Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Jose Tabata was 2-for-4 on Friday and drove in the game-winning RBI in the eighth as the Pirates beat the Reds, 2-1.
Insight: The Pirates called up Tabata this week. On Friday, he record his first major league hit since June 18, playing for the injured Travis Snider. He will continue to fill in for Snider, who is ailing with a hamstring injury.
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce left Friday's game against the Twins in the third inning with a right abdominal strain.
Insight: Roch Kubatko of MASN speculated that Pearce hurt something while going into the stands to catch a foul ball in the second inning. If that's the case, Pearce should be able to return sometime this weekend.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton Napoli is just 1-for-10 with six strikeouts against Braves starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Stanton has to be considered for MVP as he leads the NL with 33 homers, 97 RBI, walks (87), OBP (.403), SLG (.558), OPS (.961) and total bases 273. Having said all that this isn't a great matchup for the slugger.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is a career .368 hitter with four extra-base hits versus Yankees starter Chris Capuano.
Insight: Bautista's batting average is down since the All-Star break, but he's still leadling the league in OBP and his .890 OPS should keep fantasy owners happy. He's just 2-for-19 this week, but both hits were home runs.
Description: Mariners outfielder Chris Denorfia is questionable for Friday's game against Washington due to a stiff neck.
Insight: Denorfia (.242, 1 HR, 19 RBI) doesn't get many plays by fantasy owners. His one redeeming fantasy value is that he's one of the few guy who can actually hit Clayton Kershaw. Since the Mariners aren't facing the Dodgers, this injury doesn't mean much.
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: No injury, just a matchup problem. Hunter is 0-for-10 against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. Hunter has four consecutive multi-hit games to raise his average to .278 with 15 HR and 71 RBI.
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke left Wednesday's game in the bottom of the fourth inning with an apparent ankle injury. He twisted his ankle while chasing a ball in left center field but walked off under his own power.
Insight: With a career .438 average, four home runs and five RBI versus Arizona starting pitcher Wade Miley and a 1.042 OPS against southpaws this season, Van Slyke was a great fantasy option Wednesday. He went 1-for-2 with a solo homer before leaving.
Description: Cuban right fielder Jorge Soler went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in his Major League debut Wednesday at Cincinnati.
Insight: The 22-year-old Cuban batted fifth and started in right field. Soler hit .340 with a .432 on-base percentage, 15 home runs and 57 RBI at Double-A and Triple-A this year and is a must-add in all leagues.
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday.
Insight: Heyward has batted an impressive .336 over his last 38 games, but with just three homers during that span. On the season, he's hitting .270 with 11 homers, 53 RBI, 66 runs, 14 steals and a .742 OPS.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson has batted 24-for-140 (.171) with two homers and six RBI since the All-Star break.
Insight: Granderson wasn't great before the break, but he was much better than this. He hit .237 with 14 homers, 43 RBI, 46 runs and a .768 OPS but is down to .217 with 16 homers, 49 RBI and 59 runs after going 0-for-3 Wednesday.
Description: Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler will make his major league debut on Wednesday, batting fifth in the Cubs lineup.
Insight: Soler batted .340 with a .432 on-base percentage, 15 home runs, and 57 RBI at Double-A and Triple-A this year. The outfielder signed a nine-year, $30 million deal in 2012 after defecting from Cuba.
Description: Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis had his first hit in six games Monday against Tampa Bay and it was a two-run homer.
Insight: Markakis hit .415 with four doubles, three homers, five RBI, 12 runs and 10 walks in his first 16 games of August before hitting a 0-for-20 skid. After going 1-for-5 with a homer Monday, he's hititng .285 with 12 home runs, 44 RBI 64 runs and a .750 OPS.
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce has gone 12-for-36 (.333) with five doubles, four homers and five RBI over his last eight games.
Insight: From July 20 to Aug. 16, Pearce had just 44 at-bats and hit .114 with zero homers, zero RBI and 17 Ks. With Manny Machado out for the season, he's back to playing every day and is hitting .289 with 15 homers, 36 RBI and an .881 OPS in 273 at-bats this season.
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Jose Tabata was promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis to take the place of struggling gregory Polanco.
Insight: Tabata doesn't figure to see much action or have any fantasy value with the team using Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Travis Snider as its primary outfielders. Tabata wasn't doing much at Triple-A batting .281 with a 686 OPS.
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco was all the rage after he began his major league career with an 11-game hitting streak, but that was June and after a 1-for-30 slide he was sent to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Insight: He'll likely return for September call ups, but the bloom is certainly off the rose.
Description: Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is 6-for-10 with a pair of home runs versus Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.
Insight: Craig wasn't hitting when he left St, Louis (.237) and hasn't hit in his first four games with Boston (.214), although he did knock out a couple of base hits Sunday in the series finale with Seattle. prehaps with this favorable matchup, it's the start of a turnaround.
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras has gone 12-for-31 (.387) in his last nine games.
Insight: However, he had just two doubles, zero homers, three RBI, three runs and zero steals in that span. He hasn't even come close to living up to his billing as one of the top prospects in baseball, but he's still just 22.
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list ... again.
Insight: Cuddyer just can't stay healthy. He already missed more than two months with a fractured shoulder before returning on Aug. 17. When actually on the field he's batting .331 with a .926 OPS. It's just he's only played 34 of his team's 127 games.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is an ugly 1-for-13 (.077) against Rays starter Chris Archer.
Insight: Bautista is hitless in the first two games of the series to lower his average to .286. He's still a home run threat with 24 long balls and 77 RBI, but its probably best to avoid Sunday's matchup.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton leads the NL with 32 homers and 92 RBI. He's batted .342 with nine homers, 23 RBI and a 1.211 OPS in his last 22 games and .480 with 10 RBI in his last seven.
Insight: Miami had the lowest payroll in baseball on Opening Day and they lost ace Jose Fernandez to Tommy John surgery after eight starts, but Stanton's production has helped the Marlins go 64-63. With Jonathan Lucroy's production slipping a bit, the NL MVP race is likely going to come down to Stanton and Clayton Kershaw.
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has homered twice and driven in six runs in his last five games.
Insight: Braun is only hitting .221 with five homers, 21 RBI and a .685 OPS since the All-Star break. Besides last season, when he only had 225 at-bats, he's never had less than 25 homers, 97 RBI or 91 runs in a season, but he's on pace for just 20 homers, 92 RBI, and 77 runs. The career .309 hitter is also batting .276, and his .811 OPS is 114 points lower than his career OPS.
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth took Giants starter Tim Hudson deep Friday night.
Insight: He now has four homers against Hudson in his career. He went 2-for-4 on the night and has gone 8-for-19 with two doubles, a homer, four RBI, four walks and five runs in his last six games after sitting out five straight with a shoulder injury. His homer Friday was his first since July 13.
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, two walks, two runs and a steal Friday at Toronto.
Insight: Myers missed nearly three months with a fractured wrist before returning on Aug. 20 and he went 0-for-6 with four Ks in his first two games back in the lineup. It's been a rough second year for the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year -- he's hit .222 with six homers, 26 RBI and a .668 OPS in 207 at-bats.
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is not in the lineup Friday against the Angels.
Insight: With lefty Hector Santiago starting for Los Angeles, Reddick will take a seat. He's gone 29-for-96 (.302) with eight doubles, a triple, five homers, 13 RBI and just six strikeouts since he returned from the disabled list on July 22.
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game Friday.
Insight: Andrew McCutchen returned from the disabled list on Tuesday and the Pirates opted to keep Travis Snider in the lineup rather than Polanco, who has gone 1-for-27 (.037) with eight Ks over his last seven games. Snider has gone 17-for-37 (.459) with six doubles, three homers, seven RBI and a 1.365 OPS over his last 10 games.
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) is not expected to return to the lineup until Sunday, according to Nick Groke of the Denver Post.
Insight: Cuddyer was hoping to return Friday, but the team will give him a few more days. "I'm NOT going on the DL. You can put that in bold letters," he said. Cuddyer missed more than two months with a fractured shoulder before returning on Aug. 17. He went 5-for-10, hit for the cycle and scored two runs during a doubleheader on that day but hasn't played since due to his hamstring injury.
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is a career 4-for-10 hitter with a home run against Twins starter Tommy Milone.
Insight: Hunter has been struggling in August with just 14 hits in 67 at-bats (.209). Hunter is hitting .269 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI this year. Perhaps the 39-year-old can get on track against the Twins.
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is a career 15-for-41 (.366) hitter with four doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: Werth has hits in his last four games and sees the ball very well off of Hudson, the Giants probable Friday starter. The outfielder is batting .302 with nine doubles and 12 RBI since the All-Star break but has been lacking in the long ball department as he hasn't gone deep since July 13.
Description: Red Sox activated outfielder Allen Craig from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Craig will serve as the designated hitter in Thursday's series finale against the Angels. David Ortiz will take the day off. Boston will likely work Craig back into the lineup slowly due to his injury setbacks over the last year.
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran aggravated his right elbow injury on a swing Tuesday, missed Wednesday and won't play in Thursday's game against Houston, according to manager Joe Girardi.
Insight: He's gone 1-for-28 (.036) in his last eight games to lower his season batting average to .233 with a .707 OPS and with word of this injury can probably be safely dropped in all leagues.
Description: White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia has gone 5-for-16 with two doubles, a homer and six RBI in five games since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: The 23-year-old missed nearly four months due to a torn labrum after initially being ruled out for the season. Garcia is hitting .283 with three homers, 10 RBI and an .868 OPS in 46 at-bats this season.
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) says he should be able to start Friday, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
Insight: Cuddyer missed three months with a fractured shoulder before returning on Aug. 17, when he went 5-for-10 during a doubleheader and hit for the cycle in the second game. He's out of the starting lineup for a second straight game due to a hamstring injury but says he's available off the bench.
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (wrist) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Myers fractured his right wrist on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. Prior to the injury, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year hit .227 with five homers, 25 RBI and 52 Ks in 198 at-bats.
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran aggravated his right elbow injury on a swing Tuesday and is out of the lineup Wednesday, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Beltran exclusively served as the DH from June 5 to Aug. 15 due to bone spurs in his elbow before returning to right field on Aug. 16. He's gone 1-for-28 (.036) in his last eight games and can be dropped in all leagues.
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce hasn't been able to get into any sort of groove this season, but he's homered in two of his last four games and is 9-for-19 (.474) with a double, two triples and two homers against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.
Insight: Bruce is hitting .221 with a .686 OPS, 14 homers, 55 RBI, 61 runs and 11 steals this season. At this point he's strictly a player to use in matchups like the one he has Wednesday.
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun reached base all four times he came to the plate Monday at Boston.
Insight: Calhoun singled, doubled, walked twice and scored two runs. The right fielder and leadoff hitter has gone 17-for-41 (.415) with five doubles, two homers, eight RBI and five runs in his last nine games.
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Monday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Heyward came into the game six for his last 35 (.171). He's hit 268 with 32 extra-base hits (10 HR), 47 RBI, 60 runs and 14 steals this season. Heyward's .157 average in 115 at-bats against left-handers is really dragging him down.
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is in the starting lineup on Monday night versus the Diamondbacks according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Werth did not start on Sunday against the Pirates, but entered in the ninth as a pitch hitter and wound up scoring both the tying run in the ninth and the game-winning run in the 11th. The Nationals have held the outfielder out of the lineup for eight of the last nine games due to right shoulder inflammation. Werth and the Nationals are facing Diamondbacks left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno Monday night.
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder inflammation) didn't start, but did get into the game as a pinch hitter and scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning. He'll return to the lineup Monday night.
Insight: Werth has struggled to match last season's totals and has dealt with injuries in August to further reduce his fantasy value. If healthy he can help over the final six weeks.
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (stress fracture in his right wrist) could return as soon as Tuesday but possibly not until Friday, according to a Tampa Tribune report.
Insight: Myers suffered the injury on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. The 23-year-old reigning AL Rookie of the Year has already taken 21 at-bats in his rehab assignment includinh a pair of home runs.
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is a career 2-for-14 (.143) against Cardinals right-hander Justin Masterson.
Insight: Bruce has been a disappointment to fantasy owners, batting just .221 with 13 HR and 51 RBI. Coming off three consecutive 30-home run seasons, and 109 RBI in 2013 a lot was expected to the Reds outfielder.
Description: Allen Craig will start his rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket. The outfielder will likely spend two or three days with the minor league club.
Insight: Craig has been suffering from foot problems since late 2013 and until he proves he is healthy on the field, Craig does not hold much fantasy value. The outfielder is a career .291 hitter but is batting just .237 this season with St. Louis and Boston.
Description: It didn't take long for Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer is find his swing.
Insight: Cuddyer had been out since June 6 due to a fractured shoulder, but hit for the cycle in Sunday's nightcap with a double in the eighth inning. He was 1-for-5 in the first game. He's not flashy, he's just a great hitter.
Description: After going hitless in the first two games of the series, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce exploded Sunday with three hits, including a home run and three RBI.
Insight: Bruce has been a disappointment to fantasy owners, batting just .224 with 13 HR and 50 RBI. Coming off three consecutive 30-home run seasons, and 109 RBI in 2013 a lot was expected to the Reds outfielder.
Description: After a long dry spell, Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce finally put one over the wall.
Insight: Pearce had gone 19 games without hitting a home run and batting an ugly .155 to boot. A far cry from his .309 May with four homers and .361 June with five homers. It's not yet time to jump back on the bandwagon, but at least we know he's trying.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is 9-for-22 (.409) with three home runs against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta.
Insight: Despite the favorable matchup you may still want to stay away as he's just 1-for-25 over the past six games to lower his batting average to .220 and has only one home run in the past 24 games.
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Cuddyer has been out since June 6 due to a fractured shoulder. His return will force Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson and Drew Stubbs to compete for playing time at the other two outfield spots.
Description: White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia (torn labrum) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Garcia was ruled out for the season in April when he suffered a torn labrum, but he's recovered from surgery more quickly than expected. Garcia is still just 23 years old and could be a decent AL-only option down the stretch.
Description: Carlos Beltran will play the field for the first time since May 10 on Saturday, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN.
Insight: Beltran has been relegated to a DH role due to an elbow injury, but he's been feeling much better. He's gone 1-for-18 in his last five games, but moving back to right field could help him focus on something other than his hitting struggles. His return to the field will allow manager Joe Girardi to use the DH to get his veterans a half day off down the stretch.
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun should receive strong consideration from fantasy owners Saturday against the Rangers.
Insight: Calhoun went 3-for-4 wih a double, a homer and three RBI Friday and is 13-for-29 (.448) with three doubles, two homers and five RBI his last six games. He's hitting .301 with 12 homers and an .860 OPS against righties this season and is 3-for-3 with a double and a triple against Rangers starter Colby Lewis.
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) is out of the lineup Friday.
Insight: Werth hit off a tee Friday and he'll go through a full workout Saturday in hopes of getting cleared for Saturday's or Sunday's game. He had a cortisone shot earlier this week to help improve his shoulder inflammation.
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Taveras is just 2-for-21 over the past six games and will get a second consecutive night off. The 22-year-old hit .320 with an .892 OPS in the minors, but is batting .206 with a .530 OPS in his first 141 major league at-bats. Long-term he's the Cardinals right field answer, but with them fighting for the playoff they need to put their best current lineup on the field.