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The Chicago Cubs placed starting pitcher Jon Lester on the 10-day disabled list with general left shoulder fatigue. What It Means: The Cubs are hopeful that Lester will only miss one or two starts, and it sounds like he could be back by the end of the month. Mike Montgomery will take his spot in the rotation. Lester owns a 4.37 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 24.9 strikeout percentage across 148 1/3 innings t ...

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier has been activated from the team's 60-day disabled list. What It Means: After fracturing his hip on June 8th, Kiermaier will be active for the first time in over two months. He hit 3-for-24 during his rehab assignment so it might be a slow transition but expect Kiermaier to take back the starting role in center at the expense of Peter Bourjos and Mall ...

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jon Jay is not starting on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays. What It Means: After going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, and a triple on Monday, Jay proceeded to go 0-for-8 in his next two starts. He's hitting .290 with 25 RBI and 42 runs scored in 301 plate appearances (102 games) this season. Albert Almora will start in center field and lead off the Cubs' or ...

Chicago Cubs catcher Alex Avila is not starting on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays. What It Means: Avila will grab a seat on the bench after going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and 3 RBI on Thursday. Victor Caratini will catch Jake Arrieta and bat sixth versus Blue Jays southpaw J.A. Happ in Friday's series opener. numberFire's models project Avila to turn in a .239 batting ave ...

Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber is not starting on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays. What It Means: Ben Zobrist will be in left field while Ian Happ mans second in Friday's series opener against left-hander J.A. Happ and the Blue Jays. Schwarber, currently on a four-game hit streak, is 20-for-125 (.160) with 58 strikeouts (40.0 percent) versus southpaws for his career. For the seas ...

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Ezequiel Carrera is on the bench for Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs. What It Means: With Kevin Pillar making his return to the order today, Carrera will serve the team from the bench against Jake Arrieta and the Cubs. Over 92 plate appearances, our models like Carrera to produce 2 homers, 4 doubles and 8 RBI the rest of the way this season. Source: Basebal ...

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar is in the lineup for Friday's road matchup against the Chicago Cubs. What It Means: Fresh off a rest day, Pillar will take over center field duties from Ezequiel Carrera, who will head to the Blue Jays' bench today. As Pillar bats sixth he will do so against righty Jake Arrieta. It's a very small sample size, but Pillar is 3-for-3 with 3 sin ...

Chicago Cubs outfielder/second baseman Ian Happ is batting fifth on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays. What It Means: A day after going 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs, Happ will move up to the five-hole against Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ while manning second base for the Cubs in Friday's series opener. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Ben Zobrist will each move up one spot in the ord ...

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Miguel Montero has been moved up to fifth in Friday's order against the Chicago Cubs. What It Means: After being activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, today will mark Montero's second straight start with Russell Martin (oblique) still out for the time being. In a revenge game of sorts, Montero will hit fifth against former teammate Jake Arrieta. When hi ...

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce is batting from the cleanup spot Friday against the Chicago Cubs. What It Means: Facing an NL opponent on the road today, the Blue Jays lose their usual four-hitter in designated hitter Kendrys Morales. Therefore, Pearce will slide up a spot to hit fourth against the Cubs' Jake Arrieta. With a career .379 wOBA and .247 ISO from the clean ...

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales is out of the lineup Friday versus the Chicago Cubs. What It Means: As the Blue Jays transition to an NL ballpark in Chicago, they'll forfeit their DH spot, meaning Kendrys Morales is out this afternoon. After going 1-for-4 with a double in yesterday's game, Morales is projected for 6 dingers, 21 RBI and a .257 average the ...

Toronto Blue jays outfielder Nori Aoki is not in the lineup for Friday's road matchup with the Chicago Cubs. What It Means: Having spelled Jose Bautista on Thursday afternoon, Aoki will make way for Bautista's return to the lineup today in Chicago. In his part-time role, our models like Aoki to add 21 hits, 7 RBI and 10 runs over the remainder of the 2017 season. Source: Baseball Press ...

Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is back in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs. What It Means: After getting a routine night off on Thursday, Bautista will return to play right and hit lead off against the Cubs' Jake Arrieta. As he does so, he'll send Nori Aoki back to Toronto's bench. Bautista is 0-for-13 in 18 career plate appearances ...

Chicago Cubs catcher Victor Caratini is starting on Friday versus the Toronto Blue Jays. What It Means: Caratini will catch right-hander Jake Arrieta and bat sixth versus Blue Jays southpaw J.A. Happ, who has been dominant as of late (1.45 ERA over last three starts). Alex Avila will be available off the bench for the defending champs. numberFire's models project Caratini to score only 4.6 Fa ...

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (toe) could return to the rotation as early as Tuesday, when the Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays. What It Means: Cobb has been out of action with turf toe since August 5, but he made it through a 40-pitch bullpen session without issue on Wednesday, and he's scheduled to throw another on Saturday. Despite a decent 3.80 ERA, Cobb has had a shaky year, posting ...

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward is starting on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays. What It Means: Heyward will start in right field and bat seventh versus Blue Jays southpaw J.A. Happ, who hasn't given up more than 1 run in any of his last three starts. Ben Zobrist will be in left field while Kyle Schwarber grabs a seat on the bench Friday afternoon. numberFire's models project H ...

Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora is starting on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays. What It Means: Almora will start in center field and lead off the order versus Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ, who has allowed just 1 run in three consecutive starts. Jon Jay will be available off the bench on Friday. numberFire's models project Almora to score 8.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,100 on ...

Minnesota Twins outfielder Robbie Grossman made an early exit from Thursday evening's game against the Cleveland Indians with a fractured left thumb. What It Means: Grossman collided with Byron Buxton in the outfield in the third inning, and he's expected to miss at least three weeks with the injury. Max Kepler replaced him when he left the game on Thursday. Grossman has slashed .243/.36 ...

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is expected to make his return against the San Diego Padres on Saturday. What It Means: Strasburg missed about three weeks with an Elbow impingement, and while he only made one rehab start, it lasted a smooth five innings, and it doesn't look like he'll have any serious limitations upon returning to the rotation. Strasburg has a 3.25 ...

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado had X-rays on his left hand come back Negative. What It Means: Arenado made an early exit on Thursday when he was hit by a ground ball in the same hand that he injured being hit by a pitch on Sunday. It sounds like he's just dealing with bruising, but there's a good chance he gets the day off on Friday to recover. In 511 plate appearances (PA) ...

Chicago White Sox utility man Alen Hanson has been added to the lineup on Thursday. What It Means: Hanson replaces Avisail Garcia in right field, who was a late scratch due to some wrist soreness. The White Sox own an implied total of 4.9 on Thursday, making Hanson an intriguing play with a cost of just $2,000 versus the Texas Rangers. Source: Daryl Van Schouwen, Chicago Sun Times ...

Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia (wrist) was scratched from the lineup Thursday against the Texas Rangers. What It Means: Garcia was removed at the last minute after experiencing some soreness in his left wrist before Thursday's game. Alen Hanson will start in right field in his place. Garcia is batting .307 with a .839 OPS, 13 homers, and 57 RBI in 394 plate appearances this seaso ...

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Hyun Soo Kim is in the lineup, batting sixth on Thursday. What It Means: Kim got the day off on Wednesday, with a southpaw on the mound. However, with righty Jeff Samardzija starting for the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, Kim will return to the lineup. Cameron Perkins is back on the bench. Our models project Kim for 6.6 FanDuel points while costing $2,000 on Thu ...

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Williams is batting third on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. What It Means: Williams will move up to the three-hole versus Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija. He went 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeout while working out of the fifth spot in the order on Wednesday. With the second-lowest implied total on the board (3.36 runs), the Phillies don't ...

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Cameron Perkins is not in the lineup on Thursday. What It Means: Perkins got the start in right field on Wednesday but will return ot the bench Thursday as Hyun Soo Kim handles the job in right. Our models project Perkins for a .174 batting average in 25 plate appearances, the rest of the season. Source: Baseball Press ...

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