Rafael Montero
Mets' Rafael Montero: Picks up spot start Thursday
Rafael Montero, RP, NYM
3:11 PM
News: Montero will start Thursday's game against the Padres, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

Jacob deGrom was initially tabbed as Thursday's starting pitcher, but with rain looming on the horizon, the Mets opted to hold him back a day to ensure his start isn't cut short due to the weather. Montero will fill in for him, taking the mound against San Diego rookie Dinelson Lamet.

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Jacob deGrom
Mets' Jacob deGrom: Start moved back due to weather concerns
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYM
3:08 PM
News: DeGrom will slide back to start Friday's game against the Pirates due to the threat of inclement weather Thursday night, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

The Mets are worried that if deGrom starts Thursday night, his start may be abbreviated if a rain delay pops up partway through the contest, so they'll simply slide him back a day to ensure that he'll get a full start. Rafael Montero will move in to start Thursday's bout against the Padres.

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Cameron Maybin
Angels' Cameron Maybin: Exits with knee soreness
Cameron Maybin, LF, LAA
2:58 PM
News: Maybin was prematurely lifted from Thursday's game against the Rays due to right knee soreness, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Maybin was 1-for-3 before exiting the game after five innings. Cliff Pennington subbed in for him, pushing Jefry Marte to left field and Ben Revere to center field. It's unclear how serious the injury is at this point, though more should be known following the conclusion of Thursday's contest.

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Yuli Gurriel
Astros' Yulieski Gurriel: Heads to bench Thursday
Yuli Gurriel, 1B, HOU
2:49 PM
News: Gurriel is not in the lineup Thursday against the Tigers.

Gurriel is just 2-for-20 (.100) over his last six games, so he'll head to the bench for Thursday's series finale to regather himself. Marwin Gonzalez will draw the start at first base in his stead.

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Carlos Beltran
Astros' Carlos Beltran: Gets breather Thursday
Carlos Beltran, DH, HOU
2:45 PM
News: Beltran is not in the lineup Thursday against the Tigers.

Beltran is in the midst of a brutal 6-for-37 (.162) slide over his past 10 games, so he'll head to the bench to clear his mind. Evan Gattis will serve as the DH, opening up a spot for Juan Centeno to start behind the dish.

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Carlos Correa
Astros' Carlos Correa: Back in action Thursday
Carlos Correa, SS, HOU
2:40 PM
News: Correa (illness) is playing shortstop and batting cleanup Thursday against the Tigers.

Correa is apparently feeling better after missing the two games due to an illness. The 22-year-old, who is slashing .276/.361/.455 with six homers and 24 RBI across 156 at-bats this season, will face Justin Verlander in his return to the lineup.

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Asdrubal Cabrera
Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera: Potentially available for return Thursday
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, NYM
2:32 PM
News: Cabrera (thumb) could be activated from the disabled list Thursday prior to the Mets' game with the Padres, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

Although Cabrera wasn't placed on the DL until May 16, the move was retroactive to May 14, meaning that the infielder is already eligible to return to action. He reportedly was seen in the Mets' clubhouse (meaning he's back from his rehab assignment), so it seems like his return to the lineup is imminent. No move has officially been made yet, but more information on his status should come forth as Thursday's game time approaches.

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Brandon Maurer
Padres' Brandon Maurer: Still an option to close
Brandon Maurer, RP, SD
2:16 PM
News: Maurer -- who was used in the eighth inning Wednesday -- is still in the mix for save opportunities despite Brad Hand getting the nod in the ninth inning of a 6-5 win over the Mets, MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports.

With a 6.50 ERA and two blown saves through 18 innings, it is no surprise that manager Andy Green is exploring other options at the tail end of his bullpen. Despite Hand being clearly the superior option, it appears that the San Diego's skipper will play matchups in the ninth like he did Wednesday against the lefty-heavy portion of the Mets' lineup. Owners chasing saves have no choice but to hang on to Maurer until he is officially removed from the closer role.

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Shin-Soo Choo
Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo: Takes seat Thursday
Shin-Soo Choo, DH, TEX
2:08 PM
News: Choo is not in the lineup Saturday against the Red Sox.

With the Red Sox sending southpaw Drew Pomeranz to the mound, Choo will head to the bench as Rougned Odor serves as DH and Pete Kozma slides in to start at second base. Choo has only started six games against lefty pitchers this season vs 34 against right-handers.

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Wil Myers
Padres' Wil Myers: Snaps cold streak Wednesday
Wil Myers, 1B, SD
2:01 PM
News: Myers went 2-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBI in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

Wednesday's two-hit performance snapped an 0-for-16 stretch for the All-Star first baseman. Even after the five-game slump, Myers still owns a solid .275/.319/.529 slash line through 48 games.

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