Player Notes

  • Brandon Drury held out of lineup again Wednesday
    Brandon Drury (hamstring) was held out of the Angels’ starting lineup once again on Wednesday.

    Advice: Angels’ skipper Ron Washington told reporters that Drury won’t start on Thursday either and will be limited to pinch-hitting duties, as they’re trying to protect his hamstring injury from the turf at Tropicana Field. Look for Luis Rengifo to continue to cover second base in his absence. Rotoworld Today, 5:05 pm
  • Gavin Sheets goes yard in win over Royals
    Gavin Sheets went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in a 2-1 win over the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sheets has cooled off over the last several days after a hot start at the plate. He went a collective 1-for-7 in Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Royals. His one hit cleared the fences in the second game as he took Michael Wacha deep for a solo homer to lead off the sixth inning. The 27-year-old is up to three homers and nine RBI while slashing .250/.370/.545 over 54 plate appearances. Rotoworld Today, 4:53 pm
  • Vinnie Pasquantino reaches three times vs. White Sox
    Vinnie Pasquantino went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks on Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Pasquantino had gone 1-for-4 with a double in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the White Sox. He added another double in the second game and drew two walks. After a slow start at the dish, the 26-year-old first baseman has 12 hits over his last seven games, including three homers. He’s now slashing .262/.361/.492 across 72 plate appearances. Rotoworld Today, 4:52 pm
  • Cody Bellinger goes deep in victory over D’Backs
    Cody Bellinger blasted a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning on Wednesday, powering the Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The 28-year-old slugger broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning when he crushed a 396-foot (104.6 mph EV) solo shot off of Diamondbacks’ starter Brandon Pfaadt. He also singled in the eighth inning and came around to score on a run-scoring knock off the bat of Michael Busch. Bellinger finished the day 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and is now hitting .200/.296/.371 with three long balls and 12 RBI on the season. He’s still looking for his first stolen base though, after nabbing 20 bags during the 2023 season. Rotoworld Today, 3:37 pm
  • José Abreu gets lifted for pinch-hitter in eighth
    After going 0-for-2 and committing a key error in the top of the eighth, José Abreu was removed for a pinch-hitter Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: The error was a truly bad hop and might eventually get changed to a hit, but Abreu just didn’t approach it very well. This might be the last we see of him as a regular for at least a little while. He didn’t play Tuesday, and the Astros preferred Jon Singleton to him in the bottom of the eighth tonight. Singleton probably won’t wind up replacing him at first base, but Joey Loperfido might. Rotoworld Today, 2:55 pm
  • Rewarded with fifth straight start
    Arias will start in center field and bat seventh in Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: After making just four starts in the Guardians' first 13 games, Arias now finds himself in the lineup for a fifth straight contest. Though he doesn't have a direct path to a starting role at any one spot while the Guardians are seemingly committed to Brayan Rocchio as their primary shortstop, Arias has made it tough for manager Stephen Vogt to take him out of the lineup while he's wielding a hot bat. Over his last four games, Arias has gone 8-for-16 with five extra-base hits (three doubles, one triple and one home run) and one walk. Today, 2:46 pm
    Gabriel AriasCLE - 1B,3B,SS,OF
  • Salvador Perez clobbers go-ahead homer in return
    Salvador Perez walloped a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning to power the Royals to a 4-2 victory over the White Sox in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader.

    Advice: Kansas City’s captain clobbered a no-doubter to left field off White Sox burgeoning relief ace Michael Kopech in the eighth inning to put the Royals ahead for good in the opening contest of Wednesday’s twin bill. It’s an even more impressive feat considering the 33-year-old veteran backstop is playing through a Grade 1 left groin strain that he suffered earlier this week. He’s off to a remarkable start at the plate so far, posting a .953 OPS with nine runs scored, five homers and 17 RBI through 17 contests. Rotoworld Today, 1:48 pm
  • Takes seat Wednesday
    Jones is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: The lefty-hitting Jones will get his first day off of the season, with a day game after a night game along with the fact that the Phillies are bringing a left-hander (Cristopher Sanchez) to the hill likely factoring into the Rockies' decision to hold him out of the lineup. Jones could probably benefit from the break from a mental standpoint as well, as he's gone 0-for-11 with five strikeouts against one walk over his last three starts. Today, 12:57 pm
  • Back to bench Wednesday
    Raley is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds.

    Advice: The lefty-hitting Raley will head to the bench with southpaw Andrew Abbott on the hill for the Reds after going 2-for-10 with a triple and an RBI while starting in each of the past three games. Raley's opportunities to play against right-handed pitching look to be on the rise, but he's still not expected to be the primary replacement in left field for Dominic Canzone (shoulder), who was placed on the 10-day injured list earlier in the week. Instead, prospect Jonatan Clase is expected to get the first opportunity to fill in for Canzone. Today, 12:37 pm