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Drew Pomeranz (back) is optimistic he'll make his next scheduled start Wednesday, Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports.


Pomeranz left Friday's start early after 4.1 innings due to back spasms on his right side near the belt line. We'll learn more about the left-hander's availability when he performs his between-starts throwing Monday.

Avisail Garcia (O, ChW)

Avisail Garcia returned to the lineup Saturday and went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a 17-7 loss to Texas.


Garcia, who had missed the previous two games due to a wrist injury, was back in the cleanup spot for the White Sox. The 26-year-old outfielder has battled through a number of injuries this season while maintaining strong numbers along the way.

Jose Abreu (B1, ChW)

Jose Abreu went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and three runs scored in Saturday's 17-7 loss to the Rangers.


Abreu has an eight-game hitting streak, and it isn't a cheap streak. He's posted multiple hits in six of those games with seven of his 17 hits going for extra bases. The supporting cast around him will make it difficult for Abreu to reach 100 RBI for a fourth straight season, but he has some control over his home run total. Abreu has homered once every five games this season and needs just six homers over the final 42 games – one every seven games – to crack the 30-homer threshold.

Evan Gattis (C, Hou)

Evan Gattis (concussion) worked out behind the plate Saturday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.


Gattis has been taking regular batting practice since Wednesday and now has a workout as a catcher under him. He's expected to begin a rehabilitation assignment early this week, possibly Tuesday at Double-A Corpus Christi.

Will Harris (shoulder) reported no problems Saturday, a day after throwing a simulated inning, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.


The next step for Harris will be a rehabilitation assignment, which is expected to begin this week, likely Tuesday at Double-A Corpus Christi. It's unclear if Harris will require multiple outings while out on rehab, but it sounds like the 32-year-old right-hander could be back in the fold by the end of the week.

Ken Giles, who had worked a five-out save Friday, was unavailable for a save opportunity in Saturday's 3-0 win over Oakland.


With Giles unavailable, Tyler Clippard was brought in to close out the Athletics on Saturday. Giles still has a firm hold of the closer's job in Houston, so no need to worry there.

Manager Pete Mackanin said head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan examined Zach Eflin (shoulder) on Saturday and "didn't think there was a whole lot there," Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.


Eflin left his start Friday after feeling some discomfort in his shoulder. He said he felt better Saturday. It remains unclear if he will be able to make his next start, however.

Vince Velasquez is scheduled to see Dr. Robert Thompson, a surgeon who is considered one of the foremost experts on thoracic outlet syndrome, Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.


Velasquez has not been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, but it looks like that is a concern given the specialist he is going to see. Thoracic outlet syndrome can lead to surgery, which would end Velasquez's season. An update on his condition should be coming later this week.

Jorge Alfaro started at first base Saturday and went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts in a 12-9 win over the Giants.


Manager Pete Mackanin told Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia that he wanted to keep Alfaro's bat in the lineup since he has "been swinging it well." Alfaro did not make a start at first base in the minors this season, but he does take ground balls at the position in practice. It's possible that first base could be a source of playing time for him in a backup role next season if the Phillies are able to trade Tommy Joseph in the offseason.

Kelby Tomlinson went 1-for-2 with three walks, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored against the Phillies on Saturday.


The speedy infielder swiped his eighth base of the season and second in as many days. Tomlinson has collected a hit in all six of the games he has started in place of the injured Joe Panik (concussion), scoring six times over that span despite batting eighth in the order. Panik doesn't have a definitive timetable to return from his concussion, so Tomlinson should continue to provide value in the speed categories until he returns.

Pablo Sandoval (B3, SF)

Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a pair of runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.


Sandoval has taken advantage of Philadelphia's poor pitching, collecting four hits and three RBI over his last two contests. The 31-year-old's production as a whole hasn't moved the needle since rejoining his old club Aug. 5, as he is batting .250 with one home run and four RBI in 13 games. That said, Sandoval is seeing regular playing time against right-handed starters while batting fifth for the Giants, which should be enough to warrant consideration in very deep and NL-only formats.

Denard Span (O, SF)

Denard Span went 2-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run and three RBI in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.


Span took Jerad Eickhoff's first pitch of the evening deep to right center where it caromed off the brick wall at AT&T Park and rolled around long enough for the veteran to scoot all the way home. It has generally been a quiet season for the 33-year-old, but he has been en fuego over his past seven games, batting .375 (12-for-32) with eight runs, two homers, eight RBI and a pair of steals. Span's recent hot stretch certainly deserves fantasy owners' attention.

Yangervis Solarte (B3, SD)

Yangervis Solarte went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Nationals.


Saturday's home run was the veteran infielder's third since returning from the disabled list July 30. Solarte is just two homers shy of the career high mark of 15 he set in 2016 despite playing in just 90 games so far this season. He continues to provide modest fantasy value due to his multi-position eligibility and placement in the heart of the Padres' lineup.

Blake Parker fired a scoreless inning while giving up one hit and striking out two in a 5-1 win over the Orioles.


Parker has arguably been the Angels' best and most-consistent reliever this season with a 2.30 ERA and 4.5 K/BB ratio, but he has yet to see a save opportunity in August while the club deals with a volatile closing situation. Manager Mike Scioscia stated that he has been deploying the 32-year-old in "high leverage situations" even if they aren't coming in the ninth inning. Parker's absence from the Halos' closing committee severely limits his value in fantasy formats.

Adrian Gonzalez (B1, LAD)

Adrian Gonzalez started at first base and went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's win over the Tigers.


Gonzalez has gone 2-for-8 with a double and two RBI since being activated off the disabled list Friday. The aging slugger was expected to be eased back into action following his lengthy layoff, but a minor injury to Cody Bellinger (ankle) could open up a few more starts than initially expected. Gonzalez's days of providing middle-of-the-order production appear to be in the rear-view mirror, but the 35-year-old can still provide modest fantasy value on days where he starts for a loaded Dodger offense.

Yasmani Grandal (C, LAD)

Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with walk and a solo home run in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Tigers.


The 28-year-old got off to a slow start in the month of August (.184/.295/.421 in 11 games), but he has picked things up in the power department over his last four contests with a double and two homers. Grandal now has 16 home runs on the campaign, and while his 7.4 walk rate is well below last year's 14.0 percent mark, he has replaced those free passes with base hits (.264 batting average compared to .228 last season). He will continue to see regular starts behind the dish against right-handed pitchers down the stretch.

Trevor Bauer (12-8) pitched 6.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts during Saturday's win over Kansas City. He allowed seven hits and two walks.


Bauer has found a groove of late and won five of his past seven starts while posting an impressive 1.99 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 9.7 K/9. With Cleveland in the thick of a playoff race and boasting an admirable offense, Bauer's in a good fantasy position to finish the season strong. He lines up to face the Red Sox at Progressive Field in his next start.

Jason Vargas (14-7) allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven batters through just 4.2 innings during Saturday's loss to Cleveland.


The wheels appear to be falling off for the veteran lefty. Vargas has now allowed 16 runs through 20.1 innings over his past four starts for a 7.08 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. Following his remarkable start to the campaign, his stat line (3.59 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 7.0 K/9) can sustain a few more rough outings, but his recent form isn't encouraging. Additionally, Vargas projects to make his next start against Cleveland, and this time the game is at Progressive Field where the Indians average 5.0 runs per game.

Kevin Plawecki went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Saturday's win over Miami.


Plawecki should stick with the Mets for the remainder of the season after Rene Rivera was claimed off waivers by the Cubs. With Travis d'Arnaud likely to receive the bulk of starts behind the plate, Plawecki's fantasy value is likely to remain limited to cavernous settings. He projects start a couple of games a week to give d'Arnaud a breather, though.

Dominic Smith went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored during Saturday's win over Miami.


The rookie is now 5-for-29 (.172 batting average) with two homers, three RBI and a .579 OPS since being promoted from the minors. Smith should continue to see regular playing time and offers admirable upside after posting a .330/.386/.519 slash line with Triple-A Las Vegas this year. However, it's still probably a little early to look his way in the majority of seasonal settings.