DFS MLB Playbook: April 27 Cover Image
DFS MLB Playbook: April 27
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J.D. Martínez Headshot

Martinez (foot) took live batting practice Wednesday and will play in an extended spring training game when ready, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

The outfielder probably won't return until sometime in early May, at earliest, considering this timetable. Martinez may need a brief stint in a live game before activation.
10:45 am (EST)
Noah Syndergaard Headshot

Syndergaard could start Sunday if the rest helps his biceps tendinitis, but he must see a doctor first, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. The Mets prefer not to place him on the disabled list.

The Mets may not have a choice if the issue lingers. Syndergaard apparently felt discomfort after a recent bullpen session and Wednesday batting practice, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports. Thor's fantasy owners may remain in limbo heading into next week's lineup deadlines.
10:43 am (EST)
Paul Goldschmidt Headshot

Goldschmidt recorded three hits in four at-bats and provided three RBI, one run and one stolen base in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Padres.

It was a history-making day for the sizzling Goldschmidt, who has terrorized the Padres during the four-game series. He tied a Diamondbacks record by reaching base in nine consecutive plate appearances spanning the last two contests and became the third National League player since the beginning of the 2014 season to record multiple RBI in five consecutive starts. His .459 on-base percentage for the season ranks fifth in the majors among qualifying players.
10:43 am (EST)
Joe Thornton Headshot

Thornton's surgery on his ACL and MCL was deemed successful, and he's expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

Given that Jumbo was able to play through the severe injuries, we can't see that hurting his fantasy stock, especially since the surgery apparently went off without a hitch. However, it's worth noting that Thornton will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, likely signaling a move away from San Jose after 12 seasons. The industrious pivot went from averaging a point per game in 2015-16 down to 50 in 79 games this year. It'll be tough to gauge his value in virtual formats until we see what color sweater he dons next.
10:41 am (EST)
Paul Goldschmidt Headshot

Goldschmidt went 3-for-4 with three RBI from two singles and a double in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Padres. He also scored once.

Goldschmidt has terrorized Padres pitching over the last two games for seven hits -- including two doubles and three home runs -- along with six RBI. A day off in the opening day of the series Monday, which was the first time the star first baseman has sat all season, seemed to have done wonders, as he's boosted his average 64 points with his efforts the last two nights.
10:40 am (EST)
Noah Syndergaard Headshot

Syndergaard's previously reported "tired arm" has been identified as biceps tendinitis, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

At least there's a specific designation tied to it, but Syndergaard may be in line for a longer absence than his fantasy owners want. He's missing his Thursday start, and we'll have more on this in the near future.
10:39 am (EST)
Archie Bradley Headshot

Bradley allowed one run on two hits and no walks over three innings of relief in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Padres. He struck out five batters.

In light of Bradley's early-season success as a multi-inning reliever, the Diamondbacks chose to bypass him for an appointment to the rotation in place of the injured Shelby Miller (elbow). Instead, Zack Godley was called up from Triple-A to start Wednesday, but Bradley still came on to piggyback him and was once again dominant, aside from allowing a solo homer to Hunter Renfroe. Bradley now owns a sparkling 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 17:3 K:BB ratio over 14.1 innings on the season. Though he doesn't project to provide many saves or wins in his current role, Bradley is capable of delivering sterling ratios and should approach 100 innings this season if health prevails. He may be worth a look in deeper mixed leagues where he's available.
10:37 am (EST)
Noah Syndergaard Headshot

Syndergaard has a "tired arm", according to manager Terry Collins, and is scratched from his Thursday start, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

Matt Harvey will start in Thor's place against the Braves. Stay tuned for more on Syndergaard's ailment, though he hasn't shown he's been affected much by anything lately, with a 1.73 ERA, a 10.4 K/9 and zero walks in his first four starts. Perhaps the Mets' rain-affected week and subsequent rotation shuffling figures into this development.
10:35 am (EST)
Anthony Recker Headshot

Recker was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.

The backstop didn't see much playing time as the third option on the depth chart. Recker will camp out at Triple-A until he's needed again.
10:30 am (EST)
Jason Motte Headshot

The Braves selected Motte's contract from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.

Catcher Anthony Recker was optioned to take his place at Gwinnett. Motte is likely to take a spot as a middle-innings reliever, but considering the club's 4.94 bullpen ERA in their first 19 games, perhaps he can move into higher-leverage appearances in front of closer Jim Johnson. He's a long shot to earn save chances in the long run, but keep an eye on his performance, because it's not impossible.
10:29 am (EST)
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