Fantasy owners got another scare involving San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., as he had to exit earlier in the week with soreness on his side. However, it was reported as minor and that turned out to be true. Tatis returned to the lineup June 3 and hit his 17th home run of the season.

Unfortunately, this will most likely happen a few more times with Tatis, and we just have to hope that there’s nothing that sidelines the talented youngster long-term.

Waiver-Wire Targets:

Arizona Diamondbacks First Baseman/Outfielder Pavin Smith — Smith is sitting right at the 50 percent threshold and for good reason. The 25-year-old had a batting average of .250 on May 25 and is now hitting .292 after a strong week. Smith has also chipped in with five home runs, 21 RBIs and a stolen base. We’ll see if this hot streak can continue, but if fantasy owners need offensive help, he’s a good target.

Seattle Mariners Infielder Ty France — We also hope to capitalize on a hot streak with France. The infielder raised his batting average from .229 on May 13 to his current average of .254. There are definitely flaws with France, as he hasn’t hit a home run since April. However, France has been batting cleanup, which is very attractive and we hope that translates into more RBI chances. I’m not sure how high this ceiling is, but his position versatility along with the combination of how well he is hitting and where he’s hitting makes him an option for fantasy owners.

Detroit Tigers Infielder Jonathan Schoop — Collecting nine hits over his last five games, Schoop is on fire. The infielder has also hit three home runs during that span. The average is now at .246, and Schoop has seven home runs on the season. Schoop has had multiple seasons with more than 20 home runs and this current hot streak could put him back on pace. If you need power, Schoop could be a target.

Chicago Cubs Starting Pitcher Adbert Alzolay — The right-hander has pitched well this season. He has only allowed more than three earned runs once — and that was in his first start of the year. Alzolay has also struck out at least six hitters in every start but two. The righty usually throws five innings, but he does have a couple six-inning starts along with a start in which he pitched seven. There are worse options if you need pitching help. Alzolay has proven he can get strikeouts and limit the damage.

Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitcher Tony Gonsolin — The right-hander has been making rehab starts in the minors but appears to be set to return to pitch for the big-league team next week. The 27-year-old has yet to throw 50 innings in a season during his first two years, but has had an ERA below 3.00 in both with a strikeout rate better than 8.00. It’s hard to predict what kind of pitch limit Gonsolin will be on early, so if you want to take a wait-and-see approach, I understand. However, with the injuries in fantasy baseball, all it takes is one good start and Gonsolin will not be available anymore.

Phil Backert

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