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Juan Lagares, CF, NYM4/15/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Juan Lagares (hamstring) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Lagares is hitting .314 with one homer, seven RBI and eight runs in 13 games. He's one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball. Kirk Nieuwenhuis will take his spot on the roster.
Denard Span, CF, WAS4/15/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span might be ready for a rehab assignment by the end of the week. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: He's been recovering from a concussion. Nate McLouth (.143, 0 HR, 0 RBI) and Bryce Harper (.333, 1 HR, 5 RBI) have split time in center field during his absence.
Colby Rasmus, CF, TOR 4/15/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus (hamstring) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: According to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com, manager John Gibbons said he wanted to give Rasmus another day off (Jays didn't play Monday) but doesn't consider the injury to be a serious issue. He could be back Wednesday but may sit again due to the cold weather at Minnesota.
Ben Revere, CF, PHI4/15/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Ben Revere would have returned to the starting lineup had the Phillies played on Tuesday. SOURCE: Chris Branch, Delaware Online
Insight: Revere seems to have recovered from the rib injury that plagued him most of last week. He didn't get a chance to help fantasy owners Tuesday because of the rainout but Revere (.273, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 5 SB) should be good to go Wednesday when the Phillies host Atlanta.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK4/15/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp (hamstring) will sit out again Tuesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Crisp missed three straight games last week due to an inflamed wrist and he has now missed the first two of this week. Injuries are nothing new for the 34-year-old -- he hasn't played more than 136 games in a season since 2007 and never played more than 145.
Nyjer Morgan, CF, CLE4/15/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Indians outfielder Nyjer Morgan has been sent to the minors to make room for Michael Bourn.
Insight: Morgan played well in his nine games, batting .348 with four runs, four RBI and three stolen bases. He figures to get another chance at the major league level before the year is over.
Michael Bourn, CF, CLE4/15/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: The Indians have activated center fielder Michael Bourn (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Bourn's injury may have him running conservatively when he returns, though he did steal a base in his rehab stint. The 31-year-old had just 23 steals on 35 attempts in 2013 after averaging 51 steals and 63 attempts per season from 2008-12.
Matt Kemp, CF, LOSCold4/15/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp struggles mightily against Giants hurler Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Kemp has just nine hits in 46 at-bats (.196) and has struck out twice as often has he's gotten a hit. The star outfielder dealt with injuries this spring which kept him off the practice fields at its manifested into a slow start (.154).
Denard Span, CF, WAS4/14/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span (concussion) took batting practice and jogged around the bases before Monday's game, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Span suffered a concussion Friday against Atlanta. Nate McLouth would start but knee soreness is keeping him out of the lineup too. Span also suffered a concussion back in 2011 but he insists this one isn't as bad.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK4/14/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp (hamstring) will not start Monday, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Crisp missed three straight games last week due to an inflamed wrist and he's out of the lineup again to start this week off. Injuries are nothing new for the 34-year-old -- he hasn't played more than 136 games in a season since 2007 and never played more than 145.
Ben Revere, CF, PHI4/14/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will not start for a fourth consecutive game.
Insight: He remains on the bench with a bruised rib, though he has gotten an at-bat in the last three games (0-for-3). Tony Gwynn Jr. (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 runs) is getting another start in center field.
Jon Jay, CF, STL4/14/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: St. Louis center fielder Jon Jay is a career 6-for-9 (.667) versus Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza, but may not be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Insight: Jay has struggled this spring, batting .188 through his first nine games. The career .292 hitter also batted just .188 in spring training.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAMCold4/14/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is just 2-for-18 (.111) versus Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Jennings was off to a nice start beginning the season with a pair of multi-hit games, but is batting just .167 over the past 11 contests and should be avoided on Monday.
Matt Kemp, CF, LOS4/13/2014 11:16:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp went deep Sunday at Arizona.
Insight: Kemp has just four hits in 26 at-bats (.154), but three left the park and the other was a double.
Mike Trout, CF, ANAHot4/13/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Trout homered in two of the three games and went 7-for-15 in Los Angeles' series against New York to raise his average from .257 to .320. He still hasn't attempted a steal but has four homers and nine runs.
Colby Rasmus, CF, TORHot4/13/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Sunday at Baltimore.
Insight: Rasmus has gone deep in three of the last four games and raised his average from .100 to .217 in that stretch. The strikeouts make him extremely streaky, but the 27-year-old has proven to be an effective power hitter when he gets hot.
Ben Revere, CF, PHI4/13/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will miss his third game in a row Sunday versus the Marlins. SOURCE: Phillies on Twitter
Insight: He remains out with a bruised rib. Tony Gwynn Jr. (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI) is getting another start in center field.
Denard Span, CF, WAS4/12/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span has been placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion.
Insight: Span suffered the injury Friday against Atlanta. Tonight, Bryce Harper (.270, 1 HR, 4 RBI) will be in center field with Kevin Frandsen (.375, 0 HR, 1 RBI) getting the start in left.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK4/12/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp has returned to the starting lineup. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He missed three games with an inflamed wrist before returning as a pinch-hitter Friday against Seattle. Crisp enters tonight's action with a .250 average across 16 at bats this season.
Ben Revere, CF, PHI4/12/2014 3:01:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere is getting another day off to rest on Saturday.
Insight: Tony Gwynn Jr. will take his place in center field. Revere has a rib injury after making a diving catch, but should return to the lineup soon.
Nyjer Morgan, CF, CLE4/12/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Indians outfielder Nyjer Morgan is back in the lineup for Saturday.
Insight: Morgan is batting .389 this season through his first eight games, but hasn't played since Wednesday.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM4/12/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is hitless in seven at-bats against Cincinnati right-hander Alfredo Simon. Update: Jennings will sit in favor of just-brought-up Kevin Kiermaier.
Insight: Jennings is off to a nice start with an .837 OPS and leads the league in doubles.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM4/12/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is hitless in seven at-bats against Cincinnati right-hander Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Jennings is off to a nice start with an .837 OPS and leads the league in doubles.
Grady Sizemore, CF, BOS4/11/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Sizemore broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth with the blast off CC Sabathia. He's hitting .333 with two doubles, two homers, four RBI and a steal this season.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFGHot4/11/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Giants CF Angel Pagan is getting the night off Friday, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Pagan is off to a torrid start, hitting .442 with one homer, eight RBI, seven runs and two steals.
Ben Revere, CF, PHI4/11/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere is getting Friday's game off to rest, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Revere has gone 12-for-41 (.293) with a triple, three RBI and seven runs this season, but he's coming off his first career three-K game. Tony Gwynn Jr. will take his place in center field.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK4/11/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (wrist) is not in the starting lineup Friday, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Crisp recently had a cortisone shot to relieve inflammation in his left wrist. Defensive specialist Sam Fuld has been starting in Crisp's place and hit a homer Thursday.
George Springer, CF, HOU4/11/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: Houston's top minor league prospect, George Springer, is batting .290 with a .937 OPS in his first week at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Insight: Springer is expected to make the jump to the big club sometime around June 1. After hitting 37 homers with 108 RBI last season between Double-A and Triple-A, he should take over in right field and be the Astros everyday starter. Make sure you have a space available on your roster for this slugger.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MILHot4/11/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez is a career .500 hitter with a pair of homers versus Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Gomez is on fire, batting .390 with three homers and a 1.164 OPS through the first nine games. He comes off a series in Philadelphia where he went 8-for-16 with five extra base hits. All these numbers means he's a must start on Friday.
Colby Rasmus, CF, TOR4/11/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus, off his first home run of the season Thursday night, has a favorable matchup on Friday.
Insight: Rasmus is a career .429 hitter (6-for-14) with a pair of homers against Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman. Rasmus has been horrible for most of the season (2-for-27), but over the past two games may be coming out of it (4-for-7).
Colby Rasmus, CF, TOR4/10/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus had his first multi-hit game of the season Thursday.
Insight: Rasmus went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored after going three for his first 30 (.100).
Carlos Gomez, CF, MILHot4/10/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez stayed hot with three hits Thursday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Gomez hit his first triple of the season and now has a .390 average with seven extra-base hits in 41 at-bats.
Chris Young, CF, NYM4/10/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Chris Young (quad) played in an extended spring training game on Thursday and will play another one Friday, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Young missed Opening Day and didn't even get an at-bat in the second game of the season before he had to leave with a quad strain. If he gets through Friday's extended spring training game he'll probably move on to a minor league rehab assignment.
Michael Bourn, CF, CLE4/10/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (hamstring) is likely to return on April 15, though he hasn't been ruled out for April 13. SOURCE: Paul Hoynes, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: Bourn's injury may have him running conservatively when he returns, which isn't good for a player whose main contributions to fantasy teams are stolen bases and runs. The 31-year-old had just 23 steals on 35 attempts in 2013 after averaging 51 steals and 63 attempts per season from 2008-12.
Denard Span, CF, WAS4/10/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Miami
Insight: Span is batting .241 over the first eight games but is a career .283 hitter with 20 SB speed.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT4/10/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen is just a career .111 hiiter (2-for-18) versus Cibs starter travis Wood.
Insight: Wood has struck him out five times and walked him five times as he's pitched him very tough.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL4/9/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and two runs Wednesday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Gomez now has three big flies this year and is hitting .361, though with 10 Ks in 36 at-bats his average will soon fall.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM4/9/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored Wednesday at Kansas City.
Insight: Jennings had two hits in each of the first two games but went 4-for-26 over his last seven prior to Wednesday.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN4/9/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton went 3-for-4 with two runs and two steals Wednesday at St. Louis.
Insight: Hamilton entered play just 2-for-22 with zero steals on one attempts. Panicked fantasy owners can calm down.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU4/9/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler (illness) will return to the lineup Wednesday, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: A bout of gastroenteritis landed Fowler in the hospital and caused him to miss four straight games before pinch hitting Tuesday. Fowler is hitting .462 with four extra-base hits and five runs this season.
Grady Sizemore, CF, BOS4/9/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore will be given the day off Wednesday versus Texas. SOURCE: Marty Gitlin, CBS Sports
Insight: Sizemore is only a .228 career hitter against left-handers so it makes sense to sit him today against Robbie Ross (0-0, 3.60 ERA). Jackie Bradley Jr. (.400, 0 HR, 5 RBI) is filling in at center field.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK4/9/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp will miss his second game in a row Wednesday versus Minnesota. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Crisp recently had a cortisone shot to relieve inflammation in his left wrist. Sam Fuld (.222, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will serve as Oakland's center fielder during Crisp's recovery.
Adam Jones, CF, BAL4/8/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones hit his first homer of the season Tuesday at New York.
Insight: Jones also had a double, scored two runs and drove home two. He has increased his homer total in each of the past three seasons and blasted a career-high 33 in 2013.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFGHot4/8/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Giants CF Angel Pagan had his sixth multi-hit game of the season Tuesday against Arizona.
Insight: Pagan has picked up at least one hit in all eight games, scored six runs and driven in eight.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU4/8/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: Though Dexter Fowler wasn't in the lineup Tuesday against the Blue Jays, the Astros center fielder hopes to play on Wednesday night. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Fowler has sat out five games in a row because of an illness. He's played well when he's been out there, logging six hits in his first 12 at bats.
Leonys Martin, CF, TEX4/8/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin will get Tuesday off. Michael Choice will start in his place.
Insight: Martin has hit .240 with a couple of stolen bases in seven games this season, but is hitless in his last three games (11 at-bats). Given a full season he should hit 10-12 homers and steal 40 bases which certainly has fantasy value.
Matt Kemp, CF, LOS4/8/2014 1:47:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is hitless in 16 at-bats versus Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Kemp is coming off a two-homer game, but this is not the matchup to press your bets. Avoid Kemp on Tuesday.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT4/8/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen is a career .381 hiiter (8-for-21) with two homers versus Cibs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: McCutchen has gone 5-for-23 (.217) with six Ks and six BBs in his first six games this season, so perhaps this will get him going.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN4/7/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton (finger) is back in the lineup for Monday against St. Louis.
Insight: Things couldn't have gone much worse for Hamilton in his first five games of 2014. He went 0-for-12 with six Ks and hurt his finger Friday when he was caught stealing while pinch running. Hopefully he can start to feel more comfortable in the batter's box.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK4/7/2014 2:40:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Monday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Crisp has been dealing with a sore left wrist. He's getting on base with a 1.055 OPS so far after putting together a solid season in 2013, batting .261 with 22 HR, 66 RBI, 93 runs and 21 stolen bases.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU4/7/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler (viral gastroenteritis) could miss the series in Toronto which starts Tuesday, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Fowler was off to a torrid start batting .500 with a 1.583 OPS over the first three games, but this illness has already forced him to miss an entire series and possibly more.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN4/6/2014 3:35:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton (finger) is expected to be back in the lineup Monday, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Things couldn't have gone much worse for Hamilton in his first five games of 2014. He went 0-for-12 with six Ks and hurt his finger Friday when he was caught stealing while pinch running.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU4/6/2014 12:48:00 PM
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler (illness) will sit out Sunday and likely won't play Monday, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Fowler (6-for-12, four extra-base hits) was in the hospital with gastroenteritis on Saturday. He was released but hasn't rejoined the team yet and manager Bo Porter said he's not a given to play in the Toronto series, which begins Tuesday.
Peter Bourjos, CF, STLCold4/6/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos will get a breather Sunday against the Pirates, according to foxsportsmidwest.com.
Insight: That will give Jon Jay a chance to start with right-hander Edinson Volquez on the hill. Bourjos is hitless in 13 at-bats this season.
Colby Rasmus, CF, TOR4/6/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus will get a day off Sunday, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Rasmus will take a seat with left-hander CC Sabathia on the mound for the Yankees. The 27-year-old outfielder has struck out in 10 of his 22 at-bats and is hitting .091 so far.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN4/6/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton will sit out again Sunday due to a jammed left middle finger, according to Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Things couldn't have gone much worse for Hamilton in his first five games of 2014. He went 0-for-12 with six Ks and hurt his finger Thursday when he was caught stealing while pinch running. Hamilton was able to play center field in the ninth inning Saturday, but his finger is probably giving him trouble when he grips a bat.
Matt Kemp, CF, LOS4/6/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has a .222 career average in 54 at-bats against Giants starter Matt Cain.
Insight: Kemp went 1-for-8 with three strikeouts in his first two games since he came off the DL. He'll get Cain Sunday.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT4/6/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen has amassed 12 hits (four 2B, one 3B, one HR) in 28 at-bats against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: That's a .429 average. McCutchen has gone 4-for-19 (.211) with five Ks and six BBs in his first five games this season.
Adam Jones, CF, BAL4/6/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has an ugly 3-for-27 (.111) history against Justin Verlander of the Tigers.
Insight: Jones is hitting .235 in 17 at-bats this season and is still in search of his first homer. With Verlander on the hill Sunday, Jones probably won't get it.
Melky Cabrera, CF, TOR4/5/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera hit a homer for the second straight game Saturday against the Yankees, his former team.
Insight: Cabrera hit just three homers in 88 games last season but already has two in six games the year. The 29-year-old was tremendous in 2012, hitting .346 with 11 home runs, 60 RBI, 84 runs, 13 steals and a .906 OPS in 113 games before being suspended 50 games for testosterone use.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYY4/5/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has had back-to-back three-hit games at Toronto.
Insight: Ellsbury went 0-for-7 with two walks in the Yankees first series of the season at Houston. He already has three steals and three runs scored. Health is the only thing that could hold Ellsbury back from being a superb fantasy option this season.
Rajai Davis, CF, DET4/5/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis is 3-for-9 with one homer, four RBI, three runs and one steal in three games this season.
Insight: Davis took over the everyday left field job when Andy Dirks had to undergo back surgery. Davis' average season over the past five years has included a .271 average, five home runs, 58 runs, 39 RBI and 43 steals.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU4/5/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler will miss a second straight game on Saturday night because of an illness. SOURCE: Evan Drellich, Houston Chronicle
Insight: He's still battling a stomach bug. The Astros are hoping Fowler (.500 AVG in 12 at bats) will be ready to play on Sunday.
Grady Sizemore, CF, BOS4/5/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Grady Sizemore is in the leadoff spot for Saturday night's game with Milwaukee.
Insight: Considering his time sidelined by injury Sizemore is off to a quick start this season (.300, 1 HR) and will get a shot at the top of the lineup. If successful this could further increase his fantasy value.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN4/5/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton is not in the starting lineup on Saturday after missing Friday.
Insight: He's dealing with a jammed left middle finger. Given his slow start (0-for-12 with six strikeouts) this seems to be a smart move. Hamilton has yet to steal a base, which could be a continuing problem if he can't get hits.
Denard Span, CF, WAS4/5/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span is 7-for-15 (.467) against Atlanta hurler Julio Teheran.
Insight: Span is batting .313 over the first four games and a favorable matchup makes him a nice play on Saturday.
Adam Jones, CF, BAL4/5/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: O's outfielder Adam Jones has seen little success against Detroit starter Rick Porcello, 3-for-18 (.167) with no extra base hits and six strikeouts.
Insight: Jones was a fantasy stud last season, batting .285 with 33 HR, 108 RBI, 100 runs and stole 14 bases. He's still searching for his first extra base hit and should be avoided on Saturday.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL4/4/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez delivered four hits Friday in a win over Boston.
Insight: Gomez (6-for-14) was one of nine players in MLB with at least 20 steals and 20 HR last season. Don't be surprised if he repeats that feat in 2014.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU4/4/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler will miss Friday's game because of an illness. SOURCE: Evan Drellich, Houston Chronicle
Insight: He's battling a stomach bug. Alex Presley will hold down the fort in center field. The Astros are hoping Fowler (.500 AVG in 12 at bats) will be ready to play on Saturday.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN4/4/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton is not in the starting lineup on Friday.
Insight: Given his slow start (0-for-12 with six strikeouts) this seems to be a smart move. Hamilton has yet to steal a base, which could be a continuing problem if he can't get hits.
Matt Kemp, CF, LOS4/4/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Matt Kemp will start in center field and bat second Friday against the Giants.
Insight: Yasiel Puig was benched after showing up late to batting practice. Kemp has dealt with hamstring, shoulder and ankle issues over the last two seasons and hit just .270 with six homers in 263 at bats in 2013.
Matt Kemp, CF, LOS4/4/2014 1:11:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, however, he is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Kemp has dealt with hamstring, shoulder and ankle issues over the last two seasons and hit just .270 with six homers in 263 at-bats last year. He's expected to make his first start of the season on Saturday. Expect him to get plenty of time off during the season.
Grady Sizemore, CF, BOS4/3/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Grady Sizemore isn't in Thursday night's starting lineup. SOURCE: Tim Britton, Providence Journal
Insight: Jackie Bradley Jr. is making his first start of the season. Sizemore blasted his first home run in almost three years Monday in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYY4/3/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: New York will be without center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury on Thursday night. SOURCE: Jorge Castillo, Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: Ellsbury dealt with a calf injury during spring training but this is just a routine off day. Brett Gardner is filling in at center field.
Michael Bourn, CF, CLE4/3/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (hamstring) starts a rehab assignment on Thursday at Triple-A Columbus.
Insight: Bourne could return as soon as Saturday. We worry that this injury could have him running conservatively at the start of 2014.The 31-year-old averaged 51.4 steals 2008-12, but swiped just 23 bags last season and his fantasy value is tied to his speed.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COL4/3/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon will get Thursday afternoon off.
Insight: Blackmon has three hits in the first three games and should be back in the lineup on Friday.
Peter Bourjos, CF, STL4/3/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos is not in Thursday afternoon's lineup.
Insight: Bourjos is hitless through the first two games. Jon Jay will get his first start and first at-bats of the season.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAMHot4/3/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is a .538 hitter versus Toronto's starter Brandon Morrow with four homers and a 2.186 OPS.
Insight: Jennings is off to a quick start with four hits (three doubles) in his first 10 at-bats. This is a highly favorable matchup.
Chris Young, CF, NYM4/3/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Mets outfielder Chris Young left Wednesday's game due to a right quad strain and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He missed Opening Day due to the injury and didn't make it past the first inning in the second game. The 30-year-old hit .200 with 12 homers, 40 RBI, 46 runs and 10 steals in 335 at-bats last season with the Athletics.
Adam Jones, CF, BAL4/3/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: O's outfielder Adam Jones struggles versus Boston starter Felix Doubront going 2-for-17 with eight strikeouts in their matchups.
Insight: Jones was a fantasy stud last season, batting .285 with 33 HR, 108 RBI, 100 runs and stole 14 bases. He's managed a couple of singles through the first two games and probably won't break out the long ball on Thursday.
Chris Young, CF, NYM4/2/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Chris Young left Wednesday's game due to a right quad strain, according to Danny Knobler of espnny.com.
Insight: He missed Opening Day due to the injury and didn't make it past the first inning in the second game. The 30-year-old hit .200 with 12 homers, 40 RBI, 46 runs and 10 steals in 335 at-bats last season with the Athletics.
Michael Bourn, CF, CLE4/2/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (hamstring) began the season on the disabled list, but could be back on the first day he's eligible - April 5.
Insight: We worry that this injury could have him running conservatively at the start of 2014.The 31-year-old averaged 51.4 steals 2008-12, but swiped just 23 bags last season and his fantasy value is tied to his speed.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAMHot4/2/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is a .500 hitter versus Toronto's starter Mark Buehrle (6-for-12).
Insight: He already has three doubles, two walks, a steal and just one strikeout. Jennings has been a bit of a disappointment the last two seasons, but is off to a quick start this season (.571) and has a favorable matchup on Wednesday.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT4/2/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen is a career .400 hitter with a pair of homers and a 1.278 OPS against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: McCutchen has been a consistent performer over the past three seasons. With a .317 average, 21 HR, 97 runs, 84 RBI and 27 SB in 157 games, McCutchen was a box score filler.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL4/1/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez hit a solo homer and stole a base Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: Gomez did plenty of both last season, hitting 24 homers and swiping 40 bags. He has been moved to leadoff this season to replace the departed Norichika Aoki so he'll have fewer RBI chances but should score more runs.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAMHot4/1/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings has logged two straight two-hit games to start the season.
Insight: He already has three doubles, two walks, a steal and just one strikeout. Jennings has been a bit of a disappointment the last two seasons, hitting .249 with an average of 14 homers, 50 RBI, 84 runs and 26 steals per season.
Matt Kemp, CF, LOS4/1/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) still has a chance to play Friday, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: That's the first day he's eligible to return. Kemp has dealt with hamstring, shoulder and ankle issues over the last two seasons and hit just .270 with six homers in 263 at-bats last year.


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