Yasiel Puig
Dodgers' Yasiel Puig: Twists ankle but says he's OK
Yasiel Puig, RF, LAD
9/23/2017
News: Puig said he feels OK despite twisting his ankle on the final play of Saturday's game against the Giants, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

Puig went 0-for-4 but reached on a forceout in the ninth, then took it upon himself to attempt stealing second base, per Stephen, and was thrown out by Buster Posey to end the game. The Dodgers should have news on a clearer timetable for his availability before Sunday's contest starts.

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Tommy Pham
Cardinals' Tommy Pham: Homers, drives in three runs Saturday
Tommy Pham, LF, STL
9/23/2017
News: Pham went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI in Saturday's loss to the Pirates.

His breakout season continues -- Pham has collected multiple hits in five of his last nine games, with three homers and four steals over that stretch, and is now batting .312/.411/.530 for the year. The 29-year-old is leading many fantasy owners to championships with his cross-category production.

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Brett Phillips
Brewers' Brett Phillips: Collects three hits Saturday
Brett Phillips, CF, MIL
9/23/2017
News: Phillips went 3-for-4 and stole a base in Saturday's victory over the Cubs.

Phillips has earned himself playing time as the regular season has drawn to a close, and he is seemingly the Brewers' top center fielder against right-handed pitching at this point. Phillips has provided a boost for fantasy owners who have bought in, stealing four bases over nine games since Sept. 15.

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Curtis Granderson
Dodgers' Curtis Granderson: Out against southpaw
Curtis Granderson, LF, LAD
9/23/2017
News: Granderson is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

As per usual, Granderson will head to the bench with the opposition deploying a left-handed pitcher (Madison Bumgarner). In his place, Enrique Hernandez will start in left field and bat third.

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Jarrett Parker
Giants' Jarrett Parker: Out versus southpaw
Jarrett Parker, LF, SF
9/23/2017
News: Parker is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Parker will head to the bench for a second straight contest as the Giants continue to limit his opportunities against left-handed pitchers. Gorkys Hernandez will start in left field Saturday against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

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Enrique Hernandez
Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Earns start Saturday
Enrique Hernandez, CF, LAD
9/23/2017
News: Hernandez is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

Hernandez is the rare hitter with an eye-popping track record against Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner, but he is indeed 13-for-27 (.481) with four doubles and three home runs against Bumgarner in his career. Those numbers earned Hernandez a start Saturday, and he will man left field while hitting third in the Dodgers' batting order.

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Bryce Harper
Nationals' Bryce Harper: Ready for next step in recovery
Bryce Harper, RF, WAS
9/23/2017
News: Harper (knee) played in another simulated game Saturday and is ready to advance to the next step in his recovery, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

The Nationals are waiting to determine exactly what the next step for Harper will be, but he made it through simulated games the last two days without issue, so he is at least ready to face live pitching again, and could be ready to rejoin the big-league club. The team figures to provide more details on Harper's status over the next day or two.

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Travis Jankowski
Padres' Travis Jankowski: Starting in left field Saturday
Travis Jankowski, LF, SD
9/23/2017
News: Jankowski is starting in left field and batting eighth Saturday against the Rockies.

With Jose Pirela (finger) sidelined for the season, Jankowski has seen a slight uptick in playing time recently. He's picked up three outfield starts in the past five games, going 2-for-8 (.250) over that stretch, and it appears he could be in line to see the bulk of opportunities in left field down the stretch. Also look for Matt Szczur and Jabari Blash to pick up occasional starts.

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Michael Conforto
Mets' Michael Conforto: Status for start of 2018 uncertain
Michael Conforto, LF, NYM
9/23/2017
News: Conforto said he won't resume baseball activities for six months and can't guarantee he'll be ready for Opening Day, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

General manager Sandy Alderson originally said Conforto's recovery from shoulder surgery would take roughly six months, but it now appears that's how long it will take until he's able to resume baseball activities. With this updated recovery timetable, it seems Conforto will miss a chunk of spring training and possibly the start of 2018. He put together a healthy .279/.384/.555 slash line with 27 homers in 109 games prior to injuring himself, so he should immediately reclaim an everyday spot in the outfield once he's eventually healthy.

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Howie Kendrick
Nationals' Howie Kendrick: Held out Saturday
Howie Kendrick, LF, WAS
9/23/2017
News: Kendrick is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets, according to Dan Kolko of MASN Sports.

Kendrick was the only Nationals regular to start Friday's game, so manager Dusty Baker decided he would give him a day off as well Saturday. Jayson Werth will slide over and cover left field Saturday with Kendrick on the bench.

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