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  • ATL Third Baseman #27
    Austin Riley (side) is not in the lineup for Sunday’s contest against the Padres.
    As expected, Riley will miss a sixth straight games as he deals with left side inflammation. The infielder is considered day-to-day, but his next chance to get in the lineup won’t come until next week. Zack Short will start while he rests.
  • 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.
  • STL Second Baseman #33
    Brendan Donovan hit his fifth homer Thursday to help the Cardinals edge the Pirates 4-3.
    Donovan has been dropped in the lineup, even against righties, but he’s making a case for another opportunity hitting first or second with his current eight-game hitting streak. He’s back up to .248/.325/.380 overall, even though his .271 BABIP is 50 points lower this his career mark.