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St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado (elbow) was removed from Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Guardians with an elbow injury. (Source: Derrick Goold on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Arenado exited during the fifth inning after being struck in the elbow by a pitch. He briefly stayed in the game before leaving with the trainers. The Cardinals star third baseman is considered day-to-day. Edmundo Sosa replaced him in the game and would see an uptick in playing time while Arenado is sidelined.

Blue Jays RHP Julian Merryweather (oblique) is "not closer" to returning, per manager Charlie Montoyo. (Source: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Merryweather hit the injured list back in April and recently suffered a setback with his oblique injury. He doesn't been to be stashed in redraft leagues.

Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts (wrist) is absent from Wednesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Boston has a doubleheader today, so it's unclear if he'll be able to play in the nightcap. For now, the wrist injury is considered a day-to-day issue.

Detroit Tigers' infielder Jonathan Schoop (back) was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup against the Twins due to back tightness. (Source: Detroit Tigers on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Schoop was initially in the lineup for Wednesday’s contest but was late scratched with back tightness. Willi Castro replaces Schoop at first base and is batting eighth on Wednesday. Schoop is considered day-to-day, and his next chance to return will be Thursday against the Orioles. Fantasy managers should adjust their daily lineups accordingly.

Angels manager Joe Maddon is optimistic that RHP Alex Cobb (finger) can make his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Athletics. (Source: J.P. Hoornstra on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cobb exited Friday's start with a blister but played catch on Tuesday and apparently felt comfortable. The Angels should provide clarity on this situation later on Wednesday.

Clayton Kershaw tossed a simulated game that lasted three innings. He will be re-evaluated on Wednesday for the next steps. (Source: Bill Plunkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw hasn't pitched since July 3. The Dodgers and fantasy managers can't wait for Kershaw to return, but hope he is fully healthy.

According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, Mookie Betts expects to return on Sunday. (Source: Fabian Ardaya on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: That is positive news that Betts could return this weekend. In July, Betts hit well with a .370 batting average and 1.102 OPS.

Victor Robles left Tuesday's game with an apparent injury that looked like he reached for his low back. Robles went hitless in three at-bats with one run scored, one walk, and two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Robles was charged with the strikeout since Andrew Stevenson came in to finish his at-bat and struck out. Talk about adding insult to injury, but hopefully, Robles just needs a day or two off. At this point, he is better off figuring out what is going on than providing mostly negative value.

The Washington Nationals announced that Trea Turner has tested positive for COVID-19. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The baseball community went into a frenzy when the Nationals removed Turner from the game on Tuesday, assuming he might have been traded. That rumor was quickly shot down as Washington announced he wasn't traded before news later come out that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Lucas Sims is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday at Triple-A Louisville. (Source: C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Reds manager David Bell said Sims will not return to the team during this road trip, but near the end or after the first week of August. He has been sidelined since June due to a right elbow sprain.

Drew Smyly is expected to make his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Mets. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Smyly exited his last start early against Phillies last Saturday due to left knee pain. He finished some running drills on Tuesday and is not expected to miss any time.

Ketel Marte (hamstring) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. (Source: Zach Buchanan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Marte is playing in the Arizona Complex League on Tuesday night. He could rejoin the D'Backs in early August if all goes well from here.

Cody Bellinger (hamstring) has returned to the Dodgers' lineup on Tuesday against the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Bellinger is playing first base and batting fifth against Giants RHP Logan Webb. It has been a brutal season for the former MVP thus far, but he has shown the ability to get hot in a hurry in the past.

Joc Pederson was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Mets due to an upset stomach. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It should be a day-to-day situation for Pederson. Ehire Adrianza has replaced him as Atlanta's leadoff hitter tonight.

Javier Baez has been scratched from the Cubs' lineup on Tuesday because of his heel injury. (Source: Jesse Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Baez wasn't in the lineup on Monday, either, but he did have the infamous walk-off single off of Amir Garrett to win the game. With him (and others) being on the trading block for Chicago, the Cubs have no reason to push Baez unless he is fully healthy. But since he pinch-hit yesterday, expect to him to return to the lineup soon.

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, who hasn't played since before the All-Star break due to a positive COVID-19 test, has returned to the lineup on Tuesday. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Judge is batting second against Rays' starting pitcher Shane McClanahan on Tuesday. The 29-year-old slugger has a .282/.375/.526 batting line with 21 home runs and 47 RBI over 312 at-bats this year. He should provide a nice boost to the Yankees offense.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer, who was scratched from his last start with triceps discomfort, has been physically cleared to start Thursday vs. the Phillies according to beat reporter Mark Zuckerman. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer has been the subject of trade rumors over the last few weeks so it's a good sign that he's been physically cleared if the Nationals end up moving him prior to the trade deadline later this week. If Scherzer is unable to make Thursday's start then Paolo Espino would fill in for him, per manager Davey Martinez.

Devin Williams was reinstated from the IL on Tuesday. (Source: Milwaukee Brewers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams has been out since July 11th with an elbow injury, but threw a bullpen session on Saturday and came out of it unscathed. He's had a decent season thus far, but it's a far cry from his other-worldy performance of 2020. Drafted in fantasy to stablize ratios, he hasn't been valuable enough to start over anything other than late-round pitchers, though his strikeout rate (14.04 per nine innings) makes him usable in a pinch.

New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (elbow) is throwing off of a mound for the first time in two months, per beat writer Tim Healey. (Source: Tim Healey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Syndergaard has been recovering from Tommy John surgery and was progressing well until May when he experienced a setback with his elbow. He's been ramping up lately by playing catch and has now progressed to throwing off a mound for the first time in two months. He's on track to return sometime in late August and could be used out of the bullpen once he rejoins the team. He's still worth rostering in dynasty and keeper leagues but he's harder to stash in redraft leagues given his uncertain role once he returns.

Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) has been doing infield drills and taking batting practice. (Source: Alec Lewis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mondesi has been limited to just 10 games this year, and it's been an extremely frustrating situation for fantasy managers. The good news is he's headed in the right direction. Mondesi could return sometime in August if all goes well from here.