You know you’ve had a day when the following things happen:
1. At age 36, you learn that you have developed a chronic knee issue.
2. After consulting with four specialists, it is deemed that you can stave off season-ending surgery and continue playing through said knee trouble. “Forget about that,” you say, speaking of surgery. “I’m done with that.”
It’s a strange collision of events to say the least. So what do we do with Miguel Cabrera, who’s fallen well short of legitimate mixed league fantasy value this season, but is still hitting .293 with three home runs, 27 RBI and a .363 OBP?
The answer may be nothing, and the wise move might be to simply leave Cabrera on waivers in the half or so of leagues where he’s available.
But if you’re looking to grab lightning in a bottle with a short-term pickup, you could probably do worse than a future Hall of Famer who’s now becoming a full-time DH, and was certainly seeing the ball extremely well on Tuesday night.
If you’re not feeling quite that nostalgic, I understand. A less nostalgic option, also in Detroit, is Niko Goodrum, who after a 3-for-5 Tuesday is now 13-for-28 with three home runs, five RBI and a steal in his last six games. He also has 1B, 2B, 3B, SS and OF eligibility, and is available in 70 percent of Yahoo leagues.
The other option is to ignore these Tigers altogether and move on to the rest of the stuff that happened on Tuesday.
We learned on Tuesday what we feared on Monday — that Andrew McCutchen is done for the year with a torn ACL. McCutchen was hitting .256 with 10 home runs, 29 RBI, 45 runs scored and two stolen bases, so this is a legitimate loss in a lot of fantasy leagues. Adam Haseley — the No. 8 overall pick in 2017 — got the call in McCutchen’s place, starting in center field and hitting eighth in his MLB debut (he went 0-for-4). Haseley had an .824 OPS with seven home runs and five stolen bases in the minors this season, but all seven of those homers and four of the steals were at Double-A, and it’s certainly fair to wonder whether or not he’ll hit enough to have mixed league relevance the rest of the way. In other potential Phillies waiver wire news, Jay Bruce went 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI in his second game for Philadelphia. Bruce is rostered in 25 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Clarity on Keuchel?
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Yankees and Braves are the favorites to sign free agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel. Feinsand then followed that up, citing another source saying that the Yankees are the “true favorites” to land the 31-year-old. Years from now we will look back at this story as having one of the most annoying and meaningless series of updates we’ve ever witnessed, but the bottom line is that this saga should be coming to an end soon. It just has to.
Here Comes Clevinger
In some more definitive (and ultimately more intriguing) pitching news, Mike Clevinger (back) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A on Thursday. He’s now been out for nearly two months, so this is a good time for a reminder that the 28-year-old was an absolute beast through his first two starts of the season — throwing 12 scoreless innings with just two hits, four walks and 22 strikeouts.
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AL Quick Hits: George Springer (hamstring) ran sprints on the field Tuesday and appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery. … Jose Altuve (hamstring, knee) took on-field BP for the second straight day. … Justin Upton (toe) is expected to take live BP during the Angels’ current homestand, which runs through June 11. … Orioles catcher Pedro Severino blasted an out-of-nowhere three home runs (giving him eight on the season), and is rostered in just 1 percent of Yahoo leagues. Meanwhile, Dwight Smith Jr. homered and drove in six. ... Jose Alvarado (family emergency) is aiming to return this weekend. … Luis Severino (shoulder) did some throwing on Tuesday and is targeting a return shortly after the All-Star break. … Nelson Cruz (wrist) returned to action and went 0-for-4. … Tommy Pham (leg) was sidelined again, while Avisail Garcia (hamstring) rejoined the Rays’ lineup and hit his 11th home run. … Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) threw a two-inning simulated game and could soon be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. … J.P. Crawford (ankle) could start a minor league rehab assignment this weekend. … Francisco Lindor homered twice — his ninth and 10th of the season. … Mitch Moreland (back) is on course to return this weekend. … Framber Valdez is set to join the Astros’ rotation, while Collin McHugh (elbow) is planning to throw off a mound later this week.
NL Quick Hits: Fernando Tatis Jr. (hamstring) went 1-for-3 with a double, a steal and two walks at Double-A on Monday. … Buster Posey (hamstring) could return as soon as Wednesday. … Mike Moustakas (finger) was back in the starting lineup on Tuesday. … The Cubs activated Pedro Strop (hamstring) from the injured list and he promptly picked up his fifth save. … Brandon Nimmo (neck) said he’s getting close to a return, while Robinson Cano (quad) is hoping to be back on Wednesday. The Mets did activate Jeff McNeil (hamstring), who hit leadoff in his return and 1-for-5. … Kyle Hendricks struck out 10 while allowing three runs in seven innings against the Rockies. … Hyun-Jin Ryu threw seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.35. … Pete Alonso drilled his 20th homer. ... Charlie Blackmon (calf) could begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday. … Adam Jones left Tuesday’s game due to right hamstring tightness. … Austin Riley hit his ninth home run in his 18th major league game. … Anthony Rendon homered and drove in five runs. … Pablo Lopez threw six scoreless innings in a 16-0 win over the Brewers. … One of the few bright spots for Milwaukee was Travis Shaw, who went 2-for-3 in his first game back from a wrist injury.