Rasmus is proving to be a nice addition to the Tampa Bay lineup since returning from a groin injury May 2, as he's now drove in 14 runs through 18 games. His fantasy ceiling is capped because of his struggles against southpaws, and the 30-year-old outfielder is notoriously streaky, but he can pile up counting stats in a hurry while locked in at the dish.
Maybin was pulled from Thursday's series finale in Tampa Bay with a sore knee. He told reporters after the game that his knee was sore from the wear and tear on it during the course of the series while playing on Tampa's new turf. Maybin has turned over a new leaf since being moved to the leadoff spot, batting .438 with a whopping 1.300 OPS over his last eight games.
Chisenhall has been held out of the last few contests with a head injury, so the Indians decided to shut him down to allow him to fully recover. Given the concussion is being deemed "lower grade," the move appears to be precautionary and he could be ready to rejoin the Indians when first eligible next Tuesday. A corresponding roster move will likely be announced before the weekend series against the Royals. Daniel Robertson, who is starting in right field Thursday, should see the bulk of starts in Chisenhall's place.
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.
This will mark the third straight game Chisenhall will be held out of due to a possible head injury. Given the vague diagnosis the Indians have provided, it's unclear how long Chisenhall will be sidelined with the ailment at this point. Daniel Robertson will again draw the start in right field.
The young slugger overhauled his swing mechanics last season, and continued working on the new style during spring training. Assistant hitting coach Matt Quatraro said he believes Zimmer is "still trying to find" a consistent stroke, but he's sure the outfielder knows what needs to be adjusted. Through his first eight MLB games, the 24-year-old is slashing .286/.400/.476 in 25 plate appearances.
The Royals' No. 6 prospect is illustrating why the team protected him from this year's Rule 5 draft. Duenez leads the Naturals in RBI and runs. Furthermore, the first baseman's RBI total is good for fifth-best among all Texas League hitters. With a fire sale seeming likely for the big-league club this summer, Duenez, 21, could be in line to make his MLB debut before 2017 is over.
Heredia's career .276/.336/.367 line against left-handers -- including .333/.375/.433 in 32 plate appearances this year -- plays into this spot against Nationals southpaw Gio Gonzalez. He may start at least once more over the coming weekend as the Red Sox will start Eduardo Rodriguez on Friday and Brian Johnson on Saturday.
Guillermo Heredia will take his spot against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Dyson may be kept on the bench at least once more over the weekend, as he'll face Red Sox left-handers Eduardo Rodriguez and Brian Johnson before Rick Porcello takes the hill Sunday.
Gomez is progressing about as well as the Rangers had hoped, but it hasn't prompted the team to alter the 4-to-6-week recovery timetable that was initially outlined for the outfielder after he suffered the strained right hamstring May 14. Don't expect him to come off the disabled list until mid June at the earliest.