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Francisco Cervelli (C, Pit)

Francisco Cervelli is headed back to the 7-day disabled list after experiencing illness and "post-concussion symptoms" stemming from the initial injury he suffered in early June, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.


Cervelli has not played in the last two games after going 1-for-3 in Monday's series opener against Milwaukee. The 31-year-old landed on the concussion DL on June 7 after taking a foul ball off his mask during a game. He subsequently came back right after he was eligible on June 14, but has been dealing with an ongoing illness over the past two days that has forced the team to make this move. The Pirates have yet to announce a corresponding roster decision but Elias Diaz and Chris Stewart will help out behind the plate until Cervelli is good to return.

Jonathan Lucroy (C, Tex)

Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Rangers' lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.


It's the typical "takes breather during afternoon game" routine for most starting catchers. With only four home runs and 19 RBI on the year, Lucroy still hasn't displayed the power his fantasy owners have desired, but since April ended, he's batted .288/.333/.424 in 37 games, which has kept his owners somewhat afloat. Robinson Chirinos takes over behind the plate Thursday.

Kevin Pillar (O, Tor)

Kevin Pillar is batting sixth and playing center field Thursday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.


The center fielder was removed from the leadoff spot and hit the bench as the Blue Jays revamped their order Wednesday. Pillar probably will occupy sixth or lower moving forward, which makes his occasionally useful power-speed mix a little less valuable, though if this talented but erratic lineup gets going, he could benefit regardless. Of course, he'll need to turn things around in June, in which he's batting .173/.215/.267 in 79 plate appearances.

Manny Pina (C, Mil)

Manny Pina is not in the lineup for Thursday's series finale against Pittsburgh.


After starting the past four games behind the plate, Pina is taking a seat on the bench in favor of Jett Bandy on Thursday. Pina has gone just 1-for-12 at the plate against the Pirates this series, but will likely be back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Braves.

Kendrys Morales (B1, Tor)

Kendrys Morales is not in the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.


The masher will take a breather during the matinee outing, with Josh Donaldson taking over at designated hitter, Russell Martin occupying third base and Luke Maile crouching behind the plate. The Blue Jays are toying with their lineup, with Morales batting fifth Wednesday after usually manning cleanup. Expect him to remain there or somewhere else in the middle of the order, which keeps him as a valuable run producer.

Andrew Knapp is out of the lineup for Thursday's contest, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports.


In Wednesday's extra-inning loss to the Cardinals, Knapp went 1-for-3 with two runs and two walks while also striking out twice. He will get the day off after two straight starts behind the plate in favor of Cameron Rupp.

Howie Kendrick (O, Phi)

Howie Kendrick is out of the lineup for Thursday's series finale against St. Louis, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports.


This will be the first game Kendrick has spent out of the lineup since June 8 as he earns a breather for the matinee start Thursday, especially with right-hander Carlos Martinez on the mound for the Redbirds. In the first two games of this series, Kendrick has gone 6-for-9 with two runs but will take a seat in favor of Andres Blanco, who is filling in at second while batting seventh.

Russell Martin (C, Tor)

Russell Martin is batting second and playing third base Thursday against the Rangers, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.


Martin was given a breather Wednesday as part of the Blue Jays' initial lineup shakeup, but now that he's back in, this could be his normal place in the order for the time being. Of course, he won't always play third base – Josh Donaldson occupies the designated hitter spot Thursday – but Martin's move up to second increases his value for fantasy's most volatile offensive position. He's struggled with a .218 batting average but is still reaching base at an excellent clip (.376), which plays more to his strengths, and he's added seven home runs in 178 plate appearances.

Santiago Casilla gave up an earned run on two hits over an inning in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Astros.


The closer's most recent appearance had come last Friday versus the Yankees, so manager Bob Melvin apparently wanted to give the 36-year-old some work due to the long layoff. Casilla had also been hit on the left shoulder by a foul ball in the bullpen during last Saturday's contest versus New York, but X-rays returned negative and he showed no ill effects in his first live action since the incident. The veteran right-hander has racked up 11 saves but has been shaky on occasion, having blown three save opportunities and posting a 4.26 ERA over 25.1 innings.

Yonder Alonso (B1, Oak)

Yonder Alonso went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Astros.


Alonso provided Oakland's only extra-base hit on a night when it reached safely only seven times overall. The veteran first baseman's career year continues rolling along, as he's reached safely in the last 11 games in which he's registered an at-bat. Alonso has also been making solid contact in June, as his .318/.400/.545 line for the month includes nine extra-base hits (six doubles, three home runs).

Tyler Lyons fired three scoreless innings in Wednesday's extra-inning victory over the Phillies, giving up three hits and two walks while notching five strikeouts.


Lyons was key in preventing further damage during the middle innings after starter Michael Wacha gave up five runs (two earned) over four frames. The 29-year-old southpaw has a pair of scoreless three-inning efforts in his last three appearances and has racked up 14 strikeouts in the 9.1 frames he's worked during that span.

Brett Cecil (1-2) gave up a hit over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's extra-inning victory over the Phillies.


The veteran reliever was credited with his first win of 2017 when the Cardinals plated a pair of runs in the top of the 10th and Seung-Hwan Oh managed to close matters out in the home half of the frame. Cecil has been a model of consistency since mid-May save for one rough outing against the Reds, as he's turned in scoreless appearances in 14 of his last 15 trips to the mound, including six straight.

Xavier Cedeno (forearm) recently started a throwing program and is expected to return by mid-August, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.


It's been a long road to recovery for the Rays' reliever, who first injured his throwing arm in mid-April. Cedeno was hopeful to return to the bullpen by late June after receiving a PRP injection in April, but is now saying his goal is to return by the middle of August.

Jose Martinez entered Wednesday's extra-inning victory over the Phillies as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and went 2-for-2 with a double, a solo home run and two runs.


The outfielder pinch hit for Tyler Lyons with the Cardinals down 5-3 and brought them within a run with a 372-foot shot to right. Martinez then scored the go-ahead run in the 10th, making him an integral part of the comeback victory. The 28-year-old is enjoying a solid June, posting a trio of multi-hit efforts while compiling three round trippers and nine RBI in part-time duty.

Yasmany Tomas (O, AZ)

Yasmany Tomas (groin) has been able to take batting practice and engage in light running and throwing, but the Diamondbacks have yet to issue a timetable for his return, the Associated Press reports


Tomas has been sidelined since June 2 with groin tendinitis, but his absence has gone largely unnoticed with the Diamondbacks reeling off an 11-4 record since that time. Since he's missed nearly three weeks with the injury, Tomas will almost certainly require a rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list, so expecting him to return to the Diamondbacks before the end of June may be wishful thinking.

Randall Delgado covered two innings in Wednesday's 16-5 win over the Rockies, conceding one run on one hit and striking out three.


Aside from allowing a triple to Raimel Tapia, who eventually came around to score, Delgado made it through the Coors Field outing with relative ease. The right-hander has made two appearances out of the bullpen since being dropped from a starting role, and it appears he'll continue to work in long relief until either Zack Godley or Patrick Corbin proves ill-suited for rotation duty.

Gregor Blanco went 2-for-5 with a walk and two runs in Wednesday's 16-5 rout of the Rockies.


Blanco's stint as an everyday player for the Diamondbacks was likely extended earlier this week after A.J. Pollock tweaked his quad during a rehab appearance Monday with Triple-A Reno, so he should remain a useful asset in deeper and NL-only formats for at least a few more games. After reaching base three times Wednesday, Blanco now owns a .407 on-base percentage in June to go with 15 runs and four steals.

Kyle Barraclough (3-1) walked one and struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday to pick up the win in a 2-1 victory over the Nationals.


It was the first batter he'd walked in his last seven appearances, as Barraclough seems to be getting a handle on the control issues that have left him with a 6.4 BB/9 and 1.52 WHIP on the season. If he's able to limit the free passes while still striking out batters, the 27-year-old could work his way back into the discussion as a possible closing option for the Marlins down the road.

Paul Goldschmidt (B1, AZ)

Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and two RBI in Wednesday's 16-5 win over the Rockies.


It was yet another stellar performance from Goldschmidt, who delivered his third multi-hit effort in four games, yet he was somehow overshadowed by teammates Brandon Drury (4-for-6, six RBI) and David Peralta (4-for-5, four runs) on a night where the Diamondbacks attack was firing on all cylinders. That's been a more common theme this season than in years past, but if anything, it elevates Goldschmidt's fantasy ceiling. Thanks to the capable bats behind him, he'll likely continue to pile up runs even when he's not roping doubles and blasting home runs. He's currently on pace to score 144 runs over 162 games, which would shatter last season's career-best mark of 106.

Luke Jackson walked one and struck out one while recording the final two outs of the 11th inning Wednesday and was made a winner when Matt Kemp launched a walkoff homer in the bottom half of the frame.


It's his second big-league win, and the 25-year-old continues to give the Braves serviceable innings in a low-leverage role. Jackson's 3.93 ERA doesn't reflect how consistent he's been since his promotion in mid-April, as five of the eight earned runs he's allowed came in one bad outing against the Mets. His 5.9 K/9 will need to improve if he's going to climb the ladder in Atlanta's bullpen hierarchy, however.