The knee injury that forced him from Wednesday's game was apparently quite minor, as Crawford only needed Thursday's off day to get right. He has yet to offer the kind of power that his fantasy owners were banking on when they drafted him (.389 SLG), but it's a young season, and he has the best approach of his career to date (16:12 K:BB).
Iglessias is off to a great start this season, hitting .284/.360/.299 with two stolen bases through 20 games this season. He will get the day off after starting five games in the last five days.
This is Aviles' first start since April 25 when he went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. The 35-year-old is struggling in a reserve role, going just 3-for-16 with no extra-base hits through seven games this season.
Giron started at shortstop in his first game back and promptly went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, lowering his average to .196. The shortstop was only hitting .216 with six RBI prior to his return. His backup, Peter Van Gansen, batted .241 with three RBI as his replacement. Giron will need to show improvement if he is to keep the starting role.
If there's any good news, it's that three of Arruebarrena's eight hits have gone for home runs. Still, he's not making his way back to the big leagues any time soon.
The Pirates haven't given a firm activation date for Kang and the third baseman isn't exactly pushing the envelope at Triple-A. There was some thinking that he would be activated when the team returned home from its 10-game road trip (Friday), but it's clear that Kang has yet to find his rhythm. Pittsburgh is in no rush for his return, given that David Freese has filled in admirably.
Baez has started just five games since joining the Cubs in mid-April, but he will get the nod at third base Friday with Kris Bryant (ankle) out, and will hit fifth against Braves starter Aaron Blair. Bryant is not facing a long-term absence but could be out a couple days, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, which could result in more starts for Baez in the near future.
The steal was his second of the season, both of which have come in the past week. He continues to hit from the second spot of the White Sox's lineup, and he has received less time off than we might have expected.
Unfortunately, Villar accounted for half of his team's hits and no other Brewer came around to score. But you can't pin that or the team's subpar offense on Villar, who's sitting on a .377 OBP in the early going. That's all the Brewers can possibly ask for out of their leadoff man, and if he continues his on-base renaissance, he'll hold off hot prospect Orlando Arcia far longer than originally expected.
It looks like another routine day off for Story, who hit his ninth home run of the season Wednesday but will sit for the second time in three games. Colorado will go with Christhian Adames at short, and he'll bat second against Pittsburgh's Juan Nicasio.