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DFS MLB Rankings: July 20
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Brad Miller (L) Headshot

Miller went 2-for-4 with an RBI fielder's choice and a double in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the Athletics.

After hitting safely in his first four games following a disabled list stint, Miller had gone 0-for-13 over the subsequent quartet of contests. However, he was able to get back on track Wednesday, vaulting his average back over the Mendoza Line to .201 in the process. While Miller's numbers remain drastically down across the board, the hope is that full health during the second half will afford him the at-bats necessary to finally hit his stride.
12:36 pm (EST)
Logan Morrison (L) Headshot

Morrison went 2-for-4 with a double and a run in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the Athletics.

The 29-year-old first baseman now has six extra-base hits in July following Wednesday's production, and his monthly line sits at an impressive .311/.436/.622. Morrison has also hit safely in four of the last five contests, notching a pair of multi-hit efforts and home runs during that stretch.
12:31 pm (EST)
Marc Rzepczynski (L) Headshot

Rzepczynski grabbed his 10th hold in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Astros, getting one out on a strikeout to close out the eighth inning.

Rzepcynski bailed Nick Vincent and the Mariners out of a dicey spot, as he came on with runners at the corners and the tying run at the plate in the form of Carlos Beltran. However, the 31-year-old southpaw needed just four pitches to dispose of the veteran slugger, notching his sixth consecutive scoreless appearance in the process. Rzepczynski doesn't offer particularly impressive strikeout upside and can struggle with location at times, but he retains some value in AL-only and deep formats that factor in holds.
12:26 pm (EST)
Rookie Davis (R) Headshot

Davis (back) was reinstated from the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Davis has been over the back injury for a while now, as he's made three starts with Double-A Pensacola in July following a pair of rehab outings with the Reds' rookie-level Arizona League team. He had been pitching for Pensacola due to the lack of space on the Triple-A roster, but the recent promotion of Sal Romano back to the big club may have opened up a rotation spot at Louisville for Davis.
12:25 pm (EST)
Edmundo Sosa (R) Headshot

Sosa (wrist) had hamate bone surgery in June and has begun rehabbing, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reports.

The average return time for an injury like Sosa's is four to six weeks, but it is unclear how well the shortstop is following that timetable as the Cubs haven't announced a formal return date. Sosa has spent most of his time this season with High-A Palm Beach but appeared in one game with Double-A Springfield before suffering the injury.
12:24 pm (EST)
Yangervis Solarte (B) Headshot

Solarte (oblique) could be cleared Thursday to take batting practice from both sides of the plate, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The oblique issue that has sidelined Solarte for the past month apparently isn't as problematic when he swings the bat, but the injury continues to hamper him in the field. Until Solarte is able to perform full baseball activities for a few days in a row, a rehab assignment shouldn't be considered forthcoming. Solarte's extended absence has allowed rookie Carlos Asuaje to see regular starts at second base.
12:19 pm (EST)
Guillermo Heredia (R) Headshot

Heredia went 1-for-3 with a double and a run in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Astros.

The Cuban outfielder has been quiet as of late, as even with Wednesday's production, his monthly line sits at an unsightly .154/.267/.192. However, Heredia has hit safely in three of his last four games and is one of the most reliable contact hitters on the Mariners, with his 32 strikeouts over 248 plate appearances (12.9 percent strikeout rate) ranking as the fewest on the team for any player who's logged more than 96 plate appearances.
12:17 pm (EST)
Manuel Margot (R) Headshot

Margot is expected to be placed on the paternity list prior to Thursday's game against the Giants, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

In anticipation of Margot's absence for the first three games of the Padres' four-game set in San Francisco, the Padres recalled Franchy Cordero from Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday. Cordero is expected to see most of the time in center field while Margot is away, but the rookie should reclaim his everyday role once he's activated. Since coming off the 10-day disabled list in late June following a more than month-long absence due to a calf injury, Margot is slashing .257/.307/.343 with seven runs, four RBI and five steals in 17 games.
12:14 pm (EST)
Ben Gamel (L) Headshot

Gamel went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Astros.

The fourth-inning long ball enabled the Mariners to overcome an early 1-0 deficit and was the rookie's first since June 23. Gamel is carrying a six-game hitting streak, although he's only logged a pair of extra-base hits in July thus far.
12:12 pm (EST)
David Phelps (R) Headshot

Phelps was traded to the Mariners on Thursday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

Phelps has been one of the most consistent and durable relievers over the past couple years, posting a 2.28 ERA over 86.2 innings of work during the 2016 season. This year, Phelps settled down after a rough start to the season, and has accumulated an ERA of 2.45 with a 1.24 WHIP since the beginning of May, while pitching in the eighth-inning role out of the bullpen. He should immediately slide in as one of the top arms coming out of Seattle's bullpen, and should see opportunities as a setup man in front of closer Edwin Diaz. Moving forward, the Mariners could elect to use Phelps out of that same role, or bring him into the game in the seventh inning. He may even be used in various high-leverage situations depending on the game and the availability of fellow reliever Steve Cishek. In return, the Marlins received center fielder Brayan Hernandez, as well as pitching prospects Brandon Miller, Pablo Lopez and Lukas Schiraldi.
11:50 am (EST)
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