Eric Thames
Brewers' Eric Thames: Back in action Friday
Eric Thames, 1B, MIL
3:23 PM
News: Thames (hamstring) is back in Friday's lineup against the Braves, MLB Network Radio reports.

Manager Craig Counsell referred to the hamstring injury that forced Thames out of Wednesday's game as "a very minor issue." Thames may not be quite 100 percent, but he is at least healthy enough to swing his white hot bat against righty Bartolo Colon in the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park. He can be deployed in all formats.

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Lucas Duda
Mets' Lucas Duda: Begins rehab stint
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
1:52 PM
News: Duda (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Duda said earlier this week that he will likely return to the Mets' lineup when he becomes eligible Sunday, so this appears to be the final step in the recovery process. The lefty has been out with a hyper-extended elbow, but will provide a much-needed source of offense to a roster crippled by injuries. Duda was off to a steady start in his first 13 games as well, slashing .238/.360/.571 with four home runs and seven RBI, and should immediately regain his everyday role at first base.

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Matt Adams
Cardinals' Matt Adams: Comes through with pair of timely hits
Matt Adams, 1B, STL
1:30 PM
News: Adams went 3-for-3 with an RBI single and double along with another two-bagger in Thursday's 6-4 nightcap of a doubleheader.

The veteran has been having a difficult time cracking the lineup but cashed in on a start in the nightcap of Thursday's twin bill, as Matt Carpenter opted to serve his one-game suspension without appeal. That put Adams back in his familiar first-base role for the night, and he boosted his average 75 points with his first multi-hit effort of the season. Despite the success, the 28-year-old figures to primarily see action in a pinch-hit capacity for the foreseeable future.

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Brandon Belt
Giants' Brandon Belt: Starts in left field Thursday
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
12:10 PM
News: Belt received his second start in left field this season, going 1-for-4 with a run scored in a 5-1 loss to the Dodgers.

The Giants outfield has been stricken with injuries, so manager Bruce Bochy has been using a combination of Belt and Eduardo Nunez to cover left field. It appears that the first baseman will primarily see starts in the outfield when a southpaw is on the mound, as it allows Buster Posey to play first and Nick Hundley to slide behind the dish. It is still unclear how long the Giants' skipper plans on using Belt out of position, but depending on league format, he could gain outfield eligibility at some point this season, which would be a marginal boost to his value.

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Adrian Gonzalez
Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: Still bothered by forearm
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
11:14 AM
News: Gonzalez continues to be bothered by the forearm tendinitis that has affected him since spring training, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

Gonzalez, who turns 35 on May 8, has been sitting against most left-handed pitchers, which apparently goes beyond a mere platoon arrangement. Manager Dave Roberts said the Dodgers are continuing to manage A-Gon, who has been missing from the starting lineup five times over Los Angeles' first 23 games. His .250/.341/.319 line shows that he doesn't have much thump right now, but Gonzalez insists that "everything is mechanical" and that he'll make some tweaks to fix everything. It's best not to take that at face value, though, and while perhaps he's worth buying low, it's not a good idea to give up anyone of value right now for him.

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Ian Desmond
Rockies' Ian Desmond: Starting game action
Ian Desmond, 1B, COL
9:40 AM
News: Desmond (hand) traveled to Arizona with the Rockies on Thursday to play extended spring training games in Scottsdale, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.

While the Rockies prepare for a series with the division-rival Diamondbacks, Desmond will perform on-field work, a positive sign as he continues rehabbing his fractured left hand. He could return to the big leagues within the next week if all goes well, though that process may dip into mid-May if Colorado wants to remain cautious.

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Adam Lind
Nationals' Adam Lind: Takes advantage of start at Coors Field
Adam Lind, 1B, WAS
4/27/2017
News: Lind went 2-for-6 with a double, two RBI and a run during Thursday's win over Colorado.

Lind has been limited to just 29 plate appearances this season, but he's been solid when given an opportunity with a .308/.379/.538 slash line. With the Nationals scoring runs in bunches, Lind is an excellent candidate for daily contests when in the starting lineup. However, he'll need more consistent playing time to become a serviceable option in the majority of seasonal leagues.

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Ryan Zimmerman
Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Taking a seat Thursday
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, WAS
4/27/2017
News: Zimmerman is not in the Nationals' Thursday lineup against the Rockies, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

He'll miss another shot at enjoying Coors Field after leaving the yard Wednesday, with Adam Lind taking his spot at first base. Zimmerman is off to a monstrous start to 2017 (.387/.439/.800 with eight home runs and 21 RBI in 82 plate appearances) but will cool his jets a bit before likely returning Friday.

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Paul Goldschmidt
Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt: Drives in three, steals base Wednesday
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
4/27/2017
News: Goldschmidt recorded three hits in four at-bats and provided three RBI, one run and one stolen base in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Padres.

It was a history-making day for the sizzling Goldschmidt, who has terrorized the Padres during the four-game series. He tied a Diamondbacks record by reaching base in nine consecutive plate appearances spanning the last two contests and became the third National League player since the beginning of the 2014 season to record multiple RBI in five consecutive starts. His .459 on-base percentage for the season ranks fifth in the majors among qualifying players.

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Tommy Joseph
Phillies' Tommy Joseph: Sitting out again Thursday
Tommy Joseph, 1B, PHI
4/27/2017
News: Joseph is not in the Phillies' lineup Thursday against the Marlins, Ryan Lawrence of The Philly Voice reports.

The first sacker went 1-for-4 Wednesday in his first game since April 22, likely an effort to try to turn his scuffling season around with an extended rest. Joseph, however, will have to wait for a chance to build on that. Brock Stassi occupies first base and hits seventh Thursday.

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