2017 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 4 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 4
Howard Bender
Corey Seager Headshot

Seager went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and a pair of walks in Sunday's win over Arizona.

The trip to Chase field has been kind to the slugging shortstop, as he has gone 5-for-9 with a home run and five RBI in the three-game series with Arizona, boosting his batting average north of .300 in the process. Seager has been as advertised this season, leading all major-league shortstops with 15 RBI through 19 games.
1:16 am (EST)
Yasmani Grandal Headshot

Grandal went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Sunday's homer was just the switch-hitting catcher's fifth extra-base hit of the season and first long ball since going deep twice in the season opener. That said, with a .250 batting average and three homers, fantasy owners should have little to complain about from the catcher position.
1:11 am (EST)
Daniel Wright Headshot

Wright tossed five shutout innings against the Blue Jays on Sunday, but was saddled with a no-decision. He walked two and struck out three in a 6-2 loss.

The 26-year-old was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to make a spot start for the injury-decimated Angels. The righty performed well in a pinch, shutting down Toronto's offense before reaching his limit of 80 pitches. Wright was expected to make just one start to give the Angels' current five-man rotation a breather, but Sunday's performance could keep him on the 25-man roster, even if it is as a reliever.
1:01 am (EST)
Hunter Pence Headshot

Pence (knee) was removed from Sunday's game against the Rockies because the game had become a blowout, not because of a setback with his knee, Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News reports.

Pence returned to the lineup Sunday after receiving a day off Saturday to rest his knee, so there was understandably a bit of concern when manager Bruce Bochy removed him from the game in the seventh inning. It turns out the Giants' skipper simply wanted to get his veteran out of what had become a blowout in an effort not to re-aggravate his knee. The 34-year-old has become injury-prone over the last two seasons after being the model health prior to 2015, but he appears to have avoided a serious injury for now.
12:51 am (EST)
Grant Green Headshot

Green was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

The Nats designated Green for assignment earlier in the week but Green will remain in the Washington system, having passed through waivers unclaimed. A first-round pick in 2009, Green is merely an organizational depth piece. He has totaled 353 plate appearances in parts of five seasons at the major-league level (97 plate appearances since the start of the 2015 season).
12:43 am (EST)
Jeff Samardzija Headshot

Samardzija (0-4) gave up seven runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings Sunday. He walked three and struck out six in an 8-0 loss to the Rockies.

Sunday's rough outing bumped Shark's ERA to 7.47 through four starts, a mark that is tough to palate for fantasy owners who drafted him as a steady middle-of-the-rotation starter. It isn't time to panic quite yet, as all four of his starts have come against the high-powered offenses of Colorado and Arizona. The silver lining behind his rough start to the season has been an uptick in strikeouts (11.2 K/9 compared to 7.4 K/9 last season). Look for Samardzija to get his season back on track when he takes on the Padres in pitcher-friendly AT&T Park on Friday.
12:41 am (EST)
Lucas Duda Headshot

Duda (elbow) said Sunday that he believes he will return from the DL once eligible, Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record reports.

Duda did add that he still needs to regain full range of motion in his elbow, but it sounds like he has little doubt he will do so before the end of April. His DL move was made retroactive to April 20, meaning he's eligible to return as soon as April 30. Duda isn't hitting at a high clip early on this season, but he's getting on base regularly and already has four homers in 42 at-bats.
Yesterday 11:56 pm (EST)
Matt Adams Headshot

Adams, who's slashing .154/.241/.154 over 29 plate appearances this season, is having an increasingly difficult time cracking the lineup, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "Whoever is really hot is going to get an opportunity," said manager Mike Matheny. "We've got to get Adams into that mix where he gets opportunities but he's still going to be a guy who's going to be coming off the bench every single day -- or, at least, a threat of coming in and changing the game with one at-bat."

The career .268 hitter has been unable to get into anything resembling a groove at the plate this season, and his sporadic playing time likely hasn't helped. Adams' 366 games at first base since the 2012 season represent a team high, but that is Matt Carpenter's domain on the majority of days now. Meanwhile, the experiment of using Adams in left field as a means of working him into the lineup didn't exactly go awry, but Matheny has not deployed the veteran there again after using him in that role in four of the first nine games of the season. Adams also has an extended track record as an excellent pinch hitter, but is just 1-for-6 in that role this season and has ceded some pinch-hit work to Greg Garcia and Jose Martinez. Despite the recent lack of playing time, Matheny continues expressing confidence in one of the team's more dependable players.
Yesterday 11:51 pm (EST)
Steve Cishek Headshot

Cishek (hip) came out of Friday's abbreviated rehab appearance without physical setbacks but is still trying to straighten out his mechanics, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "Cishek wasn't as sharp as he'd been previously," manager Scott Servais said. "He felt fine. I just think the release point, it wasn't coming out great. But nothing physical at all, it was more of a mechanical thing."

The 30-year-old reliever worked just two-thirds of an inning and gave up a single and two walks. While the Mariners would like to have the former closer back in the fold as soon as possible, they want to see him be effective in back-to-back outings before deeming him fit for a return. It's likely that Cishek will make another appearance for Triple-A Tacoma in the coming week and he could potentially be ready to come off the disabled list upon the Mariners' return home on May 2. Servais has emphasized that neither Cishek's hip nor his shoulder have given him any trouble and that mechanics are the sole source of any struggles he's currently experiencing.
Yesterday 11:36 pm (EST)
Jayson Werth Headshot

Werth was lifted from Sunday's game in the eight inning, but manager Dusty Baker said afterward that his removal was not injury-related, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

Werth missed the finale against Atlanta and the first two games of the Mets series with a groin issue. Fortunately, it was not a setback of any kind that forced him out Sunday; rather Baker had planned all along to take Werth out late in the game on a cold night in New York. The skipper suggested he will do the same thing in Colorado.
Yesterday 11:35 pm (EST)
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