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Grinding Metal - Scott Kingery, Griffin Canning and More Waiver Wire Pickups

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Grinding Metal examines potential waiver wire additions that can assist your team during the fantasy baseball season. From home runs to pitching wins, Grinding Metal has you covered.

Scott Oberg, RP, Colorado Rockies
Wade Davis landed on the 10-day Injured list with an oblique issue. Oberg will be the pitcher for the ninth inning moving forward, with the hopes that Davis is back within 10 days. However, oblique injuries can very from player to play, so Davis could be out longer than the 10 days. Either way, Oberg is the pitcher to grab this week for cheap saves.

Scott Kingery, INF/OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Kingery returned in May after dealing with a hamstring injury. Typically relegated to a platoon role, Kingery now finds himself as an every day player - either in center field or third base. With Odubel Herrera out indefinitely and Kingery's flexibility, the 25-year-old utility player could play 5-to-6 days a week. On the season, he's hitting .338/.382/.563 with three home runs and 2 stolen bases. 

Griffin Canning, SP, Los Angeles Angels
It's time to pick up Canning in most fantasy leagues. The 23-year-old rookie continues to impress start after start, despite having only two wins on the season. Over his last three starts, the righty went 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA over 18 innings pitched, while striking out 15 batters. He has a swinging strike rate over 15% this season, and will also be a two start pitcher this week (vs. OAK & vs. SEA). He's owned in less than 10% of leagues, so he's available for the taking.

Dallas Keuchel, SP, Free Agent
Still without a team, but that could soon change as we get into the month of June. Lots of teams will be searching for starting pitching help, as they deal with injuries and under-performing players. Keuchel has reportedly been throwing simulated games every five days, and several teams have been attending those workouts. If you have the space, he's worth a stash. He likely won't need a lot of time to ramp us, as he's been staying on schedule.