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Dustin May Los Angeles Dodgers

Dustin May (P) LA - Sep. 24

May was placed on the 15-day injured list with lower-back tightness Saturday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The timing of the injury means that May's 2022 regular season is officially over. He returned from Tommy John surgery in late August to make six starts, recording a mediocre 4.50 ERA. It's not yet clear if the injury is expected to carry over into the postseason.

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Michael Grove Los Angeles Dodgers

Michael Grove (P) LA - Sep. 24

Grove is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The Dodgers will keep Grove on hand as part of a six-man rotation after he made his first turn of the week in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Diamondbacks. He took a no-decision in that outing after allowing five runs (three earned) over five frames, bringing his ERA to 4.66 across his first 19.1 innings in the big leagues. With the Dodgers well on their way to finishing with the National League's top record, Grove could remain part of a six-man rotation over the final week and a half of the season as the team aims to give its other starting pitchers added rest in advance of the playoffs.

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Brandon Lowe Tampa Bay Rays

Brandon Lowe (2B) TB - Sep. 24

Lowe (back) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Lowe has been sidelined with back inflammation since Sept. 12, and he received an injection Tuesday. The Rays hoped that he would be able to return prior to the end of the regular season, but he'll ultimately be held out down the stretch. It's not yet clear whether Lowe's offseason program will be significantly impacted by his injury.

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D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees

DJ LeMahieu (3B) NY-A - Sep. 24

LeMahieu (toe) remains unable to play, and it's not clear when or if he'll be able to return this season, Greg Joyce of the New York Post reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: There was some optimism earlier this week that LeMahieu could potentially return to action during this weekend's homestand versus Boston, but the veteran infielder still hasn't been able to swing at 100 percent during batting practice. He has indicated that he's feeling better but has also explained that he isn't able to play in his current state. Manager Aaron Boone hasn't ruled out the possibility of LeMahieu returning during next week's three-game series in Toronto, but that sounds like an unlikely scenario given LeMahieu's continuing inability to move past the injury. Boone acknowledged the uncertainty of LeMahieu's timeframe for a return, calling the injury a "great unkown" and saying, "It's been a really tricky injury to get our arms around. What treatments we can do, if and when you can do a shot, things like that. We'll see."

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Josh Rojas Arizona Diamondbacks

Josh Rojas investors can't complain about his performance this year. With the D'backs it seems to be a different story.

Josh Rojas (2B) AZ - Sep. 24

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Rojas will remain an infielder through the end of the season, Jose M. Romero of the Arizona Republic reprots.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Rojas has had recent defensive issues and was held out Friday's starting lineup for the third straight game -- two against a lefty and one against a righty. The recent lineup decisions appear to be more about the defensive issues than a lefty-on-lefty matter, but Rojas has not started the last four against lefties. Lovullo said he'll continue to use him as an infielder, but there will be discussions in the offseason about what may be the best fit for Rojas, who has experience in the outfield and at multiple infield positions. Next season's outfield appears well stocked, so he would be unlikely to get 500 plate appearances if limited to outfield. Pending any offseason acquisitions, Rojas could move back to being a super utility player.

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Hunter Renfroe Milwaukee Brewers

Hunter Renfroe (OF) MIL - Sep. 24

Renfroe went 4-for-5 with two homers, five RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's 10-2 victory over the Reds.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Renfroe's first hit was a single to lead off the second inning. He then crushed two-run home runs in each of his next two at-bats in the fourth and fifth innings, driving in Rowdy Tellez both times. The right fielder's fifth RBI of the game came on a seventh-inning single that drove home Willy Adames. It was quite the night for Renfroe, who came into the game with just two hits in his last 21 at-bats (.095). It was also just his second four-hit game of the season.

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Rowdy Tellez Milwaukee Brewers

Rowdy Tellez (1B) MIL - Sep. 24

Tellez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored in Saturday's win over the Reds.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Tellez singled in his second at-bat in the fourth inning and scored on a Hunter Renfroe home run. The first baseman drew a walk in his next plate appearance in the fifth before coming home to score yet again on second homer from Renfroe. Tellez's solo shot came in the ninth inning after the Brewers had already put the game well out of reach. He came into Saturday's game with just three hits in his last 30 at-bats, though the home run was his sixth this month.

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Wade Miley Chicago Cubs

Wade Miley (P) CHI-N - Sep. 24

Miley exited Saturday's game against the Pirates with left oblique tightness, Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports Network reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The lefty made it four innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out three, before the injury forced him off the hill. It ended up being a disappointing two-start week for Miley -- he gave up seven runs (three earned) over three innings in Miami on Monday. This could end his season, though Miley's status for his next start is currently up in the air.

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Kerry Carpenter Detroit Tigers

Another day off thanks to the new CBA.

Kerry Carpenter (OF) DET - Sep. 24

Carpenter isn't starting Saturday against the White Sox.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Carpenter started the last three games and went 3-for-10 with two solo home runs and two strikeouts. Willi Castro will take over in right field and bat sixth.

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Shane Baz Tampa Bay Rays

Shane Baz (P) TB - Sep. 24

Baz will undergo Tommy John surgery and won't play during the 2023 season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Baz underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his elbow in late March and returned to action for a month just before the All-Star break, but he was shut down in mid-July with a right elbow sprain and had already been ruled out for the season. The Rays seemed optimistic about his recovery process, but the right-hander will be forced to miss the 2023 season since doctors have recommended Tommy John surgery.

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Tanner Banks Chicago White Sox

A tough bus ride but he put himself on the radar for next year.

Tanner Banks (P) CHI-A - Sep. 24

Banks was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Banks spent just under a week in the major-league bullpen, and he allowed a run on two hits and a walk while striking out nine in six innings over three appearances. However, he'll head back to the minors after Joe Kelly was reinstated from the family medical leave list Saturday.

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Graham Ashcraft Cincinnati Reds

Graham Ashcraft (P) CIN - Sep. 24

Ashcraft (5-4) took the loss on Saturday, allowing four runs on eight hits over four innings against the Brewers. He struck out two.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Ashcraft was able to keep the Brewers off the board for the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. After Rowdy Tellez reached on a one-out single, Hunter Renfroe crushed a hanging slider over the wall in left field to put the Reds down 2-1. The right-hander then proceeded to hit Luis Urias with a pitch two batters later before giving up back-to-back singles, which drove in another two runs. Ashcraft certainly looked a bit rusty in his return from the injured list and will look for better results in his next start, which should come next week against the Cubs.

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Scott Alexander San Francisco Giants

Scott Alexander (P) SF - Sep. 24

Alexander will start Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks as the opener, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Jakob Junis hasn't had much success lately (7.13 ERA in his last five appearances), so manager Gabe Kapler will throw the lefty Alexander in front of Junis and give Arizona a couple different looks early. Alexander has been excellent since joining the major-league team in San Francisco (1.38 ERA, 0.77 WHIP), but he hasn't thrown more than 1.1 innings in an appearance.

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Miguel Vargas Los Angeles Dodgers


09.25: Miguel Vargas hit a two-run homer Saturday in a 6-2 victory for the Dodgers over the Cardinals. (Congrats to Vargas on his first MLB homer. The 22-year-old connected on the blast off Jordan Montgomery with a runner on. Vargas has mostly
struggled to start his MLB career, but his upside competes with most
infield prospects in the sport. There are many more bright days ahead.)

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Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

Rockies at home.


09.25: Clayton Kershaw struck out seven over six innings of two-run baseball Saturday to get a win over the Cardinals. (Kershaw,
34, scattered seven hits with one walk. The only damage on the
scoreboard was a two-run homer by Nolan Arenado. Outside of that, it was
another strong performance for the future Hall of Famer that saw him
improve his record to 10-3 and see his ERA rise only slightly to 2.42.
The Dodgers could start messing with the rotation to adjust for the
postseason, but he's lined up to face the Rockies in his next outing.)

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Harold Castro Detroit Tigers


09.24: Harold Castro went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI on Saturday night as the Tigers defeated the White Sox in Chicago. (Castro
opened the scoring in the ballgame with a 416-foot shot off of White
Sox starter Davis Martin in the first inning. He then tacked on a
run-scoring single off of Martin in the fifth -- giving the Tigers a 3-2
lead. With the three-hit attack, the 28-year-old is now slashing an
empty .266/.295/.379 with seven homers, 44 RBI and zero stolen bases
through 413 plate appearances on the season.)

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Mark Payton Chicago White Sox


09.24: White Sox recalled OF Mark Payton from Triple-A Charlotte. (Payton has been brought back from the minors to replace an injured Luis Robert (hand) on the White Sox' active roster.)

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Conner Capel Oakland Athletics

Speak for yourself, Rotoworld.

09.24: Connor Capel went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, four runs driven in, and his second homer of the season in a 10-4 win over the Mets Saturday. (This
was the biggest game of the 25-year-old's career. He and the A's faced
Mets ace Jacob deGrom and didn't buckle under the pressure. Capel tied
the game in the bottom of the first inning with a ground out to second
base, driving in Seth Brown and Dermis Garcia. After deGrom left the
game, Capel would connect with this second homer of the season, driving
91 MPH four-seamer 371 feet, to give the A's a 6-4 lead. the 25-year-old
would lead off the bottom of the seventh inning with a triple and would
give the A's yet another run with Nick Allen's single to right field.
Even with this offensive explosion, Capel should not be on any fantasy
manager's radar for the final week of the year.)

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Oscar Gonzalez Cleveland Guardians


09.24: Óscar González blasted a pair of solo home runs on Saturday night, propelling the Guardians to a 4-2 victory over the Rangers in Arlington. (González
got the Guardians on the board and tied the score at 1-1 with his
401-foot blast off of Glenn Otto in the fifth inning. He then added a
valuable insurance run by launching Matt Moore's first offering in the
ninth inning for a mammoth 433-foot shot that made it 4-1. The
24-year-old outfielder finished the night 2-for-4 and is now slashing
.291/.322/.472 with 11 homers, 41 RBI and one stolen base through 81
games in what has been an impressive rookie campaign.)

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Javier Baez Detroit Tigers


09.24: Javier Báez crushed a three-run homer on Saturday night, leading the Tigers to a 7-2 victory over the White Sox. (The
29-year-old has made some changes to his swing over the final month of
the season and has actually started to show signs of life at the plate
for the first time all year. He blasted his his 410-foot shot off of
Jake Diekman in the seventh inning, extending the Tigers lead to 7-2. He
also singled twice and scored a pair of runs in the ballgame. He's
hitting just .243/.283/.398 with 15 homers, 61 RBI and nine stolen bases
on the season -- though he has hit .354 (28-for-79) with four homers
and 14 RBI in 21 games since the calendar flipped to September)

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