2017 Fantasy Baseball SP Streamers: Week 5 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Baseball SP Streamers: Week 5
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Henrik Lundqvist Headshot

Lundqvist will cover the cage on the road Saturday for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal match with the Senators, as Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports that the Rangers will not have any lineup changes from the series opener.

The King will field shots from a Senators team that has converted four of 12 power-play chances on the road in these playoffs, ranking second among the 16 teams involved. Suffice to say, the impetus will be on the back line to seal up shooting lanes in front of Lundqvist after the veteran backstop saw 43 shots and suffered a Game 1 loss.
1:28 pm (EST)
Kris Bryant Headshot

Bryant went 1-for-4 and hit his third home run of the season in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

Bryant got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but he's now slashing .281/.387/.472 and he should continue to post excellent stats across the board.
1:28 pm (EST)
Raul Alcantara Headshot

Alcantara cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

The 24-year-old was DFA'd after struggling through three appearances for the A's in which he allowed 10 hits and 13 earned runs across just 7.0 innings. As expected, he passed through waivers unclaimed and will now land in Nashville, where he'll attempt to sort things out.
1:27 pm (EST)
Yunel Escobar Headshot

Escobar went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.

The light-hitting third baseman took advantage of favorable hitting conditions at Globe Life Park, sparking the Angels' offense with a leadoff homer off of Nick Martinez. Friday's homer was the first sign of life from Escobar after going 2-for-29 over his last seven games. The 34-year-old continues to sit atop the lineup despite posting a sub-par batting average (.235) and on-base percentage (.286). Escobar has batted over .300 over the past two seasons, so there is a good chance he turns things around, but he simply isn't providing enough in any standard fantasy category that warrants a roster spot outside of deep leagues.
1:27 pm (EST)
Joey Wendle Headshot

Wendle was reinstated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.

Wendle hit the DL on April 1 with a shoulder injury, but he's now fully recovered and should return to action with Nashville within the next few days. The infielder has already seen time in six games for Nashville on the year, amassing eight hits in 22 at-bats to go with three RBI. Last season, Wendle hit .279 across 491 Triple-A at-bats.
1:25 pm (EST)
Mike Trout Headshot

Trout reached base four times Friday, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a 6-3 win over the Rangers.

The two-time American League MVP has taken his game to the next level this season, providing a combination of power and speed that not many can rival. His .710 slugging percentage ranks sixth among all major-league hitters, but Trout is the only one of the bunch that has at least five steals. In fact, no one with a slugging percentage over .548 has five or more stolen bases this season.
1:19 pm (EST)
Chris Tillman Headshot

Tillman (shoulder) will start for Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

While there was a possibility that Tillman would make his season debut for the Orioles on Tuesday, the 29-year-old opted for one final rehab game with Triple-A Charlotte before rejoining the big league club. If all goes well, Tillman should be ready to rejoin the Orioles' rotation sometime next week. Meanwhile, Alec Asher or Jayson Aquino should get the spot start in his place Tuesday.
1:18 pm (EST)
Seth Lugo Headshot

Lugo (elbow) is slated to throw off the slope of a mound Sunday and is targeting a late May return, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

This will be the first time he'll throw off an elevated surface since getting shut down with a slight UCL tear. Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey have all had their struggles, and Noah Syndergaard is day-to-day with biceps tendinitis, so it's possible Lugo could find his way into the rotation once healthy. However, Steven Matz (elbow) is at the same stage in his recovery, and he figures to get the first look if the Mets need to add a starter.
1:13 pm (EST)
Steven Matz Headshot

Matz (elbow) is slated to throw off the slope of a mound Sunday and is targeting a late-May return, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

This will be the first time he throws off an elevated surface since he was shut down with the flexor tendon strain. Other than Noah Syndergaard, who is day-to-day with biceps tendinitis, and Jacob deGrom, the Mets have struggled to get solid work from their starters, so a spot in the rotation should be waiting for Matz once he is healthy. Seth Lugo (elbow) is at the same stage in his recovery, but Matz is ahead of him in the pecking order.
1:09 pm (EST)
Josh Donaldson Headshot

Donaldson (calf) took batting practice on the field before Saturday's game against the Rays.

Donaldson will head to Florida on Sunday to continue his rehab process after taking batting practice with no issues. Although the 31-year-old remains without a set return date, he is nearing the halfway point of his proposed 2-to-4 week timetable, so a possible rehab assignment doesn't appear too far behind. Donaldson remains hopeful for a return in May, though more should be known about his possible return date as he continues to ramp up his rehab in Florida.
1:03 pm (EST)
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