Description: Texas outfielder Jake Smolinski is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees due to a bruised left foot.
Insight: The 25-year-old is finding early susccess at the major league level. He hasn't been a .300 hitter since 2008 at Single-A, but is batting .389 through his first 11 games. The injury bug continues to plague the Rangers.
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (head) was out Sunday and was listed as questionable for Monday's game against the LA Dodgers, but he's in the starting lineup batting second and playing in left field.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch Friday night. He did get into Sunday's game as a pinch hitter (walked) and therefore we knew he was close to returning.
Description: Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo has gone 0-for-17 in his last five games and 10-for-63 (.159) since June 29, so he's not a good option Sunday even though he has great numbers against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Choo's career OPS against lefties is 224 points below his OPS against righties, but he's 15-for-36 (.417) with a double, a triple and a homer against Buehrle. Choo's hitless stretch has his average down to .236 for the season.
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (head) is out Sunday.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch Friday night. Manager Clint Hurdle said Marte will work out before Sunday's game and could be available off the bench, which is a sign he's avoided a concussion.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Saturday's game after a collision with Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
Insight: Holliday stayed in the game for four innings after the incident, so we think it's likely just a precaution. His production in 2014 is significantly lower than what we have come to expect from the 11-year veteran. He's hitting just .270 with seven homers and 50 RBI this season.
Description: Brewers LF Khris Davis homered in his last game before the All-Star break Sunday and he went deep again Friday.
Insight: Davis has hit just .225 in July, but he's driven in six runs over his last four games and picked up at least one hit in five straight so he's moving in the right direction. The outfielder has a .255 average, 41 extra-base hits (16 HR), 50 RBI, 53 runs and a .785 OPS this season and he's batted .287 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in his last 49 games.
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Friday against the Brewers.
Insight: Harper returned from a torn ligament in his thumb on June 30 and went 6-for-40 (.150) prior to the All-Star break. He's hitting .260 with three home runs in 127 at-bats this season, but he's too talented not to figure things out.
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has gone 3-for-45 (.067) in July.
Insight: Cespedes entered the month with a .273 average, 38 extra-base hits (14 HR), 55 RBI and an .823 OPS, but after going 0-for-4 Sunday he'll go into the All-Star break hitting .246 with a .741 OPS.
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (bereavement) will rejoin the team Wednesday, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Marte has been away from the team due to the passing of his mother-in-law since July 9. The outfielder's average has dropped from .280 in 2013 to .256 due to an increase in strikeout rate from 24.4 percent to 27.7 percent.
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez has a favorable matchup in his second game back from the disabled list (finger).
Insight: Gonzalez is 6-for-17 with three home runs versus Twins starter Kevin Correia. He's not hitting up to expectations (.255, 8 HR, 31 RBI, .751 OPS), but he should be able to take advantage of this matchup.
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper hit his first home run since coming off the disabled list Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: Prior to Friday, Harper was 4-for-31 with 13 Ks since returning from a torn ligament in his thumb. He has just two homers, 11 RBI and a .693 OPS in 118 at-bats this season, hardly what fantasy owners wanted.
Description: Baltimore outfielder Nolan Reimold left Friday's game with a left calf strain, according to Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star.
Insight: Reimold can't catch a break. After playing just 56 games over the past two seasons with the Orioles due to neck problems, he found a spot with the Blue Jays earlier this month and was looking at regular at-bats due to Edwin Encarnacion's and Adam Lind's injuries.
Description: Arizona left fielder Mark Trumbo (foot) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list for Friday's game.
Insight: Trumbo proved he was ready by hitting five homers during seven rehab games, so Arizona activated him earlier than expected. He has been sidelined since April 22 due to a stress fracture in his foot. Trumbo was hitting .210 with seven homers and 19 RBI before he got hurt.
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (finger) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list for Friday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Gonzalez had surgery on June 10 to remove a benign tumor from his left index finger and was given a timetable of five weeks so he beat the schedule. He's not hitting up to expectations (.255, 8 HR, 31 RBI, .756 OPS), but he should be re-installed into lineups.
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is having an All-Star season, but he's never been able to do anything with Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Cruz is leading the league with 28 HR, 73 RBI and 201 total bases, but is 0-for-10 against Gonzalez and Gonzalez is pitching as well as anyone in baseball right now. Gio has gone three straight starts without yielding a run.
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley had his fifth straight multi-hit game and his 14th homer of the season Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Brantley is now hitting .328 with 14 homers, 60 RBI, 59 runs, 10 steals and a .920 OPS. The 27-year-old is one of this year's breakout fantasy stars and he'll represent the AL in the All-Star game next week.
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .381 hitter *8-for-21) versus Nationals starter Doug Fister.
Insight: Cruz is making the most of his opportunity in Baltimore, leading the league with 28 HR, 73 RBI and 201 total bases. The slugger took Stephen Strasburg out the opposite way Monday night and the wind will be blowing out to right on Tuesday night. He's a must start.
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI Monday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Gordon (.269, 9 HR, 44 RBI) had just three hits in his previous 40 at-bats (.075). His inclusion on the 2014 AL All-Star team is as much about his defense as it is his hitting. According to FanGraphs, he leads baseball with a UZR of 23.9.