Braves manager Brian Snitker said after Sunday's game that Ronald Acuna was diagnosed with an abdominal strain.
It remains unclear how long he'll be sidelined, though they'll wait until Monday to make a determination on whether or not he'll require a trip to the injured list. Expect the Braves to err on the side of caution with their prized outfielder. Fantasy managers would be wise to have a contingency option available for next week in the event that Acuna is forced to miss some time.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after Sunday's game that Starling Marte was dealing with discomfort in his oblique/intercostal area.
Marte was forced to exit during an at-bat in the ninth inning on Sunday. Jorge Alfaro replaced him and grounded out for the final out of the game. The Marlins will evaluate Marte before making a decision on a possible stint on the injured list, but obviously these injuries are tricky, so fantasy managers would do well to get a backup plan in place. Jon Berti, Magneuris Sierra, Lewis Brinson are among the alternatives for center field for Miami.
Spencer Turnbull (COVID-19) will make his season debut Wednesday against the Pirates.
Turnbull hasn't pitched more than five innings at the Tigers' alternate site, so it's possible that Tarik Skubal will follow him. The Tigers have six starts for five spots right now, but they think they can work around it as they try to watch the workloads for Skubal and Casey Mize. Turnbull began the season on the injured list due to COVID-19 protocols.
Jake Cronenworth went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Cronenworth took Trevor Bauer deep to right field with a solo shot in the fourth inning for his first home run of the season. The 27-year-old is off to a hot start to the season, slashing .313/.382/.463 and has been in the lineup everyday after speculation about his playing time in spring training.
Martin Perez allowed four runs on seven hits and no walks with four strikeouts across 3 2/3 innings in a loss against the White Sox on Sunday.
Perez apparently made the second start of the double-header because he is 'not a morning person' according to manager Alex Cora. Well, it doesn't look like he's an afternoon person, either, after giving up four runs and not making it to the fourth inning on Sunday. Perez started the game by loading the bases on three consecutive base hits, though he'd limit the damage to just one run in the frame. Yermin Mercedes would later tag him for a solo shot in the fourth before an RBI single by Danny Mendick would end the day for the 30-year-old southpaw. Perez is in line for a matchup against the Mariners in Boston on Friday.
Michael Kopech struck out four batters and allowed one run on one hit and a walk over three innings against the Red Sox on Sunday.
Kopech continues to be impressive in short stints as he made his first spot start of the season for the second game of a double-header on Sunday, going three innings on just 41 pitches -- 25 for strikes. The 24-year-old right-hander would go out for the fourth inning before issuing a walk and a base hit to end his day. One inherited runner would score after J.D. Martinez singled to drive home Enrique Hernandez. Kopech carries a 1.69 ERA with 17 strikeouts over 10 2/3 innings after Sunday's start.
Yermin Mercedes went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Sunday against the Red Sox.
Mercedes took Martin Perez 431 feet deep to center field on a ball that left the bat at 109.9 miles per hour for his fourth round-tripper of the season. The 28-year-old is slashing .415/.456/.704 with 12 RBI as he appears locked in as the designated hitter in the middle of the order.
J.D. Martinez went 1-for-3 with an RBI against the White Sox on Sunday.
Martinez hit a ground ball up the middle that would score Enrique Hernandez from second base for the only run in game two of the double-header on Sunday. After a down 2020, Martinez has bounced back in the early going, hitting .364 with five home runs and a league-leading 18 RBI.
Kyle Hendricks was obliterated in Sunday night's loss to the Braves, surrendering seven runs on seven hits in his four innings of work.
The right-hander also issued three free passes while striking out two in the brutal outing. The Braves jumped on him early and often in this one with Freddie Freeman, Travis d'Arnaud, Ehire Adrianza and Guillermo Heredia each taking him deep in the first inning. While he was able to settle in nicely afterwards, the damage had already been done. The 31-year-old hurler is now winless through his first three starts on the season with a miserable 6.92 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 12/7 K/BB ratio across 13 innings. He'll try to put this outing behind him and get back on track when he does battle against the Brewers at home on Friday.
Anthony Rizzo clubbed a pair of home runs, but it wasn't nearly enough to lead the Cubs to victory over the Braves on Sunday night in Chicago.
Rizzo got the Cubs on the board with a solo shot off of Bryse Wilson in the first inning. He victimized Wilson again in the third inning, this time pulling the Cubs to within three runs at 6-3, but that would be as close as they would get in the game. Rizzo finished the night 2-for-4 and is now hitting .250/.344/.500 with three long balls and four RBI on the season.
Bryse Wilson pitched decently in a victory over the Cubs on Sunday night, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits over his five innings of work.
The right-hander walked one and struck out one on the night. Most of the damage done against him came from Anthony Rizzo, who blasted solo homers in the first and third innings. Wilson generated eight whiffs in the contest -- six of them on his fastball -- and posted a CSW rate of 36%. Given how well this outing went -- and the injuries that the Braves are dealing with in their starting rotation -- it's likely that Wilson will earn another chance to start next weekend against the Diamondbacks.
Freddie Freeman blasted his fifth home run of the season as the Braves walloped the Cubs on Sunday night in Chicago.
Freeman swatted the first of four Braves homers in the opening inning against Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks. He also doubled and drew two walks in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4. The reigning National League MVP is now hitting .232/.394/.536 with five homers and 10 RBI in his first 16 games of the season.
Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-5 with a homer, double and three RBI as the Braves routed the Cubs on Sunday evening.
The hard-hitting backstop belted the second of what would be four home runs against Cubs' starter Kyle Hendricks in the first inning. He also chipped in a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning that increased the Braves advantage to 7-3. He's off to a bit of a slow start at the dish this season, slashing just .226/.250/.396 with a pair of long balls and nine RBI.
Giants recalled C Chadwick Tromp from the team's alternate training site.
Tromp will act as insurance at the catcher position in San Francisco with Buster Posey sidelined with an elbow contusion.
Giants placed RHP Logan Webb on the COVID-19 injured list with vaccine side effects.
The COVID-19 injured list has no minimum stay, allowing Webb to return once he is feeling better.
Jordan Romano is progressing well from ulnar neuritis and is expected to throw a side session Sunday. If all goes well the right-hander could be activated when first eligible on April 25.
Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker was quoted stating that the injury was "nothing severe for sure" and the "bottom line is he feels good." This is great news for Toronto and fantasy shareholders who invested in Romano as a late-inning reliever.
Giants activated LHP Alex Wood from the 10-day injured list.
Wood is the starting pitcher for Sunday's game against the Marlins.
Cavan Biggio (hand) remains out of the lineup Sunday.
The 26-year-old left Thursday's game with pain in his right hand is considered day-to-day at this point.
Rays placed RHP Collin McHugh on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain.
The right-hander was off to a brutal start this season with a 10.13 ERA and 2.44 WHIP through 5 1/3 innings with five strikeouts. It's difficult to tell if this is a lower back strain to a "lower back strain," but either way Chris Mazza has been recalled to replace McHugh on the Rays roster, who has not fared much better.
Rays recalled RHP Chris Mazza from the team's alternate training site.
Mazza will replace Collin McHugh (back) on the Rays roster. The 31-year-old has allowed 10 earned runs over 7 2/3 innings this season with three strikeouts and four walks.
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