Nationals' Jayson Werth: Out of lineup Friday
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(3:56 pm ET) Werth is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Brewers, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

Werth has started the past four games and will get an extra day of rest Friday after team got a day off Thursday. In his place, Ben Revere will slide over to left field while Michael Taylor mans center. Werth has been having a spectacular month of June, hitting .343/.438/.507 with two home runs and 11 RBI. He will likely be back in the lineup for Saturday's contest.


Brewers' Ryan Braun: Not in Friday's lineup
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(3:50 pm ET) Braun is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Nationals.

With two singles Wednesday, Braun extended his multi-hit game streak to three and raised his average to .320 for the season. He also struck out three times, though, and manager Craig Counsell seems adamant about getting Braun semi-regular rest days in hopes of preserving his health. Alex Presley will start in left field Friday.


Dodgers' Trayce Thompson: Not in Friday's lineup
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(3:16 pm ET) Thompson is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Pirates, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.

He will sit in favor of Howie Kendrick in left field for the second time three games. Manager Dave Roberts said earlier in the week that Thompson will likely platoon in left field with Yasiel Puig returning from the DL, but Thompson has fared well against right-handers this season (.813 OPS) and should continue to see opportunities outside of strict platoon situations.


Pirates' Gregory Polanco: Out Friday with leg discomfort
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(3:10 pm ET) Polanco is out of the lineup Friday due to left leg discomfort, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

His absence from the lineup seemed a little fishy given the Pirates are facing a right-hander in Nick Tepesch. The extent of the issue is uncertain, but Matt Joyce would be the top candidate for at-bats if Polanco were to miss additional time.


Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Back in action Friday
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(3:04 pm ET) Cespedes is back in the lineup Friday against the Braves, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

It seems the cortisone shot Cespedes received worked wonders, as he's ready to return to the lineup after missing just the one start. Cespedes was diagnosed with a left wrist sprain after leaving Wednesday's game, and it will be interesting to see if the issue affects his in-game power in the days and weeks ahead.


Pirates' Gregory Polanco: Not in Friday's lineup
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(3:00 pm ET) Polanco is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Matt Joyce will take over in right field and bat fifth against right-hander Nick Tepesch. Days off for Polanco have been rare this season, especially against right-handers (.317/.394/.543 vs. RHP), but there has been nothing to this point suggest his absence is cause for concern. With a .298 average, 47 runs scored, 44 RBI, 10 homers and nine steals, Polanco has been a top-15 fantasy outfielder to this point.


Pirates' Starling Marte: Returns to lineup Friday
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(2:40 pm ET) Marte (foot) is back in the lineup Friday agianst the Dodgers, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

A bout of left foot discomfort forced Marte from Tuesday's game and kept him out of the lineup for two games, a week after he was hit in the eye area while diving for a one-hop line drive. Fortunately, Marte was able to pinch hit Wednesday and Thursday and will start Friday against right-hander Nick Tepesch. The power has been a bit disappointing to this point, but Marte remains a top fantasy outfielder given his speed and ability to hit for a high average.


Cubs' Chris Coghlan: In the lineup
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(2:32 pm ET) Coghlan returns to the lineup, playing left field and batting fifth Friday against Miami.

Coghlan returns to the starting lineup following Thursday's game where he made just a pinch hit appearance. The 31-year old has provided versatility in the Cubs outfield since his acquisition on June 9 but his role is likely to diminish once everyday guys, Jorge Soler and Dexter Fowler, return from the DL. Until then however, Coghlan has a chance to prove he should stick around in the lineup.


Dodgers' Will Venable: Designated for assignment
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(2:24 pm ET) Venable was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Friday.

His tenure with the Dodgers lasted less than two weeks, with Venable totaling 10 at-bats over the course of six games. Venable was a 20-20 player just three years ago, and while the skills have diminished as he approaches his mid-30s, he should still have some suitors on the open market assuming he elects free agency.


Reds' Kyle Waldrop: Optioned to Triple-A
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(1:58 pm ET) The Reds have optioned Waldrop to Triple-A Louisville, reinstating right-hander Blake Wood from the paternity list.

Waldrop was recalled by the Reds on June 4, accumulating five hits in 17 at-bats in his short time with the big-league club. He'll head back to Triple-A Louisville where he was hitting .247 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 46 games this season. Waldrop, who showed a lot of promise in the lower minors, has yet to really get going since being called up to Triple-A in 2015.


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