Max Stassi C, HOU
Owned in 24% of CBS Sports Leagues
Stassi took a pitch off the hand Tuesday, but X-Rays came back negative and he is expected to return at some point this weekend. Stassi is an elevated injury risk according to Inside Injuries, but expect him to return quickly and continue to fill in for Brian McCann. McCann is 4-6 weeks away from returning after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday night. Given the surgery, McCann’s age and his high injury risk designation from Inside Injuries, it could be quite awhile until he returns, meaning plenty of at-bats for Stassi (7 homers, .822 OPS), who is more than capable of putting up top-12 catcher numbers given how weak the position is.
Neil Walker 1B/2B, NYY
Owned in 7% of CBS Sports Leagues
Rookie phenom Gleyber Torres just hit the disabled list with a hip strain, and we likely won’t see him again until after the All-Star break. With Torres out, the veteran Walker will start most games at 2nd base. He’s been far from impressive this season, but given the lineup around him, expect Walker to produce solid numbers when given consistent at-bats, something he really hasn’t had at all this season. He’s not an overly exciting option, but Walker can help you in a deeper league for the short term.
Steven Souza OF, ARI
Owned in 36% of CBS Sports Leagues
Souza has played in just 14 games this season due to a lingering pectoral injury, but he is nearing a return. He’s currently on a rehab assignment, getting his first start in the outfield earlier this week, which is a big sign of progress. He’s hit the ball well so far in his rehab stint, and his power should always remain consistent. He does remain a high injury risk according to Inside Injuries, which should give you pause, but if you need help in the outfield and a jolt in power, Souza’s upside makes his return worth gambling on.
Tyler Clippard RP, TOR
Owned in 25% of CBS Sports Leagues
With Roberto Osuna still suspended and Ryan Tepera on the disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow, Clippard will get another chance to close in the major leagues, even with all of his struggles in recent years. He’s pitched much better of late, picking up two saves this week, and should remain the Jays short term closer so long as that continues. Tepera is a low injury risk according to Inside Injuries, but he isn’t expected to return until after the All-Star break. In the meantime, Clippard can be a good short term source of saves.
Joe Jimenez RP, DET
Owned in 26% of CBS Sports Leagues
Shane Green just went down with a shoulder injury, allowing Jimenez to get some save opportunities. Green (elevated injury risk) is undergoing an MRI Thursday, and it sounds like the Tigers are worried that he could be dealing with something serious. This could open the door for Jimenez to seize the Tigers closer role for the rest of the season. He’s been brilliant for most of this season, even if he has scuffled a bit of late, including a blown save Monday. His 45/12 K/BB ratio is indicative of a dominant reliever. Jimenez is a high upside closer add, something that can be hard to find at this point of the season.