Tuesday’s Major League Baseball action was highlighted by another massive offensive outburst from the Toronto Blue Jays while Aaron Judge homered again because it was a day of the week that ends in “Y." Plus, Julio Rodríguez didn't skip a beat in his first action back after the favorite for AL Rookie of the Year missed five games due to injury. There were also a number of additions to the MLB injury report, including New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton. With the 2022 MLB Trade Deadline approaching, Miami Marlins starter Pablo López put together a dominant performance as he populates many MLB trade rumors these days. Before tonight’s fantasy baseball slate locks, don't forget to check out our updated July fantasy baseball player rankings, the fantasy baseball player spotlight series, and players trending up and down in the fantasy baseball stock watch. We're also helping you with all your MLB DFS lineups with our MLB projectionsMLB lineups, and MLB weather report. Now let’s take a look back at the top MLB performers, key injuries, and fantasy baseball news from a fun night of baseball on Tuesday.



MLB Fantasy Baseball Top Performers for Tuesday

Julio Rodríguez Homers in First Game Back



The favorite for American League Rookie of the Year picked up right where he left off before the All-Star Break. Rodriguez homered in his first at bat following five games missed with a minor wrist injury. With any wrist injury, the concern was how it could affect J-Rod’s power – but he put those questions to rest early on Tuesday night. 

Rodriguez was also built to help our fantasy teams apparently. The Seattle Mariners outfielder is cruising towards a 30/40 season in his rookie year and is making a strong case to be selected in the first round of next year’s drafts. 


George Springer Slam Leads Blue Jays to Another Rout



The Toronto Blue Jays kept on rolling Tuesday night with a 10-3 demolition of the undermanned St. Louis Cardinals. Even with home runs from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Alejandro Kirk, it was George Springer who stole the show with three hits including a monster grand slam. 

Springer often gets lost in the glut of so many strong outfield performances this season, but he is on pace for a 30-homer, 90-RBI, 100-run, 15-steal season with an average around .260. 


Carlos Rodón’s All-Around Ugly Night



Carlos Rodón’s pitching line of five earned runs allowed in six innings was not the ugliest part of his night against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. He kicked a bat out of frustration, hitting teammate Thairo Estrada in the process. 

Rodon would later call his actions “stupid” and “selfish,” but it likely stems from a string of less-than-stellar performances from the Giants’ new flamethrower. Rodon hasn’t thrown a quality start since July 9th and has allowed 10 earned runs in his last two games, raising his ERA to 3.18 on the year. He is still striking plenty of guys out, but he is not fooling batters like he was early in the season. 


Pablo López Not Afraid of Great American Ball Park



Pablo López went in and tamed the beast that is Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night. Despite taking the mound at the best park for offense in MLB, Lopez twirled a gem with seven innings, two hits, one run, no walks, and 11 strikeouts. 

In what many believe will be his final start as a member of the Miami Marlins, Lopez found an extra gear on Tuesday. He lowered his season ERA to 3.03 and he is now striking out more than a batter per inning. Any number of contenders will be in on Lopez as the MLB Trade Deadline approaches.


Aaron Judge Homers Again in Yankees Loss



For the rest of the season, it will actually be news on the days Aaron Judge does not homer. He is on that much of a heater right now despite the choppy performances from the New York Yankees in the month of July. Last night, Judge took Taijuan Walker deep in the first inning to raise his league-leading home run total to 38 on the year. Only two Yankees have hit at least 40 home runs before August throughout their storied history – Babe Ruth in 1928 and Roger Maris in 1961. Judge now has five days to be the third member of that exclusive club. 



MLB Injury News

Fernando Tatis Jr. Takes Batting Practice



In what was the best news since we heard about Tatis’ wrist injury in March, the Padres’ cornerstone player took full batting practice for the first time since the injury. The expectation is if he comes out of that session with no setbacks, he will work towards a rehab assignment sometime next week. We could potentially see Tatis back in a Padres uniform before mid-August rolls around. 


Giancarlo Stanton Goes Down with Achilles Injury



Yankees’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the 10-day IL with Achilles tendonitis on Tuesday – retroactive to Sunday, July 24th. An MRI revealed the diagnosis early this week and the decision was made to try and give Stanton rest to heal instead of playing through the pain. Yankees manager Aaron Boone believes Stanton will miss 2-3 weeks before returning. 


Francisco Mejía Placed on 10-Day IL



The Tampa Bay Rays are already without primary catcher Mike Zunino because of season-ending surgery. Now they will be without Francisco Mejía for at least a couple of weeks due to a shoulder impingement. Mejia had been producing a fantasy-relevant season with six home runs, 23 RBI, and a .258 average, but will now be on the shelf for the foreseeable future after being placed on the 10-day IL.


Garrett Cooper’s Wrist Injury Forces Him to IL 



If the Miami Marlins do proceed with a fire sale this weekend, it may not include 1B/OF Garrett Cooper after he was placed on the IL with a right wrist contusion, according to the team. Cooper only has produced seven bombs with 40 RBI but does carry a .279 average and .347 on-base percentage over 337 plate appearances this season. It became clear something was wrong with Cooper after slashing only .133/.209/.300 in the month of July. 



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