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Mariners top prospect OF Jarred Kelenic is set to make his Triple-A debut on Thursday evening. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Kelenic is expected to arrive in the majors by the end of the month. The 21-year-old dealt with a minor knee injury during spring training but is ready to hit the ground running in the minors. A hot start could expedite his arrival in Seattle. Kelenic needs to be stashed in redraft leagues of all sizes.

Dylan Carlson (shin) is in the Cardinals' lineup on Thursday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Carlso exited Wednesday's game with a shin contusion, but it was never considered serious. The rookie outfielder is playing right field and batting second against the Mets this afternoon.

Category: Injury Updates

Phillies right-handed pitcher Archie Bradley, who has been out since April 11th with an oblique injury, is targeting a return on May 18th. This date corresponds with when the team returns home from its nine-game road trip. (Source: Matt Breen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bradley made four appearances out of the bullpen this season, allowing two runs on four hits. He added a walk and a trio of strikeouts over three innings of work. He ranks 56th among relievers in the latest rest-of-season expert consensus rankings. Bradley could be an low-end fantasy option once he returns, but he's not worth a roster spot until them.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors

Red Sox OF Alex Verdugo (back) has returned to Thursday’s lineup against the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Verdugo was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup but it was apparently a minor issue. He’s hitting second and playing left field opposite Spencer Trumbull today.

Category: Injury Updates

Bryce Harper (wrist) is once again sidelined from Thursday’s lineup.

Fantasy Impact: This is the fourth straight game Harper has missed due to his wrist injury. He was apparently feeling a bit better on Wednesday but still isn’t ready to return. Consider him day-to-day until we hear more.

Category: Injury Updates

Eric Hosmer went 1-3 with a single, a walk, and a strikeout in the Padres' win over the Pirates on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Hosmer hit a 106 MPH rocket off of JT Brubaker in the 5th inning on Wednesday. Hosmer is still maintaining a very respectable slash line in 2021 -- .289/.364/.413. Hosmer's power has dipped after starting the year with three quick home runs. That being said, Hosmer's exit velocity numbers are still good enough to believe there's plenty of power left in the tank. Hosmer has the potential to drastically outperform his ADP if he maintains his current production.

Category: Game Recaps

Junior Guerra allowed three runs on two hits and a walk in Wednesday's loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Guerra entered the seventh to protect a one-lead, though subsequently let runners to reach base and then a three-run homer to Brandon Lowe. Guerra was hit with a blown save and a loss. His ERA sits at 5.21.

Category: Game Recaps

Kurt Suzuki went 0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch in Wednesday's loss against the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Suzuki remains Los Angeles' main backstop, though is currently posting a .217 average with a home run and four RBI this year.

Category: Game Recaps

Jared Walsh went 1-for-3, walking once and driving in a run during Wednesday's loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Walsh's third-inning walk brought in Los Angeles' lone run of the game. The first baseman is batting .333 with six home runs and 22 RBI on the year.

Category: Game Recaps

Mark Melancon earned his 11th save of the season in the Padres' win over the Pirates on Wednesday. Melancon didn't walk or strikeout anyone in the appearance.

Fantasy Impact: Melancon continues to lead the league in saves. His strikeout rate has dipped in his last two outings, and he has yet to strike out a batter so far in May. A low strikeout rate doesn't necessarily mean Melancon can't be successful as a closer, there is just simply less room for error when he isn't missing bats. His strikeout rate is worth keeping an eye on, but there's no reason to believe Melancon will do anything other than continue to rack up saves in the coming weeks.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies reliever Jose Alvarado allowed one walk and struck out two over an inning of work to earn his second save of the year in Wednesday's win over the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarado closed out the game instead of Hector Neris, who was unavailable after throwing 40 pitches on Tuesday. The left-hander now has two saves and 15 strikeouts over nine innings and should be first in line for save opportunities whenever Neris isn't available.

Category: Game Recaps

Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, a walk, three runs scored, and two RBI in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Impact: Through 27 games, Rojas is batting .271 with 17 runs scored, no home runs, 10 RBI, and three stolen bases. He has also been batting leadoff or second in the order for Miami for much of the last two weeks.

Category: Game Recaps

Shohei Ohtani allowed no runs, on one hit and six walks in five innings as the Angels loss to Tampa Bay Wednesday evening. He struck out seven in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Ohtani's strong performance went without much run support, leaving the right-hander with a no-decision. Ohtani lowered his ERA to 2.41 and is currently schedule to start next week in Houston.

Category: Game Recaps

Fernando Tatis Jr. went 1-3 with a single and a walk in the Padres' win over the Pirates on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Tatis singled off JT Brubaker in the third inning on Wednesday. Tatis got hot after returning from a shoulder injury, but has cooled down since then. Tatis has hit just .182 over the past week and his season average is back down to .229. Tatis will continue to face teams with subpar pitching over the next few weeks, so he will still have plenty of opportunities to get hot and turn it around.

Category: Game Recaps

Yu Darvish gave up 2 earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched in the Padres' win over the Pirates on Wednesday. Darvish struck out 8 and walked 1 in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Darvish had another solid outing on Wednesday, and was only one out away from a quality start. Darvish now has a 2.27 ERA on the season, and has proven to be one of the best pitchers in the NL. The only concern is Darvish's walk rate, which is up from last year. That being said, his walk rate is about in line with his career average, so it's more likely that last year's low walk rate was an outlier and he is returning to the mean this year. Darvish has shown enough this year for fantasy managers to be comfortable starting him in just about every matchup.

Category: Game Recaps

Marlins outfielder Adam Duvall went 2-for-4 with a home run and four total RBI in Wednesday's win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The homer was his fifth of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Through 28 games, Duvall is batting just .196 with 11 runs scored, five home runs, 18 RBI, and one stolen base.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius went 1-for-3 with a grand slam in Wednesday's win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The homer was his fourth of the season and his second in the last four days.

Fantasy Impact: Gregorius had cooled off after a strong start but appears to be heating up again with two home runs and five hits in his last four games.

Category: Game Recaps

Second baseman Gavin Lux went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI as the Dodgers lost to the Cubs 6-5 on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Lux tacked on an RBI double, his first of the year, off of Adbert Alzolay in the fifth inning to put the Dodgers up 2-0. He slapped a single during the game as well. The dynamic 23-year-old has had a slow start to the season with a .216/.250/.284 slash line with zero home runs and eight RBI over 74 at-bats. He's shown signs of life recently but would be better served hitting at the top of the lineup as he did before his IL stint earlier this season.

Category: Game Recaps

First baseman Max Muncy went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double, two RBI, a walk, and two runs scored as the Dodgers lost to the Cubs 6-5 in extra-innings.

Fantasy Impact: Muncy put the Dodgers on the board with a solo home run in the fourth inning off of Adbert Alzolay. He added an RBI double in the top of the 10th inning that scored nearly two runs but Justin Turner was thrown out at home. Muncy is rocking a .854 OPS over 95 at-bats this year but is still batting an underwhelming .221.

Category: Game Recaps

Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas (shoulder) is scheduled for his final rehab start on May 16th or May 17th and is expected to rejoin the Cardinals by the end of May. (Source: Jeff Jones on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Mikolas allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three across two 1/3 innings in Wednesday's rehab start in Triple-A Durham. He will build his pitch count up to 90 before joining the Cardinals’ rotation at the end of May. The Cardinals will monitor how Mikolas' shoulder responds in his final rehab start before being activated from the injured list. Mikolas didn't pitch in 2020 and owned a 4.16 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 184 innings in 2019.

Category: Injury Updates