DFS MLB Optimal Lineups: May 24 Cover Image
DFS MLB Optimal Lineups: May 24
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Jacoby Ellsbury Headshot

Ellsbury was removed early from Wednesday's contest after colliding with the wall, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

Ellsbury initially stayed in the game after colliding with the wall in the first inning, though Aaron Hicks replaced him in the second inning before he had a chance to bat. It's currently unclear what forced Ellbury out, though more should be known following the conclusion of Wednesday's contest.
7:37 pm (EST)
Conor Gillaspie Headshot

Manager Bruce Bochy said Gillaspie (back) is expected to come off the disabled list sometime before June, Alec Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Gillaspie, who was been on the disabled list since May 11 with back spasms, is nearing a return to the big club after completing five rehab games with Triple-A Sacramento. It's unclear when exactly he'll be activated, though Bochy said it would be sometime during the Giants' next homestand, which runs May 26 to May 31.
7:32 pm (EST)
Mika Zibanejad Headshot

Zibanejad finished the 2016-17 campaign with 14 goals and 37 points in 56 games, then added nine points in 12 games during the Rangers' playoff run.

He was off to a big start -- 15 points in 19 games -- but a broken leg cost him nearly two months, and Zibanejad wasn't nearly so productive upon returning. Still, his return gave the Rangers much-needed help at the faceoff dot as well as strong two-way play from their second-line center. A fully healthy 2017-18 should see Zibanejad exceed his career-high 51 points from two seasons ago.
7:26 pm (EST)
Henrik Lundqvist Headshot

Lundqvist and Team Sweden won the gold medal at the just-concluded 2017 IIHF World Championship.

There was a scary moment during the celebration when young Leafs star William Nylander leapt into Lundqvist's arms and almost knocked him into a goalpost, but all's well that ends well. After a disappointing end to the Rangers' postseason run, King Henrik probably needed the morale boost of this tournament victory. The long-time goaltending star is coming off his worst season in the NHL (2.74 GAA, .910 save percentage), but he didn't look washed up in the playoffs or international play. This was his second gold medal, as he also won one at the 2006 Winter Olympics. It's not inconceivable that he'll bounce back with a better performance next season, but we can no longer expect him to be the elite Lundqvist of old.
7:18 pm (EST)
Aaron Hill Headshot

Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Hill (forearm) is expected to return from the disabled list sometime before June, Alec Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Hill is nearing a return to the big club as he has already played in seven minor-league rehab games. It's unclear when exactly Hill will rejoin the Giants, though Bochy said it would be sometime during the team's next homestand, which runs May 26 to May 31.
7:06 pm (EST)
Joc Pederson Headshot

Pederson (neck) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

While Pederson said he was feeling better the day after colliding with teammate Yasiel Puig in the outfield, he'll get the day to recoup as Chris Taylor draws his first major league start in center field. Pederson's status should continue to be viewed as truly day-to-day.
6:45 pm (EST)
Kolten Wong Headshot

Wong (elbow) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers, batting eighth and playing second base, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

After missing two games due to elbow discomfort, Wong seems to be back to full health. He'll take over his normal spot at the keystone, moving Jhonny Peralta back into a bench role.
6:40 pm (EST)
Rafael Montero Headshot

Montero could make a spot start Saturday against the Pirates, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

With Tommy Milone (knee) landing on the disabled list, Montero and Josh Smoker are being looked at to fill his turn in the rotation Saturday. Given Montero struggled in a spot start earlier in the season -- allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks across 3.2 innings -- the Mets may be leaning towards Smoker, though confirmation on who is starting should come before the weekend.
6:22 pm (EST)
Josh Ho-Sang Headshot

Ho-Sang will claim a roster spot with the Islanders at the start of next season, "barring some sort of training camp calamity," opines Arthur Staple of Newsday.

The Isles' 28th overall pick from the 2014 draft looked comfortable in the NHL, producing four goals and six assists through his first 21 games at hockey's highest level. He was also a consistent presence on the man advantage, averaging 2:24 per game. Stephen Gionta is New York's only pending unrestricted free agent at the forward position, but Ho-Sang should still be a part of the club's long-term plans, as many of the Isles' forwards are coming up on free agency in the next season or two.
6:21 pm (EST)
Brian Goodwin Headshot

Goodwin was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

Goodwin is back with the big club just a day after being optioned to Syracuse. He was recalled to take the place of Chris Heisey (biceps), who was placed on the disabled list. Goodwin should serve as the primary backup center fielder for Michael Taylor.
6:05 pm (EST)
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