PT TODAY: Nationals bolster pen with deal for Madson, Doolittle

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National League | American League
 
Nationals | Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson dealt to Nats
Washington Nationals RHP Blake Treinen, LHP Jesus Lazardo and 3B Sheldon Neuse were traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for LHP Sean Doolittle and RHP Ryan Madson on Sunday, July 16.  Source: OaklandAthletics.com
 
BHQ take: Both Madson and Doolittle are likely to get a chance to close, although there remains a chance that Washington also will bring in an established closer. Both have been pitching exceedingly well in 2017. Madson has a 2.54 xERA, an 8.9 Dom, a 6.5 Cmd and a 158 BPV. Doolittle has been even better: 2.55 xERA, 13.1 Dom, 15.8 Cmd and a 227 BPV. At the risk of stating the obvious, both are must adds in most NL-only leagues.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: High
Doolittle, Sean       SV Gain: 10%
Madson, Ryan       SV Gain: 30%
 

 
Phillies | Aaron Altherr expected to go on DL
Philadelphia Phillies OF Aaron Altherr (hamstring) is likely headed for the disabled list, according to beat writer Matt Gelb, who speculates 2B Cesar Hernandez (oblique) could be activated from the DL as soon as Monday, July 17, to replace him on the roster.  Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Matt Gelb
 
BHQ take: Before getting hurt, Hernandez was putting up numbers similar to those he posted in his 2016 breakout season. He had a .260 xBA, a less-than-average 70 PX, but an elite 173 Spd. He's expected to resume his role as the Phillies' everyday second baseman. It's not yet clear how much time Altherr will miss, so we've only made a small adjustment in his playing time projection. He had been in the midst of a solid season with a .272 xBA and a 156 PX.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Altherr, Aaron PT Loss: -15%      
Hernandez, Cesar PT Gain: 20%      
 

 
Nationals | Edwin Jackson eyeing start Tuesday
Washington Nationals RHP Edwin Jackson is slated to start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday, July 18, according to a source.  Source: The Washington Post - Jorge Castillo
 
BHQ take: Updating the Nationals' starting pitcher situation, it appears Washington will pass on one of its pitching prospects and instead call up the veteran Jackson. For now, we recommend that owners pass on Jackson. He has not had an xERA below four since 2013 and it's risen every year since then. He started 2017 in the minors before getting a brief chance with Baltimore. There he appeared in three games, threw five innings and compiled a 9.68 xERA, a 3.6 Dom and an 0.5 Cmd. Obviously, five innings is a small sample, but it's been awhile since he did anything to command your attention.   —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Jackson, Edwin    PT Gain: 2%   
 

 
Diamondbacks | Randall Delgado out of commission
Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Randall Delgado (elbow) was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation Sunday, July 16. In a corresponding move, RHP J.J. Hoover was activated from the DL.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Although he’s logged only a pair of holds in 2017, Delgado has crafted his finest season largely by cutting his walks in half (2.0 Ctl) from the previous three seasons’ 4.2 and by throwing more first-pitch strikes (68%) than ever before. Alternating between long relief and five starts (2.52 ERA in those outings), Delgado has faced an average of 10 batters per game, his 125 BPV solidly placing him on many fantasy rosters. Unfortunately, there is an ominous element to any diagnosis of elbow inflammation, and the fact there is no timetable for his return is a cause for concern. Hoover, on the DL since June 23, returns to a setup role. As noted in this space earlier, Hoover has been a Dom monster (13.7) at the expense of walking 6.5 per nine IP, so he’s not everyone’s preferred flavor. He’s also been saddled with two blown saves in as many chances.  —Rob Carroll
 
Impact: Med
Hoover, J.J.    PT Gain: 1%   
Delgado, Randall    PT Loss: -1%   
 

 
Giants | Matt Cain to rejoin rotation
San Francisco Giants RHP Matt Cain will rejoin the starting rotation in the wake of RHP Johnny Cueto (blisters) being placed on the 10-day disabled list.  Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Alex Pavlovic
 
BHQ take: This announcement comes on the heels of an earlier piece in which Cain was moving to the bullpen, but Cueto’s blister gives Cain at least a temporary reprieve. The former Giants stalwart hasn’t been a fantasy asset for the past several years, and career-worst xERA, WHIP and Cmd (5.62, 1.70 and 1.4, respectively) have produced a 14 BPV, another lifetime low mark by plenty. Cueto is another whose skills have been in a downward trajectory in 2017, his 21% DOM/37% DIS contributing to the team’s dismal record. Assuming Cueto’s blister will allow him to return after the 10-day DL period, there are no PT adjustments in effect here.  —Rob Carroll
 
Impact: Med
Cueto, Johnny        
Cain, Matt        
 

 
 
 
American League | National League
 
Angels | Parker Bridwell called up
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RHP Parker Bridwell was recalled from Class AAA Salt Lake on Sunday, July 16. In a corresponding move, 2B Danny Espinosa was designated for assignment.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: We'd already noted Bridwell's return earlier this past weekend, but the roster spot vacated for him is more notable. As we suggested might happen in this past week’s AL West Playing Time Tomorrow space, the Angels finally parted ways with Danny Espinosa, whose .162 BA (60% ct%) and eight HR were a huge disappointment and an ongoing void in a lineup struggling to score runs. Despite not being as solid with the glove, Nick Franklin suddenly gets a golden opportunity over the few weeks and perhaps beyond to win a big chunk of LAA’s 2B playing time. He’s been the victim of some bad luck to date (.186 BA, 22% h%, .252 xBA) and he’s unlikely to hit for much average. But Franklin has at least average power, some running ability and is also showing more plate patience recently. He’ll share Espinosa’s old spot with more defensive-minded Cliff Pennington—but it’s obviously a fluid situation as LAA continues to scour the free agent and trade markets for 2B help.   —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: High
Bridwell, Parker        
Cowart, Kaleb PT Gain: 5%      
Franklin, Nick PT Gain: 45%      
Espinosa, Danny PT Loss: -65%      
Pennington, Cliff PT Gain: 10%      
 

 
Nationals | Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson dealt to Nats
Washington Nationals RHP Blake Treinen, LHP Jesus Lazardo and 3B Sheldon Neuse were traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for LHP Sean Doolittle and RHP Ryan Madson on Sunday, July 16.  Source: OaklandAthletics.com
 
BHQ take: The departure of Doolittle and Madson create some subtle changes in the OAK bullpen, with more changes likely to come. For now, it means a few things: Santiago Casilla is—for now at least—the undisputed source for saves, Liam Hendricks and Daniel Coulombe will pick up more holds(and might be in line for more if Casilla is moved), and former WAS closer Blake Treinen gets another shot in a fresh situation. Treinen failed utterly in his brief tenure as the Nats closer, but he's pitched much better since then in lower-leverage situations, with his troublesome Ctl improving. Clearly, OAK is taking a shot on a live arm with Treinen; if he can throw strikes, his mid-to-upper 90s stuff certainly plays up. Meanwhile, new top RH-setup man Hendriks' skills are far better than his 5-plus ERA, and while lefty Coulombe has benefited from favorable hit and strand rates, he's been fairly effective as well. With Casilla's current mid-4 xERA his worst this decade, and OAK clearly in sell mode, keep your eye on how Mgr Bob Melvin employs his new late-inning cadre if you're trolling for a saves deep-sleeper.  —Rod Truesdell
 
Impact: Med
Castro, Simon    PT Gain: 1%   
Coulombe, Daniel    PT Gain: 1%   
Treinen, Blake        
Hendriks, Liam        
Casilla, Santiago    PT Gain: 1%  SV Gain: 25%
 

 
Tigers | Matt Boyd will start Tuesday
Detroit Tigers RHP Matt Boyd is scheduled to be the starting pitcher against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, July 18.  Source: MLB.com - Jason Beck
 
BHQ take: Boyd will start in LHP Daniel Norris' rotation slot, as Norris is scheduled for a minor league rehab start the same night. Norris could return to the DET rotation after that rehab start. Both Boyd and Norris have struggled with Ctl and Cmd in 2017, the primary difference being Norris' superior Dom. Norris has a 4.94 xERA while Boyd's is even higher at 5.43.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: Low
Boyd, Matt    PT Gain: 2%   
Norris, Daniel    PT Loss: -2%   
 

 
Red Sox | Eduardo Rodriguez to return after ASG break
Boston Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) is expected to come off the disabled list after the All-Star game and rejoin the rotation July 17 against the Toronto Blue Jays.  Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham
 
BHQ take: Rodriguez is listed as the starter for BOS on July 17, but corresponding moves have not yet been announced, so further playing time adjustments should be expected. It is disappointing to see a 24-year-old pitcher already possessing a "D" health grade, but that is what three trips to the DL for knee dislocations will do. The original plan was to have Doug Fister make one more start on Tuesday, July 18, and then fall into a long relief role, but after he was needed to fill that role a few days earlier during the July 15, 16-inning game, he will not be able to start on July 18, and BOS will have to come up with a Plan B. Stay tuned for updates as the situation develops, and keep a close watch on the Daily Matchups column to make the best roster choices.   —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: Low
Fister, Doug    PT Loss: -1%   
Rodriguez, Eduardo    PT Gain: 2%   
 

 
Red Sox | Brock Holt activated from disabled list
Boston Red Sox INF/OF Brock Holt (illness) was activated from the disabled list Sunday, July 16, and he will serve as the 26th man for the team's doubleheader against the New York Yankees.  Source: The Providence Journal - Tim Britton
 
BHQ take: Holt entered the first game of the doubleheader as a pinch hitter, and was scheduled to start the nightcap at 3B. His concussion and vertigo symptoms have limited him to only 15 AB thus far in 2017, so expect BOS to be cautious easing him back in, to the extent that they can build that flexibility into the roster. Both Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero were reviewed in this space on July 15, and we'll take a minor playing time adjustment from the each for now, and adjust as the lineup assignments stabilize.   —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: Low
Lin, Tzu-Wei PT Loss: -5%      
Marrero, Deven PT Loss: -5%      
Holt, Brock PT Gain: 10%      
 

 
Rays | Wilson Ramos out of the lineup again
Tampa Bay Rays C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) is absent from the lineup for a second straight game versus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Sunday, July 16. C Jesus Sucre will draw another start in his place.  Source: Baseball Press
 
BHQ take: Ramos tweaked his hamstring while running the bases during the Friday, July 14, game, so he is day-to-day for now and that variability is already covered within the playing time allocation. Ramos is off to a nice (small sample) power start with TAM, with two doubles and three HR in his first 37 AB for a .541 Slg, while Sucre is starting to look like a worthwhile second catcher in AL-only leagues, with two HR and a .278/.289/.472 line over the past month (36 AB, another small sample warning).   —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: Low
Sucre, Jesus        
Ramos, Wilson        
 

 
Twins | Bartolo Colon to start Tuesday
Minnesota Twins RHP Bartolo Colon is scheduled to be the starting pitcher against New York Yankees Tuesday, July 18.  Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Mike Berardino
 
BHQ take: Reports from Colon's start for Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, July 13, said he failed to reach 90 mph. The 44-year-old was roughed up by the Leigh Valley IronPigs, lasting 3.2 innings and giving up four runs on four hits, including a home run. He struck out five and walked two.   —Rick Green
 
Impact: Low
Colon, Bartolo        
 

 
Twins | Byron Buxton placed on DL
Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (groin) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday, July 15, because of a left groin strain.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: The Twins hope to have Buxton back after the minimum amount of time, but we'll see how the groin injury plays out. Buxton changed to a no-stride approach at the plate last month, which yielded a .387 average, .457 on-base percentage and .516 slugging percentage in 10 July games (small sample warning) to raise his 2017 season total to a .218/.292/.311. The MIN outfield alignment on Sunday was Robbie Grossman (LF), Eddie Rosario (CF) and Max Kepler (RF). Zack Granite, who was called up last week and was expected to be a fourth or fifth outfielder, will see some time in the OF as well. He was profiled in the Daily Call-Ups column on July 9 and given a 7C rating.  —Rick Green
 
Impact: Low
Buxton, Byron        

 

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Playing Time Key

The playing time percentage changes at the bottom of most news items correspond to BaseballHQ.com's Teamview pages. The percentages approximate changes in AB, IP and Saves in the following manner:

  • For batters, each 5% of PT% ~ 31 AB (100% total for each position = 618 AB)
  • For pitchers, each 3% of PT% ~ 44 IP (100% total for a team's entire pitching staff)
  • For relievers, each 5% of Svs ~ 2 saves (100% of a team's total = about 40 saves)

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