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T.J. Rivera will start at third base Wednesday against the Marlins, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.


First baseman Lucas Duda is receiving the evening off with lefty Jeff Locke starting for the Marlins, so Wilmer Flores will man that position while opening up the hot corner for Rivera. It's only the second start in the last six games for Rivera, who had been seeing regular time at the keystone prior to that before Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) was activated from the disabled list June 23.

Trayce Thompson got the start in right field in place of Yasiel Puig (knee/hamstring) on Tuesday, going 0-for-3 in a win over the Angels.


Puig's injury doesn't sound serious, but Thompson stands to gain additional playing time if the Dodgers' regular right fielder is forced to miss additional time. The 26-year-old has yet to record a hit in 11 major-league at-bats this season, and he slashed a meager .211/.273/.377 over 62 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, so regular playing time wouldn't directly translate to fantasy value.

Zack Cozart (S, Cin)

Zack Cozart (quad) ran the bases prior to Wednesday's game against the Brewers and is hopeful he'll be activated from the 10-day disabled list Thursday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.


The Reds initially hoped to have Cozart return to action Wednesday, but he instead went through a rigorous workout and indicated that he felt well afterwards. The team will check back in on his condition Thursday, but it appears Cozart is on the cusp of a return from the DL. Once Cozart is back in the fold, either Scooter Gennett or Jose Peraza will stand to lose out on regular at-bats in the middle infield.

Glen Perkins (shoulder/biceps) resumed playing catch Tuesday after a week long break, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.


Perkins was shut down last week with biceps tendinitis, one of the many setbacks he's incurred over the past year while rehabbing his injured shoulder. He'll will continue to play catch until he's able to resume a throwing program. Perkins is still a ways away from returning to the majors, and the Twins will likely continue to take it slow with the oft-injured 34-year-old.

Eric Sogard will start at second base and lead off Wednesday against the Reds, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.


Despite the fact Jonathan Villar (back) was activated from the disabled list for the series opener Tuesday, Sogard will man the keystone yet again, an indication that manager Craig Counsell views him as the everyday option at the position. Sogard could plummet down the depth chart if he endures an extended slump, but he's shown no signs of slippage yet through 39 games with the Brewers, providing a .350/.459/.520 slash line through 148 plate appearances.

Jonathan Villar (B2, Mil)

Jonathan Villar is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Reds, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.


Villar was activated from the disabled list prior to Tuesday's series opener, but he'll remain on the bench for the second consecutive game. In light of his struggles earlier this season along with Eric Sogard's strong play at the keystone while Villar was injured, Villar will likely have to settle for utility duties in the infield until Sogard cools off.

Andrew Benintendi (O, Bos)

Andrew Benintendi is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Twins, Scott Lauber of ESPN.com reports.


Benintendi will move to the bench with southpaw Adalberto Mejia toeing the rubber for the Twins, opening a spot in the outfield for lefty killer Chris Young. During what's otherwise been a strong first full season in the big leagues for Benintendi, left-handers have still been a problem for him, as he owns a .256/.326/.282 mark (63 wRC+) against them.

Jharel Cotton (finger) says he's on track to start Saturday against the Braves, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.


A blister on Cotton's right thumb forced him out of his last start early, and while the blister is healing, it appears he may need some extra time before he is ready to take his next turn in the rotation. He was able to get through his normal bullpen session with no issues on Wednesday, lining him up to start over the weekend. Daniel Gossett and Sonny Gray are expected to have their respective starts pushed up a day to fill the rotational void.

Jose Pirela batted second and went 1-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to Atlanta.


Manuel Margot (calf) was activated from the disabled list Tuesday, but it was Franchy Cordero who was removed from the starting lineup to make space. The only effect the move had on Pirela was that he moved out of the leadoff spot, dropping to second in the batting order, which is still a prominent placement for run production. The 27-year-old owns a .315 batting average to go along with three home runs and three steals in 18 starts, giving him mixed-league value until his bat cools off.

Byron Buxton (O, Min)

Byron Buxton is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox.


Buxton's base knock Tuesday gave him just his second hit in 21 at-bats over the last six games, leaving his average at an even .200 for the season. It appears his absence from the lineup Wednesday is just a routine day off, but Buxton may need to turn things around quickly if he hopes to avoid a demotion to the minors. Max Kepler will pick up the start in center field in Buxton's stead Wednesday.

Gregor Blanco is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.


With back-to-back-to-back 0-for-5 games from the plate behind him, Blanco will get the night off as Rey Fuentes earns the start in center. On the year, Blanco has hit .239/.331/.342 with two home runs and seven RBI in 133 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks.

Yan Gomes (C, Cle)

Yan Gomes is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers.


The Indians will go with Roberto Perez behind the plate for the second time in the series while Gomes rests. With Gomes delivering a .196/.268/.235 line in June, the Tribe have opted to go with more of a timeshare behind the plate, which will probably continue until Gomes busts out.

Nick Martinez will move to the bullpen after Austin Bibens-Dirkx was named the Rangers' starter for Friday's series opener against the White Sox.


The injury-battered Rangers rotation is finally beginning to heal up with Cole Hamels (oblique) returning from the disabled list to start Monday and Andrew Cashner (oblique) set to do the same Thursday, but the latter's return will come at the expense of Martinez. The right-hander has been a decent innings eater over his 12 appearances (11 starts) this season, but a 4.55 ERA and 4.7 K/9 rate made him of little interest in the fantasy realm. Now that he'll be ticketed for relief duty until further notice, he may lose any minimal appeal he held in AL-only formats.

Hanley Ramirez (B1, Bos)

Hanley Ramirez (knee) is expected to return to the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Twins, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.


While Ramirez was held out for a third straight contest Wednesday, he was able to work out at first base. Barring any setbacks, he should be ready to go for Thursday's series finale. Sam Travis is serving as the designated hitter in his stead Wednesday.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx will start Friday's series opener with the White Sox.


With Andrew Cashner (oblique) receiving clearance to come off the disabled list for a start Thursday against the Indians, the Rangers will bump Nick Martinez to the bullpen to keep Bibens-Dirkx in the rotation as the team's fifth starter. Bibens-Dirkx certainly earned the nod after covering seven innings and giving up one run in his past outing Saturday against the Yankees, but his stay in the rotation may not last much longer with Martin Perez (thumb) seemingly on track to come off the DL next week.

Carlos Gomez (O, Tex)

Carlos Gomez (back) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Indians.


Gomez will sit for a second straight game while contending with a sore back, allowing Delino DeShields to pick up another start in center field. The veteran came off the disabled list in grand fashion June 16 with five home runs and 14 RBI in his first six contests, but he's since tailed off considerably. Before missing sitting out Tuesday with the injury, Gomez had gone 1-for-14 with 11 strikeouts over his last four games.

Neil Walker (B2, NYM)

Neil Walker (hamstring) has started running during his rehab, The Record's Matt Ehalt reports.


Walker isn't expected to come back until after the All-Star break, and while the beginning of his cardio is positive news, it aligns right with his timetable. While Walker is out of the lineup, Asdrubal Cabrera remains the main beneficiary, starting most games at the keystone while T.J. Rivera earns time at second and third.

Mike Napoli (B1, Tex)

Mike Napoli is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Indians.


Napoli will hit the pine after back-to-back three-strikeout games, paving the way for Robinson Chirinos to pick up a starting nod at designated hitter. Although Napoli is sitting on the worst slash line of his career (.191/.268/.409), there's been no indication from Rangers manager Jeff Banister that the veteran is in danger of losing a regular spot in the lineup.

Mikie Mahtook (O, Det)

Mikie Mahtook will start in center field and bat eighth Wednesday against the Royals.


The righty-hitting Mahtook had been featured in the lineup the previous two games with the Tigers facing left-handed pitching, but his presence is more surprising Wednesday with righty Ian Kennedy starting for the opposition. With former platoon mate Alex Presley (concussion) now on the disabled list, it appears Mahtook may get an opportunity to stake a temporary claim to an everyday role. He's not a good bet to find success in that capacity, however, after slashing .204/.244/.323 in 214 plate appearances against righties over parts of three big-league seasons.

Victor Martinez (B1, Det)

Victor Martinez will man the DH spot and bat sixth Wednesday against the Royals.


The Tigers will waste no time ushering Martinez back into the lineup after he was activated from the 10-day disabled list earlier Wednesday following a brief hospitalization due to a cardiac issue. Martinez has since passed all medical tests and resumed full baseball activities, so it looks as though he'll be a mainstay in the Detroit lineup going forward.