Arizona Diamondbacks news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:06:43 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Ray's fantasy value is tied to his strikeouts, and he's up to 143 through 109 1/3 innings for the season. However, he has just five wins and a 4.70 ERA, so he's best left to deep mixed leagues, and that's only if you can afford to risk your ERA climbing.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:07:25 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Jake Lamb (hand) is not in the starting lineup against Milwaukee Brewers SP Zach Davies Thursday, July 28. OF Brandon Drury will start at third base, while OF Rickie Weeks will start in left field and is batting fifth.
Fantasy Tip: Lamb may be able to return at some point this weekend, so owners should keep an eye on the situation. Weeks is hitting only .200 in limited playing time this month and should be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:46:26 -0700
Updating a previous report, Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zack Greinke (oblique) is scheduled to make a rehab start for the team's Rookie-level Arizona League affiliate on Friday, July 29, with a pitch count of 60 pitches. Assuming all goes well, Greinke will throw 80 pitches his next time out, which could be for the Diamondbacks.
Fantasy Tip: After weeks of nothing, it suddenly sounds as though Greinke could be back on a big-league mound as early as next week. Continue monitoring the situation, but if he does come back with an 80-pitch cap you might want to keep him inactive for that first outing since he'd be unlikely to work deep into a game with such limitations.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:42:00 -0700
Fantasy Tip: While it has only resulted in two wins, Bradley has been very effective over his last eight starts: 3.06 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 40 K's in 47 innings. He's an NL-only mainstay and decent situational option in deeper mixed leagues.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:10:02 -0700
Fantasy Tip: For the second time in four games, Tomas went deep twice. He's now 12-for-32 (.375) over his last eight with four home runs and eight RBI to give him a .262-17-42 line on the season. He's a quality option in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues thanks to his pop.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:15:05 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zack Greinke (oblique) had a 40-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday, July 26, and manager Chip Hale indicated that Greinke will likely take the hill in an Arizona Rookie League game on Friday, July 26.
Fantasy Tip: Greinke, out since June 29, looks like he's making some progress and getting closer to a return. Of course, with the D-backs already playing out the string they'll take no chances in rushing him back in action.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:03:12 -0700
Updating a previous report, Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Jake Lamb (hand) is expected to play little, if at all, during their current series with the Milwaukee Brewers. Manager Chip Hale indicated that upon starting their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which begins on Friday, July 29, that they'd like to "get [Lamb] back to playing every day again."
Fantasy Tip: A 0-for-19 skid prompted the break, and it dropped Lamb's average from .302 to .284 in a five-game span. When healthy, Lamb is an everyday option, so monitor the situation to see when he returns.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:47:49 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Arizona rallied to tie the game late, keeping Corbin from losing his fourth in a row, but the lefty hasn't logged a win since June 21. He's someone that has minimal appeal, even in NL-only setups.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:11:06 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Jake Lamb (hand) is out of the starting lineup Tuesday, July 26, against the Milwaukee Brewers. OF Brandon Drury will play third base and bat eighth against Brewers SP Matt Garza.
Fantasy Tip: Manager Chip Hale did say Lamb might get some time off to rest his bruised left hand, and it appears he's following up on it. Drury (.264-9-25) has five hits, including three doubles, in the past week and may be worth a low-cost flyer in DFS circles.
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:21:19 -0700
Fantasy Tip: This was a typical first performance by a rookie pitcher, and based on what was on display it's best if you give Shipley some space. He may yet blossom into a decent pitcher this season, but the odds are he'll need a bit more seasoning. For now, Shipley should be left alone unless you want to stash him in very deep NL and mixed formats.
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:39:34 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zack Greinke (oblique) will throw an up-and-down bullpen session to simulate a game atmosphere Tuesday, July 26. He will then throw a simulated game or make a rehab appearance Friday, July 29, if all goes well.
Fantasy Tip: Greinke could land back in the majors for a start next week, barring any setbacks. He's posted a 8-1 record with a 2.63 ERA and 67 strikeouts over 78 2/3 innings over his latest 12 starts. Greinke should be stashed in all fantasy formats.
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:27:09 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bourn isn't the type of player that normally is a good bet for daily leagues, as it's rare for him to stuff the stat sheet. Moving down the order makes him even less attractive, but he is batting .279 with eight runs and two steals in the month of July.
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:05:48 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It looks to be a normal day off for Castillo. Replace him everywhere. Gosewisch has a limited offensive ceiling and is batting .263 with a homer and three RBI in 19 at-bats this year. Consider him a desperation pick in daily formats.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:45:50 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zack Greinke (oblique) threw 45 pitches during a bullpen session Sunday, July 24. His next step either will be a simulated game with the Diamondbacks or a minor league rehab game, manager Chip Hale said.
Fantasy Tip: Keep an eye on Greinke's progress and be prepared to activate him after he has had one major league start, mainly to see how Greinke does when he returns.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:38:58 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zack Godley became the first pitcher in franchise history to reach seven career wins as a starter in as few as 10 starts. He allowed 10 hits and five runs with two walks and three strikeouts and also hit a batter Sunday, July 24, in a 9-8 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Fantasy Tip: Godley is only 3-1 overall, but here's the bad news. He has a 5.88 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. Those totals are way too high to recommend playing him. Also, Godley is in a precarious role as the fifth starter on the team. He could find himself on the outside looking in.
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