Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (ribs) will not start Wednesday but manager Terry Collins expects him back Friday, according to Adam Rubin of espnny.com.
Insight: Granderson injured his ribs, forearm and knee when he crashed into the right-field wall Monday night against Arizona. The slugger is struggling in the early going, batting .170 through the first 13 games with one homer and four RBI.
Description: Braves RF Jason Heyward has struggled against Cliff Lee of the Phillies.
Insight: Heyward is 3-for-22 (.136) against Lee, who will start Wednesday against the Braves. The 24-year-old is batting .160 in the early going, though he does have two homers, four steals and 10 walks.
Description: Fantasy owners shouldn't use Curtis Granderson (ribs, forearm, knee) if the Mets right fielder is in the lineup Wednesday against Arizona.
Insight: Granderson injured his ribs, forearm and knee when he crashed into the right-field wall Monday night against Arizona and sat out Tuesday. The slugger is struggling in the early going, batting .170 through the first 13 games with one homer and four RBI, and he's 2-for-14 against Wednesday's starter Brandon McCarthy.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4 with a homer and five RBI Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: Stanton came in with great numbers against Nats starter Stephen Strasburg and he took him deep for three-run shot in the first inning. The 24-year-old slugger is now hitting .317 with five home runs and an MLB-leading 21 RBI. He hit .236 with six home runs in 216 at-bats the past three Aprils.
Description: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is not in the lineup Tuesday but he's feeling a lot better and could be available off the bench, according to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com.
Insight: Granderson injured his ribs, forearm and knee when he crashed into the right-field wall Monday night against Arizona. X-rays came back negative. The slugger is struggling in the early going, batting .170 through the first 13 games with one homer and four RBI.
Description: Braves RF Jason Heyward went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, one RBI, three runs and a steal Sunday against the Nationals.
Insight: Heyward is off to a slow start for the second straight year, though he already has three steals in 12 games after swiping just two in 2013. The 24-year-old had 27 homers and 21 steals in 2012.
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce had a double and four walks in five plate appearances Sunday against the Rays.
Insight: Bruce also scored four runs. He's hitting just .179 this season but he has two homers, eight RBI, nine runs and 11 walks. The 27-year-old is streaky but he's consistently produced at least 30 homers, 97 RBI and 84 runs in each of the last three years.
Description: Indians right fielder David Murphy (2-5) collected four RBI Saturday in a 12-6 victory over the White Sox.
Insight: David Murphy the power-hitter? So far the 32-year-old is on pace for 27 jacks and 135 RBI. His career-high is only 74 RBI so fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited. We'll see if Murphy can stay hot Sunday in the series finale.
Description: Torii Hunter is back after missing two games with a bruised knee. SOURCE: Tom Gage, Detroit News
Insight: He'll bat third and play right field. Hunter had been on a home run hitting tear before his injury, blasting three jacks in a span of four games. He's 2-for-2 in his career against tonight's starting pitcher, Ian Kennedy.
Description: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran is hitless in nine at-bats against right-hander John Lackey.
Insight: Beltran is off to a rough start, batting just .243 through the first 10 games and this matchup won't help. He was slow to begin last season too and managed to finish April 2013 batting .307 with six homers and 17 RBI.
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is out of the lineup again Friday.
Insight: Jane Lee of mlb.com reported earlier Friday that Reddick could be demoted following the activation of Craig Gentry (back) from the DL, but Reddick was spotted taking batting practice and is still on the roster. After hitting .226 last year, Reddick is off to a 3-for-29 start with 13 Ks. His 32-homer 2012 season seems like it was ages ago.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Thursday against the Brewers.
Insight: Byrd has two homers, 11 Ks and a .263 average in 38 at-bats. He hit .291 with a career-high 24 round-trippers last season, but we're skeptical that he'll duplicate those numbers at age 36 after hitting more than 12 HRs in a season just once before last year.
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth went yard for the second straight game Thursday.
Insight: Werth hit .349 with 20 homers and a 1.033 OPS over his last 93 games last season and he's picked up where he left off. In nine games, Werth is 12-for-32 (.375) with two homers, eight RBI, eight runs and two steals.
Description: White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia (torn labrum) is done for the season, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Garcia will undergo surgery within the next week after suffering the injury while trying to make a diving catch Wednesday. The promising 22-year-old won't be seen again until 2015. His absence will open up more at-bats for Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko.
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is out of the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Reddick is batting just .103 this spring with a league-leading or is that league worst 13 strikeouts. A day off may be what he needs. Brandon Moss will play in right field and Daric Barton at 1B.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is 8-for-21 (.381) against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg with a pair of homers.
Insight: Stanton is off to a quick start, batting .324 and leading the league in RBI with 13. Although a favorable matchup, he's the only Marlins hitter with a lot of success and may be left stranded on base.
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth crushed a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: It was his first homer of 2014 and the fourth grand slam of his career (first with Washington). Werth hit .349 with 20 homers, 68 RBI, 64 runs and a 1.033 OPS in his last 93 games last season and has hit over .300 two years in a row. He's off to a .345 start this season.
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (sprained left thumb) will not start Wednesday, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: The 23-year-old suffered the thumb injury while sliding head-first into first base Saturday. The Dodgers have four solid outfielders (Puig, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford) and can easily absorb this injury and give Puig all the rest he needs.
Description: Chicago right fielder Avisail Garcia jammed his left shoulder while attempting to make a diving catch Thursday. X-rays ruled out a fracture, separation or dislocation, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Garcia had his MRI in a sling after the game and will have an MRI Thursday. The 22-year-old went 4-for-5 with two homers Tuesday and walked twice Wednesday.
Description: According to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com, the Twins are expected to place outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) on the disabled list.
Insight: Arcia hit .251 with 14 HR and 43 RBI last season while striking out 117 times in 351 at-bats. He hit .111 in his first four games and is dealing with right wrist issues for the second straight season.
Description: Indians right fielder David Murphy followed up his four-hit game Sunday with two more hits, including his first homer with Cleveland, in three at-bats Tuesday against the Padres.
Insight: Murphy also had a double and scored three runs. The Rangers tasked Murphy, who hit .304 with 15 homers in 2012, with replacing Josh Hamilton last season, but he batted .220 with 13 homers and a .656 OPS. He's trying to bounce back in Cleveland.
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (strained left thumb) is out of the lineup again Tuesday.
Insight: The 23-year-old suffered the injury while sliding head-first into first base Saturday. The Dodgers have four solid outfielders (Puig, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford) and can easily absorb this injury and give Puig all the rest he needs.
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is a career .438 hitter with four extra base hits in 16 at-bats versus Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.
Insight: The outfielder doesn't get as much credit as he should because of a mediocre batting average which sometimes hides the fact that he's been a lock for 30 homers and 95-plus RBI for the past three seasons. Start him Tuesday.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is just 1-for-10 against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Stanton has gotten out of the gate quickly, batting .345 with a pair of homers and 12 RBI, but this is an unfavorable matchup against a tough lefty. Don't expect much as Gonzalez will walk him rather than give in (4 BB).
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig's MRI revealed a strained left thumb ligament.
Insight: The 23-year-old suffered the injury while sliding head-first into first base Saturday. He should avoid a trip to the disabled list and could even play Tuesday, though the smart money says he takes a few more days off. The Dodgers have four solid outfielders (Puig, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford) and can easily absorb this injury and give Puig all the rest he needs.
Description: Torii Hunter's power surge continued Sunday in a loss to Baltimore.
Insight: Hunter's solo shot in the fourth was Detroit's only run of the afternoon. The veteran has left the yard three times in his last three appearances. In 2013, Hunter didn't hit his third homer until June 16th. That was his 59th game of the season.
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig will not play Sunday due to a left thumb injury, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. Andre Ethier (.304, one HR, six RBI) will get the start in right field against the Giants.
Insight: Puig's X-rays came back negative, though he'll also have an MRI. The 23-year-old has hit .250 with one homer and four RBI this season and was benched Friday for showing up late to the ballpark. He suffered the thumb injury while sliding head-first into first base Saturday and because it's Puig he's likely to draw some criticism for the decision.
Description: In just eight at-bats against Padres starter Ian Kennedy, Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has managed to hit two homers.
Insight: Stanton also had a double off Kennedy. The 24-year-old Stanton is off to a flying start, hitting .360 with three doubles, two homers and 11 RBI in six games. Miami's offense is improved so Stanton should see way more pitches to hit than he did last year.
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter drove home five runs Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: Hunter had a double and a homer in the game. The 38-year-old has batted above .300 in each of the last two seasons and has one of the best lineup spots in the game as the No. 2 hitter in front of Miguel Cabrera.
Description: Colorado right fielder Charlie Blackmon collected six hits Friday in a 12-2 rout of Arizona.
Insight: By all accounts, Blackmon had the game of his life on Friday. He finished with five RBI and was a triple shy of the cycle. His .563 AVG through three games is fourth-best in the major leagues.
Description: Tampa Bay right fielder Wil Myers wasn't available Thursday and is questionable for Friday's game against Texas due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Matt Joyce (.556, 0 HR, 3 RBI), usually would take over in right field, but he's not very good against left-handers (career .193 batting average vs lefties) so Brandon Guyer might get the spot start.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hit his first homer of the season Wednesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Stanton is off to a great start, driving in six runs and scoring four in the first three games. The Marlins improved their lineup by adding Garrett Jones, Casey McGehee and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, so Stanton will likely see more pitches to hit this year. According to FanGraphs, Stanton saw the second-least pitches in the strike zone of any qualified hitter in the majors last season.
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Heyward has gone 3-for-8 in the first two games after batting .323 with homer homers this spring. The 24-year-old is looking to get off to a better start in 2014 after hitting .142 with two home runs in 31 games over the first two months last year.
Description: San Diego right fielder Seth Smith hit a home run for the second straight game Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Smith had a game-tying pinch-hit shot off Brian Wilson in the eighth inning Sunday night, and he went deep off Zack Greinke Tuesday. The 31-year-old had 14-17 HRs in every season from 2009-12 but hit just eight in 117 games with Oakland last year.
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puighit his first homer of the season Tuesday at San Diego.
Insight: Puig slugged a two-run shot off Ian Kennedy in the first inning and finished 2-for-4 with zero Ks after fanning five times in the first three games. He's 5-for-17 (.294) with two extra-base hits so far.