PT TODAY: Rosenthal in line for shot at saves in STL

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National League | American League
 
Cardinals | Trevor Rosenthal in line to close
St. Louis Cardinals RHP Trevor Rosenthal 'has to be' considered for save situations, according to manager Mike Matheny. Rosenthal has struck out 10 of the last 16 batters he has faced and hasn't allowed a hit in six innings.  Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Derrick Goold
 
BHQ take: It looks like Rosenthal has a shot of reclaiming the job he lost to Seung-Hwan Oh in 2016. While his actual ERA is 3.72, all of his skills are shouting top-notch closer. His xERA is 2.62 and his Dom is 14.4. His Ctl of 4.0 remains a bit high, but it also happens to be his career number. Also of note is that his average velocity is at a career high. Everything has gone in the wrong direction for Oh in 2017. His xERA is nearly two runs higher than in 2016. His Dom has dropped from 11.6 to 8.3, and his Cmd has dropped from 5.7 to 3.2. All that said, we're not prepared to entirely cut Oh out of the save picture. Rosenthal has had his ups and downs over his closer career, so a bad outing or two could push Oh back into the picture, particularly if he pitches well. Finally, Brett Cecil could get a chance or two to save games although his first chance on July 16 went awry. He faced four batters, three reached and scored and one homered.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: High
Oh, Seung-Hwan       SV Loss: -60%
Rosenthal, Trevor       SV Gain: 55%
Cecil, Brett        
 

 
Braves | Two Braves may come off DL Monday
Atlanta Braves OF Danny Santana (illness) and INF Sean Rodriguez (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list Monday, July 17.  Source: MLB.com - Mark Bowman
 
BHQ take: The more interesting player here is Rodriguez, who had been expected to miss the entire season after a very serious offseason car wreck. If he can approach his 2016 levels of production—.258 xBA and 164 PX—he can help most fantasy teams, particularly when it's likely he will have multi-position eligibility. Santana is at most of minimal interest in very deep leagues. Through his first 112 at-bats in 2017, he has a .247 xBA and a 109 PX. He does have a 101 Spd that has helped him to five stolen bases, so he could be an asset in that area were he to get some significant playing time. Unfortunately his pre-DL role of playing all over the field is likely to be impacted by Rodriguez's simultaneous activation.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Santana, Daniel        
Rodriguez, Sean PT Gain: 30%      
 

 
Nationals | Jacob Turner called up
Washington Nationals RHP Jacob Turner had his contract selected from Class AAA Syracuse Monday, July 17. RHP Koda Glover (back, shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.  Source: MASNSports.com - Dan Kolko
 
BHQ take: Turner is back in the majors despite faring poorly earlier in 2017. Over 39 innings with the Nationals, he had a 5.38 xERA, a 5.3 Dom and a 1.5 Cmd. That strongly suggests owners can pass on Turner, especially since multiple Washington pitchers might be headed back to the minors later this week as Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson join the club and Edwin Jackson is added to make the start on July 18. Glover has been on the DL for more than a month, so the move to the 60-day DL does not necessarily indicate he will be out for an even more extended time. That said, he's yet to start throwing, so owners can likely cut ties on him, at least for 2017. That is especially so, since Washington's entire bullpen dynamic was changed with the acquisition of Madson and Doolittle.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Glover, Koda    PT Loss: -1%  SV Loss: -10%
Turner, Jacob    PT Gain: 1%   
 

 
Reds | DL trip likely for Scott Feldman
Cincinnati Reds RHP Scott Feldman (knee) is expected to be placed on the disabled list with a sore right knee.  Source: MLB.com - Mark Sheldon
 
BHQ take: With no diagnosis as yet of Feldman's injury, there likely will be further updates, perhaps including further reductions in his projected PT. Right-handed starter Jackson Stephens, who won his July 1 MLB debut in a spot start, seems the most likely candidate as Feldman's rotation replacement, though other possibilities remain. Stephens recorded 8 K/1 BB in 5 IP in the aforementioned outing.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: Med
Stephens, Jackson    PT Gain: 1%   
Feldman, Scott    PT Loss: -1%   
 

 
Reds | Devin Mesoraco begins rehab assignment
Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment at Class AAA Louisville Monday, July 17.  Source: MLB.com - Mark Sheldon
 
BHQ take: Mesoraco smashed a grand slam in his first rehab AB, so his rehab stint likely will be brief. Mesoraco's pending return from the DL will result in rookie Rule 5 draft selection C Stuart Turner being relegated to a seldom-used roster luxury after serving as the backup catcher in Mesoraco's absence. Mesoraco has not shown the same power or hard contact as in his pre-injury breakout 2014 season, though his 129 PX and 18% hr/f suggest his power has value at a position in which meaningful power is not in ample supply.  —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: Med
Mesoraco, Devin PT Gain: 5%      
Turner, Stuart PT Loss: -5%      
 

 
Rockies | Antonio Senzatela will be recalled
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela will be recalled from Class AAA Albuquerque in order to start against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, July 18.  Source: The Associated Press
 
BHQ take: After being blasted for nine ER in five innings in his last start on June 22, Senzatela was moved to the bullpen, where he pitched well before being demoted to AAA-Albuquerque. After making an abbreviated start there, he’ll be back in COL facing a Padres team that has scored the fewest road runs in the majors. Even with three Rockies SP disabled, Senzatela won’t survive another stretch like June, when his ERA was 8.10 and his oOPS was .937 (thanks to eight HR allowed in 23 IP). As bad as June was, his 69% FpK and 3.90 ERA for the month say that some rotten luck was involved, too, and that he’s capable of reversing his course.   —Rob Carroll
 
Impact: Med
Senzatela, Antonio        
 

 
 
 
American League | National League
 
Royals | Two more moves for Royals
Kansas City Royals OF Billy Burns was recalled from Class AAA Omaha Tuesday, July 17, while OF Jorge Soler was optioned to Class AAA in a corresponding move.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: This very same transaction occurred on June 3; Soler sent to Triple-A, and Burns recalled to the majors. Soler was expected to regain his skills by playing every day in the minors, and he did enough there to get recalled on June 28. However, his bat never seemed to make the return trip, as he went 5-for-36, finishing up with an 0-for-16 that contained nine strikeouts. With the Royals only two games behind in the division as of this writing, they need more, reliable offense, hence the move was made again. Burns barely got a chance on the last trip (only two AB), but a 13% bb% and 0.77 Eye helped him to a .363 OBA in 224 AB at AAA-Omaha, and his MLB career 28% SBO% with a 77% SB% means he could get chances to run while Soler gets things sorted out.   —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: Low
Bonifacio, Jorge PT Gain: 10%      
Soler, Jorge PT Loss: -25%      
Burns, Billy PT Gain: 15%      
 

 
Yankees | Michael Pineda will have Tommy John surgery
New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery on his injured elbow Tuesday, July 18.  Source: yankees.mlb.com
 
BHQ take: And with this update, that last little bit of 2017 playing time for Pineda disappears, and he will hope to get on a major league mound again sometime late in the 2018 season. As recently noted, the fifth-starter slot in the Bronx could have several temporary occupants until someone takes hold (or gets acquired over the next few weeks), so frequent updates here may be the norm.  —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: Low
Cessa, Luis    PT Gain: 1%   
Mitchell, Bryan    PT Gain: 1%   
Pineda, Michael    PT Loss: -2%   
 

 
Indians | Ryan Merritt recalled
Cleveland Indians LHP Ryan Merritt was recalled from Class AAA Columbus Monday, July 17. The team also optioned OF Tyler Naquin to Class AAA Columbus.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Merritt's promotion provides CLE a fresh relief arm after the bullpen was used heavily in CLE's July 16 game at OAK, as the CLE starter failed to escape the first inning. Merritt made a June doubleheader spot start in his only previous CLE appearance of 2017. Naquin's demotion solidifies switch-hitting OF Abraham Almonte as the current primary RF option vs. RHP. Apart from showing increased patience from previous seasons, Almonte's batting skills are marginal, including sub-70% ct%, below-average PX and HctX and a .232 xBA.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: Low
Merritt, Ryan PT Gain: 1%   
Naquin, Tyler PT Loss: -5%      
Almonte, Abraham PT Gain: 5%      
 

 
Red Sox | Doug Fister no longer starting Tuesday
Boston Red Sox RHP Doug Fister has been removed from consideration to start Tuesday, July 18, against the Toronto Blue Jays after pitching in relief Saturday, July 15. The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham speculates either LHP Brian Johnson or RHP Hector Velazquez will be recalled to replace him.  Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham
 
BHQ take: Updating recent events, Johnson has been chosen for the July 18 start, and Fister will get another starting turn on July 20. These are both considered spot starts, and well within the playing time projections. Johnson struggled through back-to-back PQS-0 starts for BOS in early June, but comes back on a relatively high note after a seven-inning shutout (three hits, two K, two BB) PQS-3 for AAA-Pawtucket on July 13. Fister's 2017 bugaboo thus far has been his (lack of) control, with 11 walks in 17 innings, but his career 2.0 Ctl gives hope that the recent results may be an aberration. As always, consult the Daily Matchups page for starting pitching guidance.   —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: Low
Velazquez, Hector        
Johnson, Brian        
Fister, Doug        
 

 
Yankees | Greg Bird looking at surgery?
New York Yankees 1B Greg Bird (foot) is set in pain-killing injection, but he may require surgery in order to remove excess bone growth in his right foot - a procedure which would sideline him for six to eight weeks, according to general manager Brian Cashman.  Source: WFAN - Sweeny Murti
 
BHQ take: Bird agreed on July 17 to schedule the surgery, in hopes of getting back on the field in September. With only 60 AB thus far in 2017 and less than that added on before season-end, he will focus on getting healthy and strong for the 2018 season, but the large and growing medical file (shoulder, knee, ankle, foot) will make him a very risky play on draft day.   —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: Low
Bird, Gregory        

 

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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)

A complete explanation of BaseballHQ.com's playing time allocations can be found in the article "How the Projections are Created."


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