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Baltimore's John Means (shoulder) will throw on Monday

Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means (shoulder) will participate in a bullpen session on Monday.

What It Means:

Means is on track to return after missing one start with shoulder soreness. Expect the Baltimore left-hander to join the active roster next weekend if he can complete his bullpen session tomorrow.

In 70.2 innings pitched this season, Means has produced a 2.67 ERA and 59 strikeouts. The 26-year old is averaging 23.6 FanDuel points through 12 starts.

Source: Joe Trezza

Milwaukee's Brandon Woodruff records his seventh quality start in Sunday's win over the Reds

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff struck out 12 batters in Sunday's 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

What It Means:

Woodruff was on top of his game against Cincinnati, producing a career-high mark in strikeouts and his third double digit strikeout performance this season. In four starts this month, the Brewers' pitcher has gone 2-1 with 34 strikeouts.

Through seven innings on Sunday, Woodruff produced 58 FanDuel points. He is now averaging 36.3 FanDuel points this season.

Houston's Yordan Alvarez continues his power streak on Sunday

Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez produced two hits and two RBI in Sunday's 9-4 victory over the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

The 21-year old Astro has been on fire this month with 7 home runs and 16 total hits. Expect the youngster to remain hitting in the heart of the order going forward.

In five at-bats on Sunday, Alvarez produced 25.2 FanDuel points. He is now averaging 19.6 FanDuel points this season.

Boston's Brock Holt (hamstring) day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game against Toronto

Boston Red Sox utility-man Brock Holt (hamstring) exited Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth inning.

What It Means:

Holt is currently considered day-to-day after suffering a left hamstring injury while running the bases on Sunday. If the veteran needs time to recover, expect Eduardo Nunez and Marco Hernandez to see more at-bats.

In 87 at-bats this season, Holt is hitting .310 with 1 home run and 15 RBI.

Rays expect Yandy Diaz (hamstring) to return on Thursday

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Diaz (hamstring) is expected to return on Thursday.

What It Means:

Diaz will be eligible to join the active roster on Thursday after spending ten days on the Injured List with a right hamstring strain. Expect Diaz to see immediate playing time at third base when he returns.

In 217 at-bats this season, Diaz is hitting .286 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI.

Ketel Marte (groin) out of Diamondbacks' lineup again Sunday

Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman/center fielder Ketel Marte (groin) remains out of the starting lineup on Sunday versus the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Marte hasn't played since being pulled from Friday's contest with a left groin camp. He told Diamondbacks skipper Torey Lovullo he's ready to go, but the club is erring on the side of caution in Sunday's series finale. Ildemaro Vargas is starting at second base.

Marte is batting .309/.359/.586 with 20 home runs, 17 doubles, 51 RBI, and 51 runs scored through 334 plate appearances this season.

Reds' Alex Wood (back) cleared for rehab

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Alex Wood (back) is on track to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.

What It Means:

Wood has been out all season with a back problem. He will throw a bullpen session Tuesday at Louisville and then make a start Thursday. The veteran left-hander could join the Reds' rotation in a week or so if everything goes well.

numberFire's models currently expect Wood to record a 4.67 ERA and 1.67 WHIP with 59 strikeouts and 25 walks this season.

Jonathan Schoop (ankle) remains out Sunday for Twins

Minnesota Twins second baseman Jonathan Schoop (ankle) remains out of the starting lineup Sunday versus the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

It's Schoop's second straight absence due to a sore right ankle. He figures to be ready for Tuesday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays after the Twins have Monday off. Luis Arraez is making another start at second base Sunday.

Schoop is batting .259 with a .777 OPS through 260 plate appearances this season. He has 12 homers, 33 RBI, and 36 runs scored.

Pat Valaika starting on Sunday for Rockies

Colorado Rockies infielder Pat Valaika is in the lineup on Sunday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Valaika is getting the nod at third base while batting eighth in the order against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda.

Our models project Valaika for 4.6 FanDuel points across 3.90 plate appearances.

Twins plan for Jose Berrios (blister) to make next scheduled start on Friday

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios (blister) will make his next start in Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox if he can successfully throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Berrios was forced to leave Saturday's start due a blister on his right ring finger but appears to be OK. Expect the Minnesota ace to start on Friday as long as he successfully completes his bullpen session.

If Berrios can make his start against the White Sox, our models project the Twins' pitcher to produce 34.4 FanDuel points.

Tony Wolters starting on Sunday for Colorado

Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters is in the lineup on Sunday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Wolters is getting the nod behind the plate while batting seventh in the order against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda.

Our models project Wolters for 6.3 FanDuel points across 4.01 plate appearances.

Garrett Hampson starting on Sunday for Rockies

Colorado Rockies infielder Garrett Hampson is in the lineup on Sunday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Hampson is getting the nod in center field while batting second in the order against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda.

In 105 plate appearances this season, Hampson has a .186 batting average and a .489 OPS.

Raimel Tapia starting for Rockies on Sunday

Colorado Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia is in the lineup on Sunday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Tapia is getting the nod in left field while batting leadoff against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda.

In 230 plate appearances this season, Tapia has a .263 batting average and a .756 OPS.

Chris Iannetta sitting for Rockies on Sunday

Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta is not in the lineup on Sunday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Iannetta is being replaced behind the plate by Tony Wolters against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda.

In 105 plate appearances this season, Iannetta has a .253 batting average and an .837 OPS.

Dustin Garneau starting behind the plate for the Angels on Sunday

Los Angeles Angels catcher Dustin Garneau will start and eighth in Sunday's lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

What It Means:

Garneau will catch against St. Louis tonight with Jonathan Lucroy receiving a breather.

Our models project Garneau for 6.7 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,400.

Nolan Arenado not in Rockies' Sunday lineup

Colorado Rockies infielder Nolan Arenado is sitting on Sunday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Arenado is being replaced at third base by Pat Valaika against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda.

In 331 plate appearances this season, Arenado has 19 home runs, 62 RBI, a .325 batting average and a .977 OPS.

Angels' Jonathan Lucroy receives Sunday off

Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy will not start in Sunday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

What It Means:

Lucroy will head to the bench tonight with Dustin Garneau catching against the Cardinals.

In 209 at-bats this season, Lucroy is hitting .239 with 7 home runs and 25 RBI.

Ian Desmond sitting for Rockies on Sunday

Colorado Rockies infielder Ian Desmond is not in the lineup on Sunday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Desmond is being replaced in center field by Garrett Hampson against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda.

In 252 plate appearances this season, Desmond has 10 home runs, 40 RBI, a .281 batting average and an .859 OPS.

Charlie Blackmon sitting for Colorado on Sunday

Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is not in the lineup on Sunday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Blackmon is being replaced in right field by David Dahl against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda.

In 289 plate appearances this season, Blackmon has 18 home runs, 49 RBI, a .332 batting average and a 1.023 OPS.

Rafael Devers (hamstring) sitting again Sunday for Red Sox

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (hamstring) remains out of the starting lineup on Sunday versus the Toronto Blue Jays.

What It Means:

Devers hasn’t been in the lineup since tweaking his hamstring Wednesday, but he’s made pinch-hit appearances in both contests. Brock Holt is manning the hot corner on Sunday for Boston.

Devers is batting .307 with a .864 OPS while recording 12 home runs, 48 RBI, 54 runs scored, and 8 steals over 325 plate appearances (75 games) this season.

Adrian Houser starting on Wednesday for Milwaukee

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Adrian Houser is getting the ball on Wednesday in the team's game against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Jimmy Nelson has been removed from the starting rotation, as his poor performance has sent him to the bullpen. For now, Houser will take his place, manning the bump on Wednesday.

In 31.7 innings pitched across 26 appearances so far this season, Houser has a 2.27 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP, 36 strikeouts and 12 walks.

Dexter Fowler on Cardinals' bench in finale with Angels

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler is not starting in Sunday night's series finale versus left-hander Tyler Skaggs and the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Fowler is yielding center field to Harrison Bader on Sunday evening.

numberFire's models expect Fowler to record 6 home runs, 25 RBI, 31 runs scored, and 5 steals over the rest of the season.

Harrison Bader starting for Cardinals Sunday night

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader is starting in Sunday night's series finale versus left-hander Tyler Skaggs and the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Bader is replacing Dexter Fowler in center field and hitting seventh.

numberFire's models expect Bader to score 6.8 FanDuel points on Sunday. He's priced at $2,300.

Chris Taylor on Dodgers' bench versus Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes is starting in Sunday's series finale versus right-hander Antonio Senzatela and the Colorado Rockies.

What It Means:

Taylor went 2-for-5 with a pair of whiffs on Saturday. Enrique Hernandez is starting at shortstop in Sunday's finale.

numberFire's models expect Taylor to record 9 home runs, 33 RBI, 38 runs scored, and 5 steals over the rest of the season.

David Freese (hamstring) placed on Dodgers' injured list

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder David Freese has been placed on the injured list due to a strained left hamstring.

What It Means:

It's an unfortunate injury for Freese, who was in the midst of a solid season as part of a platoon against lefties. It's unclear how long he'll be out, but it'll be at least the 10-day minimum. In the meantime, catcher Will Smith has been recalled from Oklahoma City.

In 140 plate appearances this season, Freese has eight home runs, 23 RBI, a .308 batting average and a .999 OPS.

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