PT TODAY: Nationals' options to replace Joe Ross

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National League | American League
Nationals | Joe Ross to have Tommy John surgery
Washington Nationals RHP Joe Ross (elbow) is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday, July 19.  Source: The Washington Post - Jorge Castillo
BHQ take: According to the D.C. media right after the announcement was made, the Nationals don't expect Ross to pitch in the majors until 2019. That would essentially replicate the time table the team used when Stephen Strasburg had his Tommy John surgery. In the meantime, Washington needs another starting pitcher. The in-house options include A.J. Cole, Austin Voth and Eric Fedde. Cole, Washington's #7 prospect, is the only one with MLB experience. He's had 12 appearances dating back to 2015. He also started a game for the Nationals earlier in 2017; however, his ERA at Triple-A Syracuse is a dismal 6.27. Voth is the team's #12 prospect. He too has been hit hard at Syracuse this year, compiling a 6.38 ERA, but he was a lot better at Syracuse in 2016: 3.15 ERA. Fedde is Washington's #3 overall and top pitching prospect. The former first round pick started 2017 at Double-A Harrisburg where he had a 3.04 ERA with 18 walks and 54 strikeouts over 56 innings. He's now at Syracuse too, but there things haven't gone as well: 6.19 ERA over 16 innings. Given the inexperience and general lack of success of the trio at Triple-A, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Nationals trade for a starter.  —Phil Hertz
Impact: High
Ross, Joe    PT Loss: -8%   
Cole, A.J.    PT Gain: 3%   
Voth, Austin    PT Gain: 1%   
Fedde, Erick    PT Gain: 3%   

Cardinals | Stephen Piscotty on disabled list
St. Louis Cardinals OF Stephen Piscotty (groin) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday, July 15, because of a right groin strain. The team also recalled OF Magneuris Sierra from Class AA Springfield.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
BHQ take: Piscotty becomes the second Cardinals outfielder since the All-Star break to hit the DL. It's just the latest disappointment for Piscotty, his fantasy owners, and the Cardinals, who expected much more than a .239 xBA and an 86 PX. His xPX is 124, so there's room for hope that an improvement is coming—if his injury doesn't keep him out too long. Thus will be Sierra's third trip to the Cards in 2017. The 21-year-old is hitting .375 over 32 at bats, but his xBA is .254 and his PX is 0, indicating he remains more interesting in keeper leagues than in redraft leagues. Martinez could help some teams in deep leagues. He has a .284 xBA, a 106 PX, and a 127 Spd over 125 at bats with St. Louis this season.  —Phil Hertz
Impact: Med
Sierra, Magneuris PT Gain: 5%      
Martinez, Jose PT Gain: 5%      
Piscotty, Stephen PT Loss: -15%      

Giants | MadBum returns, Johnny Cueto lands on DL
San Francisco Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner was activated off the 60 day disabled list Saturday, July 15, and will draw the start later in the evening versus the San Diego Padres. In a corresponding move, RHP Johnny Cueto (blisters) was placed on the on 10-day DL.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
BHQ take: We had previously upgraded Bumgarner’s projected innings with the earlier news of his weekend return. Cueto was removed from his Friday outing vs. SD after just four innings with finger and thumb blisters, and will now miss at least one or two starts. No immediate word on who will take over his rotation spot in the interim, but the announcement of Bumgarner’s activation earlier this week had been accompanied by news that that struggling Matt Cain (5.56 ERA, 1.4 Cmd through 91 IP) would be moved to the pen. Obviously Cain could return or the Giants could opt to audition a different name. We’ll adjust more playing time with the news.  —Jock Thompson
Impact: High
Bumgarner, Madison        
Cueto, Johnny    PT Loss: -2%   

Braves | Jason Motte to DL
Atlanta Braves RP Jason Motte (back) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday, July 14, due to a back strain.  Source:
BHQ take: Motte had been pitching well until his last two appearances before the All-Star break, in which he yielded six earned runs in a total of one inning. Perhaps the back woes were at fault. In any event, he's been used mostly in low or medium leveraged situations, meaning owners can probably pass. Hursh has been up and down a couple of times in 2017. Overall, he's thrown 5.7 innings. He's walked three, struck out four and yielded five hits and one earned run.  —Phil Hertz
Impact: Low
Motte, Jason    PT Loss: -2%   
Hursh, Jason    PT Gain: 1%   

Brewers | Eric Sogard to miss a few more days
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Eric Sogard (ankle) received a cortisone shot in his injured ankle Friday, July 14, and will be shut down for the next two days.  Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Haudricourt
BHQ take: Sogard's continued absence is providing Jonathan Villar an extended opportunity to reclaim MIL's 2B job. Villar is 9-for-26 since going hitless in his first two starts following Sogard's July 2 injury, though with only one XBH (a double) and one SB. Sogard retains three distinct advantages vs. Villar in the 2B playing time battle ... contact skill, OBP, and an edge in fundamental soundness. Villar's penchant for fundamental mistakes, both in the field and on the bases, is not something a contending MIL club is likely to endure unless he is producing as he did during his monster 2016 second half. Villar's 2016 second half production included 13 HR, 36 SB, 52 Runs and an .848 OPS, backed by 115 HctX, 144 PX, 155 RSpd and .276 xBA. Villar has yet to display those skills in 2017, as his xBA lingers below .240, his HctX, PX and xPX below 100, with his RSpd barely above 100.   —Tom Kephart
Impact: Med
Villar, Jonathan PT Gain: 10%      
Sogard, Eric PT Loss: -10%      

Brewers | Junior Guerra on track to start Tuesday
Milwaukee Brewers RHP Junior Guerra (shin) still has yet to throw a bullpen session, but manager Craig Counsell told reporters Saturday, July 15, 'it's looking pretty good' that Guerra will start Tuesday, July 18, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Haudricourt
BHQ take: Guerra's pending return means MIL is unlikely to require a spot start from RHP Paolo Espino or another potential replacement. Guerra has struggled in his 10 starts, with 39 K/31 BB in 49 IP. His negative BPV and 5.89 xERA suggest avoidance in all formats.   —Tom Kephart
Impact: Low
Espino, Paolo    PT Loss: -1%   
Guerra, Junior    PT Gain: 1%   

Cubs | John Lackey throws bullpen Saturday
Chicago Cubs RHP John Lackey (foot) got through his bullpen session without incident Saturday, July 15, and remains on track to start Tuesday, July 18, against the Atlanta Braves.  Source: Chicago Tribune - Mark Gonzales
BHQ take: Lackey's pending return will likely relegate RHP Eddie Butler to the bullpen, or even to Triple-A. Butler's negative BPV and 5.56 xERA suggest his sub-4.00 ERA is a mirage. His poor Ctl and sub-marginal Dom have yielded 30 K/27 BB in 53 IP. Butler has made 11 starts among his 12 appearances since his May promotion from Triple-A, averaging fewer than five innings per start. Lackey's 4.39 xERA is his worst since 2011, though considerably better than his 5.20 ERA, likely inflated by his inability to keep the ball in the park. His 2.2 HR/9 and 21% HR/F are career worsts, considerably higher than his career norms. If Lackey improves his ability to limit Home Runs, his ERA should begin dipping toward his xERA.   —Tom Kephart
Impact: High
Butler, Eddie    PT Loss: -1%   
Lackey, John    PT Gain: 1%   

American League | National League
Royals | Nathan Karns could require surgery
Kansas City Royals RHP Nathan Karns' (elbow) elbow soreness could be caused by thoracic outlet syndrome, according to manager Ned Yost, and Yost said season-ending surgery is a possibility.  Source: The Kansas City Star - Rustin Dodd
BHQ take: That surgery has now been scheduled for July 19, and Karns will miss the rest of the 2017 season. Travis Wood made his first start of 2017 on July 2, and will replace Karns in the rotation for now, while the Royals look for other options. Wood was last used regularly as a starter in 2014, and his current 5.2 Ctl is the highest on the KC active roster, so Wood owners are urged to heed the Daily Matchups column when considering him for fantasy usage. Expect further updates on this situation as news is released.   —Matt Dodge
Impact: Med
Wood, Travis    PT Gain: 3%   
Skoglund, Eric    PT Gain: 1%   
Junis, Jakob    PT Gain: 2%   
Karns, Nathan    PT Loss: -7%   

Yankees | Starlin Castro reinstated
New York Yankees 2B Starlin Castro was activated from the 10-day disabled list Saturday, July 15. In a corresponding move, INF/OF Tyler Wade was optioned to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
BHQ take: Castro missed 18 calendar days with his Grade 1 hamstring strain, but missed far fewer games thanks to the All Star break. His .313 BA ranks eighth best in the American League, and he has accumulated most of his at bats during 2017 while batting in either the 4th (135 AB) or 5th (109 AB - where he started on July 15) lineup position. Wade struggled in his major league debut (3-for-28 with 10 strikeouts), and will head back to Triple-A to resume his multi-position development.   —Matt Dodge
Impact: Med
Wade, Tyler PT Loss: -15%      
Torreyes, Ronald PT Loss: -5%      
Castro, Starlin PT Gain: 20%      

Astros | Will Harris to the DL
Houston Astros RHP Will Harris (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation Friday, July 14.  Source: - Brian McTaggart
BHQ take: No immediate word on long Harris might be gone, but his 2.86 ERA, 10.1 Dom, 1.3 Ctl and 17 holds will be missed in the bullpen – and another reason the playoff-bound Astros will acquire pitching prior to the July 31 trade deadline. Reymin Guduan has taken Harris’ roster spot, but barring an immediate about-face from his small-sample performance to date (7 2/3 IP, 7 runs allowed), this is like an interim move and he’ll remain a bullpen shuttle-piece. Collin McHugh will reportedly finish his final rehab start on Sunday, with Dallas Keuchel beginning his comeback sometime next week.  —Jock Thompson
Impact: Med
Guduan, Reymin        
McHugh, Collin    PT Gain: 1%   
Harris, Will T    PT Loss: -1%   

Rays | Tim Beckham should be ready for Sunday
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Tim Beckham (ankle) is expected to return to the team Sunday, July 16 - the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list, according to manager Kevin Cash.  Source: Tampa Bay Times - Roger Mooney
BHQ take: Beckham is expected to come back to the short side of a platoon at 2B with Brad Miller, while also providing relief for Adeiny Hechavarria at SS. This three player coverage combo is projected for a total value of $16 for the remainder of the year, with only Miller (35 BPV) approaching league average. Each of the regular starters offers a minor contribution that is not without warts: Hechavarria's 2% bb% limits his ability to use his 125 Spd, and Miller's 18% bb% helps in OBP leagues, but his 68% ct% and .222 xBA keep the BA component low. Beckham's combination of skills (122 xPX, 161 Spd) could win him more playing time if either of the regulars falter, but he still may not see enough playing time to make him valuable in AL-only leagues.  —Matt Dodge
Impact: Low
Miller, Bradley PT Gain: 5%      
Beckham, Tim PT Loss: -5%      
Hechavarria, Adeiny        

Angels | Parker Bridwell to get the nod Sunday
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RHP Parker Bridwell has been named the starting pitcher for the team's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, July 16.  Source: The Orange County Register - Jeff Fletcher
BHQ take: No change to Bridwell’s current projection. The Angels are just gradually bringing back the rotation arms (Bridwell and Alex Meyer) they’d sent to the minors for work during the All-Star break.  —Jock Thompson
Impact: Low
Bridwell, Parker        


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  • 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 = about40 saves)

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