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Reynaldo Lopez Headshot

Reynaldo Lopez went four innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits while striking out four and walking five, in the Nationals 5-3 loss to the Giants Saturday.

Saturday’s start was the second of the youngster’s career, and the numbers from his debut are a bit misleading. While he only lasted 4.2 innings and gave up six runs, he did strike out nine and walk just one batter. According to manager Dusty Baker, Lopez left too many fastballs for “fat strikes”. The 22- year-old has huge upside and is ranked currently as the fourth best prospect in the Nationals’ system according to MLB.com. He will need to pitch deeper into games, as Saturday’s start only lasted four innings and required 92 pitches.
8 minutes ago
Colin Rea Headshot

Collin Rea has left Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury.

The freshly caught fish had been really dealing against the Cardinals, giving up only one hit in three and one-thirds innings with no walks and four strikeouts, needing only 44 pitches to get to that point. He had been far less exciting over the course of the rest of the season, coming into the game with a 4.98 ERA and paltry 7.2% K-BB%. We'll update his status as soon as more information is known about his injury.
17 minutes ago
Wade Davis Headshot

Wade Davis is flying back to Kansas City to have an MRI on his elbow.

Oh boy. Only a few weeks after Davis returned from the DL with a forearm strain, it sounds like he might be headed back to the dreaded disabled list. There have been suggestions that he's been pitching through an injury most of the season as his numbers have taken a dive; he's dropped from a 10.43 K/9 to an 8.55 rate this year while his walks have spiked from 2.67 BB/9 to 4.01 this season. He's still managed an elite 1.60 ERA in 33.2 innings despite the lowered K:BB ratio as well as a slight velocity drop of a mile per hour from last year. Kelvin Herrera makes for an elite closer option if Davis is put on the shelf again, with an outside (and less exciting) chance that Ned Yost keeps Herrera in the 8th inning and puts Joakim Soria in the closer role.
26 minutes ago
Brandon Crawford Headshot

Brandon Crawford and Denard Span are both questionable for Sunday's game.

Crawford is currently day-to-day with a bruised hand and Span is also day-to-day with a bruised quad. Newly minted Giant Eduardo Nunez took Crawford's place in Saturday's game and is worthy of DFS consideration if he's in the lineup again on Sunday. Gregor Blanco, who took Span's place and hit eighth in Saturday's contest, carries considerably less intrigue with the potential absence of Span.
32 minutes ago
Thon Maker Headshot

Bucks have officially signed draft picks Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon.

Maker's contract will reportedly be a four-year deal, while Brogdon will stick around on a three-year deal. Maker was the 10th pick in the NBA draft this year, and will look to work his way into decent playing time throughout the season, but won't crack the starting lineup immediately.
42 minutes ago
Adrian Peterson Headshot

Adrian Peterson (hamstring) was limited at practice on Saturday.

Peterson is a veteran who you won't see much work from in the preseason. The Vikings know he'll be ready to roll once the season starts, so they'll largely limit his workload until then. He carried the ball 327 times for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, tacking on 30 receptions for 222 yards. It's justifiable to take him as high as the first overall pick in standard leagues this season as one of the few true workhorse backs remaining in the NFL.
1 hour ago
Carlos Rodon Headshot

Carlos Rodon (wrist) will start Sunday's game against the Twins.

Rodon hasn't pitched since July 5th with a strain in his pitching wrist. He hasn't had the breakout season that some were expecting from the 23-year old lefty, with an ugly 4.50 ERA. He had been striking out nearly a batter per inning and also improving his control from a season ago, dropping his walk rate from 4.59 BB/9 to a much more reasonable 3.13 BB/9. He became home-prone though, giving up 15 homers already this season across 16 starts. The Twins are sneakily effective against left-handed pitching, sitting at 11th in baseball in OPS against southpaws at .765, which puts a wet blanket on what may look on the surface like a gravy matchup.
1 hour ago
Zack Greinke Headshot

Zack Greinke (oblique) will need to make one more rehab start before returning from the 15-day disabled list.

Greinke continues to work his way back from a left oblique strain, and hasn't pitched since June 28th. He had a slow start to the season before rounding more into typical Greinke form, and has a 3.62 ERA with a 7.49 K/9 while sporting his typical outstanding control. Despite the mediocre numbers he did manage to go 10-3 in his 17 starts, and even though the Diamondbacks have been a massive disappointment this year, he's got a shot at a win any time he takes the mound.
1 hour ago
Matthew Kemp Headshot

Braves have acquired Matt Kemp from the Padres for Hector Olivera.

Olivera will head to San Diego where he will play for his third team in two years since signing a 6-year, 62.5 million dollar contract with the Dodgers last season. He's been regarded as an all-around bust to this point, posting a .245/.296/.387 line in only 30 games at the MLB level and is currently suspended 82 games for misdemeanor assault and battery. Kemp will be an immediate starter for the Braves, who will now trot out Kemp, Ender Inciarte, and Nick Markakis as their starting outfield trio. The Padres are reportedly paying for a portion of Kemp's contract, although the full financial details have yet to be released. Kemp is having a solid year, hitting .262/.285/.489 with 23 home runs for the Padres, and has been an effective fantasy option despite a total collapse in his walk rate, which has fallen to 3.7% from his career rate of 7.5%.
1 hour ago
C.J. Cron Headshot

C.J. Cron (hand) could start swinging by Tuesday and return in two weeks.

Cron had hand surgery on July 12th to repair his hand after being struck by a pitch. He was really coming on before the injury, posting an .831 OPS and June and a 1.284 OPS in his 33 July at bats before succumbing to the injury. He'll have some rust to knock off upon his return, so his owners will want to keep their expectations in check.
1 hour ago
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