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  • MIN Center Fielder #25
    Twins activated OF Byron Buxton from the 10-day injured list.
    Buxton returns to Minnesota’s lineup for Saturday’s showdown against the division-rival Guardians following a two-week absence due to right knee inflammation. The 30-year-old center fielder has managed to avoid serious injury so far, but has gotten off to an icy start at the plate, batting .250/.300/.391 with one homer and one steal in 100 plate appearances over 28 contests.
  • FA Right Fielder #43
    Rays released OF Harold Ramírez.
    Ramírez went unclaimed on waivers with no club willing to pick up the remaining portion of his $3.8 million salary for this season and is now officially a free agent. The 29-year-old outfielder was jettisoned from Tampa Bay’s 40-man roster last week after posting a lackluster .589 OPS with one homer and five steals through 48 contests. He shouldn’t have too much trouble latching on elsewhere.
  • PIT Relief Pitcher #60
    Pirates sent RHP Ben Heller outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.
    Heller passed through waivers unclaimed and will presumably stick around with Pittsburgh as emergency organizational relief depth. The 32-year-old righty has been torched for a staggering 12 runs (11 earned) over two innings of work in a pair of relief outings this season for the Pirates.
  • ARI Center Fielder #5
    Alek Thomas (hamstring) started a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League.
    Thomas has been out since early April due to a left hamstring strain and an early-May setback that delayed his return even further. There’s a strong possibility he’s back before the end of June.
  • TEX Shortstop #5
    Corey Seager has been scratched from the lineup for Thursday’s series finale against the Dodgers.
    No official reason for the move yet, but we’re going to assume Seager’s absence is related to the mild left hamstring strain that caused him to miss four of the previous five games. The 30-year-old fantasy superstar blasted a three-run homer on Wednesday in his return to the lineup at his old stomping ground in Los Angeles. Fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day for now.
  • KC First Baseman #32
    Royals optioned INF Nick Pratto to Triple-A Omaha.
    Pratto has been shipped back to the minors following Thursday’s game against the Yankees with Adam Frazier likely back for Friday’s series opener against the Dodgers out in Los Angeles.
  • SEA First Baseman #23
    Ty France (heel) has progressed to hitting without any limitations.
    France is pain-free at the moment and appears poised to return early next week when first eligible to be activated from the injured list. The big question for fantasy managers is whether top prospect Tyler Locklear will be shipped out to the minors once he’s ready to return.
  • LAA Right Fielder #3
    Taylor Ward (back) is in the lineup for Thursday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks.
    Ward is back at designated hitter and batting third on Thursday evening following a one-game absence for precautionary reasons due to lower back tightness. The 30-year-old slugger, who has 12 homers and two steals in 65 games this season, has been the subject of trade rumors over the last few weeks and could wind up being moved in the coming weeks.
  • LAA Catcher #14
    Logan O’Hoppe (groin) is back in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks.
    O’Hoppe is back handling the catching duties for Thursday’s series finale against Arizona following a one-game absence after taking a foul ball to the groin area during Tuesday’s contest. The 24-year-old backstop appears to have avoided serious injury and shouldn’t miss any additional time moving forward.
  • LAD Starting Pitcher #22
    Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) threw a three-inning simulated game on Thursday at Dodgers Stadium.
    Kershaw, who is in the final stages of his rehabilitation from offseason shoulder surgery, appears poised to embark on a minor league rehab assignment at some point next week and could be ready to jump back into the Dodgers’ starting rotation following next month’s All-Star break.
  • LAD Relief Pitcher #29
    Michael Grove will start on Thursday against the Rangers.
    Grove draws the starting assignment to kick-off a bullpen game for Los Angeles with Yoshinobu Yamamoto being pushed back to take the ball on Saturday against the Royals after throwing a season-high 108 pitches his last time out.