Recent MLB Player News

Giants' Johnny Cueto (blister) still not throwing

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto has yet to resume throwing as he recovers from blisters on his throwing hand.

What It Means:

Cueto isn't rushing his return, but he doesn't have any reason to. At 37-61, the Giants are 29 1/2 back of first place and will likely miss the playoffs for the second time in three years. While he's likely to return this season, it could be a while before we see Cueto toeing the rubber again.

We project Cueto for a 2-2 record, 4.50 ERA and 31 strikeouts across 40 innings the rest of this season.

Nationals' Ryan Raburn to be placed on bereavement list

Washington Nationals outfielder Ryan Raburn is set to go on the team's bereavement list tomorrow, according to MASN Sports' Mark Zuckerman.

What It Means:

Raburn is available off the bench Saturday, but is unlikely to see action after the passing of his grandfather. Chris Heisey is starting in his place tonight and could continue to do so in the next few games.

Our numbers have Raburn at 1 home run, 5 RBI and a .217 average for the remainder of the 2017 campaign.

Marlins-Reds expected to start at 8:05

Saturday's game between the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds is expected to start around 8:05pm ET.

What It Means:

The game hasn't been delayed due to rain, but has taken precautionary measures with thunderstorms in the surrounding areas. They're going to give it a go shortly after 8:00 local time.

According to Fantasy Alarm, there's just a 15% chance of rain until 10:00pm. After that, the forecast calls for chances of precipitation of 56% and 74% for 10:00 and 11:00, respectively.

Braves' Brandon Phillips (hamstring) out again Saturday

Atlanta Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips (hamstring) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Phillips tweaked his hamstring on Thursday and will now have missed two games with the injury. It is not considered serious as Phillips is optimistic he will be available to play on Sunday. Johan Camargo will make another start at second base on Saturday.

Phillips has scored 47 runs while posting a .294 batting average so far and is projected, by our models, for 31 more runs scored in 246 plate appearances the rest of the season.

Starlin Castro (hamstring) placed on the Yankees' DL

The New York Yankees have placed second baseman Starlin Castro (hamstring) on the 10-day DL, per Erik Boland of Newsday Sports.

What It Means:

Castro didn't even make it a week without returning the DL. He missed 13 games with a hamstring strain at the beginning of the month and may be sidelined longer this time. Tyler Wade was called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Ronald Torreyes is starting at second base Saturday.

Castro has slugged 12 home runs with 45 RBI while posting a .307 batting average in 337 plate appearances this season.

Danny Valencia hitting sixth on Saturday for Seattle

Seattle Mariners infielder Danny Valencia is batting from the sixth spot Saturday night against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Valencia falls four spots in tonight's lineup, as he faces off with Mashahiro Tanaka at Safeco Field.

With a price of $3,200, Valencia is projected for 6.1 FanDuel points in tonight's matchup. He's hitting .302/.361/.457 at home this season.

Clint Frazier is batting second for the Yankees

New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier has been moved up to second in the batting order on Saturday.

What It Means:

The rookie outfielder has started sixth or lower in 13 of his 14 starts this season. He will bat in the prime slot right between Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge versus the Seattle MAriners on Saturday.

Our models project Frazier for 10.6 FanDuel points while costing $2,600 versus the Mariners.

Marlins-Reds in rain delay Saturday night

The Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds are currently experiencing a rain delay Saturday night in Cincinnati.

What It Means:

Thunderstorms slowly rolled in around first pitch but should clear out until later in the evening. For now, this shouldn't affect tonight's starters.

According to Fantasy Alarm, there's just a 15% chance of rain until 10:00 PM, when the chances increase to 56%.

Astros-Orioles being delayed due to inclement weather

The start of Saturday's game between the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles has been delayed due to inclement weather.

What It Means:

It is currently raining in Baltimore with the skies expected to clear in another hour. First pitch is anticipated to take place around 8 pm.

Our models give the Astros a 57.3% chance of winning Saturday's game if it is played.

Detroit-Minnesota start time pushed back to 7:35

The start of the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins game on Saturday has been moved back to 7:35 pm.

What It Means:

The Twins are honoring their 1987 World Championship team with the ceremonies delaying the start of Saturday night's contest.

Our models give the Twins a 50.9% chance of winning the game on Saturday.

Ben Gamel batting second for Seattle

Seattle Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel is hitting up at second Saturday night against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Gamel will go from eighth to second as the Mariners look to jump on New York's Masahiro Tanaka.

Carrying a $2,900 price tag, we project Gamel for 9.6 FanDuel points this evening.

Guillermo Heredia out on Saturday for Mariners

Seattle Mariners outfielder Guillermo Heredia is not in the lineup Saturday against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

As Jarrod Dyson returns to the Seattle lineup, Heredia will head back to the bench for Saturday's home game. Dyson will hit eighth against Yankees' starter Masahiro Tanaka.

Our numbers like Heredia to add 2 home runs, 17 RBI and 17 runs over the remainder of the 2017 season.

Ronald Torreyes gets the start at second base for New York

New York Yankees infielder Ronald Torreyes is getting the start at second base on Saturday.

What It Means:

Torreyes will bat ninth as he fills in for Starlin Castro, who is getting a day off versus the Seattle Mariners.

numberFire's algorithms project Torreyes for 6.8 Fanduel points while costing $2,400 on Saturday.

Mariners' Jarrod Dyson starting in center on Saturday

Seattle Mariners outfielder Jarrod Dyson is starting Saturday as his team takes on the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

After a night off, Dyson is back in the lineup, replacing Guillermo Heredia. He bats eighth against Masahiro Tanaka and fields center on Saturday night in Seattle.

Our algorithms project Dyson, at $2,400, for 7.6 FanDuel points in tonight's matchup.

Starlin Castro is out of the Yankees' lineup Saturday

New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro is out of the lineup Saturday versus the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

It appears to be a routine day off for Castro as Ronald Torreyes fills in at second base versus lefty Ariel Miranda on Saturday.

Our models project Castro for 7 home runs, 29 RBI, and a .291 batting average, the rest of the season.

Yankees' Chase Headley is on the bench Saturday

New York Yankees first/third baseman Chase Headley is out of the lineup on Saturday.

What It Means:

Garrett Cooper will fill in at first base as Headley gets a breather on Saturday night.

For the rest of the season, our models project Headley for 30 runs scored and a .263 batting average in 234 plate appearances.

Garrett Cooper starting at first base as New York faces Seattle

New York Yankees first baseman Garrett Cooper is in the lineup, batting eighth, versus the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

What It Means:

Cooper is filling in for Chase Headley, who gets a routine day off on Saturday.

Our models project Cooper for 6.5 FanDuel points while costing $2,200 versus the Mariners.

Shane Robinson out on Saturday for Angels

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Shane Robinson is not in the team's starting lineup on Saturday against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

After two straight starts, Robinson finds himself on the L.A. bench on Saturday night. Instead, Ben Revere will play left and hit ninth against David Price.

Over the remainder of the season, Robinson is projected for just 1 double, 2 RBI and a .192 average in 29 plate appearances.

Justin Turner is out of the Dodgers' lineup Saturday

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is out of the lineup versus the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

What It Means:

It appears to be a routine day off for Turner as Logan Forsythe mans the hot corner and Chase Utley starts at second base.

For the rest of the season, our models project Turner for 8 home runs, 31 RBI, and a .308 batting average in 213 plate appearances.

Angels' Cliff Pennington hitting eighth on Saturday

Los Angeles Angels infielder Cliff Pennington is hitting in the eight hole Saturday against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Pennington hit ninth a night ago, but with a lefty on the mound Ben Revere will take over at the very bottom of the order Saturday night.

Across 42 plate appearances, Pennington has tallied a double, 2 RBI and a .304 from the eighth spot in the order this season. He's projected for 7.8 FanDuel points tonight.

Chris Taylor is on the Dodgers' bench versus Atlanta

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop/outfielder Chris Taylor is out of the lineup on Saturday.

What It Means:

Taylor is getting a rare day off as the Dodgers will start Trayce Thompson in left field versus the Atlanta Braves.

For the rest of the season, Taylor is projected for a .257 batting average and 27 runs scored in 217 plate appearances, by our models.

Dodgers' Chase Utley is leading off on Saturday

Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley is starting at second base and leading off on Saturday.

What It Means:

Utley sat out on Friday with a southpaw on the mound for the Atlanta Braves. With righty Julio Teheran pitching Utley gets the start at second, sending Logan Forsythe to third and Justin Turner to the bench.

Our models project Utley for 10.3 FanDuel points while costing just $2,300 on Saturday.

Ben Revere in for the Angels on Saturday

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Ben Revere is in the starting lineup for Saturday's home game against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

With two days off in the rearview, Revere will be back in left and hitting ninth against Red Sox' lefty David Price. That forces Shane Robinson to the bench on Saturday.

Revere is hitting just .129/.125/.129 with 0 extra-base hits versus southpaws this season. Accordingly, our models only like him to produce 6.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,800 this evening.

Joc Pederson starting in centerfield for Los Angeles

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is starting in center field and batting sixth on Saturday.

What It Means:

Pederson got the day off on Friday but is back in action Saturday, sending Enrique Hernandez back to the bench.

Our models project Pederson for 9.1 FanDuel points while costing $3,100 versus the Atlanta Braves.

Trayce Thompson is batting eighth for the Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson is starting in left field and batting eighth on Saturday night.

What It Means:

Thompson gets the spot start as the Dodgers give Chris Taylor a rare day off versus the Atlanta Braves.

Our models project Thompson for 7.0 FanDuel points while costing $2,200 on Saturday.

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