Joc Pederson
Dodgers' Joc Pederson: Diagnosed with sprained AC joint
Joc Pederson, CF, LAD
6:10 PM
News: Pederson has been diagnosed with a sprained right AC joint, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers put Pederson on the DL prior to Friday game and called up Will Venable in a corresponding move. Fortunately, it seems Pederson has a good chance to be ready to go following the All-Star break. Trayce Thompson has taken over in center field in the interim.

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Will Venable
Dodgers' Will Venable: Called up by Dodgers
Will Venable, RF, LAD
6:00 PM
News: Venable was called up by the Dodgers on Friday.

His decision to accept an outright assignment paid off as Venable is back with the team, replacing Joc Pederson (shoulder) on the roster, just a little over a week after being designated for assignment. Venable went 20/20 as recently as 2013 but went 1-for-10 with the Dodgers earlier this season and it's hard to imagine he'll play enough to gain any relevance in mixed leagues.

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Dexter Fowler
Cubs' Dexter Fowler: May not be ready to return when eligible Monday
Dexter Fowler, CF, CHC
4:42 PM
News: Fowler (hamstring) may not be ready to return from the disabled list Monday against the Reds, when he is first eligible for activation, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Considering their position in the NL Central race, and that the All-Star break is just around the corner, it's easy to see a scenario in which the Cubs opt to rest Fowler until their first series after the All-Star break. Nevertheless, his status will be worth monitoring coming out of the weekend in case he makes more progress than expected in his rehab work.

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Billy Burns
Athletics' Billy Burns: Out of lineup Friday
Billy Burns, CF, OAK
4:42 PM
News: Burns is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Pirates.

Jake Smolinski will make his first career start in center field Friday. Burns didn't come out of the gates hot and his performance has only deteriorated as the season has wore on, with the 26-year-old managing just a .466 OPS and one steal in June. Friday's absence marks his fifth in the team's last 11 games.

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Coco Crisp
Athletics' Coco Crisp: Not in Friday's lineup
Coco Crisp, LF, OAK
4:36 PM
News: Crisp is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Pirates.

This looks like a routine day off for Crisp, who extended his hitting streak to eight games with a double in Thursday's contest. Khris Davis will return to left field as Jake Smolinski steps in for his first career start in center field against lefty Jeff Locke. Look for Crisp to be back atop the order Saturday against right-hander Chad Kuhl.

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Desmond Jennings
Rays' Desmond Jennings: No DL move imminent
Desmond Jennings, LF, TB
4:14 PM
News: Manager Kevin Cash said Friday that there has been no conversation about a DL stint for Jennings (hamstring) at this point, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The skipper did say that Jennings will need a day or two after leaving Thursday's game with left hamstring tightness, but he echoed Jennings' sentiment that it's not a serious issue. Tampa Bay will go with an outfield consisting of Nick Franklin, Brandon Guyer and Oswaldo Arica on Friday with Jennings out and Corey Dickerson serving as the designated hitter.

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David Peralta
Diamondbacks' David Peralta: Swings bat Friday
David Peralta, RF, ARI
4:14 PM
News: Peralta (back) was taking swings for the first time Friday since going on the disabled list, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

Peralta was placed on the 15-day DL on June 20 after dealing with a lower back sprain. He is still on schedule to return just after the All-Star Break, and provided an encouraging sign Friday by taking 30 swings off of a tee. Peralta's plan in the coming days is to hit off the tee again and add flips Saturday and wants to be able to take batting practice Monday.

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Ramon Flores
Brewers' Ramon Flores: Not in Friday's lineup
Ramon Flores, RF, MIL
4:08 PM
News: Flores is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Cardinals.

The 24-year-old has started three consecutive games, but will get a day off as Hernan Perez takes over right field while Keon Broxton gets the start in center. Flores has been struggling finding a groove this season, hitting .229/.308/.282 with one home run and 15 RBI.

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Stephen Piscotty
Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty: Remains out of lineup
Stephen Piscotty, RF, STL
4:00 PM
News: Piscotty is out of the lineup for Friday's contest with Milwaukee.

Piscotty will miss a second consecutive start as Brandon Moss gets the nod in right field and bats fourth in the order. Piscotty had been slumping slightly in the 15 games prior to his two-game absence, slashing just .224/.318/.448 so sidelining him could just be to give him a mental breather. The 25-year-old continues to emerge as a fantasy asset as he's on pace for nearly 100 runs and 100 RBI this season.

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Peter O'Brien
Diamondbacks' Peter O'Brien: Sitting again Friday
Peter O'Brien, LF, ARI
4:00 PM
News: O'Brien is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Giants.

With an excellent right-hander toeing the rubber for the Giants (Johnny Cueto), it should come as little surprise that O'Brien is taking a seat for Arizona. Chris Herrmann will get the start in right field, while Yasmany Tomas plays left Friday.

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