Jason Heyward
Cubs' Jason Heyward: Homers against Giants
Jason Heyward, RF, CHC
8:32 PM
News: Heyward went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Thursday's win over San Francisco.

The outfielder has recorded a hit and scored a run in each of his five games since returning from the disabled list, and Heyward pulled a would-be home run foul by a foot Wednesday. His fantasy stock is continuing to trend up after a disastrous first season with the Cubs. Heyward offers five-category upside, and his defense will keep him in the lineup most nights.

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Jeremy Barfield
Red Sox's Jeremy Barfield: Contract purchased by Red Sox
Jeremy Barfield, RF, COL
6:45 PM
News: Barfield had his contract purchased by the Red Sox on Thursday, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports.

The 28-year-old has spent the last two seasons with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League after tough stints in the minor leagues with the A's and Rockies. He was slashing .274/.357/.519 with nine home runs in 135 at-bats this season prior to being picked up by the Red Sox organization. The club has yet to announce where Barfield will be assigned.

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Randal Grichuk
Cardinals' Randal Grichuk: Heads to bench Thursday
Randal Grichuk, LF, STL
5:45 PM
News: Grichuk is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers.

Tommy Pham will get the start over Grichuk in left field for Thursday's series finale. Grichuk has not homered since May 12 and is batting .241 with a .290 OPS over 29 at-bats since that date. Look for Grichuk to get back into the lineup during the Cardinals' weekend series in Colorado.

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Joc Pederson
Dodgers' Joc Pederson: Lands on concussion DL
Joc Pederson, CF, LAD
5:38 PM
News: Pederson was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list Thursday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

The Dodgers activated Kenta Maeda from the disabled list to take Pederson's spot on the roster while Pederson recovers. Pederson collided with Yasiel Puig at full speed in Tuesday's game against the Cardinals and was held out of the lineup the following day. Chris Taylor figures to see the bulk of the time in center field while Pederson is sidelined, provided that his defense holds up.

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Manuel Margot
Padres' Manuel Margot: Out until Saturday
Manuel Margot, CF, SD
5:19 PM
News: Margot (calf) will be out until at least Saturday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

The young outfielder was lifted from Wednesday's game with a calf tightness, and it was reported Thursday that the soreness had worsened Thursday. The Padres will be cautious with Margot and hold him out the next two games before making a decision on his next potential return date. Look for Matt Szczur to pick up some starts in center field while Margot is sidelined. Margot is still considered day-to-day at this time.

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Yasmany Tomas
Diamondbacks' Yasmany Tomas: Remains out Thursday
Yasmany Tomas, LF, ARI
3:56 PM
News: Tomas (hip) is not in the lineup Thursday against the Brewers.

Tomas was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a sore hip, and it doesn't seem like that issue has subsided yet. Chris Herrmann will take over in left field for the evening.

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Adam Frazier
Pirates' Adam Frazier: Stays hot with three-run blast
Adam Frazier, LF, PIT
3:43 PM
News: Frazier went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run during Thursday's win over Atlanta.

Frazier is 20-for-48 through 13 games since being activated from the disabled list and has two home runs, 13 RBI, two stolen bases and 11 runs during that stretch. He doesn't profile as a power threat after posting an underwhelming .411 slugging percentage with just two long flies over 160 plate appearances last year. However, Frazier is locked into the leadoff spot right now, and he's currently sporting a .446 on-base percentage. There is a lot of room for statistical decline before he's no longer a serviceable fantasy asset.

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Jay Bruce
Mets' Jay Bruce: Back in action Thursday
Jay Bruce, RF, NYM
3:34 PM
News: Bruce (back) is batting third and starting in right field Thursday against the Padres, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

After leaving Tuesday's game prematurely due to back tightness, Bruce appears to have overcome anything that was ailing him the past couple days. He'll re-enter the lineup to greet San Diego starter Dinelson Lamet when he makes his major-league debut Thursday evening.

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Peter O'Brien
Reds' Peter O'Brien: Receives another DFA
Peter O'Brien, LF, CIN
12:59 PM
News: The Reds designatedO'Brien for assignment Thursday.

It's an all too familiar read for O'Brien, who received a DFA by the Royals on May 10 before Cincinnati claimed him. Perhaps he'll stay in the Cincinnati system, but it doesn't look like he'll have a clear shot at big-league at-bats for the near future. Still, for all his flaws with plate discipline, he carries tantalizing power that an organization may once day embrace, which makes him a perennial fantasy watch candidate.

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Mac Williamson
Giants' Mac Williamson: Blasts two-run homer in ninth Wednesday
Mac Williamson, RF, SF
12:20 PM
News: Williamson went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Cubs.

Williamson gave the Giants late life when he battled against Wade Davis for eight pitches before depositing a ball into the right field bleachers. The 25-year-old is batting just .182 in seven games since being called up to the majors, but Wednesday's opposite-field homer gave us a glimpse of the outfielder's raw power. He should receive a few more starts in right field while Hunter Pence (hamstring) rehabs from his injury.

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