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George is listed as day-to-day after suffering a calf strain and was removed from the game more for precaution due to the lead Team USA had over China. George scored six points in under 10 minutes prior to leaving the game.
This would mean that Soler should return to the big leagues this weekend after missing almost two months due to the hamstring injury. The outfielder will try to carve out a more consistent role when he returns which would obviously make his fantasy appeal greater. The 24-year-old has a slash line of .223/.322/.377 with five homeruns and 13 RBIs in 50 games.
Ramos may need another day or two, but the injury doesn’t appear to be serious. The Marlins closer has been extremely effective this season with 31 saves to go along with a 2.66 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and a 53:22 K:BB ratio. Fantasy owners should continue to benefit from Ramos for the remainder of the season.
The right-hander is day-to-day for now and is coming off another strong outing as he pitched six innings while striking out five and allowing no runs. Koehler has allowed only one earned run in his last two starts which has spanned 14 innings and he has struck out 10 as well. Koehler has pitched well overall since the start of May, but his lack of high strikeout upside and an average WHIP just makes him a marginal fantasy starter at best.
It’s been no secret that the Nationals have been looking for another late inning reliever and their quest to acquire one may have been escalated over the last couple of days. Papelbon has an ERA of 4.18 with a WHIP of 1.42 after allowing six earned runs in his last two appearances. Fantasy owners need to start embracing the idea that Papelbon could lose his job over the next week.
Crawford has been off to a rough start since returning from the All-Star break, as he is now slashing .225/.279/.325 with only three extra-base hits, two RBI and five runs scored over his last 40 at-bats. After smashing a career-high 21 home runs a season ago, Crawford is unlikely to match that number barring a serious increase in production down the stretch, but as long as his RBI total remains at a decent level (63 RBI), he is still worth starting in all but the shallowest of league formats at the shortstop position.
Despite allowing two baserunners, Casilla was able to work in and out of trouble on Tuesday night to secure the win for the Giants. Having now converted 22 of his first 27 save chances while sitting on a 3.35 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and a 46:14 K:BB rate through 37.2 innings, Casilla should be able to hold onto the closer role for the foreseeable future, although the Giants are considering adding another bullpen arm before the trade deadline next week.
Cain has had a rough season to this point, as he is now sitting 2-6 with a 5.95 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and a 46:20 K:BB rate through 65.0 innings as he continues to struggle with his command and velocity. His biggest issue to this point is in the home run category, as he has now allowed 13 long balls over 13 starts, which is certainly not the type of pace the Giants want to see from him as this point in the season. He will look to get back on track when he takes on the Nationals on Sunday.
Reed was unable to get much down in his five innings of work on Tuesday night, as he has hit early and often, which included a three-run home run served up to Matt Cain. Now sitting 0-5 with a 7.07 ERA, 1.79 WHIP and a 37:14 K:BB rate through 35.2 innings, Reed is far form being a fantasy option at this point in the season and should be avoided at all costs until he starts to show signs of turning things around in his rookie season. He will try to right the ship when he takes on the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Bruce has been on a tear of late, as he is now 7-for-17 with five home runs, 12 RBI and seven runs scored over his last seven games. His recent hot streak could not have come at a better time for the Reds, who are actively trying to trade the veteran slugger, but regardless of where he is playing by the start of next week, he remains a must-start in all fantasy formats while ranking in the top 10 in most power categories in the National League.