Mark MelanconRP PIT 3 hours ago
Melancon earned his 22nd save of the season Sunday versus the Dodgers, striking out one in a perfect inning of work.
The veteran has still blown just one save this season, and he owns strong ratios in the form of a 1.48 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Melancon is also fourth in the league in saves, making him one of the better fantasy relievers available despite his sometimes underwhelming strikeout numbers (7.12 K/9).
Chad KuhlSP PIT 3 hours ago
Kuhl earned a win Sunday in his big league debut versus the Dodgers, allowing three runs with five strikeouts and four walks across five innings.
Kuhl threw just 55% of his pitches for strikes in his debut, but he was able to limit the damage and helped his own cause with a hustle play that saw him tag a runner out at home after a passed ball. Kuhl could remain in the rotation over the short term, but the date of his next outing has yet to be determined.
Clayton KershawSP LAD 3 hours ago
Kershaw was touched up for four runs on nine hits and two walks across six innings in Sunday's loss to the Pirates. He struck out four.
Kershaw was excellent aside from the second inning, when he allowed all four runs on five hits and a walk. Sunday's disappointing outing actually puts Kershaw's dominance in perspective, as the pair of walks represented a new season-high and he gave up more than two earned runs for just the second time. He will host the Rockies in his next start Saturday and should be a safe bet for a bounce-back performance.
60DChase WhitleySP TB 3 hours ago
Whitley (elbow) is scheduled for a bullpen session Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Whitley will join fellow Tommy John surgery recoveree Alex Cobb in throwing another session, as both prepare to make minor league appearances in the near future if they continue setback-free. The 26-year-old is trying to stick with the Rays following a forgettable two-season stint with the Yankees during which he generated a 5.02 ERA over 28 appearances.
Patrick CorbinSP ARI 3 hours ago
Corbin was shelled for six runs on seven hits and five walks Sunday in just 4.1 innings versus the Rockies. He struck out one and did not factor into the decision.
Corbin simply couldn't find his command Sunday, as he tied a season-high in walks and threw a feeble 50% of his pitches for strikes. He had delivered quality starts in three of his previous four starts prior to Sunday, but his ERA still sits at an unimpressive 4.99 on the season. Corbin has yet to resemble his pre-Tommy John surgery self this season and will be a shaky fantasy play in his next start Saturday at home to the Giants.
15DSteven Souza Jr.RF TB 3 hours ago
Souza (hip) has been hitting in the cage recently and is slated to take batting practice Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 27-year-old slugger went on the DL on June 15, but has steadily progressed throughout his rehab process. He received a cortisone injection and a postive evaluation from Nashville-based specialist Dr. J.W. Thomas Byrd on June 20, and has been handling the bat in the cage without issues. Considering the current state of the Rays offense, Souza's return can't come soon enough for a team desperate for runs.
60DAlex CobbSP TB 3 hours ago
Cobb (elbow) will throw another bullpen session Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 28-year-old right-hander began what was projected to be a three-to-four bullpen session program on June 16, with five days in between each. Cobb has had two such outings to date without any setbacks, so another successful effort Monday could lead to a string of rehab starts in at the minor league level. He continues on track for a possible mid-to-late summer return to the big league club.
Chad BettisSP COL 3 hours ago
Bettis allowed seven runs on 12 hits and three walks across five innings in Sunday's start versus Arizona. He struck out three and did not factor into the decision.
Bettis was hit early and often Sunday, as he was scored upon in four different innings and was chased from the game by a two-run single by Paul Goldschmidt with no outs in the sixth. He threw two consecutive quality starts prior to Sunday's letdown, but the overall numbers are not pretty for Bettis, who now owns a hefty 5.84 ERA. He will try to improve his effectiveness Saturday at the Dodgers.
15DKevin KiermaierCF TB 3 hours ago
Kiermaier (wrist) has started to take swings without a ball in his rehab, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 26-year-old outfielder has been progressively working his way back from May 24 surgery to repair multiple broken bones in his left hand. The most recent step of taking what's commonly referred to as "dry swings" against air is naturally an essential one, and marks the first time Kiermaier has handled a bat since the injury. To date, the young slugger appears on track to return within the original 8-to-10 week timetable provided after the procedure.
James PaxtonSP SEA 3 hours ago
Paxton allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings in Sunday's start versus the Cardinals. He struck out seven and did not factor into the decision.
The lefty had a 2.77 ERA in his four starts prior to Sunday, but he wore down in the fifth inning when he allowed five runs on four extra-base hits and an error. Paxton continues to strike out batters at a high rate, as he now has 10.6 K/9 rate on the season, and he will attempt to right the ship Saturday versus the Orioles.