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.
The Colorado Rockies have traded right-hander Mychal Givens to the Cincinnati Reds. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: The Reds are finalizing a deal with the Rockies to acquire reliever Mychal Givens. He served as the main setup man for the Rockies, racking up eight holds to go along with a 2.73 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 29 2/3 innings in 2021. Givens is expected to be used in a high-leverage role for the Reds and is mainly an option for league formats that reward solds (saves and holds).
Wed, Jul 28th 12:05am EDT
By Corbin Young
After earlier reports that Tyler Anderson was heading to the Phillies in a trade, the deal fell through because of a medical review. Anderson is close to being traded to the Seattle Mariners. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Anderson has a 4.35 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 20% strikeout rate, and 5.8% walk rate in 103 1/3 innings with the Pirates. The increased cutter usage at 29.1% up from 18-19% in 2019 and 2020 has helped Anderson's results in 2021. Anderson's cutter elicits a 12.7% swinging-strike rate and .269 wOBA allowed. He should help provide depth for the Mariners and a solid streamer in 15-team leagues.
The Seattle Mariners have traded Kendall Graveman to the Houston Astros. (Source: Brian McTaggart on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Seattle is also sending Rafael Montero to Houston in exchange for Abraham Toro and Joe Smith. The Astros bullpen has been very up and down all year, so Graveman should fit in nicely with a late-inning role.
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.
Tue, Jul 27th 3:43pm EDT
By Brad Camara
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Manuel Margot (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday. (Source: Tampa Bay Rays on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Margot was sidelined around three weeks with a strained left hamstring. He is leading off and starting in right field for Tuesday’s game against the Yankees. Fantasy managers can safely insert Margot into their starting lineups. The 26-year-old is slashing .252/.297/.404 with nine home runs, 44 RBI, 32 runs scored, and nine stolen bases across 76 games in 2021.
Tue, Jul 27th 2:47pm EDT
By Mike Maher
Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended through Aug. 6, according to multiple reports. Bauer's hearing last week on an ex-parte temporary restraining order was postponed to Aug 2, 3, and 19. The investigation into him and the alleged sexual assault, both by Pasadena PD and by MLB, remains active, according to The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The MLB and MLBPA continue to work together on the Bauer situation, and it does not appear to be close to a resolution as the investigations continue to unfold. It is unlikely that he returns to the Dodgers before that August 19 hearing, and it is looking more and more like we may not see Bauer on a baseball field again in 2021.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich was placed on the COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus on Tuesday. (Source: Will Sammon on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Yelich is fully vaccinated and displayed minor symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. He was placed on the COVID injured list and will quarantine away from the team. Lorenzo Cain was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and should fill in for Yelich while he’s away from the team. Cain is speculative add in deep-league formats.