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Kenley Jansen (heart) feels "great", hoping to return next week

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen feels "great." He's hoping to return early next week, far ahead of initial expectations.

What It Means:

Jansen was placed on the 10-day disabled list with an irregular heartbeat and given a four-to-six week timeline to return. It looks like he could be back well in advance of that, which would be a welcome relief for a Dodgers' team that is cycling through pitchers in an effort to replace the All-Star.

In 2018, Jansen has a 2.15 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 28.4% K%, and 32 saves.

Cubs-Pirates expected to start at 8:50 PM ET on Friday

Friday's game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates is expected to start at 8:50 pm ET.

What It Means:

Rain is clearing out after a nearly 2-hour delay. Skies in Pittsburgh are expected to be clear the rest of the night, leaving a solid chance the teams get the game in on Friday.

Our models give the Cubs a 51.5% chance of winning Friday's game.

Marlins' Jose Urena to appeal his six-game suspension

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena plans to appeal the six-game suspension he received for hitting Ronald Acuna with a pitch on Wednesday.

What It Means:

It seems unlikely that he will win his appeal. Acuna, who had hit a home run in seven of eight games at the time of the incident, was hit with the first pitch of the game. Urena still insists that it was unintentional.

We project Urena to have a 4.54 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, with 32 K, 15 BB, and 6 home runs allowed in his remaining starts this season.

Martin Maldonado starting for Astros on Friday night

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado is in the starting lineup against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

What It Means:

Max Stassi was behind the plate for Houston's last game, going 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Maldonado will take his place behind the plate tonight.

We project Maldonado to score 6.6 FanDuel points in tonight's contest.

Astros' Tony Kemp not starting on Friday night

Houston Astros infielder/outfielder Tony Kemp is not in the starting lineup against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

What It Means:

George Springer was activated from the disabled list earlier today. He'll take his regular spot in the lineup, which leaves no room for Kemp tonight.

We project Kemp to hit .266 with 1 home run, 10 runs, and 7 RBI in his remaining plate appearances this season.

Max Stassi heading back to Astros' bench on Friday

Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi is not in the starting lineup against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

What It Means:

Stassi, who is hitting just .191 since June 1, will be replaced by Martin Maldonado tonight.

We project Stassi to hit .232 with 3 home runs, 9 runs, and 10 RBI in his remaining plate appearances this season.

Cubs-Pirates to start in a rain delay on Friday

Friday's game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs will start in a rain delay.

What It Means:

The game was scheduled to start at 7:05 pm ET, but will be pushed back with rain currently in the Chicago area. No word on the expected start time at the moment.

Our models give the Cubs a 51.5% chance of pulling out the win on Friday.

Astros activate George Springer from 10-day disabled list

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer has been activated from the 10-day disabled list ahead of Friday night's game against the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

Springer will slot right back into his lead-off role tonight in what is now a pivotal series.

We project Springer to hit .277 with 8 home runs, 25 runs, and 21 RBI in his remaining plate appearances this season.

Joc Pederson in Dodgers' lineup on Friday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is starting on Friday against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Pederson will get the nod in left field and bat ninth in the order against Wade LeBlanc.

Our models project Pederson for 10.0 FanDuel points in 3.90 plate appearances.

San Diego adds Hunter Renfroe to lineup for Friday

San Diego Padres right fielder Hunter Renfroe is batting fourth against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

What It Means:

Renfroe will displace Franmil Reyes back to the bench today.

Our models project Renfroe for 11.6 FanDuel points at a salary of $3,100 on Friday.

Yasmani Grandal in lineup for Dodgers on Friday

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is starting on Friday against the Seattle Marines.

What It Means:

Grandal will get the nod behind the plate and bat eighth in the order against Wade LeBlanc.

Our models project Grandal for 11.4 FanDuel points in 4.01 plate appearances.

Max Muncy starting for Los Angeles on Friday

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Max Muncy is in the lineup on Friday against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Muncy will get the nod at first base and bat seventh in the order against Wade LeBlanc.

In 365 plate appearances so far this season, Muncy has a .255 batting average with 26 home runs and 52 RBI.

Padres remove Franmil Reyes from starters against Diamondbacks

San Diego Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes is not in the starting lineup on Friday.

What It Means:

Reyes will take a seat in favor of Hunter Renfroe.

Our models project Reyes to bat .239 with 2 home runs, 5 runs, and 6 RBI in 51 more plate appearances this year.

Wil Myers starting on Friday for Padres

San Diego Padres third baseman Wil Myers is batting second against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

What It Means:

Myers will be a righty bat added to the Padres' lineup on Friday, at the expense of Cory Spangenberg in this game.

Our models project Myers for 10.3 FanDuel points at a salary of $3,300 on Friday.

Cory Spangenberg sitting on Friday for Padres

San Diego Padres infielder Cory Spangenberg is not in the starting lineup on Friday.

What It Means:

Spangenberg will sit out against a lefty starter, and the Padres will bring in Wil Myers to take over third base. Christian Villanueva will slide over to man the keystone.

Our models project Spangenberg to bat .250 with 3 home runs, 10 runs, 8 RBI, and 2 stolen bases in 83 more plate appearances this year.

Austin Barnes sitting for Dodgers on Friday

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher/infielder Austin Barnes is not in the lineup on Friday against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Barnes will be replaced behind the plate by Yasmani Grandal against Wade LeBlanc.

Our models project Barnes for a .236 batting average in 64 plate appearances going forward.

San Diego's Jose Pirela leading off on Friday

San Diego Padres left fielder Jose Pirela is batting leadoff against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

What It Means:

Pirela will take Travis Jankowski's starting spot tonight with Arizona southpaw Robbie Ray on the mound.

Our models project Pirela for 9.5 FanDuel points at a salary of $2,500 on Friday.

Travis Jankowski out of Padres' Friday lineup

San Diego Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski is not in the starting lineup on Friday.

What It Means:

Jankowski will head to the bench against a lefty starter today, while Jose Pirela starts in left field in his place.

Our models project Jankowski to bat .228 with 1 home runs, 13 runs, 6 RBI, and 5 stolen bases in 105 more plate appearances this season.

Cody Bellinger starting for Dodgers on Friday

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Cody Bellinger is in the lineup on Friday against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Bellinger will start in center field and bat fourth in the order against Wade LeBlanc.

In 487 plate appearances so far this season, Bellinger has a .255 batting average with 19 home runs and 54 RBI.

Yasiel Puig sitting on Friday for Los Angeles

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is not in the lineup on Friday against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Puig will be replaced in right field by Enrique Hernandez against Wade LeBlanc.

Our models project Puig for a .272 batting average with six home runs and 16 RBI in 114 plate appearances going forward.

Chris Taylor sitting on Friday for Los Angeles

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder.outfielder Chris Taylor is not in the lineup on Friday against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Taylor will be replaced in center field by Cody Bellinger against Wade LeBlanc.

Our models project Taylor for 11.6 FanDuel points in 4.35 plate appearances.

Guillermo Heredia absent from the M's Friday lineup

Seattle Mariners outfielder Guillermo Heredia is not in the lineup on Friday.

What It Means:

Heredia takes a seat on the bench with Denard Span starting in left field versus the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

Heredia is averaging 5.0 FanDuel points per game while posting a .267 wOBA over 294 plate appearances this season.

Denard Span batting clenaup for Seattle on Friday

Seattle Mariners outfielder Denard Span is in the lineup, batting cleanup on Friday.

What It Means:

Span is in left field and will bat behind Nelson Cruz as the Mariners take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Guillermo Heredia heads to the bench to make room for Span.

Our models project Span for 10.4 FanDuel points on Friday.

Cameron Maybin starting in center on Friday for Seattle

Seattle Mariners outfielder Cameron Maybin is in the lineup, batting seventh on Friday.

What It Means:

Maybin takes over in center field with Dee Gordon shifting over to shortstop to fill in for Jean Segura while he is on paternity leave.

Our models project Maybin for 7.6 FanDuel points versus the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

Jean Segura placed on Mariners' paternity leave list

Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura was placed on the paternity leave list on Friday.

What It Means:

Segura can miss up to three games while on the list. Dee Gordon is starting at shortstop on Friday with Cameron Maybin starting in centerfield, where Gordon started on Thursday night.

Segura is slashing .314/.343/.437 with 9 homers, 17 steals, 78 runs scored, and a .337 wOBA over 504 plate appearances this season.

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