Tips for your Lineups from InsideInjuries.com
Jonathan Villar, 2B (Orioles) – Start
Villar might be the player who benefited most from the trade deadline deals. He’s now playing full time with the Orioles and suddenly crushing the ball with a .471/.500/.706 line, one HR and one steal. Manager Buck Showalter is known to play it conservatively on the basepaths, so don’t expect a ton of steals from Villar, as he is not likely to get a green light all that often.
Xander Bogaerts, SS (Red Sox) – Start
Bogaerts missed a couple of games after getting hit by a pitch last week but he was back in the lineup Sunday and should be good to go from here on.
Blake Snell, SP (Rays) – Start
Snell returned from his DL stint to pitch four solid innings in which he allowed just one run (on a HR by Jose Abreu), struck out three and walked two. His velocity was in the mid-90s and he looked sharp.
Chris Sale, SP (Red Sox) – Bench
Sale was supposed to miss just one start with a sore shoulder, but it appears he is going to miss at least one more, as the Red Sox announced that Brian Johnson would start in Sale’s place on Wednesday. While this doesn’t sound like an overly serious injury, any problem with a pitcher’s throwing arm needs to be handled cautiously. We are showing a three-week Optimal Recovery Time.
Chance Adams, SP (Yankees) – Bench
Adams put together a good start against the league-leading Boston Red Sox offense, allowing three runs on five hits in five innings with two strikeouts. Adams may get another start with J.A. Happ on the disabled list (hand, foot and mouth disease), but he will likely return to Triple-A after that to continue his development.
Corey Dickerson, OF (Pirates) – Start
Dickerson returned to action with the Pirates after a short disabled list stint. He’s batting .314/.349/.511 with 11 HRs this season, so you’ll want him back in your lineups right away.
Harrison Bader, OF (Cardinals) – Start
The injury to Dexter Fowler has opened up more playing time for Bader in the Cardinals’ outfield. He’s batting .271/.338/.404 with six HRs in 241 PA. He’s shown himself capable of hitting for both power and average and he’s an intriguing prospect going forward. If you need an outfielder you could do a lot worse than Bader.