We kick Fourth of July weekend off with a jam packed 15-game slate across Major League Baseball as every team vies to get hot before the upcoming MLB All-Star Game in Denver.
There are a lot good matchups happening across the league that will not only have betting but also fantasy implications. Over the course of the day, we will be keeping up to date with the latest injury and lineup news before first pitch between the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies.
MLB lineup and injury news — Friday, July 2nd
Trevor Bauer Placed on Administrative Leave
Of course the big news of the day is Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer being placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball amidst allegations of domestic violence. Bauer, who opted to not appeal the leave, will miss his scheduled start against the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Bauer had posted an 8-5 record with a 2.59 ERA in his first season with the Dodgers.
Yoan Moncada out for weekend series vs. Tigers
Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada will miss the team’s weekend series at the Detroit Tigers after leaving Thursday’s 8-5 win over Minnesota with a bruised hand. The 26-year-old infielder suffered the injury after sliding headfirst into third. Manager Tony La Russa confirmed swelling in his right hand but the team is hopeful that he’ll be good to go on Monday when the team begins a three-game series at Minnesota.
Moncada is batting .280 on the season with five home runs and 35 RBI.
Didi Gregorius, Ronald Acuna Jr. in lineups
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius was activated from the injury list and will be in the lineup tonight when the Phillies open a three-game homestand against the San Diego Padres. Gregorious last appeared in the Philadelphia lineup on May 12 and is returning from a five-game rehab stint in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he went 6-for-15 with three runs and two RBI.
Ronald Acuna Jr. will be in the Atlanta Braves’ lineup for tonight’s home showdown with the Miami Marlins after being scratched from the lineup last night due to back tightness. He managed to enter the game off the bench and got on base twice as the Braves recorded a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets.