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Wilson Ramos (C, TB)

Wilson Ramos will start at catcher and bat sixth Wednesday against the Pirates, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.


Ramos will make his third appearance of the season behind the plate Wednesday, and the fact that it comes a night after he played suggests the Rays have no qualms about deploying him as their everyday catcher moving forward. It's still likely that the Rays will look to build in rest days periodically for Ramos by using him as a designated hitter, but now that he should be in store for regular at-bats, he could profile as one of the top fantasy options at catcher the rest of the way. Ramos is coming off a career-best campaign with the Nationals during which he hit .307 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI.

Robert Gsellman (hamstring) was officially placed on the disabled list Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.


Gsellman left Tuesday's contest after suffering a left hamstring strain in the fourth inning. The right-hander had been struggling on the mound recently, allowing 17 earned runs over his last three starts (12.1 innings). Gsellman is likely to return before the All-Star break since the injury seems to be a minor setback. In his place, the team recalled infielder Matt Reynolds and added him to the 25-man roster.

Matt Reynolds was called up Wednesday prior to New York's game against the Marlins, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.


Reynolds has been up-and-down a few times already this season, with the most recent transaction coming a week ago when the 26-year-old was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas. During his five-game stint with Las Vegas this past week, Reynolds went 7-for-20 with three home runs and five RBI from the plate. The infielder will supply more depth for the Mets, with Robert Gsellman hitting the disabled list due to a left hamstring strain.

Addison Russell (S, ChC)

Addison Russell (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nats.


Russell has come in to pinch hit during the past two games after exiting Sunday's game with shoulder soreness. He will sit on the bench yet again Wednesday, with Javy Baez back at shortstop while batting sixth. Russell is likely available to pinch hit, and could return to the fold during Thursday's series finale.

J.T. Realmuto (C, Mia)

J.T. Realmuto is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.


Realmuto gets the day off after starting the past five games, going 4-for-16 with one home run and three RBI during that span. In his place, A.J. Ellis will catch and bat seventh in the order.

Michael Saunders (O, Phi)

Michael Saunders signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.


Toronto struggled to find consistent production from the left field spot between Ezequiel Carrera and Steve Pearce this season, so the organization could end up turning to a former Blue Jay to see if he can offer a boost at the position. Saunders was let go by the Phillies earlier this month after slashing .205/.257/.360 in 214 plate appearances, but he's just one season removed from a 24-homer, 32-double campaign that netted him an All-Star nod with Toronto. He'll first report to Triple-A Buffalo to begin his second tour with the organization, but if he's able to find some success at the plate early on, a promotion to the big club could come quickly.

In a surprising move, Sam Dyson – not Hunter Strickland – was named the Giants' interim closer with Mark Melancon (elbow) being placed on the disabled list Wednesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.


Strickland did give up a run in one of his two appearances since returning from suspension, but still, manager Bruce Bochy's decision to roll with the struggling and less-tenured Dyson is a puzzling one to say the least. This may be a case where a decision was passed down from the higher ups in an effort to boost the newly-acquired reliever's trade value, but that is just speculation at this point. Those hurting for saves have to hang on to Strickland in the possible event that Dyson – and his 8.10 ERA – struggles in the role.

Michael Conforto (O, NYM)

Michael Conforto (hand) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News reports.


Conforto left Sunday's game after getting hit in the left wrist at the plate, and was held out of Tuesday's contest following an off day. The Mets will take the side of precaution when it comes to their star outfielder, but there hasn't been much news in terms of a timetable for the 24-year-old as of this moment. He should be considered day-to-day for now until more information becomes present.

Chris Carter (B1, NYY)

Chris Carter was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.


It's been quite the fall for Carter, who went from hitting 41 home runs with the Brewers in 2016 to going unclaimed off waivers less than a year later. The first baseman is still capable of supplying power, but his climbing strikeout rate (a career-high 37% this season) and lack of defensive utility make him an unappealing bench bat for many teams, at least while he's owed $3 million in 2017. He'll need to curb the strikeouts and provide home-run production on a more regular basis in order to earn another look from the Yankees.

Carlos Gonzalez (O, Col)

Carlos Gonzalez (shoulder) took cuts in the batting cage Wednesday prior to Colorado's game against the Giants, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.


Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list Monday, and hasn't been in the lineup since June 22. This is a positive sign for the outfielder, as he seems to be on track for his return once he's eligible to come off the DL on July 3. The Rockies have been on a slide since he's come out of the lineup, while Alexi Amarista figures to continue taking most of the time in right field until Gonzalez returns.

Sam Dyson is expected to assume closing duties for the Giants after Mark Melancon (elbow) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.


After being acquired by the Giants on June 6, Dyson has accumulated an ERA of 4.91 with a 10:3 K:BB in eight appearances on the mound. It remains yet to be seen whether Dyson will indeed stick in the role during Melancon's stay on the DL, but for time being, the 29-year-old looks like the ninth-inning man for San Francisco. Following a 38-save campaign just a year ago with the Rangers, Dyson has struggled this season, but will have the opportunity to claim a key role in the Giants bullpen moving forward if he can revert back to his 2016 form.

Miguel Andujar was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.


It's the first big-league promotion for the 22-year-old, who was batting .308 in seven games following his recent assignment to Triple-A. Though he'll assume the roster spot of designated hitter Matt Holliday (illness), Andujar isn't a lock to take on regular at-bats while the Yankees look to fill Holliday's void in the lineup. Instead, manager Joe Girardi could elect to turn to a number of different bench players to take on extra at-bats while Holliday is out, making it difficult to pinpoint who will be the major beneficiary.

Matt Holliday (O, NYY)

Matt Holliday (illness) was moved to the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.


With Holliday making limited progress from the viral infection he first came down with Sunday, he'll head back to New York to undergo additional testing while the Yankees finish out the road trip without him. Third baseman Miguel Andujar was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a corresponding move, but he's not a safe bet to assume Holliday's role as the club's everyday designated hitter. Instead, look for manager Joe Girardi to cycle in a number of different bench bats at DH for the duration of Holliday's absence.

Daniel Slania was recalled by the Giants on Wednesday, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.


Slania will join the big-league club following the elbow injury to closer Mark Melancon that forced the right-hander to the 10-day DL. Since 2013, Slania has worked his way up from Low-A ball and is set to make his major-league debut in the coming days. During his time with Triple-A Sacramento and Double-A Richmond in 2017, Slania has compiled a 6.66 ERA with a 1.71 WHIP and a 73:38 K:BB during 77 innings on the mound.

Victor Martinez (B1, Det)

Victor Martinez (chest) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.


Martinez was sidelined for a little under two weeks after he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat that had resulted in a hospital trip and a brief hiatus on baseball activities. With doctors clearing him to resume workouts last week, Martinez has been able to take batting practice the last few days without incident, so it's expected that he'll immediately be plugged back into an everyday role at designated hitter. The Tigers optioned catcher/first baseman John Hicks to Triple-A Toledo to make room on the 25-man roster for Martinez.

Mark Melancon (elbow) is headed to the disabled list again with a right pronator strain, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.


Melancon missed time in the middle of May with this same exact injury, but was able to return as soon as he was eligible. Although he didn't miss much time initially, it's concerning that the right-hander suffered the injury for a second time in about a month's time on the mound. Melancon will see doctors and get an MRI on Wednesday, which will give the team a timetable for his return. In his place, Dan Slania was recalled while Sam Dyson is set to take over as closer for San Francisco in his stead.

Ketel Marte will be recalled from Triple-A Reno on Wednesday, Robert Murray of FanRagSports.com reports.


Reserve shortstop Nick Ahmed was diagnosed with a small fracture in his right hand following Tuesday's win over the Cardinals, so it's expected that he'll be placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's contest to clear a spot for Marte. After losing out on a roster spot with the Diamondbacks coming out of spring training, Marte has taken out his frustration on Pacific Coast League pitching, submitting a .338/.391/.514 line with six home runs and seven steals across 338 plate appearances. With Brandon Drury and Chris Owings locked in as the Diamondbacks' primary middle infielders, Marte won't have a direct path to an everyday role, but could still pick up a few starts per week due to the positional flexibility of the latter two players.

Howie Kendrick (O, Phi)

Howie Kendrick (hamstring) may need time off on the DL, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports.


Kendrick was initially going to play in Wednesday's series finale against Seattle, but was held out due to the hamstring injury that has bothered him for the better part of the past week. If Kendrick does happen to land on the disabled list, which would likely be announced prior to the Phillies' next game Friday, Daniel Nava is in line get most of the time in left field while Freddy Galvis and Andres Blanco start in the middle of the infield.

Hanley Ramirez (B1, Bos)

Manager John Farrell said that Hanley Ramirez (knee) would remain out of the lineup Wednesday against the Twins, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.


Ramirez will go through a workout prior to the game, but he'll be on the bench for a third consecutive contest while he continues to recover from a sore left knee. Though the Red Sox haven't unveiled their starting nine for Wednesday's contest, it's expected that Chris Young will enter the lineup in Ramirez's stead with a left-hander (Adalberto Mejia) on the mound for the Twins.

Adam Frazier (B2, Pit)

Adam Frazier is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay.


Frazier went 0-for-5 during Tuesday's game, and will get a day off after starting the past four games in the outfield with southpaw Blake Snell on the mound. In his place, Josh Harrison is sliding over to left while Max Moroff mans the keystone and bats leadoff.