Brandon Phillips
Braves' Brandon Phillips: Diagnosed with groin strain
Brandon Phillips, 2B, ATL
7:49 PM
News: Phillips was lifted early from Wednesday's game against the Mets with a right groin strain.

Given the diagnosis, it appears Phillips sustained the injury while fielding a ground ball off the bat of Michael Conforto. It's unclear how long the 35-year-old will be sidelined, but the Braves are considering him day-to-day for now. More should be known about his status in the coming days, but Jace Peterson should see reps at second base if Phillips is forced to miss any time.

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Rich Hill
Dodgers' Rich Hill: Set for simulated game Saturday
Rich Hill, SP, LAD
7:42 PM
News: Hill is scheduled to toss 30-35 pitches Saturday in either a simulated game setting or a minor-league game, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Hill tossed 30 pitches with his finger uncovered and said he was "ready to go," though manager Dave Roberts said his pitch quality wasn't where it needs to be be. If all goes well Saturday, he could be on track for an early-May return, though it's hard to be optimistic given his past struggles with blisters.

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Brandon Crawford
Giants' Brandon Crawford: Will be evaluated upon return
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
7:07 PM
News: Crawford (groin) will be reevaluated upon his return from the bereavement list Friday, Andrew Baggarly of MLB Press Box reports.

Crawford didn't have time to get an MRI before heading leaving for a family funeral, so he'll get checked out once he returns. If he's forced to hit the disabled list, it will be retroactive to Tuesday. More should be known about his status come Friday.

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Jett Bandy
Brewers' Jett Bandy: Stays hot with three-hit game against Reds
Jett Bandy, C, MIL
7:06 PM
News: Bandy went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs during Wednesday's win over Cincinnati.

While Bandy's not receiving consistent playing time, he's making the most of the opportunities he's been given. He currently sports a five-game hitting streak and owns a .349/.391/.698 slash line for the campaign. Bandy is a ripe value in daily contests and is also making his way onto the fantasy radar in cavernous mixed, NL-only and two-catcher formats.

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Ryan Braun
Brewers' Ryan Braun: Drives in pair of runs
Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
6:54 PM
News: Braun went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run during Wednesday's win over Cincinnati.

The veteran outfielder is now up to 16 RBI and sports a .289/.379/.592 slash line. With four stolen bases already, Braun is well on his way to providing another strong five-category campaign. It's also worth adding that Milwaukee is currently scoring more runs than in recent seasons, so the improved supporting cast could continue to provide a nice virtual boost.

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Shelby Miller
Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller: Seeking third opinion from Dr. James Andrews
Shelby Miller, SP, ARI
6:50 PM
News: Miller sent his MRI results to Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, Jack Magruder of FanRag Sports reports.

Miller apparently said doctors "have found something in there," though he didn't specify further, so the Braves are having Dr. James Andrews give it a look before an official plan is determined. Players usually see Dr. Andrews when contemplating Tommy John surgery, so even if Miller receives good news, it seems likely that he'll have to miss a healthy chunk of time.

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Orlando Arcia
Brewers' Orlando Arcia: Breaks out against Reds
Orlando Arcia, SS, MIL
6:39 PM
News: Arcia went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBI during Wednesday's win over Cincinnati.

It was easily the best game of the season for the young shortstop, and the three RBI doubled Arcia's total to six for the year. His glove is going to keep him in the lineup, and Milwaukee is proving to be an admirable offense this year, so there is certainly low-end value. However, expecting significant improvement on Arcia's current .229/.260/.371 slash line will likely prove to be ill-advised.

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Walker Weickel
Rangers' Walker Weickel: Agrees to minor-league deal with Rangers
Walker Weickel, RP, SD
6:38 PM
News: Weickel signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Weickel hasn't played higher than High-A ball in his five-year career, accumulating a combined 5.42 ERA through 260.2 innings over that time. He'll head straight to extended spring training, and he'll likely find himself in the lower minors when reassigned.

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Wily Peralta
Brewers' Wily Peralta: Picks up fourth win
Wily Peralta, SP, MIL
6:31 PM
News: Peralta (4-1) allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven batters over five innings during Wednesday's win over Cincinnati.

Run support has been the biggest factor in Peralta's early-season success in the wins column. He sports a 5.19 ERA, 5.79 FIP and 1.50 WHIP, after all. It was promising to see an uptick in strikeouts Wednesday, but his career 6.4 K/9 and 16.4 strikeout percentage entering the outing suggest it was likely a mirage. Peralta lines up for a road start against the Cardinals next.

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Andrew Toles
Dodgers' Andrew Toles: Starting in center Wednesday
Andrew Toles, LF, LAD
6:18 PM
News: Toles is batting eighth and starting in center field Wednesday against the Giants, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

With Joc Pederson (hamstring) on the disabled list, Toles will slide over to center field against as the Giants send right-hander Johnny Cueto to the mound. With Dodgers' top prospect Cody Bellinger starting his second straight game in left field, Toles finds himself in an uncertain role, though he should continue to see playing time against right-handers at least until Pederson is back.

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