Nothing like a half-day trip to the big leagues. Johnson was recalled earlier on Thursday for the spot start against the Red Sox in which he got roughed up, giving up four earned over five frames. It wasn't just that he gave up the runs, he was also hit hard giving up two homers and a few extra base hits to go along with the round-trippers. He was filling the spot in the rotation vacated by John Danks when he was DFA'd earlier in the week, but after Thursday's performance he may not be up again for a little while as there are better options in the White Sox system.
This injury is going on two months old now and he is inching ever closer to a rehab assignment, he just needs to get through the bullpen session on Friday first. Once healthy he should be an option for the Rockies fifth starter spot in the rotation but he will need several rehab starts to build up the arm strength first. The 26-year-old southpaw could be a flier pickup in about a month in NL-only formats.
Castro has been out for a few weeks with the shoulder strain and is actually eligible to come off the DL but he isn't fully healthy just yet. Now that his last couple of bullpen sessions have gone well, he should start a rehab assignment soon. Prior to the injury he was one of the top pen options for the Rockies in the early going.
With a 1-for-4 night at the dish yet again, Yellich continues to see his average dip. In any event, it’s tough to get mad at a player batting .330, especially on a night where his one hit was a big fly. While he likely won’t maintain this high of an average, Yellich appears to be on a good pace to have himself a fine season in 2016.
Conley had a nice game going for him, as he shutout the D-Backs over 5.1 innings, and struck out six in the process, however after just 88 pitches, manager Don Mattingly felt it necessary to pull him from the game. Fantasy owners should feel slightly robbed here, but in any event, it’s tough to complain with 5.1 shutout innings with six K’s. With his season ERA of 3.06, Conley appears to be a pitcher that fantasy owners can trust going forward.
Ray’s 5.2 innings pitched of two run baseball was solid in the fantasy realm on Thursday night, but it wasn’t good enough to get the D-Backs a win. Having said that, anything short of a complete game shutout wouldn’t have been good enough, as his offense was blanked by the Marlins Adam Conley/bullpen combo. His season ERA sits at an unimpressive 4.70, so this should be considered a nice step in the right direction, especially over his last two starts where he failed to make it past four innings and allowed over five runs each time.
De La Rosa is recovering from a strained going and is very close to beginning a rehab assignment. Even though De La Rosa is dealing with an injury, it has very little to do with his downright awful 10.18 ERA and 2.07 WHIP. The Rockies are hoping that De La Rosa can get back on track, but don't count on it. He shouldn't be on fantasy rosters at this point.
We know the story with Carter, as he’s got crazy power and strings together dingers in bunches. His already 10 round trippers on the season should be a surprise to no one, however when his average is hovering around the Mendoza Line by Memorial Day, no one should be surprised then either. He’s feast or famine, and right now he’s eating like Joey Chestnut in Coney Island on the Fourth of July. Just be prepared to take the good with the bad in due time.
As of right now, it appears that the center field job is an open tryout for the Brewers, so with Presley hitting over .320, he’s currently the frontrunner for the gig. If he can keep it up, fantasy owners should take notice, as he will be one of the few players out on the waiver wire hitting up in an order with regular at-bats.
Make it three straight games with a home run for Duvall, as he went deep on Thursday night against the Brewers. He also now has four hits in his last 10 at-bats, raising his average nearly 20 percentage points in the process. With no proven track record, fantasy owners should err on the side of illusion here, rather than believing that Duvall has suddenly developed into the modern Mark McGwire. Having said all of this, it wouldn’t be the dumbest idea to take a flier on Duvall over the next couple of games in DFS formats, as he rides out this hot streak with a still low daily valuation.