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MLB starting lineup news, injury report for Saturday, July 17th

We’re updating you throughout the day with all the latest lineup news and injuries heading into Saturday’s MLB slate.

Zac Gallen #23 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on July 02, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

We have a 16-game slate in the majors on Saturday, beginning at 1:10 p.m. ET. 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 Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers.

The Twins and Tigers were scheduled to play a doubleheader Friday, but both games were washed out due to the weather. They will play two today with Charlie Barnes starting for the Twins and Jose Urena getting the ball for the Tigers in Game 1.

Meanwhile, the Padres will look to score some more runs on the Nationals after their 24-8 victory on Friday night. San Diego had 22 hits as a team and two innings where they scored 7 and 6 runs. Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 at the plate with 4 RBI. If you had the Padres in DFS last night, then you was likely winning a good amount of your contents with their offensive onslaught.

MLB lineup and injury news — Saturday, July 17th

Xander Bogaerts is out against Yankees

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is dealing with wrist soreness and will not play in tonight’s game against New York, per Chris Cotillo. However, Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters that he expects the All-Star shortstop to play tomorrow. Bogaerts has been an absolute beast for Boston this season. The 28-year-old is slugging .318 with 15 HRs, 51 RBI, and an American League-leading 27 doubles. Kike Hernandez will start at shortstop and bat leadoff for Boston tonight.

Nick Castellanos sitting vs. Brewers

The Cincinnati Reds will not have starting outfielder Nick Castellanos for tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Castellanos is sitting out with a wrist injury that he suffered in Friday night’s game against the Brew Crew. The first-time All-Star was hit by a pitch in the third inning, but the x-rays came back negative.

Rangers-Blue Jays postponed due to weather

The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays had their game postponed this afternoon due to inclement weather. Saturday’s game will be made up on Sunday as a part of a seven-inning doubleheader.

Athletics activate Mark Canha ahead of Saturday’s game

The Athletics announced Saturday afternoon that outfielder Mark Canha has been activated off of the 10-day injured list. Canha missed the last few weeks with a right hip strain. This season, the 32-year-old outfielder is hitting .255 with 11 HRs and 33 RBI in 74 games.

Jorge Lopez to start against Royals

Roch Kubato of MASN Sports reported on Saturday that pitcher Jorge Lopez will start tonight for the Orioles against the Royals. The 28-year-old was on the bereavement for the last three days. Lopez, just like the rest of the Orioles’ starting rotation, has not pitched well this season. He has a 2-12 record and 5.95 ERA in 84.2 IP.

Niko Goodrum scratched vs. Twins

The Tigers announced that shortstop Niko Goodrum has been scratched from Game 1 of today’s doubleheader with left calf tightness. The 29-year-old infielder will be replaced by Zack Short. This season, Short is hitting .216 with 3 HRs and 10 RBI in 51 at-bats.

Blake Snell to start against the Nationals

The San Diego Padres will be activating starting pitcher Blake Snell off the IL and giving him the start today against the Washington Nationals. Snell has not pitched since July 4 due to food poisoning. This season, the former AL Cy Young winner has struggled in his first year in San Diego with a 3-3 record and 4.99 ERA.

Akil Baddoo sitting in Game 1 of doubleheader against the Twins

Outfielder Akil Baddoo is not playing in the Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. The 22-year-old rookie will be replaced by Derek Hill, who is batting ninth in the lineup for Detroit. This season, Baddoo has been a bright spot for the Tigers’ offense, hitting .271 with 6 HRs and 28 RBI.

Zac Gallen expected to start for DBacks

According to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic, the Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to activate starter Zac Gallen off of the injured list on Saturday and start him against the Cubs. Gallen has been on the injured list since July 2 with a tweaked right hamstring.

The 25-year-old pitcher said to reporters that his pitch count should be in the relatively normal range for today’s start. Gallen is 1-4 with an ERA of 4.17 in only 41 IP this season.