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Palka at DH, batting sixth on Wednesday 04-25-2018
Daniel Palka RF CWS
Daniel Palka is at DH and batting sixth for the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners.

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It will be the 26-year-old's major league debut. Palka has posted intriguing offensive numbers in the minors but probably won't carry meaningful value in mixed fantasy leagues during this stint with Chicago.
Tigers recall Artie Lewicki from AAA Toledo 04-25-2018
Artie Lewicki P DET
Tigers recalled RHP Artie Lewicki from Triple-A Toledo. Lewicki will serve as the 26th man in Wednesday's doubleheader against the Pirates, working in a long relief role. The 26-year-old right-hander posted a 6.10 ERA over his first 10 1/3 major league innings last season. He has a 5.79 ERA through 14 innings (three starts) this year at the Triple-A level.
Elieser Hernandez (finger) resumes rehab 04-25-2018
Elieser Hernandez P MIA
Elieser Hernandez (finger) allowed three earned runs over four innings Tuesday in a rehab game at High-A Jupiter.

Marlins.mlb.com
He threw 77 pitches, yielding five hits and two walks while striking out three. Hernandez landed on the disabled list at the end of spring training following a dental procedure and then had to halt his rehab assignment earlier this month after cracking a fingernail. The Rule 5 Draft pick figures to join the Marlins' active roster in some kind of role (rotation or long relief) by mid-May.
Straily (forearm) throws 88 pitches on rehab 04-25-2018
Dan Straily P MIA
Dan Straily (forearm) threw 88 pitches over 5 1/3 innings Tuesday in a rehab start with Double-A Jacksonville.

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Straily allowed four runs -- three earned -- but he struck out six batters and only issued one walk. He could make his season debut this weekend, though nothing is official yet. "The biggest things with the guys out on rehabs is making sure that they are bouncing back the next day, so we'll see where he is (Wednesday)," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday night. Straily landed on the disabled list at the end of spring training with inflammation in his right forearm.
Eovaldi (elbow) throws 25-pitch pen session 04-25-2018
Nathan Eovaldi P TB
Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay Times
Eovaldi has made a rather swift recovery from late-March arthroscopic elbow surgery. "Pretty remarkable, but knowing him not surprising," Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday evening. "That's great. We've got to do a good job of managing him simply because he's so eager to get back, and he puts a lot of pressure on himself and his rehab." Eovaldi could feasibly join the Tampa Bay rotation around late May, though perhaps the brakes should be pumped a bit for a guy who has required several elbow procedures -- including two Tommy John surgeries.
Matt Duffy (hamstring) set for rehab games 04-25-2018
Matt Duffy 3B TB
Matt Duffy (hamstring) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday.

Tampa Bay Times
Duffy had what manager Kevin Cash called "a really good workday" on Tuesday and is scheduled to play in a simulated game Wednesday at the Rays' spring training complex in Port Charlotte. Assuming that goes smoothly, he will then appear in one or two minor league games, either at High-A Charlotte or Triple-A Durham. The 27-year-old third baseman should be ready to come off the disabled list sometime this weekend.
Frazier (toe) scores twice in return Tuesday 04-25-2018
Todd Frazier 3B NYM
Todd Frazier (toe) went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored in his return to the Mets' lineup Tuesday. Frazier suffered a minor bruise on his foot after getting spiked on Saturday, but he moved around just fine in Tuesday night's series opener against the Cardinals, a 10-inning win for the Mets. The 32-year-old third baseman is batting .261/.411/.464 with three homers, 14 RBI, and 14 runs scored through 21 games this season.
Michael Taylor smacks three-run homer 04-25-2018
Michael Taylor CF WAS
Michael Taylor went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's loss in San Francisco. Taylor's three-run homer off of Ty Blach in the top of the fourth inning accounted for all of Washington's offense in an off night in Frisco. Despite the homer he is still slashing just .220/.289/.354, so consider him only in NL-only fantasy leagues and some deeper mixed formats for his stolen base potential.
Tanner Roark suffers loss in San Francisco 04-25-2018
Tanner Roark P WAS
Tanner Roark allowed four earned runs, six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings in a loss at San Francisco on Tuesday. Roark is now winless over his past four outings after winning his initial start of the 2018 season in Atlanta back on April 2. Walks and homers are to blame, as Roark has yielded five homers with 10 walks in 24 innings across the past four starts. He'll look to get back into the win column on Monday night in a favorable matchup against Chad Kuhl and the Pirates to kick off a two-start week.
Three-hit game for Joe Panik 04-25-2018
Joe Panik 2B SF
Joe Panik finished Tuesday's game against Washington with three singles over four at-bats while scoring twice. Panik has posted a pair of three-hit games over his past three outings, raising his average from .254 to .286 just since April 21. He hasn't hit a home run since April 3 after showing an unusual display of power early in the season. That's not his game, but you can expect a solid average and a decent number of runs scored.
Hunter Strickland nails down fifth save 04-25-2018
Hunter Strickland P SF
Hunter Strickland worked a perfect ninth inning for his fifth save against the Nationals on Tuesday. Strickland needed just eight pitches to breeze through the Washington top half of the ninth, lowering his ERA to 1.64. After a rough patch with back-to-back blown save opportunities he has righted the ship with three straight successful save chance conversions. He appears to be back on track and should stick as the San Francisco closer through the remainder of the season.
Ty Blach so-so in no-decision 04-25-2018
Ty Blach P SF
Ty Blach allowed three earned runs, four hits and two walks with three strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Nationals. Blach threw 47 of his 79 pitches for strikes in the no-decision, as the Opening Day starter has a 1-3 record and a 4.31 ERA with a 1.53 WHIP. He has managed just two quality starts over six outings this season, and he has dropped each of his past three decisions since winning his initial outing back on March 29. He'll look to bounce back Sunday against Kenta Maeda and the visiting Dodgers.
Mac Williamson belts another home run 04-25-2018
Mac Williamson RF SF
Mac Williamson finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's victory against the Nationals. Williamson tripped over the bullpen mound pursuing a fly ball in foul territory, taking a tumble and smacking his head into the wall. Even Bryce Harper, the batter, made a surprised face watching the play. Williamson checked out fine after being administered a concussion test in the dugout, and he came back strong with a homer in the sixth. He is making the most of his opportunity to play and is worth using in most fantasy leagues and DFS while running hot.
Yasiel Puig continues to scuffle 04-25-2018
Yasiel Puig RF LAD
Yasiel Puig took the collar in Tuesday's game against the Marlins to drop his season average to .195. Puig looked to be finally awakening from his slumber with a modest four-game hitting streak from April 17-21, but he is back in a nosedive going 0-for-10 across his past three outings. He isn't exactly bringing his best to the table in his 27-year-old season, as he is below the Mendoza line in batting average and he has yet to smack his first homer of the season. He is a fantasy liability at the moment, although he isn't a bad buy-low candidate if you can afford the roster spot. Puig will come around.
Kenta Maeda solid in no-decision 04-25-2018
Kenta Maeda P LAD
Kenta Maeda allowed one earned run, four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Marlins. Maeda did his part against the Marlins, throwing 55 of his 82 pitches for strikes. However, L.A.'s offense was unable to get to left-hander Dillon Peters on the other side. It was a surprising result, as the Dodgers had posted a 16-5 record across Maeda's past 21 starts, including 7-2 in his past nine against National League East foes. He'll look to get back into the win column Sunday in San Francisco.
Cameron Maybin provides late heroics 04-25-2018
Cameron Maybin RF MIA
Cameron Maybin went 2-for-4 with a game-winning RBI in Tuesday's road victory against the Dodgers. Maybin helped the Marlins snap a five-game skid, getting to the beleaguered Los Angeles bullpen. Despite the late-inning heroics he is still hitting just .238, and Tuesday represented just his third multi-hit performance of the season. As such he remains useful only in deeper NL fantasy play at the moment.
Brad Ziegler works perfect frame for save 04-25-2018
Brad Ziegler P MIA
Brad Ziegler needed just eight pitches in a perfect ninth inning for his second save of the season Tuesday against the Dodgers. Ziegler has had some trouble in non-save situations, and the struggling Marlins just haven't give him very many chances to nail down saves. He has converted each of his save chances this season, but this was his first since April 8. Ziegler is the team's closer, but he is nailing down saves for a bad team and his production will be sporadic at best.
Dillon Peters sharp in road outing 04-25-2018
Dillon Peters P MIA
Dillon Peters allowed just one earned run, four hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision on the road Tuesday against the Dodgers. Peters did a good job giving his team a chance to win, throwing 57 of his 96 pitches for strikes. It was a surprising result, as the Marlins ended up winning to snap a five-game skid in the series against L.A. They were also just 1-4 in their past five trips to Dodger Stadium. The southpaw will take the ball next on May 1 against Ben Lively and the Phillies at Marlins Park.
Two-hit game for Noel Cuevas 04-25-2018
Noel Cuevas RF COL
Noel Cuevas posted a pair of singles with a run scored over four at-bats in Tuesday's 8-0 victory against the Padres. The hits were the first of his career, as he was hitless in his first four at-bats after making his major league debut on Sunday against the Cubs. Cuevas has the ability to play all three outfield positions so he could stick around if he continues to hit. However, he is only worth a look in the deepest of NL fantasy formats at this juncture.
Trevor Story belts slam against rookie 04-25-2018
Trevor Story SS COL
Trevor Story had just one hit over his three at-bats in Tuesday's game against San Diego but it was good for a grand slam, his sixth homer of the season. Story took rookie Eric Lauer deep in his major league debut on a 1-1 pitch middle in and deposited it into the seats in left-center field a few rows in as he sat dead-red on a fastball. The shortstop is second behind Charlie Blackmon (8) for the team lead in homers, and he leads the team in RBI (18). He is rolling right along and providing nice numbers across the board.
Kyle Freeland comes alive in home win 04-25-2018
Kyle Freeland P COL
Kyle Freeland allowed just three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over seven scoreless innings for his first win of the season Tuesday against the Padres. Freeland threw 57 of his 90 pitches for strikes in the quality start, just his second of the season in five outings. While he has yielded at least two walks in each of his five outings, he has started to work down his homer totals. After serving up four bombs in his first two starts over 11 1/3 innings, Freeland has allowed just one homer across the past 15 2/3 innings over his past three outings. Next up is a visit to Wrigley Field and a matchup with Jon Lester on Monday to kick off a two-start week.
Golden sombrero for Franchy Cordero 04-25-2018
Franchy Cordero CF SD
Franchy Cordero finished 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Tuesday's 8-0 loss at Colorado. Cordero has prodigious power and Coors Field seems like a venue in which he can excel. Fantasy owners have to be disappointed with the output in this one, but he did crack a homer with two RBI in the series opener on Monday. He'll give you occasional power, just be ready for a mediocre average and a slew of strikeouts, too.
Eric Lauer punished at Coors Field 04-25-2018
Eric Lauer P SD
Eric Lauer allowed seven runs - six earned - with six hits, four walks and three strikeouts over three innings in a loss Tuesday in Colorado. Lauer had a rough major league debut, throwing just 44 of his 74 pitches for strikes while posting a game score of just 20. There will be better days ahead, but he'll need to get ahead of batters if he wants to have a chance. Lauer had first-pitch strikes to just 10 of the 19 batters he faced. Making your debut at Coors Field is a bit rough, too.
Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) to make debut Saturday 04-25-2018
Wei-Yin Chen P MIA
Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) is scheduled to make his season debut on Saturday night against the Rockies.

Craig Mish on Twitter
Chen struck out seven batters over five scoreless frames in his last minor league rehab start Sunday at High-A Jupiter, giving him a 1.17 ERA and 11/1 K/BB ratio in 7 2/3 total rehab frames. He's been an effective fantasy starter in the past and might be worth consideration in some deeper formats. The 32-year-old southpaw has missed the first four weeks of the 2018 regular season because of a partially torn ligament in his left elbow.
Andrelton Simmons hits two homers vs. HOU 04-25-2018
Andrelton Simmons SS LAA
Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI in leading the Angels to an 8-7 win over the Astros on Tuesday. Lindor? Correa? Didi? Machado? Simmons still has as good of an argument as anyone for the claim of the AL's best shortstop. He's the best defender of the group, of course, and he's hitting .317 with 13 RBI and a nice 6/10 K/BB ratio in 94 plate appearances this year.
Cam Bedrosian gets save for Angels 04-25-2018
Cam Bedrosian P LAA
With Keynan Middleton having pitched three straight days, Cam Bedrosian got a chance to close on Tuesday and retired four batters for his first save. It was unclear who might step in for Middleton if a closer was needed tonight, but Bedrosian, who has suffered from some diminished velocity and who entered the night with just one hold in 11 appearances, was the choice. He stranded a runner after coming on in the eighth and then retired three of four batters in the ninth, which would seem to bode well for him going forward.
Charlie Morton gives up four runs to Angels 04-25-2018
Charlie Morton P HOU
Charlie Morton had his first rough day at the office this year Tuesday, surrendering four runs in four innings against the Angels. Morton had allowed just three runs -- two earned -- in four starts this season coming into this one. He gave up solo homers in the first and second tonight, but the real mess came in the third, when he walked the first three batters he faced. He was fortunate to allow just two runs in that frame.
Mike Trout hits 10th homer 04-25-2018
Mike Trout CF LAA
Mike Trout became the first player to reach double figures in homers when he took Charlie Morton deep on Tuesday. Trout also walked twice tonight. For all of his success, he's yet to lead the AL in homers and has actually finished in the top 10 in the league just twice (he was third in both 2014 and 2015). Perhaps it's time for that to change.
Braves calling up OF prospect Ronald Acuna 04-25-2018
Ronald Acuna CF ATL
Venezuelan reporter Daniel Alvarez Montes hears from a source that the Braves have called up top outfield prospect Ronald Acuna.

Daniel Alvarez Montes on Twitter
That report has now been confirmed by MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Acuna got off to a slow start this season at Triple-A Gwinnett, but he had turned it on over the last week and went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk on Tuesday. It sounds like the ultra-talented 20-year-old will be in the Braves' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Reds. Acuna batted .325/.374/.522 with 21 home runs, 82 RBI, 44 stolen bases, and 88 runs scored in 139 games last season between three different levels of Atlanta's minor league system. He has the goods to be a fantasy monster right out of the gate.
Kole Calhoun goes 0-for-4 against Astros 04-25-2018
Kole Calhoun RF LAA
Kole Calhoun finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Astros on Tuesday. Calhoun seemed to break out of an early slump two weeks ago, but now he's in a 2-for-33 rut that's left him with a .180 average, a 25/3 K/BB ratio and a .443 OPS in 89 at-bats this season. The Angels lack any strong options to replace him, but they might want to consider adding some insurance at some point. After all, Calhoun wasn't very good last year, either.
Derek Fisher homers, reaches three times 04-25-2018
Derek Fisher LF HOU
Derek Fisher went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk Tuesday against the Angels. The homer, his first in 43 at-bats this season, came off Shohei Ohtani. Fisher needed to show something in short order to avoid a sting in the minors. Tonight should have helped a bunch, but his spot remains tenuous.
Bud Norris unavailable Tues. due to soreness 04-25-2018
Bud Norris P STL
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Bud Norris was not available out of the bullpen Tuesday because of "a little soreness."

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Norris showed diminished velocity in his last appearance Sunday versus the Reds, but he still managed a 1-2-3 inning. It doesn't sound like anything overly serious. The 33-year-old right-hander has been serving as the primary closer in St. Louis while $14 million man Greg Holland works out the kinks. It should perhaps be noted that Holland retired all three batters he faced -- two via strikeout -- in the ninth inning of Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Mets.
Jack Flaherty to start Saturday at Pittsburgh 04-25-2018
Jack Flaherty P STL
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Tuesday that Jack Flaherty will start Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Ben Frederickson on Twitter
He'll again be filling in for Adam Wainwright, who landed back on the disabled list Sunday due to elbow inflammation. Wainwright expects to return when first eligible, but elbow injuries can be tricky and this is not his first one. Flaherty struck out nine batters over five innings of one-run ball back on April 3 against the Brewers and then got optioned to Triple-A Memphis the next day. He's registered a 2.25 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and 22/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings (three starts) for Memphis since the demotion.
Ian Kennedy in walking boot for bruised foot 04-25-2018
Ian Kennedy P KC
Ian Kennedy (foot) will be in a walking boot for the next 12-24 hours.

Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter
Kennedy suffered a bruised right foot in the third inning of his start Tuesday night against the Brewers when he got struck by a Ryan Braun line drive. The veteran right-hander said he's unsure whether he will be able to make his next start Saturday against the White Sox.
Eric Thames to undergo tests for thumb injury 04-25-2018
Eric Thames 1B MLW
Brewers manager Craig Counsell said late Tuesday that Eric Thames will undergo tests on his thumb.

Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
Thames made an early exit from Tuesday night's 5-2 win over the Royals. "We're a little concerned about his thumb," Counsell said after the game. "We're going to have to get some tests on it (Wednesday). It's a ligament issue we're a little concerned about." More should be known before Wednesday night's series finale in Kansas City. Thames boasts a .976 OPS with seven home runs in 22 games this year.