Neil Walker
Mets' Neil Walker: Rips pair of homers Friday
Neil Walker, 2B, NYM
5/26/2017
News: Walker went 3-for-5 with two homers, three runs and four RBI Friday against the Pirates.

Walker left the yard twice against Chad Kuhl to help lead the Mets to an easy victory. Although he struggled to find his power stroke earlier in the season, he's hit four of his six homers since May 12, and fantasy owners now have hope that the big power he showed last season could be returning.

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Cesar Hernandez
Phillies' Cesar Hernandez: Dealing with groin injury
Cesar Hernandez, 2B, PHI
5/26/2017
News: Hernandez was held out of Friday's contest due to a groin injury, Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice.com reports.

It's unclear when exactly his groin began to ail him, but manager Pete Mackanin explained that he's been battling it for a bit of time prior to Friday. This suggests that the injury isn't too severe and that Friday's absence is simply precautionary. Consider Hernandez day-to-day until more details are known about his injury. Andres Blanco is covering second base in his place Friday.

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Daniel Murphy
Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Takes Friday off
Daniel Murphy, 2B, WAS
5/26/2017
News: Murphy is not in the lineup Friday against the Padres, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

Murphy snapped his seven-game hit streak Thursday night, so he'll head to the bench for a night off. Wilmer Difo will fill the void at the keystone.

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Ben Zobrist
Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Continues hot stretch Thursday
Ben Zobrist, 2B, CHC
5/26/2017
News: Zobrist went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Thursday's win over San Francisco.

The veteran is putting together a mini heater with a 12-for-27 stretch at the dish over his past seven games, and Zobrist has five extra-base hits, five RBI and four runs with a 1.353 OPS during that span. Another serviceable cross-category campaign is already underway, and while Zobrist could receive a few more games off than in past years, it might allow him to be more productive while in the lineup.

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Logan Forsythe
Dodgers' Logan Forsythe: Heads to bench Thursday
Logan Forsythe, 2B, LAD
5/25/2017
News: Forsythe is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals.

Enrique Hernandez will take over at third base in place of Forsythe, who is 1-for-8 with five strikeouts since returning from a fractured toe. Still, Forsythe figures to be a staple in the Dodgers lineup now that he's healthy. Look for Forsythe to draw back in for Friday's series opener against the Cubs.

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Carlos Asuaje
Padres' Carlos Asuaje: Returns to minors
Carlos Asuaje, 2B, SD
5/25/2017
News: Asuaje was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Thursday.

Asuaje was recalled Monday, but after two hitless at-bats as a pinch hitter, he'll head back to the minors for more consistent playing time. Dinelson Lamet will take his spot on the active roster in order to make his major-league debut on the mound against the Mets on Thursday.

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Forrest Wall
Rockies' Forrest Wall: Out for season with dislocated shoulder
Forrest Wall, 2B, COL
5/25/2017
News: Wall is out for the rest of the season after dislocating his left (non-throwing) shoulder in a game for High-A Lancaster earlier this month, Bobby DeMuro of BaseballCensus.com reports.

It is now clear why Wall has not played since May 2. On the surface, it appeared that he was really playing well in a repeat run at High-A, slashing .299/.361/.471 with three home runs and five steals (on eight attempts) in 87 at-bats. However, the fact that he was slashing just .222/.237/.444 away from the extremely hitter-friendly conditions at Lancaster suggests that his surface numbers may not truly indicate how well he was playing prior to the injury.

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Chris Taylor
Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Starts in center versus righty
Chris Taylor, 2B, LAD
5/25/2017
News: Taylor got the start in center field in place of Joc Pederson (neck) Wednesday. He went 1-for-3 in a 6-1 loss to the Dodgers.

The 26-year-old has been playing all over the field this season, filling in for injured starters when called upon. Not only has he been filling various needs for the Dodgers, but the utility man has been experiencing his best offensive season to date (.326/.434/.562 in 106 plate appearances). Now that Logan Forsythe has returned from the disabled list, it appears Taylor will enter a platoon in center field with Enrique Hernandez until Pederson returns from a neck injury. The uncertainty of future playing time limits his value as a long-term pickup, but he is certainly putting up helpful fantasy numbers when he sees the field.

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Brandon Phillips
Braves' Brandon Phillips: Receives day off Thursday
Brandon Phillips, 2B, ATL
5/25/2017
News: Phillips is not in the Braves' lineup Thursday against the Pirates, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The 35-year-old probably will see at least one day off -- typically day games -- during most weeks to keep him fresh. Phillips has excelled again, though, with a .303/.357/.428 line, three home runs and seven stolen bases in 157 plate appearances. Jace Peterson will fill in at the keystone and bat eighth.

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DJ LeMahieu
Rockies' DJ LeMahieu: Rides pine Thursday
DJ LeMahieu, 2B, COL
5/25/2017
News: LeMahieu is not in the Rockies' lineup Thursday against the Phillies, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

The keystoner gets a breather in the matinee but should return to the second post in the lineup Friday. LeMahieu boasts a .290/.365/.382 line in 209 plate appearances. Alexi Amarista takes his place at second base, batting eighth.

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