Michael Brantley LF CLE 4 hours ago
Brantley (ankle) went 1-for-4 Tuesday against the Rangers in his first game back from his time on the disabled list.
Brantley has been out since June 15th due to stints on both the paternity list and disabled list, but was able to hit a single in his return to action anyway. The left fielder's return will provide consistency for Cleveland's outfield, which just recently saw Brandon Guyer (wrist) return from injury while both Abraham Almonte (biceps) and Austin Jackson (quad) remain out.
Miguel Montero C FA 4 hours ago
Montero was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Wednesday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.
Coming on the heels of his critical comments about Jake Arrieta's play, Montero finds himself designated for assignment by the organization just a day later. The veteran had played well for the Cubs in his role this year, hitting .286/.366/.439 during 112 plate appearances as the second catcher on the depth chart. In his place, the team promoted Victor Caratini for his first major-league call-up prior to Wednesday's game.
Nick Martínez SP TEX 4 hours ago
Manager Jeff Banister said that either Martinez or Austin Bibens-Dirkx would start Friday against the White Sox, with the other pitcher heading to the bullpen, William Kosileski of MLB.com reports.
With Cole Hamels (oblique) returning from the disabled list earlier this week and Andrew Cashner (oblique) in line to do the same Thursday, the Rangers will have to drop a starter from the rotation. Given that Bibens-Dirkx has delivered a pair of seven-inning, one-run outings in his last three starts, he looks like the heavy favorite to get the Friday nod over Martinez, who has turned in a 4.79 ERA over his 11 starts this season. Assuming that's indeed the case, look for Martinez to be available as the Rangers' designated long man out of the bullpen for the team's remaining five games this week.
Josh Harrison 2B/3B PIT 4 hours ago
Harrison went 2-for-3 with a walk Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
His ninth-inning double helped Pittsburgh erase a two-run,ninth-inning deficit. Harrison's .374 OPS is 50 points above his career average (.324). He needs one walk to match his career high (22) and leads the NL with 16 HBPs. Harrison continues to play exclusively at second base in June, but that figures to change when Starling Marte returns in mid-July, pushing current left fielder Adam Frazier into a part-time player who could play second base occasionally.
OUTVictor Caratini C CHC 4 hours ago
Caratini has been called up by the team Wednesday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
The 23-year-old has been tearing it up with Triple-A Iowa this season, hitting .343/.384/.539 with eight home runs and 54 RBI in 68 games. Caratini has steadily progressed each year, going from Single-A ball to the Cubs in just over two years. To clear room on the roster, the team designated catcher Miguel Montero for assignment prior to Wednesday's game against the Nationals. Moving forward, Caratini will see a decent chunk of time in the lineup serving as the backup to Willson Contreras behind the plate.
Robinson Chirinos C TEX 4 hours ago
Chirinos went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Indians.
It was the 11th home run of the season for Chirinos, who has homered in just under 10 percent of his plate appearances. Although Chirinos has showcased above-average power from the catcher spot in the past, his 28.2 percent HR/FB rate is more than 12 points better than his career mark, suggesting that his current home-run pace probably won't be sustained over the full season. Nonetheless, he remains a quality option in two-catcher leagues, despite being behind Jonathan Lucroy on the depth chart.
Jed Lowrie 2B/DH OAK 4 hours ago
Lowrie (knee) went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in a win over Houston on Tuesday.
Lowrie, who was held out of the starting lineup the previous two games, was able to do some damage against his old team in his return. It was the second baseman's 25th double of the season and brought his slugging percentage to .478, his best mark since he slugged .526 with Boston in 2010.
OUTAdam Frazier 2B/LF/RF PIT 4 hours ago
Frazier went hitless in five at-bats against the Rays on Tuesday.
He's hitting .204/.263/.278 in his last 118 plate appearances with no homers and three stolen bases. Frazier is in jeopardy of losing his table-setter slot while batting leadoff with his month-long slump. Starling Marte (suspension) will also likely cut into his playing time in mid-July when he returns from an 80-game steroid suspension. At that point, Frazier may be reduced to a utility player, depending on the team's injury situation.
Manny Margot CF SD 4 hours ago
Margot (calf) was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return Tuesday against Atlanta.
It was the first game back for the Padres' center fielder, who had been out since May 24 with a calf strain. Margot will slide back into the lead off spot, where he's hitting .250/.297/.383. He is also 5-for-10 this year on stolen base attempts.
Austin Slater LF SF 4 hours ago
Slater (hamstring) recorded a pinch-hit single in Tuesday's win against the Rockies.
After missing Monday's game, the left fielder was able to knock an in-field single before being taken out for a pinch runner. The fact that manager Bruce Bochy didn't want Slater running around the bases suggests the Giants are proceeding carefully, so fantasy owners should continue to monitor the outfielder for updates over the next couple days.