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Mike Moustakas was checked out for a deep bruise in his quad but may return to the lineup as early as Thursday or Friday, per Reds manager David Bell. (Source: Bobby Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moustakas was lifted early from Tuesday's game against Cleveland and will miss Wednesday's contest as well. This doesn't sound very serious so expect the embattled second-baseman to return towards the end of this week. Josh VanMeter is filling in at 2B while Moustakas is out.

Category: Injury Updates

Edwin Encarnacion has inflammation on his left SC joint and is considered day-to-day. (Source: Daryl Van Schouwen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Encarnacion left Tuesday's game against the Brewers early and it appears, for now, that he will avoid an IL stint. He had gotten off to a very slow start, per usual, this year with a .200/.250/.300 slash line with one home run and two RBI. We should hear more on his status over the coming days.

Category: Injury Updates

Tim Anderson is heading to the White Sox alternate site at Schaumburg on Thursday as he's been cleared to work out following a groin strain that he sustained last week. (Source: Daryl Van Schouwen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a positive sign that Anderson is feeling healthy enough to resume working out following his groin strain, which placed him on the 10-day IL on August 1st. He's a good bet to be activated as soon as he is eligible on August 11th. Before going down Anderson was having a stellar year at the dish with a .333/.355/.567 batting line over 30 at-bats.

Category: Injury Updates

The preliminary scans that Carlos Rodon received on his sore left shoulder came back clean per White Sox GM Rick Hahn. (Source: Daryl Van Schouwen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodon was placed on the 10-day IL on Tuesday with left shoulder soreness but the good news is that there appears to be no structural damage. He could possibly rejoin the team in a few weeks time. Rodon is an interesting streaming option once he returns.

Category: Injury Updates

Brendan McKay threw two simulated innings on Wednesday, but there is no timetable for him to return to the big-league club. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McKay can be dropped in all but the deepest leagues, but be ready to pick him up when he is ready, which could be by the end of the month. He posted a 5.83 ERA over 49 innings last year, but was a bit unlucky and his potential is through the roof.

Category: Injury Updates

Marcus Stroman is throwing another simulated game on Wednesday, and will miss at least one more start before returning to action. (Source: Anthony DiComo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stroman should be back within ten days, which represents one-sixth of this shortened season. You can likely hold Stroman if you are near the top of the standings and have IL spots available. Otherwise, there might be more ready-now arms on waivers.

Category: Injury Updates

Brandon Bielak will make his first MLB start on Thursday against the Diamondbacks. (Source: Jake Kaplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears as if Bielak is taking the spot of Josh James. The 24-year-old right-hander is worth speculating on in deeper leagues ahead of his first start. In 5 1/3 innings out of the bullpen this season he has struck out six, walked three, and allowed one run.

Josh James is moving to the bullpen. (Source: Jake Kaplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: James was electric out of the pen last season and the Astros wisely tried seeing if his "stuff" would translate to the starting rotation. The experiment was a failure, however, as James walked 11 batters in just six innings of work. Houston's bullpen is dealing with a lot of injuries right now so James could find himself in a high-leverage role sooner rather than later.

Keone Kela (COVID-19) threw another bullpen session on Wednesday. (Source: Alex Stumpf on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There is still no timetable for Kela to return but he's getting closer. The Pirates announced that he'll be the team's closer when he's back.

Category: Injury Updates

The Pirates placed Nick Burdi on the 45-day injured list with a right elbow injury. (Source: Rob Biertempfel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brutal. Burdi has dealt with injuries for years now and had finally gotten a chance at a prominent role in Pittsburgh's bullpen. The team didn't provide any other details at this time but he can obviously be dropped everywhere. Keone Kela (COVID-19) will be the Pirates' closer once he returns.

Category: Injury Updates

Nick Madrigal was placed on the 10-day IL with a separated shoulder per White Sox GM Rick Hahn. (Source: James Fegan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Madrigal sustained the injury on Tuesday while sliding feet-first into third base as he attempted to go from first to third on a single. The good news is that the team is optimistic that he'll be back by the end of August but off-season surgery is a probability for the rookie.

Category: Injury Updates

Kwang Hyun Kim will pitch out of the rotation going forward. (Source: Jeff Jones on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Kim was mainly a starter in his 12-year career in South Korea. After starting the season as the team’s closer, he will now enter the starting rotation. Kim will join Jack Flaherty, Adam Wainwright, Dakota Hudson and de Leon. Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley will compete for save opportunities with Kim moving into a starting role.

Category: Transactions

John Means was placed on the bereavement list Wednesday. (Source: Baltimore Orioles)

Fantasy Impact: Players are typically allotted three days on the bereavement list, but the pandemic extend those protocols. Means last pitched on Tuesday, and is scheduled to start Sunday. The Orioles have yet to announce their rotation plans.

Tony Kemp went 2-for-3 with two singles in Tuesday's win against the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: This brings Kemp's batting average up to .231 on the year. He has been splitting time at second base with Chad Pinder, who has also struggled so far this season with an average of .188. Neither player should be in your lineup at this point, but this position battle could be one to keep an eye on in case of an emergency.

Category: Game Recaps

Jeff McNeil (intercostal) remains absent from Wednesday's lineup against the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: McNeil says his intercostal strain is "very minor." Continue to consider him day-to-day for now.

Category: Injury Updates

Amed Rosario (quad) is once again absent from the Mets' lineup on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Rosario is currently day-to-day with quad tightness. Andres Gimenez is filling in at shortstop.

Category: Injury Updates

Nationals manager Dave Martinez says Juan Soto will bat cleanup in his season debut on Wednesday night. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Soto was activated off the IL on Tuesday but did not appear in the Nationals' 5-3 win over the Mets. His return is great news for fantasy owners as they finally get to utilize their first-round pick.

Wilmer Font gave up four runs over five hits over 1/3 of an inning on Tuesday as the Blue Jays lost to the Braves by a 10-1 score.

Fantasy Impact: Font did not look good on Tuesday in his third appearance of the season. The 30-year-old righty now has a 27.00 ERA and 4.80 WHIP and can be left on the waiver wire by fantasy owners.

Category: Game Recaps

Anthony Alford went 1-for-2 and drove in a run on Tuesday as the Blue Jays lost 10-1 to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Alford picked up his first start of the season in left field as the 26-year old outfielder has appeared in five games. Alford does not see enough playing time to be worth owning in any fantasy formats.

Category: Game Recaps

Josh Donaldson (calf) remains absent from Wednesday's lineup against the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Donaldson still hasn't played since last Friday. Manager Rocco Baldelli said his star third baseman could return on the team's road trip that began today. A weekend return seems likely.

Category: Injury Updates