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Noah Syndergaard Headshot

Syndergaard's previously reported "tired arm" has been identified as biceps tendinitis, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

At least there's a specific designation tied to it, but Syndergaard may be in line for a longer absence than his fantasy owners want. He's missing his Thursday start, and we'll have more on this in the near future.
10:39 am (EST)
Archie Bradley Headshot

Bradley allowed one run on two hits and no walks over three innings of relief in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Padres. He struck out five batters.

In light of Bradley's early-season success as a multi-inning reliever, the Diamondbacks chose to bypass him for an appointment to the rotation in place of the injured Shelby Miller (elbow). Instead, Zack Godley was called up from Triple-A to start Wednesday, but Bradley still came on to piggyback him and was once again dominant, aside from allowing a solo homer to Hunter Renfroe. Bradley now owns a sparkling 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 17:3 K:BB ratio over 14.1 innings on the season. Though he doesn't project to provide many saves or wins in his current role, Bradley is capable of delivering sterling ratios and should approach 100 innings this season if health prevails. He may be worth a look in deeper mixed leagues where he's available.
10:37 am (EST)
Noah Syndergaard Headshot

Syndergaard has a "tired arm", according to manager Terry Collins, and is scratched from his Thursday start, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

Matt Harvey will start in Thor's place against the Braves. Stay tuned for more on Syndergaard's ailment, though he hasn't shown he's been affected much by anything lately, with a 1.73 ERA, a 10.4 K/9 and zero walks in his first four starts. Perhaps the Mets' rain-affected week and subsequent rotation shuffling figures into this development.
10:35 am (EST)
Anthony Recker Headshot

Recker was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.

The backstop didn't see much playing time as the third option on the depth chart. Recker will camp out at Triple-A until he's needed again.
10:30 am (EST)
Jason Motte Headshot

The Braves selected Motte's contract from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.

Catcher Anthony Recker was optioned to take his place at Gwinnett. Motte is likely to take a spot as a middle-innings reliever, but considering the club's 4.94 bullpen ERA in their first 19 games, perhaps he can move into higher-leverage appearances in front of closer Jim Johnson. He's a long shot to earn save chances in the long run, but keep an eye on his performance, because it's not impossible.
10:29 am (EST)
Zack Godley Headshot

Godley surrendered two earned runs on four hits and three walks over five innings in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Padres. He struck out six.

Called up from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day due to Shelby Miller's forearm injury, Godley was impressive, notching 12 swinging strikes overall and firing 52 of 87 pitches for strikes. The right-hander did endure a couple of hiccups, with an RBI double surrendered to opposing starter Trevor Cahill in the fourth his more notable gaffe. Godley struggled over nine starts with Arizona last season but got off to a strong start at Reno this season, posting a 1-1 record, 2.55 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and .193 BAA over his first three trips to the mound.
10:26 am (EST)
Taylor Motter Headshot

Motter is batting second and playing first base Thursday, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports.

The rising 27-year-old had mostly batted fifth or sixth in his outings this year and had played third base the past two games while Kyle Seager (hip) was resting. Motter had two previous appearances at first base this year, and if Seattle keeps moving him around the diamond, he could boast exciting positional eligibility the rest of what could be a breakout season.
10:24 am (EST)
Kyle Seager Headshot

Seager is back in the Mariners' lineup Thursday, batting fifth and playing third base, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports.

Seager was available as a pinch hitter the past two days after being scratched Sunday with a sore hip. His fantasy owners should gladly throw him back into their lineups if they can, though Detroit's Justin Verlander presents a tough challenge.
10:21 am (EST)
Fernando Rodney Headshot

Rodney recorded just two outs and surrendered five earned runs on six hits while to take his first loss and blown save of the season in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Padres.

Rodney had previously converted each of his first six save chances of the season, but frequently walked the tightrope in those outings, as evidenced by his 6.48 ERA and 1.56 WHIP heading into Wednesday. The other shoe finally dropped for Rodney, who couldn't protect a 5-3 lead entering the ninth inning. After retiring Austin Hedges on a groundout to open the frame, Rodney allowed two hitters to reach on singles before serving up a 439-foot three-run blast to Ryan Schimpf. Manager Torey Lovullo still intended to let Rodney finish the inning, but the 40-year-old couldn't even manage to do that, as he gave up another pair of singles and then allowed a two-run double before mercifully getting the hook. Despite his ERA now sitting at a bloated 11.00 for the season, Rodney's extensive experience in the ninth inning should afford him an opportunity to right the ship, but if he's unable to do so in his subsequent appearances, J.J. Hoover would seemingly be first in line to take over the closing duties.
10:20 am (EST)
Aaron Altherr Headshot

Altherr is not in the Phillies' lineup Thursday against the Marlins, Ryan Lawrence of The Philly Voice reports.

The outfielder is hitting .364/.417/.667 over his first 12 games of the year but will take a seat Thursday. Altherr probably will be back in action Friday after the day-game respite.
10:16 am (EST)
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