PT TODAY: Cessa, others vie for Pineda's rotation spot

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American League | National League
Yankees | Michael Pineda may have torn UCL
New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda (elbow) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday, July 14, with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Pineda is expected to get a second opinion after he was initially advised to undergo Tommy John surgery.  Source: YES Network - Jack Curry
BHQ take: Pineda retains a shred of playing time for now, in the event that his second opinion provides some hope of a September return. Add in the fact that he also has a flexor tendon strain, and fantasy owners should feel very confident in cutting him for 2017 (and perhaps 2018 as well). Luis Cessa will reportedly get the first opportunity to grab the open rotation slot, and Bryan Mitchell will be called upon to make a spot start during a July 15 doubleheader, so the better man may actually win it. Mitchell's ground ball reputation has waned a bit over the past few years, but his career 0.7 hr/9 plays much better in Yankee Stadium than does Cessa's 1.4 hr/9. The rest of the names listed below could win subsequent auditions if the early choices don't pan out; the most intriguing might be Chance Adams, who is the Yankees top pitching prospect, but he has only logged 57.2 Triple-A innings thus far in his two-year minor league career (with 64 K/ 22 BB).   —Matt Dodge
Impact: High
Smith, Caleb    PT Gain: 1%   
Green, Chad    PT Gain: 1%   
Cessa, Luis    PT Gain: 4%   
Mitchell, Bryan    PT Gain: 2%   
Pineda, Michael    PT Loss: -11%   
Adams, Chance    PT Gain: 3%   

Athletics | Andrew Triggs done for the season
Oakland Athletics RHP Andrew Triggs (hip) underwent season-ending surgery Thursday, July 13, to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.  Source: - Jane Lee
BHQ take: Triggs tried to rehab the hip, but instead elected to undergo surgery much as teammates Sean Manaea and Mark Canha did for the same issue over the last year. Jharel Cotton is expected to rejoin the OAK rotation shortly, but rookies Paul Blackburn and Daniel Gossett are both now expected to get a much longer look. Blackburn's 0.66 ERA in his two starts puts Gossett's 6.23 ERA mark to shame—but ironically, Gossett has actually posted the better skills of the two (4.48 xERA/93 BPV vs. Blackburn's 4.73 xERA/41 BPV). An unfortunate 26% HR/F is hurting Gossett, and Blackburn has benefitted from an unmaintainable 22% H% and 100% S%. Neither is missing many bats, with Gossett posting an 8% SwK and Blackburn a measly 5% SwK so far, and the lack of a strikeout pitch is the main rub for both hurlers. It's unlikely either will contribute enough from here out to contribute much fanalytically.  —Rod Truesdell
Impact: Med
Gossett, Daniel    PT Gain: 2%   
Blackburn, Paul    PT Gain: 4%   
Triggs, Andrew    PT Loss: -7%   
Cotton, Jharel    PT Gain: 1%   

Red Sox | Pablo Sandoval designated for assignment
Boston Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval was designated for assignment Friday, July 14.  Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham
BHQ take: Sandoval completed his allotted 20 day rehab assignment, forcing the BOS front office to make a decision, and that they did. Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin are expected to share 3B in the near term, and the arrangement could evolve into a platoon between the lefty Lin and righty Marrero. Lin is off to a fast start in the majors with 13 hits, 7 walks and 2 triples in his first 46 plate appearances, and carries a strong defensive reputation. Marrero was on a hot streak heading into the All Star break, batting an even .400 (14-for-35) over the past two weeks, but that only brought his overall batting average up to .225 for the season. Another collateral benefit from Sanodval's release is that it opened up 3B at AAA-Pawtucket for Rafael Devers, who was promoted there on July 14 and moves him one step closer to the majors. Devers was reviewed in the July 3 Playing Time Tomorrow, and once the front office determines he is ready, neither Marrero nor Lin should stand in his way.  —Matt Dodge
Impact: Med
Devers, Rafael PT Gain: 5%      
Marrero, Deven PT Gain: 5%      
Sandoval, Pablo PT Loss: -30%      
Lin, Tzu-Wei PT Gain: 15%      
Young, Chris B PT Gain: 5%      

Indians | Lonnie Chisenhall placed on DL
Cleveland Indians OF Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday, July 14, because of a right calf strain. The team also recalled OF Tyler Naquin from Class AAA Columbus.  Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Paul Hoynes
BHQ take: Updating a previous report, Naquin's promotion changes the PT allocation while Chisenhall is sidelined. Naquin is likely to get the bulk of RF AB vs. RHP, rather than switch-hitting OF Abraham Almonte. Naquin opened the season in CF for CLE, yet was demoted in April when Chisenhall returned from his first DL stint. He started 4-for-17, after having out-performed his skills as a 2016 rookie. His ct% has been problematic, though he showed reduced strikeout tendency in his 123 AB in Triple-A this season compared to his previous Triple-A history. Naquin is a ground-ball and line-drive hitter with above-average speed and power, so if he can lift his ct%, he will clearly have value.   —Tom Kephart
Impact: High
Naquin, Tyler PT Gain: 10%      
Almonte, Abraham PT Gain: 10%      
Chisenhall, Lonnie PT Loss: -20%      

Angels | Eric Young Jr. sent down
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Eric Young Jr. cleared waivers and was outrighted to Class AAA Salt Lake Thursday, July 13.  Source: - Maria I. Guardado
BHQ take: As expected, Young was demoted to make room for Mike Trout's return from the DL. He was productive during Trout's absence, particularly early on, posting a .260 BA with 3 HR and 8 SB in 96 AB -- but had gone just 7-for-42 since mid-June. He'll await his next opportunity at AAA-Salt Lake City. Ben Revere keeps his #4 OF job, and will continue to try and to chip into the LF playing time of Cam Maybin.  —Jock Thompson
Impact: Low
Young Jr., Eric O PT Loss: -20%      

Yankees | New York acquires Garrett Cooper
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers minor league 1B Garrett Cooper was acquired by the New York Yankees in the trade for LHP Tyler Webb.  Source: FanRag Sports - Jon Heyman
BHQ take: The revolving door continues to spin at 1B for the Yankees, and the recently acquired Cooper becomes the 11th player to see time there in 2017, as he is making his major league debut on July 14. (More coverage in the Daily Callups column). The RH-batting Cooper has a .982 OPS in 406 AB across 2016-17 at AAA-Colorado Springs, taking advantage of the ballpark (+25% hit rate compared to all minor league parks) and the Pacific Coast League (1.74 home runs/game, most in the minors) according to factors recently published by Baseball America. His mileage will certainly vary (and decrease) as he comes to the majors, but Yankee Stadium (+ 25% RH batter HRs) is the best place for him to land in the AL. Another recent setback for Greg Bird (potential foot surgery to remove a bone growth), and increased recent usage of C Austine Romine at 1B means playing time is available, and Cooper (or recent callup Ji-Man Choi, or even the DL-activated Matt Holliday) stand to gain as a result.   —Matt Dodge
Impact: High
Cooper, Garrett PT Gain: 20%      
Austin, Tyler PT Loss: -10%      
Bird, Gregory PT Loss: -20%      
Choi, Ji-Man PT Gain: 5%      
Romine, Austin PT Loss: -5%      
Holliday, Matt T PT Gain: 10%      

National League | American League
Nationals | Joe Ross headed to DL
Washington Nationals RHP Joe Ross (tricep) will be placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right triceps strain Friday, July 14, according to a source.  Source: The Washington Post - Chelsea Janes
BHQ take: The severity of Ross' injury remains unknown, so we've only reduced Ross' innings projections a small amount. Once more information is known, we will revisit his situation. Ross' 2017 has been up and down both healthwise and on the mound. Overall he has a 4.33 xERA and a 100 BPV. His Dom is 8.3 and his Cmd and is 3.4. In addition to putting Ross on the DL, the Nats sent Sammy Solis to the minors and jettisoned recently signed Francisco Rodriguez. Solis has been both hurt and awful: 6.52 xERA and real ERA more than twice that. K-Rod had been toiling in the low minors. The fact that he was unable to impress the pitching desperate Nationals could mean his career has come to the end of the line. Finally the Ross and Solis moves created two open roster spots for Washington, and they recalled Trevor Gott and called up Austin Adams. Gott pitched extensively for the Angels in 2015, but has not seen much MLB action since being acquired by Washington after that season. He was up earlier in 2017, pitching two innings and yielding five earned runs. Adams, not to be confused with the former Cleveland pitcher of the same name, will be making his MLB debut when he sees the field. He has been pitching in relief for Triple-A Syracuse. While he has a nice ERA (2.50) and a very nice Dom (13.3), his WHIP was 1.62 and his Ctl 7.3. Obviously any success will be fleeting with Adams if he can't half that Ctl rate. The Nationals still need a starter for Tuesday's game, so an additional move is likely to be forthcoming before then.  —Phil Hertz
Impact: Med
Adams, Austin    PT Gain: 3%   
Gott, Trevor    PT Gain: 2%   
Ross, Joe    PT Loss: -3%   
Solis, Sammy    PT Loss: -3%  SV Loss: -5%
Rodriguez, Francisco J    PT Loss: -2%  SV Loss: -5%

Giants | Eduardo Nunez activated
San Francisco Giants 3B Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Friday, July 14.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
BHQ take: Nunez was immediately inserted back into his most-of-the-time 3B spot on Friday. His top-of-the-lineup contact (.299 BA, 91% ct%) and running game (17 SB) make him a lineup fixture either there or in the outfield. Mac Williamson was optioned just before the All-Star break to open a roster spot for Nunez. Now shelved with a wrist contusion, 3B Ryder Jones (1-for-21 in his MLB debut) will head back to AAA-Sacramento after coming off the DL.  —Jock Thompson
Impact: High
Gillaspie, Conor PT Loss: -5%      
Jones, Ryder PT Loss: -5%      
Williamson, Mac PT Loss: -5%      
Nunez, Eduardo PT Gain: 15%      

Padres | San Diego makes roster moves
The San Diego Padres placed OF Hunter Renfroe (neck) on the 10-day disabled list Friday, July 14, because of a strained neck and placed RHP Kirby Yates on the paternity list. The team also recalled OF Jabari Blash and RHP Jose Valdez to Class AAA El Paso.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
BHQ take: Despite his historical contact issues and 15 Ks in 29 MLB AB (.103 BA) to date, Blash was in RF on Friday night and seemingly gets another MLB window crack, though it not last as long as we've projected here. Blash has hit again at offense-crazy AAA-El Paso—.291 BA, 18 HR in 206 AB—though his 76 Ks remain a big red flag. Renfroe's injury isn't expected to keep him out for long. The RP moves here are insignificant fantasy-wise.  —Jock Thompson
Impact: Med
Renfroe, Hunter PT Loss: -10%      
Blash, Jabari PT Gain: 10%      
Yates, Kirby        

Cubs | Jose Quintana added to roster
Chicago Cubs LHP Jose Quintana, who was acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, July 13, added to the 25-man roster on Friday, July 14. In a corresponding move, RHP Dylan Floro was optioned to Class AAA Iowa.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
BHQ take: Updating previous report, Quintana will make his CHC debut Sunday July 16. His hopes for a second half turnaround largely rest on his ability to better limit home runs and to improve his control. He is currently showing career worst 3.5 Ctl despite an exceptionally high 69% FpK, which seem mismatched. Floro could continue to shuttle between CHC and Triple-A as he has done since his first 2017 call-up in May. He has made three appearances for CHC, pitching multiple innings in lower leverage situations.   —Tom Kephart
Impact: Low
Floro, Dylan    PT Loss: -1%   
Quintana, Jose        


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