La Stella has joined the Cubs' hit parade and is forcing them to be creative in getting him into the lineup as often as possible against right-handed starters. He's hitting an unsustainable .356 with a pair of home runs and six RBI in limited service. Obviously, that is unlikely to last, but his versatility helps give him some value in deeper leagues while he's getting playing time.
He was able to return Wednesday after sitting a couple days with a swollen thumb, but apparently the thumb is still an issue. Christian Colon will take over at third base in Moustakas' absence as Omar Infante mans the keystone. Moustakas currently leads Royals regulars in both home runs (7) and slugging (.536).
With Jung Ho Kang being activated from the disabled list, Freese will head to the bench for the time being. Kang is expected to rest once every three games, so Freese should get a decent amount of playing time still, although his value is certainly limited if Kang resumes as large of a role as he had last season.
This was merely a procedural move to free up a spot on the 40-man roster. Sandoval will miss the rest of the 2016 season after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder earlier in the week.
Valencia was reinstated off the disabled list earlier in the day Friday, and he'll slot right back into the lineup at the hot corner without spending any time on the bench. The third baseman's .345 OBP should be a nice addition to many fantasy owners' lineups, but his re-entry into the Oakland lineup will make playing time hard to come by for Chris Coghlan, who will likely move back into a reserve role.
Duffy has gotten off to an inconsistent start in 2016, regularly alternating multi-hit performances with empty stat lines. For example, Thursday's three-hit game followed up an 0-for-10 cold spell. He simply isn't providing enough value at third base outside of deep and NL-only leagues. It may be wise to look at more consistent options in standard leagues until he shows more consistency at the plate.
Burns is still awaiting his MLB debut as a utility infielder who's spent the past two seasons at Triple-A Buffalo. However, there's no immediate path to at-bats in Toronto's lineup for the 25-year-old, especially after batting a humdrum .250 over 119 plate appearances with Buffalo this season.
Romero missed nearly a month of action with an undisclosed injury, but he he was activated from the disabled list Tuesday, and should be considered healthy moving forward. He hit the ball well with both Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Korean team he played for last season, but it remains to be seen if he will get a chance to make his big league debut this year.
Hernandez has seen his BABIP drop from last year's .369 to this year's .261 while he's improved his BB% from 5% to 12.9%, so there are things to like. Hernandez is hitting just .167 versus RHP (.320 vs. LHP), so he should continue to be a solid DFS play against non-elite southpaws at least.
This was anticipated, and Valencia is expected to be in Oakland's lineup Friday against the Orioles. Valencia's lack of power to date (zero home runs in 55 plate appearances) does not illustrate how he has been impacting the baseball, as he has been a statcast darling early on thanks to impressive exit velocity readings. He should still be rostered in most formats.