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Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller left Monday night's game against the Red Sox with an apparent injury.

Fantasy Impact: Miller pitched to two batters before walking off the mound after an offering to Andrew Benintendi. The Indians haven't provided an update to his status, but Miller's fastball was sitting about 5 MPH below his norm.

Joey Gallo did not travel with the Rangers after experiencing concussion-like symptoms. X-rays also revealed a non-displaced nasal fracture. (Source: Evan Grant on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gallo has not hit the disabled list yet, and might avoid it entirely, but he is still a dicey fantasy play this week given the uncertain circumstances surrounding his injuries.

Drew Pomeranz (back) threw a bullpen session Monday and is ready to make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Indians, Tim Britton of The Providence Journal reports (Source: Tim Britton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pomeranz had to leave his last start on Friday early due to back spasms. The news from Monday is good to hear for fantasy owners. Pomeranz had a rough start to the season but has been pitching well and should be owned in all leagues.

Cody Bellinger (ankle) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Monday. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bellinger is available to pinch-hit, according to Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts, but is apparently not well enough to start in the field quite yet. Bellinger should avoid the disabled list, so expect him back sometime in the next couple days.

Stephen Strasburg (10-4) took the loss to the Padres on Saturday, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk over six innings. He struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg pitched well despite the loss but the best news was that he looked fully recovered from his elbow injury. Strasburg has a tough matchup in his next start when he faces the Astros.

Yoan Moncada missed his second consecutive game on Sunday due to shin splints.

Fantasy Impact: Moncada isn't expected to require a stint on the DL at this point, but owners will need to monitor his status. He's off to a relatively slow start with a .668 OPS, though he does have three homers and 10 RBIs. He has yet to steal a base, as he's been caught during both attempts.

Alex Cobb to return Thursday

Mon, Aug 21st 10:27am EDT
By Blaine Blontz


Alex Cobb will rejoin the Rays' rotation on Thursday. He's been sidelined the beginning of August with a toe injury.

Fantasy Impact: Cobb will take over Jacob Faria's rotation spot with the rookie heading to the DL. Cobb has been inconsistent this season, and he hasn't provided a ton of strikeouts, but his ratios have been useful (3.80 ERA, 1.22 WHIP).

Salvador Perez is slated to come off the DL (intercostal strain) sometime this week. He took batting practice recently, and had no ill effects.

Fantasy Impact: Perez will be a welcome addition back into fantasy owner's lives, given that the waiver wire for catchers is so thin. Plug him and his 21 homers back into your lineups when he is activated.

Clayton Kershaw will throw a simulated game on Monday. If all continues to progress, he could rejoin the Dodgers by the end of the month or on Sept. 1. (Source: Bill Plunkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The team is expected to wait until rosters expand, but either way it appears fantasy owners could have another few starts from Kershaw this season. The team will be cautious with the superstar, so owners will need to monitor his rehab.

Trea Turner will begin a minor league rehab assignment with the Nationals' Triple-A club on Monday. He's been out since the end of June. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Considering how shallow the SS position has been this season, Turner would be a boost to owners down the stretch even if he struggles at the plate initially returning from the wrist injury. He's on track to rejoin the Nationals by the end of the month.

Jayson Werth will begin a rehab assignment on Monday. He's been sidelined since the beginning of June with a foot injury. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Werth will likely have more value for the Nationals than fantasy owners upon return, but the veteran was useful at the plate prior to his injury. He posted an OPS of .814 to go with eight homers and four stolen bases in 47 games.

Garrett Richards was able to face live hitters for the first time since hitting the disabled list in April, but he remains without a firm return timeframe. (Source: Jeff Fletcher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Given the state of starting pitching this season, Richards could be a stash candidate for teams in need of a boost down the stretch or in the playoffs. However, there's no guarantee the right-hander will make it back this season.

Corey Kluber successfully completed a bullpen session on Sunday and is expected to make his next start. He exited his previous start early with an ankle injury. (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears Kluber should be good to remain on schedule, which is great news for fantasy owners. The right-hander has been one of the best in the game this season with an ERA and WHIP of 2.67 and 0.92 to go with a whopping 196 strikeouts in 145 innings.

Jacob Faria was placed on the disabled list on Sunday with an abdominal strain.

Fantasy Impact: The team is attributing the injury to Faria's recent struggles, and it's unclear how long he'll be out due to the ailment. Despite a recent few bumpy starts, the rookie has been solid overall with a 3.32 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with just under a strikeout per inning on the season.

Miguel Sano has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his shin.

Fantasy Impact: Sano's timeframe for return isn't clear at this point, but anything much more than the minimum would start creeping close to fantasy league playoffs. Sano has cooled off since his red-hot start, but he's still posted 28 homers with an .870 OPS on the season.

Per Paul Hoynes of, Michael Brantley has resumed some baseball activities, but remains in his walking boot for now. (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brantley was placed on the 10-day DL on August 9th, so the Indians thought he would be back soon, but his injury is lingering and it appears it might be worse than previously anticipated. He was having a decent season, but he can be dropped in shallower leagues if you need pitching help or an upside outfielder to help your playoff push.

Max Scherzer has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with neck inflammation, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports. (Source: Jorge Castillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer had a similar issue in early August that caused him to leave a start after one inning. The Nationals are being cautious with their 33-year-old ace and he should be back soon. Fantasy owners need to stash Scherzer who is a Cy Young candidate for this season.

All-Star third baseman Jose Ramirez left Cleveland's game on Thursday after being hit by a pitch in the right forearm. Luckily, the x-rays came back negative on his right forearm/wrist. He is currently listed as day-to-day.

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez is hitting .308/.362/.533 with 38 doubles, five triples, 18 homers, 58 RBI, 79 runs and 12 steals this season. He will be replaced in the lineup by Giovanny Urshela, who is a big downgrade for the Tribe if Ramirez is not ready to come back. Ramirez took batting practice on Friday. He should return to the lineup this weekend.