Seager has missed five straight games while dealing with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, but he appears to be on the verge of a return. The 23-year-old said he was able to run and swing a bat as close to 100 percent as possible before Wednesday's game, according to J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News, so look for him to be back in the starting lineup Thursday or Friday.
Freeman said he felt good after, giving him confidence that he'll be able to return for next Thursday's series opener against the Nationals. "Obviously that was what I wanted to do and now I think it's going to happen," the corner infielder said when asked about him coming off the DL next week. He'll still wait to see how he does during his rehab assignment before returning to action, but barring any setbacks, it seems like Freeman could be back with the Braves when they head to Washington on July 6.
This is good news for Melancon, who says he is simply dealing with inflammation that won't require surgery. He's hoping the injection will help speed up his recovery, though the Giants won't look to rush him back; this is the second time the veteran reliever has landed on the disabled list this season with a right pronator strain, and he admitted it may have been a result of him trying to return too soon from his initial injury. "I really wanted to get back out there, and that probably wasn't the smartest decision," the 34-year-old said. Sam Dyson will serve as the Giants' closer while Melancon remains sidelined.
Kelly got the Phillies on the board with a two-run homer off Felix Hernandez in the third inning. The long ball was his first of the season, and just the second of his career. Kelly will continue to be a light-hitting utility man that gets sporadic playing time, so don't expect too many days like this.
Neris has been anything but a sure thing since he claimed the closer role, but Wednesday was his third straight perfect outing, lowering his ERA to 3.41. He's now converted seven of 10 save opportunities.
The Astros are still weighing whether Morton will need to make another rehab start after he tossed four innings for Triple-A Fresno in his latest rehab appearance. If he isn't ready to return to the rotation for Sunday's series finale against the Yankees, he'd likely make his last rehab start for Double-A Corpus Christi while Mike Fiers toes the rubber for the big club. The Astros will likely wait until after his next bullpen session, which is scheduled for Thursday or Friday, before making a decision regarding his next move. Should Morton require another rehab start, he'd likely return to the Astros' rotation during the July 6-9 series against the Blue Jays.
Leiter made his second start of the season Wednesday and got hit a lot harder this time around. Three of the nine hits he allowed over five innings were home runs. Leiter's one saving grace was that he didn't allow any walks, keeping the Phillies in the game and allowing them a chance to come back. This was likely his last start for the foreseeable future, as Jerad Eickhoff (back) is expected to reclaim his spot in the rotation on Tuesday. Leiter offers little fantasy value once he returns to the bullpen.
Knapp completed the comeback for the Phillies, collecting the go-ahead RBI single off Mariners closer Edwin Diaz in the top of the ninth inning. The Philadelphia backup catcher doesn't offer much to get excited about fantasy-wise going forward, but it was certainly an exciting day for him on Wednesday.
After working a full count, Joseph turned on a 98-mph fastball from Mariners closer Edwin Diaz, clubbing a game-tying home run over the left field fence. The Phillies eventually won on an Andrew Knapp RBI single later in the inning. Joseph offers good power numbers - he has 13 home runs and 12 doubles - but he's lacking in the other categories. He has just 38 RBI and is hitting .250 for the season. Until he improves on his 25 percent K rate, Joseph will be a single-category fantasy asset, especially at first base.
Valencia went deep for the eighth time this season in the fourth inning off Mark Leiter, Jr, pulling the Mariners even in the process. Valencia is on a mini hot streak right now, collecting nine hits in his last four games. He looks well on his way to challenging his career-high of 18 home runs this season, assuming he continues to get regular at-bats.
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