Matt Adams
Cardinals' Matt Adams: Good to go after taking swings in batting cage
Matt Adams, 1B, STL
3:10 PM
News: Adams (back) said his back is fine and he should be good to come off the bench if need be, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.

Despite being held out of the starting lineup, it seems that Adams' back is doing much better Friday. As long as there are no further complications with his back, the first baseman will likely get the chance to continue his torrid pace at the plate (1.645 OPS over the past week) either as a pinch hitter Friday night or as a starter for Saturday's bout with Washington.

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Orlando Arcia
Brewers' Orlando Arcia: Holding steady at Triple-A
Orlando Arcia, SS, MIL
3:08 PM
News: Arcia, 21, is slashing .299/.331/.425 with four home runs, 22 RBI and six steals through 40 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Arcia's stolen base numbers appear to be down a bit, but he is otherwise flashing his expected skill set. Arcia has the ability to hit .300 with a little pop and a bunch of steals. Jonathan Villar is playing well at shortstop for the big cub, though, so Arcia will likely bide his time in the minors for the time being.

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Rio Ruiz
Braves' Rio Ruiz: Scuffling at Triple-A
Rio Ruiz, 3B, ATL
3:06 PM
News: Ruiz, 22, is batting just .200 with five RBI over his last 10 games for Triple-A Gwinnett.

After a hot start, Ruiz is now batting just .260. He also has only two home runs in 44 games. The Braves have a huge hole at third base, but Ruiz is not making a case for a promotion at this time.

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A.J. Pierzynski
Braves' A.J. Pierzynski: Out of Friday's lineup
A.J. Pierzynski, C, ATL
2:58 PM
News: Pierzynski is out of the lineup Friday against the Marlins.

As usual, Pierzynski will head to the bench with the Marlins trotting left-hander Adam Conley to the mound. Tyler Flowers will take over behind the plate Friday, and could also garner the start Saturday with lefty Wei-Yin Chen slated to throw for Miami. If the platoon holds up, Pierzynski will likely re-enter the lineup Sunday when right-hander Tommy Koehler takes the ball for the series finale.

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Wilmer Difo
Nationals' Wilmer Difo: Cold streak at Double-A
Wilmer Difo, SS, WAS
2:58 PM
News: Difo, 24, is batting just .233 with two RBI and two steals over his last 10 games for Double-A Harrisburg.

Diff does have 18 steals in 43 games, but has otherwise struggled in 2016. Overall he is batting just .230/.317/.267. He is still looking for his first home runs of the year.

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Kelly Johnson
Braves' Kelly Johnson: Absent from Friday's lineup
Kelly Johnson, 2B, ATL
2:52 PM
News: Johnson is not in the lineup Friday against the Marlins.

Johnson has been cold as of late, batting just .125 over the past week, and with Adam Conley taking the mound for Miami, the Braves decided it would be best to keep the utility man on the bench. Gordon Beckham will slide over to man second base in his stead, while Chase d'Arnaud takes over at the hot corner.

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Mallex Smith
Braves' Mallex Smith: Not in Friday's lineup
Mallex Smith, CF, ATL
2:46 PM
News: Smith is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Marlins.

With left-hander Adam Conley getting the start for Miami, Smith will head to the bench for a routine day off. Jeff Francoeur will take over in left field for the rookie for the series opener.

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Tucker Barnhart
Reds' Tucker Barnhart: Day off Friday
Tucker Barnhart, C, CIN
2:44 PM
News: Barnhart is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Brewers.

Barnhart will get the day off as Ramon Cabrera will man the catching duties and bat eighth for the Reds on Friday. Throughout the 2016 season, Barnhart has been reliable filling in for Devin Mesoraco (season-ending shoulder injury) batting .234/.274/.336, but has not brought any pop to the lineup with only one home run and eight RBI during 107 at-bats.

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Julio Urias
Dodgers' Julio Urias: Recalled for Friday's start
Julio Urias, SP, LAD
2:36 PM
News: Urias was officially recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City in advance of his start Friday against the Mets.

The No. 2 pitching prospect in the game, Urias has the potential to be excellent on a per-inning basis, but there are questions as to how deep he will be able to go into games and how many starts he will make for the big club. He likely has around 60 to 70 innings remaining this season before he is shut down, and the team has already said he could split time between the rotation and the bullpen. The team has also noted that he will likely be sent back to Triple-A at some point. In the here and now, he is a high-upside starter who is very affordable on daily sites, although expecting more than six innings from him Friday would be unwise.

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Michael Conforto
Mets' Michael Conforto: Out of lineup Friday
Michael Conforto, LF, NYM
2:34 PM
News: Conforto is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers.

Although the Dodgers' starter, Julio Urias, will be making his major league debut Friday, the fact that he's left-handed means that Conforto will take a seat. Yoenis Cespedes will slide over to left field while Juan Lagares takes over in center Friday. Conforto figures to rejoin the lineup for Saturday's game when the Mets take on Kenta Maeda.

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