Fantasy Player Updates & News

Despite giving up one run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the ninth inning, Neil Ramirez notched his second save of the season as the Cubs beat the Phillies 2-1 on Friday.

Ramirez, who was given the save opportunity for the second time in a row, didn't look good in this appearance as he almost let the Phillies get the better of him in the end. How much of an impact that will have on the team's decision to keep giving him save chances is up in the air, but it seems to be very telling that Hector Rondon, who hasn't pitched since his June 6 meltdown wasn't afforded the opportunity. Manager Rick Renteria hasn't said anything about a closer-by-committee situation yet, but his actions certainly indicate that there is a change here. Perhaps there's more to Rondon's situation than just a meltdown so look for a team update soon enough. In the meantime, Ramirez should probably be owned if you're one of the unlucky who is chasing saves this year.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Brandon Beachy (elbow) will throw another simulated game on Wednesday.

Beachy is progressing well, but is still not expected to be ready before the All-Star break. Eyes will be closely paying attention to this simulated start however, as it will tell the Dodgers where to go with his rehab process Analysis: Dom Murtha

Al Horford will not face additional discipline for Flagrant Foul 2 in Game 3.

Figures, as the call seemed to be a bit of an overreaction in the first place anyway. Having said that, it doesn't appear that the Hawks have much of a chance to beat the Cavs four straight games, so all of this might be for naught. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Rays placed 1B James Loney on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured middle finger.

The Rays figure to play the hot hand at first going forward, and playing the best matchup, but for now it appears that Logan Forsythe is going to fill in for Loney, as he recovers over the next month or so. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jeurys Familia pitched one inning with two strikeouts to record his 14th save of the year.

Continuing to assert himself as a top closer this year, Jeurys Familia worked around an error by his catcher to notch his 14th save in 2015. With two more strikeouts his strikeout to walk total improves to 26:4 for the season and his ERA is now 1.69 with a FIP of 2.49. Using his league best slider (with at least 75 pitches thrown) whiff percentage of 32, Familia is a waiver wire find for the fortuitous owners who grabbed him early.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Wilmer Flores was 1-for-4 hitting his seventh home run and drove in three.

Rating Wilmer Flores as a defensive shortstop is open to debate but his offensive upside has been flashing of late and his three run home run was the difference for the Mets win on Monday. Flores now has seven home runs on the season and has driven in 19 runs with a .252 average. For those scoring at home, that is five more home runs than Troy Tulowitzki and one more RBI this year. Flores is not perfect, but he has been a productive middle infielder for fantasy purposes. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Michael Cuddyer was 1-for-2 scoring two runs, hit a home run, with an RBI and walked twice.

With the Mets desperate for offense, free agent acquisition Michael Cuddyer needs to step up. Monday was a start as Cuddyer hit his fourth home run, scored two runs and was on base three times with two walks as well. For the season, Cuddyer is slashing .250/.320/.372 this year but it pales in comparison to his career marks of .278/.346/.463. His BABIP is in line with his career number and his hard contact percentage is the same as it was in 2014 so either this is who Cuddyer is or he is due for a positive stretch of games. Time will tell. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Lucas Duda was 1-for-3 with a home run, an RBI and was hit by a pitch.

Under rated Lucas Duda seems to have his power stick breaking out again hitting his third home run the last four games. For the season Duda has six home runs and 20 RBI. His power is very much needed by the Mets who were averaging only 1.83 runs in their last six games prior to the game on Monday against Philadelphia.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Bartolo Colon pitched seven innings allowing six hits, three earned runs, two walks with six strikeouts for his seventh win.

Bartolo Colon entered game action on Monday with a two game losing streak in which batters hit .383 against him and his ERA in those two games was 12.54. After allowing the Phillies to tie the game at three, Colon was bailed out by a Wilmer Flores three run home run which propelled Colon to his seventh win in 2015. While it is a win, fantasy owners need to be wary of Colon going forward. In his first six starts Colon was 5-1 with a 34:1 K:BB ratio and a 2.90 ERA but in his last four starts he is 2-2 with a 18:4 K:BB but an 8.45 ERA.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Chase Utley was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk on Monday.

After hitting rock bottom, Chase Utley has been slowly raising his batting average in 2015 and had two more hits on Monday against the Mets. His two hits represent the fourth time in his last five starts that Utley has recorded a multiple hit game and his average is now at .183 for the season. For his career Utley is a .283 hitter with a .301 BABIP but this year his BABIP is only .197 so while he will not get to his career marks, his gains should continue.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Severino Gonzalez lasted 4 ? innings on Monday allowing six hits, three earned runs while striking out eight versus the Mets.

Severino Gonzalez came into the matchup with the Mets on Monday winning two of his last three outings including a win at Coors Field. But he was only able to last 4 ? innings on Monday but did strike out eight batters in the no decision. But his ERA is now at 6.88 for the season and although there is some strikeout upside, Gonzalez is a deep league stream option at best.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Update: Jon Jay (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment with Class-A Peoria on Tuesday.

Jay, who has been out since May 10, is returning from tendonitis in his surgically-repaired left wrist. He is eligible to be activated from the DL on Tuesday but since the Cards are getting good production from Bourjos and Grichuk, they would like Jay to get his timing back down on the farm before rejoining the St Louis outfield. The starting Centerfielder was off to a slow start before the injury sporting a .248 AVG with only six runs and 11 RBI in 101 AB this season. Look for Jay to return this weekend at home versus the Dodgers. Analysis: Matt Selz

Jose Bautista says there is inflammation around the joint but no structural damage. He needs to get the swelling down.

A cortisone injection should help with the pain and resting the shoulder while not playing should help the swelling to subside. He had previously been taking pain medication to help deal with the pain from the joint, however the medication was no longer helping. Analysis: Matt Selz

Bears have released DL Ray McDonald.

As reported earlier Ray McDonald was arrested on Domestic Violance charges again, the third time in 9 months. The Bears wasted no time cutting ties with the newly acquired defensive end. One teammate of McDonald's on the Bears was happy with the release tweeting out "Good Riddance" @Ky1eLong. Analysis: Matt Selz

Dylan Bundy will not make his next start Tuesday due to a sore shoulder.

Orioles right handed pitcher Dylan Bundy has a sore shoulder. As of right now the O's do not know the severity of the ailment or if an MRI will be necessary. He has pitched well so far this season for Double-A Bowie owing a 3.68 ERA with a 25/5 K:BB ratio in 22 innings. Analysis: Matt Selz


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