Nationals' Wilson Ramos: Three hits in Wednesday's win
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(10:15 am ET) Ramos went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in Wednesday's 13-2 rout of the Royals.

That's back-to-back three-hit games for Ramos since he returned from the bereavement list, pushing his slash line on the season to an impressive .364/.373/.545. He's drawn just one walk in 17 games, but his reduced strikeout rate (13.4 percent, a career best and a huge improvement on last year's 20 percent) should help him remain productive even after he cools down.

Rockies' Tom Murphy: Could rejoin Triple-A squad soon
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(5/4/2016) Murphy (oblique) is playing games at extended spring training and could rejoin the Triple-A squad soon, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Murphy hasn't been able to appear in a game yet with Triple-A Albuquerque due to the oblique strain, but it appears that he's progressed very well through the rehab process. Unfortunately, he may be locked in the minors for the time being despite his upper-prospect status due to the success of major league backup catcher Tony Wolters.

Diamondbacks' Welington Castillo: Out of lineup Wednesday
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(5/4/2016) Castillo is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

Despite hitting his seventh home run of the season in Tuesday's contest, Castillo will take the day off to rest. Chris Herrmann will fill in for him behind the plate Wednesday.

Cardinals' Yadier Molina: Starting at first base Wednesday
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(5/4/2016) Molina is starting at first base and batting fifth Wednesday against the Phillies.

Outside of one inning at the position earlier this season, this marks the first time Molina will play first base since playing one game there in 2014. It should be a nice break on Molina's toe and thumb that bothered him during the offseason and spring training, and if he can garner more time at first base throughout the season, he could get additional positional eligibility.

Padres' Derek Norris: Out of lineup Wednesday
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(5/4/2016) Norris is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.

Norris has been slumping as of late, hitting safely in only two of his past 11 games. He'll take a day off to try to get back on track, allowing Christian Bethancuort slot into the lineup and assume the catching duties Wednesday.

Rockies' Nick Hundley: Not in lineup Wednesday
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(5/4/2016) Hundley is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Padres, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

The Rockies have been easing Hundley back into action after he missed some time in April with a concussion, so he'll take another day off Wednesday. Tony Wolters will slot in behind the plate and bat seventh in his place.

Marlins' J.T. Realmuto: Takes over leadoff role for suspended Dee Gordon
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(5/4/2016) Realmuto went 1-for-4 with an RBI and run in Tuesday's win against the Diamondbacks.

Realmuto batted leadoff for the first time in his career, filling in for the suspended Dee Gordon. Manager Don Mattingly's lineup experiment paid off when the catcher doubled and scored in the first inning. Realmuto is batting .485 during an eight-game hitting streak. With most catchers these days hitting at the bottom of lineups and being limited in at-bats, Realmuto's value should skyrocket if he captures the leadoff roll for good.

Mets' Rene Rivera: In lineup Wednesday
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(5/4/2016) Rivera is in the lineup batting eighth for Wednesday's game against the Braves.

With a day game after a night game, Rivera replaces Kevin Plawecki behind the dish. Rivera is known for his defense but if he can produce a bit offensively, he could carve out additional playing, especially if that comes along with doing a solid job of throwing out basestealers.

Diamondbacks' Welington Castillo: Leads all catchers with seven homers
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(5/4/2016) Castillo went 2-for-4 with his seventh home run in Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

Castillo is off to a ridiculous start, now on pace to hit an unrealistic 41 homers. Despite the inflated early-season projections, it is certainly realistic to believe that Castillo is ready to take center stage as one of the game's premier catchers. He showed flashes of his talent before a knee injury in 2014 quieted his fantasy value for a while. However, the 29-year-old is no flash in a pan and should be owned and deployed in nearly every format.

Pirates' Elias Diaz: Undergoes elbow debridement
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(5/4/2016) Diaz (elbow) underwent elbow debridement surgery this week and he is expected to miss seven-to-nine weeks, Adam Berry of reports.

The young catching prospect has been battling elbow issues since late in spring training, and while it looked for a while like he might have been able to avoid surgery with just rest and rehab, the Pirates opted to go the surgical route this week. Fortunately, the procedure he underwent was a debridement rather than Tommy John, so the club is optimistic that Diaz will be able to return in early July.

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