KEY 2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings  - June

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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)
Patrick Corbin (L) Headshot

Corbin (10-11) pitched 8.2 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts during Thursday's win over Houston. He allowed just four hits and a walk.

Corbin has struggled on the road this season with a 6.79 ERA away from Chase Field, so this gem was all the more impressive coming at Minute Maid Park. The lefty entered Thursday's outing in solid form over his previous 12 starts with a 3.65 ERA and 10.3 K/9, despite allowing a .372 BABIP. The strikeouts are especially valuable, and with Arizona pushing for a playoff berth, Corbin should continue to be a solid source of wins down the stretch. He projects to face the Mets at Citi Field in his next start.
5:07 pm (EST)
Trevor Rosenthal (R) Headshot

Rosenthal was placed on the 10-day DL with right elbow irritation prior to Thursday's series opener against the Pirates, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports.

Rosenthal wasn't able to duplicate his typical velocity during Wednesday's outing, averaging almost five mph less than his standard fastball -- which normally sits around 98.5 mph -- while only lasting eight pitches against the Red Sox. Although the severity of Rosenthal's injury has yet to be released, it seems likely that he will miss more than the 10-day minimum while recovering from his elbow issue. In his place, Seung Hwan Oh and Tyler Lyons are seemingly in line to receive ninth-inning opportunities moving forward. Luke Weaver was recalled from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move.
5:04 pm (EST)
Mike Napoli (R) Headshot

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

Napoli went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Wednesday, so he'll get the day off after starting six straight games at first base. Joey Gallo will take over for him at first for the contest, opening a spot for Delino DeShields to start in left field.
5:04 pm (EST)
Carlos Gómez (R) Headshot

Gomez (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the White Sox.

Gomez has missed the last three games while dealing with a cyst on his right shoulder, and while was hoping to return to action for Thursday's series opener, it appears the issue is still bothering him enough to keep him on the bench another day. It still seems likely that he'll be able to avoid the disabled list, though that may change if he isn't back in action over the weekend. Drew Robinson and Delino DeShields have both started in center field while Gomez has been sidelined, with Robinson getting the nod Thursday.
4:59 pm (EST)
Garrett Cooper (R) Headshot

Cooper was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with left hamstring tendinitis.

It's unclear when the injury cropped up on Cooper, but it could help explain the 0-for-6 stint over his last two games after he went 8-for-12 (.667) in his first three games of August. It's unclear how long the issue will keep him sidelined, but he'll be eligible to return Aug. 27 should he be ready. In the meantime, Tyler Austin was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his place on the active roster, and will likely serve as the backup first baseman to Chase Headley for the time being. With Greg Bird (ankle) expected to return from the disabled list next week, Cooper's role when he is activated remains up in the air, but his playing time will likely take a big hit.
4:45 pm (EST)
Chase Headley (B) Headshot

Headley is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets, Pete Caldera of The Record reports.

Despite collecting two hits in Wednesday's win, Headley will head to the bench for a breather after starting five straight games. Recently recalled Tyler Austin will start at first base in his place, batting seventh.
4:31 pm (EST)
Jeurys Familia (R) Headshot

Familia (shoulder) will make his next rehab appearance Saturday for High-A St. Lucie, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

Following Saturday's outing, Familia will travel to short-season Brooklyn for the next step of his rehab, barring any setbacks in the coming days. The reliever was able to make an appearance with St. Lucie on Wednesday, tossing a scoreless inning while striking out one. Familia appears to still be on pace for a return to the big-league club before the end of August.
4:23 pm (EST)
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