Amir Garrett
Reds' Amir Garrett: Headed to DL
Amir Garrett, SP, CIN
12:55 PM
News: Garrett was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with right hip inflammation.

The southpaw teased tantalizing upside early in the year but has fallen back to earth with a 6.00 ERA over eight starts. The Reds have planned on monitoring Garrett's workload as the former two-sport athlete continues to develop his baseball acumen, but he'll have to wait for his next chance as he goes on the mend.

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J.A. Happ
Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Starting rehab assignment Thursday
J.A. Happ, SP, TOR
12:48 PM
News: Happ (elbow) is scheduled to start his first rehab game with High-A Dunedin on Thursday.

General manager Ross Atkins said Happ would need anywhere from one-to-three rehab starts before rejoining the Blue Jays, so expect an update on his status following Thursday's rehab appearance. If all goes well, Atkins indicated Happ could rejoin the big-league rotation within the next 10-to-15 days.

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TJ Zeuch
Blue Jays' T.J. Zeuch: Proving worthy of first-round pick
TJ Zeuch, SP, TOR
12:44 PM
News: Zeuch (3-2) owns a 3.45 ERA and 1.34 WHIP through nine games (eight starts) and 47 innings with High-A Dunedin.

One of the Jays' top pitching prospects, he's represented himself well in his first season at High-A. Zeuch was beat up pretty bad in his last start (eight runs over five innings), but has otherwise been impressive. Last year's first-round pick has an underwhelming 7.1 K/9, but Zeuch's 2.11 BB/9 shows quality control for a 21-year-old. It wouldn't be a surprise to seen the right-hander make his way to Double-A before the season is over.

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Masahiro Tanaka
Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: No indication of health issues
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY
11:51 AM
News: Tanaka has "no indicators" of health issues, and general manager Brian Cashman said the team doesn't believe there's reason to give him any tests, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.

The right-hander's 6.56 ERA and 2.44 HR/9 point to something being wrong, but even with Tanaka's history of elbow concerns in recent years, the Yankees aren't panicking over his health. Perhaps they'll work on a mechanical fix. Until then, he remains a dicey start-to-start option in mixed fantasy leagues, but players in deeper games may find it difficult to bench him considering his ever-present ace upside.

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Matt Moore
Giants' Matt Moore: Tosses quality start in loss Wednesday
Matt Moore, SP, SF
11:43 AM
News: Moore (2-5) gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits over six innings Wednesday. He walked three and struck out four in a 5-4 loss to the Cubs.

The veteran lefty has either been prone to blow ups or downright dominant this season, so it was odd seeing him pitch a game that was neither. It is tough to decipher whether Moore's 5.28 ERA and 1.53 WHIP are due for an improvement due to his inconsistent results on a year-to-year basis. Shallow league owners could probably find more consistent options on waivers at this point, but those in deeper formats have no choice but to hang tight and hope the good outweighs the bad the rest of the way.

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James Paxton
Mariners' James Paxton: Slated for 60-to-65 pitches Friday
James Paxton, SP, SEA
11:33 AM
News: Paxton (forearm) is scheduled to throw 60-to-65 pitches in his rehab start with Double-A Arkansas on Friday, Bob Dutton of the Tacona News Tribune reports.

If it goes well, it'll be the final step in Paxton's quest to rejoin the Mariners, and he'd return May 31 at home against the Rockies. Even in the tough matchup, fantasy owners will gladly welcome back his 1.43 ERA, 10.8 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9. We'll provide an update on that outing and his next step when the team releases information.

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Stephen Strasburg
Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: Taking the hill Saturday
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
11:09 AM
News: Strasburg will start Saturday against the Padres, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.

The Nationals confirmed the right-hander's specific assignment for the weekend against the lowly Padres. Strasburg will match up with San Diego southpaw Clayton Richard.

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Steven Matz
Mets' Steven Matz: Expected to require another rehab start
Steven Matz, SP, NYM
10:48 AM
News: Matz (elbow) is likely to receive another rehab start at Triple-A Las Vegas before returning from the 10-day disabled list, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

The Mets had been entertaining the idea of activating Matz over the weekend had he pitched well during his start for Las Vegas on Tuesday, but the left-hander was beaten up for five runs on five hits over four innings, effectively putting the kibosh on that plan. Matz didn't report any issues with his elbow following the rehab outing, so if he's able to find more success his next time out with Las Vegas, he could make his subsequent start with the Mets.

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Max Scherzer
Nationals' Max Scherzer: Locked in for Friday
Max Scherzer, SP, WAS
10:02 AM
News: Scherzer will start the Nationals' series opener Friday against the Padres, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.

He was initially projected for Saturday, so this is just acknowledging his official assignment for fantasy lineup purposes. Scherzer struggled against Atlanta on Saturday, giving up three runs on four hits (two home runs) and three walks over only five innings. Still, the fantasy ace owns a crisp 3.02 ERA, 11.5 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9.

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Jameson Taillon
Pirates' Jameson Taillon: Logs another bullpen Thursday
Jameson Taillon, SP, PIT
9:48 AM
News: Taillon (groin) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Thursday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

This outing was deemed "more competitive", per Berry, and is a positive sign for Taillon, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer on May 8. Expect Pittsburgh to release more details on the right-hander's upcoming schedule and prognosis for a possible return in the coming weeks.

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