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DFS MLB Hitting Coach: August 17
Jon Impemba
Aroldis Chapman (L) Headshot

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Chapman (hamstring) came through Thursday's bullpen session with no issues, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

This is an encouraging development, as it appears Chapman may be able to avoid a DL stint. He'll get Thursday night off, and the Yankees will see how he feels Friday before making a decision regarding his status. He'll immediately resume his role as the closer whenever he returns to action, but in the meantime, Dellin Betances and David Robertson will cover the ninth inning.
5:19 pm (EST)
Kyle Gibson (R) Headshot

Gibson (6-10) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out three batters through four innings during Thursday's loss to Cleveland.

Gibson allowed 20 runs through 27.1 innings over his past five starts for a 6.59 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. The underwhelming stretch continued Thursday against Cleveland, as the 29-year-old righty continues to show little fantasy promise. Outside of streaming Gibson against weak opponents, it's difficult to find incentive to utilize Gibson in the majority of fantasy settings. He lines up to face the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in his next start.
5:17 pm (EST)
Yan Gomes (R) Headshot

Gomes went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run, four RBI and two runs scored during Thursday's win over Minnesota.

This was just the eighth homer of the season for Gomes, and the backstop's .226/.319/.374 slash line isn't moving the fantasy needle, either. Gomes is also splitting time behind the plate, so he's probably best left to the deepest fantasy settings at this stage of game.
5:14 pm (EST)
K.J. McDaniels Headshot

McDaniels has agreed to terms with the Raptors on a one-year, partially guaranteed contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

McDaniels was somewhat of a forgotten commodity this summer as many teams' free agency dollars dried up, but he'll head to Toronto on what's in all likelihood a minimum deal. The former Clemson standout spent time with both Houston and Brooklyn lats season, appearing in 49 total games and averaging 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds. The 24-year-old has shown flashes of promise as an athletic defender, but he struggles as a shooter and may face an uphill battle toward having his contract fully guaranteed by the Raptors.
5:14 pm (EST)
Carlos Carrasco (R) Headshot

Carrasco (12-5) allowed a single run on five hits and a walk while striking out nine batters through five innings during Thursday's win over the Twins.

After struggling in consecutive outings (10 runs allowed through 7.1 innings), Carrasco bounced back in his last start with eight-shutout frames and 10 strikeouts against the Rays. It was more of the same Thursday, and don't let the short outing fool, either. Carrasco pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning without allowing a run, so his pitch count skyrocketed in a hurry. While the ups and downs are discouraging, it's difficult to fade Carrasco in any fantasy setting considering his upside in any given start. He takes a 3.76 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.1 K/9 into his next start against the Red Sox at Progressive Field.
5:12 pm (EST)
Mike Fiers (R) Headshot

Fiers (7-8) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven batters during Thursday's loss to Arizona.

Fiers has now allowed 23 runs through 25.2 innings over his past five starts to balloon his ratios up to a 4.32 ERA and 1.34 WHIP for the campaign. Fiers still owns an 8.8 K/9 and pitching for a contender should help him remain relevant in the wins column down the stretch. However, considering his current form, he's definitely difficult to rely on start in, start out in the majority of fantasy settings. Fiers lines up to face the Nationals at Minute Maid Park in his next start.
5:10 pm (EST)
Robinson Chirinos (R) Headshot

Chirinos is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the White Sox.

Despite reaching base four times in Wednesday's win, Chirinos will head to the bench for a breather after starting four straight games behind the dish. Brett Nicholas will takeover for him at backstop, batting ninth.
5:08 pm (EST)
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