While the Rays offense as a whole has been mired in a season-long malaise, Forsythe has been one of the few exceptions to the struggles. He's slashed an outstanding .341/.426/.610, and has multi-hit outings in four of his last six games. He's also walked in four straight contests, making him a constant presence on the base paths. The 29-year-old's contributions at the top of the order have rendered him an invaluable piece of an attack that's needed all the help he's been able to provide in the early going in 2016.
With southpaw Drew Pomeranz on the hill for the opposing Padres, manager Dave Roberts will maximize the amount of right-handed bats in his lineup, effectively giving Utley the day off. Howie Kendrick will man the keystone in his stead, while Yasiel Puig will take his spot atop the batting order.
Segura hasn't received a day off since April 17, so the 26-year-old shortstop was likely overdue for a maintenance day. Philip Gosselin will take over at the keystone and bat leadoff in Segura's stead.
Bonifacio will eventually provide Atlanta with infield depth, but it appears the organization was a bit quick with the trigger Sunday. According to MLB rules, a player who is released by a team cannot be activated to the Major League roster for a minimum of 30 days after that date. The Braves designated Bonifacio for assignment April 2, but his release wasn't processed until April 6, leaving next Saturday as the first day he will be eligible to return to the MLB roster.
Though the Angels will be facing lefty Cole Hamels on Sunday, the right-handed hitting Giavotella will ride the pine after Saturday's 0-for-4 showing dropped his batting average to .182. Backup Cliff Pennington will get the start at the keystone Sunday, and could parlay the opportunity into more playing time if he's able to provide the sort of offensive punch that Giavotella has lacked this season.
The veteran switch hitter is enjoying a stellar first season in a Mets uniform, bringing his line to .307/.337/.625 with Saturday's effort. Walker has multi-hit outings in three of his last five games, has driven in runs in three straight. The power surge that the 30-year-old has experienced has perhaps been the most pleasant surprise, as his nine gopher balls lead the team and put him on pace to exceed the career-high 23 he launched in his 2014 campaign with the Pirates.
David Freese's absence from the lineup Sunday allows Harrison to take his spot as the number three hitter. He's slashing .368/.409/.579 over the last week and .404/.423/.596 over the past two weeks overall. Harrison and the Pirates will be facing righty Tim Adleman.
Panik has now missed back-to-back games due to groin soreness, and will effectively give way to Kelby Tomlinson at the keystone for the second straight day. Consider Panik day-to-day heading in to Monday's series opener in Cincinnati.
Mark down back-to-back games with a home run for Lawrie. He also attempted four stolen bases in April, and he is back on a double-digit stolen base pace after stealing just seven in the past two seasons combined.
He closed out his first month in a Nats uniform with an eye-popping .370/.433/.580 slash line, two home runs, 11 RBI and 12 runs scored. He'll cool down eventually, but Murphy has settled into the fifth spot in the order behind Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, and as long as Harper is drawing walks by the bushel Murphy should continue to see plenty of RBI opportunities.