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Jurickson Profar (O, Tex)

Jurickson Profar was sent down to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.


Things just keep getting worse for Profar, who was relegated to a bench role earlier in the week. He's managed to hit just .135 with three RBI in 46 plate appearances this year, so the Rangers are hoping an opportunity to play every day with the Express helps him iron out the kinks in his swing. His demotion makes room for infielder Pete Kozma, who was claimed off waivers from the Yankees on Sunday.

Bronson Arroyo couldn't get out of the fifth inning Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks, striking out just two batters.


Arroyo hadn't allowed a run heading into the fifth inning when it all fell apart - he faced four batters in that fifth inning without retiring anyone. His ERA rose to 7.20 with the result.

Raisel Iglesias threw two scoreless innings Sunday against the Cardinals to get his fourth save of the year. He allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two.


The Reds' bullpen usage patterns may have cost Iglesias a couple of saves, but his owners also got 14.1 innings of elite ratios, 16 strikeouts and a win in one month. If he can maintain that sort of pace, that's 85-90 innings and around 95-100 strikeouts.

Adam Duvall (O, Cin)

Adam Duvall went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.


Duvall's line for the month of April (.247/.292/.551) is representative of what a number of the Reds have been doing. They have five starters slugging more than .500, but also three starters with OBP's lower than .300. They banged out 16 hits on Sunday, however, enough to win the game and split the two games with the Cardinals.

Lorenzo Cain (O, KC)

Lorenzo Cain went 1-for-5 with a solo home run – his first of the season – during Sunday's loss to Minnesota.


The round tripper was also just the fifth extra-base hit of the campaign for Cain, so while his .272 batting average and .385 on-base percentage are solid marks, fantasy owners were expecting more pop from the outfielder. Cain's .358 slugging percentage is well below the .436 mark he posted over the previous three seasons, so it isn't out of the question that better results are ahead. It's also worth noting that dating back to the 2015 campaign, Cain boasts a .402 wOBA against southpaws, which makes him a strong value in daily contests when the Royals face a lefty.

Zack Cozart (S, Cin)

The Reds moved Zack Cozart up to second in the batting order over the weekend, moving Jose Peraza down to seventh. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on Sunday, however.


Even with the poor game Sunday, Cozart ends April hitting .352/.447/.606, a considerable bump over Peraza. The Reds are trying to get more baserunners in front of Joey Votto - both Billy Hamilton and Peraza had OBP's well below .300 for the month of April.

Joey Votto (B1, Cin)

Joey Votto hit an RBI single in the eighth inning Sunday off of the Cardinals' Trevor Rosenthal to put the Reds ahead in their eventual win. He went 2-for-5 on the day.


Following Sunday Votto ends the month of April hitting .256/.337/.578 with eight homers and 19 RBI. While the batting average and OBP are well below his customary numbers, overall it's a far cry from last year's slow start.

Miguel Sano (B3, Min)

Miguel Sano went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run and five RBI during Sunday's win over Kansas City.


Already up to seven homers and 25 RBI with a .316/.443/.684 slash line and .466 wOBA, Sano has been a fantasy star through the first month of the season. While his 32.6 strikeout percentage is still high, he's also squaring up more pitches and boasts a 52.3 hard-hit percentage. Sano is probably going to slow down, but it will take a significant slump before it's a legitimate concern.

Jason Hammel (0-3) allowed five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five batters over three innings during Sunday's loss to Minnesota.


Hammel has allowed at least three runs in four of his five starts and has only pitched out of the fifth inning in one outing. The result is a 0-3 record with a crippling 6.55 ERA and 1.94 WHIP. At this stage of the game, it's pretty difficult to rely on Hammel in any fantasy setting, but his 3.92 FIP suggests there are stabler times ahead. Unfortunately, a start against the deep Cleveland lineup is on tap for Hammel.

Tom Koehler allowed three runs on six hits and a walk across four innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Pirates. He struck out three.


Koehler surrendered all three runs on his ledger in the first inning thanks to four hits, including a two-run homer by Josh Bell. He settled down and allowed just three men to reach base over his next three innings but was removed with a relatively high pitch count after four. Koehler has only allowed more than three runs once this season, but his inability to go deep into games has resulted in a 5.40 ERA. He will look to cut down on that figure Friday against the Mets.

Phil Hughes (4-1) allowed four runs on 10 hits while striking out four batters over 5.2 innings during Sunday's win over Kansas City.


It's pretty rare a pitcher can allow 10 hits and still add a tally in the wins column, but the Minnesota offense did its part Sunday. Hughes sports a 5.06 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 5.74 K/9, so while his four victories are impressive, the rest of his stat line doesn't move the fantasy needle. The veteran righty draws a tough matchup against Boston for his next start.

Jordan Montgomery allowed three runs on three hits and four walks across five innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Orioles. He struck out seven.


Montgomery cruised through five innings having allowed just one run, but he ran into trouble in the sixth and allowed the first two men to reach – both of whom later came around to score – before being pulled with no outs. The left-hander reached a new season high in free passes as he struggled with his command at times, but he also tied a personal best with seven punchouts to raise his K/9 to 9.7. Montgomery will take a 4.15 ERA into Saturday's matchup with the Cubs.

Darren O'Day allowed two runs on a hit and two walks in two-thirds of an inning Sunday against the Yankees.


O'Day entered the bottom of the ninth with a two-run lead and proceeded to load the bases before he was pulled with two outs. Donnie Hart allowed a two-run single after replacing O'Day and was technically credited with the blown save, but it was the latter who was responsible for both runs. Zach Britton (forearm) will rejoin the team early next week, at which point O'Day will return to his typical setup role, regardless of Sunday's poor outing.

Matt Wieters (C, Was)

Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI during Sunday's win over the Mets.


The National League has been a nice change for the backstop, as Wieters currently sports a .301/.400/.534 slash line with 10 runs, four home runs and 12 RBI. The deep Washington lineup provides a nice fantasy setup for Wieters, too.

Wade Miley allowed two runs on eight hits and five walks across five innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Yankees. He struck out six.


Miley struggled with his command and routinely allowed men on base, but he mitigated the damage by limiting the extra-base hits and inducing a pair of double-plays. Walks have been a real problem for the lefty this season and this display bumped his BB/9 up to a staggaring 5.5. Luckily, he has also produced a stellar K/9 of 11 to help him battle through numerous jams. Miley still owns a 2.32 ERA despite some adventurous outings and will look to tighten things up Friday against the White Sox.

Ryan Braun (O, Mil)

Ryan Braun, who was initially diagnosed with right trapezius soreness, clarified Sunday that he is suffering from additional injuries in his arm that are the main issue for him, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.


Despite being hampered by multiple ailments, Braun also said after Monday's game that he is optimistic about his chances of avoiding a trip to the disabled list. Assuming it is in fact just wear and tear and there is no structural damage, the 33-year-old could be back by the end of the week if his soreness is able to go down as he gets additional rest. However, his absence could be much longer if his arm fails to respond to treatment in the way that the team hopes.

Chad Bell was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.


Bell's season at Toledo has gotten off to a great start. After making four starts he owns a 1.25 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. In that time he's pitched 21.2 innings, during which he's recorded a K:BB of 25:7. In a corresponding move, the Tigers optioned Joe Jimenez to Toledo.

Jay Bruce (O, NYM)

Jay Bruce went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and two RBI during Sunday's loss to Washington.


It was Bruce's seven long fly of the season, and he's now up to 16 RBI with an impressive .292/.370/.584 slash line. The veteran slugger will continue to bat in the heart of the Mets lineup, and Bruce should also continue to pile up strong counting statistics. It wouldn't be surprising to see his batting average and on-base percentage begin to decline, though. Don't forget, Bruce entered 2017 with a .231/.295/.440 slash line over the previous three seasons.

Zach Britton (forearm) will rejoin the Orioles on Monday in Boston, at which point the team may bring him off the disabled list, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.


Once Britton rejoins the team, the decision will be made as to when he'll be brought off the disabled list. Although Britton will be eligible to be activated Monday, he pitched in a rehab outing at Double-A Bowie on Sunday, so the Orioles may give him an extra day to rest and bring him off the DL on Tuesday.

Joe Ross allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five batters over four innings during Sunday's win over the Mets.


With Washington putting 23 runs on the board, it's discouraging that Ross couldn't navigate his way through five innings and collect the win. It's also the second consecutive game he's failed to pitch five frames. There's definitely upside here, though. The 23-year-old righty posted a 3.52 ERA and 8.0 K/9 over 35 games the past two seasons, after all. Ross will look to put it all together in his next start against Philadelphia.