Duda did add that he still needs to regain full range of motion in his elbow, but it sounds like he has little doubt he will do so before the end of April. His DL move was made retroactive to April 20, meaning he's eligible to return as soon as April 30. Duda isn't hitting at a high clip early on this season, but he's getting on base regularly and already has four homers in 42 at-bats.
The career .268 hitter has been unable to get into anything resembling a groove at the plate this season, and his sporadic playing time likely hasn't helped. Adams' 366 games at first base since the 2012 season represent a team high, but that is Matt Carpenter's domain on the majority of days now. Meanwhile, the experiment of using Adams in left field as a means of working him into the lineup didn't exactly go awry, but Matheny has not deployed the veteran there again after using him in that role in four of the first nine games of the season. Adams also has an extended track record as an excellent pinch hitter, but is just 1-for-6 in that role this season and has ceded some pinch-hit work to Greg Garcia and Jose Martinez. Despite the recent lack of playing time, Matheny continues expressing confidence in one of the team's more dependable players. "He did a fine job. He's going to continue to get work - just for his own good as he kind of thinks what he can do as a player to give himself more flexibility to get into the lineup."
Up to 10 runs, five doubles, four home runs, 11 RBI and three stolen bases with a .296/.412/.535 slash line, Rizzo has kick-started 2017 as expected. He's a set-and-forget option at first base and offers a high fantasy floor because of the strong supporting cast surrounding him in the Chicago lineup.
Joseph has yet to find his groove at the plate, posting just two multi-hit games in his first 16 appearances. He'll be replaced by Brock Stassi on Sunday, but should be back on the lineup card for Tuesday's matchup with the Marlins.
After starting the last six games, Bell will head to the bench Sunday as the Pirates face off against left-handed Jordan Montgomery and the Yankees. Bell had collected at least one hit in each of his past six contests, raising his batting average from .156 to .220 in the process. David Freese is manning first base in Bell's absence Sunday.
He is hitting .175/.273/.316 with two home runs and a 25.8 percent strikeout rate through 57 at-bats. Derek Dietrich will start at first base and hit seventh.
He has been notoriously bad against lefties in recent seasons, and will therefore sit with southpaw Robbie Ray on the hill for Arizona. Scott Van Slyke will start at first base and hit cleanup.
Votto launched his sixth homer of the season off Jake Arrieta, but despite a big day at the plate, he wasn't able to lead his team to a victory. Although he's hitting just .239 in April, his fantasy owners will certainly be happy with his homer total, and there's little worry that the lefty will let down fantasy owners by the time the season ends.
Rizzo's third homer of the season was a three-run shot to give the Cubs a first-inning lead of a game they'd win easily. He's now homered and back-to-back contests, and it's very possible that he might be ready to go on an extended power surge, which is exactly what fantasy owners were looking for when spending a high draft pick on him.
The veteran first baseman extended his hit streak to six games with a bang Friday. He is batting just .238 through the first few weeks of the season, but his .351 on-base percentage is right where owners would expect it to be. Belt's ability to get on base coupled with his new spot batting second in the order has led to an early influx of runs (10) to compliment his modest power.