Recent MLB Player News

Cardinals' Yadier Molina (concussion protocol) lifted from Monday's game

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yaider Molina left Monday's game after taking two straight foul tips off his mask in the seventh inning.

What It Means:

According to NBC Sports' Ryan Boyer, Molina vomited as he walked off the field in the seventh inning. He should be put through the concussion protocol and will likely miss a few games this week. Carson Kelly took over on Monday and will likely draw a couple starts for Molina.

Molina has put together a great hitting season in 2017. While accounting for a .320 wOBA, the 35-year-old has churned out 18 homers and 82 RBI in 136 games and 543 plate appearances.

Astros' Jose Altuve has left forearm contusion, X-rays negative

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve underwent X-rays on his injured left forearm, but those X-rays came back negative, according to the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan.

What It Means:

Altuve exited Monday's game early after being hit by a pitch. He just has a bruise, though, so consider him day-to-day. We should expect him back in the next couple days for Houston.

Our models project Altuve for 1 home run, 2 RBI and a .313 average over 17 plate appearances the rest of the year.

Red Sox' Mookie Betts to have wrist examined on Tuesday

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts will get his injured left wrist examined on Tuesday, according to CSN New England's Evan Drellich.

What It Means:

As a precaution, Betts was pulled on Monday with soreness in his wrist. He thinks he'll be fine but he's unsure of what's going on with his wrist. Having clinched a playoff berth, Boston might sit Betts for a day or two either way.

Betts has hit 23 home runs with a .348 wOBA on the year. He's averaged 12.6 FanDuel points in 2017.

Oakland's Matt Olson diagnosed with Grade 2 hamstring strain

Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, reports MLB.com's Jane Lee.

What It Means:

As Athletics manager Bob Melvin previously suggested, Olson will almost certainly miss the rest of the season as a result of the injury. In his stead, Mark Canha will draw some starts at first as the season wraps up.

While posting 24 home runs, 45 RBI and a .411 wOBA on the year, Olson finished the year on a high note, having tallied 13 dingers and 22 RBI with a .456 wOBA in the month of September.

Travis D'Arnaud starting for Mets in 2nd game of doubleheader

New York Mets catcher Travis D'Arnaud will start and bat fourth in the second game of the doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

D'Arnaud sat out the first game of the doubleheader, but will replace Thomas Nido at catcher and bat fourth in the night game.

Our model projects D'Arnaud for 11.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,000.

Asdrubal Cabrera starting for Mets in 2nd game of doubleheader

New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera will start at third base against the Atlanta Braves in the second game of the doubleheader.

What It Means:

Cabrera sat out the first game of the doubleheader in place of Phillip Evans, but will start and bat third in the Mets' second game of the day.

Our model projects Cabrera for 11.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,700.

Zack Greinke to start the NL Wild Card Game for Arizona

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke will be the starting pitcher in the NL Wild Card Game on October 4, per Jack Magruder of FanRagSports.com.

What It Means:

Greinke gets the nod over Robbie Ray in the win-or-go-home game next Wednesday. Greinke is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday but could see it moved back to lineup up the Wild Card start to fall on normal rest.

Greinke has gone 17-6 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 211 strikeouts in 198 1/3 innings pitched this season.

Oakland's Matt Olson (hamstring) likely done for the year

Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (hamstring) is likely done for the season, according to Susan Slusser of MLB.com.

What It Means:

A's manager Bob Melvin expects Olson's hamstring strain to take about a week to heal, meaning the rookie slugger is all but finished for the season. He will go for an MRI to get an 'official' diagnosis but don't expect to see Olson play again this season.

The rookie came on strong down the stretch, swatting 24 home runs in just 216 plate appearances this season. Olson likely finished with a .259 batting average and .421 wOBA in 2017.

Justin Turner (thumb) is still out of action for Los Angeles

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (thumb) remains out of the lineup on Monday.

What It Means:

Turner hasn't played since Thursday with a hurt thumb and is likely to take it easy during the final week of the regular season. Logan Forsythe is getting the start, once again, at third base on Monday.

Turner has batted .321 with a .414 woBA and 21 home runs in 525 plate appearances this season.

Chris Herrmann out of Diamondbacks' lineup against San Francisco

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Herrmann is absent from Monday's lineup against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Herrmann started at catcher and hit eighth in Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins, but will be replace by J.R. Murphy on Monday night.

After going 1-for-3 on Sunday, our model projects 0 homers, 1 RBI and a .273 average over 12 remaining plate appearances this season.

Rey Fuentes starting in center field for Arizona

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Rey Fuentes is in the starting lineup for Monday's home game San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

The Diamondbacks have made changes at all eight positions in the field this one. Fuentes will replace A.J. Pollock in center field while batting fifth against Giants righty Johnn Cueto.

Priced at minimum-salary ($2,000) on FanDuel tonight, numberFire's models have Fuentes as a solid value, projecting him for 7.9 fantasy points.

Giants' Mac Williamson is sitting out Monday

San Francisco Giants outfielder Mac Williamson is not in the lineup on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

What It Means:

Williamson had a banner day at the plate on Sunday, going 3-for-3 with a home run. He will get a rest on Monday against right-hander Zack Godley.

Our models project Williamson for a .333 batting average over limited plate appearances remaining this season.

Arizona's Adam Rosales in the starting lineup on Monday

Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Adam Rosales is starting on Monday against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Rosales will replace Jake Lamb on third base and bat sixth Monday while the Diamondbacks take on right-hander Johnny Cueto and the Giants.

numberFire's models project Rosales to score 6.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,000 on Monday.

Yasiel Puig remains benched by the Dodgers on Monday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is not in the lineup on Monday.

What It Means:

Puig is being benched by manager Dave Roberts for the second consecutive game after being thrown out trying to steal to end the game on Saturday. Enrique Hernandez is getting the start in right field in his place on Monday.

Puig is projected for 4 runs scored and a .259 batting average in 30 plate appearances, the rest of the season.

Jake Lamb absent from Diamondbacks' lineup on Monday

Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb will not start Monday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Lamb started at third base and hit sixth against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, but will be replaced by Adam Rosales against the Giants on Monday night.

After going 1-for-4 yesterday, our model projects Lamb for 1 homer, 4 RBI and a .259 average over 31 remaining plate appearances this season.

Jeremy Hazelbaker gets the start in right field for the Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker is starting on Monday against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Hazelbaker will start in right field and bat seventh versus Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto while J.D. Martinez gets a breather.

numberFire's models project Hazelbaker to score 8.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,000 on Monday, giving him some appeal as a potential value play on DFS.

Daniel Descalso out of Diamondbacks' lineup on Monday

Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Daniel Descalso is absent from Monday's lineup against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Descalso started at second base and batted fifth in Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins, but will be replaced by Brandon Drury against the Giants Monday night.

After going 1-for-3 on Sunday, our model projects Descalso for 0 home runs, 2 RBI and a .235 average over 19 remaining plate appearances this season.

Enrique Hernandez is starting in right for the Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers utility man Enrique Hernandez is in the lineup, batting third versus the San Diego Padres on Monday.

What It Means:

Hernandez is getting the start in right field as Curtis Granderson takes a seat on the bench on Monday.

Hernandez is projected, by our models, for 11.5 FanDuel points while costing only $2,200 on Monday, making him one of the best values on a short-slate.

J.R. Murphy handling catching duties for Arizona

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher J.R. Murphy is starting on Monday against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Murphy will catch right-hander Zack Godley and bat eighth versus Giants righty Johnny Cueto. Chris Herrmann will be available off the Diamondbacks' bench after starting behind the dish on Sunday.

numberFire's models project Murphy to score 7.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,100 on Monday.

Gorkys Hernandez not in Giants' lineup against Diamondbacks

San Francisco Giants outfielder Gorkys Hernandez is sitting out on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

What It Means:

Hernandez started the last three games for the Giants, so he will get a chance to rest on Monday. Denard Span is back in the lineup and hitting third, while Hunter Pence moves back to the leadoff spot.

Our models project Hernandez for a .267 batting average over limited plate appearances remaining this season.

J.D. Martinez absent from Diamondbacks lineup on Monday

Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder J.D. Martinez is out of Monday's lineup against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Martinez started in right field and batted fourth in Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins, but will make way on Monday for Jeremy Hazelbaker.

After going 2-for-5 on Sunday, our model projects Martinez for 1 homer, 4 RBI and a .304 average over 26 remaining plate appearances this season.

Diamondbacks' Christian Walker starting at first base

Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Christian Walker is in the starting lineup for Monday's home game San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

The Diamondbacks have made changes at all eight positions in the field this one. Walker will replace Paul Goldschmidt at first base while batting cleanup against Giants righty Johnn Cueto.

numberFire's models project Walker for only 4.7 fantasy points in this one.

Dodgers' Austin Barnes is in at second base on Monday

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher/second baseman Austin Barnes is in the lineup, batting sixth on Monday.

What It Means:

Barnes is getting a rare start at second base as the Dodgers give Chase Utley the day off.

Our models project Barnes for 9.9 FanDuel points while costing $2,300 versus the San Diego Padres.

Arizona's David Peralta out on Monday

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta is not starting on Monday against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Gregor Blanco will start in left field and lead off the order for the Diamondbacks as they take on right-hander Johnny Cueto and the Giants. It's just an off night for Peralta after Arizona clinched the top National League Wild Card spot on Sunday.

In 136 games this season, Peralta owns a .297/.353/.447 slash with 14 home runs, 54 RBI, 81 runs scored, and 8 steals across 561 plate appearances.

Rob Segedin is in the Dodgers' Monday lineup

Los Angeles Dodgers utility man Rob Segedin is starting at first base and batting eighth on Monday.

What It Means:

Segedin is filling in as Cody Bellinger shifts to left field and Joc Pederson heads to the bench versus the San Diego Padres on Monday.

Our models project Segedin for 4.1 FanDuel points while costing just $2,000 on Monday.

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