Clemens allowed a brutal 7.50 ERA and 1.83 WHIP over his 12 innings of spring work for the Padres. Considering Clemens had been pitching at or near replacement level for much of his career (4.89 ERA, 1.49 WHIP over 66 career MLB games), his lackluster spring performance left the Padres with little reason to believe he could contribute in 2017.
Santiago, who was pulled from his rehab assignment earlier in the week, is aiming to resume throwing in 3-to-5 days, though that will likely depend on how he responds to treatment. An updated timetable for his return should come into focus once he is able to get back into his throwing program.
The run came during a wild fourth-inning performance in which Myers hit an RBI single, then proceeded to steal second base, third base and home off the Nick Pivetta/Cameron Rupp battery, becoming the first big-league player to score a run in that fashion since Dee Gordon in 2011 -- and likely contributing to Pivetta's demotion by Philadelphia immediately following the game. Myers would need a massive finish to the season to come close to matching his 2016 production, but his 24 homers and 14 steals in 115 games have still allowed him to supply solid fantasy value.
It hasn't taken long for Walker to get comfortable in Milwaukee -- he went 3-for-7 in his first two games with the Brewers before homering Wednesday. The 31-year-old was batting out of the two hole after batting fourth and sixth on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively.
Two of the three hits were doubles, but the Phillies failed to even get a runner to third base, much less bring one home. The shutout was the third of Richard's career and came almost five years to the day since his last one, but the veteran lefty's 4.84 ERA offers a better glimpse at how he's pitched this season. He'll next take the mound Tuesday on the road against the Cardinals.
He put the Brewers ahead for good with his ninth long ball of the season. The 30-year-old's momentum from an outstanding spring has carried over through the first four-plus months of the regular-season campaign, resulting in an improbable .290/.333/.457 line for the former journeyman. Pina should continue to see steady playing time even after Stephen Vogt (knee) returns.
Despite riding a modest four-game hit streak, Smith will head to the bench for a breather after starting three of the past four games at backstop. In his place, Omar Narvaez will set up behind the dish, batting seventh.
Engel is just 1-for-9 with four strikeouts over his last three contests, so he'll get the day off after starting seven straight games in center field. Leury Garcia will take over for him in center field, opening up a spot for Nicky Delmonico to pick up a start in left field.
This is a pretty shocking turn of events, but with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes each late scratches with sore ribs, the Mets were put in a tough spot. D'Arnaud doesn't even hit enough (75 wRC+) to be a solid offensive option at catcher, so at third base he carries almost no value with his bat or glove, so this doesn't really change things from a fantasy perspective.
The 27-year-old has now hit safely in nine straight games, and he's homered in two of his last three. Shaw missed a start over the weekend with a foot injury, and it's possible he will require additional maintenance in the near future, but it doesn't seem like the issue will limit him in any significant way moving forward.
After throwing four consecutive days, Price was held back from throwing Wednesday. "Yesterday when he threw, I don't know that he felt as free as he did the three consecutive days in New York," manager John Farrell said on Wednesday. He's expected to go through treatment and hopefully resume throwing Thursday, though that will depend on how he feels. Price was shut down multiple times while trying to recover from the same issue earlier in the season, so the Red Sox are likely trying not to push him the second time around.
It may not have been a great start in terms of efficiency or run prevention, but the 11 strikeouts marked a career best, so this move may come as a surprise. However, the Phillies are expected to recall Pivetta as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader against the Marlins, so he will not miss a turn in the rotation as a result of the demotion,
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