a few short weeks ago was given a long platoon role. But Joseph struggled greatly, and Jurickson Profar has hit much better of late. So expect Profar and Barreto to share 2B down the stretch. Profar posted a .318 xBA over August with a phenomenal 1.3 Eye, and for good measure cracked three HR over the last week of the month. If you've been benching Profar, it may be time to see if he can maintain this skills-supported hot streak for the balance of 2019. Meanwhile, Manaea returns to bolster the OAK rotation. We've written a lot about him over the course of 2019; he has the potential to be a contributor in September.  —Rod Truesdell
 
Impact: Med
Joseph, Corban    PT Loss: -35%      
Anderson, Tanner    PT Loss: -1%   
Ruiz, Norge    PT Loss: -1%   
Barreto, Franklin    PT Gain: 5%      
Blackburn, Paul    PT Gain: 1%   
Manaea, Sean    PT Gain: 1%   
Profar, Jurickson    PT Gain: 30%      
 

 
Rays | Tampa Bay calls up five
Tampa Bay Rays RPs Peter Fairbanks and Hoby Milner, INF Daniel R. Robertson, C Michael Perez and 1B Nate Lowe were recalled from Class AAA Durham on Sunday, Sept. 1.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Lowe was sent back to the minors as part of a trading deadline roster crunch, but made an immediate impact with a two-run HR in his Sept. 1 return to the lineup. He should see fairly regular AB during September at 1B and DH, sharing time with Ji-Man Choi and Jesus Aguilar, but note that Lowe has bested both Choi and Aguilar in each of the slash-line averages during 2019. Robertson and Perez will provide bench strength as the Rays try to secure a postseason berth, while Fairbanks and Milner will lengthen the bullpen.   —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: Med
Milner, Hoby        
Robertson, Daniel PT Gain: 10%      
Meadows, Austin PT Loss: -10%      
Pham, Thomas PT Loss: -5%      
Zunino, Mike PT Loss: -10%      
D Arnaud, Travis PT Loss: -10%      
Brosseau, Michael PT Loss: -10%      
Fairbanks, Peter        
Lowe, Nathaniel PT Gain: 30%      
Perez, Michael PT Gain: 5%      
 

 
Astros | Josh James to return Sunday
Houston Astros RP Josh James (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday, Sept. 1.  Source: Houston Chronicle - Chandler Rome
 
BHQ take: The Astros have been hit with a slew of bullpen injuries this past week, most recently Collin McHugh (elbow soreness) and Brad Peacock (shoulder soreness). Ryan Pressly (arthroscopic knee surgery) is out until at least the end of the regular season, and starter Aaron Sanchez isn’t likely to begin throwing for another 10 days. All of this opens up opportunities behind Roberto Osuna and Will Smith for arms like James who had posted a 4.73/3.82 ERA/xERA (80/31 K/BB through 51 IP) before landing on the IL with a sore shoulder. Also for Jose Urquidy (5.81/4.18 ERA/xERA, 24/4 K/BB through 23 IP), who was called up on Saturday to take McHugh’s spot. Both, obviously, come with plenty of risk as well as strikeout upside. The Astros have plenty of MLB-experienced pitchers in the high minors, suggesting that their call-ups and role assignments over the next week should be watched by fantasy owners needing pitching flyers.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Med
Urquidy, Jose    PT Gain: 1%   
James, Joshua    PT Gain: 3%   
McHugh, Collin    PT Loss: -4%   
 

 
Yankees | NY Yankees make five moves
New York Yankees RP Ryan Dull, OF Clint Frazier and RP Chance Adams were recalled from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre on Sunday, Sept. 1. The club also signed RP Tyler Lyons to an undisclosed contract and transferred RP David Hale (back, knee) from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Most interest here is focused on Frazier, who returns from Triple-A to bolster the Yankee OF bench while Cameron Maybin is suffering with a sore left wrist. Frazier actually hit better in 2019 in the majors (.283/.330/.513 in 191 AB) than he did in the minors (.248/.308/.432 in 250 AB), and got the start on Sept. 1 against LHP Sean Manaea (SP, OAK), which could predict his September usage. Dull, Adams and Lyons will pick up the September innings that Hale might have contributed before he was ruled out for the rest of the 2019 season.   —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: Med
Adams, Chance    PT Gain: 1%   
Frazier, Clint    PT Gain: 15%      
Dull, Ryan    PT Gain: 1%   
Lyons, Tyler    PT Gain: 1%   
Hale, David    PT Loss: -3%   
Maybin, Cameron    PT Loss: -15%      
 

 
Royals | Danny Duffy activated
Kansas City Royals LHP Danny Duffy (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday, Sept. 1. SS Raul Adalberto Mondesi (shoulder) was also activated from the 10-day injured list.   Source: MLB.com
 
BHQ take: Mondesi had been out since mid-July with a left shoulder injury, and was told not to dive for balls in the field, or dive while stealing bases, in order to protect that shoulder. Those instructions apparently didn't slow him down, as he stole three bases while going 4-for-5 in his return to the lineup, and currently is currently second in the AL with 37 steals, two behind Mallex Smith (OF, SEA). Fantasy owners should get Mondesi back in their lineups immediately, as he can provide a big September boost in a usually tight category. Duffy's return was already covered in a previous annotation, and also coming off the IL was 2019 regular Cam Gallagher (oblique), who will rejoin the catching crew after missing about three weeks.   —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: Med
Arteaga, Humberto PT Loss: -20%      
Gallagher, Cameron        
Duffy, Danny        
Mondesi, Adalberto ( PT Gain: 20%      
 

 
Angels | Cam Bedrosian to the IL
Los Angeles Angels RP Cam Bedrosian (forearm) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain Saturday, Aug. 31, retroactive to Thursday, Aug. 29. In a corresponding move, RP Jose D. Rodriguez was recalled from Class AAA Salt Lake.  Source: Angels PR
 
BHQ take: The early word is that it's a minor injury, and that Bedrosian doesn't expect to miss more than seven to 10 days. But with just a month left in the season, he seems unlikely to be pushed too hard. The 24-year-old Rodriguez has shown small-sample flashes in his 2019 MLB work to date (4.05 ERA, 15% SwK, 70% FpK through 7 IP), though a 6.57 ERA through 62 IP between AA/AAA speaks volumes. Health is enough to keep at least a few sub-par LAA pitchers in jobs down the stretch.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Low
Rodriguez, Jose    PT Gain: 2%   
Bedrosian, Cam    PT Loss: -2%  SV Loss: -15%
 

 
Red Sox | Boston makes roster moves
Boston Red Sox RHP Travis Lakins, RHP Hector Velazquez and RHP Ryan Weber were recalled from Class AAA Pawtucket Sunday, Sept. 1. The team also selected the contracts of RHP Jhoulys Chacin, C Juan Centeno and OG Gorkys Hernandez from Class AAA Pawtucket and transferred LHP Chris Sale (elbow) and RHP Steven Wright (elbow, toe) to the 60-day injured list.   Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Lots of names here, but not a lot of playing time impact. Centeno will see a little time as the third catcher, and Hernandez will supply some OF coverage, but neither offer any fantasy interest. Chacin, recently claimed off waivers from MIL, should see some innings as a spot starter/bulk reliever in September, but fantasy owners may not want them. Big jumps in walks (4.0 Ctl) and HR (1.9 hr/9) in 2019 sent his decimals soaring (5.79 ERA/ 5.32 xERA, 1.56 WHIP).  —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: Low
Lakins, Travis        
Velazquez, Hector        
Weber, Ryan        
Centeno, Juan PT Gain: 5%      
Wright, Steven        
Sale, Chris        
Hernandez, Gorkys PT Gain: 10%      
Chacin, Jhoulys PT Gain: 2%   
 

 
Angels | Several added to Angels roster
Los Angeles Angels IB Justin Bour, OF Michael Hermosillo, INF Taylor Ward, 1B/LHP Jared Walsh, RHP Jake Jewell and RHP Luke Bard were recalled from Class AAA Salt Lake Sunday, Sept. 1. The team also selected the contract of LHP Adalberto Mejia from Class AAA Salt Lake.   Source: MLB.com
 
BHQ take: The biggest question among this group of call-ups is how much time Bour and Walsh can wrest away from rehabbing (from Tommy John surgery) Shohei Ohtani and 39-year-old Albert Pujols at DH and 1B, respectively. Neither have produced at the MLB level, but both are coming off productive seasons in the hitter-friendly PCL. Particularly Walsh, who has hit 36 HR through 382 AB, and is inexpensive, young and versatile enough to be part of LAA’s future. Now in LF, Ward is similarly coming off a fine offensive year (1.011 OPS, 27 HR, 80 BB in 421 AB), which should be good enough to steal a few AB away from a veteran LAA OF that isn’t playing for anything now. Bard, Jewell and Mejia are all welcome (and expected) additions to staff that is still figuring out how to eat the 2019 innings that remain.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Med
Walsh, Jared        
Jewell, Jake    PT Gain: 1%   
Ward, Taylor    PT Gain: 10%      
Hermosillo, Michael        
Bard, Luke    PT Gain: 1%   
Mejia, Adalberto    PT Gain: 1%   
Bour, Justin        
 

 
Twins | Byron Buxton back in the bigs
Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday, Sept. 1.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: This is a bit unexpected, as the Twins recently halted his rehab assignment just a couple of days ago. We're not changing his playing time at this point, and owners need to monitor his progress, as the team will use him as a late-inning defensive replacement and a base-running option.  —Rick Green
 
Impact: Med
Buxton, Byron        
 

 
Twins | Minnesota makes several additions to roster
Minnesota Twins LHP Devin Smeltzer, RHP Zack Littell and RHP Kohl Stewart were recalled from Class AAA Rochester Sunday, Sept. 1. The team also selected the contracts of RHP Brusdar Graterol and OF Ian Miller from Class AAA Rochester and activated C Willians Astudillo (oblique) and OF LaMonte Wade (thumb) from the 10-day injured list.   Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Two names stand out here: Graterol and Astudillo. Graterol is the top pitching prospect in the organization, and has No. 2 starter upside. He'll begin September by being used out of the bullpen, however. He'll be eased into low-leverage situations and the team will go from there depending on the results. You can read more about Graterol in our Call-ups report. As for Astudillo, he's been sidelined for about two months with an oblique injury. He'll be used as a spot starter at either corner infield position or as a backup at catcher.   —Rick Green
 
Impact: Med
Stewart, Kohl        
Astudillo, Willians        
Graterol, Brusdar        
Wade, LaMonte        
Smeltzer, Devin        
Littell, Zack        
 

 
 
 
National League | American League
 
Giants | Five added to active roster
San Francisco Giants C Aramis Garcia, LHP Conner Menez, OF Chris Shaw and RHP Burch Smith were recalled from Class AAA Sacramento Sunday, Sept. 1. The team also activated 3B Pablo Sandoval (elbow) from the 10-day injured list.   Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Despite walking 46 hitters in 92 IP, Smith has been decent in Triple-A, as seen in the 103 K and 2.63 ERA. But his MLB performance (10 BB, 11 runs allowed through 13 IP) still keeps everyone away. Garcia (.831 OPS, 16 HR, 34/114 BB/K through 332 AB at Sacramento) returns for September catching and 1B depth. Sandoval will get a sending-off pinch-hit appearance or two as his contract comes to an end—and before he undergoes Tommy John surgery within the next couple weeks. Shaw’s contact-challenged power bat (28 HR, 111 K over 442 Triple-A AB) could get some 2020 audition AB from 1B and the OF, making him perhaps the most rosterable flyer of this group.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Med
Sandoval, Pablo PT Loss: -35%      
Shaw, Chris PT Gain: 15%      
Garcia, Aramis PT Gain: 10%      
Smith, Burch PT Gain: 1%   
 

 
Marlins | Miami reinstates three
Miami Marlins RP Tayron Guerrero and INF Miguel Rojas were activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday, Sept. 1. The team also reinstated RHP Jose Urena from the 60-day IL.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: All three of these players could play a prominent role for the Marlins in September. Before his injury three weeks ago, Rojas had established himself as Miami’s regular shortstop. He was batting .289 with a .276 xBA. He has shown virtually no power, with the exception of a three-day period in July when he hit homers in three consecutive days. Nevertheless, he could help a fantasy team that needs to replace an infielder down the stretch. Guerrero also missed about three weeks with a finger injury. He has been used in relatively high leveraged situations, but despite a fastball that approaches 100 mph, he has had little success, as evidenced by a 6.20 xERA. That lack of success is likely to be his fate until, and unless, he can cut his Ctl—currently 7.5—in half. Finally Urena has been out since mid-June with back issues. Before he was hurt, he was in the Marlin rotation where he had a 4.80 xERA over 13 starts. There have been reports that Urena will be given a shot at closing this month, hence the big jump in projected saves. While that possibility makes Urena intriguing, keep in mind that the Marlins don’t have all that many save opportunities.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Guerrero, Tayron    PT Gain: 1%  SV Gain: 5%
Urena, Jose    SV Gain: 25%
Rojas, Miguel    PT Gain: 30%      
 

 
Rockies | Three called up
Colorado Rockies RHP Jeff Hoffman, LHP James Pazos and INF Pat Valaika were recalled from Class AAA Albuquerque Sunday, Sept. 1.   Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Particularly now with German Marquez shelved, Hoffman will likely continue getting starts in September. A big arm with 9.4 Dom through 40 IP still offers long-term hope in some role, but a 7.81 ERA, 4.0 Ctl and 31% GB% are instructive, particularly for a Coors pitcher. Valaika could pick up regular September AB around the infield as regulars rest, but even this is a speculation. After struggling with his control (30 BB, 8.52 ERA through 52 IP) all season in Triple-A, Pazos resurfaces to sop up some late-season innings for a team that needs it.   —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Low
Pazos, James    PT Gain: 3%   
Valaika, Pat        
Hoffman, Jeff        
 

 
Braves | Brian McCann reinstated
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday, Sept. 1. The Braves also recalled INF Johan Camargo, RP Chad Sobotka and RP Jeremy Walker from Class AAA Gwinnett.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Of those activated or recalled, McCann is likely to play the most, as he will share most, if not all, of Atlanta’s catching duties with Tyler Flowers. Overall, McCann has a .264 batting average with 10 homers in 239 at-bats, but his xBA is somewhat worse at .248 and his PX is only 77. Note that McCann was in a 3-for-23 funk before hitting the IL. Camargo was Atlanta’s primary third baseman in 2018, but consigned to a utility role in 2019, he had struggled—.249 xBA and 64 PX—before getting sent to Gwinnett last month. He has thrived there, batting .483 with a 1.221 OPS. With Atlanta missing some outfielders due to injuries, Camargo could get some playing time there in September. As for Walker and Sobotka, both were up earlier in 2019, but had little success. They’re most likely to be used in mop up roles or extra-inning contests.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Walker, Jeremy    PT Gain: 1%   
Sobotka, Chad    PT Gain: 1%   
Camargo, Johan    PT Gain: 10%      
McCann, Brian    PT Gain: 20%      
 

 
Phillies | Three Philly arms finished for 2019
Philadelphia Phillies RP Adam Morgan (elbow), Seranthony Dominguez (elbow) and RP Pat Neshek (hamstring) are unlikely to pitch again in 2019.  Source: MLB.com - Todd Zolecki
 
BHQ take: There’s not a whole lot of surprise with this announcement, although there had been some hope that Dominguez and Morgan might return this month. Except in the deepest of leagues, none of these pitchers should be considerations in keeper leagues.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Dominguez, Seranthony    PT Loss: -3%   
Morgan, Adam    PT Loss: -1%   
Neshek, Pat        
 

 
Padres | San Diego makes roster moves
San Diego Padres OF Travis Jankowski was recalled from Class AAA El Paso Sunday, Sept. 1, while RHP Javier Guerra was recalled from Class AA Amarillo. The team also selected the contract of RHP David Bednar from Class AA Amarillo and transferred RHP Robert Stock (biceps) to the 60-day injured list.   Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Bednar comes off a fine Double-A season (2.95 ERA, 86/18 K/BB through 58 IP) to make his MLB debut, tossing a scoreless inning against SF on Sunday, Sept. 1. There's September IP available on a club trying to manage the workloads of its young arms. Bednar's skill set detail can be found in our Call-ups space. Ditto those of one-time SS prospect Javier Guerra, now converted to pitching with at least interesting early results (21 IP, 3.38 ERA, 30/10 K/BB) out of the A+/AA bullpens. Jankowski projects to be limited to spot starts and pinch-runner (8/4 SB/CS in 167 Triple-A AB) on a club where he has no future.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Low
Bednar, David    PT Gain: 2%   
Stock, Robert    PT Loss: -1%   
Guerra, Javier        
Jankowski, Travis        
 

 
Nationals | Washington reinstates Sean Doolittle
Washington Nationals RP Sean Doolittle was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday, Sept. 1.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Doolittle spent two weeks on the IL. Before fantasy owners celebrate the return of their closer, they need to consider at least a couple of things. First, Washington says that he will not return immediately to the closer role. Now the performance of his replacements as the Washington closer has been less than stellar, so one has to assume that he will ultimately be back in the ninth-inning role. However, his performance before hitting the IL does not inspire confidence. In his last five appearances, he pitched four innings and yielded 14 hits, two walks, four homers and 10 earned runs. Perhaps his knee injury was the culprit, and he should get a mulligan. If the problem was something else or he’s not fully healed, he could be more of a liability than an asset down the stretch.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Doolittle, Sean    PT Gain: 2%  SV Gain: 5%
 

 
Phillies | Five added to active roster
Philadelphia Phillies OF Jay Bruce (oblique) was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday, Sept. 1. The team recalled LHP Cole Irvin from Class AAA Lehigh Valley and selected the contracts of INF Phil Gosselin, C Deivi Grullon and RHP Nick Vincent from Class AAA Lehigh Valley.   Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: The news that Bruce was being activated would be good news for the Phils and his fantasy owners if it were not accompanied by reports that he will be limited to pinch-hitting. The Phils do have three games in Cleveland, so he could be a DH option in those games. Vincent, Irvin and Gosselin were all up earlier in 2019, but they were not very successful. Irvin and Vincent could get some relatively important innings, given the plethora of injuries that have sidelined Phillie pitchers this year, but until owners see a modicum of success, there’s no reason to roster them. Gosselin had a .214 xBA with a 45 PX, so he, too, can be safely ignored by fantasy owners. Finally, Grullon’s main role is likely to be freeing the Phils to use Andrew Knapp as a pinch-hitter without worrying about having a catcher on the bench. Grullon is a veteran of seven minor league seasons, but is only 23 years old. So far in 2019, he’s batting .283 with 21 homers in 407 at-bats at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Irvin, Cole    PT Gain: 1%   
Gosselin, Phil        
Vincent, Nick    PT Gain: 1%   
Bruce, Jay    PT Loss: -10%      
Grullon, Deivy    PT Gain: 5%      
 

 
Diamondbacks | Arizona adds several to roster
Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Stefan Crichton, RHP Jon Duplantier, LHP Robby Scott, C Caleb Joseph and INF Kevin Cron were recalled from Class AAA Reno Sunday, Sept. 1. The team also selected the contract of OF Abraham Almonte from Class AAA Reno.   Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: No big immediate changes here, as most of this was anticipated. Duplantier has struggled with shoulder issues and control in a disappointing season, He wasn't gawd-awful in his MLB debut (4.33 ERA, 26 K over 27 IP), but there's more reason to be optimistic about his long-term-future than now in his September multi-inning opportunities. One of the minors' HR leaders (39 HR, 61/79 BB/K over 310 AB), Cron gets another chance at MLB pitching, against whom he hit 5 HR in 59 AB, but also whiffed 27 times (.207 BA). Veteran Almonte is back for late-season OF depth, while veteran Joseph does the same at catcher and perhaps gives Carson Kelly a breather. Both Crichton and Scott are up to soak up bullpen innings.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Med
Cron, Kevin        
Duplantier, Jon PT Gain: 1%   
Crichton, Stefan        
Scott, Robby        
Joseph, Caleb PT Gain: 5%      
Almonte, Abraham PT Gain: 10%      
 

 
Cardinals | St. Louis calls up eight
St. Louis Cardinals OF Jose Martinez, RHPs Daniel Poncedeleon and Junior Fernandez, LHP Genesis Cabrera, Cs Joe Hudson and Andrew Knizner, RP Mike Mayers and 1B/OF Rangel Ravelo from Class AAA Louisville on Sunday, Sept. 1.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Most of these moves are designed to provide depth down the stretch, and some of these players will be lucky to get more than an appearance or two. Of the players named, Poncedeleon and Martinez are the ones most likely to get a chance to contribute to the Cardinals and fantasy teams. Poncedeleon was given a spot start on Sept. 1, as the Cardinals had a doubleheader that day and needed a fresh arm. He made seven starts earlier in 2019 and fared pretty well, compiling an ERA of 3.76. His xERA, however, was a half-run higher, and his Ctl of 4.6 is a concern. Martinez had been a regular at times earlier in 2019 and had five homers in 74 July at-bats, shortly before landing on the IL. He definitely will get pinch hitting opportunities and may get a start here and there against right-handed pitchers. Both Ravelo and Knizner had cups of coffee with the Cards earlier in 2019, and also may get a start here and there. The latter could wind up as the top back-up to Yadier Molina with Matt Wieters sidelined with a calf injury. Finally, not noted in the opening tease, the Cards transferred Lane Thomas to the 60-day IL, confirming suspicions that he would miss the rest of 2019.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Thomas, Lane        
Knizner, Andrew        
Hudson, Joe        
Poncedeleon, Daniel        
Mayers, Mike        
Martinez, Jose        
Ravelo, Rangel        
Fernandez, Junior    PT Gain: 1%   
Cabrera, Genesis    PT Gain: 1%   
 

 
Dodgers | David Freese to start Sunday
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B David Freese (hamstring) will be activated from the 10-day injured list and start against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, Sept. 1, according to manager Dave Roberts.  Source: Los Angeles Times - Jorge Castillo
 
BHQ take: Another LA roster expansion name that could get a September AB boost, thanks to a career .301 BA vR. But on a deep roster, Freese could also get lost in the crowd if he doesn't hit immediately. For streaming deep-leaguers only.   —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Low
White, Tyler PT Loss: -5%      
Freese, David PT Gain: 5%      
 

 
Dodgers | Ross Stripling to pitch Sunday
Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling (neck, triceps) said he will either start or pitch out of the bullpen against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, Sept. 1, when he is activated from the 10-day injured list.  Source: Los Angeles Times - Jorge Castillo
 
BHQ take: As expected, no projection changes here. Stripling made the Sunday start vs. ARI, but no telling what his role will be or how many starts he gets as a deep staff tries to rest their injured and/or fatigued arms while attempting to sort out post-season roles. We anticipate at least one or two LA starters to pitch frequently out of the pen in September.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: High
Stripling, Ross        

 

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