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Adding fuel to the speculation that the bullpen is the ultimate destination for Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, manager Dave Roberts said Thursday that the team hasn't discussed the possibility of Ryu going to the minors, and that they plan to run a five-man rotation. Ryu would appear the odd man out in that case, as Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy are entrenched when healthy. He could be used in a long relief role - much like the plan was for Wood before he started pitching lights out - until an opportunity in the rotation opens back up. Ryu has pitched to a 2-5 record with a 4.75 ERA and 9.0 K/9 in 36 innings this season.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Cameron Maybin (knee) left the team's game Thursday, May 25, due to soreness in his right knee.
New York Mets C Kevin Plawecki was optioned to Class AAA Las Vegas Thursday, May 25.
New York Mets OF Jay Bruce (back) is back in the starting batting order Thursday, May 25, versus the San Diego Padres. He's in right field and batting third.
Houston Astros RHP Collin McHugh (elbow) threw off a mound Thursday, May 25, his first time doing so in his rehab.
New York Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Thursday, May 25.
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (hamstring) took his first step toward working his way back from the disabled list on Thrusday, taking grounders at third base for the first time since going on the DL on May 19. He also threw from up to 90 feet. Turner would be eligible to come off the DL on Monday, but it's doubtful that he'd be ready that soon. Still, today's activities are a good sign that he won't be out of action for very much longer after that. In the meantime, Logan Forsythe and Enrique Hernandez will play third base for the Dodgers while Turner is out.
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Joc Pederson (concussion) was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list Thursday, May 25.
Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (hamstring) was activated from the disabled list Thursday, May 25, and will start the night's contest against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Logan Forsythe (rest) is out of the lineup Thursday, May 25, opposite the St. Louis Cardinals. While he's out, OF Enrique Hernandez will grab a start at third base and bat seventh.
St. Louis Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk (rest) is out of the lineup Thursday, May 25, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. OF Tommy Pham is starting in his place in left field and batting seventh.
Cleveland Indians RHP Corey Kluber's (back) rehab start with Class AAA Columbus was pushed back from Thursday, May 25, to Friday, May 26, due to rain being projected in the forecast for Thursday.
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Justin Turner (hamstring) took grounders at third base Thursday, May 25, his first time doing so since landing on the disabled list. He's throwing from up to 90 feet.
Robinson Cano went 2-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI in the Mariners win on Thursday. Cano has five hits in his last two games and appears to have picked up where he left off pre-disabled list. In the month of May Cano is slashing .432/.480/.773 with 12 RBI in 11 games. With a healthy Cano and shortstop Jean Segura playing like an All-Star, expect opportunities for infielder Taylor Motter to significantly decrease.
Nelson Cruz hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, pacing the Mariners to 4-2 win over Washington. For Cruz it was his 12th bomb of the season and he now has driven in 40 runs. The blast hopefully signals the end of his min-slump as Cruz was 2-for-21 in his previous six games. It's been a positive sign for fantasy lineups everywhere that Seattle is comfortable using de facto designated hitter Cruz in the outfield these past few games. Seven of his 12 home runs have come on the road this season.
Ariel Miranda threw five innings of two-run baseball and picked up his fourth win in the 4-2 Mariners win over the Nationals. It has been a roller-coaster couple of weeks for the Seattle starting pitching staff but Miranda has been the most stabilizing force. In his past three start he has allowed 10 hits and four runs in17 innings pitched. Miranda struck out four, walked three and kept a mighty Nationals lineup in check. Miranda now is 4-2 with a 4.22 ERA in 10 starts this season. If there is anyone in the Mariners rotation right now that would deserve a look in fantasy is Miranda.
Bartolo Colon struggled once again after a two-start stretch of strong performances. Colon, who became the first 44-year-old to start for Atlanta since 1998, failed to make it out of the sixth inning on Thursday. The Pirates tagged Colon early with a five run second highlighted by a three-run homer. This is the fifth time this season where he's surrendered more runs than innings pitched. His ERA has ballooned to 6.96, though Brian Snitker suggests he will remain in the rotation. Colon will be looking at a decreasing role over the next few weeks unless he greatly improves as Atlanta will shift to some of their younger arms.
Brandon Belt went 2-for-3 on Thursday versus the Cubs and walked once. He hit a double in the first inning, which plated the Giants' lone run at Wrigley all day. Since May 11th, Belt has only gone hitless twice and has maintained his OBP around .360. Despite the Giants lethargy this season, he's still a sneaky hold in points leagues. Look for him to continue doing well against Atlanta, who comes into San Francisco for three games this weekend.
The Milwaukee Brewers will continue to play "musical catchers" with Manny Pina starting and batting sixth on Thursday and Jett Bandy sitting. Bandy is 5-for-9 with a home run and two doubles against left-handed pitchers like Arizona's Robbie Ray, but Craig Counsell opted for Pina, who has .786 OPS and a home run over the last 14 days. Pina has seven at-bats over the last seven days, compared to 11 for Bandy, so the Brewers may just be making sure that they have the freshest option in the lineup. The two have combined for seven home runs and 26 RBI, numbers that would make them the best offensive catcher if combined, but it is tough to pick one over the other. Fantasy owners that have roster room could keep both, putting the one that starts in the lineup, getting great offensive production from catcher.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk will have Thursday night off versus the Dodgers. Grichuk has really struggled of late going four for his last 21 with zero home runs. Outfielder Tommy Pham will start in left field and bat second. Pham has also struggled lately with five hits in his last 28 at-bats. Expect Grichuk to return to the lineup Friday.
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