Tampa Bay Rays

AL East

Adam Kolarek shut down the White Sox in the ninth inning on Sunday, preserving a two-run lead to earn his first save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: The Rays have struggled to find a consistent closer this season and Kolarek is the latest reliever to get an opportunity. Kolarek has a 3.92 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 32/12 K/BB ratio across 39 innings and is worth a speculative add by fantasy owners desperate for saves.

Category: Game Recaps

Blake Snell struck out 10 batters over six scoreless innings giving up just three hits and two walks in a win over the White Sox on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Snell improves his record to 6-7 and has a 4.28 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 136/35 K/BB ratio over 20 starts this season. The reigning AL Cy Young winner has been inconsistent this year but should still be owned in all leagues. Snell will face the Blue Jays in his next start on Sunday.

Category: Game Recaps

Kevin Kiermaier was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a left thumb sprain. (Source: Juan Toribio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kiermaier sustained this injury sliding into first base in Saturday's game. He expects to miss no more than two weeks. Guillermo Heredia was recalled in a corresponding move, and would likely see more paying time while Kiermaier heals up.

Category: Injury Updates

Avisail Garcia went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and three walks during a 2-1 loss against the White Sox on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia has had a nice year in his first season with the Rays hitting 13 home runs along with a .281 average, 46 RBI, 42 runs and nine steals in 331 at-bats this season. Garcia is worth owning in 12 team leagues and deeper.

Category: Game Recaps

Ryan Yarbrough tossed six shutout innings while allowing two hits with no walks and five strikeouts in a no-decision against the White Sox on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Over his last six appearances, Yarbrough has a 3-0 record with 0.99 ERA and 0.66 WHIP. The 27-year-old pitcher is worth grabbing in most fantasy leagues if owners need pitching. His next outing is scheduled for Friday at the Blue Jays.

Category: Game Recaps

Emilio Pagan pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed a homer and blew a save on Saturday against the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Pagan has not done a good job of securing the closer role with the Rays as he has blown two of his last three save chances. With Diego Garcia back off the IL, he could get some opportunities. For now, fantasy owners should hold onto Pagan until a move is made.

Category: Game Recaps

Brendan McKay was optioned to Triple-A Durham Saturday. (Source: Juan Toribio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McKay dazzled in his first three starts in the majors, but hit his first bump in the road when he yielded five runs in Friday’s loss to the White Sox. He could very well receive a call back to Tampa Bay once’s he eligible to rejoin the team in 10 days.

Category: Transactions

Joey Wendle went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in a loss to the White Sox on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Wendle has been disappointing this season as injuries have kept him off the field. And when he has played he has struggled to hit just .197 over 117 at-bats. Wendle can be left on the waiver wire.

Category: Game Recaps

Willy Adames given Friday off

Fri, Jul 19th 4:25pm EDT
By James Bisson

Adames was not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox. (Source: Mark Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It sounds like a routine day off for the young infielder, who will likely be back in action Saturday. Adames is scuffling from a fantasy perspective, slashing just .241/.300/.386 with 10 home runs, 27 RBIs and four steals in 362 plate appearances.

Nate Lowe went 3-for-3 with an RBI double in a loss in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Lowe was recently called up due to injuries in the Rays infield. The rookie is doing his best to stay in the lineup as he is hitting .315 with five home runs and 12 RBI over 20 games. Lowe is worth grabbing in all 12 team leagues and deeper.

Category: Game Recaps

Tommy Pham went 1-for-2 with three walks and scored a run as the Rays lost to the Yankees in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Pham has done a great job getting on base this season as his .378 OBP shows. The veteran outfielder is also batting .276 with 15 home runs, 42 RBI, 47 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. Pham should be owned in all fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Austin Meadows went 1-for-4 and hit his 15th homer of the year Thursday as the Rays fell to New York in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Fantasy Impact: Meadows went 1-for-5 in the nightcap on Thursday and is now hitting .289 on the season with a .363 on-base percentage. Meadows is worth owning in all fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Yonny Chirinos took the loss against in Game 1 of Tampa Bay's doubleheader with the Yankees on Thursday, giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits over five innings, striking out eight and walking two as the Rays fell 6-2.

Fantasy Impact: Chirinos drops to 8-5 with the loss on Thursday. Despite the loss, Chirinos is having a good season with a 3.29 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and a 97:24 K:BB over 112 innings. The 25-year-old righty is worth owning in most fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Charlie Morton took the loss in Game 2 of the Rays' doubleheader with the Yankees on Thursday, giving up five earned runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking four as Tampa Bay fell 5-1.

Fantasy Impact: Morton's record drops to 11-3 on the season. Despite the loss, the veteran starter is having a great year for the Rays with a 2.61 ERA to go along with a 1.06 WHIP and a 152:41 K:BB through 124 1/3 innings. He'll look to bounce back in his next start which is a tough matchup against the Red Sox.

Category: Game Recaps

Manager Kevin Cash is unsure if Brandon Lowe (lower leg) will be ready to play by the weekend, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lowe is currently on the IL as he is recovering from a deep contusion on his right shin. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on updates to see if Lowe will be ready for the weekend.

Category: Injury Updates

Yandy Diaz went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz is hot at the plate right now and over his last six games is hitting .346 with two home runs. The 27-year-old slugger is worth owning in 12 team leagues and deeper.

Category: Game Recaps

Tyler Glasnow (forearm) was shut down for two more weeks Monday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. (Source: Juan Toribio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: When asked Monday whether Glasnow will be able to pitch again this season, manager Kevin Cash said, "I don't know." This is not good news for fantasy owners. The earliest the 25-year-old pitched could come back is mid-August and may not be a help to fantasy teams. Owners should keep an eye on updates.

Category: Injury Updates

Matt Duffy (hamstring), who received a day off in his rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Sunday and continues to remain free of setbacks, is just a handful of at-bats away from the 25-30 the Rays want to see him log before activation, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. (Source: www.tampabay.com)

Fantasy Impact: Once Duffy does make it back onto the field for the Rays look for him to play a utility role for the team and wont be fantasy relevant. There should be more updates concerning Duffy and his return dates.

Category: Injury Updates

Mike Brosseau went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Brosseau has hit well at the plate since being called up in June. The 25-year-old is 13-for-34 with four doubles and three home runs in his first 11 big-league games. If Brosseau can find a regular role he would be worth grabbing in deeper fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

The Rays activated Ji-Man Choi (ankle) off the 10-day injured list. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Choi winds up missing the minimum amount of time with a left ankle strain. He is batting .266 with a .774 OPS this season.

Category: Injury Updates