One night after being credited with the game-winning RBI, Villar hit his second homer of the season. The switch-hitting shortstop has been pretty good of late, and has collected hits in eight of the past 10 games. He's hit .293 with five doubles over that span.
The move down the order and they off day Wednesday helped Story, as the rookie contributed on offense after he struck out six times in eight at-bats in the last two games. His value is still on the decline after he's gone 10-for-42 in the past 10 contests, but the homer might be what he needs to get back on track.
The 27-year-old shortstop enjoyed his midweek series against Tampa as he picked up seven hits while raising his average 19 points to .257. Thursday marked the first time all season in which Hechavarria hit leadoff for the Fish, and he certainly made a claim to stay there. The Marlins are still tinkering with replacement options for the lineup's top spot left vacant by Dee Gordon (suspension), and Hechavarria's value would certainly increase if he can capture that role.
The young shortstop had gotten into a groove at the plate before he suffered a thumb injury in Saturday's game against the Reds, which led to him landing on the DL. However, the expectation is that he'll be able to recover quickly, and that is certainly underlined by the fact that he'll resume baseball activities over the weekend. The earliest Marte will be able to be activated off the DL will be June 6 when the Mariners host the Indians.
Janish is just 1-for-11 since being added to the roster and has yet to tally a run or RBI, so his fantasy value is likely to be slim-to-none.
Due to his scorching hot start, Story had been a mainstay in the second spot of the batting order. However, he's struggled to the tune of a .238 batting average with nine strikeouts over the past week, so manager Walt Weiss decided it was time for some change. This may reduce his ability to score runs if this continues, which could lower his somewhat declining value.
After starting both games so far in the series against Milwaukee, Aybar will head to the bench for a normal day off. Daniel Castro will take over for him at shortstop and bat seventh.
Bogaerts hurt his thumb in Wednesday's game but appears to be fine as he is in his usual spot in the lineup.
Right after being called up to replace Matt Carpenter (not injury related) on the active roster, Garcia will slot straight into the starting lineup to fill the void at the hot corner. Garcia could be in line for a few starts there while Carpenter is on the paternity list, but he'll likely either head to the bench or back to the minors once Carpenter returns.
This will be the second game that he will miss with the quad issue, and Darwin Barney will get the start at shortstop. Last year he only missed two games with a quad issue, so hopefully he can return sometime this weekend.