The speedy outfielder's recovery from his hamstring injury had gone off without a hitch thus far, but Mother Nature had her say Sunday. Smith has been running since last Tuesday and began taking batting practice the next day, so a few days of game action represent the final piece of the puzzle before a return to the Rays. Smith had made a notable impact with his speed during the eight games he appeared in before his injury, so his presence will provide Tampa with a disruptive element that no other player currently on the roster can match.
The veteran outfielder is thus 1-for-7 in his first two games since resuming his rehab on Saturday. He's slated for multiple games in the coming week before rejoining the Rays next weekend in Toronto, assuming no setbacks.
Cabrera had hurt his wrist in Saturday's game but was able to play Sunday, serving as the designated hitter.
The veteran outfielder is off to a solid start to the campaign with a .333/.380/.455 slash line, 11 runs, two home runs, four RBI and six stolen bases. Injuries have been the biggest hindrance to Ellsbury's fantasy stock over the years, but as long as he's healthy, he has the potential to be a serviceable five-category contributor that can provide the biggest boost in the stolen bases column.
Now sporting a seven-game hitting streak (12-for-29) with five runs, two home runs and nine RBI, Souza continues to provide excellent fantasy numbers. He's shown potential in the past and has kick-started what has the makings to be a breakout campaign through the first few weeks of the season.
The club will use Monday's day off to get a better understanding of Marisnick's health. He had to leave Sunday's game once he began experiencing concussion-like symptoms after colliding with a wall in the outfield. More information regarding Marisnick's status should be available following Monday's evaluation.
Manager A.J. Hinch held Springer out of the Sunday against the Rays after the outfielder experienced left hamstring discomfort a day earlier, but the organization appears hopeful that may be the extent of his absence. With an off day Monday, Springer will receive some extra time to shake off the injury before he's reassessed Tuesday morning. Springer's replacement in the lineup Sunday, Jake Marisnick, ended up exiting the contest with concussion-like symptoms, so the Astros may be more inclined to sign off on Springer's return Tuesday, even if he's not 100 percent.
The speedy outfielder was hopeful to return to action Sunday, but he'll be sidelined for a third straight game with a tight hamstring. The Athletics are still viewing Davis as day-to-day, but he'll give way in center field to Jaff Decker, who will also serve as the team's leadoff hitter in the series finale.
Davis will hit the pine for just the second time all season after going 0-for-7 at the dish over the past three contests, though he did draw five walks during that span. Matt Olson will take Davis' spot in the lineup, batting ninth in the order.
Marisnick was forced to leave the game after he ran into the wall while making a play in the outfield. Marwin Gonzalez came into the game after Marisnick was pulled from action. The Astros have Monday off, so consider Marisnick day-to-day ahead of Tuesday's game against the Indians.