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Steven Matz is not using his slider in an effort to stay healthy, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.


Matz is trying to avoid strain on his left elbow by ditching an offering that requires plenty of it – by some studies, the pitch most responsible for those types of issues, as noted by Ackert. He's relied on his fastballs (four- and two-seam/sinker), changeup and curveball on his way to a 3.60 ERA in his first three starts of the year. The southpaw's extensive injury history, which includes Tommy John surgery and a bone spur in his pitching elbow that was removed this past winter, is causing him to take new precautions. Matz gutted through a messy outing Thursday to spin a quality start. He should remain an option for many mixed-league fantasy lineups, though it'd help if he can regain the strikeout promise he's shown in previous years: He has only 14 in 20 innings so far.

Miguel Cabrera (B1, Det)

Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.


Cabrera has missed some time with groin and oblique injuries, and the slugging first baseman has just eight home runs so far after launching 38 last year. His .820 OPS is also more than 100 points below his 2016 mark. However, Cabrera's track record suggests that he could get on a hot streak at any moment.

Ian Kinsler (B2, Det)

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.


Kinsler is on a power surge, as the second baseman has home runs in three straight games and four out of his last seven. Despite missing some time with a hamstring injury, Kinsler could make a run at the 28 home runs he hit a season ago if he keeps this type of performance up.

Ian Happ (O, ChC)

Ian Happ went 4-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Marlins.


Happ's first multi-hit performance since June 16 was also his first career four-hit game. In fact, the youngster had yet to record even three hits in a game. The big night raised Happ's batting average from .221 to .246. He's also got a strong .916 OPS.

Addison Russell (S, ChC)

Addison Russell went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Marlins.


The Cubs scored 11 runs in this one, and the young shortstop was right in the middle of it, as he needed just a triple for the cycle. He raised his batting average from .221 to .234 with the strong performance. Russell likely won't provide a great batting average moving forward, but he should rack up solid counting stats with his regular spot in the Cubs lineup.

Alex Presley underwent concussion tests Thursday after crashing into the center field wall, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.


McCosky speculated that there'd be some roster movement coming Friday, which may mean those examinations revealed that Presley indeed has a concussion. Perhaps it'll mean JaCoby Jones will resurface with the big club if Presley has to miss time.

Jacoby Ellsbury (O, NYY)

Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) participated in a full batting practice Thursday, the New York Post reports.


It's the second straight day the center fielder has been able to take batting practice, and Ellsbury reported feeling good and symptom-free after the two sessions. The 33-year-old has been sidelined for a month at this point, so even once the team's doctors determine he's back in game-shape, he'll likely have to embark on a brief rehab stint before being activated.

CC Sabathia (hamstring) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, the New York Post reports.


General manager Brian Cashman indicated earlier in the week that Sabathia was facing a timetable of at least six weeks, but the veteran lefty will take a big step in his recovery just 10 days after sustaining the injury. It's possible Friday's outing was part of the plan all along, but if Sabathia comes through the bullpen session with no physical issues, the club may end up accelerating his timetable a bit.

Luis Garcia would have been used for a save chance Thursday had the Phillies not scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Corey Seidman of CSN Philadelphia reports.


Garcia ended up getting the final three outs Thursday in a non-save situation. He's worth a speculative add given Hector Neris' inability to lock down the closing gig. However, manager Pete Mackanin did want to send Pat Neshek back out for the ninth inning after he threw just five pitches in the eighth, but said Neshek told him he didn't feel like he could after pitching for a third straight day Thursday. Neshek disputes that story, but the relevant point for fantasy owners is Garcia may not be the preferred ninth inning guy despite the fact he would have been used in a save chance Thursday. Given how few save chances the Phillies generate, no matter which pitcher you roster, it is unlikely they will rack up many saves, and it does seem like the team ultimately would prefer Neris in the closing role given how many opportunities he has received this season.

Jose Abreu (B1, ChW)

Jose Abreu went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run during Thursday's win over Minnesota.


The first baseman is locked into a nice groove at the dish with a .392/.429/.706 slash line, nine extra-base hits, 14 RBI and 12 runs through his past 12 games. Abreu is well on his way to posting his fourth consecutive 100-RBI campaign and is also on pace to return to the 30-bomb club.

Todd Frazier (B3, ChW)

Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's win over Minnesota.


Frazier appears to be heating up with the weather and sports an .888 OPS with five homers, 12 RBI and eight runs through 18 games in June. However, he's still well behind the pace of his 40-bomb, 98-RBI showing last season. Additionally, Frazier's .210 batting average is a career-low mark.

Matt Davidson went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and three runs scored during Thursday's win over Minnesota.


Davidson has caught fire of late with seven homers, 11 RBI and 11 runs through his past 10 games. The heater has him up to a respectable .265/.310/.577 slash line for the season with 17 bombs, 38 RBI and 30 runs. Davidson is taking advantage of his consistent playing time, and his fantasy value is trending up.

Robinson Cano (B2, Sea)

Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI in Thursday's win over the Tigers.


The veteran second baseman smacked a two-run shot off Daniel Norris in the third, and he followed up with a grand slam off former closer Francisco Rodriguez in the seventh. They were just his second and third homers of June, but Cano is on pace to exceed 100 RBI for the fifth time in his career, and there's room for growth with the batting average given his excellent contact rate.

Justin Turner (B3, LAD)

Justin Turner went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Thursday's win over the Mets.


The homer, a third-inning shot off Steven Matz, was Turner's third off a southpaw this season. He has been punishing left-handed pitching this season after struggling against lefties to the tune of a .209/.303/.337 line last year. Turner was said to be dealing with "heavy legs" Wednesday, but it's not an issue which is expected to require significant maintenance.

Kenley Jansen tossed 1.1 scoreless innings against the Mets on Thursday en route to his 16th save of the season.


Jansen failed to record a strikeout, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive appearances with at least one strikeout. He was dominant nonetheless, and the 29-year-old right-hander is now 16-for-16 in save chances with zero walks in 31 innings this season. Jansen leads all pitchers (min. 75 batters faced) in lowest expected wOBA, per MLB.com.

Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Thursday.


He gave up a solo homer to Curtis Granderson to begin the game and Travis d'Arnaud later hit one out – home runs No. 13 and 14 allowed by Ryu this season – but that was the extent of the damage against the lefty. His overall numbers don't look particularly good, and he's not a lock to stick in the rotation long term, but Ryu will have some appeal in deeper formats next week with a matchup against the Angels on tap.

Steven Matz gave up three runs on three hits and five walks while striking out eight over six innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Thursday.


He managed to turn in a quality start in his third outing of the season, but Matz was playing with fire with five free passes and two home runs allowed. The lefty managed to work around baserunners thanks in large part to the strikeout – his eight strikeouts exceeded his total from his first two starts combined (six). Matz lines up for a road start against the Marlins his next time out.

Steve Cishek threw a perfect inning with two strikeouts against the Tigers on Thursday for his first save of the season.


Both John Hicks and Ian Kinsler went down swinging against Cishek, who pulled his ERA under 4.00 with his third consecutive scoreless appearance. Regular closer Edwin Diaz had worked each of the previous four days.

Andrew Moore (1-0) gave up three runs on six hits while striking out four over seven innings in a win over the Tigers on Thursday.


Taking over for Yovani Gallardo, who was recently shifted to the bullpen, Moore excelled in his first career start. His control was as advertised (1.5 BB/9 at Triple-A), as he issued first-pitch strikes to 18 of 26 batters faced and did not give out a single free pass. A second-round pick in 2015, Moore can keep hitters off balance with an impressive changeup, but it's uncertain if he will stick with Felix Hernandez (shoulder) set to return this weekend.

Daniel Norris (4-5) gave up five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings in a loss to the Mariners on Thursday.


Norris issued walks to two of the first three batters he faced in the second inning, and both baserunners came around to score. He later served up a two-run homer to Robinson Cano. The lefty has been his own worst enemy with the walks this year, as BB/9 is pushing 4.0 after settling at 2.9 last season. He lines up for a home start against the Royals early next week.