2017 Fantasy Football Wide Receivers: Will the Eagles Soar? Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Football Wide Receivers: Will the Eagles Soar?
Nate Miller
Wilson Ramos (R) Headshot

Ramos (head) will start at catcher and bat seventh Wednesday against the Orioles, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Ramos took an inadvertent bat to the head while he was catching in Monday's series opener, resulting in him requiring six staples to seal a gash. Manager Kevin Cash ended up holding the backstop out Tuesday, but Ramos' return to the lineup a day later suggests the absence was merely for precautionary purposes. With Ramos passing all concussion tests, it's expected that he'll take on his usual workload moving forward, which should translate to about four or five starts per week.
10:31 am (EST)
Dee Gordon (L) Headshot

Gordon went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

He's been getting the job done setting the table for the Marlins' trio of slugging outfielders, and Gordon is now slashing .316/.333/.342 over his last nine games with seven runs and four steals. Tuesday's steal also moved him past the injured Trea Turner (wrist) into second place in the majors with 36 stolen bases on the year.
10:31 am (EST)
Curtis Granderson (L) Headshot

Granderson went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

The outing snapped an 0-for-19 skid for Granderson that extended back to before the All-Star break. The 36-year-old has been reduced to a fourth outfielder role with the Mets, but with Yoenis Cespedes (leg) having trouble staying healthy, Granderson should still see enough playing time to have marginal value in deeper fantasy formats.
10:25 am (EST)
Matt Joyce (L) Headshot

Joyce went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

Joyce joined Khris Davis as the only two Oakland players with multiple hits on the night when Blue Jays starter Cesar Valdez and three relievers stymied their offense. The productive night snapped the outfielder out a brief three-game slump during which he'd gone 1-for-12 with four strikeouts. While his .225 average and .328 OBP still leave a lot to be desired, Joyce has already matched his 13 home runs from last season, and with 17 doubles through 90 games, he remains on pace to post his best total in that category since 2011.
10:25 am (EST)
Welington Castillo (R) Headshot

Castillo is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's tilt with the Rays, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Wednesday will mark the eighth game this month in which Castillo is passed over in favor of Caleb Joseph, an interesting sign as he heads into the second half of the season. Although the 30-year-old backstop is batting a respectable .277 over his last 47 at-bats, he may continue to see more a platoon-type situation behind the plate going forward.
10:22 am (EST)
Yoenis Céspedes (R) Headshot

Cespedes was removed from Tuesday's game in the seventh inning due to leg fatigue, MLB.com reports.

He finished the game a double short of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Cespedes should be back in the lineup in short order, but the Mets have little reason to push the slugger given their place in the standings, so don't be surprised if he gets a day off Wednesday.
10:22 am (EST)
Khris Davis (R) Headshot

Davis went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and another two-bagger in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

Davis' fourth-inning hit brought home the only run of the night for the Athletics and pushed his monthly RBI total to 15. While he continues to strike out at a career-high clip (32.0 percent), the slugging outfielder now has 69 RBI in 98 games, leaving him just 34 RBI short of eclipsing the career-best 102 he compiled last season across 150 contests.
10:19 am (EST)
Dilson Herrera (R) Headshot

Herrera underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to remove bone chips from his right shoulder, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

The Reds' main prize in their trade last summer that sent Jay Bruce to the Mets, Herrera was believed to be nearly major-league ready at the time of his acquisition, but it's one year later and he has yet to make his Cincinnati debut. The shoulder issue, which had plagued Herrera in spring training before he aggravated it earlier this month while playing with Triple-A Louisville, ensures that he won't surface in the big leagues until 2018. The rebuilding Reds were hopeful that Herrera and Jose Peraza would make for a formidable double-play tandem for years to come, but with health concerns plaguing the former and the latter struggling to make an impact with the bat, the organization could be forced to alter its long-term plans in the middle infield. Herrera finishes the 2017 campaign with a .264/.312/.397 batting line across 264 plate appearances with Louisville.
10:17 am (EST)
Austin Pruitt (R) Headshot

Pruitt could be a candidate to make a spot start Friday against the Yankees in place of the injured Jake Odorizzi (back), Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.

Perhaps in anticipation of Odorizzi's surprise placement on the disabled list Wednesday, the Rays scratched Pruitt from his scheduled start with Triple-A Durham a night earlier. While Pruitt lacks the upside of the Rays' top pitching prospect, Brent Honeywell -- who could be a candidate to join the rotation himself if Odorizzi's injury proves to be a long-term concern -- the 27-year-old has been no slouch at Durham this season, accruing a 2.55 ERA and 0.79 WHIP while submitting a 33:2 K:BB over 24.2 innings. However, Pruitt has struggled to carry over that success in his 18 appearances (one start) with Tampa Bay, delivering a 6.25 ERA in 31.2 innings, so he'll probably need to find some success at the big-league level before generating much intrigue in the fantasy realm.
10:00 am (EST)
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